Since taking the helm as the new
director of The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville in February, Dr. Marcelle
Polednik has been working to reshape the institution as an even more vibrant cultural
resource of the University of North Florida, a cornerstone in downtown’s
revitalization and a nationally renowned arts organization.
Prior to joining MOCA, Polednik had
served as chief curator of the Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) in Monterey,
Calif., and as assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New
York. Fluent in six languages, the 34-year-old native of Poland is a published
scholar who curated more than a dozen modern and contemporary art exhibitions.
She has a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York
University. She had previously earned an M.A. from New York University in 2001
and a B.A., with honors, from the University of Southern California in 1999.
In addition to her experience as a
curator, Polednik has a background in fund raising. While at the Monterey
Museum and at the Whitney, she secured several grants, including two from the
highly competitive Henry Luce Foundation Fund for American Art. She also served
as a grants writer and researcher for Oxford University's North American
offices for four years.
Her experience, scholarly credentials,
fund-raising expertise, leadership and energetic foresight made her the right
person to lead the museum, said Dr. Debra Murphy, chair of UNF’s Department of
Art and Design.
“MOCA has greatly benefited from the
generosity of the University, which has been invaluable to building our
strength and capacity,” Polednik said. “MOCA is now poised to give back to the
University in a reciprocal way and it is my goal to create this equilibrium by
building the capacity of the museum as well as by forging more meaningful
collaborations with our colleagues, faculty, academia, administration and
She said planning exhibitions further in
advance will enable her to work more closely with professors to develop lectures,
classroom exercises, tours and even internship possibilities with greater
educational benefits and transformational learning opportunities (TLOs) to
Within her first few months, Polednik
began streamlining programming to improve the efficiency of her staff and provide
greater focus to the core initiatives of the museum while making them more engaging,
appealing and meaningful to the greater Jacksonville community.
Working with UNF’s Division of
Administration and Finance, Polednik has been restructuring MOCA’s accounting
system toward a project-based focus that more closely aligns with the
University’s budget process and provides for improved budgeting cash flow
management and financial stability.
“MOCA needs to be more than stable. It needs
financial vitality and to become self-sufficient again,” said Polednik. “We
have been faced with many of the same financial and fund-raising challenges
affecting non-profits nationwide since the downturn. However, we are optimistic
about achieving new levels of sustainability in the next few years.”
To do that, she has begun developing
and implementing a three- to five-year plan that balances exhibitions with mass
appeal, those that add to the scholarly canon of contemporary art history and
expose people to new, more cutting-edge work than has previously been
During the next 18 months, she said major
exhibitions will showcase:
The private photography collection of Sondra Gilman and
Celso Gonzalez-Falla, considered by Art News as two of the world’s most astute
collectors. The exhibit has been curated with Paul Karabinis, assistant
professor of photography, and will have a major publication by the prestigious
Emerging national artists Melanie Pullen, Gustavo Godoy and
Mark Licari are creating new installation projects to take advantage of the museum’s
monumental five-story atrium.
Exhibitions highlighting the pivotal decades of the ’60s, ’70s
and ’80s comprised of works from MOCA’s permanent collection collection and loans
from other institutions and private collections. These important pojects will broaden
the First Coast’s understanding about the history of contemporary art.
The shift to a project-based
accounting, the hiring of a development director in April and the creation of a
three-year exhibition plan are critical elements that have been missing, she
said, but now that they are in place she feels the tide turning. MOCA is
beginning to position itself to be more attractive to prospective donors and
funders and is taking the first steps on the road to receiving coveted accreditation
from the American Association of Museums, which, Polednik said, is any museum’s
license to practice.
“Achieving AAM accreditation recognizes a museum’s
commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued
institutional improvement,” Polednik said. “It is of vital importance to our
long-term strategies because it enables MOCA to get loans of major contemporary
art works from well-known institutions and secure greater funding opportunities
for things like acquisitions to our permanent collection or capital
improvements to the facility.”
Her sights are also set on making MOCA
a key player in downtown’s revitalization and to position it as a leader in the
arts community. She has met with several of her counterparts at cultural arts
organizations around the city and is a participant in the monthly Cultural
Council Roundtable to address issues affecting the growth of the arts in Duval
”Bringing cultural arts to the downtown
district is one of the leading forces of revitalizing and it can be a real
igniter of job growth, business development and community pride,” she said.
As she looks to MOCA’s future under her
direction, Polednik is equally proud of what the museum had achieved before her
“A great deal has been accomplished by this museum
and it’s poised to accomplish a great deal more,” she said. “I think it has the
right ingredients — and UNF is certainly among the most important of those.”
Howard Taylor and his wife, Madeline, had both retired
about the same time and were looking for ways to keep physically fit and
mentally sharp when they discovered the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
(OLLI) at UNF.
In the two years the Jacksonville couple has been involved
in the program, they have taken part in more than 20 separate classes and
numerous organized activities ranging from a tour of the University of Florida
Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville to UNF jazz concerts.
Taylor is one of about 1,200 members participating in the
OLLI program at UNF. Thanks to a second $1 million gift recently announced by
The Bernard Osher Foundation, the program is expected to grow substantially in
Osher Institutes, dedicated to individuals 50 and older,
are located at 117 colleges and universities across the country, with the UNF
program being among the fastest growing in the nation.
That growth — from 12 classes five years ago to 70 classes
this fall — was one factor in a decision by the Osher Foundation to make a
second $1 million gift to the University as part of The Power of Transformation campaign. The gift has been
instrumental in pushing the campaign closer to the $100 million level. The
campaign hopes to reach its $110 million goal sometime next year.
Taylor loves the variety of courses that are offered. He
and his wife have taken classes in bridge, photography, yoga and on a variety
of business topics. One such course, Too Big to Fail, which examined the
challenges facing the banking industry, was taught by a retired senior vice
president of the Federal Reserve System. “The instructors have been wonderful
and the curriculum is constantly changing. Some classes my wife and I take
together. Some we go our separate ways,” he said.
The variety of programs was one factor in the
Osher Foundation’s decision to extend funding. “The range and diversity of
educational opportunities the program offers is impressive,” said Mary
Bitterman, president of the Osher Foundation. “The exceptional growth of the
Institute’s membership over the past several years is certainly a testament to
the consistent strength and appeal of its engaging curriculum.”
With $2 million provided by the Osher Foundation for the
Institute’s UNF endowment, the outlook for the program is indeed bright, said
Continuing Education Dean Robert Wood. “This
extraordinary gift is an indication of the Osher Foundation’s confidence in UNF
to offer the highest-quality enrichment program to the greatest numbers of
learners in the metro area,” he said.
Wood also attributed the success of the
program to volunteers. “Our growth would not have been possible without the
passionate, committed volunteers who lead and the generous donors who support
our OLLI organization.”
Volunteers are one of the program’s most distinguishable
characteristics. The UNF program relies on more than 350 volunteers to staff
committees and also to act as instructors. Four committees keep the program
running, including a curriculum team, a membership team, a communications team and
an activities team. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the program from
writing and editing the newsletter to planning trips and socials.
Since instructors are also volunteers, it has allowed the
program to keep costs affordable, said Jeanette Toohey, director of the
program. Member fees are $45 per
person per year with courses priced according to their length, from $7 to $85,
with most being between $20 and $40. “These affordable costs help broaden our
participation which in turn explains our growth and why we received the
additional $1 million,” she said.
With the curriculum being determined by members, ideas are
limitless. For example, Taylor, an African-American, has proposed a history
course to explore what happened to the slaves after the Civil War. “I’ve
presented a concept to the curriculum committee and they are working on it for
“Courses come from what someone wants to learn and from
what someone wants to teach,” said Billie Hayward, president of the Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute at UNF. Hayward took over the presidency recently
from the founding members who got the organization up and running. While
building on five years of progress, Hayward said special efforts will be made
this year to be more inclusive of all population groups while at the same time
breaking down some of the geographic barriers such as the St. Johns River that
appear to discourage more widespread participation.
Hayward said research has shown the extensive benefits of
life-long learning. “The people who join OLLI are not only keeping their brains
alive and alert but they are also giving back to the community,” she said.
Most, but not all, classes are offered at UNF’s University
Center. A number of classes are offered at Jacksonville senior communities
Fleet Landing, Glenmore, Vicar’s Landing and Westminster Woods. This is
particularly helpful for seniors who are single but still interested in
participating in community activities, Hayward said.
One thing is clear in discussing the success of OLLI: the overwhelming emphasis is on members.
“The members are the heart and soul of everything we do. Members are our
greatest resource,” she said.
That’s a philosophy espoused by Bernard Osher, a respected
San Francisco business executive and community leader who created the Osher
Foundation in 1977. A native of Maine and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Osher
began his career when he assumed management of the family’s hardware and
plumbing business. He later worked at Oppenheimer & Co. in New York before
moving to California where he became a founding director of World Savings, which
eventually was sold to Wachovia in 2006. He later purchased the fine art
auction house of Butterfield & Butterfield in 1970 and oversaw its growth
to become the fourth-largest auction house in the world. He sold that company
to eBay in 1999. The foundation Osher began seeks to improve the quality of
life through support of higher education and the arts.
Without a doubt, Bernard Osher would take great pride in
the work being done at UNF.
Name: Nuria Ibáñez Quintana
Department: Department of Languages,
Literatures and Cultures
Job title: Assistant Professor of
What do you do?
I teach Spanish Language, Literature and Culture. I am the
Director of the Semester Abroad Program at the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain and
I continue my research on my field of expertise, Spanish theater.
Years at UNF: This will be my fourth
What is the proudest/happiest moment of
I can think of many and hopefully many more to come. I
remember the day I defended my dissertation. I knew my family would be proud of
me and they were thinking about me. At the end of the defense, the chair of my
department brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers that my family sent.
Tell us about your family.
I am the youngest of seven wonderful brothers and sisters. I
also have six nephews whom I adore. All my family lives in Spain, except me. I have
a great partner that I feel fortunate to have met and to share my life with him. What is your favorite way to blow an
An hour (or two) on Skype with my nephews and my family in
had the greatest impact on your life?
I think when you are the youngest of seven you have the
fortune of having several people that impact your life. My youngest of four
brothers and my oldest sister have had a significant impact as well as some of
my professors from graduate school, especially one of my mentors who introduced
me to Spanish women play writers. This is an area that I have since then worked
and have grown to love.
What are you
most passionate about?
Life, my family, my culture and my work.
What is your favorite thing about
working at UNF?
The students and my department. We are lucky to be on a
campus that is not too big and not too small and allows interaction with
students and the campus community in general. If you were not working at UNF, what
would you be doing?
Teaching, maybe in Spain, maybe
somewhere else. If you could choose any other career,
what would it be and why?
Probably something related to environment or ecology.
What would you like to do when you
I never thought of that before. Probably travel, relax, volunteer and try to live
a fulfilling life wherever I am.
What is the
best thing you ever won?
I have never won a lottery or anything like that.
If you won the
lottery, what would do with the money?
Buy a house in the mountains on the north coast of Spain.
What was the
best money you ever spent?
I think the best money I ever spent were the funds that my
parents and I invested in my Study Abroad program. The last year of my degree I
participated in the ERASMUS program, a European Student Exchange program. I
studied in England and also travelled around Wales, Scotland and Ireland. It
was a totally life changing experience that I believed made a lot of who I am
What was the
first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you
When I was a kid my parents used to take my brother and me to listen to the city
orchestra almost every Sunday afternoon. It was a kind of routine after church
and before Sunday lunch. Now it is a great memory. After that, my first concert
was Texas, a Scottish group that I love. I knew their songs by heart and they
helped me learn English. The last one was a Great American Jazz Series concert
Who is the
most famous person you ever met? I guess it depends on what we consider
famous, I have met some of the play writers that I work on, they are famous
only in a certain context but for me it is a privilege to know them.
What do you hope to accomplish that you
have not done yet?
Many things! I will talk about them when I accomplish them. Last book read:
Two of them: a play, Polifonía; and a novel, La historia del rey transparente. I will
have the pleasure to present a paper on Polifonía
and introduce the play writer in a Theater Conference in the Fall. La historia del rey transparente, isone of those readings that once you
start you cannot separate from it until you are done.
has been around since 1992 and many consumers found the information difficult
to understand and implement in their daily lives. Dr. Catherine Christie,
associate dean and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics,
discusses the new MyPlate, which was designed to be a quick, simple reminder of
what a healthy plate looks like and the proportions of different food types
that are recommended.
How does MyPlate fit with the 2010
2010, the USDA released its 2010 Dietary Guidelines. This year they released MyPlate, which is intended to
be a visual cue that facilitates implementing the dietary guidelines. For
example,MyPlateillustrates the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, building a healthy plate
with recommended proportions of different food types and including advice to make
half a plate fruits and vegetables, make half your grains whole grains, avoid
oversized portions and enjoy your food but eat less. Most Americans don’t eat
these recommended proportions of fruits and vegetables. Adding more fruits and
vegetables to the diet has been shown to reduce both blood pressure and heart
disease and help in diabetes control as well as weight management.
What else can I do to eat healthier?
2010 Dietary Guidelines also recommended some foods to reduce. For example,
drink water instead of sugary drinks and compare sodium in foods like soup,
bread and frozen meals, choosing the foods with less sodium. Sodium is most
often found in processed foods like chips, crackers, pre-prepared and packaged
foods plus restaurant meals. Table salt supplies about one-third of most
people’s sodium intake. Fresh foods, like fruits and vegetables, are low in
sodium. Many Americans get extra calories through beverages. Soft drinks,
coffee drinks, juice drinks, many smoothies and alcoholic drinks all provide
extra calories without significant nutritional benefits. Drinking water and
limiting caloric drinks can make a significant difference in calories. Selecting
low-fat or skim milk and dairy products will also provide the protein, calcium
and vitamin D needed for health with fewer calories.
What about the cost of fruits and
fruits and vegetables are often costly, so are other foods like snack foods,
soft drinks and desserts. Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables on
your plate means cutting back on these other foods to promote good health and
can actually result in cost savings. Buying fruits and vegetables at farmers’
markets, on sale and in the freezer section can also save money.
How does this relate to obesity
calories contribute to obesity, so eating less and eating less calorie-dense
foods can help. Also, increasing activity and spending less time sitting will
help to burn calories and prevent weight gain. New research indicates that
sitting actually changes the body’s metabolism of foods we eat. Many of us
exercise a half-hour to an hour a day and then sit for most of the rest of the
day. Moving often during the day and getting up from the chair is important,
along with regular exercise.
What about whole grains?
order to make half your grains whole grains, choose foods such as whole wheat
breads, oatmeal or oat cereals, whole wheat pastas, brown rice and whole-grain popcorn
products that contain more fiber. It’s often hard to do because bakery products
and even brown breads may not have whole wheat or other whole grains like oats
as the first ingredient. Checking the ingredient list, not the claims on the front
of the package, is the most surefire way to know if the product provides whole
“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 Christie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brooks College of Health
Public Health: Drs. Elissa
Barr, Tammie Johnson and Michelle
Johnson Moore presented “Sexual Behavior of Middle School Students” at the
Society for Prevention Research’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in June.
College of Business
and Finance: Drs. Tom Barton and John MacArthur received a Certificate
of Merit for their article “For the Management Accountant: A New Hue of Green”
at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Management Accountants’ national
meeting in June. The article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Strategic
Drs. Zhang Pingying and Lakshmi Goel had a joint article published in the MERLOT Journal
of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 7, No. 2, June 2011. The article is
titled “Is e-learning for Everyone? An Internal-External Framework of e-Learning
and Logistics: Dr. Adel El-Ansary is the editor-in-chief
for “Cases on Business and Management in the MENA Region: New Trends and
Opportunities,” a publication sponsored by the American University, Cairo. The
volume includes cases in key business areas including accounting, finance, information
systems, operations management and logistics, management and marketing.
Gundlach and co-authors Kenneth C. Manning and Joseph P. Cannon wrote an
article published in AMS (Academy of Marketing Science) Review titled “Resale
Price Maintenance and Free Riding: Insights from Multi-Channel Research.”
“Josh” Samli authored a paper presented at the annual conference of the
Academy of Marketing Science titled “Globalization of Innovations:
Disseminating High Technological Advancement.” He also authored a paper
presented at the annual conference of the Society of Macromarketing. It is
titled “International Entreprenurship: The Essence of Globalization from the
College of Arts and Sciences
Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Nuria Ibáñez published
the article “Diana Raznovich: De
Atrás para Adelante, más Allá de la Identidad Genérica y Sexual” in Telón de Fondo: Revista de Teoría y Crítica Teatral in July.
Statistics: Dr. Elena
Buzaianu presented a paper titled “Two-stage Subset Selection Procedure to Identify
EM Fields following Log-normal Distributions” at the 3rd
International Workshop in Sequential Methodologies in Stanford, Calif.
Dr. Daniela Genova presented a paper
titled “Defining Languages by Forbidding-Enforcing Systems” at the
Computability in Europe Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Mei-Qin Zhan presented a talk at the International Conference on Applied
Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Research titled “Convergence of Dirichlet
Quotients and Selective Decay of 2D” in Tiajin, China.
Dr. James Wirth published an article titled “The World in Black and White: Ostracism Enhances
the Categorical Perception of Social Information” in the Journal of Experimental
Social Psychology, No. 47.
College of Computing, Construction
Dean’s Office: Dr. Jerry Merckel participated in the Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 2011 Vail Computer Elements International Workshop
in late June. Merckel serves as the vice chair of the IEEE Technical Committee
on Computer Elements.
of Computing: Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan served as
a paper reviewer for the Third International Conference on Mathematics and
Computation in Music in Paris, France, in mid-June.
Dr. Kenneth Martin has been
selected to be the team chair to evaluate an overseas undergraduate computer
science program for the Computing Accreditation Commission/Accrediting Board
for Engineering and Technology this fall.
School of Engineering: Dr. Chris Brown gave an invited presentation, “Aquifer, Storage and
Recovery Potential in the Savannah River Basin," to the Savannah District
of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Welsh appeared on Action News WTEV Jacksonville CBS 47 WAWS Jacksonville FOX 30 to discuss the upcoming
hurricane season. In addition, representing both UNF and the Southeast Coastal
Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), Welsh participated in a presentation
to the National Ocean Policy (NOP) team on the NOP Strategic Plans. Both
appearances were in early June.
College of Education and Human
Childhood Education: Dr. Katie Monnin will present at this
year's 2011 San Diego Comic Convention. The presentation is titled “Transforming
Super-powered Readers of Graphic Novels into Super-powered Writers of Graphic
Novels” and her panelists include Assistant Professor Dr. James Bucky Carter
from the University of Texas-El Paso, and graphic novelists Belle Yang, Eric
Wight, Jenni and Matt Holm and Jimmy Gownley.
Dr. Nile Stanley and his
performance-based reading program were featured in the Jacksonville Monthly
Magazine, Ponte Vedra Leader and Ruidoso (New Mexico) News.
Dr. Gigi Morales David presented “Exploring
Elements of Space, Spatial Thinking and Positional Vocabulary with Two-Dimensional
Works of Art” at the Florida Kennedy Center Partners in Education Arts for
Learning Tools for Teaching Conference in June. The chair of the Fine Arts
Department of Episcopal High School selected David’s picture book “Just Mollie
and Me” to be performed as a play during the Eagle Arts Camp this summer. They
also invited David to come for an author visit to share the process of writing
this book with their students.
Exceptional Student and Deaf
Education: Dr. Donald Moores’ book “Partners in Education: Issues and Trends from
the 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf” was recently
published by Gallaudet University Press. Topics encompass seven strands: educational
environments; language and literacy; early intervention; unique challenges in developing
countries; educating learners with diverse needs; technology in education; and sign
language and deaf culture. Amber Moore, a recent graduate of the Deaf Education
Program, collaborated with Moores on one of the chapters, International
Congresses on the Education of the Deaf, 1878 to 2005. At the recent Congress
in Vancouver, B.C. with more than 700 attendees, Moores presented a keynote
address on deaf learners with diverse needs.
Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Terence Cavanaugh’s latest book was just released by the
International Society of Technology in Education Press. The book, “Bookmapping:
Lit Trips and Beyond,” was written with Google Master Educator Jerome Burg. It
details how to use GIS mapping technology as a cross-curricular tool that helps
students not only develop a better understanding of places, cultures and the
books they are reading, but also make connections among the subjects they learn
in school. Bookmapping allows students to plot the locations of a story on an
interactive map, adding multimedia and hyperlinks about the setting, characters
and plot. They can add a photograph of a historical figure or an audio clip of
regional music. And maps offer much more, helping students see places in the
book up close ― the vastness of the ocean their hero must cross, or the density
of a city that hosts colorful and varied characters.
to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in
Charlotte Mabrey, Professor, Music Program
Kenneth Wilburn, Associate Professor, Leadership
Ricky Arjune, Chief Budget Officer, Budget Office
Forest Wallace, Associate Professor, School of Computing
Deborah Bundy, Retirement Manager, Human Resources
Paula Horvath-Neimeyer, Instructor, Communication
C.B. Kavan, Chair, Management
Jimmy Nash, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing
Renee Scott, Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Mary Tappmeyer, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Intercollegiate
Theresa Dinuzzo, Director, University Counseling Center
Ove Erdal, Coordinator of Information Technology Support,
Louanne Harris, Financial Aid Specialist, Enrollment Services
Anne Hoover, Director, Academic Affairs
David Jaeger, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance
Lillia Loriz, Director, Nursing
Judith Sherburne, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise
Frederick Beck, Chief Medical Officer, Student Health Services
Catherine Christie, Associate Dean, Nutrition and Dietetics
Matthew Ciere, Custodial Worker, University Center
Charles Coughlin, Senior Lecturer, Biology
Sharon Crutchfield, Adjunct and Staff Interpreter, Urban Internship
Dwight Gabbard, Associate Professor, English
Christine Holland, Instructor, Communication
Maged Malek, Chair, Building Construction Management
Kimberlee Oakes, Director of Research Program Services,
Exceptional Student and Deaf Education
Nirmalkumar Patel, Lecturer, Physics
Francis Richard, Director of the Office of Faculty Enhancement,
Claudia Scaff, Associate Professor, Art and Design
Robert Stern, Lecturer, Chemistry
Cassandra Stillson, Office Manager, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Mamadou Thiam, Lecturer, Chemistry
Lynn Albright, Laboratory Lecturer, Physics
Lynne Arriale, Assistant Professor, Music Program
Andrew Burks, Refuse and Recycling Moving Supervisor, Physical
Evelyn Burton, Associate Director, Purchasing
Chris Carey, Senior Applications System Analyst, Enterprise
Adam Carle, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Tammy Carroll, Instructor, Nursing
Matthew Davies, Laboratory Lecturer, Chemistry
Terry DeRubeis, Academic Adviser, Coggin College of Business
Andrea Hall, Adjunct, Public Health
David Hargrove, Applications Systems Analyst, Information
Alan Harris, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Stephen Heywood, Assistant Professor, Art and Design
Sharon Keefe, Adjunct, Art and Design
Sungho Kim, Research Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
Jason Lee, Associate Professor, Leadership
Christy Linster, Executive Secretary, Physical Facilities
Peter Magyari, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Applied
Sharon Miller, Assistant Director, Child Development Research Center
John Mundy, Adjunct, Economics
Jennifer Neidhardt, Assistant Director of Benefits and Retirement,
Frederick Nelson, Instructor, Foundations and Secondary Education
Ann Noonan, Associate Professor, Clinical and Applied
Catherine Ovadia, Office Manager, Chemistry
Eumanise Parvilus, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Nakinya Robinson, Senior Accountant, Controller’s Office
Alicia Scott, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Kristen Vandenburg, Associate Professor, Community Nursing Program
Burr Watters, Senior Application Systems, Enterprise Systems
Christine White, Adjunct, Education and Human Services
Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, Teacher, Child Development Research Center
employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from
mid-June to mid-July:
Asai Asaithambi, Director, School of Computing
Adam Boyd, Instructor, Nursing
Carolyn Clark, Coordinator Research Program Services,
Christopher Crabtree, Coordinator of Athletic Development,
Rebecca Easom, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Nicholas Eastham, Coordinator of Academic Support, Education and
Allison Entner, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Carole Goldberg, Academic Adviser, Academic Center for Excellence
Jeffrey Gouge, Business Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
LaVel Heintz, Coordinator for Residence Life, University
Yi Lin, Coordinator of Academic Support, Advising
Megan Ludwick, Executive Secretary, University Housing
Kevin Morrow, Athletic Business Manager, Intercollegiate
Tru Nguyen, Custodial Worker, Student Union
Frank Pierorazio, Parking Services Technician, University Parking
Pamela Quimby, Accounting Associate, Student GovernmentBusiness and Accounting Office
Ronald Rentz, Coordinator for Residence Life, University
Larry Snedden, Coordinator of Computer Systems, School of
Joanne Steele, Women’s Golf Head Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics
Victoria Taylor, Law Enforcement Officer, Campus Police
Loc Tran, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Megan Walker-Radtke, Assistant Director, Academic Center for
employees were promoted from mid-June to mid-July:
Director, Office of Admissions
Maris Brien, Associate Director, UNF Foundation
Heartfelt well wishes
in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF from mid-June
Yemisi Bolumole, Associate Professor, Marketing and Logistics
Joseph Campbell, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
William Fryson, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Bethany Glassbrenner, Coordinator of Academic Support Services,
Paul Harwood, Professor, Political Science and Public Administration
Candace Hickson, Coordinator of Academic Support Services,
Pamela Johnson-Woods, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Joe Lesem, Associate Professor, Communication
Elizabeth McCarthy, Professor, Nursing
Shari Naman, Academic Adviser, Academic Center for Excellence
Russell Smith, Chair and Associate Professor, Clinical and
Applied Movement Sciences
George Smith, Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education
Jhon Solis, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Fred Sudler, Director of IT Enterprise Systems, Enterprise
Debra Wellmann, Administrative Secretary, Coggin College of
Kathie Carswell, office manager in the School of Engineering,
completed her Bachelor of Science degree in health administration/information
systems from the University of Phoenix in June.
College of Business faculty member Dr. Albert Loh and
his wife, Jenny, an adjunct faculty
member, welcomed their son, Brian Loh, Wednesday, June 22. The new Osprey
weighed in at 8 pounds, 7.4 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
Barbara Ruby, an executive
secretary in Institutional Advancement, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English this past April.
Q: From Signe Evans, library services specialist, Thomas G. Carpenter
Library — I recently discovered a UNF webpage from the
2010/2011 Catalog listing university emeriti faculty. How does one become an
emeriti faculty since not every retired professor is an emeritus? And what does
it actually mean? What are its privileges and responsibilities?
A: From Marianne
Jaffee, assistant to the Provost, Academic Affairs — The
procedures for the awarding of emeritus status can be found in the Faculty
Handbook. It reads:
8.6 Faculty Emeritus
The title “emeritus” is an honor that may be conferred upon a tenured professor
or associate professor upon retirement, in recognition of a distinguished
record at the University of North Florida.
faculty shall enjoy the same campus courtesies extended to active faculty,
including parking privileges, listing (with emeritus designation) in the
catalog, use of the library and recreation facilities, use of the Faculty
Commons, admission to athletic and cultural events, receipt of such
publications as are sent to active faculty members and Alumni Association
members, participation in academic convocations and, when possible, office
who becomes eligible for the title shall be considered for it. Candidates shall
be recommended by their departmental colleagues, nominated by the department
chairperson and approved by the college dean, who shall submit the nomination
to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for final approval and action.
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The Office of Research and
Sponsored Programs has announced the following grants and
Cheryl Fountain (Florida Institute of Education): “CROP:
Jacksonville Precollegiate Connections, 2010-2011,” Florida Department of
Education, $667,000; and “School Readiness Technical Assistance and Support
Initiative, 2011-2012,” Agency for Workforce Innovation/U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, $1,033,590
Donald Shea (President’s Office), “Administrative/Managerial
Support,” Jacksonville Civic Council, $50,170
Michelle Boling (Clinical and Applied Movement Science),
“Epidemiology of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Identifying Gender Specific Risk
Factors,” National Institutes of Health, $69,952
Irma Ancheta (Nursing), “Mediating Effects of Inflammatory
Biomarkers, Socioeconomic Position, Emotional and Psychosocial Resources on
Metabolic Syndrome Among Filipino American Women,” UNF Foundation, $54,500
Lillia Loriz (Nursing), “Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships,
2011-2012,” Health Resources and Services Administration, $36,982
Michele Moore and Elissa
Barr (Public Health), “Development of an Evidence-based Sexual Risk
Reduction Program for College Students,” UNF Foundation, $54,000
Behrooz Seyed-Abbassi (Computing), “BCBSFL/UNF Partnership for
Educational Collaboration,” Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, $160,000
Chris Brown (Engineering), “Assessment, Analysis and Evaluation of
the Wbv 14e.2 — V-Line Levee, East of Vertex — Phase 2 Project,” Battelle
Memorial Institute/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $6,972
Adel Elsafty and N. Mike
Jackson (Engineering), “Degradation Assessment of Internal Continuous Fiber
Reinforcement in Concrete Environment,” Florida Department of Transportation, $200,000
Thobias Sando (Engineering), “Operational and Safety Impacts of
Restriping Inside Lanes of Urban Multilane Curbed Roadways to 11 Feet or Less
to Create Wider Outside Curb Lanes for Bicyclists,” Florida Department of
Matthew Kimball (Biology), “Evaluating the Effect of Water Control
Structures on the Accessibility of Critical Nursery Habitats for Ecologically
and Commercially Important Estuarine Nekton,” Louisiana State
University/Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, $73,182
Michael Hallett (Criminology and Criminal Justice), “The 904 Media
Project,” The Community Foundation of Jacksonville, $5,000
Radha Pyati (Chemistry/The Environmental Center), “A Statewide
Initiative in Florida for Professional Science Master’s Programs,” University
of Central Florida/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, $5,000
Dale Clifford (History), “We the PUPILS (Professionals United to
Promote Instructional Leadership in Schools),” Duval County Public Schools/U.S.
Department of Education, $37,106
Alissa Swota (Philosophy and Religious Studies), “Clinical
Ethicist for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Year 5,” Wolfson Children’s Hospital,
Blueberries are tiny fruits rich in
color and taste that provide lots of nutrients and are available all year
round. They come from a flowering bush of the Vacciniumcyanococcus family and are related to cranberries,
strawberries, acai and blackberries. They are also named the star berry
because of the crown the blossom forms. Dr. Nancy Correa-Matos, a faculty
member in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, discusses myths and facts
about this tiny super fruit that packs a big nutritional punch. To help you
include blueberries in your diet, a recipe is also provided.Myth: Blueberries are less nutritious than
Fact: Among the berries, including
strawberries, blueberries contain the highest amount of antioxidants, which can
help to prevent cell damage and inflammation often associated with conditions
of cancer, heart disease and arthritis, among others. Blueberries are high in
other nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium,
calcium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K and water. They’re also low in
calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. One cup of fresh blueberries contains
around 84 calories, 25 percent of the requirement for vitamin C and manganese, 36
percent of the requirement for vitamin K and 4 grams of dietary fiber.
The darker the color of the blueberry, the fewer nutrients it contains.
Fact: The darker the color of the
blueberry, the more anthocyanin it contains. Anthocyanins are chemical
substances in plants from the polyphenol family that provide health benefits. Other
polyphenols are myricetin, quercetin and resveratrol, which have been shown to
act as strong antioxidants, reducing free radicals and inflammation.
Frozen berries are more nutritious than fresh berries.
Fact: Both are equally nutritious. Although
storage can cause loss of some nutrients, studies have shown that quick-freezing
can prevent large nutrient loss. According to the USDA, the nutrients that are
mostly affected with freezing, dehydration and heating are vitamin C and folic
acid. A great way to boost the vitamin C that can be lost due to these storage
methods is by mixing frozen blueberries with fresh citrus juice in a smoothie.
Blueberries may help to reduce cancer risk but not heart disease risk.
Fact: Blueberries play an important
role in heart disease risk prevention because they have a high amount of
antioxidants, known as flavonoids and anthocyanins, which increase the good
cholesterol (HDL), while reducing the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). The
oxidation of LDL can cause inflammation in arteries, and blueberries can act as
an antioxidant to reduce inflammation, preventing damage to the heart. In a
study with adults receiving polyphenols equivalent to 1 cup of blueberries a
day for three months showed a reduction in bad cholesterol and an increase in
HDL cholesterol, reducing heart disease risk by 27 percent.
Fresh blueberries are available mostly in the spring.
Fact:The blueberry plant flowers in spring, but its development occurs
after two to three months. The harvest season is during summer. July is National
Blueberry Month in North America, the largest blueberry producer in the world.
When the fruit is ripe during the summer, it has the highest antioxidant
content and the best color and taste. That’s one reason the blueberry is the
preferred fruit in the summer, mostly prepared as blueberry muffins and pies. You
can find frozen blueberries at any time of the year.
Good Summer Smoothie
Yield: 4 servings (4 ounces)
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup fresh strawberries
½ cup fresh raspberries
½ cup skim milk
1 blueberry yogurt
Ice cubes (optional)
In a blender, mix the fruits, yogurt
and milk with the sweetener. Cover and blend until smooth. Serve cold.
content per serving:
Grams of protein: 19
Grams of carbohydrates: 44
Grams of fat: 1
Grams of fiber: 7
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 Department of Nutrition
and Dietetics. Have a question about blueberries? Contact Correa-Matos at
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