July 28, 2015
As we near the end of the summer months and move into the next academic year, there is much to celebrate as a campus community. Last month we welcomed students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, nursing, and medical health sciences. And this week, the newest class of osteopathic medical students joins us for orientation activities. We welcome the DO Class of 2019 to the Touro family and know that this coming year will be filled with many accomplishments.
This past year has been very exciting as we successfully concluded our three-year strategic plan and unveiled our new plan which will guide the university to 2018. Our plan provides a clear direction for us as we build on our achievements and continue to make our mark as the leading institution in Nevada for healthcare and education. We opened our expanded Touro Health Center and are seeing an increasing number of patients every month. And a year ago, we launched the Touro Mobile Healthcare Clinic, which has proven to be a remarkable community outreach opportunity for the university. On August 21st, we will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new offices for the Division of Student Affairs, and in the coming months there will be additional expansion projects unveiled.
We also saw record-breaking private support for Touro University Nevada, with gifts and pledges totaling more than $1.3 million, which is an increase of more than $1 million over last year. We clearly see that public awareness and private philanthropy has had and will continue to have a significant and positive impact on our campus community. Many contributions supported student scholarships, our Active Aging Center, and Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, but these gifts, both large and small, were in support of programs and activities across the entire campus.
What I was especially pleased with was that Touro faculty, staff and students represented nearly 15% of our total donors. This is a remarkable level of support from within our university and I think this demonstrates the belief each of our employees has in the future of Touro.
I continue to tell anyone and everyone who will listen that I couldn’t be happier than I am here at Touro. This truly is the best job I have ever had, and I am grateful to our donors, community partners, alumni, employees, and students for their many contributions to Touro’s continued success. I know the coming academic year will be the best yet and I look forward to working with all of you over the next twelve months.