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A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Florida Atlantic University

FALL 2006






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F R O M T H E P R E S I D E N T & E D I T O R

21st Century FAU Taking Shape

Who could have imagined when FAU opened its doors in 1964 to a charter class of 867 students that

scarcely more than four decades later the University would be serving nearly 26,000 students on seven

campuses stretching from Dania Beach to Fort Pierce

Your University is breaking new ground on a host of fronts, from its innovative medical education

partnership with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to research advances that are bringing

well-deserved recognition to FAU as an important center of scientific discovery.

Major new facilities that have or will soon come on line include the second Scripps-FAU Joint-Use

Building in Jupiter, the Marine Science Building at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort

Pierce and the Paul C. Wimbish Wing of the S.E. Wimberly Library in Boca Raton. Construction of

the new Boca Raton Community Hospital, a major regional teaching facility, is expected to get under

way on FAU’s Boca Raton campus in 2008, with the grand opening anticipated in 2011. On the Davie

campus, work will soon begin on the long-awaited Student Union, and design work has been completed

to add a unifying street plaza to the FAU-BCC campus in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

As the FAU of the 21st century emerges we can all take tremendous pride in our alma mater, which

is playing an ever-broadening role in the life of South Florida.

Frank T. Brogan ’81


The Spirit of Philanthropy

It can only take a moment to make a difference in someone’s life. Maybe it’s

a smile exchanged with a passerby, a simple “thank you” or the extension of a

helping hand. Or maybe it’s something more significant, like volunteering at a

homeless shelter, getting involved in an event to raise money for charity or supporting

higher education (FAU, of course!). Sometimes we get so caught up in the

busy nature of our day-to-day lives that we forget how important these things

can be, not only in the name of humanity, but in the spirit of philanthropy.

In this issue of legacy,you will find many shining examples of how members

of the FAU community are putting their time, energy and resources into projects

that will benefit others in need, whether biking through Belarus, conducting

groundbreaking heart research, healing with music, creating a scholarship or

working to make the dreams of a child who is critically ill come true. As an alumnus, and one who has the

privilege of sharing these wonderful stories through this magazine, I continue to take pride in the humanitarian

efforts of the many members of the FAU family.

Adam Taylor ’04


FALL 2006



Adam Taylor ’04


A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Florida Atlantic University


Linda Holtz


Jane Regan

G R A P H I C D E S I G N & L AY O U T

Jennifer Tyson


St. Ives


Judy Anderson

Pat Breman

Gisele Galoustian ’81

Terry Gearing ’73, ’77

Randy Goin, Jr. ’00, ’02

Aileen Izquierdo

Lynn Laurenti ’66

Elfriede Lynch ’76

Cara Perry

Gregg Sekscienski

on our cover

Robert Keller ’05

in Belarus,

pictured here

with a child

from a nearby




Dr. Lawrence F. Davenport

Executive Vice President, University Advancement

Executive Director, FAU Foundation, Inc.


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2 Imprints

FAU’s own race car, a new academic

college, saving seagrass and more.

6 Biking in Belarus

Bringing relief and hope to the people of Belarus.

10 New Hope for the Broken Hearted

Dr. Larry Lemanski and cardiac muscle research.

12 Taking the LEAD

Celebrating 40 years of educational leadership.

14 Owl Notes

Class notes, owls in print,

in memoriam and more.

21 Philanthropy

Spotlight on Romeo Joseph,

the G.O.L.D. program and more.

25 Inspiring Students

to Reach New Heights

Cecelia and Bill James create a new

FAU scholarship.

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For a first-year effort, FAU’s chapter of the Society

of Automotive Engineers (SAE) made an impressive

start with its Formula race car at the 2006

Formula SAE race, an annual four-day event held

in May at the Ford Proving Grounds in Romeo,

Michigan. The 12-member team of FAU engineering

students built the car on a shoestring budget

and competed against 140 entries from universities

throughout the U.S. and from several other


In a competition where more than half the cars

are unable to complete all seven events, the FAU

car finished in every category, including endurance/

economy, autocross, skid/pad, acceleration, presentation,

cost and design. FAU placed 53rd in the

overall competition and 41st in the 22-lap, 13.6

mile endurance race and received the FSAE Certificate

of Accomplishment.

The concept behind the Formula SAE competition

is that a fictional manufacturing company has

contracted a student design team to develop a

Formula-style race car. Each team designs, builds

and tests a prototype based on a series of rules

established by the SAE, including specific guidelines

addressing on-track safety. The project promotes

problem-solving and encompasses all aspects

of a business, including research, design,

manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing,

management and fundraising. Formula SAE, one of

the largest and most competitive engineering competitions,

has gained the respect of the automotive

industry as well as professional race teams.

While in Michigan, the team also toured the Lake

Orion Pontiac G-6 assembly plant and attended a

reception with FAU alumni from the area and special

guest Ed Peper, general manager of Chevrolet.

With the experience of their first race now behind

them, the students, led by team captain Jason

Bivens, are currently at work on FAU’s entry for

the Formula SAE race in 2007.

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FAU’s Newest College

Paves theWay for

Advancement in Medical Education






IN TOP 24%

The National Association of Collegiate

Directors of Athletics, in conjunction with

USA Today and the United States Sports

Academy, recently recognized the success of

FAU’s athletics program, ranking it 79th

among 326 NCAA Division I universities. This

places FAU in the top 24 percent nationally.

A former member of the Atlantic Sun Conference,

FAU moved into the Sun Belt Conference

and the Atlantic Soccer Conference

(men only) this fall. FAU was the only school

in either conference to be listed in the nation’s

top-100. Among Division I institutions in Florida,

FAU was listed fourth (The University of

Florida was ranked no. 5, Florida State no. 17

and the University of Miami no. 42). FAU’s

no. 79 ranking is reflective of FAU’s five conference

championships in 2005-06. FAU was

one of eight institutions that captured five or

more conference titles in women’s sports –

volleyball, women’s soccer, women’s basketball,

swimming and softball.

FAU has developed a ninth academic college – the Charles E. Schmidt

College of Biomedical Science. The new entity will house the existing biomedical

science faculty in two departments, the Department of Basic Biomedical

Science and the Department of Clinical Science, which will support

the medical education program of the University of Miami Miller School of

Medicine (UMMSM) at FAU. “As FAU further strengthens its biomedical

research focus and fully develops the new four-year UMMSM regional campus,

the development of the new college provides us with the infrastructure

needed to become a major academic health science center,” said Dr.

Michael Friedland, vice president of medical programs and new dean of the

Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science. This new college joins

FAU’s eight other academic colleges: the Charles E. Schmidt College of

Science; the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; the College of Architecture,

Urban and Public Affairs; the College of Business; the College of Education;

the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the Dorothy F. Schmidt

College of Arts and Letters; and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.

BELOW: Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, FAU Boca Raton Campus

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Uncovering Lost Civilizations

AT LEFT: Students conducting field work TOP: Manteno face artifact BOTTOM, LEFT: Student relaxing in hammock BOTTOM, RIGHT: View of nearby coastline

Journeying through time, cultural anthropology students uncover

lost civilizations through the FAU Ecuador Field Programs in

Archaeology and Ethnology. For those interested in contemporary

community studies, the ethnology curriculum of the program

also has much to offer.

This international field study summer program, one of the few of

its kind granted national U.S. accreditation, is made available to

students from FAU and around the world by the Dorothy F. Schmidt

College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Anthropology. Coastal

Ecuador’s southern province of Manabi, an area overlooked by many

researchers, serves as the focal point for the FAU field study. Home

base is a small fishing village ideally located to allow students and

faculty to travel to nearby excavation sites in Salango, Rio Chico

and El Pital.

“Since 1997 we have been scientifically studying this area and

have had great success,” says Dr. Michael Harris, associate professor

and department chair. “FAU’s Ecuador Field School, one of the

only such programs set in South America, sees an enrollment of

approximately 15 to 25 students each summer. Half of the group

is comprised of FAU students, while others come from such institutions

as the University of Chicago, New York University, Wellesley

College, The University of Texas and the University of California.

There is also student representation from Great Britain, New Zealand,

the Netherlands and South America.”

Students learn how to observe their surroundings, record their findings

and apply anthropological methodology and theory as they dig

out and examine artifacts and ancient structures, and draw conclusions

about the way past cultures lived and present societies function.

“Our work has resulted in unearthing important habitation and

ceremonial sites including the remains of a stone settlement and ancient

shell processing building in El Pital,” says Valentina Martinez,

Harris’ academic colleague at FAU and partner in marriage. “Our

discoveries serve as significant proof of a once technologically

complex and well-organized urban center where people made use of

natural resources. One student discovered a subspecies of the

Capuchin monkey. By venturing into this previously unexplored

Amazon-like region, FAU has advanced as an institution committed

to the study of complex human cultures.”

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Dr. Marguerite Koch-Rose and Her Commitment to a Dying Breed


Home to an estimated 2.7 million acres of seagrass meadows,

Florida’s coastal waters face a harsh reality — the flowering

underwater vegetation is becoming stressed which is

leading to frequent large-scale die-off events. These mass

mortality events in coastal seagrass communities are a global

phenomenon occurring in Florida Bay as well as the Mediterranean

Sea. Leading the charge to understand the factors driving

seagrasses to die-off is Dr. Marguerite Koch-Rose, associate

professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at

FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. She has dedicated

much of her professional career to studying seagrass and

other marine habitat-forming ecosystems such as mangrove

swamps and salt marshes. Like an unrelenting detective in

search of a case-breaking clue, Koch is racing against time

to determine exactly what has been threatening the existence

of the seagrass community in Florida Bay since the problem

was first recognized in the early 1990s.

While unsuited to grow on land, Florida seagrasses thrive in

coastal bays, lagoons and around coral reefs increasing the biocomplexity

of these ecosystems. Seagrass beds, with their

biodiverse residents of marine species, are the aquatic version

of tropical rainforests in terms of their productivity. In

addition to high productivity, seagrasses stabilize bottom sediments,

process unwanted nutrients and create a nursery

ground for juvenile fish and shellfish. One acre of seagrass

can be the habitat and feeding source for more than 40,000

fish and 50 million small invertebrates. Without seagrass,

Florida’s water clarity will be compromised, an important

food supply for fish and marine mammals diminished and

fish, crustaceans and shellfish will have no place to live,

breed and reproduce. Loss of this habitat would have serious

economical impacts on coastal fisheries and tourism.

In an effort to pinpoint what is challenging the seagrass

community, Koch and her colleagues have isolated and cultured

seagrass plants in 500-liter tanks located at the Gumbo Limbo

Environmental Complex in Boca Raton. These tanks allow Koch

to conduct experiments on seagrass and its tolerance to multiple

stressors including the interaction between salinity and

high water temperatures. Her experiments at Gumbo Limbo

and in the field indicate that the die-off conditions that so

seriously threaten seagrass are linked to low oxygen levels.

Koch earned her Ph.D. at the Rosenstiel School of Marine

and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the University of Miami.

At FAU, she teaches marine botany, coastal ecology and scientific

communications. Her research has garnered much

interest and support from the state of Florida and has earned

FAU a reputation as a great place to study marine ecology.

Without seagrass,

Florida’s water clarity will be

compromised, an important

food supply for fish and marine

mammals diminished and

fish, crustaceans and shellfish

will have no place to live,

breed and reproduce.

ABOVE: Dr. Koch-Rose conducting an

experiment at Gumbo Limbo in Boca Raton

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Traveling halfway around the world, five members of the Florida

Atlantic University community were part of a humanitarian effort

that brought relief and hope to the people of Belarus. Ravaged by the

after effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power station accident, Belarus is

one of the poorest nations in Europe. Although once part of the former Soviet

Union, Belarus remains an essentially communist system with little free enterprise.

Isolated from Western cultures, Belarusians are initially wary of strangers,

particularly those who are English speaking. It is not surprising that the FAU

group, five of 100 bicycle riders that comprised the Bike2Belarus initiative, was

met with suspicious stares as they began their 200-mile bike journey in the capital


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city of Minsk. But that all changed when

the Belarusians learned of the group’s

mission. By the end of the trek, when the

cyclists reached Gomel, the city closest to

the still irradiated area known as the

“Exclusion Zone,” they were greeted

with smiles, cheers and an outpouring of


>> R O B K E L L E R ‘05


Bike2Belarus is a directive of a non-profit organization

based in Ireland called Students 10K. Founded six years ago

by Joe McGrath, a professor at the Dublin Institute of Technology,

and adopted by “United Students of Ireland,” Students

10K is dedicated, year round, to raising money to buy

medical supplies and equipment for the Belarusian victims

of Chernobyl through events and walk-a-thons. A collegial

friendship between McGrath and FAU Associate Professor

of Marketing and International Business Mike Mullen developed

when Mullen spent a semester in 2005 as a Fulbright

Scholar at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Mullen

was won over by McGrath’s passionate enthusiasm for the

project, as were College of Business faculty member Barbara

Conte and MBA alumnus Robert Keller ’05, both who

were part of a summer study program organized by Mullen.

As plans to culminate fundraising efforts with a June 2006

bike trip to Belarus began to formulate, Mullen and Conte,

upon returning to Florida, were determined to find students

at FAU who might want to donate their time and money

by participating in this worthy cause.

As Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity advisor, Conte

pledged to find students who would be willing to travel to

Belarus and even helped to provide these students with the

funds to make the trip a reality. The Boca Raton Senate of

the FAU Student Government also contributed more than

$6,000 for the trip. Before very long Conte had commitments

from Geno Roefaro, a sophomore majoring in small

business and entrepreneurship, Christina Rodrigues, a junior

in both the College of Business and the Dorothy F.

Schmidt College of Arts and Letters pursuing a double major

in marketing/advertising and news broadcasting, and Shiva

Maraj ’06, now an alumnus, who had a triple major in the

College of Business in finance, real estate and marketing.

Robert Keller, a field engineer in West Palm Beach with Rey-

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nolds, Smith and Hills, CS, Incorporated, also decided to

join the group.

Meeting their Irish counterparts, the FAU team, the only

Americans represented, felt very much a part of the group.

After all, they shared a common goal in their willingness to

help in spite of dangerous conditions. “We were all taking a

risk and it was scary to go to a place that we knew very little

about,” says Rodrigues.“But this was something I had to do.”

A vigorous daily schedule of riding, made more challenging

by the fact that the bikes had no gears or hand breaks,

took the group from Minsk to their destination of Gomel

in four days. Friendships forged between the members of

the FAU group and what they saw along the way was life

altering. “Poverty set against a gloomy, grey landscape. It was

pretty depressing,” says Roefaro. “At first people did not seem

very friendly but we became ‘celebrity like’ when the word

spread about why we were there. Before too long we were

welcomed at every town by its mayor and a traditional bread

cake.” What awaited the participants in Gomel was even

more moving as they were introduced to the sad reality of


nuclear fallout.

“Arriving in Gomel was heart-wrenching on the grand

scale,” says Keller, remembering a tour of an orphanage and

children’s hospital.“Disfigurement, blindness, birth defects

and cancer are rampant and the child victims were not even

born when the accident occurred.”

Ultimately, the bike trip raised about a quarter of a million

dollars for Belarus, which was matched by the Irish

government. The money will be used to help build a hospice

facility and a new orphanage for children. “What a

human experience this has been,” says Mullen. “Americans

once vilified by this country are now seen in a positive light,

thanks to our FAU ambassadors.”

For Maraj, the trip was eye opening. “I loved being able to

make a difference. What I saw made me appreciate how lucky

I am,” he says. “I remember seeing a child who was a double

amputee. Instead of being upset he was positive and full of


“The experience of going there was so much more moving

than if I had helped in any other way,” says Keller. “It


I M A G E S F R O M T O P L E F T ( C L O C KW I S E ) : Robert Keller ‘05 with a child from a Belarusian orphanage; (from left) Geno Roefaro, Christina

Rodrigues, Shiva Maraj ’06; Belarusian girls presenting a gift of bread to the bikers; (from left) Dr. Mike Mullen, Robert Keller ’05, John Myer;

A church in Gomel

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B Y G I S E L E G A L O U S T I A N ’ 81



For more than 25 years, Dr. Larry Lemanski, a prolific researcher

and FAU’s vice president for research, has been studying ways to

regenerate damaged cardiac tissue. His research has focused on

understanding the mechanisms that regulate myocardial(heart muscle

mass) cell differentiation and myofibrillogenesis (the process by which

proteins in the heart are changed into heart muscle cells) in the developing

heart. Lemanski’s goal is to use these findings to repair human

heart myocardial deficiencies which are caused by either congenital heart

defects or heart attacks.

“When an individual has a heart attack with a significant

region of the heart muscle damaged, recovery to pre-heart

attack levels is rarely achieved,” says Lemanski. “Strategies

to regenerate damaged cardiac tissue could be significant in

the treatment of cardiovascular disease.” Adult heart muscle

cells lack the ability to regenerate following injury because

of terminal differentiation. The number of cells in a human

heart is determined at birth and once damaged, the cells

cannot repair themselves.

Lemanski and his research colleagues have been looking

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(A) Normal axolotl (salamander) embryonic heart

cultured in a solution and stained for a protein

called tropomyosin. Tropomyosin is a component

of heart muscle myofibrils. Substantial tropomyosin

staining is evident here in the myofibrils (the

functional contractile units in cardiac muscle).

(B) Mutant axolotl embryonic heart cultured in a

solution and stained for tropomyosin. There is very

little staining for tropomyosin as compared to a

normal heart showing a lack of muscle organization

in mutant hearts.

(C) Mutant embryonic heart cultured in a solution

containing normal Myofibril Inducing RNA (MIR).

Tropomyosin is abundant in these hearts which

shows organization of myofibrils due to MIR treatment.

MIR was able to rescue the mutant hearts

causing the formation of myofibrils and the initiation

of beating.


FAU and Scripps Florida

Creating Good Chemistry

FAU and Scripps Florida have entered into joint research

and education agreements to support and promote activities

in the areas of biomedical science and related fields.

There are several research collaborations underway between

FAU and Scripps Florida that cover the areas of cancer,

diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including a joint collaboration

with Dr. Larry Lemanski and Scripps Florida’s

Dr. Claes Wahlestedt,professor,department of biochemistry

and director of neuroscience discovery. Drs. Lemanski and

Wahlestedt will be working jointly to examine heart cell

differentiation and regulation of synthesis of contractile

proteins within cardiac muscle cells to help identify the

biological factors that induce this differentiation, with

the ultimate goal of developing therapies to reduce and

restore the function of cardiac muscle damaged due to

heart attacks or congenital heart defects.

at the cellular, molecular and genetic signals that affect heart

cell differentiation and regulation of the synthesis of contractile

proteins within cardiac muscle cells that allow the

cells to contract. Identifying the biological factors that induce

this differentiation would be a major step forward in

the development of therapies.

Observing cardiac mutant Mexican axolotls (salamanders),

Lemanski and his colleagues identified a major protein

that was deficient in the salamander hearts. This deficiency

prevented the organization of myofibrils (contractile

machinery) in the salamander heart and its ability to beat.

Based on these findings, they were able to show that this

mutant defect could be rescued by treatment with specific

and unique RNA (ribonucleic acid) derived from the anterior

endoderm (gut) of normal animal model embryos.

Lemanski termed this patent-pending discovery as

“myofibrillogenesis inducing RNA” or MIR. Additional

studies have shown that humans have a similar, most likely

identical, mechanism as the salamanders, for the formation

of functional contracting heart muscle cells.

“Taken into the clinical setting, a human version of this

MIR may allow patients who have suffered from heart

attacks to have the areas scarred by the attacks replaced with

new cardiac muscle,”says Lemanski.“This treatment would

therefore enable these patients to return to pre-heart attack

activity levels. In addition, children who are born with congenital

heart defects could perhaps have their hearts repaired

without a series of invasive surgical operations by re-growing

cardiac muscle in the diseased areas.”

Lemanski’s research has received major funding from the

National Institutes of Health as well as from the American

Heart Association, Florida Affiliate.

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taking the LEAD

C E L E B R AT I N G 4 0 Y E A R S O F E XC E L L E N C E



In her 23-year tenure at FAU, Dr. Mary Gray has

touched and bettered the lives of thousands. Her

dedication has helped to define FAU as a premier

institution in the area of educational leadership.

By the time Gray was recruited in 1979 by FAU’s College

of Education, she had garnered a wealth of experience

in the classroom and earned her doctorate in educational

leadership from Louisiana State University. The first

woman to serve on the FAU faculty of what was then

called the department of Administration and Supervision,

Gray traveled long distances throughout FAU’s broad

service areas, often 150 miles in a single evening on unlit,

two-lane roads, in order to provide teachers and school

administrators access to post-graduate education. “Driving

from Boca Raton to Fort Pierce or beyond meant

nothing to me, as long as I was connecting with my graduate

students,” says Gray. “As an educator myself, I felt a

deep commitment to making sure the region was abundantly

stocked with well trained, highly qualified principals

and school administrators. FAU’s Educational Leadership

Program did just that.”

FAU President Frank T. Brogan ’81 has been a close

friend of Gray since he was a master’s degree student.




He subsequently formed a close working relationship with

her while he served as superintendent for the Martin

County School District. “With her professional acumen

and nurturing personality, Mary Gray is the consummate

educator – arguably, one of the finest people one could

ever know,” says Brogan. “She had a profound impact on

my life and provided me with the foundation for success.

A magnet to so many of us in the program who gained

inspiration from her encouragement, Mary was sensitive

to the personal complexities that each of her students

faced. She allowed us to dream and helped us to meet

our goals. There is no question that Mary Gray, a humble

woman who has the gift of making people feel good

about themselves, is a great representative of FAU’s past,

present and future.”

Recognized with the FAU College of Education Meritorious

Teacher Award and the Ernest O. Melby Distinguished

Service Award, Gray retired from FAU three years ago. She is

now a consultant for school systems throughout Florida, working

with new and veteran at-risk teachers by facilitating

training sessions in teaching effectiveness, personal development

and performance measurement. She and her husband,

Robert Gray, have five children, all of whom are FAU alumni.

The department of Educational Leadership was

established in FAU’s College of Education in

1966. Providing unparalleled learning opportunities

at the graduate level, the department is home to

a devoted and highly respected faculty with collective experience

in more than than 40 countries. Nearly 4,000 FAU

alumni have earned degrees in educational leadership,

with one third of all FAU doctoral recipients coming from

the department. Dedicated to seeing educational leaders

develop as professionals, the department serves the community

by collaborating with school districts, colleges and

community agencies.

Innovative research conducted by faculty and students

in this department covers a broad range of topics, offering

programs in three separate tracks. There is a program

specifically for K-12 principals and superintendents and

another for higher education administrators. The third

track develops leaders in the growing field of adult and

community education and is targeted to professionals who

coordinate programs in such areas as lifelong learning, organizational

education, continuing professional education,

adult basic education and college teaching.

In 2005, the doctoral program in educational leadership

officially became a Ph.D. program and the department

continues to thrive under the leadership of its chair,

Dr. Tony Townsend. For more information about the

program and its 40th anniversary celebration, contact

Dr. Townsend at 561.297.6771 or

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(seated, from left) Dr. Mary Gray, FAU President Frank T.

Brogan ’81, Dr. Lucy Guglielmino; (back row, from left) Dr.

Larry Decker, Dr. Don McKenzie, Dr. Tony Townsend, College

of Education Dean Gregory F. Aloia



(from left) Dr. Lucy Guglielmino, Pauline Mclean ’02, Greg

Gilbert, Janet Lucas, Terry Liddell, Keara Sodano

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Carl Hussey ’66 of West Palm Beach, FL, received the

2006 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

(IEEE) Outstanding Service award for long-standing

service to IEEE’s Region 3. Hussey works as a registered

professional engineer for the Palm Beach County

Engineering and Public Works Department. Bruce Silk

’67 of Boca Raton, FL, retired from his position as fire

chief of the Boca Raton Fire Rescue Service

Department after nearly 33 years of service. Peggy

Vanarman ’68, ’77 of Lake Worth, FL, was elected

president of the Board of Directors for Forest Hill

Community High School Environmental and Technology

Academy. Last April she received the Conservation Co-

Heart Award from Grassy Waters Nature Preserve.

Joern Curtiss ’69 of Hollywood, FL, is a master kayak

builder. The former lifeguard, surfer, sailboat racer and

artist launched his own kayak company, WoodTech,

about 10 years ago. He holds a master’s degree in fine

arts from the University of Miami and has worked as a

landscape architect. An ordained Zen priest, Curtiss

leads a weekly Zen meditation group and volunteers as

a hospital chaplain.


G. Norman Bennett ’70 of Hahira, GA, has been appointed

by the governor of Georgia to the State Personnel

Board. In 2005 Bennett retired from the position of

senior human resources director at Packaging Corporation

of America. He served on the Lowndes County Board of

Commissioners for 20 years. David Keltz ’72, of Baltimore,

MD, is an expert on Edgar Allan Poe. A working

actor, Keltz developed a one-man-show in which he

portrays the author. He has performed his show at the

Poe House and Museum in Baltimore and at a variety

of college campuses. Myles G. Cohen ’76 of Columbia,

SC, was promoted to division vice president and general

manager of Sonoco’s Global Recovered Paper in April

2006. Prior to joining Sonoco in 2003, Cohen was chief

marketing officer of Fleet Capital. His career in marketing

and sales began at Duracell, where he worked for 20

years. Sue Ice ’76 of Chiefland, FL, has been named

principal of Cedar Key School. A former assistant principal

of Chiefland High School, Ice returns to Cedar Key

School, where she had taught for 18 years and was an

administrative assistant for 16 years. Stanley Green ’77

of Broken Arrow, OK, recently retired. He and Sharon,

his wife of 41 years, are enjoying “golf-course living.” He

is the former manager of technical publications for Siemens

Energy & Automation, Inc., and is an avid FAU

football fan. William J. Oakley ’77 of Pinellas Park, FL,

has been named pastor of the First United Methodist

Church in Brooksville, FL. In addition to his FAU degree,

he earned a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University

and a doctorate in divinity from High Point University.

Valerie Shea ’77 of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was

given the 2006 Outstanding Past Voluntary Bar President

Award from the Florida Council of Bar Association

Presidents, in recognition of her contributions to the

legal profession.


Susanne Capodanno ’80 of Jupiter, FL, has been appointed

chair of the Florida Bankers Educational Foundation,

an organization that provides financial assistance

to college students who are interested in Florida banking.

Capodanno is senior vice president of U.S. Trust

Company, N.A. Kirk Die ’80 of Westchester, PA, has joined

Freddie Mac as senior vice president and general auditor.

In this new job the former MBNA executive supervises

the internal audit department of Freddie Mac, the

stockholder-owned company established by Congress to

support homeownership. He reports directly to Freddie

Mac’s chair and CEO. Lisa Bright ’81 of Delray Beach,

FL, joined the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment

Agency as its executive director. Bright, who was

previously with the Delray Beach Redevelopment Agency,

has a background that includes experience in retail real

estate and downtown redevelopment. She launched the

Milagro Center, a multicultural center in Delray Beach

designed to provide assistance to communities undergoing

change. Susan “Sue” Skemp ’81 of Washington,

DC, has been selected to serve as the executive vice

president of the American Society of Civil Engineers’

newly formed Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation.

Delores Calloway ’82 of Riviera Beach, FL, has been

named executive director of instructional services for

the Martin County School District. She will oversee curriculum,

testing, adult education and Title I services. In

more than 30 years with the district, she has held teacher

Healing with Music

and principal positions and in 2003 headed the school

improvement initiative. John Joseph Horrigan Jr. ’83 of

Boynton Beach, FL, married Eliana Raquel Ordonez Velazquez

on January 21, 2006. He is the credit manager

at Seta Corporation, Boca Raton. Steve Belgard ’84 of

Denver, CO, is the director of programming/publicity for

Starz Entertainment Group, a movie service provider that

airs more than 1,000 movies per month on pay television

channels. Some of the original documentaries on which

he has worked recently include:“Midnight Movies,”

“The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing,” “Bullets

Over Hollywood,” “Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall

of the Slasher Movie” and “Buy the Ticket, Take the

Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film.” Glen J. Romm ’84

of Alpharetta, GA, has been named market executive for

the Private Bank of Bank of America, overseeing teams

in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah, Georgia. He has 20

years of experience in the field. Fred Fromm ’85 of

Boca Raton, FL, has been named chairman, president

and CEO of nexVortex, a telecommunications service

provider with a focus on small- and medium-sized businesses.

An industry veteran with more than 33 years of

experience at the senior level, Fromm will lead the com-

A classical flutist and student in FAU’s master’s

degree program in music, Kristin Hurley

’03 serves as coordinator for the Doctors Andrew

and Bradford Ress Healing by Music Program.Thanks

to a grant from the Ress family, the

program places Hurley and fellow FAU music

students in medical settings around Palm Beach,

Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to perform

chamber concerts, creating a calming atmosphere

that is conducive to healing. The group has performed

at Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital at

Delray Medical Center, the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center

and Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton. However, it was only six years ago that Hurley

was courageously battling to regain her own health – from injuries sustained as a result

of a car accident on Interstate 95.

Severely brain-injured from the impact of the crash, her back fractured in four places,

Hurley was brought to Delray Medical Center for emergency treatment. Assessing her

condition upon admission, doctors doubted that she would ever regain consciousness.

They told Hurley’s mother that if she did beat the odds, she might never be able to

resume her former life.

“Miraculously, I am here today, fully functioning – proof that there can be life after

a closed-head trauma,” says Hurley, who, in addition to her graduate studies and work

with the Healing by Music program, is instructing burgeoning young flutists in the

public schools through an FAU teaching assistantship supported by the Pew Public

Education Fund.

“Sometimes things happen in life that put you on the right track. I think my accident

has drawn me to the profession of teaching and, I hope, eventually to an advanced

degree and career in music therapy,” she says. “I believe that I was always

meant to help others, but now, because of my own personal struggle, I am better

equipped to touch people’s lives. I feel destined to give back to the community and

the best way I can do that is through music. People wonder why, after my hospitalizations,

I choose to spend time around people who are sick. I tell them that I do it

because I care and because I believe it is my purpose in life.”

pany as it responds to new demands for Business Grade

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Karen Elizabeth Albury

’87 of Indian Harbour Beach, FL, married Jonathan

Edward Tsairis on June 3, 2006. She is a guidance

counselor at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne. Karen

Neger Byer ’87 of Charlotte, NC, recently celebrated 20

years of marriage to Peter Byer ’86. Karen teaches and

Peter owns an environmental remediation company. They

have three children. Hamid Faquire ’87 of West Palm

Beach, FL, has been the athletic director at Palm Beach

Community College since 1985 and plans to retire at

the end of this school year. Born in Uganda and educated

at the secondary school level in Ireland where he played

competitive tennis, Faquire came to Florida in the early

1970s to play tennis and study at Florida State University.

He ultimately earned a master’s degree at FAU.

Kathy S. Aguirre ’88 of Boca Raton, FL, is the director

of economic development and government affairs for the

Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. She started

with the chamber in 1989 and is currently in charge

of the communications and public relations efforts designed

to market Delray Beach not only as a tourist destination

but also as a location for corporate business.

Aguirre founded the Gold Coast Chapter of the American

Association of Boomers, a non-profit membership

association open to anyone born between1943 and 1964.

Cynthia Harte ’88 of Stuart, FL, was elected marketing

vice president of The Barn theatre, the oldest community

theatre in Stuart, Florida. She has previously served

on the theatre’s board. Gregory A. Beck ’89 of Chesterfield,

MO, has been named senior vice president and CFO

at Clayco, a full-service real estate development, design

and construction company. Beck has more than 20 years

experience in financial management. Brian Dowling ’89

of Royal Palm Beach, FL, has been the head animal

keeper at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, FL, for the

past 10 years. In this position, he works with a wide variety

of exotic animals including lions, rhinos, elephants,

giraffes, hoof stock and primates. Dowling is also a veteran

of the Persian Gulf War. Joseph Durso ’89 of San

Francisco, CA, was been promoted to the position of

senior vice president/director of retail banking for Tamalpais

Bank. With 15 years of experience in executive

banking, Durso will be in charge of business and retail

customers, and serve on the bank’s loan committee. David

Hayman ’89 of Boca Raton, FL, is a senior project engineer

with the firm of Golder Associates, Inc., with 16 years





Margarita Perera Pinkos


Deputy Director/Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language

Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient

Students (OELA)


Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1975; Master of Administration and Supervision, 1987; Specialist in

Educational Leadership 1999; Doctorate in Educational Leadership, 2002


Margarita Pinkos was appointed to her current position in May 2006 by President George W. Bush. In

this role, she is writing policy and interpreting the No Child Left Behind Act as it applies to limited

English proficient (LEP) students. She is also helping to coordinate a partnership between the Department

of Education and the 27 states that explore valid academic assessment strategies for LEP populations. In

addition, she is charged with focusing on world language acquisition and addressing the challenge of saturating

school systems in the U.S. with opportunities for foreign language study. Bringing practical experience

to the U.S. Department of Education, her career as an educator and school administrator began in

Florida at Northboro Elementary School, where she taught students in the English to Speakers of Other

Languages (ESOL) program. Pinkos then served as assistant principal at the South Area Alternative

School in Lake Worth, and in 1994, became the principal at Gove Elementary School in Belle Glade. In

2002, as director of multicultural education for the Palm Beach County School District, Pinkos was responsible

for implementing ESOL and foreign language programs.Pinkos was responsible for the district’s

migrant education program and oversaw curricula for Holocaust, Hispanic/Latino and women’s studies.

What do you remember most about your experience at FAU

My memories of FAU span close to 30 years – four degrees earned over the course of four decades. When

I began attending FAU in 1973, I had only been living in the United States for two years. A Cuban refugee,

I was overwhelmed by my limited knowledge of English, but FAU welcomed me into its academic community

and supported me as I learned the language. My entire family assumed that I would become a doctor,

so naturally I majored in biology. All that changed when I took a job teaching an ESOL class. By remembering

my own experiences as a second language learner, I was able to relate to my students and help them

transition. That classroom experience confirmed that my heart was in teaching, not medicine. From then

on, the College of Education became my base and foundation.

Who were you most inspired by at FAU

Two names that I immediately think of are Dr.Vasil “Bill” Kerensky, professor emeritus, who taught community

education, educational leadership and management and chaired my doctoral dissertation and Dr. Mary

Gray, who taught personnel development and instructional leadership. These professors, now retired from

FAU, were wonderful mentors and contributed to the complete and thorough education I received.

How did FAU impact your career

From my days as a classroom teacher I developed a strong understanding of how children learn. FAU supported

this ability, helped me advance as an educator and opened the door, through networking opportunities,

to professional growth. Thanks to my alma mater I am engaged in important and relevant work

of a global nature – work that helps children at risk overcome the odds and achieve.

FAU Trustee Armand Grossman ’67, ’70, ’77 (right) meets

comedian Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson ’89 backstage after a

performance in Las Vegas. Thompson earned a BBA in marketing

from FAU.



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of experience as an environmental and civil engineer.


Lynda Brennan ’90 of North Palm Beach, FL, has been

a therapist at Recovery Resources Enterprise, Inc., since

1996. She is certified as a tobacco addiction specialist.

Brian Polk ’90 of DeLeon Springs, FL, is the park manager

of the DeLeon Springs State Park, which was once

the site of the Spring Garden Plantation. Polk plans to

take the 54-acre park in a new direction by improving

the facilities and protecting its natural and cultural resources.

He has worked at parks throughout Florida and

began his career at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida

Keys. Jordan I. Siegel ’91, ’99 of Fort Lauderdale, FL,

has been named Nabi Biopharmaceuticals’ chief financial

officer. Siegel, a certified public accountant, was a

former vice president of finance for Ivax Corporation. Amy

Heydon ’92 of Phoenix, AZ, married Alex Abariotes on

May 28, 2006. She is director of OPEN Technology,

where she manages a team that delivers and supports

new American Express products. Lisa Howard ’92 of

Royal Palm Beach, FL, has been married to Clifford Harrell

since 2003. They have two children. She has worked

as a victim advocate for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s

Office. Blake MacDiarmid ’92 of Delray Beach, FL,

is a political consultant. He has been involved with at

least four-dozen campaigns, including a number of local

elections. In 1997, he was diagnosed with leukemia and

was put on a drug trial with one of the first targeted

DNA drugs. After a short break, he began working again.

He has been in remission for three years. Kathryn

Schmidt ’92 of West Palm Beach, FL, is the president

and chief executive officer of Workforce Alliance, Inc. A

nonprofit organization with three career centers around

the county, the Workforce Alliance brings together employers

and potential employees. Michael Broker ’93 of

West Palm Beach, FL, is a geographical information

systems project manager for the South Florida Water

Management District. Gathering important information

about water resources through advanced computer systems,

Broker is directly involved in protecting endangered

wetlands. He is part of a team at the Water Management

District that responds to weather emergencies

by producing computerized maps. Carla Civita ’94 of

Smyrna, GA, is president of Imagym, a children’s play

and exercise center. Targeting the fitness needs of kids

as young as six months, Imagym offers classes in cardio

training, yoga and self-defense. A runner who has been

involved in sports her whole life, Civita began her fitness

career by teaching classes to adults and children. Christie

Cradock ’94 of Severn, MD, works as an advisor for the

University of Maryland. She is married and has one

daughter. Deborah “Debbie” Hurley ’95 of Ocala, FL,

has been the children’s librarian at Freedom Public Library

in Ocala since April 2006. She also worked at the

Marion County Library headquarters and in the Palm

Beach County Library System’s circulation department.

Erik J. Kneubuehl ’95 of the Bronx, NY, has been

appointed dean of students for the State University of

New York Maritime College in New York City. Erik and his

wife Alexis Hyman Kneubuehl ’00 reside on campus in

faculty housing. Tammy L. Knight ’95 of Dania Beach,

FL, is an attorney practicing in the areas of corporate,

securities and franchise law. Kenneth Patrick Rourke ’95

of Jupiter, FL, married Antoinette Connors on May 27,

2006. He is employed at Rooney’s Irish Pub in Jupiter.

Jennifer Coffey ’96 of Boca Raton, FL, is a labor and

employment litigator. She has been in practice since

2001. Some of the claims she defends deal with the

Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination, the

Family and Medical Leave Act and the Florida Civil Rights

Act. Michele Lee Vickers ’96 of Huntsville, AL, married

Capt. George Troncoso on April 22, 2006. She is a

teacher. Dorothy Melise Bunker ’97 of West Palm Beach,

FL, joined Palm Beach Atlantic University as a professor

in 1989 and was recently named dean of its School

of Education and Behavioral Studies. In 1997 Palm

Beach Atlantic University recognized her with the Charles

and Hazel Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching. Prior

to her work at the college level, Bunker taught elementary

school for 16 years. Christine Goodwin ’97, ’00

and Robert Forde ’74, ’79 of South Palm Beach, FL,

were married on December 17, 2005. She is a psychotherapist

with Jeff Industries. He is senior vice president

of City Furniture. Stephen Edwards ’98 of Deerfield

Beach, FL, is a project manager for Garcia Stromberg

Architects, an international architecture and interior design

firm with offices in Boca Raton and Stuart. Brandi

Kellem ’98 of Alloway, NJ, married Jay Rosenholtz on

May 5, 2006. She is employed by the Liberty Mutual

Group. Shannon Ludlow ’98 of Boca Raton, FL, is director

of human resources at Delray Beach Medical Center.

She previously worked at West Boca Medical Center.

John Gravante ’99 of Stuart, FL, graduated from the

University of Miami School of Law in 2002. Karolin

Miller ’99, ’04 of Delray Beach, FL, is a national credit

manager for Office Depot in Delray Beach. As a member

of the FAU National Alumni Association Board, Miller

is part of a team that is reviewing the design and construction

plans for the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni

Center, which will be built on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

Jami Vass ’99 of Lake Worth, FL, is the division director

– Boca Raton, at the American Heart Association

Florida/Puerto Rico Affiliate. She is in charge of plan-



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ning fundraising activities for the organization,including

Giving Kids

the World

After seven years with CNN trailing

hurricanes, covering the civil war in Kosovo

and producing live television for news

shows such as Next@CNN and AC 360,

Christian Cascone ’98 changed the

course of his life by accepting a job as

director of communications for Give

Kids The World (GKTW).

A non-profit resort for children from

ages 3 to 18 with life-threatening diseases,

GKTW is a family-friendly village on 70

acres in Kissimmee, Florida. Cascone and

GKTW staff work closely with over 250 wish-granting organizations worldwide to

provide eligible children and their families with free week-long accommodations at

the village as well as meals and access to Central Florida’s famous theme parks and

attractions. Since its opening, GKTW has welcomed more than 75,000 guests. Expansion

is underway as the village grows from 96 villas to 240.

“As director of communications, I am honored to represent this completely unique

organization and help it gain public awareness,” says Cascone. “The atmosphere at the

village is filled with the sense of hope and renewal. It is a very uplifting place to work.”

GKTW was founded in 1986 by hotelier and philanthropist Henri Landwirth, a

Belgium-born child survivor of the Holocaust. His strong will enabled him to endure

the horrors of war and imprisonment, but only a miracle could explain his successful

escape from the Nazi soldiers who were ready to execute him. For Landwirth, GKTW

is a symbol of humanity. His giving spirit and dedication to GKTW allows the organization

to make miracles happen every day.

“Our goal at GKTW is to be better than the best five-star resort,” says Cascone.

“With each visit we have one shot to make this a dream-come-true vacation. Our

organization is powered by unlimited imagination. No idea is too ‘out there’ for us to

consider if it results in the happiness of a child.”

Christian Cascone ’98 on theToday show

the annual Heart Ball and HeartWalk.


Allyson Lerman ’00 of Boynton Beach, FL, a real estate

specialist with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate,

Inc., was the winner of the Florida East Listing Presentation

contest. She took the top honor from a field of

approximately 4,763 Coldwell Banker associates. Ruben

Lopez ’00 of Lantana, FL, married Sara Leigh Pugh on

April 9, 2006. He is a firefighter with Boynton Beach

Fire Rescue. Jennifer Mata ’00 of Palm Beach Gardens,

FL, married Phil Booker on January 21, 2006. She is a

marketing director. Kathy Megrath ’00 of Jupiter, FL, is

a pediatric nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West

Palm Beach. She is also an adjunct professor at Palm

Beach Community College. She volunteers for Easter

Seals and is on its board of directors. Samantha Patricia

Bense ’01 of Delray Beach, FL, married Michael

Craig Marcus on June 3, 2006. She is a marine biology

teacher at Park Vista Community High School in Boynton

Beach. Megan Kathleen Carney ’01 of Palm Springs,

FL, married Michael Anthony Snowman on January 15,

2006. She is a music teacher at Palm Springs Elementary

School. Stacey Harrison ’01 of Owings Mills, MD,

works as a financial aid counselor at the University of

Maryland School of Law and Graduate School in Baltimore.

Lynne Fraino ’02 of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island,

is marketing manager for Kelly’s Freeport Ltd. True

Value, a chain of home goods and hardware stores in

the Bahamas. In addition, she is a journalist forThe Freeport

News and The Punch and does freelance work in

public relations and special events. She also volunteers

for the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. Karen Gorde

’02 of Plantation, FL, has joined McGladrey & Pullen,

LLP, as a senior audit associate. The firm provides audit

services to more than 150 clubs and resorts in Florida.

Sean McLaren ’02 of Boca Raton, FL, was promoted to

the position of retail district manager for Verizon Wireless

in South Florida. McLaren will oversee operations for

24 retail stores and kiosks. Ana Rivera ’02 of Pembroke

Pines, FL, has been a human resources generalist at

Memorial Hospital Miramar/Memorial Hospital Pembroke

for the past six years. Timothy Aaron Smith ’02 of Wellington,

FL, married Alicia Aileen Sprague on April 29,

2006. Karin T. Swanson ’02 of Royal Palm Beach, FL,

is shareholder and managing partner of Ronald B. Swanson,

D.O., Inc., with her husband, Ronald Swanson, an

emergency medicine physician.Prior to this, she served

as director of human resources with an international

media organization. Tamala Vaughn ’02 of Tallahassee,

FL, was recently named assistant coach for FAU women’s

basketball.A former FAU player, Vaughn ranks fifth

among FAU career scorers. Vaughn played professional

basketball in Europe from 2002 to 2004 and coached

high school basketball in Broward County. Kathleen

Marie Eggermann Beck ’03 and Jeremiah Neil Beck ’03

of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, were married on March

11, 2006. She is a registered nurse in the intensive

care unit at Jupiter Medical Center. He is selfemployed

at Kitchen Creek Company. Marcela Sabbato

Carneiro ’03 of Delray Beach, FL, is engaged to Ryan

Richard Millet. She is a social worker in Palm Beach

County’s Human Services Division. Travis James Held

’03 of Jupiter, FL, married Jaime Lynn Eilen on

January 28, 2006. He is a firefighter/paramedic for

the city of Palm Beach Gardens. Marcie Margret

Mercer ’03 of Berkley, MI, married Michael

Lawrence Ferraro on December 17, 2005. With a master’s

degree from FAU in biomedical science, Mercer is

working toward a doctorate at Wayne State University

in Michigan. Robert O’Neill ’03 of Jupiter, FL,

has been promoted to the rank of major at the Jupiter

Police Department. O’Neill is the third major in the department’s

history and will be in charge of the department’s

patrol bureau. O’Neill began his 23-year law enforcement

career as a cadet and worked his way up the

ranks to sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Alexis P. Goncalves

’04 of Wilton, CT, was elected to be one of 24

fellows of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). The

ASQ, with a membership of 93,000 individuals and organizations,

is a nonprofit association of professionals

dedicated to improving workplaces and communities.

Goncalves is global director of quality intelligence for

Citigroup, Global Consumer Bank, and has been working

in the field of quality management for almost 20

years. Raynell Hagberg ’04 of Stuart, FL, is the cross

country and track coach for Jensen Beach High School.

Philip Primato ’04 of Delray Beach, FL,has been appointed

sales associate for Florida-Synthetic Turf International

(STI), a supplier of synthetic surfaces for

sports venues, parks, playgrounds, cruise ships and

other hospitality and recreational settings. Jonathan

Stief ’04 of Tamarac, FL, is engaged to Danielle

Roberta Lever. They are both students at the Shepard

Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University.

William Lloyd Vickers Jr. ’04 of Wellington, FL, married

Amanda Michele Oxendine on January 7, 2006.

Vickers is a deputy sheriff with the Palm Beach

County Sheriff’s Office. Christina Marie Cariseo ’05

of West Palm Beach, FL, married Gaetano Vincent

Caldovino on January 7, 2006. She is a teacher at

Grassy Waters Elementary School in West Palm

Beach. Etienne Menard ’05 of Miami, FL, graduated

from basic military training at Lackland Air Force

Base in San Antonio, Texas. Lloyd V. Osman ’05 of Orlando,

FL, is studying law at Florida A&M University

College of Law in Orlando. Marjorie Rodriguez ’05 of

Amherst, NY, married Darrell Lewis on April 22, 2006.

Ruben Romero ’05 of Port St. Lucie, FL, is a “rookie”

with the Jupiter Police Department. Amanda Lysbeth

Snyder ’05 of Margate, FL, married Jake Maltby on May

27, 2006. She is a teacher in Broward County and he is

an ocean engineering student at FAU. Mari Jean Gross

’06 of Jupiter, FL, married Davin Lau on April 1, 2006.

She is a registered dietitian at the Jupiter Medical Center.

Stacey Lyn Zanis ’06 of St. Augustine, FL, married

Louis N. Papas, Jr., on May 28, 2006.


Arthur “Dutch” Hardie ’66 of Tequesta, FL, died May 29,

2006, at the age of 76. He worked in advertising producing

commercials for such shows as the Ed Sullivan

Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. He moved to Florida

in 1964 and remained an active part of his profession

until early this year. Virginia Johnston ’67 of Pompano

Beach, FL, died August 15, 2006, at the age of 88. She


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was a teacher in Broward County for 22 years, a volunteer

with the Peace Corps and a professor of English at

the Jilin College of Finance and Trade in Changchun,

China. She volunteered for Lighthouse for the Blind as

well as for Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic. She was

honored by the FAU National Alumni Association for her

numerous personal and professional achievements. John

Franklin Thomas ’67 of Melbourne, FL, died April 9,

2006, at the age of 67. He was a retired technician for

Harris Corporation. Wanda Wenning Wegener ’67 of

Delray Beach, FL, died July 9, 2006, at the age of 79.

She taught biology and chemistry at Seacrest High

School in Delray Beach. She also taught kindergarten at

Lakeview Baptist Church, where she was a member.

Mary Sue McDonald Balentine ’68 of St. Mary’s, GA,

died June 28, 2006, at the age of 75. She taught in public

schools in Louisville, KY, and West Palm Beach, FL.

She and her husband, a Baptist pastor, lived in Kentucky,

Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

Gene Wright Burns ’69 of Stuart, FL, died March 9, 2006,

at the age of 85. She earned a bachelor’s degree from

Michigan State University and a teaching certificate from

FAU. She taught for 16 years. Daniel L. Hetrick ’69, ’73

of Northumberland, England, died on July 24, 2006, at

the age of 75. After serving in the U.S. Army during the

Korean War, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees

at FAU and went on to earn a doctorate in microbiology

in England. He worked at the Howard Hughes

Medical Research Center at the University of Miami and

ran his own medical research firm in Miami and Lantana,

FL. Margaret Inez Trieste ’69 of Boynton Beach,

FL, died March 10, 2006, at the age of 93. Born in North

Carolina, she married Charles W. Trieste, an area engineer

with the Army Engineering Corps, in 1938. During World

War II she and her husband traveled to various military

posts in Florida. She earned her degree from FAU at the

age of 56, received state certification and taught elementary

school for 20 years. She and her husband opened

the Trieste Construction Corporation, which they operated

for 43 years. William E. Wright ’69, ’70 of Fort Pierce,

FL, died July 17, 2006, at the age of 75. A captain in

the U.S. Air Force and later a liaison officer for the Air

Force Academy, Wright was the director of exceptional

student education for the St. Lucie County School System

for 19 years. He was also an administrator at Indian River

Community College and Brevard Community College.

David Harrison Conway ’70 of Wilton Manors, FL, died

May 24, 2006, at the age of 57. He served with the

U.S. Army Reserves and was an avid racquetball player.

Monford Johnson ’70 of Fort Lauderdale, FL, died March

4, 2006, at the age of 70. A retired Broward public school

counselor, he earned his undergraduate degree from Florida

A & M University, master’s degrees in sociology and

counseling from FAU and a doctorate in Christian counseling

from Trinity College in Florida. Eddie T. Pearson

’70 of Miami, FL, died April 28, 2006, at the age of 64.

He worked with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools

for almost 40 years. He chaired the board of directors of

the YMCA and was a member of the University of Miami

Board of Trustees. A high school and college athlete, he

was a physical education teacher and then moved on to

administrative roles. He was deputy superintendent of

school operations in Miami Dade until he retired in 2002.

Stephen Woodhead ’70, ’75, ’78 of Jupiter, FL, died

December 9, 2005, at the age of 58. While a student at

FAU majoring in psychology, he was active in student

government. Ernest M. Ely ’71, ’76 of Sunrise, FL, died

April 24, 2006, at the age of 88. When England was

attacked by Germany during World War II, Ely joined the

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He remained in the

RCAF until the U.S. entered the war, at which point he

joined the U.S. military. Ely retired from the U.S. Air Force

in 1957. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics

and a master’s degree in educational leadership

from FAU, and then taught high school, retiring at the

age of 72. Helen B. Perrin ’71, ’75 of Gainesville, FL,

died June 17, 2006, at the age of 74. She was a teacher

for 36 years and during her career won many teaching

awards. She was a member of the American Association

of University Women and for two years served as the organization’s

president. Alice Elaine Dunn ’72 of Lake

Clark Shores, FL, died May 14, 2006, at the age of 82.

She taught kindergarten for 12 years in Culver City, CA,

and was with the Palm Beach County school district for

22 years. Nancy-Sue Davis Weinstein ’72 of West Palm

Beach, FL, died March 23, 2006, at the age of 69. An

elementary, middle and high school teacher for 48 years

in Dade, Palm Beach and Martin counties, she earned a

Teachers of Excellence Award from the Palm Beach Post

for her work at Palm Beach Gardens High School. She also

tutored athletes at the University of Miami and taught

English as a second language to adults. Charles Easton

’74 of Indialantic, FL, died May 27, 2006, at the age of

60. He was a teacher and served in the U.S. Air Force

in Thailand and Vietnam. Henry S. Prominski ’74 of

Gainesville, FL, died April 1, 2006, at the age of 77.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, the

New Jersey native enlisted in the Naval Aviation Program.

After four years of active duty, he was released and attended

the University of Miami Law School, receiving his degree

in 1959. He became a partner in the law firm of

Miller & Tucker and then served two terms in the Florida

House of Representatives. He earned a master’s degree

in international law from McGill University in Montreal,








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Canada, and a master’s degree in public administration

from FAU. He retired in 1980. Edward B. Houck, II ’75,

’76 of Delray Beach, FL, died March 8, 2006, at the age

of 58. A resident of Pompano Beach since 1955, he was

a nationally ranked swimmer and avid surfer. A work

accident during his summer break from college left him

paralyzed at the age of 19. After rehabilitative treatment

he earned a master’s degree in psychology and a second

master’s degree in education at FAU. He also

became licensed as a hypnotherapist. He served on

the Governor’s Committee on Employment of the

Handicapped and taught at the college level. As a therapist

in private practice he helped many veterans and

survivors with post traumatic stress syndrome. An avid

musician, he played guitar and sang with local bands.

Sheila Ann Weaver ’76, ’87 of Vero Beach, FL, died

May 26, 2006, at the age of 69. She received her

bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from FAU and

was a teacher for many years. Raymond P. Tadeo ’77 of

Chicopee, MA, died August 12, 2006, at the age of

53. He was the owner of Racon, Inc., a financial support

company. He was a member of the Basilica of St.

Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr and a parish coach.

Bonnie Gail Campbell ’80 of Boca Raton, FL, died

June 12, 2006, at the age of 50. She worked for

Merrill Lynch for many years. George Fahim Nimah

’83 of Pompano Beach, FL, died April 27, 2006, at the

age of 80 from lung cancer. Born in Turkey, he lived in

Lebanon before immigrating to the U.S. He was a CPA

and was honored as a Deacon Emeritus by his church.

Nancy G. Watson ’83 of Wellington, FL, died March 20,

2006, at the age of 56 from complications after a liver

transplant. Joyce Haber-Channell ’86 of Boca Raton, FL,

died on April 2, 2006, at the age of 52. She was a teacher

at Sunrise Park Elementary School in Boca Raton. Misty

Jean Fleagane-Kalivretenos ’87 of Celebration, FL, died

June 17, 2006, at the age of 41. She was a social worker,

working with children and adolescents with autism

and other special needs. In addition, she was a certified

naturopathic healer. She was a member of the Corpus

Christi Catholic Church. John Franklin Lee ’87 of Orange,

CA, died July 23, 2006, at the age of 42 due to injuries

sustained in the crash of a private plane he was piloting.

A successful real estate professional, Lee was co-owner

of the Apartments, O.C. Inc. He was managing more than

45 properties in Southern California at the time of his

death. James Willoughby ’89 of Orlando, FL, died June 28,

2006, at the age of 43 from cancer. His struggle with

cystic fibrosis did not prevent Willoughby from earning

a degree and succeeding in his career of computer programming.

He was the recipient of a double lung transplant

as well as a kidney transplant. He was a dedicated

volunteer with such organizations as the Cystic Fibrosis

Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank. He was

the co-author of a yet-to-be-released web comic. Syliva P.

Brennan ’90 of Port St. Lucie, FL, died June 19, 2006,

at the age of 69. She taught at St. Helen Catholic School

in Fort Lauderdale for 30 years and was a pre-school daycare

provider in Port St. Lucie. Cynthia P. Harrelson ’90

of Lutz, FL, died January 24, 2006, at the age of 49.

She bred and showed toy poodles. Shannoya C. Corrodus

Robinson ’96 of West Palm Beach, FL, died July 16,

2006, at the age of 28. After earning degrees in education

at Indian River Community College and FAU, she

continued her studies at Florida State University College

of Law. Sandra K. “Sandy” Berch ’97 of Hobe Sound, FL,

died July 24, 2006, at the age of 55. She was a registered

nurse for over 30 years, working at St. Mary’s Medical

Center in West Palm Beach and Martin Memorial Medical

Center in Stuart. She was also a professor at Indian River

Community College for many years. She was a member of

St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound. James P.

Douthett ’01, ’02, ’04 of Boca Raton, FL, died on July

20 legacy

27, 2006, at the age of 26. He earned both an undergraduate

and master’s degree in geography at FAU.

William Barnes ’04 of Oakland Park, FL, died on March

22, 2006, at the age of 63. An avid ham radio operator,

he was a familiar face at the department of electrical

engineering in FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer

Science. Juanita Joan “Nita” Marshall King ’04 of

Lauderhill, FL, died March 2, 2006, at the age of 53 from

a heart attack. She was an exceptional student educator

for the Polk County School Board. In addition, she was an

adult educator and librarian in Broward County. She had

been a probate clerk for the Broward Clerk of Courts and

the Broward County Water Department. She was a member

of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church, and a former

youth sponsor, choir member and church secretary. Ramon

Rickards ’05 of Miami, FL, died May 24, 2006, at the

age of 26 in a motorcycle accident. A defensive end, he

was an outgoing, enthusiastic member of FAU’s inaugural

football team, who took a leadership role in the program’s

early days.David Stephen Rodriguez ’05 of Hialeah, FL,

died March 21, 2006, at the age of 26 from cancer. He

was the assistant to the athletic director of Dade Christian

School. He was presented with the Phil Willoughby Service

Award from the school in 2005. He enjoyed competitive

kick boxing and chess.

faculty and staff

John Emerson Bennett from Carrollton, GA, died on May

9, 2006, at the age of 78. He was a teacher, guidance

counselor and assistant principal for Palm Beach County

and a professor of education at FAU’s College of Education.

Rosemarie Chiucchi of Bartow, FL, died June 8,

2006, at the age of 73 in an automobile accident. She

was a secretary specialist for FAU. Catherine deVault of

Boca Raton, FL, died May 14, 2006, at the age of 87.

She was one of FAU’s first employees, serving as a purchasing

agent for the bookstore until her retirement.

Frances “Frankie” Jellinek Myers of North Palm Beach,

FL, died July 14, 2006, at the age of 70 from cancer.

A trained dancer who earned a doctor of education degree

in dance from Columbia University, she joined the

faculty in FAU’s College of Education in 1969 and in

1979, became a professor in the theatre department.

She retired in 2001 and was named professor emeritus.

During her tenure at FAU, she also choreographed a number

of theatre productions. Rita B. Levy of San Jose, CA,

died March 12, 2006, at the age of 86. During her marriage

to William Levy, an Air Force career officer, she lived

in more than nine states and three European countries.

Upon her husband’s death in 1970, she began what

would be a 20-year career as a secretary in FAU’s department

of chemistry. Her love of travel took her on

vacations to South America, Mexico and the Far East.

Don Marietta of Townson, MD, died March 30, 2006, at

the age of 79. He was a professor emeritus in philosophy.

Margaret Ann Schrodt Murray of Port St. Lucie, FL,

died August 1, 2006, at the age of 66 from cancer. She

was a professor of urban planning at FAU from 1992 to

2003. She received her teaching degree from the former

State Teachers College at Cedar Falls, Iowa, and a

master’s degree in education from the University of Kansas.

She earned an MBA from Oklahoma University and

a Ph.D. in urban planning from Virginia Polytechnic

Institute and State University.


Joseph G. Snyder of Tallahassee, FL, died April 9, 2006,

at the age of 88. Snyder, a retired banker who began his

career at First Bank & Trust Co. of Boca Raton and then

became vice president for business development at Sun

Bank, was an active volunteer. He gave many hours of

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Marc Doyle ’05 had an article published in the

AORN Journal. His article is titled “Promoting

Standardized Nursing Language Using

an Electronic Medical Record System.”

Lana Thompson ’69, ’99 has written three articles

for the Encyclopedia of Prostitution and

Sex Work (Greenwood Press, 2006). The

articles are titled: “Rites of Passage,” “The

Speculum” and “Free Love.” She also wrote

two articles for the Greenwood Encyclopedia

of Folklore and Folklife (Greenwood Press,

2005). These articles are on cultural relativity

and the Seminoles.

Christopher Van Vliet ’01 has written an essay

titled “Globalization and its Impact on Strategic

Security” for the Handbook of Globalization,

Governance and Public Administration

(CRC Press, 2006).


or if you know of an FAU graduate who is,

please send a message to or

legacy, FAU Division of

University Advancement

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Boca Raton, FL 33431.




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student spotlight

Romeo Joseph, Arnold and Ruth Greenberg Scholar,

Realizes His Dream ofBecominga Doctor

Busy juggling a heavy class load as a

biology major at the Charles E. Schmidt College of

Science, Romeo Joseph is an FAU junior whose lifelong

dream is to become a doctor. As this year’s recipient of the

Arnold and Ruth Greenberg Scholarship, Romeo no longer

has to support himself with three part-time jobs. His scholarship

enables him to focus fully on academics, although

he continues as a work-study student in FAU’s Office of

Alumni Relations.

Born in Miami, Romeo spent his early years in Haiti living

with his father. When he returned to Miami at age 10, he

reunited with his mother. It was a defining moment in Romeo’s

childhood. “My mother and I were able to rebuild our relationship

and I got the chance to benefit from her advice,” says

Romeo. He credits his mother, a licensed practical nurse, for

passing on to him a natural ability in the sciences and for inspiring

him, by her example. The evenings he spent helping

her study for her nursing exams provided him with a good introduction

to some of the coursework he is mastering today.

“Everything happens for a reason,” says Romeo. “Because

I was reunited with my mother, I became interested in science

and medicine. Now I’m on my way to becoming a doctor.

As a surgeon I will be able to give people second chances

by saving lives.”


At Florida Atlantic University,

access to higher education is

within every student’s reach.

In the 2005-06 academic year,

more than $1 million in scholarships

was awarded through the

FAU Foundation. In 2006-07,

Romeo Joseph is just one of the

more than 1,300 FAU students

who is benefiting from financial

assistance. Romeo hopes to one

day practice surgery. He is

looking forward to joining the

ranks of FAU alumni and friends

who generously give so that

another generation of students

can succeed.

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It was at FAU that Jordan Sternberg ’05

became a leader. When he first arrived at the

University, he was shy and apprehensive.

But after acclimating to college life and joining

the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Sternberg

discovered his full potential. “I got involved

in everything FAU had to offer,” he says.

“Suddenly my grade point average went up.

I became active in Student Government and

even saw a dramatic improvement in my

ability to compete in sports. I graduated with

a degree in health administration and enough

confidence and experience to guide me in my

first professional position as a financial advisor

at Morgan Stanley.”

Today, Sternberg is vice president of operations

for BBBentley, an import textile company

in Delray Beach, Florida. Interfacing

with buyers from major national department

store chains, BBBentley out-sources manufacturing

projects to textile factories in

both the United States and abroad. Currently

BBBentley is importing the iSoundCap, a

new iPod accessory, for commercial distribution.

One of Sternberg’s overseas partner

sourcing companies, Goldsmen, is currently

developing a contemporary line of distressedstyle

T-shirts and jeans for BBBentley. What

makes the product unique is that bamboo

is used as the key production material.

Sternberg says that when processed as a

fiber, bamboo is breathable, cool, antibacterial,

biodegradable, waterproof and

hypoallergenic. In addition, it has a cashmere-like

softness and naturally filters out

harmful UV rays. Sternberg expects this

innovative product to attract the interest of

fashion-conscious and environmentally

aware consumers.

Sternberg stays connected to FAU through

alumni activities and as president of Graduates

Of the Last Decade (GOLD), a new FAU

giving society for recent graduates.“I owe a

lot to FAU. My experiences as a student gave

me a good foundation for my career in the

business world,” he says. “It’s time to repay

FAU for all it has given me. I am not alone –

there is a whole generation of alumni ready

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19 9 6 - 2 0 0 6 H O N O R R O L L


Phyllis R. Bebko ’96, ’98

James L. Berkman ’96

Loretta L. Davis ’96

Jianjie Fang ’96

Keith M. ’96 and

Jennifer A. ’97 Fries

Blake M. ’96 and Lesley Hallock

Mark E. Jette ’96

Carmen M. Johnson ’96

Daniel W. Pollock ’95

and Laureen E. Galeoto ’96

Bhooma A. ’96 and

R. N. ’91 Sailappan

John J. Sullivan ’96

CLASS OF 19 97

Marcus Ching ’97

Max E. and Denise M. ’97 Clark

Allison M. Cohen ’97

Jorge C. ’97 and Jacqueline

A. ’90 Diaz

Scott B. Eccleston ’97

Cheryl A. Lee ’97

Dashamir M. Petrela ’97

John and Uyen T. ’97 Pribbenow

Frederick P. Rimmler ’97

Eric L. ’97 and Tanya Schmidt

Craig D. Spencer ’97

Lorelei B. Stierlen ’97

Lucretia L. Straghn ’97

Jason F. Tatonetti ’97

Randy and Julie ’97 Tice

Carol A. Wenzel ’97

Alice Wilkes ’97


Addie Adams ’98

Romayne P. Berry ’98

Jorge Cabrera, Jr. ’98

and Yvonne Cabrera

Timothy J. Fadgen ’98

Nearchos J. Papanearchou

’98, ’00, ’05

Gordon B. Zellers III ’98


Kevin T. ’00 and

Aimee L. ’00 Aycock

Nancy R. ’99 Botero

Joseph S. Coupland ’99

Richard J. Hart, Jr. ’99, ’02

Greg A. Oldakowski ’99

Winky Pubien ’99

Jane F. Schein ’99

Stephen M. Spector ’99

Richard J. Viens ’99

Maria A. Wagner ’99


Oliver Agh ’00, ’03

Bettee M. Collister ’00

Randy A. Goin, Jr. ’00

Steven T. Knowles ’00, ’03

Heather F. Moody ’00

Richard P. Palumbo ’00

Catherine G. Stephens ’00

CLASS OF 2000 ( C O N T I N U E D )

Jennifer L. Waldrop ’00, ’03

Denise Yoezle ’00, ’02

Kevin R. Youngblood ’00, ’03


Tiena B. Adams ’02 and

Cornell T. Adams, Jr. ’01

George L. Hanbury II ’01

Erik C. Henning ’01, ’03

Phillip A. Kilty ’01

Kathryn Ross ’01

Ronald S. Senykoff, Jr. ’01

and Holly M. Senykoff ’96

Lynn M. Waters Jr. '01, ’03

Gregory P. Wynot, Sr. ’01

and Amanda Carpenter-Wynot


Letha A. Benning ’02

David E. Currey ’02

Yvette Melendez ’02

Robert C. Seneca, Jr. ’02


Jennifer R. ’03 and

Paul R. ’95 Beatty

Ursula Pamela Chavez ’03

Joel M. ’03 and Heidi DiCicco

Megan Eleanor E. Jacques ’03

Daniel J. Keller ’03

Peter J. Leech ’03

Louise A. Lucas ’03

Brian J. McHugh ’03

Mary A. Mertz ’03

David B. ’03 and

Janice M. Moore ’93 Scheirich

Richard H. Nicorvo ’03

Pablo E. Paez ’03

Heidi Tuby ’03

Jennifer A. Steelman ’03

Shanna E. Vinig ’03, ’05


Carter T. Bogush ’04

Peter and Elizabeth A. ’04 Brooks

Ashok Hegde ’04

Zaeem A. Khan ’04

Michael J. Langford ’04

Mary S. Mosley ’04

Paul C. Reuss ’04

Dolores E. Schlesselman ’04, ’06

Adam Taylor ’04

Tara M. Warrington ’04


Ronald E. Benson III ’05

Stacy Fontes ’05

Alan R. ’05 and Shari L. Moldof

Carlos E. McCluskey ’05

Kaye K. Radler ’05

Jordan P. Sternberg ’05

Gail M. Vorsas ’05


Bryan A. Andre ’06

Michael David D’Eugenio ’06

Fermin F. Presno ’06

As a member of the GOLD society, you will provide FAU

with the necessary resources to enhance the educational

experience for more than 26,000 students on seven

campuses throughout South Florida. GOLD giving levels

are as follows:

1- 3 years since graduation – $100

4-6 years since graduation – $250

7-10 years since graduation – $500

For more information about GOLD and how to get involved, call the

Office of Annual Giving at 1-877-FAU-FUND or e-mail




By making a gift of $10,000 or more,

FAU can offer you (or you and another named

beneficiary) a fixed annual income for life.

Your ages, your financial needs and current

interest rates determine the annuity rate FAU can offer.

Here are some examples:



60 5.7%

65 5.9%

70 6.5%

75 7.1%

80 8.0%



70/68 5.8%

76/73 6.3%

Annuity rates are subject to change.

Once your gift is made, the annuity rate remains fixed.

The staff in the Office of Gift Planning is available to

consult with you or your advisors about planned giving

opportunities at FAU. For more information, please

contact Jay Browning, director of gift planning, at

561.297.2119 or

FAU Office of Gift Planning

777 Glades Road, ADM 383

Boca Raton, FL 33431




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Partners to





(back row, from left) David Skiles of First Peoples Bank, John Church of James A. Cummings, Inc., Alan Reynolds of

WilsonMiller; Thom Jones of Seacoast National Bank; Rene Arteaga of Indian River National Bank; Carlos Vergara of

Family Lands Remembered; (front row, from left) Gerri McPherson ’89 of FAU; Leslie Wright of Harbor Federal Savings

Bank; Nicole Flier of James A. Cummings, Inc.; Annie Boehning of FAU (Note: Not all council members are pictured)

In an effort to continue to meet the educational and economic needs

of the growing Treasure Coast region, FAU’s Treasure Coast Corporate

Partners Program connects area companies with the University. The program

honors member companies that, through executive-level involvement

and financial commitment, enhance the University’s reputation as

a world-class research and educational institution.

Through this innovative initiative, the FAU community and the private sector are

achieving success in educating the workforce and driving economic development.

Corporate partners are actively engaged in the University community by sharing their

professional expertise in the classroom, providing business focused projects and participating

in job fairs. They are visible on the campus and have the ability to interact with

students, particularly those students who may become future employees. Corporate partners

also gain access to FAU’s expert faculty.

Visionary level members ($5,000 unrestricted annual gift) are guaranteed a seat on

the Corporate Partners Council. The council meets in the spring and fall of each year

to provide input on fundraising activities and advice on program development to better

meet the needs of the Treasure Coast region.

Since its inception in 2005, the Corporate Partners Program has generated more

than $50,000 in unrestricted gifts. These gifts are supporting scholarships, student

recognition events, and community awareness and engagement.

For more information about the Corporate Partners Program and/or how to become a corporate

partner, contact Annie Boehning, director of development for the Treasure Coast region, at





AXA Advisors: Klip Klueppelberg ’68

Culpepper Terpening, Inc.

Family Lands Remembered

First Peoples Bank

Harbor Federal Savings Bank

Indian River National Bank

James A. Cummings, Inc.


Publix Super Markets Charities

Riverside National Bank

Seacoast National Bank

Toyota of Stuart


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to Reach New Heights

The James Family Opportunity Scholarship was created by Cecelia and Bill James in

honor of President Frank T. Brogan ’81. The couple, who have known Brogan since

his days as Florida’s lieutenant governor, felt the scholarship would serve as a fitting tribute

to a man who has made education a top priority in the state of Florida. Designed to

assist students from varying financial situations and backgrounds, the scholarship is

generally awarded to students with average grades. “The typical recipient of this scholarship

is highly motivated and willing to make sacrifices for the sake of education,” says

Cecelia. “Our agenda is to help someone everyday, because there was always someone

around to help us along the way,” says Bill.

Partners in marriage, parenting and C&C International Computers and Consultants,

an advanced technology solutions company in Hollywood, Florida, Cecelia and Bill

James are strongly committed to supporting higher education. Bill, one of three siblings,

was raised by his mother in a Dallas public housing development, while Cecelia, the

tenth of 11 children, grew up on a farm in Austin, Texas. “We both came from households

where education was a priority,” says Bill, who majored in business. “My mother had a

plan for my future and insisted that I earn my college degree.” For Cecelia, whose degree

is in public relations, the same message was sounded. “My parents instilled in us an

understanding that knowledge is power. They expected each of their children to graduate

from college, and all but two of us earned degrees,” she says. “Echoing the strong

values that our families passed on to us, we hope that the James Family Opportunity

Scholarship will inspire students to reach beyond the limitations of their circumstances

to pursue their dreams and remind them that the possibilities and opportunities are

endless if you reach!”

For more information about creating a scholarship at FAU, contact Karen Fisher, coordinator of Scholarship

and Stewardship Programs, at 561.297.3010.

University Advancement

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991






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