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Campus bids farewell to President Bradshaw

(Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. Music: “Hawaiian Morning” by Jet Sky via SoundCloud through Creative Commons.) President Wilson Bradshaw made his final speech before the FGCU student body at the President’s Farewell Luau on the Library Lawn Tuesday, April 25. After a decade of serving as FGCU’s president, Bradshaw is set to retire on June 30. “I can’t believe it’s already been ten years…watching this institution grow and mature and expand and the hard work that the faculty and staff do has made my experience here at Florida Gulf Coast University something special,” Bradshaw said during his speech. President-elect...

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FGCU alumna holds sexual assault lecture based on personal experience

Bonny Shade, a member of the FGCU Class of 2010, lectured before a crowd of FGCU students and faculty on a topic that has been a source of intense discussion and debate on college campuses everywhere on Monday, April 10 in Edwards Hall room 112. Shade’s lecture, entitled “Just Another Assault,” explored the stigma surrounding sexual assault and the actions that can be taken to prevent it. Shade, who was in Zeta Tau Alpha and served as an Eagle View Orientation Leader during her time on campus, opened the lecture by asking the audience to count the number of...

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FGCU alumna receives Golden Apple Award

Mariah Washington accepted the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching on Friday, March 10 in front of her third grade class at Bayshore Elementary as students and colleagues scrambled to embrace and congratulate her. According to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, more than 2,000 teachers are nominated for the award each year. Of those 2,000 nominees, only 30 become finalists. Before being chosen for the prestigious award, Washington was personally interviewed by the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and had a classroom observation. The “exceptional” teaching abilities Washington demonstrated in both her interview and her...

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Construction begins on University Village after three-year wait

FGCU students may soon have a new place to call home. University Village, FGCU’s newest off-campus housing complex, will offer shops, stores and housing to fit the growing needs of the FGCU community. University Village, which broke ground on Wednesday, March 1, is the brainchild of Miromar Development Corporation, a company that has overseen the construction of Miromar Outlets and Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club. The design firm has collaborated closely with FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw to create an environment well suited to diverse student needs. The complex was first planned in 2013 by Miromar CEO Margret Antoiner....

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VP of Student Affairs J. Michael Rollo amends alcohol policy

On Friday, March 10, the Office of General Counsel amended a prior university regulation regarding the possession, service and consumption of alcohol. In the summary note, J. Michael Rollo, the vice president of Student Affairs, wrote, “This regulation is amended to reflect revised terms and the current application and approval process for the possession, service and consumption of alcohol on campus.” The revision of the regulation focuses primarily on compressing the information included in the prior regulation. While the original document spanned six pages, this revision has reduced the length to two pages and has eliminated some extraneous subsections....

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Student conduct regulation ammended by General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel released a new regulation detailing how FGCU administrative bodies will handle student conduct violations on Friday, March 10. The Student Conduct Review Process outlined in the regulation articulates the punishments students may face if they are found to be in violation of FGCU policies and establishes a strict procedure that must be followed by both the student and the advisor involved in the adjudication. The Student Conduct Review Process has been in place since the university’s inception. In this new proposed regulation, the Student Conduct Review Process has been changed to reflect the updated...

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Senior Tyler Gibson featured on Business Innovators Radio Network

Tyler Gibson, a senior FGCU communications major, was recently featured on the Business Innovators Radio Network, a news source that strives to shed light on the work of rising business entrepreneurs. Gibson was asked to come on the show after he published North Port Athletic Rewind, a magazine Gibson pioneered in 2010 shortly after his high school graduation. After taking a six-year hiatus to further his knowledge in public relations and communications, Gibson has successfully relaunched the magazine he spearheaded seven years ago. Gibson’s vision for the magazine has changed after his extensive studies at FGCU. The magazine Gibson...

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Pioneering faculty reflect on FGCU’s changes

FGCU first opened its doors on Aug. 25, 1997, led by a group of pioneering faculty who laid the foundation for what FGCU would become. These first professors and staff members came from all different places but were united in an effort to build the university from the ground up. Twenty years later, some of those professors are continuing to have an impact on FGCU today and can attest to how much the university has grown in its two decades of existence. “FGCU was 750 acres of mostly wild land — for example, a family of wild pigs hung...

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Moonlight on the Marsh lecture series to focus on water

FGCU will host its fifth annual Moonlight on the Marsh lecture series beginning Thursday, Jan. 19. The series began in 1995 in Ohio, but was brought to southwest Florida in 2012 by William Mitsch, FGCU professor and director of the lecture series. Mitsch wrote in an email that one of the prevailing reasons for bringing the conference to Florida was “to expose the ideas of the best environmental scientists in the world to our FGCU undergraduate and graduate students.” This year, the lineup of acclaimed scientists ensures that all those wishing to attend the lectures will be listening to...

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Brice Ehmig makes NowThis News top 20 people who rocked 2016

Political science major Brice Ehmig turned heads on Aug. 19, 2016, when she started playing her bagpipes to peacefully protest against comments made by “The Preacher,” a man who has made hateful comments toward Ehmig and other students. Ehmig’s girlfriend, Gabby Cicolani recorded Ehmig’s protest in a two minute thirty-six second video. This video has spread far beyond the FGCU community, garnering over 300,000 views on Facebook and over 25,000 views on YouTube as individuals voice their solidarity with Ehmig’s demonstration. Most recently, on Dec. 26, NowThis News has listed Ehmig as second in the “top 20 people who...

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