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Nest Notes Banner - 2014 April 3, 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. 


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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 Zusak.


The extraordinary New York Times bestseller that is also 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. PESAA 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


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 calling (904) 620-4723 or by e-mailing 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, 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


Athletics Logo UNF vs. JU Baseball Game

Date: Saturday, April 5

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).


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 its inception last year. 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 and 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 and L) students and their families, alumni, faculty, 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 and 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 and 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.

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 Stetson at 1 p.m., April 26. 

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

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. 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



Looking Lab installs art in vacant downtown storefronts: Dr. Jenny Hager, associate professor of sculpture, assigned her students the Looking Lab project, funded by a spark grant, transforming a nine-window display that will debut at City Hall as part of One Spark. View the WJCT Public Radio slideshow and read the story here.

Students rally in Tallahassee for higher education proposals: Carlo Fassi, Student Government president, spoke with Melissa Ross on "First Coast Connect" and discussed the issues he and other members of student groups from across the state are addressing. Click here to listen to the WJCT Public Radio interview.

Carbohydrates deconstructed: Jackie Shank, instructor and registered dietician in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, separated fact from fiction about carbohydrates on "First Coast Living." Scroll to the "Wed. March 26: Carbohydrates Deconstructed" segment to watch the First Coast News interview here.

Objects of wonder, contemplation: The "Observing Objects: Works by Leigh Murphy" exhibit, curated by Dr. Debra Murphy, Department of Art and Design Chair, and Amara McMann, Art Galleries coordinator, is on display in the UNF Gallery at MOCA until Sunday, May 11. Read the Arbus Magazine story here.

Polling shows both Scott and Crist have something to prove: Dr. Michael Binder, political science assistant professor, discussed recent polling on upcoming statewide elections with WJCT's "First Coast Connect." Listen to the interview on demand here.

Former correspondent discusses Egyptian documentary: Communication adjunct professor Nick Tatro, a former Associated Press news correspondent/editor in Cairo, led a discussion after the film, "The Square," a gripping emotional journey that follows the Egyptian Revolution. Read The Florida Times-Union article here.

Diagnosing history: Dr. Elizabeth Furdell, professor of history emerita, discussed how medical historians rely on evidence available to them to diagnose populations before the modern era on "UNF On The Record," a weekly radio show featuring campus life, as well as faculty and student research. Listen to the interview here.

Students call for tuition equality in Tallahassee: Student groups lobbied at the Capitol this week at the "Rally in Tally" for equality in tuition. Dr. Michael Binder, political science assistant professor, shared recent poll results with WJXT Chanel 4 that showed Floridians support the students' position. Click here to watch.

Bright Futures Scholarship under investigation: The Department of Education is now investigating the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship because it believes eligibility requirements for the scholarship may be discriminatory. Anissa Agne, financial aid director, told Action News she believes the scholarship is based on test scores and student qualifications. Watch the interview here.
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?


Did you know that the annual UNF Alumni Association Golf Tournament has raised more than $100,000 for First Generation Scholarships during the last seven years? With the state matching program, that adds up to more than $200,000 given to students who are the first in their family to go to college!


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



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