Vice President of Advancement and Community Relations
Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson| (954) 262-2114
Executive Director of Development
Terry Mularkey| (954) 262-2064
Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations
Sharon Sullivan| (954) 262-2144
Executive Director of Donor Relations
James Gouveia| (954) 262-2162
Director of Ambassadors Board
Stan Linnick| (954) 262-2110
Donor Relations| Elaina Ozrovitz (954) 262-2111
Directors of Development
Qualities that describe NSU donors are mirrored in this special issue recapping 10 of our favorite stories from 2014. Those qualities include being bold, responsive, mentoring, inclusive, and more. A potent combination of entrepreneurial and community-minded spirit seems to bind them all. That is what makes the formula of You + NSU so exciting.
In 2015, I want to hear even more of your personal perspectives and learn why you care about NSU. I welcome your emails and calls, and invite you to steal a few moments to share your journey at one of the university's special events (a few of which are listed below).
Your stories are integral to our past, present, and future. NSU is You.
Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations
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President Obama has named cybersecurity as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges facing the nation, but one that we are not adequately prepared to counter (“The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI),” n.d., para. 1). That is why expanding cyber education is one of the administration’s top 10 initiatives for CNCI.
“In order to effectively ensure our continued technical advantage and future cybersecurity, we must develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce and an effective pipeline of future employees,” (para 20).
NSU is working to reduce vulnerability in our nation's information infrastructure and contribute to the type of workforce required. Introducing the country's first Information Assurance Ph.D. was a next logical step; NSU has been a pioneer of information security education for over a decade, at a time when most did not understand what information security entailed.
“It’s vital that we work to educate and train the next generation of computer engineers and programmers so they can protect computer systems and networks,” said James Cannady, Ph.D., a professor in NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences. “Technology is ever-evolving, and we have to work to stay a step ahead of those who mean to do harm.”
Click here to revisit three more ideas presented by Professor of Information Systems, Yair Levy, Ph.D.
If you would like to learn more, please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner, or call her at (954) 262-2409.
NSU researchers think of the sharks they’ve tagged as members of their family. And, like all good parents, when they haven't heard from one of their own in a while, they get a little worried. So when a shark dubbed 1-NSU went missing, a B.O.L.O. was issued through friends in the media and online.
The result was a fun exchange among young marine enthusiasts across the country, media outlets and even extended to members of NSU’s Board of Trustees and Ambassador’s Board. (The public can follow tagged NSU’s sharks in near real-time online at www.ghritracking.org.)
In the meantime, the search continues for 1-NSU, a male juvenile shortfin mako shark tagged last year. Ever since he was tagged, this particular shark has shown he’s the adventurer of the family, doing things never seen before.
Mako Shark: 1-NSU
First Tagged: May 31, 2013
Last “Pinged”: July 10, 2014
Last Location: Between Massachusetts and Nova Scotia
Places Visited: Northeast Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, South America, Coasts of North Carolina, Maryland, and New York
Earlier this year this particular mako shark began a very unusual path nearly due south, almost like he had some place specific to get to, and he had to get there in a hurry. This juvenile mako shark was tagged off Ocean City, Maryland in May, 2013.
And since that time, he has logged around 12,000 miles (which is about average, if you're an automobile) and made it as far south as Venezuela! This is by far the longest distance travel known for any mako.
“This shark sure has logged the miles,” said Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D., a professor at NSU’s Oceanographic Center and the Director of NSU’s Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI.) “I've been studying sharks for a while now and I’ve never seen one act quite like this one – his travels are mind-boggling, and especially so because he is a youngster – only about 5 feet in length.”
What troubled Shivji and his fellow scientists at NSUis that 1-NSU’s satellite tag hasn't “pinged” for nearly a month, after reporting in regularly for just about 14 months.
“We've had some other sharks go a few days without pinging, but 1-NSU has been a champ when it comes to reporting, letting us know where he is in the ocean almost daily until his sudden ‘disappearance’,” Shivji said. “It could be that the tag battery finally gave out. We're hoping it’s not because this amazing shark has been caught, like several of the other makos we were tracking.”
Shivji and his research team have tagged and tracked several species of sharks – 1-NSU is among 38 makos they have tagged with special satellite-linked devices allowing them to monitor their detailed movements. The research team has a particular interest in mako shark behavior and conservation. In addition to being the Nova Southeastern University mascot, this fast swimming species is also under heavy fishing pressure.
If you would like to learn more about NSU's Oceanographic Center, please email Director of Development Wendy Wood-Derrer, or call her at (954) 262-3617.
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During the month of November and early December, NSU stories were circulated to more than 1.4 million viewers across the globe. Here are just three examples of stories featuring NSU experts responding to various issues in 2014.
(YouTube Video noted by Newswise.com in December 2014)
Watch this insightful seven-minute synopsis of the three parts of ISIS, where they came from, what they want and how the threat can be addressed, by Dustin Berna, Ph.D., assistant professor at NSU's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
(Christian Science Monitor excerpts. Published in May 2014)
Parents of the Nigerian schoolgirls [kidnapped by Boko Haram] are hoping for a miracle. So far, all they have is a hashtag.
More than three weeks after Islamic extremists abducted the girls, world outrage is galvanizing Twitter and other social-media networks. But observers question whether the burst of online interest will last and whether it can ever elevate the case from a trending topic to a mandate for action.
"It's a nice thing to use social media to get it out. This is a step in the right direction," said Fayokemi Ogunmola a Nigerian-born sophomore at the University of Rochester who leads her campus Pan-African Students Association. "But the point is to actually find the girls."
G. Nelson Bass III, a professor who teaches politics and international relations at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said the #BringBackOurGirls campaign appears far closer to the Kony campaign1 than to the kind of social media activity that organized much of the Arab Spring movement1.
In the former case, public awareness widened but never resulted in any particular action, unlike in the Middle East, where social media were used to coordinate protests.
"At its current moment, I fear this campaign lacks the information to do much more than educate," he said.
1. Kony 2012 was a YouTube video by Invisible Children that drew attention to Joseph Kony, the central African warlord who recruited child soldiers. It went viral, but Kony is still on the loose two years later. The Arab Spring movement comprised a series of protests in 2011 and 2012 that started with a revolution in Tunisia that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Three years later, people in Tunisia were able to tune in to the Tunisian equivalent of C-SPAN to watch their lawmakers write the constitution. (npr.org)
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel Opinion Editorial published in December 2014)
"The outbreak of Ebola virus in western Africa and the subsequent cases in the United States should stimulate businesses, educational institutions and other organizations to review and update their emergency plans. The world today is smaller with international travel and trade. What appears to be a distant epidemic can be with us tomorrow. We need to be continually prepared to address all disasters.
"As one of South Florida's largest employers, Nova Southeastern University is focused on taking a proactive approach to ensure its students, faculty and staff are prepared for possible natural and man-made disasters. We conduct "practice drills" regularly and have protocols in place to help prevent and respond to disasters with the goal of educating our faculty and those we serve and preparing them to be safe.
"As an example of NSU's commitment to preparedness, we hosted an Ebola panel open to the NSU students, faculty and staff with representatives from several agencies, including Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue's EMS Bureau, Broward Health and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport/North Perry Airport, along with experts from NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine's Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness.
"We want our students, faculty and staff to know that our inter-professional health teams are closely following the public health and medical implications of Ebola for the NSU community and for the public at large in coordination with local, state and national agencies. If needed, we are ready to initiate the appropriate response plans and protocols. This applies to more common diseases like influenza as well, and we recommend that the public considers vaccinations against this and other widespread preventable illnesses.
"We encourage our colleagues in the community to hold open forums for their employees, students and other stakeholders to maintain a dialogue of understanding and preparedness for Ebola and other possible disasters that may occur. Education can help to reduce fear and panic. NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine's Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness is available as a resource to our community."
James T. Howell is an assistant dean for professional relations, chairman of the Department of Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine, professor of public health and a disaster and emergency preparedness specialist for NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also a former secretary of the Florida Department of Health.
If you would like to learn more about NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.
If you would like to learn more about NSU's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, please email Director of Development Susie Marshall, Ph.D., or call her at (954) 262-3014.
If you would like to learn more about NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.
(Excerpts from South Florida Sun-Sentinel article by Donna Gehrke-White)
Nova Southeastern University has doubled its number of osteopathic medical graduates training in South Florida in the last 10 years, helping to ease a shortage of physicians at a time when demand for medical care is increasing.
The university's Davie-based College of Osteopathic Medicine now has about 250 graduates in residency training programs in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, said Fred Lippman, B.Sc., R.Ph., Ed.D., NSU chancellor of the Health Professions Division.
Both osteopathic physicians and the better known medical doctors, or M.D.s, undergo four years of medical school and once licensed can treat patients, prescribe medicine and perform surgery.
According to the American Osteopathic Association, osteopathic physicians practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. They are taught that structural abnormalities can compromise a person's overall health. To help restore the body's proper function, D.O.s, as osteopathic physicians are known, are trained to use their hands in osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT [to complement traditional medical treatments].
Osteopathic medical schools emphasize training students to become primary care physicians, which is South Florida's greatest need. There aren't enough primary care physicians to see patients with an undiagnosed health problem, from colds to diabetes, Bray said. The Affordable Care Act has provided health insurance to thousands of South Floridians, many of whom are now seeking medical help, she said.
"It's bringing in a tremendous amount of people," said Dr. Joseph A. Giaimo, a Palm Beach Gardens board-certified osteopathic internist and pulmonologist who is on the board of trustees of the American Osteopathic Association and a clinical assistant professor at NSU's medical school. "At the same time, doctors are retiring."
However, the increasing number of physicians graduating from NSU is helping fill the ranks, he said. They're also helping improve medical care by getting advance medical training, he said. "I like their work ethic," Giaimo said.
Many of the NSU-educated physicians are electing to stay in South Florida once they graduate, NSU chancellor Lippman said. In fact, many grew up here and wanted to go to NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine because it was close to home.
When South Florida faced a nursing shortage in 2003, NSU worked with industry leaders to launch a new nursing program.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel quoted insiders who pointed to a "growing population and insufficient new nurses to replace those who are retiring."
Today, NSU's College of Nursing enrolls over 1,200 students and offers preparation in all levels of nursing education.
If you would like to learn more, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.
NSU pioneered the Dual Admission Program for highly motivated students who have maintained a laser focus on their career goals from an early age. Students accepted into the program have a seat reserved in one of NSU’s graduate or professional schools while earning a bachelor’s degree.
While granting students a head start on the rest of their life, NSU’s Dual Admission Program also encourages students to gain a well-rounded education by expanding their course selection beyond their chosen major and by participating in shadowing and networking opportunities.
Rebecca Urrutia is an example of how a student can broaden her horizons at NSU. As an undergraduate, she not only represented NSU at the 2014 World Congress on Endometriosis, but she represented Shark athletics as a pole vault star.
“The Dual Admission Program was incredible beyond my belief,” said Rebecca, an alumna from NSU’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and now a Master of Medical Science graduate student from NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences. “NSU is one of the few colleges in the area that has a Physician Assistant program, and when I heard about the program’s success rate I was really attracted to the idea -- just the reassurance from the first year of undergrad that if I met all the qualifications, then I was guaranteed a spot. Once I visited [NSU], I was completely sold. I didn't apply anywhere else. The ability to compete at the collegiate level was also a huge blessing. I really do have a passion for sports as well. And athletics covered my book fees.”
NSU Dual Admission Program Viewbook
University ranking formulas drive most admission considerations. Unfortunately, this approach can block the pathway to success for otherwise exceptional law and medical candidates who simply do not perform well on standardized tests. As one of NSU’s core values is being student-centered, however, two “alternative admissions programs” have been developed at NSU.
NSU’s Master of Biomedical Sciences program allows students to take the first-year basic science curriculum of medical school and matriculate into the upcoming medical class if they achieve grades of 80 percent or higher in each class.
“After many unsuccessful attempts and unbelievable heartache, I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Master of Biomedical Sciences at NSU – my last attempt at making my childhood dream come true,” said Jennifer Wellington, D.O. “Through the program I've learned there’s no limit to the amount of effort I will exercise to reach my goals.”
NSU’s AAMPLE® program is similarly rigorous, and gratifying. Developed by Joseph Harbaugh, LL.M., professor of law and dean emeritus of NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, AAMPLE® stands for Alternative Admissions Model Program in Legal Education. Patented last year, the program serves as an additional method of identifying candidates for law school admission. The talent payoff attributed to AAMPLE® includes students who have been editors-in-chief and executive editors of the Nova Law Review; editors-in-chief and articles editors of the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law; and winners of the upper class moot court competitions.
Deputy General Counsel of Tohopekalgia (Toho) Water Authority in Kissimmee, Florida, Carrie L. Sarver is an AAMPLE® success story:
“It’s ironic that I went from barely being able to get in based upon my LSAT score to ranking in the Top 10 of my class after the first semester,” Sarver said. “Since I was 'yay high', being a lawyer is all I've ever known I wanted to be, so I am just really grateful for that program.”
The first in her family to graduate college let alone law school, Sarver has also already been sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. But for NSU’s AAMPLE® program, Sarver said a moment she will never forget would likely never have happened.
To learn more about scholarships for Dual Admission students, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.
To learn more about scholarship opportunities for students accepted into the Master of Biomedical Sciences program, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.
To learn more about scholarship opportunities for students accepted into AAMPLE®, please email Susan Stephan, or call her at (954) 262-6261.
This past November, NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship announced a new program to provide students with opportunities to engage with accomplished executives and entrepreneurs from the business community.
One of the first entrepreneurs to express an interest in mentoring NSU students was Steve Halmos. In addition to serving as CEO of Halmos Holdings, Halmos is a Harvard graduate and a member of NSU's Board of Trustees.
“I am pleased to be involved with the Executives and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program at the Huizenga School,” Halmos said. “I believe a program of this type should be available to students at all business schools today. In addition to gaining a theoretical understanding of business from classroom instruction, students should have opportunities to interact with and learn from people who have actually created a business and have experienced the kinds of things being discussed in the classroom. I look forward to participating in this program and helping the Huizenga School prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
So far, 15 executives and entrepreneurs have agreed to serve as mentors. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Kristie Tetrault at (954) 262-5159.
Armed with $7 million in Title V Grants through the U.S. Department of Education, NSU is developing programs and services to meet the needs of Hispanic/Latino and other diverse students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. When compared to overall population diversity, the number of Hispanic/Latino students seeking and earning graduate degrees, particularly in fields related to the computer sciences, remains sorely lacking.
"The grant award will be utilized to increase the number and/or percentage of Hispanic/Latino and other students pursuing targeted computer science-related graduate degrees," said NSU Associate Provost Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D. "It will also be used to increase the number of targeted computer science-related graduate degrees awarded at NSU and develop a more seamless pathway to success from baccalaureate to graduate studies to career."
NSU is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. Students will also benefit from an expanded support model that identifies and effectively addresses student needs upon admission through graduation.
NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center continues to garner top rankings nationally as a leader in providing quality legal education to diverse populations. First, U.S. News & World Report ranked the NSU Law Center No. 3 nationally for diversity in its Best Graduate Schools for Law. Then HispanicBusiness.com named NSU as one of the Best Law Schools for Diversity Practices in its 2014 Annual Diversity Report.
U.S. News & World Report’s Diversity Index identified law schools in which students are most likely to encounter classmates from a different racial or ethnic group. (In compiling the data, U.S. News & World Report did not include law schools enrolling a large proportion of students from any one ethnic group, since there is a low likelihood that law students at that school will encounter peers from an ethnic group different than their own.) The Law School Diversity Index also indicates that the NSU Law Center ranks first for diversity among all law schools in Florida.
According to HispanicBusiness.com, the 40 schools selected to profile, represent the “cream of the crop" when it comes to institutions of higher learning with Hispanic postgraduate enrollments."
“Diversity is one of NSU’s eight core values,” said Jon Garon, J.D. dean of the Law Center. “Our students’ diversity reflects the broader community with many different cultures, races, and nationalities. We are proud of our commitment to diversity and engagement with the community at large. Learning happens both in and out of the law school classroom. Being exposed to a wide range of perspectives provides students opportunities to become better practitioners.”
If you would like to learn more about NSU's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner, or call her at (954) 262-2409.
To learn more about NSU's Shepard Broad Law Center, please email Susan Stephan, or call her at (954) 262-6261.
The tsunami that devastated Fukushima, Japan motivated a high school junior at NSU’s University School to design a drone to help first responders. Over the course of a year, Ethan Gellman worked side-by-side with mentor Eric Ackerman, Ph.D., dean of NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) to construct a prototype. Ackerman previously conducted research for the U.S. space program, which implemented several of his designs and devices.
Third year optometry students Jeremy Chartash and Jay Harrelson won Walmart’s Project Foresight contest, which awarded them a $15,000 scholarship and traveling trophy for designing an optometric practice that would help patients with autism.
The design allows an office to make environmental changes based on the patient's needs.
Name: Appu Rathinavelu, Ph.D., associate dean for institutional planning and development
College: NSU’s College of Pharmacy, and executive director of NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research
Patent: Japanese patent for developing a novel cancer treatment.
Description: The small organic molecule called “JFD” that Rathinavelu 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 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.
Name: Jeffrey Thompson, Ph.D., professor of prosthodontics and director of the Biosciences Research Center
College: NSU’s College of Dental Medicine
Patent: U.S. patent for developing a surface modification technology to promote chemical bonding between high-performance ceramic materials
Description: Thompson's technology promotes bonding with ceramic materials like alumina and zirconia and biological materials like tooth structures, as well as 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.
Name: Joseph Harbaugh, LL.M., professor of law and dean emeritus
College: NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center
Patent: U.S. patent for developing a computer-based system called AAMPLE®, the Alternative Admissions Model Program in Legal Education
Description: 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 GPA's 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.
To learn more about NSU's University School, please email Director of Development Wynne Avellanet, or call her at 954-262-3617.
If you would like to learn more about NSU's College of Pharmacy or College of Dental Medicine, please email Director of Development Denise Rau, or call her at (954) 262-2163.
If you would like to learn more about supporting undergraduate students studying at NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.
If you would like to learn more about NSU's Alvin Sherman Library or H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner, or call her at (954) 262-2409.
To learn more about NSU's University School, please email Director of Development Wynne Avellanet, or call her at 954-262-3617.
NSU broke ground on two major initiatives in 2014. HCA East Florida's emergency room on NSU's main campus is expected to open late 2015. Construction on NSU's Center for Collaborative Research is expected to be completed in 2016.
The combination of these two endeavors will bring new jobs to the tri-county region, and increase NSU's annual economic impact in Florida, which currently is $2.6 billion.
NSU is taking the next steps toward building a research hospital that together with its emergency room will anchor a dynamic high-tech research/office park with nearly three million square feet of office, retail, financial, governmental, and residential space, as well as hotel and conference center. The destination spans 30 acres adjacent to NSU's main campus in Davie, Florida.
If you would like to learn more about NSU's Center for Collaborative Research, please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner, or call her at (954) 262-2409.
If you would like to learn more about colleges within NSU's Health Professions Division, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.
A common thread in all of NSU's accomplishments is you, our donors. Thank you for your generosity and dedication to NSU!
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Celebration of Excellence
Date: January 31, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
To learn more, please email Lynn Larose.
Oceanographic Center Scholarship | Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament
Date: February 28, 2015
Check Out: 6:00 a.m.
(Captain's Party - February 27, 2015)
If you would like to learn more, please email Lynn Larose.
SAVE THE DATE
The Big Thank You Luncheon for Scholarship Benefactors
Date: March 23, 2015
To learn more, please email Debbie Meline.
NSU's Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale scored an amazing feature in The New York Times, not to mention extensive coverage on all its 2014 exhibitions and special programming.