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Tom Murphy

FAU Vets Learn How to Develop a ‘Jobs Ready’ Edge

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 4, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s veterans will learn how to translate their military strengths into “tools” for success in South Florida’s jobs marketplace as Fordham University in New York introduces its nationally successful Edge4Vets workshop series for FAU veterans on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Student Union, 3200 College Ave., Davie campus.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the third workshop in the pilot on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Broward County Convention Center.

Edge4Vets, a series of three resiliency workshops offered in three-hour increments, teaches veterans how to tap into their military strengths to prep for a job and career. The program has been offered successfully for hundreds of veterans in New York and Boston since 2011, and based on that success, Carnival Corp., the Batchelor Foundation and Bank of America’s MSAG (Military Support Assistance Group) are teaming up with the hospitality industries in Broward and Miami to bring the program to South Florida.

Participating companies will provide mentors, including director-level executive staff, who will engage in the small group discussions with the 25 FAU vets expected for the pilot to provide feedback, support and a workplace perspective to help the veterans apply their military strengths to get a first job that can lead to a career and a successful civilian life.

FAU has been selected as the lead school in the adaptation of Edge4Vets to South Florida based on the school’s strong commitment to veterans’ education and because of the high quality management provided for the school’s veterans by Dylan Reyes-Cairo, assistant dean for military and veterans affairs at FAU.

"South Florida is home to a heavy population of veterans from all generations. Most of the veterans returning from active duty qualify for some sort of education benefit, but they often don't know how to get started or what path to take,” said Reyes-Cairo. “FAU supports veterans through numerous initiatives, and we're proud to partner with Fordham University's unique program to help veterans in South Florida achieve greater success.”  

Ultimately the goal is to offer the Edge4Vets workshop series for all veterans studying at FAU, as well as expand to Broward, Miami and Palm Beach counties once a foundation for the program has been established with the pilot this fall.

The Edge4Vets workshop series will be facilitated by Tom Murphy, director of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham, who also created the Miami Nice program. That program ran from 1985 to 1998 and taught 25,000 Miami cab drivers how to boost their incomes by tapping into their strengths as communicators. In addition, Murphy, formerly a vice president at St Thomas University, trained 3,000 workers at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in customer service.

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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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