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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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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!


Calling all military veterans! Following the spirit of Veterans Day, this month we're co-hosting with the UNF Military Veteran Alumni Club! Come out and show your support!

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 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


Join us for the one event 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, door prizes and more!


A suggested minimum donation of $20 per person can be made when you R.S.V.P. via the link below. Donations will also be accepted at the door.

Click here by Wednesday, Nov. 27, and get ready for a great time! Any questions about the event can be directed to 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.



Book Club December 2013 UNF Alumni Book Club

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 11

Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: UNF Alumni Hall
Cost: Free

For December, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading "Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary" by Denis Kitchen and Michael Schumacher.

Al Capp (1909-79), whose comic strip “Li’l Abner” ran for 43 years and reached 90 million readers at its peak, was a celebrity: a radio personality, magazine essayist, talk-show regular and college speaker. Among his strip’s contributions to the cultural landscape were the expression “double whammy” and the invention of Sadie Hawkins Day, a mock holiday (and national craze in its time) that inspired Sadie Hawkins dances. Capp's story is one of incredible highs and lows as told here through Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen's probing biography.

This meeting of the book club will be Wednesday, Dec. 11. 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





Athletics Logo 2 UNF Basketball — Special Discounted Season Tickets for Alumni!


It’s time for UNF Basketball! Have you purchased your season tickets yet? As alumni, take advantage of this special pricing just for you.

There are two alumni packages for men’s basketball – a general alumni price of $100 per seat or a young alumni price of $70 (with a minimum $10 donation to the Osprey Club) for graduates within the last three years (2011-2013). Alumni pricing for women’s basketball is just $35 per person. Want to bring the kids? Check out the discounted family plan rate that includes two adult and two youth tickets. With men’s basketball hosting 14 games and Women’s Basketball hosting 15 games inside UNF Arena, we're looking forward to seeing alumni in the stands! 


Guess what day it is? Before you head out, be sure to click here to check out a special message from Coach Driscoll, men's basketball coach.

For more information on UNF Basketball season tickets, contact the ticket office at (904) 620-BIRD (2473), go online to or e-mail


Swoopgating UNF Men's Basketball Home-Opener and Tailgate


Date: Saturday, Nov. 16
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: UNF Arena
Cost: Reserved seating: $12, Adults: $10, Youth/Senior/Military/UNF Staff: $8, UNF Students and children 2 years old and under: Free with Osprey 1Card, Student guest passes are $5 and limited to one per student

The North Florida men’s basketball team tips off its 2013-14 home schedule against Southern University. For tickets, contact the ticket office at (904) 620-BIRD (2473), go online to or e-mail Tailgating will take place in Lot 18 prior to the game from 4 - 7 p.m. If you're interested in reserving an area for your group, contact Josh Baker at SWOOP!



MOCA Project Atrium Inside Project Atrium with Ingrid Calame and Project Atrium Reception


Date: Saturday, Nov. 16
Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
Location: MOCA, 333 N. Laura St.
Cost: Free lecture, $12 reception (free with MOCA membership or Osprey 1Card)

Artist Ingrid Calame leads an intimate talk about her process, career and her newest work in the Haskell Atrium Gallery at MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida. After the artist lecture ends at 3 p.m., stay late for small bites and conversation at the reception in celebration of the Project Atrium installation.

Due to the limited theater size, MOCA requests that you R.S.V.P. in advance at the museum website. For more information, visit or call (904) 366-6911.



UNF Orchestra The UNF Orchestra presents “Magical Mozart”

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lazzara Performance Hall
Cost: $10, free with Osprey 1Card

The UNF Orchestra’s performance of “Magical Mozart” will feature performances of the Overture to the “Magic Flute,” Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550 and Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415 with Dr. Erin Bennett on piano. Dr. Simon Shiao will serve as conductor. Call the box office at (904) 620-2878 or click here for more information.

Veterans Entrepreneurship Veterans Entrepreneurship Training


Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Free

Learn to start a business from the ground up during a special entrepreneurship-training event designed specifically for military veterans. Training sessions include developing an idea for a business, entrepreneurial networking and free sources, getting started in government contracting and "the real deal" on the time/effort required to start and run a business. Lunch is included, but registration is required. Contact Theresa Buchs at (904) 620-5131 or e-mail for more information. This event is sponsored by the Military and Veterans Resource Center. Click here to visit their website to learn more. 




Cradle of History Alumni Travel Opportunity — Savings End Nov. 15!
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



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 10th 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. 



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. 


Researchers dream to Antarctic a go: Dr. Julie Richmond, assistant professor of biology, told WJCT 89.9 FM Public Radio that she is headed to Antarctica to study Weddell seals. She had been worried that her long-dreamed-of-trip would have to be postponed another year as the result of the federal government shutdown. Click here to see the story.

Bright Futures scholarships raises standards: Anissa Agne, financial aid director, told First Coast News that students who relied on Bright Futures scholarships may need to come up with another plan to supplement funding. Click here to watch the interview.

'Frankenstein and Philosophy': Nicolas Michaud, graduate research assistant in the College of Education and Human Services, discussed his recent book collaboration, "Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth," and how this stitched-together corpse has inspired intense debate 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.

Nursing a good career move with prospects and stability: Dr. Pam Chally, Brooks College of Health dean, shared that there is a significant shortage of nurses for the foreseeable future with The Florida Times-Union. Click here to read the article.

New scam targets local residents: Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, assistant professor of computing, discussed a new scam where local residents are getting phone calls from someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support with Action News. Click here to watch 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?


For the third consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report has named the University of North Florida a “Best Regional” university in its 2014 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings and data from more than 1,600 schools nationwide. UNF ranked No. 51, in front of local private college, Jacksonville University, which ranked No. 62.

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



UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.




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