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Florida Marlins LogoAlumni Night at the Florida Marlins
Saturday, May 21
SunLife Stadium
How to Get to the Top and Stay There!
Featuring Gayle Carson, Ed.D.

Thursday, May 26
Fairmont Turnberry Isle
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Southwest Alumni Reception

Friday, June 3
Las Vegas Hilton
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Friday, June 10
W Hoboken
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Professor Edward Lieblein, Ph.D.NSU Remembers Professor Edward Lieblein, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus at Memorial Service, May 12
The university will holding a memorial service for Ed Lieblein at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in the Faculty Club. We are expecting friends of Ed from around the university as well as some of Ed’s family. All are welcome to attend.
NSU to Host High School Graduations – Impact to Main Campus Traffic/Parking
As in previous years, NSU will host several Broward County high school graduation rehearsals and ceremonies in the Don Taft University Center. On the dates of the rehearsals and ceremonies, we are expecting considerable traffic...
Shocking job interviews!Col. Arthur Athens Speaks at Fischler School 2011 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony
Shark Dining is suspending lunch delivery service to the Horvitz Administration Building during the summer. Friday, May 6 will be the last day of service for the spring semester. Deliveries will resume in late August. Thank you....
Fischler School Seeks Third-Party Comment for National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler School of Education is seeking feedback and third-party comments on matters related to the school’s quality of professional education programs offered, as part of an upcoming accreditation visit by th...
Shocking job interviews!View Latest Issue of Quadrivium, an Interactive Online Journal of Scholarship, Art
The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences has published the third issue of Quadrivium, an online journal featuring multidisciplinary scholarship by the college’s faculty members and graduate students. The term "quadrivium" r...
Shocking job interviews!New Video: What NOT to Do in an Interview
The Huizenga Sales Institute launched its latest video on Monday, which features some of the biggest blunders job hopefuls make. You won't believe the things people do in job interviews! Click Here to watch the video, and ge...
Huizenga Business School to Host M.B.A. Day
Mark your calendar for the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship's M.B.A. Day on Wednesday, June 1. Stop by anytime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to speak with faculty members, alumni, academic advisors and admis...
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Durden Named Semifinalist for Tino Martinez Award5.9.2011 | Baseball
Durden Named Semifinalist for Tino Martinez Award
Sandra Changkija5.7.2011 | Baseball
No. 24 Baseball Splits with Lynn
Man Golfing5.2.2011 | Men's Golf
No. 24 Baseball Upset by Lynn
Steve Orris5.5.2011 | Baseball
Baseball Finishes Regular Season Against Lynn
5.2.2011 | Baseball
Baseball Back in the National Rankings
5.2.2011 | Baseball
Asuaje First NSU Freshman to be Named SSC Player of the Week
Alumni News You Can Use – NSU College of Allied Health and Nursing
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On May 1, 2011, NSU's Nursing program, Davie, Fort Myers and Kendall campuses conducted their inaugural Pinning and Candle lighting ceremonies for the graduating class. The student nurses have completed an intensive 27 month Baccalaureate program preparing them to receive their Diplomas in August and complete their State licensure exams for Registration.

The Pinning and Candle lighting ceremony represents a rite of passage into the Nursing profession. It welcomes these nursing students as members of a very special profession. As they recite the traditional Nightingale Pledge they make a commitment and dedication to uphold the highest standards and practices of the nursing profession.

As they prepare to leave to begin their professional career the Nursing Program wishes to extend best wishes and good luck in reaching their nursing career aspirations.
Bianca Urichoche, a 7th semester entry level graduating student, received a National institute of Health stroke assessment certificate while completing her practicum experience at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. David Lazarus, a 7th semester entry level graduating student, received a Valuing our Stars recognition for patient service while completing his practicum experience at Broward General Hospital.
During the Stuey Awards the Juan Pablo Carrerra scholarship for International students was given to student Joanna Dinan. Juan Pablo's mother was in attendance to honor Joanna. Dinan will be starting her 5th semester at the Miami S.E.C. and is active in the SGA, SNA and various other student organizations.
Alumni News You Can Use – NSU College of Pharmacy
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Sheriff's Special Recognition Award

Jennifer Fass, Pharm.D., C.Ph., Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice & Drug Information Center, NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni & Sheriff Al Lamberti, Broward Sheriff's Office

Jennifer Fass, Pharm.D., C.Ph., faculty, Pharmacy Practice and Drug Information Center, College of Pharmacy was honored at the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) Annual Awards Ceremony March 25, 2011 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. BSO Sheriff, Al Lamberti, presented Dr. Fass with the Sheriff's Special Recognition Award for her efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse through Operation Medicine Cabinet, a prescription drug take-back program.

Dr. Fass has worked with the BSO for approximately two years. Operation Medicine Cabinet provides individuals with an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired medications. As of January 2011, the drug collection tally was 24,026 controlled substances and an estimated 152,400 non-controlled drugs that were destroyed. Dr. Fass' COP Drug Information Center rotation students have also played an active role in assisting with Operation Medicine Cabinet.

Dr. Fass was featured in the BSO's official newsletter, Signal 14, with student pharmacist Lingyun Lu. Dr. Fass' involvement in prescription drug take-back programs was also recently published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy located at the following reference: Fass JA. Prescription drug take-back programs. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2011; 68:567-570.
Operation Medicine Cabinet

Bottom Row: Rachel Radulic, Detective & Christine Sawyer, BSO External Affairs

Top Row: Roma Patel, Student Pharmacist (P4) & Jennifer Fass, Pharm.D., C.Ph., Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice & Drug Information Center, NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni
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Robert Avossa, Ed.S. '99, is The Fulton County Board of Education's finalist for the position of superintendent. Avossa currently serves as Chief Strategy and Accountability Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in North Carolina. In this role, Avossa has led the district in driving key performance management initiatives. The accountability group managed district and state testing, conducted independent research on student and teacher performance, and developed a platform and formative assessments for the district's 2014 strategic plan.

Avossa formerly served as the area superintendent of the district's South Learning Community and as Chief of Staff to the superintendent. He joined CMS in 2006 after more than a decade in Florida schools as a teacher and principal. Avossa has a diversity of experience with key roles at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He has been a teacher in middle and high schools, principal of a large Title I elementary school, and the principal of a comprehensive high school with more than 3,250 students. His work in these positions earned Avossa the designation as Young Educator of the Year in 2003. In addition to his educational leadership, he was active with the community and was a member of the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2008.
LT Amber N. DeChambeau, D.O. '07, was selected as the 2010 Chief of Naval Air Training's Flight Surgeon of the Year for the United States Navy. She currently serves as the senior Flight Surgeon at Training Air Wing Four in Corpus Christi, TX.
Anthony Hampton, M.S. '07, is soliciting information for starting a Non-Profit Organization to provide basic computer training for economically disadvantaged adults who lack basic IT skills, which would enable them to obtain employment.
Harley Knowles, Ed.D. '99, has been selected as the 20th president of Tennessee Wesleyan College. Currently Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of New England in Maine, Knowles was selected by the college's presidential search committee from more than 100 qualified applicants and nominees for the position. The TWC Board of Trustees unanimously elected Knowles to the position on Thursday afternoon.

Since 2007, Knowles has served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of New England, which operates campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine. His responsibilities there have included fundraising, alumni programming and government and community relations. During his tenure at UNE, he has led a team that has achieved historic fundraising totals and landed the largest gift in the university's history, among other accomplishments.

Knowles' will officially take the helm of Tennessee Wesleyan College in July. Long-time TWC administrator, faculty member and coach Stan Harrison will continue his role as the college's interim president until that time.
James Nardozzi, D.P.A. '03, was appointed acting dean of Post College, Waterbury. Nardozzi, a former Waterbury Deputy Chief of Police, will lead the general education and other undergraduate programs offered through the college. He will also continue to serve as director of the new master of public administration degree program.
Dale Netherton, M.B.A. '95, recently published a book "Thoughts and Commentary." Covering a multitude of topics that need more analysis and reflection than is provided by the popular opinions viewed in the media, Thoughts and Commentary challenges readers to ponder and delve deeper, as it audaciously offers a different "take" on the common opinions voiced in editorials, news analysis and platitudes. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on.
Andrea Nugent, M.B.A. '02, is a single mom and two year breast cancer survivor. Andrea just finished working on her first childrens' book, "Mommy is Still Mommy, Cancer Can't Change That." Andrea is a motivational speaker who truly inspires and touches the lives of everyone she meets. She has become increasingly well known and respected for talking openly about her battle with breast cancer and her goal is to promote public awareness of this growing disease, especially in women between the ages of 20 - 40, as this population is increasingly being diagnosed. Andrea has recently started a new organization called B.i.o.n.i.c. Girls, Inc.

(Beauty is Optional; Newer, Improved, Changed!), located in Pembroke Pines, FL. Their mission is to empower and transform the lives of young breast cancer survivors who have undergone cancer treatment and/or mastectomy. They focus on rebuilding self-image and self-esteem while creating opportunities for wellness. Their goal is to promote public awareness and early breast cancer detection in all women.
Willie Oler, Ed.D. '05, is a grateful heart and liver organ transplant recipient. He says, "Don't take your organs to heaven. Heaven knows we need them down here."
Cristina (Davis) Sicoia, O.D. '99, and Daniel Sicoia welcome their first baby into their family. Andrei was born on April 6, 2011 at 8lb 5oz.
Laurie Van Wyckhouse, M.S. '93, has used her degree to develop the world's first online diabetes self-management training program. This is big news in healthcare due to the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and runaway healthcare costs.
John Werner, Ed.D. '10, is the new principal for Osbourn High School. Werner's immediate past position was as principal for Clarke County High School for three years. Prior, he was assistant principal at Westfield High School, Fairfax High School and Herndon High School, all in Fairfax County.
Rebecca Williams, B.S., is the owner of A Better Way of Learning Educational Services. Their motto is "Focusing on the Fundamentals of Education". Their Summer Enrichment Program will give your child the tools they need in math, science, writing, and reading, as well as, teach them how to use those tools. Therefore, empowering your child with the knowledge they need for the next school year and beyond. Visit A Better Way of Learning to learn more.
Sandra Woodley, D.B.A. '05, has been named by the University of Texas System to replace special adviser Rick O'Donnell. She will assist two panels serving the UT Board of Regents, one studying productivity and excellence, while the other focuses on online and blended learning. Woodley has experience as a high-ranking university administrator, Woodley, hired in March 2010 as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, oversees the UT System offices of Strategic Management and Institutional Studies and Policy Analysis. The offices coordinate system initiatives, streamline reporting requirements and track the progress and impact of the system's institutional plan. Woodley also oversees the annual UT System Accountability and Performance Report. The report measures student outcomes, research collaborations, faculty productivity, clinical care and community impact.
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