Higher education briefs: Lutgert College of Business named among 301 best in nation

Lutgert College of Business named among 301 best in nation

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business is recognized once again as one of the best business schools in the nation, according to the Princeton Review.

The New York-based education services company features the Lutgert College of Business in the recently published 2010 edition of its “Best 301 Business Schools.”

“Best 301 Business Schools” has two-page profiles of the highest ranking schools with write-ups on academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on FGCU, the Princeton Review editors describe the Lutgert College of Business as having a solid preparation in general management, operations, teamwork, and doing business in a global economy.

Students cited FGCU’s location and cost among the top reasons for attending; students also cited Lutgert as very well established in the local community. In addition, the students praised the professors for their willingness to help students and for the experience they bring to their jobs.

Lutgert College of Business’ success was noted in the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools.” Students cited the University’s modern facilities and the program’s emphasis on teamwork and team building as pluses.

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from one to 301, or name one business school best overall.

— Contributed by FGCU

FGCU to recognize veterans on eve of Veterans Day

CampusVeterans, a Florida Gulf Coast University group dedicated to recognizing members of the campus community who have served in the military, will hold its annual Veterans Recognition Day event Nov. 10.

The ceremony, which will last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union, will be a recognition of students, faculty and staff who have served and continue to serve in the military.

Roughly 5 percent of FGCU active faculty and staff are veterans who serve or have served in the U.S. Military, according to a press release.

The Estero High School ROTC group will hold the presentation of colors, and Albert H. Linden, past National Commander of Disabled American Veterans, will deliver the keynote address. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Oct. 30 by calling Mary Reed at 590-1050.

Edison students celebrate day in honor of slain student leader

Edison State College students celebrated Thursday as Guchi Day on the college’s Lee Campus.

Guichard “Guchi” Jean-Louis died in an automobile accident in the spring, and a students marked Thursday with a celebration of his life through praise, dance, song and poetry in the college’s Richard H. Rush Auditorium.

Jean-Louis was Student Council president and a HOPE (Help One Person Succeed) Scholar.

“Everyone wanted a chance to share memories of our friend Guchi” Fred Morgan, the faculty adviser to Hopes Scholars’ Club, said in a prepared statement. “We want to keep Guchi and his values alive in our hearts, and remind everyone of the importance of education and service.”

To make a donation to the Jean-Louis Family Memorial Fund, visit the link on the Edison State College Web site, www.edison.edu.

Board of Governors appoints 21 people to university boards of trustees

The state Board of Governors has appointed 21 people to boards of trustees within the state’s 11 University System of Florida institutions. The new appointees will take their seats in January and serve five-year terms. Each institution’s board contains 13 seats.

At Florida Gulf Coast University, those new appointees are Ann H. Hamilton of Fort Myers and Robbie B. Roepstorff of Sanibel Island.

“Our Town” coming to FGCU Theatre Lab

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Theatre Lab opens the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” Nov. 4 through 8, and Nov. 11 through 15 at the FGCU Arts Complex on campus. Performances run Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The play centers on Grover’s Corners in New Hampshire and moves through the lives of two key families in the town. Seating is limited and purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased in the Theatre Lab Box Office: 590-7268.

FGCU Bower School of Music announces guest artist

Duo pianists Claire Aebersold and Ralpf Neiweem will perform at a “Four-Hand Festival” at Florida Gulf Coast University Nov. 9.

The two guest artists are hosted by FGCU’s Bower School of Music in the Student Union ballroom at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Aebersold and Neiweem, who are married to each other, are considered to be among America’s foremost piano duos and have played more than 30 live radio broadcast performances on WFMT Radio in Chicago, according to a press release.

Alcohol awareness speaker coming to FGCU

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Prevention and Wellness Services will host a speaker addressing issues of alcohol on campus Nov. 3 to recognize National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

Lori Hart Ebert will deliver a talk titled “A few too many; our campus culture of alcohol,” at 8 p.m., Tuesday in the Student Union ballroom.

The free program focuses on the culture of alcohol, providing activities to get students talking and feeling empowered to do something about high-risk drinking on campus, according to a press release. Hart Ebert promises to deliver stories and case studies to help students focus on the importance of choice and to critically examine decisions about alcohol.

Student dialogue at FGCU to center on peaceful future

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education announced its annual Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue, to feature Ishmael Beah, author of “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.”

The dialogue will focus on how young people can communicate and collaborate for a “sustainable and peaceful future,” according to a press release. In his book, Beah chronicles his experience as a child solider in Sierra Leone, and preaches a message of hope in extreme adversity.

The annual dialogue is an event for students, intended to spark action and inspire an intellectual discussion. It is free and open to the public. The discussion begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday in the Student Union ballroom, and will be preceded by a reception outside the ballroom at 6 p.m., when stakeholders, community members, students and campus leaders are invited for conversation, snacks and opening remarks by FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw.

FGCU helping businesses cook up success

The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is co-hosting a seminar titled “Ingredients for a Successful Restaurant,” with the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Nov. 9 seminar will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chamber office, 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive, in Bonita Springs.

The food service management seminar focuses on six areas that restaurant owners need to know to make their businesses profitable, according to a press release: marketing, management, finance, service, quality and strategic alliances.

The seminar is free, but reservations are encouraged. Go to www.BonitaSpringsChamber.com or call 992-2943.

Public invited to FGCU wellness fair

Florida Gulf Coast University is inviting members of the public to its Ninth Annual Campus and Community Health and Wellness Fair.

The university’s Prevention and Wellness Services announced it will host the fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 3 in the Student Union Ballroom. More than 30 presentations on wellness information, giveaways, free health screenings and consultants will be available at the fair, which is free and open to the public.

FGCU hosting SEC speaker on corporate governance

Florida Gulf Coast University will host a senior advisor for the Securities & Exchange Commission Nov. 13, to speak about corporate governance practices.

Kayla Gillan, senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for the SEC is expected to speak from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Sugden Welcome Center on campus. She will present a discussion titled “The controversy over the SEC’s pending governance proposals.” As a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Gillan has worked to advocate the needs of investors during the auditing process of publicly traded U.S. companies, according to a press release.

A speaker reception will follow from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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