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 Book Club
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 12
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: UNF Alumni Hall (4804 South Kernan Blvd.)
For September, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading The Paris Wife by Paula McClain.
Set during a remarkable time, the same period as Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast and The Sun Also Rises, Paula McLain's The Paris Wife brilliantly captures the voice and heart of Hadley Hemingway as she struggles with her roles as a woman, wife, lover, muse, friend and mother, and tries to find her place in the intoxicating and tumultuous world of Paris in the twenties.
This meeting of the book club will be Wednesday, Sept. 12. 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.
UNF Alumni Third Thursday
Date: Thursday, Sept. 20
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, Southside near Tinseltown
Cost: Free appetizers
Kick off the fall and join us for an 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 email@example.com.
Don't forget to bring your frequent "fly"er card! If you don't have one, make sure you ask for one!
Coggin Alumni Chapter’s Fall Social
Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: MOCA Jacksonville (333 North Laura Street)
Join us for this special event at MOCA, a cultural resource of UNF. Happy hour will take place in Café Nola and be followed by a guided tour of the "ReFocus: Art of the 1980s" exhibit. A cash bar will be available and the appetizers will be provided by the Coggin College Alumni Chapter.
For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Stephanie McLarty at (904) 620-5844 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
UNF Coggin College: Graduate Program Mixer
Date: Friday, Oct. 5
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Student Union Ballroom (Room 3703 C&D)
Coggin’s graduate programs may only last two years, but the connection to your peers, the college and your professors lasts a lifetime. We believe our students and alumni are truly one of our most valuable assets. We invite you to join us for a Graduate Program Mixer to network with fellow students and alumni, as well as some of your favorite professors!
Meet new people, share business contacts and broaden your personal and professional networks! For questions and to R.S.V.P., please contact Michelle Green at (904) 620-1540 or email@example.com by Sept. 24.
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. Please note there are no refunds.
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 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!
UNF Alumni Discount on MOCA Membership
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, 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
Mark McCumber at the UNF GolfPlex
The Hayt Golf Learning Center's GolfPlex at UNF is hosting a Power Tee and ES12 Fanfare, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. Come learn from 10-time PGA TOUR Winner and 1988 PLAYERS Champion Mark McCumber as he gives a clinic on ways you can improve your golf game immediately. You will also get the opportunity to try out our new Power Tee and distance measuring device the ES12.
To R.S.V.P., contact the GolfPlex at (904) 620-2050 or email@example.com. For more information please visit the GolfPlex website. Be sure to tell the shop staff that you are a UNF alum and receive a $10 coupon to use on a warm up package the next time you visit the facility.
Osprey Career Fair
Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
Time: Noon - 4 p.m.
Location: UNF University Center
Looking for a job or a career change? Don't miss an opportunity to meet corporate recruiters from the community looking to hire UNF students and alumni. Bring your resume and be prepared to build your professional network. Business professional dress is required.
Questions? Contact UNF Career Services at (904) 620-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
UNF named a best Southeastern college: The University was named one of 136 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region." Click here to see the Action News story.
UNF alums/students reach out to the Philippines: Several UNF graduate and undergraduate students spent time this summer in the Philippines, working at the St. Anthony's Development and Learning Center as part of a Transformational Learning Opportunity. Dr. Caroline Guardino, assistant professor in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education, spoke to WNZF News Radio about the service-learning experience. Click here to listen to the interview.
College success: Dr. Jeffrey Coker, dean of Undergraduate Studies, shared college success tips for students and parents on Action News This Morning. Click here to watch the interview and click here to listen to his "UNF On The Record" radio interview.
Graphic novels assist visual learners: Dr. Katie Monnin, assistant professor of literacy, told the Panama City News Herald that teachers who use graphic novels have students who are completely engaged. Click here to read the article.
Healthy school lunches: Dr. Dorothy Truesdell, assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, talked to First Coast Living about packing healthier school lunches for kids. Click here, then scroll to the "Wednesday, Aug. 22" segments and click on the "Healthy lunches for kids" interview.
UNF economist says local economy stagnant: A tumultuous election year coupled with economic uncertainty overseas kept the First Coast's economy stagnant in July, according to Dr. Paul Mason, economics professor. Click here to read The Florida 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 all UNF freshmen are currently living on campus?
Mention this fun fact to an Alumni Services staff member at an upcoming alumni event and receive a prize!