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Norman Tripp Named Board of Trustees Chair; Nancy Blosser Vice Chair

The FAU Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously named Norman Tripp as its new chair and Nancy Blosser as its new vice chair.

“I look forward to working with Trustees Tripp and Blosser in their new roles, as both have shown such a strong commitment to FAU and higher education in general,” said President Frank T. Brogan. The board governs and sets policies for the University in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida and the policies of the Board of Governors.

Chairman Tripp (at right) is founder, chairman emeritus and a partner in the Tripp Scott law firm in Fort Lauderdale. Active in community efforts, Tripp served as a member and chair of the State Board of Community Colleges, a member and past chair of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, a member of the Broward Board for the Annenberg Challenge Grant and the Board of Governors of the Nova Southeastern University School of Business and a trustee of the University of Miami. A founding benefactor of the Community Foundation of Broward, he began the Tripp Fund for Educational Opportunity and the Tripp Scott Fund for Community Diversity. Tripp helped establish the George Mitchell Distinguished Visiting Professor Program at FAU. He was founder and general counsel of Alamo Rent-A-Car. Tripp, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and earned a Juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University.

Vice Chairman Blosser (at left), of Fort Lauderdale, graduated from the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing in New Jersey and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami. Blosser has served as a member of the Friends of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Advisory Board at FAU. A trustee since the BOT was created, she recently led the effort to develop, design and implement the University’s new strategic plan. Blosser is active in many charitable and community organizations.


FAU in the News

FAU Receives $500,000 from the Florida Department of Health for Cancer Research
FAU researcher Dr. Yoshimi Shibata, associate professor of biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, has received a Bankhead-Coley Biomedical Research grant for $500,000 from the Florida Department of Health for cancer research. Shibata’s project focuses on a research tool that allows researchers to measure physical characteristics such as cell size, shape and internal complexity. MORE...

FAU Professor Named Program Director for National Science Foundation Networking Technology and Systems Program
Dr. Jie Wu, professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and preeminent authority in the fields of wireless networks, sensor networks and parallel processing, has been selected by the National Science Foundation as a program director for the Networking Technology and Systems program.
The program solicits proposals from the networking research and education community, encouraging investigators to make bold assumptions about the future of networking. MORE...

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Spanish River Entrance to Boca Raton Campus to Close for Three to Four Weeks

While the coming closure of FAU Boulevard at Spanish River Boulevard, the northern entrance to the Boca Raton campus, may pose a temporary inconvenience, it is the safest and most cost-effective option to complete the work that is needed. The three-to-four week closure, which begins Feb. 11, will allow the FAU Research Park to widen the entrance and FAU Boulevard to four lanes—a necessary expansion that will alleviate congestion on campus roads.

Lee Street will open on Feb. 10—ahead of the contracted completion date—to help with the flow of traffic on campus during the temporary road closure. Signs throughout campus will announce the closure and direct drivers to alternate entrances and exits. Please note the closure has been planned to overlap with Spring Break during the first week in March to lessen disruption.

The decision to impact the campus so significantly was not made lightly. Prior to making the decision to shut down the road completely, Research Park operators and the construction company explored a variety of other options. One such option included reducing travel to a single lane; however, narrowing the entrance to a single lane would have significantly increased traffic congestion and risk to drivers.

Students, faculty and staff will need to use other campus entrances and exits during the closure. The best alternatives will be the two Glades Road entrances. The 20th Street entrance is heavily impacted each weekday morning and afternoon by A.D. Henderson school traffic (peak times are from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.) Please plan accordingly and allow extra travel time to arrive safely.

A security officer will be stationed at the Research Park's parking lot entrance on Spanish River Boulevard and will allow access only to Research Park tenants. Thank you for your patience and understanding as work proceeds to improve FAU. Additional information about FAU traffic issues can be found at


Students to Vote on New Student Government Constitution on Feb. 12 and 13

The Student Government Association has been working on re-writing a new constitution since late last year. Click here find out more about the new constitution and a ratification vote scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13.


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'Bury the Burrow in Red' on Feb. 10

The FAU men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to Florida International University on Saturday, Feb. 10. The games will fan the rivalry between the schools, affect Sun Belt Conference standings and showcase the University on television (CSS – Comcast Sports Southeast). Come cheer the Owls and “Bury the Burrow in RED” by wearing red clothing. Let's try to break the attendance records for both teams. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. for the first game; the second game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.

The night’s events will include a live band. There will be free food, t-shirts and much more, including give-aways, such as a year’s supply of Pepsi and movie passes -- one lucky fan will even walk away with cash. In addition, the FAU National Alumni Association, the Program Board and SGA will host a pre-game party open to the public starting at 4:30 p.m.

As always, admission is free for students with FAU IDs, while general admission is $10. WEAR RED...CHEER LOUD!

For more information, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS, or visit www.fausports.com. For more news from the world of FAU athletics, click on the banner below.


Career Day to Feature 130 Employers

FAU's Spring 2007 Career Day, titled “Make the Connection,” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FAU Arena on the Boca Raton campus. More than 130 employers will be recruiting at the event. Business dress is required for all students. Students will not be permitted to attend in casual attire. For more information and other career events, contact the Career Development Center at 561-297-3533 or visit www.cdc.fau.edu. FAU Davie held a Job Fair last month. Watch Update for details on the Jupiter campus career fair next month.


Race for the Cure Team Raises Nearly $10,000 for Breast Cancer Research and Support

In its 10th anniversary year, FAU's Race for the Cure Team recruited 174 members and raised nearly $10,000, three-quarters of which stays in our own community, with one-quarter going to the Susan B. Komen Foundation national research program. Great work, team! FAU student Jonathon Rose placed second in the men’s competitive run for the 20–24 age group. So far (the team is still collecting donations through Feb. 20), the team has 19 members with $100 or more in fundraising. The top three fundraisers are Jennifer Bebergal with $600, Mary Beth Burton with $430 and Elizabeth Gunn with $300.

Thanks to all who pitched in to make this a record year for FAU, including, Jerry Clinton, Maruchy Lachance and Bonnie McMullan; Sean Pierce, who organized the residence hall “penny wars” in Jupiter, funding an additional 40 students to enter the race; the President’s office for providing FAU T-shirts; and the staff in IEA for their work in support of the race (especially Geoffrey Johnson). See you again next year!


Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebrated at FAU

FAU celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr., Day last month with several events including presentations, a candlelight vigil and a presentation. The Black Student Union organized the “Martin Luther King March and Candlelight Vigil” on January 23. Participants walked from the University Center to the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters amphitheatre at 6 pm. Students spoke on the achievements and life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Professor Nkiru Nzeqwu of Binghamton University discussed “The Idea of African Diaspora Art: Mapping the Geopolitical Limits” on Jan. 29. The presentation was sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Certificate Program, the Office of the President and several academic departments. The Program Board and Black Student Union offered a “Jazz Night” on Jan. 30 at Coyote Jack's in the University Center. The evening included student performances of music and poetry. And the Volunteer Center partnered with the Office for Student Retention and Pearl City C.A.T.S. to bring FAU students and kids from the community together to honor Dr. King. Click here for more details and a photo of the event.



Dorothy Russell is the new assistant vice president for financial affairs and university budget director. She has more than 25 years of senior and executive officer university leadership experience in the areas of business operations, resource planning, analysis, budgeting and risk assessment. She also has extensive experience in providing oversight of sponsored research administration, general accounting, institutional analysis, facilities and budget administration. Before joining FAU, Russell was assistant director for finance and administration at the Institute for Social Research, a comprehensive research enterprise at the University of Michigan. Prior to that, she served for 10 years as the vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of Michigan-Flint, a comprehensive urban university.

Yvonne Marcus is the new testing facilitator for the Office for Students with Disabilities. Born in London, England, her most recent job was with FAU's human resources department. “The one-on-one contact with students is very rewarding,” she says.


Job Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities will interview FAU students with disabilities on Feb. 8 and 9 for potential paid internships with the federal government and post-graduation full- time positions in both the federal government and private organizations. Students from all FAU campuses will be interviewed on the Boca Raton campus. Visit www.osd.fau.edu for more information.

There's Still Time to Name the New Residence Hall
The Department of Housing & Residential Life is now accepting suggestions to name the new residence hall, which will open in August. The new residence hall is for first-year students only and uses the Heritage Park Towers design for its living quarters. Entries giving a proposed name and rationale (under 100 words) will be accepted at the Office of Housing & Residential Life or via e-mail at housing@fau.edu through Feb. 15. Be sure to include contact information with your submission. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship for the summer or fall semester.


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