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Press Release for Friday, February 2, 2018

Local UNF Partnerships Receive Community Engagement Awards

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida recognized several distinguished local partners with a Community Engagement Award today for their dedication to improving the lives of others in Northeast Florida.


Fifteen University partnerships received awards at a Partnership Celebration during the Center for Community-Based Learning's annual Community Engagement Summit this morning downtown at MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF.


"UNF's Community Engagement Award recognizes community partners who are the University's true collaborators in providing our students with a powerful and transformative education," said Dr. Marnie Jones, director of the Center for Community-Based Learning. "Our partners collaborate with faculty to meet the needs of our communities and to serve the public good."


The award recipients, programs and UNF partners are as follows:

  • Brooks Pediatric Residency Program: The Adaptive Toy Project, Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences and the School of Engineering. With support from the National Institutes for Health, UNF students and faculty work to design, fabricate and deliver custom assistive technology for children with significant disabilities at no cost to the families.
  • Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and World Relief: Open Doors-Building a Bridge Between Students and Refugees, Hicks Honors College. Honors students have been assisting refugees in the transition to a radically different cultural home for 20 years.
  • Crowley Maritime Corporation, Tote Maritime, Shoreside Logistics and Jacksonville Port Authority: Partnering for Progress, Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program. Working together to prepare a highly educated and effective workforce, this partnership fuels economic growth and contributes to the quality of life for the region.
  • Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, National Park Service and North Florida Land Trust: Northeast Florida Coastal Research and Education Corridor, Department of Biology. This partnership provides unparalleled opportunities for multi-disciplinary, long-term, ecological research and scholarship for UNF faculty and students.
  • Johnson & Johnson: Johnson & Johnson 3-D Printing Center of Excellence, Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation Initiative in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. Cutting edge 3-D printing and material analysis equipment on campus, along with the highly trained and specialized Johnson & Johnson staff, means that the research capacity of UNF in this field is unparalleled in the state.
  • Lazzara Family Foundation and MountainStar Capital: Seaside Sculpture Park, UNF Sculpture Program. Students create engaging, large-scale outdoor sculptures that contribute to a vibrant community in Jacksonville Beach.
  • National Park Service, Florida State Parks, Museum of Science and History and Timucuan Parks Foundation: Northeast Florida Archaeology Alliance, Archaeology Lab. UNF students participate in archaeology field schools, where they uncover the region's rich prehistoric and historic past.
  • Non-Profit Center of Northeast Florida: Florida Data Science for Social Good, School of Computing and Department of Psychology. Student interns provide new data-driven approaches to decision-making and problem-solving that local and regional nonprofit organizations use to benefit their programs and serve the community.
  • THE PLAYERS Championship: Driving Community Impact through Student Volunteerism, Fraternity and Sorority Life. UNF students volunteer during the week of the tournament, helping THE PLAYERS generate over $8M annually for various charities in the greater Jacksonville area.
  • River City Science Academy, Tiger Academy, Lake Shore Middle and Putnam County Schools: C.A.M.P. Osprey, Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management. Osprey students learn leadership skills and apply those skills as mentors to children throughout the region.
  • Sulzbacher Center: Sulzbacher Homelessness Project, University community. UNF student volunteers help the Center assist clients in various programs such as social work, mental health, nutrition and more.
  • The Arc Jacksonville: On Campus Transition Program, University community. The partnership provides an innovative college experience for young adults, creating a community where disability is a distinction without a difference and provides transformational learning experiences to UNF students who serve as mentors.
  • United Way of Northeast Florida: Partnership That Serves, University community. United Way's "Upstream" initiative offers students a competitive opportunity to create social change in the areas of Education, basic needs, financial stability and health. Last year, $30,000 in seed grants were awarded to UNF students to make their ideas a reality.
  • UNF's College of Education and Human Services Urban Professional Development School Partnership, Clay County Public Schools, Duval County Public Schools, Seaside Charter Schools, Tiger Academy Charter School and Arlington Community Academy: T.E.A.M.: Teaching for Equity, Achievement and Meaning. This program helps improve student learning and to improve teacher preparation/retention.
  • Volunteers in Medicine: Creating a Culture of Health for the Working Uninsured, School of Nursing and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. UNF students join over 200 medical professional volunteers to enable VIM to further advance its mission in research, tracking and improving quality-of-care indicators.

The Center for Community-Base Learning serves University faculty and staff as they design and implement rich, real-world opportunities for students to apply what they're learning in classes. The Center offers leadership opportunities for students as well as co-curricular service projects that enhance student learning, personal development and civic involvement, while also contributing to the enrichment and well-being of the greater Jacksonville community and beyond.


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.