Press Release for Monday, December 11, 2006

UNF Senior Recognized for Service at Fall Commencement

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The University of North Florida will honor a student with an outstanding record of volunteerism when it hands out more than 1,000 degrees on Friday, Dec. 15, during fall commencement at the UNF Arena.

Doris Kosova has been selected by the University of North Florida Alumni Association as the recipient of the Senior Service Award for the fall 2006 graduating class and will be recognized during the 3 p.m. commencement ceremony. The UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior each semester for outstanding service to the University and the community through volunteerism.

The Southside resident will be graduating with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a GPA of 3.63. For several years, Kosova has worked at UNF in various academic capacities, serving as a math and chemistry tutor for the Academic Center for Excellence and a grader in the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

Kosova, 23, has also served on campus within the UNF Honors Program, The Presidential Envoys, Pre-Med/American Medical Student Association, American Chemical Society and several other organizations. Since 2002, she has annually received the UNF Honors Program Scholarship Award and was the 2006 Golden Key International Scholar Laureate. Kosova has received several other community scholarship awards, including the Lion’s Club Scholarship Award in 2002 and the Leadership Scholarship Award in 2004.

In addition to Kosova’s academic work, she has logged hundreds of hours in volunteer service, including projects with Hubbard House, Clara White Mission, Boggy Creek Gang Camp for children with AIDS, I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Clinic. Currently she is volunteering at the Mayo Clinic, conducting scientific research in Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases. Additionally, she is a volunteer member of the Planned Emergency Response Team for Baptist.

Although she feels that all volunteer experience is important, Kosova’s most rewarding work was with her very first patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. She developed a close bond with Stacie, an optimistic and resilient 19 year old diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Despite Stacie’s positive attitude, she eventually lost her brave battle with the disease and made a lasting impact on Kosova’s life. Through this experience, she learned that she can use her life to make a difference by helping those in need and confirmed her desire to study medicine. “As an aspiring pediatric pulmonologist and allergist, Stacie taught me the true meaning of Sir William Osler’s words, ‘The practice of medicine calls equally for the exercise of heart and head,’” said Kosova.

The ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will be held at 3 p.m. The Brooks College of Health, Coggin College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services will hold their ceremony at 7 p.m.

The University expects to award 798 bachelor’s degrees, 238 master’s degrees and six doctorates this term.