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College of Business Awarded Patent on System to Aid Legal Guardianship Work

FAU was recently awarded an Integrated Guardianship Information System patent that will assist in legal guardianship case management workflow. Dr. Stuart Diaz Galup, associate professor of information technology in the College of Business; Dr. Ronald Dattero, formerly with the College of Business and now professor of computer information systems at Missouri State University; and Bryan Thabit, former director of auditing for the Broward County Courts and now chief financial officer of the Broward County Library developed this Internet/intranet-based system. The technology provides decision-support capabilities for local government agencies that oversee guardianship cases. This is the first FAU patent to be issued to faculty affiliated with the College of Business.

“The value to society of the patented process and associated software is significant. The integrated system captures data about the financial assets of the ward of the state directly from the guardian, and, through the court’s auditing function, the ward’s family and friends are assured that the their rights are protected,” said Galup. “The efficient process of capturing the ward’s financial data, transferring the data and auditing the data provides a timely examination of the facts by the courts.”

The heart of the system is computer-based software that captures guardianship plans and annual accounting data, which can be printed or electronically transmitted to the Clerk of the Court’s Office. The process replaces the paper system, provides accurate monitoring of document transfers between offices and aids in the detection of financial and material fraud. Part of the system has been tested and is currently being used by Broward, Pinellas and Pasco counties. Development of the system was partially funded by a $138,000 grant from the Florida State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Elderly Affairs through the College of Business’ Stuart James Research Center.

Gimelstob Symposium to Focus on Women and Judaism

The Gimelstob Symposium, titled “New Scholarship on Women and Judaism,” will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, from noon to 10 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The symposium will include sessions on several topics including “Jewish Women in Antiquity,” “The Middle Ages and the Shtetl,” “Literature, Authors and Characters,” “Contemporary Life” and “Religious Issues.” The sessions, moderated by faculty, will include lectures by scholars from around the country.

Events will be held in the Live Oak Pavilion, University Center on the Boca Raton campus. The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch on Monday. Deadline for registration is Feb. 1. Registration information is also available by calling ext. 7-0645. The symposium is sponsored by Herbert and Elaine Gimelstob. For more information, contact Frederick Greenspahn, Gimelstob Eminent Scholar Chair in Judaic Studies, at greenspa@fau.edu.

'Love, Laughter and Lasagna' to Benefit New Nursing Program

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing invites you to an evening of laughter, insight and community gathering at a comedy show by renowned humor therapist and stress reduction educator Loretta LaRoche. The event is a fundraiser supporting the college's new transdisciplinary program, the Initiative for Intentional Health, which provides students, faculty, staff and the public with mindful living and health promotion programming, research in whole living and service to the community.

"Love, Laughter and Lasagna" will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the University Center on the Boca Raton campus. Tickets range from $50 for VIP seating to $10 for students. For more information, visit www.fauevents.com.

Rape Aggression Defense System
Course Offered

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a low-cost program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. The course is taught by nationally certified instructors. Each student is provided with a workbook/reference manual.

The course will be offered on three consecutive Wednesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. It is open to FAU, BCC and PBCC students, faculty and staff. Women from the general public will be allowed to attend on a space-available basis, so pre-registration is required. Contact Lt. Chuck Aurin at ext. 7-3504 or caurin@fau.edu to sign up.

New Chief of Police Joins FAU

William Ferrell III is FAU's new Director of Safety and Security, Chief of Police. He served the Florida Highway Patrol in various capacities for nearly 25 years, including as sub-district commander in Broward County and lieutenant and public affairs officer.

At FAU, he leads a department of 34 sworn officers and oversees 92 employees. As Director of Safety and Security, Ferrell is responsible for ensuring a safe and secure campus environment. He is also responsible for formulating policies and procedures, as well as developing and implementing crime prevention programs, enforcing parking regulations and overseeing security programs on all campuses.

"Mr. Ferrell's extensive law enforcement background brings to the University a wealth of knowledge that will enhance our police department and our public safety efforts," said Dr. Ken Jessell, vice president for financial affairs. "His overall attitude and enthusiasm for the position make him the right person for the job."

Athletics Update

Read about the the latest in FAU Athletics at www.fausports.com including:

  • The swimming team's winning sweep of the season's last meets.
  • Both basketball teams (men's and women's) remain atop the Atlantic Sun conference standings.
  • Preseason polls list the Owls baseball team in the top 25.
  • Much, much more.




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