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FAU’s Department of Anthropology Receives Gift
BOCA RATON, FL (September 18, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of anthropology recently received a gift of $300,000 from the estate of Ann Adams. This endowment gift will be eligible for an FAU Foundation Clearwire matching gift of $150,000, as well as a State of Florida match of $150,000, making the future endowment worth $600,000.
Manjunath Pendakur, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, noted that this is an exciting development because the gift will enhance the department’s research and teaching activities and its international reputation. He said, “The recent gift will be used for such things as student travel grants for overseas field research and faculty research projects in Middle and South America and the Caribbean; course development, including hiring specialists as adjunct or visiting professors; purchasing instructional equipment and relevant books; and hosting workshops and speakers on Mayan Archeology.”
Adams started contributing annually to FAU’s department of anthropology in 1994. Her gifts established the John Q. Adams and Ann B. Adams endowment fund for the development and support of a Mayan Studies Program.
“Ann Adams’ giving to the department of anthropology provides the foundation for strengthening and continuing our commitment to international faculty research and to educational opportunities for students, both at FAU and abroad,” said Michael Harris, chair of the department of anthropology. “With Ann’s help, we have been able to host conferences and workshops on Mayan hieroglyphics, and fund faculty and student research and training in Central and South America. This gift makes so much possible. We are forever grateful.”
Ann Adams approached FAU in 1994, shortly after the passing of her husband John, with a request to honor his memory by establishing an endowment that would further the study of a part of history in which he was very interested — the Mayan civilization.
“Her annual gifts have given undergraduate students the opportunity to get out in the field and learn about research methods, and for graduate students, it has meant the opportunity to do actual field research and to produce master’s theses,” said Jerry Kennedy, former chair of the department of anthropology. “Ann was a dear friend and a wonderful lady who provided a lot of opportunities for students.”
For more information about FAU’s department of anthropology, call 561-297-3230 .