of North Florida Provost Mark Workman’s sprawling corner office boasts all the
trappings of being occupied by a career academic. The bookshelves are overflowing
with dense, hard-cover texts and papers cover nearly every inch of open desk
spending the past few decades working in administrative roles for the
University, Workman said he’s looking forward to having the time to crack open
some of those old books before beginning his next phase of responsibilities at
announced in February that he will step down from the post he’s occupied since
2006. A national search will be organized to find a successor. After a
sabbatical, Workman plans to return in a professorial role on campus, but he
hasn’t settled on the details just yet.
earned some time off, and the president has left me the opportunity to choose
when I would like to reenter the classroom,” said Workman, who received his B.A. in English literature from Haverford College in 1971 and his Ph.D. in folklore at the
University of Pennsylvania in 1977. “I haven’t engaged in a classroom setting very frequently in
the past dozen years to the point that students have almost become something of
an abstraction to me. That’s why I welcome the opportunity to participate in
and contribute to the teaching/learning process yet again at a dynamic stage in
the evolution of higher education.”
the loss of Mark’s intellect will certainly be felt in Academic Affairs, we are
pleased that he will remain on the faculty and our students will be able to
benefit from his years of experience and his extraordinary intelligence,” said
President John A. Delaney.
tenure was marked by some tremendous highs for the University. He oversaw the introduction
of the University’s Transformational Learning Opportunity program, which
provides funding for faculty or scholar proposals that offer unique and
engaging educational opportunities with the potential to broaden and deepen
students’ intellectual and worldviews. Since Fall 2007, the Office of Undergraduate
Studies has awarded dozens of TLOs, contributing greatly to the
professional and personal development of scores of students.
He also contributed to the selection of the
inaugural Flagship Programs in 2006 and a new crop in 2010. Designed as a way
to identify programs that promote synergy with the regional marketplace and
give UNF a competitive academic advantage when compared to other institutions,
Flagships receive significant financial support for related academic goals.
Transportation and Logistics, International Business, Coastal Biology,
Nutrition and Dietetics and Music joined the original Flagship Program — Community
Nursing — during Workman’s tenure.
Workman, however, directed credit for these
developments to the University’s dedicated corps of faculty.
faculty — they nurtured the programs that we were able to designate as
flagships and developed the TLO experiences that have proven to be of such
value to students,” he said. “The accolades lie with them, and I’m honored to
have been able to be a part of the progress.”
said he draws the most pride from having been able to promote, tenure and hire
members of UNF’s faculty. Much of his time as provost coincided with a national
economic collapse that shattered the budgets of most universities, and Workman
said he did his best to support the research and professional development needs
of those in Academic Affairs during times of financial strife.
they might not be as visible to the University, some of my greatest memories
include reviewing the academic dossiers of the faculty who’ve come to us for
promotions or positions on campus,” he said. “Going through the tremendous
accomplishments of our faculty has been a humbling and extraordinarily
rewarding process even in the midst of trying financial times. Any student
coming to UNF can receive an education that is comparable, or even better, than
an institution with an outwardly more prestigious name.”
he might be leaving the provost’s office for a return to the classroom, Workman
said the University is well-positioned from an academic standpoint to excel
during a period of academic evolution.
ground is shifting underneath higher
education,” he said. “We’re in the midst of a paradigm shift, and technology is
having an enormous impact on the shape of higher ed. There are future
challenges that must be met, and I can’t guarantee how higher ed will look
five, or even 10, years from now. But I know it will be vastly different than
what I encountered when I entered as a professor in 1978. I’m honored to be
able to continue along in my career and learn about the changing face of higher
education from inside a classroom again.”
The key to her advocacy is her empathy.
Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a nationally respected speaker and academic whose work revolves around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, is peerlessly dedicated to the advancement of equality and acceptance nationwide. She’s counseled hundreds of college students during her decades spent in higher education and helped them wade through periods of adversity and persecution. She credits her expertise in the field to her own personal history.
“I can help them because I’ve been there to a certain degree,” said Sanlo, a University of North Florida alum. “Having a shared set of experiences helps when dealing with students who’ve struggled with accepting themselves and finding acceptance in a community. That common ground has made my work so gratifying.”
Her lifetime commitment to the national LGBT community was honored in January during a campus presentation sponsored by UNF’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center. Sanlo, who delivered a lecture and signed copies of her new book, “The Purple Golf Cart,” also received a "Trailblazer" award from Dr. B.J. Douglass, LGBTRC director.“Ronni has become almost an iconic figure in the LGBT community,” Douglass said. “Her work in the academic and counseling fields has positively influenced so many people — including many here at UNF. She’s a tremendous ambassador for the University.”
Sanlo said her passion for advocacy springs from her formative years when she struggled with her own identity. She knew she was a lesbian from an early age, but there was little support for LGBT individuals at the time. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1969, married shortly after and gave birth to two children. A few years later, she decided she couldn’t stifle her true self any longer and came out to her family. This revelation led to her losing custody of her young children due to the pervasive anti-gay political climate of the time.
Similar indignities followed her into the workforce, as she was unceremoniously fired from job after job before landing a position with the Florida Health Department as an HIV epidemiologist. The job offered Sanlo educational reimbursement and allowed her to obtain a master’s and doctoral degree in education from the University of North Florida, which she used as an educational launch pad to jump-start her new career as an LGBT rights advocate.
“UNF is an incredible gift that came into my life,” she said. “It was the place where I started identifying some of the key purposes for my life — social justice and advocacy.”
That focus brought her to the University of Michigan in 1994 to direct the school’s Lesbian and Gay office. While there, Sanlo created the template for a nationally recognized series of ceremonies — dubbed Lavender Graduations — to honor the academic achievements of LGBT students and supporters. The rationale for the Lavender Graduation was simple — acknowledge students who had persevered when academic environments weren’t as tolerant of LGBT students. The title is derived from the combination of pink and purple, colors that have been used historically to negatively identify LGBT individuals.
Sanlo, who retired in 2010 after more than a decade as a professor and director of the University of California, Los Angeles’ LGBT Resource Center, has helped introduce the Lavender Graduation at 59 colleges nationwide, including UNF. The fifth annual UNF Lavender Graduation will take place in April. While her full-time career is officially in the past, Sanlo’s schedule is still packed with public speaking gigs and writing. Her message of tolerance and acceptance is one she plans to spread for years to come. “Every now and then, someone has to cut the path through the woods,” Sanlo said. “At UNF, I’d like to think my visibility helped clear that path for LGBT students, faculty and staff, and I hope my legacy in higher education demonstrates my continued effort to cultivate an environment of tolerance and acceptance for the LGBT community in academia.”
Job title: Sergeant
What do you
am in charge of the best group of police officers. We work a midnight shift
from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
about your family. I’ve been married to my wife, Michelle, for 22
years, and we have an 18-year-old son named Dalton.
If you could
choose any other career, what would it be and why? An attorney
because I love to argue
you like to do when you retire? Fish and hunt, but I’ll probably
work a part-time job.
What is your
favorite thing about working at UNF?
The people. UNF has the greatest collection of people — from our faculty
to our staff —these people care about each other. That’s rare in this day and
What is the best
thing you ever won? I know this sounds cheesy, but my wife’s heart
band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? The Eagles
Who is your
favorite fictional character and what makes them your favorite? Jax from “Sons
of Anarchy” because of the way he handles turmoil in his life
If you won
the lottery, what would do with the money? Pay off bills, retire and help
If you were
not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I’d be a police officer at another
agency, possibly in the Great Smoky Mountains.
your favorite UNF-related memory? The first UNF/JU game that was
televised. UNF won and the crowd ran onto the court.
What is your
favorite way to blow an hour? Fishing
If you were
asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? A beautiful
What was the
best money you ever spent? A vacation with my family to Key West
Is there a
piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? Television
What is the
proudest/happiest moment of your life? The day my son became an Eagle
something that would surprise people to know about you: I have been
an assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 333 for almost five years.
What was the
first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you
attended? My first was Chicago, and my most recent was
had the greatest impact on your life? My mom. She is a saint.
What are you
most passionate about? Helping others in need
Who is the
most famous person you ever met? Bobby Bowden
something about you that even your friends don’t know: I am a neat
What do you
hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Become a
Mason and a Shriner
read: The Bible
Arts & Sciences
Chemisty: Dr. Christos Lampropoulos co-authored “Synthesis, Structure and Spectroscopic and Magnetic
Characterization of [Mn12O12(O2CCH2But)16(MeOH)4]·MeOH,
a Mn12 Single-Molecule Magnet with True Axial Symmetry” in
Inorganic Chemistry in December. It’s available online.
Lufaso co-authored two articles, both of which appeared in Vibrational Spectroscopy:
“Temperature-dependent Raman spectra of Bi2Sn2O7 ceramics” and “Optical Phonon
Features in Ferroelectric Bi3Fe1/2Nb3/2O9.”
He was an invited participant at the National Science Foundation Materials
Genome Initiative Workshop, Arlington, Va.
Political Science and Public
Administration: Dr. Georgette Dumont presented a paper
"Transparency or Accountability? The Purpose of Online Technologies
for Nonprofits" at the annual Southern Political Science Association
in Orlando in January.
College of Computing,
Engineering & Construction
Computing: Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja and D. Komathukattil published their paper, “A Survey of the State of Cloud Security” in the December issue of The Journal
of Network and Communication Technologies. The article is online here.
Martin has been selected to participate in a Computing Accreditation Commission/ABET
Mock Visit to evaluate an undergraduate Computer Science
program at a university in South America.
Roggio had his paper, “Application
Lifecycle Management: Marriage of Business Management with Software Engineering”
published in the January issue of The International Journal of Computer
and Information Technology. He also had another
article, “A Brief History of Online Technology Education – Is It Meeting the
Needs of Its Constituents?” presented and published in the proceedings of
the 2013 Hawaii International Conference on Education in January.
Peter Bacopoulos, Terry Smith andDr. David Lambert received an
Environmental Center $1,600 grant for the study of the “Spatial-Temporal
Distribution of Beached Oil Tar Balls in Northeast Florida.” Bacopoulos alsoearned a certificate form UNF CIRT
“Getting Started: The First Steps in Online Teaching.”
participated in a panel discussion at the Ritz Theater for the 2nd Annual Girls
Rock Symposium, which focuses on raising awareness for literacy, decreasing
disparities in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and
Math), making smarter college and career choices and increasing exposure to
professional women in the community of Jacksonville for middle school girls.
Management: Dr. J. David Lambert, along
with four School of Computing undergraduate students and three biology graduate
students, presented a poster session about their ongoing research, The “Fort
Caroline Web Map Application Project,” at the Timucuan Science and History
Symposium in January. The Symposium is sponsored by the National Park Service. The
project is funded by a grant from the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation and the
National Park Service.
College of Education
and Human Services
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Drs. John
Frank, Annabel Brooks and Elizabeth
Gregg presented at the 23rd Annual Jon C. Dalton Institute on College
Student Values at Florida State University. Their presentation “Crossing
Borders in Pursuit of Authentic Student Leadership Development: A partnership
model between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs” highlighted the unique
partnership between UNF’s Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport
Management and the Institute of Values, Community and Leadership to offer an
exciting new minor in community leadership. The community leadership minor,
grounded in the Social Change Model and Student Leadership Development theory,
is centered firmly on high-engagement pedagogy, representing a groundbreaking
partnership in higher education. Presentation highlights included the efforts
undertaken to evolve the successful certificate in leadership to the community
leadership minor, an academic minor and offered conference attendees the
opportunity to learn how to model UNF’s remarkable collaborative partnership, a
best practice in higher education.
Dr. Kathe Kasten has
recently been appointed as an associate editor of Educational Researcher, an
American Educational Research Association (AERA) publication. The editorial
board will be meeting in San Francisco, California during the AERA annual
meeting this April.
Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Katie Monnin was a featured speaker at the South Carolina
Council of Teachers of English in January. Additionally, Monnin just finished
guest editing The Sequential Art and
Narrative in Education peer-reviewed journal this last month. The text
is online here.
This month's Action News Katie's Korner video can be found online here.
Monnin talks about the value of teaching contemporary children's cartoons in
Foundations and Secondary Education: Dr. Daniel Dinsmore was interviewed on Fox 30 Action News in January
about how grades have improved in Florida and how it requires parents to help
for continued success. The video is online here.
Center for Urban
Education and Policy: COEHS
faculty, staff and doctoral and undergraduate students attended the Urban
Education Symposium 5: Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future
held at the Main Library in February. The theme of this year’s symposium was
single gender schools and featured keynote speaker Dr. John Jackson, president
of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, a panel of founders/principals
of single gender schools in other states. He and announced the creation of
Valor Academy in Jacksonville, a new public charter school focusing on African
American male students. Drs. Kathe
Kasten and Mary Rose served on the planning committee for
this event, and Rose facilitated the audience participation session of the
Preparation Institute: Dr. Betty Bennett was
interviewed on Fox 30 Action News in February. The topic was women’s
self-defense. Dr. Bennett was asked to comment on ways women can protect
themselves from becoming victims. The interview
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in March:
Office Assistant, Physical Facilities
Angela Graham, Treasury Associate, Treasury
Sheila Spivey, Director, Women’s Center
Renee Goldstein, Interim Director, One
Stop Student Services
Glenda Kelsey, Senior Library
Services Associate, Library
Catron, Accounting Coordinator, Training and Services
Nguyen, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Braden, Executive Secretary, Facilities Planning
Ibarreta, Senior Accountant, Training and Services
Smith, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Dumouchel, Events Planning Coordinator, Academic Affairs
Solomon, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Weeks, IT Support Coordinator, Computing, Engineering
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from mid-December to early-February:
Andrea Fors-Sullivan, Student Affairs
Coordinator, English Language Program
Brooke Hammon, Career Services
Coordinator, Career Services
Megan Saltmarsh, Program Assistant,
Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Virginia Smith, Office Assistant,
Parking and Transportation Services
Jessica Soto, Office Manager,
Center for Community-Based Learning
Stephanie Toro, Program Assistant,
Jamel Croley, Maintenance
Supervisor, Maintenance and Energy Management
Sherrian Major, Police
Communications Operator, University Police Department
Lois Sumegi, Director of
Development, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Michelle Artiga, Administrative
Secretary, English Language Program
Wayne Bennett, Maintenance
Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
April Chamberlin, Assistant Director
of Student Government, SG Business & Accounting Office
Barbra Luce-Turner, Director of
Development, College of Arts and Sciences
Johnnie Smith, Custodial Worker,
The following employees were promoted in
Bigham, Locksmith Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Fennell, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Goldstein, Interim Director, One-Stop Center
Learch, Interim Director, Admissions
Mikhedok, Maintenance Specialist, Physical Facilities
Reigger, Director, Academic Support Services, Graduate School
Rodil, Office Manager, SG Business & Accounting Office
Thompson, Senior, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Twiggs-Jones, Senior Academic Adviser, Academic Center for
Yancey, Interim Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Services
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF from mid-December to early-February:
Dundon, Director of Foundation Communications, Public Relations
Hines, IT Support Coordinator, User Services
Holmes, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Lewis, Student Affairs Coordinator, Center For International
McGee, Assistant Director of Development, Coggin College of
Bates, Professor, Accounting and Finance
Robbeloth, Metadata Librarian, Library
Brown, Senior Accounts Payable Receiving Representative,
Brown, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Browning, Executive Secretary, Enterprise Systems
Charleus, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Franz, Senior Heavy Equipment Operator, Physical Facilities
Lourcey, Office Manager, SG Business & Accounting Office
Maddox, Maintenance Specialist, Physical Facilities
Maxey-Billings, Administrative Secretary, English
Orr, Office Assistant, One-Stop Center
Tripp, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Williams, Office Assistant, Parking Services
Wright, Custodial Worker, University Housing
Smith, Office Manager, University Housing
Warner, Financial Aid Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing
Martorelli, Associate Professor, Art and Design
Thomas, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing
to the family
Dr. John MacArthur from the Coggin College of
Business and wife, Muriel, welcomed a new grandson, Ethan David Johnson, in
Figs have been eaten by humans for thousands of
years and they can still be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet in the 21st
century. Dr. Judy Perkin, professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship
Program, tells us more about this sweet and nutritious food. To help you add figs to your diet, a recipe has been provided.
Myth: Figs originated in the New World.
Fact: Historians tell us that figs are
an ancient plant that human beings have consumed for thousands of years. Evidence
also indicates that the fig originated in Asia and soon spread to other parts
of the world, including the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. In terms
of the New World, history experts note that figs were brought to the Americas
by the early European settlers.
Myth: Figs are a fruit.
Fact: Botany articles and food
encyclopedias indicate that the fig is actually a flower, with only the fig
seeds being technically classified as a fruit. For culinary purposes, of
course, we typically think of the fig as a fruit and the U.S. government
dietary assessment tool called “SuperTracker” considers figs as a fruit, when
it counts food group servings to evaluate the diet.
Myth: Figs are low in nutrient content.
Fact: According to published nutritional
analyses, figs are a good source of fiber, potassium and antioxidants. Besides
being good sources of selected nutrients, agricultural groups tell us that figs
can be pureed and used to replace part of the fat in some recipes.
Myth: Fresh figs stay edible for a long
time when kept at room temperature.
Fact: There is consistent agreement
among food experts that fresh figs should be washed and eaten quickly, refrigerated
for only a short time or should be frozen. Directions for drying fresh figs can
be found online.
Myth: The United States is the largest
commercial producer of figs in the world.
Fact: According to the Agricultural
Marketing Resource Center, the U.S. was the sixth largest producer of
commercial figs in 2009, with Egypt and Turkey being the No. 2 commercial fig
producers that year. This same source tells us that California is the state responsible
for the vast majority of figs that are produced commercially in the U.S. In
North Florida, many people grow figs in their own yards and fresh figs (in
season) and dried figs (usually year round) can be purchased.
Fig, Apple, and Chicken Stir-Fry
2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons canola oil
12 oz. (3) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-sized chunks
8 dried figs, chopped
1 medium red apple, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes
4 oz. snow peas, trimmed
1 medium carrot, cut diagonally into thin slices
2 cups bok choy, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 scallion, sliced
rice or noodles for serving (optional)
To make the sauce: In a small bowl,
whisk together the broth, soy sauce, water, cornstarch and sugar until blended
and smooth. To make the stir-fry:
Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of oil
and the chicken; stir-fry until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices
run clear. Transfer the chicken to a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon oil to the skillet.
Add the dried figs, apple, snow peas and carrot; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add to
the chicken in the bowl. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, bok choy and
scallions to the skillet; stir-fry for 1 minute. Return the chicken mixture to
the skillet along with 1/2 cup of the sauce. Stir-fry until the sauce thickens
and boils. Serve with rice or noodles, if desired. Preparation time: 30 minutes or less. Serves: 4.
Information per Serving
of Calories from Fat: 26%
and nutritional analysis used with permission of the Produce for Better Health
Foundation (PBH) and Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® website..
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 figs? Contact Perkin at
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