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FAU Calendar of Events for the Week of October 12, 2010

BOCA RATON, FL (October 11, 2010) Florida Atlantic University will host the following events:

Florida Atlantic University s Office of Undergraduate Admissions to Host Open House

This free event will take place on Saturday, October 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at FAU s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Open House provides prospective students with in-depth information about FAU s programs, admissions, campus housing, financial aid and more. There will be a variety of faculty and staff on-hand to highlight the features and benefits of an FAU undergraduate education. A tour of the Boca Raton campus and residence halls, as well as an opportunity to speak with a faculty member or a representative from various academic areas, and a chance to explore the wide range of academic programs, student services, and student activities and organizations also will be available. For more information, or to register online, visit .

FAU Presents the Waves of Blue Inauguration Concert Extravaganza

This event will take place on Sunday, October 24, at 3 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on FAU s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

This concert extravaganza that kicks off a week of events to celebrate the inauguration of FAU s sixth president, Dr. Mary Jane Saunders, will include Gershwin s Rhapsody in Blue, performed by FAU s Wind Ensemble and Heather Coltman, piano; ethnic klezmer tunes performed by the Klezmer Company Orchestra; a performance by the Duelling Divas, and much more. All proceeds from the concert to benefit the President s Challenge Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available by calling 800-564-9539 or at

FAU to Host Climate Change Research Symposium

The free symposium will take place Tuesday, October 26, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at FAU s Student Union, Live Oak Pavilion, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Parking is available in Garage 1 and Lots 15 and 16.

From threats to marine organisms to water supply, ocean acidification, storm surge and hurricanes, Florida is on the front line of climate change impacts in the country. These impacts, and our nation s current energy crisis, will continue to require new and innovative research as well as creative solutions. The Research Symposium on Climate Change will highlight adaptation to climate change in South Florida, detailing local, state and federal initiatives and current climate change research activities by FAU faculty, students and their colleagues.  This symposium will include a breakfast, poster display, keynote presentation, and panel discussion. RSVP is required and detailed information is available at .  T o RSVP, contact Kris Barr at 561-297-0777 or .  

FAU to Host Undergraduate Research Symposium  

The free symposium will take place on Wednesday, October 27, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the AD Auditorium and Classrooms on FAU s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive in Jupiter.

Research is an essential activity for undergraduate students as it helps them to acquire much needed skills, learn how knowledge is created, and discover how it can be overturned with new evidence or new perspectives. More than 50 undergraduate students from across various disciplines at FAU will showcase their research and creative activity. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast followed by the symposium from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and will feature poster and artistic displays, and several panel discussions. For more information, contact Terry Gearing at 561-799-8026 or

FAU to Host Ocean Science and Why it Matters Symposium

The free symposium will take place on Thursday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at the Johnson Education Center at 5600 U.S. 1 North in Ft. Pierce.

To showcase the multi-faceted scientists and engineers at FAU who are dedicated to the marine sciences and who are working to find ways to reduce impacts, restore habitats, identify critical resources and restock populations which have been compromised, FAU s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is hosting the Ocean Science and Why it Matters Symposium. Topics at the event will range from ocean technology and exploration to marine drug discovery and aquaculture. Spanning the watershed to the deep ocean, the symposium will feature three panel discussions with four expert panelists on each panel who will address issues and topics surrounding the Indian River Lagoon, oceans and human health, and exploring the oceans.  For more information, contact Jan Petri at 772-242-2241 or .

FAU to Host The Changing Landscape of Higher Education Symposium

The free symposium will take place Thursday, October 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in FAU s Student Union, Live Oak Pavilion, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  Parking is available in Garage 1 and Lots 15 and 16. 

Higher education experts will discuss key issues confronting college and university leaders today, including issues of access, funding and accountability. Panelists and participants will address questions such as:  How is the landscape of Florida s higher education system changing, especially with the transition of community colleges to baccalaureate degree granting state colleges, the growth of for profit colleges and technological advances with e-learning?  With declining state appropriations for higher education, what are the implications and challenges for colleges and universities? How will increasing demands for accountability transform higher education?   What are the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing Florida Atlantic University in the future?   Audience questions and discussion will follow the panel discussion with continued interaction during a reception. For more information, contact Edward Pratt at 561-297-1171 or or Deborah L. Floyd at .

FAU s Department of History Presents the Lecture 9/11 Conspiracy Theories and the Conspiracy Culture of Modern America

The free event (donations suggested) will take place on Thursday, October 28, at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre on FAU s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

Prize-winning historian Robert Goldberg investigates the role of conspiracy theories in modern American politics.  In addition to the 9/11 conspiracy theories, he looks at five major conspiracy theories of the past half-century, including the Roswell UFO incident, the Communist threat, the rise of the Antichrist, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Jewish plot against black America.  Goldberg contends that conspiracy theories are not merely the products of a lunatic fringe.  Rather, paranoid rhetoric and thinking are disturbingly central in America today. For more information, call 561-297-3840.


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