JU Masters in Marine Science to Start in Fall of 2011

Jacksonville University is proud to announce our new Master of Science in Marine Science and Master of Arts in Marine Science (MS/MA) degree programs that are opening this fall. Each program is designed to provide its graduates with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a variety of marine-related positions in industry, government and education, as well as, for entry into doctoral marine science programs.

Duval County School Board Recognitions

During the presentation portion of the monthly meeting of the Duval County School Board, Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals and Board members recognized teachers, volunteers, a community partner and business partners for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to Duval County Public Schools:

UNF/Florida Writers Association Hosts Writers Conference

UNF/Florida Writers Association Hosts Writers Conference

The Division of Continuing Education and the Department of English at the University of North Florida, along with the Florida Writers Association, is sponsoring the 2011 UNF Writers Conference, Friday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 7, at the University Center, Building 43, on campus. The conference is for writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screenplays.

The three-day conference kicks off on Friday, Aug. 5, with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. Conference orientation starts at 8:30 a.m., with 16 writing workshops on craft, genre and marketing beginning at 9 a.m. Also included Friday will be a workshop for the Writers Pitch Book, an opportunity for writers to pitch their books and scripts to agents, editors and Hollywood producers through written pitches after the conference.

Fund Helps Students Become First in Family to Attend College

Fund Helps Students Become First in Family to Attend College

Earning a college degree may seem like an impossible dream to students hoping to be the first in their families to attend college, but it’s not anymore. The University of North Florida will recognize students who are the first in their families to seek a four-year college degree during a First Generation Scholarship Luncheon, supported by THE PLAYERS Championship, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the University Center on campus.

Local Students Honor Those in Japan

Students at Twin Lakes Academy Middle will create origami paper cranes during their social studies classes in honor of those affected by the tragedy in Japan. The goal is to hang 1,000 paper cranes over the folktales/legends section of the school library.

Student Tiffany Nelson presented the idea remembering the story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, and that according to the legend making 1,000 paper cranes makes wishes come true.

The National Junior Honor Society students will meet in the morning to kick-off the day’s work.

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Twin Lakes Middle, 8050 Point Meadows Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32256

4-Acre Blaze Contained in Woods Near Mandarin High School

4-Acre Blaze Contained in Woods Near Mandarin High School

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the third time in recent days, a fire has broken out near Mandarin High School.

Today's fire, which was contained in three hours, broke out in a wooded area behind the school and burned about 4 acres around 11 a.m., said Division of Forestry spokesperson Annaleasa Winter.

The 4-acre fire flared up in a swampy, wooded area about a half-mile from the school between the school grounds and Interstate 295, she said.

DOF created fire lines and ensured the had not spread. She added that it was quickly contained and did no damage to school property. The cause is unclear.

The fire never posed a threat to the school, said John Bracy, spokesman for Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, which aslo responded.

Mandarin High Students: Smoking Marijuana Led to Fire

Mandarin High Students: Smoking Marijuana Led to Fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One of the two Mandarin High School students arrested for arson said they had gone under the football stadium to smoke marijuana, according to police.

The fire broke out under the stadium on March 3, causing nearly $200,000 in damage to the stadium, a classroom and some sports equipment.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the students, 15-year-old Darrell Lamont Jones Jr. and 16-year-old Keith Devon Graham Jr.,  went under the stadium to smoke marijuana at about 7:30 that morning.

At one point, according to statements the suspects gave police, they started daring each other to strike matches and throw them on high jump cushions that were stored nearby.

They caught on fire, and the suspects said they then sprayed cologne on the cushions.

When the fire grew, Jones said he tried to extinguish it with a broom, but they both left the area when the fire got out of hand.