Joanna Norris, Associate Director Department of Public Relations (904) 620-2102
Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
The University of North Florida will honor a student with an outstanding record of volunteerism when it hands out more than 690 degrees Friday, Aug. 5, during summer commencement at the UNF Arena.
Intracoastal West resident Katelyn Tierney, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in health administration, will be recognized as the recipient of the Senior Service Award for the summer graduating class. The UNF Alumni Association presents the Senior Service Award to a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer service to the University or community.
Since arriving at UNF, Tierney has volunteered in many capacities. Her top accomplishments include establishing Dance Marathon at UNF, an 18-hour fundraiser supporting Children’s Miracle Network and Shands Jacksonville; serving as Student Government senate secretary; and filling the role of vice president of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Through her efforts with Dance Marathon, she has helped raise $75,000. Tierney has met with students and professionals all over the country, helping them make this fundraiser successful at their respective universities. Additionally, through the Children’s Miracle Network, she met a young child named Tabby, who had a traumatic brain injury. Together, they established a slogan, “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.” To this day, Tierney lives her life proudly supporting this slogan and it shows in her commitment to service.
Tierney joined Student Government with a goal to set trends and see students from all clubs, organizations, cultures, religions and backgrounds come together and give back to the Jacksonville community. She implemented co-sponsored events designed to rally students and support philanthropic causes, serving as a proud voice for students and working endlessly to make a difference.
After joining Zeta Tau Alpha her freshman year, she was determined to make a difference by immediately accepting various leadership positions. She served as a role model to her peers, giving advice regarding time-management skills, life balance and developing leadership skills. She advocated to fellow students the importance of becoming involved in the community and leaving behind a legacy at UNF.
Tierney’s efforts supported numerous organizations, including Susan G. Komen, the Donna Hicken Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and Yoplait Lids to Save Lives. As a direct result of her dedication to the Northeast Florida community, she was awarded the Greek Outstanding Volunteer Award this year.
The ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will be held at 11 a.m. The Brooks College of Health, Coggin College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services will hold their ceremony at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held at the UNF Arena.
The University expects to award a total of 739 bachelor’s degrees, 170 master’s degrees and 2 doctorates this term. Including the summer 2011 graduates, UNF has issued a total of 55,676 bachelor’s degrees, 15,420 master’s degrees and 221 doctorates since first opening its doors in 1972.
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