Administrative Announcements
Eco Adventure/Nature Trails Open

The Nature Trails, Osprey Challenge Course, Lake Oneida and picnic areas are open for use following safety inspections, tree removal and Challenge Course inspection/certification. A small portion of the trail, from the lake beach front to the picnic area, will remain closed until a leaning tree can be removed. When accessing the picnic area from the Golden Pavilion, use the sidewalk on UNF Drive.


Becky Purser

(904) 620-1590

UNF in the News
  • To regionalize or not to regionalize: Dr. Georgette Dumont, assistant professor of public administration, discussed Jacksonville's consolidation with Connecticut NPR's "Where We Live."
  • Hurricane Matthew tests Jacksonville and its mayor: Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of operations management, told The Florida Times-Union that the mayor gave people enough time to react, and the decision to evacuate was a good one.
  • Body language played role in debate: Dr. Christa Arnold, associate professor of communication, shared insight into Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's body language during the final presidential debate on First Coast News.
  • Presidential debate insight and voting: Dr. Josh Gellers, assistant professor of political science, provided expert insight on the final presidential debate on "The Chat" and on millennial voters on WJXT
  • Elementary students show palate bravery in food-fear study: Dr. Corrine Labyak, assistant professor of nutrition, and Dr. Leslie Kaplan, associate director of the Hicks Honor College, are conducting a study on the fear of trying new food in local elementary schools to help combat childhood obesity. Read more from the Times-Union and WJXT
  • Blind professor discusses service dog etiquette: Emily Michael, writing professor, has been blind her whole life and for the past couple years she’s been guided by a black Labrador retriever. She discussed service dog etiquette on WJCT.
  • Fanatics signs deal for major league uniforms: Dr. Kristi Sweeney, assistant professor of sport management, told the Times-Union that the accord with Major League Baseball is the first of its kind.

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


Andrea Mestdagh

(904) 620-2192

Transportation and Parking Services Notices
Osprey Shuttle Spring Advertisement

Spring shuttle advertising packages are available through Parking and Transportation Services. Click here for details. The request deadline is Friday, Oct. 28. For more information, contact Felicia Rivera, parking event coordinator. 


Felicia Rivera

(904) 620-2360

RefWorks Workshops

Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn how to manage references and format bibliographies with the new and improved RefWorks. The Carpenter Library, Building 12, will offer six 30-minute workshops both in person and online. The dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18: noon, Room 2102A
  • Thursday, Oct. 20: 4 p.m., online
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2: noon, Room 2102A
  • Thursday, Nov. 3: 10 a.m., Room 2102A
  • Monday, Nov. 14: 2 p.m., online
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15: 10 a.m., Room 2102A

Click here for more information and links to the online sessions.


Lauren Newton

(904) 620-1531

Writing Center Workshops

The following 50-minute workshops will be offered this month at the Writing Center:

  • Plain English Style and Grammar: 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. The workshop will include a discussion of using effective subordination/coordination and transitions and a review of common grammatical errors.
  • Academic Writing and Tone: 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. This workshop will discuss key points about understanding the required format of the work and how to maintain a professional tone through word choice and diction.
  • Drafting and Revising for Rhetorical Coherence - Beginning and Ending: Noon Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. This workshop covers drafting and revising for coherence between paragraphs and links to topic sentences, itinerary statements, thesis statements and conclusions.

Register to attend online. Walk-in attendance is also welcome. 


Michele Boyette

(904) 620-2774

Clubs and Organizations
Early Voting Kick Off with Stuart Milk

Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 58, Student Union, Osprey Plaza

Stuart Milk is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer global human rights activist and political speaker, nephew of civil rights leader Harvey Milk and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. As the first-ever elected LGBTQ candidate, Harvey fought for the rights of LGBTQ everywhere. Learn ways to honor his life with action to move equality forward in Jacksonville and statewide.

Sponsor: LGBT Resource Center; Equality Florida


Jake Moore

(904) 620-5197

Facebook Event
Len Ferman Presents 'Creativity and Business Innovation'

Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Building 10, Honors Hall, Room 2411

Len Ferman, adjunct marketing professor and founder/marketing director of Ferman Innovation, will discuss his expertise in creativity and business innovation. Prior to founding Ferman Innovation, he spent 25 years managing innovation at Fortune 100 companies, including AT&T and Bank of America. 

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Dr. Young Tae Choi; American Marketing Association


Richmond Nelson

(904) 631-7905

Facebook Event
Arts and Entertainment
'Angola Prison Seminary' Book Review and Reception

Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Building 58E, Student Union, Room 2401

The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery presents a cheese and wine book presentation by Dr. Michael Hallet, professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. "Angola Prison Seminary" is a book that was researched and written by scholars Hallet, Joshua Hays, Byron Johnson, Sung Joan Jan and Grant Duwe. The book draws from three years of on-site research and explores the history, purpose and functioning of the Inmate Minister program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, American's largest maximum-security prison. 

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Intercultural Center for PEACE


Oupa Seane

(904) 620-2435

'Being Mortal' Film Screening

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 2704

Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, "Being Mortal" is an Emmy-nominated documentary that explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and the relationships with the physicians who treat them. After the screening, audience members can learn ways to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences from a panel of local experts.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Brooks College of Health


Pam Niemczyk

(904) 620-2810

Celebration of Women in the Arts

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union Auditorium, Room 2704

Mark your calendars to join the Women's Center for the 29th annual Celebration of Women in the Arts. Come celebrate the artistic talents of women from across the nation and enjoy this fun-filled night of entertainment. 


Brandi Winfrey

(904) 620-2528

Clubhouse Friday Features Scary-Oke Open Mic Night

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Building 17, Osprey Clubhouse

Put on your best Halloween costume and get ready to sing. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Cost: Free with valid Osprey 1Card

Sponsor: Office of Campus Life; Housing and Residence Life


Jessica LeClair

(904) 620-5355

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Monday Trivia at the Boathouse

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Boathouse, Room 2600

Put on your thinking caps and bring your random knowledge to compete with other students and win prizes. Trivia begins at 6 p.m.

Cost: Free with valid Osprey1 Card

Sponsor: Office of Campus Life; Chartwells Dining Services


Jessica LeClair

(904) 620-5355

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Street Scene: An American Opera by Kurt Weill with UNF Orchestra

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, associate professor of music, is the director and Dr. Simon Shiao, associate professor of music, is the conductor. The performance is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. Weill was the composer of many theater works, including "Threepenny Opera" and "Mahagonny." 

Cost: $15/Students free with valid Osprey1 Card

Sponsor: School of Music


Kolanda Douglas

(904) 620-2864

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Twisted Tuesday Features Spooky Mandarin Pumpkins

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Building 58, Student Union, Osprey Plaza

This Tuesday will feature spooky mandarin pumpkins. Come get in the spirit of fall and decorate a mandarin orange to look like a jack-o'-lantern. This giveaway is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at (904) 620-5355.

Cost: Free with valid Osprey1 Card


Jessica LeClair

(904) 620-5355

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Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
Attorney General Program Specialist Discusses Identity Theft

Monday, October 31, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Ballrooms, Room 3703CD

Guest speaker Cathy Costley, victim services program specialist in the Office of the Attorney General, will discuss greater awareness concerning identity theft and how to protect personal identifiable information. An 18-year veteran of the Attorney General's Office, Costley conducts identity theft presentations to community and statewide groups throughout Florida.

Cost: Free


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

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Brown Bag Series: 'A Life Beyond Reason - The Enlightenment and The Disabled Boy'

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Building 8, English Hall, Room 2213

Dr. Chris Gabbard, associate professor of English, will discuss his transition into the burgeoning field of disability studies in the humanities and read from his book manuscript​, "A Life Beyond Reason: The Enlightenment and The Disabled Boy." Refreshments will be served.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Department of English


Valerie Kelco


(904) 204-4264

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental health first aid training will take place 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 4, at the Student Wellness Complex, Building 61, Mind Body Studio, Room 1700. It's designed to train the public with key skills to aid someone who is developing a mental health issue or experiencing a mental health crisis. No background in the mental health field is required. At the completion of training, a three-year certification will be given. The free training is sponsored by the Department of Health Promotion in partnership with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. For more information or to register, contact Ashley Ballard, director of health awareness.


Ashley Ballard

(904) 620-1570

Facebook Event
Publix Grocery Store Tour

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

St.John's Town Center Publix, 4413 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246

The University's Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Yemila Lowry, will provide participants a grocery store tour. Transportation will not be provided. Meet outside of the store and look for people in UNF shirts. Learn ways to eat a healthy diet while still on a budget.

Sponsor: Health Promotion


Brianna Ballard

(904) 620-1570

Facebook Event
Student Leadership Summit Registration Open

Friday, October 28, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Ballrooms, Room 3703

This year's theme, "Initiative to Innovation: YOUR Commitment to Action and Leadership," will challenge attendees to develop an inner drive to initiate change through innovation and action. Dr. Bremely Lyngdoh, a global leader in environmental sustainability initiatives, will emphasize the importance of today's leaders taking positive action toward social change in the world. To register, visit the upcoming events webpage

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Taylor Leadership Institute; Undergradutate Studies


Korie Hilliard

(904) 620-5934

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Trick or Treat: Is That Something Good To Eat?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 61, Student Wellness Complex, Table at Entrance

Find out how to stay on track with nutrition and wellness goals and learn about healthier substitutes for sugary treats, such as Jolly Rancher, Tootsie Rolls, candy corn and chocolate bars that are popular during the Halloween season. 

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Department of Health Promotion; Nutrition Services


Yemila Lowry

(904) 620-1570

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Volunteer Fair

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Ballrooms, Room 3703

The campus community is invited to attend this event showcasing volunteer opportunities. Local and national organizations will be present. A full list of participating organizations can be found here.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Career Services; Volunteer Services


Maria-Flora Jacobs

(904) 620-2955

Working with Children with Disabilities Information Sessions

Students interested in participating in a spring 2017 Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL) opportunity working with children with disabilities are invited to attend one of two informational sessions taking place in English Hall, Building 8, Room 2213, as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: 2 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26: 1 p.m.

During the CBTL, students will volunteer a total of 20 hours working in two-hour shifts during 10 weeks at one of Jacksonville's two exceptional student centers, Mt. Herman or Alden Road. Participating students must enroll in ENG 3613 12005, "What If You Can't Be Fixed (Disability Studies in the Humanities)." Contact Dr. Chris Gabbard, associate professor of English, with questions.


Chris Gabbard

(904) 343-9496

Search Committee News
Department of Public Health

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Building 39, J. Brooks Brown Hall, Room 4032

Phone interviews will take place with Dr. Sinyoung Park and Dr. Hui Shao, candidates for the assistant professor, Health Administration Program position, 311430.  


Laura Shilling

(904) 620-1437

General Meetings
Coffee and Conversation: A Christian, Muslim and Jew Take a Walk

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 2, Founders Hall, Room 1126

Each week, a student, staff, faculty or community storyteller will share their spiritual, religious or secular beliefs and their journey to those beliefs during Coffee and Conversation. This week, secular Jew Sarah Rosen, student coordinator, Christian Cameron Garrett, student assistant, and Muslim Lara Abu Ghannam will discuss their experiences of journeying to a special place and how it impacted their world view.

Sponsor: Interfaith Center


Dori Schaffield

(904) 620-5522

Facebook Event
UNF Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Ballrooms, Room 3703

The Board of Trustees will meet. All interested parties are invited to attend.


Heather Patterson

(904) 620-2514

UNF Foundation Investment Committee Interim Conference Call

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building 60, Alumni Hall, Room 2112

The second quarter UNF Foundation Investment Committee interim conference call will take place. 

Sponsor: University Development and Alumni Engagement


Patricia Madrid

(904) 620-2111

Everything Else
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, purple ribbons and bows are displayed throughout campus. The ribbons symbolize awareness of intimate partner violence as a public concern that impacts individuals and communities and as a reminder that help is available on campus for persons affected by violence. The Victim Advocacy Program offers 24-hour crisis intervention services by calling (904) 620-1010.


Sheila Spivey

(904) 620-1010

Physics Photo Contest Deadline

There is only one week left to submit photos to the Department of Physics photo contest. To compete in the contest, submit a photo to Dr. Jason Haraldsen, assistant professor, via e-mail by Friday, Oct. 28. The photo must demonstrate/encompass/involve a concept of physics. For complete details about entries, voting and prizes, click here


Jason T. Haraldsen

(904) 620-2235

Talon Review Accepting Submissions

The Talon Review is an online creative publication that accepts anything the creative mind can come up with that can be digitalized. Submissions are being accepted for the fall publication and must be from a University student or alumni. Submit via e-mail


Talon Review

(904) 392-6590

Tommy G's Haunted Open House

Monday, October 31, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, First Floor

Students are invited to learn about the library's services and resources while enjoying free food, candy, a spooky movie and more.


Maria Atilano

(904) 620-1564

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