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“Through music instruction, performance, community service and outreach, the Bower School of Music enhances the cultural offerings and improves the quality
of life for all who live, work and play in this region.”

— President Wilson G. Bradshaw, at a groundbreaking ceremony
for the Music Education and Performance Building on Sept. 16


In January, the campus celebrated the opening of $24.4 million Holmes Hall, the new home of the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering. In February, groundbreaking was held at Naples Botanical Garden for the Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center, a 15,000-square-foot outdoor laboratory for environmental education.

The College of Health Professions announced in the spring that the University’s clinical laboratory science program was accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

The FGCU women’s basketball program continued its march toward perennial excellence by capturing its first Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season title, and would be joined in the spring by the baseball team, which repeated as the regular-season titlist under Coach Dave Tollett, who won his second consecutive A-Sun Coach of the Year award. Meanwhile, the swimming and diving program led by Coach Neal Studd earned the first of what would be five consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association crowns. And in another athletics milestone, in early May, Ken Kavanagh, athletics director at Bradley University, was selected from a national search and introduced as FGCU’s new athletics director, taking over from Dr. Jo-Ann Nester, who had been interim AD since November 2008. Nester would soon be named AD at Saint Anselm College.

The 2009 Student Hall of Fame members were Ginnie Anderson, Ken Beauvais, Luke Benfield, Jamilla Brooks, Christina Faramo, Carloncia Hogan, Sean Myles Kittleson, Marissa Price and Rachel Wise.

In June, Dr. Stephen McIntosh was named chair and Donald Lesch vice chair of the FGCU Foundation Board.

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education sent a seven-person contingent to Montreal in July to talk about the role of academic centers in campus ecology at the World Environmental Education Congress.

A summer project to verify the location of Fort Shackleford, built in the spring of 1855 at the beginning of the Third Seminole War, united FGCU’s Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences and the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Preservation Office at the Big Cypress Reservation. Also, three faculty members — Dr. Tina Gelpi, Jessica Rhea and Dr. Lisa Zidek — were selected to participate as scholars in new statewide initiatives launched by the Florida Campus Compact, a coalition of 52 colleges and universities. And counseling professor Dr. Russ Sabella in August joined the advisory council of Hollywood for Kids, a worldwide educational initiative based in Los Angeles.

In the fall, Biscayne Hall became FGCU’s first LEED-certified building, joining Everglades Hall as the second residence hall in South Village — also with five stories, 124,000 square feet and capacity for 406 freshman residents.

In September, groundbreaking was held for the Music Education and Performance Building at the Arts Complex —  funded with an $11.6 million state grant — with special recognition for Alan and Marilyn Korest, who had helped establish the Bower School of Music in memory of Mrs. Korest’s father, Naples philanthropist Edwin H. Bower.

That same month, Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran, director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, teamed with Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to deliver the keynote address at the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. That would be followed in November by engineering professors Dr. Tanya Kunberger and Dr. Lisa Zidek being selected for the National Academy of Engineering First Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium in Herndon, Va.

October saw John D. Backe, president of the Backe Foundation Inc., establish the Backe Chair in Renewable Energy Endowed Fund with a $1 million gift and, through the Backe Group, begin a collaborative venture to develop a state-of-the-art research and development area — the FGCU Innovation Hub — on a 241-acre parcel just northeast of the FGCU campus. Also that month, Naples resident Judy Sproul established the Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management with an endowed fund, with that scholar to work primarily out of the Kapnick Center on the Naples Botanical Garden campus.

The Office of Continuing Education invited the public in late October to an open house at its new location at the Atrium in Fort Myers, where new courses and programs would be offered, including an enhanced Renaissance Academy schedule. The Renaissance Academy also had extended its regional reach by opening an office at Herald Court Centre in Punta Gorda, expanding lifelong learning in Charlotte County.

Meanwhile, the Lutgert College of Business reaffirmed its growing status, again making the Princeton Review’s book of “Best Business Schools,” this time in the 2010 edition.

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NO PLACE LIKE HOLMES

In January, the campus celebrated the opening of $24.4 million Holmes Hall, the new home of the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering.

A PLACE TO PERFORM
A PLACE TO PERFORM

In September, groundbreaking was held for the Music Education and Performance Building at the Arts Complex —  funded with an $11.6 million state grant — with special recognition for Alan and Marilyn Korest, who had helped establish the Bower School of Music in memory of Mrs. Korest’s father, Naples philanthropist Edwin H. Bower.

NEW DIRECTION FOR ATHLETICS
NEW DIRECTION FOR ATHLETICS

In early May, Ken Kavanagh, athletics director at Bradley University, was selected after a national search and introduced as FGCU’s new athletics director, taking over from Dr. Jo-Ann Nester, who had been interim AD since November 2008.

BISCAYNE HALL: LEED, INDEED
BISCAYNE HALL: LEED, INDEED

In the fall, Biscayne Hall became FGCU’s first LEED-certified building, joining Everglades Hall as the second residence hall in South Village — also with five stories, 124,000 square feet and capacity for 406 freshman residents.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education sent a seven-person contingent to Montreal in July to talk about the role of academic centers in campus ecology at the World Environmental Education Congress.

THE SEARCH FOR SHACKLEFORD

A summer project to verify the location of Fort Shackleford, built in the spring of 1855 at the beginning of the Third Seminole War, united FGCU’s Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences and the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Preservation Office at the Big Cypress Reservation.