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Editor's Note

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”

– Henry David Thoreau


Here in South Florida, we are fortunate to maintain that “little bit of summer” all year long. With the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, we can celebrate the official start of summer with rest, relaxation, and vacation.

Looking back to spring, more than 150 students and recent graduates attended our Big Thank You Luncheon where we recognize scholarship donors and the students who receive these donor-funded scholarships.

NSU Professor Shelley Green, Ph.D., who developed NSU’s equine assisted therapy program and co-founded the nonprofit Stable Place Equine Assisted Therapies, introduced Kevin Lynch. Kevin discussed his gift from the Quell Foundation to support Stable Place, a beautiful, 15-acre home to horses and NSU’s innovative and life-changing program, which enlists horses for various types of therapy, including abused children.

Dr. Green also introduced Emily Garcia, who received the Quell Bridge the Gap scholarship. The Quell Foundation supports scholarships for family therapy master’s students, many of whom are enrolled in equine assisted family therapy courses developed by Dr. Green.

Congratulations to Emily Garcia, and thank you to Kevin Lynch and The Quell Foundation for making a difference in so many lives.

SGA president Alexandrea “Alex” Reggiani also thanked donors for their support of NSU students, and talked about why she chose to attend NSU (the year-round, summer-like weather played a part!).

Finally, NSU President George Hanbury announced that he and his wife Jana have established the Jana Hanbury Endowed Scholarship Fund to support students at the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing.

Last year, almost 1,000 donors made gifts to support scholarships at NSU. (In this edition, we spotlight Leonard Comma, CEO of Jack in the Box, Inc., who supports the Pathway Scholars program at NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship). To our donors, we thank each of you for your support, which plays such a critical role in our students’ success. To our students, we are cheering you on.

The luncheon was held at the Rick Case Arena, where the fantastic NSU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams practice and play their home games.

As many of you know, both teams made the Elite 8 in the Division II NCAA tournament this year–the fourth trip for the women’s team and the first time for the men’s program. Men’s Coach Jim Crutchfield was named Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year after leading the men’s team to a program-record of 25 wins this year. Congratulations to all!

The NSU Scholarship Golf Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa was a big success. More than 200 players took part in the 34th annual golf classic that raised more than $200,000. The proceeds directly affect our student-athletes by way of scholarships and academic support. The golf classic also helps ensure the success of our NCAA Division II athletic program, which includes 17 teams and the Sharkettes spirit squad.  

This year, we launched a new crowdfunding initiative, providing support to more than 10 special initiatives across all NSU campuses and colleges. In our first year using the social-media driven, online platform, we received gifts from local companies and more than 300 people, many of them NSU alumni and new to NSU. The gifts support our resident sea turtle, Captain, a medical outreach trip for our physician assistant students at the Fort Myers campus, and the rowing team at NSU’s University School. Our most successful campaign was at the NSU Jacksonville campus and supported a medical outreach trip for physician assistant students. More than $15,000 was raised. 

Congratulations to Rita Case, Rob Kornahrens and Arlene Pecora. These three outstanding South Florida business leaders were inducted into the Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame – the highest honor awarded by NSU’s Huizenga College. 

Rita is president and CEO of Rick Case Automotive Group. Rob is CEO and president of Advanced Roofing. Arlene is president and CEO of Signature Grand. 

Celebrating its 29th year, the Hall of Fame ceremony was held on April 11 at NSU’s Rick Case Arena.

Looking ahead, excitement is building over the opening this fall of NSU’s beautiful Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater.

The new campus-made possible by a gift from Dr. Kiran C. Patel and Dr. Pallavi Patel–will house programs in the health care sciences, nursing, psychology, and education. It also includes a second site for the expanding Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Look for the grand opening in September.

In the meantime, I hope everyone stays cool and enjoys the upcoming Fourth of July holiday–no matter where your vacation plans take you. Happy summer!



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

Donor Profile | Leonard A. Comma

Leonard “Lenny” Comma learned at a young age that life lessons often come from difficult circumstances.

When Comma was in eighth grade, a teacher at his new school told him he “didn’t belong” in her advanced algebra class. Rather than quit, Comma spent two hours every night studying math with his father. He finished the class with high exam scores.

Leonard C. Comma

Leonard “Lenny” Comma learned at a young age that life lessons often come from difficult circumstances.

When Comma was in eighth grade, a teacher at his new school told him he “didn’t belong” in her advanced algebra class. Rather than quit, Comma spent two hours every night studying math with his father. He finished the class with high exam scores.

Today, Comma is the chief executive officer at Jack in the Box, Inc., one of the nation's largest restaurant chains. Hired in 2001, Comma rose though the ranks at the San Diego-based company, which operates and franchises more than 22,00 restaurants in 20 states. After serving as president and chief operating officer, Comma became CEO in 2014.

"Here is this kid who supposedly isn't cut out for this math class and he ends up as a finance major with a master's degree in business and marking a real run at business," said Comma, an alumnus of NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

"I would have tried none of those things if I had let this [teacher] get in my head. It taught me a lot If you allow other people to tell you what you are capable of, you can severely alter the path of your life and the opportunities available to you. I was fortunate not to fall into that trap and have parents who supported me."

Comma graduated from the Huizenga College with an M.B.A. in 1997. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Growing up in Long Island, Comma was one of four boys born to immigrant parents from Trinidad and Tobago. Neither parent had a college education.

"They came here because they believed in the American dream," he said. "They worked really hard, found opportunities, and had multiple jobs. They did whatever they had to do and umtimately that afforded us a stable upbringing. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had whatever we needed."

When Comma was eight, he crashed through a window and almost died-an experience that he said helped develop his strong faith. "That faith is one of the things that has fueled my life."

In middle school, he was bussed from his neighborhood school to a public school in a predominately-white neighborhood. "it didn't go well," he said. "It was just a very chaoctiv situation. Kids were fighting becasue they hated each other because their parents told them they should hate us."

Comma moved on to a Catholic high school where he played sports and received a partial scholarship to Drexel University. Later, an internship at Exxon Mobile Corporation led to his first post-graduation, fulltime position. He worked at Exxon for 12 years, moving up to regional manager responsible for supporting more than 300 franchisees in three states.

The company offered to pay his tuition for a master's degree. A mentor steered him to NSU.

"Education was a big part of my path-whether it was the adversity I had to overcome or the real-world application I learned from the teachers at NSU who made me feel I could achieve a lot."

Today, Comma gives back to NSU though his support of the Pathway Scholars program at the Huizenga College. The program helps financially disadvantaged students succeed in college and develop business leadership careers though scholarships, special mentoring, life skills training, real-world business experience, internships, and other opportunities.

"When I look at the students, I see a lot of people who remind me of myself." he said. "At that age, students don't typically take advantage of the access they have. THose who do, excel. People need ot be courageous about their journey and be honest with themselves."


Student Profile | Hannah Pariseault

Doug and Alice Donn Endowed Scholarship Fund

Growing up with learning disabilities and dyslexia, Hannah Pariseault developed a passion for teaching that began with her own experiences as a young student.

Hannah Pariseault

Doug and Alice Donn Endowed Scholarship Fund

Growing up with learning disabilities and dyslexia, Hannah Pariseault developed a passion for teaching that began with her own experiences as a young student.

Today, Pariseault is a student at NSU’s Abraham Fischler College of Education where she is majoring in exceptional student education with minor in teacher leadership. She is part of NSU’s Fischler Academy, a program designed for aspiring educators that allows students to graduate with a bachelor and master’s degree in four years–putting them on a fast track to a teaching position.

Her goal is to help other students with learning disabilities as a special education teacher.

“I know I can make a difference in the field of education. I’m confident that I can make a positive impact on a child’s life regardless of their learning level,” said Pariseault, a recipient of the Doug and Alice Donn Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“Since I am in the Fischler Academy, I will graduate with a master’s degree and I hope to be employed by a large Florida school district. My goal is to take the skills that I’ve learned at NSU and apply them to my future job as a special education teacher.”

Along with her academic achievements, Pariseault is a member of NSU’s women’s swim team. She was one of 15 NSU swimmers in 2018 to earn the Scholar All-American distinction bestowed by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America.

She also is a member of the Razor’s Edge Shark Teach Scholars Program, and serves as the academic chair of the WAVE Club (We Achieve Via Education). 

A native of Rhode Island, Pariseault is one of three siblings, including a twin brother who is studying engineering. Her father, a retired firefighter, has battled cancer and open-heart surgery in recent years. Her mother works at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

“It is with sincere gratitude that I was chosen for the [Donn] scholarship,” Pariseault said. “It will ease some of my parents’ worry about paying for my education. These funds also will allow me to volunteer more of my time to NSU organizations that are close to my heart, such as WAVE and the Best Buddies program. 

“My NSU degree will change my life as teaching has always been my dream career. I know NSU will prepare me to become the best educator that I can be, and I will no doubt change the lives of others.”


NSU In The News

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NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship is proud to announce three well-known business leaders who were inducted April 11 into the 2019 class of the Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame, the Huizenga Business College’s highest honor: Rita Case, Rob Kornahrens and Arlene Pecora.

“I congratulate these exemplary business leaders who are joining the ranks of an elite group of world-class entrepreneurs in our Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame,” said Dr. George Hanbury, President of NSU. “Each honoree’s story is exceptional and it was my privilege to share their accomplishments at our awards ceremony in the hopes that they will inspire the next generation of business leaders.”

The H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Hall of Fame program celebrated its 29thyear in 2019. The event was chaired this year by three former honorees and well-known South Florida entrepreneurs: Rick Case, Keith Koenig and Alan B. Levan.

The Hall of Fame awards ceremony was held Thursday evening, April 11, at NSU’s Rick Case Arena in the Don Taft University Center. The nominees and their respective accomplishments include:

  • Rita Case is President and Chief Operating Officer of Rick Case Automotive Group, an organization of 16 dealerships in three states with more than one billion in sales. The company’s Florida Honda, Hyundai, VW and Kia dealerships are the largest in the United States. Rick Case Automotive Group has been recognized for its retailing success, earning multiple accolades throughout the years. Rita has been individually recognized for her contribution to the auto industry, earning many major achievement awards including Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry. She is dedicated to customer service and community support and has been honored by many local organizations for her philanthropic efforts. Rita is passionate about all her philanthropic and community support such as with NSU, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Habitat for Humanity and the American Heart Association to name a few.
  • Robert P. Kornahrens serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Advanced Roofing, a commercial roofing contractor based in Fort Lauderdale. Kornahrens is very active in a variety of professional associations and community organizations, including the National Roofing Contractors Association and Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Association. He has also served as Board Chair of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Winterfest Boat Parade, President of the Executive Association of Fort Lauderdale, President of the Construction Executives Association and board member of the Center for Environmental Invention in Roofing. He has been awarded the Habitat for Humanity Spirit of Humanity Award, the Junior Achievement Laureate, Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award and the Fort Lauderdale Alliance Education Award. At NSU, Rob is actively involved in many ways such as serving on the Dean’s Development Council in the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. He is a long-standing supporter and participant in the Halmos Scholarship Fishing Tournament and served as co-chair of the committee in 2017.
  • Arlene Pecora is President and Chief Operating Office of Signature Grand, a premier venue for weddings, special events, charity galas and business meetings in Broward County. Under her leadership, Signature Grand has set the standards for memorable events and over-the-top customer service. In keeping with her strong values of community service, Arlene has served on many non-profit boards and committees in Broward County, including Women in Distress, Community Foundation of Broward County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and others. She has also received many accolades for her leadership including being inducted into the Junior Achievement Laureate and earning the Sun Sentinel’s Excalibur Award. Arlene is a two-time alumunus of NSU’s Huizenga College having earned her B.S. in Hospitality Management in 1999 and an MBA in 2001.

“With great pleasure, I welcome the 2019 class,” said James Simpson, Ph.D., interim dean of NSU’s Huizenga Business College. “The honorees are not only accomplished, but leaders who have had influence and impact. The college’s namesake, H. Wayne Huizenga, would be very proud indeed that these distinguished entrepreneurs were inducted into the Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame joining an exclusive group of men and women who have left a mark on the entrepreneurship community in South Florida.”

There were several sponsors for the event including: Advanced Roofing; AutoNation; BBX, Berger Singerman; Castle Group; City Furniture; Codina Partners; Entrepreneur Council; Falcone Group, LLC; Halmos Holdings, Inc.; Hudson Capital; Lago Mar Beach & Resort Club; Mahoney & Associates; Medina Capital; Miller Construction; North America LLLP; Penske; RCC Associates & Altman Company; Resolve Marine; Rick Case; Signature Grand, and Zimmerman Advertising.


For more information on the Huizenga College of Business Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, please visit:


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Accepting the Gies Award are, from left, Delia Celestine, M.P.H. Ed.D., assistant dean, student and alumni affairs, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine; Elaine Wallace, D.O., dean, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine; Aaron Goodwin, D.O., D.M.D., 2015 graduate of the D.O./D.M.D. program; Linda C. Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., dean and professor, College of Dental Medicine; Abby Brodie, D.M.D., M.S., associate dean for academic affairs, College of Dental Medicine; and Bruce Donoff, D.M.D., M.D., dean and professor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine who introduced the NSU team

When Zachary Heller graduates in 2021, he will attend two commencement ceremonies—receiving his D.M.D. degree from the NSU College of Dental Medicine (CDM) and obtaining his D.O. degree from NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. These two degrees also will put Heller in an elite group of NSU graduates. Since its inception in 2007, only seven students have completed the D.O./D.M.D. dual-degree program, which is the  only program of its kind in the United States.

The innovative program helped NSU’s Colleges of Dental Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine earn the 2019 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Gies Award for Innovation—Academic Dental Institution. The award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research, and leadership. The award was presented in March during the annual American Dental Education Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

“The dual-degree graduates are truly pioneers with an NSU Edge, integrating oral and overall health. These graduates are developing new types of practices that integrate medical and dental care as they care for their patients. Some are practicing dentistry incorporating medicine into their practices, while others are practicing medicine and incorporating oral health into their practices,” said Linda C. Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., dean and professor of the CDM.

“The dual osteopathic medical/dental degree is ideal for our college. Our college mission is to serve the underserved. A high number of our graduates work in rural or underserved areas where knowledge and skill in both disciplines is a tremendous asset,” added Elaine M. Wallace, D.O., M.S.4, dean of the NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Our dual osteopathic medicine/dental graduates follow this course. Too few doctors realize the importance of the diseases of the mouth in the patient’s overall health care. Our dual students remind us to remember the importance of dental diseases in a patient’s well-being. We are extremely proud of these students and the work they do.”

The D.O./D.M.D. program launched in the fall of 2007 after 18 months of planning. Among the 35 U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine, only NSU offers a D.O./D.M.D. program according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. This unique curriculum enabled the CDM to create a D.M.D. advanced standing program for a physician interested in pursuing an oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) residency. OMFS residencies require a D.M.D. or D.D.S. to matriculate.

“The curriculum was the most challenging aspect for the program to create a role for those who want to go into inter-professional practice,” said Abby J. Brodie, D.M.D., M.S., associate dean for academic affairs and the curriculum architect on the dental degree side of the program.

According to Brodie, the dual-degree program does not favor one field of dentistry or medicine. “There’s much interconnection between oral health and systemic health. Osteopathic medicine treats the entire person, and dental health affects overall health,” she said.

The year-round, continuous program is rigorous, with a heavy course load. The six-year curriculum consists of basic science and dental courses in the first year; the study of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and other systems, as well as clinical practice, in the second year; while clinical rotations continue in year three. The dental curriculum resumes in year four; clinical dental courses, one-month medical electives, and a rotation in rural/underserved medicine make up year five; while year six is devoted to clinical dentistry and medical electives.

“It’s not a program for everyone,” Brodie admitted.

R. Bruce Donoff, D.M.D., M.D., dean, and Walter C. Guralnick, D.M.D., distinguished professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, were among those who nominated NSU for the award. “The (NSU) program is worthy of recognition by implementing change with the highest level of inter-professional education. This program succeeds in adding a new dimension to the education of the oral physician,” wrote Donoff, who added that Harvard is about to implement a dual degree “following the model established at Nova Southeastern University.”

Zachary Heller will be the eighth student to complete the dual degree. Alexander Powell also is enrolled in the program, which will make him the ninth dual-degree student when he graduates in 2023.

Heller said he is ready for the hard work—and future career benefits—the D.O./D.M.D. degrees will bring. “I am pursing a dual degree to become the best medical and dental practitioner possible. Having a dual degree will allow me to draw from a greater foundation of knowledge, which allows me to recognize and prevent complications before they arise,” said Heller, who plans to pursue postgraduate education, possibly in oral maxillofacial surgery.

“The oral cavity is the gateway to the body. Whether I choose to practice medicine or dentistry, everything starts in the oral cavity,” Heller added. “By having an understanding of both oral and systemic diseases, I will be able to provide a greater quality and more comprehensive level of care to my patients.”

The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement are named for William J. Gies, Ph.D., who is considered the “Father of Contemporary Dental Education and Research,” according to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


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In a season filled with so many firsts, it was only fitting for Jim Crutchfield to add one more to his resume, as the Nova Southeastern head coach was announced as the recipient of the 2019 Jack Bennett award, which represents winning with integrity.

In just his second year in charge, Crutchfield guided the Sharks to uncharted territory, finishing 2018-19 with a record-setting 29-4 campaign that included a trip to the Elite Eight. The 29 victories not only set a new program best, but blew the previous single-season mark of 22 out of the water, Nova Southeastern climbed as high as No. 3 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) rankings before locking up both the Sunshine State Conference regular season title and NCAA South Region Championship, also program firsts.

“With what this award exemplifies, both winning and integrity, it’s of no surprise that Coach Crutch was chosen,” said Nova Southeastern assistant coach Jordan Fee. “He’s a winner and does it the right way, and always has. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to play for him and now coach alongside him. He’s a man of character and holds our program accountable to that same standard. In my opinion, he is truly one of the best college coaches in the history of the game.”

Crutchfield earned his 400th career win in a 98-76 rout of Palm Beach Atlantic on Senior Night in late February, and has since run his career overall record to a remarkable 405-75 (.844).

The Jack Bennett award is named in honor of the former head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Bennett won five Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, made five NCAA tournament appearances and won two national championships. He’s the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 200-56 record. In 34 seasons as head coach he compiled a record of 480-175.

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David Dennis leads the way with 28 points in 89-74 triumph over Lynn


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – One night after watching the Nova Southeastern women’s basketball team win the NCAA South Region Championship, the men’s side matched them with a trophy of their own. Playing in the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time in program history, the Sharks took care of business every step of the way to book their trip to the Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind., culminating in a 89-74 win over rival Lynn in an overflowing crowd at the Rick Case Arena on Tuesday night.

Score: Nova Southeastern 89, Lynn 74
Records: Nova Southeastern (29-3), Lynn (25-7)
Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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1ST HALF | The Fighting Knights jumped ahead right out of the gate with a pair of three-pointers in the first minute of the game, giving them the largest lead that either team would hold for the entire period. The Sharks responded with five quick points of their own to get within one, and the teams exchanged the next 10 field goals, as the Knights’ lead pinballed back and forth between one and three until Mark Matthews finally handed Nova Southeastern its first lead of the game with 13:15 remaining. The lead changed 10 more times the rest of the half, including three times in the next two minutes, as the Sharks and Knights matched one another punch for punch. Matthews scored a fastbreak layup with seven minutes left to give the Sharks their largest lead yet, at 28-25, but the Fighting Knights fought back with back-to-back layups to regain control once again. True to form, the teams traded points with five additional lead changes in less than two minutes, as each side briefly went ahead by a single point. The Sharks finally gained momentum for the rest of the half, and, as time would soon tell, the remainder of the game, leading for the final four and a half minutes before the break. In the closing minute, David Dennis hit two key layups, the second one off a clutch steal with 15 seconds left that pushed the Sharks’ advantage to five going into the locker room.

2ND HALF | The Sharks took command of the game for good in the first five-plus minutes of the second half, as they started out on a 13-0 run while the Knights missed their first nine shots. All told, the Knights were held without a field goal for nearly nine and a half minutes, only getting their seven points during that span at the line, while the Sharks poured in 26 on 10-of-18 from the field. By the time Lynn ended the drought, the Sharks had already taken a game-high, 19-point lead at 62-43. Though the Knights would twice trim the margin to nine, they never got closer than that, as the Sharks had an answer both times. The second time, Nova Southeastern responded with an 8-0 run to put the game away for good. Any chance of a Knights comeback was dashed when, after getting within 12 with 2:30 left, they proceeded to miss their final five field goals of the game, the last four from long range. Lukas Landgren rebounded a missed Knights free throw with nine seconds on the clock, holding the ball until the horn sounded to signal the completion of the Sharks’ journey from 6-20 before head coach Jim Crutchfield took over to NCAA South Region champions with a 29-3 record.


  • Playing in the Rick Case for the final time in his career, Dennis made his impact felt early and often. He had one of his best shooting nights, setting a new career high with 13 field goals on 62 percent shooting for 28 points, including 17 in the first half. He also grabbed six rebounds and two steals, while dishing out five assists.
  • Fellow senior Dwayne Gibson made his last appearance on his home court as a four-year starter for the Sharks. He tallied 13 points, three three-pointers, three rebounds and four steals.
  • Matthews earned 12 of his 18 points in the first half, and added 11 rebounds and three assists to his final line, picking up his team-high 15th double-double of the season.
  • Mikkel Kolstad collected his third double-digit scoring output of the tournament, as well, with a solid all-around game of 19 points, including a trio of three-pointers, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • Despite ranking among the top 10 percent of all DII squads in three-point percentage, both teams shot 10 percentage points below their season averages from long distance. The Sharks, entering the night in seventh in the country at 41.3 percent, made just 7 of 22 attempts, for a 31.8 percent rate. Lynn, meanwhile, hit just 28.1 percent (9-for-32), far below its usual mark of 39.5 percent.


  • Dennis’ second basket of the game, at 2:18 in, gave him 1,000 points in his career as a Shark. He’s the 15th player to reach the milestone, and the second this season, following Gibson, who hit the mark on Jan. 30 in a win at Barry. Dennis currently sits at 1,024 in his two seasons with the program and 1,963 in his four-year collegiate career under Crutchfield.
  • The Sharks wrap up play this season in the Rick Case Arena with a record of 20-2, the most home wins by any Sunshine State Conference team in the last 13 years.
  • Participating in an NCAA Regional Tournament for the 10th time as a head coach, Crutchfield lifted the trophy for the sixth time, improving to a remarkable 27-9 all-time in all rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and 22-4 in regionals.

The Sharks will learn their Elite Eight matchup tomorrow when the re-seeding of each regional champion is announced. Regardless, their first game at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. will be on Wednesday, Mar. 27. Coach Crutchfield is no stranger to the venue – the last time the tournament was held there, from Mar. 26-29 in 2014, his West Liberty Hilltoppers made the NCAA National Championship game for the first time, falling to Central Missouri 84-77. Sharks Director of Player Development Devin Hoehn, who was a redshirt-freshman on that team, averaged 10.7 points across their three games. Fans can stay up-to-date with all Elite Eight information at or on Twitter @NSU_MBasketball.


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Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law Health Law Program has been ranked 56th nationally and the Legal and Research and Writing Program is ranked 20th nationally by U.S. News & World Report.  Schools in the specialty rankings are ranked based solely on the number of nominations received from U.S. law school faculty who teach in that specialty.

These successes are due to the teaching, scholarship, and broad interdisciplinary engagement of the NSU Law faculty and staff and NSU leadership. “Our faculty have developed exemplary national programs in both these specialties,” said Jon M. Garon, Dean of the law school. “They bring their national expertise into the classroom and community on a daily basis.” As experts in their field, the faculty in these two programs continue to focus on student success through engaging research and national symposiums, conferences and publications.

The Health Law program at NSU emphasizes the main areas of the health law practice and offers a diverse and varied curriculum for students to become health law practitioners and policy makers. NSU Law continues its interprofessional collaboration with the NSU health professions colleges in providing engaging research between disciplines as well as commitment to community efforts to effect legislative issues.

NSU Law Legal Research and Writing offers a student-centered approach to legal writing instruction that integrates legal analysis with practical skills and professionalism. Our exceptional LRW faculty members have diverse practice expertise and are active leaders with the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. In addition to LRW, faculty members teach a wide array of courses, including experiential and doctrinal classes. Like all NSU Law faculty, they pride themselves on their commitment to student and community involvement.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Perez at or 954 262-6295.

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FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – Call it Noah’s Ark for corals.

Coral reefs across the globe are under siege. Due to a number of “stressors,” coral reefs have been dying off in record numbers. For many years, marine biologists and researchers around the world, including right here at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography have undertaken herculean efforts to save these vital members of the marine ecosystem. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough, so a radical idea was needed.

“Researchers across the planet are working to determine what is causing corals to die off in such large numbers, but it takes time,” said Abby Renegar, Ph.D., a research scientist at NSU’s Halmos College. “We have learned a great deal, but there is so much more we need to learn in order to best help corals survive the attacks they face.”

Dr. Abby Renegar (left) and Dr. Richard Dodge examine coral sample

We’ve all heard the phrase “think globally, act locally.” Well, nowhere is this more obvious than right here with Florida’s coral reefs. Our reefs have been dealing with a multi-year, disease-related mortality event that has caused massive coral “die-offs.” Renegar said that in Florida, more than 20 species, including those identified as primary reef-building species, have been negatively affected by this disease outbreak. Given just how pivotal a role coral reefs play in the economic engine that helps Florida run (i.e. tourism) it’s clear that the time had come for a drastic step to help save our corals.

Hence the creation of this “Noah’s Ark: project.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office, along with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program created the Coral Rescue Collection Plan. The idea is to help slow the continued spread of disease and saving “priority corals,” which include collecting numerous healthy corals that haven’t yet been impacted and house them in on-shore coral nurseries.

That’s where NSU comes in, as it joins the cadre of research entities involved in this project. Unlike the original Noah, who had only one ark, NSU is one of seven “arks” that will be hosting the rescued corals. In the short-term, these collections will prevent the total loss of these corals by protecting them from possible infection. In the long term, these collections will support the genetic preservation of these corals as a source stock for propagation for future restoration and reintroduction into the wild.

NSU’s site will serve as a sort of “temporary housing” for the rescued corals. Once they have been situated in the university’s on-shore nurseries and have been stabilized, they will then be relocated to a more long-term housing location.

The first round of corals are tentatively scheduled to arrive at NSU’s Ocean Campus at NOON (12 p.m.) Thursday, May 23. The Ocean Campus is located at 8000 N. Ocean Dr. (inside the Von D. Mizell – Eula Johnson State Park.)

Staghorn Coral in NSU’s Offshore Nursery

NSU has been growing corals in its off-shore and on-shore nurseries for many years, so this is a natural fit for the university to be part of this ambitious project. Renegar, who will be leading the preservation efforts at NSU, said the university will be home to approximately 700 rescued corals.

“We have a good deal of experience working with corals in such an environment,” she said. “We are going to take good care of our new residents.”




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