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Fall 2014 Dean's Message

Though you wouldn’t know it by the weather in South Florida, summer has come to a close, and the Fall 2014 semester is well underway. Soon after 369 students graduated with advanced degrees from FAU this summer, we welcomed more than 1,100 new graduate students to the university.

With each passing year, the experience changes, as we launch new programs and witness the interesting work of our world-class faculty and dynamic student body.

Part of that experience is the start of the college football season, which kicks off this weekend. We urge you all to show your support for FAU by participating in College Colors Day this Friday, August 29. It’s a national celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience, so be sure to wear FAU Blue and Red and attend FAU’s College Colors Day celebration, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Traditions Plaza. You can enjoy free food, giveaways, live music, and a special performance by the Marching Owls and Spirit Squads.

As you’ll see on the calendar below, several great workshops are being offered in the coming weeks, including a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Series Workshop on Conflict Of Interest on September 19 and 23, and a Thesis & Dissertation: Formatting Workshop on September 30.

September 14 marks 50 years since FAU first opened its doors to students, and we now have the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse student body in the nation. As we celebrate this milestone, we can take pride in all the university, its faculty, alumni and students have accomplished. Today’s FAU presents tremendous resources and unprecedented opportunities to our students, and I encourage you to take full advantage of everything we have to offer.

With best regards,
Deborah L. Floyd, Interim Dean of the Graduate College and Professor


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