UNF Traditions

The Osprey Spirit

  • Swoop  What Ospreys do: The official UNF cheer
  • River City Rumble The all-sport athletic rivalry against the Jacksonville University Dolphins, which determines the rightful holder of the Old Wooden Barrel
  • Lip Sync   Homecoming competition with colossal props, daring choreography and outrageous costumes
  • Blue and Gray Wednesday Campus spirit day: everyone wears Osprey colors!
  • Ozzie's Oktoberfest  UNF's original homecoming, now an annual fall festival featuring local flavors

The Osprey Perch

  • The Boathouse Legendary campus bar and restaurant, located in the Student Union
  • The Green  Central lawn where students lounge, play and host events
  • Date Night with Tommy G  Student shorthand for all-nighters in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library
  • Alumni Third Thursdays Monthly gathering of UNF alumni for networking and reminiscing

The Osprey Nest

  • Natural Environment   Located on a nature preserve, respect for the natural environment runs deep at UNF
  • Public Art and Creativity   From giant ducks to artisan bike racks to music on the Green, public art and performance enhance UNF's natural beauty
  • Osprey Statue and Fountain   Iconic statue in UNF Arena Plaza where past, present and future Ospreys pose for classic photos


The Traditions Project

Recognizing the need to highlight the University of North Florida's existing traditions, a group of UNF students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni met in February and March 2013 to define "tradition" for the UNF community and to develop criteria for determining which events and activities should be considered core UNF traditions. The Traditions Committee then conducted focus groups and online surveys throughout 2013, gathering input from nearly 700 members of the UNF community regarding the shared experiences students, faculty, staff and alumni find most meaningful. From these suggestions, the committee compiled a preliminary list of UNF's core traditions for public review.


In January 2014, the committee sought community input on the preliminary list of traditions through in-person feedback sessions and online comment. After the comment period closed, the Traditions Committee reconvened to review the comments and select the final list of core traditions. The final list was unveiled as part of the Homecoming festivities at a special UNF Traditions Celebration for students, alumni, faculty and staff in The Boathouse on Feb. 20, 2014.


For more information about UNF Traditions, contact DeeAnee Crookham at d.crookham@unf.edu.