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NSU Alumni Spotlight

NSU Alumni Spotlight: Fabien Pampaloni, B.S.N. (’08)

Fabien Pampaloni, B.S.N. (’08), is an international business affairs specialist for Pocket Nurse®. He is responsible for promoting patient safety through the use of simulation products and theories in eight international territories and developing international trade and distributor agreements. He also works to find economical ways to create realistic simulation…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Marlene Sotelo, Ed.D. (’09)

Marlene Sotelo, Ed.D. (’09), is program director for the Els Center of Excellence at the Autism Foundation. The world-class facility, which will open in August 2015, seeks to help individuals on the autism spectrum, both locally and internationally, fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, and rewarding lives. Sotelo is…


SHSS Alum Presents on Problem-solving and Conflict Transformation at University in Taiwan

Jenny Hsiu-Ying Chang, Ph.D., a doctoral graduate the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (DCAR) in NSU’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), was an invited speaker by the Department of Social Psychology at Shih Hsin University, Taiwan, late last year. Chang’s talk was titled: “Problem-Solving and Conflict…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Tony Gaskew, Ph.D. (M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’08)

Tony Gaskew, Ph.D. (M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’08), is associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also serves as director for the Criminal Justice Program and coordinator for Criminal Forensic Studies and Legal Studies. In addition, he is a research team member for Human Dignity and…


Geico Alumni Athlete of the Month: Kamryn Blackwood

Former Nova Southeastern University tennis player Kamryn Blackwood just recently finished up her year as Miss New Mexico USA 2014, and graciously took time out of her schedule to talk to NSUSharks.com. In 2014, Blackwood was crowned Miss Farmington, which qualified her for Miss New Mexico, and, after earning that…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Ruth Jacoby, Ed.D. (’95)

Ruth Jacoby, Ed.D. (’95), is executive director of education for Somerset Academy Charter Schools. Her mission there is to develop and head the Principal Leadership program, supporting the school’s vision to “grow future leaders from within.” She organizes a yearly Somerset Conference for more than 600 educators, as well as…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Michael L. Bourke, Ph.D.

Michael L. Bourke, Ph.D. (M.S.’96, Ph.D. ’00), is the chief psychologist for the United States Marshals Service and heads the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit, a component of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center. The partnership acts as an international intelligence and operations center supporting the identification, investigation, apprehension, and prosecution…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Renee Goldenberg, J.D. (’84)

Renee Goldenberg, J.D. (’84), has presided as circuit judge for the family division in the 17th Judicial Court, Broward County, since 1997. She also serves as chair of the Family Division and as cochair of the Judicial Outreach Committee, which serves to bridge the judiciary and the community it serves….


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Thomas D. Cairns, D.B.A. (M.S. ’90, D.B.A. ’96)

Thomas D. Cairns, D.B.A. (M.S.’90, D.B.A. ’96), is an associate professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Graduate School of Business and Management Azusa Pacific University. He also is the principal and chief career coach of Cairns Blaner Group, a consulting company focused on delivering career management strategies and services. Previously,…


Distinguished Lecture Series: Herbalife Executive and Huizenga School Alum Richard P. Goudis

Speaking to a full audience in the Huizenga Sales Institute’s Executive Conference Center, Richard P. Goudis quoted Casey Kasem’s famous words, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”  As a 17 year old, Goudis was impacted by Kasem’s words and knew he wanted to do…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Hillel L. Presser, J.D. ’05

Hillel Presser is a true believer in the power of ambition. Presser was raised in Rochester, NY.  Originally a major in entrepreneurship, he completed his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University. He then returned to South Florida to complete his law degree from Nova. Presser (J.D. ’05) states that his Nova…


SHSS Alum Heads the War Prevention Initiative and Presents at IPRA 2014 Conference

Patrick Hiller, Ph.D., doctoral graduate of the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (DCAR) in NSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), presented “The Global Peace System” at the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) 2014 Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey. Hiller serves as the Executive Director of the War…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Emily Kelley, B.S.

Emily Sisson Kelley always dreamed of attending a prominent Midwestern university. However, the Iowa native says she felt overwhelmed when confronted with its larger class sizes. “I believe with a smaller school, there are more opportunities for a student-athlete to stand out. Because of my experience at NSU, I always…


Geico Alumni Athlete of the Month: Michael Wilson

Former Nova Southeastern University track and field runner Michael Wilson competed recently in the Central American and Caribbean Games, which ran from Nov. 15 through Nov. 30 in Veracruz, Mexico. Wilson was one of 11 athletes representing Grenada, his father’s home country. Participating in the men’s 100-meter semifinals on Nov….


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Jeffrey Forrest

Passion for a subject can take a person to unexpected places – just ask Jeff Forrest.  A former commercial pilot flying “traffic watch” for a radio station, Forrest’s passion has taken him beyond aviation into the realm of aerospace, and into academia. He has piloted glider, seaplane, and corporate jets. He…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Gabrielle Haliburton

Born and raised in southern New Jersey, studying at Nova’s Fort Lauderdale main campus was attractive to Gabrielle Haliburton (M.S. ’05) for a number of reasons. “I enjoy the diversity of South Florida, and Nova reflects that. It’s like a melting pot.” Also, as a working professional, Haliburton needed a…


NSU Alum Wilson to Run in CAC Games

Former Nova Southeastern University track and field runner Michael Wilson will be competing in the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games, representing Grenada, beginning Nov. 15 in Veracruz, Mexico. Complete Release


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Onica Charles

Born and raised in Guyana, South America, Onica Charles faced many disadvantages still experienced by its citizens today. When she was twelve years old, her parents brought her to the United States “to give me a chance at a good education.” Charles had no idea that one day, that opportunity…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Elise J. Zahn, D.O.

Medical School alumna, Elise J. Zahn, D.O., M.B.A., FACEOP-D (’96) was named as a National Hockey League team physician for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Zahn completed her medical education at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at St. John Oakland Hospital in Detroit,…


NSU Alumni Spotlight: Neal Sklar

  Neal Sklar (’93), certified construction law attorney at Peckar & Abramson, P.C., was included in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America, published by Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal field.


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