Press Release for Wednesday, December 7, 2005

UNF Senior Recognized for Service at Fall Commencement

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

The University of North Florida will honor a student with an outstanding record of volunteerism when it hands out more than 1,000 degrees on Friday, December 9, during fall commencement at the UNF Arena.

Tatiana Melnik has been selected by the University of North Florida Alumni Association as the recipient of the Senior Service Award for the fall 2005 graduating class and will be recognized during the 3 p.m. commencement ceremony. The UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior each semester for outstanding service to the University and the community through volunteerism.

She will be graduating with a GPA of 3.92 and a double major in International Business and Information Systems. Since May of 2000, Tatiana has been the co-owner of The Cyber Web, Inc., a Web hosting service provider in Jacksonville.

In addition to Tatiana’s employment and academic work, she has logged numerous hours in volunteer service. She has become well known on the UNF campus and in the community. On campus, she is a member of the University Scholars National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. Tatiana has served as a Presidential Envoy since 2001 and was active in Student Government from 2002-2003. She also serves on several student committees, including Parking Appeals, Student Conduct and Academic Appeals. Her off-campus volunteer involvement includes participating in Dignity U Wear, Disney’s Boggy Creek Camp for terminally ill children, Hubbard House and serving as the UNF Coordinator for Heart of America - Books from the Heart.

Tatiana’s hard work, scholarship and humanitarianism have not gone unnoticed by the broader community. This year, she was presented with the Raymond “Trey” Gage Scholarship and the Joe and Janet Nicosia Endowed Scholarship in Leadership, both awarded yearly to one student in the Coggin College of Business for exemplary commitment to service. She also received the 2005 UNF Women’s Center Leadership Scholarship and the 2005 Presidential Envoy of the Year.

The ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will be held at 3 p.m. The Coggin College of Business, College of Education and Human Services and College of Health will hold their ceremony at 7 p.m.

The University expects to award 815 bachelor’s degrees, 198 master’s degrees and four doctorates this term.