The University of
North Florida community was dealt a crushing loss in February when University Controller Floyd Hurst passed away.
Hurst, 66, had
been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou
Gehrig’s disease. It’s a devastating condition that attacks nerve cells in the
brain and spinal cord and stymies muscle movement. Hurst passed away with his
family at his side at his home in Ormond Beach.
University staff member who worked tirelessly for the good of his staff and the
students they serve, Hurst started at UNF in 2004 and established a
larger-than-life legacy on campus.
spoke fondly of Hurst’s penchant for giving staffers — and even some students
who passed through the Controller’s Office’s doors — nicknames.
“He could be a
jokester — he definitely enjoyed himself when he was in the office,” said
Valerie Stevenson, who served as associate controller under Hurst and has since
been named the new Controller. “And he made the work environment fun for all of
us. But he never slipped when it came to his duties. He was a hard worker who
truly improved this campus for the staff and for the students.”
Assistant Controller Wilson Navarro said family came first
for Hurst. He would gently chide employees who worked late to go home and be
with the people they love, Navarro said.
“Floyd always asked about family — spouses or children,”
he said. “This is a big office, but Floyd always kept up with our families. He
even kept up with birthdays and made us all feel like a part of his family.”
Hurst received numerous
awards during the course of his UNF career, many of which came from Student
Affairs for his conscientious service to the campus’ more than 16,000 students.
He also dedicated
himself to helping the University’s international student population by
regularly coordinating work efforts with the International Center.
And while many
UNF staff members will remember Hurst for his unyielding devotion to the campus
community, many of his staffers talked up his adventurous side. He loved riding
his motorcycle and even earned a scuba diving certification.
He took some
sartorial risks as well. Controller’s Office employees gleefully recalled his
multi-colored, and sometimes themed, tie collection. His Christmas ties were
always a hit when he broke them out around the holidays.
Mike Kennedy, assistant
director of Health Promotions, kindled a strong friendship with Floyd thanks in
part to their shared affinity for Harley Davidsons. The pair would often go on
extended motorcycle trips around the state. Kennedy said they had planned to go
on a days-long ride to North Carolina and Tennessee this past October, but
Hurst bowed out because of his declining health.
“He didn’t want
to be a burden or an imposition on the trip,” Kennedy said. “I never thought of
it like that. I just wanted to spend some time with my friend and wanted him to
be there. But he didn’t want to bring the trip down. That’s the kind of guy he
was. He would always put others first in front of himself. Selfless, is how I’d
describe him. He made an incredible impact in my life, and I’m lucky to count
him as a friend.”
In honor of Hurst’s
dynamic pursuit of life, staff members from the Controller’s Office have registered
a team for the March 31 Walk
to Defeat ALS, which is sponsored by the ALS Association.
Floyd’s Ospreys, is taking donations.
You can support them by clicking here. Select the “Donate” tab and
search for the team name and donate to someone registered for the walk.
There was also an
on-campus memorial service March 10.
legacy will live here with us,” Stevenson said. “‘We
are here to serve’ was one of his favorite statements. So, we’ll honor his
memory by carrying this in our hearts — ‘We are here to serve.’”
Building a strong foundation for a women’s
golf team at a university that’s never had one is no easy feat.
The challenge doesn’t intimidate new
University of North Florida head coach Joanne Steele. She’s fought tougher
“It puts things in perspective when you have
doctors telling you that you only have a month left to live,” Steele said. “It
makes other challenges seem a little less tough. And it prepares you for
anything. I’m prepared for what comes next in my life, and in the upcoming
Steele has already recruited her first class
of six student-athletes who she’ll lead into the 2012-2013 inaugural season of
the UNF women’s golf team. It’s the start of a new athletic program for UNF,
and Steele said it’s been a welcome change for her to start fresh after many years
in which her future seemed hazy.
Steele grew up in Helena, Mont., and was indoctrinated into the sporting life early. Her
six brothers played sports year-round, and Steele always pushed herself to keep
up. She found a niche in track but later turned to golf when she found herself
getting winded before many of the other runners.
That was her first
sign that everything wasn’t all right. But like any motivated competitor, she
tried to simply power through the pain.
“I just thought
everyone was winded and didn’t want to complain about it,” Steele said. “I
didn’t suspect it was anything worse than that.”
Her transition to
golf proved to be a smart call. Steele excelled in high school and landed a
scholarship to play at Jacksonville University. She played all four years there
and gained an appreciation for Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, worlds — and
climates — away from her small Montana hometown.
She stuck around the
region for a year after graduation and worked as an assistant golf pro at
Amelia Island Plantation Resort before moving back home. That’s when she got her
first coaching opportunity. She was hired at the University of Montana as an
assistant and promoted to head coach after only a year. She led the squad for
16 years and never missed a beat, even when she was fighting for her life.
Steele was diagnosed with hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy in 1999 after the birth of her second daughter. The condition
worsened over the years — more shortness of breath and irregular heart rhythms
— to the point that a heart transplant was a necessity.
The transplant was received right at the wire
— Steele said her doctors told her she would’ve died if she had to wait another
month for a donor. After the 2006 procedure and months of recovery, Steele was
back on track and started contemplating the next phase of her life.
She said she’d wanted to move back to
Jacksonville, the setting of her college glory days, for years. The
opportunity, however, had yet to present itself.
That changed last year. Steele saw an article
on the UNF Athletics website advertising the formation of a women’s golf team
and reached out to Athletics Director Lee Moon.
Moon said he noticed in Steele the motivation
and grit needed to help guide the Ospreys through any first-year growing pains.
“Joanne has the
knowledge, experience and competitive drive to build a highly successful
program at UNF,” he said.
And Steele thinks the team she spent hundreds
of hours recruiting is ready to blaze out of the gates and challenge the rest
of the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2012-2013.
“I believe the team we are
assembling puts us in a place to compete for Atlantic Sun Championships
immediately,” Steele said. “We're very excited for the upcoming season.”
One key factor in the coming year will be the
team’s mental and physical toughness, Steele said. She wanted her inaugural
recruiting class to be able to weather any potential difficulties tied to the
first year of a program.
“We’re going to be the underdogs coming out —
we know that,” she said. “And I like that. We have a young team. But they’re
good. I want to set a high standard right from the start. Top three in the
conference is possible. I’m a competitor, and they are too. They’re tough. With
that motivation and the support from the University, we can really thrive.”
That kind of toughness can take you far.
Steele knows that better than anyone.
He literally wrote the book on deaf education.
Now, Dr. Donald Moores is getting the kind of credit for his work that few people reach in their professional careers.
Moores, program director and professor in the Department of Exceptional Student and Deaf Education at the University of North Florida, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Feb. 18 during a conference in Atlantic Beach.
"Don is truly a lifetime achiever, and this award recognizes the extensive contribution he has made to the field of deaf education during his distinguished career," said Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at UNF. “We are indeed fortunate to count him among our colleagues at UNF and the COEHS.”
During his career, Moores has been at the forefront of deaf education. His first textbook, “Educating the Deaf,” was released in 1978 and is still in use today after five different editions. Many academics have matriculated through deaf education programs across the country using his textbook.“It’s an honor to have impacted future generations of deaf educators,” Moores said. “I’ve had the pleasure of advising doctoral students at four different universities as well. It’s a reward in itself to have the opportunity to have worked with so many outstanding young people.”
Moores’ has also been published in about 250 different publications and given numerous presentations in 15 countries.
Nothing, however, could have prepared him for his most recent honor — the Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing lifetime achievement award. The association gives out annual awards, but the lifetime achievement honor — a special acknowledgement from committee officers — is seldom presented.That’s why Moores was blown away when his name was called.“I was at the award ceremony listening to the presenter, and the descriptions started to sound like my career all of a sudden,” he said. While he might have received a lifetime achievement award, Moores said he doesn’t plan to stop adding to his academic legacy any time soon. He said UNF — an up-and-coming institution with a thriving deaf education program — is the perfect place for him to be.When Moores came into the program, it was already in existence and was being led by Dr. Len Roberson, now the dean of UNF’s Graduate School. There were only a handful of students, he said. Now there are about 60 students with 20 graduate candidates. Most of the students who graduate from the UNF program go on to teach in state. That’s a constant reward for Moores, who takes a strong sense of contentment from each graduate who goes on to work in the field.“At UNF, we have some of the best student’s I’ve ever worked with,” he said. “I feel really good about the quality of our students as they enter the workforce and teach others. It’s the best part of my job to see them go on and do well for themselves.”
Coggin College of Business
Management: Drs. Lakshmi
Goel, Pingying Zhang and Marjory Templeton co-authored an
article titled “Transactional distance revisited: Bridging face and empirical
validity” which was accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior.
Drs. Oliver Schnusenberg, Lakshmi Goel and Pieter
De Jong co-authored an article, which was accepted for publication in the Decision
Sciences Journal of Innovative Education,titled “Predicting
Study Abroad Intentions Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior.”
Dr. Lakshmi Goel, with two other non-UNF
co-authors, wrote an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.The article is titled “Coram Populo — In
the Presence of People: The Effect of Others in Virtual Worlds.”
Dr. Dong-Young Kim, with non-UNF
co-authors, wrote a paper accepted for publication by the Journal of
Operations Management, titled“The Relationship between Quality Management Practices and Innovation.”
Paulraj, co-authored a paper with two other non-UNF co-authors, which was
accepted for publication in the Journal
of Business Logistics, titled “An Empirical Taxonomy of Supply Chain
Dr. Cheryl Van Deusen contributed to the
following publication: “A Twenty-First Century Assessment of Values Across the
Global Workforce” in the Journal of
College of Arts &
Art and Design: Dr. Louise
Freshman Brown presented a lecture and workshop on “Mixed Medium Processes
with a Focus on Color” at Packer Collegiate in Brooklyn, NY in February.
Dr. Alexander Diaz exhibited “Snap: A
National Juried Photography Exhibition” at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek,
Calif. He exhibited “Transmission”at
Southwest University of Visual Arts’ Florence Quarter Gallery in Tucson, Ariz.
and in the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Jenny Hager had an exhibition “One Person Exhibition: Flight Lab” featured at the Brossman Gallery
at York College in Pennsylvania. Hager
also exhibited “Two Person Exhibition:
Intimate Duet” at the Cora Miller Gallery and “Two Person
Exhibition: Integral” and the Florida
State College at Jacksonville Kent Campus.
Dr. Maria Elena Versari published
“Enlisting and Updating: Ruggero Vasari and the Shifting Coordinates of Futurism
in Eastern and Central Europe,” in the International
Yearbook of Futurist Studies.
Chemistry: Dr. José Jiménez and colleagues published an article entitled “Revealing oxidation
kinetics of dielectric-embedded Ag nanoparticles via in situ optical microspectroscopy”
in Chemical Physics Letters.
Dr. Christos Lampropoulos was awarded the
2012 Hellenic Association of Chemists Lectureship Award and was invited to
present a series of lectures to the Hellenic Association of Chemists’ General
Assembly meeting to take place in Patras, Greece. He gave a presentation“The Journey between Chemistry and Materials
Science. Intermediate stops: Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physics
and Nanotechnology” at the Florida
Inorganic and Materials Symposium (in Gainesville in October).
Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Jeremy
Carter presented “Evidence-Based
Intelligence Practices: Examining the Role of Fusion Centers as a Critical
Source of Information” at the American
Society of Criminology in Washington, D.C. in November.
English: Dr. Chris Gabbard’s talk on how the academic spectrum can be enriched
through the addition of disability studies was featured on the NPR program,
“The Academic Minute” Feb. 10.
Alison J. Bruey presented “All Forms of Struggle: The Left, Armed
Resistance, and the Catholic Church in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973-1986” at the
Conference on Latin American History and American Historical Association annual
meetings in Chicago in January.
David Courtwright contributed to a forum on the work of the late Daniel Bell. His
essay, “The Cultural Harmonies of Capitalism,” appeared in the fall 2011 issue
of The Hedgehog Review. He examined the perceived conservative
shift in U.S. politics in the January episode of Academic Minute on NPR, which
is available online here.
John Hunt presented a paper — “City and Court: Citizens and Subjects during
Papal Coronation Processions in Late Renaissance Rome” — at the Taiwanese
Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Sun Yat-Sen
University in Koahsiung, Taiwan.
and Cultures: Dr. Renee Scott gave the keynote address “Curb Your Appetite: Consumption
and the Body in Latin American Women's Fiction" at the 7th
Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in
Literature, Film, and Other Arts in San Antonio, Texas in February.
Mathematics and Statistics: TheDepartment hosted the Florida Chapter of the American Statistical
Association Annual Meeting in early February. Later that month, UNF hostedthe 2012 Joint Meetings of the Florida
Section of the Mathematical Association of America and the Florida Two-Year
College Mathematics Association.
Music: Dr. Nick
Curry was a featured soloist with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the
Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena in December. He presented
“Practicing Intonation on a String Instrument” at the College Music Society’s
regional conference in February.
Gary Smart's “Violin Sonata in Three Movement” was premiered by Romanian
violinist Ruxandra Marquardt with Smart at the piano at the UNF Fine Arts
Center in February.
and Religion: Dr. Andrew Buchwalter in November published “Dialectics, Politics and the
Contemporary Value of Hegel's Practical Philosophy.”
Dr. Julie Ingersoll was on a panel discussion “America as a ‘Christian
Nation’ — A conversation with experts on religion, history, law and the
Constitution” sponsored by People for the American Way. It’s online here.
She also served as an expert witness on fundamentalism and homeschooling
on the capital murder case Komisrajevsky v. Connecticut.
Dr. William Koch published “Discourses of Excess and the Excess of
Discourse: On Georges Bataille's Lasting Influence Upon Foucault” in the
journal Existentia in November.
Dr. Bert Koegler published “Hermeneutic
Cosmopolitanism — or, Toward a Cosmopolitan Public Sphere” and “Agency and the Other: On the Intersubjective Roots of Self-Identity.”
Mattice published “Drinking to Get Drunk: Pleasure, Creativity and Social
Harmony in Ancient Greece and China” in the Comparative
and Continental Philosophy Journal. She also published “Confucian Ethics in the 21st Century: A
Comment on Roger Ames' Confucian Role Ethics” in Frontiers of Philosophy in China.
Physics: Dr. Daniel
Arenas published the article “Characterization of near-terahertz
complementary metal-oxide semiconductor circuits using a Fourier-transform
interferometer” in the Journal Review of
Scientific Instruments. He was invited to present his work at the Institute
of Molecular Sciences in Okazaki, Japan and at the Nanoscience and
Nanotechnology Center of Osaka University.
Science and Public Administration: Dr. Michael
Binder presented “Campaigns and the Mitigation of Framing Effects on Voting
Behavior” at the Southern Political Science Association in January.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Ross
McDonough and eight Social Welfare students advocated in Tallahassee for
social justice issues including legislation to protect abused children and
early screening for Alzheimer’s Disease at Social Work Lobby Day 2012 in
Melissa Hargrove became a member of the Steering Committee for MOSH’s
Spring 2013 exhibit, “RACE: Are We So Different?” a Project of the American
College of Computing,
Engineering & Construction
Computing: Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan attended the Florida Campus Compact/UNF Institute,
Bridging Community-Based Learning and STEM — Integrated Course Redesign for
Effective Learning in late February.
Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy gave
an invited talk on Web technologies titled “Web of Web Things” at the Joe Berg
Seminar held at the Museum of Science and History in late February. Umapathy
also participated in the Bridging Community-Based Learning and STEM Institute
held on February 24 and 25 at UNF. He participated as a facilitator to guide
Florida Campus Compact’s STEM Service-Learning Fellows to redesign course
incorporating community-based learning components.
annual Expanding Your Horizons North
Florida (EYH NF) conference took place at the University Center, Feb. 12.
The day-long event was designed to encourage girls in 6th to 8th grades to
consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The day included hands-on activities for students in areas such as computing,
chemistry, engineering, and optics as well as opportunities to interact with
STEM role models and learn more about careers in the STEM fields pproximately
130 girls and 35 adults from Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Nassau counties
This event was
sponsored by Vistakon, South Asian Professional Network Association (SAPNA),
the UNF School of Computing, UNF School of Engineering, the UNF Department of
Chemistry, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and The American Association of
University Women (AAUW).
Lisa Jamba served as the event co-chair,
Webmaster and workshop leader. KathieCarswell was responsible for publicity.
CCEC students Margarita Hernandez, Miranda Johanning, Cecilia McKeon, Stefka
Petkova and Jason Baber participated as workshop leaders.
Management: Dr. Roberto Soares has been
selected to be a UNF Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Engineering: M. Fagan, Dr. Chris Brown and B. Chabot published their paper “Sustainable Water Management — A
Case Study at the Jacksonville Zoo” in the S.E. Jorgenson, C. A. Brebbia, &
V. Popov, Water and Society — Wit Transactions in Ecology and The Environment.
Dr. Chris Brown spoke at
Creekside High School and Fathers Harbor Academy on engineering careers and the
UNF-SAME Model Scale Concrete Canoe Competition for this year. KathieCarswell also participated in the Creekside High School visit.
Eason and Dr. Karthik Umapathy are
featured in a UNF Center for Community-Based Learning video to promote
community-based learning within UNF. The video highlights are senior student
projects. It’s online here.
Dr. Don Resio received a $109,338 grant
from the Office of Naval Research for research in “Improved Source Term
Formulation for Improved Evolutionary Characteristics of Directional Spectra.”
Dr. Susan Vasana arranged for
a seminar by Dr. Edgar H. Callaway, Jr. on “The Entrepreneurship of IC Design
Company: Sunrise Micro Devices.” Callaway is an eminent researcher in wireless
networks and holds 42 patents. The presentation was well received by the senior
Electrical Engineering students.
College of Education
& Human Services
Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Lunetta Williams will
be honored with the Albert J. Harris Award in April. Lunetta’s article, “Addressing
Summer Reading Setback Among Economically Disadvantaged Elementary Students,”
published in Reading Psychology was selected as the winner for the 2012
International Reading Association Albert J. Harris Research Award. The
Albert J. Harris Award is given for a recently published journal article or
monograph that makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of
prevention or assessment of reading or learning disabilities. The award will be
presented Monday, April 30 at the McCormick Place Convention Center during the
Research Address and Award session at IRA’s annual convention in Chicago,
Dr. Nile Stanley has
received a gift of $30,000 from the Cummer Family Foundation for
support of the Poetry Stars project, now in its sixth year. The
initiative promotes the study of science with performance literacy at
two Guardian Catholic schools of Jacksonville. Additionally, Nile was a
featured speaker for the Nebraska Reading Conference at Kearney. He presented
sessions on teaching social studies and science through the performing
arts. Also, he was the banquet speaker and performed a program of
storytelling, poetry and music.
Leadership, School Counseling &
Sport Management: Drs. Jennifer Kane,
Jason Lee and Danielle Mincey-White presented “Using a Common Reading Program to Promote Cross
Disciplinary Concepts in Sport Management.” Drs. Kane and Lee also presented “A
Tale of Two Universities.” At the same conference, Dr. E. Newton Jackson, Jr. also presented a poster entitled
“Factors of HBCU Student Athlete University Selection,” and served on a
roundtable discussing “Preparing for Graduate School.” Lee also had an article published
entitled “Click Clack: An Examination of the Strategic and Entrepreneurial
Brand Vision of Under Armour” in the International
Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing.
Secondary Education: The
Department of Foundations and Secondary Education hosted three COEHS Research
and Practice Colloquia. Dr. Madalina
Tanase presented her work on “Pre-service Teachers’ Awareness about the
Relationship between Mathematics, Literacy and Social Justice Issues,” and Dr. Daniel Dinsmore presented
his work on “Scaffolding Students’ Reading of Course Texts.”
Office of the Dean: Congratulations to Dean Larry Daniel, who received the FACTE Leadership Award
at the January conference of the Florida Association of Colleges in Teacher
Education. Daniel was given this prestigious award for his distinguished
service, inspirational leadership and advocacy for Quality Teacher Education in
Florida and the Nation. At the same conference, Dr. Marsha Lupi, Kelly Turner and Amy Warren
(graduate research assistants), presented the results of a state-wide survey on
clinical field experiences in Florida colleges and universities. The results
indicated that state-wide, four year traditional undergraduate programs provide
pre-service teachers with extensive field experiences among other information. If
you are interested in the results of the survey or would like a copy of the
powerpoint, contact Amy Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Marsha Lupi, Dr. Jacque Batey and
Kelly Turner recently learned of
the acceptance of a third article written on the transformational learning and
knowledge of the students who have participated in the Plymouth, England
short-term student teaching internships since 2007. The article entitled,
“Crossing Cultures: U.S. Students Teacher Observations of Pedagogy, Learning
and Practice in Plymouth, U.K. schools” will be published in the Journal of
Education and Training in November.
G. Carpenter Library: Susan A. Massey, head of Discovery Enhancement at the Thomas G.
Carpenter Library, presented “Envisioning and Integrating New Cataloging
Workflows” to the Cataloging Norms Interest Group at the American Library
Association Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas in January. She also presented
“Mining Batch Data for Quality Control” for the OCLC Creating Cataloging
Efficiencies That Make a Difference workshop at the same conference.
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone
anniversary at UNF in April:
Doreen Perez, Director of Health
Administration, Student Health Services
Barry Wynns, Coordinator of IT Support, University Housing15 years Fong Chuen Lai-Chin, Executive
Secretary, Faculty Association
Helen Smith, Office Manager, University Housing10 years Robert Mailey, Maintenance
Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Carolyn Gavin, Office Manager, Marketing & Logistics
Heather Kite, Assistant Director of Recreation, Swimming Pool
Gerald Garner, Assistant Recycle Refuse Support, Physical Facilities
Haltiwanger, Budget Associate,
Linda Hamilton, Head Coach, Women’s Soccer
Carbaugh, Landscape Specialist,
Cornet Ellison, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Johnson, Coordinator of Career
Development Services, Career Services
Ginette Osse, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Felicia George, Assistant Director of Classification Computing, Human
Dawn O’Connor, Assistant Director of Research Integrity, Office of Research
and Special ProgramsWelcome
The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions
from mid-February to early-March:Robyn Carter, Grants Specialist,
Department of Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education
Maria Harmon, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Hernandez, Custodial Worker, University
Martine Kone, Coordinator of Student Financial, Enrollment Services
Carolyn Smith, Office Assistant, Enrollment Services
Kathleen Gram, Coordinator of Programs Services, OneJax
Deidre Lane, Coordinator of Administrative Services, OneJax
Felicia Rivera, Coordinator, University Parking
James Williams, Office Assistant, University Parking
Samantha Dabbs, Head Coach, Sand Volleyball
Heather McGrath, Coordinator of Admissions Processing, Enrollment Services
John Pickett, Control Systems Technician, Maintenance and Energy
The following employees were promoted in mid-February or early-March.Laura Berthiaume, Coordinator,
Angela Davis, Coordinator, Student Government
Duckworth, Help Desk Manager, User
John Simms, Associate Director, Student Union
Stevenson, Controller, Controller’s
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who
left UNF from mid- to late February:
Zechariah Brock, Senior IT Support
Tech, User Services
Laurie Gaughan, Senior Accountant, Training & Services Institute
Erica Mack, Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, One-Stop
Allan Sander, Professor, Foundations & Secondary Education
Valdes, Police Communications
Operator, University Police Department
Dr. Deborah Williams-Watson
BS, MS, PHD (graduating class of 2004) and Rev. Jarvis Watson had their first
child, Malachi Nehemiah Watson, on January 25 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in
Jacksonville Florida. Williams-Watson is an advisor in the College of Arts and
The Portobello mushroom is
an edible basidiomycete mushroom native to grasslands in Europe and North America. It’s cultivated in more than 70 countries and is one of the
most commonly and widely consumed mushrooms in the world. Dr. Shahla Khan, a
professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses
myths and facts about this big brown mushroom. To help you include more Portobello
mushrooms in your diet, a recipe is provided.
Myth: Mushrooms are vegetables.
Although often found in the vegetable section in grocery stores, Portobello and
other mushrooms belong to the kingdom of Fungi, which consists of organisms without chlorophyll
or vascular tissue and includes things as diverse as yeasts and molds.
Myth: Portebello, Portabello,
Portobello and Portobella mushrooms are all different.
They are actually all the same. The Portobello
is sometimes known as an overgrown crimini (brown or tan colored) mushroom.
They are identified by their large size, brownish color and deep musty smell.
Myth: Portobello mushrooms taste best when fried.
mushrooms are mostly eaten broiled and grilled, but they can also be fried,
baked or sautéed. They have a characteristic meaty flavor and texture that gets
better the longer the mushrooms are cooked, so grilling them is the best way to
bring out their flavor.
Myth: Portobello mushrooms have no nutritional benefit.
Fact: One cup of
grilled Portobello slices contains:
Calories: 42 kcal
Fat: 0.9 g
Protein: 5 g
Fiber: 2.7 g
They are also rich in potassium, essential amino acids
and B vitamins, as well as being low in calories, fat-free and low in sodium.
Myth: Portobello mushrooms can
be stored at room temperature.
Fact: They are
sensitive to air oxidation. They should be stored in the refrigerator inside a
loosely-closed paper bag or wrapped inside a damp cloth and consumed within
five days of purchasing.
Recipe for Spinach-stuffed Portobello mushrooms
4 large Portobello mushrooms
One-fourth cup chopped onion
Two eggs lightly beaten
One-half cup reduced fat sour cream
One cup crushed seasoned stuffing
One-half cup crumbled feta cheese
One-half teaspoon garlic salt
Three tablespoons grated Parmesan
One package (10 ounces) frozen chopped
spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1. Line baking sheet
with foil, and coat the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Remove stems from
mushrooms: set caps aside and chop stems. Combine the chopped mushrooms and
onion. Cover and microwave at 50 percent power for one to two minutes or until
tender, stirring every 30 seconds.
2. In a small bowl, combine the eggs
and sour cream. Stir in the spinach, stuffing, feta cheese and garlic salt and
onion mixture. Spoon into mushroom caps. Place on baking sheet.
Bake at 350
degrees for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake five to10 minutes
longer or until mushrooms are tender and cheese is melted.
you are shooting hoops, playing a competitive game or just horsing around, basketball
is a fun and social way to burn more than 600 calories an hour (for a 180-pound
gives a full body workout, here’s how:
Sprinting down the court — cardiovascular.
Fighting for a position — works on upper-body strength.
Taking a shot — You stretch your body from your toes to your fingertips.
Changing directions — exercises your joints and muscles.
get the most out of your basketball workout:
Stretch before you play.
Keep moving when you are on the court.
Eat protein after the game to help build lean muscle.
read more about how to stay healthy on campus, click here.
Healthy Osprey is 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.
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, contact Shelly Purser at email@example.com.
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