News Briefs, Oct. 17, 2017

NSU and Patel Family Foundation send relief efforts to Puerto Rico
Following the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, the NSU community and the Patel Family Foundation partnered to deliver more than 2,500 pounds of supplies to the island nation. With the loan of the Patels’ plane, goods such as batteries, water, flashlights and canned foods were delivered to NSU’s Puerto Rico campus. Students and faculty who wish to donate to the program may email

Call for homecoming court applications
Students are invited to submit their applications on Oct. 20 for the 2017-2018 homecoming court. Applications must be submitted via Orgsync and the application window will close on Oct. 27. For more information, students can email Emmie Swegle at

Romer Ocanto, chair of CDM’s department of Pediatric Dentistry receives honor
Last month, Romer Ocanto, chair of the CDM Department of Pediatric Dentistry was awarded a certificate of presentation for the best poster at the International Conference on Dentistry and Oral Health in Valencia, Spain. Beginning in 2007, Ocanto has raised more than $8,058,231 toward improving dental care access to children with Special Health Care Needs (SHCN).

HPD begins dinner service
As of Oct. 9, the HPD Cafe in the Health Professional Division began to serve dinner as requested by the student body. The dinner service runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and is being offered on a trial basis. Visit for more details.

NSU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
The Office of International Affairs, Latin American Student Association and the Office of Career Development have collectively organized an event scheduled for Oct. 24 in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students are invited to join in the festivities for free food, games and dancing from 12 to 1:30 p.m. room 309 in the Mailman-Hollywood Building. Visit or call 954-262-7201 to RSVP for the event.

NBC6 to visit NSU for College Week
On Oct. 17, NBC6 will be reporting live from the Don Taft University Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in celebration of “College Week.” NSU students are invited to join Razor, the NSU Sharkettes as well as friends and colleagues to show their Shark pride with original signs and through their Shark gear. For more information, visit

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