Administrative Announcements
Building 6 Gas/Diesel Fuel Pumps Reopened

The gasoline and diesel fuel pumps behind the UNF Annex, Building 6, that were temporarily unavailable due to painting, are now reopen for normal business. Call Jeff Ross, supervisor, at (904) 620-2934, with any questions or concerns.


Paul Yeoman

(904) 620-2936

UNF In The News
  • Loss of sight doesn't deter UNF student's hope for 2020 Paralympic Games: The Florida Times-Union spoke with freshman Ross Minor, who has been blind since he was 8 years old and is now training with the hopes of becoming a Paralympic swimmer.
  • UNF psychology professor provides memory tips for new children's book: Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology, contributed her research on memory tips to a new children's book "Remember 10 with Explorer Ben" that will help kids remember what they learn; First Coast News interviewed her about the book.


Amanda Dawson

(904) 620-2192

Transportation and Parking Services Notices
Poster Slots Available for Spring Osprey Shuttle Ads

There are four poster slots available for the spring shuttle advertising program. Due to the later transition of new shuttles, the panel packages will be offered for summer 2018. Posters are 25 inches tall by 20 inches wide, displayed at 11 bus stop locations during the semester. Available display options are as follows:

  • Option A: $325; one poster
  • Option B: $475; two posters, changed at semester midpoint
  • Option C: $625; three posters, changed at one-third intervals during the semester

The shuttle advertisement request deadline is Monday, Nov. 13; the last day to submit artwork is Monday, Nov. 27. For more information, contact Felicia Rivera, parking event coordinator.


Felicia Rivera

(904) 620-2360

Biology Master's Thesis Defense

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 59, Biological Sciences Building, Room 2703

Kaylin Tennant, biology graduate student, will defend his master's thesis, "Behavioral and Physiological Assessment of Zoo-housed Heterosexual Gorilla Troops with Multiple Silverbacks."


Dr. Quincy Gibson

(904) 620-5938

Carpenter Library Instruction Available

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 relocated. Librarians can fit course needs with a synchronous, live session or a completely asynchronous library instruction experience for both online and hybrid courses. Schedule a spring class.


Library Instruction Team

(904) 620-2616

Public Opinion Research Laboratory Spring Omnibus Survey Question Requests

The PORL semi-annual statewide survey will be conducted February 2018. The survey will contain a minimum of 600 completed surveys of registered Florida voters, potentially including up to 800 depending on survey length. Faculty interested in an opportunity for original data collection/efficient research studies should request the question submission form. Submissions are due by Monday, Dec. 11; faculty will be notified of inclusion status no later than Friday, Dec. 15. For more information, visit the website. If interested in participating but unable to meet the deadline, contact Dr. Michael Binder, PORL faculty director.


Dr. Michael Binder

(904) 620-2784

School of Computing Master's Thesis Defense

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Building 15, John E. Mathews Jr. Computer Science Building, Room 2203

Joshua Joiner, a computing graduate student, will defend his thesis, "Automating CIRI Ratings of Human Rights Reports Using GATE." 


Karthikeyan Umapathy

(904) 620-1329

Telepresence Rooms Transform Distance-Learning Experience

Telepresence rooms are classroom/conference spaces dedicated to top-tier, distraction-free videoconferencing. Each room employs highly integrated multi-monitor, multi-microphone and multi-channel audio systems to produce clear, life-like meeting experiences. Classroom spaces support synchronous distance learning, secure conferencing and screen sharing. View the rooms on the webpage. For scheduling, contact Jose Phillip, academic technology assistant director, via email.


Jose Philip

(904) 620 5072

Writing Assistance for Engineering Students Now Available

The Writing Program/Center offers targeted tutoring and workshops to support writing across many disciplines. The program offers one-on-one and group tutoring as well as topical workshops for undergraduate and graduate students. Content-specific engineering tutoring is available by appointment 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Book appointments online, by calling The Writing Center at (904) 620-5394 or stopping by the office in Skinner-Jones Hall, Building 4, Room 2501.


Mikayla Beaudrie

(904) 620-5394

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
Courageous Conversations: Intersections and the "Isms"

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Auditorium, Room 2704

The Commission on Diversity and Inclusion will host a collaborative speaker event that examines the intersection of identities related to race, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, gender and sexual orientation. A panel of students, faculty and staff will discuss social identities and the cross cutting of identity status, roles and labels. University facilitators will lead small group dialogues immediately following the panel. The event is free, but an eTicket is required.


Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

(904) 620-2583

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Course

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Room 2146

A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification provides the tools needed for analytical problem-solving, critical thinking and process-improvement skill development. The first class of the five-day course will take place Friday, Dec. 1. On day five, participants will take the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate exam. Yellow Belt concepts will be covered; no prior Six Sigma training is required. Click here for class dates and times as well as cost. For more information and to register, visit the webpage.

Sponsor: Division of Continuing Education


Jessica Murray

(904) 620-5801

Facebook Event
Search Committee News
Department of Chemistry

There will be on-campus interviews for the physical chemistry assistant professor position, 319150, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Science and Engineering Building, Building 50, Room 3500, on the following days:

  • Monday, Nov. 20: John Determan
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27: Daniel Zaleski


Dr. Amy Lane

(904) 620-2315

Political Science and Public Administration

Monday, November 27, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building 51, Social Sciences Building, Room 2206

There will be an on-campus interview with Dr. Kyle Endres, a candidate for the assistant professor position, 331500. For more information, contact Lauren Chartier, office manager.


Lauren Chartier

(904) 620-2997

School of Computing

There will be on-campus interviews for the School of Computing instructor position, 339230, in the John E. Mathews Jr. Computer Science Building, Building 15, Room 3004, as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21: Abdellah Benaoussar, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28: Richa Jethwani, noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec 4: Louis Sapia, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec 5: Vanessa Coote, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Karthikeyan Umapathy

(904) 620-1329

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Monday, November 27, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Room 2400

The committee will conduct on-campus interviews for the systems librarian position, 310510. For additional information, email Susie Parks, administrative assistant.


Susie Parks

(904) 620-2553

Arts and Entertainment
The Florida Ballet 'Nutcracker' Ticket Discount

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

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

The Florida Ballet is offering a discount to faculty, staff and students for upcoming performances of "The Nutcracker Ballet." The promo code "UNF2017" provides 50 percent off any ticket to any of the four Lazzara Performance Hall performances. To purchase tickets online, visit the website, select performance, choose seats and proceed to checkout. Enter the promo code in the coupon code box and click "validate." All tickets are nonrefundable. Four two-hour performances are scheduled, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. All vehicles must have a valid parking permit or pay the daily parking fee at a pay-by-plate kiosk.

Cost: $43 Orchestra, $33 Mezzanine, $23 Balcony, $80 Balcony Family 4-Pack

Sponsor: The Florida Ballet


Martha Lemire

(904) 353-7518

Everything Else
26th Annual UNF Alumni Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Intuition Ale Works, 929 E Bay St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Become a part of a University tradition, welcoming the season with fellow alumni and friends over local craft beers, hors d'oeuvres from Black Sheep Restaurant, dancing and good cheer. Each guest will receive a free craft beer or wine of choice; a cash bar serving beer and wine will also be available. Register here by Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Cost: $20

Sponsor: Alumni Association


Kelly Rhoden

(904) 620-2133

Facebook Event
Camp Composition Registration Opens November 16

Registration for Camp Composition 2018, a writing camp for students in grades four through 11, opens 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. If registering multiple siblings or applying for an employee discount, contact Dr. Christine Weber, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL professor, for a promotion code. For cost and registration information, visit the Camp Composition webpage.


Christine Weber

(904) 620-1754

Center for Community-Based Learning Recognizes Outstanding Partnerships: C.A.M.P. Osprey

Highlighted this month is the partnership between Dr. Matthew Ohlson's C.A.M.P. Osprey initiative and regional K-12 schools. Visit the website to learn more about how UNF students are helping elementary and middle school kids develop leadership skills through the Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program.


Ryan Doan

(904) 620-3547

Jaxwell Network Initiative

The Jaxwell Network is looking for faculty and students from all disciplines to volunteer for this nonprofit initiative, a joint partnership between the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and First Coast YMCA. The project aims to promote health and wellness throughout Jacksonville and act as a health-resource center by bridging various health-focused organizations through the Jaxwell Network. Participants will receive training and work as life-wellness coaches at local YMCA branches. If interested in joining Jaxwell, visit the website. For questions, email Dr. Alireza Jahan-Mihan, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics.


Dr. Alireza Jahan-mihan

(904) 620-5359

Legacy RefWorks Replaced

Effective Tuesday, Jan. 2, the Library will only support the new RefWorks, an online citation management tool that allows you to collect, manage and organize research papers and documents. Legacy RefWorks users can easily import references into the new RefWorks. Email the Library Instruction Team or schedule a research consultation for assistance.


Library Instruction Team

(904) 620-2616

Mindful Meditation Workshops

Learn different skills/techniques that can aid in reaching relaxation and improving sleeping habits at one of Healthy Osprey's meditation workshops from 3 to 4 p.m., Student Wellness Complex, Building 61, Mind/Body Studio, on the following Tuesdays: Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28.


Healthy Osprey

(904) 620-4769

New York Times Free Access

Students, faculty and staff can now use the Carpenter Library's subscription to register for free, unlimited online access to The New York Times and the complete Times archive from 1851.


Stephanie Race

(904) 620-5177

Spinnaker Survey

Spinnaker media serves everyone on campus by providing quality news, radio and TV updates. Take our survey to help us meet the needs of the campus community in the best ways possible.


Ronnesha Rodgers

(904) 352-4021

Student Wellness Complex Holiday Sale

A holiday sale is taking place, Student Wellness Complex, Building 61, Member Services desk on the first floor, until Friday, Dec. 22. A 25-percent discount will be offered on select items.


Beth Harrell

(904) 620-5212

Textbook Collection

The Environmental Center is collecting unwanted textbooks to help support literacy programs worldwide through Better World Books. Donations are accepted throughout the year at the Environmental Center office, Building 1, J.J. Daniel Hall, Room 2200, and outside the Bookstore in the blue collection bin.


James Taylor

(904) 620-5804

Transportation and Logistics Society Hubbard House Holiday Drive

Hubbard House is a full-service shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Since 2002, the Transportation and Logistics Society has partnered with the Propeller Club of Jacksonville to sponsor a drive to collect new toys, books, diapers, hygiene items, gift cards, new or gently-used clothing and cash for larger purchases. Donate online or drop off donations during regular business hours, now until Friday, Dec. 1, Transportation and Logistics Flagship office, Honors Hall, Building 10, Room 2460. TLS members will deliver collected items and decorate the Hubbard House lobby Saturday, Dec. 2. For more information on Hubbard House, click here.


Lynn Brown

(904) 620-1961

UNF Bookstore Campus Survey

The Bookstore is conducting a survey, now through Sunday, Nov. 26. The responses will help the Bookstore provide campus-appropriate products and services as well as pinpoint areas of opportunity to better serve the University and students. Access the survey here


Matt Davidson

(904) 620-2665