Dialogue with FGCU experts
Florida Gulf Coast University invites you to participate in an exclusive and informative series of virtual discussions alongside President Martin and area experts.
We invite you to participate in these stimulating discussions on important topics
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help build a better community.
The Silver Era
2-3 p.m., Thursday, January 20
Florida Gulf Coast University celebrates its 25th anniversary throughout 2022. President Martin will discuss the future of FGCU, how the campus plans to celebrate the anniversary and how community members can become involved.
Inside Access is a series of virtual webinars, hosted by University Advancement.
Below you will find recordings on a myriad of topics ranging from current affairs and critical issues that affect our community featuring our world-class faculty members who share their insights and expertise based on their academic discipline. This series would not be possible without the philanthropic support of donors who give back to FGCU.
Talent & Workforce Development
Dr. Aysegul Timur is recognized as a community leader in workforce gaps, and in pinpointing the skills, knowledge and qualities valued by regional employers. Dr. Jenny Manegold, chair of Lutgert College of Business Department of Management, specializes in human resource management, organizational justice and effective interpersonal relationships, including team and group processes. They will join President Martin to discuss how FGCU students and alumni are prepared for the workforce on Day One.
Agriculture has long been one of Southwest Florida’s major industries. With the recent creation of the FGCU Center for Agribusiness, students can minor in agribusiness. Joining President Martin to provide insight and explain opportunities in agribusiness is Dr. Ken Smith, agribusiness advisory committee member and former FGCU trustee.
Level Up with Construction ManagementDiscover how FGCU students become leaders in one of the fastest-growing industries in Southwest Florida – construction. Craig Capano, Ph.D., CPC, provides insight on what it takes to build FGCU’s construction management program and shares some leadership lessons learned along the way. Don’t miss this session if you plan to build a future in our five-county region.
How Research Impacts the Fight Against Cancer with Dr. Lyndsay Rhodes and Xylia HorganCancer impacts 1 in 2 Americans over their lifetime, with more than 1.8 million new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in 2020. Dr. Rhodes and FGCU alum Xylia Horgan ’18, provide insight on the cancer research being conducted by FGCU, the importance of screening and early diagnosis, the role of prevention and lifestyle factors, and the significance of community involvement in the fight against cancer.
The State of FGCU Athletics with Director of Athletics Ken KavanaghFGCU Eagles, ring in the New Year with Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh, who shares his reflections on FGCU Athletics' 20th anniversary. Discover what's new in Eagle sports and the ways you can support our men's and women's basketball program this season.
Combatting Food Insecurity in CollegeNo one has to go hungry on campus or during the holidays. Learn how FGCU addresses food insecurity and ensures students have enough to eat during an informative conversation featuring Dr. Krista Casazza, Associate Dean/Professor at Marieb College of Health & Human Services; Jessi Drummond ’14, Food Forest Advisor; and Michele Kroffke, Director of Operations for Administrative Services & Finance.
A Showcase of the Bower School of Music
Join Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts, as well as faculty and students from the school, for an afternoon of student performances and a discussion of upcoming events.
Researching the Health of Florida’s Waters
Dr. Mike Parsons, Professor of Marine Science and Director of the Vester Field Station, will take you on a deep dive into what's happening above and below the ocean. He and FGCU alum Adam Catasus, ‘15, '19, a research scientist and diver, will share insight into their research on water quality and environmental health.
Election 2020: Road to the White House & Congress
FGCU’s veteran political science professor, Dr. Peter Bergerson, has spent 50 years analyzing the intricacies of national politics, presidential decision making and the legislative process, speaking at national conventions and presidential inaugurations. Join him for an illuminating conversation on the upcoming 2020 election.
Student Engagement During a Pandemic
Keeping students engaged and supported can be challenging during a pandemic, but FGCU’s dedicated staff work hard to succeed. Hear from Dr. Christopher Blakely, interim assistant vice president and dean of students, campus life, and Dr. Brian Fisher, associate vice president of student engagement, on the ways in which the FGCU team has accomplished this in recent months and plans to do so this semester.
Mindfulness: Strategies for Staying Centered During Turbulent Times
Explore the application of mindfulness-based strategies in an uncertain world with FGCU professors, Maria F. Loffredo Roca, Ph.D, Juliana Griffin & Erik Sutherland. The strategies are aimed at promoting compassionate self-awareness and emotional balance.
A Conversation with the President
Advancement Vice President Kitty Green will moderate this talk with President Martin as the Fall 2020 semester begins. The conversation will be wide-ranging, including how the University is preparing to keep students safe in the face of COVID-19 while also meeting the needs of the community and preparing students for the future.
Breaking Biases – Work, Sports and Relationships
An insightful conversation about implicit, conscious and unconscious biases, how it impacts careers, plays out in athletics and relationships with Director of Equity, Ethics & Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, Precious Gunter and FGCU Alumna and Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Chelsea Lyles ’10.
Reopening Schools with COVID-19 Implications
A conversation about the reopening of K-12 schools with education professors Dr. Elizabeth Elliott and Diane Kratt.
Art & Science of Putting
A conversation about the science and technology and art of putting with PGA Golf Management professors Mark Komives and Tara McKenna.
Space and Beyond
A science conversation about space, including NASA’s role today and the in the future and how we all can be part of exploring our galaxy, with Whitaker Eminent Scholar Derek Buzasi and FGCU alumna Lindsey Carboneau ’19.
Water, a vital resource
Join Dr. Greg Tolley, executive director of The Water School at FGCU; and Dr. Joanne Muller, a paleoclimatologist and chair of the Department of Marine & Earth Science, for an insightful look at the state of the region’s waters and how history enables us to predict the nature of future storms.
Economy, business and finance in SWFL
Panelists will be Lutgert College of Business’ Dr. Shelton Weeks, an expert in real estate and financial markets, who is frequently interviewed by the news media seeking his insights; and Dr. Tom Smythe, a professor of finance who has been widely quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Money Magazine.
Physical & Mental Health
Panelists will be Marieb College of Health & Human Services’ Dr. Alise Bartley, an expert in family counseling and director of FGCU’s Community Counseling Center; and Robert Hawkes, founding program director of FGCU’s Physician Assistant Program and a licensed physician assistant.