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A New Semester Begins

Welcome back Sharks! I hope each of you enjoyed your summer, whether you traveled far from home or enjoyed a staycation. I'm sure you are as eager as I am to begin another chapter in our collective educational and personal journeys....

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A New Semester Begins

Welcome back Sharks! I hope each of you enjoyed your summer, whether you traveled far from home or enjoyed a staycation. I'm sure you are as eager as I am to begin another chapter in our collective educational and personal journeys.

First and foremost, I'd like to extend a big welcome to all of our students, and faculty and staff members! We have a tremendously talented group of Sharks who bring a diverse set of experiences and ideas that will invigorate student life at NSU now and for years to come.

Our preparation for this academic year actually began last year and culminated this summer with two big changes that we believe will positively impact your journey at NSU. On July 1, we unveiled NSU's new academic structure, renaming and creating several new colleges, and announcing several new programs. Additionally, all bachelor's, master's, professional and doctoral programs are now housed within each college. This alignment will greatly serve the academic and research goals of all our students.

Mark Twain once said, "The secret to getting ahead is getting started." This school year has officially begun, so make the most of it each and every day. Get involved in campus and community activities, make friends, pursue your interests, and get to know your professors and colleagues. We want your learning experience here at NSU to be meaningful, purposeful, and productive.

I encourage you to contact me with any thoughts or concerns you may have throughout the year, and follow me on Facebook to keep up with the latest around the university.

It is wonderful to have all of you back, whether you are on one of our nine campuses or online, and I look forward to a great year!

Fins up, and GO SHARKS!

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Recent Questions

What is being done to improve parking lot safety, particularly in several of the NSU garages?

Answer: Many of you have asked about parking lot safety.  As a result, we have engaged a consultant to study the issue and to provide us with recommendations.  We have already completed the following:  We have added several speed bumps in the middle of ramps (where speeds are highest) in order to slow vehicles.  We have also added lighting to darkened areas of the garages.  Additional safety features are under consideration.

I'm a Jacksonville SEC student.  Will you consider having a doctor onsite and/or medical services when needed?

Answer: Each Educational Center has a conveniently located, designated physician who accepts the student health insurance and waives co-pays.  It is not feasible to have a physician on-site.  If you require information about your site's designated physician, you should contact your local program administrator or a Student Affairs coordinator.

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