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Circle of Friends Annual Meeting an Evening of Jazz with Diane Schuur

The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center recently hosted its Annual Meeting to recognize outgoing board members, and to install new board members and officers.

The evening began with almost 100 members enjoying cocktails, followed by the Annual Meeting and dinner, and then guests proceeded to the Alfred and Rose Miniaci Performing Arts Center for a jazz performance by Grammy Award Winner Diane Schuur. The entire audience was invited back to the Sherman Library for a meet and greet with Ms. Schuur and a sumptuous dessert buffet.

Outgoing board members Joan Baxt, Charles E. Davis, Jr., Arthur Drujak, Marianne Ferro, Kristen Lynch, Greg Sandefur, Sandy Tate and Michelle Tuggle were recognized for their service. Circle of Friends also announced several new additions to its Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 fiscal year: Cheryl Dater, Michael Greenberg, Lorraine Hoffman, Ronnie Oller, Peter Woolf, Gilbert Young, M.D. and Thomas Zimmerman. Elected for office were Larry Maurer as President, Michael Greenberg as Vice-President, Rona Levitt as Secretary, Thomas Zimmerman as Treasurer, and Raymond Ballotta as Past President. Dean Eric Ackerman, Ph.D., was elected for a second term. Additional board members include Jana Hanbury, Carlos Leo. John Lippincott, and Ann Porterfield.  Ex-Officio Board members include Lydia Acosta, Elaine Blattner and Luis Muriel.

Underwriting was generously provided by Gold Coast Marine Distributor, Port Consolidated, SWS Charitable Foundation, Inc., C. Davis Electric Co., Tate Enterprises, ACAI, Joan and Milton Baxt Foundation, Levenson, Katzin & Ballotta, PA, New River Realty Corporation, Panza, Maurer & Maynard, P.A., United Spirits of Florida, LLC, City Furniture, and Peter and Fran Woolf.

The Circle of Friends is a diverse group of individuals who share the common goal of furthering the intellectual resources of the Alvin Sherman Library. As a result of an innovative agreement between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Alvin Sherman Library is a unique joint-use facility. This means that anyone who lives or works in Broward County is eligible to have a library card and to access the five-story Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

Together, the Circle of Friends is dedicated to:

  • Promoting the development and achievements of the Alvin Sherman Library
  • Encouraging greater visibility and interaction between the Library and the University, its host community, alumni, and friends
  • Enriching the cultural life of the University and its larger community through funding of special exhibits, programs, and collections
  • Supporting the goals of the Library through volunteer activities and programs
  • Assisting in developing resources to benefit the Library and its departments and programs
  • Serving as a liaison with the private sector and building strong relationships between the Library, corporations, and foundations

For more information, or to join the Circle of Friends, please call 954-262-4627 or 954-262-4593, email or visit To sign up for a library card, please visit

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