MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology’s Fifth Annual National Women’s History Month celebration takes place March 6, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indian Harbour Beach. Winners of the Joan Bixby Award and Space Coast Community Award will be announced at the luncheon.

This year’s winners of the Joan Bixby Award are Lisa Steelman, associate dean of the Florida Tech School of Psychology, and Beth Gitlin, doctoral student in the School of Psychology. Donna Skattum, editor of Space Coast Living magazine, will be honored as the winner of the Space Coast Community Award.

Presented by the Florida Tech Alumni Association, the Joan Bixby Award recognizes members of the Florida Tech community who enhance the climate for women’s participation and development on campus. The award is named in honor of Florida Tech alumna Bixby, who was a university administrator and Melbourne resident.

Bixby, who earned a Florida Tech master’s degree in contract and procurement management in 1975, started her university career as development director in 1965. She left Florida Tech’s employ in 1975 for a career as a government contracting officer and, in retirement, she remained an active member of the university community until her death in December 2011.

The luncheon is $35 a person and an R.S.V.P. is required. A 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the Zonta/Meehan Scholarship, which is administered by the WBC. The event will be presented by the Florida Tech Alumni Association, Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech and Zonta Club of Melbourne.

For more information, or to pay by credit card, contact Casey Gilbert or Donn Miller-Kermani at (321) 674-7007 or at send email to

About the WBC

The WBC at Florida Tech is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is an outreach of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. The WBC provides women with opportunities, tools and connections to advance their global influence and success. The center offers facilities conveniently located at Florida Tech, teachers, mentors and volunteers with expertise and business knowledge, partnering with community organizations for broad outreach, and training and resources that are onsite and online to accommodate busy schedules and provide easy access. Additional information is available online at

About Zonta

Zonta International is a global organization of male and female executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Melbourne Club is in Zonta’s District 11, which encompasses the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and The U.S. Virgin Islands.

About Florida Institute of Technology

Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. ranks graduates’ mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida’s universities, and lists Florida Tech among the top 20 universities in the South-both public and private. The university has been named a Barron’s Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education. Additional information is available online at