Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University

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endowment =$190 millioncite web
title =Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2007 Market Value of Endowment Assets with Percent Change Between 2006 and 2007 Endowment Assets | publisher = National Association of College and University Business Officers | url =http://www.nacubo.org/documents/research/All%20Institutions%20Listed%20by%20FY%202007%20Market%20Value%20of%20Endowment%20Assets_2007%20NES.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate =2008-01-26
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faculty =1,637 cite web | url = http://www.fau.edu/academic/iea/inst/facts.htm | title = 2007–2008 Quick Facts | publisher = Florida Atlantic University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analysis | accessdate = 2007-10-09]
staff =1,549
students =26,857
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city =Boca Raton
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address =777 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
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850 acres (3.5 km²)
6 other satellite campusescite web | url = http://www.fau.edu/explore/campuses.php | title = Explore FAU Campuses | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | accessdate = 2006-08-22]
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Florida Atlantic University, also referred to as FAU or Florida Atlantic, is a public, coeducational, research university located in Boca Raton, Florida, United States. The university has six satellite campuses located in the Florida cities of Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, and in Fort Pierce at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. Florida Atlantic serves a seven-county region that has a populace of more than three million people and spans more than 100 miles (160 km) of Florida's eastern coastline.cite press release | title =Early Detection of Developmental Disorders in Babies to be a Focus of New Infant Development Laboratory | publisher = Florida Atlantic University: University Communications and Marketing | date = 2005-09-22 | url =http://wise.fau.edu/communications/pressarchive/2005-09/16.php | accessdate = 2006-08-22]

The university opened its doors in 1964 as the first public university in southeast Florida and the first university in the nation to offer only upper-division and graduate level courses. Although initial enrollment was only 867 students, this number increased in 1984 when the university admitted its first undergraduate students.cite web | url = http://www.fau.edu/explore/timeline.php | title = Explore FAU History: Milestones in FAU History (1955–1969) | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | accessdate = 2006-08-22] As of 2007, enrollment has grown to approximately 26,000 students representing 137 countries, 47 states and the District of Columbia. Since its inception, Florida Atlantic has awarded more than 110,000 degrees to more than 95,000 alumni worldwide.

Although Florida Atlantic provides for the educational needs of a substantial body of commuter students, in recent years it has undertaken an effort to increase its academic and research standings while also evolving into a more traditional university. Under the direction of current President Frank T. Brogan, the university has raised admissions standards, increased research funding, built new facilities and established notable partnerships with major research institutions.cite news | last=Restrepo | first=Dan | title=New admissions standards: good for FAU, bad for Florida | publisher="University Press" | date=2004-02-05 | url=http://www.upressonline.com/media/storage/paper518/news/2004/02/05/Opinions/New-Admissions.Standards.Good.For.Fau.Bad.For.Florida-597434.shtml?norewrite200608232013&sourcedomain=www.upressonline.com | accessdate=2006-08-23] cite news | last=Travis | first=Scott | title=FAU to boost scientific reputation with biomedical science college | publisher="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date=2006-08-17 | url= | accessdate=2006-08-24] Brogan's efforts have resulted in not only an increase in the university's academic profile, but also the elevation of the football team to Division I competition status, plans for an on-campus football stadium, more on-campus housing, and a partnership with the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine to develop a medical training program.cite news | title =Editorial: Martin County thumbs up, thumbs down | publisher ="Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers" | date =2007-09-22 | url =http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2007/sep/22/no-headline-22sthumbs/ | accessdate =2007-10-12] cite news | last=King | first=Dale | title=Brogan’s ‘State of University’ address notes alliances, progress | publisher="Boca Raton News" | date=2006-09-20 | accessdate=2006-10-21] cite journal | last =Bandell | first =Brian | title =FAU trustees approve stadium plan | journal =South Florida Business Journal | publisher =American City Business Journals, Inc | date =2007-09-18 | url =http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2007/09/17/daily21.html | accessdate =2007-10-11]



On July 15, 1961, to meet the burgeoning educational demands of South Florida, the state legislature passed an act authorizing the establishment of a new university in the City of Boca Raton. Florida Atlantic University was built on a 1940s–era army airbase in Boca Raton. During World War II, the airfield served as the Army Air Corps' sole radar training facility. The base was built on the existing Boca Raton Airport and on 5,860 acres (23.7 km²) of adjacent land. A majority of the land was acquired from Japanese-American farmers from the failing Yamato Colony. The land was seized through eminent domain, leaving many Japanese-Americans little recourse in the early days of World War II.cite web | last = | first = | title = The Yamato Colony: Japanese Pioneers in Florida | work = | publisher = The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens | url = http://www.morikami.org/index.php?src=gendocs&link=YamatoColony | accessdate =2006-11-04]

The Boca Raton airbase was used for radar training, anti-submarine patrols along the coast, and as a stop-over point for planes being ferried to Africa and Europe via South America. It had a troop strength of 16,000 men, with approximately 1,200 civilian workers. The airfield was composed of four runways, each stretching 5,200 feet (1.58 km) long, set in a triangle shape, with one runway bisecting the triangle. These runways are still visible on the Boca Campus today and are mainly used for parking. Over the course of the war, the airfield would grow to encompass more than 800 buildings serving approximately 100,000 airmen, including those who were aboard the Enola Gay when it dropped a nuclear weapon on Hiroshima.cite web | title = A Journey Through Boca Raton: Timeline 1895–1999 | publisher = Boca Raton Historical Society | url = http://www.bocahistory.org/boca_history/br_history_timeline.asp | accessdate =2006-10-21] cite web | url = http://wise.fau.edu/inauguration/address.htm | title = In Celebration of Excellence: The Inaugural Address of Frank T. Brogan | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | accessdate = 2006-08-22] As the war drew to a close Boca Raton Army Airfield saw a steady decline in use. By the end of 1945, about only 100 planes were stationed at the airbase.cite web | last = | first = | title = The History of the Boca Raton Airport | work = | publisher = Boca Raton Airport Authority | url = http://www.bocaairport.com/history.shtml | accessdate =2006-10-21] cite book | last = Curl | first = Donald W | title = Florida Atlantic University | publisher = Arcadia Publishing | date = 2000 | location = Charleston, SC | pages = 12–13,15 | id =ISBN 978-0-7385-0614-2] By early 1947, the military decided to transfer future radar training operations to Kessler Air Force Base in Mississippi. This decision was finalized when on September 17, 1947, the Fort Lauderdale Hurricane struck South Florida. According to historian Donald Curl, "the 1947 storm caused extensive damage to the hurriedly-built frame structures of the base and was responsible for widespread flooding." These conditions led the Air Force to abandon the site earlier than originally planned. The departure of the air force in 1947 would leave Boca Raton Army Airfield essentially abandoned. Historian Roger Miller, who visited the airfield during this period, describes the airbase as having "a small operations office to check into and out of, a deteriorating and empty mess hall, and about twenty-odd other wooden buildings of World War II vintage."cite book | last = Miller | first = Roger H | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = Florida Atlantic University: Its Beginnings And Early Years | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | date = 1989 | location = Boca Raton, FL | pages = 1–3 | url = | doi = | id = ]

Expansion and growth

Florida Atlantic University opened on September 14, 1964, with an initial student body of 867 students in five colleges. The first degree awarded was an honorary doctorate given to US President Lyndon Johnson on October 25, 1964.cite web | url = http://www.fau.edu/explore/history.php| title = "Explore FAU History" | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | accessdate = 2007-09-20] At the time of its opening, Florida Atlantic's faculty numbered 120 out of a total of 350 employees. On-campus housing for students was first added in September 1965, when Algonquin Hall opened.Citation | last =Burdick | first =Bob | title =All Grown Up: FAU Looks Back and Steps Forward | newspaper =Legacy: A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Florida Atlantic University | pages = 14–15 | year=2007 | volume= 5 | issue=1 | date=September 2007]

Florida Atlantic's history is one of continuing expansion as the university's service population has grown. The university originally served only upper-division and graduate level students, because Florida intended the institution "to complement the state's community college system, accepting students who had earned their associate degrees from those institutions." Florida Atlantic began its expansion beyond a one-campus university in 1971, when it opened its Commercial Boulevard campus in Fort Lauderdale. Due to a rapidly expanding population in South Florida, in 1984 Florida Atlantic took another major step by opening its doors to undergraduate students. The following year, the university added its third campus, in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas Boulevard.

Recent history

. This campus houses the university's honors college.

Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine established a medical training program within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science in 2004. Plans originally called for the construction of a new teaching hospital in coordination with Boca Raton Community Hospital on the main campus. However, following successive budgets deficits, the hospital delayed its participation indefinitely in 2007.cite web | title = UMSM@FAU | publisher = The University of Miami | url =http://www6.miami.edu/UMH/CDA/UMH_Main/0,1770,2600-1;31823-3,00.html | accessdate =2007-05-26] cite web | title = UMMSM at FAU Questions | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | url =http://med.fau.edu/biomedical/ummsm_rmc/prospective_students.html#FrequentlyAskedQuestions | accessdate =2007-05-26] cite press release | title =Boca Raton Community Hospital Receives $75 Million | publisher = PNN Online | date = 2006-01-30 | url = http://pnnonline.org/article.php?sid=7242 | accessdate = 2007-10-12] cite news | last =Pensa | first = Patty | title =Boca Raton Community Hospital loses $28 million, replaces CEO: Plan to build teaching facility set back | publisher ="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date =2008-01-05] The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) also joined the university in 2007, creating Florida Atlantic's seventh campus.cite news | title =Editorial: Harbor Branch swimming downstream with FAU | publisher ="Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers" | date =2007-12-02 | url =http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2007/dec/02/editorial-harbor-branch-swimming-downstream-fau/
accessdate =2008-02-22
] To bring HBOI into the university family the Florida Legislature allocated $44 million to Florida Atlantic to acquire the institution.cite news | last =Travis | first =Scott | title =Universities fight to save funding for big projects | publisher ="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date =2007-09-23 | accessdate =2007-10-14]

Florida Atlantic has changed dramatically since its opening in 1964. As of 2008, there are approximately 26,000 students attending classes on seven campuses spread across 120 miles (193 km). The university consists of ten colleges and employs more than 3,600 faculty and staff. The university's endowment has also grown to $190 million, making it the fourth largest in the state. Since its founding, the university has been led by five presidents. The fifth, Frank T. Brogan, assumed office in 2003 after resigning his position as the Lieutenant Governor of Florida. The past university presidents are Dr. Anthony J. Catanese, Dr. Helen Popovich, Dr. Glenwood Creech, and Dr. Kenneth Rast Williams.



Florida Atlantic University's student body consists of 20,525 undergraduates, 3,620 graduate and professional students, and 2,100 unclassified students. The undergraduate student body contains 39% ethnic minorities and includes students from 137 countries, 47 states, and the District of Columbia. For the undergraduate class of 2011, the acceptance rate was 61%.cite web | title = Headcount Enrollment by Nation of Citizenship | publisher = Florida Atlantic University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analysis | url =http://iea.fau.edu/factbk/nation07.htm | accessdate = 2007-11-09] cite web | title = Headcount Enrollment by State Residency | publisher = Florida Atlantic University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analysis | url =http://iea.fau.edu/factbk/state07.htm | accessdate = 2007-11-09]

The university has ten colleges which altogether offer more than 145 different bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.cite web | title =University Characteristics, Fall 2007 | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analysis | url =http://iea.fau.edu/factbk/char07.htm | accessdate =2007-11-09] These ten colleges are the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, College Of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, Barry Kaye College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science and the Graduate College.cite web | title = Colleges and Degrees | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | url = http://www.fau.edu/explore/CollegesandDegrees.php | accessdate = 2007-08-05]

The university offers two honors options: the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and a University Scholars Program. The Wilkes Honors College is located on the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter, Florida. It offers a liberal art education in the platform of a public university, yet is comparable to a private liberal arts college.cite web | title =General FAQ | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Wilkes Honors College | url =http://www.fau.edu/divdept/honcol/about_general_faq.htm | accessdate =2007-10-10] The Boca Raton campus houses the University Scholars Program, which offers special honors seminars, forums, courses, and advanced course substitution for freshman.

Florida Atlantic University's admission requirements have been traditionally considered low.cite news | last =Travis | first =Scott | title =Region trails in college graduation rates | publisher ="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date =2007-02-13 | accessdate =2007-10-12] cite news | last =Travis | first =Scott | title =FAU hopes tougher admissions standards will increase graduation rate | publisher ="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date =2007-09-18 | accessdate =2007-10-12] However, the institution has begun gradually increasing standards to improve its graduation and retention rates. Starting in the summer of 2004, Florida Atlantic began denying entry to students with low GPAs and SAT scores. Prospective students were directed to take remedial courses at a community college to better prepare them for success at the university. The higher admissions standards had a stated goal of a 3.2 GPA and an SAT score of at least 1000 for admittance in 2007. This increase was not without controversy. Critics argued it would place an even greater reliance on the already burgeoning local community college system. These colleges had turned away over 22,000 people in 2004 and would be forced to turn away even more prospective students in the future. The university raised admissions standards again in 2008 requiring at least a 2.6 GPA for admission.Citation | last =Bandell | first =Brian | title =FAU toughens standards, starts nursing doctorate | journal =South Florida Business Journal | date =2008-01-30 | publisher =American City Business Journals, Inc| year =2008
url =http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2008/01/28/daily33.html

For the 2007–2008 academic year, the average high school GPA for an entering freshman was 3.2, with a 1041 score on the SAT, and a 22 on the ACT. The university's average GPA of 3.3 for the 2006–2007 academic year was the second lowest of the 11 universities in the state system. The average class size for undergraduates is 33 students, and for graduate classes, 12 students. The student to faculty ratio is 18:1.cite news | last =Travis | first =Scott | title =Florida universities grow in number of students, but not in faculty, data shows | publisher ="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date =2007-06-13 | accessdate =2007-07-13] The top three undergraduate majors by enrollment are elementary education, accounting, and management, respectively. The top three graduate majors by enrollment are business administration, nursing, and educational leadership. The average age for first-year students is 18; however, the average age for all undergraduates is 25. The average age for graduate students is 34. In 2006, incoming freshmen in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College had an average high school GPA of 3.95 and scores of 1285 on the SAT, and 27 on the ACT.cite web | title =2006 State of the University Address | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Office of the President | url =http://www.fau.edu/president/SOU2006.php | accessdate =2007-10-09]

Notable programs at Florida Atlantic are: the largest adult continuing education program in the United States; the first entirely student-run full-service record label in the US; and the only Wall Street trading room simulator at a public university in Florida. The Lifelong Learning Society operates programs that serve the educational interests of more than 19,000 senior citizens by providing classes focusing on subjects of specific interest, and audit options for regular university classes.cite news | last =Travis | first =Scott | title =Florida Atlantic University's Lifelong Learning enrollment surges
publisher ="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date =2008-02-10
] Under the university's Commercial Music Program, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings was created in 2002, enabling students to work in all creative and business aspects of the music industry. This program generated music that landed a Top 10 spot on the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales Chart during its first week of release.cite web | title = FAU hits a high note with music studies | publisher = Oxendine Publishing | url = http://www.floridaleader.com/best2003_15.htm | accessdate = 2007-05-26] cite press release | title =FAU Graduate’s Masters Thesis Produces Billboard Hit | publisher = Florida Atlantic University: University Communications and Marketing | date =2007-02-26 | url = http://www.fau.edu/communications/mediarelations/Releases0207/020719.php | accessdate =2007-05-25] The university's two-story trading room simulator, located in the Barry Kaye College of Business, provides hands-on financial education using 25 dual-monitor computers and can accommodate 50 people at one time. A second lab provides full audio/visual connectivity and 25 additional workstations. Florida Atlantic allows local financially-oriented businesses to use the Trading Room for staff training and development.cite web | title = Students experience Wall Street in FAU's two-story trading room simulator| publisher = Florida Atlantic University | url = http://www.fau.edu/explore/homepage-stories/2007-04trading.php | accessdate = 2007-05-26]


Florida Atlantic is classified by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity.cite web | title = Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton | publisher = The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching | url = http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/classifications/sub.asp?key=748&subkey=13826&start=783 | accessdate =2007-05-26] The university has established notable partnerships with major research institutions such as The Scripps Research Institute, the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and the Max Planck Society.cite web | url = http://www.fau.edu/research/ovp/index.php | title = Message from the Vice President | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | accessdate = 2007-01-31] cite news | last = Johnston | first = John | title = Planck to plant Palm Beach county roots | publisher = "Boca Raton News"
date = 2008-07-25 | url = http://www.bocanews.com/local-news/8787planck-to-plant-palm-beach-county-roots.htm | accessdate = 2008-08-01
] Scripps is constructing a sister institute on the Jupiter campus, which upon completion will operate out of a convert|364000|sqft|m2|sing=on state-of-the-art research facility focusing on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development.cite news | title =Minor Mutations In Avian Flu Virus Increase Chances Of Human Infection | publisher =ScienceDaily | date =2006-03-18 | url =http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/03/060318144425.htm | accessdate =2007-10-15] Torrey Pines is constructing its headquarters in Port St. Lucie, Florida. While its headquarters are being built, Torrey Pines is operating out of Florida Atlantic's Port St. Lucie campus. Max Planck announced in July 2008 that it will establish its first institute in the United States adjacent to Scripps on Florida Atlantic's John D. MacArthur Campus. The Society will operate out of a convert|100000|sqft|m2|sing=on facility focusing on a bio-imaging.

The university is the home of two centers of excellence: The Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology and The Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technology. These centers have been selected by Florida’s Emerging Technology Commission to receive grants to continue and increase their operations. Florida Atlantic beat out some of Florida's top research universities, including the University of Florida and Florida State University, for the initial money from the state.cite news | last = Reed | first = Charlie | title =FAU Research Week starts today | publisher = "Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers" | date = 2007-04-02 | accessdate = 2007-05-26] | url = http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/press_releases/2007/FloridaAtlanticUniversityLockheedMa.html | accessdate = 2007-10-11]

The university houses both an Imaging Technology Center and a NASA Imaging Technology Space Center. Located in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the centers specialize in digital imaging research and development for use in both government and commercial applications in the areas of medical technology, surveillance, communications, education, inspection, scientific observation, manufacturing, visual recognition and identification, and motion picture and digital video. The Florida Atlantic Imaging Technology Center is developing a curriculum for digital imaging and processing, thereby establishing Florida Atlantic as the only university in the nation to offer this technical concentration.cite web | title =Florida Atlantic University Legislative Budget Request For 2005–06 | publisher =Florida Atlantic University | date =2003-07-02 | url =http://wise.fau.edu/financial/files/Narrative-2005-06-Request.doc | accessdate =2007-10-11] The NASA Imaging Technology Center is one of 12 NASA Research Partnership Centers throughout the nation which develop dual-use research and development with the participation of NASA and other related industries in the US. The center occupies two sets of laboratories and administrative offices, one on Florida Atlantic’s main campus in Boca Raton, the other at the Fort Lauderdale campus.

Florida Atlantic also operates two research and development parks, one in Deerfield Beach and one in Boca Raton. The R&D Parks provide outside research facilities for companies, which enable them to interact with the university community and its facilities, resources, and expertise. Located inside the R&D Park on the Boca Raton campus is a Technology Business Incubator. The incubator works to foster the start-up and growth of technology-based businesses associated with the university.cite web | title = Florida Atlantic Research & Development Park | publisher = Florida Atlantic Research & Development Park | url = http://www.research-park.org/ | accessdate = 2007-05-26]


For 2008, Florida Atlantic University was classified as a fourth tier university by the "U.S. News & World Report's" rankings of "Best Colleges."cite web | title =America's Best Colleges 2007: Florida Atlantic University | publisher ="U.S. News & World Report" | url =http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drglance_1481_brief.php
accessdate =2007-07-15
] "U.S. News" ranks universities into one of four tiers, with one being the highest, based on how they compare with other colleges in a peer assessment, retention rates, student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources, graduation rates, and the amount of alumni giving.cite web | last =Morse | first =Robert J. | coauthors =R. Morse and S. Flanigan | title =America's Best Colleges 2008: How We Do the Rankings | publisher ="U.S. News & World Report" | date =2007-08-17 | url =http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/about/rank_brief.php
accessdate =2007-10-17
] The university was named one of the 146 "Best Southeastern Colleges" in the United States by the Princeton Review.cite web | title =Florida Atlantic University | publisher =The Princeton Review | url =http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/profiles/schoolsays.asp?category=1&listing=1022927&LTID=1&intbucketid=
accessdate =2007-07-15
] The Review identifies colleges and universities that stand out with within each region of America.cite web | title =Florida Atlantic University: Rankings & Lists | publisher =The Princeton Review
url =http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/profiles/rankings.asp?listing=1022927&LTID=1&intbucketid=
accessdate =2007-10-17
] For 2007, Florida Atlantic was ranked 233rd in the nation by "Washington Monthly", up from 240th in 2006.cite web | title =The Washington Monthly College Rankings | publisher ="The Washington Monthly" | url =http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2007/0709.natlrankings.pdf | accessdate =2008-06-12] The magazine based its rankings on the following three criteria: "how well a university performs as an engine of social mobility (ideally helping the poor to get rich rather than the very rich to get very, very rich), how well a university does in fostering scientific and humanistic research, and how well a university promotes an ethic of service to country."cite web | title =The Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide | publisher ="The Washington Monthly" | url =http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2006/0609.collegeguide.html | accessdate =2007-07-15] The university was also ranked 28th in the United States and fourth in Florida by "The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education" magazine for awarding 738 bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students during the 2006–2007 academic year.cite news | last =Tyko | first =Kelly | title =Florida schools top the nation in awarding degrees to Hispanics | publisher ="Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers" | date =2008-06-09 | url =http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/jun/09/florida-schools-top-nation-awarding-degrees-hispan/ | accessdate =2008-06-12] cite news | last = | first = | title = Boca Raton: FAU awards 738 degrees to Hispanics in 2006-'07 | publisher = "South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date = 2008-07-15 | url = http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/palmbeach/sfl-flpdig07151pnjul15,0,4835017.story | accessdate = 2008-07-15]


Florida Atlantic University is a distributed university located on seven campuses spread across Palm Beach, Broward, and St. Lucie Counties. The region is home to more than three million people.cite web | title =Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion (ESHP) | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: College of Education | url =http://www.coe.fau.edu/eshp/ | accessdate =2007-07-13] The university's main campus is located in the City of Boca Raton in Palm Beach County. The county is also home to the John D. MacArthur Campus located in the City of Jupiter. In addition to its campuses in Palm Beach County, the university operates three campuses in the Broward County cities of Dania Beach, Davie, and Fort Lauderdale. Florida Atlantic University also operates two campuses in the St. Lucie County cities of Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce. In addition to students who attend classes on the universities campuses, there are 1,623 distance learning students who conduct their studies over the internet or through other means. These students account for 6% of the university's student body.cite web | title = Headcount Enrollment by Campus | publisher = Florida Atlantic University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analysis | url = http://iea.fau.edu/factbk/camenr07.htm | accessdate = 2007-10-10]

Palm Beach County campuses

Boca Raton

Florida Atlantic's main campus in Boca Raton was established on the remnants of a World War II American Army airbase in 1964. Spanning 850 acres (3.5 km²) near the Atlantic Ocean, the site is located between the cities of Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The campus was designated a burrowing owl sanctuary in 1971 by the Audubon Society. The owls find the campus appealing because there are few predators, due to the university's proximity to the Boca Raton Airport, and because the campus was originally cleared of vegetation when operating as an airbase during World War II. The feisty bird, traditionally associated with wisdom and determination, serves as the university's mascot.cite web | title =FAU Traditions | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Athletics Department | url =http://fausports.cstv.com/trads/fau-trads.html | accessdate =2007-07-15]

The Boca Raton Campus is home to a wide variety of university programs and facilities. These facilities are labs and classrooms, housing for students, and athletic and recreational facilities. In addition to academic and cultural programs, the campus also houses Florida Atlantic's Division One intercollegiate athletics program. The main campus serves approximately 18,186 students, or 69% of the university's student body, offering a number of academic programs, activities, and services.cite web | title = Maps and Directions - Boca Raton Campus | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | url = http://www.fau.edu/about/campuses/bocacampuses.html | accessdate = 2007-06-14]

In an effort to create a more traditional, first-choice college atmosphere on the Boca Raton Campus, the university is working to develop an "Innovation Village." Plans for the village call for new residence halls, workforce housing, restaurants, stores, parking garages, and a 30,000-seat college football stadium that will be home to the Owls football team. Florida Atlantic's project will be one of only two athletics/retail venues located on the campus of a Florida university; a similar Innovation Village-type project is also being built at the University of Central Florida.cite web | title =Ask The AD With Craig Angelos | publisher =FAU Athletics | date =2007-07-09 | url =http://fausports.cstv.com/ot/ask-ad-responses.html | accessdate =2007-07-13] cite web | title =FAU Board of Trustees: Innovation Village Workshop | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Board of Trustees | date =2006-11-07 | url =http://www.fau.edu/bot/files/Innovation_Village_Complete.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate =2007-07-13] The addition of the Innovation Village to the Boca Raton Campus has been controversial. Critics have argued the cost of the project is prohibitive and the money could be better spent on educating students or providing scholarships.cite news | last =Cohen | first =Doug | title =FAU Owls really 'need' their own stadium | publisher ="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date =2007-10-01 | accessdate =2007-10-12] The construction of the stadium has also created a controversy between Florida Atlantic and the City of Boca Raton. In 2002, the university and the city signed an agreement requiring an additional I-95 interchange be under construction before a stadium could be built on campus. However, while the new interchange is still in the planning stages and will not be completed before the opening of the stadium, it appears both parties are willing to negotiate a resolution to the problem.cite news | last =King | first =Dale M. | title =FAU, Boca officials to work out stadium, interchange conflict | publisher ="Boca Raton News" | date =2007-09-27 | url =http://www.bocaratonnews.com/index.php?src=news&refno=21138&category=Local%20News | accessdate =2007-10-12]

Other construction projects on the Boca Raton Campus include the Office Depot Center for Executive Education, and the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center.cite press release | title =FAU Celebrates Groundbreaking of Office Depot Center for Executive Education | publisher =Reuters Business Wire | date =2007-06-21 | url =http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?view=PR&symbol=ODP&storyID=157041+21-Jun-2007+BW&type=qcna | accessdate =2007-07-16] cite news | last =Anguille | first =Mike | title =FAU Breaks Ground on New Alumni Center | publisher ="University Press" | date =2007-02-15 | url =http://media.www.upressonline.com/media/storage/paper518/news/2007/02/15/ExclusivelyOnline/Fau-Breaks.Ground.On.New.Alumni.Center-2722130.shtml
accessdate =2007-07-16
] The Boca campus also houses a number of other programs, including the A.D. Henderson University School, FAU High School, one of two Florida Atlantic Research Parks, and the Lifelong Learning Society.

Jupiter – John D. MacArthur Campus

In addition to the Boca campus in southern Palm Beach County, Florida Atlantic operates a campus in northern Palm Beach County, in Jupiter. The John D. MacArthur Campus, named after businessman and philanthropist John D. MacArthur, was established in 1999 to serve residents of central and northern Palm Beach and southern Martin Counties. The MacArthur Campus occupies 45 acres (0.18 km²), upon which are eight classroom and office buildings, a library, a 500-seat auditorium, two residence halls, a dining hall, museum building, and utility plant.cite web | title =About FAU at Jupiter | publisher =Florida Atlantic University | url =http://wise.fau.edu/jupiter/about-fau/ | accessdate =2007-07-08] The MacArthur Campus also houses the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and Scripps Florida. The campus serves approximately 1,435 students, or 5% of the university's student body.

Broward County campuses

Dania Beach – SeaTech

The Dania Beach Campus, also known as SeaTech, was founded in 1997 as a state-funded Type II research center.cite web | title = Dania Beach Campus | publisher =Florida Atlantic University | url =http://wise.fau.edu/broward/daniabeach/ | accessdate =2007-06-24] The institute is part of Florida Atlantic’s Department of Ocean Engineering. The campus is located on 8 acres (0.03 km²) of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. SeaTech is home to university faculty and students engaged in sponsored ocean engineering research and development in the areas of acoustics, marine vehicles, hydrodynamics and physical oceanography, marine materials and nanocomposites. The Dania Beach Campus serves approximately 45 students, roughly 0.17% of the university's total student body.


The Davie Campus of Florida Atlantic University was established in 1990 on 38 acres (0.15 km²) of land in western Broward County.cite web | title = Davie Campus | publisher =Florida Atlantic University | url =http://wise.fau.edu/broward/davie/ | accessdate =2007-06-24] The campus features a multi-story student union with offices for student government and student organizations, a multipurpose area and student lounge, a bookstore, and cafeteria.cite press release | title =FAU Constructs Student Union at Davie Campus | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: University Communications and Marketing | date =2007-05-07 | url =http://www.fau.edu/communications/mediarelations/Releases0507/050706.php | accessdate =2007-07-10] The union also contains a student health center that provides medical services and health counseling. The campus serves approximately 3,536 students, or 13% of the Florida Atlantic student body, making it the university's second largest campus. Davie is also the home of "environmental research initiatives focused on Everglades restoration."cite web | title = About FAU in Broward | publisher =Florida Atlantic University | url =http://wise.fau.edu/broward/about.php | accessdate =2007-06-24]

Fort Lauderdale

The university has two locations in Fort Lauderdale, both of which are considered part of one Fort Lauderdale campus. The Commercial Boulevard and Las Olas Boulevard Campuses offer courses in business, computer arts, architecture, urban and regional planning, criminal justice, social work, journalism, and public administration.cite web | title = Fort Lauderdale Campus | publisher =Florida Atlantic University | url =http://wise.fau.edu/broward/fortlauderdale/ | accessdate =2007-06-24] The campuses are home to approximately 642 students or 2% of the university's student body.

t. Lucie County campuses

Port. St. Lucie – Treasure Coast Campus

Located in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the Treasure Coast Campus of Florida Atlantic University operates through a partnership with Indian River Community College (IRCC). Since the 1970s, the university has been operating on the Treasure Coast in conjunction with IRCC to enable students to transition from an associate's degree to undergraduate and graduate degrees.cite web | title =About FAU on the Treasure Coast | publisher =Florida Atlantic University | url =http://www.fau.edu/psl/overview.php | accessdate =2007-07-09]

Florida Atlantic purchased 50 acres (0.2 km²) of land in Port. St. Lucie in 1994. The university operated in the existing infrastructure for eight years before joining with Indian River Community College to open a joint-use facility. Both institutions continue to operate out of this convert|100000|sqft|m2|sing=on facility. The Treasure Coast Campus currently serves approximately 778 students, or 3% of the university's student body.

Fort Pierce – HBOI

In addition to the Treasure Coast Campus, Florida Atlantic University operates a campus in Fort Pierce. Harbor Branch merged with the university in 2007 to become the HBOI at FAU. The Florida Legislature allocated $44 million for the university to acquire the institution and its 600 acre (2.4 km²) campus.cite news | last =Reed | first =Charlie | title =Work begins on merger plan for Harbor Branch and FAU | publisher = "Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers" | date =2007-05-17 | accessdate = 2007-05-27 ] cite news | last =Bierman | first =Noah | title =Harbor Branch institute becoming part of Florida Atlantic University | publisher = "Herald-Tribune" | date =2007-06-18 | url =http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20070618/NEWS/706180563 | accessdate = 2007-07-09]


Florida Atlantic's 18 varsity sports teams, the Owls, compete in the NCAA's Division I Sun Belt Conference. The university's athletics program began in 1979, when Florida Atlantic first started sponsoring intercollegiate teams.cite press release | title =FAU Inducts Seven into Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame | publisher = Florida Atlantic University: FAU Athletics | date =2006-10-27 | url =http://fausports.cstv.com/genrel/100906aaa.html | accessdate =2007-07-12] Since then, the university has worked to expand the quality of its intercollegiate program by attracting coaches such as Howard Schnellenberger, Matt Doherty, and Rex Walters. In 2006, the athletic department was ranked 79th in the nation by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Along with "USA Today" and the United States Sports Academy, NACDA recognized the university for its Division I athletic programs and accomplishments."cite press release | title =University MRI Continues Commitment with FAU Football | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: University Communications and Marketing | date =2006-08-02 | url =http://www.fau.edu/communications/mediarelations/Releases0806/080602.php | accessdate =2007-07-12] This ranking placed Florida Atlantic in the top 24% of 326 NCAA Division I universities.

In 2007, the Florida Atlantic football team beat Troy University in the final game of regular season play to become Sun Belt Co-Champions and receive an invitation to the New Orleans Bowl. As a result, in just the seventh year of the football program's history, and the third year playing in Division I, Florida Atlantic set NCAA records by both becoming the youngest program ever to receive an invitation to, and win, a bowl game.cite news | last =Hutton | first =Ted | title =Owls bowl-bound | publisher ="South Florida Sun-Sentinel" | date =2007-12-02 | accessdate =2007-12-04] cite news | last =Shain | first =Jeff | title =Florida Atlantic secures its first bowl berth | publisher ="The Kansas City Star" | date =2007-12-01 | accessdate =2007-12-04] cite news | last =Hutton| first =Ted| title =FAU storms to victory in New Orleans Bowl | publisher ="Orlando Sentinel"| date =2007-12-22| accessdate =2008-07-10 | url =http://www.dailypress.com/topic/orl-fau2207dec22,0,6813064.story]

In past seasons the Owls have garnered a number of accolades for their accomplishments. During the 2006–2007 season, the men's basketball team was noted as "one of the Sun Belt Conference's top offensive teams," with a "scary offense" that earned it the reputation of the "best shooting team in the conference."cite news | last =Shugart | first =Kim | title =Jaguars seek to rebound against high-scoring FAU | publisher =Alabama Live LLC. | date =2007-02-21 | accessdate =2007-07-12] The baseball team was also recognized by the NCAA as ranking in the Top 10 in five team categories. The team was also ranked third in the nation in home runs per game (1.66) and in slugging percentage (.563).cite news | title =Baseball Ranks High in NCAA Stats | publisher =CSTV Networks, Inc. | date =2007-04-11 | url =http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/stories/041107acy.html | accessdate =2007-07-12]


Since the inception of the athletics program, a number of sports-related traditions and school spirit organizations have been started at the university. One new practice that is intended to become tradition is "Bury the Burrow in Red," which calls for Florida Atlantic students to wear as much red as possible and fill the Burrow, the university's multi-purpose arena, during the annual basketball game between Florida Atlantic and nearby Florida International University (FIU).cite web | title =Minutes for February 15, 2007 | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Student Government Association | url =http://sga.fau.edu/download_pdf.php?form=15_february_200_1178049306.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate =2007-07-15] The official spirit group supporting Florida Atlantic athletics is the "prOWLers." The group began in February 2002 to support the men's basketball program during the team’s run for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. The group is funded by the Student Alumni Association, and can now be found at most sporting events cheering for Florida Atlantic.cite web | title =prOWLers - The rowdiest students at FAU | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Athletics Department | url =http://fausports.cstv.com/trads/prowlers.html | accessdate =2007-07-15]

Another traditional competition between Florida Atlantic and Florida International is the annual Shula Bowl. This intercollegiate football game is named after legendary coach Don Shula; the game originates from the fact that both head coaches, Florida Atlantic's Howard Schnellenberger and former Florida International coach Don Strock, worked under Shula at some point during their careers. As a home game, the competition takes place at Dolphin Stadium; as an away game, the bowl is played at FIU Stadium in Miami.

tudent life

Residential life

Residential housing at Florida Atlantic University is available on the Boca Raton and John D. MacArthur campuses. The university requires "all full-time freshman students to live in university housing," however, "exceptions are made for a number of reasons including residing with a parent or legal guardian within a convert|50|mi|km|sing=on commutable distance from the campus, a student being 21 years of age, or if a student is married."cite web | title = Frequently Asked Questions | publisher = Florida Atlantic University: Department of Housing and Residential Life | url =http://www.fau.edu/housing/FAQ.html | accessdate = 2007-06-14] As of 2007, 2,406 students (9% of the university body) live on-campus in Boca Raton.cite web | title =On-Campus Housing | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analysis | url =http://iea.fau.edu/factbk/house07.htm | accessdate =2007-10-09] The Wilkes Honors College on the MacArthur Campus requires all students live on-campus within its two residence halls, however, exceptions are made for students who are 26 years of age, married, or have dependent children.cite web | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College | title= Residential Life| url =http://www.fau.edu/divdept/honcol/residential.htm | accessdate =2007-10-11] cite web | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College | title= Your New Home | url =http://www.fau.edu/divdept/honcol/residential_brochure.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate =2007-10-11] As of 2007, there are 285 students (1% of the student body) residing on-campus at the honors college.cite web | title =Mac Facts | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: John D. MacArthur Campus | url =http://www.fau.edu/jupiter/about-fau/mac-facts.php | accessdate =2007-10-11]

Boca Raton's main on-campus housing facilities are: Algonquin Hall (opened 1965), Heritage Park Towers (opened 2004), Indian River Towers (opened 2001), and Glades Park Towers (opened 2007) which is a dormitory for freshmen nearly identical to Heritage Park Towers.cite web | title =Joint Audit and Finance/Strategic Planning Committee | publisher =FAU Board of Trustees | date =2007-06-13 | url =http://www.fau.edu/bot/files/061307_AFSPA-1.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate =2007-06-24] The university also offers upper-division undergraduate and graduate student housing in the Village Student Apartments, and a Business and Professional Women's Scholarship House for women with a strong academic background.cite web | title = Business and Professional Women's Scholarship House Program Application Packet | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Department of Housing and Residential Life | url =http://wise.fau.edu/housing/BPWapplication2007.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate = 2007-06-14] cite web | title = Welcome Home | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Department of Housing and Residential Life | url =http://www.fau.edu/housing/housingbroch07.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate = 2007-06-14] As part of the first phase of the Innovation Village project, Florida Atlantic has approved the construction of a 600 bed apartment-style housing facility for upperclassmen, graduate, and medical students. The facility is scheduled to open in 2009.cite web | title =BT-651 Innovation Village Apartments Phase I | publisher = Florida Atlantic University Architect & Vice President for Facilities | date =2007-11-20 | format = PDF | url =http://www.fau.edu/facilities/uavp/programs-folder/600_Bed_Innov_Village_Program_for_Signiture_11.20.07.pdf | accessdate =2008-02-25]

Within its existing residential life programs, Florida Atlantic offers a number of Learning Communities for freshman and students with similar interests and concentrations. Participants meet people with similar interests, live on the same floor and take courses with others in their community, while receiving additional guidance related to those interests.cite web | title =Becoming a Part of the Community: Living Learning Communities | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Department of Housing and Residential Life | url =http://www.fau.edu/retention/2007-08LLCBrochure.pdf | format = PDF |accessdate =2007-07-09] The university's Learning Community programs are divided into two categories, Freshman Learning Communities and Living Learning Communities. The freshman program offers 16 different concentrations, including business, nursing, and education. The Living program offers six concentrations for students residing in the Heritage Park Towers dormitory, including engineering and computer science and a Women's Leadership program.

The university's Department of Housing and Residential Life and the university's Greeks sponsor a program for freshman and other students returning to Florida Atlantic in the fall semester. This program, called the "Weeks of Welcome", spans 11 days and all campuses, and works to acclimate students with university life and to build a good on-campus community.cite news | last =Reil | first =Quinn | title =Welcome Weeks at FAU offer fun for new students | publisher ="University Press" | date =2003-09-11 | url =http://media.www.upressonline.com/media/storage/paper518/news/2003/09/11/News/Welcome.Weeks.At.Fau.Offer.Fun.For.New.Students-461664.shtml
accessdate =2007-07-22
] On each day, a number of different events are scheduled, including Hall Wars, which are athletic competitions between dormitories; Luaus, and a number of other events.cite news | title =Weeks of welcome: What's happening on your campus | publisher ="University Press" | date =2004-08-12 | url =http://media.www.upressonline.com/media/storage/paper518/news/2004/08/12/WhatsUpevents/Weeks.Of.Welcome-701802.shtml | accessdate =2007-07-22] The Weeks of Welcome is the second largest campus-wide event held by Florida Atlantic.

Campus organizations and activities

For the 2006–2007 academic year, Florida Atlantic had approximately 150 registered student organizations. Among the student organizations are 40 academic organizations, 19 honor societies, 18 spiritual/religious organizations, 16 diversity-appreciation organizations, 5 service organizations, 25 personal interest organizations, 12 sports clubs, and 7 student government agencies. These clubs and organizations run the gamut from sailing to Ultimate Frisbee, from varsity and club sports and a jazz group to a pottery guild, from political organizations to chess and video game clubs.cite web | title =2006–2007 Registered Club List | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Student Development & Activities | url =http://wise.fau.edu/sda/clubs/clubs_index.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate =2007-07-14] These organizations are funded by student tuition, from which $10.00 per credit hour goes toward an activities and service fee fund. This generates approximately $5.8 million that is then given to student government for allocation to student clubs and organizations. The student government also finances other student life programs, including career fairs, the "University Press", Owl TV and Owl Radio, and Homecoming.cite web | title =A&S Fee Funded | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: University Wide Council | url =http://sga.fau.edu/uwc/funding.php | accessdate =2007-07-14]

Florida Atlantic's homecoming, also known as the "Owl Prowl," is celebrated annually in the fall semester. Events occur mainly on the Boca Raton Campus, but a number of other campuses host their own events as well. In the past, homecoming has had kickoff parties, costumed dances, bonfires, comedy shows, alumni events and dinners, a golf cart parade, and tailgating.cite news | title =Some traditions continued, new ones started | publisher ="University Press" | date =2004-11-25| url =http://media.www.upressonline.com/media/storage/paper518/news/2004/11/25/CoverStory/Owl-Prowl.2004-815187.shtml?sourcedomain=www.upressonline.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com
accessdate =2007-07-15
] cite news | last =Boyet | first =Michele | title =Homecoming Listings | publisher ="University Press" | date =2006-10-19
url =http://media.www.upressonline.com/media/storage/paper518/news/2006/10/19/CoverStory/Homecoming.Listings-2372548.shtml?sourcedomain=www.upressonline.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com | accessdate =2007-07-15
] cite news | title =Student Government Page | publisher ="University Press" | date =2006-11-09 | url =http://media.www.upressonline.com/media/storage/paper518/news/2006/11/09/StudentGovernment/Student.Government.Page-2444958.shtml?sourcedomain=www.upressonline.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com | accessdate =2007-07-15]

Greek life

Florida Atlantic is home to 20 chapters of national fraternities and sororities. These organizations provide academic motivation, forums for education on various life issues, and philanthropy and service to the community; contribute to the campuses through participation in campus life; and foster opportunities for people with similar values to engage in friendship.cite web | title =Mission Statement | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Office of Greek Life | url =http://wise.fau.edu/student/greek/mission_statement.htm | accessdate =2007-07-22] There are eleven fraternities and nine sororities active at Florida Atlantic, whose membership accounts for approximately four percent of the university's student body.cite news | last =Blanchett | first =Jordan | title =Greeks Ask: Where Have all the 'Rushers' Gone? | publisher ="University Press" | date =2007-01-08 | url =http://media.www.upressonline.com/media/storage/paper518/news/2007/01/18/ExclusivelyOnline/Greeks.Ask.Where.Have.All.The.rushers.Gone-2670580.shtml
accessdate =2007-07-22
] There are currently no on-campus Greek houses. Although the 2006 Boca Raton Campus master plan has a site-map and a goal for eight Greek houses to be built within three years, to date there are no plans for the construction of housing in the immediate future.cite web | title =Campus Master Plan | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: University Architect | url =http://www.fau.edu/facilities/uavp/masterplans-folder/bocaraton-mp-folder/Boca-MP-GOPs-Figures-Draft-100506/FIG_-_Executive_Summary.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate =2007-07-22] cite web | title =Future Housing Locations | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: University Architect | url =http://www.fau.edu/facilities/uavp/masterplans-folder/bocaraton-mp-folder/Boca-MP-GOPs-Figures-Draft-100506/FIG_-_Element_7_-_Housing.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate =2007-07-22]

The highpoint of Greek life at Florida Atlantic is "Greek Week." This event is held annually during the spring semester, and showcases a number of themed competitions between the university's Greek organizations. In 2007, the theme was "countries," and the competitions were flag football, skit night, tug-of-war, a Greek spirit competition, a talent show, and a Greek Awards Banquet.cite web | title =Florida Atlantic University: Greek Week Policies and Procedures | publisher =Florida Atlantic University: Greek Life | url =http://wise.fau.edu/student/greek/docs/greek_week_handbook.pdf | format = PDF |accessdate =2007-07-31]

Notable professors and alumni

Florida Atlantic University has awarded more than 100,000 degrees to more than 95,000 alumni worldwide since its opening. Alumni hold a variety of positions and jobs throughout the world. Some notable Florida Atlantic alumni are R. David Paulison, the head of the United States' Federal Emergency Management Agency; and current university President Frank T. Brogan, a former Lieutenant Governor of Florida. [cite web | title = R. David Paulison: Director and Under Secretary for Federal Emergency Management | publisher = Federal Emergency Management Agency | url = http://www.fema.gov/about/bios/rpaulison.shtm | accessdate = 2007-10-09] [cite web | title = President's Biography | publisher = Florida Atlantic University - Office of the President | url = http://www.fau.edu/president/biography.php | accessdate = 2006-11-26] Charles Ghigna, also known as "Father Goose," is a poet, children's author, and nationally syndicated writer. [cite web | title = CHARLES GHIGNA PAPERS
publisher = The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection: The University of Southern Mississippi | url = http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/html/research/findaids/DG1054f.html | accessdate =2008-03-30
] Judith Ortiz Cofer is an acclaimed Puerto Rican author whose works span a range of literary genres including poetry, short stories, and essays. [cite web | title = Judith Ortiz Cofer - Complete Vita | publisher = Judith Ortiz Cofer | url = http://www.english.uga.edu/~jcofer/vita.html | accessdate = 2006-12-20] Other alumni are Chris Carrabba, the lead singer of the band Dashboard Confessional; and Phil Zimmermann, the creator of Pretty Good Privacy. [cite web | last = Mueller | first = Walt | title = Dashboard Confessional: Youth culture sings along with Chris | publisher = Center for Parent/Youth Understanding | url = http://www.cpyu.org/Page.aspx?id=77111 | accessdate = 2007-10-09] [cite web | last = Zimmermann | first = Phil | title = Philip Zimmermann's Home Page | publisher = Phil Zimmermann & Associates LLC | url = http://www.philzimmermann.com | accessdate = 2006-11-25] Entertainers Mary Carey, a pornographic actress and former candidate for Governor of California, and prop comedian Carrot Top also attended the university. [cite news | title =Reality TV show to feature porn stars | publisher =MSNBC.com | date =2006-05-04 | url =http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12631189/ | accessdate =2007-10-12] [cite web | title = ENTERTAINER DETAIL: Carrot Top | publisher = NationalActs.com | url = http://www.nationalacts.com/comedians/carrot_top.htm | accessdate = 2008-01-26] Alumnus and NASA astronaut Steven Swanson went to space aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis during STS-117 in June 2007. [cite web | title = Astronaut Bio: Steven R. Swanson | publisher = NASA | url = http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/swanson.html | accessdate = 2007-10-09]


External links

* [http://www.fau.edu Florida Atlantic University] - Official website
* [http://www.fausports.com Florida Atlantic Athletics] - Official website
* [http://www.upressonline.com "University Press"] - Student newspaper

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