Taped to the
wall near the front door of the Disability Resource Center is a floor plan for
the future 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility the center will occupy
in an addition to the Education Building. The new facility, which will include
multiple testing and study carrels, a resource library, lab, reception room and
offices for faculty and staff, will replace the DRC’s current space in Honors
Hall that the center has outgrown.
Webb, director of the DRC since January 2006 and professor in the Department of
Exceptional Student and Deaf Education, said growth over the years in the
number of students the center serves and accommodations provided to students
has been overwhelming.
“There were 236 students registered with the DRC when I started,
and we now have just under 800,” she said. “We continue to offer increasing
numbers of services to increasing numbers of students who need accommodations
in order to level the playing field.”
the DRC’s current facility as piecemeal, with furniture scavenged from various
campus locations and extra offices added on here and there when they become
available — although she’s quick to point out that she and her staff are very
appreciative for all they have, including extraordinary support from Student
been because of the willingness of the staff that we’ve been able to make it
work for the students,” she said. “The University has been wonderful in giving
us additional rooms and additional facilities and equipment. The support from
the UNF community has just been amazing. But the bottom line is that our
facility has just been a makeshift one until we could arrive at our ultimate
goal of building a state-of-the-art facility that students deserve.”
anticipates the construction and completion of the new facility, after having
been one of many involved in its design.
biggest advantage of the new DRC is the inclusion of small testing rooms that
will be accessible to all of our students. These rooms will have a monitor
system whereby we can electronically monitor every single testing room. It will
be incredible,” Webb said. “We received considerable input from students when
we were designing. They were the ones who suggested features like curved walls
around corners so students who are wheelchair or walker users won’t have to
maneuver around sharp corners. We’ll also have accessible hallways and
bathrooms big enough for a care assistant if needed.”
another feature of the new facility, which will be on the ground floor of the
two-story addition, is a large reception area to accommodate faculty and
students at the same time. “And each one of our offices will be accessible and
big enough for even the most complex and sophisticated wheelchair,” she added.
The DRC serves students with physical, medical, hearing, vision or
speech disabilities, as well as those diagnosed with learning disabilities,
autism, ADD/ADHD and psychological or emotional disabilities. The center aims to ensure that all
students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at
UNF and to partner with other units on campus to provide these students the
opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.
The new center,
with its custom-designed amenities, will help DRC staff provide services to
meet the needs of students with disabilities. This includes providing
specialized technology and tools and working with students and faculty to set
up specific accommodations to help students successfully complete course
“The range of accommodations is as far-reaching as the numbers of
students we have here on campus, because we try to fit a set of accommodations
to match with the students’ needs,” Webb said.
According to Shari Shuman,
vice president for Administration and Finance, construction of the new
will be funded from an allocation to UNF approved this year by the state
Legislature and Governor Crist from the Public Education Capital Outlay
Trust Fund, as well as private donations to the University. “In addition
to funding for the new DRC facility on the
first floor, funding has also been approved for construction of new
for the On-Campus Transition Program and the Military and Veterans
Center on the second floor,” Shuman said. “That works out well because
synergy between all three of these programs.”
of the new center will also provide collaborative opportunities between the staff
and students in the DRC and faculty, staff and students in the College of
Education and Human Services.
“The advancement of the DRC has been a
project of love for many people—from hiring Dr. Kris Webb as director of the
DRC to advocating for the appropriate funds to construct the DRC building,”
said Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president of Student and International
Affairs. “The location of the DRC is worth noting and is critical in that it
will be attached to the newly built College of Education and Human Services,
creating a symbolic relationship between the college and the DRC.”
But before the
DRC can open and move into its new facility, more than a few details have to be
determined. The original design called for a facility to house just the DRC
and now the design calls for adding a second floor to house the OCT Program and
Military and Veterans Resource Center. Director of Campus Planning, Design and
Construction Zak Ovadia said his office is still working on the project
details. Those details include an estimated construction start date, completion
date and total project cost.
Webb, who says the anticipated construction cost for the DRC
facility was originally estimated at around $5 million, naturally hopes the
project will move forward quickly — and she looks forward to being housed in
the Education Building with so many additional resources nearby.
Now in its sixth year, WOW officially begins Aug. 20, when students
start moving into residence halls, with a variety of activities, including a
luau in Osprey Plaza, comedy, games and other entertainment and a showcase of
student and faculty organizations.
“We’re introducing a new student convocation and pinning ceremony this
year to provide students with a more formal and structured welcome event than
we’ve done previously,” said Dr. Lucy Croft, assistant vice president for
Student Affairs. “Commencement is a formal exit from UNF, so this is the other
book-end to their academic career.”
Croft said the inaugural student convocation Sunday, Aug. 22, will be
modeled after commencement ceremonies. Incoming students and their parents will
receive welcome messages from President John Delaney, Provost Mark Workman, Vice
President for Student and International Affairs Mauricio Gonzalez, Student Government
Byll-Cataria and other key administrators. Students will receive a UNF lapel
pin that symbolizes the UNF values, Student Government will present awards and
the class of 2014 Values Banners will be unveiled.
“Students really want that feeling of having long-standing traditions
they can be proud of,” said Croft. “It‘s a great first step toward transforming
them into engaged and involved alumni.”
Croft said the idea for the student-focused convocation originated a few
years ago as a suggestion from Chris Arsenault, then an undergraduate political
science major, who thought a formal ceremony might foster more school spirit
among the incoming freshman classes.
“It is an opportunity to hear the creed, UNF’s rich history and
wonderful motivational speeches,” said Arsenault, who now works as an
administrative assistant at the UNF Institute for Values, Community and
Leadership. “It is about building Osprey pride and building a feeling during
that first week away from Mom and Dad that we are now becoming responsible
That first week in college can be daunting, Croft said, so this year
about 100 WOW leaders - upperclassmen who have volunteered and been trained to
be mentors and “real world” guides - will help to ease freshmen into their new
campus life. Each WOW leader will shepherd about 20 incoming students to Week
of Welcome activities, familiarize them with key campus locations and services
and help them make new friends.
Selected by the Division of Student Affairs in April, WOW leaders
received training similar to the Swoop Squad so they’d be up to par on campus
living, UNF history, academic programs, student services and other activities.
Incoming students started corresponding with WOW leaders in July to get
firsthand perspectives on what to expect and ask any last minute questions. Hopefully,
the connection with WOW leaders has helped maintain the incoming students’
excitement for attending UNF.
One session involving WOW leaders will highlight and illustrate themes
from this year’s UNF Reads! selection, Len Fisher’s “Rock, Paper, Scissors:
Game Theory in Everyday Life.” As
the students play the classic childhood game, they will explore the critical
thinking process of how they and the other player made their choices. The book and
exercise expands this simple game into a larger exploration of game theory,
which illuminates social behaviors such as the decision-making process people use when confronted with competitive situations -
especially when they have limited information about the other players' choices
- and how social norms and a sense of fair play can produce cooperative
solutions rather than competitive ones.
To integrate these learned theories into practice and emphasize the UNF
core value of service, about 10 WOW leaders and 60 new students will
participate in a series of one-day transformational learning experiences during
the fall semester, Croft said. It
will involve a mix of simulation exercises, field analysis, hands-on learning,
speakers and group discussions.
Both groups will receive training from Hands On Jacksonville and the
United Way on how to engage and involve low-income communities. One exercise
will have the students navigate the
daily routine of a family living below the poverty level, encouraging them to
think about such things as how they might get to work if they don’t own a car or
what they can buy with just food stamps. This community-based transformational
learning exercise was designed to help students better understand others’
perspectives. Then, the students will work with community service organizations
in Jacksonville’s impoverished areas in October and November.
“Extending WOW into the community is going to
help our students develop a greater sense of
belonging and responsibility as members of a larger community,” Croft said. “What
better tradition could UNF impart to its students?”
The history of The
Power of Transformation campaign will undoubtedly be written with stories
about major donors and significant gifts. However, the UNF Foundation Board is
playing a sometimes overlooked role in transforming students and the community.
For several years, the Foundation has funded a series of
board initiatives designed to support faculty in smaller projects and to help
students experience a transformation in some element of their education.
The most recent initiatives cover such varied projects as
aiding diabetics to be better managers of their disease, improving literacy
among struggling first graders and fostering a campus beautification program
with student-created sculpture.
Diabetes Nutrition Project
With Type 2 diabetes reaching epidemic proportions in the
United States, low-income Jacksonville residents are particularly affected
because they may not have regular access to health care. At the Beaches
Community Health Care Clinic operated by the Sulzbacher Center, an estimated 60
percent of its clients have Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Lauri Wright in the Brooks College of Health Department
of Nutrition and Dietetics came up with a proposal to offer an education
program at the clinic, which does not offer any nutrition services.
“Often clients are making choices between food, housing or
paying for their medication,” Wright said. “Nutrition education is an effective
way of managing their diabetes and perhaps eliminating or reducing the need for
The program consists of an initial individual evaluation,
three weekly group education classes followed by two weekly support groups and
a follow-up individual evaluation.
UNF graduate nutrition student Rachael McCandless
implemented the program. She used a “social entrepreneurial” model in which the
project was considered its own business. She developed marketing materials;
spread the word to Beaches area pharmacies, grocery stores, retirement
communities, restaurants and social service agencies; and recruited program
week, while Wright handles the educational part of the program, McCandless
prepares a diabetic healthy meal. While participants are eating, she sits down
with them and answers questions about menu selection, food ingredients and meal
preparation. The Foundation provided $8,000 for the program.
“This has been an important experience for me because it
allows me to practice what I’ve learned in the classroom. It allows me to use
all my skills from designing a health program and marketing it to delivering it
to a low-income community in a holistic way. It’s allowed me to make the
connections between my various classes,” she said.
McCandless, who hopes to graduate in December with a
master’s in nutrition, would like to work in similar programs in schools or at
clinics. “I’ve really enjoyed building this program from scratch and helping
people in the process.”
The literacy program is the
brainchild of two faculty members in the College of Education and Human
Services. Drs. Susan Syverud and Katerina Hall have investigated the impact
their UNF students have on struggling first-grade readers at Woodland Acres
Elementary, an Urban Professional Development Schools with Duval County. Results
indicated that only one hour of intensive one-on-one or small group instruction
a week made a significant difference in reading for the children.
Beginning this fall, Syverud said the program goes beyond
the classroom. The UNF Foundation project will also allow literacy training to
be extended to parents, teachers and business partners in the community. This
will provide opportunities for about 20 UNF students to assume leadership roles
as they assist in the trainings.
The $8,000 project is expected to result in about 150 more
parents, teachers, business partners and community volunteers becoming more
knowledgeable and skilled in providing individual instruction to young
struggling readers and to engage in research-based reading aloud practices with
any child in our community schools.
“Our UNF students have provided a safety net for these early
readers at Woodland Acres Elementary and will now have an opportunity to expand
their skills by training others to help young struggling readers in our community.
The need is very great,” she said.
With attractive new buildings and an emphasis on enhanced
landscaping, the UNF campus has become more aesthetically pleasing in recent
years. That emphasis will continue with a campus sculpture project.
Jenny Hager, an instructor in the Department of Art &
Design, is coordinating a competition among her students this fall to produce
two sculptures to be located in high visibility areas on campus.
The Foundation approved $9,000 for this project. The money has allowed site preparation
and the purchase of equipment that students will use in the sculpture project. The
sculptures will then be installed for two years. Hager hopes the project will
be continued so eventually the campus would support a series of new sculptures which
would be replaced every two years. “In this model, the UNF campus could become
a citywide destination, as local community members would visit the campus for
walking tours of the student work. We could provide walking tour maps at the
Student Union as well as other prime locations throughout the community,” she
One of the students who will be competing is Scott Mihalik,
a junior from Jacksonville who has participated in other public art projects on
campus. “I’m very interested in getting the experience and going through the
process of having my work reviewed and getting feedback. It will be a very
important learning experience for me especially if I’m interested in competing
in other competitions for art in public places.”
Squared: The Creative Response Experiment,” a project showcasing the enormous
talent of local professional and amateur artists on hundreds of tiny canvases,
will debut Sept. 1 and be on display for two months at the Museum of
Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF.
curator Ben Thompson describes the installation that will be located in the
museum’s atrium as a “wonderful snapshot of Jacksonville’s imagination” and a
natural extension of other museum initiatives that engage local artists, such
as its annual Studio Tour and rotating MOCA Store LAB Gallery exhibits.
Squared” had humble beginnings in the Riverside art studio of
Jacksonville-based sculptor Dolf James. He and local painter Christina Foard
have met monthly for quite some time to critique each other's work, talk about
the current art scene and chat. During one of their conversations, James said
that Foard began to “paint interesting designs on one of the leftovers,” 5-inch-by-5-inch wooden boxes covered
in a special chalk-like primer – scattered around his studio.
pair wondered what might happen if they encouraged other visitors to James’
studio to paint a box and then display them in a constantly expanding grid. As
they grew more excited about the idea, they wondered what it might be like if
they built and distributed hundreds of the boxes.
said he began to build more boxes in early April, and he and Foard initially
handed them out to their friends. Word spread throughout the visual arts
community via the Riverside Arts Market, the artists’ websites, Facebook and Art
Walk, a free art showcase held at various locations downtown on the first
Wednesday of each month.
Before long, James had built almost
2,000 boxes and his studio and home were brimming with hundreds of
contributions. Foard and James wanted the project to include everyone from
Jacksonville, no matter what their skill level.”
the purpose of this experiment our definition of an ‘artist’ is anyone who has
the imagination to do a square and the courage to have it hung with hundreds of
others in a public place,” he said. “We’ve had people as old as 92 and as young
as 3 do something.”
Design faculty members Jenny Hager, Lance Vickery, Jim Draper, Nofa Dixon and
Paul Ladnier are among the participating contributors from UNF.
“I love collaborative works and the
spirit of the project is great,” Hager said. “I love bringing together local
artists to create a piece that is about both the individual and the group.”
She said that her piece, a cast iron
bird on a small tree branch with several elements of a nest, was
challenging because she is not accustomed to working on such a small scale.
“It’s an interesting visual problem
to solve because the format has a certain number of defined criteria,” she
said. “It's up to each individual to create a unique two dimensional
composition given these guidelines. Conceptually, each artist will try to fill
the prescribed space with a work that represents his/her individual style.”
said “Imagination Squared” has been one of his most interesting, challenging
and exciting curatorial opportunities. “Displaying so many paintings with such
diverse subject matter, art styles and media has to balance how the viewer will
be able to appreciate both the totality of the work and the specific details of
about this showcase continues to grow, and both James and Thompson anticipate
the exhibit’s first major exposure at Art Walk Sept. 8 will be one of
Jacksonville’s largest art functions.
more information about “Imagination Squared,” contact MOCA at (904) 366-6911.
A new public
safety campaign starting in mid-August, “Stroll It, Don’t Roll It,” will remind
students and other users of non-motorized vehicles, such as skateboards, bikes,
skates, in-line skates and push scooters, that UPD can fine them $30 per
instance for not dismounting before they cross UNF Drive, Alumni Drive, Betty
Holzendorf Drive or the North-South Road.
In June, UNF’s
Board of Trustees approved the measure to fine violators of the new regulation
as a preventive action to make campus safer for pedestrians and motorists. UPD
Chief John Dean noted that a UNF student riding a skateboard near the crosswalk
connecting Osprey Fountains with the core of campus was injured when a truck struck
him in January.
has had a 50 percent increase in the number of near misses over the past few
years,” Dean said. ”It only takes a split second for a near miss to become
something much more serious.”
students will be notified by Student Update, informational flyers around campus
and residence halls, ads in the Spinnaker, signage, Student Union video screens
and strategically placed sidewalk graphics. He will even assign officers at
crosswalks to distribute flyers to passersby.
that employees who see students violating the new regulation politely remind
them about “Stroll It, Don’t Roll It” and to report any problem areas on campus
Faculty & Staff
Brooks College of Health
Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences: Dr. Shana Harrington traveled to Athens, Greece, for the Greek Open
Nationals Paralympics swim meet. Harrington was promoted to the Level 2 medical classifier rank for Paralympics
swimming and is theonly one in the
United States to hold this rank. There are 12 who hold this rank
Drs. Russell A.
Smith and Allen Moore presented
a three-hour educational program, “Podcasting as an Instructional Multimedia Tool to Enhance
Problem-Based Learning” at the American Physical Therapy
Association Annual Meeting in June in Boston. Dr. Ann Noonan also presented a three-hour educational program, “Moving
Forward for the DPT Clinical Education,” along with Gina Musolino from the
University of South Florida. Noonan also co-presented two poster presentations:
“The Virtual Clinical Education Office” with a colleague from physical therapy,
Mary Lundy, and “Practice what you
Preach” with Moore.
Coggin College of
& Finance: Drs. Jeffrey Michelman and Jeffrey Steagall (Economics &
Geography), along with Václav Řeřicha of Palacky University, recently published
“The Accidental Entrepreneur” in the International Journal of Case Research and
Application. Michelman also received a leadership award from the World
Association of Case Research and Application.
& Logistics: Dr. Ronald Adams published an article
titled “Prescription Drug Labeling and ‘Over-Warning’: The Disturbing Case of
Diana Levine and Wyeth Pharmaceutical” in Business and Society Review, Vol.
115, No. 2 (Summer 2010).
College of Arts and
English: Dr. Mark Ari published
“Looking Back on Louis” in Prick of the Spindle, Vol. 4, No. 2.
Dr. Tiffany Beechy
had a book titled “The Poetics of Old English” published by Ashgate in June.
Nicholas de Villiers presented a paper, “‘Chinese Cheers’: Hou
Hsiao-hsien and Transnational Homage,” at the inaugural Asian Conference on
Arts and Humanities in Osaka, Japan. His article, “Documentary and the
Anamnesis of Queer Space: The Polymath, or, the Life and Opinions of Samuel R.
Delany, Gentleman,” was reprinted in the program of Contraband Cinema at
BAMcinématek June 30 to July 8.
Juliana Leding presented the poster "Contrast Effects: Exposure to
Attractive Avatars Affects Our Perceptions of People" at the annual
meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston in May. The
presentation was co-authored by UNF graduate Kaydee M. Sharpe.
Computing, Engineering and Construction
Construction Management: Dr.
David Lambert, Dr. Patrick Welsh
(Taylor Engineering Research Institute), Robert
Richardson and Terry Smith (CCEC
Dean's Office) and Mike Toth and Rachel Vasquez (electrical engineering
graduate and undergraduate research assistants) participated in Florida's 2010
State-wide Hurricane Field Exercises June 3-4. UNF’s Hurricane Damage
Assessment Rapid Response Team (HDARRT) was the only university invited to
participate this year, and the group demonstrated personnel advanced
reconnaissance, forensic, data analysis and visualization technologies
developed by the team.
Dean’s Office: Dr. Jerry Merckel participated in the IEEE 2010 Vail Computer Elements
International Workshop, June 27-30, and serves as the vice chair of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Technical Committee on
School of Engineering: Drs. Chris Brown and Alan Harris
recently published two papers: “The Proposed University of North Florida
Environmental Hydrology Living Laboratory – An Ideal Framework for Active
Learning” in Review of Higher Education and Self-Learning, Vol. 3, No. 5; and
“Providing a Dependable Peak Supply and Green Energy for Small Water Systems
Using Aquifer, Storage and Recovery (ASR) Wells” in the Proceedings from the
Annual Conference, American Water Works Association, May 22-25. Harris also
served as the faculty adviser for the electrical engineering student team
(Pedro Duarte, Ganna Kudrey Lewis, Rasem Mourad, Anna Nguyen and Pedro Sierra)
that won first place in the static competition at the 7th Annual ION autonomous
lawnmower competition in Beavercreek, Ohio. In the static competition, a
lawnmower had to autonomously navigate and mow a rectangular area of grass
while avoiding a static object. Other universities participating in the static
competition were California State University (Fullerton), University of
Cincinnati, Georgia Southern University, University of Florida, University of
Michigan (Dearborn) and University of New Haven. The team received a $2,000
prize for winning the competition. Kevin
Anderson served as an alumni adviser for the team.
Adel ElSafty presented and published his paper titled “Designing &
Testing of Prestressed Concrete at UNF" at the 2010 Federation for
Structural Concrete Congress, Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Convention
and Bridge Conference, May 29 - June 2. Four UNF student posters were also
displayed at the PCI exhibition. Other activities by Dr. ElSafty include ABET
accreditation training, student tours of construction sites and bridges and
student practice on communication skills with help from McVeigh & Mangum
Dean Krusienski recently co-authored and published “A Novel P300-based
Brain-computer Interface Stimulus Presentation Paradigm: Moving Beyond Rows and
Columns” (with G. Townsend, B.K. LaPallo, C.B. Boulay, G.E. Frye, C.K. Hauser,
N.E. Schwartz, T.M. Vaughan, J.P. Wolpaw and E.W. Sellers) in Neurophysiology,
Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2010. He also presented an abstract titled “Control of the
P300 Speller using Electrocorticographic Signals” (with J. Shih); “It Takes a
Village: Developing and Deploying EEG-based BCIs for Long-Term Independent Home
Use by People with Severe Disabilities” (with McFarland, D. Zeitlin, Sellers, T.
Heiman-Patterson, S. Feldman, L. Tenteromano, J. Mak, P. Tsui, S. Winden,
Townsend, W. Sarnacki, J. King, N. Tokas, E. Emore, P. Brunner, G. Schalk and
Wolpaw) and presented an invited lecture titled “An Introduction to BCI Feature
Extraction and Translation, NSF BCI Colloquium” at the Fourth International
Brain-Computer Interface meeting in Monterey, Calif. Krusienski also served on
the organizing committee, was a judge for the student poster competition and
was the workshop leader for “BCI Feature Extraction and Translation: Field
Potentials” at the same meeting.
Pat Welsh served as the faculty mentor for the UNF Blue Ray Team (Keith
Stilson, Shane Kennett and Nick Waytowich) in the 2010 MATE International
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition June 14-27. In spite of tough
competition from 34 teams from around the world, including Russia, China and
Canada, they took home fourth place. They also won the award for Design
Sherif Elfayoumy was awarded a U.S.
patent, “Method and Computer Program Product for Converting Ontologies into
Concept Semantic Networks.”
Education and Human Services
Childhood Education: Dr. Katie Monnin presented on the pop-top
graphic novel stage at the Annual American Library Association Conference June
28. Her topic was resources for teaching graphic novels.
Drs. Mike Smith and Jacque Batey traveled to Istanbul,
Turkey, along with a representative from the Cummer Museum of Art to attend the
Third International Conference on the Inclusive Museum in June. Their
presentation, “A Special Collaboration Within the Galleries: A Successful
Partnership Between an Art Museum and a University College of Education,” was
well received by the international audience. Leadership, Counseling and Instructional
Technology: At the June International Society for Technology in Education
(ISTE) conference in Denver, Dr. Terry
Cavanaugh made multiple presentations, including “Word Clouds” and “Take
this Book and Map It” with co-author Jerome Burg. His presentation was about
their upcoming book on using digital mapping resources with literature. Terry
Cavanaugh was also the lead presenter at the SITSEG group session on electronic
Drs. Warren Hodge and La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin presented the
findings of their study, “An Evaluative Study of Bradford Middle School Uniform
Policy: Merit, Worth, and Impact,” to the Bradford County School Board in
June. The researchers investigated the impact of Bradford Middle School’s
uniform policy on student discipline, attendance and achievement.
Get to Know
Department: UNF Police
Job title: Detective SergeantYears at UNF: 18
What do you
do at UNF? Describe your job duties.
I currently supervise the detective and traffic units on campus
and investigate criminal and non-criminal cases [as an] internal affairs
investigator and police applicant background investigator.
Tell us about
I am a single parent with a 19-year-old son and a 6-year-old
something that would surprise people to know about you.
I think I am a really good cook. My most favorite food to cook is
spaghetti. I can eat it all day, every day.
something about you that even your friends don’t know.
I volunteer with the Salvation Army to give them a hand.
What is the
best thing you ever won?
$1,000. I won the money in a raffle I paid $5
for while on vacation in New York. I used the money to assist in purchasing a
truck. It came at a good time.
What was the first concert you ever
attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
My first real concert was in Norfolk, Va., and
the performer was Prince. It’s been a long time since I attended a
concert, but the last one I remember was with Frankie Beverly and Maze here in
Who is the
most famous person you ever met?
Danny Glover, Rudy Giuliani, Blair Underwood. If you could choose any other career,
what would it be and why?
I would have remained in the military (Navy) because it was indeed
an adventure for me.
had the greatest impact on your life?
My dad. My dad has been retired for about 10
years now. He worked for a bus company in New York and retired on disability.
Anytime I need someone to talk to I can just pick up the phone and call
him. He was always there for me
and he continues to be there today.
What would you like to do when you
Get a part-time job, fish and do more traveling.
What are you
most passionate about?
I am most passionate about children and their safety.
What is your favorite way to blow an
hour? Sleeping/dreaming about getting more sleep.
What was the
best money you ever spent?
The best money I’ve ever spent is taking vacations. Some of my
favorite places to vacation are Memphis, Houston, Kissimmee and Jamaica.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of
The proudest moment in my life was when I witnessed the birth of
both of my children.What is your favorite thing about
working at UNF?
My most favorite thing about UNF is the people who work here.
What do you
hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
Retire. I have seven more years until I can retire.
If you won
the lottery, what would do with the money?
Invest most of it in my children’s future, help my family and use
some for myself.
last book you read?
The last book I read was “The Seven Pillars of Health.”
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a
milestone anniversary at UNF in August.
Raymond Drayton, Assistant
Landscaping Grounds Support, Physical Facilities
Robert Bohle, Professor, Communication
Signe Evans, Library Services Specialist,
Patricia Holley, Training
Specialist, Training & Services Institute
Marnie Jones, Professor, Arts & Sciences
Lawrence Mao, Instructional Lab Specialist, Physics
Paul Mason, Chair/Professor, Economics
David Schwam-Baird, Associate
Professor, Political Science & Public Administration
George Smith, Professor, Foundations &
Henry Thomas, Associate Professor, Political
Science & Public Administration
Andrew Beall, Senior Lecturer, Biology
Berrin Beasley, Associate Professor, Communication
Gordon Brock, Chair/Professor, Music
Terence Cavanaugh, Assistant
Professor, Leadership &
Donald Haley, Assistant Professor, Public Health
Michael Hallett, Chair/Professor,
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Cynthia Jordan, Associate University Librarian,
Ronald Libby, Professor, Political Science &
Luminita Razaila, Instructor,
Mathematics & Statistics
Phillip Riner, Professor, Foundations &
A. Russell Smith, Chair/Associate
Professor, Clinical & Applied Movement Science
Amy Wainwright, Senior Instructor, English
Christine Weber, Associate
Professor, Childhood Education
Andrea Altice, Adjunct, Brooks College of Health
Jacqueline Batey, Assistant
Professor, Childhood Education
Blake Coglianese, Assistant
Professor, Art & Design
Nancy Correa-Matos, Assistant
Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics
Vanessa Cruz, Assistant Professor, Art & Design
Reham Eltantawy, Assistant
Professor, Marketing & Logistics
Daniel Gottlieb, Associate
Sami Hamid, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Mitchell Haney, Assistant Professor, Philosophy &
Charles Hubbuch, Assistant
Director, Physical Facilities
Shannon Italia, Manager of the Career Management
Center, Career Services
Kareem Jordan, Assistant Professor, Criminology
& Criminal Justice
Marsha Lupi, Associate Dean, Education & Human
Natalie Mack, Document Scanning Associate, Enrollment
Kimberly Matthews, Athletic Business
Manager, Intercollegiate Athletics
Amara McMann, Adjunct, Art & Design
Julie Merten, Instructor, Public Health
Jamie Moon, Lecturer, Biology
Antony Paulraj, Associate Professor, Management
Tiffiny Poole, Senior Payroll Representative,
William Romanchick, Lecturer,
Paul Schreier, Academic Adviser, Coggin College of
Toazmin Siddiqui, Laboratory
Randall Tinnin, Associate Professor, Music
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or accepted new positions at UNF from mid-June to mid-July:
Deiderie Allard, Associate Director
of Residence Life, University Housing
Chad Autry, Adjunct, Marketing & Logistics
Tommy Barnes, Assistant Athletic Coach,
Amy Brown, Senior Financial Systems Analyst,
Financial Systems Department
George Crisp, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical
Steven Davis, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical
John Frank, Coordinator of Marketing
Publications, Student Affairs
Ernest Fulton, IT Support Coordinator, Student
Davey Heard, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical
Raymond Laval, Head Athletic Coach, Baseball
Megan Mauney, Development Officer, Student Affairs
Brian Morgan, Director of Sports Media Relations,
Amanda Mueller, Coordinator of Residence Life,
Marilyn Myers, Adjunct, Foundations & Secondary
Timothy Parenton, Assistant Athletic
John Powell, IT Support Tech, Information
Theresa Rose, Adjunct, Nursing
Ajay Samant, Dean/Professor, Coggin College of
Laura Shellaberger, Assistant Athletic
Trainer, Intercollegiate Athletics
Melissa Tiberio, Coordinator,
Danielle Vitale, Coordinator of
Residence Life, University Housing
Edward Walicki, Coordinator of Residence Life,
Christian Wells, Coordinator of
Residence Life, University Housing
Kate Mattingly Learch (Coggin Study
Abroad) and Chad Learch (Admissions)
welcomed Lenora Marie. She was born June 29, weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and
measured 19 inches long.
Peggy Tattersall (Enrollment Services)and her husband, Eric, recently
welcomed the birth of their identical twin sons Jacob Nathaniel (6 pounds, 9
ounces) and Cole Alexander (5 pounds, 12 ounces). They were born May 15.
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There was a time when
students had to hide comic books in their backpacks to get them into
classrooms, but today many schools across the nation have had an attitude
change toward comics and graphic novels. Dr. Katie Monnin, a UNF literacy
professor, discusses the use of graphic novels in the classroom.
Why should teachers, parents and students care
about graphic novels?
Teachers, parents and
students should care about graphic novels because modern graphic novels operate
on a literary level. The modern graphic novel is comparable to traditional
literature like Fitzgerald’s“The
Great Gatsby” or Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” In fact, because graphic novels
call on students to read two types of literacies simultaneously—print-text
literacies and image literacies—many literacy scholars now argue that reading
graphic novels activates two types of intelligences.
Where did the term “graphic novel” come from?
This question is a hot-button
topic in the comic book and graphic novel world. The credit for the term
usually goes to Will Eisner. Mainstream knowledge has it that Eisner coined the
term when he wrote what is often considered the first graphic novel, “The
Contract with God” in 1978. However, there are many comic book and graphic
novel experts who give credit to others.
Are graphic novels considered “real literature?”
Yes, graphic novels are
real literature. The criteria that is applied to traditional, canonical and
print-text literature can be applied to graphic novels. For instance, the
elements of story—plot, setting, character and so on—are also found in graphic
Young adults are currently buying graphic novels in
record numbers. How can parents and teachers help students to understand the
literary value of graphic novels?
Teachers can start by
acknowledging just how literary they are—just how smart and cutting-edge it is
for modern students to be on top of this new literary format. When students
read a graphic novel, teachers can also explain that students are using two
types of intelligences. Pointing out the depth of development of the elements
of story and the aesthetic reading potential found in graphic novels are key
Can you recommend some age-appropriate graphic
For early readers
(kindergarten through second grade), I would recommend that teachers and
parents consult Toon Books, which goes out of its way to offer high-quality
comics for kids. You can find them online at: www.toonbooks.com.
For third through sixth
graders, I would recommend that parents, teachers and librarians check out Jeff Smith’s “Bone”series .. Originally published in comic book format, this epic
story has made a notoriously engaging and kid-friendly transition into graphic
First Second Books does an
excellent job reaching out to middle-school readers. They have published a
number of top-notch graphic novels, including “Foiled” by Jane Yolen and Mike
Cavallaro; “Resistance” by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis; “Booth”by C.C. Colbert and Tanitoc; and “The
Unsinkable Walker Bean” by Aaron Renier. You can check out their website at
Some of the most
recognizable and student-friendly graphic novels for high-school readers are “Persepolis”by Marjane Satrapi; “Fun Home: A Family
Tragicomic” by Alison Bechdel; “Maus I”and
“Maus II” by Art Spiegelman; and one of my most recent favorites is “Whatever
Happened to the World of Tomorrow”by
Watermelon is often thought to be from the American South; however, the first watermelon harvest is believed to have occurred in Egypt about 5,000 years ago. Watermelons were placed in the burial tombs of Egyptian kings and eventually watermelon made its way to the United States by way of slave ships. Today, watermelons are grown around the world. Dr. Judith Rodriguez, a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, discusses this cool, tasty summer treat. Myth: The United States is the biggest producer of watermelon.Fact: Today, China is the No. 1 producer of watermelons. Although the U.S. is one of the top producers, it’s not the biggest. More than 1,200 varieties of watermelon exist, including the popular round Sugar Baby and the elongated Charleston Gray. Myth: The red meat of the watermelon constitutes its food. Fact: All of the watermelon is edible and not just as a fruit. The rind may be pickled. Also, there is a smaller variety common in India that can be used as a cooked vegetable. Some people also like to eat watermelon seeds. In many countries, watermelon serves as an important beverage. Some populations dice it and mash or blend it and drink it. Myth: Watermelon is high in iron.Fact: While watermelon contains some iron, it’s not a major source of that nutrient. Of course, if you eat a lot of watermelon at one time, you will get some iron, but in general watermelon is a better source of potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin A than of iron. In addition to containing important antioxidants in Vitamins C and A, watermelon also contains the phytochemical lycopene, a red pigment that is a powerful antioxidant and has been associated with a lower risk of colon and prostate cancer. Myth: Watermelon is needed for intestinal cleansingFact: Watermelon is more than 91 percent water, and therefore it’s a great food for hydration. The kidneys remove water and waste materials from the body and watermelon can help provide some of the water useful for that function, but watermelon per se doesn’t flush out waste materials. Watermelon is low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol, so it’s a great food for meeting your daily fruit intake and avoiding unhealthy fats. Myth: A creamy or light yellow underside indicates a bad watermelon.Fact: A creamy or light yellow underside doesn’t indicate a bad watermelon. To select a hardy watermelon, pick one that is heavy for its size, does have a creamy underside, is free of cuts, dents, bruises or soft spots and has a firm relatively smooth surface with rounded and filled out ends. Avoid watermelons with a lot of white streaks and a pale colored flesh, which may indicate immaturity. Watermelon Juice Drink2 cups diced seedless watermelon, chilledPuree watermelon in a blender. Serve chilled. Top with a sprig of mint, if desired. Serves one 10 oz. glass
Nutrient Analysis (per serving):Calories: 91 Dietary Fiber 1.2 gPotassium 340 mgVitamin C 25 mg Vitamin A 1730 I.U.If you have a question about watermelon, contact Rodriguez at email@example.com. 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.
(Engineering), “Independent External Peer Review:
Alton to Gale Organized Levee Districts, Illinois and Missouri,”Battelle
Memorial Institute / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $5,805
Cheryl Fountain (Florida Institute of Education), “School Readiness and
Technical Assistance and Support Initiative,” Agency for Workforce Innovation / U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, $560,562; “School Readiness and Technical Assistance and
Support Initiative (ARRA),” Agency for Workforce Innovation / U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, $394,170
James Gelsleichter (Biology), “Cooperative Atlantic States Shark
Pupping and Nursery (COASTSPAN) Survey of North Florida Waters - Continuation,”National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $5,000
Paul Harwood (Public Opinion Research Laboratory), “National
Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism,” University of
Maryland Center of Excellence: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism
and Responses to Terrorism / U.S. Department of Homeland Security, $22,438
(Biology), “Testing Direct Effects of Reproduction on
Stress and Mortality via Ovariectomy,”National Institutes of Health,
Lillia Loriz (Nursing), “Advanced Education Nursing
Traineeships 2010-2011,”Health Resources and Services Administration,
(Building Construction Management), “Research Center
for Construction / Engineering with [The American University] AUC,”UNF
John McDonough (Nursing), “Advanced Education Nursing
Program,”Health Resources and Services Administration, $476,680
Thobias Sando (Engineering), “Operational Analysis of
Shared Lane Markings on Roadways with Speeds Greater than 35 Miles per Hour,”Florida Department of Transportation, $103,556
Behrooz Seyed-Abbassi (Computing), “BCBSFL / UNF Partnership for
Educational Collaboration,” Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, $80,000
Dr. Alissa Swota (Blue
Cross Blue Shield Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions),
“Pilot Project: Clinical Ethicist for Wolfson
Children’s Hospital, Year 4,”Wolfson Children’s Hospital, $31,117
Jeffry Will (Center for
Community Initiatives), “Healthy Start / Magnolia
Infant Mortality Reduction Project 2009-2010,” Northeast Florida Healthy Start
Coalition Inc. / Health Resources and Services Administration, $92,370; “Western Nassau
County Homeless Needs Assessment,” Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County
/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $2,500
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