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A gift in excess of $1 million from Peter and Susan Stein (at right with President Brogan at the signing ceremony) to the College of Business will establish the Sean Stein Scholarship Fund and will name the center structure of the newly opened College of Business complex on the Boca Raton campus the "Sean Stein Pavilion." Dedicated to the memory of the Steins’ son Sean, who was a 20-year-old FAU sophomore at the time of his death, the endowment will provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students in the College of Business. In addition, the Steins are also creating a park at the campus entrance to the College of Business. In the center of the park there will be a bronze, life-size statue of Sean. The tree-lined park will provide a gathering place and meeting site for FAU students and faculty.
College of Business
Opens Trading Room in
Sean Stein Pavilion
The College of Business Trading Room opened last month. The trading room bridges the gap between classroom learning and business practice by bringing the reality of Wall Street trading to FAU. The room is equipped with hardware, software, data feeds and other advanced technology providing students with high-speed access to a variety of business information sources. With dual-monitor computers at 25 workstations, the first floor of the facility can accommodate as many as 50 people at a time. A connected lab with full audio-visual technology and an additional 25 workstations is located on the second floor. With this cutting-edge setting, students will be able to acquire valuable experience by using tools similar to those professional investors use when trading and managing money. Outside businesses will also use the trading room for staff training and development.
"I am humbled by Peter and Susan Stein as they grace our University with their generosity," said FAU President Brogan. "Through this magnificent gift to the College of Business, the Steins will be able to reach out to new and promising students for generations to come."
While enrolled at FAU, Sean maintained an A average and won the respect of his professors. Motivated, enthusiastic, charismatic and willing to take on academic challenges, Sean blossomed at FAU. During his tenure at the University, Sean served as a senator for FAU Student Government and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where he was elected social chair, all the while maintaining his dean’s list status.
"Sean’s personality matched his academic accomplishments," said Peter Stein. "His wit, charm and warmth brought light and joy to all who knew him. Sean believed he would do something in his life that would make a difference." In a paper completed for an FAU philosophy class, Sean wrote, "One goal that gives my life meaning is my hunger to leave my mark on this world. Almost everyone would like to be remembered, but I am positive I am going to do something that ensures I have a place in history."
"Now, with this donation for all future generations, my wife Susan and I can make certain that Sean’s dream of making a difference will be fulfilled," Peter Stein said.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush has appointed Robert “Bob” Stilley (below) to the FAU Board of Trustees. Stilley attended his first meeting as a member in February.
“FAU is poised to be one our nation’s great research universities, and I am excited and proud to have been appointed to the Board of Trustees,” said Stilley. “I look forward to working with everybody at FAU to provide an environment that meets the goals of this great University.”
Stilley has served as president and CEO of HeartCare Imaging, Inc., since 1998, bringing more than 20 years experience in the diagnostic imaging and cardiology industries to HeartCare Imaging. Previously, he was an original partner in Summit World Trade and was instrumental in Summit’s successful joint ventures with Hitachi Medical Systems of Japan and SMV of Buc, France, two companies that revolutionized the diagnostic imaging marketplace through the introduction of products such as the “open” MRI. Stilley is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and he is a founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Technology. He received his degree in business administration from the University of Florida.
Michael Friedland, M.D., senior associate dean for biomedical programs and professor of biomedical science at Florida Atlantic University, has been named vice president for medical education programs at FAU. In this new role, Friedland will represent FAU operations and management, as well as be responsible for the FAU components of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine program for the new regional medical campus.
Dr. Friedland previously took the lead in representing FAU in the development of a number of agreements, including an academic affiliation agreement, with the Miller School and Boca Raton Community Hospital. (See next month's Update for details on the Regional Academic Medical Center agreement announced last month between FAU, the University of Miami and Boca Raton Community Hospital.)
“It’s exciting to be part of a transforming event in health care, research and education in one of the most dynamic places in the country,” said Dr. Friedland. “With the addition of Scripps to Palm Beach County, I believe we have the opportunity to become the preeminent academic health center in the Southeast.”
A board-certified internist and hematologist, Dr. Friedland has held a variety of senior positions in healthcare services and administration, including dean of the SUNY-Upstate regional campus in Binghamton, N.Y., dean at both Texas A&M University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Medicine, and more recently, dean of the West Virginia University regional campus in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Friedland recently served as chair of the American Medical Association section on medical schools and currently serves as the AMA’s representative to the ambulatory component of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
For five years, the South Florida Environmental Ethics Consortium has held an annual conference exploring the ethical and social challenges of maintaining a balance between South Florida’s built and natural environments. More than six million people in Southeast Florida’s urban area live between two unique and world-renowned ecosystems: in the west, the Everglades and in the east, the coral reefs and mangroves.
The Florida Environmental Ethics Conference brings together researchers and educators from diverse disciplines — philosophy, history, law, urban planning, public health, science — in an exchange of ideas with community members, students, lawyers, public employees and others in a non-partisan, educational setting. The conference also offers pre-professional students free admission in keeping with the organizers’ view that it is important for students to see that attention to ethics is taken seriously by professionals. More than 100 participants representing five area universities and three counties participated in this year's event. Dr. Jaap Vos, chair of Department of Urban and Regional Planning and graduate students in the department handled local organizing. Dr. Kimberly Warner (pictured above), a marine pollution scientist for Oceana, gave the keynote address.
The conference was made possible with support from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, the FAU John Daily Institute of Government, the Florida Atlantic Planning Society, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University and the Adelaide R. Snyder Professorship in Ethics.
The South Florida Environmental Ethics Consortium is a project of the ethics programs of the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and the Public Trust.
Watch www.fau.edu/environment for news about next year's conference.
UPDATED INFORMATION (MARCH 7):
As of January 1, 2006, all AMP (fomerly A&P) will join the SP (formerly USPS) employees in earning one day of personal holiday each fiscal year. In addition, there will no longer be a six-month waiting period. Employees will now be eligible for a personal holiday at the time of hire.
As a reminder, the personal holiday must be used as a full day and cannot be taken on an hour for hour basis. Personal holidays cannot be accrued and unused time will not be paid out upon termination of employment.
If you have any questions, please call Julie Duvall at 7-3077, Marie Mascaro at 7-3074 or Robin Kabat at 7-3072.
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The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, located on the Boca Raton campus, has the following volunteer opportunities available:
- Tour guides
- Meeters and greeters
- Art instructors or assistants
- Craft instructors or assistants
- Musical performers or leaders
- Cooking instructors or assistants
- Game room hosts or assistants
- Educational presenters
- Support group facilitators
One-on-one activities include mind-enhancing groups, gardening programs, special events, telephone or clerical help, or general operations. Volunteers are needed weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Memory and Wellness Center is located next to the FAU Police Station on the north end of the Boca Raton campus. To register or get more information, contact Maria Tamburri at 561-297-4066.
Barbara Pletcher has been named director of undergraduate admissions, a role she has filled on an interim basis for the past several months. She comes to FAU with extensive experience in the field at the University of William and Mary, Cornell University, the University of Wyoming, Florida State University and the University of Memphis.
The Pine Jog Fellowship Cultivating Community Involvement and Environmental Leadership will offer a three-semester program working on a community service project starting July 29. Students have the potential to earn three credits per semester and a $1,500 stipend after successfully completing the program. Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach is a unit of the College of Education.
For more information, visit Pine Jog Fellowship or contact Mo Kieffer firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-688-1908.
FAU's 15th annual Wellness Triathlon will take place on Sunday, April 9 at 7 a.m. at Spanish River Park, 3001 Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. The race, which is authorized by Triathlon Federation USA, includes a 0.25-mile ocean swim, 10-mile flat bike course and a 3.1-mile run. All revenue generated from the triathlon will be used to support wellness programming for FAU and the local community. There will be an awards party following the race which will include refreshments, music, door prizes and awards.
The individual entry fee is $50 for individual USA Triathlon members and $59 for individual non-members, if received by Friday, March 10. The relay entry fee is $85 for USA Triathlon members and $112 for non-members, if received by March 10.
To register, visit www.active.com before midnight on Thursday, April 6. Registration forms also are available in the Today & Beyond Wellness office on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Forms are to be filled out and returned there, or you may register in person on Saturday, April 8 at the FAU Swimming Pool from 1 to 5 p.m. Late registration may be done in person during check-in between 5:30 and 6:45 a.m. on April 9 for a $10 extra charge. There are no refunds.
Established triathlon rules will be in effect. A free pre-race Triathlon Clinic will be available Saturday, April 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the FAU Pool. For more information, contact Rosemary Dunbar at 561-297-3615 or email@example.com, or visit www.shs.fau/today/triathlon.