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Disaster and Emergency Healthcare
Training Facility Dedicated

The new Disaster and Emergency Healthcare Training Facility on the Boca Raton campus was dedicated last month. The unique, state-of-the-art facility simulates emergency conditions in an effort to train healthcare professionals and other first responders when confronted with extreme trauma, biochemical, nuclear or biological agents. MORE...

Staffer Wins on Jeopardy!
Jeff Spoeri, director of development for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, won on Jeopardy!, and will appear in additional episodes starting Nov. 22. MORE...

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CUES Receives Grants to Continue Work on Economics of Beaches, Monroe County Planning

The coastal program at the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) has received two grants, the first from the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for $134,000 to continue its work on the Economics of Beaches with Dr. William Stronge. The second grant for $180,000 is shared with the South Florida Regional Planning Council for implementation of the Monroe County Strategic Management Plan that the Planning Council and CUES completed last year. CUES will collaborate with the Planning Council on a Marina Siting Plan and a Working Waterfronts Preservation Master Plan, as well as lead the development of Land Development Regulations and Comprehensive Plan changes for Monroe County. The research is part of an effort to address waterfront redevelopment issues and preservation of marine facilities in Monroe County. For more information on the projects, contact Dr. Lenore Alpert, Assistant Director of Research at CUES, at 954-762-5268, lalpert@fau.edu.


Stay Up-to-Date on the
Core Curriculum Task Force

The Core Curriculum Task Force has been charged by the University's Council for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to review and make recommendations on possible revision of the core curriculum. The status of its work can be viewed at the new Core Curriculum Task Force web page.

ALSO: All-USA Student Nominations Needed
Faculty are invited to nominate outstanding students for a prestigious award sponsored by USA TODAY—the All-USA College Academic First Team. Students can win a trophy and a $2,500 cash award. Places on the second and third teams will also be awarded. The award is aimed at "honoring students for what they have accomplished as undergraduates." Visit allstars.usatoday.com for details. Please forward completed nomination documents to Diane Aragon, undergraduate studies, SU 216, or to Agnes Santore, student affairs, SU 215 before forwarding to USA TODAY to allow tracking of how many applications are submitted. Nominations must be postmarked by Thursday, Nov. 30; please forward no later than Monday, Nov. 27.

Klezmer Only Palm Beach Ensemble to
Perform at Opening
Miami Beach Show in December

Klezmer Company Orchestra: Jazz Project was the only Palm Beach County ensemble invited to perform during the four-day grand opening celebration for the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami last month.

The Jazz Project, made up of core members of the Klezmer Company Orchestra, performed selections from its Klezmer, Latin and Jazz repertoire at an evening show in the Carnival Centers’s 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall. Kathryn Garcia, assistant producer for the center, said inviting the group to participate was an easy choice. "They are the most interesting Klezmer ensemble I found in South Florida," she said. "Simple as that."

Next month, the ensemble will also perform a concert on Dec. 17, in the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. The concert, "Salsa, Strings & Swing," features new and exciting arrangements of orchestral Latin Klezmer music—tango, salsa and mambo and swing.

For more information, visit www.klezmercompany.com or call Aaron Kula at 561-414-4332.

The History of FAU Athletics Unveiled

FAU Libraries and the Athletics Department are hosting “The History of FAU Athletics,” through Thursday, November 30, in the lobby of the S.E Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus. The exhibition showcases seven individuals who were inducted into the Athletics Department Hall of Fame on Oct. 27, and a timeline and history of FAU Athletics. The exhibition complements the '@ your library' campaign, featuring student-athletes in an awareness campaign. The Libraries is also offering student-athletes additional tutorial sessions, workshops and study hours.

Basketball Starts This Month; Tickets Now on Sale

The Owl men's and women's basketball teams begin the 2006–07 season this month with early games on the road. The men will play their first home game on Nov. 28 versus Florida Memorial and the women are home for the first time on Dec. 2 versus Western Kentucky. For ticket information please call 1-866-FAU-Owls.

For more news from the world of FAU athletics, visit fausports.com or click on the banner below.

FAU Heart Walk Team Raises
More than $10,000

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Earlier this fall, more than 107 walkers from FAU participated in the American Heart Association South Palm Beach County’s Heart Walk 2006 hosted on the Boca Raton campus. Overall, the event drew more than 1,000 participants who walked approximately three miles to raise money to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke raising more than $231,000 for the associations’s lifesaving programs. FAU, co-led by Dr. Larry F. Lemanski, vice president for research, and Gisele Galoustian, director of communications, research, exceeded its goal, raising $10,830.80. FAU placed second overall as a company/organization for funds raised and first place overall for the number of walkers recruited.

FAU faculty researchers have received close to $500,000 in research grants from the American Heart Association Florida/Puerto Rico affiliate in the last four years. The top fundraising FAU teams were the College of Business led by team captain Marcy Krugel, followed by Team Axolotl led by Kristine Halager and in third place was Borko’s Beta-Blockers led by Vanessa Diaz and Gabi Abratt.

Special thanks to all of FAU’s team captains (Gabi Abratt, Charlotte Barry, Leslie Bates, Vanessa Diaz, Jacqueline Erdman, Davida Fiore, Gisele Galoustian, Lynn Gil, Colleen Glazer, Kristine Halager, Trudy Jeffries, Diana Julen, Marcy Krugel, Taylor Kung, Paul Metcalf, Lina Ortega , Salwa Patel, Adrienne Simmons, Wendy Stephens and Larry Winston), walkers and generous contributors.


Book Drive Supports
Palm Beach Literacy Program

FAU's AMP Forum is supporting a book drive for the Palm Beach Literacy Program. Each holiday season the forum supports a community project. Collection boxes for new books for children, aged 6 months to 8 years, are available in the following locations until Dec. 1:

  • Boca Raton Campus: SU 102-L, Student Support Services and CO 112, Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Broward Campuses: LA 444 (College of Business), Davie Campus.
  • Jupiter Campus: SR 139, Student Services Front Desk and HC 130, Honors College Dean's Office.
  • Treasure Coast Campus: JU 113, Student Services Front Desk.


A News Roundup from Student Affairs

Orientation Handbook Receives National Award
The Student Orientation Office won the National Orientation Directors Association's Publication and Media Showcase Award in the category of Outstanding Orientation Handbook, in one or two colors. The award was announced at the association’s national conference in Salt Lake City last month. Ronald Johnson, orientation coordinator, developed this handbook with information on FAU programs and services for new students. Laurie Donahue, senior graphic designer in the Creative Services department, designed and produced the publication.

IBM Donates Laptops to Multicultural Affairs
IBM is donating 10 laptops valued at more than $17, 000 to the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The donation of the latest ThinkPad laptops will be used to train students in the College Reach Out Program (CROP), a program that prepares about 80 low-income and future first-generation college students from local schools for higher education. Students will use the computers to develop advanced computer skills including website development, online research and e-mail through weekend workshops. IBM will also collaborate with CROP in training students, facilitating workshops and assisting in field trips to their offices and assist the office in providing speakers as role models for its multicultural events and activities.

Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Colorful Events
Olga Loya (at right), a nationally known storyteller, highlighted the University's Hispanic Heritage Month activities on the Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses. Speaking to a large audience on the Boca Raton campus on Oct. 10, she demonstrated how we belong to multiple identities, culturally and ethnically. In the afternoon, she spoke to students on the Davie campus and the following day she entertained an audience of students, faculty and staff on the Jupiter campus with "Latina Tales."

On the Boca Raton campus, the celebrations began on Sept. 18, as Dr. Carlos Diaz, Dr. Luis Alvarado, Brian Becker and Dr. Mark Frezzo discussed issues related to recent developments in immigration laws. Monica Jara moderated the discussion. Activities on the Davie campus began with a "Parade of Colors" with flags of each country in the region. Other events included the "Domino Challenge," "Soccer Challenge" and a celebration of Hispanic music and dance. Events on the Jupiter campus included a "Rainbow on Campus" diversity fair and a screening of the award-winning movie, The Sea Inside.

The Hispanic Heritage Month was a collaborative effort of the Office of Multicultural Affairs offered in collaboration with FAU students, faculty, departments and staff on Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses.

Counseling Center Welcomes Two New Employees
The Counseling Center welcomes two new employees. Hope Atwell, MSW and Dawn Di Cicco, LCSW. Hope Atwell, counseling specialist, received both her B.S. in social work and MSW from FAU. She worked as an intern at the center before being hired. Dawn Di Cicco, counseling specialist, earned B.A. in psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, and her master of social work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She received special training as an alcoholism counselor from the New York Institute of Alcoholism and Addictions in Coram, New York. Previously Dawn worked as a therapist at Lifeskills of Boca Raton and the Renaissance Institute of Palm Beach.

First Career Destination Survey Launched
This fall, the Career Development Center (CDC), Boca Raton campus, launched the first Career Destination Survey. This online survey provides students and recent alumni with an opportunity to report their post-graduation plans as well as offer feedback on the center. The data collected will be enable the center to report on a variety of topics including: employment statistics, graduate and professional school attendance and salary statistics. The CDC is currently surveying the graduating class of 2006. Respondents can access this survey by visiting www.cdc.fau.edu and clicking on the Graduating Student Survey link. If you would like to assist the CDC in promoting this survey and/or are interested in learning more, contact the center.

FAU Students Paint, Build Homes and Restore Beach
FAU volunteer projects have received tremendous participation from student volunteers from all campuses. In the “Paint Your Heart Out,” project students partnered with the Office of Student Orientation, Office of Retention and Freshman Learning Communities to paint the home of a low-income elderly woman. Volunteers also came together and helped plant much needed sea grass on the beach as part of the “Ocean Re-Nourishment” program (see photo). In the latest “Habitat For Humanity” project students worked in conjunction with the Hispanic Heritage Month activities and built a local home.

The Campus Volunteer Center in collaboration with Student Government's Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) has started offering these projects on the first Saturday of every month. These events allow students to have consistent opportunities to perform volunteer work in various fields.

Success Day on Davie Campus a Success
Student Affairs and Academic Affairs at the Davie campus offered Student Success Program workshops for transfer students earlier this fall. Over a dozen students attended a day of workshops on the Library Use, Basics 101, Financial Affairs and Career Pathways. Experts from financial institutions, the FBI, 7-Eleven, the FAU Center for Writing Excellence, and the BCC/FAU Library participated. Breakfast and lunch were provided and students also won prizes courtesy of Broward Student Government and Broward Student Affairs.

Students Visit Sun Trust for Disability Mentoring Day
The Office of Student Disabilities at Broward observed Disability Mentoring Day last month. A group of students visited the SunTrust Bank head office in Fort Lauderdale to spend part of the day shadowing middle- and upper-level managers. They learned about careers at SunTrust and about the financial services industry.


Coming Soon and Noted…

25 Years of AIDS, World AIDS Day on Nov. 14
To commemorate the 25th year of AIDS and the 2006 World AIDS Day, the FAU AIDS Committee will hold a special program on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at noon on the Boca campus in the Live Oak Pavilion A/B, FAU student and actor/activist "Devin T." Robinson will perform several of his unique monologues that educate and entertain about HIV. As founder and p;resident of the AIDS Awareness Poets, "Devin T." uses the performing arts to bring HIV awareness and the message to "get tested" to our University community. Winners of the FAU AIDS Committee’s student literary and visual art competitions will also be showcased. Lunch will be provided. Call (561) 297-1135 for more information.

Hometown Tours
The Governmental Relations Office organizes the University's “Hometown Tours.” Periodically, a member of the FAU leadership team will speak at a local city or county commission meeting within FAU ’s service area, which stretches from St. Lucie County southward through Broward County. This month features stops with the Hollywood City Commission and the Broward County Commission, while in November the tour will go to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission. Also, the Office's web page has a link to FAU's 2007 Legislative Session Budget Request.

School of the Arts Events
Saturday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Choir, University Theatre
Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Wind Ensemble, University Theatre
Monday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m., Rock Fund Ensemble, Studio One
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