DIVISION OF HUMANITIES
KATHERINE ALYSSA McINERNEY, an English major with a minor is Business and Psychology, completed the Honors Program and the 15 credit requirement for the Honors Citation. She is currently a member of the Sigma Tau Delta honor society. She has been on the Dean’s list from Fall of 2010 through her final term. Katherine has been a part of the Writing Fellow Program since Fall of 2012. In 2011/2012 she became the Editor for the Digressions Literary Magazine, in 2012/2013 she became the Managing Editor and then in 2013/2014 she was named Editor-in-Chief. During the summer of 2013, she interned at the Taylor and Francis Group. Katherine has been a co-presenter at several conference and symposiums including “Real World Sensitivities within Tutoring Sessions at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, “Student Literary Magazine” at NSU’s Multi-Media Conference, “Up in the Clouds” at NSU’s Undergraduate Symposium, and “Real World Sensitivities Within the Tutoring Microcosm” for the Southeastern Writing Center Association. While attending school she worked part time as a Sales Associate at Kirkland’s Home. She has made the Dean’s List from fall of 2010 to the present. She plans on continuing with her studies and wants to earn her Ph.D. in English Literature. She wants to become an English professor and hopes to be able to travel internationally.
DESIREE KENNEDY, is a double major in Legal Studies and Political Science who was also a member of the honor program since 2011. She is a member of both the Delta Epsilon Iota and Alpha Chi honor societies. Desiree participated in an internship with the Washington Center at the Department of the Interior. She participated in Dr. Gershman’s travel study course: Genocide in the 20th Century and Beyond where students traveled to several cities in Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary and Poland as part of the 12 day trip during Spring Break. According to Desiree, “This trip truly opened my eyes to many of the world’s horrors as well as to its wonders”. She has worked as an assistant in the Testing and Tutoring Center and has assisted Alumni Relations with reaching out to current alum. Desiree recently was recognized at the Stueys as the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Student of the Year for 2014. Desiree plans on attending George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management to seek her Masters in Political Science. She will also be working as a program manager for the SFS Program at the Department of the Interior.
DIVISION OF MATH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
NAOMI RACHEL KING, an Environmental Studies major with a minor in Mathematics, has been on the Dean’s List for four years starting in 2010. Naomi comes from a family of Sharks, including her mother Diane Obregon who received her Master’s in Writing and Daniel King who is a graduate of the University. Her grandmother, Linda Simunek, works for the Abraham Fischler College of Education and has been a big inspirational support to her granddaughter. Naomi participated in several internships including an internship with the South Florida Water Management District and Broward County’s section of Air Quality Control. Through her internship with the SFWMO, she at the opportunity to attend an ESRI Conference entitled “Sharpen your GIS Skills” in the fall of 2013. During the summer of 2011, she participated in a Study Abroad program in Sweden which explored the educational process of the Lovewell Performing Arts Workshop. This was her first experience to the European culture. For several semesters she was involved in Nomatics, the NSU math club. As part of her membership, she attended several lectures of the Mathematics Colloquium Series and did some voluntary tutoring for high school students. She is currently a member of the Student Chapter National Association of Environmental Professionals. Naomi is considering starting graduate school in the fall of 2015, either back in her home town of Seattle, Washington or perhaps California.
MEGA MARGAPURAM, a Biology major part of the 3 plus 4 year Dental Medicine program, has been a Tribeta honor society member for 3 years. Mega is from San Jose, California and has been a member of the Honors Program here at NSU. Mega has participated in research in the areas of “Algae as Biofuel” and “Chlorophyll Cell Dimer” with several faculty members. She has also been a member in several clubs on campus, including Operation Smile, Medlife and the Indian Students Association as well as a member of the Clinical Explorations Program. Mega has also participated in community events including Give Kids a Smile and a public foot screening. She has assisted other students acting as a Math and Science tutor for the Testing and Tutoring Center. She was recognized as the “Most Dedicated Member” by the Predental Society. She is certified in College Level Reading and Learning, HIPPA/OSHA and CPR along with an American Red Cross Lifeguard certification. She plans working in cosmetic dentistry, but also plans to practice in underserved areas. Because of this, she is also considering work in the U.S. Air Force or the Peace Corps.
DIVISION OF PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
KRISTEN GHANDOUR, a double major including Communication Studies and Art with a minor in Marketing, is originally from Neptune Beach, Florida. Kristen was accepted into the Honors program and will have completed all of the requirements while graduating with honors. She is currently a member of the Lambda Pi Eta and Florida Eta Chapter of Alpha Chi honor societies. Kristen participated in the 2013 Semester Study Abroad Program in Florence Italy for the Arts. She was an intern during the summer of 2013 at the Florida Times-Union Media Group in Jacksonville, FL. She also completed an internship for Design and Social Media for the Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale in early 2014.
EMMA MAGNER, a Marine Biology major with a minor in Spanish, is from Belleville, Illinois. While a student she completed research in “Particulate Matter as a Potential Driver of Antibiotic Resistance with several faculty members. Emma participated in several internships including the Dolphin Research Center and the Salt Life Park Hawaii as the Hawaiian Ocean Theatre Intern. She participated in a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Dr. Joshua Feingold, a trip to Baja California with Dr. Keith and looks forward to future trip to Alaska with Dr. Arena. The first two experiences allowed her to study marine life in a real life setting. She has been the Secretary for the Nature Club since 2010 and Secretary of the Scuba Crew from 2009-2013. She is part of two honor societies, Delta Epsilon Iota and Tri Beta Biological Academic Honors. Emma has been on the Dean’s List all ten semesters at NSU. Emma has either held a role or acted behind the scenes to act and help manage several theatrical productions at NSU including, Everyman, Once on This Island, The Importance of Being Ernest, Tartuffe, Wonder of the World, Trojan Women, Stop Kiss and the Student Works Festival. She has served in several roles as an employee and student leader on campus through her job as a Resident Assistant, Aquatics Lifeguard and an office assistance for the Department of Performing and Visual Arts. Since 2001, she has been a member of the Florida Master Naturalist Program and has her Advance Open Water Scuba Diver certification since 2001. Emma plans on attending graduate school and blend both of her passions (marine biology and theater) into one job.
DIVISION OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
HAYDEE MARGARITA MARTINEZ, a Paralegal Studies major, has been on the Dean’s List for academic excellence every semester since she transferred to Nova Southeastern University in 2012. She was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and raised in Miami. In 2012 she received a South Florida Paralegal Association Scholarship based on her winning entry of a hypothetical defense in a fictional, vehicular-homicide case. Haydee has active membership in the South Florida Paralegal Association, the National Federation of Paralegal Association and the Broward County Bar Association. In addition, she is currently a member of several honor societies, including Lambda Epsilon Chi, Tau Sigma and Delta Epsilon Iota. Currently she is working full time as a paralegal for a litigation firm in downtown Fort Lauderdale. She plans on applying to the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences here at NSU to begin his master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her future plans include teaching in his field of work once he completes his graduate work.
JOSE LUIS MARTINEZ SERRANO, a Psychology major from Manati, Puerto Rico, was chosen as a member of the Honors Program. Jose acted as Vice President in 2011 for Psi Chi, the International Society in Psychology and was the President from 2012-2014. He participated in research for “Sensation seeking behavior of aggression and low physiological arousal under stress”. Jose also attended several conferences including the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Society for Neuroscience Social and the Undergraduate Student Symposium hosted by NSU. He worked with several professors during his research and conference travel including Dr. Fagan, Dr. Tartar and Dr. Garcia-Brown. He has participated in several community events including GSA Charity Prom, Block Painting Party and Suicide Prevention Walk. In 2010 he received the Silver Knight Honorable Mention and the Sun Sentinel Kid Character of the Year. In 2013 he was on the Dean’s List. He has been accepted into NSU’s graduate Psy D. program and plans to graduate in 2019. After graduating in 2019, he plans on Commissioning as an Officer of the Navy and become a U.S. Navy Psychologist.
RENYA SHARI MASSAC, a Human Services Administration major with a concentration in Social Work, was raised in the British Virgin Islands. While pursuing her degree, Renya became a member of the Tau Sigma Honor Society. She joined several clubs, the Caribbean Student Association where she held an executive position as Campus Liaison, the Rotaract Club and Cozy Corners. Through her participation in her organizations she developed a family away from home while learning valuable life lessons of helping others. She participated in several community events including Relay for Life, volunteered at the Susan B. Antony’s shelter for women and assisted with feeding the homeless. Renya also completed several different internships with the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development and the Psychological Services Center. She is thankful to her family for their support and feels like she has accomplished an important milestone in her life by graduating.