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FAU Announces $1 Million Gift from Arthur D. Weiss
BOCA RATON, FL (March 29, 2007) – Close to 100 people attended a press conference, hosted by the Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc., on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. At the press conference, the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees announced the acquisition of a $1 million gift from Boca Raton resident Arthur D. Weiss.
The gift enhances the previously established Janice and Julian Warren Weiss Memorial Endowment Fund and will be used to provide educational access to all of FAU’s nine colleges for deserving students who because of specific life experiences and family challenges may be otherwise be limited in obtaining higher education. In addition, the gift is eligible for state matching funds from the State of Florida Trust Fund for University Major Gifts.
Formally announcing the news of the gift and introducing the donor and his daughter, Susan Moritz, was Armand Grossman, an FAU trustee and three-time FAU alumnus. Dr. Lawrence Davenport, executive vice president of University Advancement, was also on hand to address the crowd.
Also speaking was Catherine Trivigno, a doctoral candidate in FAU’s program in Integrative Biology who represented those FAU students who have received scholarship assistance. Trivigno, a cancer survivor, has dedicated herself to cancer research. After only a year in the doctoral program, Trivigno came close to seeing an abrupt end to her promising academic career when her daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder. “As a single parent of a special needs child, I was faced with finding proper attention and therapy for my child,” said Trivigno. “The cost of this additional care was so great that I seriously considered discontinuing my studies. I turned to the FAU Foundation and found the support I needed. Now, thanks to Arthur Weiss, a gift has been designed to reach out to other students who, because of unusual obstacles, might otherwise be forced to leave school.”
Arthur Weiss, a graduate of the University of Miami, class of 1939, founded, owned and ran the A.D. Weiss Lithography Co., Inc. He remained the company’s CEO until he retired in 1986. Weiss' wife, the late Janice Greenfield, was also a graduate of the University of Miami. Their son Julian, who died at the age of 33 in 1998, earned his degree in communication from FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in 1987. Julian’s attachment to FAU inspired Janice to set up the memorial foundation that bears his name. After Janice's death in 2001, Weiss added his wife’s name to the foundation and set up the Janice and Julian Warren Weiss Memorial Endowment Fund.
As he stood at the podium, Weiss modestly dismissed the attention being offered to him. “It is in memory of my wife and son that I stand here today,” Weiss said. “This gift, initiated by my wife, was designed to assist the type of students Julian would have wanted to help," he said. "Now generations of FAU students will benefit from this scholarship thanks to the vision and commitment of my dear wife, Janice."
For more information about the Janice and Julian Warren Weiss Memorial Endowment Fund, contact Deborah Robinson, associate vice president, University Advancement, at 561-297-3015 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.