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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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Social Media (1) Get Connected with Fellow Alumni


There are several ways to get connected with your fellow Osprey alums. Join the University of North Florida Alumni LinkedIn group to network, like our Facebook Page to learn about upcoming events, alumni activity, see alumni event photos and more, or follow @alumnisvcs on Twitter to stay up to the moment on UNF news.


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. 


Holiday Party couple Photos from the 22nd Annual Holiday Party
Thank you to everyone who attended the UNF Alumni Association 22nd Annual Holiday Party Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant. Guests enjoyed an evening of great food, music, dancing, photo booth fun, door prizes and more! View photos from the party. 


Upcoming Events and Information


The State of the Economy (1) The State of the Economy: A Lecture on the Economic Outlook for 2013-14


Date: Friday, Dec. 20

Time: 1:30-3 p.m.

Location:  Adam W. Herbert University Center  

Cost: Free, but guests must R.S.V. P. here.


Boost your knowledge of the important economic, political and market issues that could impact you and your money by attending this lecture with Jim Newman, senior vice president of wealth management for Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. He has more than 21 years of experience as a licensed financial adviser. Learn more about this lecture.


Women's Basketball (1) Osprey Women’s Basketball Hosts Holiday Classic


Date: Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21

Time: Each UNF game starts at 3:30 p.m. and is preceded by games featuring visiting teams at 1 p.m.

Location: UNF Arena

Cost: Adults: $6; Youth 17 and under/Senior/Military*/UNF Faculty and Staff*: $4; Children 2 and under: Free; UNF students: Free with Osprey 1Card


The UNF women’s basketball team hosts its annual Hampton Inn Oceanfront Holiday Classic. The event features a pair of games each day, with the Ospreys scheduled to meet Air Force and Georgia Southern University. View the full schedule of upcoming Ospreywomen’s basketball games. Tickets can be purchased at the UNF Arena Ticket Office, online at or by phone at (904) 620-BIRD (2473).


*Limit two per ID.  


Men's Basketball (1) UNF Men’s Basketball Faces Kennesaw State in A-Sun Opener


Date: Monday, Dec. 30

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: UNF Arena

Cost: Reserved seating: $12; Adults: $10; Youth 17 and under/Senior/Military*/UNF Staff*: $8; Children 2 and under: Free; UNF Students: Free with Osprey 1Card


The UNF men’s basketball team tips off its Atlantic Sun conference schedule against Kennesaw State. Building on a base of returning veterans and a strong crop of recruits, UNF looks to compete this year against big-name schools such as Middle Tennessee, Ohio State, Alabama, Indiana and Michigan State. View the full schedule of upcoming Osprey men’s basketball games. Tickets can be purchased at the UNF Arena Ticket Office, online at or by phone at (904) 620-BIRD (2473).


*Limit two per ID.  


POP! 333NYE (1) Ring In the New Year at MOCA


Date: Tuesday, Dec. 31

Time: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Location: 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville

Cost: $100/$180 couple


This year’s fete at MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, will once again prove to be the thing to do on New Year’s Eve. Revel the night away on the dance floor, try your luck gambling, enjoy festive drinks and eats and experience the best ball drop countdown in the city.


Black tie optional. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages and entertainment are complimentary with admission. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are on sale at For more information, visit or call (904) 366-6911.


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


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
Jan. 7
Jan. 14
Jan. 21
Jan. 28
Feb. 4
Feb. 11
Feb. 18
Feb. 25
March 3
March 11


UNF ranks high for study abroad participation: Compared to other universities around the country, a large number of University students are studying abroad, which has been recognized by the Institute of International Education in its annual report. Click here to read the Jacksonville Business Journal article.
Medical marijuana fight could impact governor's race: Dr. Matthew Corrigan, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, told Action News that the medical marijuana issue alone could drive a key demographic to the polls. Click here to watch the interview.


University wins Engaged Campus Award: UNF won the 2013 Engaged Campus of the Year award from Florida Campus Compact, which recognizes one Florida college or university for its work to improve community life and educate students on civic and social responsibility. Click here to read The Florida Times-Union blog.
Holiday weight gain isn't inevitable: Dr. Judy Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, shared tips with the USA Today on how to avoid packing on the pounds this season. Click here to read the article.


First flagship garners accolades: Dr. Pam Chally, Brooks College of Health dean, shared about the Nursing Flagship Program and how it's getting national attention 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.
Plant-based diet: Dr. Zhiping Yu, assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discussed the benefits of a plant-based diet on "First Coast Living." Click here and then scroll down to the "Wed., Nov. 27: Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet" to watch the interview.
Professor discusses dolphin fascination: Dr. Quincy Gibson, animal behavior and biology professor, discussed her research career that examines the behaviors and health of dolphins with the Daily Record. Click here to read the "Workspace" 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?


UNF has a billion dollar economic impact on the region.


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



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