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As the permanent “home away from home” for Florida Atlantic University’s ever-growing alumni constituency, and a gathering place for a variety of university-wide traditions and celebrations, the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center is a focal point on the Boca Raton campus. It is superbly located adjacent to FAU stadium and Innovation Village residential area.
The 14,000-square-foot Center offers FAU alumni, students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the community, access to an unparalleled setting for classes, conferences, cultural activities and events.
Built on two levels, the Center’s interior is comprised of a great hall, two board rooms, three classrooms, a library, two large reception areas, a mentoring center, an outdoor courtyard and a fully equipped catering kitchen.
Designed to welcome current students and alumni to FAU, the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center’s lighthouse beacon is a symbol of its mission and commitment to guiding alumni home.
About Marleen and Harold Forkas
The legacy of Marleen and Harold Forkas typifies the spirit behind the “American Dream.” Married for almost 25 years, Marleen and Harold shared a strong philanthropic sense and a commitment to many charitable organizations. Harold’s passing 2009 was felt throughout the community. A true entrepreneur, Harold arrived in New York City in 1935, eager to become a part of the business world. After working in the office supply business, he embarked on a management and sales career with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Success in this industry did not deter him from pursuing other professional challenges. When an opportunity to become a Midas Muffler franchisee arose, Harold followed his instincts and by the time he retired in 1988, he owned eight Midas Muffler dealerships. Marleen Forkas is well recognized for her 40-year career as a fashion designer and embroidery manufacturer. She was the first woman to graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Management Engineering Division.
Marleen and Harold began their association with their “hometown” university in 1997 when they became involved with programs at FAU’s University Center. True sports enthusiasts, the couple joined the University’s Inner Circle of Football Founders and were part of the excitement as FAU fielded its inaugural team in 2001. Regular attendees at FAU home and away games, they discovered what they referred to as a “whole new family of friends.” Although Harold is deeply missed, Marleen continues to grace the alumni center with her support and presence. Through their interest in FAU alumni activities, Marleen and Harold have brought to the alumni center and FAU’s past, present and future graduates a feeling of “E.S.P. – Enthusiasm, Sincerity and Pride.”