The University of North Florida was ranked in the top 100 “Coolest
Schools” by Sierra magazine, the award-winning magazine of the Sierra Club, America’s largest
and most influential grassroots environmental organization, for its “green”
endeavors on campus.
Each year, Sierra magazine
ranks America’s most environmentally-progressive colleges and universities
according to their environmental practices, green initiatives and caliber of
sustainability-oriented education in its annual “Coolest Schools” issue.
“Making the Sierra Club 100
Coolest Schools list is an important first for UNF,” said Dr. Radha Pyati,
director of UNF’s Environmental Center. “We have worked hard at making our
campus more environmentally sustainable, and this kind of recognition among our
peers tells us that we are a valuable part of a critical global movement.”
In March, Sierra magazine sent a 12-page comprehensive questionnaire to
more than 900 four-year undergraduate colleges and universities across the
United States. Researchers for the magazine then scored and ranked the surveys
voluntarily submitted by participating schools. The questions on the survey
centered on environmental goals and achievements, with priority given to
achievements. Its 10 categories included energy supply, efficiency, food,
academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration,
financial investments and other initiatives.
“This is significant recognition for all the hard work to reduce the
University’s energy and water consumption, reduce our waste and increase our
recycling as well as striving to reduce our overall expenses associated with
those reductions and our carbon footprint, while keeping our students informed
about environmental sustainability and providing experiential, transformational
programs for students,” said April Moore, UNF Environmental Center program
environmental and sustainability programs and projects touch on virtually every
aspect of student, staff or faculty life. The University’s Grounds and
Refuse/Recycling staff have recognized a 40 percent reduction in irrigation
water use over the last five years as the campus has grown and simultaneously
endured two years of drought. UNF has also increased the number of recycling
bins, reorganized the recycling staff and implemented weekly recycling
collection at each campus office. Additionally, the University has converted to
green cleaning products.
University’s Social Sciences Building was the first LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) certified “green” building in Northeast
Florida, with President John Delaney’s commitment that all future buildings
constructed on campus will be “green.” The Student Union and the College of Education and Human Services
buildings are both Gold-certified, while the Osprey Fountains, Brooks College
of Health addition and Parking Services building are all Silver-certified. The LEED™ Green Building Rating System
is a voluntary third-party rating system where credits are earned for
satisfying specified “green” building criteria.
academic arena, UNF offers several environmental studies courses, including an
Environmental Studies minor; Civil Engineering with an environmental track,
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology track, Coastal Biology track and a Coastal
Environmental track. The Thomas G. Carpenter Library, a resource open to the
public, has developed digital commons, which is a digital representation of
research, scholarly output and special collections of faculty and students. It
offers electronic journals and is constantly obtaining more e-books.
recently, the Environmental Center has published a Commuting Preferences Survey
Report. Working with Parking Services has led UNF closer to establishing a
ride-share program, exploring bicycle path options, and looking at establishing
improved mass transit opportunities for the campus community, outside of the
campus shuttle service. UNF’s Physical Facilities department has also begun a
project to implement softening of the chiller water to reduce the University’s
domestic water usage by 15 million gallons a year and has installed building
retrofits, looking to save potentially up to 10 percent of the energy usage per
building, once the work is completed.
The UNF Environmental Center was founded in 2004. Its mission is to
establish, develop and support cross-disciplinary education and research
related to the environment. The Center fosters programs for students, faculty
and staff to pursue environmental activities through academics, research and
extracurricular activities. The Center conducts and supports campus
infrastructural projects involving sustainability and the campus’s natural environment.
latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving seven other national
designations, including No. 19 Best Buy College, Best College in America and
Best College in the South, all by Forbes Magazine; Best College in the
Southeast, Best Value Public College and a top “Green” College by Princeton
Review; and a Military Friendly School.
John A. Delaney touched on a number of different key issues for the University
of North Florida’s continued development Sept. 2 during his annual State of the
bulk of his speech, however, focused on two major points — the continued need
for campus civility and perseverance in the midst of an ongoing state budget
shortfall for higher education.
stressed the importance of working together and promoting the academic
improvement of students and the campus as a whole. He said UNF’s small class
sizes and tremendous level of student-teacher interaction, two unique aspects
that haven’t changed even in the midst of a massive state budget crunch, are
testaments to a truly community-oriented campus and should be fostered by all
faculty and staff.
all in this together,” Delaney said.
also discussed the ongoing budget turmoil in the Florida Legislature, a
hardship that has adversely impacted many schools in the State University
System in the form of jobs cuts and freezes.
said UNF has managed to escape lay offs and other worst-case scenarios through
judicious budgeting. Financial times might be lean, but he said the addition of
two news Flagship programs — Music and Nutrition and Dietetics — and a host of
on-campus building projects paint a clear picture of the campus’ bright future.
And UNF’s recent run of national awards from Forbes Magazine and The Princeton
Review clearly place the University among the upper echelon of higher-education
institutions in the country.
are heading in the right direction,” he said.
that came shortly after Delaney’s address when he took the time to honor some
campus professors for their outstanding work over the course of the year.
of those honorees, 2011 Distinguished Professor Dr. Thomas Pekarek, delivered
an emotionally charged speech about his early years and his family’s unyielding
support of his intellectual curiosity — a driving force behind his love for
academic and his eventual place here at UNF.
Pekarek shared childhood anecdotes from his years
spent on his Grandparents’ farm, a hardscrabble existence tempered by callous-inducing
manual labor. He said they worked tirelessly and rarely took vacations, a work
ethic that he admired from an early age.
His father took a different path, electing to
pursue his Ph.D. in geology, while still maintaining the same dogged work ethic
of those who came before.
Pekarek said that sacrifice and that discipline
is what he’s tried to instill in his own children, along with the many students
who’ve passed through his physics classes.
He knows first-hand the value of sweat equity and sees that as the
driving force behind greatness, whether that’s in academia or on a small,
He wrapped his speech up by posing a question to
the assembled faculty and staff.
“As professors at a university, we place
ourselves around literally thousands of students over the years that we can
share our gifts with,” he said. “But how do we teach our students to sacrifice?
How do we teach our students to develop self-discipline? How do we teach our
students to sharpen their training into the nuances of their chosen discipline?
How do we teach our students to really excel?
Isn’t this the essence of what we are trying to
University of North Florida professors have an incredible
influence in the region. They’re fixtures on local and state media, and their research
is held in high regard by other academics, civic groups and political leaders.
Now, radio listeners across the country are getting an earful
of what UNF has to offer.
The University’s professors have become regular guests on The
Academic Minute, an educationally focused radio segment produced by WAMC in Albany,
NY, a National Public Radio member station. The show features an array of
academics from dozens of schools from across the country. They are invited to
discuss the unique aspects of their research and present academia in a
light-hearted and easily palatable format for casual radio listeners. The
program airs every weekday and is run multiple times during the day on about 50
different member stations across the National Public Radio spectrum —
traversing the continent from California to Canada.
Dr. Elizabeth Furdell, a UNF history professor
and author of six different academic texts on medical history, was a guest in
early September. She was on for only a few minutes, but she said she likely
reached a far larger audience through the segment than through her books.
“It’s terrific for academics because we don't
always have that broad of an audience, especially when you do something as
esoteric as medical history,” Furdell said. “You sometimes focus only on your
own field and can become respected as an expert, but the field doesn’t reach
out too far. This presents us the opportunity to get our research out there to
listeners who otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to it. I probably got the attention
of more people through Academic Minute than anything I’ve done. It’s fitting
that it came together because of a UNF connection.”
That connection is Brad Cornelius, an associate
producer at WAMC and a UNF history graduate. Cornelius, an undergraduate and graduate
student of Furdell’s, came calling soon after the Academic Minute’s first
segment ran in July 2010. He was tasked with tracking down academics who were
able to condense their intense and heavily footnoted academic works into a
bite-sized, radio-friendly format. And because of the station’s location in New
York, he was looking for a little geographical diversity in his lineup of
“It came together great when I took the job,”
Corenlius said. “I was looking for new schools we hadn’t touched, and because I
had connections and knew professors at UNF, I knew I wanted the University to
do some segments. Dr. Furdell immediately came to mind.”
Cornelius said UNF’s focus on hands-on and
transformational learning helped shape him into a media professional with a
diverse skillset. And when he had the opportunity to promote UNF to a national
audience, he was glad to pay it back.
So far, two other UNF professors — Dr. Jennifer Wesely, an
associate professor from the Department of Criminology and Criminal
Justice, and Dr. Katie Monnin, an assistant professor of literacy — have
had guest spots. Cornelius said he’s already looking forward to the next
Furdell said her spot on Academic Minute is a
testament to the benefit of keeping track of students once they leave the
protective confines of campus.
“I try and keep tabs on a lot of my grads,
especially those, like Brad, who took undergrad and grad classes,” Furdell
said. “And that helped set up this terrific opportunity. I’ll take any chance I
can to introduce a lay audience to my research. Too often, there’s a separation
between scholarship and general citizens. But this does away with that barrier,
and it’s a great program for UNF to be involved in.”
More information on The Academic Minute, along
with full lists of contributing institutions and the program’s more than 50
member stations, is available online at http://www.wamc.org/academic-minute.html .
people remember where they were at 8:46 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, or at
least they can recall what they were doing and who they were with when they
first learned a passenger plane had struck the World Trade Center.
that moment on, Americans were forever changed. And as the 10th anniversary of
that fateful day approached, plans were made to remember those who had fallen.
Four members of the University of North Florida community were no exception.
Police Chief John Dean, University Assistant Police Chief Mark Richardson,
University Police Officer Terry Moon and Assistant Vice President for Student
Affairs Dr. Lucy Croft marked the anniversary by participating in the “Let’s
Roll: 9-11 Memorial Ride” Sunday, Sept. 11.
rode in University Police Department bicycle uniforms to represent UNF,” said
Chief John Dean. “We felt it was important to be a part of this ride not only
as individuals, but as representatives of our department and our University. We
were all affected that day, every American. This is one way to pay our
memorial ride, organized by Mike Scarborough of Bicycles, Etc. in Mandarin, was
a way to show support for those who gave their lives and for those who are
still affected by the tragedy today. There was no registration fee and no
minimum fundraising goal for the riders. Anyone who wanted to rode along with
was nice to represent law enforcement at a time when people are remembering the
sacrifice others made on behalf of our country,” Richardson said.
the time of the attacks on America, Richardson was the commanding officer of
the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office aviation wing.
helps us all do something positive on the anniversary of the attacks.”
think it is important to do something to mark this solemn anniversary,” Croft
said. “I was very moved and was touched personally that day. I had a classmate
who died in the attacks. He was a senior in high school when I was a freshman.
We both played on the soccer team, and we became close friends.”
was overseas that morning. She and her family were returning home from London
after a cousin’s wedding.
was on a plane at Gatwick airport when we found out,” she said. “I remember a
real sense of sorrow and loss and fear that afternoon.”
and her family had to stay in London for several days when all air travel in
the United States was halted. She and her family attended a service at
Westminster Abbey to mourn the loss of life.
were thousands and thousand of people outside the Abbey where the ceremony was
being broadcast, and we formed a real bond that day,” she remembered. “We stood
right next to someone who had lost his brother. I remember having a
conversation with him and mourning his loss with him.”
said the memorial bike ride was the perfect way for her to spend the 10th
anniversary of the terror attacks. “Riding
brings me so much joy,” she said before the event. “And it gives me hope. I
know the ride is going to be a very emotional one in many ways, but I do feel
it will be hopeful for many of us — reaffirming that there is life after
Inspiration comes easily to Dr. Pam Chally.
As dean of the University of North Florida’s
Brooks College of Health, Chally need only walk outside her office to interact
with scores of experienced health-care professionals, dedicated professors and
bright, driven students.
“It’s not hard to get motivated in this
environment because there’s a level of caring here at UNF — from the faculty,
staff, students and the community in which they operate — that is such a
driving force behind my work,” Chally said. “That’s why it was an honor to be
considered an inspiration to them.”
received the Celebration of Nurses Inspiration Award at HealthSource Magazine's
June 21 Celebration of Nurses event at EverBank Field.
AJ Beson, the magazine’s publisher, said Chally was considered for the
award because she has spent the better part of the past two decades crafting
UNF’s nursing program into one of the best in the state — and one of UNF’s most
“The ideal candidate for the Inspiration Award is someone who has
served in the field of nursing for several years, someone who works day in and
day out in the trenches and someone who helps and inspires others,” Beson said.
“We feel Dr. Chally exemplifies all of these qualities. Her effective,
approachable and compassionate leadership is evident when you speak with her
colleagues, students, peers and members of the broader community who know her.
Many say there is an immediate connection, and she conveys a vested interest in
your wellbeing as a person. She is the type of person who takes caring beyond a
basic level and seems to strive to create a lasting bond with each individual
A steering committee
of local nursing executives selected Chally for the award due to her more than
30 years in the nursing field. But it wasn’t all about her experience. Her
desire to still work in the trenches every day for the sake of the patient made
her a perfect candidate for the Inspiration Award.
Chally oversees the
administration of the departments of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences,
Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health, School of Nursing, Center for Global
Health and Medical Diplomacy as well as the Center for Aging
She has received
numerous other awards, including the EVE award for Education, UNF Distinguished
Professor, Desmond Tutu Peace and Reconciliation Award, the Transformational
Leadership and Collaborative Engagement Award and was honored as a “Woman of
Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
The accolades are
nice, Chally said. But she sees the fruits of her labor every day in the faces
of the students and future health-care professionals who filter through the
Brooks College of Health.
“In some respects, this is an award for all
nurses who work here,” Chally said. “At UNF, we do a great job of inspiring our
students and the patients who we care for in the community, so I was very
honored to be chosen for this recognition.”
But Chally said her role in directing the
nursing program is only a piece of the total education experience for students.
She said the quality of education offered by UNF is directly augmented with the
help of multiple community health-care partners.
“Our students wouldn't begin to get the quality
of education they receive here if they didn't have the opportunity to work for
all the health care organizations in the city,” she said. “That includes
hospitals, long-term care operations, community centers and everything in
between. That’s why they’re so successful, and that’s an inspiration to me."
University Police Department was recently awarded another Department of
Homeland Security grant.
$167,000 grant will allow the University of North Florida UPD to replace two communication
consoles in the main dispatch area of the campus police station. The current
consoles have been in place for more than 10 years. The technology was old and
needed replacing in order to come up to the same level as other area law-enforcement
agencies, said Chief John Dean. The new technology will allow dispatchers to
communicate quickly and more efficiently with officers on campus and in the
are very pleased that we were awarded funds again this year,” Dean said. “In
these tough economic times, grants help us to continue to meet the needs of
those we serve at UNF and in Jacksonville.”
money actually is from a federal Justice Assistant Grant (JAG) through the
Department of Homeland Security. Lieutenant Crystal Serrano, manager of police
communications, wrote the grant for the department.
grant will give us the funds needed to upgrade,” Serrano said. “It will also
allow us to upgrade the point-to-point tower at Kernan Boulevard and help
communication with the city [of Jacksonville].”
tower is a communications repeater that allows the UPD to communicate directly
with the City in the event of an emergency and allow real-time transmissions
between the entities.
funding will become available this month, and Serrano said the work should
start in mid-November. If all goes according to plan, the upgrades should be
complete early next year.
year, the UPD was awarded a $120,000 grant from the Department of Homeland
Security to upgrade its communication equipment in the University’s Mobile
Command Center. The Mobile Command Unit is used where ever and whenever it is
needed and helps the UPD not only take charge of situation on campus, but
allows officers to communicate with the Jacksonville Fire Department, the Jacksonville
Sheriff’s Office and the Beach Police Department in real-time.
grants allow the UPD to communicate more effectively and make use of all
resources at its disposal.
want to make sure we are not caught short and we have what we need to do our
job and keep this campus and students safe,” Dean said.
One of the University of North Florida’s most
high-profile, recent faculty hirings has been Dr. Don Resio, a seasoned engineering and
oceanography researcher who will serve as director of the Taylor Engineering
Research Institute. He’ll also be teaching ocean engineering classes for the
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction.
research scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment
Center, Resio is a well-regarded expert in the engineering and oceanographic
world with multiple awards and scholarly publications to his name. In addition
to his UNF duties, Resio is on the United Nations Joint Commission on
Oceanography and Marine Meteorology and serves as co-chair of the steering
committee for the United Nations Coastal Inundation and Flooding Demonstration
with the UNF Marketing and Publications Department to discuss his plans for the
Taylor Engineering Research Institute and his more than 30 years in
we expect from the Taylor Engineering Research Institute in the coming years?
The first thing, right off the bat, is bringing
in research projects and grants and pairing them with UNF professors who would
be compatible. I’ve
been in Jacksonville for just a while, but I can really tell that the city has
a rich diversity of coastal and water resources that are ripe for engineering
projects and research. So that’s at the front of my agenda — getting more
access to research and figuring out how we can tailor that to the University
and the University’s faculty. And through that pursuit of research, we’ll
engage more students.
UNF students have a huge opportunity compared to
other state schools to really get in the lab and out in the field with their
professors and engage in viable research. There aren’t as many barriers to
student research here. And I want to facilitate that hands-on learning by
tracking down more research opportunities, grants and funding for research.
you pursue your goal of boosting research through the Taylor Institute?
I want to, first and foremost, act as a kind of
liaison between the faculty and the grant providers. After working in the
engineering and oceanographic fields for decades, I’ve developed many contacts
who can help guide me and the faculty in pursuit of additional research
opportunities. The campus has done a fantastic job of being engaged in the
local community and being a vital part of research that goes on in the region.
But my background is more national. I’ve worked on projects across the country
and worked with people at the top of their fields across the country. Hopefully,
I’ll be able to get those people interested in engaging some UNF faculty for
larger, national research projects. I already have a few potentials lined up.
But I’ll be going through my contacts all the time looking for ways UNF can
build its research portfolio.
Also, not to toot my
own horn, but I’ve published a number of papers and done a lot of scholarly
research, so I can help coach some of the younger faculty on ways they can
approach their research and make it easier to score funding and grants through
that. But, based on a few preliminary conversations, it doesn’t seems like I’ll
need to help too much. There are a number of very driven faculty members who
won’t need too much help.
of them are strangers.
soon they’ll be working together, learning together and likely living together.
soon-to-be freshmen congregating around the University of North Florida Green
might not know it, but they share some common traits with the war-stricken
refugees profiled in this year’s UNF Reads! novel, “Outcasts United: An American Town, a
Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference.”
natural beauty might be far removed from the refugee camp that serves as the
setting for this year’s reading program selection. But the book’s author, New
York Times journalist Warren St. John, believes many freshmen experience some
of the same triumphs and hardships of the protagonists in his story.
“The book works in the context of freshman reading
programs because of the thematic similarity to what happened in this town and
the whole experience of a new, diverse group of people showing up on campus and
making up the freshman class,” St. John said. “They are showing up in a community
that’s already somewhat established. Some older residents might show some
hesitance around the newcomers and their identity in the community. But the
thing I try to emphasize to incoming students is that there aren't a lot of
opportunities in your life to create a community from scratch. That’s what makes
freshman year one of the most unique opportunities in anyone’s life.”
“Outcasts United” is set in Clarkston, Ga. in the
‘90s. The milquetoast Southern town was flipped upside down when it was turned
into a resettlement center for refugees from war zones in Liberia, Congo,
Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. As the new settlers learned to deal with their foreign
surrounding and neighbors, an American-educated Jordanian woman named Luma
Mufleh took it upon herself to unite the youth of the village through a soccer
team that came to be known as the Fugees — short for refugees.
Jeff Coker, the dean of Undergraduate Studies, said the “Outcasts United” story
hits all the right notes for a featured text in UNF’s freshman reading program.
shared struggles of a new community — that’s a perfect motif to introduce to
freshman looking to get acclimated to campus,” he said. “And that’s the message
we’re trying to portray through UNF Reads! It tells them they’re all in this
UNF Reads! Program, established in 2008, has primarily two goals — to introduce
first-year students to the academic environment and the UNF campus community
through summer reading and to give them a hands-on learning opportunity to get
involved in the broader campus and potentially kickstart a common conversation
with someone else who read the book.
“That’s why we encourage everyone — not just
freshman but faculty and staff as well — to read the book,” Coker said. “It
helps to foster a common on-campus dialogue that gives newcomers and long-time
campus members the chance to interact through relating a shared experience.”
Multiple sections of freshman writing courses will
use “Outcasts United” in class for developing critical-thinking and analytical-writing
skills, Coker said. The program kicked off during Week of Welcome with a host
of book-related events, such as a group book discussion and a meet-the-author
event with St. John.
The journalist and novelist has been involved
in about 40 different book programs at universities and community colleges from
across the country, but he said he’s honored that his text was chosen as the
narrative catalyst for many on-campus discussions between faculty, staff and
new students at UNF.
He does, however, feel just a little bit
“There’s a part of me that feels a little badly
that these hard-working high school grads who should be out enjoying their
summers have to wake up and read my book,” he said with a chuckle. “ A little
bit of me identifies with that, and I feel their pain. But I’m glad they’re
reading the story. I think it’s a good one.”
Past UNF Reads! Books
2010-11 book, "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Game Theory in Everyday Life," by Len Fisher
2009-10 book, "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future," by David Pink
2008-09 book, "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything," by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
last-minute conversation with a friend led UNF senior Jermaine Reynolds to
compete in a signing competition broadcast on national television.
of my friends told me about ‘Karaoke Battle, USA’ at the last minute,” the
26-year-old said. “The contest is a four-step process, and the first step is
winning a contest in your home region. So, just a day before the Jacksonville
contest, I decided to enter.”
a music education major who plays the euphonium (similar to a tuba), took the
North Florida contest handily with his renditions of Simon and Garfunkels’
“Bridge over Trouble Waters” and “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys. The top prize was
a trip to New York to compete against 30 regional winners from the eastern part
of the United States for the title of East Region Karaoke King. The whirlwind
weekend of competitions were taped for airing in early September.
contest is a bit like ‘American Idol,’” the Alachua native said. “Except in
this case, the audience does not get to judge. Only the actual judges can vote
judges on “Karaoke Battle, USA” are Carnie Wilson, a member of Wilson Phillips
— a ’90s girl band — and daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson; Joe Levy, a music
journalist from Rolling Stone magazine and Brian Scott, a former winner of
“Karaoke Battle, USA.” Joey Fatone, a member of boy band N’Sync, hosts the show.
did well. The judges gave him very positive feedback on his performance of
“Sweet Home, Alabama,” though he did not advance in the competition. The top
four males and four females from each of the four regions — north, south, east
and west — will face off for the titles of King and Queen of Karaoke in Los
Angeles later this fall.
national television appearance on ABC television in front of 2.9 million
viewers isn’t bad for a guy who has been singing since age 5 when he started in
his church choir. “I was actually the most nervous I have ever been in my
life,” Reynolds said. “I knew I was going to be on national TV. I was actually
shaking before I went on stage.”
that rarely happens to a man who has been performing in choirs and bands for
the past 21 years. It was the contestant interview that actually calmed him
down before he took the stage. He was so calm that he cracked a joke before he
started singing and got the audience laughing with him.
once the music kicked in, I calmed right down,” he said. “And I started to just
sing. The audience was really getting into it. It was really surreal. It made
me feel like a star for a few minutes.”
he enjoyed his time in the spotlight, Reynolds said he was happy to get back to
Jacksonville and the UNF campus.
was one of the toughest weekends of my life,” he said. “I didn’t get much sleep
or rest. I was pretty stressed out. I was eager to get back and focus on
singing is his main passion, the euphonium is a close second. He picked the
difficult instrument up in high school, which took him down this educational
path. His education here on campus has played a huge role in his successes on
stage and in performances. He credits his time at UNF with teaching him how to prepare
fully for a performance and how to control nerves and anxiety.
know how to prepare,” he said. “And I know how not to embarrass myself.”
is looking forward to graduation this year and the chance to use his UNF
education to help others.
“I would like to be a band director or a chorus
teacher for a high school,” he said. “I would love to stay in this area. I
learned a great deal at UNF, and I would like to pass it on. I also learned a
lot from this competition that I think others might benefit from. The one
lesson I truly took away is that just because you lose, it does not mean you
aren’t the best. You just have to try.”
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the
University of North Florida, will present its second “Project Atrium” series with a dramatic, and interactive piece by
Los Angeles sculptor Gustavo Godoy.
The exhibition will be on display from Saturday, Nov. 19, to
Sunday, March 11, 2012. Godoy will conduct a lecture about his work and his
artistic process at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the museum, 333 North Laura
Godoy was born in Ontario, Calif. in 1974 to a Mexican-American family
who immigrated to the United States via Tijuana. His melding of art and
construction are the product of his dual education. Godoy graduated from UCLA
in 2001 with a degree in architecture and urban design, and later with an
M.F.A. from Vermont College. However, Godoy learned early on from his parents
to make the most of the materials around him, and the adaptability and
ingenuity he witnessed as a child have remained integral parts of his process
and aesthetic. He prides himself on being “scrappy,” committed to reusing,
recycling, and harnessing found and discarded materials to create works that
transcend their modest origins, while celebrating their inherent beauty and
The sculpture he’ll unveil on the First Coast was commissioned
specifically for MOCA’s Atrium and will utilize the unique proportions of the gallery,
expanding to fill its 40-foot depth and four-story heights. As the artist is
presently at work on the piece — one that will be unveiled in the Atrium before
a single photo is snapped — several of his previous projects have hinted at the
style of his upcoming MOCA installation.
Many of his past works have been made from found materials — plywood,
two-by-fours, Plexiglas, house paint, fluorescent light bulbs, mesh, blue
painter’s tape and vinyl — that are whipped into tempestuous, gravity-defying
pieces that resemble spectacular representations of a construction site’s
secret inner life. Godoy also utilizes artificial lights to illuminate angles
and cast shadows that intensify or augment aspects of his sculptures.
“Gustavo Godoy eschews typical sculptural practices, which really makes
the experience of his work a rich one,” said Dr. Marcelle Polednik, director of
MOCA. “Three-dimensional, sculptural works, particularly in the context of
museum exhibitions, are typically off limits for physical interaction.
Gustavo’s sculptures are interactive environments that encourage a childhood
playful sense of wonder and discovery. It will be fun to walk around it,
explore the piece itself and how the work changes the space of the Atrium.”
Godoy has had solo exhibitions at Honor Fraser, Prism and The Happy Lion
— all in Los Angeles, He has also participated in group exhibitions at Sea Line
Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.); Barbara Davis Gallery (Houston, Tex.); OHWOW
(Miami, Fla.); Centre d'art contemporain du Parc Saint Léger (Pougues-les-Eaux,
France); Mexico Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City, Mexico); and 1708 Gallery
“Project Atrium,” MOCA’s bold new series, features
site-specific and site-sensitive installations by emerging and mid-career
artists. The unique placement, dimensions and scale of MOCA’s Atrium Gallery
provide a compelling challenge to the chosen artist — a call to reinvention and
active collaboration with the architecture of the museum on a monumental scale.
The Project Atrium series is sponsored by Agility Press; Arbus Magazine;
The Boeing Company; The City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater
Jacksonville; Driver, McAfee, Peek & Hawthorne, P.L.; Folio Weekly; Omni
Hotels & Resorts; and WJCT Public Broadcasting.
For more information about Project Atrium and its related activities,
visit www.mocajacksonville.org or call MOCA at (904) 366-6911.
A remarkable Jacksonville couple has made
it possible for future generations of University of North Florida music, visual
arts and business students to pursue their college degrees with the financial
support of need-based scholarships.
The University was notified recently that
Lu Ann Bear wrote into her will a bequest for $800,000 to create the Lu Ann and
Doran Weinstein Memorial Scholarship Fund. The 81-year-old died in May. Her
bequest generates about $34,000 a year in need-based scholarships.
The bequest is also significant because
it pushed The Power of Transformation campaign over the $100-million mark, just
a few notches below the total goal of $110 million. The campaign is dedicated
to making Transformational Learning Opportunities available to all students.
The three scholarship funds will help achieve that goal, said Pierre Allaire,
vice president of Institutional Advancement.
“The generosity of this couple
exemplifies the commitment to higher education we see in our community,” he
said. “We are grateful for the gift and are thrilled with the prospect of
assisting more students in obtaining an education at UNF.”
Jacksonville couple occasionally attended music programs at UNF and had a deep
appreciation for the value of higher education in the community, according to
their granddaughter, Jacksonville resident Robyn Moore.
"My grandfather loved university and
college campuses,” Moore said.
“The couple traveled extensively and wherever they went, he would insist on visiting
the nearby universities.”
When Weinstein, a successful business
executive, died in 1995, the terms of his will were carried over to Lu Ann
Bear’s will, Moore said. The will divided their bequest according to their areas
of interest — business for Weinstein and visual arts and music for Bear.
Bear was born in Louisville and moved to
Jacksonville in 1981 after she married Weinstein. Moore said her grandmother
left behind a very successful career in advertising and as an accomplished
portrait painter. After moving to Jacksonville, she built a studio and devoted
much of her spare time to crafting clay pots that were sold throughout the
Weinstein was born in Montgomery, Ala. and
graduated from the University of Alabama. After college, he joined the Navy and
served during World War II. He was cited for his bravery in rescuing a
crewmember from the USS Coolidge after it hit a mine and began sinking, Moore
said. In a separate incident, he was a crew member on a transport plane
attached to the South Pacific Air Transport Command and risked his life to
deliver needed supplies to troops on Georgia Island. The plane was unarmed and
came under intense anti-aircraft fire. He was awarded the Air Medal from the
Secretary of the Navy for his service.
After the war, Weinstein entered private
business. He was an officer and director of the Tampa Shipbuilding Corp. and
held a number of business positions in Washington, New York and Louisville.
He met Bear, an art instructor, in
Kentucky. According to Moore, her grandfather’s first wife was one of Bear’s
students. When both Bear and Weinstein were widowed, they married in 1981.
Weinstein was president of Daylight Industries in Jacksonville at the time of
Moore fondly recalls the loving
relationship between her grandfather and grandmother.
“I remember the way his eyes would light
up when he would look at my grandmother,” she said. “He had a deep respect for
women and would always stand when a woman came into or left the room — even in
the last months of his life when he was dying of brain cancer. He was a gentleman
in the truest sense of the word.”
After Weinstein died in 1995, Bear
married Jack I. Bear, who also preceded her in death.
Moore said her grandfather was extremely
fond of quoting a speech by Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Moore added her grandmother followed that
advice throughout her life.
“In my grandmother’s last weeks, she
often reminded me of my grandfather’s creed — ‘Always do the right thing; even
if it hurts you personally,’” she said.
That philosophy is apparent in the bequest that
will help countless students from future generations to share in the same love
their benefactors had for education and learning.
This is the first column in the new monthly
feature, Healthy Osprey. Each month, a new health and wellness topic will be
explored to help faculty and staff become healthier Ospreys.
hear about cholesterol every day. Commercials are aimed at lowering it through
a certain food or drug. Countless news stories are devoted to it, and many
products in the grocery store are marketed toward lowering it. But just what is
cholesterol, and why do you want it to be low?
is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in your body. Your body
needs cholesterol to work properly, but too much in your blood causes plaque,
which can stick to the walls of your arteries or block them, raising the risk
of heart attack or stroke.
are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Cholesterol levels must be
detected with a blood test. Men ages 35 and older and women 45 and older should
be checked yearly and more often if current levels are high or other risk
factors are present. High cholesterol is usually caused by heredity or by
eating a diet rich in fats. Cholesterol can be lowered naturally by exercising
more and eating more fruits and vegetables.
improve your cholesterol, exercise regularly. Losing just 5 to 10 pounds can
help to lower cholesterol levels. Studies show that a heart healthy plan —
combining a healthy diet and physical fitness can decrease LDL (bad
cholesterol) levels by 5 to 10 percent. Thirty minutes of exercise per day is a
good rule of thumb.
To get more movement into your day, try riding a bike with family or friends,
walking your dog, playing a favorite sport, taking up a new activity, gardening
or taking walks to places you enjoy like the beach or an upbeat stroll through
more you move, the better you will feel and the more you will help to lower
your cholesterol levels.
Healthy Osprey is a new feature in Inside, designed to provide
solid advice on how to become more healthy at work and at home. Shelly Purser,
director of Health Promotions, and Mike Kennedy, assistant director of Health
Promotions, will write a different article each month that will focus on some
aspect of health and wellness. Healthy Osprey is a collaboration of students, faculty and staff
working together to foster a University community that embraces the development
of a healthy body, mind and spirit. The
purpose of the Healthy Osprey initiative is to assess and respond to the needs
of the UNF community to create and maintain a healthy environment, which will
enhance the holistic student experience. For more
information, or for any questions you might have, contact Purser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the entire newsletter at click here.
Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday,
Oct. 3, 2011 for the 2011-2012 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards and
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
Guidelines for the awards are located on
the UNF Faculty Association website click here.
Nominations can be downloaded at the same site. Please look for Online Forms.
They can also be sent via e-mail to email@example.com,
or delivered to the Faculty Association Office in Building 10, Room 1120.
The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14.
A dietary supplement is a product taken by mouth
that contains a dietary ingredient intended to supplement the diet and may
include vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids and substances
such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandulars and metabolites. Dr. Judy Rodriguez, chair of
the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses
supplements, their safety and whether they’re necessary in our diet.
What are some things I should consider before taking dietary
It’s important to remember that dietary
supplements are only meant to be . They’re included under the general umbrella
of foods, not drugs, so they don’t have to be tested for safety prior to being
put in the market as drugs do. The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring dietary
supplement products are safe before putting it on the market. Once a product is
on the market, however, the FDA can recall it if it’s shown to be unsafe.
Should everyone take a supplement?
It isn’t necessary for everyone to take a
supplement, but it’s necessary to make healthy food choices. A multivitamin or
specific supplement may be useful for persons who are on a calorie-restricted
diet, such as vegetarians. It’s also important for women who are trying to get
pregnant or are pregnant or breastfeeding, post-menopausal, at risk for
osteoporosis, have had digestive tract surgery or have a specific medical
condition (such as lactose intolerance, chronic diarrhea or a specific food
allergy). Consult a physician and registered dietitian to find out which
supplement is most appropriate for you.
Are all natural supplements safe?
No. Consumer Reports has identified some hazardous supplements, including androstenedione
(or andro, used by athletes for body-building); aristolochic acid (used in
Chinese medicine for eczema and backaches); bitter orange and germander (used
for weight loss); chaparral (used as a cancer cure); and comfrey (a green tea
for stomach ulcers). Other dangerous supplements are kava kava and skullcap
(used for anxiety); lobelia (popular for asthma and bronchitis); organ/glandular
extracts (used to treat hepatitis C and other ailments); pennyroyal oil (used as
an insect repellent and sometimes ingested for other ailments); and yohimbe (referred
to as a men’s aphrodisiac). The hazardous side effects depend on the supplement
and dose but may include abdominal tenderness, difficulty breathing,
convulsions, rapid heart rates, heartbeat irregularities, heart attacks, blood
pressure changes, nerve damage, irreversible abnormal liver function or damage
liver, kidney failure and even death.
What things should I consider if I want to take
You should consider whether it might be more
effective to improve your overall dietary behaviors if you are in one of the
categories listed above. You might also want to consider the costs of
additional supplements if you are taking other medications that may contraindicate
the consumption of the supplement and the time and efforts required to take the
supplement. Before adding a supplement to your diet, it is always wise to consult
a physician and registered dietitian.
Where can I get information about supplements?
To find a local registered dietitian, go to hwww.eatrightjax.org/ and the
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at http://nccam.nih.gov/ for
information about different supplements.
Ask UNF uses the expertise
of faculty and staff at the University and runs monthly in The Florida
Times-Union. If you have a question about this topic, contact Dr. Judy Rodriguez
Get to Know
Name: Heather Adams
Department: Brooks College of
Job title: Director, Academic
What do you do? I direct the office of
Academic Advising for the college. We oversee all advising for upper-level and
graduate students in the Brooks College of Health. We help to guide and support
students in their pursuit of a degree through developmental advising.
Years at UNF: It will be three
years in January
Tell us about your
family: I have a great family! My husband, Tim, is a district math
coach for Duval County Public Schools and teaches as an adjunct for the College
of Education at UNF. We have two kids: Riley is 5-years-old and Will is turning
3-years-old. Most of my extended family is still up in Pennsylvania and around
the state of Florida.
If you could choose
any other career, what would it be and why? Chef. I wish I had a
talent to cook wonderful food. I am at awe at people who can cook.
What would you like to
do when you retire? Travel. I have always wanted to learn about
different cultures and people. I also love the beach, so I would love to
be somewhere close to it.
What is your favorite
thing about working at UNF? The students! They make me want to come to work
every day. I consider UNF my second family.
If you were not
working at UNF, what would you be doing? Working somewhere
within higher education. I love working on college campuses.
What is your favorite
way to blow an hour? Having a quiet hour with no interruptions on the
beach reading a book.
What was the best
money you ever spent? My college career —although I am still paying for it — was one
of the best investments I have made for myself and my family.
What is the
proudest/happiest moment of your life? Although my work is important to me, my
family comes first. I love being a mom, so I would say having my
What was the first
concert you ever attended? My first concert was in college. I went to go see
No Doubt. I think I am dating myself.
What person had the
greatest impact on your life? There have been many. But I would say my father
is one of the top people. He was a single parent for a good portion of my
younger life. He gave me very strong values and taught me to never give up.
What are you most
passionate about? Education! How do we educate our young people in and outside the
classroom to make them strong citizens.
Who is the most famous
person you ever met? I got to meet Dr. Jill Biden this past May at the
White House. She is an amazing person.
What do you hope to
accomplish that you have not done yet? Finish my Ed.D program this academic year!
Faculty & Staff
Brooks College of Health
Clinical and Applied
Movement Sciences:Corinne Meisel had her
poster presentation, “Normative Values for Physical Measures in Youth Through
Collegiate Female Competitive Swimmers,” accepted for the American Physical Therapy
Association Combined Sections Meeting next February in Chicago.
Dr. Shana Harrington will
be featured for a platform presentation for her work “Risk Factors Associated
with Shoulder Pain in High School and Division 1 Female Swimmers” at the
Nursing: Dr. Irma B. Ancheta was accepted to the
nationwide competitive NIH/NINR Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) Program for
2011. The purpose of the SGI is to provide participants with a foundation in
molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice;
increase the research capability among graduate students and faculty and to
develop and expand clinical practice in genetics among clinicians.
Christie and Jan
Meires had their peer-reviewed article, “Contemporary Approaches to Adult
Obesity Treatment” published in The
Coggin College of Business
Logistics: Dr. Ronald Adams presented
“Religious Expression in the Workplace and Customer Contact: Where do Retailers
Draw the Line?” at the European Institute of Retailing and Services Studies
(EIRASS) annual conference in San Diego, Calif., in mid-July.
Accounting and Finance: Dr. Jeffrey Michelman, Victoria Gorman (B.B.A.
graduate) and student Greg Trompeter recently published, “Computer Leasing Fraud at CIT Group, Inc.,”
in Issues in Accounting Education.
Management: Dr. Lakshmi Goel, along with co-authors Iris Junglas, Blake Ives
and Norman Johnson had an article
published in Decision
Support Systems titled “Decision-Making In-Socio and In-Situ:
Facilitation In Virtual Worlds.”
College of Arts and Sciences
and Statistics: Drs. Mahbubur Rahman
and James Gleaton made a joint
presentation at the 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings, Miami, Fla.
Raluca Dumitru was an invited
speaker at the 2011 International Conference on Theory and Applications in
Mathematics in Alba Iulia, Romania.
Music: Dr. Gary Smart, a
presidential professor of Music, released a CD on the Albany Records entitled
“Blossoms” and features Smart’s solo
Nick Curry, acello professor, and Cara
Tasher, director of choral activities and soprano, performed in two different
concert tours of Europe. They played in the English Chaplaincy, Istanbul;
Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; and Pussigny, France.
Dr. Guy Yehuda performed a solo recital at the Dame Myra Hess chamber
series in Chicago. He served as guest professor in January and February at the
Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the University of Virginia. Yehuda
also taught master classes during the summer at the Orford Festival in Quebec
and performed a solo recital in Los Angeles at the International Clarinet
Amato has been hired as the on-call,
sub vocalist for “La Nouba,” the Cirque du Soleil show in Orlando. She also
performed a concert for The Blowing Rock Jazz Society, North Carolina.
Science and Public Administration: Dr. Michael Binder had a book chapter published: “How GAVEL Changed
Politics in Colorado‟s General Assembly” (with Vladimir Kogan and Thad Kousser)
in “State of Change: Colorado Politics in the 21st Century,” published by the University
of Colorado Press.
Psychology: Dr. Juliana Leding published an article
entitled, “Need for Cognition and False Recall” in Personality and Individual
Differences, a scientific journal.
Susana Urbina published a chapter
entitled, “Tests of Intelligence” in The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Gordon
F.M. Rakita published an essay entitled “Bias and Science: the Gould-Morton
Controversy” in the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin.
College of Computing, Construction
Construction Management: Drs. J. David Lambert and Pat Welsh received a $10,000 from
SECOORA for a SECOOR Florida Education and Outreach Hub and continued UNF water
quality buoy research. Lambert also gave an invited presentation, “Introducing
the Jacksonville Green Map Initiative,” at the Plenary session of the Annual
Jacksonville Environmental Symposium sponsored by the City of Jacksonville
(COJ) Environmental Protection Board in August.
Engineering: Drs. Chris Brown, L. Hansen-Brown and Richard Conte published their paper,
“Engaging Millennial College-Age Science and Engineering Students Through
Experiential Learning Communities” in the Journal of Applied Global Research.
School of Computing: Drs. Sanjay P. Ahuja and A. Patel published their paper, “Enterprise
Service Bus: A Performance Evaluation,” in the Communications and Network
College of Education and Human
of Childhood Education: Dr. Stacy Keller recently
had her article, “Make 'em want to be there!,” published in Teaching Children
Mathematics Journal. She also was recently appointed as professor in residence
at the new Professional Development School at Kings Trail Elementary.
Dr. Chris Weber and Wendy A. Behrens presented “Case Studies
to Enhance Professional Development in Gifted Education” at the 19th biennial
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children International Conference in
Prague, Czech Republic. Weber also presented with co-author, Dr. Gillian Eriksson, “A 3-tiered Comprehensive
Approach to Providing Online Training and Certification to Gifted Teachers” at
the same conference.
Dr. Katie Monnin appears in
Katie's Korner, a video segment for Action News Jacksonville where she suggests
how students can transition from summer reading to reading for school. The link
is here — http://www.fox30jax.com/content/topstories/story/Katies-Korner/OOz7fb50kEuD7kTP4hqAdQ.cspx
Advising: Dr. John Kemppainen spoke at
the recent installation of Dr. Cary F.
Fraser as the fourth president of the University of Belize. Kemppainen
represented President John A. Delaney, the University of North Florida and the
Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation. The installation took place on the University
of Belize campus in Belmopan, Belize and was attended by the Governor General
of Belize, Sir Colville Young; the Honorable Patrick Faber, Minister of
Education and Youth in Belize; other Cabinet members; the University of Belize
Board of Trustees; the Diplomatic Corp, the Administrative and Academic
officers of the University of Belize; all faculty and staff as well as students
and friends. Kemppainen also recently conducted a back-to-school workshop
for the entire instructional staff at Gwen Liz High School in Belize
City, Belize. His topic covered important issues to consider in effective
classroom management and well as tips on the construction of assessment
instruments to measure learning outcomes.
to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in
Catherine Johnson, Administrative Assistant, Florida Institute of
Director of Research Program Services, Sociology and Anthropology
Luisa Rodriguez, Grants Specialist, Exceptional Student and Deaf
Maria Atilano,Senior Library Services Associate,
Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Michael Biagini,Director of Financial Systems,
Financial Systems Department
Paula Michael Dass,Coordinator Career Development
Services, Career Services
Rabena Johnson,Office Manager, Center for
Ki Kwok,Applications Programmer, Enterprise
Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences
Coordinator of Academic Support Services, Undergraduate and International
Coordinator of Administrative Services, Center for Global Health and Medical
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from mid-August to mid-September:
Battles, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Braglia, Coordinator, English Language Program
Bruzzone, Coordinator, Admissions
Caywood, Coordinator, Admissions
Deeg, Coordinator, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Dobbs, Senior Library Services Associate, Thomas G. Carpenter
Fraser, Staff Interpreter, Auxiliary Learning Aids
Singleton, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Smith, Office Assistant, Academic Center for Excellence
Stevens, Program Assistant, Enrollment Services
Williams, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Heartfelt well wishes
in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF from mid-August
Renee Anderson, Executive Secretary, Enrollment Services
Marianne Beaton, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Sharon Crutchfield, Office Manager, Honors Program
Sandra Cummings, Director,
Virdell Hayden, Maintenance
Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Kimberly Matthews, Athletic
Business Manager, Intercollegiate Athletics
Christopher Neglia, Groundskeeper,
Michael Ramsey Smith, Associate
Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education
Sashi Rizal, Custodial
Worker, Physical Facilities
Randall Robinson, Divisional
Budget Officer, Student Affairs
Michael Townsend, Law
Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Q: From Cindy Harper, executive secretary, Counseling Center — What is the small building on stilts they are erecting behind the Fine
Arts Center parking garage?
A: From Zak Ovadia, director, Campus Planning, Design and Construction —
is a bat house. UNF has numerous bat colonies that have been roosting in
buildings, creating potentially hazardous conditions because of their
droppings. This bat house is designed to the specifications of Bat Conservation
International and with the guidance of the Fly By Night Organization, both not-for-profit
organizations focusing on the preservation of bats. There are other bat houses
on campus, but this is by far the largest.
Timothy Cheney, assistant director, Center for Community Initiatives — What is the name of the vine growing on the trees near the Kernan
entrance, and can it be removed?
From Chuck Hubbuch, assistant director, Physical Facilities — Grounds has planted no vines near the
Kernan entrance of campus. The question must refer to the native grape and
Virginia creeper vines. These are natural components of local woodlands,
especially along the forest edge. They feed native wildlife with their fruits
and their tangled branches offer hiding and nesting places. Large woody vines
like these can even help tie the trees together and reduce tree falls during
windstorms. Generally, Grounds does not try to cultivate the campus natural
areas. Our hands are full with the landscaped parts of campus.
Employees who have UNF-related questions they would like to have
answered in the next issue of Inside are encouraged to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted questions will be considered for
publication in the "Good Question" column, which is designed to help
inform the campus community about relevant issues. When submitting questions,
please include your name, department and job title, which will be included if
your question is selected. The submission deadline is the 15th of each month.
For more information, contact Cathy Cole at email@example.com.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has announced the following grants
Dr. Timothy Robinson (International Center), “Arabic
Translation Project,” Florida State College at Jacksonville, $1,742
Dr. Cheryl Fountain (Florida Institute of
Education), “CROP: Jacksonville Precollegiate Connections, 2011-2012,” Florida
Department of Education, $28,998
Dr. Janice Donaldson (Small Business Development
Center), “The Procurement Technical Assistance Center, 2011-2012,” University
of West Florida/U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, $116,234
Dr. Chris Brown (Engineering), “Implementation
Assistance for FDEP Grant S-0271 Cedar River Outfall BMP Effectiveness
Monitoring Program,” CDM, Inc. /City of Jacksonville, $18,972
Drs. J. David Lambert (Construction Management) and Patrick Welsh (Engineering), “UNF
Component of SECOORA IOOS Proposal (E&O and Buoy),” Southeast Coastal Ocean
Observing Regional Association/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Dr. N. Mike Jackson (Engineering), “Planning, Design
and Testing of Pavement Materials with the FDOT Accelerated Pavement Testing
Program,” Florida Department of Transportation, $250,294
Dr. Don Resio (Engineering), “Independent
Technical Review of the South Texas Plant Units 3 & 4 Storm Surge Analysis,”
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, $11,088
Dr. James Gelsleichter (Biology), “Cooperative Atlantic States
Shark Pupping and Nursery (COASTSPAN) Survey of North Florida Waters –
Continuation,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $5,000
Dr. Courtney Hackney (Biology), “Everglades Peat Loss Study
Technical Report,” Taylor Engineering, Inc./ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Dr. Lori Lange (Psychology), “U-PACE Psychology
Course,” University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Society for the Teaching of
Dr. Rebecca Marcon (Center for Applied Research in
Child and Adolescent Development), “School Readiness Evaluation for the
Clay/Nassau/Baker/Bradford School Readiness Coalition and Episcopal Children's
Services,” Episcopal Children's Services, $7,794
Dr. Jeffry Will (Center for Community
· “An Evaluation of Three
Interconception Health Programs in Florida," March of Dimes, $35,000
· “Health Start/Magnolia Infant
Mortality Reduction Project 2011-2012,” Northeast Florida Healthy Start
Coalition/Health Resources and Services Administration, $92,370
When most people think of lean meats,
they think of chicken or turkey. However, there are lean cuts of other meats
such as beef and pork that compare favorably. Dr. Catherine Christie, associate
dean of the Brooks College of Health and professor in the Department of
Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about what
cuts of pork carry the best nutritional value, why its nutritional profile
might surprise you and how to safely cook and handle pork.
All pork is high in fat and should be avoided.
Actually, pork tenderloin compares
similarly to skinless chicken breast in fat content. A 3-ounce cooked serving
of pork tenderloin has 120 calories and 3 grams of total fat, 1 gram of
saturated fat and 52 grams of cholesterol. A 3-ounce skinless chicken breast has
139 calories, 3 grams of total fat, 0.9 grams of saturated fat and 73 mg of
cholesterol. If you are trying to lower calories and fat even further, fish is
a good option. Three ounces of cod has a lower score with 89 calories, .7 grams
of fat, .1 grams of saturated fat and 40 mg of cholesterol. Cuts of pork with
the most healthy nutrition profiles include pork chops, pork loin roasts,
Canadian bacon and pork tenderloin. Of course, that is before cooking with
added fat or other ingredients that would change the profile.
Pork doesn’t contain significant amounts of vitamins or minerals.
Pork is considered an excellent source
of the B vitamins thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6 as well as
protein and phosphorus and is a good source of zinc and potassium. Pork also
contains iron that, for women of child-bearing age, is sometimes difficult to
meet dietary requirements.
Pork must be cooked at very high temperatures to be safe.
Fact: Because pork is leaner than it was 15 years ago — on average
16 percent lower in fat and 27 percent lower in saturated fat — it is easy to
overcook. Most pork cuts need to be cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit followed
by a 3-minute rest time. Ground pork, like other ground meat, needs to be
cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a simple meat thermometer is the best
way to prevent over or undercooking meat.
Pork is the only meat that may contain a parasite called trichinosis.
Trichinosis is a parasitic disease
caused by humans or animals eating raw or undercooked pork, wild game or
rodents. Because of current feeding standards and practices in pork production,
trichinosis has become extremely rare in the United States. If the parasite was
present in meat, it would be killed at cooking temperatures above 140 degrees
Fahrenheit. So, with the recommended cooking temperature for pork at 145
degrees Fahrenheit, there is no risk of the parasite surviving.
Eating pork is relatively new and is one of the least widely eaten meats in the
Fact: Pork is one of the most widely consumed meats, accounting
for about 38 percent of meat production worldwide, with Europe leading China in
per-capita consumption. The pig is one of the oldest forms of livestock, with
reports that domestication occurred as early as 5000 BC. A type of ham from
Italy — prosciutto — may be a new taste for some.
Prosciutto and Cantaloupe
1 ripe cantaloupe
16 thin slices of prosciutto, about 8 ounces (from the deli
section of many grocery stores)
1. Cut cantaloupe in half, remove outer rind, remove seeds and
slice into 16 wedges.
2. Wrap each wedge of melon with a slice of prosciutto.
Serves four. One serving is four slices of cantaloupe and 2
Nutrition analysis per serving:
Calories: 110 calories
Protein: 7 grams
Carbohydrate: 16 grams
Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Sodium: 513 milligrams
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