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The University of North Florida gives students one of best educations for the money, according to one national magazine.

UNF is one of three Florida schools in the top 30 in the Southeastern U.S, said Washington Monthly Magazine


Our Friday Media Roundtable  featured discussion about the Harvard study that sharply criticizes Duval County for the number of convicts it sends to death row, they also looked at the latest University of North Florida poll. The SHARE and SEED Academy is performing “The Wiz” on Saturday and we heard about the “Sing Out Loud Festival” kicking off Friday night in St. Augustine.

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The University of North Florida’s new student recreation center, Field House, is being recognized for its environmentally sustainable construction.

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A group of 60 Jacksonville teens are graduating today from a program celebrating their differences.

The University of North Florida’s OneJax Institute holds the summer program called Metrotown, which exposes students to different perspectives. 

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Jacksonville Beach is home to the University of North Florida’s new Seaside Sculpture Park. The student sculptors cut through a metal ribbon with a blow torch Monday morning to unveil their artwork to the public.


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The University of North Florida’s Computing Department was selected as one of 47 institutions in the U.S. for the National Center of Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program, which will run through 2018.

The National Science Foundation-sponsored program is designed to help get more women working in science technology engineering and mathematics fields.

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In our “Lessons Learned Early” series, WJCT is following one prekindergartener through his first year of school.

Florida’s state-funded voluntary prekindergarten program has been limited to 4-year-olds, until now. Next year’s batch of young learners can wait until they’re 5 years old for VPK, as long as they don’t turn 6 before February.

 


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Doug Leeby swung open the door of an Escalade at the University of North Florida on Thursday. In the back he was sitting, awaiting a mentee.

Leeby, president of Jacksonville software company Beeline, joined four other Jacksonville business leaders to offer 15-minute mentor sessions along with free rides through the ride-for-hire service Uber from the UNF campus.

 


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In our “Lessons Learned Early” series, we follow one pre-kindergartener through his first year of school.

More than halfway through, Florida has decided to do away with a time-consuming student-evaluation tool his voluntary pre-kindergarten teachers used.

While Some Duval County VPK teachers are celebrating that decision, many advocates are saying the tool was necessary.

 


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The international shark research nonprofit OCEARCH was docked in Jacksonville Tuesday.

The group will depart on an 18-day voyage Wednesday with the goal of finding and tagging great white sharks along the Florida and Georgia coasts.

University of North Florida biology Professor Jim Gelsleichter is the only local researcher making the voyage.

 


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 Florida House and Senate leaders announced a deal on the state budget during a late-night meeting Monday, pumping more than $120 million in last-minute projects into the spending plan and setting the Legislature on course to end its annual session Friday, as scheduled.

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The University of North Florida aims to improve students’ health by selling produce grown on campus to its food provider, Chartwells.

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More than half of LGBT Jacksonville residents surveyed say they’ve experienced discrimination in the city. That’s according to a new study from the University of North Florida.

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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

JeffriAnne Wilder founded the Institute for the study of race and ethnic relations at the University of North Florida.

“There are a number of things that happened over the course of my lifetime that have really pushed me even further into examining racial interests,” she says. “So for me as a sociologist, it’s something that’s very interesting, it is always very timely, and I think, given what’s happened in our society since the dawn of our new millennium, is showing us that racial issues are really at the forefront of our nation’s concerns and, unfortunately, social issues.”

Wilder says her parents were born and raised in the South, and many people in her mother’s family were active during the civil rRights movement.

She says being able to see how people in her family tried to overcome barriers during a difficult time period made it easier for her to follow in those footsteps.

“What I would say to younger women, in particular, is to take things step by step and celebrate the everyday successes, to recognize that the long-term impact of change does not happen overnight, to be kind to yourself, and to recognize that failure is a part of growth,” she says. “Visualize what you want to do, and dream big. I think that’s really important for us to do, even the not-so-young women.”


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With the help of some University of North Florida students, Jacksonville residents now have an easier time finding out who’s lobbying city officials.

 

 


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