Here to Bring the NSU Community Closer Together

Stay connected with your fellow Sharks and local community with events hosted by the Office of Special Events and Community Partnerships.

This office works to foster community connections between Nova Southeastern University and its alumni, friends, generous donors, and local nonprofit organizations through a variety of inclusive University events.

What We Do

NSU’s Special Events and Community Partnerships team collaborates with Advancement, Community Relations, Donor Stewardship, Athletics, and the Office of the President to plan and execute gatherings such as NSU's Celebration of Excellence.

This office also acts as a liaison to community nonprofit organizations that NSU supports through monetary donations, scholarships, sponsorships, and in-kind services such as:

  • Providing space on campus for community events
  • Hosting organizational fundraising walks
  • Catering support
  • Outreach
  • Guest speakers and more

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Photos from Past Events

Click here to view photos from events like the annual Celebration of Excellence, NSU's Annual Sea Turtle Release, and more.


The Office of Special Events and Community Partnerships also serves as the liaison between NSU and its surrounding communities, representing the University in community organizations and activities whose missions are closely aligned with that of the university.

Submit the Community Support Request Form

Special Events and Projects coordinates University-wide participation in community initiatives including sponsorships, program partnerships, and attendance at fundraising and charitable events outside NSU. If a college, school, Center, or department plans to support a community event/initiative, it is required to complete the Community Event Registration Form and submit it to the Office of Special Events and Projects.

The Community Events sponsorship/participation program must address five objectives:

  1. Raise the profile of NSU
  2. Recruit high-performing students
  3. Promote co-op learning opportunities
  4. Engage alumni as supporters, donors, and parents of (potential) students
  5. Engage community leaders to support NSU’s civic objectives
Examples of initiatives eligible for support:
  • Health and Wellness
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • Student Recruitment
  • Diversity
  • Education
Initiatives that are supported need a clear rationale, for instance:
  • Enable strategic networking for purposes of recruitment or fundraising
  • Raise the profile of the University in areas such as learning and research excellence, staff, and faculty achievements
  • Engage alumni as supporters, donors, and parents of potential students
  • Partner with community leaders toward strategic objectives
  • Compliment marketing initiatives within programs such as capital campaigns, faculty recruitment, co-op program support, or special celebrations and events
Initiatives not eligible for support:
  • Events associated with political fundraising
  • Retroactive initiatives
  • Illegal activities
If you would like your organization to be considered for event sponsorship, please complete and submit the Community Support Request Form. Be sure to submit any additional information regarding the event (sponsorship packages, invitations, and congratulatory ad specifications) for review at least six weeks prior to the event date. Please do not send your event information to multiple departments/offices within NSU as this will only delay the processing of your request.


Special Events and Community Partnerships assists in orchestrating University events by providing event planning, budget proposals, timelines, and the overall execution of every detail required for a successful, enjoyable event. This office provides a centralized standard of excellence, quality, and protocol for all NSU events. The Special Events and Community Partnerships team will coordinate every detail of your event from start to finish.

Submit an Event Internal Form

From a 400-person gala in the Arena to intimate donor cultivation events, Special Events and Community Partnerships conducts special events your guests will remember for a lifetime. This office provides a centralized standard of excellence, quality, and protocol for events hosted by NSU, including the Office of the President, senior vice presidents, University Relations, Alumni Affairs, NSU associates, deans, and development officers.

Special Events and Community Partnerships work with other University/campus departments for events including campus and grounds services, public safety, catering services, media services, and outside vendors.

Please note that all student organizations and student-related activities are required to work with the Office of Student Affairs when coordinating and planning University events.
The Special Events and Community Partnerships team will coordinate every detail of your event from start to finish.

1. Concept: At the first meeting, Special Events and Community Partnerships will conceptualize your event by offering creative ideas and visualizations while staying within your parameters for the overall “look” and budget of the event. We will discuss desired outcomes and goals to achieve a positive Return on Event (ROE).

2. Implementation: The team will bring the ideas discussed above to fruition by preparing an event checklist that serves as an event responsibility agreement, which will outline our responsibilities to you and an initial budget for your approval.

3. Production: The team produces the event, including sourcing and hiring vendors (internal and external). They will also facilitate the design of your event, including coordination between your senior business officer and our event manager(s) to track and facilitate all billing.

4. Management: On-site event management ensures high-quality, effective, and efficient client service and, most important, client satisfaction. They guide the clients on all aspects of the event: floor plans and table schematics; décor; signage and visual displays; show production and staging; on-campus publicity; and sound and lighting.

5. Post-Event: Follow-up activities are conducted as necessary, including budget closure, sending post-event surveys, and providing the client with an event summary report.


The Office of Special Events and Community Partnerships plans and manages special events for the Office of the President and for the Office of University Advancement involving university donors, events hosted by the Board of Trustees, groundbreakings, grand openings, naming and dedication events, and selected major University-wide events. These events stimulate the involvement and interest of an ever-growing support base comprising students, alumni, donors, friends, and community partners.

Celebration of Excellence

The Celebration of Excellence is the signature annual event hosted by NSU President and CEO, George L. Hanbury, Ph.D. This event celebrates one of NSU’s core values, community, and acknowledges the University’s contributions as well as special individuals who exemplify community service.

The president introduces the newest members of NSU’s Shark Circle—donors who have generously given $1 million or more to support our vision as we continue to grow, educate, and serve.

The President’s Award for Excellence in Community Service is also presented to pay special tribute to those who go above and beyond to impact others.

Celebration of Excellence

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NSU Athletics Scholarship Golf Classic

The Scholarship Golf Classic event is essential to the success of NSU’s nationally recognized NCAA Division II athletic program. The proceeds from this annual event go directly to the student-athlete scholarship endowment fund.

Scholarship Golf Classic

The big thank you

The Big Thank You

Every year, NSU’s administration and students gather to honor scholarship donors at The Big Thank You Luncheon. Donor honorees represent the many generous people who have created endowed and non-endowed scholarships at NSU. These scholarships enable deserving students throughout the University to pursue their dreams of undergraduate and graduate degrees. This financial assistance further ensures NSU’s growth in teaching, research, service, and learning.

The Big Thank you

Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame honors the lifetime achievements of outstanding business people in the South Florida community. These outstanding honorees have exhibited leadership by giving of their time and resources with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for others. The selection committee for this prestigious honor comprises current Hall of Fame members.

Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Special Events and Community Partnerships Contact Information

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