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SEED Scholarships Support Employees

Three University employees have been awarded Supplemental Educational Employee Development (SEED) scholarships for 2007-08. The program is designed to give FAU employees an opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree and improve their upward mobility and marketability. The program is designed to offer a semester's leave to employees having the requisite 60 credit hours or an AA degree at the time of application for the award. Meet the awardees:

Debra Littell joined the University as a staff member in 1996 and is currently employed in the Physics department in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

"Winning the SEED scholarship allows me to realize my goal of completing a bachelor’s degree in 2008, something I have been working to accomplish for 30 years!"

Elizabeth M. Mastrodomenico began working at the University in the Office of Admissions in August 2002 and has also been attending classes as a part-time student since that time.

"Thanks to the SEED Program, I was given the opportunity to complete my last semester, the student teaching portion of the program. On Dec. 14, I will be a graduate of FAU with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. My education will allow me to use and apply the knowledge and skills I have developed through the years while in school. My devotion and dedication to my current employment position in the Office of Admissions and the education earned will open new doors for success. After graduation, I plan to continue my employment as well as my education with FAU and hope that this great university continues to open doors for me."

Karen Campbell Miller is working toward her bachelor's degree in public management and serves as the administrative assistant to the FAU Board of Trustees. Married with two children, ages 12 and 5, Miller will graduate in May 2008.

"I am a full-time mother, I work full time and go to school full time -- there is no room for any hobbies. It was important to me to continue my education for several reasons. It was a personal goal, something I knew I could do if I set my mind to it. I wanted my children to see their mother complete her education and realize it’s importance; and I knew that having an education would allow me to reach to professional levels that I could not without a degree. My future goals includes earning a master's degree in educational leadership or education counseling and hopefully continuing to contribute to the growth of FAU."

CUES Awarded Grants

The Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions has recently been awarded several new contracts in their coastal program area. These include a $50,000 grant from Workforce One in Broward County to study the Marine Industry Workforce. The study will develop a regional workforce needs assessment for the tri-county area to help the marine industry expand its jobs and address its recruitment needs in the region. Dr. Lenore Alpert, Assistant Director of Research at CUES, will be Principal Investigator for this project. Another project is a $23,000 grant from the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to assist the Council in developing an Intracoastal Waterway Plan for Palm Beach County. M.J. Matthews, J.D., Senior Research Associate at CUES, will be Principal Investigator for this project. M.J. Matthews will also lead another project, the Keys Demographics Study, under a $15,000 contract from the Florida Department of Community Affairs.

Faculty Honors Fellows Program
Deadline Is Dec. 3

The Faculty Honors Fellows Program, now in its second year, provides opportunities and incentives for faculty members who wish to teach either in the University Scholars program on the Boca Raton campus or at the Wilkes Honors College on the Jupiter campus. For fall 2008, four Faculty Honors Fellows will be selected for University Scholars, one Faculty Honors Fellow will be selected for the Wilkes Honors College. Fellows teach courses in load and receive $1,500 for research and travel. Each Fellow's academic department receives a buyout of $5,000, as well as $500 to cover the Fellow's travel between campuses (if necessary) or for supplies and expenses.

Each applicant to the Faculty Honors Fellows program should submit the following items:

  1. A statement about whether the application is for the University Scholars program, the Wilkes Honors College, or either. (Note that Fellows are only selected to teach in one of these two programs).
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. A syllabus or detailed course description for the proposed course, which addresses how this course seeks to be different from a non-honors course.
  4. A memorandum from the faculty member's direct supervisor stating that, if the proposal is accepted, the supervisor agrees to allow the faculty member to teach the honors course in-load during the 2007/2008 academic year. The precise scheduling of the honors course will be scheduled through the Faculty Honors Fellows Program in consultation with the faculty member's supervisor.

For more information about designing a course appropriate for the University Scholars program on the Boca Raton campus, consult Dr. Fred Fejes (fejes@fau.edu, honorsboca.fau.edu/). If you are interested in proposing a course for the Wilkes Honors College on the MacArthur campus, contact Dean Jeffrey Buller (jbuller@fau.edu, www.fau.edu/divdept/honcol).

Deadline for applications to teach in the Faculty Honors Fellows Program for the fall semester of 2008 is December 3, 2007. Applications to teach in the University Scholars program should be sent to Dr. Fred Fejes (fejes@fau.edu). Applications to teach in the Wilkes Honors College should be sent to Dean Jeffrey Buller (jbuller@fau.edu).

FAU Jupiter Hosts 'Personal Tales…A Journey of the Mind' Exhibit

“Personal Tales…A Journey of the Mind,” an exhibit of abstract oil paintings by local artist J.R. Houbrick, will run through December 21 as part of FAU Jupiter’s Art in the Atrium series. The SR Atrium is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Atrium. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for the reception to Margaret Allen at 561-799-8105 or mallen31@fau.edu.

The Hungry Owl is Here

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.

Men's Soccer Wins Regular Season Conference Title

The FAU men's soccer team became conference champions for the first time in school history, clinching the Atlantic Soccer Conference regular season title with a dramatic 1-0 win over Howard University at FAU Field on Friday night.

Freshman forward Gianni Piccoletti also earned another weekly individual award for the Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team on Monday, as he was named the Atlantic Soccer Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

The team plays Jacksonville this weekend to end the regular season before heading to the conference tournament in mid-November.

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Homecoming Office Decorating Winners

The winners of the office decorating contest for Homecoming 2007 are:

Boca Raton Campus
1st place - Office for Students with Disabilities
2nd place - Today and Beyond Wellness
3rd place - Career Development Center AND Campus Recreation

Broward Campuses
1st place - Mod-G: Career Development, Multicultural Affairs, and SAVI
2nd place - Mod-I: Student with Disabilities and the Counseling Center
3rd place - Student Development and Activities and Student Government

Jupiter Campus
1st place - SR 147, Student Government Offices
2nd place - AD 225, Administration Suite
3rd place - SR 139, Student Services
Door Decorating Winners
1st place - SR 118, Jeanne Takeda
2nd place - SR 106 Health Services, Marvis Nelson, Dr. Phil Cromer, Debbie Rudolph
3rd place - AD 226, Terry Gearing
Honorable Mention - AD 232, Dianne Reeves

Treasure Coast Campus
1st place – College of Education
2nd place - CO 217 (Professor Josie Weiss)

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