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Research project, community partnership brewing at UNF

Dr. Michael Lentz in the Green Room brewing facility (Photos by Jennifer Grissom).A refreshing partnership is on tap between a University of North Florida professor and a Jacksonville Beach brewery.

The collaboration began when Dr. Michael Lentz, a UNF biology professor, realized that his passion for craft beer would serve as a viable hands-on research project for himself and his students. They spent the past several semesters analyzing the physiology and biochemistry of unconventional yeast isolates — yeast being a fundamental building block in the creation of beer — to collect and characterize strains that might be used to produce flavorful brews.

Lentz shared some of the class strains with Green Room Brewing, which was co-founded by one of his students, Eric Luman. Green Room brewed several full batches of beer in the spring using one of those strains, resulting in a distinct American Pale Ale with a hint of citrus named Anomalus. It was served at the brewery’s taproom until the kegs ran dry.

“The ‘wild’ beer has been very popular in the brewery, so I would like to work with them to do additional commercial-scale experiments,” Lentz said. “There’s a lot that can be done. This project is an evolution of my recent academic work. Most of that was cell biology, and many aspects of our work with yeast fall under that umbrella — protein analysis, DNA analysis, yeast cell growth, etc. The main difference is that it’s much less expensive and more accessible to students with the equipment and resources I have on hand.”

Dr. Lentz and Eric Luman.His first introduction to the craft beer scene came 23 years ago while he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. The research community at the time was comprised of a tight-knit group of bright, young academics who were juggling tight deadlines. They decided to organize a beer-brewing contest in two different labs to blow off a little steam.

“I think we made a brown ale, and the other lab did a stout,” Lentz recalled decades later. “Neither beer was very good, but it got me into it. I still have the same equipment I used for that first beer.”

He’s maintained his passion for craft beer by brewing new batches about twice a month on average — heavier, darker beers in the colder months and lighter, crisper varietals in the summer. Lentz is also an avid member of a regional home-brewing club, which was how Luman got to know his future professor. Luman was previously head brewer at Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery on Jacksonville’s Southside before leaving in 2011 to form Green Room Brewing with a business partner. He struck up a kinship with Lentz thanks to their mutual respect for hops, yeast and all things beer, and he took that relationship to an academic level when he asked Lentz to oversee his senior research project.

“It wasn’t a tough decision to focus my work on yeast research, being a brewer and all,” Luman said. “It’s been awesome working with Dr. Lentz because he’s such a big beer guy. Being a Ph.D. in microbiology doesn’t hurt either.”

The pair is talking about brewing another batch including some of the other yeast strains isolated by Lentz’s students. Luman is leaning toward a big, hoppy India Pale Ale. Lentz didn’t feel strongly either way. He said he’s simply happy to be working on a project that benefits his students, while at the same time allowing him to take his zeal for craft beer to an academic level.

“Beer and research,” Lentz said. “I couldn’t ask for more.”

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Men’s basketball gears up to defend Cancun Challenge title

august bballIt won’t be all sun and fun when the Ospreys fly south in November.

Four years after claiming the championship title, the University of North Florida men’s basketball team will return to Mexico in November to compete in the 2014 Men's Cancun Challenge Tournament, one of the premier tournaments in Division I college basketball.

“The guys are really excited that the team is being invited back after four years,” said UNF Coach Matt Driscoll. “Any time we get the chance to play against some high-level competition and spend time in a place like Cancun, well, that’s an easy sell. 

The Ospreys will compete in the Mayan Division along with Elon, Liberty and Morgan State. The Riviera Division includes Virginia Tech, Miami (Ohio), Northern Iowa and Northwestern. The tournament begins with eight games played in the United States between Nov. 19-30, with the four teams in the Riviera Division hosting the four teams in the Mayan Division before all eight travel to Cancun to play two games for their respective division championships. All four games of the Riviera Division will be nationally televised live from the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on CBS Sports Network. The Mayan Division games will be webcast live on, ULive.

Returning sophomore Dallas Moore will be a key factor for the Ospreys in the coming season (Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics)The last time the Ospreys swooped to Cancun in 2010, they defeated Morgan State for a 59-52 victory in the championship game of the Mayan Division bracket of the Cancun Challenge. That season, UNF upset Wyoming and defeated both Prairie View A&M and Morgan State on the road to the Challenge championship. UNF Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Moon believes tournaments like this are vital to spreading Osprey fandom beyond Northeast Florida. The team’s last voyage to Cancun opened some eyes about the quality of the UNF program, and Moon anticipates more of the same from an experienced and athletic Osprey lineup.

“Every season our team plays challenging games against some of the best teams in the nation,” Moon said. “It is a tremendous opportunity for the guys to face elite competition while also showing the nation the level of talent we have at UNF. I feel like our team does a good job of competing, and the Cancun Challenge is another great showcase for Osprey Basketball.”

Driscoll said the team is eagerly anticipating the tournament, as it is one of the unique events on the college basketball calendar. Teams stay and play at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya where the resort's convention center ballroom is converted into an arena that provides fans a close-up view of the games. The competition might be intense, but the players will have some downtime to check out the outdoor pools and private beaches. There will also be a bit of team bonding along the way, as the players will be on the road for 10 days.

“It’s something of a learning process for them,” Driscoll said. “They’ll get to know each other better and learn more about another country in the process. The focus is on the competition, but there are all sorts of good things that come from participating in a tournament like this.”

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Osprey Financial Group tips the scales at $1 million

Last year's OFG (Photo courtesy of Dr. Reinhold Lamb).The financial world is all about benchmarks, and the University of North Florida’s Osprey Financial Group just hit a huge one.

After launching in 2002 with a $500,000 seed donation from Jody and Layton Smith, a dedicated pair of University donors, the student-run Osprey Financial Group eclipsed the $1 million mark in July. Faculty adviser Dr. Reinhold Lamb said the fund posted a 7.62 percent growth rate during the last financial cycle, outperforming the standard industry markers by about 1.35 percent. Beating the market is the elusive white whale for scores of big-time financial advisers, but the Osprey Financial Group has consistently done just that.

“The way we designed this whole program is to focus on the real-world applications for everything that happens in the trading room,” Lamb said. “We’re monitoring real money, using real databases, working with real clients and striving for real benchmarks.”

Those clients include the members of the UNF Foundation Board, who oversee the management of the funds. The original Smith gift was given to the Foundation expressly for the purpose of enabling a special group of students to manage an initial $500,000 portion of the Endowment. That total has grown steadily during the past 12 years thanks to a yearly injection of bright student minds from the Coggin College of Business. These students serve two-semester appointments that count as six electives. The real-world asset management experience begins with interviews for team selection. Then, the chosen students are administratively organized with officer positions and responsibilities to best ensure the allocation of a diversified portfolio of equity and fixed income securities.

Reinhold stressed that the students operate in a completely professional environment. Every database and computer program they use is industry-standard, along with their headquarters, a $100,000 trading room and financial research lab that was built in 2003 thanks to a $100,000 donation by State Farm Companies. Outfitted with trading desks, flat-screen monitors and Bloomberg, students have access to the same technology and data as professional fund managers. It’s no wonder that dozens of graduates from the Osprey Financial Group have gone on to manage big-time portfolios across the country, including a group of 15 alumni who currently roam the trading floors of Wall Street.

“They’re incredibly marketable when they leave our program,” Lamb said. “This kind of hands-on learning experience isn’t typical for most entry-level graduates. Our students enter the workforce at a level in which they’re able to immediately contribute in the professional money management industry.”

A student from the most recent team, Raymond Gonzalez, moved to New York City after graduating in April to work as an analyst in training for CIT Group Inc., a financial holding company. The same skills he developed as a member of the Osprey Financial Group — research, analysis and critical thinking — are in play for him on a daily basis in the world of professional finance.

“A big credit goes to Dr. Lamb because he set up an environment for the team where students not only had to answer questions like professionals but formulate questions like professionals,” Gonzalez said. “We learned to work with the client in mind and approached it like a job. It gave me the confidence to go to New York knowing that I had the skills necessary to succeed.”

The summer is a quiet period for the Osprey Financial Group, and the incoming class of nine undergraduate and three graduate students is preparing for their new roles in the financial industry by getting Bloomberg certification. With a strong precedent of financial success to build on, Lamb expects big things from the new group.

“This isn’t the classroom, it’s real life,” Lamb said. “If they can succeed here, they can succeed anywhere.”

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UNF establishes a new breed of community partnership with wildlife conservation group

UNF junior Kelly Hensley, a biology major and SEZARC intern, and Dr. Lara Metrione, SEZARC research associate, discuss white rhino behavior (Photos by Jennifer Grissom)The conservation of rare and endangered species is a problem of increasing global importance, and when these threatened animals encounter reproductive difficulties, it’s often up to researchers to figure out the puzzle.

That’s why the University of North Florida is partnering with the South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation (SEZARC) and assisting in research to help breed rare and endangered species at zoos around the country. UNF is the only university in the world that has a partnership with the organization, along with being the only university to have a working reproductive hormone lab on its campus.

SEZARC, a nonprofit group based at White Oak Conservation Holdings LLC in Yulee, Fla., is comprised of 10 zoos, conservation centers and aquariums across the country that are working together to try and solve reproductive challenges in many zoo species.

“We are helping threatened animal populations’ sustainability. If we don’t save them, there won’t be any left,” said Dr. Lara Metrione, SEZARC research associate. “You remove one little cog from the system and the system falls apart.”

UNF junior Kelly Hensley, a biology major and SEZARC intern, extracts reproductive hormones from fecal samples taken from endangered species at White Oak Conservation Holdings LLC in Yulee, Fla. With so many unique species, such as white rhinos and red pandas, sometimes it’s difficult for animal managers to tell when it’s the right time during a female’s cycle to pair animals for breeding or whether breeding has been successful and the female is pregnant. Sometimes there is an unknown disease in an animal, or the animal could be overweight, which can make it difficult to reproduce. UNF is partnering with the nonprofit to help uncover this information and assist in this vital research.

SEZARC has established a collaborative working laboratory at the University, providing the group easy access to Department of Biology faculty. More importantly, students receive hands-on learning experiences working in a hormone research lab where the results are being utilized on a daily basis to help zoos and aquariums make decisions about how to manage their animals.

“The work UNF students are doing for SEZARC is critical. We have such a demand from our institutions all wanting to know what’s happening with their animals, so having these students assist us with this research really speeds up the results we can get out to these institutions,” said Dr. Linda Penfold, SEZARC director.

SEZARC researchers take fecal samples from captive animals and, along with UNF biology students, study hormone levels from the animals’ waste to determine when a creature is in its prime to have a baby.
“We can determine when they’re sexually mature, how stressed the animals are and we can look at their reproductive cycles, so we can know the best time to put them with other animals to reproduce,” said UNF junior Kelly Hensley, a biology major and SEZARC intern.

Biology students have had the opportunity to work with samples from a diversity of species, such as white rhinos, red pandas, klipspringers and various primates, including gorillas, lemurs and mandrills. The partnership is a definite win-win, with UNF students getting access to real-world job training with endangered species and SEZARC receiving access to UNF’s academic facilities and extra hands to conduct research.

“Our students are learning cutting-edge techniques for hormone analysis and reproductive technologies, but they are also getting a chance to work with animals they wouldn’t have had the chance to without this partnership,” said Dr. Dan Moon, biology professor and chair of the Department of Biology.

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Building a dream: UNF construction student stars on new HGTV show

John Spinks and his wife, Whitney. (Photo courtesy of HGTV).Their vacation home came complete with holes in the walls, swarms of roaches and spoiled food in the kitchen. By the time they were done with it, the previously ramshackle condo was picture-perfect and ready for the auction block.

University of North Florida Building Construction Management junior John Spinks recently took the skills he learned on campus to Los Angeles as a cast member on the new HGTV show, "Flipping the Block." Spinks, along with his wife, Whitney, was tasked with transforming a rundown condo into a move-in ready showpiece for a $50,000 show grand prize, all while living in the dust and dirt of their condo demo and competing with three other teams of two. The show premiered Sunday, July 21, and will run for eight weeks. During an interview with "UNF On the Record,” Spinks described the nerves that came along with starring on a brand-new reality TV show.

“It was a whirlwind of casting interviews and final calls,” Spinks said. “We made the show, we were in LA and we knew next to nothing about the show.”

Still reeling from the process of being handpicked for the show above thousands of other applicants, the Spinks’ were tasked with renovating a dilapidated condo and bringing it up to the level of a magazine-ready showcase home — all in a few short weeks. Spinks was the team’s construction expert, while Whitney assumed the role of design and finance guru.

When times got tough during the show, Spinks fell back on the knowledge he acquired from his UNF professors and from his hands-on learning experiences as an intern for the Stellar Group construction company. He credited his UNF education with giving him the know-how to handle any test the show threw his way.

You can listen to Spinks’ full interview with “UNF on the Record” here

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Painting professor will ‘Get Real’ at MOCA Jacksonville

One of the pieces by Jason John that will be featured at MOCA (Photo courtesy of MOCA Jacksonville).Jason John didn’t intend to be a painter.


After a series of uninspiring art classes in high school, he became a graphic design student at a Northeastern Pennsylvania community college.


“They put me in a painting class by mistake,” John said. “I realized that I wasn’t touching computers. The option was to take a lot of computer courses.”


He decided to stick with painting.


Now he’s an assistant professor of painting in the University of North Florida’s Art and Design Department and one of eight painters from across the country to be featured in “Get Real: New American Painting,” opening Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Museum of ContemporaryArt Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF. The exhibition, which also features Haley Hasler, Andrea Kowch, Bryan LeBoeuf, Jenny Morgan, Kevin Muente, Frank Oriti and Kevin Peterson, provides a snapshot of the current landscape of realist painting in the United States and explores themes such as narrative portraiture and social, psychological and magical realism.


“The Museum has the promotional ability of a great gallery, but it has the educational side of a university,” he said. “In that way, it really is the best of both worlds.”


He said it’s difficult to predict what exhibitions will help promote his work.


“But I think MOCA is definitely something you can bank on having a lot of energy coming out of it.”


John’s work has appeared all over the United States, including solo exhibitions in Cincinnati, Ohio; Lubbock, Texas; and Ventura, Calif. In 2012, he was inducted into the Museum of Realist Art in Boston. His paintings have appeared on the covers of magazines and have been featured in many art journals.


MOCA Jacksonville is one of many reasons he moved to Northeast Florida. After receiving a B.F.A. in painting from Kutztown University and an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he taught at IUP for a time before joining UNF.


“When I came to Jacksonville, I just kind of fell in love with the school and the city,” he said.


John said he gives the University and department leadership high marks and appreciates the faculty and staff camaraderie. He also described the cross-discipline teaching in the Art and Design Department as innovative. He said teaching influences his art more than anything else.


“You’re constantly telling students they have to push themselves and answer to their work,” he said. “I always have to go back to my studio and follow my own advice.”


And if he doesn’t?


“My students will call me on it,” he said. “It makes me think about what it is to be an artist.”


He said his students drive him to keep up with what’s happening in contemporary art. He applies the same analysis and filters he uses on student work to his own creations.


“Some art teachers think students lower their standards, but I think the opposite,” he said. “I think they bring me up.”


Although some students might research his artwork before they take his classes, he said most sign up because of what they know about his teaching ability.


“I wouldn’t want my students to depend on me for my art,” he said. “I want them to depend on my teaching.”


Although he will help students with technical questions, he said he doesn’t believe in training students to paint like he does. He usually doesn’t use his own work as examples in class, although he will work with some independent studies students on “Get Real,” especially in the studio he will set up at MOCA Jacksonville during the exhibition. He will create a painting throughout the exhibition, providing visitors a peek at a working artist’s space and the possibility of catching him in action.


John’s paintings reveal his masterful realist technique broken by fissures of dripping paint. Many of the artists in “Get Real” use classical art techniques as John does. He said understanding art history informs his work, even if the inspiration might be more subliminal. Sometimes he pays direct homage to the masters, such as basing the composition of his “Birdboy” on Flemish Baroque artist Anthony Van Dyck’s “Self-portrait with a Sunflower.”


When discussing his work, John often focuses on three central themes — identity, space and composition. All three are wrapped into the helmets his subjects wear, which he calls veils. Inspired by his passion for history, the headpieces are fashioned after Viking or Roman helmets. In his research, he learned that Vikings would appropriate visual elements from the villages they conquered into their armor, essentially destroying one thing to create another. He constructs them from cardboard and packaging, which often contain telltale symbols of their origins from Amazon or other shippers, adding an element of found art.


These veils obscure the original identity of his models, allowing them to take on new roles. In addition to painting close friends, John often hires his students based on attributes he’s looking for in a painting. Although some models balk at wearing the veils, he said many relish the opportunity to adopt new characters.


 “A portrait is a great way to capture someone during a stage of identity.”



Upcoming events at MOCA Jacksonville  


Get Real: New American Painting

Saturday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

UNF students, faculty and staff receive free admission to MOCA Jacksonville with a current Osprey 1Card. A preview reception is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, for patrons and 7-9 p.m. for members.


Portraiture Through Time: A MOCA-Cummer Museum Tour

1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5

Take a guide tour of portraits in The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ permanent collection and contemporary versions in “Get Real.”

$15 MOCA or Cummer members, $20 nonmembers


Women Painting Women

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23

A discussion with “Get Real” featured artists Haley Hasler, Andrea Kowch and Jenny Morgan is free and open to the public. A members’ reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. A three-course prix fixe dinner for Avant Garde and Collectors’ Circle members will take place at 8:30 p.m. in Café Nola ($49 per person, includes tax and tip; wine pairings and full bar available for additional charge, payable the night of the dinner; reservations required).


Interfaith Center wins prestigious national award

Tarah Trueblood, director of the Interfaith Center. (Photo by Jennifer Grissom).The University of North Florida’s Interfaith Center is the only public university and the only Florida university to win a national Interfaith Youth Core Award.


Of the 162 competing schools across the country, only six were named winners by the Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that works with institutions of higher learning to build interfaith cooperation by committing to religious diversity on an institution-wide basis.


UNF student leaders in the Interfaith Center were recognized for the “Better Together @ UNF” campaign, a national movement across college campuses in which people organize across lines of religious difference to make an impact on some of the most important issues. The purpose is to show that various religious and philosophical backgrounds can be a bridge of cooperation and that the world can be made better together. 


“The Interfaith Center’s professional staff serves as mentors to the student leaders of ‘Better Together @ UNF,’” said Dr. Tarah Trueblood, Center director. “We could not be more proud of their achievements. Recognition by Interfaith Youth Core is well-deserved.”


The goal of the “Better Together @ UNF” campaign is to raise awareness about human trafficking. Florida is ranked third in the United States for the most reported human trafficking cases, making this issue particularly relevant. The UNF group strategically partnered with Rethreaded, a local organization that works with survivors of the sex trade, and made their primary goal to help the community understand human trafficking as a reality.


The campaign featured informational sessions, documentaries, survivor talks, art exhibits and a series of community service projects to inform the campus about the issue. The group incorporated the issue into a Better Together Day event in April, gathering donations for a human trafficking survivor drive. In total, the campaign reached 3,000 people on campus and showed how interfaith leadership can have an impact on an important issue.

Get to Know

Dona Yazbec

Dona Yazbec (Photo by Jennifer Grissom)Department:  Brooks College of Health


Job title: Executive Secretary


What do you do? Provide administrative assistance and clerical support in the dean’s office to the Brooks College of Health director of development, assistant director of development and the dean.


Years at UNF: 3 years


Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: I swam on a swim team from the age of 7 to 16 at the Fort Caroline Club and competed in the Junior Olympics in Winter Park, Fla., when I was 13 years old. I placed fourth in the backstroke in my division in the state.


What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? This is tough because I love all different kinds of music. But to sum my life up in a soundtrack, I would have a little bit of country (Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw), a little bit of classic rock (Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Styx and Lynyrd Skynrd), some Christian music (Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith) maybe a ballad (Michael Buble) and finally some soul music (Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang and KC & the Sunshine Band)


Who is your favorite fictional character?

Mickey Mouse

What makes him your favorite?

He’s magical!


What are you most passionate about?

Faith, Family, Friends and Florida Football


Tell us about your family. I am a true native of Jacksonville. I was born and raised here and have lived here my entire life. I am one of five siblings (two have passed away). I am married to my wonderful husband, George, of 32 years and still counting. We have two sons, Christopher and Michael.


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

It would be something with either travel or arts and crafts, creating gift baskets, scrapbooks, photo books and family videos of special events.


What would you like to do when you retire?

Travel and spend time at the beach and become more involved with my church and community.


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? The people


If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money? I would give God the first 10 percent, take care of my family and friends, travel, put money in savings and give to those in need.


If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I’m sure I would be working somewhere else — maybe at a travel agency — getting myself educated and prepared for all those places I plan to visit when I retire.


Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? I would have to say it was being a part of the Brooks College of Health 25th Anniversary Celebration and all of the festivities.


What is your favorite way to blow an hour? Shopping or getting a pedicure


If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint?  I would paint a picture of being on vacation on an island in the Caribbean with blue skies, white sand, clear blue seas and a white hammock tied between to two palm trees.


What was the best money you ever spent? My husband and I purchased Florida Prepaid College Plans for each of our sons when they were younger so they would be able to go to college.


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

A cell phone or camera


What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? The day I married my husband and the day our sons were born.


What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended?  The first concert I ever attended was Donny Osmond and the Osmond Brothers in the early ’70s. Most recent concert was Molly Hatchet at the Greater Jacksonville Fair in November 2013.


What person had the greatest impact on your life?  

God. He still does.


Who is the most famous person you ever met? Emmitt Smith or Tim Tebow


Tell us something about you that even your friends don’t know: O’Steens in St. Augustine is my favorite restaurant. They have the best shrimp!


What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? One day become a grandparent.


Last book read: The Baxter series by Karen Kingsbury

Faculty and Staff

august faculty staffCollege of Arts and Sciences


Chemistry: Dr. José A. Jiménez published “Efficient Stabilization of Cu+ Ions in Phosphate Glasses via Reduction of Cu2+ by Sn2+ During Ambient Atmosphere Melting” in the Journal of Materials Science in June.


Criminology and Criminal Justice: Theodore Wallman wrote a review of “American Homicide” for Sage Publications.


English: Fred Dale published four poems in Forge in July: “Agnes in the Flood,” “We Are Moss,” “Marriage House” and “Donation.”


Dr. Clark Lunberry, published “‘In Front of Our Eyes’ — Remembering Herbert Blau,” for The Beckett Circle, the newsletter of the Samuel Beckett Society.


Dr. Nicholas de Villiers presented “Love Meetings: Pasolini and Foucault” at the Ethnography and Qualitative Research conference at the University of Bergamo in Italy.


History: Dr. Theo Prousis published “‘Dreadful Scenes of Carnage on Both Sides’: The Strangford Files and the Eastern Crisis of 1821-1822,” in “Russian-Ottoman Borderlands: The Eastern Question Reconsidered.”


Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Yongan Wu published “The Effect of Mixed-Sensory Presentation on Retaining Graphic Features of Chinese Characters” in “Studies in Second Language Acquisition of Chinese” in June.


Philosophy and Religion: Andrew Buchwalter presented the invited paper “Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Interculturality” to the Philosophical Institute at the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany in June.


Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. George Candler presented “Abordagens pragmâticos sobre o paradigma burocrático de administração pública” at the Serviço Federal de Processamento de Dados, Brasília in June. He also presented “Paradigmas da administração pública” at the Escola de Administração Pública, Universdade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


Computing: Dr. Behrooz Seyed-Abbassi and Jerome Carey had their paper “Big Data System Design for Digital Library Middleware” accepted for publication and presentation at the 2014 International Conference on Advances in Big Data Analytics in Las Vegas, Nev. in July.


Dr. Charles Winton attended the Global Conference in Educational Robotics at USC in late July as a member of the KIPR Board of Directors and as an invited participant. At the conference Winton co-presented a workshop on the use of multi-imaging depth sensors with the KIPR Link Robotics Controller and served as head judge for the KIPR Open Robotics Competition scheduled in conjunction with the conference.


Dr. Swapnoneel Roy and Raghu Talluri’s paper “Cryptanalysis and Security Enhancement of Two Advanced Authentication Protocols” won the best paper award at the Second International Conference on Advanced Computing, Networking and Informatics.


Engineering: Drs. Peter Bacopoulos and Chris Brown, along with Chung-Ping Loh, were awarded a sub-contract from UCF on an RFP from the State of Florida. The project is titled “Economic Valuation of Wetlands, River-Related Properties and Water Sources for the St. Johns River.” The sub-contract award is $60,000 and will support two CCEC graduate students during the fall semester.


College of Education and Human Services


Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: The UNF School Counseling Program had a large presence at the Annual Convention of the American School Counselor Association June 27 to July 2 at the Swam and Dolphin Resort, in Orlando. Dr. Rebecca Schumacher, president of the Florida School Counselor Association, attended the Leadership Institute and served as delegate to the ASCA Delegate Assembly prior to the convention. Carolyn Stone presented both a preconference program and a content session, and Drs. Chris Janson and Sophie Maxis teamed to present a content session. Many alumni of the SOAR Program and current SOAR students were in attendance. Two students, Hilery Duperly and Lauren Tandy, worked closely with the ASCA staff as coordinators of all volunteers for the Convention.


Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Nile Stanley is a reviewer for the Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas, Bogata, Columbia and has been invited as a contributing author of “Digital Storytelling” for The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching to be published by Wiley, in partnership with TESOL International.


Dr. Ronghua Ouyang attended and presented a paper at the Joint International Conference held by the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences (ACPSS) in the U.S. and Guangxi University in Nanning, Guangxi Province, China from June 27 to 29. The title of the paper is the “Comparison and Analysis: Advantages and Disadvantages of Entrance Examination and Admission to Higher Education in China and in the United States.” As the executive vice president of ACPSS and one of the organizers of the conference, Ouyang made a summative speech at the conference closing.


august datelineMilestone anniversaries

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


30 years

Julia Behler, Senior Library Services Associate, Library 

Mary Borg, Professor, Political Science and Public Administration 

Scott Hochwald, Chair/Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics 

Kenneth Martin, Professor, School of Computing

Pamela Monteleone, Associate Professor, English 

Vernon Payne, Graphic Designer, Public Relations

Theo Prousis, Professor, History 

Becky Purser, Director, Recreation 

Pali Sen, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics 

Brian Striar, Chair/Professor, English

Diana Tanner, Senior Instructor, Accounting and Finance 

Steven Williamson, Professor, Management 


25 years

Joseph Butler, Professor, Biology 

Ronald Kephart, Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


20 years

Michele Bednarzyk, Assistant Professor, Nursing Flagship Program

Matthew Corrigan, Chair/Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Barbara Dupuis, Office Manager, University Police Department 

John Macarthur, Professor, Accounting and Finance 

Janet Owen, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Governmental Relations 

Shira Schwam-Baird, Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Harriet Stranahan, Professor, Economics 

Janice Swenson, Senior Lecturer, Biology 

Peter Wludyka, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics 


15 years

Sanjay Ahuja, Professor, School of Computing

Kathaleen Bloom, Professor, Nursing 

Dee Colvin, Instructor, Communication 

Philip Davis, Laboratory Manager, Physics 

Lev Gasparov, Professor, Physics 

Christopher Joyce, Associate Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences 

Philip Kaplan, Associate Professor, History

Ronald Lukens-Bull, Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Michele Moore, Professor, Public Health 

David Nyquist, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry 

Richard Patterson, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics 

Judy Perkin, Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program

Frederick Pragasam, Senior Instructor, Management

Gary Smart, Professor, Music Flagship Program 

Kelly Smith, Associate Professor, Biology 

Nile Stanley, Associate Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL 


10 years

Emily Arthur, Associate Professor, Art and Design 

David Begley, Associate Professor, Art and Design 

Michael Boyles, Marketing Coordinator, Center For Instruction and Research 

Dale Casamatta, Professor, Biology

Young Tae Choi, Associate Professor, Marketing and Logistics 

Charles Closmann, Chair/Professor, History 

Wayne Coleman, Instructor, Economics

Debora Dodd, Senior Document Scanning

Timothy Donovan, Associate Professor, English 

 Paul Fadil, Chair/Professor, Management

Raymond Gaddy, Instructor, Art and Design

Katrina Hall, Associate Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL 

Theodore Hornoi-Centerwall, Library Services Specialist, Library 

Rahul Kale, Associate Professor, Management 

Kyle Keith, Instructor, Art and Design 

Chung-Ping Loh, Associate Professor, Economics

Clark Lunberry, Associate Professor, English 

Jane MacGibbon, Associate Professor, Physics 

Ognjen Milatovic, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics 

Daniel Moon, Chair/Professor, Biology 

Crystal Owen, Associate Professor, Management 

Susan Perez, Associate Professor, Psychology 

Marc Snow, Senior Associate General Counsel, General Counsel


Carol Spector, Instructor, Management 

Alissa Swota, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies 

Susan Syverud, Associate Professor, Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education

Jennifer Wesely, Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Dong-Yuan Wang, Associate Professor, Psychology

Mei Zhao, Assistant Professor, Public Health


Five years

Erin Bennett, Assistant Professor, Music Flagship Program

Paul Carelli, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Natasha Christie, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Steven Crews, Assistant Director of Facilities Management, University Housing

Bill Dickenson, Parking Transportation Services Coordinator, Parking

Shana Harrington, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science

Ervin Lewis, Associate Athletics Director for Operations and Facilities, Intercollegiate Athletics

Anjum Naeem, Child Development Teacher, Child Development Resource Center

Marleta Nash, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities



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


Christopher Brannen, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

Justin Burdette, Athletic Ticket Manager, Athletic Ticketing

Ian Coffey, Head Athletic Coach, Women's Swimming

Alberto Colom, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services

Trisha Chaiken, Office Manager, University Housing

Wanda Cockfield, Custodial Services, Physical Facilities

Joel Cumbow, Pest Control Technician, Grounds

Nicole Fiore, Coordinator, Residence Life

Amanda Lovins, Accounting Associate, Student Government Business and Accounting Office

Elise Marshall, Adviser/Instructor, School of Computing

John Reis, Legal Assistant Paralegal, General Counsel

Jessica Russell, Administrative Secretary, Electrical Engineering

Kevin Summerville, Senior Stores/Receiving Clerk, Purchasing

Claudia Vargas, Senior Accounts Payable Receiving Representative, University Housing

Latasha Washington, Assistant Coach, Women's Basketball

Melissa Willison, Assistant Athletics Coach, Strength and Conditioning

Cherie Woods, Assistant Director, Academic Center for Excellence

Nathan Zak, IT Support Technician, Florida Institute of Education


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently:


Lucy Croft, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Michael Kucsak, University Librarian, Library

Kaitlin Legg, Assistant Director, LGBT Resource Center

Marsha Lupi, Interim Dean/Associate Professor, Education and Human Services

Jacqueline Shank, Senior Instructor, Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program




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


Leandra Bruzzone, Coordinator, Admissions

Tori Conklin, Events Planning Coordinator, Academic Affairs

Larry Daniel, Dean, Education and Human Services

Kevin Janes, IT Support Technician, Florida Institute of Education

Lynn Jones, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance

Scott Lowery, Athletic Ticket Manager, Intercollegiate Athletics

Amara McMann, Coordinator, Art and Design

Heather Samorisky, Administrative Services Coordinator, Center for Global Health

Emily Will, Coordinator, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office

Le'Titia Wright, Assistant Coach, Cross Country

The Goods


august wheatWheat is one of the world’s oldest and most important grains. Don’t follow the avoidance trend, but instead enjoy it wisely. Dr. Judith Rodriguez, department of Nutrition and Dietetics chair, discusses wheat myths and provides tips for including it in a healthy diet.


Myth: Wheat bread is a whole grain or whole-wheat product.


Fact: This is a common misconception. Wheat bread on a label merely indicates that wheat flour was used to make the bread, not that it’s a whole-wheat or whole-grain product. Check to ascertain that whole-wheat flour is listed as the first ingredient.


Myth: Refined white flour does not have any nutrients.


Fact: When the whole grain is refined, the outer layer, known as the bran, and the germ are removed from the kernel of wheat. Only the endosperm, which contains most of the starch, remains. This is then ground and used to make white flour, commonly referred to as refined flour. In the U.S., refined flour must have some of the nutrients that were lost during the refining process added back, which is called enrichment. So, refined flours have B vitamins and iron added back. However, refined enriched white flour is lower in fiber and some micronutrients that are in the whole grain.


Myth: You should be eating gluten-free foods.


Fact: Persons who have celiac disease need to avoid any foods that contain gluten — not just wheat. Some persons may have celiac disease or be gluten sensitive, which means they have side effects such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, upset stomach, fatigue and headaches. But only a very small portion of the population actually has celiac disease or is gluten sensitive, so it’s important to see a physician and be tested so you aren’t subjecting yourself to unnecessary food deprivation or missing a correct and important medical diagnosis.


Myth: “Wheat free” means “gluten free.”


Fact: Gluten is a protein that is found in some grains. Gluten is present in grains such as barley, rye, triticale and wheat. When you eat any of these grains, either alone (as in cooked wheat berries) you are consuming gluten. Also, commercial food may be processed or packaged in an area where gluten-containing foods were also made, so you need to be careful. If you’re looking for “gluten-free” products, read the label for any of the gluten containing ingredients and don’t assume that it is “gluten free” because the label says “contains no wheat.”


Myth: The best weight loss diet is the wheat-free diet.


Fact: There is a misconception that the wheat-free diet is healthy and you are automatically going to lose weight on a wheat-free diet. It only works if your caloric intake is low enough for weight loss. This diet doesn’t offer flexibility, an important component to long-term weight loss, and it severely restricts what you can eat, perhaps shortchanging you on some important nutrients. A simple guide is to make some of the recommended six servings of grains — three of which should be whole grains — in moderate amounts and serving sizes. Try a whole wheat English muffin at breakfast, couscous and veggie salad at lunch and wheat berries as your grain side dish at dinner.


Whole Wheat English Muffin Pizza


One whole wheat English muffin, sliced

2-3 slices fresh tomatoes or two tablespoons tomato sauce

1/3 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

¼ teaspoon oregano


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Top each half of the whole wheat English muffin with half of the tomatoes or sauce, cheese and oregano. Place on a baking sheet and heat until desired level of browning, about 5 to 10 minutes.


Calories per person: Approximately 300 to 320


The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagsip Program and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about wheat? Contact Dr. Judith Rodriguez at .


Bright Birds Know

august BBKBright Birds Know


UNF boasts a wide array of natural life. More than 500 plant species call UNF’s campus home. With more than 1,300 acres and a nearly 400-acre Sawmill Slough Preserve, there’s a lot of room for them to grow. That same natural environment is also home to a stunning diversity of wildlife, including our very own campus bobcat.


Bright Birds Know is a monthly feature highlighting interesting facts, figures and stories about the University of North Florida. Do you have a thought-provoking entry that you want to share with the campus community? Get involved by submitting your own Bright Birds Know item to Matt Coleman at