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Osprey Athletics creates buzz on campus

Osprey fans swooping it up at a recent basketball game (photo submitted by UNF Athletics)

The attitude is definitely upbeat in the offices of the UNF Athletics Department. And why not?  In the University's first year of full-fledged Division I status, men's basketball has already posted more wins than last year's team, including a buzzer-beater victory over a conference kingpin. Attendance is up, the crowds and atmosphere at games are spirited, and there's a buzz and an air of excitement about athletics that permeates the University.

The average attendance, counting students, faculty, staff and the general public, for the first seven men's basketball games, most of which were part of a doubleheader with the women's team, was 1,224. Last year, the average attendance was 830 a game for the season. That's almost a 50 percent increase in attendance. Last season, there were perhaps 25 or 30 season tickets for basketball sold. That number has jumped to 300 this year, the University's first year of being eligible to compete in Division I post-season play.

There are probably a lot of reasons for the attendance increase and the buzz about athletics, but one stands out - hard work. The hard work starts at the top with Director of Athletics Lee Moon and is shared by his staff. Moon and his staff have set out to make attending basketball games, the sport currently in season, an enjoyable night out.

Moon saw to it that after a seven-year hiatus the 40-member UNF pep band, known as the Awesome Osprey Band, was back playing at games. There's also a dance and cheer squad called Velocity to entertain fans. A group of about 50 boisterous students who call themselves Prey Nation do their part to create a big-time college atmosphere at home games by cheering on the Ospreys. Moon helped them buy Prey Nation T-shirts to wear at the games.

"My deal is enthusiasm is caught, not taught," Moon said. "I want students, faculty and staff to come out and hear the band and feel the energy in the Arena." After games, Moon goes up to fans and thanks them for coming. He says they give the team the energy to win. "We want everyone to come here [the Arena] and love basketball and love UNF and have an experience they will remember forever. I get fired up. I am proud of my staff who are working hard to get people out."

That experience includes a tailgate area in front of the amphitheater at the Student Union. Students and UNF employees set up tents and grills to tailgate before basketball games. Moon often goes from tent to tent to thank the tailgaters for turning out.

Moon also meets with student clubs and organizations to talk about UNF Athletics. "You start with the student body, and they create the atmosphere."

Moon is low-key enthusiastic and speaks in measured tones. Matthew Driscoll, the men's basketball coach, is just the opposite. He has the energy of a hummingbird, speaks a-mile-a-minute and is so fired up talking UNF sports he makes a listener feel like suiting up and hitting the court. His is a different approach, but he works just as hard as Moon to promote UNF Athletics.

After a game earlier this season when UNF ended the game with a one-point win over perennial Atlantic Sun Conference power Belmont University, Driscoll took a microphone and told the crowd: "Look, we need you more than you'll ever know. Because of you, we got this win tonight. We can't thank you enough for your support."

Jeff Wuerth, assistant athletic director, media relations, said there is a new culture in UNF athletics. "Lee Moon has created a family atmosphere culture on campus and in the community. He has created a good working environment here where everyone can succeed."

Athletics hopes to continue building campus enthusiasm this spring on the baseball field, tennis courts and the track.

No UNF coach has experienced more success than Dusty Rhodes, the University's baseball coach for 23 years. This will be his final season, and UNF will start it off by playing the Ohio State Buckeyes Feb. 19 at Harmon Stadium in the Ospreys' home opener. Rhodes, a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, built the UNF baseball program into a national power. Under his leadership, the Ospreys went to the College World Series twice as an NAIA member and three times in NCAA Division II.

Rhodes' successor, Raymond "Smoke" Laval, is already on the UNF Baseball staff. He'll take over after the 2010 season. Laval is a 30-year veteran college coach with 12 years of Division I experience. He was LSU's coach for five seasons, during which he took the Tigers to two College World Series.

Also on the horizon, UNF hopes the women's tennis team will build on last season's success when the Ospreys finished with an overall record of 16-5 and 8-2 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Tennis season started Saturday.

UNF will for the second year in a row host the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track Championships May 14-15 on the nine-lane Olympic-quality Hodges Stadium track.

Moon is hoping for a big crowd at the track championships. He says he's greedy and optimistic when it comes to drawing fans to UNF athletic events. "I want more. I want to fill the place," he said, referring to the basketball games. "I want to pack it [the Arena] with students, faculty, staff and the community. I want to get where we are getting 4,000 or 5,000 a game."

Why would Moon, who attends every UNF home game, no matter the sport, encourage people to come to a UNF sporting event? "I'd tell them it's the best buy in town," he said with conviction. "If you like to watch kids play and compete at a high level, come out and see us."

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Revisiting UNF's master plan

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UNF's campus has changed dramatically in the last few years. The Student Union and Osprey Fountains are bringing revitalized life to what began as a commuter campus. The new College of Education and Human Services Building and the addition to the Brooks College of Health provided new classrooms, labs, health services, study areas and faculty offices. These improvements and other campus additions did not happen randomly. They were a part of UNF's Master Plan, a living, changing document that guides the University through strategic growth.  

Once a decade, UNF creates a new Master Plan that outlines the growth of the campus for the next 10 years. The plan gets updated every five years. Currently, the University is starting that process by asking students, faculty, staff, alums, donors and other interested
parties what the campus should look like 10 years from now.

Twice a month since August, Zak Ovadia, director of Facilities Planning and Construction, and representatives of Ayers Saint Gross Architects and Planners, a Baltimore consulting firm assisting with the Master Plan, have conducted informational question-and-answer focus groups open to the campus community. The next opportunity to attend a Master Plan meeting will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the Student Union, Building 58W, Ballrooom C, Room 3703. The meeting will last until 4 p.m. The sessions will continue until next August. Times, dates and locations for the focus groups will be announced in Campus Update, Student Update and the Spinnaker. There have been nine sessions so far.

"I thought the master planning meetings were a great way to inform the campus community of the concept plan being designed by the planning team," said Dr. Radha Pyati, a chemistry professor and director of the Environmental Center, who attended a focus group session. "The campus [Master Plan team and administrators] places a high priority on sustainable growth and sensitivity to our natural environment and the planning team explained how they were applying those ideas to our campus design."

The Master Plan is a vision of the growth of the campus based on anticipated increases in student population, needs for academic facilities and infrastructure and the impact of the growth on the environment and surrounding community.

The Master Plan includes construction of a new Science and Humanities Building to house the Biology Department, which is now in Buildings 3 and 4. Ovadia said project is early in the design phase and work is expected to begin in August and be completed by December 2011. The three-story building will be located just north of the existing Social Sciences Building in an area now designated for parking as part of Lot 7. As a result of the new building, 76 parking spaces will be lost. Some of these spaces will be replaced through a reconfiguration of the flagpole loop area directly to the north of Lot 7 and south of the Science and Engineering Building.

 The building will consist of 115,000 square feet of teaching and research laboratories, preparation rooms for the labs, offices and administrative support space, classrooms and a rooftop greenhouse. The estimated construction budget for the Science and Humanities building project is $30 million.

 Ovadia said the building is expected to meet or exceed the standards for a LEED silver certification. The LEED green building rating system is set up to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of building and improving occupant health and well-being.

"We have reached a fork in the road," Ovadia said. "The growth in the campus depends on the decisions made today. Where can we go to accommodate the growth in the student population? Which direction can we go?"  Ovadia agrees with Pyati's comments about the environment. "Part of our responsibility to future generations is to be good stewards of the environment in which we are located."

At the Master Plan focus groups, which last anywhere from an hour to three hours, Ovadia asks participants what they like about campus and what changes they would like to see. He also asks them what bothers them most about campus. Students are asked what made them decide to come to UNF. Approximately 100 faculty, staff and students have attended the sessions.

At one focus group, Ovadia was asked if the University could build 15-story high-rise buildings on campus to save space. He was also asked about constructing a building on the Green. Ovadia passes on the information from the focus groups to the president's leadership team, which is comprised of the University's vice presidents.

"Oh, the process is very successful," Ovadia answered quickly to a question about how the entire Master Plan review/update. "We have a very experienced consultant working with us. We are getting good feedback from the campus community at large, and we have the support of the [president's leadership team]. There is never a 'new Master Plan.' It is always a permutation of the previous rendition." In this case, it is a permutation of the 2005 to 2015 Master Plan.

The final step in the process comes in August when Ovadia will make a presentation on the Master Plan to the UNF Board of Trustees for approval. The trustees make their decision based on Ovadia's presentation and the recommendation of President Delaney and his leadership team. Ovadia said the trustees make their decision immediately on whether to accept the Master Plan update. "Everything has been positive," Ovadia said of the Master Plan process. "The experience has been very positive."

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In-kind contributions benefit campus

Radiologic technologist Anthony Morrison reviews a student's chest X-ray (photo by Josh Balduf); and below, J.B. Coxwell stands at the new Student Union amphitheater (photo by Fructuoso Navarro)


As The Power of Transformation campaign enters 2010, signs of its impact are beginning to be evident on campus.

Of course students are benefiting in a number of ways, including more scholarships and chances to participate in Transformational Learning Opportunities.

However, one aspect of the ongoing $110 million initiative that might not be immediately apparent is in-kind contributions. To date, more than $4.8 million of in-kind contributions have been made to the campaign, assisting the campus in a variety of ways.

For example, new X-ray equipment that the Florida Radiation Oncology Group donated to Student Health Services is helping to diagnose a variety of conditions.

When a 21-year-old student arrived at the Student Health Services complaining of chest pains, Director Dr. Fred Beck and Mayo Clinic resident Dr. Alex Waite knew they were equipped to handle the situation. Instead of having to refer the student to another facility for an X-ray, they were able to diagnose the problem on site using the equipment donated by the Florida Radiation Oncology Group.

The UNF medical team determined from the X-ray that the student was suffering from a collapsed lung. Fortunately, the problem resolved itself spontaneously, Beck said.  However, because of the X-ray results, Beck said they were able to rule out other potential causes of chest pain and save the student from the additional anxiety and substantial expense a referral elsewhere would have created.

Beck said the donated X-ray equipment, valued at slightly more than $100,000, has been an invaluable tool for Student Health Services. He said it also comes in handy for suspected cases of pneumonia or determining the extent of injured extremities when fractures are suspected.

The Florida Radiation Oncology Group is headed by Dr. Shyam Paryani, who has a long involvement with UNF, especially with the Brooks College of Health where he serves on the Dean's Council. In 2007, the University honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

"Since our main area of clinical expertise is radiology, this was a natural fit," Paryani said, noting he was glad to be able to make an in-kind contribution to the campaign. "UNF is an undervalued treasure. There may be bigger schools that get more attention, but UNF is one of our most valuable community resources."

Another more visible example is the recently completed 100,000-square-foot amphitheater adjacent to the new Student Union. J. B. Coxwell Contracting Inc., one of the area's largest contractors, donated its work to create the venue. The work included moving about 80,000 square yards of earth and enlarging the nearby lake. That amounted to about 6,000 truckloads of dirt. A dozen workers toiled on the project for nearly three months.

The final price tag for the pro-bono work came to $450,000. In honor of the company's donation, the amphitheater has been named the J. B. Coxwell Amphitheater.

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UNF's baseball field named after legendary coach

UNF Baseball Coach Dusty Rhodes (photo by Mario Peralta)


The Department of Athletics announced this week that the baseball field at Harmon Stadium will be named after Hall of Fame coach Dusty Rhodes. The new name of UNF's baseball complex will be Dusty Rhodes Field at Harmon Stadium.  

The field will be dedicated at UNF's home baseball game Saturday, March 6, against Alcorn State.

"With this being Dusty's final year, we wanted to do something to show our appreciation for the job he has done from forming a team and taking it from NAIA all the way to full Division I," said Athletics Director Lee Moon.  "He is a Hall of Fame coach with a ton of accolades and we felt as a University that this was a small way to pay homage to a man who literally built the program from scratch."

Rhodes started UNF's program at the NAIA level in 1988. He took that opportunity and built the program into a national powerhouse en route to becoming one of the most successful coaches in college baseball history.

"I have been lucky to receive an opportunity that most people never get - to build a program from the ground up at a great academic school," said Rhodes.

"I had a chance to play some great teams over the years. Our kids have played well and they have represented the University of North Florida well, and that's what we really tried to do. It is always going to be my school and who I'll be rooting for. I have one more year, and we are going to go out and play hard and see what happens."  

Rhodes has guided UNF to 16 postseason appearances, including five trips to the College World Series (two in NAIA and three in NCAA Division II). In January of 2009, his peers chose him to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 for his outstanding contributions as the head coach of Palm Beach Junior College.  

In 2005, Rhodes finished as the national runner-up in the Division II College World Series, falling in the championship game. In his other four World Series appearances, Rhodes led the Ospreys to third-place finishes out of eight participating teams.  

He has also pushed the Ospreys to six conference championships, seven No. 1 rankings (three in NAIA and four in Division II) and has coached 22 All-Americans while compiling an 879-420 record at UNF and an overall mark of 1,182-538 in 30 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

Rhodes upped the ante after establishing an extraordinary NCAA Division II resume and continued to build UNF into a rising star and giant killer in Division I. Since the Ospreys began their Division I march in 2006, UNF has recorded nine victories over ranked teams; owns a 4-3 record against in-state rival and SEC power Florida; put itself in position to qualify for the Atlantic Sun Tournament every year; compiled a 59-45 record at home; and boasted nine all-conference performers.  

Last season, Rhodes led the Ospreys to wins over No. 6 Florida State, No. 13 Miami and No. 23 Florida, marking the first time in school history that UNF recorded wins over all three of those state schools in the same season.  

Rhodes has been recognized throughout his career as his conference's or district's coach of the year eight times. In the Peach Belt Conference, he earned coach of the year honors in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005. When the Ospreys played in District 25 in NAIA, he was named coach of the year in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992.

He also earned his region's coach of the year honor in 2000, 2001 and 2005 after leading UNF to the Division II World Series each year. In 1989 and 1991, he was tabbed the Rawlings NAIA Area V Coach of the Year.

In addition to his success in the college game, Rhodes has been heavily involved in international amateur baseball. Rhodes served as head coach of the Greek Olympic team at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. He returned to serve as the head coach of the Greek National Team in the 2005 European Championships. He was also an assistant for Greece in 2002 and 2003 and also served as an assistant coach for the 1996 Australian Olympic Team. In 1993, 1994 and 2001, he was an assistant coach for the USA National Team.

Rhodes has also been named Florida Diamond Club NAIA Coach of the Year four times (1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992), Diamond Sports Co. Area Coach of the Year twice (1989 and 1991) and Florida Sports Amateur Coach of the Year in 2001.

Rhodes began coaching in 1969 as an assistant coach at Florida Southern College, his alma mater. He joined PBJC as an assistant in 1974 and was named head baseball coach in 1975. During his seven years there, Rhodes compiled a record of 303-118, leading the school to a No. 1 national junior college ranking in 1979. He was named a junior college All-Star coach in 1976, 1977 and 1980.

Between 1982 and 1987, Rhodes was an assistant baseball coach at the University of Florida before being selected to begin the UNF baseball program.

Rhodes received an associate of arts degree from PBJC in 1966, a bachelor's degree in physical education from Florida Southern College in 1969 and a master's degree in education from Florida Atlantic in 1973. He taught physical education in Palm Beach County from 1969 to 1975.

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'Porgy & Bess' celebrates 75th anniversary performance at UNF

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To celebrate the 75th anniversary of George Gershwin's enduring masterpiece, veteran opera producer Michael Capasso, general director of New York's vibrant Dicapo Opera, is mounting a new production of "Porgy and Bess." The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the Fine Arts Center's Lazzara Performance Hall.

Passion, jealousy, murder and poverty make up the heady brew of this evocative story. Porgy, a downtrodden but generous beggar, haunts the streets known as "Catfish Row," a poor district of early 20th century segregated Charleston, S.C. Ardently in love with the prostitute Bess, Porgy has to share his affections with her violent former lover Crown and the roguish suitor "Sportin' Life."

Written by George Gershwin to a libretto by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, "Porgy and Bess" has enjoyed spectacular fame around the world since its first modest production in New York City in October 1935. This operatic masterpiece has spawned a string of hit songs that have become international icons of the American tradition, including "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "Summertime."

Capasso, a driving force behind myriad projects produced by Dicapo Opera Theatre, extols the virtues of "Porgy and Bess."

"Irresistible in its melodies, moving in its depiction of love's power in the face of all odds, 'Porgy and Bess' stands before the world as the greatest opera ever written by a native-born American," Capasso said. "It has long been a dream of mine to produce this quintessentially American operatic classic, and I hope and trust that audiences all across the country will share my enthusiasm for this new production of George Gershwin's true masterpiece."

Although Gershwin had hoped for "Porgy and Bess" to be premiered at the Metropolitan Opera, his plans were thwarted by the sudden death of Metropolitan Opera Board Chairman Otto Kahn. The opera toured Europe as well as North and South America throughout the 1950s, and it was the first work by an American to be produced at La Scala in Milan, Italy. It enjoyed tremendous success at the Vienna Volksoper, Leningrad's Palace of Culture and London's Stoll Theatre, and it was this tour that launched the career of Leontyne Price.

In its 75-year history, no other opera or musical has employed more African-Americans. The work was not widely accepted in the United States as "real" opera until 1976, when the Houston Grand Opera staged "Porgy and Bess" with the original score and orchestration. Nine years later, the Met gave its first performance of the work, including it in its Saturday afternoon live broadcast series.

Individual tickets are $45 to $68 for the general public and $15 for students, and UNF employees receive a 15 percent discount. For complete information or to purchase single tickets, visit or call the UNF Ticket Box Office at ext. 2878.

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'Marilyn mania' arrives at MOCA Jacksonville

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, reintroduces Marilyn Monroe, one of the 20th century's most iconic actresses, to a new generation this winter through an upcoming art exhibition and award-winning one-person play.

The art exhibition "Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe" runs through Sunday, April 4, capturing the beauty, sensuality and vulnerability of an American icon often described as the sexiest woman of the 20th century. During her lifetime, Monroe captured the attention of the world's top photographers, who snapped shots of the dazzling star on the sets of her films and in more intimate moments. A visual voyage of her rise to stardom, the exhibition features the most famous photographs of Monroe from the most recognizable moments of her film career.

Exhibition highlights include Douglas Kirkland's bed sheet shot, "One Night with Marilyn," Bert Stern's poignant "The Last Sitting," showing a glowing Monroe with a champagne glass in hand taken six weeks before her death, and, of course, Andy Warhol's "Marilyns."

"People have become accustomed today to high-profile, talented celebrities with troubled lives, living under incredible media scrutiny of their public and private lives, and, who, sometimes meet an early demise," said MOCA Director Debbie Broder. "This exhibition explores those aspects of Marilyn's life and showcases why her story remains relevant to this day."

Further bringing Monroe to life will be "Marilyn: Forever Blonde," a one-woman play that tells the actress' story in her own words and music, running every weekend starting Wednesday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, March 7. The San Francisco Daily News hailed the play as "one of the greatest performances of the modern stage" and it has played to sold-out houses all over the world, most recently in London's West End. Lead actress Sunny Thompson has won three Best Acting awards for her true-to-life performance, and the show has been named the "Theatrical Event of the Year."

"This is Marilyn's story in her own words and music, not studio press agent hype and not the words of hundreds of authors who have attempted to tell her story from their own personal point of view," said Greg Thompson, writer and producer of the play. "This story line has been painstakingly researched from hundreds of quotes from Marilyn herself and the lavish production is a recreation of what might have been Marilyn's last chance to tell her story in her own words."

Tickets for the play are $29 for members, $34 for non-members and $24 for students and military. They can be purchased online at or by calling (904) 366-6911, ext. 209.


COEHS Building obtains certified LEED Gold status

College of Education and Human Services Dean Larry Daniel in the new Education Building (photos by Josh Balduf)


UNF's new College of Education and Human Services Building earned LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U. S. Green Building Council. It is the first building on the UNF campus to achieve a Gold rating, the second-highest certification awarded.
The 107,000-square-foot, three-story building that cost $18 million includes teaching labs, faculty offices, meeting rooms and support spaces.
"It's an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of the University's commitment to be a progressive and an environmentally conscious institution," said Zak Ovadia, director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction. "Our eco-friendly approach to our construction projects and resulting certifications illustrate the University's strong role in the stewardship of our natural environment on campus."    
With this latest certification, there are now four campus buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Currently, Parking Services is the only Silver-certified building; however, two other buildings-Osprey Fountains and the Student Union-are presently going through the certification process and are striving to achieve the Silver rating, the third-highest awarded. The highest rating is Platinum.
The Social Sciences Building and the Brooks College of Health addition received basic certification. The Social Sciences Building opened in the fall of 2006 as the first LEED-certified facility in Northeast Florida and was the first "green" building on campus.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary third-party rating system where credits are earned for satisfying specified green-building criteria. Projects are evaluated within six environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.


UNF's new keyboard lab on cutting edge

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The UNF Music Department's piano lab is the first in the country to feature the Yamaha Clavinova CVP500 series digital piano. UNF recently received 25 of Yamaha's newest and most advanced pianos.

Dr. Erin K. Bennett said Yamaha makes one of the most state-of-the-art digital piano labs in the country, and to have the latest model of keyboards from the top manufacturer puts UNF on the cutting edge of piano technology.

With the push of a button or two, a music instructor can listen in on an individual student's piano practice, coach a group of students on an ensemble piece, or pair students up to work together - all without leaving his or her own keyboard station.

The new keyboards also allow both MIDI and digital recording to flash drive and allow for orchestrations, voicings and rhythms that were not possible in the former lab. The sound quality of the hundreds of different instruments on the keyboard is far superior to previous models and other brands.

"The new instruments have drastically altered our Class Piano courses. They have changed the overall tone of the class, affected the pacing, and certainly boosted class camaraderie as students have more opportunities to work in groups," Bennett said.


UNF Bookstore now open 24/7 - sort of

A student purchases supplies at the new Bookstore vending machine (photo by Josh Balduf).



Anyone needing Blue Books, Scantron forms, pencils, pens, note cards and even over-the-counter medicine can now purchase them 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the UNF Bookstore. A new vending machine located in the Arts and Sciences Building, Building 8, Room 1101-A (next to the old Bookstore location) offers these and other miscellaneous items that students, faculty or staff might need.

Faculty and Staff

Brooks College of Health

Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences: Drs. James Churilla and Peter Magyari attended the American College of Sports Medicine mid-winter working meeting in Indianapolis for members of the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards. Churilla worked as a member of the ACSM Publications committee preparing for the release of several new ACSM publications, while Magyari worked as a member of the Exam Development Committee, writing and editing exam questions for the five ACSM International Certification Qualifying Exams in Exercise Science. Churilla also published a paper titled "Peripheral Artery Disease: Exercise is Medicine" in the American College of Sports Medicine's Health and Fitness Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1.

Dr. Rose Marie Rine was invited as distinguished faculty to speak in January at the Royal Society of Medicine Conference in London.  She spoke on "Vestibular Deficits and Reading in Children" and provided a one-day workshop on "Balance - Evaluation and Intervention" at the British Association of Pediatric Audiology.

Nursing: Drs. Judy Comeaux, Barbara J. Kruger, Doreen Radjenovic and community pediatrician Karen H. Toker published their research "School Nurses Who Only Care for Children with Special Needs: Working in a Teacher's World" in the Journal of School Nursing, Vol. 25, No. 6 (December 2009).  Kruger and Drs. Connie Roush, Barbara J. Olinzock and Kathaleen Bloom published "Engaging Nursing Students in a Long-term Relationship with a Home-base Community" as the leading article in the Journal of Nursing Education, Vol. 49, No. 1 (January 2010). The article describes the UNF Community Nursing Home-base Model Flagship Program. Also, in December Kruger received the Brooks College of Health Service Award, and Dr. Jan Meires received the college's Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Coggin College of Business

Accounting & Finance:
Dr. Jeff Michelman received the Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Case Research Journal from the North American Case Research Association.

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Laali was selected by the National Science Foundation as a panel reviewer for the NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2009-2010 competition.

Communication: Christine Holland presented a paper titled "Canonical Correlation Analysis and Multiple Regression Analysis: Moving from One Dependent Variable to Multiple Dependent Variables" to the Mid South Educational Research Association in Baton Rouge.

Criminology & Criminal Justice:
Dr. Daniel Pontzer published an article titled: "A Theoretical Test of Bullying Behavior: Parenting, Personality, and the Bully/Victim Relationship" in the Journal of Family Violence.

History: Dr. Alison J. Bruey published "Neoliberalism and Repression in 'Poblaciones' of Santiago de Chile" in the Stockholm Review of Latin American Studies, No. 5 (September 2009).

Dr. Theophilus C. Prousis presented a paper, "Russia and the Eastern Crisis of the 1820s: A British Perspective," at the National Convention for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Boston in November. His invited guest lecture, "Eastern Orthodoxy Under Siege in the Ottoman Levant: A View from Constantinople in 1821," appeared in print in the Modern Greek Studies Yearbook for the Fourteenth Annual James W. Cunningham Memorial Lecture on Eastern Orthodox History and Culture at the University of Minnesota, Vol. 24/25 (2008/2009).

Psychology: Dr. Michael Toglia presented "Effects of Presentation Mode on Veridical and False Memory" at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston in November.

Sociology & Anthropology: Dr. Melissa D. Hargrove published "Mapping the 'Social Field of Whiteness': White Racism as Habitus in the City Where History Lives" in Transforming Anthropology, Vol. 17, No. 2.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Construction Management:
Drs. David Lambert, Robert Richardson and Pat Welsh, along with Mike Toth, electrical engineering graduate student, conducted a field demonstration of the Rapid Assessment Team Video Vehicle (RATV2) at the Region Three Quarterly Meeting of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Terry Smith is also a member of the RATV2 development team. Emergency managers from northeast Florida counties, cities and agencies attended the meeting at the new Baker County Emergency Operations Center. The RATV2 was developed to support the field data collection activities associated with the Advanced Weather Information Systems Lab's (AWISLab) Hurricane Damage Assessment and Recovery Research Team (HDAART).

School of Engineering: Dr. Chiu Choi was appointed associate editor for the 42nd IEEE Southeastern Symposium on System Theory.  IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world's largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Dr. James Fletcher served as the faculty adviser for three mechanical engineering students (Thomas Trask, Jonathan Drew Smith and Guillermo Varela) who placed first in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Southeast Regional student robot design competition. The UNF team beat schools such as the University of Florida, the University of Tennessee and Clemson University. The UNF team advanced to the ASME international competition, but ran into an electrical problem and did not place.

Jean Fryman and UNF students from the Society of Women Engineers visited Girls Inc. of Jacksonville to discuss friction. Fryman gave a talk titled "What is an Engineer Anyway?" The School of Engineering Outreach invited Englewood High School Advanced Placement physics students to tour the robotics and senior design labs. Fryman again presented "What is an Engineer Anyway?" and UNF Admissions and Financial Aid provided an overview on UNF. The School of Engineering Outreach also gave a brief presentation to local Boy Scout dens in conjunction with activities they needed in order to complete their engineering badges.

Dr. Mike Jackson, along with B. Choubane and C. Holzschuher, published a paper titled "Assessment of Precision of Circular Track Meter and Dynamic Friction Tester" in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR No. 2093, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2009, ISSN 0361-1981, ISBN 978-0-309-12624-3, DOI: 10.3141/2093-14), available online at Jackson also received the H. W. Kummer Lecture Award for his presentation "Pursue Perfection and Implement What We Understand Now" at the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) conference in December.

Dr. Dean J. Krusienski gave an invited lecture, "BCI Research at the Wadsworth Center: Developments in Noninvasive Communication and Control, Workshop on Brain-Machine Interfaces for Space Applications," at the European Space Agency's ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Centre) in Noordwijk, Netherlands. Also, the research abstract by Krusienski and J. Shihd (Mayo Clinic), "Electrocorticography in a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Paradigm," was presented by Shihd at the American Epilepsy Society in Boston.

Dr. Susan Vasana and Albert Ritzhaupt had their paper, "A Case Study of a Method for Hybrid Peer-evaluation in Engineering Education," published in the World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2009.  Vasana also gave an invited presentation on Chinese New Year traditions and celebration to a first-grade class at the Jacksonville Country Day School and had discussions with administrators about involving UNF in the school's annual engineering fair.

School of Computing: Drs. Karthikeyan Umapathy and F. Layne Wallace had their paper, "Role of Web Server in Capstone Course," published in the proceedings of the Information Systems Educators Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., in November.  Umapathy, Lisa Jamba and Dr. Albert D. Ritzhaupt had their paper, "Factors that Persuade and Deter Membership in Professional Computing Associations," published in the proceedings of the Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR), which also took place in Washington, D.C., in November.

Drs. Arturo Sanchez-Ruiz and Alex Schonning (School of Engineering) along with their students were the recipients of the inaugural Dean's Leadership Council faculty-student research awards. The awards consist of a $2,000 stipend for the faculty member, a $1500 stipend for the student as well as $1,000 for expenses.

College of Education and Human Services

Childhood Education:
Dr. Gigi Morales David was invited to participate in this year's Jacksonville Premier Book Festival as a children's book author and will be interviewed by Melissa Ross at WJCT in conjunction with this event (

Dr. Candice Carter recently received a book contract with the Charlotte, N.C., publisher Information Age.  The book is titled "Holding the World Together: Visionary Learning for Peace Through Social Education."

Dr. Katie Monnin has been asked to write a monthly review of new graphic novels and to provide teaching ideas/strategies for teachers to use them in their classrooms. The first monthly review and teaching tip column can be accessed at In January, Monnin was the guest author at the Colonial Plaza Market Center's Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Orlando for a book-signing/discussion event featuring her book "Teaching Graphic Novels."

Drs. Lunetta Williams, Wanda Hedrick and Katrina Hall presented "The Development of an Observation Instrument to Measure Reading Engagement During Independent Reading Time" at the 2009 Annual Conference for the American Reading Forum in December, "Redefining Diversity: Going Beyond Language, Literacy and Culture," in Sanibel Island.

Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: Dr. Caroline Guardino completed a "Magnify" project with the faculty in the elementary department of Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, presenting information on how the classroom environment influences academic learning and positive and negative behaviors; and consulting with teachers in their classrooms about how they could make changes to improve student learning. Guardino also presented reading assessment tools to use with students who have a hearing loss to the Duval County Public School Itinerant teachers for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Get to Know

JoAnn Nolin

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Department: Public Health
Department Chair
Years at UNF:

What do you do at UNF?
I support the efforts of the Public Health faculty as we prepare students for careers in health education and promotion, mental health counseling, and health services management.

Tell us about your family.
I have two daughters and a son. I have grandsons who are 8 and 18 and a 6-month-old granddaughter. My oldest grandson is planning to attend UNF next fall. His mother and I both have degrees from UNF so he will be a third-generation Osprey.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
I have been fortunate in that I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings during my career. I am a nurse with experience in adult and neonatal care and served as director of education for a local hospital. I am also an attorney and practiced in the area of facility and practitioner regulation. The ability to bring those two areas together and teach in the areas of health law and long term care management has provided me the opportunity to use what I learned in my prior roles in the classroom at UNF. I cannot think of anyplace else I would rather be.   

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
My favorite thing about working at UNF is the challenge that teaching presents. A constantly changing health-care environment and students that are increasingly technologically adept requires a constant commitment to continuing education on the part of faculty.

What would you like to do when you retire?
I would like to spend a lot of time in Wisconsin with my granddaughter and spend some serious time painting.

What is the best thing you ever won?
I won a really nice set of wrenches at an eldercare conference.

If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing?

Probably working in a law firm specializing in eldercare law.

What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
I read constantly because I do not do "idle" very well. I also paint, mostly watercolors and oils.

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

I lived in Japan as a child. School field trips included visits to glass blowing factories, silkworm farms and rides on the bullet trains to museums in Tokyo.

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

Don't laugh. My first concert was an American Idol concert. It was way too loud. It will probably be my last.

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

I am fairly decent at plumbing repairs.

What person had the greatest impact on your life?
My father. He believed I could achieve anything I wanted. I tried hard to do well so I would not disappoint him.  

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
I met Alan Hale of Hale-Bopp comet fame when he was 2 years old. I was 12.  Our fathers were both in the Air Force and we lived in Okinawa at the time.

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

Enter a juried art show.

What's the last book you read?
Goodwin's "Team of Rivals"

Good Question

Feb good question booted


Q:  From James Robinson, business resumption analyst for ITS -- If someone is illegally parked in a great parking spot, UPD "boots" the car, leaving it taking up the good parking space for up to 30 days! Why doesn't UPD have the car towed away, and then boot it there?

A:  From Vince Smyth, director of Parking Services --
Parking regulation 9.0090R I (1) (o) provides the direction for towing from a parking space. This states that towing may occur after a wheel lock device (boot) has been in place for 20 or more days and the owner has not satisfied requirements to have the device removed. By the way, it is actually Parking Services, not UPD, that "boots" vehicles.

Q:  From Dorreen Daly, coordinator of marketing publications for Student Affairs -- What is the purpose of making both exits from the parking garage near the Arena right-hand turns? It prohibits everyone leaving the garage from heading directly toward 9A and sends all traffic from that garage south toward the Kernan exit requiring either a full loop around the campus or a u-turn for those who need to go 9A to head home or even to go to Town Center. I understand from a safety and logistical standpoint why it might be advantageous to make the exit on the Arena side a right-turn only, especially during special events such as graduations, but it doesn't seem necessary to prohibit a left from the exit nearer the Science and Engineering Building.

A:  From Chief John Dean of the University Police Department --
The University made the decision to do this due to the heavy pedestrian traffic by the garage at peak times.

Q:  From Jill Jackson, director of development for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction -- Parking on campus has become a great challenge, especially for visitors. Has there been consideration to offering valet parking for VIPs and other guests to campus?

A:  Also from Smyth --
A valet service has been considered and we did have some discussions with a third party a couple of years ago, but there were a number of issues and challenges that prevented these discussions from going beyond the conceptual stage. Certainly any set-up would require that core spaces be allocated resulting in fewer spaces for students, faculty and staff. There is a registered guest program (/parking/Registered_Guest_Parking.aspx) that departments can use to provide for known guests.

Q:  From Bob Farnsworth, library services specialist for the Carpenter Library -- Are there any plans to do something about the flooding in the entrance off UNF drive going toward Garage 44? It invariably occurs when it rains. Yesterday, someone in a small car stalled in front of me, which wasn't all that surprising considering the water was halfway up her tires!  This isn't the first time I've seen people having problems trying to enter or exit there.

A: From John Hale, interim director of Physical Facilities --
Silt has accumulated in the drainage structure and it will be cleared this week (response provided Jan. 25).



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


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Milestone Anniversaries

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

25 years:

LaVonne Frison, Office Manager, Human Resources

20 years:

Franscine Green

Custodial Worker, University Housing

15 years:

Tom Cain

Information Specialist, Public Relations

10 years:

Sandra Wirth

Coordinator, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Five years:

Ana Guzman

Coordinator of Accounting, Controller

Stephanie Howell, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, General Counsel

Dorothy Jenner, Senior Registered Nurse, Student Health Services


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


Cynthia Alderson, Director of Military Vets Program Services, Student Affairs

Helena Angell, Assistant Professor, Communication

John Archer, Adjunct, Brooks College of Health

Alice Bayne, Adjunct, Brooks College of Health

Maureen Bellantoni, Adjunct, Management

Laura Berthiaume, Coordinator, Alumni Services

Gerald Bialka, Instructor, Economics

Cynthia Block, Office Assistant, Enrollment Services

William Cannon, Adjunct, Civil Engineering

Kayla Champaigne, Administrative Secretary, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Mark Creegan, Instructor, Art and Design

Rebecca Douberly-Gorman, Adjunct, Sociology and Anthropology

David English, Adjunct, Electrical Engineering

Laura Fox, Coordinator of Greek Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life

Donald Frazier, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

Lisa Haggerty, Assistant Director, Small Business Development Center

Olivia Hagos, Adjunct, Brooks College of Health

David Hovan, Adjunct, Management

Reginald Johnson, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities

Dwayne Lampley, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Mark Leininger, Instructor, Accounting and Finance

Timothy Martin, Adjunct, Accounting and Finance

Jessica McMillan, Adjunct, Brooks College of Health

Philip Mihalik, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities

James Montgomery, Instructor, Physics

James Moore, Coordinator, Intercollegiate Athletics

Meghan Niemczyk, Coordinator of Academic Support Services, Nursing

John Pass, Adjunct, Psychology

Stephanie Price, Accountant, Controller's Office

Zo Din Sanga, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Vincent Shea, Assistant Professor, Economics

Jonathan Shockley, Parking Attendant, University Parking

Veleka Spivey, Program Assistant, Student Government

Annie Tuttle, Adjunct, Sociology and Anthropology

Angela Weatherspoon, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Deborah Wegmann, Adjunct, Biology

Jesse Whittaker, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing

Sherrod Williams, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

Derrick Willoughby, Buyer, Purchasing

Norman Zeller, Adjunct, Communication


Julie Carter (One-Stop Student Services) and her husband, Dennie, proudly announce the birth of their first child, Ramona Virginia Carter (pictured below at left), who was born Aug. 25. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long.


Bill Delaney (Enrollment Services Processing) proudly announces his engagement to Katie Healy (One-Stop). The couple (pictured below, second from left) plans to wed in November.


Anne Sheridan Fugard, director of Study Abroad International Business Flagship Program in the Coggin College of Business, and James Fugard (MBA 2010) welcomed their first child, Benjamin Law Fugard, Nov. 11. Anne also earned her doctorate in educational leadership at UNF in December.


Litel and Marie (Guice) Mobley (COEHS Office of Educational Field Experiences) were married Nov. 14 in Jacksonville. The bride is a program assistant for the Urban Internship Program and the groom is retired from Florida East Coast Railroad. The couple (pictured below with cake) will honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, in Jul


Erin Jones (Admissions) and Joel Jones (Human Resources) proudly announce the birth of their first child, Emma Renee Jones (pictured below at right), who was born Nov. 21. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.


Jennifer Urbano (Academic Affairs) and Marco Urbano (Information Technology Services) proudly announce the birth of their second child, Olivia Simone Urbano, who was born Jan. 7. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.


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Finding the right diet for you in 2010

Judy Rodriguez


Do you want to lose weight? Do you really want to make it a permanent change this time? If so, what can you do to make that a reality? First, start the year with a decision to create an overall healthy lifestyle for yourself, not just a diet.

Here's what Dr. Judy Rodriguez, nutrition professor and author of "The Diet Selector," has to say about selecting the right diet for you.

What is the best weight-loss diet for me?

The best weight-loss plan is one that is a variation of how you usually eat. The plan should be based on your lifestyle, and the foods in the plan should be foods you like and commonly eat. The best weight-loss plan is one that has been specifically designed for you with the help of a knowledgeable health professional such as a registered dietitian. If you want to include physical activity, make sure it is something you enjoy and can easily incorporate into your daily life.

How can I create a realistic weight-loss goal?

A realistic weight-loss goal is a key to success. First and foremost, it should be safe. A safe weight-loss plan includes two pounds of weight loss per week. So, if you want to lose 20 pounds, it will take you about 10 weeks. Then determine how you want to lose weight. Will it be primarily through diet modification-perhaps decreasing specific foods; behavior change-perhaps walking when bored instead of eating; or some other technique? The ideal long-term plan includes a combination diet modification, behavior change and physical activity, but your personal situation may determine which and how much of each element you will incorporate in your plan.

What do I consider when selecting a diet plan?

Here are four easy tips for selecting your right plan:


  • First, you want the plan to teach you how to eat foods in a way that also manages weight. Make sure the diet includes a variety of foods from different food groups, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy or dairy substitutes and meat or meat substitutes. These food groups are important for long-term healthy eating. 
  • Make sure that some of the foods you like are included in the plan, but in moderate amounts. 
  • You also need to make sure that the plan provides a variety of options within each food group. You don't want to be stuck eating the same foods all the time.
  • Make sure the plan can be adjusted if you are eating alone, eating with family members, eating at home, eating in a restaurant or enjoying a party.

Should the diet be long-term?

Yes! The right diet for you is one that you can follow long term. Otherwise, you'll just gain weight again once you go off your diet. When considering a diet, ask yourself if you can imagine yourself eating that way for the rest of your life. For example, if the diet is based on a special soup, how likely are you to make that and eat it every day of your life? Not likely. Skip it. Go for something you can do long term.

What's all the fuss about diets having to be scientifically sound?

Despite many weight-loss claims, few weight-loss diets have actually been demonstrated to be effective. Unfortunately there are no magic pills, no melting away or sleeping off fat. The research does support that small changes that focus on behavior modification, some diet changes and the inclusion of physical activity promote weight loss and long-term weight management. Don't assume that because a diet is popular that it has been scientifically proven to be effective or that it's safe. Consult a registered dietitian and your physician. Buy another diet book and the only thing you may be losing is your money.

Every month, the column "Ask UNF" runs in Inside and The Florida Times-Union, promoting the expertise of UNF faculty and staff. If you have questions about selecting the right diet for you, contact Dr. Rodriguez at

Sponsored Research

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the following grants and contracts:

Cheryl Fountain (Florida Institute of Education), Jacksonville Journey Evaluation Program, Early Learning Coalition of Duval, $99,881; Product Development and Distribution Project for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Education Program, 2009-2010, Florida Department of Education, $11,000; and School Readiness Technical Assistance and Support Initiative 2009-2010 (ARRA), Agency for Workforce Innovation/US Department of Health and Human Services, $284,970

Chitra Balasubramanian (Athletic Training and Physical Therapy), "Brooks Professorship 2009: Use of 'The Community Balance and Mobility Scale' for Evaluation of Balance and Walking in Community-Dwelling Older Adults," UNF Foundation $54,000

Rose Marie Rine (Clinical and Applied Movement Science), "NIH Toolbox: Vestibular Balance Subdomain," Northshore University Health System Research Institute/National Institutes of Health, $118,766

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

Judith Rodriguez and Lauri Wright (Nutrition and Dietetics), "Educational Training and In-service Activities for the Duval County Health Department," Duval County Health Department, $34,229

Lauri Wright (Nutrition and Dietetics), "Brooks Professorship 2009:  Development and Validation of a Screening Tool for Nutritional Risk in Patients with HIV Disease," UNF Foundation, 54,000

Chris Brown (Engineering), "Hydrologic Assessment of Flooding Issues in Jacksonville Sub-Division," Mark Kinevan, $2,500

James Fletcher (Engineering), "Proficient Integration of HVS Instrumentation Data into the Overall APT Effort," Florida Department of Transportation, $187,937

Thobias Sando (Engineering), "Revisions of Transit Stations and Lane Width Projects," Florida Department of Transportation, $24,000

Bobby Waldup (Coggin College of Business Dean's Office) and Jeffrey Michelman and Robert Slater (Accounting and Finance), "Data Security in the Public Utilities Industry," JEA, $24,000

Jeffrey Steagall (Economics and Geography), "Consortium for Small and Medium-size Enterprises and Entrepreneurship Education," Clemson University/U.S. Department of Education, $7,500

Janice Donaldson (Small Business Development Center), "Florida Small Business Development Center Network 2010," University of West Florida/U.S. Small Business Administration, $763,658; "Small Business Development Services for St. Johns County," St. Johns County, $40,000; "Small Business Technical Assistance to the city of Jacksonville," city of Jacksonville, $98,940; and "The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) 2009-2010," University of West Florida/U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, $40,000

James Gelsleichter (Biology), "Cooperative Atlantic States Shark Pupping and Nursery (COASTSPAN) Survey of North Florida Waters Continuation," National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $5,000

Christine Weber (Childhood Education), "Working on Gifted Issues 2009-2010," North East Florida Educational Consortium/Florida Department of Education, $132,066

Len Roberson (Exceptional Student and Deaf Education), "Educational Interpreters Project 2009-2010," Florida Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education, $162,415; "Florida Inclusion Network 2009-2010," Florida Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education, $520,000; "Personnel Development Partnership Grant: Personnel Development Partnerships 2009-2010," Florida Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education, $56,700; and "Personnel Development Partnership Grant: State Personnel Development Grant 2009-2010," Florida Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education, $131,250

Joseph Harris (Fine Arts Center), "All the School's a Stage: Professional Development for Arts Educators Year 2," Duval County Public Schools/U.S. Department of Education, $102,601