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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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2013 Holiday Party UNF Alumni Association 22nd Annual Holiday Party **LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER**

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

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


Don't miss out! 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, photo booth fun 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 to R.S.V.P., 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.


Alumni Association at Seven Bridges UNF Alumni Third Thursday - Farewell to Faith Hall, Director of Alumni Services


Date: Thursday, Dec. 19
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, Southside near Tinseltown
Cost: Free appetizers

Kick-off the holidays and join us Dec. 19 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!


We will also be saying farewell to Faith Hall, director of Alumni Services, as she has taken a new job and will be leaving UNF at the end of the year. We hope you'll stop by and send her off the Osprey way!


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!


Alumni Basketball Game 2014 UNF Men’s Basketball vs. FGCU **Alumni Game**


Date: Thursday, Jan. 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: UNF Arena
Cost: Free for alumni*


The UNF Alumni Association is giving away FREE TICKETS for one of the biggest games of the season when the Ospreys take on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. All UNF alumni who R.S.V.P. will receive free game tickets, plus a food voucher good for one free hot dog or popcorn and a soda!*

To reserve your tickets, contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or by Monday, Jan. 6. 

*Limit up to 4 free tickets per alum. Food vouchers for alumni only. 





Upcoming Events and Information



Athletics Logo 2 #UNFOspreys Radio Network Set for 2013-14


The UNF Sports Network is getting set for the 2013-2014 hoops season. During the upcoming year, fans can hear all 32 regular season men's basketball contests, 13 coach's shows along with 25 baseball games.

For the fourth consecutive year, the UNF Coach's Show with Matthew Driscoll will have a new home. During the season fans can join the "Voice of the North Florida Ospreys," Robert Harper and the coach every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. from Sneaker's Sports Grille on Baymeadows Road. The three shows prior to the New Year will be taped and aired Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

Joining Harper as analyst for select games during the 2013-2014 basketball season will be former Osprey Josh Bowling. Bowling, who played for former head coach Matt Kilcullen, received his accounting degree in 2004 before joining Kilcullen's staff in 2005.


UNF Coach's Show Schedule
Dec. 10, 2013*
Jan. 7, 2014
Jan. 14, 2014
Jan. 21, 2014
Jan. 28, 2014
Feb. 4, 2014
Feb. 11, 2014
Feb. 18, 2014
Feb. 25, 2014
March 3, 2014
March 11, 2014
*Will air Wednesday Night @ 7 PM, 1010XL & 92.5 FM

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.


Spinnaker Logo Calling All Spinnaker Staff Alumni


The Center for Student Media is searching for alumni who have previously worked with the Spinnaker. They're excited to offer the opportunity to network and connect with one another over a mutual link at the University of North Florida. The Spinnaker has transitioned from a weekly newspaper to a monthly magazine and was given the opportunity for growth with this change. If you worked with the Spinnaker and are interested in learning more, contact Sarah Lehman at or Brittney Darner at


MOCA Art Fusion MOCA Jacksonville — Sunday ArtFusion


The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, presents ArtFusion. ArtFusion is a Sunday afternoon program for families, free with paid admission and for members, that provides a creative and inspiring environment for children to work with their parents or adult caregivers. Enrich your creative mind through hands-on projects related to the Permanent Collection and the current featured exhibition Abstraction over Time: The Paintings of Michael Goldberg. The first ArtFusion program will take place Sunday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. and will focus on Modern Sculpture. For more information and upcoming events, click here.


Alumna discusses ESPN dream job: UNF alumna Sara Walsh, an ESPN anchor, discussed her dream job and how her education got her where she is today 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.

Bod Pod device helps students measure body mass: Students in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program are using a new piece of equipment called a Bod Pod to measure the body mass of their fellow students. Click here to read The Florida Times-Union article.

Climate change: Dr. Allen Tilley, professor emeritus in the Department of English, talked about the truth behind climate change on First Coast News' "On Point" show. Click here to watch the interview.

JFK conspiracy: Visiting Associate Professor of History Dr. Alan Bliss spoke about JFK as a man, myth and legend on WBOB Radio's "Cindy Graves Show." Click here, and then go to the 14:36-minute mark to hear the interview.

Webcam hacking: Clay Maddox, senior network security engineer, told First Coast News that there are two ways hackers can get into your computer and watch what you're doing. Click here to watch the interview.

Why do hit-and-run drivers flee the scene?: Dr. Tracy Alloway, assistant professor of psychology, explained to WJCT Public Radio that in many cases, hit-and-run accidents occur because a driver's working memory has become overloaded, forcing errors in judgment. Click here to find out more.

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?


Due in part to our outstanding Military and Veterans Resource Center, G.I. Jobs Magazine named UNF a Military Friendly School for the fourth consecutive year.

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



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