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Leading with Heart and Head

An ocean away from her family in Vietnam, doctor of pharmacy candidate Trang H. Le is pursuing her dreams in the hope that she can one day support patients’ well-being and students like her. Meanwhile, one of her College of Pharmacy professors, Bob Speth, Ph.D., is dreaming of ways to involve students in imaginative, cutting-edge projects and reduce the incidence of heart disease. I am excited to bring you their stories and much more in our second issue of Donor Connection.

May is a favorite time of year for NSU faculty and staff and, of course, our graduating undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. More than 7,000 Class of 2014 students are celebrating graduation and the next phase of their professional lives!

This issue is also packed full of video links, including hero pilot Chelsey B. (Sully) Sullenberger’s undergraduate commencement address, remarks by Carisa Champion-Lippmann, NSU’s 2014 Overall Student of the Year, and heart-felt messages by 2020 Legacy Scholarship recipients.

On top of that we have exciting news about two accreditations, three patents, an amazing moment students experienced while fitting children for hearing aids in Nicaragua, and much more. Enjoy! And feel free to email me with any comments or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations
joa@nova.edu


Faculty Profile: Using the Brain to Heal the Heart

Heart disease claims the lives of men and women, and strikes in near equal percentage most ethnicities in the United States(1). NSU professor Bob Speth, Ph.D. hopes his work can help knock heart disease off its pedestal as the leading cause of death in the U.S. using a brain protein that forms a blood pressure-lowering hormone. His dream is to make it easier for NSU students to join him in battling heart disease, and more:

With $1 million in research support, we could organize a laboratory to introduce students across disciplines to hypothesis-driven research involving the most imaginative, cutting edge projects. Students would learn how to design and carry out experiments and potentially produce a publishable observation.

With $5 million, the laboratory's future could be secured for 10 years, which increases the possibility that a project will receive substantial federal funding. Research germinated in the laboratory may also lead to a lifetime of career opportunities for students and open new areas of scientific inquiry.

With $10 million, a focused center could be established along with a dedicated research aim. A gift of this magnitude would also allow the donor's name to be used in the center's title, which could inspire similar transformational gifts to NSU.

NSU President and CEO, George Hanbury, Ph.D. recently wrote of Dr. Speth:

“Bob Speth’s research in areas such as hypertension has the ability to impact the thousands of South Floridians and of millions people around the world who are battling this disorder, which can lead to heart attacks and other illnesses that can take people out of the workforce.

“Additionally, Speth is encouraging the next generation of researchers in an effort to continue the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career pursuits, particularly among the female and minority populations.”

If you would like to learn more, email Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-2150.

1. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Student Profile:  I Am Trang H. Le

Trang H. Le

Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, NSU’s College of Pharmacy (COP)
Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient 
Richard A. and Hannah Stern Scholarship Recipient
2014 Ethics Bowl Team member (1stPlace)
COP Student Engagement Task Force
COP Student Mentor
Chancellor’s List
Dean’s List

“First, I would like to express my gratitude for the scholarship opportunities NSU and their generous benefactors have provided for my next academic year. I am Trang H. Le, a second year pharmacy student. I have remained on the Chancellor and Dean's lists throughout my studies. Outside the classroom, I have participated in many extracurricular activities, including health screenings and the 2014 NSU Ethics Bowl Competition, which our team won.  I have also gotten involved in the school policymaking process as an active member of NSU COP's Student Engagement Task Force.  

“Due to an extensive daily schedule, it is ideal not to work a job concomitantly with each semester. However, it is hard to concentrate on studying while my family in Vietnam struggles to make ends meet. Five years ago my mother was forced to stop working due to illness. My younger brother remains unemployed. This leaves my father as the sole family provider and unfortunately, his health is not in good shape either. 

“As a daughter an ocean away working towards my dreams, the scholarship becomes a lifesaver.

“It allows me chances to assist my family in Vietnam, alleviate my financial burden, and further let me focus on my studies. Moreover, by receiving a scholarship I feel my academic and volunteer accomplishments have been recognized. 

“It is very wonderful to feel recognized and supported. I feel that I am not in this fight alone. 

“I promise that I will continue studying hard and be an active member of the NSU COP community. In the future, I will strive to become a proficient pharmacist who places patients' well-being as my first priority. Furthermore, I plan to contribute to the advancement of society and become a scholarship donor.  Given my first-hand experience, I particularly look forward to supporting future pharmacy students because I understand the hardship they will face in the pursuit of their dreams.” 

- Trang H. Le, Pharm. D. Candidate of 2016 

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GIVING NEWS

Faculty, alumni and donors pooled their resources to create the first endowed professorship in endodontics for NSU’s College of Dental Medicine (CDM). The charge to raise $500,000 was initiated in 2010 by CDM professor Kenneth Namerow, D.D.S., division chief of surgical sciences.  

The effort paid off four years later. This month, shortly after reaching their goal, the president of the post-graduate Endodontic Alumni Association, Mark Limosani, D.M.D, M.Sc, FRCDc, announced the recipient of the Ken Namerow Professorship: Taner Cem Sayin, DDS, Ph.D.

“Dr. Namerow took great initiative when he led the creation of [the CDM’s] first endowed professorship, and it is fitting that our alumni chose to name it in his honor,” said Linda Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., dean of the college. “Not only do our endodontic alumni support the program with their time and talent but also their treasure, helping make our Endodontic Section and Postdoctoral Endodontic Residency Program among the best in the country.”

Namerow’s grassroots approach helps NSU address the dual challenge identified by Journal of Endodontics (JOE) of having many faculty and practitioners preparing to retire and fewer new professionals financially able to pursue a career in higher education.

“Supporting young educators through endowed professorships is an essential part of our role to ensure the continuity of quality dental education,” Namerow said. “It’s a great way for the alumni to thank professors for their commitment to educating the next generation of dental professionals.”

Taner Cem Sayin, DDS, Ph.D. commented: “I am honored to be the first recipient of the Ken Namerow Endowed Professorship in Endodontics. I appreciate the accolades and will do everything in my power to show my gratitude to the generosity of the donors, the selection committee, and the students who will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this prestigious award. This award will allow me to devote more time and energy into teaching and future research which will be of great benefit to our specialty and the College of Dental Medicine here at Nova Southeastern University.”

Below is a list of donors (alumni, faculty, and friends of NSU) who made the first CDM professorship possible:

Ramzi Al-Hashimi

Ingrid Epelman de Dorra

Cameron Howard

John Peters

American Association of Endodontists Foundation

Juan Espanol

Eugenia Johnson

Benjamin Porras

Rodrick Barden

Michael Flax

Brian Kardon

Brad Radlosky

Jose Barros

Mahmoud Gad

Sergio Kuttler

Jonathan Rapp

Stuart Berman

Mikhail Gankin

Arthur Lane

Shahbod Rassoulian

Yamilet Blanco

Manish Garala

Martin Levin

Richard Raymond

Oscar Bolanos

Faustino Garcia

Mark Limosani

Andy Rigberg

Carestream Dental

Raphael Garofalo

Glorimar Llavona

Karla Ring

Sheila Chandrahasa

Roxene Gascoigne

Melissa Marchesan

Jamie Ring

Shiju Cherian

Matthew Gebhardt

Scott Marcum

Taras Roud

Sonia Chopra

Richard Gelman

Alexander McLean

Taner Cem Sayin

Margaret Cielecki

Christopher Geric

Matthew Miller

Robert Seltzer

Clermont Endondontics Specialists

Robert Goldberg

Ashley Millstein

Rico Short

Jaclyn Dam

Mark Goldberg

Peter Murray

Scott Shwedel

Gianni DeCarolis

Paola Gomez

Sasidhar Nallapati

Joel Slingbaum

Rolin Desir

Eric Gotlieb

Kenneth Namerow

Kiran Sreekantaiah

Jose Diaz

Jayson Hartman

Stephen Niemczyk

Mark Tadrissi

Shaul Dwosh

Richard Herman

Seymour Oliet

Ryan Tigrett

Endodontic Specialists Of La Crosse,LTD.

Douglas Herrera

John Olmsted

Tri-City Micro Endodontics

To support a Health Professions professorship, or to discuss other giving opportunities, contact Ashley Sharp at (954) 262-2150.

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George Taylor (’12) is a devoted husband and father to two sons who struggled to find family time while returning to school to earn a law degree. He found inspiration in the tenacious spirit of fellow evening students, who courageously faced “tremendous obstacles and unimaginable adversity.” So before graduating fourth in his class, he pled his case to fellow board members of the Salah Foundation. The positive verdict created NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center’s first scholarship for evening students.

Here are the personal experiences and expression of gratitude of two recipients of the James and Beatrice Salah Scholarship.

Conquering Adversity

As a mother of two, Whitney Carroll (’13), knew that attending law school would not be easy, but her family had weathered greater adversity. She was diagnosed at age 30 with a rare form of cancer.

“This was a trying time for our family, but we made it through, stronger, and I just celebrated five years cancer free,” Carroll said. “Although we knew that my going to law school was likely to be one of our toughest challenges, we committed as a family to see it through.”

Despite the family-made decision, Carroll felt torn between wanting to be a professional and wanting to be with her children. “This internal struggle gave me a deeper respect and admiration for my mother, who raised three kids by herself,” Carroll said.

“Child-care costs and the cost to commute are two expenses that I was able to cover with the assistance provided by this scholarship,” she added. “I was able to enjoy my law-school experience more, and the extra money gave my family immeasurable peace of mind. I am honored to have had the opportunity to be one of the recipients of this great scholarship.”

Sacrifice and Separation

Ray Chamy understood the value and opportunities provided by an NSU education, having already earned in 2002 his M.B.A. and Pharm.D.  But his decision to return once more to study health care law and legislation meant leaving his young daughter and family in Central Florida.

“The separation and distance between us was the most difficult for me,” Chamy said. But adding considerable pressure was his 10 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. shift two days a week and the 32 hours of work he crammed in on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Usually, I only saw my family once a month. I began to understand what it must be like for members of our military who are separated from their families by vast oceans,” Chamy said. “I still thought I would be able to visit my family more often, but between school and full-time work, it was simply not feasible.”

The James and Beatrice Salah Scholarship “afforded me the blessing of reducing the financial stress of law school, allowing me to focus on the study of law instead. I thank the Salah Foundation for their support, which has allowed me to achieve more than I could have imagined. I have been so inspired by this honor and opportunity, and I hope, someday soon, to be able to pay it forward.”


If you are interested in contributing to a scholarship fund, or developing a scholarship of your own, please contact Terry Mularkey at (954) 262-2064.

Special thanks to George J. Taylor (’12), the Salah Foundation and "Nova Lawyer" magazine for allowing us to share this story.

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The students who received 2020 Legacy Scholarships offer heart-felt video testimonials to thank the students who made the awards possible by giving back while attending NSU. NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. challenged students to donate $1.00 or more each semester for two semesters. For every dollar raised at or above $250, NSU matched the gift up to a maximum of $2,500. The scholarship was then awarded to a member of that student organization for the following semester.  

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Iraelle Edwards
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Iraelle Edwards

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If you are interested in developing a matching gift opportunity or scholarship, please contact Terry Mularkey at (954) 262-2064. 

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For a limited time, donors who make planned gifts with NSU can become founding members of NSU’s 1964 Society.  The name “1964 Society” holds very special meaning as the year NSU received its charter, 50 years ago.

With a planned gift donors can support NSU’s efforts to help students realize their educational and professional dreams through endowed scholarships, attract stellar faculty, offer clinical experiences and access to internships and practicums, provide state-of-the-art facilities, and much more. Legacy gifts can be provided through bequests from a will or living trust, retirement plan assets, a charitable gift annuity, a retained life estate, and more.

Planned giving is also special in that its vehicles can allow individuals to fulfill philanthropic as well as personal financial goals. Such generous acts help ensure that NSU will continue to make a positive impact for many years to come. 

The Legacy of Frieda Berkowitz

Frieda Berkowitz never attended NSU, but the university’s innovative approach to education impressed this community leader and founding member of Temple Beth Torah. So she created a charitable gift annuity to provide her with income for life with the remainder to endow the Sara Berkowitz Scholarship Fund in memory of her mother. Then she repeated the technique to provide for her sister and fund a naming opportunity in memory of her nephew.

To learn more about planned giving options, please contact Ward Sullivan, Esq.at (954) 262-2135.

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A child who spent his young life silently mouthing sentences, uttered his first word aloud after an NSU student outfitted him with a hearing aid during an outreach trip to Manua, Nicaragua.

“It was touching to see the look on his face after he said his first word and knowing that we were a part of making it happen,” said Sherry N. Rauh, a NSU doctor of audiology student and graduate research assistant who organized the trip. “This experience was incredibly rewarding and we plan to make this an annual mission.”

Thanks to the efforts of several College of Health Care Sciences students, their professors, and one medical supply company, 21 hearing impaired children ages 1 to 14 received aid. Phonak, manufacturers of hearing technology for children and adults, donated hearing aids and other supplies valued at more than $50,000 to Los Pipitos, a Nicaraguan non-profit facility for children with disabilities.

As part of NSU’s Hearing Aids for Nicaraguan Students (HANS) service program, the students provided audiograms and other necessary tests and fit the children for their new hearing aids. They also conducted information sessions on how to use and care for the devices for the children and their families. Finally, the NSU team is working with Los Pipitos to monitor the status of the hearing aids and assist in follow-up care.

The program was supported by NSU’s Student Academy of Audiology and Pan-Student Government Association.

If you are interested in supporting this or similar service programs, please email Ashley Sharp, or call (954) 262-2150.

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NSU’s Give Kids a Smile Day made the cover of ADA News. The feature photo showed twin sisters and NSU College of Dentel Medicine students Mor and Shachar Dagan examining a child during the spring event.

This year's community outreach effort provided dental care to 325 chilren, a new record for the 11-year-old program.

"We really open the doors for many children to share dental care and treatment throughout their lives," co-organizer Karen Castelluci, NSU dental student was quoted as saying in the ADA News article.

If you are interested in supporting this or similar service programs, please email Ashley Sharp, or call (954) 262-2150.

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Haley Markowski could not travel to Florida for NSU’s annual Big Thank You, but that did not stop the soon-to-be sophomore Shark transfer student from crafting a Big (7-feet long) Thank You of her own.

Here are excerpts from her accompanying letter:

“My name is Haley Markowski. I will be attending in Fall of 2014 and am very excited to be transferring to Nova from Penn State University in Pennsylvania as a sophomore transfer student. I am making my dreams come true!

I am sending this BIG THANK YOU note I made especially for the Burton D. Morgan Scholarship because I was unable to attend the scholarship reception a few weeks ago.

I am hoping that you can forward this thank you to the right people.

If [the Enrollment and Student Services] office is the “right people” then GREAT because I also want to THANK NOVA for the Merit Scholarships I received. These scholarships have made it possible for me to make my dream come true and attend NOVA. I would not be able to if it was not for this financial help.

See you Fall ’14 Semester! Go Sharks!”

- Hayley Markowski

If you are interested in contributing to a scholarship fund, or developing a scholarship of your own, please email Terry Mularkey, or call (954) 262-2064.

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Yanae Barroso, a fourth year evening law student at NSU, wrote her Animal Law Legislation Seminar paper on the highly endangered Key Deer. When her article was published in the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee’s newsletter, Congressman Joe Garcia (whose district includes the Keys) read it and contacted her with an offer to assist her efforts.  As a result of the congressman’s aid, Barroso’s proposed sign design and message became a reality (picture).  

After more than a year of work, Barroso life-saving message was posted on several billboards in various locations along U.S. 1, the major highway that runs through the Keys. In addition, Barroso’s research and awareness campaign sparked a story by Timothy O’Hara that appeared in the Citizen (the only daily newspaper in the Keys), and the Key Deer Refuge Center distributed a press release to further spread the word.

As the parent of three University School of NSU students, an alumnus of University School himself, and a member of NSU’s Board of Trustees, Michael Zager, along with his wife, Lainie, appreciate the value of an independent school education.  That is why they decided to be the first benefactors for University School’s Suns Scholarship program.

“Lainie and I wanted to establish a program that would reward academically exceptional students, while allowing the students to establish themselves as leaders,” Zager said. “We’re hopeful that the recipients of the Suns Scholarships will challenge and inspire their classmates by the examples they’ve set.”

Since starting the Suns Scholarship program last year, more families have lent their support to the Zagers and University School, allowing more students to receive a need-based, merit scholarship. 

In a letter of thanks to one of the Suns Scholarship supporters, a student wrote:

“Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity in receiving the University School Suns Scholarship, it means so much to me and my family.My aspiration is to go into the medical field and help others become healthier and take care of themselves.  I see myself helping others, just like you helped me achieve this award. Again, thank you so much for your contribution and letting me receive this scholarship.”

One unexpected way in which donor efforts have already inspired classmates: NSU's University School Class of 2014 announced that this fund will be its senior gift beneficiary.

NSU’s University School is an independent, pre-K-grade 12 college preparatory school that provides a challenging and personalized education within a supportive environment for students of average to gifted abilities.  Suns Scholarship nominees must be in the top 10 percent of their eighth-grade class as determined by GPA and standardized test scores. The students also must serve in a formal leadership role through school involvement and/or participation in Middle School clubs or programs.

If you are interested in supporting the Suns Scholarship program, or learning more about NSU’s University School, please email Wynne Avellanet or call (954) 262-4524.

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Abraham and Shirley Fischler married on April 5, 1949. In celebration of their 65th anniversary, many friends and family members have been making donations to the Abraham and Shirley Fischler Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The Fischlers have a special history with NSU. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Fischler began his career in education as a public school teacher and served as Assistant Professor of Science Education at Harvard University and Professor of Education at the University of California at Berkeley before joining in 1966 what was then referred to as Nova University of Advanced Technology. He was appointed in 1970 as the university’s second President, and his 22 years of service in this capacity has made him NSU’s longest-serving president to date.

"Abe" is not the only Fischler to boast a special, direct connection to NSU, however. At the recent President’s Associates luncheon, their son Michael referred to the fact that his mom, Shirley, graduated with the first class of NSU’s law center. (Michael also noted that he followed in his mom’s footsteps, obtaining both a J.D. and M.B.A. from NSU, after having first attended with his two siblings NSU’s University School, the pre-K-Grade 12 college preparatory school his own children now attend.)

If you are interested in making a donation to the Abraham and Shirley Fischler Endowed Scholarship Fund, please email Debbie Meline, or call 954.262.2111, or simply write the name of the fund in the comment section of the online giving form.

Read more about Dr. Fischler’s incredible contributions to NSU and to education overall in “The Initial Spark”.

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Below are benefactors who added new scholarships during the first quarter of 2014. Each new scholarship advances NSU’s goals to attract the best and brightest students and to ensure NSU’s growth in teaching, research, service, and learning.

To discuss establishing or expanding a scholarship, please call (954) 262-2109.

SCHOLARSHIPS BENEFITTING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Dzazga Sherman Family Changing Lives Scholarship by Dr. Robin L. Sherman, Associate Dean, for students majoring in Marine Biology. Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Dr. Rick Fischer Changing Lives Scholarship by Bernadette Bruce, Associate Director of Advancement Communications, for students majoring in Communications. Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Frieda Keidan Changing Lives Scholarship by Marlisa Santos, Director, Division of Humanities, and Associate Professor, for students majoring in Communications. Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

SCHOLARSHIPS BENEFITTING GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Detweiler Family Endowed Scholarship for NSU Students who are pursuing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree and who have registered or have participated in an NSU-COM International Medical Outreach Program, College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Emerging Scholars Changing Lives Scholarship by Dr. Timothy D. Shields, Associate Dean, for outstanding incoming doctoral students, Abraham S. Fischler School of Education.
  • Pellet Family Changing Lives Scholarship by Dr. Pedro F. Pellet, for graduate students in the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

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UNIVERSITY NEWS  

NSU’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) – the first such program offering in the state – has been granted provisional accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy (CoARC).

“Nova Southeastern University is committed to not only providing health care practitioners with the skills they need to practice today, but to giving them a competitive advantage in the future,” said Stanley Wilson, P.T., Ed.D., CEAS, dean of NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences. “As the only university in Florida to offer a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy, we are preparing our students to succeed in this growing field.”

“This is a critical step in the overall development of our new bachelor’s-level Respiratory Therapy Program,” added Marianne Jankowski, DHSc., RRT, chair of NSU’s Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences and director of the Respiratory Therapy Program.

Students who graduate under CoARC accreditation are recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and eligible to sit for the appropriate credentialing examinations.

Jankowski said graduates from NSU’s Respiratory Therapy Program will have opportunities in the areas of advanced respiratory clinical practice, education, medical and health services management, and medical equipment sales and service.

Respiratory therapy students will receive classroom and simulated clinical training on the third floor of the NSU Palm Beach 75,000-sq.-ft. campus building at 11501 N. Military Trail, which has been transformed into a simulated 10-bed intensive care unit, a four-room patient simulation suite and computer labs, all to facilitate the new program.

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The Cardiovascular Sonography Program at NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences has received national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). The new accreditation will be effective through March 31, 2019.

“This is a major milestone for our Cardiovascular Sonography Program and demonstrates Nova Southeastern University’s commitment to providing the highest level of health care education to our students,” said Stanley Wilson, P.T., Ed.D., CEAS, dean of NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences.

“This accreditation will be instrumental in recruitment and advancing our efforts on behalf of the students,” added Sam Yoders, M.H.S., R.V.T., director of NSU’s Cardiovascular Sonography Program.

The Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography degree program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the field of cardiovascular sonography. Students take a series of online courses at the undergraduate level accompanied by on-campus lectures integrated with ultrasound labs to prepare them for a clinical externship during the second year.

The CAAHEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), and is also a member of the Association for Specialized & Professional Accreditors (ADPA.)

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Every year NSU recognizes outstanding students at the Annual Student Life Achievement Awards, affectionately known as the “STUEYS.” This year’s overall student of the year is Carisa Champion-Lippmann.

Champion-Lippman has logged well over 600 hours of community service leading medical mission trips, supply drives for disaster relief and the needy, and lending a helping hand to Read On, Big Sisters, and the American Osteopathic Foundation Human Touch Project. She is a third-year NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine student, a member of The President’s 64, and a student representative to the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of State Government Affairs, to name a few of her achievements.

Champion-Lippmann is also the first student to be accepted for NSU’s new joint degree in osteopathic medicine and law. 

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This Year’s Winners are:

Carisa Champion-Lippmann

NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Professions Division

NSU Student of the Year (Overall)

Shaazia Chanda

NSU Fort Myers Campus

Regional Campus Student of the Year

Public Interest Law Society

NSU Shepard Broad Law Center

Graduate Organization of the Year

Delta Phi Epsilon

Undergraduate Organization of the Year

College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Government Association

Student Government of the Year

NSU Women’s Rowing Team

Athletic Team of the Year

Ira Rosenberg

NSU’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alumni of the Year

Student of the Year by School/College

  • JAMILLA ABUGHALI - NSU’s H. Wayne School of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • MAY BANTAN - NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences
  • RYAN BECK - NSU”s College of Optometry, HPD
  • DANETTE BEITRA - NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies
  • HTET EI BO, M.S. - NSU’s College of Dental Medicine, HPD
  • CARISA CHAMPION-LIPPMANN - NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, HPD
  • ANDIA CHAVES-FONNEGRA - M.S.NSU’s Oceanographic Center
  • VALERIE FIORDILINO - NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences, HPD
  • LINDSEY GOLDSTEIN - NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler School of Education
  • DESIREE KENNEDY - NSU’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
  • LOGAN PERETZ - University School
  • KERRY ANNE RAMBARAN - NSU’s College of Pharmacy, HPD
  • TAMI WILKES - NSU’s College of Nursing, HPD
  • CRYSTINA WYLER, M.A. - NSU’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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NSU’s rowing team won its sixth Sunshine State Conference Championship Friday, April 25, sweeping the field by winning the varsity-8 and varsity-4 races. The V8 boat won its race with a time of 6:53.4, 10.3 seconds ahead of second-place Barry and 26.7 seconds faster than the rest of the field.

Propelling the V8 boat to the successful finish: senior Courtney Berger (coxswain), sophomore Tori Torrisi, freshman Bethany Warlich, senior Stephanie Hauck, Junior Megan O'Donnell, sophomore Adrianna Rosario, senior Emily Harrington, junior Amanda Craig, and junior Kelly Scott.

"I'm honored to be on a team that is so dedicated to each other and the goal we all set forth," Berger said. “Today was a great day of successes. Winning conference for the third time really is a great feeling and is a great way to race the last time, collegiately, in my home town and on my home course. There is no better feeling than leaving Sarasota a champion."

After the event, Berger, Hauck, O'Donnell and Torrisi were all named to the All-SSC team. Warlich was named to the All-Freshman/Novice Team.

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Emotions came flooding to the surface as NSU alumnus, Alberto Panero, D.O. revealed that he was just another passenger on a plane five years ago when Capt. Chelsey B. Sullenberger was forced to land U.S. Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. Sullenberger recognized Panero and lightened the mood following the introduction and surprise reunion by saying: "Who knew that on Jan. 15, 2009, there would be a shark in the Hudson River." As Sun-Sentinel reporter Adam Sacasa noted, the crowd laughed and cheered at Sullenberger's quick quip. Watch Sullenberger's full address at NSU's May 10 undergraduate commencement ceremony, and read the Sun-Sentinel article.   

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Three NSU professors from three different colleges recently secured patents for their innovations.

“The idea of a university is to further innovation, promote scholarship and ultimately benefit humanity,” said NSU President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. “Professors Rathinavelu, Thompson, and Harbaugh have developed new solutions to benefit the global community in their respective fields of pharmaceutical research, dentistry, and law, and I am proud to recognize them for their achievements.”

Appu Rathinavelu, Ph.D., associate dean for institutional planning and development at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, and executive director of NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research, received a Japanese patent for developing a novel cancer treatment. The small organic molecule called “JFD” that he and his team discovered is anti-angiogenic, meaning it “starves” tumors and other cancer cells by preventing blood flow that supplies the tumors with oxygen and nutrients that would otherwise help them to grow and survive. This molecule is less expensive to manufacture, stable in storage, expected to be less toxic, and is more effective against solid tumors. It is specifically designed to battle breast, ovarian, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers.

Jeffrey Thompson, Ph.D., professor of prosthodontics and director of the Biosciences Research Center in NSU’s College of Dental Medicine, secured a U.S. patent for developing a surface modification technology to promote chemical bonding between high-performance ceramic materials like alumina and zirconia and biological materials, like tooth structures, and synthetic materials, like dentures and crowns. The research was conducted with a team of researchers from RTI International in Durham, N.C., and funded by a National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) grant.

Joseph Harbaugh, LL.M., professor of law and dean emeritus at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, has received a U.S. patent for developing a computer-based system called AAMPLE®, the Alternative Admissions Model Program in Legal Education. The program reviews students’ outcomes in a small number of classes to predict their likelihood of excelling in law school and passing the state bar exam. This differs from the widespread practice of heavily weighing students’ LSAT scores and GPAs to determine admission to law school. AAMPLE is an alternate method to understand students’ abilities to think critically and succeed in law school and as professionals.

“These three patents illustrate NSU’s focus on developing novel, useful and relevant products and services to improve people’s lives,” said Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., NSU vice president for research and technology transfer.

The professors were honored by President Hanbury at the President’s Faculty Research & Development Grants Award Ceremony on May 13.

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Jacqueline A. Travisano, M.B.A., CPA, NSU's executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named a 2014 recipient of the Glass Ceiling Award presented by the Florida Diversity Council.

Travisano is one of 13 women who were recognized during the Fourth Annual Florida Women’s Conference, held earlier this month. The National Diversity Council seeks to recognize and honor women who not only achieved personal success but have made it possible for others to more easily follow in their footsteps.

Recipients of the Glass Ceiling Award were honored for meeting certain criteria, including, but not limited to: demonstrated leadership excellence; maintained a steady increase in responsibility throughout their career; established a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise; provided a positive influence in the workplace; and demonstrated integrity and high ethical standards.

Travisano’s career encompasses more than two decades of service to higher education and non-profit organizations in various capacities.

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March Madness created a buzz among colleges and universities across the United States, including right here at NSU. NSU's women’s basketball team received local and national media coverage as they won their second consecutive Division II South Region title.  NSU leadership and researchers garnered news coverage for their achievements. NSU Executive Vice President and COO Jacqueline Travisano received the Glass Ceiling Award by the Florida Diversity Council. And researcher and professor Nancy Klimas, M.D., was honored with the prestigious 2014 Perpich Award for distinguished service by the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

A few other highlights of media coverage this past month include news of  NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center being ranked fifth nationally for diversity in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools for Law.” Lastly, word spread in the news about NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences now offering the first Information Assurance Ph.D. for working professionals in the United States.

During the month of March, NSU stories were circulated to more than 1 billion viewers across the globe and stories were placed in the media with an estimated advertising value equivalency of $10.5 million.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Exhibition Dates: May 17 - June 16, 2014

Location: Adolfo and Marisela Cortilla Gallery, Alvin Sherman Library

Organizers: Artists for Conservation, based out of Vancouver. (This is their first US exhibit.)

Sponsors: 

Presented by BBX Capital and Nova Southeastern University

With support by:

  • The Westin
  • Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
  • Broward County
  • Business for the Arts Broward
  • Power 2 Give

A Night In Roma

Annual Tony Segreto Athletics Scholarship Fundraiser

Date: June 10, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets



Funds from the annual Tiara Ball raise funds for cancer research conducted by NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute. Please mark your calendars and plan to join the Royal Dames on November 22, 2014 to advance the mantra: “Man is not destined to die of Cancer.”

Annual Induction Ceremony

Date: October 11, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

Date: November 13, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

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