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Letter from the President

President John Delaney at the library

Being the president of a truly diverse university makes for some unique reporting out at times. Not only do I get the opportunity to talk about our incredible academic programs, our Transformational Learning Opportunities and our gifted alumni, students, donors, faculty and staff, I also sometimes get the chance to let you know about unique stress-relieving programs on campus, national awards we have won and some exceptional milestones we have reached. And often, I get to do it all in one edition of the Journal.


We’re proud of a group of gifted students, the Osprey Financial Group, who recently surpassed the $1 million mark in their investment portfolio. This is quite an achievement for the group, which began with just a $500,000 seed donation 12 short years ago. Read more about them on page 18.


Through the Wolfson Children’s Challenge that he created, alumnus Paul Wilson can personally take credit for funding one of the most sensitive MRIs ever developed for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The MRI, which scans at six times the normal intensity, allows doctors to see problems earlier, or with greater accuracy, than with a lesser machine. Read more on page 39 about how this alumnus is saving lives every day through his fundraising endeavors.


Israeli-born Rudy Khoury is featured on page 10. She is an incredible student who really exemplifies the Osprey spirit. Not content to rest on her laurels, she continues to strive to be the best in and out of the classroom. She’s committed to reaching her goals and has an inspiring story.


Students from the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program spent last semester working with Jacksonville Jaguars staff as they helped tailor personalized dietary plans for the team’s professional athletes. It was a great hands-on learning opportunity for our students — one of the hallmarks of a UNF education. Read more about this incredible experience on page 22.


And Flat Ozzies are here. You may have already seen them at an event or two. Or you might have one in your possession. We want you to have one, actually. Take your photo with it in the most creative way possible. Then post the results on social media with #ISpyOzzie. Let’s see your Osprey and Ozzie spirit. Read more about Flat Ozzie on page 30. Then get your own on the inside back cover. Get tagging.


With Osprey pride,

John Delaney