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FAU Student Alumni Association Receives Award from Council for Advancement and Support of Education

BOCA RATON, FL (March 6, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University Student Alumni Association (SAA) recently received the “Tried and True Program” award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its annual Fall Bonfire. The award was presented at the annual Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) District III Conference in Auburn, Alabama. CASE District III is comprised of more than 70 universities from nine states in the southeastern U.S.

A “tried and true program” is a high-impact, signature event repeated yearly reflecting the group’s mission while yielding tangible results for the student organization and the campus as a whole. FAU was one of three schools recognized in this category, and will automatically be entered into a national competition at the CASE ASAP Network Convention in Indianapolis in August.

“It is a huge honor to be recognized for a CASE ASAP District III Award, both as an organization and as a university,” said Paul Metcalf, FAU assistant director of alumni relations and SAA adviser. “It enhances the reputation of our Student Alumni Association on campus, and strengthens Florida Atlantic University’s credibility among the student advancement programs at peer universities across the southeastern United States. FAU is very proud of these student leaders and their commitment to building tradition on our campus.”

The SAA annual Fall Bonfire has become a major tradition on campus, attracting progressively larger crowds of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members each year since it began in 2008. The Bonfire is traditionally held on the Thursday before the first football game of the season, and features the burning of a large effigy of the mascot of FAU’s first opponent, as well as appearances by the football team, complimentary food and beverages, live entertainment provided by local bands and a commemorative T-shirt giveaway.

“To have the opportunity to represent our university, and to show off our FAU pride at such a well-represented conference is both humbling and thrilling,” said SAA President Mia Hansen. “Our Student Alumni Association is doing great things on and off campus, and this award just motivates us to do even more!”

The FAU SAA is the largest student organization on campus, boasting more than 2,000 dues paying members. It is an open organization that creates student awareness of the FAU National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) and its value as an organization that can positively impact the student experience. Established in 1968, the FAUNAA represents the university’s ever-growing alumni community. Building school identity, spirit and loyalty through programs and services, the FAUNAA and its membership is dedicated to advancing the goals and missions of the University.

For more information on the FAUNAA or SAA, call 1-888-FAU-ALUM (328-2586) or visit .



Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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