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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 - April 2014 UNF Alumni Book Club


Date: Wednesday, April 9

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


For April, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading "The Book Thief" by Markus Zuzak.


The extraordinary New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


This meeting of the book club will be Wednesday, April 9. 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 by calling (904) 620-4723 or by e-mailing


Envoys - Jacketing Ceremony Jacketing and Senior Recognition Ceremony for the UNF Presidential Envoys Student Alumni Association

Date: Thursday, April 17

Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Student Union, Building 58, Ballroom 3703
Cost: Free

UNF President John A. Delaney cordially invites you to attend the Jacketing and Senior Recognition Ceremony for the UNF Presidential Envoys Student Alumni Association (PESAA), at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at the Student Union. PESSA members are student ambassadors who serve the Alumni Association, Office of the President, the University and the community.

Light refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. by April 11 to the Office of Alumni Services by calling (904) 620-4723 or by e-mailing


Third Thursday (2) UNF Alumni Third Thursday - No Event in March


Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery
Cost: Free appetizers


Third Thursday is 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. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Services by phone at (904) 620-4723 or by e-mail at Don't forget to bring your frequent "fly"er card. If you don't have one, make sure you ask for one!


Golf Tournament Register Today for the Play a Round fore Scholarships Golf Tournament


Date: Monday, April 28

Time: 10 a.m. registration, Noon shotgun start

Location: Marsh Landing Country Club

Cost: $150 Individual Player; $600 Foursome; Sponsorship Opportunities Available


The UNF Alumni Association's eighth annual Play a Round fore Scholarships Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Monday, April 28, at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach. The format is Captain’s Choice with a shotgun start. Players will enjoy 18 holes of golf (including cart), lunch, door prizes, goodie bags, skill contests and an awards dinner.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the First Generation Scholarship fund, which provides need-based scholarships for students who are the first in their families to attend college.


For more information, to register to play or to sponsor the tournament, click here or contact the Office of Alumni Services by calling (904) 620-4723 or by e-mailing


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


Baseball (2) UNF vs. Stetson Baseball Game


Date: Saturday, April 26

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Harmon Stadium

Cost: Single game pricing - Adults: $5; Youth 17 and under/Senior/Military/UNF staff: $3; Children under two: Free; UNF Students: Free with Osprey 1Card

Come out and support your UNF baseball team as they take on crosstown rivals JU at 1 p.m., April 5. 

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (904) 620-BIRD (2473).

Men's Basketball Team (2) UNF Alumni March Madness Challenge

The challenge is on! UNF’s Annual Giving department is pitting class against class, alum versus alum and Osprey versus Osprey in our first ever UNF Alumni March Madness Challenge.

The rules are simple. The classes of ’04 to ’08 are on team “The Green,” and the classes of ’09 to ’13 are on team “The Student Union.” Make a donation to any area of UNF that matters the most to you, and your support will be counted. The team with the most donors wins. At the end of the challenge, “The Green” or “The Student Union” will be the undisputed leader and champion.

Your support to UNF always matters, but now through April 7, you can prove the superiority of your class and favorite spot on campus with your support. For more information, visit

One Spark One Spark: The Crowdfunding Festival

Date: April 9-13 

Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m 

Location: Downtown Jacksonville 

Cost:  Free


The One Spark crowdfunding festival has become synonymous with big ideas and even bigger dreams. The five-day celebration of pitches and proposals from innovators, artists and techies has stoked a fire of creativity in downtown Jacksonville since 2013. The University of North Florida helped ignite those flames of innovation.


Two of One Spark’s three co-founders graduated from UNF, and all of them attended the University at one point. A core group of the nonprofit’s administrative staff are also UNF graduates. UNF’s DNA is truly threaded throughout One Spark’s very being. A number of UNF students and alumni have also contributed their vision and ideas to the crowdfunding festival by becoming creators. Come out and support UNF alumni and students as they pitch their ideas and proposals to the public! 

UNF Transportation & Logistics Banquet UNF Transportation & Logistics Flagship Program Annual Banquet


Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center

Cost: $25 suggested donation


UNF Coggin College of Business Transportation and Logistics (T&L) students and their families, alumni, faculty and staff and friends from the professional community are invited to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of the academic year.

Impact Awards for the Transportation and Logistics Society, the T&L program and community partner will be presented, as well as an award for the Outstanding Logistics Graduate. In addition, graduating seniors will receive their Certification in Transportation and Logistics.

The event is free for students in the UNF T&L Flagship Program. A donation of $25 for family, friends and business partners is suggested. Please dress in professional business attire. R.S.V.P. by April 16 to Lynn Brown by e-mailing or by calling (904) 620-1961.

AFP Sky Diving Seventh Annual Skydive Event


Date: Saturday, April 26

Time: Arrive on location at 9 a.m. 

Location: Skydive Space Center in Titusville, FL

Cost: $155 per person, photo/video packages are at an additional cost

For the past six years, members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Collegiate Chapter and UNF alumni have taken a day trip to the Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida’s highest tandem jump center. The event was formed to allow students and alumni to gather in a unique setting where the students can learn of career opportunities outside of campus. This is not only a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it gives students the chance to mix, mingle and network with UNF alumni.

The entire day is filled with fun photos, food, time with the jumpmasters, networking and of course, a 120-MPH 90-second free fall jump followed by a four- to six-minute parachute ride. The view of Cape Canaveral’s shuttle and rocket launches, along with the Atlantic Ocean can only be described as breathtaking.

The event is open for all UNF students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, etc. All are welcome. For more information and to R.S.V.P. contact Lyndse Costabile, skydive event tandem coordinator, by calling (904) 860-1886 or by e-mailing


Proposed survey for oil could harm ocean life: Dr. Quincy Gibson, assistant professor of coastal behavior, talked to First Coast News about a proposed offshore study that has many questioning whether it's safe for marine life. Watch the video here.

Student engineering team reaches for the stars: Mechanical engineering students Chelsea Partridge, a junior, and Jimmy Beeler, a senior, are among a team of engineering students that were selected by NASA to fly aboard the agency's G Force One aircraft to conduct experiments. The duo discussed their upcoming NASA experience on "UNF On The Record" radio show. Listen to the full interview here.

Trending television series: Linda Howell, senior English instructor, spoke with "First Coast Living" about popular TV series and ones viewers should check out. The interview begins at the 1:40-minute mark. Watch the segment here.

Great white swimming towards Europe: Dr. Jim Gelsleicther, shark program director, told First Coast News that scientists are questioning great white shark movements based on Lydia's trek to Europe. Click here to watch.

Potential impact of sanctions against Russia: Nancy Soderberg, Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, told WOKV News Radio that if Congress decides to impose tough economic sanctions against Russia, it would be a significant step. Click here to listen.

Biologist back from Antarctica: Dr. Julie Richmond, assistant professor of biology, recently made an exciting trip to Antarctica for an experience of a lifetime. Watch the video here.

St. Johns River transformational learning opportunity: Seven UNF students will have a spring break consumed with sunshine, boating and experimentation. The students will be taking part in the eighth annual St. Johns River transformational learning opportunity. Read the full story here.

Relationships in the digital age: Noelle Pomeroy, clinical sexologist and licensed mental health Counselor at UNF's Counseling Center, discussed how technology is becoming a barrier to true intimacy among couples on WJCT Public Radio's "First Coast Connect." The interview starts at the 45-minute mark. Listen to the recording here.

Take-at-home DNA tests grow in popularity: Dr. Matthew Gilg, associate professor of biology, told First Coast News that these DNA tests don't tell who your ancestors were but does give you an idea of the populations that contributed to your genome. Watch the segment here.

Basketball and big data: Dr. Jay Coleman, management professor, discussed his NCAA Tournament Dance Card method for selecting the teams that will be invited to the "big dance" with Network World. Read the full story here.

Florida legislative session underway: Dr. Matthew Corrigan, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, discussed issues up for consideration in Tallahassee this year on WJCT Public Radio's "First Coast Connect." Click here to listen.

Online behavior can make you a victim: Dr. Tracy Alloway, assistant professor of psychology, told WJXT Ch. 4 that risky behaviors can make people more vulnerable to online scams. Click here to watch.


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?


There will soon be a new area on campus, Veterans Memorial Park, honoring UNF alumni who have paid the ultimate price for freedom in the service of our nation. The Veterans Memorial Park will be located between Petway Hall and the Coxwell Ampitheatre. 


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



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