When President John A. Delaney addressed
administrative and professional employees at their annual meeting in early
June, he talked about the two things he really wants the University to
concentrate on in the coming year — fiscal responsibility and service to our
students, their families and one another.
“Since the recession started, we have
been operating under the premise that we do not want to engage in layoffs,”
Delaney told employees gathered in the University Center ballroom. “We’ve made
it a priority to protect the people who work here. And we are continuing to
embrace that premise.”
While economists are still quibbling over
whether the economy is taking another dip or is on the rise, the very real fact
is that every dollar counts at the University of North Florida in a year when
federal stimulus money has been expended and the state legislature has reduced
higher-education budgets across the state. And while UNF’s financial outlook is
sound for the coming year, Delaney and his executive staff are taking
precautions now to ensure that it remains that way well into the next year.
For fiscal year 2011-12, a reduction in
funding, coupled with the absence of federal stimulus money, was mostly offset
by savings the University has realized in the past few years and an anticipated
increase in tuition and fees.
assured the crowd that day-to-day operations of the University will remain the
same in the coming year. Most employees and certainly the students will not see
or feel any drastic changes. In order to do that, Delaney has asked that
everyone at the University be mindful of how he or she spends.
we hope that recession has hit bottom and the economy will start to get
better,” he said, “we still need to be careful. Anything we can save this year
will help next year. We want to hang on to the people who work here and still
preserve the quality of service to our students and their families.”
quality service will be at the forefront of University efforts in the coming
year, Delaney said. To make his point, the president talked about the start of
his career when he worked for the late Ed Austin, State Attorney and former
mayor of Jacksonville.
who was a great mentor and friend, used to say that if someone comes to you in
your office with an issue — even if it is about a barking dog and you are
thinking 'Barking dog? We are dealing with murders and rapes, and this person
wants to complain about a barking dog?',” Delaney said. “But no matter, if they
take the time to make an appointment and come down to see you — it is the most
important thing in the world to them at that moment and you owe it to them to
he understood the point his boss was trying to make, Delaney said it did not
really hit home until a family with barking dogs moved in next door.
so many nights without sleep and not being able sit on our back deck, I got
it,” he said to a big laugh in the ballroom. “I could see Ed’s point.”
he encourages each member of the UNF staff to take a minute and see things from
the students’ point of view.
“Take a minute and
really listen to what they are saying and respond accordingly,” he said. “Find
a way to be as nice and kind as you possibly can to everyone who comes into
your office. If a student or a colleague comes to you with a problem, it is the
biggest thing in the world to them at that particular moment. See how you can
help them. I want UNF to be known as the University that really cares about the
people [who are] enrolled or work here.”
Janet Owen, UNF vice president for Governmental Affairs, has spent
much of the spring in Tallahassee, monitoring the legislature and working to
minimize budget reductions to the University. And while the legislature cut a
significant amount to all institutions of higher education in the state of
Florida, the ramifications to the overall UNF budget were minimized greatly,
due in part to prior planning and an expected increase in tuition and fees.
the UNF budget has withstood the overall reduction in state funding, there are
still financial implications for UNF employees.
Senate Bill 2100 was recently signed into
law, making substantive changes to the Florida Retirement System
(FRS). Effective Friday, July 1, all budgeted employees will be required
to contribute 3 percent of their gross-eligible earnings to their respective
retirement plans. This includes employees in the FRS pension plan and
investment plan as well as the Optional Retirement Program (ORP). The
deductions will be automatically made by UNF.
“Our paychecks are going to be less,”
Owen said. “The state needed money, they needed it from us and they needed it
“It is new and it is mandatory. No employee action needs to
be taken,” said Rachelle Gottlieb, vice president for Human Resources.
Employees in the ORP will also contribute
3 percent of their pre-tax earnings. UNF will continue to contribute 7.42
percent to the ORP. Some action may need to be taken by the employee, but HR
will contact those staff members individually to outline the steps that must be
Members participating in the Deferred
Retirement Option Program (DROP) and re-employed retirees who are not allowed
to renew membership will not be required to make the 3 percent contribution. In
addition, members with an effective DROP begin date before June 2011 will
retain an annual interest rate of 6.5 percent. Those who have a DROP begin date
July 1, 2011 or after will be reduced to 1.3 percent.
with an effective retirement date or DROP begin date before August 1, 2011 will
not have a change in their 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Members
with an effective retirement date or DROP begin date August 1, 2011 or after
will have an individually calculated COLA that is a reduction from 3 percent
using the following formula: The total years of service before July 1, 2011,
divided by the total years of service at retirement. Multiply this number by 3
percent to get the COLA number. If a member who retires effective July 1, 2012
with 30 years of service of which 29 occurred before July 1, 2011, the formula
looks like 29/30 = .9667 x .03 = 2.9 percent. This member will receive a 2.9
percent COLA each year.
changes for members first enrolled in FRS July 1, 2011 or later are
significant. Vesting for the pension plan benefit eligibility will be after the
completion of eight years of creditable service. The average final compensation
(AFC) used in calculating benefits will be the highest eight fiscal years of
definition of a normal retirement will
also change for new employees enrolled on or after July 1. Members of the
regular class, senior management service class and elected officers’ class will
reach their normal retirement date, which is the first day of the month after
the member reaches age 65 and is vested; or the first day of the month
following the date the member completes 33 years of creditable service,
regardless of age, before age 65.
of the special risk class will reach their normal retirement date the first day
of the month after the member reaches age 60 and is vested; or the first day of
the month following the date the member completes 30 years of creditable
service in the special risk class, regardless of age, before age 60; or the
first day of the month following the date the member reaches age 57 and
completes 30 years of service comprised of special risk class and up to four
years wartime military service purchases under Section 121.111, Florida
all need to practice patience and civility,” Owen said. “HR is doing the best
they can and will get us the information as they get it.”
information, visit the HR website at www.unf.edu/hr, contact Jennifer
Neidhardt or Deborah Bundy in the Office of Human Resources at (904) 620-2903 — or call the Bureau of
Retirement Calculations at (888) 738-2252 or (850) 488-6491.
The Museum of
Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North
Florida, is honored to inaugurate its Project Atrium series with a dramatic,
salon-style installation of Los Angeles photographer Melanie Pullen’s “High
Fashion Crime Scenes.”
This exhibition will
be on display from Saturday, July 16, to Sunday, Nov. 6. Pullen will conduct a
lecture about her work and creative process at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the
museum, which is located at 333 North Laura Street, next to the main library.
For her series, Pullen focused on the violent
past of her adopted city — Los Angeles. Particularly interested in the
tumultuous years of the 1940s and 1950s, she began investigating the crimes
that occurred during these decades. Her “High Fashion Crime Scenes” are based
on vintage crime-scene images she mined from the files of the Los Angeles
Police Department, the County Coroner’s Office and other primary sources.
“The unique placement,
dimensions and scale of MOCA’s atrium provide a singular opportunity for
engaging contemporary artists such as Pullen in monumental site-specific or
site-sensitive projects,” said Marcelle Polednik, director of MOCA
Jacksonville. “Beginning with this exciting presentation, each of the Project
Atrium exhibitions will present a challenge to the chosen artist — a
call to reinvention, and an active collaboration with the architecture of the
Pullen was born in New
York City in 1975. Her photography has been exhibited nationally and
internationally, including solo shows at: Ace Gallery, Los Angeles (2008) and
Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills (2005); MiCamera, Milan (2007); and White Wall
Gallery, Seoul (2006). Her work has also been included in various museum
exhibitions such as: Carnegie Art Museum (2008); The Museum of Photographic
Arts (2007); The Contemporary Arts Center and The Frederick R. Weisman Museum
of Art (2006). Her photographic series have been featured in numerous
publications and broadcasts including New York Times Magazine, L.A. Times, San
Francisco Chronicle, Art Review, The London Independent on Sunday Review,
Vogue, Elle, Fortune, W, GQ, Rolling Stone, Nylon, Photo, Art Forum, National
Public Radio, CBS Radio and CBS News.
“When working with the
coroner and old police archives, I sought reference photos that often didn’t
have any information left over from the crime, as it was a way for me to fill
in the apparent blanks; thus, allowing my mind to explore the story,” Pullen
to the images preserved in the criminal records, she began reenacting the crime
scenes in a series of monumental, highly crafted photographs that weave
together the violent scenes from the past with references to the film and
fashion industries of contemporary Los Angeles.
Using the city as a stage
set, and the police records as the stage directions, Pullen’s shoots mimic the
elaborate trappings of high-budget film production. As the director, she crafts
elaborate story boards for each image, including the original photographic
sources, sketches of the final shoot and production notes. She also frequently
enlists the help of up to 60 people per shoot, including set builders, makeup
artists, stylists and stunt crews.
Pullen casts popular
actresses or models to play the anonymous victims of the real historical
crimes. They appear in the photographs dressed in contemporary high fashion, a
point emphasized by titles such as “Half Prada.” Glossy and cinematic, the
life-sized prints blur the distinction between past and present, fact and
fiction, crime and spectacle.
For more information about Project Atrium and
its related activities, visit www.mocajacksonville.org
or call MOCA at (904) 366-6911.
Phil Davis has spent more than 30 years in the private sector — much of it devoted to research and
development — and has seen firsthand the difference chemistry makes in the
lives of individuals. Perhaps that explains why, as a visiting professor of
chemistry, he has devoted his UNF gifts to acquisition of lab equipment so
today’s students can share in the transformation chemistry makes.
The Power of Transformation campaign surpasses the $95 million mark,
examples multiply of faculty and staff who are devoting their gifts to
providing transformational experiences for students.
coming to UNF in 1999, Davis has continued a track record of philanthropy begun
in the private sector. After earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and
physics from Vanderbilt University and his doctorate in chemistry from Rice
University, Davis spent two years as a research associate doing postdoctoral
work at the University of Kansas. That’s where his devotion to research
blossomed and eventually led him to become the vice president of research and
development for Betz PaperChem, a subsidiary of Betz Laboratories, a
Philadelphia-based chemical products manufacturer.
Davis worked several years at the
company’s corporate laboratories in Philadelphia and Houston before accepting a
transfer to establish a lab in Jacksonville primarily because of its regional
proximity to a major segment of the paper industry. The company developed
specialty chemicals in Jacksonville for the local pulp and paper industry and
employed more than 200 workers.
“Most people don’t realize it, but
chemicals are involved in the process from the time trees come into the mill to
the time paper products are produced,” Davis said.
in this position, Davis became familiar with UNF and eventually was asked to
serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts & Sciences by
then-Dean Lew Radonovich and later by then-Dean Mark Workman, now the
University’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Betz subsequently sold its research unit to another chemical company and closed
the Jacksonville operation, Davis decided to stay in Jacksonville and teach.
Since entering the classroom, Davis said he has endeavored to illustrate to chemistry
students the real-world applications of chemistry and results of laboratory
“I enjoy being around students and can
supply real-life experiences of how chemistry lab work is used to solve
important problems that affect us every day,” Davis said. “Walk into any drug
store and the end-results of chemistry lab work are all around us. It can be
toothpaste, hair products, household cleaners, paper goods or medicines;
chemistry research has played a role.”
has used a variety of opportunities to make contributions for lab equipment at
UNF, which qualified for matching funds under Florida’s Cortellis Matching
Grant program. Davis also challenged his faculty colleagues to raise funds in
recognition of the service of Ed Healy, the dean of the College of Arts &
Sciences from 1984 to 1987 and former chemistry professor of natural sciences.
hasn’t been the only beneficiary of his gifts. Davis has made scholarship gifts
to three other universities – Vanderbilt, Rice and Middle Tennessee State
University, where his grandfather was chairman of the Biology Department.
it’s at UNF where Davis has devoted most of his energy and emphasis on teaching
and research. The ability for undergraduates to participate directly in
research using such equipment as the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer is
an example of a transformational experience not available at some universities.
“It’s one thing to do research as part of
a course assignment but it’s another thing to be able to work with faculty as
part of an independent, leading-edge research project,” Davis said.
Davis is hoping more
such opportunities will become available to students as The Power of
Transformation campaign nears its $110 million goal.
Summer is almost here and it’s a time when
Floridians enjoy spending time outdoors, a place where individuals can be
exposed to ticks and possibly Lyme disease. Dr. Kerry Clark, professor of
epidemiology and environmental health, discusses the causes and treatments of
Lyme disease and how to lower your risk for it.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is
caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria known as a spirochete, transmitted by
several species of ticks. Approximately 20,000 cases are reported each year;
however, surveys of doctors reveal that the actual number of cases may be 10
times that reported.
What are the signs and symptoms of Lyme
experience flu-like symptoms of fever, headache, body aches and fatigue.
Sometimes a skin rash is present at or near the tick bite site. This rash is
often oval shaped and sometimes has a lighter area in the center, which can
resemble a bullseye. If not treated early, the infection can spread to joints,
the heart and the nervous system. People who develop a late-stage infection
often experience neurological symptoms, including chronic headache, fatigue,
stiff neck, memory lapses, tingling sensations in the arms or legs and vision
How is Lyme disease diagnosed?
disease is diagnosed based on
signs and symptoms (rash, flu-like symptoms, recurrent or relapsing arthritis),
combined with the possibility of exposure to ticks. Current lab tests for Lyme disease are not very sensitive, so it’s very difficult
to get a positive result with most lab tests available today. On the other
hand, false positive lab test results for LD are rare.
How is Lyme disease treated?
Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with several weeks
of antibiotics, if recognized and treated early. The success rate for treatment
of later stages of illness is less certain, and may require long-term,
intravenous antibiotic therapy.
Does Lyme disease occur in Florida?
blacklegged or deertick transmits Lyme disease in the northeastern U.S. and is very common in Florida. Plus,
there is evidence that another tick species (the lone star tick) may also be
transmitting the infection in southern states. Published research has shown
that the bacteria is established in wild animals and ticks and recent findings
(as yet unpublished) document infection in humans in Florida.
is at risk for Lyme disease?
Anyone who spends time outdoors in grassy, brushy or
wooded areas or who has contact with pets who frequent such areas could come
into contact with an infected tick. Lyme disease infection can be acquired in national forests,
state parks and literally in our own backyards. People are at risk for Lyme disease in Florida year-round since the
climate allows some human-biting species of ticks to be active throughout the
should you do if you get bitten by a tick?
You should remove the tick as soon as possible.
Don’t burn it, cover it with fingernail polish, petroleum jelly or use other
folk methods to remove it. Instead, use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to
the skin as possible and pull it out with firm, steady pressure. Clean the bite
site with soap and water. Very importantly, save the tick! Put the tick in a
plastic Ziplock-type bag. Include a note card that records the date and where
you believe you picked up the tick.
should you do if you think you might have Lyme disease?
See your health care provider. If you saved the
tick, take it your doctor. If your doctor thinks you might have Lyme disease and you are willing, he or she
may agree to collect and send a blood sample to the UNF lab for research
can you reduce your risk for Lyme disease or other tick-transmitted infections?
Who can I contact for more information?
“Ask UNF” is a
monthly column that runs in The Florida Times-Union, promoting the expertise of
UNF faculty and staff. If you have
questions about this topic, contact Clark at email@example.com.
Congratulations to the following employees who will
celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in July.
Flora Coleman, Executive Secretary, EOP
Katharine Brown, Senior Instructor, School of Computing
Magdeline Steinbrecher, Office Manager, Political Science and Public
Eugene Davis, Senior Recycle and Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities
Sue Leone, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Nicole Atkinson, Coordinator of Events Planning, Fine Arts Center
Juliette Blaylock, Accounts Payable Receiving Associate,
Teresa Campbell, Senior University Union Program Specialist,
Angela Davis, Office Manager, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Alice DeLeon, Coordinator of Marketing Publications, Florida Institute of Education
Jorge Febles, Chair, Languages, Literature and Cultures
Michelle Godoy, Senior Accountant, Treasury
Annie Gomez, Business Systems Analyst, Information Technology Services
John Hale, Director, Physical Facilities
Sharon Harris, Database Administrator, Florida Institute of Education
Nakya Henderson, Coordinator of Accounting, Training and Services
Cara Lourcey, Executive Secretary, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Luisa Martinez, Coordinator of International Student Affairs, Center for
Deidre Meehan, Executive Secretary, College of Education and Human Services Dean’s
Robert Richardson, Specialist, Academic Research Technology
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Erin Soles, Coordinator of Academic Support Services, Center for Instruction and
James Sorce, Instructor/Adviser, Building Construction Management
Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, Instructor, Sociology and Anthropology
Claribel Torres-Lugo, Director of Assessment Research, College of
Education and Human Services
The following employees were either hired by UNF or were
promoted from OPS positions from mid-May to mid-June:
Jessica Barber, Program Assistant, Continuing
Kermella Broadnaz, Custodial Worker, Physical
Maria Cartolano, Executive Secretary, Administration
Cathy Harris, Custodial Worker, Physical
Kristopher Hatcher, Coordinator of Student Financial
Aid, Enrollment Service Processing
Casey Knowles, Accounting Associate, Physical
Kristin Kristen, Coordinator of Education Training
Programs, Continuing Education
William Moon, Assistant Basketball Coach,
Courtney Morrot, Coordinator, Office of Admissions
Holly Morse, Assistant Director of Special
Events, Public Relations
Patricia Pineda, Assistant Teacher, Child Development
Colleen Sharp, Production Specialist, Fine Arts
Virginia Smith, Custodial Worker, Physical
Michele Snow, Law Enforcement Officer, University
April Somers, Office Manager, Building Construction
Kimberly Valdes, Police Communications Operator,
University Police Department
Jarrett Zongker, Technical Support Specialist,
The following employees were promoted from mid-May to
mid-June. Their new titles are listed after their names.
Jennifer Garrow, Senior Information Technology
Support Technician, Information Technology Services
Charles Learch, Director of Academic Support
Services, The Graduate School
Khiem Ma, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical
Valerie Murphy, Associate Director, Continuing
Anjum Naeem, Teacher, Child Development Research
Dwayne Peterson, Coordinator of Academic Support
Services, Brooks College of Health
The following employees left the University from mid-May
James Abdur-Rahman, Senior Custodial Supervisor,
Joshua Bailey, Recycle and Refuse Worker, Physical
Julie Betz-Cabera, Senior Academic Adviser,
Academic Center for Excellence
William Bryan, Coordinator of Audio Visual,
Carla Doty, Academic Adviser, Academic Center
Thomas Felton, Parking Services Technician,
Jonathan Greene, Maintenance Specialist, Physical
John Harrington, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Mary Beth Janson, Program Assistant, Student Health
Epifanio Mallari, Custodial Worker, Physical
Bruce McLean, Landscape Grounds Supervisor,
Rosana Moreira, Coordinator, Student Affairs
Melissa Perry, Executive Secretary, Brooks College
Jeffrey Steagall, Professor, Economics Department
Carolyn Tremoglie, Accounts Payable Receiving
Associate, University Housing
Jennifer Zuniga, Teacher, Child Development Research
Jessica Barber, a program assistant in Continuing Education, was named to the dean’s
list at Florida State College at Jacksonville for the spring term. Barber works
full time at UNF while attending classes full time at FSCJ where she will
graduate this summer with an associate’s degree. Barber will begin work on her
bachelor’s degree in communication at UNF this fall.
Nancy Boyle, assistant director for research program services at the Small
Business Development Center; Janice Donaldson, the director of the Small
Business Development Center; Cathy Hagan, the associate director of the
Small Business Center; and Kevin Monahan, coordinator for research
program services at the Small Business Development Center, were recently chosen
among the Top 50 Business Influencers by Advantage Business Magazine.
Melanie Speaks, a laboratory technician in the Chemistry Department, married Alijha
Wright May 5. The newlyweds celebrated with friends and family at the Garden
Club of Jacksonville.
Dr. Michael P. Toglia,
chair of the Psychology Department, received aFulbright Specialist
Grant to serve as a U.S. Senior Specialist at the Universidad Autonoma de
Sinaloa, Mexico, in March. In April he also received the Mentor of the Year
award at the annual University-wide research conference, Scholars Transforming
Academic Research Symposium (STARS), which is coordinated and sponsored by the
Office of Undergraduate Research, and in May he was awarded Fellow status in
the Midwestern Psychological Association.
Faculty & Staff
Brooks College of Health
No submissions this month
Coggin College of Business
Economics and Geography: Dr. Chris Baynard presented a paper at
ESRI’s Petroleum User Group Conference in April in Houston titled “The
Landscape Infrastructure Footprint in Eastern Ecuador.” Additionally, Baynard
moderated the session “Landscapes of Extraction” and presented a paper titled
“The Landscape Infrastructure Footprint of Oil Development (Venezuela)” at the
Association of American Geographer's Annual meeting in Seattle, also in
Management: Dr. Ron Adam’s article titled “A Brief Review and Assessment of
the Leegin Decision: Who Wins and Who Loses When Manufacturers are Free to Set
Retail Prices?” will be published in Business and Society Review, Vol. 116, No.
College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry: Dr. Robert Vergenz and his
student, Kevin Moore, presented the poster, “Effects of Methyl-Donated Hydrogen
Bonds on Tertiary Structure and Function of Hyaluronate Lyase,” at the Florida
American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in May in Palm Bay.
History: Dr. Philip Kaplan delivered
a paper, “Pirates, Warlords and Thalassocrats: The Rise of Sea Power in the
Mediterranean” at the Association of Ancient Historians Annual Meeting in Erie,
Penn., in May.
Physics: Dr. John Anderson presented
a talk called “Are We Alone in the Universe?” at Jacksonville’s Museum of
Science and History as part of the museum’s Astronomy Day festivities in
May. Anderson is a member of the advisory board for the museum’s
Dr. Lev Gasparov presented a talk titled
“Raman Study of the Verwey Transition in Magnetite at High-Pressure and
Low-Temperature: Effect of Al-Doping” at the International Magnetics
Conference in April in Taipei, Taiwan.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr.
David Jaffee published the article “Labor and the Geographic
Reorganization of Container Shipping in the United States” in the
journal Growth and Change, Vol. 41.
College of Computing, Construction and Engineering
Department of Construction Management: Dr. John Dryden
presented a paper co-written by Dr. Maged Malek,“Defining a
Research Program for Cement, Brick and Block Production from a Novel FGD
Product,” at the 2011 World of Coal Ash Conference.
School of Engineering: In May,Dr. Chris Brown presented
and published his paper titled “Operation of a Geologic Sequestration Site as
an Underground Landfill – What Is a Reasonable Tipping Fee?” at the 10th Annual
Carbon Capture and Sequestration Conference sponsored by the Department of
Dr. Adel El-Safty gave a continuing education lecture, “The
Design and Applications of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) in Bridge
Beam Repair," for the Florida Board of Professional Engineers at a meeting
hosted by the American Society of Engineers and presented at the Florida
Department of Transportation Jacksonville Urban Office Training Facility.
Dr. Pat Welsh co-authored a book chapter “Case Study: St. Johns
River Basin, USA,” which was part of the Fourth United National World Water
Development Report, World Water Assessment Programme. His co-authors were G.K.
Bielmyer, S. Chalk, D. McCarthy, H. McCarthy, G. Pinto, R. Pyati
and L. Sonnenberg.
School of Computing: Enrique Caliz, Drs. Sherif A. Elfayoumy,
Arturo J. Sanchez-Rui and Karthikeyan Umapathy published their book
chapter, “Analyzing Web Service Choreography Specifications Using Colored Petri
Nets: Lecture Notes” in the book “Computer Science (LNCS): Service-Oriented
Perspectives in Design Science Research.” Umapathy and Albert D. Ritzhaupt published
and presented their paper, “Role of Professional Associations in Preparing,
Recruiting, and Retaining Computing Professionals,” at the Proceedings of the
ACM SIGMIS Computer Personnel Research Conference in May. Umapathy also
presented “Analyzing Web Service Choreography Specifications Using Colored
Petri Nets” at the Sixth International Conference on Design Science Research in
Information Systems and Technology in May.
College of Education and Human Services
Childhood Education: Drs. Wanda Hedrick, Lunetta Williams and
Katrina Hall presented a paper titled “Measuring Students’ Engagement
During Independent Reading” at the International Reading Association’s 56th
Annual Convention in Orlando in May. They also presented the paper at the 13th
Annual International Conference on Education in Athens, Greece in May. Their
paper titled “Are They Really Reading? Development of a Reading Engagement
Instrument” was presented at the American Educational Research Association’s
(AERA) 2011 Annual Meeting in New Orleans in April. Hall, Drs. Elizabeth
Fullerton, Gigi Morales David and Pamela Bell (Child Development
Research Center) had their poster “Intentional Partnerships: Preparing the
Early Childhood Teacher to Be a Community Leader” showcased at the International
Institute on Partnerships 2011 conference in Portland in May.
Members of the TESOL
(Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) presented at the Sunshine
State TESOL Conference in Jacksonville in May.
Catherine McMurria, Lena Shaqareq, Shari Little, andDr.
Jin-Suk Byun presented “Experiencing Comprehensible Input,” whereby
workshop participants were able to understand messages in Russian, Arabic,
French and Korean via ESOL methodologies.
Dr. Ronghua (John) Ouyang has recently published a book,
“Educational Technology,” through Renmin University, Beijing. Renmin University
is one of the most prestigious universities in China, with a distinct focus on
humanities and social sciences.
Get to Know
Name: Wallace L. HarrisDepartment: Physical FacilitiesJob title: Associate DirectorWhat do you do? Maintenance and
facilities operationsYears at UNF: 12What person had the greatest impact on
Mrs. Luke my 10th-grade
science teacher. She refused to allow me to skate by in her class and convinced
me that I was smart enough to not just do the work, but to excel.
What was the best money you ever spent?
Getting my bachelor’s
degree from Albany State University
If you could choose any other career, what would it
be and why?
I would be a full time
vocational educator. I have a belief that vocational education provides many of
our children a chance to live the American dream if they elect not to attend
college. If you won the lottery, what would do
with the money?
I would first tithe, then
I would make donations to three institutions of higher learning.
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not
Earn a doctorate degree
in educational leadership Tell us about your family.
Lovely wife of 19 years, Dedra,
who is the apple of my eye; two daughters, Jessica, 22, and Ashley, 18
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
The birth of my two
daughters What is your favorite thing about
working at UNF?
No day is routine and the
people What would you like to do when you
Volunteer for a non-profit
that works with at-risk youth or adults returning to the work place
What is the best thing you ever won?
First place in the science
fair in the 10th grade
If you were not working at UNF, what would you be
I would be working at
another institution of higher learning What is your favorite way to blow an
Tell us something that would surprise people to know
I love country music Tell us something about you that even
your friends don’t know.
I am a huge Garth Brooks fan What was the first concert you ever
attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
The first was Rick James
and most recently, Steve Harvey
What are you most passionate about?
Family, work and people Who is the most famous person you ever
Last book read: Numerous text books
Charlotte Mabrey, professor, Department of Music — My question concerns
advertising or marketing. How can events be more visible to the community?
There does not seem to be a central clearing house where events are routinely
made visible. Am I missing something? And with all the talent in our design
department, why are the existing ads in the papers so drab?
A: From Sharon Ashton, assistant vice
president, Public Relations — The
advertisements in the Florida Times-Union and Folio are just two of the ways
units can get the word out about their events. We’ve designed the ad to make it
easy to read at a glance, but we will look into improving the design. Here’s a
quick list of other ways to spread the word, some of which target the
community, some of which target internal audiences:
Online Calendar of Events
have an event, submitting your event to the online calendar of events is always
the first step. Simply go to www.unf.edu/calendar,
click the “submit” button and complete the form. Events are approved within two
days. The largest events are highlighted on UNF’s homepage, which typically
gets about a half million hits every month.
Update for Faculty and Staff/Osprey Update for Students
submitting an event to the online calendar of events, it can also be submitted
online to Osprey Update at http://www.unf.edu/ospreyupdate/.To view Osprey Update submission
guidelines, visit http://www.unf.edu/ospreyupdate/guidelines.
Submissions to both Osprey Update for Faculty and Staff and Osprey Update for
Students can be made simultaneously on the same online submission form. Simply
check which publication you wish the announcement/event to appear.
Announcements/events for Osprey Update for Faculty and Staff must be submitted
online by 5 p.m. the day before it runs.
This e-mail is sent to all faculty and staff every morning. Announcements/events will run only once in the
daily e-mail but can run up to two weeks on
the Osprey Update web page. Announcements/events for Osprey Update for Students
must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday in order to be included in the weekly Monday
e-mail, which goes out to all students. Announcements/events can run up to two
weeks on the Osprey Update web page.
you have submitted your event to the online calendar of events, your event
could be selected to be featured on the UNF telephone system's hold message.
Events are selected based upon their broad appeal to external and internal
audiences. To request your event be included on the hold message, contact
Assistant Director of Special Events Holly Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(904) 620-2117 two weeks prior to the event.
Shuttle and Shelter Ads
can purchase advertising on the Osprey Connector shuttle buses and the bus
shelters. Watch Campus Update for information on cost and availability. These
ads target students. The costs vary depending upon the semester.
Ad space in the Spinnaker is
reasonably priced and can be used if your message is specifically targetted to
students. Information on cost can be found at www.unfspinnaker.com/advertising/.
If you have something you would like
the Spinnaker to cover, send an e-mail to email@example.com
or you can call (904) 620-2727 and ask to speak to an editor. The target
audience of this publication is students. The paper goes to print every Tuesday
and arrives on campus every Wednesday, except summers and other breaks.
Hot Button on the myWings Landing
If the target audience is students,
faculty and staff, units can request a hot button on the MyWings portal by
sending an e-mail to the chair of the Internet Presence Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).The
request should include a start date and end date (not exceeding 90 days).
This e-communication is sent to about
4,000 community members once a month. It highlights cultural, intellectual and
athletic events. Putting your event in the online Calendar of Events is the
first step to getting your event in this e-communication. The second step is to
contact Director of Marketing and Publications Cathy Cole at email@example.com.
Monthly Calendar Ads in the Florida
Times-Union and Folio
These newspaper ads feature lectures,
performances and athletic events happening in the coming month. UNF’s
Public Relations pays for these ads. Putting your event in the online
Calendar of Events is the first step to getting your event listed in the ads.
The second step is to contact Director of Marketing and Publications Cathy Cole
This e-communication is sent to
nearly 2,000 UNF employees once a month. It features news and information
relevant to UNF employees. To submit a story idea, e-mail Director of Marketing
and Publications Cathy Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
magazine is mailed to more than 60,000 alumni and friends three times a year.
It features unique stories on faculty, students and the University. It is also
distributed to faculty and staff. To submit a story idea, e-mail Director of
Marketing and Publications Cathy Cole at email@example.com.
If you have something you would like
to advertise to 60,000 alums and friends of the University, consider placing an
ad in the Journal. Costs vary depending upon the size of the ad and whether
advertisers are from within the University or from external companies. The ads
can be either half-page or full-page, and are full-color. The design staff in
Public Relations can provide ad design services at no extra cost. Contact
Director of Marketing and Publications Cathy Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News Releases/Pitches to Media
If you have a story that would be
interesting or relevant to the Jacksonville community or beyond, contact
Associate Director of Media Relations Joanna Norris at email@example.com or (904)
620-2102. If it is an event, it must be entered into the online Calendar of
have a program to explain to the campus community and you know there will be
questions, nothing beats face-to-face meetings. Many divisions and departments
will allow you to come to their regularly scheduled meetings to give a
presentation. Just call the assistant to the vice president, dean or director
and ask if you can speak at their next meeting.
Video Screens at the Student Union
Student Union has a number of digital signs placed throughout the buildings.
Units may submit ready-made art electronically: http://www.unf.edu/studentunion/signage/
UNF has electronic signs at UNF’s
three major entrances. The signs promote events on our campus. All of these
events must be listed on the online calendar of events. Contact Assistant
Director of Special Events Holly Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(904) 620-2117, two weeks prior to the event.
have a Facebook account, you can become a fan of UNF’s official page and post
information at http://www.facebook.com/UNFfan.
UNF's Facebook page reaches students, alums, employees and anyone who is
interested in UNF. Events promoted on UNF’s Facebook page are also promoted on
UNF’s Twitter account.
have UNF-related questions they would like to have answered in the next issue
of Inside are encouraged to send them to
Submitted questions will be considered for publication in the "Good
Question" column, which is designed to help inform the campus community
about relevant issues. When submitting questions, please include your name,
department and job title, which will be included if your question is selected.
The submission deadline is the 15th of each month. For more information,
contact Cathy Cole at email@example.com.
Cheese-making has been going on in Italy for thousands of years. The
earliest cheese was probably produced when animal stomachs were used to carry
milk. An enzyme called rennet in the stomachs caused the milk to curdle and
separate into cheese and the watery liquid, whey. Dr. Catherine Christie, chair
of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, discusses myths and facts about
where to find Italian cheeses, their nutritional value, uses, similarities and
Myth: You can’t get real Italian regional cheeses anywhere but Italy.
Fact: Thanks to more Americans
traveling to Italy and increased demand for regional Italian cheese varieties
at home, many kinds of Italian artisanal cheeses can be found in local grocery
stores and markets. These cheeses develop their taste and texture from the type
of milk used (cow, sheep, water buffalo or goat), the texture of the soil, what
the animals eat and the seasons of the year. Each cheese has a unique flavor
and texture, which can’t be replicated elsewhere in the world.
Myth: Hard cheeses have a lower protein content than soft cheeses.
Fact: Cheeses typically become
more firm as they age as moisture is lost. The harder the cheese, the higher
the protein and often the fat content. One exception is the soft creamy
mascarpone, which is the Italian version of cream cheese and is quite high in
fat. Harder cheeses often develop stronger flavors with aging. They are
typically low in carbohydrates and higher in protein, calcium and fat. Italian
physicians have been known to prescribe Parmigiano Reggiano rinds for teething
babies and the cheese for those who require extra protein or calcium in their
Myth: Mozzarella cheese commonly used on pizza in the U.S. is similar
to the mozzarella cheese used in Italy.
Fact: The U.S. version comes in
two basic varieties — low moisture and fresh. The low moisture mozzarellas are
sold as pre-shredded “Italian” or “pizza” cheese or as sticks called string
cheese. The fat content varies depending on whether the cheese is made from
whole milk or part-skim milk. These varieties are quite unlike the fresh
mozzarella that is a staple in Italy. Fresh mozzarella has a higher moisture
content, is more perishable and can be made from cow’s milk, but the best is
made from water buffalo milk and costs more.
Myth: Cheese should be served very cold.
Fact: Always bring cheese to room
temperature before serving it to get the best flavor. It should be stored in
its original packaging, if possible, but if it has been cut, it should be
wrapped in plastic wrap to retain moisture. If it hasn’t been cut, wrap it
first in waxed paper and then plastic wrap to allow it to breathe.
Myth: Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padana are made from cow’s milk in
Fact: Both Grana Padana and
Parmigiano Reggiano are made in Northern Italy; Grana in the Lombardy region
near Milan; and Parmigiano Reggiano in the Emilia Romagnaregion. Other
wonderful northern Italian hard cheeses include Piave from cow’s milk and
Pecorino Toscano from sheep’s milk. For a healthy dessert, try a cheese plate
with small wedges of these hard cheeses along with fresh pears, grapes or apple
slices and dried fruit such as figs or dates. Some even like to drizzle a
little honey on the cheese to add extra sweetness.
Italian Caprese Salad
Prep time: 10 minutes
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
2 large tomatoes, sliced
Fresh basil leaves shredded or whole
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Alternate and overlap tomato and mozzarella slices on a serving
platter. Sprinkle with shredded basil leaves or whole leaves. Drizzle with a
good quality Italian extra virgin olive oil. Season with freshly ground pepper
and Balsamic vinegar, if desired.
Nutrition information per serving: calories: 252; protein: 14 g;
carbohydrate: 8 g; fat: 19 g; fiber: 2 g; sodium: 320 mg
Goods” is a monthly column that runs in The Florida Times-Union’s Taste section
about food myths and facts by faculty members in the UNF Department of
Nutrition and Dietetics. Have a question about Italian cheese? Contact Christie
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