Touro University Nevada Celebrates Grand Opening of Expanded Student Affairs Division with Announcement of New Student Scholarships and Second Mobile
To address the diverse needs of the institution’s student population, Touro University Nevada kicked off the grand opening of its newly expanded Student Affairs Division on Friday with a press conference, ribbon cutting ceremony and donation announcements from MGM Resorts Foundation and City National Bank.
“It is always a great occasion for us when we can celebrate our students and demonstrate Touro’s commitment to their academic success,” said Touro CEO & Senior Provost Shelley Berkley. “This expansion will be a wonderful new resource for everyone here on campus. Being able to commemorate this grand opening celebration with the news of donations from City National Bank and MGM Resorts Foundation provides our students the added support they need to further enhance their educational experience.”
The expansion has added 5,000 square feet to the Student Affairs facility to better serve the needs of students by centralizing the various offices which support students including financial aid, admissions, the registrar, student programming and the bursar. The new space includes 16 offices, 12 individual work stations and a 20-person conference room that can be divided into two separate spaces. In addition to the expanded workspace amenities the area also provides a private space for a new full-time psychologist for student counseling.
To further add to the grand opening of the expanded Student Affairs Division offices, John Wilcox of City National Bank presented Touro with a $10,000 check for student scholarships. City National Bank has partnered with the institution for many years providing banking programs and services for students, employees and alumni. This added funding to Touro’s scholarship program will help to ensure that all students are able to achieve their dreams of higher-education degrees. Private funds are essential to assisting students who may not otherwise be able to pursue a career in health care or education.
“With the cost of a college education continually going up there are an increasing number of young people who can’t afford to pursue their professional dreams without some financial assistance,” said John Wilcox, Nevada regional executive for City National. “We’re excited to partner with Touro in the opening of their new student affairs center so more students can receive the financial help they need to further their education. Shelley and her dedicated faculty and staff are doing a phenomenal job educating the next generation of healthcare professionals in our community and throughout the country.”
Following the announcement of scholarship funding, Shelley Gitomer of the MGM Resorts Foundation presented Berkley with a $60,000 check to assist Touro University Nevada in purchasing a second mobile health care clinic that will expand service and learning opportunities for students. To address critical needs in the community Touro established its first mobile healthcare clinic in July 2014 through the private support of donors. The recreational vehicle, which was retrofitted into a full mobile healthcare facility, provides a variety of services including physical examinations, immunizations and wellness checks for children, wound care and more. The launch of a second clinic sparked by the generous donation from MGM Resorts Foundation will allow Touro to broaden its mission in the community of providing healthcare services to those with limited access in addition to expanding opportunities across the university’s various programs for students to gain experience working with some of the community’s most under-served.
“Affordable and accessible healthcare is a basic need for the people who live and work in our community,” Ms. Gitomer said. “Our grants committee, which consists of MGM Resorts International employees, recognized the tremendous value that the mobile clinic provides in Southern Nevada. We’re proud that this grant will help put an additional mobile clinic on the road, which will serve even more families, children and seniors who otherwise would not have access to healthcare.”
About Touro University Nevada
Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to more than 1,400 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702- 777-8687.
About The MGM Resorts Foundation
The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by MGM Resorts employees. In addition, the Foundation collects and distributes donations to the Foundation by third-party non-employees to support charitable, scientific, literary, and
educational activities approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and organized by MGM Resorts employees to benefit qualified non-profit charitable organizations designated by the Foundation’s Board.
About City National
City National Corporation (NYSE: CYN) has $33.8 billion in assets. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, City National Bank, provides banking, investment and trust services through 75 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. City National and its investment affiliates manage or administer $61.1 billion in client investment assets, including $47.7 billion under direct management. On January 22, 2015, City National announced plans to merge with Royal Bank of Canada. The transaction is expected to close later this year, pending regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. For more information about City National, visit the company’s Website at cnb.com.