Administrative Announcements
Gas/Diesel Fuel Pump Temporary Closure

Due to a cleaning and painting project, the gasoline and diesel fuel pumps behind the UNF Annex, Building 6, will be temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, Oct. 25. The project is expected to be completed within a few days. The fuel pumps at the Campus Maintenance Facility, Building 64, will be available during this time. The reopening of the pumps will be announced in Osprey Update. For questions, contact Jeff Ross, receiving supervisor. 


Jeff Ross

(904) 620-2934

On-Campus Transition Program Reception

Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Boathouse, Room 2600

President John Delaney and Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, Student and International Affairs vice president, invite faculty and staff to a reception celebrating the University's nationally recognized On-Campus Transition Program for students with intellectual differences. The OTC Program, a unique partnership between The Arc Jacksonville and the University, has been interwoven into the campus fabric for the past 11 years, and this reception is to thank the campus community for its involvement and support of OCT's mission. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Questions may be directed to Bernadette Gismonde, OTC director.


Bernadette Gismonde

(904) 620-3892

Online ITS Requests/Project Management System Unavailability October 20, 21

TeamDynamix, the University's service management system used for Information Technology Services requests and project management, will be unavailable 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, and midnight to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. This is due to an upgrade performed by the vendor. No significant interface changes are expected. Students, faculty and staff may still make ITS requests or report issues during the downtime via e-mail, by calling (904) 620-4357 or by visiting the ITS Help Desk, Carpenter Library, Building 12, first floor.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

Potable Water Outage October 21

A temporary potable (drinkable) water outage is scheduled to occur 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, due to the Skinner-Jones Hall project construction. The following seven facilities won’t have potable water during this period:

  • J.J. Daniel Hall, Building 1
  • Founders Hall, Building 2
  • Skinner-Jones Hall North, Building 4
  • Honors Hall, Building 10
  • Carpenter Library, Building 12
  • Brooks Brown Hall Addition, Building 39A
  • Coggin College of Business, Building 42

For questions, contact Rich Elmore, assistant director, campus planning, design and construction.


Rich Elmore

(904) 620-1748

University Regulation Update

In accordance with procedures adopted by the Florida Board of Governors and in compliance with BOG regulations, the University is proposing to amend Parking Regulation 9.0010R Purpose and Scope (Amended). To view the regulation amendment, click here; then click on "Amended Regulations" under the "Regulations Under Review" header.


Stephanie Howell

(904) 620-1028

Update Wi-Fi Devices

A critical vulnerability affecting Wi-Fi authentication, nicknamed KRACK, was publicly disclosed  by a cybersecurity researcher. This vulnerability impacts all home and business wireless access across the internet. It is significant as it affects almost every device using WPA2, the most commonly used method of Wi-Fi encryption. This includes smartphones, laptops, tablets and home devices such as wireless routers. It isn't like other attacks, which spread over the internet or via infected emails. One limitation is this attack requires physical proximity to your wireless device. Microsoft has already released a fix for users of their software and other vendors are following suit. Monitor for and apply software updates to your Wi-Fi connected devices as they become available.  When using a public Wi-Fi spot, stick to websites that start with "https" the "s" being key. If you have a home Wi-Fi router, update its software as soon as your vendor releases the patch.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

African American Faculty and Staff Association Scholarship Applications Open

The AAFSA Scholarship was established to celebrate diversity by providing financial support to University undergraduate and graduate students who are members of African-American descent. This year, AAFSA will award four $500 scholarships. A completed application form, personal statement, letter of recommendation from a current AAFSA voting member and an optional letter of reference from an individual/organization must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Click here to submit an application. 


'Chemistry Rocks!'

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3805

Network with scientists across the world on social media, participate in discussion and activities, win raffle prizes and learn from a video panel of experts about recent work and discoveries in rock and mineral science.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: College of Arts and Sciences, American Chemical Society’s Student Chapter


Josh Melko

(904) 620-2565

College of Arts and Sciences Study-Abroad Scholarships

COAS is currently accepting applications for the following: 

  • Falloon Study-Abroad Scholarship:  $1,000 available for a COAS major traveling to a non-English-speaking country
  • Gray Study-Abroad Scholarship: Up to $2,000 available for majors or minors in one of the following disciplines: fine arts, art history, history, philosophy, religious studies, English, French studies, Spanish

Applications are due Friday, Nov. 10. Apply by logging into myWings; select "Student Self-Service" under the "Records" tab; click "Online Forms;" click "Scholarship Requests (COAS);" click "COAS Study Abroad Scholarship Application;" follow directions to complete the application. Winning recipients will be selected and notified in early December.


Meg Vaysben

(904) 620-2596

Educational Leadership Doctoral Defense

Monday, October 30, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 2302

Jametoria Burton, an educational leadership doctoral student, will defend her dissertation, "Examining Leadership Approaches of Community College Administrators: Understanding Leadership and Change Processes."


Michael Morris

(904) 620-2990

Faculty Seed Grant Application Deadline

Applications for 2018 Environmental Center Seed Grants are now open. Seed grants are intended to stimulate the creation of multidisciplinary research projects related to the environment; four grants are available. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. Visit the website for more information and to apply. 


James Taylor

(904) 620-5804

School of Computing Master's Thesis Defense

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Building 15, John E. Mathews Jr. Computer Science Building, Room 2203

Lucas Coffey, a computing graduate student, will defend his thesis, "Assessing Ratio-Based Fatigue Indexes Using a Single Channel EEG." All are welcome to attend.


Karthikeyan Umapathy

(904) 620-1329

Professional Development and Training
Build Your Faculty Profile

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 15, John E. Mathews Jr. Computer Science Building, Room 1104

One goal of the Faculty Bio website is the development of an expert database that reaches both internal and external community members. This hands-on session is designed to assist those faculty members who have yet to build a faculty profile, create one that includes a picture, contact information, areas of expertise, brief biography and selected publications. Participants will receive a brief system demonstration; CIRT staff will be available for support during the workshop. Registration required; click here.

Sponsor: Center for Instruction and Research Technology


Taylor Kennedy

(904) 620-5327

Canvas 101 Workshop

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Room 2102B

This hands-on, instructor-led session provides an overview of Canvas, the University's new learning management system. Instructors will learn about the Canvas interface and how to create content, assignments, quizzes and discussions. Mobile apps, student tracking and grade management are also covered. Registration required; click here.

Sponsor: Center for Instruction and Research Technology


Taylor Kennedy

(904) 620-5327

Continuing Education Professional Development Courses Discount

The Division of Continuing Education is offering the following professional development courses at a 50-percent discount for University faculty, staff and students:

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt/Black Belt Certificate
  • SHRM-CP/SCP Preparation Course
  • Instructional Systems Design Certificate
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate 
  • PMP Certification Preparation Course
  • Project Management Certificate 
  • Certified Financial Planner Certificate

Find your class and register via the website.


Deborah Fliger

(904) 620-4200

Upcoming Center for Professional Development and Training Sessions

The upcoming professional development training sessions are as follows:

  • Excel 2013 - Level 2 Intermediate: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400
  • Safe Space - Cultural Competency in LGBTQ Identities: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, Student Union, Building 58E, Room 2100
  • Should I Stay or Should I go? Factors to Consider When You Retire: 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 25, J.J. Daniel Hall, Building 1, Room 1306
  • Project Management Framework Training for all UNF ITS: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400
  • TeamDynamix Training for UNF Project Management Framework: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 27, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400


Allison McLarty

(904) 620-1707

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
'All About Slow Food' Special Guest Leslie Kaplan

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Fredrick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens, located north of Lot 18 and next to the Intramural Fields

Help transform the food system; learn about the Slow Food Movement that aims to ensure good, clean and fair food for all. The special guest speaker will be Dr. Leslie Kaplan, associate director, Hicks Honors College. RSVP via email to the Ogier Gardens.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Recreation and Wellness


Kevin Anderson

(904) 620-2998

Annual Student Leadership Summit

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Ballrooms, Room 3703

This year's theme, "Leading Beyond Boundaries," will explore the concept of cultural intelligence and highlight how it can enhance a student's capacity to lead effectively in an ever- globalizing world. Keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Upton, vice president of educational initiatives with the Cultural Intelligence Center, will share her insight into this key leadership competency, while challenging students to develop a deeper understanding of their own. Registration is open via the website.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Taylor Leadership Institute


Korie Hilliard

(904) 620-5698

Brown Bag: 'Fan Studies and the Margins of the Academy'

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Building 4, Skinner-Jones Hall, UNF Writing Center, Room 2501

The semester's second brown bag event will feature Dr. Linda Howell, director of writing and assessment, who will discuss the complications of being a fan, an academic and an academic fan as well as the overlooked field of fan studies.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Sigma Tau Delta


Blake Guthrie

(904) 620-2273

Facebook Event
Confucianism and Leadership

Friday, October 27, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 42, Coggin College of Business, Room 1114

Review the 21 mentions on leadership in The Analects of Confucius, one of the most widely read and studied collections of sayings and ideas in China. Learn about Confucius' definition of and specific strategies for effective leadership. Dr. Mei Zhao, health administration chair, will elaborate on her personal daily practice of leadership principles as defined in The Analects.

Sponsor: Confucius Institute


Natalia Gallimore

(904) 620-5436

'Plight of Climate Refugees' Featuring Legal Scholar Randall Abate

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Board of Trustees Ballroom, Room 1058

Randall S. Abate, associate dean for Academic Affairs and law professor at Florida A&M University, will present an open lecture, "Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Projections." Professor Abate has published and presented widely on environmental law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Pre-Law Program, Environmental Center, Department of Political Science and Public Administration


Sierra Ejankowski

(904) 620-1069

Facebook Event
The Spin on Fake News

Friday, October 27, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Florida Times-Union Auditorium, 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 32202

A discussion panel of professionals from various areas of the communication industry will offer perspectives on the issue of "fake news." Participants include Frank Denton, editor-at-large, The Florida Times-Union/; retired broadcaster Mike Miller, Business Development for Jacksonville Transportation Authority manager; Jason Mudd, CEO, Axia Public Relations; and Mary Kelli Palka, editor, Florida Times-Union. For driving directions, click here.

Sponsor: UNF Department of Communication, The Florida Times-Union


John Parmelee

(904) 620-3867

Search Committee News
College of Education and Human Services

Monday, October 23, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 3201

The committee will meet to discuss and select phone interview applicants for the educational leadership position, 313770. For more information, contact Michael Morris, office assistant.


Michael Morris

(904) 620-2990

English Department

Monday, October 23, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Building 8, Roy Lassiter Hall, Room 2603

The committee will meet to discuss the writing program and center instructor/consultant position, 339010. 


James Roarty

(904) 620-2273

Arts and Entertainment
'A Legend Salutes the Legends: A Tribute To Rich Matteson'

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Building 14A, Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater

The 30th Anniversary Great American Jazz Series presents a concert by trombonist Dave Steinmeyer, adjunct instructor, and the Douglas Anderson School of The Arts Jazz Ensemble I. Associate Professor J.B. Scott is the artistic director. Purchase tickets here.

Cost: Students $8; Upper Level Seating $10; Lower Level Seating $15

Sponsor: School of Music


Kolanda Douglas

(904) 620-2864

Facebook Event
Florida-Georgia Pigskin and Whiskey Night

Friday, October 27, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

NOLA MOCA, 333 N. Laura St. Jacksonville, FL 32202

Kick off Florida-Georgia weekend with a whole hog roast and bourbon craft cocktail party. Ticket price includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, gallery admission and live music. Most cocktails, except for a few featured premium whiskeys, will cost $7. Come in your Florida/Georgia gear and your first drink is on the house. Tickets are limited; make reservations now. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Cost: $35

Sponsor: MOCA Jacksonville


Mico Fuentes

(904) 366-6911

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Lawson Ensemble Presents Works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Building 45, Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall, Room 1200

This concert will feature, on cello, Dr. Nick Curry, assistant professor, Jacksonville Symphony performers Clinton Dewing on violin/viola and Aurica Duca on violin as well as special guest Gabriela Peña-Kim on violin. This event is free and open to the public; print your free ticket here

Sponsor: School of Music


Kolanda Douglas

(904) 620-2864

Facebook Event
Museum of Contemporary Art Fall Family Day

Friday, November 10, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

MOCA Jacksonville, 333 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Celebrate MOCA Jacksonville and the arts with the Jacksonville Zoo during a fun-filled day of activities. The museum also will be celebrating Veteran's Day with blue stars on all works created by veterans currently on exhibition. Family Day is free and open to the public.

Sponsor: MOCA Jacksonville


Nan Kavanaugh

(904) 620-3224

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Percussion Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Building 14A, Andrew A. Robinson Theater

This concert will feature works by Viñao, Worden, Cage, Kraft, Novotney, Gomez, Andreasson and Aphex Twin. Dr. Andrea Venet, assistant professor of percussion, will serve as director. Purchase tickets here.

Cost: Adults $5; Students free with valid Osprey 1Card

Sponsor: School of Music


Kolanda Douglas

(904) 620-2864

Facebook Event
Sculpture Iron Pour

Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Building 6, UNF Annex, Sculpture Yard, Outside Behind Building

Watch sculpture students pour 2,000 pounds of molten iron into custom molds or purchase a scratch block and carve your own design to be cast; no experience necessary. The Sculpture Guild is selling scratch blocks, $10/small and $15/large, available now until the day of the pour.


Jenny Hager

(904) 620-4687

General Meetings
University Support Personnel Association Fall Breakfast/Assembly

Enjoy speakers, games and food at the USPA Fall Assembly, Monday, Oct. 30, Osprey Commons, Building 16, Talon Room, Room 4202, as follows: 

  • Breakfast: 7:30 to 9 a.m.; register here
  • Assembly: Noon to 1:30 p.m.; register here.


Kayleigh Harrison

(904) 620-2295

Everything Else
'A Home for Ozzie' Book Sale

On sale, Student Wellness Complex, Building 61, Room 1000, Front Desk, "A Home for Ozzie" was written by Amy Costa, assistant director Eco-Adventure, and Jake FitzRoy, former coordinator of Environmental Education Programs. Illustrated by  by the late Vernon Payne, University graphic designer for over 30 years, the story follows mascot Ozzie the Osprey as he meets and interacts with several animals on his search for a place to live. The species mentioned can be found on campus within the Sawmill Slough Preserve, and the scenes are based on places along the trails. The cost for the hard-cover book is $19.95 plus tax; cash, check or credit card payments are accepted. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to the UNF Trail Foundation, for continuing maintenance and improvements, as well as to the John Golden Foundation, which supports the environmental education program.


Donna Carlson

(904) 620-5212

Annual Spinnaker Sail Awards

The Spinnaker Sail Awards categories include: best place to eat on campus, best Jacksonville music venue, best local brewery, best on-campus bathrooms and more. Vote here or at Results will be posted in the November print edition of Spinnaker.


Alex Wilson

(904) 620-1579

Boathouse Wings Weekends

For the month of October, Dining Services will offer 50-cent wings and $1 off milkshakes on Saturdays and Sundays at the Boathouse. Guests 21 years and older with proper ID can enjoy all-day happy hour specials, including $2 select drafts and $3.50 well drinks.


Dennis Negrin

(904) 620-1959

Chick-fil-A Golden Cow Promotion

Dining Services is hiding over 100 plush cows on campus for guests to find during the month of October. Some cows have prizes attached to them that include free entrees, while one golden cow will be worth a free combo meal at Chick-fil-A once a day for the remainder of the fall semester. Guests can follow Dining Services on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for clues. Prizes may be redeemed at the on-campus Chick-fil-A, and the golden cow will have special redemption instructions included.


Dennis Negrin

(904) 620-1959

Dining Services Launches Nutrition Blog

Yemila Lowry, Dining Services registered dietitian, and nutrition students are now offering a nutrition blog for the University community. It can be accessed via the website under the "Wellness and Sustainability" tab; subscribe for weekly updates and tips on staying healthy on campus.


Yemila Lowry

(904) 620-2247

Human Race Experience Kick-Off Address/Reception

Monday, October 23, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Auditorium, Room 2704

The Human Race Experience is a unique opportunity to visualize and discuss what you would look like as another race. The event will feature Dr. Jenny Stuber, associate sociology, anthropology and social work professor, speaking on "The Enduring Myth of Race." The event will be followed by the opening of the Human Race Machine kiosk at Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 2100.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Intercultural Center for Peace; Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Oupa Seane

(904) 620-2435

Nutrition Program Student-Led Grocery Store Tours

Sign up for a day and time to participate in a free, 30-minute grocery store tour at Winn-Dixie, 10915 Baymeadows Road, led by senior nutrition students. The focus of the tour will be on fruits and vegetables, showcasing the variety of ways to purchase, prepare and store them. Meet the tour guide, who will wear a lime-green UNF shirt, at the front of the store by the produce section. Tours are at various times on the following days:

  • Friday, Oct. 13
  • Monday, Oct. 16
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18
  • Friday, Oct. 20
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Friday, Oct. 27

Tours are open to the public but sign up is required here. If you have questions, email instructor Jenna Braddock at

Osprey Community Engagement Medallion Deadline Reminder

The deadline to submit your application and recommendations is 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, for the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion. This award recognizes up to 25 graduating students who demonstrate exemplary commitment to the greater Jacksonville community through community-based learning, volunteerism, community or social advocacy, community-based federal work-study and political engagement. Visit the website for more information.


Ryan Doan

(904) 620-3547

Pita Pit Personal Pizza Specials

Pita Pit is offering a limited-time offer of build-your-own personal pizzas, 6 p.m. to midnight, daily during October, Osprey Clubhouse, Building 17. In addition, lunch specials featuring soup and sandwiches are available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


Dennis Negrin

(904) 620-1959

'Sex and Gender 101' Brown Bag Lunch

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Building 58E, Student Union, LGBT Resource Center, Room 1111

To recognize Intersex Awareness Day, the LGBT Resource Center will host a discussion on differences between sex and gender and what it means to be intersex. This event is open to University students, faculty and staff; bring your own brown-bag lunch.

Cost: Free


Kaitlin Legg

(904) 620-2939

Facebook Event
'Swoopocalypse' Zombie Run

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Building 61, Student Wellness Complex, Outdoor Basketball Courts

Test your survival skills during the 2.5 mile run of the fifth annual "Swoopocalypse" Zombie Run. Dodge zombies in hopes of receiving the prize of an event T-shirt. All students who volunteer as zombies or event set up also will receive a free T-shirt. Event check in will be located at the outdoor basketball courts. Pre-register with the Department of Recreation and Wellness, Building 61, Room 1200.  

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Department of Recreation and Wellness


Michael Hines

(904) 620-1570

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