Press Release for Thursday, October 2, 2008

UNF School of Nursing Director Selected Director of the Year

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

Dr. Li Loriz, director of the School of Nursing at the University of North Florida, was selected as Director of the Year by the Florida Nursing Students Association for her unending commitment to the support of UNF nursing students and faculty.

Loriz, a Beaches resident, was chosen from out of more than 50 nursing program directors and deans in the state and will be presented the award at the association’s annual state convention in October.

UNF nursing students appreciate her presence and interaction through her consistent demonstration of concern and compassion. “She creates an environment where students and faculty feel free to express their concerns as well as share their triumphs,” said Dr. Kathaleen Bloom, UNF nursing professor. “Her open-door policy and shared governance style sets an example for students and faculty alike.”

Loriz has demonstrated dedication and support to the Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) at UNF consistently over the years by attending chapter meetings and local association functions. She also gave her support in growing the SNA chapter from a handful of students to more than 120 students.

“Dr. Loriz makes us feel like the work we do with SNA is valuable and important by supporting us in everything we do,” said Shane Gaik, UNF nursing student and SNA president.

This spring, Loriz helped facilitate funding, so that 14 nursing students and a faculty advisor could attend the National Student Nurses’ Association meeting in Texas, where the UNF SNA chapter presented three posters and was awarded a Breakthrough to Nursing honorable mention national award.

“Dr. Loriz was very helpful to the members of SNA who wanted to travel to the conventions over the past years. We couldn’t have been that successful without her help,” said Nathan Roddenberry, UNF nursing student and UNF SNA treasurer.

Loriz has been at UNF since 1996, where she began as an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing. She has served as director of the School of Nursing since 2003.

She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Great 100 Nurses Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Dean’s Service Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Loriz earned her Doctor in Philosophy in Nursing from George Mason University and her Master in Science in Nursing from Marymount University. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University.