Alumni & Community

23rd Annual Broward Achievement Awards

The 23rd Annual Broward Achievement Awards honored eight outstanding FAU Broward Campuses students, faculty and staff members during a lunchtime ceremony on April 4, 2014 at the FAU Davie campus.

In addition, each of the student winners received a $400 scholarship from Steve's Espresso. 

Congratulations to the following winners: 

Graduate Owl of the Year Award: AmberRose Reale, Psychology, C.E. Schmidt College of Science.

Undergraduate Owl of the Year AwardRochelle Maitland, Psychology, C.E. Schmidt College of Science.

Commitment to Campus Life Award: Teonantra Manley, Biological Sciences, C.E. Schmidt College of Science.

Jeff Klein Disability Award: Cassandre Charnel, Social Work, College of Design & Social Inquiry.

 Service Award: Thomas Burgess, Accounting, College of Business.

Faculty Member of the Year Award: Dr. David Kumar, Professor, Teaching and Learning, College of Education.

Staff Member of the Year Award: David Blank, Associate Director, Student Union and Wellness Center.

Owl of the Year Award:  Jane Morgan, Director of Broward Campuses.

The guest keynote speaker was FAU Alumni Association Board member Reinaldo More, a recently retired Motorola senior vice president, who credits the education he received from FAU to the long and successful career he enjoyed and the fun times  he now has as a semi-professional musician.


FAU Presents 'Beyond Mortal Landscapes: Student Responses to southXeast'

Florida Atlantic University's University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present works by high school students from Seminole Ridge Community High School and Dreyfoos School of the Arts as part of the University Galleries Museum Education Program on Friday, April 25, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Since 2005, the Museum Education Program has been recognized by the School District of Palm Beach County as an approved field experience provider.  Each academic year, the program produces lesson plans and teaching activities that contain a variety of approaches and cross-disciplinary content that allow teachers to plan trips to the University Galleries' exhibitions.  FAU students trained in educational theories within museums practices lead the tours of the selected exhibitions.  At the core of these field experiences is arts integration, an approach to teaching that engages a student to connect the creative process or art form with another subject area in order to gain a deeper understanding of both.

University Galleries has developed a partnership with Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee with the guidance of their visual arts teacher, Gwenn Seuling, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach with English teacher Carly Gates. Their students will present original art works and writings inspired by their field experience at FAU during the University Galleries' recent "southXeast: contemporary southeastern art"exhibitions as well as their tour of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.  "southXeast: contemporary southeastern art" is an exhibition featuring emerging and underrepresented mid-career artists from several southeastern states. This is the fourth edition of this exhibition, which has been presented every three years at FAU since 2005. Co-curated by Rod Faulds, University Galleries director, and guest curator Sybille Canthal Welter, the exhibition results from a thorough review of hundreds of artists recommended by curators, critics, past "southXeast" artists and FAU art faculty.

The exhibition demonstrates the students' creative approach to multiple disciplines and supports the University Galleries' role as a dynamic extension of the classroom in providing arts education to the Palm Beach School District and its community. 

University Galleries programs are supported in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, R.A. Ritter Foundation, Beatrice Cummings Mayer and individual contributors. Museum Education programs are made possible by the Kaye Endowment for Arts Integration.

The University Galleries at FAU are open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Group and class tours are welcome during public hours as well as at other times scheduled by appointment. For more information, contact the Galleries at 561-297-2661 or visit


AQ Project Turns Into Meals for Local Families in Need

FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's (HBOI) aquaculture program received a grant from the Aquaculture Review Council to produce a market-sized crop of pompano in a sustainable, land-based system. The project objectives were met, and researchers recentlydonated the crop of more than 6,000 pompano to the Harvest Food & Outreach Center in Indian River County.



2014 FAU Business Plan Competition

The 2014 FAU Business Plan Competition finalists have been announced. This is the "Sweet 16" advance to the final round where they finalists will pitch and present their ideas for their chance to win a startup fund.

Two great events taking place:

"YEA! Investor Panel",April 9

Keynote Address by Outback Steakhouse cofounder, Tim Gannon,April 11

The FAU Business Plan Competition is three action-packed days of entrepreneurship that you won't want to miss!


FAU's Making Waves Award Reception

Florida Atlantic University recently held a reception to honor actor, director, choreographer and educator André De Shields and his work in promoting the arts. Though De Shields was delayed in New York by snow, he was named the Making Waves Award recipient during the reception.

De Shields visited FAU from Thursday, Feb. 22 through Saturday, Feb 25 as the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in Performing Arts. He spent time with faculty and students in FAU's School of the Arts in master classes and his visit culminated with his public performance   "FREDERICK DOUGLASS: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory."     

Also during the reception, FAU Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Dean Heather Coltman announced the newly established Marta and Jim Batmasian Educational and Artistic Excellence Fund. Marta then announced a new initiative titled the Ambassador for the Arts Program. Members of the community are being asked to join in supporting student and faculty excellence in the arts at FAU.  For more information about the Ambassador for the Arts Program, call Laurie Carney at 561-297-3606.



The community of students and faculty at Florida Atlantic University's Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is always happy to hear from its alumni and excited to learn about what they went on to do after their time in Jupiter.

Recently Alex Lange, who served as the MacArthur Campus Governor before graduating in 2012, contacted the Wilkes Honors College to update everyone about what he has been up to since he left. Unsurprisingly, he has been busy putting his Honors College education to good use. 
Lange is on the verge of completing his Masters of Education degree at the University of Georgia in Athens, where he focuses on College Student Affairs Administration. In addition to his academic work, he is also employed as a Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs in the Office of Student Leadership and Services at nearby Emory University. "I work with students at Emory in doing leadership development with first-year and fourth-year students while also working on developing curriculum for the OSLS," Lange explains. "I am looking to work at college and university campuses in leadership development, community engagement, student conduct, multicultural initiatives and programs, and/or LGBT life."  

"Specifically, I am looking at gay men of color and how they experience their multiple marginalized identities on campus, how they develop those identities, and how practitioners and administrators can create inclusive campus environments for students." Lange hopes that this research opportunity will open the door for him to continue his exploration in the area of campus development and diversity studies.

"I have a fair amount of research I want to look at in the future, including looking at gender policing between gay men on college campuses as well as studying how college practitioners can measure and define student involvement," he says. "There's plenty I want to research, inspired a great deal by the Honors College and everything I studied there."

Lange attributes much of his success in his graduate program to the rigorous and engaging environment he was exposed to at the Honors College. "The HC prepared me SO well for graduate school," Lange exclaims. According to him, the environment of a small graduate program is similar to the intimate learning community he experienced at FAU.

"Studying with the professors across disciplines really improved the clarity and approach of my writing, especially since I was going into a new discipline. 

As he continues to work with students and faculty from different disciplines, backgrounds, and institutions, Lange reflects on his time at the Honors College and on the ways in which it helped him become the student and professional that he is today.


Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing goes to Guatemala

Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing students and faculty recently traded sun, sand and sleep for a unique and meaningful, study-abroad cultural immersion journey. Faculty and approximately 30 students spent their spring break in Guatemala.  Dr. Rhonda Goodman accompanied the students to six rural Mayan villages, where much-needed primary care was provided to 1,200 underserved people, as well as cervical cancer screenings for several hundred women. The students were also able to make home visits in the remote mountainous villages and conduct assessments of the communities.


"This was truly an amazing experience as the students witnessed first-hand the challenges faced by our patients in just surviving every day," said Goodman. "They also witnessed the most incredible and beautiful human spirit, and how people come together as a community to work to make life better for their children."  


The College worked in collaboration with Common Hope and Hombres y Mujeres en Accion to set up rural clinical outposts.  In addition, the College collaborated with Guatemala Esperanza and Nursing Hearts, Inc. to arrange travel, obtain approvals through the university, and establish clinical site agreements.  Nursing Heart, Inc. paid for medications and physicians, and Faith in Practice assisted with medical supplies for cervical cancer screenings.  



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