Marks of Excellence

  • railsThe School of Nursing was chosen as UNF's first flagship program in 2005. Because of its successful community-focused curriculum, outstanding student performance outcomes and excellent faculty, the Nursing Program is anticipated to attract the University national attention.

     
  • UNF Athletics received NCAA Division I classification and began Division I competition in December 2005.

     
  • The UNF Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named the overall regional champion in the SIFE USA Regional Competition in April. The team then advanced to the SIFE USA National Exposition in May, placing in the top 20 teams in the country.

     
  • The Division of Continuing Education's Railroad Institute experienced its best year since the program's inception in 1997, enrolling and graduating 449 participants, representing a 50 percent increase over the last year's enrollment.

     
  • UNF's student-led Osprey Financial Group spent six months managing an investment fund which rose in value over $36,000 by March. The fund was established in 1999 through a $500,000 private gift to the UNF Foundation.

     
  • The Distinguished Voices, Inquiry & Insight, Presidential and College of Education and Human Services' lectures brought 17 prominent speakers to UNF in 2005, including TV journalist Dan Rather, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, author and columnist Carl Hiaasen, author Ernest Gaines and Maj. Gen. John G. Castellaw.

     
  • UNF faculty and staff made a variety of international trips in 2005, reflecting a new emphasis on world travel as an avenue for providing transformational learning opportunities to students. Ties were established and/or maintained with universities in China, Belize, Russia, Spain, Morocco and Korea.

     
  • UNF is developing a Florida Mesonet network in conjunction with public and private organizations that have environmental monitoring stations in Florida. Through a shared computerized network database, the Mesonet will facilitate high-resoution weather modeling and analysis.

     
  • Total grant and contract expenditures for research and other sponsored projects in 2004-05 reached a record high of $16.4 million through the Division of Sponsored Research. This was a 13 percent increase over the previous year.

     
  • In 2005, UNF joined a consortium of universities across the country to participate in an $80 million fiber-optic computer network known as Florida LambaRail, allowing student and faculty researchers to transfer vast amounts of data in real-time.

     
  • The Division of Continuing Education developed, promoted and delivered 452 educational opportunities to 5,381 participants in 2005. The divison also held 68 professional development and certificate courses for 1,028 participants in 2005, representing a 36 percent increase in the number of courses and an 11 percent increase in participants over the previous year.

     
  • In August, President Delaney announced a new commitment to students and affirmed that students are UNF's first priority. A new UNF logo was unveiled to reflect that commitment, as well as a new tagline, "No One Like You. No Place Like This."