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February 2009

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SACS On-Site Committee visits campus this month

Photo by Zach McGeeA visit this month by an on-site committee of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS as it is most commonly called, culminates months of high-level meetings, voluminous report writing and detailed operational planning sessions at UNF. All focused on a common goal: the University's reaffirmation of accreditation.

"I am very optimistic about our upcoming visit," said Shawn Brayton, director for Academic Affairs and the University's liaison with SACS, the accreditation body for UNF. "UNF is a wonderful institution and everyone involved in the process has been very responsive and supportive when asked for assistance. Everyone is focused on retaining our accreditation status."

The nine-member SACS On-Site Committee will evaluate UNF's Quality Enhancement Plan - referred to as the QEP - and determine if it is acceptable. The committee will be on campus Feb. 10-12.

UNF selected Community-Based Transformational Learning for its QEP. The program promotes student learning by providing students with first-hand experiences that take them outside the walls of the classroom and into the community. By engaging in these activities, students learn how to translate theory into practice, strengthen their sense of civic and ethical responsibility, and gain from professional and career development opportunities. Under the QEP, all University academic programs will have access to resources to expand their community-based initiatives.

The establishment of a Center for Community-Based Learning is a major aspect of the QEP. The center will work with faculty to develop courses that incorporate community-based learning experiences into the curriculum. The center's staff will also work with community agencies to create new community partnerships.

"The Community-Based Transformational Learning QEP will improve student learning and student engagement," said Dr. David Jaffee, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Studies and co-author of the QEP proposal. "That is the single most important objective we could accomplish as a University. Beyond that, the community emphasis will allow UNF to distinguish itself as a genuinely community-engaged institution. Reciprocal ties and connections to the community will be strengthened and UNF will be recognized in the local community and beyond as an institution that serves the public good."

Jaffee added that he is teaching and facilitating a community-based project this semester on JAXPORT, which he described as a quasi-governmental operation that manages the ship terminals in Jacksonville. The project is directly related to the QEP. It involves students and faculty conducting research on the port enterprise and the economy. Jaffee said there are already many courses and programs that contain community-based elements, which the QEP will build on.

The Center for Community-Based Learning should be operational in the spring. Current plans call for the center to be on the first floor of Daniel Hall, in Building 1, next to Undergraduate Studies, Jaffee said. Dr. Mark Falbo was recently chosen to be the center's director. Prior to accepting the UNF position, Falbo was the director for community service at John Carroll University in Ohio.
Brayton said the SACS On-Site Committee will meet with President Delaney, the University's Institutional Effectiveness Team and the QEP Development Team and perhaps other members of the University community. To prepare for the SACS visit, Brayton said faculty and staff should review the University's QEP on Community-Based Transformational Learning by going to the UNF Web site at http://www.unf.edu/acadaffairs/accreditation/SACS/QEP/CBTL%20Final.pdf.

A written report about the on-site visit will be submitted to President Delaney in approximately six weeks. Brayton said UNF then has a final opportunity to address any concerns. SACS will make its final determination on UNF's accreditation status at its annual meeting in December.

"This is the first time UNF has undergone a reaffirmation of accreditation under the Commission on Colleges revised process [the QEP]," Brayton said. "The revised process and principles have been designed to enable institutions to demonstrate quality within the framework of its mission, goals and analysis of and response to crucial institutional issues." 

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Bats hang out on campus looking for a good buzz

Dan Endicott stands in front of a bat house installed on the roof of the Brooks College of Health Building (photo by Trisha Evens). They have beady little eyes, furry rat-like bodies and sharp teeth. They lurk in dark places by day and emerge at dusk to fly erratically in search of an evening meal. These elusive, mysterious creatures that are a little bit creepy are here on campus, sometimes even living, breeding and dying inside our buildings.

Over the past 15 to 20 years or so, people on campus have reported seeing bats inside various buildings, including the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, the Brooks College of Health and Hodges Stadium. There were about 10 bat sightings reported on campus last year. In search of warmth and a place to give birth, bats sometimes seek shelter in UNF's buildings, coming in through open windows and doors as well as small cracks and crevices in the buildings' structure. Once inside, the bats tend to hang around, literally, until people start freaking out contacting the authorities.

As the director of Environmental Health and Safety at UNF, Dan Endicott is the one who receives those frantic calls from faculty, staff and students. It's his job to track bat sightings in campus buildings and work with an outside company called Fly by Night to rid the structures of the flying mammals. Bats are not harmed in the process; they're simply encouraged to relocate outside to a nearby bat house.

"This is something that's been going on for years, especially as the buildings age and bats find more places to get into the buildings. Periodically we receive reports that bats have been spotted on the walkways or in buildings and we call in Fly by Night to assess the situation," Endicott said. "After determining how the bats are getting into the building, they'll come in once the bats have left to feed in the evening and they'll install one-way gates or excluders that will let the bats out of the building but not back in."

Endicott also sits on the UNF Campus Safety Advisory Council, a presidential committee comprised of representatives from various administrative, support and academic departments across campus. At a recent meeting Endicott discussed the bat issue, receiving a mixed reaction from committee members.

Dr. Cynthia Battie, the council's chair and a public health professor, naturally sees the issue as a threat to public health and safety. She urges anyone who finds a bat either inside or outside to keep his or her distance. "it's important to leave bats alone because they can carry rabies," she said. "It is important not to pick up bats because if infectious materials from a rabid animal [such as saliva] gets directly into a person's eyes, nose, mouth or a wound, infection can develop."

At the meeting, Battie stressed the need to deal with the "bat problem" on campus and referred to a 2005 incident at the University of Florida where two students were bitten while picking up sick bats. One bat tested positive for rabies, requiring a student to undergo treatment for rabies.

But those interested in bat conservation, including safety council member and biology lab manager Robin Rutledge, object to labeling bats on campus as problems, noting that such incidents are rare. Her colleagues in the Biology Department agree.

"The bats are native animals that serve a very positive function," said UNF biology professor Dr. Anthony Rossi. "Specifically, each bat eats hundreds of mosquitoes per day and rarely do they transmit diseases to humans. Let's try not to overstate the potential spread of disease from them."

According to information on the Florida Bat Conservancy's Web site, bats are beneficial to humans and are an important part of the ecosystem. The FBC's site states that one bat can devour up to 3,000 insects in a single night - and that most insectivorous bats eat their body weight in insects each night. So they're actually good to have around.

The site also points out a slew of myths about bats. The vast majority of bats are not vampire bats, contrary to popular belief, and even vampire bats aren't going to swoop down and bite someone on the neck for a taste of human blood. Most bats eat insects, fruit, nectar, fish and small vertebrates.

Even so, most people would probably agree that bats don't belong inside UNF's buildings, which is where they tend to become a nuisance.

So the bats will have somewhere else to go (rather than the building next-door), an additional step is to build and install bat houses close to the excluder. These multi-chambered, ventilated houses are good places for bats to relocate because they're warm and they keep bats safe from predators. They're usually installed on a southwest wall of the building to provide the most sunlight and warmth. It's up to the bats to find the newly installed bat houses and take up residence there.

Bat houses have been installed on the Library, on the roof of the Brooks College of Health Building, at Hodges Stadium and on the UNF Nature Trails. According to Endicott, it appears that most of the houses are being used by bats, judging by the presence of guano at the base of each house. "This is good news, because this means the bats are being kept out of the buildings, but the bats are still here on campus to help with insect control," Endicott said. 

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TLO funding highly competitive

Photo by Amandine BenomarUNF students seeking a Transformational Learning Opportunity will have the option of 14 international study trips, 10 domestic projects and five graduate TLO experiences next year. The Office of Undergraduate Studies announced it would fund those 29 TLOs in 2009-2010.

At least 10 of those TLOs involve community-based transformational learning opportunities, which are at the core of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan. Community-based transformational learning takes students out of the classroom and provides them with opportunities to apply what they have learned in an authentic community-based setting.

The international study trips will take students to countries in Central and South America, Asia and Europe and will cover such diverse topics as art, history and culture in Rome, student teaching in Honduras or Plymouth, England, design and advertising in Brazil, and the wine and brandy industry in Chile and Argentina.

"Just being there is part of the experience," said Dr. David Jaffee, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Studies, which distributes TLO funding. "We expect more than simply exposure and presence, but also some experiences and activities that have a direct connection to the academic field of study."

Jaffee described TLOs as "academically rigorous" and said the application process for funding is "highly competitive." TLO applications are generally due in late October. Faculty members interested in applying are invited to attend a September workshop to discuss issues related to developing and managing TLO projects.

Two UNF committees review the applications, rank them from top to bottom and forward their recommendations to Jaffee, who authorizes the funding. Jaffee said he largely respects the committees' rankings but sometimes tweaks them.

"We want to ensure that all colleges are participating," he said.

Jaffee said applicants should describe the TLO experience, cite the number of students expected to participate and consider the potential return on investment. International travel TLOs might include 30 students while domestic research TLOs tend to involve a smaller number of students.

Faculty requested $600,000 in TLO funding for 2009-2010, and the University awarded $291,000 in what will be the fourth year of the program. Of that amount, $167,500 will fund undergraduate international travel, $102,500 will be used for domestic undergraduate TLOs, and $30,000 will fund graduate TLOs. The maximum funding per student is $1,000.

Jaffee said he has heard little critical feedback from faculty after the awards are announced. He encourages everyone whose proposal was not funded to come in and talk with him, noting that there are other ways to help faculty with good ideas.

And he noted that many faculty members are "doing and creating transformational opportunities for their students independent of the TLO application process. It doesn't always require large amounts of money."

Martina Perry, the coordinator for Undergraduate Initiatives, also is available to answer questions about the process. Implementing a TLO can be labor-intensive process, Perry said, adding that it requires a significant amount of planning up front.

Perry said she would like to "encourage faculty to propose more community-based programs that address the needs of the community."

Jaffee agreed, saying, "It would be good to see more proposals that are consistent with the QEP".

A complete list of TLOs for 2009-2010 can be found at http://www.unf.edu/acadaffairs/tlo/awards09.html

Briefs
Student Affairs awards employees for exemplifying values

Back row, from left: Ayolane Halusky, DeeAnne Crookham, Rich Elmore and John Dean (accepting for Mark Foxworth); Front row, from left: Kara Tucker, Laurel Kendall, Michael Kennedy and Richmond WynnStudent Affairs recently recognized a group of employees for exemplifying UNF's institutional values. The values, which are spelled out in the University's Strategic Plan, promote the welfare and positive transformation of individuals, communities and societies, including "the pursuit of truth and knowledge carried out in the spirit of intellectual and artistic freedom; ethical conduct; community engagement; diversity; responsibility to the natural environment and mutual respect and civility."

This year's Student Affairs Divisional Employee Awards reflect the importance the division places on these institutional values, according to Student Affairs Vice President Mauricio Gonzalez.

"Our Student Affairs Vision Statement commits our division to integrating the University's core values into every facet of campus life by intentionally infusing them into strategic planning, programming, services and over-arching philosophy," he said.

Employees singled out for their personal and professional values are: Laurel Kendall, Student Government, for ethical conduct; DeeAnne Crookham, Women's Center, for pursuit of truth and knowledge carried out in the spirit of intellectual and artistic freedom; Michael Kennedy, Health Promotion, for mutual respect and civility; Ayolane Halusky, Nature Trails, for responsibility to the natural environment; Kara Tucker, Disability Resource Center, for community engagement; and Richmond Wynn, Counseling Center, for diversity. All will be commemorated with an engraved paver honoring each individual at the Student Union. In addition, Mark Foxworth was honored for the exceptional initiatives he achieved while serving as University Police Department chief.

Three other individuals, Rich Elmore, Facilities Planning; Mark Snow, General Counsel, and Rachelle Gottlieb, Human Resources, each received special recognition from Gonzalez for being "a consistent and constant champion for Student Affairs all year long." 

Briefs
International Business Week Lecture Series

International Business Week Lecture The Coggin College of Business and its International Business Flagship Program will sponsor the International Business Week Lecture Series, which takes place Feb. 9-12 in the Fine Arts Center. Lectures, which are free and open to everyone, will include the following topics:

"Setting the Stage for a Global Economy"
Dr. James G. Stavridis, Commander, U.S. Southern Command
6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9
Lazzara Performance Hall

"Relationship Marketing in a Global Context"
Dr. Lisa K. Scheer, Emma S. Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Robert J Tulaske Sr. College of Business, University of Missouri-Columbia
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9
Lazzara Performance Hall

"Globalization and Information Systems"
Dr. Rick Watson, J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Department of Management Information Systems, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
Lazzara Performance Hall

"Developments in Global Finance and Trade"
Dr. Joseph Steinman, UNF Distinguished Lecturer in Global Finance (retired)
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
Lazzara Performance Hall

"The Importance of Maritime Law in Globalizing Jacksonville"
George Gabel, senior partner, Holland and Knight
6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11
Lazzara Performance Hall

"The Jacksonville Port Authority in the New Millennium"
Rick Ferrin, CEO, Jacksonville Port Authority
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11
Lazzara Performance Hall

"Is IFRS Coming to the U.S.?"
Dr. Paul Munter, partner, KPMG, and point person on international finance and reporting standards and academia, Florida Accounting Educator of the Year and former department chair, University of Miami
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12
Recital Hall

For more information on the lecture series, contact Abbe Moody at abbe.moody@unf.edu or ext. 2590.  

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Give us your two cents and win a $200 brick

Give us your two cents and win Did you read the latest UNF Journal? If so, submit a completed online Journal readership survey to be eligible to win a brick with your name on it placed in the atrium of UNF's new Student Union. That's a chance to win a $200 prize in exchange for about 10 minutes of your time. Plus, you'll be helping Marketing and Publications' staff find out what readers like and what needs to be changed in UNF's alumni publication. The survey is located online at http://www.unf.edu/survey. This offer is limited to one entry per person. 

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Attention UNF Employees Who Graduated From UNF

Class NotesHave you recently moved, changed jobs, received an award, gotten married or expanded your family? If you'd like to share your news with your fellow alumni, submit it to the Office of Marketing and Publications to be included in the spring 2009 issue of the UNF Journal. Any news you'd like to share can be submitted for inclusion in the Class Notes section of the Journal. Just send it to Dave Roman at d.roman@unf.edu. If you have a photo, please send an attachment with your announcement as well. To make it into the spring 2009 issue, e-mail your blurb and photo by March 2. We hope to see you in the next issue!  

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Ask UNF
Melting away those extra holiday pounds

Judy Rodriguez photo by Gracie Cosmato Many of us may have overindulged over the holidays, and a new year is the opportunity for a fresh start. The end of the holiday season is our cue to regain our normalcy, including a lower weight. Here are a few tips for taking off those extra holiday pounds.

I only gained a small amount of weight over the holidays, should I just ignore it?

Generally, we gain just over a pound over the holiday season. That is not a lot, but over the year additional pounds may be added due to decreased activity, overeating, slower metabolism and perhaps "un-lost weight" after the birth of a child. The gained weight often becomes part of a long-term cumulative weight gain.

What is the best weight-loss diet?

There is no one best diet. Plans may focus on behavioral changes, the elimination or reduction of specific foods, food exchange systems, timing or specific combinations of meals and snacks. There are commercial meal or snack replacements and other types of plans. Your best plan can be adapted to your lifestyle, food likes, family/work circumstances and budget. Just because a diet worked for someone else doesn't mean it will work for you. Remember, if the weight was regained, the diet didn't work. The most effective plans have some combination of food, physical activity and behavior components that can be adapted long term.

Are there easy ways to lose weight fast?

Fast weight loss is generally an indication of water loss, which is not desirable. One to two pounds of weight loss per week based on the multi-component approach works best. Decrease caloric intake and increase physical activity for a total negative intake of about 250 to 500 calories per day by:
* Cutting your daily food calories. Divide your plate into 1/4 lean meat or meat substitute, 1/4 whole grain, 1/2 salad and vegetables
* Increasing energy expenditure by taking the stairs and doing some floor exercises while watching television (don't just sit there!)
* Becoming aware of eating or inactivity behaviors and planning for countermeasures

How can I avoid that weight gain from eating out?

Most fast-food service or sit-down eateries have lower-calorie options. Plan a few sample meals or pack yourself a sandwich, fruit and diet cola. It generally takes less time to pack your lunch than to stand in a take-out line or to wait for your order at a restaurant, plus it saves you money.

How can I make sure the pounds stay off?

Once the pounds are off, continue your physical activity and your healthy eating pattern. Avoid the "I've lost it, now I can go back to eating like I used to" mentality. This will only cause you to regain your weight. Stay on track, enjoy your new health-promoting behaviors and be the envy of all those who have regained their weight!

Every month, the column "Ask UNF" runs in Inside and The Florida Times-Union, promoting the expertise of UNF faculty and staff. 

Faculty & Staff

Brooks College of Health 

 

Athletic Training and Physical Therapy: Dr. Chitra Lakshmi K. Balasubramanian recently received a 2008 Neural Control Movement Society Scholarship. He also published "Validation of a speed-based classification system using quantitative measures of walking performance post-stroke" in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Vol. 22, No. 6, (with M.G. Bowden, A.L. Behrman and S.A. Kautz); "Variability in spatiotemporal step characteristics and its relationship to hemiparetic walking performance" in Gait and Posture (with R.R. Neptune and Kautz). Balasubramanian (with Neptune and Kautz) also presented "Evaluation of the neuromotor mechanisms underlying step-length asymmetry patterns during hemiparetic walking using a novel methodology of step-by-step variability in gait data" at the Neural Control of Movement Meeting in Naples, Fla., in May 2008; "Validation of a Speed-Based Classification System Using Quantitative Measures of Walking Performance Post-Stroke," a thematic poster presented with Bowden, Behrman and Kautz at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Nashville; and (with Kautz) "Muscle activity across asymmetrical groups during hemiparetic walking: Insights into underlying motor control mechanisms" at the Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium in the College of Public Health and Health professions, at the University of Florida in January 2008.

Dr. James R. Churilla had a paper titled "Resistance Training for Cardiac Patients: Maximizing Rehabilitation" published in the American College of Sport Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal, Vol. 12, No. 6, November/December 2008.

Nursing: Dr. Barbara J. Kruger (with Dr. Nancy Winterbauer and Ryan-Marie Diduk from the Duval County Health Department; Sharon Surrency from Children's Medical Services; Charlotte Temple from the ARC Jacksonville and Terry Brown, a BCH graduate) presented a poster titled "Assessing partnerships within CBPR: Influence on intervention development and delivery" and two papers: "A CBPR-constructed intervention for children and youth with special healthcare needs: Preliminary results from the Family-Nurse Care Coordination Partnership" and "Socratic Method as a participatory public health research method: Examples from the Family-Nurse Care Coordination Partnership" at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference in San Diego.

Dr. Jan Meires (with P. Hoff and B.J. Kruger) presented a peer-reviewed paper on "Portrait of the homebase experience: Continuity in clinical nursing student practice," at the American Association of Colleges in Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference in San Antonio in December. The abstract was published in the conference proceedings book. Meires also published a peer-reviewed paper (with G. Christopher) on "Treating acute onset of psoriasis" in The Nurse Practitioner, Vol. 33, No. 7, 2008. In addition, she published "Use Your Team's Might to Drive Back Obesity" in The Nurse Practitioner, Vol. 32, No. 5, 2007.

Dr. David G. O'Dell presented "Transforming Care through Scholarly Practice" at the First National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in Memphis in October.

Public Health: Dr. Lei-Shih Chen was selected for the 2009 Marquis Who's Who in America.

Dr. Michele Johnson Moore (with C.E. Werch, H. Bian, S. Ames, C. DiClemente, D. Thombs and S. Pokorny) published a paper on "Brief multiple behavior health interventions for older adolescents" in the American Journal of Health Promotion, Vol. 23, No.12, November/December 2008.

Drs. JoAnn Nolin and Mei Zhao (with G.J. Bazzoli, J.P. Clement, R.C. Lindrooth and A. Chukmaitov) published a paper on "Hospital staffing decisions: Does Financial Performance Matter?" in Inquiry, Vol. 45, Fall 2008.

Coggin College of Business 

 

Accounting and Finance: Dr. John Adams' paper titled "Organizational Structure and Managerial Turnover" has been selected for the 2009 McGraw-Hill/Irwin Outstanding Paper Award. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution in research as the best paper in the conference and represents a prestigious achievement. The paper is selected from all papers submitted for consideration in the annual meeting of the Southwestern Finance Association (SWFA) to be held in conjunction with the Federation of Business Disciplines Conference Feb. 28-29 in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Oliver Schnusenberg's co-authored paper, "Oil Prices, SUVs, and Iraq: An Investigation of Automobile Manufacturer Oil Price Sensitivity," has been accepted for publication in the journal Energy Economics. The co-author, Ken Cameron, graduated in December 2006 with an MBA from UNF. When he co-wrote the paper, he was stationed in Bahrain. He is currently a Lt. Cmdr. for a helicopter squadron at Mayport Naval Station.

College of Arts and Sciences  

 

Chemistry and Physics: Dr. Stuart Chalk published two book chapters: "Flow Injection and the Internet - Databases, Instrumentation and Resources," Chapter 12 in "Advances in Flow Analysis," edited by Marek Trojanowicz; and "Flow Analysis Bibiometrics," Chapter 5 in "Advances in Flow Injection Analysis and Related Techniques," edited by Spas Koley and Ian McKelvie.

Dr. Jay Huebner helped organize and present a UNF Sensors Mini-Conference Dec. 11.

Dr. Jane MacGibbon gave an invited talk, "Primordial Black Holes and Other Topics in Black Hole Thermodynamics" at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in November.

English: Mark Ari published two voice poems, "Handfuls of Change" and "Too Tight Hat," in the November issue of Spoken War (http://www.spokenwar.com/ari1voice.html).

Dr. Mary Baron published "STORYKNIFE: New and Selected Poems" with Sheep Meadow Press, 2008.

Dr. Tiffany Beechy published her poem, "On the Poverty of My Imagination" in the December issue of the journal Rattle.

Dr. Clark Lunberry published an essay titled "The Theater and its Derridean Double: Writing Upon Derrida's Theater of Thought" in the Winter 2008 issue of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (http://www.rhizomes.net).

Dr. Bart Welling presented "What Is It Like to Be a Critter?: Eco-Porn, Animal-Borne Imaging Systems, and the Question of Animal Subjectivity" at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Charlotte.

History: Dr. Elizabeth Lane Furdell gave an invited lecture on the history of diabetes, based on material from her new book, "Fatal Thirst," to the History of Medicine Society at the University of Florida Medical School Dec. 12.

Dr. Theophilus C. Prousis gave the 14th Annual James W. Cunningham Memorial Lecture on Eastern Orthodox History and Culture, at the University of Minnesota in November 2008. The title of his presentation was "Eastern Orthodoxy Under Siege in the Ottoman Levant: A View from Constantinople in 1821."

Mathematics and Statistics: In December, Dr. Beyza Aslan presented a poster titled "Three Dimensional Current Generator Structure of a Mountain Thunderstorm: Analysis of Some Interesting Flashes" at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Damon Hay was an invited visitor at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., and gave a talk titled "Noncommutative Peak Phenomena."

Dr. Daniela Genova presented "Modeling Splicing with Forbidding-Enforcing Systems" at the Biomathematical Computing Conference at the Binghamton University campus, Binghamton, N.Y.

Dr. Richard Patterson gave a talk "Summability of Double Independent Random Variables" at Kent State University.

Music: Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki performed a solo voice recital sponsored by Lark Song Recital Series at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. He also presented a lecture recital sponsored by EMMA Lecture Series at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

Dr. Gordon Brock's research article of Robert Linn's work for winds, "Partita for Wind Orchestra," was published in the seventh volume of the "Teaching Music through Performance in Band" series, by GIA Publications.

Danny Gottlieb, a member of Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band, appeared in the documentary "On the Road in Iraq with our Troops and Gary Sinise" that aired on the FOX News Channel Jan. 10.

Dennis Marks performed at the Tranquility Jazz Festival in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, in November, with Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Philosophy and Religious Studies: Dr. Daniel Callcut published the (edited) book, "Reading Bernard Williams" (Routledge, 2008).

Dr. Chloe Taylor published her monograph, "The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault: A Genealogy of the 'Confessing Animal,'" (Routledge, 2008).

Dr. Rico Vitz presented "Lies, Captivating Lies, and Religious Belief: David Hume on the Learned Elite and 'the Christian Superstition'" at a faculty colloquium at the University of Florida and at the Florida Philosophical Association's annual conference.

Political Science and Public Administration: In December, Nancy Soderberg participated in a task force mission of the Washington Institute to Israel, Jordan, Qatar and Bahrain to discuss instabilities of a nuclear Iran. The report is being prepared for the new administration.

Psychology: Dr. Adam C. Carle published the article "Tolerating Inadequate Alcohol Dependence Measurement: Cross-cultural Invalidity of Alcohol Dependence across Hispanics and Caucasians in 2001 and 2002" in the journal Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 34, pages 43-50, 2009. Carle also (with UNF's Dr. David Jaffee and Deborah Miller) published the article "Engaging Science Students and Changing Academic Achievement with Technology: A Quasi-experimental Preliminary Investigation" in Computers and Education, December 2008. With psychology undergraduate Neil Vaughan, Carle presented the paper "Investigating the Reliability of Questions Measuring Children with Special Health Care Needs' (CSHCN) Receipt of Transition to Adulthood Guidance on the National Survey of CSHCN" at the 14th annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference in Atlanta in December. At the same conference, Carle and Stephen J. Blumberg of the National Center for Health Statistics presented the paper "The Well-Being of Children with Special Health Care Needs and their Families: A Latent Variable Approach."

Dr. Iver Iverson (along with N. Ghunayim, A. Kubler, N. Neumann, N. Birbaumer and J. Kaiser) published the article "Conditional Associative Learning Examined in a Paralyzed Patient with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Using Brain-Computer Interface Technology" in the online journal Behavioral and Brain Functions, December 2008. It can be accessed at http://www.behavioralandbrainfunctions.com/content/4/1/53.

Dr. Christopher Leone gave several presentations at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists in Greenville, S.C., in November: "One Man's Terrorist ... Cognitive Schemas and Polarized Attitudes About Groups" (with first author S. Lewis along with M. Valente, J. Solari and J. Ford); "Here's to You Mrs. Robinson: Attributions about Childhood Sexual Abuse" (with first author R. Detky along with A. Galarneau, L. Hawkins and D. O'Connor); "Is that your Final Answer? A Closer Look at the Mediators of Thought-induced Attitude Polarization" (with first author L. Bronzo along with O. Aleman and M. Kovar); "Remember No Man is a Failure Who has Friends: Self-esteem and Friendship" (with first author L. Gainey along with M. Wikstrom); "Self-monitoring and Structure in the Workplace: Predicting Job Selection" (with first author M. Evans along with J. McClain); "Fake it 'til you Make it: Self-monitoring and Positive Illusions in the Maintenance of Dating Relationships" (with first author K. Champaigne); and "How Much Abuse is Too Much? Severity of Abuse, Subjective Distress and Perceived Victimization" (with first author L. Hawkins along with S.J. Letson).

Dr. Michael Toglia co-authored a spoken presentation (with C.J. Brainerd, Y. Yang, V.F. Reyna and C. Stahl) titled "Emotion and False Memory: The Cornell/Cortland Norms," which was presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society Nov. 13-16 in Chicago.

Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. David Jaffee was second co-author (with Carle and Miller) on the article "Engaging Science Students and Changing Academic Achievement with Technology: A Quasi-experimental Preliminary Investigation," which was published in Computers and Education, December 2008.

Dr. Adam Shapiro presented a paper co-authored with Chung-Ping Loh (Economics and Geography) titled "What is the Value of Home- and Community-Based Services to Seniors in Florida? A Contingent Valuation Approach" at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Suzanne Simon presented a conference paper, "The Inelegance of Wind Energy: Social and Political Challenges to Wind Park Construction in Oaxaca, Mexico," at the American Anthropological Association's annual meeting in San Francisco.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction 

 

School of Engineering: Dr. Adel El Safty and Ayman M. Okeil published their paper, "Extending the Service Life of Bridges Using Continuous Decks," in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Journal, November 2008.

Jean Fryman was an invited speaker at Argyle Elementary School Dec. 16, speaking to students on "What is an Engineer Anyway?"

Dr. Patrick Welsh received an IBM Faculty Research Award. Areas of research focus include hurricane mitigation and health care systems.

School of Computing: Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy recently published two papers in the American Society of Nephrology's Renal Week in Philadelphia: "Risk Factors for Bacteremia in Dialysis Patients: Data extraction from the 2004 USRDS Dataset" and "Predictors of Bactermia In Hemodialysis Patients with HIV: Analysis of the USRDS 2004 Database" (with R. Sullivan, M. Htike, P. Wludyka, K. Britt, S. Maddirala, R. Mars, V. Urquidi, L. Lambiase, H. Sakhamuri and N.S. Nahman Jr.).

Dr. Kenneth E. Martin was reappointed to a three-year term as one of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Representative Directors to the Computer Science Accreditation Board.

Drs. Albert Ritzhaupt and Karthikeyan Umapathy and Lisa Jamba presented and published their paper, "Computing Professional Association Membership: An Exploration of Membership Needs and Motivations," at the Conference on Information Systems Applied Research in November. The paper received a Meritorious Award. Umapathy (with S. Purao, and R. Barton) also published a paper, "Designing Enterprise Integration Solutions - Effectively," in the European Journal of Information Systems, Vol, 17, No. 5, 2008.

Dean's Office: Rebecca Johnson served as a judge for the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers' Engineering Excellence Awards. Johnson also was an invited speaker at JEA, presenting "Generational Differences in the Workplace; UNF Engineering Marketing and Outreach; Best Recruiting Strategies for New Engineering Graduates" and also at the Florida Engineering Society, where she presented "Job Search Strategies for Students and New Graduates."

Dr. Jerry Merckel, a team chair for the ABET (American Board for Engineering and Technology) Computing Accreditation Commission, recently conducted an accreditation review of a computer science academic program at a leading university.

College of Education and Human Services 

 
Childhood Education: Drs. Lunetta Williams and Katrina Hall presented "Exploring Students' Reading Attitudes" at the National Reading Conference in Orlando.

Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: In December, Dr. Terence Cavanaugh appeared on WJCT 89.9 FM radio's "In Context" show discussing his work on book mapping with the Florida Reading Association (http://www.unf.edu/publicrelations/media_relations/unfradio/). Cavanaugh also had two articles published: "Interactive Maps for Online Learning" in the Journal Computers in the Schools (Fall 2008), and "Word Clouds Educational Tools" in the Florida Reading Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2, Winter 2009. Also his recent book with Nancy Keane, "Tech-Savvy Booktalker," has been published with Libraries Unlimited. The book is about how to use a variety of technologies in creating book talks.

 

Get to Know
Stuart Chalk

Stuart Chalk Department: Chemistry and Physics
Job: Associate Professor
Years at UNF: 12

Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you:
I knit and crochet, not that I have time for it. Growing up my parents both knitted, and I got into it as my way of being creative. I really wish I had time to finish projects - but at least I have taught my kids.

Tell us something about you that even your friends don't know:
I used to be extremely shy.

What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
Write a book (coming soon the end of 2009.). This has long been a goal and just like many authors the immensity of the task has been a hurdle I am only now overcoming. The title will be "XML, Metadata, and Markup Languages for Chemists." The book will likely be a professional reference for those scientists who are interested in using XML (the eXtensible Markup Language).

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
Well, if anyone knows me, they know that I am a Mac-aholic so I would really want to work for Apple in some capacity. If that didn't work out, I would probably be in library science because I find information fascinating.

What would you like to do when you retire?
Be a starter at a local golf course so I can get free rounds whenever I want!

What was the best money you ever spent?
The $300 I paid for my first computer back in 1970 (a Sinclair ZX Spectrum with 16K or RAM). I sold all my Legos to be able to buy it.

Tell us about your family.
I met my wife, Kimberly, when I started at UNF. She was working in Human Resources. The first day I went down to get on payroll she processed me! We have two beautiful daughters Jessica, 9, and Casey, 7.

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?

Getting married and the births of my kids. I never anticipated how much richer my life would be with a family. I have always been very independent, but getting married and starting a family has been so rewarding I am thankful that I did not remain introspective.

What person had the greatest impact on your life?
My science teacher in high school. Mr. Hunt, I owe you!

What are you most passionate about?
Convincing people that everyone makes their own destiny - if you want it enough, you can do it. Don't put the fate of your life in other people's hands.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
Inspiring young minds. As many of my colleagues will attest, there is nothing more rewarding than meeting a freshman student who has a passion learning and helping them find themselves though the course of their undergraduate education. I have been fortunate to have seen at least four students go on to graduate school and help them realize and achieve that goal.

What is the best thing you ever won?
A UNF Outstanding Teaching Award. It's enough to be nominated to win this award, let alone win one. It shows me that I have the right ideas about how to communicate complicated concepts in an effective way.

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
Start up an educational software company. There are many ways I see that technology can really help K-12 students learn, understand and visualize difficult topics. In particular I think that broadening the Montessori approach to education could really improve student skills in both K-12 and higher education.

What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
Go for a five-mile run.

What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
First concert was Rush at the Birmingham NEC [National Exhibition Center] in the UK in 1982. The last one was Rush in Jacksonville last year. They are still as good if not better!

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
Princess Diana. I was in a crowd and shook her hand - if that counts.

Last book read:
"Runes of the Earth" by Stephen Donaldson  

Good Question

No Questions AskedNot only were there no good questions submitted this month, there were actually no questions submitted at all. Surely there are folks on campus who are wondering something about something at UNF. Please send in those questions, and we'll do our best to hunt down an answer. Questions can be sent to the Good Question mailbox at goodquestion@unf.edu. The deadline to submit questions for the March issue of Inside is Tuesday, Feb. 10. 

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Milestone Anniversaries
Congratulations to the following employees, who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in February:

20 Years:
Sandra Bernreuter, office manager for Chemistry and Physics 

10 Years: 
Penny Genter, executive secretary for Environmental Health and Safety
Timothy Robinson, director for the International Center
Jo-Anne Scandaliato, executive secretary for University Housing

Five Years:
Janneke Bahamon, adjunct instructor for Student Affairs
Gloria Cobb, senior custodial worker for Physical Facilities
Marice Hague, coordinator of the education and training program for the Small Business Development Center


Welcome

The following employees were either hired or assumed new positions at UNF from mid-November to early January:

Laura Ache, coordinator of research and program services for the Public Opinion Research Lab
David Andrews, adjunct instructor for the College of Education and Human Services
Jaclyn Behrens, administrative secretary for Athletic Training and Physical Therapy
Timothy Bell, professor in Accounting and Finance
Melissa Binninger, adjunct instructor in Childhood Education
Kyle Bradley, auto equipment mechanic for Physical Facilities
Justin Camputaro, director of the Student Union for Student Government
Richard Cantwell, adjunct instructor for Civil Engineering
Thomas Cromwell, coordinator of academic support services for the Academic Center for Excellence
Mark Del Pezzo, adjunct instructor for Accounting and Finance
Janis Dolembo, adjunct instructor for the Coggin College of Business
Ellen Gayton, accounting associate for Physical Facilities
Elizabeth Gentry, adjunct instructor for World Languages
Justin Glennon, irrigation specialist for Physical Facilities
Jonathan Gray, adjunct instructor for Athletic Training and Physical Therapy
Jonathan Greene, maintenance mechanic for Physical Facilities
Karen Hairston, adjunct instructor for Childhood Education
Jeffrey Hamill, adjunct instructor for Political Science and Public Administration
Gerard Hogan, assistant professor for Nursing
Matthew Howard, refuse and recycle worker for Physical Facilities
Alecia Kanaby, police communications operator for Campus Police
Corinne Labyak, adjunct instructor for Brooks College of Health
Jason Lindsay, adjunct instructor for Music
Jeffrey Martin, adjunct instructor for civil engineering
Carmen Masnita Iusan, coordinator of academic support services for the Academic Center for Excellence
Robin McCracken, custodial worker for Physical Facilities
John Moscarillo, coordinator of Physical Facilities
Jo Ellen O'Meara, adjunct instructor for Childhood Education
William Prude, custodial worker for Physical Facilities
Raven Reynolds, adjunct instructor for Brooks College of Health
Mira Rosenthal, adjunct instructor for English
Jane Rothschild, executive secretary for Brooks College of Health
Sheryl Sandvoss, adjunct instructor for Childhood Education
Matthew Stumph, groundskeeper for Physical Facilities
John Timpe, coordinator of Student Affairs for Student Government
Carmen Waggoner, adjunct instructor for Psychology
Joel Walker, coordinator of Admissions
Kai Wang, adjunct instructor for Electrical Engineering


Congratulations

Kelly Antones recently returned to the College of Education and Human Services to serve as office manager for the Department of Childhood Education. She has worked at UNF for more than 18 years, first in COEHS advising for 15 years, then for three-and-a-half years in the Brooks College of Health.

Anne Jagnow (College of Education and Human Services, Childhood Education) announces the birth of her first grandchild, Veronica Mary St. Angelo, who was born Oct. 17 in Santa Monica, Calif., where she lives with her parents Lauren and Nick.

Tiffany Kibler (College of Education and Human Services, Dean's Office) announces her recent engagement to Michael King Jr. The couple plans to marry in October 2009.

Jamie Spruell (Alumni Services) graduated from UNF in December with a master's in public administration.

Benjamin Stout (Housing Operations) and his wife, Amanda, welcomed Randy James Stout into the world Jan. 4.

Tyler Young (Student Affairs) was recently promoted from coordinator of Greek Life to assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.


Farewell

Dr. Sebastian L. Foti, assistant professor with the College of Education and Human Services and director of the Instructional Technology Program, died suddenly Dec. 16 at age 59. He was visiting in California with his wife, Mary, at the time of his death. Foti was a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Florida before joining the UNF faculty in 2006. He was an expert in curriculum, software development, faculty training and international outreach. He also served as a technology consultant in the United States and abroad, and he was an accomplished teacher of science, mathematics and instructional technology. Foti's experiences included service in the Peace Corps as a professor at Nangrahar Higher Teachers College in Jalalabad, Afghanistan; he was also a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Florida and an M.S. from State University College at Buffalo.

Condolences may be sent to Mary Foti, 3430 NW 27th Place, Gainesville, FL 32605. The family is planning a service in Gainesville in mid-February. The College of Education and Human Services is also planning a UNF memorial service in coordination with the Gainesville ceremony. This will allow family and friends to attend both events. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Sebastian Foti's favorite charity: The Media Center's Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Fund, Idylwild Elementary School, 4601 SW 20th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608.