The University of North Florida Police Department was recently awarded reaccreditation after passing a lengthy and extremely stringent review process by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.Receiving reaccreditation is no easy feat. It involves meeting more than 260 separate law-enforcement standards, including some that are time sensitive. The end result is that UPD will remain an accredited law enforcement agency for the next three years. The last review process, which involved a detailed look at the department’s management, operations and administration, occurred in 2008. This year’s review involved three assessors from other law enforcement agencies who conducted a thorough assessment of the department over a three-day period. The assessors reviewed standard files, observed UNF’s facility and equipment and interviewed personnel. The assessors then presented a final report to the Commission of Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation approving the school for reaccreditation. Agencies that don’t meet CFA reaccreditation standards within the mandated three-year window could face non-compliance issues. Kathleen Halstead, a UPD officer and the department’s accreditation manger, said the reaccreditation recommendation is an acknowledgement of continued professionalism. “It ensures the agency has clearly defined lines of authority, consistency in operational procedures, provides a quality work environment and increases employee morale through statewide recognition,” she said.Another major factor of the reaccreditation designation is that it gives students, faculty and staff continued peace of mind while on campus. “Would you rather attend an accredited university or a non-accredited university?” Halstead asked. “Would you trust an accredited hospital more than a non-accredited one? Our community can trust the fact that we are accredited, and that their police department is dedicated to providing quality law enforcement services.”Even though the department was successfully accredited for three more years, Halstead said accreditation is a never-ending process. From updating law-enforcement tactics in the event of an active shooter or keeping students safe and secure while walking to and from class, the agency remains in a perpetual state of self-review and improvement.
“The Syrtaki pretty much sums up our experience here. It starts out slow, stately and orderly. Everyone does his or her own thing, but somehow the group comes together. Then the tempo picks up, faster and faster, until you are dancing in an ecstatic frenzy, lost in the moment, trying to suck every last drop of exhilaration out of the experience. Then all of a sudden it is over, and you are ready to collapse. We are in those last frenzied steps now.”
- Philip Kaplan, July 19, 2011The movement of the Syrtaki, a popular Greek dance, is a fitting way to sum up the recent experiences of Drs. Leslie and Philip Kaplan, a married couple who teach at the University of North Florida. They took 11 students on a whirlwind, study-abroad program in Greece this summer. It was such a success with the students that the academically driven couple is planning their next jaunt back to one of the most historically and culturally significant countries in the world.The reason for the trip’s success is tied to the University’s focus on transformational learning opportunities and promoting hands-on, academic experiences. In the Kaplans’ opinions, the best way for UNF students to learn about the larger, global community is to immerse themselves in the culture they’re studying.Leslie, coordinator of the University’s Honors and Scholars program, and Philip, a history professor, hope to make the study-abroad trip a permanent fixture in the Honors and history departments. Based on the blog they kept while in Greece, their first successful trip is a permanent fixture in their memories.“This is not my first adjustment back to the US, but it is one that is surprisingly with a lot more sadness than relief.”- Leslie Kaplan, Aug 1, 2011Philip said the study-abroad program was established last year when his wife made an arrangement with the American College of Greece, an American-style private college in a picturesque suburb of Athens. American College jumped at the chance to establish an ongoing relationship with UNF, and the program got started last summer with 11 UNF Honors students heading to Athens for a five-week summer semester.The course fulfilled the College of Arts and Sciences Foreign Culture requirement and builds on what students have learned in their cultural diversity classes by requiring them to recognize other cultural logics than the one they find familiar and “natural,” Philip said.The course is focused in Athens, but their day-trips into the nearby countryside and a couple of islands gave the students a sense of Greek culture outside the metropolis.“The entire course is one big hands-on learning opportunity,” Leslie said.The students lived in an American College dormitory and took courses that were offered in English but had Greek teachers and classmates. At the same time, Leslie taught a course called “It’s All Greek to Me”, which introduced students to the culture and history of Greece. That involved walking tours of Athens — sightseeing at the Acropolis, jaunts through the flea market, strolls through museums and walks up the city’s ancient hills. On weekends, the Kaplans led excursions to prominent places in Greek history — Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Delphi, Mykonos and Delos, Sounion and Aegina. The students also had time during the week to explore their new neighborhood on their own, buying food from local vendors and cooking for themselves. They even got to know their Greek colleagues better through a host of social activities, including basic language practice, Greek dancing, and potluck dinners. The Kaplans said they had a strong urge to get back on their plane and fly back to Greece shortly after touching back down on American soil. Philip said the memorable time they spent with their Honors students has also made them better instructors by boosting their first-hand knowledge of the Greek culture.While the Kaplan’s wanderlust has been simmering since coming home, they’ve been working on the logistics for next summer’s trip, which will include two separate classes. Leslie will lead her Honors class, which will continue to focus on aspects of modern Greece, and Philip will bring a group of students enrolled in a history class on Ancient Greece. They expect to have even more students this time, but the groups will live in the same dormitory and go on excursions together.The trip can’t come soon enough — for the Kaplans and for the students."Typically when I am home from a trip, I am ready to move on in my reading. But not this time. Which is a good thing, because it is almost time to think about recruiting for next year..."- Leslie Kaplan, Aug 1, 2011
faculty member Chris Brown believes reaching the Millennial Generation requires
a different approach to teaching. The UNF Foundation Board and The Power of Transformation campaign are
helping him with a project designed to attract more millennials to math and
has some experience with millennials since he and his wife Laura Hansen-Brown have
done research to find better ways of reaching these students. Millennials are
also sometimes referred to as echo boomers because they are children of baby
“What we basically found is that millennials
are more technologically advanced, have a deep sense of community and are
interested in social issues,” Brown said.
perhaps the biggest key to reaching this generation, he said, was the discovery
that they liked to work in teams.
prefer active and engaging activities such as simulations and group work, not
learning by lecture or the teacher-centered approaches.”
that research, Brown developed Osprey Engineering Consulting, a project
designed to benefit UNF students, high school students and the community. By
establishing an engineering consulting simulator, Brown is asking senior civil
engineering students to work on real community projects and become ambassadors
by “adopting” an area high school and working with students to build model
concrete canoes that will be tested on campus as part of a regional
competition. For UNF students, participation is a transformational learning
opportunity, which Brown hopes will also pay dividends in the community.
professionals in the community, both engineers and non-engineers, are being
recruited to work with the teams. They will provide design review and project
suggestions to all teams during certain periods, thus building bridges to the
concrete canoes is nothing new for UNF engineering students. For the past 10 years,
the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) concrete canoe
competition has been a capstone experience. Now UNF students are sharing it on
the high-school level.
also isn’t new ground for Brown, who earlier this year engineered a pilot
project through the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). The pilot
project involved five area high schools. The canoes built were tested at UNF in
April. Creekside High School in St. Johns County was named the winner.
from the pilot project, Brown obtained a $12,000 grant from the UNF Foundation
to expand the program to 10 or 12 high schools this fall. The grant will pay
for materials, engineering instrumentation and design software. By targeting
high schools in minority areas, Brown is also expecting to increase minority recruitment.
Special emphasis will also be placed on recruiting female students onto the
the results of the Foundation project are similar to the pilot project, Brown
anticipates an influx of students into UNF’s engineering program. With the Foundation
project expected to reach at least 250 students this year alone, Brown is
convinced more students will be deciding to enter math and science fields in
are already seeing top-notch students coming into our program,” he said. “Some
of them have told me they were not really considering UNF until the canoe
challenge for high school students can be daunting.
is a hard competition for college students and high school students will
struggle,” Brown said. “Not everyone
will be successful, but it’s the teamwork that’s important. Millennials like to
touch and build things. That’s what gets them excited.”
key will be to recruit the necessary high school teachers to participate in the
does involve some extra hours for high school teachers and a commitment on
their part,” Brown said.
the UNF and high school students, the project also has benefits in the
community by engaging more partners in UNF’s School of Engineering.
project benefits the entire North Florida community by working on civic-minded
projects in a collaborative way,” Brown said.
the success of the Foundation project, Brown said he is hoping to apply for
grant funding from the National Science Foundation to specifically target millennials.
we can show success with the Foundation funds,” he said. “It greatly improves
our chances of doing some fantastic things in the future.”
Name: Peter Bryce LoweDepartment: Office of Institutional
Research and AssessmentJob title: Coordinator of
What do you do?
complete the external student related surveys such as U.S. News and World
Report, Princeton Review, Business Week, NCAA GSR Report as well as many
others. I also submit many of the student-related Board of Governors data
files, develop the annual UNF Pocket Fact book, and update Institutional
Research-related information on the Office of Information and Regulatory
Years at UNF:
years as A&P, but I first worked in the Financial Aid Office as a
work-study student in 1996.
Tell us something that would surprise
people to know about you:
once worked at Chuck E. Cheese and regularly performed in the costume.
Who is the most famous person you
it’s not a person, but it is still well known. A good friend worked for
Industrial Light & Magic and took me on a tour through the ILM warehouse in
California. He showed me many models and props from Steven Spielberg’s’ movies
— “Pearl Harbor,” “Indiana Jones,” “Star Wars,” etc. During the tour, he told
me to touch the R2-D2 next to me. So I’d have to say it was R2-D2 from the
original “Star Wars.”
Tell us something about you that even
your friends don’t know: I have zero interest in Facebook or owning an
Tell us about your family.
parents are from the United Kingdom, and my father is a retired ship’s captain.
I have two older brothers — Simon served 23 years in the Air Force and Nigel is
a sergeant with the Alachua County Sheriff’s K-9 division.
What person had the greatest impact
on your life?
a doubt, it was my mother. My father was often at sea for months at a time, so
Mum had to run the house and raise three boys on her own. She was a person of
character and always had high expectations for us and whatever we did. The
older I get, the more I realize how important the values she instilled in us
are and how fortunate we really were. There’s nothing I’d change about my
If you could choose any other career,
what would it be and why?
nothing else I’d rather do. I’m very fortunate to enjoy what I do and the
people I work with.
What is your favorite thing about
working at UNF?
people and campus environment. It’s very rewarding to work with people who are
passionate about their work.
If you were not working at UNF, what
would you be doing?
be working in an information technology-related field at another university.
If you won the lottery, what would do
with the money?
the amount was large enough, I’d pay off my brothers’ mortgages and take my
family and friends on a private cruise. I’d invest the rest and live off the
interest. I’d also use some of it to do random acts of kindness to help people
I encounter throughout my life.
What would you like to do when you
love to travel. I’m very fortunate to have traveled outside the United States
many times while growing up, but I failed to fully appreciate many of the
experiences. I hope to have the opportunity to revisit those countries and many
What is your favorite way to blow an
recently completed a motorcycle endorsement course, so a group ride on a country
road is a great way to spend an hour.
What was the best money you ever
best money I’ve ever spent was on my college education. A week in Paris for the
2005 New Year was also pretty cool.
What was the first concert you ever
attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
believe it was The Romantics in 1983. The most recent was the Oct. 8 Gator
What are you most passionate about?
and doing my best in whatever I do.
What do you hope to accomplish that
you have not done yet? Finish restoring
my 1928 Bungalow.
Last book read:
Brooks College of Health
Nursing: Dr. Cynthia
Cummings, made a presentation on compassion fatigue and moral distress in
nurses at a stress management seminar given by St. Vincent’s Hospital.
Dr. Cummings also has an article coming out on Journal of Research in Nursing
for December, “The Effects of Workplace Stress on Nursing Retention.”
Public Health: Drs. Tes Tuason and Lynne Carroll presented, “The disaster
continues: A qualitative study on the experiences of Hurricane Katrina
survivors” at the 119th Annual Convention of the American
Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., in August.
Dr. Tes Tuason also presented “Is it truly
just about the money? The impact of overseas on family members” at the Second
Annual Public Health Symposium at UNF in August.
Dr. Julie Merten received the Eta Sigma
Gamma National Health Education Honorary 2011 Outstanding Faculty Sponsor of the Year Award. Mertenwas
recognizedfor her extensive and professional contributions of service,
exceptional leadership and commitment. She has been invited to receive this
prestigious award at the ESG Annual Business Meeting and Awards ceremony which
will take place in conjunction with the American School Health Association
Conference in Louisville, Ky. in October.
Coggin College of Business
Logistics: Dr. Greg Gundlach had an
article published in AMS Review titled “Resale price maintenance and free
riding: Insights from multi-channel research.”
Accounting and Finance: In
September, the Consultative Advisory Board of the International Accounting
Standards Board of the International Federation of Accountants met at the
Sawgrass Marriott. The meeting was the last chaired by Dr. Charles Calhoun, completing
his second three-year term as chairman. Calhoun represents the National
Association of State Boards of Accountancy and they sponsored a celebration in
his honor at the Sawgrass Country Club Beach Club. Calhoun has represented
NASBA on IFAC education committees and boards since 1998. Calhoun recently
stepped down as the Chairman of the Accounting and Finance Department for the
last six years.
College of Arts and Sciences
Languages, Literature and Cultures: Dr. Shane
Agin has edited “Sex Education in Eighteenth-Century France,” published
“Diderot, Rousseau, and the Historiography of Virtue” in the Sept. 2011 volume
of Diderot Studies and translated myriad French texts in the past few months.
Dr. Nuria Ibáñez published “Feliz Nuevo Siglo
Doctor Freud: Reivindicación escénica del padre del psicoanálisis" in Vol.
48 of the Revista de Literatura Mexicana.
Music: Dr. Nick Curry recently performed as a soloist live on WJCT public
radio. In early May, he traveled as a faculty leader with the UNF Chorale on its
trip to Italy. He also performed with members of the Jacksonville Symphony as a
part of Music Paradigm with Roger Nierenberg.
Falkner participated in Boston Baroque’s production of Rameau’s
rarely-heard opera “Les Indes Galantes,” at NEC’s Jordan Hall, followed by a
performance of Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection” with the New
Haven Symphony Orchestra. She also served as a member of the Bellingham
Festival of Music (Wash.) and principal viola of the Quartz Mountain Music
Festival in July and August.
Dr. Randy Tinnin, Dr. Erin
Bennett and Rhonda Nus Tinnin
performed with Serafini at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University
in September. The program included the American premiere of South African
composer Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Of Innocence and Experience.
College of Computing, Engineering and
Computing: Drs. Sanjay P. Ahuja and A.
Patel published their paper,“Enterprise
Service Bus: A Performance Evaluation,” in the Communications and Network
Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3, August, 2011. Ahuja also attended the Enterprise Mobile
Computing Workshop 2011 at the UNF Student Union Saturday, Sept. 17. The event
was organized by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Bob Roggio nowserves as the International President
of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international computing sciences honor
society. In this role, Roggio recently traveled to South Dakota State
University to install a new local student chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon.
Fourteen students and faculty were inducted.
Management: The Department of Construction Management has partnered with the
Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) to found the UNF ABC Student Club
with construction management student Jeff
McFarland serving as club president. The construction management ABC
student club kicked off the club formation with a “Meet and Greet” with
construction industry professionals. There were 15 professionals and 40
construction management students participating. Dr. Jerry Merckel serves as the club’s adviser.
Engineering: Dr. Chris Brown received a research grant, “Water Quality Improvement
in the Cedar River Basin,” from the City of Jacksonville and Camp, Dresser
& McKee for $18,972.
Dr. Pat Welsh gave an invited
presentation, “Hurricanes and You,” to personnel at the Keystone Heights City
Hall Sept. 13.
College of Education and Human
Childhood Education: Dr. Katie Monnin has been invited by Scholastic to attend New York
City’s Comic Con from Oct. 13 to 15 and moderate the panel for Jeff Smith’s
20th anniversary of “Bone,” a graphic novel series. She also made an appearance
in September on her Action News Jacksonville segment “Katie's Korner,” which
focused on parents and kids reading the Star Wars saga together.
Dr. Gigi Morales David
presented ABC Literacy: Art, Books, Community-building basic concept knowledge
and literacy skills by empowering families to engage in interactive read-alouds
and arts-infused activities with their kindergarten children at the Florida
Reading Association conference in Orlando.
Drs. Elizabeth Fullerton, Gigi Morales David, Katrina Hall and Ms. Pam
Bell will be presenting “Intentional Partnerships: Preparing the early
childhood teacher to be a community leader” at the National Association for
Education of Young Children conference in November.
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr.
Luke Cornelius wrote Chapter 6 on Legal Rights of Non-Academic
Personnel in “Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Law” (2nd Ed.) by Richard
Fossey, Kerry Brian Melear and Joseph C. Beckham, eds. 2011.
to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in
Gary Prim, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
CADD Operator/Assistant Project Manager, Facilities Planning
Nancy Youngberg, Registered Nurse, Student Health Services
employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from
mid-September to mid-October:
Andrea Adams-Manning, Coordinator of Student Conduct, Student Conduct
Eden Cox, Executive
Secretary, Enrollment Services
Ray de Lugo, Jr.,
Associate Director, Purchasing
Frederick Dunaway, Officer,
University Police Department
Coordinator of Admissions Processing, Enrollment Services
Coordinator of Academic Support Services, Academic Affairs
Laboratory Technician, Biology
Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Linda Hubbart-Williams, Senior Buyer, Purchasing
Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Cynthia Lewis, Coordinator
of Student Affairs, Center for International Education
Stephanie McLarty, Administrative
Secretary, Coggin College of Business
Accounting Associate, Student Affairs
Colleen O’Connell, Coordinator
of Sports Information, Intercollegiate Athletics
Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Administrative Secretary, Psychology
Heartfelt well wishes
in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF from mid-September
Chiquita Bryant, Senior Financial Systems Analyst, Financial
Earl Hewey, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise
Jenay Sermon, Coordinator of Research Program Services, Florida
Institute of Education
Rodney Jean-Bart, Senior Construction Project Specialist, Physical Facilities
Tofu is a soy-based product originally common in Asian
cuisine. It’s become popular in the United States among culinary adventurers
and health-conscious consumers. Dr. Judith Rodriguez, chair and faculty in the University
of North Florida’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program,
discusses myths and facts about this versatile, protein-rich food. For those interested in trying tofu, a recipe is also provided.
Myth: Tofu is only for vegetarians.
Fact: Tofu has high-quality protein and can be used by
vegetarians as a substitute for meat, poultry or fish. But tofu isn’t just for
vegetarians. It can be a regular high-protein food on your plate.
Myth: Tofu is a cheese.
Fact: Tofu is sometimes called soy cheese because, like dairy
cheeses, it’s made with the use of a coagulant, or curdling agent, soybeans and
water, but it’s not a dairy-based cheese. The soybeans are soaked, ground,
boiled, strained, pressed and dried. Tofu is also known as the cheese of Asia, and like cheeses,
it’s available in various consistencies or levels of firmness, ranging from silken or soft
tofu, to firm.
Myth: Tofu is naturally high in
Fact: Tofu is naturally high in protein but not naturally high
in calcium. However, because calcium-containing coagulants (calcium sulfate or calcium chloride) are generally used in making tofu, this
increases the level of calcium in the product. Make sure you read the label to determine
that you are getting a high-calcium tofu product.
Myth: Tofu doesn’t contain fat.
Fact: Tofu is a staple “vegetarian’s meat” because of its
high-protein quality and versatility. It’s not fat-free, but it does contain the
healthier fat. A grilled 3-ounce extra firm tofu burger will have about 9 grams
of protein, 4 grams of fat (mostly polyunsaturated) and 86 calories. A regular
broiled 3-ounce burger will have about 20 grams of protein, 18 grams of fat
(mostly saturated) and 246 calories. So, for about 246 calories of tofu, you
would be getting about 25 grams of protein and 11 grams of fat (mostly
polyunsaturated). This is a lower amount and healthier fat but not a fat-free
Myth: Tofu should not be cooked.
Fact: Tofu can be used in recipes that don’t require cooking.
Some people use soft tofu as a base for dressings. Others prefer firm tofu as a
meat substitute in cooked recipes. Tofu has excellent ability to absorb
flavors, so it’s a great meat substitute for recipes that have spices and
Myth: Tofu is harmful to men.
Fact: Tofu contains genistein and daidzein, two plant
phytoestrogens that act similarly to estrogen. But some people erroneously
think that tofu is harmful, especially to men. Although there was a case of
some minor temporary issues by an individual drinking soy milk daily in
extremely large amounts, tofu is safe and hasn’t been associated with harm.
½ cup low-fat firm
1/3 cup water
¼ cup shredded
¼ cup tablespoons
1 tablespoon oil
(preferably canola or safflower)
1 garlic clove,
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Cover and
refrigerate. Use on mixed tossed salad. Include a variety of Asian greens, such
as bok choy, Chinese cabbage, snow peas, oriental cucumber, shredded carrots,
bean sprouts, soy beans and chives. Or use your favorite veggies. (Start with
this recipe and modify the amounts of ingredients based on your flavor
The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by
faculty members in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program
and runs in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about
one really has enough time left over in a day to exercise, but if you don’t
get regular physical activity to stay fit, you’ll run out of time entirely too
soon. Busy people do it every day by fitting it into their daily routine and
keeping the mindset that exercise is a priority.
some of these tips from busy people who stay fit.
Make it a group affair. Healthy families and friends make exercise a routine,
whether it’s biking or walking together, or spending more time on games than in
front of TV screens.
Get up 20 minutes earlier. Stretch, do some crunches, jumping jacks, or go
walking before you shower.
Clip on a pedometer. If you’re aiming for 10,000 steps a day, your move-more
mindset will keep you moving.
Take the stairs. In between meetings or classes, utilize the
stairwells in the buildings.
Make use of your lunch break. Take a quick trip to the gym, walk or do some light
Stretch at your desk. Reduce muscle tension and get your blood
Rake leaves. It’s October and it needs to be done. Combine that
with other chores so you can burn more calories.
Break it up. You don’t have to do it all at once. Try several
10-minute activity boosts through the day.
Healthy Osprey is a new feature in Inside, designed to provide
solid advice on how to become more healthy at work and at home. Shelly Purser,
director of Health Promotions, and Mike Kennedy, assistant director of Health
Promotions, will write a different article each month that will focus on some
aspect of health and wellness.
Healthy Osprey is a collaboration of students, faculty and staff
working together to foster a University community
that embraces the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit. The purpose of the Healthy Osprey
initiative is to assess and respond to the needs of the UNF community to create
and maintain a healthy environment, which will enhance the holistic student
experience. For more information, or for any
questions you might have, contact Shelly Purser at email@example.com. To read
the entire newsletter, click here.
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