On Friday morning, August 16, 2019, in the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center, Nova Southeastern University welcomed incoming undergraduate students as new members of the Shark family. With approximately 1,500 new students in attendance, by far the most we’ve ever had at this annual event, over 200 faculty members, and hundreds of additional family members, guests, continuing students, and university staff members – the event was by far the largest in its current format. Incoming students received their official NSU stole and first shark pin, on stage from one of our academic deans, as part of a new tradition which began in 2015.
The event featured remarks from the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ron Chenail; the President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. George Hanbury; 2018/2019 STUEYS Professor of the year, Dr. Emily Schmitt; Undergraduate Student Government Association President, Izzy Bass Klicsu; and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Brad Williams. One of our current students, Maurice Lyons, performed a wonderful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and faculty member Dr. Bill Adams performed an interactive version of the NSU anthem with the entire audience.
The event concluded with closing remarks from Provost Chenail and an exit of the incoming students from the arena through a shark funnel of current NSU student leaders. Overall, it was a unique and exciting welcome to NSU for our new NSU sharks and their families.
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