University of North Florida 50th Anniversary Timeline

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1963-07-03 00:00:00

Bill Introduced

In the 1963 legislative session, state Senator John E. "Jack" Mathews Jr. introduced a bill to authorize a four-year institution of higher education for Duval County. The bill did not pass through the committee process.

1966-11-20 21:42:19

Florida Junior College at Jacksonville

The Florida Junior College at Jacksonville opens.

1967-08-20 21:42:19

Jacksonville's Consolidation

In August 1967, the voters of Jacksonville and Duval County elected to consolidate the existing city and county governments, and in October of the following year, the two governments were united into one. Jacksonville became--overnight--one of the largest cities in area in the world.

1967-11-20 21:42:19

Feasibility Study

Responding to the legislative action of 1965, the Florida Board of Regents conducted a feasibility study which was published in February of 1967.

1967-11-20 21:42:19

1967 Legislature

To begin construction of the new institution, the 1967 Legislature authorized the expenditure of $1.4 million, subject to the sale of bonds. Planning money was not provided by the 1967 Legislature.

1968-04-23 16:08:50

UNF Site

Jacksonville Mayor Hans Tanzler appointed Gert H.W. Schmidt chairman of a committee to select a site for the public university recently authorized by the Florida Legislature for Duval County.

1968-11-20 21:42:19

1968 Florida Legislature

A special session of the 1968 Florida Legislature appropriated $225,850 to plan for the new institution and employ the early administrators.

1969-02-03 02:35:29

Site Acquired

A 1,000 acre site for the new state university in Jacksonville is selected by the Board of Regents and has been approved by the State Board of Education.

1969-07-11 03:42:58

First UNF President

Florida Board of Regents appointed Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter as UNF's first president.

1969-09-04 21:42:19

Campus Site Title

Board of Regents accepted title to the campus site. Murphy states, ". . the City of Jacksonville and area landowners donated the 1,000 acre campus site midway between the beaches and the city."

1971-09-18 23:16:50

UNF's Groundbreaking

650 guests attend UNF’s groundbreaking, including Florida Governor Reubin Askew, Board of Regents Chancellor Robert Mautz, Commissioner of Education Floyd Christian and local Regent J.J. Daniel, for whom Building 1 is named. "Florida governor Rubin Askew was the keynote speaker." (Murphy, p. 2).

1972-10-02 02:49:21

UNF's First Day of Class

UNF opens for its first quarter with 2,027 upper division and master’s-level students attending classes. Campus consists of only four major buildings and three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Business Administration. The average age of the faculty is two years younger than the average age of students. The Library (now Founders Hall) opens with 100,000 volumes on its shelves. "In just 10 months from the ground-breaking ceremonies, four buildings were completed - an administration building, classrooms, a library and a laboratory" Florida TU.

1973-06-10 10:17:40

UNF's First Graduating Class

UNF's first graduating class consisted of 35 students, including 28 baccalaureate degree candidates and seven master of education degree students. Since the University opened in 1972 as an upper-level institution, these first graduates started at UNF as seniors or were already working on master's or second degrees.

1974-06-01 23:30:43

Charter Class Commencement

685 students in UNF’s charter class graduate. "June, 1974, marked the commencement of UNF's charter class. At the commencement, 591 bachelor's degrees and 96 master's degrees were conferred. The charter class was comprised of students who first enrolled when UNF opened in October, 1972." (Murphy, p. 5).

1974-09-01 00:00:00

Three Additional Buildings

Three additional buildings open.

1974-12-11 09:01:22

Full Accreditation

"Full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools was announced December 11, 1974. A first in Florida educational history, both the undergraduate and graduate level programs were accredited simultaneously." (Murphy, p. 5).

1976-11-26 00:04:03

Alumni Association Founded

The University establishes the UNF Alumni Association.

1978-11-06 06:53:07

National Recreational Trail

U.S. Dept. of the Interior recognizes UNF Nature Trails as a National Recreational Trail.

1979-11-01 09:01:22

UNF Selects Osprey Mascot

The Osprey becomes UNF’s official mascot by write-in vote, beating out the armadillo, seagull, manatee and shark in a campus-wide election.

1980-03-01 09:01:22

New UNF Library

The new library opens, named for then UNF president Thomas G. Carpenter.

1982-10-01 18:21:05

President Curtis L. McCray Inaugurated

McCray inaugurated as the second president of University of North Florida.

1983-09-01 14:20:56

First Varsity Scholarship Awarded to Marilyn Krichko

Marilyn Krichko signed the university's first varsity athletic scholarship.

1984-09-01 02:31:23

Freshmen & Sophomores

Freshman and sophomore programs are authorized in 1983.

1986-07-17 23:36:34

Women's Tennis team wins NAIA National Championship

1987-04-29 07:54:23

UNF Women's Center Opens

UNF Women's Center opens with Shirley Webb as founder and first executive director as a volunteer.

1987-06-13 23:38:02

New Aquatics Center

The Aquatic Center with an Olympic-size pool opens.

1988-03-08 04:01:58

University establishes College of Health

1988-06-01 19:31:19

First Student Graduates with Perfect 4.0 GPA

Monique French becomes the first four-year student to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

1989-01-16 01:09:34

Adam W. Herbert Becomes UNF President

In 1989, Adam W. Herbert became UNF’s third president. After nine years at UNF, he went on to become the chancellor of the State University System.

1989-06-24 21:12:21

Founder's Hall Dedicated

Founder's Hall is dedicated.

1989-09-01 08:47:49

University establishes fifth college

UNF establishes its fifth college, known as the College of Computer and Information Sciences.

1990-10-22 23:18:37

UNF's First Doctoral Program

UNF accepted degree candidates for its first doctoral program, the Doctor of Education, in fall 1990. This program is a part of the College of Education and Human Services.

1990-12-21 20:27:10

Faculty inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame

Rich Matteson, professor of music, is inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame.

1994-01-24 19:42:30

Women’s Tennis Wins NCAA Division II National Championship

Team Members: Elizabeth Donovan, Katherine Kaminer, Kendra Pascoe, Marcey Smith, Adriana Isaza, Leigh Ann Tabor, Tonya Pedata, Jeriann Johnston and Heather Hyme. Head Coach: Charley Jenks. Assistant Coach: Adam Kework.

1995-10-14 14:57:41

Harriet the Mascot

Harriet mascot is born in 1995. Ozzie had been portrayed in costume since 1988, which is almost eight years after the Osprey was chosen as UNF's mascot. Student Government officials chose the name Harriet, which was reminiscent of the popular 1950s TV show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", which aired for 14 years. The UNF mascot jersey numbers "19" and "72" were chosen to combine and form the year 1972, when UNF opened its doors for classes.

1997-10-05 13:09:09

25th Anniversary

UNF celebrates its 25th anniversary.

1999-05-27 18:34:34

Anne H. Hopkins Inaugurated as UNF President

Anne H. Hopkins became UNF’s fourth president.

2001-07-29 00:50:29

Fine Arts Center Opens

UNF's new Fine Arts Center, with seating for 1,300 in the Lazzara Performance Hall, opens.

2002-03-01 15:57:55

College of Business Renamed

The College of Business Administration becomes Coggin College of Business in honor of Luther and Blanche Coggin, who donate $5 million to the college.

2003-01-01 18:38:14

Desmond Tutu

President Anne Hopkins greeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jacksonville International Airport.

2003-08-21 08:20:42

John A. Delaney, 5th UNF President

John A. Delaney becomes UNF’s fifth president.

2005-06-13 08:23:38

School of Nursing Flagship Program

The School of Nursing becomes UNF’s first flagship program, which focuses resources to help transform existing excellence into academic programs with national prominence.

2006-02-13 16:55:45

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review ranks UNF as one of nation’s five best buys in public higher education.

2006-04-02 07:28:01

College of Health Renamed

The College of Health officially becomes Brooks College of Health after Brooks Health System following a $5 million gift to the college.

2006-05-01 07:28:01

Soccer and Track Stadium

George and Kernan Hodges donate $2 milllion to upgrade what is now called Hodges Soccer and Track Stadium.

2006-07-17 20:00:34

LGBT Resource Center Opens

UNF founds the LGBT Resource Center.

2007-10-28 19:12:59

UNF celebrates its 35th anniversary

Highlights of 2007: UNF named Best Southeastern College and a Best Value College by the Princeton Review. The University is awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

2007-11-03 12:10:56

UNF Awarded LEED Certification

The University is awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

2009-11-20 01:43:12

UNF establishes Military Veterans Resource Center

The University established the MVRC in 2009 to serve as an entry point for veterans and their families as they navigate the civilian and academic worlds. Since then, UNF has been named one of the most military friendly schools in the country for eight consecutive years by Victory Media, which honors education institutions doing the most to “serve America’s service members and veteran students.”

2009-12-07 04:37:04

UNF opens new Student Union.

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