Civic and community leaders Ann and David Hicks were honored by the University of North Florida last month when UNF Hall was dedicated to them and its named changed to Hicks Hall. “Both David and Ann have a long history of dynamic leadership and unselfish support to Northeast Florida, the state and the nation,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “It’s an honor to have a building at UNF named after two such outstanding philanthropists.”David Hicks, a Jacksonville business executive, joined mortgage banker Stockton, Whatley, Davin & Company (SWD) in Jacksonville. Recognizing the opportunity of the mortgage software industry, he became a partner at C & S Services, an affiliate of SWD, in 1967. He raised initial capital of $18,000 and incorporated the firm as Computer Power, Inc. two years later. David served as chairman, CEO and president for the next 25 years. Over the years, he grew the firm to become the leading supplier of software and services to the mortgage industry, processing $1.3 trillion in mortgages — 43 percent of all U.S. mortgages at the time. In 1992, the firm was sold to publicly traded ALLTEL Corporation, and he retired from the company in 1995. Following the sale, David chaired several other highly successful start-up enterprises, including Alliance Mortgage Company (now EverBank), Enterprise National Bank and a U.K.-based self-storage business.While enjoying a successful career building and growing companies, David and his wife, Ann, are also deeply involved in leading and supporting local community organizations. David is credited with turning around the Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA), where he served as chairman for seven years after his retirement from CPI. He used his entrepreneurial instincts to have the JHA partner with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, both of which he chaired. His vision for a public-private partnership in Jacksonville to eliminate substandard housing and foster home ownership has resulted in the construction of more than 1,400 new Habitat homes since 1994. As a result, HabiJax is the largest and most successful Habitat affiliate in the United States.David also serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity International and The United Way. Throughout the years, he has supported and served in leadership capacities on the board of many other organizations, including The Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The Deette Holden Cummer Museum Foundation, the UNF Foundation, the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., the Jacksonville Symphony and the Boys and Girls Clubs.Additionally, David and Ann originated the idea of the Pathways to Success Scholarship program. This innovative program, which he and Ann generously funded, provides a way for students in HabiJax and public housing to attend UNF. The program’s initial goal was a $10 million endowment to fund scholarships. With David’s leadership, it succeeded in securing more than $15 million in donations from over 30 donors in Florida.Ann, a 1994 graduate of UNF, has made significant leadership contributions to UNF as a member of the University’s first Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board. She is also greatly involved in providing scholarship assistance. Ann established the Gray Scholarship Program in honor of Rev. Neil Gray, an Episcopal priest and UNF adjunct instructor who made a deep impression on her while studying for her second bachelor’s degree. She also has been active in the community, serving on boards of the Jacksonville Public Library, HabiJax, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and The Bolles School. At the dedication ceremony Ann and David expressed their gratitude. “This is the most amazing, most surprising and most humbling thing that has ever happened to us,” Ann Hicks told the assembled guests. “David and I are so proud to be identified with this University and it is particularly significant to us that every prospective UNF student will walk through the doors of this hall. For us, our children and our grandchildren, we thank you for honoring us. You have created a legacy for our entire family.”
Hicks Hall was once a call center for AOL, but the company shed the facility shortly after it was finished due to the dot.com bubble bursting. President Delaney quickly saw the opportunity for expansion and UNF purchased the property. The 135,000 square-foot facility soon became the gateway for students arriving on campus. It now houses Admissions, Financial Aid and the One Stop Student Services. As thousands of new UNF students enter Hicks Hall in the coming years, they will see a display explaining the role of these two outstanding civic leaders. The final sentences contained on the dedication plaque on the building will allow them to gain appreciation for two donors who carved out a path to academic success for scores of students:Their outstanding leadership and generous philanthropic support have made UNF a better university while transforming the lives of students and alumni for generations to come.
Any university is only as
good as the promises it keeps. The University of North Florida student
experience should live up to the one depicted in its viewbook, the one
discussed during a campus tour and the one depicted on Facebook and Twitter. Today’s prospective students and their parents are savvy.
They expect to see the same things on campus as they have in all the promotional pieces and online.
The promises a college or
university makes are not limited to the ones stated during the recruiting
process. The promises made are evident in every conversation, every meeting and every written document. Every interaction that a current or future student,
family member, faculty, staff, alumni, donor or stakeholder has with UNF is a
promise made and an opportunity to keep it.
The University of North
Florida is no different. That is why when it engaged Stamats Communications,
Inc., a higher education market research firm, to conduct an opinion survey on its
behalf in October 2011, University leadership was eager to learn what the
public thought UNF was getting right. The results of that survey, which were
generally very positive, led to another set of questions.
“It was interesting to learn
that more than 85 percent of the people in the five-county area really like
UNF,” said UNF Vice President
and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka. “But they could not tell say why. That provided
the perfect opportunity to determine what it is we wanted to be known
for in our own community and beyond.”
The survey turned up
many interesting statistics. Sixty-one percent named UNF as a
top-of-mind college or university. UNF also rated quite well in terms of
quality of campus buildings and environment, academic variety and reputation
and for providing programs relevant to the community. And those survey
respondents who were familiar with UNF rated its commitment to the Northeast
Florida region as very high. Sixty-four percent who were considering attending
a college were considering UNF. And if they were not considering attending — or
had already attended a college — 65 percent would recommend UNF to someone
else. So UNF knew there were many positives from which it could draw to help
define itself for its various constituencies.
UNF administrators decided a brand
promise would help it stand out from other colleges and universities. Four brand promises were created and tested via a web-based survey among
30,000 current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors and
The initial results came back
pretty evenly split between two of the brand promises, with different groups
identifying heavily with separate parts of the promises. The best of both were
combined and determined that the following brand promise was something with
which everyone could not only readily identify, but could use to inspire and
guide day-to-day interactions with one another, the faculty, staff and
UNF, a nationally ranked university located
on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.
“This is a statement that students, faculty and staff can live up to each day,” said UNF Vice President
and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka. “We already are. The proof points are many,
and in the coming weeks, we will be identifying brand ambassadors from the
University community who will help us communicate the promise through words and
The University is now taking
this opportunity to make its communities aware of the brand promise and to use
it as a filter for its significant decisions, publications and conversations
“It is a way for us to
establish this University as one of the preeminent destination institutions in
the southeast by delivering on what we promise,” said John Yancey, UNF’s
director of Admissions. “At UNF, we give our students a world-class education
by providing hands-on transformational learning opportunities with professors
who actually teach — the brand promise is a way to get that message out in the
community through our actions and words.”
false report of a sexual assault at the new Student Wellness Complex left many
students, faculty, staff and community members worrying about campus safety at
the University of North Florida.
reality of the situation, however, is that UNF has experienced double-digit
drops in crime percentages during the past three years, making it consistently
one of the safest universities in Florida. A false report of a serious crime should
be viewed as an aberration that hardly reflects UNF’s high level of campus
safety, said University Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Richardson.
Campus safer than ever
crime percentage drop-off over the past three years can be attributed in part to
UPD’s increased focus on intelligence-led policing, which involves the
department working in concert with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office,
Richardson said. The Sheriff’s Office’s has shown UPD crime data analysis
techniques that officers use to target potential areas of concern and
effectively manage resources.
instance, the UPD is in the midst of cracking down on skateboard theft — one of
the more prevalent campus crimes. Richardson didn’t want to elaborate on how
UPD is targeting skateboard thieves, but he said their intelligence-led
policing efforts have given officers insight into what locations to cover.
key focus has been placed on stopping parking decal theft. After spotting a
trend in the theft of parking passes, Chief John Dean and the rest of UPD
pushed hard for a move to stick-on parking decals that are harder to steal. And
while it might seem elementary, UPD officers have been working diligently to
stress the importance of locking car doors and keeping an eye on personal
belongings to students.
the crimes on campus that we’ve encountered have been crimes of opportunity —
someone leaves their car door unlocked, another person sees something valuable
inside and takes it without having to break in to the car,” Richardson said.
“These are avoidable instances, and we’ve been trying to educate the entire
campus community about the need to be aware of their surroundings and not leave
their items unattended.”
said keeping the campus safe all comes down to a few core principles advocated
by Chief Dean and demonstrated by UPD — visibility, prevention and enforcement.
Services for students in need
students, however, have emergencies or issues that can be solved through
conscientious and dedicated law enforcement.
There are multiple
free, confidential and on-campus services for students who are feeling
distressed or overwhelmed. These services are repercussion-free, unlike filing
a false crime report, which includes a criminal charge.
Counseling Center and the Women’s Center both offer free appointments with
trained professionals skilled at communicating with students struggling with the
rigors of academic or personal life.
Spivey, director of the Women's Center, said students can receive emotional
support and intervention services 24-hours a day without even giving a name by
calling in to the campus crisis line at (904) 620-1010. Operators are trained
to explain victim rights, the process of meeting with law-enforcement officers
and suggest health-care services if needed.
make sure to let our students know that crisis doesn't occur on schedule,”
Monteagudo, director of the Counseling Center, said the center is available to
all students, at any time, free-of-charge. Students can request appointments
with trained mental health specialists and participate in group programs that
offer emotional support for those in need. Accessibility is of the utmost
importance, and Monteagudo said the center is there to help students navigate
any of the difficulties that crop up in a university setting.
first-year students, moving on campus and, navigating all that independence, it
puts serious demands on their schedules and activates a lot of stressors,” he
said. “Being away from home and parents, making decisions for themselves — if
they had problems before they could become exacerbated. For instance, these false
reports we’ve had recently could be products of someone feeling cornered or
desperate. It’s a desperate solution that doesn’t involve thinking through the
ramifications. My message would be to come to the Counseling Center if you're
feeling distressed instead of making a hasty decision. We’re here for anyone
1,000 First Coast residents every year suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. If
immediate medical intervention, such as bystander CPR, isn’t provided quickly,
the survival rate hovers around a 5 percent.
& Shands Jacksonville and the University of North Florida are looking to increase
group of almost 50 pre-internship class students from the Brooks College of
Health, led by UNF professor Julie Merten, went through a training program in
mid-October designed to introduce them to hands-only bystander CPR, which
focuses solely on the compression aspect of traditional CPR.
said the recent training class is the start of a collaborative initiative
between the UF & Shands Jacksonville Bystander CPR Committee and UNF. The
goal is to train at least 8,000 UNF students, faculty and staff in hands-only
Joseph Sabato, an emergency physician at UF & Shands and chair of the Bystander
CPR Committee, said that the training for hands-only bystander CPR is
simple and quick to learn, but the benefits are extensive and wide reaching. He
said that the mouth-to-mouth part of CPR
doesn’t boost survival rates and fewer than 50 percent of bystanders are
willing to even do mouth-to-mouth. Following that logic, compression-only CPR
is being touted as an easy and effective way to boost the survival for sudden
cardiac arrest patients. Communities that are actively implementing this
initiative have dramatically higher survival rates — almost two to four times
is of the essence when it comes to intervening in sudden cardiac arrest cases,”
he said. “If there is a person around who knows hands-only bystander CPR, that can
easily mean the difference between life and death. Based on our estimates, we
can save 100 lives in Northeast Florida in the coming year through the
knowledge offered by these programs. We’ve been working to spread this
knowledge to different groups in the community, and this UNF class is the
largest community outreach that we’ve done so far.”
Shands Jacksonville staff, including Sabato, trained Professor Merten’s pre-Internship
Community Health class using life-like mannequins and a brief instructional
Hall, a senior Community Health student who works as a nurse for Brooks Health,
said the hands-only bystander CPR training was a useful skill to add to her
professional toolbox. The experience, however, was applicable to all of the
students in the class.
is a skill that anyone would want to possess,” Hall said. “It’s easy to learn
and easy to use, and you can help save someone’s life. To be able to be among
the first groups to try it means UNF will be ahead of the curve when it comes
to the health and safety of the people on campus.”
said the students were divided into groups toward the end of the demonstration.
These teams of students will be responsible for training an additional 500 to
750 UNF students and faculty in hands-only bystander CPR before the end of this
semester. UF & Shands will be providing training mannequins for each of the
groups and hands-only bystander CPR instruction pocket cards for all those
trained by the students.
ultimate goal of the UF & Shands Bystander CPR Initiative is to train
80,000 First Coast residents in this life-saving method. wThe participation of
UNF will be a vital part of that total, as Merten said she wants to educate as
many people on the UNF campus as possible about the life-saving benefits of
hands-only bystander CPR.
is an experience to talk about and to share with anyone and everyone on
campus,” Merten said. “The benefits of this are huge, and the students in my
class are learning valuable skills they can put on a resume at the same time.
This level of community engagement and opportunity for hands-on learning and
training is what UNF is all about, so it makes sense to pair up with a group
that feels the same way about getting the community involved.”
videogame developer and academic, Dr. Ian Bogost, debuts his next
thought-provoking and irreverent interactive experience in November as part of
his eponymous Project Atrium exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a
cultural resource of the University of North Florida.
latest work, “Simony,” will explore the question of
buying versus earning achievement and will be unveiled Nov. 17. How
important is winning — and being seen as the winner — to the player? Named
after the practice, now usually
regarded as a sin, of buying or selling spiritual
benefits like pardons or relics, the game
requires players to ascend a dais and
earn — or purchase — their way to the top of a leaderboard projected on the
wall. A round in the game consists of the device
lighting up one or more buttons in a random order, after which the player must
press the buttons to reproduce that same order. The
raised platform, the illuminated manuscript style of the game, and the auditory
experience of the lutes and chants while being played enhance the
cathedral-like atmosphere of the Haskell Atrium Gallery. Bogost’s allusion to
museum context as a basilica and the use of the iPad as an interface further
highlight similarities to how society worships religion, art and technology.
be on-site at the museum installing the work during the first two weeks of
November, accompanied by a free lecture about his work and career at 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Nov. 17.
“Ian Bogost is one of the foremost
scholars and designers of games and game theory,” said MOCA Director Marcelle
Polednik. “His analysis and the games he designs frequently push buttons. On
the surface, his games appear deceivingly simple, but through their disarming
simplicity they address very complex and relevant social and political issues,
frequently in satirical ways. Ian is harnessing these approaches to both
reflect on and deploy the new media of today to highlight timely topics and
issues to a wider audience.”
a game designer, he makes games for political, social, educational, and
artistic uses, and his previous videogames have covered topics as varied as
airport security, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban
errands, and tort reform. In “Fatworld,” players
are charged with managing a diet-and-exercise regimen on a limited budget. “Bacteria
Salad” requires the player to grow and sell tomatoes and spinach
as quickly as possible while containing E.
coli outbreaks, and the game ends when too many people begin to
defecate violently. In one of Bogost’s sentimental favorites, “Disaffected!,”
surly Kinko’s employees struggle to fill orders for angry customers.
games have been played by millions of people and exhibited or collected at
venues across the globe. When he isn’t writing, crafting videogames, or being a
guest on “The Colbert Report,” Bogost is the Ivan Allen College Distinguished
Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia
Institute of Technology and founding partner at Persuasive Games, LLC.
title: Director, Marketing and Publications
do you do? I wear several hats at UNF. First and foremost,
I work with all campus departments to help market the University of North
Florida and its programs, faculty, staff and students to the rest of the world.
I am also the editor of Inside, the faculty and staff eCommunication (the
publication you are reading right now), the alumni Journal and I am one of the
trained crisis communications officers for the University. I also teach a
section of a writing class for the Communication department at UNF, which has
proven to be challenging and really inspiring all at the same time.
at UNF: 2
us about your family. I have been married to my husband,
Jeff, for three years. He is from England, and when I married him, I gained
three great stepsons, Levi, 22, Rylan, 20, and Dexter 18. My daughters are
Kirstie, 20, and Madeline, 9. Kirstie lives and goes to school in the Nashville
area, and Mads runs Palencia Elementary School — well, technically, she is just
in the fourth grade there, but don’t tell her that. I also have a 14-year-old
Rottweiller who is really my favorite. We are like the Brady Bunch — minus Jan.
But that is OK because no one liked her anyway.
you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
Hands down, I would be in guest
services at Disney World. And if you have ever met me, you would know that is
the perfect job for me.
would you like to do when you retire?
I work for the state. I am probably
not ever going to be able to retire. But if I win the lottery one day, my
husband and I have plans to buy a villa in Tuscany and annoy the natives with
our horrible Italian.
is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
This one is easy. The people. They
is the best thing you ever won?
I kid you not. I won a four-day,
three-night all-expenses paid trip to Graceland. My then-husband made me trade
it in for the cash. $300. Do you see why he is my ex-husband? It was GRACELAND.
band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life?
is your favorite fictional character? What makes them your favorite?
Three-way tie, but all for the same
reason. Hermione Granger, Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham and CJ
Cregg. Smart girls rock.
you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Take care of everyone in my life.
No one would want for anything ever again. Unless it was one of those
scratch-off tickets and I only won like 10 bucks. Then you are on your own,
you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing?
I would be working on a college
campus somewhere. I love working with students.
your favorite UNF-related memory?
Using my CNN connections to finagle
a meeting between my then eight-year-old daughter and Wolf Blitzer, her hero.
She used to watch the Situation Room every day with my mom, and when my mom
died, Mads could not watch Wolf any more. During the debate, I mentioned
something to him about her, and he told me to bring her up. He could not have
been more gracious in meeting her and making her feel special. He took what
could have been a really emotional moment and made it into a tender memory for
is your favorite way to blow an hour?
With my Kindle.
you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you
My daughters’ hands when they were
infants. All that potential. Before they stuck them in all sorts of places.
was the best money you ever spent?
My Kindle. I am on my fifth one, by
there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without?
My Kindle. Are you sensing a theme
is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
I should probably be politically
correct and say the moment my kids were born … and that was important and I was
proud and happy and nothing really does compare, but there was also something
really special about the first time I saw one of my books listed on Amazon for
sale. I have written two on “true” ghost stories and one on true crime. Of
course, I was immediately crushed when I saw the sales rank was 2,314,567. So
it all evens out. Eh, should have gone with the birth story.
us something that would surprise people to know about you:
I am actually incredibly shy.
was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert
First concert ever — Billy Squirer
opened for Foreigner at Crisler Arena on the campus of the University of
Michigan. The last concert I attended was — and this is embarrassing —
Larry the Cable Guy at the Convocation Center on the campus of Eastern Michigan
University. They were free tickets.
person had the greatest impact on your life?
My dad. That would probably shock
everyone who knew me growing up because he was a traveling management
consultant who left home every Sunday and come back every Friday night or
Saturday morning. He was never around. His territory was Michigan, Ohio and
Pennsylvania. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, 51 weeks a year, he was on the road,
living out of a suitcase, doing what had to be done and setting an incredible
example in the process. He called home every night and talked to my brother and
me, keeping track of our classes and hockey games. He didn’t miss out, and he
didn’t let up. At the time, I hated it. But now, I get it and I really
appreciate the sacrifices he made by being away from us and the effort he made
to still be an integral part of our family. He might not have been there, but
he was always there.
are you most passionate about?
Being kind. I have a plaque in my
office that says, “Because nice matters.” Because it does.
is the most famous person you ever met?
Bill Clinton. He was the
commencement speaker at Eastern Michigan University, and I was the director of
Special Events — and I actually did not meet him so much as knocked him over.
He was not where he was supposed to be. The U.S. Secret Service really don’t
take kindly to that, by the way. I met his wife a few years later when I worked
on her campaign in Nashville, Tenn. The most famous person I would like to have met was Princess Diana.
us something about you that even your friends don’t know: Unfortunately
for them, there is nothing my friends don’t know about me. But they may not
know that when I was 13 months old, I knocked out all my front teeth chasing
after a clown in a mall. After that, my life is pretty much an open book. Come
to think of it, my life would have been a whole lot easier had I stopped
chasing after clowns when I was 13 months old. Would have saved me a couple of
do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Aside
from figuring out the whole direction thing (North? South? East? West? I am
clueless … never take directions from me), I would like people to say after
meeting me, “She is a really kind person.” I am working on it.
I’ll have to check my Kindle.
College of Health
Dr. James Churilla and two
of his graduate students, Ryan Richardson and William Boyer, from Clinical and
Applied Movement Sciences, along with Dr. Tammie
Johnson from Public Health, presented findings from two of their research
projects at the 10th annual World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and
Cardiovascular Disease in Los Angeles Nov. 1. The project titles are “Associations between High Sensitivity
C-Reactive Protein and Self-Reported Screen Time in U.S. Adults and Association of Muscle Strengthening
Activity with Glycosylated Hemoglobin.”
Coggin College of Business
Marketing and Logistics: Dr. Ronald J. Adams presented “A Brief
Assessment of the U. S. Supreme Court’s 2011 Ruling Denying Class Certification
in Dukes v. Wal-Mart” at the 19th International Conference on Recent Advances
in Retailing and Services Science Vienna, Austria in July.
Dr. A.C. “Josh” Samli had an article titled,
“Generating a Culture of Innovation: The Necessary Ingredient for Economic
Progress” published in the summer 2012 edition of The Marketing Review.
Arts & Sciences
and Design: Dr. Maria Elena
Versari presented “A Tangible achievement: On the posthumous fortune of
Futurist sculpture” at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He also
presented “Materia: From Futurist Materiality to Dadaist Contamination” at the
Third Biannual conference on Material Meanings of the European Network for
Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies at the University of Kent.
Johnson presented a seminar, “Science supporting sustainability: A
stronger fole for ecology in coastal fishery management,” to the Department of
Biology and Environmental Fellows Program at DePauw University, Greencastle,
Doria Bowers and her
student, Zoe L. Lyski, presented a poster, “Vertical blood feeding and
arbovirus persistence in mosquitoes,” at the 44th Annual Society for Vector
Ecology Conference in St. Augustine.
and co-authors R. Ritson-Williams, K. Olsen, K and V.J. Paul, published their
paper, “Short-term and latent post-settlement effects associated with elevated
temperature and oxidative stress on larvae from the coral Porites astreoides” in the journal, Coral Reefs.
Joe Butler, with co-authors
G. L. Heinrich and M. L. Mitchell, published “Diet of the Carolina diamondback
terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin centrata)
in northeastern Florida” in Chelonian Conservation and Biology. With co-authors
E. C. Munscher, E. H. Kuhns and C. A. Cox, he published “Decreased nest
mortality for the Carolina diamondback terrapin following removal of raccoons
from a nesting beach” in Herpetological Conservation and Biology.
Dr. Kelly Smith, with co-authors
A. Shyn, J. Chalk, N. L. Charnock and G.
K. Bielmyer, published “Zinc distribution in the organs of adult Fundulus heteroclitus after
waterborne zinc exposure in freshwater and saltwater” in Archives of
Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.
Dr. José A. Jiménez with Dr. Mariana
Sendova of New College, published “Plasmonic coupling
in silver nanocomposite glasses” in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. He also published “Kinetics
of Ag nanoparticle growth in thick SiO2 films: An in situ optical assessment of Ostwald
ripening” in Materials Chemistry and
Physics. Additionally, he published “In situ isothermal monitoring of the enhancement and quenching
of Sm3+ photoluminescence in Ag co-doped glass” in Solid State Communications.
Christa Arnold published
“Revisiting patient communication training: An updated needs assessment and the
AGENDA model” in Patient Education and Counseling. She also
published “Is social media, texting and other such technology
hurting our interpersonal communication?” in Mass Communication and
Criminology and Criminal Justice:
Dr. Jennifer K. Wesely
received a Research Enhancement Plan award from the UNF College of Arts and
Jeremy G. Carter co-presented, with Dr. Michael Binder, “Impacts of concealed carry licenses on crime: A
new decade and approach” at the Southwestern Criminal Justice Association
annual conference in Atlantic Beach.
Mark Ari edited and produced “EAT POEMS #3: EAT JUSTISS,” an audio anthology
of the works Jacksonville poet, Alan Justiss, as read and interpreted by
Jacksonville writers and artists.
Nicholas de Villiers wrote an article, “That's the Surprise: Tom Rubnitz’s
Sexy, Wiggy, Desserty World,” for the publication accompanying the Dirty Looks
NYC exhibition of videos by Tom Rubnitz and Dynasty Handbag at the White
Columns gallery in New York.
Clark Lunberry presented “In One Ear & Out the Other — On Not Hearing
John Cage,” at the conference, “Transatlantic Cage: John Cage's Centennial in
Paris,” at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris. He also completed a
commissioned “Writing on Air” installation on the windows of the Paris
conference site of the Galerie Colbert. Additionally, he served on the keynote
panel at the conference “Convergence on Poetics,” at the University of
Washington-Bothell and presented “Language onto Landscape — Floating Form Less”
at the same conference. Finally, he completed his permanent installation,
“Suspended Sentence,” at the UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library
James Beasley delivered an invited lecture, “From Normal to Valpo: The
Importance of Mantie E. Baldwin, 1875-1914,” at Valparaiso University, Indiana.
Michael Wiley’s book “A Bad
Night’s Sleep” took top honors in the Shamus Award ceremony. In the
past, the Best Hardcover Award has gone to some of the best and most broadly
admired mystery/detective fiction writers.
Dr. Alison J. Bruey published
“Limitless land and the redefinition of rights: Popular mobilisation and the
limits of neoliberalism in Chile, 1973-1985” in Journal of Latin American
Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Shira
Schwam-Baird delivered an invited paper, La Longue Vie de Valentin et Orson” at the colloquium
“Pour un nouveau répertoire des ‘mises en prose’ : Romans, chansons de
geste, autre genres, ” in Gargnano, Italy.
Constanza López presented “Testimonio
y re-escritura del conflicto colombiano en Escrito para no morir de María
Eugenia Vásquez Perdomo” at the Latin American Studies Association in San Francisco
and gave the invited annual alumni lecture, “Trauma, memoria y teoría: El relato autobiográfico
de María Eugenia Vásquez Perdomo,” at the Graduate Center of The City
University of New York.
Clayton McCarl led the formation of a new Colonial section within the Latin
American Studies Organization and, with Yongan Wu, published “Using External
Text Vocalization to Enhance Reading Development Among Beginning Level Chinese
Learners” in the Journal of Chinese
Language Teachers Association. Additionally, he published “Notes of
Teaching Chinese as a Second Language” in Studies of Education and Teaching.
Dr. Randy Tinnin, with Dr. Amanda Pepping
and New Trinity Baroque,
performed Italian concerti for two trumpets at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal
Church in Atlanta.
Randy Tinnin and Erin Bennett
performed with Serafini Brillanti
at the Académie de Pramenoux in Lyon, France.
Philosophy Department: Dr. Andrew Buchwalter presented “The
Dialectic of Human Rights and Democracy under Conditions of Globality” at the
Conference on Interpretive Policy Analysis, University of Tilburg, Netherlands.
He also presented “Human Rights, Political Membership, and Historicity: Hegel
and the ‘Right to Have Rights’” at the World Congress of the International
Political Science Association in Madrid, Spain.
Computing, Engineering & Construction
Computing: Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja, Sindhu Mani and Jesus Zambranopublished their paper, “A Survey of
the State of Cloud Computing in Healthcare” in the Network and Communication
Technologies Journal, available online here.
Rose Turner, psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Counseling Center,
had an article published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone
anniversary at UNF in November:15 years
Lola Argalas, Assistant Director of University Housing Operations,
Hawkins, Undergraduate Research
Coordinator, Honors Program
Hans Priepke, Applications System Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Cynthia Harper, Executive Secretary, Counseling CenterKate Learch, Coordinator, Academic
Support ServicesMarie Michel, Custodial Worker,
Barbara Ruby, Executive Secretary, Major Gifts
Fen Yu, Assistant Director, Institutional Research
The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS
positions from mid-September to early-October:Cynthia Akin, Office Manager, Military
and Veterans Resource Center
Marlan Borden, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Mary Brown, Senior Registered Nurse, Student Health Services
Darren Carr, Maintenance Mechanic, Osprey Fountains
Anthony Colon, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kellie Cosner, Coordinator, Events Planning, Fine Arts Center
Scott Curry, Recruiting
Assistant, Career Management Center
Frank Goodin, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Trey Gowdy, Events Planning Coordinator, Institute for Values, Community
Mitchell Haley, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Hamilton, Senior IT Support Technician,
User Services, Information Technology Services
Artis Hartley, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Carrianne Kinney, Executive Secretary, Student Affairs
Kelly Maki, Education Training Coordinator, Florida Institute of
John Mark, Coordinator, One Stop Student Services
Mala McGill, Administrative Secretary, Nursing
Amanda McPherson, Assistant Director, English Language Program
Michelle Mickem, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Alibina Mikhaylova, Coordinator, Research Development ORSP
Tyler Mitlyng, Enrollment Services Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Rachael Trinklein, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Honors Program
Terence Tripp, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Crawford, Office Assistant, Urban Internship
The following employees were promoted from mid-September to early October.
Hether Celetti, Events and Reservations Coordinator, Student Union
Alison Cruess, Assistant Director, Information Technology Services
Garrow, IT Support Coordinator, User
Levine, Director of Development, Thomas
G. Carpenter Library
Natalie Nguyen, LGBT Coordinator, LGBT Office
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who
left UNF in September:
David Jones, Enrollment Services Specialist, One Stop Student Services
Tyran Lance, Administrative Assistant, Arts & Sciences
Lisa Laporte, Career
Coordinator, Career Management Center
Margaret Meadows, Development Director, Major Gifts
artha Rengifo, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
salads to stews, this exotic fruit is very versatile and can be used in a
variety of ways. Chayote squash, or its scientific name of Sechium edule, is a
tropical fruit and member of the squash family. The chayote squash is used in
many cultures and has adopted many common names, including Madeira marrow,
vegetable pear, mirliton, gayota, huisquil, papa del aire, chocho, christophine
and pimpinella. Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts, registered dietitian, dietetic internship director
and faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship
Program, discusses chayote squash, a nutrient filled, low-calorie food that is
a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. To help you add chayote to your
diet, a recipe is provided.
Myth: Chayote is unknown in United
Although chayote is native to Central America and was an important part of the
Maya and Aztec diets, it’s still a common ingredient in indigenous and other
ethnic groups’ recipes in the United States. Previously exotic fruits and vegetables
are becoming household staples on dinner tables quite far from their countries
of origin. The proposed health
benefits and adaptable flavor of chayote have also broadened its appeal in the
U.S. It’s sold most of the year in many grocery stores.
Myth: Chayote has very little food
chayote’s taste is mild, similar to a zucchini, and the texture is firm. Its flesh, stems and leaves can be consumed. The fruit,
which is the most widely seen and used in the United States, can be peeled and
incorporated into soups, casseroles and stews or used for children’s dishes,
including porridges, mock-apple sauce, jams and dried for snacks. Chayote can
be eaten raw or cooked. The fruit can be grilled or slow-roasted and served as
an accompaniment to main courses featuring pork, poultry and shrimp. Chayote also
compliments other ingredients, such as legumes, chilies, hard and soft cheeses,
garlic, cumin, summer melons, pistachios and almonds. In addition, the fruit is
often shredded and used in salads along with cilantro, greens and citrus
juices. The fruit, shoots and flowers can be stuffed, fried and/or baked, while
its seeds can be dried, toasted and used for crunchy snacks.
Myth: Chayote isn’t nutritious.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one half cup of
chayote squash has 17 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C and 2
percent of the daily iron and calcium in a 2,000-calorie diet. Chayote truly
delivers beneficial fiber in the diet. Raw, shredded chayote squash contains 47
percent soluble fiber per one-half cup serving. One whole chayote provides 3.5 grams
of dietary fiber. Chayote is a low-calorie food that provides 39 calories per seven-ounce
serving, more than 94 percent of its raw content is water and it’s low in
carbohydrates. Chayote is also a very low-sodium food and provides two to four
milligrams of sodium per squash. Other nutrients provided by this exotic fruit
include folic acid, potassium and flavonoids (antioxidants). Additionally, its seeds
are a rich source of several amino acids.
Myth: There is no evidence of the medicinal
uses of chayote.
Historically, chayote has been used for medicinal uses in ethnic populations.
The chayote leaves have been infused and used in treatments to dissolve kidney
stones and assist with arteriosclerosis, hypertension and genitourinary
problems; however, no human research exists to verify the beneficial use of
chayote in any of those health conditions. More research is needed before
chayote can be recommended for use as an alternate medicine for disease
Chayote Squash Salad
Time: 15 minutes
1 Serrano chili pepper
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 small lemon, juiced and strained
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper
Garnish with cilantro
1. Combine chayote, chili, cilantro, lemon juice, oil and vinegar in a large
2. Toss to thoroughly coat
3. Sprinkle salt and pepper
4. Garnish with cilantro
Calories from fat: 163
Total Fat: 18.2 g
Sat. Fat: 2.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 7.7 g
Fiber: 2.8 g
Protein: 1.3 g
Calcium: 29 mg
Folate: 143 mcg
Magnesium: 20 mg
Potassium; 216 mg
Iron: 1 mg
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 chayote? Contact Dr. Sealey-Potts
If you are traveling to colder climates
through the holiday season or just out exercising in the early morning colder
temperatures here in Florida, remember to dress appropriately.
Being prepared is critical when dealing
with colder temperatures. A little planning and dressing right for colder than
usual temperatures can get you ready for enjoying outdoor activities despite
the elements — even here in Florida, but especially if you are traveling north
of the Mason-Dixon line.
Dressing in layers will help keep you dry
and regulate your temperature. Match your layers to the climate conditions you
are in, your activity level and whether you tend to get too hot or too cold.
Outer layers should protect from wind,
rain and snow. Jackets and pants made of Gore-Tex are an ideal outer layer. Middle
layers hold in your body heat. Materials include fleece, polyester, down, wool
or synthetic and natural-blended materials. Inner layers are the first layer of
clothing closest to your body. This base layer should fit snugly and keep
moisture away from the body to prevent becoming chilled by wet clothing.
Materials are usually polyester, polypropylene, silk or a mix of synthetic and
natural insulating fibers. Peel off layers as you need to, in order to regulate
your comfort level when you’re active. Better to have too many layers to take
off than to be left exposed to the elements. You’ll be more comfortable
outdoors if you are properly dressed.
“A grown up is a
child with layers on.” - Woody Harrelson
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designed to provide solid advice on how to become more healthy at work and at
home. Shelly Purser, director of Health Promotion, and Mike Kennedy, assistant
director of Health Promotion, write a different article each month that will
focus on some aspect of health and wellness.
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