Nestled among majestic, moss-shrouded oaks on the banks of the St. Johns River, JU’s 198 acre suburban campus is only ten minutes from downtown Jacksonville and 20 minutes from Atlantic Ocean beaches.
ALEXANDER BREST DANCE STUDIO
The Alexander Brest Dance Studio, unsurpassed in the area, is a double-tiered, multi-windowed studio for dance study and related activities.
VISUAL ART ANNEX
The newly expanded 2D & 3D Visual Art Annex houses spacious drawing and painting studios, as well as a state-of-the-art glass
center, offices for student clubs and organizations, the campus radio station, Nellie’s eatery, and much more.
FOUNDERS AND UNIVERSITY COUNCIL BUILDINGS
The Founders and University Council buildings are two of the original campus structures. These buildings feature large inner garden courts and contain classrooms, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, and the Advising Center.
J. ARTHUR HOWARD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
The Howard Administration building, completed in 1972, contains the offices of the president, vice presidents, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, registrar, admission, controller, financial resources, financial aid and various administrative offices.
J. HENRY GOODING BUILDING
The J. Henry Gooding building is headquarters for most social science disciplines, Honors Lounge and Office, Community Service Office, and includes a large auditorium/lecture hall, classrooms, a computer lab, and faculty offices.
LAZZARA HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER
The Lazzara Health and Sciences Center is home to JU’s School of Nursing as well as the School of Orthodontics.
PHILLIPS FINE ARTS BUILDING AND ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM AND GALLERY
The Phillips Fine Arts building includes an exhibition area, rehearsal and practice rooms, studios, classrooms, and faculty and administrative offices. The museum and gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when school is in session.
The gallery exhibition area regularly shows the paintings and sculptures of distinguished regional and national artists, as well as of JU faculty and students. The museum’s permanent collections include unique decorative arts in ceramics, porcelains, paintings, prints, and sculpture. Pre-Colombian artifacts from the Davis, Scott and Chandler Collections portray the cultural aspects of lost civilizations in Mexico, Central and South America, from 3000 B.C. to 1500 A.D. The Brest Ivory Room exhibits the area’s major collection of European and Oriental ivory sculpture dating from the early 17th to late 19th century, a gift of Alexander Brest and the Mussallem family. The Brest Collection of Steuben Glass spans the Frederic Carder and the Arthur A. Houghton eras from full spectrum colors to pure crystal sculpture. Examples of 18th, 19th, and 20th century Chinese porcelain and cloisonné are seen in traditional design motifs.
The Tiffany Art Nouveau Glassware Collection, a gift of Dorothy Pierce, includes iridescent, luster, and reactive examples of this master artist. The Boehm Collection of art porcelain, gifts of Mrs. Samuel S. Lombardo, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mason and Mrs. Helen Boehm, and the Ralph N. Walter Collection of royal Danish porcelain are exhibited, as well as the massive “Head of Christ’’ sculpture by Hoffman. Many fine paintings by nationally known artists also are in the permanent collection.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION FACILITIES
These facilities includes Swisher Gymnasium; Alexander Brest baseball field; Keith Watson Tennis Complex; Ashley Sports Complex/Milne Field, a football/track-and-field/soccer facility; two softball diamonds; outdoor pool; outdoor basketball, volleyball and shuffleboard courts; an all-purpose playing field; and six handball/racquetball courts.
REID MEDICAL SCIENCE CENTER
The Reid Medical Science Center houses classrooms, laboratories, and a 92-seat auditorium that serve biology, marine and environmental science, nursing, and pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and pharmacy. Science activities are centered in the complex of Nelms, Swisher, Penticoff, and Reid buildings.
MARINE SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
To preserve and protect Jacksonville’s most significant natural asset by exploring solutions for the various local aquatic environments, in 2010 Jacksonville University established the Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) on the banks of the St. Johns River. Since our local waters share concerns with similar ecosystems nationwide, the research work accomplished at the MSRI will have national benefits. Florida Fish and Wildlife Northeast Field Lab, the St. Johns Riverkeeper and an environmental laboratory all share space in the 30,000 square-foot facility and work together toward a common goal of preserving North Florida’s waterways through research and education.
A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Gold-certified building, the MSRI is energy efficient, complete with solar panels and a rainwater drainage system. The MSRI achieved their certification for lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
MERRITT C. PENTICOFF SCIENCE BUILDING
The Merritt Penticoff Building serves as the classroom and laboratory facility for the Computing Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics majors. The Division of Science and Mathematics Office is also located there.
NELMS AND SWISHER SCIENCE BUILDING
Chemistry, Biology and Marine Science and the dual-degree Engineering Program share space in the Nelms and Swisher complex.
STUDENT RESIDENCE FACILITIES
Student residence facilities accommodate approximately 1,500 students and include air-conditioned residence halls with single and double rooms and four-person suites; and a Residential Village featuring four-bedroom, independent living apartments for upperclassmen. All residential facilities include computer network connections for Internet, intranet, and e-mail access.
Recently renovated Swisher Theatre seats nearly 400 for dramatic and musical productions presented by the College of Fine Arts, theatre arts majors, and other students.
TERRY CONCERT HALL
Opened in 1991, Terry Concert Hall is an architectural-award winning, 400-seat concert hall with unmatched acoustics in the area for voice performance and small or large instrumental groups.
TILLIE K. FOWLER NROTC BUILDING
In 2004 the NROTC building was named in Tillie K. Fowler's honor to recognize her leadership, effectiveness and dedication to national security, and her dedicated work on behalf of Jacksonville University. The building contains the offices of the commanding officer, staff, conference room, student classroom and wardroom.