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SBDC Reaches 5-Year
Quality Management Milestone

FAU’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has reached its fifth year anniversary as an ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System registered organization. The center first received registration on Dec. 5, 2002.

Among the thousand plus SBDCs across the U.S. providing counseling and training services to small business owners and entrepreneurs, FAU’s center was the first to embark on the journey of transforming their organization to meet ISO (International Organization for Standardization) criteria for quality management.

The registration is a seal of approval that the quality management system developed and used by the center has been assessed and determined to be in conformance with the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard and verified through a series of audits.

“The SBDC has shown a strong commitment not only to maintaining the quality system, but to its clients and community supporters,” said IMS Lead Auditor Jack Doherty, who conducted the initial SBDC certification audit in 2002 and all subsequent surveillance audits. “I have enjoyed watching them grow with their quality management system.”

“The SBDC is an excellent example of running an organization the way a quality business should be run,” said Dr. Dennis Coates, dean of the Barry Kaye College of Business. “The staff’s commitment to quality reflects well on the SBDC and on Florida Atlantic University.”

For more information about the SBDC, visit www.fausbdc.com or call 1-800-801-6520.

Coming Concerts, Events and Exhibitions

FAU Libraries to Host 'Alexander Hamilton' Traveling Exhibition
Alexander Hamilton, one of the most influential figures in U.S. history, is the focus of a traveling exhibition at Florida Atlantic University Libraries through Friday, Feb. 15 at the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus. The exhibition, “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” traces Hamilton’s astonishing rise in five short years from an orphaned, 15-year-old West Indies immigrant to George Washington’s wartime aide, and, at age 32, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He was born Jan. 11, 1757, and died at age 47 on July 12, 1804, from wounds suffered in a duel with Aaron Burr, the country’s third vice president. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be in FAU Libraries’ first floor gallery. The library will offer free programs in conjunction with the exhibition. For more information, call the FAU Libraries at 561-297- 2116, visit www.library.fau.edu/news/news or e-mail librariespr@fau.edu.

Full Slate of Spring Semester Events Hosted by Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Click here for a detailed calendar listings of the events hosted by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Coming events include concerts by the FAU Chamber Soloists and Duo Turgeon on Jan. 19 and 20 (for more info, visit www.fau.edu/music) as well as storytelling presentations and the opening of the southXeast exhibition later this month. There is also still time to catch the Delicatessen art exhibition (more info at www.fau.edu/galleries).

Klezmer Company Orchestra Presents
'Beyond the Tribes' on Jan. 27
The innovative, critically acclaimed Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO) will present “Beyond the Tribes,” a musical fusion of exotic melodies from 14 countries, on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., at Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Community College, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the FAU Libraries’ Music Collections. Concert tickets are $36, 42, and $55 for premier seating. Early reservations are recommended. For tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com. For information on KCO, visit www.klezmercompany.com.

FAU’s Jupiter Campus Library Presents 'Undercover' and 'Mystery Beneath the Surface'
The John D. MacArthur Campus Library Gallery is hosting two exhibitions, “Undercover” and “Mystery Beneath the Surface” through Friday, March 7.

“Undercover” is an exhibition of food art by Giannina Coppiano Dwin, whose work connects symbolically to the way women have created while performing traditional roles and duties as mothers, wives and caregivers. Through Dwin’s work, she considers ideas of nourishment and transformation through time. Besides bronze, porcelain and other traditional materials, she uses flour, sugar, spices, unfired clay slip and wax (at left, “Camisole,” 2006, sugar, life-size).

“Mystery Beneath the Surface” is a photography exhibition by Patricia Roshaven, a hiker and avid photographer who is particularly interested in nature and architectural photography. She began working with acrylics in the 1970s as a hobby while working as a librarian and massage therapist in Berkeley, Ca. In 1991, she became director of the John D. MacArthur Library, then known as FAU’s north Palm Beach Campus Library. She continued to work with acrylics and began studying photography (pictured, “Long Ago and Far Away”).

The library’s hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 561-799-8530 or visit http://www.library.fau.edu/npb/npb.htm.

Click here to browse all events
on the FAU Calendar of Events.

FYI: Financial Aid Disbursement Delayed
Due to Drop/Add Extension

Financial aid disbursements will be delayed due to the extension of the drop/add period. The drop/add period for student enrollment for spring 2008 was extended until Wednesday, Jan. 16 to accommodate any students who may have encountered difficulties registering within the new student information system.

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