Administrative Announcements
Accessing Internet Native Banner in New myWings Portal

Internet Native Banner is available in the new myWings Portal, however, you will need to access it from an on-campus computer using Internet Explorer. In the new myWings portal, employees who have the appropriate permissions will see a gray tile for "Internet Native Banner" that contains a link to INB and instructions. Users will be prompted to login.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

CCEC Administrative Offices Special Hours Today

The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction administrative offices will close 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 17, to attend its annual faculty and staff retreat. There will be limited access to email and no access to phones. Offices will reopen from 2 to 5 p.m. and resume regular business.


Melody Nauta

(904) 620-1350

Employee Education Benefit Requests Open

The Employee Education Program benefit request form for fall semester is now open. Submit the wavier via the Employee Self-Service portal in myWings. It's important to rank registered courses on the request form as well as update the rankings if courses are added or dropped. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27. Refer any questions regarding eligibility to the Office of Human Resources at (904) 620-2903.


Michelle Phillips

Heavy Phone Call Volume

The University is experiencing heavy call volume this time of year, which will occasionally result in busy signals when making outgoing calls on campus lines or taking incoming calls from outside the University.


Clay Maddox

(904) 620-1305

Lock Shop Extended Hours

The Lock Shop, UNF Annex, Building 6, Room 1206, will be open for extended hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, through Friday, Aug. 24, to accommodate additional key requests at the start of the fall term. Normal operating hours 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. will resume Monday, Aug. 27.


Bill Bigham

(904) 620-2669

Osprey Cafe Open Lunch

While other on-campus Dining Services locations are closed, the Osprey Cafe will remain open for faculty and staff during lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 17.


Dennis Negrin

(904) 620-1959

UNF In The News
  • Local scientists on possible algae issues in North Florida: Dr. Cliff Ross, Biology Department professor and chair, discussed the harmful algae blooms that are disrupting Florida's west coast with The St. Augustine Record.
  • UNF student wins contest to train like a cosmonaut in Russia: Lee Giat, a junior double majoring in astrophysics and multimedia production, is the winner of the Student Astronaut 2018 contest sponsored by the science television network Xploration Station. WJCT had the story.
  • The importance of reading to your child: Dr. Katrina Hall, associate professor of literacy, spoke to WJXT Ch. 4's "The Morning Show" about making reading fun for your child and how it helps them become more successful in school.
  • UNF’s Meyer nominated for NCAA woman of the year: After a superb four-year career at UNF, Eden Meyer is in contention for one of the highest honors in college athletics. The former distance runner was selected Thursday as one of 154 nationwide nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Read more in The Florida Times-Union.
  • Running vs. walking: Dr. Churilla, professor and Exercise Science and Chronic Disease graduate program director, discussed the benefits of walking and running when it comes to weight loss, burning calories and health with Highya consumer magazine.
  • Exploring the myths about blueberries: Janine Dray-Daris, instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, busted the myths on blueberries in the Times-Union's monthly "Goods" column.

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


Amanda Dawson

(904) 620-2192

UNF's Confucius Institute Closing

After careful consideration by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the University has decided to begin the process of terminating contracts with the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China and Shaanxi Normal University. UNF began the collaboration in 2014, with the goal of providing Chinese language and culture programs, language proficiency testing and mutual understanding and awareness of culture between China and the United States. After reviewing the classes, activities and events sponsored over the past four years and comparing them with the mission and goals of the University, it was determined that they weren't aligned. UNF is now informing partners of the intent to terminate the agreement, with a transition period ending in February of 2019, which fulfills the University's legal obligation to provide six-month's notice. Additionally, UNF is informing the partners of plans to return all unused funds. 

VP and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka Retires

After more than four decades of dedication to this institution, VP and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka is retiring from UNF. Tom is known for his deep passion for higher education and social justice. In addition to his scholarship on the disproportionate representation of ethnic/racial minorities in exceptional student education, the impact of deaf teachers in classrooms for deaf students and LGBT issues in education and society, his service to UNF has been voluminous. Over the years, he has served as the Interim Director of MOCA, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, an Associate VP for Academic Affairs and an Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. His impact can been seen across the campus, from the LGBT Resource Center to Peace Plaza and beyond.  


VP and General Counsel Karen Stone will serve as the liaison to the Board of Trustees, at least on a temporary basis. Human Resources will be moved to Administration and Finance, under the supervision of VP Shari Shuman.

Transportation and Parking Services Notices
Block Party Lot/Road Closure August 19

Due to the Welcome to College Block Party event, Lot 4, adjacent to the Delaney Student Union, Building 58, will be closed intermittently between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and completely closed 4 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, for event vendor vehicles setup and event safety. Also, sections of UNF Drive, starting at Lot 5, adjacent to the Student Wellness Complex, Building 61, and after the entrance to the Arena Parking Garage, Garage 38, will be closed 4 to 10:30 p.m. for safety precautions. There will be signage alerting drivers as well as UPD officers helping to direct traffic. For additional questions, call Maria Figuerado, Student Affairs coordinator.


Maria Figuerado

(904) 620-5369

Fall Visitor Validation Code Request Reminder

Visitor validation codes for fall-term guest parking are available; departments must request these Pay-by-Plate kiosk codes for guests to use when parking on campus. To request a code, access myWings "Employee Online Forms" and select the "Departmental Parking Requests" tab, next click on "Visitor Parking Validations," then select "Fall 2018" from the drop-down menu. For more information, visit the Visitor Parking website.


Gerald Davis

(904) 620-5361

Academic Technology Grants

Proposals from faculty for Academic Technology Grants are now being accepted by the Campus Technology Committee and Academic Technology unit of Information Technology Services. The purpose of these grants is to support and advance technology in teaching, research, creative and service activities for faculty. The grant program will provide support of up to $1,000 towards information technology requirements per funded individual project or up to $2,000 for multiple faculty members working together. Applications for the fall funding round are due 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Direct questions to Gordon Rakita, academic technology director. 


Gordon Rakita

(904) 620-1658

Bookstore - Shop Textbooks by Author

The Bookstore has changed the way textbook aisles are organized. Textbooks are now alphabetized by author's last name instead of being listed by course title. Students can visit the website from a phone or tablet and enter their student N-number to populate their course materials by author. If you need help, ask a Bookstore staff member for assistance. 


Matt Davidson

(904) 620-2648

New Library Databases

Two new research databases are available on the Library Databases webpage. Librarians are available to provide demonstrations and classroom instruction for all library resources. 

  • HeinOnline: John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection contains the National Archives and Records Administration's complete collection of records on President Kennedy's assassination in a fully searchable, user-friendly format. Also included are books, hearings, other related works and scholarly articles on this topic.
  • Cambridge Structural Database: From the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, is the world's largest repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures, with more than 800,000 entries from X-ray and neutron diffraction analyses. Along with crystal structure data, each entry includes chemical/physical property data and associated journal article reference.


Stephanie Race

(904) 620-5177

Professional Development and Training
Canvas 101

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Room 2102B

This hands-on, instructor-led session provides an overview of Canvas, the University's learning management system. Instructors learn about the Canvas interface and how to create content, assignments, quizzes and discussions. Mobile apps, student tracking and grade management are also covered. Register.


Taylor Kennedy

(904) 620-5299

Upcoming Division of Continuing Education Courses/Programs

The upcoming Continuing Education courses/programs will take place, Herbert University Center, Building 43, as follows:

  • Certified Financial Planner Information Session: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, Room 2136; Register
  • New Manager Essentials Certificate: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Room 2144; Register
  • Project Management Information Session: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Room 2136; Register

The entire Course Catalog is available online. Students, faculty and staff receive a 50-percent discount on all course offerings. To receive the discount, contact the Customer Care Team at (904) 620-4200 or via email.

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
Florida Data Science for Social Good Project Reveal

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave.

The Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) program was an intensive 12-week internship that invited students to tackle data-rich projects that have the potential for substantial local impact. At the event, FL-DSSG interns will present findings and reveal insights gained from Baptist Health, Family Support Services, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, and the Performers Academy projects. The public is invited to attend; a reception will follow the presentations. Register and find more information on the website, or visit the Facebook page.


Karthikeyan Umapathy

(904) 620-1329

Search Committee News
Hicks Honors College

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 1, J.J. Daniel Hall, Room 1604

The committee will meet to discuss the search process for the associate director of fellowships instructor position, 319380.


Dawn Button

(904) 620-3937

Library Dean Search Committee

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Building 1, J.J. Daniel Hall, Academic Affairs Conference Room, Room 2600

The committee will meet to discuss the Library dean position, 310140.


Marianne Jaffee

(904) 620-2710

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Room 2405

The committee will discuss the systems and digital technologies librarian position, 310510.


Susie Parks

(904) 620-2553

Athletics and Recreation
Week of Welcome Group Fitness Classes

The Student Wellness Complex will offer special programs during Week of Welcome. Students and full-time faculty and staff must present a valid Osprey 1Card to gain entrance. Fitness classes take place, Student Wellness Complex, Building 61, as follows: 


Sunday, Aug. 19:

5 p.m.: Booty Blast with Lyndi 
6 p.m.: Zumba/Hip Hop Mash Up with Christian and Kelsey
7 p.m.: Music Video Spin with Ashland
8 p.m.: DJ GLOW Yoga Party with Melissa


Monday, Aug. 20:

9 a.m.: Barre Burn with Ashley
11 a.m.: Rock vs. Rap Spin Express with Hannah
6 p.m.: Funky Fresh Visuals and Mixed Level Yoga with Shelby
7 p.m.: Zumba with Christian


Tuesday, Aug. 21:

Noon: Bohemian Reggae Relaxing Yoga with Ashley
5 p.m.: Britney Spears vs. Miley Cyrus Spin with Ashland 
7 p.m.: Hip Hop Fitness with Kelsey
8 p.m.: Acro Partner Yoga with Devan and Patrick


Wednesday, Aug. 22:

4:30 p.m.: Spin and HIT Combo with Hannah
7 p.m.: Buns and Guns with Fran
8 p.m.: EDM Glow Spin with Fran 


Thursday, Aug. 23:

5 p.m.: Booty Blast with Lyndi
6 p.m.: Step and Tone with Lora
8 p.m.: Throwback Thursday Power Yoga with Devan


Friday, Aug. 24:

10 a.m.: Barre Burn with Sydney
6 p.m.: Spin and Strength with Kim 



Kacie Smith

(904) 620-5217

Arts and Entertainment
Week of Welcome

Week of Welcome (WOW) welcomes new and returning students to the campus community through a series of programs and activities spanning the first week of fall classes. Organized by Campus Life, WOW helps students make new friends, learn more about the campus and services available and how to get involved in academic/co-curricular programs. For a full listing of events, visit the website or Facebook event page.


Maria Figuerado

(904) 620-5369

Items Available for Property Transfer
Desk/Filing Cabinet Available

A solid wood, L-shaped office desk and matching two-drawer filing cabinet in good condition are available, Taylor Leadership Institute, Schultz Hall, Building 9, Room 1103. Photos upon request; if interested, contact Lori Stanton, office assistant. 


Lori Stanton

(904) 620-5169

Everything Else
Faculty/Staff Meal Memberships Still Available

Faculty and staff meal memberships offer a significant savings at the Osprey Cafe, are valid for one year from the date of purchase and allow for guest swipes. In addition, payroll deduction through the University is possible. For more information, visit the website.


Dennis Negrin

(904) 620-1959

Genuinely U Fall Breakfast

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Building 58E, John A. Delaney Student Union, Room 3703

Enjoy networking with female colleagues during the fall breakfast assembly. Genuinely U, a women's faculty and staff network, creates opportunities for women of the University to be inspired, support one another, advance leadership and effect change within the University and broader community. RSVP via the website by Thursday, Aug. 23. 

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Women's Center


Joanna Young

(904) 620-5515

Literature Racks Available

Six hanging silver-framed racks, each with three sections that hold 8.5-inch by 11-inch literature, are available, Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 1200; photos upon request. If interested, email Dee Crawford, office manager. 


Dee Crawford

(901) 620-1131

Office of Undergraduate Research Hiring Students Now

The Office of Undergraduate Research is hiring students as part-time undergraduate research ambassadors. This position requires advising students on getting started in research, public speaking as well as assisting with events and event planning. For more information, faculty and students can email Undergraduate Research.

  • Position type: Federal Work Study
  • Rate of pay: $8.50 per hour
  • Hours: Flexible
  • Dates: Fall/spring semester
  • Location: Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 1200


Kelsey Eagen

(904) 620-3942

Public Opinion Research Lab Hiring Students Now

The Public Opinion Research Lab is hiring students who are available to begin immediately to help during campaign season. The position requires making phone calls and recording data for research. If interested, email the PORL for more information.

  • Rate of pay: $10 per hour
  • Hours: 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Dates: Now through November
  • Location: Social Sciences Building, Building 51, Room 2222


Mark Cooper

(904) 620-2784

Red Maple Boardwalk Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Building 54, J. M. Golden Environmental Education Pavilion

Celebrate the renovated Red Maple Boardwalk, part of the Nature Trails in the Wildlife Sanctuary, with guided walking tours following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information, visit the website. RSVP via email to Heather Kite, associate director of Recreation and Wellness, by Thursday, Aug. 16.


Heather Kite

(904) 620-2998

Troops N' Tires Car Show

Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lot 18, near Harmon Stadium, Building 27

The Student Veterans of America - UNF Chapter has partnered with the Military and Veterans Resource Center to host a car show with food and fun as part of the Week of Welcome. Attendance is free. Vehicle registration before the event costs $20, $25 on event day. The first 200 students receive a free T-shirt when presenting a valid Osprey 1Card. For more information, visit the website.


Ryan Geddings

Facebook Event
Week of Welcome Study Abroad Alumni Social

Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3804

Students, faculty, advisors and alumni will share stories from study-abroad trips. Learn about scholarships, specific faculty-led exchanges, travel tips/tricks and general information on the study-abroad process; light refreshments will be served.


Payton Cantrell

(904) 620-3985

Facebook Event