Name: Bruce E. Meltzer '73
Major: Sociology with a minor in business
Current profession: Owner of ZFD Inc.
Why did you choose to attend The University of Tampa?
I grew up on Long Island, so when it came time to apply for college, I decided that I wanted to move to a warmer climate. I was accepted to two colleges in New York as well as The University of Miami, but I chose to attend UT because I liked the University's compact campus and small student body, which numbered around 2,500 in the late 1960s.
What were you involved in at UT?
I played all the intramural sports, first as a member of the Lykes Hall "Rats" and later as a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. We had a tremendous rivalry with the physical education majors.
The Lykes Hall "Rats"?
We were known as the "Rats" because of the ratty conditions of our dorm in comparison to McKay and Delo Hall, where the other students lived.
Lykes Hall was located at 301 Plant Ave. It was a four-story brick building that was held erect by a series of railroad tracks that were attached to the exterior. The downstairs was a lounge area and TV room that opened up to a big front porch, while the upstairs floors were made up of bedrooms. The dorm housed approximately 80 male students from the Northeast, and we all had nicknames. Bunky, Stork, Lumpy, Pearl, Miner and "Roommate" were popular figures from the dorm.
Dean Benton, the dean of men, was a frequent visitor to the dorm, and not to commend us on our good behavior.
Most memorable professor?
I admired Dr. Charles Walker, who I had for Biology 101. It is quite possible that he was the smartest man on campus. I also developed great relationships with Dr. Charles West, vice president of student affairs; Dr. Charlie Hyde, dean of faculty; and Dr. Al Terry, professor of economics. In fact, Dr. Terry gave me my first job at an investment advisory firm shortly after I graduated in 1973.
Why do you support UT?
I support UT because I believe that the University offers a quality educational and personal experience. There have been many times since graduating that I've realized that the place I am in now is directly related to my choice to attend UT. Any time I see the minarets of Plant Hall, I feel that I am a part of something great, and the care that has been taken to ensure the forward progress and success of UT is definitely a cause I like being part of.
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