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Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center Opens on FAU’s Boca Raton Campus

Ceremony Held to Mark Opening

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 23, 2008) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today at Florida Atlantic University to mark the opening of The Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center.   Joining the lead donors for whom the Alumni Center has been named and President Frank T. Brogan ’81 for this landmark event were members of the FAU National Alumni Association (FAUNAA), as well as faculty, staff and friends of the university.   Sited on the north side of FAU’s Boca Raton campus, the two-story, 14,000-square-foot structure will be a permanent “Home away from home” for thousands of FAU alumni and serve as classroom space and a venue for a variety of alumni and campus-wide events.  

            “Today we celebrate a new beginning for our University and its alumni,” said President Brogan.   “This beautiful alumni center has happily become a reality.   The lighthouse tower, so prominent in this building’s design, serves as an enduring symbol of the FAUNAA’s mission to guide its alumni home.”

            With their gift of $1.1 million, benefactors Marleen and Harold Forkas were able to set in motion plans to build FAU’s first ever alumni center.   Other major support has come from the FAUNAA’s affinity partner Bank of America (formerly MBNA) and benefactors Carole and Barry Kaye, whose gift will name the Carole and Barry Kaye Great Hall within the Alumni Center.   In addition, the state of Florida has provided matching funds.

            “FAU is most fortunate to have Marleen and Harold as our friends,” said Randy Talbot, senior vice president for University Advancement.   “Their remarkable generosity, along with the enduring support of our other partners, have given the Boca Raton campus a new sense of tradition.”

            Talbot welcomed the crowd and was followed by Briana Bragg, Student Alumni Association president, who served as mistress of ceremonies for the program.   Others who spoke were Gloria Branch, FAUNAA president; President Brogan; Marleen and Harold Forkas; and Pat Breman, assistant vice president for alumni relations.   FAU’s Vocal Troupe Ensemble performed a musical selection of “God Bless America” and the FAU Alma Mater.   A benediction from Rabbi David Steinhardt of B’nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton ended the program.

            The Forkas Alumni Center was designed by RLC Architects and constructed by Kaufman Lynn Inc.  

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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.  

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