Jacksonville University #ilovejax Chamber of Commerce tour highlights
• An extensive dining remodeling process — the culmination student surveys — will be completed this fall.
• Riverview Café with Mongolian Wok-style service to go with several popular dining options.
• The restaurant icon Chick-fil-A was chosen through student surveys to replace Nellie’s, and a convenience
store and smoothie bar are being added.
• Nimnicht Fitness Center provides a picturesque view overlooking the John Sessions baseball stadium
and Romesburg Riverfront, and includes group fitness classes.
Davis Commons/Kinne University Center
• A $6.5 million, 32,000-square-foot “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) GOLD certified
facility; opened in 2010.
• The region’s premier marine science research and education facility focusing on the St. Johns River
and coastal region.
• Collaboration between JU, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville Marine
Charities, City of Jacksonville, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
• Adding a state-of-the-art floating classroom with lab stations in fall 2013; with companion dock serving
marine science, sailing and crew.
Marine Science Research Institute
#ilovejax Tour of Jacksonville University
• $4.2 million project adding 4,500 seats to the football and lacrosse stadium; second phase will be
expandable to 11,000 seats
• A companion Athletics Center featuring a sports medicine facility, weight room, locker rooms for multiple
sports, and JU Athletics Hall of Fame is planned.
• Outdoor track events can also be held at the facility, which will have a media area, concessions and
• Student-athletes make up one-fifth of the JU student body, have a collective 3.06 grade-point-average,
and compete on JU’s 19 NCAA Division 1 teams.
• Dolphin teams have won 39 conference and league championships since 2004.
• $7.5 million basketball and volleyball practice is planned; locker rooms, sports medicine and weight
training facilities, offices and a video room will be included.
• $200,000, 3,000-square-foot softball facility will open in fall 2013.
• The new $8 million, 30,000-square-foot College of Health Sciences building is a centerpiece of
JU’s $85 million ASPIRE campaign and is set for completion in August 2014.
• Health Sciences enrollment is projected to rise as much as 40 percent by 2016, to around 2,300.
• This fall’s entering nursing class will be the largest in JU’s history: 67 new students are signed up, for a
total of 260 total pre-licensure undergraduates.
• JU recently welcomed Dr. Christine Sapienza as associate dean of the College of Health Sciences, a
national leader in her field who is building its new Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
• Our Nursing graduates had a collective 98.65% passing rate on their nursing licensure examinations in
2012, with a 100% pass rate for the last two cycles.
• The current overall GPA for the incoming Fall 2013 pre-licensure BSN students is a cumulative 3.7.
• JU’s School of Orthodontics certifies 15 orthodontics students each year and is the largest program in
• The School of Orthodontics provides free screenings to more than 2,000 patients annually.
College of Health Sciences
• This new study center, gathering spot and place to relax for
student veterans is coming online this fall.
• JU is a 100 percent-match Yellow Ribbon school, and between
JU and the VA it covers the full cost of tuition for nearly all
• Jacksonville University strongly supports its veterans, who
at more than 300 students make up more than 10 percent of
our student body.
• JU has one of the largest Navy ROTC programs in the country
and has commissioned more than 1,250 Navy Ensigns and
Marine Corps Second Lieutenants.
• The first NROTC Unit in Florida was formally dedicated at
Jacksonville University in 1971.
Student Veterans Center
• JU’s MBA program is among the top 100 accredited programs in North America listed by the International
Graduate Forum, a rigorous process that examines the top criteria driving business schools’ effectiveness
• DCOB will begin a Doctorate in Business Administration in fall 2014, one of only a handful of accredited
such programs nationwide. The degree gives JU its second doctoral program, after the University began
its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2011.
• The Davis Aviation Center’s new $500,000 flight simulator is turning heads. The replica of a Bombardier
CRJ-700 airliner cockpit uses Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as its “home” runway
giving JU aviation students valuable training time.
Davis College of Business
• The $150,000 W.C. and Susan Gentry Nature Preserve and Boardwalk is a raised 300-foot walkway and
gazebo built from recycled materials overlooks a pristine nature and wetlands preserve, for use by
students and the public.
• The Swisher Golf Practice Facility was dedicated in 2012 and is used by the men’s and women’s golf
teams to help take their programs to the next level in competition and recruiting. It is open year-round
and allows players to work on shots up to 165 yards.
• The Larry Strom Amphitheatre on Dolphin Green is big enough for medium-sized bands on up to the
Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra. Its lawn features casual seating, and the stage opens to the water.
• In early 2013, the westernmost area of campus was renamed “Romesburg Riverfront” in honor of former
President Kerry Romesburg and his nine years of service to Jacksonville University.
• This ‘50s-era ranch structure that housed presidents and then
staff offices is being remodeled into a gathering spot with
technology, food, craft brew pub, conference rooms, outdoor
party deck, fire pit, entertainment stages and more.
• The $1 million project is being funded through generous
donations from the Stein and Frisch families, financial
assistance from JU service contractor Sodexo and numerous
other alumni contributions.
• JU leaders are seeking to replicate and improve upon the
experience at The Rathskeller, which alumni may fondly
remember as a pub and entertainment center in the Kinne
University Center from 1975-1985 that was extremely popular
with students and faculty.