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Freak out with the freshmen

FreakonomicsHere’s something new that may freak out freshmen arriving on campus in fall 2008. There will be a mandatory summer reading assignment – before classes even begin.

The required reading will be “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Academic Affairs plans to give every incoming freshman a copy with instructions to read it and be prepared to discuss it during the Week of Welcome in August.

The summer assignment is part of a new program called UNF Reads, which includes activities and events that organizers hope will create a learning community on campus.

In addition to the incoming freshmen, about 25 faculty and staff members of the UNF Book Club plan to read “Freakonomics” to become part of a campus-wide discussion of the book. The Book Club, begun in 2005, is open to all faculty and staff. Members generally read and discuss about five books a year.

About 60 resident assistants also will read “Freakonomics” so they can lead freshmen through discussions of the book in the residence halls during orientation week.

All freshman composition professors plan to incorporate “Freakonomics” into their lesson plans for the upcoming year, and faculty from other disciplines also have expressed interest in doing so.

The goal, according to Dr. Marnie Jones, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, is to create a common reading experience for all freshmen as well as help “make students more intentional about what’s involved in active reading of an argument-based text.”

UNF’s General Education Council selected the book from suggestions submitted by approximately 50 faculty and staff. Jones said they chose the book because “we thought it would really interest them, that they would actually like to read it.”

The book, which sold more than three million copies and spent two years on The New York Times best-seller list, uses economics to explore the hidden side of such diverse subjects as why the crime rate dropped in the 1990s, why drug dealers live with their mothers and whether real estate agents really work for the best interests of their clients.

Authors Levitt and Dubner suggest that asking the right questions and drawing conclusions can help solve everyday mysteries and even disprove commonly held beliefs.

Dr. David Jaffee, assistant vice president of undergraduate studies, said the council “made an argument for the value of this particular book.” He said it crosses so many disciplines that it can be used in a variety of classes.

The summer reading program also is tied to UNF’s reaccredidation process. Jones said the General Education Assessment Task Force was concerned that students find it challenging to read and analyze a complex text.

“We hope by using this book, by having the discussions that will take place in the residence halls, we’ll be organized on helping students make that transition from high school level reading to college reading,” she said.

And what better transition could freshmen make than to arrive on campus prepared to discuss their summer reading assignment. 

Around Campus

Conference participants learn lessons from Virginia Tech shooting

Conference participantsThis month marks the one-year anniversary of the day Virginia Tech student Seung Hui Cho went on a campus shooting spree, killing 27 students and five professors, wounding 17 others and in the end, taking his own life as well. The shootings were over in a few hours, but the effects of Cho’s actions are lasting.

The Virginia Tech killings left people wondering how a mass shooting could take place at a college where measures had been taken to ensure campus safety. Administrators, campus police, employees and students at universities nationwide immediately began asking “Is our campus safe?”

That question is still being asked today, which is why UNF’s Institute of Police Technology and Management hosted a course last month to address campus safety. The course, Mass Shooting at Virginia Tech: Lessons Learned and Panel Recommendations, delved into the details of the Virginia Tech shootings. Nearly 130 police officers, college administrators and others interested in campus safety, including members of UNF’s Crisis Management Team, attended the one-day conference in the University Center.

Two members of the Virginia Tech Review Panel presented the panel’s key findings at the UNF course, including the background on Virginia Tech’s environment and pre-incident security, as well as a rundown of events before, during and after the shootings. The seminar also focused on Cho’s life history, problems he faced at Virginia Tech, the failure of administrators, health care personnel and faculty to “connect the dots,” and the tragedy’s aftermath.

Because of its broad scope, the seminar attracted not only police officers, but also administrators, counselors and others concerned about campus safety. “This part [the psychological exploration] appealed more to administrators who were interested in the psychology behind Cho’s actions and what could have been done to prevent the shootings,” IPTM Director Bob Jacob said.

Jacob said he’s pleased with the number of non-police personnel from UNF who took part in the training. This, he said, points to the fact that people at UNF are doing everything they can to learn from the past and prepare for the future.

Dr. Michael Hallett, chair of UNF’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said the seminar pointed out several opportunities Virginia Tech officials missed for intervention with Cho. “It highlights for me the importance of reaching out to and identifying young people who may be suffering from social isolation and uncertainty on campus,” he said. “As a result of the seminar, I will strive to be all the more open to student visits outside of class and during office hours as well as be more vigilant about making referrals to outside resources, such as the Counseling Center.”

“A lot of us were concerned about police response [at Virginia Tech] and when we heard how the police response actually occurred, it kind of opened our eyes up to the need for good, strong, quick, immediate response,” University Police Department Chief Mark Foxworth said. “There’s always been a controversy about their notification system and how they took too much time to notify the campus, but we began to understand why they took so long and how it could have been done better.”

One move UNF is making to keep faculty, staff and students informed in the event of an emergency is to partner with the city of Jacksonville on a campus alert system called “Code Red.” This Web-based system with five servers across the country allows the University to quickly communicate information to faculty, staff and students via telephone. When an emergency occurs, UNF’s Crisis Management Team will activate the system to send a recorded phone message to thousands of phone numbers in a matter of seconds.

Another preventative measure recently announced by the Crisis Management Team is the creation of Student Affairs’ SOS (Supporting Our Students) Team, comprised of faculty and staff whose role is to identify and intervene in situations involving students who may exhibit behaviors of concern.

Foxworth, who required his command staff to attend the workshop, said UNF and the UPD had earlier made some changes in response to learning more about what happened at Virginia Tech, including formalizing the process of detecting students who may pose a threat to the campus community.

“In the last six months we created the SOS Team that comes together and looks at students who hit our radar screen,” he said. “The team then comes up with suggestions on how to help them and decides what’s best for the university community. A lot of time these students are discovered through police interaction, housing interaction and faculty interaction.”

Media Relations Assistant Director Joanna Norris was one of several UNF Crisis Management Team members to attend the Virginia Tech seminar, which she described as eye opening.

“The seminar really delved into the psychological aspects involved in the shooting at Virginia Tech and it really illustrated how the ball was dropped when it came to getting help for Cho,” Norris said. “There apparently were red flags everywhere, and Virginia Tech even had a care team that, in hindsight, could have done more to prevent the situation that ended up happening.”

UNF Vice President and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka knows firsthand the devastation that results from campus shootings, having worked on two campuses where shootings have occurred.

“At both of these campuses where [the shootings] happened, I was able over time to shove the events back in my mind,” he said while addressing the conference participants. “I know from reading the newspaper headlines today that we can no longer do that. We have to be paying attention to this particular topic at all times. It has to occur in the president’s office, it has to occur in law enforcement, it has to occur with the faculty in the classroom. We’re all partners in this, trying to make our campuses if not perfectly safe, then safer than they are right now.” 

Around Campus

Friends honor colleague with race effort

Mary Tappmeyer, Kathy Klien and Nancy MillerWith cheering spectators lining the streets on a warm February morning, cancer survivor Kathy Klein and her walking buddy Mary Tappmeyer had one overriding thought as they participated in the 26.2 with Donna – National Breast Cancer Marathon.

“We just kept wondering how we could get some of these people to come out to our games,” said Klein, UNF’s senior associate athletics director. Tappmeyer is the women’s basketball coach. “People were cheering everywhere,” Klein said. “While it was truly a race for many, for many others it was a giant pep rally and happening. There were signs and music and people of all ages cheering you on – incredible support. The organizers and volunteers did a fantastic job.”

Tappmeyer and Nancy Miller, assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator, participated in the marathon in Klein’s honor. Tappmeyer walked a half-marathon, and Miller ran the same distance. Klein, Tappmeyer and Miller have been friends for more than 10 years.

Klein was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 1998. That cancer is in remission after a yearlong series of treatments, which included surgery, chemotherapy, a stem-cell transplant and radiation therapy. The second time was in 2003, when she was diagnosed with cancer in her other breast and underwent surgery. Klein said she is currently “cancer-free.”

All proceeds from the registration fees and other funds raised for the 26.2 with Donna – National Breast Cancer Marathon will go for breast cancer research and to help women living with cancer. This was the first 26.2 with Donna – National Breast Cancer Marathon. Donna refers to Donna Deegan, a local First Coast News TV anchor who has battled and is currently battling a recurrence of breast cancer.

For Tappmeyer, walking in the half-marathon brought back memories of another friend. “My best friend from Missouri, who introduced me to my husband, died of cancer when she was 36,” she said. “She was originally diagnosed six months before my wedding and died a year-and-a-half later.” Tappmeyer wore a pink rectangular sticker, which read: “Kathy who survived and Sherry who tried.”

More than 7,000 runners and walkers took part in the event. Nearly $1 million was raised.

Klein was moved by her friends’ gesture. “To say it touched my heart is an understatement. Mary and Nancy are very dear friends in addition to being colleagues in the Athletics Department,” she said. ”Both were instrumental in helping with my treatment over nine years ago. They saw me at my worst and played a big part in helping me get through it successfully. I will never forget that.”

Miller wore a sticker saying she was walking for her grandmother, also a breast-cancer survivor, and Klein.

“Kathy is very much an inspiration to me,” Miller said. “’Tough’ does not begin to describe Kathy and the mentality she used to get through that extremely difficult period in her life and become a survivor.”

Around Campus

Nutrition TLO reaches into community

Dr. Sally Weerts, director of the Undergraduate Nutrition Program, and four of her students don’t have to travel to some exotic foreign locale to participate in a Transformational Learning Opportunity. All they have to do is drive over the Dames Point Bridge to the Northside.

Weerts and the students are doing research for a study called Engaging Students in Nutrition Research to Benefit the Community. The study is a continuation of a 2006 pilot study by Weerts titled “Pass the Fruits and Vegetables.” It seeks to validate the findings of the pilot study.

The 2006 study involved 21 low-income African-American women who lived on the Northside. The women were from 18 to 44 years old and clients of The Magnolia Project, a federal Healthy Start program that addresses racial disparities in maternal and child health. They were divided into an experimental group and a control group.

Weerts said low-income African-American women are disproportionately affected by obesity, due in part to too much high-fat, high-calorie food and not enough fruits and vegetables.

For the pilot study, Weerts and the Magnolia team, including a health educator, provided monthly counseling about healthy food habits and $40 gift cards to Publix. Women in the experimental group were instructed to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, while the women in the control group used their gift cards to purchase groceries without instructions on what to buy.

The result was a mean weight loss of more than six pounds by the women in the experimental group over three months. “I’ve been interested in hunger all my life,” Weerts said. “In 2005, I asked myself what is the most important ingredient in Americans’ diet that poor people don’t eat, and it’s fruits and vegetables.”

Four undergraduate students are working with Weerts on this community study, which is in its beginning stages. They are Glorianne Adams, Rachel Hochwald, Jaimi Metz and Gira Patel.

“This project seems very exciting. In the long run, this will certainly help reduce obesity and thus reduce a number of diseases related to obesity,” said Patel, a junior majoring in nutrition and dietetics. “I think this study will improve the lives of many. Dr Weerts is very inspiring, very lively, full of enthusiasm and has a profound knowledge about her subject. She has involved a group of individuals to work for a good cause.”

Weerts sees a number of benefits for the students participating in the study, which is being funded by the UNF Foundation. The students can share the findings with other nutrition program students, UNF’s Nutrition Club and the dietetics profession through presentations before professional groups and peer-reviewed publications. That’s in addition to learning about the role of sound dietetics practice and research.

“The main goal of this project is to design research and undergraduate teams that apply our knowledge of nutrition and dietetics to serve the community,” Weerts said. “Students are energizing me. They are tireless in their pursuit of the steps in the scientific method and amazing to watch.” 


UNF health professor recognized as Fulbright Senior Specialist

Dr. Rob Haley, assistant professor of public health, was recently recognized as a Fulbright Senior Specialists Candidate by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

“Dr. Haley’s specialty in health policy makes him very valuable as we plan for future health care needs,” said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health. “I am very pleased to support his endeavor as a Fulbright, which is vital to academic and professional communities around the world.”

The Fulbright Specialists Program is designed to provide faculty and professionals in the United States opportunities to collaborate with overseas colleagues on a variety of projects, such as developing and/or assessing academic curricula or educational materials, conducting faculty-training programs and consulting with administrators and instructors on faculty development. Grant lengths range from two to six weeks.

“This well-deserved honor will give Dr. Haley the opportunity to share his considerable expertise in the area of public health policy with those in other countries,” said Dr. Lucy Trice, associate dean in the Brooks College of Health. “Our students will benefit greatly from the experiences and new ideas that he will bring back to the classroom as a result of participating in this prestigious program.”

Haley, a St. Augustine resident, is also a director with Florida Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He has built coalitions with government officials to conduct health services research in China and implemented the China/U.S. Health Care Summit with China’s Center for Health Management and Policy this past fall.

Haley applied for the Fulbright program so he could have the opportunity to study and teach in other countries, exchange ideas on global and public health and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.

“The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program provides an opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge with colleagues in other countries to mutually gain a more holistic and better understanding of the global health care environment,” he said. 

Faculty and Staff

Brooks College of Health

Dean’s Office: Drs. Lucy Trice and Patricia Foster’s article titled “Improving Diversity through Use of a Group Admission Interview” was published in the March issue of AORN Journal.

Public Health: Dr. Lei-Shih Chen’s articles, “Does Individuals’ Perception of Personal Risk of Lung Cancer Affect Their Attitudes Toward Protective Health Behavior?” co-authored by K.A. Kaphingst and “Web-based Research: Lessons Learned from the Health Promotion and Genetics/Genomics Survey” co-authored by P. Goodson, were recently accepted for the 29th Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Coggin College of Business

Accounting and Finance: Dr. John MacArthur published “Practical Guidelines for Using Replacement Cost Accounting in Resource Consumption Accounting: Important Lessons from History” in Cost Management, January/February 2008.

The audio book of “Tell Me How You Love the Picture” by Edward S. Feldman and UNF Professor Dr. Thomas Barton is one of the six finalists in the non-fiction category for a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year award. Christian Hoff, a star of “Jersey Boys” on Broadway, is the reader of the audio book.

Management: Dr. Diane Denslow had a paper titled “Teaching International Entrepreneurship Through Student Exchange: Observations, Obstacles and Recommendations,” co-authored by Bryan Toney and Drs. Scott A. Jones, Frank Janssen and Dodo zu Knyphausen-Aufseb, accepted for publication in the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education.

Dr. Bruce Fortado had a paper accepted at the 24th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium in Amsterdam. The paper was titled “Upsetting Organizations in Sub-theme Evil Tongues at Work? The Unmanaged Spaces of Organizational Gossip.”

Drs. Reza Vaghefi and Louis Woods’ research paper, “Motor Drive: Sustainability of Competitive Advantage in the Battle of Two Titans,” was the second most downloaded article from the spring issue of Business Strategy Review, as reported by the Social Science Research Network. The paper continues to be the favorite of the researchers.

Marketing and Logistics: Dr. Adel El-Ansary had two papers published on China related topics. “The Impact of a Distributor’s Trust in a Supplier and Use of Control Mechanisms Relational Value Creation in Marketing Channels,” co-authored by Yi Liu, Lei Tao and Yuan Li, was published in the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2008. “Macro Antecedents, Micro Outcomes: A Frame of Reference for Understanding Marketing To, In, and Out of China,” co-authored by David Whitsett, was published in Dr. Jeffrey E. Michelman and Chung Ping (Albert) Loh’s book, “China as an Emerging Superpower: Challenges for China and the United States,” and appears on pages 137-162. El-Ansary’s “E-Marketing, 4th Edition” (co-authored by Raymond Frost and Judy Strauss) is now available in Chinese-Mandarin and has been selected for the designation of Business Administration Classic by Pearson Education (Prentice-Hall).

Dr. Gregory T. Gundlach served as session chair for the special session “Legal Issues: Descriptive and Proscriptive Perspectives” at the 2008 Winter Marketing Educators’ Conference: Marketing the Organization and its Products and Services, held in Austin, Texas, in February. 

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Dean’s Office: Dr. Jerry Merckel was invited to speak on “UNF Research Innovation” at the Jacksonville Chapter of American Mensa in February. Also in February, Merckel participated in an National Science Foundation Advisory Board review of the new computer engineering academic program at Bethune-Cookman College.

Department of Construction Management: Dr. Mag Malek hosted an exchange visit for 12 French Lycee Eugene-Livet students coming from Nantes, France, a Jacksonville sister city. This is an exchange program for construction management students between the two institutions. The visiting French students attended UNF construction management course lectures and were taken to various construction sites as well as a trip to the NASA Kennedy Space Center. Malek also attended a nationwide interdisciplinary conference for academic chairs focusing on academic administration.

School of Engineering: Jean Fryman presented “What is an Engineer Anyway” to more than 250 students at the R. M. Patterson Elementary School and Cathedral Parish Day School as part of the School of Engineering’s K-12 Outreach Program.

School of Computing: Drs. Sherif Elfayoumy and Peter Wludyka, published “Bactermia in Patients with HIV and Hepatitis C: Analysis of the Dynamic Memory Management System (DMMS) Study” (with S. Maddirala, D. Bullock, K. Britt, S. Reddy, B. Cuhaci, R. Mars, G. Cu, V. Urquidi, L. Lambiase and N.S. Nahman Jr.), in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, Vol. 56 No. 1 and “Hepatitis C and Cirrhosis as Risk Factors for Bacteremia in Hemodialysis Patients” (co-authored by R. Sullivan, S. Reddy, K. Britt, S. Maddirala, B. Cuhaci, R. Mars, G. Cu, V. Urquidi, L. Lambiase, and N.S. Nahman Jr.), was presented at the American Federation for Medical Research Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans in February.

Recent papers by Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt include: “Development of the Electronic Portfolio Student Perspective Instrument: An ePortfolio Integration Initiative” (with O. Sinngh, T. Seyferth and R. Dedrick), published in the Journal of Computing in Higher Education, Vol. 19, No. 2); “Trends in School Technology Planning, Funding and Socio-economic Status” and “Socio-economic Status and Technology Integration in Florida Schools: A Longitudinal Study” (with A.E. Barron, T. Hohfeld and K. Kemker), “The Effects of Time-compressed Audio and Adjunct Images on Learner Recall, Recognition and Satisfaction” (with Barron and W.A. Kealy) and “High and Low Associability in Spatial Mnemonics and Their Influence on Verbal Recognition” (with Kealy and L. Perez), each presented at the American Educational Research Association in New York City. Ritzhaupt’s “Conditions, Processes and Consequences of 1:1 Computing: The Impact on Teaching Practices and Student Achievement” (co-authored by Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh and K. Dawson), was presented and nominated for best paper award at the American Educational Research Association in New York City. The same article was also selected as the best paper at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education in Las Vegas, where it was published in the conference proceedings.

Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy has accepted invitation to serve as editorial board member for a special issue on service-oriented computing in the Journal of Database Management.

Dr. Charles Winton recently conducted two Botball Robotics Educator’s Workshops in California and Florida.


College of Education and Human Services

Dean’s Office: Drs. Larry Daniel, Otilia Salmon, Marsha Lupi and Claribel Torres were joined by Jacksonville University’s Dr. Christina Ramirez-Smith at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in New Orleans in February.


Get to Know

Barbara J. Olinzock

Barbara Olinzock Department: Nursing
Job: Assistant Professor in Nursing
Years at UNF: 13 years

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
I would still choose nursing, as there are many opportunities to make meaningful contributions. I am fortunate to have the best of both worlds as a nurse and an educator.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
My faculty colleagues, not only in nursing, but in other departments and colleges as well. They are truly a dedicated group of educators. I also enjoy seeing how our graduates and alumni give back to the Jacksonville community. I am proud to have been a part of their UNF educational experience.

What is the best thing you ever won?
My greatest honor has been receiving the “Article of the Year-2005” presented by the Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses for my article about my research on learning readiness and patient education for individuals with a spinal cord injury.

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
Of course, there are several that stand out: my wedding day, my children; and being finally able to earn my doctorate in 2003. This was very special since it was a long time coming.

Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you.
I love music — all kinds. I grew up in the Motown capital, Detroit. I have an extensive music collection. I also confess I am a news junkie and will follow newspaper stories, news magazines, cable TV and radio whenever I can.

What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
Now I am dating myself, but in the 1960s I attended a Beatles concert as a young teenager, but as luck would have it I never saw them or heard them because of the flash bulbs and screaming. More recently, I saw Rod Stewart when he was in Jacksonville. I still have a soft spot for my favorites from years past.

What person had the greatest impact on your life?
Without a doubt, my family and especially my husband who has been my inspiration and joy. However, when I was a young nursing student at Wayne State University, the dean of the College of Nursing helped me apply for an emergency loan when I thought I might have to drop out of nursing school because I couldn’t afford the tuition. Her caring and confidence kept me going during a difficult time. She became my role model, and I made a vow that some day I would teach and mentor nursing students.What are you most passionate about?

I am very passionate about my work in the area of patient education. My research focuses on how to promote learning readiness for patients in rehabilitation.

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
What a thrill it was to meet Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) at a University of San Diego School of Nursing fundraiser in San Diego. Our daughter was 4 years old at the time, and it was very special meeting the person who was bringing her so much joy through his books.

Last book read: “Hop On Pop” to granddaughter Hannah. 


March/April Milestone Anniversaries:

35 Years:
Patricia Gardner (Physical Facilities)

30 Years:
Barbara Christy (Enrollment Services)
Dorothy Demps (Enrollment Services)

20 Years:
Ernest Bell (Physical Facilities)
Lois Scott (Music)
Marcella Smith (Networking Services)

15 Years:
Ethel Dennis (Physical Facilities)
Lan Nguyen (Controller’s Office)

10 Years:
Leroy Baker (Physical Facilities)
Amy Graham (Information Technology Services)
Angela Graham (Treasury)
Thuan Phan (Human Resources)
Jitendra Rohatgi (Controller’s Office)
Sheila Spivey (Women’s Center)

5 Years:
Elton Brown (Physical Facilities)
Andrew Calloway (Physical Facilities)
Renee Goldstein (One-Stop Center)
Kathleen Halstead (University Housing)
Glenda Kelsey (Thomas G. Carpenter Library)
Elizabeth McNamara (Admissions)
Tracy Merrill (Campus Police)
Clinton Pittman (Physical Facilities)


Dr. Annabel Brooks (Student Affairs) is the recipient of the 2008 Susan B. Anthony Award, which was presented at the 20th Anniversary Women’s History Month Luncheon, hosted by the Women’s Center. Brooks is the 15th recipient of the award, which is given annually by the Women’s Center to a member of the campus community who provides a positive role model for the women of UNF and works for feminist advocacy and education.

Lisa Gaetjens (Coggin College Career Management Center) married Jerry LaPorte March 22 in Longboat Key. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon cruise in the Eastern Caribbean.

Joycelyn McDuffey (President’s Office) retired in February after 15 years of service to UNF.

Kimberly Benton Matthews (Athletics) married Andy Matthews Jan. 26 in Sanford.

Judy Smith (Philosophy) announces that her son, Samuel Smith, who is presently serving in Iraq, was recently promoted to staff sergeant.

Terry L. Smith (CCEC Dean’s Office) was recently promoted to director of academic support in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction.

Dr. Carolyn Williams (History) was honored at UNF’s Women’s History Month Luncheon with the Women’s Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Williams’ unsung dedication to diversity and tireless advocacy of feminist ideals throughout her career.


Welcome to the following new employees, who began working for UNF January through early March:

Randy Blankenship, admissions/registrar officer in the One-Stop Center

Kelly Buoye, coordinator of academic support services for the One-Stop Center

Christopher Cadiz, broadcast engineering tech in the FEEDS Center

Hing Chin, custodial worker for Physical Facilities

Cynthia Coates, grants assistant in Exceptional Student and Deaf Education

Trudy Cochrane, office assistant in Academic Center for Excellence

David Doyle, maintenance mechanic for University Housing

Howell Evans, adjunct professor in English

Samuel Fogle, accountant in the Controller’s Office

Bethany Glassbrenner, admissions/registrar officer in the One-Stop Center

Patricia Hanford, director of advancement/alumni affairs in Major Gifts

Virdell Hayden, maintenance mechanic for Physical Facilities

Paige Helmer, fiscal assistant in the Controller’s Office

Noreen Irizarry, program assistant in Physical Facilities

Christine Johnson, coordinator of research programs in the Florida Institute of Education

James Joiner, law enforcement officer for Campus Police

Barbara Kaeding, senior fiscal assistant in the Controller’s Office

Harold Lloyd, law enforcement officer for Campus Police

Chan Luu, custodial worker in Physical Facilities

Clara May, senior information specialist for Continuing Education

Sheryl McLean, accounts payable associate in University Housing

April Moore, coordinator of academic support services in Arts and Sciences

Anthonly Parise, coordinator of computer applications in Advancement Services

Daniel Richardson, senior store/receiving clerk in Purchasing

Theodore Richardson, custodial worker in Physical Facilities

Onofre Rios, custodial worker for Physical Facilities

Carol Shea, coordinator for the Training and Services Institute;

Shannon Simon, coordinator of research program services in Exceptional Student and Deaf Education

Brandon Smith, coordinator of Environmental Health and Safety

Deborah Smith, registered nurse in Student Health Services

Donald Smith, maintenance mechanic in Physical Facilities

Benjamin Stout, groundskeeper for University Housing

Jhon Solis, maintenance mechanic in Physical Facilities

Abdoulaye Sy, custodial worker in Physical Facilities

Melody Taylor, executive secretary in Academic Affairs

Shawn Weiker, secretary in University Housing. 


What you need to know about anesthesia

Dr. John McDonough Each year, more than 26 million people in the United States undergo some form of medical treatment requiring anesthesia. Here’s what Dr. John McDonough, director of UNF’s Nurse Anesthetist Program, has to say regarding what you need to know about anesthesia before undergoing surgery.

When people talk about having an anesthetic, what does that actually mean?

Anesthesia can be seen as progressing in stages, depending on the needs of the patient and surgeon and because of the procedure the patient is having done. These stages progress from a little bit of medicine to help you relax during a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure, to a complete general anesthesia experience where you are unconscious and your vital functions, such as breathing, are controlled for you by the anesthesia specialist who is taking care of you.

What kinds of health professionals give anesthesia to patients?

The administration of anesthesia is frequently done by professionals with four types of state licenses. They are nurses, who perform approximately 65 percent of all anesthetics in the United States, allopathic physicians (MD), osteopathic physicians (DO) and dentists (DDS or DMD). The important issue for the patient is not the specific profession, but rather the qualifications of the professional. You are entitled to know the qualifications of people providing your care. When planning a major anesthetic, qualifications are very important. If the anesthesia provider is a nurse, that person should have the credential CRNA, which stands for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. This indicates that the nurse has undergone extensive specialized post-graduate education in the theory and practice of anesthesia and passed the National Certification Examination. MD anesthesia providers should be certified as an anesthesiologist, a physician specializing in anesthesia, by the American Board of Anesthesiology. With a DO, the certification may be either the American Board of Anesthesiology or the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology. Dentists should be certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Is it safe to have anesthesia?

Anesthesia is not only safe, but also required to do most types of operations. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, anesthesia care today is nearly 50 times safer than it was 20 years ago. Over this period, there has been a dramatic reduction in anesthesia mortality rates, which are now approximately one in 240,000 anesthetics. Anesthesia is much safer now than it has ever been due to great technological advances, increased education and clinical experience and better pharmaceutical research and development. Your specific risk is determined by your health status and the operation to be performed. Obviously, the anesthesia specialist and the surgeon both create plans to reduce your risks to the lowest level possible.

Why does the anesthesia provider ask me so many questions about my health history, medications and behaviors?

During your time in the operating room, the professional administering your anesthesia is taking care of you, not merely keeping you asleep or comfortable. Every disease or condition that you have before you come to the operating room, you still have when you get there. It’s important for the anesthesia specialist to understand your current health status, diagnoses, medication history and certain behaviors to be able to create and carry out the best plan of anesthesia care for you. A one-size-fits-all approach is not compatible with quality care. Your anesthesia plan will be customized for you and your needs.

Every month, the column “Ask UNF” runs in Inside and The Florida Times-Union, promoting the expertise of UNF faculty and staff. Next month’s topic will focus on educating the first digital generation. If you have a question about this topic, e-mail it to .

Good Question

Q - From Jeremy Hoyt (School of Computing): Although electric cars are still being developed for the open market, electric mopeds and motorcycles are currently available. These vehicles require recharging after each use to preserve the life of the batteries. Does UNF plan to make accommodations for staff and faculty who want to commute using electric vehicles?

A - From Vince Smyth (Auxiliary Services): As technology evolves and needs change, the University will review the requirements and consider any service that can reasonably be implemented.

Q - From Dorreen Daly (Student Affairs): For those of us who have been at UNF more years than we'd care to admit, some areas around campus we have been informally referring to by a particular name for years seem to be changing as new folks come to work here. For example, we have always called the circular driveway in front of Building 1, the flagpole driveway, but recently I heard it called the president's circle. What's the scoop?

A - From Zak Ovadia (Facilities Planning): There is no official name of this driveway. The only roadways officially named at UNF are: UNF Drive, Betty Holzendorf Drive, Alumni Drive and the North-South Road. The road leading to the new residence halls will be called Osprey Ridge Road. Named roads must get approval from the City of Jacksonville.