title: Senior Buyer
do you do?
I spend other people’s millions, so
I guess you could say I am a professional shopper. I help the University
acquire construction services, furniture, vehicles, appliances, carpet, window
coverings, etc. An average week entails assembling solicitation documents,
coordinating meetings, answering specification questions, performing research
and, in the end, generating purchase orders. All these processes must be
accomplished in a manner that meets the legal requirements of government
procurement. No two days are the same, and there are never-ending opportunities
to learn more about a wide variety of products and services that help University
employees do their jobs. It is never boring!
at UNF: 6 1/2 years.
us something about you that even your friends don’t know: I
have a purple belt in Taekwondo.
us something that would surprise people to know about you:
I windsurf, and I used to play a
mean game of basketball!
person had the greatest impact on your life?
I’d have to say my mom. She has
always been a strong, intelligent and independent person, which paved the way
for me to get the most from the life I have led. Thanks, Mom — you rock!
us about your family. I have one awesome son. He’s 14
and growing up to be a fine young man. He rows crew, plays soccer and manages
to stay on the honor roll. I am his biggest fan, and he is my life’s most
you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
I guess being a billionaire is
probably out of the question, so I would most likely be doing the same thing I
do now at another government agency or in the private sector. If I had the economic
freedom to do anything I wanted, then it would probably be epigenetic research.
I have always found the medical field fascinating, and the current breakthroughs
in decoding DNA would present endless possibilities for discovery. I like the
idea that we can impact our genome by changes we make in the way we live our
would you like to do when you retire?
Wow, do I really get to retire? If
that were to ever occur, I hope to be able to spend more time traveling. I
would like to visit Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Central America. I really enjoy
reading, watching movies and maybe I could take up some kind of creative hobby.
I hope to also have the time to volunteer working with kids in ways that could
make a difference in their lives. No pressure on my teenager, but I do expect
grandchildren at some point in my lifetime!
is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
Helping others find solutions to
meet their needs and saving them money. I enjoy researching and learning about the
different products and services then finding the best overall source. The time off
we are fortunate enough to have is really great too!
is the best thing you ever won?
The privilege of being a mom.
band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life?
The first 30 years or so would be Madonna
or Pink, and the last decade would be Pacifika. Life has definitely mellowed.
is your favorite fictional character? What makes them your favorite?
Vince Flynn’s character Mitch Rapp.
His character has skills and makes a difference in the world.
you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
I would share it with my family and
friends and then just enjoy life a little more without financial concerns or constraints.
It would be nice to spoil the people I love and get to shop for them endlessly.
is your favorite way to blow an hour?
Taking a long hot bath with a book
or Netflix movie, or just goofing off with my son.
you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you
Either a brilliant sunset over the
Gulf or a Monet-style image of a wildflower garden. But, unfortunately,
anything I painted would be rejected on the wall of your average kindergarten
was the best money you ever spent?
Anything I spend on my son. He is
an investment with infinite returns.
there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without?
I could live without any of it, but
I would really miss my iPad.
is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
The birth of my son and everything
after with him. I am proud of him every day of my life.
was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert
Santana was the first concert and
Heart/Shawn Colvin at the St. Augustine Amphitheater was the most recent.
are you most passionate about?
Enjoying time with my son and
anything I can do to improve the quality of the life he leads.
do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
See my son become an adult with a
family of his own. It is amazing how your priorities change when you become a
book read: I just started “Dust” by Patricia Cornwell and
just finished “Inheritance” by Sharon Moalem.
Clinical and Applied Movement
Sciences: Dr. James Churilla and five of his graduate students (three from UNF; one from the
University of Tennessee; and one from A.T Still University, Arizona) presented
six papers relating to various aspects of physical activity, sedentary
behavior, physiological stress and metabolic health at the 61st annual American
College of Sports Medicine meeting in May in Orlando. Churilla also led a
research session on Enhancing Performance through Training Interventions.
Nursing: Drs. Cynthia
L. Cummings and Linda Connelly,
presented a poster on “Utilizing Priority Setting and Delegation with Clinical
Simulation” at the International Nursing Simulation and Learning Resource
conference in Orlando.
Nutrition and Dietetics:
Braddock was recently quoted in Time Magazine
online in the Health and Nutrition section regarding “19 Foods You Should
Always Have In Your Kitchen.”
Public Health: Drs. Michelle
J. Moore, Elissa M. Barr and Tammie
Johnson gave presentations in May on “Middle
School Youth Sexual Behaviors and Team Sports” and “Documenting the Need for
Earlier Prevention: Sexual Behavior in Grades 6 through 12” at the Society for
Prevention 22nd annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Arts and Sciences
Art and Design: Vanessa Cruz received the Fulbright Specialist Award in Austria hosted
by the Fachhochschule St. Polten, where she participated in lectures,
undergraduate workshops and interviewed with campus radio and television.
Jenny Hager has an exhibition, “Savienosanas: Coalescence,” at the Talsi
Regional Museum, Latvia, and “Ugus Zimedams: Drawing Fire, Sabile,” at the
Jewish Synagogue Contemporary Art and Heritage Site, Latvia.
Stephen Heywood exhibited his work in the National Juried Cup exhibition at
the Victor Keen Gallery in Las Vegas, Nev.; in the International Juried, 5th
Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition at Concordia University in
St. Paul, Minn.; and in the Twentieth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition,
National Juried Exhibition at San Angelo, Tex.
Chemistry: Dr. Amy Lane presented the poster
“Molecular basis for biosynthesis of natural products by Nocardiopsis sp. CMB-M0232” at the
Gordon Research Conference for Marine Natural Products in March.
Dr. Thomas J. Mullen presented a poster, “Extending Scanning Probe
Lithography Through Self- and Directed Assembly Strategies,” at the 5th Annual
Scholars Transform Academic Research Symposium (STARS) at UNF in April. The
poster was voted best faculty poster. Mullen also
presented the lecture, “Nanografting Labile 1-Adamantanethiolate Self-Assembled
Monolayers,” at the 2014 Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition in May.
Communication: Dr. Peter Casella
published “Rethinking Failure: A New Perspective of The Ten O’Clock News Reported by Carol Marin” in the Florida Communication Journal.
English: Dr. James Beasley presented his paper, “Object-Oriented Ontology
and the Material Borders of Invisible Red Ink” at the conference of the
Rhetoric Society of America in May in San Antonio, Tex.
K. Michael published “Answering
Blindness: A Poet Makes Amends” in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability
Poetry and “Cello” in Artemis
History: Dr. Alison J. Bruey presented the paper “Archeology of Discontent:
Popular Sectors and Opposition to Neoliberalism in Chile” at the XXXII
International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, Ill.
Dr. Chau Kelly published “Asha binti Awadh’s Awqaf: Muslim
Endurance Despite Colonial Law in Mikindani, Tanzania” in the International Journal of African
Historical Studies. She also published a book review of Eric Allina’s Slavery by Any Other Name on
Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Constanza Lopez
was awarded the Monserrat Ordóñez Prize for her book Trauma memoria y cuerpo: El Testimonio feminine en Colombia (1985-2000)
given by the Colombia Section of the Latin American Studies Association.
Dr. Yongan Wu published “The Effect of Mixed-Sensory
Presentation on Retaining Graphic Features of Chinese Characters” in Studies in Second Language Acquisition of
Chinese in June, edited
by Zhao Hong Han.
Philosophy and Religion: Dr.
presented “The Dialectic of Human Rights and Democracy under Conditions of
Globality” at the International Conference on the Grounding and Implementation
of Human Rights, Institute of Human Rights, Indiana University-Purdue
University, Fort Wayne, Ind.; “Human Rights, Democracy, and Global
Interculturality,” at the Conference on Philosophy and the Social Sciences in
Prague, Czech Republic; and the invited lecture “La pobreza y la concepcion
hegeliana del derecho como eticidad reflexive” in the Philosophy Department,
Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain.
presented the paper, “Power in the Lesser Hippias,” at the West Coast Plato
Workshop 2014 at the University of California at Berkeley.
Hans-Herbert Koegler published the invited essay “A Critique of Dialogue in Philosophical Hermeneutics” in the Journal of Dialogue Studies, London, England.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Suzanne Simon published her book “Sustaining the Borderlands in the Age of NAFTA: Development, Politics
and Participation on the U.S.-Mexico Border.”
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, Atri Rudra and Akshat
Verma had their paper titled “Energy Aware Algorithmic Engineering” accepted
for publication in the proceedings of the IEEE 22nd International Symposium on
Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems in
Paris, France in September.
Roy, along with his student, Priyanka Harish, also had a paper
titled “Towards Designing Greener Secured Hash Functions” accepted for
publication in the proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Green
Computing and Communications in Taipei, Taiwan in September.
Dr. Peter Bacopoulos and S. C. Hagen had
their paper titled “Dynamic considerations of sea-level rise with respect to
water levels and flooding in Apalachicola Bay” accepted for publication in the Journal of Coastal Research — Special Issue
on Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water Systems.
Management: Dr. Maged Malik
presented his paper titled “A Case Study of Green Technology at the University
of North Florida” at the IAMOT conference in Washington, D.C., in May. Malek
also chaired a session at the conference.
Office: Dean Mark Tumeo was
recently elected as an
American Society of Civil Engineering Fellow. The nationally recognized
designation requires bearers to have had responsible charge for a minimum of 10
years of important industrial, business, construction, educational, editorial,
research or engineering society activity, requiring the knowledge and
background gained from engineering training and experience. Additionally,
Fellows must be nominated by leadership within the ASCE.
College of Education and
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Francis Godwyll will have a book published this summer. The book is titled
on Empowering Education” by Nova
Publishers and co-authored with Peter Chrisanthus Otiato Ojiambo and Paul
Kobina Annan Bedu-Addo.
Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: Lena Shaqareq, Dr. Jin-Suk Byun and
Catherine McMurria presented at the
SSTESOL conference in St. Petersburg this past May. Their session was titled
“Vocabularius,” and it focused on incorporating fun and funny activities into
teaching and building up vocabulary for ESL students.
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in July:
McCracken, Manager of Land Grounds Recycling, Physical Facilities
Nutrition and Dietetics
Kearse, Work Management Specialist, Physical Facilities
Harris, Associate Director, Physical Facilities
Bennett, Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance
Campbell, Director of Academic
Advising Services, Coggin College of Business
Bond, Director of IT,
Elaine Poppell, Senior Broadcast Engineer Technician, CCEC Video
Burnett, Head Athletic Trainer, Intercollegiate Athletics
Chacinski, Office Manager, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport
Murphy, Associate Director, Continuing Education
Miles, Assistant Athletic Coach, Basketball
Felix, Control Systems Technician, Physical Facilities
Richardson, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Small, Application Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Samuel Epps, Custodial
Supervisor, Custodial Services
Sidney Halfhill, Maintenance
Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Lynn Weatherford, Accounting Associate,
Lucy Tison, Administrative
Secretary, Student Government Business and Accounting Office
Warren King, Maintenance
Mechanic, MOCA Building Maintenance
Katrina Willis, Accounting
Associate, Student Government Business and Accounting Office
Cheri Harris, Custodial Worker,
Catherine Silvers, Assistant
University Librarian, Library
Christie Hall, Office Assistant,
Educational Field Experiences
Caitlin Bernatt, Laboratory Technician,
Lisa Taylor, Assistant Women's
Soccer Coach, Women's Soccer
The following employees were promoted recently:
Williams, Senior Academic Adviser, Academic Center for Excellence
Kapcio, Administrative Services Coordinator, Graduate School
Jackson, Refuse Recycle Moving Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Smith, Senior Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities
Miwa Nguyen, Assistant
Director of Academic Support Services, Brooks College of Health
Rakita, Director, Academic Technology
Cochrane, Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Studies
Hulen, Assistant Director of Distance Learning Course
Development, Center For Instruction and Research Technology
Dawood, Student Affairs Coordinator, Taylor Leadership Institute
Beachem, Senior Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities
Spruell, Interim Coordinator of Academic Support Services, Office
of Academic Testing
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF recently:
Davis, Senior Store/Receiving Clerk, Purchasing
Robertson, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling
Alderman, University Librarian, Library
Carter, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Winemiller, Associate Director of Development, Coggin College of
Harrell, Head Athletic Coach, Women’s Swimming
Smith, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling
Sherwood, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Soles, Assistant Director, Distance Learning
Hyatt, Child Development Teacher, Child Development Center
Brumfield, Administrative Secretary, Counseling Center
Milich, Director of Advancement Systems, Development and Alumni
Connally, Program Assistant, Office of Academic Testing
Ercey, Parking Services Technician, Parking Services
For those who love Italian food and the
Mediterranean diet, one of the staples are beans, particularly cannellini
beans. The regions of Tuscany and Umbria eat beans frequently and often mix
them with pasta, create bean soups with seasonal vegetables and greens or serve
them with onions, olive oil and basil as a side to roasted meats. Tuscans are
sometimes referred to as “bean eaters” or “mangiafagioli” in Italian. Catherine
Christie, associate dean and a professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics
Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, shares more about this
Tuscan delight. In order to include cannellini beans in your diet, a recipe is
Myth: The healthy Mediterranean diet
consists of mostly tomato sauce, pasta, cheese and wine.
Fact: The Mediterranean diet is
primarily plant foods with moderate amounts of fish and poultry, small amounts
of red meat, high consumption of beans, nuts and grains, particularly pasta,
Arborio rice, cheese and yogurt, no more than four eggs a week, fresh fruit as
dessert and low to moderate amounts of wine. It’s 25 to 35 percent of calories
from fat, predominantly extra virgin olive oil, and saturated fat is no more
than 8 to 10 percent of calories. Fiber sources include fruits, vegetables,
beans and seeds. Although fat consumption is higher in the Mediterranean diet
than some diets, the health effects in terms of prevalence of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes
have been significantly lower in Mediterranean countries compared to other
European countries and the U.S.
Myth: Legumes and beans have no special
nutritional value in the Mediterranean diet.
Fact: The Mediterranean diet includes lots of legumes.
Legumes are plants in the pea family that produce pods, which slit open
naturally along a seam, revealing a row of seeds. Examples of legumes in the
Mediterranean diet include peas, chickpeas, lentils and beans. Cannellini beans
are large white Italian kidney beans, which are available both dried and
canned. A serving of cannellini beans provides more than 20 percent of the recommended
daily values of iron, magnesium and folate. They are also a good source
of protein, providing more than 15 grams per serving. Other nutritional
benefits include their low fat content and calorie count. Each serving contains
only 225 calories and less than one gram of fat.
Myth: Cannellini beans are native to the
beans are a variety of white beans native to and popular in Central and
Southern Italy, particularly in Tuscany. Other names for the bean include white
kidney bean and fazolia bean. They are similar to white navy beans and are often mistaken for great northern beans. They have a firm texture and skin, are mild in flavor
and hold their shape well after cooking. In Tuscany, the beans are often eaten cooked and mashed, seasoned with
olive oil, salt, fresh basil and pepperoncini pepper and spread on toasted
bread as a popular variety of bruschetta.
Myth: Cannellini beans don’t need to be
soaked before cooking.
Fact: To prepare cannellini beans, they need
to be rinsed and soaked overnight. They also should be boiled for at least 10
minutes and then simmered for two to three hours over reduced heat or cooked in
a pressure cooker for 15 to 20
minutes. One cup of dried beans yields
approximately three cups of cooked beans. After
initial preparation, they can be added to soups, salads, pasta dishes and stews
and also can be seasoned with a little extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil,
salt and pepper and served as a side dish to meat or fish. Cooked cannellini beans can be
stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days or
frozen for later use.
Myth: Because they are imported from
Italy, cannellini beans are expensive to purchase.
Fact: Dried beans, such as cannellini, are
some of the cheapest and most nutritious foods you can purchase. The canned
variety is also very affordable. They are staple ingredients in such Italian
specialties as minestrone soup, pasta e fagioli, greens with cannellini beans
and pancetta, ribollita soup and penne pasta with beans and greens, like
escarole or kale.
2 cans or 2 cups cooked from dry
1 sweet onion, chopped or sliced for
slivers or you may use green onions, chopped
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
Pepper to taste, either black or
Chopped fresh basil
Balsamic vinegar to taste
Mix beans with remaining ingredients in a
serving bowl. They are best prepared two to three hours before serving and
refrigerated. This dish is also good over fresh salad greens, such as arugula,
romaine or mixed greens, with some grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Fiber: 7 g
Sodium: 10 mg
Carbohydrates: 33 g
Protein: 10 g
Fat: 7 g
Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the
University of North Florida’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program. Have a
question about cannellini beans? Contact
Boathouse, UNF’s iconic campus eatery and bar, has seen its share of facelifts.
The first structure was built in 1973 on a prime lakefront location. However, a fire during
Christmas break in 1978 ravaged the building. A new, much larger restaurant was
built on the same spot and opened for business in 1980. That building survived
renovations, expansions and a name change to Wackadoo’s Grub and Brew before
being razed in 2008 to make way for the new Student Union. The latest iteration
of the Boathouse, which opened in 2009 on the second floor of the Student Union
and boasts beautiful campus views and satisfying food, is a testament to how
far the University has come.
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