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Every day at NSU there is someone working on an idea that will change the world.

Anyone who has a daughter or cares about the well-being of young girls should read this issue’s faculty profile on Jean J. Latimer, Ph.D.  A statistic buried within an article and a high school student's summer research project served as “game-changers” for this breast cancer research veteran of 21 years. The extended article explains how historical use of a hormone revealed a startling connection between modern-day products and increased breast cancer risk. We also include on the landing page a link to her must-see TEDxNSU video.

Historical connections also factor into a book released last month by our 2001 Student of the Year for the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Alumna Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. posits a game-changing idea regarding race relations that you can hear more about in a video preview.
Scott collaborated with former NSU professors and classmates in writing her book, which brings us to an exciting truth about our university. Attending NSU offers game-changing experiences for students seeking pathways to success. Brand new NSU Oceanographic Center graduate student Alyson Kuba shares her excitement about advancing coral research alongside such renowned scientists as Joana Figueiredo, Ph.D.  

You’ll also read about how staff members from across the university, including the Mailman Segal Center and NSU residential housing, banded together to present a new support program for college students on the autism spectrum.

So kudos, game-changers! A fond hope is that these stories continue to light YOUR pathway to a legacy of dreams and impact realized through NSU.



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

Faculty Profile | Jean J. Latimer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jean Latimer Ph.D.

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Jean Latimer Ph.D.


Science has not greatly changed the mortality rate of breast cancer victims; it has only managed to extend life from two to now 15 years for some survivors, according to NSU's Jean J. Latimer, Ph.D. Life is not generally extended for Jewish women, Latina women and African-American women for whom breast cancer is "triple-negative," which means it does not possess three biomarkers that allow for targeted treatment. Triple-negative breast cancer is on the rise, yet it remains the form least understood and until recently, little studied.

Latimer has developed a revolutionary tissue engineering system that addresses this void and more. Implications include:

  • Identifying root causes of mutations that make people vulnerable to cancer.
  • Molecular testing during lumpectomies to identify cells on the verge of becoming malignant, reducing risk of local recurrence and possibly the need for painful follow-up radiation.
  • Groundbreaking research into triple-negative breast cancer forms.
  • A needed paradigm shift toward prevention as “the cure.” (A study conducted this summer for Latimer by a high school student found no mutations in the 20 genes being analyzed, which means that the loss of DNA repair was instead due to some epigenetic event, i.e. it is preventable and potentially reversible.)
  • Expansion of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) which supports research into numerous disease links.
  • Human data needed to ban chemicals that grievously accelerate risk (including ones already banned in other countries)

Latimer says:

With $1 million, we can support my tissue engineering system and perform DNA repair tests that allow scientists to study triggers that cause DNA repair loss in healthy cells. DNA repair loss leads to mutations that can accumulate in a cell and cause it to become malignant.

This ties into two recent, game-changing findings: In 1780 women underwent puberty around age 18, now it’s age 11 or 12 for most girls, or age 9 for African-American girls. We are more at risk now than 200+ years ago due to chemicals in our food and containers because puberty is when mutations start occurring at a typical pace of one per decade. (That’s why the most treatable breast cancer currently occurs most often in women aged 50+.) And here’s the shocking historical link we also recently made: One ubiquitous chemical in our lives and diet is Bisphenol A (BPA). The historical use of this chemical was spurring puberty in hogs so they could be slaughtered for consumption at an earlier age. (Watch Latimer’s TEDxNSU video for more on this topic.)

With $5 million, we could hire three more people, with one dedicated full time to the tissue engineering project. This project involves a lot of expensive artificial intelligence technology to assist us in measuring changes due to environmental chemical exposures on breast tissue. An essential component is running full genome analysis, which costs $2,000 per sample. Full genome analysis of our existing 105 breast and breast cancer cell lines is publishable, and will most significantly contribute to The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), a critical worldwide research resource. We could also install a bank of computers so students can tackle TCGA research projects.

Last, we could start a Breast Cancer Think Tank modeled after one I established in Pittsburgh. A huge group of people comprising clinicians, high school teachers and even survivor family members attended the weekly presentations and conversations. With a room, projection equipment and food, we can build an inter-professional platform that also allows students in all health professions as well as undergraduate students to participate.

With $10 million, we could do all of the above, plus bring in robots to conduct chemical testing using the tissue engineering system and to also photograph and score each test all along the way. This would put us on the level of a pharmaceutical company, but the implications include prevention as well as prospective treatment and molecular testing.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.

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  1. Use a stainless steel mug for your coffee. (Heated plastics and Styrofoam are not good for you. Bonus: What is good for you is also good for the environment.)
  2. Google “BPA-Free” to register interest among data miners, and beware of substitutes not tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (The FDA no longer has the resources to test chemicals prior to use, which makes wise consumer choices all the more critical to the health of you and your children.)
  3. Avoid corn, soy, and peanut products. (They are most susceptible to soaking up toxic pesticides, causing you to consume large quantities of products such as Round-Up, for example.)
  4. If it doesn't spoil, think three times before eating it. (This not real “food,” and the FDA is no longer able to test chemicals on the front-end.)
  5. Don't let your children chew gum, especially ones with "flavor crystals," which are released when their plastic casing dissolves in your child’s mouth.
  6. Ask the dentist to use BPA-free drops (or none at all) on your child’s teeth. An automatic treatment entails dripping plasticizers onto baby teeth to prevent cavities. (Unfortunately the BPA version works best for that sole purpose, but Latimer warns that it is not worth the risk and stopped her daughter’s dentist from applying any such treatment.)
  7. Use baby-safe products for the whole family, starting with sunblock, deodorant and toothpaste.
  8. Avoid body washes and “moisturizing beads;” use a wash cloth and plain soap to exfoliate instead.
  9. Use glass containers with tops, not Tupperware, and never, ever heat food in a plastic container.
  10. Make sure every x-ray, 3D breast exam or CT scan is absolutely necessary before undergoing or approving such action for your child. (An abdominal CT scan equivocates to 200 chest x-rays. A 3D breast exam exposes you to double the radiation dose of a standard mammogram.)
  11. Avoid or lessen your exposure to smoke, not just cigarettes, but smoke from grills, fire pits, etc. Even medical marijuana should not be smoked; if you need it, use products you can eat. And if you grill, please do not grill out every day. ALL smoke is bad; that is why cancer is so prevalent among fire fighters.
  12. If you have a baby, breast feed. Avoiding breast feeding increases the risk of breast cancer.

Bonus: Share Dr. Latimer's TEDxNSU video and/or the points in this article to advance awareness and action.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.

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Alumna Profile | Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Author, Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America?
2001 Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Student of the Year

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Imani Michelle Scott Ph.D.Professors encouraged NSU alumna Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. to be bold in her investigation into deep-seated, perennial social conflict. They also challenged her to not just highlight injustices but to offer reasonable solutions. Last month, the 2001 Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Student of the Year introduced a book that aims to do just that with a proposal for healing racial conflict in the U.S. 

As recent events covered by the media demonstrate, Scott maintains that racism has a stronghold on America "because it has been a centuries-long struggle with this country."

"I am concerned that our nation continually tries to stop the bleeding of a deeply-infected wound with a tiny band aid," Scott said. "The chronically deep pain and losses associated with centuries of racism cannot be healed with repeated, temporary responses bought on by acute social occurrences, for example, the sparks of protests against racial injustice following the deadly shooting of an unarmed African-American or some blatant act and/or rhetoric when components of racism rupture the status quo to reignite racial tensions."

In her video promoting her book: Crimes against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America?, Scott explains that there is no single target audience in mind, nor is her book written for scholarly purposes. Rather, "it is an unprecedented examination into enduring racial disparities and tension combined with a potential conflict transformation and reconciliation process to begin resolving America's race-related social dysfunction."

"We've got to take this step to really deal with what happened," Scott said. "[We need to have] people actively involved in safe dialogical spaces where they can share feelings, they can share experiences, they can share ideas about bringing people together to support the needs for African-Americans, the needs of whites in America. ...Even people who don't want to have racist views... it's so deeply embedded that it is almost impossible to fight off that negativity."

Scott adds that her NSU professors helped in her understanding and application of wide-ranging historical and contemporary theoretical premises of conflict. While attending NSU, her research and writing was published on numerous topics, including the consequences of racism in the U.S., police violence, school violence and road rage.

"During and subsequent to my enrollment in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (DCAR), I had the opportunity to have as my professors some of the most fascinating social intellects imaginable," Scott said.

She goes on to say that she was very fortunate in this current book initiative to work with former professors and "former cohorts" in the DCAR program who contributed chapters to the book.

Crimes against Humanity in the Land of the Free is available through and Barnes & Noble book stores.

If you would like to learn more about NSU's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Susie Marshall, Ph.D., or call her at (954) 262-3014.

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Alyson KubaStudent Profile | Alyson Kuba

Forman Family Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Research
Graduate Student, NSU's Oceanographic Center

Before Alyson Kuba completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami, she began following the research of Joana Figuiredo, Ph.D., a professor at NSU’s Oceanographic Center. When Figuiredo posted on Coral List that she was looking for a student with a new research idea, Kuba responded. In addition to taking classes and finalizing her research proposal, the new NSU graduate student is helping Figuiredo apply for a National Science Foundation grant based in part upon Kuba’s idea to study the quality of larvae produced by corals that experience a bleaching event. Thanks to Figuiredo, the Forman family, and NSU, she is realizing a dream sparked at a very early age.


“I was 7 years old and I went snorkeling with my family in the Caribbean. As soon as I got in the water we were swimming above the coral reefs and I just remember how busy it was. All these fish, and all these colors, and the intense life going on around the corals. I was fascinated -- ‘why is there so much life in this one area?’ It made me very interested in corals at a young age. In high school I volunteered with the Smithsonian National Zoo. And on family vacations I would make my family go to aquariums and go snorkeling, things like that.”

An accomplished dancer as well as a high-achieving academic student, Kuba explains why coral research emerged as her primary passion:
“There is so much research that we need in marine biology. I have so many questions about corals that are left unanswered, and I have this deep passion to answer all those questions. Considering our current stage of the environment, I think there’s a need for it."

This fresh approach is what landed her in the very lab she hoped to work in.
“I learned about Professor Joana Figuiredo’s research through Coral List, an email series that goes out to coral reef researchers. In one issue, she posted an invitation for a new student to join her lab who had a new idea for research. I had such an idea, and what was great was that she gave me the opportunity to do what I am really interested in.

“My research looks at coral larvae, and more specifically egg quality. If adult coral becomes bleached and then reproduces, how is the quality of their larvae different?  A lot of times when adult corals are unhealthy, they won’t put as much yolk or good nutrients such as lipids into the eggs. It could also mean that they don’t settle and they don’t grow into a juvenile. Coral eggs and larvae are supposed to disperse and travel through the water currents to settle in different locations and hopefully repopulate areas. So if the larvae and eggs are not as good, they may not disperse as well, and we won’t have as much coral connectivity between coral populations.

“I think what gets me excited about research is answering all these questions and kind of putting the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out what’s going to happen to these corals, or how are they going to change, and how is the environment affecting them. We don’t know what the next generation of coral is going to be.”
Thanks to the Forman Family endowment, Kuba’s passion received a boost by way of a research assistantship.

“I’m very thankful to the Formans for my scholarship; that definitely has helped along the way. The research at NSU is fantastic. The facilities that they have and provide to the students and the opportunities we have… I’m very thankful for the Oceanographic Center for allowing me to come in and do the research that I want to do.”

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Wendy Wood-Derrer, or call her at (954) 262-3617.

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Thanks to a gift from The Kapila Family Foundation, NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development will celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of its Starting Right program with a new name and an ability to build upon success.

“We are thankful to the Kapila Family Foundation for their generous support of the work we’re doing,” said Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph.D., Dean of NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. “This will support program growth and the provision of services to more students and their families.”

The current Starting Right program, which began in 2005, was created for children ages 21-36 months who exhibit delays in developing language and social skills. The program is designed to increase communication, social and school readiness skills and provides caregivers with techniques and strategies that are used both in the classroom and at home. During their time in the classroom, children and their caregivers participate in various activities together – from story and music time to art and sensory play – all of the actions encourage language and social development.

“The Kapila Family Starting Right Program provides a therapeutic program within a nurturing and welcoming environment for children and their parents,” Leiderman said. “It’s important that we provide individualized instruction, which addresses children's challenges and supports their skills and strengths.”

In order to provide individualized instruction, classes are kept small. Classes are made up of six to eight children, and there are two teachers present.  Children and parents participate in a variety of activities with the total class, in small groups and in 1:1 ratios.  The classroom provides a highly structured environment that allows the children to engage in diverse learning opportunities.  NSU practicum graduate students also play a vital role in our classrooms as they are building their own professional skills in this field.

The stipulation of the financial gift is that the funds can only be used to help with the Kapila Family Starting Right Program. Leiderman said it will go to help purchase additional classroom materials, provide training for teachers and parents and provide scholarships for families in need.

If you are interested in supporting any of Mailman Segal Center’s programs, please email Director of Development Susie Marshall, Ph.D., or call her at (954) 262-3014.

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Raul Rodriguez, president of Betances Drogueria and a member of the NSU College of Pharmacy Advisory Board, was inspired to give $50,000 to NSU’s College of Pharmacy Dean’s Excellence Fund. 

With NSU’s help, Rodriquez believes that his vision to better educate students, assist practicing pharmacists on the island implement successful businesses, and improve healthcare in Puerto Rico is possible.  

If you would like to explore opportunities to support NSU's College of Pharmacy or NSU’s regional San Juan campus, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.


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Thanks to an anonymous donor, every gift to University School of NSU's Speech and Debate program (up to $5,000 per individual gift between August 25 and December 31, 2014) will be DOUBLED!

The matching gift challenge was inspired by the faculty and students who have developed a Top 1% in the nation program.

Other accolades include:

  • Overall 3x State Champions (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 2014 National Speech and Debate Association School of Excellence
  • Nine years of producing finalists and champions at such competitions as Harvard International, New York City Invitational, Glenbrooks Invitational, UPENN Invitational, Yale Invitational, Blue Key Invitational, and Emory University Barkley Forum
  • Team member matriculation to such top schools as Dartmouth, Brown, Princeton, Northwestern, Emory, Yale, Columbia, UF, UM, Georgia Tech, USC, Indiana, UPENN, Cornell, and more
  • Combined team GPA of 4.17

Gifts will help:

  • Secure national consultants to work with students
  • Offset fees to national tournaments hosted on Ivy League and other college campuses across the nation
  • Allow University School to host mini-camps and workshops throughout the year to enhance tournament trainingstudents.

 If you would like to make DOUBLE the impact and help University School’s Speech and Debate program and participants, please email Director of Development Wynne Avellanet , or call  her at 954-262-3617. If you prefer to give online, please type "Speech and Debate Matching Gift" in the comments box. Thank you!

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Law Class DonationPAVING THE WAY

Shepard Broad Law Center Class of 2014 class gift campaign, “Paving the Way for Scholarships” has been completed with the installation of the brick pavers.

The effort was spearheaded by class president Rahysa Vargas:

“When I became president of the student bar association I wanted to have an impact on not only the school but also on the law students who would soon attend and graduate NSU. The Paving the Way Scholarship campaign was something I thought would motivate students both by leaving a legacy and raising money for students who truly needed financial help. Being able to partner with the alumni association [to accomplish our goal] gave us an avenue to make a difference.

“It was important to me that our classmates give back to a school that has given us so much. The community within the law school is a close one. We knew that we would be helping someone walk out the very same doors after three years and become a part of an amazing legal alumni community. Hopefully Paving the Way for Scholarships will provide ongoing inspiration and perhaps initiate a new giving tradition.”

Net proceeds will go into the Law Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund, said Shepard Broad Law Center Director of Alumni Relations, Elena Minicucci.  For the past two years, the Law Center has awarded a scholarship to a 3L student (4Ls are also eligible), she added.

If you would like to learn more about Shepard Broad Law Center, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Susan Stephan, or call her at (954) 262-6261.

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Did you know that Nova Southeastern University, in partnership with Broward County government, operates the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program (BCSTCP)? For approximately 25 years, NSU has successfully run the program, which provides for the conservation of endangered and threatened sea turtle species within Broward County.

“Honestly, the turtles keep us motivated," said Curtis Slagle, project manager of NSU Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program. “Our program typically oversees two to three thousand nests every season which ultimately results in the release of tens to hundreds of thousands of sea turtle hatchlings each year. Those turtles do most of the work, but we work to ensure those nests remain undisturbed during the incubation period and the eggs develop successfully. Considering the current state of all sea turtle populations, every hatchling reaching the ocean matters and I can safely say our program has made a positive difference.”

Nearly 30 staff work on the project, all of whom are approved and on Florida Fish and Wildlife permits, which allow them to work with the endangered species (not just anyone can do this work.) Volunteers include 17 current NSU graduate students and nine NSU alumni, some of whom have donated their time for nearly a decade!

Our staff monitors approximately 24 miles of beach in Broward County daily, starting 30 minutes before sunrise from March 1 through October 31. (This is one of the largest areas monitored by a single group in Florida.) They are on the lookout for any nesting behavior (i.e. new nests dug overnight) or “false crawls,” which is where a female sea turtle crawls up on the beach but, for whatever reason, turns around and heads back to the ocean without laying any eggs.

When we find a new nest, it’s marked off and monitored until the baby turtles hatch – and we work to relocate any nests that may be at-risk (laid below the high-tide line and will be washed out on the next tide, etc). In addition, staff will excavate nests after the babies hatch to look for (1) successful hatchings and (2) any stragglers that didn’t quite make it out and to the ocean, which are gathered up and cared for until they can be released into the ocean.

If you see a turtle in distress, we ask that you call our Sea Turtle Emergency Line at 954-328-0580.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Wendy Wood-Derrer, or call her at (954) 262-3617.

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Excerpts from an article by senior business administration major Jordan Cook. Cook’s personal tale appeared in a recent issue of the NSU student newspaper, The Current.


“Almost six years ago on Sept. 28, 2008, at the age of 16, my whole life changed.

I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), often referred to as lupus, which doesn’t have a cure yet. Lupus is a chronic disease, meaning that I will always have it. My body sees itself as a foreign invader so it attacks itself, so all the good cells are dying along with the bad cells.

“I experience fatigue and arthritis, and I am slightly allergic to the sun. Between the ups and downs faced in life, stress, hormones, the sun, and viruses that often float around, it is important that I take care of myself. Lupus can also affect any of the organs or multiple organs often leaving someone with inflammation and disease within an organ. Lupus can be treated, and it is usually treated with corticosteroids and other medications to help get rid of the inflammation that builds up in the joints. Depending on how severe the disease is, there are also many other treatments that could be used if necessary.

Mysterious Beginnings
“Before the diagnosis, everything in my life was very stressful. I played sports, went to high school, dealt with my social and family life, and like any other teen, I had my own personal battles. The first time I really noticed changes in my body was in January 2008. I was playing softball for Villages Charter High School. Softball used to be effortless for me, and it started to become a chore because I was feeling very fatigued. I shrugged it off and continued because I thought that my fatigue was from the everyday wear and tear of being an athlete.

“As time passed by, I was selected to play for one of the top known travel softball teams called Team Florida. This was a huge moment in my life because I would be playing for an elite team with girls two to three years older than me. I longed to go to the next level every chance that I could get, and making this team meant that I would get the exposure I needed to possibly get noticed by a top NCAA Division I school. One of my dreams as a little girl was to attend the University of California, Los Angeles competing in softball as the starting catcher. I thought to myself, “Here I am. This is my chance.”

“I practiced and played tournaments in and out of state with Team Florida. Alabama was amazing, but I got a nosebleed. While I was in Texas, the fatigue doubled. Not to mention that the sun was killing me. These were still just little things that I shrugged off. It wasn’t until I got back from Colorado that I really noticed some major changes.

Concerns of a Teenager
“Symptoms started appearing abruptly. When I would try to use my wrists to lift myself up off the floor, they would hurt. They were swollen, along with my ankles. I just brushed it off once again, but it wasn’t until late August that I realized there was something seriously wrong. I could not get out of bed for a month; my body was shutting down. I remember I Iifted my head off my pillow and saw all of my hair lying there. I spit up blood because I had sores in my mouth. I had the butterfly rash on my face, and I had sores on my arms and legs. I was in so much agony from head to toe. My mother had to spoon feed me.

“But not once was I worried about my health. I was only concerned about not being able to play sports. I worried about not being able to do my schoolwork and going to school. I worried if my friends would still be my friends when I returned to school and if they would be able to be my friends after they realized everything about me had just changed.

“I bounced from doctor to doctor until I was able to see a doctor who referred me to a pediatric rheumatologist. She ran breathing tests, MRIs, a kidney biopsy, urine cultures and blood tests. I was also treated with aggressive medications such as prednisone, enapril, plaquinel, and iron.

Official Diagnosis
“On Sept. 28 of that year, I was officially diagnosed with lupus. A few days later, I was also told that because of my lupus I also have kidney disease and would also have to have chemo treatments for six months. When I went to my first chemotherapy treatment, the temperature so hot, but the day I left the hospital, it was very cold; the seasons had started to change and I missed it. I realized how valuable life was. I realized that there is more to life than what we see, and I realized that life could be gone so fast.

“When I returned to school, I struggled a lot. I was told that I was never going to be able to play sports again, but I did not let those words bother me. Instead of playing, I began weight lifting. I built all my strength back up, and I was able to play softball that same school year. I achieved that. No one could take that away from me.

Lost Scholarships
“I lost out on my chance to get a scholarship to the top schools I had been trying to go to. I graduated and set goals for softball, making good grades. To me, that was something to be proud of. I had to start all over from scratch, but I made it. I tried out for junior colleges and I ended up receiving a full scholarship to Seminole State College of Florida. There I was the starting catcher for two years. Out of those two years I had a fielding percentage of 900 percent or more each year. I hit a total of 23 homeruns, and I kept a 3.2 GPA. I grew. I got stronger.  I never ever let my disease get the best of me.

Found Strength
“Today, I can proudly say that I have made it through so much in my lifetime. My disease is in remission. However, I still have flare ups. I deal with fatigue, and because my immune system is very weak. I get sick easily. Due to my traumatic experience with lupus and medications, I often think about my past and sometimes become very depressed. I also am very forgetful. I have really, really good days and really, really bad days.

Lessons Learned
“I have learned how to deal with everything that I have been through, and there is no doubt in my mind that there isn’t anything that I couldn’t do in this world. I just tell people to never give up and always have faith. My faith has gotten me through a lot of what I have been through, not to mention, my song writing. I have big dreams that I know I will achieve one day. I always try to stay positive about the situations that I am faced with, because if I am not, I could easily get sick from the stress and lose focus of the goals I have for myself. There is not one day that passes that I just take time to cherish the moments that make me laugh, smile, feel loved or consume me with happiness.

“Life is very short and very fragile. It could be taken from us within the blink of an eye. Life is a blessing that some do not even get to enjoy. So my advice is don’t ever take anything for granted, live life to the fullest, stay positive, stay strong and always seek happiness. God bless.”

 If you are interested in opportunities to help students, we invite you to email Director of Development Diane Schactman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

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NSU has not only served as the go-to place for parents whose children are on the autism spectrum, it also has welcomed college age students. This year, NSU stepped up support by creating a program that can be customized to meet the needs of students who are entering college and also preparing for the workforce. noted the advancement in a recent article.

More Colleges Expanding Programs for Students on Autism Spectrum [Excerpts]

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have always been on college campuses, but with the lack of screening technologies just a few years ago, they struggled through schooling virtually invisible. Today, however, the number of children on the spectrum has risen from 1 in 150 to 1 in 88 in less than ten years, and colleges are beginning to acknowledge that these young adults are eager to receive their college degrees.

The Harvard Review of Psychiatry recently released summaries of the latest findings in ASD research and highlighted that there is a significant upsurge of people with ASD arriving on college campuses. According to Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, lead author of the review, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of these students seeking to access higher education.

With computers taking over jobs typically held by people on the spectrum, in areas like postal services and train operations, it is imperative that these perfectly capable students go on to earn degrees. Colleges and universities across the country have established programs to ensure that they will get enhanced services like academic and executive functioning tutoring, anxiety reduction instruction and social skill workshops. Most don’t need all these support services, however, and simply sign up for what meets their individual needs. The average program runs about $3,000 per semester on top of tuition.

How The Schools Are Responding

Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will receive its first student [for its new supplemental college offering] this coming fall and offers a very individualized plan. Each student has a unique plan of support based on what they need assistance with, which always evolves over time. This school will offer 10 hour per week peer mentoring, monitored study hall two hours a day, five days per week, weekly psychoeducational group meetings, physical/occupational therapy sessions and have someone on call for 24 hours. They also plan to have students complete volunteer or paid work experience before they graduate so they can gain experience in the interviewing process, resume writing, working under a supervisor and with co-workers while they have support. The cost for these services is $8,000 on top of tuition.

Finding The Right Fit

Although there is no “one size fits all” program, each school offers something unique that works for the student in conjunction with the campus culture.

“There has to be a really good match between the student and the whole university, not just the program,” says Susan Kabot, Executive Director at Autism Institute of Nova Southeastern University. “Look at the size of the campus, how easy it is to navigate, the number of students, class size and that the type of support offered is what matches what you think your child will need in a new, unfamiliar environment.”

If you would like to help young people interested in earning a college degree and advancing in the workplace, please email Director of Development Susie Marshall, Ph.D. or call her at (954) 262-3014.

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NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. paid tribute to volunteers throughout the community in the recent guest column for Sun-Sentinel’s Annual Volunteer Guide.

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

This quote is attributed to many authors, but it speaks to all volunteers.

When you choose to volunteer, you not only make a choice about the kind of community you want to live in, you impact lives on a very real and personal level.

Five highlighted volunteer opportunities attributed to NSU demonstrate the breadth of NSU’s service to community:

1.  Help Save South Florida’s Sea Turtles

NSU operates the Broward County Sea Turtle Renesting Program. You can help simply by not walking on the beach at night from March through October, and not shining bright lights onto the beach.  If you see an injured or sick sea turtle or hatchlings, please call (954) 328-0580. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your organization, please email

Giving Contact: Wendy Wood-Derrer, (954) 262-3617

2. Become a Teen Volunteer

Teens can earn community service hours at NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. Open to the public, NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library boasts nearly one million items in its collections, 487 computers for patron use, 22 study rooms, 300 research databases, DVD’s and music, cultural and art exhibitions including a permanent Chihuly glass sculpture, and special events throughout the year.

Giving Contact: Elaine Blattner, (954) 262-2409

3. Take Advantage of NSU’s FREE Health Fairs

Imagine being able to take your child to get hearing and balance, vision, speech-language, and dental health assessments all in one day… for FREE. Oh, and your “waiting rooms” include a bounce house, storybook character meet-and-greets, food, music, and more. Become an NSU ambassador by spreading the word about our two annual FREE health fairs – “A Day for Children” in late September and the “FOMA-NSU Health Fair” held in mid-April of each year. Search for the latest details.

Giving Contacts: Ashley Sharp, (954) 262-1510 and Denise Rau, (954) 262-2163  for HPD, Susan Stephen, (954) 262-6261 for PULSE! Health Law Society

4. Dive into South Florida’s Art and Culture

NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is a dynamic hub of culture with events, classes and activities that extend far beyond its internationally recognized art collections. Volunteer opportunities range from gallery assistant, to greeters and special events support.

Giving Contact: Mark Cole, (954) 262-0233

5. Use Our Resources to Help Your Organization, or Join Our Team

NSU collaborates with other non-profits on over 2,200 community projects each year. You can explore opportunities at

We also welcome you to join one of our teams. Last year, NSU had the largest school team participate in Autism Speaks (Team NSU) and Dan Marino’s WalkAbout Autism (Baudhuin Preschool PTO) walks. Simply search by our team’s name (e.g. Autism Speaks Team NSU) and register.

Special Events Sponsorship & In-Kind Donations: Lynn LaRose. (954) 262-2116
Mailman Segal Center for Human Develoment Giving: Susie Marshal, Ph.D., (954) 262-3014
Corporate & Foundation Giving: Alissa Hechter, (954) 262-5408
Leadership Giving: Robin Blackwell, (954) 262-2019


Mary Ann Fletcher, Ph.D., Schemel Professor for Neuro-Immune Medicine at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her research team recently were awarded a $1.95 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study complex biomarkers of Chronic Fatique Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) in men.

Fletcher and her team will combine the findings from this 100 percent federally funded four-year study with data the team previously compiled from its other sponsored programs in Gulf War illness (GWI), a related neuro-immune disorder. Grants for these four studies total nearly $10 million, and have been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and NIH.

“Our goal is to pin down precisely what are the differences between men and women facing these diseases and to develop more effective and specific treatment plans using existing drugs that are currently being used to treat other related conditions and symptoms,” said Fletcher.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ME/CFS is a “debilitating complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Symptoms affect several body systems and may include weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, and insomnia, which can result in reduced participation in daily activities.”

ME/CFS occurs most often in people who are in their 40s and 50s, but can happen at any age, according to the CDC. The disease affects more than 1 million Americans and is four times more likely to occur in women than in men. Many experts believe a significant number of cases go undiagnosed and the actual number of Americans with the disease is much higher.

Since flare-ups of the disease often occur during physical activity, the new grant will involve a cross sectional study that investigates biological indicators in patients before, during, and after an exercise protocol. These indicators, also known as biomarkers, will allow the Institute’s researchers to target the root causes of the disease using computational biology models.

Men between the ages of 18 and 75 who are interested in enrolling in the study can call (305) 275-5450.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.

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Photo Credit: Nicole Change, 9, of Hollywood, and Rachel Tome, 5, of Pembroke Pines, give their teddy bears a check-up at the Teddy Bear Clinic one of many activities for kids at the Nova Southeastern University annual health fair for kids. (Gina Fontana )

September 21, 2014|By Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel

DAVIE — Teddy bears were the patients of choice at a children's health fair at Nova Southeastern University on Sunday, while the kids who came out were given Popsicles — not thermometers — to stick in their mouths.

More than anything else, A Day for Children gave kids a positive perspective on what to expect when they get sick, and the need for them to take good care of their health.

"It's a way to get them comfortable with the whole doctor scene," said Heather Kligfeld, an NSU student helping out at one of the wellness stops, where children could have their blood pressure taken and height measured, and also get their faces painted or receive a balloon animal.

Thousands attended the annual fair, which has been going on for 12 years on the NSU campus.

"It's a fantastic event for the community," said Darren Badore of Plantation, who attended with his 8-year-old son Daniel. "There's also free stuff. That's a bonus."

People walked away with plenty of goodies: Free bicycle helmets to protect children when they're out riding; free vegetables to encourage them to eat healthy; free pizza and drinks to keep them happy during the event; and even free haircuts.

At the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital tent, each child received a free stuffed animal — mostly teddy bears — that they then took through a simulated hospital experience.

The children put on hair nets and surgical masks as they checked their stuffed animals in, had them measured and weighed, gave them immunization shots, took their blood pressure and checked their vision before having them discharged to take home.

Brennan Godfrey, 6, left with a pink teddy bear and her brother, Tristen, 5, left with a dog, after having them checked out.

"This is amazing," said their mother, Ashley Godfrey, of Weston. "It's raising awareness of how important it is for them to take care of their health."

Inside the NSU library, students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine wore vests depicting the inside of the body, with children handed Velcro-backed organs and asked to put them in the correct spots.

"They love this stuff," student Roshni Marballi said. "A lot of them really know where stuff goes."

NSU also offered dental, speech and hearing assessments throughout the day, while police provided finger-printing services. There were dozens of booths set up covering a variety of health issues.

"We want to see the children from start to finish grow and be responsible adults and healthy citizens," event organizer Ronnie Oller said.

Her husband Robert Oller, chief medical adviser at NSU's Division of Clinical Operations, said the event put plenty of resources at parents' fingertips.

"The average individual doesn't even know about the Children's Services Council or 211 Broward," a telephone resource and referral service, he said.

Giving Contacts: Ashley Sharp, (954) 262-1510 and Denise Rau, (954) 262-2163  for HPD, Susan Stephen, (954) 262-6261 for PULSE! Health Law Society

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NSU researcher Charles Messing, Ph.D. recently discovered a new species of stalked crinoid, or sea lily. There are only about 110 sea lily species, and they all live in deep water, so this is an exceptionally unusual discovery. Professor Messing likens it to finding a six-legged tiger in the Everglades. Normally, he would next give the new species a name, but instead he has agreed to pass along this honor.

Soon, NSU will offer the naming rights to this species in an eBay auction with a minimum starting bid of $3,500. The financial gift provided to NSU via this auction will be used to support biodiversity research expeditions around the world, as well as graduate student research at NSU’s Oceanographic Center.

Make a name for yourself in the scientific community, consider this as a unique romantic gesture, celebrate our researcher's discovery, or follow the bidding process. Either way, you'll want to bookmark the landing page. A link to the eBay page will be posted the moment the auction goes live!

Did you know? Despite its appearance, the sea lily is not a plant, but an animal related to sea stars and sea urchins.  This one lives attached to the seafloor almost a half mile below the surface in the Bahamas.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Wendy Wood-Derrer, or call her at (954) 262-3617.

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SHOWCASING HISPANIC EXECUTIVES recently named NSU H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship alumnus Hector Hernandez to its 2014 list of 25 Corporate Elite. The list showcases Hispanics who are “scoring important goals on the corporate playing field”.

Hector Hernandez
SVP-Data Center Operations
Terremark (a Verizon Company)

Hector Hernandez is responsible for operations within Terremark’s global facilities, overseeing a team of professionals who manage the operations of the company’s 50 data centers around the world.

Before joining Terremark, Hernandez spent 22 years at BellSouth overseeing data center operations. In addition, he worked for five years with EDS, directing some of the largest and most critical 24/7 operations centers in the southeastern U.S. He has vast experience with key operational processes such as provisioning, maintenance, change management and network reliability.

Hernandez graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer science. He also holds a master’s in accounting from Nova Southeastern University. 

If you would like to learn more about NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, or to discuss giving opportunities please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner, or call her at (954) 262-2409.

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NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center was ranked 5th nationally in’s 2014 Annual Diversity Report as one of the Best Law Schools for Diversity Practices. In addition, the Law Center placed 3rd, among the top 10 schools identified in the percentage of “Hispanic graduate enrollment” and “J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.”  NSU’s Law Center continues to garner top rankings nationally as a leader in providing quality legal education to diverse populations.  

According to, the 40 schools that appear in the 2014 Best Schools for Hispanics edition represent the “cream of the crop when it comes to institutions of higher learning with Hispanic postgraduate enrollments.” The rankings are based on several categories including enrollment, faculty numbers and programs designed to attract and retain Hispanic students.  “The schools on our lists are well-rounded and have made notable efforts to engage the Hispanic community.”

“NSU is honored to receive continued recognition as an institution with a student and faculty population that is reflective of the diverse community we serve,” said NSU President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. “As a student-centered institution, we are committed to providing quality educational opportunities that will enable our students to thrive in a diverse and global society.”

“Diversity is one of NSU’s eight core values,” added Jon Garon, 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 the 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 Shepard Broad Law Center, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Susan Stephan or call her at 954-262-6261.

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City&Shore Post

Chiara Espinal didn't hesitate when given the chance to do some island hopping.

"I'm the first person in my family to graduate with a master's degree. That was important because we thought it would bring more opportunity for our family as a whole," says Espinal, who earned an MBA in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University's H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
Espinal, a native of St. Maarten, is now NSU's assistant director of annual giving. Her first step was coming to South Florida in 2006, earning a bachelor's degree at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami.

"It was important to pursue educational opportunities outside of our island," she says. "Our island is so small there are not any universities. You have to leave."

Not that that was easy for someone as family-oriented as Espinal.

"My intense desire to succeed and make my loved ones proud provided me with the courage I needed at 17 to move to another country on my own," she says. "It was by far the most difficult thing I've ever done. I can still recall my mother's expression of worry and uncertainty and my father's tears when he realized that his little girl was leaving."

Her educational journey was "taken to new heights" when she enrolled in NSU's MBA program and participated in a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China.

"Moving to the U.S. was the best decision I've ever made," she said.

Of the estimated figures for global students of five universities, NSU had more than double the next highest count of 540 at Lynn University.

NSU has more than 1,210 undergraduates and graduate students, representing approximately 116 countries.

If you would like to learn more about NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner, or call her at (954) 262-2409.

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Excerpts of an article by Keren Moros with NSU’s student newspaper, The Current

On August 22, new NSU students and their families gathered at the Arena at the Don Taft University Center to attend the Undergraduate Convocation Ceremony, hosted by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

The annual event marks the start of the academic year and features a keynote speaker whose book is read by students in the college’s First-Year Reading Program. This year’s speaker was James McBride, award-winning author and musician and writer of The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, this year’s reading program selection.

In his address to students, McBride talked about his own search for identity as a black man with a white, Jewish mother, which he wrote about in his book The Color of Water.

“I would get off the bus and see all these black women waiting for their kids and then see this white woman in the middle of them. I’d say, ‘Oh boy, there she is.’ As a boy I was so ashamed of my mother. I wanted her to be like everybody else.”

Cracking jokes, he told more stories about growing up and going to college and told students now was their time to learn to think and find out what it is they liked to do.

“If you like comic books, study anthropology and create new characters based on something you learn,” McBride said. “If you like sports, learn [mass and statistics]. Study the things that help you do what you like to do.”

Finally, McBride encouraged students to be kind to others and stressed the importance of not only saying positive things but doing them as well.
“Leave the viciousness to the vicious and be a drum major for truth and kindness and justice. You will never go wrong,” said McBride. “People will always remember you.”

To support undergraduate students, please email Director of Development Diane Schactman, or call her at 954-262-8348.

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Initially created for students, the Distinguished Lecture Series has grown to include undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, alumni, business leaders and members of our community. Distinguished lecturers articulate lessons learned and provide insight into the often complex world of business and entrepreneurship. Attendees benefit from discussions ranging from business ethics to the practical application of academic theory.

TIME: Lecture Presentations begin at 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: NSU's Carl DeSantis Building, Huizenga Sales Institute - Executive Conference Center Room 3000

James Donnelly

Founder and CEO of Castle Group
2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Oct. 08
| | 954-262-2409

Sponsored by: John H. Schnatter Family Foundation

James Donnelly is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Castle Group, one of the most successful Property Services firms in the Community Association industry. The Castle Group specializes in serving condominium and homeowners associations throughout Florida. A full-service company providing customized property-related solutions including property and rental management, financial and accounting systems, and a broad spectrum of offerings from developer and web services to lifestyles and concierge services. Donnelly is a licensed Community Association Manager and a licensed General Contractor with more than 25 years of experience serving community associations.

Kingsley R. Chin, M.D.

Founder, MD, Inventor, Entrepreneur
SpineFrontier, Inc.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Oct. 29
| | 954-262-2409

Kingsley R. Chin, M.D.  founded SpineFrontier, Inc., a medical device and instrument company for spinal surgery. Chin, to HSBE's knowledge, is the only black founder of a medical device company currently operating in spine surgery. He is the Chairman, President, CEO, and Chief Technology Officer of SpineFrontier, Inc.

Along with his current staff, Chin built SpineFrontier, Inc. into a multimillion-dollar-a-year revenue generating company with at least a 30% growth rate year after year since releasing its flagship FacetFuse product in 2008. SpineFrontier, Inc. currently sells products throughout the United States and the following Latin American and Caribbean countries: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Mexico and Colombia. This allows patients in underrepresented countries to receive high-quality, cutting edge treatments and technologies at low cost plus the surgeons are trained free of cost.

Chin also founded the Institute for Modern & Innovative Surgery (iMIS) in South Florida and also founded, an internet company intending to bring medical education in all its forms to a worldwide audience through a unique distant learning computer interface and learning management tool.

Chin feels blessed that his journey has taken him from a small seaside town in Buff Bay, Jamaica, to be educated at Columbia University, Columbia School of Engineering, Harvard Medical School (Honors) and to be trained in orthopedics and spine surgery at the famous Harvard hospitals and Case Western Reserve University Hospitals respectively.

Richard P. Goudis (Alumnus)

Chief Operating Officer of Herbalife
Kelly Kronenberg, Attorneys at Law

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Nov. 05
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Richard P. Goudis has been the Chief Operating Officer of Herbalife Ltd. since January 1, 2010.  Prior to this role, Goudis served as the Chief Financial Officer of Herbalife Ltd. and its subsidiary, Herbalife International Inc. starting in June 2004. 

Goudis has over 20 years of financial management experience with industry leading companies such as Pratt & Whitney and Sunbeam Corporation. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Rexall Sundown. Goudis had operations responsibility for all of Royal Numico's U.S., investments, including General Nutrition Centers, or GNC, Unicity International and Rexall Sundown. From 2002 to May 2004, Goudis served as a Partner at Flamingo Capital Partners, a firm he founded with several retired executives from Rexall Sundown.He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Accounting and he received his MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Manuel D. Medina

Founding and Managing Partner of Medina Capital

Presented Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sponsored by: Bank United

Guy Harvey, Ph.D.

Artist, Scientist, Cinematographer
2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inductee

Presented Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sponsored by: John H. Schnatter Family Foundation

If you would like to learn more, sponsor a speaker for the Distinguished Lecture Series, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner, or call her at (954) 262-2409.


Photo Credit: Stephanie Johnson-Brown, OD, president of the National Optometric Association; Alexis Broussard; and Dana Beards, university & student relations at VSP (courtesy of Vision Monday)

Alexis Broussard, a second year optometry student and president of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) chapter at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, is the first recipient of the VSP Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award. The award is named for Marvin Poston, O.D., who, along with several of his fellow optometrists, formed California Vision Services, now known as VSP Vision Care.

“I am extremely grateful and thankful for being selected as the first recipient of the VSP Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award,” said Broussard. “Receipt of this award has strengthened my confidence and will allow me to take on other leadership roles in the future without fear or hesitation.”

The winner of the VSP Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award is determined by a committee of VSP employees at the NOSA Leadership Academy, who evaluate the leadership characteristics of NOSA chapter officers. Along with the recognition, the recipient also receives a one-time financial award of $2,500. The criteria to qualify for the award include: optometry student in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0, active member of NOSA who serves in a leadership role with the national organization or local chapter, committed to a career of leadership and service to the profession of optometry, business-minded student who is preparing for a career in private-practice optometry.

Jim McGrann, president of VSP Vision Care said, “VSP was founded in supporting growth and diversity in optometry. The VSP Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award is one more way we can invest in the future leaders of optometry as they pursue a career of leadership and service to help others see what’s possible.”

Poston (1915-2002) was the first African American individual in optometry to achieve: admission to and graduate from (1939) the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry; licensed to practice optometry on the west coast of the United States; and, honored as the Optometrist of the Year by the American Optometric Association and California Optometric Association. Poston was also appointed to three terms on the California State Board of Optometry by Governors Edmund G. “Pat” Brown and Ronald Reagan.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.

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Photo: NSU College of Optometry students and Project Foresight winners Jeremy Chartash and Jay Harrelson.

Two NSU College of Optometry students recently won a national competition for developing an idea for an optometry practice of the future, bringing the crown back to NSU for the second straight year.

Third year doctor of 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 cater to patients with autism.

The winners were announced at the American Optometric Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia. Last year’s champions were NSU class of 2014 optometry graduates Blake Dornstauder, O.D., and Rhea Butchey, O.D.

“We recognized the unique needs of each individual on the spectrum, so we created an office that was dynamic and could change based on the need of the patient so they do not have to,” said Chartash.

“There were so many good teams at the competition with so many good ideas. Both Jay and I are overwhelmed by the compliments that the judges gave us, and the support that we received from the nearly 40 students from NSU who made it very special event for us. We both learned a lot from this opportunity, and we hope we inspire others to continue to participate in future years.”

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.

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Htet Bo, a junior dental student at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine, was selected as one of 10 students in the United States to receive the 2014 Colgate Research Scholarship Award.

The Colgate Research Scholarship Award is presented to junior and/or senior dental students who have shown academic distinction and demonstrated excellence in research. Each recipient receives $500 and complimentary admission to American Association of Women Dentists’ (AAWD) Annual Meeting.

Bo has been an active participant in research while pursuing her master’s in chemistry and doctor of dental medicine degrees, currently serving as a lab research assistant focusing on stem cell research under the direction of Umadevi Kandalam, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatric dentistry at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine. Their work was part of a poster titled “Gelling Parameters of Alginate and Viability of Umbilical-Cord Stem Cell” that was presented at the 2014 International Association for Dental Research meeting.

Bo is a native of Canada and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from University of British Columbia. She is president of the Women’s Dental Society (WDS), the AAWD student organization at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine, and previously served as vice president.

She has organized the group’s participation in several fundraisers for organizations including UNICEF and the Miami Breast Cancer Awareness Run for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She has also participated in other activities such as the Oral Cancer Awareness Run and Give Kids a Smile Day, both at NSU.

Bo and the other nine winners will be listed in the AAWD’s Chronicle newsletter and on the organization’s website:

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Denise Rau or call her at (954) 262-2064.

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Cory Collier, O.D., NSU optometric resident, won first place in the Contact Lens & Cornea Section Resident Writing Competition and will be published as the feature article in the September American Optometric Association – Contact Lens & Cornea Section (AOA – CLCS) newsletter. This also grants Collier the opportunity to be among the 2014-2015 CLCS resident writers.

Collier is a 2014 graduate of the NSU College of Optometry. During his time as a student Collier earned a number of accolades, including valedictorian and the Dean’s Award.

The AOA – CLCS newsletter is among the most distinguished electronic publications in the optometric field. The newsletter delivers the latest information on contact lens and refractive surgery technologies, clinical management, and practice management strategies for optometrists and their patients. 

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-1510.


NSU Shepard Broad Law Center Professor and Associate Dean Tim Arcaro, J.D., has been formally recognized by the U.S. Department of State for his work representing parents attempting to recover children who have been internationally parentally abducted from South Florida, or who may be targets of international parental abduction.

Beth Payne, director, Office of Children’s Issues, United States Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction issued a certificate of appreciation thanking Dean Arcaro for generously donating his legal services in assisting parents and for contributing to the effective operation of the Hague Convention in the United States. Arcaro also received commendations from Patricia Hoff, legal assistance coordinator for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

“Dean Arcaro’s participation in the Hague Convention Attorney Network underscores his commitment to addressing this fundamental human rights issue and to the South Florida community,” said Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Law Center. “Parental abduction is a growing issue in the U.S. and there is a tremendous need for attorneys with training and commitment similar to Tim’s. I applaud him and each of our faculty members here at the Law Center who give of themselves in service to our community. Tim’s work reflects the fundamental values our faculty, student, and staff embrace at NSU and the Shepard Broad Law Center.”

If you would like to learn more about Shepard Broad Law Center, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Susan Stephan or call her at 954-262-6261.


Florida Trend Magazine recently announced its 2014 Florida Legal Elite list featuring 44 alumni from NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, placing the Law Center among the top five law schools in the state based on the number of graduates included.

Now in its 11th edition, Florida Legal Elite showcases attorneys chosen by their peers who exemplify a high standard of excellence in their profession. All in-state members of the Florida Bar are asked to vote. The resulting list of Florida’s Legal Elite represents fewer than 2 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in the state.

“To be held in high regard and recognized by your peers is a great honor,” said Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center.  “It’s an indication that all of us at the Law Center are committed to producing highly adept lawyers respected for serving their clients, their communities, and the justice system.”
Also included in the 2014 Legal Elite edition are "Up and Coming" attorneys and outstanding attorneys in government and non-profit sectors.

Below is a listing of the NSU Law Center’s alumni named as Florida Legal Elite members and the section in which they appeared:

Legal Elite:
Adam M. Balkan (’94)
Matthew D. Bavaro (’99)
Genny Bernstein (’00)
David R. Bigney (’97)
Jeffrey L. Blostein (’96)
Laurie J. Briggs (’93)
Scott N. Brown (’03)
Marc L. Brumer (’90)
Venus A. Caruso (’04)
Joseph P. Castiglione (’02)
Gregory A. Chaires (’94)
Kenneth E. Ehrlich (’95)
Michael S. Elstein (’95)
Terry W. Forsythe (’01)
Joseph M. Goldstein (’89)
Andrea R. Gundersen (’92)
Joseph J. Huss (’81)
Carlos J. Jimenez (’02)
Robert L. Johnson (’84)
Kenneth J. Joyce (’93)
Scott L. Lampert (’96)
Michael D. Leader (’00)
Juliette E. Lippman (’93)
Joseph M. Maus (’93)
David M. Mechanik (’77)
Janet T. Munn (’85)
Timothy J. Murphy (’05)
John C. Primeau (’95)
Evan M. Rosen (’97)
Elisha D. Roy (’01)
Jonathan M. Stein (’94)
Ethan J. Wall (’07)
Jayne Weintraub (’80)

Up and Coming:
Scott W. Atherton (‘04)
Jason B. Blank (’06)
Scott L. Marasco (’00)
Joshua E. Polsky (’09)
S. Jordan Rappaport (’04)
Shannon J. Sagan (’04)
Stacie J. Schmerling (’10)
Keith E. Sonderling (’08)
Christopher Staller (’03)

Government Attorney:
Marilyn Batista-McNamara (’94)
Katherine A. Kiziah (’05)

If you would like to learn more about Shepard Broad Law Center, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Susan Stephan or call her at 954-262-6261.


The Nova Southeastern University Athletics Hall of Fame Committee proudly announced the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014, as five former student-athletes headline the honorees.

Rower Taylor Liput will be joined by golfer Greg O'Mahony, baseball player J.D. Martinez, soccer player Stephanie Quinones and tennis player Ulia Talalenko in the eighth NSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class. The Class of 2014 will be inducted into the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame in a gala banquet ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 in the NSU Arena at the Don Taft University Center. Tickets information appears at the bottom of this article.
"The Class of 2014 helped to establish the tradition of NSU Athletics and the high level of athletic achievement that continues today," said Michael Mominey, NSU Director of Athletics. "They exemplified the commitment, drive and character that are necessary to succeed on the field of play and in life. We welcome the new class into the Hall of Fame."

Taylor Liput (Rowing, 2004-2007)
Taylor Liput rowed for Nova Southeastern from the program's inaugural season in 2004 until 2007 and helped lay a foundation for the program's culture of success on the water and in the classroom. Liput began her collegiate career by earning 2004 CRCA National Scholar Athlete honors. By the time she graduated in 2007, she replicated that achievement to become the program's first repeat Scholar All-American. She made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, while also being named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll List from 2004-07.

During the early portion of her career, Liput competed in the varsity-4 boat and led the team by example. As a sophomore, Liput received the 2005 Flo Hyman award for community service efforts, as well as, serving as a Leadership Roundtable Scholar, secretary for the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society and vice president of the Psychology Club. Additionally, she was awarded a Stuey Award for Female Athlete of the Year. In 2006, she captured the Lightweight Varsity 4 Cups at SIRA and Dad Vails, highlighting an undefeated season. She captured a second Stuey Award in 2006 for Undergraduate Student of the Year, while also receiving the 2006 Young Women Leader's Award. As a senior in 2007, Liput solidified herself as a member of the varsity-8 crew and led the Sharks to their first ever Sunshine State Conference and SIRA Championships. She finished her career by earning the Rowing Coach's Award at the 2007 NSU Athletic Banquet. Liput graduated with a bachelor of science in psychology in 2006 and a masters of arts in cross-disciplinary studies in 2008.

Greg O'Mahony (Golf, 2006-2009)
Greg O'Mahony laid the foundation in what has become an extensive line of premier men's golfers. He helped lead the Sharks to two Sunshine State Conference Championships in 2007 and 2009 and was instrumental in qualifying the Sharks for their first NCAA Division II National Championship in program history in 2008. From 2006-09, he was honored three times as an NCAA All-American and was the program's first Sunshine State Conference Men's Golfer of the Year, following his 2009 senior season. He also finished his final year ranked No. 15 in the nation.

At the time of his graduation, he held the men's records for season scoring average (72.87), season par or better rounds (14), birdies in a season (121), eagles in a season (8), career scoring average (72.97), career par or better rounds (43), career birdies (296), career eagles (14) and a single-round score, twice shooting a 65. His 285 at the 2008 NCAA Championship still stands as the record for the low 72-hole total. Greg graduated from NSU with a bachelor's degree in business in 2009 and is currently playing on multiple professional golf tours.
J.D. Martinez (Baseball, 2007-2009)
J.D. Martinez was a phenomenal student-athlete in his time at Nova Southeastern and has also become a trailblazer for future Sharks, becoming the first NSU alum to ever play in Major League Baseball. While at NSU, Martinez posted numbers that rewrote the record books. As of 2014, Martinez is the program's all-time career home run leader at 32. He also ranks second with a career batting average of .394, third in career RBI with 142, and fourth with a career slugging percentage of .691. In 2009, Martinez had one of the best statistical years for any player ever at NSU with a .428 batting average, 15 home runs and a program-record 73 runs scored. That year, highly decorated, he took home Rawlings/ABCA and Daktronics, Inc. All-South Region and All-American honors. He was also recognized for the second straight year on the All-SSC squad and as a member of the All-South Region team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
After his collegiate career, Martinez thrived as a professional baseball player and rapidly advanced through the minor league system. He was selected in the 20th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, and in 2010, he was the organization's Minor League Player of the Year. After hitting .340 with 13 home runs during the 2011 season with Double-A Corpus Christi, Martinez became the program's first Major Leaguer on July 29. He took to the majors quickly and led the Astros in RBI his first month in the big leagues. In 2014, Martinez transitioned to the Detroit Tigers, where he became a starter on a World Series-contending team.
Stephanie Quinones (Soccer, 2005-2009)
Stephanie Quinones has a long ledger of awards from her time with the Sharks' women's soccer program. She earned All-Sunshine State Conference honors from 2005-2009, including a first-team nod in 2006-07. She was named to the NSCAA South Region First Team in 2006 and 2007, and Second Team in 2008. She also took home Daktronics South Region Second Team honors in 2006 and 2007. She earned All-American honors in 2006 and 2007, establishing herself as the only two-time NCAA All-American in the team's history.
She received CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2007and was the recipient of the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Scholar Award in the same year. Today, she still ranks among the program's leaders in both career assists (15) and career points (35). Stephanie graduated from NSU with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and would go on to earn her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University in 2012.
Ulia Talalenko (Tennis, 2006-2009)
Ulia Talalenko was a key player for the Nova Southeastern tennis team during an era when the Sharks were a national contender from 2006-09. She finished her career as the program's first three time All-American and also earned All-Sunshine State Conference honors from her sophomore to senior seasons. At the time her career ended, Talalenko held school records with 69 singles victories, an .831 singles winning percentage and 68 career doubles wins.

As a freshman, Talalenko made an immediate impact and teamed with Alexa Korotkevich to form NSU's first All-American doubles team, going 21-6 on the season, and was also named a Scholar All-American. During her sophomore campaign, she established herself as an All-American singles player by going 18-2 on the year. From then on, Talalenko would not lose more than three singles matches in a season and at times was ranked as the No. 1 player in the South Region. She was named the team's Most Valuable Player her final two seasons. Over the course of her dominant career, Talalenko would earn 26 perfect 6-0 sets and finished with an overall singles record of 69-14. She earned a bachelor's of science in biology and went on to graduate from the NSU College of Dental Medicine in 2013.

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In our health cast, giving birth without any pain at all. I'm talking about a simulated delivery. Airline pilots, student drivers, even the military uses simulators to practice real-life situations. Now nursing students at Nova Southeastern University are using these simulators to practice labor and delivery. [I'm just waiting for this baby to come out.]

Reporter: It's not real live, but it's pretty close to it for these students. [Breathe in and out.]

Reporter: They're fine-tuning their labor and delivery skills. This high-tech birthing simulator is just one of NSU's 22 robots used to train nursing students before they enter a profession that's high in demand.

Instructor: You want to ensure that they're safe to practice so we take them through a live round simulation before they go out, so they go out with more confidence.

Reporter: Students learn how to monitor the vital sign of both mom and baby, and they're trained to recognize emergency situations and when to call the doctor.

Instructor: They're working with people's lives, so we try to ensure that they're fully skilled.

Reporter: The simulator is controlled by the instructor who can change the patient's condition in a flash. For Franky Gonzalez, it feels like real life.

Student: The simulator reacts to you and how you're doing. Maybe you're helping them, but that doesn't apply to every single patient, so you have to adjust.

Reporter: Melissa graduated this program with greater confidence in her nursing skills. She's now working with moms and babies at Baptist Hospital.

Alumna: We are more equipped to be by ourselves when we handle our patients by ourselves, and I think that it helps us with patient crisis and crisis management.

Reporters: The simulation lab is part of the high-tech nursing school.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Denise Rau or call her at (954) 262-2064.

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Annual Induction Ceremony

Date: October 11, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to learn more, please email Karen Araque, or call her at (954) 262-2108.

Annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

Date: November 13, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to learn more, please visit our Distinguished Alumni page, email NSU Alumni Association, or call (954) 262-2118


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NSU’s Changing Lives Scholarships (CLS) opportunity looks good on social media! College of Nursing’s Ileana Petrone created a CLS in her parents’ name and expressed her excitement with this Instagram post. Since the start of the Faculty and Staff campaign in April, 16 Changing Lives Scholarships have been established, each providing for a $1,000 scholarship to be given every year for five years.

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