Press Release for Thursday, December 4, 2003

UNF to Honor Local Graduate Dec. 12




(904) 620-2140

Teri DeLucca will be among the almost 980 students to graduate Friday, Dec. 12, from the University of North Florida.

DeLucca, who was reared in Orange Park and lives in Jacksonville Beach with her husband, will be honored with the Senior Service Award during the 3 p.m. ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. ROTC students set to be commissioned also will be recognized during the ceremony.

A separate ceremony will be at 7 p.m. for the Coggin College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Health. Both ceremonies will be in the UNF Arena. The events are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available from the Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878.

UNF expects to award 772 bachelor’s degrees, 206 master’s degrees and one doctorate to fall graduates.

DeLucca, who will receive a degree in psychology, will be recognized by the UNF Alumni Association for her service to the University and the community through volunteerism.

Since arriving at UNF in 1997, DeLucca has worked on campus and in the community as a volunteer while maintaining a high grade-point average and participating in UNF clubs. She also has served as a counselor for Camp Healing Power, which helps children cope with the loss of a family member, and as a Sunday School teacher at Orange Park First Baptist Church.

She was awarded the 2003 Bill and Angie Halamandaris Scholarship, which allowed her to work with the Books From the Heart Project in Washington, D.C. The project gives donated age-appropriate books to children in under-resourced schools in Washington.

DeLucca “fell in love” with the program, and she has recruited about 30 volunteers who have helped her fill a warehouse with hundreds of books. They plan to have a local book distribution in the spring.

“I felt like there was a need that wasn’t being met,” DeLucca said of her efforts to bring books to area schoolchildren.

She plans to use the $500 she receives from the Senior Service Award to buy books for the local effort.

“We’re very excited about this,” she said, adding that the money will allow the purchase of 250 books at a discounted rate from a publisher.

In addition to her book project, DeLucca plans to apply to graduate school to study developmental psychology.

To arrange an interview with Teri DeLucca, contact the Office of News and Publications at (904) 620-2140. A photo of DeLucca is available.

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