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Meet the UNF Admissions Team!

Get to know the UNF admissions staff and find the admissions counselor for your area!

 

Admissions Coordinators

Kara Dentzau 

 Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator Kara Dentzau Headshotfor Central West and Southwest Florida Counties (Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota)

kara.dentzau@unf.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Sociology

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurants: 5th Element, Canopy Road Cafe and Hawkers

UNF tradition: River City Rumble

Spot on campus: The nature trails!

College class: Religion and 20th Century Fantasy Literature

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to UNF because I wanted to help students during their transition from high school to college. I love the beautiful nature on campus and the hands-on experiences we provide our students!

 

My advice to you is: Try out the food in the dining halls at every college or university you're considering- if you're going to eat somewhere every day, you'll want to make sure you like the food that they serve!

 


Shamus Hulihan

 Admissions Coordinator for Northeast Florida Counties (Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns) Shamus Hulihan Headshot

shamus.hulihan@unf.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

  

Hometown: Victoria, British Hong Kong

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, International Studies with a Minor in Chinese

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurants: Hong Kong Bistro, Jerry's Sports Grille and Funkadelic Food Truck

UNF tradition: Market Days!

Spot on campus: Bamboo Garden

College class: Traditional China with Professor Rothschild

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I attended the University of North Florida after serving in the United States Army. I chose UNF due to the small class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio. It was easy to develop a strong bond with my professors and I continue that relationship to this day. I enjoyed meeting new people on campus and traveling abroad with my classmates the most.

 

My advice to you is: When applying to multiple universities, I recommend that you apply early. It's important to maintain a calendar of priority deadlines for scholarship and admissions purposes. Retesting and sending multiple test scores will reflect positively on your application. Having a strong/weak senior year can "make or break" your admissions decision. Lastly, tour each university you are applying to multiple times. After spending time on campus, you will know whether or not that university is the perfect match for you.

 


Tess Henderson

Admissions Coordinator for South Florida Counties (Broward, Miami Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach) 

Tess Henderson Headshot

tess.henderson@unf.edu 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Communication

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurants: Moxie and Cheddar's

UNF tradition: Homecoming

Spot on campus: The breezeway behind the Bistro in Hicks Hall

College class: All of my theatre classes!

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I've always known what a great institution this University is, and I enjoy meeting with each prospective student to assist them in one of the biggest milestones in their lives.

 

My advice to you is: Be intentional in everything you do.

 


Leshare Demps

Admissions Coordinator for East/Central Florida Counties (Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Okeechobee, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia)

Leshare Demps Headshotleshare.demps@unf.edu 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 

Hometown: Gainesville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurants: Burrito Gallery (Brooklyn location), DOMU and Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

UNF tradition: Homecoming Week!

Spot on campus: The Student Wellness Complex

College class: Developmental Psychology

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to the University of North Florida for my position as an Admissions Coordinator in the Office of Admissions. One of my favorite parts of being an Admissions Coordinator is assisting students and families throughout the admissions process to make sure it is a pleasant and smooth journey.

 

My advice to you is: Get involved on campus and don't be afraid to meet new people. You will meet some of your lifelong friends in college.

 


Roger Catangui

Admissions Coordinator for Florida Panhandle Counties (Alachua, Bradford, Escambia, Leon, Marion, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Wakulla, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Baker, Union, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus and Walton) 

Roger Catangui Headshotroger.catangui@unf.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

 

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Art in English, Minor in Marketing

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurants: Julington Creek Fish Camp

UNF tradition: Silent DJ

Spot on campus: Student Union Game Room

College class: Anime Cinema

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: As a student, I wanted to be close to home. As I knew UNF more and more I came to enjoy its love for nature, chill vibes, and small environment. As an employee, I want to extend my thanks to UNF by allowing future students to maximize their potential at UNF.

 

My advice to you is: Have patience; everything you need will come in due time with effort and dedication.

 


Transfer Student Services

DeAnna Irvin

Assistant Director of Transfer Student Services

deanna.irvin@unf.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DeAnna Irvin Headshot

 

Hometown: Sebastian, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurants: Thai Orchid

UNF tradition: Blue and Gray Wednesdays

Spot on campus: Bamboo Garden

College class: Virology

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I love UNF's respect for nature and the environment. The campus, which is located on a nature preserve, is what won me over!

 

My advice to you is: Meet with your professors. They will all hold weekly office hours. Go to them for help in the course or just to get to know them. They will be a valuable resource to you throughout your college career.

 


Madison Turner

Transfer Student Services Coordinator for Santa Fe College, St. Johns River State College, Florida Gateway College, Valencia College, Daytona State College, Seminole State College, College of Central Florida, Lake-Sumter State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Pasco-Hernando Community College, St. Petersburg College and Polk State College

madison.turner@unf.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hersheadshot of Madison Turner

 

Hometown: Winter Springs, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Art in Psychology

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurants: Bowl of Pho and Mambos Cuban Cafe

UNF tradition: Probably the River City Rumble; I am a HUGE fan of college sports and love a little rivalry action!

Spot on campus: The nature trails because they really give you a glimpse into the Florida wildlife and nature. Plus, who doesn’t love a little peace and quiet while looking at some beautiful scenery!

College class: Women in Psychology. I got to learn a lot about how living in different areas around the world affects women and even men in so many different ways. It made me really value being able to receive an education as well as realize how amazing women are… everywhere!

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: I came to UNF for the opportunity to work for such an amazing and special university that also allows me to help students every day. Living 10 minutes from the beach was also a selling point! I love how at UNF, I really get the sense of a “family” environment where everybody cares about everybody and at the end of the day, they just want the students, staff and faculty to have fun and be successful! Go Ospreys!

 

My advice to you is: To get involved! Whether that’s in Greek Life, or intramural sports, student government, or just with your roommates…meet people and talk to people to really build and create your “home” here in the Nest! Four years (or even two) go by so fast and you really don’t want to miss a thing!

 


Special Events

Emma Coombs

Assistant Director of Special Events 

Emma Coombs Headshot

emma.coombs@unf.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 

Hometown: Fernandina Beach, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Criminology

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurant: TacoLu

Spot on campus: Bamboo Garden

College class: Argentine Tango

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: The welcoming community and culture that UNF has created for all students who set foot on campus.

 

My advice to you is: Start early! Choosing a college is a big decision, so give yourself some time to do so. Do your research, visit campus and really imagine yourself on campus as a student when choosing your university.

 


Junine Castin

Special Events Coordinator     

j.castin@unf.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Headshot of Junine Caston

 

Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Communication, Focus in Public Relations

 

Favorites:

Jacksonville restaurants: Hawkers and the food truck Delish Kebabs

UNF tradition: River City Rumble!

Spot on campus: While I was a student, I loved sitting at the tables that were near the Osprey Village to people watch while studying.

College class: Media Theories and Effects

 

Why you came to UNF and what you enjoy the most: When researching options to go to school to study Communication, I was immediately drawn to UNF's beautiful campus and size. I wanted to be in a place where professors were accessible and knew me as more than a student number. I wasn't disappointed and my time at UNF as a student really propelled me towards the career I envisioned for myself. Once the Admissions Event Coordinator position opened, I knew I had to apply to be a part of the supportive, inclusive and energetic environment that I experienced as a student.

 

My advice to you is: Make time to familiarize yourself with all of the resources that UNF has to offer. Sometimes students will reach a point where they feel isolated and without options. There's always something and someone who is there to help, whether it be visiting ACE for tutoring, talking to a professional at the Counseling Center, visiting the LGBT Resource Center, exploring the Women's Center and the list goes on. These things are there to help give students the best chance at success in all areas.