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Press Release for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UNF Student Honored for Service at Summer 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 800 degrees Friday, July 31, during summer commencement at the UNF Arena, Building 34, on campus.

Jenny Lyn Silva, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, will be recognized 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. The award will be presented during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Silva, a Southside resident, has been dedicated to numerous clubs and organizations at UNF and in the community. On campus, she has volunteered with Osprey Productions, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Asian Students in Alliance, Presidential Envoys Student Alumni Association and the UNF Student Nurses’ Association (SNA).

Some of the highlights from her time serving with these organizations include participating in an annual “Road to Asia” performance, promoting diversity and raising awareness of the Asian culture, volunteering at numerous UNF Foundation Board and UNF Alumni Association events, as well as acting as an ambassador to the University and representing her fellow Ospreys.

A role that Silva is especially proud of is her service in the UNF SNA, where she acted as membership chair and achieved 100 percent membership for the 2014 summer and fall cohorts. She also reached out to UNF pre-nursing students to recruit them to join the nursing organization, and as a result, SNA now has more than 40 pre-nursing members.

Additionally, Silva served as an official delegate at the 2015 National Student Nurses Association Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. She was also instrumental in raising $3,000 for the UNF SNA’s breast cancer charity in the fall of 2014. Silva led the charge in coordinating the “Pink Glove Dance” video to raise funds and to increase breast cancer awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which supports breast cancer survivors and their families in Northeast Florida.

In the community, Silva has served with organizations like the Jacksonville Zoo, Hubbard House, All Saints Nursing Home and Mayo Clinic, where she has volunteered more than 100 hours assisting staff and patients. Along with her nursing student peers, she has helped preschool children in at-risk neighborhoods learn about proper hygiene, exercise and prevention.

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

The University expects to award a total of 787 bachelor’s degrees, 185 master’s degrees and six doctorates this term. Including the summer 2015 graduates, UNF has issued a total of 68,541 bachelor’s degrees, 17,650 master’s degrees and 402 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.