through cones, dangle from bars until their arms burn and leap as high as they can
offer up a standard assortment of weights and cardio machines, but the
University of North Florida’s Student Wellness Complex offers students and
staff something much more intense — an opportunity to test themselves against
Promotion team in the Student Wellness Complex is offering members of the
campus community a chance to test their athleticism against the Dottie Dorion
Fitness Center’s dedicated group of fitness trainers in a Pros vs. Joes-themed
program started at the beginning of the semester and tests participants using a
battery of fitness challenges, said Ashley Ballard, health education
coordinator. Tests include grip strength, a one-mile run, a flex arm hang,
vertical jump and an assortment of other exercise circuits.
answers one simple question — where does the student body line up to the fitness
staff in terms of health?” she said.
behind the operation is a student staff member, senior community health major
said the idea came to him last summer, inspired by the popular sports reality
TV show on the Spike Network and his own interests — sports, working out and
testing himself to see how he stacks up to the competition. This program takes
that competitive nature to another level, allowing students to track themselves
and their progress against the dedicated trainers in the Dottie Dorion Fitness
all the fitness trainers as a freshman and sophomore, it got me inspired to try
harder and get to their level,” Wayant said. “This program challenges others to
do the same thing and see how they stack up to the pros. If one person who
otherwise wouldn’t have worked out gets started on fitness because of the
program, then this was a success in my eyes.”
eclipse the pros and place in the top three participants for each individual
exercise will have their photo and fitness results enshrined on the leaderboard
near the fitness assessment office on the second floor of the Student Wellness
Complex. If those top marks remain until the end of semester, the students in
first place for each individual exercise receive a commemorative championship
T-shirt. Any student who beats a benchmark set by a pro wins a T-shirt
acknowledging their accomplishment.
More than 520
students have competed this semester, and Wayant and the Health Promotion team
plans to evolve the program next year to allow participants to compare
themselves to professional athletes.
Additionally, a group of 42 UNF
Army ROTC students came out to in mid-November to test their mettle on 12
different challenges in the hopes of having their pictures mounted on the leaderboard.
A few new top marks were set, but the
bulk of the standing records remain in place. Wayant said he hopes other athletic teams and organizations around campus will also accept
the challenge and compete in his program.
Purser, director of Health Promotion, said the institution of the program
showed tremendous initiative by Wayant.
engaging students on a level that makes them want to come back for more,”
Purser said. “That's what health and wellness is all about — sustaining a level
of activity that you can make into a lifestyle. And he found a way to do that
for others and make it fun.”
positive feelings associated with helping others build a healthy lifestyle,
Wayant said he has also gained a sense of pride in seeing his idea take off.
really cool to sit back and watch people get excited about something you were thinking
about one day,” he said. “For them, it gives them a kind of framework in the
gym, so that if they don't know what to work out that day, they have these
options to try out. For me, I get to encourage them and push them to the limit.
It’s a great feeling all around.”
‘Tis the season to be jolly — and
there are plenty of festive events happening at UNF (or nearby) to remind us
that the holiday season is in full swing. Here are a few you might want to
consider as you plan your holiday schedule:
7th Annual Feast of Carols: Jacksonville’s holiday sing-a-long
UNF ensembles will be joined by school
and community choirs for a musical ringing in of the season. Sing in the
holidays with the Clay High School Royal Blues, First Coast High School Concert
Choir, Fleming Island High School Desperate Measures, Fletcher Vocal Ensemble,
Jacksonville Children's Chorus-Young Men's Chorus, LaVilla Bel Canto Chorus,
UNF Chorale, Wolfson High School Singers and members of the UNF Orchestra,
directed by Dr. Cara Tasher. Mike Buresh from FOX30/CBS47 will serve as the
Call the box office at (904) 620-2878.
Tickets available online here.
Cost: Adults: $7 in advance, $10 at the door,
students free with Osprey 1Card
UNF Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Holiday Party
This is the one holiday party this season you don't
want to miss. The UNF Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Holiday Party
will feature great food, music, dancing, door prizes and more.
more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904)
620-4723 or email@example.com.
Time: 7 to 10 p.m.
Location: The Casa
Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per
women’s basketball hosts holiday tournament
The University of North Florida women’s
basketball team will host its annual Hampton Inn Oceanfront Holiday Classic
tournament at UNF Arena. The Ospreys will
play games against Jacksonville State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern
Shore. Campbell University will also participate in the event.
Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15
Adults: $6, Youth/Senior/Military/UNF Staff: $4, UNF Students and children 2
years old and under: Free with Osprey 1Card
Get to Know
Center for Excellence
Job title: Academic
What do you
Advise and assist firstand second-year
students with their academic plan through their first 60 credit hours.
What is your
favorite thing about working at UNF?
Seeing the looks on the faces of new students and
knowing I play an active role in plotting their educational path.
about your family.
I am the fifth (and only girl) of seven children.
I have one son, and one daughter.
If you could
choose any other career, what would it be and why?
I’d be a professional singer. I love to sing, and
I can carry a pretty good tune!
you like to do when you retire?
I’d like to serve on the board of directors for a
What is the
best thing you ever won?
$50 on a $5 scratch-off ticket. Don’t judge me.
band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life?
Lyfe Jennings and Jill Scott
Who is your
favorite fictional character? What makes them your favorite?
Glenda the Good Witch — even with the power to be
bad she chose to do good.
If you won
the lottery, what would do with the money?
I’d become a philanthropist.
If you were
not working at UNF, what would you be doing?
Either advising at another institution or working
as a guidance counselor at a high school in hopes of better preparing high
school seniors for the college/university experience.
your favorite UNF-related memory? Fall 2009 graduation
What is your
favorite way to blow an hour? Solving word jumbles
If you were
asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? World Peace
What was the
best money you ever spent?
Ten-day cruise of the West Indies aboard the
Is there a
piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without?
What is the
proudest/happiest moment of your life?
I have two: seeing my son graduate from high
school and finding out my daughter will graduate early with only three years of
something that would surprise people to know about you:
I can’t dance. I was born of the Rhythm-less
What was the
first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you
First was Boyz II Men, Brandy and Subway in
Gainesville. The last was Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone in Jacksonville.
had the greatest impact on your life?
Constance McCoy — in the course of six months, I
gained a different perspective.
What are you
most passionate about?
Leaving a lasting impression on the lives of
those with whom I come in contact.
Who is the
most famous person you ever met? Angela Bassett at the Blockbuster
in Fernandina Beach
something about you that even your friends don’t know:
I was named after my mother.
What do you
hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
I’d like to have all the pages of my passport
“I, Alex Cross” by James Patterson
Faculty & Staff
College of Health
Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences: Drs. Peter Magyari and James Churilla had their peer-reviewed research article,
“Association Between Lifting Weights and Metabolic Syndrome among U.S. Adults
1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey” published in The
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Nursing: Dr. Cynthia Cummings gave
a presentation entitled “Red Cross Health Services Disaster” to a group of
nurses and students in the community in November. Discussions included what
disaster workers can do, how to set up a shelter, obtain supplies and how to
assess and intervene in these situations.
A group of
four inter-professional team members from the Northeast FL area attended the
International ID Week in San Diego this October. Those members included Dr. Jan Meires,
Dr. Patrick Monaghan, Sarah Wheeler, a 2012 UNF MSN graduate and
Dr. Mobeen Rathore. They presented a poster on “Declining Trends in
Rotavirus Testing and Infections in Northeast Florida in the Post-vaccine Era.”
Irma Ancheta, Cindy Battie and Dr. Tes Tuason published a
paper entitled, “A Comparison of Metabolic Syndrome (METS) Risk Factors in
Filipino Women and Filipino American Women: A Pilot Study” in Ethnicity &
Public Health: Dr. Tammie M. Johnson and Dr. James Churill, spoke at the
140th American Public Health Association Meeting in San Francisco in October.
They gave a presentation about “Measuring diabetes self-management education
duration among adults: Results from the 2008 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor
Dr. Elissa Barr, Dr.
Michele J. Moore and Alexandra Howard, published a piece in the
American Journal of Sexuality Education titled “A Pilot Project to Increase
Parent Comfort Communicating with their Children about Sexual Health.”
Drs. Elissa Barr,
Michele J. Moore and Tammie Johnson, along with P. Stewart, gave a
presentation about “The Relationship Between TV/Computer Use and Sexual
Behaviors Among Middle School Students” at the Society for the Scientific Study
of Sexuality Annual Meeting in Tampa.
Coggin College of Business
Economics: Dr.Sharon Cobb was awarded the Southeastern Division of the Association of American
Geographers’ 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award at the Annual Meeting in Asheville.
SEDAAG comprises 10 Southeastern states with more than 550 members.
Arts and Sciences
History: Dr. David
Courtwright spoke at a public event sponsored by the LSE Ideas, the
in-house think tank of the London School of Economics. Photos and a short recap
of the event are online here.
Literatures, Cultures: Dr. Shira Schwam-Baird
published “Translation in the Late Fifteenth Century: Octovien de
Saint-Gelais’s L’ystoire de Eurialus
et Lucresse” in Medieval
Dr. Nirmal Patel was awarded a Florida
Space Grant Consortium (NASA) award for $4,100 for “Measurement of ozone
profile in the stratosphere using nanocrystalline sensor arrays payload on a
HASP2012 balloon flight.”
Computing, Engineering & Construction
Construction Management: Drs. Adel El Safty, Mag Malek and Amal EL Safty published their paper, “Construction Safety and
Occupational Health Education in Egypt, the EU, and US Firms,” in the Open
Journal of Civil Engineering in November.
Dr. Adel El Safty presented and published
three peer reviewed papers: “The CFRP
Repair Performance in Pre-cracked Reinforced Concrete Beams,” “Fatigue Testing
of Half-Scaled and Full-Scaled AASHTO Type II Bridge Girders Laterally Damaged
and Repaired Using CFRP Laminates” and “Full-Scale Flexural and Fatigue Testing
of Laterally Damaged AASHTO Type II Bridge Girders Repaired Using Nonpressed
CFRP Fabric Laminates” during the 2012 PCI Convention and National Bridge
Drs. J. David Lambert, Patrick
Welsh, Gerald Merckel, Daniel Cox andMichael Toth filed their patent, “Street Light Monitoring System,”
with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of UNF.
Computing: Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan and E. Chew presented and published their paper, “Creating
Ground Truth for Audio Key Finding: When the Title Key May Not Be the Key” at
the 13th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval in October.
Chuan also gave an invited presentation, “Computing and Engineering Approaches
to Music Information Retrieval,” at the CCEC Research Colloquium the same
month. Chuan was also invited to become a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on
Education and Human Services
leadership, school counseling and sport management: Professor and Associate Provost E. Newton
Jackson, Jr. co-authored a manuscript, “Statistical data analysis techniques
utilized in the International Journal
of Sport Management during its first ten years.” It is in the
upcoming volume and issue of ISJM.
At the Professional
Recognition Awards Banquet Nov. 2 at the Florida School Association (FSCA)
Conference, Dr. Carolyn B. Stone
was awarded The Robert D. Myrick
Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn Stone is the first recipient of this
special recognition for her extraordinary contributions to professional school
counseling and counselors in the state of Florida. The School Counseling
Program had four students who presented at the recent Florida School
Counselor Association’ Convention. Kimberly Volz, Erin Monahan, Lisa
Coppedge and Sarah Beth
Glicksteen each presented a poster session. Sarah Beth Glicksteen
co-presented with Dr. Stone on the subject, Sexually Active Students: What School Counselors Need to Know.
Also at the recent Florida School Counselor Association Conference, Nov. 1-3,
in St. Petersburg, Dr. Rebecca A.
Schumacher moderated a panel discussion consisting of five
district-level administrators and school counselors pertaining to the job
search process for graduate students.
In October,Drs. Jason W. Lee, Elizabeth Gregg, Kristi
Sweeney, Jennifer Kane and E.T. Kian presented “ESPN the Magazine’s
Body Issue: The good, the bad, and the sexy” for Sport Marketing Association
(SMA) Conference in Orlando. Also presented at the SMA conference was “A tale
of two cities…and four universities: Brand building in higher education has
been accepted for Sport Marketing” by Drs. Jason W. Lee, Elizabeth Gregg and K.
Miloch. Additionally, at the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA)
Conference in Atlantic Beach Drs. Jason W. Lee and Kristi Sweeney presented as
part of the Athletes and Criminal Activity panel, “Criminal jocks: An NFL case
exceptional, deaf and interpreter education:
Dr. Susan Syverud was
invited to speak at the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and
Empowerment (ICARE) Community Problems Assembly Oct. 30 at St. Paul African
Methodist Episcopal church in Jacksonville. ICARE is currently tackling four
big problems in our community—reducing youth crime, ending homelessness,
increasing reading achievement levels, and creating new jobs. Syverud’s testimony
on reading was titled “Why not DI?” Syverud presented her past accomplishments
as a learning disabilities teacher and her current work as a Professor in
Residence at Woodland Acres Elementary in increasing reading achievement levels
and preventing reading failures through the use of Direct Instruction.
Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL: Drs. Gigi David and
Elizabeth Fullerton presented
“Promoting Preschool Friendships” at the Florida
Association for the Education of Young Children conference in
Orlando dditionally, Dr. David presented “Exhibiting project-based learning: A
collaboration between a local art museum, university education students and
elementary students” at the National Association for Education of Young
Children in Atlanta.
Dr. Nile Stanley was a
featured author for the 50th Annual Conference of the Florida Reading
Association in Orlando. He spoke on “Performance Literacy: Gateway to
Meeting the Common Core Reading Standards” and did a signing for his book,
“Performance Literacy through Storytelling.”
In October, Dr. Stacy Boote presented
a Gallery Workshop, “No More Division Monkey
Moves: Using Craft Sticks to Support a Conceptual Understanding of
Division,” for in-service and pre-service teachers at the 2012 National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference in Dallas. Also, Boote
recently had an article published, titled “Assessing and Understanding Line
Graph Interpretations Using a Scoring Rubric of Cited Factors,” in the
Journal of Science Teacher Education as an 'Online First' piece by SpringerLink.
Office of the Dean: Kelly Turner, a graduate research assistant in the Dean’s Office, presented
“Scaffolding the Reading Fluency Development of English Language Learners” at
the Florida Reading Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando in October.
Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday, Jan 7 for the Distinguished Professor Award, Outstanding
Faculty Scholarship Awards, Outstanding Faculty Service and thenew Outstanding
Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Awards.
Guidelines for the awards are listed on the Faculty Association website under "Faculty
Nominations can be submitted one of the three ways
— online nominations submitted through
the "Online Forms"; e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or
handwritten or typed nomination forms delivered to the Faculty Association
Office in the Honors Hall, Building 10, room 1120. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact
Cindy Chin at email@example.com or ext. 2872 or
Dr. Gordon Rakita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone
anniversary at UNF in December:20 years
Mary Gates, Office
Manager, Counseling Center
Michael Holmes, IT Systems Engineer, Information Technology Services
Carol Murray, Administrative Secretary, Brooks College of Health
Torrell Poole, Custodial Worker, University Housing
Laura Langton, Instructor, College of Education & Human Services
Calliste-Edgar, Office Manager, Professional
Development and Training
Deborah Reed, Assistant Professor, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Carol Woodson, Assistant Professor, Building Construction Management
The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS
positions from mid- to late-October:Latoya Alston, Custodial Worker,
Bodniowycz, Coordinator, Coggin College
Gene Jones, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jordan Ray, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
David Seidel, Parking Services Technician, Parking Services
Tammy Spencer, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
William Taylor, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Eric Thomas, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing
Donatella Schianomoriello, Academic Support Technician, Center For Instruction and
Mildred Rhodes, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Zully Rivera-Ramos, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center
Justin Sipes, Coordinator, Greek Life Fraternity and Sorority Life
The following employees were promoted from mid-to late-October.
Maria Atilano, Library Services Specialist, Library
Tracey Britton, Library Services Specialist, Library
Karla Calliste-Edgar, Office Manager, Professional Development and Training
Collin Cassidy, Senior IT Support Technician, User Services
Justin Clark, Coordinator/Team Lead, One Stop Student Services
Felicia George, Associate Director, Human Resources
Rabena Johnson, Procurement Card Coordinator, Controller’s Office
Amara McMann, Coordinator, Art and Design
Neidhardt, Associate Director, Human
John Timpe, Director, Center for Student Media
Linda Walton, Associate Director, Human Resources
Congratulations to Dr. David Kammerman,
coordinator for UNF’s Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Honors
faculty member, and his wife, Dr. Marcelle Polednik, director of the Museum of
Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, on the birth of
their first child on Nov. 7. Their son, Beckett Edward, weighed in at 6 lb., 9
oz. Mother, father and son are all doing well.
as the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya is a native
Central American fruit adopted by Hawaiians. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals
and fiber. Dr. Nancy Correa-Matos, a registered dietitian and faculty member in the
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses papaya, a
heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting fruit. To help you add papaya
to your diet, a recipe is provided.
Myth: Papaya isn’t nutritious.
Fact: Papaya contains three times more vitamin C than the daily
recommendation. It’s a good source of vitamin A, folate, potassium, magnesium
and fiber, while also being rich in antioxidants and B vitamins. It’s also low
in fat and calories — a half-cup of ripe papaya provides 26 calories and less
than 1 gram of fat. The same amount of unripe papaya provides around 40
calories and less than 1 gram of fat. As it ripens, the carbohydrate content is
lower, providing even fewer calories per serving.
Myth: Papaya is unknown in the United
Although papaya is native to Mexico and Central America, it was introduced to
Hawaii in the last century. Since then, Hawaii has been the leading producer of
the small-sized papaya, called theCarica
Papaya Linn species, which is widely available in the United States throughout
the year. Papaya plants can’t survive in cold weather, strong winds, shade or
flooding, so that’s why it’s considered solely a tropical plant. In the U.S.,
the “papain” content in the seeds is used as a meat tenderizer and as an
ingredient in chewing gums.
Myth: It’s recommended to eat only the
The pulp and the seed are both good sources of nutrients, while the ripe pulp
is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The seeds have a spicy taste
and can be easily substituted for black pepper. The seeds contain compounds
that have been shown to prevent and inhibit cancer development, destroy viruses
and bacteria as well as reduce inflammation.
Myth: Papaya can cause allergic
If a person is allergic to latex, avocados or bananas, it’s possible to have a
cross reaction with ripe papaya. In this case, it’s recommended to consume well-cooked
papaya. This way, the chitinases, compounds that are related to allergic
reactions when consuming these products, will be totally destroyed during
cooking. Candied papayas are good alternatives to cooked papaya, and they are
safe for people with these types of allergies.
Myth:Papaya is only good for healthy vision.
Papaya provides overall health benefits. Scientific investigations have shown
that papaya provides benefits against cardiovascular diseases due to its healthy-fat
content, its LDL cholesterol-lowering effects and acts as a vasodilator and antioxidant.
Also, it has antimicrobial and antibacterial effects. It has been used as an
analgesic and anti-inflammatory in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally,
papaya has been used in home remedies as an antimicrobial for the reduction of
inflammation in sports injuries and the prevention of staph infections. In some
regions, papaya has been used to treat parasitic infections. The fiber and oil content
of papaya can also alleviate constipation.
Healthy papaya smoothie
from Eating Well for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008).
Servings: 2 servings, 1 1/4 cups each
papaya, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped (1 1/4 cups)
cup bottled fruit nectar, such as papaya, mango or peach
1/2 tablespoons sugar, preferably superfine
tablespoons fresh lime juice
all ingredients in a blender; cover and blend until the desired consistency.
Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
Nutritional Content (per serving):
fat 1 g
fiber 2 g
The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and
facts by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship
Program and runs in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about papaya? Contact Dr. Correa-Matos at
ABCs of Holiday Eating
Have you heard the old adage that people
gain 10 pounds during the holidays? Actually, the average holiday weight gain
is between one and five pounds. The good news is that with a little forethought,
you can avoid any holiday weight gain.
Follow these simple ABCs and have a
holiday that allows you to enjoy eating your favorite foods while keeping your
health — and waistline — in mind.
A = Assess your hunger. Use a hunger
scale to determine if you are eating because you are hungry or for other
reasons. Before you eat, give yourself a number on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1
means you are starving and 10 means you are “thanksgiving stuffed.” If you give
yourself a 3, you are physically hungry and it’s a good time to eat. When you reach
a 6-7, it’s a good time to stop eating.
B = Balance your plate. Include all the
food groups of protein, grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy on your plate. If
you miss a food group at one meal, include it as a snack or at the next meal.
Balance also applies to the size of your meal. Take portions that will satisfy
your hunger, not overstuff your stomach. Using this strategy, you can still
enjoy your favorite holiday foods and treats.
C = Cardio. Add exercise that increases
your heart rate to burn off extra calories. Exercise can be broken into small
chunks of time. Take a brisk walk after lunch, dance in the kitchen with your
family and play some flag football before dinner and you’ve hit your goal while
enjoying your holiday break.
For more information, call (904) 620-1570
to meet with the Health Promotion wellness dietitian. This article was written
by Alexandra Lewis, MS, RD, LD/N, a Wellness Dietitian in the Department of
Healthy Osprey is
designed to provide solid advice on how to become more healthy at work and at
home. Shelly Purser, director of Health Promotion, and Mike Kennedy, assistant
director of Health Promotion, 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, contact Shelly Purser at email@example.com.
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