If you've resolved to make changes for the new year, why not check out some of the University's offerings, including shows, concerts, speakers and a lecture series that brings world-renowned scientists to FAU. There are also a number of services and opportunities available to you as an employee at FAU. Here's a rundown of some upcoming events and a listing of resources to help you make 2006 a stimulating and educational year:
Frontiers in Science
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Frontiers in Science Lecture Series kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 12, with a lecture by Dr. Stuart Pimm of Duke University on species extinction, its geographical ranges and human impact. Known for his frankness and wit, which have often put him in the center of contentious conservation issues, Pimm is one of the world’s top scientists. He has received the Pew Scholarship for Conservation and the Environment, the Zoological Society of London’s Marsh Prize and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship. His group works in Madagascar, South Africa, Brazil, and Central America, as well as the Florida Everglades. A reception will follow the event.
The free lecture will be held in room 126 of the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center on the Boca Raton campus at 3:30 p.m. Over the next three months, seven more lectures will be presented exploring topics such as hurricanes, bioluminescence, breast cancer research and more. The lectures are presented by experts from the national and international scientific community as well as from FAU. For additional information, contact Patsy Jones at ext. 7-1307. (Click here for a schedule of the entire series in pdf.)
Of Owl Cards, Owl Bucks and Discounts
As an employee, you are eligible for a number of discounts and special services. First, make sure you have an Owl Card. It serves as your ticket to more than one million volumes in the University's libraries and is your official University ID. It can also be your BankAtlantic banking card, if you have an account. A BankAtlantic branch is located on the Breezeway on the Boca Raton campus; ATMs are available on the Boca Raton, Davie, MacArthur and Treasure Coast campuses. Click here for details.
You can turn your Owl Card into an on-campus debit card by putting up to $100 on it for use at campus copy shops, the mail center and select snack/beverage vending machines. Students can even use it at computer lab print stations, washers and dryers in the residence halls and some copy machines.
Through the Owl Bucks program, you can also add money to pay for purchases at the Breezeway Food Court, Centre Marketplace, Outtakes, Cyber Café, Wackadoos, the FAU Pharmacy and the bookstore. You can even set up a payroll deduction to add money to the card.
Be sure to check out Business Services for additional details on the mail center. (Two-cent stamps are available; remember, first class mail now costs 39 cents.) And remember, you are eligible for discounts when purchasing personal supplies from Office Depot and Corporate Express.
A Calendar of Music Festivals, Lectures,
Sports and Exhibits
If you haven't yet noticed, the University's Calendar of Events was launched in the fall. It details all the public events going on at all FAU campuses. Take a look now or access it anytime by clicking on the "Calendar of Events" link on the FAU homepage.
Among the coming events (details, unless noted, available in the Calendar of Events):
- Yvonne Rainer's "Radical Juxtapositions" exhibit features video installation works by a leading innovator in the dance world. The exhibit runs through Jan. 21 in the Schmidt Center Art Gallery on the Boca Raton campus.
- "Rebirth after the Holocaust: The Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950" is on display at the Ritter Art Gallery on the Boca Raton Campus. Click here for more information.
- The Broward campuses offer the "Paradise, in the Context of South Florida" exhibit featuring MFA graphic design students' work in Studio 728, Askew Tower, Fort Lauderdale - Downtown Campus.
- The Jupiter campus offers "Coffee with the Professor" later this month featuring Dr. Mary Faraci, English, speaking about "J.R.R.Tolkien: The Oxford Professor."
- The men's and women's basketball teams and baseball, softball and tennis teams start competition in early February.
- In February, the Department of Music will present the 2006 Music Festival: "From Carnegie Hall to the Cotton Club: A Portrait of American Music." The festival runs from Friday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 26, at the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. FAU faculty, staff and alumni may purchase concert tickets for half price and students receive concert tickets free at the door.
- Lectures abound this spring. For example, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Nursing Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa will speak on his book "Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan" which examines the end of World War II.
- Information about Ethics@FAU, a program featuring lectures and conferences this spring, can be found at www.fau.edu/ethics.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events
Check out the University's events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. by clicking here.
Beef up Those Computer Skills
Visit ecs.fau.edu/training to find out what computer training courses are offered free to faculty and staff. Online courses are also available.
Reminders, Odds and Ends
Employees with spouses who work for any state government agency (including FAU) are eligible to enroll in the health insurance spouse program in which the state matches each member’s insurance premium effectively providing insurance at no cost to these employees as long as both employees are full-time and benefits-eligible. Contact
Benefits and Retirement at ext. 7-3073 for more information.
Through Campus Recreation Services, the weight room and the pool are available for use by employees. The Today and Beyond Wellness Center offers programs and services to keep staff healthy.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides employees and their families with free, short-term counseling for personal or work-related issues. Total confidentiality and anonymity are assured. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours a day at 1-800-492-0253.
The Employee Educational Scholarship Program (EESP) provides employees the opportunity to enhance their job skills and further their education by attending classes at FAU. Eligible full-time employees may enroll for up to six credit hours of graduate or undergraduate instruction per term (fall, spring and summer).