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2016-17 Activities and Accomplishments

Circle of Friends kicked off the 2016-2017 fiscal year with a Mystery in the Library event which offered a lively evening of “whodunnit” investigative entertainment and dinner raising $6,000 in underwriting for a net profit of $5,209.44.

Giving Tuesday at the Library in November 2016 resulted in raising $425.

For the second consecutive year, Circle of Friends supported Seussfest, a signature annual event that brought nearly 6,000 people to the Library and addresses literacy issues facing our South Florida community by helping to foster a love of reading.

As a result of the strategic planning meeting held in the summer, we hosted a thank you reception for our Friends and a welcome for new members which was well attended.  The reception was followed by “On Hemingway: Three Views” funded by Florida Humanities Council. The performance by Betty Jean Steinshouer offered a portrayal of three “in character” views of Hemingway.

In April, Circle of Friends hosted Dr. Carolyn George, the author of The Dorm Doctor, a college handbook for health, for a presentation geared at students and their parents.

In May, Bonnie Lippman was inducted on to the Board at the Annual Meeting, with 41 attendees present.  Lydia M. Acosta, Elaine Blattner, Larry Maurer and Gilbert H. Young, M.D. were recognized for their service and Michael was recognized for having served one year as President.

Banana Wave gave a presentation on how they became a successful company thanks to the resources of the Alvin Sherman Library.

At the Annual Gala and Fundraiser, 56 attendees enjoyed dinner and music by Fun Pianos! by 176 Keys. Underwriting totaled $10,500 plus additional contributions of $708, for a net profit of $4,246.40.

This past year, Circle of Friends implemented two new membership categories: Young Professionals and Library Staff.  We have 139 Circle of Friends memberships, compared to 93 memberships at this time last year – a 49.46% increase. This increase is due to a new initiative of a reduced rate of $25 for library staff members. We have 24 Library staff members to date.

The FY 2017-2018 Circle of Friends
Board of Directors is as follows:

Executive Board:
Ronnie Oller – President
Kitty Preziosi – Vice-President
Ann Porterfield  – Secretary
Peter Woolf – Treasurer
Michael Greenberg – Past President

Board Members:
Karla Avecillas
Adolfo J. Cotilla, Jr.
Lindsey Glantz
Jana Hanbury
Bonnie Lippman
Greg McDermott
Charles Morton
Janet Speth
Tom Zimmerman

Ex-Officios:
James Hutchens
Rachel Mojica
Luis A. Muriel

Circle of Friends Night of Dueling Pianos Annual Gala and Fundraiser

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The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center recently hosted its Annual Gala and Fundraiser.

The evening began with over 60 attendees enjoying cocktails and appetizers, followed by a buffet dinner. Guests were treated to a performance of Dueling Pianos with Fun Pianos! By 176 Keys. A variety of hits were played; the oldies, the classics, and all the favorite requests, for two hours of toe-tapping, foot stomping, hard-rockin’ sing and dance along fun. Proceeds raised from the evening help fund resources for the Alvin Sherman Library.

Underwriting was generously provided by Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits Charitable Fund, Gold Coast Marine Distributor, Dr. Robert and Janet Speth, Peter and Fran Woolf, Samuel F. Morrison, C. Davis Electric, Mike and Laura Simmons & Port Consolidated, Crawford-Tracey Corporation, Adolfo & Marisela Cotilla & ACAI Associates, Inc., Levenson, Katzin and Ballotta, P.A., Dr. Robert and Ronnie Oller, Kevin and Joanne Barrett, and Dr. Robert and Kitty Preziosi, Luis and Elizabeth Muriel, Suzete Ellis, Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Silvagni, Tom Zimmerman and finally Hoffman’s Chocolates, provided a sweet ending to a fun evening; delicious chocolate covered Oreo favors.

The Circle of Friends is a diverse group of individuals who share the common goal of furthering the intellectual resources of the Alvin Sherman Library. As a result of an innovative agreement between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Alvin Sherman Library is a unique joint-use facility. This means that anyone who lives or works in Broward County is eligible to have a library card and to access the five-story Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

For more information, or to join the Circle of Friends, please call 954-262-4627, email libdev@nova.edu or visit http://sherman.library.nova.edu/sites/friends/. To sign up for a library card, please visit http://public.library.nova.edu/card/

Circle of Friends Annual Meeting

COF FY 17-18 Board

Circle of Friends Board Members pictured left to right: Adolfo J. Cotilla, Jr., Ronnie Oller, Michael C. Greenberg, Larry Maurer, Janet Speth, Peter Woolf, Kitty Preziosi, Tom Zimmerman, Ann Porterfield, Jim Hutchens, and Jana Hanbury.

          The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center recently hosted its Annual Meeting to review the past year’s accomplishments, recognize outgoing board members, and to install new board members and officers.

          Outgoing board members Lydia M. Acosta, Elaine F. Blattner, Laurence Alan Maurer and Gilbert H. Young, M.D. were recognized for their service. Bonnie Lippman was elected to the Board of Directors for a three year term from the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Elected for office were Ronnie Oller, President, Kitty Preziosi, Vice-President, Ann Porterfield, Secretary, Peter Woolf, Treasurer, and Michael Greenberg, past President. Also remaining on the board are Karla Avecillas, Adolfo J. Cotilla, Jr., Lindsey Glantz, Jana Hanbury, Greg McDermott, Chuck Malkus, Charles Morton, Janet Speth, and Tom Zimmerman. Ex-Officio Board members include James Hutchens and Luis Muriel.

Banana Wave Photo

Lydia M. Acosta and Jim Hutchens pictured with Circle of Friends Annual Meeting guest speakers Banana Wave founders “Nature” and Trendolyn

          At a reception, Banana Wave founders H.E. Neter (“Nature”) Kush Ben Alkebulan and his fiancée, Trendolyn Hopkins shared their inspirational story of how determination, perseverance, entrepreneurial spirit and the support of the NSU Alvin Sherman Library turned their dream into a successful company. “Nature” and Trendolyn dreamed of bringing his grandmother’s generational banana milk recipe to life. Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit, they dedicated themselves to making that dream a reality. Every day for two years, they planted themselves in a study room at the Sherman Library to search for answers. “What do we need to know to build a successful company?” From survey design, trade show information, market research, distribution lists, packaging information, demographics, business valuation, accounting and taxation, alternative medicine, supply and demand, law, economics, researching types of bananas to discovering buyer habits, and with the support of the Alvin Sherman librarians, a formidable business plan was built.

Today, Banana Wave (www.bananawave.com) is now being distributed through Whole Foods and Walmart.

           The Circle of Friends is a diverse group of individuals who share the common goal of furthering the intellectual resources of the Alvin Sherman Library. As a result of an innovative agreement between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Alvin Sherman Library is a unique joint-use facility. This means that anyone who lives or works in Broward County is eligible to have a library card and to access the five-story Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

Together, the Circle of Friends is dedicated to:

Promoting the development and achievements of the Alvin Sherman Library
• Encouraging greater visibility and interaction between the Library and the University, its host community, alumni, and friends
• Enriching the cultural life of the University and its larger community through funding of special exhibits, programs, and collections
• Supporting the goals of the Library through volunteer activities and programs
• Assisting in developing resources to benefit the Library and its departments and programs
• Serving as a liaison with the private sector and building strong relationships between the Library, corporations, and foundations

For more information, or to join the Circle of Friends, please call 954-262-4627, email libdev@nova.edu or visit http://sherman.library.nova.edu/cof. To sign up for a library card, please visit http://public.library.nova.edu/card/

Meet NSU’s First Lady

“The Library is the Heart of NSU” – Jana Hanbury, Circle of Friends Board Member

A person is only as strong as his or her support system, and for President Dr. George Hanbury, that strength lies in his wife, Jana.

NSU's First Lady, Jana Hanbury, featured in March edition of Boca Raton Observer

NSU’s First Lady, Jana Hanbury, featured in March edition of Boca Raton Observer

The Boca Raton Observer featured an inside look into Mrs. Hanbury’s successes, along with some of South Florida’s other first ladies, to understand the charitable efforts and contributions these women make to the South Florida community.

May 17th: Circle of Friends Annual Meeting

The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library invites you to attend its Annual Meeting on May 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm for a celebration of this past year’s achievements, and the installation of the incoming board and officers.  You’ll also hear about Banana Wave, an up and coming company, whose determination, perseverance, entrepreneurial spirit and the support of the NSU Alvin Sherman Library turned their dream into an amazing success.

This event is open to all Circle of Friends members and their friends, and refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, please email libdev@nova.edu or call 954-262-4627.

 

 

The Dorm Doctor

Join the Circle of Friends and Carolyn S. George on April 27th, 2017, as she talks about her book, The Dorm Doctor, a handbook targeted to college students and their parents to help them prepare for the college experience and the many potential health related pitfalls that accompany the journey.

The Dorm Doctor is a health handbook intended for both parents and students.

  • How to maintain a healthy life in a college setting
  • Guidance on how to identify and manage common illnesses
  • Do’s and don’ts that all students should know to keep them healthy during the school year.
  • Answers for parents when they call home not feeling well

Carolyn S. George, MD, author of “The Dorm Doctor” and founder/owner of VIDA Integrative Medicine, is dedicated to providing personalized healthcare by identifying and addressing the root causes of illness through an approach called Functional and Integrative Medicine. Her functional medical approach helps her find answers so she can treat the root cause of disease instead of just treating the symptoms. She works closely with her patients to explore their health and identify areas of improvement with both traditional medicine as well as nutritional support to maximize their health and well being.

 

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Save the date for Circle of Friends Annual Gala

Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library will hold its Annual Gala and Fundraiser “A Night of Dueling Pianos” on Saturday evening, May 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Entertainment will be provided by Fun Pianos! By 176 Keys and the event will be held in the Sherman Library’s Geraldine and Morton Terry Atrium. This will be a rocking and rolling night of delicious dining and cocktails accompanied by music and fun not to be missed!

Thanks to the kind support of generous members, the Circle of Friends have been supporting the programs, services and resources of the Sherman Library in many ways such as:

  • Expanding the academic collection for students and faculty
  • Creating an innovative state of the art Collaborative Study Room for group study and conversation
  • Providing support over the past two years for SeussFest!- a signature annual event that addresses literacy issues facing our South Florida community by helping to foster a love for life-long learning and reading
  • And so much more.

The Circle of Friends has made great strides in building a better library, but there is so much more to be done. You can help support the library by attending and underwriting the Gala. Just click on this link: https://nova.edu/cof/annual or for more information, call 954-262-4627.

With more Friends, we can do more. For more information, or to join the Circle of Friends, please click on this link: https://www.nova.edu/cof/membership/ or call 954-262-4627 or email libdev@nova.edu. To sign up for a library card, please visit http://public.library.nova.edu/card/

WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

        Did you know that according to the 2010 Census, approximately 22% of Broward County adults are functionally illiterate?  These individuals can’t read to their children, assist with homework, complete a job application or write a basic letter.

Every day, the NSU Alvin Sherman Library staff is working diligently with the community to help reduce the illiteracy rate in Broward County. Whether it’s through children’s story times, school outreaches, or workshops for NSU students, our librarians focus on building a love for reading and making a difference in their lives.

Your Circle of Friends membership is a VITAL part of our funding and helps us make our contributions to the library and other literacy-based community projects possible.

This past year, becoming a Circle of Friend member helped fund:

• The Circle of Friends state-of-the-art Collaborative Study Room where NSU and community students can engage in group study and project work.
SeussFest! This annual community event celebrates the works and contributions of Dr. Seuss through interactive programs and activities which encourages a love for reading. This year alone, the Library gave away over 2,500 books to children who attended this event.

Over the years, the Circle of Friends has also continued to help:

• Build one of the finest print, e-book and audiobook collections in the county
• Purchase academic databases for research available to NSU students and faculty, as well as all Broward residents, employees and students
• Update critical technology to help build a nucleus of information for NSU students and the public
• Refurbish a teen room that is now a hub to hang out in after school
• Provide new furniture for the very popular children’s area

That’s why, as President of the Circle of Friends, I am asking you to help us meet the needs of the NSU and the Broward county public by renewing your membership today!

If you have already renewed, thank you for your continued loyalty. Remember, your membership donation is fully tax-deductible as allowed by the law and valid through June 30th, 2017.

To renew online, visit: nova.edu/cof
If you have any questions, please call: (954) 262-4627 or email: libdev@nova.edu

Sincerely,

Your partner in literacy,

Michael C. Greenberg,
President, Circle of Friends

Gift from Craig & Barbara Weiner Creates Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room in NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library

A gift from Craig and Barbara Weiner to Nova Southeastern University will result in the installation of a new Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room in the Alvin Sherman Library. The gift was presented by Craig Weiner, President of the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. and his wife Barbara to NSU at the Alvin Sherman Library Circle of Friends Annual Gala on May 14.

The gift will fund, furnish, equip and build the new room, on the Alvin Sherman Library’s second floor. In addition, an endowed fund will be established to provide resource materials and for maintenance of the room as well as to support related special events.

“Due to the generosity of Craig and Barbara Weiner, the Alvin Sherman Library will be able to provide unique information resources for the university community including the residents of Broward County,” said Lydia Acosta, M.A., NSU vice president of information services and university librarian. “ This room will serve as an educational place of serious study and reflection on this period in history. “

Set to open in the coming academic year, the room will offer NSU students and the general public a place to learn about, and to contemplate the horrendous acts that result from intolerance and hate.

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From left to right: Kenneth Tate, Lydia M. Acosta,
Barbara Weiner, Craig Weiner, Jacqueline Travisano and Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson