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Fischler Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association serves as the voice of the student body at NSU's Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. Members represent the needs and interests of FCE graduate students; coordinate the activities of the FCE graduate student body with the school administration, faculty, and NSU SGA; and foster mutual understanding and cooperation with other student organizations to promote an environment of academic and personal growth for all students.

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The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Graduate Student Government Association (FCE SGA) comprises FCE graduate students, and serves as the voice of the student body to promote an environment for personal, academic, and career growth. Members represent the needs and interests of FCE graduate students, and coordinate activities with the FCE graduate student body, College Administration, NSU PanSGA, and community. Executive board members are elected each year to oversee school policy support from students, budget allocation, fiscal planning, recognition of developing issues pertaining to students, student activity events and planning, and communication between faculty/staff and the student body. 

As a leader within the field of education, within the classroom, and within your community, you are encouraged to review the Fischler SGA Application and apply for one of the following elected positions: President, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Vice President of Judicial Affairs, Vice President of Online Affairs, Treasurer, and Secretary. The instructions for submission are provided within the application. Elections are held during the Winter II term, and Officers are expected to serve one (1) full year term.

For questions regarding the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Student Government Association, please contact advisor Dr. Daniel Markarian via email at markaria@nova.edu.

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Abraham S. Fischler College of EducationPRESIDENT
The Student Government Association (SGA) President for the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education administers and enforces all laws of the student body. Powers of the Executive Branch reside in the Student Government Association President, as well as, the Vice Presidents. The Student Government Association President serves as the voice of the Student Government Association and oversees school policy support from students, budget allocation, fiscal planning, recognition of developing issues pertaining to students, student activity events and planning, and communication between faculty/staff and the student body.

Nova Lishon-Savarino is a doctoral student in the Instructional Technology and Distance Education (ITDE) and Higher Education Leadership programs.  As of April 2014, Nova was accepted and concurrently enrolled into the NSU Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences.  In December 2012, Nova earned her Master’s degree in ITDE from Nova Southeastern University.  She graduated in May 2011 from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance (Minor in Theatre) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology (Minor in Psychology). Nova graduated in 2008 from Broward College with an Associates of Arts degree (with High Honors, Honors Institute, and PTK).  She attended Laurel Springs School and graduated from high school in 2007 at age 14. 

Nova is an Adjunct Professor at Broward College.  She teaches developmental mathematics and computer science courses.  She worked as an Interim Substitute Teacher for Broward Schools and full-time teacher at Broward Virtual School from 2013-2014.  Her goal is to continue to inspire students to be successful and share her knowledge and understanding of technology through the application of distance learning projects through academic studies.  More specifically, she hopes to gain knowledge and develop professional skills related to connecting and bridging the gap between secondary and higher education.
Nova was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Her passions include dancing (21+ years) and figure skating (18+ years; including 4 State Championship titles). She has been involved in many service activities, including co-chair of NSU’s KDP Shark KNX Mentoring Committee (2012-2013), President of the Kappa Delta Pi Omega Theta Chapter (2013-2015), Vice President of Online Affairs for the Fischler College of Education Student Government Association (2013-2014), and President of the Fischler College of Education Student Government Association (2014-2016). With the continued support of her family, friends, and God, Nova looks to expand her knowledge and mentor others interested in learning about distance education trends and best practices.


Abraham S. Fischler College of EducationVICE PRESIDENT OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
The Vice President of Legislative Affairs advises the Officers of the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board and Senate on current legislation that is highly relevant to graduate students at Nova Southeastern University and the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education (Fischler), including legislation pending in Tallahassee for the State of Florida and Washington, DC for federal legislation.

Heidi S. Richards is a Program Manager at Broward College, where she plans, develops, and implements program curriculums.  She also recruits and evaluates adjunct faculty and collaborates in the planning, development, and implementation of marketing strategies for the department. Heidi has more than ten years of private and public sector experience, including in higher education, government relations, and fundraising.  Previously, she was an Analyst for the City of Fort Lauderdale and an adjunct graduate professor in the School for Public Affairs and Administration at Metropolitan College of New York.

She was recently listed on MSNBC as a leader making a difference regarding key issues on campus and in bridging the gender gap in politics as the VP of Legislative Affairs for the Student Government Association at the Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University. She was also selected for the Broward County Academy 2015, Class IV.

Previously, she was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor society and was listed in the American Society for Public Administration newsletter as a student who exhibits both scholarship and leadership in the field of Public Administration.  Furthermore, she was elected as a board member and fundraising chairperson for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) at the New York Metropolitan Chapter.   

Heidi currently holds several degrees including a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University and a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Metropolitan College of New York.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.


Abraham S. Fischler College of EducationVICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

The Vice President of Operations is elected by the student body to serve on the Executive Board; promote effective operational practices in membership, finance, and communication; chair the Leadership Development Committee; maintain a record of the FSE SGA Constitution, committees, and membership; attend approriate conferences and forums; and perform other duties as may be prescribed by the President of the majority of the Senate.

V. Ricki Stroud is a graduate of Georgia College, Mercer University, Nova Southeastern University. She received her Master’s Degree and Educational Specialist from Nova Southeastern University.

V. Ricki Stroud is no stranger to working with students, having spent 20 years as a teacher and an advocate, which taught her the importance of effective communication. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience in education.

Prior to teaching V. Ricki Stroud spent 15 years in court management. Currently advocating for people with disabilities and the elderly. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that clients receive SSI, SSA disability and various timely benefits.                                                                                                                              

                                                 
Abraham S. Fischler College of EducationVICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT ADVOCACY

The Vice President of Student Advocacy is elected by the student body to serve on the Executive Board, promote an ethical academic community, serve as a student liason for grievance and appeals committees, chair the Student Advocacy Committee, attend approriate conferences and forums, and perform other duties as may be prescribed by the President of the majority of the Senate.

Dawn Reeves is a doctoral candidate from South Florida. She received her Masters degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Florida A&M University.
Dawn is a high school English Teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She began her career in education in her mid-year of service with an AmeriCorps program. Her love for the classroom and watching students improve academically and socially gave her the push she needed to fulfill her dream of becoming an educator. 

Dawn believes all students deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. At times, having an advocate in their corner is that support that they need to reach that level of success. 

Dawn is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Golden Key National Honor Society, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Education Association.  


Miriam MuscoSECRETARY

The Secretary is elected by the student body, keeps minutes of all meetings, maintains the records and assists the presiding officer during meetings, and explains the pending business when called upon.

Miriam Musco is a museum professional who specializes in informal science education. She got her start in this field as a high school summer intern for the Rose Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, where she was coached in presenting science to the public by Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. She went on to gain experience working at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology; the Franklin Institute; the Wagner Free Institute; the Please Touch Museum; the Girl Museum; the Alaska Museum of Natural History; and the Sciencenter. Mostly recently, she served as the Director of Education at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

In addition to her professional work, Miriam has volunteered her time with many organizations, including the American Alliance of Museums, the National Science Teachers Association, Summer Search, and FemSex Ithaca. She has been a board member of the Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau, the Tompkins County Tourism Board, and the Tompkins County chapter of the American Red Cross, and is currently on the board of the American Camp Association, serving on its finance and diversity committees. In addition, she is a member of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority and served on its national board as the Director of Philanthropy and Fundraising and the Northeast Regional Director.

Miriam holds a B.A. in history, math, and physics from Indiana University and an M.A. in museum education from the University of the Arts. Her M.A. thesis was written about homeschooling among religious families in the United States. She has also contributed to two scholarly articles: one on supernovae, written with astrophysicists at the University of Oklahoma, and one on virtual museums.
Miriam now lives on Roanoke, Virginia and is a student at Nova Southeastern University, working towards her Ed.D. in educational leadership. She is writing her dissertation on how the socioeconomic status of different urban neighborhoods affects access to museums and libraries.


Abraham S. Fischler College of EducationSENATOR

FCE SGA Senators serve as a point of contact to FSE graduate students within respective disciplines, independently respond to student inquiries via e-mail and facilitate additional correspondence as needed, report all matters to the Vice President of Legislative Affairs, vote and appoint a representative before the end of the second Senate meeting to preside over the meetings in the absence of the Vice President of Legislative Affairs, vote and appoint a Senate Secretary before the end of the second Senate meeting to serve as the parliamentarian, maintain meeting minutes and voting records for the Senate Journal, attend appropriate conferences and forums, and perform other duties as may be prescribed by the President of the majority of the Senate.

Maisy Page is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in international affairs.  In 2008, she created the philanthropic arm of the Offshore Super Series (a powerboat racing sanctioning body), OSS Cares.  She has had the honor of partnering with the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, The Cody Unser First Step Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation through OSS Cares.  She holds a Master of Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University and in 2013 began her journey towards her doctoral degree in Human Services Administration at Nova Southeastern University.  She worked as a social services counselor at the PACE Center for Girls before continuing her career at the Fort Meyers campus of Nova Southeastern University.  As an NSU student, she serves as a senator on the NSU Fort Meyers SGA and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Delta Epsilon Iota.  In her time away from work and school she mentors through the STAMP program at the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and enjoys spending time with her fiancé and goldendoodle.


Abraham S. Fischler College of EducationSENATOR

FCE SGA Senators serve as a point of contact to FSE graduate students within respective disciplines, independently respond to student inquiries via e-mail and facilitate additional correspondence as needed, report all matters to the Vice President of Legislative Affairs, vote and appoint a representative before the end of the second Senate meeting to preside over the meetings in the absence of the Vice President of Legislative Affairs, vote and appoint a Senate Secretary before the end of the second Senate meeting to serve as the parliamentarian, maintain meeting minutes and voting records for the Senate Journal, attend appropriate conferences and forums, and perform other duties as may be prescribed by the President of the majority of the Senate.

Terrie Gaskins Bryant lives Lake City, South Carolina.  In 2005, she implemented and developed Lake City’s first literacy center, the Saint Teresa Community Outreach and Empowerment center.  She is also a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and Religious Education Instructor; a member of the Lake City Beautification and Tree Board Committee; a member of the Lynches Lake Historical Society She also belongs to NSU’s Golden Key International Honor Society and the NSU Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, and volunteers with the American Red Cross’s Disasters Services and Shelter Management programs.

Upon completion of her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University, her vision is to become an educational consultant with a focus on writing proposals to her state’s education department seeking changes in school policy and laws that will help economically disadvantaged students achieve their educational goals.


 
Abraham S. Fischler College of EducationFACULTY ADVISOR

The faculty advisor is responsible to provide guidance and coordinate the efforts of the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Student Government Association.

Daniel H. Markarian is a first generation native Floridian. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education in 1986 and Master of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education in 1989 from the University of Miami. Dan taught Social Studies & Adult Education in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach School Districts. In 2006, he earned a Doctorate in Education in Organization Leadership from Nova Southeastern University by developing a new teacher mentor-support program to increase retention and mastery. After graduation, Dr. Markarian gained administrative skills as a School Dean in the Seminole County School District.

In 2008, Dr. Markarian accepted an appointment as Social Studies Program Professor in the NSU Abraham S. Fischler School of Education Graduate Teacher Education Program. Presenting educational research nationally and teaching internationally has provided a better understanding of pedagogical challenges including access to high quality academic resources. In 2011, Dr. Markarian joined faculty members to co-found FCE SharkWrites: Writing Resource Center and in 2012 founded FCE SharkSources: Social Studies Resource Center was established.

Dr. Markarian promotes improvements in Social Studies education through effective mentoring relationships. He is a Principle Investigator in cognitive research and Co-Investigator in Financial Literacy and Mathematics research. Dr. Markarian is Associate Counselor of Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society and Faculty Advisor for the FSE Graduate Student Government Association.

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Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Names Inaugural SGA Executive Board

On February 15, 2012, the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education SGA Executive Board petitioned for full recognition and acceptance within the Nova Southeastern University PanSGA. The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education SGA was admitted with full acceptance and is now the 18th SGA to be recognized within the PanSGA.

NSU A Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus

As of July 1, 2012 NSU joined nearly 400 U.S. colleges and universities to become a tobacco and smoke-free campus. NSU faculty, staff and students who want to quit smoking continue to be encouraged to take advantage of the university's multiple smoking cessation programs and resources which are available year-round. NSU adopted the new policy to demonstrate its concern for the health of the campus community and for both smokers and non-smokers. For additional information visit www.nova.edu/tobacco-free.

Summer Conference 2013 - Disney's Contemporary Resort

There will be an Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Student Government Association Senate Interest Meeting during the week of July 14th, 2013 in the Convention Center. All are welcome to attend.

We are currently accepting applications for a 2013-2014 seat on the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Student Government Association executive board. It is my pleasure to invite you to an Information Meeting to discuss the Student Government Association and the executive board positions (President, Vice President of Online Affairs, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Vice President of Judicial Affairs, Treasurer, and Secretary). Please stop by the Flight Deck on January 31st, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a beverage and appetizer and fill out an application to run for an executive board position.

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