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Bibliographies Made Easy - RefWorks in 30 Minutes

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library will present "Bibliographies Made Easy: RefWorks in 30 Minutes," an introductory workshop dedicated to RefWorks for all students, faculty and staff. RefWorks is an online research management tool that saves researchers' time by allowing users to collect, store and generate citations in a variety of formats. Librarians will guide participants through creating a RefWorks account, finding and exporting citations, editing the information, and making a bibliography. There is no need to register ahead of time, and light refreshments will be served. Days and times for the workshop are as follows:

  • Monday, March 30: at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 31: at noon
  • Wednesday, April 1: at 2 p.m. (Online BlackBoard session)
  • Thursday, April 2: at 10 a.m.


Lauren Newton


(904) 620-1531

'Grammar Rebels'

Monday, March 30, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 3, The Writing Center, Room 1200

"Grammar Rebels" is a workshop that aims to increase student understanding of the logic behind, as well as when and how grammar rules can be broken to create effective expressions.

Sponsor: Writing Center


Michele Boyette


(904) 620-2774

Masters Thesis Defense

Friday, April 10, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building 50, Science and Engineering, School of Engineering Conference Room, Room 2500

Amanda Tancreto, an engineering graduate student, will defend her thesis, "Comparison of Hydrologic Model Goodness-of-Fit Statistics Using Thiessen Polygon Rain Gauge and NEXRAD Precipitation Input Methods at Different Watershed Spatial Scales and Rainfall Return Frequencies for the Upper St. John River Basin, Florida."

Sponsor: School of Engineering Conference


Chris Brown


(904) 620-2801

Master's Thesis Defense

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Building 50, Science and Engineering, Room 3040

Amanda Tritinger, a civil engineering graduate student, will present "Numerical Modeling and Analysis of Tidal Variance and Marsh Accretion in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida," to fulfill her thesis requirement. The campus community is welcome to attend.


Peter Bacopoulos


(904) 620-1846

Master's Thesis Defense

Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Building 9, Frederick H. Schultz Hall, Room 2401

Bryan Higham, a history graduate student, will defend his master's thesis, "Soldiers and Civil Rights: The Impact of World War II on Jacksonville's African American Community, 1945-1960."


Marianne Roberts


(904) 620-2880

New Library Database - Philpapers

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library now has access to the database Philpapers, a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, it monitors all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. Philpapers also hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy, and has over 90,000 registered users. Access Philpapers and the other databases on the Library’s website.


Alice Eng


(904) 620-5044

Administrative Announcements
Provost Search Committee

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

Building 1. J.J., Daniel Hall, Conference Room, Room 2800

The search for the provost position, which is ongoing until filled, has started accepting new applications. The search committee will begin its screening process at its next meeting. For a full itinerary and details, visit the search committee website.

Sponsor: Academic Affairs


Thomas Serwatka


(904) 620-2509

UNF In the News
  • UNF grad lead author on new Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's study: Melissa Murray, an alumna now working as a neuroscience researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, is the lead author on a new research study that identified the buildup of dysfunctional tau protein in the brain as the primary cause of the cognitive decline and memory loss seen in Alzheimer's disease. Read The Florida Times-Union story here.
  • OneJax Institute 'Civil Discourse' panel tackles personal biases: The "When Race and Authority Come Face to Face" discussion, sponsored by the OneJax Institute at UNF, The Florida Times-Union and WJCT, took place at UNF as part of OneJax’s ongoing Civil Discourse Series. Read The Florida Times-Union recap here.
  • UNF recognizes First Generation Scholarship recipients: Amar Muratagic, a freshman, was among approximately 300 students awarded First Generation scholarships in 2014-15 due to the school’s fundraising efforts and Florida's First Generation Matching Grant Program. Read The Florida Times-Union story here.
  • Generation W Profiles -- Sheila Spivey: WJCT Public Radio profiled Sheila Spivey, Women's Center director, as part of its Generation W Profiles series highlighting influential women. Listen to it here.
  • Engineering students create toys for Jacksonville Zoo animals: Dr. Stephen Stagon, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and senior engineering students Marissa Miller and Alexi Zaremba discussed projects they are building to help provide stimulation and exercise for elephants and big cats at the Jacksonville Zoo on "UNF On The Record," a weekly radio show featuring campus life, as well as faculty and student research. Listen here.

For more news stories, click here.


Jessica Scott


(904) 620-2192

Athletics and Recreation
Baseball Versus Florida Gulf Coast University

Ospreys Baseball hosts the first conference series against the Eagles, at Harmon Baseball Stadium, Building 27. Adults age 21 years and older can enjoy Harmon Happy Hour with dollar adult beverage specials. Faculty/staff admission is $3. Students with valid Osprey1 cards receive free admission.

  • Friday, March 27: at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28: at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29: at 1 p.m.


Ticket Office


(904) 620-2473

Summer Soccer Camps

The Derek Marinatos Soccer Academy is North Florida's Premier Summer Soccer Camp and features a professionally licensed coaching staff, first class fields and campus facilities. Campers enjoy a fun, learning experience for all-round soccer skills development.


Day Academy - Boys and Girls ages 6 to 13

  • Monday, June 8, through Friday, June 12
  • Monday, June 15, through Friday, June 19
  • Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 10
  • Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17


Senior Elite Residential Academy - Boys ages 14 to 20

  • Friday, June 26, though Sunday, June 28


Derek Marinatos


(904) 620-2948

Clubs and Organizations
Interfaith Scholarship, Call for Nominations

The Interfaith Center presents the Noor Inayat Khan Interfaith Community Service Award each spring to two outstanding students. Each winner receives a tuition scholarship in the amount of $500. Staff and faculty are invited to nominate a student. For information on eligibility and access to the nomination form, click here.


Rachael McNeal


(904) 620-2837

Liberty in North Korea

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Building 58, Student Union, Student Union Auditorium, Room 2704

Learn what life is like for ordinary North Koreans. Nomad interns from the non-profit organization, Liberty in North Korea, will make a presentation about the human rights violations and daily struggle living under Kim Jong-un. Pizza and refreshments will be served.


Annette Taylor


(843) 655-6066

General Meetings
Faculty Association April Meeting

Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Building 16, Osprey Commons, Talon Room, Room 4202

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


Cindy Chin


(904) 620-2872

Items Available for Property Transfer
Chairs Available

The Student Union has two blue fabric-sided chairs in good condition available for transfer. For more information and pictures, contact Jennifer Nutt, associate director.


Jennifer Nutt


(904) 620-1583

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
'Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010'

Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union West, Room 3806

"Writing on the Fault Line: Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010," is a lecture by Martin Munro, director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and Ada Belle Winthrop-King, professor of French at Florida State University. This free event is open to the campus community.

Sponsor: Latin American Regional Council


Clayton McCarl


(904) 620-1242

Teenage Awareness Safety Class

The University, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, FBI Jacksonville and the FBI Jacksonville Citizens Academy Alumni Association, will sponsor an interactive four-week program designed specifically for young adults, ages 15 to 18, who are preparing for college. Classes will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., one night a week, beginning Friday, May 1, at the Student Union Ballroom, Building 58W, Room 3703. This program is limited to 40 participants and will be offered one time in 2015. For more information about dates and costs, visit the website.


John Simms


(904) 620-2525

Professional Development and Training
Turning Technologies Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

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

Distinguished educator Tammy Goulet will discuss her research on the relationship between learning outcomes and student satisfaction in classes. The session will include a demonstration of TurningPoint polling software, as well as the varied applications of clickers as powerful teaching tools. Registration is required for this event. To register and to view more information, click here.

Sponsor: Center for Instruction and Research Technology


Justin Lerman


(904) 620-5299

Search Committee News
College of Education and Human Sevices

Monday, March 30, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 3200

There will be an on-campus interview with Dr. John Oliver, a candidate for the educational leadership assistant/associate professor position.


Michele Verkerk


(904) 620-2990

Department of Communication

Monday, March 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Building 14D Andrew A Robinson Jr. Center, Conference Room, Room 2014

Dr. Margaret Stewart, a candidate for the communication studies assistant professor position, 316710, will give her research presentation.


Siho Nam


(904) 620-3860

Everything Else
Faculty Association Annual Committees/Distinguished Professor Online Elections

The anonymous online elections for the 2015-17 standing and University committees as well as the Distinguished Professor Award will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 2. All faculty members will receive a survey ballot via campus e-mail on the same day. Voting closes at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8. For a nominations list, click the links below:

For more information, contact Cindy Chin, Faculty Association executive secretary.


Cindy Chin


(904) 620-2872

Swoop for the Troops 5K Run

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Building 34, UNF Arena

The proceeds from this 5K run/walk will benefit the Military Veterans Resource Center.

Cost: $32/general public; $22/military and students with a valid Osprey1 card

Sponsor: Student Nurses Association, Sport Management Program


Military Veterans Resource Center


(904) 620-5131

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