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$1 Million Gift Funds Endowed
Scholarship Program

Boca Raton resident Arthur D. Weiss has made a gift in excess of $1 million to Florida Atlantic University to enhance the Janice and Julian Warren Weiss Memorial Endowment Fund. The gift will be used to provide educational access to deserving students in all of FAU’s nine colleges. In addition, the gift is eligible for state matching funds from the State of Florida Trust Fund for University Major Gifts. MORE...

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Students Aid New Orleans Families for 'Alternative Spring Break'

During last month's spring break, More than 30 students and advisors from FAU traveled to New Orleans to assist low- and moderate-income families. (For a larger photo of the FAU contingent, click here.)

The trip—developed in partnership with the nonprofit organization ACORN, the nation’s largest community organization dedicated to working together for social justice and stronger communities—allowed FAU students to volunteer as tutors with the Bywater Church after-school program as well as gutting and cleaning homes in the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Volunteers had the opportunity to interact and learn from members of the local community who still struggle in the aftermath of the devastation.

"It is not only the service of gutting houses that we can learn from, but each other," said Tifanny Lumpkin, an alternative spring break participant. "We couldn’t have helped Louisiana enough, but at least we added more sweat to the fallen tears."

The trip was spearheaded by the Weppner Volunteer Center, SAVI, the Broward Volunteer Center and the Newman Club and sponsored by Student Government, the Office of the President and the Division of Student Affairs.


Honors Summer Institute Returns

For the second year, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College will host the Honors Summer Institute on the Jupiter campus. The three-week program will bring together high-achieving 10th and 11th grade students to study with the faculty of the Honors College and scientists from the Jupiter campus of the Scripps Research Institute. The theme of the institute is “Perspectives on the Environment.” MORE...


'It’s Owl Time': Annual Spring Football Game
to be Held April 21

The seventh annual football spring game will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. The game will be played at the new Track and Field Complex, located northeast of the FAU Arena, on the Boca Raton campus.

The Owls scrimmage, which will be played under a modified scoring system, is free and open to the public. Food, merchandise and season ticket information will be available along with an interactive play area for kids, including an appearance by the FAU Cheer Team and Owsley the mascot. No outside food, beverages or pets will be permitted.

For more information, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit www.fausports.com. For more news from the world of FAU athletics, click on the banner below.



Diversity Series Begins April 16

The University Diversity Initiatives Committee will sponsor "Affirming Diversity: Perspectives on Multiculturalism" on Monday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rooms A & B of the Live Oak Pavilion, Boca Raton campus. President Frank Brogan and Provost John Pritchett will offer the opening remarks.

This program is the first in a series highlighting faculty in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the College of Education. The primary focus of the series is to facilitate discussion about the various perspectives that inform conceptions of multiculturalism. The series will continue in Fall 2007 with additional programming on diversity and multiculturalism offered by University faculty. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Please RSVP to Paula Behul, Equal Opportunity Programs at 7-3005 or PBehul@fau.edu by Thursday, April 12. Refreshments will be served.



2007-08 University Catalog Online

The 2007-08 University Catalog has been posted online.


A Bamboo Bridge
Architecture students recently built and erected a bamboo bridge on the west lawn of the Higher Education Complex ion the Fort Lauderdale campus as part of a course in using alternative construction materials.


Volunteers Needed for Night Breakfast

In an effort to wish the students good luck on their final exams, faculty and staff members come together and serve breakfast items generously provided by Chartwells. Night Breakfast will take place on Thursday, April 26 from 9 to 11 p.m. at the Centre Marketplace. The event also includes music, movies and give-away. If you are interested in participating, contact Larry Faerman at lfaerman@fau.edu or ext. 7-3903.

A Night Breakfast on the Jupiter campus is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25. Please contact Sean Pierce at spierce@fau.edu or ext. 6-8828 to sign up.


The Latest from Student Services

Stay up-to-date on what's going on for and about students:

Festival of Nations on April 14

The 11th Annual Festival of Nations will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in the Social Science Building Rotunda at the Boca Raton campus. The festival is a celebration of the many cultures of FAU. Students who represent many countries will share their heritage while creating a sense of community. The display of diversity will be illustrated through a fashion show of ethnic clothing, dancing, singing to a variety of international music and a sampling of exotic dishes. For more information, contact Ingrid Jones or the staff of International Student and Scholar Services at (561) 297-3049.

Broward Career Development Center Offers Image Consulting
The Broward Career Development Center will be offering free professional image consulting on April 16-18 on the Davie campus. Each student who attends will receive an individual
15 -minute consultation with Sonja Jacobson, a professional image consultant who works as a consultant to many South Florida corporations. Please sign up in Modular G, the Career Development Center. Appointments will be made on a space available basis.

New Staffer
Student Health Services is happy to announce that Lisa Cha joined the staff in March. Lisa will serve as a Program Assistant with responsibilities that include handling all aspects of the Immunization Department. She comes to FAU with more than 10 years of customer service experience and excellent administrative skills, along with a warm sunny personality. Lisa is a very welcome addition to the department.

FAU/PBCC Community Workshop
On Feb. 23, the Campus Volunteer Center, in partnership with Palm Beach Community College, held "Bridging Our Colleges and Community Through Civic Engagement and Service-Learning." The event allowed for a very successful networking experience, in which motre than 30 community-based organizations were able to foster reciprocal relationships to better serve the local communities. The Campus Volunteer Center and Palm Beach Community College would like to thank Florida Campus Compact for facilitating this wonderful event.

FAU Students Attend Orientation Workshop in Tallahassee
In March the Office of Orientation took 24 students to the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (through the National Orientation Directors Association) held in Tallahassee at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College. Events for the '50s-themed weekend included a cheer/chant roll call, networking with other orientation leaders in the nine state region, several educational breakout sessions, a keynote speech given by Andrea Mosby, a skit/song/dance competition and a sock hop. In addition to having a great time, the students discovered ways to make improvements to the existing orientation program at FAU. Starting this summer, orientations should prove to be full of excitement, school spirit and learning opportunities for all new FAU students.

Career Workshops Held for Students with Disabilities
The Broward Career Development Center and the Office of Students with Disabilities offered career workshops for students with disabilities on the Broward campuses. The workshops offered on March 13, 21 and 26 included training in writing resumes, job search strategies and interviewing techniques. Speakers discussed civil rights and work-related issues.

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