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Disabled student thrives with help from UNF's Disability Resource Center

Sara Gaver has found hher on-campus niche with help from the DRC. (Photo by Kim Lindsey)Calculus is on Sara Gaver's mind - her spring calculus course, in particular.

She's a bit nervous after taking a quick peak at the class syllabus. This semester won't be easy.

"It looks tough - really tough," she said shortly after the start of the semester. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried."

That doesn't mean she wants to leave the studying or the stress of university life behind. She said she feels lucky to be where she is, working toward her goal of a college degree. It's a goal that seemed less than likely just a few months back.

The main reason for that uncertainty was arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that causes muscle weakness, joint contractures and fibrosis. It's a condition that Gaver, 19, knows well. She needs a wheelchair to get around campus and requires 24-hour medical assistance because she doesn't have much use of her arms or legs.

However, Gaver, a mathematics education major, has been able to carve out a niche for herself at the University of North Florida with the help of the campus Disability Resource Center. She lives on campus, attends class and hits the books with the help of a living assistant and the dedicated staff of the DRC.

"UNF's made it possible for me to get the full college experience of living on campus and learning in a classroom, which is something I wasn't sure I'd be able to have," she said.

Her college journey started with a few e-mails. Gaver, who went to high school in Daytona Beach, messaged each of the 12 institutions in the State University System, explaining her medical constraints and inquiring about on-campus accommodations for disabled students. With a 4.3 GPA and a high school resume that included serving as senior class president, academic qualifications definitely weren't holding her back. But she said early responses from some of the universities were still underwhelming. Many said they just couldn't support a student with such advanced medical needs. That's why she was blown away when she read UNF's reply.

"They came back with as good of a response as I could have imagined," Gaver said. "The admissions people and the Disability Resource Center were honest with me. They weren't sure if they were totally capable of providing exactly what I needed, so they said they would create a plan to make me as comfortable as possible when on campus."

The University's commitment to providing the best possible college environment earned her trust - and her application. She was admitted to UNF and accepted into the Honors Program. Since she started in August, Gaver has met repeatedly with the DRC staff to address some of her on-campus needs. They've helped design plans for accommodating her in classrooms and in her wheelchair-accessible room in the Crossings, scheduled note takers for all her classes and ensured she has extended time in isolated testing areas to complete her exams. She even has a remote door opener for her residence hall room.

"Anything I need, they've been there," she said.

The DRC's director, Dr. Kristine Webb, said Gaver's time on campus is an example of UNF's dedication to offering a true college experience to every student, regardless of physical capabilities.

"Our role is one of providing access and fostering inclusion here on campus," Webb said.

Webb started at the Center in 2006, and she estimated the staff has accommodated more than 1,500 students, offering completely individualized services to any disabled student in need of a little assistance. In addition to helping students from the disabled community, the DRC has also educated hundreds of student volunteers about the realities of living with disabilities.

"By getting involved with volunteering, these students learn that a person with a disability is by no means defined by that disability," Webb said. "Our capacity for inclusion at UNF is what distinguishes us from other universities. We're one of the most accessible campuses in the entire State University System. So many folks on campus, including faculty and staff, have diagnosed disabilities and have been forthright about it. That makes our campus a safe place for everyone; an atmosphere of inclusivity that spills over into all other aspects of campus life."

Gaver's on-campus experiences have been so positive that she's started working as a community outreach assistant with the DRC to help spread the word to other disabled students looking for an inclusive college environment.

"I've learned a lot about myself being here at UNF," she said. "I've learned that I don't give up and that I can do a lot if I set my mind to it. And I want other students similar to me to know that it's possible. Some of us have gone to college and thrived, and UNF has shown they'll do anything for you to make sure you can do the same."

Around Campus

UNF grad, marketing entrepreneur auctions last name to highest bidder

Jason Sadler (Submitted)It doesn't have the greatest ring to it.

The marketing entrepreneur and University of North Florida graduate formerly known as Jason Sadler is still getting used to his new alias -Jason HeadsetsDotCom.

"I'm waiting on my driver's license with the new name," he said. "I'm looking forward to taking that out when someone doesn't believe me that that's my last name."

Sadler, 30, a 2005 fine arts graduate, has carved out a business niche as a purveyor of unconventional marketing strategies. The business he founded in 2008,, advertises companies through social media engagement and, of course, the wearing of company t-shirts. Described on its website as a "marketing machine" staffed by "a bunch of crazies running around in sponsored t-shirts," Sadler said he's employed 10 people since the company's inception.

For his most recent avant-garde marketing maneuver, Sadler decided in 2012 to auction his last name off to the highest bidder. The idea sprang from an innocent conversation with his mother. She mentioned there was going to be a familial bump in the road and finances would be tight, leading her to joke that he should sell his last name. To a guy who has made a living wearing t-shirts, the idea piqued his interest.

"I found my identity through social media, and that means more to me than a last name that I'm not all that attached to," he said. "Why not go for it?"

After a marketing and social media push, Sadler started the auction in November. It ran until mid-December, and emerged victorious with a bid of more than $45,000. He changed his last name on all his social media accounts shortly after announcing the winning bidder, and the new title was made legally binding after a court date in late-January.

The name change netted him and his company coverage from media agencies across the globe, including CNN and NBC News. He said he's glad he didn't back down from the pressure of doing something different. That independent spirit started to manifest itself during his time at UNF, Sadler said. As a young student struggling to decide on a major and future career path, he used his college environment as the inspiration to follow a different path.

"It's hard to tell a student that they need to find the one thing that they're going to do the rest of their lives," he said. "I took different classes when I was at UNF to figure it out myself, and that helped me begin the process of deciding what I didn't want to do. I distinctly remember being in a bigger class, a criminal justice class with hundreds of other students, and thinking that it would be tough to go against all these people trying to make their own niche in the world. I didn't want to be in a field where there were so many people fighting for the same thing, the same jobs."

He settled on graphic design and took marketing and advertising classes on the side to supplement his understanding of the business world. Those educational choices have paid off, as he has used his UNF education in multiple ways, from creating his own web design studio to designing his own business content. Never has he felt limited by the scope of his degree.

"I would tell students to pick a major they're comfortable with and dabble in other areas of interest," he said. "College is a process where you get to learn about yourself. That's my greatest takeaway from UNF is that I learned who I was and what I wanted to do. I wasn't going to go the traditional route, and UNF allowed me to follow that path." 

Around Campus

Peace Corps offers eye-opening international experience for UNF grad

Jennie Davis with some of the residents of Mboro. (Submitted)After graduating in 2007 from the University of North Florida's International Business Flagship Program, Jennie Davis took a job in the financial industry. However, her passion for global relations and her desire to work in an international field led her to launch a dramatic career reinvention.

She used her own life experiences, in particular a wealth of study-abroad travel during her time at UNF, as a guide for planning her next great adventure - serving as a community economic development agent in Mboro, Senegal.

Florida is the sixth-largest Peace Corps volunteer-producing state in the country, with more than 7,000 volunteers having served in 139 different countries, according to agency statistics.
Davis said she's ecstatic to be building her international work experience while aiding in a country's development.
"I am more aware of what is truly going on in the world and learning about the different cultures and history they have in West Africa," Davis said.
Davis said she first developed a case of wanderlust during her undergraduate career. She participated in UNF's study abroad program by traveling to Uruguay and Argentina for economics and visited Jamaica to study business practices in the West Indies. But it was an even more personal tie that led her to volunteer abroad.

"My late father was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, where he met my mother - a local girl," she said. "Therefore, I owe my life to the Peace Corps!"

Her Peace Corps assignment took her to Senegal in West Africa, a predominantly Muslim country that was a French colony until 1960. The official language is French, but the majority of the country speaks Wolof, the main language of the major ethnic group living in Senegal and nearby Gambia. She lives in a house with a Senegalese family, the patriarch of which is a middle manager at a local mining factory with six sons.

Her duties as a Peace Corps volunteer run the gamut from working on a solar food drying program to offering business training to local women's groups. She has also launched side projects, including a mangrove reforestation initiative and an English club at the local high school.

Davis credits her hands-on learning experiences at UNF for cultivating her entrepreneurial side and giving her the tools to multi-task. She was involved in a host of on-campus organizations, such as UNF Students in Free Enterprise and Gamma Eta, the multicultural sorority.

Once her Peace Corps term ends, Davis said she will pursue a job with the State Department in Washington, D.C. and plans to attend graduate school for international development.

Every step of the way, her UNF undergraduate education will be there, guiding her professional advancement - no matter what country she chooses as her home base.

Around Campus

UNF student expands worldview during summer studies in U.K.

Kaitlin Ramirez There wasn't much downtime this summer for University of North Florida sophomore Kaitlin Devi Ramirez. Between sightseeing tours of England and in-depth international policy lessons, the economics major and aspiring law student was kept quite busy during her month-long journey as a Fulbright Summer Institute participant at Newcastle University.

Ramirez was one of only six U.S. students to be a Fulbright Summer Institute Participant at Newcastle University in 2012. Her summer studies were based around an international political economy curriculum - an academic area of interest for Ramirez.

The Fulbright Commission's summer institutes offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduate students in either their freshman or sophomore year to study in the United Kingdom for three- or six-week programs at their choice of seven different institutes focused on varied academics disciplines. The summer institutes host 40 undergraduates each year and are sponsored by the Fulbright Commission.

Ramirez called her experience eye opening, especially due to the timing. She was in England during the Queen's Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics. She was immersed in British culture and learned what it was like to live in an international community, greatly enhancing her world perspective.

"Our national identities are not concrete or definitive terms with informative qualities as I previously thought," Ramirez said. "I learned that with time and globalization, our national identities are increasingly becoming more and more similar."

Beyond the Newcastle University campus, Ramirez traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, Keswick in the Lake District, Tynemouth, Alnwick Castle, Hadrian's Wall (a World Heritage site that was formerly a Roman fortification in North England), York, Durham and many different sites in London.

"As a Fulbright Summer Participant, I gained a richer understanding of the world and the ability to look on the U.S. as a foreigner, helping me see what our nation can improve upon," Ramirez said.

She plans to attend law school after graduating in 2015, and her Fulbright experience has influenced her to pursue an international law focus.
"Opportunities like this are rare," she said. "Most students would never have a chance to study in England in a Fulbright program. I'm incredibly grateful for the chance, and I'm very lucky to have had support from UNF to help me along this path."

Ramirez has been a senator in Student Government, a vice president of the Osprey South Asian Association and a member of the Young Democrats.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Sen. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.  


2013 United Way Campaign kicks off

feb UWThe 2013 United Way Campaign kicked off this month at the University of North Florida, and the committee is inviting all faculty and staff to LIVE UNITED and become a part of the University's most ambitious campaign yet.

UNF has a strong reputation for serving and caring for the community, and contributing to the United Way can ensure that your dollars are spent in our local community, supporting programs that target serious issues here in Northeast Florida. This campaign also allows you to target a local non-profit organization or agency you hold dear to your heart, whether it is on United Way's current list or one you add to the list.


A number of events will take place in February to get the University community excited and involved in the 2013 United Way Campaign. 


THE PLAYERS Championship Tournament Discount Ticket Sales

Faculty and staff who want to support the Campaign and save on tickets to THE PLAYERS Championship Tournament at Sawgrass can click here for: special UNF/United Way rates. Grounds tickets for any day are $40 each (normally $60). Enter the code/password TOURNAMENT.

UNF/United Way Lunch & Learn 


Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

noon - 1 p.m.

Hicks Hall dining area

Catered lunch donated by Jimmy Johns

Guest speakers: UNF Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka, Kim Kaye Namey, U nited Way of Northeast Florida Representative 


Market Days


Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UNF Student Union Osprey Plaza

Featuring discount ticket sales for The Players Championship Tournament - proceeds support the United Way. Click here for: special UNF/United Way rates.


Starr to lecture about the 'Conflict over Freedom of Religion in America'

Ken Starr (Submitted)Ken Starr, one of the most controversial figures in the 1990s political scene, will be discussing "Conflict over Freedom of Religion in America" as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law Lecture Series March 5.

Starr currently serves as president of Baylor University but is best known for his Whitewater investigation, which eventually led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. In his role as Independent Counsel, he also led four other investigations from 1994 to 1999. He has had a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service. Prior to his presidency at Baylor, he served for six years as the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is also counsel to the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis LLP, where he was partner from 1993 to 2004.

He has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including 25 cases during his time as Solicitor General of the United States from 1989 to 1993. He also served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989. His early career includes stints as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975 to 1977 and as law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer from 1973 to 1974.

He is the author of more than 25 publications, and his 2002 book, "First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life," was praised by U.S. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle as "eminently readable and informative...not just the best treatment to-date of the Court after [Chief Justice Earl] Warren, it is likely to have that distinction for a long, long time."

He has received a multitude of honors and awards, including the J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2005 Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 Capital Book Award, the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI, the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice and the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service.

Tickets for this event are free and will be available Feb. 5 online and are sure to go quickly.

Get to Know

Sherif Elfayoumy

Sherif Elfayoumy (Photo by Kim Lindsey)

Department: School of Computing

Job title: Associate Professor

What do you do? I teach computing.

Years at UNF: 13 years

Tell us about your family.
My wife is Doaa Gamal, a UNF graduate student. I have three children: Honya, 14, Farrah, 11, and Omar, 8.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
I would pursue becoming an economist

What would you like to do when you retire?
I'd like to fish more often and study economics.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? I have found that being able to work closely with students, seeing them graduate and find jobs in the computing domain, particularly when they continue to stay in Jacksonville, is my favorite part. Contributing to students learning and preparing young professionals to join Jacksonville's work force is very rewarding.

What is the best thing you ever won? The unsolicited notes of appreciation I receive from my students.

What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? Whitney Houston

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? I would invest in cancer research, renewable energy and quantum computing companies.

If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I would probably be doing research in some federal program, ideally for the Department of Defense.

Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? My participation in a team building exercise called "Tall Ships" in 2010 is one of my favorites. It proved that when there is appropriate planning, clear task assignments and group members taking ownership for their work, working in a team can be much more productive than working individually.

What is your favorite way to blow an hour? I like to watch the stock market and read financial news.

If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint?
Someone fishing in serenity.

What was the best money you ever spent?
Buying my first PC in 1992. This single purchase changed my career from electrical engineering to computing.

Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn't live without? Computers - they are embedded in most systems and processes. They improved the quality of life significantly. I don't think life will be as enjoyable without computers.

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? Meeting my wife.

Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you:
Being a technologist, it may surprise some that I wish cell phones were never invented.

What person had the greatest impact on your life? My elementary school math teacher.

What are you most passionate about? Programming

Who is the most famous person you ever met? The granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower. She led me to read about this great president and his vision for the nation.

Tell us something about you that even your friends don't know: I have not planned to be where I am or what I have become. Luck has played a great role in my life.

What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Start my own technology company.

Last book read: "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.

Faculty and Staff

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Coggin College of Business



Economics & Geography: Sharon Cobb was awarded the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers' 2012 "Excellence in Teaching Award" at the Annual Meeting in Asheville, N.C., in November. SEDAAG comprises 10 Southeastern States with more than 550 members.


Marketing and Logistics: Dr. A.C. "Josh" Samli's article, "International Entrepreneurship: The Essence of Globalization from the Bottom-up" was published in the Spring 2013 edition of The Journal of Ethics & Entrepreneurship.



College of Arts and Sciences


Art and Design: Trevor Dunn had work shown at the following national juried exhibitions: "Mezcal Cantaro, Reliquary, and Cups" was shown at "Made for Each Other," the Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester, N.H.; multiple pieces, including "Oxidation Teapot," were shown at "Pour 2012," the Terra Incognito Gallery, Chicago, Ill.; and multiple pieces, including "Transverse Deduction," were shown at "FUNCTIONAL/dysFUNCTIONAL," the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.


Dr. Debra Murphy published "Context and Meaning: Jim Draper's Feast of Flowers" in the digital publication Jim Draper/Feast of Flowers in December.


Raymond Gaddy exhibited "The Incident" at the National Weather Center Biennale at the National Weather Center Headquarters in Norman, Okla.


Nofa Dixon participated in MOCA's "My Focus: A Community Response to the Art of the 1980s." She exhibited at the Imagine Art Gallery in Key West in December and at the Emporium Art Center, a national juried exhibition in Knoxville, Tenn.


Alexander Diaz had exhibitions at: "The 8th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition," Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.; "Box Squared," The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo.; The 2012 national juried "Photography Exhibit," The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Fredrick, Md. in December; and "Ecology of Environment," Method Art Gallery, Scottsdale, Ariz. in December.


Jason John had the following exhibitions: Fontbonne University's Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition, St. Louis, Mo.; Collector's Choice Exhibition, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, Calif.; Four Man Exhibition, WWA Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.; and From Motion to Stillness, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, Ill.


Biology: Arthur Omran, a biology/chemistry tutor and graduate student, recently won The President's Award for Best Oral Presentation by a Master's Student at the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology 2012's Annual Meeting in Athens, Ga.


Dr. Dale Casamatta co-authored the following two articles, which appeared in Hydrobiologia: (i) "Response of phytoplankton and zooplankton communities in six reservoirs of the middle Missouri River (USA) to drought conditions and a major flood event" (J.R. Beaver, D.E. Jensen, D.A. Casamatta, C.E. Tausz, K.C. Scotese, K.M. Buccier, C.E. Teacher, T.C. Rosati, A.D. Minerovic &  T. R. Renicker); and (ii) "A novel cyanobacterium Phormidium etoshii sp. nov. (Oscillatoriales) from the Etosha Pan, Namibia, based on morphological, molecular and ecological features" (with P.K. Dadheech, D.A. Casamatta, P. Casper, and L. Krienitz-Fottea).


Alicia Linquist, Jacob Burnett and Dr. John Hatle presented "Knockdown of vitellogenin by RNAi increases survivorship in the eastern lubber grasshopper" at the annual meeting for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. With co-authors Katie Veleta, Derek Tokar, Joseph Canzano, Daniel Hahn, he also presented  "Vitellogenin dynamics upon RNAi knockdown in the eastern lubber grasshopper." In addition, his students gave two presentations at the same meeting.


Dr. Eric Johnson discussed the ecological impacts of invasive lionfish on Florida's coastal ecosystems and the potential success of state and local efforts to reduce lionfish populations on "Save the Reef: Eat More Lionfish" by Cyd Hoskinson, WJCT/NPR.


Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Michael Hallett discussed Florida's Faith-based Prisons as an invited speaker at the Legislative Justice Summit, sponsored by Florida Tax Watch.

English: Mark Ari published, "Fibonacci, Bread, Mathematics, and Some Mention of Sardines and Poetry" in The Monarch Review. He also edited and produced "EAT Shanties," a digital album by The Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir, Directed by Steven Sherill; and "Becoming Lyla Dore," a digital album by poet Terri Youmans Grimm. 


Dr. Nicholas de Villiers gave an invited talk, "Queer Performativity, Excitable Speech, and Collecting," at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in conjunction with the exhibition "Broc Blegen: Coming Out Party." He and his UNF colleague, Dr. Yongan Wu, also presented their paper, "Readymade Mao: Impersonation and Affective Relations," at FilmAsia 2012, the Inaugural Annual Asian Conference on Film and Documentary in Osaka, Japan.


Dr. Christopher Gabbard published "From Custodial Care to Caring Labor: The Discourse of Who Cares in Jane Eyre," as a chapter in the anthology, "The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability," edited by David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas, and Elizabeth Donaldson and published by the Ohio State University Press. He also presented a paper, "From Custodial Care to Caring Labor: Caregiving in Jane Eyre," on a panel that was selected as one of the Modern Language Association's specially designated Presidential Panels, "Avenues of Access."


History: Dr. Alison J. Bruey presented on the roundtable panel, "1973/2013: Chileanists Teach September 11 at 40," at a conference regarding Latin American History and American Historical Association 127th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La. in January.


Dr. David Courtwright spoke at a public event sponsored by the LSE Ideas, the in-house think tank of the London School of Economics. Photos and a short recap of the event are online here.


Dr. Christopher Hickman published "The Alliance for Progress and the Policy Burdens of the Marshall Plan," Federal History in January.  He also presented a paper, "An ‘Old and Famiiar' Terrain: President Barack Obama's Relationship to the Roberts Court in Historical Perspective," at the American Historical Association Conference in New Orleans, La. in January.


Dr. Theo Prousis delivered two papers at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans in November: "The Strangford Manuscripts and the Eastern Crisis of the 1820s" and "Architect of the Greek-Slavic Field: Theofanis Stavrou's 50 Years of Service to Mediterranean, Slavic, and Eastern Orthodox Studies."

Dr. N. Harry Rothschild gave a keynote presentation, "The Transmission of the Cult of Maya to Early Medieval China and its Role in the Political Authority of Female Emperor Wu Zhao," which was published in proceedings of the International Conference on Silk Road Culture and China's Minorities, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an (October). He also gave a talk, "Female ‘Political Ancestors' of Wu Zhao, China's First and Only Female Emperor," at Shaanxi Normal University in October.


Languages, Literatures, Cultures: Dr. Shira Schwam-Baird published "Translation in the Late Fifteenth Century: Octovien de Saint-Gelais's L'ystoire de Eurialus et Lucresse" in Medieval Perspectives.


Music: Dr. Gary Smart published "My Heart is Like a Singing Bird" for a cappella chorus through Alliance Music in January. He also contributed in December the foreword to "Creative Pedagogy for Piano Teachers," published by GIA Publications.


Dr. Stephen Gosden presented "Rachmaninoff's Branch on the Russian Oak" at the 35 annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory in November.


Physics: Dr. Nirmal Patel was awarded a Florida Space Grant Consortium award for $4,100 for "Measurement of ozone profile in the stratosphere using nanocrystalline sensor arrays payload on a HASP2012 balloon flight."



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


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


Computing: A paper by Pavan Potti and Drs. Sanjay P Ahuja, Karthikeyan Umapathy and Zornitza Prodanoff, "Comparing Performance of Web Service Interaction Styles: SOAP vs. REST," was published in the proceedings of the fifth annual Conference on Information Systems Applied Research in New Orleans in November 2012. Dr. Umapathy presented the paper at the conference. The paper, which is available here, won the best paper award.


Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja and S. Sridharan published their paper, "Performance Evaluation of Hypervisors for Cloud Computing" in the November issue of the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing November. It's available online here.


Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan gave an invited presentation, "Music Computation and Cognition: Finding Ground Truth for Evaluating Computational Music Algorithms," in the Music Dynamics Laboratory in the Center of Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University in November.


Drs. Karthikeyan Umapathy and Ching-Hua Chuan received a TLO award for the project "Web Technology Development for Community Organizations" for Spring 2013.



Engineering: Dr. Peter Bacopoulos received a $11,434 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the University of Central Florida for "An Integrated Climate Change Impact Assessment Tool for Flooding of the Lower St. John River." Bacopoulos also participated in the 2012 International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering in November. He presented his paper, "Tide and Storm Surge Simulation for Florida's Indian River Lagoon," gave a separate presentation to a group of graduate students, "Pointers and Perspective: What Makes a Good Academic Interview," and moderated a session on Hydrology and Climate Extremes at the Coastal Margins. 


Dr. Don Resio served as a moderator for the session on Storm Surge Risk Return Periods at the Applied Technology Council and Structural Engineering Institute Advances in Hurricane Engineering Conference in October. He also attended the International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering in November, where he presented his paper, "Coupling Wave and Surge Models on Steep Slopes."


Construction Management: Dr. Mag Malek and James Sorce were recently awarded a $16,000 TLO grant to sponsor a six-week study abroad program in Malaga, Spain for Honors, Construction Management, and Engineering students. This study abroad will be associated with the Construction Management Honors class - Ship and Maritime Construction. Students will travel to Spain this summer to participate in the construction of a replica of the Galveztown, a boat that played an important role in changing Florida from British to Spanish control during the Revolutionary War. 


College of Education and Human Services


Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. E. Newton Jackson, Jr. has been selected to receive the prestigious, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), Honor Award. The Honor Award recognizes meritorious contributions on the part of members of the Alliance. He will receive this award at the 2013 National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) in Charlotte, N.C. in April.



august datelineMilestone anniversaries

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


20 years

Kevin McWeeney, Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities


15 years

Oupa Seane, Director, Intercultural Center for PEACE  

Thomas Elliott, Senior Document Scanning Representative, ORSP

Timothy Giles, Director, Continuing Education


10 years

Theresa Bennett, Accounting Coordinator, Brooks College of Health

Walter Bolen, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management


Five years

Brandon Smith, Environmental Health Safety Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety

Hing Chin, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

James Joiner, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department

Sheryl McLean, Senior Accounts Payable Receiving Representative, University Housing

Clara May, Program Assistant, Continuing Education

Randy Blankenship, Technical Support Technician, Enrollment Services

Harold Lloyd, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department



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


Lee Anderson, Assistant Director of Development, Institutional Advancement

Amy Costa, Assistant Director, Eco Adventure, Recreation

Nicole Irvin, Program Assistant, University Housing

Kimberlee Johnson, Executive Secretary, University Housing

Kasey Linsberg, Production Specialist, Fine Arts Center

Steven Montesinos, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center

Robert Coates, Groundskeeper, Grounds

Kaleen Davis, Executive Secretary, Library

Tracy Gale, Parking Attendant, Parking

Israel Hurst, IT Support Tech, User Services

Michael Litchfield, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Student Services

Mark Perez, IT Support Tech, User Services

India Powell, Event Coordinator, Women's Center

Kimberly Pryor, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Student Services

Duane Thomas, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

Stacy Williams, Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Services

Terry Winkler, Groundskeeper, Grounds

Sujin Yu, Program Assistant, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Lela Kerley, Assistant Professor, History

Kate Chang, Instructor, Nutrition & Dietetics

Jamisha Laster, Instructor, Nutrition & Dietetics

Lauren McAlister, Instructor, Nursing

Andrea Fors-Sullivan, Coordinator, Student Affairs English Language Program

Brooke Hammon, Coordinator, Career Services Career Services

Virginia Smith, Office Assistant, Parking

Jessica Soto, Office Manager, Center for Community-Based Learning

William Dally, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering


Great job

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


Karla Calliste-Edgar, Administrative Assistant, Arts & Sciences

Ronald Covengton, Senior Custodial Supervisor, Student Union-Custodial

Justin DePlato, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Public Administration

Renee Goldstein, Interim Director, One-Stop Student Services

Jerry Letterman, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities

Lynetee Qadeer, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities

Lilith Reigger, Director of Academic Support Services, Graduate School

William Taylor, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities



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


Christopher Arsenault, Assistant Director, Student Government Business & Accounting Office

Donna Gora, Assistant Director of Research Development, ORSP

Jennifer Urbano, Distance Learning Coordinator, Center For Instruction & Research

Homer Bates, Professor, Accounting & Finance

Eileen Brady, University Librarian, Library

Joy Feria, Instructor, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Hilary Robbeloth, Metadata Librarian, Library

Laquishia Brown, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Rebecca Browning, Executive Secretary, Enterprise Systems

Gene Jones, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Cara Lourcey, Office Manager, Student Government Business & Accounting Office

Franklin Maddox, Maintenance Specialist, Physical Facilities

Abra Maxey-Billings, Administrative Secretary, English

Ronald Meadows, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department

Danielle Revills, Accounting Associate, Controller

Latoya Robertson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Jonathan Shockley, Parking Attendant, Parking

Taurean Watson, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

James Williams, Office Assistant, Parking

The Goods


feb cranberriesScientific research is revealing how healthful cranberries can be. Packed with nutrients like antioxidants and other natural compounds, cranberries are a great choice for the health-conscious consumer. Dr. Judy Perkin, faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses the fruit that is good for you anytime. To help you add cranberries to your diet, a recipe is provided.


Myth: Cranberries are seasonal fruits that can only be enjoyed in fall and winter.

Fact: U.S. cranberries are typically harvested in September and October, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Historians report Native Americans probably taught early European settlers about the value of the fruit, and the cranberry is now usually a part of Thanksgiving holiday meals.


Cranberries can actually be consumed in any season. Cranberries can be frozen, and grocery stores feature cranberry juice, dried cranberries and cranberry sauce year-round. Cranberries can be used in a variety of recipes, such as muffins, breads, salads, jam, syrup, pies, ice cream, iced tea, trail mixes and sauces for meat, poultry or fish. Culinary experts note that dried cranberries can be added to hot cereals during cooking, which may lessen the need for added sugar before consumption.


Myth: Cranberries are grown only in the Northeastern United States.

Fact: Food and agricultural documents tell us that cranberries are native to America and are grown in the United States, Canada and Chile. According to U.S. government sources, there were 681 million pounds of cranberries grown in the U.S. in 2011, with the top cranberry-producing states being Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.


Myth: Cranberries are only nutritionally valuable because of their vitamin C content.

Fact: Nutritional analysis reports indicate that cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium and cell-protective antioxidant phytochemicals.


Myth: The only role cranberries play in health promotion is preventing urinary tract infections.

Fact: Most health authorities acknowledge that cranberry juice may help prevent urinary tract infections because of a component that appears to stop bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall. Scientists are also looking at cranberries as a potential booster for heart health, and the American Institute for Cancer Research lists the cranberry as one of their foods that fight cancer.


Myth: Cranberries are planted and grow in water.

Fact: Agricultural publications and cranberry organizations describe cranberries as a wet-land vine or shrub. Experts note when cranberries are being picked for use as a fresh fruit, they are dry-harvested with a machine.




Apple-Cranberry Salad Toss :


1 head of lettuce (about 10 cups)

2 medium apples, sliced

½ cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup dried cranberries

½ cup green onions, sliced

¾ cup vinaigrette dressing, low-fat

Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, cranberries and onions in large bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat. Serve.


Serves: 8

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories: 120

Total fat: 6g

Saturated fat: 0.5g

Protein: 2g

Carbohydrates: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Dietary fiber: 3g

Sodium: 280mg



Recipe and nutritional analysis used with permission from the Produce for Better Health Foundation and Fruits & Veggies-More Matters® website.


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 cranberries? Contact Dr. Perkin at .



Healthy Osprey: Cold weather workouts require stretching

stretching feet

It's cold outside - even here in Florida - but you still want to get in your daily walk or run. Good for you! But just remember that cold weather makes muscles tighter and less supple, which can leave them more susceptible to injury. A proper warm up and stretching routine is imperative. A good stretch will warm up your joints and tendons to help prevent tears and injuries.


Daily stretching helps prevent injury, increases circulation and boosts overall well-being. You never want to stretch muscles while they are still cold, so warm up before you even start stretching. You can warm up by marching or jogging in place for at least five minutes. Five minutes a day will make a huge difference in how you feel and look. After you finish your workout, remember to get in another good stretch.


Flexibility Guidelines

  • Adults should do flexibility exercises at least two or three days each week to improve range of motion.
  • Each stretch should be held for 10 to 30 seconds to the point of tightness or slight discomfort.
  • Repeat each stretch two to four times.
  • Flexibility exercise is most effective when the muscle is warm. Try light aerobic activity to warm the muscles before stretching.

To watch easy step-by-step stretching instruction videos, go to and click on Exercise Videos and Photos from the left navigation tab.


Healthy Osprey is designed to provide solid advice on how to become healthier at work and at home. Shelly Purser, director of Health Promotion, and Mike Kennedy, assistant director of Health Promotion, write a different article each month that will focus 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, contact Shelly Purser at To read this month's newsletter in full, please click here: newsletter.