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President Delaney addresses the state of the University

UNF President John Delaney at Convocation (photo by Mario Peralta)In his annual State of the University address, President John Delaney reflected on the University’s accomplishments in the face of a painful economy. “I believe that we have more to celebrate than to lament,” Delaney told the group gathered Oct. 1 in the Lazzara Performance Hall for the fall Convocation. 


Acknowledging that UNF’s workforce and budgets have been leaner over the past few years, Delaney said the University is still far ahead of sister institutions that have not handled finances as well. He noted that UNF has almost returned to 2007 levels for the number of faculty employed and significant progress has been made in advancing newer professors toward tenure and promotion.


Delaney’s speech emphasized UNF’s improvements. The academic profile for incoming freshmen continues to steadily rise and it is becoming harder to be admitted. “Admitting strong students has certainly been a goal on this campus. And it’s a goal we will continue to purse,” Delaney said. “But admitting strong students isn’t the end, it’s the beginning of the process.”   


The president talked about providing students with a top quality education, and he said UNF’s four Flagship Programs are leading the way. As an example, he noted that the Transportation & Logistics program was recently ranked 13th in its field in the United States, placing it among top-tier research universities nationally, and the highest among non-doctoral-granting institutions. Delaney also noted that Transformational Learning Opportunities, another hallmark of a UNF education, are enhancing the University’s reputation. 


Physical changes on campus were also addressed in the speech.  Delaney pointed out that when the new Biology Building, Disability Resource Center and Student Wellness and Sports Education Center are completed, UNF will have had a 45 percent growth in total square footage since 2003.


Looking to the future, Delaney said he anticipates that with modest economic growth, UNF’s enrollment will hit 20,000 within the next few years, with about 4,000 of those students living on campus. Delaney set a goal of reducing UNF’s student-to-faculty ratio to 16-to-1. He said he would also like to see six-year graduation rates climb to 60 percent or better.


“I ask you to celebrate a year that is already better than last year and to look forward to the years to come,” Delaney said, noting that having the continued support of UNF’s faculty and staff is key to success for UNF.   


To download a copy of Delaney's entire State of the University address, click here.

Around Campus

Fenner named 2010 Distinguished Professor

2010 Distinguished Professor David FennerIf not for the love of an orphaned and immigrant mother who believed in education and equal opportunity, 2010 Distinguished Professor David Fenner might not be who he is today.


In a moving address about the importance of diversity and its role in personal and intellectual transformation, Fenner, professor of philosophy, credited much of his success to his mother’s good fortune as a child, and the help she received from a caring woman who put education and equality at the forefront.


Fenner’s mother, Maria Garza, came to the United States at the age of 11 as an orphan and was immediately enrolled in school by her older brother. Her seventh-grade English teacher, Mrs. Roberts, took an interest in Garza and allowed her to live with her. After being deported for a brief period, Fenner’s mother eventually returned to live with and work for Roberts. At 21, Garza received a scholarship that enabled her to study nursing.


“I am sure I would not be here today [without Roberts’ assistance]; I am only two or three degrees removed from the life of an itinerant farm worker,” he said.


Fenner argued that diversity is critical as it is the only way that some groups will gain realistic access to some opportunities and because education is impossible without being able to absorb new ideas, beliefs or attitudes. 

“A 21st century education, broadly conceived, must include exposure to a very broad range of diversity — not just of ideas but of people who exhibit diversity in race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability,” he said. “No education today that does not provide for this exposure and for the opportunity to appreciate difference can be said to be an excellent one.”


Fenner envisions a true university as one whose faculty embody that full range of diversity and who “function as mentors, as exemplars, as intellectual companions as these students begin their exposure to the new and the different.”

And Fenner knows from whence he speaks. Fenner is a Fellow in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science. He joined UNF as a visiting assistant professor in 1992, earning tenure in 2001 and a promotion to professor seven years later. He served as interim chair of the Philosophy Department and dean of the Graduate School. He has taught 27 different courses, primarily general-education philosophy, theoretical and applied aesthetics, theoretical and applied ethics and metaphysics.


The highly decorated educator has received several awards for his teaching and has a large body of scholarship and works. In 2001, he was named a UNF Students’ Choice Professor and received a Teaching Incentive Program award in 1996. Fenner is an honorary member of Golden Key and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. His scholarship concerns the nature of aesthetic/art experience; recently it has focused on environmental aesthetics, theories about the value of art, and the subjective character of the art experience. He has written or edited five books, including “Ethics and the Arts,” “The Aesthetic Attitude,” “Ethics in Education,” “Introducing Aesthetics” and “Art in Context.”

Fenner’s service has focused on diversity and environmental ethics both on and off campus. On campus, he recently served as chair of the Diversity Task Force and, since 2004, as a member of the Women’s Center board. For seven years, he served as faculty adviser for the Sawmill Slough Conservation Club and has hosted the Earth Kinship Conference for six years. Off campus, he hosted the recent conference on Ethical Aspects of Urban Development in Northeast Florida. He has served on the boards of Tree Hill Nature Center and the Environmental Education Resource Council of Northeast Florida, as well as the Global Leaf Charter School and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School, as well as a consultant for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.


Fenner said he has had instances in classes where students apologize for holding opinions that differ from his own. “Diversity of opinion should not be an occasion upon which the parties feel apology is a necessary rejoinder,” he said. “On the contrary, challenge should be encouraged and celebrated … difference of opinion is what allows for intellectual progress.”

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Retired employees make legacy gifts to UNF

Lehman and Marianne BarnesMany longtime faculty and staff who have watched UNF grow from an anonymous commuter school to a well-regarded regional university frequently have a desire to “give back” to the institution that has played such a major role in their lives.


During The Power of Transformation campaign, an initiative that comes at such a critical time for the University, these retired employees are stepping forward to make legacy gifts, which will continue to make a difference at UNF for generations to come.


Three such employees are Marianne and Lehman Barnes and Lowell Salter. They have each made different contributions to UNF during their careers but are united in their belief that legacy gifts are appropriate ways to help others enjoy the benefits of UNF.


Salter has been one of the leading advocates of legacy gifts, beginning in 1997 when UNF was celebrating its 25th anniversary. The longtime director of the UNF Small Business Development Center, Salter organized a behind-the-scenes campaign with eight other founding faculty and staff members to establish a $25,000 endowment. The effort was more successful than anyone anticipated. Then-President Adam Herbert was surprised at the 25th Anniversary Gala to learn the founding faculty and staff had pledged more than $500,000 to the endowment. “We established a pool of deferred-gift donors who were loyal supporters of the University who wanted to provide a legacy gift to UNF from their estate,” he said.


That effort continued with The Power of Transformation campaign in which he serves on the steering committee despite retiring in 2001. Salter established two separate bequests. One continues the support for the Lowell Mason Salter Endowed Graduate Fellowship in the Coggin College of Business and the other established the Betty Bogue Ramsey Salter Physical Therapy Fellowship in the Brooks College of Health in honor of his late wife.


Salter said the endowments are “my message to the University and the students that my commitment to UNF is never-ending and that knowledge provides the power necessary to achieve excellence.”


He said another reason he made the bequests was to set an example for other faculty and staff to “join their peers in establishing a legacy gift of their own.”


The final reason for the bequests, he noted, was to serve as an example to his children. “There will always be others in greater need and we should be blessed with what we have and support those that need a helping hand.”


Similar motivations are evident in the gift by Marianne and Lehman Barnes, longtime faculty members in the College of Education and Human Services. They established a scholarship/fellowship fund dedicated to helping UNF students majoring in secondary science education or middle school math/science education. In addition to their direct gift to establish their endowment, they will contribute 40 percent of a life insurance policy to UNF.


Although both are technically retired, they still maintain offices at UNF, where they work on various grant projects associated with math and science, areas about which they are passionate. “We wanted to be able to interact with our scholarship recipients and know we are continuing to support science education through these recipients,” Marianne explained.


Lehman said science teachers are needed immediately so the scholarship allows them to reach a few more deserving students involved in UNF science teacher education programs.


He added that the past 20 years at UNF have been filled with countless experiences and opportunities. “I want to encourage colleagues to consider the significance of their UNF years and the need to support UNF in its growth and development, especially in providing needed educational opportunities to northeast Florida students,” he said.


For Marianne, their gift is part of staying connected. “Our gift is about legacy and staying connected to the place and profession that has been such a significant part of our lives. I cannot give that up.”

Around Campus

UNF, MOCA exhibits showcase collaborative relationship

A portion of a Lilian Garcia-Roig painting featured in the "Hyperbolic Nature" exhibitThe vibrant and extravagant landscapes of artist Lilian Garcia-Roig are the focus of two upcoming exhibitions, “Hyberbolic Nature” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, and “More Than a Brush with Nature” at the UNF Art Gallery on campus. Both exhibits are running simultaneously Nov. 18 through Jan. 23 and demonstrate the growing collaboration between both entities.


Garcia-Roig uses a century-old technique known as en plein air – French for “in the open air" used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism, said Debra Murphy, chair of UNF’s Department of Art & Design and primary curator of the exhibit.


“This joint exhibit is another example of successful collaborations over the past year between MOCA, UNF’s art and design faculty and UNF’s Gallery of Art,” said Murphy. “MOCA and UNF have done a phenomenal job organizing retrospectives on retired art faculty Paul Ladnier and visiting artist Dan Estabrook, as well as other shows from MOCA’s permanent collection that were curated by our art students.”   


Carrying on the tradition of painting outdoors like Impressionist masters such as Monet and Cezanne, Garcia-Roig’s work offers an opportunity for new art patrons to see the teachable connection and differences between works done more than 100 years ago and more recent ones, according to Murphy.

Instead of painting picturesque vistas or water lilies like the Impressionist masters did a century ago, Garcia-Roig prefers the complexity of densely wooded areas, Murphy said. And instead of capturing an “Impressionist” moment of time, Garcia-Roig prefers the challenge of incorporating how light changes in a single location through the course of the day, similar to time lapse photography.

“Her landscape paintings are very accessible for people not familiar with contemporary art – rivers outside Seattle, New England forests, Florida palmettos,” Murphy explained. “Up close, however, the images break down; the lush, gestural paint marks, squeezed-out paint patches and areas of raw canvas help, instead, to reinforce the 2-D character of abstract painting as both an activity and an end-product.”

Helping others to appreciate art through education has been a major goal of UNF’s art and design faculty and MOCA’s education staff since the museum became a cultural resource of the University in mid-2009, said Allison Galloway, manager of MOCA’s public programs. In addition to hosting the current UNF Art & Design faculty show until Nov. 14, the museum has conducted a variety of art history lectures and classes, many taught by UNF faculty, for the benefit of the community.

“Lilian is a gifted artist, and a tremendous art educator,” said Murphy. “Her work is truly beautiful and serene, but it also carries with it a rich history of tradition and a bold vision for the future of contemporary art.”

The UNF community is invited to meet Garcia-Roig from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the UNF Gallery of Art’s opening reception and lecture for “More than a Brush with Nature,” which will feature paintings from Garcia-Roig’s time in Washington.  For additional information about either exhibition, contact Debra Murphy at (904) 620-4037.

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Living-learning communities growing in popularity on campus

A group of UNF students in a residence hall (photo by Fructuoso Navarro)
 For the past year, students at UNF have had a new way to improve their academic performance, experience an easier transition to college and make lifelong friends — through living-learning communities.


A living-learning community (LLC) is a group of students living in the same residence hall who share a common academic interest. Since the inception of the LLC programs at UNF in 2009, the programs have expanded and today about 10 percent of the students living on campus are participating in them.


They vary in organization, goals and curricula, but these communities share several characteristics. Living-learning communities:


- Provide a small college setting with large university resources

- Facilitate personal relationships among students, faculty and staff

- Are primarily focused on first-year students

- Are based on the belief that increased learning and student retention is accomplished by building a nurturing, welcoming atmosphere

- Are connected to specific residence halls

- Encourage student participation in a variety of activities that foster a learning environment


UNF has three LLCs between Osprey Crossings and Osprey Fountains, coordinated by Housing and Residence Life and linked to the Honors Program, International Center and the new Venture Studies initiative.


A 2007 National Study of Living-Learning Programs (NSLLP) showed that these types of programs have significantly positive outcomes for participating students. Students in living-learning communities report higher scores than traditional residence hall students in a variety of key environmental measures, including positive interactions with peers and faculty, use of residence-hall resources, perceptions of an academically and socially supportive residence-hall climate and positive peer diversity interactions. These students score higher in confidence in college math, English and writing courses, as well as test-taking skills. They are more civically engaged and exhibit a stronger sense of belonging to the college or university they attend. They’re less likely to drop a class, skip more than two classes of the same course or feel overwhelmed by coursework. They also have lower levels of binge drinking than students in traditional residence halls. And when it comes to their future plans, living-learning community students are more likely to indicate that they intend to participate in community service, do research with a professor as well as independently, take a leadership position, study abroad and complete a culminating senior experience, such as a capstone project or a thesis.


Dei Allard, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, joined UNF earlier this year and brings with her more than 10 years of experience developing living-learning communities at other universities. Although UNF’s living-learning communities are still in their infancy, Allard says they are better defined than ones she has previously worked with, have tremendous support from the academic community and are already having an impact of retaining students in on-campus housing. For example, about 35 percent of the students participating in the Honors Program living-learning community last year returned to it again, which Allard says is one of the best retention rates she has seen in her career for a new LLC. Allard said she has also observed many of the same positive outcomes at her previous universities, which reinforces the results of the 2007 NSLLP study.


“Living-learning communities just make so much sense,” Allard said. “Students often enter into them with common academic interests, are enrolled in many of the same courses and have ready-made study groups where they live. It gives new students a great head start at making new friends and being more engaged in and out of the classroom.”


The first living-learning community, the International House, began last year when Tim Robinson, director of the International Center, had the opportunity to have American juniors and seniors interested in studying abroad live with international students. So, for example, an American student majoring in French might have been matched with a student from France.


The International House developed programs throughout the year that promoted cross-cultural interactions and exchanges. The group of 26 domestic and international students attended sporting events together, went on picnics and went camping. Each month, the International House would host a monthly movie and potluck dinner to highlight one of the countries represented by the visiting students, which included Spain, South Korea, Egypt, China, France, Germany and Sweden.


“We were really pleased with how much everyone gained from participating in the International House,” Robinson said. “We have more than 30 students living together this year at the Fountains, and we’re excited to have new students from Morocco, the United Kingdom and Japan participating.”


The Crossings’ R Building is home to the latest living-learning community and is connected to the new Venture Studies First-Year Seminars initiative. At the heart of the program are four courses related to nutrition, interpersonal communications, creativity and overcoming anxieties  – taught in the residence hall by faculty – as a way to make students’ transition to college life easier. So far, about 150 first-year students are enrolled in these four seminars.


In addition to the normal programming offered by Residence Life, Venture Studies participants have had the chance to take part in a few extra activities designed to build a welcoming and nurturing home. Dwayne Peterson, area coordinator for Osprey Crossings, organized a casual welcome kickoff with the first-year students and their professors before classes began to lessen the “fear of the first day of classes.” The night was filled with games, fun conversations and dinner.


“We wanted to set the right tone with the kickoff that living in a learning community goes far beyond the traditional classroom activities,” he said.


Crossings’ Venture Studies residents will also participate in a special panel with faculty, a poet, a painter, a paleontologist and local business professionals to explore issues of creativity. Peterson said the panel’s purpose is to show students that creativity is not something reserved for artists, but is a life skill used in any type of profession.


“Living-learning communities really take a holistic approach to associate classroom learning with real-world living.” Peterson said. “So far, the students have been really excited and engaged with campus. And, the sooner they become involved with other students and their professors, the better off they will be academically.”

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‘Creating A University’ highlights UNF’s first 35 years


Dr. James Crooks signs a copy of his book in the Lufrano Interculture Gallery in the Student Union (photo by Richard Anderson).Flip through the pages of Dr. James B. Crooks’ new book “Creating A University” to time-travel back to 1972, the year UNF first opened its doors to students. A black-and-white photo from the groundbreaking ceremony in 1971 shows three fashionable young women — complete with the shortest of miniskirts, wedge shoes and one very impressive afro — eager to jumpstart construction with a shiny new shovel. The guys in those early photos looked downright groovy too, with their pork-chop sideburns, busy ties and polyester plaid pants.


But this book isn’t about fashion fads over the past four decades; it’s a 52-page essay detailing the history of UNF as recalled by a handful of founding faculty and staff. Written by Crooks, professor emeritus, former chair of UNF’s History Department and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and author of two books on Jacksonville history, “Creating a University” is a culmination of several years’ worth of recorded interviews and research.


Following an introduction during which Crooks identifies several themes emerging at UNF over the years — the initial opposition to the University, UNF’s originally meager funding from the state, its transition from a commuter college to a more traditional campus and an overview of the general character of the founding faculty at UNF —the book’s “Beginnings” section opens with Professor Emeritus of Literature Dr. Bill Slaughter’s account of his first class on opening day at UNF. The class was an interdisciplinary literature, philosophy and humanistic psychology course called What Is Existentialism? Slaughter’s description illustrates the unique diversity of UNF’s first students:


“My first impression of my students, there were 15 students in this class,” recalls Slaughter. “Among us: a truck driver from Sears, the manager of a 7-Eleven store, two housewives (self-described), a night nurse at Baptist Hospital, a would-be radical Episcopal priest (self-described), two Vietnam vets, a conscientious objector (complete with dishonorable discharge) and Conrad Weihnacht, the man who built the Boathouse.”


Of the 117 founding faculty members and 150 staff who experienced what UNF was like from Day 1, Crooks interviewed 91 over a three-year period.


“I hope to tell UNF’s story for its first 35 years, focusing largely from the perspective of faculty,” Crooks says. “Because of my interviews, I was particularly impressed by their contributions to the success of UNF, especially given the lack of funding which has handicapped us most of those 35 years. I want readers to know about this faculty contribution.”


Crooks also wanted to tell the story of how much has been achieved in a relatively short time.


In his chapters titled “The Early Years” and “Growing Pains,” Crooks discusses enrollment growth, the creation of new centers, programs and colleges, changes in administration and the development of campus life in the ‘80s. In the chapter titled “Coming of Age,” Crooks identifies “the next phase of UNF’s development” as President Adam Herbert’s arrival in 1989, during which Herbert “doubled enrollments, added more than a million square feet of new buildings and substantially increased local and state recognition” of UNF. In the final chapter titled “Facing the Future,” Crooks dubs the arrival of President John Delaney in 2003 the “fourth phase of UNF’s development,” during which Delaney established flagship programs and Transformational Learning Opportunities, tasked Provost Mark Workman with rewriting UNF’s mission statement and vision to emphasize institutional priorities, and began a new era of “building green” on campus. The book ends, appropriately, with a look toward the future of the University.


 “Jim based the text of his essay mainly on the 90 oral history interviews he conducted with key personnel, some currently employed, but mainly retirees; key people who gave birth to and shaped the development of our University,” says Eileen Brady, head of Special Collections and University Archives in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. Brady provided illustrations and supervised the transcriptions of Crooks’ oral history interviews. “If one considers how much material had to be condensed into 51 pages, half of those taken up by illustrations, Jim deserves big kudos for giving the reader a solid summary of who contributed what to make UNF what it is today.”


Crooks is pleased with the end product, giving particular credit to those who helped with the visual aspects of the book. “I am particularly pleased with the layout done by Michael Boyles in CIRT [Center for Instructional Research and Technology], and the picture selection in which Eileen Brady from the Library played a key role,” he says. “One can enjoy the book without even reading my prose.”


Crooks also thanks the many others who helped with various aspects of the project, including Drs. David Courtrwright, Kathe Kasten, Earle Traynham, Dale Clifford, Dick Bizot and Pat Foster, as well as Jim Alderman, Thelma Young, Deb Miller, Marianne Jaffee and Jennifer Urbano.


Of the 500 copies of the book printed, nearly 200 have been presented as gifts to founding faculty and staff, deans, directors and others. Crooks hopes to sell the remainder for $15 each at the UNF Bookstore, The BookMark in Atlantic Beach, the Book Nook in Lakewood and Chamblin’s Uptown Bookstore in downtown Jacksonville – and to make enough profit to print more copies.


The book’s contents are also available online. To listen to the full collection of recorded interviews, learn more about the UNF Oral History Project or check out a timeline of UNF’s history, go to

Get to Know

Phyllis B. Andruszkiewicz

 Phyllis Andruszkiewicz (photo by Julianna Williams)Name: Phyllis B. Andruszkiewicz      
Department: Dual report, Thomas G. Carpenter Library and Institutional Advancement
Job title: Director of Development for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Years at UNF:  It will be four years in January


What do you do at UNF? Describe your job duties.

I identify, cultivate, solicit and provide stewardship of major donors for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library initiatives and increase the Library’s visibility and attract external support for the Library. I also started the Library Dean’s Leadership Council that has been in existence for four years. It consists of approximately 25 community leaders who provide support for the Library on many different levels.


Tell us about your family. 

I have been married to Anthony J. Andruszkiewicz for 25 years. We have a terrific son, A-J (Anthony-Jasper) Andruszkiewicz. A-J attends Flagler College and is a senior this year. Tony is retired.


Who is the most famous person you ever met?

I have met a few: Troy Donahue, Annette Funicello,

Ralph Bellamy, General Walter Bedell Smith, Gene Autry and John Forsythe


What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I was on “The Howdy Doody Show” when I was 3 or 4. We lived in Glen Ridges, N.J., and New York City was just a hop, skip and a jump away. When my sister and I had a birthday, my dad took us to be on the show. I sat right next to Buffalo Bob.


Another thing is that I get up at 4 a.m. every day to exercise at the Riverside YMCA.


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

First and only concert – Elvis Presley  


Where did you graduate from college?

I was in the first graduating class of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

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

I really can’t think of another career. I have had many different jobs but the ones I like the most include meeting new people and cultivating relationships.


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?

The people I work with both internally and externally. It’s always about the people.

What would you like to do when you retire?

I hope to travel, be a part of BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) once again and volunteer at different organizations.


What is the best thing you ever won?

I won an award for being “most generous.” 

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?

My happiest moment was when I met my husband. The proudest moment was when I gave birth to A-J.


What person/people had the greatest impact on your life?  

My parents

What are you most passionate about?

My family


What’s the last book you read?

“Eat, Pray, Love”

Faculty and Staff

Brooks College of Health 


Nursing: Dr. W. Patrick Monaghan received the Armed Services Blood Program Lifetime Achievement Award Oct. 9 at the American Association of Blood Banks convention in Baltimore. The directors of the Services Blood Programs selected him for this prestigious award.


The Jacksonville Business Journal named Dr. Lillia Loriz a Health Care Hero and will host an event Nov. 4 at the Jacksonville Marriott to honor her contributions to improving health care and saving lives in northeast Florida.

Nutrition and Dietetics: The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council recently selected Dr. Judy Rodriguez for its 23rd class of Women of Distinction honorees.



Coggin College of Business


Management: Dr. Lakshmi Goel and Drs. Pieter de Jong and Oliver Schnusenberg (Accounting & Finance) co-authored a paper titled “Marketing Study Abroad Programs Effectively: What Do American Business Students Think?” It was accepted for publication in the Journal of International Education in Business.  

Drs. Paul Fadil and Crystal Owen (along with Cindi Smatt and Sharon Segrest) co-authored an article titled “The Moderating Effects of Technology on Career Success: Can Social Networks Shatter the Glass Ceiling?” It was published in the Journal of International Technology and Information Management.  



College of Arts & Sciences


History: Dr. Alison J. Bruey organized a panel, “The Cultural Politics of Economic Change,” and presented a paper titled “Limitless Land and the Redefinition of Rights: Urban Economic Crisis and La Casa Propia in Pinochet's Chile (1975-1982)” at the Latin American Studies Association XXIX International Congress in Toronto, Canada, in October.


Dr. David Courtwright published his history of the culture war, “No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America” (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2010) in October.


Physics: Dr. John Anderson was on WJCT 89.9 FM First Coast Connect July 26 discussing extrasolar planets. In August, Anderson and Dr. Jay Huebner joined the Planetarium Advisory Board for the Bryan Gooding Planetarium, part of the Museum of Science and History.


Dr. Nirmal Patel co-authored “Amperometric Glucose Biosensor Based on Immobilization of Glucose Oxidase in Polyethylenemine and Ploy (Carbamolysulphonate) Polymer Matrix” published in

Sensors & Transducers Journal, Vol. 119, No. 8, August 2010, pages 129-141.


Sociology & Anthropology: In August, Dr. Ronald Kephart presented a paper, “Taking the ‘Broken’ out of ‘Broken English’: Teaching Against Linguistic Prejudice,” at the meetings of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics in Barbados. He also had his paper “How Do You Spell That?: Thoughts on Orthographies for West Indian Creoles” published in the proceedings of the 17th Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics in Cayenne, French Guiana, in conjunction with the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in July 2008; the paper was published on CD in July 2010.


Dr. Adam Shapiro was an invited speaker at the PairFam Conference on Intergenerational Relationships at the Chemnitz Technological University in Chemnitz, Germany, in September. His talk was titled “Marital Heterogeneity and its Implications for Intergenerational Relationships in the U.S.” Shapiro also presented a paper titled “Revisiting the Cost-Saving of Home and Community-Based Services” at the Florida Council on Aging Annual Conference in Orlando.  


Dr. Suzanne Simon published the article “Throwing a Wrench into 'Transition': Testing the Limits of Transparency, Development, and Democratization in the Oaxaca Wind Park Controversy” in the June 2010 issue of the International Journal of Social Policy Research and Development, Vol. 1, No. 1, pages 1-13.



College of Computing, Engineering & Construction


Construction Management: Drs. Mag Malek and Roberto Soares published their paper,“Improving Management of Solid Waste in Buildings,” at the 5th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century-Collaboration and Integration in Engineering, Management and Technology, in May 2009.


School of Computing: Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja received the2010-12Fidelity National Financial Distinguished Professor of Computing Sciences award by the School of Computing. He also serves as the faculty adviser to the UNF Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honor Society, of which two students received national recognition for outstanding academic performance.


Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan presented and published her paper, “Hybrid Methods for Generating and Evaluating Style-Specific Accompaniments,” at the Grace Hopper Celebration in September.  Chaun received the Best New Investigator Paper Award at the conference. She also gave an invited presentation, “Modeling Compositional Choices: Learning and Creating Musical Accompaniments in a Particular Style,” at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Seminar Series at the University of Florida in September.


School of Engineering: Dr. Chris Brown participated in a presentation to Robert E. Lee High School students on “Engineering Careers and a Short History of Civil Engineering.”


Dr. Dan Cox gave an invited presentation, “Remote Machine Science Experiments, Robotics, Manufacturing and Automation in Experiential Engineering Education” at the Next Wave of Technology Workshop in August.


Jean Fryman officially launched Phase 3 of the School of Engineering Outreach program called Connect, which is designed to allow students to apply classroom knowledge with "know-how," from solutions to real-world industry problems. This new initiative differs from the traditional internship in that specific industry problems are brought into the classroom so students may reinforce their knowledge while seeking engineering solutions. Fryman also made several presentations to home-schooled students and students from Creekside High School and (with Dr. Chris Brown) Lee High School.


Dr. Alex Schonning participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) panel review of proposals on “Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities” sponsored by the NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems.


Drs. Patrick Welsh and Stuart Chalk (chemistry) were invited to participate in the St. Johns River Summit as expert panelists on “Hydrology for the St. Johns River” in September. Welsh also participated as a UNF representative in the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association’s September board meeting.



College of Education & Human Services


Childhood Education: Dr. Katie Monnin and acclaimed children's author Jane Volen presented “Comics and Graphic Novels in the Secondary ELA Curriculum” Oct. 9 at New York City’s Comic Con.


Dr. Gigi Morales David was featured on the Duval County Public School website under “Spotlight on Education,” which focused on an author visit to Henry Kite Elementary to kick off their Million Word campaign in September. David was also invited to Cedar Hills Elementary to launch its Million Word campaign in October, and participated in the Inaugural Children's Book Fair of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. More information can be found online at  Morales and Dr. Elizabeth Fullerton presented “Social Scenes Promoting Preschool Friendship: A Social Skills Curriculum” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference in Anaheim, Calif.  


Dr. Nile Stanley and Karen Alexander, children’s author from New Mexico, performed school assemblies and class visits Oct. 6 for Kings Trail Elementary School. The Poetry Stars program is sponsored by a gift from the Cummer Family Foundation. Alexander was also the featured speaker for a recent meeting of the UNF student chapter of the Florida Reading Association.

Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: Dr. Donald Moores served as the external examiner for the doctoral dissertation of Brenda Fossett at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in September. The title was “Positive Behavior Support for Deaf Children with Developmental Disabilities and Severe Problem Behavior.”


Foundations & Secondary Education: Dr. Cassandra Etgeton presented two sessions titled “Model, Record, Reflect: Connecting the Concrete to the Abstract for Visual and Kinesthetic Learners of Algebra” at the annual conference of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Orlando Oct. 1. At the conference closing session, Etgeton, president-elect of the Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, also presented FAMTE awards.
Drs. Wanda Lastrapes, Meiko Negishi, Otilia Salmon and Madalina Tanase also attended the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) conference in St. Petersburg in October.Salmon presented two papers: “Teachers of a New Era: Cautionary Tale on Value Added Measurement” and “Looking at Second Language Learning via the Lens of Learning Disability.” Salmon also won the Mary L. Collins Excellence in Teacher Education award, an outstanding teacher educator award at FATE, which recognizes teacher educators who have made significant and substantial contributions to teacher education in Florida. Salmon served on the FATE board for two terms and provided leadership to the state organization and the Crown region. At the same conference, Lastrapes and Negishi presented “Building a Foundation for Cultural Competence and Self-Efficacy in Teaching Diverse Learners.” Tanase participated in a panel discussion on “Teacher Leadership: Engaging Teachers: Empowering Leaders.” Tanase is a new member of the board of directors for FATE, representing the Crown Colleges and Universities region and replacing Salmon, who served four years in this capacity.


Dr. Phil Riner presented a paper titled “Inviting Calm Within: The Neurological Basis of ADHD and the Influence of Mindfulness Practices” at the Annual Conference of the International Alliance for Invitational Education. He also chaired the alliance's advisory council and was elected to a two-year term on the board of trustees.


Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management: Drs. Terence Cavanaugh and Haihong (Helen) Hu gave a round-table presentation on “Using an Online Performance Assessment to Help Design and Evaluate an Introductory Educational Technology Course” at the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) conference in St. Petersburg in October. Hu also gave a virtual presentation on “Fostering Virtual Teams in a Learning Organization” to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Conference in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 27.


Drs. E. Newton Jackson and Jr.Jason Lee presented paper and poster sessions with separate co-authors at the Sport Marketing Association Conference in New Orleans in October.
Dr. Jennifer Jackson Kane and former colleague Dr. Kristi Sweeney presented a paper session at the Florida AHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) conference in Orlando in October.

Student Affairs


John W. Frank (Institute for Values, Community and Leadership) and Richmond D. Wynn (Counseling Center) contributed chapters published in the book “Conflict Resolution and Peace Education: Transformations Across Disciplines.” Frank’s piece, “Nonprofits Advancing Dialogue about a ‘Culture of Peace,’” analyzes discussions of a “culture of peace” that have provided productive responses to conflict in communities and educational institutions. Wynn’s piece, coauthored by Sharon Tamargo Wilburn (Public Health) and University of Florida professor Cirecie West-Olatunji, is titled “Multiculturalism, Conflict Transformation, and Peacebuilding: Practitioner and Client Working Together.” It focuses on mental health counseling techniques and counselor responses to clients’ conflicts. The book was published this year by Palgrave Macmillan, and came about following the Conflict Transformation Symposium held by UNF in September 2007.


Good Question

UNF student Severine Wider demonstrates what not to do at the lake outside the University Center (photo by Richard Anderson).

 Q: From James Starr, training specialist for the Center for Professional Development & Training -- There used to be an alligator in the lake at the University Center. Has it simply relocated or was it removed due to people feeding it?


A: From Dan Endicott, director of Environmental Health & Safety -- The alligator at the UC lake was removed because it became accustomed to people feeding it. F.S. [Florida Statute] 372.667 prohibits feeding or enticing wild alligators and the University has posted signs around our lakes and ponds to warn people of such. Alligators are native to our area and if left alone, can coexist with people. However, we endanger them by encroaching upon their habitat and throwing food at them. Once they learn where an easy food source is, they will return, hang out and even lose their natural aversion to people. When this happens, we are often forced to trap and remove the animals.


Employees who have UNF-related questions they would like to have answered in the next issue of Inside are encouraged to send them to Submitted questions 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



Dateline Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in November:


35 Years:

James Alderman, University Librarian, Thomas G. Carpenter Library


10 Years:

Jean Glasgow, Senior Property Assets Representative, Controller’s Office

Margaret Radtke, Office Manager, School of Computing

Sheila Rodriguez, Office Manager, Electrical Engineering

Angela Simmons, Financial Systems Specialist, Financial Systems

Judy Smith, Administrative Secretary, Philosophy & Religious Studies

Marco Urbano, Assistant Director of User Services, Information Technology Services

Elizabeth Willis, Director of Research and Program Services, Exceptional Student & Deaf Education



The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from mid-September to mid-October:


Amy Bishop, Academic Adviser, Coggin College of Business

Paul Bushmann, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

Selma Canas, Coordinator of Research and Program Services, Small Business Development Center

Catherine Cole, Director of Marketing and Publications, Public Relations

Norman Dickerson, Assistant Director of Education Training Programs, Florida Institute of Education

Sophia Estrada-Lucey, Assistant Director, Advancement Services

Jacqueline Hardin, College Adviser, Enrollment Services

Cynthia Jennings, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Pamela Johnson-Woods, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Carlos Mejia, Program Assistant, Aquatic Center

Jennifer Morrison, Coordinator of Student Affairs, Center for International Education

Donavon Parker, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities

Diane Pealor, Office Manager, Biology

Henry Rabbat, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

David Robbins, Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities

Erica Serrano, Accounting Clerk, Controller’s Office

Jessica Soto, Office Assistant, University Housing

Tamatha Thomas, Buyer, Purchasing

Brooks Venegas, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

William Voss, Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities

Donald Williams, Custodial Worker, University Housing



Rocelia Gonzalez (ADA Compliance) was provided an award by the Ebony Foundation in recognition for her service and dedication to improving  the intellectual equity in her community. She was honored to be recognized alongside such high-profile individuals as Ava Garner and Dr. Alesia Ford-Burse.  


Richmond D. Wynn, Mental Health Counselor at the Counseling Center, received his Ph.D. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. Wynn has been a Counseling Center employee for 10 years.


The Intergroup Dialogue Committee, consisting of a group of Student Affairs employees, announces its first-ever course, Intergroup Dialogue Among Diverse Populations (EEX 4990), filled this semester with 26 students. The course utilizes a unique teaching structure and is designed to teach skills for participating in and leading discussions and interactions between people of different social identity groups. UNF is the first school in Florida, and one of the first in the Southeast, to offer such a course. Following the success of this first course, which satisfies credits towards the Leadership Certificate and the Leadership minor, Intergroup Dialogue hopes to expand the program for the future. Ryan Miller from the LGBT Resource Centerserves as the main instructor; others involved in teaching the course are Annabel Brooks, DeeAnne Crookham, Angela Davis, Oupa Seane, Kris Webb and Richmond Wynn.


Facts about smoking hookahs

Evidence shows that hookahs are not safer to smoke than cigarettes.A hookah is the apparatus that is used to smoke tobacco. It has also been known as an arghileh, goza, shisha, nargile, water pipe, hubble-bubble and bong. About four centuries ago, hookah smoking originated in ancient Persia and India. Today, approximately 100 million people around the world smoke tobacco from hookahs. It wasn’t until the production of flavored tobacco during the 1990s in the Eastern Mediterranean that the initiation of hookah smoking spread to the United States, especially among college students and teens.


Do people who smoke hookahs also smoke cigarettes?

A 2007 study of Florida students identified that 4 percent of middle school students, 11 percent of high school students and 20.4 percent of college students smoked hookahs in the past 30 days. Of those students, 35.4 percent never smoked cigarettes before smoking hookahs. Hookah smoking was reported as a more socially acceptable form of tobacco use in comparison to cigarettes. The most common group of hookah smokers consisted of single, white males under 22 with a family member who smokes at home.


Does the water in the hookah filter out the harmful substances of tobacco to make it safer?

A hookah uses a tobacco called Ma’ssel that is fermented in molasses and fruit essences, which provides the smooth taste and sweet smell. The tobacco is placed in the bowl and heated by charcoal. The smoke is then inhaled through the hose attached to the base as the smoke bubbles through the water in the base during inhalation. Just like cigarette smoke, hookah smoke contains many harmful chemicals, including carbon monoxide, tar and heavy metals such as arsenic, chromium, nickel and lead. An additional source of toxins comes from the charcoal used to heat the tobacco, which increases the amount of carbon monoxide produced. One hookah session generates 40 times the smoke volume, six times the carbon monoxide, 46 times the tar, 1.7 times the nicotine, and 50 times other cancer-causing substances than one cigarette.


Does smoking hookah have a lower risk of cancer than smoking cigarettes?

Hookah smoking has an increased risk of lung cancer and heart disease. Hookah smoking has also been associated with various diseases, such as herpes simplex virus, Epstein-Barr virus and respiratory infections from sharing mouthpieces. The frequency of periodontal diseases, including oral cancer, is 30 percent in hookah smokers, 24 percent in cigarette smokers and 8 percent in non-smokers.


Is the second-hand smoke from a hookah less harmful than cigarettes?

No. The sheer volume of hookah smoke that is generated increases exposure to toxins. The sweet, non-offensive aroma of hookah smoke creates an enjoyable environment, therefore an increased volume is inhaled.


Can I get addicted to smoking hookah?

Smoking hookah every day produces cotinine levels (a chemical in urine to detect nicotine) comparable to someone who smokes 10 cigarettes a day. Those who smoke hookah every third day have the same amount of cotinine as someone who smokes two cigarettes a day. Dependence of hookah smoking is likely to be influenced by frequency of use. One study suggests the transformation from social smoking with friends to solitary use can be an important step toward dependence.


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 this topic, contact Baird at

The Goods

The Goods: From flower to stem, broccoli provides health benefits

Broccoli is not only delicious, but also a rich source of vitamins and minerals.Broccoli is in season from October to May and provides health benefits from flower to stem. It can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, chopped in salads, soups or casseroles.


Myth: The health properties of broccoli are in the buds.


Fact: The health benefits of broccoli are in both the buds and the stems. Although the buds are rich in B-complex vitamins and minerals, the stem contains compounds that can protect individuals from certain types of cancer and improve immunity.


Myth: Boiling is the best way to cook broccoli.


Fact: The vitamins in broccoli can be lost by leaching out to the water when boiling it. Steaming, sautéing, microwaving (in little or no water) and stir-frying are the best ways to cook broccoli because they prevent vitamin loss and also activate compounds that may protect us from different types of cancer. To cook quickly without boiling, use only enough water to cover the stem and keep the flower bud away from the water.


Myth: Fresh broccoli is more nutritious than frozen.


Fact: Both are equally nutritious and are rich sources of B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C, calcium, beta-carotene, potassium, iron, fiber and protein. Eating the stem of fresh broccoli and heating the frozen type allows the release of cancer-fighting compounds such as glucosinolates, which can be metabolized to sulphorophanes, indoles and isothiocyanates for protection against colon, breast, lung and prostate cancers.


Myth: Broccoli is a poor source of calcium and vitamin C.


Fact: One cup of chopped broccoli contains around 75 milligrams of calcium, more vitamin C than one orange and almost 90 percent of vitamin A requirements, with the added benefit of providing around 5 grams of protein, 1.2 milligrams of iron, 3.5 grams of fiber and only 44 calories.


Myth: It is better to eat broccoli than cauliflower.


Fact: Although both belong to the cruciferous family, along with cabbage and cauliflower, new studies have shown that eating broccoli together with cauliflower can aid in cancer-fighting protection.


Myth: Broccoli is too acidic and can cause stomach ulcers.


Fact: Scientists have found that broccoli is effective in protecting from stomach ulcers by killing the bacteria H. pylori, which is responsible for increasing the risk of gastritis, stomach ulcers and certain cancers.


Nancy J. Correa-Matos is an assistant professor of nutrition in the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics. If you have questions about broccoli, contact Correa-Matos by e-mail at “The Goods” monthly column runs every third Thursday in the Taste section of The Florida Times-Union, promoting UNF nutrition faculty and featuring myths/facts about various foods.


Recipe: Mashed Broccoli and Cauliflower 

 A great substitution for mashed potatoes, more nutrients and fewer calories.

4 servings



2 cups of steamed cauliflower

2 cups of steamed chopped broccoli

1 tablespoon of olive oil based-margarine

1 garlic clove

1 ounce of fat-free milk

Dash of salt

Dash of black pepper



1.     If fresh, steam the broccoli and cauliflower until it is smooth.

2.     Using the food processor, mix the broccoli, cauliflower with the garlic. Add milk.

3.     Season with salt and pepper.

4.     Serve warm as a side dish.


Nutrition Information per serving

Calories: 81

Total fat: 6 g

Carbohydrates: 5 g

Proteins: 2 g

Dietary Fiber: 4 g

Sponsored Research

Sponsored ResearchDr. Cheryl Fountain (Florida Institute of Education): “CROP: Jacksonville Precollegiate Connections, 2010-2011,” Florida Department of Education, $52,486; “CROP: Jacksonville Precollegiate Connections, 2010-2011 (ARRA),” Florida Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education, $12,049; and “Florida's Collaboration for Young Children and Their Families 2010-2011,” Administration for Children and Families/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $225,000


Dr. Judy Perkin (Nutrition and Dietetics), “Educational Training and In-service Activities for the Duval County Health Department,” Duval County Health Department, $33,250


Dr. Chris Brown (Engineering), “Independent External Peer Review: Olmsted Locks and Dam, Kentucky and Illinois,” The Battelle Labs/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $7,633


Dr. N. Mike Jackson (Engineering),“Maintenance of Database and Analysis of Data from the FDOT Accelerated Pavement Testing (APT) Program,” Florida Department of Transportation, $233,750


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


Dr. JaniceDonaldson (Small Business Development Center), “Small Business Development Services for Marion County,” Marion County Board of County Commissioners, $37,500


Pamela Bell (Child Development Research Center),“Child Care Support for Student Parents 2010-2014,” U.S. Department of Education, $76,317


Dr. Annabel Brooks (Institute for Values, Community and Leadership), “Student Leadership Summit,” Florida State University/U.S. Department of Education, $8,500