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Press Release for Monday, December 7, 2015

Senior Finance Major Launches Charity, Recognized for Service

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

Kyle Trenor, who is getting ready to graduate with a bachelor of business administration in finance and financial services from the University of North Florida, hasn’t landed his first job yet but has already launched his own nonprofit organization.

The Arlington resident co-founded Change a Life Charity, which was created to further the missions and resources of other local organizations that provide basic necessities to those without in Jacksonville. He organized local food/clothing drives for the charity and plans to continue growing the organization after graduation.

“I believe that helping another person changes two lives, not just one. You also improve yourself while improving others’ lives,” said Trenor. “It’s key to remember that it’s not always what you get that’s important, but what you become that’s important.”

Trenor will be honored by the University for his volunteerism and caring spirit later this week, when it hands out more than 1,050 degrees Friday, Dec. 11, during fall commencement at the UNF Arena, Building 34. He will be recognized during the 2 p.m. ceremony as the recipient of the Senior Service Award, which is presented by the UNF Alumni Association to a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer service to the University or community.

In addition to his charity, Trenor serves as a Coggin College of Business Student Ambassador, playing an integral role in the execution of programs presented by the Career Management Center and the Coggin College. He also tutors fellow students in economics and works as a student research assistant in the Department of Economics on campus.

Trenor has performed as a financial analyst and an economist for the University's Osprey Financial Group, a successful student-managed investment fund at UNF of over $1 million. With future generations in mind, he also taught kindergartners at a local elementary the basics of finance.

The graduating senior has served as a member and held offices for numerous clubs, such as the Financial Investment Society, the Economics Society and the Financial Planning Association. Additionally, Trenor serves as a Boy Scout of America Eagle Scout, cleans cages for animals at the Jacksonville Humane Society, prepares meals for the homeless at the Sulzbacher Center and volunteers with The Players Championship.

He’s grateful for the opportunities to be engaged on campus and in the community. “I’ve taken every opportunity to become the best version of myself and to help as many people as I can along the way,” said Trenor. “Leaving UNF is not the end; it’s only the beginning, and I’m excited to continue to spread my wings.”

The ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will take place at 10 a.m., while the ceremony for the Brooks College of Health, Coggin College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services starts at 2 p.m.

The University expects to award a total of 1,047 bachelor’s degrees, 198 master’s degrees and eight doctorates this term. Including the fall 2015 graduates, UNF has issued a total of 69,588 bachelor’s degrees, 17, 848 master’s degrees and 410 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.