Marks of Excellence

  • excellenceThe Urban Professional Development Schools project received the 2003 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award, a national award given to only one program a year by the Association of Teacher Educators.

     
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu spent the spring 2003 semester at UNF teaching a credit course for students and non-credit mini courses for the community.

     
  • The Lady Ospreys basketball team won the South Atlantic Regional championship.

     
  • The Counselor Education program was among six programs nationally to be honored by The Education National Trust for its work in changing school counseling programs.

     
  • The Resident Student Association was named the most improved resident association for creating area councils within the association by the Florida Association of Residence Halls.

     
  • The Hayt Golf Learning Center and the Hope Fund, a program in which journalism students write about needy families for the Florida Times-Union to raise money for charities, both took honors in the annual “Best of Florida Schools” competition sponsored by Florida Leader magazine.

     
  • The Coggin College of Business opened the State Farm Companies Foundation Center for Financial Research, which provides the technological tools to access and analyze financial data.

     
  • Of the Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida named in 2003, 35 are College of Health alumni, five of whom are faculty members.

     
  • The Division of Sponsored Research and Training recorded awards totaling $15.4 million in 2002-03, a 15 percent increase in money over the previous year. The division has seen research money grow an average of $2.6 million each year since 1998-99, when it totaled a little more than $5 million.

     
  • The Division of Continuing Education held 377 programs for more than 5,500 participants in 2002-03.

     
  • UNF’s Small Business Development Center assists potential and existing business owners by providing individual management assistance and group training. During the last fiscal year, more than 2,000 clients were counseled and nearly 3,500 participated in workshops and seminars.

     
  • The UNF Alumni Association maintains contact with more than 37,000 alumni who live in every U.S. state and in a variety of foreign countries. The majority of alumni reside nearby. In fact, 70 percent live in Florida, and 58 percent of those alumni are in the greater Jacksonville area. The association routinely sponsors a variety of regional and local events to keep alumni in touch with UNF and each other.