UNF Nest Notes
An electronic newsletter for UNF alumni designed to provide you with up-to-date information on upcoming happenings at the University of North Florida and to promote activities of the UNF Alumni Association. Prepared by the UNF Office of Alumni Services.
Upcoming Alumni Events and Information
UNF Third Thursday “Summer Sizzler” co-hosted by Coggin College Alumni Chapter - Tonight!
Date: Thursday, July 19
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, Southside near Tinseltown
Cost: Free appetizers and a free drink!
Beat the heat and join us TONIGHT at Seven Bridges for a casual evening of fun and networking with fellow alumni and friends. The appetizers are free, compliments of Seven Bridges. This month all Coggin College of Business alumni will receive a FREE drink compliments of the Coggin College of Business Alumni Chapter!
Also, the YACs will be helping to “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for children in the Jacksonville area. Items needed include (all NEW please) backpacks, lunch boxes, crayons, markers, paper, notebooks, tissues and all the standard school supplies. Anyone who brings a donation to Third Thursday will receive a FREE beverage as well.
This is one of our most popular events, so come out to Seven Bridges and be part of the scene. For more information call or e-mail Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or email@example.com.
UNF Alumni Los Angeles Club Beach Bash
Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Malibu Bluffs Park (24256 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, 24250)
Cost: Free - bring your own picnic lunch!
The UNF Alumni Association invites all alumni in the Los Angeles area to join us for an afternoon of sun and fun with other LA area alumni from FSU, UCF, USF, FAU, FAMU, UF, FGCU and UWF. This second annual family picnic will take place Saturday, Aug. 4 at Malibu Bluffs Park from 5 - 9 p.m. Wear your UNF school colors, bring your own picnic lunch and interact with alumni from UNF along with other Florida institutions. Free parking and free water for all attendees!
For more information and to R.S.V.P. by Aug. 1 please contact the Office of Alumni Services at 1-800-UNF-GRAD or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNF Alumni Book Club
Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: UNF Alumni Hall (4804 South Kernan Blvd.)
For August, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading Growing Up Jacksonville by Dorothy Fletcher. This book describes Jacksonville during the '50s and '60s as a wonderful and energetic place for the children who called it home. Mothers belonged to garden clubs and fathers played the golf links, while the children who grew up in Jacksonville frolicked on the warm beaches and fed peanuts to Miss Chic, the first elephant at the Jacksonville Zoo. They strapped on skates and held hands as they circled the rink of the famous Skateland, wandered down the stacks at Haydon Burns Library and crossed the many bridges that traversed Jacksonville's waterways. Join Dorothy Fletcher, former columnist for the Florida Times-Union, as she recounts the memories and adventures of the people who grew up Jacksonville.
This meeting of the book club will be Wednesday, August 8. The Alumni Book Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Office of Alumni Services located at Alumni Hall. Beverages and snacks will be provided. To join us or for more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723.
Save the Date - Alumni Game Day at the Jaguars
Save the date!!! The third annual UNF Alumni Game Day with the Jaguars is set to take place Sunday, Dec. 9 as the Jags take on the NY Jets!! Tickets will be $45 and include a pre-game tailgate. They are set to go on sale in the next few weeks so get ready!!
Upcoming Campus Events and Information
Call for Applications
The UNF Alumni Association is currently seeking candidates to fill at-large vacancies for the Board of Directors. The Board helps set the strategic direction for Association activities and programs that benefit alumni and the University community. At-large directors serve three-year terms and may serve two terms consecutively. Ideal candidates are alumni who have interests and expertise in the areas of golf, marketing and communications and social media strategies. Responsibilities include attending three Board meetings per year and participating on one or more Association committees. Applications will be accepted through July 27.
For more information or to request an application, please call Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or e-mail Faith Hall at email@example.com.
UNF GolfPlex - Get Golf Ready Program
Starting July 24, the UNF GolfPlex will offer the Get Golf Ready program for golfers with little or no experience. This program consists of a series of five introductory golf lessons conducted by a quality PGA professional. These lessons are provided in a small-group environment for the affordable price of only $99. This program is a wonderful opportunity for you, your family, friends or business colleagues to learn the game of golf or build upon existing skills. There are two sessions to choose between:
6 – 7:15 p.m. beginning July 24
10 – 11:15 a.m. beginning August 18
For more information and to register contact John Berardi at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 620-2050.
The Joys of Collecting: Selections from the Eisen Collection
The UNF Department of Art and Design presents selections from the collection of Judy Eisen and the late Dr. Saul Eisen.
If one word were used to describe the Eisen’s collection, it would have to be quality. Many of the artists’ names represented here are well known to the museum-going public: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Robert Motherwell, Richard Diebenkorn, Jean Dubuffet and Lucien Freud. The works of these artists are in many important museums, and their works on display are united by being highly characteristic of their styles and movements, which range from Pop Art to Art Brut to abstract and figural expressionism.
For information about the exhibit and museum hours click here.
Nominations for Alumni Association Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the October 2012 Alumni Recognition Dinner. Awards include the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award, Outstanding Alumni Award and Honorary Alumni Award. For more information on these awards and to nominate a deserving alumnus, please click here. Deadline for submissions is July 30.
ArtCamp at MOCA Jacksonville
Grow your child’s creativity with a memorable summer at MOCA! MOCA Jacksonville offers artcamp@MOCA, nine week-long sessions of creative art making for ages 4-17. Experienced art educators provide a variety of art making activities while having fun being creative. Your child will learn about contemporary art and grow their visual vocabulary. For more information click here.
UNF in the News
Digging up centuries of artifacts on Black Hammock: UNF faculty, staff, students and volunteers took part in the excavation of a large building from the Spanish Mission and Mocama-speaking Timucua Indian village of San Buenaventura de Guadalquini, which was occupied between 1684 and 1696. Click here to watch the First Coast News story and click here to view The Florida Times-Union photos.
UNF team sees the sea as source for antibiotics: Dr. Amy Lane, an assistant professor of Organic Chemistry, is working with a team of student assistants trying to isolate antibiotic compounds they've found in marine organisms living in sediment collected off the coast of Northeast Florida and on trips to places such as the Florida Keys in order to find new, more effective sources of antibiotic drugs in the sea. Click here to read the Times-Union article and click here to watch the Action News story.
Beat the heat: Dr. Peter Magyari, director of the Undergraduate Exercise Science Program, talked about how to stay cool while exercising in the summer heat with Action News. Click here to watch the interview.
New glass sculpture installed on campus: St. Augustine artist Thomas Long installed his blown-glass sculpture "Wellspring" in the Biological Sciences Building this week. The sculpture is part of the Art in State Buildings program, which requires that .5 percent of construction appropriation be set aside for permanent artwork in or around the building. Click here to view photos from First Coast News and click here view Times-Union photos.
Growth at UNF: President John Delaney appeared as a guest on WJXT Ch. 4's "This Week in Jacksonville" to discuss the growth of the University. Click here to watch the interview.
'UNF On The Record' discusses flash fiction: Mark Ari, creative writing instructor in the Department of English, discussed flash fiction on "UNF On The Record," a weekly radio show featuring campus life as well as faculty and student research. Click here to listen to the interview.
Gold seal scholarship changes: Anissa Agne, financial aid director, told First Coast News that in order to save money, the legislature changed the eligibility requirements in April for the Gold Seal Vocational scholarship. Click here to watch the interview.
Sugary drinks: Jackie Shank, nutrition instructor, talked about sugary drinks and better beverage choices on "First Coast Living." Click here and scroll to "Wednesday, July 11: Sugary Drinks" to watch the interview.
To read more about UNF faculty, staff and students "In the News," click here. Anyone with an expertise or event to share with the media is encouraged to contact Joanna Norris, associate director of Public Relations.
Did You Know?
Did you know that UNF students study abroad at twice the national average? To learn more about these programs click here.
Mention this fun fact to an Alumni Services staff member at an upcoming alumni event and receive a prize!