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Osprey Community Engagement Medallion 2016 Spring Recipients

Lauren Cantrell

Lauren Cantrell – Academic Major: Public Health; Engagement Focus: Internship, Alternative Spring Breaks, and Volunteerism

Lauren Cantrell, a UNF Brooks College of Health graduate from Ormond Beach, Florida, has shown exemplary devotion when working in the Jacksonville community through several organizations including the Humane Society, Ospreys in Action, and Health Designs. Over the past two years Lauren has committed and invested her time in different service organizations. Her work has been focused on humanizing homelessness, finding puppies forever homes, and conducting health screenings as well as health coaching.

Anna English

Anna English – Academic Major: Nursing; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Learning

Anna English, a UNF School of Nursing graduate from Jacksonville, Florida has shown great dedication to improving the community through her own service as well as recruiting others to join in her mission.  She began her endeavors with community-based learning at the Way Clinic in Green Cove Springs.  She has been instrumental in building the relationship between UNF and Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) to combat food insecurity, and has served the American Red Cross in recruiting future nursing volunteers for the local chapter's disaster services. For two years, Anna has worked diligently in the community to address medical and nutritional needs while inspiring other students to work together to create even better outcomes.

Kelsey Hayward

Kelsey Hayward – Academic Major: Public Health; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Research and Volunteerism

Kelsey Hayward, a UNF graduate from the Department of Public Health, grew up in Orlando, FL. During her time in Jacksonville, she has worked to serve the Jacksonville community by volunteering her time at a wide range of places.  She has worked at the MS society to help prepare for their annual bike race and later spent time at the Poison Information Center at UF Health Jacksonville.  Her most rewarding experiences were mentoring a high school student through Communities in Schools and serving as a research intern at the Lucy Gooding Pediatric Neuroscience Research Center.

Whitney Huston

Whitney Huston – Academic Major: Health Science; Engagement Focus: Internship, AmeriCorps National Service, and Volunteerism

Whitney Huston , a UNF Department of Public Health graduate from Jacksonville, FL has shown extended dedication to her community through her service to a variety of organizations including the American Red Cross of Northeast FL, the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, the Health Planning Council of Northeast FL, and the Arc Jacksonville.  For over 3 years, Whitney has served the health needs of her community though health education, health planning, and health promotion.

Ayshka Rodriguez

Ayshka Rodriguez – Academic Major: Electrical Engineering; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Research, Volunteerism, and Outreach

Ayshka Rodriguez , a graduate of UNF’s School of Engineering from Jacksonville, FL has worked with many organizations in promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to young minority students in the Jacksonville area.  Through organizations like the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction, Ayshka found a motivation for outreach and a use of technical knowledge in the electrical engineering field that has positively impacted the Jacksonville community.

Kate Sanchez

Kate Sanchez – Academic Major: Criminal Justice; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Learning, Alternative Spring Breaks, and Volunteerism

Kate Sanchez , a UNF School of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate from Key  West, FL, has enjoyed spending her time in Jacksonville engaging fellow Ospreys in conversations that promote an understanding of complex social justice issues. She has achieved this as a two time facilitator for the Hicks Honors College refugee project and as a two time site leader for Ospreys in Action, an alternative spring break program discussing poverty and homelessness, and farmworker's rights. In her senior year, she has taken this passion into the Jacksonville community as an intern for the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and as co-founder of Project S.H.O.U.T, a grant project aimed at combating the stigma of mental health by engaging middle school students in activities that challenge their preconceived notions of mental health and mental illness.  

Jacob Turner

Jacob Turner – Academic Major: International Business; Engagement Focus: Volunteerism, Philanthropy, and Community-Based Work-Study

Jacob Turner , a UNF Coggin College of Business graduate from Jacksonville, Florida, has demonstrated outstanding commitment working with special needs students in the  Jacksonville community through his involvement with a variety of organizations including The Arc Jacksonville, On Campus Transition, Surfer's for Autism, Down  Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, and AmeriCorps. For nearly four years, Jacob has volunteered with the On Campus Transition and worked with The Arc Jacksonville to provide mentorship to students with developmental and intellectual disabilities as they transition from high school into college.

Marie Whitley

Marie Whitley – Academic Major: Health Science; Engagement Focus: Internship and Volunteerism

Marie Whitley , a UNF Public Health graduate from Ormond Beach, Florida, has immersed herself in the Jacksonville community by working with variety of populations and organizations including: the Congenital Heart Walk, American Heart Association, and Duval County Health Department. Marie was able to focus her passion for wellness and prevention in the community through the Y Healthy Living Centers, a partnership with First Coast YMCA and Baptist Health. For nearly two years, Marie has exhibited her voluntarism and passion for patient care at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in various departments such as the Operating Room Suits, Radiology, and the Emergency Department.