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Alumni Opinion Survey

Thank you so much for your participation in the Alumni Opinion Survey. We feel that the success of NSU is measured by our graduates, and our quality is improved by assessing your perception of your NSU experience. Your opinions, praise and criticism are all valuable in improving our programs and services. The following is a summary of key findings from the survey:

  • Nearly 100% of alumni surveyed take pride in being an NSU graduate
  • Over 90% agree that NSU continues to have a positive impact on their career
  • Nearly 80% agree that NSU is a “lifelong experience”
  • Nearly 2/3 of alumni who responded feel either “well” or “somewhat” connected to NSU
  • Alumni value NSU’s flexibility, convenience, choices in programs, timing, setting, small class size, and respected, real-world experience faculty
  • Alumni want to hear about success stories of fellow alumni
  • Alumni agree that NSU’s printed and e-communications are valuable sources of information
  • Alumni suggest more social and networking events, where different groups could come together as one. Others suggest more contact and emails.
  • If they were to hit the lottery, alumni would first support students with scholarships and financial aid, giving them the opportunity to have the NSU experience

Remember that your NSU Alumni Association is always here to serve you. Again, we thank you for your participation, and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming alumni program!

- Your NSU Alumni Association

Upcoming Alumni Events
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For questions or assistance, please contact your NSU Alumni Association at or (954) 262-2118.

Eastern New York Women's History Month Luncheon DC Happy Hour with Missy Dore from the NSU Oceanographic Center
Tuesday, April 20
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

The Liberty Hotel on Beacon Hill

Lounge at the Liberty
Tuesday, April 27
The Liberty Hotel on Beacon Hill

VIBE at YOLO Las Olas

Visit @VIBE
Wednesday, May 4
VIBE at YOLO Las Olas

Save the Date!
Southwest Alumni Reception
Friday, June 3rd
Las Vegas Hilton

Save the Date!
2nd Annual Network in the Northeast
Friday, June 10th
W Hoboken

News and Upcoming Events
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Entrepreneurship Summer Camp and Personal Enrichment Program Escape
The Huizenga School’s Premiere Camp for High School Students

High school students interested in entrepreneurship are invited to Escape to the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship for a one-week summer camp, June 20-24 or July 18-22. Each day will be packed with lectures from NSU professors and South Florida business leaders, lively discussions, and interactive exercises.

For more information including application and fees, log onto:
Or call Janet Goldstein at 954-262-5139 and ask about the NSU Alumni discount

CommonGet Your MBA on Main Campus, Evening Classes Now Enrolling
The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship announces a new evening format starting in the April 2011 term. Two M.B.A. classes will be offered on the main campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9...

Common NSU to Host Annual Bring Your Child to Work Day
Mark your calendar for Thursday, Apr. 28 and make arrangements for Bring Your Kid to Work Day! See flyer for details...

Presidential Investiture Ceremony Set for Apr. 21; Still Time to RSVP Presidential Investiture Ceremony Set for Apr. 21; Still Time to RSVP
The Investiture of NSU’s 6th President, George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., will take place on Thursday, April 21 in the Don Taft University Center Arena, followed by a reception for all attendees on the RecPlex courts. If you have ... .

Attend NSU’s M.B.A. Information Meeting in Miramar Attend NSUís M.B.A. Information Meeting in Miramar
Earn your M.B.A. in only 18 months from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. The Huizenga Business School now offers M.B.A. classes at NSUís Miramar Town Center campus (2050 Civic Center Place). Classes...

Sales Institute Offers Free Workshop Series for Sales Executives Sales Institute Offers Free Workshop Series for Sales Executives
Sales managers and executives from across the South Florida business community are invited to attend three complimentary breakfast workshops designed to help you and your sales team thrive. Sponsored by NSUís Huizenga Sales Inst...

CommonView NSU Student Artwork at the Say What? Juried Student Art Exhibition
The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Division of Performing and Visual Arts will host Say What? Third Annual Juried Student Exhibition through Apr. 27. The exhibition will be held in Gallery 217 of the college’s Performing ... .

NSU Sharks News
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4.11.2011 | Women's Golf
Women’s Golfer Sandra Changkija Tabbed SSC Player of the Week
4.11.2011 | Women's Rowing
Varsity 8 Rows to Fourth Consecutive Boat of the Week Honor
4.11.2011 | Softball
Sarradet Nails SSC Pitcher Of The Week
4.10.2011 | Softball
Softball Tames Saint Leo, 2-0, In StrikeOut Cancer Event
4.9.2011 | Softball
Softball Splits Conference Doubleheader With Saint Leo
4.9.2011 | Baseball
Baseball Splits With No. 14 Barry
Past Alumni Events
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Alumni Spotlight
Aaron Cohen, M.M.S. ’04, works in Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation in the office of Stuart Krost, M.D., P.A. He also works in offices in Kendall, Plantation, Jupiter, Ft Myers, and soon Port Saint Lucie. Cohen is married to Lisa (Manes) Cohen who is expecting a baby.

Gary Cole, Ed.D. ’07, was named senior vice president of healthcare. Cole has more than 20 years of experience in professional fundraising for healthcare, higher education and independent schools. He will further expand Pursuant's services into the healthcare market, including medical centers, cancer centers, community hospitals and specialty healthcare facilities, and will provide key counsel on client development campaigns.

Yseult CharlesYseult Charles, Ed.S. ‘02, Site Administrator, Juvenile Justice Center School, was honored by the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) and she is now permanently featured on the website as a member of its Honor Roll. This Haitian-born educational leader has been a staunch supporter of children at risk for the duration of her distinguished career as teacher and administrator in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district.  Before assuming her role at the Juvenile Justice Center School, Charles served as teacher, assistant principal, and principal at seven other elementary, community, and senior high/alternative schools within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district.  Charles' career with the school district began in 1991 and her unwavering support for the education and welfare of children has earned her high marks among local and national leaders, as her recent Honor Roll status at NCRW attests.  Retirement is not an option for Charles, but she will deftly manage what she sees at a twofold mission:  commitment to students in Miami-Dade County, and a determination to conduct humanitarian work.

Kimberly Smith Erwin, J.D. ’05, proudly announces the opening of the Law Offices of Kimberly L. Erwin, specializing in aggressive criminal defense, family law and civil litigation. 6900-29 Daniels Parkway, Suite 246, Fort Myers, Florida 33912, 239-470-9982.

my closeup.bmpMary Roush Harris, Ed.D. ’04, is dean for the School of Education at the University of the Southwest.  

Janice Law Janice Law, J.D. ’79, has founded the D.C.-based American Women Writers National Museum, AWWNM, to honor American women writers, historical and contemporary. The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress has partnered with AWWNM, a 501(c)(3) charity. More details at Law may be contacted at

Brad Manual, M.M.S. ‘04, is now working in Interventional Pain Management.

Michaela Mercado, B.S. ’05, is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation focuses on human capital development among adolescents at-risk of dropping out of school in the United States and abroad.

Fran OrensteinFran Orenstein, Ed.D. '93, has published her fifth 'tween novel with Sleepy Town Press. The second edition of Fat Girls From Outer Space depicts a turbulent year in the life of Frederica (Freddy) Gold just turning twelve and reaching puberty. Freddy's world turns dark when her parents divorce and her dad has a new, young girlfriend. In addition, she copes with childhood obesity, bullying and teasing, the loss of old friends, meeting new ones, and dealing with Intermediate School. How Freddy uses her talent for music, a fat angel, and her new friends to overcome adversity is a role model for 'tween girls everywhere. Look for the blue rocket ship that landed on, and Read more about Fat Girls From Outer Space on the author's website:

Octavio RamirezOctavio Ramirez, M.B.A. ’09, recently accepted the position of Relationship Administrator with VANGUARD, an investment management company that manages approximately $1.4 trillion in assets, based in Pennsylvania. Ramirez will relocate and continue his experience in the financial industry managing a portfolio of High Net Worth investors.

Raquel Rivera, B.S. ’04, is involved in Leadership in Middle School Science (LIMSS), a grant through the University of South Florida. This grant helps start promoting science inquiry in the classroom.

Rebecca ThomleyRebecca Thomley, M.S. ‘09, Rebecca Thomley has been named one of the 2011 Minnesotans on the Move by Finance & Commerce. The award honors professionals who are poised to make business history of their own during the coming years.

The Orion Companies, a human services organization, has grown five times its size since Thomley took over as president and CEO in 2001 where the company currently provides social services to over 3,500 Minnesotans. Her leadership has also helped broaden the mission beyond those receiving their services to promote greater community outreach and inclusion.
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