My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: Nova Southeastern University
Location: Ft. Lauderdale FL
Came across an article on Ft. Lauderdale Fourth of July Spectacular in Florida and how it is for those who love fireworks and the beach! The celebration provides free live entertainment, games, and performers, all to commemorate the nation’s history. The article also mentioned the Spectacular was not far from Nova Southeastern University.
Nova Southeastern was founded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1964.
Nova got its start from a group of businessmen who met regularly for breakfast.
The group was known as The Oatmeal Club, civic-minded pioneers who gathered in the early ’60s, determined to develop an innovative educational concept—an MIT of the South, with a twist for Ft. Lauderdale and South Florida.
In 1964, what was then called Nova University of Advanced Technology was chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. Initially located at 232 East Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Nova later moved to the former site of Forman Field in Davie—an auxiliary airfield during WWII. The field was returned to the community after the war by the state Board of Education to be used for educational purposes as determined by brothers Hamilton and Charles Forman.
The school continued to grow in the 60’s70’s and 80’s.
Southeastern University of the Health Sciences was also on a course for expansion. The school was created by osteopathic physicians committed to establishing a college in the Southeast. As a result, the Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, as it was first known, opened in 1981.
From 1987 to 1997, Southeastern added a number of colleges including Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Medical Science to name a few. In 1994 Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University– and the name of the new university became Nova Southeastern.