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Summer Internships Broaden Horizons

Summer Internships Broaden Horizons

July 19, 2016

While many students use the summer to travel, work or take additional classes, some combine all three with an immersive internship experience. One of those students is Honors College junior and Flagler Scholar, Christy Folk. She recently interned with the Environmental... read more

Counting Down to Kickoff!

Counting Down to Kickoff!

July 15, 2016

Today marks 50 days until the start of football season! I hope you will join me at FAU Stadium on Sept. 3 for the Owls' season opener against Southern Illinois. This promises to be an exciting season for FAU Football fans, with six home games plus two away games in... read more

Remembering Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

Remembering Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

July 7, 2016

Last weekend, we learned the sad news that Holocaust survivor and activistElie Wiesel passed away at the age of 87. Wiesel devoted his life to educating others about the plight of Jews and other oppressed populations around the world. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel... read more

Remembering Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

Remembering Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

July 7, 2016

Last weekend, we learned the sad news that Holocaust survivor and activistElie Wiesel passed away at the age of 87. Wiesel devoted his life to educating others about the plight of Jews and other oppressed populations around the world. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel... read more

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

July 1, 2016

As we celebrate the 240th anniversary of our nation's independence, I'm reminded of all we have to be thankful for - freedom of speech and religion, equal rights, and access to education - just to name a few. I also want to express my deepest gratitude to the... read more

The Breezeway is Getting a Makeover!

The Breezeway is Getting a Makeover!

June 21, 2016

If you've been on campus lately, you may have noticed the temporary fencing around the Breezeway and adjacent buildings. The fencing is there because the Breezeway is getting a makeover! Since 1961, the Breezeway has been "Main Street FAU," linking the four original... read more

Remembering the Victims of the Orlando Shooting

Remembering the Victims of the Orlando Shooting

June 17, 2016

This week the FAU community came together to show our support for those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando. Students, faculty and staff lined up to give blood. A number of people gathered to remember the victims at a vigil at the Schmidt College of Medicine,... read more

We Are One Pulse

We Are One Pulse

June 14, 2016

I know I speak for the entire Florida Atlantic University community when I say that our thoughts are with everyone who was affected by the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday. In light of this tragedy, FAU's Division of Student Affairs, College of Medicine, and Peace,... read more

Sport Management MBA Among Best in the World

Sport Management MBA Among Best in the World

June 9, 2016

I often use the phrase "playing to win" when talking about our goal to make FAU America's fastest improving university. One program that truly embodies that philosophy is our MBA in Sport Management. The program recently was ranked third out of more than 600 programs... read more

Gov. Scott Signs Legacy Florida Bill at Pine Jog

Gov. Scott Signs Legacy Florida Bill at Pine Jog

June 2, 2016

This week Gov. Rick Scott visited FAU's Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach for the ceremonial signing of Legacy Florida. The bill creates dedicated funding to protect Florida's environment, including up to $200 million for Everglades... read more

New Bill Makes College More Affordable

New Bill Makes College More Affordable

May 24, 2016

This is a great week for higher education in Florida. On Monday, we had the pleasure of hosting Gov. Rick Scott on FAU's Boca Raton campus. He ceremonially signed HB 7019, a bill that will make higher education in our state more affordable.

In addition to... read more

Dick Schmidt's First Novel to Benefit FAU

Dick Schmidt's First Novel to Benefit FAU

May 12, 2016

This week we celebrated the launch of "The Boy and the Dolphin," written by FAU alumnus and benefactor Dick Schmidt '70. This heartwarming novel tells the story of a decade-long friendship between a boy and a bottlenose dolphin in the mid-1950s. It is Dick's first book,... read more

Congratulations to the Spring Class of 2016!

Congratulations to the Spring Class of 2016!

May 6, 2016

The end-of-semester celebration continued this week as 3,194 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees during six commencement ceremonies. They join more than 149,000 alumni who have graduated from FAU since 1964.

Our spring graduates range in age... read more

FAUAA Recognizes Hall of Fame Honoree & Distinguished Alumni

FAUAA Recognizes Hall of Fame Honoree & Distinguished Alumni

May 4, 2016

Last night I had the great pleasure of introducing Brent Burns, BBA '81 as the 74th inductee into the FAU Alumni Association's Hall of Fame. Brent joined distinguished alumni from eight of FAU's colleges in being recognized for their exceptional service and commitment to... read more

FAU Celebrates Second Graduating Class of Schmidt College of Medicine

FAU Celebrates Second Graduating Class of Schmidt College of Medicine

April 29, 2016

Today was another day of great celebration at FAU, as the 61 members of the Schmidt College of Medicine Class of 2016 became the nation's newest physicians. Proud family and friends cheered as the graduates walked across the stage of the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing... read more

FAU Softball is On Fire!

FAU Softball is On Fire!

April 26, 2016

Congratulations to the FAU softball team on clinching the Conference USA East Division title, and to junior Kylee Hanson on being named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the fifth time this season! The Owls are now ranked no. 24 in the USA Softball poll and no. 23... read more

Athletics Receives Transformational Gift from Bobby & Barbara Campbell

Athletics Receives Transformational Gift from Bobby & Barbara Campbell

April 25, 2016

Today we celebrated a transformational gift from Bobby and Barbara Campbell: $5 million to create the Bobby and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center in the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. This gift from the Campbells boosts our funds... read more

State Senate President Designate Joe Negron Visits FAU

State Senate President Designate Joe Negron Visits FAU

April 22, 2016

On Thursday, incoming State Senate President Joe Negron concluded his tour of Florida's public universities with a stop at FAU's College of Business on the Boca Raton campus. One of Sen. Negron's top priorities is raising the profile of Florida's state university system... read more

Baseball Team Beats No. 1 Ranked Miami

Baseball Team Beats No. 1 Ranked Miami

April 21, 2016

Congratulations to the Owls baseball team on their big win against the Miami Hurricanes! The No. 17 Owls beat the top-ranked team 4-3 on Wednesday night in Miami. It was the third time the Owls have defeated a ranked team this season, and only the sixth loss for the... read more

Hope You Enjoyed the REDBLUE Football Game

Hope You Enjoyed the REDBLUE Football Game

April 18, 2016

Saturday was the annual REDBLUE spring football game at FAU Stadium. This game was the last time we were able to see the Owls in action before the 2016 football season.

This also is the time of year when the spring semester is winding down. In just a few weeks... read more

Another Successful Gala!

Another Successful Gala!

April 5, 2016

This weekend we celebrated one of FAU's great traditions, the annual fundraising gala, at FAU Stadium. As always, the gala was a wonderful opportunity for faculty and staff, alumni and friends of FAU to get together and celebrate our achievements over the past year while... read more

The Passing of a Champion of Peace

The Passing of a Champion of Peace

March 22, 2016

Monday evening, I received the sad news that Leon Charney, an unsung American hero and champion of world peace, had passed away. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Charney last December when he was awarded an FAU honorary doctorate in recognition of the pivotal role he... read more

FAU Celebrates Another Successful Match Day

FAU Celebrates Another Successful Match Day

March 19, 2016

Friday I had the pleasure of participating in what has become one of my favorite events of the year, Match Day for our Schmidt College of Medicine. Match Day is the national program that pairs new physicians with hospital-based residency programs and takes place at the... read more

FAU Ranks No. 1

FAU Ranks No. 1

March 17, 2016

What an exciting week for Florida Atlantic University! The Board of Governors released the scores and rankings for the 11 universities that participate in the state's performance-based funding metrics. Incredibly, FAU is No. 1 on the list with 84... read more

FAU High Student is America's Top Young Scientist

FAU High Student is America's Top Young Scientist

March 14, 2016

I'm constantly amazed by the accomplishments of our FAU High School students. You may recall seeing a few in the news for receiving bachelor's degrees from FAU before graduating from high school. Recently, a freshman named Hannah Herbst has been in the spotlight for her... read more

Join Me at the #FAUGala on April 2

Join Me at the #FAUGala on April 2

March 3, 2016

It's spring at FAU, which means that one of my favorite events is right around the corner. The annual FAU Gala will take place Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at FAU Stadium. As always, the Gala will be a multi-level event with gourmet dining, full open bar, exciting live... read more

Gift from SNCF America Supports Peace, Justice & Human Rights Initiative

Gift from SNCF America Supports Peace, Justice & Human Rights Initiative

February 18, 2016

FAU recently received a gift of $260,000 from SNCF America, Inc., a subsidiary of the state-owned national railway of France, to support our Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. The Center provides training and resources for teachers involved with Holocaust,... read more

Celebrating Diversity During Black History Month

Celebrating Diversity During Black History Month

February 11, 2016

It's no secret that I'm extremely proud of FAU's distinction as the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse state university in Florida, and I'm reminded of that richness of diversity as we celebrate Black History Month with a full schedule of events.

FAU's... read more
FAU Joins Old Vero Man Project

FAU Joins Old Vero Man Project

February 1, 2016

Education is about discovery, and FAU researchers have been invited by the Old Vero Ice Age Site Committee to be a partner in one of the biggest discoveries of all time: the Old Vero Man archaeological project, which is producing evidence that human beings lived in... read more

"Think Florida" campaign kicks off

January 25, 2016

Supporters of Florida's State University System spoke with one voice last week at a press conference in Tallahassee announcing the launch of the "Think Florida" campaign, which is focused on taking the relationship between business and higher education to a whole new... read more

FAU's online graduate programs shine in national rankings

FAU's online graduate programs shine in national rankings

January 19, 2016

My Owl pride is showing today as I congratulate FAU's College of Business and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing on their ascent up the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation's best online graduate programs. The 2016 rankings show our... read more

Welcome Back, Students!

Welcome Back, Students!

January 11, 2016

There's a sense of energy in the air as students return from the winter holiday and begin a new year at FAU. They've brought our campuses back to life as only students can - walking, skating or cycling to class, meeting friends in the food court for lunch, tossing... read more

A new year, a new beginning

A new year, a new beginning

January 4, 2016

As the curtain goes up on a new year, there's lots of excitement at FAU. This university is on the move as never before, offering students unprecedented opportunities for success whatever their academic and career goals may be. We're moving FAU forward with unbridled... read more

FAU honors an 'unsung hero'

FAU honors an 'unsung hero'

December 21, 2015

Today I had the privilege of presenting an honorary doctorate to a truly great American. In 1978, when President Jimmy Carter sought to open peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt, he needed the assistance of someone who could go through "back door channels" to... read more

FAU graduate proves age is just a number

FAU graduate proves age is just a number

December 16, 2015

My favorite day of the semester is graduation day, when I get to shake the hands of students receiving degrees and wish them well. This rite of passage was especially memorable last week, when the graduating class included 89-year-old Betty Reilly. The audience exploded... read more

It's commencement time again!

It's commencement time again!

December 7, 2015

This is a week of celebration at FAU as we prepare to confer degrees on members of the Fall 2015 graduating class. In five ceremonies at the Kaye Auditorium on Thursday and Friday, 2,533 students will receive bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral degrees. An... read more

Looking back on a great year at FAU

Looking back on a great year at FAU

November 23, 2015

Last Friday I was privileged to deliver the 2015 State of the University Address - my second since becoming FAU's president. The past year has been filled with accomplishments, and it was exciting for me to share some highlights with students, faculty, staff and special... read more

Don't Let Stress Get You Down

Don't Let Stress Get You Down

November 16, 2015

While we all enjoy the holidays, the end of the year is an especially hectic time for university students. There are papers to be written, projects to be finished, final exams to be taken and a lot of loose ends to tie up.

It's very important to manage stress, and... read more

Majestic Owls Return to the Nest

Majestic Owls Return to the Nest

November 12, 2015

FAU will welcome home some very special Owls Friday when members of the original graduating class - the Class of 1965 - return to the Boca Raton campus to be honored. The FAU Alumni Association has created a new organization called the Majestic Owls Society to celebrate... read more

Another Transformational Gift from Christine E. Lynn

Another Transformational Gift from Christine E. Lynn

November 3, 2015

Today is an exciting day for FAU! This afternoon I had the privilege of announcing another major gift from one of the university's most dedicated supporters, Christine E. Lynn. A visionary philanthropist whose generosity has touched the lives of countless thousands of... read more

FAU welcomes Israel’s former Surgeon General

FAU welcomes Israel’s former Surgeon General

October 22, 2015

Florida Atlantic University is honored to host Dr. Yitshak Kreiss, Israel's former Surgeon General, for more than a week of lectures and presentations to our students and greater campus community. A world-renowned expert in military medicine, disaster management and... read more

Thank you, Elly Baldwin!

Thank you, Elly Baldwin!

October 12, 2015

Once again, Owl Nation is grateful to one of its most loyal friends, Eleanor Baldwin, as she makes another transformational gift to FAU. Her newest act of generosity was announced at halftime during Saturday's football game: $1 million to name the History and Tradition... read more

Outstanding Young Owls are Flying High!

Outstanding Young Owls are Flying High!

September 24, 2015

Florida Atlantic University is all about student success. We take great pride in the achievements of our graduates, especially when they distinguish themselves in their professions at an early age. To recognize graduates under 40 years old who are already making their... read more

FAU Breaks New Ground for Students with Developmental Disabilities

FAU Breaks New Ground for Students with Developmental Disabilities

September 3, 2015

Florida's K-12 system has many programs to help students with developmental disabilities advance academically, but a void has long existed at the college level. That's about to change. FAU has just announced plans to launch the Academy for Community Inclusion, which will... read more

A Valuable Learning Experience From Erika

A Valuable Learning Experience From Erika

August 31, 2015

Fortunately for Florida Atlantic University, Tropical Storm Erika dissipated over the weekend and ended up posing little or no threat to our region. We are all very grateful for that.

Nevertheless, many of us experienced inclement weather as a result of the storm,... read more

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Are You Ready for Some Football?

August 28, 2015

FAU's first home football game of the 2015 season will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, as the Owls face the University of Miami Hurricanes in a nationally televised contest. FAU Stadium is expected to host a capacity crowd, so now's the time to get your tickets!... read more

Please Join Me at the Heart Walk Kick-off Monday

Please Join Me at the Heart Walk Kick-off Monday

August 19, 2015

FAU's participation in the 2015 Palm Beach County Heart Walk will get off to a spirited start at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at our kick-off event in the Majestic Palm Room of the Student Union on the Boca campus. Faculty, staff and students are invited to take part in this... read more

Freshman Convocation a Rite of Passage for New Students

Freshman Convocation a Rite of Passage for New Students

August 10, 2015

On Sunday, FAU will host its largest-ever Freshman Convocation as more than 3,600 first-time-in-college students are welcomed to the university community. This rite of passage marks an important transition in the lives of our youngest students, launching them into a... read more

Calling All Owls to Help on Move-In Day

Calling All Owls to Help on Move-In Day

August 4, 2015

It's been said that the definition of a true friend is someone who'll help you move. Owl Nation has built a tradition around that great favor. Just before the beginning of every fall semester, the call goes out for volunteers to help new and returning residential... read more

Happy Retirement to Sue Skemp, a True Lifelong Owl

Happy Retirement to Sue Skemp, a True Lifelong Owl

July 21, 2015

Last Friday marked the retirement of Sue Skemp, a 1981 alumna who capped an extraordinary career in mechanical engineering by returning to her alma mater in 2008 to lead a critically important initiative. As executive director of the FAU-based Southeast National Marine... read more

Come One, Come All to the Heart Walk

Come One, Come All to the Heart Walk

July 15, 2015

The FAU community participates in the Palm Beach County Heart Walk every year as teams of students, faculty and staff come together. Teams are now forming for the 2015 Heart Walk, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, in downtown West Palm Beach. To start or join... read more

Funding Outlook Excellent for FAU

Funding Outlook Excellent for FAU

June 23, 2015

Today, the Board of Trustees approved the University's budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, based on the legislature's Friday passage of the General Appropriations Act. I'm happy to report the outlook is positive for Florida Atlantic University. Most important is the fact... read more

FAU Welcomes World-Class Neuroscientist James Galvin

FAU Welcomes World-Class Neuroscientist James Galvin

June 5, 2015

Late last month, another stellar faculty member joined Florida Atlantic University - another game-changer who will help put FAU on the national stage. James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., joined the faculty of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. An internationally... read more

Go Racing Owls!

Go Racing Owls!

May 28, 2015

A year's worth of hard work designing, building and testing a racing car paid off when our team placed among the top 25 competitors at the recent 2015 Formula SAE event at Michigan International Speedway.  Out of 118 teams from universities around the world, FAU... read more

Congratulations, FAU High Graduates!

Congratulations, FAU High Graduates!

May 8, 2015

This week, FAU High School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 - the 11th graduating class in the innovative school's history. Once again, the students won high academic distinctions, with seven receiving national honors. Included in their number... read more

Congratulations to FAU's Spring Graduates!

Congratulations to FAU's Spring Graduates!

May 1, 2015

This week Florida Atlantic University celebrated the accomplishments of the largest graduating class in its history as undergraduate and graduate degrees were awarded to 3,268 students. Our spring graduates range in age from 17-year-old John Sousa, who received his... read more

Nepal Looks to the World for Help

Nepal Looks to the World for Help

April 27, 2015

The people of Nepal are going through unbelievable suffering as they struggle to recover from Saturday's magnitude-7.8 earthquake. At this writing, almost 4,000 people are known dead in Nepal, India and China, with more than 7,000 injured. Powerful aftershocks are still... read more

FAU Celebrates the Graduation of its First Class of Physicians

FAU Celebrates the Graduation of its First Class of Physicians

April 24, 2015

Today will go down in Florida Atlantic University history as the day the first class of MDs graduated from FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Family and friends cheered as 53 students walked across the stage of the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts... read more

Undergraduate Research Advancing in Quantum Leaps

Undergraduate Research Advancing in Quantum Leaps

April 3, 2015

FAU's initiative to make hands-on research opportunities available to undergraduates in all majors has been under way for just a few years, but it already is making a tremendous difference in the quality of the educational experience for our students. This week the... read more

It's a Match!

It's a Match!

March 20, 2015

Cheers and applause rang out as members of the inaugural class of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine became the first FAU medical students to participate in Match Day, the national program that pairs new physicians with hospital-based residency programs.... read more

A great day for FAU -- and we're just getting started!

A great day for FAU -- and we're just getting started!

March 19, 2015

Today, Florida Atlantic University received wonderful news. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff, FAU improved its standing in the State University System Florida Board of Governors' performance-based funding model by 13 points. This is a... read more

Time to Take a Major Stand!

Time to Take a Major Stand!

March 16, 2015

If you're an undergraduate who has not yet committed to a major field of study, there's no better time to do it than now. This is "I Declared Week" at FAU and many resources are available to help you make your decision, including special advising sessions offered by the... read more

FAU/Scripps/Max Planck Partnership Advances to Whole New Level

FAU/Scripps/Max Planck Partnership Advances to Whole New Level

March 2, 2015

Today FAU, Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience made one of the most exciting announcements in South Florida history. The university is joining forces with these internationally known research giants to launch cooperative programs that... read more

FAU Welcomes Three Research Heavy Hitters

FAU Welcomes Three Research Heavy Hitters

February 19, 2015

Three nationally prominent researchers have come on board at FAU, and I want to offer them a warm welcome on behalf of the university community.

Dr. Daniel Flynn, a renowned breast cancer researcher, stepped into the top leadership position in our Division of... read more

Arthur Jaffe: Gone But Never Forgotten

Arthur Jaffe: Gone But Never Forgotten

February 14, 2015

On Valentine's Day, the FAU community paid tribute to a man whose love for FAU was boundless - Arthur Jaffe, the founder and first curator of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in the Wimberly Library.

Arthur passed away on Jan. 25 at the age of 93. Although he... read more

A Great Signing Day for the Owls!

A Great Signing Day for the Owls!

February 5, 2015

Yesterday heralded a new era for FAU football as 24 talented players signed National Letters of Intent to become Owls. They joined three players enrolled in January, giving us the most promising line-up of newcomers in FAU history.

The class includes six players... read more

FAU Receives $4.3 Million Grant to Prepare K-5 Teachers

FAU Receives $4.3 Million Grant to Prepare K-5 Teachers

February 3, 2015

The shortage of elementary school teachers in Palm Beach and Broward counties is growing more urgent, with thousands more needed over the next five years. Florida Atlantic University has long ranked as the chief provider of public school teachers to both counties, and... read more

The Passing of a Legend

The Passing of a Legend

January 26, 2015

This weekend we received the sad news that Arthur Jaffe died at the age of 93. Arthur spent the last 15 years of his life at FAU, serving as curator of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in the Wimberly Library and holding the Ario S. Hyams endowed professorship. In 2011, he... read more

'Get Wise: Advising on the Go' - a New Way to Reach Out to Students

'Get Wise: Advising on the Go' - a New Way to Reach Out to Students

January 22, 2015

FAU's busy commuter students now have a faster, easier, more convenient way to talk to an academic adviser. Thanks to an innovative program launched this month called "Get Wise: Advising on the Go," they can access this important service in two parking garages on the... read more

Need Help? Just Ask!

Need Help? Just Ask!

January 9, 2015

As the spring semester shifts into high gear, things can get pretty hectic for students. If you need help with anything, from balancing your classes with your work schedule and social life to dealing with stress and anxiety, remember that many resources are available to... read more

Welcome Back, Owl Nation!

Welcome Back, Owl Nation!

January 2, 2015

As we begin a new semester we raise the curtain on an exciting world of possibilities. This is a time to set our sights on the future and go after our goals with renewed energy and purpose. As a university community, we will move forward in 2015, taking FAU to greater... read more

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

December 19, 2014

As the end of this eventful year draws near, I want to express sincere thanks to everyone in the FAU community for giving such a warm welcome to Carolyn, me and our girls. We're excited to be here and are looking forward to the year ahead, when the university will move... read more

Congratulations, Fall Graduates!

Congratulations, Fall Graduates!

December 11, 2014

The fall semester has flown by, and this week we're celebrating the graduation of nearly 2,500 students. Five commencement ceremonies will be held in the Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium today and tomorrow. Once again, our graduating class is richly diverse. Students... read more

$16 Million Gift Puts FAU on the Road to Greatness

$16 Million Gift Puts FAU on the Road to Greatness

December 2, 2014

Today, we announced the largest donation in Florida Atlantic University's history - a $16 million gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation that will be used to build a world-class student resource center on the Boca Raton campus. The Schmidt Family Complex for Academic... read more

A Busy Week for Owl Nation

A Busy Week for Owl Nation

November 21, 2014

While every week at FAU is full of activities, this one is really jam-packed. We're participating in two worldwide observances - Global Entrepreneurship Week and International Education Week. Both celebrate the opportunities for growth and prosperity that can be realized... read more

A Sad Day for Florida's State University System

A Sad Day for Florida's State University System

November 20, 2014

I know I speak for the entire Florida Atlantic University community when I say our thoughts are with everyone associated with Florida State University at this difficult time. At our university, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is always our No. 1 priority.... read more

International Education Month Kicks Off Today

International Education Month Kicks Off Today

November 17, 2014

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

A Day to Honor Heroes

A Day to Honor Heroes

November 10, 2014

On Veterans Day we pause to pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the armed forces of our great country, risking their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. One day a year hardly seems sufficient to thank them, so at FAU we thank them every... read more

FAU Resident Takes Part in 'Miracle on Meadows Road'

FAU Resident Takes Part in 'Miracle on Meadows Road'

November 7, 2014

When a wonderful thing happens against all odds it's sometimes called a miracle. That's exactly what a very grateful family is saying about the recovery of a new mother whose heart stopped for 45 minutes - and then started again - as an FAU medical school resident played... read more

Another Great Expo!

Another Great Expo!

November 2, 2014

Saturday, the last day of this year's week-long Homecoming celebration, brought thousands of potential FAU alumni to campus to attend our second expo for high school students. This time, the visiting students were from high schools throughout Broward County. Nearly... read more

Here Comes Homecoming!

Here Comes Homecoming!

October 22, 2014

Nothing tops Homecoming, and this year Homecoming Week offers more entertainment than ever before.  A wide variety of events will take place on the Boca, Davie, Dania Beach, downtown Fort Lauderdale and Jupiter campuses, culminating on Saturday, Nov. 1, when the... read more

Great Day for an Expo

Great Day for an Expo

October 18, 2014

Today we held FAU's first expo for high school students, and things couldn't have gone better! The weather was perfect as several thousand Palm Beach County high school students and their parents streamed onto the Boca campus to get information about the university and... read more

FAU To Host High School Expos on Oct. 18 and Nov. 1

FAU To Host High School Expos on Oct. 18 and Nov. 1

October 1, 2014

Students who attend Florida Atlantic University have so many options to immerse themselves in learning, research and a wide array of student activities. We also have a beautiful football stadium and exciting football team. I frequently refer to many of these as FAU's... read more

A Winning Week for the Owls

A Winning Week for the Owls

September 28, 2014

In what must have been the most exciting football game in school history, the Owls pulled off a last-minute victory Saturday evening against the University of Texas-San Antonio. Coming from behind with 2:15 on the clock, Jaquez Johnson threw a 15-yard pass to Nate Terry... read more

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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