9/11 firefighter to speak at Santa Fe College convocation

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.

Santa Fe College on Friday will welcome back students and faculty with its annual spring term convocation, scheduled for 9 a.m. in the college's Fine Arts Hall.

The convocation will focus on international education initiatives at the college, highlighted by a Skype conversation with a student in Sweden, SF College announced Thursday in a news release.

The keynote speaker will be retired New York City firefighter Tim Brown, who on Sept. 11, 2001, was near the World Trade Center when the first tower was struck by a plane in the orchestrated terrorist attacks. Brown ran toward the tower to find out how he could help and was assigned to the command post at the remaining tower before it also was struck, according to the news release.

Since retiring, Brown has become a motivational speaker and a spokesman for firefighters, police officers and construction workers who served at ground zero and their families.

Recognized guests at the convocation are expected to include Patsy Blount, a member of the Foundation Board and wife of the late Charley Blount, Santa Fe's largest single donor to date; Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida; and Scott Costello, publisher of Home Magazine.

The convocation will be preceded at 8:30 a.m. with light refreshments in the Fine Arts Hall lobby.

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