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Traditions Plaza Dedication Brings Crowd to FAU

            BOCA RATON, FL (November 20, 2007) – One of Florida Atlantic University’s Homecoming 2007   kick-off events was the twilight dedication of the Vince Wilson ’02 Traditions Plaza on October 22.   Taking center stage on the plaza was FAU President and Mrs. Frank T. Brogan, FAU Head Football Coach Howard Schnellenberger, alumnus and donor Vince Wilson, Student Government President Tony Teixeira and “Owsley,” the FAU owl mascot. The enthusiastic crowd of 200 was met with a rousing repertoire of songs and routines from members of the FAU marching band, which includes the color guard and baton twirlers.   In keeping with this year’s Renaissance Remix homecoming theme, a pair of colorfully dressed stilt walkers and twin knights in armor entertained as well.

            Traditions Plaza, centrally located in front of the FAU Bookstore, alongside the campus breezeway on the Boca Raton campus, was named in honor of Vince Wilson, lead donor for this project.   Wilson owns Precast Materials of Delray Beach. The idea of Traditions Plaza was conceived by members of the senior classes of 2006 and 2007.   Seeking an opportunity to leave behind a legacy to FAU, students joined together to run a class gift campaign.   The campaign would ultimately raise funds for the purchase of a clock and fountain base, to be sited on the Boca Raton campus.   More importantly, this effort signaled for future graduating seniors a new tradition of giving at FAU.  

            “We wanted to leave our mark on the University in a very tangible way,” said Gustavo Cordeiro ’06, a graduate from the Barry Kaye College of Business who headed the campaign. “We thought that the addition of a large outdoor clock and fountain would serve as a permanent symbol on the Boca Raton campus of our dedication to our alma mater.”

             The 14-foot clock and fountain have been installed and provide the focal point of the newly landscaped Plaza. This could not have happened without the involvement of FAU’s department of business services and the Division of Facilities.  Significant contributions from both of these departments ensured that the project came to fruition.

            The combined generosity of Vince Wilson, the seniors, and the internal offices, have resulted in a new gathering spot for the FAU community.   This gift, the first official senior class gift in FAU’s history, has triggered a new spirit of philanthropy at the University, a spirit that is helping FAU build its sense of campus tradition.  

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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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