Nova Southeastern University to Recognize Distinguished Alumni

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FlaNova Southeastern University (NSU) will salute 17 outstanding graduates at the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards reception to be held Nov. 13. The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is the highest and most prestigious honor that NSU bestows upon its graduates. The program recognizes alumni who are changing lives and changing the world by demonstrating a record of distinguished service and extraordinary achievement in a particular profession, discipline, organization or community cause.

“The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni,” said George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., president and CEO of NSU.

These awards pay tribute to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and/or community, have great pride for their alma mater, and are committed to advancing NSU’s values and goals.

The event, to be held at NSU’s Grande Oaks Golf Club from 6-9 pm on Nov. 13,

is $60 per person and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and valet parking. Space is limited. Those interested in attending should visit  For additional information, please call 954-262-2105.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards 2014 Recipients include:

 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

2014 Award Recipients

Center for Psychological Studies Michael Bourke, M.S. ’96, Ph.D. ‘00
College of Dental Medicine Sasidhar Nallapati, Postdoc Cert. ‘06
College of Health Care Sciences Lisa Kenyon, Ph.D. ’10, D.P.T. ‘14
College of Nursing Fabien Pampaloni, B.S.N. ‘08
College of Optometry David Eldred, O.D.‘97
College of Osteopathic Medicine Michael Gervasi, D.O. ‘87
College of Pharmacy Richard Ashworth, Pharm.D. ‘99
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Griffin Occhigrossi, B.S. ‘07
Fischler School of Education and Human Services Ruth Jacoby, Ed.D. 95
Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences James Burrell, Ed.S. ’06, Ph.D. ‘13
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Tony Gaskew, M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ‘08
H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship Thomas Cairns, M.S. ‘90 D.B.A. ‘96
Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice Gary Killam, B.S. ’97, Ph.D. ‘14
Mailman Segal Center for Human Development Marlene Sotelo, Ed. D. ‘10
Oceanographic Center Joanna Walczak, M.S. ‘08
Shepard Broad Law Center Renee Goldenberg, J.D. ‘84
University School Yisroel Schulman

About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with 27,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence!


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