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Pride Bite: Fischler School Dedicates Distance Education Museum and Café to Honor Dr. Fischler

Cutting the ribbon at the Fischler School of Education Distance Education Museum & Café were (l-r) FSE Interim Dean Ronald Chenail, Ph.D.; Museum organizer and FSE faculty member and Student Government Association  Adviser Daniel Markarian, Ed.D.; FSE Associate Dean Jamie Manburg, Ed.D.; NSU Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jacqueline A. Travisano; Mrs. Shirley Fischler; Abraham S. Fischler, Ed.D.; FSE SGA Treasurer Sabrina Edwards; FSE SGA Board Member Miriam Musco; FSE SGA and Kappa Delta Pi President Nova Lishon-Savarino; and FSE Associate Dean Tara Saltzman, Ph.D.

Cutting the ribbon at the Fischler School of Education Distance Education Museum & Café were (l-r) FSE Interim Dean Ronald Chenail, Ph.D.; Museum organizer and FSE faculty member and Student Government Association Adviser Daniel Markarian, Ed.D.; FSE Associate Dean Jamie Manburg, Ed.D.; NSU Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jacqueline A. Travisano; Mrs. Shirley Fischler; Abraham S. Fischler, Ed.D.; FSE SGA Treasurer Sabrina Edwards; FSE SGA Board Member Miriam Musco; FSE SGA and Kappa Delta Pi President Nova Lishon-Savarino; and FSE Associate Dean Tara Saltzman, Ph.D.

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 dedicate the FSE Distance Education Museum & Café. The Museum, a legacy project of the FSE Student Government Association, will be a living display of distance education documents, memorabilia, and images in the lobby of the North Miami Beach (FSE) Campus.

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.

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.