Administrative Announcements
Adobe Software Changes

Adobe has changed its licensing agreement, which requires the University to alter the way Adobe's software is distributed. As a result of the change, all Adobe software licensed under the old agreement, except Adobe Reader, will be uninstalled from faculty and staff computers during the week of May 1. Faculty and staff who use Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro or Experience Design will be able to have the newest version installed by submitting an ITS-Request. Faculty and staff who use Adobe products other than Reader, should submit a request soon, so they won't be impacted by the removal of the software. If you have already worked with ITS to obtain a license and updated version of Adobe's software, no further action is required. Learn more about this upcoming software change and review the frequently asked questions section.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

Blackboard Ends May 31

During the past year, the University has been transitioning its learning management system from Blackboard to Canvas. The transition will conclude Wednesday, May 31, when Blackboard will be removed from service and Canvas will become the only available learning management system. Faculty and staff, who haven't already done so, will need to move their course content into Canvas before May 31. The Center for Instruction and Research Technology provides workshops/assistance for accomplishing this. Learn more about Canvas.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

Intersession Special Hours/Closures

Intersession begins Saturday, April 29, and continues through Tuesday, May 9. Below are special hours of operation and closures:

  • Carpenter Library:
    • Friday, April 28: Closed 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30: Closed
    • Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7: Closed
    • Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dining: Visit the website
  • Fieldhouse: Closed Saturday, April 29, through Tuesday, May 9
  • Game Room: Closed Saturday, April 29, through Tuesday, May 9
  • ITS Help Desk:
    • Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30: Closed
    • Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7: Closed
    • Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • OneJax:
    • Friday, April 28: Closed
    • Friday, May 5, through Friday, May 19: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Osprey Connector: Inactive after 6 p.m. Friday, April 28; resumes 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 10
  • Osprey Transit: Inactive after 5 p.m. Friday, April 28; resumes 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 10
  • Student Union Administration: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Student Union:
    • Saturday, April 29: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 30: Closed
    • Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 7: Closed
    • Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Student Wellness Complex:
    • Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30: Closed
    • Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Town Center Shuttle: Inactive after 3 p.m. Friday, April 28; resumes 10 a.m. Monday, June 19
  • UNF Bookstore:
    • Saturday, April 29: Noon to 4 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 30: Closed
    • Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7: Closed
    • Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m


Amanda Dawson

(904) 620-2192

Osprey Update Unavailable May 31 - June 1

The University's Web Content Management System is scheduled for an upgrade Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1. On the morning of May 31, the daily email will go out to faculty and staff. During the upgrade, the Osprey Update submission form will be unavailable. There is a chance the daily email to faculty and staff will resume late in the day June 1, however, that isn't guaranteed. Any time-sensitive items should be submitted with the CMS upgrade schedule in mind. The deadline to submit Osprey Update items for May 31 is no later than 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.


Amanda Dawson

(904) 620-2192

Remote Desktop Connection/Inbound Network Traffic Changes

Sunday, May 7, ITS is replacing the University's network firewalls. Starting on this date, faculty and staff who use Remote Desktop Connection to directly access work computers from outside the University network will need to first connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) using AnyConnect. Those who connect to will be unaffected. Any network traffic initiated from off campus to an on-campus workstation not using VPN will no longer work by default. Faculty and staff with questions/concerns about the impact of this change should contact their C-Tech or the ITS Help Desk by Monday, May 1. Review this webpage to see if you are affected by the upcoming change.


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

SharePoint/Talon Unavailability

Talon, the University's name for its SharePoint application, will be unavailable 5 to 9 a.m. Sunday, April 30, for maintenance. Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based collaboration and communication tool.  


ITS Help Desk

(904) 620-4357

Spring Commencement Ceremonies Live Stream

Spring commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live today, Friday, April 28, from the Arena, Building 34, as follows: 

  • 9 a.m.: College of Education and Human Services; Brooks College of Health
  • 12:30 p.m.:  Coggin College of Business; College of Arts and Sciences (art, biology, chemistry, economics, English, fine arts, French studies, history, interdisciplinary studies, international studies, math, music, philosophy, physics, practical philosophy and applied ethics, religious studies, Spanish and statistics)
  • 4 p.m.: College of Computing, Engineering and Construction; College of Arts and Sciences (anthropology, communication, criminal justice, political science, public administration, psychology, social work and sociology)


Robert Richardson

(904) 620-1885

'Swoop with United Way'

Thanks to the University community for supporting the United Way Campaign. Employee contributions made the campaign a success and will make a difference in our Northeast Florida community. The winner of the grand prize 40-inch TV was Dr. Donni Welch-Rawls, clinical and applied movement science assistant professor.


Lisandra Carmichael

(904) 620-2553

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Representatives on Campus

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association representatives will be in Human Resources, Building 1, Room 1101, Wednesday May 3, through Friday May 5, to meet with current/potential clients. An appointment is required; schedule a meeting by visiting the website or calling 1(800) 732-8353.


Jennifer Neidhardt

(904) 620-2905

UNF in The News
  • History professor receives prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship: Dr. Denise Bossy, associate professor of history, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support significant research in the humanities and to further her research of the Yamasee Indians, a community that is hardly understood by scholars today. Watch the Action News story.
  • Students with developmental disabilities receive UNF diplomas: The Arc Jacksonville On Campus Transition program held its 10th graduation. The program provides an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to have a college experience. Read The Florida Times-Union story.
  • Four teachers each win $15,000 teaching prize: Four Duval County teachers were surprised on Wednesday and Thursday to learn they’re the recipients of the Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence, established by Gilchrist Berg to honor his former teacher. The College of Education and Human Services manages the gift program. Read more in the Times-Union.
  • Students creating new sculptures for UNF Sculpture Park: Department of Art and Design students are working on a new round of sculptures that will be installed this summer at the UNF Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach. Watch more on First Coast News.
  • Conducting choral groups feeds Cara Tasher's spirit: The Times-Union spoke with Dr. Cara Tasher, director of choral activities and associate professor of voice, who conducts the UNF Chamber Singers, the School of Music Flagship 30-member ensemble.
  • Love chocolate? Potato chips? Your genes might be to blame: Dr. Lauri Wright, director of the doctorate in clinical nutrition program, told U.S. News & World Report that research is beginning to look at the role of genes in food intake and nutrient use.
  • The Goods - Garbanzos have a bonanza of benefits: Having trouble finding a way to incorporate healthy plant-based proteins into your diet? Look no further than the chickpea. Evan Koch, graduate student and dietetic intern in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discussed myths and facts about this versatile legume in the Times-Union monthly "Goods" column. 

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


Amanda Dawson

(904) 620-2192

Transportation and Parking Services Notices
Lots 5,18, 46 Reserved Parking April 29

The following lots will be reserved for the Jacksonville Armada Football Club event Saturday, April 29: 

  • Lot 5: Reserved 4 to 8 p.m., team members and media
  • Lot 18: Reserved 4 to 8 p.m., general admission attendees; parking will cost $5 per vehicle, only cash payments accepted. Those with valid University parking permits may park at no charge; however, it's recommended to park in the Arena Garage, Garage 38, to avoid congestion.
  • Lot 46: Reserved 2 to 8 p.m., event staff and emergency vehicles

All lots will return to normal parking activity after 8 p.m. For additional event questions, visit Jacksonville Armada Football Club


Parking and Transportation Services

(904) 620-2815

Osprey Community Engagement Medallion Recipients

The Center for Community-Based Learning congratulates the following graduating students awarded the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion for exemplary service to their community:


Brooks College of Health

  • Haley Camp, Natasha Florez, Jean Newell and Gianella Scaccabarrozzi: health science majors
  • Erin Hiebsch, Rebecca Lamoreaux, Amy Marshall and Kristine Myny: nursing majors

Coggin College of Business

  • Lindsey Mahoney: business management major

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Lauren Harrison: social work major
  • Sean Lahav and Farouk Smith: political science majors
  • Sarah Rosen: international studies/Spanish major
  • Joel Serrano: chemistry major


Ryan Doan

(904) 620-3547

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center has scholarships available for students with a documented disability. Students don't have to be registered with the DRC but will need to submit proof of disability for eligibility. The application deadline for consideration is being extended through Monday, May 15. For more information, click here.


Rusty Dubberly

(904) 620-5407

Professional Development and Training
Upcoming Professional Development Training Sessions

The upcoming professional development training sessions are as follows:

  • Finance Self Service: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1400
  • Information for University Search and Screen Committee Members: 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 3, Student Union, Building 58W, Room 3703
  • Cultural Competency Program Capstone in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, Student Union, Building 58E, Room 2100


Tyler Williamson

(904) 620-1707

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions
25th Annual Small Business Week Celebration

Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Room 1044

Network with over 300 of North Florida's small business leaders, top lenders and champion supporters as the U.S. Small Business Administration presents its Small Business Week awards, spotlighting the remarkable contributions of business leaders and champions at the district level. The featured keynote will be presented by Bonnie Harvey and Michael Houlihan, founders of Barefoot Wine and best-selling authors of "The Barefoot Spirit."

Cost: $40; Corporate tables also available


Ali Stephens

(904) 620-2441

'The Vegetarian MyPlate: Get Your Grain On' Workshop

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Building 58E, Student Union, Room 2100

The Vegan/Vegetarian MyPlate Series is a five-class series educating faculty/staff members on the benefits of a plant-based diet and will teach the necessities to ensure healthfulness and sustainability. This workshop will focus on sources of whole grains. Food samples will be available; seating is limited; signup via the Center for Professional Development and Training on MyWings. 

Cost: Free

Sponsor: UNF Nutrition Services, Nutrition Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway Program


Yemila Lowry

(904) 620-5223

Search Committee News
Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Building 60, Alumni Hall, Room 1114

A meeting to discuss applicants and schedule phone interviews for the annual giving director position, 337290/440910, will take place.


Kayla Kirby

(904) 620-2177

College of Education and Human Services

Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 3200

There will be an on-campus interview with Dr. Julie Hartline, a candidate for the counselor education assistant professor position, 315300.


Michele Verkerk

(904) 620-2990

Athletics and Recreation
Derek Marinatos Soccer Academy Summer Camps

Day Academy Schedule for boys/girls ages 6 through 13: The DMSA Day Academy has established itself as North Florida's premier soccer summer day camp. Designed to teach soccer skills, tactics and fundamentals, the camp includes individual instruction by qualified coaching staff and age-specific curriculum with an emphasis on fun. Every camper will receive one soccer ball, plus for each camp camp attended, a DMSA T-shirt, drawstring bag and water bottle. Pool time is included; after-care is available for an additional fee.

  • Monday, June 5, through Friday, June 9 
  • Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16
  • Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14
  • Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21

Overnight Senior Elite Residential Academy Schedule for boys ages 14 through 20: The DMSA Senior Elite Residential Academy is an overnight camp for high school soccer players aspiring to play at the next level or to further those who already do. The Academy, conducted by college and nationally licensed coaches, will offer daytime advanced tactical, technical and fitness training as well as competitive night games.

  • Friday, July 7, through Sunday, July 9

UNF Men's Soccer Identification Camp:The North Florida Soccer Identification Camp is designed for elite club and high school players ages 14 to 20 to demonstrate skills in front of the North Florida coaching staff.

  • Saturday, June 10

For more information, tuition costs and registration, click here.


Derek Marinatos

(904) 620-2948

Jeff Pigg Track Camp

The track and field coaching staff will host a five-day track camp Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16, Hodges Stadium, Building 46, for grade school to high school athletes of all skill levels. Athletes will be divided into training groups by area of interest: sprints/hurdles, jumps, throws and middle distance/distance running. Participants will receive a camp T-shirt; water and Gatorade will be provided. Lunch will be catered by one of the Athletic Department partners. Registration is open through Thursday, June 1; visit the website.


Adam Cooke

(904) 620-1559

Softball Versus JU Doubleheader

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Building 31, Softball Complex

Cheer on the softball team as they take on Jacksonville University in a doubleheader at 2 and 4 p.m. During the second game, a "Family 4 Pack" promotion will feature four hotdogs and four drinks for $15. Three senior team members will be recognized for Senior Day.

Cost: Free with valid Osprey 1Card


Kaitlin Parsons

(904) 620-5429

Arts and Entertainment
Shakespeare-in-the-Park 'Measure for Measure'

The Department of English Theater/Drama Program, the City of Atlantic Beach and the Church of the Good Shepherd present the eighth annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of "Measure for Measure." Performances will take place 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton Street, Jacksonville. This event is free and open to the public.


James Roarty

(904) 620-2273

Items Available for Property Transfer
Tables/Office Items Available

An assortment of tables, a bulletin board and a filler piece, located in the Career Management Center, Building 42, Coggin College of Business, Room 2021, are available for pickup.


Shannon Italia

(904) 620-2067

Everything Else
Boathouse Graduation Watch Party

Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Boathouse, Room 2600

The Boathouse will be streaming all three graduation ceremonies, with food available for purchase at 11 a.m. Food specials will include $1 off all burgers and milkshakes. Guests 21 years and older with a valid ID may enjoy happy hour specials starting at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free admission; food/beverages for purchase

Sponsor: UNF Dining Services


Dennis Negrin

(904) 620-1959

Carpenter Library Open 24 Hours

The Carpenter Library will be open 24 hours, starting today, Monday, April 17, through 5 p.m. Friday, April 28.


Paul Mosley

(904) 620-1527

Expired/Unused Medication Collection

In cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative and in an effort to keep medications away from children and out of landfills, deposit boxes for expired medications/unneeded prescriptions will be available, as follows:

  • Today, Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28: Student Health Services, J. Brooks Brown Hall Addition, Building 39A, Room 2098  
  • Today, Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29: University Police Department, Martin P. Garris Police Building, Building 41, Lobby


Bill Strudel

(904) 620-2378

Faculty Association Standing/University Committee Election Results

The 2017-19 Standing and University Committees election results are posted on the Faculty Association website. To view, click on the following links:

All of the terms will begin in fall 2017. For information, contact Cindy Chin, Faculty Association executive secretary.


Cindy Chin

(904) 620-2872

High-Definition Graduation Livestream

For the first time, spring graduation ceremonies livestream will be available in high definition. The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will broadcast the 9 a.m. and the 12:30 and 4 p.m. ceremonies in HD on University Channel 173; the Wellness Complex also will broadcast on its channel.


Mo Baker

(905) 620-1598

Jake Moore Farewell

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Building 58E, Student Union, Room 1111

Celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center program coordinator Jake Moore's contributions to the University as he prepares for his next journey with the Gill Foundation in Denver, Colorado. Cake and refreshments will be served. RSVP via email to Logan Judd, office assistant.


Logan Judd

(904) 620-5518

LGBT Resource Center Collecting Alternative Prom Donations

The LGBT Resource Center, Student Union, Building 58E, Room 1111, has set up a donation box for the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network's upcoming Alternative Prom. This an annual event to provide a safe prom night for local youth, considering some schools won't allow LGBT students to attend prom with a same-sex date or in clothes that don't match birth gender. Stop by during operating hours to donate new and gently used formal wear through Friday, April 28. Items needed include dresses, suits, dress shirts/pants, shoes/heels, belts and formal accessories.


Logan Judd

(904) 620-5518

Student Wellness Complex Locker Rentals Expire

Semester rental lockers, Student Wellness Complex, Building 61, must be cleaned by Saturday, April 29.


Becky Purser

(904) 620-1590