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Fall enrollment numbers at Jacksonville-area colleges and universities are surprisingly high given the economic toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken, and some schools are even reporting record numbers.

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The University of North Florida is announcing the safety precautions it’ll be taking to prepare for the fall 2020 semester. 

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A University of North Florida employee has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Following direction from the state, Florida’s colleges and universities are taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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University of North Florida Professor Keith Ashley and his students are excavating at Big Talbot Island in  the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve with the goal of finding evidence of an ancient Native American village. Not much is known about the place called Sarabay, which Europeans documented in the 1500s.

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A four-member delegation from the University of North Florida is setting out to forge a partnership with the University of Haifa during Gov. Ron DeSantis’ week-long business trip to Israel.  

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Students need to stay vigilant when it comes to racial equality. That was the messge Wednesday in a speech at the University of North Florida by a key figure in U.S. Civil Rights history.

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Four Jacksonville area college freshmen are benefiting from a donation given to the city by the King of Pop, 34 years ago.

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A University of North Florida chemistry professor wants scientists to work smarter, not harder.

He says it’s a matter of collecting data that already exists and organizing it in a way that’s easy to find, search through and understand.

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U.S. News & World Report has released its 2019 edition of “Best Colleges,” and for the eighth year in a row the University of North Florida was ranked as one of the “Best Regional” universities in the South.

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The JAX Chamber hosted its 5th annual Tech Coast Conference on Wednesday, featuring a new $2,500 IT scholarship which was awarded to two University of North Florida freshmen.

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Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan says he is talking to the University of North Florida about a potential early voting site on the campus for the November elections, but it’s unlikely to happen due to logistical issues.

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton about his story on a federal lawsuit filed against Jacksonville-based Fanatics that accuses the company of racial discrimination and harassment (01:05).

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New University of North Florida president David Szymanski sat down with WJCT News on his first day on the job.  Szymanski, the former University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business Dean, replaces John Delaney who served as UNF’s president for the past 15 years.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF political science and public administration Assistant Professor Josh Gellers and MOSH planetarium director Eddie Whisler about this weekend’s Earth Day (01:08).   

Northeast Florida Regional Council CEO Brian Teeple discussed the Elevate Northeast Florida regional development strategy (33:56).  

And Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up this week (46:00).

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University of North Florida President John Delaney will join a strategic alliance formed by the Rogers Towers law firm and The Fiorentino Group government relations provider.

Delaney will join the alliance June 1. He retires May 31 from UNF after 15 years as president.

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High school students will now have a new way to learn about the Civil Rights Movement with the help of a Jacksonville Eastside mural that is being created.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen regarding International Women’s Day (01:06).

Director of the UNF International Business Program Andres Gallo and Janice Donaldson from UNF’s Small Business Center told us about next week’s Value Creation in the Global Economy conference on Jacksonville’s logistics market (24:19).

Melissa spoke with local MasterChef Junior finalist Camson Alvey and ahead of next week’s Root Ball to raise funds for Greenscape of Jacksonville we were joined by Executive Director Anna Dooley and ball committee member Robin Patton along with musicians Brendan Doherty and Philip Pan, who will perform there (46:00).

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs (01:51).

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Principal Melanie Hammer, Executive Director of the Douglas Anderson Foundation Jackie Cornelius and former student Tanner Lane talked Saturday’s annual Extravaganza (38:49).

Author Amy Chua told us about her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (46:00).  

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with University of North Florida professor Matt Corrigan and UNF students Ryan McDonagh and Todd Higginbotham about a new UNF study on how to get more millennials to move to downtown Jacksonville (01:14).   

Our latest edition of Art Attack featured Lee Hamby of Five and Dime Theatre, Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library, Jamario Stills from Phase 8 Theater Company, Alicia Somers, VP at Regions Bank and Katie McCaughan of Jacksonville Dance Theatre (31:42).  

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming to the Jacksonville area in February (46:00). 


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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF professor Dr. Jim Gelsleichter about the research vessel W.T. Hogarth that he and some students will be using this spring for ocean research (01:12).

We heard about an event this weekend at the University of North Florida to prevent teen suicides with UF Health Jacksonville Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Allison Ventura (26:35).    

Generous Pours founder Ellen Cottrill told us about this week’s fundraiser at HOBNOB for Feeding Northeast Florida (35:02).

Jacksonville Public Library Special Collections Manager Laura Minor and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Christopher Lane told us about an event this weekend highlighting the library’s map collection (46:00).   


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The University of North Florida Police Department is taking steps to have body cameras available for all patrol officers and sergeants with the aid of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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The University of North Florida and several other colleges and universities in the state have received an extortion threat demanding payment in bitcoins.

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UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is not ruling out another run for office as he steps down this May from his tenure leading the university.

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Greek activities will keep going at the University of North Florida, according to UNF President John Delaney.

UNF Greek Life Events Suspended Indefinitely by Fraternities

Dec 5, 2017
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Greek life social events at the University of North Florida have been suspended indefinitely, according to a letter from the university's council presidents.

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UNF students and faculty are expressing their concerns over the school’s learning and cultural climate in wake of two racial incidents that occurred this fall.


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According to Centers for Disease Control data, sexually transmitted disease infections are on the rise among the country’s youngest population.

In Jacksonville, some University of North Florida faculty are trying to stop that trend with education and yes, condoms.


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University of North Florida President John Delaney said in a statement Thursday the suspension against UNF student Ken Parker, who has a history as a white supremacist, has been lifted.

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Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (01:10).

We heard about the upcoming Tour de Farm event with Slow Food First Coast Chapter Leader Kurt D’Aurizio and Farm Tour Coordinator Kyle McBride (38:52).

St. Augustine-based folk/rock band Wingfield performed live in-studio (46:00). 


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