For the seventh year
in a row, the University of North Florida got trashed.
Hundreds of pounds of garbage were taken from the
campus waste system and tossed, scattered and dumped on the Student Union Plaza
Oct. 23 as dozens of students sifted through the refuse. The dirty work
was designed to promote an even cleaner and more environmentally friendly
campus through the annual Garbage on the Green waste
audit, hosted by the University’s Environmental Center. The event serves as a
green progress report that grants some valuable insight into UNF’s recycling
James Taylor, a
coordinator from the Environmental Center, said more than 130 student volunteers
— the most in the event’s seven-year history — helped sort through about 3,500
pounds of trash. Garbage on the Green started with an early morning cleanup of
litter on campus followed by the waste audit, a systematic study of campus
trash. The analysis is used to determine best practices to improve waste
reduction programs and recover resources that would normally go to the
landfill. Volunteers also handed out hundreds of T-shirts made from recycled
The campus has averaged
a 24 percent diversion rate — also known as the amount of waste diverted from
landfills and other traditional disposal methods by recycling, reuse or
composting. However, Taylor said recycling bins issued this year to residence
halls by UNF Housing and Residence Life will likely boost that percentage when
the Environmental Center staff finishes compiling this year’s data. The state has
a goal to reach a 75 percent diversion rate by 2020, and UNF is hoping to hit
that mark soon.
“We’re getting closer
every year,” Taylor said. “UNF is really ahead of the pack when it comes to
sustainability on campus.”
environmentally beautiful campus located on a pristine, 1,300-acre
nature preserve, it’s no wonder that UNF is in the national conversation when
it comes to sustainability measures in higher education. UNF’s
institutional commitment to preserving its gorgeous natural habitat has been
awarded nationally by the Princeton Review, which featured UNF in its 2012
Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Additionally, UNF was ranked in the top 100
“Coolest Schools” by the Sierra magazine, the award-winning magazine of the
Sierra Club, America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental
organization, for its green endeavors on campus.
environmental example has inspired others in the Northeast Florida community as
well. Aseema Sharma, a chemistry teacher at Atlantic Coast High School, brought
15 students to volunteer at last year’s Garbage on the Green as a way of
illustrating some in-class concepts in a real-world setting.
“I didn’t think they’d be comfortable
going through the trash and getting dirty,” Sharma said. “But they really took
to it and wanted to come back for more.”
This year, 32 Atlantic Coast students
joined Sharma for another round of trash collection and calculation at UNF. Sharma
and her students have also used the UNF model as inspiration for their own
waste audit, “Garbage on the Bay,” which pits different school pods against
each other for the recycling crown.
“UNF is really at the head of the
class, and we want to grow our own program by emulating what the University is
doing,” she said.
This year’s event
managed to include dozens of walk-up UNF student volunteers who were intrigued
by the living laboratory set up on the Student Union Osprey Plaza. Katie
Borello, a student assistant with the Environmental Center, said there was a
constant stream of students coming by and inquiring about the event.
“Once we let them know what we were
doing, a lot of them said they wanted in,” Borello said. “It’s really an
education experience. They’re getting to learn about the recycling process and
how they can do better and live more sustainably for themselves.”
Garbage on the Green
is coordinated annually by the Environmental Center with support from Physical
Facilities and Southland Waste, which is the event’s contracted waste hauler.
The company also provides additional funding for the event. Another major sponsor was eCycle Security, a local electronics recycling company owned by UNF alum Juan Carlos Villatoro.
University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing
has partnered with a local nonprofit to help ex-offenders gain
valuable job training in the transportation and logistics field.
The partnership with Operation New Hope, a
Jacksonville-based community development corporation that provides leads on
affordable housing and promotes workforce reintegration programs for
ex-offenders, was formed this summer and has already yielded noticeable
returns. UNF Continuing Education instructors have customized a week-long Warehouse
Associate Certification program that focuses on teaching enrolled Operation New
Hope clients the skills needed and equipment used in warehouse operations.
A majority of the 19 graduates from the
first five-day program in June found employment shortly after graduation.
Additional class sessions for other students have been booked through the end
of the year. The partnership has been partially funded by WorkSource
“We were thrilled to partner with Operation New Hope to provide
this opportunity for individuals to restore their lives and maximize their
potential,” said Lori Frederick, program director for Continuing Education’s Global Logistics
Training Resource Network.
“Our commitment to lifelong learning, workforce development and enrichment
experiences is more than a statement: It is our mission — one person, one
organization at a time.”
Kevin Gay, a Jacksonville native and president of Operation New
Hope, established the framework for the UNF partnership. Gay said his organization had been working closely with Michael
O’Leary, president of the Grimes Companies, a Jacksonville-based supply chain
management and transportation logistics company, to establish an employee
training program that would provide Grimes with a pipeline of potential
workers. However, one key element was missing — subject matter experts who
could provide proper training. That’s where UNF came in.
trying to establish job skills in people who have been in and out of the
criminal justice system,” Gay said. “The vast majority of them re-enter the
workforce ready to do good and put their pasts behind them. However, many have
limited marketable skills to show for it, and they’ll come in entry-level,
meaning they’ll probably work jobs that don’t pay enough to support themselves
or their families. That’s why we’re exploring different avenues to offer
vocational training that fits the regional market. And UNF had the instructors
with the expertise to impart that practical, on-the-job knowledge.”
Associate Certification program was
designed with the students of his program in mind, Gay said. All of the
coursework and instruction happens at Operation New Hope’s headquarters in
Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood, which is close to downtown and easily accessible
for students without dedicated transportation. The instructors, Brett Harper and
Ron Shamlaty, are from UNF’s Global Logistics Training Resource Network, and Gay credited their expertise in the field for contributing to
a fast-paced and engaging curriculum.
their stuff — you can tell that right off the bat,” Gay said. “And they’re good
at communicating these complicated ideas in a very condensed timeframe. They go
over the day-to-day work environment, the key terminology and really give our
Operation New Hope clients an overview of the field. Once they complete the
program, they’re ready to go out there and find work.”
The program has been so successful that
Gay said the state has provided Operation New Hope with additional funding to
roll out a similar Warehouse Associate Certification in Tampa, in addition to
the Jacksonville courses scheduled throughout the year.
This partnership is
another example of how UNF is a regional leader in maintaining strong community
partnerships. In 2010, UNF received The Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching's Community
Engagement Classification. This
classification acknowledges UNF’s commitment to community engagement as
well as its effort to improve teaching and learning strategies through community-based
dean of the UNF Division of Continuing Education, said he’s proud of the work
done by his staff to further the University’s goal of providing lifelong
learning opportunities to varied groups of people across the Northeast Florida
“This is a
largely untapped population group from a social standpoint,” Wood said. “Many ex-offenders
might feel cut off from the rest of society because they can’t find employment
due to a mistake they made in their past. But we’re not here to judge — we’re
here to help. And this program gives them the skills to get them on the right
track personally and professionally. It’s what UNF is all about — promoting the
economic success of the entire region.”
The work of University of North Florida art
faculty and students will light up the night this December at the Jacksonville
Zoo and Gardens.
ZOOLights event, which runs from Dec. 13 to Dec. 31, will feature the works of Jenny Hager-Vickery, a local artist and UNF assistant
professor of sculpture, and her students. It will include art installations,
live performances and other projects dreamed up in the UNF Sculpture Lab. Hager-Vickery
said the Zoo selected artist proposals for creative projects to be
featured during the ZOOLights event, and the selection group liked what her
sculpture students had in mind.
“I’m really proud of the work our students put in for
this event,” Hager-Vickery said. “More than 50,000 visitors will get to see the
quality of the work produced by UNF’s Sculpture Program.”
A number of Hager-Vickery’s students are in the process of
building large, wire-frame sculptures of varying shapes that will be laden with
lights and strung up throughout the Zoo. Other students are building sculptures
designed to correspond to particular exhibits — such as a light-up rat
installation that will be placed in front of the Zoo’s capybara exhibit and an
illuminated tiger by senior Kyle Newsome that will be installed near the
brand-new tiger exhibit.
Newsome said he’s been working on his tiger sculpture since
the beginning of the semester. He’s also planning a live art piece for every
Saturday during ZOOLights in which he’ll dress up as a Mayan warrior and
perform near the Mayan temple display in the Zoo’s South America exhibit. To
tie in to the ZOOLights theme, his costume will be adorned with flashbulbs and
other lighting elements. He said he likely wouldn’t have had the opportunity to
exhibit his work and get involved with the heavily attended event without the
assistance of Hager-Vickery and the UNF Sculpture Program.
“It’s great to have this opportunity from the perspective of
a student who is trying to get his work out there as much as possible,” Newsome
said. “A lot of people will be able to see what I can do, and I’ll have some
more examples of my work that I can use to land other opportunities.”
Hager-Vickery said these types of partnerships between her
students and outside entities are key ways of promoting what she calls
“Our students are very good at what they do, and we want to
find the places that will highlight their work,” Hager-Vickery said. “The
ZOOLights event needs these types of installations and performances, and the
students need venues to display their work. This partnership works for everyone
A familiar face to the UNF community will also be making an
appearance at ZOOLights. Sgt. Quackers, the 10-foot-tall
Styrofoam and fiberglass duck made earlier this year by a group of students
from the art department’s Enlivened Spaces class, will be making the voyage
from UNF to the Jacksonville Zoo for the festivities. Despite his size, Sgt.
Quackers has been quite active as of late, popping up in different places across
Jacksonville when he’s not camped out in his main nest in the pond between the Thomas
G. Carpenter Library and the Coggin College of Business. His upcoming travels
will see him floating at the Zoo through December. Hager-Vickery said Sgt.
Quackers will also be sporting some festive duds, along with an assortment of
The first Jacksonville after dark ZOOLights event was scheduled in 2012 and included lighted animal forms and
flora, some with movement, strings of light globes suspended from trees,
costumed animal figures, dance and music, according to the Zoo. Also included
were Florida-themed holiday activities, such as suds snow and campfires with
of North Florida professor has curated an exhibition at the Museum of Science
and History in Downtown Jacksonville that offers a look back at Northeast
Florida’s vibrant cultural past.
exhibit on Native American life was guest curated by Dr. Keith Ashley, a
professor and coordinator of UNF’s Archaeology
the Past,” which opened Oct. 12, highlights important archaeological discoveries in Northeast Florida
that have changed the way scientists, historians and archaeologists view Native
American history before and after European contact. The exhibit features
archaeological materials and artifacts from MOSH, the National Park Service and
UNF. Many of the artifacts have never been on public display.
Exhibit goers will learn how
archaeologists use science in the field and the lab and get to know some of
Northeast Florida’s beautiful city, state and national parks and the important
role they play in preserving our native history. Sites included in the exhibit
include Mayport, Big Talbot Island State Park, Fort George Island Cultural
State Park, Queens Harbour and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic
“We are thrilled to
collaborate with guest curator Dr. Ashley for this exhibit that perfectly
aligns with our mission to bring science and history to life,” said Christy
Leonard, MOSH Curator and Director of Operations.
Ashley began his training by
studying anthropology as an undergraduate student at Auburn University. After
graduating, he went on to earn a master’s degree in anthropology from Florida
State University and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of
Florida. Much of his research at UNF focuses on the lives of Native Americans
in Northeast Florida. Some of his work can be viewed online.
“Uncovering the Past: New Archaeological Discoveries” in Northeast
Florida opens Oct. 12 and runs through Aug. 31, 2014.
The Thomas G. Carpenter Library at the University of North
Florida was honored in October with a BizTech Innovation Award from the
Jacksonville Business Journal acknowledging the Library’s commitment to
academic collaboration and student success.
BizTech honors are awarded to companies and organizations
that develop, employ and utilize technology in new and dynamic ways. Submitted
entries were screened and honorees chosen by an editorial panel of Jacksonville
Business Journal employees. An awards luncheon took place Oct. 18, at The Hyatt
Riverfront in Jacksonville.
The Library’s award-winning innovation was
born from adversity. For years, staff members had been trying to find a
solution to the constant challenge of connecting millions of copyrighted
materials to the 20,000 patrons engaged in scholarship and research at UNF.
While print resources are meticulously cataloged and searchable in a single
interface, the bulk of the Library's content resides in hundreds of disparate
databases, which must be searched separately. Michael Kucsak, director of
Library Systems and Technology, said the Library’s federated search product was
too slow and could not take advantage of all of the individual databases’
“We believed our electronic resources had
not realized their full potential, so we wanted to make them more available … particularly
the diamonds in the rough,” Kucsak said.
That’s why the Library turned to EBSCO
Discovery Service, which was able to provide a detailed holdings analysis that
would deliver "smart links,” allowing one-click access to the full text of
millions of eJournals, news articles, eBooks and other online content. In an
effort to streamline the user interface, UNF and EBSCO collaborated to
integrate interlibrary loan functionality for content found but not available
in in the library. Working with the Library, EBSCO developed a custom widget to
integrate searches into the statewide union catalog, allowing users to expand
their searches to include all of the State University System holdings. UNF also collaborated with EBSCO's marketing
department, developing promotional materials that leveraged the unique
expertise of each organization to promote the new and unique implementation of
a web scale discovery service for the library.
The results of the collaboration so far
have been eye-opening. Collected data shows a 107 percent year-over-year
increase in electronic resource use, up from a projected 15 percent increase.
This equates to approximately $7 million in additional content delivery to
library patrons, greatly increasing the Library’s return on investment. By
delivering library content more effectively, patrons were able to find what
they wanted in the library without having to look elsewhere. Overall, the EBSCO
products cost less than the products and services they replaced while more than
doubling the effectiveness of the library to deliver content.
Department: Department of English
Job title: Associate Professor of English, Graduate Coordinator for the Department of English
What do you do? In addition to teaching adolescent and children’s literature classes, I teach contemporary American ethnic literatures. I also serve as the coordinator of the graduate program in English.
Years at UNF: Fifteen years
Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: I played Bashful in my second grade performance of Snow White. The role still describes me, in a certain way.
Tell us about your family: I have a Chihuahua named Miss Baxley and a large, mixed breed, black dog named Forrest. I enjoy my extended family of friends, parents, siblings and nieces.
If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? I would give it first to my friends and family, buy an exceptionally gas efficient car, and then give to causes I believe in, like El Hogar de Esperanza y Amor, a Honduran school that’s had great success in breaking the cycle of poverty, person by person.
If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? I would be a photographer or editor.
What would you like to do when you retire? Spend time on the Maine coast.
What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? I have flexible hours. I enjoy working with students and colleagues.
If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I would volunteer in community gardens or educational institutions for at-risk youth.
Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? I had a group of students in a writing class perform a parody of my writing conference style in front of the class on a day my folks were visiting.
What is your favorite way to blow an hour? I enjoy visiting with friends and their dogs.
If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? A place by the sea.
What was the best money you ever spent? I own a 1914 farmhouse in a great walking neighborhood.
Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? My cell phone gives me a sense of safety.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? Earning a doctorate!
What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended? Bruce Springsteen; Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
What person had the greatest impact on your life? My late husband.
What are you most passionate about? Fair treatment of friends, family, students and those in need.
Who is the most famous person you ever met? Chris Rock.
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Give back to the community.
Last book read: Mark Zusak, “The Book Thief”
Brooks College of Health
Nursing: debran Harmon published “Safer Injection
Practices: Filter Needle Use with Glass Ampoules” in the Journal of the
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter.
Public Health: Dr.
Tes Tuason had two publications published. The first was “The Importance of Cultural variables for
Explaining Suicide Terrorism” in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The next “Those
Who Were Born Poor: A Qualitative Study of Philippine Poverty. Qualitative
Psychology,” which was reprinted by the American Psychological Association for
the journal’s inaugural edition.
Dr. Tuason also made four
Madness, and Meaning: A Qualitative Study of Lesbian Daughters” in Lisbon, Portugal; “Creativity and Culture”
in Atlanta, Ga.; “The Visibility of Whiteness: Analyzing
White Privilege Among Female Counseling Trainees” in
Honolulu, Hawaii; and “Creativity:
Investigating Construct Validity Across Cultures” in Berlin, Germany.
Arts and Sciences
Art and Design: Alexander Diaz’s artwork was included in the following juried exhibitions:
the fourth annual photography exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center,
Philadelphia, Pa.; the Kentucky National 2013 at Murray State University’s
Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery in Murray, Ky.; and “Peaceable Kingdom: Animals,
Real and Imagined” at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Nofa Dixon’s drawing was accepted into the fourth annual Nature and
Wildlife Exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association. Dixon also had a
collage accepted into the SECAC Annual Membership Art Exhibition.
Trevor Dunn presented a multi-day firing workshop at Truro Center for
the Arts Cape Cod in Truro, Mass. Dunn also presented a slide lecture, “Beyond
Origination,” at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts during the Atmospheric
Perspectives Invitational Residency in New Castle, Maine.
Jenny Hager-Vickery created a sculpture, “The Ox Carries the Load,” for the
Josephine Sculpture Park in Kentucky. Her work is also in “The Story of the
Creative” exhibition in New York City.
Biology: Dr. Joseph Butler published “Distribution of the Ornate Diamondback Terrapin
(Malaclemys terrapin macrospilota)
in the Big Bend Region of Florida” in Southeastern
Naturalist. He also made a
series of presentations: “Survey techniques for diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) populations in
Florida” at the sixth Symposium on the Status, Ecology and Conservation of the
Diamondback Terrapin in Seabrook Island, S.C.; “Studies of gopher tortoises on
the UNF campus” for the Florida Native Plant Society Jacksonville; “Techniques
for assessing diamondback terrapin populations in Florida” at the meeting
of the Florida Region of the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group at the Brevard
Zoo; and, with his students M.J. Monk and D. Van Pelt, he presented
“Survey of the distribution of the Carolina diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin centrata) in the
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve” at the sixth
symposium on the Status, Ecology and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin,
Seabrook Island, S.C.
Dr. Doria Bowers and her student, Zoe Lyski, presented “Arbovirus persistence
and selection of persistent variants following chronic infection in Aedine
mosquitoes: A comparative study between Ae.
aegypti and Ae. albopictus
30 days post infection with Sindbis” at the American Society for Virology
Annual Meeting. She also received the Undergraduate Teachers of Virology award
from the American Society of Virologists
Dr. Judy Ochrietor and her student, K. Pablo, published “Deletion of the
Basigin gene results in reduced mitochondria in the neural retina” in Biochemical and Biophysical Research
Coughlin and his students, Arthur Omran
and Ronald Baker, published “Differential Bacteriostatic Effects of Sucralose
on Various Species of Environmental Bacteria,” in ISRN Toxicology.
Dr. Julie Richmond presented “Comparative
growth physiology on the land and in the sea: Animal science to marine mammal
biology” at the ADSA®-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting in Indianapolis,
Indiana. She also served as a marine mammal expert on a panel discussion for
the “Stop Seismic Blasting” campaign organized by Oceana, First Coast
Surfrider, Jacksonville Sierra Club, UNF Environmental Services and Hands
Across the Sand.
Drs. Cliff Ross and Dave Waddell and their student, K. Loucks, published “Lipopolysaccharides
elicit an oxidative burst as a component of the innate immune system in the seagrass Thalassia
testudinum” in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry.
Dr. Nicole Dix,
Edward Phlips, and Peter Suscy published “Factors Controlling Phytoplankton
Biomass in a Subtropical Coastal Lagoon: Relative Scales of Influence” in Estuaries and Coasts.
Chemistry: Dr. Michael Lufaso
presented “Crystal Structures and Properties of Bismuth Indium Oxide
Sillenites” at the American Crystallographic Association in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He also co-authored “Using Bond Valences to Model the Structures of Ternary and
Quaternary Oxides,” which was published in Structure and Bonding.
Dr. TJ Mullen facilitated
the “2013 Postdoc to Faculty Workshop” at the 246thAmerican
Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition
in Indianapolis, Ind. He
an invited lecture, “Extending Nanoshaving and Nanografting Through Self- and
Directed Assembly Strategies,” to the Department of Chemistry at
Louisiana State University. He also presented a seminar, “Patterned
Three-Dimensional Mercaptoalkanoic Acid Multilayer Films Using Atomic Force Lithography,”
at the American Chemical Society Florida Annual Meeting
and Exposition in Palm Harbor, Fla.
English: Dr. Keith Cartwright
published “Sacral Grooves, Limbo Gateways: Travels in Deep Southern Time,
Circum-Caribbean Space, Afro-creole Authority” in the University of Georgia
Dr. Nicholas de Villiers presented,
“Sexography: Sex Work and Cinéma Vérité,” at the ninth annual International
Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society conference in
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Music: Dr. Marc Dickman conducted clinics and master classes for the U.S. Navy, Air
Force. and Army bands at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Randy Tinnin and Erin
Bennett, with Rhonda Nus Tinnin and Sherri Curtis Seiden, gave six chamber
music performances on tour in France.
Philosophy and Religion Study: Dr. Bert Koegler was an invited speaker at the eighth annual meeting of the North American Society
for Philosophical Hermeneutics at DePaul University in Chicago.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Krista E. Paulsen, with co-editor Margarethe Kusenbach, published “Home: International Perspectives on Culture,
Identity and Belonging.”
College of Computing, Engineering & Construction
Computing: Dr. Ching-Hua
Chuan presented "Gaming and Mobile App Development with Students"
at the Spotlights in the Academic Technology Innovation Symposium at UNF in
Engineering: UNF was awarded a new patent,
“Street Light Monitoring System.” The inventors are Michael Toth, Drs. J. David Lambert, Patrick T. Welsh,
Gerald U. Merckel and Daniel J. Cox.
Toth is a former UNF graduate student who is now working at Texas Instruments.
College of Education and
Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Katie Monnin has signed a new book contract. Her new book will be titled
“Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts.” She also presented
a webinar focused on teaching comic books and graphic novels alongside the
Common Core Standards. Additionally, Dr. Monnin was a featured speaker at
the Georgia Council of Media Organizations annual conference.
Counseling and Sport Management: Drs. Jason Lee, Liz Gregg, and Kristi
Sweeney gave two presentations at the
Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the
South Conference in Savannah, Ga. The presentations — "I'll give it 9 out
of 9 stars" exploring ESPN Films Nine for IX, and “Bringing sexy back" exploring ESPN The
Magazine's annual Body Issue — focused on gender and marketing issues in sport,
as well as the value of film as a teaching tool. Additionally, Dr. Gregg was named Vice President for Student
Affairs of the Sport Marketing Association.
Office of the Dean:
Kelly Turner, a graduate research
assistant in the Dean’s Office, presented “Finding Fun in the Facts: Motivating
Students to Read Nonfiction” at the Florida Reading Association’s Annual
Conference in Orlando in October. Her presentation focused on the theoretical
research supporting nonfiction in the classroom and some of her original
classroom ideas and resources for the session attendees to bring back to their
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in November:
Cameron Pucci, Director, Institute of Police
Technology and Management
Glasgow, Senior Groundskeeper, Intercollegiate Athletics
Jones-Harris, Office Manager, College of Arts and Sciences
Williams, Administrative Services Coordinator, General Counsel
Housley, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Megan Kuehner, University Registrar,
Richardson, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Ward, Senior Heavy Equipment Operator, Physical Facilities
Tunney, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Walker, Admissions Coordinator, Jacksonville Commitment
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from mid-September to early October:
Jason Chavez, Student Affairs
Coordinator, Campus Recreation
Peter Ercey, Parking Services
Tech, Parking Services
Leslie Grabeman, Assistant Coach,
Kevin Janes, IT Support Tech,
Florida Institute of Education
Erin Kritzer, Academic Support
Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Gregory Krupa, Assistant Coach,
Kelly McCuin, Records
Registration Coordinator, Registrar’s Office
Tracy Nazzaro, Research Program
Services Coordinator, Small Business Development Center Cheryl Parham, Student Financial Aid
Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Eric Nappy, Associate Athletic
Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Kate Arroyo, Assistant Director
of Research Programs, Small Business Development Center
Jason Joseph, Applications
Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Deborah Fliger, Program Assistant,
The following employees were promoted from
late September to early October:
Brown, Assistant Director of Distance Learning, Student Services,
Johnson, Senior Internal Auditor, Internal Auditing
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF from late September to early October:
Canas, Research Program Services Coordinator, Small Business
Cromwell, Senior Academic Adviser, Academic Center for Excellence
Salles-Cunha, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women’s Swimming
Weeks, IT Support Coordinator, Computing, Engineering and
Diesel, Executive Secretary, Intercollegiate Athletics
Indra Koirala, Custodial Worker,
Peralta, Administrative Secretary, Political Science and Public
Suleiman, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Terry, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kohlrabi isn’t familiar to many Americans,
but it was once a favored vegetable in the Roman era as early as the first century
A.D. and was enjoyed by both noblemen and peasants. It’s a member of the
cabbage family, and the name comes from a German word meaning cabbage turnip.
Kohlrabi contains similar nutritional attributes as those found in the more well-known
cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, turnips, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and
broccoli. Dr. Catherine Christie, associate dean and professor in the Nutrition
and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares more about this mild and delicately
sweet vegetable. In order to include kohlrabi in your diet, a recipe is
has little nutritional benefit.
Fact: Kohlrabi is low in calories, with
only 19 calories for one-half cup raw sliced kohlrabi. The same portion is also
high in dietary fiber with 2.5 grams, potassium with 245 grams and 25 IU of
vitamin A, 43 mg of vitamin C, 11 mcg of folic acid and 17 mg of calcium, as
well as a number of other healthful antioxidants.
bigger the kohlrabi, the better.
Fact: Small kohlrabi, no larger than 2
1/2 inches in either the purple or the green variety, are better tasting than
the larger variety with a more woody texture and inedible skin. Fortunately,
kohlrabi is available year round.
kohlrabi needs to be peeled.
Fact: Only the larger kohlrabi greater
than about 3 inches in diameter must be peeled down to the pale yellow flesh to
remove the tough outer layers, which are inedible. The smaller kohlrabi has more
tender skin that can be eaten, if desired.
is a root vegetable like potatoes.
Fact: Actually, kohlrabi grows just
above the ground, forming a turnip-shaped globe at the base of the stem, which
some have described as looking like a cross between an octopus and an alien
space ship. Many farmers’ markets and grocery stores now routinely have
kohlrabi, as they are becoming more popular with American consumers.
can’t be eaten raw.
Fact: Raw kohlrabi is very crunchy with
a mild flavor, which adds texture to any vegetable or fruit salad. It can be
diced, shredded or matchstick-sized for a pretty topping to salad greens or
tossed together with a Waldorf apple salad, potato salad or mixed fruit salad.
It can also be roasted alone or together with other vegetables.
Roasted kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts
kohlrabi globes, peeled
to 15 Brussels sprouts
1 T. olive oil
Salt lightly to taste
Black pepper to taste
desired spices such as oregano, garlic, basil, thyme or parsley
cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese
the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the kohlrabi into one-quarter-inch thick slices
and then cut into strips like French fries. Cut the Brussels sprouts into
quarters. Combine olive oil, salt, pepper and desired spices in a bowl. Toss
the kohlrabi slices and Brussels sprouts in the olive oil mixture to coat.
Spread on a baking sheet in one layer and bake until browned, about 15 to 20
minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with grated
cheese. Return to the oven to allow the cheese to melt for about 5 minutes.
Fiber: 9 g
Sodium: 250 mg
Carbohydrates: 15 g
Protein: 6 g
Fat: 6 g
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