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FAU Celebrates 10 Years in Jupiter

            JUPITER, FL (September 30, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur Campus is celebrating the 10 th anniversary of its opening.  Activities are planned throughout the 2009/2010 academic year to highlight the campus, its students and alumni.  Founding faculty and staff will be recognized for their dedicated service.  Members of the community are invited to visit the campus and participate in many of the events.

            “FAU has had a strong presence in northern Palm Beach County for many years, but we take special pride in our permanent home in Jupiter which opened in August 1999,” said Dr. Joyanne Stephens, vice president and associate provost of regional campuses. “We invite the community to take advantage of the many educational and cultural activities held on the campus, especially our 10 th anniversary events.”

            “Art in the Atrium” is featuring two retrospective exhibits by 14 artists who have previously shown at the campus over the past 10 years.  The first exhibit runs through October 23 and features seven artists from previous shows.  The second exhibit, featuring another seven artists from past shows, will run from November 4 through December 18.  The SR Atrium is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

            On Wednesday, October 14, FAU alumni and friends will celebrate the 10 th anniversary with the Abacoa Pub Crawl.  Food and beverage specials will be available at Town Center restaurants with the purchase of a $10 wrist band.  Proceeds from the sale of the wrist bands will benefit Jupiter campus programs.

            The Jupiter campus will also host an event on Sustainability Day, Wednesday, October 21, in the Robert J. Huckshorn Arboretum.  The program will include a commemorative tree planting along with displays and information on “living green.”

            FAU’s Homecoming game is on Saturday, October 31, at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale.  Representatives of the Jupiter campus will host a tent with a MacArthur Campus trivia game at the tailgate area.

            The big event, a Community Open House, will be held on Thursday, November 5, from 3 to 5 p.m.  Tours will be given by the Wilkes Honors College student ambassadors. A self-guided tour will also be available. Various departments and divisions will staff informational displays in the SR Atrium.  An invitation-only reception will follow the Open House, where the University will recognize founding faculty and staff, along with major donors.

            The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is also celebrating its 10 th anniversary.  Their annual Named Scholar Recognition ceremony will be held on Friday, November 13 in the AD Auditorium. Mirta Ojito, an FAU alumna and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, will be the special guest speaker. The College will also hold an evening reception and alumni gathering in December.

            Other activities, including a concert, research symposium and Arbor Day celebration, are planned for the spring semester.  Details will be available after the first of the year.            

For more information on FAU Jupiter and the 10 th Anniversary festivities, visit or call 561-799-8000.


FAU’s MacArthur Campus in Jupiter offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  The campus is home to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Lifelong Learning Society, the Scripps Florida research facilities and the future site of the Max Planck Florida Institute.

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 27,000 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 ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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