June 2021 | In this Issue
Sharks don caps, gowns, and masks ... Scholarships created for nursing students who wish to help oncology patients ... Health disparities addressed ... Museum strives to make art and programming for social change accessible to the entire community ... NSU faculty honored for its dedication during the pandemic ... Researchers look to save the leopards ... Women Veterans Day celebrated on campus
Live at Hard Rock Stadium
A reason for celebration! In-person commencement ceremonies were held at the Hard Rock Stadium in May to honor the achievements of the Class of 2021.
Racing Champion Honors Mother
Indy 500 champion and Fort Lauderdale native Ryan
Hunter-Reay and his wife Beccy recently established an endowed scholarship to support students at NSU’s Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing with an interest in oncology. The gift was made through NSU Fellow Racing for Cancer, an organization created by the Hunter-Reay family in memory of his mother, Lydia.
Reimagining the Future through Art
Community Voices, a new initiative from NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, explores social and racial inequities by celebrating diversity and fostering art education and community discourse. The programming is supported by the Community Foundation of Broward, an NSU Fellow. The museum recently launched Community Voices with a panel discussion, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: Freedom, Afrofuturism, and Reflections on Juneteenth."
Addressing Health Disparities
Health disparities within communities of color have come to light during the COVID-19 pandemic. Farzanna Haffizulla, M.D., chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, wants to address this issue through the Caribbean Diaspora Healthy Nutrition Outreach Project. The initiative hopes Caribbean-American communities receive education to prevent diseases like high blood pressure, cancer, and heart conditions.
Terry Mularkey's
FIVE BY FIVE
University Advancement Vice President Terry Mularkey is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Getting a “Five by Five” report meant that the signal being used to communicate over two-way radios had excellent strength and perfect clarity. Here are five stories that clearly signal NSU Shark pride.
The Race is On!
The Great Shark Race is underway. Learn more about the race and its goal of protecting mako and whale shark populations. Visit the race website to track or sponsor a shark.

Compassion and Courage
Congratulations to Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine dean Elaine Wallace, D.O., M.S.4, and assistant professor Sandi Scott-Holman, D.O. Both were recognized by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation as 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care—physicians, nurses, and health care team members recognized for compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Avoiding Another Water Crisis
NSU researchers are working to determine what causes blue-green algae to bloom and persist in hopes of mitigating the threat to South Florida's water supply.

Spotting the Leopard's Genes
An international team of scientists, including NSU's Stephen J. O'Brien, Ph.D., are working to improve conservation efforts for the vulnerable leopard population. The team is studying the genetic sequences and evolutionary history of this beautiful animal.
 
Making Headlines
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale's The Carter Project showcases an innovative architectural feat from Miami-based artist Christopher Carter. On view through January 2022, the exhibit was recently featured in The New York Times.
Upcoming Events
Times for all upcoming events are EST.
NSU College of Psychology Shark Chat with Johannes W. Vieweg, M.D., FACS, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 12:30 p.m.

You Got This! Financial Literacy, Entrepreneur, and Workforce Education Workshops
Presented by Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center and
sponsored by Truist
Thursday, July 15 | 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 21 | 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27 | 7:00–8:00 p.m.

NSU College of Psychology Shark Chat
Friday, July 16, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Presented by NSU H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Alvin Sherman Library
Summer reading programming and activities for children, teens, and adults
 
Sunny Days at NSU Art Museum presented by AutoNation
Did you know you can enjoy free admission days at NSU Art Museum?
 
Senior Socials
Virtual field trips, special events, and classes are offered via NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute, and you’re invited, too!
In Case You Missed It
After providing nearly 3,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to students, and 1,800 to faculty and staff members, NSU transitioned its vaccination site to the Florida Department of Health.

Diversity Recognition
NSU was recognized for being one of the top southern schools in terms of diversity in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

NSU's Veterans Resource Center celebrated Women Veterans Day on June 12. In partnership with the Town of Davie and local ROTC groups, an event to honor women military veterans and their families was held at the Armed Forces Service Plaza.

Enjoy performances from the Alvin Sherman Library designed to introduce preschool age children to new music and stories. The program is generously funded by PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great initiative and is geared for children ages 3 to 5.
Donor Exchange
Submit your response to the following question, and we’ll share a few of the answers we receive in the next issue.

What do you think NSU does best when it comes to keeping students and faculty safe?
In our last issue, we asked donors what is the best piece of financial advice you ever received. Here is one donor's response.

"Make a plan. Stick to the plan. And be debt free."
– NSU Fellow Bernadette Bruce, Executive Director, Printing and Publications
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