Florida Atlantic University - University Communications
university news  

Here's a quick rundown on this month's news. For details on any of these items, just click on the title. Or you can scroll down to browse the news:


FAU and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Move Forward

Recently, the University administration has been working with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) to bring the institution under the umbrella of FAU as a research institute reporting to the Office of Academic Affairs. In early March, the HBOI board unanimously agreed to accept FAU's most recent proposal. The agreement is contingent upon a variety of significant steps, including approvals by the FAU Board of Trustees, the St. Lucie County Commission and the state, as well as special legislative funding. Look to Update for more details in the coming months.


FAU in the News

FAU Students Volunteer in New Orleans During Spring Break
Students from the University's Volunteer Center, Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) and the FAU Catholic Newman Club are participating in an “Alternative Spring Break,” helping low and moderate-income families in New Orleans. MORE…

Master's Thesis Produces Billboard Hit
"Let’s Fall in Love Again,” a song produced and arranged by commercial music graduate Israel Charles as his master’s thesis, entered the “Billboard” Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales Chart at No. 7 in just its first week out. MORE…

Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center
Awarded Grant for Art Program

The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has been awarded a grant of $11,550 to fund an advanced art program for memory-impaired day center participants. MORE…

PEOPLE in the News

Barry Kaye College of Business Dedicates Boardroom in Honor of Dr. Eugene Miller

Dr. Eugene Miller, adjunct professor and executive-in-residence, was honored by the Barry Kaye College of Business recently for outstanding service and support. MORE…

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Professor Named Nurse Practitioner of the Year in Palm Beach County
Susan M. Beidler’s leadership and contributions as a family nurse practitioner and educator during her distinguished 30-year career are the reasons she was recently named Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County. MORE...

Click here for more FAU in the News, updated daily.


In Memoriam

FAU's First Employee Adelaide Snyder Passes Away at 84

Adelaide Snyder, who became the first employee of FAU when founding President Kenneth Williams hired her to handle media relations, died at her home in Tallahassee on Monday, March 5, at the age of 84. The cause of death was heart-related, according to news reports.

Ms. Snyder moved from Dade County to Boca Raton in 1962 to begin working at FAU. The University was still two years away from opening its doors to students, and early administrators were housed in the fire station that had served the campus during the years it was an Army air base. Ms. Snyder sometimes reminisced about those pioneer days, describing how she would run news releases off on a mimeograph machine and deliver them personally to local newspaper offices. She was widely known and respected by journalists throughout the area, and she did an excellent job of making the South Florida community aware of the existence of what was then the state and nation's newest public university.

As FAU grew over the next three decades, Ms. Snyder's responsibilities increased accordingly. As Vice President for Media Relations and Development, she provided a guiding hand for all of the University's public outreach efforts and fund-raising activities. Additionally, she was Executive Director of the FAU Foundation, Inc., a role that enabled her to make a host of friends for the University, including many people who became major donors.

After Ms. Snyder left the University in 1989, some of those donors stepped forward to establish a professorship in her name. The Adelaide R. Snyder Professorship in Ethics is currently held by Dr. Robin Fiore.

In 1999, Ms. Snyder moved to Tallahassee to be with her daughter, Florence Snyder Rivas (an FAU alumna), son-in-law Robert Rivas and their two children, Cecilia and Alex. Her husband of 61 years, Joseph Snyder, died last April.


Latest IRM Newsletter
Now Online

The IRM Newsletter for March 2007 is now available online and features a Daylight Savings Time update, Netiquette, the "Co-Managed" Helpdesk, Make MyFAU Yours, Help Yourself: Get Fast Support Online, an anti-virus update and the new computer training Web site.

Also: A committee has been formed composed of technical staff from the colleges and IRM, to review the newly unveiled Microsoft Vista OS and Office 2007. The group is charged to test Vista and the new Office suite extensively and to provide a comprehensive report related to the software's integration into the FAU environment.

The group's report will address the following issues:
- Hardware compatibility
- Technical support
- Existing software compatibility
- List of software packages that should be included as part of the "Standard Desktop 2007"
- Deployment plan and timeline
- Technical training
- End-user training
- Installation plan for IRM-supported computer labs
- Course and textbook integration issues

The committee is to submit its report before the end of the Spring 2007 semester. Until the final report has been reviewed, IRM will NOT provide any support for or release official copies of Vista or Office 2007 to the FAU user community.


Football Announces 2007 Schedule;
Spring Sports Update

The football team will continue to play one of the nation's most difficult non-conference schedules in 2007 with road games at Oklahoma State, Kentucky and the University of Florida, the 2006 National Champions. The Owls are scheduled to play host to Minnesota and USF, as well as three Sun Belt Conference teams.

"We will continue to play the best possible teams that will schedule us," said head coach Howard Schnellenberger.

"We are fortunate to have a coach who wants to showcase the program and the University each week," said Craig Angelos, FAU's director of athletics. FAU played five bowl game participants in 2005, including no. 14 Louisville. In 2006, six of the Owls' seven losses came against bowl participants. The year 2007 promises to provide the best schedule possible once again, with six scheduled teams coming off bowl participation.

Owls 2007 Schedule

Sept. 1: Middle Tennessee State
Sept. 8: at Oklahoma State
Sept. 15: Minnesota (Dolphin Stadium)
Sept. 22: at University of North Texas
Sept. 29: at Kentucky
Oct. 6: South Florida
Oct. 20: at University of Louisiana - Lafayette
Oct. 27: University of Louisiana - Monroe
Nov. 10: Arkansas State
Nov. 17: at University of Florida
Nov. 24: at Florida International University
Dec. 1: at Troy

Spring Sports Update
Baseball: Off to a great start and a No. 28 national ranking the 12-3 Owls travel to Bowling Green this weekend for their first-ever Sun Belt games.
Golf: The men's and women's teams are just a few tournaments into the spring season.
Softball: The Owls enter Sun Belt conference play for the first time this week. They are 13-7.
Tennis: The men's team has picked up three victories this year, while the women's team is off 2-0 in March with nine more matches this month.

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.


Black History Month Events Recap

Black History Month events began with a festival on the Boca Raton Campus on Feb. 7. The “Cultural Festival: Celebrating the Black Heritage” included music, dances, exhibits and ethnic food. Inaugurating the festival, President Brogan welcomed the participants and said FAU is proud of being one of the most diverse universities in the nation. The Office of Multicultural Affairs organized this and several events as part of Black History Month activities. Exhibits of inventions by African Americans and cultural artifacts were the centerpieces of the festival. Solo theatrical presentations, folk music and dances also celebrated Black history and culture throughout the morning. A large number of students, staff and faculty participated in the festival. This event was offered in collaboration with the Black Student Union. For more images…


United Way Campaign Eclipses Goal

This year's FAU United Way campaign exceeded its goal by more than $12,000, as contributions from faculty and staff on all campuses totaled $66,126. United Way campaign coordinator Jennifer O'Flannery thanks all of the generous donors in the FAU community for supporting this worthy cause.


College of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty to Receive FAU’s First Gap Fund Aawards

Dr. Ravi Shankar and Dr. Hari Kalva were recently selected as the first recipients of individual Gap Fund awards of $15,000. The Gap Fund program was established in 2006 to support enhancements of inventions or other original works that have been previously disclosed to FAU’s Office of Technology Transfer. The Gap Fund program funds projects that have demonstrated “proof of concept” and those 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. The winning proposals were “Mobile Architecture with a Highly Scalable Multiplier (HSM),” Dr. Shankar, and “Development of MPEG-2 to H.264 Video Transcoder Using IPP,” Dr. Kalva.

The Gap Fund program was funded with $55,000 in seed money from the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority, the operating agency for the FAU Research Parks, and Sumpraxis, Inc. The awards are administered by the Division of Research and approved by Dr. Larry F. Lemanski, vice president for research, after receiving competitive review and funding recommendations from the Gap Fund Review Committee. The committee includes faculty, staff and outside business and industry members, all with development experience. The committee is chaired by Director of Technology Transfer Stephen Nappi.

Projects not selected for funding may be resubmitted for re-evaluation in future funding rounds. The next round of Gap Fund proposal submissions is due by March 12. For information on the Gap Fund program and proposal preparation, please click on the following link http://www.fau.edu/research/ott/gap.php or call the Office of Technology Transfer at (561) 297- 0673.


Lifelong Learning Society Now Accepting Course Proposals

The Lifelong Learning Society is currently accepting course proposals for the Fall 2007 and Winter 2008 terms. Faculty are encouraged to submit propsals for both the fall and winter terms, but they must be received by Monday, March 19. Please call the LLS at ext. 7-2447 if you are intertested in submitting a proposal.


FROM HR: Performance Appraisal Reminders

As we move into the spring semester, we are just a few months away from the end of the fiscal year. It’s a great time to review our current performance appraisal process and encourage all participants -- employees and supervisors alike -- to take full advantage of the benefits derived from a well-conducted performance management program.

The appraisal is a formal, written means of providing performance feedback, assessing how well the employee met established performance standards and how effectively the employee accomplished stated goals.

The first step in the process is to determine performance appraisal due dates. AMP & SP employees will receive an annual performance appraisal from their supervisors, based on the date they started in their current position. All of the information regarding appraisal dates for the coming year is found on the Performance Appraisal Report. This report is available on e-Print: http://eprint.fau.edu/cgi-bin/eprint.cgi.

The Performance Appraisal report is updated each month, followed by a monthly reminder in the online newsletter HR Weekly. The report is intended for use by supervisors and those departmental employees who manage and coordinate the performance appraisal process.

Specific information on completing the performance appraisal and the link to download the performance appraisal form and cover sheet can be found at www.fau.edu/hr/EmpRelations/PerfAppraisals.php.

The following concepts should be considered when completing a performance appraisal:

  • The appraisal should reflect the performance over the entire preceding year.
  • Supervisors should set aside time regularly to meet with the employee, in private, to discuss the employee’s performance.
  • Employees should always have an opportunity to respond or comment on the appraisal.
  • Appraisals should never be a surprise – they should reflect on-going communication and feedback throughout the year.

The completed appraisal should be sent to Human Resources for data entry. It will then be placed in the employee’s personnel file. The employee has the right to view the file at anytime. An appointment should be made with Employee Relations Services to facilitate the review.

For a more comprehensive review of the performance appraisal process, go to www.fau.edu/hr/EmpRelations/PerfAppraisals.php. Human Resources personnel are always seeking to improve operations in all areas, and they welcome your comments regarding the performance appraisal process. Above all, keep communicating!

The Employee Relations Services Team is here for you:
Robin Kabat, Associate Director, 561-297-3072
Michelle Lombard Janvier, Employee Relations Supervisor, 561-297-2554
Steven Crissey, Personnel Representative, 561-297-0319
Heidi Louisy, Broward Personnel Manager, Davie: 954 236-1245
Fort Lauderdale: 954 762-5686.







READ the Campus News
BACK to the Main Story





Send questions or submissions to

Past issues

FAU Campuses: Boca Raton/Davie/Dania Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Jupiter/Treasure Coast


Boca Raton 561-297-3000 Davie 954-236-1000 Dania Beach 954-924-7000 Fort Lauderdale 954-236-1000 Jupiter 561-799-8500 Treasure Coast 772-873-3300