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Nova Southeastern University
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796


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Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-5353
(800) 541-6682 x25353
Fax: (954) 262-3954

NSU In The News

Resume makeover: Getting organized, focused (Miami Herald)

Maria Arens Torres has sent out more than 100 resumes since she was laid off last August. For the resume makeover, Shari Saperstein, Nova Southeastern University’s career development director, first had Torres go through all those bulleted items and indicate which went with which position.

Analyst assesses future for Crist, Republican Party (Sun-Sentinel)

Charles Zelden, a professor of history and legal studies at Nova Southeastern University, said Charlie Crist as an independent could become Florida’s next U.S. Senator.

Durant High senior signs letter of intent for Nova Southeastern swim team (Plant City Courier & Tribune)

Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center’s Blue Wave swim team has announced that senior swimmer Eddie Bandi recently signed a national letter of intent to swim for Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

Rear Admiral Michelle Howard Speaks at NSU (uVu)

Rear Admiral Michelle Howard, the first African-American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy, attended a luncheon at Nova Southeastern University where she spoke on “Women and Minorities in Today’s U.S. Navy.”

Electronic Records: ‘A Long Way to Go’ (Florida Trend)

Electronic healthcare and medical records are supposed to usher in a new era in medicine. Initially, the biggest winner will be the IT industry. Nova Southeastern University in Davie has 120 students in its master’s program in biomedical informatics.

Ava Maria, Nova and FSU tops for passing the bar (Sun-Sentinel)

The results from the most recent Florida bar exams are out, and a law school on the west coast of Florida reached a 100 percent passage rate. There’s a major caveat for Ava Maria University, however. Only one student took the exam in February. Of schools with a more statistically valid sample, Florida State University topped the state with an 84.8 percent passage rate, followed by Nova Southeastern University in Davie at 82.1 percent.

Longtime Philadelphia educator is now a Hall of Famer (Philadelphia Daily News)

The National Teachers Hall of Fame announced that retired kindergarten teacher Erlene Bass Nelson is among its five 2010 inductees, and only the fourth from Pennsylvania to ever be honored. Nelson earned a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Op-ed: School Violence Prevention Needs a Strong Commitment (Sun-Sentinel)

In the days and years following the Columbine massacre on April 20, 1999, we have had the opportunity to discuss school safety and violence prevention and to empower the students who are the key to school safety. But we have neglected to take advantage of this teachable moment – and have not done enough to prevent another one from happening, writes Scott Poland, Ed.D., an associate professor and coordinator of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University.

Coral reefs off Fort Lauderdale better protected from cargo ships (Sun-Sentinel)

The damage from these incidents is highly localized compared with the more widespread harm caused by pollution, overfishing and global warming. “But within that small footprint they caused almost complete devastation,” said Brian Walker, research scientist at Nova Southeastern University’s National Coral Reef Institute. “When a ship strikes a reef, it levels what took thousands of years to build.”

With pressure mounting, Crist signals possible independent Senate campaign (Sun-Sentinel)

John Anderson, who won 7 percent of the vote in his independent candidacy for president in 1980, said raising campaign funds is difficult without the usual party machinery. Now 88 and living in Fort Lauderdale, Anderson is a distinguished visiting professor of law at Nova Southeastern University.

Embattled Broward Judge Ana Gardiner resigns (Sun-Sentinel)

Embattled Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner announced her resignation Thursday, avoiding going before a state judicial watchdog agency to answer accusations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a prosecutor. Legal ethics experts say Gardiner’s alleged conduct, if proven, could still have serious consequences for her as an attorney, including the possible removal of her license to practice law, according to Bob Jarvis, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Carolina Day’s Key signs with Florida school (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Carolina Day senior Jonathan Key swims fast enough to suggest he has fins and gills. So it was entirely fitting that the Citizen-Times All-WNC Swimmer of the Year became a Shark on Tuesday. Key signed with the Nova Southeastern University Sharks, becoming a member of the inaugural team at the Division II school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Walk Now for Autism held at NSU (Sun-Sentinel)

Walkers with autism, their families and friends took part in Autism Speaks’ ninth annual Broward County Walk Now for Autism at Nova Southeastern University’s main campus on April 17.

South Walton track star leaps over the competition (The Walton Sun)

When the gun sounds, South Walton’s Lauren Morton flies through the air and crashes in to the sand pits. The 18-year-old Collegiate High School senior, who will be attending Nova Southeastern University on a scholarship in the fall, recently was a four-event winner at the Walton County Track and Field Championships.

Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu disputes city attorney, seeks second opinion on election (Sun-Sentinel)

Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu is asking for a second opinion from Bruce Rogow, a constitutional law expert who has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rogow is a law professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Blackwood extends tennis career (Farmington Daily Times)

Kamy Blackwood’s high school tennis career has gone just about as well as she possibly could have dreamed, with back-to-back state championships in doubles and a team title last season. As it turns out, the dream won’t end just because she’ll be graduating from Farmington High in May. Blackwood signed a national Letter-of-Intent to continue her career at Nova Southeastern University.

Florida’s merit-pay plan for teachers (Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel)

Wayne Driscoll, the dean of the faculty at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services, worries the bill might discourage teachers from pursuing advanced degrees. That, he said, could have an adverse effect on teacher quality in Florida.

South Florida colleges recruit A-list speakers (Sun-Sentinel)

It’s not yet graduation season and already a number of big-name world leaders have been turning up at local colleges and universities. In February, the Dalai Lama, made stops at Nova Southeastern University, Broward College and Florida Atlantic University. NSU also welcomed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Elizabeth Edwards.

FRAG grants help Florida sow degrees (Sun-Sentinel)

An all-inclusive plan is needed to maximize the resources of all three sectors of higher education — the state universities, the community-state colleges and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, writes NSU Chancellor Ray Ferrero Jr. in an op-ed coauthored by University of Miami President Donna Shalala.

Some travel across globe to Miami to get iPad (Miami Herald)

Leo Irakliotis, the dean of Nova Southeastern University’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences and Apple enthusiast, ordered a 64 GB version of the iPad with 3G, which Apple says will be released sometime in June.

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