UNF COEHS receives $7 million U.S. Education Dept. grant to renew education pipeline
The University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services has been awarded an over $7 million partnership grant, Project PREP (Partnering to Renew the Educator Pipeline), alongside Clay County District Schools and UNF’s College of Arts and Sciences to address the critical teacher shortage and create equitable teaching outcomes for every student. Learn more.
UNF opens HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement, a state-of-the-art simulation center
The University of North Florida and HCA Florida Healthcare, a leading operator of healthcare facilities in Florida, announced the opening of the HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement at the University of North Florida, a fully interdisciplinary simulation center that will provide quality, hands-on training for Brooks College of Health nursing students. Learn more.
UNF wins Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for eighth consecutive year
The University of North Florida has proudly received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the eighth consecutive year. UNF is recognized as a Diversity Champion, scoring in the top tier of all HEED Award institutions. Learn more.
Alumni Recognition Award nominations now live
School of Communication Media Week Alumni Reception
Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
Mellow Mushroom, 9734 Deer Lake Ct, Ste 1, Jacksonville, FL 32246
Free (Must Register)
As part of the UNF 50th Anniversary Celebration during the 2022 Media Week, all UNF Communication alumni are invited to Mellow Mushroom to reminisce and network with old and new friends. Please RSVP as limited spaces are available. View the full Media Week calendar.
Roar and Soar Jaguars Tailgate
Sunday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.
TIAA Bank Field, 1 TIAA Bank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202
$20 - $55
Join the Alumni Association for the 13th Annual Roar and Soar Tailgate as the Jags take on the New York Giants. The tailgate will be back at the grassy Flex Field lawn —next to the stadium — with an elevated brunch menu, classic tailgate yard games, vendors, giveaways and more. Only a limited number of game and tailgate tickets left, so buy now!
COAS Biology Seminar Series (Kien Tran, '17 - Cellino Biotech)
Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.
Department of Biology (Building 59) R1701, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
The Biology Seminar Series occurs every Friday during the fall and spring semesters. This week's special guest is Kien Tran, a UNF graduate from 2017, who studies the usage of stem cells to preserve and restore male fertility. View upcoming speakers in the Biology Seminar Series.
Holiday Party with
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.
The River Club, 1 Independent Drive #3500 Jacksonville, FL 32202
Join the Alumni Association and President Limayem for an evening of dinner and music from the John Lumpkin Trio. All proceeds will be donated to the Lend-A-Wing Food Pantry. With the Lend-A-Wing experiencing record high numbers this semester, we are also inviting guests to bring additional donations in the form of canned/dry goods or hygiene products
Dec. 15 — UNF Night at Deck the Chairs
Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 — Homecoming Week
Feb. 18 — Swoop the Loop 5k
Max Hochman, '15 & Devin Carvajal, '20
Max Hochman is the senior producer/editor for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hochman completed his bachelor’s degree in communication focusing on media production. His current role has a wide variety of tasks, and he’s been called upon to shoot, edit, direct and produce live broadcasts and post-productions shows for both television and online platforms. You may also be familiar with his “Mic’d Up” segments he films and edits with the players and coaches throughout the season. This role has given Hochman opportunities to get close with the team while traveling around the country (and to London).
Devin Carvajal serves as the social media graphic designer for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carvajal earned his bachelor’s degree in arts with a focus in graphic design and digital media. In his current role, he creates all the images from scratch used on the various Jaguars social media platforms to promote gamedays, roster/score updates and player features. His favorite part of the job is designing for a major NFL brand and watching all his work connect directly with fans.
Hochman said, “The experience I got at UNF helped open the door to the career path I’m on today.” He began his journey as a Spinnaker Radio show host and a Spinnaker TV camera operator/floor manager, then took an internship with UNF Athletics as a digital media intern and video editor before finishing his undergraduate career as a founding club member and camera operator for ESPN3. His fondest memory at UNF was the 2015 Atlantic Sun Men’s Basketball Championship game, where the Ospreys hosted and defeated USC Upstate to win their first conference tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Hochman says “I’ve never seen the arena so packed before … it was a special moment for Osprey Nation. Swoop!”
Carvajal credits UNF for helping prepare him for his career. As an undergrad, he participated in the CMND+N design club. His favorite memory at UNF was finding out he was accepted into the Limited Access Design program, which was the catalyst for his pursuit of a graphic design profession. Carvajal said, “UNF taught me more than just my Photoshop skills, it also prepared me for the real world.” He believes the life skills he learned throughout the college experience add another level onto what UNF provides students.
Carvajal said “UNF gave me all the opportunities I have today. It opened a lot of doors and led me to create lasting connections.” One of the most important things he learned from his time at UNF is that “success doesn’t just fall in your lap.” His advice for current students would be to go after what you’re trying to achieve, and that in competitive fields like the sports and design industries, the only way to break in is to want it more than everyone else. Similarly, Hochman’s advice for current students is to “be persistent and go get what you want.” He suggests applying for as many internships as possible and take advantage of office hours with UNF professors. The best advice he got as an undergrad was to write a letter to his dream job for an internship, which ended up getting him his start with the Jaguars.
Carvajal manages to stay involved with the University by connecting with some of the creatives still on campus, in addition to attending the occasional UNF sporting event during the Jaguars offseason. Carvajal believes showing school pride is very important. He said, “wearing that UNF on your chest represents more than just a school, but where you learned to be an adult.” He enjoys seeing that UNF pride represented around the city as alumni show off their school colors, and believes it influences current and future students to do the same. Hochman still tries to stay involved with the University, as he remains friendly with the UNF Athletics department and gives back financially when he can. He believes the involvement of alumni improves the overall community at UNF and “instills a sense of pride in being an Osprey!”
Looking into the future, Hochman hopes his success with the Jaguars will elevate him to a position as an editor/producer for NFL Films, the production company responsible for all the TV programs, feature films and documentaries for the NFL. When not on the clock, Hochman loves to travel with his wife, Katie, and cat, Floyd. They enjoy finding good food wherever they go. Hochman has developed a reputation on Instagram (@mhochman90) for his press box food reviews while visiting different stadiums.
Carvajal would like to remain in the sports industry, as well, ideally working his way up to creative director for a sports organization or brand. Wherever he ends up, he knows he’ll still be happy as long as he has the freedom to create. While social media is a timely investment, Carvajal enjoys staying active in his free time by playing pickleball, biking on the beach and hitting the gym. He also enjoys a good drink with good company. You can see all the impressive work he continues to create on Twitter by following @Jaguars or his personal account @DevCarvajal.
The Construction Management Department enjoyed a wonderful time at ABBQ last week for a cornhole tournament with alumni, current students and corporate partners.
The UNF Osprey Club, Alumni Engagement and Athletic Departments collaborated for the 8th annual "Fore" Scholarships fundraising event at the Deercreek Country Club, which helped raise over $60,000 towards scholarship opportunities for UNF student-athletes.
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