Dr. Carolyn Williams, an accomplished local historian and recently retired UNF history professor, died Tuesday, Nov. 29 after a long illness. During her tenure at UNF, she made significant contributions to education and became the area’s foremost expert on Jacksonville African-American history. Jamie Spruell, one of Williams’s graduate students and a colleague at UNF said, “She taught me more in one class than I ever thought possible. She absolutely changed the way I learn.”Williams made significant contributions to the community while enhancing graduate and undergraduate education at the University. Williams carved out a community niche like few others by specializing in Jacksonville’s African-American and local history.
In addition to compiling a coffee table book on the history of Jacksonville with myriad archival photographs, Williams also worked closely with the Durkeeville Historical Society. Named after a Civil War soldier who went on to become an early sheriff of Jacksonville and was elected to the Florida Legislature, Durkeeville was founded in the 1930s when African-Americans were barred from living in many parts of the city. Williams led a dedicated group of volunteers who have collected the history of what it was like growing up in a segregated Jacksonville. Lloyd Washington, who succeeded Williams as president of the Durkeeville Historical Society, says the UNF historian was a blessing to the society and the greater Jacksonville community.“She helped plan and design our building and made sure all the information we presented was accurate,” he said. “She loves history and when you sat down and talked with her, it was like taking a trip back in time to the way Jacksonville was years ago.”
Williams, a Jacksonville native, made education her life. After graduating from Bishop Kenny High School, she moved to California and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Immaculate Heart College in 1970. She returned to Jacksonville to earn another bachelor’s degree — this time in history — in 1975 from UNF. She earned her master’s degree at the University of California at San Diego and a doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles. She returned to Jacksonville primarily to help care for her aging parents and obtained a part-time job teaching at UNF. When a tenure-track position became available in the History Department, she caught the eye of Dr. David Courtwright, then the department chair.
“My colleagues and I knew she would work well with our students. The fact that she was a Jacksonville native was a plus,” Courtwright said. “What none of us knew at the time was that Carolyn would develop such an interest in local history. That she acquired local and regional expertise was a real bonus for our department, our students and our community.”At this time, funeral and memorial service plans are pending. More information will be shared with the campus community at a later date.
He doesn’t feel particularly heroic.Dr. Yank Coble, director of UNF’s Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy and chairman of Jacksonville’s bioscience council, simply views himself as a man who tries to do his job every day the best he can.But when he took the stage in November during the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes award ceremony, his colleagues honored him for a lifetime of work devoted to improving the well being of others. Coble received the Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement award for his dedication to Jacksonville’s thriving health care and bioscience community. He’s helped to guide the region’s medical conversation for years and strengthened the University’s considerable health care profile in the community.Keynote speaker Dr. David Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of the UF and Shands Health System, lauded all of the nominees, including Coble, for their contributions to Jacksonville and its medical community. He also touched on the economic impact of their work.“The health care and bioscience industries contribute greatly to the economy — globally, and especially locally,” Guzick said. It’s not an overstatement. UNF researchers have estimated about one in five Jacksonville workers are employed in those fields, making them the fastest growing local industries. Ten of the top 30 employers in Jacksonville deal in health care. And about 20 percent of the region’s economy is derived from health care. That’s a massive chunk of the local economy. And it requires watchful stewardship by local leaders, such as Coble.The Jacksonville Business Journal solicited nominations from the community and selected the final nominees after a review process by the publication’s editors. The Lifetime Achievement isn’t awarded yearly and only goes to select health care leaders who have contributed extensively to the industry. It’s not a surprise Coble was chosen.He’s been director of UNF’s Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy for four years, where he said he works as an intermediary — bridging the gap between local health care institutions and sharing the collective knowledge of the region’s most skilled medical leaders with the community.Coble said the idea for the Center was first floated by Dr. Pam Chally from UNF’s Brooks College of Health and T. O’Neal Douglas, the retired president and CEO of American Heritage Life Insurance Company who has been a fixture on UNF’s Board of Trustees.Since then, Coble has worked from his UNF office to spread the gospel of health care across the region, leading to the establishment of the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida in 2007. David Sillick, publisher at the Jacksonville Business Journal, said Coble has been an unwavering force for the promotion of healthcare, medical and bioscience issues in Northeast Florida for years, making him the perfect candidate for Lifetime Achievement award. “He’s accomplished just about everything in the field that anyone could hope to,” he said.Coble has a more humble view of his award.“This is certainly a privilege and an honor,” he said. “But I don't think I’ve done anything so amazing to be considered a hero. I’ve been blessed to work in such a collaborative and caring community. I feel the greatest need of human kind is to be useful to others and to help out when needed, and I’ve tried to stick to that throughout my life.”Another UNF nominee
Coble wasn’t the only member of the UNF community honored during the Health Care Heroes award ceremony. Dr. Shyam B. Paryani, director of the Florida Radiation Oncology Group, was acknowledged for his continued excellence in oncology in the region. Paryani was an accomplished medical doctor when he enrolled in UNF’s Master of Health Administration program. The training Paryani received at UNF made it possible to greatly expand the number of cancer patients he helps each year.His medical organization has offices in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palatka and Orange Park. He also serves on the UNF Foundation board and on the Brooks College of Health Dean’s Advisory council.
Like any good actor, the look on her face told the whole story. A mixture of shock, awe and most notably, happiness, Moira Rossi let out a gleeful yelp when she was handed the oversized check. But when it came time for her to speak, she steeled herself and addressed her enthusiastic crowd.“If you work hard and listen to your parents, you will achieve your dreams,” she said to the theater audience. For her, the work started months earlier with a video monologue she posted on YouTube.“My name is Moira Ann Rossi, and I have Down Syndrome,” she said during an almost three-minute video response to the National Disability Institute’s My American Dream — Voices of Americans with Disabilities nationwide video contest. “Down Syndrome means that I have trouble learning, but doesn't stop me from achieving my American dream.”Rossi, 24, has been pursuing that dream with the help of the ARC Jacksonville Academy On-Campus Transition program at the University of North Florida. The program helps disabled community members learn to live on their own and teaches them valuable life skills.Crystal Makowski, director of the UNF academy, said Rossi is a shining example of how UNF positively impacts the lives of disabled community members. “Moira shows how you can do anything you set your mind to, especially when you have the dreams to back it up,” Makowski said. A dedicated disability advocate, Rossi has studied theater since she was 8-years old. Her American dream is to be an accomplished actor and perform for audiences across the globe, a wish that she articulated in her YouTube video.That video caught the attention of the contest organizers from the National Disability Institute, who surprised Rossi last month with a check for $1,000 and an iPad 2 during what she thought was a meeting of UNF’s On-Campus Transition program. The surprises didn’t stop with a few gifts. R.J. Mitte, an actor from AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spoke with Rossi via Skype during the ceremony. Mitte has cerebral palsy, and he will work as Rossi’s career mentor to help guide her in pursuit of her own American dream.“I loved your video, you did such a fantastic job,” Mitte told Rossi, causing her eyes to well up with tears.Rossi, ever the performer, managed to hold back the joyful tears long enough to address her crowd one last time.“This is a really great honor to be chosen,” she said. “To be working with the top people that I always wanted to work with since I was 8 — I’ve been studying theater since I was 8 years old, and it apparently has paid off.”About the OCT
The OCT is a state model transition program for young adults with intellectual disabilities that assist students in becoming independent, well-adjusted, and contributing members of society, while receiving the rare and unique opportunity of having an authentic college experience. The program started in 2007 through a joint partnership of the Arc Jacksonville and UNF and has grown significantly. The OCT opened with 16 young adults and has expanded to accommodate more than two dozen transition students. OCT students are fully integrated and included within the campus by auditing UNF courses, participating in UNF student clubs and organizations, interning at various university departments, and participating in service learning opportunities around campus. The OCT is actively seeking opportunities for OCT students to be of service to the campus community.The OCT offers matriculated university students experiential opportunities to utilize a science-practitioner perspective in working with this population through various means — social/academic mentoring, course projects, course field experiences, practicum, and internships. To date, UNF students from diverse majors have creatively found ways to apply their major to this underserved and growing population through volunteer and for-credit course projects. In addition, the OCT is an AmeriCorps site that enrolls UNF students to serve as members and modifies positions to enable students to utilize their major during their service.
Amanda Clark expected she would learn a great deal about France, its culture and its language when she participated in a summer transformational learning opportunity (TLO) made possible by the Harriet LeMaster French Scholarship. What she didn’t expect was the immersive experience would make her aware of how different American culture is from the rest of the world. Clark was among a dozen students who took part in Dr. Shira Schwam-Baird’s study abroad program in Strasbourg, France in 2009. The program has been in operation since 1999, and the LeMaster scholarship has been providing assistance since 2006. As of 2011, the scholarship has allowed 18 UNF students to experience France and its culture. The summer class, which has been expanded to five weeks, receives a subsidy under the University’s Transformational Learning Opportunities program, and the LeMaster Scholarship helps individual students meet the $3,000 cost, which is in addition to tuition and air fare. It is a perfect example of the type of programs funded through The Power of Transformation campaign.Clark admits she would never have been able to participate without the LeMaster Scholarship. A Jacksonville native, Clark studied French in high school and decided she wanted to pursue it in college. “It (French) came pretty easily to me,” she said.Taking part in the summer TLO seemed a natural fit for her continued studies. Schwam-Baird said her program is not a French tour. It is a French language and culture immersion program. Students are in language classes three hours a day, Monday through Friday. The language school is affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce of Strasbourg and the students are a mix of nationalities. All students speak French to some degree when they arrive. To make the immersion complete, each student lives with a French family. “I expected life in France would be different, but I didn’t realize how different,” Clark said. “For example, each evening we ate dinner at 7:30 p.m. sharp, and it lasted two hours. We sat and talked a great deal, so it helped to improve my listening and conversation skills.” In contrast to the U.S where she drove everywhere, Clark never got behind the wheel in France. “I took a tram wherever I needed to go,” she said. “They have a very good public transportation system. It made me aware not every culture is as dependent on the automobile as we are.”That public transportation system also took the students on a weekend trip to Paris to visit museums and walk neighborhoods. “We want our students to have a good idea of how the residents of Paris live on a daily basis,” Schwam-Baird said.The UNF faculty member said the program would not have grown as quickly without the assistance of Harriet LeMaster. LeMaster, a senior citizen, started her affiliation with UNF when she took several French courses from Schwam-Baird. In those classes, she got to know the students and decided to help provide financial assistance to the study abroad program.As the course became more popular, LeMaster’s financial support also grew. In 2006, she established an endowment specifically for students with a declared interest in French studies to study abroad. It was the first French language endowment at UNF.Schwam-Baird has been a front-row witness to how much her students have grown as a result of the summer experience. “They are much more confident in themselves and have gotten over their fear of opening their mouth to speak,” she said. Schwam-Baird has witnessed the benefits of students living in the culture 24/7. By the time they arrive back in Jacksonville, she said, their cultural intelligence is more finely tuned, and they are much more aware of the world around them. Clark plans to graduate in May and hopes to get an internship working with a foreign exchange program, possibly in France. “I’d like to be able to find host families for American students to live with so they too can experience what I’ve experienced.”
‘Tis the season to be jolly — and there are plenty of festive events happening at UNF (or nearby) to remind us that the holiday season is in full swing. Here are a few you might want to consider as you plan your holiday schedule:6th Annual UNF Feast of Carols with Jacksonville SINGS! Mike Buresh from Action News and the Salvation Army will host the concert featuring the UNF Brass and Choral Ensembles. It will also include musicians from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, Fletcher High School, Bartram Trail High School and First Coast High School. Dr. Cara Tasher will direct choral activities. There will be free hot beverages and snacks, as well as pictures with SantaDate: Saturday, December 3Time: 2 p.m.Location: Lazzara Performance HallCost: FreeUNF Alumni Association 20th Annual Holiday Party This is the one holiday party this season you don’t want to miss! The UNF Alumni Association 20th Annual Holiday party will include great food, a silent auction, music, dancing, door prizes and more! Plan to get an early start on your holiday shopping with our exciting silent auction items, which include family portrait sessions, weekly grounds tickets to TPC, UNF basketball and baseball season tickets, tickets to the Gator Bowl, numerous gift baskets, gift certificates and wine. To RSVP, click here. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Date: Thursday, Dec. 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach
Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per person
Women's Basketball Holiday Tournament
The North Florida women's basketball team will host their annual Osprey Holiday Tournament at UNF Arena. UNF will face Delaware State at 3:30 p.m., following a game between Jacksonville State and FIU at 1 p.m. Date: Saturday, Dec. 17Time: 1 p.m.Location: UNF ArenaCost: $6 for adults; $4 for youths 17 and younger and senior citizen 55 or older; free for children 2 and younger and current UNF students with valid Osprey1 Card
Name: Danielle Ardella Mincey White
Department: Leadership, School
Counseling and Sport Management
Job title: Visiting Assistant
What do you do? Teach courses in Sport Management
Years at UNF: This is my first year.
What is the best thing you ever won? I’ve been so blessed to win so many things it’s
rather difficult to choose the best. If I had to choose, I’d probably say my
first track and field race. It taught me that I have so much in me and
everything I need is inside to win.
If you won the lottery, what would do
with the money? Build a state-of-the art sport performance facility.
What person had the greatest impact
on your life? Willis C.
Gravely, my high school English teacher.
What are you most passionate about? Living
life on purpose and to the fullest!
Tell us about your family. I am the youngest of three daughters and of 43
grandchildren (paternal side). I am the mother of three children: Dana, 25;
Destiny, 19; and Patrick, 14. I’m also the proud grandmother of one grandson,
Britton, 16 months.
What is your favorite thing about
working at UNF? The weather and
proximity to the beaches!
If you could choose any other career,
what would it be and why? I’d be a
strength and conditioning coach emphasizing alternative medicine as treatment
modalities. My personality is that of a coach. As a professor, I don’t view
myself as an educator, per se, but as a coach. I coach students to see and
experience the business of sport before they actually become professionals in
If you were not working at UNF, what
would you be doing? Planning some
type of event.
What would you like to do when you
retire? Live in Latin America in
one of the emerging economies such as Brazil, Belize or Costa Rica.
What is your favorite way to blow an
What was the best money you ever
spent? Traveling to Rio de
What is the proudest/happiest moment of
your life? Watching the birth of my grandson, Britton.
Tell us something that would surprise
people to know about you: I have a pillow that travels with me everywhere!
What was the first concert you ever
attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended? The Jackson 5, 1972 in the Cincinnati Gardens.
Ledisi in October at the Florida Theatre.
Who is the most famous person you
ever met? This is another hard one,
but I’d have to say George “Sparky” Anderson, the former manager of the
Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine. He actually wanted to meet me!
What do you hope to accomplish that
you have not done yet? Coach and
train professional/elite athletes.
Last book read: Outcasts United.
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in
Maintenance Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Irma Ancheta, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Barrett, Adjunct, Music Flagship
Greene, Adjunct, Art and Design
Jennifer Hager, Assistant Professor, Art and
Administrative Secretary, Communication
Peter Matthew, Adjunct, Music Flagship
Patrick Monaghan, Professor, Nursing Flagship
Richard Morris, Adjunct, Accounting and Finance
Jonathan Pabalate, Instructor, Nursing Flagship
Robinson, Adjunct, Exceptional Student and Deaf Education
Sanchez,Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Schwartz, Adjunct, Psychology
Helen Shacter, Senior Applications Programmer,
Simpson, Adjunct, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jose Sosa Garces, Adjunct, Languages, Literatures
Vickery, Adjunct, Art and Design
David Webb, Laboratory Lecturer, Biology
Wilder, Instructor, Education and Human Services
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from mid-September to mid-October:
Marlene Best, Executive Secretary, Environmental
Health and Safety
Devica Chowrimootoo, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
James Claxton, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Dianne Dawood, Coordinator of Student Affairs,
Sanford Gray, Custodial Supervisor, Physical
Michael Guntherberg, IT Systems Engineer, Networking
Tanya Johnson Coomes, Assistant Director of Business and
Finance, Training and Services Institute
Marie Christine Malek, Assistant Director, Student Affairs
Freddie Moody, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
April Rock, Custodial Worker, Physical
Marvin Thompson, Custodial Worker, Physical
Tarah Trueblood, Coordinator, Campus Ministry
employees were promoted from mid-September to mid-October:
Champaigne, Coordinator of Research Integrity, Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs
Kwok, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems
O’Connor, Assistant Director of Research Integrity, Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs
Parise, Senior Applications System Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Heartfelt well wishes
in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF from mid-September
Richard Rains, Senior
Telecommunications Technician, Telephone Services
Office Manager, Student Government
Brooks College of Health
Nursing: Dr. M.C. Hough submitted a
publication titled“Learning, Ethical Decisions and Perspective Transformation in Critical
Care Nursing Practice,” for the Translational Medicine Conference in Montreal,
Quebec in November.
Kris Vandenberg presented at a number of national conferences. Some of those
presentation topics include “Identification and treatment of non-suicidal
self-injurious behaviors in transgender youth,” “Theoretical concepts to treat
individuals with eating disorders,” and “Moving past YouTube: Engaging and
educating the millennial generation.” She also presented a poster during the
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. “Recognizing and Treating Patients with
Non-Suicidal Self Injurious Behaviors (NSSI).”
Delores Truesdell made an oral
presentation and abstract during the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on
Clinical Nutrition in June. Her work was titled “Lower serum vitamin D levels are associated with higher adiposity
markers in overweight, postmenopausal women.” She was also published in
two peer-reviewed journals, “Topics in
Clinical Nutrition” and the Journal of Women’s Health, in the past few
Elissa Barr, Michele Moore, and Edessa Jobli published "Public Opinion toward Sexuality Education: Findings among One South Florida County" in the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Barr and Moore also published "Improving health through stress reduction: An experiential activity" in the Journal of Health Education Teaching with Erin Largo-Wight. Barr and Moore also had their research on "Addressing sexual health in Florida youth: Improving communication, collaboration and consensus-building among providers" in Health Promotion Practice.
Coggin College of Business
Management: Lakshmi Goel had her article “Predicting Users’ Return to Virtual
Worlds: A Social Perspective” published in Information Systems Journal.
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Design: Dr. Alexander
Diaz had an exhibition called PHOTOcentric at the Garrison Art Center,
Garrison, N.Y. Diaz also won Best of Show at The Photo Review 2011
Competition at the the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa.
Dr. Trevor Dunn was awarded a 2011-2012 University
of North Florida Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellowship.
Dr. Jennifer Hager exhibited at the North
Florida Sculptors Exhibition at Florida State College and also had a Juried
Exhibition at Bank of America Art Center, both in Jacksonville.
Dr. Stephen Heywood presented a workshop
at Utah State University.
Dr. Paul Karabinis exhibited at Hand &
Eye: An International Competition of Hand Crafted Photography at Through the
Lens Gallery inDurham, N.C.
Dr. Maria Elena Versari presented a
paper, “Iconoclasm by (Legal) Proxy: Restoration, Legislation and the
Ideological Decay of Fascist Ruins,” on the panel Historical Perspectives on
Looting and Recovery at ARCA’s Third Annual Art Crime Conference in Amelia July
9. Her work is available online —
: Dr. Michael W. Lufaso, in
collaboration with several others, published the article “Ba4KFe3O9:
A Novel Ferrite Containing Discrete 6-Membered Rings of Corner-Sharing FeO4
Tetrahedra” in the journal, “Inorganic Chemistry.”
Criminal Justice: Drs. Jeremy
G. Carter and David L. Carter
published “Law Enforcement Intelligence: Implications for Self-Radicalized
Terrorism,” in the journal, “Police Practice and Research.”
Communication: Dr. Christa L. Arnold published an article in the international
journal, “Listening Education.”
Languages, Literature and Cultures: Dr. Constanza López has received the 2011
Victoria Urbano Award for her manuscript titled
"Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: el testimonio femenino en Colombia.” The
award is granted by the International Hispanic Women's Association on
Literature and Culture.
Shira Schwam-Baird published “The Letters of Lucretia and Euryalus in
Text and Image: An Illuminated Manuscript of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini’s Story
of Two Lovers” in the journal, “Medieval
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.
Dr. 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
Physics: Dr. Daniel Arenas
published "553-GHz Signal Generation in CMOS Using a Quadruple-Push
Oscillator,” a peer-reviewed conference article on the IEEE Symposium on VLSI
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Krista Paulsen gave an invited paper,
“Curious Continuities: Examining Whether, and How, Neighborhoods Stay the Same”
at the Great Cities, Ordinary Lives Conference at the University of Illinois at
Chicago in September.
Dr. Ronald Kephart’s essay “For Ebonics,
the New Millennium Is Pretty Much Like the Old One,” was published online on
the AAA’s Anthropology News website.
Dr. Jenny Stuber published an article,
with co-authors Joshua Klugman and Caitlin Daniel, “Gender, Social Class and
Exclusion: Collegiate Peer Cultures and Social Reproduction” in the journal, “Sociological
Perspectives.” In October, she delivered a talk at Boston University titled
“Inside the College Gates: Dynamics of Gender and Social Class Privilege.”
Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens presented
“Florida Self-Directed Care: An Exploratory Study of Participants’ Goals,
Service Utilization, and Outcomes,” at the annual conference of the
International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry in Los Angeles,
College of Computing, Construction
an author of astronomy and physics textbooks, participated in the Astronomy Day
event, “Discover the Universe," at Florida State College, Kent Campus, in
School of Computing: Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan served as the publicity chair for the 12th
International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2011)
in October. Chuan also published her paper, “A Comparison of Statistical and
Rule-Based Models for Style-Specific Harmonization,” in the proceedings of the
12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference in
Dr. F. Layne Wallace had a lead role in organizing the 2011 UNF Cybersecurity Awareness Showcase. Partners with UNF included the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Jacksonville Chapter, Infragard Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). The three-day event included topics on homeland security, health care cybersecurity, social engineering and cybersecurity compliance, among other topics.
Construction Management: John Gonzalez and Dr. Mag Malek published their paper, “Design of a Solar Power System,”
in the “Journal of the American Institute of Constructors.”
School of Engineering: Dr. Chris Brown helped facilitate the American Water Works Association
(AWWA) “Water Tower Competition” at UNF. Twelve middle school teams and five
high school teams competed on a water tower design and test. About 65 people
participated in the competition.
Dr. O. Patrick Kreidl gave an invited
presentation, “Dissecting a Worm,” at the Cybersecurity Awareness Symposium at
UNF in October.
College of Education and Human Service
Center for Studies in Education: Dr. Betty Bennett, director of the COEHS Educator
Preparation Institute, appeared on the show, “Legal Issues,” along with Ray Drive, the president-elect
of the Jacksonville Bar Association, and Special Agent David Maurer, head of
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Computer Crimes Division. The
30-minute show aired on Comcast channel 99 on Friday, October 21, at 9 p.m. The
topic of discussion was cyberbullying.
Childhood Education: Dr. Katie Monnin presented with children’s author Jane
Yolen and young adult graphic novelist Jeff Smith at New York City’s Comic Con in
October. Monnin also traveled to Boston, Mass. to talk about using graphic
novels in deaf education for the Framingham school district. Recently, she suggested
good reads for the Halloween books segment for Katie’s Korner on Fox News. To
watch, click on this link - http://www.fox30jax.com/s/Q-3B8FSnBEKs0aal4eJu8g.cspx#.Tqhfo0JNlBI.email.
Dr. Christine Weber has been
selected as a new member of the National Association for Gifted Children
(NAGC) Awards Committee. Christine also made three presentations at
the NAGC Conference in New Orleans, La.
Ms. Katherine Altom
presented a workshop on using data for instruction to Dr. Katrina Hall’s LAE4312 Literacy Assessment course.
Altom is a UNF alum who currently teaches fourth grade at Woodland Acres
Elementary. Additionally, Hall was invited to present information on current
research in early literacy to coaches at Episcopal Children’s Service in
October. The two-hour workshop covered new research on vocabulary and how early
language is linked to later reading success.
Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: Drs. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, Karen Patterson, Kristine
along with Gwen Williams (West Texas A & M) and Jeanne Repetto (University
of Florida) were invited to present at the International Division on Career
Development and Transition conference, Kansas City, Mo. Their presentation was
titled “Gaps in Transition Education of Teacher Candidates: A Discussion among
Teacher Educators” and was presented in mid-October. Also in October, Webb conducted an invited
presentation, “Talking transition — Outlooks on best practices, current issues and
future for students with LD”with Drs. Christina Curran (University of
Northern Iowa), Cari Dunn (Auburn University), James Patton (University of
Texas) and Sarah Semon (University of Northern Iowa) at the International
Council for Learning Disabilities conference, Austin, Tex.
was featured in the October issue of the Office of Research and Sponsored
Programs Newsletter as Researcher of the Month. More information is available
online — http://www.unf.edu/research/ORSP_News.aspx#Researcher.
Leadership, School Counseling and
Sport Management: Dr. Terence Cavanaugh was an
invited presenter for the Touring the Water Facts Festival sponsored by the
Orange County Utilities Water Division and the Florida Water Management
districts. There, he worked with more than 200 middle school students from six
Orange County schools, doing labs from the lesson activities he created for the
U.S. Department of Energy titled “Soda Bottle Hydrology,” where students do
hands-on activities for a range of hydrologic
concepts such as the water cycle, porosity, permeability, pollution tracking
and more. In addition, Cavanaugh recently presented at two conferences,
first at the Annual Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in
Savannah, Ga. where he presented a session on “Interactive mapping
technologies, information literacy, and the literature/composition course.”
Later in October, he presented at the national American Association of
School Librarians (AASL) conference in Minneapolis, Minn. where he presented
the session “Recommending Reading: Letting Technology Lend a Hand,” sharing
tools for librarians that help suggest similar readings for students based on
books that they have liked.
Alison Cruess was
part of a panel that presented at the Educause Annual Conference in
Philadelphia in October. She spoke on the topic of “Creating and Sustaining an
Effective PMO: Challenges and Lessons Learned.
Watercress can be a key part of a good
diet and used in a variety of dishes, including the ever famous watercress
sandwich. Dr. Judy Perkin, a professor in the Department of Nutrition and
Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about this often
overlooked green vegetable. To help you use it in your diet, a recipe is
Myth: Watercress is
mainly water with little nutritional value.
nutritional analyses of watercress indicate that watercress does have a very
high water content, but it’s also a good source of beta-carotene, which becomes
Vitamin A in the body, Vitamin C and a type of omega-3-fatty acid called
alpha-linolenic acid. Furthermore, sources say that watercress is a good choice
for people watching their calories.
Myth: Watercress is
the only cress vegetable eaten by humans.
encyclopedia information indicates that watercress is only one of several types
of cress, which grow in streams, with garden cress being another type. Published
reports and food advertisements also tell us that watercress is a very popular
food in many countries of the world, especially in the United Kingdom. According
to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, central
Florida is a major U.S. location for watercress production.
hasn’t been studied as a possible aid for preventing disease.
literature reports that cress has been considered as a possible curative plant
since antiquity. History also tells us that a form of watercress was once used
to prevent scurvy, a Vitamin C-deficiency disease. Today, scientists are
studying watercress for its potential to prevent cancer and heart disease.
shouldn’t be cooked.
watercress is frequently used in the raw form, especially in salads, culinary
experts say it can also be cooked and eaten in the form of a vegetable or as a
soup ingredient. A wide variety of recipes using cooked watercress can be found
Myth: Watercress can
be stored and kept for long periods of time.
Fact: The Produce for
A Better Health Foundation tells us that the watercress plant is best used when
fresh, green and not wilted. The Foundation also recommends that watercress be
used within a few days after purchase in order to properly experience its
unique spicy flavor.
Shrimp and Watercress Salad
3 tablespoons softened vegetable oil
margarine (20 percent fat, no salt)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 tablespoons grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese
1 18-to-24-inch sourdough baguette
2 or 3 ounces of fresh stemmed watercress
4 cups seedless watermelon balls
12 potato chip-sized shaves of aged low-fat white cheddar cheese
One-half cup low-fat balsamic vinaigrette of choice
16 chilled cocktail shrimp
Mix together the butter, garlic and
Cut the baguette in half. Slice the halves
down the center to form four pieces of bread.
Spread the butter mixture evenly
over the cut side of each piece of bread.
Place on the rack of a preheated
400-degree oven and bake just until browned.
Wrap in foil and keep in a warm
Sprinkle the watercress over four
Add the watermelon balls, cheese and
shrimp, if desired.
Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve with
Yield: Serves four.
Nutrition Facts per serving:486 calories; 7 grams total fat ( 2
grams saturated fat); 4 grams fiber; 1314 mgs sodium; 47 mgs cholesterol; 5.6
Source: Original recipe courtesy of
the Watermelon Board andFruits and Veggies
— More Matters® (recipe adapted to be lower in fat content)
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 watercress? Contact Dr. Perkin
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