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Drone Academy

Tiffin University has announced the opening of its Drone Academy in response to the growing and expanding drone industry. The Academy has become a place of learning, research and achievement for the advancement of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. Featuring academic classes, training seminars, community outreach programs, certification opportunities and recreational activities like Community Fly Days, the Drone Academy provides theoretical and applied learning for the technological and operational aspects of the industry.

The Academy has been designated to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and allows the Academy and University to collaborate with the FAA, in order to provide aid to students pursuing a career in drone aviation. The designation also provides the opportunity to partner with industry professionals, local government officials, members of law enforcement and other organizations to provide enrolled students with the industry-skills needed to ensure success.

The University also has plans to establish a minor in UAS that will be available to all undergraduate seated students, regardless of their major. The minor will introduce UAS technology to students that can be utilized in many different professions. There will also be a new concentration in UAS for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree that will offer students the ability to explore various UAS platforms and be able to master the concepts of programming for UAS Technologies.

Both the minor and concentration will introduce students to hands on drone flights in class as well as the knowledge to pass their Part 107 Remote Pilot License by the FAA. Students also will gain knowledge in python programming as well as advanced UAS flight platforms. Finally, students are taught the basics of videography and photography using drones.

Through the Drone Academy students can join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) through the Tiffin University AMA University Model Aviation Student (UMASC) Chapter (in many cases at no charge to the student). This opportunity provides extensive resources, scholarships, grants and insurance for the students in Drone Academy.

$2,500
Power Hour 1
If we receive 50 gifts between 8:00 am and 11:00 am, Tiffin University will receive an additional $2,500. ​President Lillian and Dr. Ron ’95 Schumacher are generously supporting this Challenge.
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$2,500
Power Hour 2
If we receive 50 gifts between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, Tiffin University will receive an additional $2,500. TU Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Public Affairs Mitch and Dawn Blonde are generously supporting this Challenge.
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$23,000
500 Gift Challenge
If we receive 500 gifts by 11:59 pm, $23,000 will be unlocked for Tiffin University. Trustee Chris '95 and Jennifer Deal are generously supporting this Challenge.
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Leaderboard
Giving Day Leaderboard
See what group is leading the way!
Rank Department Raised
1 Track and Field/Cross Country - Men and Women $34,942.00
2 Annual Fund $32,533.77
3 Men's Wrestling $14,260.00
4 Softball $12,340.00
5 Women's Golf $8,970.01
6 Men's Basketball $8,111.73
7 Transform $8,092.34
8 Women's Basketball $6,469.00
9 General Scholarship Fund $5,809.00
10 Volleyball $4,783.00
11 Women's Wrestling $2,795.00
12 General Athletics $2,500.00
13 Esports $2,021.00
14 Tennis - Men's and Women's $1,640.00
15 Football $1,240.00
16 Stunt $1,200.00
17 Keith N. Haley Memorial Scholarship $1,100.00
18 Men's Golf $950.00
19 Club and Rec Sports - Men's and Women's Bowling $880.00
20 Club and Rec Sports - Cheerleading $840.00
21 Baseball $770.00
22 The Jeremy Croy Carry the Torch Fund $670.00
23 Student Emergency Fund $593.88
24 School of Business $450.00
25 School of Arts and Sciences $435.00
26 Club and Rec Sports - Flag Football $360.00
27 School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences $350.00
28 Men's Soccer $325.50
29 Zeta Pi Beta $305.00
30 Counseling and Wellness $245.00
31 Club and Rec Sports - Equestrian $230.00
32 Women's Soccer $220.00
33 Alternative Spring Break $210.00
34 Accounting and Finance Club (AFC) $150.00
35 Club and Rec Sports - Men's and Women's Rugby $150.00
36 Alpha Iota $120.00
37 Phi Theta Pi $120.00
38 Dance $120.00
39 Theatre and Musical Theatre $120.00
40 Instrumental and Vocal Music $100.00
41 First Generation Dragons $75.00
42 Center for InterculTUral Excellence (CIE) $60.00
43 Library/Archives $60.00
44 Visual and Media Arts $50.00
45 Women's Lacrosse $50.00
46 Lonny Allen '91 Baseball Fund $45.00
47 Creative Arts Institute (CAI) $25.00
48 Drone Academy $25.00
49 Club and Rec Sports - Drone Racing $20.00
50 Club and Rec Sports - Disc Golf $10.00
51 Club and Rec Sports - Fishing $10.00
52 Theta Eta Omicron $10.00
Ended
$10,000
115 Gift Challenge
If we receive 115 gifts by noon, $10,000 will be unlocked for Tiffin University. Trustee Andrew '94 and Leslie Felter are generously supporting this Challenge.
115 / 115 Gifts
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$2,500
Power Hour 3
If we receive 50 gifts between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Tiffin University will receive an additional $2,500. ​President Lillian and Dr. Ron ’95 Schumacher are generously supporting this Challenge.
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Class Leaderboard
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Class Year
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2022 15
2 2009 10
3 2021 8
4 2020 7
5 2019 7
6 2007 6
7 2013 6
8 2011 6
9 2005 4
10 2008 4
11 2003 4
12 2004 4
13 2012 3
14 2017 3
15 2016 3
16 2000 3
17 1977 2
18 1984 2
19 1960 2
20 1969 2
21 1999 2
22 1974 2
23 2018 2
24 1979 2
25 2001 2
26 1997 2
27 2014 2
28 2002 2
29 1976 2
30 2010 1
31 1966 1
32 1972 1
33 1990 1
34 1982 1
35 1988 1
36 1973 1
37 2015 1
38 1998 1
39 1978 1
40 2006 1
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Rank State Gifts
1 OH 1
2 AA 0
2 AE 0
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