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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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                         Upcoming Alumni Events and Information

Alumni Association at Seven Bridges UNF Alumni Third Thursday - Canned Food Collection Drive for Second Harvest


Date: Thursday, Jan. 16
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, Southside near Tinseltown
Cost: Free appetizers


Kick off the new year by joining us Thursday, Jan. 16, at Seven Bridges for an evening of fun and networking with fellow alumni and friends. The appetizers are free, compliments of Seven Bridges. 


We have scheduled a canned food collection drive to restock the shelves at Second Harvest this month. If you bring two or more canned goods to Third Thursday you will receive a free drink!*


This is one of our most popular events, so come out to Seven Bridges and be part of the scene. 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. 


* Limit one drink ticket per alum. Valid for beer and wine only.


Book Club - Feb: Finding Florida UNF Alumni Book Club


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

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


For February, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading "Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State" by T. D. Allman.

Over the centuries, Florida has been many things: an unconquered realm protected by geography, a wilderness that ruined Spanish conquistadors, “god’s waiting room,” and a place to start over. The site of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery and the roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of our most diverse states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st-century America. In "Finding Florida," journalist T.D. Allman reclaims the remarkable history of Florida from the state’s mythologizers, apologists and boosters.


This meeting of the book club will be Wednesday, Feb. 12. 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.


Emeriti Luncheon 2 Emeriti Homecoming Luncheon


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 19 
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Free 


UNF alumni, faculty and staff in their retirement years are invited to enjoy complimentary lunch and special entertainment. It’s a great day to catch up with friends, share stories and take pride in how much UNF has grown. R.S.V.P. is required for the lunch. Guests and companions are welcome. 

Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Feb. 12, to the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or


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.




Upcoming University Events and Information


Faculty Faculty Awards Nominations


Alumni, here is your opportunity to honor your favorite professor. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013-14 Distinguished Professor, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship, Outstanding Faculty Service Awards and Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award.

For more information or to submit a nomination, click here. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.


mens basketball UNF vs. JU Men’s Basketball


Date: Friday, Jan. 17

Time: 7 p.m. 

Location: UNF Arena

Cost: Reserved seating: $15; Adults: $15; Youth 17 and under/Senior/Military*/UNF Faculty and Staff*: $10; General admission: Adults: $10; Youth 17 and under/Senior/Military*/UNF Faculty and Staff*: $8; Children 2 and under: Free; UNF Students: Free with Osprey 1Card 


Come out and support your Osprey men's basketball team as they take on cross-town rivals, the JU Dolphins, in the latest edition of the SunTrust River City Rumble.


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.


Women's Basketball UNF vs. Liscomb Women’s Basketball


Date: Saturday, Jan. 18

Time: 4:30 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  


Support your Osprey women's basketball team as they take on an Atlantic Sun rival, Lipscomb University.


View the full schedule of upcoming Osprey women’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.


TLS Summit 2014 Transportation and Logistics Society UNF Summit 2014


Date: Friday, Jan. 31

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: UNF Student Union Ballrooms, Building 58 W

Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per person


The UNF Transportation and Logistics Society is hosting its inaugural summit Friday, Jan. 31. The summit, presented by the Propeller Club of the United States Port of Jacksonville, will focus on “Liquefied Natural Gas in Jacksonville: Riding the Wave of the Future."  Topics will include development of infrastructure, economic impact and potential business development for the region. George Gabel of Holland & Knight LLP will serve as moderator and master of ceremonies.


For more information or to register online, click here.

Unseen Images, Untold Stories MOCA Jacksonville – Unseen Images, Untold Stories: The Lives of LGBT Elders in Northeast Florida


Unseen Images, Untold Stories, an exhibition by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders who documented what it is like to be old and gay living in Northeast Florida, is showing at The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), a cultural resource of the University of North Florida.


The exhibition is based on the concept of PhotoVoice, a nationally-recognized format developed using photography to initiate community conversations and ultimately affect change on an issue. The resulting traveling exhibition is formulated to increase community awareness about LGBT aging issues; inform elected officials, policy makers and the general community of the challenges faced by these elders such as their fear, isolation, lack of freedom to be themselves; and encourage support of laws and services to help them age with dignity and independence.


The exhibit, presented by ElderSource and Eldersource LGBT Elders Taskforce, will run through Jan. 26. For information about the exhibit and museum hours, click here


Photography by a n n e Goldbauer, 2013


Woman at gym Discounted Membership for Alumni

As a UNF alum, you are among the privileged few who can join the new Student Wellness Complex at a discounted rate.  


The Student Wellness Complex is an industry-leading facility. It is the largest fitness center in Northeast Florida at 27,000 square feet and heralded as one of the finest in the country. It has several unique features including:

  • the Osprey Cliff, a 34-foot custom climbing wall
  • a 200 meter (one-eighth of a mile) indoor, three-lane rubber track perfect for walking and running 
  • three dedicated group fitness rooms hosting a variety of group fitness classes to meet all fitness levels and interests
  • exercise stations featuring a wide assortment of cardio equipment, weight machines and olympic lifting equipment
  • wheelchair-accessible equipment 
  • and more. 

To learn more about the facility and membership rates or to schedule a tour, click here or call (904) 620-5212.



Work and life balance solutions: Ashley Ballard, UNF health education coordinator, shares solutions to finding equilibrium in one’s life on “UNF On The Record,” a weekly radio show featuring campus life, as well as faculty and student research.  


Uncovering Florida's native past: Dr. Keith Ashley, a researcher in the UNF Archaeology Lab, is a guest curator of a new Museum of Science and History exhibit looking at early Native American life on the First Coast, before and after European contact. He discusses this new exhibit on WJCT Public Radio's "First Coast Connect."

UNF makes top 100 best-value public schools list: The University of North Florida is one of the best-value public colleges across the country, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

Political year in review: Dr. Nicholas Seabrook, UNF assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, discusses the year in review regarding politics on First Coast News' "On Point" show.

Former ambassador remembers Nelson Mandela: Former U.S. Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, a UNF Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, shares her memories of Nelson Mandela with Action News.

Social media workplace etiquette: Dr. Paul Fadil, UNF organizational management professor, discussed how social media in the workplace could compromise individual and corporation privacy on “UNF On The Record,” a weekly radio show featuring campus life as well as faculty and student research.

Uptick in Lyme disease still leaves many undiagnosed: Dr. Kerry Clark, UNF associate public health professor, tells the Gainesville Sun that the South has thousands of cases that go undiagnosed and hundreds of people with Lyme disease symptoms have contacted him for help.

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's academic profile continues to gain strength, as the University has grown more competitive. Incoming freshman in Fall 2013 had a weighted grade point average of 3.9 and an average SAT score of 1215.


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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