Areas of Interest

Shark Fountain at the Don Taft University Center

Venues where students, faculty and staff members, and the community can enjoy guest speakers, concerts, sporting, galas and other events:

Don Taft University Center

The 366,000 square-foot Don Taft University Center, is a focal point for campus life at NSU and features a 4,500 seat arena, state-of-the-art wellness and fitness center, performing and visual arts wing, food court, and the Flight Deck – NSU’s student lounge. While it is a central hub for NSU students, faculty and staff, the Don Taft University Center also plays host to many events for the South Florida community.

The Arena is home turf to NSU’s NCAA Sharks basketball and volleyball teams, but it is also available for rental by outside groups. The venue holds many community events throughout the year, including local high school graduations, concerts, comedians, cheerleading competitions, Special Olympics, banquets, guest speakers, and sporting events.

The Arts Wing of the University Center houses the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences’ Division of Performing and Visual Arts. As part of its arts curriculum, the Division presents outstanding theatrical, musical, and dance productions; as well as visual arts exhibitions. These productions are often open to the public and serve as co-curricular opportunities for students to gain practical experience, and provide the NSU community with a local resource for educational and entertaining presentations. This facility is also home to the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, NSU’s orchestra in residence. Ars Flores is a unique professional orchestra with professional, conservatory, college, and gifted high school students performing side by side. Public master classes, conducted by guest artists, also are offered to South Florida student musicians and observers.

Don Taft University Center highlights

  • 4,500 seat arena designed to host everything from NCAA Division II Sharks athletics, to concerts, guest lectures and formal banquets.
  • RecPlex with state-of-the-art strength and cardio-training equipment, personal training services, intramural basketball and volleyball courts, rock climbing wall, group exercise studios, locker rooms with shower and saunas, and an outdoor pool with sundeck.
  • Performing and Visual Arts Wing with an intimate Black Box Theater, dressing rooms, costume and scenery shops, and art gallery.
  • A three-story, undersea mural by renowned marine artist and scientist Guy Harvey that spans the length of a football field.
  • Flight Deck, our popular student lounge.
  • Food court offering healthy dining options and a Starbucks.