Physical changes on UNF’s campus are easy to recognize: new buildings, the shuttle system and enhanced student life. Changes in the student body might not be so obvious. But for those who work in Admissions, the changes are huge.
“The 2009 fall freshman class was the most academically advanced class that UNF has ever admitted,” said John Yancey, director of Admissions. “We’re a tough school to get into now. About half of the applicants don’t meet the University’s entrance requirements. For every 100 students who apply, we only admit 52. And of those, only 17 attend. So, UNF definitely is a competitive school to get into and we are always looking for the best student body possible.”
Ten years ago, the incoming UNF freshman class had a 3.52 average GPA and an 1124 average SAT score. UNF’s fall 2009 freshman class had an average 3.73 GPA and scored an average of almost 1200 on the SAT. The current national average on the SAT is 1016, so UNF’s students are scoring far above the local, state and national averages, and have been for years, said Yancey.
“We are no longer perceived as an alternative to other universities in Florida,” said Yancey. “For many incoming students, UNF is their first choice. They want to come here for the personal attention, cutting edge resources, cost effectiveness and incredible academic opportunities available to them.”
For years, the Office of Admissions, in conjunction with other departments, has been working diligently to erase the perception that the University has low admission and academic standards by enhancing its selection criteria and processes to make UNF’s student population brighter and more diverse than ever.
Faculty and staff who have worked at UNF for decades have been witnesses to the transformation. Janice Nowak, director of Academic Support Services, is UNF’s longest-serving employee, having worked in financial aid for most of her nearly 40 years here. She recalls a time when the University had a reputation for being a “commuter school where anyone could get in and where the students were about the same age as their professors.” Like the academic standards, the average age of the students has changed, too. Over the last decade, the number of students between the ages of 18 and 24 jumped 42 percent. Now students between the ages of 31 and 50 compose only about 13 percent of that population.
UNF is also trending toward more full-time, traditional students. Enrollment by full-time students rose 14 percent in the past decade, significantly transforming the University’s image to be in line with that of other four-year academic institutions.
“In our earlier years, UNF hired faculty right out of getting their doctorate, so you could easily mistake a faculty member for a student and vice versa since the average age [of both faculty and students] in the beginning was in the 30s,” Nowak said. “Since UNF began accepting students to four-year degree programs in the 1980s, that trend has been shifting.”
Student enthusiasm has developed due to the regional, national and international student recruiting and selection process. Using a variety of databases, prospective applicants with a minimum 3.0 GPA are identified during their junior year of high school and invited to the annual Campus Preview event held each April, as well as for tours and open houses throughout the year. Once a student has asked for more information or submitted an application, a strategic communication plan is triggered that includes e-mails, phone calls, letters, postcards and even birthday and holiday cards, to keep them engaged and interested. High-profile applicants, those with 1140 or higher SAT scores, attend similar events that have greater emphasis on available merit-based scholarships and recruitment to the Honors program.
Yet, it is the personalized attention to students and families that is Admissions’ specialty. The department has six region-specific coordinators for in-state recruitment visiting high schools and attending college fairs in areas that historically provide a high percentage of students who ultimately enroll and attend. These recruiters visit new locations as well. They work with families to help them understand the application process and forms, UNF’s academic profile, available financial aid and housing.
Probyn Inniss, who oversees multicultural recruitment, is proud of the University’s holistic approach to increase its diversity. He works with local churches in Duval County, coordinates free SAT/ACT test preparation classes and provides outreach to organizations such as 100 Black Men, Take Stock in Children and The Bridge.
“We have achieved a minority student population around 24 percent, which probably is the most diverse that UNF has ever been,” Inniss said. “The University continues to progress with each new class, and programs like the First Generation scholarships and the MLK Luncheon make the dream of higher education a reality for those who might [otherwise] have ruled out college.” The Jacksonville Commitment Scholarship Program has also had a positive impact on making UNF’s campus more diverse.
Working closely with UNF’s International Center, Admissions has helped to recruit a worldwide student population. In 2009, the UNF community included 338 international students in degree programs, as exchange students and in the English Language Program. UNF’s international students come from 70 countries and represent every continent except Antarctica.
“We’re proud to be convincing better students with more academic options that there is no place like UNF,” Yancey said.
The $110 million Power of Transformation campaign is expected to raise money for a variety of needs on the UNF campus: undergraduate scholarships, program enhancements, and even new buildings. And if all goes well, the campaign will also bring in private funding to support a growing need on the campus: fellowships.
Quite simply, fellowships are scholarship programs for graduate students. Graduate students receive financial support and in return, the students perform research or serve as teaching assistants. Fellowships can have a significant impact on campus in assisting full-time faculty with a variety of teaching and research responsibilities. The Power of Transformation campaign is attempting to raise $5.95 million for new fellowships across campus.
The goal of increasing fellowships was set with an eye toward bringing UNF closer to the average number of graduate degree programs offered at peer institutions. UNF currently offers 28 graduate programs while its peer institutions offer an average of about 50.
Dr. Mark Workman, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, said the fellowships are essential if northeast Florida is to recruit talented individuals from elsewhere in the country and also develop current residents to assume leadership and innovative roles in the community. He noted that Jacksonville will need this kind of internal invigoration, innovation and entrepreneurship if it is to grow and prosper. “Just as Jacksonville cannot stand still if it is to achieve a reputation as a first-tier city, neither can UNF stand still if it is to achieve a reputation as a first-tier University,” Workman said.
The transformational impact of fellowship graduates in the community is difficult to overestimate. Many advanced degrees allow individuals to make greater contributions in their community as well as in their profession.
Take for example, Leonore Gualano, a fourth-grade teacher at Sabal Palm Elementary School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UNF in 1990. In 1998, she won the Gladys Roddenberry Fellowship, a graduate teaching program funded by area philanthropist Gilchrist Berg. Because of this assistance, Gualano was able to return to UNF to earn her master’s degree in elementary education in 2000. Her master’s degree focused on the use of technology in the schools, which is becoming a major part of education. “It (her master’s degree course work) helped me to take advantage of these new opportunities,” she said.
With her master’s degree, Gualano was able to obtain her National Board Certification in elementary education. In 2007, Gualano was selected teacher of the year at Sabal Palms Elementary and was a finalist for the Duval County Teacher of the Year. She is also a recipient of the UNF Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001. “Without the people at UNF who constantly inspired me and my fortunate receipt of the fellowship, I would not have been as successful in my teaching career,” she said.
Gualano’s experience is not unique. Countless professionals come to UNF to further their knowledge in their career fields. In 2009, more than 600 students were awarded advanced degrees at UNF.
Ask any dean in UNF’s five colleges about fellowships and the conclusion is the same – they are needed to attract the brightest students to developing graduate programs.
Dr. Peter Braza, interim dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, points as an example to the master’s in engineering. “More graduate fellowships would help us draw talented students to UNF, students who might otherwise choose different universities,” he said.
On the near horizon, Braza said the college is planning a five-year bachelor’s/master’s program in computer science. “This program will be unique in the state. We hope to entice many talented high school students in the Northeast Florida region to consider UNF first.”
The need for private investment in fellowships may also pay other dividends for UNF. Since Florida is striving to establish a more knowledge-based economy, Provost Workman predicts the state will allocate more resources for training advanced students. With more fellowships, the University is better able to compete for state resources generating more of a return on private investment.
In addition, Workman emphasized that the movement of the state community colleges into baccalaureate degrees underscores the need for UNF to pursue advanced degrees. While Florida State College at Jacksonville will be accessible to students who are interested in vocationally oriented undergraduate education, UNF is in a position to lead the growth and development of the region in more advanced areas, he said.
“UNF is poised to carry out its vision to serve the North Florida region at a level of national quality,” Workman said. “Through a combination of public support for graduate programs and private support for graduate students, UNF can proceed without delay to carry out this urgent and far-reaching task.”
In 2007, UNF purchased the former AOL building and turned it into UNF Hall. That same year, the Alumni Association, the UNF Foundation and University pooled resources to purchase the old Auchter Co. building, now known as Alumni Hall.
“As people drive along Kernan Boulevard, they can really see UNF’s presence, ” said UNF President John Delaney. “Purchasing the building just south of the Kernan entrance to the core of campus is a natural next step for us.” Delaney added that this long-term investment is important because so much property surrounding campus is wetlands and can’t be developed. In addition, it is cheaper to buy an existing building than to construct a new one.
The city of Jacksonville is scheduled to begin re-routing Kernan Boulevard around First Coast Technology Parkway and UNF Hall in 2013 and finish the project in 2015. The rerouting will be the final phase of Kernan Boulevard improvements included in The Better Jacksonville Plan.
Under terms of the agreement being worked out with EIRE Jacksonville Florida Holding LLC, which owns the building housing ADT, a limited liability company controlled by the University will pay $4.75 million for the structure. UNF will not be able to take possession of the building before the current ADT lease expires in 2021.
UNF’s Master Plan process will help determine exactly what will eventually move into the building. “By that time, we will have a better idea of how to most effectively use the space in that building based upon how academic programs have grown,” said Shari Shuman, vice president of Administration and Finance. Possibilities for the building include the expansion of Continuing Education or an art gallery to display the works of students, faculty and exhibitions.
The First Coast Technology Park was developed from land donated to the authority by the A.C. Skinner family in 1987 with the expressed desire that the net proceeds of the land go to the UNF Foundation as an unrestricted gift.
When astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to the stage in the UNF Arena for this year’s Presidential Lecture, he joked about the many ways the universe is trying to kill us. The crowd of nearly 3,000 laughed as Dr. Tyson listed off asteroids, black holes and cosmic rays as some of the many ways Earth could be destroyed. But the host of PBS-NOVA’s “NOVA Science Now” program told reporters before the April public lecture that possible changes in the space policy are no laughing matter.
Prior to his public appearance he took time to comment on the Obama Administration’s proposed budget-scrapping plans to return to the moon under NASA’s Constellation program, which was intended to succeed the space shuttle program.
“I will never tell someone how to vote or who to vote for or what issue to back, but I will alert you to the consequences of making one decision or another,” Tyson said.
The consequences of the Obama Administration’s budget proposal downplaying manned space exploration have serious long-range repercussions for the country, he argued. “The extent to which you stimulate the presence of scientists and engineers in your nation is the extent to which you are investing in the innovations of tomorrow. The economies of tomorrow will issue forth from the science of innovation. It has been doing that ever since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution,” he said.
Universities play a critical role in innovation because they produce the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. “Other countries understand the value of space exploration and science. They are investing heavily in them,” he noted.
By contrast, he maintains the United States is coasting. “We are in a state of denial of the loss of who and what we were on the world stage. We think we are still standing on the hill that we ascended 30 years ago. It’s not enough to produce good science teachers. You want to create a culture of discovery and the manned program can do that as no other.”
Tyson also took issue with those who contend the United States cannot afford an ambitious manned space program. He pointed out that the NASA budget represents one half of one percent of total federal spending and that the proposed NASA budget is actually larger next year than this year.
“It is not a matter of ‘is there money?’ — it is a matter of how that money is being spent. The manned space program has been eviscerated.” He described the proposed budget as reflecting an attitude that “maybe we will go [explore space] one day but until then let’s do some other stuff.”
As Hayden Planetarium director, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to study the future of the aerospace industry. He welcomed a national discussion of spending priorities.
“When someone says we can’t afford it, I say if we can’t afford one half of one percent, it means 99.5 percent of the rest of the money you feel is more important. Let’s have that conversation. Let’s see what we are spending money on and what the return on investment is expected to be,” Tyson said.
Tyson advocates increasing NASA’s budget to 2 percent of federal spending so “we can return to the moon, go to Mars and try to deflect an asteroid. We are approaching it in the wrong way if we say the manned program has only one place to go.”
In the long run, Tyson argues that discoveries in space may well solve problems on earth. “Just as our resources begin to dwindle on earth, there is no shortage of resources in the universe. There is no shortage of energy in the universe. Who’s to say that solving an energy problem on the moon isn’t the same solution to solving it on earth?”
Tyson’s appearance as part of the UNF Presidential Lecture Series was made possible by the UNF Foundation, the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and WJCT Broadcasting.
Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2009-2010 Faculty Awards. Nominations came from students, faculty colleagues, administrators and alumni.
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards:William D. Ahrens (Brooks College of Health - School of Nursing)Emily A. Douglass (College of Arts and Sciences - Art and Design)Adel K. El-Safty (College of Computing, Engineering and Construction - School of Engineering - Civil)Paul A. Fadil (Coggin College of Business - Management)Michele J. Moore (Brooks College of Health - Public Health)Diana L. Tanner (Coggin College of Business - Accounting and Finance)Cara S. Tasher (College of Arts and Sciences - Music)Rico L. Vitz (College of Arts and Sciences - Philosophy and Religious Studies)Pamela A. Zeiser (College of Arts and Sciences - Political Science and Public Administration)Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award:Daniel C. Moon (College of Arts and Sciences - Biology)Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards:Lev V. Gasparov (College of Arts and Sciences - Physics) Richard F. Patterson (College of Arts and Sciences - Mathematics and Statistics)Outstanding Faculty Service Awards:Mina Baliamoune-Lutz (Coggin College of Business - Economics and Geography) Barbara J. Kruger (Brooks College of Health - School of Nursing)Distinguished Professor Award:Winner-- David E. Fenner (College of Arts and Sciences - Philosophy)Runner-up-- Thomas M. Pekarek (College of Arts and Sciences - Physics)
All recipients receive a cash award and will be honored with a commemorative plaque at the 2010 Fall Convocation. The awards are funded by the UNF Foundation and Academic Affairs.
Faculty & Staff
Brooks College of Health
Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences: The results of Dr. James Churilla’s hypertension study titled “Comparing Physical Activity Patterns of Hypertensive and Non-hypertensive U.S. Adults” conducted with Dr. Earl Ford at the CDC were accepted for publication in the American Journal of Hypertension. Churilla also presented a lecture titled “Prescribing Exercise for Special Populations: Translating Research into Practice” at the American College of Sports Medicine 14th Annual Health and Fitness Summit held in Austin, Texas.
Public Health: Don Hutton presented “Executive Coaching and Leadership” at the Catholic Health Association Leadership Conference in January. He also presented "Building an Effective Team Using Exceptional Leadership Skills" at the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Annual Meeting in March and "Are You the Leader You Want to Be?” at Purdue University School of Pharmacy Dean's Pharmacy Executive Forum in April. In addition, he presented "Leadership Skills Needed in Today's Environment" at Xavier University’s Program in Health Administration Professional Development Lecture Series in April and a keynote speech titled "Seven Traits of the Healthcare Leader of the Future" at the CXO [chief officer] Healthcare Summit in April.School of Nursing: Drs. Michele Bednarzyk, Carol Ledbetter, and Li Loriz gave a podium presentation April 17 at The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the presentation, “Clinical Evaluation Using Typhon Group EASI: Connecting Preceptors, Faculty & Students,” was to demonstrate and discuss a novel online program for clinical preceptors to provide feedback to students about their performance. NONPF is the only organization specifically devoted to promoting quality nurse practitioner education at the national and international levels.
Deb Wagner presented a poster titled "Patient Satisfaction with Postpartum Teaching Methods Used by Nurses" at the Florida/Georgia Section of the Association of Women's Health’s Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Conference in April.
Coggin College of Business
Accounting & Finance: Drs. John MacArthur, Jeffrey Michelman and Bobby Waldrup along with former UNF graduate student Dana Wallace had their case “JEA: On the Road to Cost Transparency” published in the IMA Educational Case Journal, March 2010.Marketing & Logistics: Dr. A.C.”Josh”Samli had a paper accepted by the Macromarketing Society. The paper, “The Changing Marketing Orientation During the Second Half of the 21st Century,” will be published in the society’s conference proceedings. Samli also organized a special session titled “The Future of Globalization” for the annual conference of the American Marketing Association.
College of Arts and Sciences
Art & Design: Nofa Dixon, Jenny Hager and Stephen Heywood participated in the Off The Wall Exhibition of The Northeast Florida Sculptors, a juried exhibition at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
Kyle Keith was chosen to paint the official portrait of Judge Thomas Aquilino for the Court of International Trade in New York City. Keith also participated in the Annual Portraits Inc. conference in New York.
Vanessa Cruz had a film titled “Lazarus Revisited” selected for the Athens, Ohio International Film Festival. Cruz published an article titled “Brave New World: Where Does Experimental Animation Belong?” in Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal.
English: Dr. Mary Baron participated in a poetry reading as part of the Amelia Island Book Festival.
Dr. James Beasley presented his paper “The Neo-Aristotelianism of Richard M. Weaver and Rhetoric’s Dream of Professionalization” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Louisville, Ky.
Dr. Nicholas de Villiers published an article titled “Confessions of a Masked Philosopher: Anonymity and Identification in Foucault and Guibert” in Symploke. He published a book review of David M. Halperin’s “What Do Gay Men Want? An Essay on Sex, Risk, and Subjectivity in Sexualities” and he gave two conference presentations: “Anno’s Camera-Eye: Sexuality, Youth, and Inoculation” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Los Angeles; and “Metahorror: Sequels, ‘The Rules,’ and the Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Horror Cinema” at the Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media conference at the University of Graz, in Austria.
Dr. Chris Gabbard published a book review of “Autism and Representation,” edited by Mark Osteen (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies) in Disability Studies Quarterly. Go to http://www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/1071/1253 to read the review.
Dr. Marnie Jones and graduate student Jacob Lusk presented a paper titled “Wicked Symmetry: The Dangerous Compulsion of Attraction in Twilight and Ziska” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in St. Louis.
Dr. Clark Lunberry delivered a paper, “‘Professional Exiles Like Me’: John Ashbery’s Self-Imposed Paris and the Pursuit of Poetic Abstraction,” at the John Ashbery in Paris Conference at Institut Charles V – Université Paris Diderot; he was invited to do seven poetry installations on the conference windows overlooking Paris. Go to http://www.unf.edu/~clunberr/Lunberry/Home.html to view a slideshow.
Dr. Nancy Levine and four students (Sharon Cleland, Belinda Delzell George Minton and Sandy Stratton) published “Tea Sets, Tractors and T-1 Lines: the Survival of a Small Town Library: The Hastings Branch Library, Hastings, Florida,” in The Florida Historical Quarterly.
History: Dr. Elizabeth Lane Furdell gave an invited lecture to Auburn University’s Boshell Diabetes Research Program on “Reconstructing Diabetic Life: Treatment in Early Modern Britain.”
Mathematics & Statistics: Dr. Denis Bell gave a talk titled “Associative Binary Operations and the Pythagorean Law,” at the Mathematics Association of America/Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association meeting in Gainesville. At the same conference Dr. Dan Dreibelbis gave a talk titled “Curves & Surfaces from 3-D Matrices,” Dr. Scott Hochwald gave a talk titled “Too much Pi” and Dr. Len Lipkin gave a talk titled “Lets Read the News with our Students.”
Dr. Kening Wang gave a talk titled “Strong Superconvergence of Finite Element Methods for Linear Parabolic Problems” at the American Mathematical Society 2010 Spring Souteast Section Meeting in Lexington, Ky.
Music: Dr. Gordon R. Brock served as guest conductor of an honor band for the 2010 Tennessee Wind Band Conference at Middle Tennessee State University.
Philosophy: Drs. Mitchell R. Haney and A. David Kline edited “The Value of Time and Leisure in a World of Work,” published by Lexington Books.
Dr. Bert Koegler gave an invited talk, “Recognition and the Dialectical Roots of Self-Constitution,” at the Hegel’s Practical Philosophy: Rational Agency as Ethical Life Symposium in February at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Dr. Rico Vitz presented “Lies, Captivating Lies, and Religious Belief: Hume on the Learned Elite and the Christian ‘Superstition’” at the SOPHIA Conference in February.
Political Science & Public Administration: Dr. Hyunsun Choi (with A.Kadambi) published “Civic Engagement and Sustainable Cities: Comparative Analysis of Five Cities in the United States” in Seoul Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, pages 231-247. Choi, along with S. Choi, also published “Climate Change and Regional Land Use Planning: The Formulation of California Senate Bill No. 375” in the Journal of Environmental Policy, Vol. 9, No. 1, pages 3-29.
Dr. Matthew Corrigan, presented the conference paper “Jeb Bush as Florida’s Governor: An Activist Conservative” at the annual meeting of the Florida Political Science Association at UNF in March.
Dr. Martin Edwards addressed the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association during their luncheon meeting April 14 at the River Club in Jacksonville. He discussed his new course, Law and Cinema, which provides an informative means of developing an understanding of the interaction between law and popular culture, and he made a presentation on how the motion picture industry depicts judges, attorneys and juries during trial proceedings.
Sociology & Anthropology: Dr. David Jaffee presented the paper “Industry Structure, Organizational Forms, and Labor Dynamics in the Intermodal Logistics Supply Chain” at the 28th International Labour Process Conference at Rutgers University. With Adam Carle, Neil Vaughan and Douglas Eder, Jaffee also published the article “Psychometric Properties of Three New National Surveys of Student Engagement Based Engagement Scales: An Item Response Theory Analysis” in Research in Higher Education, December 2009.
Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull presented "Splitting the Kiblat: Consequences of Alternate Strategies for Educating Faculty at State Islamic Institutes in Indonesia" at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Dr. Melissa D. Hargrove was an invited speaker at the 12th Annual Kingsley Plantation Heritage Celebration titled “Resisting Enslavement and Preserving Dignity.”
Dr. Gordon Rakita gave an invited lecture titled: “Of Metaphysics & Missing Links: Ardipithecus ramidus and Modeling Human Evolution” at the First Coast Free thought Society of Jacksonville.
Drs. Adam Shapiro and Chung-Ping Loh (Economics & Geography) published an article titled “Medicaid Cost-Savings of Home- and Community-Based Service Programs for Elderly Persons in Florida” in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.
Dr. Rosa De Jorio’s 2009 article titled “Between Dialogue and Contestation: Gender, Islam, and the Challenges of a Malian Public Sphere” from the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Association, Vol. 15, No. 1, was republished in “Islam, Politics, Anthropology,” edited by Filippo Osella and Benjamin Soares and published by Islam Wiley-Blackwell.
World Languages:Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes presented “La Retórica de la Experiencia: Apuntes Sobre Enargeia en las Novelas a Marcia Leonarda de Lope” at the Spanish Golden Age Theater Symposium organized by the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater in March in El Paso, Texas.
Luis Mora–Álvarez presented “La Subordinación de la Identidad en El Rey de La Habana de Pedro Juan Gutiérrez” during the 8th CRI Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuba 2010: An Island in a Global World, held at Florida International University. He also presented "Lo Grotesco Como Recurso de Trasgresión en El Cojo y El Loco de Jaime Bayly" during the IX Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica in Lima, Peru.
Dr. Jorge Febles presented “Mirta and Roberto: Incestuous Paradigms or How I Married ‘My One and Only’ Who Despised Me” during the 8th CRI Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuba 2010: An Island in a Global World, held at Florida International University. He also lectured on “José Martí’s Impressions of American Culture During the Gilded Age” at Denison University, Granville, Ohio.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Computing: UNF served as the host institution for the Florida/Georgia region of the 2010 Botball Educational Robotics Program. The program started in January with a robotics workshop for teachers and concluded in March with 13 teams competing in a robotics tournament held in the Student Union. This is the 13th time the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction has sponsored this event. Dr. Charles Winton, who serves as the Botball program director for the region, is currently the chairman of the Board of Directors of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, which organizes the Botball program internationally each year.
School of Engineering: Dr. Chiu Choi presented and published his paper titled "Effect of Observer Poles on Step Responses" at the 2010 Southeast Symposium of Systems Theory in March. Choi also chaired the session on Signal Processing and Time Varying Systems at the symposium.
Dr. Chris Brown and L. Hansen-Brown published their paper titled “Building a Virtual Learning Community to Engage Online Students; a Model for Instructors” in the Journal of Information Systems Technology and Planning, Vol. 3, No. 4, pages 1-8. Brown also presented two extended abstracts at the Annual Academy of Sciences in March: "Composting Secondary Municipal Biosolids using Chlorine Dioxide for Disinfection and Seeding for Competitive Exclusion of Pathogen Regrowth,” co-authored by J. Brunson and F. Mussari; and -"Using Nexrad Precipitation Data in Groundwater Models: An Evaluation of Contouring Algorithm Error,” co-authored by Dr. Pat Welsh and M. Fagan.
Dr. Adel ElSafty and Robert Bennett presented and published their paper, “Evaluation and Analysis of the Repair of a Post-Tensioned, Precast Concrete, Segmental Bridge,” at the American Concrete Institute convention.
Dr. Susan Vasana presented and published her paper,“Biphase Code Detection for Differential Manchester Encoded Signals in Digital Communications,” at the International Conference for Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications in March. Vasana also chaired the session on Internet and Multimedia Systems.
In March, Drs. Pat Welsh and Christopher Brown and the Taylor Engineering Research Institute hosted the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Estuarine and Coastal Waters Numeric Nutrient Criteria Workshop to assess the need for specific water quality criteria for excessive nutrients in numeric terms for the Northeast Florida estuaries, including the Halifax River, Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, the lower St. Johns River estuary and the Nassau-St. Mary’s River estuary complex. Welsh, along with Michael Toth and Dr. J. David Lambert, authored an invited presentation titled “UNF’s Real-time, Low-Cost Water Quality Buoy” for the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association’s (SECOORA) Basic Operational Buoy Workshop in March at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington Center for Marine Science in Wilmington, N.C. SECOORA represents Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in the Federal Integrated Ocean Observing System under the auspices of the 2009 Integrated Ocean Observing System. Toth also presented “The University of North Florida Water Quality Buoy” at the 2010 Office of Naval Research and Marine Technology Society International Buoy Workshop in March.
College of Education and Human Services
Childhood Education: Dr. Nile Stanley was a featured author for the 14th Annual Poetry Olio of the 55th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association in Chicago. Stanley founded this poetry performance event tradition in 1997 for reading educators. In celebration of National Educators Week, Stanley had a book-signing featuring his books “Creating Readers with Poetry” (http://maupinhouse.com/index.php/authors/nile-stanley/creating-readers-with-poetry.html) and “Performance Literacy Through Storytelling” (http://maupinhouse.com/index.php/authors/nile-stanley/performance-literacy-through-storytelling.html) at an educator reception at the Barnes and Noble store on San Jose Boulevard.
Dr. Christine Weber is working with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) to host the "Teachers New to Gifted Workshop" at Pacetti Bay Middle School in St. Johns County. This free event will be held on June 12 and Jodi O'Meara will be providing the keynote based on her new publication, “Beyond Differentiated Instruction.” In addition, Dr. Weber, along with Dr. Laurel Stanley and Laura Langton, will be hosting the Working on Gifted Issues (WOGI) Institute on June 10 and 11 at the World Golf Village where Dr. Mary Slade, from James Madison University, will be presenting "Best Practices in Gifted Education" to coordinators of gifted programs across the state. Weber and Donnajo Smith (FLDOE) were invited to submit an article titled “Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students Through Online Programs” to Distance Learning for publication this spring. Weber had two more articles, one with Stanley titled "Parents of Gifted Children: Information Needs" and one titled "Providing a Challenging Learning Environment for Middle School and Secondary Gifted and Advanced Readers,” published in the spring issue of the Florida Reading Journal.
Dr. Gigi Morales David, children's author, is leading a writing workshop at the annual Young Writers Workshop May 1. This event targets 4th and 5th grade inner-city students who are interested in developing their creative writing skills.
Dr. Katie Monnin’s article “Aligning the IRA/NCTE Standards to Graphic Novels: An ELA Pedagogy of Multiliteracies" has been accepted for publication in InLand's "Literature for Adolescents" issue, due out in May/June.
Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: Dr. La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin presented a poster session titled “Judicial Review of Grievance Arbitration and Awards in K-12 Schools” at the American Education Finance Association’s annual conference in March. The co-author of the project is Dr. Perry Zirkel, the Third Eminent Scholar Chair in Educational Policy and Economic Development. Osborne-Lampkin’s paper titled “Grievance and Arbitration Practices and Decisions: Outcomes of Rational Decision-making?” was accepted for publication in the Journal of School Leadership.
Office of the Dean: Dr. Marsha Lupi and Kathy Witsell served as faculty trip leaders for the seventh group of students interning in schools in Plymouth, England.
Get to Know
Department: Institutional Advancement Job title: Director of Annual GivingYears at UNF: will be 2 years this summer
What do you do at UNF? Describe your job duties.
I am the director of Annual Giving. The annual giving program consists of strategic, coordinated mini-campaigns and solicitations that raise funds for the University. We solicit alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff through a variety of solicitation vehicles including phone, mail, e-mail and personal visits. Our goal is to increase alumni participation and total dollars raised. In addition, we hope to educate and engage our constituents so that we may build a culture of philanthropy that will transcend generations of Ospreys.
Tell us about your family.
Most of my family lives in England, as that is where my dad was born. In fact, I met my grandpa for the first time over spring break, and my dad met his biological dad for the first time in October - very cool story. I also have a younger sister and both of my parents.Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you:
I am cousins with John Lennon.
I would be a sportscaster. I went to Indiana University and have a B.S. in sport communications.
What would you like to do when you retire?
Honestly, it seems so far away that I can’t even think about retiring right now.What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
This spring, UNF brought a phone program on campus and we hired students to call alumni and parents and ask for support. It was very energizing to have the students over here at Alumni Hall, engaging alumni and raising private support. So the short answer to that question would be the students who are enthusiastic about philanthropy.
What is the best thing you ever won?
I don’t win many things, but my dad is very lucky and he won a cruise during a poker tournament and took my mom, my sister and me. So, I felt like I had won!
If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
I would donate to higher education, give to my parents and sister, buy a nice house on the beach with a pool and basically live a life of luxury. Oh yeah, Tom Mills [associate director of Advancement Services in IA] and I discuss this from time to time and I told him I would give him some money so I better put that on here too in case I “get caught.”
What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
At the gym. I am a gym rat and love pushing myself through cardio and weight workouts … granted, I would also blow an hour eating good food; so the two cancel each other out.
What was the best money you ever spent?
Going to the Super Bowl this year to watch the Colts. Even though the Colts lost, I was able to meet Bill Cowher, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Spike Lee, Shannon Sharpe and Larry Fitzgerald. It was by far one of the most fun weekends in my life, and I think that any football fan should try to make it to a Super Bowl, regardless of whether or not your team is in the game. It was just a bonus that my Colts were there.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
As a student at Indiana University, I was the director of fund raising for IU Dance Marathon my senior year. We raised more than $400,000 for Riley Hospital for Children. There was no better feeling than being in the gymnasium with my peers, Riley Hospital administrators and Riley patients when the total was announced. Now, more than a decade later, they consistently raise more than $1 million a year for Riley Hospital and it is rewarding to know that I was a part of that organization when it was just starting out.What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
The first concert I ever attended was the Oak Ridge Boys at the Indiana State Fair. I don’t remember their individual names, but I do remember standing on my chair as a 5-year-old, just screaming my lungs out for one of the guys I thought was “sooo cute.” Ha ha. The last concert was Big and Rich.
What person had the greatest impact on your life?
Definitely my parents. I am a first-generation college student, and my parents worked very hard to put me through undergrad and grad school. Growing up, there was never a question about whether or not my sister and I would go to school, even though my parents never did. They wanted better for us.
What are you most passionate about?
Football. I admit that when the season is over, I become a little bummed out. I am already gearing up for camp in August and preseason games.
Who is the most famous person you ever met?
In addition to all the football stars mentioned above, I also met Mario Lopez (aka AC Slater on “Saved by the Bell!”) at the Indy 500 last year. Growing up in Speedway, Indiana, I have met a lot of Indy Car/NASCAR drivers too.
Tell us something about you that even your friends don’t know:
I am incredibly shy. Most people see me out and about and I am friendly and talkative, but that takes a lot of courage/energy for me to do. I have had to “train myself” to be a bit more extroverted so that people don’t mistake my shyness for being aloof.
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
Start taking my parents on cruises and other vacations. They take my sister and me everywhere (even though we are 100-percent self sufficient grown adults) and I want to pay them back one day.
What’s the last book you read?
“The Blind Side”
Q: From Joseph Martin (administrative assistant, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean) -- I frequently invite guests on campus to have lunch and tour our beautiful University, most of the time taking advantage of our near-full-service restaurant the Boathouse. Unfortunately, my guests must pay a $3 premium (daily parking) to do so. I know Parking Services and Chartwells are separate entities, but it would be nice to see some cooperative engagement between both groups. Perhaps Chartwells providing Parking Services with a dated voucher for the Boathouse (e.g. a free soft drink) to offer along with the daily parking pass. A free drink could easily lead to the purchase of an entrée (more revenue for Chartwells), and Parking Services might receive less criticism for charging so much for daily parking. Sounds like a win-win proposition. Is such an engagement feasible?A: From Vince Smyth (director, Auxiliary Services) -- Parking Services sells about 850 day permits on an average day. It is really not feasible for Chartwells to provide the potential of 850 free drinks each day. While many would obviously go unused, it is safe to say beverage revenues would decrease significantly. Further, the amount of paper required to produce these vouchers would be quite significant over the course of a year, much of which would end up tossed in the trash.
Q: From Deborah Bundy (retirement manager, Human Resources) -- Someone is going to get hit at the crosswalks in front of the Arena. I am amazed at the number of students who walk across without even looking. This week, I witnessed a student flying across on his bicycle, nearly getting hit. Aren’t the skateboarders and bicyclists supposed to walk across?
A: From John Dean (chief, University Police Department) – Currently, they have the right of way and do not have to walk. We have some policy revisions in the works now that will require them to if they are passed by the Board of Trustees.
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Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in May.
Paul Ladnier, Associate Professor, Art and Design
Beverly Evans, Director, TSI/Foundation Accounting
Jeffery Ross, Store Receiving Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Diana Bednarik, Graphic Designer, Training & Services Institute
Michael Ballentine, Law Enforcement Officer, Campus Police
Charles Calhoun, Chair/Professor, Accounting & Finance
Charlene Dawston, Office Manager, Health Promotion
Lien Phan, Coordinator of Budgets, Student Affairs
Tamra Conner, Office Manager, Art and Design
Waheeda Rahman, Office Manager, Aquatic Center
Evelyn Serrano, Office Manager, Controller’s Office
Daniel Simon, IT Network Engineer, Information Technology Services
Patricia Colvin, Adjunct, Public Health
Dana McCoy, Program Assistant, ADA Compliance
The following employees were either hired by UNF or accepted new positions at UNF from mid-March to mid-April:
Brenda Carmine, Financial Aid Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing
Philip Cox, Director MEA Research, Mechanical Engineering
Alberto Cubillas Capote, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Douglas Diez, Senior Chemical Process Engineer, Mechanical Engineering
Jesus Garcia, Groundskeeper, University Housing
Celeste Hart, Assistant Director of Development, Brooks College of Health
Devi Karki, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Durga Karki, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Alex Lane, Groundskeeper, University Housing
Susan Massey, University Librarian, Carpenter Library
Paul Newton, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing
Leigh Palmer, Assistant Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences
Joseph Radicioni, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Carl Schumacher, Senior Equipment Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Reginal Smith, Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities
Jeanette Toohey, Assistant Director, Continuing Education
As risky sexual behaviors remain high among Florida teens, our adolescents are faced with epidemic rates of STDs, HIV and unplanned pregnancy. The need for more prevention is critical. Dr. Elissa Barr, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health, discusses the facts about teen sexuality and unplanned pregnancy.
How widespread are STDs and HIV?
Incredibly! Every year in the U.S. there are approximately 19 million new cases of STDs. More than half of these are youth ages 15 to 24. We now know that one in four sexually active teens has an STD. Florida youth are no different. In 2008, there were 50,000 new cases of Chlamydia among women in Florida. Of these, almost 40,000 (80 percent) were among females ages 15 to 24.
Every 9.5 minutes, another person in the U.S. becomes infected with HIV. In 2006 alone, there were 56,300 new cases. Young people ages 13 to 29 made up the largest group (34 percent or 19,200). Nationally, Florida ranks second in reported cases of adolescent HIV/AIDS, and Jacksonville ranks No. 14 in the rate of new AIDS cases among all U.S. metropolitan areas.
How common is teen pregnancy?
The U.S. leads all other developed countries in teen pregnancy and births. One in three of our teenage girls become pregnant at least once before age 20, with more than 400,000 babies being born to teens each year. Florida currently ranks No. 12 in teen pregnancy rates. In 2006, an increase in the U.S. teen pregnancy and birth rate occurred for the first time in almost 15 years, which raises national concern.
Why do we have such high numbers?
There are several reasons. Many teens are sexually active and engage in risky sexual behaviors. In a national Centers for Disease Control survey, 66 percent of Florida high school seniors reported having had sex and 24.4 percent reported having had four or more sexual partners. Additionally, many teens don’t use contraception correctly and consistently. Teens report little knowledge of contraceptives and only half report using contraception every time. Finally, most STDs produce little or no symptoms, so people may not know they are infected but continue to spread them.
What can we do?
Talk with young people, not just about sex. Open communication and talking with your teens in general has been shown to be a protective factor in reducing risky sexual behavior. Bring up sensitive topics and be involved in their lives. Also, support evidence-based sexuality education in our schools. Research shows that programs containing information about both abstinence and contraception are effective. Such programs have delayed initiation of sex, reduced the numbers of partners and increased contraception. Numerous state and national studies consistently show that the majority of parents support schools teaching both abstinence and contraceptives. There should also be an increase in testing and treatment. Make it “the norm” to get tested, so people know their STD and HIV status.
What does Florida require in the schools?
Florida requires teaching Comprehensive Health Education, including HIV/STDs and teen pregnancy. However, local school boards decide how this is taught and which topics are included. A recent study found that the majority (87 percent) of Florida teachers agree that some form of sexuality education takes place in their schools. However, it’s often not given enough time, not accessible to all students and occurs late in one’s high school career.
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Common misconceptions keep many people from eating eggs. Dr. Catherine Christie, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, unscrambles the dietary facts and myths about egg nutrition.
Eggs also contain many other essential nutrients, including vitamins A, D, B-12, B-6, choline, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folate, as well as minerals like phosphorus, selenium, zinc, calcium and iron. Eggs also contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for eye health.
Now that you know the truth about eggs, try this heart-healthy egg recipe, which makes a delightful light and nutritious dinner with a simple green salad and fruit:
Spring Vegetable Frittata
Nonstick cooking spray
½ cup skim milk
1 cup sliced mushrooms
6 spears chopped asparagus
1 cup green peas
4 stalks green onion, chopped
½ cup shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. black pepper
Nutrition Analysis per serving:
Protein: 18 gm
Carbohydrate: 7 gm
Fat: 12.75 gm
Saturated fat: 5.5 gm
Monounsaturated fat: 5 gm
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5 gm
Fiber: 3 gm
Sodium: 206 mg
The Goods runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union Taste section. In each article a faculty member from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics discusses facts and myths about a particular food and includes a healthy recipe. The UNF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is made up of eight full-time faculty and several adjunct instructors, with approximately 215 UNF undergraduate students and 30 graduate students. Areas of faculty research include obesity prevention and treatment, eating disorders, cultural food patterns, nutrition education in underserved populations, metabolic syndrome and HIV/AIDS.
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