Press Release for Monday, April 26, 2004

Media Tip Sheet (April 26-May 10, 2004)

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

The Department of Media Relations and Events prepares a "tip sheet" for media highlighting events and activities of interest to the community. Information on these and other events can be accessed by visiting the UNF Web calendar at Individuals attending events on campus are reminded that $2 parking permits are required and can be purchased at the Information Booths at the campus entrances.

UNF Professor to Receive Award

Dr. Pat Welsh of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will present UNF professor J. David Lambert with the Environmental Hero Award on Thursday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room in Daniel Hall, Building 1, on the UNF campus. President John Delaney is expected to attend.

NOAA selected Lambert, co-director of the Applied Global Systems Laboratory in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, for his efforts in developing the Florida Road Weather Information System.

Lambert is the primary individual responsible for the design, development and implementation of the RWIS. There are now 17 operational sites gathering meteorological data along 200 miles of North Florida interstate highways. Ten additional sites will be implemented in Central Florida this year as part of the Federal Highway Works Administration/Florida Department of Transportation project known as iFlorida. Lambert is one of 30 individuals and three organizations honored this year.

Board of Trustees Workshop

The UNF Board of Trustees will conduct a workshop Thursday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m. at the headquarters of the St. Joe Co., 245 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. The board will have a preliminary discussion on the University's master plan and review the Board of Governors' draft Strategic Plan. Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting may contact Valerie Reynolds at 904-620-2500 (voice/ TDD) at least three working days before the meeting.

UNF Graduation Friday

UNF will hand out more than 1,200 degrees Friday, April 30, during its spring commencement at the Arena.

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

The University expects to award 1,050 bachelor’s degrees, more than 170 master’s degrees and three doctorates this term.

Also during the 3 p.m. ceremony, NROTC students will be recognized. A total of six NROTC students will graduate from UNF. Two already are commissioned, and the other four will be commissioned during a ceremony at the Jacksonville University gym Saturday, May 1, at noon.

UNF Takes Part in Jazz Festival

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival’s 2004 lineup has names familiar to UNF music faculty and students. The festival runs from Friday, April 30, to Sunday, May 2, at Metropolitan Park, The Jacksonville Landing and the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum.

UNF professors Kevin Bales and Keith Javors participated in the selection committee for the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and professor Bunky Green will participate as a judge April 29.

Several UNF alumni are part of the Noel Freidline Quintet, which will play May 1 at 7 p.m. in Metropolitan Park. The Bunky Green Quartet will play the same venue on May 2 at noon.

At the Jacksonville Landing, the Keith Javors Quartet will play at 1 p.m. May 1. Javors then will lead the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the Kevin Bales Group will perform at 5 p.m.

Lisa Kelly, a UNF alumna, and JB Scott, a UNF professor and alumnus, will perform in the Round Midnight Jazz Jam at 10 p.m. May 1 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

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