Undergraduate Studies Newsletter

Fall 2014

UNF Reads Outliers Lecture Series welcomes Trey Csar

Lecture and Discussion with Trey Csar, President of the Public Education Fund
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6pm
Lazzara Performance Hall

Students, UNF faculty and staff are invited to a lecture and discussion with Trey Csar, President of Jacksonville's Public Education Fund. Trey Csar has been the President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund since May 2009. Before coming to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Trey worked as a youth organizer in San Francisco, working to involve students throughout California in advocating for better educational opportunities for their fellow students. He taught in an inner-city elementary school in Houston with Teach For America and served as an assistant principal at KIPP New Orleans West (NOW), a school set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to work with low-income students who evacuated to Houston from the New Orleans area. Trey has a master's degree in education policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and bachelor's degrees from the University of Florida in Journalism and Business Administration. 

6th Annual Student Leadership Summit in conjunction with UNF Reads!

Friday, October 24, 2014 from 9:30am-2:00pm
Student Union Ballroom

    The Taylor Leadership Institute, in partnership with Undergraduate Studies, presents the Sixth Annual UNF Student Leadership Summit on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium (Building 58W, Room 2703).
This year’s animated and engaging theme, The Neuroanatomy of a Leader: Harness your Secret Power – Become a Super Leader emphasizes the need for leaders to acknowledge their inner core, suggesting that what drives them to reach their Summit’s peak lives there. Attendees will explore
the secret power inherent in leadership, learning what it means to be a conscious leader – creating synergy and resonance with others.
Fostering fun and opportunity, the Annual Student Leadership Summit is packed full of experiential learning opportunities for attendees and volunteers. 

Transformational Learning Opportunities Application Available

he University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees has allocated several hundred thousand dollars in recurring funds to support student engagement in transformational learning opportunities (TLOs). Full-time (non-visiting) faculty and staff from colleges, academic departments and programs, and other campus entities, may apply for a portion of these funds to support initiatives that are not funded through the regular budgeting process and that fit the University’s definition of transformational learning opportunities.   more...  

FINISH STRONG! Retention Campaign

 Due to increasing retention efforts at UNF, the Office of Undergraduate Studies has worked with marketing to launch the Finish Strong retention campaign. You'll see ads in the shuttle stops and on the buses, reminding students that UNF is full of people who are "on their team"  to help them achieve their academic goals. 
Finish Strong Shuttle Ad(1)
Start Strong.  Stay Strong.  Finish Strong.   These are more than just words at the University of North Florida.  They are a pledge that we are here to help students reach their educational goals and make the most of their time as an Osprey.  The people featured are just part of a campus community that works every day in support of student success.  



The Finish Strong campaign begins with helping students to learn how to learn:  how to study effectively, how to manage time, and how to plan the right academic path so that they can complete their degree on time.   UNF’s highly-skilled academic advisors are committed to helping students at every step of the university experience.   The Academic Center for Excellence and the UNF Writing Center are here to provide expert academic support and tutoring. more...

UNF offering Supplemental Instruction in the Spring term

This spring the Academic Center for Excellence is excited to pilot Supplemental Instruction (SI), a student academic support program that utilizes regularly scheduled, leader-facilitated meetings.   The leaders are students who are recommended by professors and have gotten an A in the course they will facilitate.  As we prepare and ramp up for SI class offerings, we are currently working on a “pilot of the pilot” with a section of Dr. Gelsleichter’s Biology class. These meetings are group study sessions for students to review material covered in class.  Please let us know if you are interested in learning more!

ACE tutoring coordinators move to the NEW! Writing Center

ACE’s writing tutoring coordinators, Michele Boyette and Melinda Rojas along with the writing tutors have moved to the new Writing Center, located in Building 3, Room 1302.  The Writing Center is comprised of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, and offers a variety of services and expertise. Whether you're putting together a research paper, drafting a lab report, building a presentation, or compiling your résumé, our writing center staff will meet with you to walk through your drafts and ideas. Beyond one-on-one tutoring, the writing center also offers periodic writing workshops on topics ranging from mechanical accuracy to coherence and cohesion. .

TLO Spotlight 

cathedralThe Department of Art and Design held it's sixth consecutive Art, Photography and Art History in Italy study abroad program this past summer from May 17th - June 30th, 2014.


 This special 6 week program is truly a classroom of the world. Classes were held at museums and historic sites, allowing students to truly experience history while they were learning it. Special visits to Tuscany and Umbria kicked off the program with stays in the medieval hill town of Massa Marittima and at Villa Pieve in between Perugia and Lake Trasimeno. Those sites provided an introduction to Itallian culture and provided a contrast to the larger urban centers. Located in Umbria, "the Green Heart of Italy," the Villa Pieve was the base from which the group explored Assisi and the rich and historic city of Perugia. Students also visited the famous chocolate museum and factory of Perugina. In Massa Marittima students visited the studios of two contemporary artists and learned about the history of this beautiful location.  more...