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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.


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Alumni Association at Seven Bridges UNF Alumni Third Thursday co-hosted by Brooks College of Health Nursing Alumni - TONIGHT!


Date: Thursday, Oct. 17
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, Southside near Tinseltown
Cost: Free appetizers

Kick off the fall season and join us Oct. 17 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.


Calling all Nursing alumni! This month we're co-sponsoring with the Brooks College of Health School of Nursing, so come on out to catch up with old friends and professors!  

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or Don't forget to bring your frequent "fly"er card. If you don't have one, make sure you ask for one!



LGBT Alumni Club LGBT Alumni Social

Date: Monday, Oct. 21

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: LGBT Resource Center, Building 58 East, room 1111
Cost: Free 

The next LGBT Alumni Social will be at the LGBT Resource Center at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21. Food and wine will be served! Come see all the changes made at the Center and reconnect with old friends and fellow alumni! Parking permits are required and can be purchased at the campus entrance for $3.


Engagement Ring Event Beer, Wings and Rings Workshop

Date: Thursday, Oct. 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: UNF Alumni Hall
Cost: Free 


Thanks to an overwhelming response, the UNF Alumni Association is bringing back Corinne Turnbull, a GIA certified jeweler, to host this can't miss workshop all about diamonds! If you're considering purchasing jewelry this holiday season, be sure to join us to learn everything you need to know before you buy. This event will fill up! Be sure to reserve your spot today!

Learn Everything You Need to Know: Corinne will provide you, in a no pressure, hands-on environment, all the secrets of how to shop for the perfect engagement ring at the best quality and value.

In Less Than an Hour: Learn the 4 Cs of diamond grading and how they are priced. Learn how to choose the right style and size that fits your budget. Examine real diamonds and rings the same way that experts do. Learn how to set and stay within your budget.

Enjoy Complimentary Beer and Wings: Have fun meeting new friends and gaining invaluable expertise through the UNF Alumni Association.

Reserve Now: Space is limited, so to learn more or to reserve your spot call (904) 710-5783 or click here.



Washington DC UNF Alumni Washington D.C. Event


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Location:BlackFinn Restaurant 
Cost: One free drink per alumni, food & drink specials apply

Looking to connect with fellow Osprey alumni in the Washington, D.C. area? Come out to a fall happy hour on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon to catch up, network and learn more about our goals for UNF alumni in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. BlackFinn Restaurant is located at 1620 I Street NW, easily accessible by both the Farragut West (Orange/Blue) and Farragut North (Red) metro stops. All UNF alumni will receive one free drink ticket. BlackFinn's great happy hour specials will also apply with most drinks less than $5. Please R.S.V.P. to Jessi Ray at (904) 673-4938 or email Don't miss this great event! 


Please connect with this group on LinkedIn and Facebook for weekly updates — join the subgroup on the official LinkedIn page for UNF Alumni, or look for DC Ospreys on Facebook as well. If you're not big into social media, send an e-mail to to be placed on an e-mail list for future events. 



Etiquette Dinner Alumni 'In Good Taste' Etiquette Dinner

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Free 

The UNF Alumni Association cordially invites all alumni to "In Good Taste," a professional etiquette dinner taking place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Adam W. Herbert University Center. 

This is a fun-filled evening that guarantees to provide you with the dining confidence you need to move up in the workforce and get that promotion. Event includes a free four-course meal and reference guide, "Minding Your Manners." 

Limited seating is available. To R.S.V.P., contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or Deadline to R.S.V.P. is Wednesday, Oct. 30.



Book Club November 2013 -new UNF Alumni Book Club

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: UNF Alumni Hall
Cost: Free

For November, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading "My Beloved World" by Sonja Sotomayor. 

"My Beloved World" is a memoir written by Sonya Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice on the United States Supreme Court, about her childhood, education and life through 1992.

This meeting of the book club will be Wednesday, Nov. 13. 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.




Upcoming Events and Information




MOCA Abstraction Over Time MOCA Jacksonville - Abstraction over Time: The Paintings of Michael Goldberg


The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, presents Abstraction over Time: The Paintings of Michael Goldberg. While smaller-scale exhibitions have celebrated Michael Goldberg's canonical abstract expressionist works, no project to date has assessed the significance of his contribution to the continuation of abstraction as a vital art form in post-war America. The exhibit will run through Jan. 5. For information about the exhibit and museum hours, click here. 

Veterans Day Event Military and Veterans Resource Center Annual Veterans Day Tribute


Date: Thursday, Nov. 7    

Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Osprey Plaza
Cost: Free


The Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) will host its annual Veterans Day Tribute at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in Osprey Plaza. The Veterans Day Tribute will honor all those who have served — students, alumni, donors, faculty and staff.


The program includes a number of static displays of military hardware, a UNF Army ROTC Color Guard unit, VA Welcome Home display and food station and a performance of TAPS by a UNF student bugler. The event will also recognize veterans by service branch and conflict. The guest speaker this year is Rear Adm. Vic Guillory, director of Jacksonville's Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Department. For more information click here




Scott Turow Scott Turow Presents "A Novelist Goes to Hollywood"


Date: Thursday, Nov. 7   

Time: 7 p.m.
Location:  Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Free


Scott Turow, attorney and best-selling author, will present "A Novelist Goes to Hollywood" 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Adam W. Herbert University Center. Mr. Turow's books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for "Reversible Errors" and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for "Ultimate Punishment." His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. He is currently working on the upcoming book, "The Trial of the Gemini," expected for release in 2014.  


This lecture is underwritten by Pajcic & Pajcic, P.A. and co-hosted by the UNF College of Arts and Sciences and the UNF Pre-Law Program. This event is free and open to all alumni, faculty and students. However, tickets are required. E-tickets are available by clicking here. 



Dr. Michio Kaku Distinguished Voices Lecture Series presents Dr. Michio Kaku


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12

Time: 7 p.m.
Location:  Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Free


Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. As the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), he continues Einstein's search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory that will summarize all the physical laws of the universe.


The author of numerous international bestsellers, Dr. Kaku's latest is "Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100." Based on interviews with more than 300 of the world's top scientists, he presents revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself. 


To reserve your e-tickets or for more information, please click here.


Executive Spotlight Fall 2013 UNF Transportation & Logistics Flagship Program Executive Spotlight


Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13    

Time: Networking 5 - 6 p.m.; Presentation 6 - 7:15 p.m.
Location:  Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Free


Dan DiGrazio, director of logistics will discuss how Butterball achieves excellence through their Supply Chain Vision Strategy and the Four Pillars of Excellence. Commitment to quality and innovation allows Butterball to deliver superior products and services to consumers and stakeholders worldwide. 

  • Butterball is the largest vertically integrated turkey producer in the United States.
  • Produces 1 billion pounds annually and accounts for 20 percent of total turkey production in the country
  • Employs 5,000 associates in five plant locations and corporate offices
  • Measuring 675,000 square feet, the  Mt. Olive, N.C. facility is the world's largest turkey plant

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact



Athletics Logo 2 UNF Men's Basketball Hosts Fourteen Home Games 2013-2014 Season
The 2013-14 University of North Florida Men's Basketball schedule features 14 home games, along with several match-ups against prominent national programs as announced by fifth-year Osprey head coach Matthew Driscoll.

UNF's non-conference schedule is highlighted by games against teams from high major conferences, including the SEC (Florida, Alabama) and Big Ten (Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State), along with strong mid-major programs Arkansas-Little Rock and Middle Tennessee State.

The first home game is Saturday, Nov. 16. Get your tickets today! Season ticket information is available by contacting the UNF Athletic Ticket Office at (904) 620-BIRD (2473), via e-mail: or by going online.



Cradle of History Alumni Travel Opportunity
Don't miss the opportunity to experience traveling with fellow alumni, your family and friends on a memorable Mediterranean voyage! Cruise to the celebrated ports of Istanbul, Ephesus/Kusadasi, Rhodes, Limassol, Haifa/Jerusalem, Patmos and Athens aboard Oceania Cruises' newest ship, Riviera. Space is limited, and the special alumni price of 2-for-1 cruise fares, free airfare and $2,000 savings per stateroom are only available until Nov. 15. For more information, click here



Coggin Social UNF Alumni Event Photos


Have you been to an alumni event lately? Make sure you check out our photo gallery on our home page and download a few of your favorites for free! All event photos can be found here. Be on the lookout at future events to have your photo taken!




Coggin College makes the grade nationally: The Coggin College of Business is among 10 schools in the state to make the Princeton Review's list of the "295 Best Business Schools" in the country. Click here to read The Florida Times-Union article.
Successful job search begins with soul searching: Rick Roberts, Career Services director, told the Lexington Herald Leader that career indecision is referred to as the lost-at-sea scenario because job seekers often become overwhelmed and feel lost. Click here to read the article.
St. Johns River Report: Dr. Radha Pyati, Department of Chemistry chair, and Dr. Lucinda Sonnenberg, director of the Millar Wilson Laboratory for Chemical Research at Jacksonville University, discussed improvements and concerns regarding the conditions of the St. Johns River 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.

To read more about UNF faculty, staff and students "In the News," click here


Contact: Joanna Norris at or (904) 620-2102. 


Did You Know?


Best College Reviews named UNF's Student Union to its list of 25 Most Amazing Student Union Buildings in the U.S. Click here to see the complete list.

Mention this fun fact to an Alumni Services staff member at an upcoming alumni event and receive a prize! 



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