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FAU Inauguration Complemented by a Number of Creative Contributions

            BOCA RATON, FL (November 17, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University recently hosted the inauguration of FAU’s sixth president, Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D.  Sharing in the experience of the inauguration, themed Making Waves: Celebrating and Cultivating Discovery, Diversity and Distinction, were several faculty, staff and students’ with their creative contributions, as well as contributions from local artists.

            “The amount of creative contributions that went into the inauguration was as impressive as it was meaningful,” said Saunders.  “There is an abundance of creative talent at FAU, and I truly enjoyed experiencing how all of the arts came together to make this time all the more special for myself, my family and the community.”

At FAU’s Boca Raton campus, Angela DiCosola, professor of art, completed “Lessons Learned,” a mixed media piece that addressed the philosophy that through life’s lessons, people strive to become better and find peace prosperity and goodwill. Accompanying “Lessons Learned” in FAU’s Student Union lobby was the Origami Crane, consisting of 1,000 paper cranes representing a prayer for health, prosperity and good fortune.

Stuart Glazer, Ph.D., professor of music at FAU, commissioned two Emily Dickinson poems for FAU’s Mixed Chorus and Wind Ensemble for the occasion of Saunders’ inauguration. As the work’s world premiere, both of these poems, “A Little Road Not Made of Man” and “Angels in the Early Morning,” spoke to the spirituality, and the sense of awe and wonder that can be found in nature.

Book Arts 101: The Handmade Book in a Nutshell was printed and bound by FAU students and staff at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. The cover is printed letterpress from the Center’s collection of historic 19th-century wood type. The bookmark is printed letterpress, by hand, from historic 19th-century wood type.  

On behalf of Homecoming and the inauguration, various FAU student organizations painted windows in FAU’s Student Union and residence halls, and were awarded based on creativity by a panel of judges.

FAU’s Broward campuses’ creative contributions were highlighted at each Spirit Day event.  At FAU’s Davie campus, a wall display of faculty abstracts highlighted published research. The centerpieces of the tables also featured stacks of books written by faculty members.  Joey Bargsten, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communications & Multimedia Studies, and his students presented four-dimensional performance art at FAU’s Second Avenue Studio in the Askew Tower at FAU’s Fort Lauderdale campus. The FAU Jazz Combo, comprised of students, also performed at the Broward Presidential Welcome Reception, an event for Broward community leaders.

At FAU’s Treasure Coast campus, James Gibson, a member of the Florida Highwaymen, presented Saunders with a landscape painting created at a children’s art camp that took place in the summer at the campus.  The students involved worked with the Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 African-American artists who paint beautiful landscapes that display serene, undeveloped Florida. 

Michael Metzner, a junior in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College participated in the Undergraduate Research Symposium at FAU’s MacArthur Campus in Jupiter in two different categories, science and visual arts. A scientist, photographer and musician, Metzner presented “A Novel Approach to Brain Cancer Therapeutic Strategies” with supervising faculty member, Nicholas Quintyne, Ph.D.  Metzner also displayed his digital photography, “Perceptions of Beauty,” which consisted of antique fans from the Hibel Museum collection, along with female subjects.  At the Community Leaders luncheon, he also provided musical entertainment with an original piano composition, “Only for You.”


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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 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit .

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