Orientation: Central Hub



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There is a lot of information parents and students need to know leading up to New Student Orientation. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  In addition to frequent e-mail communication students will be receiving between now and Orientation (hint hint: check personal and UNF e-mail accounts often for important updates) we have used the UNF Admissions Blog as a central hub for important 2015 Orientation information. This way, you can access our blog at your leisure and read up on all of it or just the parts you have questions about! Continue reading

Webinar Recap: Deaf Education


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Our webinar held on 4/20/16 talked about the new ASL program that will be available for students in the Fall of 2016. Dr. Caroline Guardino, Associate Professor and Director of the Deaf Education Program, discussed program prerequisites, study abroad opportunities and internships. If you missed the live event, here are some important things to remember.

What is the Deaf Education Program?

ASL stand for American Sign Language. Starting in the Fall, you will have the opportunity to not only learn about this incredible language, but make it the focus of your studies by majoring in it. Plus, you will learn from native ASL speakers, some of which are deaf themselves!

You will be exposed to a variety of settings so that by the time you finish you will have a good understanding for where you want to be when you graduate. The comprehensive program includes:

  • Total Communication
  • Listening and spoken language
  • Bilingual / Bicultural

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Webinar Recap: International Business


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Our webinar held on March 23 was about the International Business program in the Coggin College of Business. Dr. Andres Gallo, Director of the International Business program and Kate Learch, Assistant Director, discussed what the program is; why it is a flagship; study abroad opportunities; and internships and scholarships. If you missed the live event, here are some important things to remember.

What is International Business?

  • The International Business program (IB) was created at UNF in 2006.
  • It is housed in the Coggin College of Business.
  • Students learn:
    • How to deal with increased globalization environment
    • How and why companies go abroad to be successful
    • How to be prepared for competitive job market

Flagships are programs of excellence designed by UNF’s current president, John Delaney. IB is a high quality program offering unique experiences that enhance the education of its students.

The additional unique opportunities help connect students with people in their future careers.

International Business is considered a flagship program because of these opportunities and the high standard academics.

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#ISoar: Amalia Vasii


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Amalia Vasii is a graduating public relations major. Originally from Romania, she moved to Jacksonville 16 years ago. “I knew I always wanted to stay close to home,” she recalls about choosing schools. “And I knew UNF was a great school.”


Since applying, she has grown to really love this University. She loves that UNF is constantly encouraging students to try everything from clubs, intramurals, Greek life and student government.

Amalia got involved from the start, but most recently she has started to expand her knowledge into a variety of clubs and outside activities. She is involved in TV promotions for the Spinnaker and is in charge of promotioning events for the Psychology Club. On top of that, she writes newsletters and social media for EDM Jacksonville outside of her school activities.

Being the proactive person that she is, she knows where her talents lie. In her psychology class, every student must teach about a specific behavior. She runs the Suicide Talk on campus through the Psychology Club, so she teaches through that. “As a public relations major, it was easier for me to promote the Suicide Talk and increase awareness, and get spectators and speakers for the event,” she says of what she does.

Amalia has always had a passion for music. EDM Jacksonville helps her explore that passion. She promotes before, during and after the event through newsletters and social media. She hopes to keep it going with great acts and attendance. Amalia volunteers her time because she loves what she does and wants to constantly be involved and improve in any way she can.

“Everything I do is for experience and it’s all free, but I love it.”

Amalia, we can’t wait to see what great work you’ll do after graduation!

*Written by Amanda Taramona

Webinar Recap: ACE and Registration


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If you missed our live webinar about the Academic Center for Excellence, no worries! We have all the details here.

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Center) provides academic advising for first-year students here at UNF. Each freshman is assigned an academic advisor that will begin working with freshmen starting at their orientation. The academic advisors help students understand which courses they should take and the academic policies.

The ACE Center also offers peer tutoring. The tutors are available in the office to help with all course subjects to ensure that freshmen are successful academically. Also, there is a PATH program (Peer Assisted Tutoring in Housing), which allows tutors to meet in on-campus housing to offer tutoring in a variety of subjects.

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One-Stop. Two Spots.

One-Stop Student Services, located in Hicks Hall, is staffed by cross-trained professionals who provide a single point of communication for issues ranging from admissions, academic records, registration and financial aid.

One-Stop can help you do almost anything. From scheduling an appointment with a financial aid coordinator to discussing your student account or even just answering simple questions about when something is due — One-Stop is the place to take care of business.

And now we’re making it easier for you to do all that! One-Stop is coming to campus!

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The Thomas G. Carpenter Library will host a second location of One-Stop Student Services for one week only! From April 11 to April 15, 9am-5pm, you can utilize everything One-Stop has to offer without making the time to go over to Hicks Hall.

We know students have a busy schedule, so we want to make it as easy as possible for them to accomplish everything that they need to do. With two running locations, students can choose which spot works best for them. This will decrease wait times and increase productivity!

For additional information or any questions, please call One-Stop Student Services at (904) 620-5555.


Webinar Recap: Leadership


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How do you go from good to great? Our webinar with Dr. Matt Ohlson teaches you everything you need to know about being a great leader. Dr. Ohlson is a professor in the College of Education and Human Services here at UNF. He gives us some tips and tricks on how to become a leader at the University.

Why are leadership skills important?

  1. Employers look for leadership skills and experience.
  2. Leadership skills can increase your efficiency, performance and the ability to work collaboratively.
  3. These skills allow you to harness a variety of leadership styles so you can adapt to any situation.

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#ISoar: Luis Puesan


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#ISoar with UNF as a Sociology major.

Meet your fellow Osprey, Luis Puesan, who is a proud Sociology major. Luis was confident that UNF would be his home. He recalls, “The first time I stepped onto the campus, something just told me ‘you are an Osprey.’”

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He didn’t declare a major at first, but choosing to major in sociology was easy for him after falling in love with a class called “Sex, Race and Class.” He says, “It was a real eye opener to a lot of the problems currently occurring in the U.S that I did not pay much attention to.” Being a sociology major has allowed him to think critically and he no longer views the world as black and white, but views it through sociological lenses.

Luis takes his learning beyond the classroom. He has had the opportunity to study abroad, visit a local after-school program and learn at a local museum in downtown Jacksonville. He studied abroad in Iceland and describes that as his greatest experience. While abroad, he learned many lessons about Iceland including crime statistics, how religion/theology works and the cross cultural differences with the US, a new form of responding to mental illness and so much more. He even spoke to a famous Icelandic author, Andri-Snaer Magnason, as well as other locals about their views on sociological topics.

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Back in Jacksonville, he has done work with the Mali Vai Washington Kids Foundation, an inner city after school program. While there, he learned how a community with a lot of violence and gang related activity can keep the children in their community safe and provide them with a brighter future.

We look forward to seeing what is next for you Luis. Continue to Soar!

*Written by Dieh’l Martin.

#ISoar: Heather Pituch


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#ISoar with UNF as a tour guide.

Heather Pituch is a Health Administration student and a very involved Osprey. She has been a student orientation leader and is also a member of the Swoop Squad. She hails from Melbourne, FL and says that choosing to attend UNF was the “best decision” she has ever made in her life.

As a high school junior, Heather visited many different colleges. She wasn’t familiar with UNF, but as soon as she stepped onto the UNF campus, she knew it was the perfect fit for her.

“I remember parking in the Student Union, and even just seeing a small part of campus, I looked at my dad and said, ‘dad, this is my school.’ He didn’t believe me. He said I still had other schools to tour. And I looked at him and said, ‘no, dad. This is the prom dress feeling. This is it.’”

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After getting admitted, she immediately got involved. She participates in a number of events and tours as a Swoop Squad member; she is an orientation leader for incoming freshmen; and she recently started working as a fitness trainer at the UNF Student Wellness Complex. She enjoys interacting with others and especially loves to see how excited the new freshmen are about UNF.

She may be busy academically, but she still makes time to have fun. “One of my friends from the gym asked me to go paddle boarding for the first time, and it was so much fun that we made it a Friday tradition.”

She is now focused on landing an internship with a healthcare facility in Jacksonville and will graduate in 2017.

*Written by Dieh’l Martin.


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