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Enlivened Spaces class makes fowl addition to campus

The procession leading Sgt. Quackers to the pond by the Library involved dozens of students (Photo by Jennifer Grissom).A new feathered fowl has taken residence on the University of North Florida campus. Even though the University is heavy with geese and other wildlife this time of year, this one shouldn’t be too hard to spot. After all, he’s about 10-feet-tall and as wide as a mid-size sedan.


His name? Sgt. Quackers.


Created by students from the art department’s Enlivened Spaces class, the massive floating fiberglass and Styrofoam duck sculpture can be found in the pond between the library and the Coggin College of Business. Sgt. Quackers’ maiden voyage April 1 was accompanied by much fanfare. A drum procession led by percussion professor Charlotte Mabrey trailed the sculpture as its student creators carted him across campus. Dozens of students, some wearing masks, keeping rhythm with portable bongos or blowing duck call whistles, joined the party as Sgt. Quackers made his way to his new home.


The art students who crafted the duck — Mark Ewing, Erica Mendoza, Nick Dunlop, Katrina Hess and Maggie Bevis — hoisted the statue off the cart and into the pond, dragging it further into the water using kayaks. Other students who weren’t part of the procession gawked at the newest campus addition, pointing at the giant duck as it was towed into the middle of the pond. 


Dr. Jenny Hager, the sculpture faculty member who supervised the student project, said the Enlivened Spaces initiative was designed to incorporate artistic works into the environment, lending a sense of place and real space to student works. At the beginning of the semester, students pitch ideas to the entire class, and these ideas are voted on and produced collaboratively. There are a few other projects on tap this semester — including the installation of a reproduction of the Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Cans piece at the bus stop near the Thomas G. Carpenter library and the construction of a large braid that will be suspended from the John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building staircase.


Previous projects include “Contrasting Nature,” which was temporarily installed on the UNF Nature Trails bridge over Lake Oneida on campus. The structure was comprised of galvanized pipe, custom steel brackets and various fabrics.


This is the first time, however, that the Enlivened Spaces class has received support from another department’s students.


“I want to say thanks to Charlotte Mabrey and her students,” Hager said. “Charlotte noticed us working on the duck a while back and offered to help launch Sgt. Quackers in a ceremonious way. Her music and percussion students gave our sculptural object a heightened experience and a beautiful procession. The performance element made the whole event even better.”


Mabrey drummed along at the front of her students and called the ceremony to a close once Sgt. Quackers was successfully introduced to his new aquatic home.


“Thanks, kids,” she shouted after the duck touched water. “Now, back to college!”


Hager said the art installation would remain in the pond as long as the University administration will allow. However, Sgt. Quackers did a bit of traveling later in the month, moving temporarily to a fountain in downtown Jacksonville’s Hemming Plaza as part of the city’s One Spark festival, a five-day crowdfunding event for Northeast Florida artists and entrepreneurs. 

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Athletic activities abound for Ospreys

A couple competitors pose at the end of the Tough Talon race (Photo courtesy of Department of Recreation).Ospreys sprinted, swam and swooped across campus in April during a jam-packed month of recreational activities on campus for students, staff, faculty and community members.


The list of events included an old favorite — the Swoop the Loop 5K. This long-running and heavily attended campus road race has seen its participant numbers steadily rise over the years. New additions to the event schedule included the Tough Talon, a physically demanding adventure race that was equal parts mud run and cross-training workout, and the Osprey Aquathlon, a biathlon that started in the pool and transitioned into a foot race.


Jim Baur, UNF’s associate director of Recreation, said the action-packed April calendar is illustrative of the kind of monthly programming available to any student who wants to test their athletic prowess.


“Students spend 91 percent of their time outside the classroom, and Campus Recreation always has activities that enhance a student’s out-of-the-classroom experience," Baur said. "Many students have worked hard all year getting in shape.  For many, it culminated in this year’s Tough Talon, where they were able to test their mettle and put their strength and endurance to the test in 21 different challenges through the 4-mile course.“


It was hard to miss the dozens of athletically dressed Ospreys pulling tires, throwing medicine balls and sprinting across campus on an overcast day in early April. Kacie McFate, fitness coordinator for the Student Wellness Complex and a 2012 UNF graduate, helped organize the grueling Tough Talon adventure race, which included almost 100 competitors.


The Tough Talon is the successor to the Dirty Osprey races of the past two years. McFate said she planned with her coworkers the more elaborate four-plus mile Tough Talon race that included outdoor fitness equipment and water hazards to truly break in the new on-campus fitness center.


“With the Wellness Complex up and running, we didn’t want to do the same old thing,” she said. “We changed the name, made it even harder and really pushed to get students out there participating.” 


The playing field was leveled by pitting 44 teams of two against each other and staggering the start times so competitors raced against the clock for the best time. Some of the obstacles were basic, such as tugging tires. Others were a bit more unique. 


“Jim [Baur] brought his ATV [all-terrain vehicle] in, and we had students pull it from one cone to another,” McFate said. “But that was a bit too easy, so we had one of our student assistants sit in it while the competitors pulled.”


Hundreds of students and community members ran this year's Swoop the Loop 5K (photo courtesy of Student Government). In addition to the muddy Tough Talon run, many motivated Ospreys ran this year’s Swoop the Loop 5K , which is organized annually by Student Government. Close to 400 people from in and around the UNF community completed the race on a balmy April morning. The course started at the UNF Arena and snaked around the core of campus heading toward Lot 18. The final leg included a dash through the Athletics Complex before heading back to the Arena.


The first UNF Osprey Aquathlon took place last month. About 60 student participants competed in the event at the UNF Aquatic Center. The biathlon-style competition started with a 350-meter swim before transitioning into a run through the north side of campus and the Sawmill Slough Preserve. Designed for budding triathletes and runners who wanted something more than the average foot race, the event adhered to the competitive rules of USA Triathlon, the country’s governing body for pretty much any race that ends with -athlon.


These events add up to make one vibrant and fast-moving campus, said Becky Purser, UNF’s director of Recreation. The sheer diversity of on-campus activities every month ensures that every member of the UNF community has some opportunity to get involved and stay healthy.


This University-wide dedication to health hasn’t gone unnoticed by the outside community.


UNF was honored last year with its third straight Gold Healthiest Company Award   from the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council, a regional wellness-focused consortium that awards businesses and organizations for healthy work environment, and presented by the Jacksonville Business Journal. The Gold award, the highest honor bestowed, is only given to recipients that are at the top-of-their-class for organizational policies, healthy behaviors, employee safety, physical activity, nutrition/weight management and prevention.


“There’s no doubt about it,” Purser said. “We're as healthy a campus as they come. And this month definitely proved it.”

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Artistic bike racks designed by students to be installed on campus

The UNF sculpture students who designed the bike racks pose with the models of the their work (Photo by Matt Coleman). The University of North Florida will be getting a bit more bike-friendly and a lot more creative at the beginning of the fall semester.


Four bike racks created by students from UNF’s sculpture department will be installed at different high-traffic points on campus. Each bike rack has its own unique motif: blades of grass, bamboo poles, an electrical cord and a fish.


Lance Vickery, an adjunct art and design professor, led a group of nine sculpture students through the conceptual and design process. He said Sharon Ashton, vice president of Public Relations, and Tom Serwatka, vice president and chief of staff, engaged the sculpture department in the project because of a campus need for more places to lock up bikes.

“This stood out as a great way to give students the opportunity to have their art prominently displayed while promoting our campus commitment to staying green through the use of bicycles,” Ashton said. “I love the idea that these sculpture students will be building their artistic portfolios while helping to beautify campus. These installations will be part of the campus for years to come.”


The idea also builds off of a current trend in metropolitan cities across the country — promoting an open competition for creative and unique bike racks, Vickery said. Jacksonville’s San Marco neighborhood is one such area that is soliciting resident proposals for artistically designed bike racks.


A closer look at the bike rack models (Photo by Matt Coleman). While nine students participated, a campus committee chose only four designs. Wandy Griggs’  “Cutting Edge” has the appearance of abstract blades of grass and will be painted a bright, lime green. Dave Main’s “Os-Prey” resembles a fish and will be made of bent, steel piping. Mark Ewing’s  “Empowered” looks like a large power cord but will be made of stainless steel pipe painted bright orange. Russell Bailey’s currently unnamed installation will resemble a dense, bamboo thicket but will actually be made of steel pipes painted and loosely lashed together. 


Vickery said the project has been wildly successful in that it allowed the students some practical experience in the process of planning, submitting and constructing creative works that are beneficial to a community. The project has grown to span two semesters, and there will be another selection committee in the fall that will be for spots on campus picked out by Physical Facilities. Each installation will be adorned with a plaque describing the work and crediting the respective student creator.

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UNF’s last founding faculty member retires

Woods talks about his earlier days on campus during an interview last year (Photo by Dennis Ho). Change is inevitable after 40 years.


During its infancy, the University of North Florida was a modest-sized school carving out an academic niche in an underdeveloped part of Jacksonville’s Southside. Now, the bustling and steadily growing institution is a thriving member of the State University System with some of the most rigorous academic standards in Florida.


Dr. Louis Woods was there for each stage of UNF’s development. But Woods, the last remaining founding faculty member, is retiring after the spring semester and passing the torch to his younger faculty colleagues.


“The University is a part of me by now,” Woods said. “UNF is a vastly different place than it was when I first started. Much has changed. I’m happy to have played a part in that change and helped to have shaped it.”

Woods has been a member of the Coggin College of Business long before it was named after one of UNF’s biggest donors. He’s taught finance and geography classes, as well as one of the first courses ever offered in UNF’s MBA program, an economics of business decisions class. He said he’s enjoyed watching many of his students and colleagues go on to prestigious posts in business and academics over the years, their resumes bolstered by their UNF experiences.


He said he views himself as sort of an academic gardener who “planted the seeds of learning but tried not to force them to germinate.”


“There’s something about UNF that has been nourishing for me,” he said. “It’s kept me going strong for many years. Being able to see our graduates go on and do tremendous work across the country and across the globe — I consider it a reward. At the same time, seeing the programs that I’ve been involved with develop into real stand-out, areas-of-note, that’s a great feeling. I’ve taken strength from UNF’s development, and I believe I’ve contributed to UNF’s increasing strength through the work I’ve done.” 

While Woods is the last founding faculty member to retire after 40 years of uninterrupted service, Dr. Earle Traynham, the Coggin College of Business dean emeritus and professor of economics emeritus, was recently appointed interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Another founding faculty member, Traynham will temporarily replace the previous provost, Dr. Mark Workman, who has decided to return to a faculty position at the end of this semester. Traynham will start in May, while a national search is underway for a new provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.         

Around Campus

‘Poetic Voices’ brings ancient Persian poetry to life at UNF

march poeticvoices 1 The University of North Florida and the Jacksonville Public Library continues the “Bridging Cultures – Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” traveling exhibit with Song of the Reed: Rumi featuring Dr. Jawid Mojadeddi and composer/performer Amir Vahab and his ensemble.


The 13th century Persian poetry of Rumi is lives on in the United States, as he is one of the most widely read poets in the country. In this talk, Mojadeddi, a scholar and translator, will discuss the beauty of Rumi’s “Masnavi“ — its folk tales, sacred history, entertaining stories and lessons, all written in rhyming couplets. This talk is followed by a performance of the poems set to music in English and Persian by distinguished composer and Persian classical performer Amir Vahab with his ensemble.


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


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

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

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

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


OneJax at UNF honors Northeast Florida humanitarians

may onejax The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida has announced the recipients of its 2013 Humanitarian Awards. Honorees include Dottie Dorion, a Northeast Florida philanthropist and community volunteer; Steven T. Halverson, president and CEO of the Jacksonville-based Haskell Company; Frieda Saraga, a local community activist and volunteer; and Madeline Scales-Taylor, executive director of City Kids Art Factory, a non-profit that works with area schools, neighborhood associations, churches and other community organizations to identify and recruit youths for its programs.


The event is scheduled for May 14 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Jacksonville. The OneJax Humanitarian Awards honor those who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity, have given generously and extensively to our community and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our community.


“I am delighted with the honorees selected for the 2013 OneJax Humanitarian Awards,” said Celeste Krueger, OneJax executive director. “This year’s class includes true leaders and stewards of the Jacksonville community, and each is deserving of the recognition and honor. I expect this year’s celebration in May to be an outstanding and successful event in every way.”


The co-chairs of the 2013 event are University of North Florida President John A. Delaney and Edward Waters College President Nat Glover, both previous honorees themselves.


In collaboration with the OneJax Board of Directors, the UNF Board of Trustees established the OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida in February 2012. By bringing OneJax onto the UNF campus, the University has strengthened its community partnerships and is playing a more significant role in Northeast Florida's conversations on diversity and inclusion.


The OneJax Institute compliments services already provided to faculty, staff and students through the Interfaith Center and the Intercultural Center for PEACE. Periodically, these three units work together to co-facilitate campus and community-wide programs. The OneJax Board of Directors continues to guide the organization, with UNF representatives filling seats on the Board. The Board retains the responsibility for raising funds to support operations for OneJax.


Tickets for the event can be purchased online. More information about OneJax can be found here.


Faculty award winners announced

june_tenure_promotion The following faculty were honored this month as recipients of the 2012-13 University of North Florida Faculty Awards. Students, faculty colleagues, administrators and alumni submitted nominations. All recipients received a cash award and will be honored with a commemorative plaque at the 2013 UNF Fall Convocation ceremony. The awards are funded through unrestricted gifts from the UNF Foundation, Inc.


Distinguished Professor Award: 


Winner: Judith Rodriguez , Brooks College of Health, Nutrition and Dietetics

Runner-up: Jeffrey Michelman, Coggin College of Business, Accounting and Finance


Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards:

Michele Moore , Brooks College of Health, Public Health

Dag Näslund , College of Business, Management

Adel El Safty , College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Engineering/Civil Engineering


Outstanding Faculty Service Awards:

Scott Hochwald , College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics

Katherine Robinson , Brooks College of Health, School of Nursing


Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award:  


Barbara Kruger , Brooks College of Health, School of Nursing


Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards:


Jeffrey Michelman , Coggin College of Business, Accounting and Finance

Sherry Shaw , College of Education and Human Services, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education


Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards:

Mark Ari ,College of Arts and Sciences, English

Krzysztof Biernacki ,College of Arts and Sciences, Music

Richard Chant ,College of Education and Human Services, Foundations and Secondary Education

D. Rob Haley ,Brooks College of Health, Public Health

Louanne Hawkins ,Honors and Scholarship Program

Stephen Heywood ,College of Arts and Sciences, Art and Design

Clarence Hines ,College of Arts and Sciences, Music

Lori Lange ,College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology

Pamela Monteleone , College of Arts and Sciences, English

David Waddell , College of Arts and Sciences, Biology


Get to Know

John Hale

John Hale (Photo by Jennifer Grissom). Name: John Hale


Department: Physical Facilities


Job title: Director


What do you do? As director of Physical Facilities, I manage a department of more than 200 employees and a $17 million budget. My department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all UNF facilities and grounds, excluding housing and athletics.


Years at UNF: Seven years this July.


Who is the most famous person you ever met? Probably David Copperfield when he did a show here in Jacksonville. I was one of the randomly selected audience members that participated in the part of the show where he made us disappear from the stage and reappear in the balcony. We had the opportunity to meet with him after the show where he swore us to secrecy.


What is the best thing you ever won?

Tickets to a concert and I asked my future wife to go. What I didn’t know at the time is that I was being set up, and she conspired with family and friends to fake the prize. She had actually bought them herself, sent them to a friend who then mailed them to me from across the country — taking a chance that I would ask her, and not someone else to go.  Looks like that gamble paid out.


What would you like to do when you retire? Take my wife back to Italy and every place we have not yet visited but wanted to.


Tell us about your family.  

My wife, Antonia, and I have been married for 13 years, and we have seven children — 4 boys and 3 girls ranging in age from 12 to one.


Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you:  I learned to fly before I learned to drive — I think I was 13 or 14 at the time.


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

Can’t go wrong with most anything from the ’80s.


Who is your favorite fictional character? What makes them your favorite?

Indiana Jones because of his resourcefulness, problem solving, and ability to overcome any obstacle.


If you won the lottery, what would do with the money?  

Give to charity, build a bigger house and take care of the family.


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?  

The campus atmosphere and the flexibility of the schedule.


Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? Hosting the CNN Republican debate last year.


What is your favorite way to blow an hour? Watch YouTube.


If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint?

A beach scene.


What was the best money you ever spent?

My wife’s engagement ring.


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

I was the kid that liked to take things apart and put them back together again and dreamed of flying into space. Aside from going back to practicing consulting engineering, my other passions include photography and aviation. I think becoming an astronaut is out of reach for me at this point.



Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without?

I love technology but would not go so far as to say I could not live without it so long as everyone else had to as well.


What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?

Personally — getting married, starting a family and the birth of my kids. Professionally — becoming a licensed professional engineer.


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

I don’t recall the first. The most recent was a symphony orchestra featuring John Williams’ Star Wars score.


What person had the greatest impact on your life?

I have to give equal credit to my mom and dad.  


What are you most passionate about?

Doing the right thing!



Tell us something about you that even your friends don’t know: All my hair will likely fall out before it has a chance to turn grey.


What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet?



Last book read:  “Bear Snores On” — my kids’ favorite nighttime book. Before that, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.

Faculty and Staff

July-regalia Brooks College of Health


Public Health: Julie Merten presented Sun safety attitudes, knowledge and behaviors among beach-going adolescents,” at the University of Florida Cancer Center Research Day event in Gainesville.


Dr. Michele Johnson Moore and Elissa Barr, published Sexual risk behaviors of middle school students: 2009 youth risk behavior survey results from 16 locations,” in the Journal of School Health.


The American Counseling Association published Tes Tuason’s article “Counseling around the world: An international handbook.” Tuason also presented the paper to the Annual American Counseling Association conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Coggin College of Business


Management: Drs. Cheryl Frohlich, Cheryl Van Deusen, Steven Williamson,along with Marjorie Templeton, published paper “Paper industry performance: The effect of acquisition motives on firm outcomes,” in the International Journal of Strategic Management.


Drs. Antony Paulraj and Steven Williamson’s paper titled “Paper industry performance: Impact of consumer attitudes on sustainability practices within the paper industry: The moderating role of digital media,” was published in the Journal of Academy of Business and Economics.


College of Arts and Sciences


Biology: Dr. Greg Ahearn and his students gave the following poster presentations at the Experimental Biology national meeting in Boston: (i) with A. Duka, “L-Leucine and L-methionine share a Na+/K+-dependent amino acid transporter in shrimp hepatopancreas”; (ii) with M. Rasidovic, “Amino acid absorption by lobster (Homarus americanus) intestine using dual-label radioisotopic techniques”; (iii) with R. Abdel-Malak, “Divalent cation-dependent 3H-L-leucine transport in lobster intestine.” At the same meeting, Ahearn and C. Brian Coughlin, with their student A. Omran, also gave a poster presentation, “Differential Bacteriostatic Effects of Sucralose on Environmental Bacteria.”


Drs. Quincy Gibson and Julie Richmond published “The ranging patterns of female bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) with respect to reproductive status: Testing the concept of nursery areas” in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.


Dr. Matt Gilg and his students, M.C. Restrepo and R. Walton, published “Geographic variation in allele frequency of the gamete recognition protein M7 lysin throughout a mosaic blue mussel hybrid zone” in Marine Biology.


Dr. Cliff Ross and his student, K. Olsen, published “Short-term and latent post-settlement effects associated with elevated temperature and oxidative stress on larvae from the coral Porites astreoides” in Coral Reefs. Ross and his students gave the following oral presentations at the Benthic Ecology national meeting in Savannah: (i) with K. Olsen, “The effects of elevated temperature (global-scale stressor), algal competition (local-scale stressor) and their combined impacts on the early life history stages of the Caribbean hermatypic coral Porites astreoides”; (ii) with N. Bishop, “The Combined Effects of Elevated Salinity and Temperature on the Seagrass Thalassia testudinum when exposed to Labyrinthula spp.” At the same meeting, Drs. Ross and David Waddell, with their student, K. Loucks, also gave an oral presentation,  “Seagrass Defenses: The Oxidative Burst and Hypersensitive response in Thalassia testudinum in relation with Labyrinthula spp.”


Chemistry: Dr. José A. Jiménez published “Unfolding Diffusion-Based Ag Nanoparticle Growth in SiO2 Nanofilms Heat-Treated in Air via In Situ Optical Microspectroscopy” in Optical Materials. 


Dr. Michael Lufaso, with student Z.R. Kann and others, published “Room-Temperature Vibrational Properties of the BiMn2O5 Mullite” in Vibrational Spectroscopy.


English: Kristina Circelli published her seventh and eighth novels, “The Never” and “Into the Shadow Realm.” She was also chosen to participate on a panel for fantasy writing and as a speaker in local schools for Amelia Island’s yearly book festival.


Emily K. Michael published two poems, “Transcription” and “Conversation with the Adjacent Friend,” in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry in March.


Sandra McDonald participated on the panel “Low Residency MFA Programs: An Alumni Perspective” at the national conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in March. She published her young adult science-fiction novel, “Kings of Ruin,” in March using the pseudonym Sam Cameron.


Marcus Pactor published “My Assets” in West Wind Review in March.


History: Dr. Denise I. Bossy presented “Slavery and Empire: Indian and African Slaveries in Spanish, Muskogee, and British Geopolitical and Economic Expansion in the Southeast, 1565-1715,” at the Porter Symposium at the University of Mississippi in February). Bossy also presented “Migration and Spiritual Diplomacy: Euhaw-Yamasee responses to British Colonial Expansion” at the eight biennial conference of the Society of Early Americanists in March.


Dr. James J. Broomall published “The Interpretation Is A-Changin’: Memory, Museums and Public History in Central Virginia” in Journal of the Civil War Era in March. Broomall also co-organized a conference, “The Shadow of Slavery: Emancipation, Memory and the Meaning of Freedom” at the University of Florida in February.


Dr. Charles Closmann delivered a paper, “All Hail King of the Herrings,” at the 2013 Southeast German Studies Symposium in Knoxville, Tenn. in March. 


Dr. Christopher Hickman served as the commentator on the panel, “Recalibrating the Protestant Center,” at the Religion and Law Conference at Florida State University in March.


Dr. Chau Johnsen Kelly chaired a panel discussion, “Power, Identity and Social Change in the Modern World,” at the Florida Conference of Historians at New College of Florida in March.


Dr. Theo Prousis published “Revolt, Reprisal, Russian-Ottoman Tension: A British Perspective on the Opening Round of the 1821 Eastern Crisis” in Balkanistica.


Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Nuria Ibanez presented El espacio en las obras de las dramaturgas contemporáneas: el caso de Gracia Morales” at a seminar on “ Gendered Spaces: The Places of Spanish Women’s Film and Theater” at the NEMLA Convention in Boston in March.


Dr. Renée Scott presented the paper, “Cultural Heritage and Representation in the Works of Rosa Nissán,” at the International Conference of Hispanic Literature  in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in March.


Dr. Maria-Angeles Fernández Cifuentes published Tradición e innovación en las Novelas a Marcia Leonarda de Lope de Vega .”


Music: Dr. Dennis Holt co-presented research on music teaching and learning at the 24th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning with UNF music graduates Rose M. Francis and Luis F. Palacios.

Physics: Dr. Jane H. MacGibbon gave an invited talk “The Search for Primordial Black Holes” at the Cosmic Frontier meeting at SLAC at Stanford University in March.


Political Science and Public Administration : Dr. Georgette Dumont  published “Virtual Accountability: An Index and its Application” in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Dumont also organized and was the discussant for the panel, “The Role of Social Media in Governance: Promises versus Practice,” at the annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration in New Orleans in March.


Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Jenny Stuber presented her paper, with cooperation from Dr. Jeffry Will, “Discipline and Nourish: Dynamics of Social Control in Food Pantries,” at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings in Boston in March. 


Dr. David Jaffee published “Destructive (and Costly) Competition” in the Jacksonville Business Journal in February and “Business Climate Florida-Style” in the Folio Weekly in March.


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction  


Computing:  Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja, published an article, “Cloud Security and Cloud Data Center Certifications” in the Jacksonville Business Journal in February.



Dr. Kenneth E. Martin made a presentation, “ABET: Is There Value in ABET Accreditation?” at the national meeting of the Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education Session Association for Computing Machinery in March.


Dr. Charles Winton conducted the Northern California Robotics Educators Workshop at NASA Ames in March. Dr. Winton also served as organizer for the Florida Region Botball Tournament at UNF in March.



College of Education and Human Services


Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: I n April, Dr. Christine Weber presentedExamining issues in gifted education: Making connections to the NAGC Standards”at the Florida Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference in Tampa.


Dr. Nile Stanley published an article, “Family Storytelling: A powerful parenting strategy for developing intellect, language, literacy, and values” in the April issue of  Language Magazine .


Dr. Ronghua Ouyang presented at the 24th international annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education in New Orleans in March. The paper he presented was “An Ancient Ideology of Equal Education vs. Technology Implementation in the 21st Century: What if Confucius was still alive?” The papers he co-presented were “A Research Analysis on the Effectiveness of Technology in English as a foreign Language (EFL) Teaching and Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools” and “A Digital Resource Summary for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.”


Dr. Kim Cheek presented at the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in March. The title of her presentation was, “Investigating and Improving Concepts of Temporal Duration Using Computer Animations.”  An article by Dr. Cheek titled, “Washed Away!” was also published in the April/May issue of Science and Children.


Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education: Dr. Caroline Guardino and her graduate students in deaf education conducted two “Be a STAR Reader”events in collaboration with the Jacksonville Public Library in March and April. The master’s students taught mini-reading lessons to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their siblings. Guardino also presented the preliminary results of a collaborative ethnography at the Association of College Educators for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing in Santa Fe, N.M.


Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Terence Cavanaugh presented three papers at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in New Orleans in March. He presented two papers with other faculty, “Empowering Pre-Service Science Teachers to Be Active Users of Etext Resources” with Dr. Brian Zoellner and “Online Learning and Legal Jurisdiction” with Dr. Luke Cornelius, and one on his own, titled “Reading Dissertations as Ebooks: a Committee Member’s View.”


Dr. Jason W. Lee presented two presentations in April at the Southern Sport Management Conference at Troy University in Troy, Ala. The first presentation is “Can you dig it? Marketing collegiate sand volleyball” with Kevin Campbell, a graduate of the master’s in Education Leadership/Athletic Administration program. The second presentation is “Pros who are cons: The case of the NFL's ‘Criminal Jocks’ with Dr. Kristi Sweeney


Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity: Cheryl Gonzalez, the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, has been selected as a Jacksonville Business Journal Diversity Award honoree for 2013. The award honors overall achievement obtained through the years in the diversity and inclusion arena.  Gonzalez, who has been the d irector of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity since 2010, helped establish the campus’ Week of One Diversity Week and the W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society at UNF. She is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Jacksonville class and is chair of the Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development .



august dateline Milestone anniversaries  

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


20 years

Michael Maroney, Maintenance Utilities Manager, Physical Facilities


15 years

Kenneth Hill, Academic Adviser, Education and Human Services


10 years

Sandra Gainey, Custodial Services Support, Physical Facilities


Five years

Victoria Coyle Ogden , Advancement Services Research Coordinator, Advancement Services

Emily Will, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Lauren Chartier , Office Manager, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Lauren Tallier , Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Danh Vo , Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities



The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions from mid-February to early-April:


Lal Liana , Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Matthew Stumph , Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

Nathaniel Thomas , Athletic Academic Adviser, Athletic Academic Support

Tammy Desmarais , Police Communications Operator, University Police Department

Michael Terry , Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Maritza Choisser , Student Government Office Manager, Student Union

Jennifer Grissom , Photographer, Marketing and Publications

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

Russ Owens , Maintenance Mechanic, Student Union Maintenance Energy Management

Erica Powell-Jones , Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Moses Scott , Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Jason Simpson , Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Joshuah Brown , Maintenance Mechanic, Osprey Fountains

Nelson Bruce , Groundskeeper, Osprey Fountains

Randall Head , Locksmith, Maintenance and Energy Management Pernell McGhee, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Gina Motes , Executive Secretary, Enterprise Systems

Maurice Scott , Groundskeeper, Housing and Residence Life

David Wollett , Maintenance Mechanic, Crossings

David Scharf , Maintenance Mechanic, Student Union Maintenance and Energy Management

Lisa Dynan-Dobbertien , Physician, Student Health Services

Antione Norman, Office Assistant, Parking

Kevin Vetter , Custodial Worker, Custodial Services


Great job

The following employees were promoted from mid-February to early-April :


Logan Arke , Senior Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

Sharon Ashton , Vice President, Public Relations

Shane Borden , Administrative Coordinator, Auxiliary Services

Robert Boyle , Director of Housing and Residence Life, University Housing

Sherrie Charles , Senior Accounts Payable Representative, Controller

Carmilita Holsey , Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services Jeannie Jacobs, Senior Academic Advisor, Academic Center for Excellence

Kate Learch , Associate Director of the IB Flagship, Undergraduate and International Program

Ann McCullen , Interim Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Jillian Sickler , Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Ernest Vickers , Heavy Equipment Operator, Physical Facilities




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


Pierre Allaire, Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Terry DeRubeis , Academic Adviser, Coggin College of Business

Kathleen Klein , Assistant Director, Student Affairs Parent’s Program Martine Kone, Student Financial Coordinator, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Martina Perry , Academic Support Services Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies

Donita Gibson , Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department

Keith Battles , Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Katrina Camaj , Administrative Secretary, Education and Human Services

Heather Duffy , Budget Associate, Enrollment Services

Tenika Franklin , Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Erica Serrano , Accounting Clerk, Controller

Rhea Sparks , Accounting Associate, Auxiliary Services

John Sternad , Senior Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

The Goods


may beef Lean beef (defined by government guidelines as having less than 10 grams total fat, 4.5 grams or less saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3.5 ounces) can be healthier than chicken, fish or tofu (bean curd) for that matter, depending on how much is eaten and how it’s prepared. Dr. Delores Truesdell, assistant professor of nutrition, discusses fresh, lean beef, a good source of vitamins and minerals. To help you add beef to your diet, a recipe is provided.


Myth: Fresh, lean cuts of beef are harmful to your health and less safe than they used to be due to E. coli and hormones.

Fact: In moderation, beef and, especially lean beef when cooked properly, has high-quality protein and is a good source of niacin, vitamin B-12, choline, zinc, selenium and bioavailable heme iron. It can be used as an occasional substitute for other lean meats, eggs, seafood and tofu on your table. The potential for residual hormones used in beef production is less than that found in soybeans and eggs. Amounts are regulated by the USDA and are well below what is produced by the human body. The incidence of E. coli 0157:H7 in fresh ground beef has also declined over the last 10 years. The best defense against food poisoning is to cook the meat to at least medium (155degrees for 15 seconds).


Myth: Eating beef causes cancer.

Fact: Obesity, physical inactivity and charcoal grilling of beef have been linked to increased cancer risk. Although a study linked beef consumption with increased risk of cancer, it’s not possible to conclude from this study that eating beef is a cause of cancer. The results do support the need for additional research on the role of overall beef intake in the development of some cancers.


Myth : Beef can cause strokes in men.

Fact : While one cohort study indicated that processed meat consumption was positively associated with risk of stroke, fresh unprocessed red meat wasn’t. Sodium may explain the observed positive association between processed meat consumption and risk of total stroke. Men at high risk of stroke from processed meats may also have other unhealthy habits and behaviors.


Myth : Beef is high in cholesterol, higher than most other meats.

Fact: A high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet has been shown to raise blood total and LDL-cholesterol concentrations. Egg yolk, shrimp and squid provide close to 200 milligrams in cholesterol in typical 3.5 ounce servings. Beef is high in saturated fat but with about 25 milligrams cholesterol per ounce; the same amount of cholesterol as in an equivalent serving of chicken (no skin) or a pork chop. Three ounces of lean beef (90 percent lean meat/10 percent fat) will have about 9 to 12 grams of total fat, 4 to 5 grams saturated fat, 1 gram of Trans fat, 30 milligrams Omega 3 fatty acids and over one-third of the zinc most people need each day for 170 to 185 calories.


Myth: Most U.S. beef cattle aren’t pasture-fed.

Fact: Cattle eat plants. Some animals are confined on feed lots and fed corn, which doesn't contain as much Omega 3 fatty acids as other plant sources. Most U.S. beef comes from pasture-fed, grain-finished cattle. 


Beef Stir-Fry

Serves 4

2 tablespoons cornstarch or flour

One-half cup water

2 minced garlic cloves plus 2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons black pepper

12 ounces top boneless round steak

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 cup carrots, chopped

2 cups broccoli florets

1 cup green/yellow peppers, thinly sliced

1 onion, chopped fine

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger


Combine garlic, pepper and flour with beef, then stir-fry in one tablespoon of the sesame oil until done. Set aside beef. Stir-fry vegetables and ginger in remaining oil, add water and steam about 4 to 5 minutes. Add back beef. Serve over white or brown rice.


Nutritional analysis per serving:

Calories: 380

Protein: 36 grams

Carbohydrate: 21 grams

Total fat: 17 grams

Fiber: 4 grams


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 lean beef? Contact Dr. Truesdell at