Hispanic Heritage Month 2020: Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

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Nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.

Sonia Sotomayor became a U.S. District Court Judge in 1992 and was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. In 2009, she was confirmed as the first Latina Supreme Court justice in U.S. history.

In June 2015, Sotomayor was among the majority in two landmark Supreme Court rulings: On June 25, she was one of the six justices to uphold a critical component of the 2010 Affordable Care Act—often referred to as Obamacare—in King v. Burwell. The decision allows the federal government to continue providing subsidies to Americans who purchase health care through “exchanges,” regardless of whether they are state or federally operated. Sotomayor is credited as a key force in the ruling, having presented cautionary arguments against the potential dismantling of the law.

On June 26, the Supreme Court handed down its second historic decision in as many days, with a 5–4 majority ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Sotomayor joined Justices Ruth Bader GinsburgAnthony KennedyStephen Breyer and Elena Kagan in the majority, with Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Thomas dissenting.

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Source: Biography.com

Fall 2020 Dollar$ and $ense Newsletter Now Available


Enrollment and Student Services (ESS) has published the Fall 2020 issue of the Dollar$ and $ense student newsletter. This newsletter provides information on upcoming deadlines, the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), changes to Chapter 33 Benefit Levels for students who are military veterans, and more.

The newsletter is available on the NSU financial aid website.

Register Your Vehicle for 2020-2021 Parking

NSU’s new parking registration system is now available online. The contact-free system makes it easy for you to register your vehicle online. Decals are required and can be picked up in the One-Stop-Shop when it is convenient for you. Additionally, the new platform offers more flexibility—especially for those individuals who are coming to campus less often these days.

Please register your vehicle using our Parking Portal by Monday, September 21, 2020. Parking citations will be suspended until September 30 in order to allow you time to get registered and affix your decal to your vehicle.

Key features available include:

  • Vehicle registration for students and employees (employees can purchase permits on an annual or payroll basis)
  • Guest parking permits (pre-pay annual, monthly, or daily)
  • 24/7 access to vehicle information
  • Pay or appeal parking citations

The NSU Parking Portal is a mobile-friendly system that provides enhanced reliability and an overall better experience for you.

We are excited to bring this streamlined service to you and appreciate your cooperation during this transition. Please email parkingservices@nova.edu for more information or visit our website https://www.nova.edu/publicsafety/parking to view FAQs.

Prevent the Flu, Get your Flu vaccination

It’s that time of year again—the time to get an annual flu vaccine. The Office of Human Resources is pleased to collaborate with the NSU Pharmacy and ICUBA to provide free seasonal flu shots to all faculty and staff enrolled in an ICUBA medical plan.  There are several convenient options for employees to get their flu shots.

The purpose of the flu vaccine is to minimize transmission of the influenza virus in the workplace by providing occupational protection to faculty and staff and to prevent transmission to other members of the NSU community. Annual influenza vaccination has been found to be both safe and effective in reducing the risk of influenza and health care-related transmission.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting a flu shot is more important this year than ever as we learn to live safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventing the flu is always important, but it is even more critical now, when so many of our health care resources are being used to treat patients with COVID-19. By reducing your chances of catching the flu and needing to seek medical attention for it, you are doing your part to conserve these already limited resources.  Also, if you get sick and must go to the doctor, your chances of being around someone with COVID-19 are much higher.

Option 1: Visit an On-site Clinic

For the on-site clinic, all safety precautions will be followed to ensure everyone is safe. Temperatures will be checked, and everyone is required to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering. If you are enrolled in the ICUBA medical plan, please bring your Optum Rx prescription ID card.

Option 2: Visit a Participating Walgreens, Publix, Walmart or CVS Pharmacy

Employees covered under the NSU/ICUBA medical plan and who are unable to attend one of the on-site flu clinics and would like to receive a flu shot prior to one of our scheduled events can obtain a flu shot at a participating pharmacy such as Walgreens, Publix, Walmart, or CVS.

Walgreens Pharmacy

To view participating Walgreens locations, visit:


Publix Pharmacy

Get a free $10 Publix gift card when you get your flu shot at the Publix Pharmacy.  Flu shots are available now for a limited time, and no appointment is necessary.


Walmart Pharmacy

Save time by scheduling your flu shot for the same day as your next grocery shopping trip. Simply book your appointment with Walmart’s online scheduler & complete your forms in advance.

Schedule now

CVS Pharmacy

CVS pharmacists® can administer flu shots for individuals starting at three years old.


Option 3: Physician’s Office Visit

Employees covered under the NSU/ICUBA medical plan may also obtain a flu shot from an in-network physician.  The flu shot is covered at 100%, but your health care provider may charge for an office visit of a 20% coinsurance or $25 copay to administer the vaccine.

As a reminder, employees can schedule an immunization appointment Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling the NSU pharmacy at (954) 262-4550, if the clinic dates/times are not convenient.

For more information regarding the flu vaccine, please call the NSU Pharmacy at (954) 262-4550.

2020 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards Applications Launched

Nova Southeastern University salutes outstanding graduates at the Distinguished Alumni Achievement (DAA) Awards ceremony, the highest and most prestigious honor that NSU bestows upon its graduates.

The program recognizes alumni who have realized their potential around the world by demonstrating a record of distinguished service and extraordinary achievement in a particular profession, discipline, organization or community cause.

The nomination process is now open for any student, alumnus, university volunteer, active or retired faculty or staff to nominate an alumnus through the DAA nomination form.

In nominating an NSU alumnus, please consider the eligibility and criteria requirements listed here and on the form:

This year’s nomination deadline is Monday, October 5, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. EDT, and the nomination criteria is as follows:

  1. Honoree must be a conferred graduate of Nova Southeastern University.
  2. Honoree cannot be a current employee (full or part-time) of NSU.
  3. Honoree must be a donor to Nova Southeastern University.
  4. Honoree must exhibit NSU’s core values and demonstrate an affinity to their alma mater.
  5. Honoree has an outstanding and notable record of distinction, success, accomplishment, leadership and service in his/her/their profession or community.
  6.  Honoree leads his/her/their organization, business or community cause toward excellence.

The 2020 honorees will be announced during the Distinguished Alumni Awards virtual ceremony on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6 p.m., EDT. 

For any questions about the NSU Distinguished Alumni Awards, contact the Alumni Relations team at alumni@nova.edu.

NSU Florida Implements Precautions & Procedures to Address COVID-19 on Campus

With COVID-19 impacting every aspect of our lives, NSU Florida has worked extensively to enact precautions and take steps that directly address the pandemic as students, faculty and staff return for Fall 2020. The university has:

  • significantly increased the number of hand sanitizing stations;
  • added an over-abundance of signage on walls and floors (directing physical distancing, the importance of hand-washing reminders to wear face coverings);
  • installation of plexiglass dividers wherever appropriate – returning students and staff are going to see a different campus;
  • and more.

To help share the news with the NSU Florida community, media were invited onto campus to see first-hand what the university has implemented to address COVID-19 concerns. You can find the media stories below:

Nominations Accepted for 10th Annual Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award

(left to right): Fred Lippman, R.Ph., Ed.D., Chancellor, Health Professions Division and Special Projects; Mariana Morris, Ph.D., recipient of NSU’s 9th Annual Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award; Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D. NSU Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs


Nova Southeastern University Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D. is pleased to announce that starting August 17, 2020, nominations will be accepted for the annual Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award. The deadline to submit a nomination or to self-nominate is 5:00 p.m., EDT, September 11, 2020.

The purpose of the award is to recognize an NSU faculty member who has demonstrated significant achievement in support of NSU’s mission to foster scholarship, intellectual inquiry, and academic excellence. Research and scholarship are two of NSU’s core values, and excellence in these areas enhances education, patient care, and public service, and develops superior scholarship. This annual award recognizes distinguished accomplishments in the pursuit of research and scholarly activities across the academic disciplines.  The winner of the Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award will be announced in October 2020.

For more information, or to submit a nomination, please click on the link below


(left to right): Richard Dodge, Ph.D., Dean, Halmos College of Natural Sciences & Oceanography; Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., recipient of NSU’s 9th Annual Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award; Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D. NSU Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs


Weeks of Welcome: Fall 2020

We hope you are enjoying Weeks of Welcome! Please continue to discover ways you can get involved, and find programs, services, and opportunities tailored to make your experience at college even more vibrant.

As a reminder, to see the list of all scheduled events, please visit nova.edu/wow. Make sure to use #NSUWOW and #TurnTheTide when sharing your WOW memories on social media.

For disability-related accommodations for any of the events, please contact (954) 262-7185 or e-mail disabilityservices@nova.edu

NSU COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols will be strongly enforced.



NSU Art Museum Is Giving You a Free Membership!

Did you know that NSU Art Museum is part of your university? That means you are already a member of this renowned museum located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s vibrant downtown, just 30 minutes east of Fort Lauderdale/Davie. By activating your membership today, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to exciting online and in-person programming.

Membership includes:

  • FREE unlimited general admission to NSU Art Museum ($80 value).
  • FREE or discounted member pricing to virtual and in-person lectures, art talks and more!
  • ACCESS to new private membership webpage, featuring members-only videos and content.
  • ENJOY the perks of Members Appreciation Week when the museum re-opens to the public.
  • SAVE 10% at the Museum Store & Café (plus seasonal double discounts).
  • PLUS the opportunity to upgrade to One East Society, NSU Art Museum’s newest membership level for young creatives and professionals.

Unlock even more benefits by upgrading your membership and receive FREE admission to over 1,100 museums and cultural institutions across North America through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program. Simply pay the difference of the Individual level ($80 value) and the higher level of your choice.

To upgrade and for questions or additional information, please contact the Museum membership department at moadevelopment@nova.edu.

*Free NSU Art Museum membership is available for currently employed NSU faculty and staff, and current matriculating students.

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Increases Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefit Levels

Current and prospective NSU students eligible for education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) may see an increase in benefits effective August 1, 2020. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits at different rates (known as benefit levels) based on length of service. Effective August 1, 2020, rates will change as follows:

  • 40% benefit level will be eliminated
  • Students who were previously eligible for 40% are now eligible for 50%
  • Students who were previously eligible for 50% are now eligible for 60%

After the change goes into effect, veterans may use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool to determine the entitlement they can receive for their education, training, and housing. For more information, please view the VA’s Consolidation of Benefit Level Postcard or visit the financial aid website.

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