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Continual Inspiration

A young blogger asked Twitter followers how motivation differs from inspiration. One replied: “Motivation is required when you’re not aligned with your highest values.” Another remarked: “Motivation is the push. Inspiration is the pull.” The blogger went on to proclaim “continual inspiration is about continual realignment.”

NSU announced the creation of three new colleges and a strategy to align undergraduate and graduate programs. This will have a very positive impact on the university's journey to Vision 2020. Robert Willis is an NSU sophomore whose expressive validation of the plan rallied the business leaders attending our recent Ambassador’s Board Recognition Dinner.  Faculty member and conflict resolution expert Judith McKay, Ph.D. echoes Robert’s optimism and lets the core values she shares with NSU shine through her profile. Student Life Alumnus of the Year, Randall K. Williams, a graduate of NSU’s Huizenga College of Business, shares how faculty members and staff who embody NSU's core values helped him blaze a trail to a White House internship and U.S. Department of Defense position.

We delight in bringing you these stories because we aim to inspire our students, our faculty, the community, and you. I know you will find, as I have, that NSU is a deep well continually replenished with fresh sources of inspiration and hope.



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

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Faculty Focus | Judith McKay, J.D., Ph.D.  

Associate Professor
Chair, NSU's Department of Multidisciplinary Studies
Director, NSU's Community Resolution Services

McKay donates to every school she has ever attended starting with high school, and including NSU and three other universities. When she considers how donors can help transform more lives through NSU, McKay first considers how she would proceed:

Associate Professor
Chair, NSU's Department of Multidisciplinary Studies
Director, NSU's Community Resolution Services


Directed by Judith McKay, J.D., Ph.D., NSU's Community Resolution Services (CRS) provides services to NSU and local communities including workshops and training; VOICES family programs; and conflict coaching. CRS also coordinates Peace Place for the Broward County Library system. McKay also provides training and interactive exercises for local law enforcement, and she has been trained as a facilitator by the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice.

More personally, McKay donates to every school she has ever attended, starting with high school and including NSU and three other universities. (She only handwrites checks she sends to NSU, however, because those gifts are “extra special.”)

When she considers how donors can help transform more lives through NSU, McKay first considers how she would proceed:

With $1 million, I would increase student scholarships so that money is not a barrier to attending NSU or finishing a degree. It is personally important to me to donate money that can help students finish their program.

With $5 million, I would make it possible for faculty members to do more research and community-based projects. I would also fund undergraduate and graduate students so they can work 10-20 hours a week on projects with us. A real passion of mine is violence prevention and intervention, so I would love to provide a “wrap-around” program that goes beyond hosting a few training workshops.

With $10 million, I would look to fund projects across the university. I might also recreate a program we once performed with young people aged 18-23. We helped them with conflict resolution, resume writing, and role playing for job interviews, and invited them to tour NSU. I remember several saying ‘I've never been on a college campus before. I can now picture going to college.’ To me it is all about opening up possibilities.

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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McKay On NSU's Vertical Realignment

NSU's new academic structure is designed to maximize and leverage NSU's graduate and professional degree programs to attract even more best and brightest undergraduates to the university.


One of the things that I'm excited about is that in the Fall term the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will have undergraduates, which will make collaboration much easier.

I'm an alumna of the university so I am very connected to NSU on multiple levels. When I look at the whole integration and the way the university is changing, I see it from an alumni level, and from a faculty viewpoint. My first question is how is this going to benefit our students? Then, how is it going to situate our university?

NSU is one of my academic homes, and I care about its future. How our university is seen is very important to me. As the university gains prestige, degrees go up in value.

I don't think people know as much about our university as I wish they would. NSU is an amazing place. That is why I donate to the university.

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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I think for undergraduate students, the vertical realignment will be exciting because they will have the opportunity to come on board with what we are doing. Some students may be interested in the specific programs we do with the community. Some students may be interested in a research project.

For example, I am going to be presenting in Orlando towards the end of July at the Dispute Resolution Center's annual conference, and I have already opened it up to some of the students in Community Resolution Services. If they do some of the research with me, then they will be able to co-present. Undergraduates would be welcome to work with me as well.

Undergraduates will have more opportunities to really get to know us and for us to get to know them, because it's not easy as an undergraduate student to get to know graduate faculty.

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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Opportunities like research and community outreach are not only about working on projects, they also are important to the whole socialization process of students.

In Community Resolution Services, we meet nearly every week during the term. It’s not always easy for students to find the time and the space to sit and talk amongst themselves, let alone among faculty members. But part of my job is to talk with students about their goals. When we start chatting, I find out that in three years, one student is going to be working on a dissertation, in two semesters another is planning to be out there as a practitioner. We talk about what that looks like, and then they ask if I have tips, and I get to share with them what I wish I had known at that point.

We have wonderful resources here at the university in terms of the Office of Career Development and so many things, but not everybody uses these resources the way that they could. So I always also tell students to take advantage of those resources, and take advantage of being a student. I think too frequently, we all are so busy focusing on the future that we don't necessarily focus on the now, too.

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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People come in thinking in one direction, then suddenly the blinders open and they are exposed to all of these different courses and ideas. You see it in graduate school as well. Suddenly they realize that what they were interested in is bigger than they thought. So they take a class, and find their true passion.

NSU has the most unique master's program in the country for college student affairs (CSA) because we include conflict resolution so students learn to mediate, facilitate, and better communicate. It also is a much different career path than it was years ago. There are so many different areas to look at. Look at the collaboration universities are having with universities in other countries. You may be sent to work with a collaborating partner in another country. That's a whole different thing that years ago in CSA, you would not have thought about.

We have our national security affairs program. At what other time in the world have we not needed more national security affairs professionals? And when we designed our program, we designed it talking to the people who are in the field. We asked: What is it that you would like to see these students learn in a master's program, FBI? What would you like to see, Homeland Security?

Then of course, we have our masters of arts cross-disciplinary studies program, “MACS”, which enables students to co-create their program. Students take core classes, but then they can take classes from our other colleges. They can take some oceanography classes in coastal zone management, connect that to health with a few classes over in HPD, add a couple of classes in criminal justice, and combine that with a little bit of conflict resolution and maybe a little bit of family therapy because they determine a need to have a broader understanding. So that’s really exciting.

The cliché that education is the greatest gift you can give yourself is really true. Education helps open your mind to different things, and it helps you form not only who am I and who have I been, but who do I want to be?

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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I think the vertical realignment is a wonderful opportunity for graduate faculty and graduate students to also be able to mentor undergraduate students.

For undergraduate students it is going to open up additional possibilities. The president has been talking about providing undergraduates with more internships and practicums, and the university is working to make that happen. Most of our programs at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences already include this as part of the curriculum. So we are excited to see how that will play out, too.

It also will be nice for faculty members to cross-pollinate as well. It will be nice to hear more about the work they are doing, and for them to hear more about who we are.

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 | Randall K. Williams, M.P.A. ('14)

NSU's 2015 Alumni of the Year (Student Lifetime Achievement Awards)
Graduate, Huizenga College of Business

"Once upon a time there were four of us trying to make it in a one-bedroom apartment. When I told my mom I had actually been accepted for a White House internship, she was in tears.  ...When they called my name [for Student Life Alumnus of the Year] there was this huge gasp, and I realized it was me."


“My mom is a very generous, giving person so I think I inherently developed some [of my passion for public service] from her. I grew up in a single parent home; my mom raised the three of us. I was the only boy so sometimes I had this “man complex,” a feeling that I had to take care of my sisters, I had to take care of my mom. I think my ambition came out of being in that environment.

“I call myself a trailblazer. The things I've done in my life and I've been able to achieve have been firsts for myself and firsts for my family, so it's kind of uncharted territory. But the one thing that I feel is my duty, my purpose in life, is to chart new territories. But [in doing so] to make sure that it's not just for me, but in essence to pave a way or provide opportunities for the people that are coming up behind me – be it family members, mentees that I have, or just people in general, people my age, friends. When I succeed, you succeed.”

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities for students at NSU Jacksonville, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.


“My journey began in a neighborhood where people aren't really expected to do the things I have. My “Moms” was excited about me getting to the second stage of [the White House internship process]. But when I told her I had actually been accepted and was going in, she was in tears. Because in her mind, and as she has said, ‘I was a struggling mother just trying to make it, and just hoping and praying that I would do the best that I could raising my son.  Once upon a time it was the four of us trying to make it and here we are now -- from a one-bedroom apartment to the white house.’ That’s her thing.

“Cathy O'Brian and Dr. Brad Williams wrote incredible letters of recommendation. They said, ‘You have the skill set to do it. We believe in you, we support you.”

“I worked on the affordable care act, and that changed my attitude in terms of developing ideas and reaching out to others and letting them know what we were doing.

“Then we had the opportunity to submit an introduction for the First Lady. At first, I tried to write what I thought was going to be really great, powerful, and I was making it hard. Then I said I'm going ‘speak from an honest place. I took the poem ‘Phenomenal Woman’ by Maya Angelou – and wrote an introduction from the heart.

“The intern coordinator selected it, and sent it to the First Lady's office. Her office loved it; she loved it. So I got to introduce the First Lady and spend a few moments with her. I was extremely nervous, but she was encouraging and said ‘just continue to do what you're doing.’ And it turned out great.

“Not only was I able to represent NSU as an intern, but I was able to do meet the First Lady, and serve as a member of special committees and task forces.”


If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities for students at NSU Jacksonville, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.


“As an undergraduate, I started getting involved and being a part of a lot of organizations. But one of the things I always wanted to do was get heavily involved in student government. So when I started my master's program at NSU, Mission #1 was to get on student government, because I know that ultimately I want to have a seat at the table with people who are advocating for certain causes.

“My first week I met with Cathy O'Brian, assistant director for Student Affairs. I sent her an email and we met and talked. She said ‘I'm excited to have you. I will invite you to a meeting so you can get a feel for what we're doing here.’ I went to a meeting and started off as a senator for the business program at the Jacksonville campus. About a semester later, the opportunity to run for our division came. By this time I had done some work with other SGA members and Cathy O'Brien so I thought maybe I'd run for a different position. I decided to run for vice president. I talked to one SGA member about it and she thought I should do it. I was super nervous, but I went for it.

“I was able to manage the position of vice president and work at the same time, and I did a good job. When the next election came, I said I would run for VP again, but our president told me, ‘I really think you should run for president.’

“I remembered that one of the goals I had written down of what I wanted to accomplish while at NSU, was ‘run for president.’ And I had written a little blurb: ‘the title is not what's important, what is really important is having the opportunity to impact people, connect with people, get the work done, and to be representative.’ So I worked on the application, submitted it and they voted for me to be president.

“It was something that I was extremely proud of and serving in that role put me in a space to do all those things I dreamed of doing when I was an undergraduate.

“I know those opportunities are what enabled me to be where I am, and prepared me for this transition to the Washington, DC area, and for my current role as an auditor for the U.S. Department Of Defense.

“This is why I chose this university to get my master's degree. Who would have thought that in a master's program I would get the type of nurturing that some people get when they are an undergraduate. Some people never have an opportunity to receive this kind of encouragement at all. So I'm extremely appreciative.

“NSU is a place where dreams are nurtured, and upon completion, dreams really do come true from there.”


If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities for students at NSU Jacksonville, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

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“NSU Jacksonville is a family, it really is. Our advisor, Cathy O’Brian, has this energy about her which sets the tone. A lot of our students work full-time. She has a family herself so a lot of our student activities are family-oriented. Even if we are just hosting study sessions for finals, we are considerate. If you need to bring your family along with you, you can.

“We have a text message thread for everybody that served on the SGA during my time. We were texting the other day asking for updates and baby pictures and when we're all going to go out to grab dinner. That kind of family atmosphere, that family vibe, really makes the campus great.

“I like connecting with other people, groups, and campuses at NSU so we get to know each other.

“I don't think it is overbearing, but there is an opportunity there. If you want somebody to study with you, I'm here. If you want somebody to hold you accountable, I'm here for you. And I think that type of vibe, and that type of love and nurturing, is what promotes success on our campus, what has made people say, ‘hey, I want to come back and be a part of this feeling.’

“When I came down for the award for alumnus of the year event, Cathy O'Brian picked me up from the airport, and took me back to campus where we talked and hung out.

“We really have built something that is long lasting and deeper than getting an education. The focus of the staff is really ‘what can we do to improve our students?’ And I think that just comes out. I speak for myself, and for other people I know as well, when I say that people’s lives are changed throughout that experience.

“It's not about our own success; it's about all of our success.”


If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities for students at NSU Jacksonville, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.


"Looking at the list [of nominees], of people making great contributions to society, I feel that I am just beginning on the path. I was excited just to be nominated, and grateful. But to actually win… My advisor has a video [from the ceremony]. When they called my name [for Student Life Alumnus of the Year] there was this huge gasp, and I realized it was me."

“It is surreal for me. I feel like there are so many things I want to do. I'm thankful to be recognized, and I'm thankful to be the representation of what NSU has to offer.

“You don't just come to NSU to get a degree and get a job. You're going to earn a degree, but people are going to support you in a way that once you're done, you literally are a bird. And you can spread your wings and soar because the sky is the limit. I am proud to represent that."

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities for students at NSU Jacksonville, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.


Mentors - I always think it’s important to also have what I call “mentors from afar,” that I don't know directly, but their life’s work inspires me to be better, to work harder.
Also, speak with your professors, and NSU staff.

Student Leadership - As a student leader, I wanted other student government students to understand the bigger picture, to see how we could place all of these pieces into a bigger picture for everyone. After meetings I would have a kind of pow-wow where I would go around and ask everybody for feedback. ‘What should I do to be a better president? What can I do to be there for you?’

That was pretty exciting. It really added to who I am.

Purpose Over Title - The president of our White House intern class said, ‘in life, never chase a title, because you'll get so wrapped up in the politics and all the stresses that come with a title, you'll just get in that role. You won't know what to do. Chase a purpose.’

I truly believe my purpose is representing, serving people, being an advocate for those people who don't have voice, being the representative for them, and being the person to say ‘hey, we're all here together.’

So I believe that I'll start with local politics, then perhaps national politics. Being an advocate and using my voice will always be a part of my journey.


If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities for students at NSU Jacksonville, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

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 Student Profile | Robert Willis, III ('17)

Sophomore, NSU's Huizenga College of Business
President's 64
Super Sharks Scholarship Recipient
Major(s): Business and Finance
Minor: Economics

"It’s so inspiring to know that I go to a school where I feel that I am valued, not just in the classroom but standing here in front of some of the most influential people at NSU and in the community."

Sophomore, NSU's Huizenga College of Business
President's 64
Super Sharks Scholarship Recipient
Major(s): Business and Finance
Minor: Economics

Excerpts from the Ambassadors Board Recognition Dinner


“All of the [growth and change] is very exciting from a student’s perspective because in just two short years – I'm a sophomore, this is my second year – I have seen this university grow tremendously. And this just keeps me incredibly excited to see what’s next, and how much further we can reach.

“NSU is such a young school, and it has such an incredible amount of energy. Not everyone might see that right now, but when I look at campus and I see the hospital emergency room being built, I see the M.D. program being created and expansion of our IT program, it’s huge. It’s so incredible to see the vision. And it makes me really happy to be a part of that.

“It also is comforting to know that in the future, my degree is going to hold a lot more value than I can even imagine right now. It’s just developing at such a fast rate. So I am excited for the next 50 years.”



“Everybody helps -- not only with developing the campus, but developing me as well. I have found since coming here that my true passions are in business and finance… and a minor economics, because I felt like I really wasn’t busy enough.

“I’m able to have a conversation with my professor. The professor knows who I am, understands my ambitions and where I want to go, and does what she can, not only with me, but all the other students in the classroom as well.

“I had the opportunity to go to UCF, FIU, but I decided on NSU because it’s almost like establishing roots, a home. People say where ‘are you from?’ and I say ‘NSU’.”

“It’s so inspiring to know that I go to a school where I feel that I am valued, not just in the classroom, but standing here in front of some of the most influential people at NSU and in the community. It’s really the culture. It’s just an incredibly amazing experience, and I’m just really honored to be speaking in front of you all here today. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for you.

“So I thank you with my deepest gratitude. I am excited to see where our development will go. And with tremendous commitment, hopefully one day I will be seated where you guys are today on the Ambassador’s Board and hopefully on the board of trustees because I certainly believe that what we’re doing here at NSU is going to make a difference.”

If you would like to learn more about supporting undergraduate students, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

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Dedication Opening Album


The family of Robert S. Lafferty Sr. honored his memory by naming the chiller facility – one of the largest in the United States – after the air conditioning pioneer. At the dedication ceremony, they also heard from the first recipient of the Charles W. Daniels Endowed Scholarship, a fund named for another family patriarch – the father-in-law of Robert S. Lafferty, Jr., chairman of Hill York.

"The Lafferty family has been working with NSU for more than two decades," said NSU's President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. "Hill York has been part of NSU's design, development and construction team as the campus has grown and they continue to be at NSU every day to keep us cool."

"This generous gift, which includes the Charles W. Daniels Endowed Scholarship Fund to benefit NSU undergraduate students, demonstrates Hill York's continued commitment to a bright future for NSU students," Dr. Hanbury said. This gift will enable young men and women to attend NSU who would not be able to be here without the generosity of the Lafferty family.

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Robin Blackwell or call her at 954-262-2019.

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Heidi Schaeffer, M.D. recently established a charitable fund to support expansion of NSU’s Health Educators Against Trafficking (HEAT) program.

Over the next two years, funding through the Heidi Schaeffer Charitable Fund is expected to:
•    Continue the research, trainings, and community collaborations by NSU HEAT.
•    Expand the current educational trainings on human trafficking into formal curricula.
•    Develop the Coalition for Research and Education Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CREATE), in partnership with the academic units of NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Psychological Students, Law and Education.

The Department of Justice and the Florida Coalition against Human Trafficking identify Florida as a primary hub for human trafficking (defined as sexual slavery, forced labor, or domestic servitude). Broward County is a destination for domestic minor sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

The Broward County Public Schools Office of Prevention Programs cautions that domestic minors as young as 13 years old are trafficked.

The Broward Human Trafficking Coalition (BHTC) provides resources and training for the general public, yet this training does not specifically target health care professionals. Health care faculty and future health care providers in Broward County lack training on human trafficking (HT) awareness and identification.

In 2010, Project HEAT was created by NSU’s Brianna Black Kent, Ph.D., Rose M. Colon, Ph.D., and Sandrine Gailard-Kenney, Ed.D. The trio developed and implemented curriculum for faculty in NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences and College of Nursing that focused on awareness, knowledge, and skills for victim identification. Results by Gailard-Kenney and Kent (2014) showed that awareness, knowledge, and skills in the identification of human trafficking victims were raised significantly among faculty in the NSU’s Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Dental Medicine and Psychology. Victim identification ensures accurate reporting and referrals to social and victim-centered agencies.

The goal of CREATE is to extend training to other healthcare providers, healthcare organizations, emergency, and first responders throughout Broward County, and Florida.

Schaeffer serves on a community advisory panel for NSU's efforts in human trafficking research and training. She earned her Bachelor Degrees in Biology and Psychology at Barry University (Miami, FL, 1994) and was Valedictorian of both majors. In 1998, she graduated with her Doctorate of Medicine Degree from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. She did her Internal Medicine training at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Licensed to practice medicine in Florida since 1999, Dr. Schaeffer has worked with private and public healthcare organizations (including the Department of Health). She is an Executive Appointment to the Board of the BHTC, and a current and active member of the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition; committed to raising awareness of the Trafficking epidemic to fellow clinicians.

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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Professor William H. Marquardt, MA, PA, DFAAPA, is the Associate Dean for Physician Assistant Education (PA), responsible for coordinating the programs, activities, and resources of the four NSU Physician Assistant programs.

His goal in endowing a fund called The Community Health – Collaborative Service Initiative is to provide scholarships to students entering the clinical phase of training, and to recognize NSU PA alumni who provide critical support to the PA programs and NSU.

“The Physician Assistant profession was founded during a period when the lack of providers of primary and preventative health care was critical, a reality that has persisted to date and made more critical with implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” Marquardt said. “The Initiative will recognize and support those students who are particularly interested in primary care / community health as a graduate.”  

Marquardt added that the PA programs rely on community providers for clinical mentoring, and that their in-kind support is invaluable, but often unrecognized, as “the lack of which would severely limit the number of providers we can appropriately train.”

Before joining the NSU faculty, Marquardt served as Director of Clinical Education at the Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Program in Winchester Virginia, and Director of the Clinical Curriculum at the George Washington University Physician Assistant Program.

Prior to his full-time involvement with Physician Assistant education (PA), he became the Clinic Director for the Department of Neurology at the George Washington University Medical Center, following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in 1990.

During his 24-year military career, Marquardt served as a pharmacy technician for eight years prior to being accepted for training as a physician assistant in Texas and Arizona. His subsequent assignments as a PA included two tours at Bolling AFB, DC and two tours in the Pentagon as well as an assignment as Instructor Supervisor at the Air Force's School of Health Care Sciences Physician Assistant Program in Texas. He retired with the rank of Major.

Marquardt has been actively involved with the Physician Assistant profession for many years. On the national level, Mr. Marquardt served one term as a Director-at-Large and (2) two-year terms as Secretary of the American Academy of Physician Assistants before being elected President-Elect in 1991 and serving as AAPA President in 1992-93. He also served a three-year term as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs, representing the interests of the more than one hundred thirty-five physician assistant training programs in the United States. As a Physician Assistant educator, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

He was an officer of the Society of Air Force Physician Assistants for ten years, serving as President in 1988. Marquardt has been elected to membership in Alpha Eta, the National Society devoted to Scholarship in Allied Health, and to Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for the PA Profession. Marquardt graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine with a Bachelor’s Degree as a PA in 1976. He also has a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University.

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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NSU Robin Cooper, Ph.D., director of Doctoral Programs for NSU’s Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (DCAR) and assistant professor of Conflict Resolution and Ethnic Studies, endowed “The Art of Peace Scholarship” to support research that explores the relationship between art and conflict resolution. The proud NSU alumna established the scholarship in memory of Peter A. Berg and Nancy J. Jagel—two artists who lived their lives as peacebuilders. The scholarship will be awarded to one or more dissertation students each year pursuing a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, or a closely related area of study.

Cooper explained that her motivation in establishing this scholarship was based on two strong desires — to support doctoral students in my field who are incorporating art is some way in their research, and to honor my late husband and my mother in a meaningful, enduring way.

“As I was growing up, my family lived in several different locations around the world, including Japan, Belgium, and Taiwan.  Whenever we moved to a new country, my mother, Nancy J. Jagel, would make a point of studying indigenous artistic methods as a form of cross-cultural appreciation.  To me, this artistic choice was also an act of peacebuilding.

“My late husband, Peter A. Berg, developed an original technique of abstract acrylic painting that did not include brush strokes but involved pouring paint; his goal was to avoid hard edges; again, this artistic choice reflected his values of living in a way that did no harm to others.  

“I lost both of them in 2003 and for several years pondered how to best honor their memory.  During that time, I myself earned a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and am now a faculty member at NSU in this field.  As a graduate student, I fell in love with qualitative research, and eventually developed a new elective in Arts-based Qualitative Research.  It was at that point when the idea for this scholarship emerged.  I know firsthand the challenges of financing a graduate degree; and when students reach the dissertation stage, they can see the finish line but need support to complete their research and meet their goal of earning the PhD.  My hope is that this scholarship will make a positive difference in helping students who are doing important, innovative research that promotes peace.

“I hope that this scholarship encourages students in conflict resolution to consider including arts-based techniques in their research on conflict resolution and peacebuilding. 

The arts transcend cultures, ages, genders, faiths, languages. Artistic techniques also offer unique methods of data collection and analysis. Research that includes the arts has the potential to foster deeper understanding of both individual and shared experiences, highlighting our common humanity and enhancing empathy across differences.  This can only help to reduce animosities and support efforts to resolve conflict.  I hope that everyone who values the arts and who seeks to promote peace will contribute to this scholarship to support important research in this area.”

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.


Broward Workshop created the H. Wayne Huizenga / Broward Workshop Endowed Scholarship for NSU business students. Scholarships will be awarded to graduate students of NSU’s Huizenga College of Business based on need and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additionally, the student must be either a graduate of Broward County Schools (public or private), or a graduate of an NSU undergraduate program, or a current employee of Broward Workshop. The scholarship was named to honor Mr. H. Wayne Huizenga’s contribution to Broward County.

Broward Workshop is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization established in 1981 and consisting of the chief decision makers representing 100 of Broward County's major businesses and professions.  Broward Workshop creates coalitions and alliances that make a difference. Through the Workshop, business leaders seek to facilitate positive solutions to Broward County's critical issues and to serve as a catalyst to encourage the cooperative effort between various entities working for county-wide, specific, long-range common goals.

Each member brings with her or him a passion for making a positive impact and building a better tomorrow for Broward. They are role models who lead companies, give to charitable causes and individually make a difference. Collectively, they come together to donate their time and energy united by a single belief - by building a stronger Broward; we build a brighter future for everyone.

If you would like to learn more about supporting undergraduate students, please email Director of Development Alissa Hechter, or call her at (954) 262-2408.

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As part of their ongoing support of NSU, representatives from SunTrust and the SunTrust Foundation have donated $50,000 to fund an endowed scholarship, adding to the organization’s significant investment in education throughout the community and at NSU.  The scholarship is for undergraduate students with financial need and who are first-generation college students.

Margaret Callihan, president and CEO of SunTrust and David Ross, senior vice president and relationship manager of SunTrust, presented the donation to Jacqueline A. Travisano, NSU executive vice president and COO at a recent ceremony.

“We are proud to support Nova Southeastern University through this scholarship and our other charitable contributions,” said President Callihan. “Helping first generation college students in their pursuit of higher education and preparation for a professional career is not only a worthy cause but a good business decision that will drive our economic sustainability.”

“SunTrust Foundation’s long history of giving to NSU is enhanced by this gift for scholarship,” said Executive Vice President Travisano.

“They are setting an example by investing in the next generation of business and community leaders. This truly helps students who want to receive a high-quality private education but can't afford one.”  The first scholarship will be awarded to a student this summer for fall.

SunTrust and the SunTrust Foundation are Silver Members of the Fellows Society, NSU’s highest level of philanthropic benefactors who have consistently supported the university’s mission.

If you would like to learn more about supporting undergraduate students, please email Director of Development Diane Schachtman, or call her at (954) 262-8348.

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Since its inception in 1959, Beaux Arts has raised more than $5 million dollars for NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Most recently, the group has given to scholarships for young artists in grades 1-12 to attend courses at the Museum’s AutoNation Academy of Art + Design. They have also supported educational programming for children, youth and families including Museum Family Days, Mini-Muse (a monthly education  program for children 5 – 10 years old), and hands-on workshops such as book-making for kids.  

Beaux Arts seeks to encourage among children, young people, and adults a more thorough understanding and appreciation of fine and applied arts.  Beaux Arts organizes and presents annual events that bring the community together to celebrate culture while benefiting NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. There are 50 current members of Beaux Arts and thousands of Beaux Arts Associates or former members.

The group's annual fundraising event will be Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7pm at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. please email us at or call us at 954.262.0341To purchase advance tickets, call 954.262.0341 or email For more information on Beaux Arts Membership, please visit

In the fall of 1959, a small group of women formed a volunteer organization dedicated to the Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. They decided to sponsor a Festival to raise money for the arts.  It was the first of its kind in Fort Lauderdale.  Sixty-one years later, the organization still thrives completely on the hard work of our members. Over the past six decades more than 4,000 passionate and energetic women have devoted their time and talent to support the arts in our community.

If you would like to learn more about supporting NSU's Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, please email Director of Development Ashley Sharp, or call her at (954) 262-0233.


Michelle Santamaria, an NSU Physician Assistant (PA) student, was in line purchasing coffee (dressed in her scrubs) at an office building when a frantic man ran up to her and asked if she was a doctor. She told him she was a PA student and asked him if he was OK. He then told her that his two-month-old daughter was not breathing and asked for help.

Santamaria ran to assist the man and found the baby in her car seat; the child had turned blue due to lack of oxygen. Using skills she acquired in NSU’s PA program, Santamaria performed CPR on the child until EMS arrived. Her quick response saved the baby’s life.

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.



The Florence A. DeGeorge Boys & Girls Club in Davie proudly offers a Chinese class to its children thanks to NSU University School student Rachel Bomser, grade 11.

Rachel developed a detailed curriculum that includes 18 units based on lessons from her classes at USchool and an intensive Chinese language immersion program she completed her freshman year. (She has been studying Chinese at USchool since grade 6.)

Rachel teaches the weekly one-hour class she calls Hǎo Péngyǒu (好朋友) Hour, which translates to Good Friend Hour, to approximately 15 students in grades 4-6. The goal of the program is to expose young students to Mandarin, which is the most widely spoken language in the world. Rachel’s hope is that her students will develop a passion or interest for the language and continue to pursue learning it throughout school.


Alexandria Persad, a junior at University School, recently went on a trip to Gujarat, India where she volunteered nearly every day at Mamta School, a living and learning environment for 67 deaf and disabled children.

Persad traveled as part of a small, non-profit organization called Aahana, which provides education, healthcare, and vocational training to transform the lives of India's women and disabled youth. Alexandria joined Aahana in December of 2013 as the Director of University Relations and is the youngest member of their core team.  

“My experiences with Aahana and the Mamta School have been life-changing,” Persad said. “They have opened my eyes and showed me a lifestyle unlike my own.  In some ways, those experiences have helped me appreciate what I have at home even more.”


When senior Matthew Lyn started to fulfill his community service hours as a freshman at University School, he set his sights on a four-year plan that would end up making an impact on his birthplace of Jamaica.

In 2013, Matthew went to Jamaica to document the work of Mustard Seed, a local organization dedicated to helping children whose families or governments are unable to provide shelter, food, and care. Each is staffed with nurses, doctors, cooks, and caretakers who help abandoned children with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to HIV/AIDS live happily and unafraid.

That trip had a profound effect on Matthew’s life, and he realized how fortunate he was to have basic necessities such as running water so easily accessible in the U.S. The first donation Matthew secured helped the community devise a water catchment system (rain tanks) as well as a system to utilize the rivers traveling down the surrounding hills.

For Matthew’s next project, he decided to work with the local charity office of Food for the Poor, which is an international relief and development organization. Food for the Poor feeds millions of hungry people throughout the countries it serves. Matthew worked steadfastly as a member of USchool's WIND (World in Distress) club on fundraisers such as the Locker Cleanout Drive. Club members sold items left behind in lockers such as binders, clothes, and jackets to raise money. They also sold school supplies and rented out laptop chargers for $10 a day.

In March, he and the WIND club presented a check for $3,200 to Food for the Poor. The relief funds built a house for a needy family in Jamaica. But Matthew, who is now a senior, says there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“A village can house eight families. A school can be built for $50,000,” he said. “I just want to see more for the place where I was born.”

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

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Take a look at award-winning Public Service Announcements (PSAs) produced by NSU University School students.

Children of India video

Children of India

Student: Bryn Tolchinsky
Title: “Aahana: First Rays of the Sun”
Description: Focuses on a Gujarat-based NGO aiding destitute children in India.
Award: First place documentary in all of Broward County

Keep the Arts

Keep the Arts

Students: Sierra Bardfeld and Ayla Maulding
Title: “Keep the Arts”
Description: Relays importance of arts as an outlet of expression and a reason to excel in school.
Award: Broward County Top Honors

Champion Girls

Champion Girls

Students: Sarah Topf, Jessica Roman, and Melissa Rabinowitz
Title: “Girl Noticed”
Description: Spotlights the efforts of a Broward-based non-profit championing teenage girls.
Award: First place in all of Broward County

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NSU College of Osteopathic (COM) student physicians from the departments of geriatrics, family medicine, and osteopathic principles and practice are seeing patients at a new satellite medical center, with hopes of expanding in the future.

The NSU-COM Medical Center at Covenant Village of Florida is an outpatient office designed to provide medical care to the several hundred independently living community residents. Although the medical center is new, NSU-COM’s department of geriatrics has worked for many years with the faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located several miles from NSU’s Fort Lauderdale campus.

The center is operating under the direction of Jill Wallace-Ross, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine.

“We are also providing care for the employees of Covenant Village of Florida and their family members,” Dr. Wallace-Ross said. “In addition, we are working with other outside organizations to help coordinate care and meet the health care needs of their patients at this same location.”

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

MSU Science Alive Album


NSU students led children and their families through an evening of fun, interactive experiments, and scientific demonstration during the sixth annual Science Alive! at Welleby Elementary School in Sunrise.

Science Alive!,  transforms Welleby’s classrooms into science labs, with each showcasing a different experiment demonstrated by students from NSU’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and NSU’s Oceanographic Center, along with NSU alumni and friends.

Volunteers included 29 NSU students and four faculty members: event organizer Emily Schmitt Lavin, Ph.D., professor and associate director of the Division of Math, Science, and Technology; Josh Loomis, Ph.D., associate professor; and James Munoz, Ph.D. and Robert Smith, Ph.D., both assistant professors.

Interactive demonstrations included experiments such as “Pamper Your Plant Necklace,” “Tabletop Hovercraft,” “Egg Drop,” and “Airlift.”

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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Families flocked to the western-themed open house event at the new Westside Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. The community event included tours of the new emergency room as well as pony rides, arts and crafts, face painting, and a teddy-bear check-up clinic!
HCA East Florida President Michael Joseph and Dan Marino were among the university’s friends who helped NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. cut the ribbon on the brand new facility.

Westside Regional Medical Center is located at 3476 South University Drive in the University Park Plaza shopping center. The off-site emergency room provides the surrounding community with immediate access to experienced, board-certified emergency room physicians, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and offers a full range of emergency care services for children and adults. Comprehensive emergency medical services will be delivered to the residents of Davie, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Westside Emergency Services in Davie will provide the same level of care provided on our main campus in Plantation. We are really excited to expand our services in the town of Davie and to partner with Nova Southeastern University,” says Barbara J. Simmons, CEO of Westside Regional.

In the future, the off-site Emergency Room also will be a residency site offering valuable on-hands training to NSU medical students and various clinical training opportunities for students in other health professions programs at NSU.

“This emergency room will serve as the cornerstone of a future medical complex that will provide the surrounding community with a variety of university-level health care services, along with teaching and research opportunities for NSU students and faculty working in collaboration with community health care professionals,” said NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.

The 12,700 square foot facility has 16 private treatment rooms, including one designated trauma room. Additionally, the Westside Regional Medical Center includes a full service laboratory, a pharmacy, advanced imaging equipment, with a 16-Slice CT, Ultrasound and two state-of-the-art digital X-Ray units, one portable and one stationary. Emergency transportation will be provided to patients requiring in-patient hospital care.

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President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., announced that the university’s Board of Trustees created three new colleges and programs, adding to the university’s more than 150 degree offerings.

The additions include establishing a College of Allopathic Medicine (M.D. program) to complement NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O. program), a College of Engineering and Computing, and an undergraduate Farquhar Honors College.

“These additions are being made with input from students, faculty, and staff for the benefit of current and prospective students and to meet the growing demand and unmet need of providing qualified physicians and engineers to the community and the nation,” said President Hanbury.  “These new programs address market needs and keep us on track with NSU’s Vision 2020 to become a premier private, not-for-profit research university known for quality and distinction.”

NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine
The new College of Allopathic Medicine will help meet the growing need of osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) physicians nationally and regionally. It also will complement the education currently offered in NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine along with the university’s extensive offerings of health professions degree programs. NSU will be the only university in the Southeastern United States and the first in Florida to house both an osteopathic medical school and an allopathic medical school.

NSU’s College of Engineering and Computing
The new College of Engineering and Computing will combine the Ph.D. and master’s degree programs formerly housed in the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, with bachelor’s degree programs across computer science, engineering, and information sciences formerly housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. The college will offer a new bachelor of science in general engineering that will begin fall 2016.

NSU’s Farquhar Honors College
The undergraduate Farquhar Honors College will be comprised of students who meet high academic standards including those who are also part of certain highly competitive scholarship programs. Students who complete the Honors College programs will receive special acknowledgement on their diplomas and transcripts and at commencement ceremonies.
The establishment of these programs coincides with NSU’s additional growth plans, including the 2016 opening of a 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) and the future relocation of Plantation General Hospital to NSU’s main campus in Davie, Fla., by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) East Florida. The hospital will serve the surrounding community and eventually be a teaching and research facility integrated with NSU’s research centers and clinical trials. With these milestone additions, students in a variety of the health professions, including osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) medicine programs, as well as engineering students and those pursuing other fields of study, will have expanded opportunities for research and training to prepare them for their careers.

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

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President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., recently announced the appointment of H. Thomas Temple, M.D., as senior vice president of translational research and economic development for the university.

This new position was created to support the university’s innovative faculty within its colleges, centers and institutes in the development of their ideas, discoveries and technologies. In his role, Dr. Temple is responsible for building the connections, resources, and entrepreneurial energy for the commercialization of NSU’s research activities.

To accomplish this, Dr. Temple will establish partnerships with companies, investors, and entrepreneurs interested in utilizing NSU’s vast wet and dry lab space and state-of-the-art Center for Collaborative Research (opening spring of 2016) to conduct research and develop technologies that will benefit the global community. Additionally, Dr. Temple will bridge the research efforts conducted through the CCR with NSU’s Oceanographic Center, headquartered at the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center. Dr. Temple’s position represents a partnership with HCA East Florida hospitals where he has been granted privileges and will maintain a surgical practice complementing his role with NSU.

“Dr. Temple has a long-established reputation as a successful surgeon, researcher and leader,” said NSU’s President Hanbury. “As NSU nears the completion of its vast Center for Collaborative Research and is taking the necessary steps to add a teaching and research hospital on our campus, it is essential for us to focus on building and establishing strategic business and research partnerships. These efforts will add $500 million to NSU’s current $2.6 billion economic impact from the creation of new patents, licenses and enterprises and the expansion of existing companies.”

Located on NSU’s main campus in Davie, the 215,000-square-foot, $80 million Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) will provide wet labs for many of NSU’s cutting edge research as well as its General Clinical Research Center, an outpatient facility providing a centralized clinical research infrastructure to benefit investigators in multiple disciplines.

The CCR will also be home to NSU’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine; the Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research; the Emil Buehler Research Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics; and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dr. Temple’s medical career spans nearly three decades. He joins NSU from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he served most recently as chief of the Orthopaedic Oncology Division, director of the University of Miami Tissue Bank, professor of orthopaedics and pathology and vice-chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics.

Dr. Temple’s clinical interests are novel treatment of benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors in children and adults, tissue transplantation and complex limb reconstruction. His research interests are stem cell applications in bone and cartilage regeneration, tissue banking and developing targeted therapies for sarcomas.

Dr. Temple earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and his Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and his musculoskeletal oncology fellowship at Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Temple is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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NSU President George L Hanbury II, Ph.D., has appointed Lynne R. Schrum, Ph.D. to the position of Dean of the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. Previously, Dr. Schrum served as Dean and Professor of the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University (WVU) where she established her status as a visionary leader regarding use of technology in 21st century learning environments and the transformation of teacher education through online and distance learning. Dr. Schrum will commence her appointment with NSU on July 15, 2015.

Prior to her WVU appointment, Dr, Schrum was Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Utah and Professor and Program Coordinator for Elementary and Secondary Education Programs at George Mason University. Dr. Scrum’s faculty appointments have been at the University of Georgia, College of Education (Assistant Professor and Associate Professor) and SUNY Plattsburg, Center for Educational Studies and Services (Assistant Professor). In addition to her leadership positions, Dr. Schrum is a noted scholar, researcher and prolific author having published 45 peer-reviewed research articles, written or edited 15 books, contributed chapters to 13 edited books, and is a highly sought after and frequent presenter at national and international conferences on topics related to electronic educational environments.

Dr. Schrum’s leadership experience complemented by her standing as a leading authority on the creation of student-centered learning environments makes her the right choice to lead the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education.

Dr. Schrum received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University, Master of Arts degree (Elementary Education) and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (Dissertation: Innovation and the Process of Change: A Case Study in Distance Education).

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.


The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) announced that third-year NSU College of Optometry student Emily M. Korszen tied one other student for the highest score in the nation on the Part I Applied Basic Science (ABS) Examination in 2015.

As a result, Korszen will be presented with the 2015 Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence by Melvin D. Shipp, O.D., Dr.Ph., M.P.H., president of NBEO, at the Annual Meeting of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) in Seattle on June 26. The award was established to honor Dr. Wallis’ 25 years of outstanding service as executive director of NBEO. Korszen will receive a personalized plaque and a full refund of the Part I ABS registration fee.

“When I got the news, I was surprised, but I felt that my classmates and I prepared as much as we could for the exam,” said Korszen. “The faculty at NSU have been instrumental, not just in our preparation for the exam, but for our future as optometrists. This is a credit to their hard work as well.”

Korszen is on track to graduate from NSU’s College of Optometry in 2016. A native of Englewood, Florida, she earned her bachelor of science in neurobiological sciences with a minor in East-Central European Studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Korszen previously received the J. Pat Cummings Scholarship from the American Optometric Foundation and was named to the NSU Health Professions Division’s Chancellor’s List for six consecutive semesters for maintaining a GPA in the top 5 percent.

“Ms. Korszen is an exceptional student and we are proud that the knowledge she has gained at NSU will someday translate to caring for her patients and help further the optometry profession,” said David Loshin, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO, dean of NSU’s College of Optometry. “Emily and her fellow optometry students at NSU are among the best and brightest in the nation, and we are very proud of them.”

Korszen is active in extracurricular activities, serving as secretary of NSU’s College of Optometry’s Student Government Association, vice president of the Gold Key Optometric Honor Society, class representative of the American Optometric Student Association, and as a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, where she tutors fellow students.

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


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NSU at eMerge Americas


Entrepreneur Manny Medina created the eMerge Americas Conference to serve as a global idea exchange that focuses on how technology and innovation are impacting industries. The conference helps connect revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas and global industry leaders and investors in North America, Europe and Latin America.

NSU’s Mission and Core Values tie directly in with the goal of the eMerge Americas conference as the university is dedicated to expanding and engaging in technological advancements and innovation to help our students succeed, not only in business, but in life.

NSU's conference booth at this year's event featured guest speakers and subject matter experts who provided presentations on the various research, innovation, and educational opportunities being conducted by our students and staff. From shark tagging and research to the latest in 3-D medical training technology to tips on personal finance – convention-goers had the opportunity to learn directly from NSU’s best and brightest.

In addition to speakers at NSU’s booth, George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., NSU president & CEO, participated on the “EdTech 2.0: Presidents Edition” panel with other leaders in higher education. J. Preston Jones, dean of NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship, took part in a panel with fellow business school deans titled “EdTech 2.0: Skill Patterns of Successful Entrepreneurs and How to Get Them!”

If you would like to learn more, or to discuss giving opportunities, please email Director of Development Robin Blackwell or call her at 954-262-2019.


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Media outlets are featuring NSU's James N. Hall, an epidemiologist who studies substance use and drug outbreaks, as the nation tries to understand the new street drug Flakka. The designer drug can be snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed. According to several articles, police in south Florida have seen a growing number of cases of bizarre and dangerous behavior resulting from the use of Flakka.

Hall is a drug abuse epidemiologist affiliated with NSU’s Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities.  He also is the Miami-based member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Community Epidemiology Work Group.

Hall compiles local drug abuse data including hospitalizations, deaths, addiction treatment, prevalence, and drug pricing, strength and abuse trends, and works closely with local drug abuse coalitions, law enforcement, and other community organizations. He served as the executive director of Up Front Drug Information and Education Center in Miami from 1982-2012 and was the recipient of the 2010 Path of Public Health Award for Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Services from Florida International University. Hall is also a member of the Florida Behavioral Health Advisory Workgroup.

You can see just a few of the media stories below:


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A WebMD article titled “The MIND Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s” features quotes from Cecilia Rokusek, Ed.D., M.Sc., RDN., assistant dean of research and innovation at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rokusek is a registered dietician and is executive director of NSU’s Florida Coastal Geriatric Resources, Education, and Training Center (GREAT GEC).

Rokusek notes that the MIND approach offers a promising start as "what you eat can make an impact on whether you develop late-onset Alzheimer's." But scientists need to conduct additional research.

Rokusek also recommends controlling portions, drinking several glasses of water each day, and being mindful about how food is prepared so you can avoid extra calories and "hidden" ingredients like sugar.

Full article

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The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce honored red Lippman, R.Ph., Ed.D.,chancellor of NSU’s Health Professions Division as the 2015 Individual of Merit during the 18th annual Health Care Heroes® Awards.

The Health Care Heroes® Awards program recognizes individuals, institutions, professionals, students, volunteers and programs, who through their individual or collective actions have made an extraordinary impact in the South Florida health care community.

Health Care Heroes’ acts of heroism represent a display of dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of their jobs. Through their commitment to their profession and community, they serve as an inspiration to others in an effort to improve the quality of health care and discover new ways to assist those in need.

Lippman was selected for his leadership in the South Florida community and beyond, particularly in the areas of health and well-being. He is currently responsible for overseeing seven colleges, including dental medicine, health care sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine and pharmacy – some of which he led in creating. He has made it his priority to enhance inter-professional relationships and understanding; increase programs for health care careers that are in demand, and focus on educating future health care practitioners on the importance of providing care in underserved areas of the population, including rural and homeless communities.

A community pharmacist for more than 20 years, Lippman also served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1978 to 1998, where he was widely respected for championing legislation to protect children and senior citizens and to improve Florida’s health care system. One of his many accomplishments was to introduce the country’s first law mandating the use of child safety seats, and a law mandating the use of seat belts in vehicles. He is also widely known as the ‘father’ of Florida’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program, which works to improve the supply and distribution of primary care in medically underserved areas.

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


Five pharmaceutical researchers recently became fellows of the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS). NSU's Barry Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph. is a member of that select group. He is a professor in the Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy Department at NSU's College of Pharmacy.

Fellows are either members of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) or the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) with a minimum of 10 years professional experience. To become a fellow, members must have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations. APhA-APRS stimulates the discovery, dissemination and application of research to improve patient health and serves pharmacists and those members who are involved in the pharmaceutical sciences.

“Becoming a fellow in the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research is one of the highest honors I have earned,” said Bleidt. “It is very meaningful to receive this honor and I am grateful to the support Nova Southeastern University has provided me to be able to achieve this level in the pharmacy profession.”

“This award recognizes Dr. Bleidt’s sustained contributions to the profession of pharmacy over the past three decades,” said Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D., dean of NSU’s College of Pharmacy. “This is a testament to the level of researchers we have on our faculty and the importance we place on service to the profession.”

Bleidt joined NSU in 2012. He has served in academia for more than 30 years.

Bleidt earned his Pharm.D. with a special emphasis in pharmacokinetics and pharmacoeconomics from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, his Ph.D. in pharmacy healthcare administration from the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, and his bachelor of science in pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington. He also completed a research fellowship with the National Institutes of Health at UF.

Among many other awards, Bleidt received the 2013 Chauncey I. Cooper Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Pharmaceutical Association.

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Student efforts to establish a legacy project culminated in the dedication of the FSE Distance Education Museum & Café. Leading the charge was the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education Graduate Student Government Association (FSE SGA) in partnership with the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education and Phi Gamma Sigma International Professional Society (PGS).

Top NSU officials and friends of NSU President Emeritus Abraham S. Fischler, Ed.D., joined the Fischler School of Education to honor Dr. Fischler’s life in distance education, and to participate in the dedication. The Museum will be a living display of distance education documents, memorabilia, and images in the lobby of the North Miami Beach (FSE) Campus.

The Museum traces the origin of modern distance education from its beginnings in 1972, when then-Nova University launched the first clusters of distantly-based students earning their educational leadership and higher education doctorates. “Distance” usually connotes technology, but the technology at the time was the telephone and airplane, with which faculty members visited and taught with their far-flung students. Over time, that technology evolved into email, phone-based computers, and eventually fully-integrated video internet learning experiences.

The tribute luncheon and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum drew nearly 100 NSU officials, Fischler School faculty members, staff, FSE Student Government Association officers, Phi Gamma Sigma national professional society members, and Kappa Delta Pi national honorary society members, all joining Dr. Fischler’s family and friends.

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NSU Track & Field Earns Record 18 All-South Region Honors


NSU’s men's and women's track and field teams set a new program-record with 18 student-athletes earning USTFCCCA All-South Region honors, the most in program history.
The USTFCCCA honored all student-athletes who finished within the top five in a particular event among regional competitors. NSU had 10 women honored and eight men, many of which were honored in multiple events.

Team Achievements - Women's Track
The women's class was led by members of the 4x400m relay team, which finished in the South Region's top five. The team of Quannisha Allen (Jr., St. Augustine, Fla.), Shakira Bartley (So. West Palm Beach, Fla.), Ciona Williams (Jr. Stockton, Calif.) and Shannon Rolle (So. Miami, Fla.) hit a season-best time of 3:49.92 early in the year at the USF Invitational. Three of the four members of the relay team also earned regional honors in their individual events.
Bartley earned the distinction in the 400m hurdles, clocking in at 1:01.87. That time, set at the Peach Belt Conference Championship, also earned her a conference championship. Rolle was honored for her performance in the 400m dash, clocking in at 55.42 and ranking in the national top-30. Finally, Williams earned recognition in the 100m dash with a time of 11.65 at the last meet of the season. Ranking 12th in the nation, she is expected to be invited to the NCAA National Championship.
Aimee Sims (Sr., St. Anne, Ill.) was the final female Shark to earn All-South Region honors in multiple events. She was honored in the 800m run with a time of 2:15.44 and the 1,500m run with a time of 4:40.42. Both times were career-bests set at the PBC Championship, earning her two spots on the podium. Two other distance runners earned regional honors in Rose Howell (Sr. St. Louis, Mo.) and Rachel Zachar (Sr., North Hudson, Wisc.). Howell was honored for her work in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:28.21 and Zachar was honored in the 10K with a time of 38:38.06. Both seniors set their best marks at the PBC Championship and also made the podium.
Two female field athletes at NSU were honored in Sydney Molina (So., Miami, Fla.) and Vanessa Munley (Sr.  Moosic, Pa.). Molina had a breakout season in the discus throw, reaching 40.02m in a second-place showing at the PBC Championship. Munley ended her career, reaching a 3.50m mark in the pole vault back at the UCF Invitational, a career-best.
Last but not least, Sherrelle Jordan (So., Chandler, Ariz.) earned honors in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.75 at UNF. Jordan, who ranks eighth in the nation, has a legitimate chance to earn All-American honors and possibly win a NCAA National Championship.
Team Achievements - Men's Track
The men's All-South Region list begins with the 4x100m relay team that is on the bubble for a spot at the NCAA National Championship. That group, represented by A.J. Franklin (Jr., Pensacola, Fla.), Talyn Washington (Sr., Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Rohan Mullings (So., Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and Davontae Carson (Sr. Seattle, Wash.), has reached a time of 40.62 at the Miramar Multicultural Games and ranks 14th in the nation.
Once again, three of the four have also earned individual regional distinction. Carson and Washington are the only runners for NSU with All-South Region honors in three different events. Washington earns his recognition in the 200m and 400m dashes. In the 200m, Washington earned an early-season time of 20.98 and has ranked in the national top-15 with that time since March 12. His best mark has come in the 400m, where he ranks seventh with a time of 46.81, set at UCF on April 30. He is looking to compete at Nationals in all three events. Carson was honored for his work in the 100m and 200m dashes. At the PBC Championship, Carson hit season-bests with times of 10.67 and 21.52, respectively, and earned two individual medals. Wrapping up the 4x100m team, Mullings took home honors in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.42 at UCF. He finishes his season in the national top-40 in his first year as a Shark.
Wade White (So., Bangor, Pa.) and Benjamin Manuel (So., Willemstad, Curacao) represented the male distance-running Sharks on the regional list. White was honored for his performance in both the 1,500m run and the steeplechase with times of 3:53.11 and 9:06.98, respectively. White shined when the lights were brightest, earning personal bests at both the PBC Championship and the Florida Relays. NSU had two of the top-5 1,500m runners in the region, with Manuel clocking in at 3:56.20 at the PBC Championship.
NSU had two male field student-athletes honored in Darren Hendricks (Jr., North Port, Fla.) and Ryan Jerothe (Sr., New Port Richey, Fla.). Hendricks took gold at the PBC Championship, but set his personal-best mark in the discus at the Multicultural Games at 46.68m. Finally, Jerothe dominated the region in the pole vault with a mark of 4.95m set multiple times. He is expected to attend the NCAA National Championship and vault for All-America status for a second time.

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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