The quest for excellence requires
That’s why the University of North
Florida is continually evolving. The goal is to become a standout regional
University known not just in Jacksonville but also across the state — and the
The latest steps to achieving that goal
were laid out by Dr. Thomas Serwatka,
vice president and chief of staff, during a meeting of administrative
and professional employees at their annual meeting in mid-May.
Serwatka discussed two key factors that
would help UNF continue its transformation from commuter college to national leader among regional universities — reinvigorating the first-year experience for incoming freshman and
fostering a climate of diversity and acceptance on campus.
the first year a great year
With the coming year bringing mandatory
housing for freshman, Serwatka said promoting a vibrant campus community would
be vital in keeping first-year students engaged.
“It’s not about raising more money or
filling beds,” he said. “We’re usually close to or at capacity in the residence
halls. It’s for more educationally sound reasons. Studies show that students
living on campus are more plugged-in and involved in the University and
graduate at higher rates. That’s what we care about.”
He cited new programs, such as the
freshman student passport, that will reward students who participate in campus events, where the passports are stamped. The more stamps a student receives, the better the prizes
they’ll win, he said.
There will also be a concerted push to
get students acquainted with professors from their majors as soon as possible. UNF
stakes its name on small class sizes and unparalleled student/teacher
interaction, and Serwatka said that access should not have to wait until
scholars are deep into their major coursework.
“That interaction binds them to the
campus and to their studies,” he said. “When they start developing these
relationships and get to know their professors, there’s a sense of pride and
accountability that grows.”
The renewed first-year experience ties
in to an overarching goal for the University — producing scores of skilled,
motivated graduates who are well-educated and qualified for jobs once they step foot off campus.
And Jacksonville, which has a pressing
need for educated workers, will also reap the benefits.
“When we get better, the city gets
better,” he said. “For Jacksonville to grow, employers need to attract the best
and brightest from across the state. And UNF wants to have the best and the
brightest as well — we’re definitely getting there. We can do that together.
The more graduates we produce, the entire region will benefit.”
diversity key to growth
Making students feel welcome and
connected to campus means little if their diversity isn’t being appreciated and
respected. That’s why Serwatka said cultivating diversity is being looked at as
a major priority of the University administration.
The groundwork, however, has already
been set. He referenced the Military Veterans Resource Center, Disability
Resource Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource as
evidence that UNF is decidedly ahead of the curve in the State University
System when it comes to fostering diversity.
Many students have selected UNF as their school
of choice based on the presence of these facilities, he said. But the campus
community can’t become complacent when it comes to promoting diversity just
because of the success of years past. Serwatka said the University wants to
strengthen its already robust retention figures for minority students and increase
the number of minority students, faculty and staff.
truly realizing the good of diversity at UNF,” he said. “Everyone benefits from
a diverse campus community. That’s the hallmark of any good educational
experience — being open to people of different background and viewpoints.”
The financial outlook for the University of North Florida and its staff was an important topic of discussion during this year’s UNF Administrative and Professional Association meeting in May. Janet Owen, vice president for Governmental Affairs, spent most of the past spring in budget discussions during the recent legislative session in Tallahassee. She shared the outcomes of the session with those gathered for the meeting in mid-May. “Some of the numbers don’t look all that appealing, but the reality is that UNF is in a good position for the future,” Owen said. “Other universities have had to cut programs, initiate layoffs, furloughs and the like. Through great leadership, UNF has managed to avoid any of those consequences.” Of the total Education and General budget, 81.2 percent is salaries, benefits and OPS monies. Utilities account for 4.3 percent, and the remaining 14.5 percent is operating expenses for the University. This year, the recurring budget increased $3.8 million, even with a $7.5 million reduction in general revenue. UNF received a $2.25 million increase in general revenue for operational support and $9.3 million in tuition increase and adjustments. The carry-forward amount used to pay for nonrecurring priorities is only $9 million, compared to $13.5 million last year. The budget for fiscal year 2013 reflects recurring reductions of $1.7 million and $722,000 in new allocations. Total general revenue and lottery for the coming fiscal year is $65.9 million — it was $90.8 million in fiscal year 2008. The University continues to maintain $4 million in nonrecurring reserves for call backs this year, or for additional budget reductions next year. As part of the budget process, each division was asked to review their operations to look for any expenses that could be reduced — each division made its own choices and was able reduce costs going into the fiscal year. The controlled spending committee met throughout the year to review spending and look for methods to create greater efficiencies. The Purchasing Department was able to save $361,292 for three quarters of the fiscal year through sourcing and contracting. And the vacancy pool committee continued to review hiring processes and positions to make recommendations for cost savings. And through the Printed Material Request approval process, tens of thousands of dollars have been saved by reducing or eliminating some printed pieces and utilizing instead web-based and e-communications. Most of the cuts will not be felt at the individual level — the administration has mitigated many of the losses by reallocating resources and being creative in resolving any shortfalls. Retirement funding for some employees will be reduced when the budget goes into effect July 1. Legislators voted to reduce the employer contribution rates into the SUS Optional Retirement Program (ORP) from 7.42 percent to 5.14 percent, and the employer contribution to the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Investment Plan from 6 percent to 3.3 percent. But Owen said UNF will have its voice heard on higher education issues in the future. President John A. Delaney was appointed to a Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform organized by Gov. Rick Scott to focus on the SUS governance model, particularly the interaction between the Board of Governors and the individual universities. Final recommendations are to be delivered by Nov. 15.“While we have had our budget reduced this year and there are some cuts we are not happy about having to make or have made for us, the financial future of UNF is strong,” Delaney said. “We have good stewards in place who manage our assets well and help to offset the reductions while keeping their eyes on our goals for the future.”
The University of North Florida community recently had the opportunity to learn from one of the best in reputation management and personal branding.
Lida Citroën, an accomplished speaker, author and adviser to CEOs, executives and businesses for more than 20 years, presented “Social Media: Hurt or Help?” an hour-long seminar on using social media to intentionally manage the University’s online brand and reputation in mid-May.
“Social media offers a robust and vibrant channel through which to distribute key attributes about a university's brand,” Citroën said. “Being intentional, focused and consistent are critical to distribute the right messages in the right way to the right audiences.”
The seminar, which was sponsored by Board of Trustee member Myron Pincomb and free for the University, was beneficial to both students and staff and included topics such as personal branding, credibility and the importance of creating protocols and guidelines on how to interact with social media audiences.
For senior public relations major Ashley Szczukowski, it was an eye-opening experience.
“I couldn’t wait to get back to the library to put into action some of the tips and tricks that Citroën shared,” she said. “I spent hours rearranging the privacy settings and updating, researching and rewording almost every part of my social media pages, just as she suggested.”
Whitney Meyer, an office assistant in Student Affairs who oversees the Military and Veterans Resource Center’s Facebook page, also found the seminar informative.
“What I learned from her presentation is the importance of identifying what you want your audience to know, feel and do,” she said. “I think so many times we give our audience a lot of information but oftentimes lack the component describing what they should ‘do’ with that information.”
Citroën is the author of the book, “Reputation 360: Creating power through personal branding,” available in print and e-book format. She also blogs about branding, marketing and communications at www.lida360.com. For a listing of UNF-related social media sites, or more information on UNF’s social media guidelines, visit http://www.unf.edu/info/followUNF/.
Come July 1, when you reach for a cold beverage on campus,
you are going to be drinking a Pepsi product.
And not only does that impact the colas, but also the
juices, energy drinks and water choices. Gone from vending machines and retail
food outlets will be Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid, Powerade and Dasani. In their places will be Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7 Up, Mountain Dew, Dr Pepper, Tropicana, Gatorade
UNF will also be entering into a contract with Red Bull to
provide its energy drink in the convenience stores and some retail food outlets,
though it will not appear in any vending machines on campus.
With the current cold beverage vending services and pouring
rights contract expiring June 30, the University entertained bids from
Coca-Cola, the current bid holder, and several other companies, including Pepsi.
When the bids were opened and subsequent presentations completed, it was clear
to the assessment committee that PepsiCo’s offer best suited UNF’s needs.
The current contract with Coke provides annual funding of $105,000
in scholarship dollars, $10,000 in athletic sponsorship, $25,000 in marketing
support and $100,000 in vending commissions.
With combined monies from Pepsi and Red Bull under the new
contracts with the two companies, the same $105,000 will be provided for
scholarships and vending commissions should continue to deliver about $100,000.
The amount for athletic sponsorship will be significantly increased to $80,000 and
the funding available for marketing support will also increase to $65,000. Additionally,
rebates will be received for non-vending product sales on campus and Pepsi will
be providing $5,000 annually for the creation of a sustainability fund to be
used to support mutually agreed-to programs focused on sustainability issues. Pepsi
will also be installing a “Dream Machine” on campus — a machine that actually
takes recyclable cans and bottles and can be set to provide coupons and ticket
offers for product and campus events.
“We are happy that scholarships will be
kept whole,” said Vince Smyth, director of Auxiliary Services. “The
partnerships will continue to benefit students in the classroom as well as the
rest of campus. The contract is not all about who is drinking what cold
beverage on campus. It is about entering into partnerships that can help
provide for students and various University needs.”
This will impact all the vending machines on campus, the
convenience stores (both Outtakes, Ozzie’s, Harvest Moon) and all the
restaurants (Quizno’s, the Boathouse, etc.).
As has been the case for die-hard Pepsi drinkers during the last 10
years during the Coke contract, a back cooler within the Alumni Square Outtakes
will be allowed for competitor’s products so die-hard Coke drinkers can still
access their choice of beverage on campus. In addition the
vending prices will rise a quarter from $1.25 to $1.50, which was part of the
bids by both Coke and Pepsi and would have occurred regardless of successful
“This does not mean that at 11:59 p.m. June 30 all the Coke
machines and Coke product will disappear from campus and at 12:01 a.m. July 1
that Pepsi machines and product will suddenly appear,” Smyth said. “There will
be a transition period over a week or two.”
David Jordan, the resident district manager of Chartwells,
said that right now, he and his staff are in education mode. “Right now, we are
learning a lot about Pepsi,” he said. “We are learning about the products they
carry and how they compare to the Coke products we are familiar with. We have
always sold Pepsi and its products in a small section of Outtakes and I know
that Mountain Dew, Dr Pepper and Diet Pepsi are very popular with our students,
faculty and staff so we are just learning quickly what else we have to offer
the campus community.”
The additional monies for Athletics will help offset the
cost of a new scoreboard branding, sideline supplies and a changeover in the
locker rooms. Traditionally, beverage companies have co-branded with athletics
programs as a win-win relationship — both get to associate with a proven
commodity. And at UNF, athletics have certainly risen in stature since the last
time the beverage contract was up for bid in 2002. Not only does UNF now
compete at the NCAA Division 1A level, it has also won several national titles
and had athletes ranked nationally as individuals.
Department is very much looking forward to our two new partnerships with
PepsiCo and Red Bull,” said Lee Moon, UNF Athletics director. “Sponsorships
like these are important to a program like ours because it associates our brand
with successful and elite brands that have strong support and appeal in
athletics. Every dollar counts when looking to improve programs and bring
national recognition back to campus. PepsiCo’s and Red Bull’s investment into
North Florida Athletics will go a long way and it is very much appreciated by
our student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
Some of the
marketing dollars will go to fund large-scale events on campus. “This is a great way for us to partner with
these two major brands to assist in bringing events to campus for our
students,” Smyth said. “We will certainly be able to bring some excitement to
UNF in ways we could not before.”
contract will expire in 2017.
has heard about the infamous freshman 15 — the 15 pounds all freshmen are
thought to pack on during their first year on campus. The Department of Health
Promotion is out to change that and make it an old wives’ tale, at least here
at the University of North Florida.
Purser, director of Health Promotion, has decided to put together a cookbook
for all UNF students that will help them to prepare healthier, inexpensive and
easy-to-prepare meals in their residence hall kitchens.
have found that students really want to eat healthful meals,” Purser said. “They
want options that keep them on track for their health and fitness goals. And
while the dining options on campus are really first rate, there are just some
times that it is impossible to get to a dining facility and the students have
to cook for themselves. We thought a cookbook of recipes could go a long way to
you can help.
Promotion is hosting a contest for the healthiest recipe that can be cooked in
a residence hall. The recipes must be quick and easy to prepare, use simple
ingredients, be relatively healthy and, of course, delicious. The recipes do
not have to be original but should include the original source to be credited
in the book. If it is of your own creation, you will receive full credit for a
job well done.
staff is also looking for the stories and photos that might go along with the
recipes. How did you come up with the recipe? What inspired you? Or where did
you find it? Why did you like it? Why do you think students living in the
residence halls will like it? Is there a funny story about the recipe or about
when you prepared it? Health Promotion wants to hear about it. Recipes, stories
and photos can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15. Make sure the recipes have a complete list of ingredients
(including measurements) and explicit directions. Include your name, department
or affiliation with UNF. Health Promotion will include as many recipes as
possible in the new cookbook that will be available this fall.
get cooking, Ospreys!
Since the public phase of the University
of North Florida’s Power of
Transformation campaign was launched in 2009, many donors have come forward
to make a difference in the lives of students and faculty. Naturally, much of
the attention has focused on large donors who give millions to establish
endowments for scholarships, fellowships or academic enhancements.
However, on a smaller scale, donors are
making a difference in each of UNF’s colleges. Although the names of the groups
vary, the goal of various deans’ advisory councils is the same — to make a
difference in the lives of students.
Two recent examples, one in the College
of Education and Human Services and the other in the College of Arts and
Sciences, illustrate how students are the ultimate beneficiaries.
The Dean’s Education Advisory Council in
the College of Education and Human Services has been funding scholarships for
students for a number of years. However,
this year, for the first time, the council has branched out to provide funds
for faculty projects as well. Sorting through a variety of faculty proposals,
the council decided recently to fund a digital textbook project. The project is
designed to integrate digital textbook readers into math and science methods
courses for education students.
Council Vice Chair Donna Cunninghame said
the experience was rewarding not only for the faculty but for council members
“We were blown away by the quality of the
applications for funding and by the presentations that were made to us,”
Cunninghame said. “I believe we will do everything possible to increase our
funding in the coming years for other worthwhile endeavors.”
Terry Cavanaugh, associate professor in
the College of Education and Human Services, is one of the professors involved
in the project. Cavanaugh explained that digital textbooks are something most
students are already aware of, but many lack experience using them in their
teacher education programs.
“The grant allowed us to move forward so
our students can begin experiencing the tool and resources they will be using
when they walk into classrooms for the first time,” he said.
That’s why 25 Barnes & Noble NOOK readers
will be incorporated into course work. After a system is developed, the readers
and open-source science and math textbooks will be integrated with classes this
summer with full implementation expected in the fall of 2012.
“None of this would be possible without
the council and their financial assistance,” he said.
Other faculty members collaborating on
the digital textbook project with Cavanaugh are Brian Zoellner and Fred Nelson.
Indicating a broad scope of commitment, two
other faculty projects submitted for consideration were funded by individual
members of the COEHS advisory board.
A similar scope of commitment is evident
in the College of Arts and Sciences, where the dean’s council funded a faculty
fellowship for Nofa Dixon, a member of the Art & Design faculty. The initial
concept was to embellish two 24-foot concrete columns around campus with mosaic
tiles. With encouragement from President John A. Delaney and others, Dixon and
her students moved on to create a series of striking mosaic murals around
The council grant was the spark that
allowed the program to blossom and involve more and more students. Students
assisted in a variety of aspects of the project including the numbering and
cataloging of each piece in a complex mapping system to assure they would fit
correctly in the final product.
“We painted and fired each piece up to 10
times, and we had to know how to fit into the puzzle when it came out of the
kiln,” she said.
Dixon praised the council for the initial
funding that got the project rolling.
“If we hadn’t gotten the funding for the
first columns, none of this would probably have happened,” she said.
Leslie Brotman, president of the Arts and
Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, said Dixon’s proposal was selected for
funding primarily because of the number of students involved.
“We tend to favor projects that function
on many different levels,” she said. “This project involved students and fine
art while making a permanent contribution to the beauty of the University. We
hope students will come back to the University in future years and take
satisfaction in knowing they were part of the project.”
Brotman reflected the attitude of many
council members who have been active in similar University projects across
“Personally, the dean’s council is one of
the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever been involved with,” she said. “Our purpose is to make a connection between
the community and the University. We consider ourselves to be ambassadors for
UNF in the community.”
members honored with awards
Another group of University of North Florida faculty — nominated
by students, colleagues and administrators — have been honored for their
excellence by the University’s Faculty Association.
The 2011-2012 Faculty Awards recipients will receive a cash
award and will be honored with a commemorative plaque at the Fall 2012 Convocation.
The awards are funded through unrestricted gifts from the UNF Foundation, Inc.
and Academic Affairs.
Distinguished Professor Award
Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards
Outstanding Faculty Service Awards
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards:
Get to Know
Name: Simon Shiao
Job title: Associate Professor
What do you do?
teach string related courses such as String Chamber Music Literature and String
Pedagogy, and I conduct the UNF Orchestra and work with violin performance
Years at UNF: Nine years
Tell us something that would
surprise people to know about you:
the age of 12, I was a competitive swimmer.
I won a bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke at the national level
in Taiwan. I could have competed further in Japan, but I choose to focus on the
violin instead because training and practicing was taking too much time away
Tell us about your family:
to Anna Genest, a violinist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. We have a
4-year-old son, Alexander, and a 2-year-old daughter, Kate.
If you could choose any other
career, what would it be and why?
think I picked the right one because a career in music is rewarding in a way
that is hard to beat. I also enjoy performing as a violinist. In addition to
teaching, a violin professor has ample opportunity to perform. I give solo and
chamber music recitals and perform with the Grand Teton Music Festival
Orchestra every summer in Wyoming.
What would you like to do when you
most obvious answer is to travel and see the world, but I kind of get to do
that already. One of my former teachers at the Eastman School of Music just
retired after 45 years of teaching, and he gave a farewell concert just two
days before his 90th birthday. That’s what I hope to do.
What is your favorite thing about
working at UNF?
with a great group of colleagues and students who are creative and hard
What is the best thing you ever won?
the Artist International Competition in New York since I got to perform a
recital in Carnegie Hall.
keep buying raffle tickets for various non-profit organizations, but so far I
haven’t won anything.
What band(s)/musician(s) would
perform the soundtrack to your life?
just attended the Cirque de la Symphonie, and the grand finale was Bach’s
Toccata and Fugue. That would be a pretty amazing soundtrack.
Describe your favorite UNF-related
commencement ceremonies and seeing how proud the students and their families
are that day.
What is your favorite way to blow an
my kids to the playground.
What was the best money you ever
Is there a piece of technology that
you just couldn’t live without?
I appreciate all the modern convenience that comes with the fancy gadgets, but
I could learn to live without them also. I didn’t even have a cell phone until
four years ago when my son was born.
What person had the greatest impact
on your life?
are so many mentors and conductors that I admire, but my parents were the most
important in shaping my life.
What are you most passionate about?
performing arts, and how they are so vital in the quality of everyday lives.
Who is the most famous person you
met George Soros one summer in the Hamptons, which was kind of neat.
Tell us something about you that
even your friends don’t know:
like really spicy food.
What do you hope to accomplish that
you have not done yet?
would love to take my UNF students on a study abroad program.
Last book read:
“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell.
Faculty & Staff
Brooks College of Health
Clinical and Applied Movement
Sciences: Drs. James Churilla from
Exercise Science and Tammie Johnson
from Public Health along with former Exercise Science student Rebecca Curls presented a paper titled
“Alcohol Consumption Patterns and
Metabolic Syndrome Criteria: 1999-2004 NHANES”at the 59th annual
American College of Sports Medicine
meeting in San Francisco.
Dr. Shana Harrington was
invited to present at the Annual Conference (PT 2012) held in Tampa from June
7-9. Dr. Harrington will be jointly presenting “Examination and Management of Soft Tissue Restrictions and Upper
Quadrant Impairments” with Ellen
Levy, a senior staff physical therapist at the NIH Clinical Center.
Public Health: In April, Dr. Richmond Wynn presented a poster, “The Intersection of Ethno-Cultural Identity,
Sexual Orientation, and Traumatic Stress in Adult African American Gay Men” at
the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting in
In May, Dr. Richmond
Wynn and Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, Angelina Thomas, facilitated a breakout session at UNF's
Professional Development Forum titled “SWOOP:
Strategies for Wellness, Optimistic Outlook, and Peace,” which focuses
on work/life balance.
Coggin College of Business
Denslow wrote a book chapter
entitled "Environmental Sustainability in the Supply Chain: A Review
of Past Literature and Discussion of Potential Drivers and Barriers"
for a textbook titled “Sustainable
Value Chain Management: Analyzing, Designing, Implementing, and Monitoring for
Social and Environmental Responsibility.”
conference paper "Social Media Meets Supply Management” was also accepted
for presentation at the 97th ISM International Conference in May.
to Lisa LaPorte from the Coggin Career Management Center and husband Jerry on
the birth of their son, Gavin Wesley LaPorte. He was born April 24 and weighed
in at 7lbs, 6oz.
College of Arts &
Chemisty: Dr. Christos Lampropoulos presented a poster in April at the
STARS symposium organized by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at
UNF. The poster was titled “Single-Molecule Magnets: a Playground for
Magnetochemists, Physicists, and Spectroscopists.
Lampropoulos and his
student, Ana Castro, presented a
poster in April at the Showcase of Osprey Advancements (SOARS) symposium
organized by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UNF. The poster was titled
“Single-Molecule Magnets: a Playground for Magnetochemists, Physicists, and
Michael W. Lufaso and multiple colleagues published the article "New
Pressure Induced Phase Transitions in Mullite-type Bi2(Fe4-xMnx)O10-d
complex Oxides" in the International Journal of Materials Research.
Communication: Dr. Christa Arnold's paper entitled "Risky
Self-Disclosure of Patients' Sensitive Health Matters: A View From
Physicians" was presented at a meeting of the Southern States
Communication Association in San Antonio in April.
English: Mark Ari released his album, At the Legendary Folkway Coffee House.
Nicholas de Villiers presented three papers: “More Life and Opinions of Samuel R.
Delany, The Polymath,” DC Queer Studies Symposium: Delany at 70, University of
Maryland; “Spatial and Sexual Disorientation in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang,”
Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, Osaka, Japan; and “Queer Tactics:
Interviews, Mediations, Remediations,” for the Cultural Studies Association at
the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Pamela Monteleone directed her three productions of Shakespeare’s Much
Ado about Nothing with a cast and crew of mostly UNF students.
Music: Dr. Gordon Brock served as an adjudicator
and clinician at both the Cantando and Sunpeaks music festivals, attracting
ensembles from four western provinces including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta
and British Columbia.
Laura Dwyer is featured in a DVD that was filmed
this February at the University of Michigan. In it, she teaches yoga and
approaches to performance via body usage. The DVD will be available in August.
Jason Hibbard will presented research on American avant-garde
composer Robert Ashley at the annual Music and Moving Image Conference in New
York City. An early version of this research was presented at the southern
regional conference of the American Musicological Society in February.
Physics: Dr. Barry Albright received $5000 from the
Bureau of Land Management (Department of the Interior) as an extension of his
funded paleomagnetic work in southern Utah.
Daniel Arenas is a co-author on the recent manuscript: “Transmittance from
visible to mid infrared in AZO films grown by atomic layer deposition system”
in the peer-review journal Solar Energy.
Dr. Lev Gasparov gave a talk at the March
meeting of the American Physical Society in Boston entitled “Raman study of the
Verwey transition in magnetite at high-pressures and low-temperature; effect of
Patel delivered an invited talk on “Detection of ozone profile in
stratosphere using nanocrystalline gas sensor arrays on high altitude balloon
and rocket” at the Space Flight Payloads Workshop organized by NASA and others.
The workshop was held at the Florida Solar Energy Center.
Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. Nicholas Seabrook had a paper accepted for publication by Social Science Quarterly. The title of
the paper is “Administrative Law Judges in Fair Housing Enforcement: Attitudes,
Case Facts, and Political Control.”
College of Computing, Engineering &
Computing: The UNF School of
Computing Student Symposium was held on April 20. The symposium featured
current undergraduate and graduate students involved in course projects. The
symposium was attended by more than 145 people, including UNF students,
faculty, staff and local community members. About 85 students participated as
presenters. Symposium winners are online here.
The symposium was
sponsored by ICS, TekSystems, the School of Computing and the CCEC. The
symposium was co-organized by Lauren
Harris, Lisa Jamba, Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan, and Dr. KarthikUmapathy. Larry Snedden,
Bobby Richardson, and Terry Smith assisted during the
Dr. Charles Winton served as
the Chief Judge for the Georgia Region
Botball Robotics Tournament for middle and high schools held at Georgia Tech in
Management: Dr. Mag Malek, James Sorce and
Jose Murcia published their paper, “Overview of Emerging Technological
Innovation in Construction Management”, in The
American Professional Constructor in April.
Dr. Roberto Soares participated in a
meeting of the Beachwood Civic Association as part of the TLO project for Soils
and Foundations students. UNF students will study and analyze drainage in the
subdivision. Students are to develop recommendations on methods for diverting
rainwater away from structures.
Dr. Alan Harris, David Jones, Keith Horbatuck and Andres Sierra
published their paper, "A Novel Wavelength Hopping Passive Optical Network
for Provision of Enhanced Physical Security", in the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking.
Dr. Alan Harris, Mouhamad Al-Akkoumi and
James Sluss presented their paper, "Free-Space Optical Communications: A
Feasibility Study of Various Battlefield Scenarios", at the SPIE Defense,
Security and Sensing 2012 Symposium.
Dr. Pat Welsh and a team of UNF
Engineering students installed a student-designed weather station at Fort
Caroline in the National Park Service Timucuan Preserve. The
microprocessor-based weather station provides real-time weather data
transmissions to the NPS. In addition the weather station sends cell phone text
message alerts for high winds and other hazards.
Dean’s Office: Rebecca Johnson, a Career
Services counselor, gave an invited presentation, "The Best Resource Your
Company is NOT Tapping: The How and Why
of Internships", to the Northeast Florida Association of Environmental
Professionals in April.
College of Education
& Human Services
Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL:
Christine Weber has presented
three sessions at the Florida Association for Gifted Children Annual
Conference in Sarasota, Florida titled "Implementing differentiation: A
school’s journey"; "What’s the plan? Designing a teacher support
system for developing model lessons for gifted learners"
and "Exploring case studies in professional development."
In addition, Dr. Weber co-authored and published an article with Dr. Laurel
Stanley in Gifted Child Today. The article is
titled “Educating parents of gifted children: Designing effective workshops for
changing parent perceptions."
Recently, Dr. Katie Monnin did an
interview on Action News about the FCAT test in Florida schools. The vide
is online here.
Also, on Action News, Dr. Monnin discussed how parents and teachers can turn
summer cartoon watching into literacy learning opportunities. That video is
Furthermore, Dr. Monnin presented at the last College of Education and Human
Services colloquium on "Why Every Educator Should Care about Teaching
Comics and Graphic Novels in 21st Century Classrooms." Lastly, Dr.
Monnin took part in a radio interview for UNF’s "On the Record" which
focused on why educators and parents should care about teaching comics and
graphic novels. The air date is still to be announced.
Leadership, School Counseling &
Sport Management: Dr. Luke M. Cornelius' newest book, The Challenges to School Policing,
was released this term. The book is the first ever to address the legal and
administrative issues of School Resource Officers working in public schools. Dr.
Cornelius and his co-authors hope it will make a national contribution to the
issue of school safety. The text is available from the Education Law
Deaf and Interpreter Education:
Dr. Susan Syverud and Tim Feagins, Principal of Woodland Acres
Elementary School, gave a presentation titled “Impacting Student Achievement in
an Urban School Today and Tomorrow: A Professional Development School Partnership
Success Story” at 2012 Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE)
Crown/Panhandle Regional Conference and Inquiry Showcase in Gainesville.
Foundations and Secondary Education: In
March, Dr. Otilia Salmon was
elected by the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) as the
Director for Region 4. Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Best wishes to Dr. Salmon as she embarks on this important and exciting
Drs. Salmon, Madalina Tanase and
Wanda Lastrapes, along with 18 pre-service teachers and two Duval County
Public School (DCPS) teachers, attended the Florida Association of Teacher
Educators’ Crown/Panhandle Regional Inquiry Showcase on April 21 at the
University of Florida. These COEHS undergraduates shared their unique
perspectives and insights on diversity, multicultural education, and classroom
management strategies through two breakout sessions, one poster and seven round-table
Drs. Elizabeth Fullerton and Wanda Lastrapes recently co-presented at the Great Teachers for
Our City Schools – 5th Annual National Summit: Building Community Support for
Urban Student Success in Denver, Colorado in April. The presentation highlighted
their Engaged Departments’ initiatives on developing intentional, extended
experiences for pre-service teachers in urban community and school settings.
Studies in Education: Drs. Betty Bennett and Lynne Raiser presented "Eleven Teachers
of the Year in the First Four Years of An EPI? How Can That Be?" at the
Crown/Panhandle FATE Conference at the University of Florida in April.
Melissa Johnson, Nassau County Teacher of the Year, and Dennis Sgro, teacher
from Bradford High School joined the discussion of why UNF EPI completers have
The Institute for Values, Community and Leadership, a Student Affairs
department, was represented by Dr. Dianne Dawood, Coordinator of Outreach and Services, at a two-day
workshop in New York in April.
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone
anniversary at UNF in June:
30 years Paul Karabinis, Assistant Professor,
Art and Design
25 years Robert Farnsworth, Library Services
Tracey Britton, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Robert Myers, Assistant Director of Education Training Program, Small
Business Development Center
15 years Raymond Bunch, Coordinator Club
Sports, Recreation10 years Deborah Berard, Coordinator of
Accounting Collections, Controller
Myron Kelly, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Schoor, Student Ombudsman, Student
Five years Baanada Porcenat, Custodial Worker,
Dedra Harris, Executive Secretary, President's Office
Robert Berry, Director of Internal Auditing, Internal Auditing
Roger Butler, Adjunct, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ladonna Morris, Adjunct, Education & Human ServicesWelcome
The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS
positions since mid-April:Christopher Arsenault, Assistant
Director, Student Government Business and Accounting Office
Anthony Hines, Coordinator of IT Support, User Services
Danny Pearson, Recycle Refuse Worker Recycling, Physical Facilities
Jillian Sickler, Student Financial Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Donna Gora, Assistant Director of Research Development, Office of Research
and Sponsored Research
Marcus Mills, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Caitlin Dennis, Office Manager, Sociology and Anthropology
Brandie Thomas, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
The following employees were promoted in late- April.Nichelle Flannory, Assistant Director
of Business and Finance/Auxiliary Services, MOCA
Cathy Harris, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Keunta Miles, Assistant Athletic Coach, Basketball
Carrol Reilly, Coordinator for Budgets, Computing, Engineering and
Aaron Small, Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, Enrollment
Rhea Sparks, Accounting Associate, Auxiliary Services Administrative
Allison Turner, Coordinator of Academic Services, Arts & SciencesGoodbye
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who
left UNF in mid-April:
Paula Williams, Assistant Athletic Coach, Basketball
George Crisp, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Harrington, Maintenance Mechanic,
Dr. Joseph L. Campbell,
Janice Donaldson, Dr. James H. Fletcher, Dr. Cheryl A. Fountain and Bob Wood
were recognized at the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium for
receiving research grants and contracts in excess of $1 million each. Campbell
(mechanical engineering), Donaldson (Small Business Institute), Fletcher
(mechanical engineering), Fountain (Florida Institute of Education) and Wood
(Continuing Education) each obtained funding for sponsored activities through
the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
ORSP and the Office of
Faculty Enhancement hosted the 3rd annual Scholars Transforming Academic
Research Symposium(S.T.A.R.S.)in mid-April. S.T.A.R.S.
is a showcase of research excellence highlighting faculty, staff,
administrators and graduate students across all disciplines within the
University community. The theme for this year’s symposium was “Illuminating
Collaborations.” The symposium included roundtable discussions, poster
presentations, a presentation about the UNF Digital Commons and a faculty and
staff reception and awards ceremony.
In addition to the four
principal investigators who obtained research funding of $1 million or more,
three principal investigators who obtained research funding of $250,000 or more
were also recognized. Those include Drs. James Gelsleichter (biology) and N.
Mike Jackson (civil engineering).
The following individuals
were recognized for receiving funding for research activities for five
consecutive years: Drs. James H. Fletcher (mechanical engineering) and John
Pamela Bell (child
development center) and Dr. Len Roberson (graduate school) were recognized for
10 years of consecutive funding for sponsored research activities.
department was recognized for having the highest number of principal
investigators involved in sponsored activities with 15 individuals. The
Engineering department was recognized as the department with the most funding
in sponsored projects with $3,354,196.
“royal” nut, preferred by Middle Eastern kings of old, is rich in antioxidants,
vitamins and fiber. Dr. Nancy Correa-Matos, registered dietitian and faculty
member in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses
pistachios, a heart-healthy source of vitamins that is low in calories and fat
and cholesterol-free. Pistachios are
great snacks as is, or they can be added as a topping in desserts, salads and
baked goods. To help you add pistachios to your diet, a recipe is provided.
Pistachios are considered an unknown nut.
Pistachios were considered a food for the kings in the Middle East in ancient
times. When the nut is ripe, the hull splits in two and looks like a crown. It’s
so famous that Feb. 28 is considered National Pistachio Day. It is also called
the smiling or happy nut in China. Because it takes around seven years to
harvest in the mountains of Asia, it took some time before trading to America
took off. However, since California started growing pistachios successfully, the
nut is now available year round. In the last decade, production has increased
from 5 million pounds to 300 million pounds per year.
Pistachios are not nutritious.
Pistachios contain high amounts of protein, vitamin B-6, vitamin E, copper,
fiber thiamin, phosphorus and magnesium. They’re also good sources of several
phytochemicals that have health benefits, such as lutein (good for vision),
resveratrol (lowers cholesterol) and proanthocyanidins (protects against cancer).
Pistachios also provide health benefits enhancing the immune system and protecting
the skin, nerves and heart from free-radical damage. They contain large amounts
of antioxidants — even more than green tea. Additionally, pistachios are a good
source of fiber. One ounce of pistachios contains around 3 grams of fiber, as
much as half a cup of broccoli. Pistachios also have as much potassium as an
Pistachios are high in fat.
Compared to other nuts, pistachios have the lowest fat content per ounce. They
provide a high amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids as well as
omega 3 and omega 6. Pistachios are also cholesterol-free. Recent
investigations showed lowering of LDL- cholesterol in those individuals
consuming one to two servings every day for four months.
Pistachios are expensive snacks.
Pistachios can be very inexpensive during the harvest season around August and September.
They will last up to three months if sealed in air-tight containers and up to
six months in the freezer. You can feel full by consuming fewer pistachios than
other nuts and save money. Pistachios provide the highest amounts of kernels
per serving when compared to other nuts. For example, one serving of pistachios
has around 50 kernels, whereas the same serving size of cashews only has 18 kernels.
Some investigators found that just by spending time removing the shell on
pistachios, it takes longer to eat and reduces intake, thus preventing weight
The nutrient content of pistachio varies with the color of the shell.
original color of the shell is beige, which sometimes turns to a brownish color
when exposed to the sunlight. The red hull is a dye to enhance appearance. However,
the color of the pistachio nut is green due to the chlorophyll. The nutritional
value is the same with either the beige or red shell.
from: Metabolic Diet Study Center at Pennsylvania State University in
University Park, Pa., and used in research, which concluded that a daily
handful of pistachios — about 1.5 to 3 ounces — can help lower cholesterol.
cups basil leaves
cup pistachio kernels
cup olive oil
cup Parmesan cheese
ground black pepper
basil leaves, garlic cloves and pistachio kernels in a food processor and pulse
until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate and use
for up to three days. Serve at room temperature.
Nutritional content (2 tablespoons):
g total fat (2.4 g saturated, 2.5 g monounsaturated, 2.9 g polyunsaturated)
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 pistachios? Contact Dr. Correa-Matos
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