CONTACT: Linda Holtz
'Discover FAU' Enlightens and Informs
BOCA RATON, FL (March 17, 2008) – The “Discover FAU” event, sponsored by Florida Atlantic University’s Division of University Advancement, was held at the Boca Marriott on February 28. “Discover FAU” brought together more than 250 people for breakfast and a special program in which the University and its individual components were spotlighted through speeches, testimonials and an inspirational video presentation. Although some guests were long-time FAU friends, the majority of those present were new faces from the community.
As guests entered the Marriott, they were welcomed with a rousing show of support from distinguished faculty, FAU students, and uniform-clad student-athletes and dance team members. Lining the walkway around the hotel’s main door and positioned in the lobby, these vivacious “ambassadors” were on hand to meet and greet the invitees.
The morning began with opening remarks from Randy Talbot, executive vice president for University Advancement, who served as the program’s moderator. “This event will inspire and educate you,” said Talbot. “Our students and faculty who have joined us this morning are among FAU’s finest.”
Representing the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ School of the Arts, department of theatre and dance, were graduate students Trent Blanton and Rebecca Simon who praised FAU for meeting the varying needs of its students. Vince
Wilson ’02, FAU donor and owner/chairman of Precast Materials Inc. spoke about how his education in the Barry Kaye College of Business prepared him to be an entrepreneur. Toppel Family Foundation Executive Director Betsi Kassebaum was also part of the program. The class of ’00 alumna has been instrumental in providing funding through the Toppel Foundation to early childhood education initiatives in FAU’s College of Education.
In his remarks, FAU President Frank T. Brogan ’81 spoke of his own experience as a non-traditional student in FAU’s College of Education. “I am proud to be an alumnus of a university that has changed so many lives,” said Brogan. “The support FAU has received from our friends and the community has allowed us to grow beyond anything that could have ever seemed possible. We open our doors to each of you and hope that today will be the beginning of a lifelong interest in our University.”
Closing the program was FAU Trustee Armand Grossman ’67, ’70, ’77. As an alumnus from FAU’s first decade, Grossman understands firsthand the amazing success story that is FAU. In his role as a trustee, he is also part of the University’s future.
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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.