March 2022 | In This Issue
Couple with strong NSU ties is part of the Charter Fellows for the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation ... Student scholarship helps one student chase her dreams in medicine ... Meet the dean of Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center ... Fellows Society members support NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and create a rescue center for cats ... NSU teams excel in swimming and basketball ... Legacy of former NSU dean of undergraduate admissions and international affairs lives on with scholarship encouraging global engagement ... NSU's Shark family members clean up beaches, help animals, pack blessing bags, and paint nonprofit facilities
Celebrating Innovation
As the director of simulation and interactive technology at NSU’s Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, Melissa Morris explores new avenues in virtual and augmented reality for healthcare simulation education and research. Her husband Ken serves as a member of the Susie and Alan B. Levan NSU Ambassadors Board and hopes to foster new technological and entrepreneurial companies in his position as a commercial real estate advisory consultant and broker. Together, becoming members of the Fellows Society as charter fellows of the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation was a natural progression of their relationship with NSU.
Thank You to the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation Charter Fellows
as of March 11, 2022
Learn More About the Levan Center
Pursuing a Dream
A third-year student at NSU’s Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, Temitope Ogunnaike is working toward her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences as the first step in pursuing a career in medicine. She is a recipient of the Brown Family Endowed Scholarship. “Receiving this scholarship will allow me to continue chasing my dreams,” Ogunnaike said. 
Coming Home
Holly Lynn Baumgartner, Ph.D., grew up in Fort Lauderdale and watched Nova Southeastern University (NSU) grow with the community. That connection was one of the things that attracted her to the university when the position of dean for the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center (Halmos College) opened. Baumgartner stepped into the role in September 2021.
Building on a Foundation of Charitable Giving
As Fellows Society member Andrew Heller was growing up near Cleveland, Ohio, his parents instilled in him a foundation of charitable giving. That foundation has guided his generosity, from giving back to his alma mater and supporting the arts and underprivileged children in his community to establishing a feline rescue center with his wife Tanya.
Terry Mularkey's
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.
Fins Up! NSU Claims Championship Trophies
The NSU women's swimming team had a spectacular season, repeating as the SSC champion and then winning four NCAA national championships and placing third overall in the nation. On the court, the men's basketball team earned the program's first SSC championship after becoming the conference's first team to boast a perfect season. The team is off to a great start in the NCAA tournament, winning the South Region and heading to the Elite Eight.
March Madness Engulfs the Shark Tank
Spotting Manatees
A team led by Amy Hirons, NSU professor and oceanographer, was hired by the Miami International Boat Show to look out for manatees in the vicinity of the event. The program's goal is to minimize disturbances from boat traffic when the animals are spotted in the area.

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Anthony DeNapoli
The Dr. Anthony J. DeNapoli "Global Engagement" Scholarship was created to provide funding for students to participate in life-changing study-abroad experiences. Janaki Chandra, a sophomore majoring in biology, and Natalie Toops, a junior working toward a degree in interdisciplinary studies, are the first two recipients of this award. Learn more about Anthony DeNapoli.

Opening Doors to Historically Neglected High School Students
The Farquhar Honors College has been awarded a planning grant for $25,000 from the Teagle Foundation to support a new initiative that aims to open the door to higher education to underserved high school students who have been historically neglected.
NSU Alum Shares Knowledge with Fellow Educators
Marquita S. Blades, Ed.D. is an award-winning educator, international speaker, author, and education consultant. She credits her time at NSU with helping her reach her goal of becoming an instructional leader, sharing her teaching strategies and experiences with educators across the country. Blades established a Changing Lives scholarship for graduate students continuing their education at the NSU Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice. Learn more about her story.
Upcoming Events
Times for all upcoming events are EST.
You Got This! Financial Literacy, Entrepreneur, and Workforce Education Workshops
Presented by Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center and
sponsored by Truist

Wednesday, March 23 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 25 | 4:00–7:00 p.m. | Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation
The goal of the event is to showcase women fashion designers/brand creators who contribute to the global economy and society in so many ways. The event will have a tech “fusion” to foster an innovative community where creatives, investors, start-ups, and technologists connect and “define” the future of fashion. Register online.
Saturday, April 2 | 6:00–10:00 p.m. | Don Taft University Center - Rick Case Arena
Annual signature event hosted by the university president. NSU will proudly bestow the 2022 Excellence in Community Service Award to retired Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry.
Monday, April 4 | 7:30 a.m. | Grande Oaks Golf Club
This event benefits NSU student-athlete scholarships and academic support.
Register online by March 28.
Save the Date: ALL IN FOR NSU
Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8
ALL IN FOR NSU is a two-day fundraising initiative that calls on Nova Southeastern University alumni and friends to swim together in support of student resources and university initiatives. On April 7–8, 2022, show your Shark support by making a gift to any NSU college or area that matters to you. Help us reach 1,000 gifts. Any amount counts!
Get exclusive Shark swag (t-shirts, sunglasses, and more) when you give $25 or $50. Learn more at
July 11–August 29 | Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation
The Incubate Pillar is a six-week program to advance the design-thinking process from the ideate stage. Cohorts identify how a real pain point for enough people is being solved through the Founder’s business. Mentors and industry experts are strategically introduced during this stage. The last week of the program will conclude with cohort participants pitching to the Levan Center network as well as the South Florida Community. Interested? Complete the online application.
Sunny Days and Starry Nights at NSU Art Museum presented by Broward Health
Did you know you can enjoy free admission days at NSU Art Museum?
See What's New at the NSU Lifelong Learning Institute
Virtual field trips, special events, and classes are offered via NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute, and you’re invited.
In Case You Missed It
President Hanbury shares updates to the mask mandates.
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