Press Release for Monday, April 18, 2005

UNF to Graduate 1,292 at Spring Ceremony

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

The University of North Florida will honor two students with outstanding records of volunteerism when it hands out 1,292 degrees Friday, April 29, during spring commencement at the UNF Arena.

Jonathan Wheeler has been selected by the University of North Florida Alumni Association as the recipient of the Senior Service Award for the Spring 2005 graduating class and will be recognized during the 3 p.m. ceremony. Charles “Chas” Jordan is the runner-up and will be recognized during the 7 p.m. ceremony. The UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior each semester for outstanding service to the University and the community through volunteerism.

The ceremony for the Coggin College of Business, College of Education and Human Services and College of Health will be held at 3 p.m. The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and the College of Arts and Sciences have their ceremony at 7 p.m. The UNF Drumline will perform outside the Arena after each ceremony.

The university expects to award 1,075 bachelor’s degrees, 214 master’s degrees and three doctorates this term.

Wheeler will receive his degree in Business Management. Throughout his college career, he has achieved academic recognition in Undergraduate Level Honors, the Dean’s List, and Regional Balfour. Wheeler is also a Golden Key recipient and an All-American Collegiate Scholar. He also was a member of the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honors Society, the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Society, the UNF Student Business Associations Council and a delegate to the UNF Greek Council. While Wheeler’s academic record is impressive, it was his record of volunteerism that stands out. He helped to coordinate the first Campus Dance Marathon and the Sigma Chi Derby Days that raised funds for Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. In December, he and his fraternity brothers assisted with a benefit for the Children’s Miracle Network. Wheeler has involved his fraternity in Kids Fest by facilitating various children’s games and activities for underprivileged children who come to campus for a day of fun with college students. He became a member of the UNF Chapter of Best Buddies, an organization that provides one-on-one interaction to children with intellectual disabilities, and serves as a mentor to one of the buddies at the North Florida School of Special Education. Wheeler is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross Disaster Services where he helped manage a central Florida hurricane relief shelter last fall. Wheeler is responsible for thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours, all benefiting various charities.

Jordan will receive his degree in Political Science, and will begin the Master’s Program in Public Administration at UNF this summer. He was a member of the Presidential Envoys Student Alumni Association, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society, University Scholars Honor Society, Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society. Jordan was extremely active in Student Government. In addition, he helped bring “Relay for Life” to campus, was a Jags Mentor through the UNF Honors Program and mentored fellow UNF students.

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