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Skinner-Jones building dedication honors family who made UNF possible

Mary Virginia Skinner (left) is assisted by Board of Trustees member Myron Pincomb (right) in unveiling the memorial plaque that will adorn the newly named Skinner-Jones Hall Buildings. President John A. Delaney (far right) spoke during the dedication ceremony (Photo by Jennifer Grissom).The University of North Florida might not have developed into the thriving institution that it is today without the A. C. Skinner family.

Land donated decades ago by the family established UNF’s core within a beautiful nature preserve on Jacksonville’s Southside, and the family’s ongoing support has given the University continued opportunities for future growth.

Their contributions to the campus was honored in March in the dedications of Buildings 3 and 4 in honor of Arthur Chester Skinner Jr., Charles Brightman Skinner and Mary Virginia Skinner Jones, Building 3 was renamed Skinner-Jones Hall South and Building 4 became Skinner-Jones Hall North. The two buildings are scheduled to undergo renovations in the near future and house labs, classrooms and offices for various academic departments on campus.

During the dedication ceremony in March, President John A. Delaney credited the Skinner for their commitment to UNF and the Northeast Florida community, saying they turned an underused portion of Duval County into the powerhouse academic and economic corridor it is today.

“The A. C. Skinner family’s generosity and commitment to the University of North Florida will forever benefit our community and its students for generations to come,” Delaney said. “They had a vision and a desire to make Jacksonville and Northeast Florida a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Chip Skinner III, Chester Jr.’s son, said it’s been a joy to see UNF develop into such a dynamic University.

“It’s great to see the land our family offered turn into this incredible addition to Northeast Florida,” he said. “It’s a proud achievement for our family to have been involved in such amazing growth.”

In the late 1890s, Richard Green Skinner settled in Jacksonville and accumulated around 16,000 acres of land in southeast Duval County to use for logging and turpentine production. After their father’s death, Richard Skinner’s seven sons managed the family land and business through the Great Depression while expanding their holdings.

One of those sons, A. Chester Skinner, eventually gave his portion of land to his three children: Arthur Chester Jr., Charles Brightman Skinner and Mary Virginia Skinner Jones. It was this land that the A. C. Skinner family used to facilitate the growth of Jacksonville through strategic donations of their land for the construction of J. Turner Butler Boulevard, Southside Boulevard and Interstate 295.

It was also this land, along with adjacent land owned by Alexander Brest and George Hodges, Sr., that was offered in 1968 to the selection committee charged with locating Florida’s newest university, the University of North Florida. In 1992, the family donated an additional 288 acres adjacent to the campus, providing the University land for continued growth.

The family also played a part in the development of UNF’s bustling, commercial neighbor, the St. Johns Town Center. Arthur Chester Jr., Charles Brightman Skinner and Mary Virginia Skinner Jones sold 207 acres of land to Ben Carter Properties to develop the Town Center.


Around Campus

‘Poetic Voices’ brings ghazal singer to UNF

march poeticvoices 1The University of North Florida and the Jacksonville Public Library continues the “Bridging Cultures – Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” traveling exhibit with Worlds of Ghazal with Syed Akbar Hyder, featuring ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia.


The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 6 in the fourth floor Talon Room inside Osprey Commons, the building that houses UNF’s new dining facility, Osprey Café.

Composed in sets of two-line verses, the ghazal has long been favored by poets from the Arabic Golden Age and the Ottoman courts to the contemporary English-speaking world. Scholar Syed Akbar Hyder offers a brief history of this form and close, thoughtful readings of work by two Urdu masters — Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810) and Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869 — which demonstrate the beauty of the form. This lecture is followed by a performance by Indo-Canadian ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia and her accompanist, Rez Abbasi, who bring contemporary stylings to this timeless work.

Reservations are required for this program. They’ve available online.


Additionally, the Jacksonville Public Library, in partnership with UNF and the Istanbul Cultural Center of Jacksonville, will host “Bridging Culture: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” through Saturday, June 15. Jacksonville was one of six cities in the U.S. chosen to host “Bridging Culture: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” a national initiative that celebrates poetry with scholar presentations, dialogue, visual art, music and performance. A full list of upcoming events is available online.

A large, 18-panel exhibit will be on display at the Southeast Regional Library on 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. through Saturday, April 27, and at the Main Library on 303 Laura St. N., from Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, June 15. The lushly-illustrated exhibit highlights poetic traditions from four major language areas — Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu — and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa and diaspora communities in the United States. Designed by RAA Associates, the exhibit features photography, calligraphic masterworks and poetry from Adonis to Rumi. 

“Jacksonville is one of six public library systems in the United States, and the only one in the Southeast, chosen to host this traveling exhibit and put together related programming that aims at increasing understanding of Muslim culture via scholarly interpretations and performances of poetry,” said Parvez Ahmed, UNF associate professor of accounting and finance and member of Jacksonville's Human Rights Commission. “We at UNF are excited to partner with Jacksonville Public Library and the Istanbul Cultural Center. Over the next few months, Jacksonville will be treated to an eclectic mix of special programs, which include renowned scholars, international performers, famous artists, documentary screenings, book discussions, children’s activities and showcasing of local poetic talents.”


“Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Jacksonville Public Library along with the public libraries in Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C. and Queens, N.Y. Funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


Around Campus

MOCA fundraiser offers a ‘contemporary’ night in downtown JAX

april moca“Contemporary Classic: Artisan Edition,” a fundraising gala that helps support the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, will take place from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 6.


"Contemporary Classic will be an evening of contemporary art, cuisine, cocktails and entertainment will showcase local talents and local flair — from celebrated chefs and bartenders to Jacksonville artists and entertainers — and will be an affair to remember. Participants can enjoy an earlier start to the evening with a special seated dinner in the galleries created by local chefs with local ingredients. Or, celebrate with exciting cocktails and special bites prepared by some of Jacksonville’s finest purveyors of cuisine and rock star mixologists as you start your evening in style throughout MOCA’s lobby and continue the party outdoors on Laura Street. The evening also features dancing, revelry, and other interactive art experiences.


The schedule is as follows:


6 p.m. — Reception with all-classic dinner guests


6:30 p.m. — Seated classic dinner


8 p.m. — Classic party kicks off in MOCA’s Arthur and Teresa Milam Lobby


Tickets start at $200 for the seated dinner in the galleries and $50 for just the party.


Proceeds from these ticket sales support MOCA’s mission to serve the community through its exhibitions, collections, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. These outreach programs include educational lectures from UNF Art & Design faculty; after school and summer art classes; “Voice of the People,” an interpretive program that features the recorded accounts and descriptions of works of art by students and adults; and “Rainbow Artists,” which uses art and creative activities to promote socialization and social interaction of children with autism.


Sponsors include:


Presenting sponsors — Teresa and Arthur Milam


Other sponsors — Arbus Magazine; Missy and Roland Boney; Empty Nest Boutique Events, Inc.; Glenn Certain Floral + Event Design; Folio Weekly; Harbinger; Stacole Fine Wines; and James H. Winston


Classic Dinner Partners — bb’s,
The Floridian,
Café Nola,
Let Them Eat Cake,
29 South


Classic Party Partners — Black Sheep, Bistro Aix,
Blue Bamboo,
Grape and Grain Exchange,
Mojo’s No. 4,


MOCA Jacksonville is located at 333 N. Laura St., in downtown Jacksonville, next to the main library.


To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, call Director of Development Jason Kirk at (904) 366-6911, ext. 202 or visit MOCA online.


UNF and OCEARCH join forces for shark research

Photo courtest of OCEARCHA group of University of North Florida scientists and students got the educational opportunity of a lifetime to come face-to-face with one of nature’s most majestic aquatic creatures.

The UNF group teamed up with the crew from OCEARCH, a national, non-profit shark tracking organization, during a recent expedition departing from the Northeast Florida coast to tag and release Great White Sharks that have passed through the First Coast. They spent time aboard the 126-foot MV OCEARCH, which boasts a 55,000–pound capacity research platform designed to withstand the weight of the massive sharks.

The OCEARCH team managed during the expedition to tag and release a 2,000-pound Great White they named Lydia. Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, the director of shark research at UNF, said he and his students analyzed blood samples of the shark and used ultrasound technology to determine if she was pregnant.

Despite working with different sharks for more than 20 years, this was the first time Gelsleichter had ever handled a live specimen of this species. The same is true of his research assistant, UNF grad student Mike McCallister.

“This isn’t something that happens every day,” McCallister said. “I’m glad UNF and OCEARCH offered me this opportunity because I won’t forget it.”

When it comes to hands-on learning opportunities for students, it doesn’t get more intense than handling Great White Sharks, Gelsleichter said.


UNF tops Princeton Review for three years running

november brand promiseFor the third consecutive year, the University of North Florida is among the nation’s Top 75 “Best Value” public colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies. UNF was also named a “Best Value” public college by the Princeton Review in 2009 and in 2007.

While The Princeton Review doesn’t rank its 150 “Best Value” colleges overall, it reports the top 10 schools in each group — both public and private. UNF was the only Northeast Florida institution of higher learning to make the list and is among only five universities in the entire state to be featured on the annual list, including the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida and New College of Florida.

The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges The Princeton Review designates as “Best Values” based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost and financial aid. The company chose the 150 schools from 650 colleges and universities at which it conducted institutional and student surveys for this project in 2011-12.

Academic factors included the quality of students the schools attract as measured by admissions credentials, as well as how students rated their academic experiences. Cost-of-attendance factors included tuition, room and board and required fees. Financial aid factors included the average gift aid (grants and scholarships, or free money) awarded to students, the percentage of graduating students who took out loans to pay for school and the average debt of those students. Also included was survey data on how satisfied students were with the financial aid packages they received.

This is just the latest in a long string of national recognition. A full list of awards is available online.


Faculty and Staff

august faculty staffCollege of Arts & Sciences 


Art and Design: Dr. Nofa Dixon participated in a National Juried Exhibition in Knoxville, Tenn.


Dr. Jenny Hager received a summer 2013 research grant from UNF.


Stephen Heywood had two images of his work published in the book “Printing on Clay.”


Jason John has had work published in Studio Visit Magazine, Open Studios Press and Creative Quarterly Magazine.


Kyle Keith was awarded a UNF Professional Development Grant for Full-Time Instructors for 2013. He was also contacted to do the professional portrait of the Chief Judge of the United States Court, Eastern District, Federal Court in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Dr. Debra Murphy’s exhibition review,“From Renaissance Palace to French Embassy, Palazzo Farnese, Rome Italy, Dec. 2010-April 2011,” appeared in Southeastern College Art conference review.


Chris Trice’s photograph, “Mercury-Redstone,” won the second place award in the Fifteenth Annual Krappy Kamera International Exhibition at Soho Photo Gallery in New York. He also had a photograph featured in the Sixth Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, Calif.


Biology: Drs. Matt Kimball and Courtney Hackney received a grant of $10,000 from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to fund their project, “Glass Eel Sampling and Site & Equipment Evaluation.”


Dr. Julie Richmond presented an invited research seminar, “Feast or Fast: Endocrine regulation of differential growth strategies in diverse marine mammal species,” at Auburn University.


Dr. Eric Johnson presented a seminar, “Science supporting sustainability: A stronger role for ecology in coastal fishery management,” to the Departmental of Biological Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology. He also presented a paper, “Collaborative science at the GTM NERR: Integrating graduate education, professional training and long-term research programs,” at the third annual GTM NERR State of the Reserve symposium.


Dr. Daniel Moon, with his student D.M. Silva, published “Productivity mediates a cross-ecosystem trophic cascade” in Ecological Entomology. With his students J. Barnouti, and  B. Younginger, he also published “Context-dependent effects of mycorrhizae on herbivore density and parasitism in a tritrophic coastal study system” in Ecological Entomology.


Dr. Judith Ochrietor and her students gave the following poster presentations at the American Society for Cell Biology meeting in San Francisco: (i) with D. Tokar, “Characterization of Basigin gene expression in the mouse pineal gland; (ii) with K. Russell, “Characterization of the ability of the photoreceptor-specific variant of the Basigin gene to induce expression of IL-6”; (iii) with K. Fletcher, “Characterization of the role of Cyclophilin A in the Basigin-MCT1 complex in the neural retina”; (iv) with P. Moran, “Characterization of the expression of Basigin and MCT1 in mouse reproductive systems”; (v) with V. Sachkouskaya, “Characterization of Basigin gene expression in mouse tissues”; (vi) with H. Zahir, P. Gambon, N. Thiebaud, and D. Fadool, “Characterization of Basigin and monocarboxylate transporter gene expression in the mouse olfactory system; with F. Warda and L. Shoshani, “Characterization of gene expression in retinal pigmented epithelium of Basigin null mice.” At the same meeting, Drs. Ochrietor and Cliff Ross, with their student K. Olsen and their colleagues R. Ritson-Williams and V. Paul, also gave a poster presentation, “Heat shock protein expression induced by elevated seawater temperature in the larvae of the reef-building coral Porites astreoides.” In addition, Ochrietor gave an oral presentation entitled “Avoiding drama in the lab: using roleplaying to teach research ethics” at the fifth annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research in Orlando.


Dr. Julie Richmond presented “Fasting and Re-alimentation of phocids: All seals are not created equal” at The Marine Mammal Center in Sauailito, Calif. With M. R. Butler and J. L. Dearolf, she presented “The effect of prenatal steroids on citrate synthase activity in the fetal guinea pig scalenus muscle” at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, Calif. At this same meeting, she and her students gave the following presentations: (i) with R. E. Dailey, “Impact of nutritional status on ghrelin and growth hormone in phocid seal pups”; (ii) with R. L. Cimino, “Manatee.  Assessing seasonality of the free-ranging Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris)”; (iii) with A. R. Kompelli and J. L. Dearolf, “The effect of betamethasone on the citrate synthase activity in fetal guinea pig rectus abdominus”; (iv) with K. A. McGrail, J. L. Dearolf, and R. A. Walker, RA, “Effects of prenatal steroids on the citrate synthase activity of the fetal guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) diaphragm”; (v) with M. L. McKinney, R. A. Walker, and J. L. Dearolf, “The scalenus and diaphragm muscles’ contributions to inspiration in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)”; (vi) with A. J. Unser and J. L. Dearolf, “Investigating the presence of a venous sphincter in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) diaphragm”; (vii) with R. A. Walker, and J. L. Dearolf, J.L., “Assessment of the oxidative capacity of the rectus throracis muscle in betamethasone treated fetuses”; (viii) with Dr. Quincy Gibson, E. M. Howells, J. D. Lambert, M. M. Mazzoil, G. O’Cory-Crowe, “Impact of Reproductive Status on Ranging Patterns of Female Bottlenose Dolphins”; and (ix) with Dr. Gibson, S. Kekolny, and J. Ermak, “Don’t Bite Your Mother: Seasonality and Sex Differences in Bottlenose Dolphin Aggression.” 


Chemistry: Dr. Robert Vergenz, with student collaborators Kevin Moore III, Daniel Little, Angela Migues, and Alicia Sirmans, presented the poster “Methyl CHO Hydrogen Bond Network in Streptococcus pneumonia Hyaluronate Lyase Mediates Enzyme Function” at the 53rd International Sanibel Symposium on Quantum Chemistry, Physics and Biology in St. Simons Island, Ga. in February.


Dr. Christos Lampropoulos and colleagues published “Geometric-phase interference in a Mn12 single-molecule magnet with four-fold rotational symmetry” in the American Physical Science Physical Review Letters in February.


Dr. José A. Jiménez, his colleague Marcia Balaguera-Gelves, and others at the University of Puerto Rico published “Improved Low-temperature Aqueous Synthesis of ZnO Nanorods and Their Use in SERS Detection of 4-ABT and RDX” in Materials Sciences and Applications.


Dr. Kenneth Laali and colleagues D. Vrazic, M. Jereb, and S. Stavber published “Brønsted Acidic Ionic Liquid Accelerated Halogenation of Organic Compounds with N-Halosuccinimides (NXS)” in Molecules. With G. G. K. S. Kumar, he published “Condensation of Propargylic Alcohols with N-Methylcarbazole and Carbazole in [BMIM][PF6] Ionic Liquid; Synthesis of Novel Dipropargylic Carbazoles Using TfOH or Bi(NO3)3.5H2O as Catalyst” in Tetrahedron Letters.


Dr. Michael W. Lufaso and colleagues published “Ionic Conductivity in Bi2Sn2O7 ceramics” in Ceramics International.


Communication: Dr. Christa Arnold, with her colleagues Justin Coran and Tanya Koropeckjy-Cox, published “Are Physicians and Patients in Agreement? Exploring Dyadic Concordance: in the Journal of Health Education and Behavior. 


English: Dr. Nicholas de Villiers presented a paper, “The Habitual Decryptors of Desire: Michals, Hervé Guibert, and Michel Foucault,” at the College Art Association conference in New York City.


Dr. Chris Gabbard published “From Custodial Care to Caring Labor: The Discourse of Who Cares in Jane Eyre” in The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability and presented “Caregiving in Jane Eyre" at the MLA conference.


History: Dr. Alan Bliss was appointed committee chair for the Florida Historical Society’s Arthur W. Thompson Award Committee, which recognizes the best journal article published in the Florida Historical Quarterly during the preceding year.


Dr. Charles Closmann delivered a conference paper, “Voices from the Stream:  An Oral History of Working Class Environmentalism along the St. Johns River,” at the Annual Conference of the Florida Historical Society in Tampa.


Dr. David T. Courtwright published a revised and expanded edition of Addiction of Addicts Who Survived: An Oral History of Narcotic Use in America before 1965 (University of Tennessee Press). He also published “Morality, Public Policy, and Partisan Politics in American History:  An Introduction,” in the Journal of Policy History.


Languages, Literatures, Cultures: Dr. Constanza López published her book “Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: El testimonio femenino en Colombia (1985-2000)” with Arizona Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. She also presented “Realidades novelescas: De cómo sobreviven las mujeres en medio del conflicto armado en Colombia” at the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispanica annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Dr. Yongan Wu presented his paper, “Retrospective Time Travel in the Chinese Context,” at the Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association conference.


Music: Dr. Nick Curry received the first Collegiate Leadership Award at the Florida American String Teacher’s annual awards banquet. He also appeared with the Trans-Siberian orchestra, judged solo and ensemble competitions in Orange and Volusia counties, received an invitation to teach once again at the Meadowmount School of Music and was the cello soloist with actress/singer Bernadette Peters in her February concert at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall in Tallahassee.


Philosophy/Religion: Dr. Andrew Buchwalter published “Religion, Civil Society and the System of an Ethical World: Hegel on the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” in Angelica Nuzzo (ed.), Hegel on Religion and Politics.


Dr. Mitchell Haney, withDr. Berrin Beasley, co-edited “Social Media and the Value of Truth.”


Dr. Bert Koegler published “Art as Dialogue: The Rediscovery of Nature after Modernism,” in “Feast of Flowers.” He also published “Interpretation as Reflective Judgment? Toward a Critique of Hermeneutic Experience” inObjectivity after Kant: Its Meaning, Its Limitations, Its Fateful Omissions.”


Dr. Jonathan Matheson, with Brandon Carey, published “How Skeptical is the Equal Weight View?” He also published a review of Ralph Wedgewood’s “The Nature of Normativity in Metapsychology” and presented “Is There a Well-Founded Solution to the Generality Problem?” at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Atlanta.


Dr. Sarah Mattice published “Artistry as Methodology: Aesthetic Experience and Chinese Philosophy” in Philosophy Compass and presented “A Metaphorical Conversation: Gadamer and Zhuangzi on Textual Unity” at the International Conference on Hermeneutics: Interpreting Philosophical Classics East and West.


Physics: Dr. Phil Davis published “Posthumous Publishing” in Inside Higher Ed. With John E. Kilpatrick, he published “Entropy, related thermodynamic properties, and structure of methylisocyanate” in the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics.


Dr. Nirmal Patel was informed by NASA-HASP that the University of North Dakota and UNF payload, “Development of a free flying payload to measure the ozone profile in the stratosphere using improved nanocrystalline sensor arrays” has been selected for flight on HASP 2013. 


Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. Georgette Dumont presented a paper “Transparency or Accountability? The Purpose of Online Technologies for Nonprofits” at the annual Southern Political Science Association in Orlando.


Sociology and Anthropology: Ross McDonough was invited to lecture to the 4th Judicial Circuit Family Law Judges and members of the Florida Family Law American Inn of Court at the Mental Health and Related Conditions Affecting Children and Adults in Court. 


Dr. Gordon Rakita gave a presentation entitled “That Complex Whole: Darwinian Approaches to Cultural Evolution” to the First Coast Free Thought Society of Jacksonville.


College of Computing, Engineering & Construction  


Computing: Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja received an $18,900 grant for his proposal,Benchmarking and Performance Analysis of VMWare ESXi Based Private Cloud”, fromJohnson & Johnson VisionCare, Inc.



Construction Management: Dr. John Dryden served as a judge at the Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair in February.


Dr. Mag Malek participated in an accreditation review workshop hosted by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The ACCE workshop focus was on a review of the accreditation standards for Construction Management and on the possibility of restructuring of the ACCE accrediting body.


Dr. Roberto Soares published his paper, “Trust — The Missing Link in Construction,” in the International Journal of Business and Social Science in December.


Engineering: David A Borton, Ming Yin, Dr. Juan Aceros and Arto Nurmikko published their paper, “An Implantable Wireless Neural Interface for Recording Cortical Circuit Dynamics in Moving Primates,” in the Journal of Neural Engineering.


Dr. Peter Bacopoulos presented a poster, “Sea-Level Rise Impact on the Salt Marshes of the South Atlantic Bight” at the Coastal Hazards Summit in February. Bacopoulos also participated in a meeting with the United States Army Corps of Engineers-New York District that was in support of UNF Coastal and Port Engineering graduate student, Shannon Kay, and her thesis relating to the risk of storm surge flooding in Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point, N.Y. 


Dr. Bill Dally gave an invited keynote address at the Surfing Science and Reef Symposium in Puerto Rico.



College of Education and Human Services  


Office of the Dean: Kelly Turner, graduate research assistant in the Dean’s Office, and Kathleen Witsell, resident clinical faculty, presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators. Their presentation titled “Crossing Cultures: Development, Implementation and Reflection of a Short-Term International Student Teaching Internship to England” was prepared with Dr. Marsha Lupi and discussed the many facets of the COEHS student teaching opportunity in Plymouth, England.



Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. E. Newton Jackson, Jr. joined a group of speakers for a series of panel discussions in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in February. This event was covered by multiple national media outlets.


Last month in Sarasota, UNF was well-represented at the Eastern Educational Research Association annual conference.  Drs. Larry Daniel, Luke Cornelius, Terence Cavanaugh and graduate students, Deb Miller, Melissa Omeechevarria, Mai Keisling, Tara Haley, Irene Silas, Amy Valentine, Mona Vosoughi and Lynne Elliott all presented papers.


Dr. Luke Cornelius appeared last week as a panelist at a Jacksonville University event called “Student Affairs is a Real Career,” sponsored by their Residence Life and Student Affairs offices. 


Dr. Terry Cavanaugh presented at both the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FECT) and the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA) over the past month. At FECT in Orlando, he presented a session titled “BookMapping — GIS meets Literature,” introducing people to the concept of setting exploration using digital tools. At EERA in Sarasota, he made three presentations: (i) “The Dissertation and the Ebook: A Committee Member’s Read on Reading Ebooked Dissertations,” which was about his recent experience with converting dissertations for reading and the information sharing process; (ii) with Dr. Luke Cornelius on “The Handbook is a Contract and Diversity Jurisdiction”; (iii) and with Dr. Brian Zoellner on their recent project of using eBook devices for digital textbooks in science methods in a session titled “The Opportunity and Challenge of Pre-service Teacher Use of eReaders.” As part of the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in Gainesville, he worked with Juan Carlos Villatoro to present their project titled “Educational Development for Rural Areas in the Dominican Republic:  The Computer Container Classroom Project.” Furthermore, Dr. Cavanaugh and a few students from his Introduction to Technology for Educators class were judges at the regional science fair.



Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education: Dr. Sherry Shaw’s book, “Service Learning in Interpreter Education: Strategies for Extending Student Involvement in the Deaf Community.”


Drs. Debbie Reed and Susan Syverud presented various aspects of the University of North Florida/Duval County Public School Urban Professional Development School partnership at the 2013 Professional Development Schools National Conference in February in New Orleans. Their joint presentations were titled “Making a Positive Difference in Our Urban Professional Development Schools” and “Fostering Civic Awareness of Our Teacher Candidates in a PDS Context: Meeting the Needs of School Partners, Struggling Learners, and Students with Exceptionalities.” Reed further showcased her work in a presentation titled “Enhancing the Collegiate Experience: Special Education Teacher Candidates and Civic Engagement in an Urban Professional Development School” while Syverud showcased her individual work in a presentation titled “Increasing the Reading Achievement Levels in an Urban Professional Development School: Collaborating on Tiers 2 and 3 Response to Intervention.”


A Korean translation of the text, “Deaf Learners: Developments in Curriculum and Instruction,” edited by Dr. Donald Moores and David Martin of Gallaudet University, has just been published by Sigma Press.



The Institute For Values, Community And Leadership: Dr. Annabel Brooks, John Frank andIVCL faculty liaison Liz Gregg recentlytraveled to Florida State University to present a breakout session at the 2013 Dalton Institute on Student Values regarding UNF’s innovative leadership program. Frank was the recipient of the Student Affairs Award for 2012-2013 that exemplifies one of the six core values of UNF — mutual respect and civility.


august datelineMilestone anniversaries 

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


25 years 

Marcella Smith, Telecommunication Billing Associate, Telephone Services  

Lois Scott, Office Manager, Department of Music Flagship Program 


20 years 

Ethel Dennis, Senior Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities 

Lan Nguyen, Accounts Payable Auditor, Controller’s Office  


15 years 

Thuan Phan, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources 


10 years 

Kathleen Halstead, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department 

Elton Brown, Energy Maintenance Support, Physical Facilities 


Five years 

Reginald Pringle, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities 

Jean Perras, IT Systems Engineer, Information Technology Services 



The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from late-January to early-March:


Michelle Artiga, Administrative Secretary, English Language Program 

Wayne Bennett, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management 

April Chamberlin, Assistant Director of Student Government, Student Government Business and Accounting Office 

Jacob Davidson, Assistant Athletic Coach, Golf 

James Roarty, Administrative Secretary, Department of English

Johnnie Smith, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services  

Lal Liana, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Matthew Stumph, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities 

Nathaniel Thomas, Athletic Academic Advisor, Intercollegiate Athletic Academic Support  

Tammy Desmarais, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department  

Michael Terry, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Maritza Choisser, Student Government Office Manager, Student Union 

Jennifer Grissom, Photographer, Marketing and Publications 

Nicole Shervington, Admissions Scholarships Coordinator, One-Stop Student Services  

Russ Owens, Maintenance Mechanic, Student Union Maintenance and Energy Management 

Erica Powell-Jones, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Moses Scott, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Jason Simpson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 


Great job 

The following employees were promoted from late-January to early-March:


Logan Arke, Senior Groundskeeper Physical Facilities 

William Bigham, Locksmith Supervisor, Physical Facilities 

Harry Duncan, Senior Custodial Worker, Student Union 

Kate Learch, Associate Director, International Business Flagship Program 

Vladislav Mikhedok, Maintenance Specialist, Physical Facilities 

John Parmelee, Professor, Department of Communication  

Marvin Thompson, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities 

Ernest Vickers, Heavy Equipment Operator, Physical Facilities

Mark Ward, Senior Heavy Equipment Operator, Physical Facilities




Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF from mid-January to late-February:


Darlene Breitenbach, Coordinator, Education Training Program

Anne Fugard, Director, Academic Support Services 

Kathleen Klein, Assistant Director, Student Affairs 

Martina Perry, Coordinator, Academic Support Services

Martha Warner, Specialist, Financial Aid  

Latoya Alston, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Katrina Camaj, Administrative Secretary, College of Education and Human Services Advising Office 

Tenika Franklin, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Donald Frazier, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities  

George Sanchez, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities 

Tammy Spencer, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

John Sternad, Senior Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities 

Terence Tripp, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

The Goods


april mangoThe mango is known as the “King of Fruit” throughout the world. In some parts of the world, the mango tree is even considered a symbol of love. It’s one of the most popular “super fruits,” believed to have many health-promoting qualities. Dr. Shahla Khan, instructor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses the fruit that is good for you any time. To help you add mango to your diet, a recipe is provided.


Myth: You can tell the ripeness of a mango by its skin color.

Fact: Skin color isn’t a good indicator of ripeness. It’s better to give the fruit a gentle squeeze — a ripe one will succumb slightly. A ripe mango will also smell fruity.


Myth: Mangos only contain vitamin A.

Fact: Mangos are bursting with protective nutrients. The vitamin content depends upon the variety and maturity of the fruit. When the mango is green, the amount of vitamin C is higher. As it ripens, the amount of beta carotene (vitamin A) increases. They’re also a good source of B-6, potassium and fiber.


Myth: The whole fruit, including the skin of the mango, is edible.

Fact: The skin of the mango isn’t considered edible. In fact, mango leaves are considered toxic and can possibly kill cattle or other grazing livestock. Dermatitis can also result from contact with the resinous latex sap that drips from the stem end when mangos are harvested.


Myth: Mangos can’t be refrigerated.

Fact: To get the best taste out of your mangos, there are a few simple storage tips. Mangos shouldn’t be refrigerated until they are ripe. Fully ripe mangos can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Never store mangos in plastic bags — they need air.


Myth: Mangos are fattening.

Fact: Mangos don’t promote weight gain. The fat content in a mango is minimal. In fact, there isn’t even one gram of fat per mango. Sugar-loaded mango drinks, however, can promote weight gain.


Mango chicken recipe 


1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme or 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1 pinch ground nutmeg

1 pinch cayenne pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 1 pound

2 teaspoons margarine

1 ripe but firm mango, peeled and cut into chunks

2 green onions, thinly sliced


1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander

Juice of 1/2 lime



In a small dish, stir together spices.

Sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with spice mixture.

Heat margarine in a large nonstick fry pan over medium high heat.

Add chicken breasts and cook, turning occasionally, until both sides are deep golden brown and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Add mango and green onions.

Cook, stirring just until heated through, about 1 minute.

Remove from heat.

Sprinkle with salt, coriander and squeeze lime over chicken.


The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about mango? Contact Dr. Khan at