Alumni & Community

Recorded Sound Archives' Streaming Audio Website Goes Online??

On Monday, Aug. 18, Florida Atlantic University Libraries its Recorded Sound Archives' vintage streaming music website The website, previously only accessible within the FAU network, is now available to the general public. The site features rare and historic recordings from the Recorded Sound Archives' collection of phonograph records from the first half of the 20th century. Users can hear music and see label scans/album jackets of recordings by such early pop and jazz performers as Doris Day, Al Jolson and Benny Goodman. Other highlights include one of the largest online collections of Jewish recordings in the world, restored children's recordings damaged by Superstorm Sandy and rare Vogue picture records. The website boasts more than 100,000 audio tracks and is smart phone and tablet compatible

August 18, 2014

FAU CARD Brings Together Autism Community

In the spirit of cooperation instead of competition Florida Atlantic University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities brought together leaders from various organizations in the autism community at its second annual Autism Leaders breakfast, held at the University Club on the Boca Raton Campus. Attendees exchanged ideas, stories and information over a buffet-style breakfast followed by heartfelt words from Trustee Bob Rubin and Rep. Ted Deutch. Organizations were introduced and representatives shared overviews of programs available in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

CARD's Executive Director Jack Scott emphasized, "We're all part of a common mission in terms of helping children and individuals with autism and their families, but when we can work together, it's my belief that we are more powerful; we're able to be more effective."

August 18, 2014

The Elder Concert

The Elder Concert is a one-day gathering of the lead decision-makers in the Florida elder care community.  Based upon a growing sense of our multi-disciplinary mission, attendees include attorneys, health care providers, guardians, care managers, social workers, Judges, financial service professionals, facility administrators, representatives in government and others who care for and serve Florida's elderly.  Ever since Attorney General Bob Butterworth kicked off the first Elder Concert in 2001, the program has become a hallmark of networking and learning in this field.  Attendees are grouped into small topic clusters with a knowledgeable facilitator (not a lecturer), where an active and practical learning occurs and relationships are made. 

The Elder Concert is a cooperative project of a number of leading elder care organizations in the state.  Groups that have partnered in the past include the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Florida State Guardianship Association, National Association of Social Workers - Florida Chapter, Florida Assisted Living Association, the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the University of South Florida and Florida Atlantic University and the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. 

The Elder Concert will take place on Florida's east coast on September 13th at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and on the west coast, the program will take place on October 9th at the University of South Florida.  Traditionally the program includes sessions with four or five choices of topics during each time slot.  There is also a keynote address during lunch and a plenary session for all attendees.  The 14th Annual Elder Concert is not designed as a fundraiser but if there are profits, those profits are 100% donated to the public policy work of AFELA and The Florida Bar's Elder Law Section.

The Honorable Peter Weinstein, Chief Judge of Broward County, will be luncheon keynote speaker at Elder Concert's East Coast program on September 13, 2014.  Register now.  Judge Weinstein is a dynamic speaker, a Florida Senator for 14 years, has served on the judicial bench for more than 15 years and will share tips and treasures on advocacy and civility for all elder care professionals.

August 12, 2014

Katie Ford, Former CEO of Ford Modeling and Founder of Freedom for All, Keynote Speaker at Sex Trafficking Event

The Advisory Board of Florida Atlantic University's Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies presents "Human Trafficking: The Modern Day Slave Trade," an honest discussion with Katie Ford, founder of "Freedom for All" and former CEO of the Ford Modeling Agency. The event, which includes light dinner and drinks, will take place on Thursday, Sept.11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Road, in Boca Raton. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 561-297-2337.

Freedom for All is a not-for-profit organization that partners with on-the-ground organizations to create long-term, systemic changes to end slavery in the countries where they work and to save lives by freeing people who are held in slavery.

"As CEO of Ford Models, I brought models from more than 50 countries to the United States," Ford said. "Because most were foreign and young, they were potentially vulnerable. Ford Models had a history of protecting young women and men by providing housing, shelter, food, and medical care if needed. The work I do to fight human trafficking and forced labor is informed by my previous work."

Other speakers at the event will include Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg and Katarina Rosenblatt, a sex trafficking survivor and founder of "There is H.O.P.E. for Me," an organization that reaches out to help survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

The event is part of "Surviving Slavery: Sex Trafficking in South Florida," a research initiative of FAU's Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (CWGSS). The Center presents an interdisciplinary program that offers an M.A. degree, graduate certificate and undergraduate certificate. Courses are taught by nationally and internationally known faculty from a variety of disciplines.

This event is underwritten by CWGSS Advisory Council member Edith Stein and her husband Martin Stein. All proceeds will support CWGSS.  

For more information about CWGSS, call 561-297-3865 or visit

August 9, 2014

PROPEL Celebrates Second Cohort Completion and Four New FAU Doctoral Students

Twelve Broward County teacher leaders and assistant principals received certificates in recognition of PROPEL's second cohort to complete the full program. Since its founding, four cohorts of teacher leaders have participated in the PROPEL program which seeks to develop Broward County teacher leaders into school administrators.

It was announced that four students from the second cohort have recently been accepted into the Educational Leadership doctoral program and will thus continue their studies at FAU to complement their certification as school principals.

The program is the result of a $3.5 million grant awarded by the Florida Department of Education for its innovative approach to a principal preparation program.


July 14, 2014

FAU Alumnus has his Musical Composition Performed at Carnegie Hall

Brian Petuch, FAU '08,  will have his composition of a First Music commission titled "If You see Something, Say Something" performed by the New York Youth Symphony in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Petuch was a commercial music major in the Department of Music and later attended the Mannes School of Music. More information on Petuch's accomplishments can be found here

May 15, 2014

FAU Alumna Hired by the United Nations Relief Works Agency

Jenny Baez, FAU 2011,  has been hired by the United Nations Relief Works Agency. She will be working out of Amman, Jordan.  Baez was a member of FAU's Diplomacy Program, competing in the 2010 National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York, and the 2010 European Model United Nations event in The Netherlands.  She also joined the FAU AmeriCorps program. After graduating from FAU, Baez pursued her graduate degree at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), a renowned social sciences school in Europe.  Her two-year Master's degree was focused on international security, particularly centered on the Middle East.  As part of her study, Baez completed a six-month internship in Amman, Jordan with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).  After completing her M.A., Baez was hired by the UN to continue her work with refugee relief.

May 15, 2014

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