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State of the University address focuses on first-year housing, student academic success

President Delaney handed out awards to faculty members during Convocation (Photos by Jennifer Grissom).Perseverance has been a common theme in the past few State of the University of North Florida addresses delivered by President John A. Delaney.

In the midst of diminished state funding brought on by the recession, the University managed to persevere without having to delve into painful employee layoffs or diminish the quality of its main product — a strong, well-rounded education for each and every student. Now, President Delaney wants to talk about progress. This year’s State of the University address delivered Sept. 23 from the stage of the Lazzara Performance Hall focused on UNF's recent triumphs while plotting a clear path to what’s next. A big part of UNF's latest evolution deals with the campus housing requirement for all first-year students.

“How do we move from an institution where most students don’t just drive onto campus take a class or two and drive off campus on their way to their hectic ‘real lives?’” Delaney asked the crowd of faculty, staff and students assembled inside the theater. “Instead, they come to school, knowing that most of their peers sitting next to them will be the same peers who will walk across the stage with them when they get their diplomas in four years. Their ‘real lives’ become the lives of college students, immersed in the life of the university.”

Delaney referred to his focus on an inclusive University environment as supporting a “culture of completion” — a fundamental goal of the first-year housing requirement. The housing program was initiated in 2012, and the first year of data has been analyzed by the administration. Early results look promising.

Ninety percent of the students admitted last fall were required to live on campus, while 10 percent were given exemptions for one reason or another. Of those students who lived on campus, 84.3 percent of them are back with UNF for their sophomore years. The number of returning students from the group who lived off campus totaled about 80 percent. These figures are important because they show a correlation between engaging in UNF's thriving on-campus community and a higher level of student retention.

During a PowerPoint presentation toward the end of his speech, President Delaney introduced some new University recruits, his grandsons.Dr. Jeff Coker, UNF's dean of Undergraduate Studies, said multiple studies and statistics indicate younger students who live on campus are more engaged in the college environment and are more equipped to graduate in four years than those who commute or attend school part-time. Those students who live on campus also attain higher grade point averages and take and complete more credit hours.

"It is still premature to declare the program a success, but it certainly looks like it’s going to be," he said.

While the University has been building toward increased retention and graduation rates, UNF alumni have been benefitting greatly from their degrees. Delaney said UNF boasts one of the highest rates of employment among recent graduates when compared to other SUS institutions. Additionally, those UNF alumni employed after graduation were among the highest paid as they started out their careers, with that financial advantage continuing on into their mid-careers. Even better, those students will greatly benefit from the fact that UNF is the SUS campus with the lowest dollar amount of student loans.

It’s clear that UNF graduates are getting employed at higher rates than students from other state universities, but current students are also making major leaps in their knowledge and skills while they are on campus. According to national test scores on the Educational Testing Services’ Proficiency Profile, UNF freshmen are coming into college ahead of their national peers in the areas of critical thinking, writing and mathematics. Fast forward to senior year, and UNF students are scoring higher than their peers in critical thinking and mathematics.

"We are bringing in bright students and they are learning more while on our campus than they might have at most universities across the country," Delaney said. "We are adding value to our students' knowledge in the areas recognized as critical by most employers. The average UNF student didn't just enter with a strong academic record — they grew even stronger while they were with us."

Around Campus

Rodriguez cites changing shape of higher ed during Distinguished Professor speech

Dr. Judith Rodriguez prepares to deliver her speech (Photos by Jennifer Grissom).There's a new paradigm in higher education. Institutions can no longer cling to the teaching methods of years past. There are new technologies to integrate into the classroom environment and shifting student demographics to consider.

Dr. Judith Rodriquez, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida, has watched these changes take hold and has aimed to stay on the cutting edge of collegiate instruction, leading to her receiving the University's 2013 Distinguished Professor award during Fall Convocation Monday, Sept. 23.

Rodriguez was introduced by Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health, who lauded her for her professionalism and commitment to ensuring student success in and out of the classroom. Her acceptance speech touched on a number of key factors in the continued evolution of higher education, namely the varied new delivery methods for instruction and the increasing emphasis on "self-directed" learning.

"What students want and expect from an education is changing," she said. "…Do you remember mimeographed handouts or overhead transparencies? Now we have computers and Blackboard - and I do not mean a slate rectangle on a wall. Students take a lesson in MOOCs, a classroom, a local café, while walking on a treadmill or in hybrid courses. They use multi-function pads, digital tools, social media, simulations, electronic whiteboards, avatars, webcams and other instructional aids."

Rodriguez said these gadgets and new teaching methods must not be viewed as luxuries, but rather as necessities that must be integrated into existing coursework. The current generation of students has grown up with these items and had its educational history shaped by interactive technology. Instructors need to follow suit, she said.

Dr. Judith Rodriguez delivers her Distinguished Professor speech.She also acknowledged that UNF has never been in the business of growing for the sake of growing. Some colleges have flooded their course catalogues with scores of online classes designed to boost student enrollment and line institutional coffers. The UNF approach is far more targeted, with a strong emphasis placed on transformational instructional experiences and student/professor interaction. She said professors must never lose sight of that key point but also be open to subtle changes in the methods of educational delivery.

"Students expect us to help them figure out how to take the world, traverse it, put it in their hands," she said. "How can we teach them to take this shrinking world and use it to form collaborations and partnerships?"

Rodriguez ably summarized her speech with a quote from Jiddu Krishnamurti, a famed Indian speaker and philosopher.

"There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning."

Other award winners from the 2013 Fall Convocation inlcude:

Distinguished Professor Runner-Up Award
Jeffrey Michelman, Department of Accounting and Finance

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards
Mark Ari, Department of English
Krzysztof Biernacki, Department of Music
Richard Chant, Department of Foundations and Secondary Education
Rob Haley, Department of Public Health
Louanne Hawkins, Honors Program
Stephen Heywood, Department of Art and Design
Clarence Hines, Department of Music
Lori Lange, Department of Psychology
Pamela Montelelone, Department of English
David Waddell, Department of Biology

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award
Jeffrey Michelman, Department of Accounting and Finance Sherry Shaw, Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education

Outstanding Scholarship Awards
Michele Moore, Department of Public Health
Dag Naslund, Department of Management
Adel El Safty, School of Engineering

Outstanding Service Awards
Scott Hochwald, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Katherine Robinson, School of Nursing

Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award
Greshka German-Stuart, College of Arts and Sciences

Community Engaged Scholarship Award
Barbara J. Kruger, School of Nursing

Outstanding International Leadership Award
Pieter de Jong, Department of Accounting and Finance
Adel El Safty, School of Engineering

Outstanding International Service Award
Melinda Rojas, Academic Center for Excellence

Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award (Organizational Winner)
Women's Center

Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Research Award
Delores Truesdell (joint award), Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Judith Rodriguez (joint award), Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Lynne Carroll, Department of Psychology

Around Campus

LGBT Resource Center launches history project

BJ Douglass (second from left) and her LGBT Resource Center staff in the office.With her first year on the job in the books, Barbara Jean (BJ) Douglass has been feeling just a little bit retrospective.

She reviewed the initiatives she's taken on as director of the University of North Florida's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center and began brainstorming next steps for the Center. During that period of rumination, she started considering the Center's own history and development since its on-campus founding in 2006.

"What started out small has grown into one of the most respected and established LGBT centers in the entire State University System," Douglass said. "UNF's LGBT Resource Center is viewed as a model of sorts for other regional universities, and the UNF leadership has supported us every step of the way. That's why we wanted to develop a project to let the UNF community know more about us and the contributions we've made to the campus."

Through a joint effort by Douglass and her staff and student assistants, the LGBT Resource Center History Project was born. The effort consists of a more than 1,000-item archival exhibit, which will be on display through October in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library Special Collections section. Douglass said the project was funded by a partial grant from Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president for Student and International Affairs, and Dr. Tom Serwatka, vice president and chief of staff. Those funds allowed Douglass to hire a team of six research assistants to help compile years of archival info, such as fliers, photos and reports. University Librarian James Alderman helped in the document organization process and offered the Special Collections section as a display location.

The LGBT quilt.Douglass said October was chosen to unveil the History Project because it marks LGBT History Month, a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and the contributions they've made to American society. LGBT History Month was created by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson in 1994 and has spread across the country.

"This history project is a way for the Center and the students to honor our past, including the student activism and University support that started the center in 2006," she said. "Last year's main goals for the Center were to promote outreach and visibility. After surveying the campus community last year, we learned that what was missing from the Center was a focus on visibility. The History Project has grown out of that need for visibility, and that's why we wanted to launch the Archives Exhibit during LGBT History Month — to honor our history, and to let the students, staff and faculty know we are a vibrant center at UNF and a great resource for everyone."

That visibility will be greatly boosted by a series of events scheduled throughout the month that are open to the entire UNF community.

Opening Reception for the LGBT Resource Center History Project Archives
Join the LGBT Resource Center and the Thomas G. Carpenter Library in celebrating the opening of the LGBTRC History Project Archives exhibit. The exhibit showcases artifacts from the 1,000-plus materials gathered by the LGBT History Project research team, with enormous help from the Jacksonville community, which was curated by Jim Alderman, UNF librarian. The exhibit will show through the month of October for LGBT History Month.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Special Collections section
Cost: Free

LGBT History Month Film Series: The Times of Harvey Milk
"The Times of Harvey Milk" follows Harvey Milk's rise from community activist to San Francisco's first elected openly gay councilor, through his assassination at city hall and the aftermath. The film was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Student Union West, Building 58W, room 3606
Cost: Free

Dr. Rev. Janie Spahr on LGBT Faith
Dr. Rev. Janie Spahr began her "out" liberation work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as the minister of pastoral care at the Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco from 1980 to 1982 when her own Presbyterian denomination did not know what to do with this "lesbyterian." Spahr has traveled throughout the country, educating and informing Presbyterians and others working on behalf of greater inclusiveness for LGBT people.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 10
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Science and Engineering Building, Building 50, room 1102
Cost: Free

Coming Out Day Breakfast
The Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast, co-sponsored by the UNF LGBT Resource Center and Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN), brings together people from small business, corporate, educational and professional communities who have been active in supporting LGBT equality in 2013.
Date: Friday, Oct. 11
Time: 7:30-9 a.m.
Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center
Cost: Purchase tickets at for $40. Table sponsorships are available for $300.

LGBT History Month Film Series: 'Transgender Tuesdays'
"Transgender Tuesdays" shares the real story of the patients of the first public health clinic in the United States to offer primary care specifically for transgender individuals. Opened during the height of the AIDS epidemic, the clinic is located in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Learn about the inspiring individuals involved with the center.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Student Union West, Building 58W, room 3601
Cost: Free

LGBT History Month Film Series: 'Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin'
Bayard Rustin is the little-known civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin, an openly gay black man, was harassed, jailed and fired from leadership positions because of his sexuality. Working as an adviser to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he promoted non-violent activism and resistance and served as a living example of the intersections of equal rights movements. In 2013, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 22
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Location: Student Union West, Building 58W, room 3601
Cost: Free

LGBT History Month Film Series: 'Gen Silent'
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults were the first to come out and fight the battle for equality, but many are now going back in the closet for fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse later in life. Thousands of LGBT adults die earlier than their straight counterparts because of isolation and fear. A growing number of people are advocating for the aging generation of LGBT individuals. Learn their stories in this important film.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Location: Student Union West, Building 58W, room 3601
Cost: Free

Around Campus

UNF School of Nursing is a national curriculum leader

Chelsea Laguerre practices on a test dummy located in the Brooks College of Health (Photo by Jennifer Grissom).Medical charts and stethoscopes were all-too-common sights for Chelsea Laguerre as she struggled with rheumatoid arthritis and scoliosis throughout her childhood. Those early years were a blur of doctor's office visits broken up with the occasional hospital stay.

It would be easy to develop an aversion to the sterile confines of a doctor's office after similar experiences. Instead, Laguerre has embraced the nursing field as a way to help patients who, like her, spent large chunks of their childhood in need of medical care. The University of North Florida nursing senior is preparing to graduate in the spring, and she credits the University with nurturing her passion for helping others and providing a world-class education rich with hands-on learning experiences.

"I've talked with other nursing students from other schools, and they don't get the same level of professor interaction and outside-the-class experience as UNF students receive," Laguerre said. "The UNF Nursing Program is all about teaching us the practical skills we need and allowing us to use them in the field at different facilities around Jacksonville. Two years might not seem like a lot, but I'm ready to go once I graduate."

That tremendous focus on hands-on, transformational student learning allowed UNF's School of Nursing to be identified as a national academic leader by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

UNF's Community Nursing undergraduate program was designated as a best practice program by the AACN, the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. The AACN represents more than 725 member schools of nursing at public and private universities and senior colleges nationwide.

UNF's Community Nursing program was selected for its commitment to teaching students about the wide-ranging issues faced by individuals before and after a medical crisis, said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health.

"This recognition is a direct result of the commitment to the program by President John A. Delaney and the hard work of Dr. Li Loriz, director of the School of Nursing, and all of the nursing faculty," Chally said. "I am very proud of the dedication of the faculty implementing the model. This approach sets our students apart from others."

Chally also credited the program's assortment of partnerships with the Sulzbacher Center, Mission House, Volunteers in Medicine and Pine Forest Community Center as helping to establish the Community Nursing program across the Northeast Florida region.

Loriz said the process of building up the School of Nursing into an academic leader began with a gradual revamping of the curriculum, which started about 10 years ago. Further support for the program came in 2005, when it was announced that the School of Nursing had been selected as UNF's first Flagship Program.

The Flagship Program designation was established to enhance the core competencies of the University by recognizing programs that had track records of excellence in the scholarly accomplishments of their faculty and offered tremendous hands-on and transformational learning environments for students. Since the initial selection of the Nursing Flagship, Coastal Biology, International Business, Transportation and Logistics, Nutrition and Dietetics and Music have been added to the Flagship ranks.

"It is so rewarding to see that the efforts of such a dedicated group of faculty are being recognized," Loriz said. "The Flagship designation allowed us the time and resources to develop and fully implement this curriculum. This curriculum has been presented at international conferences with great interest. Being recognized as an example of best practices for a curriculum is the culmination of the efforts of the College during the past few years. It's also the culmination of the purpose of the Flagship designation - to achieve programmatic excellence."

Dr. Mary Patterson, the project director for the AACN, lauded UNF's community health education, calling it an "innovative approach to integrating the population health concept across the baccalaureate program, which is one of the goals that our project is supporting for undergraduate nursing education."

The AACN even invited two UNF faculty members, Drs. Barb Kruger and Connie Roush, to share their expertise in integrating population health into an undergraduate curriculum during a November webinar for association members.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is an educational, research, federal advocacy, data collection, publications, and special programs work to establish quality standards for nursing education; assist deans and directors to implement those standards; influence the nursing profession to improve health care; and promote public support for professional nursing education, research and practice.

Around Campus

UNF Library wins innovation award

Students at work in the library (Photos by Jennifer Grissom).The University of North Florida's Thomas G. Carpenter Library was honored last month for its ongoing commitment to enhancing the educational offerings of the University community.

The Library received the 2013 Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) Innovation Award in September. NEFLIN is a non-profit library cooperative that counts 550 public, academic, school and special libraries located within a 24-county service area as members.

The award recognized the efforts of the Digital Projects and Preservation Department in meeting the needs of faculty in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education. At the start of the fall semester in 2012, faculty from that department approached the Library about hosting course-related video and other materials in the University's online institutional repository, the UNF Digital Commons. The department had been planning to increase distance learning course offerings, leading faculty to seek an easily accessible centralized hub from which students and instructors could access media-rich course materials. The staff at the Library stepped up and helped reformat those materials and hosted them in the Digital Commons.

This new service allows the library to reach users well beyond the physical confines of the campus and makes high-quality course materials accessible to geographically dispersed students. There have been more than 6,000 downloads of this Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education content series since its online implementation.


Nominations now being accepted for 2013-2014 Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Awards

Teaching awardsNominations are now being accepted for both the 2013-2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and Graduate Teaching awards. Guidelines for the awards are located on the UNF Faculty Association Web site. Nominations can either be printed from the site and delivered to the Faculty Association Office in the Ospreys Commons, Building 16, room 3100, or sent via-email to The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11.

A total of 10 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards are given in the spring in recognition of excellence in teaching achieved during the previous two academic years. Any full-time member of the UNF regular teaching faculty, who has maintained a regular faculty appointment at the rank of laboratory lecturer with "instructor-of-record" status, senior instructor, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor for the previous two academic years and has taught at least four undergraduate courses during that time is eligible to be nominated.

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award is given annually in recognition of excellence in graduate teaching during the previous two academic years. Any full-time member of the UNF teaching faculty who has maintained an in-rank faculty appointment and has been designated as graduate faculty for the previous two academic years at UNF and has taught at least three graduate courses during that time is eligible for nominations.

A list of last year's winner is available online.

Get to Know

Jim Mousa

Jim Mousa in his office (Photo by Jennifer Grissom). Department: Property/Controller's Office


Job title: Coordinator, Property Assets


 What do you do?

 I am responsible for the safeguarding and accountability of all tangible assets that are currently on the property master file, as well as making sure all departments comply with applicable state, federal and University rules, regulations and procedures. I also oversee the disposition of all surplus property, as well as the records disposition process for the shredding of sensitive data documents.


Years at UNF: Seven years


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

Law enforcement. When I worked in retail during high school, I worked in store security and assisted in catching shoplifters. I was infatuated with the excuses I got from shoplifters.


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

 Vito Corleone from "The Godfather." He was very level-headed.


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

 ZZ top


Tell us about your family.
I have been married for 32 years, and I have one daughter who is 30 and one son who is 25, as well as a cat named Ella. My entire family is huge. I have a lot of brothers and sisters and cousins who mostly live in Jacksonville.


What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?

When my children were born


What person had the greatest impact on your life?

My mother had the most influence on me in my life. My father passed away when I was 2 years old, and my mother raised eight children alone after that and raised us well.


What are you most passionate about?
My family's happiness


What would you like to do when you retire?

Travel and be surrounded by grandchildren


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?

Meeting so many people. The staff at UNF is very talented and diverse. I enjoy visiting all of the departments and learning what they do.


What is the best thing you ever won?

One million dollars. Just kidding - my wife is the best thing I ever won.


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

I would definitely donate to my church and make sure my children are comfortable for life.


If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing?
I would be retired, staying active.


Describe your favorite UNF-related memory?
Reporting to work on my first day and realizing that this was the job for me.


What is your favorite way to blow an hour?
Working in my yard


What was the best money you ever spent?

The best money I ever spent was on our first home.


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

My iPhone


Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you:

I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and lived there until the age of 14.


What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?
Frankie Goes to Hollywood was the first concert I ever attended, and I have not been to one since.


Who is the most famous person you ever met?
Queen Noor of Jordan


Tell us something about you that even your friends don't know:

I am not a very good swimmer.


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

At work, I would hope to accomplish a fiscal inventory with no police reports for stolen or missing assets. At home, I hope my blueberry bushes produce fruit.


Last book read: "Sam Walton: Made in America"

Faculty and Staff

august faculty staffBrooks College of Health

Public Health: Dr. Tammie Johnson was an invited speaker at the 2013 Florida Public Health Association Educational Conference in Orlando in August. She delivered an hour-long presentation on "Diabetes Disease Management: Associations with Self-Management Education Indicators."

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Construction Management: Dr. Roberto Soares published the paper "Reengineering Management of Construction Projects" in the International Journal of Business and Social Science.

College of Education and Human Services

Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Katie Monnin served as a judge for the San Diego Comic Con International Eisner Awards in July. Monnin was one of six judges picked from around the world. Dr. Monnin wrote an article about the experience. Additionally, Monnin's fifth book, "Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts," was just released. This teacher-friendly resource addresses how modern educators can teach the Common Core Standards.

Dr. Ronghua Ouyang has co-edited and published a book, "Secondary Education Administration of America." Ouyang has also co-contributed and published a chapter in the book "Application of Technology in Educational Administration."

Dr. Kim Cheek had an article published in the August issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education titled "How geoscience novices reason about temporal duration: The role of spatial thinking and large numbers."

Dr. Christine Weber presented two sessions at the 20th biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children International Conference in Louisville, Ky. titled "Promoting professionalism for educators of the gifted: Implementing decision making strategies to enhance understanding of gifted issues" and "A private school's journey toward implementing differentiation." She recently co-published her book "Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach."

Dr. Nile Stanley presented a paper, "Digital Storytelling, Film Making and Place Based Literacy" at the 18th European Conference on Reading in Jonkoping, Sweden.

Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Sage Publications recently published its ten-volume series titled "Debating Issues in American Education," a collection of point-counterpoint debates of critical issues affecting American schools. Dr. Luke M. Cornelius contributed seven essays to four volumes of the series dealing with issues such as zero-tolerance, school-based budgeting, constitutional guarantees of adequate public education, drug testing and religious expression in public schools.

Office of the Dean: Dr. Marsha Lupi and Kelly Turner, a graduate research assistant, recently published, "Beyond graduation: The sustainability of new pedagogy and other lessons learned during a short-term student teaching abroad" in the summer 2013 edition of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Journal. This article is the culmination of a series of four articles highlighting the transformational learning of student interns in areas of cultural competence, pedagogical skill development and self-growth during and after the study abroad experience in Plymouth, England. The study was conducted on seven cohorts of students from 2007 to 2011. The internships were partially supported by Transformational Learning Opportunities grants awarded to UNF faculty for international student travel.

Nicolas Michaud, a graduate research assistant, has published "Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth." The book marks his first solo editing venture.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Susan A. Massey, head of discovery enhancement at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, presented "ERM Maintenance: Mapping, Maximizing, and Marketing Multiple User Access Methods" to the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group at the American Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago in June.

Center for Instruction and Research Technology

Erin Soles, assistant director in the Center for Instruction and Research Technology, presented her poster "Preparing to Teach Online: A Focused Approach to Designing and Delivering High-Quality Distance Learning" at BbWorld in Las Vegas, Nev. BbWorld is Blackboard's largest and most comprehensive event and brings together users from around the world.


august datelineMilestone anniversaries
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in September:

25 years
Marianne Roberts, Office Manager, History

20 years
Vivian Senior, Associate Director of Career Development Services, Career Services

15 years
Brian Blakeslee, Associate Director, University Center
Lorna Bautista, Office Manager, Intercultural Center

10 years
Deanna Crawford, Office Assistant, Urban Internship
David Zinkgraf, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
David Wilson, Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, Center For Instruction and Research
Jesse Chewning, Store Receiving Clerk, Physical Facilities
Rocelia Gonzalez, Director, ADA Compliance
John Bishop, Control Systems Tech, Physical Facilities
Elaine Baker, Executive Secretary, Computing, Engineering, and Construction

Five years
Carrol Reilly, Budgets Coordinator, Computing, Engineering and Construction
David Cutter, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Stephen Fagan, Assistant Director, Physical Facilities

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions in August:

Ross Bell, Coordinator, Center For Instruction and Research
Leah Case, Coordinator, Alumni Services
Carlos Corrales, Custodial Worker, Osprey Fountains
Niuris Gonzalez Cardentey, Custodial Worker, Osprey Hall
Lynna Im, Admissions Evaluator, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Donna Kirk, Director, University Compliance
Misty Livingston, Production Specialist, Fine Arts Center
Dustin Mattox, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Hilary McConville, Office Manager, Office of the Dean of Students
Carl Muir, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Leslie Rosenberg, Nurse Practitioner, Counseling Center
William Self, Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia
Brandon Smith, Admissions Evaluator, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Andrea Snell, Events Planning Coordinator, Fine Arts Center
Darryl Davis, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Rick L'Ecuyer, Instructional Design Coordinator, Distance Learning
Sandra Milesevic, Purchasing Associate, Purchasing
Stephen Perkins, Assistant Athletic Coach, Men's Basketball
Christopher James, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Christine Woodruff, Instructional Design Coordinator, Distance Learning

Great job
The following employees were promoted in August:

Kent Grandy, Facilities and Operations Coordinator, Facilities and Grounds
Carl Schumacher, Auto Equipment Mechanic Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Andrew Taylor, Pest Control Technician, Grounds

Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF in August:

Rebecca England, Education Coordinator, Florida Institute of Education
William Moon, Assistant Athletic Coach, Basketball
Mamie Morrow, Research Program Services Coordinator, Florida Institute of Education
Rachel Pellum, Registered Nurse, Student Health Services
Kristen Schebell, Coordinator, Jacksonville Commitment
Pamela Hnyla, Senior Instructor, English
James Wirth, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Mario Hernandez, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Antoine Norman, Office Assistant, Parking
Iryna Tsimokh, Program Assistant, Continuing Education

Ashley Earles-Bennett, marketing coordinator for the Music Flagship Program, won the "Remember One Spark" contest. The creators of One Spark, a crowd funding festival that took over Downtown Jacksonville in April, asked participants to submit their favorite images of the event, and Earles-Bennett's picture of her sister dressed up as a zombie received the most votes on Facebook.

The Goods


OkraOkra, known in many English-speaking countries as lady's fingers, bhindi or gumbo, is a nutritional powerhouse that has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It's grown and eaten in many regions around the world and can add nutritional benefits to your diet - if used properly. Shahla Khan, nutrition instructor in the University of North Florida Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares more about this flowering plant. In order to include okra in your diet, a recipe is included.

Myth: Okra has little nutritional benefit.
Fact: Okra is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, folic acid, vitamin B5, C and A, and protein. Okra also contains essential minerals, including potassium, magnesium and iron.

Myth: Okra is best stored in the refrigerator.
Fact: Freezing is the best way to preserve okra. Freezing helps to retain the nutrients. Be sure to freeze okra that is colorful and hasn't softened or begun to turn brown.

Myth: The only way to eat okra is fried.
Fact: Okra has a gummy texture and can be used to add thickness and flavor, as well as nutrients, to gumbo and dishes that contain tomatoes, corn, onions and shellfish. It can also be tossed in corn meal, salt and pepper and baked in the oven. Okra can also be steamed, pickled, boiled or stewed.

Myth: Cooking okra increases some of its nutritional benefits.
Fact: One hundred grams of raw okra contains about 3.2 grams of fiber, while boiled okra contains about 2.5 grams of fiber. The fiber content is affected by freezing, dropping it to about 2.2 grams. Raw okra also has more protein. One hundred grams of raw okra has 2 grams of protein, while boiling it reduces it to 1.87 grams and 1.69 grams by freezing it.

Creole Okra and Tomatoes

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 onion, large, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 quart okra, fresh, sliced/rinsed
4 tomatoes, fresh, coarsely chopped
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

Melt butter in large skillet; add onion and sauté over medium heat until soft. Add bell pepper, okra and tomatoes; season to taste. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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 okra? Contact Shahla Khan at


Healthy Osprey

Mustering up the energy to work out is a key factor in staying healthy. Today, exercise is often the last thing on our busy minds and we tend to make excuses for why we don't work out.

Excuses, however, don't replace the benefits of physical activity on a regular basis.

When you have to choose among several tasks, try this simple strategy to decide what to cut out. Weigh each task of the day based on how long it takes to do it and its intended outcome. For example, compare 30 minutes exercising with 30 minutes of TV watching. When was the last time you traded one half-hour TV show or
woke up 30 minutes early because exercise was one of your main priorities?

It's likely that when you look back on your decisions, you might wish you made health a priority instead of time spent in front of the TV. Stick to this list no matter how tired or busy you become. With positive reinforcement and a healthy strategy for building habits, exercise will begin to rank toward the top of the priorities list. If exercise isn't a main priority, then YOU aren't your main priority.

Eating healthy in a hurry

Being busy and on the go can impact your food choices, leading to skipped meals, fast food and processed, repackaged meals. But just because you're on the go doesn't mean you can't eat high quality nutritious food. Here are a few tips to get through your busy day without sacrificing your health.

Breakfast on the go - If you're rushed in the morning, keep a box of breakfast bars, such as low-fat granola, Kashi or oatmeal square bars, handy. Try breakfast choices that are easy to grab and eat in the car. Keep a half dozen hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for an easy grab-and-go, high-protein breakfast. Don't forget to snag a piece of fruit as well.

Pack a lunch - taking a bagged lunch might sound time consuming, but it's as easy as packing up leftovers from your previous dinner. Make a trip to the grocery store once a week and stock up on items that you can easily add to your lunch, such as sandwiches with lean protein on whole grain bread, low-fat cheese and wheat crackers or bagged salads.

Use a slow cooker - throw ingredients into a crockpot in the morning, and your meal will be done by the time you're home. Lean proteins, such as turkey, chicken or beans, do well with brown rice and vegetables. Most food is healthier in its natural state - this can save you time by eating foods as nature intended. Keep fruits, vegetables and nuts around as a quick and easy snack. Plan ahead for your busy days and a healthy meal could be waiting for you when you get back home.

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.