Press Release for Monday, December 9, 2019
UNF Honors Student’s Exceptional Service at Fall Commencement
Media Contact: Amanda Ennis
Public Relations Acting Director
The University of North
Florida will honor a senior with an exceptional record of volunteerism when it
hands out more than 1,100 degrees Friday, Dec. 13, during fall commencement at
the UNF Arena, Building 34.
Senior Madison Brantley
will be recognized as the recipient of the Senior Service Award, presented by
the UNF Alumni Association to a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer
service to the University or community. A St. Johns County resident who
attended Bartram Trail High School, Brantley will graduate from the College of
Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in ceramics
and political science.
While maintaining a
3.74 GPA, Brantley has been a difference maker both on campus and throughout
Jacksonville. By introducing her Drink Smart Campaign to UNF, she took the
initiative to tackle the difficult problems of sexual assault and rape on
college campuses. The purpose of the campaign is to educate students on the
importance of consensual sex and safe drinking. In addition to reaching over
150 students through one event, Brantley created Drink Smart cards that test
for the two most common date rape drugs. Over 5,000 of these cards have been
distributed on campus.
Off campus, Brantley
spent her final semester interning as a Rape Recovery Advocate with the Women’s
Center of Jacksonville. Advocacy Core Training with the Florida Council Against
Sexual Violence taught her how to work with specialized victims and identify
human trafficking. With the Women’s Center, Brantley assists survivors over the
hotline as well as in person during forensic exams, interviews and intake
paperwork. To add to her accomplishments, she is now working on creating a
pamphlet targeting incarcerated survivors of sexual assault to provide
information on resources available to them during their recovery process.
Brantley plans to
return to UNF to pursue a master’s program in clinical mental health counseling
and a certification in mental health sexology. She intends to specialize her
degree with a focus on trauma-based counseling for sexual assault survivors and
hopes to continue as a volunteer at the Women’s Center.
The ceremony for the
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and the College of Arts and
Sciences will take place at 10 a.m. The ceremony for the College of Education
and Human Services, the Coggin College of Business and the Brooks College of
Health will take place at 2 p.m.
The University expects
to award a total of 885 bachelor’s degrees, 179 master’s degrees and 52
doctorates this term. Including the fall 2019 graduates, UNF has issued a total
of 82,251 bachelor’s degrees, 20,389 master’s degrees and 889 doctorates since
first opening its doors in 1972.
UNF is a nationally ranked university in
Jacksonville, Florida, that is nestled on a beautiful 1,300-acre nature
preserve, featuring six colleges of distinction as well as nationally
recognized flagship programs, with 56 bachelor degree programs and over 75
areas of concentration.