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FAU National Alumni Association Hosts Cocktail Party for Indian River Alumni

BOCA RATON, FL (November 15, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) recently hosted a cocktail party at Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach, bringing FAU alumni together to network and reconnect with their alma mater. The event was co-hosted by alumna and former Vero Beach Mayor Mary Beth McDonald ’74.

McDonald welcomed guests to the event and Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D. ’05, vice president for community engagement and executive director of the FAU Foundation, provided University updates.

“We are so proud of FAU’s strong presence in the Indian River area through Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute,” said O’Flannery Anderson. “We look forward to hosting more events in the future and to connecting our alumni to the exciting work of Harbor Branch researchers.”

More than 50 alumni and friends of FAU attended the event. Guests represented nearly every decade of FAU’s 51-year history, including alumni from the classes of 1967 and 2012.

For more information on the FAU National Alumni Association, 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, 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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