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UNF Journal: Fall 2013

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Dolphin researchers use St. Johns River as a living laboratory

They have wingmen and bromances. They fight and make up. They have "complicated" relationships. Sound like the plotline of a soap opera or a reality show? No, it is just the interpersonal relationships of dolphins playing in the St. Johns River.

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Long-time donor’s gifts honor late husband’s legacy

Constance Stewart Green has been a generous UNF benefactor for years. In 2003, she made a $125,000 gift to fund scholarships for physical therapy and athletic training students.

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Military grad put UNF education to use in Iraq

Michael Silverman used his UNF political science degree as a tool to accomplish his mission in Iraq.

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New CCEC lab promotes hands-on learning

W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc., recently made a $50,000 donation to UNF's College of Computing, Engineering and Construction to create a state-of-the-art teaching lab.

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Northeast Florida provides lush setting for alum’s debut novel

When UNF alum Laura Lee Smith was dreaming up a backdrop for her first novel, it only made sense to choose Northeast Florida, her home for nearly 25 years.

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Osprey Clubhouse meets students needs on campus

Student life at the University of North Florida just keeps getting better. Construction has started on the University’s new, $6 million, 15,000-square-foot, student-centered Osprey Clubhouse and pool facility.

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Ospreys look to the future after 20 years of NCAA competition

After 20 years in NCAA competition, the UNF Athletics Program has matured greatly, challenging for titles in multiple sports.

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Phelan hits championship stride at UNF

A four-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference performer, Kevin Phelan closed his decorated UNF career with a flurry of golfing triumphs spread across a stretch of just seven weeks.

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Resio charts new course for UNF in coastal engineering

Do Resio, who joined UNF in 2011 to head up the Taylor Engineering Research Institute, is a renowned engineering and oceanography researcher with an impressive background and a unique take on teaching.

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Students create app for musical history tour

A group project by three UNF history students started as a way for the trio of graduate school transplants to learn more about the First Coast but has developed into the idea for a smart phone app.

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Taylor’s UNF legacy is illustrated by leadership, generosity

Dr. Bruce Taylor, a philanthropist, board chairman and University advocate, has helped shepherd UNF through a decade of institutional development and academic excellence.

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Tennis star takes second shot at degree at UNF

Tennis star MaliVai Washington enrolled at UNF to finish his business degree after rising through the ranks of the ATP World Tour.

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Townsend’s legacy celebrated by UNF community

The UNF community was dealt a crushing blow in June with the loss of J.T. Townsend, a spring 2013 graduate and member of the UNF family since 2006.

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UNF education helped prepare grad for optometry school

The newest optometrist at Family Eye Care in Mandarin, Dr. Elizabeth Dow, credits UNF with helping her discover her professional passion and giving her the skills to excel in her chosen field.

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UNF fosters innovative school/business collaboration

Northeast Florida school children have received academic support through a unique university/school/business relationship spearheaded by UNF that includes Woodland Acres Elementary and The Main Street America Group.

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Warhol Foundation grant supports MOCA Jacksonville’s Atrium project

MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for the next two years to support MOCA’s acclaimed Project Atrium series.

Scott Schroeder headshot support keeps UNF golf in the national spotlight

A Jacksonville Web services company has been a driving force behind the University of North Florida becoming a nationally recognized hub for collegiate golf.