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Brown Named New Vice President
of Student Affairs

Dr. Charles L. Brown (at right) is the University’s new vice president for student affairs. In this role, Brown will oversee a variety of services, including financial aid, housing, multicultural affairs, student activities, clubs and organizations, the Wellness Center, the Career Development Center and other services and centers. Brown earned his undergraduate degree in sociology and education from Blackburn College in Calinville, IL. He received both his master’s degree in education administration and Ph.D. in education from Illinois State University, located in Normal, IL. MORE...

SeaTech Awarded $2 Million Grant

SeaTech, which is part of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded a $2 million grant by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to investigate, design and build a prototype of a rapidly deployable multi-mission platform to be used as an enabling technology for seabasing. MORE...

9/11 Memorial Events at FAU

The University will observe the fifth anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, by flying flags at half-staff and with the following presentations:

Boca Raton Campus
Monday, Sept. 11, noon to 2 p.m.
Live Oak Pavilion, Boca Raton Campus

Presented by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the Peace Studies Program, the School of the Arts, the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, the Schmidt Family Foundation, John and Joanne Payson and the Jaffe Book Arts Collection. For more information, contact Polly Burks at 7-2595.

  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Multimedia display, including images from the 9/11 documentary photo collection "Here is New York," which is part of the Jaffe Book Arts Collection in the Wimberly Library. The program will include a recital of excerpts from the poem "When the Towers Fell" by Galway Kinnell, performed by Trent Blanton and Rebecca Simon of the Department of Theatre and a storytelling performance of "A Peace Tale" by Caren Neile, director of the South Florida Storytelling Project and artist-in-resident in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.
  • 1 p.m. – Professor Sushil Mittal, director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, James Madison University, will present "September 11: Creating History of a Different Kind." The lecture will include remarks on 9/11 and the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's non-violent resistance in South Africa. This lecture is presented as part of Peaceful Mind/Peaceful World, a community outreach program of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and
    Letters' Peace Studies program.

Broward Campuses

Davie Campus:
At 8:46 a.m., a lowering of the flags to half-mast will be held at the flag pole in front of the Liberal Arts Building.

Fort Lauderdale-Downtown Campus:
At 10:03, the Student Affairs division will lead a brief period of remembrance on the Fort Lauderdale campus. A message through public announcement system will be used to honor those who were lost, along with a moment for self reflection will be requested from all. This will be followed by tones signifying 9.11.

SeaTech Campus:
At 10:30 a.m., a lowering of the flags to half-mast will be held at the flag pole in front of the SeaTech building.

Events sponsored by Broward Student Government, SeaTech Administrative Services and the Broward Division of Student Affairs. For more information, please call 954-236-1219 or 954-762-5695.

John D. MacArthur Campus
9/11 Reflections and Vigil
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Poster reflections
6:30 p.m.: Vigil in the Jupiter campus breezeway

Students, staff and faculty are welcome to write reflections on poster board at the following locations:
SR Atrium from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Dining Hall from 12 to 2 p.m.

Ribbons symbolizing peace will be available by the poster boards. There will be a vigil at 6:30 p.m. in the area between the SR and AD buildings (the Jupiter campus breezeway). All are welcome to share reflections through poetry, a statement or other modes of expression. Beverages will be provided by SGA.

Sponsors of these events include: Student Life and Recreation, SGA, Inter-Club Council, and Diversity Student Services. For more information or to request an accommodation, please contact Naomi Greelis at ext. 6-8585 or ngreelis@fau.edu.

Treasure Coast Campus
The University community is invited to place flowers at the 9/11 memorial plaque at the base of the flags in front of the JU building. Flowers provided by Publix.

9/11 Film Series Sept. 11-13
Featured films explore the topics of freedom of speech, democracy and citizenship. Films will be screened in Room 214 of the Wimberly Library Media Center on the Boca Raton campus. Presented by the FAU Libraries' Outreach Committee. Admission is free. Seating is limited. For more information, call 7-2116.

The film showing schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 11, noon – "Watch What You Say"
    ABC News anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent John Donovan explore the penalties of political dissent in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The film includes news footage and a roundtable discussion with media personalities, journalists and others who have suffered the consequences of voicing unpopular opinions, revealing a disturbing yet unsurprising intolerance for such comments during a period of national crisis. (44 min.)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m. – "La Cuidad (The City)"
    Tells four stories about recent immigrants to New York City: a group of day-laborers scavenging for bricks; two teenagers from the same hometown who meet and fall in love; a homeless father who tries to enroll his daughter in school; and a garment worker who seeks justice in the sweatshops. (88 min.)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. – "Osama"
    Chronicles the true story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era. Special features: "Sharing hope and freedom" interview featurette with writer/director Siddiq Barmak. (83 min.)

First Generation College Students
Receive Grants

FAU, through the generous support of the FAU Foundation, Inc., has implemented the First Generation Matching Grant, a grant program recently adopted by the 2006 Florida Legislature to encourage university enrollment of students whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree. For the 2006-07 academic year, FAU granted awards to 196 freshman and 213 Florida community college transfers attending FAU this fall. Award amounts range from $750 per semester for six hours of study to $1,500 for full-time students. MORE...

President Brogan Appointed to
Sun Belt Executive Committee

President Brogan recently was appointed to the 2006-07 Sun Belt Conference Executive Committee as its at-large representative. This is the first year that all eligible FAU sports teams will compete in the Sun Belt Conference. MORE...

For more news from the world of FAU athletics, including:

  • the just released men's basketball schedule,
  • season ticket sales for the football season, and
  • a recap of the season starts for both the women's and men's soccer teams, the volleyball team and the cross country team, visit...fausports.com or click on the banner below.

FAU to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

FAU's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will run from Sept. 14 through Oct.18. Hispanic Heritage Month serves as a time to remember the contributions of Hispanic Americans and learn about the cultures from which they come. Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs for information. A detailed listing of events is available HERE...

First Shows for School of the Arts
Fall Season Begin this Month

'A Bright Room Called Day'
The theatre department will present "A Bright Room Called Day," written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of “Angels in America,” from Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 8. Shows will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. on Sundays in the Studio One Theatre on the Boca Raton campus.

General admission tickets are $20. FAU faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $10 and students may obtain tickets free at the door or ahead of time with a $5 reservation fee. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-564-9539 or at the theatre two hours prior to the performance.

The piece takes place in Berlin, Germany, after World War I. It is set in the apartment of an aging actress, Agnes Eggling, who is visited by some fellow actors and other artists. Over the span of a few months, the group discusses and laments the fall of Germany into the hands of Hitler and the Nazis.

Visit the college's Calendar of Events for details and watch for a complete rundown in next month's Update.

Exhibition to Open Sept. 15
The University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present an exhibition of works by recipients of the 2006 South Florida Cultural Consortium Media and Visual Artists Fellowship. ("Preoccupation" by Amy Gross, a 20-inch collage, is shown at right.) The exhibition will run from Friday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Schmidt Center Gallery and the Ritter Art Gallery on the Boca Raton campus. An opening reception in both galleries will be held on Sept. 15 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The University Galleries exhibitions are open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and other times by appointment for school and group tours.

For more information, call 561-297-2966 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.

Coming Soon and Noted…

State of the University Address Sept. 19
President Brogan will deliver the 2006 State of the University Address on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. in the University Theatre, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Everyone is invited to attend the address and the reception that will follow. The address will be webcast.

New Engineering Program Offered
Mechanical engineering is offering a new master's degree program with a minor in engineering management. The program has been approved and is being offered starting this fall. For information, call Dr. Cai at ext. 7-3428.

Study Abroad Fair Scheduled
The Office of International Programs will host the Study Abroad Fair on Monday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Breezeway on the Boca Raton campus. The event aims to foster student interest in international education and inform students about study abroad opportunities. Students will be able to collect information and ask questions regarding program options and speak with program representatives. The office is also sponsoring a study abroad photo contest open to all FAU students 18 years and older. All photography must have been created while attending a FAU 2006 study abroad program. For more details on the fair or the contest, contact the Office of International Programs at ext. 7-1039.

Auditions for Judaica Choral Society
FAU Libraries is holding auditions for its Judaica Choral Society through Oct. 12 at the S. E. Wimberly Library. Singers of all denominations are invited to audition for the 6-to-20-member advanced-level community ensemble. Auditions are by appointment and will require singing a prepared piece, sight singing a short passage and identification of musical notation. The chorus will work with guest artists and perform with the renowned Klezmer Company Orchestra, the Libraries’ professional ensemble in residence. Rehearsals will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 26, on the fifth floor of the Wimberly Library. Attendance is mandatory. For more information on the auditions, contact Aaron Kula, director of Music Collections, at (561) 297-3742 or akula@fau.edu.


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