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University seeks to provide quality education despite tough economic times

President Delaney delivers his State of the University address at fall convocation -photo by Kailyn HopkinsFunding salary increases and continuing to provide quality education are the administration's top priorities this year, President John A. Delaney said last month in his fall convocation address in the Lazzara Performance Hall.

After some years of leading the state in percentages of raises given, UNF was unable to fund any raises last year.

"And it is possible that the dollars won't be there this year either. We won't know the answer to this question for several months," Delaney said. "But I can assure you that the Board of Trustees and this administration are both committed to making raises one of the two top priorities of the year."

UNF's continued focus on providing a quality education has several implications this year, including higher standards for freshmen and transfer students, cutting enrollment and hiring 55 new faculty members, he said.

Since 2006, average SAT scores have risen from 1166 to 1191, while this fall, enrollment dropped from 16,500 students to 15,400.

"There were easily several thousand students we turned away who we would have accepted just two years ago," Delaney said. "But the final decision was predicated on a belief that these actions are in the best interest of the students who are currently enrolled, as well as the long-term future of the University. When Florida's economy turns around, and it will, and when budget cuts are restored, and they will be, we have every intention to continue UNF's growth."

In cutting student enrollment, Delaney said the University has been very deliberate, undertaking measures shaped by UNF's commitments to diversity, growing graduate education and increasing the freshman profile.

Delaney also highlighted a number of areas where the University made progress in advancing its mission over the past year. He cited fund raising, which included $12 million in gifts and $7 million in pledges last year. And he noted that UNF has been "extremely successful" in garnering state money specifically earmarked for construction of needed campus buildings.

UNF moved into the new wing of the Brooks College of Health this fall and will open the new College of Education Building by the end of the academic year. A new biology building is in the early planning stage. And the $50 million Student Union is scheduled to be completed this spring.

Next fall, students will move into the Osprey Fountains, a 1,000-bed residence hall with two swimming pools, volleyball courts, convenience store and a lazy river, a winding narrow pool with a slow-moving current that students can float on as it circles a courtyard.

"To be young again," Delaney said. "Our campus facilities are growing and the space crunch that we experienced for a number of years is beginning to be solved. I also think that the new architecture and the landscaping are making this an ever more attractive campus."

Delaney also discussed the University's SACS re-accreditation, noting that employees devoted a lot of time to ensuring that all SACS requirements were met for the upcoming report. He said the next major step in the process is to complete the Community-Based Transformational Learning proposal, which will be submitted in December. The proposal is part of the UNF quality enhancement plan.

Delaney described it as a proposal that will enrich the learning experiences for all of our students, providing them with opportunities to address community problems in the local region and beyond.

"It is not just an exercise; it is a chance to deepen our institution's community engagement," he said. 

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Chally thanks her UNF teammates for helping her succeed as Distinguished Professor

2008 Distinguished Professor Dr. Pamela Chally -photo by Kailyn HopkinsIt's all about teamwork. Whether you're competing in the Olympics, playing for the Jaguars, flying a commercial airplane for hours on end or winning the 2008 UNF Distinguished Professor Award, you have to rely on your teammates in order to succeed. At least that's what Dr. Pamela Chally, this year's Distinguished Professor, said in her award acceptance speech at fall convocation last month.

"One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves," said Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health. "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."

Chally obviously has both. Talk to any faculty or staff member in the college and it's evident that Chally's teamwork and intelligence has won over her entire staff, according to Pam Niemczyk, who serves as an administrative assistant in the BCH Dean's Office.

"Dr. Chally is so admired by us here in the Brooks College of Health. Dean Chally is known for her fairness and good judgment with commitment to inclusiveness when making decisions that affect the team – and she perseveres to accomplish the goals of the college," Niemczyk said. "She is a wonderful and caring person who often puts others before herself."

Niemczyk also speculated that perhaps Chally's compassionate outlook stems from her nursing background and her natural inclination to be a caregiver.

In her speech, Chally cited examples of teamwork in action and quoted numerous people who had positive things to say about teamwork and intelligence, including Michael Jordan, Woodrow Wilson, Sir William Ostler and Martin Luther King Jr. She also quoted a Japanese proverb, which says, "A single arrow is easily broken, but not 10 in a bundle."

She also shared and explained her own teamwork model, the Essential Elements of Teamwork, which was printed in the convocation program.

It was "through years of experience and lots of mistakes" that Chally learned that in order to be effective as a team in both academia and health care, you need to have critical thinking, competence, care, courage and collegial collaboration.

Chally insisted that without the help of her team of faculty and staff at the college, she wouldn't have been able to win the prestigious award that brought her to the convocation podium Sept. 19.

"I was given responsibility to start new programs, build new additions, raise money and continue a research agenda. I had colleagues with the ability to think critically and they were competent, caring and courageous," Chally said. "We learned to communicate well and developed true collegial collaboration. The college is named, and I continue to work at scholarship, collaboratively. I am much smarter and more effective because of all of you."

Chally said that she would never have gotten through her Ph.D. program, while working and raising children, without the support of her husband, family, friends and coworkers, to whom she is indebted.

Acknowledging that UNF is moving forward through challenging times, Chally said it's going to take teamwork to achieve success.

"We will get through the SACS accreditation, together. We will face our financial woes, together. We will make good decisions about programs, personnel and equipment," she said. "Let's go forth united as a team and face the challenges and opportunities that come our way."

The Distinguished Professor Award is presented annually to a faculty member who has a balanced record of distinction at UNF in all three areas of teaching, scholarship and service. The award includes an honorarium of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, the listing of the recipient's name on a permanent University plaque and an invitation to deliver the Fall Academic Convocation address. This award is made possible through unrestricted gifts to the UNF Foundation. 

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UNF donates old computers, helps H.E.R.O.E.S.

Furman Reese (left), Jean Glasgow and Jim Mousa of the UNF Property Department coordinate equipment donations to nonprofit organizationsInstead of collecting dust in a storage room or being relegated to the recycling bin, more than 30 of the University's used computers are now valuable educational tools for low-income students.

The students attend a private school called The Foundation Academy through scholarships provided by a nonprofit organization known as H.E.R.O.E.S. — Helping Educate Responsible, Outstanding and Enlightened Students. The H.E.R.O.E.S. Web site describes the organization as "empowering at-risk students to succeed, preventing high school dropout and breaking the cycle of poverty."

Melinda MorganSpires is the executive director of H.E.R.O.E.S. "This is a big win for us as an organization and a win for the kids [students]," MorganSpires said. "To be able to supply our flagship school is a big deal."

In a letter to Floyd Hurst, the University's controller, MorganSpires praised the efforts of Jim Mousa, coordinator of the Property and Records Department, Furman Reese, another representative of Property and Records, and Tom Erdal, coordinator of Academic Support for the Brooks College of Health. "Thank you for employing such wonderful people who care about their community and partnering with us to empower low-income, at-risk students." Hurst is Mousa's immediate supervisor.

In addition to the computers, The Foundation Academy received three laser printers, 26 computer monitors and an assortment of keyboards. "We got a slew of monitors that were really lovely," MorganSpires said. She said the equipment donation resulted from a UNF nursing class visit to The Foundation Academy approximately a year ago. The University was no longer using the equipment.

More than 20 of the computers came from the Brooks College of Health. "I'd like to see the computers out there being used rather than just sitting here," Erdal said. "They are perfectly good."

The computers had been used in the health science lab at the Brooks College of Health. They were replaced with newer computers. MorganSpires and two of her employees helped Erdal, Mousa and Reese load the equipment into a H.E.R.O.E.S. van in late July.

All donations of UNF equipment must go through Mousa and his Property and Records Department. Prior to receiving any equipment, organizations are required to submit two types of documentation, Mousa said. They must provide a letter of intent informing Mousa what they intend to do with the equipment. Organizations must also provide documentation of their 501(c) (3) tax status, which verifies they are a nonprofit entity and exempt from federal income tax.

Mousa said the computers H.E.R.O.E.S. received for The Foundation Academy were more than three years old and had been determined by communication technicians to be no longer usable for UNF purposes.

"We try to give them equipment that's still intact and usable," Mousa said. He was talking about the equipment for The Foundation Academy and equipment, mostly computers, given to other nonprofits. "The computers may be slow and not have a lot of memory, but you can still use them." All donated computers have their hard drives removed, Mousa said.

Mousa, who's been at UNF since 2006, said he gets a call approximately every three months from a nonprofit organization seeking a donation. Mousa is happy to oblige. "It makes me feel great that the University is providing help to these organizations," he said. "It creates a positive image for the University in the community. "The majority of the organizations are very humble. They can be happy with just one computer."

If Mousa doesn't have what an organization needs, he puts its name on a list and calls when he has the item or items. He said Jean Glasgow, senior property manager, handles a great deal of the paperwork for donations.

The 33-computer donation to H.E.R.O.E.S. for The Foundation Academy was UNF's biggest one-time donation of computers. Mousa said he has also given items ranging from phones to a Stairmaster to nonprofit organizations. The phones, once used in the former Auchter Building (now Alumni Hall), went to a local church. The Stairmaster was donated to a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue station. 

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Gabor/Foundation Awards an Excellent Surprise for Meghan Hull and Kathy Klein

Gabor Award winners Kathy Klein (left) and Meghan Hull with President Delaney -photo by Julie WilliamsTo say Meghan Hull was surprised when her name was announced as the winner of the Gabor/UNF Foundation Award for Employee Excellence for University support employees is a bit of an understatement. She was shocked.

"I didn't expect to win," said Hull, an office assistant in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. "I kept waiting to hear my name called. When they got down to the last two [finalists], it began to sink in. When I knew I was the winner, my jaw hit the floor."

Kathy Klein, senior associate athletic director/internal affairs, is the winner of the Gabor/UNF Foundation Award for Employee Excellence for administrative and professional employees. Klein wasn't quite as shocked to win as Hull was, but she too didn't expect to hear her name announced at the awards ceremony in the Robinson Center auditorium.

"I was surprised, honored and humbled to be selected," said Klein, who has worked at UNF for 14 years. "Being nominated is an honor. There are so many deserving people."

The Gabor/UNF Foundation Awards, begun in 1992, recognize employees for outstanding job performance, professionalism, participation in professional development, dependability, contributions to the campus community and going above and beyond the requirements of their jobs.

The University Support Association Staff Affairs Committee, which may include past Gabor/UNF Foundation Award winners, evaluates University support employees nominated for the award. A committee comprised of Administrative and Professional Association executive board members and the past two award recipients evaluates administrative and professional employees.

Dr. Gordon Rakita, an associate professor of anthropology, wrote in his letter recommending Hull for the award: "Meghan is an incredibly efficient, hard-working, talented and pro-active member of our department. When our department excels, it is often the case we have Meghan to thank for her hard work, support and dedication."

Hull, who has worked at UNF for three-and-a-half years, is modest about her accomplishments, saying she is just doing her job. "I don't think I do anything extra special. I set a high standard for myself."

The kind words contained in Rakita's and other letters of recommendation indicated that the people Hull works with think she is doing something special. The letters were emotionally moving for Hull. "They blew me away and brought tears to my eyes," she said. "You see these people every day and know they are grateful, but it's different when you see it in writing."

Klein, like Hull, received several letters of recommendation, praising her for all that she does for the University. One of these was from her boss, Athletic Director Richard Gropper. "Kathy Klein is a tireless, dedicated professional. She leads by example. Kathy is highly respected throughout the institution and throughout the community. She has earned the respect," Gropper wrote.

Dr. Terry DiNuzzo, director of the Counseling Center, used sports terminology in her letter of recommendation — "Kathy is the 'go-to' person in Athletics." Later in the letter, DiNuzzo wrote: "Kathy Klein is one of the most hard-working and dedicated professionals I have ever known."

Klein has earned a reputation for mentoring — providing assistance, guidance and support — for young coaches, and she is proud of that reputation. "I was a young coach once upon a time," she said. "There is a lot to learn on the job. You need someone to show you the ropes. They're young and eager. We want them to be successful."

Tyran Lance, an executive secretary for The Graduate School, was runner-up for the Gabor/UNF Foundation Award for Employee Excellence for University support employees. Cheryl Campbell, director of Student Services for the Coggin College of Business, was runner-up for administrative and professional employees.

Hull and Klein each received $600, a reserved parking place for a year, a plaque and a framed certificate. They also had their photograph taken with UNF President John Delaney. Lance and Campbell each received $300, a plaque, framed certificate and a photograph with Delaney. The awards are funded by the Gabor Agency, UNF's supplemental insurance provider, and the UNF Foundation.  

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UNF groundskeeper leads double life as R&B groove master

Rickey Calloway on guitar -photo by Kailyn HopkinsLadies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. And sorry, James Brown is no longer with us either. But UNF groundskeeper Rickey Calloway is alive and well – and he's all jazzed up in his glittery red suit, black cape, red pointy shoes and dark shades. At the end of the day when he takes off his UNF-issued green-checkered work shirt and matching trousers, Calloway is a groove master like no other.

We're talking about the same Rickey Calloway who spends 40 hours a week as a landscape maintenance specialist combing the grounds of UNF's 1,300-acre campus looking for holes that need to be filled and hazards that need to be fixed. And yes, it's the same Rickey Calloway who was hired by UNF 24 years ago after his fine workmanship was noticed while setting up a tent on the Green as a laborer for Kirby's Tent Rental.

But there's another side to this hard-working, mild-mannered 55-year old, as evidenced by his colorful closet full of groovy threads, two compilation CDs featuring some of his music, three 45 RPM singles, one album mix ¬¬-- and more than 20 YouTube videos showing Calloway in a variety of settings, dancing and belting out R&B, soul and funk like there's no tomorrow.

Type "Rickey Calloway" in YouTube and up pops a slew of videos ranging from three seconds to nearly six minutes long. Some are obviously home-shot videos (mostly by his 16-year-old daughter Tanika) in his backyard or living room, but others are clips from various live performances.

There's a video of his performance in the Ritz Theater downtown, where Calloway is doing his best James Brown impersonation; there's a clip from a benefit concert for UNF's WOSP Radio where he's performing his hit single, "Tell Me"; there's Calloway singing "Johnny Be Good" at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium during a Jacksonville Jaguars' halftime show, which was a multi-act tribute to Chuck Berry; and then there's a more casually dressed Calloway at the Warehouse Studio in Jacksonville, "doing his James Brown thing, the groove master's funk."

Other videos, shot by Calloway himself, feature his grinning coworkers gripping the corners of his then-released "Tell Me" album while he pitches UNF. His friends Davis and Sheryll Brown stand clutching his album in the UNF Postal Services office while Calloway announces, "So if you're at UNF, pop by the Postal Service, ask for Sheryll and she'll take care of you."

Brown had known Calloway for years as an acquaintance at UNF but wasn't familiar with his music until she saw him perform at a party at a local nightclub called the Post. "He did a James Brown segment and that's really my type of music because it's not that kind of music where there's a lot of screaming," she said. "This is the kind of music you can understand and relate to."

In many of his YouTube videos, it's clear that Calloway is very proud of his connection with UNF. In a video Calloway shot in a Comfort Inn room in New York City in February, he's reclining on the bed with his guitar, this time donning a different red suit, black shirt and sunglasses, talking about having spent two days in the Big Apple working with the Dap Kings on his upcoming Kay-Dee Records album. He says, "UNF is where I work and I miss you guys. I'm flying back today and I've been riding in limos all week. Look out for Rickey Calloway 'cause Rickey Calloway is getting ready to hit the United States and the world, Japan and the UK. I'm just a happy man and I'm thankful for my job at UNF."

Taking a few days off from UNF, Calloway was in New York City recording music with the Dap Kings, the band that also backs up Grammy Award-winning musician Amy Winehouse. One of the songs Calloway recorded in New York was his own "Shed a Tear," which he wrote three years ago in memory of the victims of 9/11.

"I'm hoping that 'Shed a Tear' can touch someone's heart in some way," Calloway said. "The message on 'Shed a Tear' is that we do need to start to consider each other and we need to find ways to help each other. When we look at this generation coming up now, it's really bad. People have to get back to learning how to get along with each other and caring for each other."

Some of the lyrics from the song are spoken in true James Brown style, including "Shed a tear for the one that lost someone in 9/11 ... Shed a tear for the little boy and girl that had no food to eat last night ... Things have got to change, we've got to make the world a better place."

The song appears as the 17th and final song on the CD titled "Kay-Dee Volume 2."

If the response to "Shed a Tear" is anything like the one received from the guys in the mailroom at UNF's Postal Services, Calloway will have a huge fan club before it's all said and done.

According to Brown, assistant postal manager in Postal Services, the mailroom employees really love Calloway's new song. And she's right. Senior Postal Clerks Greg Brant and Lamar Nash both said they really "feel" Calloway's music, especially "Shed a Tear." In fact, Nash couldn't help but break into the tune when he started talking about how much he loves the song.

"It's some old funk like the stuff from the late '60s and early '70s and it reminds me of some old-school James Brown music that really touches you," said Nash, who's been following Calloway's music since 2002. "I love the trumpets, the drums, the guitar, everything."

When his manager sent him his first copy of the CD, Calloway was surprised to discover that Kay-Dee Records included his photo from "back in the day" on the inside of the CD case.

"When I got the CD, I opened it up and I was looking right at Rickey Calloway when he was like 18 or 19, so it was a real shocker," he said. "Back in those days I wore those crazy, psychedelic hippie outfits. That outfit had brown pants and a tweed plaid jacket, which was the style back then. And of course I had my big Afro, too."

Calloway wrote six or seven other songs at the same time as "Shed a Tear" and was sent back home from New York last fall with instructions to write at least 10 songs to be recorded for his own CD, which he plans to produce with Kay-Dee during the upcoming holiday break. He already has the material written, but he says he needs to refine it and come up with a few more songs for variety. Once he has everything ready to go, Calloway will head back up to New York to jam again with the Dap-Kings. Ultimately the plan is to take the show on the road and tour Europe with the band, but no details have been formalized regarding touring.

Those are some pretty big-time plans for a guy who's "doing the music thing" just for fun. He says he has no grandiose dreams of hitting it big in the music world, although as a young man he wanted nothing more than to be a superstar. In fact, after impressing his peers with his James Brown impersonation act in a talent contest at William M. Raines High School when he was 13, Calloway began sneaking into local nightclubs to perform from about 10 at night until 2 in the morning, unbeknownst to his mother. Calloway continued to perform for years after that, even dropping out of the ninth grade and moving to Miami to concentrate on his music.

He eventually burned out on the music and nightclub scene and came back home, finding his way to UNF, where he plans to stay for as long as he can work.

"When I reach 62, I'm going to keep working here at UNF. I want to be a part of UNF forever," he said. "People ask me 'what's wrong with you?' but there's something about being here. Since I came here I've learned to do irrigation systems, I've learned carpentry, I've earned my G.E.D., I've done just about everything you can do and I feel good about it. UNF is such a beautiful place, and a wonderful place to work. I cannot see myself doing anything else."  

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Author Thelma Young speaks at UNF about 'giving a voice' to children who survived Hurricane Katrina

Thelma Young talks about her new book --photo by Mario PeraltaAuthor, UNF student and part-time UNF employee Thelma Young spoke to nearly 50 guests in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library Sept. 23, sharing with the audience how she helped "give a voice" to children on the Gulf Coast who had survived Hurricane Katrina three years ago. She discussed her newly published second book, "All You Could See Was the Water: Hurricane Katrina Through the Eyes of Children," and the importance of talking to people, listening to their stories and passing them on to others.

The morning Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Young was sitting in her office at UNF when she received a frantic call from her niece in North Carolina who told her that 10 of their family members were trapped in her Aunt Betty's attic in Biloxi, Miss.

"I remember thinking, if the water has reached Aunt Betty's attic, then it must be up to my mother's attic too," Young said. "Then I remembered, my mother's house doesn't have an attic, and one of my brothers lived in a first-floor apartment. I remember saying to a coworker, 'There is no way they survived that much water so early in the storm. I know they are all dead.'"

It was two days before Young learned that her mother, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins and everyone in her aunt's attic had survived Katrina. She didn't know for another two weeks that all her family members along the Gulf Coast had also survived the storm.

Young described this as "an experience that hit home." Having recently written and published her first book, "Stories My Foremothers Told Me," which was based on tape-recorded interviews with women in her family who grew up on the Gulf Coast before the Civil Rights Movement, she said she suddenly realized the importance of what she had done. She was grateful to have gathered and told those stories, which otherwise never would have been documented.

When Young returned to Mississippi two months after Hurricane Katrina and heard the stories of survival from her relatives, she knew she had another project on her hands. She was inspired by her cousin Summer, who described what it was like to spend hours cramped in a sweltering, dark attic with her relatives while the water continued to rise. When the walls of the house were breaking apart, Young's relatives said Summer whispered, "I'm only 12 years old. I'm not ready to die yet."

"Once I heard Summer's story, I couldn't stop wondering what it must have been like for thousands of other children who experienced the storm," Young said. "I felt an obligation to give these children a voice, so I decided to record some of their stories and to share them with others."

In her quest to capture these memories, Young spoke with 19 children who had their own Katrina stories to tell; four of the children were her relatives and the other 15 were children she'd never before met. Some of them had evacuated with their families, while others were forced to weather the storm.

Young began recording the children's stories on audiotape in the summer of 2006 as part of a research project funded by UNF.

In the process of conducting interviews with each child, Young said she began to find common threads.

"Every child wanted to leave [evacuate before the hurricane], but because they were young and didn't have a voice, nobody listened to them," Young said. Also, in the aftermath of the disaster Young said Katrina left the children with a greater appreciation for family, friends and life in general.

The title of the book came from the third common thread among the interviewees: their fear of floods during and after Katrina.

"These children felt the mighty wind, suffered the powerful storm surge, and survived the emotional maelstrom associated with Katrina," Young wrote in the book's introduction. "Their stories bring to light the emotional and physical costs to those who bore witness to one of the worst disasters in American history. Listening to what these children endured has been a mind-boggling and humbling experience for me."

In addition to conducting these oral history projects and offering workshops to others to emphasize the importance of storytelling, Young currently serves as a project manager and transcriber for the UNF Oral History Project, which was implemented four years ago to capture the recollections and reflections of UNF's founding faculty, staff and administrators.

Special Collections Librarian Eileen Brady said she was delighted that Young agreed to lend her expertise to the project. As a library staff member who has spent countless hours poring over UNF's history, including transcripts from interviews with founding faculty and staff, Brady recognized the importance of this type of work and applauds Young for recording a part of the Gulf Coast's history.

"Children are very observant, ever more so than adults give them credit. But they register and process information and happenings differently. All good and bad things are happening to them for the first time, without past experience and reference points to compare it to and evaluate," Brady said. "Hence their perceptions might often be more acute. For this reason as well as to record and remember what happened in New Orleans, it is imperative to collect and preserve those elusive and valuable details for future generations."

Young is studying literature at UNF and working on her bachelor's degree, which she says she'll earn when she quits writing books. She is planning a third book, which will document the experiences of young black men in America. After that, she would like to publish two novels that she has already written.

"My goal is to try to be a good listener and to give a voice to people nobody wants to listen to," Young said. "Everybody has a story to tell."

"All You Could See Was the Water" is available in paperback and hardback for $25 and $35, respectively. To order a copy, go to 


School of Nursing wins award for innovative education

stethoscopeUNF's School of Nursing has been selected as a recipient of the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

The School of Nursing will receive the 2008 award in the "Public School without a Health Center" category. Nursing will receive $1,000 for winning the award. AACN's awards program recognizes the outstanding work of member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.

"I am very excited that the School of Nursing has been honored with this award," said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of UNF's Brooks College of Health. "This recognition is evidence that the Community Nursing Flagship Program has gained national prominence."

In 2005, the School of Nursing was selected as the University's first flagship program. UNF has designated four key academic flagship programs and plans to designate more that will strive to achieve national stature. The University has committed $1 million or more annually for flagship programs.

Its distinctive curriculum is the feature that sets UNF's nursing program apart from other programs. The nursing program refined its curriculum in 2002 to correspond to changes in health care delivery trends. Understanding community environments, as well as how individuals and families with health challenges reintegrate into their home communities, is important for today's health care providers.

UNF's nursing program is distinguished by its community-campus partnerships with 50 local agencies, where students work with faculty, community partners and residents to plan and implement activities that meet community-identified priorities. Partnerships within areas and neighborhoods include Jacksonville's Beaches, Pine Forest, Northwest Jacksonville, the urban core, as well as with agencies like the American Red Cross and Jacksonville Children's Commission.


Dr. Jennifer Kane --photo by Joanna NorrisWhat's the right sport for your child? 
Choosing the right sport for your child can be the most important thing you can do for your young athlete. The differences among desired abilities in sports can be vast. Here's what Dr. Jennifer J. Kane, UNF sport management professor, has to say about selecting the right sport for your child.

What should be considered when choosing a sport for your child?
First, parents need to be sure that the sport is developmentally appropriate and safe for their child. Young children have a short attention span and are not able to engage in sports that require strategy; therefore, the sport should address those considerations. Sports such as gymnastics, cycling, dance, karate, modified soccer and T-ball are good choices for kids under the age of 7. Children over the age of 7 may be ready for activities that require more complex rules and strategy like basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, flag football and volleyball.

What other considerations are there?
Once the parent has determined which sports are developmentally appropriate and safe, the child should take the lead on which one(s) they are most interested in playing. Parents should expose their children to as many sports as possible, so that the child is able to make informed choices. The bottom line should be that, as long as it is safe and appropriate, the child should choose the sport activity that they enjoy and that provides them the opportunity to be active.

Should children participate in team sports or individual sports?
Parents should take a look at their child's personality and, with the child, decide which is best for them. Some children love competition and being a part of a team. Other children don't like the pressure that can often be associated with that and prefer to participate in a sport activity that is less competitive and in which no one is depending on them for a victory.

Is it OK to let your child quit if they don't like the activity they choose?
It's important to talk to your child prior to the start of the activity about the commitment that is required. It's best to start new activities with short-term commitments. For example, many activities for young children can be done on a month-to-month basis, so that if the child decides he/she doesn't like the activity, it can be stopped in a short period of time. In contrast, some seasons are as long as three to four months with frequent practices and games. This is a commitment that needs serious consideration from the entire family. Participation in sports is a family commitment and should be treated as such. If the parent feels that the environment is not safe or that it's detrimental to the child, obviously it's time to move on.

Are there some reliable resources available for parents?
Yes, the National Alliance for Youth Sports — — is an excellent resource for parents and coaches. Parents can also call their local YMCA organization and speak with the sports director.

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 

Athletic Training and Physical Therapy: Dr. James Churilla
participated in the Physical Activity and Public Health Postgraduate Course on Research Directions and Strategies in September in Salt Lake City. The CDC and the University of South Carolina Research Center sponsored the course. In addition, Churilla presented a paper on the "Associations between Total Physical Activity and the Metabolic Syndrome in U.S. Adults: 1999-2004 NHANES" (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) at the 6th Annual World Conference on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome in Los Angeles also in September.

Dr. Peter Magyari was an invited speaker at the Florida Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Seminar for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professionals, hosted by Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Orlando in September. Magyari presented "The Safety and Efficacy of Resistance Exercise Training in the Treatment of Patients with Heart Failure."

Dr. Rusty Smith (with K. Helgeson) recently published an article in the Physical Therapy Journal titled "Process for Applying the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Model to a Patient with Patellar Dislocation." The article reviewed the application of a new biopsychosocial model of health care in the physical therapy clinic. It appears in Vol. 88, No. 8, 2008.

Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Julia A. Watkins made an oral presentation titled "Nutritional Counseling Reduces Diagnostic Indicators of the Metabolic Syndrome in Low Income U.S. Adults" at the International Congress of Dietetics in Yokohama, Japan, in September. Co-authors were Drs. Christie, Nancy Correa-Matos, Rodriguez, Sally Weerts, and Jenna Braddock. At the same meeting, Dr. Judith Rodriguez presented a poster co-authored by Christie and Watkins, "Developing Graduate Students' Cultural Competence through Transformational Didactic and Supervised Practice International Study Experiences." Weerts also presented a poster titled "A Strategic Process for Advancing Research and Scholarly Competence in Undergraduate Dietetics Students Globally," co-authored by Drs. Jacqueline Shank, Christie, Correa-Matos, Watkins, Rodriguez and J. Nickelson. Weerts presented another poster titled "3-D PE: A Trampoline Playing-Field Physical Activities and Education Program Improves Performance and Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics in U.S. Youth," co-authored by A.M. Stillwell, V. Stricklin, K. Greenlee, R. Walsh and K. Lier. The presentations were also included in the conference's book of abstracts.

Lei-Shih ChenPublic Health: Dr. Lei-Shih Chen was recently notified that the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University selected her dissertation as Dissertation of the Year. Each department in the college selected one dissertation for recognition. The ceremony will take place this month at Texas A&M University. Chen will also make two presentations at the 135th American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Diego later this month: "Genomics Education and Training Needs of U.S. Health Educators: A Qualitative Study" (with B. Narasipuram, B. Leydet and P. Goodson); and "Public Health Genomics without Borders: Collaboration between Public Health Educators and Genetic Counselors" (with S.A. Vaz, H.H. Honore and M.E. DeBakey).

Coggin College of Business

Economics and Geography: Dr. Paul Mason presented information regarding the Local Economic Indicator Project (LEIP) at the Federal Reserve Board Atlanta LEARN Conference in New Orleans Sept. 17-19.

Management: Faculty and staff from the Small Business Development Center, Dr. Philip Geist (Ocala office), Patrick Fitzgerald (Gainesville office) and Kevin Monahan (Jacksonville office) recently achieved recertification in the Florida SBDC Network as Certified Business Analysts.

Marketing and Logistics: Dr. Ronald Adams' article titled "Fast Food and Animal Rights: An Examination and Assessment of the Industry's Response to Social Pressure" was published in Business and Society Review, Vol. 113, No. 3, Fall 2008.

College of Arts and Sciences 

Art and Design: Vanessa Cruz
was listed as an associate editor for the current volume of The International Journal of the Arts in Society. Cruz was also nominated and chosen to appear on She was also invited to present a paper at the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Social Design conference this month.

Alexander Diaz exhibited at the 2008 Regional Juried Exhibition at the Thomas Center Galleries in Gainesville. Diaz also had an exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile.

Raymond Gaddy exhibited at the Attelboro Museum of Art in Massachusetts. One piece was chosen for a Jurors' Award and another one for used for the publication in the museum's promotional campaign. Gaddy also exhibited at Nicollette College in Wisconsin.

Jennifer Hager's exhibit "3 Clouds" was leased for another year by the city of Fort Pierce, Fla. This is a collaborative piece by Hager and Lance Vickery.

Paul Karabinis' works were exhibited at the Photography Re-Imagined at the Tilt Gallery in Tempe, Ariz. His works were also at the Southeastern Juried Exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile. Karabinis won Best of Show/Purchase Award. In addition, he had his works exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Stephen Heywood participated in a group exhibition called The Firm Juried Group Exhibition at the Stonewall Gallery in Cambridge Springs, Pa.

Chemistry and Physics: Dr. Barry Albright's recent National Geographic-sponsored paleontological research in southern Utah will be highlighted on public televison's "National Geographic Wild Chronicles" TV series at various times throughout September and October. He is also a co-author of an article published in the October issue of the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoecology. The article is titled "Rodent Community Change at the Pliocene-Pleistocene Transition in Southwestern Kansas and Identification of the Microtus Immigration event on the Central Great Plains," co-authored by R. A. Martin, P. Pelaez-Campomanes, J. G. Honey, D. L. Fox, R. J. Zakrzewski, E. H. Lindsay, N. D. Opdyke, and H. T. Goodwin.

Dr. Robert A Vergenz (with Eric V. Dornshuld, Ramy Mourad, Michelle A. Carrasquillo, James W. Vickers and Henry F. Schaefer III) presented "Mechanism for Aqueous Glycine Condensation" at the 236th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia, Aug. 17-21. At the same meeting Vergenz presented "Side‑chain val‑A252 Methyl‑donated Hydrogen Bond Affects Active Site in Hyaluronate Lyase" (with Alicia N, Sirmans, Angela N. Miguez, Paul F. Bruno and Carrasquillo) and "Catalyzed Prebiotic Chemical Reactions Can Act as a Primitive Genetic Computer" (with Vickers, Danielle Messer, Joseph Hepting, Steven P. Vergenz and Rosa Benitez). Vergenz also presented the paper "Implications of Small Molecule Chemical Reaction Mechanisms That Act as a Computer" (with Vickers, Vergenz, Messer, Hepting, Timothy D. Vergenz and Benitez) at the XV International Conference on the Origin of Life, presented by the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, in Florence, Italy, in August.

Dr. Jane MacGibbon gave an invited seminar titled "Generalized Entropy Constraints on Varying Fundamental Constants" for the Department of Physics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, in August.

Mathematics and Statistics: Dr. Denis Bell traveled to Melbourne, Australia, for a month's visit as an invited researcher at Monash University.

Dr. Pali Sen presented a talk titled, "Mixture Model for Individual Combined Data Using Estimating Equations" at the 2008 Joint Statistical Meetings of the American Statistical Association in Denver.

Psychology: Dr. Adam C. Carle had two syllabi (Undergraduate Research Methods: Face to Face and Undergraduate Research Methods Online) peer-reviewed and published on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's Project Syllabus Web site.

Dr. Lynne Carroll participated in the workshop "Out-Living: Meeting the Needs of Aging Sexual and Gender Minorities" at the 116th American Psychological Association meeting in Boston in August. At the meeting she presented a poster titled "Responses to Gender Variant Person: Do Empathy and Curiosity Matter?" and a paper titled "Counseling Sexual Minorities with Disabilities: A Resiliency Approach."

Dr. Susan Urbina participated as program presenter for the Ethics Committee at the 116th American Psychological Association meeting in Boston in August.

Dr. J.M. Vigil had an article, "Sex Differences in Affect Behaviors, Desired Social Responses, and Accuracy at Understanding the Social Desires of Other People," accepted for publication in Evolutionary Psychology, Vol. 6, 2008.

Philosophy: Dr. Andrew Buchwalter published "A ‘földi-isteni' állam hegeli foglama" ["Hegel's Conception of State as an ‘Earthly-Divinity'"] in the Hungarian-Romanian journal Kellék, Vol. 33-34, 2008. In addition, he presented the paper "Hegel, Global Justice, and the Concept of Recognition" in the session he organized, "Hegel and Global Justice," at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston. At the same meeting he also served as a discussant on the panel, "Identity, Inclusion, and the Politics of Recognition."

Dr. Hans-Herbert Koegler delivered the invited talk "Bridging Empathy: Narrative Sources of Self and Other" at the Symposium "Approaches to Interpersonal Understanding--Empathy, Agency, and Narrativity" at the American Psychological Association's 116th Convention in Boston.

World Languages: Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes presented "El novelador dramaturgo: La prudente venganza de Lope de Vega" at a conference sponsored by the Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro. The conference took place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in July.

Dr. Patricia Geesey published "Global Pop Culture in Faïza Guène's Kiffe kiffe demain" in Expressions Maghrébines 7.1 (été 2008), a special issue titled "Au-delà de la littérature "beur?"

Nuria Ibáñez Quintana presented "Volviendo a Eros: Fedra de Lourdes Ortiz" at the: II Congreso Internacional Escritoras y Compromiso at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in May.

Dr. Renée Scott published an essay titled "Literatura femenina y trastornos alimenticios" in El cuerpo y sus espejos: estudios antropológico-culturales, edited by Teresa Porzecanski (Montevideo: Planeta, 2008). Scott also presented "La comida y el cuerpo en la literatura femenina contemporánea argentina" at the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in San José, Costa Rica, in July.

Collge of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Engineering: Dr. Dan Cox and his student Guillermo Varela prepared a paper titled "Heat Transfer Experiments and Process Development Measurements in the Production of Aerospace Wire," which Varela presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2008 Summer Heat Transfer Conference in August.

Dr. Dean Krusienski and B.Z. Allison presented and published their paper, "Harmonic Coupling of Steady-State Visual Evoked Potentials," at the 30th International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference in August. Krusienski also gave an invited lecture at the University of Washington on "Recent Progress in Noninvasive Brain-Computer Interface Technology."

Dr. Alexandra Schonning and mechanical engineering students Michael Straatsma and Anthony Barletta presented and published their paper "Deign of a Screw Test Fixture via Computer-aided Engineering" at the ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference in August. Schonning also served as chair of the Computers in Education session.

School of Computing: Dr. William Klostermeyer and J. Goldwasser published their paper "Tight Bounds on Eternal Dominating Sets" in Discrete Mathematics, Vol. 308, 2008.

Dr. Roger Eggen presented and published his paper "Ruby, PHP, PERL, Python: A Web Efficiency Comparison" at the International Conference on Internet Computing in July.

College of Education and Human Services

Childhood Education: Dr. Georgina David
presented at the Florida Reading Association Conference in September titled "Linking Literacy, Science and the Arts."

Drs. Christine Weber, Terrence Cavanaugh and Nile Stanley had an article accepted for publication in the Gifted Education Press Quarterly, Winter 2009 issue, titled "Using eBooks to Expand Literacy Experiences for Secondary Gifted Readers."

Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: Dr. Kristine Webb (along with Drs. Carol Kochhar-Bryant of George Washington University and Diane Bassett of the University of Northern Colorado) co-authored a book titled "Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities," published by Corwin Press.

Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: Dr. Marcia Lamkin has been accepted to present "Modeling Data Collection and Data-Based Decision-Making for Candidates in Educational Leadership" at the 2008 Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA) Conference in Charleston, W.Va., Oct. 23-26.

Dr. Sejal Parikh won the 2008 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award in Social Science. The award ceremony will be Oct. 28.

Over the summer, Dr. Terence Cavanaugh had an article in the Florida Reading Quarterly about having students create their own Book Covers with Technology. In September, Cavanaugh presented at the Florida Reading Association State Conference on the topic "Using Digital Maps in Reading Activities: Bookmapping" and he also presented with Dr. Lunetta Williams on writing for the Florida Reading Journal. In addition, the Florida Reading Association awarded Cavanagh the Media/Print/Broadcast Award for his work with the Teen Florida Bookmap (, an online interactive resource tool designed to help Florida teachers, reading coaches, and students find high-interest books whose stories take place in Florida.

Division of Continuing Education 

Carla Bensi
recently appeared on CBS47 WTEV TV and Fox30 WAWS TV news programs and on WJXT-TV4's "Ask the UNF Expert." She was also interviewed by Joanna Norris on UNF's "In Context" radio program. Bensi discussed Continuing Education's newest endeavor, Simply Certified, which offers certificate training programs for in-demand careers for those recently laid off or looking to change jobs. 

Get to Know

Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson -photo by Kailyn HopkinsDepartment: Physical Facilities
Job: Project Specialist
Years at UNF: 11

Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you.
I do volunteer work at the Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary in Green Cove Springs where they rescue and rehabilitate abused wolves.

Tell us something about you that even your friends don't know.
In my early 20s, I was a body builder for several years and was trained by a former Mr. Indiana.

If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing?
Before I moved to Florida in 1991, I ran my own construction company in Indiana for several years. I would have my own construction company again.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
Forest Ranger- Where I can help protect the environment while enjoying the outdoors.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
The diversification of people I meet and being in a position to make a difference on this campus.

What are you most passionate about?
It's hard to say; I've liked hunting and fishing all my life, but now I'm leaning toward a concern for animal welfare.

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
Donate most of it to animal shelters. We have a serious problem with stray animals in Jacksonville, and we need to address this issue.

What was the best money you ever spent?
In October of 1998 after being on a waiting list for seven months, I purchased the first 1999 Harley Davidson Softail custom in the state.

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
The day I got my Harley.

What would you like to do when you retire?
Travel and explore more of the world.

What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
Travel to Egypt and China.

Tell us about your family.
I grew up on a farm in a small town in Indiana. I'm the youngest of five children. I have three sisters and one brother.

What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
Kayaking and fishing because it relieves stress.

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
Larry Holmes, when he came to Jacksonville to fight Jamie Howe in 1991. I have always been a fan of boxing.

What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
AC/DC - Hank Williams Jr. Every year I go to the Suwannee River Jam country music festival, four days of music, camping and kayaking.

What is the best thing you ever won?
A set of steak knives at bingo.

Last book read: "Mysteries of the Unknown." 

Good Question

Good QuestionQ (from Lyndse Costabile, Annual Giving): Will UNF ever consider instituting a "common hour" for the students, faculty and staff that allows for a small period of time (one hour) one or two times a week, where no classes take place? Many institutions practice this all over the United States, and it gives students the chance to plan their club/organization meetings, meet with their professors, advisors, etc. It also allows the faculty and staff to do the same. As a staff member who comes from a university that has a common hour in place twice a week for one hour, it made planning for meetings with students so much easier and even holding events.

A (from Tom Serwatka, President's Office): The University did, in fact, have a "common hour" on Tuesdays and Thursdays earlier in our history. This time block offered faculty, students and staff the types of opportunities described in your question. However, as we grew and faced the challenge of scheduling a sufficient number of course sections to meet student demand, we had to step away from the practice. While we did lose the advantages of the common hour, UNF has become recognized and often applauded for having the highest classroom space utilization numbers in the state system.

We do know that there are some academic units, such as Honors, that have established their own internal common hour. When these units set these times, they need to consider that students who are enrolled in courses offered by other programs may not be able to meet the common hour requirements. They also need to understand that as an institution we couldn't accommodate everyone selecting the same time of the week for their common hour.

There is no question that a university-wide common hour has a lot of appeal, but it is unlikely that we could make it work at this point in UNF's development.

Q From Caron Bayuk (One-Stop Student Services): Now that the left turn lane (coming from 9-A at the traffic light on campus) is becoming more popular (as it leads to both lots 14 and 18), I wonder if they will redirect the lanes on campus to allow the left lane coming in to become the main left turn lane all the way and the right lane turning in to become the main lane heading onto the core of campus.

A From Zak Ovadia (director of Facilities Planning): UNF has engaged a traffic consultant who has made several recommendations to improve all intersections on campus. You should see some improvements in traffic control over the next several months, with this intersection being one of them.

Q From Caron Bayuk (One-Stop Student Services): Working in One-Stop, I speak with a lot of parents here for a campus tour that claim they didn't catch the signs directing them toward purchasing a daily pass. When they come in from 9-A, for example, they are so worried about getting lost that they don't notice the tiny sign on the right telling them to stop at Parking Services and the tiny sign on the top of the building (in the same color as the exterior no less) telling them that it is indeed the Parking Services building. Is there any plan to make a more prominent sign as they are entering campus or to perhaps paint the color of the words Parking Services - something to make it stand out?

A Also from Ovadia: There is an extensive way-finding signage system which will include directional signs, street signs, informational signs and building signs. This program will be implemented in phases over the next year, probably starting at the end of October or early November this year.

Q From Dawn O'Connor (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs): As our campus community is aware, parking is at a premium at UNF. Furthermore, I understand parking lots and garages need regular service in order to remain in good condition. That being said, can you tell me why parking spots are being blocked off for service during the busiest term of an academic year? Could work that needs to be done take place during another term (e.g. summer)? What is the anticipated completion date for this project? Thank you in advance for your consideration and response.

A From Vince Smyth, director of Parking Services: The garage maintenance project will cover both garages and is anticipated to take a full year to complete (August 2008 to August 2009) so regardless of starting date, one fall term would be impacted. Except during breaks, intersession and weekends, the maximum spaces taken out of service at one time will be 100. In order to stay true to the 1 space to 2.5 permits sold ratio, 250 fewer Premium permits have been sold for the 2008-09 permit year. 


Photo by Kailyn Hopkins

27th Annual Fall Convocation Awardees  

 The following faculty and staff were recognized for their achievements at the fall convocation ceremony Sept. 19. Congratulations to the following employees:

2008 Distinguished Professor Award:
Pamela S. Chally, Brooks College of Health

2008 Distinguished Professor Runner-up Award:
Gregory A. Ahearn, Biology

2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards:
Faiz Al-Rubaee, Mathematics and Statistics
Peter Scott Brown, Art and Design
Dale Casamatta Jr., Biology
Matt R. Gilg, Biology
Karen B. Patterson, Exceptional Student and Deaf Education
Ping Sa, Mathematics and Statistics
Dongyuan Debbie Wang, Psychology
Christine L. Weber, Childhood Education
Sharon T. Wilburn, Public Health

2008 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award:
Lynne Carroll, Psychology

2008 Outstanding Scholarship Awards:
William F. Klostermeyer, School of Computing
Jeffrey E. Michelman, Accounting and Finance

2008 Outstanding Service Award:
Candice C. Carter, Childhood Education
J. Patrick Plumlee, Political Science and Public Administration

2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award:
Morgan Barnett, College of Arts and Sciences Advising

2008 Outstanding International Leadership Award:
Marsha H. Lupi, College of Education and Human Services
Ma. Teresa Tuason, Psychology

2008 Outstanding International Service Award:
Floyd E. Hurst, Office of the Controller


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

Audrey Antee, coordinator of academic support services for the Academic Center for Excellence
Glorida Beachem, senior information specialist for Continuing Education
Kimberly Beasley, adjunct instructor for the Music Department
Julie Betz, coordinator of academic support services for the Academic Center for Excellence
Maria Biondo, adjunct instructor for World Languages
David Birkelbach, adjunct instructor for Building Construction Management
Mary Bowen, adjunct instructor for Sociology and Anthropology
Timothy Burrows, adjunct instructor for Athletic Training and Physical Therapy
Heyward Cantrell, adjunct instructor for Accounting and Finance
Bonnie Case, senior fiscal assistant in the Controller's Office
Margerette Chambliss, adjunct instructor for the English Department
Sherri Charles, senior fiscal assistant in the Controller's Office
Melissa Conway Hartman, adjunct instructor for Athletic Training and Physical Therapy
Christopher Creswell, adjunct instructor in the Music Department
Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, adjunct instructor in the Brooks College of Health
Lauren Doyle-McCombs, adjunct instructor in World Languages
James Draper, adjunct instructor in Art and Design
Laurie Duckworth, adjunct instructor in the Brooks College of Health
Laura Dwyer, adjunct instructor in the Music Department
Angela Ellis, adjunct instructor in History
Barbara Fletcher, adjunct instructor in the Brooks College of Health
Debra Gray, adjunct instructor in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy
Kathleen Hartman, adjunct instructor in Communication
Trevor Hunsworth, adjunct instructor in English
Natalie Indelicato, specialist, student counseling in the Counseling Center
Thomas Kukar, adjunct instructor in Biology
Kadesh Lauridsen, adjunct instructor in English
Hyung-Seok Lee, instructor in Communication
Judith McDermott, adjunct instructor in World Languages
Robin McKenzie, adjunct instructor in Nursing
Amy Moore, senior secretary in Biology
Richard Parker, adjunct instructor in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Carl Patten, adjunct instructor in the Brooks College of Health
Rutubula Pettaway, coordinator of academic support services for Enrollment Services
Brienna Quinn, director of advancement for major gifts in Institutional Advancement
Leslie Roberts, adjunct instructor in Mathematics and Statistics
Randall Robinson, assistant director of Student Government
Melinda Rojas, adjunct instructor in English
Robert Rowe, adjunct instructor in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy
Mildred Sierra, coordinator of academic support services for Enrollment Services
Linda Smith, coordinator of academic support services for Enrollment Services
Roger Strange, maintenance mechanic for Physical Facilities
Mark Szakonyi, adjunct instructor in Communication
Bradford Talbot, adjunct instructor in English
Celbrica Tanah, research advisor in Student Government
Barbara Tidwell, adjunct instructor in the Brooks College of Health
Carolyn Tremoglie, fiscal assistant in the Controller's Office
William Weakland, adjunct instructor in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy
Monet Wheatley-Phillip, program assistant for Student Government
Sherri Whittington, custodial worker in Physical Facilities
Iana Williams, coordinator of Academic Support Services for Enrollment Services
Clarence Willwerth, broadcast engineering technician in the FEEDS Center 

Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following employees, who will celebrate milestone anniversaries this month:

25 Years:
Marcelle Lovett, assistant professor in Leadership and Counseling

20 Years:
Marianne Roberts, office manager in the History Department

15 Years:
Vivian Senior, associate director of Career Services

10 Years:
Lorna Bautista, office manager for the Intercultural Center for PEACE
Brian Blakeslee, assistant director of the University Center
Mark Harrington, maintenance mechanic for Physical Facilities
Ana Linares, program coordinator in Student Affairs
Matthew Taylor, director of Physical Facilities
Frederick White, coordinator of computer system controls in Information Technology Services

Five Years:
Sonja Avery, coordinator of research program services for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Elaine Baker, executive secretary in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
John Bishop, control system technician in Physical Facilities
Jesse Chewning, receiving clerk for Physical Facilities
Deanna Crawford, senior grants specialist for Exceptional Students and Deaf Education
Rocelia Gonzalez, director of the ADA Compliance Office
Dominic Orsini, coordinator of research program services for the Small Business Development Center
Douglas Short, manager of accounts payable in the Controller's Office
David Wilson, coordinator of educational media communication for the Center for Instruction and Research Technology
David Zinkgraf, law enforcement officer for the University Police Department


Gloria Beachem (Continuing Education) graduated from UNF in August with a bachelor's in political science (with a minor in English). 
Jackson FryBrooke Fry (Coggin College of Business) and her husband Patrick celebrated the birth of their baby boy, Jackson, who was born in September. Fry is the development coordinator for the Coggin College. (see photo)

Office Manager Leanna Payne (Coggin College of Business) will perform as principle flute with the St. Augustine Community Orchestra at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Lightner Museum in downtown St. Augustine. 



Inside survey results

There's still time to voice your opinion by taking the Inside satisfaction survey Thank you to faculty and staff who took the time to provide feedback about Inside via our recent online survey. We heard from 46 readers and hope to hear from others about this month's issue of Inside. Based on what we've learned so far, we're looking into making Inside available through an RSS feed and creating a more printer-friendly version. We're also looking at our lineup of stories to make sure we provide you with the news you need and want to receive. Here's a summary of the results:

  • 80 percent of respondents noted they were satisfied or very satisfied with Inside.
  • Asked which section they read first when they receive Inside, 33 percent reported they read Around Campus; 31 percent read the front-page feature; 12 percent read Briefs.
  • Asked to check all sections they regularly read, 74 percent of respondents checked Around Campus and Briefs; 72 percent selected Good Question;
  • 67 percent selected the front page feature; 67 percent selected Ask UNF; 63 percent selected Get to Know; 59 percent selected Faculty and Staff; 54 percent selected Dateline; and 28 percent selected Sponsored Research.
  • Asked to check all sections they normally read from beginning to end, 54 percent selected Good Question; 50 percent selected Briefs; 48 percent selected Get to Know; 46 percent selected Ask UNF; 43.5 percent selected Around Campus; 35 percent selected the front-page feature, Faculty and Staff and Dateline; and 15 percent selected Sponsored Research.
  • In response to the question "Do you find information in Inside to be useful?" nearly 80 percent selected "For the most part" or "Very much so"; 13 percent said "Somewhat"; 5 percent selected "Not at all"; and 3 percent selected "Not much."
  • We received various comments in response to the question "How could the information in Inside be more useful to you?" These comments ranged from "It couldn't be more useful – it's great!" to "I'm sorry, I no longer find myself reading this because it's in electronic format. I prefer something in paper format. It is just one more thing to delete from my overcrowded mailbox." If you would like to review all comments, contact Julie Williams at
  • According to the survey, 76 percent of respondents said the number of articles in Inside is just about right; 18 percent said there should be more; while 5 percent said there should be fewer.
  • When asked what they would like to see more articles about, nearly half selected Campus activities; 43.5 percent said Campus construction; 33 percent said Staff; 30 percent said Academic programs; 28 percent said History of UNF; 26 percent said Students/student life; 24 percent said Colleges and departments; 17 percent said Faculty; and 11 percent selected Research.
  • Comments in response to the open-ended question "What would make Inside a better publication?" ranged from "A more eye friendly, exciting format" to "A link at the top of the e-mail to the Web page containing the current issue. Not all of us are viewing HTML (mobile phones for example)." If you would like to review all comments, contact Julie Williams at
  • The photography in Inside was rated as Good or Excellent by 85 percent of respondents; as Average by 7.7 percent; and as Poor by 7.7 percent.
  • Asked how they would prefer to receive Inside (from the choices given), 41 percent said they would prefer to receive it in an e-mail with partial text, images and a link to a Web page; 23 percent said they'd prefer an e-mail with all text and a link to a Web page; 23 percent said they'd prefer an e-mail with an attached PDF; and 13 percent would rather receive an e-mail with only a link to a Webpage.
  • When asked about the new, electronic format of Inside, 56.5 percent said it's easy to navigate; 24 percent said it's better than the old, printed version; 17 percent said it's not as good as the old, printed version; and 15 percent said it's harder to read than the old, printed version. When Marketing and Publications switched to an electronic format, the University saved $11,000 a year in printing cost. The switch is also in keeping with UNF's green commitment
  • When asked whey they do with Inside when they receive it, 61 percent of respondents said they scan the articles and read what they find interesting; 15 percent said they read it all; 9 percent said they delete it without opening it; 6.5 percent said they save it on their computers; and 6.5 percent said they print it to read later.
  • Since Inside became an electronic publication, 33 percent of respondents said they skim it for important information; 30 percent said they read it from beginning to end; 21 percent skip to their favorite sections and read those; 12 percent said they don't bother reading it; and 5 percent glance at the headlines.
  • The last part of the survey encouraged comments from respondents about the electronic version of Inside. The comments varied, with an equal number of respondents who communicated that they prefer the old, printed version of the newsletter and respondents who said they like the electronic format and appreciate the eco-friendly aspect; others commented they would like to have the newsletter sent as a PDF so it would print correctly; and some would like to have an option to receive Inside via an RSS feed. If you would like to review all comments, contact Julie Williams at

Again, thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. The Department of Marketing and Publications will continue to review the feedback and will consider making changes in the publication based on the feedback received. Stay tuned for the new and improved Inside newsletter. For employees who haven't yet taken the survey and would like to participate, go to and let us know what you think.