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Because of You videoRalph Waldo Emerson wrote:

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” He also encouraged people to experience the “wholeness” of nature, a reminder that springtime always offers me.

Even without a melting blanket of snow, we can sense the season’s underlying promise of potential and the ability to accomplish the extraordinary. 

In this issue, for example, NSU’s Jan Faust, Ph.D. describes heart-wrenching child trauma cases that elicit enthusiastic dedication by Center for Psychological Studies (CPS) faculty and students. Alumnus Harold Henke offers a tale of persistence and paying it forward. And freshman Ken Persaud talks about the opportunities he is discovering at NSU, and how his mom’s dedication combined with a trustee-sponsored scholarship helped him become the first in their family to attend college. Click on the image above to view the "Because of You" video we played for scholarship benefactors at our annual Big Thank You luncheon.

Under University News, you will also read about the springtime success of our Shark athletes, including a student who swam the sixth fastest time ever recorded in the men’s 100-breast -- be it collegiate or Olympics!

Spring is upon us. Find moments to treasure nature, consider what “wholeness” means to you, and spring forward with enthusiasm.



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

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Faculty Focus | Jan Faust, Ph.D.

Full Professor
Center for Psychological Studies

What do you do when a child is traumatized by nightly gunfire? Or a parent punishes a child by telling him that the scar on his abdomen is where snakes can come out of his body? If you are NSU's Jan Faust, Ph.D., or one of her students, you address a person's primary need to feel safe first, within each situation's parameters.

Video LinkJan Faust, Ph.D.
Full Professor
Center for Psychological Studies


What do you do when a child is traumatized by nightly gunfire? Or a parent punishes a child by telling him that the scar on his abdomen is where snakes can come out of his body? If you are NSU's Jan Faust, Ph.D., or one of her students, you address a person's primary need to feel safe first, within each situation's parameters.

Faust describes what this means. "You have to work with what those families need," Faust said. "You try to help them get out of the traumatic situation, but there is no guarantee because there are no financial resources. And there are limited options of where they can go and who they can live with."

In the first case mentioned above,  she explained, there was no "post-traumatic disorder" because nightly gun fire in the neighborhood was a common occurrence.  “So, what we did in that particular case was try to enhance the sense of security and safety. Everybody in the family agreed to come home before dark. The children were allowed to get a dog. You have to meet their needs."

Faust on Teaching at the Center for Psychological Studies

Faust directs two of 16 specialized programs within NSU's Center for Psychological Studies (CPS), where her students receive as much devotion as do her traumatized patients. She includes students on research publications and enjoys seeing students excited about the change they affect. Faust also takes pride in the fact that attorneys who see students working forensic evaluations regularly comment that NSU CPS students understand how to best approach situations in family court.

"We have 14 faculty that run CPS specialty programs," Faust said. "So people are getting treatment by student therapists working directly under really cutting-edge professors. They are very well trained and supervised."

Faust, like numerous NSU faculty, teaches and researches while continuing to work in her field.

"I do think I am a better professor because I am in the trenches and have a small practice," Faust said. "I also think I am a better clinician because I am a professor. We have to stay on top of research, and always ask questions."

Faust and her students come up with projects and find subjects, Faust adds. "Because they're involved in all phases, it teaches them confidence. It gives them a scholarly track record that makes them more marketable, too."

Faust on NSU's Outreach through the Psychological Services Center

After a year of coursework, students are matched by interest and given a case load of 5-9 patients, depending upon where they are in the program. Through the Socratic method, students learn how to conceptualize patient problems and determine individualized intervention.

"We're a team," Faust said. Together, the team tackles parent reunification, conducts forensic evaluations and guides treatment for children who have been abused or traumatized.

Still, Faust knows NSU is well-positioned to impact far more lives:

With $1 million, we could shorten our waiting list and allow more children and families to receive no-cost therapy. We could also fund a line of training for more interns, special graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in this area.

With $5 million, we could endow a chair and professorship, which could triple the number of cases we can handle at NSU's Psychological Services Center. The need in South Florida is just that great.

With 10 million, we could explore opening one or more satellite clinics in places where NSU already has bricks and mortar -- Miami, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville, for example. We need a licensed person in each location to perform Baker Act assessments and supervise students, but this could greatly extend our outreach.

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

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Dr. Jan Faust began her academic journey at the University of Florida on a journalism scholarship, but went on to receive her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. Along the way, she completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and later pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Upon completion of her fellowship, she joined the Center for Psychological Studies faculty of Nova Southeastern University and was subsequently promoted to full professor. While at NSU, Dr. Faust developed two specialty programs in the Psychology Department's Community Mental Health Center.

One of her programs, Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program, serves children exposed to traumatic or potentially traumatic stressors including all forms of child maltreatment, witnessing parent murder and domestic violence, exposure to natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes) and accidental injury death. The program also serves as a training and research framework for NSU graduate students.

Dr. Faust developed a family forensic psychology component to enhance her trauma program, wherein her doctoral students conduct forensic evaluations, parenting coordination, reunification therapy, therapeutic supervised visitation, and individual therapy for children and their families who are under the jurisdiction of family court.

Dr. Faust has published her scholarly essays in peer reviewed journals and books on child, adolescent and family psychology, and has published and presented research on childhood stress and traumas, including interpersonal and medical traumas. She has presented papers in a variety of professional settings, including International Society of Traumatic Stress; Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research International Conference; American Psychological Association; Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy; American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children; and the Florida Bar Association.

In addition, she has co-edited a book on child psychopathology and intervention published by Elsevier Science, as well as a book entitled Trauma Practice in the Wake of 911 published by Haworth Press.

Currently, she is conducting research under the auspices of the Broward County Family Court to determine those variables which contribute to successful conflict resolution and its impact on children and parents.

Finally, Dr. Faust engages in part-time independent practice where she offers post-divorce counseling and family coordination, as well as treats children, adolescents, and adults who have been exposed to maltreatment and other traumas. She has served as an academic expert witness, and has often been engaged as a second opinion reviewer. She is also a certified family mediator, as designated by the Florida Supreme Court.

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

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Excerpts from the interview with Jan Faust, Ph.D.

“Prevention is huge," said NSU Center for Psychological Studies Professor Jan Faust, Ph.D.  That is why her "one wish and desire" is to include a half hour parenting class, every day starting in pre-school.

"Parenting class is not just about how you treat kids, but why. And it includes effective methods of discipline and safety," Faust said. "We need to be teaching our own kids about their own backyard, their own home. Just like we teach them English, reading and math."


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

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Child Abuse Reporting DocumentYOUR RESPONSIBILITIES BY LAW

If you suspect child abuse, you are mandated by law to report it.

To Report Abuse, call 800.96ABUSE (22873) • TDD 800.453.5145 •  

PDF: Reporting Abuse Of Children and Vulnerable Adults

Chapter 39 of the Florida Statutes (F.S.) mandates that any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused, neglected, or abandoned by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the child's welfare shall immediately report such knowledge or suspicion to the Florida Abuse Hotline of the Department of Children and Families.

In 2012, House Bill 1355 was passed into law and shall be refer red to as "Protection of Vulnerable Persons" Ch. 2012‐155 of the Laws of Florida.  The bill adds to the current reporting requirements of 39.201, F.S removing the limitation that only "caregiver" abuse be reported to the hotline by requiring any person to report known or reasonably suspected physical or emotional abuse of a child by any adult person. The bill also requires any person to report known or reasonably suspected sexual abuse of a child by any person.  

The bill requires the central abuse hotline to accept any call reporting child abuse, abandonment, or neglect by someone other than a caregiver and to forward the concern to the appropriate sheriff’s office for further investigation.   The bill also states that the knowledge and willful failure of a person, who is required to report known or suspected child abuse, abandonment, or neglect is elevated from a first degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony.

As a result, the potential prison sentence is raised from 1 year to 5 years, and the potential fine is raised from a maximum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000.  In addition, the bill creates subsections 39.205(3) and (4), F.S., which provide penalties for Florida educational institutions whose personnel fail to report certain child abuse taking place on the campus of the institution or during an event or function sponsored by the institution. The bill subjects the institution to a $1 million fine for each failure to report child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

Excerpts: Trauma Practice in the Wake of September 11th, 2001

Editors: Stephen N. Gold and Jan Faust


The attacks of September 11, 2001 were unprecedented in several respects. They were the first attacks on U.S. soil by a foreign power in several generations, were witnessed live on television throughout the U.S. and the world, and shattered widely held assumptions about security in the U.S. and, by implication, elsewhere. Some questions and challenges evoked by the events of September 11th of particular relevance to trauma practitioners are discussed. The contents of Trauma Practice in the Wake of September 11, 2001, are summarized and framed as representing a preliminary attempt to respond to some of these questions. Finally, some of the opportunities created by the September 11th attacks – increasing public awareness of trauma and its impact, fostering compassion for victims of various types of trauma and its impact, and strengthening international collaboration among traumatologists and advocates of world-peace are considered.

… In stark contrast to the fate of many survivors of domestic violence and abuse, who have been abandoned and even denigrated by the larger society, the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11th have enjoyed the heartfelt support of their families, their communities, the country as a whole, and, indeed the world. Undoubtedly they have benefited from the social support that empirical research has repeatedly demonstrated mitigates the adverse effects of traumatic events. No one dared to suggest, or even to consider, that the pain of the victims of the September 11th attacks was imagined or exaggerated. We all felt vulnerable, and we therefore all experienced some of the horror and dread aroused by the threat of terrorism.

One of the opportunities presented by the horrific events of September 11th is the possibility that it may help raise public consciousness about the reality of and psychological cost extracted by traumatic events. We can only hope that this depth and breadth of this experience throughout our society will foster greater sensitivity for the plight of those subjected to trauma in more private, less visible circumstances. In order to fully discharge our responsibility to the survivors we serve, trauma practitioners carry the obligation to do what we can to make this possibility an actuality.

In addition, this event may serve to increase our nation’s sense of compassion for other nations that have not previously been as fortunate to escape terrorism on homeland soil as has the United States. The notion that one of the world’s leading powers is not invulnerable only further heightens fear of susceptibility to terrorist attacks, regardless from which country one hails. This together with Americans’ increased empathy for those from other countries exposed to terrorism can serve to foster unity across nations, ideally promulgating the concept of world peace.

Another prospect created by the terrorist attacks of September 11th is to create stronger ties among traumatologists from different cultures, with divergent political affiliations, and from diverse regions of the world. In compiling this volume we have been privileged to witness what we hope comprise the beginnings of an ongoing process toward the end. One of the more salient examples of this trend are the statements from traumatologists from various countries about the impact of the September 11th attacks in their own lands.

Another is the empathic bond formed between Frances Waters and Ofra Ayalon during their interview on the impact of terrorism on children, adults, and families. Although they had never met before, during their interview, conducted via an intercontinental long distance telephone call, they rapidly developed a sense of solidarity in their shared concern for the welfare of traumatized children and their families. We fervently hope that the events of September 11th will promote the formation of connections such as these among the international community of traumatologists. Setting an example for this type of communication and collaboration may ultimately be one of the most powerful steps we can take toward ending the cycle of violence, whether on an international scale or within the intimate circle of the family.

Book: Trauma Practice in the Wake of September 11, 2001

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

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Alumnus Profile | Harold Henke, Ph.D.

NSU's Graduate School of Computer Information Science

“Even though I considered myself rather poor, I considered myself fortunate,” says the computing technology education alumnus who used a grant, work study, and later tuition reimbursement opportunities to earn three degrees free of debt. Harold Henke, Ph.D. admits, however, that today’s student would have to find eight times the amount he had to procure and produce. That is one reason he funds scholarships, including an endowed scholarship named in honor of one of his NSU professors.


“Even though I considered myself rather poor, I considered myself fortunate,” says the NSU Graduate School of Computer Information and Science alumnus who used a grant, work study, and later tuition reimbursement opportunities to earn three degrees free of debt. Harold Henke, Ph.D. admits, however, that today’s student would have to find eight times the amount of financial sources he had to procure. That is one reason he funds scholarships, including an endowed scholarship named in honor of one of his NSU professors.

Henke, a 2002 doctoral alumnus of NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, established the Dr. Laurie Dringus Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor his professor and dissertation chair, Dr. Laurie Dringus.  The first recipient of the scholarship will be awarded in the 2016-17 academic year.

The idea to name an endowed scholarship came when he read about the opportunity in NSU’s Horizons magazine.

“I saw the blurb about how you can endow a scholarship and name it for professors that you admired.  I thought about the great dissertation committee I had, and said ‘Wow!’ I had access to really top-notch people, and they're still very successful.”

Henke decided to specifically honor his advisor, Dr. Dringus, who was “always very thorough and made me think about where I could find sources of info outside the simplest path.”  She didn't immediately agree to serve as his advisor; she made him finesse his proposal several times first.

According to Henke, the extra effort was work it because Dringus provided valuable guidance in pursuing a topic that many people were skeptical about.  At the time, eBooks was an idea that had been tried, but failed.  In the late 1990s there was a push again to try to make eBooks an industry standard, and Henke’s research supported that (enhanced effort).   “Dr. Dringus was willing to work with me on my dissertation about a budding industry that had already failed once but was gaining new momentum.”

Henke’s dissertation, “A Study in the Use of Paper Book Metaphors in the Design of Electronic Books,” was published at the dawn of the modern eBook. Since then, Henke has published several other books on the industry.

“The reality is that I benefited greatly from my NSU education and I think it’s fair that I help others get that same opportunity.  And the process of establishing the scholarship was so easy!”    

 “I have a foster daughter, and I am always telling her that education is as much about the process as it is learning outcomes. The process is what prepares you for the world,” Henke added.

Henke has been in the information technology industry working for companies such as Brocade, IBM, and Oracle for over 30 years, specializing in information design and reuse. He is currently the principal consultant and owner of Flatirons Technical Communications, LLC, which was launched in 2004. Flatirons Technical Communications specializes in helping customers create structured, reusable information for technical documentation and training based on the DITA standard.


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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Kenneth PersaudStudent Profile | Kenneth Persaud ('18)

Hand Up Scholarship Recipient
President's Scholarship Recipient

Dean's Scholarship Recipient

Freshman, NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Athletic Training with course work in biology


Good afternoon everyone! Thank you, Dr. Anderson, for inviting me to share my story.

My name is Ken Persaud, and I would like to begin by thanking all the donors here today. I especially want  to thank Mr. Keith Brown for giving me the Hand Up Scholarship, and truly giving me a hand up, helping to get me closer to my  aspirations. Although all you may not realize it, all of you donors out there are giving a hand up to all the students who have received scholarships. Not only are you helping them financially; you are also giving them fuel to pursue their goals. And that feeling of knowing that someone is fueling our dreams is indescribable.

Personally, when  my mom and I opened the letter from the financial aid office and read that I received the Hand Up Scholarship, we were beyond words, because it meant that  I now have someone else in my corner helping me fulfill my dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

That has been my dream ever since I had my first sports-related injury when I played basketball in high school. I still remember feeling that pop as I rolled my ankle coming down from a rebound and then seeing the swelling that ensued right after and not being able to walk. Then the thought that I would be out for a couple of weeks and I wouldn't get to play with my team was the worst part. So when I finally went to see the doctor, although the news wasn't the best, I was astonished that he simply palpated or felt around my ankle, did a simple test and asked what happened, and confidently said that I tore three ligaments in my ankle.

As a stubborn athlete, I didn't want to hear that so I asked “are you sure?” and proceeded to lie to him, saying that I was  feeling better. So he recommended that I get an MRI just to be safe. And when the results came back, they showed that I had grade 3 sprains to all three of the lateral ligaments on my ankle. Now I couldn't argue! But I still was shocked at the fact that he knew that from taking a history, palpating, and performing a special test. So while I was out for six weeks, I began looking into exactly what an orthopedic surgeon was and I was impressed.

The aspect of this profession that truly amazes me is that an orthopedic surgeon can physically fix someone through surgery, whether it’s repairing an ACL or putting in metal plates around a bone.  I found it fascinating.  At that point I decided that I want to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Now came the hard part: figuring out the path I needed to take. The first step was for me to figure out where I wanted to spend my first four years as an undergrad. I strenuously debated whether to go to FSU or even Kansas State where my uncles live, but then NSU poked its head into the picture. Growing up less than 15 minutes away from here and volunteering at the Alvin Sherman library while in high school, I saw how nice the campus was.  After a bit of research, I learned how highly it was ranked as a school.  I knew that ultimately NSU would give me a better chance of achieving my goal.

Once I enrolled in NSU, a couple things struck me which made me love this school even more. The first was that all my classes had fewer than 30 students in them, which allowed us to have a more personal relationship with our professors. Then I learned that NSU offered a dual admission program, which – once accepted – guarantees me a seat in the College of Osteopathic Medicine as long as I maintain a 3.3 GPA. This was the cherry on top for me.

The last step was deciding my major.  At first I was dead set on being a biology major and going down the classic med school path, but then I discovered that NSU offered athletic training as a major. I remembered how cool my high school athletic trainer was and decided to take an athletic training course just to see what athletic training was all about. And when I met Dr. Elizabeth Swann, she opened my eyes to the true scope of athletic training.

I learned that my high school athletic trainer wasn't unique; all athletic trainers have the same knowledge as orthopedic surgeons when it comes to evaluation and rehabilitation. But what sets athletic trainers apart is their power to prevent injuries. Through Dr. Swann's class I got the opportunity to shadow a local athletic trainer and saw firsthand how he was able to help prevent an athlete from rolling her ankle, or from tearing his Achilles tendon, and the list goes on.  I knew I would be missing out if I just was a biology major, so I became an athletic training major.  Through this program, I will have over 700 rotation hours, filled with hands-on work.  So when I start medical school, I will already have four years of patient care under my belt, as well as being a certified athletic trainer.

The path I have decided to take is all possible because of the scholarships I have received.

All my life, it has just been me and my mom. My mom came from Guyana, and started a new life here. She had a huge financial burden on her shoulders and she worked two jobs just to make ends meet.  Paying for college was a terrifying prospect.  In addition to worrying about the financial cost, the transition from high school to college has been hard because we didn't really know much about the process, or the best approach to writing essays and things like that.

Thanks to my mom’s determination, and my great grades, getting accepted to NSU marks a new chapter in our family’s history. I am the first generation to go to college.  But being able to actually attend, that is where all of you, and specifically, Mr. Brown, come in.

So once again I want to say THANK YOU. One day, I hope to follow in your footsteps and give a young student a hand up so that he too can fulfill his dream. 

If you would like to learn more about supporting undergraduate students studying at NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

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NSU alumni Thomas F. Panza, J.D. and Susan Horovitz Maurer have donated $1 million to create an endowed scholarship for Shepard Broad Law Center students. In honor of their major gift, NSU’s Law Library will be named the “Panza Maurer Law Library.” A dedication ceremony is anticipated for 2016.

Panza earned a M.S. in Criminal Justice from NSU's Huizenga Business School, while Maurer earned her J.D. from NSU's Shepard Broad Law Center.  Panza founded Panza, Maurer & Maynard, P.A. in 1976. Maurer became a partner in 1984, and assumed responsibilities as Managing Partner in 1994.

Panza, Maurer & Maynard was the title sponsor of Nova Southeastern University’s Celebration of Excellence annual signature event this January, where Barry and Judy Silverman were presented the President’s Excellence in Community Service Award.


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

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American Flyers is providing 12 scholarships every 18 months at $73,000 per student – that’s nearly $1 million every year and a half–which will be administered by NSU. The funds will cover the costs associated with flight training. Given that the total cost for this four-year program, including pilot license training and ratings is nearly $160,000, these scholarships can be game-changers.

"For those individuals interested in getting a four year degree – and the opportunity to earn all flight certifications – this scholarship could mean all the difference in the world,” Durham said. “It could be the difference between following their dream or having to pursue another career because of affordability.”
This is the only scholarship program of its kind in the United States. What makes it even more unique is that along with online course offerings available via NSU, students who live in the other areas American Flyers serves (Morristown, NJ; DuPage, IL; Santa Monica, CA; Dallas and Houston, TX) are eligible for these scholarships even though they do not live on NSU's.

“We are very excited about our relationship with NSU,” said Andrew Henley, Executive Board Member of American Flyers.

“While only in place for a few years, it has been very popular and transformative for our organization. American Flyers is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, and we can now help to pave the way for young people to start their college and flying careers at the same time. Ultimately, in a few short years, through our scholarship and airline agreements, students will have the opportunity, with a single interview to continue their careers as a professional pilot; cradle to cockpit as we say.”

In addition to this new scholarship, NSU aviation students have the opportunity to participate in paid internships, which provide them with real-world learning experiences in the field and the ability to continue to accrue needed flight hours. The scholarship program will begin for students during the Fall 2015 semester.

The employment outlook for airline pilots is excellent.

With the explosive growth of international carriers and an increasing number of pilots reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65, there is a growing need for pilots and other aviation personnel within the airline industry.

NSU's Aviation Program NSU's aviation program, which is entering its third year, is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the human factors associated with flight.

These include problem solving skills, decision making, communication, attention, stress management and physical condition – many of which are not addressed in other aviation programs.

“What we provide is much more than just an opportunity to get your pilot’s license and your bachelor’s degree” Durham said. “We want our students to understand all the factors that play a role in being a pilot. The goal is to train and graduate the most well-rounded aviators we can, which will help increase safety for the industry.”

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


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The Community Foundation of Broward and AutoNation, the country’s largest auto retailer, have teamed up to provide $100,000 to help researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research (RGI) get a promising new drug into the hands of cancer sufferers.

AutoNation made a gift of $50,000 to the Royal Dames of Cancer Research, an organization dedicated to supporting the Rumbaugh Goodwin Institute (RGI). The Community Foundation decided to match that amount in a gift to RGI. These gifts will support testing of a new, more effective version of a drug developed at RGI to treat prostate, ovarian, and colorectal cancers.

Preliminary testing has shown the new version of the drug, called JFD-WS, is absorbed into human tissue more effectively, increasing its therapeutic potential. The additional financial resources will allow RGI researchers to investigate if the new drug is safe to use in isolation and when paired with other cancer treatments.

The effort builds on the work of RGI researchers who have already received two U.S. patents for the anti-angiogenic drugs that can destroy blood vessels supplying oxygen and nutrients through blood circulation to cancer tissues.

“The fact that cutting-edge research on what is the second leading cause of death in the United States is being conducted and financed right here in Broward is something we should all be proud of,” said Community Foundation of Broward President/CEO, Linda Carter. “This partnership between philanthropic, corporate, and academic sectors proves how much we can achieve when we work together for collective impact.”

AutoNation’s Chairman & CEO Mike Jackson agrees: “Sadly, all of us have been touched by cancer in some way and that’s why AutoNation has committed our charitable efforts to conquering this disease. We're proud to join forces with the Community Foundation to make real progress towards finding a cure.”

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.


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Sir Richard Branson and renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, Ph.D. are going to race each other… and you can join them!  

Branson, entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group, and Harvey have signed up for the Great Shark Race, and they are challenging others to step up and sponsor a shark in this one-of-a-kind competition.  

Honor a loved one or take advantage of a truly unique marketing opportunity by naming a shark today. The shark in each division that travels the furthest in six months (April 2 – October 2) wins.

“This is a great way for people or corporations to get directly involved with cutting-edge shark research,” said Guy Harvey, Ph.D. “Plus, participants can promote their support and have bragging rights as family, friends, and business associates follow their own shark online.”

The winning sponsor will receive incredible prizes, including a diving and/or a fishing expedition at the Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada, Florida and original artwork byGuy Harvey. Virgin Unite, GHOF, Florida Sea Grant and Guy Harvey Outpost are sponsors so far... Who else is fIN?

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

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Sun-Sentinel Article Excerpts
by Scott Fishman

The mezuzah was recently hung during the official dedication of a Hillel space at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach's partnership with NSU gives Jewish students a place to gather and build a sense of community.

"It's always great when we can have a space on campus," said Raina Goldberg, executive director of Hillel. "It helps us be more visible. We wanted to do this for a while. … It's only going to grow as more Jewish students find out about it. NSU is a place with Jewish life."

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Samantha Liebhaber, engagement associate at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, said that with this new facility, the organization can now host programs, Shabbat dinners, lunches and more. The space is not only for the organization but also for all Jewish students to attend these programs.
The center is conveniently located on the NSU main campus, in The Commons Residence Hall, Room 109.


If you would like to learn more about supporting undergraduate students studying at NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

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Hundreds of underserved and uninsured elementary school students in the North Miami Beach area will once again receive dental care services this year from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Dental Medicine thanks to a $55,000 grant from the Dr. John. T. Macdonald Foundation Inc.

The award, which has been renewed for the fourth year, allows NSU to provide dental services such as oral examinations, cleanings, fluoride application, sealants, and oral hygiene instruction to uninsured students at participating elementary schools in North Miami Beach during the 2014-15 school year.

Last year, the grant funded more than 2,000 preventative and restorative services for nearly 300 second and third graders at Greynolds Park, Fulford, and Gertrude K. Edelman Sabal Palm elementary schools.

“Many of these schoolchildren are at risk for tooth decay and thanks to this generous grant we are able to help them,” said Ana Karina Mascarenhas, B.D.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., associate dean and chief of developmental sciences of NSU’s College of Dental Medicine. “This condition affects low-income and disadvantaged children significantly more than their affluent peers.”

More than 50 percent of children without health insurance had not seen a dentist in the past year and more than one in five needed dental care but did not receive it for financial reasons, according to Mascarenhas.

Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. If left untreated, it can lead to problems eating, speaking, and sleeping. Poor oral health among children has been tied to lower performance in school and poor social relationships. Children with early childhood dental pain often weigh less than other children.

The NSU College of Dental Medicine program provides children from select Miami-Dade County elementary schools with oral health services at NSU's North Miami Beach Dental Clinic located at 1750 NE 167 Street.‎

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.

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by Scott Fishman

It's not every day children get a dental exam with a Transformer or Elsa and Anna from "Frozen" cheering them on.

However, that was the scene as more than 500 children were given free oral care services as part of Nova Southeastern University's Give Kids a Smile Day in Davie. The College of Dental Medicine hosted the event, which included more than 250 student volunteers and dental staff donating their time.

"We show up to supervise the dental care, but the students organized everything. … This demonstrates the leadership that this generation of dental students has," said Linda Niessen, dean of the college.

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Record-Breaking Results

NSU’s College of Dental Medicine provided limited pro bono dental services valued at more than $110,000 to South Florida children ages 2-18 as part of Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS). This was the largest GKAS event at NSU since it launched the program 12 years ago.

The event drew children from local Boys and Girls Clubs, religious institutions and other organizations throughout the community. The more than 1,000 attendees, including the children and their family members, enjoyed a fun carnival atmosphere with Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi and cheerleaders, Miami Heat dancers and mascot “Burnie,” face painters, balloon artists, music, Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” robots from “Transformers,” and “Timmy the Tooth” and “Razor the Shark” mascots.

“It’s unfortunate that for many children, this is the only day they receive oral health care services for the entire year,” said Amanda Buscemi, D.M.D., co-coordinator of NSU’s GKAS Day and chief pediatric dental resident. “These children have toothaches and/or cavities, which can result in them missing days of school. We are privileged to provide them with a day of dental care. I am truly hopeful that the positive and fun environment we've provided leads to the children and their parents being excited to maintain their oral health care throughout the year.”

The U.S. Surgeon General reports that children miss more than 51 million school hours each year to dental-related illness.The Pew Children’s Dental Campaign describes dental care as “the single greatest unmet need for health services among children” in its latest report.

“The dental health of our children has a major economic impact on South Florida and is something that should be a priority to the business and health care community,” said Linda Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., dean of the NSU College of Dental Medicine. “Children can't learn when they suffer from toothache pain and adolescents can't reach their full potential if they are missing front teeth.”

Give Kids a Smile events take place annually throughout the United States as part of an initiative started by the American Dental Association to improve access to dental care for children. NSU’s GKAS program is entirely student organized and run. In addition, NSU's Student Government Association provided financial support to the event.

“We are thrilled with the commitment of our student body to help plan and participate in our annual Give Kids a Smile event,” said Keren Castellucci, D.M.D., co-coordinator of NSU’s GKAS Day and incoming pediatric dentistry resident. “Working together to improve our community is what it’s all about. This event couldn't be successful without the wonderful support we are given from our faculty, sponsors, student body and GKAS Team.”

NSU faculty members donate their time to this community service event and supervise dental students in this worthwhile project. Sponsors include Henry Schein, American Student Dental Association and NSU’s College of Dental Medicine’s Student Government Association.

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.


In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, April has been designated Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 as Autism Awareness Day. NSU joins with other leaders in the autism community to take this special opportunity to inform the public and showcase our support for individuals with autism, their families and the professionals who serve them. Wear blue on Thursday, April 2 and post photos of your support on Twitter using the hashtag #NSUBlue.


  • NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale has teamed up with Dan Marino Foundation to pilot a unique Art Enrichment Program in which many children who have autism participate. NSU Art Museum educators and NSU professionals in the field of autism will work with the participants throughout a 16-week course, introducing new modes of art making, and utilizing problem solving and visual thinking skills, design thinking, experimentation, and interdisciplinary linking. Additionally, participants will visit the museum to discuss original works of arts, and the students’ art work will be displayed in the gallery at the AutoNation Academy of Art + Design.


  • NSU’s Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinic provides comprehensive psycho-developmental evaluations for the diagnosis and assessment of autism and related disorders in children ages birth through five years.


  • NSU’s Mailman Segal Center partners with Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia to provide an overnight family camp experience to families of children with autism (Camp Yofi).
  • NSU’s Fischler School of Education is involved in surf camp for children with autism spectrum disorders as well as surf clinics for individuals with autism.
  • NSU’s Mailman Segal Center’s Autism Consortium provides training and program consultation to school districts to support their services to students with autism and related disabilities.
  • NSU’s Mailman Segal Center partners with Broward County’s Public Library System and Autism Speaks to facilitate the active participation of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in story time activities at the library.
  • University of Miami/ Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides free services for more than 5,500 families throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties. Services include family support, technical assistance and consultation, parent and professional training programs, and public education activities. CARD also supports research in a variety of disciplines to better understand the causes and potential treatments for autism.


  • NSU’s Starting Right Program is an early intervention program designed for children between the ages of 18 and 36 months, diagnosed with, or at risk for, autism.  Answering the deficit in publicly funded intervention support for children younger than 3 years of age, Starting Right is one of a limited number of early intervention programs for children with autism nationally.
  • NSU’s Severe Behavior Disorders Program serves children ages 3-17 years who have autism spectrum disorder or a related developmental disorder and who engage in a variety of disruptive behaviors -- screaming, tantrums, physical aggression, property destruction, and or self-injurious behavior.  This is offered in both an outpatient and day treatment setting. The clinic is under the leadership of Bud Mace, Ph.D., an internationally recognized researcher in the field of autism.


  • NSU’s College of Dental Medicine works in partnership with NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development to treat children with autism at the Mailman Segal Center.
  • NSU’s Institute for Special Needs Dentistry works with children with developmental and acquired disabilities and the frail elderly who no longer can access oral health care in their community because their medical situation is too complex.
  • NSU programs for optometry, speech-language, school psychology, and occupational therapy all have clinics with expertise in autism.
  • NSU’s Clinic of Excellence for Pediatric Hearing Healthcare provides a full range of audiological services for children with autism and related developmental delays. The purpose of identifying hearing loss in newborns is to prevent or minimize the effects of hearing loss on language development, academic performance, and cognitive development through early intervention services.


  • NSU’s Mailman Segal Center recently opened the Academy, a private preschool and early grades program for children with autism and behavioral challenges. The goal of the Academy is to prepare children for successful entry into the educational mainstream.
  • NSU’s Mailman Segal Center introduced Access Plus, an innovative support program for incoming NSU freshmen with autism spectrum disorder who meet the university’s academic requirements for admission. Access Plus provides them with the support they need to adjust to college life and manage its social aspects.

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  • NSU’s Baudhuin Preschool for Children with Autism incorporates cutting-edge research into teaching tools, using learning materials and technology like iPad based instruction that can help children with autism make astonishing developmental progress.
  • NSU and the dietary supplement company Immunotec are conducting a new two-year research study to determine the effects of a supplement to improve behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder.

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


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WSVN -- Prescriptions for powerful pain-killers have tripled in the past 12 years, with more people becoming addicted as a result. But local researchers are using new technology to create "tamper-proof pills" that can save lives.

Jim Hall: "Oxycodone led the prescription drug problem in Florida."

Substance abuse expert Jim Hall says the drug epidemic exploded when people discovered tampering with the pills gave them the greatest high.

...Jim Hall: "Opiate addicts learned they could crush the extended released form of oxycontin and get the full dose all at once."

7News documented that behavior outside pill mills and even in pharmacy parking lots. Addicts crushed and snorted and crushed and shot up within moments of getting their hands on pain pills. Scientists say abusers do that to bypass the time-release formula.

David Mastropietro: "You can crush it and really get all that medication that was for eight to 12 hours right up front within about ten to 15 minutes."

But that could be changing thanks to new technology being developed at Nova Southeastern University. Researchers are developing tamper-proof medications.

David Mastropietro: "You can see that my continuously hitting the product. We're not seeing any major breakage of the tablet."

Pills even survive a rough ride in a blender. David Mastropietro: "It would be difficult to snort a tablet when it doesn't really break up."

And the pills are equally impossible to turn into a liquid to inject. David Mastropietro: "As soon as they start to mix it or dissolve it and get the drug out, you'll start to see that it starts forming a really thick gel."

And that makes it impossible to draw the medication into a syringe. NSU researchers hope to bring the new technology to the market soon.

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Results of 10-Year Study Provide New DNA Tools

Living tigers are severely endangered in fragmented geographic areas across Asia. Some reports show their numbers as low as 3,000 wild tigers. While there are efforts to help protect these magnificent creatures, more research into their genetics was needed.

Nova Southeastern University researcher Stephen O’Brien, Ph.D. was part of a team of research scientists from China, the United Kingdom, Israel, Russia, and Qatar that looked at the genetic make-up of tigers. Their 10-year study, which is published online in the Journal of Heredity and will  appear in the print edition May 1, 2015, describes DNA signatures for 145 individual tigers, including “voucher specimens” of tigers from verified geographic origins and museum specimens that represented extinct subspecies.

Their study’s first results appeared in 2004 that showed Malayan tigers splitting from their Indochinese counterpart to become a distinct, new fifth-living tiger subspecies. The latest results show that extinct Javan (1980s) and Bali (1940s) tigers were nearly indistinguishable from a molecular standpoint from Sumatran tigers just as the extinct Caspian tigers are nearly identical to surviving Amur tiger subspecies.

“These results are important to help craft management strategies for protecting each surviving subspecies of tiger and stabilizing the march toward extinction that they are clearly on,” O’Brien said. “These markers also provide powerful tools for forensic identification of subspecies in captive populations as well as trafficked bones and skins in illegal trade enforcement.”

O’Brien likened the new tiger DNA findings to how DNA testing changed the way human courts gather evidence to prosecute cases. The same approach can be applied to tigers as a new, more powerful tool for wildlife protection and, hopefully, reducing illegal wildlife commerce.

Prior to his role with NSU, O’Brien served as Chief of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 25 years. In 2011, he joined the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State University (Russia) as its Chief Scientific Officer. He also serves as Director of Research for NSU’s Office of Research and Technology Transfer.

O’Brien is well known for his research contributions in comparative genomics, virology, genetic epidemiology, mammalian systematics, and species conservation. In 1983, he and his collaborators discovered the remarkable genetic uniformity of the African cheetah, a prelude to a new discipline of Conservation Genetics. In addition, the past four years, O’Brien has been part of an international consortium of scientists working to detail the genome sequence of 48 different birds. This group of researchers – who call themselves the Avian Phylogenomics Group – is made up of 200 scientists from 80 institutions in 20 countries. This group is an “outgrowth” of the Genome 10K Project (G10K,) which was co-founded in 2009 and led by O’Brien.

With more than three decades of field studies with his students and colleagues, O’Brien reported in approximately 300 publications, including many of the highest rated scientific journals on genetics' role in management of endangered species. His reports included identifying new species of elephant, clouded leopard and orangutan plus detailed genetics studies on threatened wildlife species such as cheetahs, lions, giant panda, leopards, pumas, jaguars, koalas, humpback whales, the Florida panther and, of course, tigers.

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks NSU’s Criminal Justice Graduate Program as one of the Best in America.

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report included online graduate criminal justice programs in its annual review of the top educational programs in America. When the review was completed, Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) program was ranked 22nd.

“We are thrilled to see our program receive such recognition,” said George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., NSU’s president and CEO. “We’ve worked very hard to make that a robust program for our students. We’ve known for a while that our program was one of the best, and now it has been recognized as such.”

According to the report, around 5.4 million students took at least one distance education course during the fall of 2012. While online education is a fast-growing option for schools around the country, at NSU it has been part of the university’s core mission almost since the school was founded.

“Providing as many opportunities for students to obtain a quality education has been a primary focus of NSU for the past 50 years,” Hanbury said. “NSU offers a myriad of high quality online course options for students – we’re pioneers in the area.”

No better example can be found than NSU’s criminal justice graduate program, as it’s offered entirely online. This format allows students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world and complete a master’s degree in a flexible time frame. Online students often need to continue their current career while pursuing their additional degree. NSU’s master’s program in criminal justice is designed for those interested in, but not limited to: police officer; detective; FBI special agent; DEA agent; Secret Service special agent; Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agent; and Federal Air Marshall.


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The Biomedical Informatics Program at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine was recently ranked No. 6 out of the top 25 in the United States and the highest in Florida by

The independent online publication which provides information for prospective students considering a career in medicine recently published the list of the Best Value Online Master’s in Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs for 2015. In developing the list,, considered factors such as cost, length of program and curriculum.

“NSU is proud to be ranked among the best health informatics and health information management programs in the nation,” said Jennie Q. Lou, M.D., M.Sc., professor and program director, Biomedical Informatics Program, NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “This field is growing rapidly with the requirement of electronic health records and the national push to digitize health care, and NSU is preparing our students for successful careers in this area.”

The Biomedical Informatics Program at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine focuses on training leaders to bridge health care and information technology. The program centers on computer science with a medical informatics focus, clinical informatics with a concentration in the areas of applications and evaluation, and the business and management of health information technologies (HIT).

NSU’s skills-based program currently offers several degree and non-degree options, including:
  •     Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics
  •     Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Informatics
  •     Graduate Certificates in Medical Informatics and Public Health Informatics
  •     American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10×10 Certificate

The program offers both online and on site courses, enabling working professionals to obtain a master’s degree or graduate-level certificates without career disruption. Courses leading to lean Six Sigma green belt, CPHIMSS, and NextGen certifications, and a paid internship at one of NSU’s health care clinics are available throughout the skill-based curriculum.

Students of the program come from a wide range of education and working experiences and include full-time graduate students, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, other health care professionals, information technology (IT) professionals, business professionals and educators.

Biomedical Informatics is the field concerned with the management and use of information in health care, and can be broken down into bioinformatics (at the molecular level), medical informatics (at the individual patient level) and public health informatics (at the population level).

Bioinformatics includes areas such as gene sequencing and drug development. Medical Informatics includes nursing informatics, imaging informatics, pharmacy informatics, consumer health informatics, dental informatics, and the use of HIT in every other facet of health care. Public health informatics is concerned with areas such as disease monitoring and disaster/epidemic response.

Average salaries for HIT professionals can range from $86,536 for staff to $189,435 for executive management, according to a 2013 survey by The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Additionally, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says that 97 percent of health care chief information officers report open HIT staff positions indicating there is a need for professionals in this industry.

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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad Law Center has been rated best in Florida, and fourth in the nation overall by the National Jurist magazine in a recent article about  top schools for Bar Exam Preparation.  The ranking methodology was based on LSAT scores and the average bar pass rate for the classes of 2011 and 2012, the most recent available.

By comparing entering class LSAT scores for the classes with their respective bar passage rates in each state, the publication analyzed how well schools prepared their students for the bar Exam. The methodology highlights the strategies used by NSU Law to help students outperform their predictive scores and achieve their goals of becoming lawyers. Workshops, simulations, analytical training, intensive legal research and writing programs, clinics, and field placements combine to make this possible. Shepard Broad Law Center students begin learning the skills necessary to transition effectively from layperson to lawyer from day one. “It really is the core value of the law school,” says Jon Garon, Dean of the Law Center.

In discussing the national ranking, Dean Garon highlighted that many of NSU’s law students are first generation college graduates and the law school reflects a very diverse community. “We are committed to making a difference for every one of our students through our complement of programs,”  emphasized Dean Garon.

National Jurist expands on this theme. “The school is not focused on schooling students to merely beat the bar.  Instead, it stresses achieving excellence in core skills—such as critical reading and legal writing—from day one and throughout the law school experience.  That, in turn, produces bar-ready students.”

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


More than ever, many patients feel their health care is fragmented and confusing. Now, one newer primary care model aims to help make the patient experience as seamless as possible, ultimately benefiting patients, their families, clinicians, and even the economy.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of primary care through which a patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. This model helps foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and its medical clinics have implemented the medical home model and were recently recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as an accredited PCMH for using evidence-based, patient-centered approaches that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Nova Southeastern University has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

In order to earn this accreditation, which is valid for three years, NSU was required to demonstrate:

  •     Enhanced access and continuity
  •     Identify and manage patient populations
  •     Plan and manage care
  •     Provide self-care and community support
  •     Track and coordinate care
  •     Measure and improve performance

“The medical home was created to improve the fragmentation of health care by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered,” said Robert S. Oller, D.O., chief medical advisor for NSU. “This model aims to establish a direct relationship between patients and their physicians so they feel comfortable and confident that they are attended to by a team of health care providers dedicated to addressing their personal health care needs.”

NSU demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the PCMH established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

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The University School Suns Robotics team (U.S.S.R.) captured the Excellence Award at the Florida Robotics State Championship, earning them #1 spot in Florida. Three USchool teams qualified to compete, and out of 60 teams, two moved on to the elimination finals where they battled each other in the semifinals.

The World Championship is next.

USChool won its third consecutive Tournament Championship title earlier this season, defeating top-ranked teams in each of the three VEX Robotics State Qualifiers. Outscoring all teams, the U.S.S.R. team has overwhelmingly dominated the competition and has earned two spots in the Florida VEX Robotics State Championship.

Competitive robotics teams are tasked annually with designing and building robots to play against each other in a game-based engineering challenge. Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science concepts are combined to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible during a challenge. VEX Skyrise is the game for the 2014-2015 competition year, and the focus is on robots demonstrating stability, accuracy, and height. Click here to learn more about the VEX Robotics Competition.

In addition to building remarkable robots, “robotics students learn lifelong skills in problem solving, teamwork, and leadership, while also making great friendships” remarked Alexander Lotz, grade 12, when asked what makes the University School robotics program unique.

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

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Breyanna Lehrer captured 1st place in a writing competition designed to help students enhance their experience in the StockMarket Game.

The Stock Market Game teaches and reinforces core academic skills, while imparting an understanding of the importance of saving and investing. Students create and grow virtual cash accounts into top-performing portfolios and learn the fundamentals of real-world investing. The InvestWrite competition reinforces their knowledge about finances and hones critical thinking skills.

Breyanna was asked to explain, in letter format, the benefits of long-term investing and how it can help savings grow and improve an individual’s financial future.

In her impressive essay, Breyanna provided descriptions of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, and explained the benefits of long-term investing using real-world examples to support her position. She described how she and a friend analyzed trends, made predictions and tracked their investment. She also included details about how investing helps companies create new products and how it helps federal and local governments build and maintain public resources like schools, parks, hospitals and roads.

Breyanna shared the following tip, “You can be risky when you invest, or you can keep it safe. When you take more risk with investing, you can make more money. But you can also lose more so watch your investments carefully.”

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Dr. George Hanbury appointed Elaine M. Wallace, D.O., M.S., M.S., M.S., as dean of NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Wallace succeeds Anthony J. Silvagni, D.O., Pharm.D., M.Sc., FACOFP dist., who served as dean for the past 16 years and will continue as a professor in the college.

“Dr. Wallace’s record of distinguished service to Nova Southeastern University and its College of Osteopathic Medicine has prepared her to further NSU’s recognition and acclaim as a premier institution for medical education, research and innovation, and community service,” said President Hanbury.

Wallace has served in various capacities at the College during the past 15 years, most recently as executive associate dean (2009-15), professor of osteopathic principles and practice (2000-15), clinical professor for family medicine (2000-15) and staff physician for NSU’s Sanford L. Ziff Health Care Center (2000-15).

Prior to that, Wallace served as associate dean of academic administration (2008-09), chair of the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and the Department of Sports Medicine (2000-08), liaison to international medicine (2000-08), and residency director for sports medicine and sports medicine fellowship (2000-09).

“I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Wallace during our mutual 15 1/2 years of service to NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine,” said Joseph S. De Gaetano, D.O., M.S.Ed., FAAFP, FACOFP, professor of family medicine and associate dean for clinical curriculum and graduate medical education at the college. “She is a consummate clinician, superb physician executive, and preeminent medical educator whose nationally recognized skills and vision will lead this College to new heights of accomplishment. The faculty, staff and students will thrive under her leadership, and I look forward to working closely with her for years to come.”

Wallace is an active scholar and researcher with a distinguished publication record. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her mentorship, teaching excellence and student engagement, including NSU’s Faculty Award for Community Service (2012) and the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (2013) awarded annually by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to a select group of faculty from the nation’s medical schools who best demonstrate the ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect and empathy for patients, their families and health care colleagues; and clinical excellence.

She is fully engaged in the professional community serving in past and current leadership roles with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Academy of Osteopathy, American Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators, and National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

Wallace began her career in a private family medicine practice in Kansas City, Mo., and subsequently assumed faculty and leadership positions at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City including department chair, medical director of the Family Care Center, associate dean of academic and clinical affairs, vice dean of academics and medical education, and acting dean while holding the rank of professor.

Wallace holds a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from the University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, Mo.; a Master of Science in Higher Education & Leadership from the University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, Mo.; a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Behavioral Science Specialization from NSU; a Master of Science in Brain Research (Brain Based Education) from NSU; and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Organizational Leadership Program at NSU.

Wallace is board certified in family medicine (AOA), neuromusculoskeletal medicine (AOA), sports medicine (AOA) and medical acupuncture (University of California Los Angeles – Helms Institute).

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Upper School Director William Kopas will be the next Head of School for NSU’s University School effective July 1, 2015. Kopas will succeed Jerry Chermak, Ed.D., who is retiring June 30, 2015 after 33 years with USchool, including 16 years as Headmaster.

Kopas was selected by the President and Provost Ralph Rogers following a national search overseen by a search committee comprised of University School parents, faculty members, administrators and University representatives. The search committee was assisted by the input and candidate feedback received from USchool and University community members.

“I am very honored to serve the NSU community as the next Head of School at NSU University School.  I am thankful to Dr. Hanbury, Dr. Rogers, and the selection committee for offering me this opportunity.  Dr. Chermak has laid a tremendous foundation over the last 16 years and it will be a privilege to continue in his footsteps.  I look forward to expanding the interactions between the JK-12 school and the university that will continue to foster One NSU and the successful attainment of Vision 2020.”

During the past five years as Upper School Director, Kopas has led the school in the development of innovative programs that earned national and state recognition in areas such as robotics, mathematics, writing, and science research. Similarly, the Upper School garnered national recognition in the arts during Kopas’ tenure. Student art and writing received numerous national Scholastic Gold Key awards, and one student’s art piece was included in the prestigious national AP Studio Art student exhibit.

Kopas initiated the Summit on Human Dignity which annually brings nationally recognized speakers on social issues to the USchool campus. During this time, athletes won numerous district and region titles, two team state championships and five individual state championships. Also, the speech and debate team won two state titles and is recognized in the top 1% nationally.

Before coming to USchool, Kopas served as a teacher, coach and administrator at Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, AZ) and Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY). As principal at Canisius, Kopas led a multi-million dollar renovation that included a new science center, gymnasium and off-campus athletic fields. At Brophy, Kopas instituted one of the earliest one-to-one computer programs for students through a grant with Toshiba and Intel. Kopas’s coaching career includes 15 state swim titles, a national championship, and designation as Coach of the 20th Century in Arizona.

Kopas has a B.S. from the University of Michigan (where he was a member of four Big Ten Championship swim teams, an individual Big Ten Champion, and conference scholar-athlete), M. Ed. from Northern Arizona University and is a candidate to receive his Ed. D. from Nova Southeastern University in 2015.

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NSU Researcher Discovers Certain ARB Drugs Are More Effective Than Others at Treating Heart Failure

Millions of people take angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) to help treat heart failure. But it turns out not all ARBs are created equally, according to one Nova Southeastern University  (NSU) researcher’s findings.

Anastasios Lymperopoulos, Ph.D., F.A.H.A., assistant professor of pharmacology at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, along with his research team, conducted a study on biological models over a seven-day period that found Valsartan (Diovan) and Candesartan (Atacand) were more effective than Irbesartan (Aprovel, Karvea and Avapro) at preventing the increased production of the hormone aldosterone, which, if untreated, can lead to heart failure.

“This can help cardiologists and other clinicians tremendously when they are deciding which ARB drug to choose for the treatment of heart failure patients,” Lymperopoulos said.

Aldosterone is formed by the adrenal gland through a protein called beta-arrestin1, which Lymperopoulos previously discovered. A normal level of the hormone is essential to maintaining blood volume, but elevated levels can cause hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiac fibrosis (collagen deposition in the heart muscle), hypertrophy (increased size of cells) and inflammation, all factors that can cause heart failure.

The research team consisted of Lymperopoulos`s lab at NSU, a team led by Patricia McDonald, Ph.D., at Scripps Florida, and Walter J. Koch`s, Ph.D., lab at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Their findings are published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Vol. 64, No. 25, 2014) in an article titled “Different Potencies of Angiotensin Receptor Blockers at Suppressing Adrenal β-Arrestin1-Dependent Post-Myocardial Infarction Hyperaldosteronism.” Results of the study are also published in Scientific Reports (Vol. 5, Jan. 29, 2015), a journal of the Nature Publishing Group,  in an article titled “Suppression of adrenal βarrestin1-dependent aldosterone production by ARBs: head-to-head comparison.”

This work was partially supported by American Heart Association Grant No. 09SDG2010138.

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Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship is proud to announce the names of three South Florida business leaders who will be inducted into its Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, the highest honor at the Huizenga Business School.

The 2015 honorees are: Steven M. Mariano, Ramola Motwani and Joseph E. Farrell, Jr.

“I congratulate these exemplary business leaders who will be joining the ranks of an elite group of world class entrepreneurs in our Hall of Fame,” said J. Preston Jones, D.B.A., dean of NSU’s Huizenga Business School. “Each honoree’s story is exceptional and it will be my privilege to share their accomplishments at our awards ceremony in April.”

The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Hall of Fame program is celebrating its 26th year in 2015. The Hall of Fame awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at the Signature Grand in Davie, FL, and is by invitation only. The nominees and their respective accomplishments include:

Steven M. Mariano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Patriot National, Inc., (NYSE: PN), an independent national provider of comprehensive, full-service outsourcing solutions for the workers’ compensation area of the insurance industry. Customized programs are marketed through the company’s broad distribution network of more than 1,000 independent retail agencies. Mariano also founded Strategic Outsourcing Inc., a professional staffing company which he grew to more than $1 billion in revenue. The company was sold to Union Planters Bank (Regions Bank, NYSE).

Ramola Motwani, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Merrimac Ventures, a real estate management, investment, and development company with interests throughout the United States and India. Merrimac Ventures—a family business that was started 30 years ago by the late Ramesh Motwani– has owned several hotels in Ft. Lauderdale Beach since 1986 and is currently a partner in the Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Beach as well as the Gale Boutique Hotel and Residences projects. Today, Motwani manages the family business with her two sons, Dev and Nitin. Currently, Motwani serves on the Broward Workshop and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Board. She was also recently honored by Travelhost Magazine and inducted into its Hospitality Hall of Fame.

Joseph E. Farrell, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc., a leading, global marine services provider that specializes in vessel emergency response, ship rescue, salvage, maritime training, naval architecture and marine engineering. Farrell, who has more than 45 years of experience in the maritime industry, has led RESOLVE for 35 years. The company maintains an extensive fleet that is strategically positioned with operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Gibraltar, China, Ireland, India and New Zealand.

Mike Jackson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AutoNation, Inc. and 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame program. Jackson replaces Joseph C. Amaturo, who is stepping down from this role, one that he has held since 2009.

Jackson stated, “It is my honor to take the helm as Chairman of this distinguished group. The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University is providing a world class education and preparing students for the future. Allow me to pay tribute to Joe Amaturo for serving as Chairman for many years.”

Dean Jones added: “We thank Mike Jackson for assuming the chairmanship. We are energized by his acceptance of this important role. His support of education has made an impact in our community. We look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

“I’d also like to thank our immediate past Chairman, Joe Amaturo, for his leadership and service to the Huizenga Business School and NSU,” Jones added.

The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs and recognize them for contributions made towards bettering the communities in which we live.

The Lifestyle Media Group (LMG), publisher for the South Florida Business and Wealth magazine, among its many other titles, has partnered with the Huizenga Business School as the exclusive media sponsor for this year’s program.

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.


NSU's Abraham S. Fischler School of Education hosted its fourth annual International Conference on School Choice and Reform (ICSCR) January 16-19 at the Sonesta Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.  The goal of the conference was to bring together American and internationally renowned greatest thinkers in higher education / k-12 to explore future collaborative research and current education trends.

The ICSCR provides a forum for assessing evidence on the effects of different forms of educational choice in K-12 education, including magnet and charter public schools, controlled choice and inter-district transfer programs, vouchers, tuition tax credits, home schooling, on-line education and the direct public funding of private schools provided in many countries.

This year, more than 140 participants came to listen and connect. With very few speeches and no keynote speakers, participants were encouraged to engage in discussion and scholarly discourse. ICSCR brought together researchers and policy specialists from many different countries to stimulate new thinking and foster international collaboration.

The ICSCR conference was led by co-chairs Charles Glenn, Ph.D., of Boston University and Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D., of Columbia University.  Each year there are more than 100 academics, policy experts, foundation representatives and policy practitioners who gather to share research, opinions and evidence regarding school choice and education reform from around the globe.

This conference was sponsored by the Journal of School Choice and hosted by the National Institute for Educational Options at Nova Southeastern University (NIEO), in cooperation with the European Association for Education Law and Policy.

Sponsors included: The Walton Family Foundation, The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the William E. Simon Foundation, Charter Schools USA, The Heritage Foundation, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the Center for Education Reform, Hispanic CREO, Association of Christian Schools International and European Association for Education Law and Policy, James Madison Institute.

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.


Barry Nierenberg, Ph.D., ABPP was honored with the American Psychological Association Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology Mentor Award. This national award is given to a rehabilitation psychologist who has displayed excellence in mentoring clinical, counseling or rehabilitation psychology graduate students, interns, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.

“I’m honored and truly humbled to be recognized,” Nierenberg said. “I truly love what I do and working with patients together with my students is what keeps me going – to be honored by my peers is really something special, and I am very grateful.”

This award honors those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their professional generosity supporting, encouraging and promoting professional and personal growth and education, training and leadership in rehabilitation psychology.

Along with his work with hospital patients, Nierenberg has been teaching and influencing the next generation of psychologist working at Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Psychological Studies as an associate professor. Nierenberg teaches advance graduate courses across the Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs, which includes overseeing various seminars and conducting trainings in health psychology and behavioral medicine. He also mentors and supervises student based research resulting in numerous joint presentations at National and International conferences as well as working collaboratively with faculty across the NSU campus.

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

Two Weeks of NSU Sharks Athletics Ablum

If you would like to learn more, or discuss opportunities to support student-athletes, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

Anton Lobanov Video


NSU freshman Anton Lobanov became the first-ever Division II swimmer to break 52 seconds in the 100 breast. His 51.63 national record, also is the sixth fastest time ever for any swimmer -- collegiate or Olympic -- in the event's history. 

The NSU Shark hails from Novosibirsk, Russia, where he earned his two-year degree from Novosibirsk Reserve College. In a video interview, Lobanov describes how the team practiced during the Christmas break, to include swimming, running, dry land drills and lifting. 

"It was hard time because it was Christmas," Lobanov said. But you're trying to keep in mind that it will pay off."

Lobanov went on to say "we don't have college sports in my country, so it's a new experience for me -- My goal is to improve my time and try to get better and better."

One of the comments posted to reads: "This is insane to me. As a breaststroker in college, I cannot imagine a 51.6 in Division II. 51’s were jaw dropping only a few short years ago in Division I. Let alone from a FRESHMAN… If this kid can translate to long course, he’s going to be a star."


NSU Sharks swam away with six national titles and a combined 18 Top 3 finishes at the NCAA National Championship.

"We came off the heels of a fantastic conference meet and I was really pleased with the approach our athletes took going into the NCAA Championship meet," said head coach Hollie Bonewit-Cron, who has led the program in its five years of existence. "They understood the level of competition they were up against and they immediately stepped up the challenge and were competitive from the very start."

To recap, the Sharks won the following six NCAA National Championships:
Bryndis Hansen - 50-yard freestyle - 22.53 - At the time, a NCAA Division II record.
Courtney DeVeny - 400-yard individual medley - 4:16.63
Thiago Sickert - 200-yard freestyle - 1:35.07
Anton Lobanov - 100-yard breaststroke - 51.63 - The sixth fastest short course time ever.
Anton Lobanov - 200-yard breaststroke - 1:51.71 - The eighth fastest short course time ever.
Thiago Sickert - 100-yard freestyle - 43.18
Outside of those six titles, the Sharks displayed a complete team effort and earned 60 All-American and All-American Honorable Mention honors. Below is a complete list of athletes honored as among the nation's elite:

Courtney DeVeny – 400-yard IM All-American; 400-yard medley relay All-American; 200-yard IM Honorable Mention
Bryndis Hansen – 50-yard freestyle All-American; 100-yard freestyle All-American; 200-yard medley relay All-American; 200-yard freestyle relay All-American; 200-yard freestyle All-American; 800-yard freestyle relay Honorable Mention; 400-yard freestyle relay Honorable Mention
Emma Lawrenz – 200-yard medley relay All-American; 400-yard medley relay All-American; 200-yard freestyle relay All-American; 100-yard fly Honorable Mention; 400-yard freestyle relay Honorable Mention
Brooke Munion - 800-yard freestyle relay Honorable Mention; 400-yard freestyle relay Honorable Mention
Jordan Shows - 200-yard freestyle relay All-American; 400-yard medley relay All-American; 800-yard freestyle relay Honorable Mention; 400-yard freestyle relay Honorable Mention
Emma Wahlstrom – 200-yard medley relay All-American; 200-yard freestyle relay All-American; 200-yard freestyle All-American
Malin Westman – 200-yard medley relay All-American; 400-yard medley relay All-American; 100-yard breaststroke Honorable Mention; 800-yard freestyle relay Honorable Mention; 200-yard breaststroke Honorable Mention
Marco Aldabe – 800-yard freestyle relay All-American; 200-yard IM Honorable Mention; 200-yard medley relay Honorable Mention; 400-yard IM Honorable Mention; 200-yard backstroke Honorable Mention
Javier Caballero - 800-yard freestyle relay All-American
Shane Kleinbeck - 200-yard freestyle relay All-American; 200-yard freestyle All-American; 800-yard freestyle relay All-American; 400-yard freestyle relay All-American
Anton Lobanov – 100-yard breaststroke All-American; 200-yard breaststroke All-American; 200-yard freestyle relay All-American; 400-yard freestyle relay All-American; 200-yard medley relay Honorable Mention
Magnus Lundgren – 200-yard freestyle relay All-American; 400-yard freestyle relay All-American; 50-yard freestyle Honorable Mention; 200-yard medley relay Honorable Mention; 100-yard freestyle Honorable Mention
Michael Ragan - 200-yard freestyle relay All-American; 200-yard medley relay Honorable Mention
Thiago Sickert – 200-yard fly All-American; 100-yard freestyle All-American; 200-yard freestyle All-American; 50-yard freestyle All-American; 800-yard freestyle relay All-American; 400-yard freestyle relay All-American
Blake Woodrow – 1,650-yard freestyle All-American; 1,000-yard freestyle Honorable Mention; 50-yard freestyle Honorable Mention
"Their camaraderie is a result of the commitment they have made…the discipline they have," said Bonewit-Cron. "They've been able to come together the whole season, and a lot of that is not only because of the leaders, but because of how new our team was. Everyone was experiencing things for the first time, or at least a lot of our athletes were. With that comes a level of unity between our athletes. They found a unique family atmosphere within our team. That propelled them forward to this success.
"It was my first experience at NCAA Nationals," noted Sickert. "We had a big, strong group with great support from the staff. The dynamic of the meet was different from what I'm used to in Brazil, the awards were different as well. The field was very strong, many of the times were very competitive for Division II. This group is really strong for next season, we just have to keep working throughout the offseason."

The 2015-16 schedule will begin in September, but for the Sharks, the march to Nationals has already started.

If you would like to learn more, or discuss opportunities to support student-athletes, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

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NSU Golf Classic
Date: April 17, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. + Cocktail Reception and Dinner

Link for NSU Golf Classic

President's Associates Appreciation Reception
Date: May 5, 2015
RSVP & Details: or 954.262.2108

President's Associates Reception

Fellows Private Screening
Date: May 14, 2015
RSVP & Details: or 954.262.2108

Pablo Picasso: Painted Ceramics and Paper, 1931-71
Dates: March 12 - November 1, 2015
Location: NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Pablo Picasso Exhibition at MOA

Huizenga Business School Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

April 22, 2015

Huizenga Business School
Stanley & Pearl Goodman – Art Collector’s Perspective

April 26, 2015

NSU Art Museum
Selections from the de la Cruz Collection

March 25 – May 4

NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library


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