Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew Update


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Update from the UNF Crisis Management Team as of 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016:


Due to Hurricane Matthew, the UNF Crisis Management Team and President Delaney have decided to provide time for students, especially since many students live in other parts of the state and country, to leave campus. Leaving early also allows local students, faculty and staff to leave campus and prepare.


The CMT is cancelling all classes and student events, which begin after 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 5, and cancelling all classes and student activities scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8.


Residential students are encouraged to leave campus, if they have a safe place to travel to and stay. For the residential students who decide to remain on campus, limited food service operations will be available. The Osprey Shuttle will not run Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Residential students should take precautions listed here. Should expected conditions significantly worsen, the University has a plan in place with an American Red Cross Shelter. 

In the event that a campus evacuation does occur, professional Residence Life Staff will travel with and remain with those students as long as necessary. Residential students who decide to stay on campus should prepare. The American Red Cross provides helpful information that can help you prepare for a disaster. To find out how to make a disaster preparedness plan, click here


Classes and business operations are expected to return to normal Sunday, Oct.  9.  


Any further updates will be communicated to students, faculty and staff via Osprey Update e-mails as well as information posted on myWings, Canvas and Blackboard. The public will be alerted via information posted on UNF’s homepageFacebook and Twitter.


Take care of yourself and stay safe during the impending weather.



The University of North Florida’s Crisis Management Team (CMT) works to ensure that UNF is prepared to respond to, recover from, and diminish the effects of a wide variety of disasters that could adversely affect the health, safety, and welfare of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

UNF Fine Arts Center

Welcome to the UNF Fine Arts Center! The 128,000 square foot Fine Arts Center is a multipurpose facility that is home to the Lazzara Performance Hall, the Music Flagship Program, the Department of Art & Design, faculty offices, classrooms, and rehearsal spaces.  


The 1300-seat Lazzara Performance Hall, inside the UNF Fine Arts Center, is named for Gasper and Irene Lazzara, prominent civic leaders who donated $1.25 million to the performance hall’s funding. The fully equipped proscenium theater has state-of-the-art lighting, sound and acoustics—and is the second largest stage in the area. It is the perfect venue for any type of entertainment or special event including lectures, meetings, fundraisers, fashion shows, graduation or awards ceremonies, film screenings, theater productions, and concerts.

The lobby is equipped with two concession areas, contemporary furnishings, modern lighting accents and an intriguing sculpture installation entitled Aurora, by Tim Curtis, which was commissioned by the Florida Art in State Buildings Program. It’s an ideal place for receptions and can accommodate 200-300 comfortably for a special evening.

The Fine Arts Center also manages two adjacent event venues. The Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theater was the first theater venue built on campus, and features an innovative design that allows the space to be converted from a 700-seat theater to three separate venues including a 400-seat theater and two 150-seat lecture halls. The Robinson Theater is named in honor of Dr. Andrew A. Robinson, Jr., community leader and lifelong educator who served as Interim President of UNF from 1980-1982, as well as founding UNF faculty and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.


The Talon Room is a 2,537 square-foot meeting and banquet space, which opened in 2013, and is located on the fourth floor of Osprey Commons (Building 16). This facility offers contemporary design that features abundant natural light and a gorgeous view of UNF’s scenic Candy Cane Lake and the nearby Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theater.


The Fine Arts Center serves a dual purpose: to enhance the academic programs on campus and to provide unique professional venues for public rentals. The events hosted in our beautiful facilities range from professional theater and dance, concerts, worship services, awards ceremonies, graduations, local dance recitals, regional and national dance competitions, lectures, fundraisers, receptions, film screenings, training/team building sessions, meetings, and banquets. 


Mission Statement

The Fine Arts Center is committed to stimulating the cultural and academic lives of University of North Florida students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Jacksonville community by providing unique professional venues for public rentals, which bring diverse programming to the community, both entertaining and educational.