Awards & Recognition

Spring 2016 Senior Service Award

Dayna Cohen

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 The UNF Alumni Association selected Dayna Cohen as the recipient of the Senior Service Award for the summer 2016 graduating class. The UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior each semester for outstanding service to the University and the community through volunteerism.

Dayna is graduating from the Brooks College of Health with a bachelor of science in nursing. A remarkable student while at the University of North Florida, Dayna exemplified our spirit of servant-leadership and civic commitment. She received many awards and accolades including the Undergraduate Sigma Theta Tau Scholarship in the fall of 2015, and the Charles M. & Doris B. Nevaiser Endowed Nursing Scholarship in the spring of 2016. Dayna was also recently inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

A true passion for service lead Dayna to excel not only in academics, but also in her commitment to the University and Jacksonville community. Dayna led UNF’s first Interdisciplinary Health Club Fair, which brought together health clubs from across campus to offer the entire student body interactive activities and services such as blood pressure screenings and CPR lessons. This brought about new relationships amongst clubs and individuals along with new ideas for the University as a whole.

Dayna also served as the president of the UNF Student Nurses Association (SNA) from 2015-2016. During her tenure, Dayna presented a resolution to the House of Delegates at the National Student Nurses’ Association Annual Convention titled, In Support of Encouraging a Short Peripheral Catheter Access Curriculum in all Undergraduate Programs. The resolution passed and she is currently an advocate for the reality of its implementation. Dayna presented this resolution at the Association for Vascular Access’ Annual Scientific Meeting in September 2015, and attended the Infusion Nurses Society Annual Conference in May 2016 to further advocate for it. In March 2016 her resolution was awarded the “Empowering Resolutions” Award at the NSNA Annual Convention.

In February 2016, Dayna participated in United Way’s UPSTREAM Challenge, an initiative that allows college students to present ideas that lead to community change. Dayna and a peer presented a proposal tilted Mindful Friends, a peer led education program where high school and college students work together to teach 6th grade students about mental health to help end the stigma of mental illness. This proposal placed first and received a $5,000 grant to be implemented the fall of 2016 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dayna’s many involvements and contributions reflect that she is an outstanding Osprey. She is a true example of a passionate, conscientious and driven leader and a great representative of the University of North Florida. She truly characterizes what the Senior Service Award represents, and we have no doubt that she will be successful in her next journey and make us proud to call her an Osprey alumna.