The MacArthur campus has named Christopher M. Ott as its new director of campus operations. Ott previously served as associate vice president for business services at Nova Southeastern University. “I am very pleased to have joined the FAU family,” said Ott. “It is my primary goal to contribute to the mission of the university by enhancing the services and amenities that support campus life for students, faculty, staff and alumni.”
Ott’s responsibilities will include space utilization, mail services, transportation services and campus emergency plans. He will serve as the campus liaison to physical plant, university police, food services and environmental health & safety.
“Chris is an experienced professional, bringing extensive operations experience and expertise to his new position,” said Dr. Kristen Murtaugh, vice president of the MacArthur campus. “His knowledge of best practices will help raise our campus operations to an even higher level of efficiency and effectiveness.”
Ott received his bachelor of science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
|(l to r) Kristina Klaas, Phoebe Jerome, Nicholas Piccirillo and James Jimenez
The Wilkes Honors College welcomed an incoming class of 113 students this fall, and while the college has had siblings in the past, this year five freshmen are following in the footsteps of their older brothers and sisters.
“That says something about the way parents think about the Honors College, and the way brothers and sisters talked about their experiences here,” said Kerry Rosen, director of admissions for the college. “For us, that is real validation. These families in Florida clearly find the Wilkes Honors College academically challenging and affordable, and realize it offers wonderful opportunities.”
“I chose to attend the Honors College because the few times I visited while still in high school I really liked the atmosphere, and having my own room was a big plus,” said James Jimenez, a National Achievement Finalist along with his older brother David from Boca Raton. “What's good about going to the same college as my brother is that I get to see him when I want, but I don't have to hang out with him either.”
Kristina Klaas from Clermont, FL, whose sister Katherine is a Flagler Scholar, chose to attend the Honors College for its strong academic foundation. “I wanted a small school to obtain the most out of my college experience and I found that at the Honors College. I also favored the Honors College policy of participating in a study abroad or internship, a very important element for my field of study. While my sister did not pressure me to apply or attend the Honors College, her stories and successes proved that the Honors College would prepare me for graduate school and allow me to pursue my future endeavors.”
“I enjoy being able to see my sister on a daily basis between our classes and homework, something that would be nearly impossible if we were attending separate colleges. Likewise, she is able to give me pointers and advice from her past experience as a freshman.”
Phoebe Jerome is from West Palm Beach. Her older sister Elizabeth graduated from the Honors College last spring and is currently attending Howard Medical School. “My older sister influenced my decision by explaining her experiences here. Though all were not perfect or ideal, they gave me an overall security about attending this college and more importantly trusting that I would leave satisfied with what I learned.”
Cara Piccirillo, a senior from Cape Coral, FL, was happy when her brother Nicholas selected the Honors College. “I wanted him to come here, because I knew, like me, he wouldn’t be comfortable at a big school. It’s comforting to have someone from my family close-by.” Olivia Smith, from Palm Beach Gardens, is the fifth freshman following in her older brother Skyler’s footsteps. This year’s incoming class is both talented and diverse; it includes four valedictorians, one salutatorian, five National Merit Finalists, two National Achievement Finalists and 10 International Baccalaureate graduates. The class is 45% male and 55% female, the most gender-balanced ever and considerably higher than the national average for similar liberal arts programs. Additionally, 22% are ethnic minorities. Students in the incoming class came from 82 different schools, 24 Florida counties, seven states and nine countries.
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