Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Peace at UNF

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Peace at UNF

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As part of our effort to recognize good deeds in the community, we like to give readers a chance to say thank you.

John X. Linnehan of Orangedale sent this e-mail:

"Thanks to President John Delaney and the organizing committee at the University of North Florida for its undertaking Peace Awareness Week and Symposium On Conflict Transformation - Theory and Practice for Peace in Troubled Times.

"Seven full days of extraordinary programs focusing on peace and conflict transformation was made available to UNF students and the greater Jacksonville community.

"It was not anti-war as much as an inclusive approach to peace development in our personal lives, our local community, our nation and our world.

"A Canadian diplomat, a Gandhian scholar from India, a psychologist from Germany provided international input. The acclaimed, Vietnamese artist, Huong, displayed her powerful 'Peace Mural' in the Fine Arts Foyer where over 6,000 students and others viewed it.

"Many kudos to Delaney and the UNF committee that put together this imposing and pro-active week-long program that will, in this writer's opinion, advance an emerging culture of peace in and around Jacksonville and beyond.

"Hopefully, UNF will make this an annual event. Our community needs it."

A GOOD DEED IS APPRECIATED

Daryl Rosemond Figures of St. Augustine sent this e-mail to us:

"I witnessed one of the most beautiful things on Oct. 5. While driving along Old St. Augustine Road near Losco Road, the rain suddenly poured down.

"The van in front of me slowed, stopped and a gentleman exited. I noticed an older woman walking, drenched by the sudden downpour. The man opened up an umbrella and handed it to the woman, got back in his vehicle and drove off.

"It was a great random act of kindness that truly touched my heart."

IMPRESSIVE SHOWING

There were plenty of skeptics when Florida Coastal School of Law opened its doors 11 years ago.

But not many are left now.

The school has won the statewide moot court competition three years in a row, the Times-Union reports.

Enrollment has swollen to 1,400, necessitating the move to a larger campus. …

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