UNF alum Katrina Norbom, a volunteer coordinator at UNF's Wildlife Sanctuary, proposed establishing an organic VERB (vegetable and herb) garden as a way to foster environmental stewardship on campus. With the help of donor Bruce Ogier, who jumped at the opportunity to provide startup funds, Norbom’s idea blossomed.
Debbie and Jay Johnson, whose love for each other and UNF began more than two decades ago, like to open things. They open their home to UNF alumni on special occasions; they open their checkbook for UNF causes; and they open their hearts to help others earn a college education.
When the worst earthquake in two centuries hit Haiti last January near Port au Prince, the aftershocks were felt 1,000 miles away in Jacksonville. Once UNF alum Martha Seneca learned of the devastation caused by the quake, she knew it was time to jump in and lend a helping hand.
UNF art students can now go beyond textbooks and the Internet to view actual examples of art prints, thanks to a recent donation by Dr. Saul and Judy Eisen. The couple donated 15 prints and paintings to the Department of Art & Design to be used for educational purposes.
Roy Clarke Jr. and Iris Cooper McGuffin were interested in finding a way to honor their respective parents while at the same time helping future generations. They achieved that goal by establishing an endowment, which recently became fully funded and is helping UNF students become teachers and nurses.
A lifetime ambition for Sara Walsh, a former soccer star at UNF, was to work for ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports. That dream became a reality last year, when ESPN hired her as a sports anchor. She now anchors SportsCenter and SportsNation programs and conducts high-profile interviews with athletes.
When future generations want to see what Jacksonville looked like in the early ‘70s, they may get the best picture by browsing through the 50,000 images by award-winning photographer Lawrence V. Smith recently donated to UNF’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library. The collection includes everything from the gritty to the glamorous.
After nearly eight years of good, uneventful surfing on the Atlantic coast of Florida, 20-year-old UNF baseball pitcher Clayton Schulz said he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was attacked by a shark last July in the waves Jacksonville Beach.
A team of student researchers headed by UNF biology professor Dr. Jim Gelsleichter has been fishing the waters of Northeast Florida to study the many varieties of sharks that live and reproduce here. This fieldwork allows students to gain hands-on experience that teaches them more than any textbook possibly could.
Two members of the UNF men’s golf team have teed the program up for success with their outstanding play at the national level: Kevin Phelan of Waterford, Ireland, and Sean Dale of Jacksonville. And in the 2009-10 season, the team recorded Top 10 finishes in all 13 tournaments played.
Michelle Boling, assistant professor of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences at UNF, has spent several years researching patellofemoral pain syndrome, also known as “runner’s knee.” She and her colleagues hope their research will help prevent the musculoskeletal disorder that afflicts up to 33 percent of the adult population.
After nearly 35 years in the Duval County Public School district – first as a teacher, then an administrator and now to her current role as DCPS deputy superintendent – Patricia Willis said she has UNF to thank for providing a solid pathway to her career in education.
With the bright sun beaming down, birds chirping in unison and produce sprouting up all around, the setting seems like a rural farm, but in reality it isn’t Sunny Brook Farms. It’s a small organic garden located in the heart of an urban jungle outside the Clara White Mission.
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