Roosevelt Jean-Francois, a Fulbright Research Scholar from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is on a six-month assignment through Dec. 10 with the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Jean-Francois is teaching a class about the Haitian experience, which will include the culture, traditions and public health system in Haiti. It will also look at the political turmoil going on in the country and Haiti's relationship with the United States.
“I look forward to teaching classes about the Haitian experience and getting feedback,” said Jean-Francois. “I also want to better understand what Florida is doing for Haitians and how they are living over here.” Jean-Francois teaches at the University of Haiti in the National Institute of Higher Studies and International Relations, and he is president of the board of the Haitian Center for Communication on AIDS and Public Health. A newspaper and radio announcer in Haiti since 1998, Jean-Francois was nominated as best reporter for health issues and HIV coverage by the Haitian Association of Journalists.
Join hundreds of FAU Team members and thousands of Boca Raton residents on Saturday, Nov. 19, for this year's American Heart Walk (rescheduled from Nov. 5 due to Hurricane Wilma). The signature fund-raising event for the American Heart Association, the Heart Walk is 3.2-mile walk that starts at 9 a.m. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on the Boca Raton campus.
FAU's goal is to raise $15,000. Heart disease and stroke touch us all and it
is for this reason that the theme of the American Heart Walk is “Change
Tomorrow. Today.” Team FAU is being chaired by Dr. Larry Lemanski and Dr. Jennifer O'Flannery. "Hosting the Heart Walk is a wonderful way for FAU to showcase its commitment to the community," President Brogan says.
Team captains and volunteers are needed. For details, contact Dr. O'Flannery at firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-0745 or Laura Kraft at email@example.com, 7-0268.
Pablo Godoy, who graduated from FAU in the spring, was selected to receive the Four-Year Experiential Education Student of the Year Award for the 2004-05 academic year. During his internship with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory he worked to provide a diverse applicant pool for the summer program. His efforts resulted in the most diverse applicant pool and percentage of hires in the history of the program.
Godoy becomes the third consecutive student in FAU's Cooperative (Co-op) Education and Internship program to be honored in this way by the Florida Career Professionals Association (FCPA). Len Lobban and Scott Newson won the Co-op Student of the Year Award the last two years.
FAU Co-op students divide their time between university education and on-the-job experiences directly related to their academic majors in industry, business or governmental organizations. Students earn salaries and may be eligible to receive credit pending department approval.
For more information about the Cooperative Education and Internship Office, call Matt Cardin at ext. 7-3520 or visit www.fau.edu/cdc.
The University's 2005 video profile, which debuted at the State of the University Address, can be seen by accessing the "Explore FAU" menu on the FAU home page or by clicking here. Send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A variety of multifaceted programs, including concerts, lectures, readings and a musical presentation with commentary, that explore Yiddish culture and its evolution are being offered in 2005-06 Kultur Series. The series runs through Feb. 21 and all events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reserved on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Based at FAU Libraries, the Friends of Yiddish organization sponsors the Kultur series, which explores the dynamic world of Yiddish-speaking civilization through a variety of presentations and cultural events presented by local and national scholars and performers. The group is committed to developing the study of Yiddish language and culture at FAU, which upholds its mission to support the scholarly endeavors and provide information to the local, regional, national and international communities.
For additional information, e-mail email@example.com, call ext. 7-2116 or visit www.fau.edu/library.
Copies of Coastlines, the FAU literary magazine, are now available in the Graduate Teaching Assistant Office on the Boca Raton campus (SO 301) and will be distributed through various additional locations at all campuses soon. Visit www.english.fau.edu/coastlinesonline for more information about the magazine and for a complete list of distribution locations.
From the College of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Pete Scarlatos has been appointed chair of the civil engineering department; he was previously interim chair. Dr. Oren Masory replaces Dr. Gary Salivar as interim chair of the mechanical engineering department; he previously headed the robotics lab. Dr. Salivar has been appointed assistant dean for support services. He was chair of the mechanical engineering department for 12 years.
From the Counseling Center
Dr. Carmen Cruz (right) has joined the professional staff of the Counseling Center as a psychologist. A bilingual (Spanish) licensed psychologist who came to FAU from Texas Woman’s University, she specializes in multicultural psychology, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues, group therapy, spiritual concerns, training and supervision, gender issues, depression, anger, family and relationship problems. Eleni Metropulos (left), MSW, has joined the staff as a counseling specialist. She has worked with child and adult populations. Her professional interests include self-esteem, depression, anxiety, spiritual concerns, women's issues, multicultural counseling, stress management, career counseling and art therapy. She earned her master’s degree in clinical social work at Simmons College in Boston and her bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. Dr. Melinda Lawless Coker (center) has joined the staff as the alcohol and other drug program coordinator. She has 15 years of experience in the counseling field and is a licensed psychologist and family therapist. Hortencia Rivera is the Counseling Center's new program assistant.