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FAU Student Appointed as Gubernatorial Fellow for State of Florida

BOCA RATON, FL (August 18, 2009) - Florida Atlantic University student Jarrid Smith has been appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist as a Gubernatorial Fellow.  This is the second appointment of an FAU student to this position.

Smith, 24, of Okeechobee, is a graduate student who is majoring in communications in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.  He received his undergraduate degree in political science, with a minor in history, from FAU in the spring of 2007, as well as another undergraduate degree in media and cultural studies in the fall of 2008.  Smith, a member of the Seminole Indian tribe, also played the position of offensive lineman for the FAU football team from 2003-07.

Smith, along with 13 other outstanding Florida graduate and undergraduate students interested in public service, will participate in the Gubernatorial Fellows Program through May 14, 2010.  Smith will work with the governor’s administration in Tallahassee, and participate in weekly lecture series, government activities, press conferences, budget briefings, policy briefings and a weekly class.

It is a tremendous honor to be able to represent FAU, and I am very proud of this,” said Smith.  “I credit my life experiences and the fact I was able to attend a university like FAU in helping me achieve this prestigious goal.”

To be considered for the Gubernatorial Fellows Program, candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, including strong written and oral communication skills, leadership skills, working knowledge of government, and university and community activism.

The Gubernatorial Fellows Program, a yearly program created in 2004 by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, will immerse students in key areas of government, including the Executive Office of the Governor and the governor's agencies. This will give the students first-hand, high-level on the job training, as well as valuable experience and insight on government and how it works. Fellows are matched with projects, based on their expertise and interest. They are treated as high-level staff and are expected to participate, perform and contribute at that level.

For more information on the Gubernatorial Fellows Program, visit

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than26,000 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.  

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