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Press Release for Monday, December 8, 2014

UNF Student Honored for Service at Fall Commencement

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida will honor a student with an outstanding record of volunteerism when it hands out nearly 1,100 degrees Friday, Dec. 12, during fall commencement at the UNF Arena, Building 34, on campus.

Rachel Kurzinski, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, will be recognized as the recipient of the Senior Service Award, which is presented by the Alumni Association to a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer service to the University and the community. The Senior Service Award will be presented during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Kurzinski, a native of Madison, Wis., is known on campus for her hard work, positive example and leadership. The first club that caught her attention was the Women in Business Society, which is designed to support women in their efforts to pursue professional achievement. After becoming a member, Kurzinski quickly was elected to the club’s board as fundraising chair and increasingly took on more responsibility in the organization, becoming president the following year.

She also served as president of the Student Leadership Advisory Board in the Coggin College of Business, a group that provides feedback to the Coggin dean and guidance to all 11 student clubs based in the College. Within the Coggin College, she served on the search committee for the new dean, served as a Student Ambassador, as well as served as a member of the Finance and Investment Society and Students in Free Enterprise.

Kurzinski has not only been active on the UNF campus but also in the community as well. She has volunteered with Generation W at an event that hosts more than 1,200 professionals from around the nation in pursuit of educating, inspiring and connecting women and girls. She also volunteered for the Generation WOW program, which teaches teenage girls lessons of “The Positive and the Possible” and connects them with professionals in their area of interest. Additionally, she was active with Junior Achievement Girls and the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation.

The ceremony for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and the College of Arts and Sciences will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony for the College of Education and Human Services, the Brooks College of Health and the Coggin College of Business at 2 p.m. All ceremonies will be held at the UNF Arena.

The University expects to award a total of 1,062 bachelor’s degrees, 210 master’s degrees and 10 doctorates this term. Including the fall 2014 graduates, UNF has issued a total of 66,206 bachelor’s degrees, 17,249 master’s degrees and 362 doctorates since first opening its doors in 1972.

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.