A new feathered
fowl has taken residence on the University of North Florida campus. Even though
the University is heavy with geese and other wildlife this time of year, this
one shouldn’t be too hard to spot. After all, he’s about 10-feet-tall and as
wide as a mid-size sedan.
His name? Sgt.
students from the art department’s Enlivened Spaces class, the massive floating
fiberglass and Styrofoam duck sculpture can be found in the pond between the
library and the Coggin College of Business. Sgt. Quackers’ maiden voyage April
1 was accompanied by much fanfare. A drum procession led by percussion professor
Charlotte Mabrey trailed the sculpture as its student creators carted him
across campus. Dozens of students, some wearing masks, keeping rhythm with
portable bongos or blowing duck call whistles, joined the party as Sgt.
Quackers made his way to his new home.
students who crafted the duck — Mark Ewing, Erica Mendoza, Nick Dunlop, Katrina
Hess and Maggie Bevis — hoisted the statue off the cart and into the pond,
dragging it further into the water using kayaks. Other students who weren’t
part of the procession gawked at the newest campus addition, pointing at the
giant duck as it was towed into the middle of the pond.
Hager, the sculpture faculty member who supervised the student project, said
the Enlivened Spaces initiative was designed to incorporate artistic works into
the environment, lending a sense of place and real space to student works. At
the beginning of the semester, students pitch ideas to the entire class, and
these ideas are voted on and produced collaboratively. There are a few other
projects on tap this semester — including the installation of a reproduction of
the Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Cans piece at the bus stop near the Thomas G.
Carpenter library and the construction of a large braid that will be suspended
from the John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building staircase.
projects include “Contrasting Nature,” which was temporarily installed on the
UNF Nature Trails bridge over Lake Oneida on campus. The structure was
comprised of galvanized pipe, custom steel brackets and various fabrics.
This is the
first time, however, that the Enlivened Spaces class has received support from
another department’s students.
“I want to say
thanks to Charlotte Mabrey and her students,” Hager said. “Charlotte noticed us
working on the duck a while back and offered to help launch Sgt. Quackers in a
ceremonious way. Her music and percussion students gave our sculptural object a
heightened experience and a beautiful procession. The performance element made
the whole event even better.”
along at the front of her students and called the ceremony to a close once Sgt.
Quackers was successfully introduced to his new aquatic home.
kids,” she shouted after the duck touched water. “Now, back to college!”
Hager said the
art installation would remain in the pond as long as the University
administration will allow. However, Sgt. Quackers did a bit of traveling later
in the month, moving temporarily to a fountain in downtown Jacksonville’s
Hemming Plaza as part of the city’s One Spark festival, a five-day crowdfunding
event for Northeast Florida artists and entrepreneurs.
sprinted, swam and swooped across campus in April during a jam-packed month of
recreational activities on campus for students, staff, faculty and community
list of events included an old favorite — the Swoop the Loop 5K. This
long-running and heavily attended campus road race has seen its participant
numbers steadily rise over the years. New additions to the event
schedule included the Tough Talon,
a physically demanding adventure race that was equal parts mud run and
cross-training workout, and the Osprey Aquathlon, a biathlon that
started in the pool and transitioned into a foot race.
Jim Baur, UNF’s
associate director of Recreation, said the action-packed April calendar is
illustrative of the kind of monthly programming available to any student who
wants to test their athletic prowess.
“Students spend 91 percent of their time outside the classroom, and Campus Recreation always has activities that enhance a student’s out-of-the-classroom experience," Baur said. "Many students have worked hard all year getting in shape. For many, it culminated in this year’s Tough Talon, where they were able to test their mettle and put their strength and endurance to the test in 21 different challenges through the 4-mile course.“
It was hard to miss the dozens of athletically dressed Ospreys pulling
tires, throwing medicine balls and sprinting across campus on an overcast day
in early April. Kacie McFate, fitness coordinator for the Student Wellness
Complex and a 2012 UNF graduate, helped organize the grueling Tough Talon adventure
race, which included almost 100 competitors.
Tough Talon is the successor to the Dirty Osprey races of the past two years.
McFate said she planned with her coworkers the more elaborate four-plus mile Tough
Talon race that included outdoor fitness equipment and water hazards to truly
break in the new on-campus fitness center.
the Wellness Complex up and running, we didn’t want to do the same old thing,”
she said. “We changed the name, made it even harder and really pushed to get
students out there participating.”
playing field was leveled by pitting 44 teams of two against each other and
staggering the start times so competitors raced against the clock for the best
time. Some of the obstacles were basic, such as tugging tires. Others were a
bit more unique.
[Baur] brought his ATV [all-terrain vehicle] in, and we had students pull it
from one cone to another,” McFate said. “But that was a bit too easy, so we had
one of our student assistants sit in it while the competitors pulled.”
addition to the muddy Tough Talon run, many motivated Ospreys ran this year’s Swoop the Loop 5K,
which is organized annually by Student Government. Close to 400 people from in
and around the UNF community completed the race on a balmy April morning. The course
started at the UNF Arena and snaked around the core of campus heading toward
Lot 18. The final leg included a dash through the Athletics Complex before
heading back to the Arena.
The first UNF
Osprey Aquathlon took place last month. About 60 student participants competed
in the event at the UNF Aquatic Center. The biathlon-style competition started
with a 350-meter swim before transitioning into a run through the north side of
campus and the Sawmill Slough Preserve. Designed for budding triathletes and
runners who wanted something more than the average foot race, the event adhered
to the competitive rules of USA Triathlon, the country’s governing body for
pretty much any race that ends with -athlon.
These events add up to
make one vibrant and fast-moving campus, said Becky Purser, UNF’s director of
Recreation. The sheer diversity of on-campus activities every month ensures
that every member of the UNF community has some opportunity to get involved and
This University-wide dedication to
health hasn’t gone unnoticed by the outside community.
UNF was honored last year with its third straight Gold Healthiest Company Award from the First Coast Worksite
Wellness Council, a regional wellness-focused consortium that awards businesses
and organizations for healthy work environment, and presented by the
Jacksonville Business Journal. The Gold award, the highest honor bestowed, is
only given to recipients that are at the top-of-their-class for organizational
policies, healthy behaviors, employee safety, physical activity,
nutrition/weight management and prevention.
“There’s no doubt about
it,” Purser said. “We're as healthy a campus as they come. And this month
definitely proved it.”
of North Florida will be getting a bit more bike-friendly and a lot more
creative at the beginning of the fall semester.
racks created by students from UNF’s sculpture department will be installed at
different high-traffic points on campus. Each bike rack has its own unique
motif: blades of grass, bamboo poles, an electrical cord and a fish.
an adjunct art and design professor, led a group of nine sculpture students
through the conceptual and design process. He said Sharon Ashton, vice
president of Public Relations, and Tom Serwatka, vice president and chief of
staff, engaged the sculpture department in the project because of a campus need
for more places to lock up bikes.
out as a great way to give students the opportunity to have their art
prominently displayed while promoting our campus commitment to staying green
through the use of bicycles,” Ashton said. “I love the idea that these
sculpture students will be building their artistic portfolios while helping to
beautify campus. These installations will be part of the campus for years to
The idea also
builds off of a current trend in metropolitan cities across the country — promoting
an open competition for creative and unique bike racks, Vickery said.
Jacksonville’s San Marco neighborhood is one such area that is soliciting
resident proposals for artistically designed bike racks.
students participated, a campus committee chose only four designs. Wandy
Griggs’ “Cutting Edge” has the appearance of abstract blades of grass and
will be painted a bright, lime green. Dave Main’s “Os-Prey” resembles a fish
and will be made of bent, steel piping. Mark Ewing’s “Empowered” looks like a large power cord but
will be made of stainless steel pipe painted bright orange. Russell Bailey’s
currently unnamed installation will resemble a dense, bamboo thicket but will
actually be made of steel pipes painted and loosely lashed together.
the project has been wildly successful in that it allowed the students some
practical experience in the process of planning, submitting and constructing
creative works that are beneficial to a community. The project has grown to
span two semesters, and there will be another selection committee in the fall
that will be for spots on campus picked out by Physical Facilities. Each
installation will be adorned with a plaque describing the work and crediting
the respective student creator.
is inevitable after 40 years.
its infancy, the University of North Florida was a modest-sized school carving
out an academic niche in an underdeveloped part of Jacksonville’s Southside. Now,
the bustling and steadily growing institution is a thriving member of the State
University System with some of the most rigorous academic standards in Florida.
Louis Woods was there for each stage of UNF’s development. But Woods, the last
remaining founding faculty member, is retiring after the spring semester and passing
the torch to his younger faculty colleagues.
University is a part of me by now,” Woods said. “UNF is a vastly different
place than it was when I first started. Much has changed. I’m happy to have
played a part in that change and helped to have shaped it.”
Woods has been a member of the Coggin College of
Business long before it was named after one of UNF’s biggest donors. He’s
taught finance and geography classes, as well as one of the first courses ever offered
in UNF’s MBA program, an economics of business decisions class. He said he’s
enjoyed watching many of his students and colleagues go on to prestigious posts
in business and academics over the years, their resumes bolstered by their UNF
He said he views himself as sort of an academic
gardener who “planted the seeds
of learning but tried not to force them to germinate.”
“There’s something about UNF that has been
nourishing for me,” he said. “It’s kept me going strong for many years. Being
able to see our graduates go on and do tremendous work across the country and
across the globe — I consider it a reward. At the same time, seeing the
programs that I’ve been involved with develop into real stand-out, areas-of-note,
that’s a great feeling. I’ve taken strength from UNF’s development, and I
believe I’ve contributed to UNF’s increasing strength through the work I’ve
done.” While Woods is the last founding
faculty member to retire after 40 years of uninterrupted service, Dr. Earle
Traynham, the Coggin College of Business dean emeritus and professor of
economics emeritus, was recently appointed interim provost and vice president
of Academic Affairs. Another founding faculty member, Traynham will
temporarily replace the previous provost, Dr. Mark Workman, who has decided to
return to a faculty position at the end of this semester. Traynham will start
in May, while a national search is underway for a new provost and vice
president of Academic Affairs.
The University of North Florida and the
Jacksonville Public Library continues the “Bridging Cultures – Poetic Voices of
the Muslim World” traveling exhibit with Song of the Reed: Rumi featuring Dr. Jawid Mojadeddi and composer/performer Amir Vahab and his
The 13th century Persian poetry of Rumiis lives on in the United States, as he is one of the most widely
read poets in the country. In this talk, Mojadeddi, a scholar and translator,
will discuss the beauty of Rumi’s “Masnavi“
— its folk tales, sacred history, entertaining stories and lessons, all written
in rhyming couplets. This talk is followed by a performance of the poems set to
music in English and Persian by distinguished composer and Persian classical
performer Amir Vahab with his ensemble.
Reservations are required for this
program. They’ve available online.
Additionally, the Jacksonville Public
Library, in partnership with UNF and the Istanbul Cultural Center of
Jacksonville, will host “Bridging Culture: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,”
through Saturday, June 15. Jacksonville was one of six cities in the U.S.
chosen to host “Bridging Culture: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” a
national initiative that celebrates poetry with scholar presentations,
dialogue, visual art, music and performance. A full list of upcoming
events is available online.
A large, 18-panel exhibit will be on display at the Southeast Regional Library
on 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. through Saturday, April 27, and at the Main
Library on 303 Laura St. N., from Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, June 15.
The lushly-illustrated exhibit highlights poetic traditions from four major
language areas — Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu — and introduces poetry from
Asia, Africa and diaspora communities in the United States. Designed by RAA
Associates, the exhibit features photography, calligraphic masterworks and
poetry from Adonis to Rumi.
“Jacksonville is one of six public library systems in the United States, and
the only one in the Southeast, chosen to host this traveling exhibit and put
together related programming that aims at increasing understanding of Muslim
culture via scholarly interpretations and performances of poetry,” said Parvez
Ahmed, UNF associate professor of accounting and finance and member of
Jacksonville's Human Rights Commission. “We at UNF are excited to partner with
Jacksonville Public Library and the Istanbul Cultural Center. Over the next few
months, Jacksonville will be treated to an eclectic mix of special programs,
which include renowned scholars, international performers, famous artists,
documentary screenings, book discussions, children’s activities and showcasing
of local poetic talents.”
“Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” is
presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American
Library Association and the Jacksonville Public Library along with the public
libraries in Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C. and Queens, N.Y.
Funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the
Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, with additional support from the
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
The OneJax Institute at
the University of North Florida has announced the recipients of its 2013
Humanitarian Awards. Honorees include Dottie Dorion, a Northeast Florida
philanthropist and community volunteer; Steven T. Halverson, president and CEO
of the Jacksonville-based Haskell Company; Frieda Saraga, a local community
activist and volunteer; and Madeline Scales-Taylor, executive director of City
Kids Art Factory, a non-profit that works with area schools, neighborhood
associations, churches and other community organizations to identify and
recruit youths for its programs.
The event is scheduled for
May 14 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Jacksonville. The OneJax Humanitarian
Awards honor those who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and
professional integrity, have given generously and extensively to our community
and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse
groups in our community.
“I am delighted with the honorees
selected for the 2013 OneJax Humanitarian Awards,” said Celeste Krueger, OneJax
executive director. “This year’s class includes true leaders and stewards of
the Jacksonville community, and each is deserving of the recognition and honor.
I expect this year’s celebration in May to be an outstanding and successful
event in every way.”
The co-chairs of the 2013
event are University of North Florida President John A. Delaney and Edward Waters
College President Nat Glover, both previous honorees themselves.
In collaboration with the
OneJax Board of Directors, the UNF Board of Trustees established the OneJax
Institute at the University of North Florida in February 2012. By bringing
OneJax onto the UNF campus, the University has strengthened its community
partnerships and is playing a more significant role in Northeast Florida's
conversations on diversity and inclusion.
The OneJax Institute
compliments services already provided to faculty, staff and students through
the Interfaith Center and the Intercultural Center for PEACE. Periodically, these
three units work together to co-facilitate campus and community-wide programs.
The OneJax Board of Directors continues to guide the organization, with UNF
representatives filling seats on the Board. The Board retains the
responsibility for raising funds to support operations for OneJax.
Tickets for the event can
be purchased online.
More information about OneJax can be found here.
following faculty were honored this month as recipients of the 2012-13
University of North Florida Faculty Awards. Students, faculty colleagues,
administrators and alumni submitted nominations. All recipients received a cash
award and will be honored with a commemorative plaque at the 2013 UNF Fall
Convocation ceremony. The awards are funded through unrestricted gifts from the
UNF Foundation, Inc.
Winner: Judith Rodriguez, Brooks College of Health, Nutrition
Michelman, Coggin College of Business, Accounting and Finance
Faculty Scholarship Awards:
Moore, Brooks College
of Health, Public Health
Näslund, College of
El Safty, College of
Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Engineering/Civil
Faculty Service Awards:
Hochwald, College of
Arts and Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics
Robinson, Brooks College
of Health, School of Nursing
Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award:
Kruger, Brooks College
of Health, School of Nursing
Graduate Teaching Awards:
Michelman, Coggin College
of Business, Accounting and Finance
Shaw, College of Education and Human
Services, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Undergraduate Teaching Awards:
Mark Ari,College of Arts and Sciences, English
Biernacki,College of Arts and Sciences, Music
Chant,College of Education and Human
Services, Foundations and Secondary Education
Rob Haley,Brooks College of Health, Public
Hawkins,Honors and Scholarship Program
Heywood,College of Arts and Sciences, Art and
Hines,College of Arts and Sciences, Music
Lange,College of Arts and Sciences,
Monteleone, College of
Arts and Sciences, English
David Waddell, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology
Get to Know
What do you do?
As director of Physical Facilities, I manage a department of more than 200
employees and a $17 million budget. My department is responsible for the
operation and maintenance of all UNF facilities and grounds, excluding housing
Years at UNF:
Seven years this July.
Who is the most famous person you ever met? Probably David Copperfield when he did a show
here in Jacksonville. I was one of the randomly selected audience members that
participated in the part of the show where he made us disappear from the stage
and reappear in the balcony. We had the opportunity to meet with him after the
show where he swore us to secrecy.
What is the best thing you ever won?
Tickets to a
concert and I asked my future wife to go. What I didn’t know at the time is
that I was being set up, and she conspired with family and friends to fake the
prize. She had actually bought them herself, sent them to a friend who then
mailed them to me from across the country — taking a chance that I would ask
her, and not someone else to go. Looks
like that gamble paid out.
What would you like to do when you retire? Take my wife back to Italy and every place we have
not yet visited but wanted to.
Tell us about your family.
Antonia, and I have been married for 13 years, and we have seven children — 4
boys and 3 girls ranging in age from 12 to one.
Tell us something that would surprise people to
know about you: I learned to fly before I learned to drive — I
think I was 13 or 14 at the time.
What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the
soundtrack to your life?
wrong with most anything from the ’80s.
Who is your favorite fictional character? What
makes them your favorite?
Jones because of his resourcefulness, problem solving, and ability to overcome
If you won the lottery, what would do with the
Give to charity,
build a bigger house and take care of the family.
What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
atmosphere and the flexibility of the schedule.
Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? Hosting the CNN Republican debate last year.
What is your favorite way to blow an hour? Watch YouTube.
If you were asked to paint a picture about
anything you wanted, what would you paint?
What was the best money you ever spent?
If you could choose any other career, what would
it be and why?
I was the
kid that liked to take things apart and put them back together again and
dreamed of flying into space. Aside from going back to practicing consulting
engineering, my other passions include photography and aviation. I think
becoming an astronaut is out of reach for me at this point.
Is there a piece of technology that you just
couldn’t live without?
technology but would not go so far as to say I could not live without it so
long as everyone else had to as well.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your
getting married, starting a family and the birth of my kids. Professionally — becoming
a licensed professional engineer.
What was the first concert you ever attended, and
what was the most recent concert you attended?
recall the first. The most recent was a symphony orchestra featuring John
Williams’ Star Wars score.
What person had the greatest impact on your life?
I have to
give equal credit to my mom and dad.
What are you most passionate about?
Tell us something about you that even your
friends don’t know: All my hair
will likely fall out before it has a chance to turn grey.
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not
Last book read: “Bear Snores On” — my kids’ favorite nighttime
book. Before that, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.
Faculty & Staff
Brooks College of Health
Public Health: Julie Merten presented “Sun safety attitudes, knowledge and behaviors among beach-going
adolescents,” at the University of Florida Cancer
Center Research Day event in Gainesville.
Dr. Michele Johnson Moore and Elissa
Barr, published “Sexual risk behaviors of middle school students:
2009 youth risk behavior survey results from 16 locations,” in the Journal of School Health.
The American Counseling Association published Tes
Tuason’s article “Counseling
around the world: An international handbook.” Tuason also presented the paper
to the Annual American Counseling Association conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Coggin College of Business
Cheryl Frohlich, Cheryl Van Deusen, Steven Williamson,along
with Marjorie Templeton, publishedpaper “Paper industry
performance: The effect of acquisition motives on firm outcomes,” in the
International Journal of Strategic Management.
Drs. Antony Paulraj and
Steven Williamson’s paper titled “Paper industry performance: Impact
of consumer attitudes on sustainability practices within the paper industry:
The moderating role of digital media,” was published in the Journal of Academy
of Business and Economics.
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology: Dr. Greg
Ahearn and his
students gave the following poster presentations at the Experimental Biology
national meeting in Boston: (i) with A. Duka, “L-Leucine and
L-methionine share a Na+/K+-dependent amino acid transporter in shrimp hepatopancreas”;
(ii) with M. Rasidovic, “Amino acid absorption by lobster (Homarus americanus) intestine using
dual-label radioisotopic techniques”; (iii) with R. Abdel-Malak,
“Divalent cation-dependent 3H-L-leucine transport in lobster
intestine.” At the same meeting, Ahearn
and C. Brian Coughlin, with their student A. Omran, also gave a
poster presentation, “Differential Bacteriostatic Effects of Sucralose on
Drs. Quincy Gibson and Julie Richmond published
“The ranging patterns of female bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) with respect to reproductive status: Testing
the concept of nursery areas” in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and
Dr. Matt Gilg and his students, M.C. Restrepo and R. Walton, published
“Geographic variation in allele frequency of the gamete recognition protein M7
lysin throughout a mosaic blue mussel hybrid zone” in Marine Biology.
Dr. Cliff Ross and his student, K. Olsen, published “Short-term and
latent post-settlement effects associated with elevated temperature and
oxidative stress on larvae from the coral Porites astreoides” in Coral Reefs. Ross and his students gave the
following oral presentations at the Benthic Ecology national meeting in
Savannah: (i) with K. Olsen, “The effects of elevated temperature
(global-scale stressor), algal competition (local-scale stressor) and their
combined impacts on the early life history stages of the Caribbean hermatypic
coral Porites astreoides”; (ii)
with N. Bishop, “The Combined Effects of Elevated Salinity and
Temperature on the Seagrass Thalassia
testudinum when exposed to Labyrinthula
spp.” At the same meeting, Drs.
Ross and David Waddell, with their student, K. Loucks,
also gave an oral presentation, “Seagrass Defenses: The Oxidative Burst
and Hypersensitive response in Thalassia
testudinum in relation with Labyrinthula
Chemistry: Dr. José
A. Jiménez published
“Unfolding Diffusion-Based Ag Nanoparticle Growth in SiO2 Nanofilms
Heat-Treated in Air via In Situ
Optical Microspectroscopy” in Optical
Dr. Michael Lufaso,
with student Z.R. Kann and others,
published “Room-Temperature Vibrational Properties of the BiMn2O5 Mullite” in Vibrational Spectroscopy.
Circelli published her
seventh and eighth novels, “The Never” and “Into the Shadow Realm.” She was
also chosen to participate on a panel for fantasy writing and as a speaker in
local schools for Amelia Island’s yearly book festival.
K. Michael published two
poems, “Transcription” and “Conversation with the Adjacent Friend,” in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability
Poetry in March.
McDonald participated on
the panel “Low Residency MFA Programs: An Alumni Perspective” at the national
conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in March. She
published her young adult science-fiction novel, “Kings of Ruin,” in March
using the pseudonym Sam Cameron.
Pactor published “My
Assets” in West Wind Review in March.
History: Dr. Denise I. Bossy presented
“Slavery and Empire: Indian and African Slaveries in Spanish, Muskogee, and
British Geopolitical and Economic Expansion in the Southeast, 1565-1715,” at
the Porter Symposium at the University of Mississippi in February). Bossy also
presented “Migration and Spiritual Diplomacy: Euhaw-Yamasee responses to
British Colonial Expansion” at the eight biennial conference of the Society of
Early Americanists in March.
Dr. James J. Broomall published “The Interpretation Is A-Changin’:
Memory, Museums and Public History in Central Virginia” in Journal of the Civil War Era in
March. Broomall also
co-organized a conference, “The Shadow of Slavery: Emancipation, Memory and the
Meaning of Freedom” at the University of Florida in February.
Dr. Charles Closmann delivered a paper, “All Hail King of
the Herrings,” at the 2013 Southeast German Studies Symposium in Knoxville,
Tenn. in March.
Dr. Christopher Hickman served as the commentator on the
panel, “Recalibrating the Protestant Center,” at the Religion and Law
Conference at Florida State University in March.
Dr. Chau Johnsen Kelly chaired a panel discussion, “Power,
Identity and Social Change in the Modern World,” at the Florida Conference of
Historians at New College of Florida in March.
Dr. Theo Prousis published “Revolt, Reprisal,
Russian-Ottoman Tension: A British Perspective on the Opening Round of the 1821
Eastern Crisis” in Balkanistica.
Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Nuria Ibanez presented “El espacio en las
obras de las dramaturgas contemporáneas: el caso de Gracia Morales” at a seminar on “Gendered Spaces: The Places of Spanish
Women’s Film and Theater” at the NEMLA Convention in Boston in March.
the paper, “Cultural Heritage and Representation in the Works of Rosa Nissán,”
at the International Conference of Hispanic Literature in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in
Maria-Angeles Fernández Cifuentes published “Tradición e innovación en las
Novelas a Marcia Leonarda de Lope de Vega.”
Dennis Holt co-presented research on music teaching and learning at the
24th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning with UNF music
graduates Rose M. Francis and Luis F. Palacios.Physics: Dr. Jane H. MacGibbon gave an invited talk “The Search for Primordial
Black Holes” at the Cosmic Frontier meeting at SLAC at Stanford University in
Science and Public Administration: Dr. Georgette Dumont published “Virtual
Accountability: An Index and its Application” in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Dumont also organized and was the
discussant for the panel, “The Role of Social Media in Governance: Promises
versus Practice,” at the annual conference of the American Society for Public
Administration in New Orleans in March.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Jenny
Stuber presented her
paper, with cooperation from Dr. Jeffry
Will, “Discipline and Nourish: Dynamics of Social Control in Food
Pantries,” at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings in Boston in
Dr. David Jaffee published “Destructive (and
Costly) Competition” in the Jacksonville
Business Journal in February and “Business Climate Florida-Style” in the Folio Weekly in March.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja, published an article,
“Cloud Security and Cloud Data Center Certifications” in the Jacksonville
Business Journal in February.
E. Martin made a presentation, “ABET: Is There Value in ABET Accreditation?”
at the national meeting of the Special Interest Group in Computer Science
Education Session Association for Computing Machinery in March.
Dr. Charles Winton conducted the Northern
California Robotics Educators Workshop at NASA Ames in March. Dr. Winton also
served as organizer for the Florida Region Botball Tournament at UNF in March.
College of Education and Human Services
Childhood Education, Literacy and
TESOL: In April, Dr. Christine Weber presented
“Examining issues in gifted education: Making connections to the NAGC
Standards”at the Florida Association for Gifted Children Annual
Conference in Tampa.
Stanley published an article, “Family Storytelling: A
powerful parenting strategy for developing intellect, language, literacy, and
values” in the April issue of Language
Ronghua Ouyang presented at the 24th international
annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher
Education in New Orleans in March. The paper he presented was “An Ancient
Ideology of Equal Education vs. Technology Implementation in the 21st
Century: What if Confucius was still alive?” The papers he co-presented were “A
Research Analysis on the Effectiveness of Technology in English as a foreign
Language (EFL) Teaching and Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools” and “A
Digital Resource Summary for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other
Cheek presented at the Southeastern Section of the Geological
Society of America Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in March. The
title of her presentation was, “Investigating and Improving Concepts of
Temporal Duration Using Computer Animations.” An article by Dr. Cheek
titled, “Washed Away!” was also published in the April/May issue of Science and
Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter
Caroline Guardino and her graduate students in deaf education
conducted two “Be
a STAR Reader”events in collaboration with the Jacksonville
Public Library in March and April. The master’s students taught mini-reading
lessons to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their siblings. Guardino also presented the
preliminary results of a collaborative ethnography at the Association of
College Educators for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing in Santa Fe, N.M.
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport
Terence Cavanaugh presented three papers at the Society
for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in New
Orleans in March. He presented two papers with other faculty, “Empowering
Pre-Service Science Teachers to Be Active Users of Etext Resources” with Dr. Brian Zoellner and “Online
Learning and Legal Jurisdiction” with Dr.
Luke Cornelius, and one on his own, titled “Reading Dissertations as
Ebooks: a Committee Member’s View.”
W. Lee presented two presentations in April at the Southern Sport
Management Conference at Troy University in Troy, Ala. The first presentation
is “Can you dig it? Marketing collegiate sand volleyball” with Kevin Campbell, a graduate of the master’s
in Education Leadership/Athletic Administration program. The second
presentation is “Pros who are cons: The case of the NFL's ‘Criminal Jocks’ with
Dr. Kristi Sweeney.
of Equal Opportunity and Diversity: Cheryl Gonzalez, the director of the Office of
Equal Opportunity and Diversity, has been selected as a Jacksonville Business
Journal Diversity Award honoree for 2013. The award honors overall achievement
obtained through the years in the diversity and inclusion arena. Gonzalez,
who has been the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and
Diversity since 2010, helped establish the campus’ Week of One Diversity Week
and the W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society at UNF. She is a graduate of the 2012
Leadership Jacksonville class and is chair of the Florida Advisory Council on
Small and Minority Business Development.
to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in
Michael Maroney, Maintenance Utilities Manager,
Kenneth Hill, Academic Adviser, Education and
Sandra Gainey, Custodial
Services Support, Physical Facilities
Victoria Coyle Ogden, Advancement Services Research Coordinator,
Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Office Manager, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
The following employees were
either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from mid-February to early-April:
Lal Liana, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Matthew Stumph, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Nathaniel Thomas, Athletic Academic
Adviser, Athletic Academic Support
Tammy Desmarais, Police
Communications Operator, University Police Department
Michael Terry, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Maritza Choisser, Student Government
Office Manager, Student Union
Jennifer Grissom, Photographer,
Marketing and Publications
Nicole Shervington, Admissions
Scholarships Coordinator, One Stop Student Services
Russ Owens, Maintenance Mechanic, Student Union
Maintenance Energy Management
Erica Powell-Jones, Custodial Worker,
Moses Scott, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jason Simpson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Joshuah Brown, Maintenance Mechanic, Osprey
Nelson Bruce, Groundskeeper, Osprey Fountains
Randall Head, Locksmith, Maintenance and Energy
Management Pernell McGhee, Custodial
Worker, Custodial Services
Gina Motes, Executive Secretary, Enterprise
Maurice Scott, Groundskeeper, Housing and Residence
David Wollett, Maintenance Mechanic, Crossings
David Scharf, Maintenance Mechanic, Student Union
Maintenance and Energy Management
Lisa Dynan-Dobbertien, Physician, Student
Office Assistant, Parking
Kevin Vetter, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
following employees were promoted from mid-February to early-April:
Logan Arke, Senior Groundskeeper,
Sharon Ashton, Vice President, Public
Shane Borden, Administrative
Coordinator, Auxiliary Services
Robert Boyle, Director of Housing and
Residence Life, University Housing
Sherrie Charles, Senior
Accounts Payable Representative, Controller
Carmilita Holsey, Senior
Custodial Worker, Custodial Services Jeannie
Jacobs, Senior Academic Advisor, Academic Center for Excellence
Kate Learch, Associate Director of
the IB Flagship, Undergraduate and International Program
Ann McCullen, Interim Vice President,
Jillian Sickler, Student
Financial Aid Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Ernest Vickers, Heavy Equipment
Operator, Physical Facilities
well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF
from mid-February to late-March:
Pierre Allaire, Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Terry DeRubeis, Academic Adviser, Coggin College of
Kathleen Klein, Assistant Director, Student Affairs
Parent’s Program Martine Kone, Student
Financial Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Martina Perry, Academic Support Services Coordinator,
Donita Gibson, Law Enforcement Officer, University
Keith Battles, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical
Katrina Camaj, Administrative Secretary, Education and
Heather Duffy, Budget Associate, Enrollment Services
Tenika Franklin, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Erica Serrano, Accounting Clerk, Controller
Rhea Sparks, Accounting Associate, Auxiliary Services
John Sternad, Senior Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
beef (defined by government guidelines as having less than 10 grams total fat,
4.5 grams or less saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per
3.5 ounces) can be healthier than chicken, fish or tofu (bean curd) for that
matter, depending on how much is eaten and how it’s prepared. Dr. Delores Truesdell,
assistant professor of nutrition, discusses fresh, lean beef, a good source of
vitamins and minerals. To help you add beef to your diet, a recipe is provided.
Myth: Fresh, lean cuts of beef are harmful to your health and
less safe than they used to be due to E. coli and hormones.
Fact: In moderation, beef and, especially lean beef when cooked
properly, has high-quality protein and is a good source of niacin, vitamin B-12,
choline, zinc, selenium and bioavailable heme iron. It can be used as an
occasional substitute for other lean meats, eggs, seafood and tofu on your
table. The potential for residual hormones used in beef production is less than
that found in soybeans and eggs. Amounts are regulated by the USDA and are well
below what is produced by the human body. The incidence of E. coli 0157:H7 in
fresh ground beef has also declined over the last 10 years. The best defense
against food poisoning is to cook the meat to at least medium (155degrees
for 15 seconds).
Myth: Eating beef causes cancer.
Fact: Obesity, physical inactivity and charcoal grilling of beef
have been linked to increased cancer risk. Although a study linked beef consumption
with increased risk of cancer, it’s not possible to conclude from this study
that eating beef is a cause of cancer. The results do support the need for
additional research on the role of overall beef intake in the development of some
Myth: Beef can cause strokes in men.
Fact: While one cohort study indicated that processed meat
consumption was positively associated with risk of stroke, fresh unprocessed red
meat wasn’t. Sodium may explain the observed positive association between
processed meat consumption and risk of total stroke. Men at high risk of stroke
from processed meats may also have other unhealthy habits and behaviors.
Myth: Beef is high in cholesterol, higher than most other meats.
Fact: A high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet has
been shown to raise blood total and LDL-cholesterol concentrations. Egg yolk,
shrimp and squid provide close to 200 milligrams in cholesterol in typical 3.5
ounce servings. Beef is high in saturated fat but with about 25 milligrams cholesterol
per ounce; the same amount of cholesterol as in an equivalent serving of
chicken (no skin) or a pork chop. Three ounces of lean beef (90 percent lean meat/10
percent fat) will have about 9 to 12 grams of total fat, 4 to 5 grams saturated
fat, 1 gram of Trans fat, 30 milligrams Omega 3 fatty acids and over one-third
of the zinc most people need each day for 170 to 185 calories.
Myth: Most U.S. beef cattle aren’t
Fact: Cattle eat plants. Some animals are confined on feed lots
and fed corn, which doesn't contain as much Omega 3 fatty acids as other plant
sources. Most U.S. beef comes from pasture-fed, grain-finished cattle.
tablespoons cornstarch or flour
minced garlic cloves plus 2 teaspoons garlic powder
teaspoons black pepper
ounces top boneless round steak
tablespoons sesame oil
cup carrots, chopped
cups broccoli florets
cup green/yellow peppers, thinly sliced
onion, chopped fine
tablespoons soy sauce
teaspoon minced fresh ginger
garlic, pepper and flour with beef, then stir-fry in one tablespoon of the
sesame oil until done. Set aside beef. Stir-fry vegetables and ginger in remaining
oil, add water and steam about 4 to 5 minutes. Add back beef. Serve over white
or brown rice.
analysis per serving:
fat: 17 grams
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 lean beef? Contact Dr. Truesdell
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