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Violation of state law and Mike Martin’s contract discussed at BOT emergency meeting

Members of the FGCU Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. There were three items on the agenda: Mike Martin’s employment agreement, an election to fill a vacancy in the BOT position of vice chair and revising board bylaws regarding Chair of Audit and Compliance Committee. The board also touched on its recent breaking of two state laws. On March 28, the Florida Board of Governors’ inspector general office released a report that revealed that FGCU had violated state law twice, first by electing Faculty Senate president Shawn Felton as BOT vice...

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Eagle News awarded six SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

Staff members of FGCU’s independent student media group Eagle Media received six Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards on Friday, March 24. EN took home the following accolades for Region Three: Best Affiliated Website, Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper, Best Use of Multimedia, Best Feature Writing, Best Feature Photography and Best Sports Photography. SPJ’s Region Three includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The staff as a whole received recognition for their website,, which took home Best Affiliated Website. The staff as a whole also received recognition for Best All-Around Non-Daily...

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George Washington University professor to speak on Trump’s policies

Students interested in learning more about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and America’s role in the Middle East have the opportunity to attend “The United States and the Middle East in the Trump Era” lecture on Friday, March 24. At 6:30 p.m. in Edwards 112, Marc Lynch, a political science professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will be discussing the impact of President Trump’s approach to the Middle East. According to a press release, along with his professor position, Lynch is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, an independent policy research institute based in Beirut,...

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International Celebration Week to downsize

For the first time in 20 years, FGCU’s International Celebration Week is downsizing. The event, held annually since the university’s inception by the International Services Office, is usually a school-weeklong event. However, due to recent budget restraints, ICW will be taking place across three days: Wednesday, April 5 through Friday, April 7. “It’s definitely involved a lot more creativity,” International Services Office Coordinator Charlotte Bingham said. “It just made it, somewhere, a bit more fun.” ICW, now in its 20th year, will allow students to explore the cultures of those from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa through a...

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FGCU Hall of Fame recipients announced

Ten more Eagles will be added to FGCU’s Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, March 21, Vice President for Student Affairs J. Michael Rollo sent an email to students regarding the 2017 Hall of Fame recipients. “The Hall of Fame is reserved for those students who have demonstrated superior leadership, integrity and achievement through their activities, service, scholarship, and academic excellence while members of the Florida Gulf Coast University community,” Rollo said in the email. Jordan Blankenship, Emmalyn Green, Caroline Haney, Andrea Jarquin, Nyasia Jenkins, Nora Johnson, Sara Lohbauer, Paul Olivera, Logan Schulz and Sarah Stauring will be inducted into ...

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Honors student passes away

Students serving as Honors mentors at FGCU received an email on Wednesday, March 15 stating that sophomore Honors student Cassidy Barich passed away on Monday, March 13. Clay Motley, the Director of the Honors College, sent the message. “As a student leader in the Honors College, I want to make sure that you are aware, since undoubtedly many students in our community are affected by this tragic event,” Motley said in the email. Motley then said that if students wish to speak to speak to someone about Barich’s passing, they can contact Counseling and Psychological Services. “We are deeply...

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BOT approves Mike Martin’s contract

FGCU’s Board of Trustees appointed Mike Martin as the new university president in February. However, its work with him doesn’t stop there. On Tuesday, March 14, the BOT met to discuss Martin’s employment contract. The contract, which was drafted on Wednesday, March 8 and is formally called the “President’s Employment Agreement with Florida Gulf Coast University,” details Martin’s duties as President Wilson Bradshaw’s successor. Attorney Nikhil Joshi, who was hired by BOT chair Dudley Goodlette to write the contract, was present at the meeting. Joshi stood at the podium in the front of the ballroom during the majority of...

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General Counsel amends regulation to make textbooks more affordable

FGCU students may soon have access to more affordable textbooks. On Friday, March 10, the Office of the General Counsel updated regulation FGCU-PR3.003, “Textbook Adoption and Affordability.” “The purpose of this regulation is to establish textbook selection and adoption procedures to decrease the cost of textbooks to students, minimize the cost of textbooks for students, maintain the quality of education and ensure faculty academic freedom,” the general statement said. Changes made to the regulation were mostly grammatical. The adapted regulation included a few added commas, as well as changes in capitalization and word choice. FGCU’s Board of Trustees established...

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Eagle Pride and Fusion face off in SG debate

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article attributed FGCU Eagle Pride presidential candidate Emmalyn Green’s golf cart system idea to FGCU Fusion Party’s Jalisa White when Green said in the debate (beginning at the 42-minute marker of FGCU Student Government’s Facebook video), “One of the things that we addressed in our platform is actually convenience — not a parking issue but a parking convenience. How can we make parking more convenient for our students? And, so, there are ways … there are environmentally friendly golf carts that we can use to get students from the music building over to...

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New FGCU president chosen by Board of Trustees

Over a year after the announcement of FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw’s retirement, the Board of Trustees chose his replacement on Tuesday, Feb. 28 after a lengthy search process. Mike Martin, who is currently the chancellor at the Colorado State University System, will serve as the university’s fourth president starting on July 1. “Thank you very much,” Martin said after formally accepting the position. “It’s a great honor.” During the meeting, BOT members interviewed Mike, along with candidates Sue Martin, Mark McLellan and Mark Rudin for a final time, asking what the candidates would bring to FGCU and why they should be chosen for the position with a focus on performance...

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