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Upcoming Events

Find information about upcoming lectures, concerts, receptions, local and regional socials, informal get-togethers for alumni and other events on campus. Network and have fun with fellow Ospreys.

For reasonable accommodations in order to participate in any of our events, please call the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at least five days in advance at (904) 620-4723.  

We are excited to announce that Community First Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of our UNF Alumni Third Thursdays!

Thanks to the generosity of Community First Credit Union, you can look forward to seeing alumni and friends at the following Third Thursdays listed below. 

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Nashville Alumni Social

Saturday, January 25, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: HiFi Clyde's Nashville

RSVP

Nashville alumni, we're headed your way! On Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. join us at HiFi Clyde's Nashville for a complimentary drink and appetizers with fellow alumni. Then, head out to watch the Osprey's men basketball take on the Lipscomb Bisons at 4 p.m. (central time). Reserve your complimentary* tickets by completing this brief survey

 

* Please note, per NCAA rules and regulations, tickets for this game cannot be provided to recruitable athletes or their families. 

December UNF Alumni Book Club

February UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

Another Country by James Baldwin

Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read 

 

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions--sexual, racial, political, artistic--that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. 

UNF Homecoming Week 2020

UNF Homecoming Week

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Saturday, February 22, 2020

UNF Homecoming is an exciting weeklong celebration February 15 - 22, 2020, with something for everyone: students and alumni, faculty and staff, family and friends. Follow along with us on the website as we add event details and registration links are added.
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February Third Thursday

Thursday, February 20, 2020

5:30 p.m.

Location: Buffalo Wild Wings

UNF Alumni Third Thursday presented by Community First Credit Union will be on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Buffalo Wild Wings in St. John's Town Center! Enjoy the evening with fellow alumni while we cheer on the UNF men's basketball team as they play against Liberty University. Third Thursday starts at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.
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Palm Beach Area Alumni Social with President Szymanski

Sunday, March 1, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Location: Palm Beach County International Polo Club

Cost: $15

 

Palm Beach area alumni, you are cordially invited to the Palm Beach County International Polo Club's USPA Gold Cup. 

Join President David M. Szymanski and fellow alumni on Sunday, March 1 for field tailgating, hospitality, a polo game and special UNF giveaways! The tailgate starts at 1 p.m. and the game starts a 3 p.m. Enjoy a champagne toast at half time and a special trophy ceremony! Tickets are $15 per person and includes parking, hospitality and game costs. Registration link will be available soon.  

March Alumni Book Club

March UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world's powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict.
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UNF Giving Day

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

12 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.

Giving Day is our annual 12-hour fundraising challenge. Once a year we challenge our Osprey Family to donate to the program, research, project, college or scholarship that meant the most to you. You choose where you want your gift, of any size, big or small, to go!   Together we make a difference as we "Swoop & Support."    

General Third Thursday

March Third Thursday

Thursday, March 19, 2020

N/A

Location: N/A

Due to the University of North Florida's Spring Break, there will be no Third Thursday in the month of March.
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UNF Alumni reception in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Reception with UNF President Szymanski

Join fellow UNF alumni and friends on Apr. 5 to network and meet UNF's Sixth president, Dr. David M. Szymanski!

 

Professinal Development Panel and Dinner

Following the reception UNF's Public Service Leadership Program (PSLP) students and alumni will gather for their traditional professional development panel and dinner. 

 

More information and a link to register will be coming soon. 

April UNF alumni Book Club

April UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

From the New York Times best-selling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder comes Ann Patchett's most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love, and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves, and of who we really are. 

 

At the end of the second world war, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. 

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April Third Thursday

Thursday, April 16, 2020

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: TBD

Join us at a different location each third Thursday of the month, enjoy cocktails, camaraderie and more. More information to come soon!
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UNF Alumni Service Day

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Here is your chance to make a difference!

As alumni, you can provide much-needed help to the communities we call home. Choose one of the designated activities that will be listed below and commit to spend the day helping at any of the partnering volunteer locations. As a thank you for your commitment we will be giving out T-shirts and lunches to all participants at each of the locations. We hope you can join us! 

Let's Show how Ospreys Care!

Not in the Jacksonville area? Tell us what you're doing to celebrate service day in your community! Email us a photo or use the hashtag #ospreyscare on social media. 

 

More specific information about the time and location will be coming soon. 

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Spring 2020 Finals Week

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Friday, May 1, 2020

Location: Various locations

Cost: FREE

During finals week, the UNF Alumni Association will be in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library from 8 - 9 p.m. on Monday, April 26, giving out snacks and coffee to students as they study for their final exams.

 

From Monday, April 26 to Thursday, April 30, the Alumni Association will be in the UNF Bookstore giving out our gifts to the graduating seniors! Stop by our table in the Bookstore to receive your gift and register with the Alumni Association!

 

Don't forget to stop by our photo booth on graduation day! Before each commencement ceremony, get your photo taken with your friends and cohort on your special day. Free photos and lapel pins are our way of saying "Welcome to the Alumni Association!"

 

Congratulate your graduating Osprey with flowers on Friday, May 1. Every year the UNF Presidential Envoys sell beautiful rose bouquets before and after each ceremony just outside the UNF Arena. Look for them under our blue tent and show your brand new alumni some love.

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Presidential Envoys Jacketing and Senior Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, April 30, 2020

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Talon Room

Join us for the Jacketing and Senior Recognition Ceremony for the Presidential Envoys, the recognized student leaders of UNF who serve as student ambassadors for the UNF Alumni Association and the office of the President. Known for their blue blazers, they provide outstanding service to the campus and community, and strive to build traditions, create memories and establish relationships that will last a lifetime. 

 

This ceremony celebrates the hard work and commitment the Presidential Envoys have to the University. We will recognize the newest members and will also honor the graduating seniors. Light refreshments will be served. 

 

May 2020 Alumni Book Club

May UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

In Being Mortal, best-selling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: How medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. 

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. 

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May Third Thursday

Thursday, May 21, 2020

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: TBD

Join us at a different location each third Thursday of the month, enjoy cocktails, camaraderie and more>

UNF Alumni Reception with the President

Thursday, June 4, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: UNF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

More information about this event will be coming soon.
June UNF Alumni Book Club

June UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

Lost and Wanted, Neil Freudenberger.


New York Times Best Seller

 

An Emotionally engaging, suspenseful new novel from the best-selling author, told in the voice of a renowned physicist: an exploitation of female friendship, romantic love, and parenthood - bonds that show their power in surprising ways. \

 

Helen Clapp's breakthrough work on five-dimensional space-time landed her a tenured professorship at MIT; her popular books explain physics in plain terms. Helen disdains notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. So it's perhaps especially vexing for her when, on an otherwise unremarkable Wednesday in June, she gets a phone call from a friend who has just died. 

 

Suspenseful, perceptive, deeply affecting, Lost and Wanted is a story of friends and lovers, lost and found, at the most defining moments of their lives. 

July UNF Alumni Book Club

July UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Brian Stevenson. 

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Named One of the most influential books of the decade by CNN. 

 

Bryan Stevenson was young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillan, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination and legal brinkmanship--and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. 

 

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. 

August UNF Alumni Book Club

August UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston.

 

In her award-winning book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston created an entirely new form--an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. First published in 1967, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identities--immigrant, female, Chinese, American. 

 

As a girl, Kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother's "talk stories" The Fierce and wily women warriors of her mother's tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. Kingston's sense of self emerges in the mystifying gaps in these stories, which she learns to fill with stories of her own. A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her family's past and her own present. 

 

 

September UNF alumni Book Club

September UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

The Giver of Stars: A Novel by Jojo Moyers 

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So, when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new travelling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. 

 

The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. 

October UNF alumni Book Club

October UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. 

 

Trever Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measure his mother took to hide him from the government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. 

November UNF Alumni Book Club

November UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Ariman

 

In "Who Will Greet You at Home" a National Magazine Award finalist for the New Yorker, A women desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In "Wild," a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good" three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions. 

 

Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.