Press Release for Monday, April 28, 2003

UNF Senior and Wolfson High Graduate Wins Service Award




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Amanda Watson of Jacksonville is the Senior Service Award recipient for the spring 2003 graduating class at the University of North Florida. Watson, who graduated from Wolfson High School, will be honored during the May 2 commencement, where she will receive bachelor’s degrees in sociology and English.

She plans to attend graduate school in sociology after taking a year off.

“Civic engagement is vital to our campus and community, and it is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the Alumni Association for something I feel so strongly about,” Watson said.

The UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior each semester for outstanding volunteer service to the University or the community. Since arriving at UNF in 1998, Watson has worked many hours with campus organizations and community programs.

Watson is a member of the University Scholars Honor Society and the Honors Program, in which she helped coordinate service learning activities as a student assistant director, and she is a charter member of the Other Club, a dinner debating society. She also has served as a facilitator for an environmental issues class, participated in the Undergraduate Advisory Council and was vice president of communications for Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Off campus, she has worked with the Florida Youth Advisory Council, Commission on Community Service; Jacksonville Community Council Inc.; Team Up Extended Day Program, North Shore Elementary; and she has mentored with the Nike/Jaguar Community Scholars Program since her sophomore year.

Watson is among about 1,100 students UNF expects to graduate during two ceremonies at the Arena on Friday, May 2.

The Coggin College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Health will participate in the 3 p.m. ceremony. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing Sciences and Engineering have their ceremony at 7 p.m.

The University will award almost 950 bachelor’s degrees, more than 150 master’s degrees and five doctorates.

The Albert D. Ernest Jr. Caring Award will be presented during the 3 p.m. ceremony, and the Senior Service Award will be presented during the 7 p.m. ceremony.

Also during the 7 p.m. ceremony, ROTC students will be recognized. Seven UNF students will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Jacksonville University, and five more are graduating with plans for additional military training before being commissioned. The 12 UNF students and 24 JU students are the largest May class to graduate.

For further information, contact the Office of News and Publications at (904) 620-2140.

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