A new online community is making it easier for graduates of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to stay connected to classmates and their alma mater.
FGCU expects to wrap up June with an endowment fund crushing its all-time high and total assets reaching nine figures.
Another solid fundraising year, combined with Wall Street’s resurgence, has brought the FGCU Foundation into uncharted territory. Once final reports are updated with June numbers, vice president for university advancement Chris Simoneau expects:
• Assets will exceed $100 million for the first time.
• The endowment will surpass $75 million.
• Donations for the 2013-14 fiscal year will reach $17.6 million to $17.8 million.
“A lot of hard work went into making sure we did the right thing with the foundation’s endowment,” said Charles Winton, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Theatre Program at the Bower School of Music & the Arts presents “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, adapted by Toby Hulse. Originally produced by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, UK, in 2013, this 55-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic provides audience members with an introduction to this classic piece of literature.
Atilus, the Bonita Springs-based web design and internet marketing company owned and operated by two Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) alumni, has created an endowed scholarship fund with the first donation of bitcoin to the university.
Atilus President and CEO Zachary “Zach” Katkin and Director of Operations Harry Casimir created the Atilus Bitcoin Scholarship Fund with a pledge to donate $25,000, half of which is in the form of bitcoin. While the digital currency is increasingly being used to purchase goods and services, the donation to a university is among the first of its kind.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Alumni Association announced its new incoming board members for the 2014-2016 term.
Officers are Allison Krider (Fundraising Committee Chair) and Angela Bell (Awards Committee Chair).
New board members are Peter Cuderman, Peter Ryther, Lauren Schuetz, Brett Diamond, and Shad White.
The sun and the spirit of generosity were shining on Oct. 11, as Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) celebrated the 22nd annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs.
The annual fundraiser for the FGCU Foundation netted more than $80,000 for student scholarships and scientific, educational and charitable programs related to the mission of the University that are not supported by state funds. One of FGCU’s most successful single-day fundraisers, the tournament has raised more than $1.2 million since its inception.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Division of Student Affairs and Office of New Student Programs invite parents, guardians, siblings, children, friends, and families of FGCU students to attend Eagle Family Weekend, which takes place Oct. 25-27.
Eagle Family Weekend is an opportunity for the entire family to visit the University and the greater Fort Myers area.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Florida Institute of Government is offering a 2-day workshop in public records management Oct. 28-29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FGCU Cohen Center. Cost is $175. Steve M. Lewis is instructor for the workshop.
To help business professionals gain the advantage of using social media for marketing and branding effectively, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Office of Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs has teamed with Tamara (Tami) Patzer, social media and internet marketing expert, to present “Social Media Marketing for Your Business,” a 7-week certification program beginning Nov. 5 to Dec. 17.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Center for the Arts invites the public to the opening of “Pippin” Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 11-13 at the FGCU Black Box theatre located in the Arts Complex.
Evening performances are Oct. 3, 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances are Oct. 6, 13 at 2 p.m.
Purchase tickets at http://theatrelab.fgcu.edu. Tickets are $7 and are on sale now.
“Pippin” is a beloved musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson that is currently enjoying a run on Broadway and won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival.
With special guest director Dominic Missimi (professor emeritus and founder of Northwestern University’s musical theatre program and Jeff Award recipient), and featuring Bower School of Music faculty Gerritt VanderMeer and Troy Jones, FGCU’s Center for the Arts announces its first musical featuring local and internationally-renowned talent.
For more information, contact Michelle Hayford at (239) 590-7541, or email@example.com.
FGCU College of Education and the Florida Institute of Government Host 3rd Annual Children’s Mental Health Conference
For the third consecutive year, Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education and Florida’s Institute of Government host the “Annual Children’s Mental Health Conference” 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the FGCU Cohen Center ballroom to create an alliance between mental health professionals and the community. Problems resulting from mental health disorders in children can include misbehavior, school failure, suicide, school dropout, substance abuse, and more.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Bower School of Music presents a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Music Building—U. Tobe Recital Hall. Kevin Lawrence, Head of String Studies at the North Carolina School for the Arts and Executive Director of the Green Mountain Music Festival, performs three sonatas for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. Event is open to the public.
Tickets are $7 online at www.fgcu.edu/cas/bsm under the “concerts” link, or at the door with credit or debit card only – no cash.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) recently received a $3,000 grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) to fund its annual Leadership Summit, a daylong program designed to connect student leaders and promote collaborative efforts, develop leadership skills, and build lasting relationships.
“The Leadership Summit is one of the high impact programs offered by the Dean of Students’ Office,” said Assistant Dean of Students Xue Qin Wang. “The program provides opportunities for meaningful interactions among students, faculty, and staff. Target’s generosity will allow us to improve this program by adding a nationally known speaker on leadership and diversity. We are excited about this new partnership with Target.”
The Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees meets Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Cohen Center ballroom. The day will begin at 8:40 a.m. with a very brief open meeting for the purpose of calling an Executive Session (closed) on matters of litigation to take place from 8:45 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. (estimated), followed by a Budget Workshop (open) from 9:20 a.m. to noon (estimated). The regular (open) BOT meeting is slated to begin at 12:20 p.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m. Indicated times are approximate and scheduled events are subject to change.