Player Registration is Open for the Basketball Challenge

Hello Croomies,

Individual player and team registration for the Crooms AoIT Alumni Basketball Challenge is officially open and will close on December 5th (so get registered early). The event will be on Tuesday, December 21st at Crooms AoIT. Attendance is free for all Crooms AoIT Alumni, all current students, faculty/staff, the old Crooms Alumni, and Crooms Business Partners. The pre-gaming BBQ will start around 12:15PM (menu and pricing forthcoming) over near the cafeteria and the games will start sometime between 2:00PM and 2:30PM. More details on the event will be forthcoming, but we wanted to get the registration info out ASAP.

Individual player registration is $6.00 and team registration (a team of up to 7 players) is $35.00. If you have a team together, e-mail scholarship@croomsalumni.com with 1) the name of the players, 2) the class year of the players, and 3) a team name. If you are an individual without a team, e-mail scholarship@croomsalumni.com with your 1) name and 2) class and we will match you to a team. All funds raised go to the Crooms AoIT Alumni Community Scholarship. We will work out payment on an individual basis; both individuals and teams may qualify for discounts given a player’s donor status (see http://www.croomsalumni.com/donate).

Those that wish to attend, but not play, more details will be forthcoming! Also, just to get it on your radar, more information (in the form of a Facebook Event Invite) will be forthcoming about our November 27th Alumni MeetUp :-). In the meantime, we invite you to become a member of the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association and support the scholarship by visiting http://www.croomsalumni.com/donate (sorry, for the overt "plug").

We look forward to seeing everyone at the MeetUp and Crooms AoIT Alumni Basketball Challenge – if you have any questions, please let us know.

Crooms AoIT “Where are they now?” Project

Crooms AoIT is starting a new project on campus entitled, "Where are they now?" The Project is looking to highlight the career successes of alumni as a way to promote academic success for current Croomies.

A bulletin board display is being created to highlight where all of our alumni are and what they are doing. Crooms wants to know where you are, where you work, your title, and other pertinent information. This information may go beyond the bulletin board and become part of the Crooms marketing material. The Alumni Association is also taking part in this project, and may display some of the profiles on our website or future newsletters. In order to take part please send the following information to scholarship@croomsalumni.com:

Name and Location
Employer
Role Title/Role
Job Description
Volunteer/Community Involvement/Professional Society Involvement
Educational Background
Photo
Any other misc. information you feel may be of value

We especially hope that those in the job market will take part in this project. This is a quick and easy way to give back to Crooms AoIT and help inspire others. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Alumni Albert Vinas (2005) announces new film project: Libertad

Libertad is a feature length drama about a family making a decision whether or not to risk everything they have to embark on a journey on a little makeshift boat headed towards a dream of American liberty.

Description:
Jose is part of a family living in Cuba. After his son Carlos was born, he began to accept the social economic disparity that surrounded him and his family until his brother Raul opened up an opportunity of a lifetime to make an outlandish decision to flee to the United States on a boat that he started building in his backyard. The quest for freedom brought their families together and their dream to live in the United States was slowly becoming a reality. However, Jose’s wife Yonaidys was having second thoughts about putting her son Carlos on a small boat destined for America. They had no clue of what struggles awaits them out at sea.

Fundraising:
The money is for things such as set construction, camera rental, location permits among other things to get us through production phase which would start on December 1. A look at the budget top sheet can be viewed here, http://www.vinefilms.com/Vine_Films/Production_files/SA_Budget.pdf

You can find us at http://www.vinefilms.com or on our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Libertad-The-Film/152135064820581

The Fundraiser is located here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1284535407/libertad-a-feature-film-t...

Crooms AoIT Named a Five Star School!

The Florida Department of Education has just announced the Five Star Schools in the state during the 2009-10 school year, and Crooms AoIT was among the names. Congratulations Croomies! Five Star Schools have shown evidence of widespread community involvement through business partnerships, family involvement, volunteers, student community service and school advisory councils. All five measures have to be met in order to be named a Five Star school – thus the Five Star designation. A special thanks go out to the Crooms alumni that volunteer regularly.

Crooms AoIT Alumni Donation Drive Kickoff!

Hello fellow Croomies,

As the school year begins anew across Florida, so too does it for the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association. This year is not only marks Crooms AoIT's 10th school year as Seminole County's premier magnet school or the Alumni Association's 5th year of providing a scholarship, but also signifies the Alumni Association's first year of revamped operations. This year, we will be providing more opportunities to interact with fellow our alumni, increased awareness about what is going on at Crooms, and continued efforts to support current Croomies. These activities include alumni MeetUps, teach-in days, mentoring opportunities, Coomie updates through social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, RSS, and our website) and, of course the continuation of the Crooms AoIT Alumni Community Scholarship.

To support these efforts, especially the Crooms AoIT Alumni Community Scholarship, we have adopted a new tiered membership structure. You can learn more about the membership tiers at http://www.croomsalumni.com/donate. We also hope you will decide to become a member today and support our scholarship efforts as we attempt to offer the Community Scholarship for a 5th year. Membership in the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association not only supports our Community Scholarship, but also provides for the ability to become more involved in the Alumni Association, serve in a leadership capacity, and even receive discounts on events. Your support is vital for our ability to offer the scholarship, so we hope you will decide to take the step and support Crooms' continued efforts to promote education at all levels. To help kick off the new tiered membership structure, all donations made in September will receive a 25% matching donation by a private contributor. To donate and become a member, please visit http://www.croomsalumni.com/donate.

To oversee our efforts, the Alumni Association now has a Board of Directors to provide oversight and a Management Team to oversee our daily operations. You can learn more about our organizational improvements by visiting http://www.croomsalumni.com/about.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or criticisms as to how we can improve our operations, support Crooms AoIT, or be of assistance to our alumni please feel free to contact scholarship@croomsalumni.com or any one of our Board or Management members. You can also friend us on Facebook ("Crooms Aoitalumni"), join our Facebook Group ("The Crooms AOIT Graduates"), follow us on Twitter (@Croomsalumni), or check out the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association's website.

Thank you for your continued support!

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