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UNF’s ‘Power of Transformation’ Capital Campaign Exceeds Goal
University of North Florida President John A. Delaney announced today “The Power of Transformation” fundraising campaign exceeded its goal, raising more than $130 million. The campaign was publicly launched in 2009 with an ambitious goal of $110 million.The response to the campaign was overwhelming and UNF surpassed that goal, thanks in part to 25 donations of $1M-plus. There were more than 27,000 total donors to the campaign, including alums, corporations, foundations and friends.The University will celebrate the success of the campaign with a reception at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall, Building 45, followed by a performance at 7:45 p.m. in the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater, Building 14A.“Together, we achieved something great—something none of us could have done alone. And that’s really the cornerstone of UNF. We come together to learn and build a future together, while enriching the lives of others,” said Delaney. “The monies raised built a foundation on which we have developed an incredible University and afforded some truly exceptional transformational learning opportunities to many students.”Funds raised will be used for student scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty support, academic enhancements and capital projects. Funds will also be used to support a hallmark of a UNF education, Transformational Learning Opportunities or TLOs, which set the occasion for life-changing experiences.TLOs may occur inside or outside the classroom and can take a myriad of forms: study abroad experiences; service-learning experiences; research experiences with a faculty member; internships, practicum, field and co-op experiences; directed independent studies with a faculty member; learning communities; and leadership experiences.More than 16,000 students attend UNF and many need financial assistance. One such student is Sasha Simmons, who received her undergraduate degree in liberal arts from UNF and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public health. She credits the University and its donors with transforming her life.Simmons was raised by a single mom in public housing. “Since no one in my family had ever gone to college, it seemed like an unobtainable dream, but it was still my dream,” she said. When she was accepted to UNF, she was eligible for several scholarships enabling her to take part in several Transformational Learning Opportunities. Simmons will talk about those experiences, which took her around the globe, during the event this evening.“All my UNF experiences transformed me. I learned to live life to its fullest. I learned the value of higher education,” she said. “Our donors’ investment has transformed me, my family, my friends and thousands of other students on this campus.”The Power of Transformation campaign co-chairs were W. Radford Lovett II, managing director and co-founder of Lovett, Miller & Co., and Russell B. Newton III,president of Timucuan Asset Management. Honorary campaign co-chairs were Blanche and Luther Coggin, retired automotive business executive, as well as prominent local civic leaders Ann and David Hicks.UNF’s previous successful campaign, Access to Excellence, fulfilled its promises to students who are now outstanding alumni in vital careers. That campaign, from 1997 to 2003, raised more than $100 million.UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.
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