Administrative Announcements
Blackboard Ends May 31

During the past year, the University has been transitioning its learning management system from Blackboard to Canvas. The transition concludes Wednesday, May 31, when Blackboard will be removed from service and Canvas will become the only available learning management system. Faculty and staff, who haven't already done so, need to download any documents or records they wish to preserve and move course content into Canvas before May 31. The Center for Instruction and Research Technology provides workshops/assistance for accomplishing this. To learn more about Canvas, click here.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

Cell Phone/Associated Services Allowance

Employees currently receiving a cell phone allowance as of payroll date Friday, May 12, must be recertified to continue receiving the allowance for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins the first payroll in July. The recertification is to verify that current service exists and to notify Payroll of the correct allowance. A report listing employees currently receiving the allowance will be emailed to the respective department directors/deans/chairs for allowance continuance/termination review and approval. The deadline to return the report to the Payroll Office is Friday, June 2. The process for eligible employees new to receive the cell phone allowance is to complete the myWings online associated services and Cell Phone Allowance Authorization Form; click here for the guide. For more information, visit the Controller's Office webpage, contact Payroll via email, or call (904) 620-2706 or (904) 620-2984.


Payroll Office

(904) 620-2706

CMS Unavailable May 31, June 1

The University's Content Management System will be unavailable Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1, due to a scheduled system upgrade. During this time, the UNF website will continue to be available to the public; however, users won't be able to make any changes in CMS during the upgrade. Users need to make all necessary arrangements to update any time-sensitive content on department webpages before 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 30. Continue to watch the CMS login page for announcements.



(904) 620-2191

Computer Restart Needed

To mitigate a potential weakness in Microsoft Windows for the Wanna Cry Ransomware virus, Information Technology Services has pushed a "fix" to all University computers running Windows.  A restart is necessary for the fix to take effect. It's important faculty and staff restart their University-owned computers/laptops running Windows as soon as possible. This can be accomplished simply by shutting it down upon leaving for the day today, Friday, May 19. The restart should also be done to University laptops and Surface tablets that may be checked out and used off campus. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that takes over a computer and locks the user out, preventing them from accessing any files until they pay money. Many times, Ransomware infects a computer when the user opens an attachment or clicks on a link that takes them to a fake website.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

Global Malware Outbreak: Use Caution Opening Links/Attachments

There has been a global outbreak of Ransomware, a type of malicious software that takes over a computer and locks the user out, preventing access to any files until a sum of money is paid.  Many times, Ransomware infects a computer when the user opens an attachment or clicks on a link that leads to a fake website.


The best defenses are to keep software up to date and practice good cyber security behaviors. Be cautious when clicking on links or opening attachments in emails. Delete unexpected emails as well as email from unknown senders. Restart University computers regularly to apply software patches. Ensure that personally owned computers are running the latest security patches and antivirus definitions.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

Osprey Update Unavailable May 31, June 1

The University's Web Content Management System (CMS) is scheduled for an upgrade Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1. On the morning of May 31, the daily email will go out to faculty and staff. During the upgrade, the Osprey Update submission form will be unavailable. There is a chance the daily email to faculty and staff will resume late in the day June 1, however, that isn't guaranteed. Any time-sensitive items should be submitted with the CMS upgrade schedule in mind. The deadline to submit Osprey Update items for May 31 is no later than 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.


Amanda Dawson

(904) 620-2192

Strategic Plan Open Forum

Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 16, Osprey Commons, Talon Room, Room 4202

The University will host an open forum to discuss the Strategic Plan draft. This open forum will be the fourth in a series of five and will discuss the second goal of the plan. Access the plan draft via myWings under "Quick Links."

Sponsor: Office of the President


Melonie Handerson

(904) 620-2500

Transportation and Parking Services Notices
Arena Garage/Lot 4 Reserved Parking May 24

From 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, there will be 10 Blue Lot spaces reserved on the second floor of the Arena Parking Garage, Building 38, adjacent to the Arena, Building 34, and one reserved space in Lot 4, adjacent to the Student Union, Building 58, for guests attending the Board of Trustees meeting. Spaces will return to normal parking activity after 4:30 p.m.


Parking and Transportation Services

(904) 620-2815

Lots 18/34, Arena Garage Reserved Parking Multiple Days

The Arena Garage, Building 38, and Parking Lots 18 and 34, will be utilized for guests attending high school graduation ceremonies 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 24; Thursday, May 25; Tuesday, May 30; and Friday, June 2, as follows:

  • Lot 18: Reserved for general admission attendees; those with valid University parking permits may park, but be aware there may be parking/traffic congestion
  • Lot 34: Reserved for disability and VIP attendees
  • Arena Garage: Reserved for disability overflow parking on the first floor; general admission attendees may park on the second to fourth floors. Those with valid University parking permits may park here, however, it's recommended to park in Lots 5, 2, 52 and the second to fourth floors of Fine Arts Center Garage, Building 44.

Refer to the Master Calendar for individual high school graduation scheduled times.


Parking and Transportation Services

(904) 620-2815

Lots 5, 18, 46 Reserved Parking May 28

The following lots will be reserved for the Jacksonville Armada Football Club event, Sunday, May 28: 

  • Lot 5: reserved 1 to 5 p.m. for team members and media. 
  • Lot 18: reserved 1 to 5 p.m. for general admission attendees. Parking will cost $5 per vehicle, only cash payments accepted; those with valid University parking permits may park at no charge
  • Lot 46: reserved 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for event staff and emergency vehicles

All lots will return to normal parking activity after 5 p.m. For additional event questions, visit Jacksonville Armada Football Club


Parking and Transportation Services

(904) 620-2815

Psychology Master's Thesis Defense

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 51, Social Sciences Building, Room 3102

Brett Wallace will defend his thesis, "Sentence Recall in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder."


Micheal Toglia

(904) 602-1624

Professional Development and Training
Arc: Canvas Video Publishing/Communication Tool

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 10, Honors Hall, Online Learning Lab, Room 1102

This session provides an overview of Arc, the University's new Canvas video platform, that allows instructors and students to publish video as well as engage with content by commenting/replying directly on media timelines. Session attendees will learn how to import and publish media, create assignments and provide feedback and will discuss best practices. Registration is required; click here.

Sponsor: Center for Instruction and Research Technology


Justin Lerman

(904) 620-5299

Upcoming Professional Development Training Sessions

The upcoming professional development training sessions are as follows:

  • Travel and Expense Training for Travelers and Approvers: 11 a.m. to noon Monday, May 22, Carpenter Library, Building 12, Room 4301
  • UNF Project Management Framework Training for all ITS: 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 23, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1430
  • PCard Banner Training: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 23, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400
  • Veg Out: 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 23, Student Union, Building 58E, Room 2100
  • CMS Training-Beginner: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400
  • Travel and Expense Training for Delegates: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400
  • CMS Web Design Basics: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 25, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400


Tyler Williamson

(904) 620-1707

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
Vegetarian MyPlate: Power in Proteins Workshop

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Building 58E, Student Union, Room 2100

The Vegan/Vegetarian MyPlate Series is a five-class series educating faculty/staff members on the benefits of a plant based diet and teaching the necessities to ensure healthfulness and sustainability. This workshop will focus on plant-based proteins; food samples will be available. Seating is limited; register via the Center for Professional Development and Training on MyWings.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: UNF Nutrition Services, Nutrition Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway Program


Yemila Lowry

(904) 620-5223

Search Committee News
Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement Search Committee

Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Building 60, Alumni Hall, Multiple Locations

An on-campus interview will take place with Katie Marquis, a candidate for the director of annual giving position, 337290/440910.


Kayla Kirby

(904) 620-2177

College of Education and Human Services

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 1070

There will be a meeting to review applications for the academic advisor position, 313800.


Dee Crawford

(904) 620-1784

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Room 2400

The committee will interview a candidate for the visiting instruction librarian position, 316490. For itinerary, contact Susie Parks, executive secretary.


Susie Parks

(904) 620-2553

Athletics and Recreation
Derek Marinatos Soccer Academy Summer Camps

Day Academy Schedule for Boys/Girls Ages 6 through 13: The DMSA Day Academy has established itself as North Florida's premier soccer summer day camp. Designed to teach soccer skills, tactics and fundamentals, the camp includes individual instruction by qualified coaching staff and age-specific curriculum with an emphasis on fun. Every camper will receive one soccer ball, plus for each camp attended, a DMSA T-shirt, drawstring bag and water bottle. Pool time is included; after care is available for an additional fee. The dates are as follows:

  • Monday, June 5, through Friday, June 9
  • Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16
  • Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14
  • Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21

UNF Men's Soccer Identification Camp: The North Florida Summer Identification Camp is designed for elite club and high school players ages 14 to 20 to demonstrate skills for the North Florida coaching staff and other coaches in attendance. Fees are $115 per player until Friday, June 9.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017

Overnight Senior Elite Residential Academy Schedule for Boys ages 14 through 20: The DMSA Senior Elite Residential Academy is an overnight camp for high school soccer players aspiring to play at the next level or to further those who already do. The Academy, conducted by college and nationally licensed coaches, will offer daytime advanced tactical, technical and fitness training as well as competitive night games.

  • Friday, June 30, through Sunday, July 2

For more information, tuition costs and registration, click here.


Derek Marinatos

(904) 620-2948

Summer Group Fitness Schedule

Summer group fitness classes begin Monday, May 15, and run through Friday, July 28, Student Wellness Complex, Building 61. A wide variety of classes for all fitness levels and interests in a group atmosphere will be offered for free to students, full-time faculty/staff and Student Wellness Complex members. A valid Osprey 1Card must be scanned at the Member Services desk for entry. For questions, contact (904) 620-2853.


Kacie Smith

(904) 620-5217

General Meetings
Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Ballroom C, Room 3703

A special luncheon meeting to discuss the presidential search update will take place. Following the luncheon, the 2017 University work plan, Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain's tenure by reason of appointment and budget workshop will be presented.

Sponsor: Office of the President


Sharon Bove

(904) 620-2500

UNF Foundation Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building 60, Alumni Hall, Room 2112

The fourth-quarter conference call will take place.

Sponsor: University Development and Alumni Engagement


Patricia Madrid

(904) 620-2111

Everything Else
Alumni Reception Features President John Delaney

Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant, 691 1st St. N, Jacksonville Beach

Network with fellow alumni and hear from President Delaney on the latest University happenings. Hors d'oeuvres, a courtesy welcome drink and cash bar will be offered. All alumni and guests are welcome to attend; RSVP online by Thursday, May 25. Consider making a donation to the University here.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Alumni Association


Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

(904) 620-4723

Alumni Third Thursday Features Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp "Thirsty Thursday" game with the UNF Alumni Association in a Vystar Shrimp-Net reserved section. Registration for this family-friendly event is $10 per person, which includes entry to the game, a reserved seat and access to the buffet. Register by Wednesday, May 31, here

Cost: $10


Kelly Rhoden

(904) 620-2133

Facebook Event
Art Therapy Open Studio

This open studio takes place 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, Counseling Center, Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 2300; enter from the hallway to Room 2011. Materials are included; regular attendance isn't required.


diane engelhardt

(904) 620-2602

English Language Program Seeks Volunteers

The English Language Program is looking for volunteers for the Conversation Partner Program. Partners meet with international students one-on-one for one hour per week during the summer. For an opportunity to gain volunteer hours, help someone practice English, learn about a new culture and make a new friend, visit the English Language Program, Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Building, Building 14E, Room 1710, or email Sarah Flaniken, English instructor.


Sarah Flaniken

(904) 620-4281

Free Supplemental Food Products

Supplemental products for those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are available at no cost for faculty, staff and students. If interested, contact Yemila Lowry, campus dietitian. 


Yemila Lowry

(904) 620-5223

Jacksonville Racial Justice Summit

Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Ballroom, Room 3703

Leaders from Jacksonville's communities of color will meet with leaders of the local LGBTQ community to discuss challenges faced by both groups, focusing on reaching restorative, impactful and meaningful change. The aim is to make progress towards full recognition of equality. This event is free and lunch will be provided; register here.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, Equality Florida


Kaitlin Legg

(904) 620-2939

Ogier Gardens Custom Pickling Workshop

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 39, J. Brooks Brown Hall, Food Lab, Room 3005

A workshop to pickle cucumbers grown at the Frederick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens will take place. RSVP at

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Health Promotion


Mallory Schott

(904) 620-1570

Facebook Event
Osprey Community Engagement Medallion

The Center for Community-Based Learning is accepting applications for the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion. This award recognizes up to 25 students, graduating in the summer semester, who demonstrate exemplary commitment to the greater Jacksonville community through community-based learning, volunteerism, community or social advocacy, community-based federal work-study and political engagement. The application deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, June 16. Visit the website for more information and to submit an application.


Ryan Doan

(904) 620-3547

School of Music Summer Camp

This week-long camp features jazz and symphonic bands, jazz/classical small ensembles and a host of music electives, Sunday, June 18, to Friday, June 23, Fine Arts Center, Building 45. The camp is formatted for two groups:

  • High School Music Camp: students entering ninth grade through college freshman
  • Middle School Band Camp: students entering grades seven through nine

Rising ninth grade students may choose to enroll in either camp, based on playing ability and comfort level. A minimum of one school year of playing experience and a placement audition are required; view audition requirements here. Day-camper and overnight options are available. For pricing and more information, visit the music camp website.


Dr. Michael Bovenzi

(904) 620-2961

Senior Service Award Nominations

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations from faculty, staff and students for the summer Senior Service Award. This award is presented at each commencement ceremony to a graduating senior who has made significant contributions to the University and/or the community through volunteerism while maintaining an outstanding academic record. The recipient receives a commemorative plaque, a $500 monetary reward and is recognized at the commencement ceremony. The deadline is Monday, June 5; click here to make a nomination.


Leah Case

(904) 620-2132

UNF Preschool Donations Needed

The Preschool is always in need of extra paper, craft items and art supplies. Departments are encouraged to donate old stationary, envelopes, paper, magazines, cards, writing pads, clip boards, hole punches, staplers, pens, pencils, different kinds of tape, sticky notes and similar items for classroom activities.


Luci Tappin

(904) 620-2374