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Dear members of the FIU community:
You are ready for a summer break – and so are we. In our first “summer light” edition of the Academic Affairs newsletter, we’re offering up some ideas for how to best escape the heat in a fun way, courtesy of other members of the FIU community. Consider picking up a new book penned by one of our alumni or watch a movie based on one of our alumni’s book. Prefer learning something new or brushing up on your computer skills? UTS has a treat for you. Want some artistic inspiration during your lunch break? Why not stop by the Frost Art Museum and visit a very special guest on view? And if you are looking for a thrill, take a virtual ride through the eye of a hurricane with FIU researcher Hugh Willoughby. 

Whichever way you do it: enjoy your summer!

Enjoy the creative works of Golden Panthers 
Lynn Kiele Bonasia, alumna of our M.F.A. in English program, just published her second novel, Summer Shift. Publishers Weekly says, “Bonasia once again mines her Cape Cod upbringing with a cast of coastal small town characters” and “delivers a delightful story … of love and redemption.” For an excerpt from Lynn's book, click here.

Preston Allen's Jesus Boy got a glowing review in the NY Times, whose reviewer wrote, “Allen’s writing is by turns solemn and funny.” Publisher's Weekly and Florida Book Review also gave it rave reviews. In addition, Jesus Boy was listed in the June issue of "O the Oprah Magazine" as one of "Ten More Titles to Read Right Now." Preston too is an alumnus of the M.F.A. in English program.  Preston shared an excerpt with us which is also posted here.


Another former student from the M.F.A. program in English is author Vicki Hendricks, whose collection of 11 of her best stories, Florida Gothic Stories, was just released in May.Booklist calls Vicki “the least commercial but most literary of the Florida crime writers.  Click here for a slightly gothic glance into “The Big O,” which Vicki e-mailed to us. 

Get atomic computer skills with free eTraining courtesy of UTS  
As University Technology Services introduces new campaigns to improve the interactivity at our university, it might be difficult to keep up with the changes in new software. Recently, UTS launched a new technology service available to faculty, staff, and students that is sure to make users tech-savvy come the Fall 2010 semester. eTraining, a product of the partnership between FIU and Atomic Learning, brings nearly 40,000 free computer-related training sessions and tutorials right to your fingertips [...]

A very special guest on view at the Frost:: Adoration of the Magi  
Adoration of The Magi, an oil painting attributed to Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640) and Jacob Jordaens (1593 – 1678), is now on view in the Carol Weldon Metropolitan Gallery in The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU. This 17th century high baroque work is on special loan to The Frost Art Museum by Mr. Natan Saban, a private collector [...]

 What is it like flying through the eye of a hurricane? 
The team recently interviewed Hugh Willoughby, distinguished research professor in the Department of Earth & Environment, on his research on hurricanes. He took the team along on a virtual flight through the eye of a hurricane. Enjoy!

July 2010

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