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Congratulations to Ms. Mislady (Millie) Velez for Winning the Administrator of the Year STUEY Award
the 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure

Congratulations to Ms. Mislady (Millie) Velez, Director of Alumni Development & Professional Affairs for winning the Administrator of the Year STUEY Award.
Ms. Velez possesses a tremendous commitment to the core values of NSU.  She is an integral part of the College of Pharmacy's administrative team.  She is always eager to plan and implement programs designed to engage the members of the college, the university, and the broader community of our alumni.  She puts tireless effort into each directive and is known for her innovative ideas and initiative.  As an administrator, she has a clear sense of her own unique purpose which energizes her to enthusiastically pursue the vision and mission of the college and NSU.  In her seven years within her current position, she has proven her ability and talent as well as her dedication to the college.  She demonstrates her creative abilities within the projects that she develops and cultivates students centered scholarship through programs such as the Dean's Ambassador Program.  The program serves to further engage student pharmacists in representing the college and University amongst alumni, preceptors, students, constituents, affiliate organizations, their respective professional communities, and the public in general.  The focus of the program is to further develop the selected ambassadors' professionalism through leadership, networking, presentation and teamwork.
Ms. Velez continually strives to foster a spirit of harmonious communication and positive energy within her interactions with students, faculty, staff and the broader community.  Her attention to detail is evident within the polished appearance that she portrays through her work of showcasing and highlighting the strengths, goals and accomplishments of the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the college.  This award is recognition of Ms. Velez for her outstanding contributions to the college and the university.

NSU, COP Palm Beach Campus funded the 2014 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the the 2014 semiannual National Alpha Zeta Omega Convention
the 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure

Alpha Zeta Omega (AZO), College of Pharmacy fraternity, NOVA Southeastern University’s Psi chapter attended the 2014 semiannual National Alpha Zeta Omega Convention which was held at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Events at the convention included social activities, community events, a CE presentation for the RPh Brothers and a visit to the Palm Beach Zoo. The Convention was a great way for the local PB COP brothers to catch up with old friends, relax and represent the NSU COP Psi Chapter by reporting their 2013 fraternity endeavors which included community service events such as the annual ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ Roadside cleanup and Habitat for Humanity project; the American Heart Association walk in which the professional college fraternity teamed up with NSU’s Palm Beach Student Government Association (PB SGA) and American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA – ASP) to help raise $1,300; and plans to support the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for research and education.
Community events included a scenic 2-mile walk around West Palm Beach in order to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald Charities; and local AZO Psi chapter, in support of the convention, organized a beach clean-up that was held at Palm Beach Island. Over 20 brothers from the Psi and Nu chapters, NSU AZO Psi Chapter faculty advisor, Feroza Sircar, PharmD; and AZO officers including the Supreme directorum Steve Brooks, RPh. from the National Organization and their families participated in the event. Through dedication and collegiality the beach clean-up team collected several bags of trash, including cigarette butts, bottles, and tons of Styrofoam which would otherwise harm the sea turtles and other wildlife in our area. The beach cleanup was a great success with lots of fun and sun. PB COP AZO Psi Chapter brothers felt a sense of pride, satisfaction and fulfillment in assisting the success of their National Organization 2014 semiannual convention. Click for more pictures

NSU, COP Palm Beach Campus funded the 2014 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation
the 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure

Alpha Zeta Omega (AZO) - Psi chapter, NOVA Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy, Palm Beach Campus participated in the 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure. Over 25 students and faculty, Feroza Sircar, PharmD teamed-up to support and enjoy the 2014 5K walk in Downtown, West Palm Beach. A fundraiser was held on January 25, 2014 at Chili's in honor of the event. It was unanimously supported by PB COP students, staff and faculty. Chilis donated 10% of the day’s sales to AZO ‘Give Back Event’ to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of Chili's and our race supporters’ donations, a total of $845 was raised to support the 2014 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The funds will go towards breast cancer research, education, and treatment programs.

Phi Delta Chi Supports Individuals with Down Syndrome at 3-2-1 Dance
3-2-1 Dance

What better way can you spend your Valentines than dancing with angels? On February 15th families came together at Café Iguana in Pembroke Pines to celebrate with individuals that have Down Syndrome. NSU’s College of Pharmacy’s (NSU COP) Beta Lambda Chapter of the Professional Pharmacy Fraternity Phi Delta Chi (PDC) participated in the 3-2-1 Dance 2014 charity event. Through the coordination efforts of pharmacist Gordon Garland of Memorial Regional Hospital, pharmacy student Natasha Decal along with numerous other PDC members, were able to help advertise the occasion, provide flowers, greet / register guests, assist in running a food / beverage service, engage participants of all ages through the fun spirit of dancing, and raise money through t-shirt sales for the Broward County Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization [].
This marks the fourth straight year that NSU COP’s PDC chapter has been a part of this wonderful event. As 3-2-1 Dance continues to grow year after year, the brothers of PDC are proud to support the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) sponsored We’re More Alike than Different public awareness campaign []. The vision of the NDSC is a world with equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome. The PDC students further noted their appreciation for the presence of NSU COP faculty, Sandra Benavides Pharm.D. and Devada Singh-Franco, Pharm.D.
For more information, contact Devada Singh-Franco, PharmD, CDE; Phi Delta Chi, Beta Lambda Faculty Advisor, College of Pharmacy at

Nathan Unger, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor College of Pharmacy - Palm Beach Researcher Recognized by St. Mary’s Medical Center
Nathan Unger, Pharm.D.

St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with faculty from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy (NSU-COP). Nathan Unger, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor with NSU-COP, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida and subsequently completed two years of post-graduate residency training specializing in infectious diseases. Read the full article in the Physician Newsletter of St. Mary’s Medical Center

NSU COM students campaign for Immunization-Based Initiative - "Immunization Skills Workshop”

Immunization Based Initiative
Dr. Goar Alvarez, PharmD, instructing the students on proper administration techniques (left) and Drs. Robert McGory, PharmD, Goar Alvarez, PharmD, addressing the students (right).

Immunization is a rapidly expanding area of pharmacy practice, and NSU College of Pharmacy students have been campaigning to grant FL student pharmacists the same abilities to vaccinate as currently held by FL licensed pharmacists. Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) share a common immunization-based initiative project, and as such decided to team up and bring an Immunization Skills Seminar to NSU students. The training session took place on Friday, February 21, 2014, in NSU’s Health Professions Division, Davie campus.  A total of forty-two student pharmacists participated. The session was open to members of both student organizations.

The workshop was conducted as a two-part session, bringing together a didactic portion and a practical portion. The didactic portion featured the facts and additional responsibilities of being an immunizing pharmacists, as well as information specific to FL certified pharmacist immunizers. Students were taught to recognize the three basic immunization administration techniques (intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intradermal) and were also trained on the procedures to minimize needlestick injuries and prevent harm due to bloodborne pathogens. The didactic training was spearheaded by Barry Bleidt, PharmD, COP sociobehavioral and administrative pharmacy department. The follow-up practical portion allowed students to practice the techniques learned in the previous portion. Students administered intramuscular injections using normal saline to oranges (orange peel simulates the texture of human skin to mimic the actual vaccine administration process). The practical training was spearheaded by Goar Alvarez, PharmD, sociobehavioral and administrative pharmacy department, and director of the NSU Clinic Pharmacy. Special guests and NSU faculty also in attendance were Drs. Michelle Clark, PhD and Student National Pharmaceutical Association faculty advisor, and Robert McGory, PharmD, Associate Dean for the Professional Programs.

COP Students win the NSU College of Health Care Sciences "2014 Ethics Bowl" Competition
Ethics Bowl
Ethics Bowl winners from the College of Pharmacy (right side) shook hands with their physician assistant opponents from Fort Myers (left side) with supporters cheering from the physician assistant program in Fort Myers (back).
The NSU College of Health Care Sciences recently hosted the 8th annual Ethics Bowl. Typically, the event involves students from the Colleges of Health Care Science and Nursing, but demonstrating NSU’s inter-professional focus, the Multicultural Affairs Committee this year opened the competition to all NSU Health Professions Divisions programs, including pharmacy and dental medicine. The evening began with a lovely dinner and a riveting speech on ethics by Robert Grosz, Ed.D., professor of physician assistant studies and public health. Many of the teams spent hours practicing with their coaches in preparation for the event. Teams of three to five students from each program went head-to-head against opposing teams, showing their ethical rationale and skills. Teams were presented with ethical dilemmas regarding situations that medical professionals may face in their daily practices.

After four rounds, the College of Pharmacy team was crowned the winner. Second place was awarded to the physician assistant students from Fort Myers. Third place went to the nursing students from the Fort Lauderdale campus. The Spirit award was given to two teams this year: the physical therapy students from Tampa and the physician assistant students from Fort Myers for having the most program supporters. A special thanks to all the student participants, coaches, moderators, and judges! This was truly a memorable event that would not have been the same without your contributions.
Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D. and Jaime W. Riskin, BS, PharmD, BCPS featured in the South Florida Business Journal article "Health providers bemoan costly drug shortage"
Alvarez and Riskin

... Goar Alvarez, NSU’s director of pharmacy services, said the drug shortage has led many health providers to turn to compounding pharmacies for medications, especially injectables. He’s concerned that some compounders don’t have the highest sterility standards, especially those shipping from out of state. Riskin said her hospitals relied on compounders before the NECC scandal, but she grew leery after she realized the IV bags sold to them were supposed to last two weeks when the normal shelf life is 24 hours. “It’s very scary because in the hospital, we have very stringent stability and sterility rules,” Riskin said. “A lot of hospitals rely on compounders day-to-day. They were our last backup for the drug shortage, and now we can’t rely on them."...
Read the full article.

NSU and the College of Pharmacy Diabetes Group Join Forces Against Disease
Andrea Fass

NSU and the College of Pharmacy join forces for a second year offering the Inter-professional Diabetes Education and Awareness initiative (IDEA), designed to educate and link South Floridians with medical care and other resources. NSU COP Alumni Faculty Member, Andrea Fass, Pharm.D. (2009), coordinated the IDEA Workshop for “Diabetes & Medication” to be held April 6, 2014 at NSU’s Nursing Simulations Skills Lab at NSU's University Park Plaza. A number of free workshops open to the public have been scheduled for March and April, 2014 at the NSU Davie Campus. Read the full story here.

NSU breaks ground for a new $80 million Center for Collaborative Research
Center for Collaborative Research

The Center for Collaborative Research, which will be build on the Davie campus next to the HPD Terry Building, will enhance and expand the NSU research in cardiovascular disease, anti-cancer therapies, chronic fatigue syndrome and autism. It will also house one of the state's largest "wet labs," which can store chemicals, drugs and biological materials. In addition, it will provide facilities for researchers in engineering, math, environmental science and other disciplines. It will also house a private incubator for start-up companies in the field of information security. The construction expected to be complete by early 2016.
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NSU College of Pharmacy Faculty, Students and Alumni Reach out to the Community at the NSU HPD 2014 Reach Health Fair
Reach Health Fair

On the morning of Saturday February 1, 2014 College of Pharmacy (COP) students, faculty and alumni headed to the Belle Glades and Clewiston areas to serve in the 13th Annual Glades REACH and Hendry/Glades Community Health Fairs commonly known as the Reach health Fair (RHF). The COP remains committed to partner with NSU Health Profession Division (HPD) colleges to not only support NSU local medical mission to these underserved communities but more so to provide an enriching interdisciplinary learning environment for the COP students. The RHF is all about another opportunity to instill in the students the values of providing voluntarily wellness services to the communities. With the support of faculty the students did the planning and execution of services. This year the COP team Feroza Sircar, MS, PharmD; Jessica Dabady, PharmD; Zaher Hajar, PharmD; Andre Moses, PharmD and students offered bone density screenings and health education on healthy bones to both communities; and at Belle Glade a ‘brown bag’ service that included education on safe storage of medications and safe disposal of expired/unwanted medications. PB local FSHP-SC officers and Jessica Dabady, PharmD took charge of the ‘brown bag’ services. Read the full article here.

NSU College of Pharmacy Students Develop Community Program to Promote Project Vaccination
NSU College of Pharmacy Students Develop Community Program to Promote Project Vaccination

The NSU College of Pharmacy Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Chapter (FSHP-SC) recently introduced its Project Vaccination outreach program to the community this fall. FSHP-SC led the joining of forces of Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries (FIDEC) and Walgreens to develop this community program geared towards promoting vaccination awareness among minority populations of South Florida. In its inaugural year, Project Vaccination was a tremendous success as students were able to reach out to the community at multiple Walgreens locations across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Students first participated in training sessions held by FIDEC and Walgreens to learn about vaccinations, preventable diseases, and how to counsel about the importance of getting vaccinated. The training prepared students for reaching out to customers in Walgreens, specifically on the most accessible vaccinations: Influenza, Pneumococcal, and Herpes Zoster (Shingles) vaccines. The overall goal of the program is to educate as many individuals in the community as possible, address misconceptions and concerns, and increase the amount of vaccinations administered in an effort to reduce overall incidence of these preventable diseases. As a result of this program's success, FSHP-SC will continue to offer Project Vaccination in coming years.

College of Pharmacy Faculty Member Attends American Heart Association Annual Conference
American Heart Association Annual Conference

College of Pharmacy faculty member, Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos, BPharm, MSc, PhD, FAHA, Assistant Professor Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, participated in an honorary photo session during the American Heart Association`s (AHA) Annual Conference’s Scientific Sessions held at the Dallas Convention Center on Monday, November 18, 2013. Scientific Sessions is the leading cardiovascular meeting for basic, translational, clinical and population science, in the United States, with more 18,000 cardiovascular experts from more than 105 countries attending the meeting.
This photo session took place as a special honor for AHA members, who are recognized as young, “up and coming” cardiovascular researchers, and who have been receiving over two years’ funding from the American Heart Association for their research. Lymperopoulos, has been conducting AHA-funded cardiovascular research for over 9 years now and has also been elected Fellow of the American Heart Association (F.A.H.A.) with its Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Council, a significant recognition given to distinguished cardiovascular researchers, who are members of this Association. See more photos here.

College of Pharmacy Students' Seminar Day Poster Developed into a Published Commentary in a Pharmacy Journal
Anishka Gilbert, Judith Alphonse, Lauren Roper, Marlene Fernandez and Sireesha Bellam in front of their poster
From left to right; Anishka Gilbert, Judith Alphonse,
Lauren Roper, Marlene Fernandez and Sireesha
Bellam; P3 pharmacy students in front of their poster
which they presented for the Therapeutics and
Pathophysiology III Seminar day this past April.

Third year (now fourth year) College of Pharmacy students Judith Alphonse, Sireesha Bellam, Marlene Fernandez, Anishka Gilbert and Lauren Roper co-authored a commentary "The FDA Funding Crisis" along with their advisors Robert Speth, Ph.D. and Antonia Zapantis, MS, PharmD, BCPS. The manuscript was refined from a poster presentation "Does the FDA Have Enough Funding?" which the students prepared for the annual College of Pharmacy Seminar Day this past April. It was published online in the Journal of Pharmacy Technology in October 2013.
Read the full article here.

FSHP-SC Holds Annual College of Pharmacy Interview Skills Workshop
IS workshop

The NSU Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists-Student Chapter (FSHP-SC) held its annual Interview Workshop on November 20, 2013. The workshop served as the second step in FSHP’s Professionalism track and consisted of inviting pharmacy professionals from a variety of different settings to participate in mock interviews with the students and provide fundamental advice on how to promote themselves as professionals during interviews. We had a full house this year with nearly 70 graduate and undergraduate students and 20 interviewers in attendance at our main College of Pharmacy Campus in Davie. Students were able to interact with multiple professionals from different pharmacy backgrounds including managed care, academic, community, and hospital.
The annual Interview Workshop is a key event offered to all NSU students and will allow our students to further build themselves as professionals by providing them an opportunity to network with prospective employers and perfect their interview skills according to the career path they wish to pursue.
Additionally NSU FSHP-SC would like to thank PAN Student Government Association and CVS Caremark for their sponsorship support for this event.

Devada Singh-Franco, Pharm.D. Receives Credentialing as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
Devada Singh-Franco, Pharm.D.

The College of Pharmacy is proud to congratulate Devada Singh-Franco, RPh, PharmD, CDE, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice for receiving credentialing as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators in December, 2013. Amongst healthcare professionals that work with patients with diabetes, this is a landmark accomplishment. In order to become Certified, there is a challenging, multi-disciplinary examination and an extensive practice requirement. In addition to her College responsibilities, Singh-Franco practices at Broward Health Medical Center treating patients with diabetes. She is well-published in the field of diabetes and is always highly-regarded by her Doctor of Pharmacy students at NSU’s College of Pharmacy and is also now recognized amongst her peers as a CDE. Congratulations Dr. Singh-Franco.

Osmel Delgado, Pharm.D. Named NSU College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Achievement Winner
Ozmel Delgado, Pharm.D.

Osmel (Ozzie) Delgado (2002) is the administrative director of Clinical Operations for Cleveland Clinic of Florida, where he is responsible for 85 full-time employees and manages a $26-million, annual expense budget; seven Florida pharmacy permits; and surgical operations of eleven operating room suites and three outpatient surgical suites. During his eight years at Cleveland Clinic, he has implemented an American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited pharmacy residency program, an epic EMR for inpatient and outpatient service.
Delgado is involved with the American and Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP & FSHP).  In 2009, South Florida Business Journal recognized him with the "Mover and Shaker Award."  He was also recipient of the Caregiver Award in 2012 from the Cleveland Clinic and the Excellence in Pharmacy Leadership award in 2011. 
"NSU has impacted my career by creating a network that extends beyond its university campuses," said Delgado.  "I am able to work with NSU alumni to help advance the profession of pharmacy in a practice setting."

Research Team from the College of Pharmacy Presents at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Conference
CV workshop
Lina Alaydi, B.Pharm. (Ph.D. student), Alhussain Aodah, B. Pharm. (Ph.D.
student), Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, B. Pharm., Ph.D (Assistant professor,
NSU College of Pharmacy) Belacryst A. Mendez (Pharm.D. student class
of 2015), and Annette Losada, B.Sc. (Pharm.D. student class of 2015)
presenting during AAPS Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX

A research team from the College of Pharmacy at NSU's Davie site led by Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, B. Pharm., Ph.D (Assistant professor, NSU College of Pharmacy) recently presented four posters during the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX (November 10 - 14, 2013) in the area of nanotechnology and its application in enhancing drug diffusion, absorption and bioavailability using a novel dosage form.
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is the largest association for pharmaceutical scientists in U.S. and worldwide. AAPS Annual Conferences are well attended by pharmaceutical scientists from around the world.
Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji. B. Pharm., Ph.D. (Assistant professor, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University), has joined the College of Pharmacy in 2008 and trained in his lab numerous NSU students from the College of Pharmacy (both Pharm.D, and PhD. students) and Dental Medicine. He published over 44 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in high impact peer-reviewed journals, and filed so far 16 patent applications (8 US Provisional, 3 US, and 5 International Patents applications) through NSU's Technology Transfer Office.
Alhussain Aodah, B. Pharm. (Ph.D. student) and Lina Alaydi, B.Pharm. (Ph.D. student) have joined the Ph.D. Program at the College of Pharmacy in 2011 and joined the lab of Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, Ph.D. in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Annette Losada, B.Sc. (Pharm.D. student class of 2015) and Belacryst A. Mendez (Pharm.D. student, class of 2015) joined the lab of Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, Ph.D. as research assistants in 2011.

COP Palm Beach expands Generation Rx prescription drug abuse awareness program to Palm Beach County schools
Gen RX prescription drug abuse awarness program.
APhA-ASP team at Independence School with Mrs. Lukasik. Anthony Kennedy, Stephanie Chassagne, Amed Moussawel, Amy Nedumparambil, Jaime Velasquez, Mrs. Lukasik, Shannon Taylor, Daniela Valencia, Karina Gonzalez, Melissa Calix, Ren Perez, Betsy Torres-Galarza, Chava Amster-Chaitin

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, every day approximately 2,600 young people between 12 and 17 years of age abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time. America's leading drug problem is in fact not on the street, it's in our medicine cabinets. Based on CDC statistics, prescription medication abuse is today the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
Generation Rx is an educational program that increases public awareness of prescription medication abuse and encourages health care providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse. American Pharmacists' Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists, Palm Beach chapter expanded the breadth and depth of this important initiative to the local communities in Palm Beach.
NSU College of Pharmacy students at Palm Beach campus formed three teams lead by Generation Rx officer Anthony Kennedy. The 3 teams delivered presentations, mock court hearings, and Q&A sessions at Jupiter High School, Independence Middle School and Royal Palm High School.
"Our students were successful in engaging the students and answering their curious questions. The feedback we received was very positive" Zaher Hajar, Pharm.D. APhA-ASP faculty advisor said.
"Teachers and officials at the schools appreciated our students' efforts and expressed interest in repeating these activities next semester with other classes and expanding to other programs within the school" Sarah Alameddine, Pharm.D. APhA-ASP faculty co-advisor said.
Special thanks to:
Feroza Sircar-Ramsewak, Pharm.D. M.S. and Julie Kincaid, B.S. Coordinator - Student Services and Recruitment for their support of the Generation Rx program.
Stacia Schaefer, APhA-ASP Palm Beach chapter president for initiating the Generation Rx program last year and helping coordinate it this year.
P1 and P2 volunteer students: Chava Chaitin, Daniella Valencia, Melissa Calix, Aimy Nedumparambil, Jaime Velasquez, Stephanie Chassagne, Leusely Phicil, Joshua Strurtevant, Simone Reid, Maritsa Monokandilos, Katherine Therese, Ren Perez, Shannon Taylor, Elena Cali, Karina Gonzalez, Betsy Galarza, Amed Moussawel, Mena Bishay.
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Ioana Popovici, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy, Sociobehavioral & Administrative Pharmacy featured on CNN
Barry A. Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph.
  Ioana Popovici, Ph.D.

Dr. Ioana Popovici is cited in an article in "CNN Money" regarding studies on alohol addiction and unemployment. The study supports the following findings: " About 1 in 6 unemployed workers are addicted to alcohol or drugs -- almost twice the rate for full-time workers, according to the government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The survey shows that 17% of unemployed workers had a substance abuse disorder last year, whereas 9% of full-time workers did so. The numbers are self-reported, and therefore, could be even higher in reality". Read the full article here.

Phi Delta Chi and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy Team up for NBC 6 Renew You Health Expo
Health Expo.

Last month NSU College of Pharmacy student members of Phi Delta Chi (PDC) Beta Lambda Chapter and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) teamed up to take part in the NBC 6 Renew You Health Expo at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The health expo focused on bringing general health and awareness education to thousands of participants over two days. PDC and SCCP members along with NSU faculty, Richard Finkel, PharmD and Devada Singh-Franco, PharmD and NSU alumni Jose Valdes, PharmD and Brian Schmahl, PharmD, were stationed at one of the larger booths at the event where they conducted blood pressure, blood glucose, and BMI screenings, along with counseling sessions for patients in each of these areas.
The event drew a large number of community members who provided enthusiastic feedback. The NSU COP students were able to serve over 300 community members in the three screening opportunities. The students, faculty, and alumni provided invaluable health awareness to the public while successfully promoting NSU in the process. Members from the community raved about the service provided by the NSU team as well as the amount of professionalism under which its students worked. The event was organized by Kym Gregory, PDC Community Co-Chair, Brandon Martinez, SCCP President/PDC Community Co-Chair, and Sheava Blackman, SCCP Community Chair, who also coordinated the event throughout the two days.

Student College of Clinical Pharmacy and Student National Pharmaceutical Association Participate in Day of Dignity Event in Fort Lauderdale
Day in Dignity Event

Day of Dignity is a national event which takes place in several cities throughout the US, organized to help families and individuals in communities in need. "Day of Dignity creates an opportunity for caring individuals from diverse communities to provide services to their neighbors in need." The event in Fort Lauderdale hosted approximately 600 people and provided food, clothing, toys, bicycles, and other resources such as health and human services to members of the community.
On November 2nd, NSU COP student and faculty members of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) participated in the Day of Dignity event at Delevoe Park in Fort Lauderdale. Led by NSU faculty Sandra Benavides, PharmD, SCCP members provided BMI screenings as well as counseling to families about the importance of exercise and eating healthy. SNPhA members offered blood pressure screening and counseling for many community members throughout the day. With obesity being such a prevalent issue in our society and many members of this community having limited access to health services, the services provided by NSU faculty and students were greatly appreciated. Participants included Sandra Benavides, PharmD, Daniel Diaz, Duchess Domingo, Heather Jarvis, Victor Liang, Brandon Martinez, Paras Patel, and Malcolm Wynter. The event was organized by Sheava Blackman, SCCP Community Chair. 

College of Pharmacy Alumni Laura Chan, Pharm.D. (class of 2010) shares her experiences in Honduras

COP alumni Laura Chan, Pharm.D. (class of 2010) sends us photos and writes to us about her experiences as Pharmacy Director, Santa Lucia, Intibuca, Honduras. The essay (with photos) is titled: “What Would You Do?".

College of Pharmacy Students Participate in Career Development Workshop
CV workshop

The NSU College of Pharmacy participated in the Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists-Student Chapter (FSHP-SC) annual Curriculum Vitae (CV) Workshop on October 29, 2013. Twin events were held on NSU's Davie and Palm Beach campuses. Pharmacy professionals from a variety of different settings were invited to review students' CVs and provide fundamental tips on how to highlight their best attributes. We had a full house this year with nearly 90 students and 19 reviewers in attendance across both Davie and Palm Beach campuses!!  Students were able to have their CVs evaluated by multiple professionals from different pharmacy backgrounds. 

The annual CV workshop is an excellent event offered to NSU College of Pharmacy students and serves as a tool to build students as professionals and pave the path for a successful pharmacy career. This important event offers our future pharmacists an opportunity to network with prospective employers and learn how to tailor their CV based on the career path they wish to pursue.
NSU Pharmacy Student, Isabel Olivas, Wins Fifth Title in Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon
NSU Pharmacy Student, Isabel Olivas

Running in the Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon has been a hobby for Isabel Olivas, but it is one in which she has proved to be successful.
Olivas, 28, of Kendall, is in her last year at the pharmacy school at Nova Southeastern, and she runs in triathlons for fun.
For the past four years Olivas has owned the female division of the Olympic distance, and in her fifth year did it again. She crashed her way through the finish line with a total time of 2:21:07, and she landed on the ground full of excitement, pain and utterly exhausted.
“I always finish on the floor,” Olivas said. “There is a lot of good competition here in Miami. I stay local, I enjoy it — I love it.
“It is just a hobby for me, so I am very happy to be here.”
Olivas found the biggest challenge to be on the McArthur Causeway run.
In the men’s division three Brazilians dominated the event. Alexander Gomes, Frederico Monteiro and Rodrigo Dos Santos out swam, biked and ran to take first, second and third place, respectively.
All three of the athletes came to here from Brazil to compete in the triathlon. Gomes took up a sizable lead in the run to finish with a total time of 1:58:13. Monteiro finished in 2:05:09, and Dos Santos followed in 2:06:40.
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Barry A. Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph. Was the Recipient of the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) Leadership & Service Award
Barry A. Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph.

The College of Pharmacy extends congratulations to Barry A. Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph. Professor, Sociobehavioral & Administrative Pharmacy. Bleidt, was the recipient of the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) Leadership & Service Award during their recently held Annual Scientific Conference & Exposition held in Philadelphia in September. NAPPSA is an umbrella organization of Nigerian pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, allied scientists and the academia in the Americas. Our mission is to promote healthy living and disease prevention through effective pharmaceutical care and facilitation of efficient healthcare delivery systems and strategies in America, Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world. NAPPSA "thrives on the dedication of a number of exceptional individuals and Barry is one of them. He has been instrumental ever since the inception of NAPPSA and we applaud his ever so humble and giving heart . . . Barry's commitment to the fight against health disparities both here in America and globally is commendable . . .he truly embodies the fundamentals of extraordinary leadership and service," as stated by Ruth Awosika member of the NAPPSA Board of Trustees.

ACCP Recognizes Dr. Benavides and Dr. Caballero for Their Contributions to the 2013 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Item-Author Panel

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College of Pharmacy Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Chapter Wins State Clinical Skills Competition
Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm. D. Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm. D.
Left: Winners of the local competition-Sydney Kchao and Priya Sahadeo. Right: Finalists
Nicole Hope and Michael Drake (both Class of 2015) prepare for their presentation.

Every year at the NSU College of Pharmacy, students participate in the local Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Chapter (FSHP-SC) Clinical Skills Competition held on campus.  The competition gives pharmacy students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice making drug-related recommendations.  It prepares these future pharmacists for the experience of working with other health care professionals to provide direct patient care.  Winners move on to participate in the national competition held by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
In September, over forty pairs of students across all three College of Pharmacy campuses (Davie, Palm Beach and Ponce, PR) participated in the written component of this competition followed by the top 10 teams qualifying for the second round held in October.
Sydney Kchao (Class of 2014) and Priya Sahadeo (Class of 2014) took first place in the NSU competition and moved on to compete in the first annual FSHP clinical skills competition held in Orlando, FL. There, Kchao and Sahadeo competed against the other five schools of pharmacy in the state of Florida and won the first ever state clinical skills competition! They will continue to represent NSU College of Pharmacy again at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists national competition this December.  Go Sharks!

COP Pharmacy Student, Adam Fox Recognized by CVS Caremark
From left to right: CVS District David Bornstein, R.Ph.,
CVS Intern Program Manager, Tiffany DeGroot, NSU
COP Pharmacy Student, Adam Fox, and NSU COP
Alumni & CVS Manager, Professional and College
Relations, Cristina Medina, Pharm.D.

College of Pharmacy student, Adam Fox, P3, Palm Beach Campus, completed a CVS pilot Intern Training Program during the 2013 summer.  The advanced internship program focuses on preparing students to:  1) participate in defined key experiences in the areas of customer service, patient care, business management, operations & team development; 2) take their academic experience to the next level, practicing leadership skills; and 3) make a connection to the CVS purpose and strategy in order to advance the organization and the pharmacy profession.  Mr. Fox was recognized by CVS for successfully completing the program during his exposure to multiple areas of the CVS field management role.  Congratulations, Adam!

Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph., Class of 2000 Was Named a 2013 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fellow
Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph.

Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph., Class of 2000 was named a 2013 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Fellow under ASHP's Practitioner Recognition Program. The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program is intended to recognize excellence in pharmacy practice and promote public awareness of pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in practice. Dr. Brown was recognized at 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis. Dr. Brown received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Harrison School of Pharmacy in 1976, a M.S. in Management from Troy State University in 1995, and her PharmD from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. She currently serves as market director of pharmacy (Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas) for Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions. She serves on the ASHP Council on Pharmacy Management, ASHP PAC Advisory Council, ASHP delegate, and actively participates in the support of the ASHP Foundation.

NSU College of Pharmacy Adopted Computer-Based Assessment
Taking examination on ipad

The College of Pharmacy has adopted computer-based assessment. In September 2013, first-year (P1) students in both the Traditional and International Advanced Standing Programs began taking exams and quizzes on their iPad, instead of the traditional "paper-pencil" tests. For many, it's almost impossible to imagine taking an exam without bubbling in an answer sheet and paging through a test: But it turns out that taking an exam on your iPad feels natural and has plenty of advantages.
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Barry Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph. Awarded the Chauncey I. Cooper Award
Barry Bleidt, PhD, PharmD, RPh

Barry Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph., Professor, Sociobehavioral & Administrative Pharmacy, NSU’s College of Pharmacy was awarded the Chauncey I. Cooper Award at the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) annual convention in New Orleans. The Cooper award, created in honor of the National Pharmaceutical Association's founder, is the highest recognition given by NPhA. Recipients are selected for the award based on several designated areas including the amount of participation in community involvement and service. Dr. Bleidt is very committed to the mission and vision of NPhA and loves the work he does with the organization. He is recognized by his peers and students for promoting excellence and uniformity among minority health professionals to improve the quality of health care in minority communities. Dr. Bleidt was awarded this honour to recognize his sustained and distinguished service to the profession of pharmacy. Congratulations, Dr. Bleidt!.

Sandra Benavides Caballero, Pharm.D. Appointed to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Pediatric Specialty Council
Sandra Benavides Caballero, Pharm.D.

Sandra Benavides Caballero, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pharmacy Practice, NSU College of Pharmacy, has been appointed to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Pediatric Specialty Council. The Board of Pharmacy Specialties establishes a Specialty Council for each recognized pharmacy practice specialty. Members of the Council recommend to the standards and other requirements for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty; develop and administer examinations as required for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty; and evaluate the qualifications of individual pharmacists and to submit to the BPS the names of those pharmacists recommended for certification or recertification in the specialty.
BPS Chairman, Joseph Saseen, PharmD, offered the following comments: "The work of the Specialty Councils is absolutely critical to the establishment and maintenance of a high quality pharmacist Board Certification Program. The response to the call for Specialty Council nominations was very strong and BPS is pleased to have an outstanding group of clinicians, educators and administrators to lead the newest BPS specialties.” Congratulations, Dr. Benavides.
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Luis Hernandez, Class of 2015, Davie Campus Tries His “Fortune” at Las Vegas’ Venetian . . .

... yes. you won $1,000. thank you. just like that. you're studying pharmacy, right? yes, going to my third year of pharmacy school at nova southeastern university. good for you. married man? married three years now to my beautiful wife, natalie. yeah. and a big salsa dancer? yeah, i taught for five years, and i still dance to this day. ah, i feel the same way. nice -- well, i've eaten salsa. i can say that. nice to have you here, luis. ... Click here to view more.

The Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists elected NSU COP faculty and student members to serve as future leaders of the Society
Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D. Hoda Masmouei, Pharm.D. Candidate

The Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) elected NSU College of Pharmacy faculty and student members to serve as future leaders of the Society during the FSHP 47th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fl. Faculty member and alumna, Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D., (class of ’01), Director of Experiential Education, Fort Lauderdale Campus, was elected as Board of Director-Elect and pharmacy student, Ms. Hoda Masmouei, M.S., B.S., class of 2014, was elected as the Society’s first Student Board Member. Congratulations!

College of Pharmacy Receives Grant from the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists Foundation
Zaher Hajar, Pharm.D.

The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists Foundation (IACP) recently announced that the research team from Nova southeastern University, College of Pharmacy received their grant to systematically review the compounding of pain medications. The grant proposal led by Mohammad S Shawaqfeh, Pharm.D., M.S., Assistant professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Palm Beach Campus. The Collaborative research team will conduct a systematic review to assess the current published randomized controlled trials (RCT) of compounding practices of variety of pain medications. The project team also includes College of Pharmacy faculty from Palm Beach Campus: Catherine Harrington, Pharm.D.,PhD, Associate Professor, Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, Michael Gillette, Pharm.D.,BCPS, BCACP, Assistant professor, Pharmacy Practice, Zaher Hajar, Pharm.D. Research Fellow at Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research and Feroza Sircar-Ramsewak, Pharm.D.,M.S.Instructor,Pharmaceutical Sciences.

NSU College of Pharmacy Student Hoda Masmouei, Pharm.D. Candidate, Recognized as "Future Pharmacist of the Year" at the 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards
Hoda Masmouei, Pharm.D. Candidate

NSU’s Pharmacy Doctor Candidate, Hoda Masmouei, B.S., M.S., Class of 2014, was recognized at the 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards in Las Vegas, August 11, 2013 as the 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist “Future Pharmacist of the Year” winner. Established through a partnership of Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times, the Next-Generation Pharmacist™ program salutes pharmacy professionals in a variety of industry categories who are defining the future of pharmacy. The national awards program recognizes and honors pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists who embody the future vision of the industry. Ms. Masmouei is currently the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists Student Director & Administrative Affairs Council Member, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, (Phi Lambda Sigma), Student Chapter Vice President, and member of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Congratulations, Hoda!
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COP Alumni Recognitions and Awards

Connie Hogrefe, Pharm.D., '00, finished a very impressive year as FSHP President and we now wish her an equally successful year as Immediate Past President
Venessa Price-Goodnow, Pharm.D., '98, was named 2013 FSHP Pharmacist of the Year and finished a very successful year as Immediate Past President
Deborah Brown, Pharm.D., '00, completed an impressive six year term as FSHP Treasurer, significantly strengthening FSHP’s financial stability
Jennifer Austin, Pharm.D., '97, was elected Chair of the 2014 FSHP House of Delegates
Ozzie Delgado, Pharm.D., '02, is a current and very active member of the FSHP Board of Directors (and an avid tweeter supporting NSU accomplishments!)
Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D., '01 (and faculty) finished a successful year as the Chair of the FSHP Student Council (another avid tweeter during the meeting – thanks for the updates!)

Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D., '94, received the “RQ Richards Award” for outstanding achievement in the field of pharmacy public relations in State of Florida
Angela García, Pharm.D., '08, also the “Presidential Award of Excellence” for her outstanding service & commitment to Florida Pharmacy Association Presidents’ vision
Richard Finkel, Pharm.D., '92, also one of our Distinguished Alumni, received the “Generation RX Champions Award” to recognize his demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse programs.  He was also the recipient, for the second time, the College’s Golden Apple Award for his demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

James Neilin, Pharm.D., '13, one of our newest alumni, put NSU on the viral map during NSU’s first-ever live commencement webcast when he proposed to Alesa Courson, Pharm.D., '12.
Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D., '01, has been appointed  as Director of Experiential Education for the College’s Fort Lauderdale Campus.
Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D., '92, is now the Director of Pharmacy at the Memorial Health System, Memorial West Hospital.
Deborah Brown, Pharm.D., '00, and one of our Distinguished Alumni, received fellow status under the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D., '10, has been recently promoted to Director of Pharmacy over a three-hospital system - St Luke's Medical Center, St. Luke's Behavioral Health, and St. Luke's Tempe - in Phoenix, Arizona.
Aneesh Lakhani, Pharm.D., '04, recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning his own pharmacy and purchased Garden Drugs & Medical Supply in Ft. Lauderdale, after 12 years of working at the Pill Box Pharmacy.

NSU College of Pharmacy Students Attend 123rd Florida Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting
2013 FPA

NSU student participated in the “evolution revolution” of the Florida Pharmacy Association’s (FPA) annual meeting hosted in Orlando, Florida July 10th-14th 2013. College of Pharmacy students sponsored by the FPA participated in a student-centered track and were assigned a mentor who shares with them their knowledge and expertise in their pharmacy experience. The students also had the opportunity to compete in three different areas: the Student Poster Presentations, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and the Nonprescription Medicines Academy (NASPA/NMA) competition where students were tested on their over-the-counter product knowledge, and FPA’s Patient Counseling Competition. This year’s Awards Ceremony Banquet featured the theme “Mardi Gras” during which pharmacists from all over the state were carefully selected and honored with awards for their service and excellence in the profession. NSU’s College of Pharmacy students and faculty were winning “champions” having placed and won in more competitions than any other Florida college of pharmacy this year.
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Devada Singh-Franco, Pharm.D. Promoted to Associate Professor for the NSU College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice
Devada Singh-Franco, Pharm.D.

The NSU College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the promotion of Devada Singh-Franco, Pharm.D. to Associate Professor for the department of Pharmacy Practice. Singh-Franco has become a distinguished researcher in the field of meta-analysis, pharmacotherapy, chronic disease management, diabetes mellitus, obesity, diabetes-related complications, patient care, indigent patients, patient-reported outcomes, gastro esophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and systematic reviews. Additionally, her long-standing reputation as an outstanding teacher and ambulatory care clinician, have greatly impacted the lives of innumerable students and patients in South Florida communities. Singh-Franco is an exceptional ambassador and exemplifies what the College of Pharmacy and the University in particular are in the realm of pharmacy education and service. “Singh-Franco’s achievements since she joined the College in July 2001 have been truly remarkable and praiseworthy. Equally meaningful is her affability as a colleague,” notes Matthew J. Seamon, PharmD, Esq., Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D. Appointed as Director of Experiential Education for NSU College of Pharmacy’s Fort Lauderdale Campus
Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D.

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the appointment of Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D. as Director of Experiential Education for the College’s Fort Lauderdale Campus. Zapantis will assume responsibility for introductory and advanced practice experiences for the entry-level and international graduate advanced standing students. Zapantis joined the College of Pharmacy in 2003 after completing an ASHP accredited residency in Pharmacy Management and her MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration from the University of Kansas. Zapantis contributed to the coordination of an accredited residency program with Broward Health Medical Center. More recently, she has provided valuable service to the NSU-Cleveland Clinic Florida program. Her leadership to the student society of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists has been instrumental in its growth. Zapantis brings to this position her vast experience in teaching, research, and patient care.

NSU College of Pharmacy Student Hoda Masmouei, Pharm.D. Candidate, Selected as One of the "Future Pharmacist of the Year Finalist" by Pharmacy Times
Hoda Masmouei, Pharm.D. Candidate

NSU College of Pharmacy student, Hoda Masmouei, PharmD Candidate, is selected as one of the "Future Pharmacist of the Year Finalist" by Pharmacy Times.
Click here for more information about Hoda Masmouei.
Click here for all 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards Finalists by Pharmacy Times.


COP Distinguished Alumni, Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph. (’00), Attains Fellowship Status Under American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Practitioner Recognition Program at the 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis
Deborah Brown
Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph. (Class of 2000)

Fellows Group at the 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis


2013 NSU College of Pharmacy Resident/Fellow Class
Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm. D.
2013 graduates from the Fort Lauderdale campus and Advanced Standing Program

Click here for the list of graduates from the classes of 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 that have secured a Residency or Fellowship.

NSU’s Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research Designated as World’s First WHO Collaborating Center in Consumer Health Informatics
Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm. D.
Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm. D.,
Director, Center for Consumer
Health Informatics Research,
Associate Professor, College
of Pharmacy

The Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research (CCHIR) at Nova Southeastern University has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the first WHO Collaborating Center in the world focused on consumer health informatics. Globally, there are less than a dozen informatics centers that have received this designation. The CCHIR (pronounced see-ker, as in seeking knowledge and answers) is part of the Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
This designation of the CCHIR reflects its established record of innovation and expertise as well as a history of jointly planned efforts with the WHO. The designation was made, in part, to tap into the expertise at the CCHIR for its contributions to the development of a consumer health informatics research agenda with the WHO. More >>

NSU’s First-Ever Live Commencement Webcast Yields a Marriage Proposal.
Crowd Cheers as Couple Make Commitment.

Press Release.

Dean Appoints Student Ambassadors for 2013-2014 School Year
Dean's Ambasssadors
Dean's Ambasssadors

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