Press Release for Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Local Historian Presents 'Creating a University' Oral History

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

Local historian and University of North Florida Emeritus Professor Dr. Jim Crooks will present “Creating a University” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the University Center Banquet Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

“Creating a University” is a presentation of the Oral History Project about the University, featuring excerpts of interviews with founding faculty members and staff. The project has interviewed more than 60 faculty and staff that helped shape the University from the ground up.

Crooks was founding chair of the history department at UNF and also served as assistant dean and later as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. After 29 years at the University, he retired in the spring of 2001. While at UNF, Crooks received the Distinguished Professor Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award.

He has published two books, “Jacksonville the Consolidation Story, from Civil Rights to the Jaguars” and “Jacksonville After the Fire, 1901-1919.” Crooks is involved in several organizations in the community, including JCCI, Leadership Jacksonville, Blueprint for Prosperity and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, where he has served as chair for the past three years.

For more information, contact Jen Urbano at (904) 620-1623 or by e-mail at