choices were pretty much endless — Stanford, Yale, maybe even Harvard.
Konstantin Kostin, a tourism and international relations professor at Saint Petersburg
State University of Service and Economics in Russia, could basically write his
own ticket to any American university after receiving a prestigious Fulbright
scholarship. Only the best and brightest scholars across the globe are offered
a Fulbright award. Kostin chose the University of North Florida as his
destination with little hesitation.
“UNF has a
preeminent professor — Dr. Adel I. El-Ansary — doing the same research —
e-marketing — I’m doing,” Kostin said. “I didn’t have to overthink it. UNF is a
great school for academics, it’s beautiful and it’s in Florida, where I wanted
to visit. It was the right fit.”
the fall semester co-teaching two courses with El-Ansary while developing his
own research in the field of e-marketing, which deals with online advertising
and marketing strategies. In addition to teaching, Kostin generated, with the
assistance of the UNF Coggin College of Business faculty, four different papers
for potential publication in various academic journals. Although he’s back in
Russia, Kostin said he’ll return to UNF periodically for conferences and
presentation opportunities. He said he truly enjoyed teaching in the U.S. and
learning about how the American higher education system operates from the
perspective of an instructor.
a few similarities I noticed between UNF and Russia — the students are bright
and eager to learn,” he said. “But in the United States, the books are great
and the resources are exceptional. From a large library to database accessibility,
everything is there for you. I also like the balance between the course load
and the ability to do research. In Russia, we teach more. In the U.S., we teach
two to three classes and then have time to do research, making us more
competent and up-to-date.”
Traynham, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said having
a Fulbright scholar from Russia on campus shows that UNF’s accomplishments have
been broadcast to the global academic community.
“He picked UNF for a
reason,” Traynham said. “Our strengths in e-marketing stood out to him. That
means something. That means we’re in the picture on a global scale, which is
exactly where we want to be.”
hosting a Fulbright visiting scholar gives the University more access to the Fulbright Program, which
is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural
Affairs. By hosting different scholars, UNF faculty who apply for their own
Fulbright grants stand out during the application process. The professional
relationships forged during the visiting scholar process can help eliminate
geographic boundaries between academics, leading to other useful partnerships.
For instance, Traynham
detailed how a chance meeting about 20 years ago during a conference between a
UNF professor and a Fulbright scholar from Beijing who was studying at Michigan
State University led to a fantastic study-abroad opportunity for UNF students.
The UNF professor’s description of the quality of UNF’s academic offerings and
the natural beauty of the campus inspired the foreign scholar to transfer to
UNF for the duration of his Fulbright studies. He left with a high esteem for
the University and a desire to reconnect with UNF at a later date. His
Fulbright experience allowed him to ascend the higher education ladder quickly
at Beijing International Studies University, and he soon became dean of the
business school. This title granted him the authority to establish an exchange
agreement between the Beijing university and UNF, a strong academic partnership
that has lasted for almost 20 years.
”Our name is out
there, and that can only help our faculty down the road,” Traynham said. “There
is a direct benefit to a Fulbright scholar on our campus through their
instruction and work with our students. But there are less obvious, long-term benefits
that can also pay dividends later down the road.”
easy to maintain the rapt attention of dozens of elementary-age children at 9
a.m. The University of North Florida Opera Ensemble, however, did just that
during a live performance of the celebrated fairly tale “Little Red Riding
Opera Ensemble students who performed “Little Red Riding Hood” in February to a
packed house of Love Grove Elementary schoolers couldn’t have asked for a
better audience. Every joke was met with a chorus of laughs. Oohhs and aahhs passed
through the children every time the story got tense. And the students delighted
in all of the wolf’s maudlin howls.
Ensemble was established in 2007 and has completed 13 different productions, as
well as a study abroad trip and performance in the Czech Republic. For their
most recent performance cycle, Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, associate professor in
UNF’s Flagship Music Program and director of the Ensemble, said he wanted to do
something nontraditional and expose a new audience to the joys of a live opera
Grove Elementary production was a part of the Ensemble’s “opera in a box”
presentation of “Little Red Riding Hood.” It’s meticulously designed, from the
versatile, interconnected wood panels that comprise the different stage
backdrops to the colorful, hand-sewn costumes. The entire production can be
packed into two large crates — the box — and takes about 20-25 minutes to set
up. All of the key locales from the play — grandma’s house, Little Red Riding
Hood’s house and the forest — have been painted on canvas on wheeled panels,
allowing stage hands the freedom to shift the stage into different
configurations depending on the scene. The student performers come in full
costume, and the orchestra only needs a few minutes to tune. The production crew
even has its own lights. All told, about 40 UNF students, including the
Orchestra as conducted by Dr. Simon Shiao, contribute to the performance.
all we need is a plug for the lights and a flat surface and we can perform
anywhere,” Biernacki said.
a freshman vocal performance major who stepped into the spotlight as Little Red Riding Hood
during the Love Grove Elementary performance, said she was ecstatic to take the
lead during the performance. She said she never expected to be in the lead role
of a full-fledged opera so early in her academic career.
amazing opportunity,” Mans said. “Performing in front of an audience is so much
different than just practicing and practicing until I improve. It’s almost
unheard of for a freshman to be able to be the lead in an opera production, but
here at UNF, it’s definitely possible. Freshmen have as much opportunity out
there as seniors.”
performance schedule was organized by Project Listen, a free educational
outreach program sponsored by the Riverside Fine Arts Association that offers
performances by visiting musicians and area musicians to Jacksonville youth and
the greater community. The Ensemble booked eight shows at seven different
elementary schools through February and March, and Biernacki said they could
increase that performance schedule in the future.
keep this going for a number of years,” Biernacki said. “We send multiple casts
to different schools, the orchestra rights for the music were purchased using
the TLO grant and the entire production was designed and manufactured so that
it can be used repeatedly. The goal is to make this as accessible to as many
children as possible.”
Dr. Gigi Morales
David remembers the rambunctious and curious first-grader who livened up her
very first first-grade classroom. Russell Connell couldn’t forget the
first-grade instructor who was a highlight of his elementary school days and
helped instill in him a lifelong love of learning.
long-held memories were shared during a chance reunion between the two at the
University of North Florida late last year.
professor in UNF’s Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL,
started her teaching career at San Jose Episcopal Day School in 1985 as a
first-grade teacher. Her first first-grade class included Russell Connell, who
is now a post-baccalaureate education major at UNF.
his memories of that class are hazy because it is going on 29 years since he
was a bright-eyed first grader. But a few key things — like the handprint
collage he made with his classmates and the last name of his teacher — stood
out. That’s why he stopped short when he saw the name placard on the door of a
professor’s office in the Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and
my eye,” Connell said. “At first, I thought ‘maybe that’s her.’ But that was
almost too much of a coincidence. Then I did a little asking around and
realized it really was her. How crazy is that?”
spent 15 years at San Jose Episcopal Day School, continued her career at UNF
after receiving a master’s in educational leadership from the University, as
well as a doctorate from the University of Florida. Connell worked in the
private sector for a few years before he realized his passion revolved around
instilling the same love of learning that he received so many years ago from his
first-grade teacher. Neither figured their paths would cross again at UNF.
couldn’t make something like that up,” David said. “When he came in to my
office, I remembered him as that first-grader with all that youthful energy. I
pointed out that I still had that handprint canvas from my first class in my
office, and he placed his hand over his first-grade handprint. He couldn’t
believe I still had it.”
called the experience surreal. He said he stood speechless for a moment,
staring at the canvas — a distant slice of history he never expected to
reemerge. They reminisced while David dug through her files, searching for the
group picture from that first-grade class. And there it was — with David
looking just a little bit younger and Connell a lot shorter.
Leveraging the interconnectedness of social
media, Connell posted a picture of the handprint canvas on Facebook and tagged
a few of his former classmates in the image. Soon enough, he had out-of-touch
former friends looking to reconnect with himself and the teacher who brought
them together. David, Connell and a few of those classmates actually arranged a
mini-reunion at a downtown Jacksonville venue that was highlighted by a live
performance from a travelling musician, a Nashville artist who also happened to
be a classmate of Connell’s from first grade.
“When I heard
he was coming into town, I figured that’d be the perfect opportunity to get
everyone together,” he said.
experience was validating for David, who said she took comfort in the amazing
work her former pupils are doing.
first-grade teacher, you’re planting seeds and trying to impart the joy of
learning to students,” she said. “And since reconnecting with some of them from
that first class, I’ve found that so many of those students seem to be so
productive and doing important work. It’s really validating and comes back to
what I always tell people as an educator — it’s that grades are important, but
a love of learning is really what I hope those students remember.”
still finds himself baffled by how a chance stroll through UNF ‘s Tom and Betty
Petway Hall could lead to him reestablishing a connection with one of the
teachers who inspired his career renaissance. Since that initial meeting, he’s
enrolled in two classes with David and has greatly enjoyed reconnecting after
nearly three decades.
“I want to
be a teacher and help students the way Dr. David helped me when I was younger,”
Connell said. “I couldn’t think of a better person to learn from. Yet again.”
For the fourth consecutive year, the University of North Florida is
among the nation’s Top 75 “Best Value Colleges,” according to The Princeton
Review, one of America’s best-known education
The 2014 list names 150 colleges — 75 public and 75 private — the education
services company identifies as “Best Values” based on surveys of 2,000
undergraduate institutions in 2012-13 concerning academics, cost and financial
“We take great pride in being nationally recognized by some very elite
organizations for delivering an exceptional education at an exceptional value,”
said UNF President John Delaney.
While The Princeton Review doesn’t rank its 150 “Best Value” colleges overall,
it reports the top 10 schools in each group — public and private. UNF was the
only Northeast Florida institution of higher learning to make the list and is
among six Florida public universities in the state to be featured on the annual
list, including the University of Florida, Florida State University, University
of Central Florida, New College of Florida and University of South Florida.
In addition to academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, The Princeton
Review also reviewed data from its surveys of enrolled students during the past
three academic years that reported satisfaction with their financial aid awards
and opinions of academic experiences at their schools. Academic factors
included the quality of students the schools attract as measured by admissions
credentials, as well as survey data on how students attending the schools rated
their academic experiences. Cost of attendance factors included tuition, room
and board as well as required fees. Cost of attendance data came from
school-reported figures for 2013-14.
This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other
national designations, including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100
Best Values in Public Colleges for 2014, U.S. News & World Report’s 2014
Best Online Programs, Top Colleges in Florida: Shaping the Next Generation by
College Database, Best Regional University by U.S. News & World Report,
Princeton Review’s Best in the Southeast and Top Florida College for Return on
Investment by The College Database.
A detailed list of national awards received by the University is
Ninety years ago, the founders of what
became the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the
University of North Florida, might not have envisioned such a grand space that
features 19 exhibitions and dozens of programs a year.
But after a few location — and
name-changes, that’s what MOCA has become — with the help of its supporters.
Now, many of those patrons will celebrate
MOCA’s 90th anniversary in style with an evening of food, entertainment and an
auction of museum-quality artworks March 15.
Proceeds will support MOCA’s future
exhibitions and programs. MOCA’s education initiatives serve more than 15,000
visitors a year. “Rainbow Artists: Art and Autism across the Spectrum” helps
children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by using art-making activities to
foster new means of self-expression and communication. “Voice of the People”
provides fourth grade students an opportunity to create audio guides that
describe and interpret works of art from MOCA’s Permanent Collection, fostering
critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills. ArtFusion is a Sunday
afternoon program that provides hands-on projects related to the Permanent
Collection and exhibitions for families, led by professional art educators.
MOCA hosts kindergarten, second and
fourth grade students from Duval County’s Title I schools for tours of the
exhibitions and art activities — many visiting the museum for the first time.
Research shows that these kinds of arts education programs have academic,
psychological and social benefits.
During the monthly Wednesday Art Walk,
MOCA’s free admission attracts more than 25,000 visitors a year. MOCA also
plays a pivotal role in revitalizing downtown Jacksonville by bringing visitors
to the urban core.
Under Director Marcelle Polednik, MOCA
has instituted an ambitious exhibition schedule planned three to five years in
advance, most of which are self-curated.
“It’s been in response to the community
that the museum has finally achieved the definition that it has today,”
Polednik said. “We have aspirations to grow the exhibition program. But we
can’t do that without the support of the community at large.”
Finding those resources requires work —
and imagination. MOCA Classic co-chairs Gwen Gallagher-Howard and Carolyn
Hawthorne have invested months of planning to create a meticulously
orchestrated affair with many options to support MOCA’s mission to promote the
art, artists and ideas of our time.
Gallagher-Howard said she has come to
know and love MOCA through her husband, G. Alan Howard, who is chairman of the
Board of Trustees.
“Every year I am more and more impressed
with MOCA and the quality of its personnel and exhibitions,” Gallagher-Howard
said. “Marcelle Polednik has taken the museum to a new level, and I believe
that she has only begun to expand and develop MOCA’s reputation on a local and
national scale. When Alan and I travel, we often visit museums of contemporary
art in other cities. I am frequently amazed to discover that our museum is
better than those in cities much bigger than Jacksonville.”
Hawthorne, whose husband, Rick Hawthorne,
is on the Board, said MOCA has assembled the staff, volunteers, trustees and
others to help the museum flourish.
“I think what we have is a perfect storm
of talent and creativity for the museum at this moment,” Hawthorne said.
Honorary chairs Elli and Charles
Zimmerman have provided seed money in matching funds for those who support and
attend the MOCA Classic. Elli Zimmerman serves as secretary on the Board.
Calame: Her dramatic wall painting, “Tarred over Cracks,” has consumed the
Haskell Atrium Gallery and is on display through March 9. The artwork combines
tracings from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery parking lot in Buffalo, N.Y., with
Calame’s focused use of color. Born in 1965 in the Bronx, N.Y., the Los Angeles
artist’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles Museum of
Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern
Art in New York.
For her Project Atrium installation, “Crush” (July-October 2013), Cox created
75 white sculptures that crisscrossed the expansive space, each one appearing
to have gone through an egg slicer before being reassembled in crushed human
form. Born in Hammond, Ind. in 1966, Cox now lives and works in New York City.
After training in book arts and photography at Mills College, she studied
sculpture at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received her
MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Emerson: After graduating from the Atlanta College of Art in 1997, Emerson
completed her master’s degree at Goldsmiths College in London in 2000. She has
exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout the United States and Europe
and teaches painting and drawing at Emory University. Her “Project Atrium”
mural installation (March-July 2013) continued the “Underland” series based on
her imaginary interpretation of Japan’s suicide forest Aokigahara.
Foster: His work will be on display as part of the “Material Transformations”
exhibition Jan. 26-April 6. An American artist who lives and works in Canada,
Foster repurposes discarded objects into brightly colored, playful works with a
serious layer of commentary on the insatiable consumption of modern
civilization. Born in 1978, Foster uses carpentry skills to reverse-engineer
found items into larger-than-life realistic tableaux.
Hilliard: Born in Lowell, Mass., in 1964, Hilliard describes his art as partly
autobiographical, capturing images inspired by his daily life and the immediate
world around him. His work is also fictional, as most of his photographs are
carefully staged and dramatic, many of which explore the trials of adolescence
and masculinity. MOCA recently added Hilliard’s “Boy’s Tethered” to its
Licari: Licari’s drawings intertwine the ordinary and the imaginary. He holds
a BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MFA from the University
of Southern California. The Los Angeles artist’s work is held in collections at
Gemeente Museum in The Hague, Netherlands, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York. His “Project Atrium” mural, “Waterworks” (March-July 2012),
engaged MOCA visitors from four distinct vertical vantage points, imbuing the
destruction of a water tower with levity.
McCaw: With home-built, large-format cameras and high-powered antique
military aerial surveillance lenses, McCaw tracks the movement of the sun across
the sky. He uses black-and-white print paper instead of traditional negative
film in his cameras and extremely long exposure times — two to eight hours.
Several of his works appeared in “Slow: Marking Time in Photography and Film”
Pullen: For her “Project Atrium” exhibition, “High Fashion Crime Scenes”
(July-November 2011), Pullen photographically recreated grizzly murder scenes
from the 20th century. Born in New York City in 1975, her photography has been
exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work has been featured in
numerous publications like The New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone and
broadcasts like National Public Radio and CBS News.
Out of respect for the artists, the
organizers created a fairly unique model among fundraising auctions: MOCA is
sharing the proceeds from the sale of the artwork with the artists.
The theme is ‘It’s All About the Art,’
and it truly is. It’s also about supporting artists’ careers,” Polednik said.
“These artists feel so strongly about their collaboration with MOCA that
they’re willing to share the proceeds from the auction with the museum.”
Job title: Assistant Swim Coach
Years at UNF: I earned my undergraduate degree here at UNF and have been working as the assistant swim coach for about five months.
If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? I would say a marine biologist at Sea World. I have always had a fascination with ocean and marine life.
What would you like to do when you retire? That is quite a while off, but as of now, I would have to say travel.
What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? The female athletes who I have the honor of coaching.
What is the best thing you ever won? I won a fish at the county fair.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
What makes them your favorite? Bilbo Baggins from “The Hobbit.” He is not inherently courageous but finds the courage that he needs to help others.
If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? I would first take care of family and friends and then donate the money that was needed to build a state of the art pool for my alma mater to not only benefit the student athletes but also also help the local swimming community attract large, national meets.
If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I would be coaching elsewhere. It is my passion.
What is your favorite way to blow an hour? A good, long workout.
If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? I do not paint, but if I had to, I would probably throw some paint on a canvas, thus making it abstract.
What was the best money you ever spent? When I bought my pet ferret, Professor X.
Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? No, not at all. I would love to toss it all and have some alone time.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? When I became an aunt. My nephew and niece are both blessings.
What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended? The first concert that I ever attended was Warped Tour, and the most recent was the Queens of the Stone Age at the Florida Theatre.
What person had the greatest impact on your life? My first thought was my father, but after thinking about it, I would say my sister has been the greatest influence in my life. I remember when she was born my father gave me the “you are a big sister now” speech. When I was younger, I always felt obligated to watch out for her and defend her no matter what, which taught me loyalty and dedication. Now that we are older, I realize that she is special and will always have my back. I think that there is nothing greater in this world than family.
What are you most passionate about? I would say my family and friends. What is life without them?
Who is the most famous person you ever met? Matt Grevers
Tell us something about you that even your friends don’t know: I am an open book. My friends know it all.
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? I would like to be a head coach and take a swimmer to the Olympics.
Last book read: “The Blue Sword” by Robin McKinley
Arts and Sciences
Art and Design: Emily Arthur had an exhibition, “Hidden Room in the House: Printmaking
and the Art of Sublimination,” featured at UNF’s Thomas Carpenter of Special
Alex Diaz is exhibiting at “Onward Compe 14: International
Photography Competition,” in the Project Basho Gallery in Philadelphia,
Nofa Dixon has an exhibition, “One Person Exhibition,” featured at
Florida State College’s Kent Campus.
Raymond Gaddy has a solo exhibition, “These Things You Will Not Remember,”
at the Harriet Meyerhoff Gallery in Savannah, Ga. Gaddy’s work was also
included in the exhibition, “Walnut Invitational,” at the Mary G. Hardin Center
for Cultural Arts in Gadsden, Ala. In addition, his work was included in the
invitation exhibition, “Southern Discomfort,” in association with the Flannery
O’Connor childhood Museum, in Savannah, Ga.
Jenny Hager was the invited artist at the International Sculpture
Conference, “Makers and Shapers Symposium,” in Miami, at which she conducted a
workshop. She also exhibited at the Kissimmee Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture
Exhibition in Kissimmee.
Paul Karabinis had works selected for the following exhibitions:
“Lenzless,” Plates to Pixels Gallery, Portland, Ore.; “The Alternative
Approach,” Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, Va.; and “Without Glass,” Kiernan
Gallery, Lexington, Va. In addition, he was visiting lecturer/guest artist at
Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., where he lectured on and was included in the
“Shared Vision” exhibition, which he co-curated for MOCA Jacksonville, a
cultural resource of UNF.
Biology: Dr. Quincy Gibson and her students gave the following presentations at the
20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Dunedin, New
Zealand: with J. Ermak, “Preliminary analysis of social structure indicates
Northeast Florida bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) form multi-level
alliances” with A. Stickel; “The influence of site fidelity on spatial and
social segregation in estuarine bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)” with
S. Nekolny and J. Ermak; along with her colleague Dr. Julie Richmond, “Don’t bite your mother: seasonality and sex
differences in dolphin tooth rake marks.”
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter and his student, Arianne
Leary, presented a poster on her thesis research, “Polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbon biomarkers suggest continued exposure in sharks after the Deepwater
Horizon Oil Spill,” at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North
America meeting in November in Nashville, Tenn. They also presented the
poster, “PAH Biomarkers in deepwater sharks after the Deepwater Horizon Oil
Spill,” at the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science conference
in Mobile, Ala. At the 2014 meeting of the Southern Division of the American
Fisheries Society in Charleston, S.C., Gelsleichter presented
“Hermaphroditism and Other Aspects of Reproduction in the Endangered Smalltooth
Sawfish, Pristis pectinata” with his former graduate student, Mike McCallister; “Characterizing a
scalloped hammerhead nursery in NE Florida; with graduate student Amanda Brown, he presented “The
Reproductive Biology of the Finetooth Shark, Carcharhinus Isodon, in the
Northwest Atlantic” and with graduate student Melissa Gonzalez De Acevedo he
presented “Reproduction of the Bonnethead Shark (Sphyrna tiburo) from the
Southeastern US Atlantic Coast.”
Dr. Kelly Smith,
with colleague J. David Lambert, and
student Marc H. Hankem published
“Utilization of a multicriteria least cost path model in an aquatic
environment” in The International
Journal of Geographical Information Science.
Chemistry: Dr. Kenneth Laali published
five articles: with G.C. Nandi and Benjamin Rathman, “Mild Conversion of
Propargylic Alcohols to alphabeta-unsaturated Enones in Ionic Liquids (ILs); A
New “Metal Free” Life for the Rupe Rearrangement” in Tetrahedron Letters; with
G.C. Nandi, G.L. Borosky, and G.N. Kumar, “Electrophilic Addition of
Propargylic Cations to Allenes: Formation of Crowded Chloro- (Azido) Enynes by
Trapping of the Resulting Allylic cations with TMSX ( X = Cl, N3); A Synthetic
and Computational Study” in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry; with
Gabriela Borosky, “alpha-Sulfur or alpha-Fluorine – which is more, stabilizing
for a carbocation? A Computational Study of Electrophilic Addition to HFC =
CH(SMe) and FC(R1) = CR2(SMe) and Related Model Systems” in the Journal of
Fluorine Chemistry; with Rok Prebil and S. Stavber, “Metal and H2O2 Free
Aerobic Oxidative Aromatic Halogenation with [RNH3]+ [NO3]-/HX and
[BMIM(SO3H)][(NO3)x(X)y] (X = Br, Cl) as Multifunctional Ionic Liquids” in
Organic Letters; and with G.C. Nandi, “Schmidt Reaction in Ionic Liquids;
Highly Efficient and Selective Conversion of Aromatic and Heteroaromatic
Aldehydes to Nitriles with [BMIM(SO3H][OTf] as Catalyst and [BMIM][PF6] as
Solvent,” in Tetrahedron Letters.
Dr. José A. Jiménez presented, “Preparation and Spectroscopic Assessment of
Copper Nanocomposite Glasses Obtained via CuO and SnO Co-doping” at the 38th International Conference and Exposition
on Advanced Ceramics and Composites. At the same conference, he and Logan
Haney presented, “Investigation of the Influence of CuO and SnO Doping on the
Luminescence of Dy3+ Ions in Phosphate Glass.”
Dr. Christos Lampropoulos published three
articles: “A MnII6MnIII6
Single-Strand Molecular Wheel with a Reuleaux Triangular Topology: Synthesis,
Structure, Magnetism, and DFT Studies” in the journal Inorganic Chemistry;
“Taking Single-Molecule Magnets to New Directions: From Molecules to Hybrid
Materials and to Devices” in the Abstracts for the 246th American Chemical
Society National Meeting and Exposition in Indianapolis; and with Anna Javed,
“Synthesis, Magnetic and Spectroscopic Characterization of a New Fe7
Cluster with a Six-pointed Star Topology,”] in the journal Polyhedron. He also
presented the invited talk, “Interlacing
STEM Disciplines in the Search for New Molecular Magnetic Materials,” at
Indiana University Chemistry Department, Bloomington, Indiana. Finally, he and
John M. Cain presented a poster, “Molecular Magnetic Materials: From Synthesis
to Characterization” at the Florida
Inorganic and Materials Symposium (FIMS), Gainesville; Mr. Cain won the Best
Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award for the poster, which is on display
at the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville.
Dr. Michael Lufaso and co-authors
published three articles: “Order-Disorder Transition Involving the A-site
Cations in Ln3+Mn3V4O12 Perovskites” in
the journal Inorganic Chemistry; “Ionic Conductivity of Directionally
Solidified Zirconia-Mullite Eutectics” in the journal Solid State Ionics;
and “Spin-Phonon Coupling in Gd(Co1/2Mn1/2)O3 Perovskite” in
Journal of Applied Physic.
Dr. Thomas J. Mullen presented an invited lecture, “Extending Nanoshaving and
Nanografting Through Self- and Directed Assembly Strategies” to the Department
of Chemistry at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Christine Holland published
“Classroom Intercultural Competence in Teacher Education Students, Interns and
Alumni” in UNF Theses and
Dr. John Parmelee published “Political Journalists and Twitter: Influences on
Norms and Practices” in Journal of
Media Practice. He also published “Framing and Priming in Presidential
Campaign Ads” in Casing Persuasive
The South Carolina Historical Magazine awarded Dr. Denise I. Bossy its
Malcolm C. Clark Award for best article of 2013 for “Godin & Co.:
Charleston Merchants and the Indian Trade, 1674–1715.”
Dr. James Broomall presented “At the Edge of War and Peace: The Emotional
Language of Defeat” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting.
Dr. Alison J. Bruey published “Shantytown Protest: Interviews with Pobladores”
in The Chile Reader: History, Culture,
Dr. Theophilus C. Prousis chaired a panel on 19thCentury Constantinople at the Annual
Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
in Boston, Mass. He also published an essay, “Recent Scholarship on the Greek
Revolution and on Russia and the Mediterranean,” in Modern Greek Studies Yearbook.
Dr. N. Harry Rothschild published “Rhetoric of the Loom: Discursive Weaving Women
in Chinese and Greek Traditions,” in Sino-Platonic
Literatures and Cultures: Dr. Yongan Wu received from
the Chinese Language Teachers Association the 2012 Peking University Press
Publication award for his paper, “Using External Text Vocalization to Enhance
Reading Development Among Beginning Level Chinese Learner ”
Danny Gottlieb performed at Paramount Studies in Los Angeles with Gary
Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, as part of the “Hollywood Salutes Heroes,”
sponsored by American Airlines, the Gary Sinise Foundation and Paramount. He
also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City with five-time Grammy Award
winner, Steven Curtis Chapman. In addition, he conducted a master class and
demonstration for 150 middle school and high school students at the Long Island
Day of Percussion in Sayville N.Y.
Dr. Randy Tinnin presented his paper, “Dauverné’s Dilemma,” at the Third
International Romantic Bras Symposium at the Bern University of the Arts in
Philosophy and Religion Study: Dr. Erinn Gilson
published “The Ethics of Vulnerability: a feminist analysis of social life and
With D. D. Gillette and A.L. Titus, Dr. Barry
Albright published “Fossil vertebrates from the Tropic Shale (Upper
Cretaceous), Southern Utah” in “At the Top of the Grand Staircase: The Late
Cretaceous of Southern Utah.” In the same collection he and two co-authors
published “Geologic Overview.”
Dr. Michael Toglia edited the
collection, “What is Adaptive About
Adaptive Memory?,” to which he and his graduate students contributed the
chapter “Cognitive and Social Factors in the Study of Survival Memory.”
Political Science and Public
Dr. Pamela Zeiser, with D. Fuchs and S.
Engelkamp, published “Discussions Across Borders: A German-American
Partnership” on-line in the Journal of Political Science Education.
Dr. David Schwam-Baird
presented “Beyond the Two-State Solution: The Time Bomb in America’s New Middle
East Policy” at the Association of Third World Studies’ 31st annual meeting in
Dr. Georgette Dumont published
“Transparency or Accountability? The Purpose of Online Technologies for
Nonprofits” in the International Review
of Public Administration in December.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull published his book, “Islamic
Higher Education in Indonesia: Continuity and Conflict,” as well as the
article, “Experiencing Islamic Education in Indonesia.”
Dr. Suzie Weng
published “Founding of ethnic programs and agencies for Asian Americans: An
exploration of strategies and challenges” in Administration in Social Work;
presented “Informal support network in an Asian American community: A grounded
theory” at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education
in Dallas, Tex.; and presented the poster, “Social support systems for doctoral
students of non-dominant racial and cultural backgrounds in social work
education” at the same meeting.
Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, with Dr. Jeffrey Lacasse, presented the poster, “Florida
Self-Directed Care: A Descriptive Study of Participants’ Service Utilization
and Outcomes,” at the Society for Social Work Research’s annual conference.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: Dr. Charles Winton conducted the Florida
Region Botball Educators Workshop in January and the Northern California Region
Swapnoneel Roy gave a presentation titled “On Data Security and Energy
Efficiency,” to the Greater Florida/Alabama Chapter of 7x24 Exchange.
Dr. Chiu Choi received a UNF Academic
Affairs Teaching Grant titled “Development of Modern Microcontroller Lab
Experiments and Projects.” Dr. Choi,
along with Lilin Guo, Luis Galarza and Jeffrey Fan had their paper titled “High
Accuracy Three-Dimensional Radar Sensor Design based on Fuzzy Logic Control
Approach” published in the proceedings of the 45th IEEE Southeastern Symposium
on System Theory late last year. Additionally, Dr. Choi, Xiaokun Yang, Xinwei Niu and Jeffrey Fan had their paper
titled “Mixed-Signal System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Verification Based on System
Verilog Model” published in the same symposium.
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
Dr. Terry Cavanaugh
worked with the Duval County Reading Council and provided a presentation to
them on “Ebooks: 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, together 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: Catherine McMurria recently presented a Total Physical Response TPR workshop
at the Future Florida Educators of America Conference in Orlando in January. She
focused on teaching future educators how to incorporate physical movements into
the learning process, specifically focusing on English as a Second Language.
Dr. Nile Stanley has published
a paper, “Perceptions about Storytelling in Teaching Chinese as a
Second/Foreign Language: Opportunities and Challenges” in the proceedings of the
seventh international Conference on Education Reform in Vietnam. The paper will
be presented by co-author and doctoral candidate, Nguyen Thi Hien of Shaanxi
Normal University, China, which has a scholar exchange program with UNF.
In addition, Stanley presented assembly programs of poems, stories and songs
from his books, “Creating Readers with Poetry” and “Performance Literacy
through Storytelling,” which were adopted as professional development texts by
teachers for Jacksonville Beach and Seabreeze elementary schools.
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in March:
Jones, Coordinator, Facilities Planning
Davis, Director of Academic Support Services, Coggin College of Business
Schneider, Office Manager, Training and Services Institute
Lynn Brown, Associate Director of Academic Support Services,
Transportation and Logistics
Worker, Physical Facilities
Synne-Claire Twiggs-Jones, Senior Academic Adviser,
Academic Center for Excellence
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Robin Allerding, Executive
Secretary, Major Gifts
Arnolfo Bada, Custodial Worker,
Terrance Brown, Custodial Worker,
Custodial Services Scott Fitzgerald,
Coordinator, Athletic Communications
Alexi Gonzalez, Academic Support
Services Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Diane Leake, Document Scanning
Associate, Enrollment Services Communication Systems
Sonal Patel, Payroll
Accountant, Controller’s Office
Antoya Shuler, College Adviser,
Catherine Serico, Coordinator,
Robinson-Pack, Accounting Associate, Advancement Services
The following employees were promoted recently:
Baker, Office Manager, Computing, Engineering and Construction
Barber, Public Relations Specialist, Public Relations
Liana, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Lopez, Associate Director, Student Affairs Center For
Norris, Director, Public Relations
Parise, Systems Development Manager, Enterprise Systems
Priepke, Applications Systems Manager, Enterprise Systems
Simms, Student Union Director, Student Government
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF recently:
Harris, Database Administrator, Florida Institute of Education
Parenton, Assistant Athletic Coach, Baseball
Torres-Lugo, Director of Assessment Research, Education and
White, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Linsberg, Production Specialist, Fine Arts Center
Sharon Newell, Police Communications Operator,
University Police Department
Robin, Data Processing Associate, Graduate School Matthew Stumph, Groundskeeper, Physical
Vaughan, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
are the world’s oldest cultivated legume and are packed with nutrition. Jen
Ross, registered dietitian and instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics
Flagship Program, discusses the legume that is a good source of protein and
fiber, very low in fat and cholesterol-free. In order to add lentils to your diet, a recipe has been included.
require an overnight soak before cooking.
some other members of the legume family, lentils don’t need to be soaked prior to
cooking. Simply pick through them and remove any dirt or debris, and then rinse
several times in cold water. Your lentils are now ready to cook.
take a long time to cook.
to other legumes, lentils have a relatively short cook time. Simply bring 1½ cups
of water or broth to a boil for each cup of dried lentils. Then add the
lentils, return to a boil, reduce to a simmer and leave partially covered until
tender. The cooking times can range from 10 minutes to one hour depending on
the variety and the recipe. If you’re really in a time crunch, canned lentils
are also available.
are a poor source of protein.
the contrary, lentils are an excellent source of protein, providing about 18
grams per cup. Although they are missing two amino acids and considered an
incomplete protein, this is not an issue as long as a variety of foods are eaten
throughout the day. Even with a plant-based diet, you can obtain all of the needed
protein with a varied diet.
are only for soup.
lentils can be directly added to soups and stews, but there are so many other
uses as well. Lentils can be mashed into burgers, sprouted and used in breads,
salads or paired with rice for a complete meal.
are exotic and not suited to American tastes.
of the top producers of lentils include Turkey, India, Canada and the United
States. While traditional lentil dishes, such as Indian masoor dal and
Mujaddara are quite popular, lentils can be prepared and flavored for just
about any taste. Dried lentils are inexpensive and commonly found in the
grocery store with the other legumes or in the bulk bin section.
lentils with tomatoes
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1cup red lentils, rinsed
1cup low-sodium vegetable broth
3 cups water
1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
2 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon dry basil
2 dashes of paprika
In a large saucepan, sauté the
olive oil with the carrots, onions and garlic for 5 minutes or until the onions
are translucent. Then add the lentils, broth and water. Place on medium-high
heat and stir, and then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then
cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with rice for a
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
lentils? Contact Jen Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
conjures up images of calmness and health so it’s no surprise that yoga helps
to reduce stress while giving you the benefits of exercise. But how?
Shifting your focus
to breathing and posing is an important part of yoga. Not only does it distract
you from other thoughts, it calms your body and mind. Steady breathing works in
conjunction with the poses you are required to make during a yoga session.
These complex movements draw your attention away from deadlines, family issues
and other stressors
in your daily life. Yoga poses change blood flow and body positioning. Many
yoga poses are created solely to alleviate stress. This is one of the reasons
people practice yoga. They want to be happier, more peaceful, have more energy
and they want to feel better.
balance, flexibility, strength and range of motion. Yoga does much more than
calm you down and make you flexible. Yoga is a valid exercise choice offering
health benefits such as improving strength, lowering risk
of heart disease
and weight control. Numerous studies show that yoga is as effective or even
better than aerobic exercise at improving a variety of health-related measures.
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
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