Nova Southeastern University


Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University
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Seal of Nova Southeastern University
Latin: fides, addo, factum
Motto Engage, Inspire, Achieve
Established 1964
Type Private
Endowment $383.1 Million USD[1]
Chancellor Ray F. Ferrero Jr.[2]
President George L. Hanbury II[2]
Provost Frank DePiano, Ph.D.
Academic staff 2,083[3]
Admin. staff 4,319[3]
Students 28,796[4]
Undergraduates 12,756[4]
Postgraduates 16,040[4]
Location Main Campus:
Davie
, Florida, US
Satellite Campuses:
Dania Beach
North Miami Beach
Campus Suburban
480 acres (1.9 km2)
Newspaper The Current
Colors Navy Blue & Gray          
Athletics NCAA Division II SSC
Nickname Sharks
Mascot Razor the Shark
Affiliations AACOM, AACP, AACSB, AAMFT, ABA, ADA, AOA, APA, APTA, ASHA, CEPH, ICUF, NAEYC, and SACS
Website nova.edu
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Nova Southeastern University, commonly referred to as NSU or Nova, is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian, research university located in Broward County, Florida, with its main campus in the town of Davie. The university is the largest independent institution of higher education in the southeastern United States and is the seventh-largest not-for-profit independent university nationwide. NSU operates three campuses in Southern Florida, the largest being a 480 acres (190 ha) campus located approximately 26 miles (42 km) north of Downtown Miami.

The university was founded as the Nova University of Advanced Technology on a former naval training airfield offering graduate degrees in the physical and social sciences.[5] Leo Goodwin, Sr. left a $16 million bequest to the university in 1971 which funded its expansion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1994, the university merged with the Southeastern University of the Health Sciences and assumed its current name.

NSU currently consists of 18 colleges and schools offering over 175 programs of study with more than 250 majors. The university offers professional degrees in law, business, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, and nursing. Nova Southeastern enrolled 28,796 students in the 2008-2009 academic year and has produced over 110,000 alumni.

In 2008, the middle 50% of SAT scores submitted by the incoming freshman class was between 1010 and 1210 on the traditional SAT scale. With the addition of the writing section on the new SAT, the middle 50% of scores was between 1400 and 1700.[6] The freshmen acceptance rate for the first 2009 semester was 44%,[7] continually dropping each year since 2005. The 2005 admission percentage was 54%. For the fall of 2009 15,098 prospective freshmen applied and 6,643 were accepted. Out of the 59 colleges and universities in Florida Nova Southeastern's 45% acceptance rate makes NSU the fourth-most selective private university in the state and the sixth-most selective university in Florida overall.[8][9]

NSU is classified as a Research University by the Carnegie Foundation, and is a first-tier research university as designated by the Florida Legislature.[10] The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[11] and also has numerous additional specialized accreditations for its colleges and programs.[12]

NSU was ranked 535th among universities worldwide by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities in June, 2010.[13]

The NSU Sharks compete in the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference in seventeen intercollegiate athletic programs.[14]

Contents

History

Farher West Hall

1960s

Main Entrance of NSU

Originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology, the university was chartered by the state of Florida on December 4, 1964[15] as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. The school was renamed Nova University in 1974. After a merger with Southeastern University for Health Sciences in 1994, the university was renamed Nova Southeastern University. The land occupied by the university was previously a naval training airfield during World War II named Forman Field.[16] The remnants of the taxiway surrounding the airfield are still present in the form of roads used on the campus.[17] After World War II, the federal government had promised the Forman family, from whom the land was purchased, that the land would only be used for educational purposes. This led the land to be used for the creation of the South Florida Education Center of which Nova Southeastern University is now a part.[18]

1970s

Front of Horvitz building

On June 23, 1970, the board of trustees voted to enter into a federation with the New York Institute of Technology. The president of NYIT, Alexander Schure, Ph.D., became chancellor of Nova University.[19][20] Abraham S. Fischler became the second president of the university. Also, the university charter was amended and “of Advanced Technology” was dropped from its corporate name.[21] In 1971, Nova University was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 1972, the university introduced its first off-campus course of study in education. In 1974 the school changed its name to Nova University. Along with the name change came other changes, on campus, undergraduate evening programs began for adults, while the law school was opened in 1974. In 1976, the university received a $16 million gift from the estate of Leo Goodwin Sr., and began extensive campus and program expansion. Shortly after this, NSU dissolved its relationship with NYIT[22] and began to create a board of trustees filled by South Florida community leaders, putting the stewardship of Nova back in the hands of its own local board, which is how it remains today.[20]

1980s

The Nova University that emerged in 1985 was committed to incorporating new educational technologies, made possible by computers and telecommunications, into the teaching and learning process and into its delivery of education. In 1989, celebrating its 25th year, Nova University enrolled more than 8,000 students annually and had nearly 25,000 graduates, with revenues of nearly $70 million.[15] Over the next five years, three new buildings were constructed and a campus-wide beautification campaign added landscaping that greatly changed the look of the campus.[20]

South Entrance of NSU

1990s

In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University (NSU), adding the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry and Allied Health to the university. The university continued its expansion of building projects and added new academic, clinical and community service programs.[15] By 1999, at the 35th anniversary, the university was enjoying an era of sustained growth, facilitated by a healthy infusion of endowment funds and a nearly 1,000-student increase in enrollment between fall 1998 and fall 1999.[15] NSU’s enrollment had increased approximately 42 percent; full-time members of the faculty, staff and administration expanded to almost 2,600; and minority representation among faculty and staff members and students continued to expand.[20]

Morton & Geraldine Terry Atrium

2000s

The William and Norma Horvitz Administration Building, a 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m2) structure that houses the office of the president and numerous other administration departments for the university was constructed. The Alvin Sherman Library for Research and Information Technology Center was completed in 2001 and is the largest public library facility in the state of Florida.[23] The Carl DeSantis Building, housing the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, opened its doors in 2004. This $33-million building is a 261,000-square-foot (24,200 m2), five-story facility, that is also home to the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences.[24] The state-of-the-art, 366,000-square-foot (34,000 m2) University Center, which opened on August 24, 2006, features three NCAA competition courts in the main arena, as well as two intramural courts, group fitness and instruction rooms, cardio and weight training areas, squash courts, a rock climbing wall, and The Flight Deck.[25] In addition, five residence halls on the main campus serve undergraduate, graduate, health professions, and law students, with a capacity for housing up to 720 students in approximately 207,000 square feet (19,200 m2) of living space. The Commons, a new, 525-bed residence hall, opened for the Fall 2007 semester.[26]

Presidents

Jim & Jan Moran Family Center

George L. Hanbury II is the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University and assumed the position of president in January 2010. The president is the chief executive officer of the college and is responsible for the success of the college's mission in providing superior academic programs and research.[27][28]

President Tenure
Warren J. Winstead 1964–1969
Abraham S. Fischler 1970–1991
Stephen Feldman 1992–1993
Ovid C. Lewis 1994–1997
Ray F. Ferrero Jr. 1998–2009
George L. Hanbury II since 2010

Campuses

Shark Fountain outside of the UC

Nova Southeastern University has three commonwealth campuses that are all located in Southern Florida. Specifically, they are located in Broward County and Miami-Dade County. Nova Southeastern University also has two international long-distance education centers, for students who study international business, which are located in both The Bahamas and Jamaica.[29][30]

Davie Campus

Davie Campus is the main campus and it is located in the town of Davie, Florida. However, the campus's mailing address is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[31] The main campus is over 300 acres (1.2 km2). The main campus includes administrative offices, classroom facilities, library facilities, health clinics, mental health clinics, Don Taft University Center, dorms, cafeterias, computer labs, the bookstore, athletic facilities and parking facilities.

Shark Shuttle has services both on campus and between campuses.

Dania Beach Campus

Dania Beach Campus is also known as the Oceanographic Center.[32] The Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center is a center for oceanographical research at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

North Miami Beach Campus

Mailman-Hollywood Building

The North Miami Beach Campus is also known as the Southern Campus.[33] The Southern Campus serves as the main location for the Fischler School of Education and Human Services. The campus is 20 acres (0.1 km2) and serves approximately 5% of all NSU students. In 2007-2008 over 4,500 students were served by the North Miami Beach Campus. The North Miami Beach Campus constists of five academic buildings, a library, and academic office buildings. Although this is the smallest campus in size, it is one of the most active areas for the Nova Southeastern community.[34]

Student Education Centers

Nova Southeastern operates Student Education Centers and satellite campuses in The Bahamas, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Jamaica, Kendall, FL, Miramar, FL, Orlando, Tampa, Ponce, Puerto Rico and West Palm Beach.[35] These centers serve students at a distance from the main campus with computer labs and videoconferencing equipment. In addition, the centers are staffed with full-time employees to help with registration, enrollment, and financial aid. The satellite campuses and student education centers comprise a total of 150 acres (0.6 km2). At all Student Educational Centers evening and weekend classes are offered. All Student Education Centers are technologically advanced with the fusion of technology and education being emphasized. All services provided on the main campuses are also available at all NSU Student Educational Centers.[36]

The University School

The campus also hosts the University School of Nova Southeastern University.[37] The University school is located on the Davie Campus. The University School is a fully accredited, independent, college preparatory school that serves grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. This school, often referred to as just the "University School", is broken up into three academic areas: the lower, middle, and upper schools. Respectively representing elementary, middle and high school divisions within the school.[38]

Academics

the Alvin Sherman Library

The university awards associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, various health professions, law, marine sciences, psychology, and other social sciences.[39]

Nova Southeastern University has the only colleges of optometry and dental medicine in South Florida, and one of only two colleges of pharmacy (the other being Palm Beach Atlantic University).[40][41] It also has one of the only two doctoral programs for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in the United States.[42] The institution enjoys an excellent reputation for its programs for families offered through the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies and the University School of Nova Southeastern University.[43] These include innovative parenting, preschool, primary education, and secondary education programs.[44]

Health professions division

Parker Physical Sciences Building
Terry Building - Administration for all of the Health Professions Division
Sanford Ziff Emergency Room

The Health Professions Division complex, dedicated in June, 1996, is located on 21 acres (85,000 m2) and encompasses over 900,000 square feet (80,000 m2) of buildings.[45] The Division comprises the:
The College of Osteopathic Medicine is part of the Health Professions Division of the university, a division that encompasses over 2,000 students. The Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic medicine was the first osteopathic medical school to be established in the Southeastern United States. Graduates of NSU-COM are awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.

College of Dental Medicine

The College of Pharmacy, led by Dean Andres Malave, has an entry level Doctor of Pharmacy program in three sites, an international program in Davie and a Post-Baccalaureate program for pharmacy graduates. The College also hosts a number of post-graduate residency programs. The College of Pharmacy admitted its first class in 1987 to become the only College of Pharmacy in South Florida. Because of the profession's demand for greater clinical specialization, the College has since discontinued its baccalaureate degree program.

The College of Dental Medicine opened in the fall of 1997. It was the first new dental school to open in the United States in 24 years.[46] With a class size of about 120, it is the largest dental school in Florida. In recent years, it has received more applications for admittance than any other dental school in the United States. It offers a four year D.M.D. program, along with postdoctoral programs in: Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Master of Science degrees in Craniofacial Research.[46] EMS Education and Training, Master of Science in Medical Informatics, and Masters of Public Health are also offered.

The Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry is part of the Health Professions Division. Optometry students at Nova Southeastern University receive training in community, pediatric, primary, environmental and rehabilitative optometry, optics and health sciences. The program looks to promote quality optometric care, by preparing students with a combination of lectures and clinical experience. The goal for the program is to give the students as much training as possible, so that when they take the state-board exams for Florida they are adequately prepared.

The College of Medical Sciences is part of the Health Professions Division. For those students wishing to improve their academic credentials in the medical sciences, the College of Medical Sciences offers a two year program of study leading to a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences. Each student's program is individually tailored to meet the student's needs and aspirations. Those enrolled in this program take basic science courses similar to those offered within the Health Professions Division during their first year. During the second year, students continue their program of general studies.[46] The Master of Biomedical Sciences degree program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Rolling Hills - Graduate housing

The College of Allied Health and Nursing is part of the Health Professions Division. The College of Allied Health and Nursing prepares professionals with the skills necessary for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases, for the support of the populace in maintaining proper health and safety, for the management of rehabilitative processes, and for the education of the community in understanding the interdependency of health, environment, social and political factors. The College of Allied Health endeavors to train both graduate and undergraduate professionals in the arts of improving the quality of life in the community.

The Health Professions Division is the evolution of what was once Southeastern University of the Health Sciences before its merger with Nova University in 1994. The facilities include space for students to participate in clinical work, lecture auditoriums, a library, cafeteria, seminar rooms, and faculty offices. State-of-the-art technology is integrated throughout the facilities. They are affiliated with The Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research.

Other schools, colleges, and centers

Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences with UC Arena in the background.

The Shepard Broad Law Center, founded in 1974, is the law school of Nova Southeastern University. The Law Center is housed in Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, located on Nova Southeastern University's main campus in Davie, Florida and is named after university founder Shepard Broad.The Law Center hosts over 1,000 students in both its day and evening programs. There is a full time faculty of 50, in addition to 65 adjuncts, many of whom are local judges. The Law Center is accredited by the American Bar Association. According to the 2008 USNWR ranking of law schools, the Law Center's legal skills and values program ("LSV") is among the top 30 such programs in the nation (ranked 22). In 2009, NSU Law students had the highest bar passer rating in South Florida and third highest bar passage rate in Florida.[47]

DeSantis Building - Huizenga School
the Maltz Psychology Building
the Dr. William Spears Atrium

The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship is housed in the Carl DeSantis building on the main campus. The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship serves over 6,600 bachelors, masters, and doctoral students in a variety of degree programs.[48] The school is named after the local businessman and philanthropic H. Wayne Huizenga. The Huzienga School was also the pioneer in the cluster concept for graduate students and making field-based graduate programs easier and more accessible for the students.[49] The school is accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) for its international student center in Jamaica. Additionally, the school holds membership in is in the initial accreditation phase for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB).[50][51][52]

University School Arts building

The Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences is housed in the Carl DeSantis building on the main campus but also offers one of the widest range of online curriculum offered at NSU. The Nova Southeastern University Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences(GSCIS) provides educational programs of distinction to prepare students for leadership roles in information technology.

The Nova Southeastern University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is located on the Main Campus in the Maltz building, which is also shared with the Center for Psychological Studies. The goal of the school is to provide a better understanding of human social relations. It is a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional, and multi-cultural program. The vigorous curricula have deep interdisciplinary roots. The cutting-edge programs employ a variety of creative learning approaches and innovative education technologies.

Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies was organized in 1967. It is presently located in the Maltz building on the main campus. It serves to provide the highest-quality educational experience to current and future psychologists and counseling professionals through training experiences that provide individuals with a sophisticated understanding of psychological research and the delivery of the highest-quality mental health care. CPS is accredited by both the American Psychological Association and the Florida Department of Education.[53]

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences currently offers two graduate degree programs... one in the area of writing and ther other in the area of experimental psychology.[54] The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University provides foundational study in core and emerging disciplines and technologies to prepare students for graduate and professional study, career development, and responsible citizenship.

The College of Graduate Studies in the Arts and Sciences practices that through intensive major programs and strong general education programs, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences has built a vital and evolving foundation for undergraduate education. The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences connects students with programs through traditional classroom and laboratory experiences and through innovative educational approaches that reach students far and wide. Programs are supported by an active faculty in three divisions: the Division of Humanities, the Division of Math, Science, and Technology, and the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Enrollment and admissions

Fall freshman statistics[55][56]

  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Applicants 15,098 14,627 13,051 12,745 12,589
Admits 6,643 6,582 6,656 6,628 6,798
 % Admitted 44 45 51 52 54

This table does not account deferred
applications or other unique situations.

Ethnic enrollment, 2008[57] Percent Total Population
American Indian 1% 287
Asian American 6% 1,727
Black (non-Hispanic) 14% 4,031
Hispanic 27% 7,774
White (non-Hispanic) 43% 12,382
International, Other 9% 2,591
Total 100% 28,796

Enrollment for fall 2008 consists of 28,796 students; which includes undergraduates, graduate students, and professional programs. For fall 2008, women accounted for 63% of student enrollment and minorities made up 67% of total undergraduate enrollment. Fall 2008 enrollment included students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries.[58] The most popular college by enrollment are the Health Professions Division.[59]

In 2008, the middle 50% of SAT scores submitted by the incoming freshman class was between 910 and 1110 on the traditional SAT scale. With the addition of the writing section on the new SAT, the middle 50% of scores was between 1350 and 1650.[6] The freshmen acceptance rate for the first 2009 semester was 44%, continually dropping each year since 2005. The 2005 admission percentage was 54%. For the fall of 2009 15,098 prospective freshmen applied and 6,643 were accepted.

The Davie Campus accounted for 92% of the student population and 100% of housing students. The Miami Beach Campus accounted for about 5% of the student population. For the Fall of 2008, the average age for undergraduates was 18 and 27 for graduate students.[60]

Rankings and recognition

University rankings (overall)
National
U.S. News & World Report[61] 150-200
Washington Monthly[62] 157
Nova Southeastern University Facts[63][64][65]
Class of 2012 Applicants 14,627
Class of 2012 Students 2,994
Class of 2012 Accepted 45%
Average GPA 3.53/4.00
Middle 50% SAT 1350–1640
Graduate Students 17,740
Undergraduate Students 11,056
Student:Faculty Ratio 23:1
Programs of Study 175
Majors Available 250
Faculty with Terminal Degrees 84%
Retention Rate 79%
Classes taught by Faculty 100%

NSU is a ranked university in the second tier of the National Universities category, which ranks the top 275 research universities in the country, by U.S. News and World Report.[66][67] NSU is also ranked in the Washington Monthly rankings as the 157th best national university.[68] The university is also listed as one of the best distance learning graduate schools in the country by the Princeton Review.[69] Nova Southeastern University also was rated as one of the top universities for minority students by the Princeton Review.[70] Additionally, Nova Southeastern University is considered the top university in the nation for diversity by the U.S. Department of Education.[71] The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[11] and also has numerous additional specialized accreditations for its colleges and programs.[12]

Many of Nova Southeastern's colleges and schools have achieved national recognition through U.S News and World Report, Princeton Review, U.S. Department of Education, and Carnegie Foundation.[72]

The Shepard Broad Law School is considered to be the "Most Wired" college in the country.[72] It is also highly regarded as the 7th best law school for minorities.[72] The Shepard Broad Law Center was also recognized as consistently having the highest bar passage rating in South Florida and #3 in the state overall.[73]

The College of Dental Medicine is one of only two Dental Colleges in the state of Florida.[72] It is also the nationally recognized as the #1 College of Dental Medicine in Stem Cell Research. The College of Dental Medicine has also been recognized as a leader in dental research and education. It has received federal grants from to pursue the cloning of teeth from stem cells; the college is the first school in the nation to clone teeth.[74]

The College of Allied Health and Sciences is the #1 producer in Physician Assistants in the country and has the highest passer rating of nurses, with an average score of 97.4, which is the highest in the state of Florida and 15th best in the United States.[72]

Rosenthal Student Center

The College of Pharmacy is one of the largest pharmacy programs internationally. It is uniquely involved in the global community, with outreach and study abroad programs for students and faculty in Asia, the Middle East, South America, Western Europe and the Caribbean.[75] The College of Osteopathic Medicine is Florida’s only fully accredited program in osteopathic medicine. Additionally, it is Florida’s only training Center for Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness (CBAP) and one of several geriatric education centers in Florida.

The H. Wayne Huizenga School is ranked in the Princeton Review's Top 296 Graduate Business Colleges.[72] It is also recognized as one of Barron's Best Buys in College. The Huizenga School is also recognized by BusinessWeek for being a top MBA feeder school at #30 and having top business undergraduate and graduate programs, ranked at #59 and #84, respectively.[76][77]

The Oceanography Center was recognized internationally in 2008 for its recent research.[78] Nova Southeastern along with the National Coral Reef Institute and the International Coral Reef Symposium conducted the largest Symposium in the world; the symposium hosted by the university had of over 75 different countries attend and participate in the event.[79] In 2010, the Oceanography Center was awarded $15 million from the United States government to build the United States largest coral reef research center. The reef will be used as the premiere research facility in the country and will also house numerous international coral reef researchers.[80]

Nova Southeastern also received national attention for its unique scholarship award. The university introduced the A. Gordon Rose scholarship which is awarded for studies of psychology on gay rights and homosexuality in society.[81] This unique scholarship was given high praise by the American Psychology Association and was considered the be the first ground breaking equality movement in scholarships and in awareness.[81] In addition to that the Maltz Psychology school is considered to be the nations leader in providing clinical services to the public.[72]

New Physical plant facilities

Along with all of its rankings and recognitions the university strives for academic research. Nova Southeastern University is classified as Doctoral/Research University Carnegie Foundation.[82] The university also boasts that 95% of all its professors either have doctoral or terminal degrees in the their field of pedagogy.[72]

Diversity

Nova Southeastern University is considered the most diverse university in the country by the U.S. Department of Education.[83] The university is #1 in many doctoral categories for diversity. NSU awards the most doctoral degrees to African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans in the United States.[83][83] Nova Southeastern is also highly rated for diversity in awarding master's degrees. The university is #2 in awarding master's degrees to Hispanics and #3 for awarding master's degrees to African Americans.[83] The Fischler School of Education and Human Services is the #1 college in the United States to award doctorates in Education and The Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy nation’s most culturally diverse pharmacy program.[83] The Princeton Review ranked the Shepard Broad Law School to be the top 7 universities in the country for minority students.[83]

Campus life

The Commons undergraduate housing

Student organizations

The Nova Southeastern's Undergraduate Student Government Association is the primary organization for the government of the undergraduate student body. The Office of Student Activities is responsible for a number of activities on campus, including homecoming, and regular extracurricular activities.[84]

Another large aspect of the universities campus life is the Greek Life system which comprises approximately 10% of the undergraduate student body.[85] There are a total of five fraternities on the campus and six sororities on the campus. Beyond Greek Life, there are another 60 undergraduate organizations on campus.[86]

The school's student-run newspaper, The Current, is published weekly.[87] There is also a school-sponsored radio station called WNSU RADIO X which broadcasts in the evenings and weekends on 88.5 FM WKPX, a station owned by Broward County Public Schools; Radio X airs from 7pm to 7 am, every night.[88]

Athletics

The Don Taft University Center
NSU Athletics' Shark logo

The NSU Department of Athletics competes in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Sunshine State Conference. Nova Southeastern University offers 17 intercollegiate athletic programs consisting of ten women's and seven men's teams. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and volleyball. Male Student-Athletes can participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, track, soccer, swimming and diving.[89]

Miami Dolphins Training Facility on NSU's main campus

NSU Athletics has produced several SSC Players of the Year, NCAA All-Region selections and NCAA All-Americans, and have been nationally ranked in numerous sports since joining the NCAA beginning with the 2002-03 academic year. The Sunshine State Conference has been dubbed the Division II "Conference of National Champions", as member institutions have won 83 national championships since the SSC was founded in 1975. Nova Southeastern University athletics has contributed to the SSC's 83 national championships, winning back-to-back championships in women's golf during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.

NSU baseball has seen a lot of their players make the transition into professional baseball. Since 1991 NSU has seen 24 players make baseball their profession, ranging from MLB to Independent Leagues.[90] NSU athletes have also been successful outside of baseball. Much like many NSU baseball players, these other student-athletes, have also had the chance to pursue professional careers in both soccer and basketball.

Many athletic events at NSU take place at University Center Arena. In 2005, students voted for a new school mascot, and the student body selected the Sharks. NSU's athletic teams had previously been known as the Knights.[91]

Miniaci Performing Arts Center

Student series

Distinguished speaker series

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences hosts the Distinguished Speaker Series. This series brings experts and notable persons from diverse fields to the campus. Past speakers have included Salman Rushdie, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Film Maker Spike Lee, Bob Woodward, Elie Wiesel, Paul Bremer, Dr. Jack Kevorkian,[92] Desmond Tutu[93] and Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama.[94]

Life 101

The Life 101 series brings leaders from business, entertainment, politics and athletics to Nova Southeastern University. By meeting these guest speakers, students are educated and inspired by their life accomplishments and “life lessons” learned along the way. Past speakers have included Dwayne Johnson, Wayne Huizenga, Vanessa L. Williams, Dan Abrams, Jason Taylor, Michael Phelps, James Earl Jones, Janet Reno, Alyssa Milano, and Ivanka Trump.[95]

Power lunch series

The Power Lunch series brings in local professionals and companies for a formal lunch and learn setting. The Power Lunch series is supported through the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. The series is for all students of the Huizenga School and is promoted to help learn about working in the corporate setting as well as a networking tool for the students. Past speakers and companies have included Geico, BankAtlantic, Miami Heat, Florida Panthers, Miami Dolphins, T. Boone Pickens, Wayne Huizenga, DHL, Samuel DiPiazza, Frederick Henderson and other local South Florida companies.[96][97] [98]

Notable alumni

Nova Southeastern University was established in 1964, but the school has quickly grown an active alumni base of over 120,000 alumni.[99] Many of the alumni have made many contributions to their fields of expertise.[100] The List includes alumni ranging from government officials to professional athletes. Nova Southeastern is also known for its contribution to Academia. A large number of Nova Southeastern's doctoral degree recipients are actively pursuing research in their fields.[101][102]

See also

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