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Osprey Community Engagement Medallion 2016 Summer Recipients

Dayna Cohen

Dayna Cohen – Academic Major: Nursing; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Learning, Social Entrepreneurship, and Community-Based Research

Dayna Cohen, a UNF School of Nursing graduate from Boynton Beach, Florida, has shown great dedication working to improve the healthcare of the Jacksonville community through her service to a variety of organizations including United Way of Northeast Florida, Schell Sweet, and the National Student Nurses’ Association.  For the past two years, Dayna has been working towards bettering the health of the community at large. 

Christine Miner

Christine Miner – Academic Major: Marketing and Logistics; Engagement Focus: Volunteerism, Service, and Internship

Christine Miner, a UNF Coggin College of Business graduate from Orlando, Florida, has demonstrated outstanding dedication working with the Jacksonville community through her services to a collection of for-profit and non-profit organizations including MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, the American Cancer Society, ReThreaded, Greenscape, Generation W, Kitchen for the Homeless, and Toys for Tots. For nearly 4 years, Christine has also worked with countless charities to feed and house homeless people around Jacksonville and bring gifts to those less fortunate.

Alison Noonan

Alison Noonan – Academic Major: Educational Leadership; Engagement Focus: Alternative Spring Break, Service, and Volunteerism

Alison Noonan, a UNF Educational Leadership graduate from Jacksonville, Florida, has shown continuous dedication to service as a University representative for the Center for Community-Based Learning’s Alternative spring break to Selma, Alabama.  Additionally, her service to the youth of the Keystone Heights community highlights her dedication to community engagement through her roles as Team Mom for the Keystone Heights Sports Association’s 10U football team and most recently Director for the football program – assisting in the execution and implementation of new programs focusing on leadership, diversity, health, and academic success.

Alexandra Seals

Alexandra Seals – Academic Major: Nursing; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Learning and Volunteerism

Alexandra Seals, a UNF School of Nursing graduate from Lakeland, Florida, has shown tremendous dedication working with Jacksonville's homeless population through her service with the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless. For nearly three years, Alex has actively participated in the clinic and community outreach van, providing health care services for homeless patients and families. In addition, she has also been a vital member in the Northeast Florida chapter of AORN, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. In her chapter, she became the youngest member on the Board of Directors and works as a liaison for other nursing students pursuing a career in the surgical field.

Matthew Silberstein

Matthew Silberstein – Academic Major: Business Management; Engagement Focus: Volunteerism and Service

Matthew Silberstein, a UNF Coggin College of Business graduate from Palm Beach Shores, Florida has shown a constant dedication to community service in not only the UNF community, but also throughout Jacksonville via numerous diverse events. For four years, Matthew has been an advocate for civic service and giving back to others, most notably through his program Osprey Social Hour, which fosters campus inclusion of students with Autism with members of Greek life.

Jessica Stephens

Jessica Stephens – Academic Major: Nursing; Engagement Focus: Volunteerism and Social Entrepreneurship

Jessica Stephens, a UNF School of Nursing graduate from Jacksonville, Florida, has shown great dedication and determination to influence the Jacksonville community through her participation through Volunteer Nurses for Wellness, a United Way project to reduce the stigma of mental illness, and starting the International Book Project involvement at UNF.  She has been very involved in the Jacksonville community since the beginning of her nursing career and plans on continuing this involvement after her graduation.

Jade Yuen

Jade Yuen – Academic Major: School Counseling; Engagement Focus: Service Learning Study Abroad, Alternative Spring Breaks, and Internship

Jade Yuen, a UNF School Counseling graduate from Orlando, Florida, has served school-age students throughout the Jacksonville community as well as abroad.  Serving as an intern at Northwestern Middle School and Mandarin High School, Jade has assisted in building strong school-family-community partnerships to help students succeed in their academic, social/emotional, and career development; furthermore, Jade studied abroad twice in England, where she was able to work with students as well as have the opportunity to compare and contrast the US and UK educational systems.  In addition, Jade has participated as a site leader in community-based learning through an alternative spring break trip to Selma, Alabama, where she served school-age students through creative, academic, and social development.