The last #WomenWednesday feature for #WomensHistoryMonth is in honor of Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne. ----- Jacksonville University Chancellor Emerita Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, who passed away on May 10, 2020, at the age of 102 was known for her unquenchable optimism, her joy for life, and her selfless service to others. Dr. Kinne was a guiding star for us at the University. Throughout her tenure and until her final days, Dr. Kinne was most proud of her connection with students, hundreds of whom she counseled and inspired year after year. --- Read about the impact that she had on Jacksonville University using the link in our bio.
This week, we are halfway through the spring semester. We are looking forward to gathering in person for commencement ceremonies soon, and we are also looking ahead to the fall. -- We have many reasons to be optimistic: lower COVID-19 positivity rates in our community and around the country, decreasing hospitalization rates, accelerating vaccine distribution, and ongoing research to improve our understanding of how to protect ourselves and our communities. With these trends in mind, we are planning and preparing for a fully in-person fall semester. What does this mean? -In-person classes -Face-to-face student group meetings, activities, and programs -Fans at sporting events -Fine arts performances with in-theater audiences -The gradual reintroduction of bigger events We will spend the months leading up to August preparing to maximize the student experience while continuing to prioritize health and safety. -- This plan relies on a central assumption that the positive trends we are seeing now will continue to improve. With continued positive conditions, it’s possible some safety precautions could be lifted sooner than the fall. However, if conditions worsen, we will change our plan accordingly to protect our students and our community. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials. University leadership will continue to meet frequently, and we will provide detailed plans about the policies and procedures you can expect on campus this fall as we get closer to the start of the fall semester. -- In the meantime, we ask you to continue to take necessary precautions like wearing your mask, practicing social distancing, & closely monitoring your health. If you feel symptoms, even allergy-like symptoms such as a headache, congestion, or sore throat, stay home & contact the Student Health Center or your healthcare provider. If you decide to get tested off-campus, please report your test using one of the online forms: Student Self-Reporting and Faculty & Staff Self-Reporting. As we move forward with optimism, the health & safety of every member of our campus community remains our highest priority.
Our second #WomenWednesday feature today is Jacksonville University's all-female @julbscfa technical student worker team. Under the direction of JU's Interim Technical Director and Designer Candace Dickens ‘20 they create events like last night's Women History Month Award Ceremony. This team handles all the technical needs for all the productions in Swisher and provides support for events in Phillips and Terry. They also handle construction needs for scenic elements needed for productions. #WomensHistoryMonth
#WomenWednesday for #WomensHistoryMonth continues with Lindsey Craft MBA '15 @jualumni. Lindsey is a Technical Project Manager at @blackknightinc. Her advice for soon-to-be Dolphin alumni? "Network, network, network! If you are interested in someone's job or career, don't be afraid to reach out and ask if you can have an informational interview. You never know where that conversation can lead... potential job opportunities, internships, etc."
The second feature today for #WomenWednesday during #WomensHistoryMonth is Madison Chin. Maddie is a phenomenal student ambassador for Jacksonville University serving as a Presidential Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions. She also was the tour guide for our new virtual tour. If you haven't had a chance to check out the virtual tour yet, the link is in our bio today!
#WomenWednesday for #WomensHistoryMonth is back! The first feature for today is Elaine Borne, '93/'14, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC. Dr. Borne is currently the Executive Director of the Student Health Center at Jacksonville University. ---- For the last 20 years she has had a very successful career as a hospitalist nurse practitioner and has given back to her profession by mentoring and shaping many new clinicians entering practice. She was inspired to continue her education and ultimately became a double Dolphin (@jualumni) in 2014 when she earned a doctorate in nursing practice. In 2015 she returned to her alma mater as a clinical assistant professor in the Keigwin School of Nursing to develop and lead the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program. Borne was instrumental in developing the Student Health Center at Jacksonville University. She is also a founding member of the DolphiNurse Alumni Network Board (@dolphinurse). Borne noted that it is her greatest desire for each and every JU student to know that we are committed to not only their academic success but also their health and their healthcare needs. @junursingug @jubrchs
Jacksonville University is proud of our graduates and excited to announce plans for in-person commencement celebrations for the classes of 2020 and 2021 this spring. The health and safety of our graduates, faculty, and guests during these ceremonies is our top priority. For this reason, for the first time in our 87-year history, we will be hosting four commencement ceremonies, split by college. Each ceremony will confer doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate degrees from that college for the class of 2021 and attendees from the class of 2020. ---- These ceremonies will be held, per JU tradition, on our beautiful oak-lined Science Green, rain or shine. --- Commencement ceremony dates and times will be as follows: -Davis College of Business – Saturday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. -Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences – Saturday, May 8th at 3:00 p.m. -College of Arts and Sciences – Sunday, May 9th at 9:00 a.m. -Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts – Sunday, May 9th at 3:00 p.m. ---- Jacksonville University continues to follow all state and local guidance and recommendations from our COVID Campus Task Force, the Mayo Clinic, Florida Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. All attendees will be required to follow Jacksonville University’s COVID-19 guidelines, which may include, but are not limited to, wearing an approved mask or facial covering, and adhering to physical distancing requirements. We will update the website with even more detail as we get closer to Commencement, and we will follow up with more specific COVID-related guidelines by early April. ---- For all your Commencement needs visit: www.ju.edu/commencement
#WomenWednesday for #WomensHistoryMonth is back! Every Wednesday we will feature women that are part of the dolphin community. First up, is Rhianna Scyster. Rhianna is one of the recipients of the 2020 Master in Public Policy (@jupublicpolicy) Minority Fellowships. She is is an Exceptional Student Education Support Specialist at @lakeshoremsjax and an Enrichment Specialist at @sanctuaryon8th, which provides after-school and summer camp programs to encourage and empower Jacksonville children and families who live in areas of concentrated poverty. Thanks for all you do for the community Rhianna!
Jacksonville University joins the rest of the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month 2021. Throughout the month of March, the university will host a full slate of events, special topic discussions and activities! Check out the link in our bio.