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May 10, 2019
Rod Murphey, Ph.D., Appointed Associate Vice President
for Academic Affairs for FAU Jupiter
Florida Atlantic University named Rod Murphey, Ph.D., the new associate vice president for academic affairs of FAU's John D. MacArthur Campus. Murphey previously served FAU as chair of Biological Sciences, director of the Jupiter Life Science Initiative, and Director of the Integrative Biology Ph.D. program.
"Dr. Murphey is distinctively prepared for this role, given his past service as director of neuroscience programs at FAU, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the National Science Foundation, and the State University of New York-Albany. He has a track record of working across colleges and units to develop innovative teams, and I am sure he will bring this same collaborative approach to his new role," said Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D., FAU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "At this time, I also want to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Eliah Watlington, who has overseen the campus as associate provost for the past eight years. She will continue to lead the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Jupiter, and I thank her for her service."
In this new position, Murphey will be responsible for the management of all academic operations on the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. In addition to his strategic oversight of degree planning and enrollment growth he will also lead the rapidly-developing research enterprise in coordination with FAU’s Brain Institute, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and Scripps Research.
Timothy Steigenga, Ph.D., Selected to Serve as Interim Dean of the Wilkes Honors College  
Florida Atlantic University selected Tim Steigenga, Ph.D., as the interim dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. Steigenga is currently a professor of political science and associate dean of campus and community engagement at the Wilkes Honors College. 

"Following from your feedback and subsequent interviews of several of the candidates, I am pleased to inform you that Dr. Tim Steigenga has accepted the offer to serve as the Interim Dean for the College which will coincide with Dean Ellen Goldey’s departure in mid-May 2019," said Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D., FAU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We have greatly appreciated Dean Goldey’s leadership of the Wilkes Honors college over the past three years, and know that she will be a fantastic vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean at Centre College. I look forward to working with Dr. Steigenga as the administrative and academic leader of the honors college next academic year." 

Steigenga will assume his role as interim dean effective May 16.
Robert Stackman, Ph.D., Named Dean of the Graduate College 
Florida Atlantic University named Robert (Bob) Stackman, Ph.D., as the next dean of the Graduate College. Stackman is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and associate dean of graduate studies in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Stackman previously served as the interim chair of the Department of Psychology.

"In addition to his role in supporting the innovative joint programs between FAU and Max Planck on our Jupiter campus, Dr. Stackman has served as PI and Co-PI on a number of NIH and NSF research grants regarding the physiology of memory processes. He also has an extensive record of collaborating with and mentoring graduate students," said Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D., FAU provost and vice president for academic affairs. 

Stackman will assume his role as dean effective June 1. 
Student Spotlight
The Leon Charney Diplomacy Program at Florida Atlantic University received the Distinguished Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations competition in New York City. Thirty FAU undergraduates including some from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College joined more than 5,000 college students from 350 universities in the annual competition where schools represent countries, and students step into the shoes of diplomats to solve global problems. Jeffrey Morton, Ph.D., professor of political science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, directs the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program, which offers students a unique opportunity to enhance their diplomatic skills and compete in diplomatic simulations.
Chelsea Bennice recently accepted a position at FAU Brain Institute’s ASCEND program following graduation, an innovative program used to address the national shortage in STEM career-oriented students.
Community Outreach
Honors College Golf Tournament Benefit
The Palm Beach Kennel Club hosted it's 4th Annual Spring Golf Tournament Thursday, May 2, at the Abacoa Golf Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.
Osher Lifelong Learning
Fri., May 10, 10-11:30 a.m.
FAU Jupiter, Osher Lifelong Learning Complex
Wed., May 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
FAU, Jupiter Osher Lifelong Learning Complex
The FAU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) is offering hosting a training at FAU Jupiter for mental health and other therapeutic/educational professionals who strive to provide the best interventions when serving individuals on the autism spectrum.This one-day conference features Luke Kalb, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Mental Health.
Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Abacoa
FAU Jupiter is a proud community sponsor.
Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Florida Atlantic University serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus , located in downtown Abacoa offers a variety of upper-division and graduate course. The campus houses the Academy for Community Inclusion , Center for Autism and Related Disabilities , College of Education , Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College , John D. MacArthur Campus Library and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute , the largest lifelong learning program in the nation. FAU Jupiter unites scientists and students in research and training programs and leverages FAU’s close affiliations with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute , also located on the campus. As part of this effort, the university-wide Brain Institute launched in 2016 and is a hub of cutting-edge, multidisciplinary neuroscience activity that builds on existing neuroscience centers and programs within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine , Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology offers research and training programs in molecular biology and biotechnology and serves as a link between FAU and other institutions and industries in this field.