Undergraduate Studies Newsletter

Fall 2012


UNF Reads! 2013 Book Selection Contest UNF Reads nav banner

The Office of Undergraduate Studies invites students, faculty, and staff to nominate books, plays, films, graphic novels, etc. for UNF Reads! 2013 for the chance to win a $50 UNF Bookstore gift card. The nominations must be tied to at least one of the General Education learning outcomes, accessible, cross disciplinary, relevant, and available in affordable formats. Works of fiction and non-fiction are welcomed. Click here to obtain the Book Nomination Form. Email nominations to the office of Undergraduate Studies at undergrad.studies@unf.edu no later than Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5 p.m.


2013-2014 TLO Applications Now Available  

 Providing students with rich and transformational learning opportunities is central to our core mission. Therefore, full-time, non-visiting faculty and staff are encouraged to submit applications for an eighth round of Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) projects for fiscal year 2013-2014, July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. To obtain the application, click here. Before completing the TLO application, review the TLO Application Guide for completion instructions.


Applications from all categories are welcome, but special consideration will be given to proposals that align with the following designations that speak to UNF and the State University System Board of Governors' strategic goals: undergraduate research, community-based learning and global awareness experiences. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Submit both a hardcopy and electronic copy for undergraduate and graduate TLOs to Martina Perry in Undergraduate Studies at martina.perry@unf.edu and in Building 1, Room 1501.


Students Get Rewarded for Getting Involved Ospreys Involved

Ospreys Involved is a program that offers students an incentive for participating in campus events. The goal is to help students meet new people, make connections, and take advantage of the great academic, cultural, and social events that the University has to offer. Students can earn points by attending Osprey Involved approved events and swiping their Osprey1 Card. Then at the culminating celebration they can redeem their points for great prizes! Check the Ospreys Involved Facebook page for approved events and start getting involved!


Ospreys Involved is a Freshman Experience initiative sponsored by the Office of Campus Life. For more information about the Freshman Experience, visit www.unf.edu/fye





Welcome to ACE 

 ACE is excited to introduce three new academic advisors: Stacy Jarvis-Mejia, Michele Clements, and Corey Williams. Stacy Jarvis-Mejia, a UNF alum, joined ACE in December 2011 after previously working with the Honors Program. Michele Clements is a Senior Advisor who is an alumnus of both Southern Methodist University and UNF. She has many years of advising experience from UNF’s College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences and the Coggin College of Business. Corey Williams is also a UNF alum and re-joins ACE after working in South Korea teaching English. Both Michelle and Corey joined ACE in March 2012. Please join ACE in welcoming these wonderful folks to the ACE Team. 


 Items of Interest   

Warren St. John to Speak for UNF Reads! 2012 LectureWarren St. John

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Warren St. John, author of the UNF Reads! book selection Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference, will visit the University of North Florida. St. John, who spoke at UNF during last year's New Student Convocation, will speak about parallels between transitional issues facing refugees and transitional issues facing college students in their first year. The UNF Reads! Lecture will take place at 6:00pm in the Andrew A. Robinson Theater and is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Also, earlier in the day, St. John will visit the Effective Leadership and Talking Values classes and engage in a question and answer period focused on leadership and values. This class visit will be held at 1:00pm in the College of Education (Building 57/ Room 1100A). This visit will be a part of the Institute for Values, Community, and Leadership's Leadership Speaker's Bureau and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Refreshments will be provided.   

In addition to Warren St. John's visit, there are several other upcoming UNF Reads! events including a Refugee Soccer Tournament on Saturday, November 17th from 10am-2pm in the Osprey Crossings South Field near lot 17.  Local refugee children, coached by UNF Honors students, will compete in the tournament. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, the UNF Men's Soccer Team, and the Sport Management Program.  

On Tuesday, December 2nd, Honors students will make conference-style poster presentations about their volunteer projects with local refugee families and research on the local refugee population. This event will be held at 6pm in the Lazzara Theater. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.


ACE Offers New Online Features 

Online Scheduling of Academic Advising Appointments:

Students are now able to schedule their own advising appointments online 24 hours a day through the Blackboard. To schedule an appointment, log in MyWings and access the Blackboard Wiki feature. 


ACE on Facebook:

Become a fan of the Academic Center for Excellence Facebook page to learn more about upcoming ACE workshops, campus events, and important deadlines. To access the facebook page, visit http://www:facebook.com/aceospreys.


The ACE Blog:

Freshmen and sophomores can gain from the experience of upperclassmen by visiting the ACE Blog. In this blog, ACE peer tutors provide a first-hand account of what it is like to be a college student at UNF, offer advice for success in college, and describe unique experiences that they have had while in college. To access the ACE blog, visit http://aceospreys.wordpress.com/.

Online Writing Tutoring:

ACE now offers online writing tutoring appointments for students who are enrolled in distance learning courses and whose schedules prevent them from receiving face-to-face tutoring. Students who wish to participate in this new service must have a high speed internet connection, webcam, microphone, and must become familiar with the features of Blackboard Collaborate. Additional instruction on technical needs and requirements will be provided to students when they call ACE to set up a tutoring appointment. For more information and to view the tutoring schedule, visit http://www.unf.edu/ace/tutoring/appointments.aspx.  


Students Voice Their Vote at Politic365 Convention Bus TourPolitic365

Nearly 100 students gathered in the Student Union Ballroom earlier this semester for a dialogue on political issues of the day. This discussion, hosted by Politic365, a multicultural online publication focused on politics and national policy, ranged on a number of topics including jobs, healthcare, and the impact of race in politics.


The discourse was facilitated by a panel that included Lenny McAllister, CNN contributor, Dr. Jason Johnson, professor of political science and CNN, MSNBC analyst, Unai Montes Irueste, Politic365 contributing writer, and Carlo Fassi, UNF Student Government president.


During the week leading up to the Republican National Convention, the Politic365 College Convention Bus Tour made stops at several Florida universities, including UCF, FIU, FAMU, UF, USF, and UNF. After the Republican Convention, the College Convention Bus Tour continued on to various universities in North Carolina during the week leading up to the Democratic National Convention. 


This event was sponsored by the UNF Office of Governmental Affairs.

ACE High Achieving Student Team Highlights Undergraduate Research

The Academic Center for Excellence High Achieving Student Team (HAST) is working to encourage students to get involved with undergraduate research early in their college careers. In Fall 2012, HAST launched a new workshop that gives students information about how they can find faculty mentors and learn about undergraduate research opportunities. LouAnne Hawkins, coordinator of the Office of Undergraduate Research, has partnered with ACE to conduct these workshops.


Also HAST has displayed several posters in the ACE lobby to highlight UNF undergraduate student and faculty research. To view this display visit the Academic Center for Excellence office located in building 2, room 1200.


TLO Spotlights

Conducting Biomedical Research from Coast to Coast Students at UC-Davis

Dr. David Waddell’s TLO titled Biomedical Research in Aging-Associated Muscle Atrophy provided Biology students with the opportunity to learn new and exciting methods of biomedical research at UNF and at the University of California – Davis Genome Center. During this TLO students studied control regions of genes that may be regulated by HDAC4, a gene that is expressed in muscle when skeletal muscle loses its connection with the nervous system.

In the first stage of the TLO, students were given the knowledge and skills necessary to become independent in the laboratory at UNF. Their immersion in the project included reviewing primary research articles, participating in weekly lab meetings, helping to design and execute experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and ultimately presenting their data orally and in written reports.

In the second stage of the project, a subset of the student group spent two weeks at UC-Davis, engaging in molecular genetic research and forming important connections and collaborations with a research group from another university. This experience allowed students to conduct research in a completely new environment and to work alongside graduate and undergraduate students at a top research university.

In a summary of her time spent at UC-Davis, one student wrote, “Being able to communicate intelligently with other scientists, learning about new techniques and procedures, and becoming acquainted with other areas of research are just some of the exciting results from my experiences in California. This was the most enjoyable experience I have from my 2 years at the University of North Florida.”


Students Experience Cross-Cultural Immersion in Athletic TrainingAthletic Training students in Chile

In Spring 2012, nine students in the Athletic Training Education Program visited DuocUC, a university in Vina Del Mar, Chile, to deliver instruction on anatomy, orthopedic evaluation, and injury rehabilitation. They also conducted hands-on clinical labs with the undergraduate students. Due to the limited health care resources available for athletes in Chile compared to the U.S., this community-based TLO was designed to provide evidence-based athletic training knowledge and skills to advance the development of future kinesiologists and sports physiotherapists in Chile.

The students prepared oral presentations and laboratory sessions for the Chilean faculty and students prior to their arrival in Chile, under the guidance of Athletic Training professors Dr. Joel Beam and Dr. Michelle Boling. Through this experience, students were immersed in a diverse population, and were able to develop their teaching and communication skills.

"Teaching in Chile was one of the best experiences of my life and in turn has possibly changed my life and future goals,” one student reported.

As a result of this TLO, the students gained a broader view of global health care for athletes in Chile. Getting an up-close view of the disparity in health care for athletes in Chile gave the students a better understanding of the role that sport physiotherapists and kinesiologists play in the health care of Chilean athletes.

Reflecting upon the experience, one of the students said, “In teaching the students of DuocUC, my skills as an Athletic Trainer and teacher have been sharpened and my knowledge in sports medicine has increased.”