The Quantum Employee Engagement Survey is generally distributed university-wide every other year. The Office of Information and Innovation Technology is actively working on implementing quarterly Town Hall Meetings within OIIT to disseminate information and to further enhance communication amongst our employees. In addition, smaller departmental meetings will be scheduled for employees to enjoy breakfast with Tom West in an informal setting, where employees will be encouraged to ask Tom questions and will learn more about upcoming projects within OIIT.
In the future, parking demands will be addressed by an expansion to the existing Health Professions parking garage.
Whenever constructing new facilities on campus, we do take into account that NSU is a pedestrian friendly campus. With the construction of the Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), we did ensure that there are sidewalks from Terry and CCR to the Don Taft University Center and Alvin Sherman Library. Those pedestrian paths do run through NSU University School but they are public walkways open to all NSU students, faculty and staff.
Thank you for question. We will give your suggestion every consideration. Of the 15 dining locations on campus, several are in close proximity to Gold Circle lake, including the newly renovated Law School kiosk, Einstein’s in the De Santis building, The West End Avenue Deli in the Alvin Sherman Library, and slightly further away, the kiosk in the Parker Bldg; These locations also provide quick and convenient "grab-and-go” options.
The Employee Assistance Program, or EAP is a confidential, free resource provided by NSU to help employees through challenges they may face in their personal and professional lives. The program is provided by Aetna, Resources for Living, and is available to all NSU employees and every member of their household. Resources are available in areas such as mental wellbeing, self-improvement, and searching for elder care. For more information, including how to access services, visit the NSU Benefits EAP page online at www.nova.edu/hr/benefits/eap.
Participation in a health care plan is not required to receive the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program.
We agree that the safety of our students, staff and patients is the highest priority and in support of this, the Public Safety Department frequently patrols the areas of the College of Dental medicine. These patrols are done to support the open business operations of the clinics which offers convenient and accessible services to people internal to NSU and the external community; weekends included. One of the most important components of the NSU Public Safety crime prevention program (SHARKWATCH) is reliant of the participatory relationship with the university community. We remind all our members that each of us has a role in keeping our campus safe. If You See Something, Say Something. That is to say, any suspicious or out of place activity should be reported immediately to the Public Safety department by calling (954) 262-8999. In addition, the College of Dental Medicine and all its operations fall within the University’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and does currently participate in all preparedness planning, exercises and drills to help ensure that our entire organization remains informed of emergency procedures.
For additional information including crime prevention safety tips, please visit our website.
NSU's office of the Annual Fund conducts alumni giving appeals throughout the fiscal year to all of our 141,000 solicit-able alumni. This year we will have produced over 20 unique appeals including: NSU's Pink Shark Appeal for cancer awareness, Giving Tuesday, an End of Year appeal, two appeals targeting support of our Department of Athletics, and undergraduate only appeal, a graduate alumni appeal and the President's Associates appeal for leadership annual giving. Our most recent appeal were NSU Mailing Labels sent to 80,000 of our alumni.
We are also excited to be introducing Mobile Giving in April of 2017, and will be hosting #AlliNforNSU on April 27th & 28th which will be 1964 minutes of alumni giving with assorted messages and challenges throughout that time.
Should you not be receiving our alumni newsletter, or annual fund appeals, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will update your contact information. "
Unfortunately, this year merit increases are not being awarded.
NSU is monitoring this situation very closely. As of now, there has be no movement in terms of research grants and other funding at the federal level, and we’re hopeful that things will not change. We are continuing to work closely with our legal counsel and lobbyists, who are in continuous contact with our legislators as we watch for any new developments. If the situation changes, we will adjust our course of action – including consulting with other institutions of higher learning we’re currently involved with in terms of federally funded research – to best address our needs.
Thank you for sharing this information with us. Due to the municipal nature of the parking tickets issued by the NSU Public Safety Department under the umbrella of the Town of Davie, the absence of an NSU permit does not limit our enforcement capability. Additionally, the use of wheel clamps or booting is typically reserved for a collection process which follows an enforcement effort. Even though we do not “boot” vehicles, this does not prohibit us from towing flagrant multi-time violators, or those with multiple unpaid tickets, when identified by our Traffic Enforcement Unit.
Thank you for your question. NSU is committed to creating an environment of learning and performance and there are a variety of NSU training options available to staff to assist with their development. Trainings range from formal classroom sessions to on-line training and also mentorship. Examples include technology, SharkTime, Ariba, time management, customer service, and environmental health and safety education (laboratories). Employees can access and register for training through SharkLink at http://sharklink.nova.edu. Just click on the Employee tab and select Shark Talent Management Suite to browse for training. Some courses are separately listed on Blackboard.
Within the College of Pharmacy, hands-on laboratory training is provided through supervisor mentorship. Please discuss specific training needs with your supervisor who will work with you to identify applicable resources and support you with your training needs.
The University reviews salary surveys for each posted position to ensure that the compensation is market competitive when compared to jobs with the same responsibilities and educational and experiential requirements. The same methodology is used for positions in colleges and administrative office, for both grant and non-grant funded positions. Salary recommendations are determined using salary survey data and criteria. However, managers within the college or administrative office determine specific salary offers based upon a candidate’s qualifications, work history as well as the budget of the college, administrative office and/or grant.
The document you reference in your question is a summary of the information that would be reviewed for any position prior to posting and the salaries noted in the table are not target hiring rates or base salaries, but represent the market median. The table was developed as a tool or short cut to help principal investigators (PIs) quickly build salary budgets for grant proposals and to provide the PIs an avenue for expedited position approval. As noted above, actual salary offers are determined by a candidate’s qualifications, work history and available budget and when a PI is seeking an expedited position approval, the salary offer must be below or at the market median.
Wages are just one component of compensation, and sites such as Glassdoor and Pay Scale do not include fringe benefits. When considering total compensation, consider the following costs employers: Social Security and Medicare taxes, workers compensation, unemployment, short term and long term disability programs, health insurance contributions, retirement contributions, tuition waivers, paid time off, and several other costs. NSU benefits are more generous than most employers. For example, NSU contributes double what most other employers in retirement matching – a 4% employee contribution is matched with 10% from NSU, as opposed to the common dollar-for-dollar with 8% cap at many organizations.
NSU operates on a 24 hour 7 day per week schedule. Even over winter break, there are University staff who are required to maintain a 5 day workweek schedule. The availability of University services and supports to students, faculty and staff and community members on a regular Monday through Friday work week and weekend basis is necessary for the effective operation of a comprehensive research university. Compressed workweek and other alternate work schedules, such as the 4 day work week, limit the ability to meet NSU’s commitment to its students, faculty, staff and community members.
You can find the NSU employer costs and contributions on your pay stub in the columns labeled “Employer” and “Employer YTD” (year-to-date). Add these figures to your base salary and you’ll find NSU is highly competitive in the marketplace.
With the focus on retention and engaging students on campus, the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement redirected the efforts of the Graduate Assistant assigned to managing the discount program to focus on campus wide weekend and night programs. Resultantly, we have been able to engage more students on campus and further enhance the campus culture.
Some vendors around campus have decided to continue to provide NSU faculty, staff and students will discounts such as Agave Azul and Natural Chicken Grill.
Thank you for bringing your concern to our attention. There is a crosswalk planned to go across SW 36th Street at the intersection of SW 76th Avenue and SW 36th Street. Unfortunately, the installation of this sidewalk is being held up due to outside utilities being relocated. In the interim we will look at a temporary solution to address your safety concern.
NSU’s progress toward Vision 2020 is tracked in “Achieving Vision 2020: 2010-2020 NSU Business Plan.” That document includes approximately 30 key measures within six strategic priorities. Progress is updated every two years. The current report can be found on the president’s website: http://www.nova.edu/president/ . Look in the left column in the section of NSU Reports. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is currently preparing the next update which will be presented to the Board of Trustees in May and published on the president’s website shortly thereafter.
Cash compensation is only one component of the NSU Total Rewards package. Other equally important components of the NSU Total Rewards package are the 10% retirement plan match, the tuition benefit for employees and their families (pre-k, k-12, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional programs), generous time off policies (sick, personal, vacation and paid holidays), important programs such as the life insurance, short-term and long-term disability that provide income protection to our employees and their family in times of need, an employee assistance program and robust health and wellness programs.
When the value of salaries and benefits are combined, NSU provides a Total Rewards package that is competitive in the marketplace and demonstrates NSU’s deep appreciation for its faculty and staff by providing opportunity to our families to acquire an education, meet long-term financial goals and maintain their wellbeing.
Over the past two years several initiatives have been taken by the NSU Alumni Association to provide all alumni of NSU more networking opportunities, activities/benefits in efforts to keep them engaged with NSU and to inform then on what is happening on campus.
"Opportunities through the NSU Alumni Association for all alumni of NSU include:
To update your alumni information, view upcoming alumni events and take advantage of all the benefits visit www.nova.edu/alumni"
In addition to the services offered by the NSU Office of Alumni Relations, the College of Osteopathic Medicine has specific alumni outreach activities facilitated through the COM Office of Intramural Affairs.
We continue to look for ways to enhance our landscape within the confines of our available budget. At this time, enhancements for North Perimeter Road are not included in the FY17 budget.
The restrooms for the Mailman Hollywood building are checked and maintained, and restocked two times per day in the mornings and afternoons. The night shift cleaning crew additionally provides a deeper clean to the restrooms to ensure they are maintained. The building was also verified to have hot water during the most recent walk through.
Paid time-off for the Winter Closure is a special benefit that is authorized by President Hanbury based upon an annual review of University finances and operations. The Winter Closure paid holiday (number of days dependent on the calendar) is in addition to the 8 paid holidays and 3 personal days that eligible employees receive. The 3 personal days may be used by employees for Yom Kippur, President’s Day or a holiday of their choosing with supervisory approval. Winter Closure information is generally announced during the April/May timeframe for the current year. Please monitor the OHR Holiday Schedule web page (http://www.nova.edu/hr/holiday-schedule.html) for updates.
In reference to the usage of Hang Tags, they present a couple of issues for Public Safety. First, the tag could be easily loaned or given to someone who should not be parking in a staff/faculty area. Second, those hang tags, because they would be inside the vehicle, are not accessible to our scanning equipment which allows us to see the owner information, which we use quite often when issues arise with staff/faculty members vehicles. Third our hang tags are only used for special or temporary situations. And fourth, in order to conduct parking lot inspections for violators, our parking personnel would need to get out on foot for every car just to confirm they belong in that parking lot because they wouldn’t have a decal on the rear of their vehicle.
As far as a two year renewal process, everyone’s personal vehicle registration expires each year on the owner’s birthday. So everyone’s decal would expire at different times. By having all our decals expire at the same time each year, this allows for us to have up to date accurate information on the vehicles owner if needed. Also our new decals are designed to stand up to our South Florida weather better, without pealing, fading or cracking. The numbers on the decals allow for our scanning equipment to operate effectively. The new One Stop Shop located at HPD also makes it convenient for all HPD students, faculty and staff to obtain their new decals without having to leave the HPD complex.
The administrative management of the institutes or the academic programs involved have budget allocations for scientific meetings and conferences for presentations and for academic enrichment. Requests for approval of reimbursement should go to the individual’s supervisor.
This year’s Celebration of Excellence, held in January, took place inside the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center. By changing the venue for this event we have eliminated the need to construct a tent on the lawn just west of the Alvin Sherman Library. As you mention in your comments, this did provide an opportunity to highlight NSU’s beautiful facilities and minimize disruption to our community.
All parking spots in front of the dental and ziff buildings are under the control of the valet service for insurance and liability purposes. The few exceptions to those parking spots are the very clearly marked reserved and handicapped spaces. The complimentary valet service has been successfully provided for our patients for several years now. All the parking spots around the dental and ziff clinics are only for patients attending one of our clinics. The valet service tries to use small cones to block off all those spaces, so as to not confuse persons driving through the lots but occasionally someone will pull into an empty spot, much like you did. In that case the valet person would approach the driver and explain the service offered or suggest optional parking in the HPD garage. Students and staff may use the valet service as long as they have an appointment in one of the clinics and get their parking ticket validated after their appointment. The free valet service is not forced on anyone. Those persons who wish to not have their car parked by the valet service may always park in the HPD garage free of charge.
Additionally, for new patients, the Call Center protocol includes informing the patient of the free parking services. If the patient states to the Call Center that they prefer not to use the free valet service, then the Call Center gives them directions to the HPD parking garage.
The following shuttle routes pickup/drop off in UPP South (in front of Suite 3530):
- Evening route, which runs Monday – Friday from 6pm-1230am.
- Shopper route, which runs Monday – Friday from 1130am-9pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 9am-9pm.
Yes, the Shark Shuttle does still pick up at UPP, as indicated by the above shuttle route. The only difference is the recent change in times for the Evening and Shopper routes. The shuttle information is available in the iShark app, listed under “Shark Shuttle”.
We currently do not have anything posted on the web site, however, we are working to make this happen ASAP. You can expect content on how to identify phishing email messages to be posted to the Information Security web site in a couple of weeks.
The IT Security Hotline number is live now. Furthermore, should you receive a questionable email, please forward it to the IT Security. You will find the link to email “Contact IT Security” under the IT Security Hotline number. Here is a link to the site:
Yes, the raffle at Team 2020 Celebration was for a one year lease of a car (choice from 5) to the winner. This giveaway is valued at approximately $5,000.00
Thank you for your questions pertaining to RecPlex membership fees and other fee-for-service recreation and fitness based program opportunities.
As a comparison with other private universities, the University of Miami assesses a fee of $35 per month, or $420 per year, for employees to access their Herbert Wellness Center. George Washington University assesses a fee of $40 per month, or $480 per year, for employees to access their Lerner Health and Wellness Center. It is common for most universities, private or public, to assess membership fees on a semesterly basis.
LA Fitness charges $29.95 per month for “single location” access. While most have swimming pools, they generally do not have basketball, tennis or racquetball. 24 Hour Fitness in Plantation, Florida charges $29.99 per month, however also charges a $49.99 “annual fee” which makes the membership average out to be $34.15 per month. This location has a swimming pool but does not offer basketball, tennis or racquetball.
NSU Public Safety conducted a study of this traffic signal in the Fall of 2016. Our findings at that time suggested that at the busiest traffic times, the addition of a turning signal could have adverse impact to the traffic on University Drive, further worsening our traffic conditions. The Broward County Traffic Engineering Division has been petitioned to evaluate the timing of this traffic light. We will continue to observe this intersection and work closely with the Broward County Traffic Engineering Division to meet our transportation needs.
Thank you for sharing this concern with us. We are all saddened by this event and the impact on the families affected by this tragedy. Balancing security with campus convenience and the overall NSU experience is one of the aspects of campus life that Public Safety continually evaluates as legal and social landscapes change. A key element of campus crime prevention is student, faculty and staff member awareness and participation to actively help ensure that our campuses remain safe for all. Through our Shark Watch Campus Crime Prevention Program, the Public Safety Department utilizes the eyes and ears of the entire NSU community to immediately report all suspicious activity.
Emergency preparedness and response are among some of our department’s most important initiatives in helping to keep the university safe. Our programs include university wide emergency evacuation and lockdown training, regular testing of the university’s mass notification system and emergency preparedness and response training for all employees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVrAlrjp-MM&feature=youtu.be
Additionally, NSU as a private University strictly prohibits firearms and other weapons on all our campuses and we prominently post NO FIREARM notices on all our clinic facilities. This policy applies to all students, faculty and staff members of Nova Southeastern University, as well as individuals visiting or conducting business on University Property. http://www.nova.edu/publicsafety/forms/nsu_weapons_policy.pdf
Public Safety has communicated with the administration of Nova High School about this issue and will work to dissuade this activity along Mary McCahill Drive. Our NSU Davie Police Officers will work with the Nova High School Police Resource Officers to reinforce this effort, along with our Public Safety Officers.
Though parking in the HPD Garage at certain times of the day can be limited, there is always available parking nearby in the West Garage. This is the newest multilevel parking facility located across the street from the Center for Collaborative Research, west of the University School, and is available for use to students, faculty and staff.