News Briefs

NSU enters RecycleMania

The university entered the national RecycleMania national contest for the fourth year. The contest aims to promote recycling in universities throughout the country. This year’s contest will take place from Feb. 6 to April 2. NSU placed in every category last year. Categories include largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest amount of total recyclables, least amount of trash per capita and highest recycling rate. For more information, log on to

New Starbucks size available at campus location

Starbucks’ new 31-ounce size is now sold at the campus location in the Don Taft University Center. The “Trenta” is available for iced coffee and drinks. The franchise announced the introduction of the “Trenta,” last week, as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary. Fourteen states in the South and Southwest now offer the “Trenta.” It will be available in all U.S. Starbucks locations in early May.

UM-NSU CARD partners with Dan Marino Foundation

The UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Diseases partnered with the Dan Marino Foundation and four other university autism centers to form the Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism. The new foundation will host its first walk for autism on Jan. 29 at the Sun Life Stadium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each participating South Florida school will receive 25 percent of the money they raise.

Award-winning author visits NSU

Kiki BelMonte Schaller, winner of a USA BookNews National Best Books 2009 Award in Multicultural Fiction, will speak in the Mailman-Hollywood building, Room 309, from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. on Jan. 26. The event will include a reading from her novel, “Gray Rainbow Journey.” This event is open to everyone.

NSU executive appointed by former governor Crist

Last month, former governor Charlie Crist appointed J. Preston Jones, D.B.A., executive associate dean of academic affairs at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, to the Florida Technology, Research and Scholarship Board. Board members are responsible for developing and approving the criteria for the creation and expansion of colleges and universities throughout the state.

Facebook offers Amber alerts

Facebook users can sign up to receive Amber alerts directly on their Facebook home page. The alerts are bulletins, which are issued by law enforcement in serious child abduction cases. Users can select the states from which they would like to receive alerts. To sign up visit

Apple CEO takes medical leave

Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s chief executive officer last week due to medical reasons for the second time in two years. The reasons are unclear although Jobs battled pancreatic cancer in 2004. Tim Cook, chief operating officer, is now in charge.

Naked tourist tased

Last week, a Pennsylvania tourist was arrested in Monroe County when drivers reported seeing a naked man running across U.S. 1 yelling that he was “king of the world” and “made of steel.” Richard Gervasi, 43, was tased three times and charged with disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

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