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UNF Journal: Winter 2016

Students from the Hicks Honors College in a lab

Hicks gift provides true Honors experience for top-flight Ospreys

Ann Hicks sees a little bit of herself in every honors student who passes through the University of North Florida and goes on to become an Osprey alum. She admires their intellectual curiosity. They view in-depth class conversations with excitement ...

President John Delaney at the library

Letter from the President

Ten years ago, UNF formalized a grant process to fund some of these dynamic pursuits — elevating the University’s commitment to providing transformational learning opportunities for all students. In this issue of the Journal, you will learn more about TLOs and how they impact our students on a daily basis.

Mark O'Mara, JeffriAnne Wilder and others at an event hosted by the Institute on the Study of Race

New UNF Institute studies race and ethnic relations

The University of North Florida’s new initiative to start an open and engaged conversation about race in our country kicked off with an event spotlighting an incident that occurred just miles from campus. The UNF Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations co-hosted the Distinguished Voices Lecture “Race, Justice and the Law” in October, which included a viewing of the Sundance award-winning HBO documentary “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets.”

Students on a study abroad learning to write in Chinese

Transforming the student experience

The freshman who first enrolls at the University of North Florida is a completely different person than the senior who confidently strides across the stage to accept a diploma four years later. Those semesters of study, hours of classroom discussion and exposure to dynamic learning opportunities serve as catalysts. They jumpstart personal growth and craft graduates who are academically distinguished, community-aware and driven to make a difference.

A physical therapy student helps a child in a toy vehicle as part of the adaptive toy project

UNF students make special toys

It took four-year old Maddex Hart only 15 minutes to learn to maneuver the joystick of the Spiderman riding toy that was designed just for him. Once he got the hang of it, he was off. The joystick— which was engineered by University of North Florida students — enables Maddex, who was born with cerebral palsy, to move around, steer and accelerate without using the pedals or a steering wheel.