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Student Government discusses budget for next school year

Student Government members came together during their second meeting of the year in Cohen Center 247 on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The meeting kicked off with a presentation by Sandra Pavelka, vice president of the FGCU Faculty Senate and political science and public administration professor. Pavelka discussed the importance of timely graduation for students among other topics relating to education and mentorship. During the executive report, vice president Emmalynn Green brought to SG a selection for the new Chief of Staff. Senate voted previous senator Maddie Quinn to the position after a roll call vote. Shortly after SG saw the...

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Alumni aim to revolutionize personal training

FGCU alumni Stephanie and Jennifer Castano are on a mission to revolutionize personal training. Link to Fitness, a new up and coming phone app, is set to do just that. The app aims to provide a platform for users and trainers to connect on their own time to make fitness more convenient and comfortable. During her time at FGCU, Stephanie, who graduated with a degree in business management, had been a personal trainer but said the hours were inconvenient. People tend to work a typical 9-to-5 job, meaning that, as a trainer, you need to be available before or...

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Board of Trustees move to establish honors college

The Board of Trustees moved to fund and establish an honors college at the BOT meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10. FGCU is home to an honors program since 1996 that currently includes a body of 750 students with the average honors class size being around 15 people. The College of Arts and Sciences is home to the most honor students with 52.6 percent of the total program. Biology remains the most popular program among that demographic. In 2017, the program will expand the college, funded by carry forward funds from the previous fiscal year, money in the budget that...

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Actress Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

After suffering a heart attack on Dec. 23 on a flight from London to Los Angeles, actress Carrie Fisher has passed away at age 60. Fisher was hospitalized at UCLA immediately after landing and was said to be in stable condition by family members, however, remained in intensive care until passing away at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27. People magazine published a statement confirming her death from family spokesperson Simon Halls, who wrote on behalf of her family, “She was loved by the world, and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.” Fisher...

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Bower School of Music receives substantial donation

Maurizio and Laura Nisita, residents of Estero gave a significant donation to the Bower School of Music Tuesday, Dec. 6. The money provided will help fund scholarships for future and current musicians in the program, while the left over amount will go to fund the schools concert series Laura, retired Minnesota based company Ecolab Vice-President and a musician herself, is president of the Naples Music Club and an award winning painter. The Nisita’s are patrons of Bower performances, “We love the small concert hall here — it’s just beautiful,” Laura said in a Office of Media Relations press release....

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Director of FGCU’s Everglades Wetland Research Park to study water in Naples

Many gathered at Freedom Park in Naples on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event was held in honor of a new coalition between Collier County and FGCU for future park research. Bill Mitsch, along with his team of researchers and graduate students have begun a journey of discovery. Mitsch and his team are embarking on a two year, $50,000 study of Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park located in Naples. Many invited guests, faculty and city officials came out in support of Mitsch, the director of FGCU’s Everglades Wetland Research Park and Assistant Director Li Zhang. The wetlands were originally designed...

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Office of Continuing Education to take in medical students

The Office of Continuing Education at FGCU has taken the helm at helping medical students of the recently closed Heritage Institute finish their degrees. The for-profit school closed all 10 of its campuses including in Fort Myers. With no warning, the school shut down for monetary and enrollment reasons. Partnered with education consulting firm MK Education, FGCU Office of Continuing Education is extending opportunities to displaced students to partake in the Pharmacy tech program, an online based 21-week program with testing and clinical practice facilitated at FGCU, for a reduced price due to their recent circumstances. Similarly, to pharmacy...

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Student Government approves FGCU’s first homecoming

Student Government met on Tuesday, Nov. 29 for the last time during the fall 2016 semester. The highlight of the meeting was the vote on SG’s new bill, which would bring homecoming to FGCU for the first time in the school’s history. Bill 1617 – 20 is an unprecedented proposal for the allocation of $34,250 for events through homecoming week. Funds will be used for catering, artist fees, an inflatable obstacle course and many more considerations for the student body. Events such as Market Monday, Programming Board Spirit Day, Culture Splash (part one and two) and SAA Tailgate were...

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UPDATE: Pi Kappa Phi brother kicked out after domestic violence incident

FGCU fraternity Pi Kappa Phi released a statement on Nov. 19 via Instagram regarding a member who was charged with domestic violence. Identified as John Srour, the assailant was booked at Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18 and charged with battery. Srour was released on $5,000 bail. According to the fraternity’s statement, Srour was involved in a domestic violence incident prior, and his membership and affiliation was immediately revoked with both the FGCU chapter and national fraternity. “We don’t condone any of that activity,” said Hunter Pearson, the president of the FGCU Pi Kappa Phi chapter. “The second...

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Presidential Search Advisory Committee to interview top 10 applicants

FGCU is one step closer to selecting a new university president, as current President Wilson Bradshaw plans to retire when his contract ends on June 30, 2017. This week, after selecting the top 10 applicants during the Presidential Search Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10, the search committee announced it will hold interviews for its applicants on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 18.  The interviews are set to held in the Myra Janco Daniels Public Media Center. The interviews are open to the public and will be livestreamed online as well as recorded for future review. Both...

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