To University of North Florida President John A. Delaney,
his annual State of the University address is a time to reflect on the identity
of the University and discuss the topic of institutional growth.
He delivered this year’s speech Sept. 28 in the Lazzara
Performance Hall, just four days before the University celebrated its 40th
anniversary. Considering the timing, Delaney drew heavily from the University’s
rich history to laud the faculty and staff who have helped UNF develop from a
small, commuter school to a distinguished, regional University with a growing
The numbers speak for themselves. UNF’s first graduating class consisted of 35
students. Forty years later, more than 74,000 women and men have received a UNF
degree. Additionally, the academic profile of incoming UNF freshman has
steadily grown to the point that it eclipses many other schools in the State
freshmen who entered this fall, once again, raised the profile of our student
body with an average score of 1212 on the verbal and quantitative sections of
the SAT and a 3.9 high school GPA, making us one of the most competitive
universities in this state,” Delaney said.
During the course of the past 40 years,
UNF has maintained its commitment to institutional best practices, fostered
on-campus diversity, respected the
natural ecology of the campus and the region and continually supported the
individual student’s educational journey — all key facets of the University’s
were the foundations of UNF in October 1972, and they remain our foundations
going into October 2012,” Delaney said.
National higher education rating services have observed UNF’s continued commitment to
institutional excellence. The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s and Forbes have all
acknowledged UNF’s academic merits and dedication to providing an affordable
education to every student.
national press has also taken note of UNF’s excellence, with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
extolling the University’s virtues during a live, nationally televised
broadcast from the UNF Green during the CNN Republican candidate debates.
UNF in the news a total of 11,308 times last year — that’s more than 30 times a
day, every day a newspaper is quoting one of our professors or a TV station is
covering the work of one of our student organizations — Jacksonville knows we
are here,” he said.
next stage in the University’s growth was instituted this fall term, with more
than 3,000 students living in campus residence halls and the introduction of
mandatory housing for first-year students. The University is moving past the
outmoded commuter campus image to that of a full-time, residential University.
goal, Delaney said, is to improve the rate of return on student and Florida
taxpayer investments by providing UNF students with an enhanced connection to
campus life. Studies have shown living on or near campus and engaging in campus
activities contribute to higher retention and graduation rates for
decision to move toward mandatory housing is heralded by some as a bold move on
UNF’s part,” Delaney said. “By others, it’s seen as a risky experiment. For me, it’s an important step in changing
also discussed the University’s financial status, an important topic for faculty,
staff and students alike. He said the news out of Tallahassee is promising for next
year but cautioned that the economic climate could change during the course the
next several months. The hope is that after a tight 2012-2013 year, there will
be relief in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
concluded his speech with a casual reference to his recent nomination as a
candidate for the University of Florida’s presidency. He reaffirmed his
dedication to UNF, starting with year 41 and moving on into the future.
are too many good people, doing important work right here,” he said. “And I am
hoping to be a part of that work for several years to come.”
2012 Distinguished Professor
Dr. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz from the Department of
Economics and Geography in the Coggin College of Business was honored during
Fall Convocation as the University’s 2012 Distinguished Professor.
Baliamoune-Lutz partly attributed her successes at
UNF to a strong support system of administrative staffers exhibiting an
outstanding commitment to excellence within the Coggin College of Business.
Additionally, she shared memories of her parents, who she said acted as passionate
supporters of her academic career.
That career started at Northeastern University in Boston, where
she received her M.B.A. and doctorate in economics. She has traveled to more
than 20 different foreign countries where she has taught courses, delivered
keynotes, presented papers, participated in workshops or worked as a research
Throughout the years, she has published more than 40 articles in
peer-reviewed journals and co-edited a book, “Women in African Development: The
Challenge of Globalization and Liberalization in the 21st Century,” published
in 2005. She is currently the associate editor of three different publications:
the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences; Information Technology for
Development; and the Journal of African Development.
Her extensive international background has become a common trait
amongst a large portion of the UNF faculty, which has boosted the level of
classroom discourse across campus, she said. Through a wide array of grants and
professorships, the University has placed an increased emphasis on expanding
the breadth of international educational opportunities available to faculty.
“Without the efforts to internationalize the curriculum, we wouldn’t
be as strong of a University,” she said.
her speech with an African proverb that ably summed up her work ethic and
belief in staying ahead of the latest advancements in higher education.
morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the
fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it
must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter
whether you are a lion or a gazelle — when the sun comes up, you'd better be
award winners from the 2012 Fall Convocation:
Distinguished professor Runner-Up
“Chip” Klostermeyer, School of Computing
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
Erin Bennett, Department of Music
Michelle Boling, Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Brown, School of Engineering
Dr. Alison Bruey, Department of History
Dr. Sharon Cobb, Department of Economics and Geography
Dr. B. Jay Coleman, Department of Management
Dr. Christopher Johnson, Department of Economics and Geography
Dr. Judith Ochrietor, Department of Biology
Dr. Otilia Salmon, Department of Foundations and Secondary
Dr. John White, Department of Foundations and Secondary
Graduate Teaching Award
Christopher Janson, Department of Leadership, School
Counseling& and Sport Management
Jennifer Wesely, Department of Criminology and Criminal
Outstanding Scholarship Awards
Dr. David Courtwright, Department of History
Dr. Paul Fadil, Department of Management
Dr. Ma. Teresa Tuason, Department of Public Health
Dr. Gordon Rakita, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Barbara Olinzock, School of Nursing
Undergraduate Advising Award
Terry DeRubeis, Coggin College of Business Student Services
International Leadership Award
Dr. Paul Fadil,
Department of Management
Leslie Kaplan, Interim Director, Honors Program
International Service Award
Robert Boyle, Interim Director, University Housing and
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Individual Winner — Melissa Hirschman, Department of
Organizational Winner — Disability Resource Center
Diversity and Inclusion Research Award
JeffriAnne Wilder, Department of Sociology
Richmond Wynn, Department of Clinical Mental Health
Counseling and Sharon Tamargo Wilburn, Department of Public Health (joint
Those words, delivered by UNF President
Dr. Adam W. Herbert April 18, 1997, marked the groundbreaking for the
University Center. The $11 million facility was a focal point in his efforts to
build bridges between the community and the relatively young university that
was at the time marking its 25th anniversary.
Fifteen years later, as the University
celebrates its40th anniversary, that Center was officially named
for the man whose persistent vision became enduring reality. The building was
renamed the Adam W. Herbert University Center following the annual Founders Day
The University Center, which opened in
1999, has compiled some impressive numbers, exceeding even Herbert’s
projections when the groundbreaking occurred.
According to figures from University
Center Director George Androuin, the Center has hosted more than 54,000
activities that attracted 2.2 million participants. In the process, it has also
generated nearly $20 million in revenue. For many of these 2.2 million
participants, the University Center became their first exposure to the UNF
At the time of the groundbreaking,
Herbert noted that, “we must open our doors to the citizens, companies and
organizations in our city so they understand the important role a university
campus environment can play in the community.”
The attendance figures support that
assertion. The figures include separate operations by the Division of Continuing
Education, the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) and the
Institute of Police Technology and Management (ITPM) , all of which bring
thousands of individuals to the facility each year.
Continuing Education offers scores of classes
for residents and businesses in the Northeast Florida region. In the last fiscal year, Continuing Education
registrations topped 17,000.
At the Small Business Development Center,
Director Janice Donaldson estimated more than 770 workshops have been conducted
since 1999, attracting more than 26,000 participants to campus.
And at IPTM, Director Bob Jacob said more
than 46,000 police officers from across the globe have undergone training at
the University Center.
The numbers vindicate Herbert’s visionary
construction philosophy. During his presidency, he said it was clear there were
few alternatives to the downtown convention center for smaller conferences,
meetings and lectures.
Although the numbers indicate the Center
has far exceeded projections, it was not an easy sell for Herbert. Although the
Florida Legislature approved funding for the project, it was vetoed by then
Gov. Lawton Chiles. Herbert was able to secure funding the following year with
assistance from State Sen. Betty Holzendorf, for whom the access road to the
center was eventually named.
“We didn’t have adequate space on our
campus to accommodate the Small Business Development Center or Continuing
Education,” Herbert said. “It was imperative we obtain the funding for the Center
to serve the educational needs of the community.
With the money secured, construction of
the 95,000-square-foot facility proceeded rapidly. By Feb. 1999, it was ready
for its grand opening under then- President Anne Hopkins.
Although Herbert had become chancellor of
the State University System by the time the Center opened, he had many
opportunities to see its operations in subsequent years. He returned to UNF in
2000 to become the founding executive director of The Florida Center for Public
Policy and Leadership.
Herbert and his wife, Karen, retired in
Jacksonville, and they’re frequent Center visitors for lectures and special
events. From now on, each time he walks across the threshold of the University
Center, he will be reminded of how his dreams became a reality for Jacksonville
and the University of North Florida.
Nearly every major news agency in the nation
had some representatives in the stands of the Tampa Bay Times Forum covering
the Republican National Convention in August.
The Washington Post sent out scores of
reporters to cover the political show, but when they needed backup, they turned
to a team of skilled University of North Florida communication students.
The students varied in terms of academic
discipline — journalism, electronic media, public relations and political
science were all represented — but they were all members of a dynamic UNF class
led by Dr. Paula Horvath-Neimyer.
The framework for the class was established in
January when UNF hosted the CNN
Republican National Debate on campus. Students from one of Neimeyer’s classes contributed
tweets and live coverage of the event to the Post, thoroughly impressing the
staff of the famed newspaper. Based on the quality of the work produced by the UNF
communication students, the Post once again turned to one of Neimeyer’s classes
with a proposition.
They would provide reporting assistance during
the August Republican National Convention in Tampa, mostly from a live social
media perspective. There are other universities with journalism programs
located closer to Tampa — namely the University of Central of Florida and
University of South Florida — but the Washington Post specifically chose UNF
for the task, which involved months of advance blogging and about a week of
intense, shoe-leather reporting.
To prepare for the work ahead, Neimeyer created
a summer class focused on digital and social media — necessary skills for a
hard-charging political reporter in the thick of the Convention commotion. She
reached out to almost a dozen students who expressed interest in the course and
began immersing them in the world of new media. That included weekly news
meeting comprised of video chats with editorial producers from the Washington
Post and in-person conversations with Florida Times-Union editors, who also
utilized the students’ tweets in a live sidebar on Jacksonville.com’s political
The initial work consisted primarily of
blogging for the Post’s “The 12” blog, a student-driven Tumblr
page that tracked voter sentiment in the 12 most crucial swing states for the
upcoming election. The big draw for the students was the opportunity to report
on a national political event, but it was unclear how their transportation and
lodging would be funded. That’s when the Office of Undergraduate Studies
stepped up and offered a Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) grant.
TLOs are awarded to faculty and students who present unique and
engaging educational opportunities that broaden and deepen students’
intellectual and worldviews. The grant allowed the students and Neimeyer to
rent a four-bedroom house in Ybor City in Tampa for more than a week.
They managed to cover the full scope of the event
— from the build-up, which included raucous parades and loud protests, to Romney’s
final acceptance speech.
“We wanted to be there until the last streamer
fell from the ceiling,” said Paula Senn, a senior journalism major.
She called the trip a once-in-a-lifetime,
hands-on learning experience.
“Unless one of us [fellow journalism students]
end up working for CNN, we probably won't get a shot to do that again,” Senn
said. “I never considered myself a political junkie, but the theater of the
event is a sight to behold.”
Senn, a nontraditional student who retired from
the Navy after 20 years and started taking classes at UNF, said it was a rush
being in the thick of the political machine. It was even better when she saw a
picture she took and posted to Twitter pop up on the Post’s website.
“I snapped a picture of this guy dressed like
Wyatt Earp,” she said. “He was a delegate from Kansas. Well, that picture made
its way out to thousands of people because the Post picked it up from my
Twitter. They were monitoring our Twitter handles during the Convention for
live coverage. That was an amazing feeling because I’ve never used Twitter up
until I got to this class, and now my tweets are ending up on the Post’s
Henna Bakshi, a junior electronic media major
and the group’s unofficial broadcast representative, spent a lot of her time at
the Convention shooting video and
doing video spots from in and around the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
She said the classroom experience helped prepare
her for the hectic nature of live reporting from inside a hugely crowded
Before they left for Tampa, the students
interacted with some professional journalists, including Natalie Jennings from
the Post, and received advice on staying calm in the midst of their coverage.
Those talks helped reassure Bakshi once she waded into the media fray.
“We only had two passes, so we had to take
turns going into the Convention,” Bakshi said. “When it was my turn, I just had
this huge smile on my face the entire time I walked in. I took a moment to take
it all in, and then I started tweeting and posting updates about the delegation
votes while I was right next to all these professional reporters from publications
from across the country.”
Bakshi said there’s no way to replicate the
on-the-job training she received while covering the Convention. It’s a résumé
topper for her until she lands a professional position in front of the camera.
But she said her time in the field has prepared her for the rigors of
day-to-day life in the broadcast field.
“I was assigned to cover the main event — the
Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney speeches,” she said. “I had to do a standup after
the event, but the spot where we were located was too dark. I had to borrow a
light from a national news organization and give it back to them as quickly as
possible because they were packing up. With all the adrenaline flowing through
me, I got that standup done in one take.”
World-renowned historian and
author Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss “Former U.S. Presidents and Their Mark
on the World” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the University of North
Florida Arena. This Presidential Lecture is free and open to the public.
Her most recent work, a
monumental history of Abraham Lincoln entitled “Team of Rivals: The Political
Genius of Abraham Lincoln” and published in 2005, joined the best-seller lists
in its first week of publication and soon reached No. 1 on The New York Times
A feature film based on “Team of Rivals,” directed by Steven
Spielberg and starring Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, will be released in
November. Goodwin’s latest book won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding
work about the president and/or the Civil War, the New York Historical Society
Book Prize, the Richard Nelson Current Award and the New York State Archives
History Makers Award.
Goodwin received her doctorate in
government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a
course on the American presidency. Following her tenure at Harvard, Goodwin
served as an assistant to Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House,
later assisting Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs. In 1976, she
authored “Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream,” which became a New York
This event, sponsored
by the UNF Foundation and Stein Mart, is part of the UNF Distinguished Voices
Lecture Series. Tickets are required and can be reserved online or by phone at (904) 620-2117.
Nominations are now being accepted for two awards — the 2012-2013
Outstanding Undergraduate and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards. Guidelines
for the awards are located on the UNF Faculty Association Web site here.
be sent via-email to email@example.com or delivered
to the Faculty Association Office in the Honors Hall, Building 10, Room
1120. The nomination deadline is
5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12.
Job title: Assistant
Director of Recreation
What do you do?
Primarily, I manage the fitness
components of the Student Wellness Complex and direct the operation of the
Student Wellness Complex facility. Additionally, I am an adjunct instructor for
health and fitness classes for the College of Education and Human Services.
Years at UNF: I moved
here 20 years ago as a freshman. I began working as a fitness trainer 19 years
ago. Then, I became manager of the Dottie Dorion Fitness Center 16 years ago.
Tell us something about you that even your
friends don’t know: I ran with
the torch for the ’96 Summer Olympics.
What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
I have two answers for this:
1) I’ve been in a true position of
influence. It seems I have guided dozens
of student-staff over the years in helping them discover their abilities and
2.) I’ve been entrusted by my
superiors over the last 3.5 years to develop the most unique, innovative and
progressive fitness center that I know of.
If you were not working at UNF, what would you be
doing? Either being a stay-at-home dad,
if my wife didn’t mind going back to full-time work, pursuing patents on
inventions or writing children’s books.
Describe your favorite UNF-related memory?
Walking away from having finished
my final project for grad school.
If you could choose any other career, what would
it be and why?
I would work for myself more than I
already do. My wife and I own and operate rental properties at the beach. I
would purchase more old beach properties, rehab them and rent them. If I had
enough of these properties with sufficient positive cash flow, it could be a
career that would give me more time to spend with my family.
What would you like to do when you retire?
Not sit still. I would still manage
properties, but I would pursue patents on several inventions. I would spend
quality time with my kids and make memories.
Tell us about your family.
I have a beautiful wife of almost
12 years and three wonderful kids. Jimi is a strong-willed, bright 7-year-old
boy. He is home schooled, which is a wonderful thing in that we can spend time
feeding his insatiable appetite for science and other subjects of interest. Raina
is four years old and “sugar and spice and everything nice.” Luna, who is 1.5
years old, is developing a personality. She seems like she will be a happy
medium between her older siblings’ polar personalities. My mother, sister and
her family, and brother and his family all live in the Jacksonville area.
What is the best thing you ever won?
My wife’s hand in marriage
What was the best money you ever spent?
Emptying my bank account for the
full commitment to purchase my wife’s engagement ring.
What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the
soundtrack to your life?
Bill Conti. He composed the
soundtracks for the “Rocky” movies. The common thread to these songs is tenacity
and the ‘never give up’ theme.
Who is your favorite fictional character? What
makes them your favorite?
Rocky Balboa. He was just an
average guy who was given a chance of a lifetime. He proved to the whole world
that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if you try hard enough, and he
remained humble all-the-while.
If you won the lottery, what would do with the
I would give 10 percent to the new
Church of 11:22, a non-denominational church. After that, I would be sure my
family and friends’ financial needs are taken care of. I would then start up
several businesses that my children could run one day.
What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
Building something or playing in my
back yard or garage with my kids.
If you were asked to paint a picture about
anything you wanted, what would you paint?
The sunset sky a few days after my
father passed away. Jimi was 6 at the time and said, “look, Grandpa painted the
sky for us.”
Is there a piece of technology that you just
couldn’t live without?
The MP3 player I use when I run.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your
The births of each of my children.
Tell us something that would surprise people to
know about you: I have submitted a manuscript to a
children’s book publisher.
What was the first concert you ever attended, and
what was the most recent concert you attended?
First was Green Day here at UNF in
the fall of ’93. Last was “Donna the Buffalo” at Magnolia Fest last fall.
What person had the greatest impact on your life?
My dad. If I can be half the person
he was, I will have lived a very fulfilling life.
What are you most passionate about?
Riding either my four-wheeler, my dirt
bike or my mountain bike through the woods.
Who is the most famous person you ever met?
Either Russell Crowe or Ted
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not
done yet? Make sure all of my children have
memories that I tried to be a living example that my purpose is to be a servant
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Last book read: The last one I finished was “Why We Run.” I am reading “The Paleo Diet for Athletes”
College of Health
Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences:
Harrington was invited to speak at the rehabilitation medicine grand rounds
at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She also spoke with
the rehabilitation staff about how to publish case studies. Dr. Harrington’s presentation was titled
“Upper Extremity Impairments Resulting from Cancer Treatment – How
Rehabilitation Can Help.” She will also speak at the American Society of
Shoulder and Elbow Therapists annual meeting about “Acute Effects of Breast
Cancer Surgery on Shoulder Function, Quality of Life, Range of Motion and
to Dr. Irma Ancheta for receiving
her election to Fellowship in the American Heart Association. She will be
recognized at the Annual CVN Council Dinner in November in Los Angeles for this
achievement and will be presented her F.A.H.A. Certificate.
a presentation entitled “Pharmacology Management” at Brooks Hospital in
September. She is also presenting in October at the Jacksonville Association of
Nurse Educators on “Utilization of Simulation.”
Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Judy
Perkin and Dr. Claudia-Sealey Potts,
gave a presentation entitled “Many Plates and Dietary Advice for the U.S. Public”
at the 2012 Florida Public Health Association Annual Education Conference in
August in Orlando.
Public Health: Dr. Erin
Largo Wright had her article “Multiple health behaviors and psychological
well-being of Chinese female undergraduate students” published
in the International Electronic Journal of Health Education. Another article,
“An empirical test of an expanded version of Theory of Planned Behavior in
predicting recycling behavior on campus,” was published in the American Journal
of Health Education. Additionally, she gave a peer-reviewed national
presentation on the effectiveness of stress reduction at the American Academy
of Health Behavior in Austin.
Dr. Ma Teresa Tuason had her
article “Experiences of Adult Children of Transnational Workers” in the Philippine Journal of Psychology. Another article, “The disaster continues: A qualitative study
on the experiences of displaced Hurricane Katrina survivors,” was published in Professional
Psychology: Research and Practice.
Additionally, she gave a presentation “The Peace Within:
Transformation of Conflict for counseling competence” during a panel on
nonviolence, conflict transformation, and forgiveness at 25th annual conference
of the German Peace Psychology Association in Konstanz, Germany.
Coggin College of Business
Accounting and Finance: Dr. Lynn Comer Jones was appointed as Trustee to the American Tax
Association at the annual American Accounting Association meeting. Jones
co-authored, with Susan Anderson and Tracy Reed, an article, “Insurance Fraud: Losses,
Liabilities and September 11,” that was accepted for publication at Issues in
Shannon Italia, director of the Career Management Center, was awarded her UNF M.B.A. degree Aug. 3.
Arts & Sciences
Biology: Dr.Dale Casamatta was approved for a second term as the
program director for the Psychological Society of America. His paper,
“Characterization of Roseonema reptotaenium
(Oscillatoriales, Cyanobacteria) gen. et sp. nov. isolated from
Caribbean black band disease,” was also accepted in Phycologia. Additionally, his paper, “Response of phytoplankton communities of six
reservoirs of the middle Missouri River (USA) to drought and a major flood
event: Importance of water residence time” was published in Hydrobiologia.
Dr. Matt Gilg had
accepted for publication, with E.G. Johnson, J. Gobin, B.M.
Bright and A. Ortolaza, “Population genetics of introduced and native
populations of the green mussel, Perna
viridis: Determining patterns of introduction” in Biological Invasion.
Drs. Matt Gilg and Tony Rossi, with K.Stokes
and P. Stiling, had accepted “The gall midge, Asphondylia borrichiae, (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae): An indigenous
example of host–associated genetic divergence in sympatry” in Environmental Entomology.
Dr. Mike Lentz and student Eric Luman
published an article “The Accuracy of Pitching Yeast by Mass in a Small
Microbrewery” in the Master Brewers Association of the Americas Technical
Dr. Dan Moon and
Jamie Moon published “Examining the factors influencing keystone
interactions” in Trends in Ecology.
Drs. Dan Moon and
Tony Rossi, with R. C. Meyer and K. Stokes, published “Restoration and plant
composition in former pine tree farms restoration and plant composition in
former pine tree farms” in Southeastern Naturalist.
Dr. Terri Ellis and her students presented a poster entitled “The Impact of Antibiotic
Exposure on the Protein Profile of Outer Membrane Vesicles Produced by
Resistant Strains of Klebsiella
pneumonia” at the American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting in
San Francisco, Calif.
Dr. Kelly Smith and her student,
Patrick Goodwin, presented a poster at the Florida Lake Management Society
Meeting titled "Developing a long term monitoring program on campus: Student
monitoring of lake water quality at University of North Florida."
Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Michael Hallett published “Commerce with Criminals” in Review of
History: Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean
published “The View from the Ground: Experiences of Civil War Soldiers.” He
edited the volume and wrote one chapter, “The Blue and the Gray in Black and
White: Assessing the Scholarship on Civil War Soldiers.”
Dr. Alan Bliss gave a paper,
“Tampa’s Postwar Seaport Ambitions: The Wartime Origins of the Tampa Port
Authority,” at the annual meeting of the Florida Historical Society in Tampa in
May. He also moderated a panel on Florida’s experience of automobilization in
the early 20th century.
Dr. James Broomall published two book
reviews, one for the Journal of Southern History and one for Civil War
Dr. N. Harry
Rothschild published “Sovereignty, Virtue, and Disaster Management: Chief Minister
Yao Chong's Proactive Handling of the Locust Plague of 715-16” in the Journal
of Environmental History.
Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Nuria Ibáñez published a chapter, “Diana de Paco, Lucía: a la
sombra de Electra,” in Estreno.
Barry Greene published an interactive iBook, “Playing Jazz Guitar.”
Philosophy and Religion: Dr. Andrew Buchwalter presented “The Dialectic of Human Rights and
Democracy under Conditions of Globality” at the Conference on Interpretive
Policy Analysis at the University of Tilburg, Netherlands in July. He also
presented “Human Rights, Political Membership, and Historicity: Hegel and the
‘Right to Have Rights’” at the World Congress of the International Political Science
Association in Madrid, Spain the same month.
Physics: Dr. L.
Gasparov, with Z. Shirshikova, T. M. Pekarek, J. Blackburn, V. Struzhkin,
A. Gavriliuk, R. Rueckamp, and H. Berger, published “Raman study of the Verwey
transition in Magnetite at high-pressure and low-temperature; effect of Al
doping” in the Journal of Applied Physics.
Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. George Candler, with co-author Dr. Georgette Dumont, published “Gestão
Pública para Sustentabilidade.” He also presented a paper, “Civic
responsibility as a foundation of societal sustainability and how government
might contribute to this.”
Psychology: Dr. Heather Truelove, was awarded a
grant of $3.7 million from the NSF Water Sustainability Climate Program for a
five-year project, “Climate, Drought,
and Agricultural Adaptations: An Investigation of Vulnerabilities and Responses
to Water Stress Among Paddy Farmers in Sri Lanka.”
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Gordon Rakita published “Bias and Science: The Gould-Morton Controversy”
in the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin.
Dr. David Jaffee presented the paper, “‘A
Deeper Channel Floats All Boats’: The Port Economy As Urban Growth Machine,” at
the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association.
Dr. Keith Ashley co-edited “Late
Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World.”
Dr. Jenny Stuber presented a paper,
“Social Class and the Gendered Body,” at the Annual Meetings of the American
Sociological Association in Denver.
Education & Human Services
Literacy and TESOL: Drs. Katrina Hall, Lunetta Williams, Wanda
Hedrick andgraduate student, Danielle Boller, will present “Earth Matters Book
Club: Engaging students in reading nonfiction texts” at the Florida Reading
Association Annual Conference in Orlando this fall.
Counseling and Sport Management: Dr.
Jennifer Kane had two articles published in August. The first was in
the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and was an invited
Viewpoint article titled “Can Strong Really Be the New Skinny?,” and the other
was a peer-reviewed journal article titled “Utilizing the Bicycle for
Non-Traditional Activities,” which was published in Strategies.
Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education: Dr. Caroline Guardino was selected amongst a large pool of national
applicants to attend the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Summer Research
Training Institute on Single-Case Intervention Design and Analysis. The
Institute was in Madison, Wisc. Guardino is prepared to assist colleagues who
are conducting or are interested in conducting single-case design research.
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone
anniversary at UNF in October:20 years
Gerald Smith, Irrigation Technician, Physical Facilities15 years
Kemppainen, Director of Academic Advising
Services, Education and Human Services
McClenahan, Instructional Specialist,
Training and Services InstituteJames Owen, Director Academic
Support Services, Enrollment Services
John Yancey, Director, Admissions
Lilli Copp, Director of Research Program Services, Florida Institute of
Kevin Monahan, Research Program Services Coordinator, Small Business Development
Dirk Small, Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems
Five years Gregory Catron, Associate Director
of Employee Labor Relations, Human Resources
Gustav Carlson, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Kyle Clark, Program Specialist, Training and Services Institute
Connally, Program Assistant, Office of
Julia Figura, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Ernest Gamble, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Olga Gedroit, Data Architect, Enterprise Systems
Cynthia Hoffer, Office Manager, Library
Angela Johnson, Purchasing Associate, Purchasing
Robert Keyser, Senior IT Support Tech, User Services
Rachel Martin, Career Development Services Coordinator, Career Services
Brandon McCray, Assistant Vice President of Development, Major Gifts
Betty Monk, Coordinator, Coggin College of Business
William Parker, Production Specialist, Student Government
Ouida Powe, Director of the Jacksonville Commitment, Enrollment
Stathas, Maintenance Mechanic,
The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS
positions from mid-August to early-September:Amie Berry, Mental Health Counselor,
Douglass, Director, LGBT Resource
Frankie Dupree, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jeremy Hall, Virtual Services Librarian, Library
Kylan Knight, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Levine, Human Resources Associate,
Rachel McNeal, Student Affairs Coordinator, Campus Ministry
Melissa Mirone, Police Communications Operator, University Police
Sharon Newell, Police Communications Operator, University Police
Lynn Pinner, Executive Secretary, Environmental Health and Safety
Noelle Pomeroy, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center
Robertson, Custodial Worker, Custodial
Tara Sunquist, Records and Registration Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Byron Taylor, Assistant Athletic Coach, Basketball
Tara Taylor, Coordinator, Records and Registration, Enrollment Services
Trivedi, Executive Secretary, Library
Ryan Walker, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions Courtney Warner, Student Affairs Coordinator, Student Affairs
Richard Young, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Don Zavesky, Assistant Director of Research Program Services, Small
Business Development Center
The following employees were promoted from mid-August to mid-September.Heather Celetti, Events and
Reservations Coordinator, Student Union
Robert Kennen, Associate Athletic Coach, Basketball
William Moon, Assistant Athletic Coach, Basketball
Tiffany Ohlson, Coordinator of Education Training Program, Florida
Institute of Education
Stacey Roussel, Assistant Director, Small Business Development Center
Colleen Sharp, Assistant Director, Fine Arts Center
Judy Suleiman, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who
left UNF in August:
Bruce Evans, Assistant Athletic Coach, Basketball
Leah Grace, Office Assistant, Training and Services Institute
Jill Jackson, Director of Development, Major Gifts
Lisa Jamba, Senior Instructor, School of Computing
McCracken, Custodial Worker, Physical
Eva Mills, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Pollard, Groundskeeper, Physical
Facilities Randall Russac, Associate
Slater, Custodial Worker, Custodial
Services Patrick Snowden,
Thompson, Coordinator of Academic
Support Services, One-Stop Student Services
Kelle Vaughn, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Tamar Wiley, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services Cristina Yadao, Assistant Director, Training and Services
Congratulations to Adrian Delaney Milford of Admissions, who gave birth to identical twins on September 27. Owen weighed in at 6 lbs. 2 oz. and John “Jack” weighed in at 5 lbs. 11 oz. Mom is doing well, and President Delaney is thrilled to be a grandfather.
as the “rocket salad,” arugula is widely used in Italian cuisine. From sweet to
spicy, these green leaves are good for every taste. Arugula is rich in
antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Dr. Nancy Correa-Matos, registered dietitian and faculty
member in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses
arugula, a heart-healthy, cancer-fighting source of vitamins and minerals that
is low in calories, fat and cholesterol-free. To help you add arugula to your
diet, a recipe is provided.
Myth: Arugula is unknown in the United
Although arugula is widely used in Italian food, it has been in the United
States since the ’90s and has been added to beds of green salads and many
Italian dishes we consume. Most people will recognize the use of arugula by its
other names — rocket, rucola or roquette. It’s sold all year in any grocery
Myth: Arugula leaves aren’t nutritious.
Arugula leaves contain high amounts of fiber, zinc, copper, magnesium, vitamin
A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, iron, potassium and magnesium. Arugula leaves
are also good sources of several phytochemicals that provide health benefits,
such as immune and cancer protection. Its fiber content and anti-inflammatory
properties can reduce cardiovascular diseases and promote weight control.
Because of its high content of folate, it’s recommended for women in their
child-bearing ages to prevent infant neural-tube defects. They are also low in
calories — four cups of arugula contains 20 calories and less than 1 gram of
Myth: Arugula leaves are spicy.
Only the mature long greens leaves are spicy. The young tender leaves are sweet
and have a nutty taste, preferable for salads. A combination of both the young
and mature leaves provides a tasty flavor to salads. The seeds are also used in
Myth: There is no evidence of arugula’s
Arugula, also known as Eruca sativa, belongs to the Brassica family of plants, which
includes broccoli and cauliflower. Research has shown that some sulfur
compounds in arugula play an important role in the prevention and treatment of
certain cancers, such as prostate, colon, cervical and breast cancer. Some of
the compounds in arugula may also help to reduce melanoma tumors. Due to the
high content of vitamin K, it must be used with caution in patients taking
Arugula can cause osteoporosis.
Arugula is a good source of calcium, helping to prevent osteoporosis and is more
readily absorbed than the calcium in spinach.
Quinoa Risotto with Arugula
from: The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, published by Mayo Clinic Health Information. Check out the recipe online here.
yellow onion, chopped
garlic clove, minced
cup quinoa, well rinsed
1/4 cups vegetable stock or broth
cups chopped, stemmed arugula (rocket)
small carrot, peeled and finely shredded
cup thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
cup grated Parmesan cheese
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until
soft and translucent. Add the garlic and quinoa, cook for about one minute,
stirring occasionally. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to
low, simmering until the quinoa is almost tender to the bite but slightly hard
in the center, about 12 minutes. Stir in the arugula, carrot and mushrooms. Simmer
until the quinoa grains have turned from white to translucent, about 2 minutes
longer. Stir in the cheese and season with the salt and pepper. Serve
Nutritional Content (per serving):
fat 3 grams
fiber 2 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 arugula? Contact Dr. Correa-Matos at
If you set a weight loss goal for
yourself and want faster results, try burning more calories. Interval training
is a type of exercise that can cause a chain reaction in your body to burn more
calories in the same amount of time as standard exercises.
Research is proving that short bursts of
intensive effort mixed with low or moderately intense exercise is most
effective. This can mean alternating brief periods of jogging with moderately
paced walking. This type of interval training will burn more calories than a
normal steady paced cardio routine.
Anyone can benefit from interval
training. It can be a great way to avoid plateaus, super charge weight loss and
make your workouts more efficient.
“There is no telling how many miles you
will have to run while chasing a dream.” – Unknown
To read more about how to stay healthy on
Healthy Osprey is
designed to provide solid advice on how to become more healthy at work and at
home. Shelly Purser, director of Health Promotion, and Mike Kennedy, assistant
director of Health Promotion, will write a different article each month that will
focus on some aspect of health and wellness.
Healthy Osprey is a collaboration
of students, faculty and staff working together to foster a University
community that embraces the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit. The purpose of the Healthy Osprey
initiative is to assess and respond to the needs of the UNF community to create
and maintain a healthy environment, which will enhance the holistic student
experience. For more
information, contact Shelly Purser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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