FAU earned the Owl role because... The FAU campus was designated a burrowing owl sanctuary in 1971 by the Audubon Society. The Owl came here because there are not many predators, other than cats, near an airport. The feisty bird, traditionally associated with wisdom and determination, serves as the University's mascot. Also see What is a burrowing Owl?
Every year Florida Atlantic University plays Florida International University (FIU) in the "Shula Bowl". The "Shula Bowl" coined after Don Shula, former coach of the Miami Dolphins and record holder of the most NFL wins, gives bragging rights to a South Florida team. Florida Atlantic University began at the DI-AA football level in 2001 and FIU started in 2002, at the same level. Since both universities acquisition of FBS status the rivalry with FIU has strengthened.
Shula Bowl Results:
2002 - FAU 31, FIU 21 (MVPs: FIU - Jerrid Lundstedt, FAU - Jared Allen)
2003 - FAU 32, FIU 23 (MVPs: FIU - Adam Gorman, FAU - Jared Allen)
2004 - FAU 17, FIU 10 (MVPs: Cory McKinney, FAU - Jared Allen)
2005 - FIU 52, FAU 6 (FIU vanquished) (MVPs: FIU - Ben West, FAU - Thomas Parker)
2006 - FAU 31. FIU 0 (MVPs: FIU - Chandler Williams, FAU - Rusty Smith)
2007 - FAU 55, FIU 23 (MVPs: FIU - A'mod Ned, FAU - Rusty Smith)
2008 - FAU 57, FIU 50 (OT) (MVPs: FIU - Paul McCall, Rusty Smith)
2009 - FAU 28, FIU 21 (MVPs: FIU - Daunte Owens, FAU - Alfred Morris)
2010 - FAU 21, FIU 9 (MVPs: FIU - T.Y. Hilton, FAU - Lester Jean)
2011 - FIU 41, FAU 7 (MVPs: FIU - Kedrick Rhodes, FAU - Alfred Morris)
2012 - FIU 35-25 (MVPs: FIU - Jake Medlock, FAU - William Dukes)
2013 - FAU 21-6 (MVPs: FIU - Markeith Russell, FAU - Martin Wright)
In October 2003 Florida Atlantic University embarked upon a branding initiative, the goal of FAU is to create strong, unified brand identity along with a distinctive new look for the face that the university turns toward the public, a look that accurately reflects the pride FAU takes in being a center of outstanding scholarship, 21st century research and dedicated community service and a place where students make memories that last a lifetime. It is about keeping the best of tradition while embracing the future of FAU. The athletic logo will be used for all athletic teams, promotions, the athletics website and licensed merchandise. On February 28, 2005 the new brand was unveiled. The school colors of FAU are blue (PMS 295) red (PMS 200), and Flat Silver (PMS 428).
FAU was established in 1961, becoming the fifth university in Florida's State University System. The University opened with a charter class of 850 students in September 1964. Then-U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson received an honorary degree at dedication ceremonies held October 25, 1964. On November 12, 1964, Dr. Kenneth R. Williams was inaugurated as the first president of FAU. The second president, Dr. Glenwood Creech, took over on July 1, 1973. Dr. Helen Popovich became FAU's third president in August 1983. The fourth president, Dr. Anthony James Catanese, came to FAU January 2, 1990 and remained in office until March 2003, when FAU Alumus Frant T. Brogan took office. He remained president of the university until June 2009. John Prichett served as interim president until October 2010 when current president, Mary Jane Saunders became the school's seventh president.
The 850-acre Boca Raton campus, located on a former U.S. Army airfield, was inhabited by a variety of wildlife, including burrowing owls, which are still seen on campus. The University's athletic teams have taken the feisty birds as their mascot. The campus was designated a burrowing owl sanctuary by the Audubon Society on April 23, 1971.
The first FAU campus in Broward County opened in July 1971. Located at 1515 Commercial Blvd., the campus was expanded in 1984 and is currently used as a conference and continuing education. The Reubin O'D Askew University Tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale opened on January 5, 1986.
Courses have been offered in Davie, Florida, since 1984. FAU's Davie campus came into its own in January 1991, when a modular center of 13 single-story buildings opened. Since then, the College of Liberal Arts building, FAU's largest building, was constructed on the Davie campus, as has the James Scott Education and Science Building.
The campus in Davie also includes a shared library with partner Broward Community College. SeaTech, home to FAU's ocean engineering program, is a state-of-the-art research facility in Dania Beach. The northern section of Palm Beach County is home to two campuses -- the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter where FAU has located its new Honors College and the Treasure Coast Campus in Port St. Lucie.
With comprehensive academic programs and seven campuses along Florida's southeast coastline, Florida Atlantic University has earned its reputation as a center of excellence in higher education. FAU is home to approximately 27,000 students from the Treasure Coast through Broward County and the alma mater for more than 100,000 proud alumni worldwide.
As a meeting place designed for both traditional and nontraditional students, FAU offers more than 170 bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral degrees through its 10 colleges.
"Regardless if you are an undergrad looking for the full university experience or a researcher seeking the next big discovery, FAU provides an environment that breeds sucess," said Frank T. Brogan, FAU alumnus and former president.
Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, FAU continues to develop as an active research institution dedicated to seeding Florida's economy with high-tech enterprise. FAU's own Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute as well as collaborations with organizations such as the Scripps Research Institute, the Max Planck Society and Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies offer FAU students unique research opportunities.
FAU BY THE NUMBERS
- A world-class faculty boasting more than 1,000 professors and instructors offers career expertise and personal attention to students
- Hundreds of student organizations, fraternities and sororities enrich life on and off campus
- 18 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic teams provide student-athletes with opportunities to excel in both class and sport
- More than $100 million annually in student financial aid
Just before every kickoff, the crowd starts to make lots of noise. When the ball is kicked everyone yells, "FAU" and when the ball is caught, "Owls."
Go Owls Cheer:
With two minutes to go in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, the "Go Owls" cheer will start. The home side starts with "Go" and the student side responds with "Owls."
The FAU Marching Band plays the "Fanfare" after touchdown and the "Fight Song" as crowd sings along after every extra point attempt.
The FAU Marching Band plays the "Fight Song" as crowd sings along after every field goal attempt
Every time there is an Owls first down, the public address announcer will announce, "That's another Owls..."and the crowd will yell "First Down!"
We'll fight fight fight for F A U
There's foot-ball in pa-ra-dise
We'll fight fight fight for F A U
We know we're gonna win and it's feelin'mighty nice
Cheering our foot-ball team down the field
and waving our colors too Hoot! Hoot!
The fighting Owls
are on the prowl
Go F A U hey!
Go Owls Go!
Go Owls Go!
Hit'em high, hit'em low,
Go Owls Go!
With the gulf stream breezes blowing
The search for truth goes on.
Seeking, learning, sharing knowledge.
Finding the meaning of the past that is gone.
Where nature beams with pleasant weather.
We strive to learn and work together.
Florida Atlantic, we praise and hail thy name.