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Press Release for Thursday, May 22, 2014

One Jax Awards UNF Finance Professor Humanitarian Silver Medal

Media Contact: Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

OneJax Institute at University of North Florida will honor recipients with the 2014 Humanitarian Awards, at 7 p.m. today,  Thursday, May22, attheHyattRegencyRiverfrontJacksonville . The OneJax Humanitarian Awards tribute those individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity, have given generously and extensively to the community and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our community.


Arlington resident Dr. Parvez Ahmed, a UNF a ssociate professor of finance in the Coggin College of Business, is among this year’s recipients. While Ahmed is a recognized scholar in the field of finance, he is best known in the Jacksonville community as a leader in civil discourse around the issues of faith and religion, working diligently to build understanding and diminish bias and bigotry among people of different faiths and cultures. He serves on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, the Boards of the Museum of Science and History and the World Affairs Council. He has served in the past for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American Islamic Relations, among others.


“I am delighted that Dr. Ahmed is being recognized for all of his contributions to humanitarian causes,” said Dr. Ajay Samant, dean of UNF’s Coggin College of Business. “He has strived tirelessly to promote civility, inclusiveness and tolerance in the greater Jacksonville community.”


Ahmed has been at UNF since 2002 and is a three-time Coggin College Outstanding Researcher award recipient, Outstanding Teacher award winner and a Fulbright Scholar. He is the author of “Mutual Funds—Fifty Years of Research Findings” and has had his research on market efficiency and asset pricing published in numerous top finance journals. Additionally, his humanitarian and civil discourse articles have been published in newspapers and blogs such as TheOrlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, New York Newsday, Seattle Times, Florida Times Union, Charlotte Observer and The Huffington Post.


OneJax works to build understanding across all areas of Northeast Florida for the purpose of increasing respect and improving relationships among people who represent the many religious, ethnic, racial and cultural groups in the community. Through education, community building and advocacy initiatives, OneJax works to overcome bias, bigotry and racism.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.