University of North Florida

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A community meeting is happening tonight at the University of North Florida with an important purpose.

It’s an invitation for people to better understand the new Common Core State Standards for education in Florida.

Common Core, as it’s called, has become controversial in the state as of late, with some questioning Florida’s move to join most other states in adopting the standards.

Trey Csar, executive director of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, joined Melissa on First Coast Connect to discuss tonight’s meeting on the Common Core State Standards.

U.S. Air Force

Jacksonville is a military-friendly town with three Navy bases a Coast Guard station and numerous National Guard centers.

It was only four years ago that the military began working with the Duval County public schools through its School Liaison Officer Initiative to address the needs and concerns of military kids.

Dawn Kaunike set up the program at 14 of the Navy’s 17 bases in the Southeast.

Kaunike was a military brat and later a military spouse, so when she says military kids have a lot to deal with, she’s speaking from experience.

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The government shutdown ended Thursday, but the deal may have come too late to save one University of North Florida professor’s dream project for this year.

Anger growing over a lack of school librarians, jurors expected to begin Allied Veterans deliberations, and some fort crashing St. Augustine tourists are in headlines this morning.

UNF False Police Reports Handled With Care

Sep 19, 2013

Crime alert flyers were posted everywhere on UNF’s campus over the weekend. The notice said an attempted robbery took place in a dormitory parking lot in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Several hours later, a second notice was released saying the alleged victim admitted to making up the incident.

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Southbank Riverwalk to be renovated despite objector: Work has begun to replace the city's aging wood boardwalk without the approval of the owners of the Crowne Plaza hotel.

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Dozier dig reveals bone, coffin parts: The excavation of the site of the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna has turned up a coffin handle and hardware and skull and teeth fragments. (CNN) 

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Today on First Coast Connect, we're on he road at the University of North Florida with guests UNF President John Delaney, student government president Carlo Fassi, authors and UNF psychology professors Tracy Alloway and Ross Alloway, and sports with Cole Pepper.

New Generation Of Jaguars Fans Emerge

Aug 16, 2013
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In recent years the Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled on the field, and struggled to sell tickets. That could be changing as the first generation of homegrown Jags fans comes of age.

Jacksonville surged with energy when the Jaguars began their first season in 1995, and not even the city's youngest residents could escape the excitement.

Many of the kids who were in town in 1995 still have the same passion for the team twenty years after Jacksonville was awarded an NFL franchise in 1993.  

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The University of North Florida is throwing itself a big party tonight to celebrate the success of a 4-year long fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal by $20 million. 

The goal of UNF’s Power of Transformation fundraiser was to raise $110 million by the end of 2012.  University President John Delaney says it was a gamble.

"We announced in 2009 that we were going to kick off a capital campaign and we debated - because that was in the throes of the recession - whether or not we should go forward with it."

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