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FAU Hosts Seventh Annual Freshman Convocation

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 23, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University will welcome its largest incoming class of more than 3,400 first-time-in-college students at the seventh annual Freshman Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m., in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, Student Union, Boca Raton campus. The formality of the convocation underscores the transition that is taking place in the students’ lives and extends the support of the university community to its newest members.

The keynote speaker at the convocation will be FAU’s 2013 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Rhonda Goodman, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C., N.C.S.N., A.H.N.-B.C. Goodman is an assistant professor in FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

FAU recognized Goodman for her record of involving her students in global outreach efforts. Goodman recently accompanied colleagues and students to rural Mayan villages in Guatemala, where they provided health care and screenings to 1,300 underserved people. Goodman is also the founder and president of the Center for Community Wellness at Katete/St. Mary’s, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) charity that she established to support community-based education and access to health care for children residing in southwestern Uganda. In May, Goodman received the Palm Healthcare Foundation and Palm Beach Post Nurse of the Year Award.

“This is our seventh year running the convocation and in previous years we have had an excellent response from the freshmen and faculty,” said Edward Pratt, Ph.D., dean of Undergraduate Studies at FAU and director of the event. “We expect the same this year, with the University’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Dr. Rhonda Goodman giving the keynote address. This gives the students and faculty an opportunity to meet each other before the year begins.”

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. 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. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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