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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

09/17/15: GirlUp; Speech And Hearing Center; Shrimp And Grits Festival; Kerry Speckman

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Next week the Jacksonville chapter of the United Nations Association and the Jacksonville University Political Science Society will hold the  "GirlUp: Empowering Women and Girls as the Third United Nations Millennium Goal" discussion about gender equality issues on the First Coast and around the world. We discuss efforts to close the gender gap with Karen Jackson, JU professor of biology, Amy Stalker, sponsor of the GirlUp Club of Fleming Island High School, and her student Rachel Thompson, president of the GirlUp Club.

The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center has earned International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards certification for providing services for patients with autism. Mike Howland, President and CEO of Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, and Michelle Killian, President of IBCCES, join us to discuss this.

In an encore presentation of our latest First Coast Success segment, Karen Mathis of the Daily Record speaks with UNF professor Dr. Parvez Ahmed.

We preview the 10th annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival with Nancy Kring Rowan, Jekyll Island Authority events manager.

And Kerry "The Specktator" Speckman drops by with a look at all of the events happening around town this weekend.

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