August 2008

Around Campus
Brooks gains elbow room

The School of Nursing and Student Health Services will have plenty of much-needed space in their new homes at the recently completed Brooks College of Health Addition. And that's not just office space. They'll occupy entire floors in their new digs.

The School of Nursing will occupy the third and fourth floors of the $12 million addition. They previously occupied parts of three floors at the Brooks College of Health. At one time, some of the program's faculty and staff were housed in portables.

"We are excited and can't wait," said Dr. Li Loriz, director of the School of Nursing. "The building is beautiful. We really wanted to get a warm, earthy feel to the building. I believe the architect was able to accomplish this. It certainly will be nice to have a place to call home."

Loriz said the new space would enable the school to introduce new technology and methods into classroom instruction. Thirty-six faculty and staff are moving into the new wing. Loriz said the School of Nursing expects to be in the new facility Aug. 20.

The facility will have a laboratory for human simulators, which are mannequins computer-programmed to react like human beings so that their condition changes as nursing students work with them. An observation area with video equipment will allow instructors to record the students' interactions with the simulators.

Faculty members will have their own offices instead of sharing, which was often the case in the past. There will be areas for students to congregate and relax between classes. Meeting rooms will also be available on the third and fourth floors. Loriz said the meeting rooms are essential for communication and organization related to the community-based component of the School of Nursing.

Doreen Perez, director of Student Health Services, said she and her staff are also looking forward to moving into the new addition. "We have anticipated the move to a new center for many years," Perez said. "This new space represents years of planning and fund saving." Student Health Services, with 11 full-time and four part-time employees, will occupy the entire second floor of the College of Health addition. The department will now have 8,900 square feet of space, which is nearly triple the amount they had in the Robinson Center, their home for the last 20 years.

The number of examination rooms will double from five to 10. The new space will also have an x-ray imaging room, a lab and procedure room and a travel health clinic. SHS also expects to move in Aug. 20.

Construction on the four-story, 60,000-square- foot Brooks College of Health addition began in June of last year. The addition will have four classrooms on the bottom floor.

Zak Ovadia, director of Facilities Planning and Construction, said the work was completed ahead of schedule. PPI Construction built the addition, Ponikvar and Associates were the architects and Rich Elmore of UNF served as the project manager.

Ovadia said the addition is the third LEED-certified building on campus. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED program certification is awarded to buildings utilizing design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate any negative environmental impacts. 

Around Campus
Build it and they will run, jump and throw

UNF Track Coach Mark Van Alstyne now has his own "Field of Dreams," or Track and Field of Dreams, to be exact. With workers putting the finishing touches on UNF's new $2.6 million Mondo rubbized track, Van Alstyne is looking forward to hosting the 2009 Atlantic Sun Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships next May 15-16.

In addition, UNF's head cross country and track and field coach for the past 19 years said Hodges Stadium will host a UNF Spring Break Invitational March 6 and a UNF Classic April 18.

Van Alstyne said UNF had the track built to the specifications necessary to achieve certification by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body for track and field. UNF will have one of about a half-dozen tracks in the United States with that certification . The new facility is also similar to the Olympic track in Beijing.

"The Hodges Stadium Track and Field, with its various support elements, will ultimately place the young University of North Florida Athletics program in the national spotlight," said Dr. Richard E. Gropper, UNF Athletics director. "Additionally, the entire First Coast region will reap the benefits of a strong annual economic impact and ongoing national exposure."

Van Alstyne said the total package is what makes UNF's facility unique. Hodges Stadium seats nearly 10,000 spectators, has a full sports medicine facility, locker rooms, a new $991,000 press box and a warm-up track. He said the warm-up track would be especially useful during meets with 4,000 to 5,000 competitors.

"I could see us doing something like that here, and who knows what happens down the line," Van Alstyne said. "I think it's just a great venue. Jacksonville is a great location. The facility is eight miles from the beach. We've got tons of hotel space for teams now. I hate to roll out the cliché, if you build it they will come, but I really think that they are going to come. I really think everyone is going to want to come to Jacksonville and run in this facility in Hodges Stadium."

In addition to meets, Van Alstyne said Hodges Stadium would host northern teams seeking a respite from the snow and a warm place to work out during spring break. He said a team from Maine has already booked time on the new track.

"I could see UNF hosting 20 to 30 teams through the month of March and early April," he said. "Teams escaping the snow, coming to Florida to train, to have a little fun, get some work done and compete a couple of times."

Van Alstyne said he expects the track to "totally transform our recruiting." He said Division I has become a recruiting arms race, with every university trying to one-up the other. UNF now finds itself in a good position in that competition.

"No one will have a better facility on their campus than we do," he said.  

Around Campus
UNF Hall offers a moving experience

Two Department of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy research labs are the first University units to move into UNF Hall in phase 1 of a $6.8 million remodeling project that will involve moving nearly 20 departments and offices and more than 400 employees.

"My goal is by July 1 of 2009 to have remodeled the building and moved people into permanent spaces," said Dirk van Luling, project manager in the Facilities Planning and Construction Office. UNF Hall was formerly a customer-service call center for Internet provider America Online before being purchased by UNF.

Dr. Rose Marie Rine, a research professor in the Department of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy, and the five-person staff of her Vestibular Balance and Gait Laboratory moved to UNF Hall from Hodges Stadium in early July.

The lab, in the north wing of UNF Hall, houses more than $400,000 of equipment, which is used to test balance, movement, motor development and inner-ear function. One of Rine's current projects involves vestibular-related impairments in young children. Vestibular or inner-ear disorders can cause a myriad of problems including dizziness, vertigo and the inability to maintain balance.

"The new lab space at UNF Hall is a wonderful move for my research endeavors," Rine said. "The work we do involves recruitment of adults and children from the community. The new space is quite accommodating, easily accessible and allows UNF to put its best foot forward. The access and facilities provide excellent opportunities for completion and growth of the health-research efforts."

It took five weeks to remodel the spaces for Rine's lab and an adjoining Department of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy lab.

The transformation of the space the labs occupy is striking. The area has gone from a wide-open space with row after row of abandoned cubicles from the America Online days to an attractive, well-lighted space with freshly painted walls and brand-new carpeting.

"In addition to remodeling office space, we are going to open up the main corridors in both wings [north and south] by removing the lockers and enlarging the glass openings so it now becomes glass from floor to ceiling," van Luling said. "This will allow visitors walking down the corridors to more easily find each department." The lockers van Luling referred to are holdovers from when AOL owned the building.

The remodeling work at UNF Hall will literally go from ceiling to floor. The initial phase to create the spaces for the two labs involved 25 painters, electricians, drywall hangers, frame carpenters, carpet layers and laborers. Some of the work was done after 5 p.m. so the noise wouldn't disturb UNF employees working in UNF Hall, van Luling said.

The following list provided by van Luling includes locations and scheduled move-in dates for the offices and departments going to or, in some cases, moving within UNF Hall:

Athletic Training and Physical Therapy research labs, first floor, north wing, moved in July 3. The move-in date for the following departments is December: Purchasing Department, second floor, north wing; Training and Services Institute Accounting, second floor, north wing; Controller's Office, second floor, north wing; Enrollment Services executive suite, second floor, north wing; Enrollment Services, first floor, north wing; One Stop Welcome Center, first floor, north wing; Cashier's Office, first floor, south wing; State Auditor, first floor, south wing.

In March 2009, the following offices will move in: Vice Presidential Suite (Administrative Affairs), second floor, south wing; Treasurer's Office, second floor, south wing; Budget Office, second floor, south wing; Financial Systems Department, second floor, south wing Office of Internal Audit, second floor, south wing.

The College of Health Residency Program, first floor, south wing, will move in April 2009, while the move-in date for Information Technology Services, second floor, south wing (expansion and remodeling of current space) as well as the English Language Program, first floor, south wing (temporary space off cafeteria), is May 2009. The Center for Community Initiatives, second floor, north wing, and The Graduate School, second floor, south wing, will move June 2009.  

Briefs
UNF One of Best Southeastern Colleges

The University of North Florida was recently named one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast by The Princeton Review. UNF is among 139 top colleges and universities receiving the designation "Best in the Southeast" in Princeton Review's Web site feature "2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

"Once again, the University is proud to have been selected as one of the best Southeastern Colleges by the Princeton Review," said UNF President John A. Delaney. "UNF's focus on teaching students and providing them with an individualized college experience is definitely putting us on the map."

The 139 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designations are located in 12 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

"We commend all of the schools we named this year as our ‘regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of Publishing.

The Princeton Review also designated as "regional best" 212 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest. The 630 colleges named "regional best" represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.

The Princeton Review survey for this project asked students to rate their own schools on several issues—ranging from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

The Princeton Review is a New York City-based company known for its test-prep courses, education services and books. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com. 

Get to Know
UNF's Police Department Seeks Law Enforcement Accreditation

The UNF Police Department announced recently that it is seeking re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law-enforcement professional excellence. The University Police Department must comply with more than 270 standards in order to receive an accredited status, which if obtained would be for three years.

"Law enforcement accreditation is a voluntary program that not all agencies in Florida can meet or are willing to meet. It shows that we, as an agency, are willing to hold ourselves to a set of standards set forth by the commission [Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation]," said Mark Foxworth, University Police Department chief. "Accreditation will make us a more professional and better-trained agency now and for the future."

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on campus Wednesday, Aug. 6, to examine specific aspects of the UPD's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from other Florida agencies. They will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices where compliance can be witnessed. The CFA assessment team leader is Capt. David Thompson, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. Other team members are Capt. Diane Russo of the Florida Highway Patrol and Officer Justin Woodall of the Florida State University Police Department.

As part of the on-site assessment, the campus community is invited to offer comments to the assessment team. Members of the campus community can call ext. 3970 Thursday, Aug. 7, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone comments must be limited to 10 minutes and address the department's ability to comply with CFA standards.

A copy of the standards can be obtained by contacting Assistant Chief John Dean at ext. 2378. To make a comment in writing, send your comments to CFA, 3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380, Orlando, FL, 32817. 

Briefs
UNF Hosts Final ‘20th Century Music' Performance

UNF percussionist and music professor Charlotte Mabrey and special guests will host the final performance of the concert series "An Evening of 20th Century Music" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Fine Arts Center's Lazzara Performance Hall.

Mabrey's 25th concert in the popular series will feature special guests and UNF students as well as performers from the Jacksonville area and beyond. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations will be accepted. All proceeds go toward the UNF Percussion Scholarship Fund. The first 500 people attending will receive a free gift.

The performance will open with an audience-participation piece titled "Cross," which requires as many hand-clappers as the stage will hold. A short rehearsal for interested audience members will be held backstage by the UNF Percussion Ensemble.

Keiko Abe will perform a marimba solo, "Memories of the Seashore." Greg Isabelle will join Mabrey in a rocking percussion duet, one that sounds like two drum set players doing a battle of the bands. Lee Hunter will perform "Wooden Music," a piece that fully explores the sounds of traditional marimba writing, while UNF graduate Brad Hirsch will perform a steel-pan piece with marimba accompaniment.

Additionally, Robert Arleigh White will join Mabrey in a look back and a look forward in a combination of old and new works. Rounding out the program will be the UNF Percussion Ensemble performing the ever-popular "Rockin Rickey Rocket" as Mabrey tries to keep up in a wild drum set solo.

The concert is presented by the UNF Department of Music and is funded by UNF Student Government. 

Briefs
UNF Marketing Professor Receives National Award

Dr. A.C. "Josh" Samli, a UNF research professor in marketing and international business, recently received the prestigious Harold W. Berkman Service Award from the Academy of Marketing Science. Berkman is the founder of the Academy, which is composed of approximately 2,500 marketing professors from all over the world.

During the first half of the summer semester, Samli was appointed as the Evren Chair Professor at Florida Atlantic University, where he delivered lectures, conducted a graduate course and interacted with doctoral students. The Turkish community established the Evren Professorship with support from Turkish and Florida governments to promote cooperation between Florida and Turkish businesses regarding possible future trade exchanges and investments.

He has been a research professor in the Coggin College of Business since 1988. As a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, Samli has been a consultant to hundreds of firms and published more than 250 scholarly articles and 19 books. His book "Social Responsibility" was recognized in 1994 as one of the most important academic books in the United States.

Samli received the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award at UNF in 2001 and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science as well as a Research Fellow of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. He received his doctorate from Michigan State University and did his post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago, New York University and the University of California-Los Angeles. 

Faculty & Staff

Brooks College of Health

 

No submissions this month

 

Coggin College of Business


Management: Drs. Reza Vaghefi and Louis Woods have been informed that their joint research paper titled "Keiretsu-effect in Globalization: Strategy-Structure-Performance" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Global Research.

Dr. Saurabh Gupta authored a book titled "New Approaches to End-User Training," which was recently published by VDM Verlag.
College of Arts and Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Christine Rasche presented a paper titled "Marginal Players or Maximizing Assets: The Case of the Female Suicide Bomber" at the meetings of the Homicide Research Working Group at its annual conference in Huntsville, Texas, in June.

 

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


School of Engineering: Dr. Dean Krusienski (along with F. Nijboer, E.W. Sellers, J. Mellinger, M.A. Jordan, T. Matuz, A. Furdea, S. Halder, U. Mochty, T.M. Vaughan, J.R. Wolpaw, N. Birbaumer and A. Kübler) published "A P300-based Brain-computer Interface for People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" in Clinical Neurophysiology, 2008.

Dr. Steve Nix participated in the Railroad Engineering Education Symposium in June at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

School of Computing: Dr. Behrooz Seyed-Abbassi presented and published two papers, "Healthcare Information System with Federated Data Warehousing for Medicine" and "Design and Implementation Techniques for Enhanced Object-Oriented Data Warehousing," at the 7th Annual ISOneWorld Conference. The second paper was co-authored by Justin Loadholtz from Citigroup. Both papers were partially supported by the Fidelity National Financial Distinguished Professorship Grant.

Dr. Chip Klostermeyer
and J. Goldwasser published their paper, "Tight Bounds on Eternal Dominating Sets," in Discrete Mathematics, Vol. 308 (2008).

Dean's Office: Terry Smith and Dr. Jerry Merckel participated in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 2008 Vail Computer Elements International Workshop in June. Merckel serves as the vice chair for the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Elements.

College of Education and Human Services

 

No submissions this month

 

Get to Know
Verna Urbanski

Department: Cataloging Department, Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Job: Technical Services Cataloging Librarian
Years at UNF: 31 this September

What person had the greatest impact on your life?
Two people really, my parents. They were both extremely hard-working Kansas farmers. They raised a family of three girls, all of whom went to college. Our farm did not get electricity ‘til I was 10 years old, so our early family life involved kerosene lamps, wood-burning stoves, large summer gardens and carrying water from the well for use in the house. When I think of my modern, convenience-laden life, it is hard to imagine that it is a continuation of that simple beginning. My father was born in 1910, so soon our two lives will span 100 years of change. In her late 40s, my mom started painting in oils and became an accomplished oil painter before moving on to exquisite porcelain painting. Who knew?

What are you most passionate about?
The continuing decline of a sense of social responsibility in the way the U.S. government sets priorities. The blind pursuit of lower taxes regardless of the damage that policy does to needed social programs and sustained repair for the infrastructure of America's towns and cities infuriates me. I am ready for a politician who will tell us we cannot have the country we want without paying for it. Grrrrr! Aren't you sorry you asked?

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
Practically speaking, if I had not been a librarian, I would probably have chosen some aspect of law. If I were to have had the good fortune to have had the necessary talent, I would have liked to have been an artist or a writer.

What would you like to do when you retire?
More of what I do now: garden, yard work, read, interact with family and friends, travel, draw, paint, improve my home and work in the community in some way.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
I used to tell people I worked at UNF (these are Jacksonville citizens we are talking about) and the response would be, "Where's that?" Now the response is more, "Wow, that is a great school. My daughter graduated in 2005 and my son is freshman." That is very gratifying.

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
Try to figure out how best to secure my future and that of my two sisters and their families. Then, I would see what I could do to improve the lives of my friends. After these priorities, money would go to programs that buy land for the purpose of preservation, like the Nature Conservancy or the Florida Land Trust. There is so much good work that needs to be done in our community and country; I doubt that I would have any trouble finding good uses for the money.

What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
The first concert I attend was when I was a sophomore at Kansas Wesleyan University. Glenn Yarbrough was then a very popular performer. I could not afford a ticket so I sat on the fire escape of the campus auditorium to listen. It was cold but great! The last concert I attended was the final Masterworks program of the Jacksonville Symphony this spring.

What was the best money you ever spent?
The purchase of my home. After years of renting, it was a great feeling to be part of a community.

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
I hope it is yet to be.

What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
I would like to learn to draw and to paint watercolor.

What's the last book you read?
I am currently reading two books: Debra Murphy's beautiful book, "Passion and Clarity: The Art of Joseph Jeffers Dodge," and, a wonderfully written murder mystery that is part a continuing series by author Michael McGarrity, titled "Slow Kill."  

Dateline

Welcome

Welcome to the following employees, who are either new to UNF or have assumed new positions from mid-June to late-July:

  

Paul Arrington, assistant director for the Small Business Institute

William Bigham, maintenance mechanic in the Physical Facilities' Lockshop

Bernadine Bolden, adjunct professor in the College of Education and Human Services

Amanda Byrd, coordinator of Computer Applications for Enterprise Systems

Dale Clark, custodial worker in Physical Facilities

Jeffrey Cornett, chair of the Department of Foundations and Secondary Education

Donald Cowart, computer systems control specialist in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

George de Tarnowsky, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Damien Hall, custodial worker in Physical Facilities; John Hanna, recycler in Physical Facilities

Olivia James, training and technology coordinator for the Florida Institute of Education

Rhonda Jones, student financial aid coordinator in Enrollment Services

Christopher Jordan, custodial worker in Physical Facilities

Dona Kerlin, outreach coordinator in the School of Nursing

Aimee Mallini, complianceand monitoring coordinator for the Florida Institute of Education

Zemrija Murtic, maintenance mechanic for Physical Facilities

Ronghua Ouyang, professor and chair of the Department of Childhood Education

Gary Pinkney, groundskeeper for Physical Facilities; Nancy Purvis, secretary in Student Affairs

James Robinett, coordinator of admissions/registration in the Office of Admissions

James Rowley, control systems technician in Physical Facilities

Belinda Rudolph, assistant child development associate for the Child Development Research Center

Mark Samon, custodial supervisor in Physical Facilities

Samantha Search, assistant child development associate for the CDRC

Kristin Smith, associate director in University Housing

Samantha Sneed, program assistant in the Office of Academic Testing

Gregory Swisher, carpenter and maintenance mechanic in Physical Facilities

Marian Watters, coordinator of computer applications in ITS

Jonathan Wegner, admissions/registrar officer in Enrollment Services

Lauri Wright, assistant professor in Nutrition and Dietetics

Byron Wynn, custodial worker in Physical Facilities.

Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following UNF employees, who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF this month:

25 Years:
Elizabeth Furdell, History
Jerzy Karylowski, Psychology
John Plumlee, Political Science & Public Administration
Sharon Wilburn, Public Health

20 Years:
Denis Bell, Mathematics & Statistics
Peter Braza, College of Arts & Sciences
Bob Coleman, Management
David Courtwright, History
Arthur Kimball, English
Shelly Purser, Health Promotions
Bradley Richards, Physical Facilities
Otilia Salmon, Childhood Education
Coskun Samli, Marketing & Logistics
Jingcheng Tong, Mathematics & Statistics

15 Years:
Pamela Chally
, Brooks College of Health
James Garner, Chemistry & Physics
Marcia Ladendorff, Honors Program
Joe Lesem, Communication
Jason Mauro, English
Doreen Radjenovic, Nursing
Katherine Robinson, Nursing
Jeffry Will, Sociology & Anthropology

10 Years:
William Ahrens
, Nursing
John Anderson, Chemistry & Physics
Doria Bowers, Biology
Rebecca Browning, ITS
Candice Carter, Childhood Education
Sharon Cobb, Economics
Neal Coulter, College of Computing, Engineering & Construction
Sandra Cummings, Human Resources
Michelle DeDeo, Mathematics & Statistics
Linda Deland, Academic Affairs
Roberta Doggett, Communication
Daniel Dreibelbis, Mathematics & Statistics
Delores Irvin, Nursing
Jeanette Johnson, Teaching Gymnasium
Kathryn Krudwig, Exceptional Students & Deaf Education
Eileen Maguire, English
Dominick Martorelli, Art & Design
Bronwyn McLemore, FIE Training & Academic Services
Aileen Miller, Biology
Betsy Nies, English
Anthony Rossi, Biology
Cheryl Van Deusen, Management
Bobby Waldrup, Coggin College of Business
Kristine Webb, Exception Student & Deaf Education
Michael Wiley, English
Pamela Zeiser, Political Science & Public Administration

Five Years:
Mark Ari
, English
Owiredu Baffour, Art & Design
Elissa Barr, Public Health
Lindsay Bryant, Student Affairs
Bernadette Buckley, Athletic Training & Physical Therapy
Daniel Callcut, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Karen Carter, Art & Design
Keith Cartwright, English
Richard Chant, Foundations & Secondary Education
Georgina David, Childhood Education
Rachel Douglas, Enrollment Services
Jeffrey Durfee, IT Security
Jennifer Fisher, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Sabrina Foust, Auxiliary Services
Robert Frankel, Marketing & Logistics
Anne Fugard, Study Abroad
Miguel Gabartan, Controller's Office
Andres Gallo, Economics
Matthew Gilg, Biology
Christoph Guess, Psychology
John Hannaford, Campus Police
Paul Harwood, Political Science & Public Administration
John Hatle, Biology
Wanda Hedrick, Childhood Education
Michael Herkov, Psychology
Melissa LaSage Hyman, Enrollment Services
Christopher Johnson, Economics
Lynn Jones, Accounting & Finance
Shari Little, Foundations & Secondary Education
Kathleen Lumpiesz, Campus Police
Russell Mays, Leadership & Counseling
Ronda Mitchell, Center for Professional Development & Training
Dag Naslund, Management
Rodney Nelson, Campus Police
Stephynie Perkins, Communication
Zornitza Prodanoff, School of Computing
Gordon Rakita, Sociology & Anthropology
Norman Rothschild, History
Oliver Schnusenberg, Accounting & Finance
Maria Schonning, Mechanical Engineering
Jacqueline Shank, Nutrition & Dietetics
Aaron Sheehan-Dean, History
Robert C. Sheperd, Baseball
Simon Shiao, Music
Shari Shuman, Administration & Finance
Jillian Smith, English
Ma Teresa Tuason, Psychology
Julia Watkins, Nutrition & Dietetics
Sally Weerts, Nutrition & Dietetics
Kathy Weglicki, Enrollment Services
Bart Welling, English
William Whittinghill, Leadership & Counseling

Congratulations
Carlos Monell, academic adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Lina Monell, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary June 15. 

Sponsored Research

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the following grants and contracts, which were awarded on or before June 30:

Joel Beam (Athletic Training and Physical Therapy), "2008 Brooks Professorship: Effects of Taping and Bracing Techniques on Forced Ankle Inversion Pre- and Post-Exercise," University of North Florida Foundation/Brooks Health Foundation, $18,000

Catherine Christie, Julia Watkins (Public Health) and Jan Meires (Nursing), "2008 Brooks Professorship: Implementation and Utilization of a Transdisciplinary Model for Obesity Risk Reduction in a Primary Care Center," University of North Florida Foundation/Brooks Health Foundation, $18,000

Janice Donaldson (Small Business Development Center), "Business Continuity and Risk Management Center Program," University of West Florida/U.S. Small Business Administration, $25,000

Imeh Ebong (Academic Affairs), "Technology Transfer Improvement and the Commercialization of a Research Product at the University of North Florida," Florida Board of Governors, $26,755

James Fletcher (Engineering), "UNF Engineering Services in Support of JEA Clean Energy Activities," Jacksonville Electric Authority, $33,000

Cheryl Fountain (Florida Institute of Education),"Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Technical Assistance and Training (SDDFS TAT) Project, 2008-2009," Florida Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education, $223,192; "School Readiness Technical Assistance and Support Initiative," Agency for Workforce Innovation/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $805,963

Lev Gasparov (Chemistry and Physics), "RUI: Optical Studies of Magnetic, Charge and Orbital Ordering in Lone-Pair Compounds and Magnetite," National Science Foundation, $36,112

Courtney Hackney (Biology), "Monitoring Effects of Potential Increased Tidal Range in the Cape Fear River Ecosystem Due to Deepening Wilmington Harbor, North Carolina," Elizabeth City State University/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $10,000

Paul Harwood (Political Science and Public Administration), "Motorcycle Safety Surveys Summer 2008," Institute of Police Technology and Management/U.S. Department of Transportation, $70,864

Christopher Johnson and Albert (Chung-Ping) Loh (Economics and Geography), "The Cost of Homelessness and the Value of Homeless Services in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area," I.M. Sulzbacher Center, $8,620

Barbara Kruger and Katherine Robinson (Nursing), "Refinement of Florida CMS Care Coordination Guidelines," Florida Department of Health, $9,081

Lillia Loriz (Nursing), "Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships 2008-09," Health Resources and Services Administration, $25,604

Rebecca Marcon (Psychology), "School Readiness Evaluation for the Clay/Nassau/Baker/Bradford School Readiness Coalition and Episcopal Children's Services," Episcopal Children's Services, $6,459

John McDonough (Nursing), "Advanced Education Nursing Program, 2008" Health Resources and Services Administration, $618,150; and "Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships 2008-09," Health Resources and Services Administration, $2,621

Rose Marie Rine (Athletic Training and Physical Therapy), "NIH Toolbox: Vestibular Balance Subdomain 2007-08 (Years 1 and 2)," Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute/National Institutes of Health, $56,168

Rose Marie Rine and Dawn Saracino (Athletic Training and Physical Therapy), "2008 Brooks Professorship: Vestibular Deficits in Young Children: Incidence and Related Impairments," University of North Florida Foundation/Brooks Health Foundation, $18,000

Carolyn Stone (Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology), "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Initiative at Lee High School, 2007-2008," Duval County Public Schools/U.S. Department of Education, $29,160

Alissa Swota (Philosophy and Religious Studies), "Pilot Project: Clinical Ethicist for Wolfson Children's Hospital, Year 2," Wolfson Children's Hospital, $28,438

Charles Thigpen (Athletic Training and Physical Therapy), "Randomized Clinical Trial of Rehabilitation for Subacromial Impingement Syndrome," Brooks Rehabilitation, $26,852

Patrick Welsh (Engineering), "Continuous Remote Sensing of Bio-Physical Parameters Using a Moored Buoy in Northeast Florida Waters, Modification 1," Florida Coastal Ocean Observing System Consortium/Florida Department of Environmental Protection, $357

Mei Zhao (Public Health), "2008 Brooks Professorship: Nursing Home Financial Condition and Quality," University of North Florida Foundation/Brooks Health Foundation, $18,000