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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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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 alumnus, 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 areas. 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 'In Good Taste' Alumni Etiquette Dinner — Last Chance to Register!

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Free 

Have questions about dining etiquette but are afraid to ask? Not sure which fork to use, or even the rules for passing the salt?  


Join us at this fun event guaranteed to build your confidence and character in any dining situation. Learn the essentials of dinner table etiquette that will impress your friends and family — not to mention prospective employers! Guests will enjoy a four-course meal, reference guide "Minding Your Manners" and fun networking with fellow UNF alumni.


Don’t miss this popular event! 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 Friday, Nov. 1.



#GetThatJob 2013 YAC Presents: Using Social Media to '#GetThatJob'
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Young Alumni Club will present a fun, interactive workshop presented by UNF graduate @JasonPratt, where he'll discuss how to e-market yourself for the job market and use social media to "#GetThatJob." This event is free and open to all UNF alumni and students. A $3 parking permit is required to park on campus and can be purchased at Parking Services. 

About Jason: Social Media user and educator Jason Pratt has been engaged in internet communications since 2000, graduating from UNF in 2004 with a B.S. in communication. Jason joined Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, working with the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media (#MCCSM) team in early 2011. He uses social media networks to communicate with patients, physicians and other members of the health care community in order to help improve health globally.




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.




Alumni Association at Seven Bridges UNF Alumni Third Thursday co-hosted by the UNF Military Veteran Alumni Club


Date: Thursday, Nov. 21
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, Southside near Tinseltown
Cost: Free appetizers

Join us Nov. 21 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!


Following the spirit of Veterans Day, this month we're co-hosting with the UNF Military Veteran Alumni Club! 

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!




2013 Holiday Party Save the Date! UNF Alumni Association 22nd annual Holiday Party

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Time: 7 - 10 p.m.
Location: The Casa Marina Hotel
Cost: Suggested minimum donation of $20 per person


Save the date for the one holiday party this season you don't want to miss! The UNF Alumni Association 22nd annual Holiday party will take place Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Casa Marina Hotel in Jacksonville Beach. Come enjoy great food, music, dancing and more!


For questions about the event, or to send your early R.S.V.P., please contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or


For reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please call the Office of Alumni Services at least five days in advance. 



Upcoming Events and Information




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




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 at Butterball, 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



Art and Design Calling All Alumni from the Department of Art and Design 2004 - 2014


The Department of Art and Design and the UNF Gallery of Art are seeking art and design graduates who are interested in submitting work for an Alumni Exhibition next summer (May-July). As part of the department’s tenth anniversary in 2014, they would like to showcase your work and celebrate your accomplishments.


Please contact Amara McMann, coordinator of UNF Art Galleries, at (904) 620-2534 or for more information. 



Athletics Logo 2 The University of North Florida Athletics Hall of Fame
The University of North Florida Athletic Department inducted its 2014 class of the UNF Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 at Adam W. Herbert University Center. The class featured four athletic standouts along with one championship team and an influential administrator.

The list of honorees include Joby Birr (Baseball), Valerie Martinez (Volleyball), Wendy Bruno (Women's Tennis), Mark VanAlstyne (Track & Field), Dr. Adam W. Herbert (University President) and the 2005 Baseball team. 


For a glimpse of each honoree's career highlights, click here



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. 

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




Algal blooms in the St. Johns River: Dr. Radha Pyati, chair of the Department of Chemistry, shared with First Coast News' "On Point" show the condition of the St. Johns River. Click here to watch the interview.  


Osprey Racing competes in Formula SAE Competition: Sophomore Coulter Fordham, an Osprey Racing member, discussed how the campus non-profit organization is building an improved race car to compete in its third Formula SAE Design Competition next year 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.

St. Augustine concert boosts economy: Wendy Gillis, marketing/advertising adjunct instructor, told the St. Augustine Record that events that lead to national or international media coverage can be a boon for places like St. Augustine that market themselves as significant tourist destinations. Click here to read the article.

Matt about Jax features Student Union: Matt Pittman, a Florida Times-Union video journalist, was impressed with the Student Union and featured the building in his "Matt About Jax" segment. Click here to read the story.

Consumer Price Index dropped: For only the second time this year, the First Coast Consumer Price Index dropped, according to Dr. Paul Mason, economics professor, though the numbers are off because of the federal shutdown. Click here to read the Times-Union article.

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 the UNF Student Union one of the top 25 most amazing college campus student unions that are going above and beyond to accommodate students. Click here for more information and 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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