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Stephania Libreros Ruiz

Stephania L. Ruiz

Originally from Colombia, Stephania arrived in the U.S. at 17 years old where she learned to speak English. During her time at FAU Ms. Libreros-Ruiz won many scholarship and awards, taught foundation biology courses, found time to mentor students, and publish 9 peer-reviewed articles and 2 journal covers.

Ms. Libreros-Ruiz will be graduating from FAU with a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology/Immunology. She will continue her postdoctoral studies in inflammatory related diseases research as a fellow at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital at the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Boston, MA.

Soon to be a two-time alumnae, Stephania was the president of the Association for Biomedical & Biology at FAU, chaired the Ph.D. Integrative Biology retreat for four years and was a member of the Graduate Student & Professional Association.

Her advice to students is to get involved with research. "Research builds critical thinking and problem solving skills that are useful in every aspect of life. In addition, I would encourage students to seek out as many opportunities as possible and never take no for an answer, take it as challenge!"

Her long-term goal is to become a principal investigator in a major academic research institution and to mentor the next generation of students. In addition, she would like identify molecular mechanisms that contribute to inflammation-resolution and to develop novel anti-resolution agents.

Kristi Peterson

Kristi Peterson

The professional association, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), chose Kristi Peterson for the highly coveted NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program. Kristi competed against over 150 students from around the country and stood out because she "wanted to help transform society into one that is constantly learning, where diversity is honored, and where education supports the needs of all students."

Karla Armstrong

Karla Armstrong

Karla Armstrong, a political science and economics major, was selected to speak at the Campus Compact Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 5, at Lynn University.

Karla's altruistic interests really took off when she came to FAU. She found that there were multiple opportunities to grow as a leader, humanitarian and as a steward of the environment. Karla admits that getting involved in service projects, becoming an Alternative Spring Break site leader, and as club leader helped her focus on her future. 

The Benefits of Leadership

The Benefits of Leadership

As a freshman in Environmental Science, Christy took advantage of the many leadership opportunities available, including Emerging Young Leaders, LDR 2010 Leadership class, some institutes and events that had been offered throughout the semester. However, it was LeaderShape that had the most profound affect on Christy.  Click here to read more about Christy

Student Government making big waves!

Student Government making waves

While increasing the visibility of Student Government, FAU student leaders have been making notable contributions in the community. Hamilton Ezell (left), director of Government Relations for Student Government, has worked closely with the City of Boca Raton and was appointed to the Community Relations Advisory Board for the Boca Raton City Council. Fellow Owl, Garrett Cox (right) was also chosen to be on the board.
With similar distinction, Thomas Demaio, previous Vice President, was appointed to the Boca Raton Education Advisory Board. Congratulations to all.

Owlsley takes top honors with a First Place Mascot Leadership Award

Owlsley takes top honors

Everyone at FAU knows and loves Owlsley, our well-heeled and eternally cheerful mascot. And we're not the only ones, apparently, as evidenced by the national recognition he recently received from the Universal Cheerleaders Association Mascot Summer Camp in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Competing with more than 20 mascots from across the country in areas such as leadership, participation, teamwork and overall mascot skills, Owlsley took top honors with a First Place Mascot Leadership Award and scored a third-place trophy for overall Mascoting. All of us at Student Affairs are proud of our #1 fan and wish him a hearty congratulations. Way to represent, Owlsley!

FAU student honored by Florida Association of Colleges and Employers

FAU student honored by F.A.C.E.

Lebaron Agostini is the kind of student for whom the phrase "carpe diem" ("seize the day") was coined. The soft-spoken senior, majoring in molecular and cell biology, is making the most of his time at FAU, motoring toward an August 2015 graduation while also engaged in important biomedical research, graduate-level course work and challenging real-world internships. Click here to read more about Lebaron

The Suite Spot

The Suite Spot

The Office of Military and Veteran Affairs would like to thank JM Family Enterprises and Mission United for donating their suite to FAU veterans at the Miami Marlins game on June 13. We had an overwhelming response, and our FAU Veterans and families enjoyed the game tremendously from their suite at Marlins Park. Thanks again to JM Family and Mission United, who have long been supporters of FAU veterans, and we look forward to future partnerships with them. Visit the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.