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Nova Southeastern University to Recognize Distinguished Alumni

Annual Achievement Awards reception to be held Thursday, Nov. 12.


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alumniFORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FlaNova Southeastern University (NSU) will salute 14 outstanding graduates at the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony, the highest and most prestigious honor that NSU bestows upon its graduates. The program recognizes alumni who have realized their potential around the world by demonstrating a record of distinguished service and extraordinary achievement in a particular profession, discipline, organization or community cause.

“There are many ways to determine the value of a university,” said Dr. George Hanbury, President and CEO of NSU. “I believe that one of the most important ways is by what our graduates bring to the communities across the country and around the world after graduation. These honorees make NSU proud!”

These awards pay tribute to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and/or community, have great pride for their alma mater, and are committed to advancing NSU’s values and goals.

The event, to be held at NSU’s Grande Oaks Golf Club from 6-9 pm Thursday, Nov. 12, is $60 per person and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and valet parking. Space is limited, so those interested in attending should visit  For additional information, please call 954-262-2118.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards 2015 Recipients include:

2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Winners

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Susan Russell, M.S. ‘84
College of Dental Medicine Timothy Case, D.M.D. ‘01
College of Engineering and Computing Dawn Beyer, Ph.D. ‘14
College of Health Care Sciences William Kohlhepp, D.H.Sc. ‘07
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Sherika Hornes, M.S. ‘14
College of Nursing Jorge Montequin, B.S.N. ‘12
College of Optometry Andrew Morgenstern, O.D. ‘99
College of Osteopathic Medicine Mayrene Hernandez, D.O. ‘01
College of Pharmacy Christopher Lynch, Pharm.D. ‘97
College of Psychology Wendy Lader, Ph.D. ‘84
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship Lynne Wines, B.S. ‘87
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Maria Behnam-Terneus, B.S. ‘05, D.O. ‘09
Shepard Broad College of Law Michael Fischler, J.D. ‘78, M.B.A. ‘78
NSU University School Maya Ezratti ‘94




About Nova Southeastern University (NSU):Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 24,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the  largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information.

October 21, 2015

Julie Spechler| NSU Office of Public Affairs
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