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Patty Singer has been named the new university ombudsman. Selected from a strong pool of candidates, Singer replaces Bobbi Rice who retired earlier this year after serving FAU for more than 33 years.
The Ombudman’s office is an independent, impartial resource to help individuals to function effectively within the University system, assist in resolution of issues of concern or dissatisfaction and understand the policies and procedures of the University.
Singer's office is located in Student Services Bldg., Room 102-L. She can be reached by phone at ext. 7-3693 and email@example.com.
The Department of Communication will become the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. The new school, approved by President Brogan and Provost John Pritchett, will accommodate a larger, more complex and professionally oriented program. It also recognizes the development of a faculty and curriculum that is able to compete with communication and media schools at other state research universities.
"The field of communication has grown exponentially over the last several years with the addition of new technologies and media forms," said William A. Covino, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. "We have matched that growth here in the college with a rigorous six-year development process designed to meet the needs of our students." The number of students majoring in communication has increased from 400 in 1998 to more than 1,000 this year.
The "school" designation comes on the heels of two other major steps for the department: the recent creation of the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment, designed to train environmental journalists; and the go-ahead to launch a digital radio station in conjunction with WXEL-FM.
Organizationally, the school will follow the same structure as the
pre-existing department and continue to offer undergraduate degree programs in communication studies and multimedia studies. The school also offers a master of arts degree.
Rex Walters was named FAU's the head men's basketball coach last month. "Rex has the drive and commitment it takes to make the Florida Atlantic men's basketball program consistently competitive with the best in the nation," said President Brogan. He was the associate head coach for Matt Doherty during the 2005–06 season. (For more information...)
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The FAU Libraries' familiar online "LUIS" catalog will be phased out on July 1. It will be replaced by a new catalog named "Aleph." For information about the new system and other library news, please go to the FAU Libraries Spring Semester Faculty Newsletter at http://www.library.fau.edu/news/faculty_news_spring06.pdf
|Exhibitors at Oceans Day included, from left, Ocean Engineering faculty members Manhar Dhanak and Doug Briggs.
Florida Ocean Alliance Chair David McDonald and Vice Chair Kumar Mahadevan joined Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Energy Mike Sole at a press conference to celebrate Oceans Day in Tallahassee last month. Over 50 exhibits were displayed in the Capitol to educate legislators and state agency staff about oceans and coastal issues. This year’s Ocean’s Day theme, “Ocean Partners for Florida’s Future,” saluted the work of the Florida Oceans and Coastal Resource Council, which was created by the 2005 Legislature to help manage the state’s coastal and marine resources and to develop an annual research plan.
The Florida Atlantic University Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) serves as secretariat for the Florida Ocean Alliance. The Florida Ocean Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public-private partnership of government, academic, and private sector organizations. Formed in 1999, the alliance promotes awareness and understanding of the ocean’s importance to the ecology and economy of Florida.
The Scripps Howard Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to FAU to host the 2006 Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment on May 15-20 at the John D. MacArthur campus. The institute, sponsored by the foundation since 2000, is designed for professional journalists who cover environmental issues. This is the first time it will be held at FAU. Participants are chosen from print, broadcast and web-based media.
Neil Santaniello, previously an environmental reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, has been named the new director of the institute for the University. He joined the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, which administers the institute, as a full-time faculty member in January.
The program strives to deepen the understanding reporters have of environmental sciences and delves into some of today's top environmental topics, including water pollution, the spread of invasive species, urban sprawl, growth management, climate change, catastrophic weather and legal protections for endangered species.
"This biologically diverse, low-lying, watery place is rife with
environmental problems — ever-expanding development, disappearing wetlands, shrinking open space, nutrient pollution and ailing coral reefs," said Santaniello. "At the same time, it serves as the staging ground for nationally monitored environmental restoration initiatives, such as the $10 billion plan to revitalize the Everglades."
The Scripps Howard Foundation serves as a leader in industry
efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy,
minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes. It is the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Company, a diverse media concern with Florida newspaper and television operations.
Two South Florida Scripps executives, Thomas E. Weber Jr., president and publisher of the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, and Brian Lawlor, vice president and general manager of Scripps-owned WPTV-Channel 5, are members of FAU's multimedia studies advisory board.