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UNF Journal: Spring 2010

William Mason headshot

A leading advocate for education

For a city like Jacksonville to become great, and for an institution like the University of North Florida to become a leader, it takes the support, insight and passion of many individuals. For Jacksonville and UNF, one of those individuals is Dr. William C. Mason.

Ed White headshot

Auld & White endowment stimulates innovation

Ed White Jr., president of Auld & White Constructors, established the Auld & White Economic Venture Endowment Fund at UNF with a $150,000 commitment - and an additional $75,000 in state matching funds – to promote long-term economic growth in Northeast Florida through engineering and computing initiatives.

Students sitting and talking with Everbank employee

EverBank gift bridges community organizations

In 2009, Jacksonville-based EverBank launched an initiative to support The Bridge of Northeast Florida, a non-profit agency dedicated to transforming the lives of at-risk children — and UNF launched its $110 million capital campaign. For Blake Wilson, president and CFO of EverBank, the connection was obvious.

Gary McCalla at speaking event

First Generation program generates campaign momentum

Momentum is sometimes a difficult quality to define. In many cases, it becomes clear only after experience shows a growing surge in actions that garners attention. Whether talking about a football game or a political campaign, momentum is an essential element of success.

Claudia Gorham in Logistics lab

Gift shows importance of alumni to campaign

The importance of alumni in the success of The Power of Transformation campaign was illustrated recently with a software gift to the Coggin College of Business’ Logistics Information Technology Solutions Laboratory, from Manhattan Associates Inc. The gift makes UNF’s lab one of the best-equipped labs of its kind.

Jennifer Jones in front of gallery wall

Givers' gain philosophy pays off for gallery owner

Mentored by UNF art and design professor Dr. Debra Murphy, UNF alum Jennifer Jones went from being a naïve college student unsure of her future path to a confident, passionate gallery owner, philanthropist and recipient of UNF’s 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Dr. Steagall in front of UNF globe sculpture

Going international

In 1996, Dr. Jeffrey Steagall proposed that UNF develop a national reputation in the field of international business. It was a monumental task, considering UNF had no international business program at the time, but today the International Business program, in what is now the Coggin College of Business, is thriving.

Todd Haley on the Kansas City sideline

Kansas City Chiefs coach receives UNF Distinguished Alumni Award

Whenever Kansas City Chiefs football coach Todd Haley comes to town for a Jacksonville Jaguars game, he always makes a point to stop at his alma mater, the University of North Florida, to “see how the place is growing.”

Coran Godwin headshot and the cover of this instructional video

Making a difference on and off court

Over the years, UNF student-athletes have built successful professional careers after college. Koran Godwin, the all-time leading scorer in UNF men's basketball and a 2003 business management graduate, is still making a difference both on and off the court with his books and videos on sportsmanship.

Danny Gottlieb on stage in Afghanistan

Making music in a war zone

An associate professor of Jazz Studies at UNF with a musical pedigree dating back more than 30 years, Drummer Danny Gottlieb remains passionate about touring and performing. He recently traveled to Afghanistan with actor/musician Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band to perform three concerts for U.S. troops.

Los Angeles alumni club members

Ospreys take flight - and then unite

Living and working in Southern California 2,446 miles from the University of North Florida campus, Jenna LeMaster was curious about whether there were any fellow Ospreys in the area, so she logged on to the professional networking site LinkedIn and searched. To her surprise, she found more than 130.

Ivone Moutela with camera in New York City

Photo alum finds passion in NYC

Ivone Moutela, who earned business administration and photography degrees from the University of North Florida, is now a successful New York City photographer and prop stylist. She works behind the scenes to create memorable mouthwatering photographs that grace the pages of international magazines and celebrity cookbooks.

Frederick Schultz photo in UNF Lobby

Schultz left lasting legacy at UNF

The late Frederick H. Schultz was instrumental in the creation of the University of North Florida and he will remain a part of the institution forever. Schultz, who died Nov. 23, 2009 at age 80, left a legacy at UNF that can never be duplicated.

Dusty Rhodes and team on the baseball field

The legacy of Dusty Rhodes

Dusty Rhodes coached college, professional and international baseball for more than 40 years, earning his place in the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Because of his vision and determination, the baseball program at the University of North Florida has been one of the more successful programs in the nation.

PLAYERS representative with UNF scholarship recipient

The PLAYERS Championship sponsors First Generation scholarships

Many golf enthusiasts may be unaware of The PLAYERS Championship role in supporting charitable organizations on the First Coast, including UNF. The most recent manifestation of this commitment occurred recently when The PLAYERS Championship pledged $250,000 to UNF's First Generation Scholarship program.

Brooks student in the grocery store produce section

UNF nutrition students educate public about diabetes

Patrons of two local Winn-Dixie stores recently picked up a lot more than just a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk. They took home valuable information on diabetes and preparing healthy food — as well as a pedometer to encourage them to walk their way to a healthier lifestyle.