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Mike Fitch

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Islanders Super Fan

Mike Fitch is a true Islanders super fan. He attends as many Islanders sports, dance and cheer events as possible. Fitch is also a veteran, who served 20 years in the U.S. Army.

Fitch’s love for the University began during his final deployment in Iraq in 2011. During his time of service abroad, he had few resources and even less time to research colleges.

“There was one university that was willing to answer all my questions and help me submit the right paperwork online from Iraq,” said Fitch. “That university, A&M-Corpus Christi, went out of its way and won me over.”

After retirement, Fitch came to the Island University to pursue his education. Fitch will graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.

“When I graduate in May, it will mark 25 years from the first day that I started pursuing my bachelor’s degree,” said Fitch. “I am a veteran, and a non-traditional student. But first, I am an Islander.”

After graduation, Fitch plans to return to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for graduate school and hopes to become a professor.

“I want to guide the younger generation because they are the future,” said Fitch. “It would be an honor to teach and mentor them.”

Between classes, Fitch sits in the Faculty Center and works on his assignments. He also makes himself available to classmates for help with their homework.

“I arrive on campus at 7 a.m. every day, whether I have class or not,” said Fitch. “I offer my proofreading skills to anyone who needs them.”

Fitch has also worked in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Veterans Office, the Registrar’s Office and has been a grader for two different professors.

“The Department of Social Sciences is really proud to have Mike as one of our Political Science majors,” said Dr. Jennifer Epley, Assistant Professor of Political Science. “He is diligent, thoughtful and hardworking.”

Fitch says he finds true joy supporting Islanders Athletics. He believes the Islanders talent pool is deep, and that student athletes are respectful, professional and always take time to talk with their fans.

“Islanders athletes are gracious, and I will always be there to support these wonderful people,” said Fitch. “I’m so impressed with their skills, that I sometimes take up to 500 photos at each event to share on social media.”

Fitch’s advice to his peers, especially military vets and non-traditional students, is that you can learn a lot by just listening.

“Just because your fellow classmate is half your age, it doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing,” said Fitch. “I have never hesitated to ask someone younger for help and I have received a lot of support in return.”

Fitch never passes up an opportunity to promote the University in a positive light. He says all of his hobbies, even his wardrobe, are centered around the Island University.

“I wear Islander gear every day, even to church!” said Fitch.