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FAU Seeks ‘FAU Stories’ for 50th Anniversary Celebration

BOCA RATON, FL (June 8, 2011) – As part of its year-long 50th anniversary celebration, Florida Atlantic University has launched a website that includes a link to stories written by present and former FAU students, faculty and staff on their FAU experiences. Contributions are now being sought. They can be of any length, and photos are invited as well. Submissions will remain online throughout 2011 and then be archived.

Submissions may be sent to Lynn Laurenti at The 50th anniversary website is accessible at For more information, contact Laurenti at her email address or 561-297-4422, or visit

One of Florida’s 11 public universities, FAU dates its origin to 1961, when the legislature allocated $100,000 to establish the fifth institution in the State University System in Boca Raton. FAU opened its doors to a charter enrollment of 867 students in the fall of 1964. Today, FAU is serving 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites ranging along 100 miles of Florida’s southeast coast, from Dania Beach to Fort Pierce. Among its many distinctions are nationally known ocean engineering, accounting and marine science programs, a new medical school and a football stadium on the Boca Raton campus where the Owls are scheduled to play their first home game against Western Kentucky University on Oct. 15.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 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 & 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. 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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