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March 2010

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Community scholars seek transformational experience for students
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Carol Spector is passionate about community-based transformational learning (CBTL) because she’s seen firsthand how it changes people’s lives. As a member of the University’s new Community Scholars Program (CSP), Spector hopes to share that passion and her knowledge with faculty and Student Affairs colleagues.

Community-based transformational learning refers to learning experiences in community-based settings that enhance students’ academic learning, contribute to their personal growth and increase civic engagement while also benefiting the community.

 “I’ve had the opportunity to witness how the transformational philosophy can positively impact focus, performance and transformation,” said Spector, speaking about a project in which members of her Students in Free Enterprise organization, or SIFE as it’s more commonly known, spent a day teaching employability skills to women at the Sulzbacher Center, a local homeless shelter. Spector is the faculty director for SIFE.

 “At the end of the day, we were given hugs and many thanks by the participants, as well as a big round of applause,” Spector said. “Transformational learning occurred when the participants realized that each homeless woman they met had her own situation that placed her there, and that there is no stereotypical homeless person.”

Dr. Mark Falbo, director of the year-old Center for Community-Based Learning, which administers the CSP, is enthusiastic about the new program. He recently organized a daylong orientation that provided the seven community scholars an opportunity to visit community agencies, meet community leaders and take walking tours of some of Jacksonville’s less-affluent neighborhoods.

“It’s easy to be enthusiastic about this program,” Falbo said. “We have an opportunity to work with talented and committed faculty and to connect this talent with equally talented and committed leaders in Jacksonville’s neighborhoods. The results of such an introduction are truly energizing, and that energy not only will transfer into creating innovative learning activities for our students, but will make a difference for the people in Northeast Florida and beyond.”

In a nutshell, community scholars will serve as consultants or resources to support faculty members and student-affairs professionals in community-based transformational learning forms of instruction and program design. They will continually look to enhance their own knowledge and skills in CBTL instruction. The first group of community scholars is comprised of professors, instructors and an associate dean.

The members of UNF’s inaugural class of community scholars are: Dr. Christopher Janson, assistant professor, Department of Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology, College of Education and Human Services; Dr. Marnie Jones, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Marcia Ladendorff, instructor, Honors Program; Dr. Sejal Parikh, assistant professor, Department of Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology, College of Education and Human Services; Dr. Stephynie Perkins, assistant professor, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences; Carol Spector, instructor, Department of Management, Coggin College of Business; and Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, assistant professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences.

The establishment of the CSP is a requirement of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) developed during UNF’s re-accreditation process. The QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to improving student learning.

“Community scholars enhance the University’s capacity to be known as a community-based university,” Falbo said, speaking about how the CSP supports the QEP. “The faculty is the heart and soul of any university, and their involvement and leadership in implementing the QEP is absolutely essential. The Community Scholars Program reflects our belief that faculty leadership on all levels – departmental, through their governance committees, even to the level of faculty-to-faculty peer leadership – is critical and the first place to begin is this initiative.”

The official documented purpose of the newly formed CSP at UNF goes something like this: “The purpose of the CSP is to create a ‘community of practice’ of faculty and student-affairs professionals who are proficient in the practice of community-based transformational learning forms of instruction, and who will contribute to the diffusion of CBTL in their respective colleges and divisions by serving as advocates and peer consultants.”

While that’s a fine, erudite statement of purpose, the man primarily responsible for implementing the program had something a bit shorter and sweeter when he explained the program’s purpose: “To seed throughout the University ambassadors of community-based learning who can serve as consultants to their peers,” Falbo said.

The community scholars’ work is in addition to their teaching duties and they receive a $2,500 stipend. Future community scholars will serve for an academic year, but the initial group will serve a shorter term since this is the program’s inaugural year and they started after the academic year began. Applications for the 2010-2011 CSP class will be out in late spring or early summer. All full-time, tenured, tenure-earning and non tenure-earning faculty members and student affairs professionals with interests in community-based transformational learning are eligible.

To learn more about CBTL, community scholars are required to participate in four three-hour seminars during the spring semester. The seminars relate to real issues in community-based transformational learning or urgent problems important to the expansion of community-based learning at UNF.

The community scholars also have to produce a written plan to enhance community-based transformational instructional elements in an existing course or add the elements into a course. They may also create a written product such as contributing to a collection of short position papers or briefs on CBTL.

Faculty and student-affairs professionals interested in becoming community scholars must complete applications addressing the following criteria: understanding and commitment to CBTL and experience in teaching using community-based learning instructional strategies; alignment with the applicant’s professional goals; clarity of proposed instructional or curricular changes, which includes keys issues to be addressed and outcomes to be achieved; and plans for the dissemination of information to faculty peers and community partners.

A review committee will evaluate the applications and send its recommendations for the next group of community scholars to Falbo, who will help make the final selections after consulting with Dr. Mark Workman, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president for Student and International Affairs.

Heather Burk, Center for Community-Based Learning coordinator, is impressed with the current group of community scholars and optimistic about the future.

“My enthusiasm stems from something deeper than just the wonderful group of community scholars we have,” Burk said. “I have been doing community-based learning work for nearly a decade and believe strongly in the positive impact it has in student learning and the community.”

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Participation in Annual Giving soars across campus

Angela Lee (photo by Travis Flack)

 

John White and Angela Lee didn’t know one another before they joined the University’s Faculty Staff Campaign Committee. Besides belonging to the 47-member committee, they have at least one other thing in common – a love of education in general and UNF in particular.

 

Their attitude is reflected in the resurgence of faculty and staff participation in annual giving across campus. In the last three years, participation increased from 24 percent to more than 42 percent. By contrast, the average among peer institutions is 34 percent, according to a benchmarking survey conducted by the UNF Annual Giving staff.

White, a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services, and Lee, a staff member in the Travel Office, aren’t shy about sharing their opinions about why it is so important to support UNF, especially during The Power of Transformation campaign.

 

White, who joined the faculty 18 months ago, sees the current financial challenges in Florida affecting all department budgets. “It is for this reason that the Faculty Staff Campaign is all the more important,” he said. “We need to continue the many programs we are already running. Cutting services and educational programs for our students is, I think, the worst thing we can do.”

 

White believes students need the full array of programs so they are competitive after graduation. “But they also need to know that we – the University and the society of which it is a part – are vested in their learning. Cutting programs serves to devalue education and ultimately undermines the very foundations of our society,” he said.

 

Since The Power of Transformation campaign is currently seeking to raise more than $110 million, White said it is important that the faculty and staff show they are committed to the University and willing to support it. “When soliciting individuals, corporations or philanthropic organizations for donations for the University, it says a great deal that we have such a high level of participation in our own giving.”

 

Lee remembers what it was like when she was a student at Bethune-Cookman University. Although she was fortunate to receive some scholarship assistance, she said it was never enough. “When funds were available from other sources I was thankful to have just a portion to help with books or tuition balances,” she said.

 

Lee, who has worked at UNF since 1997 and earned a master’s in public administration here in 2007, said it is important for the University and the community to work together. “I know our communities work better because when we help others, we help ourselves,” she said. “The future engineer, nurse, clerk, judge or public servant will remember that when they needed assistance there were people there to give a helping hand.”

 

Lee also spoke to the misconception that small amounts of money are too little to make a difference. “The limited funds I have may not move a mountain, but when those meager amounts are added up they make a monumental dent in those mountains.”

 

The expanded campus committee is only one aspect of the transformation that is occurring in annual giving. Brieanna Quinn, director of Annual Giving, said the Faculty Staff Campaign is now more of a grassroots effort so the buy-in is much deeper across campus. “The committee members are really the eyes and ears of the campaign,” Quinn said. “They know what their colleagues respond to and do a great job of getting the word out to their peers.”

 

In addition, electronic innovation has made it possible to largely eliminate paper pledge forms. While the paper form is still available, Quinn said donations can quickly be accomplished online with pre-populated forms.

 

The Faculty Staff Campaign Committee has a goal of 50 percent participation. Judging from the current trends, both Lee and White are optimistic about reaching that milestone in 2010.

 

Faculty and staff interested in participating in the Annual Fund can make their online contribution at http://www.unf.edu/annualgiving/Faculty_and_Staff.aspx  or contact Quinn at (904) 620-2112 or brieanna.quinn@unf.edu to request a pledge form.

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Relay for life: one step closer to curing cancer

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Editors note: Carl Holman, an assistant director of Marketing and Publications for Public Relations, shares his experience as a cancer survivor in this story about the American Cancer Society’s upcoming UNF Relay for Life.

The death of a family member or friend from cancer is what often inspires participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a fun-filled overnight fund-raising event celebrating survivorship and raising cancer awareness happening from 6 p.m. April 16 until noon April 17 at the Student Union Amphitheater.


My participation with UNF’s Relay for Life began shortly after being hired in 2008 as the marketing director for the Fine Arts Center, and it continues this year as the marketing and publicity chair for the event. My life was forever altered by my near death from kidney cancer in the early 1970s, and it is a testament to the core themes of Relay: remembering, celebrating and fighting back.


Relay for Life consists of teams of 10 to 15 people, such as University staff and students, who collect donations prior to the event through various fund raisers. Teams camp out in tents and commit to having one person on the course for the duration of the 18-hour event with a goal of raising more than $30,000.


Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that, one day, cancer will be eliminated. Remembrance is marked during the first evening with a walk around the course outlined by luminaries – bags with lit candles inside to honor those touched by cancer – as a roll call of patients lost to cancer is read aloud.


Sadly, that cancer is still perceived as an immediate death sentence is the most pervasive myth and detrimental psychological factor surrounding the disease. The five-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 1996 and 2004 is 66 percent, up from 50 percent for cancers diagnosed between 1975 and 1977. The chances of surviving cancer today are better than ever. Other myths are that a cure will never be found, that donations don’t make any real difference and that one’s quality of life after surviving cancer is somehow lessened.


My battle dispels many of those myths. In 1973, I was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms’ Tumor, a rare form of cancer affecting both kidneys. Just 9 months old at the time, I was one of the youngest patients diagnosed and I had one of the most severe cases of the tumor that doctors at Children’s Hospital Boston had seen. The survival rate for such a tumor was less than 2 percent.


My family received the devastating news that my illness was most likely terminal; however, there might be a glimmer of hope. Since the 1950s, the nearby Sidney Farber Cancer Institute had been researching and showing success at treating less severe cases of nephroblastoma with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. After three weeks of radiation to shrink my tumors, I underwent a difficult surgery to remove a tumor the size of a soda can from my right kidney, during which the blood loss caused my heart rate to flat-line – the first of many near misses. Over the next two years, my parents would drive 100 miles round trip to my chemo sessions, three times per week, for months on end. Further surgeries would claim parts of my other kidney, liver and intestines.


By 1976, my cancer was in remission, but my doctors maintained guarded and cautious optimism about my long-term survival. Every few months over the next decade, I received check-ups to monitor every aspect of my physical development and my renal function. Because of my age, the remaining kidney was able to compensate enough that I would never need dialysis. Yet, despite the miracle of surviving, this hyper-vigilance about my health made me terrified of dying, guilty that others hadn’t survived, angry that I couldn’t do things like other kids and afraid that talking to my family about my illness would reopen painful memories.


In 1990, the American Cancer Society invited a group of childhood cancer patients from around New England to a three-day camp in Connecticut to discuss long-term cancer survivorship issues. For the first time in my life, I was among people who could relate to my experience and feelings. I met a young boy who had been treated for Wilms’ Tumor about 10 years after me, teaching me that every survival is an incremental step closer to a cure. The incredible relief of sharing my story, feeling normal and knowing that I wasn’t alone transformed my outlook on life. The survival rate for bilateral nephroblastoma has risen from 2 percent to almost 85 percent within my lifetime, so a cure does not seem improbable. Advances in treatment, genetic testing and survivor support that arose from knowledge gained from experiences like mine are helping children and adults assume more normal lives post-treatment.


Other than some concealed scarring and my 5-foot-2-inch stature, few physical reminders exist of what happened to me. Because I was medically restricted from participating in sports as a child, I always knew that I would have to depend on my intellect. Had I never been sick, I might never have been motivated to become a good student or earn the scholarships that allowed me to graduate at the top of my class from the University of South Carolina’s journalism program. Although I have few memories of my sickest moments, I always will remember the struggles my family endured, and this provides me with a tremendous purpose to live a meaningful life.


Facing my own mortality has granted me a perspective to cope with daily stresses, a heightened appreciation for each and every moment, an awareness of my own limitations and an adventurous spirit. I have been lucky to see the Great Pyramids, stand on the beaches of Normandy during the 60th anniversary of D-Day, cook in an Italian villa and be lulled to sleep by thousands of wildebeests on the plains of the Serengeti. Yet, life’s smaller moments – holidays with family, wine and chocolate with friends, meetings with co-workers – are the ones that I am glad to have never missed.


To me, my story seems neither unique nor extraordinary. It is just one of more than 11 million survivor stories in the United States. It is what it is because of medical research studies, outreach programs and advocacy efforts supported by the American Cancer Society and its fund raisers. To participate in UNF’s Relay for Life, contact Event Chair Kelly Turner at (407) 718-3852 or relayatunf@gmail.com.

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Ospreys on the move

Sherry Hays meets with Health Educator Sarah Robichaux (right) during an Ospreys on the Move check-in session in Health Promotion (photo by Julie Williams).

 

If you listen closely, you just might hear the clicking of pedometers snugly attached to the waistbands of your co-workers participating in the Ospreys on the Move walking program.

Two hundred faculty, staff and students are taking part in the eight-week program that began in late January and continues to March 24. This is the most people to participate in the three-year history of the program, which is one of the many Healthy Osprey campus-wide health initiative activities sponsored by the Department of Health Promotion.

The ultimate goal of Ospreys on the Move is for participants to average 10,000 steps a day by the end of the eight weeks. That is equivalent to five miles a day or 30 minutes of sustained physical activity, according to the U.S. surgeon general. When participants began the program, they were given pedometers and asked to wear them seven days a week to tally their steps when they walk, run or jog.

Every week, program participants meet with a walking coach from Health Promotion to talk about their progress. The coach is more of a partner than a taskmaster. While 10,000 steps a day is the goal, steady progress and overall health benefits are what the coach is looking for and promoting.

The one-on-one interaction between coach and walker is important said Mike Kennedy, assistant director of Health Promotion. “Health literature shows the personalized touch dramatically increases participant retention and overall increase in physical activity. The walking coach is a partner in the process.”

“Amen to that,” said Sherry Hays, a public relations associate in Institutional Advancement and advocate of Ospreys on the Move. “The Ospreys on the Move Program has been helpful to me in a variety of ways. At the week-two check-in, members of the Department of Health Promotion sat down with me and reviewed my pedometer readings from week one and set a goal for me to reach in week two. Having a goal really helps me measure my progress. The Ospreys on the Move program is the first wellness program I have tried, and it has been a very positive experience for me. I like learning ways to track my progress and set realistic goals. I think that is what has defeated my attempts in the past – not having a gradual program with realistic goals. Before, I would try to do too much, too fast, and I would give up quickly.”

In addition to the weekly meetings with the walking coaches, Ospreys on the Move features representatives of campus departments who address health topics each week. Dr. Joel Beam from the Brooks College of Health concentrated on stretching and hydration. He passed out literature and answered questions on proper hydration. Dr. Marilyn Dahl, a nutritionist, addressed healthy eating during the third week of the program.

“It is a good program to be part of because the people are kind and energetic. They try to keep you focused on the goal of walking more,” said Katerina Turner, a graphic artist for the Department of Marketing and Publications. “I would recommend the program to other people. It’s not a high-pressure, you-have-to do-or-else program. It is more of a comfortable friendly reminder that you are trying to reach a goal, and you are not alone in doing that.”

Jenny Johnson said most of the staff of the Department of Campus Recreation, where she works as a budget coordinator, participate in Ospreys on the Move as a challenge to each other. “As a department, we try to stay healthy, but even we need an incentive to get up from our desks sometimes,” Johnson said. “With the pedometer that was provided and weekly check-ins, we are being held accountable for our progress and that is sometimes all it takes. When someone provides information and encouragement and genuinely cares how well you are doing, you feel better about it yourself. We can be competitive and check each other’s pedometer to see who has walked more steps, which then leads us to do doing more. And that is the goal of the program anyway.”

In addition to Ospreys on the Move, Health Promotion also offers numerous other programs that support the Healthy Osprey initiative, including last month’s blood drives; Quit Smoking Now (QSN) Tobacco Cessation Support Groups; and a health fair at Edward Waters College. March programs will include the Safe Spring Break Fair March 11; TIPS (Training In Intervention Procedures) training for UNF housing area coordinators March 12; and Dottie Dorion Fitness Center River Run training, which goes from January to March.

“The Healthy Osprey Initiative is really beginning to take root and be recognized by many of our new students,” Kennedy said. “We have been very intentional in focusing on some first-time-in-college courses to expose new students to the initiative during their first few semesters on campus. We believe that this exposure will increase their awareness of UNF programs and services, which will help them achieve and maintain optimal holistic health.”

For more information about any of the Health Promotion programs or the Healthy Osprey initiative, call ext. 1570.

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Marilyn madness invades MOCA soiree

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, will celebrate the iconic movie star Marilyn Monroe with a Hollywood-style party, “Mad About Marilyn,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13.


Featuring complimentary valet parking, live music, dancing, an open bar, delectable desserts and a champagne breakfast, this soiree is the culmination of festivities associated with the current exhibit, “Life As a Legend: Marilyn Monroe.”


Running through April 4, this vivid and diverse exhibition of more than 300 objects captures Monroe’s rise to stardom as well as her private life and public image through works by more than 80 artists, ranging from fashion photographers to pop-art painters to international contemporary artists.


“With each glass of champagne purchased at the soiree, participants will get a cubic zirconium diamond donated by Miriam’s Jewelry and the chance to win a real, one-carat diamond,” said Deborah Broder, MOCA’s director.


Tickets for the “Mad About Marilyn Soiree” are $50 for members; $65 for non-members; $35 for students and $100 for anyone who purchases a VIP Hollywood Star ticket, which includes a glass of champagne, a cubic zirconium diamond and a chance to win a one-carat diamond.


For reservations for this event, call (904) 366-6911, ext. 208, or go to www.mocajacksonville.org.

Briefs
UNF and JU meet for three-game series
March Baseball

UNF will take on crosstown rival Jacksonville University in a three-game baseball series March 19-21, Friday through Sunday, which includes a stop at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The Atlantic Sun Conference series is part of the SunTrust River City Rumble. The teams will play for the SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel, which goes to the winner of a yearlong competition in athletics between the two universities.

The first game is at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at UNF's Dusty Rhodes Field at Harmon Stadium. Game two is at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, and the final game is at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at Harmon Stadium. UNF will name the field at Harmon Stadium in honor of Hall of Fame coach Dusty Rhodes at the Alcorn State game March 6. Rhodes is retiring at the end of the season.

Tickets for the games at Harmon Stadium are $7 for adults, $5 for youths 17 and under and seniors 55 and older and free for children 2 and under and UNF students with valid Osprey1 ID. Tickets for the game at the Baseball Grounds are $5 to $15, depending on seat location. Call (800) 745-3000 for tickets to Saturday's game.

Briefs
Voluntary Pre-K program creates success
Children who complete UNF's Child Development Research Center's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program arrive at kindergarten ready to learn, recent research shows.

Of the kids who completed pre-kindergarten at CDRC last year, 61 percent went on to Florida's schools where they had a 95.5 percent success rate when screened for their kindergarten readiness, according to CDRC Director Pamela Bell.

VPK is a legislatively mandated program signed into law in 2005 that was designed to prepare every 4 year old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. Nearly 100 pre-kindergarteners are enrolled at the CDRC.

The program gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and
throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes, and qualified instructors. All eligible 4-year-olds are entitled to participate in one of the VPK program options. The program is voluntary for children and providers and allows a parent to enroll his or her eligible child (4 years old by Sept. 1 and residing in Florida) free.

Kindergarten readiness is determined in the first 30 days of public kindergarten enrollment by a series of assessments. A new screening tool, the Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading, was introduced this year. It and another assessment tool previously administered are giving CDRC's VPK program high marks, specifically a rate of 191 out of 200 or roughly a 95.5 percent success rate, Bell said.

"The consistently high quality educational experiences CDRC's has offered children since 1975 were augmented by the VPK option in 2006," said Everett J. Malcolm III, associate vice president of Student Affairs who oversees the center. "And data being collected by the State of Florida on VPK indicates that they [CDRC] are now conducting this program at the same quality standards. I applaud Director Pam Bell and her teachers and staff for their kindergartners’ [graduates'] performance."

The CDRC is available to children aged 2½ (if potty trained) through 10 of UNF students, faculty, staff and the general public. The voluntary Pre-K program is free. Applications are available at the CDRC office in Building 49 and are accepted in November for the spring semester and April for summer and fall enrollment. For more information, visit http://www.unf.edu/dept/cdrc/index.htm.
Faculty & Staff
Brooks College of Health

Nursing: In January, Dr. Carol Ledbetter delivered a podium presentation on Captiva Island in Southwest Florida at the Doctoral Education Conference of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) titled “The Practice Doctorate: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Update on DNP Accreditation.” She is currently serving as seventh chairman of the CCNE Board of Commissioners. AACN is the national voice for America's baccalaureate-and-higher-degree nursing education programs. During the poster session of the AACN Doctoral Education conference, Ledbetter and Drs. Michele Bednarzyk, and Kathy Bloom presented “The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Project: To IRB, or Not to IRB.” Doctor of Nursing Practice students and faculty are progressively engaging in quality improvement (QI) activities to methodically transform routine care in line with the evidence on best practices and treatments. QI projects had, until recently, escaped the oversight of institutional review boards (IRB), which changed after the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) conducted a high profile investigation of a project sponsored and reviewed by the IRB at Johns Hopkins University.

Public Health: Dr. Elissa Howard-Barr with co-authors Dr. Josie Weiss, Kathy Dwonch-Schoen and Mike Panella published “Learning from a Community Action Plan to Promote Safe Sexual Practices” in the journal Social Work, Vol. 55, No.1 (January 2010). Barr also presented “Support for Evidence-Based Programs in Sexuality” in Cancun, Mexico, at the inaugural International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth with co-presenter Forrest Alton in January.  
   
In February 2010, Dr. Michele Moore, along with C.E. Werch and H. Bian, presented “Does Self-image Predict Adolescent Substance Use?” at the American Academy of Health Behavior’s 10th Scientific Meeting in Clearwater Beach. Moore, along with Werch, Bian, C.C. Diclemente, S. Ames, R. Weiler, D. Thombs, S.B. Pokorny and I.C. Huang, also presented “Frequency of Image Cognitions Moderating Drug Consumption Outcomes from a Brief Intervention for College Students” and “Self-image as a Moderator of Drug Use Effects from a Brief Prevention Intervention for Adolescents” at the same conference.


Coggin College of Business

Marketing and Logistics:
Dr. A. Coskun “Josh” Samli has been invited by University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom to deliver a series of lectures. Samli will lecture on topics related to marketing and distribution in third-world countries and developing successful global brands.


College of Arts and Sciences

Biology:
Dr. Joseph Butler presented a talk at the Annual Florida Regional Diamondback Terrapin Working Group Meeting titled “Final Results of a Terrapin Survey in the Big Bend of Florida.”

Dr. John Hatle and his students gave three presentations at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Seattle: “Mild Life Extension and Reduced Reproductive Output in Female Flesh Flies on Dietary Protein Restriction” (with L. Bastea, L. Walker, A. Virgilio, K.V. Brix, R.H. Wada, F. Wessells and D.A. Hahn); “Effects of Reduced Dietary Intake and Reduced Reproduction on Longevity in the Lubber Grasshopper” (with M.D. Drewry and J.M. Williams); and  “Nutrient Allocation in the Long-lived Ovariectomized Grasshoppers: Tests of the Disposable Soma Hypothesis” (with E.T. Judd, Drewry, K. Wright, Wessells and Hahn).

Mathematics and Statistics: Dr. Beyza Aslan gave a talk titled “The Change in Electric Potential Due to Lightning” at the January Joint Mathematics meetings in San Francisco.

Physics: This January a festschrift (a book honoring a respected person, often in academia) volume edited by Dr. Barry Albright to honor his Ph.D. professor was published as the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Bulletin 65. Titled “Papers on Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology and Biostratigraphy in Honor of Michael O. Woodburne,” the nearly 700-page volume includes 31 technical, peer-reviewed papers written by 90 authors and co-authors. In addition to editing the volume, Albright has two papers in the book: “Magnetostratigraphy, Biostratigraphy and Refined Age Assessment of the Goler Formation (Paleocene), California” (with D. L. Lofgren and M. C. McKenna); and “Formalization of the Middle Pleistocene ‘Ten Mile Hill Beds’ in South Carolina with Evidence for Placement of the Irvingtonian-Rancholabrean Boundary” (with A.E. Sanders and R.E. Weems). Albright also published “The First Record of Cenomanian (Late Cretaceous) Insect Body Fossils from the Kaiparowits Basin, Northern Arizona” (with A.L. Titus and R.S. Barclay) in the proceedings of the Learning from the Land from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Science Symposium in Cedar City, Utah (2009, pages 195-201).

Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. Choi Hyunsun (with Drs. Seong-Youn Choi and Woosuh Park) published “Affordable Housing and Local Governance in South Korea: a Fair Share Approach” in the International Journal of Urban Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 2, December 2009 (pages 103-117).

Dr. Pamela A. Zeiser presented “Internationalizing Course Discussions: Round Two of a German-American Partnership” (co-authored by D. Fuchs and S. Engelkamp of the University of Münster) at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in Atlanta in January.


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Construction Management:
Dr. John Dryden published his paper, “Evaluation Of D-Cracking Preventive Measures in an Ohio Test Pavement,” in the Transportation Research Record. The paper was judged to be the best "practice-ready" paper reviewed by the sponsoring committee and was nominated for the 2009 Practice-Ready Paper Award.

School of Engineering: Dr. Chris Brown was awarded a summer teaching grant for "Development of a Hybrid Learning Graduate Course and Fieldtrip Podcasts in Groundwater Hydrology." Brown and Dr. Alan Harris also published their paper titled “The Proposed University of North Florida Environmental Hydrology Living Laboratory - An Ideal Framework for Active Learning” in the conference proceedings for the Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Winter 2009 Conference, which was held in Las Vegas in December (pages 253-262). In the same publication, Brown (along with co-author L. Hansen-Brown) published “Building a Virtual Learning Community to Engage Online Students; a Model for Instructors: Report of Phase I of an Ongoing Study” (pages 226-233).
   
Dr. Adel El Safty gave an invited keynote presentation, “The Prestressed Concrete Industry and Collaboration of Students/Academic Institutions and the Industry,” at the Florida Prestressed Precast Concrete Association’s winter meeting in January.

Jean Fryman was responsible for a number of community outreach activities. She represented the UNF Engineering Partnership with both Creekside and Neese Engineering Academies at the St. Johns County High School Showcase held at the World Golf Village; participated in the Second Strategic Planning Meeting for the Advisory Board to Englewood’s new Engineering Academy Magnet initiative; hosted a UNF visit for students from Creekside High School, during which she presented “What is an Engineer Anyway?” and made arrangements for lab tours and demonstrations; hosted (along with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) a free Pinewood Derby Workshop at UNF for Boy Scouts and leaders of the Northeast Florida Council on tips to make their race cars go faster; attended the High School Academy Fair for St. Johns County at the World Golf Village; and attended an advisory board meeting for the future direction of Englewood High School.

Dr. Michael N. Jackson presented and published his paper titled “Measuring Friction of Patterned/Textured Pavements: A Comparative Study” in the proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting, which was held in Washington, D.C., in January. At the same meeting, Dr. Thobias Sando presented and published three papers: “Safety Characteristics of Unconventional Continuous Green Through Lane Intersections” (with co-authors D. Chimba, V. Kwigizile and H. Walker); “Influence of Narrower Lanes on Bus Sideswipe Crashes” (with co-authors G. Mbatta, Chimba and R. Moses); and “Synchronizing Roadway and Traffic Operations Influencing Bus Crashes” (with co-authors Chimba, Kwigizile and Moses).

School of Computing: Dr. Charles Winton was an invited participant at the 2010 Botball Instructor’s Summit in Norman, Okla., in January.

Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy presented and published his paper titled “An Investigation of W3C Standardization Processes Using Rational Discourse” in the proceedings of the AIS Special Interest Group on Pragmatist IS Research (SIGPrag) in December. Umapathy also presented and published (with co-authors Sandeep Purao and John W. Bagby) a paper titled “Analyzing Processes behind Web Service Standards Development” in the proceedings of the Workshop on eBusiness (WEB) in December.

Dean’s Office: Dr. Peter A. Braza published his paper titled “Explicit Formulae for the Continued Fraction Convergents of  ” in the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Vol. 41, No. 1 , January 2010.


College of Education and Human Services

Academic Advising:
Dr. John Kemppainen was recently elected to serve as the U.S. Chair of COBEC (Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation) for a two-year term at the spring conference and business meeting in Belize City in February. COBEC’s mission is to promote mutual understanding and friendships though bilateral and multilateral programs and activities that make significant contributions toward higher education in Belize and that enhance the international dimension of member institutions through the cumulative experiences of students, faculty, staff and administrators. Twenty-six U.S. institutions and 13 Belizean tertiary institutions comprise the membership of COBEC.

Childhood Education: Dr. Gigi Morales David presented a lecture at the Cummer Museum in February targeting the development of 21st-century skills for elementary students through involvement in art criticism and art production.  

Dr. Christine Weber was invited by Dr. Wanda Hedrick to write a column for the May 2010 issue of Voices from the Middle, a journal exclusively for middle-level educators interested in the teaching of literacy and language. The article was titled “Let’s Not Leave Advanced and Gifted Readers Behind.”

Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: In January, Dr. Terence Cavanaugh had a column published for the Florida Reading Journal titled “Higher Tech Highlighting: A Low Tech Tool Steps Up.” In addition to that publication, one of his articles for the Florida Reading Journal titled “Reading and the Cell Phone: An Up and Coming Romance” was published as part of a teaching module for pre-AP and AP classes from Laying the Foundation. In February, Cavanaugh presented two papers at the Eastern Educational Research Association conference in Savannah, one with Dr. Ellie Scheirer titled “A Case Study of Repurposing a Technological Tool within Online Graduate Education” and the other with Dr. LaTara Osborn-Lampkin titled “Tradebooks or Textbooks? That is the Question.”
Get to Know
Tammy L. Oliver
Tammy Oliver (photo by Julie Williams)


Department: University Police Department
Position: Lieutenant
Years at UNF: 28


What do you do at UNF? Describe your job duties.
I am the dayshift lieutenant with the University Police Department. I command two patrol squads, our traffic unit and our detective unit. I serve as part of our command staff within the department. I am also assigned responsibilities with the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI, the Child Abduction Response Team with FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] and the Florida Intelligence Unit.

Tell us something about you that even your friends don’t know.
I became a police officer at age 19 here at UNF. I was able to carry a gun but not old enough to buy bullets. My parents had to buy my first box of practice rounds for me.  

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
Garth Brooks. I spent about two hours with him and his wife one morning in St. Petersburg. We all ate breakfast together at the hotel in a private area set aside for the floor we were all on. Nobody was there in the area except for the four of us. He found out I was a police officer and had a million questions. I had a ton for him too, but could not get a word in. I really enjoyed his company. We laughed, talked about all kinds of things, exchanged autographs (long story) and pictures. He even ate bacon off my plate. He was really just a very normal guy.

Tell us about your family.
My family consists of my dad, C.P., age 83 (he keeps me busy with all kinds of projects); my awesome, older, wiser sister, Claudia; her husband, the best brother-in-law in the entire world, Bill; my nephew, Robert (also a detective); his wife, Sharon, a school teacher; their son, Will (state champion Enduro rider); and lastly, my partner of 13 years, Nancy, and our son Ryan, who is headed to law school soon.  Mom passed away in 2008, and we all miss her every day.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
I have always had a passion for construction. Building things. I have built several homes and assisted others with designing and constructing their homes. If I had to choose another career, it would probably be as a general contractor.

What would you like to do when you retire?

I currently teach at the police academy and I own multiple rental properties. I will probably continue to do both of those things after leaving UNF. We have a motor home and plan to really wear out the tires on it during retirement.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
It is a wonderful place to work. It is clean, safe, and everyone is very helpful. UNF has been a great place to have a career. One of my favorite things about UNF is helping students get through stressful situations and the educational side of what we can do as law enforcement officers.

What is the best thing you ever won?
I love to play poker with my friends. Sometimes I get lucky and win big!

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
I would pay off the houses of all my friends and family then take them on a very long trip on a nice yacht. Lastly, I would try to do something special for all my fellow officers at UPD.

What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
I love to jump on my custom motorcycle and go for a ride. It is a wonderful way to relieve stress. I also like to call my neighbor, saddle up the horses and go for an hour ride.

What was the best money you ever spent?
Investing in rental properties. Although it has been hard work at times, it has afforded me an opportunity to live comfortably and enjoy life. I have also been able to help others because of it.

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?

I was very proud /happy when I graduated from the police academy and then graduated from UNF. Finishing my degree was very important to my parents. I was so glad they got to see me graduate from both.

Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you.
I was voted most athletic in high school. I was “All State” (1981) in volleyball, basketball and softball. I was the only person (male or female) in the state that year to do that in all three sports.

What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?

The first concert I ever attended was a band called Boston. The last concert I saw was the Jacksonville Symphony. What a big stretch!

What person had the greatest impact on your life?  
Other than my parents, it was probably a man by the name of Tom Dennard. He was my high school basketball coach. He taught me about teamwork, setting goals and maintaining a positive outlook.

What are you most passionate about?
My family and friends. They are the single most important thing in my life.  

What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
I want to attend Polygraph school. I have thought about it and wished I could do it my entire career in law enforcement. I have just never had the opportunity to go. I like to study and read about different techniques on identifying deception during the interviewing process. It has been a career long dream. Maybe one day.

Good Question
Stolen parking passes and traffic accidents

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Q: From Clifford Poppell (teaching lab specialist for the School of Engineering) -- After reading about so many parking passes being stolen and all the time the UPD spends on making reports on the stolen passes, isn’t it time something was done to stop this? If a strip much like that on a credit card were added to the pass, the owners could sign their name or N-number to the pass and any attempt to remove the name or number would cause the pass to be voided. This would make the pass undesirable to all but the owner of that pass. This just seems way too easy of a fix.

A:  From Vince Smyth (director of Auxiliary Services): The parking permits all have unique numbers and when reported as lost or stolen, they are deactivated. If someone attempts to use a deactivated permit, the handheld units used by the parking patrollers provide an alert when a deactivated permit number is entered, and the vehicle using the permit is booted and UPD informed. This automated system of discovery does work and should be better than a manual name or N-number written on the permit. Unfortunately, whatever discovery system is in place, it seems there are a few who are willing to take the chance of stealing and using parking permits. It is a crime of opportunity, as a significant majority of the thefts are from unlocked vehicles.

 

Q:  From Diane Kazlauskas (University librarian for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library) -- There are so many fender benders entering campus from the south exiting from 9A. Can we do something?

 

A:  From John Dean (chief of the University Police Department) -- I am not aware of an issue or problem in that area. Last year our records indicate we only had eight accidents in that area for the whole year. As of this year, we have not seen any significant increase.

 

 

Employees who have UNF-related questions they would like to have answered in the next issue of Inside are encouraged to send them to goodquestion@unf.edu.   Questions submitted will be considered for publication in the "Good Question" column, which is designed to help inform the campus community about relevant issues.  When submitting questions, please include your name, department and job title, which will be included if your question is selected. The submission deadline is the 15th of each month. For more information, contact Julie Williams at jkwillia@unf.edu .  

 

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Milestone Anniversaries:

Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in March.

 

35 Years:

Everett Malcolm, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Student Affairs

 

15 Years:

Cathryn Hagan, Associate Director, Small Business Development Center

 

10 Years:

Marcia Byerly, Coordinator of Budgets, Physical Facilities               

Jacqueline Huff, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities               

 

Five Years:

Linda Howell, Adjunct/Office Manager, English                           

Becky Raines, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities               

Janice Strickland, Administrative Secretary, Center for International Education

Jennifer Urbano, Coordinator of Events Planning, Academic Affairs                   

Deborah Williams, Custodial Worker, University Housing

 

 

   

Congratulations:

 

In honor of the American Society for Training and Development’s 4th Annual Employee Learning Week Celebration, Mayor John Peyton presented a proclamation from the city of Jacksonville to the American Society for Training and Development of Northeast Florida in recognition of chapter members’ contributions in Jacksonville to promote workplace learning. 

 

Accepting the proclamation from Mayor John Peyton on behalf of the  chapter are, from left, board members Ronnell Lovings, Marilyn  Feldstein, Derree Braswell, Ida Gropper (director, Center for  Professional Development and Training) and Bryan Huffman.

 

 

 

Crystal A. Serrano and Matthew L. Taylor of the University Police Department were promoted Jan. 9. Serrano was promoted to lieutenant while Taylor was promoted to communications sergeant. Photo provided by Evelyn Serrano, office manager in the Controller’s Office.

 

 

Matthew L. Taylor and Crystal A. Serrano

 

 

St. Martin’s Press will publish the mystery “The Bad Kitty Lounge” by Michael Wiley, professor of English, March 2. Wiley is also the author the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award-nominee’s mystery “The Last Striptease.

 

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Welcome

The following employees were either hired by UNF or accepted new positions at UNF from mid-January to mid-February:

 

Yasir Al Azzawi, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities               

Cynthia Artell, Police Communications Operator, Campus Police

Christopher Chappell, Adjunct, Music                             

Tiffany Dalton, Mail Room Clerk, University Housing

Mary Dee, Director of Prospect Research, Major Gifts

Heather Duffy, Accounting Associate, Student Government                 

Peter Durr, Coordinator of Admissions, Admissions

April Johnson, Applications System Analyst, Training and Services Institute                       

Jennifer Kubicki, Coordinator of Marketing Publications, Admissions                        

Teresa Kutylo, Custodial Worker, University Housing

Vladislav Mikhedok, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities               

J ulie Milich, Director of Advancement Services, Institutional Advancement

Charles Pelton, Groundskeeper, University Housing

Jeannine Prew, Budget Associate, Telephone Services                 

Milon Rizal, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities               

Roderick Sandoval, Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities   

Royer Somaru, Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities               

Birkha Sunuwar, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities               

Allison Turner, Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Programs

Diane Wyckoff, Career Development Coordinator, Career Services

Ask UNF
Keeping runners’ knees healthy

From professional athletes to weekend warriors to those training for the Gate River Run, millions of people suffer from the painful and potentially debilitating injury known as “runner’s knee.” Dr. Michelle Boling, assistant professor in the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences in the Brooks College of Health, discusses this condition.

What is runner’s knee?

Runner’s knee is a common chronic condition that develops over time in which people experience pain behind or around the kneecap during physical activity. This condition commonly develops in an individual’s adolescent years but is also prevalent among physically active adults. Other common names for runner’s knee include patellofemoral pain syndrome or lateral patella tracking syndrome.

 

How can I prevent runner’s knee?

Runner’s knee is thought to develop due to muscle imbalances (tight and weak muscles) and altered movement patterns in the lower extremity. Stretching the quadriceps (front of thigh), hamstrings (back of thigh) and calf musculature should be performed prior to and after physical activity. Also, when bending at the knees or squatting, individuals should make sure their knees do not move in front of their toes and that their knees stay centered over their feet (knees should not collapse together).

 

I f I already have runner’s knee, are there exercises that I should perform?

The cause of runner’s knee may differ across individuals; therefore, treatment is not always the same for individuals with this condition. However, exercises that are commonly prescribed by clinicians include stretching and strengthening of the hip and thigh musculature (see photos below for stretching exercises). Exercises that are commonly prescribed include straight-leg raises into hip abduction (lying on your side with legs straight, raise your top leg away from your body), wall squats (stand with your back against a wall with your feet 12 inches away from the wall and then squat down) and lunges. All stretches and exercises should always be performed in a pain-free manner. For example, if you can’t perform a lunge exercise due to pain, try to perform lunges without bending your knees as much. If you still have pain, then choose an alternate exercise. Also, as stated above, when performing squats or lunges, make sure your knees stay centered over your feet.

 

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Can foot orthotics be helpful for individuals with runner’s knee?

Foot orthotics (shoe inserts that help support the arches of the foot) may help individuals with runner’s knee if the individual pronates (arch flattens) excessively when walking or running. If an individual doesn’t have altered foot mechanics (increased pronation), foot orthotics will most likely not help to decrease the symptoms of runner’s knee.


Every month, the column “Ask UNF” runs in Inside and The Florida Times-Union, promoting the expertise of UNF faculty and staff. If you have questions about this topic, contact Boling.