FAU Donors Honored at 'Changing Our Footprint' Reception at Pine Jog Environmental Center
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (February 13, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University donors were honored at “Changing Our Footprint,” a reception held at FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Center in West Palm Beach. Sited on a 150-acre patch of conserved wilderness, the Pine Jog property is home to the Environmental Center as well as the Pine Jog Elementary School — Palm Beach County’s first “green” elementary school. Pine Jog represents a university-wide commitment to sustainability and environmentally-focused initiatives.
Sponsored by the FAU Foundation, Inc., “Changing Our Footprint,” which drew a crowd of more than 100 people, was hosted by the Pine Jog Environmental Center. FAU President Frank T. Brogan ’81 was on hand to greet the guests as was Glenn Thomas, FAU’s assistant dean of PK-12 schools and educational programs. Jazz guitarist Randy Ward of ECO-Jazz provided the background music for the event.
“I am very pleased that so many of our friends were able to attend this wonderful and informative event,” said Randy Talbot, senior vice president of University Advancement. “FAU is most grateful to our donors, who even in these difficult economic times, remain dedicated to our students, faculty and academic programs.”
In keeping with its “green” theme, the event provided guests with important environmental information. Pine Jog staff members were available to answer questions. Highlighting the event was the display of living owls. Brought to Pine Jog by Busch’s Wildlife Reserve, the collection of birds included a burrowing owl, the official mascot of FAU.
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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves 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 ten 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 Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.