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Owls Head to First Bowl Game

The FAU football team's 38-32 victory over Troy University earned the team a bowl berth in the 2007 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The FAU Sun Belt Champions will face off against Conference USA member Memphis Tigers on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Superdome with live television coverage on ESPN2. Click here for ticket and travel information.

By reaching a bowl game in just their third full season full season as a Division I-A (now Football Bowls Subdivision) team, FAU has reached a bowl faster than any other school in the nation.

Going to New Orleans?
There are a number of events for those of you traveling to the game. Click here for details.

Debate Dates Changed,
Visit Web Page for Latest Details

Originally scheduled for Jan. 23 and Jan. 25, 2008, the dates for the debates have now shifted. FAU will welcome the Republican candidates on Thursday, Jan. 24, and the Democratic candidates on Sunday, Jan. 27. Keep up with all the developments about the upcoming debates at www.fau.edu/debates.

Holiday Hours/Closings Reminder

President Brogan has approved Monday, December 24; Wednesday, December 26; and Monday, December 31 as days on which all campuses of FAU will be closed. These three days are in addition to the two official state holidays of December 25 and January 1.

The additional days, authorized by the president to recognize the continued contributions of FAU faculty and staff to the success of the University, are considered holidays for all non-OPS employees and therefore, no leave usage is required. If personal annual leave has previously been requested and approved for the three additional days, employees will not be charged annual leave. OPS employees, given the nature of their employment, will not be paid for these days unless they are required to work.

Some employees may be required to staff certain areas that are essential to the operation of the University and, in such cases, other leave opportunities will be provided. Essential personnel will be notified of their work schedules by their supervisor. For all other days, the University will maintain the normal scheduled hours of operation and all leave requests must be approved by the employee’s supervisor.

Many FAU service hours also change during the break. For more details, visit: Dining Hours and Library Hours.

And remember, the University reopens on Wednesday, Jan. 2 and class start on Saturday, January 5.

Coming Concerts, Events and Exhibitions

Piano and Violin with Gareth Johnson
and Heather Coltman On Dec. 18

The department of music presents an evening of piano and violin featuring Gareth Johnson and Heather Coltman on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m., in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni may obtain free admission with ID (regular admission is $15).

The concert will feature “Polonaise de Concert, op. 4” by Henri Wieniawski, “Sonata for Violin and Piano” by Francis Poulenc, “Suite for Violin and Piano” by William Grant Still, “Tango No. 3 from Tango Suite” by Astor Piazzolla, as well as John Williams’ theme from Schindler’s List, “Remembrances” from Schindler’s List and “Devil’s Dance” from The Witches of Eastwick. Gareth Johnson started playing the violin at the age of 10. Now 21, his passion and talent for the violin have made him one of the most acclaimed violinists of his generation. Coltman is chair of the FAU department of music. She is widely acclaimed across three continents as a solo and chamber musician, and has given recitals and performed with orchestras and on radio broadcasts throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Greece and South Africa. Tickets and information: 800-564-9539 or www.fauevents.com.

“Jewels of Jewish Music” Features Original Recordings from FAU’s Judaica Sound Archives on Dec. 19
The Judaica Sound Archives at FAU Libraries on the Boca Raton campus has been collecting recorded music and voices of the early 20th century since 2002. Maxine Schackman, assistant director of the archives, will entertain the audience with “Jewels of Jewish Music” on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m. on fifth floor east of the the Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton Campus. Her presentation traces the beginning of Jewish recorded music in America, featuring original recordings from the archive’s extensive record collection and nostalgic photographs. Songs by Aaron Lebedeff, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt and Cantor Moshe Kousevitsy will be highlighted.

“From Occident to Orient,” historic illustration, designed and printed letterpress by John Cutrone and Seth Thompson, poetry by Zaid Shlah.

FAU Jupiter Library Presents “Long Ways to Travel”
Lake Worth Printers Create Handmade Books and Broadsides
The John D. MacArthur Campus Library Gallery is hosting “Long Ways to Travel” through Jan. 3. “Long Ways to Travel” is an exhibition of handmade books and broadsides by Lake Worth printers John Cutrone and Seth Thompson, who are also employees of the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts at the Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus.

“Today’s books are mass produced overnight by the thousands,’’ said Diane Arrieta, exhibition chairman. “‘Long Ways to Travel’ is a great example of the craft of book art. Each one is a treasure.” Cutrone and Thompson create letterpress-printed limited edition books and broadsides at Convivio Bookworks, a small studio in their home in downtown Lake Worth. Before settling into the studio, their work was done in the spirit of the itinerant printers of yore, working at presses and book studios across the country. The exhibition gathers 20 of their print works.

This exhibition is presented in cooperation with the Jaffe center, which is home to thousands of artists’ books and limited editions.
The McArthur Campus Library hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-799-8530 or visit http://www.library.fau.edu/npb/npb.htm.


Last Chance to Catch
“Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk”

FAU Libraries presents “Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk,” a travelling exhibition on the life and art of renowned religious artist and political cartoonist Arthur Szyk, through Sunday, December 30, 2007, at the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus.

The exhibition, which includes Szyk’s art on World War II, America and the Jewish Response, runs the gamut from political cartoons and illuminated manuscripts to postage stamps, miniature paintings and corporate advertising. All of the art is rich in diverse colors, folklore and themes of individual and national freedom, human dignity and religious tolerance. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Click here for library hours or call 561-297-3770. The Jaffe center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 561-297-2116 or e-mail librariespr@fau.edu.

Click here to browse all events
on the FAU Calendar of Events.

Klezmer Company Orchestra Concert and
CD Release Party

The innovative, critically-acclaimed Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO) will hold a CD release party and performance to celebrate “Beyond the Tribes,” its studio-produced debut album on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m. at the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium in the Student Union on the Boca Raton campus. The $18 admission includes the new CD. Click here for more information.

The recording defies classification and includes a unique mix of ethnic jazz orchestrations featuring exotic melodies from around the globe. KCO will perform selected tracks on stage and answer questions during the party. Aaron Kula, director of music collections and performance at FAU, founded the professional ensemble-in-residence to perform and promote music from a range of cultures and historical periods from the libraries’ collections. KCO has successfully taken music in the collection from “shelf to stage” since its inception in 1997.

Need a Gift This Holiday Season?

The Hungry Owl Cookbook
The Hungry Owl
, a cookbook compiled and published by the University Club of the FAU Foundation Inc. is now available for purchase. For the past two years, members of the University Club have collected recipes from the FAU community and tested the dishes at tasting parties. The end result is this fine and eclectic selection of recipes that cover everything from soup to nuts. The books were printed by Morris Press Cookbooks, Kearney, Nebraska. The cookbook can be purchased in University Advancement, ADM 201, for $20. Checks should be made out to the FAU Foundation. Proceeds of the sales will benefit the University Club’s fundraising efforts on behalf of scholarship awards and College and Library programs.

...or a Huckshorn Arboretum Calendar
FAU Jupiter is now taking orders for the beautiful 2008 Robert J. Huckshorn Arboretum Calendar featuring award-winning images from the Spring 2007 Student Photography Contest. Order several for unique gifts this holiday season! All proceeds from the $12 purchase price will support the maintenance and expansion of the Huckshorn Arboretum. Click here to see thumbnail photos and download an order form.

Also Available...Men's and Women's Basketball Holiday Ticket Six-Pack

Owl fans looking for a perfect gift can purchase the Florida Atlantic Basketball holiday ticket six-pack. For just $40, fans can receive tickets to six FAU men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as six free cases of Pepsi product. Games in the holiday pack are FAU Men’s basketball vs. South Alabama, January 2 at 7 p.m. FAU Women’s basketball vs. South Alabama January 3 at 7 p.m. FAU Men vs. New Orleans January 30 at 7 p.m. FAU women vs. New Orleans January 31 at 7 p.m. FAU men vs. Florida International February 20 at 7 p.m. and FAU women vs. Florida International at 7 p.m. Act now and your name will be entered in a drawing to win a two-night stay at the Comfort Inn Oceanside in Deerfield Beach. FAU Holiday packs can be purchased in the Athletics Ticket office in the Tom Oxley Athletic Center or by calling 1-866-FAU-OWLS or by clicking HERE.

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Media Innovator and Award-Winning Journalist S. William Scott Joins
School of Communications and
Multimedia Studies Faculty

S. William Scott has joined FAU's School of Communication and Multimedia Studies as the Visiting Distinguished Professor of Broadcast Journalism and Media. “We are pleased and fortunate that Bill Scott has agreed to join the faculty this year as we continue to develop one of Florida’s most innovative communication programs,” said Susan Reilly, director of the School. “Bill Scott’s background as an industry innovator and his track record as an award-winning journalist will give FAU’s broadcast journalism students an opportunity to learn from a pioneer in the field.”

Scott, who heads his own media consulting firm, Bill Scott New Media, was president of PAX Television Network and responsible for developing the “Give Us 22 Minutes and We’ll Give You the World” all-news radio format which made WINS, New York, the most listened-to radio station in America. He has been president of The Travel Channel and CEO of a cable TV joint venture between ABC and Westinghouse Broadcasting. Scott was a director of the William Benton Foundation, which owned the Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster dictionary. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for investigative journalism.


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