Quentin Schweiger (right), director of dining services at the MacArthur campus, received the National Residence Hall Honorary’s “Spotlight of the Month” award for October 2005 for his service to students during Hurricane Wilma.
Sean Pierce, director of housing and residential life, said, “Each school submits nominations to their region and each region selects one winner to represent them on the national level. This is the first time that FAU has won a regional award, let alone a national award.”
In the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, Schweiger was without power, hot water and telephone service at his own home. Despite his situation, he drove 20 miles to campus the day after the storm and single-handedly prepared meals for the 50 students who had not evacuated. Although classes were cancelled and the University remained closed, he continued to welcome additional students as they returned to the residence halls. Their numbers increased until he was feeding a population of almost 200 students three times a day without any staff support.
Schweiger’s nominator for the award wrote, “He left his personal situation behind and worked a minimum of 12 hours a day to make sure that the students were taken care of appropriately. Not once did Quentin let the students know of his personal struggles due to the storm and he always greeted them with open arms and hot meals. Quentin put the students first and dedicated his time to ensuring that they, as well as the housing staff, had meals during a time when there were power outages, gasoline shortages, food shortages and water shortages.”
Dr. Kristen Murtaugh, campus vice president, said, “Quentin’s dedication to our students was exemplary. We are proud of his award and we are especially thankful to have him as part of our campus family.”
Don't miss this month's joint exhibition in the atrium and library at the Jupiter campus by Wendy Deschene, "WYSISYG (What You See is What You Get)" and "Simply Stated," as well as the library's mixed media exhibition by Rosemarie Chiarlone. In March, Judith Rodman Flescher will exhibit paintings and collage in the atrium, while Ray Rusotto will show "Bocaratoons," cartoons from the Boca News, in the library.