A devastating putback dunk, a couple of clutch free throws and some seriously hard-nosed defense helped the University of North Florida men’s basketball team take home the win during this year’s River City Rumble against Jacksonville University. The victory will go down as a marquee triumph for UNF’s burgeoning athletics department. It will also enter the record books thanks to the more than 5,000 fans who packed UNF Arena to watch the Ospreys defeat the Dolphins. Thousands of raucous fans sporting white UNF shirts cheered the Ospreys to victory, bellowing chants of “Beat JU!” and summoning an amazing home-court advantage for the guys in blue and gray. Attendance totals for the game eclipsed the previously record-setting turnout of last year’s River City Rumble by more than 1,000 people. Lee Moon, UNF’s athletics director, said that this River City Rumble victory was more than just a great team win — it was a symbol of how far the Osprey athletics program has come. UNF has only been competing as an NCAA program for 21 years, and Moon, who was hired in 2009 to help with the University’s transition from Division II to Division I collegiate competition, said the past few years have seen tremendous growth for the athletics department, spearheaded by a progressively successful men's basketball team.“I look at the UNF/JU men's basketball game as a yearly measure of success for the program,” Moon said. “Every year, there are more people in the Arena than the year before, and this year crushed the previous attendance figures. It’s pretty clear that the Ospreys are on the right path.”UNF’s student section was packed — a usual sight for home games against JU. But this year, even the upper-deck sections were jammed with UNF supporters, many sporting one of the “Swoop Life” shirts handed out by Arena staff before the game. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell also came out to take in the spectacle.“The crowd was electric, and both teams played at an extremely high level creating a truly awesome college basketball atmosphere,” Moon said. “It was a great reflection on the hard work we’ve put into developing a championship-caliber athletic program and legitimized the River City Rumble. We are excited about this year’s event and look forward to continued growth in seasons to come.”Forward Travis Wallace dominated JU’s frontcourt all game, posting 27 points and a career-high 19 rebounds — with a few highlight dunks thrown in for good measure. Wallace, a senior, was particularly amped for this year's showdown with UNF's crosstown rivals. Each of the last four years, Wallace said he's witnessed a noticeable change in atmosphere for the JU game when compared to a normal home contest. Those crowds are always strong, but this year brought it to a whole different level. “Seeing a crowd like that shows how much the University has grown in the last four years,” Wallace said. “Every year I’ve been here, the fans have gotten louder and more passionate. It helps us on the court — having a fanbase that supports its players. It makes us play twice as hard seeing them going hard in the stands. You don’t want to lose in front of all those supporters, so that gives us that added motivation and energy.”UNF Coach Matthew Driscoll said this game was truly the culmination of years of hard work by his players and staff. Player development has been at the top of his priority list since day one, and he said the development of the team is inextricably linked to the assistance of the campus community. “We [the coaching staff and athletics department] targeted our student body from the beginning and have shared our vision with them at every opportunity,” said the fifth-year head coach. “We consistently try to help them understand the worth of ‘athletics’ toward their college experience and degree visibility and value. We also constantly encourage them to keep building a home-court advantage that puts us at the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Our crowds have been, and continue to be, the largest, loudest and most rambunctious in the league and are one of the reasons for our sustained success over the past five years.”
When the game’s final buzzer sounded, Wallace admitted that he got a bit emotional. It was the end of his last River City Rumble game, and dozens of UNF students had streamed onto the court in victorious celebration. He, along with many of his teammates and coaches, clasped arms and huddled up at center court, basking in the joyful pandemonium brought on by the Osprey victory.“It’s good knowing that when I graduate, the fans will be here to support the rest of the guys,” Wallace said. “We definitely dedicate that win to the fans."
The University of North Florida has acquired a new
warehouse facility that, while located just off campus, will free up space for
academic programs in the core of campus.
The 70,000-square-foot maintenance storage warehouse at
11820 Central Parkway was acquired for $2.68 million late last year and will
serve as a new work and storage space for some portions of Physical Facilities
and its array of equipment. The shops housed in Support Services Building,
Building 6, will make the move. A lack of enclosed space led University
administrators to search for a new location with a more efficient shop layout
and additional office space for supervisors. The newly acquired warehouse fits both
of those criteria.
The space previously occupied by Physical Facilities in
Building 6 will now be used by UNF’s Art and Design program, as well as the
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, said Shari Shuman, vice president
of administration and finance.
“This move works in two important ways — it gives Physical
Facilities the space it needs for daily operations and equipment storage, and
it frees up a key location in the core of campus that can be used for
academics. Our focus here is on keeping
everything in that campus circle so students have easy access to everything
The UNF sculpture
program, which has worked on a number of large-scale projects that have been
installed on and around campus, will be the major beneficiary of the new space.
The increased workspace will allow
students to expand beyond the smallish confines of the University sculpture lab
behind the Fine Arts Center.
The new warehouse
site is located immediately to the northeast of the north University entrance
from Central Parkway. It will take about $1.8 million to convert the warehouse
into usable shops for Physical Facilities. The move to the new facility is
The artists of “Material Transformations”
— Angela Ellsworth, Alison Foshee, Johnston Foster, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Rune
Olsen, Lucrecia Troncoso and Paul Villinski — uncover symbolism in the unconventional
substances they use to construct their works of art. They find inspiration in
the stuff of life, items we frequently encounter, use and discard with rarely a
second thought, such as aluminum cans, cleaning sponges, construction debris,
corsage pins, masking tape, office supplies and wrapping paper.
The exhibition opened in late January and
continues through April 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a
cultural resource of the University of North Florida. Organized by the Montgomery
Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Ala., in collaboration with MOCA, “Material
Transformations” becomes much larger in the MOCA space. Curator Ben Thompson
has worked with the exhibition artists to add several new pieces — some never
“Material Transformations” is sponsored
by Harbinger/Florida Mining Gallery. Agility Press, Cultural Council of Greater
Jacksonville, the city of Jacksonville, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
and WJCT Public Broadcasting are contributing sponsors.
There are a number of related programs
associated with the exhibition:
Land,” 7 p.m. Feb. 20: “Waste Land” is a documentary film featuring renowned
contemporary artist Vik Muniz who is best known for creating original and
reimagining historical works of art with unusual materials such as chocolate
syrup, peanut butter and jelly. The film tracks the development of a 2008
series of monumental photographic portraits made from trash. Entitled “Pictures
of Garbage,” this series was created by Muniz in collaboration with the garbage
pickers — or catadores — of Jardim Gramacho, a 321-acre, open-air dump just
outside Rio de Janeiro that is one of the largest landfills in Latin America.
Through the process, this documentary captures both the dignity and despair of
an essentially discarded group of people as they begin to re-imagine their
Alterations,” 5–9 p.m. March 5: This winter, MOCA is hosting a community
response project in conjunction with “Material Transformations” and
Jacksonville Fashion Week (March 26-29). Student groups from local middle
schools, high schools and colleges are invited to design and create original
fashion designs made out of found and recycled materials. Winners will be
selected from each age group by a jury of fashion industry experts; then the
public will vote for their favorite through social media in February. The
selected works will be featured at MOCA during the March Art Walk.
Artist Alison Foshee, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29: During the past 15 years,
“Material Transformations” featured artist Alison Foshee has been “exploring
the artistic potential of everyday stuff.” This spring MOCA is proud to offer a
one-day workshop for adults with this innovative mixed media artist from
Portland. Self-defined as “craft sciences,” Foshee’s work takes patience
integral to craft, insight found in the most conceptual art and beauty that is
truly universal. Foshee make thumbtacks and pushpins explode into extravagant
floral arrangements, staples trace the jagged contour of a leaf and office
labels spin out in hot, firecracker explosions. Sign up for a unique
opportunity to work with the artist as she shares her process and inspires you
to create your own original piece of art. Tickets are $15 for MOCA members and $20
for guests. Register in advance at mocajacksonville.unf.edu or call (904)366-6911,
Feb. 20, 2014. This day will be one for the history books at the University of North Florida. You'll want to be there when it happens.
Be in the Boathouse prior to the men’s basketball game for a special announcement that will impact the University and the community for years to come. Join us for the announcement, and be a part of history being made. Swoop!
For more information, contact DeeAnne Crookham, director of Campus Life, at (904) 620-5742, or visit the
UNF Traditions Project.
Brooks College of Health
Public Health: Drs. Elissa Barr, Michele Moore, Tammie Johnson and Jamie Forrest, along with Melissa Jordan, published a research article titled “New Evidence: Data
Documenting Parental Support for Earlier Sexuality Education” in the Journal of
College of Computing, Engineering & Construction
Zornitza Prodanoff and Kenneth
Martin presented their paper “Performance of BFSA Collision Resolution:
RFID Including Non-Unique Tag IDs” at the ninth International Conference on
Telecommunications and Networking in December.
Dr. Sanjay Ahuja had the paper “A Survey of Cloud Computing and Social Networks” published in the
Journal of Network and Communication Technologies in December. Ahuja also had the paper “Empirical Performance
Analysis of HPC Benchmarks Across Variations of Cloud Computing,” published in
the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing.
Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan presented her paper “A
Multimodal Approach to Song-Level Style Identification in Pop/Rock Using
Similarity Metrics” at the 12th International Conference on Machine Learning
and Applications in December in Miami. Additionally, Chuan and presented the paper “Predicting Key Recognition
Difficulty in Polyphonic Audio” in the IEEE International Symposium on
Multimedia in December in Anaheim, Calif.
Management: Drs. Roberto Soares
and Zornitza Prodanoff had their
paper “RFID in the Construction of Single Family Dwellings” published in the
International Journal of Engineering and Technology in December.
Engineering: Dr. Adel ElSafty gave a presentation to
ICRI members at San Jose Country club on Basalt FRP testing and applications.
College of Education and
School Counseling and Sport Management: UNF’s School Counseling Program was well
represented at the Florida School Counselor Association’s annual Convention in
November in St. Petersburg. Dr.
Rebecca A. Schumacher, president of FSCA, presided over the
convention. Graduate students, Laura Ache and Lindsey Taylor
participated in a panel session titled, “Graduate Students: Strategies for Job
Searching and Beginning New Positions.” The panel was comprised of school counselors,
district level administrators and department heads from across the state. Additionally,
SOAR students presented poster sessions. Overall, 12 UNF students attended the
Dr. Terry Cavanaugh
worked with the Duval County Reading Council and provided a presentation to
them on “E-books: think And, not OR.” Cavanaugh also presented at the American
Association of School Librarians in Hartford, Conn. on the topic of
“Bookmapping: Melding Literature, Reading and Interactive Maps.” Also, Dr. Luke Cornelius and Cavanaugh, published an opinion piece
in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Distance Learning, Distant
Courtrooms” on the possible impact of jurisdictional issues with lawsuits about
distance learning classes.
Dr. Jason Lee had an article published in
the December issue of the International Journal of Sport Communication titled
“Industry Interviews: Interview With Dan Edwards, Senior Vice President,
Communications, Jacksonville Jaguars.”
Education, Literacy and TESOL: Drs. John Ronghua Ouyang and Nile Stanley have an article, “Theories and Research in Educational
Technology and Distance Learning Instruction through Blackboard” published
in the Universal Journal of
Katie Monnin presented at the
National Council of Teachers of English in Boston, Mass. in late November. She
moderated a panel titled “Bad Girls’ in Children’s and Young Adult Literature,”
which included Jane Yolen, Burleigh Muten and Heidi Stemple.
Dr. Nile Stanley published a
research article, “Storytelling in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign
Language,” in Linguistics and Literature Studies.
Drs. Lunetta Williams, Katrina Hall, Wanda Hedrick and Marcia
Lamkin, along with UNF graduate Jennifer Abendroth, recently published an article in the
Journal of Language and Literacy Education.
Office of the Dean:
Daniel was elected as an at-large
member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-South Educational Research
Association at its annual meeting in November. The term of office is for two
years beginning January 2014.
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in February:
Bernreuter, Office Manager, Physics
Robinson, Director, International Center
Marice Hague, Assistant Director, Small Business Development
Gloria Cobb, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Mark Falbo, Director, Center for Community-Based Learning
Betteanne Visnovsky, Senior Registered Nurse,
Student Health Services
Andrew Sullivan, Program Assistant,
Disability Resource Center
William Delaney, Coordinator, Student
Charlie Hill, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
David MacKinnon, Instructor,
Jeremy Duckworth, Help Desk Manager, User
William “Lee” Moon,
Athletics Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Shawn Asmuth, Associate
Eric Fontaine, Accountant,
Larry Gartrell, Custodial Worker,
Shelby Huber, Academic Support
Services Coordinator, Coggin College of Business
Charnese Parker, Administrative
Secretary, Coggin College of Business
Frank Watkins, Assistant
The following employees were promoted recently:
Carle, Senior Applications System Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Folco, Office Manager, Management
Michelman, Professor/Associate Dean, Honors Program
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF recently:
Hall, Director, Alumni Services
Kreisel, Instructor, Nursing
Moores, Professor, Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education
Wilcox, Senior Lecturer, Biology
Keels, Accountant, Controller
Dennis, Senior Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Murray, Administrative Secretary, Brooks College of Health
Payne, Office Manager, Management
The Goods: Coconut
We know coconut tastes good, but will
this tropical drupe — the technical term for a fleshy fruit — also help you
lose weight and improve your health? Jackie Shank, undergraduate program
director in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at the University
of North Florida, sheds some light on coconut. A recipe has been included to
help add some coconut to your diet.
Coconuts are the largest nuts found in nature.
Truth: If they were nuts, they wouldn’t be the largest. Coconuts
are actually the fruit of Cocos Nucifera, a tropical palm tree. Specifically,
they’re a type of fruit called a drupe, which puts a coconut in the same
category as a peach, mango or apricot. In 2006, the Food and Drug
Administration added coconut to its list of tree nuts to be avoided by those
with food allergies, causing a bit of confusion since coconuts aren’t nuts,
botanically speaking. Allergic reactions to coconut are uncommon.
Coconut milk is a good substitute for people who can’t tolerate cow’s milk.
Coconut milk is very different from cow’s milk. It’s made
by pouring boiling water over shredded coconut and straining the white, creamy
liquid. It’s typically purchased canned and has a long shelf life because of the
high amount of saturated fat, which is slow to turn rancid. Coconut milk is
most often consumed as an ingredient in recipes, such as breakfast smoothies,
velvety sauces, soups and curries, lending a unique flavor and texture.
Nutritionally, coconut milk has much more saturated fat and calories than whole
milk (36 grams saturated fat, 372 calories per cup of coconut milk; 5 grams saturated
fat, 150 calories per cup of whole milk) and lacks the protein, calcium and
vitamin D that cow’s milk provides. You can purchase light coconut milk to cut
the calories and fat in half. If you’re looking for an alternative to cow’s
milk, try fortified soy, almond or rice milk.
Coconut water will improve your health.
Truth: Coconut water is the slightly opaque liquid contained
within a fresh coconut. There’s nothing special about coconut water other than
the high price you’ll pay for 620 milligrams of potassium. Most of the other
nutrients listed on the label — for instance, vitamin C — aren’t there
naturally but are added by the processor. To tell the difference, look at the
list of ingredients. If a nutrient is shown on the ingredient list, it’s added
during processing. That’s OK, but drink coconut water for what it is — a tasty,
refreshing beverage — and not a ticket to vibrant health.
Coconut oil will help you lose weight.
Truth: There are myriad factors that determine whether a person
loses, gains or maintains their weight. It’s true that coconut oil contains
medium-length fatty acids that are processed in the body via a more direct
route compared to the long-length fatty acids abundant in commonly used cooking
oils. But when it comes to weight balance, what’s most important is the total
amount of fat and other energy nutrients (carbohydrates and proteins consumed
and the activity level. Most Americans are either overweight or obese because
they’re eating more calories than they need, and they’re not moving their
bodies enough to make a difference. To believe that coconut oil will help that
situation is misguided. That said if used in small amounts, coconut oil is a
wonderful addition to your kitchen. It’s usually solid at room temperature
because it contains so much saturated fat. That’s why it can often be
substituted for butter or shortening in recipes with good results. Some people
prefer the less processed virgin coconut oil over the refined product, but be
aware that the refined version has a higher smoke point, so it can withstand
more direct heat when cooking. Whether you choose virgin or refined coconut oil,
regularly consuming either may increase blood cholesterol levels in susceptible
Shredded coconut is too high in sugar to be used in cooking or baking.
Truth: Coconut is naturally very low in sugar, but the kind most
readily available in grocery stores has been sweetened during processing. It
contains about five teaspoons of sugar per one-half cup of coconut flakes. You
can find unsweetened coconut flakes at a natural food market. Add a dash of
vanilla extract to enhance the flavor.
Coconut Vegetable Curry
tablespoon canola oil
1 12 ounce package extra firm water-packed tofu
1 small onion, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 small red bell pepper, cubed
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup carrot, thinly sliced
1/2 cup whole sugar snap peas
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1. Drain the tofu, pat dry and cut in cubes. Spray a skillet with cooking spray
and sauté the tofu in one-half tablespoon oil until brown. Set aside.
Steam the broccoli, carrots and sugar snap peas for several minutes until
3. Spray a wok or wide skillet with cooking spray and apply high heat. Add one-half
tablespoon oil, and then add the onions and bell pepper. Stir-fry until
tender-crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and stir 3 to 4 minutes.
Add the steamed vegetables and tofu. Toss to mix.
In a small bowl, combine the coconut milk, soy sauce, curry powder, brown sugar
Add the sauce to the pan with veggies. Bring to a simmer, tossing to combine.
Dissolve the cornstarch in 1and one-half tablespoons of water and add to pan.
Stir until the sauce turns glossy, about 10 seconds.
If desired, serve with rice, noodles or a warm loaf of bread.
Analysis per serving:
532, Total fat: 27 grams, Saturated fat: 8 grams, Cholesterol: 0 grams, Protein:
33 grams, Carbohydrates: 40 grams.
This recipe was adapted from PF Chang’s Coconut Curry Vegetables.
The Goods is a
monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Department
of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida
Times-Union’s “Taste” section.
Have a question about coconuts? Contact
Jackie Shank at
Health: Have a good primary care
Think of your
primary care provider as your trusted go-to health adviser. A wise patient
understands that having an ongoing relationship with one coordinator for all
services of health care is a huge help. Your primary care provider looks at the
big picture of your overall care including health promotion, health
maintenance, counseling, assessing the urgency of medical problems and making
referrals to specialists when necessary. They’re always there to treat temporary
ailments, but a proactive approach in which they work to help keep you healthy
and catch health issues before they become serious is even more important. Annual
exams are a necessary tool for checking everything from your blood pressure and
cholesterol to cancer and diabetes screenings. This is also a good time to
discuss any changes in your health so your doctor can help you adjust. Live a
healthier and happier life through preventive care with the help of a dedicated
primary care provider.
Fitness: The CrossFit craze
CrossFit is a high-intensity
workout that is the main strength-conditioning program for many police academies,
military specialties and other elite athlete organizations. This style of “training
for the unknown and unknowable” should appeal to anyone who is looking to become
healthier, regardless of age or fitness level.
Here are a few
reasons CrossFit might work for you:
It’s fun and varied.
Workouts are called WODs, or workouts of the day. They are constantly changing
so you never really repeat the same boring exercises.
You get fit faster.
Interval training (higher efforts combined with active rest) is more effective
than low or moderate-intensity exercises.
It helps build confidence. You’ll gain strength that allows you to do things you
never thought you could and create a beautiful lean physique.
It’s a welcoming fitness environment. CrossFitters are much about Community — they support each
other and will help you reach your personal goals.
So if a
one-dimensional approach to fitness isn’t exciting, and you want to be in shape
for all sorts of physical activities, then CrossFit may be the diverse answer to
your fitness needs. Check out the Student
Wellness Center for information
about group CrossFit-style classes offered by the Center’s trainers.
Healthy Osprey is designed to provide solid advice on how to become healthier at work and at home. Shelly Purser, director of Health Promotion, writes a different article each month that focuses on some aspect of health and wellness. Healthy Osprey is a collaboration of students, faculty and staff working together to foster a University community that embraces the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit. The purpose of the Healthy Osprey initiative is to assess and respond to the needs of the UNF community to create and maintain a healthy environment, which will enhance the holistic student experience. For more information, or for any questions you might have, contact Shelly Purser at email@example.com.
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