There is no standard for success. For some, dedication and perseverance are enough. However, others might require a few other environmental factors to help them get ahead. First-year students at the University of North Florida will learn more about the varied paths to promise by reading “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell during this year’s UNF Reads! Program. The UNF Reads! Program, established in 2008, has two primary goals — to introduce first-year students to the academic environment and the UNF campus community through summer reading and to give them a hands-on learning opportunity to get involved in the broader campus and potentially kickstart a common conversation with someone else who read the book.Dr. Jeff Coker, the dean of Undergraduate Studies, said everyone is encouraged to read the book — including faculty and staff. He said the shared experience helps to foster a common on-campus dialogue that gives newcomers and long-time campus members the chance to interact on a similar level. Multiple sections of freshman writing courses will use “Outliers” in class for developing critical-thinking and analytical-writing skills.In “Outliers,” Gladwell challenges reader understanding of how the world operates. From the relationship between rice paddies and math to identifying the greatest year in history to have been born, Gladwell uses different real-life success stories to show how we are all products of our environment and our lineage, according to a book summary by Actionable Books. He has scientifically proven that our opportunity to succeed in life is largely dependent on the communities in which we are raised, and the opportunities that are present to us as a result of that upbringing. The interesting twist is that it’s not usually the upbringing you might expect that leads to greatness. Coker said a committee of faculty selected the book from several other nominees. It stood out because the central question posed by Gladwell is a crucial one for new college students to consider, he said. Success, as Gladwell makes clear, is not simply the result of natural talent, but rather the convergence of opportunity and dedication. “I can't think of a more relevant message for an incoming freshman, or really for any student,” Coker said. “And certainly, this is a theme consistent with UNF’s goal of providing students with a transformational experience that will connect their unique talents to the world's needs.”By introducing freshmen into the broader campus culture through shared discourse about one particular book, Coker said UNF Reads! engages students at a vital point in their college careers — the first semester.“The program was designed to help build a strong sense of academic community for the incoming class and to celebrate the fact that UNF is a place where big ideas are talked about.”
Get to Know
Department: Honors Program
Job title: Interim Director
What do you do? I oversee all operations of the Honors Program and teach the Honors Freshman Colloquium.
Years at UNF: 12, with a two-year break in the middle
Describe your favorite UNF-related memory?
I love the first night of the Honors Freshman Retreat when the atrium of the Crossings Building Q is filled with 200 freshmen and 20 or 30 student volunteers playing icebreakers. You can hear the energy and feel the promise as we begin to create our community.
Tell us about your family. My husband, Philip, is an associate professor of history at UNF. I have three kids, ages 16, 14 and 6. The older two boys attend Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Stanton College Preparatory School, and the youngest girl is in first grade at J. Allen Axson Montessori.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
Being with my two sons and husband in a meeting room in a Chinese hotel as someone handed us a baby wearing an orange jumpsuit, fluorescent blue socks and five ponytails. The next day, that baby became our daughter, Elinor Jane Hua Kaplan.
If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
It would probably be something to do with travel, which has been the focus of my academic studies. I am a folklorist interested in culture and national identity, and I am a teacher in my bones. Maybe I would work at a foreign university helping American students adapt to that culture.
What would you like to do when you retire?
I'd like to travel and learn more about things I've not had time for - art comes to mind, specifically painting and drawing.
What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
I love the community. I have a lot of friends across all departments and categories - staff, faculty and students.
What is the best thing you ever won?
Tickets to Disney when I was 10. My cousin put my name in without my knowing it, and I found out I won when they announced my name over the loudspeaker at a festival.
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?
Find a way to create a foundation to help defray tuition costs for refugees living in Jacksonville.
What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life?
Someone with great range, as the music would have to encompass Greek folk music, Celtic music and Klezmer, as well as more traditional genres.
Who is your favorite fictional character? What makes them your favorite?
I'm not entirely sure he's fictional, but King Arthur has played a huge role in my personal and professional life. His story is important to me because it asks central questions about fate, fortune and free will, and he provides a model for how to create an ideal community and then behave with dignity and integrity even when tragedy strikes.
If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?
Start foundations for causes I care about and spend a little on travel.
If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing?
If I had to work, I'd probably be in the non-profit sector or teaching in a high school. If I didn't have to work, I'd be a full-time volunteer for a variety of organizations that focus on cultural diversity or food.
What is your favorite way to blow an hour? Read fiction or ride my bicycle around Riverside or Springfield.
Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: I won a fencing duel at dawn on the banks of the Thames against a long-armed German man who had insulted womankind.
If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? Flowers.
What was the best money you ever spent?
At 22, I blew my life savings on a post-baccalaureate year at Oxford learning Old English, Middle French, German and Latin in preparation for my application for a master's degree in middle English literature.
Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn't live without?
Technology, I can live without. It is people I can't.
What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
Diana Ross in the 1970s and the Tierney Sutton Band at the Riverside Fine Arts Association.
What person had the greatest impact on your life?
My husband, who is my fellow-traveller and always brings out the best in me.
What are you most passionate about?
Who is the most famous person you ever met? Mia Farrow.
Last book read: "This Rough Magic" by Mary Stewart, a novel set in Greece, which is where I am this summer.
Faculty & Staff
Coggin College of Business
Management: Dr. Ron Adams presented his paper, "FTLB: Consumer Deception or Unwarranted Product Disparagement?" July 8 at the 20th International Conference on Recent Advances in Retailing and Services Science (EIRASS) in Philadelphia.
Marketing and Logistics: Dr. A. Coskun "Josh" Samli's 25th book, "From a Market Economy to a Finance Economy - The Most Dangerous American Journey," was published by Palgrave Macmillian.
College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry: Dr. Christos Lampropoulos's research appeared in five venues. With undergraduate Anna Javed, he published "Synthesis, magnetic and spectroscopic characterization of a new Fe7 cluster with a six-pointed star topology" in Polyhedron. He and undergraduate Matthew Pegram presented the poster, "Chasing the "Magic" Analyte - Analyte Recognition Compound (ARC) Pair: Molecular Clusters as ARCs on PhotoElectric Chemical Sensors (PECS)," at the Florida-ACS meeting in Tampa. At the same conference, he and undergraduates Anna Javed, Kelley A. Johnson, and John M. Cain presented the poster, "The Search for New Molecular Magnetic Materials: Altering Current Single Molecule Magnets, or Starting from Scratch?" He presented the invited talk, "Taking Single-Molecule Magnets to New Directions: From Molecules to Hybrid Materials, and to Devices," at both the Materials Symposium of the Florida-ACS Meeting and at the 5th North America Greece Cyprus Workshop on Paramagnetic Materials in Limasol, Cyprus.
Communication: Christine Holland presented a workshop session, "Communicating: Your elevator pitch," at the Regional Conference for the Florida Office of Women in Higher Education in Jacksonville in June.
Dr.John Parmelee presented two papers at the International Communication Association in London in June: "Political journalists and Twitter: Influences on norms and practices" and "The agenda-building function of political tweets."
Stephynie C. Perkins and Paula Horvath presented a workshop session, "Using Social Media Tools: Developing and Maintaining Your Personal Brand," at the Regional Conference for the Florida Office of Women in Higher Education in Jacksonville in June.
English:Dr. James Beasley's article, "Richard Weaver, Sharon Crowley and Rhetorical Politics" was published in Rhetoric Review.
Languages, Literatures and Cultures:Clayton McCarl presented his paper, "Un aventurero cripto-judío en el Mar del Sur, siglo XVII," at the 2013 congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Washington, D.C. in May.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Rosa De Jorio published "Public Debate under Amadou Toumani Touré, Mali (West Africa)" in Cultural Anthropology in June.
Dr. Melissa Hargrove served as an interlocutor for three members of the Duval County hip-hop community, who gave the first ever hip-hop folk culture presentation at the Folklife Area at the 2013 Florida Folk Festival in White Springs in May.
Ross McDonough co-presented on the topic of "Professional Development of the Social Worker" at the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter State Conference in Orlando in June.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan presented her paper titled "A Temporal Multi-View Approach for Audio Key Finding Using AdaBoost" in the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo in San Jose, Calif. in July.
Engineering: Dr. Peter Bacopoulos had his paper "Hydrodynamic modeling of Hurricane Dennis impact on estuarine salinity variation in Apalachicola Bay" accepted for publication in the Journal of Coastal Research.
Dr.Peter Bacopoulos gave a research presentation at the National Hydrologic Warning Council 2013 in Ponte Vedra in June entitled "Coupled Hydrologic-Hydrodynamic Modeling of Watershed Runoff, Storm Surge, Tides and Sea Level Rise in Florida's Lower St. Johns River (Tropical Storm Fay 2008)."
Dr.Juan Aceros presented his two peer review papers titled "A Necklace Sonar with Adjustable Scope Range for Assisting the Visually Impaired" and "An Externally Mounted Wireless Neural Recording Device for Laboratory Animal Research and Human Clinical Use" in the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Osaka, Japan in July. Aceros was also invited to chair the session on "New Sensing Techniques I" at the conference.
Dr.John Nuszkowski's proposal, "Energy Efficient Vehicles," was awarded a Foundation Board grant in the amount of $15,000.
College of Education and Human Services
Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Stacy Boote recently had an article published in Dimensions in Mathematics, a Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics journal. Boote wrote it along with three of her math methods students, L. McCormick, L. Parris, and W. Garner. The article is titled, "Modeling part-whole relationships in the classroom: Frog and Toad are Friends, lost buttons and circle graphs."
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in August:
Sharon Wilburn, Professor, Public Health
Bradley Richards, Landscape Grounds Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Denis Bell, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Jay Coleman, Interim Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
David Courtwright, Professor, History
Sam Kimball, Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences
Shelly Purser, Director, Health Promotion
Pamela Chally, Dean, Brooks College of Health
James Garner, Chair/Professor, Physics
Jason Mauro, Associate Professor, English
Bobbi Doggett, Senior Instructor, Communication
Cheryl Van Deusen, Professor, Management
Kristine Webb, Professor, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Delores Irvin, Office Manager, Nursing
Ann Deland, Administrative Secretary, Academic Affairs
John Anderson, Senior Research Lecturer, Physics
Bronwyn McLemore, Research Programs Coordinator, Florida Institute of Education
Jenny Johnson, Assistant Director, Teaching Gymnasium
Bob Shepherd, University Conduct Officer, Student Conduct
Melissa Hyman, Project Manager, Project Management Office
Bernadette Buckley, Associate Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Richard Chant, Associate Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education
Linda Connelly, Instructor, Nursing
Georgina David, Assistant Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Robert Frankel, Professor, Marketing and Logistics
Andre Gallo, Chair/Professor, Economics
Christoph Guess, Associate Professor, Psychology
Wanda Hedrick, Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL Donald Hutton, Executive in Residence, Public Health
Christopher Johnson, Chair/Professor, Economics
Lynn Jones, Associate Dean, Coggin College of Business
Stephynie Perkins, Associate Professor, Communication
Zornitza Prodanoff, Associate Professor, School of Computing
Jacqueline Shank, Instructor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Simon Shiao, Associate Professor, Music
Kathy Weglicki, Enrollment Services Compliance Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Sabrina Foust, Office Assistant, Auxiliary Services Administrative
Shari Shuman, Vice President, Administration and Finance
Jeffrey Durfee, Director of IT Networking, IT Security
Miguel Gabertan, Assistant Controller, Controller
John Hannaford, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Michelle Boling, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Peter Casella, Assistant Professor, Communication
David Deeley, Assistant Professor, Communication
Gregory Domber, Assistant Professor, History
Elizabeth Fullerton, Assistant Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
James Gelsleichter, Assistant Professor, Biology
Caroline Guardino, Assistant Professor, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Nuria Ibanez, Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Samuel Mathies, Instructor, Communication
Katie Monnin, Assistant Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Thien Nguyen, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Robert Parrish, Academic Adviser, Education and Human Services
Radha Pyati, Chair/Professor, Chemistry
Dung Ronemous, Senior Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Alicia Sitren, Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Madalina Tanase, Assistant Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education
Michael Toglia, Chair/Professor, Psychology
Brenda Vose, Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Pingying Zhang, Assistant Professor, Management
Nicholas de Villiers, Assistant Professor, English
Ryan Shores, Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia
Sherri Charles, Senior Accounts Payable Representative, Controller Karen Freitag, Document Scanning Associate, Enrollment Services
Gloria Beachem, Academic Adviser, Academic Center for Excellence
The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from mid-June to early July:
Katrina Machorro, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Coggin College of Business
Susan Russo, Student Affairs Coordinator, Center for International Education
Tori Conklin, Events Planning Coordinator, Academic Affairs
Ashley Iselborn, Office Manager, Biology
Alison Kent, Events Planning Coordinator, Taylor Leadership Institute David Forde, Chair/Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
John Venn, Chair/ Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Ronald Adams, Chair/Professor, Marketing and Logistics
Krista Nordby, Assistant Athletic Coach, Strength and Conditioning
Clarence Phelps, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
The following employees were promoted in late-June and early-July:
Jeffrey Bowen, University Librarian, Library
Katie Chenard, Assistant Director, University Center
Alex Davis, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance and Energy Management
Donald Haley, Associate Professor, Public Health
Jeffrey Harrison, Chair/Professor, Public Health
Robert Keyser, IT Support Coordinator, User Services
Susan Massey, University Librarian, Library
Lauren Newton, Associate University Librarian, Library
Cameron Pucci, Director, IPTM
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF from mid-June to early-July:
Sarah Bloom, Marketing and Publications Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Garry Clay, Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Josue Cruz, Coordinator Student Affairs, Center for International Education
Kathryn Dumouchel, Events Planning Coordinator, Academic Affairs Leonard Jacob, Director of IPTM, Training and Services Institute
Robert Kreps, Research Program Services Coordinator, Florida Institute of Education
David McClenahan, Instructional Specialist, Training and Services Institute
Whitney Meyer, Events Coordinator, Alumni Services
Rene Monteagudo, Director, University Counseling Center
Amanda Mueller, Residence Life Coordinator, University Housing Natalie Nguyen, Coordinator, LGBT Office
Milagros Ortiz, Coordinator, Residence Life Programming
Adam Schaechterle, Head Coach, Tennis
Danielle Vitale, Residence Life Coordinator, University Housing
Delores Truesdell, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Sanghyun Chun, Research Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
Patricia Gardner, Office Assistant, Physical Facilities
Franscilla Gibson, Program Assistant, Small Business Development Center
Marla McGill, Administrative Secretary, Nursing
Roberta Neilly, Child Development Teacher, Child Development Research Center
Judith Purcell, Travel Representative, Training and Services Institute Danyell Rowland, Office Assistant, Graduate School
A special acknowledgement goes to UNF's Military and Veterans Resource Center for being recognized by the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition for its commitment to military and veterans in the Jacksonville area.
Guava is a tropical fruit that is both nutritious and tasty. Dr. Judy Perkin, faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, tells us more about a fruit that in many forms could add variety and good nutrition to your diet. In order to add guava to your diet, a recipe has been included.
Myth: Guava is only grown in the Americas.
Fact: Historians believe that guava probably originated in the tropical regions of the Americas, but today, guava is cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions all around the world. Countries that are cited as major producers of guava outside the Americas include India and Pakistan. Within the Americas, Mexico and Brazil are large producers. Guavas are also grown in Florida and Hawaii.
Myth: Guava should only be consumed raw.
Fact: Many individuals like the taste of raw guava, but according to the University of Florida Extension Service, the taste may be sweet or sour depending on the acid content. Culinary experts say that guava is frequently cooked and can be frozen, and it's also available in the form of guava paste and guava juice. Guava paste is very commonly used in parts of Latin America and frequently can be found in Florida grocery stores. Culinary experts also note that guava in a dehydrated form can be used as a food flavoring.
Myth: Guava ripens best in the refrigerator.
Fact: According to food encyclopedias, refrigeration actually slows the ripening process of the guava. To ripen, it's said that guava is best left at room temperature or put in a paper bag. According to the University of Florida Extension Service, ripe guava should be eaten within two days.
Myth: Guava grows on small shrubs.
Fact: Agricultural experts indicate that guava grows on trees, which can reach more than 30 feet in height and come in many varieties. Botanically, the guava is related to spices, such as cinnamon and cloves, and is classified as a member of the myrtle family.
Myth: In terms of nutrition, Vitamin C is the only nutrient of consequence in terms of its contents.
Fact: Guava is high in Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, but published sources also indicate that it's a good source of many other nutrients like potassium, beta-carotene, folate, dietary fiber and niacin. In recent years, scientists have also found that guava has a phytochemical content that may help protect against cancer.
Stuffed Guava Shells
1 cup cottage cheese, low-fat
3 cups guava
2 Tbsp. skim milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. 100 percent orange juice
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1. Remove outer shells of guavas, keeping them intact.
2. Beat cottage cheese, guavas (after they are removed from shells), milk, sugar, orange juice and lemon juice in a large bowl. Beat well.
3. Place cottage cheese mixture into remaining guava shells. Serve.
Credit: Recipe courtesy of the University of Florida Extension.
Recipe used with permission of the Produce for Better Health Foundation and Fruits & Veggies - More Matters® website: www.FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org.
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 monthly in The Florida Times-Union's "Taste" section. Have a question about guava? Contact Dr.Perkin at email@example.com.
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