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New UPD chief promotes accessibility, transparency

A photo of Frank Mackesy, the new chief of the University Police Department (photo by Jennifer Grissom)The stack of cards perched precariously on Chief Frank Mackesy’s desk looks seconds away from collapsing.


This leaning tower of professional contacts is the product of more than 20 meetings in just a few days. Mackesy, the new chief of the University of North Florida’s police department, has met with a representative from nearly every department that intersects with the UPD. He was struck by the diversity of job titles and roles of the employees he met and impressed by their enthusiasm for the University’s mission.


“I look at UNF as being a small city,” said Mackesy, a two-time UNF alumnus who started as director of Safety and Security in late October. “It’s also one of the best-resourced small cities I’ve ever seen. We have the tools here to provide for the safety of everyone who steps foot on campus. And every person I’ve met with so far is supportive and has the students’ best interests at heart. I can work with that.”


Mackesy, a 32-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office who rose to the rank of undersheriff, is responsible for the overall direction of the University Police Department, including fiscal management, planning, developing and implementing campus safety, security and law enforcement functions, directing investigations of crimes and other offenses, special events management, crime prevention programs, officer training and professional development. He spent two years at Florida State College working as executive director of Public Safety Programming and director of Emergency and Security Training after retiring from the Sheriff’s Office. He said this higher-education experience granted him greater insight into the style of law enforcement required in academia.  


“In the university setting, we’re responsible for both enforcement and education,” Mackesy said. “My primary focus is educational. If we find a student here violating the law and it’s a minor offense that can be handled through Student Conduct, we’ll pursue that instead of sending them to jail or stigmatizing them for years with a criminal record. We have tremendous resources available here at UNF to help students who’ve made mistakes get back on the path.”


His previous collegiate post also prepared Mackesy for the unique requirements of law enforcement in a higher ed environment, namely Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination at the collegiate level, and the Clery Law, which mandates that an institution provide timely information about crimes that could impact the safety and wellbeing of campus community members. He said he wants to promote collaboration between UPD and the other departments that intersect with campus law enforcement to ensure everyone is completely versed on compliance mechanisms and focused on providing a safe, secure and accommodating environment on campus.


He’s also hoping to boost his department’s interaction with students. That doesn’t mean writing more tickets — he said he wants officers to be accessible and responsive to student questions and requests. That process starts by reaching out to Student Government. Mackesy said he wants to schedule semi-monthly or quarterly events where students can sit down with him and discuss their concerns or queries about campus law enforcement strategies over a cup of coffee. He likens this to Jacksonville Sheriff's Advisory Councils, or ShAdCos, community groups Mackesy worked with during his time as undersheriff that promoted collaborative information exchanges between officers and residents. Also, Mackesy said he plans to create a solid working relationship with Spinnaker Media to provide up-to-date and relevant information to the team of student journalists.


His main hope is to continue building on the UPD’s already sterling reputation. UNF is one of the safest schools in the State University System, and Mackesy said he’ll work with all campus stakeholders to ensure it stays that way.


“If you look at UNF as a city, we’re a low-crime city with a very young population,” he said. “Much like any city, it has all the stuff that comes from being a city. Our job is to minimize those bad elements and provide an appropriate response to any incident. UNF has the resources at every level to make a positive impact on a student’s life. The same can be said for UPD, and I plan to make sure our officers provide a safe and rewarding environment for UNF students to live and learn.”


More about Mackesy

  • He earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from UNF and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 190th Session.
  • At the Sheriff’s Office, he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of five departments comprised of approximately 3,000 employees.
  • He served as liaison to the mayor’s office and city council, as well as federal and state legislators and numerous agency heads throughout the region.
  • He is a Mandarin resident.

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Colom unveils new phase for Enrollment Services

A photo of a group of students enjoying some down time on the grass near the Student Union (photo by Jennifer Grissom)Enrollment Services might not have any badges to hand out, but that won’t stop Albert Colom from deputizing every member of the University of North Florida community as ambassadors for his department.


Colom, a nearly 30-year higher education veteran who came from Bowling Green State University to serve as UNF’s new associate vice president of Enrollment Services in June, started off his time at the University taking calls and meeting various administrative leaders to acquaint himself with the mission, culture and unique aspects of UNF. Now, he’s synthesized that information and funneled it into a reinvigorated approach to strategic enrollment management that is focused on a number of metrics to promote student achievement. All he needs is you.


“I want to bring everyone into the fold and deputize all members the UNF community to help recruit and retain students,” Colom said. “Don’t sit on the sidelines — join in and help as the University takes a step toward a more strategic enrollment management system.”


At the heart of this update to the enrollment management process is the State University System 2014-2015 Performance Funding Initiative and the 10 performance metrics used to determine institutional effectiveness. The state has based its university funding decisions on each of the 12 SUS institutions’ ability to excel at these metrics and adopt strategic goals and objectives that revolve around them. At the same time, the University will seek to increase the number of high-achieving, first-time-in-college students, thereby boosting its academic profile.


What that means for UNF is that academics are now front-and-center for every step of the student’s life cycle. Enrollment Services will be crunching numbers to determine how best to help students achieve their ultimate goals of degree completion and career attainment and to become better versions of themselves. At the front end, the staff will work with students to ensure the best institutional fit possible and integrate them with their chosen degree programs as early as possible. Throughout their time on campus, the team will package scholarships and financial aid more efficiently and serve students through better customer service to ensure the path to a degree is clearly marked.


“We want to help students resolve any issues they have quickly and let them navigate the business of being a UNF student as efficiently as possible,” Colom said.


In order to appeal to more high-achieving students from across the state and country, Enrollment Services is shifting its marketing focus to four key pillars of the UNF student experience — the academic plan, the career attainment plan, the financial plan and the leadership and engagement plan. By telling strong stories of student achievement through these four filters, Colom said the University will boost its outreach and cultivate interest with different and more diverse groups of potential students.


Additionally, he said One-Stop Student Services will be undergoing something of a makeover to improve what he called “the click, call or visit” function of the student services office. More dynamic forms that better answer student questions will be made available online, reduced wait times will be experienced by callers and the use of a call-ahead reservation system will provide a more efficient One-Stop experience. These new programs will be brought to the core of campus as One-Stop takes its services on the road to students — students will be able to access all the services of One-Stop in a mobile format at convenient locations like the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, the Student Union or the Student Wellness Complex. Dates and location haven’t been set, but Colom said Enrollment Services will advertise the road show using social media and University communication platforms. Paired with a more robust transition program for incoming students that unites representatives from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, he said he views the newest phase of Enrollment Services as offering a seamless introduction of the University experience to new Ospreys.


“As a campus, we’re becoming more integrated, more thoughtful and aligning our resources around increasing the level of efficiency,” he said. “By keeping an eye on performance and positive outcomes, we’ll be focused entirely on student success in and out of the classroom. And I want to bring every member of the campus along for the ride.”

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UNF Gift Guide

A photo of the book cover for Greg Domber's latest novelIt’s the giving season, and there are dozens of University of North Florida-related gifts that you can swoop up for all of the Ospreys in your life. Take a look at a quick rundown of UNF-related merchandise, from faculty-penned page-turners to blue-and-gray athletic gear.

Faculty books

Dr. Greg Domber’s newest book has received heavy praise from some distinguished scholars. Domber, a UNF associate professor of history, wrote “Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War,” this summer during a stint in Washington, D.C. He dug through records at the National Archives and tirelessly researched the materials that would go on to comprise his second book thanks to a $60,000 Strategy and Policy Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation. He was one of only five young academics, and the only one from Florida, to receive an annual fellowship from the Foundation.


Mark Kramer, director of Cold War studies at Harvard University, said the work is “well-written, well structured, lapidary in its arguments, and very thoroughly researched.” The book seeks to test the hypothesis that American exchange programs promoted the creation of a force of moderate intellectuals, bureaucrats and politicians in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia from the ’50s to the ’80s. These leaders are thought to have shaped the peaceful settlements that led the democratic transformations in these countries in 1989-90.


“There is nothing like it in either English or Polish (or German or French),” Kramer went on to say. “It is by far the most comprehensive treatment of this important subject, and Domber will be the most authoritative source on the late 20th century Polish state's transition to democracy for many years to come."


A photo of the book cover for Matt Corrigan's latest novel “Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida,” the latest book by Dr. Matthew Corrigan, chair of UNF’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, was released earlier this year. Corrigan delivers a “fair and honest” analysis, in which he “probes beyond the mild veneer, the sound bites, and the photo ops to examine the real evidence of Bush’s political leanings: his policies, politics, and legacy in the Sunshine State,” according to the University Press of Florida. Other books by Corrigan include “Race, Religion, and Economic Change in the Republican South” and “American Royalty: The Bush and Clinton Families and the Danger to the American Presidency.” It’s available for purchase online through the University Press or on Amazon.


UNF Pavers

If you’re looking to leave a mark at UNF or honor a fellow Osprey this holiday season, there’s no better way than to order a customized Osprey Plaza paver. The Osprey Plaza paver project was launched in 2008 to create a way for students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University to leave their own legacy. Pavers can include your graduation year, Greek letters or an inspirational quote — it’s truly up to you. All proceeds from the purchase of these decorative pavers will provide support to initiatives within the Division of Student Affairs, including programming and scholarship support, and will benefit students immediately. The cost of a paver for alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends is $200. Pavers for currently enrolled UNF students are priced at $100. Each paver consists of six lines with 14 characters each. The deadline to submit an order is April 7, with the pavers set to be installed in late fall.


Osprey Gear

For those of you wanting to get geared up in blue and gray, the UNF Bookstore has a wide array of Osprey-branded clothing and merchandise sporting the brand-new Athletics logo. Whether you’re in the market for a new Osprey sweatshirt to keep you warm during a chilly night baseball game at Harmon Stadium or a hat to wear at the latest River City Rumble match against Jacksonville University, the Bookstore has you covered. Keep in mind that employees receive a 20 percent discount on clothing, gifts, school supplies and general reading books from the UNF Bookstore as well. And if you’re in the giving spirit and want to save some money off-campus, check out the employee perks website to see the discounts UNF staff and faculty receive at an assortment of area vendors.

Around Campus

Holiday Happenings

A photo of a festive holiday candle‘Tis the season to be jolly — and there are plenty of festive events happening at UNF (or nearby) to remind us that the holiday season is in full swing. Here are a few you might want to consider as you plan your holiday schedule:

UNF Alumni Association’s 23rd Annual Holiday Party


This is the one holiday party this season you don’t want to miss. The UNF Alumni Association’s 23rd Annual Holiday Party will feature great food, music, dancing, door prizes and more.


For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or

Date:  Thursday, Dec. 4

Time: 7-10 p.m. 

Location:  Jacksonville Golf and Country Club

Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per person


LGBT Holiday Party and Gift Exchange  

End the semester with a bang! Come celebrate the holiday season with hot chocolate, hors d'oeuvres and a gift exchange. To participate in the gift exchange, please stop by the LGBT Center at least one week before this event to sign up. There is a $10 maximum limit on gifts. 

Date:  Tuesday, Dec. 9

Time: 6 p.m. 


Location:  LGBT Resource Center

Cost: Free  


A&P Association Holiday Party

Enjoy the start of the holiday season with your coworkers at the annual holiday party for Administrative and Professional Association members. Please send R.S.V.P. to

Date:  Wednesday, Dec. 17

Time: 3-5 p.m. 

Location:  Boathouse

Cost: Free  


UNF vs. Wofford women’s basketball

The North Florida women’s basketball team hosts Wofford for a game at UNF Arena. The event is part of the team’s annual Holiday Classic tournament.

Date: Friday, December 20

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: UNF Arena

Cost: Adults: $6, Youth/Senior/Military/UNF staff: $4, UNF students: Free with Osprey 1Card, UNF student guest (one per student): $3


333NYE: Mad Hatter’s Ball

Go through the looking glass and welcome 2015 in style. This year’s fete at MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, will once again prove to be the thing to do on New Year’s Eve. Revel the night away on the dance floor, try your luck on the gambling floor, enjoy festive drinks and eats and experience the best ball drop countdown in Jacksonville! Black tie optional. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 31

Time: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Location: MOCA Jacksonville

Cost: Tickets are $100 for individuals, $180 for couples. Hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and entertainment are complimentary with admission.


* The University will be closed for holiday break from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Jan. 1. 


MPA director receives academic honors in Brazil

A photo of Dr. George CandlerDr. George Candler, director of the University of North Florida’s Masters of Public Administration program, recently received academic honors in Brazil. His research was published in the country’s premier journal in public administration and was the only North American speaker at an academic conference in the world’s fifth largest country.


Candler had the lead article, “The Study of Public Administration in India, the Philippines, Canada and Australia: The Universal Struggle Against Epistemic Colonization and Toward Critical Assimilation,” published in the October issue of the Revista de Administração Pública journal.


The article addresses an issue that Brazilian policy and academic elites have long struggled with — how to adapt lessons learned from the developed world, so that they can usefully be applied in Brazil. Candler contrasts the Brazilian experience with that of four other countries that have also struggled with this tension — India, the Philippines, Canada and Australia.


 “We can learn a lot about ourselves by looking at how our experience compares to others. In this line of research, I do this for Brazilian colleagues, essentially looking at the development of a national consciousness — something Brazilians have struggled with for close to two centuries — in four countries that are similar to Brazil in a number of ways,” he said.


Candler, who has conducted two decades of research in Brazil, was also the only North American invited to speak at an event in Rio de Janeiro last month at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil’s foremost think-tank for both business and government management, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alberto Guerrerio Ramos.


Ramos was an early civil rights leader in Brazil who shifted his emphasis more broadly to public administration and economic development. Candler has worked with Brazilian colleagues to further develop Ramos’ intellectual legacy and has been active in introducing Americans to Ramos’ earlier Portuguese language research.


“Guerreiro Ramos interests me in part because of his major contributions to Brazil’s understanding of race, the process of national development and more broadly of human governance,” said Candler. “I’ve also been interested in him out of a sense of justice. He suffered greatly because of the 1964 military coup in Brazil, cared deeply about his research and much of this had been forgotten in part due to political persecution.”


Candler earned a doctorate in public policy from Indiana University. His dissertation research explored the involvement of non-profit organizations in public policy in the Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Sergipe. His research still focuses largely on Brazil and covers a range of topics in public and non-profit management, with recent interests focused on different national approaches to the study of public administration.


UNF’s Master of Public Administration program is a nationally accredited degree program by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, the recognized global accreditor of master’s degree programs in public service education, which prepares students for successful careers as managers and leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors. The program is one of seven NASPAA-accredited graduate programs in Florida, and the only NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration or Policy program in Northeast Florida.


UNF awarded $1.6M to support ScaleUp America Business Development Program

A photo of the Small Business Development Center's logo featuring a cutout of the state of FloridaThe University of North Florida won a five-year contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, totaling nearly $1.6 million to help fund a new program, ScaleUp America, designed to create jobs, increase sales and provide access to additional capital for business development.


The five-county region of Jacksonville is serviced by the Florida Small Business Development Center at UNF. As a designated ScaleUp America community — one of only eight nationwide — the FSBDC at UNF and the Jacksonville metropolitan area will have a new support system to assist high-potential entrepreneurs and growth-oriented small business owners.


The FSBDC at UNF will administer ScaleUp North Florida, and the independent program will deliver entrepreneurship education, management support, access to capital and connections to companies in business at least three years with between $150,000 and $500,000 in sales. More than 17,000 companies in the Jacksonville metropolitan statistical area report annual sales in this range.


“A key component of ScaleUp North Florida will be delivery of an innovative entrepreneurial education customized to the needs of our Stage 1 companies,” said Janice Donaldson, UNF’s principle investigator on the project and regional director of the FSBDC at UNF. “Recognized experts will deliver 24 hours of proven, existing curriculum focused on strategic planning, financial management, human resource management, leadership, marketing and brand strategy development.”


Graduates of the educational component will then receive a comprehensive business assessment to determine next steps in achieving their growth goals.


“These next steps will include utilization of existing management and technical resource providers, introduction to lenders and investors and assistance with their pitches and access to peer and mentor expertise through CEO XChange and Advisory Board Councils,” said Donaldson, who credits the impressive entrepreneurial ecosystem already in place in North Florida with playing a key role in attracting SBA’s support for the UNF proposal.


Success will be measured in participant satisfaction and measurable economic impact to the area, including jobs created, sales increased, new markets identified, capital accessed and a healthier bottom line for participating firms. Recruitment of qualified firms will begin within 30 days, and up to 50 business owners will be accepted into the two entrepreneurship education programs scheduled to begin in early 2015.


Since 1976, the Florida Small Business Development Center at UNF has helped more than 35,000 small businesses in an 18-county area. The FSBDC at UNF provides assistance through management advice and technical training with little to no-cost to potential, fledgling and/or well-established small business owners.


Nominations now being accepted for faculty awards

A photo of two UNF students wearing University T-shirts (photo by Jennifer Grissom)Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday, Jan. 7, for the Distinguished Professor Award, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards, Outstanding Faculty Service and the new Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award. Guidelines for the awards are listed on the Faculty Association website under "Faculty Awards."  Nominations may be submitted one of the three ways: online via the the "Online Forms" section; e-mail the nomination to ; or deliver handwritten or typed nomination forms to the Faculty Association Office in the Osprey Commons, Building 16, room 3100. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. For more information, contact Cindy Chin at or (904) 620-2872 or Dr. Chip Klostermeyer at or (904) 620-1327.

Faculty Forum

Jeffrey Michelman

A photo of Dr. Jeffrey Michelman on the UNF Nature Trails (photo by Jennifer Grissom)What brought you to UNF?

It was about finding a University that had a balance between teaching and research. Also, my wife said I could put it on “the list” as she loves the Ocean.


What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had with a student in one of your classes?

That would be a mix of three different experiences: having a student (Wanyonyi Kendrick) selected as vice chair of the UNF Board of Trustees; having a student selected as a Prime F. Osborn, III Distinguished Business Leader (Anna Brosche) and then watch her run for public office; and having one of my students (Dana Wallace), who is also a co-author, be a reference for my application as director of UNF’s Honors Program.


What is the most rewarding academic experience you have had out of the classroom?

Getting selected as the director of UNF’s Honors Program. I get a chance to be around people a whole lot smarter than me every day that really care about the community.


Who is your inspiration for teaching?

My accounting professor at the University of Delaware, Araya Debessay


What do you enjoy most about being a professor?

I enjoy getting to do things that I am interested in and being around future leaders. I have also had the opportunity to build programs at UNF that have been really exciting.


If you weren’t teaching, what else would you doing?

Finding ways to provide education to people in the developing world.


Describe your favorite UNF memory.

Getting my letter from President Delaney telling me that I had been promoted to the rank of professor. I immediately called Emeritus Professor Charles Galloway, who told me 15 years earlier that this would be a great moment in my life. It was second only to the day I married my wife.


Do you have a favorite spot on campus? If so, where is it? What do you like about it?

The third floor lobby of the Coggin College of Business. It is named in honor of my father. I don’t get up there as often as I would like, but I feel a connection to him every time I walk down the hall.


What's the strangest excuse a student has given you for not submitting an assignment?

That her brother died — she did not have a brother, so she had to find a paper that would print an obituary.


What’s your stance on extra credit?

No. Just do what I ask you to do and then it won’t be an issue.


What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know?

As a profession, we make accounting harder than it needs to be.


What’s your favorite class that you teach? Why?

Principles of Financial Accounting in the Honors Program because I can make students do things that they do not think they are capable of until they do them!


If you’ve taught at other schools, explain how UNF students are different from students at other institutions.

The upper-division and master’s students often have families and jobs. Some of them could be at the most elite business schools, but they are at UNF because it fits into their lives. They do extremely well and multi-task better than anyone.


What is the biggest change that you’ve encountered in higher education since you entered the field?

Technology. Faculty and students often are reluctant to meet face to face. I am a big believer in online learning, but sometimes we just need to meet face-to-face.


Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom?

I am a big tech guy, but sometimes we get carried away. This fall, I will be teaching Managerial Accounting in Honors. We will watch videos and use spreadsheets, but I do not want the students to do all the stuff that the publisher makes available. I just want them to read, do some homework problems and think critically.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?

Our students.


What advice would you give to a student who is about to graduate?

Make sure that you don’t forget UNF and the faculty. Who impacted you? Stay connected. Every year, I have lunch at least once with my professor from the University of Delaware, Araya Debessay, after 36 years. I also get together with my Ph.D. adviser from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mark Covaleski, once a year.


How do you take your Starbucks? I am not a Starbucks, fan, but it is a good place to buy someone a cup of coffee.


Mac or PC?

After bashing Macs for almost 15 years, my only regret is that I cannot have one in my office because it does not run some of our apps. I love all of my Apple products!


Other than books related to your academic areas of interest, what literary genres do you prefer? Why?

It is hard for me to admit publicly, but I almost never read for fun. When I read a best seller, it is almost always because it relates to school. I love “Outliers: The Story of Success” because it is a fantastic template for life and being in the Honors program, in particular.


When do you work best? Are you a night owl or an early riser?

Because I have been an administrator most of my academic life, I have adapted to being a morning person.


What is your favorite item on the Boathouse menu?

The onion rings, but they are so bad for me!


Do you ever hold class outside?

NO! I like to have fun in class, but I kind of need a white board!


Are there any places around Jacksonville that you frequent?

I live at the beach; I only wish that I frequented it more!


Do you have any rituals that help get you in the correct mindset for grading papers?

That is a really hard question. I try to make students write shorter papers so that they will be more critical of their work before they turn them in. Once I get the paper, it is what it is, and yes, sometimes it is very painful. You convince yourself that if even one paper is truly outstanding, it was all worth it. I rarely fail to have at least one truly outstanding paper that I learn something from. Once in a while, you even get a surprise that most are outstanding.


What was the best topic for a paper submitted by a student you ever read?

An undergraduate student, Vicky Gorman, did a Directed Independent Study with me on an Accounting Fraud. We got it published. Her final draft was awesome!


What is your favorite memory from your undergrad days?

The day I met Dr. Araya Debessay and he told me I wasn’t allowed to use a pencil in class. Pencils were for homework, ink, on the other hand, was for class. Whenever I think about doing things in class, I think about Araya, who is still innovating after 44 years!

Get to Know

Shawn Corrigan Asmuth

A photo of Shawn Corrigan Asmuth (photo by Jennifer Grissom)Department: Purchasing


Job title: Associate Director


What do you do?

 I haven’t been with UNF very long, so I’m still trying to figure that out!


Years at UNF: 10 months


Tell us about your family:

I’ve been married to my husband, John, for 35 years. We have one beautiful daughter, Ashley, who is a senior at Ole Miss and of whom we are very proud. I’m one of five siblings, all of whom, along with my parents, live in Jacksonville with their families. In addition, of my nine cousins, five also live in Jacksonville with their families. I’m very happy to say that all of our family take active roles in the community via leadership positions and civic/non-profit groups.


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

I would either be a librarian or a book store owner. I love to read and would like to ensure that everyone has open and free access to reading materials.


What would you like to do when you retire?

Travel, see the parts of the world that I’ve not yet visited and then alternate between sitting on the beach (preferably on a Caribbean or Greek island) and snow skiing.


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? The beautiful, environmentally conscious campus and the people.


What is the best thing you ever won?

An honor that’s high on my list is having been inducted into the City of Auburn/Auburn University Tiger Trail for my athletic accomplishments [swimming and diving]. Having a square with my name on it embedded in the downtown Auburn sidewalk alongside truly great AU athletes (Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley and many others) was both humbling and touching.


Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: I can’t stand to get wet! Some might think that odd for a former swimmer!


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

I’d use part of it to buy the Caribbean/Greek island that I’d like to live on, spend part of it on family and then I’d give the rest to charities who can improve the lives of the less fortunate among us.


If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? Community service and/or working for a nonprofit organization.


Describe your favorite UNF-related memory?

I’m really too new at UNF to have many UNF memories, but I’ve enjoyed the professional development opportunities offered to me here and all the people I’ve met through those.


What is your favorite way to blow an hour?  Sitting by the water sunbathing and reading.


If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? A beach scene.


What was the best money you ever spent?

We travel a lot, so money spent on trips with family and/or friends tops my list. Two trips in particular stand out — our immediate family took a Mediterranean cruise and the cruise our extended family took in celebration of my parents 50th anniversary.


Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without?  My smartphone! I get the shakes if I inadvertently find myself without it.


What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? I’ve had a blessed life with lots of happy moments.  If I can only name one though, it would be the birth of our daughter. Besides loving her from the moment she arrived, she was 10 days late and took 26-plus hours to deliver, so I was doubly happy when she finally arrived!


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

The first concert I remember attending was ZZ Top’s World Wide Texas Tour right here in Jacksonville.  The most recent was the Eric Church/Justin Moore/Kit Moore Tour in Birmingham, Ala.


What person had the greatest impact on your life? I couldn’t name one without the other — my parents, Mike and Caroline Corrigan.


What are you most passionate about?

Family/friends, sports and community service.


Who is the most famous person you ever met?

Too many to name, but I visited with Charles Barkley this past weekend, so I’ll go with him.


Tell us something about you that even your friends don’t know: I can’t stand to touch trashcans, and I won’t eat fried chicken with my fingers.


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

For fun — the perfect tan, which will NEVER happen given my Irish skin. For real life — making a difference in this world and leaving it a better place when I’m gone.


Last book read: Of course that would be my Cousin Matt’s latest book, “Conservative Hurricane, How Jeb Bush Remade Florida,” written by UNF Department of Political Science and Publication Administration Chair Dr. Matthew Corrigan!

Faculty and Staff

A photo of the UNF regalia Brooks College of Health


Nursing: Drs. Linda Connelly and Cynthia Cummings were awarded a BCBS Foundation grant for “Improving Clinical Competence through Simulation Activities.” Also, both Connelly and Cummings will be presenting at the Jacksonville Association of Nurses in Education on “Utilizing Delegation and Priority Setting in Simulation.”


Drs. Kathaleen Bloom and Pamela Chally, along with Natasha Lamach, a M.S.N. student, presented in October at the Association of Nurse Practitioners in Womens’ Health Conference in Savannah, Ga. on “Screening for Eating Disorders by Certified Nurse-midwives and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners.”


Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Andrea Y. Arikawa published “Consumption of a high glycemic load but not a high glycemic index diet is marginally associated with oxidative stress in young women.”


Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts published “An Assessment of Dietary Diversity and Nutritional Status of Preschool Children” in the Austin Journal of Nutrition and Food Services.

Coggin College of Business


Economics: Dr. Russell Triplett presented his paper “A model of endogenous protection with heterogeneous firms” at the international Atlantic Economic Conference in October in Savannah, Ga.


Marketing: Dr. Gregory Gundlach published "Antitrust as a Multidisciplinary Field, Special Issue" in the forthcoming Antitrust Bulletin.


Dr. A. Coskun Samli’s 27th book has been accepted for publication by Macmillan. The book is titled “Coping with Retail Giants: Gaining an Edge over Discounters.”


Dr. A. Coskun Samli and Dr. Saurabh Gupta had their paper “Big Data vs. Small Data: A case for gaining an edge for small and medium retailers” accepted to the 22nd international conference on Recent Advances in Retailing and Consumer Services Science.

College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design: Vanessa Cruz presented “Breaking Down Barriers Using the Fourth Dimension Fulbright Poster: Dare to Break Out! Creating Outside the Box in Washington, D.C.” at the SECAC conference in Sarasota in October.


Nofa Dixon has a sculpture in the art collection of the University of Texas in Dallas in October.


Zach Fitchner had two exhibits featured in October: (1) at the 25th annual International Small Print Show at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Gallery in Chicago, Ill., and (2) in the American Imagery Bank at the Southlight Gallery in Jacksonville.


Jenny Hager has a solo exhibition at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. She also received an Individual Art Grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. And she participated in the juried exhibition, “Through the Fire,” at CoRK in Jacksonville in October.


Jason John presented “Maybe it is Time for Less” at the SECAC conference in Sarasota in October. He also had an exhibition, “Contemporary Realism,” featured at the Winter Palace Studio in Washington, D.C. in October.


Kyle Keith completed two portraits in October: one of the Honorable Nicholas Garaufis for the United States Federal Court of New York Eighth District and another of Reverend David Teschner of Christ Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Va.


Dr. Debra Murphy presented “SECAC’s Growth in Size and Stature: 1998-2014” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference in Sarasota, Florida. She also presented during a session, “Art Museums in Florida: Exploring Their Histories, Patronage and Collections.”


Biology: Dr. Dale Casamatta gave four presentations with his students at the Southeast Phycological Colloquy in Wilmington, N.C. in October: (1) with Chelsea Villanueva, “Feralococcus (Cyanobacteria) gen. nov.: a novel, microaerophytic cyanobacteria taxa isolated from lichens on headstones in Jacksonville, Florida, USA”; (2) with Chase Kilgore, “Novel Limnothrix (Cyanobacteria) taxa found as epiphytes from northeast Florida”; (3) with Stephanie Willette and Emilie Gansert, “A characterization of a phylogenetically unique filamentous cyanobacterium isolated from Ichetucknee Springs, FL”; (4) with Yasmine Zakaria and Molly Bruns, “A Morphological and Molecular Analysis of a Novel, Subaerial Nostocalean Lineage (Cyanobacteria) Isolated from the University of North Florida Campus.”


Dr. Courtney Hackney and G. Brooks Avery published “Tidal Wetland Community Response to Varying Levels of Flooding by Saline Water” in Wetlands.


Dr. Cliff Ross presented “Cellular mechanisms behind coral bleaching: the roles of Symbiodinium sp. heat shock proteins and nitric oxide” at the 36th annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy, Wilmington, N.C. in October.

Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Ted Wallman reviewed “An Introduction to Crime and the Criminal Justice System” pending its release for Sage publishers.

English: Dr. Michael Wiley published the novel Blue Avenue with Severn House and the short story “Concrete Town” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.


Marcus Pactor published “The Blattarian Model” in Menacing Hedge.


Emily K. Michael published “Sight and Singing” in Breath and Shadow: A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature; the poem “Green Time” in Bridge Eight; and the poems “Comparing Apples” and “Travel” in Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. 


History: Dr. James Broomall was interviewed for the online publication, “Civil War Monitor.” He also published “‘We Are a Band of Brothers’: Manhood and Community in Confederate Camps and Beyond” and two book reviews, one in Louisiana History and one in the Georgia Historical Quarterly.


Dr. Chau Kelly presented “Mtwara: From Sisal to Port City: Urban Development, Protest, and Environmental Change in Tanzania, 1950-1954” at the Urban History Association in Philadelphia, Pa. He also published a review of Robert Munson’s “The Nature of Christianity in Northern Tanzania” in Environmental History.


Dr. Theophilus C. Prousis published Lord Strangford at the Sublime Porte (1823): The Eastern Crisis (Isis Press, 2014), volume three of a four-volume project.


Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Jorge Febles published two book chapters: (1) “Como si fuera una novela negra: tergiversación e intertextualidad en Un bronceado hawaiano, de Matías Montes Huidobro” in Víctimas, novela y realidad del crimen, edited by Gustavo Forero Quintero (Editorial Planeta, 2014); and (2) “Continuidad desde la ausencia: Enajenación, familia y rito en Recordando a mama” in Identidad y diáspora: El teatro de Pedro R. Monge Rafuls, edited by Elena M. Martínez and Francisco Soto.


Philosophy and Religious Studies: Dr. Paul Carelli presented “Courage and Conviction in Plato’s Protagoras and Republic” at the 32nd annual meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at Fordham University in October.


Dr. Hans-Herbert Koegler published “Empathy, Dialogue, Critique: How should we understand (inter-)cultural violence?” in “The Agon of Interpretations: Towards a Critical Intercultural Hermeneutics” and “Dialogue” in the Encyclopaedia of Political Thought.


Dr. Sarah Mattice published “Metaphor and Metaphilosophy: Philosophy as Combat, Play, and Aesthetic Experience.”


Physics: Dr. Jane H MacGibbon gave an invited talk, “Primordial Black Holes,” at the Fifth Fermi Symposium in Nagoya, Japan in October.


Dr. Daniel Santavicca published “Aging of Ultra-Thin Niobium Films” in the journal IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity in October.


Political Science and Public Administration: Drs. Matthew Childers and Joshua Gellers hosted an African delegation in November as a part of a GlobalJax Young African Leaders event. They discussed the 2014 midterm elections, the U.S. election process overall, the 2016 elections and some of the differences between African constitutions and the U.S. Constitution and how those differences impact stability in public policies. One of the GlobalJax Young African Leaders, Bruno Ben Moubamba (Gabon), wrote a blog post about the event. The post is in French, but Google Translate is available.

Dr. Matthew Corrigan published “Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida.”

Dr. George Candler published “The study of public administration in India, the Philippines, Canada and Australia: the universal struggle against epistemic colonization, and toward critical assimilation,” in Revista de Administração Pública in October. He also presented “‘Assimilação crítica’ and research on the periphery” at the “Guerreiro Ramos International Seminar: The Legacy of a Double Academic Citizenship,” Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in October.

Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Scott D. Landes, Monika Ardelt, George E. Vaillant and Robert J. Waldinger published “Childhood adversity, midlife generativity, and later life well” in The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences in November.


Dr. Suzie Weng published four papers in the Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity: (1) with J. Robinson, “Cultural Broker,”; (2) with D. Reiker, “Asian Americans as Culturally Different Clients”; (3) with D. El-Khoury, “Culturally Specific Services”; and (4) with W. T. Wolfe, “Human Service Needs of Chinese Americans.”


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Computing: Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy and Chirag Rana had their paper titled “Review of Web Service Specifications for Long-running Conversations” presented at the Conference on Information Systems Applied Research. The paper was published in the conference proceedings.

Dr. Bob Roggio and Dalila Castilla had their paper titled “A Hybrid Approach Using RUP and SCRUM As a Software Development Strategy” presented at the 11th International Conference in Applied Computing. The paper was published in the conference proceedings. 



Engineering: Dr. Peter Bacopoulos, along with Amanda Tritinger and Nikki Dix, presented their research entitled “Numerical Modeling and Analysis of Tidal Variance, Flow Through Vegetation, Marsh Accretion and Evolution in the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida” in a special session on project proposals at the 2014 Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Conference (SEERS).


College of Education and Human Services

Foundations and Secondary Education: Dr. Carolyne Ali-Khan was invited to give a talk, participate in research meetings and visit a school that UNF has a partnership — the College of Education at the University of Luxembourg, Applied Educational Sciences Department. Ali-Khan also presented at the UNF Academic Technology Symposium. A Chronicle of Higher Ed synopsis of the event is online here. She also presented research at the combined American Educational Studies (AESA) and International Association of Intercultural Education (IAIE) annual meeting in Toronto. 


Drs. Christine Weber and Dr. Hope E. (Bess) Wilson attended the Florida Association for the Gifted Conference in Tampa. Dr. Weber is the current association secretary and Dr. Wilson is the current membership chair for the organization. While at the conference, both faculty members presented research and professional development. Weber presented about differentiation and the gifted learner. Wilson presented strategies for coping and preventing perfectionism among gifted children.



Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL:

The publication “Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach” by Dr. Christine Weber, Cecelia Boswell and Wendy Behrens was nominated for the Legacy Book award administered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT). The winning books are selected by a nationwide panel of reviewers for their excellent long-term potential for improving the lives of gifted youth, categorized by audience.  Additionally, Weber presented two sessions “Incorporating decision making strategies in professional development through case studies of differentiated instruction” and “Meeting the professional development needs of independent schools implementing differentiation” at the National Association for the Gifted Children in Baltimore, Md. Weber is also directing Camp Composition for its fifth year. This writing camp is designed to help students earn higher FSA English Language Arts – Writing scores and also acquire stronger lifelong writing skills.


Drs. Kim Cheek and Stacy Boote presented at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) regional conference in Orlando in November. Their workshop session, "The Pattern's in the Rocks," explained a low-cost model for elementary and middle school students to understand and decipher changes in Earth history by investigating models of outcrops. 


Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Drs. Jennifer Kane, Jason Lee, Terry Cavanaugh and Carolyne Ali-Kahn presented at the Symposium on Innovation in Academic Technology hosted by CIRT.


A photo of pink, UNF-logo balloonsMilestone anniversaries

Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in December or January:


35 years

Richard Powell, Director, Institutional Research


30 years

Shelley Anderson, Library Services Specialist, Library

Janice Ishii, Executive Secretary, Alumni Services

Bruce Rouzie, Senior IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering


25 years

Adel El-Ansary, Professor, Marketing and Logistics

Debra Murphy, Chair/Professor, Art and Design 

Sandra Rosa, Accounting Associate, Controller


20 years

Michael Kearse, Custodial Worker, University Housing 

Marjory Templeton, Senior Instructor, Management


15 years

Mary Allen, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Madelaine Cosgrove, Associate Director for School Readiness, Florida Institute of Education

Fredrick Dale, Senior Instructor, English

David Jaffee, Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Barbara Kruger, Associate Professor, Nursing

Peter Lowe, Coordinator, Institutional Research

James McGuffey, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems

Deborah Price, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department

Mary Smith, Office Manager, Arts and Sciences

Anthony Turrin, Business Systems Analyst, Project Management Office

Patricia Watson, Executive Secretary, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Kathy Westberry, Events Planning Associate, Admissions


10 years

Meghan Hull, Budget Coordinator, Enrollment Services

Margaret Partyka, Bursar, Controller’s Office

Johnny Raines, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities


Five years

Kayla Champaigne, Research Integrity Coordinator Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Tiffany Dalton, Mail Room Clerk, University Housing

Mary Dee, Director of Prospect Research, Major Gifts

Teresa Kutylo, Custodial Worker, University Housing

Mark Leininger, Instructor, Accounting and Finance

Jennifer Muller, Assistant Director of Admissions, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Meghan Niemczyk, Clinical Research Coordinator, Nursing 

Jeannine Prew, Budget Associate, Telephone Services Laura Serra, Coordinator, Advancement Services



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


Amaray Alfonso Marrero, Custodial Worker, Osprey Fountains

Thomas Banks, Law Enforcement Liaison, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Tellis Blunt, Groundskeeper, Grounds

Princess Booker, Accounting Associate, Advancement Services

Noah Borelli Sr., Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Lara Branaman, Coordinator, Admissions

Tanja Burgess, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Juan Cardona, Law Enforcement Liaison, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Larry Coggins, Law Enforcement Liaison, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Christopher Decent, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement, Alumni Services

Joseph Dzamko, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department

Reynaldo Gonzalez, Administrative Services Coordinator, ROTC

Brittany Hanzl, Academic Advisor, Advising

Michael Hines, Health Education Coordinator, Health Promotions

Angel Kalafatis, Administrative Secretary, Pre-Law Program

Charles Kane, Law Enforcement Liaison, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Beauty Kolenc, Academic Support Coordinator, Center For Instruction and Research Technology

Yolette Laguerre, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office

Jessica LeClair, Student Affairs Coordinator, Student Affairs

Kathleen Leone, Director of Development, Brooks College of Health

Frank Mackesy, Director of Safety and Security, University Police Department

Kari Maples, Academic Adviser, Brooks College of Health 

Janice Martinez, Law Enforcement Liaison, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Kelly Marton, Academic Adviser, Coggin College of Business

Diane Maxfield, Administrative Services Coordinator, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Kathryn Nelson, Coordinator of Law Enforcement Liaison Programs, Institute of Police Technology and Management 

Nicole Pece, Director of Development, Major Gifts

Timothy Roberts, Senior Law Enforcement Liaison, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Chiquita Scott-Cambridge, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Sheila Smith, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Danielle Stedham, Program Assistant, Graduate School

Steven Taylor, Senior Application Systems Analyst, Florida Institute of Education

Shaun VanBeber, Law Enforcement Liaison, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Stephanie Worley, Executive Secretary, International Business Curriculum

Edward Zirkle, Disability Services Coordinator, ADA Compliance Office


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently:

Jaclyn Behrens, Academic Adviser, Brooks College of Health

Stefanie Levine, Employment Coordinator, Human Resources 

Charles Mcleod, Maintenance Mechanic, Osprey Cove



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

Lacy Rueschenberg, Library Services Specialist, Library

The Goods

Freekeh isn’t as weird as it sounds

A photo of a dish prepared with freekeh Freekeh, pronounced “free-kah” is an ancient grain that is gaining in popularity due to its nutrition and versatility. Freekeh is nutty and chewy, as well as a great addition to soups and pilafs. Jen Ross, a registered dietitian and instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses freekeh myths and provides tips for including it in a healthy diet.


Myth: It’s weird.

Fact: While the name may sound unusual, freekeh is simply wheat that is harvested while it’s still young. The word freekeh in Arabic means “to rub.” It was discovered approximately 2,000 years ago when a young, green wheat crop in a Middle Eastern village was set on fire during an attack on the village. The villagers salvaged the crop by rubbing off the charred outer layer and then cooking the wheat. Today, the wheat is roasted to bring out the nutty and earthy flavors of the grain.


Myth: Freekeh is gluten free.

Fact: Since freekeh is made from wheat, it does contain gluten. Persons who have celiac disease need to avoid any foods that contain gluten, including freekeh. Research is ongoing as to whether the early harvesting affects the gluten structure and if the gluten becomes denatured during the roasting process. However, freekeh is packed with nutrition and can easily fit into a healthy meal plan for those who do not need to avoid gluten.


Myth: Freekeh isn’t nutritious.

Fact: Freekeh is considered a nutritional powerhouse among all of the whole grains. Because the grains are harvested while they’re still young, they maintain maximum nutritional value. Freekeh is high in protein and fiber and contains the phytochemicals zeaxanthin and lutein, carotenoids that help to promote eye health. Due to the high protein and fiber content, it can promote a feeling of satiety, which may lead to a decrease in overall calories consumed. Additionally, the high fiber in freekeh serves as a prebiotic that helps to increase the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.


Myth: Freekeh is hard to prepare.

Fact: Freekeh is easy to cook and versatile. It has a nutty, chewy texture, which makes it ideal to use in stews, soups, casseroles, as a pilaf or anywhere rice is used. To prepare the grain, simply add one cup of freekeh to two and one-half cups of water or broth. Bring to a boil, then cover with a lid and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes for cracked freekeh or 40 minutes for whole. Note that cooking times may vary, so be sure to read the instructions on the bag or box.


Myth: Freekeh is hard to find.

Fact: Freekeh can be found online and in specialty stores, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes. However, as it’s becoming more readily available, you can now find freekeh in some mainstream supermarkets. The grains can be stored in airtight containers for up to six months in a dry, cool place, which makes it easy to incorporate into your meals.


Freekeh Salad

2 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth

1 cup whole grain freekeh

1 15 oz. can of reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen, shelled edamame, thawed

1 cup chopped tomato (canned or fresh)

½ red onion, finely chopped

½ to 1 tbsp. cumin

4 tbsp. olive oil

4 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Black pepper to taste


Combine broth and freekeh in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes or until grain is tender. Place in a fine mesh strainer, rinse and drain. Combine the freekeh with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and serve immediately. This salad can be served either warm or cold and can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.


The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about freekeh? Contact Jen Ross at

Bright Birds Know

A photo of a student member of UNF's ROTC squad standing next to a humvee (Photo by Jennifer Grissom)Bright Birds Know


UNF has been named one of the most military friendly schools in the United States by G.I. Jobs magazine for six consecutive years. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and student veterans, and UNF, with its established Military and Veterans Resource Center, definitely fits the bill.


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 .