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“Dr. Bradshaw has an extraordinary amount of energy. He has the emotional energy, the experience and the vision to lead this institution.”

— Scott Lutgert, chair of the FGCU Board of Trustees, in announcing
Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw as the University’s third president


Transition would be front and center this year after President William C. Merwin announced his retirement as the University’s second president. Dr. Richard Pegnetter, founding dean of the College of Business, was named interim president as the search for a new permanent leader commenced. The FGCU Board of Trustees announced Aug. 25 that it had unanimously selected Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, president of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn., as FGCU’s third president. In making the announcement, board chairman Scott Lutgert said that Bradshaw “has the emotional energy, the experience and the vision to lead this institution.” For his part, in response to an applauding audience, Bradshaw said, “I can’t imagine a finer day in my life.” He officially assumed FGCU’s presidency Nov. 13.

Junior marketing major Brogan Hetrick, who founded the student-education and space-advocacy organization Eagle Space Society at FGCU, was named chief engineer and third in command of Expedition Gamma by the Mars Society of Canada in conjunction with the Canada Space Agency, it was announced in January. The expedition was a two-week training and research mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.

Also in January, the Florida Small Business Development Center established the Small Business Resource Network at FGCU to help expand the region’s small businesses. The new program would have its first meeting April 19.

In March, former U.S. Army captain James Yee, Muslim chaplain at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, came to campus to talk about his experience being falsely accused of espionage for aiding Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners after 9/11 and his ensuing imprisonment in 2003. Also that month, the FGCU Hockey Club, in its first season after moving up to Division II in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, qualified for the national championship tournament in Fort Collins, Colo.

Computer-science and engineering professor Dr. Janusz Zalewski earned a Federal Aviation Administration grant of more than $217,000 with a peer from Embry Riddle Aeronautic University for a two-year study that enabled FGCU computer-science students to gain experience with software used to design digital aircraft-control systems. Zalewski also received a two-year, $132,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build a Web-based, real-time software engineering lab to coincide with the new undergraduate program in software engineering.

In the spring, a program headed by associate professor of marine science Dr. Aswani Volety to restore oyster reefs in Southwest Florida earned a national Coastal America Partnership award; while Dr. James D. Sweeney, professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering, is elected to be a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering based in Washington, D.C.

On March 26, the University proudly invited the entire Southwest Florida community to a welcome-home celebration in Alico Arena for its women’s basketball team, which in its final contest in NCAA Division II lost in the national championship game to Southern Connecticut State — its only blemish in a 34-1 season.

FGCU’s inaugural inductees into the Student Hall of Fame — the highest recognition given annually to student leaders who demonstrate superior leadership, integrity and achievement in the University community — were Megan Barr, Jill Brauer, Brynn Dombroski, Drew Foulke, Kirt Gallatin, Peter Lechler, Maxwel Lyons, Tyrone Martin, RaeAnna Monfort, Lindsay Galloway and Elizabeth Perez.

Before 836 graduates and guest speaker James McBride — award-winning writer, composer and saxophonist who had been a huge hit at FGCU’s first Freshman Convocation in 2003 — the University awarded the title Professor Emeritus at its April 28 Commencement to assistant professor Dr. Bill Hammond for his exemplary leadership in environmental study, education and management.

In May, FGCU softball player Carmen Paez from Belle Glade — a junior who led the Eagles to a 62-8 record (fifth-most wins in NCAA Division II history) and South Region final with a D-II record 28 homers while batting  .438 with 80 runs batted in — was named the National Player of the Year on the Daktronics All-American Team.

Naples donors Drs. Burtt and Ruth Whitaker Holmes were feted May 16 at a groundbreaking ceremony for 70,000-square-foot Holmes Hall, home of the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering. Burtt Holmes was chair of The Whitaker Foundation — named for Mrs. Holmes’ father — which launched the engineering school with a $5 million gift. Little more than a week later, a $5 million gift by Raymond and Beverly Lutgert of Naples was recognized at another groundbreaking, this one for Lutgert Hall, a 62,000-square-foot educational monument that greets visitors at the main university entrance and houses the College of Business that also carries the Lutgert name.

Sophomore music major Faith Lanctot followed her 2006 win in the Florida Young Artist Piano Competition with a May victory in the Gray Perry Young Collegiate Competition at the University of Florida, outperforming the state’s top collegiate pianists. To cap the year, she also won the Southwest Florida Symphony Young Artists Competition in Fort Myers on Dec. 28.

FGCU’s Center for Civic Engagement, meanwhile, coordinated the launch of the Volunteer Southwest Florida website to centralize regional volunteer opportunities and news.

June’s quarterly meeting of the FGCU Foundation Board resulted in Duane Stranahan Jr. being named chair and Peter Sulick vice chair. The University’s fundraising arm reached a deal with Bonita Beach Plantation Resort owners Norm and Nancy Vester in July to sell the Estero Bay waterfront property to FGCU for $2.75 million — about $1 million less than its appraised value — to create the Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station.

Dr. Gary Jackson, director of the Regional Economic Research Institute in the Lutgert College of Business, released results in August of FGCU’s overall economic impact in the five-county Southwest Florida region for 2005-06, finding the University was the impetus behind $241 million in expenditures, $103 million in labor income and the creation of 2,586 jobs.

The University launched its 10th anniversary celebration Aug. 14 in Alico Arena during the Welcome Back event for faculty and staff, highlighted by a ceremonial anniversary cake, historical video and addresses by Interim President Richard Pegnetter and Founding President Roy McTarnaghan that acknowledged 181 original members of faculty and staff who were still employees at FGCU.

FGCU earned the state’s largest College Reach Out Program (CROP) grant for the year — almost $300,000, which was $100,000 more than was granted the previous year — to  fund programs that help middle- and high-school students prepare for higher education.

A banner year for campus construction continued Aug. 30 when yet another groundbreaking was held, this one for Herbert J.  Sugden Hall, home of the Resort and Hospitality Management program. Naples resident Margaret S. “Peg” Sugden was honored at the event for the tremendous contributions by her and her late husband toward FGCU’s growth. A previous gift by the Sugdens had funded the  Margaret S. Sugden Welcome Center and the Sugden Clock Tower at the Student Union.

Sept. 11 saw the FGCU Foundation honoring freshman education major Kaitlyn Meisenheimer of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., as recipient of the Margaret and Peter Sulick September 11th Scholarship, a four-year, $20,000 award given to children of uniformed first responders who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Meisenheimer’s father was a Suffolk County, N.Y., firefighter who died in the attack.

Math professor Tony Planas said in September he believed FGCU was the first academic institution in Florida — and maybe in the entire country — to use dual metric-customary speed-limit signs on its campus.

An article on research-administrators’ perceptions of certification value earned Dr. Thomas J. Roberts, associate vice president for research, the 2007 Rod Rose Award from the Journal of Research Administration for that year’s most outstanding piece in the journal.

An annual exercise in spontaneous creativity debuted at the University in the fall when the first 24-Hour Festival was staged. Produced by theater professor Barry Cavin, the festival challenges students and faculty to create the best stage play, film, music or artwork they can in a 24-hour marathon session, with winners earning scholarship money.

FGCU’s commitment to community engagement was recognized Oct. 4 when the University received Florida Campus Compact’s 2007 Engaged Campus Award as the state university system’s most locally involved campus.

The new basketball pep band introduced FGCU’s “Fight Song” — written by Dr. Rod Chestnutt, the Bower School of Music’s head of instrumental studies — at a Nov. 9 women’s game in Alico Arena against Florida State.

The year ended with FGCU having its first doctoral program approved, in physical therapy, by the State University System Board of Governors — “a significant achievement for our campus,” according to Dr. Peg Gray-Vickrey, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. And Dr. Bradley K. Hobbs, professor of economics and finance, won a national Acton Foundation Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award.

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FGCU WELCOMES A NEW LEADER

Transition would be front and center this year after President William C. Merwin announced his retirement as the University’s second president. Scott Lutgert, chair of the FGCU Board of Trustees, announced that Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw would be the University’s third president.

34-1 SEASON: ALMOST PERFECT
34-1 SEASON: ALMOST PERFECT

On March 26, FGCU proudly invited the entire Southwest Florida community to a welcome-home celebration in Alico Arena for its women’s basketball team, which in its final contest in NCAA Division II lost in the national championship game to Southern Connecticut State — its only blemish in a 34-1 season.

FGCU CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
FGCU CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

FGCU launched its 10th anniversary celebration Aug. 14 in Alico Arena during the Welcome Back event for faculty and staff, highlighted by a ceremonial anniversary cake, historical video and addresses by Interim President Richard Pegnetter and Founding President Roy McTarnaghan that acknowledged 181 original members of faculty and staff who were employees at FGCU.

ENGINEERING A GROUNDBREAKING
ENGINEERING A GROUNDBREAKING

Naples donors Drs. Burtt and Ruth Whitaker Holmes were feted May 16 at a groundbreaking ceremony for 70,000-square-foot Holmes Hall, home of the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering. Burtt  Holmes was chair of The Whitaker Foundation — named for Mrs. Holmes’ father — which launched the engineering school with a $5 million gift.

BUYING ON THE WATER
BUYING ON THE WATER

FGCU reached a deal with Bonita Beach Plantation Resort owners Norm and Nancy Vester in July to sell the Estero Bay waterfront property for $2.75 million — about $1 million less than its appraised value — to create the Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station.

THE ROSE SMELLS SWEET

An article on research-administrators’ perceptions of certification value earned Dr. Thomas J. Roberts, associate vice president for research, the 2007 Rod Rose Award from the Journal of Research Administration for that year’s most outstanding piece in the journal.

OF GREAT FAITH

Sophomore music major Faith Lanctot followed her 2006 win in the Florida Young Artist Piano Competition with a May victory in the Gray Perry Young Collegiate Competition at the University of Florida, outperforming the state’s top collegiate pianists. To cap the year, she also won the Southwest Florida Symphony Young Artists Competition in Fort Myers on Dec. 28.

HARD SOFTBALL ACT TO TOP

FGCU softball player Carmen Paez from Belle Glade — a junior who led the Eagles to a 62-8 record (fifth-most wins in NCAA Division II history) and South Region final with a D-II record 28 homers while batting  .438 with 80 runs batted in — was named the National Player of the Year on the Daktronics All-American Team.

OUR STUDENT ROCKET MAN

Junior marketing major Brogan Hetrick, who founded the student-education and space-advocacy organization Eagle Space Society at FGCU, was named chief engineer and third in command of Expedition Gamma by the Mars Society of Canada in conjunction with the Canada Space Agency, announced in January. The expedition was a two-week training and research mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.