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American Dreams

Eyes welled as NSU Board of Trustee member Steve Halmos recalled his parents fleeing with their children from the Nazis and Russians to start a new life in America. Hearts swelled when he expressed awe that one generation later, his family name would grace a college—then soared when he then answered, why NSU?

Our profiles this month deepen that sense of Shark pride. Shepard Broad College of Law professor Timothy Arcaro provides details about the potential of our law clinics and inter-professional approach to service.  H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship alumna Loretta Neff explains why she is using a bequest to ensure that future NSU students can realize self-sufficiency and success through a career in technology. Biology major Bairon Madrigal-Mieles beautifully expresses dreams for himself and others.

Stories like Steve’s, Tim’s, Loretta’s and Bairon’s, along with the ones that some of you have shared, humble me. They also renew my sense of purpose and gratitude that—in partnership—we possess the power to change lives and realize tremendous, far-reaching potential each and every day.



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

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Faculty Focus | Timothy Arcaro, J.D.  

Associate Dean, AAMPLE® and
Online Programs in Law

If you don't think "innovative" when you think about NSU's Shepard Broad College of Law, we invite you take a closer look.

Associate Dean, AAMPLE® and
Online Programs in Law


Timothy Arcaro, J.D., professor and associate dean for AAMPLE® and Online Programs in law, shared that the American Bar Association just approved NSU's plan to develop a new series of online Master of Science degrees in Law and Policy.The expansion follows 12 years of success in pioneering online law education and 200% enrollment growth during the last three years.

By studying how law intersects with their professions, students are able to reach new career heights in the fields of health care, human relations, and education. Now, NSU plans to do the same for people in fields that face data security regulation, and much more.

Another area of success that allows donors to be innovative is NSU's ability to offer real world experiences through scholar programs and NSU’s law clinics, Arcaro shares:

With $1 Million, you can provide up to 250 vulnerable foster care children with legal representation. Children in Florida’s foster care system are not entitled to representation, so the need is great. Funding five to six lawyers to provide representation can ensure that a child is placed in a home that meets his or her particular needs.

With $5 Million, you can provide fellowships to enable alumni, in their first year following graduation, to represent clients while receiving advanced training from a senior lawyer. Students could also benefit from the expanded opportunity to assist with cases.

With $10 Million, you can provide comprehensive advocacy to hundreds of children. For most children, the need is not purely legal. A comprehensive representation platform could provide care across the continuum of the child's unique needs, including psychological, educational, and medical services. All the pieces are here and available at NSU, but we need resources to pull it all together.

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

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Professionals seek out NSU’s online law programs because learning about the law creates opportunities for further professional advancement. While we provide insight and explanation as to how the law intersects with their diverse fields, these professionals bring a wealth of varied professional and academic experience.

For example, an anesthesiologist in one of our programs greatly contributes to course discussions about health care regulations and oversight for the purposes of administrative law, providing the perspective of someone who has lived it for 30 years.  I can tell students where to find rulemaking, and he can share how rulemaking affects the profession.

In addition to learning from each other, our online students appreciate the fact that our mediation course is led by a Ph.D. and all of our other courses are taught by lawyers. We have one adjunct professor who represents a hospital and probably bills his time at $1,500 per hour.  The professionals who are willing to step forward and teach our programs do so because they want to give back to the community and share their knowledge. That’s why students give us high marks in value both early on in the program, and post-graduation.

Our vision [for online programming] is to continue expanding. The American Bar Association just approved a master of science in law and policy that will allow us to build out a variety of concentrations.

Examples include data security law, family law, immigration law, etc.

There are a lot of professionals out there who are interested in accessing information about the law without committing to law school or leaving their jobs, their careers. We think we’ll be able to make that connection for a whole variety of individuals who are expected to comply with regulations in their fields.

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


Student research assistants have the opportunity to help professors prepare different aspects of a case for trial through NSU’s law clinics. Students can conduct research to find out whether or not we can order records from Broward Sherriff’s Office under a discovery request when the state is saying those are privileged documents. They can put together the argument, package it, and observe the court proceedings. Certified students enrolled in the clinic can even participate by practicing law in their third year of law school before they graduate.

Students applying to the Florida Bar in their second year of law school can be cleared to practice law in a not-for-profit the following year. That means a third year law student in a certified clinic placement can practice law as a Certified Legal Intern (CLI). They can go to court, call witnesses, and take testimony with the supervision of a lawyer – something that a real lawyer working for a law firm most likely won’t do for another two-or-three years.

Shepard Broad College of Law operates clinics for children’s family, veterans, and more. We also arrange field placements for students in environmental law, civil law, criminal justice, even private investigation. The combination provides tremendous opportunities for students to get real-world experience before they graduate.

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


Not everyone is going to do well on the LSAT or SAT, but that does not mean that they can’t do the work. And there are lots of examples of success with NSU’s Alternative Application Model Program in Legal Education (AAMPLE®).

The last four or five chiefs of Law Review have all been AAMPLE® students. The number one student a couple of years ago came out of AAMPLE®. These were all students who did not get direct admits either because of a low GPA, a lower LSAT, or some combination thereof.

There are many reasons why people may not have the statistical criteria for direct admit. Consider, for example, the undergraduate student whose poor performance coincides with his father being sick, or a lost job. Given the opportunity to perform, some students demonstrate excellence and go on to become great lawyers.

I feel NSU’s AAMPLE® is a source of pride for most people. Some people might propose that NSU would look like a different institution and move up in rankings if we did not have below median LSAT scores to report. The issue comes down to which constituent you consider in that value position. I don’t necessarily think that you have to get rid of AAMPLE® in order to change your rankings.

I am always pleased when students come through AAMPLE® and succeed in law school because it really is ‘I told you so; the presumptions about me were wrong.’ It is great to see people find success when others suggest people seeking a law degree cannot or should not.

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

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Loretta NeffAlumna Profile | Loretta Neff, B.S. ('85), M.B.A. ('88)

Alumna, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Alumna Loretta Neff earned her undergraduate degree and M.B.A. while flying around the country helping companies install and maintain some of the nation's first computer systems for accounting and banking.  Attending college would not have been possible, she said, had it not been for NSU's night and weekend program.


Alumna Loretta Neff earned her undergraduate degree and M.B.A. while flying around the country helping companies install and maintain some of the nation's first computer systems for accounting and banking.  Attending college would not have been possible, she said, had it not been for NSU's night and weekend program.

"My boss was in Atlanta,” she said. “I remember a lot of times, I would leave the meeting at 2:30 p.m., go to the Atlanta airport, arrive in Fort Lauderdale by 6 p.m., and go to class."
Neff thrived in the high-pressure technology environment of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, but recognizes that time and travel demands made it difficult for more women to enter the field. Today, she feels the time is right for women to use careers in technology to change their future outlook.

"It's the place to be," Neff said. "Whether it's medical, banking, or all of these different businesses, technology is still the place to be."

Neff added that technology careers often boast an equal pay range for women and can offer opportunities to get involved with start-ups or to become inventors.

"People coming up today have the opportunity to change the world," Neff said. "I'd like to see NSU students move into management positions and perhaps develop products or inventions that would help people with medical situations."

To encourage future students, Neff most recently arranged for an endowed technology scholarship fund to be established through an estate bequest. The legacy gift made her a founding member of NSU's 1964 Society. She also continues to make annual fund gifts and is an active member of NSU's Fellows Society.

"I feel really good about [giving to NSU]," Neff said. "I was surprised that I have been rewarded in so many ways."

Neff explained that she has learned so much more about NSU by attending the special events donors are invited to.

"I had no idea there were so many ways to be involved," Neff said.

If you would like to learn more about NSU's College of Computing and Engineering, or discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner or call her at 954-262-2409.

If you would like to learn more about NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, or discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Andria Cunningham or call her at 954-262-5007.

If you would like to learn more about Legacy Giving, please email Director of Development Andrea Darlow or call her at 954-262-2135.

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 Student Profile | Bairon A. Madrigal-Mieles (’16)

Senior, NSU's Halmos College of Natural Science and Oceanography
Major(s): Biology and Marine Biology

“I credit my Latin roots, culture, and values for my morals and work ethic. Professor Amy Hirons, Ph.D. deserves credit for prompting me to chase my dreams in animal care. For my leadership growth and social development, I credit the two and a half years that I’ve been in the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at NSU.”


“My father is from Colombia, and my mother is from Ecuador, so I feel that I was raised very deeply in Latin culture. When I walked outside of our family house, I was in America. But when I came home, I was in South America.

“I was always taught to work very hard and diligently. We come from humble beginnings, and my parents have shown me through their lives what they had to go through in South America. You have to work from basically nothing to get somewhere. But my parents gave me a platform to build upon.

“My mother attended college later in life. She didn’t have the opportunity to go in her late teens or early 20s like I am. I am a second-generation college graduate, but the first in my family to do so this young. It is a lot of positive pressure and motivation.

“You do whatever you have to do for the purpose of family, not materialistic needs, or luxury needs. To me, simple is better. The Latin culture—our music, our food, everything—is basic and simple, and that’s the kind of life I want to live. That’s where NSU, my education, and my career path are going to take me.”

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

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“I had the opportunity to go to a technical high school center. During the first two years, I completed all of my high school credits. So, my junior and senior years allowed me to concentrate on obtaining the technical license or certification of my choice. I chose the certification to work as a pharmacy technician, nursing assistant, and coordinator—to give me some exposure and experience working in hospitals, nursing homes, and all medical fields.


“At NSU, one of the opportunities is research, which is not limited to science students. There are independent study courses for psychology students and even law students.

“Today’s expectations for entering graduate programs and jobs are high, and undergraduate research is something people are almost requiring. Having a high GPA and staying involved in clubs is not enough. You have to enrich your application, enrich your knowledge, and enrich your education.

“Research is an experience-builder. Research can also help you focus on the type of career you want. I’m doing research on marine mammals by studying their teeth and bone collagen. Based on different carbon and nitrogen levels, I can assess the environmental changes that are impacting the whole ecosystem. We can actually figure out what impact humans are having on the ecosystem, or the impact of weather patterns. I want to go to veterinary school, so now I have a bit of background on marine mammals.

“Whatever research NSU students conduct, they will find that it is an eye-opener. It can help them clarify their path and mold what they want to do.”

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

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“NSU is such a personalized school that everyone has a bigger chance to make waves. That’s why I love it.

“I joined a fraternity, although it wasn’t something I ever looked forward to even trying. I was shy when I first came to college, but the fraternity gave me confidence.

“When I joined, we were called a ‘colony.’ Fraternities are not guaranteed a spot on campus right away. They have to meet a certain set of requirements before they are allowed to charter and establish themselves as an actual fraternity chapter on the campus. At that time, we had been a colony for about a year. The fraternity’s headquarters and the university told us we had one year to meet all the requirements needed to establish ourselves.

“I was elected as president the next semester, which I never foresaw. But, the brothers in the fraternity believed in me and helped me take that position.

“All of us worked really hard. We got the charter—not within a year—but within one semester. It was a very gratifying and enriching experience for all of us to go through. It gave us a type of confidence that allows you to focus yourself in the right way so you can achieve something when the odds are against you.

“It was a very quick, maturing experience. Before, we were scattered, unorganized, and focused on doing all the fun things rather than the leadership element and the other important benefits of being in Greek life. Today, we are all considered founding fathers. We gained a lot of insight about managing groups or an organization and being leaders. It taught us how to take initiative and how to hold each other and yourself accountable.

“After my presidency in the fraternity, I was faced with the question: 'Should I take my leadership experience and put it toward the same type of outlet in the Greek community, but in a different way?’ I decided to expand my role. I ran for, and was elected, president of NSU’s inter-fraternity council.

“We have three fraternities on campus as of now, and the council makes sure that the relationship between those three fraternities is smooth. We try to make the fraternity members’ lives easier when it comes to events, recruitment, working with the university, and working with each other. We also ensure that everyone is held accountable because we have standards for all NSU organizations.

“Maybe being in a fraternity or sorority isn’t for everyone, but you can apply the same principle in other ways. In my academic career, I picked up a double major through meeting professors and taking the extra marine biology class that I didn’t really need at the time. Now I am pursuing a dream that I feel much happier about.

“If you don’t step out of your comfort zone, you’re never going to really grow, and you may miss an opportunity that can change your life for the better. And if you never try for the risk of failing, then you’re never going to succeed.”

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

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“I started my freshman year as a biology major with the idea to eventually go to pharmacy school. My mother went to NSU for pharmacy school. (I basically have always been a Shark at heart!) And I grew up in a small family pharmacy. The thought of being able to help people all day fueled my desire to work in the medical field.

“In my freshman year, I took an Introduction to Marine Biology course for non-marine biology majors. I’ve always liked animals, but going to veterinary school seemed like an unobtainable goal. The instructor was really enthusiastic, and his enthusiasm rubbed off on me. It was one of the first courses I felt passionate about.

"As I began to take a few more courses required for my biology major, I was exposed to NSU’s chair of marine biology, professor Amy Hirons, Ph.D. She taught a Biology II course with a marine biology-twist. If it wasn’t for her, I probably wouldn’t have pursued veterinary school.

“Because of my Latin culture and values, I wanted to stay close to my family, which is why I commute. Attending veterinary school would require me to leave home. But NSU and the passion of the professors gave me the courage to say, ‘If I’m passionate about it, I need to just do it. I can make it happen’.”

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

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“A lot of things don’t come naturally to me. I happen to be one of those students who has to put in extra time to study and understand concepts in order to do well.

“Dr. Hirons has always been someone to challenge me a little further than what I felt comfortable challenging myself to do. It made me exit my comfort zone and, in turn, my comfort zone has grown. She says, ‘If this is what you love, this is what you’re going to do’.

"She didn’t give me a choice, rather she changed my opinion.  I can’t even quantify the amount of gratitude I have for that.”

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

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“If I can give you one reason as to why countries are second or third-world compared to America and other leading developed countries with lower poverty rates—it is education. I have seen education change lives within my own family. Most of my family in Latin America are first-time high school graduates. Just by graduating high school, their income increases two or three times. You can only imagine the difference graduating college can make. The same principle applies in this country.

“When you are generous enough to believe in and invest in other people’s education—you’re not only investing in their personal life, but in whatever they become. You’re investing in someone who is going to become a biologist, a doctor, a lawyer, a student advisor.

"By investing in education, you’re investing in your community and in society as a whole.”

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

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“It was an incredible honor [to speak recently at the Halmos College dedication]. What surprised me the most was how humble Steve Halmos and his family are. While the college bears their name, their generosity wasn’t about gaining glorification. It was about the investment they were making. It was one of those things that gives you a little more hope in humanity.

“He and his family had their own struggles, but they made it. Now they are paying it forward. Their gift says ‘we are part of this community, we see how prominent NSU is, and we want to help make other people’s dreams a reality.

“NSU relies on donations, so I would like to thank all of the donors. As a student whose future has been made possible by people I’ve never met, I know that if I am ever able to pay that forward, I definitely will.

"Donors are starting a cycle of philanthropy. Years from now, thousands of people are going to have benefited from your gift. And even if your gift does not go directly to a scholarship fund, your donations to improve our facilities at NSU, support research, or host events all play into our future.”

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

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“I’m graduating—fingers crossed—in May 2016. Eventually I want to get into veterinary medicine and specialize in marine mammals or large animals. Dr. Hirons wants to take me on as a graduate student to continue conducting research. At the same time, I want to explore volunteering or get a job at a veterinary clinic.

“I made a self-promise that I’m not going to give up, or settle for less. If it’s something that I want to do, I’m going to make sure that I get it done.”

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

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Halmos Announcement Album

Entrepreneur and NSU Board of Trustee member Steve Halmos together with his wife Madelaine are providing undergraduate scholarships to the next generation of marine scientists. In honor of their investment, NSU President George L. Hanbury, Ph.D., announced the naming of a college after the family: NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.

The pairing reflects the family’s love of the ocean and the “critters that live in it,” not to mention their support of the university’s strategy to align undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate scholarships are part of the plan to help students to move seamlessly into their graduate areas of study.

During the dedication ceremony, Steve Halmos expressed awe that his family name would grace an American college just one generation after his parents fled Hungary and escaped the clutches of both the Germans and Russians.

“Today is an example of the realization of the American dream,” Halmos said. “Nowhere else but America – and I mean nowhere – could in one generation a family have the opportunity to put their name on a college of higher education and through that, hopefully profoundly impact the lives of thousands of students for many years to come.”

Halmos also reflected on the colleges and universities that he, his wife, and their family have attended –University of Colorado, Miami University (Ohio), Boston College, Georgia State University, California College of the Arts, Georgia Tech, Columbia College, Parsons School of Design, Elon University, University of Florida, and Harvard––and pointed out that NSU wasn’t on the list. He also recalled President Hanbury insisting that he get involved anyway because, ‘over time, I’m confident I can get you to drink the NSU Kool-Aid.’ Hanbury succeeded, Halmos said.

“We are both very glad and delighted that we can do something to support our hometown university,” Halmos added, referring to himself and his wife.

NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography offers outstanding degree and certificate programs in biology, ocean sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry and environmental science.  

Steve Halmos is also a member of NSU’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed by H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

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

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Dentists and other health care providers who treat patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) require special training to understand the skills and techniques needed to care for this growing population.

Thanks to a $3,398,452 grant from the Health Resource and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NSU's Romer Ocanto, D.D.S., M.S., CAGS, chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at NSU's College of Dental Medicine will provide this training to pediatric dentistry and advanced education in general dentistry residents over a five-year period. This is the third grant Dr. Ocanto has received from HRSA. Previous funding totaled approximately $3.5 million.

The program will include the development of a curriculum addressing the transition of children and adolescents with ASD to adult dental care and aims to increase access to dental care for children and adolescents with special health care needs such as ASD.

“Nova Southeastern University is committed to researching and implementing new techniques to help patients with special needs,” said Dr. Ocanto. “We are excited about this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many people. This funding will allow us to partner with community organizations and general dentists in Florida and throughout the Southeastern U.S. to enhance dental services available to patients with autism.”

“In its short history, NSU’s College of Dental Medicine has developed a strong tradition of caring for children and adults with special needs,” added Linda Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., dean of the college.

Currently NSU’s College of Dental Medicine has pediatric special needs dental clinics at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development in Davie, Florida; NSU Dental Care at KID in Fort Lauderdale; and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida; along with an adult special needs dental clinic in North Miami Beach, Florida. NSU has existing relationships with Broward Health Medical Center, the South Florida Autism Charter School and the Autism Consortium/Broward County Public Schools to provide additional dental services to the special needs community.

Approximately one in 68 children has been diagnosed with ASD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Average medical expenses for children and adolescents with ASD are $4,100-$6,200 higher per year than children without ASD.

This project is 100% financed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D88HP20126 and Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene for $3,398,452. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Denise Rau, or call her at (954) 262-2163.

Award Will Help Examine Causes and Develop Better Treatments for Patients

At least a quarter of the 700,000 soldiers who fought in the 1991 Gulf War suffer from a debilitating disease called Gulf War Illness (GWI). The medical condition affects both men and women and is associated with symptoms including fatigue, chronic headaches, memory problems, muscle and joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, neurological problems, respiratory symptoms, hormonal imbalance and immune dysfunction.

Paula A. Faria Waziry, Ph.D., assistant professor at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, and her research team recently were awarded a $805,882 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs to investigate the genomic and cellular mechanisms that cause GWI.

“Little is known about what causes the onset and progression of Gulf War Illness,” said Waziry. “Our aim is to identify specific disease targets that will lead to improved diagnosis and more effective therapeutic interventions for patients. It is our duty to help those who served their country in any way we can, and this is one way we can make a major difference.”

GWI is likely caused by a combination of factors including genomic make-up and environmental exposures, such as toxic chemicals and/or viruses. Further exacerbation or chronic stress during and after war-time may also contribute to aggravation and persistence of symptoms.

In addition to Waziry, who will serve as primary investigator, the research team consists of faculty members from NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, including Lubov Nathanson, Ph.D., assistant professor and genomics expert; Nancy Klimas, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the institute; Mariana Morris, Ph.D., professor and director of Gulf War Illness research; and Gordon Broderick, Ph.D., professor and director of computational biology.

This work was supported by the Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program.

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


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NSU is leading the advancement in the South Florida area of two innovative Junior Kindergarten-12 national education programs that provide a comprehensive approach to student learning and development.

The research-based initiatives, based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, were introduced nationwide through the recently-created Sanford Education Collaborative, comprising nine universities around the country. As a member of the collaborative, NSU is involved in disseminating the Sanford Harmony Program, which strengthens positive peer relationships among PreK-6 children, and Sanford Inspire, which provides a growing resource of free and readily-accessible online modules on inspiring teaching approaches.

The efforts are part of a $30 million nationwide initiative that is administered by San Diego-based National University, which confers the fourth largest number of master degrees in education every year.

NSU received $520,000 for the initiative and was chosen because of the exemplary reputations of its Abraham S. Fischler College of Education (FCE), Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC), and University School.

NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for its initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator programs at all university locations and online.

NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development is one of the nation’s largest and most highly respected comprehensive early childhood demonstration and training facilities.
NSU is also one of the few universities in the nation that houses a premier JuniorK-12 college preparatory program on its campus, the University School.

“We are honored to have NSU recognized as part of the Sanford Higher Education Collaborative and to support the vision of T. Denny Sanford,” said NSU President George Hanbury, Ph.D.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to enhance hundreds of children’s lives.”

Sanford Harmony encourages positive peer interactions among all students through stories and interactive lessons. The program has been found to have positive impacts in strengthening academic performance in math and reading, positive attitudes towards school, and increasing empathy among children. Initial research findings by Arizona State University also identified reductions in gender stereotyping and classroom aggression.

Sanford Inspire provides free, easily-accessible online learning modules and curriculum resources for in-service and pre-service teachers seeking ideas on how to inspire students. Inspire principles can be aligned with school of education curriculum, and the initiative provides a framework for evaluating and developing inspiring teaching methodologies on a national scale.

If you would like to learn more about NSU's Mailman Segal Center, or discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Susanne Marshall, Ph.D., or call her at (954) 262-3014.

If you would like to learn more about NSU University School, or discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Victoria Rudd, or call her at (954) 262-4524.

If you would like to learn more about NSU's Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, or discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Elaine Blattner or call her at 954-262-2409.

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Students miss more than 51 million hours of school annually in the U.S.  due to dental-related illness, according to Oral Health in America: Report of the U.S. Surgeon General. A majority of these absences could have been avoided if these children had access to preventive dental services. In addition, poor oral health among children has been tied to lower performance in school and poor social relationships. Among low income children, nearly 50 percent of cavities remain untreated, which can lead to problems eating, speaking and sleeping.

To help solve this major problem, The Children’s Trust in Miami-Dade County has awarded a $300,000 grant to NSU’s College of Dental Medicine. The funds are being used to train 200 medical staff associated with The Children’s Trust’s HealthConnect program. The training will enable staff to perform oral health screenings for children in Miami-Dade schools, particularly for dental cavities;  oral health counseling and a fluoride varnish application; refer children in need of treatment to a dentist; and monitor the program.

“It is well known that oral diseases have a direct and devastating effect on the health of children and have a serious impact on children’s readiness for school and ability to succeed,” said Ana Karina Mascarenhas, B.D.S., M.P.H., DrPH, associate dean of research of NSU’s College of Dental Medicine. “NSU is grateful to The Children’s Trust for recognizing this issue is preventable in many cases and supporting efforts to enhance the oral health of children in Miami-Dade County.”

In addition to this grant, NSU’s College of Dental Medicine provides children from select Miami-Dade County schools with oral health services either at the school or at NSU’s North Miami Beach Dental Clinic located at 1750 NE 167 Street.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Denise Rau, or call her at (954) 262-2163.

Two-Time Alumna Uses Legacy Gift to Fund Technology Scholarships

As mentioned in this issue’s Alumna Profile, Loretta Neff (B.S. ’85, M.B.A. ’88) has dedicated her time and energy for more than 30 years working in the computer programming field. Now, she is dedicating time and treasure to encourage more students to pursue careers in technology. One of her main vehicles for accomplishing her philanthropic dream is planned giving.

At NSU, such gifts are referred to as “Legacy Giving” because alumni and friends who make a commitment to the university using planned giving will create a lasting legacy through new generations of scholars, researchers, and leaders.

Here are two brief articles compiled by NSU’s Director of Legacy Giving, Andrea Darlow.

Myths regarding legacy giving:

  1. Only for the wealthy
  2. Too complicated
  3. Only useful for older people
  4. Compromises annual giving
  5. Money now is more important than money later

Legacy giving involves coordinating gifts to charitable organizations in a donor’s overall financial plan. This type of giving supports the mission of the organization beyond the lifetime of the donor. It is important to structure the gift to obtain the maximum benefit for both the donor and the organization.
Everyone is a candidate for legacy giving. This includes individuals who are regular donors, philanthropic individuals and motivated individuals. Legacy giving vehicles can be used appropriately and effectively for all individuals regardless of age or financial status:

  • Legacy gifts where income stream is not compromised: bequest, life insurance, and individual retirement account (IRA)
  • Legacy gifts for older individuals with investable assets: charitable gift annuity (CGA)
  • Legacy gifts for individuals with investable assets and working on their estate/financial plan: charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts

Are you ready to leave a legacy gift? Consider whether you feel a need to:

  • Appreciate the organization that served/inspired you
  • Support an organization that you feel connected to
  • Meet the needs of the community
  • Memorialize your name or a loved one
  • Serve as an example for future generations
  • Advance the process of estate/financial planning

Want to take the next step? There is no need to gather anything first, just call (954) 262-2135 for an initial conversation.

NSU’s 1964 Society (Legacy Society) honors alumni, friends, faculty, and staff who support NSU through legacy giving. 1964 Society members are highlighted in various publications (with their consent), recognized at events, and invited to exclusive NSU events. The 1964 Society is committed to legacy gifts and legacy donors.

If you would like to learn more about Legacy Giving, please email Director of Development Andrea Darlow or call her at 954-262-2135.

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The next 40 years has the potential to increase philanthropic activity in a transformational manner. The largest transfer of wealth, in excess of $40 trillion, will occur by 2055 and women will inherit over 70 percent of this fortune.

Over the years, women have changed the “traditional” face of philanthropy. Women typically approach philanthropy differently than their male counterparts. Women tend to give to organizations that have somehow impacted their lives or the lives of someone close to them. Further, women often give to organizations in which they (or their families) have volunteered. Giving, it seems, becomes more personal to women on both the individual level as well as the community level.

Women are increasingly responsible for their personal and family wealth, including charitable giving and philanthropy. Additionally, women have their own financial power to support causes and organizations that are important to them in a meaningful way.

  • Women run more than 10 million businesses with combined annual sales of $1.1 trillion and make 80% of consumer buying decisions.
  • Some 26 percent of working wives make more than their working husbands.
  • Female-headed households are more likely to give to charity than male-headed households and at nearly every income level, women donate almost twice as much to charity as men.
  • Women control more than half of the private wealth in the United States.
  • Women give an average of 3.5 percent of their wealth to charity while men give an average of 1.8%.
  • Single women are significantly more likely than single men to make charitable gifts, and married couples give more than single men.
  • Married men and married women are both more likely to give and make larger gifts than single men, indicating that women’s propensity for giving influences the philanthropic habits of their husbands.
  • Nearly half of all women who have estates worth $5 million or more leave a charitable bequest, while only one-third of wealthy men do.

If you would like to learn more about Legacy Giving, please email Director of Development Andrea Darlow or call her at 954-262-2135.

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If you would like to learn more about Legacy Giving, please email Director of Development Andrea Darlow or call her at 954-262-2135.

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One Young Man’s Work to Fund Fellowships and Draw Attention to the “Forgotten Plague”

Ryan Prior’s life imploded October 22, 2006, when he was struck down by a disease that dozens of doctors were powerless to diagnose or treat. The disease of the immune system is referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in the U.S., and in the rest of the world as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

A high-school junior at the time, Ryan was only able to gradually piece together his health through extensive help from his family and a successful search for a doctor specializing in treating ME/CFS.

For millions globally, including the one million sufferers in the U.S., the search for a specialist is far more difficult. According to researchers at DePaul University, a preliminary study “points to significant gaps in the coverage of CFS among medical institutions, which is likely impacting the ability of physicians to fully acknowledge, understand, effectively treat, and find a cure for CFS.”

Against great odds, Ryan recovered well enough to become a reporter and share his story six years later as a USA Today Collegiate Correspondent. Every day since then, he has committed time and energy to launching platforms that provide support to patients while raising awareness and addressing the bigger need for specialists.

Enter NSU

In 2013, Ryan launched a documentary film project titled “Forgotten Plaque” and established the Blue Ribbon Foundation, an educational non-profit organization serving as both a production company and scholarship fund for long-term medical education outreach.

During filming of “Forgotten Plague” at NSU's Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine with director Nancy Klimas, M.D., Ryan's idea to create a fellowship program to draw up-and-coming researchers and doctors to the cause took root Gordon Broderick, Ph.D., of NSU's College of Psychology, participated in a series of Skype meetings to help advance the concept.

Ryan and his co-director Nicole Castillo then introduced the fellowship idea during a press conference at the National Press Club. Two months later, the Wisconsin ME/CFS Association expressed a desire to fund the Blue Ribbon Foundation fellowship program, and followed through with an $8,000 donation.

After working out the final program details with Elaine Wallace, D.O., M.S., dean of NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nancy Klimas, M.D., and other NSU administrators, the donation was distributed among three students who are working for six weeks this summer in Klimas’ institute.

Ryan’s tenacious efforts will culminate in March 2016 when the fellows will attend the International Association of CFS/ME (IACFSME) conference held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and present their research findings to a global audience.

Stay tuned for more details as this story develops.

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

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Next month, the second largest organized sports program in the world for Jewish teens will take place on NSU’s main campus. As a host sponsor for the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games®, NSU will welcome 1,450 high school students from around the world. 

Hosted by the David Posnack JCC, the games will take place August 9-14, 2015, and will also involve 300 coaches and 1,000 volunteers, host families, visiting families, spectators and community partners.

The university community is involved at every level––from hosting visiting participants to acting as committee volunteers and providing the logistical support for the event.

Spectators can register to attend by clicking here:

If you would like to learn more please email NSU's special events team.


Sujay Kamisetti, a sophomore biology major at NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, a member of NSU’s Undergraduate Honors Program, and a recipient of the Honors Program Scholarship and Dual Admission Scholarship (to name two) presented at the annual conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) in Washington, D.C. 

Under the guidance of Song Gao, Ph.D., associate professor at the college, Kamisetti presented a poster titled “Long-Range Transport and In-Situ Transformation of Atmospheric Aerosols” at the NCSE’s 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment on January 27–29, 2015, in Washington, D.C. His work was based on the analysis of data collected from the field and lab on aerosol chemistry and transformation in the lower atmosphere.

“Sujay did an excellent job in both presenting and working as one of the nationally selected volunteers for the conference,” Gao said.

“This experience was tremendous,” Kamisetti said. “It truly was an amalgamation of science, the environment, and policy. Real struggles still exist in converting scientific findings to effective policy-making, especially policy-making implemented internationally.

“As a volunteer at this event, I was able to attend many of the informational sessions and gain true insight into the concerns rising from these developing issues,” Kamisetti said.

During the NCSE conference, keynote speeches were delivered by scientists, diplomats and government officials about climate change, renewable energy, and how climate and energy issues will be addressed in future decades.

Gao presented a technical  poster titled “Limiting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Curbing Climate Change: The Atmospheric Chemistry Perspective,” based on his peer-reviewed paper that is in press and will be published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Gao joins several key architects of an earlier environmental global treaty, the Montreal Protocol, in writing articles about climate science and policy issues for the international journal.

Gao also delivered a talk, “Enhancing the Academics’ Roles in the U.S.-China Climate Change Partnership: Science, Education, and Public Communication,” and participated in the U.S.-China forum on the bilateral climate-change partnership that he helped organize for NCSE.

“Many new ideas and proposals were raised at the conference on how the two largest greenhouse gas emitters–– the United States and China––may lead the world in coping with climate change and resolving energy issues that directly impact every nation’s economy and public welfare,” Gao said.

“The difficulty lies in the extremely convoluted nature of the climate issue in regard to the science and also the policy implementation. That is also the excitement of being a researcher in this field. Some of our proposals based on latest research —such as immediately cutting short-lived climate pollutants as a  mitigation strategy to curb the current warming trends—hopefully will be considered in the months leading to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France. There, almost 200 nations will meet to attempt to sign a milestone global agreement on climate change.”

If you would like to learn more, or discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Denise Rau, or call her at (954) 262-2163.


Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Children's Bereavement Center's Model in Promoting Functionality in Children's and Families Experiencing the Loss of a Loved One.

A study funded by a Shepard Broad Foundation grant is evaluating the effectiveness of a program offered by the Children's Bereavement Center. The program helps children and families experiencing the death of a loved one.

There is a great need for the delivery of evidence-based loss and bereavement programs. The results of this study can help identify an effective model that could be offered to a large number of families. The goal is to have 60 families participating in the study; each family will include at least one child and one caregiver.

A quantitative and qualitative mixed-method approach will be employed to study the impact of the program on functionality on both children and adults.

Video the WSVN news clip to get an inside look at the Children's Bereavement Center.  Channel 7's Lynn Martinez shares some important advice on how to have the difficult conversation about the death of a loved one in today's Parent to Parent.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Susanne Marshall, Ph.D., or call her at (954) 262-3014.

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In addition to sponsoring nearly every signature scholarship fundraising event hosted by the university, Grycon is one of three long-time donors who have decided to build employee morale while simultaneously supporting an important conservation effort by naming sharks that can all employees can log in to track at any time.

Three of NSU's long-time donors – Grycon, Divers Direct and Advanced Roofing – have adopted sharks and they are now actively being tracked. You can track each shark by checking the box next to their name.

The Guy Harvey Great Shark Race is the ultimate conservation competition on the high seas. Businesses and individuals can sponsor and name a shark, which will be fitted with a satellite tag that allows researchers and the public to follow the shark’s movements online. Whoever’s tagged shark swims the greatest distance in six months wins a Guy Harvey original painting and a Florida Keys fishing vacation for two!

Join the Race!

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


Do you want to help save the world’s oceans? Well, there may be an app for that. For the second year in a row, GreenWave and the United States Department of State held a “Fishackathon” June 5-7 leading up to World Oceans Day (June 8.)

Like other “hack-a-thon” events, this one brings technologically savvy individuals together with scientific experts to help identify potential solutions for the fishing industry.

“Helping protect the world’s oceans and the varied life that call them home is something we all should support,” said Matthew Johnston, Ph.D., a marine research scientist and scientific computer programmer at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. “It may seem odd, but bringing together marine and computer science can help create ways to better understand, and then protect, our oceans.”

Due to his expertise, Johnston was invited to be part of this year’s Fishackathon. He will be making a presentation to the participants about the local needs and the related research he has done while at Nova Southeastern University. In addition, he may provide some guidance as the coders set about their work, and then he’ll be one of the judges reviewing the various applications created.

In its inaugural year in 2014, more than 150 coders from New York, Baltimore, Miami and Monterey (California) participated and created various applications that focused on this very issue. Based on the success of the event, this year it has been opened to an international group of computer whizzes. Cities hosting events include, but are not limited to Miami, Toronto, London and Kuala Lumpur.

Participants were called upon to create new applications and tools for mobile phones and other personal electronic devices that can provide real-time information to help fishermen work smarter and more safely. In addition, these new technological solutions will aid fishermen in reporting their catches, which will allow for better fisheries management while creating networks that improve the monitoring of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

“People can take for granted that fish will always be part of the ocean and that we don’t really need to worry,” Johnston said. “But that’s simply not the case – if we don’t plan for today, we’re setting ourselves up for failure tomorrow. We must do all we can to ensure today’s resources are still as vibrant and abundant for tomorrow’s generations.”

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

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NSU student Fernando Campos NSU student Yineth Sanchez
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Meet Nicole Cocuy, opinion editor for NSU's The Current and head of marketing for NSU's undergraduate literary magazine Digressions

Hear from happy NSU graduates as they share thank you messages and future plans

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NSU cancer researcher Appu Rathinavelu, Ph.D., was selected for a prestigious J. William Fulbright award to conduct cancer research and training in India. Dr. Rathinavelu is associate dean for institutional planning and development at NSU’s College of Pharmacy and executive director of NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research.

“NSU is proud of Dr. Rathinavelu and his tremendous work in the field of cancer research,” said Dr. George Hanbury, President of NSU. “Our University is dedicated to supporting the highest levels of research that will one day make positive impacts in the global community. To have one of our researchers recognized at this level is a success for all of us to celebrate.”

As a Fulbright recipient, Dr. Rathinavelu joins the ranks of recipients who have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They have been awarded 53 Nobel Prizes.

Dr. Rathinavelu will use the grant to develop and validate new genomics-based tests that could help during the treatment of breast and prostate cancers. During the two three-month endeavors, he also will help establish research collaborations and train graduate student researchers at VRR Institute of Biomedical Science in Chennai, India, which is affiliated with University of Madras, where Dr. Rathinavelu completed his graduate training.

Dr. Rathinavelu holds a U.S. (7,875,603 B2) and Japanese (5436544 B) patent for discovering a small organic molecule called “JFD” that is anti-angiogenic, meaning it “starves” tumors and other cancer cells by preventing blood flow that supplies the tumors with oxygen and nutrients that would otherwise help them to grow and survive. This molecule is less expensive to manufacture, stable in storage, expected to be less toxic and is more effective against solid tumors. It is specifically designed to battle breast, ovarian, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers.

He also holds a U.S. patent for discovering a molecule called “F16” (7,939,557 B2)that is more potent and is specifically designed to combat breast cancer cells.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants from more than 180 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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

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Carlos Montero Among Award Recipients Honored by President Obama

President Barack Obama named 108 mathematics and science teachers across the United States as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  Carlos Montero, a teacher at Nova Southeastern University (NSU)University School, was among those honored.  Montero currently teaches honors and AP chemistry in grades 9-12. He also serves as the chair of the science department for grades 6-12.

This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C. event later this summer.

“Nova Southeastern University is honored to have one of our outstanding teachers recognized with this Presidential Award. Carlos Montero is an example of academic excellence, one of the core values of our university,” said Dr. George Hanbury, President of Nova Southeastern University.

“We are extremely proud to have Carlos as part of our NSU University School Staff,” said William Kopas, Head of School at NSU University School. “His leadership and innovative approaches to teaching science is propelling our students toward success. “

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between K-6 teachers and those teaching grades 7-12.

Montero’s career was forever changed when he encountered Modeling Instruction for Science Education. In his classroom, students learn science by doing science. Montero conducts summer workshops to introduce teachers to Modeling Instruction – he enjoys the interaction with teachers and has started STEM Teachers South Florida to facilitate the sharing of best practices among colleagues. He also serves on the Executive Board of the American Modeling Teachers Association.

Montero holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, as well as teaching certificates in chemistry and gifted education. He earned National Board Certification in 2008.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

The President’s proposed STEM Master Teacher Corps aims to leverage the expertise of some of our nation’s best and brightest teachers in science and mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Victoria Rudd, or call her at (954) 262-4524.

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NSU's Nancy Klimas on Women to Watch

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In this edition of Women To Watch, Trend Tracker® Tara Gilani shines the spotlight on a female role model and ground breaker.

Her name: Dr. Nancy G. Klimas.

Her title: Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Immunology and Director, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine. Mouthful, yes! On top of all that, she is also a mother and a grandmother.

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

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Three marine biology majors at NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography presented their independent study research on Hawaiian monk seals to researchers at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and to members of the Marine Mammal Commission in Bethesda, Maryland.

Students Courtney Cenkner, Krista Colburn, and Samantha McNear presented their study titled “Hawaiian Monk Seals: Record of Environmental Influence in an Endangered Species” to marine mammal scientists, marine fishery experts, marine economists, and maritime lawyers.

Charles Potter, curator of marine mammals at the museum and a collaborator on the project, hosted the students along with faculty advisor Amy Hirons, Ph.D., assistant professor, who chairs the marine biology major at the college and serves as a research collaborator at the museum.

Students gave a short talk at the museum followed by a detailed tour of the stable isotope facilities and extensive marine mammal collections at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.

The following day, they gave a presentation to the Marine Mammal Commission whose members include marine mammal scientists, marine fishery experts, marine economists, and maritime lawyers.

Cenkner was a co-author of the preliminary monk seal research poster that received an honorable mention at the college’s 2014 Undergraduate Student Symposium. She plans to attend veterinary technician school. Colburn plans to work in the field before attending graduate school. McNear is working as a veterinary technician and plans to apply to veterinary school. All three students presented the Hawaiian monk seals’ research at the 2015 Undergraduate Student Symposium.

Pictured (L-R): Krista Colburn, Samantha McNear, and Courtney Cenkner

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


NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine launched a Master of Science in Nutrition degree program, adding to the university’s vast array of health care degree options. The program is the first in Florida to offer this degree in a primarily online course format.

The new program offers two tracks, one focused on sports nutrition and the other on community nutrition. The degree will prepare students for a variety of in-demand career options, including health/lifestyle coach, health center nutritionist, corporate/employee wellness consultant, private health consultant, college instructor and research nutritionist. The degree could also provide a necessary background for graduates to pursue clinical training to become a registered dietitian with additional coursework and required clinical hours.

“Nutritionists and dietitians enjoy a job growth rate that is faster than other health care disciplines, and the outlook for the coming years is very promising, said Cecilia Rokusek, Ed.D., M.Sc., RDN, assistant dean of research and innovation and nutrition degree director, NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dietitians and nutritionists held 67,400 jobs in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is expected to increase by 21 percent to 81,600 between 2012 and 2022. This is likely due to a result of a heightened emphasis on wellness, prevention of disease through better food choices and dietary habits, and greater integration of nutrition in primary care. The need for nutrition professionals has also risen as a result of required wellness checks and emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention under the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act.

The Bureau’s website also states, “Dietitians and nutritionists who have earned advanced degrees or certification in a specialty area may enjoy better job prospects.”

“Even beyond traditional settings of schools and hospitals, nutritionists are finding meaningful work in corporations, athletic departments and food production centers, said Rokusek. “An aging population and increasing attention to diet for all age groups is creating high demand, and managing disease and chronic illness continue to be challenges that need attentive professionals.”

In addition to those looking to pursue a career as a nutritionist, this new degree is an ideal complement for other professionals, including physicians, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists, to complete to enhance their practices.

NSU’s M.S. in Nutrition degree program requires 42 credits for completion, including a research project. Full-time students (nine credits per semester) will be able to complete the program in two years. The program also accepts part-time students.

NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine also has master’s degree programs in public health, biomedical informatics, disaster and emergency preparedness and medical education, in addition to offering a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree and a variety of certificate and graduate medical education programs.

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


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NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship (HCBE) announced that the college’s Master of Public Administration Program has received accreditation by the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation and is listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards. NASPAA is considered the global standard in public service education.

“This clearly demonstrates that our M.P.A. program ranks among the best in the world,” said J. Preston Jones, D.B.A., dean of NSU’s Huizenga Business College. “NSU’s investment in a strong team of experienced, public administration professors has helped us achieve this goal.”

Forty years ago, the university began offering this field of study at its Center for the Study of Administration. Today, Jack Pinkowski, Ph.D., associate professor, serves as the chair of the Public Administration program and the M.S. in Real Estate Development program.  M.P.A. full-time faculty includes:  James Agbodzakey, Ph.D., Ryan Miller, Ph.D., Terrell Manyak, Ph.D., and John Carroll, Ph.D.

NSU’s M.P.A. program is the only one offered by a private, non-profit university in the state of Florida to have earned this accreditation.

“It’s truly a milestone for our team, but more importantly, for our students who have this top-notch resource to further their careers in public administration,”  said Dr. Pinkowski, who was named the Public Administration Educator of the Year in 2013 by the American Society for Public Administration’s South Florida chapter.

NSU’s Master of Public Administration Program develops students’ skills to lead public and community agencies, as well as to understand the social, economic, and political context in which public decisions are made. Just as the M.B.A. prepares students for management positions in business firms, the M.P.A. is often a requirement for senior administrators in governments and non-profits, as well as private organizations that do business with the government.

NSU’s M.P.A. program offers practicing managers the opportunity to pursue their graduate education on Saturdays while working fulltime during the week. Classes are also available online.

In addition, the Huizenga College has just introduced  a bachelor’s degree in public administration that can be completed as a dual degree (BS/MPA) leading to completing two degrees with reduced total credit hours.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Andria Cunningham or call her at 954-262-5007.


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Deanna ‘Dee’ Voss as dean of undergraduate admissions. She will report to Brad A. Williams, Ed.D., vice president for student affairs and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies at NSU.

Voss comes to NSU from the University of Miami (UM) where she was an enrollment professional for more than 20 years. She held executive level positions at UM, most recently serving as associate dean of enrollment management and executive director of admissions.  In this role, Voss led UM to three record years in a row of increasing undergraduate applications while raising the academic quality and profile of the incoming class each year.  The increased academic profile contributed to significant improvements in first-year retention and overall four and six year graduation rates.

Professionally, Voss is active in both the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors (SACAC).  She is also a past president of SACAC.  “Ms. Voss brings a wealth of knowledge about admission and enrollment management and relationships with high school counselors throughout Florida, nationally and internationally; we are thrilled to have her on our team,” said Williams.

Voss has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and a master’s degree in higher education leadership from the University of Miami.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss giving opportunities, please email Executive Director of Development Terry Mularkey or call him at 954-262-2064.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article about student loan debt that reported students seeking graduate degrees to advance their careers, end up with tremendous loans to repay.

The article cited “just 20 universities are responsible for a huge share of graduate-student debt, amounting to more than $6.5 billion in a single year,” and listed NSU as one of the institutions receiving the most graduate student loan disbursements in 2013-14.

NSU President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., wrote the following response to the article.

Dear Editor:

Student loan debt is of great concern to me as president, as I am sure it is to all presidents. At Nova Southeastern University we do everything to keep tuition as low as possible and offer the quality education expected of a private selective research university of nearly 26,000 students, 80%, or approximately 21,000 of which are graduate and professional students. On a per student loan basis, we have made an examination of the average loan amount, versus per institution, revealing that there are more than 170 colleges and universities with higher average unsubsidized loan amounts per student and more than 180 with higher grad PLUS loans per student than NSU.

Our student debt burden is indeed large, and when NSU students feel they must borrow funds to assist them in paying for their education, they do so confidently because of our solid track record of professional job preparation and employment. In fact, NSU graduates have a loan default rate that is among the very lowest of any university in America, graduate or undergraduate, private or public, at just 3.5%! This supports that after completing rigorous academic programs, our graduates are getting jobs in professional careers sufficient enough to keep current with their student loans. Although we are just fifty years old, we’re seeking to build our endowment and expand research in an effort to attempt to offset rising tuition costs, just as older research universities have been able to do successfully in the past.

Unfortunately, your July 10th article on graduate student debt, while dutifully reporting the contents of a study, omitted much of this important information and perspective. The discussion about graduate student debt needs to be in context with the academic programs offered at an institution, the total number of students, and the ability of the student to repay the loan after graduation.

The proof for NSU is indeed in the low default rate statistic, but also in the stories that our graduates tell. They are physicians, dentists, lawyers, college and university presidents, school system superintendents, government officials, chief officers of national companies, and one is the Vice President of a country; and the list goes on.

As the largest private, selective research university in Florida, the 2nd largest in the Southeastern United States, and the 10th largest in the nation, our value proposition is outstanding. We have been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as High Research and Community Engaged and NSU is also designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. With our roots in graduate-level educational excellence, we are equally dedicated to research, and the betterment of our community, our nation, and our world. That, is the whole story.


George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

If you would like to learn more, or discuss giving opportunities, please email Executive Director of Development Terry Mularkey or call him at 954-262-2064.


NSU Art Museum’s new exhibition was recently featured in Travel + Leisure, New York Times, Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel and more.

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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) 262-0233. Your secondary contact is Meredith Clements at (954) 262-0226.


Protecting the world’s coral reefs has been at the forefront of research for researchers and students at NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. Recognized as a world leader, NSU has been researching coral reefs to not only understand these unique animals, but to also help provide information for better protection and conservation of our reefs.

To that end, NSU has been selected as the organization that will oversee a Sep14-2010 Saipan offshore hotel (5) - webnew program – the National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program. This program is a partnership between NSU, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program, the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Insular Affairs and the U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee (AIC).

This program will create seven, 2-year positions in each of the seven U.S. coral reef jurisdictions. Through these highly qualified fellows this program will help address current management capacity gaps and build long-term capacity in the coral reef jurisdictions of the U.S. . The new vision for the program is for a thriving collaborative fellowship program that builds excellent next generation leaders and capacity for effective local coral reef ecosystem management.

“For many years we’ve enjoyed an excellent working relationship with NOAA, the DOI and others dedicated to coral reef research and protection and we’re very excited to be part of this new program,” said Richard Dodge, Ph.D., dean of the Halmos College of Natural Resources and Oceanography.

The seven jurisdictions where these new fellows will be placed include: Florida, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

​“This fellowship program provides an opportunity for fellows to gain professional experience, expertise, and understanding of coral reef resources and management at the local level,” said Fran Castro, Chair of the U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee. “This collaboration between NOAA, DOI and the AIC is helping to build coral reef management capacity in the jurisdictions.”

Overall, this collaborative program helps build local coral reef management capacity by:

  • Providing a mechanism to generate high quality professionals that help fill the jurisdictions’ capacity needs in coral reef management;
  • Providing on the ground experience in the fields of coral reef science and management, at the local level, that will help to hone the fellows’ understanding and professional skill set for working on coral reef ecosystems and resources;
  • Equipping fellows with experience to guide next steps in pursuing a career working on coral reef issues; and,
  • Providing opportunities to interact and connect with government agencies and partners working on coral reef ecosystem and related resource management in the local jurisdiction.

The program is currently accepting applications for those interested in being a fellow – applications will be accepted through July 31, 2015 with an anticipated start date of the fellows in January 2016. Requirements include individuals having a bachelor’s degree in marine sciences, environmental sciences or a related field and some professional experience related to their educational background – specifics vary per jurisdiction.

Fellows can be expected to work on national goals for climate change, land-based sources of pollution and fishing as well as addressing local needs such as the development of management plans for marine managed areas, increased community involvement in monitoring and response, climate change adaptation and biological monitoring.

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


NSU speech-language pathology professor Barbara O’Connor Wells, Ph.D., CCC-CLP, discussed the impact of technology such as tablets and smartphones on children’s speech development on a WPLG Channel 10 HealthCast with Kristi Krueger.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Denise Rau, or call her at (954) 262-2163.


While school is officially out for the summer, 30 students from Dillard High School’s Emerging Computer Technology magnet program attended NSU’s week-long Emerging Technology Computer Camp.

NSU’s College of Engineering and Computing hosted the students for the summer program, designed to inspire them to explore careers in engineering and technology. Sessions covered topics such as Java Programming, Human/Computer Interaction, Computer Engineering, Mobile Applications, Internet & Web Applications and Data Science/Visualization.

The camp was part of the university’s longstanding commitment to increasing the exposure of engineering and technology to men and women from under-served populations. “Partnerships between NSU and area schools are a key factor in introducing K – 12 students to critical skills in science, technology, engineering and math as well as sparking their interest in pursuing advanced education and professional careers,” said Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D., associate provost for the university.

While at NSU, the Dillard High School students also had classes in College Essay Writing, Career Planning and Writing Like a Scientist. They took a campus tour and spent Friday morning on field trip to Ultimate Software, headquartered in Weston.

“Our hope is that through an experience like this, we will turn the Dillard High students on to careers in these high demand fields,” said Gregory Simco, Ph.D., professor, College of Engineering and Computing.

Broward County is experiencing the second highest population growth in the state with a population of 1.6 million people and is estimated to grow to 2.5 million by 2030. The county has seen extensive growth of high tech manufacturing, engineering, and computer science industries. Yet, at the same time, there is a low college degree attainment level in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Broward County School’s Dillard High School serves 1,872 students in grades 6-12 of which 50% are females, 90% are Black, 88% are economically disadvantaged, and 12% are students with disabilities.  As the first public school for people of African descent in Fort Lauderdale, Dillard incorporates an Emerging Computer Technology magnet program in order to integrate and expand the educational horizons of its minority students.

Leona Miracola, Director of Innovative Programs, Broward County Schools, commented, “This summer program at NSU was an outstanding opportunity for our computer science students at Dillard High School to learn about post-secondary options and how to prepare for college and careers in this field.”

If you would like to learn more, 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 athletic department's office of academic services recently presented its research project at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Conference on Global Leadership, Learning & Research, held July 13 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

Their research project titled "A Four Year Career Plan for Student Athletes: A Collaborative Approach to Success" was presented by Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services and Student-Athlete Support Dr. C.A. Tolchinsky and Coordinator of Athletic Academic Services Laura Barry. The presentation focused on student-centered research, hitting two of NSU's core values.

View the team's research poster.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss opportunities to support student-athletes, please email Executive Director of Development Terry Mularkey, or call him at (954) 262-2109.

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Earlier this month, the Nova Southeastern University Department of Athletics capped off a banner year of athletic competition, finishing 14th out of over 300 NCAA Division II schools in the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings. But that is only a part of the equation which defines the Sharks' yearly success.
A core variable in the Sharks' philosophy of success is academic excellence. Since joining the DII ranks in 2002, the Sharks have been among the nation's top performing programs academically, having earned a 3.0 department grade point average for 13 consecutive years. The 2014-15 academic year was no exception with over 300 student-athletes combining for a 3.15 cumulative GPA.  
"Academic excellence is one of the eight core values at Nova Southeastern University and we certainly recognize academic achievement as one of the main pillars of success within the Department of Athletics," Director of Athletics Michael Mominey said. "We are equally proud of our student-athletes as scholars as we are with all of their athletic accolades. The 2014-15 academic year will be remembered as one of the best years in school history, but what makes it even more special is that our student-athletes truly understand the priorities of being a student above and beyond everything else. The winning culture that we have been able to establish over the past several years begins with success in the classroom. We will never deviate from that philosophy."   
Balancing the demands of regular athletic competition and academic responsibility, 65 percent of NSU student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale for the academic year. Six percent earned a perfect 4.0, while 28.2 percent finished with a 3.50-3.99, and 30 percent finished between a 3.00 and 3.49 GPA.
Of the 17 NCAA DII athletic programs sponsored by NSU, 13 earned higher than a 3.0 over both the fall and winter semesters combined. Women's basketball, who made their third straight appearance at the NCAA DII Elite Eight, tied women's soccer for the highest team GPA at 3.36, while women's tennis finished with a 3.35 after returning to the NCAA postseason since the early 2000's. Women's cross country finished fourth (3.30), followed by volleyball (3.29), rowing (3.24), women's track and field (3.18), men's soccer (3.16), women's golf (3.14), men's cross country and softball (each at 3.10), the 2015 National Champion men's golf squad (3.07), and women's swimming and diving (3.03).  
The department's 3.15 GPA for 2014-15 was the second-highest during in the NCAA era. The Sharks' finished with a 3.17 GPA in back-to-back years of 2012-13 and 2013-2014. In 2012-13, the NSU athletic department also finished in the top 10 of the Learfield Directors' Cup standings at No. 9, which topped all Sunshine State Conference member institutions for that year.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss opportunities to support student-athletes, please email Executive Director of Development Terry Mularkey, or call him at (954) 262-2109.


NSU junior men's golfer Santiago Gomez has earned another postseason accolade, this time Division II's top individual honor as the recipient of the 2015 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol, honoring the best at each collegiate level.
Gomez (Armenia, Colombia) finished the Sharks' National Championship season as the No. 1-ranked player in all of DII, and as both the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and a member of the PING All-American First Team. He placed fifth or better In 10 out of 11 events this season, and won each of his match play rounds at nationals, including draining the clinching birdie putt to give NSU the title. He and the other Nicklaus National POY winners were honored by Jack Nicklaus himself on June 7 during the final round of the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin.
"It is an amazing feeling to be the recipient of the Jack Nicklaus Award," said Gomez. "I feel very proud because I have accomplished the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the season. Getting an award from one of the biggest legends in the game is something every golfer desires, and something my family and I feel very proud of.
"I want to first thank God, who always guides me and helps me make the best decisions on and off the golf course. I also would like to thank my family, coach, and teammates, all of whom supported me throughout the year. Without their support, it would have been impossible to get such an important award."
Gomez is the second golfer in NSU men's history to earn this award, and is being honored this weekend along with fellow 2015 winners Maverick McNealy (DI, Stanford), Anthony Maccaglia (DIII, Oglethorpe), Sean Elliott (NAIA, Dalton State) and Kerry Sweeney (NJCAA, Eastern Florida State).
"I am very happy for Santiago," said men's golf head coach Ryan Jamison. "All season he has been the most consistent player in college golf. He has been an exceptional leader, and I was so excited to see the season come to an end with a National Championship. He's such a team player, and deserves all the recognition he has received because of his leadership and play."

Jamison Named Dave Williams National Coach of the Year

NSU men's golf head coach Ryan Jamison (a national championship-winning head coach) was named 2015 Dave Williams DII National Coach of the Year on Monday by the Golf Coaches Association of America, in conjunction with Golf Pride Grips.
Jamison led the No. 1 Sharks to their second-ever National Championship and wins in five regular season events and at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional. The top two members of his team, Santiago Gomez (Jr., Armenia, Colombia) and Richard Mansell (So., Staffordshire, England), were also the top two golfers in all of DII, each were PING First Team All-Americans, and Gomez was Jack Nicklaus DII Player of the Year and Sunshine State Conference Men's Golfer of the Year.
"I'm very honored to receive the Dave Williams Coach of the Year Award, and to even be mentioned with such great coaches," said Jamison. "I honestly feel that this is a team award, and that it wouldn't be possible without the commitment of our guys this year to achieve something truly special. This award is for them."
Jamison was also chosen by the GCAA and Golf Pride Grips as the 2015 South Region Coach of the Year on Monday. He joins fellow Williams Award honorees Mike Small (DI, Illinois), Steve Conley (DIII, Methodist), Mike Cook (NAIA, Coastal Georgia), Jamie Howell (NJCAA DI, Eastern Florida State) and Andy Walker (NJCAA DII, South Mountain). All of the national winners will be presented with their award on Dec. 7 at the GCAA National Convention at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss opportunities to support student-athletes, please email Executive Director of Development Terry Mularkey, or call him at (954) 262-2109.


NSU had three student-athletes taken in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, June 10 as Justin Garcia (Jr., Hialeah, Fla.), Alexander Fernandez (Sr., Davie, Fla.) and Ryan Castellanos (Jr., Davie, Fla.) were selected. Garcia was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 17th round, Fernandez by the Marlins in the 25th round and Castellanos by the Tigers in the 25th round.

“This is great for our entire program, seeing players develop in our system and be prepared for success at the next level on and off of the field,” said head coach Greg Brown.

“This is a very exciting time of the year for many aspiring amateur baseball players and I am most certainly happy and proud of our young men who will or could have the opportunity to pursue their dreams as a professional,” said Director of Athletics Mike Mominey. “Our baseball traditions run deep here at NSU and this is yet another day that we can all share in the successes of players of today, the players who have come before them and the players that will have this opportunity in the future.”

If you would like to learn more, or discuss opportunities to support student-athletes, please email Executive Director of Development Terry Mularkey, or call him at (954) 262-2109.

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NSU Art Museum Exhibition
Date: June 21 - October 4, 2015

*Family Day: Jou de Fanmi
Date: Saturday, August 1, 1-4 p.m.

Link for NSU Art Museum Exhibition

NSU Art Museum Summer Starry Nights
Date: July 2 - September 3, 2015

NSU Art Museum Summer Starry Nights

Fellows Exclusive: Turtle Walk
August 4, 2015
Details about a potential encore and other upcoming events: or 954.262.2108

Fellows Society Turtle Walk


NSU University School Visual Arts Magazine

NSU University School Visual Arts Magazine

NSU Art Museum Art Classes
Summer 2015 and Year-Round

NSU Art Museum Art Classes

NSU Summer Camps
NSU University School's Camp Nova

Summer 2015

Camp Nova



Leading from the Top! NSU Board of Trustee member Albert J. Miniaci proudly displays an NSU banner at the North Pole.

NSU Board of Trustees member Albert Miniaci at North Pole

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