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UNF prepares for SACS visit and re-accreditation decision

Sacs photo by Kaylin HopkinsIt's that time again. UNF is up for reaffirmation in 2009 by its regional accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, aka SACS. According to the folks in charge of organizing and overseeing the gargantuan campus-wide project, almost everyone at UNF has played some role in the long process of preparing for re-accreditation. After much blood, sweat and tears from faculty, staff and administrators, it looks like UNF is finally ready for both its off-site and on-site reviews.

In order to be re-accredited by SACS, the University must comply with the principles of integrity, core requirements, comprehensive standards, federal requirements and policies of the Commission on Colleges, as noted in its "Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement."

UNF, as part of the reaffirmation process, must provide two separate documents: a compliance certification that was submitted in September, and a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to be submitted in December, six weeks before the SACS' on-site visit in February.

The QEP, which is a new requirement since the last time UNF underwent the re-accreditation process a decade ago, is a 100-page document that: "includes a broad-based institutional process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment; focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution; demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation and completion of the QEP; includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP; and identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement."

"This is the second time I've been through SACS re-accreditation, but the first time through the new principles," said Shawn Brayton, director for Academic Affairs and UNF's SACS liaison. "In 1999 it was 444 'must' statements and now it's more compliance-oriented with a larger focus on the future, student learning and the environment for learning. So that's probably the most fun aspect of the accreditation - the addition of the QEP - because it's more forward-looking and it's more focused on what it is we do now and how we can make it better."

In fall 2006, UNF's Institutional Effectiveness Team began the process of creating a QEP Planning Team chaired by Dr. Steve Paulson, professor of management, and consisting of 24 members from across campus. The team was charged with collecting QEP pre-proposals addressing one of seven suggested theme areas, meeting weekly to review viable topics and selecting three QEP proposals to recommend to President John Delaney and the Institutional Effectiveness Team. Team members individually reviewed and evaluated the top six of 22 proposals that were submitted, surveyed faculty and staff on their opinions via an online poll, and then sent their final recommendations to Delaney.

In September of 2007, Delaney and Provost Dr. Mark Workman announced their selection of the Community-Based Transformational Learning proposal as UNF's signature QEP to be submitted to SACS. Community-Based Transformational Learning promotes student academic achievement through engaged learning in authentic settings, including internships, cooperative education, research projects, fieldwork and service learning. (For a look at community-based transformational learning, see the story below.)

"UNF from its conception has been committed to engagement with and the betterment of the region it serves," Delaney announced. "Further, there is significant evidence that experiential learning - whether in the liberal arts or in the applied fields offered by our professional colleagues - substantively enhances the depth, retention and transferability of knowledge. It makes great sense to us, therefore, to combine the University's equally strong commitments to situated and transformational learning with the generation of intellectual and civic capital by adopting [this] as the University's signature QEP."

A 15-member QEP Development Team took it from there, led by team chair Dr. Mary Borg, professor and director of the Undergraduate Academic Enrichment Program.

"We've been meeting every Wednesday since January for an hour and a half to fine-tune this proposal that's going to SACS," Borg said. "Community-Based Transformational Learning fits in with the University's mission to serve the region through an initiative that we'd already started, our transformational learning opportunities, which are focused on giving the absolute best educational experience we can possibly give to our students. What we hope to do is use these community-based experiences to help students broaden their horizons and obtain knowledge."

According to Brayton, UNF's reaffirmation is on the line. "If we don't have an acceptable QEP, we will not retain our accreditation," she said earlier this year. When the SACS accreditation team comes to campus in February, she added, their primary purpose will be to focus on the University's QEP.

A crucial part of the QEP program is the establishment of the Center for Community Based Learning, which will play a central role in executing UNF's QEP. The center will collaborate with and assist faculty to develop courses that incorporate community-based learning experiences, and will also work with community agencies and businesses to nurture and develop new community partnerships. These partnerships will serve as community-based learning sites for UNF students.

"The success of the QEP and the entire project hinges on having an administrative unit that can provide support, guidance, and training for community-based learning projects as well as serving as the point of contact for community agencies, organizations and members to interface with the university," said Dr. David Jaffee, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Studies. UNF is currently conducting interviews for the center's director, who Jaffee said may be selected as early as this spring.

So what's next for UNF's in its reaffirmation process with SACS? Now that the compliance certification has been submitted, the off-site peer review will begin the week of Nov. 3; UNF will prepare a focused report responding to that compliance certification review (November to December); UNF will submit a focused report and its QEP in December; an on-site peer review will take place Feb. 10-12, and the SACS team will submit a report of this review in February to March; UNF will prepare and submit a response to the on-site peer review team report in July or August of 2009; and finally, in December of 2009, SACS will announce its decision whether UNF is to be re-accredited.

The whole process, according to Borg, can be likened to giving birth. "After the baby gets here and it's beautiful, you suddenly forget about all the pain and suffering you went through to get to that point, and nothing else matters except for that sweet, little baby." 

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Taking the classroom to the community

Student Adam Cohen stirs a vat of spaghetti during a community-based project at the Sulzbacher Center- photo by Mario PeraltaSince UNF introduced Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLOs) to campus in 2005-06, applications for funding have more than doubled. This year alone, faculty submitted 68 requests for TLO funding.

"The interest is growing. There's no question about that," said Dr. David Jaffee, assistant vice president of Undergraduate Studies and the person who oversees distribution of what in this tight budget year turns out to be $300,000 in TLO funding.

While many TLO requests include study abroad or special projects overseas, UNF faculty increasingly are turning their attention to the Northeast Florida community as a place where students can experience transformational opportunities through applying their academic skills and knowledge in the local community and beyond. Many faculty include service learning or community-based learning in their TLO requests as well as in course requirements.

"Even though the TLO program allows faculty to propose any kind of project for students, many have a community-based learning component in them," Jaffee said. "We haven't directed them to those. We encourage the faculty to be as creative and innovative as they want. And then we let the committees decide. Over the course of the program, a significant number have had a community-based emphasis."

Community-based transformational learning will take on an even more important role in UNF's Quality Enhancement Plan soon to be submitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as part of the University's re-accreditation effort.

According to a faculty survey, nearly 2,800 students participated in service learning in 2007. Those students contributed more than 65,000 hours of service to the community. In addition, a Community Based Activities Report lists more than 225 examples of UNF combining classroom learning with practical experience in the field through internships, class projects or fieldwork.

The variety of community-based learning opportunities is extensive, as an example from each college illustrates.

About 250 nursing students in the Brooks College of Health work with 50 local health and human service agencies to promote health, wellness and access to services for children, adults and the elderly.

In the Coggin College of Business, students on the SIFE team developed and completed 20 educational outreach projects in the Jacksonville community as well as a computer literacy program and entrepreneurship assistance program in Zambia, Africa, to help promote the principles of entrepreneurship.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, English Department students interviewed residents from Hastings, Fla., to complete an oral history to commemorate the local library's role in the city's history.

In the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, Building Construction Management students in the Senior Capstone Course planned and implemented a construction project to replace the roof on the Boys' Home of Jacksonville.

In the College of Education and Human Services, students conducted after-school tutoring in mathematics and reading at St. Claire Evans Elementary, helping to turn a failing school to a C school.

"There are some programs that have community-based experiences as a part of their curriculum," Jaffee said. "They're not asking for TLO money. They built it into their curriculum. It's just a regular part of the experience of students, and I'd say the Brooks College of Health is the place where that is happening in the most significant way."

Dr. Sally Weerts, an assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics in the Brooks College of Health, teaches large-scale food production in her FSS 4230 Quantity Food Production class. She included a community-based learning component to the course by combining classroom work with activities in the community.

This semester the class of 50 students divided into four groups, and each group spent a day planning, preparing and cooking dinner for 500 people at the Sulzbacher Center downtown. To be eligible to work in the kitchen, students first had to undergo training to become certified safe food handlers and learn how to operate quantity equipment, Weerts said.

Students received two credits for the class work and one credit for the field experience.

"This class is a model of how to do community learning and academics in one course," Weerts said. "This is how you can link community to the classroom."

Although Weerts has sent students on other large-scale cooking assignments, the Sulzbacher Center assignment was the first one using quantity equipment and requiring recipes for 500 meals.

"You can't go down there and open some Spaghetti Os," she said. "You have to make some food."

UNF students are making an impact on the Jacksonville community through such service and community-based learning projects.

"That's the best part. We've got all these students getting engaged in doing hands-on research not just in feeding the homeless but in researching the homeless and interviewing them and talking to them and making a difference," said sociology professor Dr. Jeffry Will, director of the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives. 

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Fine Arts Center goes big-time with Broadway musical 'The Pajama Game'

The Pajama GameFor the first time in the Fine Arts Center's history, a Broadway musical will be performed on the Lazzara stage with the presentation of "The Pajama Game" Saturday, Nov. 22, and UNF faculty and staff are eligible for a discount on tickets.

The Tony Award-winning musical based on Richard Bissell's novel "7 1/2 Cents" has been described by critics as "a bright and riotously funny, fast-paced frisky tale."

Because this is a full-scale Broadway musical, it's technically the most ambitious project the center has ever attempted, according to Fine Arts Center Assistant Director Carl Holman.

"The show features a stage crew of more than 30 people. There are three trucks full of props, costumes and other items and we'll be experiencing for the first time some major costume changes, some quick shifts in scenery and props and some pretty major lighting and sound requirements that are unique to this type of production," Holman said. "But it's going to be very cool. Broadway shows are meant to be fun and this is definitely going to be fun."

The setting for the musical is the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, where workers who churn out pajamas at a backbreaking pace demand a 7-1/2 cent raise and threaten to strike unless their demands are met. In the midst of this ordeal, an unexpected romance blossoms between union leader and complaint committee head Babe and the new factory superintendent Sid. He ends up having to juggle his job, his heart and his conscience to find a solution that will make everyone happy.

"While the musical is set in the 1950s, it's particularly relevant now with all the economic issues we're facing today, so there's a certain timeliness in presenting this musical that was purely accidental," said Holman. "There's also a lot of inter-office romance and humor in the show, and it's sort of a forerunner for today's TV shows like 'The Office.'"

"The Pajama Game," featuring a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, originally opened in 1954 on Broadway, where it remained through more than 1,000 performances and won a Tony for Best Musical. The musical was revived in 1973 and again in 2006, starring Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O'Hara and earning two Tony Award wins and nine nominations.

Tickets for the show are $42 to $56 for adults and $10 for students, and are available at the Ticket Box Office. When ordering through the Ticket Box Office, faculty and staff are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on tickets. Non-discounted tickets can also be purchased online at 


UNF hosts Garbage on the Green event

Garbage on the GreenUNF will reveal the garbage it throws away during the University's second trash and recycling audit on the Green between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Volunteers will get down and dirty, sorting, measuring and cataloguing waste. The event kicks off with an early-morning litter cleanup on campus, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Organizations are invited to participate with demonstrations and interactive booths that provide education on environmental issues and some will be accepting donations for reuse. There will be food and entertainment, including sculptures made from recycled materials. This event is free and open to the public.

The University-sponsored event is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling and litter-prevention practices. Among the goals of the campus master plan is to include opportunities to integrate more waste reduction practices on campus as the University continues to increase its student population and to preserve its natural areas.

"Garbage on the Green is a great chance for our campus community to get a clear picture of how much trash we throw away and how much of it can be recycled," said Dr. Radha Pyati, environmental chemist and director of the UNF Environmental Center. "We think that picture will motivate students, faculty and staff to reduce and recycle garbage at higher rates."

A waste audit is a systematic study of trash we throw away. Information collected during the waste audit will be analyzed to help determine best practices to improve waste reduction programs and recover resources that would normally go to the landfill.

In the past year, UNF created a new Recycle and Refuse Department, renovated the campus waste management system and expanded the campus recycling program. The new waste management system replaced centrally located, top-load dumpsters with compactors around the campus perimeter. Electric carts were also replaced with a larger, more flexible trailer system for hauling waste to the compactors, and high-use trash receptacles were replaced with mini-compactors on the core of campus.

These changes have created a more efficient use of staff time, reduced handling of waste, and removed large, trash-hauling trucks from high-traffic areas on campus. Hundreds of new trash and recycling receptacles have been placed indoors and outdoors to encourage greater participation in recycling by the campus population.

UNF currently recycles mixed paper (folders, magazines, newsprint, books)-312,982 pounds last fiscal year; cardboard-196,900 pounds last fiscal year; plastic bottles; aluminum cans; scrap metal-53,894 pounds last fiscal year; tires; most printer cartridges; automotive batteries; rechargeable batteries from emergency/exit lights; and wooden pallets.

Garbage on the Green is supported by Southland Waste & Recycling Systems, CSX, UNF Environmental Center, HealthyWay Café, City of Jacksonville/Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, UNF Office of Administration and Finance and UNF Physical Facilities.

To volunteer, participate or for more information about this event, contact April Moore, UNF Environmental Center, at ext. 2662 or by e-mail at 


Loriz selected as Director of the Year

Dr. Li LorizDr. Li Loriz, director of UNF'S School of Nursing, was selected as Director of the Year by the Florida Nursing Students Association for her unceasing commitment to the support of UNF nursing students and faculty.

Loriz was chosen from more than 50 nursing program directors and deans in the state. She received the award in October at the Florida Nursing Association's annual state convention.

"She creates an environment where students and faculty feel free to express their concerns as well as share their triumphs," said Dr. Kathaleen Bloom, UNF nursing professor. "Her open-door policy and shared governance style sets an example for students and faculty alike."

Loriz has demonstrated dedication and support to the Student Nurses' Association (SNA) consistently over the years by attending chapter meetings and local association functions. She also gave her support in increasing UNF's SNA chapter from a handful of students to more than 120.

"Dr. Loriz makes us feel like the work we do with SNA is valuable and important by supporting us in everything we do," said Shane Gaik, UNF nursing student and SNA president.

Loriz has been at UNF since 1996, when she began as an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing. She has served as director of the School of Nursing since 2003.

Loriz has received numerous honors and awards, including the Great 100 Nurses Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Dean's Service Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Loriz earned her doctorate of philosophy in nursing from George Mason University and her master of science in Nursing from Marymount University. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Georgetown University. 


Murphy leads Southeastern College Art Conference

Dr. Debra MurphyDr. Debra Murphy, chair of the Department of Art and Design, was recently selected to serve as president of the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC). She will serve a three-year term. The gavel was turned over to Murphy in September during the organization's annual meeting in New Orleans. Prior to becoming president, she served as vice president and had served on the SECAC board of directors' Artist's Fellowship Committee.

Murphy joined UNF as a faculty member in 1990, and has since been recognized four times by colleagues and students for outstanding undergraduate teaching. In 2001, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville named Murphy the arts educator of the year. In 2004, she became the inaugural chair of the Department of Art and Design. In addition to working on Italian art, Murphy's scholarly agenda includes the study and promotion of important artistic figures, patronage and collections in the North Florida region. Murphy's book "Passion and Clarity: the Art of Joseph Jeffers Dodge" was published by the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens in 2002.

Murphy earned her doctorate in art history from Boston University, a master's in art history from Florida State University and a bachelor's degree in English literature at the University of Florida. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville and chairs the Collections and Exhibitions Committee. 


Coggin College makes top business schools list

The Princeton ReviewUNF's Coggin College of Business has once again been named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features Coggin College in the 2009 edition of its "Best 296 Business Schools."

It marks the second straight year Coggin, with more than 3,800 students, has been included on the list.

"We are very pleased and proud to be honored once again," said Dr. John McAllister, dean of the Coggin College of Business. "The college's distinctiveness finds its source in our high-quality faculty-student interaction, our global perspective and our commitment to continuous learning."

The Princeton Review doesn't rank schools on a single hierarchical list from one to 296, or name one business school best overall. The lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools profiled in the book.

"Best 296 Business Schools" has two-page profiles of schools, which highlight academics, student life and admissions plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement services.

Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for the lists. Conducted during the 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online.

"We compile our ranking lists in multiple categories based on what students report to us about their schools to help applicants decide which of these academically outstanding schools is best for them," said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review. 


Take our survey to win a cool prize

SurveyTo everyone who participated in the Inside online survey in September and October, thank you. However, we're a bit underwhelmed by the response rate so far. UNF has more than 1,800 employees, yet we've received only 50 responses. Based on the results so far, we're considering making some changes, but we'd like to have a larger sample of responses before we begin tinkering with your newsletter.

We're once again asking faculty and staff to answer some questions about this publication so we'll have a better idea how to tailor the newsletter to better suit your needs.

The Department of Marketing and Publications will continue to review the feedback over the next several weeks and will plan to make changes in the publication based on the feedback received. For employees who haven't yet taken the survey and would like to participate, go to and tell us what you really think. Really.

Oh, and by the way, the cool prize is a really great employee newsletter that you'll love to read each month. 


Visual Identity Reminder

Visual identityAll UNF publications, videos, Web pages, letterhead, envelopes and business cards must comply with the University's Visual Identity Standards. UNF adopted a new brand identity in 2005 to establish a system of coordinated communications and updated official logos.

University organizations seeking to develop their own identifying marks should determine how their unit fits into the established brand hierarchy prior to undertaking design work. They must not incorporate the "wordmark" (The University of North Florida) or the official UNF logo into a separate identifying mark without a request for exemption from their vice president and the approval of the Visual Identity Standards Committee.

For more information or to request a copy of the guidelines, contact Dave Roman at or ext. 2142. 


Lady Ospreys urge faculty, staff to "Try a Game on Us"

Lady OspreysThe UNF Lady Ospreys will need all the support they can get when they open their home schedule against the Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Arena.

"We are going to need a loud and supportive crowd behind us to pull out the upset win against FSU," UNF coach Mary Tappmeyer said.

The women's basketball program is inviting all University staff and faculty to attend the game against Florida State for free. The promotion is titled "Try a Game on Us."

The Lady Ospreys were ranked 16th in the country in defense last season and they're looking to improve on last year's 13-16 record with the addition of seven talented newcomers to the roster. UNF returns six players from last year's squad.

"We have a tough schedule, but our defense combined with some new scorers and an up-tempo transition game should make for some exciting games," Tappmeyer said.

There will be a pre-game reception, catered by P.F. Changs, for faculty and staff at 5:30 p.m. in the Arena prior to the Florida State game.

Join the Flock at Osprey home games

A valid Osprey 1Card is all it takes join the Flock, a new school-spirit organization. Joining the Flock and attending home athletic events could pay off in freebies at both on- and off-campus establishments and even a Dell Laptop computer.

Flock members, including faculty and staff, get points for attending designated home athletic events to qualify for the freebies and prizes.

"This fan loyalty rewards program was created to provide additional incentive for increased fan support - the more games attended, the more prizes achieved," said Elliott Darkatsh, director of Marketing for UNF Athletics.

Non-conference games are worth one point; conference games and holiday games are worth two points. Random bonus points may be awarded for certain events.

For five points, participants will receive freebies from Smoothie King, Moe's Southwest Grill and other eating establishments. For 10 points, participants receive a Dave and Busters $10 Power Card and Regal Cinema tickets. Fifteen points entitles participants to an official Flock member T-shirt. For 20 points, participants will get a $20 gift certificate to a yet-to-be determined Osprey sponsor. The first five participants to reach 30 points will receive Dell printers.

Participants with 30 points are eligible for the grand prize drawing. Every event attended after 30 points earns an additional chance at the grand prize of a Dell Laptop Computer, which is video-game compatible.

"This type of program has become a popular trend in collegiate athletics, and with the move to Division I, the timing is good," Darkatsh said. "Hopefully, we'll see improved results in our game attendance as a direct result. Remember, anyone who has an active Osprey1card can participate, whether student or employee. GO OSPREYS!"  


UNF celebrates Gandhi's birth and International Non-Violence Day

UNF celebrates Gandhi's birth and International Non-Violence DayNational and International dignitaries joined the UNF community to honor the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and to celebrate International Non-Violence Day by the Gandhi statue.

Sri Sri Sri Swami Vishwayogi Vishwamjee Maharaj, the guest of honor, used the opportunity to spread the message of world peace. The morning ceremony began with the placing a fresh flower garland on the Gandhi statue.

Children from the Child Development Resource Center participated, as well as University students, faculty, administrators and community members. Dr. Tom Serwatka, vice president and chief of staff, accepted four books on Gandhi written by Dr. H. K. Gandhi as a gift to the University. Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president of Student and International Affairs, also accepted a gift commemorating his support of the internationalization of the University's campus.

The evening ceremony included a violin recital of Gandhi's famous song 'Vaishnav Jan To' by Garima Gupta. Ramesh Vashi, chairman of the Gandhi Memorial Society, spoke about Gandhi's way of attaining peace and non-violence by Satyagraha. He quoted several examples from the life of Gandhi.  


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Lunetta WilliamsWhat are the best ways to motivate boys to pick up a book?
By Dr. Lunetta Williams, UNF literacy assistant professor

It's true. Boys score significantly lower than girls in all aspects of literacy. Here are some practical ideas for getting boys interested in reading.

Is there a difference in boys' and girls' engagement in reading?

Girls tend to outperform boys on reading achievement tests, such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In 2007, boys' scores and girls' scores increased overall from the previous NAEP scores, however, a gender gap continued to exist. Fourth-grade girls outscored their male peers by seven points, and eighth-grade girls outperformed boys by 10 points.

What does literature say about reasons for this difference?

One of the most common reasons mentioned is that there tend to be more female role models for literacy than male role models. The majority of teachers are females, and mothers tend to read aloud and model reading behaviors more often than fathers. Additionally, reading is not a physical activity, which may be unappealing to some boys. Also, boys may lack interest in books that are being read aloud or chosen for them.

What are the kinds of books that could engage boys in reading?

Of course each child is different, but literature studies on book selections have shown that boys tend to prefer nonfiction books as well as books with humor. Also, books with boy protagonists tend to be preferred among boys more than books with female protagonists.

What are some ideas for parents who want to help their sons become more engaged in reading?

The main key is to find books that are interesting to them. If he is really interested in boats, find books about boats. He might be intrigued with the solar system; scour the library and bookstores to find books that he can read about the solar system. These books of interest should be topics of conversations between parent and child. Remember to allow the child choice in what he will read. He is more likely to be engaged in reading if he has a sense of control of what books are in front of him. Also, be sure that there are male role models who model reading and read with your son (fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, next door neighbors, etc.).

What can parents do when their son only wants to read one type of series or book?

One suggestion is to compromise when retrieving books from the bookstore or library. For example say to him, "Let's get one book from your favorite series as well as a new nonfiction book." The child would have choice in getting a book that he really wants to read and is also broadening his horizons when getting a book that he typically would not read.

Every month, the column "Ask UNF" runs in Inside and The Florida Times-Union, promoting the expertise of UNF faculty and staff  

Faculty and Staff

Brooks College of Health

No items were submitted this month.

Coggin College of Business

Accounting and Finance: At a September meeting of the International Federation of Accountants, International Accounting Educational Standards Board – Consultative Advisory Group in London, Dr. Charles Calhoun was reelected as chairman for another three-year term (2009-2011).

Marketing and Logistics: Dr. A. Coskun “Josh” Samli announces the publication of his 19th book titled “Globalization from the Bottom Up: A Blueprint for Modern Capitalism.”

College of Arts and Sciences 
Art and Design: Matthew Clay-Robison co-curated the exhibition “Marking Marks: Jacksonville Creates” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville.

Paul Karabinis has an exhibition of eight photographs at the “Making Marks: Jacksonville Creates” show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville.

Stephen Heywood exhibited works in a three-person invitational exhibition titled “Object” in Water Mill, N.Y. Heywood also exhibited works in the 100 percent Pure Florida Regional Juried Exhibition at the Fifth Avenue Gallery in Melbourne.

Biology: Dr. Cliff Ross received the 2008-09 COAS Dean’s Leadership Council award.

Chemistry and Physics: Dr. Lev Gasparov received the 2008-09 COAS Dean’s Leadership Council award.

Dr. Jane MacGibbon had two research papers published in the major physics research journal Physical Review D: “Do Evaporating Black Holes Form Photospheres?” and “Bremsstrahlung Effects in Evaporating Black Holes,” both co-authored by B.J Carr and Don N. Page (Issue 78, September 2008).

Communication: Dr. Siho Nam published “The Politics of Compressed Development in New Media: A History of Korean Cable Television, 1992-2005” in Media, Culture & Society, Vol. 30, Issue 5, pp. 641-662.

Dr. Stephynie C. Perkins and Christine K. Holland published “From Cosby’s Lips and Through the Media’s Filters: A Framing Analysis of Bill Cosby’s Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the Journalistic Response” in Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 30.

English: Dr. Nicholas de Villiers presented conference paper, “Incorporating the Medical Gaze in Queer and Transgender Life Writing and Video,” at the international Performance Studies conference, “Interregnum: In Between States,” at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Psychology: Dr. Iver Iversen was first author of a paper titled “A Brain–computer Interface Tool to Assess Cognitive Functions in Completely Paralyzed Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,” co-authored by colleagues in Germany, N. Ghanayim, A. Kübler, N. Neumann, N. Birbaumer, and J. Kaiser. The paper was published in Clinical Neurophysiology, Vol. 119, pp. 2214-2223, 2008.

Dr. Tes Tuason and graduate student Catherine Cashore have had their publication, "Negotiating the Binary: Identity and Social Justice for Bisexual and Transgender Individuals" accepted in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Vol. 21.

Dr. Jacob M. Vigil has had an article, “A Socio-relational Framework of Sex Differences in the Expression of Emotion,” accepted for publication in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Dr. Susana Urbina published a review of the book “Studying Psychology in the United States: Expert Guidance for International Students” in the Sept. 24 issue of PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: American Psychological Association Review of Books, Vol. 53, No. 39, Article 7.

Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. Choi, Hyunsun presented a paper titled “Civic Engagement and Sustainable Cities: Comparative Analysis of Five Cities in the United Sates” (co-authored by grad student Anand Kadamb) and “Transforming Suburban World in Northeast Asia: U-City in Korea” in SECOPA in Orlando in September. Hyunsum also published “Minneapolis with Arts and Lakes” in Planning and Policy, No. 324, pp. 62-67, 2008.

Nancy Soderberg spoke at the Sharing Ramadan program at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida in September. Soderberg also launched her book, “The Prosperity Agenda: What the World Wants from America – and What We Need in Return,” in New York City at a Sept. 10 event hosted by President Bill Clinton, The Center for American Progress, The UN Foundation, The Century Foundation, The National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the Honorable Richard C. Holbrooke, the Honorable Timothy E. Wirth and Ted and Gillian Sorensen. Clinton and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the book. Two articles with her comments on the presidential debate appeared in the Washington Post: “The Debate We want to Hear” on Sept. 26 ( and “What They Really Said” on Sept. 28 ( In addition, Soderberg participated in a round table on U.S. foreign policy at Hofstra Sept. 23; spoke on foreign policy challenges to the Exchange Club of Jacksonville Beaches Sept. 26; and spoke at Florida State University on the challenges of the next president Sept. 30.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing: Dr. William Klostermeyer and Christina Mynhardt published their paper “Secure Domination and Secure Total Domination in Graphs'' in Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory, Vol. 28, 2008. Klostermeyer’s recent paper, "Tight Bounds on Eternal Domination," is currently ranked No. 12 on the “most downloaded articles” ranking on Elsevier’s Journal Discrete Mathematics.

Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy served as publicity chair for the 2009 Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technologies (DESRIST) Conference.

School of Engineering: Dr. Susan Vasana published her paper, “Modeling and Simulation of a Simplified Demodulation and Detection Method for Zero-If FSK Signals in Wireless Communication Systems,” in the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, Vol.28, No.3, 2008.

College of Education and Human Services  


Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: Dr. Jennifer Kane was invited to speak at the 9th Annual Sport Management Conference at Florida State University. Her presentation was titled "Community Service: Does it Really Matter? Examining its Place in Sports.” Kane also presented "Community Based Transformational Learning” at the Conference for the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport.

Dr. Marcia Lamkin co-authored an article with Dr. Amany Saleh of Arkansas State University titled “Designing a Summative Evaluation Tool for the Online Class,” which will be published this fall in the online journal of The Open University in the United Kingdom, EURODL. Lamkin was also one of three faculty members who participated in the Annual Conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA) in Charleston, W.V., Sept 23-26, presenting a paper titled “Modeling Data Collection and Data-Based Decision-Making for Candidates in Educational Leadership.” Dr. Sandra Gupton (past president) hosted the past presidents’ breakfast and presented a professional development workshop titled, “Professional Writing,” and Dr. Russell Mays presented a paper with UNF graduate Dr. Colleen Wilson titled “In the Middle of the Middle: How Seventh Graders Experience and Explain Middle School.” Mays also presented a professional development workshop titled, “Mysteries of the Universe: Tips and Tricks in Document Preparation” and made an audio-visual presentation at a general session titled “Thoughts on Research.”

Childhood Education: Dr. Candice Carter had an article published in the Journal of Peace Education titled “Voluntary Standards for Peace Education.”

Dr. Gigi M. David will be the guest children’s author and Dr. Nile Stanley will be the guest performance poet at the 2008 UNF Family Fest at the UNF nature trails. This is an annual family literacy event with opportunities for literacy, art, hiking, canoeing and performance. David’s work as a children’s author was recently highlighted in a Florida Times-Union article titled “Program values wisdom of elderly, inspires book,” which can be viewed at

Dr. Wanda Hedrick and her co-authors Janis Harmon and Karen Wood were invited to write a chapter titled “Vocabulary Instruction in Middle and Secondary Content Classrooms: Understandings and Direction from Research” in the book “What the Research has to Say about Vocabulary Instruction,” by A. Farstrup and J. Samuels. They also published “Pic a Word-Not Just any Word: Using Vocabulary Self-selection with Expository Texts” in the Middle School Journal. Hedrick and Monnin will make a presentation on "Graphic Novels and Image-based Early Readers: Two Shifting New Media Age Literacies Generating Shift in ELA Pedagogy" at the National Council of Teachers of English in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Katie Monnin will make a presentation on "Using Curriculum Wisdom to Bring New Literacies and Socially Just Curriculums Together” at the Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference in Atlanta, and “Graphic Novels for Young Adults” at the Jacksonville Public Libraries’ Annual Meeting. Monnin also recently had an article published in the New England Reading Association Journal titled "Developing and Envisioning a Critical Literacy Perspective in a New Media Age."

Dr. Ronghua J. Ouyang and Z. Zhao have a book chapter re-printed by Hunan University Press in China.

Laurel Stanley, research associate for the Working on Gifted Issues project (WOGI), published a book titled “High Stakes Testing and Graduation Success: An Analysis of 28 Years,” with VDM Publishing in Saarbrucken, Germany.

Drs. Lunetta Williams and Katrina Hall will present “Exploring Students’ Reading Attitudes” at the National Reading Conference in Orlando.

Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: Dr. Caroline Guardino has been selected to present at the Florida Educators of the Hearing Impaired conference (FEHI). Her presentation “Evaluating Teacher’s Preparedness to Work with Multiply-Disabled Deaf Students: How do we Close the Gap between Resources and Practice?” will highlight findings from a national survey given to teachers of the deaf in various place settings. In addition, the presentation will discuss a future course to be offered at UNF, which will help prepare teachers to work with deaf students with additional disabilities.

Other Departments/Divisions 

Continuing Education: Carla Bensi
recently appeared on WTEV TV-47 and WAWS TV-30 news, was on WJXT TV-4’s “Ask the UNF Expert” segment and was interviewed by Joanna Norris on WJCT’s radio program “In Context.” Bensi discussed Continuing Education’s newest endeavor, Simply Certified, which offers certificate training programs for in-demand careers for people who have been recently laid off or are looking to change jobs.

Florida Institute of Education faculty and staff were invited to present at the 3rd International Conference on Concept Mapping in September. The international conference was split between two countries - Estonia and Finland - and sponsored by Tallinn University, the University of Helsinki and the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola. FIE presented at the University of Helsinki in September. Drs. Cheryl Fountain, Linda Goudy, Janice Hunter, Stephanie Wehry and Ms. Heather Monroe-Ossi presented a set of papers describing research they are conducting to enhance the professional learning of teachers of 3- and 4-year-old children and middle school students. The papers describe concept mapping as a curricular and instructional tool to improve children’s conceptual knowledge and vocabulary development, and to quantify the structure of young children’s knowledge. The titles of the papers were “Professional Learning of Middle School and Preschool Teachers using Concept Mapping,” “Young Florida Naturalists: Concept Mapping and Science Learning of Preschool Children,” “Healthy Habits through Literacy: A Concept Mapping and Health Curriculum for Preschool and Pre-kindergarten Children” and “Using Concept Maps Transcribed from Interviews to Quantify the Structure of Preschools Children’s Knowledge about Plants.” 

Get to Know

Parvez Ahmed

Dr. Parvez Ahmed (photo by Kailyn Hopkins)Department: Accounting and Finance
Job: Associate Professor of Finance
Years at UNF: 6

What was the best money you ever spent?
Last year my wife and I made our first pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca to fulfill our religious obligation of performing the Hajj (pilgrimage). It was indeed a journey of a lifetime. The trip was spiritually uplifting and also from a worldly perspective very eye opening. Not only did we understand the historical perspectives of the faith of Islam, we also took time to study the social and political conditions causing so many challenges in the Muslim world.

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
I do not play the lottery. As a financial economist, I know that the cost of a lottery ticket exceeds the probability-weighted expected value of the payoff. So why overpay for an asset?

What is the best thing you ever won?
During my undergraduate days, in addition to being a student of engineering, I used to take part in drama and theatre. I won an award for the best drama production at my university.

Tell us something about you that even your friends don't know:
My love of poetry. I not only like English poetry (favorite American poets Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson), but also indulge in poetry in Bengali, Urdu and Hindi (three major languages of India, where I was born). My other favorite poets are Rabindranath Tagore and Muhammad Iqbal.

Tell us about your family:
I have two children, ages 7 and 11. My wife home-schools them. I was born in India. Both my parents live in Calcutta.

What person had the greatest impact on your life?
My dad. From him I learned the value of giving back to society. He is a physician in India, and he spends most of his spare time helping orphans.

What are you most passionate about?
Besides academic research, writing opinion editorials about Islam and the American Muslim experience.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
Generally speaking, small class size allows me to get to know my students better. I like to help them not just with academic work, but also offer help as a career adviser. Small class size also creates opportunities for more interactive teaching, which is challenging and stimulating.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
I like what I do. I have never contemplated having another career. But if I were forced to choose then I would perhaps like to be a human rights lawyer or advocate. I am passionate about universal human rights. I find the advocacy of those rights intellectually quite challenging, as it requires addressing prejudices and stereotypes in creative ways.

What would you like to do when you retire?
Write books that promote mutual understanding between cultures and societies.

If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing?
Working for some think-tank, writing policy papers.

What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
Watch football.

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
Barack Obama. I met him during one of his recent visits to Jacksonville.

What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
Help my children realize their dreams.

What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
The first concert I attended was in India. My mom took me to a classical music concert. The most recent concert I attended was also a concert on Indian classical music, but this time the concert was held in America. The great Ali Akbar Khan, considered the National Living Treasure of India, was playing a quintessentially Indian instrument called the sarod.

Last book read:
"Inside Egypt - The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution" by John R. Bradley  

Good Question

Physical FacilitiesQ - From Margaret Meadows (director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences): What purpose do the rings that have been drilled into the Physical Facilities Building serve?

A - From John Hale (assistant director of Physical Facilities): The eyebolts are screwed into the perimeter of the building when the first storm of the hurricane season threatens our area. They serve as attachment points for wind/debris screens. The screens were used when Fay hit Northeast Florida earlier this season. We leave the eyebolts in place for the remainder of the season due to the amount of time it takes to install them. They will be taken down at the end of hurricane season.

Q - From Phil Kaplan (associate professor of history): In Parking Lot 9 what looks like a weather station has been set up. Who runs it and what is the data being used for?

A - From Pat Welsh (associate professor in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction): The weather station was originally built by UNF students as an instrument test-bed when the Advanced Weather Information Systems (AWIS) Laboratory was building the sites for the Florida Road Weather Information System. Lack of funds for maintenance has reduced the system to inoperative status, but it will soon be upgraded to functional status again as part of the Campus Storm Water Management and Water Quality Monitoring project, a cooperative research project between the Taylor Engineering Research Institute, the School of Engineering, the AWIS Lab, the EMMAPS (Environmental Monitoring, Mapping, Analysis, and Planning Systems) lab, and UNF Environmental Center. The project involves undergraduate and graduate students from civil and electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, and biology. As part of this multi-disciplinary project, nine rain gauges will be located throughout the greater campus area to provide very high-resolution rainfall data. Typical rainfall data is collected with one rain gauge every 25 square miles (or less) while the work on campus will record rainfall about every 0.2 square miles. This new project is being coordinated with UNF Physical Facilities and the Campus GIS initiative.

Q - From Karen McSheffrey (office manager for Student Medical Services): I was wondering why the shuttle service does not make runs to Melrose Place Student Apartments. I believe that we have a large number of students living there, and if they could catch the shuttle to and from school that would help out with the parking problem on campus.

A - From Vince Smyth (director of business and finance for Auxiliary Services): There are also a number of other apartment complexes in the area that house UNF students. Singling-out the Melrose Apartments for shuttle service is difficult to justify. However, the consultant who helped us set-up the shuttle service did provide a Melrose route as an option. It would require an additional bus, which, depending on the hours of operation and whether this was offered during all three terms, could cost more than $250,000 annually. The shuttle service is paid for by a per-credit-hour fee assessed to students, which would have been increased significantly had this option been implemented. After due consideration, the Student Fee Assessment Committee did not include this option in the approved shuttle service program. 


The following employees were either hired or assumed new positions at UNF from mid-September to mid-October:

Audrey Antee, coordinator of academic support services for the Academic Center for Excellence
Christine Bender, program assistant for the Intercultural Center
Julie Betz, coordinator of academic support services for the Academic Center for Excellence
Brian Brown, maintenance supervisor for Physical Facilities
Bonnie Case, senior fiscal assistant for the Controller’s Office
John Cooper, senior groundskeeper for Hodges Stadium/Sports Complex
Charlene Davis, office manager for the College of Arts and Sciences
Harry Duncan, custodial worker for Physical Facilities
Blanche Dupree, senior secretary for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Melissa Estevez, coordinator of academic support services for the One-Stop Student Services Center
Calvin Kirkland, groundskeeper for Physical Facilities
Symphony Manke, office assistant for Physical Facilities
Joseph Martin, administrative assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences
Bridget Ntiti, secretary for the Department of Chemistry and Physics
Will Ogletree, custodial worker for Physical Facilities
John Sternand, groundskeeper for Physical Facilities
Wendy Zongker, coordinator of academic support services for the One-Stop Student Services Center

Milestone Anniversaries
Congratulations to the following employees, who will celebrate milestone anniversaries in November:

30 Years:
Kathleen Cohen, associate dean of the Carpenter Library

20 Years:
Cameron Pucci, associate director of the Education Training Program for the Training and Services Institute

15 Years:
John Glasgow, senior groundskeeper for Intercollegiate Athletics

10 Years:
Chellie Jones-Harris, secretary in the Department of Music
Kathleen Lease, program assistant in the Enrollment Services’ Processing Department
Mary Ann Rosenthal, assistant director of Marketing and Publications

Five Years:
Margarita Williams, coordinator of administrative services in the General Counsel’s Office


Maris Brien (Institutional Advancement) and her husband recently welcomed their second child, a son they named Micah, who was born Oct. 21.

Dr. Wanda Hedrick announces the birth of her new grandchild, Brady Matthew Hedrick, who was born Oct. 2. Keli and Christopher Joyce with their newborn daughter Marin Elizabeth

Associate Professor Christopher Joyce (Athletic Training and Physical Therapy) and his wife Keli welcomed their new daughter Marin Elizabeth Joyce, who was born Oct. 16. (see photo)

Lois King (COEHS) announces that her son, Greg Barnell, received the Distinguished Honor Award for an Army leadership course for which he finished in the top of his class. He recently also joined the police academy to become a deputy.

Dr. Lunetta Williams (COEHS) recently received an Outstanding Young Alumni award at the University of Florida.


Mike Spivey (Duplicating Services) retired from UNF last month, after having served the University for more than 30 years in various capacities, including managing Duplicating Services.