Important Message
Message from Board of Trustees Chair Kevin Hyde

As you know, last night the UNF Board of Trustees selected Dr. David Szymanski to serve as our next president. While his appointment is still subject to the review and approval of the State University System's Board of Governors, we have tremendous confidence in Szymanski as the next leader of this great University. 


It has been nearly 15 years since UNF last went through a presidential transition, and we're grateful for that. President John Delaney's tenure has been marked by tremendous campus and enrollment growth, student success, academic excellence and innumerable national recognitions. While John will be tough to follow, he has generated the kind of positive momentum that any successor would covet.


As we move forward in our transition, there are three principles that I and the Board want to keep ever present:


  • Maintain the focus on John Delaney as our president, allowing him, and each of you, to complete his tenure with excellence;
  • Recognize that our president-elect still has a job to do at the University of Cincinnati and that he, too, wants to finish well; and
  • The better we manage the transition from President Delaney to President Szymanski, the better we can keep the positive momentum going.


To ensure this effective transition for both of our leaders, the Board has asked Sharon Ashton, vice president of Public Relations, to lead the president-elect's transition, effective immediately, in addition to her existing responsibilities administering the University's communications efforts.


In this role, we have asked Sharon to manage and oversee the president-elect's UNF-related calendar, campus meetings and briefings as well as outreach he will need to do between now and the time of his full-time arrival on campus. It's our request that each of you direct your desired communications with the president-elect through Sharon. That way, requests can be organized and prioritized in an orderly fashion, allowing us to maintain the three principles outlined above.


Remember, the president-elect must still be confirmed by the BOG. After that, there will be incredible internal and external pressures on the president-elect regarding a broad number of issues -- i.e., budget creation, academic decision-making, meeting with the University community, learning about and connecting with our region, along with the personal dynamics of finding a new home and relocating from Cincinnati.


You can help the Board and the president-elect by working within the structure we have put in place -- not as an obstacle to communication but a facilitation of the same. Ultimately, the president-elect will shape his transition consistent with his style. Until then, we appreciate you working with Sharon in this interim role.


Personally, and on behalf of my fellow Trustees, I want to thank you for your valuable input into the search for the next University president. The Board is very excited about the direction for UNF. I look forward to receiving your continued input.

Administrative Announcements
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Negotiations Session

Friday, February 23, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 1, J.J. Daniel Hall, Room 1306

A AFSCME negotiations session is scheduled. 

Sponsor: Human Resources


Greg Catron

(904) 620-2981

Internal Auditing Self-Assessment Checklist/Training Course Open

The Office of Internal Auditing aims to reinforce good internal controls within all departments. As a tool, OIA has created a self-assessment checklist to help offices stay current in various best practices. All offices are encouraged to self-assess business practices and reach out to OIA if any questions or concerns arise. Not all items on the checklist will be practiced in all departments. To learn more, visit the webpage.


Attend a training course to learn about the checklist and the importance of internal controls. Register through the MyWings Center for Professional Development and Training portal. The course will be offered 1 to 2 p.m., Carpenter Library, Building 12, Conference Room, Room 2405, on the following days: 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Wednesday, March 14
  • Tuesday, March 27
  • Friday, April 20

The team of internal auditors is available for consulting; email or contact Julia Hann, director.


Julia Hann

(904) 620-3953

New Americans with Disabilities Act Web Accessibility Draft Policy

A new draft policy, ADA Web Accessibility for Information Resources, is available for review on the Policies and Regulations Webpage by using the Policies Under Review link. The rationale for the policy is outlined in the policy's Impact Statement. Send comments and questions via email to Compliance Office.


Joann Campbell

(904) 620-2258

Transportation and Parking Services Notices
Arena Garage Reserved Parking February 22

Forty-six parking spaces on the fourth floor of the Arena Parking Garage, Building 38, adjacent to the Arena, Building 34, will be reserved for vendors attending the Public Service and Nonprofit Career Fair, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Spaces will return to normal parking activity after 1:30 p.m.


Parking and Transportation Services

(904) 620-2815

Carpenter Library Acquires American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library now provides University students, faculty and staff access to the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection, a digital compilation of over 7,500 historical periodical titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century. The AAS is the premier library documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.


Stephanie Race

(904) 620-5177

Educational Leadership Doctoral Defense

Friday, February 23, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 3201.

Anthony Mortimer, an educational leadership doctoral student, will defend his dissertation, "Priorities for School Safety: The Alignment between Federal and State School Safety Legislation and Safety Needs as Perceived by Education Stakeholders in Florida Private Schools for Exceptional Students."


Michael Morris

(904) 620-1787

Library Trial Databases

Two new databases are available for free trial through the Library Databases webpage:

  • The Science of Synthesis: This database provides a critical review of the synthetic methodology developed from the early 1800s to date for the entire field of organic and organometallic chemistry. It's searchable by text, reaction and structure or via the interactive table of contents. The free trial ends Thursday, March 8.
  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery - A Transnational Archive, Parts I-IV: This archive consists of more than five million cross-searchable pages sourced from books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, legal documents, court records, monographs, manuscripts and maps from many different countries. It covers a wide spectrum of interests related to the history of slavery, such as legal issues, the Caribbean, children and women, modes of resistance and much more. Free trial ends Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Send feedback on these databases to Stephanie Race, Carpenter Library head of research and outreach.


Stephanie Race

(904) 620-5177

Writing Center Workshops

The Writing Center, Skinner-Jones Hall, Building 4, Room 2501, will offer the following student workshops:

  • How to Write an Effective Summary: 1 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16
  • Writing Tips for Paragraph Structure: 1 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19
  • Creating a Story Arc in Creative Writing: 1 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26

Faculty are welcome to attend sessions.


The Writing Center

(904) 620-2774

Professional Development and Training
Brown Bag Lunch 'Socrative' Polling System Option

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Building 10, Honors Hall, Room 1102

Polling or student-response systems enable instructors to do formative assessment, give feedback, take attendance and more. While the University has a hardware-based clicker system, Turning Point, some instructors find that smartphone-based systems can meet their needs at a lower cost to students. In this session, Dr. Nathan Kunz, Department of Management assistant professor, provides a demonstration of Socrative, one such tool that he and other faculty use for short surveys, attendance, student feedback and quizzes. Bring your lunch, beverages and sweets will be provided; register here.

Sponsor: Center for Instruction and Research Technology


Taylor Kennedy

(904) 620-5299

Community Scholars Program Application Deadline Approaching

The Center for Community-Based Learning's Community Scholars Program application deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. Visit the website for more information on the 10th cohort of this program and to apply for this professional development opportunity.


Ryan Doan

(904) 620-3547

Upcoming Center for Instruction and Research Technology Workshops

The upcoming Center for Instruction and Research Technology Workshops are as follows:

  • Build Your Faculty Profile: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, Carpenter Library, Building 12, Room 2102B; Register
  • Intro to Turning Point Clickers: 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Honors Hall, Building 10 Room 1102; Register


Taylor Kennedy

(904) 620-5299

Upcoming Professional Development Training Sessions

The upcoming professional development training sessions are as follows:

  • Direct Pay/Electronic Invoice Approval: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, Carpenter Library, Building 12, Room 4301
  • CMS Training - Beginner: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400
  • OASys Applicant Tracking: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Carpenter Library, Building 12, Room 4301
  • Procurement Process Training: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400
  • Settling Employees in Unsettled Times (for supervisors): 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, J. J. Daniel Hall, Building 1, Room 1306
  • PCard Banner Training: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400


Tyler Williamson

(904) 620-1707

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
Education Doctorate Information Session

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership will hold information sessions during the spring term. Attendees will learn about the doctoral program, including the admission process, course of study and program structure. Two sessions will be offered each day, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Building 57, Room 3201. Session dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 28
  • Tuesday, March 13
  • Wednesday, April 4

For more information, email program leader Dr. David Hoppey, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education associate professor, or Michael Morris, executive secretary.


Michael Morris

(904) 620-2990

Educator Preparation Institute Information Session

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Promenade Blvd., Jacksonville, 32246

Learn about the steps needed to acquire a professional teaching certificate in the state of Florida. The Educator Preparation Institute, housed in the Center for Urban Education and Policy in the College of Education and Human Services, will discuss the admission process and pathway to alternative certification in K-12 without a traditional education degree. This free event is open to the public.


Brooke Cobbin

(904) 620-1823

'Exploring Our Black History' Panel

Friday, February 23, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Special Collections Reading Room

In honor of Black History Month, the Carpenter Library will host "Exploring Our Black History." This discussion will feature members of the Jacksonville History Consortium, including Ju'Coby Pittman, Clara White Mission CEO/president; Adonnica L. Toler, Ritz Theater/Museum director; Joel McEachin, City of Jacksonville planner/historian; Dr. Alan Bliss, history instructor/Jacksonville Historical Society interim executive director; and moderator Dr. Rudy Jamison, Center for Urban Education and Policy instructor.


Jen Jones Murray

(904) 602-5533

Free Speech/Campus Culture Panel Discussion

Student Affairs with other campus departments will host a panel discussion on First Amendment protection and how freedom of speech intersects with diversity and inclusion policies on campus. This free event will feature a panel of experts on law, constitutional protections, University policy and social media. Attend one of two sessions offered: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, J. Brooks Brown Hall, Building 39, Room 1009.


Bill Delaney

(904) 616-2600

'Human Response to Natural Disasters'

Friday, February 23, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Building 4, Skinner-Jones Hall, Room 1705

Dr. Emma Apatu, assistant professor of public health, will lecture on "Human Response to Natural Disasters in a Digital Age." This event is part of "New and Old," the spring semester International Studies Lecture Series.


Clayton McCarl

(904) 620-1242

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Queer Talks: Sex/Gender Technicalities

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Building 58E, Student Union, Room 1111

Bring a packed lunch to the LGBT Resource Center for a discussion on the gray areas/technicalities of sex and gender; facilitated by Jasmine Elise Graham, student assistant.


Dwan Love

(904) 620-5197

Facebook Event
'The Secret Code in a Chinese Name'

Friday, February 23, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Building 42, Coggin College of Business, Room 1102

The Confucius Institute presents "The Secret Code in a Chinese Name," a free lecture in English. Some ancient Chinese believed that a person's name is linked directly to their destiny and a family's prosperity. This lecture provides an inside look at the numerical codes hidden in a carefully created Chinese name.


Natalia Gallimore

(904) 620-5436

用中文讲政治笑话:有的不是真的 [Telling Political Jokes in Chinese]

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Building 10, Honors Hall, Room 2245

"Telling Political Jokes in Chinese: Some are Not Real," a conversation in Chinese with Yongan Wu, associate professor of Chinese, is part of International Mondays, a series of informal conversations about the world today, conducted in various languages, with guests from across the campus and the North Florida area. All are welcome, including native/heritage speakers and language learners at all levels.

Sponsor: International Studies Program


Clayton McCarl

(904) 620-1242

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Search Committee News
Coggin College of Business

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Building 42, Coggin College of Business, Room 2004

The search committee will be charged as to the requirements of the director of development position, 319950/333010/440560.


Laura Kelp

(904) 620-1540

College of Education and Human Services

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 3201

The committee will conduct an interview with Dr. Linda Skrla, a candidate for the associate professor of educational leadership position, 313770. Contact Michael Morris, office assistant, for more information.


Michael Morris

(904) 620-1787

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Friday, February 23, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Building 59, Biological Sciences Building, Room 1001

The committee will meet to review candidates for the mathematics and statistics chair position, 312560. 


Dr. Cliff Ross

(904) 620-2830

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Building 14E, Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Building, Room 2738

The committee will meet to discuss the assistant professor of statistics position, 312750.


Patti Dombroski

(904) 620-2654

School of Engineering

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Building 4, Skinner-Jones Hall, Room 3205

The committee will meet to discuss the electrical engineering instructor/advisor position, 317100. 


Alan Harris

(904) 620-1682

School of Nursing Flagship Program

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Building 39A, J. Brooks Brown Addition, Room 3088

The committee will conduct a phone interview with an applicant for the assistant professor position, 332970. For more information, contact Judy Kraft, office manager.


Judy Kraft

(904) 620-1475

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

The committee will interview three candidates for the head of special collections and University archives position, 314140, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Building 12, Room 2400, on the following days: 

  • Monday, Feb. 19
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Thursday, Feb. 22

For more information, contact Susie Parks, administrative assistant.


Susie Parks

(904) 620-2553

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

The committee will conduct telephone interviews for the research services librarian position, 314530, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Feb. 26, and Tuesday, Feb. 27, Carpenter Library, Building 12, Room 2400.


Susie Parks

(904) 620-2553

Athletics and Recreation
Baseball Versus Southern Illinois University Weekend Games

Support Osprey baseball against Southern Illinois, Building 27, Harmon Baseball Stadium: 

  • Friday, Feb. 23: 6:05 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: 2:05 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 25: 1:05 p.m.

Cost information: Students, Free with Valid Osprey 1Card; Adults, $5; Youth/Military/Faculty/Staff/Seniors, $3; Group Rate (10 or more), $2 each; Ticket information.


Kaitlin Parsons

(904) 620-5429

General Meetings
African American Faculty and Staff Association General Assembly Meeting

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 1100A

The AAFSA general assembly meeting will take place. AAFSA activities and meetings are open to all University employees as well as invited guests. RSVP here.


Fantei Norman

(904) 620-1065

Clery Act Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3806

The Clery Act Committee will hold its quarterly meeting.

Sponsor: University Police Department


Mary Stumph

(904) 620-1031

March Faculty Association Meeting/Annual Nominations

Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Building 16, Osprey Commons, Talon Room, Room 4202

The Faculty Association will meet. Final nominations for fall 2018 standing committees and University committees will be taken from the floor; view a list of nominee names/committee charges on the Faculty Association Hotline page. Faculty who are interested in serving on a committee are encouraged to contact any member of the Nominations and Elections Committee or email Dr. Heather Truelove, chair. The March agenda packet can be viewed in color or in black/white; limited hard copies will be available at the meeting. Check the Faculty Association Website and click "Current Agenda" for the complete agenda packet. For more information, contact Dr. Radha Pyati, president, or Cindy Chin, executive secretary. 


Cindy Chin

(904) 620-2872

Items Available for Property Transfer
Chairs/Filing Cabinet Available

One red recliner, one three-drawer metal filing cabinet, two stationary office chairs and five desk chairs are available, Counseling Center, Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 2300.


Jackie Cook

(904) 620-2517

Round Table Available

One 4-foot round table is available, Office of Planning and Budget, Building 53, Room 2330; pictures are available upon request.


Cindy Hoffer

(904) 620-2503

Clubs and Organizations
Transportation/Logistics Society Lend-A-Wing Pantry Drive

TLS is sponsoring a semester-long drive to support the Lend-A-Wing Pantry, which provides essential supplies to students in need at no cost. Drop off food and hygiene-product donations to Honors Hall, Building 10, Room 2460.


Lynn Brown

(904) 620-1961

Everything Else
Cross Country/Track and Field Team Seeks Volunteers

The track and field team seeks volunteers for upcoming home meets, including the Spring Break Invitational and Pre-State Meet college races, Friday, March 23, and high school races, Saturday, March 24. Volunteers will have the opportunity to earn service hours, help support a local collegiate program, cheer on student athletes and learn more about the sport. Meals and shirts will be provided to all volunteers. If interested, contact Rachel McFarlane, cross country/track and field assistant coach. For more information, visit the website


Rachel McFarlane

(734) 716-6097

Healthy Osprey Icon Identifies Best Meal Dining Options

Look for the Healthy Osprey icon, a blue apple, to identify some of the best meal options with balanced nutrients offered at Osprey Cafe and around campus. The logo, designed in partnership with the Department of Recreation and Wellness, includes nutrition criteria set by Yemila Lowry, Dining Services registered dietitian. For more information, email Yemila Lowry or visit the website.


Yemila Lowry

(904) 620-2247

Legacy Brick Pavers Available

Leave a lasting impression on the University; commemorate your experience or honor someone you know by ordering a customized brick paver. Engravings can include graduation year, dedications, Greek letters or an inspirational quote. The deadline to order is Wednesday, May 30; order via the website.


Kate Engel

(904) 620-5272

Picnic on The Green

Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 45, Fine Arts Center, The Green

Brook Adams, executive chef, and Yemila Lowry, campus dietitian, will kick off National Nutrition Month with free tandoori chicken burritos, music and games.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Dining Services


Yemila Lowry

(904) 620-2247

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Student Union Fall Reservations Requests Open

Fall 2018 reservation requests for Student Government agencies and all registered student organizations in good standing with Club Alliance, may book one reoccurring event and one special event beginning 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 23. On-campus departments, agencies, organizations, Greek chapters and off-campus groups may may book as many events as needed beginning Monday, Feb. 26. Make reservations in person, Student Union, Administration Office, Building 58E, Room 1302, online or via email. For availability inquiries, call the Student Union at (904) 620-2525, or visit the office.


Zach Neaves

(904) 620-1496

Writing Center Open House

Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 4, Skinner-Jones Hall, Writing Center, Room 2501

Celebrate the beginning of spring and relax from the onset of midterms at the Writing Center's pizza and a potluck open house. Students, faculty and staff will enjoy music, games, prizes, free food and refreshments.

Cost: Free


Kayla Hilliar

(904) 620-5394

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