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Engineering Team Develops Technology
to Address Global Clean Water Need

An engineering team at Florida Atlantic University has developed a new, low-cost desalination method to produce clean water using a process that is estimated to be 10 times more efficient than existing technologies. MORE...


Gap Funding Program Launched;
Researchers Need to Apply by Dec. 11

FAU is rolling out a new program, one of only five innovation enhancement funds in the state designed to fill the "gap" between basic research and the stage at which commercial development can begin. The FAU Gap Fund program, administered by the Office of Technology Transfer in the Division of Research, is designed to support enhancements of inventions or other original works that have been previously disclosed to FAU. It funds projects that FAU researchers and other interested parties agree will quickly improve the odds that current research results will lead to public availability of a new product or service. Initial funding of $50,000 for FAU's gap program has been provided by the Florida Atlantic Research & Development Authority.  Please visit www.fau.edu/research/ott/gap.php for more information and proposal guidelines. If you have questions, contact Steve Nappi at snappi@fau.edu or ext. 7-1165. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Dec. 11.




Holiday Open House to be Held Dec. 11

President and Mrs. Broganwill host their annual Holiday Open House for all members of FAU's faculty and staff on Monday, Dec. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Baldwin House. Donations of non-perishable food and unwrapped toys for the Farm Workers' Council will be collected. Stop by and enjoy refreshments, great conversation and music and support the Farm Workers' Council with your donations.

Other Holiday Reminders

  • University offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec., 26, Friday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Jan. 1, for holiday break.
  • From Monday, Dec. 11, through Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, all employees may participate in the relaxed comfort of winter break business casual attire. Keep in mind that formal events, activities or meetings would preclude casual dress by some personnel. After Jan. 5, business casual dress days will remain in effect for Fridays and other specially designated days.
  • The Spring 2007 semester will begin on
    Saturday, Jan. 6.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Heather Coltman Play Dec. 16

On Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Heather Coltman, chair of the department of music, will present a variety of pieces for string quartet and piano at the University Theatre. The award-winning Cuarteto consists of the three Britran brothers (Saul, Aron and Alvaro) along with Javier Montiel. Originating from Mexico, the group has been nominated for a Grammy award and for a Latin Grammy. Coltman, who is also director of keyboard studies, has performed extensively as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Greece. The concert is presented by the music department in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. For more information, call ext. 7-2977 or visit the event's web page.

JUST ADDED: Latin Jazz Rats in Concert
FAU’s Latin Jazz Rats Big Band will play a concert of salsa, samba, bossa nova and flamenco music on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10.

Dances We Dance
Dances We Dance—an FAU dance student performance—will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. Admission is $5 at the door.


Register for the Race for the Cure
by Dec. 12

This year will mark FAU's 10th appearance in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Race for the Cure. The original FAU team had 12 members, and walking along the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach, there was plenty of space to spread out. Today, the race draws 20,000 participants, 225 teams, and raises more than $1 million for education, screening and treatment programs in our area. The FAU team is recognized and loudly cheered!

Once again this year the FAU team will be led by Sharron Ronco. The race will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20, along the scenic Flagler Drive route in West Palm Beach, but teams must register by Dec. 12, so if you would like to join up please act now. T-shirts and other Race materials will be delivered to you in January. The best way to sign up for the FAU team or to make a donation is to register online by clicking here.

For a paper entry form, contact:
(in Broward) Jerry Clinton, ext. 6-5659
(in Boca Raton) Geoffrey Johnson, ext. 7-2665
(in Jupiter) Maruchy Lachance, ext. 6-8620
or Sean Pierce, ext. 6-8828
(on the Treasure Coast) Bonnie McMullan, ext. 6-3337.


Klezmer Company's 'Salsa, Strings and Swing' Set for Dec. 17

The Klezmer Company Orchestra, under the direction of Aaron Kula, will present “Salsa, Strings and Swing,” with 40 performers and guest vocalist Shira Lissek (at right), on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m., at the Jackie Gleason Theate in Miami Beach. With its high-energy performances and eclectic programming of traditional and non-traditional music, this production combines the unique blended sounds of orchestral Latin Klezmer music — tango, salsa, mambo and swing, capturing the cultural energy of each genre. Great Jewish composers, including Bernstein, Secunda and Rumshinsky will be featured. The ensemble features nine core soloists, a classical string section made up of premier musicians from regional orchestras and the 20-member Judaica Choral Society.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the FAU Libraries’ music archives and the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled. Tickets are $36 to $65 and $100 for premier seats. Complimentary companion ticket with each purchase. Early reservations are recommended. For tickets, call 305-358-5885, 954-523-3309, 561-966-3309, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.klezmercompany.com.

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Fall Sports Wrap Up

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
The men’s and women’s cross country teams made great progress in their first year in the Sun Belt Conference. The women’s team placed third in the Sun Belt Championships and qualified for NCAA Regionals for the fourth consecutive year. The squad finished 13th at the Regional meet, the best finish in school history. The men’s team entered the season as a very young squad, with four freshmen on the roster. They made major improvements over the course of the season, shaving more than a minute off of their average time and gaining valuable experience.

The Owls finished with its best-ever record in the Sun Belt Conference at 4-3 and 5-7 overall. Charles Pierre had three games with over 100 yards rushing, while the defense broke the school record with 18 interceptions on the year. The team closed out the season with a 31-0 victory over Florida International to win the fifth annual Shula Bowl.

Men's Soccer
The men’s soccer team advanced to the finals of the Atlantic Soccer Conference Tournament in its first year in the conference. Two players were named to the All-Atlantic Soccer Conference second team. The Owls are expected to return 11 players who saw regular action next year, including their top two goal scorers.

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team advanced to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the no. 4 seed. The Owls defeated Western Kentucky, 1-0, in the opening round before falling to the eventual conference champion, Denver, in the second round. On the year, Junior Alicia Tirelli led the team in scoring with 11 goals and five assists for 27 points, earning First-Team All-Sun Belt honors.

The Florida Atlantic University volleyball team completed its first season of play in the Sun Belt Conference and saw Iana Andonova break the FAU career-kills record. Andonova closed out her career with 1,535 kills as the team went 7-11 in the conference and 11-18 overall.

The men's and women's basketball seasons have begun. For ticket information, call 1-866-FAU-Owls.

For more news from the world of FAU athletics, visit fausports.com or click on the banner below.


Volunteer Center Supports 'Spirit of Giving'

In an effort to continue supporting our local community, the Volunteer Center is once again partnering with community-based organizations to collect holiday gifts for underprivileged children. This year's partners include the Salvation Army the Spirit of Giving program in Boca Raton. FAU has continuously shown support for this worthy cause and we are looking forward to a more successful year. If you would like to sponsor a child, visit www.fauvolunteer.org. If your department would like to adopt a family (3-5 kids), contact the Volunteer Center at ext. 7-3607. The Holiday Giving Tree program will run through Wednesday, Dec. 6.

New for Faculty and Staff Giving – Continual Payroll Deduction Now Available!

By now, you should have received information about how you can show your support for FAU – and there is more great news!  You can now specify continual payroll deduction…and your gift will keep on giving as long as you are an FAU employee.  Simply write the word “continual” in the payroll deduction section of the giving form.  You will also always have the opportunity to increase your support or make changes through the Annual Giving office.  Remember, your gift to any area or program will help to strengthen our departments, advance our discoveries, improve our facilities and create new opportunities for students to learn.  FAU appreciates your support.  If you have any questions, please contact Tony Lee, director of Annual Giving, at ext. 7-1053 or lee@fau.edu.

Student Retention Newsletter Now Online

The most recent "Stay@FAU" newsletter is now available at www.fau.edu/retention. The newsletter is produced by the Office of Student Retention. This issue contains articles on effective teaching techniques as well as information on the tutoring clearinghouse, a learning community update, student success conferences, the Heritage Park Support Center and involving parents in retention initiatives.

Council for Excellence in Undergraduate Education Launches Website

The work of the Council for Excellence in Undergraduate Education is now available online at www.fau.edu/ceue. The Council was founded earlier this year to achieve and maintain excellence in the undergraduate educational experience at FAU by directing a University-wide effort to provide programs and services that promote student success.

In Memoriam

Anne Brack, who served as executive assistant to FAU Presidents Helen Popovich, Anthony Catanese and Frank Brogan, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 14 after suffering a heart attack. She was 59.

As the gatekeeper of the President’s office, Anne was well known throughout the University community and was greatly admired for her professionalism and efficiency. During her long career at FAU, which began in 1988, she was recognized with a number of awards, including the American Business Women’s Woman of the Year Award and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Award. A native of Washington, D.C., she was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins.

After Anne retired from FAU in 2003, she and her husband of 41 years, Dave, moved to the small North Florida community of Welaka in Putnam County. She passed away at Putnam Community Medical Center. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Paul David Brack of Hoboken, N.J., and Daniel Patrick Brack of Pasadena, Md.; a daughter, Nicole Jeanine Brack of Jupiter; three brothers, Francis Kane Jr., Patrick Kane and John Kane; two sisters, Mary Ellen McMahon and Kathleen Provencal; and two grandchildren, Daniel Patrick Brack Jr. and Peyton Alexander Brack.

Memorial donations can be made to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation, 386 Park Ave. South, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Messages of condolence can be sent to Dave Brack, P.O. Box 66, One Boston St., Welaka, FL 32193-0066.



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