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Sky's the limit for Moon

Top: Lee Moon says the potential is limitless for UNF Athletics. Bottom: New hires Andrew Hopkins, Chris Whitehead, Byron Taylor, Jeff Wuerth, Fred Burnett and April Goode gather in the Arena for a group photo with Lee Moon (photos by Mario Peralta).Lee Moon, at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, verging on 275, is a bear of a man with a firm handshake, winning personality and big plans for UNF athletics.

"My goal is to build a successful program and build it the right way and have each student athlete have a quality experience," said Moon, who was hired in February as the University's director of Athletics. "I want each athlete to walk away from here and say: 'God, I love UNF. They treated us nice, we had nice uniforms and we played for championships.'"

Moon said one of his first goals will be to grow revenues to pay for scholarships and additional coaches for the University to be successful in Division I athletics. "How fast we can get there, I don't know," Moon said. UNF ended a four-year reclassification period to full Division I status last month.

One of the ways Moon plans to increase the revenue stream is to increase annual giving by UNF supporters to the Osprey Club, UNF's athletics booster club, ensuring UNF has the maximum number of scholarships in all sports. Moon said he will increase the role of the Osprey Club, to raise money for scholarships and facility improvements.

Moon was especially complimentary of the job former UNF basketball coach Matt Kilcullen is doing in raising money for athletics. "Matt Kilcullen is working in fund raising, helping us raise money," Moon said. "He is as on board with this program as anybody I have ever seen. I am very, very happy with his efforts."

UNF last month signed a five-year deal with Nike to make the company the exclusive provider for the University's athletic equipment. Nike will provide UNF with practice and game uniforms for the University's 17 men's and women's Division I sports. The company is acknowledged as the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a variety of sports and fitness activities.

Moon, 62, born and raised in Roanoke, Va., often referred to as coach by his staff, declined to accept credit for the Nike deal. "Everything we accomplish at UNF is done as a team."

Kathy Klein, senior associate athletic director, likes what she's seen so far of Moon's work in building the athletic program to full-fledged Division I status. "Coach Moon has made an incredible difference in the direction of UNF athletics in a very short time," Klein said. "He is passionate about this program, our student athletes and coaches and his enthusiasm and dedication will serve us well. There is an excitement that can be felt both across campus and in the Jacksonville community about his leadership and our future."

New hires have been arriving fast and furious at the Athletic Department since Moon took over. "Our goal is hiring someone who has been at the Division I level - knows how to work at our pace," said Moon, who added that anytime someone new takes over a program there are going to be changes.

And there have been changes, beginning with Matthew Driscoll's hiring in April as coach of the men's basketball team. Driscoll was an assistant coach Baylor University for six years. Jeff Wuerth is the new assistant athletic director for media relations. He was previously at the University of South Florida. Chris Whitehead was hired as the assistant director for sports media relations after spending four years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. April Goode was also named an assistant director for sports media relations. She came from High Point College in North Carolina. Andrew Hopkins, who recently graduated from UNF, will be a media relations assistant. Scott Lowery is now the athletic ticket manager, a newly created position at UNF. He was in a similar position at Old Dominion University prior to coming to UNF.

And there are more new faces. Fred Burnett was hired in June as the head athletic trainer for the University. Burnett previously was the athletic trainer for the University of Texas basketball team for seven years. Byron Taylor is the new basketball operations assistant. Taylor comes to UNF after completing his playing career last season with the Florida A&M University. In mid-July, Rebecca Kratzert was named director for athletic marketing and promotions. Before accepting her UNF position, Kratzert was a marketing consultant in Ponte Vedra. A large part of her job involved helping sports teams increase sales. One of her main goals at UNF will be increasing attendance at all athletic events. Moon's most recent hire is Ervin Lewis as associate athletic director for operations and facilities. Lewis worked previously at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Moon graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1970 with a degree in history. He also played football at VMI and semipro football for a team with one of the best names in any football league: the Roanoke Buckskins. He received a master's in education from the University of Virginia in 1973. Moon was the director of athletics at Marshall University from 1988-1996 and the University of Wyoming from 1996-2003. He was the senior associate athletics director at the University of Alabama Birmingham before coming to UNF.

Moon and his wife, Connie, will soon move into a house at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club. He said he is a "terrible" golfer, but he loves playing. Also, he added that golf is a great way to get to know people. And that's what he wants to do, meet people and tell them about coming out and enjoying UNF athletics. He calls it a great entertainment value.

He's positive he made the right move coming to UNF. His enthusiasm for the job and the athletic program are infectious. "I love it [UNF]. I think it's a gold mine. It's easy to be excited about coming to work when you work with good people," Moon said in a serious tone. "It's a great opportunity to build a really, really good program. UNF has a tremendous academic reputation and is in a great location. I think the potential is limitless."


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Freshmen read about a 'whole new mind'

A Whole New Mind (photo by Julie Williams) UNF freshmen have been curling up on couches and soft, cushiony chairs, reclining on swinging hammocks, lying on air mattresses in pools and finding other comfy spots this summer to read a good book: "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" by Daniel Pink. The book is required reading for incoming freshmen. Dr. Marnie Jones, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, realizes some of that reading is likely to take place just before classes begin.

Pink's book, given to all freshmen at summer orientation, is this year's selection for UNF Reads, the University's common reading program, which began last year for freshmen. The program is designed to ease the transition to college-level work, create a University-wide learning community, offer students models for academic discourse and opportunities to engage in effective discussion. Perhaps most importantly, the program is meant to demonstrate that important issues and new ideas cross-disciplinary boundaries.

"If students have common intellectual experiences such as reading the same book as they begin college, it provides them with common intellectual ideas and questions. This can help deepen their engagement with the institution in the important first six weeks of college," Jones said.

When students read the same book, it provides opportunities for discussion during relaxed leisure-time conversations in residence halls or over a cup of coffee at Starbucks. "We have surveyed our incoming students and know that many of them aren't in the habit of reading, so we need to make the institution's expectations clear: reading is important in all disciplines," Jones said. "The National Survey of Student Engagement data shows that students who read for pleasure are more deeply engaged."

Jones described "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" as a book that argues the changing global economy requires us to think differently about the skills, aptitudes and intellectual habits needed to thrive in the 21st Century. "I think it's a really great book to have students reading, particularly at this time," Jones said. Pink, a former speechwriter for Al Gore, in his book gives students and faculty an opportunity to think about how creativity functions in their own disciplines.

Pink argues that "right-brain" qualities - creativity, inventiveness, empathy - can predominate over "left-brain" qualities - repetitive, procedural, logical. He makes the case that the future belongs to the designers, inventors, storytellers and other creative "right-brain" sorts. Pink is also the author of the national and international bestselling book "Free Agent Nation."

Students in ENC 1101, the first of three required freshman writing courses, will write about Pink's book early in the fall term. "A Whole New Mind" will also be incorporated into general education courses in psychology, biology, philosophy, art, music and film.

"We did a reasonably good job the first year of getting the book integrated across the General Education curriculum," Jones said. The first year's book was "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything" by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.

Jones will get together with University academic committees in a couple of weeks to discuss the pros and cons of the University's initial UNF Reads experience. The area coordinators in Residence Life are excited about the opportunity this book provides for the programming the resident assistants offer in the residence halls.

More than 50 faculty members participated in making reading suggestions, coming up with a short list of books and making the final selection.

"UNF Reads is a valuable program for the students and the institution," said Dr. David Jaffee, assistant vice president of undergraduate studies. "A common reading among the incoming freshmen provides a shared intellectual experience that promotes community and student engagement. Those, in turn, contribute to strengthening students' attachment to the institution and the academic enterprise and make it more likely they will be retained."


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Marathon man

Michael Biagini (photos by Josh Balduf)Michael Biagini runs the streets of Fernandina Beach in the early morning hours every day of the week except Saturday. That's when his wife puts her foot down and says "Not today, Michael."

Biagini is no cad. Far from it. He's one of the pillars of the Fernandina community. He prepares for marathons six days a week but his wife, Kristen, nixes his Saturday run because she wants Biagini to stay home and help with the girls: Mary Frances, 4-1/2, and Katie Lynn, 1-1/2.

Biagini, director of financial systems in UNF's Financial Systems Department, has run in six marathons since 2006. He's competed in the Boston Marathon three times. This year he finished 750th out of 25,000 runners. His fastest time was this year's Disney Marathon, which he finished in 2 hours and 53 minutes.

"As far as what I enjoy about running, spiritually, I guess I had never really considered it," Biagini said. "It gives me time to think about what's going on in my life and try to put it all into perspective. Generally speaking, physically, I always feel better after a run; like I can accomplish more and focus on the various things that are put in front of me."

Biagini, born in Virginia and raised in New Hampshire, has also participated in a Marine Corps marathon. His training regimen would make any leatherneck proud.

When he's training for a marathon, Biagini runs up to 80 miles a week. He's often up at 4 a.m. and running by 5 a.m. Weekdays can range between six and 12 miles. Sundays he runs anywhere from 14 to 20 miles. It's not unusual for Biagini to use his lunch time at UNF running on and off campus. His coworkers decline Biagini's tongue-in-cheek invitation to go to lunch with him. He also runs at UNF sometimes before work.

Despite his hectic schedule, Biagini finds time for community involvement in Fernandina Beach, where he's lived for three years. He spends two to three hours a day on issues relating to the Amelia Island Montessori School. These issues range from helping to renovate the facility to redesigning the budgeting/finance process at the private school. Biagini is the president of the school's board of trustees.

Sue Schlieben, an executive secretary in Administration and Finance, has worked with Biagini for nearly three years. "I find him to be a person of integrity and selflessness. This is evident in his commitment to excellence in leading his department to be the best it could be and by making it a great place to work," she said. "His selflessness is shown at the Amelia Island Montessori School where he volunteers many evening and weekend hours."

How does Biagini make time to do his running and help out in the community? "I once had a friend of mine who said 'There are 24 hours a day and that when he dies, he'd have time to rest then.' To some extent, I have adopted that approach too."


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An incredible journey

Library Services Specialist Dee Robertson-Lee (from top) greeting children from UNF's Child Development Research Center; reading a book about friendship to the children; showing off a head-full of "Miracle-Gro" paper confetti; and posing with her husband, Dan, oldest son, Andy, and granddaughters Faeryn (center) and Simany (photos by Josh Balduf)On an ordinary November evening just minutes before Dee Robertson-Lee sat down in the Lazzara Performance Hall with her husband to enjoy a performance of "The Pajama Game," something went terribly wrong. She began experiencing the worst headache of her life.

"My head and behind my right eye was hurting like crazy and when I looked in the mirror [in the restroom before the show began], I thought my face looked strange, not quite right," said Robertson-Lee, a library services specialist in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.

The pain continued to worsen after the show began, getting so intense the couple ended up leaving the theater shortly after the first couple of songs. Not positive that it was anything more than a bad sinus headache and convinced that a visit to the hospital would mean several hours of waiting in an uncomfortable lobby, Robertson-Lee dismissed the urgings of her husband, Dan, to take her to the emergency room. Instead, they went back to their Fleming Island home, where Lee looked after his wife by bringing her a constant supply of ice packs and headache medications. It wasn't until two days later when she began vomiting non-stop that Robertson-Lee finally relented and made the trip to Baptist South Hospital.

CT and MRI scans immediately revealed the ticking time bomb on the surface of her brain: a bleeding aneurysm. Suddenly, every minute counted in the race to save Robertson-Lee's life. She was rushed via ambulance to Mayo Clinic and taken into surgery, where neurosurgeon Dr. Ricardo Hanel installed a titanium clip on the aneurysm to stop the bleeding.

"I had a fast-bleeding aneurysm, the worst kind. It was a miracle that I had survived as long as I had," Robertson-Lee said. "I had a 4-centimeter blood clot on my brain."

Robertson-Lee said the scans showed blood spurting from the aneurysm, a balloon-like bulge of a blood vessel on the surface of her brain. If the team of medical personnel hadn't acted so quickly, she would have bled to death.

Although the surgery was successful, Robertson-Lee's brain later started swelling, and the next day her doctor broke the news she'd have to undergo a second surgery to remove sections of her skull to avoid permanent brain damage. That surgery, which allowed her healing brain to expand as needed, was also a success.

"The pieces of my skull would be kept under refrigeration at Mayo with plans to put them back in after I had sufficiently recovered," Robertson-Lee explained.

After spending 35 days recovering in the Neurological ICU unit at Mayo, Robertson-Lee was transferred to Brooks Rehabilitation, where she began intensive rehab with a physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist. Three weeks later, on New Year's Eve, she and her family were elated to learn she could finally go home to complete her recovery. But the good news was immediately followed by bad.

On New Year's Day, Robertson-Lee awoke at home to find the right side of her head was swelling, and her right eye was swollen shut. As it turned out, she had a bad infection at the incision site and the infection had traveled to her brain, causing an abscess. So it was back to Mayo for a third surgery, this time to clean out the infection. Even before she knew she was "out of the woods," Robertson-Lee took it all in stride, joking that her doctor had "roto-rootered" her brain.

The next and final surgery, to replace the pieces of her skull after she had undergone six weeks of antibiotic infusions at home, took place in mid-April. "I was so happy to have all my parts and pieces back together again. I felt so vulnerable when those parts of my skull were not there protecting my brain," Robertson-Lee said. "I was so fearful of falling and becoming a real scatterbrain! The pieces are being held in place with a titanium shield, screws and strips."

It didn't take long for the energetic survivor to pick herself up and get moving again. Just 16 days after the fourth surgery, Robertson-Lee completed the Never Quit Beach Fest 5K Walk/Run with her husband, younger son Justin and nephew, Dr. Christopher Robertson, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and kinesiology and made sure she didn't overdo it. The goal of the Never Quit Beach Fest is to educate the community on how to avoid brain bleeds, strokes and heart disease through healthy choices.

Her speedy recovery came as no surprise to family and friends who know Robertson-Lee's energy level and personal drive to succeed. Three days before her 51st birthday in 2001, she completed her first marathon, repeating the feat the following year. She also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from UNF in 2001, the same year her son Andy earned his business degree from UNF. She and her husband have completed countless 5K and 10K runs, as well as 100-mile bicycle races. In the '80s the couple had also spent six years traveling the world with their two young sons on a 43-foot sailboat. Every day seems to be an adventure for this woman.

Robertson-Lee now sports a close-cropped haircut that's growing out, usually covered by a denim hat adorned with a blue denim rose. She still has a slight indentation near her right temple, but one can't tell by looking at her that she has survived several brushes with death in the last nine months.

"I have been on an incredible journey," she said. "I was near death many times, but I always told myself that if I died tomorrow, I've lived a full life and I have no regrets."

Dan Lee, the manager of preconstruction services for Elkins Constructors Inc., is thanking his lucky stars that his wife of 41 years is around today. "We had very close calls several times," he said. "I don't think Dee really knew just how close she was to leaving us."

Lee recently took time off from work to come to the Thomas G. Carpenter Library to videotape his wife, who's now back on the job fulltime, in action. After making arrangements with Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, lead teacher at UNF's Child Development Research Center, Robertson-Lee planned and hosted a fun morning at the Library for two groups of pre-school children from the center.

Surrounded by squirming, but happy, 3- and 4-year-olds - including her own granddaughters, Faeryn and Simany, who both attend the CDRC, Robertson-Lee read several books on friendship and dinosaurs.

Winckler-Zuniga first met Robertson-Lee when she dropped off her granddaughters at the CDRC, pre-aneurysm. "Her vitality and love of life struck me then and we began chatting and making connections about UNF and her role at the Library," she said. "I have been looking for opportunities where the CDRC children could enjoy more of life on campus and our conversations began forming an idea." Although it was a long wait for those plans to come to fruition, Winckler-Zuniga seemed quite pleased with the whole affair and looks forward to future collaborations.

Dr. Shirley Hallblade, dean of the Library, said she is pleased to support Robertson-Lee's offer to conduct reading sessions for the CDRC children - but she's even more pleased to see her colleague continuing to recover.

"Her positive spirit and sense of humor have remained intact throughout this time. She has been an inspiration to all of us as we've witnessed how she has met the challenges of the last several months," Hallblade said. "We have missed her and are thrilled that she is back with us."

Hallblade's not alone in that sentiment. Sarah Philips, Robertson-Lee's supervisor of nine years and head of the Reference Department, missed her friend and still gets a little weepy when recalling the ordeal.

"It was very sad to see Dee, who was always a very energetic and active person, endure a debilitating illness that would require months of therapy for recovery," she said. "After she was hospitalized and I began to look at what we would need to do to complete her work assignments, I realized how much a part of the library she had become over the years. Everything I looked at reminded me of Dee and her work here."

Laurel Crump, director of public services for the Library, said she's just one of many people relieved to have Robertson-Lee back at work, safe and sound. "I love walking down the hall and seeing her office door open and the lights on and knowing Dee is back," she said. "She is a special lady, strong and brave. I think I speak for the entire Library in saying how grateful we are that she's on the road to recovery and able to work again with us." 


UNF staff member launches music ministry

Joanna Norris (photo by Mario Peralta) Assistant Director of Media Relations Joanna Norris recently launched a Christian music ministry showcasing her original music that she hopes to share in concerts and worship services at area churches, events, retreats and conferences.

Her CD "Walkin' on Water" reflects her own life's journey, including the good times as well as the hard times, which she said has molded her into the person she is today.

To learn more about Norris or to listen to her music, go to


Get to Know

Shannon Italia

Shannon Italia (photo by Josh Balduf) Department: Coggin College of Business

Job: Director of the Career Management Center
Years at UNF: 4

Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you.
I've completed three marathons, including two Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathons and the Chicago Marathon. I've also completed numerous half marathons. I'm not a speed demon at all - 10-minute miles work well for me. I'm considering doing the Donna in February, but that is not a goal one can take lightly.

Tell us something about you that even your friends don't know:

My Jacksonville friends probably do not know that I took ballet, tap and jazz lessons for 13 years and can do a mean "Shuffle off to Buffalo!" My mom owned a well-known dance studio in Cincinnati for more than 40 years so I pretty much didn't have a choice about the matter growing up. I was a tomboy and grew up in the "pre-Flashdance" era; it wasn't yet cool to take dancing lessons back in the day. I'm really glad, however, that I had the dance training because it has helped me with the other sports that I played and came in really handy when I started taking dance trance fitness classes in Jacksonville.

What are you most passionate about?
Quality. If I am going to be involved in something, I am going to do it well. My staff will tell you that I'm a pretty easygoing and fair person, but they also know that I have a certain way that I like for things to be done. If we expect our students to put their best foot forward to the Jacksonville business community, then we also need to put our best foot forward to the same constituents. We have to lead by example - in how we dress, conduct ourselves and market ourselves as a Career Management Center. I think we've done a good job of that, but it takes effort and focus and a passion for that quality to get the desired result.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
I enjoy doing something that I feel is meaningful and that is positively impacting people. We have a lot of great students in the Coggin College, and it is a pleasure to be involved in helping these students realize their potential and get on the path to their personal success.

Starting a new Career Management Center from scratch has been a challenge, but also a lot of fun. I've had the flexibility, trust and support of both the college and of the Jacksonville business community as we've developed this center to be a quality operation which is responsive to the needs of the business community.

I really enjoy that I still get to maintain a working relationship with the private sector and utilize my business background to the benefit of the college. Developing relationships with so many members of the Jacksonville business community is something that I really enjoy and it has been great getting to sell UNF and the Coggin College to so many solid organizations in and around the First Coast. Watching the recruiting opportunities for our students increase, even in tough times, is very rewarding.

What would you like to do when you retire?
I'm a Gen Xer ... I don't think that we get to retire! Seriously-I think I'd like to get back into playing piano, take tap lessons and possibly learn how to play the guitar. I'd also like to help with a nonprofit that focuses on leveling the economic playing field for our young people - something like Wendy Kopp's Teach for America. I'd like to help improve individual achievement, no matter socio-economic background, in hopes of reducing many of the social ills that plague our society that laws, jails and government agencies ultimately cannot fix. I believe that private sector organizations full of smart and passionate people are the ones that can be the most effective and have the best shot at making this country a place where all people can lead happy and successful lives.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
Prior to working at UNF, I spent my time with various Fortune 500 organizations utilizing my marketing degree from the University of Cincinnati. Specifically, I have 15 years of experience in buying, sales and merchandising and have always wanted to own my own store. Ideally, it would be fun to develop a successful retailing concept and then franchise it or sell to investors and retire!

Tell us about your family.
I'm originally from Cincinnati and am one of three children. My father was a bank CEO, my mother was an entrepreneur, my brother is an attorney and my sister is a portfolio manager with a major financial institution so I have a great personal "board of directors!"

I married Mike Italia in April of 2005 and he was then promptly transferred from Columbus, Ohio, to Jacksonville. I got married, moved to a new city, sold a house, bought a new house and started a new job within a span of four months. I don't recommend doing things that way, but it has ended up working out OK for us as time has passed. We don't have children of our own, but I do have three nephews and two nieces that are a lot of fun. Being the "favorite aunt" definitely has its perks!

What person had the greatest impact on your life?
I've been blessed to interact with many quality people during my lifetime, but I would have to say that my parents are the people that have had the greatest impact on my life. They are very different individuals, in both interpersonal style and vocation, but are very united on what their priorities are and what ultimately matters in life.

Individually, they were both achievers and demonstrated the importance of putting your best foot forward in whatever you were doing, from academics to extracurriculars, to your job.

They had this saying that "McLaughlins aren't quitters," so we knew that if we started something (i.e. Girl Scouts for me - I begged to quit!), you had to stick it out for the year and could not quit because your word meant something, people were counting on you and you might end up make better choices down the road as a result of this short term "discomfort."

They are extremely generous people, of both their time and money, and did a great job of demonstrating a life that was "outwardly" focused. In quasi-retirement, they are still very active in both civic and church work and have really laid down the gauntlet on how to live a meaningful life. And, no matter how old I get, they are always in my corner. I'm still their little girl.

What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
Go to all the major cities and attractions in Italy. Complete my MBA program - I'm getting there one class at a time.

What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
Taking a challenging spinning class with my friends at the gym works out the stress and reduces guilt when eating pizza.

What is the best thing you ever won?

A blue ribbon in the 5th Grade Olympics - 50-yard dash champion!

What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
I'm dating myself, but the first "real concert" I went to see was Foreigner at Miami of Ohio while visiting my sister for Little Sibs Weekend. We did catch Pat Benatar at Memorial Park on the 4th of July. She can still really sing. We're going to see AC/DC in Chicago on Aug. 14 and can't wait!

What was the last book you read?
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. I finally got around to reading this book and found the timing of my read very appropriate with the current escalation of the war in Afghanistan. I think that we all should read more books about this country, as well as Pakistan and Iran, so that we can more fully understand the issues that we hear about in the news media and develop a more personal sensitivity to the situation that we can easily wipe off our radar screens.


Neal Coulter, who recently retired as the dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction Congratulations
Dr. Neal Coulter
retired as dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. CCEC students, staff and faculty thank Coulter for his service, leadership and contributions to the college over the last 11 years. Dr. Peter Braza serves as the new interim dean of the college. The CCEC team looks forward to working with Braza in the pursuit of excellence and new horizons.

Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following employees, who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in August.

30 years:
Deborah Dunch, data center technician, Networking Services

25 years:
Homer Bates, professor, Accounting & Finance Mary Borg, professor, Honors Program Valerie Clark, counselor/adviser, Arts & Sciences
Scott Hochwald, chair/associate professor, Mathematics & Statistics
Kenneth Martin, professor, School of Computing
Vernon Payne, graphic designer, Public Relations
Theo Prousis, professor, History Becky Purser, director, Recreation
Pali Sen, professor, Mathematics & Statistics Diana Tanner, instructor, Accounting & Finance Justina Wilcox, lecturer, Biology

20 years:
Joseph Butler, professor, Biology Vernice Green, professor, Music Lucy Trice, associate dean, Brooks College of Health
Margaret Warden, accounts payable receiving associate, Continuing Education

15 years:
Michele Bednarzyk, instructor, Nursing Matthew Corrigan, chair/associate professor, Political Science Public Administration
Barbara Dupuis, office manager, University Police Department
John MacArthur, professor, Accounting & Finance
Janet Owen, vice president of Governmental Affairs, Governmental Relations
Shira Schwam-Baird, associate professor, World Languages
Harriet Stranahan, associate professor, Economics
Janice Swenson, lecturer, Biology Peter Wludyka, professor, Mathematics & Statistics

10 years:
Sanjay Ahuja, professor, School of Computing
Kathaleen Bloom, professor, Nursing Lev Gasparov, associate professor, Physics Justin Gaudry, senior instructor, School of Computing
Jongsook Han, adjunct, Mathematics & Statistics
Christopher Joyce, professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Ronald Lukens-Bull, associate professor, Sociology & Anthropology
Michele Moore, associate professor, Public Health
David Nyquist, senior lecturer, Chemistry
Rene Ottino, senior payroll representative, Controller's Office
Richard Patterson, associate professor, Mathematics & Statistics
John Pechonick, senior lecturer, Chemistry
Judy Perkin, professor, Nutrition & Dietetics
Judith Sayre, assistant professor, Communication
Rebecca Schumacher, adjunct, Leadership & Counseling
Gary Smart, professor, Music Nile Stanley, associate professor, Childhood Education

Five years:
Alisa Aston, adjunct, Psychology
David Begley, assistant professor, Art & Design
Gerald Bialka, adjunct, Economics Michael Boyles, coordinator, Center For Instruction & Research Technology
Julie Carter, assistant director of Academic Support Services, One-Stop Center
Dale Casamatta, associate professor, Biology Jeanne Charleus, senior custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Wayne Coleman, instructor, Economics
Joseph Collins, strength conditioning coach, Intercollegiate Athletics
Gerald Colvin, assistant professor, Public Health
Mary Ellen Cook, adjunct, Education & Human Services
Debora Dodd, senior document scanning representative, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Paul Fadil, associate professor, Management
John Farrar, adjunct, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Janice Fluegel, adjunct, History Raymond Gaddy, instructor, Art & Design Bernadette Gambino, instructor, English Katrina Hall, assistant professor, Childhood Education
Theodore Hornoi-Centerwall, senior library services associate, Carpenter Library
Ellen Housel, assistant professor, Art & Design Dana Johnson, events planning associate, Admissions
Carol Jones, adjunct, Nursing
Colleen Kalynych, adjunct, Public Health Patricia Kenney, adjunct, History Chung-Ping Loh, assistant professor, Economics
Jane MacGibbon, assistant professor, Physics Jann Macinnes, adjunct, Mathematics & Statistics
Thomas Mahar, adjunct, School of Computing
Norma Marble, office manager, Foundations & Secondary Education
Sandra Marquez, adjunct, School of Computing
Ognjen Milatovic, assistant professor, Mathematics & Statistics
Daniel Moon, associate professor, Biology
Stephan Nix, chair, Engineering
Crystal Owen, associate professor, Management
John Pauly, adjunct, Criminology & Criminal Justice
Susan Perez, assistant professor, Psychology Daniel Philip, adjunct, Psychology Fred Rahaim, adjunct, Psychology Jonathan Rogers, adjunct, English Joseph Schmuller, adjunct, Psychology Walter Schuller, adjunct, School of Computing
Debora Simonson, instructor, Mathematics & Statistics
Marcus Snow, associate general counsel, General Counsel's Office
James Starr, training specialist, Professional Development & Training
Cassandra Stephens, financial aid specialist, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Alissa Swota, assistant professor, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Susan Syverud, assistant professor, Exceptional Student & Deaf Education
Gina Tverdak, adjunct, Communication
Bolenda Walker, document scanning associate, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Andrea Weisberger, adjunct, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Jennifer Wesely, assistant professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice
Elisa Whitman, adjunct, Philosophy & Religious Studies

The following new employees were either hired by UNF or accepted new positions at UNF from mid-June to mid-July:

LeAnn Anderson, administrative secretary, Political Science & Public Administration
Julia Brumfield, administrative secretary, Counseling Center
Fred Burnett, head athletic trainer, Intercollegiate Athletics
Ronald Covengton, custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Brian Endee, senior internal auditor, Internal Auditing
Ralph Felix, maintenance mechanic, Physical Facilities
April Goode, assistant director for Athletics media relations, Intercollegiate Athletics
James Gwynes, law enforcement officer, University Police Department
Edgar Jackson, chair/professor, Leadership & Counseling
Rebecca Kratzert, coordinator of marketing publications, Intercollegiate Athletics
Kenneth Laali, chair/professor, Chemistry
Rebecca Lawrence, coordinator of Residence Life, University Housing
Ryan Lehtonen, custodial supervisor, Physical Facilities
Keunta Miles, assistant women's basketball coach, Basketball
Judith Miller, faculty administrator, Academic Affairs
Ryan Miller, LGBT Resource Center coordinator, Student Affairs
Mindy Moore, administrative secretary, Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Chad Nodine, maintenance mechanic, Physical Facilities
Dwayne Peterson, coordinator of Residence Life, University Housing
Howard Ross, custodial supervisor, Physical Facilities
Donald Simmons, senior custodial worker, Physical Facilities
Aaron Small, coordinator of academic support services, One-Stop Center
Ashley Smith, coordinator of Residence Life, University Housing
Kristi Sweeney, assistant professor, Leadership & Counseling
Adam Wade, coordinator of Residence Life, University Housing
Celeste Watkins, office manager, Student Government 

Faculty and Staff

Brooks College of Health

Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences: Dr. Chitra Balasubramanian
was recently an invited guest speaker at a senior roundtable meeting at Elder Source in Jacksonville. His topic was "Falls in the Elderly: Research Initiatives at UNF."

Dr. Rose Marie Rine attended and presented her work at the Inter Society for Posture and Gait Research Conference in Bologna, Italy, in June. The platform presentation titled "Relationship of Dynamic Balance and Functional and Temporal-Spatial Measures of Gait in Children with and without Cerebral Palsy" was done in collaboration with Dr. James G. Moore at the University of Miami.

Public Health: Dr. Elissa Barr presented "Family Planning and Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Tools for Educators" at the 10th Annual Summer Institute of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Charleston, S.C., in June. Barr also presented "STD/HIV Prevention: Keeping it Simple Silly" at the Back to the Basics of HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Education Conference in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

Dr. Michele J. Moore and C.E. Werch published "Efficacy of a Brief Alcohol Re-intervention for Adolescents" in Substance Use & Misuse, Vol. 44, No. 7, 2009.

Coggin College of Business


Marketing and Logistics: Dr. Ron Adams presented a paper titled "Assessing the Dimensions and Strategic Implications of Retail Environmental Impact" at the annual conference of the European Institute for Retailing and Service Studies in Niagara Falls in July.


For the second time in two years, Florida Atlantic University granted the Kenan Evren Professorship to Dr. A. Coskun "Josh" Samli for the summer 2009 A term. As part of his responsibilities, Samli offered an advanced course, worked with the Ph.D. candidates and interacted with the Turkish community. The Evren Chair was founded by the Turkish community and the state of Florida to cultivate understanding and trade between Turkey and Florida. Samli has been a member of the UNF faculty for 20 years and has published more than 250 articles and 20 books. He travels extensively and works primarily on globalization and international entrepreneurship.

College of Arts and Sciences

English: Dr. Nicholas de Villiers

published "Documentary and the Anamnesis of Queer Space: The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman" in Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 51, 2009:  .

Dr. A. Samuel Kimball gave three presentations in June at the International Psychohistorical Association at Fordham University in New York: "Evolutionary Economy, the Sacred, and the Infanticidal Threat of First-Person Consciousness," "Why No One Mourns for Icarus" and "When Does Jesus Smile?"

History : David Courtwright presented a paper on the regulation of psychoactive substances at the 5th International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, in June. BBC Radio Scotland broadcast an interview with him on the history of alcohol policy.

Dr. Gregory Domber was awarded the Betty M. Unterberger Prize for his dissertation "Supporting the Revolution: America, Democracy, and the End of the Cold War in Poland, 1981-1989." The prize recognizes distinguished work by graduate students in the field of diplomatic history.

Dr. Harry Rothschild presented "Cakravartin, Ceremony and Conflagration: Wu Zhao and the Pançavarsika of 694" at the 25th Anniversary International Conference of the T'ang Studies Society at the University of Albany in May.

Math and Statistics: Dr. Raluca Dumitru presented a talk titled "Spectra for Compact Quantum Group Actions" at the 29th Annual Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium in Boulder, Colo.

Physics: Dr. Nirmal Patel observed his gas sensors (fabricated at UNF) launched on a NASA rocket to measure ozone and other gases in the mesosphere June 26 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Dean's Office: Dr. Jerry Merckel participated in the IEEE 2009 Vail Computer Elements International Workshop June 21-24. Merckel serves as the vice chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Elements. (IEEE was formerly known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.)

School of Engineering: Dr. Adel ElSafty organized a one-day workshop on "How to Repair Cracked Concrete Beams," attended by 30 students and seven engineers from the community. ElSafty also served as faculty adviser for two civil engineering student beam competition design teams, T-Beam Design and I-Beam Design.

Dr. Pat Welsh and IBM LA Grid Scholar Kristyn Galane participated in the National Corporation for Atmospheric Research workshop on the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) Model in Boulder, Colo., in June. They presented a poster with colleagues from Florida International University and the IBM Research Center in Yorktown, N.Y., on the IBM LA Grid project to enable the WRF model to run on the Florida Lambda Rail or other high-speed digital networks.


College of Education and Human Services

Childhood Education: Dr. Christine Weber presented "Providing Quality Information to Parents about Raising Gifted Children," sharing the data collected with Dr. Laurel Stanley through the WOGI (Working on Gifted Issues) Project at the SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) National Conference in Orlando.

Dr. Katie Monnin participated in an interview about her upcoming book, "Teaching Graphic Novels." The interview's transcript is located online. She also wrote an article for Diamond Book Distributors about her book "Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom," published online

Dean's Office: Drs. Marsha Lupi and Jacque Batey had their article "Short Term International Student Teaching Internships: Creating Successful Transformational Learning Experiences" accepted for publication this summer in the Journal of the Southern Regional Association of Teacher Education, Vol. 18, No. 2. The article reviews the literature and details the process used to determine and support the 34 students who have participated in the Plymouth, England, internship over the past three years. In June, Batey and Lupi also traveled to Kingston-on-Thames, London, to meet with School of Education faculty at Kingston University. The trip was supported by a TLO development grant written by Batey for the purpose of exploring a summer field experience for education students in 2010. While in Kingston, Batey and Lupi met with faculty, toured six schools, including a comprehensive early learning center, blue ribbon multicultural secondary school and primary school and began to design the summer experience.

Good Question

An artist's rendering of the future sculpture, seating area, landscaping and reflecting pool to be installed in the courtyard between the Brooks College of Health's Buildings 39 and 39A Q - From Mary Stumph, legal assistant, Office of the General Counsel: What are they planning to build on both sides of 39A (between Buildings 1 and 39A and between 39A and 39)?

A - From Zak Ovadia, director, Facilities Planning and Construction:
Part of the funding of the Brooks College of Health addition was set aside to purchase artwork compatible with the wishes of the dean and faculty of the Nursing program. That sculpture will be located in the center of the courtyard (in the U formed by 39 and 39A). The sculpture will be framed by a seating area with benches, extensive landscaping and a reflecting pool. The other side of the Brooks College of Health Addition (39A) is being converted into a "bamboo garden" also with seating, tables and benches. It is hoped that this garden will offer the students faculty and staff an area of quiet contemplation, study and socializing.

Q - From Lynn Brown, associate director, Transportation and Logistics: I noticed that (what looks like) cameras are now perched on top of the traffic lights on campus. Who installed them and for what purpose?

A - From John Hale, assistant director, Physical Facilities:
The cameras were installed as part of the road-resurfacing project. The cameras are used for vehicle detection and replace the old loops that were imbedded in the pavement. The cameras are tied directly into the traffic-signal control cabinet to adjust the signal based on where cars are waiting at the intersection. The cameras are not used for any type of surveillance.

Q - From Meghan Niemczyk, research coordinator, Brooks College of Health: I have always wondered about the tall trees around campus with the small white flowers. They can be seen around UNF Drive and North-South Road. I don't think they are a variety of magnolia. What is the name of that tree?

A - From Chuck Hubbuch, assistant director, Physical Facilities:
Based on the time of year, I assume that you mean the loblolly bay. Loblolly bay, or Gordonia lasianthus, is in the same family as the camellia. It is sometimes confused with the sweet bay, Magnolia virginiana, another evergreen tree that grows in similar sites but flowers in spring. Loblolly bays have dark-green leaves and showy white flowers about three inches across. Each flower has five petals around a cluster of yellow stamens. In my experience, they are not easy to find in nurseries and are not easy to grow in the landscape. They are beautiful in natural areas, though. Bay seems to refer to any leaf that resembles the leaf of the bay laurel of culinary fame. Loblolly refers to a mud puddle. I have seen a couple of references that say the loblolly bay is the city tree of Jacksonville. The official city Web site does not mention it, however. You can see photos and more information about this tree on the UNF Grounds Webpage at

Q - From Amy Pierce, director of development, Coggin College of Business: What is the significance of the wooden artwork that is displayed in the new Boathouse restaurant?

A - From Rich Elmore, project manager, Facilities Planning and Construction:
The Student Union project's design team (RINK Design) was looking for a way to designate the Student Union facility's Boathouse restaurant's stage/entertainment area without putting in a permanent stage. Since a raised platform was determined not to be practical by the project's building committee members, the architect defined the stage/entertainment area overhead. The wooden artwork is the sculptural element that was conceived to define this stage area overhead, being comprised of wood fingers to set up a rhythm and to add to the restaurant occupants' visual interest by breaking up the mass of the brick wall located behind the entertainment area.

Q - From Verna Urbanski, librarian, Thomas G. Carpenter Library: Is there a reason the new "way finding" station outside the Library by the Osprey Connector stop is installed at a 90-degree angle to the Library? The orientation doesn't seem user-friendly for people who are unfamiliar with the campus.

A -- From Zak Ovadia:
We try to locate the campus area maps so that they are visible, accessible and not interfere with the pedestrian traffic. The east-west walkway in front of the Library is subject to a lot of traffic so we decided to orient this map in this fashion so that it creates the least amount of potential obstruction.

Q - From Signe Evans, library services specialist, Thomas G. Carpenter Library: When Inside was a print publication, back issues were available to read/research in university archives in Special Collections of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. Now this publication is only electronic. Where can I read the archives of the electronic Inside UNF?

A - From Julie Williams, assistant director, Marketing and Publications:
Past issues of the Inside newsletter can be accessed online here. You can access not only the issues since we've gone electronic with Inside (April, 2008), but also older printed issues going all the way back to February of 2002. The older issues can be downloaded in PDF format, while the newer issues are archived online as Web pages.

Sponsored Research

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the following grants and contracts recently awarded to UNF faculty and staff:

Lehman Barnes (Foundations and Secondary Education), "CIS Mentoring Program Evaluation Project," Communities in Schools of Jacksonville Inc., $8,000

Catherine Christie and Julia Watkins (Public Health) and Jan Meires (Nursing), "2009 Brooks Professorship: Implementation and Utilization of a Transdisciplinary Model for Obesity Risk Reduction in a Primary Care Center," UNF Foundation/Brooks Health Foundation, $18,000

James Churilla (Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences), "Muscular Strengthening Activities and the Metabolic Syndrome," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $15,188

Larry Daniel (College of Education and Human Services), "Partnership to Provide Professional Development Training for Teachers and Principals, 2008-2009 - Supplement," Schultz Center for Teaching and Learning, $98,000

Janice Donaldson (Small Business Development Center), "Florida Small Business Development Center Network 2009," University of West Florida/U.S. Small Business Administration, $104,565

Paul Eason (Engineering): "Goodrich Metallosilicate Analysis Phase 2," Goodrich Corporation, $2,115; and "Materials Testing Support for the James Webb Space Telescope," Genesis Engineering Solutions Inc., $845

Adel ElSafty (Engineering), "Proposal for Precast/Prestressed Concrete Design Studio," Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, $125,000

James Fletcher and Joseph Campbell (Engineering), "Militarized DMFC (Direct Methanol Fuel Cell) Laptop Power Supply," U.S. Department of the Army, $695,558

Cheryl Fountain (Florida Institute of Education): "Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Technical Assistance and Training (SDDFS TAT) Project, 2008-2009," Florida Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education, $111,596; "School Readiness Technical Assistance and Support Initiative, 2009-2010," Agency for Workforce Innovation/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $600,868

Lev Gasparov (Physics), "REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Supplement: RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions): Optical Studies of Magnetic, Charge and Orbital Ordering in Lone-Pair Compounds and Magnetite," National Science Foundation, $7,000

James Gelsleichter (Biology), "Non-lethal Assessment of Reproduction in the Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish Using Blood Hormone Analysis," SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, $5,000

Joseph Harris (Fine Arts Center), "All the School's a Stage: Professional Development for Arts Educators," Duval County Public Schools/U.S. Department of Education, $4,500

Jeffrey Harrison (Public Health), "2009 Brooks Professorship: The Effect of the Prospective Payment System on Quality and Efficiency in Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals," UNF Foundation, Brooks Health Foundation, $20,000

Paul Harwood (Public Opinion Research Laboratory), "Rapid Response Surveys for START/FEMA," University of Maryland Center of Excellence: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism/Federal Emergency Management Agency, $92,220

Jay Huebner (Physics) Michael Lufaso, (Chemistry) Nirmalkumar Patel (Physics), Doria Bowers (Biology) and Chiu Choi (Engineering), "Sensor Arrays for Multiple Applications (SAMA)," Edgewood Chemical Biological Center/U.S. Department of the Army, $1,255,950

Rose Marie Rine and Dawn Saracino (Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences), "2009 Brooks Professorship: Vestibular Deficits in Young Children: Incidence and Related Impairments," UNF Foundation/Brooks Health Foundation, $18,000

Thobias Sando (Engineering), "Operational and Safety Impacts of Restriping Inside Lanes of Urban Multilane Curbed Roadways to 11 Feet or Less to Create Wider Outside Curb Lanes for Bicyclists," Florida Department of Transportation, $131,605

Alissa Swota (Philosophy), "Pilot Project: Clinical Ethicist for Wolfson Children's Hospital, Year 3," Wolfson Children's Hospital, $28,657

Gregory Wurtz (Physics), "Near-field Optical Scattering from Defect-Mode Plasmonic Crystals," Research Corporation, $45,000