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2021 Session Descriptions

LearnUNF – A Leadership Panel Discussion Highlighting UNF’s Accomplishments & Future Initiatives

Panelists: Dr. Karen Patterson, Scott Bennett, Whitney Meyer, Eric Bruder
Moderator: Alison Cruess

Description: Learn UNF is an opportunity for the campus community to develop a better understanding of UNF’s accomplishments and future initiatives. Join four campus leaders for a lively discussion on the current issues and undertakings touching our campus. This moderated session will include time for questions from the audience.

A Lesson in Transfiguration: How to Create a Living-Learning Community

Presenter: Amy Lorenz

Description: In this session, participants will learn how to propose a living-learning community (LLC). After an introduction, the presenter will provide an overview of what a LLC is, the LLC Best Practices Model, and UNF's philosophical approach to LLCs. Then, the presenter will share the steps necessary for creating an LLC, which include a review of the two-step proposal process, a timeline of the typical development phase of an LLC, operational and logistical procedures involved with LLCs, a review of training and development opportunities available for faculty and/or staff interested in developing LLCs, and a final review of the LLC Memo of Understanding. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the process throughout the session. It is lofty to consider completing all of this within a conference session; the overall goal is to provide an overview of each of the steps of the process, an opportunity for participants to identify whether or not an LLC is the right next step for their department and/or office, and specific next steps to take after the institute.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will be able to articulate the steps required for proposing an LLC.
  • Participants will identify at least two learning outcomes associated with their potential LLC.


Bio: Amy has spent her 15 year career with progressive leadership in higher education focused on living learning communities, building interdepartmental partnerships, and curricular and co-curricular development. Amy currently serves as the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life and reports to Undergraduate Studies in order to intentionally develop cross-unit collaborative student learning experiences.

 

Arithmancy: The Magic Behind the Metrics

Presenter: Dr. Jay Coleman

Description: This session will dive into the history, drivers, and money behind the performance-based funding metrics, and discuss some of the things we’ve done to improve key ones such as retention rates, graduation rates, and cost to the student. Also covered will be the recent growth in the size, quality, and diversity of our freshman classes that are tracked by the metrics, along with how that has also contributed to university finances.

Bio: As the VP of Data Analytics, Jay Coleman leads UNF’s efforts to use data and advanced analytics to better inform decision-making across the University. The offices of Institutional Research and Assessment report to him, as well as the University’s data scientist. Jay joined UNF in 1988 as a faculty member in the Coggin College of Business. He previously served as chair of the Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics, associate dean of the Coggin College, and associate provost before being appointed as VP in 2018.

Care of Magical Creatures: Get More Out of Your PC

Presenters: Ernie Fulton and Trent Oliver

Description: A tour of productivity improving tips and tricks for Windows, Office, Teams and more. We will teach keyboard shortcuts for fast and clear application use. Manage passwords for the user and department. Setup backups using File History. Use revision history in Office applications. Storing and sharing files in OneDrive. Making a team in Teams and showing off fast collaboration. What these new tools mean for I, O and N drives. Get the latest software fast and safe from Software Center. Find out which web browser to use and why. And of course, provide all the tips via a OneDrive link for reference later.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Empower employees to use software efficiently and with more confidence.
  • Showcase recent improvements of software available to UNF Staff.

 

 

Bio: Ernest Fulton joined the nest in 2009. His roles at UNF have included Web Developer, CTech for Student Government, CTech for the College of Arts and Sciences and is now a Desktop Support Engineer providing solutions for the whole campus.

Bio: For the last four and a half years, Trent has worked at many levels of IT support within UNF’s ITS User Services. In his current role as a Desktop Support Engineer, Trent manages computing systems across the UNF campus. He also supports faculty, staff, and his IT support colleagues in the use and maintenance of computer technologies. As a constant influx of new technologies are integrated into UNF’s work culture, Trent enjoys the opportunity to share knowledge of these resources and make sure everyone’s job is as easy and efficient as possible.

 

Care of Magical Creatures: Get More Out of Your Mac

 

Presenters: Ernie Fulton and Trent Oliver 

 

Description:  A tour of productivity improving tips and tricks for macOS, Office, Teams and more. We will teach keyboard shortcuts for fast and clear application use. Manage passwords for the user and department. Setup backups using Time Machine. Use revision history in Office applications. Storing and sharing files in OneDrive. Making a team in Teams and showing off fast collaboration. What these new tools mean for I, O and N drives. Get the latest software fast and safe from Self Service. Find out which web browser to use and why. When and if you should use an Apple ID. And of course, provide all the tips via a OneDrive link for reference later. 

Learning Objective(s):

Empower employees to use software efficiently and with more confidence.

Showcase recent improvements of software available to UNF Staff.

 

Bio: Ernest Fulton joined the nest in 2009. His roles at UNF have included Web Developer, CTech for Student Government, CTech for the College of Arts and Sciences and is now a Desktop Support Engineer providing solutions for the whole campus. 

 

Bio: For the last four and a half years, Trent has worked at many levels of IT support within UNF’s ITS User Services. In his current role as a Desktop Support Engineer, Trent manages computing systems across the UNF campus. He also supports faculty, staff, and his IT support colleagues in the use and maintenance of computer technologies. As a constant influx of new technologies are integrated into UNF’s work culture, Trent enjoys the opportunity to share knowledge of these resources and make sure everyone’s job is as easy and efficient as possible.  

 

 

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Creating Your Departmental Patronus

Presenter: Kelly Harrison

Description: Patronus: a concentrated force of positive energy designed to protect the caster from things wishing to feed on the individual’s happiness and hopes in order to weaken and incapacitate them. In this session, we will discuss the characteristics of a Patronus and how to build a departmental culture that provides similar benefits. Interactive discussions will include identifying the essential elements necessary for creating the departmental Patronus and how to apply and maintain it against those that wish it ill.

Bio: Kelly is the Director of the Center for Professional Development and Training (CPDT) at the University of North Florida. His training and teaching experience spans over 30 years in the public and private education sectors for organizations such as Sallie Mae, the Florida Department of Education, Barry University, and UNF. He has presented at state, regional and national conferences on a variety of topics ranging from financial aid to leadership development. A lifelong fan of all things comics and pop culture, Kelly has developed workshops and presented at conventions on how comics have impacted our culture and history. He holds a Master of Science degree in Social Science from Florida State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Administration from Barry University, and is a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©.

Galleons, Sickles and Knuts: A Guide to Budgeting at Gringotts

Presenter: Erin Byrd

Description: The University hosts a multitude of different funding sources ranging from allocations from the state, sales of goods and services, student fees, contracts and grants, and foundation donations. Knowing the difference between the funding sources and how they can be used is very important when developing fiscal year budgets, making purchases, and planning out future expenditures. In this session, you will gain insight into each of these funding sources to help navigate, develop, and utilize your department’s fiscal year budgets.

Bio: Erin Byrd currently serves as the Coordinator of University Budgets here at UNF. She joined the staff of the Office of Planning and Budget in 2016 after working for almost 5 years on the Student Government Professional Staff. Erin graduated from UNF in 2012 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and recently completed the UNF MBA program and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. Erin has taught over 50 training sessions at UNF and continues to train employees in Finance Self Service, and Self Service Budget Development. Erin is delighted to join the team of presenters at the Professional Development Forum this year after serving several years as a volunteer for the forum. In her free time, you can find her hanging out with her husband and almost two-year-old twin boys, playing guitar, or baking cookies.

Herbology: Herbal Tea at 3

Presenter: Kevin Anderson

Description: Learn about easy to grow herbal teas in Northeast Florida and their potential health benefits.

Bio: Kevin Anderson, MPH, is the coordinator of the Ogier Gardens for the Department of Recreation and Wellness at the University of North Florida, where he is also an adjunct professor in Public Health. He has been a passionate advocate for sustainable food systems, health, biodiversity, and agroecology for over 16 years. Kevin received his Masters in Public Health from UNF, his B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from University of California Extension at Santa Cruz.

Leadership and Art: An Interactive Art Opportunity

Presenter: Dr. Laura Boilini

 

Description: Leadership and Art What is your go to leadership trait? Perhaps you have several you channel in your work! Come hear about a fascinating Bain (2012) study that identified 32 leadership traits as being key to sustained inspirational leadership and aligned to four domains: Developing Inner Resources, Connecting with Others, Setting the Tone, and Leading the Team! Then, consider your own leadership traits and how you can express these in art to serve as a reminder to you to garner the leadership qualities that help you inspire others! This will be a fun activity designed to help you step out of your comfort zone and engage your creativity in capturing a piece of art that is emblematic of who you are as a leader and who you aspire to be! No artistic talent necessary, just the willingness to try! We will use acrylic paint and participants will be given a stretched canvas to capture their ideas!


Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will learn more about leadership traits as identified in a Bain 2012 study and think about how they can channel their own leadership traits to inspire others.
  • Participants will engage in a creative art activity, the creation of a painting that will showcase their own leadership strengths

 

Bio: Dr. Laura Boilini has an extensive career in K12 in Indiana and Florida and served as an elementary teacher, art teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in Indiana and as a principal, director of post-secondary preparation, and dean of arts and sciences at a community college in Florida before coming to UNF. As an instructor at UNF she finds great joy in teaching and is constantly seeking engaging activities for her students that are relevant and meaningful. She loves to combine leadership and art and encourage others to express their creativity through painting.

 

Metrics for Muggles

Presenters: Dr. Luke Cornelius and Jennifer Nabors

Description: This session is a continuation of previous Forum sessions discussing the State University System of Florida Performance Based Funding model. The presentation will include an overview of the program, UNF’s latest scores, and potential changes to the model. The presenters will bring different perspectives and will engage the audience in a lively conversation. The presenters seek to help the audience members relate Performance Based Funding to their own roles at UNF.

Bio: Luke M. Cornelius is an Associate Professor and Director of the Higher Education Administration program in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management in UNF’s College of Education and Human Services. He received a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law, a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy from the University of Florida, a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & History from Washington and Lee University.

Dr. Cornelius recently co-published “Grading the Metrics: Performance-Based Funding in the Florida State University System” in the Journal of Education Finance. The article was a policy analysis of Florida’s 10-factor performance-based funding system for state universities.

Bio: Jennifer Nabors is the Assistant Director of University Budgets at UNF. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from the University of Georgia, a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accountancy) from Auburn University. Dr. Nabors has over 10 years of professional experience working in accounting and financial policy positions at Auburn University, the University of Georgia, the Florida Board of Governors, and UNF. At the Florida Board of Governors, she was the Financial Analyst/Specialist tasked with Performance Based Funding.

Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones, but Avada Kedavra Can Kill You

Presenters: Lori Kuhn-Hancock

Description: “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” ― J.K. Rowling

Spells (communication) cast with the spoken word remain in the mind and heart for all time. That dark power is evident when we realize that it’s easier to recall words that were hurtful than words spoken in praise. Knowing that our words have unlimited power, how do we use them wisely and do no harm? This session will take you through appropriate methods you can use to defend yourself against the dark art of hurtful or harmful words, and teach you how to gently counter spell with the light of kinder, well-considered words. Group discussion and discovery will create the unique spells (communication techniques) that you can use to inspire kind words and additional spells (communication techniques) you can use to diffuse or redirect potentially harmful ones!

Bio: Lori Kuhn-Hancock is currently a student in the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program at UNF, with a focus on change management and communication in the higher education setting. During her multi-decade career, she has taught classes in communication, public speaking, and theater for several institutions, including Troy University, Bainbridge State College, and Florida State College at Jacksonville. She received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and a master’s degree in Theater from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and a master’s degree in Management from Troy University. Lori has directed or designed costumes for over 100 productions in venues as varied as the Kiroli Park Outdoor Theater in West Monroe, Louisiana, the Davis Theater in Montgomery, Alabama, and on CenterStage at Bainbridge State College in Bainbridge, Georgia, as well as working with community theaters throughout Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia.

Study of Ancient Runes: Credit 101 – Understanding Your Scores and Reports

Presenter: Kenyon Sutton

Description: There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there when it comes to credit and credit scores. During this workshop we clear up the message for you. Explore all the different aspects of your credit score, credit report, and how to set yourself up for success. You’ll learn the five factors that contribute to your credit score as well how lenders use credit to evaluate loan applications so you can know when you’re ready for the next step. Plus, you’ll receive a valuable list of resources to help you make the best decisions when it comes to building, improving, or maintaining an excellent credit score.

Bio: Kenyon Sutton is a financial wellness expert who has helped thousands understand their money and themselves better. Currently, he works for Community First Credit Union as their Financial Wellness Manager where he works with companies’ employees to better their financial lives through Community First’s moveUP Financial Wellness Program. Kenyon has been in the banking industry for more than ten years, previously working for companies such as SunTrust Bank, Regions Bank, and Chase Bank. Through his work and life experiences, Kenyon has learned the ins and outs of many financial topics and has taken it as his mission to help those in the Northeast Florida community reach financial prosperity.

Taming the Data Anarchy

Presenters: Abby Willcox and Jason Jones

Description: It has been two years since UNF began the quest to tame our data anarchy. Join us in this fun and interactive session where we will provide an update on the university’s progress. You will get an overview of the university’s data governance and data governance infrastructure as well as an introduction to the university’s data dictionary, Data Cookbook. Nearly 600 of your colleagues have checked out Data Cookbook and after this session, you will know how to use Data Cookbook to learn more about the university and help ensure the accuracy and consistency of the university’s data.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will leave the session comfortable in accessing and using the Data Cookbook to support their institutional needs.
  • Attendees will leave the session with an understanding of the importance of data definitions.


Bio: Abby Willcox joined the UNF family in 2016 as the Director of Institutional Research (IR). Originally from Georgia, she has worked in institutional research for 11 years at institutions in the University System of Georgia, Florida College System, and Florida State University System. She has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia College and State University, a master’s degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida. IR produces and provides institutional data, dashboards, and reports to support strategic decision making; is responsible for institutional oversight for internal and external reporting including federal and state reporting; and supports the institutional data governance initiative.

Bio: Jason Jones is the Data Architect and leads the Business Intelligence Team in ITS. A UNF alumni, Jason is currently pursuing his Master's in Higher Education Administration to compliment his IT background. Jason primarily focuses on developing and implementing technology that makes using UNF's strategic data resources easier and faster to utilize. The Business Intelligence Team is responsible for the development and continued enhancement of UNF's Enterprise Data Warehouse to standardize and streamline institutional reporting and analytics. They are incorporating non-standard institutional data such as student engagement in university activities to give UNF leadership a better understanding of how students interact with the campus.

The “Big” Transition: Returning to the Workspace

Presenter: Health Advocate

Description: As an increasing number of regions and industries begin transitioning back to the workplace, it is normal to feel unsure of what this next step will look like. Recognizing potential challenges related to returning to work and preparing for the changes ahead can make it easier to manage uncertainty and expectations moving forward. In this session, we will explore future planning strategies to adapt to our changing environment and related stressors in the weeks and months ahead.

The Goblet of Fire – Allyship

Presenter: Fantei Norman

Description: Ally is a term commonly associated with the LGBTQIA community. However, allyship is more - it is a vital part of the support and progress of various populations throughout UNF. This session will explain what an ally is, what an ally is not, why they are necessary, and the actions that allies can take. Allies can add support and strength to groups to which they do not identify. A brief history of the contributions that allies have made and are currently making will be shared. We will create steps that we can all take to become an ally or enhance current allyship within the UNF community.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will learn the definition of ally, including and irrespective of the LGBTQIA community.
  • Participants will develop steps that they can take immediately and, in the future, to become an ally or continue as an ally to one or more subcommunities within UNF.

Bio: Fantei has worked at the University of North Florida for over 10 years. She earned her Master's in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Leadership and Ethics from Texas Christian University. She has also obtained an ATIXA Level One Civil Rights Investigator Training Certification. She has worked in her current role in EOI for over two years. Prior to this position, she worked in the Department of Housing and Residence Life. Fantei has also served on the Executive board of the African American Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA) for over two years. She currently serves as AAFSA's Vice President.

The Magic of University Involvement and Harry Potter Translations

Presenters: Dana Deal and Ricarla Jackson

Description: Are you engaged at work? Do you participate in campus life as an employee? In this session, we seek to provide participants with information about getting involved in university life for employees. We will discuss various events and organizations that are unique at the University of North Florida. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) i.e. Get involved! As well, a short history and the intricacies of translating the works of Harry Potter into numerous languages will be introduced. Session presenters are from the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office and Career Discoveries, who have been employed in various departments throughout UNF. Attendees will walk away with resources on how to participate in the university culture, which will provide a sense of belonging and increase pride at work. Swoop!

Learning Objective(s):

  • Attendees will become aware of various UNF organizations for employees.
  • Attendees will acquire knowledge and a short history of Harry Potter translations.

Bio: Ms. Dana Deal is the Office Manager for Career Discoveries. Since earning an MA in German (2014) from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Dana has taught German at the university level with experience in hybrid courses. Having gained fluency in German, Dana advocates for the promotion and study of world languages. Dana spent an academic year in Salzburg, where she studied as a graduate student and lived as a resident of Austria. She also studied in Mannheim, Germany.

The Wizarding Neighborhood of CommUNITY

Presenters: Sheila Spivey, Brandi Winfrey, and Matt Hartley

Description: Every member of the UNF community is unique. We all bring something magically special to our Osprey Family. Each of our lived experiences is different, even if those experiences are shared. In our Wizarding Neighborhood of CommUNITY, we recognize the importance of each wizardly Osprey feeling heard and affirmed, as there are no Muggles in our midst. In this session, participants will have a fun-filled time exploring their own understanding of identity as they are sorted into hypothetical Osprey Houses. Facilitators will serve as wizardly professors, sharing basic principles & strategies for community building and intergroup dialogue. Everyone will leave with a better understanding of the magical powers of cross-cultural communication.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will leave with a conceptual understanding of identity.
  • Participants will obtain basic principles of intergroup dialogue.

Bio: Sheila Spivey has over twenty years of experience in higher education developing and administering programs and services that focus on equity, diversity and inclusion. Since 2016, Sheila has served as the senior director of the Department of Diversity Initiatives (DDI) at the University of North Florida. DDI is comprised of the Women’s Center, Victim Advocacy Program, Interfaith Center, Intercultural Center and the Student Alliance for Inclusion and Diversity. In this role, she provides strategic direction, innovation and vision for DDI and cultivates affirming environments that foster welcoming and inclusive engagement for persons from underrepresented and marginalized groups.

Sheila’s passion for equity, diversity and inclusion is evident through her campus and community involvement. She has served as an adjunct instructor, student affairs director and victim advocate at UNF. She orchestrates the university’s Cultural Competency Pursuit Program providing diversity education to the campus community. She is the past chairperson of the Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council and served on the National Crime Victims Center’s Jacksonville Landing Mass Shooting Compassionate Fund Committee. She is a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Initiative and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Prior to joining UNF, Sheila advocated for the rights of crime survivors through her work at a domestic violence shelter.

Bio: Brandi Winfrey is an associate director of the Department of Diversity Initiatives (DDI) at the University of North Florida and leads the Intercultural Center for Peace and the Student Alliance for Inclusion and Diversity. In this role, she oversees the QUEST Program, which is the university's oldest campus immersion program for FTIC students from marginalized backgrounds. Her passion for EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) and social justice work is evidenced in her campus and community engagements. She is a trained diversity workshop facilitator equipped with the skills to successfully engage, challenge and support individuals as they critically examine and discuss EDI topics. She is the former vice president of the African American Faculty and Staff Association and has served on numerous campus committees. She assists with planning and logistics coordination for the University’s Cultural Competency Pursuit Program. Prior to joining DDI, Brandi served as an admissions counselor/coordinator for UNF, Georgia Institute of Technology and Hampton University. She also worked as an ACCESS Advisor for ACCESS College Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing college preparatory services for local high schools in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a Master's in Educational Leadership. Brandi is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education and Human Services.

Bio: Matt Hartley is Associate Director of the Department of Diversity Initiatives, leading the Interfaith Center, while also assisting the Senior Director in supervising the other areas in the Department. He provides strategic guidance for the Interfaith Center and supports diverse religious and worldview identities among UNF students, faculty, and staff, through policy advocacy, religious pluralism training, and programming to celebrate traditions and build bridges of understanding through discussion. He also assists in developing and delivering diversity, equity, and inclusion training across the campus and serves on the Commission for Diversity and Inclusion. Matt has a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida in Religious Studies, with research on the lives of Muslim Youth growing up in the American South. He is a Ravenclaw and is currently reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to his daughter.