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UNF leads nation in transportation and logistics professional certification

Dr. David Swanson (background) works with an African-American student in the LITSLAB at UNF (Photos by Jennifer Grissom).Graduates from the University of North Florida’s distinguished Flagship Programs are ready for anything.

Many have traveled overseas for Transformational Learning Opportunities, engaged in groundbreaking research as undergraduates or excelled in the professional world through targeted internship placements.

The University’s Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program does all that — and more. UNF is a national leader when it comes to producing top-notch transportation and logistics students with the highest level of professional certification available to recent graduates. It’s a major reason why 80 percent of transportation and logistics graduates have job offers in the field within just three months of graduation, according to departmental data.

“Practical, hands-on learning experiences are a core aspect of a UNF education, and that is especially true for our Transportation and Logistics Flagship,” said Provost Earle Traynham. “The department utilizes industry-standard technology and provides world-class instruction to students, making them extremely qualified candidates for professional certification and employment when they graduate.”

Dr. David Swanson walks his students through a lesson in the UNF LITSLAB. No university or college graduates more students with American Society of Transportation and Logistics certification than UNF, said Laurie Denham, president of the esteemed professional organization for transportation and logistics professionals. The ASTL only certifies the best transportation and logistics programs in the county — an exceptional list of institutions that includes Michigan and Penn State, as well as UNF. She said only ASTL-approved institutions can offer this particular certification, and students can elect to sign up for the credentialing process before they graduate.

“This credential is a great way for students to set themselves apart from other candidates,” Denham said. “And for the past four years, UNF has always led the way for the number of students receiving their CTL (Certified in Transportation and Logistics).”

Every UNF student in the Transportation and Logistics program is encouraged to pursue the certification because of the major professional benefits that come from having a CTL on your resume, said Lynn Brown, associate director of the Transportation and Logistics Flagship. Brown recalled a UNF student who interned with Crowley Maritime Corporation in Jacksonville and went on to work for the company. When the CEO of the company visited Jacksonville, he congratulated the recent UNF graduate for receiving her CTL, a valuable designation that many of her coworkers aspired to receive.

“The respect that comes from having a CTL is recognized industry-wide,” Brown said. “A UNF degree along with a CTL opens doors. I have the certification, and it lets me navigate all the complicated areas of the transportation and logistics field and allows me to speak the same language as other top-level professionals.”

Transportation and Logistics Flagship Director Dr. Robert Frankel said his program’s curriculum is based around the belief that learning isn’t a static process. Once you graduate with a UNF degree, the journey to industry knowledge and professional competency isn’t over. For those who aspire to ascend the career ladder, there’s always another certification, exam or professional validation to pursue. By allowing students the opportunity to receive a CTL along with their UNF degree, graduates are well positioned to find employment in their fields shortly after leaving campus.

“Businesses come to us looking for trained, competent employees, and we like making their jobs easier,” Frankel said. “They come to us for proven talent, and the CTL indicates just that — our students are a more attractive product for the professional community thanks to this certification.”

Around Campus

Writing Center composes new chapter for DL

Matias Ellera works with a Writing Center instructor regularly to increase his understanding of composition and writing (Photos by Jennifer Grissom).Moving to America, learning the quirks of a new culture and training at a new job in the span of a few weeks — none of that intimidated Matias Ellera. The native of Argentina said his journey to Jacksonville about four years ago was mostly seamless. The only time he got a little nervous was when he looked at the syllabus for his first writing class.

“I’ll admit, I was super scared,” Ellera said. “I came to UNF to get my degree in information systems, so I didn’t think there’d be much writing. I’m pretty good at speaking English, but writing has been tough. It was rough at first. Now, I don’t have any fear about essays or anything like that because of the Writing Center on campus.”

English-as-a-second-language students like Ellera and any other budding scholars struggling with the intricacies of the written word now have a literary support system at the University of North Florida featuring trained instructors who are available in-person, over the phone and online.

Matias Ellera said his English language skills have increase greatly since he started working with the Writing CenterSenior English Instructor Linda Howell is leading the new program, which is based around the first-year curriculum of English courses offered at the University. It takes these courses and presents them in hybrid models integrating distance-learning instruction with face-to-face tutoring. Howell said the Center seeks to push students to engage in the course material of their first-year English classes and motivate them to work with instructors online and in-person on different writing exercises that test basic composition skills, from grammar and mechanics to essay structuring. The Center is also working jointly with the Academic Center for Excellence to be as efficient as possible in assisting interested students who might need additional tutoring.

“We view this as a general retention method for UNF,” Howell said. “Writing skills are often the obstacle for certain students in courses. If we make it so there’s a place to come that offers individual attention and is curriculum-based instead of being just an elective service, then students will have improved success rates.”

Multiple studies show that students who receive one-on-one tutoring are more successful academically, and that’s what Howell and the other instructors affiliated with Writing Center courses are hoping to accomplish. They’re also striving to push back against the type of student anonymity that can creep into distance-learning courses. Students who are struggling with the course material might try and dissolve into the background of a class, especially with a course taught primarily online. Howell said the structure of the Writing Center prevents students from struggling in silence by placing accountability measures on students for participation and promoting self-evaluations to track improvement over time.

Ellera was able to steadily watch his English aptitude increase as he learned more about the grammatical differences between written English and his native Spanish.

“The program really helped in particular with writing article summaries and essays,” he said. “I used to write in passive voice, but now I’m focused on active voice. It makes my essays read better, and that’s something I didn’t have much experience with. Essays aren’t big in the schools in Argentina.”

The Writing Center will assist about 30 students in the fall semester through different distance-learning courses and in person at the Center’s office in Skinner-Jones Hall South, Howell said.

“We’re building a writing culture here at UNF,” she said. “If the students are ready to learn, we’re ready to teach them how to be better writers.”

Around Campus

Sculpture Walk Jax spotlights UNF artistic talent

Dr. Jenny Hager poses with a statue featuring a floating jellyfish. The installation is located on campus in Lot 18 (Photo by Jessica Barber).Sculpture Walk Jax — the name gives off the impression of an indie horror film where art installations come to life and wreak havoc on downtown Jacksonville. In reality, this outdoor art exhibition featuring international, regional and local talent is a lot less sinister.


The local arts event is being juried by award-winning, Brooklyn-based sculptor Marsha Pels, and was coordinated by UNF faculty member and local artist Jenny Hager, an associate professor of sculpture. Grand opening weekend kicks off Friday, Sept. 12, with a 6 p.m. guided tour.


“Outdoor sculpture creates a sense of place and marks a location as a destination,” Hager said.  “I've been impressed by temporary outdoor sculpture programs such as this in Knoxville, Tenn., Fort Pierce, Fla. and Charleston, S.C. The sculptures bring so much energy to the place itself.”


Thirteen pieces will be showcased throughout the downtown area, with 10 in Main Street Park alone. Local, regional and international artists will have work in the exhibition, including six Jacksonville sculptors.


Each piece was chosen by Pels, and her list showcases a tremendous amount of Osprey talent. Artists with UNF ties include: Lance Vickery, adjunct professor of sculpture; Aisling Millar and Andrew Smith, two UNF sculpture alumni; David Main and Sherry Hill, current UNF students; and Hager herself.  


“I'm hoping this project will continue to grow and flourish and become an annual event in Jacksonville,” Hager said. “What I'd really like to see is for the city to help make these works permanent — to keep them downtown, put them on the riverfront, install works in public parks, put some in Springfield and get them out in front of local corporations.” 


Opening weekend will coincide with Connection Festival, an open-air local, regional and international arts and tech fest that includes music, street performances, yoga, food trucks and art. Special guests include the UNF Jazz Ensemble on the main stage.


For more information, visit the Sculpture Walk Jax website.

Around Campus

Campus group shapes up student finances

The Financially Fit Ospreys logoA group of University of North Florida staff and faculty members have joined forces to promote a healthy financial future for Ospreys as they leave the nest.


Financially Fit Ospreys was formed in 2012 as a natural extension of the services provided by the University Controller’s Office, said Heather Strange, manager for student financial services. Through workshops and events across campus, the group has reached nearly 600 students in the past two years. Strange said their core focus is to promote financial literacy at UNF and ensure that students graduate from UNF as close to debt-free as possible.


“We’ve reached more and more students every year,” Strange said. “This year, we’re trying to keep that snowball effect going. Our job as a university is to educate students about all of the things they need to learn when they graduate, and financial literacy definitely plays into that.”


An advertisement about the Financially Fit Ospreys upcoming financial literacy event.One of the highlight events sponsored by the Financially Fit Ospreys is the yearly Financially Fabulous gathering co-hosted with the UNF Women’s Center. The workshop presents a female perspective on common financial issues. The financially savvy Osprey organization has also established a steering committee comprised of a number of different campus stakeholders, including facilitators from the Administration and Finance Department who are able to provide an academic foundation for the group.


The national trend of rising student loan debt plaguing current college students makes this the perfect time to forge ahead with the Financially Fit Ospreys program, said University Controller Valerie Stevenson. She said many students fail to realize they aren’t required to take out the maximum allowable student loan amounts and can take out smaller figures, ultimately lessening the cost of future payments. And many employers look at credit reports for potential job candidates, making financial literacy an important personal and professional skill.


 “It becomes a vicious cycle of debt, and we’re trying to educate as many students as we can that it doesn’t have to be that way,” Stevenson said.


More information about the Financially Fit Ospreys and a list of upcoming financial literacy events on campus are available on the group’s Facebook page and Twitter Page. Stay tuned as group members post photos and content about the fall financial awareness campaign, "My money secret #Come clean," in which they're asking Ospreys to share their money secrets and come clean about bad financial habits.


Princeton Review names UNF ‘Best in the Southeast’ College yet again

A photo of the famous Osprey fountain by the Arena.For the sixth consecutive year, the University of North Florida is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review.


The nationally known education services company recommended UNF as one of 139 institutions in 12 Southeastern on its “Best in the Southeast” list for 2015. The list is part of the company’s website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”


“I am delighted that UNF is being recognized as an all-around outstanding academic institution within the Southeast by The Princeton Review,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “This prestigious recognition affirms the tremendous on-going effort UNF has put forth to build one of the finest universities in the state.”


The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years and the opinions of college counselors and advisers whose recommendations the company invites.


“We’re pleased to recommend the University of North Florida to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose UNF and the other institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”


For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.


UNF students said the campus is filled with “friendly” people, and you can “get an excellent education, for a terrifically low tuition, by knowledgeable and caring instructors.” Professors were praised for their accessibility, with students reporting that they have “never had a situation where a professor was unavailable.” The resounding sentiment from the student surveys was that “there is no typical student at UNF.”


The Princeton Review doesn’t rank the 648 colleges in its “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or in various categories. The 139 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2015 list are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 


The Princeton Review also designated 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 648 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.


Click here for more information about the awards UNF has recently received. 


UNF — there’s an (upgraded) app for that

UNF's new app offers a host of new features to users. UNF — there’s an (upgraded) app for that

The University of North Florida’s mobile app was recently upgraded by Information Technology Services and now offers students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public new features and ways to stay connected with the University community.

The app, which now also works with iPads, features a mobile version of the virtual campus map so users can click on buildings, learn what is housed in each and even click directly on each office’s website from there if needed.

Users can also use the augmented reality map, which will allow them to click on the little triangle on the bottom left of each building, point at the building with the phone’s camera and then learn the building’s name quickly — great for this time of year when everyone is either learning campus or trying to reorient him- or herself.

The app also received a Blackboard Learn Upgrade featuring noticeable performance improvements that will allow for a more integrated experience with Blackboard Learn.

The app also features an up-to-date list of all events on campus, a faculty and staff directory and many more features that no member of the University community should be without! So what are you waiting for? Download your upgrade today! The new and improved UNF Mobile App is now available at both the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android devices.


MPA program receives NASPPA reaccreditation

A photo of the most recent group of MPA graduates outside the UNF ArenaThe University of North Florida’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has been reaccredited through 2020 by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the recognized global accreditor of master’s degree programs in public service education.

First accredited in 1999, the UNF MPA program offers concentrations in public policy, local government and nonprofit management, with a health administration concentration offered by the Brooks College of Health. 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.

“NASPAA accreditation is critical for graduate programs in public policy and administration,” said Dr. George Candler, UNF MPA program director. “In addition to our local engagement, our faculty research and engagement with national and international scholarship and practice in the field sends a message to the community that we bring global best practice in governance to Northeast Florida.”

Founded in the 1970s, the program has had more than 600 students graduate. Prominent local alumni include Duval County Property Appraiser Jim Overton, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Chief Martin Senterfitt, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar, St. Johns Riverkeeper Executive Director Jimmy Orth and UNF Vice President of Administration and Finance Shari Shuman.

All NASPAA accredited programs have successfully met NASPAA Standards for Professional Master’s Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy and Administration. NASPAA’s accreditation process is mission-based and driven by public service values. Accredited programs must contribute to the knowledge, research and practice of public service, establish observable goals and outcomes and use information about their performance to guide program improvement.

The UNF MPA is a nationally accredited degree program intended to prepare students for successful careers as managers in the public and nonprofit sectors. The curriculum is designed to enable the student to understand the scope and activity of governance in modern society and to administer public programs effectively.


‘Why Do You #LoveUNF?’ Contest

An advertisement for the upcoming social media contest at UNFDo you follow UNF on Twitter? If not, the University is going to give you something to Tweet about. The Department of Public Relations is kicking off the fall semester with its second annual “Why Do You #Love UNF?” social media contest for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.


The week-long contest is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 22, through Friday, Sept. 26, with prizes to be given away to several lucky winners each day. It all leads up to the grand prizes being drawn the last day of the contest. To enter, follow the University on Twitter @UofNorthFlorida, tweet why you love UNF, either in words or with a photo, and include the hashtag #loveUNF.



Participants will then be entered into a random drawing for several daily prizes, including gift cards/certificates from Applebee’s, Chartwells, VISA (donated by the UNF branch of Community First Credit Union), Sweet by Holly, the UNF Bookstore and UNF’s Division of Continuing Education. Two lucky people will win the grand prizes — two Dell Venue 7 tablets, provided by TigerDirect, courtesy of Dell.


All contest winners will be announced via the University’s Official Twitter page @UofNorthFlorida. For the official contest rules, click here.


Get to Know

Wendi Zongker

Wendi Zongker at work in her office (photo by Jennifer Grissom).Department: Enrollment Services, Registrar’s Office


Job title: Associate Registrar


What do you do?

Right now I’m doing a lot of listening and learning. I started this job in July, transitioning from One Stop Student Services where I worked since September 2008. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and figure out how I can contribute to the Registrar’s Office.


Years at UNF:

Six years in September.


What is the best thing you ever won?

The media center at my elementary school had the coolest animals. One year, the school raffled off the media center pet. My mom let me enter the raffle, and I still remember the shock in her eyes when I stepped off the school bus as the proud owner of Joust the Mouse, the Media Center mouse.

What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?

UNF is my alma mater, and I love this school. There is nothing quite like walking the path that cuts through J.J. Daniel Hall and and J. Brooks Brown Hall. It’s beautiful and serene and brings back memories of my not-so-long-ago college years.


What was the best money you ever spent?

The best money I ever spent was to support my best friend from graduate school. Vanessa had a dream of becoming a missionary in India, and when the chance finally came, we felt honored to play a small part in supporting her goal.


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

I took pilot lessons while in high school. I still have my flight logbook.


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

I didn’t earn my driver license until my senior year at UNF. I was terrified to drive. My husband taught me how to parallel park near Osprey Village one year during intercession.


Tell us about your family.

My husband, Jarrett, is a technical support specialist with Enrollment Services Communications Systems here at UNF. We don’t have children or pets, but we do have seven wonderful nieces and nephews.


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

I would be a flight attendant. I love to travel, and I think airports are a fun place.


What would you like to do when you retire? Travel with my husband and explore food and wine around the world.     We would love to visit the Rioja region of Spain.


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

Aside from a few years in Germany, I’ve always lived in the South. A country artist would have to perform the soundtrack to my life.


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

The minions from “Despicable Me.” They make me laugh!


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

I am a practical person, so I would give a portion to charity or my church and use the rest to pay off our debt and mortgage. Of course, I would love to take that trip to Spain with my husband.


If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing?

I see myself sticking to higher education, so if I was not working here at UNF, I would probably still work for a college or university. I was a resident assistant in undergrad here at UNF and a graduate assistant for Housing and Residence Life at the University of Georgia. I think I’m in it for the long haul.


Describe your favorite UNF-related memory?

As a freshman at UNF, I volunteered for a service project helping to pressure wash a house that would be used by the mental health community. Many of the people who helped out that day are still an important part of my life. Fast forward a few years, and I married one of those volunteers!


What is your favorite way to blow an hour?

I like to watch the Food Network and read the news online. I’ll be honest and say I also waste time on Facebook.


If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? My painting would involve stick figures because that’s as far as my artistic creativity gets me.


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

My cell phone.


What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?

June 26, 2012 — The day we closed on our first home.


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

The first mainstream concert I attended was in 2000 —Destiny’s Child opened for Christina Aguilera. Recently, I saw Straight No Chaser perform at the Florida Theater. It was a great show!


What person had the greatest impact on your life?  

It’s a tie between my mom, Sharon, and my grandparents, Steven and Ruth Gwin. My mom is the strongest person I know. She’s been through a lot in life and has taught me what it means to persevere and chase your dreams. My maternal grandparents are the reason I call UNF home. They took a chance on my college dream, and I hope they think their investment paid off.


What are you most passionate about?

Travel and food. I love to visit places I’ve never been, and I enjoy trying different types of food.


Who is the most famous person you ever met? It’s another tie. I’ve met Arnold Schwarzenegger and Alton Brown.


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

Visit all 50 states.


Last book read: 

“Lineage of Grace” by Francine Rivers

Faculty and Staff

An image of a student's graduation regalia College of Arts and Sciences


Art and Design: Jenny Hager exhibited at the seventh International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron at the Sabile Jewish Synagogue Contemporary Art and Heritage Site, where she received an honorable mention for her work, “Uguns Zimedams: Drawing Fire.” In addition, she also exhibited her work “Savienosanas: Coalescence” and “The Flight of the Phoenix” at the Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron in Latvia, Russia.


Chemistry: Dr. José A. Jiménez published “Enhanced 1.53 μm Emission of Er3+ Ions in Phosphate Glass Via Energy Transfer from Cu+ Ions” in the Journal of Applied Physics in July.


Dr. Bryan Knuckley and his students Hao Nguyen and Elias Daboul presented “A High-Throughput Method to Elucidate the Substrate Specificity of the Protein Arginine Methyltransferase Family” at the Gordon Research Conference: Enzymes, Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways in Waterville Valley, N.H. in July.


Dr. Thomas J. Mullen published “Atomic Force Microscopy Characterization and Lithography of Cu-Ligated Mercaptoalkanoic Acid ‘Molecular Ruler’ Multilayers” with undergraduate students Chad I. Drexler and Kevin B. Moore III.


English: Dr. Nicholas de Villiers presented “Cosmopolitan Auteurs: Tsai Ming-liang, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Wong Kar-wai’s French Films” at the 11th Asian Cinema Studies Society international conference and “Post-Asia Film, Media  and Popular Culture,” at the University of Macau, China.


History: Theo Prousis published “Rebellion, Unrest, Calamity: British Reports on Ottoman Syria in 1821-1823” in Chronos, Greece.


Philosophy and Religion: Andrew Buchwalter presented “Human Rights, Democracy and Global Governance” at the biennial World Congress meeting of the International Political Science Association in Montreal Canada.


Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. S. Weng and J. Lee, presented “A Strengths-Based Empowerment Approach to Durable Solutions: From the Perspectives of People who are Forced to Migrate” at the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration conference in Bogota, Colombia in July.


Coggin College of Business


Management: Drs. Robert W. Schupp, Pingying Zhang and Paul Fadil, along with Dr. Chris Baynard from Economics and Geography published “A geospatial approach to measuring surface disturbance related to oil and gas activities in West Florida, USA” in the journal, Advances in Remote Sensing.


Marketing and Logistics: Dr. Ronald Adams presented “Hinojos v. Kohl’s: Another Look at Deceptive Pricing” at the 21st International Conference on Recent Advances in Retailing and Services Science (EIRASS) in Bucharest, Romania. He also chaired a session that same day on Food Retailing.


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


Computing: Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan and Aleksey Charapko had their paper titled "Predicting Key Recognition Difficulty in Music Using Statistical Learning" published in the International Journal of Multimedia Engineering and Management.


E ngineering: Dr. Patrick Kreidl was awarded a $1,000 travel grant by the NSF Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science for participating in the “Workshop for Aspiring PIs in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace” in August in San Diego, Calif.


Dr. Don Resio received funding in the amount of $63K for his research project “Independent investigation of the methodologies utilized to determine coastal hazards and damages along the Great Lakes for the National Flood Insurance Program” from the Department of Homeland Security and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.


College of Education and Human Services


Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Nile Stanley has been invited to serve on the editorial board of Horizon Research Publishing, an open-access publisher with 55 peer-reviewed international journals.


Dr. Christine Weber was invited to present three sessions at the Hormel Symposium in Austin, Minn.: “Using case studies to explore critical issues in educating gifted learners,” “Planning tiered lessons for depth and complexity” and “Designing performance tasks that assess student work.”  Weber and her former graduate assistants, Amanda Laukitis and Sarah Mitchell, also published an article in the Florida English Journal on “Supporting students’ writing through Camp Composition.”


Dr. Katie Monnin attended San Diego Comic Con and presented a panel about “Getting Comics into Schools and Getting Schools into Comics!”  


Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education: Dr. Kristine Webb, along with Dr. Paul Kohler from the University of Western Michigan and Dr. Jim Martin from the University of Oklahoma, presented a two-day workshop for high school personnel at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The workshop focused on successful transition to postsecondary education and employment for students with disabilities, self-determination skills and student involvement in planning. This effort was sponsored by the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.



Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Terence W. Cavanaugh has a book coming out in September called “eBooks for Elementary School.” This combination reference, tutorial and strategy guide will help all teachers and school librarians effectively use the reading applications described, regardless of the classroom computing platform. eBooks offer students, as well as teachers, school and public librarians and parents tremendous possibilities. This book explains how to expand and enhance the reading experience through the use of technology. Cavanaugh also had contributions for the book by Drs. Gigi David, Lunetta Williams, Andrea Thoermer, Katrina Hall and Jin-Suk Byun.


Information Technology Services


Lance Taylor, Chief Information Officer, served on a panel of CIOs at the Association for Information Systems Conference from Aug. 7-9 in Savannah, Ga. The topic of the panel discussion was sustainability in Information technology in higher education. 


An image of balloons with Osprey logosMilestone anniversaries

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


25 years

Rachel Broderick, Director of Academic Support Services, Undergraduate Studies


15 years

Timothy Cheney, Assistant Director of Research Program Services, Center For Community Initiatives

Jane Harrell, Head Athletic Coach, Recreation

Bruce Hatcher, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities


10 years

Michelle Argus, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office 

Michael Neglia, Treasurer, Treasury

Katerina Turner, Graphic Designer, Marketing and Publications 

Allen Walters, Construction Project Specialist, Physical Facilities


Five years

Dorene Baldwin, Associate Dean, Library 

Willa Cogdell, Custodial Worker, University Housing

Sherry Hays, Executive Secretary, Enrollment Services 

James Heisner, Assistant Director of Athletic Compliance, University Compliance

Nadine Pettyjohn, Custodial Worker, University Housing

Jeffrey Rodgers, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing 

Joseph Schermann, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities 

Irene Silas, Instructional Specialist, Student Affairs 

Donni Welch-Rawls, Instructor, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences



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


Andrea Arikawa, Associate Professor, Nutrition Flagship Program

Jonah Bijani, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Luciana Carvalhal Braga, Instructor, Foundations and Secondary Education

Paul Clark, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work 

Zachary Fitchner, Assistant Professor, Art and Design

Julie Fuller, Instructional Design Coordinator, Distance Learning 

Timothy Groulx, Assistant Professor, Music Flagship Program

Stephanie Jurgens, Student Affairs Coordinator, English Language Program 

Peter Kimmel, Grants Membership Manager, MOCA Andrew King, Director, University Counseling Center 

Dmitry Korolev, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems 

Nicholas LaRosa, Instructor, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Robert Lloyd, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

Jeffrey Lusher, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

Angela Mann, Assistant Professor, Psychology 

Hope McCarty, Assistant Athletic Coach, Cross Country

LaTasha McPherson, Instructional Design Coordinator, Distance Learning

Charles McRoy, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Susan Menaged, Director of Development, Student Affairs 

Steven Morrison, IT Support Coordinator, User Services 

Eileen Pesantes-Tavares, Instructor, Civil Engineering

Jose Philip, Instructional Technology Manager, Distance Learning 

Laura Shilling, Office Manager, Public Health 

Kristin Smith, Associate Director, University Housing 

Andrew Thoeni, Assistant Professor, Marketing and Logistics

Russell Triplett, Assistant Professor, Economics

Matthew Urbano, Assistant Athletics Coach, Women's Soccer

Michele Verkerk, Office Assistant, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Daniel Watkins, Assistant Professor, History 

Cynthia White-Williams, Assistant Professor, Public Health 

Jennifer Wolff, Assistant Professor, Psychology


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently:

Andrea Adams-Manning, Assistant Dean, Office of the Dean of Students

Judith Kraft, Office Manager, Nursing



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


John Adcox, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office

Emily Arthur, Associate Professor, Art and Design

Shannon Evans-Kaminski, Instructional Design Coordinator, Distance Learning

LaShawna Harris, Coordinator, Academic Support Brooks College of Health

Janet Hartney, Program Assistant, Training and Services Institute

Delores Irvin, Office Manager, Nursing

Keith Jowers, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department

James Justice, Academic Adviser, Academic Center for Excellence 

Sobrina Martin, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Vivian Nordgren, Coordinator, Continuing Education

Nathaniel Thomas, Athletics Academic Adviser, Athletics

Melissa Tiberio, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Center for Community-Based Learning

Rachael Trinklein, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Honors Program 

The Goods


A picture of tempehIt’s true that tempeh has a funny name. But did you know that it can be a versatile and tasty addition to your pantry? Jackie Shank, registered dietitian and Undergraduate Program director in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths about the soybean product and offers up the honest scoop about tempeh.


Myth: Tempeh, like its cousin tofu, is too bland to be made into a tasty dish.

Fact: Tempeh (TEM-pay) and tofu are both made from soybeans, but that’s where the similarity ends. Unlike tofu, tempeh is made from whole soybeans, which are cooked and then cultured with a beneficial mold, Rhizopus oligosporus, for about 24 hours. The mold forms long, thread-like tissue that binds the soybeans together and partially digests protein and oil into more flavorful fragments. Fresh tempeh has a mushroom-like aroma, and when cooked, it takes on a nutty, somewhat meaty flavor and chewy texture. It looks like a firm, flat cake and is sometimes made with grains like brown rice, wheat, quinoa or wild rice.


Myth: Tempeh doesn’t add much nutritional value to a meal.

Fact: Tempeh is a very respectable source of protein, offering 19 grams in a 3.5-ounce serving. Other noteworthy nutritional qualities include 220 milligrams of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, 111 milligrams of calcium and 7 grams of fiber. Another plus is that tempeh is low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat.


Myth: Tempeh isn’t affordable, and it’s hard to find.

Fact: Locally, you can find tempeh at natural food markets and at some grocery stores. A 10-ounce package of three-grain tempeh is typically priced around $3, which makes it quite affordable.


Myth: It’s too much trouble to cook tempeh.

Fact: A tasty dish starring tempeh can be on your dinner table in minutes. Okay, maybe not minutes, but certainly less than one hour. First, tempeh is typically simmered or steamed for about 20 minutes in a savory marinade. Then it can be sliced, braised, fried or crumbled and used like ground meat in other dishes like tacos or pasta sauce.   


Myth: Tempeh originated in China.

Truth: Tempeh originated in Indonesia, where it’s been consumed for centuries. In fact, tempeh dishes can be found in almost every Indonesian home and restaurant.  


Tempeh Strips in a Smoky Molasses Marinade*

Makes 18 to 20 strips, serves three

1 8- or 10-ounce package tempeh

2 garlic cloves, put through a press

A few onion slices

2 bay leaves

¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce

4 thin slices ginger

1 clove

¼ teaspoon pureed chipotle chili

2 tablespoons molasses

1½ teaspoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon vegetable oil



1. Slice the tempeh crosswise into thin strips. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small skillet, bring them to a boil and add the tempeh.


2. Simmer slowly, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking until all the liquid has been absorbed. At this point, the tempeh will begin to fry in the oil. Cook until it’s glazed and browned, about five minutes.


Nutritional Analysis per serving:

Calories — 299, Total Fat — 16 grams, Saturated Fat — 3 grams, Cholesterol — 0 milligrams, Protein — 20 grams, Carbohydrate — 25 grams, Fiber — 7 grams, Sodium — 549 milligrams.

*Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison, Broadway Books, 1997.


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

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A drawing of the UNF manatee, a potential candidate for UNF's mascot. Thankfully, the campus community settled on the Osprey as the best mascot to represent UNF.The UNF mascot could have easily been a seagull. Or an armadillo. Or a manatee. A so-called “Battle of the Creatures,” was launched in 1978-1979, when different campus stakeholders made impassioned pitches for their preferred mascots. Other candidates included sharks, mariners, tadpoles and pinecones. As a write-in vote, the osprey notched 47 percent of a campus vote, making the Swoop Life possible. 


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