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Hop into a Zipcar on Campus Sustainability Day

Hop into a Zipcar on Campus Sustainability Day

September 19, 2014

Zipcars are coming to FAU on Wednesday, which also is Campus Sustainability Day. You've probably heard about Zipcar, the car-sharing service that's becoming popular in cities around the country. Rather than drive your car into the city, you can use a Zipcar for $7.50 an... read more

Fired Up football!

Fired Up football!

September 14, 2014

What a game! The Owls took flight last night to bring us the first of many wins on the newly named Howard Schnellenberger Field. Quarterback Jaquez Johnson led the action, throwing 15-of-20 for 318 yards and three touchdowns. He set a new school record for most... read more

Calling All Owls to the First Home Game

Calling All Owls to the First Home Game

September 13, 2014

Are you ready for some football? Today is the day we've all been waiting for! The first home game of the season will kick off at 7 p.m. in FAU Stadium. The Owls will face Tulsa in what promises to be a really exciting game. Let's fill the stands with red and blue as we... read more

Show Your Owl Spirit on College Colors Day Aug. 29

Show Your Owl Spirit on College Colors Day Aug. 29

August 22, 2014

Universities around the country will celebrate College Colors Day on Friday, Aug. 29, and this year a lot of exciting things will be happening here at FAU. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their FAU gear throughout the day and take part in as many... read more

50 Years and Counting!

50 Years and Counting!

August 18, 2014

The fall semester is up and running, and this year it's really special, marking the 50th anniversary of the day FAU opened its doors to a charter student body of 867 local residents. The exact opening day was Sept. 14, 1964 - six days behind schedule because... read more

So Proud of Our FAU Music Stars!

So Proud of Our FAU Music Stars!

July 25, 2014

Everywhere you look these days, FAU students are winning national recognition for their musical talents. Most recently in the spotlight are 16-year-old freshman Emil Liakhovetski and his 14-year-old brother Dariel, a fantastic cello-playing duo who blew away the... read more

Come to the Heart Walk Kick-off on July 21

Come to the Heart Walk Kick-off on July 21

July 15, 2014

FAU teams are now forming for the Palm Beach Heart Walk, which for many years has attracted the enthusiastic participation of our students, faculty and staff. This year's organizational effort will get under way at a kick-off event on Monday, July 21, at 3 p.m. in the... read more

FAU Grads Lead in Earning Power

FAU Grads Lead in Earning Power

June 27, 2014

Students receiving bachelor's degrees from FAU are among those earning the highest first-year incomes in the state, according to a report just released by the Florida Department of Education. The median first-year salary for new FAU graduates is $35,890, more than $2,000... read more

FAU Sport Management MBA is Tops Internationally

FAU Sport Management MBA is Tops Internationally

June 23, 2014

I said when I arrived at FAU a few months ago that this university has what it takes to make its mark internationally, and we're already seeing evidence of that. Our Sport Management MBA is ranked the fourth best program of its kind in North America and the sixth best in... read more

An Important First for FAU

An Important First for FAU

June 5, 2014

FAU made history this week by becoming the first organization in the country to receive a lease from the U.S. government to test ocean energy generating turbines in a federal body of water. The five-year lease was issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of... read more

FAU Hails Historic Action by Florida Legislature

FAU Hails Historic Action by Florida Legislature

June 2, 2014

Florida Atlantic University applauds the Legislature's passage of a new law that will allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Florida's public colleges and universities. We stated our support for this legislation two months ago when we joined the... read more

Catch the Wave on June 5

Catch the Wave on June 5

May 29, 2014

Hello, Owls! It's time for us to make some waves!

On Thursday, the Owl community will come together for One Day, One Wave - a 24-hour online giving and social media campaign that will allow us to unite behind our great university. The purpose of... read more

Congratulations to Our Spring Graduates

Congratulations to Our Spring Graduates

May 1, 2014

It's Spring Commencement Week, one of the most important times of the year at FAU. On Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, we'll celebrate the graduation of 2,891 students in six ceremonies that will take place in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on... read more

Welcome, Coach Curry!

Welcome, Coach Curry!

April 17, 2014

Our men's basketball team scored a slam dunk this month when Michael Curry signed on as head coach. Coach Curry is an NBA veteran who played professionally for 11 years and was head coach of the Detroit Pistons. Even more important to all of us at FAU is the fact that he... read more

It's Time to Reinvent the Breezeway! Your Ideas are Welcome!

It's Time to Reinvent the Breezeway! Your Ideas are Welcome!

April 10, 2014

The Breezeway on the Boca campus is one of FAU's original structures, dating all the way back to opening day in the fall of 1964. Over the decades, it's seen a lot of traffic and a lot of history as students, faculty, staff and campus visitors have staged events there,... read more

Embracing Diversity Comes Naturally at FAU

Embracing Diversity Comes Naturally at FAU

April 8, 2014

There is a most compelling characteristic that I witness within the Florida Atlantic University DNA. It is a strong willingness and desire to reach out a helping hand to the underserved. I am very inspired by this genuine spirit of generosity.

We are the most... read more

FAU 'CAPTURES' $3.5 Million Grant To Produce Computer Specialists

FAU 'CAPTURES' $3.5 Million Grant To Produce Computer Specialists

March 25, 2014

We got some exciting news last week when it was announced that FAU, Broward College and Palm Beach State College have been jointly awarded a $3.5 million grant by the Florida Board of Governors to create a program that will fast-track students into the high-tech... read more

A Day for Saying Thanks to FAU's Employees

A Day for Saying Thanks to FAU's Employees

March 21, 2014

Like all organizations, FAU depends upon the dedication and skill of its employees to keep moving forward. With more than 3,000 people working at six campuses and centers to serve its diverse, 30,000-member student body, the university is a lot like a large corporation.... read more

Florida Should Do the Fair Thing: Expand In-state Tuition

Florida Should Do the Fair Thing: Expand In-state Tuition

March 13, 2014

Americans have a keen sense of fairness. We're quick to speak up on behalf of people who are being treated unfairly. Such a situation now exists in the case of Florida resident college-age children of undocumented aliens who are required to pay out-of-state tuition at... read more

Those Winning Owls

Those Winning Owls

March 7, 2014

My first week as an Owls fan saw some exciting victories as our softball team beat Marshall 9-6 to win its first-ever Conference USA series, our baseball team swept two games against Boston College in the run-up to its Conference USA debut at UT San Antonio, women's... read more

Hello from the New Owl on the Block

Hello from the New Owl on the Block

March 3, 2014

Greetings to everyone in Owl Country from the newest Owl! I'm John Kelly, and this is my first day as the president of Florida Atlantic University. I'm very proud to be here and eager to work with all of you to build the future of this dynamic young institution. I sought... read more

Thank You, FAU!

Thank You, FAU!

February 28, 2014

Today marks my last day as the interim president of Florida Atlantic University, and I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to serve FAU in this way and my sincere thanks to everyone who helped me adjust to the demands of the position and make some of the... read more

Black History Month, Other February Events Promote Dialogue

Black History Month, Other February Events Promote Dialogue

February 18, 2014

Like all university communities, we succeed best when we promote participation, freedom of expression, respect for differing opinions and the responsible pursuit of inquiry. As I have written about before, the U.S.... read more

Jordan Zimmerman Honored as FAU's Business Leader of the Year

Jordan Zimmerman Honored as FAU's Business Leader of the Year

February 14, 2014

South Florida is home to nearly 6 million people and some of the world's most influential business leaders. When these leaders engage with Florida Atlantic University, something special happens. New opportunities arise, knowledge is shared, innovation takes place and... read more

Welcome, President Kelly!

Welcome, President Kelly!

January 20, 2014

The search for the seventh president of Florida Atlantic University came to a successful conclusion on Friday, Jan. 17, when the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to award the position to Dr. John Kelly. He is currently Vice President for Economic Development and... read more

We Do Not Support the American Studies Association Vote to Boycott Israeli Universities

We Do Not Support the American Studies Association Vote to Boycott Israeli Universities

December 28, 2013We support academic freedom and the freedoms of speech and association it entails, and we reject the boycott passed by the American Studies Association in the strongest terms. Their decision contradicts the very foundation of higher education in our society--to serve as a... read more
Ending the Year on a High Note

Ending the Year on a High Note

December 18, 2013

Do you know that FAU recently achieved something that few universities in our region are able to accomplish?  Although it often doesn't capture much attention outside the halls of academia, reaffirmation of accreditation is an important process that all universities... read more

Let's Give Our Returning Veterans the Support They Deserve

Let's Give Our Returning Veterans the Support They Deserve

December 11, 2013

Public universities in 17 states offer in-state tuition rates to military veterans, but, unfortunately, Florida isn't one of them. That could change during the 2014 session of the Florida Legislature, when two bills will be offered waiving out-of-state rates for veterans... read more

Take an Ornament from the Giving Tree and Make a Child Smile

Take an Ornament from the Giving Tree and Make a Child Smile

December 3, 2013

The end-of-year holidays give us all a most welcome opportunity to slow down, catch our breath and think about the many blessings in our lives. At this time of year especially, the great good fortune that we enjoy contrasts sharply with the situations in which many other... read more

Celebrating International Education Month at FAU

Celebrating International Education Month at FAU

November 5, 2013

November is International Education Month, and FAU joins colleges and universities across the U.S. in celebrating the value of study abroad and student exchange programs, second language acquisition and the enrichment that international students and faculty bring to... read more

Homecoming's in the Air!

Homecoming's in the Air!

October 29, 2013

I've always considered Homecoming Week one of the best parts of the fall semester, and this year's celebration is bigger and better than ever. Events are taking place on the Boca, Jupiter and Davie campuses all week long. For the full line-up, go to... read more

FAU's United Way Campaign is Under Way

FAU's United Way Campaign is Under Way

October 22, 2013

Every year FAU's faculty and staff get the opportunity to help people in need in our area by answering the call to contribute to the United Way. This year's campaign got under way on Oct. 17 and will run through Oct. 31.

The University community has been... read more

Lots of Fun on Parent and Family Weekend

Lots of Fun on Parent and Family Weekend

October 9, 2013

Fall semester is an especially exciting time of year on most university campuses, and FAU is no exception. One very popular annual program is Parent and Family Weekend, which is coming up this weekend.

From check-in at the Kaye Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 11, to... read more

Universities are Venues for Engagement

Universities are Venues for Engagement

October 1, 2013

Over the next few days, a small student group will stage a series of events on FAU's Free Speech Lawn. The student group intends to raise political awareness of certain policies of the State of Israel with which they disagree. The group is a registered student... read more

FAU Tailgate Safety

FAU Tailgate Safety

September 20, 2013

How about that great football game last weekend? The Owls were on fire as they beat USF 28-10, setting the stage for an exciting match-up with Middle Tennessee this Saturday, Sept. 21. This will be our first home game of the season, and I hope to see FAU... read more

FAU Remembers 9/11

FAU Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2013

The thoughts of all of us in the Florida Atlantic University community are with those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001. We will never stop honoring the memory of the men, women and children who lost their lives in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on that... read more

September is Safety Month at FAU

September is Safety Month at FAU

September 3, 2013

Now in its seventh year, Safety Month showcases a series of events and activities designed to raise awareness about a wide variety of safety issues impacting members of the FAU community. The goal is to provide helpful information that individuals can use to work, learn... read more

FAU Celebrates College Colors Day

FAU Celebrates College Colors Day

August 28, 2013

On College Colors Day, the nation celebrates the kick-off of intercollegiate athletics and the new academic year by promoting the traditions that embody the college experience and encouraging fans across America to wear their favorite college or university apparel... read more

Gary W. Perry, Ph.D., Named Interim Provost And Chief Academic Officer

Gary W. Perry, Ph.D., Named Interim Provost And Chief Academic Officer

August 26, 2013

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Gary W. Perry, Ph.D., as Florida Atlantic University's Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Perry, who until this past June 30 had served as Dean of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, has spent nearly a... read more

FAU is a 'Marketplace of Ideas'

FAU is a 'Marketplace of Ideas'

August 19, 2013

Recently a few media outlets inaccurately reported that members of a Florida Atlantic University student organization were unlawfully disciplined for protesting a speaker at an event on the Boca Raton campus earlier this year.  These inaccurate reports irresponsibly... read more

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat at FAU

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat at FAU

August 15, 2013

Hello, FAU Nation! The summer has flown by and we stand on the threshold of a new academic year, one that holds limitless promise for our new and returning students. To help everyone get off on the right foot, the University is once again offering the warmest of... read more

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