Alumni Spotlight Archives
started his FAU music experience at TOPS Piano Camp when he was in grade school, and went on to become a commercial music technology major. During his final year at FAU and during the summer after graduation, he toured Europe and much of the United States playing bass for a professional blues band. For the past year he has been playing electric and upright bass in musical theatre shows, sound designing live theatre, engineering albums and singles, and working at FAU as an AV technician for the Lifelong Learning Society, where he was also hired to design and implement acoustic treatment and other audio improvements to the Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium. This fall he will be returning to academia as a graduate assistant to pursue a master’s degree in music technology at Georgia Southern University. “I loved the TOPS atmosphere and the fact that I got to meet so many other people my own age learning the same instrument. Being able to interact with other kids was absolutely crucial to my musical development.”
Marlow Rosado, B.F.A., Music, ’95, was named the 2015 Distinguished Alumni for the College of Arts and Letters. With 11 nominations and one American Grammy already on his shelf, Marlow Rosado is a driving force in the tropical music industry. He has more than two decades of experience as a pianist, composer and producer, and a powerful portfolio that includes work with top Latin recording artists including Ricky Martin, the late Tejana singer Selena, Tito Puente, the late Salsa legend Celia Cruz, and many more. After teaching elementary school in Miami for 10 years, Rosado decided to take a leave of absence to open what has become a successful recording studio, bringing in top international recording artists. He is continually sought out by his fellow artists for his musical arrangement and directorial skills. It is not uncommon to see Rosado’s name on album liner notes as a pianist, producer, songwriter or musical director. Rosado took center stage in 2009 when he released his first album “Salsalsa” under Fania Records. In 2012, his sophomore album “Retro” surprised not only him but the entire industry when it won the 2012 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album, beating out gigantic bachata artist Romeo Santos. In July 2014, Rosado released his third album “Salsanimal,” a beast of a production. Rosado received the Premio La Musa Elena Casals Award at this year’s Latin Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and is now working on his fourth album, set to be released in June 2015. He’s proud to say that FAU helped to prepare him for this amazing world of music.
Jenny Baez, B.A. Political Science, '11, has been hired by the United Nations Relief Works Agency. She will be working out of Amman, Jordan. Baez was a member of FAU’s Diplomacy Program, competing in the 2010 National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York, and the 2010 European Model United Nations event in The Netherlands. She also joined the FAU AmeriCorps program. After graduating from FAU, Baez pursued her graduate degree at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), a renowned social sciences school in Europe. Her two-year Master's degree was focused on international security, particularly centered on the Middle East. As part of her study, Baez completed a six-month internship in Amman, Jordan with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). After completing her M.A., Baez was hired by the UN to continue her work with refugee relief.
Brian Petuch, B.A. Music ’08,
will have his composition of a First Music commission titled “If You see Something, Say Something” performed by the New York Youth Symphony in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Petuch was a commercial music major in the Department of Music and later attended the Mannes School of Music. More information on Petuch’s accomplishments can be found here http://www.nyyouthsymphony.org/first-music/brian-petuch
Rory O’Connor, Jr., B.A. Communications, ’95, received the FAU 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. Rory was chosen for his service to our nation, service to our veterans, and service to FAU as an outstanding graduate. Rory was raised in South Florida and after high school served as a member of the U.S. Navy SEALs for eight years. He then returned to South Florida to pursue a degree in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. After graduation, Rory became a financial adviser and his 30-year career includes work as vice president of JP Morgan and financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments. He also created, and is now vice director of, the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim for the Navy SEAL Foundation, which aids active duty Naval Special Warfare personnel and their families. The event has raised more than $700,000 over four years and is used as a model for a nationwide series of swims/fundraisers for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
>> Judith Ortiz Cofer, English, ’77 of Athens, GA, has been named the University of Georgia's 2013 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. She is currently the University’s Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing. Ortiz Cofer is a two-time Pulitzer-Prize nominee and received the FAU Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters' Distinguished Alumna Award in 2012. Ortíz Cofer was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010 and in 1994, she became the first Hispanic to win the O. Henry Prize for her story “The Latin Deli”. In 1996, Ortíz Cofer and illustrator Susan Guevara became the first recipients of the Pura Belpre Award for Hispanic children’s literature.