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A Place Students Can Call Their Own

The new Student Union (photos by Julie Williams and Kailyn Hopkins) On a recent afternoon, Justin Camputaro chatted amiably with craftsmen and construction workers, paused for a brief conversation with an architect about signage and then continued across a large open area called Osprey Plaza on an impromptu tour of his pride and joy - the University's new Student Union. There's a lot to see and Camputaro, the Student Union's director, was anxious to get going.

Years in the making, the new 150,048-square-foot Student Union was worth the wait. This stunning new addition to the campus is situated midway between the College of Education and Human Services and the Arena, almost across the street from the Dottie Dorion Fitness Center. Connected by walkways, the three-story Student Union is actually two buildings, referred to as 58 East and 58 West, that will house nine Student Affairs departments.

"It has often been said that if the library is the brain of a university, then the student union is the heart," said Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president of Student and International Affairs. "It is a community center that will create a central, welcoming on-campus location where all students - resident students, commuter students and non-traditional students alike - as well as other members of the community, can gather and interact."

Creating that welcoming feeling was no accident either. The interior of the Student Union is painted earthy yellows and whites with brown wood accenting to contrast with the polished, clean-cut, sharp lines incorporated into the contemporary architecture. Large windows throughout the buildings aid to create an airy, sun-drenched ambiance.

Between the two buildings is a large covered area called Osprey Plaza. Eventually, the area will be landscaped and tables and chairs will be installed. Camputaro foresees the plaza as a place for people to set up information tables, put on small events or simply eat, read, chat and enjoy the weather.

"This is a very unique design with the covered plaza in the middle," Camputaro said. "FSU has an open courtyard, but it is not covered. UNF staff visited a few different [universities with] student unions prior to design to get a feel for what they were looking for. Most modern designs are all interior and have a 'mall-like' style. We decided to make that open space outdoors, taking advantage of the Florida weather as best we can."

Osprey Plaza pavers, 8-inches-by-8-inches, will be placed on the plaza surface. The decorative pavers can be purchased and inscribed with 14-character, six-line messages at a cost of $100 for students and $200 for alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff, Camputaro said about 200 pavers have been purchased, which can be done online by visiting The pavers are advertised as a way to leave a lifelong legacy to UNF.

While the Student Union's exterior and outdoor areas will be unrivalled, it is inside where that careful design truly shines. The game room was the first stop on Camputaro's tour. It features four pool tables, two pingpong tables, televisions, video games and a section called The Hub where up to 12 people can compete simultaneously on computer games. There's space for 100 or so people to use the game room, scheduled to open in mid June, at any one time. Also on the first floor, near the game room is a Community First Credit Union office with an ATM, an Outtakes Convenience Store, the Interfaith Center, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center. The administrative and Event Services offices will be downstairs, and a full-time staff of seven professional employees and 60 students will keep the union running smoothly.

The east building's second floor combines areas of student presentation, camaraderie and communications and offers the chance for students to meet someone from other countries. The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery of Art, made possible by a $75,000 gift from Drs. Robert and Anne Lufrano, will host exhibitions on cultural awareness. There will also be a computer lounge with outlets and hard-line Internet ports.

Gonzalez's offices, the International Center, the Intercultural Center for PEACE, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Center for Student Media - the Spinnaker, Osprey Radio and Osprey Television - will also be on the second floor. Osprey Television will have its own studio and Osprey Radio will have a glassed-in office so visitors can watch the disc jockey in action. The third floor of the East Building will contain Student Government and its agencies - Osprey Productions, Club Alliance, the African-American Student Union and the Volunteer Center.

Camputaro is particularly proud of the Student Government space, which includes a business office, senate chambers and the Student Government chambers complete with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

The Bookstore is the prime attraction on the first two floors of the Student Union's west building. With approximately 20,000 square feet of space, the new Bookstore is more than twice the size of the old one, which will remain open through the end of spring term for textbook buyback services and the sale of miscellaneous course supplies. A food court with seating for nearly 350 people is adjacent to the Bookstore. It features Salsarita's Fresh Cantina (Mexican food), Quiznos (toasted subs), Coyote Jack's Grill (burgers) and Chef Yan Can Cook (Asian cuisine). There's also a television lounge on the first floor.

An updated version of memories of days gone by is on the second floor of the west building. That's where the new Boathouse is located. For years, the old Boathouse, overlooking a small pond, was the unofficial center of campus and University activities.

The new Boathouse has a seating capacity of 318 people and an overall space of almost 8,000 square feet. And yes, the menu includes beer and wine. There's also a good-sized balcony with a view of the lake by the Coggin College of Business for those who enjoy dining under the sun or stars.

There is also a 244-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art sound and technology on the second floor of the west building as well as a television lounge. The rest of the third floor of the west building consists of four small meeting rooms, three medium-sized rooms with an exterior balcony and a large boardroom. All of the rooms have video projectors, screens, wireless microphones and computers.

Two other striking amenities enhance the ambiance and the utilitarian aspects of the new Student Union. One is a ballroom on the third floor of the west building. The ballroom is 5, 200 square feet and has a seating capacity of 312. The other is one of the crowning jewels and most unique elements of the Student Union - a 108,000 square-foot grass amphitheater, which can seat 6,000 spectators.

The amphitheater, behind the west building, is constructed with a nine-degree elevation for optimum viewing for crowds attending concerts, performances, fairs and other events. There's a stage at the bottom of the amphitheater.

The $50.4 million Student Union will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its environmentally responsible construction. UNF's would be the first LEED-certified student union in the state, according to Camputaro.

The Bookstore is now open. Student Affairs offices will open the week of May 18- 22. The game room will open in mid-June and the food court will open in the fall. The entire Student Union will be open for guests this month, with limited offices operational. The official grand opening of the Student Union will be at the beginning of the fall term with the exact date still to be determined.

"UNF has had the label and feel of a 'commuter' school for a long time," said John Barnes, recently sworn in for his second term as president of Student Government. "The new Student Union helps to give all students a sense of belonging on a campus -- a place they can really call their own." 

Around Campus

Mosaic Murals Beautify Architectural Columns on Campus

(Photos by Julie Williams and Mary Ann Rosenthal)Let's face it. The tall, concrete pillars on many of UNF's original buildings aren't the most attractive architectural elements on campus. Compared to the elegant new buildings on campus, the old, drab pillars could easily be considered downright ugly. But thanks to the efforts of UNF art and design professor Nofa Dixon and seven students in her spring Special Topics, Mosaic Project class, two of the pillars in the Alumni Square area near the old Bookstore are now works of art.

The students spent all semester working on custom mosaic murals to wrap around the pillars from top to bottom, and just last week they watched as contractors from Ajax Building Corporation installed their masterpieces on the pillars.

Dixon came up with the idea for the project years ago. "I used to walk on campus and think that the columns throughout the campus could be used as canvases for art students," said Dixon, who's been teaching at UNF since 1994. She proposed the mosaic project in September as part of a competition sponsored by UNF's Dean's Leadership Council in an effort to embellish the campus architecture with color and art. Her concept, which included designing, creating and installing mosaic murals on four pillars on campus, was approved, sent to the Campus Art Committee and then to President John Delaney's office for approval.

"The impact of this mural [project] is multi-leveled. It will be visually pleasing, and it will enhance and accent the present campus architecture," Dixon said in her written proposal. She also stated that the students who work on the project would benefit greatly from their involvement. "First, they will leave an artistic imprint on the UNF campus," she said. "Secondly, this project will give them an amazing sense of accomplishment, including learning to work on a large, cite-specific art in public places, and it will be an experience which they will build on for their portfolios and for future careers in the art world."

According to Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president of International and Student Affairs and chair of the Campus Art Committee, the committee's primary purpose is to oversee campus art inside UNF's buildings and on the grounds, and also to a great extent, to oversee its placement.

"After seeing a sample of Nofa Dixon's work, the presentation was endorsed wholeheartedly by the group and then received presidential approval as well," Gonzalez said. "We felt it appropriate to enhance and beautify the campus, and particularly appealing because of the engagement of students in its execution. And it will leave a legacy of their creativity."

Dixon and her students met for five hours a week during the spring semester to work on the project, which involved cutting 7/8-inch ceramic and glass tiles to the desired shapes and gluing them onto a mesh material showing the outline of the first two murals' designs. Their job was to create the first two murals from concept to installation. Students in Dixon's fall '09 class will take over and complete the third mural, while another group of students in the spring 2010 semester will work on the fourth mural. The last two murals will be installed in a year.

During the last week of classes, Dixon's students hurriedly finished touching up the first mural, adding more tiles to extend its height to the correct dimension. The mural, featuring more than 16,000 tiles in calming blue and green hues, was installed April 27. The mural represents UNF's connection with nature, depicting an abstract night scene on campus. Students in the class described the scene as "a sort of cubist rendition of a pine forest." After months of tedious piecework, the students were eager to see the two murals they labored over installed on the pillars - and to leave their mark on UNF's campus.

Philosophy major Samson Manderick, who's minoring in studio arts, had previous tiling experience coming into this class, but only in installing flooring in houses, using much larger tiles, of course. He said working with such small tiles with the mindset that it's going to eventually be a vertical piece of art is a lot different experience, but one that he has enjoyed.

"I really like the idea of making something that's going to be permanently changing the face of campus and that's going to be there as long as that building is there," Manderick said. "That's a really cool element. It's a pretty grand-scale project. It's not very often that you get to do something this epic that affects campus. It's very neat."

Post-baccalaureate art student Andrew Smith, who received his B.F.A. in sculpture in the fall, decided to stick around for another semester to work with Dixon again and pick up some practical skills he'll need as a professional artist before starting his career. "I'm interested in learning how to get commissioned work and learning the process of going about managing contracts and that sort of thing," Smith said. "I wanted to be a part of it not only for the experience of the art part of it but also the professional artist side as well."

Everyone agrees the project has been a great learning experience, regardless of each participant's previous experience in mosaics. Nicole Silver, a junior majoring in English and minoring in studio arts, said the process of creating a massive mosaic in pieces to be installed on a three-dimensional column was quite different than the small-scale tabletop mosaics she's worked on in the past. "This was a lot more intense and thought-out than the small mosaic projects I've worked on before," she said. "It's been very hands-on."

The week before the first two murals went up, the students' final concern was the actual installation. Fortunately, Ajax Building Corporation, the contractor responsible for building UNF's new College of Education and Human Services Building, volunteered to donate the labor and install the first two mosaics.

"This really helps us out because it would have been extremely expensive if we had to pay a contractor to do it for us," Manderick said before the installation. "We're going to be on hand to supervise and deal with any problems that may come up during the installation, replacing any tiles that break or fall off and making sure everything goes as smoothly as possible."
Fortunately everything did go smoothly and the first two mosaic murals were installed April 27 without a hitch.

"Everything worked out wonderfully with the installation," Dixon said. "Three students were there to help because when the murals were wrapped around the pillars we weren't sure how they were gong to fit together. It turned out that we did have to add more tiles to allow the mural to wrap all the way around the pillars, but everyone worked together really well and it was just great."

Both murals were installed on the same day, with the grouting completed the following day. Seven students and one professor can finally heave a collective sigh of relief and stand back to admire the fruits of their labor.
"It's just too great. They're up permanently and they look wonderful," Dixon said. "Yesterday I had to come to campus and I dropped by and sat down to enjoy looking at them. I'm so glad the art is there now and can fulfill a purpose for those who will enjoy them for years to come. It seems like they should always have been there." 

Around Campus

UNF To Oversee MOCA Jacksonville

An outdoor view of MOCA Jacksonville (photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Business Journal)The UNF Board of Trustees recently approved a plan to assume the operation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCAJax) and its collection of paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs. UNF will loan the museum up to $500,000, which will be secured by the artwork's value.

President John Delaney said the goal is to have the museum become self-sufficient within 18 months through donations, grants and ticket revenues. If the museum had to close, the art could be sold to cover any debts. The museum's collection is estimated to be worth more than enough to repay the loan.

Under the terms of the arrangement, UNF becomes the building's leaseholder and in control of most of MOCAJax's 800-piece collection; the museum board would remain intact and would include University representation.

Already ranked by The Princeton Review as a top 50 Best Value Public College, UNF would also join another prestigious group of colleges and universities that have academic programs affiliated to major museums. These colleges and universities include Yale, Harvard and Florida International University. Although the current economy poses some limited risks to the endeavor, Delaney and other trustees emphasized it was that same downturn that made possible this "once-in-a-lifetime chance" to enhance the University's academic stature and community profile.

"MOCA offers a wonderful opportunity to engage a new circle of friends and supporters to UNF. The Board and several of their volunteer groups have indicated that they are ready to redouble their efforts so seek operating funds for exhibits as well as build the endowment," said Pierre Allaire, vice president of Institutional Advancement. He added that this affiliation with UNF provides access to the state matching gift program, which is a strong enticement for donors who want to leverage their gifts.

"In recent months there has been a wait-and-see attitude as to whether MOCA and UNF would come together," Allaire said. "Donors want to invest in solid programs, and UNF provides the stability that they want."

Debra Murphy, chair of the Department of Art and Design, anticipates that students and academic programs will reap the greatest rewards. She said tentative plans for the space could include conducting classes and internships, exhibiting student art, holding juried art exhibitions, and renting for special events, forums or lectures. Faculty members in Art and Design will be involved in research of works in the MOCA collection, curating exhibitions and developing a museum studies minor. The department began offering classes at the museum earlier this year, and students have been very receptive to learning their craft in a venue that may one day exhibit their art.

"This will give our art students the opportunity to display their work amid some of the most celebrated contemporary artists in an amazing setting," Murphy said. "It typifies the kind of community-based transformational learning available at UNF."


Around Campus

Record Attendance at Professional Development Forum

CPDT Professional Development Forum 2009 (Photos by Mario Peralta)Taking the lead, sharpening your skills, stretching your talents and dollars a little farther, and staying happy amid today's atmosphere were messages that resonated with nearly 350 University employees who attended the recent CPDT Professional Development Forum.

Now in its fifth year, the Professional Development Forum has taken on greater importance in today's time of tighter budgets and fewer people, said Ida Gropper, director of the Center for Professional Development and Training.

With departments having less money available to send employees to outside conferences or training seminars, the forum experienced its highest enrollment level ever, up 10 percent from last year, said Gropper.

"The economy is the elephant in the room," she said. "Many of our sessions acknowledged that times are tougher, that people are being asked to do more with less, that they're worried about their family's future, and at the same time, the high attendance demonstrates that our staff still wants to be the best UNF employees possible and be team leaders."

Keynote speaker Mark Thompson, author of "Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters," discussed examples from his life and those of business, community and political leaders who demonstrated their greatest courage and success during difficult circumstances. From poet and author Maya Angelou, to investment guru Warren Buffett, to music and airline mogul Richard Branson, Thompson said that no matter their background, each successful person recognized that collaborating with others, turning personal deficiencies into opportunities for growth and innovation and creating a mindset to succeed helped them to persevere.

"Create an environment where experimenting and learning are OK and where failures are seen as an opportunity to improve your processes and yourself," Thompson said. "Success would never happen if people were too afraid to fail."

Dr. Lucy Croft, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, helped some participants define their own brand of leadership in a hands-on breakout session. Mixing a fun brand of calisthenics, disco and drawing exercises, she helped people like Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, a teacher with the Child Development Resource Center, identify life-shaping moments and what skills were acquired from them and how those elements influence them as leaders.

From the seminar's exercise, Winckler-Zuniga discovered how her five-month struggle to adopt a son from Belize helped her to learn perseverance and problem solving and how she is passing that along to her students every day.

"We had to contact embassies, senators and governmental officials in both countries [Belize and the United States]," Winckler-Zuniga said. "At the time it seemed so daunting, but I gained the ability to stand up for myself and be strong in the face of a seemingly insurmountable challenge."

Both Thompson and Croft's sentiments on leadership and professional success were echoed by Provost Mark Workman, who commended the exemplary leadership demonstrated by this year's Excellence Awards recipients: Cheryl Campbell, Alison Cruess, Angela Graham, Delores Irvin, Tyran Lance, Jean Loos, Valerie Robinson, Linda Walton, The Graduate School and the Center for Professional Development and Training. Workman, during a luncheon honoring the Excellence Award recipients, also recognized more than 30 winners of Spot Awards. These awards are presented to employees who are spotted providing quality service, which will have a lasting positive affect on faculty, staff or visitors.

Much like this year's theme -- Shaping the Future Together -- the forum's format and sessions were shaped with greater input from employees and by the current economy. Although leadership was one area of interest, the most highly attended sessions focused on achieving financial success, creating happiness in stressful times and ensuring continuous improvement. Other topic areas included producing excellent results with fewer resources; diversity; community-based learning; and promoting the University and its activities better on- and off-campus.

Mark Dennis, investment services director at Community First Credit Union of Florida, spoke to a packed audience about how to plan for financial success. He advised people to establish clear goals, assess their own finances, develop realistic spending and savings plans, live within their means, work toward living debt free, diversify their portfolios, obtain necessary forms of insurance and continue to gain more education about their own finances.

"Choices and priorities that you make for your personal life and financial well-being are what will get you through tomorrow's unforeseen crisis," he said.

While financial security can be a key to happiness for some, Dr. Terry DiNuzzo, director of the UNF Counseling Center, discussed research that revealed how genetics and learned behaviors are more likely to dictate how happy someone is. "People spend too much time and energy looking for things that fulfill the statement: 'I will be happy when ...'," she said. "There is no better time than now to focus on becoming happy."

She presented simple techniques that employees can use daily to gradually become happier, such as associating with happy people, keeping a journal of positive thoughts, enjoying what they already have, visualizing positive memories and doing something nice for others.

Gropper is happy to receive feedback on this year's forum or idea submissions for next year's event. This can be done by calling the Center for Professional Development and Training at ext. 1707 or by e-mailing


Around Campus

Wireless Devices Kindle New Ways to Read, Publish

Dr. Saurabh Gupta demonstrates how to use an eBook reader (photos by Julie Williams).Like something out of a science fiction movie, bibliophiles, researchers, and budding authors now can access thousands of books, newspapers, and magazines wirelessly on futuristic looking handheld devices. Just as the iPod has made it easier for people to listen, distribute and store music, these eBook readers are doing the same for the written word. This fall, UNF graduate students in a novel Transformational Learning Opportunity within the Coggin College of Business will learn about how they can use these devices in and out of the classroom.

All of this will be made possible through the use of eBook readers, which are portable hardware devices about the size of a paperback, that make electronic books, or eBooks, easy to read, even in bright sunlight. An eBook is any book available in a digital format that can be downloaded onto readers capable of storing hundreds of books and textbooks in their internal memory banks. Unlike a computer, eBook readers work by reflecting light instead of emitting it. Prolonged light emission from computer screens is what makes using them to read long documents difficult. Costing about $400, the readers offer a book-reading type experience. The wireless reading devices are increasing in popularity, as evidenced by products such as's Kindle.
The TLO, titled "A New Generation of Textbooks: A TLO with Professional, Research and Services," is the brainchild of management professor Dr. Saurabh Gupta. "We are in the knowledge business, and it is a personal knowledge and transfer tool," Gupta said of the eBook reader. "Students can annotate on these and carry hundreds, if not thousands of books around with them, without having to break their backs."

The TLO will begin this fall in Gupta's Graduate MBA E-Business Strategy Course. There are 24 students signed up for the course and six eBook readers for the students to use. The students and Gupta will create a textbook titled "Electronic Business: The Strategic Perspective" using the eBook readers. Student groups will form student quality circles to work on the textbook, with plans to make the books available in Arabic, Chinese, English and Spanish. The ease of writing and publishing "virtually" are particularly advantageous for countries that can't afford traditional paper textbooks, Gupta said, and the books can be tailored for the needs of individual countries. The book will be used as part of his course in the future, which will provide students the opportunity to contribute to a publication. Gupta said a select group of students will also document their experience for presentation at a national conference.

"We are in the knowledge creation and dispensing business," Gupta said. "I hope to mix this with the 21st century e-learning technologies to transform the way we learn." Global test editors will judge the students, who will work in teams of three per chapter, and the best performing team will receive eBook readers for its members.

"Thanks to the generosity of the TLO program, the MBA students in Dr. Gupta's class will have firsthand experience with creating a global text and using e-readers," said Amy Pierce, development officer at the Coggin College of Business. "Dr. Gupta would love to see the global text e-reader become a permanent part of the E-Business Strategy class and hopes to work with the local community to obtain private funding to do so." 


Million-Dollar Researchers Recognized

Drs. Cheryl Fountain (top, photo by Julie Williams) and Kathryn Krudwig (photo by Mario Peralta)Drs. Cheryl Fountain and Kathryn Krudwig were recognized at the inaugural Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (S.T.A.R.S.) for bringing research money to UNF.

Each obtained $1 million or more in funding for sponsored activities through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The funds recovered from these activities go to developing future research projects in other areas of the University.

In April, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Collaborative Undergraduate Scholarship Program and the Office of Faculty Enhancement hosted S.T.A.R.S., which showcased efforts by faculty, staff and students in promoting research and scholarly activities on campus.

Fountain is executive director of the Florida Institute of Education, and Krudwig is a faculty administrator in the College of Education and Human Services' Department of Exceptional Student and Deaf Education.

Dr. Christopher Leone, a psychology professor, also was honored as Mentor of the Year. 

Get to Know

Mark Falbo

Mark Falbo (photo by Kailyn Hopkins)Department: Center for Community-Based Learning
Job: Director
Time at UNF: Three months

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
I would probably be a chef. I enjoy cooking. OK, actually, I enjoy what comes after the cooking: socializing with family and friends and eating a well-prepared meal with fresh crusty bread and a nicely paired wine or beer. There's just one problem. I can't figure out how to make a living at that.

What is the best thing you ever won?
My wife's heart - winning that is more valuable than winning any lottery.

If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing?
Since I was an early victim last fall of the crashing markets and their impact on community-based, non-profit organizations, I would probably still be standing in the unemployment line in solidarity with millions of my laid-off brothers and sisters across the country and globe.

What was the best money you ever spent?
An Italian dinner that I ordered in French at a small restaurant in Montreal, Canada, that got me my second date with my wife.

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
Proudest moment: coordinating a national event that included a visit by the president of the United States. Happiest moment: The first time I held my children.

Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you.
I was Mary Cathleen Collins' RA [resident assistant] in college. ... The world knows her better as Bo Derek.

What person had the greatest impact on your life?
My daughter and son. She's teaching at Stephens College, and he's currently active duty Navy serving at the U.S. Embassy, The Hague, Netherlands.

What are you most passionate about?
This one's pretty easy. I am most passionate about my family and making the world a safer, more equitable, more just place for my family and for other families.

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
If you mean famous in the sense of many people would have heard about them, then that would be Bill Clinton; but, famous as in someone who has made the best use of their life and talents, then that would be Dorothy Day, Paulo Freire or Gusatvo Guetierrez.

Tell us something about you that even your friends don't know.
Hey, I'm of Italian descent. If my friends don't know, then you ain't gonna know, so forgetaboutit.

What is the last book you read?
Laurence Gonzales' "Deep Survival: Who Lives and Who Dies and Why." Must reading for anyone caught in an economic downturn. 

Sponsored Research

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has announced the following grants and contracts were awarded from mid-March to mid-April:

John McDonough (Nursing), "Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships 2009-2010," Health Resources and Services Administration, $3,791

Paul Eason (Engineering), "Goodrich Metallosilicate Analysis," Goodrich Corporation, $4,853

Lev Gasparov (Chemistry and Physics), "RUI: Optical Studies of Magnetic, Charge and Orbital Ordering in Lone-Pair Compounds and Magnetite," National Science Foundation, $60,172

Nirmalkumar Patel (Chemistry and Physics), "Detection of Ozone and Nitrogen Oxides in Stratosphere Using Nanocrystalline Sensors Array and High Altitude Balloon Flight (HASP 2009) and Balloon and Rocket Atmospheric Sampling and Sensing (BRASS) (Rocksat 2009) Project Support," Florida Space Grant Consortium, $5,450

Adam Carle (Psychology), "Assessing Measurement Bias Impact on Health Disparities Across Race/Ethnicity," National Institutes of Health, $213,760; and "Psychometric Evaluation of the NSCH Social Competence Scale," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $16,500

Rebecca Marcon (Psychology), "School Readiness Evaluation for the Clay/Nassau/Baker/Bradford School Readiness Coalition and Episcopal Children's Services," Episcopal Children's Services, $7,794

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, $75,815 

Faculty and Staff

Brooks College of Health

Athletic Training and Physical Therapy: Dr. James Churilla

presented a tutorial on "Metabolic Syndrome: Prevalence and Risk Among U.S. Adults" at the 37th Annual Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Meeting in Birmingham, Ala., in February. He was elected as Member-At-Large to the Southeast Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Executive Council for a three-year term. In March, Churilla presented "Resistance Training for Cardiac Patients: Maximizing Rehabilitation" at the 13th Annual American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Summit in Atlanta.

Drs. Ann Noonan, A. R. Russell Smith, and Mary Strickland Lundy presented an educational program on "Student Retention: A Problem Worth Addressing," at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas in February.

Nursing: Drs. Barbara Olinzock, Barbara Kruger and Connie Roush in Nursing with Dr. Sharon Wilburn in Public Health and Dr. Ken Wilburn in the College of Education and Human Services published "Building a Baccalaureate Community Nursing Curriculum Using a Participatory Evaluation Approach" in the January-March issue of Health Care Manager, 2009.

Dr. Mark Welliver published "Tips for Using Video: Teleconferencing for Distance Education," with Drs. Jonathan Pabalate, John McDonough, Li Loriz and Jeffrey Groom and Nicholas Kalynych in Nurse Educator Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2008. He also published "The Discovery, Development and Implications of Sugammadex, A Selective Relaxant Binding Agent," in Drug Design, Development and Therapy, Vol. 2, with J. McDonough, N. Kalynych and R. Redfern. He also received the Excellence in Clinical Leadership award from UNF's Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Judy Perkin and Britnee Skinner published an article, "The Cookbook as a Tool for Teaching about Food and Culture," in the Spring 2009 issue of Dietetic Educators of Practitioners.

Dr. Lauri Wright was elected chair of the Dietetics Education Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association, a leadership role that includes implementation throughout the United States of the new Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education accreditation standards.

Public Health: The editors of the Jacksonville Business Journal chose Dr. Elissa Barr as one of "Forty Under 40" on a list of Northeast Florida's "brightest, most-promising professionals" for 2009. This award recognizes high level of achievement among professionals under the age of 40 in Northeast Florida in both their careers and community involvement.

Dr. Mei Zhao was selected as the recipient of the UNF 2008-2009 Outstanding International Leadership award. She has been the driving force of the development of a collaborative research project with the faculty at Shandong University in Jinan, China, as well as the establishment of an ongoing study abroad program with Shandong and Qingdao universities. She is a member of UNF's China Institute and International Council and serves as faculty adviser for the UNF Chinese Culture Club.

Dr. Michele Johnson Moore gave the following presentations this March at the 9th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior held in Hilton Head, SC: "Associations Between Self-image Factors and Health Behaviors of College Students" (with Drs. Michelle J. Moore, C.E. Werch and H. Bian); "Theoretical and Behavioral Mediators of Alcohol Reductions from a Brief Intervention for Adolescents" (with Werch, Bian, Moore, C. DiClemente, S. Ames, D. Thombs, R. Weiler and S. Pokorny); and "Marijuana Use Among College Students: Mediation Analysis of an Effective Brief Intervention" (with Bian, Werch and I.C. Huang).

Coggin College of Business

Economics and Geography: Dr. Chris Baynard presented a paper titled "The Ecological Footprint of Oil Production and Sustainability" at Environmental Sensitivities Research Institute's 2009 Petroleum User Group (PUG) Conference in Houston in February. Baynard also presented a paper titled "Environmental Performance and Reporting: A Case for Using Geospatial Technologies to Monitor the Oil Industry's Ecological Footprint" at the 2009 International Business Research Conference, co-sponsored by the University of Warsaw and UNF, in Jacksonville in February.

Marketing and Logistics: Dr. Reham Eltantawy's book "The Impact of Strategic Skills on Supply Management Performance: A Resource-Based View" is being published this spring by VDM Publishing House in Germany.'

Dr. A. Coskun "Josh" Samli just returned from the University of Birmingham (England) where he was invited to give a series of four lectures on global interdependence of nations, globalization from the bottom up, international entrepreneurship and the current global recession and some possible solutions.

College of Arts and Sciences

Biology: Dr. Dale Casamatta
published "Further Phylogenetic Uncertainty at The Base of The Nostocales (Cyanobacteria)" in Phycologia, the journal of the International Phycological Society, Vol. 48, No. 2, March 2009.

At the annual Benthic Ecology Meetings in Corpus Christi, Texas, Dr. Matt Gilg and his students made the following presentations: "Population Genetics of a New Introduction:' Green Mussels in the Western Hemisphere," "The Effect of Cold Exposure on Mortality in the Asian Green Mussel, Perna viridis: Implications for Potential Range Expansion" and "Geographic Variation in M7 lysin Allele Frequency:' A Test of the Hypothesis of Reinforcement on the Rapid Evolution of a Reproductive Protein."'

Chemistry and Physics: Dr. Jay Huebner presented three lectures: "Astronomy Matters for Chemistry Teachers (AM)," "The Impact of Asteroids (IA)" and "Photoelectric Chemical Sensors (PECS)" at Ana-Lab and Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas; at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas; at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport; and at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Dr. Robert A. Vergenz presented the following posters: "Methyl-Donated Hydrogen Bond Network in Folylpolyglutamate Synthetase Alpha-Helix," "Methyl Interactions in G29ÐI32 Turn of Amyloid-beta-(1-42) Fibrils" and "Role of Solvent in Mechanism for Aqueous Glycine Condensation" at the Sanibel Symposium in St. Simons Island, Ga., in March. He also presented "Chemicals that Calculate and Origins of Life" and "Mathematical Methods for Detecting Evidence of Weak Interactions in Amyloid-beta-(1-42)" at the March regional meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Jacksonville.

English: Dr. Mark Ari published "Matzo Brei: Theory and Recipe" in Jewish Magazine, Issue 232 (April 2009). The article can be reviewed at

Dr. Chris Gabbard presented " 'That Secret Something': The Mentally Disabled Primitive in Daniel Defoe's 'Mere Nature Delineated'" at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) conference in Richmond, Va. He also presented "Defoe's 'Peter the Wild Boy' and the Conundrum of Species" at the Southeastern Society for Disability Studies conference in Charlotte, N.C.

Dr. A. Samuel Kimball published "At the (Infanticidal) Limits of First-Person Consciousness: Anger, Shame, and the Sacred in Paul Haggis's 'Crash'" in Soundings XCI.1-2 (spring/summer 2008).

Dr. Clark Lunberry gave a presentation, "Writing on Water: Extensions of Text (and Teaching) onto Landscape," at the symposium on Creativity: Worlds in the Making, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He also delivered "Antonin Artaud's Unending Death Rattle" at Seismes/Seismic Shifts: 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Two of his poems, "Channels" and "Water on Water," were included in the sound installation, "The Deep Seascape," at the Wertheim Performing Art Center Concert Hall at Florida International University.

Dr. Jillian Smith published "The Politics of Tactility: Walter Benjamin Materialized by Way of Frederick Wiseman's 'Titicut Follies'" in Studies in Documentary Film, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2008).

History: Dr. Charles Closmann presented a paper titled "I Drink Your Water, I Drink It all Up:'Sustainable Resource Use in 20th Century Hamburg, Germany"' at the Southeast German Studies Association Annual Symposium in Columbia, S.C., in March.

Dr. Elizabeth Lane Furdell made a presentation on the history of Ireland at the Proton Therapy Institute for patients and their families in March.'

Mathematics and Statistics: Dr. Dan Dreibelbis presented "Self-Conjugate Vectors on 3-Manifolds Immersed in R6" at the international Workshop on Singularities in Generic Geometry and Applications in Valencia, Spain.

Music: Charlotte Mabrey performed the "Concerto for Percussion" by John Mackey with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Lockington, in Jacoby Hall.

Dr. Randy Tinnin performed at the Chicago Brass Festival with Serafini Brillanti.

Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. Hyunsun Choi presented "Sustainable Development and E-Planning" at the Urban Affairs Association's annual meeting in March in Chicago. He also co-presented "Koreans and Koreatowns in Urban America: Spatial Evidences of Segmented Social Assimilation" at the same conference. Choi co-authored "Regional Growth Forecast: Integrated Land Use and Transportation in Southern California," published in The Korea Spatial Planning Review, Vol. 6, March 2009. He also co-presented "Fairness in Sustainability: Assessment of Inequality and Diversity" at the American Society for Public Administration National Conference in Miami.

Dr. Pamela A. Zeiser and German colleagues presented "Internationalizing Course Discussions: A German-American Partnership" at the American Political Science Association's Teaching and Learning Conference in Baltimore in February.

Psychology: Dr. Adam Carle co-presented "State of the States: The Well-Being of the Health Care Environment for Children with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families" at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. His paper "Assessing the Adequacy of Alcohol Abuse Measurement across Time and Ethnicity: Cross-Cultural Equivalence across Hispanics and Caucasians in 1992, Non-equivalence in 2001-2002" was published by BioMed Central in the journal BMC Public Health, Issue 9, No. 60, March 2009.

Dr. Lynne Carroll presented "Intersectionality: Mothers, Mental Illness and Meaning" at the Annual National Conference of the Association for Women in Psychology in Newport, R.I., in March.

The Association for Psychological Science recently conferred upon Dr. Michael Toglia the title of Fellow. 'To become a Fellow, a person must "make a distinguished contribution to scientifically oriented psychology." And, as APS notes, "Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application." APS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level, has 20,000 members. Among the membership are leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers and administrators.

Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Melissa Hargrove
presented a conference paper titled "We Be Gullah Geechee Anointed People: The Other Side of Heritage Tourism in the Lowcountry South" for the Society of Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., in March.

Dr. Gordon Rakita published his book, "Ancestors and Elites: Emergent Complexity and Ritual Practices in the Casas Grandes Polity," with AltaMira Press, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

Dr. Suzanne Simon presented a conference paper titled "Resisting Wind Parks in Oaxaca, Mexico: Local Inequality as an Obstacle to Addressing Global Climate Issues" for the Society of Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., in March.

Dr. Jenny Stuber presented a conference paper titled "Gender and the Embodiment of Social Class" at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing: Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy,
along with Dr. Peter Wludyka (Mathematics and Statistics), H. Sakhamuri, S. Maddirala, M. Htike, K. Britt,'C. Masnita-Iusan, C. Heilig and N. S. Nahman Jr, published their paper, "Bacteremia Rates in HIV Infected Hemodialysis Patients: A Comparative Analysis of 1996 and 2004 USRDS Datasets," in the proceedings of the American Federation for Medical Research's 2009 Southern Regional Meeting in February.

Dr. Bob Roggio was elected International President of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international computing sciences honor society composed of 244 chapters worldwide. UPE is a sponsor of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, which was held in Stockholm last month.

The 2009 Florida Region Botball tournament competition was at UNF in March. The CCEC annually sponsors the Florida Region Botball Educational Robotics Program and the tournament is its concluding event. Dr. Charles Winton serves as the program's regional director, in addition to chief judge for the Northern California Botball Tournament March 28 in San Jose, Calif.

School of Engineering: Dr. Adel El Safty visited Egypt to meet with personnel from American University in Cairo (AUC) and Alexandria University to develop a study abroad course for UNF civil engineering students.

Jean Fryman hosted 55 visiting students from the Orange Park Engineering Academy March 26. The students were a part of a program that provides professional mentors in architecture, construction management and engineering. The students received a presentation about the engineering profession and the UNF engineering programs.

Drs. Steve Nix and Pat Welsh convened the first Taylor Engineering Research Institute Workshop March 25. Topics included advanced modeling of the atmosphere, waves, coastal ocean and the estuaries of the South Atlantic Bight. Speakers came from five Florida universities, the St. Johns River Water Management District, Taylor Engineering and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

College of Education and Human Services

Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: La'Tara Osborne-Lampkin presented a research paper, "Grievance and Arbitration Practices and Decisions: Outcomes of Rational Decision-making," at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (AEFA) in Nashville in March. She also co-authored two additional papers, "Collective Bargaining and Teacher Mobility" and "Seniority Provisions in Collective Bargaining Agreements and the Teacher Quality Gap," which were also presented at the conference. She also delivered a research paper, "An Examination of Grievance and Arbitration Policies for Dispute Resolution in Florida's School Districts," at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Diego in April. Building on previous work, she co-authored and presented at that same conference a research paper, "Do Provisions in Collective Bargaining Agreements Perpetuate a 'Teacher Quality Gap?'"

Childhood Education: Dr. Candice Carter and Saloshna Vandeyar recently had an article published in the book "Peace Education in Conflict and Post-conflict Societies: Comprehensive Perspectives." The article was titled "Teacher Preparation for Peace Education in South Africa and the United States: Maintaining Commitment, Courage and Compassion." Carter also had three presentations accepted by the American Educational Research Association (AERA): "Seeking Democracy and Democratic Practices in Teacher Education," "Identifying Innovative Spaces for the Development of Peace Education Research and Practice" and "Roundtable Discussion: A Review of Youth Literature for Peace Education." She also has had a book proposal accepted by Palgrave Macmillan, titled "Peace Philosophy in Action."

Dr. Elizabeth Fullerton, with Drs. Maureen Conroy and Vivian Correa, had an article accepted in the Journal of Behavior Disorders called "An Investigation of Early Childhood Teacher's Use of Specific Praise Statements with Children at Risk for Problem Behavior." Fullerton and Dr. Anna Maria Guerrero had an article accepted in Exceptional Parent magazine called "From Diagnosis to Inclusion: Parent Advocacy in Lima, Peru," which is also available online.'In March, Fullerton presented a workshop at the National Training Institute for Young Children with Challenging Behavior. The topic was "Creating a Classroom Environment to Promote Social Competence in Young Children." In addition, Fullerton's Institutional Review Board (IRB) accepted a research project at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) on "Using Video Training to Improve Teacher-Child Interactions." Fullerton and Dr. Caroline Guardino are co-principal investigators for a study called "Modifying the Physical Environment to Reduce Problem Behavior and Increase Academic Engagement in an Inclusive Classroom."

Dr. Wanda Hedrick had an article titled "Interactive Word Walls: More Than Just Reading the Writing on the Walls" recently published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Dr. Katrina Hall talked about whether TV is helpful or harmful to babies while she was a guest speaker on WJXT Channel 4's "Ask the UNF Expert."

Dr.Katie Monnin has been selected as the incoming editor for the Florida Reading Association's Florida Reading Journal, replacing Dr. Katrina Hall, who served the past three years.

Dr. Ronghua "John" Ouyang made three poster presentations at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in March: "Make Statistic Analysis Simple: Solution with a Simple Click on the Screen," "An Administrative Perspective: Creative Use of Blackboard in Education" and "Technology for Teaching and Learning Elementary Mathematics: An Analysis of Online Resources." Ouyang (and a co-writer) also published an article in University Education Science titled "Research and Development of Educational Theories in the United States."

Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: "Deaf Learners: Developments in Curriculum and Instruction," a book written by Dr. Donald Moore and David Martin and published by Gallaudet University Press, is being translated into Japanese.

Good Question

(photo by Mary Ann Rosenthal)Q - From Dorreen Daly (Student Affairs): I noticed that there are the letters "SA" on my parking pass this year for what I think is the first time. Is this to indicate which division I work in (Student Affairs) or is this just a coincidence?

A - From Vince Smyth (Parking Services): The first letter "S" simply tells us this is a 2009-10 permit. Although some letters have been skipped, the alphabet has been used in sequence on permits each year to denote the permit year. Next year's permits will note the letter "T." The second letter "A" tells us this is an annual permit, although it will also be used for summer term, as the expiry date is the same. Fall-term-only permits have an "F" as the second letter and spring-term-only permits have an "S" as the second letter.

Q - From Cindy Chin (UNF Faculty Association): How much memory do our computers have in our hard drive space? Which storage memory is larger: KB, MB or GB? What is the basic memory of the hard drive space?

A - From Alison Cruess (Information Technology Services):
KB is the abbreviation for kilobyte and is equal to 1,024 bytes. MB is the abbreviation for megabyte and is equal to 1,024 kilobytes. GB is the abbreviation for gigabyte and is equal 1,024 MB. Therefore, GB is largest of these three units of measurement, while KB is the smallest of these three units of measurement.

There are two units of measurements smaller than a KB. They are bit and byte. A bit is binary digit, the smallest increment of measurement on a computer. A bit can only hold two values: O or 1 corresponding to the electrical values of 'off' or 'on' respectively. Bits are so small that we rarely work with information one bit at a time. Bits are usually grouped into bundles of eight. A group of eight bits is called byte. A byte contains enough information to store a single character like 'A.'

The hard drives of UNF-owned computers vary in size; most will have at least 80 GBs of storage space. UNF computer hard drives are not backed up nightly. UNF employees are provided with three network drives. They are the I:, O: and N: drives. Some employees will have access to additional drives depending on the needs of their department. The I:, O: and N: drives use letter designations that reflect their use. The I: drive is for an individual employee's files and each employee has 250 MBs of space available. The O: drive is for office (or departmental) files and each employee also has 250 MBs of storage space available. The N: drive is the network-wide drive (think of it as UNF's public drive) and each employee has 100 MBs of storage space available. UNF's network drives are backed up nightly.

Q - From Michael Boyles (Fine Arts Center): Would it be possible to rename the Communications and Visual Arts building on campus (Building 3)? Neither the Communications nor Visual Art departments have been located in the building for more than six years. Actually, there's not even a Visual Arts Department at UNF now, since the name was changed a few years ago to Art and Design. This makes it very confusing for students looking for classes that take place in Building 3, but instead show up at the Fine Arts Center looking for their class. It would be great if it could be renamed before all of the new campus signage is fabricated and in place. I noticed that it's being called Communications and Visual Arts on the new signage.

A - From Zak Ovadia (Facilities Planning and Construction):
The building itself does not have a name, just a number for fire department purposes. What the Good Question is referring to is the name appearing on the way-finding signage prototypes being tested around campus. The prototypes do have typographical errors, and this is one example. Before the final signs go up, we will have all typographical errors corrected, and all buildings will have the appropriate designation.



Welcome to the following employees, who either were hired by UNF or were offered new positions at UNF from mid-March to mid-April:

  • Anthony Ballard, senior store/receiving clerk in Purchasing
  • Paul Codner-KongQuee, groundskeeper for University Housing
  • Joshua Harwell, maintenance mechanic for University Housing
  • William Moses, maintenance mechanic for University Housing
  • Sonia Moyeno, custodial worker for University Housing
  • Lakevia Penn, custodial worker for University Housing
  • Abdool Qadeer, custodial worker for University Housing
  • Kristin Quinn, accounts payable/receivable associate for University Housing
  • Danielle Revills, accounting clerk for the Controller's Office
  • Paul Robbins, law enforcement officer for the University Police Department
  • Latasha Smith, custodial worker for Physical Facilities
  • Synne-Claire Twiggs-Jones, academic adviser for the Academic Center for Excellence
  • Timothy Williams, groundskeeper for Physical Facilities
  • Lakeishia Wilson, custodial worker for Physical Facilities
  • Deborah Wright, custodial worker for University Housing

Milestone Anniversaries
The following employees will celebrate milestone anniversaries at UNF in May:

25 Years:

  • Julia Behler, senior library services associate in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library

20 Years:

  • Missy Purvis, academic support specialist in Academic Affairs

15 Years:

  • Doug Walton, senior library services associate in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library

10 Years:

  • Melba Rowe, parking attendant for University Parking
  • Robert Vestal, groundskeeper for Physical Facilities

Five Years:

  • Mark Crisp, maintenance mechanic for Physical Facilities
  • Diane Denslow, instructor in Management
  • Sarah Dufresne, assistant director of special events in Public Relations
  • Ryan Fairbrother, senior library services associate in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library
  • Jenifer Ross, adjunct instructor for Brooks College of Health
  • Stephanie Royal, coordinator of the educational training program for the Small Business Development Center
  • Chris Wrenn, associate general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel


  • Lisa LaPorte (Coggin College, Career Management Center) completed her master of arts degree in English in April.
  • Chad Learch (Admissions) and Kate Mattingly (International Business) were engaged April 3. A wedding date has not yet been set.
  • Dr. Mark Welliver (Nursing) earned his D.N.P. (doctorate of nursing practice) degree from Texas Christian University in April.