The Circle of Friends, the advisory board and fundraising partners of the NSU Alvin Sherman Library held its Annual Meeting on May 19, 2021 online to celebrate the achievements of the past year and installation of incoming Board and Officers.
Douglas Ford, M.D. was installed as the newest Board Member, Chuck Morton as President, Barbara Grosz, M.Ed., D.H.L. as Vice-President, and Peter Woolf as Past President, while Rona Levitt and Daniel Fleischer will continue to serve in their roles as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.
Also serving on the Board of Directors are Dr. Stephanie Brown, Adolfo J. Cotilla, Jr., Tony DuBose, Peter Garcia, Bonnie Lippman, Vilma Lopez, Greg McDermott, Luis A. Muriel, Ronnie Oller, Ann Porterfield, Janet Speth and Ex-Officios: Diane Klein, Lorraine Shim, Laura Sturaitis and Jim Hutchens.
During his address, outgoing President Peter Woolf thanked the Board for supporting the following three initiatives:
• Two years ago, Circle of Friends’ funding enabled the ASL to upgrade our digital signage to include large touchscreen displays on the first and second floors. This year, this important project was completed, and today, digital signs are located throughout the building.
• This year the Circle of Friends also invested in the ASL/OCL staff by funding our professional development budget. Although the pandemic lead to the cancellation of several opportunities, many more online offerings became available.
• Circle of Friends is especially proud to have funded the Alvin Sherman Library’s contract with the consulting firm Library Strategies. This contract provides for 3-year strategic plans for both the library and the Circle of Friends.
Dr. John Wensveen, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer, Nova Southeastern University’s Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation was the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Annual Meeting. Dr. Wensveen spoke about the development of the Levan Innovation Center and its impressive cutting edge, world class features and presented a virtual tour of this state-of-the-art center.
Circle of Friends is ready for another terrific year!