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Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
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


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Changing Lives, One Dream at a Time

Deborah Ann Mulligan, M.D., remembers a time when she and her three sisters shared all of their belongings to help her save money to pay for medical school. Her father, a disabled war veteran and son of Irish/German immigrants, had set clear educational expectations for his family. With her mother,…

Legacy Giving Business Buzz – Part II

Steven Harvey, M.B.A., began his career at Nova Southeastern University, and, if he has the choice, he’ll never leave. As part of the administrative team at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Harvey serves as assistant dean of Operations and Administration. He began his relationship with NSU…

Legacy Giving Business Buzz – Part I

When Liza Sumulong was searching for an M.B.A. program, she did due diligence, visiting at least three schools. But there was something that stood out about Nova Southeastern University. “I wanted to be at a place where I felt like I was at home,” said Sumulong. “When I arrived here,…

Realizing Potential: Applying Foresight to Philanthropy

When the Realizing Potential campaign launched four months after Humberto Franquiz joined NSU, he found it easy to give through the Changing Lives Scholarship program. “To me, it’s a privilege working here,” said Franquiz, director of finance for NSU’s Office of Facilities Management. “Giving back means helping the university that…

Realizing Potential: Parental Wisdom

Some of Kevin Dibert’s family trips started as typical vacations. A trip to Florida included spending a day at the beach, for example. But family members slept in disaster relief volunteer bunkers. And teen outings included stripping wet carpet from hurricane-damaged homes. The following year, the family returned to help…

Realizing Potential: Become Your Best Self

When Vera Mandilovitch began working at Nova Southeastern University nearly 4 years ago, she was quickly inspired by the welcoming and motivating environment that she was looking for as a public relations professional. NSU, she says, “felt like a second family.” Vera works in the Division of Public Relations and…

Realizing Potential: Pharm.D./M.B.A. Student Shares Story at Annual Big Thank You

My name is Yana Vorontsova, and I am a Doctor of Pharmacy and M.B.A. student. I was born in Siberia, in a very small rural village in the south of Siberia. Growing up in a post-Soviet Russia; it was a very difficult time. Our family, just like many others, survived…

Realizing Potential: Student Success in Sports and Life

To NSU Athletics Director Mike Mominey, helping student-athletes realize their potential means providing opportunities for success–in sports and in life. “In athletics, it’s almost the perfect analogy because that’s what we do,” Mominey said. “As a coach, you’re always looking to get the most of your student-athletes. The wins and…

Realizing Potential: Potential Memorialized

It was the short life of Wade Jones and the pursuit of his dream to become a nurse that inspired Edward Franco to create a memorial scholarship in Jones’ name–and leave a NSU legacy gift to help future nursing students. Jones–a promising NSU nursing student in Fort Myers who “found…

Realizing Potential: Paying it Forward through NSU

Bryan Deptula, Ph.D. always knew he wanted to surround himself with people who valued growth, community-building and making a difference. His path to becoming Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management at NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship was filled with self-awareness, ambition, and a commitment to helping…

Realizing Potential: Each Gift Makes a Difference

Karen Grosby, Ed.D., grew up around children with special needs and their families. Thus, she became familiar with the major challenges they faced personally and in accessing education and employment. At the time, many were marginalized in their communities. Research and services were sorely needed then and the need continues…

Realizing Potential: It’s Never Too Early to Give

Yong X. Tao, Ph.D., has been recognized as a leader in international collaborations in academic and research initiatives in student and faculty exchange, joint workshops, research forums, and mutual delegation visits to countries around the world. As former Chair of the Mechanical and Energy Engineering (MEE) Department at the University…

Last Call for Founding Members

Be forever recognized as a founding member of NSU’s 1964 Society with a legacy gift to help future NSU students realize their full potential. You decide how your gift will be applied and no immediate outlay of funds is required. Simply designate NSU as a recipient to a sliver of…

Realizing Potential: Every Day is a Gift

Linda Niessen was recruited to Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) as Dean of the College of Dental Medicine in October of 2013 while working as the Chief Clinical Officer for a dental manufacturing company in York, Pennsylvania. She had spent 10 years prior as a professor at Baylor College of Dentistry…

Realizing Potential: From Scholarship to Legacy

Jennifer Ramos grew up in an athletic family.  As the eighth child in a family of nine, she became involved in sports at a young age and knew athletics would always be an important part of her life. She was also interested in law enforcement and, knowing a few people…

Realizing Potential: Leaving a Legacy at a Young Age

When 32-year-old Natalia Ochoa began working at NSU in 2010, she knew she was going to accomplish great things. She had always been driven by her passions and focused on her goals; after all-perseverance and ambition runs in her family.  Her father is an engineer and former politician. One sister…

One NSU for the Cure

NSU has joined the fight against Cancer. Donor support for NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research, the NSU Sarcoma Research Fund, and the NSU Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research are accelerating a multidisciplinary approach to cancer research, and are providing research opportunities for students at all…

Realizing Potential: NSU Optometry Students Earn Scholarships

NSU College of Optometry students Justin Chelette and Kaily Tschantz recently earned Vision Service Plan (VSP)/AOF Practice Excellence Scholarships for $3,250 each. They were selected by representatives from clinic faculty and administration due to their commitment to enter independent practice and for demonstrating excellence in both clinical performance and academics….

Realizing Potential: Faculty Helping Faculty

Robert A. Uchin, D.D.S. is not only former dean of NSU’s College of Dental Medicine and current faculty member in the Department of Endodontics, he is also one of the college’s most ardent philanthropic supporters.  Dr. Uchin and his wife Marlene recently made a generous gift to establish the Dr….

Realizing Potential: The Levans Create Endowed Scholarship for NSU’s Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Susie and Alan B. Levan, longtime supporters of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), have once again shown their willingness to further the university’s mission and vision with their latest financial gift. The Levan’s latest gift will establish the “Susie and Alan B. Levan Endowed Scholarship Fund” that will help students in…

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