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 Alumni Third Thursday - Tonight!
Date: Thursday, Aug. 16
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
Location: Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, Southside near Tinseltown
Cost: Free appetizers
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget to bring your frequent "fly"er card! If you don't have one, make sure you ask for one!
UNF Young Alumni Club at Ginnie Springs
Date: Saturday, Aug. 18
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Ginnie Springs, FL
Cost: $12 per person for park admission
Grab your sunscreen and come hang onto summer with fellow UNF alumni at Ginnie Springs! BBQ starts at 2 p.m. at the Dogwood Pavilion, and if you're up for it, bring a tent and stay the night. UNF will be providing the BBQ and a few inner tubes, so it's BYOB and float at your own risk. For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Alumni Services at email@example.com or (904) 620-4723.
Individuals are responsible for park fees, and directions will be sent to those who R.S.V.P. The Ospreys are swooping to the Springs, you won't want to miss it!
For more information about Ginnie Springs visit www.ginniespringsoutdoors.com.
UNF Goes Mobile With a New App for Your Smartphone
There's an app for that! And now UNF has one too.
The new UNF Mobile app, available for both the iPhone and Android, allows you to keep up-to-date with UNF news, take care of your University business, and connect with others when and where it is convenient for you. You can do it all, right from the palm of your hand.
The app is simple to install and use. In just a minute or two, you’ll be able to surf the UNF website from a mobile platform and access all your favorite links. At the same time, you can read all the latest news about UNF from our press releases, media hits, Osprey Update or the Alumni Journal. To learn more about the app, click here and get started!
Alumni Game Day at the Jaguars - Tickets on sale NOW!
Ticket packages are now on sale for the UNF Alumni Association’s 3rd Annual Alumni Game Day Experience, Sunday, Dec. 9 at Everbank Field. The Jaguars will play the New York Jets at 1 p.m., and our tailgate will take place from 10 a.m to 12:45 p.m.
Our $45 ticket package includes a $10 tax-deductible donation to UNF, game ticket, t-shirt, tailgate pass for free food and a raffle ticket for exciting Jaguars memorabilia. If you already have a game ticket, you can purchase the tailgate-only package for $15 and receive a t-shirt, tailgate pass and raffle ticket.
Parking passes are sold separately for $10 each. Come mix and mingle with other UNF grads, plus alumni from Jacksonville University and Florida State College. Last year's event sold out, so it's sure to be a great crowd!
Click to order your tickets and parking.
Contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and for special requests to be seated with others or special needs accommodations. Coolers are permitted into the tailgate area. All patrons are responsible for their own belongings. We look forward to seeing you there!
UNF Alumni Discount on MOCA Membership
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, is dedicated to creating a unique environment where members can experience and enjoy contemporary art. Members have access to exclusive opportunities throughout the year to interact with innovative art exhibitions by regional, national and international artists.
The Museum is now extending a special dicsount to all UNF Alumni. On top of this discount, UNF Alumni will also receive the exclusive affinity group membership add-on included in this special price for the first year.
For more information and to purchase your membership today, click here!
Upcoming Campus Events and Information
Opening of the UNF Student Wellness Complex
The newly constructed 75,000-square-foot Student Wellness Complex will open for operations and usage from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17.
The multi-faceted, 19.5 million dollar facility is a state-of-the-art wellness, fitness and sports learning facility and will offer UNF students, faculty and staff unlimited access to the largest, most comprehensive wellness center in Northeast Florida. With its 32-foot climbing wall, it's bound to be an exciting workout!
Rates are currently posted for alumni on the UNF webpage. Click to see pictures on the UNF Alumni Facebook page.
UNF GolfPlex - Get Golf Ready Program
The UNF GolfPlex is currently offering 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 is one session taking place in August, so sign up today!
10–11:15 a.m. beginning Aug. 18
For more information and to register, contact John Berardi at email@example.com or (904) 620-2050.
Project Atrium: Tristin Lowe
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, enters into the second year of its innovative Project Atrium series with a site-adapted work of stellar proportions. Project Atrium: Tristin Lowe breathes life into this highly respected artist’s grand-scale installations of the moon and comets constructed from felt, fabric, neon and other out-of-this-world materials.
Using low-tech methods and material, sculptor Lowe created his 2010 work, "Lunacy", a sizable version of the moon that fills the Museum’s Haskell Atrium Gallery by covering an inflatable sphere in white felt. This exhibit is on display now through Oct. 28.
For information about the exhibit and museum hours, click here.
Reflections: Vietnam War 45 Years Later
The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery in the Student Union East Building is hosting a new exhibit beginning Aug. 20 and running through Dec. 7. This series is an eclectic fusion of styles combining representational, surrealism and experimental modernism. The use of symbolism is interwoven among the war series paintings depicting pain, suffering and death associated with all war, especially the Vietnam War. It is based upon the artist, Jerry Domask’s, personal observations and shared conversations with fellow comrades-in-arms and former POW, Ted Gostas.
For more information, please contact the Intercultural Center for PEACE staff at (904) 620-2475.
UNF in the News
Meteor mystery: Based on intriguing accounts by Spanish and French explorers in 1564, Dr. Jay Huebner, physics professor emeritus, believes that a strike by a meteor, comet or asteroid could have formed Round Marsh in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Click here to read The Florida Times-Union article. Click here to watch the Action News interview.
Forbes ranks UNF among 'America's Best Colleges': For the second consecutive year, the University has been ranked by Forbes as one of "America's Best Colleges." Click here to see the First Coast News story.
Student engineering team wins Big Beam contest: A student civil engineering team was recently selected as the regional winner of the 2012 Engineering Student Design Award by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. The team also placed fourth for the first time in the national competition. Click here to read the Times-Union blog.
Back-to-school anxiety: Dr. Tracy Alloway, assistant professor of psychology, provided tips on how parents and students can cope with going back to school. Click here to watch the Action News interview.
Local glass artist creates sculptures for UNF building: Colorful organic art floats along the newly whitewashed walls of the Biological Sciences Building, drawing in aspiring minds with shades of blue, green and orange. St. Augustine glass blower Thomas Long created the display as his largest piece. Click here to read the St. Augustine Record article.
Florida universities can reform general education: Dr. David Jaffee, sociology professor, shared his opinion on general education reform in The Gainesville Sun. Click here to read the opinion column.
UNF grad's passion bolstered by helping hand: D’Sean Kirkland just received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University, and he’s headed to graduate school at Full Sail University in Orlando for music business. Without the Jacksonville Commitment Scholarship program, a public/private partnership, none of it would have been possible. Click to read the Times-Union article.
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 currently has 24 fraternities and sororities on campus?
Mention this fun fact to an Alumni Services staff member at an upcoming alumni event and receive a prize!