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FAU Alumni Reception in Washington D.C. Unites Graduates and Honors Distinguished Alumnus

BOCA RATON, FL (March 26, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University alumni recently met in Washington, D.C., to reconnect with fellow graduates and to honor Dr. C. Mark Eakin, ’80, ’84, who recently received the silver medal for scientific/engineering achievement from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Eakin currently directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch in Silver Spring, Maryland. The special event, hosted and sponsored by the FAU National Alumni Association (FAUNAA), took place at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, 901 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

“It was great to receive recognition from my alma mater while catching up with old friends and fellow graduates,” said Eakin. “The level of enthusiasm and professional achievement demonstrated by our D.C.-area alumni is truly inspiring.”

            The reception also served as a networking event, emphasizing the importance of alumni engagement. Graduates shared stories of their time at FAU while enjoying complimentary appetizers.

“The FAU National Alumni Association offers many opportunities for involvement, and its membership program allows us to conduct vital outreach to our constituents across the country,” said Juliet Vargas ’04, lifetime member of the FAUNAA and volunteer planner for the event. “We really want to continue engaging our graduates in this area through events, student recruitment and mentoring opportunities for young alumni.”

To learn more about the FAU Alumni group in Washington, D.C., please visit “FAU Alumni & Students in Washington DC Area” on Facebook. For more information about the FAUNAA or to become a member, call 1-888-FAU-ALUM (328-2586), e-mail or visit

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