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FAU Hosts 42nd Annual Honors Convocation

BOCA RATON, FL (April 13, 2011) - Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders and Interim Provost Diane E. Alperin will host the University’s 42 nd annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 13.  The ceremony recognizes the University’s most outstanding students and faculty (a full list of honorees is attached).  The event will take place at 4 p.m. at the University Theater, in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.
            Awards and recognition include eight University scholars, the Distinguished Student award, the Phi Kappa Phi scholar, the Stan and Renee Wimberly scholar, the Student-Athletes of the Year award, and the Fraternity and Sorority scholars. This year, a student will receive the University Club’s merit award, which will be presented in memory of David and Sandy Lowe, two members of the FAU family who died in a car accident this year. Additionally, the FAU Board of Trustees Service Award will be awarded to a community member who has a record of rendering volunteer service to the University.
            Faculty honors include the FAU National Alumni Association’s Degree of Difference Award, University Researchers and Scholars of the Year awards, and the University Teaching and Advising awards. The winner of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award, which is determined by FAU students, will present the keynote speech. The year’s recipient is Dr. Deborah L. Floyd of the College of Education.
            “Honors Convocation is one of our oldest traditions,” said Alperin. “There are some exciting things happening in the academic community at FAU, and this is a great opportunity to learn about them.”
            For more information about the Honors Convocation, call 561-297-0884.


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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of the University’s establishment, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

2011 Florida Atlantic University Honors Convocation Awardees

University Scholars
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters         Karina Brennan
College of Business                                                     Jacob Beale
College for Design and Social Inquiry                        Amy Cartwright
College of Education                                                   Kavena Tilakhdin
College of Engineering and Computer Science          Emilia Kawashima
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College                               Tara Boulos
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing             Tara Mora
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science                       Timothy Foo

Distinguished Student Award
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing             Robin Frost-Barnes

Fraternity and Sorority Scholar Awards
Phi Delta Theta                                                           Nicholas Scalice
Alpha Delta Pi                                                                        Melissa Kornhaus

Phi Kappa Phi Scholar
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science                       Joshua Scholl

Student-Athletes of the Year
Women’s Track                                                           Friederike Feil
Men’s Swimming                                                         Adam Corbin

University Club Merit Award in Memory of David and Sandy Lowe
College of Engineering and Computer Science          Jerry Bowen

Stan and Renee Wimberly Scholar
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College                               Shaina Rowell

Alumni “Degree of Difference” Award
College of Business                                                     Karen Hooks

FAU Board of Trustees Service Award                      Richard Gordon

University Researchers of the Year
College of Engineering and Computer Science          Stewart Glegg, Professor
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine                   Wen Shen, Associate Professor
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science                      Tanja Godenschwege, Assistant Professor


University Scholars of the Year
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters       Carol Prusa, Professor
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College                              Christopher Strain, Associate Professor
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters       Taylor Hagood, Assistant Professor

Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching

Géraldine A. Blattner, Assistant Professor
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Jean-Martin Caldieron, Assistant Professor
College for Design and Social Inquiry

Patricia Darlington, Associate Professor
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Shirley Gordon, Associate Professor
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Philomena Marinaccio-Eckel, Associate Professor
College of Education

Oge Marques, Associate Professor
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Daniel Meeroff, Associate Professor
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Wairimũ N. Njambi, Associate Professor
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Advising

William O’Brien, Associate Professor
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

Tayler Kung, Academic Program Advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The Distinguished Teacher of the Year

Deborah L. Floyd, Professor *
College of Education

* bio attached

Deborah L. Floyd, Ed.D.
Professor of Higher Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology
College of Education

Professor Deborah L. Floyd joined FAU in 2001 after 26 years of service in higher education in Texas, Iowa, Virginia and Kentucky. Her administrative career has included service as a dean and vice president of student affairs, a community college president and a special assistant to a university chancellor. She also served as a Senior Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, Secretary of the American College Personnel Association and is a Past-President of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.

At FAU, Dr. Floyd currently serves as a University Faculty Senator, Chair of the College of Education Graduate Programs Committee, Chair of the University Graduate Programs Committee, Member of the University Graduate Council and Program Leader for the Higher Education Leadership Program.

Dr. Floyd has received numerous awards including the 2010 National Distinguished Service Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the 2005 International Contributions to Knowledge Award from the Community College Baccalaureate Association and the FAU College of Education’s 2005 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. She received the first Women in Higher Education Achievement Award from the National Panhellenic Association in 1999.

Dr. Floyd’s publications include over 60 articles, books and chapters on various higher education topics such as roles and challenges of presidents; distance learning; student health, student affairs and student development and student success programs; continuing and workforce education; and the community college baccalaureate. Her most recent book, The Community College Baccalaureate: Emerging Trends and Policy Issues is the only book published about this movement. She has published numerous other articles about shifts in higher education including a 2009 paper about the community college baccalaureate that was sponsored by the United States Department of Education’s Office of Adult and Vocational Education for their National Community College Symposium. Research in progress includes a book and manuscripts about applied and workforce baccalaureates, the role of graduate education in this movement, and leadership challenges of presidents.

Dr. Floyd earned her Doctor of Education degree in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), specializing in higher education and community colleges. Her 1975 and 1973 masters and bachelor’s degrees were awarded by Texas A & M University - Commerce in Student Affairs and English, respectively. She is a 1999 graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

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