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April 2009

“…Education is the most powerful way to invest in people,” according to Claire Gaudiani, the former president of Connecticut College and the volunteer president of the New London Development Corporation, in her book The Greater Good (Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 2004).

Gifts to scholarships at FAU are a great way to make this investment. Scholarships assist students in every college and many special programs such as athletics. The FAU Foundation has nearly 400 scholarships to help deserving students fund their education, with some founded as early as 1967 when FAU enrolled 4,144 upper-division and graduate students. Currently, nearly 27,000 students are enrolled in classes on seven campuses and online.

With the economic strains put on students and their families in the last year, the need for scholarship aid is increasing. You can help these students with a gift of any size.


Sun Fund Scholarship
One of the most interesting scholarships recently established is the Sun Fund Scholarship, which is believed to be the first scholarship of its kind in the nation to be completely paid for by the sun. A large-scale solar roof installation on FAU’s Higher Education Complex (HEC) building on the Fort Lauderdale campus is projected to reduce current energy demand by between 20 and 25 percent, as well as save 4,000 gallons of oil. A portion of the budget savings from the HEC building utility bills will be used to fund the scholarship for one graduate student each year in the School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Faulty Enhancement Fund

Christine E. Lynn, lead benefactor of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, made a $600,000 gift to create a faculty enhancement fund which will provide opportunities to recognize faculty who consistently go above and beyond in supporting the mission and goals of the college.

“State university budget cuts threaten faculty salaries and research projects," said Lynn. "As a community, we must find ways to support the College of Nursing faculty in their continual quest to offer best-in-class nurse education."

The first awards will be announced in fall 2009.

Tribute Wall Unveiled

More than 75 supporters of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at FAU attended the unveiling of a new donor tribute wall. Made of art glass and stone, and prominently displayed in the center’s breezeway, the wall was designed to honor families, organizations and foundations whose gifts helped construct the Memory and Wellness Center and enable ongoing services. The Caring Hearts Auxiliary of the Memory and Wellness Center has generously underwritten the tribute wall.

The Memory and Wellness Center, located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, is a state-designated memory disorder clinic under the State of Florida’s Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative. It is part of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and averages 12,000 visits per year.

Seaside Shindig a Success

The fourth annual Seaside Shindig, held on March 28, was a success thanks to honorary chair Virginia “Ginny” Miller; event chair Kathy Molinet ’95, ’04; the event committee; our sponsors and more than 200 attendees. The event raises money to support student scholarships and alumni initiatives at FAU.

This year’s honorees were State Farm Insurance as the corporate partner, the Fort Lauderdale Executive Association as the community partner, and Neale Poller ’66, as the Outstanding Alumni honoree. Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson ’05 was presented with the “Pearl of Broward” award for her leadership, advocacy and support of FAU. P.J. Rossi Jewelers was the official “Pearl of Broward” designer and four-time sponsor of the event.

Thanks to additional sponsors: M. Austin and Christine Forman, James B. Pirtle Construction Company, Broward College, Pavarini Construction, Broward Health, Regent Bank, Holy Cross Hospital, Miller Construction, Schenkel Shultz Architecture, Balfour Beatty and State Farm Insurance.

Source: Florida Atlantic University

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