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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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                         Upcoming Alumni Events and Information

Book Club - Feb: Finding Florida UNF Alumni Book Club


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

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


For February, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading parts one through four of "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 or


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

Third Thursday UNF Alumni Third Thursday - **Special Homecoming Edition**


Date: Thursday, Feb. 20
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
Cost: Free appetizers


Join us for a special homecoming edition of Third Thursday at the UNF Boathouse. In addition to it being an evening of fun and networking with fellow alumni and friends, it will be a day that will go down in the history books at UNF. At the event, a very special announcement that will impact the University and the community for years to come, will be made.


Come out to network, hear the announcement and be a part of history being made. Parking will be free in Garage 39, located across from the UNF arena.


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.


Ozzie Contest Homecoming Basketball Tailgate


Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Time: 4-7 p.m. 

Location: Lot 18

Cost: Free


Come out prior to the UNF vs. ETSU men’s basketball homecoming game and tailgate with the Alumni Association. Enjoy music, corn hole, chances to win prizes, homecoming festivities and more!


More details coming soon. For more information or questions, contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or


Men's Basketball Team UNF vs. ETSU Men’s Basketball Homecoming Game


Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Time: 7 p.m. 

Location: UNF Arena

Cost: Free for alumni* 


Come out and support your Osprey men’s basketball team as they take on an Atlantic Sun conference rival, the Eastern Tennessee State University (ETSU) Buccaneers, for homecoming. All UNF alumni who R.S.V.P. for the game will receive up to four FREE tickets and food vouchers 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 Wednesday, Feb. 19.


*Limit up to four free tickets and food vouchers per alum.


Tampa Alumni Reception in Tampa


Date: Friday, Feb. 27

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Location: Brio Tuscan Grille in the International Plaza

Cost: Free*


The UNF Alumni Association invites all alumni in the Tampa area to join us Friday, Feb. 27, for an evening reception at Brio Tuscan Grille in the International Plaza. This will be a great opportunity for you to network with fellow alums, catch up with old friends and meet new people with similar interests. Light hor d'oeuvres will be served and your first drink is on us! Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, Feb. 20.


For more information and to R.S.V.P. please contact the Office of Alumni Services by calling (904) 620-4723 or (800) UNF-GRAD or by emailing   


*Light hor d'oeuvres will be served. Limit one free drink per alum.


Wine Tasting Alumni Wine Tasting


Date: Friday, March 14 
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Location: UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: A suggested donation of $20 per person will be accepted at the door.


The UNF Alumni Association invites you to attend our annual Wine Tasting. We will be sampling different and unique wines from around the world.  So come and see, swirl, sniff, sip and savor a night of wine appreciation and fun. 


Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 7, by contacting 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


Job Fair Osprey Career Fair


Date: Friday, Jan. 31 

Time: Noon to 4 p.m.

Location: UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Free for UNF students and alumni; $10 for the general public 


The Osprey Career Fair will provide an opportunity to meet more than 50 employers from numerous industries, network with recruiters about potential job and career opportunities, and develop job search and interpersonal skills.

Professional attire is required. Jeans, T-shirts and flip-flops are not permitted. Bring 15 to 20 résumé copies and research the participating organizations in advance. To view the profiles of each employer, log into Career Wings and click the "Events" tab and then the name of the event. Those who don't have a Career Wings account should visit the Career Services website to sign up for one, free of charge. 

For more information contact UNF Career Services at or (904) 620-2955.

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.

Blue and Gray Payday UNF Athletics Blue and Gray Payday


UNF Athletics is hosting its inaugural Blue and Gray Payday, sponsored by Angie's Subs, in the form of a golf ball drop April 5. Purchase your ticket(s) today to support UNF Athletics and for your chance to win up to $20,000! 


Each ticket purchased will have a number that corresponds to the number on a golf ball. A helicopter will fly over the UNF practice fields April 5 at approximately 4 p.m. following the UNF vs. JU baseball game and release the golf balls over a "drop zone." There will be a flag in the "drop zone" and the ball closest to the flag wins up to $20,000, second closest wins up to $5,000 and the remaining closest 10 balls will win up to $1,000 each. View the official rules here.


Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (904) 620-1891. For more information or questions, please contact Eric Nappy at (904) 620-5036 or




UNF tracking great white sharks in real time: Acoustic sensors, installed by Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, assistant professor of biology and Shark Biology Program director, are tracking shark movement off Jacksonville's coast. Click here to watch First Coast News coverage and here to read The Florida Times-Union article.  


Looking into the future in the governor's race: Dr. Michael Binder, assistant professor of political science, discussed the upcoming governor's race and the controversy surrounding the lieutenant governor's position on WJXT Ch. 4's "This Week in Jacksonville." Click here and scroll to the 7:50-minute mark to view the interview.
College success: Universities are investing time and money into studies that identify factors that lead to student success. Dr. Jeff Coker, Undergraduate Studies dean, discussed ways students can succeed in college 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.
Don't write off all bread as bad: Don't follow the avoidance trend of wheat if you don't have to, but instead enjoy it wisely. Dr. Judith Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, discussed wheat myths in the Times-Union's monthly "The Goods" column. Click here to read the column.

'Unseen Images, Untold Stories': "Unseen Images, Untold Stories" is a new photo exhibit at MOCA, a cultural resource of UNF, showing the lives of older LGBT residents in Northeast Florida. 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?


When UNF was founded, it only offered programs for juniors and seniors. UNF began admitting freshmen on Aug. 22, 1984.


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



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