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UNF at the heart of innovation

Having a great idea is one thing. Turning that idea into a viable business is another.
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Ospreys seek home court advantage

Beach volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.
Gilchrist Berg

Celebrating excellence in teaching

For many teachers in Duval County, Gilchrist Berg is their greatest champion.
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Love of art inspires gift

Barbara Sharp and Todd Sack are fans of MOCA Jacksonville and the University of North Florida Foundation.
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Hard work comes full circle

For two decades, The McCurry Foundation has helped more than 150 students realize their dream of going to college.
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Passion for excellence provides opportunity

Early in his life, Jim Van Vleck wanted to be a teacher, buoyed by the impact of several exceptional educators.
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David Hicks leaves a strong legacy at UNF

Ann and David Hicks shared a commitment to improve the lives of others. When David passed away in July, countless nonprofit organizations, individuals, UNF students and alumni, all reflected on the magnitude of his impact. 
Dr. Lynne Raiser

Retired professor invests in urban education

After 50 years as a public school teacher and later, as a UNF education professor, Dr. Lynne Raiser knows that poverty is the root cause of struggling inner city schools. Fiercely dedicated to UNF, she created  The Victor and Lynne Raiser Urban Education Endowment at UNF aimed at improving education for urban youth.

Bob Tonsfeldt

Longtime supporter embraces music programs

Bob Tonsfeldt, longtime supporter of UNF, embraces the opportunity to impact educational opportunities and School of Music programs.
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The Energy Authority funds trading room makeover

The Energy Authority recently donated $100,000 over five years to upgrade UNF’s trading room, named The Energy Authority Center for Portfolio Management.

Helen Vossos

Hospitals partner with UNF to address mental health

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, Flagler Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Memorial Hospital joined forces with UNF to aid in the development of mental health professionals.  
Huyana Phour Student Speaker for First Gen Luncheon

THE PLAYERS Championship extends support for scholarships

THE PLAYERS Championship recently pledged to double its endowment to fund scholarships for UNF students who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. In addition to the financial support, the students are expecially grateful for the tremendous interest and support they also receive.
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Generous wetlands gift expands coastal research

A drive to the beach down JTB provides almost a birds-eye view of the University of North Florida's newest acreage on the Intracoastal Waterway — an expansive living laboratory for UNF research and exploration, just minutes from campus.
Jags Head Athletic Trainer Scott Trulock talks to UNF scholarship recipients

Jags Foundation supports athletic training

Ten students in the Athletic Training program at UNF received scholarships from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation this year, as well as advice from the Jaguars' head athletic trainer.