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Inside UNF — November 29, 2022

Health Science major gains experience in infection prevention

By Byron E. Jones

At an early age, UNF senior Peter Angelos developed an interest in science and hoped to be a veterinarian. As time passed, his interest shifted to epidemiology, and today, Angelos is gaining hands-on experience keeping hospital patients safe as an infection prevention intern at UF Health Jacksonville. 

Peter Angelos

The California native is majoring in health science with a concentration in public health, while minoring in both health education and psychology. Following graduation in December, he says he’ll likely attend nursing school in the hopes of attaining a BSN. The consideration is largely based on the incredible experience he has had bonding with patients and colleagues at the hospital. 

As an intern, Angelos works closely with his manager and other hospital staff to gain greater understanding of infectious diseases such as Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Monkeypox.

His day-to-day duties include rounds throughout the hospital checking the cleanliness of the rooms and ensuring all equipment including IVs and catheters are set up properly. He ensures all equipment has up-to-date labels for the safety of the patients and staff. Additionally, he meets with department heads to perform equipment checkups throughout the hospital.

Peter Angelos and colleagues

When he’s not on the move, Angelos attends meetings with colleagues to discuss hospital health trends and effective methods of tracking and finding solutions for infectious diseases. Aside from his general responsibilities, working in a hospital setting has also afforded him some unexpected and eventful opportunities, including witnessing surgical procedures.

Angelos says he enjoys the patient and staff interactions he’s able to have working in healthcare and credits his co-workers with making his time at UF Health memorable. “They really took me in with open arms, and they’ve taught me so much already,” he said. 

He's happy the internship affords him practical experience in his field of interest since many of his courses including physiology and anatomy were modified to a virtual format during the outbreak of COVID-19. 

“I’ve been very blessed to have been gifted various opportunities,” said Angelos. “It’s been very interesting, and I really enjoy the fast pace.”

First Thursday Faculty and Staff Mixer this week

Ozzie mascot on tableJoin your fellow employees for the next monthly Faculty & Staff Mixer this Thursday, Dec. 1 from 4-6 p.m. in the Talon Room lounge area in Osprey Commons (Building 16).

The mixer is an opportunity for faculty and staff to visit with one another after work and enjoy light bites and nonalcoholic drinks, at no charge. A cash bar is also available. 

Come by and catch up with your fellow Ospreys this Thursday!

Division of ITS transitioning to a new support platform

By Byron E. Jones
Student on laptop

UNF’s Information Technology Services Division has been hard at work searching for new and innovative ways to make life easier for the campus community. Aiming to improve the individual service experience, ITS will soon be transitioning to ServiceNow, a more centralized and modernized platform with a robust knowledge base suitable for self-service activity including service requests. ServiceNow will be live Dec. 7.

ServiceNow is one of the world’s most used support platforms with 80% of Fortune 500 companies using its products and a multitude of academic institutions from Harvard to UCF also among their clientele.

Todd Vatter, assistant director of communications for administration and finance, emphasizes that ServiceNow is not only for servicing Help Desk tickets. “We’re going to use it for much more than just ticketing aspects,” said Vatter. “It’s going to be a one-stop shop for a service catalog and a knowledge base.”

While ServiceNow’s portal has some similarities to Team Dynamix, the current system it is replacing, it has more features including a system status database reporting university-wide outages, the ability to subscribe to service status updates and an artificial intelligence-driven (AI) search tool suitable for finding answers quickly.

“It’s going to enable the campus community to get help easier and find what they’re looking for,” according to Daniel Choisser, associate director of IT service operations. Choisser further states that ServiceNow allows ITS personnel to categorize and gain easier access to service requests and offers excellent reporting insights.

Learn more about UNF's new support platform.

UNF recognized for efforts to increase student voting

Most Engaged Campus 2022 LogoThe University of North Florida is a 2022 ALL IN Most Engaged Campus for College Student Voting as determined by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. UNF shares this distinction with 394 colleges and universities for its efforts to institutionalize nonpartisan democratic engagement to increase student voter turnout.
Established in 2016, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student democratic engagement. Participating campuses work with the ALL IN Challenge staff to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement and voter participation on their campus.

UNF Digital Humanities Institute releases Viola Muse digital archive

By Byron E. Jones
Earlier this month, the UNF Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) along with the Africana Studies program announced the publication of the Viola Muse Digital Edition (VMDE) with a stellar release party held at MOCA Jacksonville. The digital archive is composed of Muse’s writings that showcase what life was like for African Americans in Northeast Florida through her interviews with local residents.
Viola MuseMuse was a local hair salon owner who worked from 1936-1939 as a writer in the Negro Writers Division of the Florida Federal Writers Project headquartered in Jacksonville. The writers in this division were responsible for capturing accounts of Florida’s past and present from an African American perspective.
The VMDE project was led by Dr. Laura Heffernan, professor of English and former DHI president, who became aware of Muse while searching for materials her students could work on remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. She reached out to Mitch Hemann, a colleague and archivist at the Jacksonville Historic Society who provided her with Muse’s work. After looking through the material, Dr. Heffernan said she knew it was important to publicize Muse’s collection of work.
“It was immediately clear to me that it was a really historically valuable collection, and that it definitely needed to be digitized and published,” Heffernan said.
She tapped her UNF colleagues Dr. Clayton McCarl, associate professor of Spanish and Digital Humanities, and Dr. Tru Leverette Hall, professor of English and Africana Studies, to join her in researching Muse’s life and publishing the collection. After months of collaboration among faculty and students as well as contacts at the Durkeeville Historical Society, the Jacksonville Public Library, the Ritz Theatre and Museum, Edward Waters University and FSCJ, Viola Muse’s contributions to African American history in Northeast Florida are now available online.
Heffernan shared that collaborating with her colleagues and community partners on this project was an enjoyable experience. Likewise, Dr. Leverette Hall shared similar sentiments. “I’m excited by the work my colleagues and I have done and I’m proud of our students,” said Leverette Hall. “We’re joining broader efforts to preserve and share the rich African American history of Northeast Florida.”
For more information about Viola Muse, visit the VMDE.

Students pack Ogier Gardens for 10th Annual Harvest Festival

Students celebrated fall at the 10th Annual Harvest Festival at UNF's Ogier Gardens earlier this month with great food, garden games, live music, arts and crafts activities and great atmosphere! The Ogier Gardens also partnered with Campus Canines and Pet Partners to provide therapeutic animal interactions to support the garden’s efforts of being a safe, relaxing space for all.

UNF students sitting on the lawn at Harvest Festival UNF students sitting on benches at Harvest Festival UNF students creating art at Harvest Festival
UNF students playing tug of war at Harvest Festival UNF students socializing at Harvest Festival Musicians performing at Harvest Festival

Faculty Forum: Dr. Chitra L. K. Balasubramanian

Chitra L.K. BalasubramanianChitra L. K. Balasubramanian is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her areas of expertise include walking and balance function, and she teaches courses on neurologic rehabilitation and research. Balasubramanian has won several teaching and research awards throughout her tenure at UNF. Most recently, she is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award at UNF's 51st Annual Convocation and the UNF Graduate Research Mentor of the Year Award. To learn more about Dr. Balasubramanian, visit her faculty bio.

What research are you doing?
I study walking and balance function. The goal of my research is to motivate the design of personalized rehabilitative interventions for improvement of walking function in community-dwelling older adults and individuals who have sustained neurologic injuries (such as a stroke or Parkinson’s Disease). As a physical therapist, I am driven by research that has the potential to impact daily clinical practice and improve the quality of life of my patients.
How long have you worked at UNF?
I have worked at UNF since 2008.
What do you enjoy most about working here?
I greatly enjoy student interaction, whether it be a debate in the classroom or a casual hallway conversation about school and life. I love the challenge of working in academia and the constant quest to find answers to questions and solutions to problems. I also enjoy the University’s green campus, UNF’s nature trail and the well-equipped wellness center that I frequently access.
How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t working?
I enjoy traveling and experiencing art, culture and new cuisines with my husband and two girls. I also enjoy spending time decorating interiors, casual reading, listening to different genres of music and dancing.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in one of the most bustling cities in the world — New Delhi, India.
Where did you go to school?
I did my schooling in New Delhi. I went to physical therapy school in Manipal, India, and earned my Ph.D. from the University of Florida.
What’s the greatest bit of advice you’ve ever been given?
My late father said to me, in one of the many handwritten letters he wrote to me, that the first step to achieving one’s goals is to dream and dream big. Another piece of advice my mother gave me is that, when you succeed and achieve your goals, always remember where you came from and what your roots are. Together these two pieces of advice have proven to be timeless in shaping my life goals and how I conduct myself.
Who inspires you and why?
I find inspiration in the many experiences I encounter in my daily life. Acts of kindness, stories of hope and perseverance and dynamic thinkers/innovators greatly inspire me.
What is a fun fact about you many people may not know?
I love to sleep. Given an opportunity, I can sleep for 36 hours straight and more.

Free Things to Do

Art with a Heart in Healthcare 'What Lifts You Up'’
Exhibition on view now through Jan. 8; MOCA Jacksonville
Free admission for UNF employees and one guest.
MOCA Jacksonville continues its partnership with Art with a Heart in Healthcare, a nonprofit that provides personalized art experiences to enhance the healing process for patients and families at Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Clinic, St. Vincent's, Mayo Clinic and Baptist Medical Center. Learn more about this exhibition.

© Nam June Paik, Satellite Duo–John Cage/Joseph Beuys, 1995. Lithograph on art board"Don't Blame it on ZEN: The Way of John Cage and Friends"
Exhibition on view now through May 7; MOCA Jacksonville
Free admission for UNF employees and one guest.
This interactive and multidisciplinary exhibition explores the enduring legacy of John Cage through works by Cage himself as well as artists that worked with him. A leading voice of postwar avant-garde, Cage was perhaps both the most provocative and influential American composer of the 20th century (© Nam June Paik, Satellite Duo–John Cage/Joseph Beuys, 1995. Lithograph on art board, Edition23/35. 26 x 36 inches).  Learn more about the exhibition.

Finals Week Pet Grams
Monday, Nov. 28 - Thursday, Dec. 8, Online
Know someone who could use a pick-me-up? Send yourself, a friend or a colleague some love and support in the form of a Finals Week Pet Gram, courtesy of the Carpenter Library! Learn more and request finals week pet grams.

COEHS Difficult Conversations from a Leadership/Supervisory Perspective flyerDifficult Conversations from a Leadership/Supervisory Perspective
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m., Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Building 57, Room 1100A
All are welcome to attend this panel presentation led by school leaders and supervisors from a variety of fields.

UNF Woodwinds present a Chamber Music Recital
Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m., Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center
Join the UNF Woodwinds for an afternoon of flute choir, clarinet choir and chamber ensemble music featuring works by Coleman, Curtis, McGinty, Nestico, as well as holiday favorites! Suggested donation $10.

Lawson Ensemble
Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center
The Lawson Ensemble will perform with world-renowned violinist and conductor, Scott Yoo and flutist, Alice Dade. Featuring Mendelssohn's famous Octet for Strings. Suggested donation $10.

UNF and UF join forces for dementia prevention research

By Amanda Ennis
Media Relations Manager

The University of North Florida and the University of Florida have joined forces to expand groundbreaking dementia prevention research in Jacksonville.
Woman sitting with an older gentleman in an officeUF and healthy older adult volunteers from North Florida will play an increasingly crucial role in the landmark Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training (PACT) study. This study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, examines whether computerized brain training exercises can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Additional funding awarded earlier this year will provide PACT study participants with an option to provide blood samples that will be used to develop tests for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. 
This is the largest study of its kind to date, investigating not only how to possibly prevent dementia but also how to detect it earlier.
“We are excited about having the University of Florida join us in Jacksonville. We have just hit a major milestone of 500 participants at UNF and we'll be seeking another 800," said Jody Nicholson, Ph.D., PACT site-PI and associate professor of psychology at the University of North Florida.

Students display their talents in Physics Photo Contest

2022 Physics Photo Contest first place photo of wakeboarder doing a flipThe winners of the 2022 Physics Photo Contest were recently announced Nov. 14. The contest included submissions from students of various grade levels throughout the greater Jacksonville area. Students were tasked with submitting photos that demonstrated a concept of physics. The photos were judged by UNF Physics faculty members who uploaded the top 10 entries to the UNF Physics Facebook page for followers to vote by way of likes/reactions. 

This year's contest winners are:
  • First Place: Wakeboarding Raley Air by Jayden Asper (UNF); winner of $50 gift card
  • Second Place: Behind the Dragonfly by Izabela Timberlake (Ridgeview High School in Clay County); winner of $25 gift card
  • Third Place: Freefall by Preences Arguelles (UNF); winner of $10 gift card
  • Faculty/Staff Winner: ElectroYoshitism by Jonathan Fitzgerald (UNF); winner of $25 gift card

Learn more about the UNF Physics Photo Contest.

Faculty and Staff News

Osprey FountainBrooks College of Health
Dr. James
Churilla, professor; and Dr. Lindsay Toth, assistant professor from the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Services, along with graduate student Ciarra Boyne from the Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine (KALM) program are currently recruiting for a new research study investigating the relationship between physical behaviors (sleep, sedentary time and activity) and prescription medication usage in adults. Faculty, staff and students, ages 25 and older, who have been prescribed zero or more medications are welcome to participate.

Nathan Quinn, Dr. Robert Zeglin, associate professor; Courtney Boggs, Hannah Glusenkamp, adjunct professor; Melinda Rule, and Dr. Kassie Terrell, associate professor from the Department of Public Health; and Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, associate professor Nutrition and Dietetics, published "Sex at Every Size: A Content Analysis of Weight Inclusivity in Sexual Health Research". Body Image, December 2022, 43:420-428.

Dr. Amanda Pascale, chair and associate professor; and Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich, associate professor from the Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management; and Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, associate professor Nutrition and Dietetics, published "Faculty Fathers: Understanding the Experiences of Faculty Men with Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic." New Directions for Higher Education, October 2022, 1-13.

Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, associate professor Nutrition and Dietetics, with co-author Dr. Kassie Terrell, associate professor of Public Health, published "Finding the Intersection between Counseling, Communication, and Social Determinants of Health" in Today’s Dietitian Learning Library, October 2022.

Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, associate professor Nutrition and Dietetics, with co-author Rayonna Hills, B.S., published "Nutrition Check: Allergy Friendly Spooky Treats for Halloween" in Florida Newsline, October 2022.

Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, associate professor Nutrition and Dietetics, with students J. Nichols, J. Countryman, C. Bell, E. Culpepper, K. McCary and K. Beathard, presented a poster titled "Expanding the Reach of Nutrition Students and Professionals Through Virtual Mentoring via the RD Mentorship Program" to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, September 2022, 122, Issue 9, A18.

Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, associate professor Nutrition and Dietetics; Dr. Robert Zeglin, associate professor; Hannah Glusenkamp, adjunct professor; and Dr. Kassie Terrell, associate professor from the Department of Public Health; and students Nathan Quinn, Courtney Boggs and Melinda Rule presented a poster titled "What is the Connection Between Weight Inclusivity and Sexual Health?" to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, September 2022, 122, Issue 9, A32.

College of Arts and Sciences
Art, Art History, and Design
Stephen Heywood
, professor of ceramics, exhibited in Kindled Spirits 2 – National Juried Exhibition. Good Earth Pottery, Bellingham, WA and the 30th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National – National Juried Exhibition in Lancaster, PA. He also performed a two day workshop, demonstration and lecture at Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. This included demonstrations of various ceramics techniques, wheel thrown and assembled forms, soda firing, wood firing and more. The digital presentation and lecture, “You Can Do It Too!”, topics included: networking, critique, workshops, exhibitions and professional activity. 

Lance Vickery, associate professor of sculpture, participated in the Juried International Exhibition, “Artifacts” Hochschule for Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin [University of Applied Sciences], HTW Campus Wilhelminenhof, Halle B, Berlin, Germany. Juror: Stacey Holloway.
Vickery also participated in the following Juried International Exhibition/Performances:
“Memoire Involontaire” Galerie Shone Weide, Berlin, Germany. Curators: Gerhard Haug, Berlin, Germany.
“Eisenwunderwelt Exhibition” MOVING POETS Novilla, Berlin, Germany. Co-Curators: Jenny Hillenbrand and Kristen Tordella-Williams. A large-scale collaborative installation with artists Lance Vickery (US) and Alex Habisreutinger (Germany). This exhibition requires collaboration from participants from at least two different countries.
“Du Bist Eine Kartoffel” Industriemuseum Brandenburg, Germany. Co-Curators: Susanne Roewer (Germany) and Lisa Evans (Wales). This was a large-scale collaborative performance with artists Lance Vickery, Cynthia Handel, as well as UNF students. The show features costumes, set elements and a cast-iron performance. It was organized and directed by Jenny K. Hager.
Dr. Nicholas de Villiers
, professor of English, published a book titled “Cruisy, Sleepy, Melancholy: Sexual Disorientation in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang,” in the University of Minnesota Press, September. He also presented a paper titled "Ask Any Buddy (2020): Queer Phenomenology, Sexual Disorientation, and Reparative Reading" at the "Dis/Orientations and Dis/Entanglements in Contemporary Literature and Culture" conference, September.
Dr. Ash Faulkner, associate instructor of English, published “The Transatlantic Inheritance of Alice Meynell” in Victorian Literature and Culture, September.
Marcus Pactor, associate instructor of English, published "Veganism and Its Discontents" in The Rupture, September.
Will Pewitt, instructor of English, published a translation of the poem "Snare" by Umm al-Kiram bint al-Mu'tasim ibn Sumadih in North American Review, September.
Dr. Kailan Sindelar, assistant professor of English, with her colleague Jordan Frith, presented "From Microverses to the Supposed Metaverse: Design Insights and Visions of a VR Future" at the Conference of the Special Interest Group on Design of Communication, September.
Dr. Michael Wiley, professor of English, published "Where There's Love" in The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2022, September.
Political Science and Public Administration
Mary Avery
, professor, UNF State Department Representative and State Department Diplomat, facilitated a student interaction for World Affairs Council Jacksonville’s Global Issues Evening featuring a speech by former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, September.

Dr. Joshua C. Gellers, along with his colleague Dr. Robert Nyenhuis, published "Experiential Learning Exercises’ Effects on Students’ Attitudes Toward the Global Poor" in the Journal of Political Science Education. Dr. Gellers also delivered a virtual talk on “Designing Robots for More-than-Human Justice” at the IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication. Finally, Dr. Gellers presented a paper on “Artificial Intelligence and International Human Rights Law” and chaired a session on "Contrasting Theoretical Perspectives on AI, Enhancement, and Transhumanism” at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, September.

Digital Learning
Jamie Chaires
, senior instructional designer, authored “Enhancing Student Engagement in Sport Marketing Courses with Perusall” with Dr. Elizabeth Gregg, professor of Sport Management; and Dr. Jason Lee, professor of Sport Management. The paper was presented at the Sport Marketing Association’s Pedagogy Fair in Charlotte, NC in October 2022.

Kevin Hulen, assistant director of quality and assessment, presented “Quality Assurance Drives Continuous Improvements To Online Programs” at the OLC Accelerate Conference in Orlando, FL, November 2022.

Rob Rose, instructional designer, presented the webinar “Cultivating Deep Learning Using Discussion Boards” to the Florida Instructional Designer Network in November 2022.

College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Kim Cheek
, associate professor and program director; Dr. Ryan Shamet, assistant professor of civil engineering; and Dr. Elizabeth Brown, associate professor of psychology, gave an oral presentation on Oct. 11 at the 2022 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The presentation was entitled "Examination of upper elementary school students’ perceived utility value for learning about local geomorphological processes".

Dr. Kim Cheek, associate professor and program director; with K. Ryder, L. Luke, A. Klyce, K. St. John and N. LaDue gave an oral presentation on Oct. 11 at the 2022 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The presentation was entitled "Advancing ICON and FAIR in GER: A community of practice needs assessment".

Swoop Summary

UNF basketball family day flyer more details to the leftThe popular Family Day ticket package is back for almost every Saturday men's basketball home game this season. The package starts at just $30. When purchasing at least three general admission tickets at the ticket window on game day, families receive one voucher for popcorn and a drink per ticket purchased. Learn more about the Family Day ticket package.

Here's a couple upcoming events:

Women's Basketball vs. Trinity Baptist
Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.  |  UNF Arena  |  Free Admission
Men's Basketball vs. Bethune-Cookman
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.  |  UNF Arena  |  Purchase Tickets
Swimming vs. Indiana State
Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.  |  UNF Competition Pool Complex  |  Free Admission