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FAU National Alumni Association Hosts 10th Annual Sweethearts Dinner

BOCA RATON, FL (February 21, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) recently hosted its 10th annual Sweethearts Dinner, bringing together FAU alumni and their significant others in celebration of Valentine’s Day. More than 40 couples attended the event at the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center at FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

Brad Crews, assistant vice president of alumni relations, welcomed all the “sweethearts” on behalf of the Association. FAU alumna and 50th anniversary gala featured performer, Chloe Dolandis ’07, provided live entertainment while guests danced under the stars.

Jennifer Brownell ’03, ’04 and Cooper Brownell ’03, ’04 have attended the Sweethearts Dinner for the past three years. The couple met in their “Interpretation of Fiction” class at FAU in 2001 and got married in 2009.

“We’ve attended this event every year since we’ve been married and it keeps getting better,” said Cooper Brownell. “FAUNAA events like the Sweethearts Dinner provide great opportunities to meet other alumni who graduated anywhere from one to almost 50 years ago. Plus, you know you have at least one thing in common with everyone there ... we are all Owls!”

Established in 1968, the Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association represents FAU’s ever-growing alumni community. Building school identity, spirit and loyalty through programs and services, the FAUNAA and its membership is dedicated to advancing the goals and missions of the University.

For more information on the FAU National Alumni Association, call 1-888-FAU-ALUM (328-2586) or visit .



Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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