Awards & Recognition
Spring 2018 Senior Service Award
Each semester, the UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer service to the University and the community. For the spring 2018 graduating class the recipient of the Senior Service Award is Sara-Marie Saliba. A Jacksonville native, Sara-Marie graduated from the Brooks College of Health with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Anthropology.
Her parents emigrated to the U.S. from Lebanon, and Sara-Marie sees her cultural heritage as an important part of her identity. She chose a career in nursing because she believes that as a nurse she will have the opportunity to have the greatest impact on individuals as well as the community.
Sara-Marie has exemplified UNF’s commitment to selflessness and community service through her active involvement with St. Maron Catholic Church and Holy Family Catholic Church, volunteering with both for more than seven years. During her time at UNF, Sara-Marie volunteered at Mayo Clinic’s optical shop and emergency department, and also was active in the UNF Environmental Center’s Garbage on the Green project. She has been an instrumental member of the Student Nurses’ Association, serving as volunteer chair and first vice president, while reviving the Red Cross Ospreys Club on campus in association with the American Red Cross, serving as the club’s vice president.
Through all of her volunteer and community-driven efforts, Sara-Marie has maintained a GPA of 3.79. She describes education as an important aspect of her life and has spent the last two years tutoring students at the Sulzbacher Center twice a week, and at the same time has continued to mentor other youth in the community through her volunteer work.
Sara-Marie is focused on her goals of driving community change and health through individual care as well as environmental awareness. Her diverse experiences and commitment to promoting positive growth in the community make her a well-deserving and model recipient of the Senior Service Award. We are proud to call her an alumna of the University of North Florida.