Press Release for Monday, March 29, 2004

Media Tip Sheet (March 29-April 12, 2004)

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

The Office of Media Relations and Events prepares a "tip sheet" for media highlighting events and activities of interest to the community. Information on these and other events can be accessed by visiting the UNF Web calendar at Individuals attending events on campus are reminded that $2 parking permits are required and can be purchased at the Information Booths at the campus entrances.

Former Ambassador to Speak at UNF

A. Peter Burleigh, a former ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives and former deputy representative of the United States to the United Nations, will speak at UNF on Monday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center on campus. Burleigh will discuss “A Troubled Neighborhood: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan&Iran.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Burleigh retired from the Foreign Service of the United States in 2000, after 33 years of service. During his career, he has dealt with issues surrounding Iraq, Kosovo, East Timor, Africa, Nepal, India and the Persian Gulf region. Burleigh became an Ambassador-in-Residence and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Miami in January.

The event is sponsored by the World Affairs Council and UNF’s offices of Academic Affairs and Institutional Advancement.

‘Ecological Design for a World That Works’

Is it possible for a building to use less energy than it produces? Dr. David W. Orr, professor and chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College in Ohio, led the effort to design and construct such a building at Oberlin.

Orr will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Lazzara Performance Hall in the UNF Fine Arts Center. The lecture, part of the Bailey Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Orr is known for his work on environmental literacy and ecological design, which includes the Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. The building, which opened in 2000, was made to be studied and to evolve as needs and technology changed. Orr is the author of four books, “The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror,” “The Nature of Design,” “Earth in Mind” and “Ecological Literacy.”

AIDS Quilt

The AIDS Quilt makes its third appearance at UNF from Wednesday, March 31, to Sunday, April 3, in the UNF Arena. The opening ceremony of the UNF Names Project will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the Arena. The opening ceremony is free and open to the public. The public is welcome to view the quilt at no charge.

Autism Forum at UNF

April in national autism awareness month, and UNF’s Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology and the Autism Association of Northeast Florida will sponsor a free Forum on Autistic Disorder on Friday, April 2, at the University Center on the UNF campus. Sign in begins at 8:30 a.m., and the forum is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The presenters include Dr. Luke Y. Tsai on “A Strategic Approach to Medication Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder”; Dr. Kim D. Lucker on “ABA Therapy: How it Helps Individuals with Autism”; and Sean Barron on “Autism from the Inside Out and the Outside In.” Barron is an author and autistic adult.

Continuing education hours are available for licensed mental health counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Town Hall Meeting: America After 9-11

Panelists will discuss the access to information through the media and its role in civil liberties after Sept. 11, 2001, in a nonpartisan town hall meeting format Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus.

Town Hall Meeting Part II: America After 9-11, the Media and Our Rights is the second in a series created by the Institute of Government in 2003 to explore issues regarding civil liberties and America’s response to the terrorist attacks in 2001. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists will take questions from the audience during a fast-paced and informative exchange on the issues. The exchange also will include conservative and liberal responses to the panelists’ opening statements. The responses will be provided by Bruce Barcelo, president of Barcelo and Associates, and Ron Littlepage, columnist for “The Florida Times-Union.”

Heather Murphy, press secretary to Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton and an adjunct professor at UNF, will moderate the panel.

Computing, Engineering and Construction Symposium

The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at the University of North Florida will hold the second student-organized Symposium and Career Showcase on Thursday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Center. The event is free.

During the morning session, chief information officers and information technology directors from the Jacksonville area will discuss the effects of globalization upon the IT industry. A lunchtime presentation will feature Park Beeler, chief executive of Trinity Partners, on the Jacksonville Network Access Point. The afternoon session will include Dr. John F. Alexander, Distinguished Professor in engineering at UNF. Alexander will discuss some of his research interests. UNF students will present their research findings and projects throughout the day, and a journal will be distributed on compact disc.

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