Press Release for Wednesday, January 31, 2007

UNF Nursing Student Named International Scholar Laureate

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

University of North Florida nursing student Stacey Enriquez will spend the summer taking part in a unique leadership development program across the globe as part of the International Scholar Laureate Program, which provides high-achieving students the opportunity to take part in a learning experience designed to inform and enrich their career objectives.

Outstanding university students are offered educational opportunities in Australia, Central and Eastern Europe, China, India and South Africa. The program provides students a chance to further their career development in the fields of anthropology and archaeology, business, diplomacy, engineering, journalism, medicine, music, nursing and technology.

Enriquez, a Southside resident, is one of 160 students from around the world selected to participate in the delegation on nursing. She is the first student in Northeast Florida selected to participate in the program and is among a handful of nursing students statewide to ever have been selected as an international scholar.

“This is quite an honor for Stacy,” said Dr. Li Loriz, UNF School of nursing director. “She is quite a remarkable young woman with a robust agenda. She truly exhibits the philosophy of the School of Nursing.”

Enriquez will travel to South Africa for 12 days in order to get an up-close look at challenges facing the country as it tries to control the tragic consequences of HIV/AIDS. The 30 year old will trek to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, where she and other nursing scholars will go behind the scenes at hospitals and clinics to observe nurses interacting with patients.

The UNF junior is thrilled to have been selected to participate in the Scholar Laureate program. “When I found out that I had been selected, I thought ‘Wow, this is something I can do for Jacksonville and something I can be passionate about,’” she said.

Enriquez has several months to prepare for her trip to South Africa and plans to focus on promoting HIV testing, effective prevention programs and support systems, including keeping individuals on their drug regimen. “I am overwhelmed by the world of AIDS and the many obstacles that seem to keep it obscured from everyday consciousness,” she said. “Nursing is a medium by which I may cross boundaries to affect the lives of people who may otherwise close their hearts and doors to me.”

She will also be volunteering at HIV/AIDS facilities here in Jacksonville prior to her trip. “When I go to South Africa, I may not understand what I’m seeing there, so it’s important to put a face on what we’re dealing with here in Jacksonville regarding this disease,” Enriquez said.

All international scholars must be nominated to participate in the program based on his/her academic achievements and leadership experience. Enriquez was nominated by the Golden Key International Honor Society. Students must be
at least 18, currently enrolled in a college or university, enrolled in a graduate program or be recent graduates from the class of 2006.