The University of North Florida was ranked as one of the nation’s 25 Best Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration Degree Programs for 2019 by Bachelor’s Degree Center. [Read more…] about UNF Ranked Among Top 25 Best Bachelor’s in HealthCare Administration Degree Programs
Archbold Biological Station environmental educator and photographer Dustin Angell
shares portraits and explains difference of nature and conservation photography
Environmental educator and photographer, Dustin Angell of the Archbold Biological Station, will present an overview of the developing conservation photography movement, share his portraits and documentary work by Florida ecologists and provide tips on how folks can participate in the movement during a Science Café on Thursday, March 14, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Gillespie Museum on Stetson University’s campus. [Read more…] about Science Café Presents Conservation Photography Movement Discussion at Stetson University Gillespie Museum
University’s Inaugural Giving Day Collects Most Gifts Ever in a Single Day
Gators from across the world rallied during a one-day campaign this week to support scholars, improve programs for students with disabilities, stock the campus food pantry and boost an array of other University of Florida initiatives that enhance the lives of students and the people the university serves.
The 11,535 received during the university’s inaugural “Stand Up & Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day” on Tuesday, Feb. 26, places UF’s initial 24-hour giving campaign among the most successful ever for a public university. Those combined contributions from alumni and students, parents and professors, grateful patients and other friends came to more than $12.6 million. Gifts came from all 50 states, and the giving site was visited by people in 73 countries.
By 5 p.m., UF had surpassed its initial goal of 5,000 gifts, and a new goal of 8,500 gifts was set. By 8:30 p.m. that goal was met, and an unofficial new one — 10,000 gifts — was set.
“We asked alumni and friends to ‘holler’ and instead they roared,” said UF President Kent Fuchs. “Their response is proof that there is absolutely nothing the University of Florida and the Gator Nation cannot accomplish when we come together for a great cause.”
The campaign, driven mostly by email and social media, is named in recognition of the beloved Gator football game cheer made famous by George Edmondson Jr., better known to fans as “Mr. Two Bits.” Edmondson’s iconic orange-and-blue striped necktie was used as a symbol to promote the campaign, with T-shirts emblazoned with ties and tie stickers handed out, and replicas as large as 30 feet long strategically placed throughout the Gainesville campus. Six campus events and 20 others in key regions across the country were held Feb. 26 to further encourage participation.
Donors could designate their gifts to support various university priorities, including the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program to provide scholarships and mentoring to first-generation college students; the annual Florida 4-H Camp to help as many as 2,000 young people each year grow as leaders; the Honors programs to deepen academic engagement for top undergraduates; the campus Field and Fork Pantry to ensure all students can eat nutritious meals; and UF’s children’s hospital to guarantee the best care possible. All contributions made during “Stand Up & Holler” also advance the university’s current eight-year, $3 billion Go Greater campaign.
“I am so incredibly proud of our Gator Nation and what we were able to accomplish together on Giving Day,” said Brian Burgoon, president of the UF Alumni Association. “In all kinds of weather, Gators stick together, and it is an honor and a privilege for me to represent our amazing alumni base. Days like this remind me that we are a university on the move, with a clear purpose, and that together, we can make an incredible impact.”
The 166-year-old University of Florida has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service, and is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities. It is ranked No. 8 in the most recent U.S. News and World Report’s list of public universities.
The University of Florida’s mission is to prepare our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. Recognized as among the top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report, UF is one of the nation’s largest public universities, and is the only member of the Association of American Universities in Florida. Teaching, research and scholarship, and service span all of the UF’s academic disciplines and represent its commitment to be a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership.
Seniors invited to take part, improve car comfort and safety
Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Daytona State College will put their training into practice by participating in the March 6 CarFit® event – a unique program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how their personal cars “fit” them.
Created in 2005 by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, the CarFit® check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is designed to help older drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle. The program identifies actions drivers can take to improve their fit, and to promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Madison Glen Apartments, 570 Sterthaus Dr, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
“Students will lead older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle,” said OTA Adjunct Instructor Sam Smith. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to work in the community, and each assessment concludes with recommendations for car adjustments and adaptations that could make the individual’s cars fit better or enhance their safety.”
According to the CarFit® website – car-fit.org – older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash occurs due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies. Driver safety programs improve adult driver safety by addressing cognitive abilities and skills; however, older drivers can also improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them. A proper fit can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.
Register online for the free CarFit® event, visit car-fit.org/carfit. For more information, call (386) 506-3713.
ABOUT DAYTONA STATE
Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College has responded to the education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The college enrolls nearly 28,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the college among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs seven years running. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And for three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.
New organization promotes high-quality instruction
in schools; releases compelling research
With a focus on improving the quality of teaching across all Florida classrooms, the new organization Impact Florida this week launched its efforts to empower education leaders to recognize, support, and scale excellent teaching practices so all children can realize success in life. [Read more…] about Impact Florida launches with education summit, focus on collaboration and advocacy to support great teaching
Dr. Hanadi Hamadi, a University of North Florida associate professor of health administration in the Brooks College of Health, was named a 2019 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a magazine focusing on matters of access and opportunity for all in higher education. [Read more…] about UNF Health Administration Professor Named 2019 Emerging Scholar
Inaugural event will move the university forward in discovery and scholarship
Gators across the globe are being asked to rally for a national day of giving this winter to support the University of Florida and the people it serves. [Read more…] about UF Community Asked to ‘Stand Up and Holler’ on Gator Nation Giving Day
Today’s inauguration of Dr. David M. Szymanski, the University of North Florida’s sixth president, highlighted a significant gift to the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction as well as several new initiatives to foster student success. [Read more…] about UNF Presidential Inauguration Highlights Significant Gift/Student Success Initiatives
101 Florida Mayors Join Forces with The Children’s Movement of Florida
to urge Governor DeSantis to prioritize early childhood for Florida
In an overwhelming outpouring of support, 101 Florida mayors have joined forces and signed a letter asking Governor Ron DeSantis to use his leadership to prioritize early childhood issues for Florida’s future. [Read more…] about 101 Florida Mayors Join Forces with The Children’s Movement of Florida
For the first time, Florida Polytechnic University won first place at the well-known HackRiddle competition, a 24-hour hackathon held annually at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. [Read more…] about Florida Poly students hack their way to number one at statewide hackathon