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FAU Wilkes Honors College Faculty Member Receives Hispanic Heroes Award

Dr. Timothy Steigenga Honored for Service to Mayan Community

            JUPITER, FL (October 16, 2007) – Dr. Timothy Steigenga, associate professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, has received the Hispanic Council’s 2007 Chairman’s Award.   Steigenga was recognized for his outstanding leadership and tireless service to Jupiter’s Mayan immigrant community. The award was presented at the 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.  

            “We’re extraordinarily proud of the work that Dr. Steigenga has done for our community and the recognition he’s received.   Dr. Steigenga is the perfect combination of the gifted scholar and the truly compassionate individual,” said Dr. Jeffrey Buller, dean of the Wilkes Honors College.

            Steigenga has taught at the Wilkes Honors College since 1999.   Since arriving in Jupiter, he has worked closely with local town authorities to do outreach, education and lobbying on behalf of Jupiter’s largely Mayan immigrant community.   Serving on numerous boards, including Corn-Maya and El Sol, Steigenga has contributed his time and expertise as a fundraiser and supporter of the Hispanic community.

            In 2006, Steigenga served for six months in Guatemala as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.  For the past five years, Steigenga has also served as co-principle investigator on two Ford Foundation grants, totaling more than $1 million dollars, focused on the lives of Latin American immigrants in Florida and other areas of the south.

            After receiving the Hispanic Council’s Chairman’s Award, Steigenga said, “I am truly honored, but I can only accept this honor if I am allowed to share it with the many individuals who have worked to make the El Sol Center a reality: my students at FAU, my colleagues at El Sol and Corn Maya, our partners at the Town of the Jupiter and the Northern Chamber, and the Mayan immigrants who continue to work to build community here in Palm Beach County.”


The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, is a four-year residential liberal arts & science college for academically superior undergraduates.

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:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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