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FAU Hosts Ceremony to Dedicate SEAN STEIN PAVILION
BOCA RATON, FL (February 27, 2007) – Close to 150 people were in attendance on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus to dedicate the SEAN STEIN PAVILION and celebrate the establishment of the Sean Stein Scholarship Fund. The twilight event was hosted by the FAU Foundation and the Barry Kaye College of Business. Greeting guests were Peter and Susan Stein, whose generous gift in excess of $1 million named the pavilion and the fund in memory of their son, Sean. An FAU sophomore at the time of his death in 1999, Sean excelled as an honor student, athlete and leader both on and off campus.
The College of Business pavilion that bears Sean’s name is filled with students who study and interact there throughout the day and into the evening. Sean’s name graces the exterior and interior walls of the building, and his portrait hangs prominently. Beneath his portrait is a plaque with a short biography and quote from Sean’s writings. For Peter and Susan Stein, the building, with its bustling energy, is a reminder of Sean’s productivity and exuberance.
In keeping with Sean’s desire to make a difference, the endowment fund will provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students for years to come.
In addition, the Steins are also creating a park at the campus entrance to the pavilion. In the center of the park, there will be a bronze, large scale statue of Sean. The tree-lined park will provide a gathering place and meeting site for FAU students and faculty.
Also welcoming those in attendance was Dr. J. Dennis Coates, dean of the College of Business. Remarks by FAU President Frank T. Brogan ’81 were followed by reminiscences about Sean by his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brother Patrick Bless ’00 and lifelong friend Michael Bassik. Both Bless and Bassik spoke of Sean’s good and generous nature, adventurous spirit and extraordinary ability to achieve.
In his concluding remarks, Peter Stein thanked his wife for her love. He thanked all those who attended the event, and those at the University who helped him and Susan make the SEAN STEIN PAVILION and scholarship fund possible.
“Slowly, with the help of good friends and family, Susan and I came back to life. It was then that we realized that we were still Sean’s parents, and he still needed to be taken care of – no longer in this world but in a spiritual sense,” said Stein. “We searched for the proper vehicle and knew we had found a perfect home for Sean’s legacy at FAU.” Peter then turned to Sean’s portrait and thanked him directly. “I thank you for the 20 years of love and joy, and for your friendship. You will never be alone, never grow old, and you will never die. You will live forever in the hearts and minds of those students whose lives you will change through your scholarship.”
To contribute to the SEAN STEIN PAVILION and Scholarship Fund, contact Neuman Pollack, director of executive relations, at 561-297-1316 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A gift to this fund will assist the students of the Barry Kaye College of Business and keep alive the memory of Sean Stein and all that he stood for.
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.