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FAU Honors Hall of Fame Recipient and Distinguished Alumni at Reception

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 24, 2010) -
The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) hosted a reception for distinguished FAU alumni at the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center. The reception drew close to 200 guests to the Boca Raton campus. Distinguished alumni from eight of FAU’s colleges were honored for their career accomplishments, and Jeremy J. Murphy, BA ’98, was introduced as the spring 2010 inductee into FAUNAA’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Since 1985, FAUNAA’s Hall of Fame has served as a platform for recognizing alumni excellence. 

            Jeremy Murphy serves as vice president of communications at CBS. He oversees the company’s glossy promotional magazine, Watch!, as well as corporate communications for its advertising business, CBS Outdoor. Murphy also helps handle media relations for CBS Corporation and its various divisions. He was part of the original team that conceived and launched Watch! magazine in 2005, and he has served as its editor in chief since then. Today, Watch! has more than 200,000 readers and is distributed nationally through newsstands and subscriptions. Before coming to CBS, Murphy worked as a reporter for Mediaweek magazine, covering the local media industry. He got his start as a feature writer at the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, FL, and as a copy editor and feature writer for the Boca Raton News. Murphy has a bachelor’s degree in communications from FAU.    

           “The great thing about attending FAU was that its history was still being written and continues to be so today. I feel privileged to have been a part of that,” said Murphy. “It was old enough to offer stature and tradition but young enough to invite new ones, and there was always the feeling that anything was possible. You don’t get that at other universities and for that I am eternally grateful.”

            Representing seven of FAU’s colleges are the following distinguished alumni:

            Diana Shpungin, BFA ’00, from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters — Shpungin is a contemporary artist who works in video, sound and drawing installation in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from Florida Atlantic University an d her MFA from the School of Visual Arts , New York, New York. Shpungin has taught as an adjunct professor at FAU, and has lectured at numerous other universities and art schools. She has exhibited extensively in international venues, including London, Tokyo, Milan, Paris and New York City, and has been reviewed in publications such as The Village Voice, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

            Anthony K.G. Barbar, BBA ’78, from the College of Business Barbar, president and chief executive officer of Barbar & Associates, LLC, has been involved in real estate projects for the past 30 years. During his career, Barbar has handled the purchase negotiations for more than  $1 billion in commercial and residential properties. He is an active member of community organizations, including Sheridan House Family Ministries, the Council of 100 and Boca Raton Community Church. Barbar serves on the board of trustees of both Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is a member of the FAU National Alumni Association board of directors, serving as president from 2006-2008.

            Constance D. McGee, BA ’67 and Robert J. McGee, BA ’67, from the College of Education — Bob and Connie McGee m et at FAU and graduated in 1967 with bachelor's degrees and teaching credentials ; they were married the same year . The McGees b egan their teaching careers in junior high schools in Miami , Bob in mathematics and Connie in art. Together, they taught more than 60 years in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. After the tragic loss of their son, Shane, they d ecided to invest in young people by providing scholarships in his memory. To date, they have p resented more than 20 scholarships, including one for deserving undergraduate students at FAU. 

            Jimmy Clidaras, BSME ’94, from the College of Engineering and Computer Science — Clidaras currently serves as Google's principal data center engineer, and director of data center research and development. He is responsible for the design and creation of the company's computer facilities, a multi-billion dollar program tasked with fulfilling their computing infrastructure needs. Throughout his 25-year career, Clidaras has played a central part in the design of flight hardware for satellites, electronics packaging, computing infrastructure, as well as a variety of products for Raytheon, Harris, Sun and Google. He holds more than 20 U.S. and international patents or patents pending.  

            Jocelyn Sabbagh, BA ’07, from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College ­— Sabbagh, a n ative of Guatemala , is the d irector of El Sol, Jupiter ’s Neighborhood Resource Center. This nonprofit agency assists the immigrant population in becoming an active and integrated part of the larger community . Sabbagh g raduated from FAU’s Wilkes Honors College with a double concentration in political science and Latin American studies, and a minor in Spanish literature . She is the r ecipient of FAU’s university-wide Leader of the Year Award, the Jack Scopes Humanitarian Award and the Honors College Distinguished Community Service Award . In 2009, Sabbagh was r ecognized in The Palm Beach Post as a nonprofit “ Business Person to Watch.

Mary E. Bishop, MS ’02, from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing — Bishop is vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Jupiter Medical Center. She has worked as a registered nurse in Palm Beach County hospitals for 24 years. As an adjunct professor for FAU, Bishop teaches an online course in nursing leadership. Bishop is a member of the board of directors of the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is the recipient of the 2006 Women in Leadership Award for the private sector from Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, 2003 Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Heart Association, and the 2002 Valor Award for Community Leadership from the American Diabetes Association.

            Anthony J. Hughes, BA ’96, from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science — Hughes is a senior systems engineer with Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona and currently the lead engineer for the Standard Missile-3 Block IA Simulation. He has authored threat discrimination software, portions of additional models and functioned as an analyst for the SM-3 system. Hughes has received numerous honors, including the Department of Defense’s AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Excellence Award, RMS Excellence in Engineering and Technology Award, and 20 07 Alfonso Ortega Engineer of the Year from the University of Arizona for his involvement in a mentoring program for middle and high school students. 

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