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UNF professor featured in upcoming panel on future climate policy in Northeast Florida

January 22, 2021

Dr. Adam Rosenblatt will join a panel of experts working to slow climate change in the upcoming virtual ADAPT event hosted by WJCT.
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UNF’s health administration program among 25 Best Health Care Management Bachelor’s Programs

January 21, 2021

UNF is recognized for preparing skilled and professional leaders.
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UNF Environmental Center hosts plastic reduction awareness event featuring Oceana organizer

January 20, 2021

These events will help educate the community on the benefits of reducing single-use plastic consumption.
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UNF Student Alliance for Inclusion and Diversity presents ‘YouNF Week’

January 19, 2021

This week-long series of programming seeks to engage the campus community in celebration of diversity and inclusion.
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UNF Student Artist-in-Residence exhibit opens at MOCA Jacksonville

January 15, 2021

Brody's photography explores social and political topics, such as environmental issues, societal changes and personal accounts.
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UNF to host hip hop music history event with famous local rap musician Mal Jones

January 15, 2021

Programs like this hip hop history event are part of UNF’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence.
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UNF hosts free Facilitated Growth Program for military veteran businesses

January 14, 2021

Now in its fifth year, the program continues to serve the needs of local military veterans at little to no cost.
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UNF sculpture professor Jenny Hager exhibits at Cummer Museum in January

January 13, 2021

Hager will showcase her work as part of the Art Ventures 30th Anniversary Exhibition from Jan. 13 through Feb. 21.
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UNF conducts first ever large-scale analysis on water pathogen circulation among Florida residents and animals

January 12, 2021

The research team of UNF students was led by Dr. Amber N. Barnes.
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UNF Student Government hosts Mental Health Awareness Week

January 11, 2021

The week will feature daily events for UNF students, faculty and staff.
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Founding University President Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter Dies

January 11, 2021

Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter, first president and namesake of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, has passed away.
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UNF Biomedical Sciences program to host bi-monthly "Research in Progress" virtual seminars

January 8, 2021

The series will promote current, state-of-the-art research.
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UNF Instructor Receives US Patent for Toxic Gas Sensors

January 7, 2021

Dr. Nirmalkumar Patel's invention will detect toxic vapors and odors in hazardous gases, industrial toxic gases and other chemical agents.
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UNF Names Scott Bennett as Vice President of Administration and Finance

January 6, 2021

Bennett has served in this role as interim vice president since Feb. 1, 2020.
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UNF professor reports on returning to exercise in a pandemic, staying healthy in the new year

January 5, 2021

Dr. Churilla shares exercise recommendations from his recent paper.
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UNF unveils new materials science and engineering graduate program

January 4, 2021

The interdisciplinary program will involve physics, chemistry, biology, electrical and mechanical engineering.
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UNF professor releases “The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study”

January 2, 2021

Dr. Heffernan's book covers the story of nine literature courses taught at nine different higher education institutions.
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UNF professor’s research to be featured in upcoming book on COVID-19

December 30, 2020

Dr. Sharon Cobb's research focuses on the extensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the the Isle of Man.
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UNF 2020 News in Review

December 28, 2020

While this past year was a challenging time, the University’s faculty, staff and students continued to excel and prosper with exciting new initiatives, research grants, projects and more.
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Holiday food safety advice from nutrition faculty

December 23, 2020

Dr. Lauri Wright discussed food safety tips to keep in mind when preparing holiday meals on “First Coast Living.”
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UNF professor to research guidelines for evacuation routes and shelters related to U.S. natural disasters

December 21, 2020

Dr. Kim has received funds from KICT to conduct the research.
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UNF professors awarded Literati Award for career mentoring research

December 18, 2020

The “highly commended paper” explores the relation between career mentoring, job engagement and mentor turnover intentions.

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Princeton Review names UNF’s Coggin College of Business among the 2021 'Best Business Schools’

December 17, 2020

UNF is recognized in the best on-campus MBA list.

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UNF School of Music performs G.F. Handel’s ‘Messiah On The Move’

December 16, 2020

The program will blend Part One of Handel’s beloved masterwork with traditional spirituals and socially relevant themes.
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UNF Environmental Center 2021 Seed Grant recipients announced

December 15, 2020

One project will focus on battling wildfires by using thermal imaging and the other will study sink holes surrounding Silver Spring.
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UNF student awarded prestigious international computing scholarship

December 14, 2020

John Lowery, senior, has been awarded the Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society’s Scholarship Award.
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UNF religious studies podcast discusses political theory

December 11, 2020

The recent ‘How to Ruin Dinner’ podcast episode discuss political theory and the recent presidential election with guest Xavier Flory.
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UNF receives top rating for learning environment and policies related to free expression

December 10, 2020

UNF is one of three Fla. universities to receive the “green light” rating.
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UNF dean Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain named a Faculty Innovation Fellow

December 9, 2020

Dr. Chamberlain has been accepted as one of 21 candidates in the inaugural FIF program run by Stanford University.
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UNF named No. 1 Best Nursing Doctoral Degree School in Florida

December 8, 2020

The program offers a community-based, population-focused curriculum that is often updated to reflect current healthcare trends.
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UNF honors fall graduates with virtual celebration

December 7, 2020

UNF will honor the Class of Fall 2020 through a virtual celebration website and on social media.
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Celebrate UNF Alumni Night at Deck the Chairs Holiday Event

December 4, 2020

All alumni are welcome to attend and are encouraged to visit the Alumni Association’s chair to receive a special holiday gift.
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UNF ranked one of the most affordable colleges to earn an early childhood education degree

December 3, 2020

The program is recognized as both high-quality and inexpensive.
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TIAA Bank helping to fuel UNF students for success

December 2, 2020

TIAA Bank generously donated a van to assist the student-run food pantry in picking up supplies for UNF students in need.

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UNF to Implement New Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

December 2, 2020

The plan will will further integrate high-quality diversity initiatives and infuse diversity into recruiting, admissions, hiring and administrative practices throughout the University.
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UNF faculty panel to discuss ‘Innovative Approaches to Teaching During COVID’

November 30, 2020

This panel will highlight stories of innovative teaching techniques that provide meaningful and engaging learning experiences for students.
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President and First Lady Szymanski celebrate Thanksgiving with students

November 26, 2020

Students who remained on campus for the holiday received warm meals and celebrated in a safe, socially distanced environment.
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UNF Preschoolers create holiday placemats to celebrate Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020

Placemats will be given to students staying on campus this year for Thanksgiving.
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UNF Sport Data Analytics Lab upgrades on-campus tennis court for research

November 24, 2020

Data collectors will use the SDA Lab to test new technologies and software before implementation in international tournaments.
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Swisher and Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation partner to help underrepresented entrepreneurs

November 23, 2020

New program accelerates the pipeline of diversity.
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Stay safe this Thanksgiving, Ospreys

November 23, 2020

Please keep in mind this safety advice from the State University System of Florida.
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Two UNF-themed lifeguard chairs unveiled and UNF Night to be celebrated at ‘Deck the Chairs’ unique holiday event

November 20, 2020

The annual holiday events opens Saturday, Nov. 21.
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UNF Leadership Institute and Women’s Tennis support Ronald McDonald House Charities

November 19, 2020

This partnership engages students in education outreach, leadership and service.
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UNF’s OneJax hosts virtual Thanksgiving Gratitude Service

November 19, 2020

The service will include gratitude stories from people who have been on the front lines working with COVID patients and their families.
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UNF named No. 1 LGBTQ+ Friendly University in Florida

November 18, 2020

UNF received 4 ½ out of 5 stars for its continual work and progress for inclusive LGBTQ+ and ally policies, programs and practices.
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UNF to offer graduate business courses in downtown Jacksonville in Spring 2021

November 17, 2020

The MBA and MSM courses are designed to develop professional skills by obtaining a graduate-level business degree or certificate.
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UNF Celebrates International Education Week

November 16, 2020

The International Center has partnered with other campus departments to celebrate IEW with events throughout the week.
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UNF dietitians test student palates with rice substitute in research study

November 16, 2020

The study has recently been published in the Journal of Foodservice Business Research.
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UNF LGBT Resource Center and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville partner for ARTSee & Shop Gallery

November 13, 2020

The pop-up gallery features work from more than 65 local artists.
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UNF alumna’s company Gravity Diagnostics processing University’s COVID-19 samples

November 12, 2020

Registered nurse Julie Brazil has always given back to her community and she is now serving her alma mater during the pandemic.
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UNF named a Top 100 Best for Veterans School

November 10, 2020

The University has ranked in the top 5% for offering high-quality and affordable educational experiences military-affiliated students. 

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UNF honors Veterans Day with Week of Valor

November 9, 2020

The Military and Veterans Resource Center will celebrate with displays, tabling, social media contests, virtual events and giveaways.
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UNF faculty discuss Indigenous northeast Florida

November 5, 2020

Interdisciplinary history and archaeology faculty members will team up during Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month to share their research.
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UNF partners with Fulda University in Germany

November 4, 2020

The Social Work in a Globalized World program will enhance online learning opportunities for students.
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Get out and vote, Ospreys!

November 3, 2020

Wear a mask, be safe and have your voice heard.
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UNF celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month

November 2, 2020

Programming hosted throughout the month will celebrate the rich history and unique cultural traditions of Indigenous persons.
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UNF students to premiere unique virtual Opera Gala

October 30, 2020

The Gala will feature selections from the great opera choruses and arias performed by the winners of the first-ever Aria Competition.
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UNF’s student-run program distributes masks to campus community

October 29, 2020

The program has been very successful with an average of 260 masks given out per week at three locations around campus.
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Second University Innovation Fellows student cohort committed to make a difference at UNF

October 28, 2020

The program empowers students and faculty to become leaders of change in higher education.
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UNF School of Computing ranks Top 20 in the nation in IEEEXtreme global programming competition

October 27, 2020

UNF's students ranked among best in the nation out of almost 4,000 student teams from more than 70 countries across the globe.
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UNF celebrates Interfaith Week

October 26, 2020

This year’s theme, “Religious and Nonreligious United for Social Change,” aims to inspire authentic connections and create social change in the community.
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UNF hosts artistic expression event to support first generation students

October 23, 2020

Students discussed the challenges of online classes as well as the unique challenges they face being first-generation students.
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Annual State of the River Report on St. Johns River to be released

October 22, 2020

The annual report is a collaborative project between UNF, JU, Florida Southern College and West Chester University.
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UNF THRIVE program director recognized with National Innovative Practices in Transition Award

October 21, 2020

Dr. Tara Rowe is being recognized with the Marc Gold award.
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UNF art professor featured at 10th Biennial of Douro in Portugal and other exhibitions

October 20, 2020

Dr. Sheila Goloborotko is currently showcasing her art in multiple exhibitions around the world.
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On-campus COVID-19 testing offers 'win-win' for both the University and its students

October 19, 2020

The testing site provides a unique opportunity for nursing students to gain clinical experience while providing an essential service.
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UNF’s Shakespeare in the Park and MOCA Jacksonville host special film screening of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

October 16, 2020

The film will be live-streamed from the MOCA Jacksonville theatre.
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UNF School of Computing receives $500K NSA award for healthcare cybersecurity curriculum development

October 15, 2020

The project is part of a coalition to train transitioning military personnel and first responders. 

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UNF researchers complete first-ever study of big-city urban alligators

October 14, 2020

The team studied the alligator population across nine tributaries of the St. Johns River.
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Community First Credit Union reopens on UNF campus with new look and plans for increased student engagement

October 13, 2020

The renovation was part of a community-engagement project.
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UNF recognized as ‘Diversity Champion’ among top colleges for diversity

October 12, 2020

The award acknowledges UNF's unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout campus.
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UNF instructor appointed to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind BOT

October 9, 2020

June Ann LeFors is a highly respected Deaf interpreter and ASL translator.
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UNF College of Education awarded $4.4 M grant to prepare PK-2 teachers

October 8, 2020

This supporting effective educator development grant will expand existing community partnerships with DCPS and STEM2Hub.
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UNF archaeology program uncovering lost Indigenous NE Florida community

October 7, 2020

Students are working to uncover the Mocama Timucua village of Sarabay.
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UNF and MedNexus partners host ceremony to celebrate entry of UNF MedNexus in City of Palm Coast

October 6, 2020

UNF MedNexus is designed to be the nation’s first comprehensive, university-based medical and healthcare nexus.
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UNF Women’s Center will ‘Take Back the Night’ for Domestic Violence Awareness

October 5, 2020

The annual event will feature a virtual community resource fair, survivor stories, musical selections, meditation and candlelight vigil.
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UNF celebrates LGBT History Month

October 1, 2020

Every week in October, the UNF LGBT Resource Center will explore the different sexual and gender representations included in the LGBTQIA+ acronym.
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UNF art history professor presents lecture series with Cummer Museum

September 30, 2020

This three-part virtual lecture series will highlight a selection of works in the museum's permanent collection.

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UNF art faculty/students host ‘ArtWork(ers) United’ drive-in-movie experience

September 29, 2020

The all-digital film projection event will showcase over 100 artists.
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UNF and Nemours celebrate first animal-assisted therapy program certification ceremony

September 28, 2020

The unique program applies animal therapy to pediatric medicine.
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UNF Wind Symphony performance available on Spotify

September 25, 2020

The performance was recorded during the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in Buñol, Spain.
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UNF names Dr. Tru Leverette as new director of Africana studies

September 24, 2020

Leverette will work with a steering committee to determine details of the new program of study and ensure it meets academic standards.
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UNF CEI holds Demo Day to unveil first cohort’s six start-up companies

September 23, 2020

Entrepreneurs revealed their developed business concepts to members of the Advisory Council and University community.
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UNF names Karen Patterson Interim Provost, VP Academic Affairs

September 22, 2020

Patterson will lead UNF’s Academic Affairs and oversee the University’s full-time faculty members and six colleges.
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Celebrating the International Week of the Deaf

September 21, 2020

EDIE will celebrate by sharing a host of information and resources that help spread awareness and uplift the Deaf community.
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Data science program scores another win

September 17, 2020

Success is clearly the trend for the unique internship program created by Drs. Dan Richard and Karthikeyan Umapathy.
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UNF podcast talks with Black Lives Matter Jacksonville leadership

September 16, 2020

The religious studies department podcast tackles thought-provoking topics.
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UNF Ranks as a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report

September 15, 2020

The University of North Florida is once again ranked among the best universities in the nation.
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2020

UNF encourages the campus community to celebrate American Hispanic and Latinx cultures this month.
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UNF physics department announces 2020 student photo contest

September 14, 2020

This annual competition is open to all students in the greater Jacksonville area.
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UNF celebrates Constitution Day

September 11, 2020

Each year, UNF celebrates Constitution Day with a week of special programs and activities that commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
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UNF art galleries host upcoming exhibitions

September 10, 2020

The art galleries will host various exhibitions during the fall 2020 semester featuring local and national artists.
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UNF’s OneJax Honors 2020 Humanitarian Award Winners

September 10, 2020

OneJax awards the Silver Medallion each year in recognition of an individual's outstanding dedication and community service.
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MOCA Jacksonville and Art With a Heart in Healthcare celebrate 10 years of partnership with new exhibition

September 9, 2020

The exhibition highlights artworks by pediatric patients.
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UNF Welcomes New Art Galleries Director Jessica Borusky

September 8, 2020

Borusky will curate UNF's galleries and collaborate with faculty for exhibits on and off campus.
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UNF library member named an Osprey Hero for creating nearly 1,600 masks for the community

September 4, 2020

Race has helped provide necessities during the pandemic.
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UNF swim team eager to make a splash on campus

September 3, 2020

UNF breaks ground on new athletic complex that will include a 50-meter Olympic-size swimming pool.
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UNF Biomedical Sciences program to host monthly "Research in Progress" virtual seminars

September 2, 2020

The series will promote current, state-of-the-art research.
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UNF Receives 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

September 1, 2020

The HEED award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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UNF’s Department of Diversity Initiatives presents: Let’s Get In ‘Good Trouble’

August 31, 2020

The 21-day challenge aims to heighten awareness of social inequalities and to explore ways to advance social change.
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UNF criminal justice professor shares research on canine-inmate programs

August 28, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Wesely shares her research on locally incarcerated men participating in canine-inmate rehabilitation programs.
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UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library safely engages and provides resources to Osprey community

August 27, 2020

Tommy G's is open for all to safely utilize and enjoy.
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Coastal Florida Universities Team Up to Fight Ocean Plastic Pollution

August 26, 2020

NOAA will fund research to reduce single-use plastic use on the University of North Florida and Eckerd College campuses.
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UNF launches ‘The Justice Sessions’ discussion series

August 25, 2020

The virtual series will cover Jacksonville’s racial and civil rights history and how the community can move forward untied into the future.
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UNF ranked among ‘Best in the Southeast’ by The Princeton Review

August 24, 2020

This is the 12th consecutive year that the University has been ranked in the list.
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‘UNF Swoop the Chairs’ competition announced with local nonprofit Deck The Chairs

August 21, 2020

The event will allow students to creatively share their unique stories.
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UNF’s C.A.M.P. Osprey is a Multiplying Good ‘One in a Million Award’ recipient

August 21, 2020

The program is recognized for generous and giving service to the community.
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UNF Dean of the College of Education and Human Services named a 2020 Women of Influence

August 20, 2020

Diane Yendol-Hoppey is a strong leader and community mentor.
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UNF’s public administration graduate program is only accredited program in NE Florida

August 19, 2020

The program has held this elite accreditation since 1999.
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FL-DSSG Program reveals research project findings to assist local non-profit organizations

August 18, 2020

The Big Reveal event will take place virtually on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
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President Szymanski welcomes the Osprey community to fall semester

August 17, 2020

He reminds us that together we will emerge as a better, stronger university.

Osprey Hero Meghann Wheeler wearing a white lab coat standing against a beige background

UNF honors public health student as Osprey Hero for serving on COVID-19 pandemic response team

August 14, 2020

Wheeler is working on the frontlines with local healthcare providers.
Dr. Clarence Hines performing in the UNF Lazzara Performance Hall

Boston Symphony Orchestra performs UNF music director's composition

August 14, 2020

His piece will be played as part of the Tangelwood Virtual Music Festival Series.
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UNF Game Room fosters community and competition through virtual tournaments

August 13, 2020

The Game Room will be holding two online tournaments during Week of Welcome for new and returning students.
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UNF honored with ‘Healthiest Company Award’ for the twelfth consecutive year by First Coast Worksite Wellness Council

August 13, 2020

UNF is recognized for its commitment to a healthy environment.
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Kara Barber named assistant director of Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

August 12, 2020

Barber has more than a decade of higher education and nonprofit experience.
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MOCA Jacksonville reopens with new museum experience

August 11, 2020

The new experience includes in-person tours as well as live virtual tours of exhibitions to be enjoyed safely at home.
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UNF Shark Biology Program makes national headlines during Shark Week

August 10, 2020

Both National Geographic and the Discovery channel have featured Dr. Gelsleichter’s expertise and research.
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UNF names Ana Roman-Dominguez as the 2020 Women in Leadership Award recipient

August 7, 2020

Ana will receive a scholarship for a leadership development program that will enhance her ability to lead on campus and the community.
UNF wellness dietitian Chelsea Chandler preparing food at the Healthy Osprey Teaching Kitchen

UNF Nutrition Services hosts virtual Healthy Ospreys Teaching Kitchen with President and First Lady Szymanski

August 6, 2020

These demos help encourage healthy cooking and eating habits.
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UNF launches #MaskUpOspreys social media campaign

August 5, 2020

The campaign promotes the use of masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus and keep the Osprey community safe.
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Bringing the campus back to life

August 4, 2020

This fall, new safety protocols are in place and campus buildings and classrooms will have a new look.
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UNF shows student retention success

August 3, 2020

First-year retention rose to an all-time UNF high of 80.7% this past year.
Artwork depicting a historic village of Indigenous peoples of Northeast Florida.

UNF exhibit “Our Land: Indigenous Northeast Florida” featured at Jacksonville Beaches Museum

July 31, 2020

The exhibit focuses on Jacksonville’s deep Indigenous history.
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The American Journal of Criminal Justice at UNF Releases ‘Crime and Justice During the Coronavirus Pandemic’

July 30, 2020

This special issue features 21 leading social scientists.
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Wednesdays are for Wellness at UNF

July 29, 2020

To help promote healthy choices, the Department of Recreation and Wellness has implemented the “Wellness Wednesday” initiative on their Instagram.
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UNF Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Summer Graduate with Senior Service Award

July 28, 2020

The recipient for Summer 2020 is Sydnie Steele.
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UNF honors summer graduates with virtual celebration

July 24, 2020

UNF will honor the Class of Summer 2020 through a virtual celebration website and on social media.

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UNF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Accepting Applications For Healthcare Entrepreneurs

July 23, 2020

Entrepreneurs with ideas for the healthcare field should apply.
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UNF Small Business Development Center offers free webinars for small business success during pandemic

July 22, 2020

Webinars will discuss current challenges & provide resources.
Mike Trotter smiling in his office wearing a red UNF polo

UNF employee recognized as an Osprey Hero for his dedicated service

July 21, 2020

Mikey Trotter has been on campus every day coordinating deliveries and pickups for the entire University.
Two students working in engineering lab on Osprey CREW project

UNF students present energy generator at USDOE Marine Energy Competition

July 17, 2020

UNF was one of 15 international student teams selected to find sustainable marine-energy solutions.
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Sport industry experts ‘Diversity in Coaching’ panel with Hue Jackson, Alvis Whitted at UNF

July 16, 2020

The sport management program students created a virtual professional field experience.
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UNF professor emphasizes the importance of innovation to a national audience

July 15, 2020

An article by Len Ferman, adjunct professor, was recently featured in a national SiriusXM radio show.
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UNF ranks in top 10 for innovation impact productivity by George W. Bush Institute

July 14, 2020

UNF is recognized for its commitment to prioritizing research and engaging with surrounding business and innovation communities.
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UNF Public Opinion Research Lab making national waves during election season

July 13, 2020

The UNF PORL makes national headlines regularly over the results of polling it conducts.

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Message from Provost Rhodes in support of international students

July 10, 2020

Provost Simon Rhodes shares a message to international students in regard to recent federal immigration guidelines.
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UNF Library’s social media strategy during COVID featured nationally

July 9, 2020

The Library Journal featured UNF’s efforts as one of the highlights from the American Library Association virtual conference.
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Retiring OneJax leader built `safe spaces’ for difficult diversity conversations

July 8, 2020

Under Nancy Broner's leadership, OneJax has established itself as a force in civil discourse.
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Experienced Emergency Management Leader Bob Greenlaw Appointed as UNF COVID-19 Taskforce Coordinator

July 7, 2020

Greenlaw will serve as the lead in coordinating fall reopening efforts.
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UNF senior research associate recognized for outstanding survey contributions

July 6, 2020

Charlene Stainfield has been awarded a 2019-20 Tarnai Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations.
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UNF MedNexus receives $6 million in funding from Florida state budget

July 2, 2020

Nation’s first university-based medical and healthcare nexus to be created.
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Dr. Richard Buttimer begins as new dean of the Coggin College of Business

July 1, 2020

Buttimer's primary focus in this new role is strengthening the connection between Coggin and the business community.
UNF Research Team and Vessel on St. Johns River

UNF researchers involved in new publications on ‘urban dolphins’ in the St. Johns River

June 30, 2020

Two studies featuring findings from the UNF Dolphin Research Program were published in marine science journals.
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UNF sport management unveils executive-mentoring program and data lab to address employable skills for students

June 29, 2020

Two new programs will be available to students in Fall 2020. 
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Celebrating our June Osprey Heroes

June 26, 2020

We’re honored to celebrate Margaret Partyka and Taylor Kwiatkowski.
President and First Lady Szymanski

UNF digital trivia hosted by President and First Lady Szymanski attracts over 1,000 viewers

June 25, 2020

UNF's first family hosted the fun virtual game.
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President Szymanski presents fall 2020 reopening plan to Florida Board of Governors

June 24, 2020

The plan was unanimously approved by the Board.
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UNF joins Optimum Healthcare IT to launch first apprenticeship program for electronic medical records

June 23, 2020

The partnership provides a new pathway to healthcare IT jobs.
Evan Maslin presenting to the City Council via Zoom

UNF student project leads to creation of new City Council sub-committee

June 22, 2020

The project's focus is a land recovery and redevelopment program that aims to enhance urban sustainability goals.
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UNF students participate in International Virtual Choir “Sing Around The gloBe”

June 19, 2020

The performance features a collaboration of 21 choirs to help spread a message of unity and friendship.
UNF student helping child study letters and shapes

UNF partners with Family Support Services to offer a new child welfare training program

June 18, 2020

The program aims to give students the hands-on experience needed to become successful child welfare professionals.
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President and First Lady drop in on Family Feud Night

June 17, 2020

The President and First Lady shared a warm welcome to the virtual game participants.
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UNF’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Goes Virtual

June 16, 2020

The Department of English, in collaboration with MOCA Jacksonville, is proud to present the production via Zoom.
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UNF excels in key performance areas as outlined by the SUS of Florida

June 15, 2020

University has continuously improved in scoring metrics for the past five years.
UNF volunteers holding boxes of blood pressure cuffs outside the Student Union building

UNF and American Heart Association donate blood pressure cuffs to seniors

June 12, 2020

These tools will help monitor the health and wellbeing of elderly patients in under-resourced communities.
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UNF appoints alumna Whitney Meyer as Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

June 11, 2020

She will be responsible for advising University leadership on diversity, inclusion and racial equality.
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‘Be the Change: A Virtual Candlelight Vigil for Racial Justice’ at UNF

June 10, 2020

UNF hosted a community vigil to honor those lost and confirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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UNF virtual student art exhibit at MOCA Jacksonville

June 10, 2020

The virtual exhibition allows viewers to enjoy the artwork and celebrate students’ creative accomplishments from home.

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UNF biomedical sciences accelerated program welcomes first scholar

June 9, 2020

Adrianna White is the first scholar to be admitted to the newly created accelerated B.S. to M.S. program.
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Draft Blueprint for Return to Campus in Fall 2020 Presented

June 8, 2020

The blueprint was presented and approved during a conference call with the UNF Board of Trustees.
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UNF Master of Social Work Program Receives CSWE Accreditation

June 5, 2020

The program has received initial accreditation by the national association representing social work education in the country.

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Celebrating Pride Month

June 4, 2020

UNF honors and celebrates the positive impact that LGBTQ people have made throughout history.
Ally Schneider standing on the second floor of the Student Union

UNF student government president elected to Florida Board of Governors

June 3, 2020

SG President Ally Schneider has recently been elected to serve as the student representative.
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President's Message Regarding Racial Injustice

June 1, 2020

President Szymanski shared a message to the Osprey community regarding racial injustice today.
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Virtual art history lectures on American renewal/transformation

June 1, 2020

Dr. Scott Brown will present a three-part “Lockdown Lectures” series in partnership with the Cummer Museum via Zoom.

Professor Nick Curry holding his cello

UNF professor selected as a Virtual Cello Academy instructor

May 29, 2020

Dr. Nick Curry has been selected to to teach online sessions to cellists from across the globe.
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UNF COEHS selects first cohort of doctoral Holmes Scholars

May 28, 2020

The program supports doctoral education students from historically underrepresented groups.
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UNF public health students working with Ascension pandemic response team

May 27, 2020

Two students within UNF’s Master of Public Health program have been working with local healthcare provider Ascension St. Vincent’s Jacksonville within their COVID-19 pandemic response team.
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UNF alumna is ‘Florida Principal of the Year’

May 26, 2020

Sarajean McDaniel, UNF College of Education & Human Services alumna and principal at Moseley Elementary School in Putnam County, was honored by the Florida Department of Education.

Progression by Lance Vickery

Faculty art enhances downtown

May 22, 2020

UNF's Lance Vickery creates 'Progression,' the latest sculpture in downtown Jacksonville.
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UNF professor awarded John Templeton Foundation Grant to Study Epistemic Autonomy

May 21, 2020

Dr. Matheson's work will be the first of its kind within the science of character and virtue.
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UNF nursing grad 'walks the stage' at Baptist Health

May 20, 2020

Due to the creativity of the Baptist Health crew, Anjanette walked across the hospital “stage” surrounded by her co-workers cheering her on.
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UNF works to restore the rich history of Red Hill Cemetery

May 19, 2020

Students and faculty are working to document and archive the oldest African American cemetery in Waycross, Georgia.
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UNF awards criminology professor Dr. J. Mitch Miller the John A. Delaney Presidential Professorship

May 18, 2020

The professorship recognizes faculty achievements through the support of outstanding scholars.
Kaitlynn Himmelreich

UNF student receives prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

May 14, 2020

Kaitlynn will conduct research abroad in Cambodia working with the Deaf community next year.
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Students finish new Spanish magazine remotely

May 14, 2020

When in-class studies ended, students worked remotely to put the finishing touches on a new magazine titled Arenales.
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Osprey athletes have record-breaking performance in academics

May 13, 2020

Our outstanding Osprey athletes earned a cumulative department GPA of 3.61 for the spring semester.
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Families can enjoy finding “A Home for Ozzie”

May 13, 2020

While staying safe at home, kids can enjoy a little magic of UNF's nature preserve. 
Courtney Lewis on Zoom meeting

Bringing notable musicians to online learning

May 13, 2020

Students in the School of Music continue to benefit from the personal connections faculty members have with leading musicians.
Julie Willingham being hooded with her Doctorate in Nursing Practice by Dr. Kemplin

UNF nursing student honored in graduation ceremony while volunteering at COVID-19 field hospital

May 12, 2020

Graduates were honored publicly in a socially distanced ceremony.
Dr. Johana Barrero

Learning ... It's a family affair

May 12, 2020

Dr. Johana Barrero, with the help of her daughters, added creative fun to online Spanish lessons.
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Regional philosophy conference moves online

May 11, 2020

The 23rd Annual Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference moved to a virtual platform with the help of UNF's innovative faculty.
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UNF School of Nursing ranked No. 2 'Best Online Nursing Program' in Florida

May 11, 2020

UNF is a healthcare leader in preparing our nursing students. 

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UNF names Karen Bowling as the University’s first Vice President of Jobs

May 7, 2020

Bowling will work directly with external partners for student employment opportunities. 

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New summer graduate course: Teaching, Training, Learning in COVID-19 Era

May 6, 2020

Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich, an expert in online course design, created the course to help education students learn to teach remotely.
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UNF names new dean of the Coggin College of Business

May 6, 2020

Dr. Richard Buttimer Jr. will be the new dean of the Coggin College of Business.
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UNF community unites to raise almost $700,000 for students

May 5, 2020

Student Emergency Relief Fund and new scholarships created to assist students facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Lady Szymanski reading to preschoolers

UNF First Lady and Preschool share online storytime/learning activities

May 4, 2020

To encourage engaging at-home activities for preschoolers, First Lady Szymanski is offering virtual storytime.
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UNF honors spring graduates with virtual celebration

April 30, 2020

UNF is celebrating the Class of Spring 2020 virtually on Friday, May 1.
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UNF Alumni Association presents Senior Service Award

April 29, 2020

Graduating senior Leanza Marie Mayo displayed outstanding service to the University and community through volunteerism.
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UNF Student Government contributes $250,000 to Student Emergency Relief Fund

April 27, 2020

The fund will be used to help students who are facing financial hardships due to COVID-19 challenges. 

Professor Len Ferman in his remote office

UNF professor facilitates "Creativity and Innovation" through online workshops

April 24, 2020

To help students feel close to the in-classroom environment, Professor Ferman created a plan to host group meetings on Zoom.
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UNF awarded NSF grant for use of autonomous robotics in agriculture

April 23, 2020

The $499K research grant will focus on efficient and secure agricultural information collection using a multi-robot system.

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President’s office helps create $250,000 in new student scholarships and assistance

April 21, 2020

UNF has announced that President Szymanski will take a 15% salary reduction among other President's Office reductions. 

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UNF student and Library staff make/donate masks

April 21, 2020

Members of the UNF community are stepping up to create masks for those in need. 
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President Szymanski discusses university leadership during the pandemic

April 19, 2020

UNF President David Szymanski sat down to discuss the current state of affairs at UNF and leading during a pandemic.
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UNF and Chinese community donate $78,000 of PPE to Baptist Health

April 16, 2020

Dr. Mei Zhao, health administration chair, spearheaded efforts to donate PPE to Baptist Health.
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UNF College of Education and Human Services announces 2020 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence recipients

April 15, 2020

UNF’s COEHS manages the annual award that presents $15,000 to four local teachers.
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Online conference allows student research to SOAR

April 15, 2020

UNF developed an impressive website solution to make the SOARS conference possible.
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UNF moves water bear research lab remote

April 14, 2020

When your biology lab closes down because of a pandemic, you bring your research home.

Chip Klostermeyer

UNF Names William F. 'Chip' Klostermeyer As College of Computing, Engineering & Construction Dean

April 13, 2020

UNF has named Chip Klostermeyer as dean of the College of Computing, Engineering & Construction.
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UNF professor donates extra PPE to local healthcare workers

April 10, 2020

Dr. Adam Rosenblatt donated a personal protective equipment care package from extra biology supplies. 
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UNF professor studies toxic red tide in Florida

April 9, 2020

A UNF professor has gained new insight on the effects of red tide events on native Florida species like coral.
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Q&A with President Szymanski on university continuity among COVID-19 challenges

April 7, 2020

President David Szymanski recently spoke with the Spinnaker on many important topics related to the university.
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Finding Solutions in Challenging Times

April 7, 2020

Students present their work as UNF's annual undergraduate research symposium goes virtual.

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UNF students donate $7,800 in earnings to university scholarship

April 7, 2020

UNF sport management students give back to support other students.
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College of Health donates pandemic supplies to Baptist Health

April 6, 2020

Brooks College of Health donated unused lab personal protective equipment (PPE).
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MOCA Jacksonville Launches Virtual Museum Tours

April 4, 2020

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), a cultural institute of UNF, has launched a new virtual museum experience.

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UNF nutrition master’s program ranked #1 in country

April 3, 2020

UNF's Brooks College of Health is ranked #1 for the best online nutrition master’s degree.
Young children sit in circle around teacher reading a story book

Free ‘Virtual Early Learning Highway for Young Children’ launches

April 1, 2020

The Virtual Early Learning Highway is a free, online resource to assist families in helping their young children continue to learn while being at home due to COVID-19.
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UNF among best healthcare management programs in country

March 31, 2020

The University of North Florida has been ranked one of the 25 Best Bachelor's in Healthcare Management programs in the country, according to College Rank.
Two female students preparing meals in a kitchen

UNF Meals on Wings program a ‘Positively JAX’ story

March 27, 2020

UNF’s Meals on Wings program was showcased as one of the “Positively JAX” stories that highlight local people helping others within the community.
Group of students standing behind the Osprey Racing race car

President Szymanski supports Osprey Racing

March 25, 2020

Osprey Racing students were recently presented with a $1,200 check from President Szymanski to help replace tools needed to build their race car.
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English Language Program welcomes President Szymanski

March 13, 2020

President Szymanski and First Lady Maria recently visited the English Language Program at UNF to meet the students.
History major students stand in front of table looking through historic artifacts

UNF history graduate program ranked #7 best in nation

March 4, 2020

Four major factors considered in the criteria ranking include earnings potential, affordability, student satisfaction and selectivity.
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UNF holds 6th Annual Women Leaders in STEM Conference

March 2, 2020

The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering are hosting the 6th Annual Women Leaders in STEM Conference.

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UNF selected to join the United Nations Academic Impact

February 27, 2020

UNF has recently been named a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the principles of the United Nations. UNF is one of only two schools in the State University System and one of only eight colleges/universities in Florida that are UNAI members.

Andrea Mercado

UNF hosts New Florida Majority leader for Women’s History Month Luncheon

February 27, 2020

The Women’s Center will present the annual Women’s History Month Luncheon with a keynote speech delivered by Andrea Mercado, the executive director of New Florida Majority and the New Florida Majority Education Fund, on March 4.

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Health administration master's program chosen for 2020 Higher Education Network Award

February 24, 2020

UNF's Master of Health Administration Program has been honored with the 2020 Higher Education Network award. The program is nationally recognized for its quality and community involvement.

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UNF named a 'Top Military Friendly School'

February 19, 2020

The University of North Florida has been designated as one of the most military friendly schools in the nation for more than ten consecutive years. The 2020-21 Military Friendly Schools list honors educational institutions nationwide that embrace the nation’s military students and dedicate resources to ensure student's success.