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Caring Award/Internship Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Albert D. Ernest Caring Award and the Halamandaris Caring Internship at the Heart of America Foundation near Washington, D.C. Both awards recognize students who demonstrate the spirit of caring, humanitarianism and volunteerism. Faculty can nominate students for either or both and a student may self-nominate with faculty support. Completed nomination forms and essays are due by Friday, Oct. 2, to Alumni Hall, Building 60, Room 2103, Office of Foundation Scholarships. For further information and nomination forms, visit the website or contact Nancy Boerem, scholarship coordinator.


Nancy Boerem


(904) 620-2150

Library Commons 'ACE IT!' Tutoring

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m., and continuing Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, students can get help in math, chemistry and business at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Building 12, second floor, commons area.


Maria Atilano


(904) 620-1564

Administrative Announcements
Extended Lock Shop Hours

The Lock Shop, Building 6, Room 1206, will be open for extended hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, through Friday, Sept. 4. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 8.



Bill Bigham


(904) 620-2669

UNF in the News

UNF student overcomes unexpected odds: Most people are fortunate to grow up with a mom or dad, but for freshman Gloria Elsen, the odds were against her when she lost both parents. Still, courage and determination led the nursing major to overcome the unexpected hardships and succeed despite them. Elsen shared her story with First Coast News
New helium liquefier puts UNF in the forefront: Dr. Tom Pekarek, physics professor, talked to Action News about the new helium liquefier in the Department of Physics and how it will put the University at the forefront of low-temperature physics research.
On-campus living: Dr. Tom Serwatka, vice president and chief of staff, and senior Ean Gomez spoke to First Coast News about the benefits of living on campus.
State congressional district map: Dr. Michael Binder, assistant professor of political science, discussed the complicated task of redrawing the Florida congressional district maps on WJCT Public Radio's "First Coast Connect." 
Healthy snack options for students: Dr. Zhiping Yu, assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shared back-to-school nutrition tips on "First Coast Living."

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


Joanna Norris


(904) 620-2102

Arts and Entertainment
Confucius Institute Hosts Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra Concert

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Building 45, Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Room 1100

The Confucius Institute will host a concert performance by Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra from Nanjing, China. The concert will showcase various traditional Chinese instrument performances, including Zheng and bamboo flute solos, as well as erhu, plucked instruments and pipa ensembles. E-tickets are required and can be obtained here.

Cost: Free


Dr. Ronghua Ouyang


(904) 620-1968

'LUCIDA: Paintings by Franklin Matthews' Exhibit

The Lufrano Gallery, located in the Student Union, Building 58, Room 2401, will feature the exhibit "LUCIDA: Paintings by Franklin Matthews," Monday, Aug. 24, through Friday, Dec. 11, a collection of paintings that examines life on Jacksonville's streets. For more information and exhibition times, visit the "Upcoming Exhibition" tab on the Gallery's Web page.


Naomi Karp


(904) 620-2475

Athletics and Recreation
Arena/New Field House Operating Hours and Usage

Management of the Arena, Building 34, for day-to-day operations, student access, athletic practices, athletic events and academic classes has been transferred from Campus Recreation to Athletics. All special events, including graduations, Presidential Lectures and Osprey Production events will remain the responsibility of Campus Recreation.


New operating hours for the Arena are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. Students, faculty and staff may access the Arena for locker rooms, racket ball, half-court basketball and classroom use during those time periods. All usage requires a current Osprey1 card. For questions regarding Arena usage and daily room reservation requests, contact Athletics at (904) 620-2833. For special event reservations, contact Campus Recreation at (904) 620-2998.


The new Field House, Building 26, scheduled to open in early October, will be managed by Campus Recreation and will house administrative offices, two 20-person meeting classrooms, equipment check out, locker rooms, three basketball courts, three volleyball courts and can accommodate badminton and indoor soccer. Usage will require an active Osprey1 card. Operating hours for the Field House will be 8 a.m. to 11 p.m Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Student and campus groups may reserve areas of the facility. For information regarding the Field House, contact Campus Recreation at (904) 620-2998.


Becky Purser


(904) 620-1590

Clubs and Organizations
Osprey Productions Interest Meeting

Friday, September 4, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, Auditorium, Room 2704

Learn about volunteer opportunities, such as planning and managing concerts, movie nights, pool parties and other events. Drinks and Publix subs (vegetarian options available) will be provided.

Cost: Free


Vivian Taylor


(904) 620-4386

Spinnaker Magazine Release Party

Friday, September 4, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Building 58W, Student Union, The Boathouse

Spinnaker Media invites the campus community to celebrate the release of the back-to-school edition of Spinnaker magazine. The event will include live music by local musicians, food/drink specials and giveaways. The first 50 students with their Osprey1 card will also receive something special. 

Cost: Free


Morgan Purvis


(863) 286-9095

General Meetings
September Faculty Association Meeting

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.

Building 16, Osprey Commons, Talon Room, Room 4202

The September agenda packet can be viewed here. Limited hard copies will be available at the meeting.


Cindy Chin


(904) 620-2872

Everything Else
Family Dinner Hosted by LGBT Resource Center

Monday, August 31, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Building 58E, Student Union, Room 1111

Studies show family dinner hour is an important part of healthy living, so set aside some time and join the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center family for a casual dinner. Meet new people, engage with others and build lasting friendships.

Cost: Free


Jake Moore


(904) 620-5197

Identity Group Button-Making Party

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Building 58E, Student Union, Room 1111

Learn about campus identity groups at the LGBT Resource Center, create a button that represents your identity and mingle with group leaders while enjoying refreshments.

Sponsor: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center


Jake Moore


(904) 620-5197

Pay Tuition Online To Avoid Long Office Lines

The Student Financial Services Office encourages students to pay fall tuition online via View and Pay My Bill on myWings to avoid long office wait times. Tuition is due by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, though students shouldn't wait until the last minute so as to allow time to resolve any issues.


Margaret Partyka


(904) 620-2449

Public Opinion Research Lab Hiring

The position pays $10 an hour and consists of making phone calls and recording data for research. The schedule is flexible from 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, to Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Social Sciences Building, Building 51, Room 2222. E-mail for more information and if interested in applying.


Public Opinion Research Lab


(904) 620-2784

Spinnaker Media Employment Opportunities

Spinnaker Media is accepting applications for the following student positions:

  • News editor
  • Features editor
  • Sports editor
  • Chief copy editor
  • Designers
  • Advertising sales executives
  • Distributor
  • Technical director, Spinnaker TV

Spinnaker Radio is currently looking for a general manager for the fall semester. Click here for more information or to apply.


Lori Durham


(904) 620-1579

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