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Yesterday's warriors, today's students

Veterans display case (photos by Julie Williams)Many service members, whether they have seen combat or not, may face a major transition when returning from military to civilian life, especially vets making a big lifestyle change like going to college. UNF is working to make that transition a little easier.


UNF was recognized as a Military Friendly School in October by G.I. Jobs magazine. The magazine’s Military Friendly School list gives military and veteran students a way to determine which schools offer them the most benefits, including their efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students.


“The University is really trying to strengthen services and provide the infrastructure for the returning service members and veterans,” said Jim Owen, director of One-Stop Services and a member of UNF’s Veterans Task Force. “Being recognized as a military-friendly University means a great deal because a lot of people have worked really hard to improve what we do for veterans and service members.”


In partnership with the city of Jacksonville’s Military Affairs, Veterans and Disability Services, the Jacksonville Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Naval Hospital Jacksonville and The Wounded Warrior Project, UNF will collaborate to deliver a personal approach to veteran support, which will help ensure the successful integration of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans into campus life and facilitate academic success, graduation and eventual employment.


Early this year, UNF created a Veterans Task Force whose mission is to make preparations for the unique challenges presented by returning veterans from recent Iraq and Afghanistan deployments.


The Veterans Task Force developed a project dubbed Yesterday’s Warriors, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders. It is a group of programs and services that remove barriers to success facing Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families. One of the project’s major goals is to provide a supportive environment for them to achieve academic and life success.


There are approximately 550 military and veteran students receiving educational benefits at UNF. Nearly 200,000 Florida service members have been deployed overseas since the terrorists’ attacks of Sept. 11. They are or will become eligible to attend college using the G.I. Bill.


A veteran’s transition from the military to college produces a unique set of challenges and stresses, especially if the veteran has seen combat. Many veterans will return from an extended period of exposure to severe emotional or mental trauma. When they return to school, some may experience difficulty and frustration adjusting to the stresses and demands of college life.


The establishment of a veteran’s resource center is one focus of the 10-person UNF Veterans Task Force. The center has been tentatively named the Military Academic and Support Hub, creating the intentional acronym of MASH. Among many other services, MASH will assist veterans with what can be an overwhelming process of admission, enrollment and financial aid. The center will offer information about University and community services available to veterans. The center will also provide peer support, mentoring and social networking as well as referrals for academic advising, tutoring and counseling.


The facility requirements for MASH have been defined and forwarded to the University’s Space Committee. Facilities Planning is in the process of determining the best location for the facility. They will then determine a timeline for renovation and preparation of the space for the center. Cindy Alderson, a retired Navy commander, will oversee the total project to enhance veterans’ services at UNF, including the resource center.


“I am very excited to be a part of this initiative because it not only honors the service of our military and veteran students, but it provides a comprehensive support model that seeks to ensure their successful integration to campus life, academic success, retention and graduation,” Alderson said. “The support throughout the collaboration for this initiative on campus has been inspiring.  Senior leadership, faculty, key staff members and student volunteers alike are all anxious to do what it takes to help make this successful.” 


Other areas the Yesterday’s Warriors, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders Project will concentrate on expanding services of the Disability Resource Center and Counseling Center on campus. Each center has made accommodations specifically to help veterans. The Counseling Center will add a part-time staff member to assist with assessment, individual and group counseling, coordinate medication management and provide nutrition consultation and support.


“We’re finding that many of these military and veteran students may benefit from academic accommodations,” said Dr. Kristine Webb, director of UNF’s Disability Resource Center and task force member. “In addition to seeing students with physical and mobility issues, we’re also serving military and veteran students who have challenges such as processing speed, focus, memory and emotional issues. The Disability Resource Center assists these students and facilitates access to their classes through the use of note- takers and electronic books. The DRC houses a collection of books with information about disabilities. These resources are readily available to faculty, students and staff.”


The Brooks College of Health will develop an elective Military Counseling course in the Mental Health Counseling program and its program interns, supervised by licensed University counselors, will assist in providing counseling services to family members of UNF active duty and veteran students.


The Florida Board of Governors contacted schools in the State University System earlier this year to see what services were available to veterans and how they could be improved and expanded. Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president of Student and International Affairs and a veteran himself, was selected by the Board to head up the initiative for the entire State University System.

Around Campus

Celebrate the season



‘Tis the season to be jolly, so the UNF Department of Music is offering the community some early holiday festivities this week with Handel’s “Messiah,” the Great American Jazz Series with The Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker Project and the 4th Annual Feast of Carols.


The first show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, with the UNF Chorale and Chamber Orchestra in a special presentation of one of the most popular works in Western choral literature, Handel’s “Messiah.”


On Thursday, Dec. 3, music lovers can add a little holiday spice to the season when the first guest performers of the Great American Jazz Series, The Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker Project, heat up the stage accompanied by the award-winning UNF Jazz Ensemble 1. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.


Carl Allen is not only the artistic director of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School, but also an acclaimed percussionist who has performed with jazz greats Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne and Herbie Hancock. Rodney Whitaker is one of the world’s renowned jazz bass performers and educators and has performed with Dianne Reeves, Diana Krall, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Jimmy Cobb, Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and many others.


Tickets for this event can be purchased online or through the Ticket Box Office at ext. 2878.


Saturday, Dec. 5, the UNF Chorale presents two shows of the 4th Annual Feast of Carols, a celebration of season in song featuring some of Jacksonville’s finest ensembles, including the UNF’s Men’s and Women’s Chorale, String Quartet, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Gospel Choir, as well as the Bartram Trail High School Vocal Ensemble, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Concert Chorus, First Coast High School Men’s and Women’s Chorales, Terry Parker Mixed Chorus, Fletcher High School Vocal Ensemble, Mandarin High Chamber Singers and the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale. Showtimes are at 2 and 8 p.m.


Tickets for both events can be purchased online or through the Ticket Box Office at ext. 2878.


More information about the full 2009-10 concert calendar can be found online .


Faculty awards nominations deadline Jan. 14

Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday, Jan. 4, for the Distinguished Professor Award, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards and the Outstanding Faculty Service Awards.


Guidelines for the awards are listed on the Faculty Association Web site  under "Faculty Awards." Nominations may be submitted one of three ways: by going to the Faculty Association Web site and clicking "Online Forms"; by e-mailing the nomination to; or by delivering handwritten or typed nomination forms to the Faculty Association Office in Honors Hall, Building 10, Room 1120. The deadline is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.

For more information, contact either Cindy Chin at  or ext. 2872 or Dr. Kathy Robinson at  .


Avoiding the holiday blues

Dr. Gabe Ybarra


The holiday season holds the promise of joyful and exciting social, spiritual and personal events. However, especially in light of the current troubled economy, the holiday season can lead to the experience of sizable stress and disappointment, potentially leading to the holiday blues. Dr. Gabe Ybarra, a psychology professor at UNF, discusses being aware of signs of the holiday blues and taking steps to prevent them to ensure a more enjoyable holiday season.

What are the holiday blues?
The holiday blues have been theorized as involving struggles of overall exhaustion, the perception of great financial stress, trouble with time management and perceived social isolation. Folks often react with struggles in the forms of excessive crying or moodiness, sadness, insomnia or excessive sleep, over- or under-eating, nervousness and agitation.

What are some ways to treat the holiday blues and to prevent its occurrence in the first place?


Keep it simple:

If the day’s agenda seems overwhelming or like there is too much to do, it probably is too much. Prioritize the events and cut down the items until the agenda or number of tasks appears manageable. Keeping it simple may include deciding not to visit a troublesome or challenging relative, as there are better times for addressing troubled relationships.


Set a holiday budget:

Set a holiday budget to limit how much is spent on gifts, travel, decorations and other potential expenditures. Stay within that budget. Correct your mindset when your thinking translates limits on spending as being somehow insufficient and instead actively work to see such fiscal responsibility as success. Realize that you are helping your family to avoid long-term stress related to overspending. Other tips include name-exchange for gifts. Realize that the greatest gift one can give is one’s love and time.


Utilize time management:

Time management and planning a schedule will help most folks avoid over-scheduling certain days. Already-busy families can feel like they are overwhelmed during even busier holiday periods. Schedule time to shop and to prepare holiday meals, and other time to visit with family and friends. Try to overlap visits with friends and key events or festivals, if possible.


Take time for yourself:

Set aside some time for just you. During the holidays, it’s likely that you’ll be expending much time and energy on others. Protecting time for your morning run, a yoga class, a bubble bath, reading a book in the evening or listening to music will help you to feel like your needs are being met as well. In particular, such disciplined self-effort will help to keep resentments from creeping in.


Avoid over-indulgence:

It will be easier to avoid the holiday blues if you continue to fuel your body in appropriate ways. While allowing holiday treats to celebrate, avoidance of excessive amounts of alcohol or high-caloric foods will help you to continue to meet the challenges that each day brings. Celebration in moderation is an important concept.

Should I have realistic expectations?
Yes. While it’s nice to imagine “It’s a Wonderful Life” or other fictional holiday stories, reality tends to play out differently. Preparing yourself for the probabilities of another get-together with Mom and Dad and extended friends and family, and being accepting of all the flaws that come with normal family relationships, decreases the likelihood of being sizably let down by an imperfect but otherwise enjoyable holiday event. Such a mindset will help you enjoy the positives in a normal holiday event that might otherwise be overlooked by a distracting and ultimately frustrating search for unattainable perfection.

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


Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences: Dr. Chitra L. K. Balasubramanian was awarded the Dean's Professorship Grant for "Use of 'The Community Balance and Mobility Scale' for Evaluation of Balance and Walking in Community-dwelling Older Adults."


Dr. Rose Marie Rine was a featured guest speaker at the 20th Annual Mayo Clinic Audiology Video Conference in Rochester, Minn., in November. The conference was also available to registrants via a Webcast. Her talk was titled “Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation for the Wee Ones.”


Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Judy Perkin presented a poster titled  “Linking Allied Health and an Arts and Sciences Honors Program-Teaching an Interdisciplinary Course - Food, Health, and Society” at the October 2009 Annual Conference of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions held in San Antonio. Her co-author was Dr. Mary Borg of the UNF Honors Program and Department of Political Science and Public Administration.


Public Health: Drs. Michele Moore and Elissa Barr presented “Public Support for Sexuality Education in One South Florida County” at the American School Health Association’s 83rd Annual School Health Conference in Denver in October.



Coggin College of Business


Accounting and Finance: Dr. John B. MacArthur and Ziming Rao (CSX Transportation and UNF alumnus) co-authored “Strategic Cost Structure Choice in the Transportation Industry and its Implications for Organizational Development and Growth in the People’s Republic of China,” which was the lead article in the Fall 2009 issue of the Journal of Business and Accounting.

Economics and Geography:Dr.Sharon Cobb was elected treasurer for SEDAAG (SouthEastern Division of the Association of American Geographers), a regional subdivision of the Association of American Geographers representing more than 550 members in 10 states.

Marketing and Logistics: Dr. Greg Gundlach testified before the Federal Trade Commission this past summer on the key questions for future empirical research on the marketing practice of resale price maintenance (RPM). His testimony at the Federal Trade Commission hearings on Resale Price Maintenance: Empirical Evidence on the Effects of Resale Price Maintenance is titled “Resale Price Maintenance After Leegin: Questions and Topics For Research” and can be downloaded by clicking here .



College of Arts and Sciences


Communication: Dr. Berrin A. Beasley presented a paper titled “Weight Watching: The Ethics of Commodifying Body Image for Mediated Entertainment and Profits” and participated on a panel titled “Communication Among Fellow Scholars: Navigating Tenure and Promotion” at the Florida Communication Association conference.


Dr. Robert Bohle edited and designed an e-book for Shands Jacksonville and the Navy. The e-book will help prepare newly deployed, non-trauma physicians for the kinds of injuries they will treat in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Drs. Judith Sayre and Reetu Grewalpresented a workshop in October on “Teaching the Compassionate: Communication Training in Palliative Care” at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare in Miami.


Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Brenda Vose, along with C.T. Lowenkamp, P. Smith and F.T. Cullen, published an article titled: “Gender and the Predictive Validity of the LSI-R: A Study of Parolees and Probationers” in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Vol. 25, No. 4.


English: Dr. Mary Baron’s book of poems, “Storyknife,” was reviewed in the “Brandeis Books” section of Brandeis University Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 2 (Fall 2009).


Dr. Marnie Jones published “‘Spiritual Warfare’ and Intolerance in Popular Culture: The Left Behind Franchise, the Commodification of Belief, and the Consequences for Imagination” in Studies in Popular Culture, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Fall 2009).


History: Dr. Alison J. Bruey presented her research, "Organizing Grassroots Opposition in Pinochet's Chile," for the University of Florida's Center for Latin American Studies colloquium series.


Dr. Charles Closmann gave a talk at the Department's "Past to Present" Symposium in October titled "Paths not Taken: Sustainable Water Use in Twentieth Century Germany."


Dr. Elizabeth L. Furdell presented her paper, "The Ladies' Physician: Victorian Health Manuals for Women," in October to the UNF Women's Center and Bette Soldwedel Research Center. The BSRC funded her research. 


Mathematics and Statistics: Dr. Beyza Aslan gave a talk, “Three Dimensional Current Generator of a Mountain Thunderstorm,” at the American Mathematical Society’s 2009 Fall Southeastern meeting at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.


Dr. Denis Bell presented an invited talk titled “Arbitrage-free Option Pricing Models” at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.


Physics: Dr. Jane H. MacGibbon’s radiation research collaborators presented “EDDIX – a Database of Ionization Double Differential Cross-sections,” by MacGibbon, S. Emerson, T. Liamsuwan and H. Nikjoo, at the MICROS 2009 - 15th International Symposium on Microdosimetry conference in Verona, Italy, in  October.


Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. Hyunsun Choi and co-author David Boston presented “Fiscal Regionalism and Metropolitan Poverty Pockets in the United States” in October at the 50th Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference “Reinvesting in America: The New Metropolitan Planning Agenda” in Crystal City, Va.


Psychology: Dr. Tes Tuason published a journal article titled, "A Refuge: After-school Care for African American Children in Poverty" in Early Child Development and Care, Vol. 179, No. 7, 2009. She also published "Negotiating the Binary: Identity and Social Justice for Bisexual and Transgender Individuals" in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2009.



College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


Dean’s Office: Dr. Jerry Merckel gave an invited presentation, “Keys to Success,” at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers student chapters in October. Merckel also represented UNF at the Orlando Technology Transfer Conference sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in October.


School of Computing: Dr. Kenneth E. Martin served as chair of a domestic accreditation visit for a university computer science program on behalf of the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology). He was also appointed as a program evaluator of an international visit for a university information systems program on behalf of the CAC/ABET. Also, Martin was re-appointed as chair of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board’s Constituency Relations Committee.


School of Engineering: Dr. Daniel Cox and co-authorsM. Straatsma, C. Ctistis and R. Bartz presented and published their paper, “Development and Enhancement of RLab - A Remote Laboratory System,” at the 2009 Fourth International Conference on Systems and Networks Communications in Porto, Portugal, in September. The paper was presented by UNF student Michael Straatsma and won the outstanding paper award. Cox and co-author Harold Rivera presented and published their paper, “Fuzzy Logic Control Implementation of Rectilinear Plant with Inverted Pendulum,” at the 2009 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics in San Antonio, in October. At the conference, Cox also served as chair for the Hybrid Models of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems and Evolutionary Networks sessions.


Dr. Dean J. Krusienski, Garett D. Johnson and co-authors N.E. Schwartz, J. Frye, C. Hauser, T.M. Vaughan and E.W. Sellers, presented their abstract, “The P300 Brain-computer Interface: Prediction of Success through Waveform Analysis,” at the annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience in October. Also, Krusienski attended the International Workshop on Advances in Electrocorticography and presented "Brain-Computer Interface Research at UNF" at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health.


Dr. Adel El Safty arranged a series of seminars on precast concrete and construction safety in October, including Pre-stressed/Precast Concrete (with Rob Pavel of Gate Precast Company) in October; Safety Measures in the Lab and Construction Industry (with Don O’Neal of Gate Concrete Products Company); Precast Buildings and Parking Garages (with Wayne Magnum of McVeigh & Mangum Engineering); and Design and Construction of Prestressed Concrete Tanks (with Jeff Ward and Ryan Harvey of Crom Corp.).


Dr. Susan Vasana and Terry Smith participated in discussions on the integration of MathWorks' MatLab and Simulink tools in engineering curricula, as well as the application of these tools for science and engineering research at the MatLab Virtual Conference in October.


Dr. Pat Welsh participated in the IBM-sponsored LA Grid Summit at Florida International University in October. UNF is a partner with IBM seeking to provide graduate education opportunities for minority students and conducting research on computationally intensive hurricane modeling. Welsh also gave a presentation, “Global Warming ... NOT," at the Northeast Florida Association of Environmental Professionals’ October meeting.



College of Education and Human Services


Childhood Education: Dr. Christine Weber presented a session on the Implementation of Statewide Professional Development Supporting Curriculum Reform at the National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference in St. Louis in November.


Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: In November, Dr. Sherry Shaw presented “Cognitive and Motivational Contributors to Aptitude: A Study of Spoken and Signed Language Interpreting Students” at the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Donald Moores presented a keynote address titled “Education of Deaf Students in the U.S.A.” at the International Conference in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Deaf Education in Seoul, Korea. Simultaneous translation was provided in Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Korean sign Language. Moores also served on a panel with the other keynote presenters from Beijing Union University, Tsukuba (Japan) University and Daegu (Korea) University. The proceedings have been published in Korean and English. Additionally, Moores visited the Seoul National School for the Deaf, the Seoul Gyeong-un School for severely disabled children, and traveled to Daegu, Korea. He gave the keynote address at Daegu University at a conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of teacher training in special education in Korea and met with faculty and doctoral students.


Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: Dr. Terence Cavanaugh presented a paper titled “Reading Beyond the Textbook, Integrating Trade Books as Reading Resources” and a poster session titled “Mapping the Location for Online Students”at the SLOAN-C international conference on distance learning in Orlando in October. In November, at the American Association of School Librarians conference, he presented two general sessions, “Technology-Enriched Literature Circles” and “Bookmapping with Technology.”

Get to Know

Kimberly Benton Matthews


Department: Athletics

Position: Athletic Business Manager

Years at UNF: Four years

What do you do at UNF?

I am responsible for providing oversight and ongoing monitoring of the Intercollegiate Athletics Department multi-million dollar budget for all sports programs and support areas. I supervise the initiation, review and maintenance of all fiscal documents, including purchase requisitions, purchase orders, accounts payable invoices, P-card transactions and related work flow. I prepare required financial reports as requested for the University, conference and/or NCAA.


Aren't you also involved with UNF's cheerleading program?

Last year we combined the cheer and dance programs into a non-stunting spirit team due to budget cuts. I volunteered to head the cheerleading program this year since it was brought back by our new athletic director. With my background in cheerleading, including one year cheering at UCF, I jumped at the chance to help bring back this program.


How's that going?

We currently have 14 girls on the team, and they have been extremely successful in my eyes, with every member being a first-time UNF cheerleader. I hope to grow this program and have more students interested in it and autition for the team. These students work very hard at their 7 a.m. practices, and I want them to have respect for themselves and others to respect them for all of their hard work and dedication to making UNF's home basketball games a true collegiate experience.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?

Probably something working with animals (four legged ones – no snakes or spiders). I am not sure if I could make it as a veterinarian or an assistant because I am not good with blood, but I don’t mind cleaning up after them or bathing them.


What is your favorite way to blow an hour?

If you asked me a year ago, I would have said taking a nap. But I recently took up sewing and have been enjoying the challenge of learning something new. You should have seen my face when I successfully completed my first blind hem on a pair of pants that I had just bought. I am now purchasing patterns and attempting to create a wearable piece.


What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?

My wedding. My husband and I both come from very large families, and it is hard to see all of them within a given year. However, all sides of our families were able to attend the wedding, which made it that much more special.


What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?

Not sure if I want to admit this or not, but I believe that it was a Debbie Gibson concert in downtown Jacksonville. I remember how excited my sister and I were that mother was going to take us. I honestly can’t say what the last concert was that I attended. That is how long it has been.


What are you most passionate about?

Since my husband and I have not had children, my dogs get the royal treatment. From toys, treats, beds and walks, they get it all. Sometimes they eat better than I do.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Andy Matthews, and I were married on Jan. 26, 2008. We live in Yulee, just outside of Jacksonville, and have two dogs – Julep, a 3-year-old boxer and Sky-sky, a 2-year-old golden retriever.

What is the best thing you ever won?

Nothing. But my husband recently won a Samsung 42” plasma television. Of course, he won it a few months after we had just purchased an almost identical television. So we gave it to his parents.

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?

Travel! I have a list of places that my husband has to take me. Unfortunately, the list has never shrunk - only grown. Toward the top of my list is New York City during Christmas time. 


Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you:

I own a 20-gauge Montefeltro Benelli shotgun, and I have to say that I shoot a pretty good round of skeet at the gun range.


What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?

My husband and I would like to start a family. No current plans because there is still a lot we would like to do before the responsibilities of parenthood are brought in to the picture.


What was the last book you read? 

“Marley and Me.” Trust me.  If you saw the movie, the book is much better. Especially the end – the book leaves you with warm and fuzzy feelings where the movie left me crying hysterically. 

Good Question

 Greenery at entrance to UNF Hall (photo by Julie Williams)


Q — From Linda Burks (Program Assistant, Admissions) Has anyone suggested changing the bushes in the parking lot of Building 53 [UNF Hall]? I drive a small car and sometimes it is hard to tell if someone is coming into the drive area of the parking lots when I am pulling out to go to one of the exits from the parking area. I have nearly been hit a time or two because my line of sight is blocked by the bushes. There are likely others who have been having the same issue.

A — From Chuck Hubbuch (Assistant Director, Physical Facilities): John Moscarillo from Landscape and Grounds contacted Linda Burks to learn her specific concerns as soon as we received this question. John's staff will remove the coontie plants that block sight lines in the coming weeks. Physical Facilities appreciates notification of problems, especially safety matters. Concerns may be sent to Physical Facilities work orders by e-mail at .


Employees who have UNF-related questions they would like to have answered in the next issue of Inside are encouraged to send them to   Questions submitted will be considered for publication in the "Good Question" column, which is designed to help inform the campus community about relevant issues.  When submitting questions, please include your name, department and job title, which will be included if your question is selected. The submission deadline is the 15th of each month. For more information, contact Julie Williams at .


UNF Milestone AnniversariesMilestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in December or January.


35 Years:

Suzanne Fraser, Administrative Assistant, College of Arts and Sciences (December)


30 Years:

Richard Powell, Director, Institutional Research (January)


20 Years:

Adel El-Ansary, Professor, Marketing and Logistics (January)

Elizabeth Head, Associate Vice President, Major Gifts (January)

Debra Murphy, Chair/Associate Professor, Art and Design (January)                    

Sarah Philips, University Librarian, Thomas G. Carpenter Library (January)                           

Sandra Rosa, Accounting Associate, Controller’s Office (January)


15 Years:

Richard Gropper, Director of Development, Special Project Major Gifts (January)                       

Michael Kearse, Custodial Worker, University Housing (December)

Marjory Templeton, Instructor, Management (January)


10 Years:

Mary Allen, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities (January)

Madelaine Cosgrove, Associate Director of Resident Program Services, Florida Institute of Education (December)

Fredrick Dale, Senior Instructor, English (January)                           

Marie Guice, Program Assistant, Urban Internship (January)  

David Jaffee, Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, Academic Affairs (December)                

Susan Kraegel, Instructor, English (January)                           

Barbara Kruger, Associate Professor, Nursing (December)                          

Peter Lowe, Coordinator of Institutional Research, Institutional Research (December)

James McGuffey, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems (January)

Robert McNeal, Senior Applications Developer, Training and Services Institute (December)

Deborah Price, Law Enforcement Officer, Campus Police (December)

Anthony Turrin, Coordinator of Computer System Control, Enterprise Systems (January)

Kathy Westberry, Events Planning Associate, Admissions (January)                        


Five Years:

Tamara Baker, Adjunct, Building Construction Management (January)       

Frank Binghi, Adjunct, Mathematics and Statistics (January)          

Deborah Chastain, Adjunct, Brooks College of Health (December)

Wrenettia Devoe, Coordinator of Benefits, Human Resources (December)

Angelo Esposito, Adjunct, Accounting and Finance (January)              

Meghan Hull, Coordinator, Arts and Sciences (January)                   

Janice Jackson, Adjunct, World Languages (January)                   

Peggy Lee-Tocco, Assistant Director, Continuing Education (January)

Eugenie Maxwell, Adjunct, College of Education and Human Services (January)        

Susan McMarlin, Assistant Professor, Nursing (December) 

John Meyer, Adjunct, Brooks College of Health (January)

Margaret Partyka, Bursar, Controller’s Office (December)                     

Johnny Raines, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities (December)    

Judith Revels, Adjunct, Criminology and Criminal Justice (January)

Mildred Rios, Coordinator of PSI Programs, Training and Services Institute (January)

Nell Robinson, Adjunct, Public Health (January)                     

Mark Schwartz, Adjunct, Psychology (January)                        

Mary Treyz, Adjunct, Philosophy and Religious Studies (January)    

Sueli Wilkerson, Adjunct, World Languages (January)                   

Susan Yates, Office Assistant, University Center (December)      



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


Peggy Baldt, Administrative Secretary, Pre Law                           

Stephanie Boni, Senior University Program, Student Government                

Margaret Cirillo, Coordinator of Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center

Billy Duke, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing

Kathleen Legros, Administrative Secretary, Nursing                           

Ray Lumpkin, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities               

Brittani Meeks, Custodial Worker, University Housing

Gerald Platz, Groundskeeper, University Housing

Hassaun Pollard, Groundskeeper, University Housing

Oliver Saunders, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities               

Chanetta Stone, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities               

Taurean Watson, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities               

Alicia Youngblut, Library Services Specialist, Thomas G. Carpenter Library                           



Michael and Tiffany (Kibler) King (COEHS Dean’s Office) were married Oct. 25 at the Marriott Jacksonville. The bride is the college scheduler and administrative secretary for the College of Education and Human Services dean’s office, and the groom is a social studies teacher at Highlands Middle School in Duval County. The couple honeymooned in Orlando, visiting theme parks.