The Chao Tsu-Yu Chinese Clock (1981)

The connection between Florida Tech and China is one that predates the university's founding. Jerry Keuper, Florida Tech's founder, served in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during World War II and was given intensive Chinese language training in preparation for a "cloak and dagger" mission in Japanese occupied China. Throughout his 28-year tenure as Florida Tech's first president, Keuper strove to improve the link between America and China. During the 1970s and 1980s, Florida Tech was one of the leaders in granting graduate fellowships to Chinese students. This clock was given to the university in recognition of Florida Tech's commitment to Chinese students.