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June 2009

Around Campus
College moves into new, improved home

Dr. Larry Daniel is all smiles in the new College of Education and Human Services Building (photos by Josh Balduf). The future of education in Northeast Florida took a giant leap into the 21st century in early May when the new College of Education and Human Services Building opened on the UNF campus.

The College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) is the last UNF college to build a new facility. For years, since 1974, before Human Services was added to the College of Education's title, Schultz Hall served as home for the college. Schultz Hall, named in 1992 in honor of Frederick H. Schultz, consisted mainly of administrative offices and a few classrooms. Education classes met at locations all over campus. Faculty, students and staff were the educational vagabonds of the University.

No longer is that true -- a fact which causes Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of COEHS, to maintain a perpetual smile when discussing his new building. "The true excitement I have about the building is the fact that everyone and everything affiliated with the college will be under one roof," Daniel said beaming. "We have had people and programs scattered across the University in disparate locations for many years. We will now be unified in a single facility."

Dr. John Venn, interim chair of the Department of Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology, is a veteran of 30 years at UNF. He is also a professor in the Department of Exceptional Student and Deaf Education and a research associate with the Florida Institute of Education. Venn had an office in Schultz Hall for the past 15 years. For the first 15 years of his UNF career, he taught classes all over campus, including in nine buildings and a few portables.

"I think the new building is awesome," Venn said. "I am in my new office on the third floor, and it is comfortable, attractive and spacious. It is so much better than my office in the Schultz Building that there is really no comparison."

The new building, designated as Building 57, has 13 classrooms, including two computer classrooms, and 146 offices. Each office suite includes a conference room, storage space and a mini-kitchen and break room.

In addition to the extra work space in his own new digs, Venn sees a plethora of reasons why UNF will be better prepared to better educate its students. "We have state-of-the-art facilities for our students in our new building. The classrooms are flexible and attractive with ample storage. The technology and equipment in the rooms are all new and current. We have an array of meeting and conference rooms including a model technology room and educational technology center. All of this will help us to do an even better job educating students and continuing to improve our programs."

The new three-story building encompasses 107,000 square feet and cost $21.3 million, including furnishings and equipment. Construction began Dec. 17, 2007. The building is on the west side of the campus core near the Coggin College of Business and the Student Union. A few classes are being offered in the building this summer, and all of its classrooms are scheduled for classes in the fall term.

While nothing has been finalized, discussions are ongoing about moving some College of Arts and Sciences departments into Schultz Hall now that COEHS has moved out.

Daniel listed a nuts-and-bolts inventory of amenities in the new building. They include: wireless Internet capability throughout the building with state-of-the-art "N" bandwidth (the fastest wireless access available at UNF) and several areas in which students can sit in cushioned chairs to use the Internet or study; an educational technology center with open access computers for approximately 35 students; and classrooms with movable furniture so that instructors may arrange the classroom environment to suit the learning needs of the students and the purpose of the given course.

All classrooms have roomy storage closets. Teaching methods classrooms have storage space for materials and running water for classes such as science and art teaching methods. There's also an American Sign Language learning lab with modern digital audio/video technology for helping students learn American Sign Language.

The sleek, new building has classrooms on the first two floors. The walls are yellow on some floors and white with yellow accented features on office doors on other floors. Walls in the hallways of the office suites are curved slightly creating a sense of movement and space. Large lobbies on all three floors can be used for public events and receptions. The building also has a conference center with a large auditorium-sized room, which seats about 200 people and a smaller adjoining room, which seats approximately 100 people. Perhaps, the most striking feature of the new building is the many large windows throughout the facility. The outside front is glass from top to bottom.

An interesting, attractive interior-decorating touch to the building is a transparent blue wall, which follows the stairs from the bottom floor to the third floor. Plans are for lights to be installed on the bottom floor, illuminating the wall and casting a blue hue outside through the building's many windows. The facility is a certified "green building," which means it employs energy-saving measures, recycled materials and natural light to enhance the work environment.

Pat Hanford, director of development for the College of Education and Human Services, is excited about the potential for community interaction in the new building. "This building was designed with a variety of public spaces and an open, light-filled atmosphere," Hanford said. "The new environment will enable us to become more engaged with the community and our professional colleagues due to the flexibility we now have to hold a variety of events and professional development activities in our own building. This college is on the verge of getting to the highest level in regional and national prominence."

Schultz Hall will no longer be home for COEHS, but the name Schultz will continue to be associated with the college. The main lobby of the new building will be named for the Honorable Frederick H. Schultz. A $250,000 gift from The Schultz Foundation Inc. will establish the Educator Preparation Initiative Endowment Fund, which will support the college's efforts to provide people entering teaching as a second career with the tools needed to become certified.

There will be an open house for the new building from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. President Delaney will take the podium for some special remarks around 4 p.m.  

Around Campus
Up a Lazy River at UNF's Newest Residence Hall

Lynn Hendricks and Paul Riel tour the new Osprey Villages residence hall to check on the building's progress (photos by Travis Flack). Ah, there's nothing like a quick dip in the pool, a tranquil trip down a lazy river or just soaking up some rays and sipping a soft drink and nibbling on a snack after a tough day of classes and hitting the books.

Those are just some of the options available to UNF students who'll be moving into Osprey Fountains, the University's newest residence hall, this fall. The place is loaded with amenities, recreational and educational.

Casey Deviese, a sophomore business management major from Fernandina, is moving into Osprey Fountains this fall. If the Osprey Fountains staff ever needed someone to serve as the star of a promotional video, Deviese is a prime candidate. She's enthusiastic ? to say the least ? about Osprey Fountains.

Deviese, who has lived in Osprey Cove, Osprey Hall and the Villages, has a short-and-sweet answer when asked what the Osprey Fountains has that the other residence halls didn't: "Everything." Urged to elaborate on her answer, Deviese rattled off a litany of advantages to living in Osprey Fountains. "It has a comfortable study area, a grill where I can grab a burger when I feel hungry after studying by the pool for a while - and getting a tan. I no longer have to carry my trash all the way downstairs to the dumpster, and the fitness center is right downstairs if I ever felt I needed to shed off the extra calories." She then added: "Another thing I love about the Fountains is that it's like an apartment complex/resort."

The 365,000-square-foot, $85 million Osprey Fountains has two five-story towers connected to a two-story commons building featuring two fitness centers, one of which is for aerobics and yoga, a game room with pingpong tables, air hockey, foosball and a pool table, programming and activity rooms, offices, large conference rooms on the upper floor and an Ozzie's Convenience Store and Grille. The residence hall, with a capacity of 1,000 students, is for sophomores and juniors. It has four-bedroom, two-bathroom and six-bedroom, two-bathroom suites.

"This building won't disappoint anyone," said Paul Riel, director of the Department of Housing Operations, during the early construction of Osprey Fountains in fall 2007. He proved to be prophetic, judging by the accolades from students like Deviese. "This building doesn't exist anywhere else in the country," Riel added. Osprey Fountains is on the eastern ridge of campus off Kernan Boulevard. There is an 800-foot-long walking bridge connecting Osprey Fountains to the main campus. An Osprey Connector Shuttle will also stop in front of the building on a regular basis.

There is a 12,000-square-foot plaza formed by the back of the commons building and the five-story residence towers. This is where the lazy river pool and the regular swimming pool are. A slow current propels students on rafts around the lazy river pool. Landscaping is being added to the plaza. Music playing from satellite radio stations will be piped in through speakers at the base of palm trees on the plaza. Jimmy Buffet is one of the more prominently featured artists. Riel and Lynn Hendricks, director of the Department of Residence Life, tried to think of everything. There's even a surfboard-washing station so students aren't tempted to bring their boards into their rooms to clean them.

Ozzie's Grille has a take-out window opening on the plaza. They offer simple made-to-order grilled items including hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled-cheese sandwiches, chicken fingers and fries. Students can take a swim, towel off and grab a burger and coke. The convenience store will stock toiletry items, detergent, frozen entrees, soda and ice cream among other items. Osprey Fountains will have a mail room in each of its two towers, north and south.

"This new housing facility will provide our residents with state-of-the-art accommodations," Hendricks said during an early construction phase. "It means we are able to offer some of the finest on-campus housing in the state."

Living areas, referred to as "houses," on each of the five-story towers have a kitchen, two study rooms and a common lounge. Osprey Fountains also has a large two-floor lounge called the Upper Deck, which has six plasma televisions and a 42-inch television. Each floor has a trash and recycling room so students won't have to leave the residence hall to dispose of those items, which are taken care of by Physical Facilities workers. Air-handler units for the cooling and heating system are in the hallways so they can be worked on without having to disturb any residents in their rooms. Osprey Fountains also has pay-per-print equipment for copying those important class papers.

Osprey Fountains is a mile or so down a road called Osprey Ridge Road. The first things visitors come to, immediately adjacent to the residence hall, are a basketball court, sand-volleyball court, two tennis courts and a putting and chipping area for golfers. There is also a one-mile track encircling the facilities.

The last residence hall built at the University before Osprey Fountains, the largest residence hall at UNF, was Osprey Crossings in 1991. The name Osprey Fountains was selected because of the fountains built in ponds near the residence hall.  

Around Campus
Linda Connelly: another kind of war veteran

Dr. Linda Connelly, all geared up in a military helicopter in Iraq (photo provided by Connelly) Step into one of Linda Connelly's nursing classes and you will experience more than a lecture. Connelly recently returned from a position in the Army as deputy commander for nursing for the 345th Combat Support Hospital in western Iraq and two locations in central to northern Iraq. She brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience from her time in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Connelly was awarded the Bronze Star for her contribution and service to the Army. The Order of Military Medical Merit, an organization founded by the U.S. Army Health Services, inducted Connelly because of her distinguished service and impact in the medical arena.

Connelly managed the daily duties of hospital operations in three locations: Al Asad, Tikrit and Mosul. During her deployment, she and her team implemented the first-ever Iraq nurse training program. The program provided state-of-the-art training with the help of a grant from the United States to purchase training mannequins. The training directly supported the strategic vision of the Army to create civil health care capabilities for a successful Iraqi government. The program provided several clinical training opportunities and is scheduled to be expanded to two other hospitals. While she was in Iraq, UNF showed its support of the Iraqi people by providing books to the Iraqi nurses and hospital staff for further training to build their nursing library.

"We were able to help the Iraqi nurses learn more than just book material, it was hands- on experience with the equipment," Connelly said.

Connelly coordinated with the Air Force hospital in Balad to provide joint nursing critical care. She eased the workload within her facilities and developed a nurse staffing model that matched nursing capability with clinical requirements.

Connelly and her team also developed electronic nursing records for soldiers.
"If a soldier gets transferred to a different hospital or country, the doctors and staff should have one source of medical records," she said.

The electronic record that Connelly and her team created became the model for the rest of the combat-support hospitals. It enabled medical personnel to immediately access a soldier's entire medical record when needed and preserves it for future care.

It was a year ago this Memorial Day that Connelly deployed to Iraq. She left behind her husband and four children.

"It was the easiest for me in the family. É I had someone to cook and clean for me," Connelly said. Her 13-year-old son had it the hardest while she was away. "The other children managed on their own, but it was hard for him being the youngest," she said.

Connelly appreciates all the help from the UNF faculty and administration who encouraged her family while she was in Iraq.

"Also almost every week one of the faculty, including the administration, called my husband to ask if there was anything he needed or they could do," she said. "The faculty was great and extra supportive."
The faculty also recognizes the value of Connelly's experience. Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health, admires Connelly's efforts in Iraq. "We are very proud of Linda and appreciative of the role she has played in caring for our military," Dr. Chally said, "Knowing Linda's situation has made me even more aware of the extreme sacrifice our military makes in preserving our freedom."

Communication was the hardest part. If a soldier was killed nearby, the military blocked the phone lines to ensure no information leaked back to America before the Pentagon notified the families of those who were killed. The military also limited Internet access. Connelly found the time difference, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, frustrating to deal with.

"Some of us would get up early in the morning just so we could speak to our families," she said.

Thankful to be back home and teaching at UNF, Connelly shares experiences with her students while helping them apply valuable principles to their daily lives as they learn to be nurses.

"It's not all about memorization. If you got a B on your test but you are able to apply the principles on a daily basis, you really got an A," Connelly said.
She wants her students to be able to apply the principles taught as opposed to memorizing or regurgitating them for an exam. During her time in Iraq, Connelly renewed her clinical skills and challenged her leadership abilities. She was resilient and adaptive to the changing situations in Iraq.

Connelly also teaches cultural sensitivity, something that reminds her of her time in Iraq.
"There are different behaviors and beliefs that other countries have that we should know how to recognize and appreciate," she said.
Connelly deployed with two of her former UNF nursing students, Lt. S. Lott and Lt. T. Burns. It was a unique experience for all three nurses. "I could see the application of the community home bases were ingrained in the nurses from UNF and they were resilient," Connelly said.

One of Connelly's primary contributions to the classroom is her experience overseeing the 345th Combat Support Hospital. Her students get a chance to see how she lived in the front lines as a nurse during the war. During her oversight of the 345th Combat Support Hospital, Connelly was able to aid soldiers with routine procedures and devastating war wounds. She found routine visits typical, which included everyday things like kidney stones and viruses. In contrast, she found war wounds more traumatic experiences. Connelly and her staff turned to life saving measures that increased a soldier's chance of making it out alive by 98 percent. If soldiers made it to the combat support hospital soon enough, they would be taken care of. If it was something medical personnel could handle in Iraq, they would take care of it. They also maintained relationships with other personnel in other hospitals.  

Around Campus
UNF Biology Club adopts campus lakes

Candy Cane Lake, near the Robinson Center and four residence halls, shows signs of pollution due to littering (photo by Kailyn Hopkins).We live in a disposable society. Unfortunately, many things no longer needed are tossed onto the ground and end up washing into lakes, rivers, ponds and oceans. It's an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality, according to UNF biology professor Dr. Tony Rossi, who said he's always been amazed by the number of people he regularly sees throwing garbage onto the ground or walking past litter they could easily pitch into a trash can.

UNF's groundskeepers do what they can to keep the litter under control on campus, but some of it inevitably ends up making its way into campus lakes and ponds. There, it wreaks havoc on the ecosystem.

Rossi and a group of students from the UNF Biology Club have seen enough and have decided to take action. The student organization, with Rossi as its faculty adviser and biology grad student Christy Crace as its president, is officially adopting the lakes and ponds on campus.
"In the Biology Department and with the Biology Club, we have a great group of students who actually want to do something and give something back," Rossi said. "I've always felt that we're not doing enough. We finally decided that enough is enough, and we need to do something to change this problem."

Rossi said the problem exists primarily in bodies of water that are close to a lot of student activity and busy roadways. Candy Cane Lake, near the Robinson Center, Osprey Village, Osprey Hall, Osprey Landing and Osprey Cove, is a prime example. Rossi said the lake is often a total mess.

"You'd be amazed how much trash people throw off the boardwalk into Candy ane Lake, and it's not just casual pollution, although that's the bulk of it," Rossi said. "On the weekends, students will throw chairs, loungers and even tables into the lake and somebody has to clean that stuff up."

Later this month, club members will begin clearing the lakes and ponds of all debris, not only along the perimeter, but also on and under the surface, using pool skimmers to reach the debris near the water's edge and paddling around in kayaks and canoes to get to the harder-to-reach and submerged items.
Rossi and Crace expect the first cleanup to take at least a half a day to complete, depending on the number of people who volunteer to help. Subsequent cleanups, which will take place once a month, will be less time-consuming.

"In addition to the Biology Club, there are plenty of other environmentally aware organizations on campus that we hope will come out and be a part of this too," Crace said. "Having more people helping out will make the work a whole lot easier. But also, this isn't just a biology issue. This is a campus-wide issue and these problems are happening on a global scale as well, so if we can bring it home to students on a local level, it's a step in the right direction."

During their cleanups, Rossi hopes to catch the attention of students passing by to make them more aware of the problem.

"We're trying to get people to think about their actions because they do have an effect," he said. "If you throw your trash out the window of the car, it doesn't just disappear. It goes somewhere and somebody else has to pick it up. So this is all about changing minds and changing behaviors."

The University's administration is behind this effort and applauds the Biology Club for stepping up to implement and organize the project. Partly to give credit to those doing the work and partly to remind the campus community not to litter, UNF will purchase and post signs at the lakes adopted by the Biology Club.
"It's great that we'll have signs posted, but whether there are signs made or not, we're still going to do this. I do want people to know that someone is caring for these lakes," Rossi said. "We're putting a name on this and saying somebody's claiming this project and somebody cares about this problem. Hopefully, the signs will help raise awareness and change some attitudes."

As the main man responsible for the campus landscape and the Sawmill Slough Preserve, Chuck Hubbuch is particularly appreciative of the Biology Club members' efforts. "A small but dedicated crew tries to keep up with the never-ending program of litter on campus. Physical Facilities and the recycle and refuse crew appreciate any and all help in the efforts to keep the campus clean," said Hubbuch, assistant director of Physical Facilities. "I am very happy to have students participate in the effort. I think their involvement is essential if we are to reduce litter and the acts of littering on campus."

Anyone interesting in joining the clean-up efforts is encouraged to contact Rossi at ext. 1934 or arossi@unf.eduLearn more about the Biology Club.  
 

Around Campus
MOCA Offers Summer Camps for Kids

MOCA summer campsNot sure what to do with the kids this summer? The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, an affiliate of UNF, has opened enrollment to University employees with children between the ages of 6 and 12 for artcamp@MOCA, a series of nine week-long sessions of creating art. Sessions start June 15, run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a break during Independence Day week. And, the best part is UNF employees qualify for a special rate of $133 per session - a 33 percent savings off the non-member rate. "Everyone at MOCA is so excited to join the UNF family," said Deborah Broder, MOCA's executive director. "This savings program is something special to welcome UNF to our family, introduce ourselves to those who may have never visited the museum and give the campus community a taste of the unique offerings available to them when they join MOCA." ??During artcamp@MOCA, museum educators and certified local art educators provide quality instruction in a wide variety of subjects and media, including various art-making activities, exploration of art history, tours of the museum's collection, literacy and creative movement. Space is limited. The sessions are as follows.

 

 

 


Session 1: June 15 - 19 : Go Crazy over Color
Session 2: June 22 - 26: Build Up, Break Out Sculpture
Session 3: July 6 - 10: Move It, Make It with Anime
Session 4: July 13 - 17: No Rules Art: Using Unusual Materials
Session 5: July 20 - 24: Break it Down: Design Techniques
Session 6: July 27 - July 31: Alternative Art Works
Session 7: Aug. 3 - 7: Playful Printmaking
Session 8: Aug. 10 - 14: Build Up, Break Out Sculpture (2)
Session 9: Aug. 17 - 21: In Demand: artcamp@MOCA Favorites

 

For more information, call or e-mail Kelly Eason at 366-6911, ext. 207, or keason@mocajacksonville.org.  

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Briefs
UNF's Healthy Osprey initiative wins awards

(Photo Roza@Dreamstime.com)The American Heart Association awarded UNF's Department of Health Promotion its Gold Level Award for being a "Fit Friendly Company." The award was based on "Healthy Osprey" initiative program offerings and performance in the following categories: physical activity, nutrition and creating a culture that promotes and embraces holistic health. UNF was one of three organizations throughout the Jacksonville area to receive such recognition.

Receiving this designation allows the Department of Health Promotion and the University community to provide additional collaborative health programs with the American Heart Association. The designation also allows the University to utilize the AHA endorsement on all health and fitness-related programming.

The department also received a Bronze Level Worksite Wellness Award from the Mayor's Council on Fitness and Well-Being for the "Healthy Osprey" initiative. 

Faculty & Staff

Brooks College of Health

 

Office of the Dean: Dr. Pamela S. Chally was the keynote speaker at the Shands Jacksonville Nursing Research & Education Fair: Nursing Research Podium Presentations on May 7. Her presentation was titled "Ethical Issues in Research."

Athletic Training and Physical Therapy: Dr. Rose Marie Rine presented "Balance: Evaluation and Treatment for Children" and led two workshops at the British Society of Pediatric Audiologists Annual Conference in Sheffield, England, in May.

School of Nursing: Dr. William D. Ahrens was selected to receive the Jo Ann Barnett Award for Compassionate Nursing Care in Education by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Alumni Chapter.

Dr. W. Patrick Monaghan gave a paper and lecture presentation on "Navy Hospital Corpsmen in Vietnam" at the American Association for the History of Medicine annual meeting in Cleveland in April. Also, he was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award at Bowling Green State University and will give the commencement address there in August.

Coggin College of Business


Marketing and Logistics: Dr. A.C. "Josh" Samli has a new book published by Springer, "International Entrepreneurship," which is Samli's 20th published book. Samli also just published an article "Entrepreneurship Economic Development and Quality of Life in Third-World Countries" in Applied Research Quality of Life. In addition, Samli was awarded the Kenan Evren Professorship at Florida Atlantic University for its first summer term. As part of this chair professorship, Samli will teach a graduate course, work with the Ph.D. candidates and interact with the local Turkish business community.

College of Arts and Sciences


Biology: Dr. Doria Bowers
and colleagues presented "Effects of Sindbis Virus Variants on the Mosquito Host" and "Behaviors and Response to Repellents in Sindbis Virus-infected Mosquitoes" at the Sixth Arbovirus Surveillance & Mosquito Control Workshop in St. Augustine. At the annual meeting of the American Mosquito Control Association, Bowers and her colleagues presented "Sindbis-infected Aedes aegypti Behavioral Response to Repellents and Attractants" in New Orleans in April.

Dr. Courtney Hackney presented a seminar titled "Implications of Sea Level Rise Wetlands" to the Louisiana Coastal Assessment Science Board.

Communication: Dr. Peter Casella was named co-chair of the Festival of Media Arts Committee for the news division of the Broadcast Education Association at the annual BEA convention in Las Vegas in April

Dr. Siho Nam gave a presentation at the annual meeting of Popular Culture Association in New Orleans titled "Regulating Free Labor to Fence Out Free Speech: Internet Real Name Policy in South Korea."

Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Jennifer K. Wesely published "'Mom Said We Had a Money Maker': Sexualization and Survival Contexts Among Homeless Women" in the journal Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 32, No. 2.

English: Dr. Marnie Jones co-presented "C. S. Lewis in the Age of the Internet: from 'God's Storyteller' to 'Satan's Tool'" at the annual meeting of Popular Culture Conference in New Orleans in April.

Dr. A. Samuel Kimball gave an invited lecture, "Evolutionary Economy, Deconstruction, Literary Darwinism: A New Hermeneutic," at the Institute for Literature, Media, and Cultural Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, in April.

Mathematics and Statistics: Dr. Beyza Aslan presented "Three Dimensional Discharging Structure of a Mountain Thunderstorm" at the Society of Industrial Applied Mathematics Conference in Columbia, S.C.

Psychology: Dr. Rebecca Marcon
presented a poster "A New Universal Pre-kindergarten Program in Childcare Centers: Predicting Child Language and Early Literacy Outcomes" at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Denver in April. At the same conference, Marcon and Dr. Susan Perez co-presented with a UNF student the poster "Family Pro-social Behavior: Influence of Parental Age, Values and Pro-social Tendencies."

Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Keith Ashley co-presented a paper titled "Where is the Corn in Peninsular Pre-Columbian Florida?" at the Society for American Archaeology meeting in Atlanta in April.

Dr. Rosa De Jorio published "Between Dialogue and Contestation: Gender, Islam and the Challenges of a Malian Public Sphere" in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Association, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2009.

Dr. Gordon Rakita co-presented a poster titled "Ground Penetrating Radar at the 76 Draw Site, Luna County, New Mexico" in a symposium called New Research in the Casas Grandes World for the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Atlanta.

World Languages: Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes presented "Guzman el Bravo y la Oralidad" at the VIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica, held in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, in March. At this same conference Luis Mora-Álvarez presented "El Héroe Metrosexual en La Mujer de mi Hermano de Jaime Bayly" and Nuria Ibáñez Quintana presented "Casa Matriz: Demoliendo el Repertorio Materno." In addition, Ibáñez Quintana's essay, "Rememoración Escénica de un Camino de Reencuentro," appeared recently in Estreno, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Otoño, 2008).

Yongan Wu presented "Experiences and Thoughts of Incorporating Quia into Beginning Level Chinese Classes" during the 2009 Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association International Conference in San Diego in April.

Jorge Febles reviewed Anke Birkenmeir's "Alejo Carpentier y la Cultura del Surrealismo en America Latina" in Hispania, Vol. 92, Issue 1, in March.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


Construction Management: Dr. Carol Woodson
represented UNF at both the national and regional meetings of the Associated Schools of Construction National Conference in April.

School of Engineering: Dr. Dan Cox participated in the National Science Foundation (NSF) program on "Technology Transfer" in March, as part of the NSF's Partnerships for Innovation Program. Cox also hosted the visit of professor Rainer Bartz and seven students from Cologne University, Germany.

Dr. Adel ElSafty served as the facilitator in a group discussion as part of the Main Library's "Great Decisions" seminar series on U.S. relations with other parts of the world.

Jean Fryman presented "What is an Engineer Anyway" to students at Hendricks Avenue Elementary and Yulee High School's Career Day.

Dr. Alan Harris, Mouhamad Al Akkoumi and James Sluss presented and published their paper, "A Comparison of Passive Optical Network Security," at the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference in April. SPIE is an international membership society serving scientists and engineers in industry, academics and government, as well as companies producing leading-edge products. It was formerly known as the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Enginers. At this same conference, Harris, along with Al Akkoumi, Robert Huck and Sluss, presented and published their paper, "Challenges Facing Mobile Free-space Optical Communications."

Drs. Albert D. Ritzhaupt and Susan Vasana presented their paper, "Method for Supporting Hybrid Peer-evaluation in Engineering Education," at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in April.

College of Education and Human Services


Office of the Dean: Dr. Marsha Lupi
was asked to chair the Associate Deans Committee for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Foundations and Secondary Education: Dr. Marianne Barnes served as a panelist on WJCT's "First Coast Forum" show, which discussed introducing intelligent design in Florida classrooms. To watch the segment, go to http://www.unf.edu/publicrelations/media_relations/tv_news_coverage/index.html#FirstCoastForum .

Get to Know
Felicia George

Felicia George (photo by Kailyn Hopkins)Department: Office of Human Resources
Job: Assistant Director Classification and Compensation
Years at UNF: 2.5

What would you like to do when you retire?
I love people and especially enjoy seeing their "light bulb" go on as they embrace a "shared vision."I love to provide others with constructive direction on how best to accomplish their goals.My gift in this area has allowed me to develop many relationships, at all levels, over the years.I believe my career and leadership opportunities, training and ability to interact with people has prepared me to consult as a visionary leader.When I retire, I would like to assist individuals and organizations (for profit and not for profit) to determine the best method for making complex things simple in order to achieve their vision.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
One of my favorite things about working at UNF is, of course, our students. Their presence reminds me of the continual opportunities that exist for one to accomplish personal and career goals, and their achievement confirms that age is not the determining factor.

What is the best thing you ever won?
I'm working toward being nationally recognized as a Certified Compensation Professional. This certification offered through WorldatWork currently requires the completion of nine courses ($1,500 each).I recently attended a luncheon sponsored by the Jacksonville Compensation Association, where I was the proud recipient of the door-prize drawing for one of the courses.

Tell us about your family.
I have two beautiful children. My daughter, Cierra, is 21 years old and my son, Chaddrick, is 17. I'm the proud grandmother of a 9-month-old bundle of joy, Elani Grace.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
If I could choose any other career it would be in the area of marketing. I love to help others establish a clear vision plan and to develop strategies to promote their product or services.

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
At this moment, I could not say what I would do if I won the lottery, but one could rest assured that many others would benefit from my winnings.

What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
My favorite way to blow an hour would be to simply take time to reflect on things that have impacted my life. This is an opportunity for me to relax while evaluating my past and future.

What was the best money you ever spent?
The best money I have ever spent was on the foundational education of my children, allowing them to attend private school and the purchases made toward various educational materials for them.

 
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
The happiest moment of my life was the birth of my children. Seeing their little faces and anticipating the opportunity to shape their character gave me great joy.

What person had the greatest impact on your life?
The person that has had the greatest impact on my life would be my mother. Over the years, she exemplified a spirit of happiness, giving and caring. Her personality and contributions leave a lasting positive impact on the life of others.

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
I have met several famous people over the last couple of years. The most famous would be the handsome, debonair Blair Underwood.

What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was titled "The Power of 10 Percent." This small motivational book is a very quick read. The inspirational and motivational thoughts contained therein encourage you to make small changes that cumulatively will alter the course of your life.

Good Question

The soon-to-be-replaced sign at the Kernan Blvd. entrance to UNF (photo by Julie Williams)Q: (from Faith Hall, Alumni Services) - When will the UNF sign at the Kernan entrance be replaced? (It features the old logo with the state of Florida in the "N").

A: (from Zak Ovadia, director of Facilities Planning and Construction)

- Replacement of the UNF sign at the Kernan entrance is part of the Way-finding program currently being implemented. Before we embarked on wholesale replacement of all signs, we had a few prototypes installed at strategic locations and have invited comments from the campus community. Since these comments have been overwhelmingly positive, we are now proceeding with the remainder of the signage package. We expect the new Kernan-entry sign to be in place by mid-June.

Q: (from Linda Smith, Thomas G. Carpenter Library) - Why does Osprey Connector Shuttle No. 7 have on the side the phrase "We will swoop" rather than "We will swoop you up"?

A: (from Vince Smyth, director of Auxiliary Services)
- Shuttle number 7 had some body damage, which required removal of "you up" during repairs. The graphics vendor will replace the missing lettering this summer.

Q: (from Billie Lombardo, Continuing Education) - I love watching the geese come every season and then watching as the eggs hatch and the young ones grow strong enough to fly away. Could you give us some information on these beautiful birds such as: Do they mate for life as presumed? How long do the eggs incubate? Where are their nests hidden? Where do they go when they leave here?

A: (from Dr. Kelly Smith, associate professor, Biology Department)
- Canada geese are typically monogamous (although like most monogamous birds, there have been observations of "cheating spouses").They nest in tall grasses and other areas that are a little off the beaten path and usually near water. I know their natural preference is for islands, but we have few of those available here. I saw one nest next to a retention pond on the north side of campus a month ago. Typical incubation is three-and-a-half to four weeks in length. They will lay only one nest if successful, but if all of the young die early in the season, they will try to lay a second nest in a season. Many of the birds around here are non-migratory since we see them all year long, although some may move a bit further south in the winter. More information on the Florida breeding population at the following link: http://www.myfwc.com/bba/ posted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Q: (from Linda Burks, Admissions) - With the growth of the University and the budget being in the condition it is in as far as hiring new staff, why can't we have a recycling area and a shredding area in most if not all of the bigger buildings so that the recycling staff doesn't have to stop and open every office to pick up recycle and/or shredding? This seems like a solution to more things to recycle with fewer staff to handle those duties.

A: (from Matthew Taylor, director of Physical Facilities)
- Thank you for your suggestion. While you have a valid question, sometimes we cannot implement every suggestion. Having shredding equipment in facilities presents a requirement to have space and power available for this requirement.Additionally, it would require industrial type shredders and they would need to be emptied more frequently than picking up the materials that require shredding and process the materials through our heavy duty industrial shredder. Having a central recycling pickup point has the same problem with space. Depending on the size of the container, we could have problems with fire-code violations by taking up space or blocking corridors. Had we been faced with seriously deep budget cuts, the idea for the recycling bins in a central location in all facilities was being considered.  

Dateline

Welcome

Welcome to the following employees, who either were hired by UNF or offered new positions at UNF from mid-April to mid-May:

Jessica Behnken, custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Nathaniel Clark, custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Ha Dam, custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Angela Ervin, senior custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Bruce Evans, assistant men's basketball coach, Athletics
Rebecca Hall, custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Ronnie Hill, groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Bruce McLean, landscape grounds supervisor, Physical Facilities
Mary Mincey, senior custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Tung Nguyen, custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Inez Nichols, adjunct instructor, Nursing
Loi Pham, custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Jenea Smith, adjunct instructor, Nursing
Vicki Van Gundy, adjunct instructor, College of Education and Human Services
Marvin Weatherspoon, groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Carl Wilhite, maintenance mechanic, Physical Facilities
Marcie Woznick, adjunct instructor, Nursing

Milestone Anniversaries
The following employees will celebrate milestone anniversaries at UNF in June:

30 Years:
Kathy Hughes
, director of IT Network User Services, Information Technology Services

10 Years:
Alison Cruess
, coordinator of information technology, Information Technology Services
Gerald Merckel, associate dean, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Tom Mills, associate director, Advancement Services

Five Years:
Gerard Giordano
, professor, Exceptional Student and Deaf Education
Robin Hill, business manager, Small Business Development Center

Congratulations
Michael Biagini
, director of Financial Systems, was recently one of the top 100 finishers at the Boston Marathon. Biagini, who has run the marathon previously, recorded his best time this year.

Kim Diamon, associate director of Alumni Services, graduated this spring with a master's degree in educational leadership.

Annie Litchfield (Enrollment Services) and Jose Gomez (formerly of Enrollment Services) were married Saturday, May 2, at Friday Musicale's L'Engle Hall in Riverside. The Gomezes met on the job in June 2006 while working for the Technology and Training Department of Enrollment Services. Jose left to work in the IT field for a private company in Jacksonville shortly after the couple began dating.