Press Release for Monday, April 14, 2003

MEDIA TIP SHEET (April 14 . 28, 2003)

(904) 620-2140

Each week we prepare a “TIP SHEET” for Jacksonville-area media highlighting events and activities of interest to the community. Please feel free to contact the Office of News&Publications at (904) 620-2140 for additional information on any event. Information also can be obtained by visiting the UNF Web calendar at Individuals attending all events on campus are reminded that $2 parking permits are required and can be purchased at the Information Booth as they enter campus.

Irish Poet Returns

Irish poet Katie Donovan will make a return appearance at UNF on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre at the Robinson Student Center as part of the John Francis Reilly Irish Studies Performance and Lecture Series. A reception and book signing will follow.

Donovan, who visited UNF in 1997, has published three volumes of poetry . Watermelon Man, Entering the Mare and Day of the Dead . and wrote Irish Women Writers: Marginalised by Whom? She also spent 10 years working for The Irish Times.

For more information, contact the Office of News and Publications at (904) 620-2140.

Board of Trustees Conference Call

The Board of Trustees will conduct a conference call Thursday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. Items to be considered include: approval of master's degree in biology; tenure nominations; increase in hours for education programs; equity study in athletics; the UNF Equity Plan; and a report from the Finance and Audit Committee.

Individuals interested in listening to the conference call may do so on the Web by going to and clicking on the appropriate icon. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by visiting the same Web site.

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting may contact Shannon McLeish at (904) 620-2500 at least three working days before the meeting.

Creator of Pretty Good Privacy to Speak at UNF

Philip Zimmermann, the creator of the software Pretty Good Privacy, will speak on "Total Information Awareness" on Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. His talk is part of the UNF Distinguished Voices Lecture Series.

Zimmermann is a privacy advocate and will speak about privacy issues and advancements in technology after 9/11. PGP, which was released to the world in 1991, is widely used to encrypt e-mail for privacy. The U.S. government investigated Zimmermann during a three-year criminal investigation because it said export restrictions for cryptographic software were violated with the release of PGP. The case was dropped in 1996.

For information, contact UNF's Office of News and Publications at (904) 620-2140.

Computing Sciences and Engineering Symposium

The College of Computing Sciences and Engineering will hold its first student-organized Career Showcase and Symposium on Thursday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Center.

The free event will include employers in engineering, information technology, and building construction management. Students will present their research findings and projects, and industry, academic and government speakers will hold breakout sessions.

On the schedule: a representative from the Department of Defense, an enterprise software developer roundtable, and research spanning from robotics to graphics.

Earth Music Fest 2003 is Saturday

Long Beach Short Bus will headline the annual Earth Music Fest on Saturday, April 19, from 2 to 7 p.m. on the Green. The California band features former members of Sublime and the Long Beach Dub Allstars. The daylong festival is free and open to the public, and features Jamaican food and beverages, concessions, world arts and crafts vendors, environmental groups, a "Kid-Stuff" play area for children on the Quad, and nonstop reggae entertainment on the outdoor stage. The festival also marks the 29th anniversary of the Nature Preserve. Pets and coolers are not permitted. For information, contact Osprey Productions at (904) 620-2460.

Environmental Writer to Talk About St. John's River

 Bill Belleville, one of the state's most celebrated environmental writers, will deliver a slide lecture about his journey down the length of the St. Johns River on Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Theatre. The lecture, which is free, is part of UNF'[s Distinguished Voices Lecture series. The program is funded by the Florida Humanities Council.

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