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Record volunteers at this year’s Garbage on the Green

 Student volunteers weighed and measured the amount of garbage that could've have been properly recycled (Photos by Jennifer Grissom).For the seventh year in a row, the University of North Florida got trashed.

Hundreds of pounds of garbage were taken from the campus waste system and tossed, scattered and dumped on the Student Union Plaza Oct. 23 as dozens of students sifted through the refuse. The dirty work was designed to promote an even cleaner and more environmentally friendly campus through the annual Garbage on the Green waste audit, hosted by the University’s Environmental Center. The event serves as a green progress report that grants some valuable insight into UNF’s recycling habits.


James Taylor, a coordinator from the Environmental Center, said more than 130 student volunteers — the most in the event’s seven-year history — helped sort through about 3,500 pounds of trash. Garbage on the Green started with an early morning cleanup of litter on campus followed by the waste audit, a systematic study of campus trash. The analysis is used to determine best practices to improve waste reduction programs and recover resources that would normally go to the landfill. Volunteers also handed out hundreds of T-shirts made from recycled plastic bottles. 

The campus has averaged a 24 percent diversion rate — also known as the amount of waste diverted from landfills and other traditional disposal methods by recycling, reuse or composting. However, Taylor said recycling bins issued this year to residence halls by UNF Housing and Residence Life will likely boost that percentage when the Environmental Center staff finishes compiling this year’s data. The state has a goal to reach a 75 percent diversion rate by 2020, and UNF is hoping to hit that mark soon.


“We’re getting closer every year,” Taylor said. “UNF is really ahead of the pack when it comes to sustainability on campus.”

This year's Garbage on the Green had a record number of student volunteers. With an environmentally beautiful campus located on a pristine, 1,300-acre nature preserve, it’s no wonder that UNF is in the national conversation when it comes to sustainability measures in higher education. UNF’s institutional commitment to preserving its gorgeous natural habitat has been awarded nationally by the Princeton Review, which featured UNF in its 2012 Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Additionally, UNF was ranked in the top 100 “Coolest Schools” by the Sierra magazine, the award-winning magazine of the Sierra Club, America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, for its green endeavors on campus.


The University’s environmental example has inspired others in the Northeast Florida community as well. Aseema Sharma, a chemistry teacher at Atlantic Coast High School, brought 15 students to volunteer at last year’s Garbage on the Green as a way of illustrating some in-class concepts in a real-world setting.


“I didn’t think they’d be comfortable going through the trash and getting dirty,” Sharma said. “But they really took to it and wanted to come back for more.”


This year, 32 Atlantic Coast students joined Sharma for another round of trash collection and calculation at UNF. Sharma and her students have also used the UNF model as inspiration for their own waste audit, “Garbage on the Bay,” which pits different school pods against each other for the recycling crown.


Student volunteers came away with a better understanding of how to improve their recycling habits. “UNF is really at the head of the class, and we want to grow our own program by emulating what the University is doing,” she said.


This year’s event managed to include dozens of walk-up UNF student volunteers who were intrigued by the living laboratory set up on the Student Union Osprey Plaza. Katie Borello, a student assistant with the Environmental Center, said there was a constant stream of students coming by and inquiring about the event.


“Once we let them know what we were doing, a lot of them said they wanted in,” Borello said. “It’s really an education experience. They’re getting to learn about the recycling process and how they can do better and live more sustainably for themselves.”

Garbage on the Green is coordinated annually by the Environmental Center with support from Physical Facilities and Southland Waste, which is the event’s contracted waste hauler. The company also provides additional funding for the event. Another major sponsor was eCycle Security, a local electronics recycling company owned by UNF alum Juan Carlos Villatoro.

Around Campus

UNF CE partners with nonprofit to provide job skills to ex-offenders

Kevin Gay (far right), president of Operation New Hope, poses with the successful graduates of the first UNF Warehouse Associate Certification program (Submitted),The University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education  has partnered with a local nonprofit to help ex-offenders gain valuable job training in the transportation and logistics field.


The partnership with Operation New Hope, a Jacksonville-based community development corporation that provides leads on affordable housing and promotes workforce reintegration programs for ex-offenders, was formed this summer and has already yielded noticeable returns. UNF Continuing Education instructors have customized a week-long Warehouse Associate Certification program that focuses on teaching enrolled Operation New Hope clients the skills needed and equipment used in warehouse operations.


A majority of the 19 graduates from the first five-day program in June found employment shortly after graduation. Additional class sessions for other students have been booked through the end of the year. The partnership has been partially funded by WorkSource Jacksonville.


“We were thrilled to partner with Operation New Hope to provide this opportunity for individuals to restore their lives and maximize their potential,” said Lori Frederick, program director for Continuing Education’s Global Logistics Training Resource Network. “Our commitment to lifelong learning, workforce development and enrichment experiences is more than a statement: It is our mission — one person, one organization at a time.”


Operation New HopeKevin Gay, a Jacksonville native and president of Operation New Hope, established the framework for the UNF partnership. Gay said his organization had been working closely with Michael O’Leary, president of the Grimes Companies, a Jacksonville-based supply chain management and transportation logistics company, to establish an employee training program that would provide Grimes with a pipeline of potential workers. However, one key element was missing — subject matter experts who could provide proper training. That’s where UNF came in.


“We’re trying to establish job skills in people who have been in and out of the criminal justice system,” Gay said. “The vast majority of them re-enter the workforce ready to do good and put their pasts behind them. However, many have limited marketable skills to show for it, and they’ll come in entry-level, meaning they’ll probably work jobs that don’t pay enough to support themselves or their families. That’s why we’re exploring different avenues to offer vocational training that fits the regional market. And UNF had the instructors with the expertise to impart that practical, on-the-job knowledge.”

The entire Warehouse Associate Certification program was designed with the students of his program in mind, Gay said. All of the coursework and instruction happens at Operation New Hope’s headquarters in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood, which is close to downtown and easily accessible for students without dedicated transportation. The instructors, Brett Harper and Ron Shamlaty, are from UNF’s Global Logistics Training Resource Network, and Gay credited their expertise in the field for contributing to a fast-paced and engaging curriculum.


“They know their stuff — you can tell that right off the bat,” Gay said. “And they’re good at communicating these complicated ideas in a very condensed timeframe. They go over the day-to-day work environment, the key terminology and really give our Operation New Hope clients an overview of the field. Once they complete the program, they’re ready to go out there and find work.”


The program has been so successful that Gay said the state has provided Operation New Hope with additional funding to roll out a similar Warehouse Associate Certification in Tampa, in addition to the Jacksonville courses scheduled throughout the year.


This partnership is another example of how UNF is a regional leader in maintaining strong community partnerships.  In 2010, UNF received The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Community Engagement Classification. This classification acknowledges UNF’s commitment to community engagement as well as its effort to improve teaching and learning strategies through community-based projects.    


Bob Wood, dean of the UNF Division of Continuing Education, said he’s proud of the work done by his staff to further the University’s goal of providing lifelong learning opportunities to varied groups of people across the Northeast Florida region.


“This is a largely untapped population group from a social standpoint,” Wood said. “Many ex-offenders might feel cut off from the rest of society because they can’t find employment due to a mistake they made in their past. But we’re not here to judge — we’re here to help. And this program gives them the skills to get them on the right track personally and professionally. It’s what UNF is all about — promoting the economic success of the entire region.”

Around Campus

UNF sculpture students light up the night

Kyle Newsome prepares his tiger installation for ZOOLights display (Photos by Jennifer Grissom).The work of University of North Florida art faculty and students will light up the night this December at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.


The ZOOLights event, which runs from Dec. 13 to Dec. 31, will feature the works of Jenny Hager-Vickery, a local artist and UNF assistant professor of sculpture, and her students. It will include art installations, live performances and other projects dreamed up in the UNF Sculpture Lab. Hager-Vickery said the Zoo selected artist proposals for creative projects to be featured during the ZOOLights event, and the selection group liked what her sculpture students had in mind.


 “I’m really proud of the work our students put in for this event,” Hager-Vickery said. “More than 50,000 visitors will get to see the quality of the work produced by UNF’s Sculpture Program.”


A number of Hager-Vickery’s students are in the process of building large, wire-frame sculptures of varying shapes that will be laden with lights and strung up throughout the Zoo. Other students are building sculptures designed to correspond to particular exhibits — such as a light-up rat installation that will be placed in front of the Zoo’s capybara exhibit and an illuminated tiger by senior Kyle Newsome that will be installed near the brand-new tiger exhibit.


Newsome said he’s been working on his tiger sculpture since the beginning of the semester. He’s also planning a live art piece for every Saturday during ZOOLights in which he’ll dress up as a Mayan warrior and perform near the Mayan temple display in the Zoo’s South America exhibit. To tie in to the ZOOLights theme, his costume will be adorned with flashbulbs and other lighting elements. He said he likely wouldn’t have had the opportunity to exhibit his work and get involved with the heavily attended event without the assistance of Hager-Vickery and the UNF Sculpture Program.


“It’s great to have this opportunity from the perspective of a student who is trying to get his work out there as much as possible,” Newsome said. “A lot of people will be able to see what I can do, and I’ll have some more examples of my work that I can use to land other opportunities.”


Hager-Vickery said these types of partnerships between her students and outside entities are key ways of promoting what she calls “cultural fusion.”


“Our students are very good at what they do, and we want to find the places that will highlight their work,” Hager-Vickery said. “The ZOOLights event needs these types of installations and performances, and the students need venues to display their work. This partnership works for everyone involved.”


Students from Hager-Vickery's sculpture class display their work.A familiar face to the UNF community will also be making an appearance at ZOOLights. Sgt. Quackers, the 10-foot-tall Styrofoam and fiberglass duck made earlier this year by a group of students from the art department’s Enlivened Spaces class, will be making the voyage from UNF to the Jacksonville Zoo for the festivities. Despite his size, Sgt. Quackers has been quite active as of late, popping up in different places across Jacksonville when he’s not camped out in his main nest in the pond between the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and the Coggin College of Business. His upcoming travels will see him floating at the Zoo through December. Hager-Vickery said Sgt. Quackers will also be sporting some festive duds, along with an assortment of holiday lights.


The first Jacksonville after dark ZOOLights event was scheduled in 2012 and included lighted animal forms and flora, some with movement, strings of light globes suspended from trees, costumed animal figures, dance and music, according to the Zoo. Also included were Florida-themed holiday activities, such as suds snow and campfires with s’mores. 


UNF anthropology professor guest curates MOSH exhibit

Keith Ashley (left) in front of his exhibit (Photos courtesy of MOSH)A University of North Florida professor has curated an exhibition at the Museum of Science and History in Downtown Jacksonville that offers a look back at Northeast Florida’s vibrant cultural past.


The new exhibit on Native American life was guest curated by Dr. Keith Ashley, a professor and coordinator of UNF’s Archaeology Lab.


“Uncovering the Past,” which opened Oct. 12, highlights important archaeological discoveries in Northeast Florida that have changed the way scientists, historians and archaeologists view Native American history before and after European contact. The exhibit features archaeological materials and artifacts from MOSH, the National Park Service and UNF. Many of the artifacts have never been on public display. 


Exhibit goers will learn how archaeologists use science in the field and the lab and get to know some of Northeast Florida’s beautiful city, state and national parks and the important role they play in preserving our native history. Sites included in the exhibit include Mayport, Big Talbot Island State Park, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Queens Harbour and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.


“We are thrilled to collaborate with guest curator Dr. Ashley for this exhibit that perfectly aligns with our mission to bring science and history to life,” said Christy Leonard, MOSH Curator and Director of Operations. 


Ashley began his training by studying anthropology as an undergraduate student at Auburn University. After graduating, he went on to earn a master’s degree in anthropology from Florida State University and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Florida. Much of his research at UNF focuses on the lives of Native Americans in Northeast Florida. Some of his work can be viewed online.


“Uncovering the Past: New Archaeological Discoveries” in Northeast Florida opens Oct. 12 and runs through Aug. 31, 2014. 

Around Campus

Unique collaboration Library collaboration nets BizTech award

The Library was honored for its commitment to digitizing thousands of texts, making it much easier for UNF students and faculty (Photo by Michael Legrand). The Thomas G. Carpenter Library at the University of North Florida was honored in October with a BizTech Innovation Award from the Jacksonville Business Journal acknowledging the Library’s commitment to academic collaboration and student success. 


BizTech honors are awarded to companies and organizations that develop, employ and utilize technology in new and dynamic ways. Submitted entries were screened and honorees chosen by an editorial panel of Jacksonville Business Journal employees. An awards luncheon took place Oct. 18, at The Hyatt Riverfront in Jacksonville.


The Library’s award-winning innovation was born from adversity. For years, staff members had been trying to find a solution to the constant challenge of connecting millions of copyrighted materials to the 20,000 patrons engaged in scholarship and research at UNF. While print resources are meticulously cataloged and searchable in a single interface, the bulk of the Library's content resides in hundreds of disparate databases, which must be searched separately. Michael Kucsak, director of Library Systems and Technology, said the Library’s federated search product was too slow and could not take advantage of all of the individual databases’ metadata. 


“We believed our electronic resources had not realized their full potential, so we wanted to make them more available … particularly the diamonds in the rough,” Kucsak said.


That’s why the Library turned to EBSCO Discovery Service, which was able to provide a detailed holdings analysis that would deliver "smart links,” allowing one-click access to the full text of millions of eJournals, news articles, eBooks and other online content. In an effort to streamline the user interface, UNF and EBSCO collaborated to integrate interlibrary loan functionality for content found but not available in in the library. Working with the Library, EBSCO developed a custom widget to integrate searches into the statewide union catalog, allowing users to expand their searches to include all of the State University System holdings.  UNF also collaborated with EBSCO's marketing department, developing promotional materials that leveraged the unique expertise of each organization to promote the new and unique implementation of a web scale discovery service for the library. 


The results of the collaboration so far have been eye-opening. Collected data shows a 107 percent year-over-year increase in electronic resource use, up from a projected 15 percent increase. This equates to approximately $7 million in additional content delivery to library patrons, greatly increasing the Library’s return on investment. By delivering library content more effectively, patrons were able to find what they wanted in the library without having to look elsewhere. Overall, the EBSCO products cost less than the products and services they replaced while more than doubling the effectiveness of the library to deliver content. 

Get to Know

Betsy Nies

Betsy Nies with her dogs, Miss Baxley and Forrest (Photo by Jennifer Grissom). Department: Department of English 


Job title: Associate Professor of English, Graduate Coordinator for the Department of English 


What do you do? In addition to teaching adolescent and children’s literature classes, I teach contemporary American ethnic literatures. I also serve as the coordinator of the graduate program in English. 


Years at UNF: Fifteen years 


Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: I played Bashful in my second grade performance of Snow White. The role still describes me, in a certain way. 


Tell us about your family: I have a Chihuahua named Miss Baxley and a large, mixed breed, black dog named Forrest. I enjoy my extended family of friends, parents, siblings and nieces. 


If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? I would give it first to my friends and family, buy an exceptionally gas efficient car, and then give to causes I believe in, like El Hogar de Esperanza y Amor, a Honduran school that’s had great success in breaking the cycle of poverty, person by person.


If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? I would be a photographer or editor. 


What would you like to do when you retire? Spend time on the Maine coast. 


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? I have flexible hours. I enjoy working with students and colleagues. 


If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I would volunteer in community gardens or educational institutions for at-risk youth. 


Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? I had a group of students in a writing class perform a parody of my writing conference style in front of the class on a day my folks were visiting. 


What is your favorite way to blow an hour? I enjoy visiting with friends and their dogs.


If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? A place by the sea. 


What was the best money you ever spent? I own a 1914 farmhouse in a great walking neighborhood. 


Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? My cell phone gives me a sense of safety. 


What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? Earning a doctorate! 


What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended? Bruce Springsteen; Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra 


What person had the greatest impact on your life? My late husband. 


What are you most passionate about? Fair treatment of friends, family, students and those in need. 


Who is the most famous person you ever met? Chris Rock. 


What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Give back to the community. 

Last book read: Mark Zusak, “The Book Thief”

Faculty and Staff

august faculty staffBrooks College of Health  


Nursing: debran Harmon published “Safer Injection Practices: Filter Needle Use with Glass Ampoules” in the Journal of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter.


Public Health: Dr. Tes Tuason had two publications published. The first was “The Importance of Cultural variables for Explaining Suicide Terrorism” in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The next “Those Who Were Born Poor: A Qualitative Study of Philippine Poverty. Qualitative Psychology,” which was reprinted by the American Psychological Association for the journal’s inaugural edition.


Dr. Tuason also made four presentations: “Mothers, Madness, and Meaning: A Qualitative Study of Lesbian Daughters” in Lisbon, Portugal; “Creativity and Culture” in Atlanta, Ga.; “The Visibility of Whiteness: Analyzing White Privilege Among Female Counseling Trainees” in Honolulu, Hawaii; and “Creativity: Investigating Construct Validity Across Cultures” in Berlin, Germany.


College of Arts and Sciences


Art and Design: Alexander Diaz’s artwork was included in the following juried exhibitions: the fourth annual photography exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, Pa.; the Kentucky National 2013 at Murray State University’s Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery in Murray, Ky.; and “Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined” at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Calif.


Nofa Dixon’s drawing was accepted into the fourth annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association. Dixon also had a collage accepted into the SECAC Annual Membership Art Exhibition.


Trevor Dunn presented a multi-day firing workshop at Truro Center for the Arts Cape Cod in Truro, Mass. Dunn also presented a slide lecture, “Beyond Origination,” at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts during the Atmospheric Perspectives Invitational Residency in New Castle, Maine.


Jenny Hager-Vickery created a sculpture, “The Ox Carries the Load,” for the Josephine Sculpture Park in Kentucky. Her work is also in “The Story of the Creative” exhibition in New York City.


Biology: Dr. Joseph Butler published “Distribution of the Ornate Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin macrospilota) in the Big Bend Region of Florida” in Southeastern Naturalist. He also made a series of presentations: “Survey techniques for diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) populations in Florida” at the sixth Symposium on the Status, Ecology and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin in Seabrook Island, S.C.; “Studies of gopher tortoises on the UNF campus” for the Florida Native Plant Society Jacksonville; “Techniques for assessing diamondback terrapin populations in Florida” at the meeting of the Florida Region of the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group at the Brevard Zoo; and, with his students M.J. Monk and D. Van Pelt, he presented “Survey of the distribution of the Carolina diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin centrata) in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve” at the  sixth symposium on the Status, Ecology and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin, Seabrook Island, S.C.



Dr. Doria Bowers and her student, Zoe Lyski, presented “Arbovirus persistence and selection of persistent variants following chronic infection in Aedine mosquitoes: A comparative study between Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus 30 days post infection with Sindbis” at the American Society for Virology Annual Meeting. She also received the Undergraduate Teachers of Virology award from the American Society of Virologists


Dr. Judy Ochrietor and her student, K. Pablo, published “Deletion of the Basigin gene results in reduced mitochondria in the neural retina” in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.


Charles Coughlin and his students, Arthur Omran and Ronald Baker, published “Differential Bacteriostatic Effects of Sucralose on Various Species of Environmental Bacteria,” in ISRN Toxicology.


Dr. Julie Richmond presented “Comparative growth physiology on the land and in the sea: Animal science to marine mammal biology” at the ADSA®-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also served as a marine mammal expert on a panel discussion for the “Stop Seismic Blasting” campaign organized by Oceana, First Coast Surfrider, Jacksonville Sierra Club, UNF Environmental Services and Hands Across the Sand.


Drs. Cliff Ross and Dave Waddell and their student, K. Loucks, published “Lipopolysaccharides elicit an oxidative burst as a component of the innate immune system in the seagrass Thalassia testudinum” in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 


Dr. Nicole Dix, Edward Phlips, and Peter Suscy published “Factors Controlling Phytoplankton Biomass in a Subtropical Coastal Lagoon: Relative Scales of Influence” in Estuaries and Coasts.



Chemistry: Dr. Michael Lufaso presented “Crystal Structures and Properties of Bismuth Indium Oxide Sillenites” at the American Crystallographic Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also co-authored “Using Bond Valences to Model the Structures of Ternary and Quaternary Oxides,” which was published in Structure and Bonding.


Dr. TJ Mullen facilitated the “2013 Postdoc to Faculty Workshop” at the 246thAmerican Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis, Ind. He

presented an invited lecture, “Extending Nanoshaving and Nanografting Through Self- and Directed Assembly Strategies,” to the Department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. He also presented a seminar, “Patterned Three-Dimensional Mercaptoalkanoic Acid Multilayer Films Using Atomic Force Lithography,” at  the American Chemical Society Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition in Palm Harbor, Fla.


English: Dr. Keith Cartwright published “Sacral Grooves, Limbo Gateways: Travels in Deep Southern Time, Circum-Caribbean Space, Afro-creole Authority” in the University of Georgia Press.


Dr. Nicholas de Villiers presented, “Sexography: Sex Work and Cinéma Vérité,” at the ninth annual International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Music: Dr. Marc Dickman conducted clinics and master classes for the U.S. Navy, Air Force. and Army bands at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


Drs. Randy Tinnin and Erin Bennett, with Rhonda Nus Tinnin and Sherri Curtis Seiden, gave six chamber music performances on tour in France.


Philosophy and Religion Study: Dr. Bert Koegler was an invited speaker at the eighth  annual meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics at DePaul University in Chicago.


Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Krista E. Paulsen, with co-editor Margarethe Kusenbach, published “Home: International Perspectives on Culture, Identity and Belonging.”


College of Computing, Engineering & Construction


Computing: Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan presented "Gaming and Mobile App Development with Students" at the Spotlights in the Academic Technology Innovation Symposium at UNF in October.


Engineering: UNF was awarded a new patent, “Street Light Monitoring System.” The inventors are Michael Toth, Drs. J. David Lambert, Patrick T. Welsh, Gerald U. Merckel and Daniel J. Cox. Toth is a former UNF graduate student who is now working at Texas Instruments.



College of Education and Human Services


Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Katie Monnin has signed a new book contract. Her new book will be titled “Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts.” She also presented a webinar focused on teaching comic books and graphic novels alongside the Common Core Standards.  Additionally, Dr. Monnin was a featured speaker at the Georgia Council of Media Organizations annual conference. 


Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Drs. Jason Lee, Liz Gregg, and Kristi Sweeney gave two presentations at the Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South Conference in Savannah, Ga. The presentations — "I'll give it 9 out of 9 stars" exploring ESPN Films Nine for IX, and  “Bringing sexy back" exploring ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue — focused on gender and marketing issues in sport, as well as the value of film as a teaching tool.  Additionally, Dr. Gregg was named Vice President for Student Affairs of the Sport Marketing Association. 


Office of the Dean: Kelly Turner, a graduate research assistant in the Dean’s Office, presented “Finding Fun in the Facts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction” at the Florida Reading Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando in October. Her presentation focused on the theoretical research supporting nonfiction in the classroom and some of her original classroom ideas and resources for the session attendees to bring back to their own classrooms.


august datelineMilestone anniversaries  

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


25 years

Cameron Pucci, Director, Institute of Police Technology and Management


20 years

John Glasgow, Senior Groundskeeper, Intercollegiate Athletics


15 years

Chellie Jones-Harris, Office Manager, College of Arts and Sciences

10 years

Margarita Williams, Administrative Services Coordinator, General Counsel


Five years

Corinne Housley, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities 

Megan Kuehner, University Registrar, Registrar’s Office

Andrew Richardson, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities

Mark Ward, Senior Heavy Equipment Operator, Physical Facilities

Bernard Tunney, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities

Joel Walker, Admissions Coordinator, Jacksonville Commitment



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


Jason Chavez, Student Affairs Coordinator, Campus Recreation

Peter Ercey, Parking Services Tech, Parking Services

Leslie Grabeman, Assistant Coach, Women’s Golf

Kevin Janes, IT Support Tech, Florida Institute of Education

Erin Kritzer, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center

Gregory Krupa, Assistant Coach, Cross Country

Kelly McCuin, Records Registration Coordinator, Registrar’s Office

Tracy Nazzaro, Research Program Services Coordinator, Small Business Development Center
Cheryl Parham, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office

Eric Nappy, Associate Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics

Kate Arroyo, Assistant Director of Research Programs, Small Business Development Center

Jason Joseph, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems

Deborah Fliger, Program Assistant, Continuing Education


Great job

The following employees were promoted from late September to early October:


Katharine Brown, Assistant Director of Distance Learning, Student Services, Distance Learning

Jeanette Johnson, Senior Internal Auditor, Internal Auditing




Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF from late September to early October:


Selma Canas, Research Program Services Coordinator, Small Business Development Center

Thomas Cromwell, Senior Academic Adviser, Academic Center for Excellence

Monique Salles-Cunha, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women’s Swimming

Michael Weeks, IT Support Coordinator, Computing, Engineering and Construction

Laura Diesel, Executive Secretary, Intercollegiate Athletics 

Indra Koirala, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Charmaine Peralta, Administrative Secretary, Political Science and Public Administration

Judy Suleiman, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Michael Terry, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

The Goods


november kohlrabiKohlrabi isn’t familiar to many Americans, but it was once a favored vegetable in the Roman era as early as the first century A.D. and was enjoyed by both noblemen and peasants. It’s a member of the cabbage family, and the name comes from a German word meaning cabbage turnip. Kohlrabi contains similar nutritional attributes as those found in the more well-known cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, turnips, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Dr. Catherine Christie, associate dean and professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares more about this mild and delicately sweet vegetable. In order to include kohlrabi in your diet, a recipe is included.


Myth: Kohlrabi has little nutritional benefit.


Fact: Kohlrabi is low in calories, with only 19 calories for one-half cup raw sliced kohlrabi. The same portion is also high in dietary fiber with 2.5 grams, potassium with 245 grams and 25 IU of vitamin A, 43 mg of vitamin C, 11 mcg of folic acid and 17 mg of calcium, as well as a number of other healthful antioxidants.


Myth: The bigger the kohlrabi, the better.


Fact: Small kohlrabi, no larger than 2 1/2 inches in either the purple or the green variety, are better tasting than the larger variety with a more woody texture and inedible skin. Fortunately, kohlrabi is available year round.


Myth: All kohlrabi needs to be peeled.


Fact: Only the larger kohlrabi greater than about 3 inches in diameter must be peeled down to the pale yellow flesh to remove the tough outer layers, which are inedible. The smaller kohlrabi has more tender skin that can be eaten, if desired.


Myth: Kohlrabi is a root vegetable like potatoes. 


Fact: Actually, kohlrabi grows just above the ground, forming a turnip-shaped globe at the base of the stem, which some have described as looking like a cross between an octopus and an alien space ship. Many farmers’ markets and grocery stores now routinely have kohlrabi, as they are becoming more popular with American consumers.


Myth: Kohlrabi can’t be eaten raw.


Fact: Raw kohlrabi is very crunchy with a mild flavor, which adds texture to any vegetable or fruit salad. It can be diced, shredded or matchstick-sized for a pretty topping to salad greens or tossed together with a Waldorf apple salad, potato salad or mixed fruit salad. It can also be roasted alone or together with other vegetables.


Roasted kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts

Four kohlrabi globes, peeled

12 to 15 Brussels sprouts
1 T. olive oil
Salt lightly to taste
Black pepper to taste

Other desired spices such as oregano, garlic, basil, thyme or parsley

1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese




Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the kohlrabi into one-quarter-inch thick slices and then cut into strips like French fries. Cut the Brussels sprouts into quarters. Combine olive oil, salt, pepper and desired spices in a bowl. Toss the kohlrabi slices and Brussels sprouts in the olive oil mixture to coat. Spread on a baking sheet in one layer and bake until browned, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with grated cheese. Return to the oven to allow the cheese to melt for about 5 minutes.


Calories: 138

Fiber: 9 g

Sodium: 250 mg

Carbohydrates: 15 g

Protein: 6 g

Fat: 6 g


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 kohlrabi? Contact Dr. Christie at .




Healthy Osprey

april_track_and_field Walking is considered one of the best exercises. It’s simple, low-impact, convenient and it doesn’t require anything but a reliable pair of walking shoes. Best of all, it can keep your heart strong.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. Combined with a low-fat diet, regular exercise, such as walking, can help prevent heart disease in a few key ways.

Staying active reduces plaque on your artery walls which is a common cause of heart disease. A heart attack is caused by the complete blockage of a blood vessel by plaque, producing a blood clot. Walking also helps to control weight. Keeping your BMI within a normal range of 18.5 to 24.9 lowers your heart disease risk. Additionally, walking lowers your resting heart rate. Normal resting heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. If your heart rate is often above 100 beats per minute at rest, this could indicate that your heart is straining and is in need of medical care.

Even if you have a family history of heart disease, a walk a day can keep you around longer. A Harvard study found that walking 165 minutes a week at a brisk rate was enough to lower the risk of a heart attack. This means that a 24-minute walk each day — during a lunch break or after dinner — can save your life. Walking also has been shown to help cardio patients recover from and prevent the recurrence of a heart attack.

Go green in your blender

While green drinks may not look or sound very appetizing at first, they can be pretty tasty. Here’s the best part — one green smoothie can give you a whole day’s worth or more
of the recommended intake of vegetables.

Why add greens? The USDA recommends that we eat a half cup of greens 4 to 6 days a week. Let’s face it, many of us do not get enough of them, even though they’re chock full of
fiber, essential vitamins and minerals. Incorporating greens into your smoothies is one easy way to reach the USDA’s recommendation.

Start small by adding a handful of raw spinach or another neutral tasting vegetable to your strawberry and banana smoothie. You may be surprised at how little this addition affects the actual flavor. Your eventual goal is at least 60 percent fruit and 40 percent vegetables.

Experimenting with different fruits and vegetables can be fun! Many people see almost immediate results upon adding green smoothies to their days. The green smoothie is more than a trend promoted by celebrities and fitness gurus, it’s a different kind of green movement that starts in your blender!

A few green choices includes:
Swiss chard

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 To read the newsletter in full, click here.