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Press Release for Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Founders Month Activities Mark UNF's 35th Anniversary

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 35 years since its doors first opened to students on Oct. 2, 1972. Highlights of the month-long activities include a concert by eight-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole, a lecture by Ken Burns, director and producer of documentary films, as well as Peace Awareness Week, which features a Peace Mural interactive exhibition by Houng, a Vietnam War refugee and internationally renowned artist.

Below are the following Founders Month activities:

  • Peace Awareness Week—Monday, Oct. 1-Saturday, Oct. 6; Conflict Transformation Symposium: lectures, panels; Festival on the Green, performing art presentations, and Peace Mural interactive exhibition by Houng. For more information, visit Public invited to register for symposium. Many free events.
  • Alphonso Lingis Inquiry & Insight Lecture—Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.; University Center. Lingis, professor emeritus of philosophy at Penn State University, will discuss “War and Splendor.” He is considered to be one of America’s most influential philosophers. Free e-tickets are required and will be available four weeks prior to the event. Visit
  • UNF Student Family Weekend—Friday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 7. The Robert W. Loftin Nature Trails, Aquatic Center, Hayt Golf Learning Center and Dottie Dorion Fitness Center are open throughout Family Weekend to family members visiting their students. Visit
  •  UNF vs. Kennesaw State Women’s Soccer—Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.; Hodges Soccer/Track Stadium. The UNF women's soccer team and first-year head coach Linda Hamilton take on the defending Atlantic Sun Conference champions. Free. Visit
  • UNF vs. Lipscomb Volleyball—Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.; UNF Arena. The UNF volleyball team will play the first of a weekend pair of matches against teams from Nashville. Free. Visit
  • Swoop Madness Basketball Celebration—Friday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m.; UNF Arena. The men's and women's basketball teams open practice for the 2007-08 season with a celebration that promises plenty of fun. Festivities will feature interactive games and prizes, raffles, giveaways and chances for Osprey fans to get involved in the action. The event will include a "Slam Dunk Challenge," a 3-point shooting contest between the men's and women's squads, and performances by the UNF cheerleaders and dance team. Free. Visit
  • UNF vs. Belmont Volleyball—Saturday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m.; UNF Arena. The UNF volleyball team will play the defending Atlantic Sun Conference tournament champions. Free. Visit
  • Ken Burns Lecture—Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.; UNF Arena. The American documentary filmmaker will speak on the “Implications of World War II” as part of the Presidential Lecture Series. The event is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum. Free e-tickets are required and will be available four weeks prior to the event. Visit
  • Chris Smith Irish Studies Lecture—Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center. Dr. Christopher Smith is an associate professor of Musicology and director, Vernacular Music Center at Texas Tech University.” Thousands are Sailing: The Irish-American Diaspora in Dance, Music and Song,” is a multi-media lecture, suitable for all ages and groups. Free.
  •  “Ireland in America: A Seisiun of Traditional Irish Music”—Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Robinson Theater. Free concert with Professor Christopher Smith and Professor Angela Mariani, assistant professor of Music History and Literature at Texas Tech University School of Music. Both head the Irish traditional music band, Last Night’s Fun.
  • Natalie Cole Concert—Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Lazzara Performance Hall, Fine Arts Center. Eight-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole kicks off the Fine Arts Center’s fifth anniversary season. A VIP after- party ticket is available and includes a premium orchestra seat. Contact (904) 620-1921 for more information. Tickets: $58, $52, $46, students $10. Visit
  •  “An Upbeat Pink-On the Run”—Sunday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m.; Lazzara Performance Hall, Fine Arts Center. This free concert is in support of the National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer. It features the UNF Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Gordon Brock. Special Guests: Donna Hicken, First Coast News and Dr. Edith Perez, Mayo Clinic. Sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. Visit
  • Buster Browning Roast—Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. program; TPC in Sawgrass. The UNF Athletics Department will hold its annual fundraiser roast by taking shots at longtime supporter and former Osprey Club President, Dr. Buster Browning. Tickets may be purchased through the UNF Athletics Development Office at (904) 620-1506.
  • Groundbreaking for Osprey Fountains—Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m.; Campus eastern ridge. UNF holds a ceremony to mark the construction of the University’s newest residence hall. For more information, call (904) 620-2117.
  • Great American Jazz Series—Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Robinson Theater. The UNF Music Department kicks off the 20th Anniversary of the Great American Jazz Series showcasing the talented Jazz Studies Faculty. These accomplished artists will combine for an evening of world-class jazz. Led by jazz legend Bunky Green, performers will include Danny Gottlieb, Dennis Marks, J.B. Scott, Barry Greene and Marc Dickman. Visit Tickets: $20, $12 students: $8.
  •  Music of Our Time—Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center. The premiere performance of the UNF Faculty Woodwind Quintet featuring faculty members Rhonda Cassano, Guy Yehuda, Claudia Minch, Carin Miller and Kevin Reid. Free. Visit
  • UNF vs. University of Central Florida Men’s Soccer—Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; Hodges Soccer/Track Stadium. The UNF men’s soccer team will face powerful in-state foe UCF. Free. Visit
  • UNF vs. Jacksonville University Women’s Soccer—Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.; Hodges Soccer/Track Stadium. The UNF women’s soccer team will face off against cross-town rival JU in a SunTrust River City Rumble match up. Up for grabs will be a point in the race for the SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel, as well as a win in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Free. Visit

Parking on campus is $3 for all events.