Mail clerk Mary Mormino says that for her the University of North Florida is much more than a place to work: "It's like my second home."
A native of St. Augustine, Mormino grew up and still resides in Jacksonville Beach. Mormino says she was unhappy with her employment some 25 years ago when she saw an advertisement in the newspaper about the opening of a new university and the need for em employees.
With the growth of UNF's student body, faculty and staff, Mormino says her job is a lot more difficult than it used to be. "The mail has increased immensely," she says. "It's a never-ending job."
One of her more memorable experiences here occurred 15 years ago during the presidency of Dr. Thomas Carpenter. She was among a group of original employees who were honored with a ceremony. Mormino recalls that Dr. Carpenter instructed the audience to hold their applause until all the employees had received their certificate and pin. However, Mormino's fan club, made up of her co-workers, couldn't abide by that request. "I walked up on the stage and I received an ovation. Everyone started clapping and and whistling and I got a standing ovation."