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Helping Students “See the World Differently”

Students of the arts, humanities, and social sciences are often troubled by the talk of those who don’t understand the value of their degrees and the career opportunities they open up. Andrea Shaw Nevins, Ph.D., who chairs the Department of History and Political Science at NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, wants to change that. She and her colleagues are helping students “see the world differently” by offering them new experiences outside of the classroom. The Department of History and Political Science Student Scholar Fund will provide financial support to undergraduate and...


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Empowering Change through Legal Education

When talking to Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law, a listener will quickly learn how changes in technology, trade, and demographic trends are impacting access to legal services and economic opportunities. “Technology has the power to unleash people’s potential, but it also has the danger of making old problems more severe,” explains Garon. To address these changes, legal education is changing as well. At NSU, Garon highlights the work students are doing to help underserved communities have access both to legal services for their personal needs and for their entrepreneurial...


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Chain of Love

Robert Speth, Ph.D., is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at NSU who is internationally recognized for his work as biomedical researcher. He and his wife, Janet, are supporters of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) research. Their son, Tim, who was diagnosed with DMD at 18 months, passed away from the disease at the age of 20. While Speth’s current research focuses on how the brain regulates the cardiovascular system to gain knowledge that can help prevent cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of Americans, he is working with a researcher in Iowa studying Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, for whom his expertise on the...


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Realizing Philanthropic Dreams

The path for Andrea Darlow, M.B.A., to encourage philanthropy began with her father, a Miami-based attorney, whose practice was focused on estate and tax planning. Darlow remembers that many of his clients became his lifelong friends and confidantes. A philanthropic man himself, he instilled those values in his daughter and, most likely, in his clients.Her career path led to the wealth management area of the banking industry as a trust officer. “I would work with wealthy families, their foundations, individuals, and when we discussed their estate plans, insurance, and things of that nature, I would ask them what their...


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A Place You Call Home

When Liza Sumulong, M.B.A., was searching for a university at which to obtain her master’s degree, she did due diligence, visiting at least three schools. But there was something that stood out about Nova Southeastern University.“I wanted to be at a place where I felt like I was at home,” said Sumulong. “When I arrived here, that was it. I knew immediately this was where I wanted to be.”Soon after she enrolled at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Sumulong began working with the college in the marketing department. She finished her degree and was hired full...


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When Giving Becomes a Team Effort

Steven Harvey, M.B.A., began his relationship with NSU when he was recruited to play baseball for the university. “I had so much fun as an undergraduate, there was no question I would continue my education here,” he said. “While my intention was to get my graduate degree, leave the university, and take that education out into the corporate world, it was such a dynamic time for the business college, I decided to stay,” Harvey said. His career began in the college’s marketing department, while pursuing his M.B.A.To say it was the best decision he ever made is an understatement, according to...


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Aiming for Student Success in Sports and in Life

To NSU Athletics Director Mike Mominey, helping student-athletes realize their potential means providing opportunities for success–in sports and in life.“In athletics, it’s almost the perfect analogy because that’s what we do,” Mominey said. “As a coach, you’re always looking to get the most of your student-athletes. The wins and losses are a product of the process. The process is getting the kids to be the best they can be. Then everything else falls into place.”Mominey, and his wife Denise, have created a NSU legacy gift to benefit student-athletic...


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When Giving Becomes a Team Effort

J. Preston Jones, D.B.A., has been a part of the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University for 25 years. He believes it has been an honorable distinction to be part of the growth of something remarkable, and feels a responsibility to ensure its success.After serving as interim dean since March 2012, Jones was appointed dean of the college in 2013. He had previously held positions as executive associate dean, associate dean for academic affairs, executive director of master’s degree programs, assistant professor of management, director of M.B.A. programs, faculty coordinator for...


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Giving Back While Still Paying Back

Tamara Baker, M.A. is one of more than 40 million Americans with student loan debt. As a college student, she was denied financial aid because of her father’s middle class income. However, with six other children to care for, her family could not afford to pay her tuition. Instead of letting her dreams go by the wayside, Baker sought scholarships and took on student loans to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree from St. Thomas University. Today, in a position she’s worked hard to earn at Nova Southeastern University, she’s doing what she can to lessen the financial strain for...


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When Giving Becomes a Team Effort

A dose of competition can foster participation, as NSU’s Financial Operations office can attest. Three years ago, when Alyson Silva was looking for ways to raise her team’s participation in the annual staff giving campaign, an idea was born. Silva, vice president of finance and chief financial officer, divided her staff into teams and assigned captains. Then, she charged those captains with the challenge of educating and encouraging their co-workers to give back. To Silva’s delight, the plan worked—84 percent of the team members participated in the campaign. “It’s very exciting...


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CEC Distinguished Alumnus Makes Good on a Debt of Gratitude

For some people, education is one thing. For others, education is everything. Wayne Brown, Ph.D., is in the latter group. For nearly 20 years, Brown has worked in higher education at schools in San Francisco, Kansas, and New York. He is also the founder of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to contribute to the education and development of the chief information officer position in higher education. “Education changed my life. It not only created opportunity, it opened a world to me that otherwise would have been closed,” Brown said. Before...


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The Greater Value of Education

When Kelly Henson-Evertz, D.N.P., first became a nursing student an instructor told her that she would need to quit her job if she wanted to succeed in the program. Although her initial reaction was panic, Henson-Evertz persisted; she continued working and going to school. The reality was, she had no other option. Her family could not afford to help, and she wasn't willing to give up her education and her dream of becoming a nurse. Now, an assistant professor at NSU’s Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing, Henson-Evertz wants to make sure students don’t face the same financial struggles she did in order to earn...


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NSU and Patel Family Foundation Break Ground on New Campus

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and the Patel Family Foundation broke ground Wednesday, March 7 on the new 325,000-square-foot Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater, Fla. When construction is complete, it will replace NSU’s existing Tampa Campus and its programs, and will include a new site for the university’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Located at 3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, it is one of NSU’s eight regional campuses.In January, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) approved a class of 150 students to begin studying at the Clearwater site in the...


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Lessons in Leadership

When it comes to business, Robert Preziosi, D.P.A., isn’t one to follow the line. In fact, he doesn’t encourage anyone else to do so, either. He believes that the secret to success lies in unlocking creativity. And for nearly 40 years, that’s exactly what he’s been helping students do at Nova Southeastern University. “’That’s the way it’s always been done’ is not a worthwhile explanation– not by any stretch of the imagination,” Preziosi said. His innovative ideas have helped shape courses and programs at NSU’s H. Wayne...


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Faculty Memorialize One of Their Own

When Nick Fisher was growing into adulthood, it wasn’t certain if he would someday find a job. While being employed is a fact of life for most people, those on the autism spectrum recognize it as a rare opportunity. Fortunately for Fisher, he was given a chance at Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (NSU CARD) housed within the Department of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). Fisher now works three days a week, assisting with general office duties and always bringing his A-game to everything he does. According to Wren Newman, Chair of the SLP Department, this would not have been...


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Reflections from a Christmas Gift

A few years ago, Aarika Camp, Ph.D., was on a mission to find the perfect Christmas gift for her brother. She knew that it needed to be something special. After all, at 24, this man had sacrificed so much to raise her after their mother died when Camp was only 16. When the idea struck her, it became obvious. What better gift for someone who had changed her life than one that would help change the lives of others, too? To honor her brother and the memory of her mother, Camp created the Geraldine & Cecil Stodghill Changing Lives Scholarship. The scholarship supports undergraduate students at Nova Southeastern University’s...


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Rhodes Scholar and NSU Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Julia James Addresses Fellows Society Members

Speech Delivered November 14, 2017 It is an honor to be here this evening to address such a distinguished group ofchampions for NSU. I received my doctorate in clinical medicine (immunology) at Oxford in a novel partnership between the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Oxford and the Rhodes Trust in 2011. The following year, I earned a place in a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship in epidemiology and global health at UCSF in San Francisco which I completed in 2015.I have been affiliated with NSU since October 2016, when I arrived to start a position as a postdoctoral associate at the new Cell Therapy Institute at the Center for...


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Changing Lives, One Dream at a Time

Deborah Ann Mulligan, M.D., remembers a time when she and her three sisters shared all of their belongings to help her save money to pay for medical school. Her father, a disabled war veteran and son of Irish/German immigrants, had set clear educational expectations for his family. With her mother, a child of Italian immigrants, he worked and helped raise five children while still making time to attend school in the evenings. If he could do it, so could they. Mulligan’s story is relatable to many – a family travels to America to live the American Dream. Her tale includes a supportive cast of family members who worked...


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Humberto Franquiz Applies Foresight to Philanthropy

When the Realizing Potential campaign launched four months after Humberto Franquiz joined NSU, he found it easy to give through the Changing Lives Scholarship program.“To me, it’s a privilege working here,” said Franquiz, director of finance for NSU’s Office of Facilities Management. “Giving back means helping the university that gave you an opportunity and helping a student earn their degree.”Franquiz—shown above in center, with David Loshin, dean, and students of the College of Optometry— designated his Changing Lives Scholarship to that college because his...


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Over $2 Million Raised for the Terry Stiles School of Real Estate Development Campaign

When visionary real estate developer and Broward County business leader Terry Stiles passed away on September 11, 2017, friends and colleagues sought a way to honor his legacy. They developed a campaign with a goal to raise $2 million to ensure that the master’s degree in real estate development would forever bear his name. In just three months, they surpassed their goal. Gifts toward naming the Terry Stiles School of Real Estate Development came from more than 100 donors, their donations ranging from $20 to $250,000. Longtime friend and business partner Steven J. Halmos, C.E.O. of Halmos Holdings, Inc., and NSU Trustee, was not...


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SGA President Alex Lopez Addresses Celebration of Excellence Attendees

Speech Delivered January 27, 2018 My name is Alex Lopez and I am a senior, studying Marketing Management in the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship.Just three short years ago, I remember touring NSU and seeing this huge tent on the university lawn with no idea of what it was.I never could have imagined that one day, I would be given the opportunity to speak at an event like this, and finally get to say that I was inside THE white tent.Being the youngest of four children, each of my siblings had vastly different collegiate experiences, so I could never envision what my time at NSU would look like.I had absolutely no idea what...


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NSU Welcomes New Shark Circle Members

2018 Celebration of Excellence attendees lauded six donors whose cumulative giving to Nova Southeastern University exceeds $1 million. In recognition of their generosity, NSU President Dr. George Hanbury together with NSU Trustee and Realizing Potential Campaign Leadership Cabinet Chair Kenny Tate presented the new Shark Circle members with a limited edition maquette replica of the specially commissioned Kent Ullberg mako shark statue located in front of the Don Taft University Center on NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. New Shark Circle Members Mr. and Mrs. Walter (NSU Trustee) Banks, Sr. The Sansom Foundation, Mr. Frank M....


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NSU Surpasses $250 Million Fundraising Goal

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is one step closer to fulfilling its vision to be the South Florida destination for health care education thanks to two new gifts. One will support NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine, the other will support NSU’s College of Nursing. Combined, these gifts help the university achieve the $250 million goal for its Realizing Potential campaign three years ahead of schedule.  The first gift – $25 million from the Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Family Foundation, Inc. – will rename the NSU College of Allopathic Medicine to the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College...


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NSU's College of Nursing Named

In recognition of long-time donors, NSU will rename the nursing college to the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing. Mr. Assaf is chairman of NSU’s Board of Trustees and he and Kathy have donated more than $5 million to NSU.Their latest gift has also enabled NSU to surpass its Realizing Potential campaign goal of $250 million that was originally set for completion at the end of 2020.“We were motivated to support a program that will impact so many people throughout Florida and improve their well-being,” said Mr. Assaf. “Kathy and I have been involved with NSU for many years and appreciate the value...


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NSU MD College Named

Patel Gift News Page | NSU announces a new $25 million gift from the Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Family Foundation, Inc. that renames the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine and provides scholarships for medical students needing financial support to attend medical school.Upon receiving preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in October 2017, the college began recruiting students for what is now the eighth M.D. program in Florida and one of only 149 in the United States. The college’s charter class of 50 M.D. candidates will matriculate in August 2018.“This gift will...


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Patels Receive 2018 NSU President's Award for Excellence in Community Service

Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel first met while studying medicine in Ahmedabad, India. After completing their studies and practicing medicine in Zambia for five years, the Patels moved to New York and earned their advanced specializations from Columbia University—he in cardiology, and she in pediatrics. In 1982, the couple relocated to Tampa with their three young children. Patients affectionately referred to them as Dr. K and Dr. P. Dr. K. went on to cofound a company that became the largest Medicaid provider in the state of Florida. Sought for his expertise in managed care, he also turned a fledgling HMO into a billion-dollar...


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Returns on Investment

While pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware, Bryan Deptula, M.B.A., Ph.D., was faced with a familiar obstacle that many students know all too well—financial adversity. Yet his willingness to learn made him determined to prove himself to faculty and staff. He met with his financial advisor and outlined his short-term goals. Clearly impressed, his advisor agreed to support his education for one semester, providing him with Pell grants and scholarships. Six months later, Deptula returned to meet with him to present his academic achievements and involvement in extracurricular activities. Deptula received a...


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Support Research Initiatives at NSU

Give today to help Nova Southeastern University continue being a leader in education, research and service to our communities. Giving has never been easier, simply text NSU to 41444 to make your gift from your mobile device, or visit nova.edu/giving. MAKE YOUR GIFT


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Support Scholarships at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

The prestigious Batchelor Foundation awarded the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography $50,000 in matching funds to support scholarships for graduate students studying marine science. Any donation received to marine science would be matched dollar for dollar, doubling the benefit to our students! MAKE YOUR GIFT


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Karlton Johnson NSU Ed.D. Story

Video Link | Nova Southeastern University’s Abraham Fischler College of Education prepares graduates for positions in academics, consulting, education leadership and many more. You are one of over 57,000 alumni educators across the globe. Continue making a difference in the lives of future academic professionals and make your gift today! MAKE YOUR GIFT


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NSU College of Optometry Top 10 Reasons

Video Link | Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry is improving the lives of patients through clinical expertise. Students are equipped with the tools and resources needed to study effectively in all optometric specialties. The College of Optometry provides a multidisciplinary environment which encourages scholarly activity, networking, service, and lifelong learning. Give today to continue our greatest needs of the College and fulfill those needs with generous philanthropic support. MAKE YOUR GIFT


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Adrienne Bennett's NSU MBA Story

Video Link | Adrienne enjoyed the benefits of the flexible M.B.A. program. As a working mother pursuing her graduate degree, she found NSU to be the perfect fit to allow her to balance it all. Watch her story to learn how she leveraged NSU’s corporate partnership with Ultimate Software. At Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, we shape our graduates for professions in business, consulting, leadership, and many more. Students in the College of Business have more than 100 corporate partnerships with local businesses to provide internships, on-site corporate...


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The Story Behind the Largest Gift in NSU's History

Video Link | Dr. Kiran C. Patel says the "stars were aligned" when it comes to how quickly he decided to join forces with NSU President & CEO Dr. George Hanbury to advance healthcare and medical education in Florida, and far beyond. In a pre-announcement interview with NSU, Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel both share insight into their transformational gift of $50 million and $150 million real estate and facilities investment.


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NSU & Patel Family Foundation Aid in Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Kiran C. Patel, NSU has been able to deliver over 2,500 lbs. of goods directly to the university's campus in Puerto Rico. Items provided via the transport of Dr. Patel’s plane included: water, batteries, tarps, flashlights, power packs, toiletries, t-shirts, crackers, canned goods, and paper towels. More than 100 cases of water were tracked down by NSU Facilities Management officials who found them stuck at a warehouse unable to be delivered to the island. Once onsite, NSU officials made contact with local companies and laborers to expedite  repairs and moisture extraction to...


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NSU Receives $200 Million Commitment from Patel Family Foundation

Patel Gift News Page | NSU announces the largest philanthropic gift in its history -- $50 Million Gift plus $150 Million Investment from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment will significantly expand NSU's programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, and be used to develop a new 27-acre campus for NSU in Clearwater, Fla. The Patels are renowned in Florida for their philanthropy, community service and entrepreneurship. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million real estate...


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Dental Student Speaks at NSU's 1964 Society Annual Luncheon

My name is Divya Puri, and I am graduating with a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree from NSU. The last leg of my academic journey is a pediatric dental residency. I doubt my parents ever thought their daughter would one day be able to say those words. My parents worked their entire lives, emigrated from India to Denmark and started a family in a foreign Scandinavian country. They raised my brother and me, and ensured that their children received the best education possible. At age 17, I graduated high school and moved from Denmark to the United States with dreams of becoming a dentist. After three years of college, I received a...


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Following Parental Wisdom

Some of Kevin Dibert’s family trips started as typical vacations. A trip to Florida included spending a day at the beach, for example. But family members slept in disaster relief volunteer bunkers. And teen outings included stripping wet carpet from hurricane-damaged homes. The following year, the family returned to help rebuild. "As a family, we would do all the fun tours. Other days, we worked with Habitat for Humanity, or at a soup kitchen,” Dibert said. “My parents wanted to show us different states and expose us to all the great things our country has to offer.” Doing so helped us realize...


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Donor Ingenuity

What is the connection between a stable of horses, an organic garden, and a jet engine? Donor ingenuity and NSU. The Massachusetts-based Quell Foundation CEO traveled to Florida to meet an NSU professor and her doctoral interns. After learning the benefits of NSU’s equine-assisted therapy, his foundation pledged $50,000 to fund scholarships. Why? To help fill the mental health field with graduates trained in innovative therapy techniques. Ms. Mary Short is keeping her friend’s memory alive through the laughter and curiosity of children. The Mary Jane Harlow Charitable Trust Playground and Organic Garden will bloom at...


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Realizing Potential Memorialized

It was the short life of Wade Jones and the pursuit of his dream to become a nurse that inspired Edward Franco to create a memorial scholarship in Jones’ name–and leave a NSU legacy gift to help future nursing students. Jones–a promising NSU nursing student in Fort Myers who “found a way” to go to college despite the obstacles against him–was murdered outside his family’s home in Miami-Dade County in March 2013. Franco, M.B.A., assistant director at NSU’s Fort Myers campus, met Jones in 2012 when he enrolled in the nursing program in Fort Myers (there were no...


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Strong Links

One great way to link generations is through a legacy of philanthropy. Building upon three generations of support, NSU Trustee Douglas Donn and his wife, Alice, recently made a $1 million bequest to endow a new scholarship fund. Inspired by NSU’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching and core value of community, another trustee, Mitchell Berger and his wife funded the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic at NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law to provide direct legal services to nonprofit organizations, innovators, and NSU students and researchers to help ensure the future vitality of business in South...


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Pharm.D. and M.B.A. Student Offers Testimonial at NSU's Big Thank You

Good afternoon NSU friends, faculty, staff and fellow students. My name is Yana Vorontsova and I am a Doctor of Pharmacy and M.B.A. student. Some of you are probably guessing now where my accent is from. Those of you who are thinking Russia are correct. To be more precise – I was born in Siberia, in a very small rural village in the south of Siberia. I was growing up in a post-Soviet Russia; it was a very difficult time. Our family, just like many others, survived off what was growing in the backyard, preserved for the winter, and kept in the barn. My mom and grandma, sewed and knitted sweaters, socks, and what’s not,...


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Bergers Establish Entrepreneur Law Clinic

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announced that the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic is being established at its Shepard Broad College of Law. The clinic is made possible thanks to funds donated by NSU Trustee Mitchell Berger and his wife Sharon. Berger According to NSU College of Law dean Jon M. Garon, the clinic will enable NSU to provide direct legal service to nonprofit organizations, NSU students, and researchers associated with the new NSU Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), as well as innovators in technology, life sciences, and in the creative communities. The gift was donated as part of Realizing...


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Driving Forward

Franklin Roosevelt said “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” NSU, like Roosevelt, reflects relentless pursuit of a vision and exemplifies perpetual motion. The driving force is a cooperative enterprise dedicated to equipping students for the future and, as NSU President Dr. George Hanbury says, “making the world a better place for people to live, and for society, in general, to be better off than they were before those individuals participated.” Our new year began by celebrating NSU Trustee Rick Case and his wife Rita, and members of NSU Art Museum Fort...


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NSU Employee is Good Samaritan After Tragic Airport Incident

Friday, January 6, 2017 turned tragic when a lone gunman shot at innocent people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, leaving several people dead or wounded. The incident displaced thousands of people, many of whom were separated from their belongings in a foreign city. Wren Newman, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology in Nova Southeastern University’s College of Health Care Sciences, followed the news and wanted to help. While driving near her home, the Fort Lauderdale-resident encountered countless people waiting in lines to get inside the Broward County Convention Center...


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NSU University School Grand Opening and Dedication of Noël P. Brown Sports Center Expansion

NSU recently celebrated the grand opening and dedication ceremony of the newly expanded Noël P. Brown Sports Center. Located next to the Aquatics Complex on NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus, the anticipated Gold LEED certified building addition spans 59,000-square-feet and includes state-of-the-art training and fitness rooms for student-athletes participating in 15 different sports; a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and other activities; a general purpose activity room for use by students as young as junior kindergarten; offices for athletic department staff; and locker room facilities for aquatics and visiting...


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Faculty and Students Highlight NSU's Areas of Research

Video Link | NSU has surpassed the $150 million benchmark of the largest philanthropic campaign in the history of the university and Broward County. NSU also has surpassed the halfway point for each of its three campaign priorities -- $125 million for our students, $75 million for our faculty and $50 million for 21st century education. Research is integral in all three.  The faculty and student researchers showcased in NSU's latest Realizing Potential video highlight areas of university research and the current and potential impact both locally and globally. 


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NSU Welcomes 12 Donors into "Shark Circle"

This year, at NSU's 19th annual Celebration of Excellence, President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. recognized 12 donors whose cumulative giving to NSU reached $1 million or more. Each of these benefactors is welcomed into the NSU Fellows Society “Shark Circle” and receives a limited edition maquette replica of the Kent Ullberg specially commissioned mako shark statue located in front of the Don Taft University Center. New Shark Circle members recognized at the signature event included: Annie E. Casey Foundation Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Sharon Berger Mrs. Rita and Mr. Rick Case R. Douglas and Alice Donn Mr. Arthur J....


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Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman Honored for Excellence in Community Service

Video Link | Each year Dr. George Hanbury presents the President's Award of Excellence in Community Service to an individual, group, or family whose good works are making the world a better place for people to live. The 2017 honorees are Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman. "Dr. and Mrs. Goodman have been instrumental leaders in the community, not just giving back with their time, talent, and treasures, but in broadening our museum's world class, permanent art collection and encouraging individuals to engage in the research and study of art and culture," said Dr. George, L. Hanbury, NSU President. Retired cardiologist Stanley...


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NSU Names Arena After Rick Case

Gallery Link | NSU officially named its arena in honor of community leader and automobile dealer, Rick Case at a special ceremony on January 19, 2017. The arena is located at the Don Taft University Center, an active multipurpose facility focused on student programs and services, located in the heart of NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. “For more than 15 years, NSU has benefited from the organizational and entrepreneurial skills of Rita and Rick Case,” said President Hanbury. “It is only fitting that a university started by South Florida entrepreneurs continues to flourish thanks to the time,...


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Making a Lasting Impact Early On

Yong X. Tao, Ph.D., has been recognized as a leader in international collaborations in academic and research initiatives in student and faculty exchange, joint workshops, research forums, and mutual delegation visits to countries around the world.As former Chair of the Mechanical and Energy Engineering (MEE) Department at the University of North Texas, he led the impressive growth of MEE programs – climbing enrollment fourfold to approximately 750 undergraduate students and 80 M.S. and Ph.D. students in just five years. He is a well-known researcher in thermal engineering with more than $15M external research funding.After...


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Now Open: Marine Environmental Education Center

Announcement Video | News Video | Plan Your Visit | Thanks to a partnership between NSU and Broward County Parks and Recreation, the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) was born. The facility is located on the historic grounds of the Carpenter House on Hollywood Beach. The venture builds upon a partnership spanning more than 25 years.   NSU alumnus and City of Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy was among the guest speakers at the center's opening ceremony. Although education will be the focus at this new center, a very large draw will be the center’s ability to care for a rehabilitated sea turtle. Captain, a green...


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NSU Underwater Coral Nursery Initiative

OVERVIEW: NSU OC coral nursery is fostering re-growth and increased abundance of the threatened staghorn coral species, Acropora cervicornis, which is likely to be soon listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The nursery project offers hope for species recovery and for coral reef restoration. OPPORTUNITY: The Coral Nursery Initiative provides a tool for recovery. Coral reefs represent an extremely valuable resource for Broward County. An economic study has shown that the various uses of coral reefs contributes more than $2 billion to the County’s annual economy and creates more than 36,000 jobs! The coral...


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Learning from People Who Are Doing

William H. Marquardt, M.A., P.A., DFAAPA, had a 24-year military career with the United States Air Force. He served as an Air Force pharmacy technician for eight years prior to being accepted for physician assistant training. When he retired from the military, he sought other career options. “There were so many more opportunities I needed to explore,” he said.Today, Marquardt serves as associate dean and chair in the Physician Assistant Department at NSU’s Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. The number of board positions, committees, and offices he has held with national physician...


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Every Day Is a Gift

From the beginning of her career, Linda C. Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., saw dentistry as a way to serve the public as a health care professional, combining artistic skills and scientific knowledge to improve patients’ health.“Every dental school must educate excellent clinicians first and foremost,” said Niessen, who arrived at Nova Southeastern University as dean and professor of the College of Dental Medicine (CDM) in October 2013. “Realizing potential for NSU dental students means that they are expected to become leaders in the profession, and that leadership will help ensure that every patient has...


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From Scholarship to Legacy

Jennifer Ramos grew up in an athletic family.  As the eighth child in a family of nine, she became involved in sports at a young age and knew athletics would always be an important part of her life. Jennifer was recruited to Nova Southeastern University (NSU) with a full paid athletic scholarship in 1993 and received her B.S. in Psychology in 1995. She was on the volleyball team for her junior and senior years.   While working towards her master’s degree, Jennifer began a work study program in NSU’s financial aid department. After earning her M.S. in Elementary in Education, Jennifer was named the...


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Always Believe

How would you complete the following sentence? Always believe ____________. To me, this prompt is infinitely full of promise, even as a statement unto itself. Novelist Anatole France once expressed, "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." In this issue of Donor Connection, scholarship recipient Karena Washington inspires us with a beautiful tribute to those who acted to ease her transition from high school to college and help her realize her leadership potential. Faculty member Dr. Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji presents a breakthrough alternative to the Epi-Pen. And Paula...


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Leaving a Legacy at a Young Age

When 32-year-old Natalia Ochoa began working at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) back in 2010, she knew she was going to accomplish great things. She had always been driven by her passions and focused on her goals; after all—perseverance and ambition runs in her family.  Her father is an engineer and former politician. One sister is an occupational therapist and a captain in the U.S. Army. Her other sister served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, Africa and is now in medical school. She was raised in a family where hard work and determination were the norm. These same values she now passes on to her 12 year old son,...


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Student Testimonial: Karena Washington

Excerpts from Karena's 2016 Fellows Society Celebration Good Evening to you all! I am Karena Washington. I am from Watkinsville, Georgia, and I am a student at Nova Southeastern University studying music. I am currently a member of The Riff Tides, NSU’s only a cappella group; the Mako Band and NSU Pep Band; NSU MAKO Rangers; and NSU’s American Association of University Women; also known as AAUW. I also am the campus ambassador for The Recording Academy’s program, GrammyU, an Admissions Ambassador, and a member of President’s 64. Most importantly, I am a member of the Razor’s Edge Zeta...


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NSU "Inside Out" Portraits

NSU students, faculty and staff members participated in the global art project — Inside Out. Designed to offer the world a platform to express themselves, and as part of the Broward 100 celebration, an open call was made to have black and white photographs taken. The resulting portraits were pasted on public spaces throughout campus, and across Broward County, Florida. Here is a sample of NSU portraits.


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Serving the Health Needs of Those Who Served

Video Link | In honoring our veterans on November 11, it is appropriate to remember the long-lasting health effects soldiers experience not only from bullets or bombs, but from exposure to unexplained pesticides, radiation or other toxins during their time in the service. At least a quarter of the 700,000 soldiers who fought in the 1991 Gulf War suffer from a debilitating disease called Gulf War illness (GWI). GWI is a medical condition that affects both men and women and is associated with symptoms including fatigue, chronic headaches, memory problems, muscle and joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, neurological problems, respiratory...


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The Chrysalis

A caterpillar’s chrysalis activates imaginal cells stowed away in the creature’s skin. As these cells develop, the chrysalis conceals a monumental transformation, making the emergence of a butterfly appear all the more magical. This month, NSU underwent its own transformation, being named one of the "Top 20 Global Universities that Could Challenge the Elite by 2030," as published by Times Higher Education. A week later, NSU celebrated the opening of its Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), Florida’s newest hub for scientific and biomedical advancement. None of this would be possible...


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President's Vision for Collaborative Research

VIDEO LINK | NSU research center will tackle diseases | By NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. As published by Sun-Sentinel | Nova Southeastern University, a knowledge-based industry with a $3.2 billion economic impact on the state of Florida, officially opened its Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), this week. The CCR is one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida. From cancer to cardiovascular disease to chronic fatigue syndrome, this new facility will help us tackle diseases head on—through collaboration—as the name implies. The CCR reflects an investment of nearly $100...


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NSU Opens Florida’s Newest Hub for Scientific and Biomedical Advancement

VIDEO LINK | NSU has officially opened its Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida. “NSU is a knowledge-based industry with a $3.2 billion economic impact in the state of Florida,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury. “The CCR is purposely designed for researchers, students and industry to come together, pool resources and develop effective and innovative solutions in health care, bioinformatics, technology, cybersecurity and business. This is a key part of achieving a larger vision to further integrate higher education research, business...


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AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson Drives Home Reasons for Supporting Cancer Research

VIDEO LINK | NSU has officially opened its Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida. As part of the ceremony on September 21, NSU announced a gift from AutoNation to name NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research, located within the CCR. The Institute is focused on developing and advancing improved methods of prevention and treatment to ultimately eradicate cancer. The gift to name NSU’s AutoNation Institute brings the company’s cumulative giving to NSU to more than $10 million. “We are extremely...


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Racing Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay Reveals Personal Source of Inspiration

Excerpts from Miami Herald story by Cresonia Hsieh | When Ryan Hunter-Reay’s mother received her cancer diagnosis, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner said they didn’t know what to do, where to go or who could help. “We basically found ourselves in a black hole — no road map,” he said. His mother died of colon cancer in 2010. At a ceremony held September 21, he and others welcomed South Florida’s newest weapon against cancer and other diseases: NSU’s Center for Collaborative Research. Link to Full Story


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NSU Ranked Among Top 20 Global Universities That Could “Challenge the Elite” by 2030

Times Higher Education ranked NSU as one of 20 universities in the world and one of only nine universities in the U.S. that “could challenge the elite” universities and become globally renowned by the year 2030. Firetail, a higher education strategy consulting firm, identified these 20 institutions out of 346 originally considered that have an opportunity to become a new generation of “challenger” universities that will be quick to rise in rankings globally during the next 10 to 20 years. The rise will be partly due to the institutions’ long-term visions and short term execution...


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Conni Gordon Supports Education Series at NSU Art Museum

At age 93, Conni Gordon shows no signs of slowing down or retiring.  Her love of art is contagious and she has no qualms about giving art lessons on the spot.   Conni’s most recent venture will create through a bequest the Conni Gordon Education Series at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.  Conni’s legacy gift to NSU will help realize her philanthropic goal of educating people within the South Florida community through the NSU Art Museum.   Conni says her vision of teaching art and creative thinking through her “TILS” Technique (Think-it, Ink-it, Link-it...


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Susie and Alan B. Levan Create Endowed Scholarship for NSU’s Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Susie and Alan B. Levan, longtime supporters of NSU, have established the “Susie and Alan B. Levan Endowed Scholarship Fund” to help students in NSU’s Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship pursue a master’s degree in real estate development or a bachelor’s degree in finance. This financial gift from Susie and Alan B. Levan advances Realizing Potential, NSU’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The philanthropic campaign goal is $250 million, with $125 million of that total to be directed towards students, $75 million for faculty and $50 million designated for...


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NSU Faculty Member and Former Dean Dedicates Gift to Fellow Faculty

Robert A. Uchin, D.D.S. may have retired as dean of NSU’s College of Dental Medicine in 2013, but he still believes in challenging students to be “intellectually curious as to what is next for dentistry,” through his commitment to faculty and leadership.Uchin and his wife, Marlene, are ardent philanthropic supporters of the college. In 2017, they established the Dr. Robert and Marlene Uchin Faculty Development Fund to support dental faculty development. The fund serves to enhance educational leadership experience and expertise presented in the United States (mainland) and Canada. “While the...


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NSU Holds Grand Opening and Dedication of Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room

NSU’s new Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room, made possible by a generous donation by Craig and Barbara Weiner, is set to hold its official grand opening and dedication ceremony on Sunday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. Judy Paul, the mayor of Davie, is expected to be in attendance as well as several Holocaust survivors along with other local dignitaries. The room is located on the second floor of NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library. This new facility is the first of its kind on any university campus in South Florida. The room will offer NSU students and the general public a place to learn about, and to contemplate the...


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Farquhar Honors Students Make a Difference at NSU's Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research

Zara Khan was still in high school when she started volunteering at events directed toward raising money for cancer research. Just a few years later, Khan is conducting research experiments herself at NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research (RGICR). Khan, a senior biology major, is one of seven students in the Undergraduate Honors Program participating in research at the RGICR, which began offering undergraduate opportunities in 2008 under the leadership of executive director Appu Rathinavelu, Ph.D., associate dean at NSU’s College of Pharmacy. “Now that I’m here, directly in the lab...


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Sharks United!

The first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize, Gwendolyn Brooks, once said: “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” This wise observation lives at NSU through our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors. And it is my privilege to see this observation come to life every day. In our labs, our conference rooms, our classrooms, and campuses, we are constantly reminded that it is the culmination of everyone’s unique perspectives, experiences, investigations, and contributions that allow knowledge and people to...


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Entrepreneur Hall of Famer Answers Challenge Grant Call

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is a dynamic community resource that marks the center point of the South Florida art coast from Miami to the Palm Beaches. The ability to maximize its potential, however, depends upon philanthropic support of general operating as well as programming expenses.   To provide an incentive for supporting the “Art at the Core” priority, the David and Francie Horvitz Foundation made a $1 million challenge grant that matches all new gifts to the museum of $10,000 - $50,000 for the next three years.   Recent Huizenga College Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee, Steven W....


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Anonymous Gift Funds Undergraduate Scholarships

The latest gift by a long-time NSU supporter will help fund an endowed scholarship for H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship undergraduate students with financial need. One of this scholarship fund’s recipients recently wrote: I want to take the time to thank you for awarding me again such a generous scholarship. This is a major contribution to my education that will help me tremendously. As a student, paying for tuition is not an easy task, and to be given this scholarship is not only a help for my costs, but an honor as well. This is my final year as an NSU student, and this brings me closer to...


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Nobel Biocare Enhances Student Training Experience

Founded in 1997, NSU’s College of Dental Medicine has the distinction of being the first private dental college established in the state of Florida, and the first College of Dental Medicine established in partnership with a College of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States. The high level of training provided depends upon the philanthropy of companies like Nobel Biocare, a pioneer in the field of implant-based dental restorations. Nobel Biocare recently provided $150,000 in addition to in-kind support, bringing their lifetime giving to NSU to nearly $1.5 million. “The NSU College of Dental Medicine...


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Florida Blue Broadens Support to Include Research Initiative

A $100,000 donation by Florida Blue will help NSU College of Dental Medicine faculty and student researchers advance discoveries to repair cleft palates by regenerating bone in the hard palate region with stem cells.   Florida Blue has supported scholarships in the past, but added the research initiative to go beyond helping people today by building a stronger future in the community.   “The research that is being done creates better outcomes and protects quality of life,” explained Penny Shaffer, Florida Blue marketing president for South Florida. “These are the hallmarks of the things...


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NSU's Dr. Jose Rocca Champions Fellows Society Level Gift for College of Pharmacy

Solara, Inc., a Miami-based narmaceutical manufacturer and research company, recently made a $50,000 gift to support the Dean’s Excellence Fund at NSU College of Pharmacy (NSU-COP). The company president and CEO is Jose “Pepe” G. Rocca, R.Ph., Ph.D., who has also served as a faculty member of the college since the days of Southeastern University. Today, Dr. Rocca serves as a professor of pharmaceutics, where he has helped develop and establish a focused drug delivery research group, as well as provide advice for the formation of a graduate research program. Solara, Inc. specializes in the development of...


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NSU Ambassadors Board Member Pledges Support for Three NSU Colleges

Through his 44 years in the practice of law, Gordon James III has mentored younger lawyers and held an interest in education and what it can do for people. Now, through a bequest, he has decided to support future students and endeavors at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law (SBCOL), NSU Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship (HCBE), and Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography (HCNSO). James first became aware of NSU while serving in an early leadership role with the Florida Defense Lawyers. He and Michael Richmond, a professor of law at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law (SBCOL), collaborated on a project, and James...


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Empowering Young People through Spoken Word and Written Word Programs

Legendary Miami Dolphins Defensive End Jason Taylor, established the Jason Taylor Foundation to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need. The foundation focuses on improved health care, education, and quality of life.   Most recently Taylor joined the Campaign Leadership Cabinet for Realizing Potential – The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University.  His foundation’s latest gift, together with support by Erwin and Barbara Mautner Charitable Foundation, supports the Young Authors Summer Series at NSU’s...


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NSU's Unicorn Clinics at Mailman Segal Center Changing Lives (ABC 10 Feature)

When do a child’s eating patterns need special attention? WPLG (ABC 10) shared the story of Ricardo, a five-year-old boy, who came to the Unicorn Feeding Clinic at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for some much needed help. Click HERE to read his story.


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SUMMER RECHARGE

As you reflect, rest, and recharge this summer, consider NSU's mantra for students:  When you play to your strengths, you only get stronger.   The subject of our first spotlight this month is Richard Ashworth, Pharm.D. ('99), president of retail and pharmacy operations for Walgreens. Richard represents the combined strength of NSU alumni, donors, volunteer advisers, and corporate and community leaders to power an unprecedented campaign for our university's present and future endeavors. NSU President Dr. George Hanbury’s vision is possible thanks to Richard, NSU faculty and staff members, and...


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Student Focus |Bridget Guerrero, B.A. ('13), M.B.A. ('16)

Peers from across the university recently honored Bridget Guerrero with the 2016 Student Life Achievement Award (STUEY) for Overall Student of the Year. In June, she will recieve her second degree from NSU. The first was a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from NSU's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Her second is a master's degree in Marketing from H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. But for Guerrero, the connection with NSU will continue long after she crosses the stage and recieves her new diploma. In her words: “I’m helping create a business...


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Alumni/Donor/Volunteer | Richard Ashworth, President Pharmacy and Retail Operations for Walgreens

"When I started pharmacy school, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) was Southeastern College of Pharmacy.  They merged with Nova and we moved from the old campus in Miami Beach up to Ft. Lauderdale to a larger campus as NSU. From the start though, there was something special about the faculty, the environment and the curriculum that made me feel that this was the perfect fit for me. NSU has always presented itself as a very progressive place. They didn’t follow the rules all the time, especially for pharmacy school. They went beyond the typical ‘this is the way things are historically...


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Taft Foundation Awards $450,000 to Mailman Segal Center

The Developmental Assessment Clinic at the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinics at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center is expanding to provide comprehensive assessment and intervention services. Prevalence rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at an epidemic level, with current CDC estimates identifying 1 out of 68 children (1 out of 42 boys; 1 out of 189 girls) with ASD. Children with ASD struggle with social communication and repetitive and restrictive behaviors leading to strained relationships with peers and family members in addition to decreased independent functioning throughout school and adulthood. Across the...


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Walgreens Fills Prescription for Scholarships

Walgreens recently named three $100,000 endowed scholarship funds supplemented by a spendable gift so that students can immediately benefit. Walgreens Richard Ashworth Endowed Community Scholarship Fund Walgreens Roy Ripak and Georgia Lehoczky Endowed Community Scholarship Fund Walgreens Nivia Santiago and Georgia Lehoczky Endowed Community Scholarship Fund News of the decision was delivered by Richard Ashworth, Pharm.D., Walgreens President, Pharmacy and Retail Operations and proud alumnus from the doctoral class of 1999. “Our goal at Walgreens is to help support worthy students who plan to pursue a career in community...


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Campaign Leadership Cabinet Member Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant for Museum

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale announced it has received a $1 million challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. This donation will support exhibitions, programming and operations. It will match gifts of $10,000 to $50,000 per donor, per year (three-year maximum per donor of $150,000) to NSU Art Museum from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019. The Horvitz Family Foundation is a leading benefactor of NSU Art Museum. This latest gift follows NSU Art Museum’s successful fulfillment of the foundation’s $1.5 million challenge grant announced in 2013 that coincided with Bonnie Clearwater’s...


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Campaign Leadership Cabinet Members Help Establish New Program and Scholarships

James and Cathy Donnelly surprised attendees at NSU’s 2016 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction with news of a $250,000 gift to Realizing Potential—The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University. James Donnelly, a 2014 Hall of Fame honoree and founder and chief executive officer of Castle Group, closed the event by announcing the gift will establish a new minor in property management as well as provide scholarships for undergraduates enrolling in the program at H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. With their more than 40 years of combined experience running Castle Group (Cathy serves as director...


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Holocaust History to Be Preserved Through Reflection and Resource Room at NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library

As decades pass since the Holocaust, it is critical that we, as humanity, maintain the historical record of the largest genocide in world history and to honor those who perished, while preserving the memories of those who lived through it. “We must strive to provide opportunities for our current generation and those of tomorrow to reflect on the horrific events of the Holocaust and the lessons to be learned from it,” said Craig Weiner, president of the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc.   For Craig and Barbara Weiner, their dream of creating a space in South Florida dedicated to these goals led...


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Donor Places NSU on Philanthropic Itinerary

Retired from Eastern Airlines, Jo Ann Cremata knows how to turn connections into meaningful destinations. Her journey with NSU began when a long-time friend brought her to tour NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus in 2011. Cremata then extended her exploration to include an Alvin Sherman Library Circle of Friends author luncheon, a Women in Power luncheon at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and later a tour of the NSU Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center. The combination of preserving natural resources and expanding marine science education proved to be the perfect landing point for Cremata’s philanthropy. Cremata made her...


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NSU Student Overcomes Tumor Diagnosis and Earns Doctorate in Pharmacy

On May 20, 2016, Crislus Paulino celebrated her triumph over a brain tumor by graduating from NSU’s College of Pharmacy. In February 2012, only one year into her doctoral program, Paulino was having trouble concentrating and was experiencing regular headaches. She went to a neurologist who recommended an MRI. When the results came in, the news was dismal. Paulino was diagnosed with stage-2 glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. Paulino started to have seizures and had to withdraw from classes at NSU that spring. Her doctors said the tumor was too small to operate at the time. They continued to monitor Paulino and cleared her...


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NSU University School Student Builds Robots and a Bright Future for Herself

With art, writing, and theatre crew in the forefront, swimming and cheer coaching as pastimes, and architecture as a passion, 11th grader Sierra Callwood is a well-rounded, all-star student at NSU University School (USchool). But it’s her growing interest in robotics that has recently garnered national attention. When Sierra was in sixth grade, she began experimenting with gears, robots, and the like on her own. Once she entered USchool’s Upper School, she joined the Robotics Program and advanced her skills. She quickly mastered simple task projects and programming, and eventually built competition robots for the...


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Ryan Hunter-Reay and AutoNation Pledge to Help Drive Out Cancer

Racing champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will suit up for his ninth Indy 500 on Sunday, May 29, but he’s got more riding on this race than ever before. Alongside AutoNation, the country’s largest automotive retailer, Hunter-Reay is pledging to spread awareness about the importance of raising funds to accelerate the race to find a cure for cancer. Since 2013, AutoNation and Hunter-Reay, through his non-profit Racing for Cancer, Inc., have generated more than $6 million to fund cancer research. And now, just in time for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, NSU, AutoNation, and Hunter-Reay will mark the event in a unique...


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Potential. Realized. Marie Ang

The move from Toronto, Canada to South Florida to attend NSU has proven to be “the best decision,” says Marie Ang, an M.B.A. student at the NSU H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. One factor that helped pave the way for her transition from a city known for multiculturalism was NSU’s diversity. “I can feel right at home at NSU,” said Ang, who adds that South Florida’s outdoor life helps her enter the classroom feeling reenergized. “I really love NSU. I really love the energy. I love the people,” adds Ang. “NSU has helped give...


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Campaign Leadership Cabinet - Quarterly Report

We are four months into the public launch of Realizing Potential – The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University!  Below is a brief quarterly report. We have had some nice successes already, and with your assistance, I know that we can look forward to many more. Three things that you, as Campaign Leadership Cabinet members, can do to help us realize tremendous potential are 1) facilitate an introductory meeting with a new lead, 2) suggest a person you can bring along for a campus tour or to an NSU event, and 3) provide a date(s) when you would be willing to host a small gathering in your home, a local...


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$1 Million Taft Foundation Grant Will Create Innovative Law Clinic

NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law received a $1 million grant from The Taft Foundation to establish an innovative clinical program to address the legal needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (AIDD) and their families. The NSU AIDD Law Clinic will be launched in the fall of 2016 and will begin enrolling third-year students to staff it by January 2017. “Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a myriad of legal issues that can impede their independence and infringe on their individual rights,” said Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad...


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Campaign Priorities by NSU College/Center

A campaign requires vision and direction as well as priorities that spark conversation so together, we can formulate plans to realize tremendous potential. Our campaign is also university-wide. That is why every NSU college and center has a case for support specific to its needs. But cumulatively, all priorities roll up into one of three main priorities:  Our Students, Our Faculty, and 21st Century Education. NSU Overall Case Statement Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Technology Center College of Allopathic Medicine (M.D.) - Coming Soon College of Arts, Humanities, and Social...


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Halmos College Faculty Member and Scientist Provides Mentorship to NSU University School Sophomore

Cultivating her passion for marine biology, Marlee Lewin, a sophomore at NSU University School, has elevated her learning through the Independent Research Study (IRS). This unique program gives students the opportunity to work one-on-one with university professors and conduct extensive, graduate-level research. Marlee is currently being mentored by world-renowned marine scientist, Dr. Alexander Soloviev, who is faculty at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. As a self-assured, fearless freshman, Marlee dove into accumulating as many science and biology courses at NSU University School, until seizing the...


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REALIZING POTENTIAL

YOU helped publicly launch the largest fundraising effort in the history of NSU and Broward County! On January 31st at NSU's Celebration of Excellence, Dr. Hanbury announced that we surpassed the midpoint of our goal to raise $250 million through philanthropy by 2020! This is part of Dr. Hanbury's Vision 2020 goal of raising more than half a billion dollars in external support for NSU–$250 million in philanthropy and $300 million in sponsored research, service, and training projects. We also honored the Miniaci Family (Rose, Dominick and Meike, and Albert and Beatriz) for excellence in community service and recognized...


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Alumni Focus: Nilda Banchs, Pharm.D. (’01), Farmacia el Tuque

“I started my own pharmacy with a friend in 1990. Now the pharmacy is 28 years old. And it has been 25 years since I graduated from NSU. People told me I did not need a Pharm.D. degree, but to have [a pharmacy school] so near to my house and my work, I said I should give myself the opportunity. It’s a very nice history because it was a great adventure. “Around 1995 we heard about the new Pharm.D. that was going to be integrated into a school in Puerto Rico. We got together with other pharmacists around the area and invited Dr. Andres Malave and Dr. Hanbury to the second conversation. They fell in love with...


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Student Focus: Brielle Rassler (’13), Psy.D. Student

A recipient of the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Endowment Scholarship, NSU Bright Futures Scholarship, and a NSU PVA Grant Scholarship addresses community leaders at NSU’s 2016 Celebration of Excellence. “Good evening. I am excited and honored to be able to speak to you all tonight about my experience as an NSU student, the opportunities I have had as a result of your generous contributions, and what I plan to do with my multiple degrees from NSU after I graduate.   “I have been an NSU student on and off for 24 years. Please, allow me to explain. My first experience in the world of academia was as a...


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Hanbury Bestows President's Award for Excellence in Community Services to Miniaci Family

The Miniaci family story began in the 1940s when two Italian immigrants met and fell in love in the Bronx, New York. Rose and Alfred were married and had two sons, Dominick and Albert. Together, they started with little, but never shied from helping others in their community. From simply offering a meal to a hungry neighbor, their generosity grew as hard work and dedication led to success. After selling one of their businesses in 1969, the couple started the Alfred and Rose Miniaci Foundation to provide assistance to individuals, medical facilities, and philanthropic institutions. In addition, the Miniacis established a Boys Town in Rose...


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NSU Honors Shark Circle Members at 2016 Celebration of Excellence

NSU recognizes donors whose cumulative giving to the university exceeds $1 million each year at the university's signature event, Celebration of Excellence. In recognition of their generosity, President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. presents new Shark Circle members with a limited edition, Marquette replica of the specially commissioned Kent Ulberg mako shark statue located in front of the Don Taft University Center on NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. NSU's Shark Circle is the highest level of our Fellows Society. 2016 honorees: The Alters Family Bonnie Laitman Eletz and the William & Mildred Lasdon...


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Alumna Proves an Education Can Last Beyond a Lifetime

NSU Fischler College of Education alumna Bonnie Tryon, Ed.D. earned her Doctor of Education degree in 2012. She became a member of the NSU 1964 Society and NSU Fellows Society in December by making a planned gift to support scholarships for graduate students in the Fischler doctoral program.   Dr. Tryon, who has been an educator in New York for many years, and has held positions including school principal and a district administrator for instructional support, decided to apply to NSU when one of her two grown sons started working on his M.B.A. at SUNY IT Utica.  She and her husband have already endowed a scholarship in...


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Donors Augment Broward County Arts Education through NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

NSU Art Museum’s Museum on the Move program supplements the arts education offered in Broward County Schools with engaging and stimulating tours of the museum’s exhibitions and collections, and hands-on art activities based on principles of STEAM and 21st Century learning skills. Major funding for Museum on the Move is provided by the Amaturo Family Foundation, Lillian S. Wells Foundation, Inc., Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant Foundation, Community Foundation of Broward, Charles F. and Esther M. Frye Foundation, and PNC Foundation. Recognition for those supporting this valuable initiative include: Name recognition...


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NSU and Standard Process Partner to Promote Health and Wellness

What began many years ago as a relationship between Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., a faculty member in the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Integrative Health and Wellness, and Charles DuBois, owner of the Wisconsin-based corporation Standard Process, has grown into a very robust partnership between NSU and the company known for selling whole food nutrient solutions through health care professionals.  Following their generous gift of $50,000 for wellness programming, a wellness initiative, and curriculum development, several executives from Standard Process spent two days with NSU faculty at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie...


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NSU Promotes Student Giving with First FINlanthropy Event

To encourage graduating students to be active alumni and donate back to NSU, NSU’s Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations hosted FINlantrhopy from March 8 to 10 on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. The event aims to push seniors to become active alumni. “We want seniors to be encouraged to go to some of the alumni events, which are really well done,” said Laura Garrido, assistant director of the Office of Annual Fund. “They have anywhere from professional development events to networking events.” During the three-day event, each day represents a particular mission of the week: to...


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Ambassador Focus | William Scott Parker, Jr., M.B.A. ('06), The Parker-Harrigan Group

"I look at where I am in my career, and to be honest I wouldn't have my current job if I didn't get my M.B.A. from NSU. I’m an alumnus and my family resides in Fort Lauderdale. We plan on giving to NSU well beyond my company match for the Veterans Resource Center, and the planned gift that my wife and I recently undertook. We committed to the planned gift that will support The NSU Fund, because it’s the most impactful way that we can support the Realizing Potential campaign at this point in time. As our careers progress, we're hopeful it will allow us to continue supporting NSU well into the future....


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Miami Foundation Gift to Help Uninsured Children in North Miami Beach

NSU’s College of Dental Medicine provides diagnostic, preventive, education, and treatment services to underserved and uninsured children in elementary, middle, and high schools primarily in the North Miami Beach Clinic’s catchment area through its Oral Health Service Program. Those efforts received a recent boost thanks to a $25,000 gift made through The Miami Foundation. NSU’s Division of Clinical Operations oversees the administration and oversight of the university's 20 different health care centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. NSU’s centers offer health care services to the community...


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NSU Unveils New Resource Center and Student Orientation for Veterans

Armed with a $25,000 grant from The Veterans Trust, NSU established a Veterans Resource Center earlier this year that offers a place to gather as well as a “one stop shop” where student veterans can access myriad services and resources. The center is located at NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus in the Rosenthal Building in Room 218. The room is now open from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. “We want to be able to provide a place where our student veterans feel comfortable and can get help during their time at NSU,” said Kimberly Durham, Ph.D., Chair of NSU’s...


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Amaturo Family Creates Jeanne Pohlman Awards as Memorial

A new endowment to award scholarships will honor the memory of Jeanne Pohlman,the beloved wife of Dr. Randy Pohlman, former dean of the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. In creating “The Jeanne Pohlman Award,” Joseph Amaturo wrote: “With Jeanne always at his side, Randy helped to establish this school and make it a truly outstanding part of NSU. We also are aware that Jeanne worked at NSU and undoubtedly did well by her students.” Jeanne taught for many years at NSU University School. She also was a committed volunteer, an accomplished golfer, and a beloved wife, mother, and...


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Suzanne Hersey Continues Legacy of Paul "Doc" Hersey

Almost two years after the death of her husband, Suzanne Hersey continues to add to the legacy of Paul “Doc” Hersey, Ph.D., through support to NSU. Her latest gift to NSU’s Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship will be known as the Hersey/McCartney Endowed Faculty Support Fund. Doc Hersey, as he was affectionately called, was internationally recognized as a leading authority on training and development in leadership and management. He founded The Center for Leadership Studies. The Situational Leadership® Model he developed has been used to train more than 14 million managers in thousands...


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Student Profile | Kenneth Persaud ('18)

As a College of Health Care Sciences freshman, Kenneth Persaud spoke to NSU donors at the 2015 annual Big Thank You luncheon. Kenneth is majoring in athletic training and is a recipient of a Hand Up Scholarship, President's Scholarship, and Dean's Scholarship. Here is his speech: "Good afternoon everyone! Thank you, Dr. Anderson, for inviting me to share my story. "My name is Ken Persaud, and I would like to begin by thanking all the donors here today. I especially want  to thank Mr. Keith Brown for giving me the Hand Up Scholarship, and truly giving me a hand up, helping to get me closer to my ...


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Alumnus Profile | Harold Henke, Ph.D.

“Even though I considered myself rather poor, I considered myself fortunate,” says the NSU College of Engineering and Computing alumnus who used a grant, work study, and later tuition reimbursement opportunities to earn three degrees free of debt. Harold Henke, Ph.D. admits, however, that today’s student would have to find eight times the amount of financial sources he had to procure. That is one reason he funds scholarships, including an endowed scholarship named in honor of one of his NSU professors. Henke established the Dr. Laurie Dringus Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor his professor and dissertation...


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Faculty Focus | Jan Faust, Ph.D.

What do you do when a child is traumatized by nightly gunfire? Or a parent punishes a child by telling him that the scar on his abdomen is where snakes can come out of his body? If you are NSU's Jan Faust, Ph.D., or one of her students, you address a person's primary need to feel safe first, within each situation's parameters. Faust describes what this means. "You have to work with what those families need," Faust said. "You try to help them get out of the traumatic situation, but there is no guarantee because there are no financial resources. And there are limited options of where they can go and who they can...


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Student Profile | Robert Willis, III ('17)

A sophomore at NSU's Huizenga College of Business, Robert Willis is also a member of President's 64, and a recipient of the Super Sharks Scholarship. While pursuing a double major in business and finance, not to mention a minor in economics, Willis took the time to address NSU Ambassadors Board members and their annual recognition dinner. "It’s so inspiring to know that I go to a school where I feel that I am valued, not just in the classroom but standing here in front of some of the most influential people at NSU and in the community." “All of the [growth and change] is very exciting...


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Alumnus Profile | Randall K. Williams, M.P.A. ('14)

Randall K. Williams was named NSU's 2015 Alumni of the Year by his peers at the 2015 Student Lifetime Achievement Awards, just one year after graduating from the master's in public administration program at Huizenga College of Business.  "Once upon a time there were four of us trying to make it in a one-bedroom apartment. When I told my mom I had actually been accepted for a White House internship, she was in tears.  When they called my name [for Student Life Alumnus of the Year] there was this huge gasp, and I realized it was me," said Williams. BEING A TRAILBLAZER “My mom is a very...


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Faculty Focus | Judith McKay, J.D., Ph.D.

Directed by Judith McKay, J.D., Ph.D., NSU's Community Resolution Services (CRS) provides services to NSU and local communities including workshops and training; VOICES family programs; and conflict coaching. CRS also coordinates Peace Place for the Broward County Library system. McKay also provides training and interactive exercises for local law enforcement, and she has been trained as a facilitator by the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice. More personally, McKay donates to every school she has ever attended, starting with high school and including NSU and three other universities. (She only handwrites...


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Student Profile | Bairon A. Madrigal-Mieles (’16)

“I credit my Latin roots, culture, and values for my morals and work ethic," said Halmos College of Natural Science and Oceanography senior Bairon A. Madrigal-Mieles, who is majoring in biology and marine biology. “My father is from Colombia, and my mother is from Ecuador, so I feel that I was raised very deeply in Latin culture. When I walked outside of our family house, I was in America. But when I came home, I was in South America. “I was always taught to work very hard and diligently. We come from humble beginnings, and my parents have shown me through their lives what they had to go through in South...


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Alumna Profile | Loretta Neff, B.S. ('85), M.B.A. ('88)

H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship alumna Loretta Neff earned her undergraduate degree and M.B.A. while flying around the country helping companies install and maintain some of the nation's first computer systems for accounting and banking.  Attending college would not have been possible, she said, had it not been for NSU's night and weekend program. "My boss was in Atlanta,” she said. “I remember a lot of times, I would leave the meeting at 2:30 p.m., go to the Atlanta airport, arrive in Fort Lauderdale by 6 p.m., and go to class." Neff thrived in the high-pressure...


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Faculty Focus | Timothy Arcaro, J.D.

Timothy Arcaro, J.D., professor and associate dean for AAMPLE® and Online Programs in law, shared that the American Bar Association just approved NSU's plan to develop a new series of online Master of Science degrees in Law and Policy.The expansion follows 12 years of success in pioneering online law education and 200% enrollment growth during the last three years. By studying how law intersects with their professions, students are able to reach new career heights in the fields of health care, human relations, and education. Now, NSU plans to do the same for people in fields that face data security regulation, and much...


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Parent Profile | Jesus Gil

Jesus Gil is president of Gil Pharmaceutical Corporation. His son, Armando, is an NSU Shark who shares his father’s love of science and dreams of designing and producing proprietary medical products like his dad. Only a year after Armando started the pharmacy doctoral program at NSU Palm Beach, the Gil family has become dedicated supporters, active recruiters, and endowment donors. Why is the president of Puerto Rico’s top pharmaceutical company, Jesus Gil, taking time out of his busy schedule to encourage families to send their children to NSU? And why has he established an endowed scholarship fund for students...


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Student Profile | Timothy M. Chamberlain (’16)

“I remember I was in high school getting ready for classes and 9/11 hit. Within that next week, I was in the recruiter’s office talking to him, ‘How can I get in and serve my country? Tell me the steps'," said Halmos College biology major Timothy M. Chamberlain about enlisting in the United States Army. My grandfather was in WWII in the marines and my uncle was also in the air force for 20+ years, but [what drew me in] was really 9/11. I remember I was in high school getting ready for classes and 9/11 hit. Within that next week, I was in the recruiter’s office. I was 17 so my mom and dad...


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Faculty Focus | Carlos Montero

“If students find science boring it is because you are not letting them be owners of their knowledge,” said NSU University School Science Department Chair Carlos Montero. Montero is an AP chemistry teach, an executive board member of the American Modeling Teachers Association, and most recently a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. And his chemistry class is noisy. Small groups of students huddle around white boards. They take nothing at face value. A model explaining how rust forms is sketched. Different scenarios are tested. They observe. They debate. They ask each...


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