Press Release for Friday, September 1, 2006

UNF Celebrates Founders Month

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida will be celebrating Founders Month during October, commemorating 34 years since its doors first opened to students on Oct. 2, 1972. Highlights of the month-long activities include the return of Dr. Tom Carpenter, the University’s founding president, dedication of the new Social Sciences Building as well as the announcement of a major donation to UNF and a new flagship program.

Below are the following Founders Month activities:

• Peace Walk, Gandhi Statue Unveiling&Intercultural Program—Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m.; Courtyard between J.J. Daniel Hall (Building 1) and Founders Hall (Building 2). Attendees will take part in a Peace Walk to the statue, observe a minute of silence and enjoy a violin recital. This event is free and open to the public.
• Library Celebration with Tom Carpenter—Thursday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m.; Thomas G. Carpenter Library, UNF campus. Come celebrate the new 79,000-square-foot addition and renovations to the campus library, named in honor of founding UNF president Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter. This event is free and open to the public.
• Orlando Magic Scrimmage—Saturday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.; UNF Arena. This free event is the culmination of a six-day training camp for the Orlando Magic, marking the ninth time that the Magic have held camp at UNF.
• “An Evening with Andrei Codrescu”—Monday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; UNF Fine Arts Center. Codrescu, a National Public Radio columnist, screenwriter, poet and novelist, will discuss the power of language. This free lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series. Tickets can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2006 Lectures link.
• Social Sciences Building Dedication—Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.; Social Science Building Lobby. Official dedication of Jacksonville’s first LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility. This event is free and open to the public.
• UNF Late Night Swoop—Friday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.; UNF Arena. Fun pep rally to kick off the basketball season at UNF! This event is free and open to the public.
• UNF vs. JU volleyball—Saturday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m.; UNF Arena. The Ospreys take on the Dolphins in the Sun Trust River City Rumble. This event is free and open to the public.
• “An Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship”—Sunday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m.; Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center. This free concert, sponsored by Mayo Clinic, features the UNF wind ensemble. Special guest Donna Hicken, First Coast News.
• United States Marine Band—Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center. The nation’s premiere wind band visits UNF for an evening of diverse music and patriotic themes. This free concert requires reservations. For reservations, call (904) 620-2878 or go online to
• Parsons Dance Company—Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.; UNF Fine Arts Center. This dance company is celebrated for presenting modern dances with a sexy, mesmerizing force that completely beguiles audiences with their pizzazz and wit! Tickets are $29-$35, general public; $10, students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the UNF ticket box office at (904) 620-2878.
• Ambassador Tom Pickering—Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.; University Center. In a diplomatic career spanning 50 years, Pickering has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum. Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2006 Lectures link.
• New Flagship Announcement—Wednesday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.; Sisters Creek Marina. President John A. Delaney will announce a major donation to the University and a new flagship program.

Campus public parking is $3.