Administrative Announcements
2016 Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award Recipient

The President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion announces Dr. Tarah Trueblood, Interfaith Center director, as the recipient of the 2016 Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award.


Melonie Handerson

(904) 620-2500

45th Annual Fall Convocation

Friday, August 26, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Building 45, Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Room 1100

At this celebration of the accomplishments of many of our colleagues and friends, President John Delaney will deliver the State of the University address and Dr. Earle Traynham, provost, will offer remarks on the University’s efforts to strengthen and refine its mission and values. Faculty achievements in the areas of international service, international leadership, teaching, scholarship, service and advising will also be recognized. Dr. C. Dominik Güss, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored as UNF's Distinguished Professor. 

Sponsor: Office of Academic Affairs


Erin Kendrick

(904) 620-1452

45th Annual Fall Convocation

Friday, August 26, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Building 45, Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Room 1100

After the annual faculty and staff appreciation breakfast, attend fall convocation, where Dr. C. Dominik Güss, psychology professor, will be recognized as the 2016 Distinguished Professor, faculty award winners will be announced and President John Delaney will deliver the State of the University address.

Sponsor: Office of Academic Affairs


Dan Richard


(904) 620-1447

AXA-Advisor Representatives on Campus

AXA-Advisor representatives will be in the Office of Human Resources, Daniel Hall, Building 1, Room 1101, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, to meet with current and potential clients. Contact to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.  


Jennifer Neidhardt

(904) 620-2905

Brooks College of Health Dean Search

Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 1, J.J. Daniel Hall, Room 2600

The committee will meet to discuss the search process for the Brooks College of Health dean position, 316730.


Susan Watts

(904) 620-1544

Standard UNF Contracts

Several standard form contracts are available on the Office of General Counsel website under the heading "Standard Contracts."  Be reminded to access a standard contract directly from the website each time a contract is needed. The standard forms are revised and updated regularly for changes in the law and it's crucial that the most current contract form be used. Using the current form will avoid additional delay in the contract process.


Procurement Services and General Counsel

(904) 620-2828

UNF in the News
  • 'Ink, Icons, Identity: Exploring U2's Brand Through Fan Tattoos:' Beth Nabi, assistant professor of graphic design and digital media, discussed her multimedia exhibit that's on display at the Gallery of Art featuring fans unique love for the rock band U2 with The Florida Times-Union and WJCT.
  • Students not getting enough sleep: Dr. John McDonough, nursing professor, discussed the effects of lack of sleep with Action News.
  • Pension plan simplified: David MacKinnon, assistant director of the Writing Center, talked to First Coast News about simplifying wording on Jacksonville's pension tax ballot.
  • Do's and don'ts of social media for students: Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology, provided tips for students to navigate social media on "River City Live."
  • Analysis of the Trump and Clinton economic plans: Dr. Parvez Ahmed, finance professor, and Jan Duggar, economics instructor, reviewed how Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's economic plans will impact Northeast Florida on WJCT.

Read more about UNF faculty, staff and students in "Featured Stories."


Andrea Mestdagh

(904) 620-2192

Transportation and Parking Services Notices
Lot 34 Reserved Parking August 26/27

From 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, until 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 24 Blue Lot spaces within Lot 34, adjacent to the Field House, Building 26, will be blocked off for the load-in crew of the Welcome to the Nest event. Spaces will return to normal parking activity after 7 a.m. August 28.   


Parking and Transportation Services

(904) 620-2815

Lot 7 Shuttle Stop Temporary Pedestrian Access

Due to construction activities for the repurposing of Skinner-Jones Hall, temporary access from the Lot 7 shuttle stop to Daniel Hall, Building 1, Founders Hall, Building 2, and Skinner-Jones Hall South, Building 3, will be on the existing sidewalk on the north side of the Biological Sciences Building, Building 59, and the sidewalk between Skinner-Jones Hall South and the Biological Sciences Building. The temporary route will be in place until project completion in December 2017.


Angela Johnson

(904) 620-2016

Parking Enforcement Hours Change

Beginning 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, parking enforcement hours will change to: 

  • Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Parking and Transportation Services

(904) 620-2815

2016 Faculty Research Award Recipients

The President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion announces recipients for the 2016 Faculty Research Award as follows: 

  • Dr. Dilek Kayaalp, assistant professor, Department of Foundations and Secondary Education, College of Education and Human Services, "The Young and the Stateless: Middle Eastern Refugee Youth in the United States" 
  • Dr. Keith Cartwright, professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, "Cornbread, Quimbomoy Barbacoa; Mexico and the Gulf Shores of Our Souths"


Melonie Handerson

(904) 620-2500

Educational Leadership Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Monday, August 29, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 3201

Renita Thompson, an educational leadership doctoral student, will defend her dissertation, "Examining Perceptions of Black Administrators in Higher Education Regarding Administrative Leadership Opportunities." 


Michele Verkerk

(904) 620-2990

EEP/TSP Tuition Benefit Deadline

Employees using the Employee Education Program or Tuition Scholarship Program for dependent, benefit for classes must submit the request via myWings on the Employee Self-Service/Employee Education Program - Employee Request link by the tuition payment deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. Late submissions won't be approved.


Margaret Partyka

(904) 620-2449

Library Instruction

Instruction librarians are available to provide hands-on training in the library's numerous electronic resources and collections. Orientations are tailored to class needs and cover research tools specific to the subject being taught. Instruction sessions typically take place in the library's training rooms, but can be in other locations. Teaching online or in hybrid mode? Work with librarians to fit course needs with synchronous, live session or a completely asynchronous library instruction experience. Schedule a fall class.  


Lauren Newton

(904) 620-1531

Lovee K. Kliman Scholarship for Artistic Expression

To be eligible for the $2,000 Lovee K. Kliman Scholarship for Artistic Expression, students must:

  • Be enrolled full time, 12 credits, as an undergraduate student at UNF and in good standing
  • Declare a major or minor in the creative or performing arts, such as ceramics, graphic design, digital media, painting/drawing/printmaking, photography, sculpture, creative writing, film studies or music performance
  • Have a minimum UNF GPA of at least 3.0

Applicants must complete an application with an essay in person by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. E-mail Meg Vaysben, assistant director of development, for more information and to request an application. 


Meg Vaysben

(904) 620-2596

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
Amendment 4 Solar Forum

Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Board of Trustees Room, Room 1058

Join the Environmental Center and U.S. Green Building Council Florida for a panel discussion about solar in Florida and an in-depth discussion about Amendment 4. The moderated panel includes local experts and time for Q&A.

Cost: Free


James Taylor

(904) 620-5804

Jacksonville Environmental Symposium

Friday, September 9, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Multiple Rooms

The symposium presents an opportunity for members of the community to interact with the regulatory agencies responsible for developing and implementing environmental policy. The event will feature opening and closing general sessions, lunch and breakout sessions. The annual State of the River Report for the Lower St. Johns River Basin, which is prepared by faculty from UNF, Jacksonville University and Valdosta State University, will be released. 

Cost: $25 to $50

Sponsor: Environmental Center; City of Jacksonville


James Taylor

(904) 620-5804

Jacksonville Startup Weekend

A 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. The schedule is as follows at various locations at the Student Union, Building 58W: 

  • Friday, Sept. 9: 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 11: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Visit the website for more information. 


Diane Denslow

(904) 620-1381

Zika Virus Update

Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Auditorium, Room 2704

Student Health Services and Environmental Safety will present an update about the Zika virus.

Cost: Free


Candace Ford

(904) 620-2175

Athletics and Recreation
Men's Soccer Versus Winthrop University

Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Building 46, Hodges Stadium

Cheer on the Ospreys against Winthrop. 

Cost: Students free with valid Osprey1 Card; Faculty/staff $3


Lauren Brooks

(904) 620-5116

Arts and Entertainment
Mid-Autumn Festival Concert

Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 45, Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Room 1100

The concert will feature artists from Orlando and Jacksonville performing traditional Chinese songs, Beijing opera and music. The event is free, but an e-ticket is required. 

Sponsor: Confucius Institute


Allison McLarty

(904) 640-5436

General Meetings
Coggin College of Business Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Building 53, Ann and David Hicks Hall, Room 1420

A meeting is scheduled. 


Karen Folco

(904) 620-1540

Faculty Association September Meeting

Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 16, Osprey Commons, Talon Room, Room 4202

The agenda packet can be viewed here. Check the Faculty Association website and click "Current Agenda" for the complete agenda packet. Limited hard copies will be available at the meeting. For more information, contact Cindy Chin, executive secretary.


Cindy Chin

(904) 620-2872

UNF Foundation Executive Committee Conference Call

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building 60, Alumni Hall, Room 2112

The first quarter UNF Foundation Executive Committee conference call meeting will take place. 


Patricia Madrid

(904) 620-2111

Items Available for Property Transfer
Printer Toner Cartridges Available

The ITS Help Desk, located on the first floor of the Carpenter Library, Building 12, has the following available on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • For Dell Laser Printer 5100cn:
    • Five yellow toners
    • Two black toners
    • One magenta toner
    • One cyan toner
    • One transfer roller
  • For Dell 3110cn, one high capacity toner print cartridge of each of the following:
    • Yellow
    • Magenta
    • Black


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

Clubs and Organizations
Study Abroad Alumni Social

Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3804

Fellow students, professors, study abroad advisors and alumni will share stories about time abroad. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn about the study abroad process, travel tips and tricks, as well as do's and don'ts from students who've learned first hand from adventures overseas. Information on scholarships and specific faculty-led programs and exchanges will be available. 

Cost: Free

Sponsor: International Center


Lauren Hodge

(904) 620-2657

Everything Else
Alumni Award Nominations Open

Nominate a deserving individual for one of the University's Alumni Recognition Awards, presented annually during homecoming. These awards honor alumni who demonstrate outstanding professional, philanthropic or volunteer accomplishments. Nominations should be submitted with the official nomination form and all necessary supporting documentation no later than Thursday, Sept. 15.


Jennifer Perkins

(904) 620-2490

Bring VS PINK Back-to-School Bash to Campus

The University is competing to win Victoria's Secret PINK Campus Showdown. The winning university will receive a back-to-school bash featuring a Top 40 musical artist, VS PINK model visits and more. Download the PINK Nation app to help bring PINK to the University. The games begin Tuesday, Aug. 23. Follow @pinkunf on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more information.


Sasha Hemmingway

(904) 576-4526

Celebration for Mid-Autumn Festival/Confucius Institute Day

Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

Lunch will be provided as well as cultural activities and games. The event is free, however a R.S.V.P. is required to Allison McLarty, office manager, by Monday, Sept. 12. Space is limited.  

Sponsor: Confucius Institute


Allison McLarty

(904) 640-5436

Coggin College of Business Advising Office-Warming Event

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Building 10, Honors Hall, Coggin College of Business Advising Office, Room 1350

Swoop in for breakfast with the Coggin College of Business advising team. 

Cost: Free


Jennifer Doster

(904) 620-1292

New/Returning Faculty Social

Friday, August 26, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, The Boathouse, Room 2600

This is an opportunity to learn more about the purpose of the United Faculty Forum at the University and what the organization can assist with. Heavy appetizers and one drink ticket will be provided.

Cost: Free


Hope Wilson

(904) 620-5222

Office Supplies Available

The Coggin College of Business Academic Advising, located in Honors Hall, Building 10, Room 1350, has several items available on a first come, first served basis:

  • Paper shredder
  • Various sized three-ring binders 
  • Desk tray organizers 
  • Two-hole punch 
  • Rolling suitcase with extended handle 
  • Large fabric-covered display board with portfolio carrying case in brand new condition

Academic Advising is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. 


Felicia Bernard

(904) 620-2575

Physics Photo Contest

Capture a concept of physics in a single photo. The contest is open to any student in the Jacksonville area. The Top 10 photos will be determined by a committee of Department of Physics faculty members then posted to the Physics Facebook page. The three photos that receive the most "Likes" will win prizes. For more information, contact Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen, assistant professor of physics, or visit the photo contest webpage. The photo submission period is Thursday, Sept. 1, through Friday, Oct. 28.


Jason T. Haraldsen

(904) 620-2235

UNF Fore Scholarships Golf Classic

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, 3985 Hunt Club Road N., Jacksonville, FL 32224

This joint Alumni Association and University Athletics event raised more than $75,000 last year to support student scholarships. Both player and sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to learn more or download and complete a registration form here.  

Cost: Varies


Ryan Lebeuf

(904) 620-1891