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Happy Thanksgiving, Owls!


Happy Thanksgiving, Owls!

As we near the end of another exciting fall semester, we pause this week to give thanks for the many good things in our lives.

Personally, I’m thankful for all of the students here at FAU, whose enthusiasm and energy breathe life into our campuses every day. I’m also thankful for the wonderful faculty and staff. In every department, you’ll find special people who are dedicated to making FAU a better place for our students. One of those people is FAU legend Ms. Pearl, a longtime member of the Atlantic Dining Hall staff. At last weekend’s football game, Ms. Pearl was presented with the first-ever Shula Bowl Spirit Award, in appreciation for her many years of putting smiles on students’ faces.

I’m thankful that the FAU football team is having such a successful season. Coach Kiffin and his staff have led the Owls to an 8-3 overall record and the Conference USA East Division title. We will host the 2017 Conference USA Championship game at FAU Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Owls kick off against North Texas at noon. Please come out and help cheer the team on to another victory. Click here to purchase tickets. Student tickets are available for $5 at http://www.cusastudenttix.com.

I’m also thankful for the many friends in our community whose support is critical to FAU’s success, and to our alumni who make us proud every day. We recently welcomed the Class of 1967 back to campus to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation. It was wonderful to meet these “Majestic Owls” and hear about their lives during and after their time at FAU.

Thanksgiving also reminds me how grateful I am for the rights and freedom we enjoy every day. I am especially thankful for the brave men and women in our military, who sacrifice so much for our country. FAU is pleased to offer programs and services for more than 1,500 military and veteran students to enhance their success, and proud to be named a 2018 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.

Last but certainly not least, I am very thankful for my wife, Carolyn, and our children. From my family to yours, best wishes for a safe and pleasant holiday break. Happy Thanksgiving, Owls!

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