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Fall 2013 Senior Service Award

 Derek Davis

 SSA - Fall 2013 - Derek Davis


Derek Davis has been selected by the UNF Alumni Association as the recipient of the Senior Service Award for the fall 2013 graduating class. The UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior each semester for outstanding service to the University and the community through volunteerism.


Derek is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. Since arriving at UNF in 2009, he has become well known on the campus and in the Jacksonville community through his volunteerism. He has served as the treasurer and vice president of the Presidential Envoys Executive Committee and is extremely active and dedicated to help when and where he is needed. Derek has volunteered with the Envoys at such events as Clara White Mission House, Monique Burr Foundation, Alumni Beach Clean-Up, the CNN debate held at UNF and “Spirit Spotting” with students from the On-Campus Transition program. His dedication for serving his university is why he loves being an ambassador. He sees the bigger picture of what it means to not only be an ambassador to the University but what it means to be a team player.


Derek is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and has served in leadership roles directed at community service. He participated with “Swoop the Loop”, “Girls on the Run” and “We Walk for Lupus”. He served as Overall President for Dance Marathon benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network, which included overseeing a team of 18 and running the event which included more than 400 students. Over the past four years, Derek has helped UNF raise more than $112,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. He has served on the Caring Committee at UNF, serves in the Special Needs Ministry at his church, volunteered at Mayo Clinic and Shands. Derek was the recipient of the UNF Caring Award and spent a summer interning in Washington D.C. with the Heart of America Foundation, where he taught elementary aged students how to read and renovated libraries across the nation in underprivileged schools. His most recent passions have included children in third world countries. Over the past 18 months, Derek has worked with youth in Jamaica and Nicaragua, and helped drill for clean water in Zambia, Africa. Derek has a heart for service and welcomes any challenge as an opportunity to grow and influence change.


In all, Derek has made a definitive impact not only at UNF but in the Jacksonville community. Smart, well rounded, selflessly driven, and generous, Derek embodies the spirit of University of North Florida students and alumni. He truly characterizes what the Senior Service Award represents. 





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