The end of a year or semester provides the perfect opportunity for reflection on past accomplishments, challenges and discoveries. As we come to the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the 2014 calendar year, I encourage us all to take a few moments to look back at where we have been as we consider where we are going.
It has been a busy and full semester for Florida Atlantic University. In Student Affairs, we have been making waves as we continue to bring you exciting events, great programming and learning opportunities. Here are just some of the highlights from the fall semester:
- In August, we celebrated the grand opening of FAU’s newest on-campus residence, Parliament Hall, which embodies the University’s ongoing commitment to providing high-quality living and learning experiences for our students. Parliament Hall also is the home of our first Faculty-In-Residence, Dr. Charles Dukes from the College of Education.
- The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs sponsored a number of initiatives and programs for our student veterans, from job fairs to skills-building workshops designed to ease the transition to civilian life. It is because of these efforts that FAU has, once again, been named among the 120 Best Colleges for Vets by “Military Times.”
- The Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service has been honored for the high level of participation by FAU students in community volunteer programs and service-learning projects.
- For Disability Awareness Month in October, the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD) hosted many exciting and educational events that gave participants a new perspective on what life with disabilities is like for the nearly 1,000 FAU students registered with OSD.
- Owl Prowl: Homecoming 2013 was a huge success! The parade, held for the first time on a game day, drew a record number of participants and an enthusiastic crowd – and it was even more memorable that the Owls prevailed against Tulane on the football field.
- The sixth annual Student Leadership Conference, sponsored by Student Involvement and Leadership, involved more than 850 students for the all-day event, with keynote speakers and breakout sessions devoted to helping students broaden their leadership perspective and skillset.
And these are only a few of the many different ways the Office of Student Affairs has been living out our motto, “We’re All About Students!” As the fall semester is ending and the 2013 calendar winds down, we invite you to join us in looking ahead to next year and thinking about how we can make it even more impactful, successful and inspiring for you.
If you have comments or suggestions, I would welcome your input! Please feel free to message us via our Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/faustudentaffairs?ref=hl or send us a Tweet at FAUStudentAffrs. Go Owls!