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Osprey Update for Faculty and Staff

 
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Important Message

The President’s Commission on Diversity & Inclusion would like to remind students, faculty and staff that one of the things that makes us "Uniquely UNF" is our commitment to cultivating an inclusive and supportive community for every member of our Osprey family. Even though many of us are now fulfilling the mission of the university from afar, we still have a responsibility to ensure that every Osprey continues to feel valued and affirmed. During this time of uncertainty, it is disheartening that across the nation, there have been increased reports of discrimination against people of Asian descent. As stated in UNF’s Statement of Unity, we strongly condemn acts of hate and bigotry as antithetical to university values. Members of the campus community are encouraged to use language that upholds university standards and to avoid using targeted phrases or terms that promote bias, prejudice or discrimination. If you have witnessed or experienced actions or behavior you perceive do not align with this recommendation, you can report it using the bias incident reporting form. In addition, the UNF Victim Advocacy Program is available 24 hours a day at (904) 620-1010 to provide confidential support services to members of the UNF community who experience harassment, threats or violence. Please view the CODI homepage to read their full pandemic statement and a list of helpful resources and actions the University is taking to support the campus community during this pandemic.

Contact:

Alison Cruess

acruess@unf.edu

(904) 210-5906

Website

Administrative Announcements

Marketing and Communications is teaming up with Athletics on the #SWOOPTogether social media campaign. This campaign is meant to unify the Osprey community while remote working/learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share heartfelt stories as well as remote learning and working experiences during this challenging time by using #SWOOPTogether on social media. Content posted using #SWOOPTogether will be considered for future UNF social media posts, news coverage and University publications.

Contact:

Jessica Wingate

jessica.wingate@unf.edu

Carpenter Library services, resources and staff are available online seven days a week via the following:

More information is available on the Library webpage

Contact:

Stephane Race

stephanie.race@unf.edu

(904) 620-5177

Colonial Life is committed to meeting the needs and delivering quality, dependable service to plan members. If you need assistance with claims or would like to review your current coverage, contact your local Colonial representative or the Florida District Office at FLDistrict@coloniallifesales.com or call (888) 756-6701. 

Digital Collaboration is vital to achieving success in the current remote learning/working environment. Using Microsoft Teams can help assist with maintaining engagement. Microsoft Education has produced a video training series offering a variety of 90-second, how-to instructions for users to gain an easy understanding of the features available in Teams. Search for the videos that meet your specific needs at the Microsoft Teams homepage.  

Contact:

ITS Help Desk

helpdesk@unf.edu

(904) 620-4357

Website

When attempting to reset your UNF ID password, check your junk/spam email folder if you do not immediately receive the account verification email from no-reply@unf.edu to your inbox. After locating the verification message, select "Not Spam," which will allow future no-reply@unf.edu messages to get through.

Contact:

ITS Help Desk

helpdesk@unf.edu

(904) 620-4357

Website

Guidance regarding acquisitions and deliveries during the remote-work period was issued to department heads and financial liaisons on Thursday, April 2. More information regarding that guidance can be viewed on the Procurement webpage.

Contact:

Amy Lehnhoff

a.lehnhoff@unf.edu

(904) 620-5602

Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students, faculty and staff, so that they can continue to work remotely. To enable access to the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device, please follow the instructions.

Contact:

ITS Help Desk

helpdesk@unf.edu

(904) 620-4357

UNF Marketing & Communications is looking to uplift the Osprey community, share helpful resources and showcase the extraordinary actions of our students, faculty and staff during these trying times. Please send a photo and/or video along with a brief description of how remote learning looks for you, creative ideas, positive things you are doing to help others, advice/tips for remote working, educational health/wellness resources or how you are staying motivated via email to communications@unf.edu. Your content will be considered for UNF social media posts, news coverage and marketing publications. We miss our Ospreys and can’t wait to see how creative and innovative we can be during this difficult time.

With the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the requirements to comply with the Expanded Family Medical Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave, web/departmental timesheets for the pay period Saturday, April 4, to Friday, April 17, will be unavailable to access Saturday, April 4, through Wednesday April 8. This is necessary to appropriately implement and update this requirement in the Banner system. Web/departmental timesheets for the pay period Saturday, March 21, to Friday, April 3, won't be affected by this process and will still be available to submit/approve by the normal deadline 10 a.m. Monday, April 6. Questions concerning the FFCRA may be directed to the Human Resources Office via email. Questions concerning web/departmental timesheets may be directed to the Payroll Office via email.

Media Relations is updating its database list of UNF faculty and staff media experts and the key topics/categories that can be discussed externally. The goal is to have this database available for media requests and proactively offer faculty to the media to speak on current and timely topics related to their field. If interested, please send answers to the following questions to communications@unf.edu

  • Name, title, contact information and preferred method of contact 
  • Brief overview of your area of expertise in one to two sentences
  • Key topics/categories you are comfortable and knowledgeable in discussing
  • Are you comfortable with TV interviews or prefer to submit media statements/phone calls?
  • Any other relevant information you feel is important to share

Contact:

Media Relations

communications@unf.edu

The Victim Advocacy Program serves as a resource and support service for anyone in the University community who has been a victim of actual or threatened violence. Crisis intervention services are available 24-hours a day to provide immediate assistance to the UNF community remotely via phone and video call. To speak with an advocate, please call (904) 620-1010.

Contact:

Whitney Washington

whitneywashington@unf.edu

(904) 620-1010

Academics

The Carpenter Library's featured database for April is Mango Languages. Mango Languages provides a self-paced learning program that teaches over 70 world languages and English as a Second Language from 22 different languages.

Contact:

Library Acquisitions

lib-acq@unf.edu

(904) 620-5673

Website

Friday, April 10, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Zoom

Clifford Harrell, an educational leadership doctoral student, will defend his dissertation, "Examination of Athletic Academic Support Services of NCAA D-I HBCUs." Access via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/872736967.

Contact:

Thomas Higginbotham

thomas.higginbotham@unf.edu

(904) 620-2990

Friday, April 10, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Lisa Cooper, biology graduate student, will defend her master’s thesis entitled, “Functional Analysis of Fam83d and Dupd1 - Two Novel Neurogenic Skeletal Muscle Atrophy-Induced Genes." Access via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/391545125. 

Contact:

David Waddell

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

(904) 620-1958

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Zoom

Sarah Lynch, biology graduate student, will defend his master’s thesis, “Identification and Characterization of Zfp593 and Neap1 - Two Novel Neurogenic Skeletal Muscle Atrophy-Induced Genes." Access via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/243131360.

Contact:

David Waddell

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

(904) 620-1958

Friday, April 17, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Eli Beal, biology graduate student, will defend his thesis, "American Alligator Ecology Within Human-Dominated Landscapes." Access via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/431417073

Contact:

Adam Rosenblatt

adam.rosenblatt@unf.edu

(904) 620-1850

Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Zoom

Cecelia Schmidt, a statistics graduate student, will defend her master’s thesis “A Two-Stage Design for Comparing Binomial Treatments with a Standard.” Access via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/4773530139.

Contact:

Elena Buzaianu

e.buzaianu@unf.edu

(904) 620-2654

Friday, April 17, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Elizabeth Ellis, psychology graduate student, will defend their master's thesis, "On Fire or Burned Out?: The Role of Self-Monitoring on Burnout on the Workplace." Access via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/725908758

Contact:

Elizabeth Ellis

n01038798@unf.edu

"El Cafecito" is a Spanish conversation table moderated by faculty from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. It is open via Zoom video conferences through Friday, May 1, to the entire University community including heritage speakers, students of any proficiency level and students not currently enrolled in Spanish. Sessions will have new topics and conversations at the following times each week: 

Contact:

Greg Helmick

g.helmick.130720@unf.edu

Three new research databases are available on the Library Databases webpage. Librarians are available to provide demonstrations and online instruction for all library resources. 

  • Guidestar allows users to search, compare and analyze data from millions of nonprofits, tax-exempt organizations and community foundations. Data includes revenue and expenses, balance sheets and annual reports. Results can be filtered by organization size, revenue, and location.
  • The Open Research Library (ORL) is an aggregation of more than 20,000 peer-reviewed, open access, scholarly monographs. Users can maintain a bookshelf for all their open access book content.
  • Visible Body has over 24,000 items in a visual database, including 3D models of anatomical structures and systems, physiology animations, pathology visualizations, illustrations and cadaver images paired with CTI or MRI scans. For access, click on "Instructions for OFF CAMPUS download and activation" then click on the Human Anatomy Atlas 2020 icon. When prompted, enter your UNF email. Follow instructions for a verification code and then later a password to access the app.

Contact:

Stephane Race

stephanie.race@unf.edu

(904) 620-5177

Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Zoom

Amitabh Bhattacharya, a School of Computing graduate student, will defend his master's thesis "Multi-Robot Informative Path Planning in Unknown Environments through Continuous Region Partitioning." Access via zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/548207953

Contact:

Ayan Dutta

a.dutta@unf.edu

(904) 620-2985

Arts and Entertainment

The Center for Professional Development and Training is sponsoring a new, weekly discussion group called Comics Talk. Beginning 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, and occurring each Friday at 9:30 a.m., it will be a place for employees to gather and discuss all things superhero. Visit the CPDT website for additional information. Access via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/9482294015 using Meeting ID: 948-229-4015.

Contact:

Kelly Harrison

kelly.harrison@unf.edu

(904) 620-1709

MOCA Jacksonville launched its virtual museum tours, designed to bring the art, artists and ideas of our time to your home. View the tour

Lectures, Seminars, and Information Sessions

Health Advocate, UNF's EAP provider, is hosting a free interactive webinar at 10:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 9, regarding how to manage stress through the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered will include, identifying ineffective vs. effective coping techniques, self-care tools for emotional balance and how to change your stress response. Employees can register via the HR webspage

Contact:

Human Resources

hr@unf.edu

(904) 620-2903

Diversity Initiatives

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Zoom

The Department of Diversity Initiatives will discuss physical distancing. Share your thoughts, feelings and reactions during the conversation via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/873708365.

Contact:

Whitney Washington

whitney.washington@unf.edu

(904) 620-5740

Join us in congratulating the recipients of the Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award and Scholarship.

 

Dr. Christopher Janson, associate professor and director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy, was selected as this year’s recipient of the Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award. Janson has been instrumental in a number of innovative projects and initiatives that include starting a fully funded cohort designed to attract students from underrepresented backgrounds, Bridges Summer Camp for rising high school juniors to create access points to UNF and nurture explorations into teaching careers, Jacksonville civil rights history teach-ins, Jacksonville lunch counter sit-ins, Ax Handle Saturday learning walks, a community arts gallery where diverse artists from UNF and the community show their work, facilitating sharing/recording of segregation and desegregation stories from the community, Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project and developing Community Learning Exchanges on culturally sustaining practices.

 

Rodney Ellington and Nagat Khalifa were selected as this year’s recipients of the Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. Ellington, graduating with a masters in higher education administration this spring, implemented a summer bridge program that introduced 13 low-income, first generation high school students of color to UNF and gave them a first look at a true college experience. He founded a non-profit organization to help support young professionals across the nation through networking and professional development events, providing scholarships and funds to cover college application and testing fees. Ellington is currently conducting a research study at UNF to understand more about the satisfaction and college experiences of undergraduate Black and African American students. Khalifa, working towards a degree in sociology and international studies in the Hicks Honors College, shared her experiences about immigration and refugees as a speaker at Jacksonville Women’s March and Rally. She advocated to legislators on “Muslim Capitol Day” in Tallahassee for Muslims, immigrants, refugees and incarcerated women. Khalifa participated in the American Civil Liberties Union Advanced Institute in Washington D.C. to focus on immigrant and women issues and was a speaker on the “Panel of Difference” at the OneJax Metrotown Institute. She helped organize the fall exhibition of the Yellow House, a place where art plus action creates change, by helping women write and translate their stories.

Contact:

Alison Cruess

acruess@unf.edu

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

The UNF Victim Advocacy Program is seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming on-call victim advocates to staff the 24-hour Crisis Helpline at UNF. We are looking for responsible individuals who possess good communication skills, are passionate about helping others, and have the ability to remain focused during a crisis. Access via Zoom at https://unf.zoom.us/j/360349203

Contact:

Whitney Washington

whitney.washington@unf.edu

(904) 620-5740

Professional Development and Training

  • Online Testing Best Practices: 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 7, Online; Register
  • Accessibility in Canvas: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, Online; Register
  • Five Steps to Successfully Complete a Quality Course Review: 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 10, Online; Register

Contact:

Katie Commissaris

k.commissaris@unf.edu

(904) 728-0504

Everything Else

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Carpenter Library is hosting a Haiku Contest. All UNF students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Submissions will be accepted online until April 15. Three winners will be chosen to receive Amazon e-gift cards.

Contact:

Maria Atilano

m.atilano@unf.edu

(904) 620-1564

Website