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NE FL & SE GA School Supplies DriveNE FL & SE GA School Supplies Drive
August 1-19
Jacksonville SEC Drop-off Site

NE FL & SE GA’s Back 2 School BashNE FL & SE GA’s Back 2 School Bash
Wednesday, August 17
BlackFinn American Grille

Socialize in Saratoga Springs, NY Featuring Paul Sallarulo, M.B.A.Socialize in Saratoga Springs, NY Featuring Paul Sallarulo, M.B.A.
Friday, August 19
Gideon Putnam Resort

Art of Caring ExhibitionArt of Caring
Monday, August 25
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NSU's Palm Beach SEC Grand OpeningNSU's Palm Beach SEC Grand Opening
Tuesday, September 13
11501 North Military Trail

Fin Travel ProgramFIN Travel Program.
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Watch Investiture Ceremony Online
If you missed any or all of Dr. Hanbury's Investiture Ceremony held in April, you may watch it online in its entirety at

Huizenga Business School Announces New Corporate Partnership with The Continental Group
Huizenga Business School Announces New Corporate Partnership with The Continental GroupThe H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce its new corporate partnership with The Continental Group, Inc., a residential management company with locations across Florida.

New Undergraduate Students Invited to Join First-Year Reading Program for Chance to Meet Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz
New Undergraduate Students Invited to Join First-Year Reading Program for Chance to Meet Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot DíazThe next Hot Topics in Psychology series talk, titled "Twelve-Step Recovery for Substance Use Disorders: Findings and Unresolved Issues," will take place on March 17, from 12 - 1 p.m., in the Carl DeSantis Building, room 2060.

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Former NSU Forward Gynes Signs with Sydney Kings7.8.2011 | Men's Basketball
Former NSU Forward Gynes Signs with Sydney Kings

Cross Country Releases 2011 Schedule7.6.2011 | Men's Cross Country
Cross Country Releases 2011 Schedule

Swimming and Diving Announces 2011-12 Recruiting Class 7.5.2011 | Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimming and Diving Announces 2011-12 Recruiting Class

Men’s Basketball Names Brandon Crone as Assistant Coach

7.1.2011 | Men's Basketball
Menís Basketball Names Brandon Crone as Assistant Coach

75 Sharks Named to SSC Commissioners Spring Honor Roll

7.1.2011 | Baseball
75 Sharks Named to SSC Commissioners Spring Honor Roll

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In Memoriam
Carol Burke Hall

Carol Burke Hall, M.S. '89, loving wife of 54 years and beloved mother of Breakaway Trails, passed away on June 16, 2011 after a long illness. She was 73 years old. Carol was born on the 12th of April 1938 in Cheshire, England. She attended the Yew Tree School in Northenden, Manchester after which she attended university at St. John's College Manchester. Carol received her Bachelor of Science degree at East Tennessee State in 1964 and completed her Masters in Elementary Education at Nova University in 1989.

She met her future husband, Warren, while he was stationed at the US Air Force base in Burtonwood, England and she married on the 2nd of February 1957 and shortly thereafter emigrated to the United States. Carol was a second grade elementary school teacher in New Jersey for 10 years and in the Volusia County School system for 15 years until her illness led to her retirement. In September of 2008 she received a kidney transplant donated by her dear friend Donna Wagner of Daytona Beach.

Carol is survived by her loving husband, S. Warren Hall of Ormond Beach; and her two children, Deborah Hall of Manhattan, NY and Darren Hall of Palm Harbor, Florida. Carol will be dearly missed by her family and friends as well as her many former students.

Alumni Spotlight
Abel Adekola, D.B.A. '92, will be the new dean of the College of Management at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Adekola, who has taught at UW-Stout since 1995, was hired after a national search. He will begin his duties Friday, July 1. Adekola was serving as interim associate dean of the college, which includes the departments of business, military science, operations and management and School of Hospitality Leadership. He was chair of the business department from 2007-10 and director of the Office of International Education from 2001-04. He also served as chair of the Faculty Senate from 2009-10.

Conchetta Vella Archer,Ed.D. '11, is the founder/CEO of Leorian Learning Center, a nonprofit adult education and assessment center in Rhode Island.

Natalie Bellini, B.S. '08, Coast Guard Seaman, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J. During the eight-week training program, Bellini completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, physical fitness, health and wellness, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship.

Men and women train together from the first day in the Coast Guard just as they will work together aboard ships and shore units throughout the world. To reinforce the team concept, all recruits are trained in preventing sexual harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, civil rights training, and the basics of the work-life balance.

Bellini and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard's Core Values -- Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty -- and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct.

Natalie Berg, Ed.D. '97, was recently sworn in by House Leader Nancy Pelosi, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Community College Board of Governors. Dr. Berg was elected to the San Francisco Community College District Board of Trustees in 1996, and re-elected in 2000, 2004, and 2008. She served as Board President in 2006, 2001 and 1997. Prior to her service on the City College Board, Dr. Berg had served City College in a number of faculty and administrative capacities spanning 30 years. She retired as Dean of the John Adams Campus and the School of Health and Physical Education, a post to which she was appointed in 1991.

Dr. Berg was senior Vice President of Forest City Development, a major national development company. Active in the community, Dr. Berg was honored in 2005, 2006. 2007 and again in 2008 by the San Francisco Business Times as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Additionally, the San Francisco Business Times chose Dr. Berg to be on the “Forever Honor Roll” of the most influential women.

Dr. Berg’s professional affiliations include the American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges; Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land use association; Past President, Jewish Community Relations Council; Board; President, Jewish Vocational Services Board; Board member, Yerba Buena Community Benefits District; and President, The Market Street Association.

Jodi Cohen, M.B.A. '99, has joined Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Fort Lauderdale as a senior associate. Cohen was a senior associate at Roetzel & Andress.

Robert Feinberg

Robert Feinberg, J.D. '91, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Feinberg is the youngest of all New Jersey Commercial Litigation selectees. Feinberg, a shareholder at Giordano Halleran & Ciesla, P.C. focuses his practice on complex business and real estate litigation, the representation of corporations, shareholders and executive employees, estate/probate/fiduciary disputes, corporate litigation avoidance and risk management.

Robert appears before the majority of New Jersey's State and Federal courts and is frequently appointed by the judiciary as a R. 1: 40-12 Mediator. Designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Mr. Feinberg is a contributing author to the New Jersey Law Journal and lectures frequently at continuing legal education seminars. Robert co-chairs the Litigation Committee of The New Jersey Bar Association’s Business Law Section.

Larry Flegle

Larry Flegle, D.B.A. '03, American Public University System Professor, was recently recognized with the James P. Etter Award for Outstanding Innovation & Creativity. While Larry has held numerous positions in his career, including positions in telecommunications, marketing, and teaching, he has a love for the radio and innovation. Dr. Flegle started AMU Radio, an Internet radio station, as a means of reaching listeners around the world with APUS-specific programming and music. Dr. Flegle conceived the idea himself, purchased the necessary equipment with his own funds, obtained necessary licensing and contract agreements on his own initiative, and after obtaining approval from APUS launched the station from his home in 2008.

AMU Radio would not have been possible without the dedication and innovation of Dr. Flegle, who serves as the station’s Program Director and Manager in addition to his duties as a full-time faculty member at APUS. In addition to AMU Radio, Dr. Flegle was the driving force behind the establishment of Future Lab, a virtual entity through which faculty and APUS staff can identify and share new technologies, tools, and processes that have the potential to enhance the teaching and learning experience at APUS. Dr. Flegle is also the founder of the Journal for Sustainable Leadership, which is in the process of collecting manuscripts for its initial publication, tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2011.

Dr. Flegle also runs Cowboy Gospel Internet Radio, Hopewell Baptist Internet Radio and WWHF AM 1670 Radio. He is a weathercaster for RFN (Radio Forecast Network) and delivers the afternoon weather report for 25 radio stations across the country.

Dr. Evaline Foster, Ed. D. '05, of New Orleans, LA recently published her first book. It is titled, "Implementation of a Social Skills Curriculm to Reduce Behavioral Problems of African American Boys in Elementary Classroom Settings". Dr. Foster's book is available in hardcover and softcover via Barnes and Noble,, e-book, and in other bookstores across the United States. In addition, Dr. Foster will host a book signing in the fall to endorse her publication.

Theodore "TJ:" Heinemann, J.D. '97, has joined Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs in Jupiter. He was a partner of Fox Wackeen & Stuart.

Paul Lu, D.B.A. '06, has been appointed director, Product Support Asia by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Lu will be based in Hong Kong. In this position, Lu’s duties include all aspects of Product Support, including helping operators within and transitioning through Asia. He supports new aircraft sales, materials, certifications and Gulfstream’s relationship with the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The Calling of the Flute

Fran Orenstein, Ed.D. '93, published her seventh book, and second young adult historical romance novel, The Calling of the Flute. Set in Lithuania in 1898, it is the story of Hannah, chosen to marry the Rabbi's son, a young man she has loved since childhood. Hannah is torn between wanting to be a Rabbi's wife and losing her own identity and individuality.

She refuses to follow the traditions of her heritage and is shamed before the town and her family. In the wake of her disgrace, and the fear of living in a village beset with Cossack attacksand conscription of young boys into the Tsar's army, Hannah escapes on a harrowing journey with her little brothers to find a better life in America and perhaps also find love. The book is available at and on-line bookstores, at and at

Nereida Perez, M.B.A. '02, was recently appointed vice president of diversity and inclusion at Ingersoll-Rand, a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Perez will be responsible for developing the progressive, diverse and inclusive enterprise strategy that includes leadership commitment, employee engagement and implementation plans to support global growth and innovation. She will also partner with Ingersoll Rand's global supply chain leaders to develop a supplier diversity program and serve as the company's diversity representative, both internally and externally.

Ronald Rhames

Ronald Rhames, Ed.D. '97, Midlands Technical College’s senior vice president for business affairs, has been elected president of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers. Rhames will serve a one-year term as president of the organization’s board. Rhames is the CFO for Midlands Technical College and manages the college’s accounting and finance operations, physical plant operations, human resources, auxiliary and support services and information technology. He is on the board of directors for the National Association of College and University Business Officers and is a past president of the Community College Business Officers organization and the S.C. Government Finance Officers Association.

Kayla Augusta Riera-Gomez, J.D. '09, was named as a Director of the Dade County Bar Association Board for the 2011-2014 term.Riera-Gomez has been an active member of the Dade County Bar Association since 2009. As an attorney at Fowler White Burnett, her litigation practice focuses on insurance matters. She is a member of the American Bar Association; The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Trial Lawyers Section, Young Lawyers Division; Dade County Bar Association; Coral Gables Bar Association, Secretary, 2011-2012 and is a Miami-Dade County Animal Services volunteer.

Fredda Rosenberg, Ed.D. '98, superintendent of schools, who doubled as principal of the Walter T. Bergen School, not only ended her time in Bloomingdale on Thursday, but ended her career in education. She and her husband, Dr. Steven Rosenberg, an anesthesiologist, look forward to spending more time with their grandchildren and having time to travel.

Annette Ryerson, Ed.D. '03, was recently hired by Carroll college to teach finance courses starting fall 2011. Ryerson comes to Carroll from Black Hills State University, where she has served on the marketing faculty since 2005.

Dawn Scheick

Dawn Scheick, Ph.D. '07, professor of nursing at Alderson-Broaddus College, has had her research on the mindfulness to manage countertransference in the nurse-client relationship published in the March-April 2011 edition of the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Steven Seeley

Steven Seeley, M.S.N. '08, has been named as Chief Nursing Officer by Jupiter Medical Center to direct its nursing program as the organization seeks to achieve national nursing magnet status for its nursing care. Seeley, who brings 30 years of clinical and executive hospital nursing experience to his new post, most recently served as Interim Chief Nursing Officer at Fort Lauderdale’s Holy Cross Hospital. A registered nurse, Seeley began his career as a staff nurse at North Beach Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and went on to serve as nurse manager, interim vice president of nursing and executive director of critical Care/emergency services at Holy Cross Hospital before assuming the Interim CNO role.

Julio Valle

Julio Valle, Ed.D. '11, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he began his teaching career with Chicago Public Schools. Soon after, he moved to Central Florida in 2000, he taught math in Orange County. Valle began his administrative career as an Assistant Principal in Lake County Schools in 2004. After 5 years serving as an Assistant Principal, Valle was promoted as Principal. He is the first Hispanic Principal in Lake County.

Jaque WyantJaque Wyant, M.S. '02, will serve as the head principal at West High School. Wyant taught mathematics for nine years at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School before joining the Sioux City district in 2000. For six years she taught mathematics and served as the student council adviser at North High School. In 2006, Wyant was named an assistant principal at West High School, most recently serving as principal of the Freshman House at West High School. She received National Board Certification in secondary mathematics in 2006 and was named the 2006 Iowa Adviser of the Year by the Iowa Association of Student Councils.
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