Page 10 - Abacoa Community News - November '22
P. 10

Page 10, Abacoa

      FAU FeAtUres

      FAU Board Of Trustees Select                       role. He will focus his efforts on two roles that are   FAU Schools Awarded $3.1

      Interim President                                  important to him: on a personal level, his family, and on   Million U.S. Department Of
                                                         a professional level, steering FAU to the Carnegie R1
                                                         classification for “very high research activity.”  Education Grant
      By Joshua Glanzer
         The  Florida Atlantic                           FAU Center For Autism                             By Brittany Sylvestri
      University  Board  of                                                                                   A total of 22 Florida Atlantic University High School
      Trustees has selected Stacy                        And Related Disabilities                          students have been named semifinalists in the National
      Volnick as interim president                       Awarded Grant To Train First                      Merit Scholarship Competition. These students will join
      of the university. She will                                                                          16,000 students whose scores placed them in the 99th
      begin her new role on Jan. 1,                      Responders                                        percentile nationally.
      2023, after President John                                                                              More than 3.5 million high school students each year
      Kelly steps down at the end                        By Torica Exume                                   take the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
      of the calendar year. Her                             Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and      FAU High students to earn this distinction include
      appointment was approved                           Related Disabilities (FAU CARD) received a grant from   Amogh Allani, Ryan Cantrell, Ethan Curtis, Olivia
      unanimously by the Florida                         the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council to develop   Dandu, Nolan Dang, Nelson Delarue, Marcel Eugene,
      Atlantic University Board  Stacy Volnick           and provide training to law enforcement personnel and   Johnathan Fuentes, Kia Ghods, Meghan Kakiel, Ritvik
      of Trustees.                                       first  responders  who  encounter,  interact  and  intervene   Kesharaju, Jacob Labkovski, Saachi Mody, Eric
         Volnick became a member of the university’s     with individuals with intellectual and developmental   Morales, Chancellor O’Bryant Gary, Valerie Ong-Tua,
      administrative staff in 1991, advancing steadily through   disabilities (I/DD). The research project will focus on   Mikhail Perminov, Daniel Proenca, Juliet Reisch, Lucja
      the ranks. In 2013, she became vice president for   developing workshops to train responders with different   Stawikowska, Hannah Tuttle and Sofia Wiskoff.
      administrative affairs and chief administrative officer   evidence-based communication strategies such as verbal      “I  am  excited  for  Florida Atlantic  University  High
      and, more recently, she was promoted to chief operating   communication, augmentative devices, appropriate de-  School  students  recently  recognized  by  the  National
      officer. A Double Owl, she holds a bachelor’s degree in   escalation strategies, behavior management techniques and   Merit Scholarship Program,” said Joel Herbst, Ed.D.,
      communication from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College   safe physical management considering physical limitations.  superintendent, FAU PK-12 Schools and Educational
      of Arts and Letters and a master’s degree in education      “Training first responders on how to communicate   Programs. “This year 58 of our 173 members of our senior
      leadership from the College of Education. She currently   with I/DD individuals effectively will help to understand   class have been recognized for their scholastic success.”
      is pursuing a doctorate in higher education leadership.   not only the disorder characteristics but also how to      To become a National Merit finalist, each semifinalist
      Appropriately, her dissertation will address the challenges   interact with them and how to best manage risk in high-  must submit a detailed scholarship application, which
      facing women college presidents.                   stress situations with the individual,” said Exume. “For   includes their academic record, extracurricular activities,
         In her current position, she oversees areas vital to the   example, communication challenges may lead to multiple   demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors
      continuing  operations  of the university. These include   opportunities for confusion and actions that may be   and awards. They also must be endorsed by a high school
      Public  Safety,  Facilities  Management,  Environmental   misinterpreted or may cause an unnecessary increase in   official, write an essay and perform well on the SAT.
      Health and Safety, Human Resources, Business       escalation during emergencies.”                      “The National Merit Scholarship Competition is our
      Services, Emergency Management, Board of Trustees      The grant, totaling to almost $150,000, will fund a   nation’s most prestigious scholarship program,” said
      Operations, President’s Office Operations, the Eleanor   beginning project to appoint an advisory committee;   Herbst. “We are delighted with the success of these
      R. Baldwin House (the President’s on-campus residence),   investigate state legislative rules and policies regarding   students and the incredible impact they will have well
      and the University Ombudsman. Additionally, she    the training of law enforcement personnel, first   into the future.”
      administratively oversees the offices of the Inspector   responders, and emergency medical and mental health      For more information on FAU High, visit
      General and University Compliance.                 personnel in I/DD and co-occurring mental health
         As a matter of procedure, her appointment is subject   diagnoses; as well as develop in-person and virtual
      to the approval of the State University System of Florida   workshop series in various parts of the state.
      Board of Governors. Volnick, as interim, will not apply
      to be the permanent president.
         President Kelly will continue to serve as university
      president emeritus after he steps down from his current

                                         Nov. 25

                                                                                                           FAU Features on page 11

                                                             Need More Storage?

                                                             WE CAN HELP!
                         Nov. 26

                                          Nov. 28

                                                                                           NEW state of the art facility in Jupiter!

                                          Nov. 29                                                                                                    *

                     Your ad                                                                      * Certain restrictions apply. Mention or present this offer.

            could be here!                                           Modern Security                  Climate-Controlled                  Secure Car
                                                                                                      Storage Units
                                                                     and Safety

                                                             Store.  Pack.  Move.                             50 Frederick Small Road
            561-746-3244                                     And More!                                             Jupiter, FL 33458

                                                                               (561) 556-2191
   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15