2024 NSU Fact Book

48 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Historical Highlights • The U.S. Department of Education ranked NSU as the second-best college in South Florida in terms of highestearning graduates. According to the report, NSU graduates earn approximately $12,000 per year more than the national average. This extraordinary news is a testament to the quality education that NSU students receive. • The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center opened at NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. • NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast Cancer Research and Care opened in the CCR. The NSU Cell Therapy Institute also moved in to the facility. • The NSU Sharks baseball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship, and the NSU swimming and diving teams received three golds at NCAA Championships. 2017 • The Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel Family Foundation contributed a $55-million philanthropic gift that will significantly expand the newly named Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. The colleges were named for the Tampa-area cardiologist and his pediatrician wife. The Patels’ commitment also included an additional $150-million investment in real estate and facilities to develop a new NSU Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater, Florida. Their commitment is the largest in NSU’s history. The new campus will be an additional location for the osteopathic medicine program. Programs from the health care sciences and nursing colleges, as well as other university programs currently located in the Tampa Bay area, will also be housed there. • With an emphasis on marine education and interactive learning, the Marine Environmental Education Center, a partnership between Nova Southeastern University and Broward County Parks and Recreation, opened at the historic grounds of the Carpenter House at Hollywood North Beach Park. With a research focus on endangered sea turtles, the center is the permanent home of Captain, a green sea turtle who cannot be released into the wild because of an injury. • NSU kicked off Fins Football with pregame tailgate parties and free tickets for NSU students to attend Miami Dolphins’ home games. The program is part of NSU’s expanded partnership with the Dolphins franchise, whose training facility is located on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. In addition, team executives and players met with students during the off-season for panel discussions, and students participated in summer internships with the team. Panel discussion topics included athletic training, nutrition and wellness, entertainment and branding, and sports management. By adding value to attending NSU, Fins Football aligns with the university’s Vision 2020 goal of increasing incoming undergraduate enrollment. • For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked NSU in its list of the nation’s Best Colleges. Among national universities, NSU ranked No. 198, climbing 16 spots from the previous year. In January, the magazine also recognized three NSU online programs as among the nation’s best. Making the list were NSU’s criminal justice graduate program (ranked 26 out of 41 programs); education graduate program (ranked 84 out of about 200 programs); and nursing graduate program (ranked 47 out of more than 100 programs). • The Shepard Broad College of Law celebrated the 40th anniversary of its first graduating class with alumni who include more than 120 current and retired judges. The Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic was established. • To honor the continuing support from Ron and Kathy Assaf, NSU named the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing. The Walter Banks Marina and the Mary Jane Harlow Charitable Trust Playground and Organic Garden were also named. • NSU’s Realizing Potential Campaign exceeded its $250-million goal, raising $267 million three years ahead of schedule, making it the largest fundraising effort in Broward County’s history. 2018 • NSU saw several changes to key positions in the organization. Alan B. Levan was appointed chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, assuming the role previously held by Ronald G. Assaf. Harry K. Moon, M.D.,