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Homecoming Banner 2014 February 6, 2014

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.

You may notice that this edition of Nest Notes has a slightly different look to it. That’s because it’s focused exclusively on UNF’s upcoming 2014 homecoming celebration, Feb. 15-22.

In true homecoming fashion, the Alumni Association is asking you to come back “home,” or to the “nest” as we like to call it, to join us at one of the many activities and events planned. From the homecoming tailgate and basketball game to a guided art tour, the week is packed to stir up Osprey pride!

Upcoming Alumni Events and Information

An Artful Campus An Artful Campus: A UNF Gallery Tour, featuring Dr. Debra Murphy


Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: The tour will begin at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. Free parking and shuttle services will be provided to guests at Alumni Hall.   

Cost: A suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door.


The University of North Florida Alumni Association cordially invites you and a guest to visit your alma mater for a very special 2014 homecoming event, An Artful Campus: A UNF Gallery Tour, featuring Dr. Debra Murphy. 


Guests will enjoy a private reception at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, followed by a presentation of the current exhibit, Visions of Grace, as well as the many wonderful works of art throughout the campus, by Dr. Debra Murphy, UNF professor and chair for the Department of Art and Design. Guests will then be guided to the UNF Gallery of Art for a presentation of the current exhibit, Art + Design Student Juried Annual Exhibition. 


Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Parking is free and available in the Alumni Hall parking lot, Building 60. A continuous private shuttle will be provided for guests beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, Feb. 14, by contacting 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 at the Boathouse


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 hosted by UNF Athletics


Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Time: 3-6:30 p.m. 

Location: Lot 18

Cost: Free


Come show your Osprey spirit at the homecoming tailgate hosted by UNF Athletics. Join the Alumni Association prior to the UNF vs. East Tennessee State University men’s basketball homecoming game for music, corn hole, chances to win prizes and more! 


Coolers are permitted in Lot 18. 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 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.



Upcoming University Homecoming Events and Information

Anthony Jeselnik Comedy Central on Campus featuring Anthony Jeselnik


Date: Saturday, Feb. 15

Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., and show begins at 8 p.m.

Location: UNF Arena

Cost: $15


In need of a great laugh? Come to the staple event of homecoming showcasing Comedy Central comedians Ron Funches and Emily Heller with Anthony Jeselnik headlining. 


Jeselnik is a stand-up comedian most famous for The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump and The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen. Anthony has also performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.


Tickets are available for purchase online.



Swoop the Loop Fly Me Back to the '80s: Swoop the Loop 5K


Date: Sunday, Feb. 16

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: The race will start and finish at the UNF Arena.

Cost: $25 through Feb. 15, $30 day of race


Lace up your running shoes, get out your neon-colored track suits, leg warmers and windbreakers, spray some Aqua Net in your hair and get ready for this year's '80s-themed Swoop the Loop 5K. 


Click here for more information or to register. Eighties wear welcomed!


Classic Car Looking for Classic Cars for the Homecoming Parade
The 2014 UNF homecoming parade is an exciting '80s-rock themed UNF family and community event.


UNF's office of Student Life is looking for individuals who would be interested in showcasing their popular classic cars in the parade. The parade is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m., with staging beginning at 4 p.m. 
If you are interested in participating, please contact Taylor Underwood at or Theresa O’Donnell at or (904) 620-5624.

Parade Homecoming Parade


Date: Friday, Feb. 21

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: See description for parade route.

Cost: Free


The 2014 homecoming parade will be bigger and better than our campus has ever seen. The parade will feature student groups ranging from Greek Life to student clubs and members of our Jacksonville community. The parade will start at Lot 14 at 5 p.m., heading South on Eco Road toward the intersection of UNF Drive and Eco Road. The parade will turn left onto UNF Drive toward the Thomas G. Carpenter Library where it will carry on past the Student Union and turn left on Varsity Lane. The parade will end in Lot 18. Be sure to the follow the last float to the bonfire and pep rally happening in the practice softball fields across from Harmon Baseball Stadium immediately following the parade.


Pep Rally Homecoming Bonfire and Pep Rally


Date: Friday, Feb. 21

Time: Immediately following the homecoming parade

Location: Lot 18

Cost: Free


For the first time in decades, UNF will host a bonfire similar to that of our collegiate peers at the University of Texas, University of Alabama and Florida Atlantic University. Show your support for our men’s basketball team prior to the showdown with the ETSU Buckaneers. The bonfire and pep rally will begin immediately following the parade.  Mr. and Ms. UNF will be announced during the event.


Baseball UNF vs. Fairfield University Baseball Game


Date: Friday, Feb. 21

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Harmon Baseball Stadium

Cost: $3 for Alumni*

Come out and support your UNF baseball team as they take on Fairfield University, Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m., following the homecoming parade. Dial (904) 620-BIRD (2473) to purchase your tickets today!

*UNF alumni will receive special ticket pricing of $3 per ticket when using the phrase "proud UNF alum" when placing order.

Other Upcoming Alumni Association Events

For more information about upcoming events please visit or call the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723.



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