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Perry to Head Charles E. Schmidt
College of Science

Dr. Gary Perry (right) has beed named dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Responsible for overseeing FAU’s third largest college, which houses more than 150 faculty members, nearly 45 degree programs and more than 3,200 students, Perry brings institutional knowledge, experience and expertise to his new position.

"It will be my distinct privilege to lead the college through its next period of growth," he says. "The college is poised to reach new levels, and it is pivotal to FAU's development as a nationally recognized research university while maintaining excellence in teaching and service to the region."

Perry joined FAU’s faculty 17 years ago as an associate professor of neuroscience in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and the Department of Psychology. He rose through the ranks, eventually being selected as senior associate dean for graduate studies and research. In 2005, Perry was named interim dean of graduate admissions and studies.

Perry was selected from a large pool of candidates in a process that spanned nine months. He will begin his tenure as dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science no later than June 30. Perry earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and related sciences at the Royal Holloway College, University of London, Englefield Green, London, England. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1977 from the University of Manchester in Manchester, England.


Buller Named Dean of Honors College, Begins this Summer

Jeffrey L. Buller is the new dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. Responsible for overseeing FAU’s most academically selective college, which houses approximately 35 faculty members and more than 350 students, Buller brings extensive leadership, experience and expertise to the position.

“I am delighted that someone of Jeff’s caliber has chosen to be part of FAU’s family,” says Provost John Pritchett. “We look forward to his leadership as we seek to extend honors education throughout the University.”

Buller most recently served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. In this position, he served as the college’s chief academic officer, responsible for 32 undergraduate and three graduate programs. Previous to this, Buller was acting dean at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. Buller received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the classics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his undergraduate degree in modern and classical languages from the University of Notre Dame.

Buller was selected from a pool of 90 candidates in a process that spanned eight months. He will begin his tenure as dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College on July 1.


Campus Volunteer Center Celebrates 10 Years

With the the theme of “Ten Years of Service; a Lifetime of Giving,” the Daniel B. Weppner Campus Volunteer Center celebrated its 10th anniversary hosting a breakfast and a community partnership workshop earlier this year.

President Brogan offered welcoming remarks (right) to the attendees. Featuring numerous networking opportunities, the workshop welcomed members from more than 40 nonprofit organizations and was facilitated by Mr. Luciano Ramos, associate director of Florida Campus Compact and Monica Jara, coordinator for the volunteer center. Topics addressed included community-campus partnership enhancement strategies, student civic engagement practices and service-learning among others. For more information on the center, contact Monica Jara at mjara1@fau.edu.


'SEED' Recipients Announced

Jeanne Cimillo


Wendy LaValle

Ron Bulger

The Supplemental Educational Employee Development (SEED) program is designed to encourage and assist full-time FAU employees to pursue undergraduate degrees and improve their upward mobility and marketability. It offers a semester’s leave to employees having 60 credit hours or an associate's degree at the time of application for the award. Newly Selected recipients are:

Jeanne Cimillo, senior training specialist, Small Business Development, has been employed by FAU since April 2003. She is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in public communications, having obtained an associate's degree in business in 1989. Upward mobility has been a motivating factor in pursuing her degree, and she hopes to graduate in spring of 2007. Her SEED award is for spring and summer 2006.

Wendy LaValle, program assistant in Testing and Evaluation, has been employed by FAU since July 2002. She is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in business administration and is interested in pursuing a master's degree. She plans to graduate in December 2007 and hopes to move into a higher-level position with FAU. Her SEED award is for spring and summer 2006.

Ron T. Bulger, assistant director, Governmental Relations, has been employed by FAU and pursuing his undergraduate degree since April 2003. He has always dreamed of earning a college degree and will be the first individual in his immediate family to do so. He anticipates graduating in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in political science. His SEED award is for summer 2006.


International Educators Attend FAU-Hosted Conference

The Office of International Student & Scholar Services hosted the Florida Association of International Educators Conference 2006 (see photo) in February at the University Center.

The keynote address, “What It Means to be a ‘Light’ in International Education,” was given by Dr. David B. Austell, executive director of the Office of International Programs at Wayne State University. The conference offered information from a variety of speakers on immigration advising, studying abroad, admissions, community programming and English language programs. Also included was an all-conference session with government representatives and an opportunity to consult with experts at advice booths. Participants came from more than 40 Florida colleges and universities. The 100-plus attendees included foreign student advisers and admissions and study abroad personnel.


Social Security Seminars Coming to You

Seminars conducted by Wright Thompson from the Social Security Administration will be offered at three FAU campuses to inform employees about their benefits under Social Security. No RSVPs is required and employees' family members are welcome to attend. These seminars will help answer questions on the new Medicare prescription drug plan, the future of Social Security and cost-of-living-adjustments (COLA).

  • Boca Raton: Wednesday, April 26, 10 a.m., ADM 305
  • Davie: Wednesday, April 26, 2 p.m., LA 132
  • Jupiter: Thursday, April 27, 2 p.m., SR 108


Athletics News: 800 Wins, Zero Hits
and Two Seconds

Cooney Wins 800th Game
Baseball head coach Kevin Cooney picked up his 800th career victory with an 8-7 win over Columbia last month. The New Jersey native has led the Owls to a .620 winning percentage during his 18-plus seasons as coach, highlighted by a 54-9 campaign in 1999 when FAU started the season 39-1and went on to tie an NCAA record with 34 consecutive victories. Under Cooney's guidance, the Owls have won two A-Sun regular season titles and an A-Sun postseason championship and have played in seven NCAA Regionals. The Owls are 15-14 this season.

Storey Throws No-Hitter
Mickey Storey threw FAU's first no-hitter since 1994 as the Owls defeated Campbell University 2-0 at FAU Stadium last month. The sophomore struck out 10 and allowed one walk as he improved to 4-4 on the year with a 2.86 ERA. He was named a Louisville Slugger national player of the week and earned Atlantic Sun Conference player-of-the-week honors.

Weberg Earns Second in NCAA National Championships — Twice
FAU swimmer Ellie Weberg came in second in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke at the women's swimming and diving NCAA Championships in Georgia last month. She set FAU records in both races and won All-American honors.

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Dr. Andrew Weil to Lecture

FAU’s Memory and Wellness Center, in partnership with Hospice of Palm Beach County, will host Andrew Weil, M.D., best-selling author and expert on health and wellness. He has earned an international reputation as an expert on integrative medicine, mind body interaction and medical botany. Dr. Weil will present a public lecture on Friday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.

Tickets for the event may be purchased by calling 800-564-9539 or by visiting www.fauevents.com . Preferred seating tickets are available at a cost of $50, general seating tickets are available for $35 and students may obtain tickets for $25.

Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he also serves as a professor of medicine. Dr. Weil received both his medical degree and undergraduate AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University.

For more information, contact Olga Duron at 561-297-2526 or oduron@fau.edu, or visit http://www.fau.edu/memorywellnesscenter/conference.html.



The Kindertransport Journey' Exhibition Opens

FAU Libraries and the Center for the Holocaust and Human Rights Education present “The Kindertransport Journey: Memory in History,” an exhibition produced by Kindertransportee Robert Sugar, including seventeen photographic panels with text of the rescue operation from the German Reich of 10,000 unaccompanied children in 1938. The collection will be on display through April 30 in the lobby of the Wimberly Library on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. It is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Libraries will offer “Never Again? Genocide from the Holocaust to Darfur,” a screening of videos and posters on genocide with interactive dialogue by FAU staff and “Ethnic Conflicts and Genocide in Post-Colonial Africa: The Case of Darfur, Sudan,” a lecture by Edward Kissi, Ph.D., assistant professor in Africana Studies, USF, on April 20 in the Wimberly Library. On April 25, a panel presentation and reception titled “Yom HaShoah: Memories of the Kindertransport” with panelists: Rella Adler, Herda Drucker, Gertrude Graber and Anita Hoffer will be offered.

For details, call FAU Libraries at 561-297-2116.

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