Gabor/UNF Foundation Award honors employees who have demonstrated exceptional
commitment to the University of North Florida.
year’s recipients are no exception. Kellie Woodle, an associate director in the
Center for Academic Excellence, won the award in the Administrative and
Professional category and Rosalyn Gilbert, the executive secretary in the
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, won in the Support Personnel
category. Both were singled out by their supervisors and peers as outstanding
members of the UNF community who strive daily to make the University a better
place to study, work and live.
is one of my favorite duties each year,” said UNF President John Delaney. “I
get to help recognize employees who make this a great place to work. I once
knew a guy who was completely miserable at work. He hated going in each day and
it was largely because no one said thank you. That, to me, is a horrible
situation to work in. The Gabor Awards allow us the opportunity to say thank
you for all you do each day to make UNF great. We are a family here.”
said she was surprised to win the award. The morning of the ceremony, while
coordinating schedules with her husband, she asked him to pick up their
daughter from school so she could attend the ceremony. She joked that she might
be late because she might win an award but quickly amended that statement by
telling him, “But I am not going to win. I have been nominated before and I am
so not going to win.”
she did and no one was more surprised.
was very humbled and shocked,” said Woodle, who has worked at UNF for the past
19 years, ever since she graduated from UNF with a degree in broadcast
communication. “I was nominated several years ago and just seeing what the
people who actually win it do for the University is very inspiring. It is
humbling to be regarded in that same kind of esteem. It is hard to put into
said she loves what she does and thinks having the opportunity to help students
each day is incredibly rewarding. She said she welcomes the chance to work with
students and help them navigate through the choices, the courses and the
policies at UNF so they will be successful academically and later in their professional
said she was thrilled to win the award, but really could have done without all
the attention that went along with it. “It feels good to know someone
recognizes the fact that you are working hard and that someone thinks you are
doing a good job, but I am very shy and introverted. I don’t like doing
interviews or having my picture taken.”
has worked at UNF for 25 years — 23 as a full-time staff member — and said that
she very much appreciates the fact that the University makes an effort to
recognize staff members through awards such as these.
Hardy, an admissions evaluator in the Enrollment Services Processing Office,
was runner-up for the Gabor/UNF Foundation Award for Employee Excellence for
University Support Employees. Shannon Italia, manager of the Career Management
Center for the Coggin College of Business, was runner-up for Administrative and
the inception of the Gabor/UNF Foundation Employee Excellence Awards in 1992,
they have recognized employees for outstanding job performance,
professionalism, participation in professional development, dependability,
contributions to the campus community and exceeding job requirements.
University Support Personnel Association Staff Affairs Committee, which may
include past Gabor/UNF Foundation Award winners, evaluates USPS employees
nominated for the award to select a winner and runner-up. The Gabor/UNF
Foundation Award Committee, Administrative and Professional Association executive
officers and two past award recipients, determines the award winner and
runner-up from the A&P employees nominated.
and Italia each received $600, a reserved parking place for a year, a plaque
and a framed certificate. They also were photographed with UNF President John
Delaney. Gilbert and Hardy each received $300, a plaque, a framed certificate
and a photograph with Delaney. The Gabor Agency, UNF's supplemental insurance
provider, and the UNF Foundation fund the awards.
Gabor Awards are a point of pride at the University and a wonderful way to
recognize the hard work of our employees,” said Jeff Durfee, director of
Information Technology Security and president of the Administrative and
Professional Association, which sponsors the awards. “Each year, it gets harder
and harder to choose our winners – there are so many who are deserving of the
a war zone, the time it takes to cross-match blood types can mean the
difference between life and death for a wounded solider. What once took more
than an hour and wasted precious time was reduced to just 20 minutes by a
University of North Florida professor while serving in the U.S. Navy.
Patrick Monaghan, a professor in UNF’s School of Nursing, was recently honored
with the U.S. Department of Defense, Armed Services Blood Program Lifetime
Achievement Award. He is only the third person in the award’s history to be
Monaghan, a Yulee resident, was
presented the award by Surgeon General of the U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Eric
Schoomaker Oct. 9 in Baltimore, Md., during the 2010 annual meeting of the
American Association of Blood Banks and Cellular Therapy and Transfusion
am overwhelmed to receive this honor,” Monaghan said, back on the UNF campus.
“But what meant more to me were the cards the students in my classes gave me.
The award is wonderful, but the cards in which the students took time to write
something personal are what I will go back to over the years and read.”
the two cards given to him by his students are displayed prominently in his
office in the Brooks College of Health. The award and medal are laid across the
seat of a visitor chair.
award recognizes a retired member of the military blood-banking community who
has made exceptional, transformational contributions to the Armed Services
Blood Program (ASBP) for more than 20 years.
learned about the award with a phone call early one Monday morning from the
U.S. Pentagon. “That is a wake-up call,” he said. “I thought for a minute they
were calling me back to active duty.”
was not the case, however. He soon learned he had been selected to receive this
prestigious award for his lifelong service to blood banking. “It blew me out of
the water,” Monaghan said.
a UNF professor since 2006, teaches in the Anesthesiology Nursing Program in
the Brooks College of Health and is also a professor in the Department of
Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, University of Florida Health Science
Center at Shands Jacksonville. He previously served as the assistant dean for
Graduate and Continuing Education at the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine
and as a tenured full professor at the Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed
Services University of the Health Sciences.
are so fortunate to have Dr. Monaghan as a faculty member,” said Dr. Li Loriz,
director of UNF’s School of Nursing. “This very prestigious recognition by his
peers is a testament to the value he brings to UNF and our students, in
addition to the impact he has made to the health care of our military.”
He had a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy
and for 18 years, served as a Commissioned Officer Ensign through Commander in
the Medical Services Corps. In the early ‘70s, Monaghan was selected from the
Navy to receive specialty training in the Triservice Blood Bank Fellowship
Program and was later chosen to attend post-graduate school and successfully
earned both master’s and doctorate degrees in immunohematology from Bowling
Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
was then assigned to the National Naval Medical Center, where he served for
nine years as the director of the Blood Bank and Transfusion Service and
managed a comprehensive department with a large blood donor center, blood
components section, patient compatibility assessment unit and special procedure
section to identify antibodies and perform workups. He also performed clinical
research projects and was extensively involved in education and training
serves on the board of directors for the Biomedical Research Institute and the
Association of Entrepreneurial Sciences. He served six years on the American
Association of Blood Banks, Inspection, Education and Accreditation committees
and was an active member of the National Blood Policy organization, tasked with
improving the provision and quality of blood products on a national basis.
is as busy today as he has ever been with his two teaching positions, his
supervision of graduate-level research and mentoring the next generation of
nurse anesthetists. And he has no plans to give it all up any time soon,
to the photos of his students on the bulletin board over his desk, he said, “I
would miss all these people. This is gratifying work and intellectually
stimulating. The teaching is rewarding and the students are wonderful.”
Janice Nowak, who has been employed by UNF longer than anyone
else, has decided to leave the nest.
Now director of Enrollment Services, Compliance, Technology and
Training, Nowak started working for UNF in November of 1970 as a secretary for
the controller. She later made her way to Financial Aid and served as director
of the department for nearly 19 years. After more than 40 continuous years of
service to the University, Nowak is finally leaving UNF this month, with her
official retirement beginning Feb. 28. It will undoubtedly be a bittersweet
departure for her — and for those remaining at UNF who worked with her over the
When she came to UNF, Nowak had never intended to start and finish
her career here, but that’s essentially what she did. After earning a two-year
degree in secretarial science from what was then Florida Junior College, her
first job out of school was working for a moving company that ended up being
sold, leaving her without a job shortly after starting there. She heard from a
friend that there was a new university coming to Jacksonville, so she
immediately applied for a secretarial position.
“After I came in for an interview, I got a phone call and was told
that they had selected another person who was older than I was and had more
experience; I was 21 at the time,” Nowak said. “The following Monday I got
another call and was told the person they’d offered the job to had gotten
another job offer making more money, so they asked me if I was still
interested. I really wasn’t the first choice to come to UNF, but somebody had a
plan for me to be here. I always say once I got here, they couldn’t get rid of
Nowak laughs as she recalls her time at UNF before the campus
opened, back when employees worked in makeshift offices in a building on the
Arlington Expressway shared with the Chamber of Commerce. Desks were set up in
the corridor, with spaces partitioned by wooden doors and old metal bookshelves
that came from the prison system. Nowak said there were few electrical outlets
in that area so they had to string long lines of extension cords along the
walls and under desks and chairs. And each time new employees were hired or a
new shipment of library books was delivered, their workspaces would shrink by a
couple of feet.
“And there were only enough chairs for each employee to have one,”
she said. “When we hired student workers from the community college, anytime
you got up to do anything you’d come back to find somebody sitting in your
chair,” Nowak joked.
By the time campus opened in 1972, Nowak had already been promoted
a time or two, and she kept moving her way up from there.
“I started out as Secretary III and then I was promoted to
Secretary IV before I became a staff assistant for Dr. Darwin Coy in Student
Affairs, who was at that point considered the dean of students,” she said. “I
also worked on going back to school and getting a four-year degree, so once I
did that, there was an opportunity to go into Financial Aid, so I moved into
that department as an assistant director.”
Nowak said she has really enjoyed each position, but her favorite
was when she served as director of Financial Aid. Although the job was laden
with myriad challenges, from keeping up with rules and regulations regarding
financial aid funding — and having to prepare federal financial reports on
handwritten ledger sheets — to dealing with difficult students, it had its
“The part I enjoyed the most was being able to do something to
make sure the students were successful. I spent a lot of hours personally
staying after to make sure the students were getting paid [financial aid
funding] when they needed to get paid,” she said. “I hope there are students
out there who are successful because I played a role in helping them get
through college. You don’t always know it when you’re in the middle of trying
to help them, but some of them would have never made it through to get their
degrees if they hadn’t had the personalized services we offered to them.”
It’s that level of caring and commitment that undoubtedly led to
Nowak’s longevity at UNF — and it’s also probably why so many people really
like her. Everett Malcolm, associate vice president of Student Affairs, got to
know Nowak in 1975, when he interviewed for his first position at UNF as the
director of the University’s first Child Development Research Center. “It was
Janice who gave me my campus tour as well as my orientation to the division and
the University,” he said. “The one thing that I can tell you about Janice’s
contributions to UNF is that she has always done all within her ability to
serve UNF and has always made our students her No. 1 priority.”
Martha Warner, who was hired by Nowak in 1990 as a receptionist
and is now a senior financial aid officer in Enrollment Services Processing,
remembers her former boss as one who wasn’t afraid to push up her sleeves and
get “down and dirty” in order to solve problems. “There was nothing she
wouldn’t do, even as the director,” she said. “Should I mention the ‘lost’
files that other staff couldn’t locate? By the end of the day or week, she
would always be the one to find them.”
Warner said she’s grateful for the advancement opportunities Nowak
gave her over the years, and even though they’re no longer in the same office,
the two remain good friends. “I’m going to be selfish and hate seeing her
leave, but she does deserve time now to be Grandma,” she said.
Malcolm shared a similar sentiment. “I have mixed feelings about
Janice’s retirement. I’m happy that she will be able to enjoy the many years to
come, but I’m saddened that this founding employee is leaving our UNF family,”
Nowak said it’s the people who have kept her at UNF all this time.
“I like working here! I really like being around the people who are here,” she
said. “I have always had bosses who have allowed me to grow and they’ve always
given me opportunities to try new things. It’s most definitely the people.”
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services Deb Kaye, who has worked
with Nowak in several capacities throughout the past 13 years, is Nowak’s
current boss. As a final way of saying goodbye to Nowak, Kaye prepared an
extensive final annual evaluation that was, to say the least, very impressive.
“To say Janice has had a significant impact on our institution is
truly an understatement,” Kaye wrote. “She evolved as a professional throughout
her tenure here, developing from an office assistant to a director, mentoring
countless staff members along the way. I consider myself one of the fortunate
ones she mentored. Lacking training in financial aid, my position required that
I supervise that unit and, luckily for me, Janice was the director who tutored
me patiently over the years so I could muddle through the complex system she
had mastered. Many, many others share an experience similar to mine.”
Kaye’s report listed 14 objectives Nowak attained in the previous
year, 16 examples of professional development opportunities seized by Nowak and
a whopping 14 future objectives to be accomplished in her final year. Most of
those objectives centered on achieving a smooth transition in anticipation of
Nowak’s impending departure.
Nowak is most certainly checking off each of those final
objectives as she prepares for her final few weeks at UNF, while having mixed
emotions of her own about leaving and starting a new chapter of her life. She’s
looking forward to spending more time with her two granddaughters, who are 2
and 4, her husband and her parents. She’s also planning to do a lot of
“I’d like to go into high schools to encourage students to go to
college, whether it’s at UNF or somewhere else, to help school counselors reach
out to those students who sometimes slip through the cracks,” she said.
Her biggest concern is that she’ll have too much time on her hands
once she leaves the working world for good. “For 40 years I’ve been coming here
every day, keeping busy with work, so I won’t have that rigid schedule
anymore,” she said. “I’ve been told I’ll be surprised how quickly I’ll fill up
the days with activities. The nicest thing is I won’t have to worry about is
getting up in the mornings or what to wear!”
Nowak’s retirement party is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 8, in the University Center. All faculty, staff and students are invited
to attend to say farewell to the longest-serving employee at UNF. Nowak hopes
to see both new friends and old friends show up at what will surely be one of
the biggest farewell gatherings in UNF’s history.
“While I certainly wish Janice only the best as she begins her
retirement, I cannot help feeling selfish for myself, Enrollment Services and
the entire University as we realize we’re about to say goodbye to a most valued
and trusted colleague and friend,” Kaye said. “Simply put, Janice’s retirement will leave a gaping hole at
UNF that no one will be able to fill.”
Nowak will be leaving behind an ever-dwindling group of founding
faculty and staff who are still employed at UNF, including: Dr. Dale
Clifford, associate professor and chair of the History Department, hired
8/16/72; Richard Crosby, associate vice president of Administration and
Finance, hired 8/28/72; Dr. Louis Woods, professor for the Economics Department,
hired 9/16/72; Joseph Capitanio, laboratory specialist for the College of
Education and Human Services, hired 10/27/72; and Richard McAuslin, locksmith
supervisor for Physical Facilities, hired 12/15/72. After 38 years at UNF,
Crosby is currently on leave in preparation for his own official retirement in
the coming months.
‘Tis the season to be
jolly — and there are plenty of festive events happening at UNF (or nearby) to
remind us that the holiday season is in full swing. Here are a few you might
want to consider as you plan your holiday schedule:
Dr. Cara Tasher and the
UNF Chamber Singers, UNF Chamber Players and student soloists will perform in
small ensembles in UNF’s second student-only performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”
For more information, contact Ashley Earles-Bennett at (904) 620-2864.
Friday, Dec. 3
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (4129 Oxford Ave.)
$10 for adults; $5 for students
5th Annual Feast of Carols
This concert features the
UNF Chorale, Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorale, the UNF Orchestra and the UNF
Brass Ensemble with special guest ensembles from the community. Feast of Carols
is UNF’s annual event where UNF groups and local school and community ensembles
share holiday music and perform together in a collaborative “Hallelujah” chorus
from Handel’s “Messiah.” Dr. Cara Tasher will conduct this concert you won’t
want to miss. For more information, contact Ashley Earles-Bennett at (904)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
Lazzara Performance Hall
Cost: $10 for adults; $7 for youth and
seniors; free for UNF students with ID
Inaugural Holiday Scholarship Showcase Concert
Come hear UNF
Department of Music faculty members and student ensembles perform for a great
cause — raising scholarship funds for talented students in need. For more information, contact Ashley Earles-Bennett
at (904) 620-2864.
Order tickets at www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=58258.
Saturday, Dec. 4
$30 for adults; free for UNF students with ID
UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 Christmas Concert
The UNF Jazz Ensemble
1 will perform a Christmas concert at Christ the Redeemer Church in Ponte Vedra
Beach. The ensemble will perform the music of Count Basie and Thad Jones, as
well as holiday favorites, all in a Big Band/swing format. Admission is free,
but canned goods will be collected for the homeless and donations will be
accepted for JE1. For more information, contact Ashley Earles-Bennett at (904)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 5Time: 7 p.m.Location: Christ the Redeemer Church
(190 S. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach)Cost:Free, but donations will be accepted
Big Orange Barbershop Chorus Holiday Concert
Orange Chorus will perform traditional Christmas music as well as contemporary
Christmas favorites at UNF Dec. 11. Appearing as featured guest stars will be
central Florida’s famous Liberty Voices, renowned soprano soloist Tiffany
Coburn and a new men’s quartet, Throwback. It will be a star-studded evening of
wholesome family entertainment that music lovers won’t want to miss. Tickets
can be ordered online at www.bigorangechorus.com
or by calling Bill Vockell at (904) 287-1896.
Saturday, Dec. 11Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.Location: Lazzara Performance HallCost: $25
Diaries” at MOCA
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, will
present “The Santaland Diaries,” a one-act play by David Sedaris Dec. 15-18.
This contemporary cult classic, adapted for the stage by Joe Montello and
featuring Ian Mairs, returns to the museum for its sixth year. In this one-act
show, the irreverent and disgruntled Crumpet the Elf provides his own festive
commentary and wicked mirth giving the audience an opportunity to celebrate the
season with their favorite alternative holiday tradition. Tickets may be
purchased online at www.mocajacksonville.unf.edu
or by calling (904) 366-6911. Make an evening of it by having dinner at Café
Nola beforehand and make your reservation by calling (904) 366-3911, ext. 231.
Priority seating for the play will be given to those who have eaten dinner at
Café Nola beforehand.
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 15, through Saturday,
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: MOCA Theater (333 N. Laura St.)
Cost: $10 for premiere performance Dec. 15;
$15 for MOCA members and $20 for non-members Dec. 16-18
UNF Alumni Third Thursday Social
Join UNF alumni for a
monthly get-together at Seven Bridges Bar & Grille. To spread the holiday
cheer, Alumni Services will offer everyone who attends the December event one
Thursday, Dec. 16Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.Location: Seven Bridges Bar &
Grille, 9735 Gate Parkway North, JacksonvilleCost: Free admission; cash bar
For a complete list of UNF-sponsored events happening on campus and
beyond, check out UNF’s online calendar of events at http://www.unf.edu/calendar
UNF President John Delaney launched the public phase of a $110 million capital
campaign last October, the University had raised about $65 million during the “quiet”
phase of the campaign. The Power of
Transformation campaign is now closing in on the $75 million mark despite
the slow economic recovery.
Dr. Pierre Allaire, vice president of Institutional
Advancement, said the campaign has made remarkable progress considering the
economic circumstances facing the Florida and the national economies. “It
testifies to the commitment of our donors who believe in UNF and the work we
are doing each day to transform the lives of our students,” he said.
Since the launch of the public phase of the
campaign, a number of prominent donors have stepped forward to announce major
gifts. Included among these gifts are two that will eventually result in an
infusion of more than $1 million to the First Generation Scholarship program.
gifts of $250,000 from EverBank Financial Corp. and the PGA Tour Inc. were
announced at the annual First Generation luncheon in March. Eventually, they
will generate $500,000 in state matching funds, resulting in a total of $1
million flowing into the program over the five-year commitment for both gifts.
The money will fund scholarships for students who are the first in their
families to go to college.
8,000 donors have made gifts since the public phase of the campaign was
announced and more than 3,300 of these donors are new donors. This means 18,667
donors have made gifts in the public and quiet phases of the campaign,
resulting in $74.1 million being raised.
It includes two $1 million gifts from the campaign
co-chairs, W. Radford Lovett II and Russell B Newton III. Both of the lead
gifts will be devoted to scholarships and transformational learning
opportunities, which are among the main goals of the campaign.
of Transformation campaign is
building on the success of Access to
Excellence. That campaign from 1997 to 2003 set out to raise $65 million
for the University. The campaign eventually raised more than $100 million from
11,000 donors, including 25 gifts of $1 million or more.
Power of Transformation campaign is providing significantly more
scholarship assistance at a time of great need among students.
“These scholarships are important because we need
to increase the number of Florida residents who have a four-year degree,”
Allaire said. “These scholarships are critical if Florida is to take its place
in a knowledge-based global economy.”
Allaire emphasized much work remains for the
campaign to achieve its various goals. “We are confident that with our
outstanding volunteer leadership, UNF will ultimately succeed in this ambitious
undertaking,” he said.
Name: Jin-Suk Byun
Department: Childhood EducationJob title: Assistant ProfessorYears at UNF: A little more than 3
What do you do at UNF? Describe your job duties.
I teach TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers
of Other Languages) courses both at the undergraduate and graduate level in the
College of Education and Human Services.
Tell us about your family.
My wife and I celebrated our 20th
anniversary in November 2010 and we have two teenage children, Joanna and Paul.
Joanna is 18 years old and planning on flying away for a university and Paul is
a 10th-grader now.
What is your favorite thing about
working at UNF?
I love teaching, especially teaching TESOL and
Second Language Acquisition. UNF is giving me exactly the opportunity. I love
it! In addition to that, my students are good. I enjoy watching them being
prepared to become great teachers who will make a difference in the future
education of America.
What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
I love fishing. So I may be fishing at the
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
One of the happiest moments of my life passed
when my wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. I thank my wife
deeply for giving me the moment.
Tell us something that would surprise
people to know about you.
When I was studying TESOL in my undergraduate
program in Korea, my English was so poor that my classmates did not understand
me when I spoke in English.
What are you most passionate about?
I try my best to love others and help people
What’s the last book you read?My faith is
very important in my life, so I read the Bible every day.
Q: From Joel
Jones (human resources specialist in Human Resources) -- Why doesn’t UNF
advertise like other colleges? I’ve seen television, print and billboard
ads for FSCJ, Phoenix University, even UWF and UF, but nothing for UNF.
A: From Sharon Ashton (assistant vice
president of Public Relations) -- My office is responsible for marketing that enhances UNF’s
public image. UNF does have an integrated marketing plan that includes a public
awareness campaign called “Did You Know?” This ongoing campaign includes, among
other forms of advertising, signage inside the Jacksonville International
Airport, where 14 million people a year see the ads promoting UNF. Also, in an
effort to stretch University funds, we rely heavily on what’s called “earned
media,” essentially convincing the news media to do positive stories on UNF.
Between TV, newspapers, radio and news websites, UNF is in the news an average
of 17 times a day, every single day. News coverage is considered better than
advertising because it comes with the credibility of a news organization.
A: From John Yancey (director of
Admissions) -- My office has a modest marketing budget that is entirely
focused on the recruitment of UNF students as we work to meet our enrollment
targets. To do so, we advertise on websites associated with CollegeView.com,
Collegeboard.com, and other educationally focused websites. Most of the
advertising you mention above is generally used to build brand recognition (or
in the case of FSCJ, promote a significant change in a brand) and in the
Jacksonville area, the UNF brand is relatively strong and recognizable.
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Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a
milestone anniversary at UNF in December or January:
John McEldowney, Associate Professor,
Accounting & Finance
David Crabtree, Associate Director of the
Student Union, Student Government
Alan Mead, Parking Attendant, University
Judith Purcell, Travel Representative, Training
& Services Institute
Michael Legg, Senior Telecomm Technician,
Debra Lenahen, Assistant Director and Adjunct,
Disability Resource Center
Michael Weglicki, Assistant Director of Sport
Facilities, Teaching Gymnasium
Beverly Colfry, Senior Accounts Payable
Receiving Rep, Continuing Education
Melonie Handerson, Coordinator of
Administrative Services, President's Office
Dennis McNulty, Program Assistant, Auxiliary
Jan Meires, Associate Professor, Nursing
Annette Robinette, Senior Academic Adviser,
Academic Center for Excellence
Valarie Robinson, Adjunct and Coordinator,
Enrique Barquinero, Adjunct, World Languages
Imeh Ebong, Assistant Vice President of
Research, Academic Affairs
Adel El Safty, Associate Professor, Civil
Timothy Hunter, IT Support Manager,
Information Technology Services
Phillip Kearney, Law Enforcement Officer,
Tiffany King, Administrative Secretary, Urban
Diane Landschoot, Adjunct, College of
Education & Human Services
Wesley Maas, Coordinator of Academic Support
Mahreen Mian, Program Assistant, Child
Development & Research Center
Shari Naman, Academic Adviser, Academic Center
Susan Schlieben, Executive Secretary,
Administration & Finance
Scott Schroeder, Adjunct & Head Coach,
Christopher Sletten, Adjunct, Psychology
Nancy Soderberg, Faculty Administrator,
Political Science & Public Administration
Theodore Wallman, Adjunct, Criminology &
The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted
from OPS positions from mid-October to mid-November:
Tellis Blunt, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Benjamin Bryan, Auto Equipment Mechanic, Physical
Kathie Carswell, Office Manager,
John Cooper, Graphic Designer, University Housing
Michelle Davis, Administrative Secretary, Biology
Drew Dyr, Coordinator of IT Support,
Information Technology Services
James Hancock, Maintenance Support Worker, Physical
LaZarios McClain, Enrollment
Services Specialist, One-Stop Center
Cathleen Schultz, Adjunct, Brooks
College of Health
Jenay Sermon, Coordinator of Research & Program
Services, Florida Institute of Education
Il-Seop Shin, Assistant Professor, Electrical
Brandi Tuccillo, Adjunct, Brooks
College of Health
Earnest Vickers, Groundskeeper,
Michelle Green (Coggin College Dean’s Office) will graduate from UNF Dec. 10 with
a B.S. in communication.
Marie Mobley (COEHS Office of Educational Field Experiences) announces that
her daughter, VaShawn Guice, married Tony Veal Oct. 15 in Las Vegas. VaShawn
received her master’s degree in criminal justice from UNF. The couple
honeymooned in Hawaii. They live in Washington, D.C. (photo)
Job satisfaction is how happy you
feel when you assess the nature of your job. Dr. Paul Fadil, a management
professor, answers a few questions about job satisfaction and its importance.
What is the definition of job
satisfaction and why is it so important?
of the most researched areas of management is job satisfaction. Simply put, job
satisfaction describes the happiness or contentment an individual feels when
he/she assesses the nature of their job. Every day doesn’t have to be heaven,
but if you truly enjoy and value the job you have, then you are considered to
have a high level of job satisfaction. In today’s economy of just being lucky
to have a job only motivates someone to work hard enough just to keep it. When the
employment situation picks up, employees who are dissatisfied tend to look for
jobs they believe they would enjoy more. Therefore, job satisfaction should be
something that both employers and employees aspire to attain.
Do employers need to keep their
workers happy because of the notion that when workers are satisfied with their
jobs performance improves?
and not without trying, the management field has never been able prove this. Actually,
the satisfaction performance link is inconsistent at best. The management
discipline has been trying for years to show that this is a viable
relationship, but the research evidence has just not been there. So,
unfortunately, happy workers do not necessarily make higher-performing workers.
What does research say about
they found strong evidence for the reverse relationship. Researchers found that
when someone discovers that they are very good at something (performing a task
at a high level), then they begin to like it. So, if there are certain rewards
that come with performing a job at a high level, such as a high salary, more
power, being viewed as leader, and those things that are important to you, you
almost rationalize loving something that you may not even like. Remember, job
satisfaction deals with being satisfied and enjoying the job itself, not what
the job brings you. A high salary, for example, is the benefit of being a CEO. Being
excited to go to work because you have an important meeting or negotiation –
that is being satisfied with your job. These two concepts must be separated to
truly understand job satisfaction.
What are some things
organizations can do to help their workers be more satisfied with their jobs?
things that can be done to increase levels of job satisfaction include
increasing the worker’s autonomy; providing appropriate training; providing
constructive feedback; increasing job variety; and explaining where the
worker’s job fits in to the overall organization.
Is there one thing out there
that affects job satisfaction to a greater degree than anything else?
Research has shown that 70 to 80 percent of your job satisfaction is directly
related to the relationship you have with your immediate boss. One of the things
I always tell my students is that if you take the time to cultivate and develop
a positive professional and personal relationship with your boss, you can
directly affect your own happiness in your job.
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Do you go
nutty over munching a handful of almonds or peanuts? Well, you should, because
they provide an important source of nutrients for our bodies. Dr. Lauri Wright,
a nutrition professor, discusses the myths and facts about the crunchy nut.
Myth: Nuts are bad for you.
Fact: Nuts are high in fat but they contain a healthy
type of fat that promotes heart health. The Iowa Health Study found that women
who ate nuts more than four times a week were 40 percent less likely to die of
heart disease. The heart-health benefits of nuts were also found among men. The
Physician’s Health Study found that men who consumed nuts more than two times a
week had a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death. In fact, the Food and Drug
Administration has approved a heart-health claim for almonds, hazelnuts,
peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts.
Myth: All nuts are the same.
Fact: Each nut has its own claim to fame. Walnuts, for
example, have the highest amount of omega-3 fats, which help lower
triglycerides in the blood and slow down the growth of plaques in the arteries.
Almonds, on the other hand, are high in heart-healthy fats but also contain antioxidants
such as vitamin E. In fact, recent studies have found that not only do almonds
help reduce high cholesterol but they also help with weight management. Though
cashew nuts are not as heart healthy as walnuts and almonds, they are a great
source of iron, which helps to build red blood cells and prevent anemia.
Myth: If nuts are good for me, then I don’t need to
worry about how many I eat.
Fact: Nuts are very high in calories – 15 cashews, for
instance, deliver 180 calories. On top of that, it’s very easy to overeat these
tasty snacks. What’s the solution? Try to restrain yourself to an ounce or two
per day to obtain the health benefits but avoid excess calories. Also try
substituting nuts for foods high in saturated fats. For example, use nuts when
making cookies rather than chocolate chips.
Myth: Nuts don’t contain anything else healthy.
Fact: Nuts are one of the best plant sources of
protein. They are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants, which can
help prevent cancer. And of course, nuts are high in monounsaturated fats,
which have been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. It goes without
saying that nuts shouldn’t be eaten by anyone with an allergy to them. Bottom
line: eaten in moderation, nuts can be a part of a healthy diet. So go nuts!
Black Walnut Pesto
pine nuts, garlic and herbs make a delicious pesto sauce that may be used on
pasta or as a dip.
Size: 1/4 cup
Analysis: 108 calories, 6g protein, 4g fat, 2g fiber, 142 mg sodium
If you have questions about
nuts, you can contact Wright by e-mail at Lauri.email@example.com. “The Goods” monthly
column runs every third Thursday in the Taste section of The Florida
Times-Union, promoting UNF nutrition faculty and featuring myths and facts
about various foods.
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