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: 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.

Study Abroad Opportunities:

  • There is a resource center to talk about options, pricing and qualifications located in the Coggin College of Business.
  • Credits taken abroad are degree applicable.
  • Internship and study abroad can be in the same semester.
  • Students are required to do a minimum of 4 weeks abroad, but we encourage you to do a full semester (4-10 months).
  • Students pay with UNF tuition (able to use Florida Prepaid, Bright Futures or any other financial aid should be applicable).
    • If the program is through one of our sister schools, you do not have to pay those extra fees.

Kedge Double Degree Program:

  • Starts freshman year
  • First two years are taken at UNF
    • Students complete freshman courses and take beginning and intermediate language courses in French
  • Last two years taken at Kedge Business School in Marseille, France
  • 6 month internship required in France
  • Upon graduation students receive two degrees
    • Bachelors in Business Administration (UNF)
    • Bachelors of International Management (Kedge)

Internships:

  • Coggin Career Center will help you every step of the way.
    • If domestic: Intern role must have an international focus
    • If international: Role does not need to necessarily be international because you are living internationally
  • Required for International Business students
  • One semester or about 20 hours per week
  • Provides real-world experience

Scholarships:

  • Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship (SAILS): $1500-$2500
  • Coggin College of business Scholarships (multiple): $500-$2000
  • Most financial aid awards can be used toward study abroad
    • Florida prepaid
    • Bright futures
    • Jacksonville commitment
    • Many more…

Foreign Language requirement:

  • 4 semesters of a foreign language is required
    • Two beginner and two intermediate
  • Proficiency in a foreign language is marketable for future jobs around the world.
  • By understanding a foreign language, you will better understand and adapt to the culture of that place.
  • UNF offers 4 languages:
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Chinese
    • German

Frequently asked questions:

What’s the difference between a domestic internship and an international one?

Internships that are domestic (in the United States) must be with a company that does international business such as financial institutions, nonprofits and transportation and logistics. International internships are done abroad and do not have to have an international focus.

Are there classes for those who want to continue studying language past the intermediate level?

Majors in French and Spanish are available for those who want to surpass the intermediate level.

What if you are already bilingual?

Waivers are available. International students who received an international degree or have spent ample time in another country can receive a waiver for the language credit. A language placement test is also in place for heritage speakers. If you are fluent in a language because you’re family speaks it, we will need to test you to see what level you are at. Although students may know the language, we will most likely require them to take one intermediate class to ensure proficiency.

What countries can you go to study abroad?

The possibilities are endless! We offer programs in: Spain, France, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Russia, Italy, China, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirate and New Zealand.

For the Kedge Business School, do you need to know French?

You do not need to know French when you apply for the Kedge Program. If you do this double degree program, you will be required to take the beginner and intermediate language courses to learn the language. Students continue to study the language while abroad and it is encouraged and highly recommended to take one or two of your senior business courses in French. This helps because you will probably need to understand and speak French for your international internship. Don’t be afraid! People are patient and kind if you are not completely fluent.

Do you have to do an internship outside of Jacksonville?

No! Most students actually do their internship in Jacksonville. There are a multitude of international companies in Jacksonville. Some students choose to do their internship abroad because then you are fulfilling both your study abroad requirements and your internship requirements. Just remember, a domestic internship means that your specific intern duties must have an international focus.

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To learn more about the International Business Program, visit our website! https://www.unf.edu/coggin/international/

You can send any admissions questions to admissions@unf.edu

Watch the full webinar on College Week Live.

*Written by Amanda Taramona

#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.”

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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

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

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.

Leadership Programs at UNF:

  1. The Taylor Leadership Institute
  • An initiative within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, emphasizing the encouragement, promotion and rewarding of personal, civic and community engagement with a concentration on values and leadership constructs.
  • The Community Leadership Minor offers an in-depth study of leadership from a theoretical perspective balanced with practical application.
  • More info: unf.edu/taylor-leadership/

 

  1. C.A.M.P Osprey
  • Partnership between the TLI (above) and the Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
  • Collegiate students mentor high-needs K-12 students with leadership as the key theme
  • Collegiate mentors and K-12 mentees participate in immersive on-campus events, demonstrating the leadership skills needed to become college and career ready

 

Leadership Activities:

  1. Write down the following:
  • An academic success you’ve achieved
  • An extra-curricular success you’ve achieved
  • What do others consider your greatest strength to be?
  • What do you consider your greatest strength to be?

Think about these successes and strengths and align them with your goals.

Document this! Do it again and again over the week, the month!

  1. Write down your goals.
  • Write down the action steps to get there
  • Plan for how to achieve your goals (daily plans, long term actions)
  1. Write down your habits
  • How do you spend the majority of your time? Online, school, extra-curricular…
  • Is your “grind” as big as your dream? Are you doing what you can to achieve your goals?

 

Do you feel motivated yet? We sure do! Watch the entire presentation online for more information about how to get involved with leadership on campus.

To view this presentation, head to College Week Live and log in or create an account and you’ll have access to not only this webinar, but all of our previous ones, too!

Dr. Ohlson would love to hear from you! Send him questions about the presentation or just tell him how YOU have been a leader. Email him at matthew.ohlson@unf.edu

#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.

#ISoar: Jillian Baumeister

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#ISoar with UNF through the support, the staff, and the professors I’ve had within my major.

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Jillian is a proud elementary education major. This Vero Beach, Florida native knew that UNF was a place she could call home. She said, “I knew I would be more than just a number, and people would know me for who I am.”

Coming from a family of teachers, majoring in education came natural to Jillian. When she was younger, she would always visit her mom’s classroom. As she grew up, she always had part-time jobs working with children. She enjoys interacting with children and considers teaching a big part of her life.

Aside from her busy course work, she continues to stay involved with campus activities. Not only is she a sister of Alpha Chi Omega, but she has been a part of the UNF Swoop Squad since her freshmen year. She knew that she wanted to join the Swoop Squad after attending orientation.

“I loved the thought of being a tour guide; Showing others around a place that had become so special to me seemed so rewarding.” And it has proven to be just that. “Being on the Swoop Squad these past three and a half years has really changed my college experience in so many ways.”

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She enjoys being in the classroom full-time teaching students and has had multiple internships through the College of Education. Currently, she is a full-time intern at an elementary school in Northwest Jacksonville for a 4th and 5th grade math class. “This experience has been absolutely incredible.”

As her departure from the UNF nest is quickly approaching, she is looking forward to getting a full-time job and would like to teach the second or third grade. “UNF and the College of Educations has prepared me very well for life after college.” Jillian graduates in April of 2016.

We look forward to seeing you #Soar higher in the future with all you have learned here at UNF!

Written by Dieh’l Martin.

Webinar Recap: Financial Aid

Now that you’ve been accepted to college, the big question is: how do you pay for it?

Our webinar held on Feb. 10 was all about Financial Aid. Financial Aid is any resource that can assist in off-setting the cost of attending college. Marla Lewis, Assistant Director for the Office of Student Financial Aid, explained the FAFSA, scholarships, grants and everything else you need to know. If you missed the live event, here are some important things to remember.

Types of Financial Aid:

  • Gift Aid: does not have to be repaid. Typically a scholarship or grant.
    • Grant: one time, one payment award
    • Scholarship: follows you throughout your four years
  • Self-help Aid: loan or work study
    • Need-based: Pell grant, subsidized loans, FSAG
    • Merit-based: GPA based
    • Talent based: athletic or musical scholarship
  • Federal Work Study: job on campus, work alongside major, part-time and does not interfere with studies
  • Direct Loans:
    • Subsidized loans: interest does not start collecting till after graduation
    • Unsubsidized loans: interest starts when the money disperses.
    • Loans do not have to start being paid back until 6 months after graduation.
  • Plus Loans: loan for parents; requires credit check and loan will be in parent name. If denied, the student prints the denial and financial aid will award the student additional unsubsidized money.

Applying for Aid:

The FAFSA is a FREE form to apply for financial aid. If you are being asked for money – you are not on the right website! It takes about thirty minutes to complete and needs to be renewed every January.

It is always worth it to take the time to fill this out. Even if you think you may not qualify, you never know. If you fill it out and end up getting a scholarship or other money that covers your costs, you can easily decline the Financial Aid.

What you’ll need to know:

  • W-2 income (parent and student)
  • Assets and investments (Do not include retirement or pensions)
  • Household size (including anyone living and being supported in the household)

All this information generates expected family contribution (EFC) and when subtracted from cost of attendance (varies on school) it will give you your eligibility for need-based financial aid.

Other Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities:

State Financial Aid (Bright Futures)

Institutional Financial Aid

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarships

Foundation scholarships

Private donor scholarships

College/departmental scholarships

Study abroad scholarships

Scholarships sponsored by student government

Scholarship for transfer students

Private Financial Aid

FERPA: Once the student is in college, the student is responsible for maintaining their records. The University cannot speak with parents on the student’s behalf about student financial records. Keep an open line of communication with your student.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you know if you have gotten a subsidized or unsubsidized loan?

Upon completion of FASFA, you will receive a confirmation and an email containing what you are eligible for.

How much does Florida Prepay pay?

There are a multitude of options on the university level. If you have the tuition and fees, then it pays from $160 to $170 per credit. If you only have the tuition, then it pays closer to $210. If you have the housing, then it pays the standard double-room rate. Please contact One Stop Student Services to speak specifically about your costs. 904-620-5555

Does the 2015-2016 FAFSA cover Summer 2016?

The summer is the end of the fiscal year, so if you are a summer admit you would complete the FAFSA for 2015-2016, and after that processes in 3-5 days, you will complete the 2016-2017 FASFA. You will just have to renew and update your information, which will take about 10-minutes. You will use estimated information since you won’t have completed taxes or possibly have your W-2 for that year. That will save your spot in line and every April after taxes are done, you can go in and update the information. You can complete them in the same day if you are filling the application out the week that it is due.

With multiple households, which parent do I use?

Think about it this way: who do you live with most of the time and who provides the most financial support? This is the parent you indicate on your application. If parents are divorced, then only use that parent who provides for you. If the parent you are using is remarried, then you must include the step-parent and step-siblings in the household.

Do my taxes need to be completed before filling out FAFSA?

No. Just estimate the information to the best of your ability and update your information when your taxes are done. It is better to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible, so you can have more access to funds.

Should I reapply for FAFSA this year if I was awarded no money last year?

Yes, because situations change. If your estimated family contribution is higher than cost of attendance and you won’t be eligible for need-based financial aid, you might be eligible for merit-based aid.

Do I need to submit any info to be considered for merit based?

We automatically consider students for merit-based scholarships. If eligible, then they are automatically considered. In addition, complete the UNF scholarship application because there is merit based scholarships awarded through both FAFSA and Pathways.

What if I fill out the FAFSA for a certain school but don’t end up going there?

You can send the FAFSA to up to 10 different schools.

Are scholarships and financial aid adjusted to not exceed the cost of tuition?

No, they are adjusted to not exceed the cost of attendance. You are not eligible to receive more funding than the cost of attendance (this includes transportation fees, miscellaneous fees, etc.)

When will FAFSA be completed for me to see my package?

You can view your aid package through your myWings account in March and April. If it does not look right, contact One Stop Student Services at 904-620-5555.

How do I apply for a work study?

You can indicate that you’re interested in work study through the FAFSA. You should also contact One Stop Student Services to put your name on the waitlist. Once you are approved, you can go online to search for a job within UNF. After you are hired, Financial Aid will update your Financial Aid Award.

To watch the full webinar, click this link: Financial Aid Webinar

Contact One Stop Student Services for any Financial Aid requests or questions and they will connect you with the right person: 904-620-5555

Written by Amanda Taramona

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