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Presidential highlights February 2020

A Conversation with Madeleine Albright

Albright(1)Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spent an evening in February at the University, sharing the stage with UNF host President David Szymanski. Albright had several humorous stories to tell as she talked about the highlights of her career before a large, welcoming audience gathered at the UNF Arena.


Albright is a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State. She was the first female in that role, and at the time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. The event was part of the Presidential Lecture Series, supported by the UNF Foundation and co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Evenings.




Swooping for the Ospreys

President and Mrs. Szymanski enjoying a basketball gameWhen an Osprey stands ready to shoot a free throw during a men’s home basketball game, you can be sure the Szymanskis will have their hands raised in the air ready to Swoop! The former collegiate basketball player and wife, Maria, rarely miss a game and can be spotted socializing with fans around them during breaks in the action.


Just as they did last year, the men's and women's basketball teams delighted Osprey fans by once again winning their way into the 2020 ASUN semifinals.






A Sweet Surprise for Students

Szymanski handing out Valentine's candy to studentsStudents who attended Market Days two days before Valentine’s Day, received a sweet — and tasty — surprise. Wanting to reach as many students as possible who gather in the Student Union Plaza, President Szymanski and his wife, Maria, hosted an early Valentine celebration. The couple handed out treats to UNF students —making it an extra special Wednesday. 


The Market Days event is a free gathering that brings the Plaza to life on Wednesdays with local vendors, students clubs and on-campus organizations, sharing information, selling handmade goods and more.






Honoring a Lifetime Event

EmeritiWhen some faculty and staff members enter retirement, they leave the campus workplace but never stop striving to make an impact on the University.  


To honor those retirees who continue to make significant contributions to UNF, President David Szymanski and those who wished to say a special thank you, gathered for the 1972 Emeriti and Friends Recognition Award ceremony in February. The Emeriti Award honors retirees who have chosen to make a lifetime commitment to UNF through philanthropy, volunteerism and other forms of support. This year’s honoree was Charlotte Mabrey, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Percussion.


Like recipients before her, Mabrey and her tremendous service to UNF continues to positively reflect and enhance the great reputation of the University.