MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Metcalf
Greek Alumni Reception Brings FAU Graduates Back to Campus
BOCA RATON, FL (July 2, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University Greek alumni “rushed” back to campus to reconnect with fellow fraternity brothers and sorority sisters at the university’s first Greek Alumni Reception. The special event, hosted by President Frank T. Brogan ’81 and Courtney S. Brogan, took place Thursday, June 21 at the Eleanor R. Baldwin House on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.
Members of sororities Alpha Xi Delta, Theta Phi Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Phi Epsilon, and Zeta Phi Beta, as well as fraternities, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Lambda Phi, Beta Theta Pi and Kappa Alpha Psi seemed eager to bring their memories and spirit to the inaugural Greek reception.
"I am thrilled that I was able to attend this first-time event," said Alona DiPaolo, a 2001 FAU graduate and sister of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. "It was incredibly exciting to catch up with sisters that I haven't seen in years and an honor to meet President Brogan."
While there to support FAU and help emphasize the importance of Greek life on campus, alumni also danced and listened to music played by disc jockey Sean Schofield and enjoyed a buffet with Greek-inspired cuisine.
"The Greek sororities and fraternities have a special bond with FAU, and it was nice to be invited back 'home' to see firsthand the growth that has happened at my alma mater," said Brian Oliver ’98, board member of the Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) and brother of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. "For many, it was the first time coming to the president's home, which really meant a lot."
Other notable FAU attendees included Dr. Charles Brown, vice president of student affairs; Dr. Ken Jessell, chief financial officer and interim vice president of University Advancement; Howard Schnellenberger, head football coach; Dr. Eric Shaw ’72, ’73, faculty representative to the Board of Trustees; Anthony Barbar ’78, president of the FAUNAA Board; Neale Poller ’66, immediate past president of the FAUNAA Board; and Susan Skemp ’81, member of the FAUNAA Board.
The event was sponsored by GEICO and supported by the FAUNAA.
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.