Student sues Jacksonville University for fees paid during coronavirus shut down
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville University student has filed a federal lawsuit against Jacksonville University. Ashley Allen of California is suing because the school hasn’t refunded tuition, fees, or room and board following the shutdown due to the coronavirus last spring. Even though students continued to receive instruction online, Allen said when the school shut down she and other students were deprived of what they paid for. The lawsuit points out that the university touts the benefits of the campus, the location and the on-campus experience. A university spokesperson said it was still looking into the lawsuit but added the school typically doesn’t comment on matters that are under litigation.
$100K donation to JU sets up scholarship for nurse practitioners
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The health-information network company Availity has donated $100,000 to Jacksonville University to establish a scholarship fund for advanced registered nurse practitioners who could practice independently from physicians under a new state law. Availity said in a prepared statement Tuesday that scholarships will be awarded by the university on a first come, first served basis and that applicants should apply at www.ju.edu/availity. In addition to announcing the establishment of the Availity Scholarship Fund scholarships, Jacksonville University announced it is offering online access to the 45 continuing education hours. Jacksonville-based Availity was founded in 2001 as a joint venture between Florida Blue and Humana. Through mergers and acquisitions, it has grown over the years into a health information network that connects more than 1 million providers and health-plan companies.
Jacksonville University discontinues football program
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In a stunning Tuesday morning announcement, Jacksonville University said that it will no longer play football and will discontinue its Division I program, effective immediately. JU’s football program debuted in 1998 and participated in the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League. The university will offer full-tuition scholarships to every football student-athlete who chooses to stay at JU until graduation and will honor the employment agreements for all football coaches. And we are offering them a full-tuition scholarship, which not one football player currently has today because we don’t play scholarship football," Cost said. “It would have just been shocking.”Some JU football players have already received calls from other schools about joining their teams.
Charting how area players fared in the minor leagues in 2019
The area was well-represented at all levels of pro baseball and we chart how players did in the minors. P, Kyle Arjona, JU, Class A advanced, Clearwater, Phillies, Was 1-2 with 4.26 ERA, 31 Ks in 44.1 IP. P, Kyle Bird, Clay/Flagler, Triple A, Nashville, Rangers, Was 5-1 with 39 Ks, 2.86 ERA in 34.2 IP in Nashville. P, Wes Torrez, JU, Independent, Chicago, Was 1-4 with a 7.91 ERA, 24 Ks in 38.2 IP playing indy ball. P, Alec Wisely, Sandalwood, Rookie, AZL Indians, Indians, Was 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA, 12 Ks in 11.2 IP.
Local MLB update: Gamel with a big grab; Hays' hot start continues
Baltimore Orioles center fielder Austin Hays, a JU product, makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Omar Narvaez during the ninth inning of a Sept. 20 game. Player Local tie MLB teamSS Javier Baez, Arlington CD, Cubs, Hitting .281 with 29 HR, 85 RBI and 89 runs scored. LF Ben Gamel, Bishop Kenny, Brewers, Hitting .249 with 7 HR, 33 RBI. RF Austin Hays, JU, Orioles, Baltimore has been woeful, but Hays' performance since his call-up has been stellar. Stewart, Bolles, Orioles, Hitting .231 with 3 HR, 13 RBI.