A Message from the President
Active Shooter Preparedness

We are so thankful that one of our employees, Frank Brown, senior custodial work in Physical Facilities, not only survived yesterday's hostage situation at Community First Credit Union, he also played a key role in the incident being resolved safely for all 13 hostages. Brown told News4Jax he remembered the active shooter training he received on the job at UNF, which helped him make quick decisions during the two-hour standoff. 

 

We are all very proud of the role Frank played in this dangerous situation. We ask that you take the time to watch the "Preparation for an Active Shooter" video, which can be found on the UNF Crisis Management webpage. We hope no one ever needs it, but, as Frank witnessed, it's always good to be prepared.

Important Message
Staffing Offices in December

As a reminder, all University units must remain open through 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, when the University will close for the winter holidays. This means someone must be available in person and to assist callers. Managers of smaller offices need to work with their supervisors to ensure adequate coverage. To be eligible for early release December 23, employees must be at work at the time the University closes. Employees who already had scheduled leave must use the leave as planned. When completing timesheets, support employees should enter regular work hours for the period the University will be closed. A&P employees and 12-month faculty don't need to list hours on their timesheets. Questions should be directed to VPs or deans. 

Administrative Announcements
Division of Continuing Education Dean Search Interviews

On-campus interviews will be conducted with candidates for the Division of Continuing Education dean position, 349910, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Herbert University Center, Building 43, and Daniel Hall, Building 1, as follows: 

  • Monday, Nov. 28: Jeremy Wells
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30: Edythe Abdullah
  • Thursday, Dec. 1: Dr. Doughlas Brauer
  • Thursday, Dec. 8: Sharon Styffee

Call (904) 620-2479 for an exact schedule.

Contact:

Ali Stephens

ali.stephens@unf.edu

(904) 620-2441

Division of Continuing Education Dean Search Open-Session Interviews

Open-session interviews will be conducted with candidates for the Division of Continuing Education dean position, 349910, from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the Social Sciences Building, Building 51, Room 3201, as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 28: Jeremy Wells
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30: Edythe Abdullah
  • Thursday, Dec. 1: Dr. Doughlas Brauer
  • Thursday, Dec. 8: Sharon Styffee 

Contact:

Janice Donaldson

jdonalds@unf.edu

(904) 620-1065

Electronic W-2 Wage and Tax Statement

As an alternative to the paper W-2 wage and tax statement, faculty, staff and student employees are reminded they may elect to receive annual W-2 wage and tax statements electronically. The Internal Revenue Service requires employees provide consent in receiving the W-2 wage and tax statements in electronic format. Electing to receive the W-2 wage and tax statement electronically is beneficial and encouraged. The 2016 W-2 wage and tax statements will be available in January. For more information, refer to the Controller's Office website and the Payroll Office website. Employees who have previously provided consent don't need to provide consent again.

Contact:

Payroll Office

banner-payroll@unf.edu

(904) 620-2984

Website
Employee Education Program Submission Form

The Employee Education Program and Tuition Scholarship Program online form will open for the spring 2017 term Friday, Dec. 16, once fall term grades are processed. Employees are encouraged to submit the form as soon as possible once it's available. The deadline for EEP and TSP submission is Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Contact:

One-Stop Student Services

records@unf.edu

(904) 620-5555

Website
ITS Help Desk Extended Hours

The Information Technology Services Help Desk will be open extended hours the week before and during final exams to assist students, faculty and staff as follows: 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Thursday, Dec. 8: 7 to 1 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 9: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ITS Help Desk is located on the first floor of the Carpenter Library, Building 12.

Contact:

ITS Help Desk

helpdesk@unf.edu

(904) 620-4357

UNF in the News
  • Race Talk - Activating the power of self-definition: Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, associate professor of sociology, discussed racism, sexism and other interlocking oppressions that can create an "outsider-within" status for many black women in higher education during TEDx Jacksonville.
  • Katrina Billings doesn’t let sight, hearing losses hold her back: Student Joy Kader wrote about Jacksonville native Katrina Billings, who was born cognitively impaired with cataracts in both eyes that have led to total blindness, for The Florida Times-Union's annual Hope Fund series.
  • For kids with disabilities, 'adaptive toys' can be life changers: Nine Jacksonville children with disabilities will receive vehicles and toys modified just for them by engineering and physical therapy students. Learn more from WJCT. 
  • Buyers beware when doing holiday shopping online: Dr. Sandeep Reddivari, assistant professor of computing, talked to Action News about increased risk for fraud and stolen information while doing holiday shopping online.
  • Healthy party snack ideas: Dr. Andrea Arikawa, assistant professor of nutrition professor, provided healthy snack alternatives to share during holiday parties on "First Coast Living."
  • Jags owner has built value over five years with a focus on fans: Dr. Kristi Sweeney, assistant professor of sport managements, told the Times-Union that the Jaguars are success from a purely business standpoint.
  • Child's play and coping with holiday stress: Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology, discussed unstructured play for children and coping with stress during the holiday season on "The Chat."

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

Contact:

Andrea Mestdagh

andrea.mestdagh@unf.edu

(904) 620-2192

University's Online Phone Directory

The searchable University phone directory is available online. Bookmark this page for quick reference. 

Transportation and Parking Services Notices
Arena Garage/Lot 4 Reserved Parking December 2

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, there will be 10 Blue Lot spaces reserved on the second floor of the Arena Parking Garage, Building 38, adjacent to the Arena, Building 34, and one reserved space in Lot 4, adjacent to the Student Union, Building 58, for guests attending the Board of Trustees meeting. Spaces will return to normal parking activity after 5 p.m.

Contact:

Parking and Transportation Services

parking@unf.edu

(904) 620-2815

Academics
Call for Question Submissions PORL Spring Omnibus Survey

The Public Opinion Research Laboratory's semi-annual Statewide Florida survey will be conducted in February 2017. Faculty interested in submitting questions should fill out the submission form and return it via e-mail by Friday, Dec. 2. Notifications of acceptance will be distributed by Friday, Dec. 9.

Contact:

Michael Binder

porl@unf.edu

(904) 620-2784

Website
COEHS Scholarships/Fellowships 2017-18

Applications are open for 2017-18 scholarships and fellowships. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2017. This application requires attachments. Review the Scholarship/Fellowship Checklist prior to submitting an application. 

Contact:

Amanda Laukitis

coehs.scholarships@unf.edu

(904) 620-2520

Website
Computing Master's Thesis Defense

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Jared Wheeler, a School of Computing graduate student, will defend his master's thesis, "Extracting a Relational Database Schema from a Document Database."

Contact:

Behrooz Seyed-Abbassi

abbassi@unf.edu

(904) 620-1302

Computing Master's Thesis Defense

Monday, December 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

Nihanka Deval, School of Computing graduate student, will defend her master's thesis, "Empirical Evaluation of Cloud IaaS Platforms Using System-Level Benchmarks."

Contact:

Roger Eggen

ree@unf.edu

(904) 620-1326

International Studies Student Research Exhibit

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, First Floor

Students in the International Studies Senior Seminar will present research results related to the semester theme "Contested Spaces." Dr. Krista Paulsen, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of sociology, will provide opening remarks. This is the final event in the fall 2016 International Studies Lecture Series.

Contact:

Clayton McCarl

clayton.mccarl@unf.edu

(904) 620-1242

Website
School of Computing Symposium

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044

The symposium will feature current undergraduate and graduate student course, thesis and other types of faculty research projects. Students and faculty will share work via poster presentation, providing an opportunity for one-on-one interaction with participants. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. Visit the webpage for more information.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: School of Computing

Contact:

Karthikeyan Umapathy

k.umapathy@unf.edu

(904) 629-1329

Website Facebook Event
Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
Werner Heisenberg: His Life, Science and Biography

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Building 50, Science and Engineering Building, Room 1202

This lecture will briefly address who German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg was, how he came to write the uncertainty principle, as well as what is known about Heisenberg’s life, science and the controversies still surrounding him. The lecture is part of the 2016 Physics Colloquium Series. 

Contact:

Trevor Cheatham

t.cheatham@unf.edu

(904) 620-2729

Search Committee News
Carpenter Library

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Room 2405A

The committee will conduct telephone interviews with candidates for the director of library systems and technology position, 334040. 

Contact:

Cindy Hoffer

c.hoffer@unf.edu

(904) 620-1485

Carpenter Library

Monday, December 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Room 2405A

The committee will conduct telephone interviews with candidates for the director of library systems and technology position, 334040. 

Contact:

Cindy Hoffer

c.hoffer@unf.edu

(904) 620-1485

College of Education and Human Services

On-campus interviews and presentations will take place with candidates for the director of the Center of Urban Education and Policy position, 322340, Thursday, Dec. 8, at Petway Hall, Building 57, as follows:  

  • Dr. John White
    • 11 a.m.: Presentation, Room 1210
    •  2 p.m.: Interview, Room 3500
  • Dr. Chris Janson
    • 1 p.m.: Presentation, Room 1210
    • 3 p.m.: Interview, Room 3500

Contact:

Katie LeGros

k.legros@unf.edu

(904) 620-2520

Department of Economics and Geography

Monday, December 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Building 42, Coggin College of Business, Room 2004

The committee will meet to discuss candidates for the assistant professor of economics position, 310180.

Contact:

Andrés Gallo

agallo@unf.edu

(904) 620-1694

Department of History

Monday, December 5, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 9, Frederick H. Schultz Hall, Room 2401

The committee will meet to conduct phone and video interviews for the assistant professor of history position, 335370.

Contact:

Marianne Roberts

mroberts@unf.edu

(904) 620-2880

Arts and Entertainment
'Carols and Messiah - No Strings Attached'

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082

The UNF Chamber Singers will present "Carols and Messiah - No Strings Attached." Dr. Cara Tasher, director of choral activities, will serve as conductor and Yume Omura, student accompanist, as collaborative keyboard artist. For tickets, click here

Cost: $20

Sponsor: School of Music

Contact:

Kolanda Douglas

k.douglas@unf.edu

(904) 620-2864

Facebook Event
Handel's 'Messiah'

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

St. Mark's Episcopal of Ortega, 4129 Oxford Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32210

The event will feature the UNF ​Chamber Singers and the Lawson Ensemble. Dr. Cara Tasher, associate professor of music, is the conductor. Yume Omura, student accompanist, and Dr. Nick Curry, professor of cello, are continuo.

Cost: Free, donations accepted

Sponsor: School of Music

Contact:

Kolanda Douglas

k.douglas@unf.edu

(904) 620-2864

Facebook Event
Student Chamber Music Recital

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

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

A student chamber music recital coordinated by Dr. Erin Bennett, associate professor of music, will take place.

Cost: Free

Contact:

Kolanda Douglas

k.douglas@unf.edu

(904) 620-2864

Facebook Event
General Meetings
UNF Foundation Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Building 61, Student Wellness Complex, Room 1800

The second quarter UNF Foundation Board meeting will take place.

Contact:

Patricia Madrid

p.madrid@unf.edu

(904) 620-2111

UNF Foundation Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3601

The second quarter UNF Foundation Development Committee meeting will take place.

Contact:

Cathy Thero

c.thero@unf.edu

(904) 620-2110

UNF Foundation Finance and Audit Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3804

The second quarter UNF Foundation Board, Finance and Audit Committee meeting will take place.

Contact:

Carley Robinson

carley.robinson@unf.edu

(904) 620-2170

UNF Foundation Governance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3601

The second quarter UNF Foundation Governance Committee meeting will take place.

Contact:

Barbara Ruby

b.ruby@unf.edu

(904) 620-2264

UNF Foundation Grants Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3805

The second quarter UNF Foundation Board, Grants Committee meeting will take place.

Contact:

Ragan Sanders

ragan.sanders@unf.edu

(904) 620-2104

UNF Foundation Investment Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3806

The second quarter UNF Foundation Board Investment Committee meeting will take place. 

Contact:

Micheal McGuire

m.mcguire@unf.edu

(904) 620-5046

Everything Else
25th Annual UNF Alumni Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sweet Pete's, 400 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Celebrate the holidays with the Alumni Association at a night filled with food, music, dancing and sweet treats. Each guest will receive a free welcome drink, and a cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $20 for an individual and $35 for an individual with a guest. All alumni and guests are invited to attend. Purchase tickets by Friday, Dec. 9. 

Contact:

Alumni Association

unf-alum@unf.edu

(904) 620-2490

Website Facebook Event
Astronomy Night

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Building 50, Science and Engineering Building, Rooftop

View the Moon, planets, stars and nebulae through the Department of Physics' 14-inch telescope. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the night sky and ask questions of professors and students. Observation takes place on the roof, so dress comfortably and for the outdoors. Telescope viewings can only take place if cloud cover permits. Check the website the day of the event for updates.

Contact:

Jack Hewitt

dr.hewitt@unf.edu

(904) 620-1965

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Environmental Center Textbook Collection

At the end of each semester the Environmental Center collects unwanted textbooks from students and faculty. Donations will be sent to Better World Books, a company that sells and donates used books to implement literacy and education programs around the world. Books can be donated at the blue collection bin located outside the Carpenter Library, Building 12 or contact the Environmental Center at (904) 620-5804 for pickup.

Contact:

James Taylor

j.taylor@unf.edu

(904) 620-5804

Finals Week at Carpenter Library

The Carpenter Library, Building 12, will be open 24 hours starting Monday, Nov. 28. The library will also offer the following for students during Finals Week:

  • Free late-night coffee, tea and snacks: Starting at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, through Wednesday, Dec. 8, these items will be available on the first floor of the library until supplies run out. Snacks are co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Bookstore and Chartwells.
  • Zzz-Zone: A quiet place for naps in the third floor reading room
  • Coloring Station: On the second floor, sponsored by the Bookstore

Contact:

Maria Atilano

m.atilano@unf.edu

(904) 620-1564

Website
Interfaith Center Reflection Room

The Interfaith Center offers a Reflection Room for meditation, prayer and general quiet reflection, located in Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 1115. The space is open to all students, faculty and staff of any religious or non-religious identity. It features Zafu mediation cushions, Muslim prayer rugs, flameless candles, sacred texts, yoga mats and a Native American prayer shawl. The Reflection Room will be open during finals week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday and Friday.

Contact:

Dorianne Schaffield

d.schaffield@unf.edu

(904) 620-5522

PAWS Your Stress

Monday, December 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Building 12, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Lobby

PAWS Your Stress during finals week with dogs from Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs free of charge. Come to the event to relax, take a study break and learn more about the organization. Click here for more information about CCI. 

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Department of Public Relations

Contact:

Whitney Meyer

whitney.meyer@unf.edu

(904) 620-2117

UFF-UNF Faculty Holiday Happy Hour

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Boathouse, Room 2600

The University's chapter of the United Faculty of Florida invites current and potential members to the faculty holiday happy hour to celebrate the end of the semester. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, libations and membership prizes will be available.

Contact:

Stephanie Weiss

s.weiss@unf.edu

(904) 620-2431

UNF Foundation Board Luncheon

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Building 34, Arena

The second quarter UNF Foundation Board luncheon will take place.

Contact:

Patricia Madrid

p.madrid@unf.edu

(904) 620-2111