Attorney and best-selling author Scott Turow traveled to the University of North Florida to speak to
students and the community during two different College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law
Lecture Series presentations. Considered by many to be the father of the modern
legal thriller, Turow is the author of seven
best-selling novels, including “Ordinary Heroes,” “Reversible Errors,”
“Personal Injuries,” “The Laws of Our Fathers,” “Pleading Guilty,” “The Burden
of Proof” and “Presumed Innocent.” During an interview before his lectures,
Turow discussed his writing process, his creative inspirations and what it’s
like to see one’s writing translated to the big screen.
inspires the characters in your novels? Do you draw them from real life?
I hope they resemble real life. There’s not
a one-to-one correspondence between people in real life and my characters. One
or two minor characters along the way have borne a noticeable resemblance, but
for the most part, it’s an enormous constraint to have to refer to reality for
characters. It inhibits that process that novelists always talk about where the
characters take on a life of their own.
is a strong theme in many of your novels. What makes that such an interesting
theme for a work of legal fiction?
Innocence seems compelling to everybody —
the question of “who dunnit” or “if I did it.” Maybe there’s a good novel about
a defense attorney trying to get a guilty guy off, but I doubt you’d be able to
maintain the same level of suspense. Generally speaking, Americans and others around
the world don’t like seeing the innocent convicted, so that’s a good theme. So
is the theme of trying to determine if the purported accused is guilty.
must be a lot to manage, juggling your work as an attorney and author. Describe
your writing process and how you find the time to focus on your novels.
I’ve become really good at writing in the
available time. I wrote on the plane on the way here. I actually find airplanes
to be really good writing time because there’s no telephone. When I’m at home, I
get up at 7 a.m., read three newspapers over coffee and want to be at my desk
by 8 or 8:30 a.m. How long I stay there is a product of the stage I’m at in the
book. The beginning is hard. There’s a lot of wandering around, but I make
myself sit down every time. I’ve never written more than 45 minutes out of every
hour, but now, the time I would spend wandering around my house sticking my
head in the refrigerator is replaced by checking e-mail.
had a number of your novels translated to TV or film. Describe what it’s like
for a novelist in Hollywood.
I never envisioned it happening. It’s been
a real bonus round in my life. I treat the film industry like a vacation. It’s a
really pleasant place to visit but not necessarily somewhere I’d want to live.
With that attitude, I sort of roll with the waves. I’ve met a lot of incredibly
talented people in the film industry, but I’m a novelist. I can’t possibly handicap
what’s going to happen in Hollywood. The people who buy books influence movie
producers in that they’re trying to guess what the public is going to want next.
Intuition changes from minute to minute, and they’re trying to ape the success
of something else. If the “Hunger Games” is a great success, than you’ll have books
and movies trying to go down the same path.
it jarring for a writer to see their work translated to the big screen?
I’ve been really lucky. “Presumed Innocent”
[Turow’s first novel] was bought as part of this big, crazy process where I was
offered sums of money that eclipsed everything I’d earned in eight years as a lawyer
up to that point. It was all sort of comical to me. Finally, Sydney Pollack ended
up buying the rights to “Presumed Innocent.” He flew to New York with his
partner, Mark Rosenberg, to meet me. It was in the days of high Hollywood
excess. Sydney and Mark took a limo in from O’Hare, and they had rented a suite
at the Ritz. They rolled in a buffet that truly could’ve fed 20 for our
supposed lunch. We sat there and talked, but Sydney said something then that
I’ve always thought was the right guidance. “It’s your book, and it’s my movie.”
That meant he wasn’t going to interfere in the writing of the book because it
had been bought before it was published — it was still being edited. And I
wasn’t going to interfere in their movie-making. I really try to adhere to that
distinction. If I make suggestions, I do so only when I’m asked and in trying
to think in my limited way about what will make it a better film — not what
will make it truer to my vision.
interests you about speaking at colleges and addressing students on the topics
of law and literature?
I made a commitment to myself a long time
ago that when I was invited to a university campus, I would go. I go for lots
of reasons, but one is that students tend to be curious and impressionable, and
I’d like to teach them and introduce myself to them. For the last 12 years, I’ve
been a college trustee and learned more about higher education [Turow is an
elected member of the Board of Trustees at Amherst College, his alma mater]. All
of my previous excursions to colleges have been very educational, and I enjoy
speaking with the students.
your current writing career resemble what you hoped it would be when you were
If you’d have asked me when I was 19 what
I wanted to be, I would’ve said the next James Joyce. But if you had told me
you’re not going to be the next James Joyce, you’re going to be a respected
literary figure and a best-selling novelist, I’d have said “you’ve got to be
kidding me.” First of all, I grew up at a time when the divisions between high
and low culture were so pronounced that it was virtually inconceivable that
somebody could have books that would win prizes and be reviewed on the front
page of The New York Times Book Review and also be at the top of the
best-seller list. That seemed impossible. I’ve been very, very fortunate. As I
said, I wanted to be a novelist, and when I was 11, I wanted to write a book
that was as exciting as “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Generally speaking, that
seems to have happened to me. I don't know if “Presumed Innocent” or any of the
other books will live as long as the “The Count of Monte Cristo,” but we’ll all
have to find out.
The men’s and women’s basketball seasons
are off to an enthusiastic start.
Coaches, players, boosters and fans came
together in early November to learn more about what the teams were facing for
the 2013-14 season and what the Osprey faithful might expect.
“I have never been around a more
competitive team,” said Coach Matt Driscoll, who is in his fifth season with
the Ospreys. “They are competitive, and they want to win.”
They are going to have to be because their
schedule includes games versus Florida at Florida, Middle Tennessee at Middle
Tennessee, Ohio State at Ohio State, Alabama at Alabama, Indiana at Indiana and
Michigan State at Michigan State.
“We have some big names on our schedule
this year,” Driscoll said. “Big names. But those big names bring in big money
for the University. And that money means extra tutors for the program, extra
summer school — it means we can stay up with the Joneses. It means we can
compete. It also brings exposure for the University. We will be on TV 11 times
this season. We are going to be on TV all over this year, and there is a great
value to that.”
There is great value to the program for
the University, as well. Having men’s and women’s programs that compete at the
Division I level in the NCAA means many things for a university like UNF.
“Having UNF on TV so many times this year
is just another opportunity for people all over the country to see what we have
to offer,” said Director of Athletics Lee Moon. “They not only get to see our
athletes on the court, but they get to learn about our academics and see our
campus during the commercial breaks. It is a win-win for us.”
The University produced a 30-second spot
to air during all games that promotes the environmentally beautiful campus,
small class sizes and hands-on learning opportunities with professors who teach
— all hallmarks of a UNF education.
Those will air when the team is away and
playing some of the biggest names on the hardwood. But there will be plenty of
opportunities to see the men and the women at home this season.
“We have 14 home games this year,”
Driscoll said. “That is the most we have ever had. And we need people at every
game. We need fans in the stands. We need everyone to come out. We need your
support. We have talent on the team. Our talent is actually at an all-time
high. Everybody on the team can shoot. All our guys can handle. All our guys
have a great I.Q. We’ve got this. It is going to be a great year.”
Mary Tappmeyer, the women’s head coach, has
been at the helm of the Ospreys since the start and guided the team to 396 wins.
“I am super excited about this year’s
program,” Tappmeyer said. “We have a lot of chemistry on this team, and it is
the hardest working team I have ever coached. You are going to see a lot of
great things out of this team.”
For the first time, Tappmeyer signed
three international players: Flo Ward from Salisbury, United Kingdom; Taru
Madekivi from Turku, Finland; and Paulina Zavickaite from Talsai, Lithuania.
She even signed a freshman — Janea William from Pinehurst, N.C. — who can dunk.
It is going to be a huge year for Tappmeyer and her team.
Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday, Jan. 6 for the Distinguished Professor
Award, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards, Outstanding Faculty Service and
the new Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award. Guidelines for the awards are listed on the
Faculty Association Web
site — just look under the Faculty Awards section.
Nominations can be submitted one of three ways: online,
via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or printed out and delivered to the Faculty Association office on the third
floor of the Osprey Commons.
The deadline for submissions
is 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17. For more
information, contact either Cindy Chin at email@example.com
or (904) 620-287 or Dr. Gordon Rakita at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (904) 620-1658.
‘Tis the season to be jolly — and there are plenty of festive events
happening at UNF (or nearby) to remind us that the holiday season is in full
swing. Here are a few you might want to consider as you plan your holiday
UNF Alumni Association’s 22nd Annual Holiday Party
This is the one holiday party this season you don’t want to
miss. The UNF Alumni Association’s 22nd Annual Holiday Party
will feature great food, music, dancing, door prizes and more.
For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Services
at (904) 620-4723 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Location: The Casa Marina Hotel
Cost: Suggested donation of $20
Big Orange Chorus presents "Sounds
of the Season" Christmas Concert
The Big Orange Chorus is pleased
to announce their annual Christmas Show, “Sounds Of The Season.” Joining the nine-time
state-champion chorus will be Max Q, a 2007 International Gold medalist
quartet. The show will also feature additional guest talent. More information is available online and on Facebook.
Sunday, Dec. 15
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: Lazzara Performance Hall
Cost: Tickets will be available for $25, with groups
of six or more receiving a special rate of $18 per ticket.
UNF women’s basketball hosts Holiday Classic
The University of North Florida women’s basketball team will host its
annual Hampton Inn Oceanfront Holiday Classic at UNF Arena. Participating teams include Georgia Southern University, Eastern Illinois
University and Air Force. GSU will play EIU at 1 p.m., and the Ospreys will
take on Air Force at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20
Cost: Adults: $6,
Youth/Senior/Military/UNF Staff: $4, UNF Students and children 2 years old and
under: Free with Osprey 1Card; UNF Student Guest: $3
* The University will be closed for
holiday break from Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Jan. 2
Job title: Assistant Athletics Communications Director
What do you do? I help handle the media responsibilities within UNF’s Athletics Department, specifically with the volleyball, women’s basketball and softball teams. Athletics Communications handles all the stats for our teams, coordinates nominations for Atlantic Sun and national awards, writes press releases pertaining to our teams and the various events, designs collateral pieces (online guides, game programs, flipcards, posters, etc.) and coordinates the media operations at all of our home events.
Years at UNF: 2
What is the best thing you ever won? That would probably have to be several kickball championships. I’ve won one with my team in Atlanta and then four more in Jacksonville.
Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: I learned how to drive on a 1989 Corvette. Also, since my 25th birthday, I’ve made it a tradition to watch the sunrise on the beach on my actual birthday, or about as close as I can get to the actual birthday since I’ve had trips with our women’s basketball team that had me away from the beach. I’ve only missed one year, and that was when I was living in Atlanta at the time.
Who is the most famous person you ever met? Being in athletics and the media, you meet various folks. The interaction that perhaps stands out the most though was Evander Holyfield. I was volunteering at the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and I was working the photographer check-in table in the depths of the Georgia Dome. Each photographer had to turn in their credential in order to get a bright yellow photographer’s band that could wrap around a person’s leg or a large lens. This allowed security to know who was supposed to be close to the sideline and who was not. Part of the process with getting the band was that I had to inspect the photo equipment to make sure it was legit (i.e. no point-and-shoot cameras). Some of the photographers would drop off their camera equipment in the workroom area before getting their band, so they had to go back and retrieve their equipment before I gave them a band. Additionally, some of the bigger media members had All-Access passes due to the type of footage they were getting. After checking in one photographer, Evander Holyfield stepped up to the table and said he needed to get to the field. Just doing my job, I asked if he had his camera equipment with him because I had to inspect it first. He had an All-Access pass and looked at me and restated that he had to get to the field. I was about to explain to him that I couldn’t let him onto the field without seeing his camera first, when one of the two super nice security guys jumped in immediately. The security guy directed Mr. Holyfield to the field and when he came back, I asked him if that really was Evander Holyfield. The security guy just smiled and said yes and we got a huge laugh out of it.
Tell us about your family: I’m single, but I’m the youngest of three daughters to a really awesome set of parents.
If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? To be honest, I love what I do, and after realizing I’m meant to work in college athletics, it’d be tough to switch careers. But if I ever did, I’d probably work at a vineyard in California or be one of those people that designs the challenges and tasks you see people do on Real World/Road Rules Challenge or The Amazing Race.
What would you like to do when you retire? Travel and continue to enjoy life.
What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? I work with some of the most amazing co-workers and students anyone could ask for. They make coming into work fun and enjoyable.
What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? My life has been an adventure. I don’t think one particular genre could ever fit the definition that it’s been, thus far.
If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? Depends on how much we’re talking, but most likely pay off student loans and then take a nice vacation.
If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? Probably be at another university or trying to get one of the previously mentioned careers started.
Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? There are way too many to list, but here are a few: seeing our coaches and student-athletes meet their goals; seeing my student-workers and student-athletes improve every step of the way; the various trips I’ve been fortunate enough to take with our teams; trivia nights with co-workers (and even winning!); intramural softball; and seeing everyone in the athletic department come together when there’s a huge event to make it a success. If I had to pick a most recent memory though, it would have to be Halloween. There were a lot of us in the department who dressed up, and it was just fun laughing at what different people came up with for costumes. We had Duck Dynasty, the ghost of the last Chicago Cubs’ World Series, Ace Ventura, Doc from Back to the Future, a peanut seller from Fenway Park, cowboys, hippies, a solider, etc. I did something a little out of the box and was Ms. Virginia (I’m originally from Virginia). I never dress up fancy, so I had a ball gown with a sash and heels and did my make-up and hair.
What is your favorite way to blow an hour? Reading, watching “Chopped” or playing Candy Crush — that game is addicting!
If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? Probably something beachy or some fun flower sketches. Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? A functioning computer during a volleyball match!
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? There have been a lot of proud and happy moments in my life. Winning a kickball championship is definitely a happy time. But I think the proudest moments are when I see the students push themselves to do the best they can do. You can always see the potential in the students and when they realize it, that’s the best thing that could ever happen.
What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended? First concert was a Peter, Paul and Mary concert. I can’t remember the last one I went to.
What person had the greatest impact on your life? Without a doubt, my parents. They’ve always been supportive of the choices that I make and are my biggest cheerleaders. If I need advice, they are the first people I go to. They’re always willing to help, even if that means making the 10-hour trip to Jacksonville from Richmond, Va. They’ve showed me how to enjoy life and make the best of what happens to you. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. What are you most passionate about? Living life to the fullest and doing what makes me happy.
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Get a stamp in my passport! As much as I travel, it’s all domestic. The only time I’ve gone out of the country was to Canada on a family vacation when I was 19. I’ve had my passport since 2007 and have yet to use it.
Last book read: “Murphy Park” by Mary Whitehead, a former co-worker’s mom.
Brooks College of Health
Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Corrine A. Labyak was published as lead author in ICAN: Infant, Child
and Adolescent Nutrition for the article “Anthropometrics to Identify
Overweight Children at Most Risk for the Development of Cardiometabolic
Arts and Sciences
Art and Design: Alexander Diaz exhibited work at the third National Photography and Digital
Imagery Exhibition Gallery at Eissey Campus in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. in
October. Diaz was awarded third place.
Nofa Dixon exhibited artwork at the 2013 SECAC conference in
Stephen Heywood exhibited work at three locations: the Sixth Annual Cup
Show, Form and Function, a national juried exhibition at the Tapper Center
Gallery in Panama City, Fla.; the national juried exhibition, Artifacts from
the Inferno: Contemporary Wood-Fired Ceramics, in Baltimore, Md.; and and the
national invitational exhibition, Constructed Environments, at the Clay-Pool
Young Gallery of Art in Morehead, Ky.
Dr. Debra Murphy presented “Reconsidering
the Meaning and Placement of the Fictive Bronzes in the Scipio Frieze of the
Palazzo dei Conservatori” at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference in
Chris Trice exhibited two pieces of artwork in the Mobile Magic III
exhibition at the LightBox Gallery in Astoria, Ore.
Biology: Dr. Greg Ahearn and his student, Rania
Abdel-Malak, published “Regulation of Transmural Transport of Amino
Acid/metal Conjugates by Dietary Calcium in Crustacean Intestine” in the
Journal of Experimental Zoology.
Dr. Dale Casamatta gave an invited presentation, “Cyanobacterial Reproduction:
Implications for Systematics and Reproduction,” at Palacký University in
Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Dr. Courtney Hackney presented “Tips for Growing Great Orchids” to the St
Augustine Orchid Society and “Classic Cattleya Lineages” to the Tallahassee
Drs. Judith D. Ochrietor and Daniel C. Moon presented “Using Community
Partnerships to Accommodate Students’ Research Interests” at the sixth annual
Florida Statewide Symposium on “Engagement in Undergraduate Research” in
was an invited speaker at “The Neuroplastin Cell Adhesion Molecules: Key
Regulators of Neuronal Plasticity and Synaptic Function," an international
workshop in Ballenstedt, Germany in October. She also presented
“Sense-Sational Basigin: Different Architectural Roles for Different Sensory
Dr. Julie Richmond gave an invited presentation, “Comparative Growth
Physiology on yhe Land and in the Sea: Animal Science to Marine Mammal
Biology,” at the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of
Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.. The abstract
was published in the Journal of Animal Science.
Drs. Cliff Ross
and Tony Rossi, with their students S.M
Trevathan-Tackett, N.T Lauer, and K
Loucks, published “Assessing The Relationship Between Seagrass Health and
Habitat Quality with Wasting Disease Prevalence in the Florida Keys” in the
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
Bliss spoke on the history of
Jacksonville’s seaport development at the Jacksonville Historical Society and
on Jacksonville’s seaport history at a meeting of the West Jacksonville Rotary
Club. Dr. Bliss was also featured on Florida Frontiers, the weekly radio
broadcast of the Florida Historical Society, discussing his research on
Jacksonville’s history of city planning.
Dr. Denise I. Bossy published “Godin & Co.: Charleston Merchants and the
Indian Trade, 1674-1716” in South
Carolina Historical Magazine.
Dr. David Courtwright’s review-essay on Jeffrey Frank’s “Ike and Dick: Portrait of a
Strange Political Marriage”
appeared in The Hedgehog Review.
Dr. Lela Kerley
presented “Selling Seduction in the Modern Bourgeois Home: Advertisements of
Bathroom Appliance Manufacturers, 1890-1910” at the Western Society for
French History’s annual conference in October.
Dr. N. Harry Rothschild presented “Beyond Venom and Malediction: Lawful and
Constructive Shamanism Under Female Sovereign Wu Zhao,” at the 11th conference
of the International Society of Shamanistic Research with a Special Forum on
World Anthropologies of Rituals, at Guizhou Normal University in September. He
was also the keynote speaker and presented his paper, “Western Language
Materials on Wu Zetian” at the 11th Wu Zetian Research Association Conference
in Guangyuan, Sichuan.
Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Shira Schwam-Baird received the annual Research Award from the Southeastern
Dr. Gregory Helmick published “El apócrifo Menéndez de Avilés y la transculturación de lo
español en El Mar de las Lentejas de Antonio Benítez Rojo” in the journal Revista Literaria Baquiana.
Music: Drs. Gary Smart, Simon Shiao, and Nick Curry
(Trio Florida) were selected to perform at the College Music Society National
Conference in Bosto. in October. They performed works by Jason Hoogerhyde,
Ethan Wickman and the trio’s own Gary Smart.
Charlotte Mabrey and performance art partner Robert Arleigh White were
invited guests in Jacksonville’s first TED Talks.
Philosophy and Religion Study: Dr. Paul Carelli presented “Psychic Representation in the Plato’s Phaedrus” at the 31st annual meeting
of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at Fordham University in October.
Dr. Bert Koegler published “Globalization, Agency, and the Cosmopolitan
Public Sphere” in Education and
Dr. Jonathan Matheson made three presentations: “A Defense of the Principle of
Inferential Justification” at the Central
States Philosophical Association; “A Defense of the Principle of
Inferential Justification” at the Alabama
Philosophical Society; and “Defending Deference to the Experts” at
the Southeastern Epistemology
Conference at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Barry Albright published the chapter,
“Fossil Vertebrates From the Tropic Shale (Upper Cretaceous), Southern Utah” in
“At the Top of the Grand Staircase, the Lake Cretaceous of Southern Utah.”
Political Science and Public
Administration: b Georgette Dumont published
“Nonprofit Virtual Accountability: An Index and Its Application” in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly in October.
Michael Binder, published “Mobilizing Latino
Voters: The Impact of Language and Co-Ethnic Policy Leadership” in American Politics Research in September.
David Jaffee presented “Good Jobs and Bad Jobs in the Logistics Sector
of Global Value Chains” at the annual meetings of the Mid-South Sociological
Association in Atlanta.
College of Computing, Engineering & Construction
Computing: Dr. Charles Winton chaired the fall
meeting of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics Board of Directors in
Norman, Okla. The meeting discussed the new Botball region in China and
the 2014 Global Conference on Educational Robotics, to be hosted by USC in July
Umapathy had his paper, “Digging into Human Rights Violations: Data
Modeling Collective Memory,” published in the proceedings of the IEEE Big Data:
Workshop on Big Humanities in Santa Clara, Calif.
Management: Dr. Roberto Soares
had his paper, “Giving More to the Poor, a Successful Brazilian Housing Program
Analysis” published in the International Journal of Engineering Research &
Raphael Crowley spoke at the Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT) Pipe Advisory Group (PAG) meeting. The PAG
was established in 1999 to provide feedback to FDOT from industry experts and
researchers on issues related to specifications, manuals and policies on pipe
culverts. These meetings are FDOT’s exclusive venue for receiving
cross-industry comments and rebuttal. Dr. Crowley was also invited to present results from his FDOT-sponsored research.
The project involves determining guidelines for allowing for short-term
inspection of flexible culvert pipe.
Dr. Peter Bacopoulos had his Paper, “State Estimation of Tidal Hydrodynamics
Using Ensemble Kalman Filter” officially accepted for publication in
Advances in Water Resources.
Peter Bacopoulos delivered a presentation, “Field and Model Study to Define Baseline Conditions of Beached Oil Tar
Balls on Florida’s First Coast Beaches” in November during the
International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling.
College of Education and
Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Ronghua Ouyang attended and co-presented two papers with Dr. Nile Stanley at the 25th
International Council for Open and Distance Education World Conference in
Tianjin, China in October. The first paper was titled “Theories and
Research in Educational Technology and Distance Learning Instruction through
Blackboard.” The second paper was titled “Using Digital Storytelling,
Filmmaking and Cross Cultural Collaboration to Improve Online Distance
Learning.” Dr. Ouyang also
attended and presented a paper at the 19th Association of Chinese Professors of
Social Sciences in the United States International Conference at the University
of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. The paper was titled “A Comparative
Study: Advantages and Disadvantages of Higher Education Admission Requirements
in China and in the United States.” In addition, Dr. Ouyang was selected to serve as Executive Vice President of the
Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States.
Dr. Stacy K. Boote
presented a 90-minute gallery workshop, “Making Our Base-Ten Number System
Concrete and Comprehensible,” at the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics regional conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in October.
Lena Shaqareq, presented “Diverse Bridge to Success” at the Child
Development Education Alliance Conference in Jacksonville in October. She
also presented “I Am Not Strapped To Bombs!” at the National Association of
Multicultural Education Conference in Oakland, Calif. in November.
Dr. Kim Cheek gave a presentation about the Urban Professional
Development School Partnership with West Jacksonville Elementary School in
October at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver.
The presentation was titled, "Co-Collaborators: A Model for an Elementary
School-University Partnership to Support the Next Generation Science Standards."
and Interpreter Education: Dr. Kristine Webb was awarded
the Spirit of the ADA: 2013 Jack Gillrup Award for her leadership within the
disability community of Northeast Florida. The award is sponsored by the
Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida and the City of
Jacksonville’s Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services
Counseling and Sport Management: Drs. Sophie
Maxis and Chris Janson
participated in the 16th Community Learning Exchange in Northeast North
Carolina in N.C. The event theme was “Looking Back to Move Forward: Leading for Racial Healing in Schools,
Families, and Communities.”
Dr. Terry Cavanaugh
presented at the Florida Reading Association conference in Orlando on “How to
be Effective with a Digital Textbook.” Later, working with the Mississippi
Department of Education, he gave a workshop to their master teacher program on
Drs. Elizabeth Gregg and Jason Lee presented "An Ace Up Their Sleeve: Rebranding the
University of Evansville Athletics" at the Sport Marketing Association
Conference in Albuquerque, N.M.
Office of the Dean:
Dr. Marsha Lupi and Kelly Turner,
graduate research assistant in the Dean’s Office, recently presented at the
60th annual meeting of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher
Educators in Sarasota, Fla. Their first presentation titled “Beyond Graduation:
The Sustainability of New Pedagogy and Other Lessons Learned During a
Short-Term Student Teaching Abroad” focused on the longitudinal impact of the
Plymouth, England student teaching internship for alumni who are now up to
their fifth year of teaching. Their second presentation, titled “Strengthening
Future Teachers’ Ability to be Effective and Supportive Teachers of Students
from Military Families,” discussed the Working with Military Children and
Families Workshop. This work was followed by an Oct. 18 professional
development day for the current student interns that provided them with
information and experiences to help them understand the unique needs when
working with military children.
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in December
Endicott, Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Bennett, Research Program Services Coordinator, Education and Human Services
Clark, Associate Professor, Public Health
Shawn Faulkner, Law Enforcement Sergeant,
University Police Department
John Dean, Police Safety Training Officer, Student Affairs
Scott Peden, Applications Systems Manager, Enterprise Systems
Behrens, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Clinical and
Applied Movement Sciences
Bell, Professor, Accounting and Finance
Christopher Brown, Assistant Professor, Civil
Gayton, Budgets Coordinator, Physical Facilities
Glennon, Irrigation Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Timpe, Director, Center for Student Media
Touchton, Library Services Coordinator, Library
Wilson, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems
Barker, Instructional Specialist, Training and Services Institute
Hamilton, Director of Sponsored Research, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Joseph Lynch, IT Support Coordinator,
Niemczyk, Administrative Assistant, Brooks College of Health
Marketing and Publications Coordinator, Training and Services Institute
Ashton, Vice President,
Frank Brown, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities Olivia
Daniels, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Jackson, Senior Recycling
Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities
Gerard Hogan, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Rumyana Kalaydzhieva, Student Financial Aid
Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Heather Kenney, Director, Academic Support Services, Brooks
College of Health
Judith Kraft, Executive Secretary, Brooks College of Health
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Marc Berkovits, Coordinator, Admissions
Vanessa Cox, Marketing
Publications Coordinator, Admissions
Gerald Davis, Custodial Supervisor,
Germaine Fernandes, Senior Custodial
Worker, Custodial Services
Daniel Kraus, Teaching
Laboratory Specialist, Art and Design
Sobrina Martin, Custodial Worker,
Khoi Nguyen, Custodial Worker,
Fantei Norman, Administrative
Secretary, Residence Life Programming
Eric Royster, Maintenance
Mechanic, Student Union
Diane Scott, Executive
Secretary, Internal Auditing
Robert Tyson, Police
Communications Operator, University Police Department
Devon Zook, Accounting
Associate, Student Government Business and Accounting Office
The following employees were promoted recently:
Bond, Director of Enterprise Systems, ITS
Rhodes, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF recently:
Datta, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Gonzalez Andujar, Maintenance Mechanic, Student Union
Leone, Director of Development, Student Affairs Katrina Machorro, Academic Support Services
Coordinator, Coggin College of Business
McSherry, Director of Enterprise Systems, ITS
Monk, Coordinator, Coggin College of Business
Ray, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Rizal, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Thomas, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Whitehead, Sports Information Coordinator, Intercollegiate
pluot is a fruit that combines the plum and the apricot. The pluot is 60
percent plum and includes more than 20 varieties, each with a unique color and
flavor. The pluot is a fruit in the prunus genus, which includes apricots, peaches,
cherries and almonds. Alexia Lewis, wellness dietitian in the Department of
Health Promotion, shares more about this refreshing fruit. In order to include
pluot in your diet, a recipe has been provided.
Myth: Pluots are genetically modified.
are a cross of two species in the same genus, but they aren’t genetically
modified. Floyd Zaiger, a farmer-geneticist, introduced pluots in the 1980s
after crossbreeding plums and apricots by hand pollination, not genetic
Myth: Pluots have too much sugar to be healthy.
pluot is an easy to carry, healthy snack. A pluot has 80 calories, 19 grams of carbohydrates,
3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, no fat, 225 milligrams of potassium and 10
percent of the daily value of vitamin C. With 15 grams sugar, pluots have more
sugar than plums, providing a sweet flavor. The sugar is the natural form of
fruit sugar — fructose — and fiber slows down absorption, giving pluots a low
glycemic index, keeping it a healthy option.
Fact: Pluots should be handled like any other fruit.
firm, unblemished fruits with vibrant color. The fruit is ripe when it softens
and has a strong fragrant smell. To speed ripening, store in a closed bag at
room temperature. Once ripe, store refrigerated for three days. Always wash
Myth: The only way to eat a pluot is fresh and by itself.
are delicious on their own and best at room temperature. Their season runs from
May to October, when they are in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. This is
not, however, the only way to enjoy pluots. Use pluots in pies, chop into
salads or use in place of peaches, apricots or cherries. For a new twist on
salsa, replace tomatoes with pluots and use as a dip or serve over cooked fish
(recommended, adjust to your preference):
pluots, pit removed, chopped
large Vidalia onion, chopped
large jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped
cloves garlic, minced
tablespoon red wine vinegar
lime, juice only
tablespoon cilantro, chopped
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for one hour to let flavors develop. Store
refrigerated for three days.
Add your preferred sugar or alternative sweetener, if salsa is too tart. Add your
favorite hot sauce or a dash of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
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 pluots? Contact Alexia
Inspire to Move: Getting Personal
If you think that
personal trainers are only realistic for celebrities, the wealthy or reality TV
contestants, think again. The number of personal fitness trainers has been on
the rise, and they can offer a realistic and affordable possibility to help you
meet your fitness goals.
One advantage of
working out with a trainer includes avoiding injury. Your trainer can give
instruction as well as watch your form so you won’t get hurt. They can also
plan and design your workout to fine-tune your strengths and assess areas for
improvement. A trainer will also push you further than you think you can go.
Those last few reps are the ones that will help you see your goals met.
The first thing to
look for is a trainer with an accredited certification. Credentials for
certified trainers are issued through the American College of Sports Medicine,
the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Council on
Exercise. When choosing a trainer, the most common place to find one is at your
local gym or fitness center. Take your time and find someone with whom you will
feel comfortable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure you choose a
person that you like and share a good rapport.
A trainer who you
get along with and who is invested in you will motivate you with positive
reinforcement and motivation. That will keep you in the gym and help you meet
those fitness goals.
Nourishing You: Addicting Foods
are so many super-palatable foods containing sugar, salt and fat that are
nearly impossible to resist. Why is it so difficult to stop eating processed
foods? Food inventors and scientists spend a huge amount of time formulating
processed foods that have the perfect amount of sugar, fat and salt to send
products flying off the shelves. There is growing research stating that
processed foods can be addictive.
bodies have not evolved to handle the over-stimulating combination of these
three ingredients. For
instance, a sugar rush releases
a chemical in the brain called serotonin, which induces euphoria. Aside from
increased weight gain, eating too much sugar is linked to an increased risk for
Type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Fat fills the role of that warm gooey mouth feeling that rushes to the
same pleasure center of the brain while carrying twice as many calories. And the flavor burst of salt is nearly intoxicating, even thought its
main purpose is as a preservative so foods can stay on shelves for months. Our
lives don’t allow us to avoid processed foods altogether, but you can take
control by deciding what to buy and how much to eat.
Myths about Holiday Eating
year, Americans approach the holidays with thoughts of food, whether it’s
looking forward to favorite holiday treats or obsessing about how to weather
enormous festive meals and avoid weight gain. This is the season for
temptations, but it’s okay to indulge sensibly with these strategies.
eat everything — Discriminate and go for foods that are specific to the
holidays and worth the indulgence.
what you will eat before you fill your plate — Give the buffet a once-over
before digging in.
portions — Eat a small amount that tastes good and walk away feeling satisfied.
active — Physical activity will burn calories and help manage holiday stress.
If you do
end up overindulging, remember that shame doesn’t motivate. If you recognize
that you ate too much, be kind to yourself and remember that anything gained
can be lost.
Healthy Osprey is designed to
provide solid advice on how to become healthier at work and at home. Shelly
Purser, director of Health Promotion, writes a different article each month
that focuses on some aspect of health and wellness. Healthy Osprey is a
collaboration of students, faculty and staff working together to foster a
University community that embraces the development of a healthy body, mind and
spirit. The purpose of the Healthy Osprey initiative is to assess and respond
to the needs of the UNF community to create and maintain a healthy environment,
which will enhance the holistic student experience. For more information, or
for any questions you might have, contact Shelly Purser at firstname.lastname@example.org. To
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