The 2013 United Way Campaign kicked off this month at the University of North Florida, and the committee is inviting all faculty and staff to LIVE UNITED and become a part of the University’s most ambitious campaign yet. UNF has a strong reputation for serving and caring for the community, and contributing to the United Way can ensure that your dollars are spent in our local
community, supporting programs that target serious issues here in
Northeast Florida. This campaign also allows you to target a local non-profit organization or agency you hold dear to your heart, whether it is on United Way’s current list or one you add to the list.
A number of events will take place in February to get the University community excited and involved in the 2013 United Way Campaign.
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UNF/United Way Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
noon - 1 p.m.
Hicks Hall dining area
Catered lunch donated by Jimmy Johns
Guest speakers: UNF Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka, Kim Kaye Namey, United Way of Northeast Florida Representative
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
UNF Student Union Osprey Plaza
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Get to Know
Department: School of ComputingJob title: Associate ProfessorWhat do you do? I teach computing.Years at UNF: 13 yearsTell us about your family. My wife is Doaa Gamal, a UNF graduate student. I have three children: Honya, 14, Farrah, 11, and Omar, 8. If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? I would pursue becoming an economistWhat would you like to do when you retire? I’d like to fish more often and study economics.What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? I have found that being able to work closely with students, seeing them graduate and find jobs in the computing domain, particularly when they continue to stay in Jacksonville, is my favorite part. Contributing to students learning and preparing young professionals to join Jacksonville’s work force is very rewarding. What is the best thing you ever won? The unsolicited notes of appreciation I receive from my students.What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? Whitney Houston If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? I would invest in cancer research, renewable energy and quantum computing companies.If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I would probably be doing research in some federal program, ideally for the Department of Defense.Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? My participation in a team building exercise called “Tall Ships” in 2010 is one of my favorites. It proved that when there is appropriate planning, clear task assignments and group members taking ownership for their work, working in a team can be much more productive than working individually.What is your favorite way to blow an hour? I like to watch the stock market and read financial news.If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? Someone fishing in serenity.What was the best money you ever spent? Buying my first PC in 1992. This single purchase changed my career from electrical engineering to computing.Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? Computers — they are embedded in most systems and processes. They improved the quality of life significantly. I don’t think life will be as enjoyable without computers.What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? Meeting my wife. Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: Being a technologist, it may surprise some that I wish cell phones were never invented. What person had the greatest impact on your life? My elementary school math teacher. What are you most passionate about? ProgrammingWho is the most famous person you ever met? The granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower. She led me to read about this great president and his vision for the nation. Tell us something about you that even your friends don’t know: I have not planned to be where I am or what I have become. Luck has played a great role in my life.What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Start my own technology company. Last book read: “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.
Faculty & Staff
Coggin College of Business
Economics & Geography: Sharon Cobb was awarded the
Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers' 2012
“Excellence in Teaching Award” at the Annual Meeting in Asheville, N.C.,
in November. SEDAAG comprises 10 Southeastern States with more than 550 members.
Marketing and Logistics: Dr. A.C. “Josh”
article, “International Entrepreneurship: The Essence of Globalization from the
Bottom-up” was published in the Spring 2013 edition of The Journal of Ethics & Entrepreneurship.
Arts and Sciences
Art and Design: Trevor Dunn had work shown at the following national juried
exhibitions: “Mezcal Cantaro, Reliquary, and Cups” was shown at “Made for Each
Other,” the Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester, N.H.; multiple pieces, including
“Oxidation Teapot,” were shown at “Pour 2012,” the Terra Incognito Gallery,
Chicago, Ill.; and multiple pieces, including “Transverse Deduction,” were
shown at “FUNCTIONAL/dysFUNCTIONAL,” the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.
Dr. Debra Murphy published “Context and
Meaning: Jim Draper’s Feast of Flowers” in the digital publication Jim
Draper/Feast of Flowers in December.
Raymond Gaddy exhibited “The Incident” at the National Weather
Center Biennale at the National Weather Center Headquarters in Norman, Okla.
Nofa Dixon participated in MOCA’s “My Focus: A Community
Response to the Art of the 1980s.” She exhibited at the Imagine Art Gallery in
Key West in December and at the Emporium Art Center, a national juried exhibition
in Knoxville, Tenn.
Alexander Diaz had exhibitions at: “The 8th Photographic Image
Biennial Exhibition,” Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina University,
Greenville, N.C.; “Box Squared,” The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort
Collins, Colo.; The 2012 national juried “Photography Exhibit,” The Delaplaine
Visual Arts Education Center, Fredrick, Md. in December; and “Ecology of
Environment,” Method Art Gallery, Scottsdale, Ariz. in December.
Jason John had the following exhibitions: Fontbonne University’s
Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition, St. Louis, Mo.; Collector’s Choice Exhibition,
Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, Calif.; Four Man Exhibition, WWA Gallery, Los
Angeles, Calif.; and From Motion to Stillness, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago,
Biology:Arthur Omran, a biology/chemistry tutor and graduate student, recently won The President’s Award for Best Oral
Presentation by a Master’s Student at the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology 2012’s
Annual Meeting in Athens, Ga.
Dr. Dale Casamatta co-authored the following two articles, which
appeared in Hydrobiologia: (i)
“Response of phytoplankton and zooplankton communities in six reservoirs of the
middle Missouri River (USA) to drought conditions and a major flood event”
(J.R. Beaver, D.E. Jensen, D.A. Casamatta, C.E. Tausz, K.C. Scotese, K.M.
Buccier, C.E. Teacher, T.C. Rosati, A.D. Minerovic & T. R. Renicker);
and (ii) “A novel cyanobacterium Phormidium
etoshii sp. nov. (Oscillatoriales) from the Etosha Pan, Namibia, based
on morphological, molecular and ecological features” (with P.K. Dadheech, D.A.
Casamatta, P. Casper, and L. Krienitz-Fottea).
Linquist, Jacob Burnett and Dr. John Hatle presented
“Knockdown of vitellogenin by RNAi increases survivorship in the eastern lubber
grasshopper” at the annual meeting for the Society for Integrative and
Comparative Biology. With co-authors Katie Veleta, Derek Tokar, Joseph Canzano,
Daniel Hahn, he also presented
“Vitellogenin dynamics upon RNAi knockdown in the eastern lubber
grasshopper.” In addition, his students gave two presentations at the same
Dr. Eric Johnson discussed the ecological impacts of invasive
lionfish on Florida’s coastal ecosystems and the potential success of state and
local efforts to reduce lionfish populations on “Save the Reef: Eat More
Lionfish” by Cyd Hoskinson, WJCT/NPR.
and Criminal Justice: Dr. Michael Hallett discussed Florida’s
Faith-based Prisons as an invited speaker at the Legislative Justice Summit,
sponsored by Florida Tax Watch.
English: Mark Ari
published, “Fibonacci, Bread, Mathematics, and Some Mention of Sardines and
Poetry” in The Monarch Review. He also edited and produced “EAT Shanties,” a
digital album by The Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir, Directed by Steven
Sherill; and “Becoming Lyla Dore,” a digital album by poet Terri
Nicholas de Villiers gave an invited talk, “Queer Performativity, Excitable
Speech, and Collecting,” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in conjunction
with the exhibition “Broc Blegen: Coming Out Party.” He and his UNF colleague,
Dr. Yongan Wu, also presented their
paper, “Readymade Mao: Impersonation and Affective Relations,” at FilmAsia
2012, the Inaugural Annual Asian Conference on Film and Documentary in Osaka,
Christopher Gabbard published “From Custodial Care to Caring Labor: The
Discourse of Who Cares in Jane Eyre,” as a chapter in the anthology, “The
Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability,” edited by David
Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas, and Elizabeth Donaldson and published by the Ohio
State University Press. He also presented a paper, “From Custodial Care to
Caring Labor: Caregiving in Jane Eyre,” on a panel that was selected as one of
the Modern Language Association’s specially designated Presidential Panels,
“Avenues of Access.”
History: Dr. Alison J. Bruey presented on the roundtable panel, “1973/2013:
Chileanists Teach September 11 at 40,” at a conference regarding Latin American
History and American Historical Association 127th Annual Meeting in
New Orleans, La. in January.
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.
Dr. Christopher Hickman published “The Alliance for Progress and the
Policy Burdens of the Marshall Plan,” Federal
History in January. He also presented a paper, “An ‘Old and
Famiiar’ Terrain: President Barack Obama’s Relationship to the Roberts Court in
Historical Perspective,” at the American Historical Association Conference in
New Orleans, La. in January.
Dr. Theo Prousis delivered two papers at the Association for
Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans in November: “The
Strangford Manuscripts and the Eastern Crisis of the 1820s” and “Architect of
the Greek-Slavic Field: Theofanis Stavrou’s 50 Years of Service to Mediterranean,
Slavic, and Eastern Orthodox Studies.”
Dr. N. Harry
Rothschild gave a keynote
presentation, “The Transmission of the Cult of Maya to Early Medieval China and
its Role in the Political Authority of Female Emperor Wu Zhao,” which was
published in proceedings of the International Conference on Silk Road Culture
and China’s Minorities, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an (October). He
also gave a talk, “Female ‘Political Ancestors’ of Wu Zhao, China’s First and
Only Female Emperor,” at Shaanxi Normal University in October.
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
Music: Dr. Gary Smart published “My Heart
is Like a Singing Bird” for a cappella chorus through Alliance Music in
January. He also contributed in December the foreword to “Creative Pedagogy for Piano Teachers,”
published by GIA Publications.
Dr. Stephen Gosden
presented “Rachmaninoff’s Branch on the Russian Oak” at the 35 annual meeting
of the Society for Music Theory in November.
Dr. Nirmal Patel was awarded a Florida
Space Grant Consortium award for $4,100 for “Measurement of ozone profile in
the stratosphere using nanocrystalline sensor arrays payload on a HASP2012
and Anthropology: Ross McDonough gave an invited
lecture to the 4th Judicial Circuit Family Law Judges and members of the
Florida Family Law American Inn of Court at their seminar, “Mental Health and Related Conditions
Affecting Children and Adults in Court” in February.
Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: A paper by Pavan Potti and Drs.
Sanjay P Ahuja, Karthikeyan Umapathy and Zornitza Prodanoff, “Comparing Performance of Web Service
Interaction Styles: SOAP vs. REST,” was published in the proceedings of the fifth
annual Conference on Information Systems Applied Research in New Orleans in November
2012. Dr. Umapathy presented the paper at the conference. The paper, which is
available here, won the
best paper award.
Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja and S. Sridharan
published their paper, “Performance Evaluation of Hypervisors for Cloud
Computing” in the November issue of the International Journal of Cloud
Applications and Computing November. It’s available online here.
Ching-Hua Chuan gave an invited presentation, “Music Computation and
Cognition: Finding Ground Truth for Evaluating Computational Music Algorithms,”
in the Music Dynamics Laboratory in the Center of Complex Systems and Brain
Sciences at Florida Atlantic University in November.
Umapathy and Ching-Hua Chuan
received a TLO award for the project “Web Technology Development for Community
Organizations” for Spring 2013.
Peter Bacopoulos received a $11,434
grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the
University of Central Florida for “An Integrated Climate Change Impact
Assessment Tool for Flooding of the Lower St. John River.” Bacopoulos also
participated in the 2012 International
Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering in November. He presented his paper,
“Tide and Storm Surge Simulation for Florida’s Indian River Lagoon,” gave
a separate presentation to a group of graduate students, “Pointers and Perspective: What Makes a Good
Academic Interview,” and moderated a session on Hydrology and Climate Extremes at the Coastal Margins.
Resio served as a moderator for the session on Storm Surge Risk Return
Periods at the Applied Technology Council and Structural Engineering Institute Advances
in Hurricane Engineering Conference in October. He also attended the
International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering in November, where he
presented his paper, “Coupling Wave and Surge Models on Steep Slopes.”
Management: Dr. Mag Malek and James Sorce were recently awarded a
$16,000 TLO grant to sponsor a six-week study abroad program in Malaga, Spain
for Honors, Construction Management, and Engineering students. This study
abroad will be associated with the Construction Management Honors class — Ship
and Maritime Construction. Students will travel to Spain this summer to
participate in the construction of a replica of the Galveztown, a boat that
played an important role in changing Florida from British to Spanish control
during the Revolutionary War.
College of Education
and Human Services
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. E. Newton Jackson,
Jr. has been selected to
receive the prestigious, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), Honor Award. The Honor Award
recognizes meritorious contributions on the part of members of the
Alliance. He will receive this award at the 2013 National Convention of
the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
(AAHPERD) in Charlotte, N.C. in April.
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in February:
Kevin McWeeney, Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical
Oupa Seane, Director, Intercultural Center for PEACE
Thomas Elliott, Senior Document Scanning Representative, ORSP
Timothy Giles, Director, Continuing
Theresa Bennett, Accounting
Coordinator, Brooks College of Health
Walter Bolen, Maintenance Mechanic,
Maintenance and Energy Management
Smith, Environmental Health Safety Coordinator, Environmental
Health and Safety
Chin, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Joiner, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police
Sheryl McLean, Senior
Accounts Payable Receiving Representative, University Housing
May, Program Assistant, Continuing Education
Blankenship, Technical Support Technician,
Lloyd, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from late-November to early-January:
Lee Anderson, Assistant Director
of Development, Institutional Advancement
Amy Costa, Assistant Director,
Eco Adventure, Recreation
Nicole Irvin, Program Assistant,
Kimberlee Johnson, Executive
Secretary, University Housing
Kasey Linsberg, Production
Specialist, Fine Arts Center
Steven Montesinos, Mental Health
Counselor, Counseling Center
Coates, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Kaleen Davis, Executive
Tracy Gale, Parking Attendant,
Israel Hurst, IT Support Tech,
Michael Litchfield, Academic Support Services
Coordinator, One Stop Student Services
Mark Perez, IT Support Tech,
India Powell, Event Coordinator,
Kimberly Pryor, Academic Support Services
Coordinator, One Stop Student Services
Duane Thomas, Maintenance
Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Stacy Williams, Nurse Practitioner,
Student Health Services
Terry Winkler, Groundskeeper,
Sujin Yu, Program Assistant,
Enrollment Services Processing Office
Kerley, Assistant Professor, History
Kate Chang, Instructor,
Nutrition & Dietetics
Jamisha Laster, Instructor,
Nutrition & Dietetics
Lauren McAlister, Instructor,
Andrea Fors-Sullivan, Coordinator,
Student Affairs English Language Program
Brooke Hammon, Coordinator,
Career Services Career Services
Virginia Smith, Office Assistant,
Jessica Soto, Office Manager,
Center for Community-Based Learning
Dally, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
employees were promoted from late-November to early-January:
Calliste-Edgar, Administrative Assistant, Arts &
Ronald Covengton, Senior Custodial Supervisor, Student
DePlato, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Public
Goldstein, Interim Director, One Stop Student Services
Letterman, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Qadeer, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Reigger, Director of Academic Support Services, Graduate School
Taylor, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Heartfelt well wishes
in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF from mid-November
Christopher Arsenault, Assistant Director, Student Government Business &
Assistant Director of Research Development, ORSP
Jennifer Urbano, Distance Learning Coordinator, Center For
Instruction & Research
Professor, Accounting & Finance
University Librarian, Library
Joy Feria, Instructor,
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Metadata Librarian, Library
Laquishia Brown, Custodial
Worker, Custodial Services
Executive Secretary, Enterprise Systems
Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Office Manager, Student Government Business & Accounting Office
Maintenance Specialist, Physical Facilities
Administrative Secretary, English
Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
Danielle Revills, Accounting
Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Parking Attendant, Parking
Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Office Assistant, Parking
research is revealing how healthful cranberries can be. Packed with nutrients
like antioxidants and other natural compounds, cranberries are a great choice
for the health-conscious consumer. Dr. Judy Perkin, faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and
Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses the fruit that is good for you anytime. To help you add cranberries to your diet, a recipe is
Myth: Cranberries are seasonal fruits
that can only be enjoyed in fall and winter.
Fact: U.S. cranberries are typically
harvested in September and October, according to the U. S. Department of
Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Historians report Native
Americans probably taught early European settlers about the value of the fruit,
and the cranberry is now usually a part of Thanksgiving holiday meals.
can actually be consumed in any season. Cranberries can be frozen, and grocery
stores feature cranberry juice, dried cranberries and cranberry sauce year-round.
Cranberries can be used in a variety of recipes, such as muffins, breads,
salads, jam, syrup, pies, ice cream, iced tea, trail mixes and sauces for meat,
poultry or fish. Culinary experts note that dried cranberries can be added to
hot cereals during cooking, which may lessen the need for added sugar before
Myth: Cranberries are grown only in the
Northeastern United States.
Fact: Food and agricultural documents
tell us that cranberries are native to America and are grown in the United
States, Canada and Chile. According to U.S. government sources, there were 681
million pounds of cranberries grown in the U.S. in 2011, with the top cranberry-producing
states being Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.
Myth: Cranberries are only nutritionally
valuable because of their vitamin C content.
Fact: Nutritional analysis reports
indicate that cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium and cell-protective
Myth: The only role cranberries play in
health promotion is preventing urinary tract infections.
Fact: Most health authorities acknowledge
that cranberry juice may help prevent urinary tract infections because of a
component that appears to stop bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall. Scientists
are also looking at cranberries as a potential booster for heart health, and the
American Institute for Cancer Research lists the cranberry as one of their foods
that fight cancer.
Myth: Cranberries are planted and grow in
Fact: Agricultural publications and cranberry
organizations describe cranberries as a wet-land vine or shrub. Experts note when
cranberries are being picked for use as a fresh fruit, they are dry-harvested with
Apple-Cranberry Salad Toss:
head of lettuce (about 10 cups)
medium apples, sliced
cup walnuts, chopped
cup dried cranberries
cup green onions, sliced
cup vinaigrette dressing, low-fat
lettuce, apples, walnuts, cranberries and onions in large bowl. Add dressing
and toss to coat. Serve.
Nutrition information per serving:
Total fat: 6g
Saturated fat: 0.5g
Dietary fiber: 3g
and nutritional analysis used with permission from the Produce for Better
Health Foundation and Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® website.
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 cranberries? Contact
Dr. Perkin at email@example.com.
cold outside — even here in Florida — but you still want to get in your daily
walk or run. Good for you! But just remember that cold weather makes muscles
tighter and less supple, which can leave them more susceptible to injury. A
proper warm up and stretching routine is imperative. A good
will warm up your joints and tendons to help prevent tears and injuries.
stretching helps prevent injury, increases circulation and boosts overall well-being.
You never want to stretch muscles while they are still cold, so warm up before
you even start stretching. You can warm up by marching or jogging in place for
at least five minutes. Five minutes a day will make a huge difference in how
you feel and look. After you finish
workout, remember to get in another good stretch.
Adults should do flexibility exercises at least two or three days each week to
improve range of motion.
stretch should be held for 10 to 30 seconds to the point of tightness or slight
Repeat each stretch two to four times.
Flexibility exercise is most effective when the muscle is warm. Try light
aerobic activity to warm the muscles before stretching.
easy step-by-step stretching instruction videos, go to http://www.arthritistoday.org and click on Exercise Videos and Photos from
the left navigation tab.
Healthy Osprey is
designed to provide solid advice on how to become healthier at work and at
home. Shelly Purser, director of Health Promotion, and Mike Kennedy, assistant
director of Health Promotion, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To read this month’s newsletter in full, please click
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