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Convocation highlights UNF's successes

President John A. Delaney addressed the crowd during ConvocationThe University of North Florida’s reputation keeps growing, and the academic profile keeps climbing.


Those are a few takeaways from President John A. Delaney’s State of the University address during last month’s 2015 Convocation ceremony for faculty and staff. He discussed some of the major successes from the 2014-2015 year, such as the steadily increasing graduation rate and the residual spotlight from the men’s basketball team’s journey to the NCAA Tournament. But he also touched on a few of the critical issues that will keep UNF vibrant and prosperous in the coming year. 


Delaney announced that UNF’s new crop of freshman broke all academic records for an incoming class. The new students boast an average high school GPA of 4.02 and average quantitative and verbal SAT scores of 1218, making UNF a destination for high-achieving students.


The early academic success of incoming students continues to feed a campus-wide rise in graduation rates. Delaney said UNF now ranks in the upper 17th percentile for public Masters II universities in the same peer group. UNF graduates also have the second highest rate of first-year employment and/or attending graduate school across the State University System.


“That speaks volumes about who we are, what we do, and how well we do it,” he said.


After running through some of the accolades the University received in the past year, Delaney took a few minutes to toast the success of UNF Athletics. He brought the crowd back to the spring, when campus pride reached a fever pitch as the University community watched the men’s basketball team claim the Atlantic Sun Championship and move into March Madness for the first time in program history. Along the way, a record 6,155 fans sold out UNF Arena, and ESPN came to campus to tell the country about the #SWOOPLife.  


Following a round of applause for Coach Matthew Driscoll and his team of coaches, Delaney dove into how the University fared on the State’s 10 performance metrics for ranking public institutions. UNF increased its score by seven points, earning the University an additional 4 million dollars in non-recurring, performance-based funding.  


He said that while he was pleased that the University secured the funding, he cautioned the assembly against banking on those funds being there year after year due to the realities of state funding metrics. Staying on top of the University’s second-year retention rates, six-year graduation rates, cost per undergraduate degree and graduate degrees in areas of strategic importance - all factors considered in the state’s performance metrics - needs to remain a major priority for both faculty and staff. 


Looking toward the future, Delaney said the University plans to increase enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year while maintaining the same strong academic experience students have come to expect from UNF. There will also be additional teaching assistantships to use in recruiting and attracting more graduate students into areas of strategic demand and a more thoughtful process when it comes to scheduling courses and meeting student needs. 


Before leaving the stage, Delaney credited the faculty and staff for all they do every day to support and challenge students. He touched on a recent Board of Trustees meeting where students in attendance all talked about the tremendous support and push they receive from their instructors and staff members.


“We are transforming students, one at a time,” Delaney told the faculty and staff assembled in the Lazarra Performance Hall. “And for that, we have you to thank.”

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Stone credits counselors who came before in award speech

The University of North Florida allowed her to take risks, to go against the grain and pursue her passions of promoting social justice through education.

Carolyn B. Stone accepts here award from President Delaney Carolyn Stone received this year’s Distinguished Professor Award during Convocation following Delaney’s address. A 40-year veteran educator and faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services, Stone was introduced by Dr. Kris Webb with the help of Sejal Parikh, a former student and protégé of Stone who went on to pursue a career in education that led to her current post as director of the School Counseling Program and Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Stone was instrumental in building UNF’s Supporters of Academic Rigor (SOAR): School Counseling Program. She credited UNF’s first Distinguished Professor, Dr. Bette Soldwedel, with putting her on that path and supporting her as she established herself on campus and took on the arduous task of dismantling the existing program and building a newer, fresher take on school counseling. Stone heaped praise on her SOAR co-workers and colleagues, spending most of her speech celebrating their contributions to the Northeast Florida education community and promoting a “success equation” that puts students first. She also credited the University for its consistent focus on smoothing out the higher education transition for first-generation college students.


“Education is the leveler,” Stone said. “The path to a better life - it has always been so and increasingly more so today…. Of this I am certain; this University, strong in reputation as President Delaney says, “in delivering an exceptional education at an exceptional value” can use its status and influence to grow a reputation as the university with the best track record in the nation for supporting and advantaging our first-generation college students.”

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TLO showcase: Sculpture park in Kentucky

Mary Ratcliff and Stephen Paynes sculpture One of the highlights of a University of North Florida education is the truly transformational learning environment offered to students. UNF scholars travel abroad at far greater rates than the national average, they spend more time in undergraduate research settings than they could at most other institutions and they’re able to interact with faculty members on a one-on-one basis thanks to the University’s commitment to keeping class sizes small.


President John A. Delaney formalized these core facets of the UNF educational experience by introducing the Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLO) program 10 years ago. Students and faculty who embark on engaging educational opportunities have been able to apply for TLO grants to sponsor their unique learning experiences. For the next year, we’ll be spotlighting some of the most dynamic TLOs in UNF history in the TLO Showcase every month in UNF Inside. Read on to learn more about how UNF has helped broaden and deepen students’ intellectual and world views while transforming the typical college experience.


This was serious, strenuous work. During sometimes 12-hour-long work sessions, UNF sculpture students hefted power tools and wrestled with solid slabs of metal as they prepared for a sculpture showing unlike anything they’d encountered.


Guided by Jenny Hager-Vickery, an associate professor of sculpture, the TLO took place during the six-week Summer B semester in July. Two of those weeks were spent in Frankfort, Ky. creating original works of art on site at the Josephine Sculpture Park. A group of nine students crafted eight semi-permanent works that were exhibited alongside professional artists. Hager said their work gave them insight into the complexities of planning and executing large-scale works of art on a strict timeline.


Sculpture student Mary Ratcliff paired up with fellow artist Stephen Paine to produce a heavy metal domed sculpture that featured an audience participation component where patrons can pay their respects to the natural world surrounding them. The sculptures were designed for an event called Despacho, according to the Josephine Sculpture Park’s website. Despacho describes the Andean practice of making offerings to the mountains, Mother Earth, and other spirits of nature in reciprocity, reverence and thanksgiving. It’s “an act of love, gratitude and a reminder of the connections we share with all beings, elements, spirits and sacred places.”    


Ratcliff said the concept and design work for this project was the most difficult of her UNF career. She worked with a metal fabricator, employed a lot of math and geometry and wielded a welder and angle grinder in new and unexpected ways.


“It was completely immersive,” she said. “We were working with our colleagues, sharing the same space and testing our limits with each other sometimes. It was a tough experience to produce what we wanted to produce in the time we had, which was awesome and awful at the same time. But what I learned is that could handle this challenge. It was so much more than making an art piece.”


That’s the main takeaway Hager hoped for her students when she envisioned this TLO. She wanted them to step outside the classroom and create living pieces of art that would evolve over time and feed into the natural environment of the sculpture park. Hager said she plans to continue the project for as long as she can secure TLO funding. Being able to display student work for public consumption is vital exposure for budding sculptors, and she believes there’s a truly transformational aspect of creating works from scratch that truly connect with an audience. 


“This is a project that combines a lot of different factors - community involvement, hands-on learning and an opportunity to travel a bit,” Hager said. “It’s a great example of what makes UNF unique and showcases the talents of our students.”

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Gullah Geechee history course illustrates strength of OLLI’s education offerings

Derek Hankerson instructs the courseAs the City of St. Augustine celebrates its 450th  anniversary this year, participants in a fall Continuing Education course at the University of North Florida are delving into a key part of the area’s history. The class, offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on campus, focuses on the Gullah Geechee culture - West African descendants who have lived in coastal communities from North Carolina to Florida since the 1500s. The course is a prime example of how OLLI offers interesting and enriching learning opportunities to Northeast Florida community members looking to broaden their educational horizons.  


Derek Hankerson, who teaches the OLLI course, “Gullah Geechee: Florida’s Southern Route to Freedom,” is a longtime historian who has authored books and movies on the subject and has been a key advocate for the First Coast’s inclusion in the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network, the Freedom Project and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. The Gullah track their heritage as the descendants of enslaved Africans who lived along the southeastern coastlines in America.


“The Gullah have been in Florida for more than 500 years,” Hankerson said. “This is such an important part of history in this area."


He noted that many Gullah came to St. Augustine seeking freedom from slavery. In his course, Hankerson tells the story of the nation’s first underground railroad, a culture of self-emancipation and deep traditions. He provides a captivating overview of the political and religious interactions between the Gullah Geechee and European colonists, as well as their cultural heritage throughout the region.


As a Gullah descendant himself, Hankerson grew up immersed in the history of the Gullah Geechee. He is knowledgeable and animated, incorporating lectures, films, guest speakers and lively discussions into the course to keep his class engaged. He delights in the fact that he can share his lifelong passion with others through the OLLI program.


Jeannette Toohey, OLLI director, said that’s what it’s all about.


“We look for instructors to teach about their passions,” said Toohey, who commented that just about all of them are devoted to the topics they are teaching. “It is why the classes are so engaging.”


2016 marks OLLI’s 10th anniversary at UNF. It is member-owned and member-operated, which means the volunteers do it all. OLLI members develop the programming, recruit new members, seek out instructors and work with existing instructors on new and relevant subject matter.


Toohey said 50 to 75 percent of the programming is new each term. OLLI switches up the program schedule three times a year. There are fall, winter and spring/summer terms. More than 300 classes are offered annually, along with one-time ED-ventures - everything from an architectural walking tour to a schooner trip designed for spotting wildlife. There are contemporary art tours, wine pairing events and even a sunset/moonrise tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. 


OllI offers sculpture classesAs for the fall course list, there are lots of new programs, including acting, poetry and cooking classes and technology-based courses - many focused on all things Apple (computers, iPads, iPhones and iCloud). There’s also a broad array of history classes on everything from the ghost army of the European theater to the role of art in politics during the first half of the 20th century.


You can learn about codes, ciphers and deception throughout history, or how to catch more fish by spending five sessions with a local angler.


OLLI is part of UNF’s Division of Continuing Education. While the division provides an assortment of different offerings, the OLLI program is specifically designed for those who have reached the age of 50. Annual OLLI membership is $50, and most courses are between $10 and $40. Some events are free to members, and others may require a small fee. Most classes take place at the Adam W. Herbert University Center


UNF’s OLLI program is one of 119 college-affiliated programs across the nation that receive funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.

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New scoreboard, Arena additions boost Osprey game-day experience

The UNF Arenas old scoreboard comes downIt’s good to be the champions.


The University of North Florida Ospreys will swoop into the UNF Arena this 2015-2016 season with a new state-of-the-art, four-sided video scoreboard covering every angle of the on-court action. Coming off a season of unprecedented success for the men’s basketball team, Athletics Director Lee Moon said the time was right to step up the game-day experience for Osprey fans.


“We felt like the value for the program and the enthusiasm for the University was at an all-time high thanks to the [men’s basketball] team’s Atlantic Sun Championship,” Moon said. “We needed to make the investment to grow that even more and make UNF Arena the most positive fan experience in the conference. Our teams provide the spark, but we wanted to show the fans that we’re moving to another level.”


The center-hung scoreboard has four sides of 6mm LED video with more than 345,000 pixels per side and two mesmerizing 10mm LED video rings, adding another 300,000 pixels. From catching exciting live video, up-to-date scoring information, instant replays, vibrant animations and sponsor advertisements, there  won’t be a bad seat in the 5,800-seat Arena. 

The huge full-color video display isn’t just great for game day - any concerts, graduation ceremonies and other scheduled events in the Arena will benefit from the same crystal-clear display.  


Frequent Arena guests will be able to spot a host of other upgrades to the facility beyond the new scoreboard. There will be new basketball goals, new courtside scorers tables with 40-inch LED displays, new shot clocks and auxiliary scoreboards on the walls at both ends of the court. There are also 44 new courtside seats that season-ticket holders snapped up in advance of the men’s basketball season.


“These additions are taking cues from some of the more major arenas,” Moon said. “Fans will be able to absorb the replays and all the other little intricacies of the game that lend themselves to greater fan participation. It’s a much more complete UNF Athletics experience.”


The full installation of the scoreboard, scorers tables and other Arena additions is expected to be completed in late October.


New Field House opening for play

The courts inside the Field House are freshly installed and ready for some basketballWant to spend your lunch hour playing pick-up basketball with a few of your favorite faculty members? How about volleyball or badminton?


With a multi-functional recreational facility in the core of campus, getting your game on will be easy. The new Field House is slated to open for business on Monday, Oct. 5, according to Justin Cato, assistant director for intramural and club sports. 


“Faculty and staff will have full access just like our students,” said Cato, who will manage the facility.


Plans call for the Field House to be open every day of the week, and all a user needs to do is swipe their Osprey 1Card upon entrance. The Field House will be available for open recreation until about 6 p.m. on weekdays, with evenings reserved primarily for intramural sports.


The facility will provide three convertible courts with drop-down curtain partitions to separate games in play. Users can sign out equipment, and staff will be on hand to assist with set up. The Field House also includes classroom space and can be reserved for events.


Tentative Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, 12 – 8 p.m.

Evenings, usually after 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, will be reserved for intramural play.


UNF scores pair of national awards

Students working with a public health professorThe University of North Florida has been ranked among the best colleges in the country by both the U.S. News & World Report and College Factual, an online resource for students seeking guidance through the college selection process.

The U.S. News & World Report honor marked the fifth consecutive year UNF was named a “Best Regional” university. UNF was also included in the 2016 “Best Online Programs” ranking. As a regional best, UNF ranked No. 50, in front of the University of South Florida, Jacksonville University and Florida Gulf Coast University. UNF also ranked No. 55 for “Best Online Programs” topping Florida International University.


The College Factual ranking, which was published in USA Today, placed UNF as one of Florida’s best colleges for the money and among the best colleges in the state. UNF was ranked No. 7 statewide as one of the 2016 “Best Colleges for the Money."


“I take great pride in being able to lead a university that is of the caliber of the University of North Florida,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “The University is showing up in nearly every national college ranking, putting UNF at the top of some very impressive lists.”

Around Campus

Swoop Summary

HOOPtoberfest logoWelcome to the Swoop Summary. Every issue of Inside, we’ll be bringing you a recap of all the UNF Athletics accomplishments you need to know from the past month. These are just a few highlights of the past month in UNF Athletics. For a full breakdown, head to UNF Athletics for all the latest Osprey news, stats and info.   


Second half goal lifts men’s soccer over Georgia Southern -


Junior Milan Kovacs netted his team-leading third goal of the season to propel UNF (4-5) to a 2-1 victory against Georgia Southern (2-4-1). The Ospreys improved to 3-1 at home in 2015.


Read more about men's soccer.


Men’s tennis: Deautriell wins Singles B at Bedford Cup -


Jonathan Deautriell claimed the Singles B Championship in September as the UNF men's tennis concluded play at the Bedford Cup at the FGCU Tennis Complex.


Read more on Deautriell's success on the court.


Osprey HOOPtoberfest takes over Arena in October -

The UNF Athletics department is excited to invite you to the first ever Osprey HOOPtoberfest taking place from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the UNF Arena. This family-friendly, free-flowing event will be your first opportunity to see the 2015-16 men’s and women’s basketball teams scrimmage, have posters autographed and hang out with Ozzie the Osprey, UNF cheerleaders and the UNF Pep Band, including Stephen Putnam - aka, The UNF Band Guy. To make it even more fun, one lucky attendee will have a chance to make a half-court shot to win $10,000. 


Season ticket holders will also be able to pick up their season tickets and scope out the view from their seats. Find information on season ticket prices and seating.


More information about HOOPtoberfest is available on the UNF Athletics website.

Get to Know

Andy King

Andy King headshotDepartment: Counseling Center 

Job title: Director 

What do you do? I direct the activities of the University’s on-campus mental health agency, ensure timely and quality mental health services to UNF students and promote student mental health as an essential part of personal development, academic progress, retention and graduation. 


Years at UNF: One 


Tell us about your family. I have a wife, Jennifer, a daughter, Amelia, a son, Jonah, and a dog named Ace. We are a transracial, transcontinental and trans-species family. My daughter is from China. My son is from Vietnam. My wife is from Indiana and the dog is from Florida. 


If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? Architect. I grew up in downtown Charleston, S.C. with some of the most beautiful architecture in the United States. The idea that form and function need to be in sync amazes me. But they also have their own beauty, purpose and statement. 

What would you like to do when you retire? At this point, I am thinking about going into private practice because people are incredibly interesting to me. I would also like to travel and see the architecture of the world, especially in Europe.   


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? I have attended or worked at a total of six public universities and two private colleges. UNF is the best-resourced university of its kind in my experience, and the people here extend a level of caring that is missing at many universities. 

What is the best thing you ever won? A dorm-sized refrigerator at a conference. In reality, the best thing I’ve won was my wife’s hand in marriage. I know that’s sappy, but it’s true. 

What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? Elvis Costello, Chicago, Mumford and Sons, XTC and Green Day - just to mention a few. 

Who is your favorite fictional character? What makes them your favorite? Mr. Incredible - for all of his strength, he knows when he’s made a mistake and to ask for help. 

If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? I’d put it into a trust for my children. Each has dramatically different special needs, and I want them to have all the support they will need in the future. And of course, I’d make a very large donation to the University of North Florida. 

If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? First, I would be very sad about not working at UNF. I would likely be at another university or college doing much the same thing. Did I mention that people are just terribly interesting? 

What is your favorite way to blow an hour? Probably goofing on Facebook. It is the one way I get to reconnect with friends who live far away. 

What was the best money you ever spent? Adoption costs for my kids 

Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? You might think it’s my phone, but it is refrigeration. Without it, the part of the world that’s not starving right now would be. 

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? Proudest? Earning my Ph.D. Happiest? Marrying Jennifer. 

Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: I have lived in seven different states: South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida (twice) and Tennessee (three times). 

What person had the greatest impact on your life? There have been multiple people over the years - family, teachers, advisers and friends - but I would be remiss in not highlighting Dr. Burl E. Gilliland, my doctoral adviser at the University of Memphis who taught me the impact we can have on our fellow humans if we just stop, listen and respond. 

What are you most passionate about? Emotional healing. Without it, those who have been injured keep suffering and will likely keep hurting others in their path. 

Tell us something about you that even your friends don’t know: I have been an avid blood donor since I was 17 years old. If you can, I think everyone should give blood as often as possible. 

What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Eradicate the stigma associated with mental health. Mental health is not an act of willpower. Mental illness is very treatable, and no one has to be scared of getting that treatment. Treatment works. It’s not rocket science but it does take time, a trained mental health professional and sometimes a little medicine. 

Last book read: ”The End of Illness” by David B. Agus, M.D.


Osprey Profile: Hailey Guerra

Hailey Guerra headshotWhere are you from? Miami, Fla.


What is your major? Political science and criminal justice


When will you graduate? Summer 2016


What attracted you to UNF? Initially, I had never heard about UNF, but I wanted to apply to every state university in Florida to qualify for in-state tuition. I liked that UNF was a smaller school, which was a welcome change to the insanity of Miami.


How/Why did you decide to attend the University? The second I drove onto the campus to tour the University I knew it was a special place. I toured five other schools that week, but I was sold on UNF. Everything about it, from the beautiful buildings like our Biological Sciences Building to the gorgeous nature preserve we’re surrounded by, assured me that UNF was the school for me.


Why did you pick UNF over other schools? I knew I would be getting a private school education for a public school price.


What do you do for fun on campus? Athletics, clubs, activities, etc.?  I am involved in the women’s fraternity, Alpha Chi Omega, and have been involved in Student Government since my freshman year. I’m now student body president.


What’s your favorite UNF tradition? The Homecoming events are great, especially the lip sync.


What is the best thing about UNF’s faculty and staff? At UNF, the faculty and staff truly strive to make you have a personalized experience. I don’t think I’ve had a course yet where the professor did not know my name by the end of the semester.


What has been your favorite class? Why do you like it so much?

My favorite class was definitely mock trial because it gave students the opportunity to meet different legal professionals, explore different fields of law and learn and present the elements of a trial.


When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? Why do you like that spot? The third floor of the library and the Green are definitely my favorite spots.


What makes UNF unique?

At UNF, students are able to have a very individualized experience. I think an institution that caters to the individual rather than the masses is incredibly special.


Is there anything you’ve learned about UNF during your time on campus that you think incoming freshmen should know?

Your college experience is what you make of it. So don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone and get involved! Whether it’s Student Government, clubs, Osprey Productions or Greek Life, there are so many ways that you can give to the University and receive so much more in return.


What do you think of the campus’ natural environment?

The campus’ natural environment is one of the best aspects of our University. Not only do we have a beautiful campus, but the preserve fosters an environment for research and diverse wildlife.


What's been your biggest challenge so far as a UNF student?

Not having enough time! There are so many things I would love to do at UNF, but I’ve had to focus on a select few to really dedicate myself to them.


When you look back at your UNF experience years down the road, what do you think you’ll most remember?

My UNF experience has been absolutely incredible. Everything I’ve put into this University I’ve gotten back tenfold. I know I’ve really been given so many amazing opportunities here and I will never forget that.


What do you like most about Jacksonville? Any favorite places around town?

Moving to Jacksonville from Miami was definitely a culture shock, but I’ve come to love it - especially areas like San Marco and the Town Center.


What are your plans for the future? 
I hope to graduate, study abroad for a bit, then attend law school.


What does being an Osprey mean to you?

Being an Osprey means contributing to an up-and-coming University. In the three years that I’ve attended UNF, I have seen the school grow so much, and I’ve had a part in those changes. How many students at big universities can say that they truly influenced their university that way? Ospreys have that opportunity.


What is your favorite item at the Boathouse?

The chicken alfredo pasta


How do you take your Starbucks?

Double chocolate chip Frappuccino, or the café mocha for late nights at the Tommy G.


What is your favorite thing to do on the Green?

My favorite thing to do on the Green is lay out with friends in the beautiful Florida weather.


All your studying is done. Your homework assignments are turned in and you have an hour free. What do you do?

Grab a smoothie at Jamba Juice and find a shady spot to read (I definitely recommend the swings by the dormitories).


What are your tips for finding time to study?

Time management is everything. Make sure you’re dedicating time to studying, even if it sometimes means blocking out a few hours solely for that purpose.


Do you have any tips you want to share for working with professors outside of class?

Reaching out to professors is so beneficial. They want to see you succeed - you just need to meet them halfway.


Do you have any tips you want to share for getting good grades?

School always comes first. No matter your obligations to other organizations or work, your education has to be first priority.

Faculty and Staff

UNF regaliaBrooks College of Health


Nursing: The Jacksonville Business Journal recognized William D. “Bill” Ahrens as one of the 2015 Veterans of Influence honorees for the positive impact and service that he has given both professionally and personally to the community.


Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Catherine Christie, published “Proposed Dietary Guidelines 2015 and Implications for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes” in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.


Dr. Judith C. Rodriguez is one of eight registered dietitian nutritionists nationally who will receive the prestigious 2015 Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics this month. Rodriguez is being honored for her outstanding leadership, service and contributions to the profession and practice of dietetics.


Public Health: Dr. Natalie Arce Indelicato presented at the 2015 Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling Conference in Memphis, Tenn. in September on “Co-researching: Encouraging Community-Based Research in Counseling.”  


With Dr. Lynne Carroll from the Department of Psychology, Dr. Tes Tuason published: “Perpetually Self-Reflective: Lesbian Daughters of Mothers with Severe Mental Illnesses” in The Counseling Psychologist. Dr. Tuason also gave an invited address to the Philippine Embassy in Berlin, Germany in July entitled "Understanding Oneself and Understanding Others: A Workshop on Relationships.”



Coggin College of Business


Finance: Drs. Reinhold Lamb and Oliver Schnusenberg, along with Shannon Italia, director of the Career Management Center, published “Combining Theory and Application: Rethinking Finance Education” in the Review of Contemporary Business Research. One of the findings indicates that employers are willing to pay a substantial premium for students who participated in the Osprey Financial Group (OFG) versus general finance or financial services graduates.


Management: Drs. Diane Denslow and Konstantin Kostin published “Problems and Prospects of Small Business Development in the U.S. and Russia” in the International Journal of Management.


Marketing: Drs. Youngtae Choi and Drew Thoeni published  “Social Media: Is this the New Organizational Stepchild?” in the European Business Review.


Dr. Josh Samli completed his 28th book, “Empowering Market Economy through Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” to be published by MacMillan. He also finished 60 years of research, lecturing and consulting.


Dr. David Swanson had two articles accepted for publication: "Transportation Price Benchmarking: Implications for Firm Performance" in Benchmarking: an International Journal, and "Fictional Stories with Ethical Content (FSECs): Guidelines for Using Stories to Improve Ethical Behavior" in Ethics and Behavior.


Dean’s Office

Dr. Mark Dawkins was inducted into the 2015 Ph.D. Project Hall of Fame, an award-winning program to increase diversity in management. This national award recognizes faculty for mentoring diverse students and for supporting diverse students and diversity-related organizations.


College of Arts and Sciences:


Art and Design: Nofa Dixon has an exhibition at the Haskell Gallery at Jacksonville International Airport.


Jason John had three exhibitions: (i) “Last Exit: Painting at the Bakehouse,” at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami; (ii) at the 2015 juried online Art Kudos Competition and Exhibition, and (iii) “Just Face It” at the Haskell Gallery in the Jacksonville International Airport.


Jenny Hager has presented the following: (i) “Flight of the Phoenix” at Spoerri Sculpture Garden in Italy; (ii) “Wood + Metal” at the Jacksonville International Airport; (iii) at the Fe Invitational Exhibition in Brevard, N.C.; and (iv) at the Jacksonville International Airport.


Stephen Heywood has the following exhibitions: (i) The Hudgens 1st National Juried Exhibition, The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Deluth, Ga.; (ii) Serve It Up-National Juried Exhibition, Victor Keen Gallery in Las Vegas, Nev.; (iii) Westmorland Arts and Heritage Festival-National Juried Exhibition in Latrobe, Penn.; (iv) Westmorland Art National-National Juried Exhibition in Youngwood, Penn.; and (v) Table Top, International Juried Exhibition, The Art League in Alexandria, Va.


Christopher Trice had photographic works in (i) the juried exhibition Mobile Magic XX at Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, Oreg.; and (ii) The Golden Hours: Dawn and Dusk at Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, Vt.


Biology: Dr. Julie Avery, with colleagues G. Alvarez, R. Cimino, and R. Bonde, gave a poster presentation “Investigating Nutritional Status of the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)” at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists in Jacksonville in June.


Dr. Joseph Butler was awarded a grant from St. Catherine’s Island Research Foundation/American Museum of Natural History for “A Survey of Populations and Nesting Sites of Diamondback Terrapin in Georgia” in June.


Dr. Dale Casamatta presented the following: (i) with his student Y. Zakaria and colleagues P. Hasler, P. Dvorak, and A. Poulíčková, “Microthamnos gen. et sp. nov. (Yolypothrichaceae): A New Genus of Cyanobacteria Isolated from Subaerophytic Habitats in Northeast Florida” in August; (ii) with his student C. Villanueva and colleagues P. Hasler, P. Dvorak, and A. Poulíčková, “Two Novel Cyanobacterial Constituents Isolated From a Tripartite Lichen of Marble Headstones” in August; and (iii) with his students S. Willette and E. Gansert and colleagues P. Hasler, P. Dvorak, and A. Poulíčková, “A Description of a New Species of Nodosilinea (Cyanobacteria), Isolated from Springs in Northern Florida” in August.


Dr. John Hatle, along with his students Alicia Tetlak and Jacob Burnett and colleague Daniel Hahn, published “Vitellogenin-RNAi and Ovariectomy Each Increase Lifespan, Increase Protein Storage, and Decrease Feeding, But Are Not Additive in Grasshoppers” in Biogerontology.


Chemistry: Dr. Joshua Melko published two papers: (i) “Statistical Modeling of the Reactions Fe+ + N2O  FeO+ + N2 and FeO+ + CO  Fe+ + CO2” and (ii) “Spin-inversion and Spin-selection in the Reactions of FeO+ + H2 and Fe+ + N2O” in June, both in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. In addition, he was awarded the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator award in June.


Communication: Drs. John Parmelee and David Deeley presented “Examining Interactivity Between Florida Political Reporters and the Public on Twitter” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in San Francisco in August.


English: Fred Dale published the following poems: “In the Cotton” in The Critical Pass Review (July); “Enough of Life,” “Truths,” “Learning is All,” and “Statues” in Perversion Magazine (July); and “Kids Run the Bases” and “Oxbow Lakes” in Forge in July. 


Dr. Clark Lunberry completed a “Writing on Water | Writing on Air” poetry and art installation, “Thirty Ponds | Thirty Frogs | Thirty Sounds of Water,” at the Tama Art University (Hachioji campus) in Tokyo, Japan.


History: Dr. David Sheffler published (i) “The Children’s Crusade” in Seven Myths of the Crusades, edited by Alfred Andrea and Andrew Holt. Hackett; (ii) “Medieval Education” in Handbook of Medieval Culture, edited by Albrecht Classen. De Gruyter; (iii) and a review, published in Catholic Historical Review, of Maximilian Schuh’s 2013 book, Aneignungen des Humanismus: Institutionelle und individuelle Praktiken an der Universität Ingolstadt im 15. Jahrhundert (about Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance).


Dr. Daniel Watkins completed a month-long research fellowship on French political economy at Stanford University as the Gustave Simon Visiting Scholar.


Mathematics and Statistics: Dr. Denis Bell published “The Malliavin Calculus and Hypoelliptic Differential Operators” in Infinite Dimensional Analysis, Quantum Probability and Related Topics in April.


Dr. Beyza Aslan presented (i) “Identifying Common Elements in Late-diagnosed Late-onset MADD Patients by using Graphs”; and (ii) “Identifying Common Elements in Late-diagnosed Late-onset MADD Patients by using Graphs” at the UMDF Mitochondrial Medicine Symposium in Washington, D.C. in June.


Dr. Richard Patterson published (i) “Inclusion Relations Among Methods of Four-Dimensional Summability Compounded From Given Four-Dimensional Methods” in Acta Mathematica Vietnamica; (ii) with Ekrem Savas, “Four-Dimensional Matrix of Geometrically Dominated Double Series,” in International Journal Numerical Functional Analysis and Optimization; and three papers with Fatih Nuray: (iii) “Entire Bivariate Functions of Exponential Type,” in Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences; (iv) “Epi-Cesaro Convergence,” in Iranian Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Informatics; and (v) “Some Tauberian theorems for four-dimensional Euler and Borel summability,” in Advances in Difference Equations.


Music: Dr. Sunshine Simmons performed a solo clarinet recital in The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center, which aired live on the WFMT radio station in May.


Philosophy and Religious Studies: Dr. Andrew Buchwalter presented (i) an invited paper in the session “Multi-Scalarity and Transnational Policy-Making” at the second International Conference on Public Policy in Milan, Italy in July; and (ii) “Human Rights, Interculturality, and the Idea of a Transnational Public Sphere” at the XXVII World Congress of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Julie Ingersoll published “Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction” for the Oxford University Press and presented presenting two papers: “Theocracy, Christian Reconstruction and the (Re)conception of the Category ‘Politics’” and “Social Formation and the Making of a Christian Martyr: Paul Hill and the Violent Wing of the Anti-Abortion Movement,” both at the International Association of the History of Religions in Erfurt, Germany in August.


Dr. Bert Koegler presented “After Constructivism: The Return of Truth” at the 38th International Wittgenstein-Symposium, Kirchberg/Vienna in August.


Physics: Dr. John Anderson, director of The Science and Culture Initiative, received a Jacksonville Historic Preservation award for its Research Showcase exhibit at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH). Members of the biology, chemistry and physics departments contributed posters for the exhibit.


Dr. Chris Kelso presented (i) “A Maximum Likelihood Analysis of the CoGeNT Public Dataset” at the Center for Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Areas (CETUP*) 2015 Workshop; and (ii) “Is DAMA’s Modulation Amplitude Changing With Time?” at the IX International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology.


Psychology: Dr. Christopher Leone, with his colleagues Joshua J. Clarkson, John R. Chambers, Edward R. Hirt, Ashley S. Otto, and Frank R. Kardes,” published “The Self-Control Consequences of Political Ideology” in Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work: Dr. Ron Lukens-Bull presented (i) ”Indonesian Islam and the “Militias” of Social Organizations” at “QuoVadis Laskar-Laskar Islam,” sponsored by the Indonesian Ulama Council and the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Jakarta (June); (ii) “Theory and Method in the Study of Islamic Education” at UNSIQ Graduate Program, Wonosobo, Central Java, (June); (iii) the keynote address, “Islamization, Globalization, and Islamic Civilization,” at the conference, “Membangun Kekuatan Masyarakat Muslim dalam rangka Revitalisasi Peradaban Islam” in Wonosobo, Central Java, in June; (iv) “The Anthropology of Islamic Education (Pesantren) in Indonesia” at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Muhammadiya University of Yogykarta; (v) “Islam, the Clash of Civilization, and the Stigma of Terrorism” in the “National Seminar: Islam dan Stigma Terrorism”  University of North Sumatra; (vi) the public lecture, “Traditions of Pluralism and Anti-Radicalism in Pesantren,” to the Anthropology Department at the National University of Medan; and (vi) “Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Islamic Education” Graduate Program, State Islamic Institute of Jember in May.


Dr. David Jaffee published “‘A Deeper Channel Floats All Boats’: The Port Economy as an Urban Growth Engine” in Environment and Planning A.


Dr. Krista E. Paulsen presented the paper “Preserving Status through Symbolic Reconstruction: Jacksonville’s Historic Avondale Neighborhood” at the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction 2015 annual meetings.


Dr. Scott Landes presented “Military Service and Mortality Risk in Mid- and Later-Adulthood: Are There Differences by Race?” at the annual meeting of the Society of the Study of Social Problems in Chicago, Ill. in August.


Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens presented a poster, “The Florida Social Work Workforce Study: Background, Purpose, and Methodology,” at the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter 2015.


Dr. Suzie Weng, with colleagues K. Rotabi, E. McIntosh, J. High, A. Pohl, and A. Hermann, published “A Virginia Wounded Warrior and School of Social Work Partnership: The ‘Mission Healthy Relationships’ Project and Student Engagement,” in the Journal of Social Work Education.  ​


Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, with Tamara Bertrand Jones and La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin, published “Beyond Sisterhood: Using Shared Identities to Build Peer Mentor Networks and Secure Social Capital in the Academy” in the newly published text, “Mentoring Away the Glass Ceiling in Academia: A Cultured Critique.” She also presented a workshop, “Balancing the Call to Serve: The Costs and Benefits of Leaving a Legacy in the Academy,” at the Networking in Higher Education Conference at the University of Buffalo in June.



College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


Computing: Dr. Bob Roggio took five UNF students to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and built and installed a computing lab at the Christian Light School in May. Two students are working on updates to the lab software this fall semester and plan to return in winter with Dr. Roggio to install them in the lab. 


Engineering: Drs. Nick Hudyma and Alan Harris received a National Science Foundation Grant titled, “RUI: Development of a Textural Weathering Classification for Limestone Using Signal Processing Techniques.”  The award is a two-year award totaling $186,346.



College of Education and Human Services


Foundation and Secondary Education: Dr. Daniel Dinsmore presented three papers at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) conference in Limassol, Cyprus. The first paper was titled, “The Benefits of Self-Explanation for More Difficult Types of Transfer Problems.” The second paper, co-authored by Emily Fox from the University of Maryland, was titled, “Tracking the Relation Between Measures of Prior Knowledge and Reading Comprehension.” The third paper, co-authored by Meghan Parkinson, was titled, “Elementary and Middle School Students’ Development of Epistemic Stance and Higher Order Thinking.”


Childhood Education, Literarcy and TESOL: Dr. Nile Stanley, along with Dr. Hope Wilson, published an article, “Storytelling, Values and Perceived Resilience Among Chinese, Vietnamese, American and German Prospective-Teachers” in the Universal Journal of Educational Research.  Furthermore, Dr. Stanley, along with Dr. John Ouyang of UNF’s Confucius Institute, have been awarded a $6,000 research grant to investigate the effectiveness of the storytelling method of adolescent, Chinese second language learners. Additionally, they have conducted workshops for the Duval County Foreign language teachers.


UNF balloons closeupMilestone anniversaries

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


30 years

Rickey Calloway, Maintenance Specialist, Physical Facilities


15 years

Richmond Wynn, Assistant Professor, Public Health


10 years

Anissa Agne, Student Financial Aid Director, Financial Aid Office 

Adonna Gattis, Police Records Clerk, University Police Department 

Donald Harris, Senior IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering 

Miwa Nguyen, Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, Brooks College of Health 

Stephanie Peters, Financial Specialist, Business Services


Five years

Kathie Carswell, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Computing, Engineering and Construction

Catherine Cole, Director of Marketing and Communication, Enrollment Services

Laura Colomb, Academic Support Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies 

Norman Dickerson, Assistant Director, Florida Institute of Education 

James Hancock, Pest Control Technician, Physical Facilities 

David Robbins, Clerical Aide, Student Affairs 

Ernest Vickers, Heavy Equipment Operator, Physical Facilities



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


Marion Detlefsen, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Golf

Hayley Edwards, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Swimming 

Elbony Fleming, Technical Support Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Felicia Griffin, Office Assistant, Quality Control and Work Management 

Blair Hayes, IT Support Technician, User Services 

Samantha Hollback, Academic Advisor, ACE

Andrew Hopkins, Research Program Services Coordinator, Political Science and Public Administration

Ricarla Jackson, Equal Opportunity Diversity Specialist, Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Brittney Miller, Coordinator, Admissions 

Sarah Morris, Instructional Specialist, English Language Program 

Sara Nuxol, Coordinator of Athletic Operations, Women's Basketball 

Dina Ricco, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center 

Michelle Selph, Assistant Director of Human Resources Data Management, Human Resources

Deanna Thacker, Coordinator, Admissions

Todd Vatter, Communications Coordinator, Administration and Finance 

Kimberly Walters, Registered Nurse, Student Health Services


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently:


Cathy Harris, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities

Willie Hunter, Director, One-Stop Student Services   

Joyce Miller, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Katherine Tower, Student Affairs Coordinator, English Language Program



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


Jonah Bijani, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Mary Brown, Registered Nurse, Student Health Services

Charlotte Chafin, Office Manager, MOCA

Raymond Drayton, Assistant Landscaping Grounds Support, Physical Facilities 

Signe Evans, Library Services Specialist, Library 

Derek Fraser, Staff Interpreter, Auxiliary Learning Aids 

Joel Graham, Senior Library Services Associate, Library 

Peter Kimmel, Manager of Grants and Membership, MOCA 

Ta Y. Maleki, Applications Systems Analyst, Project Management Office 

Stephanie McLarty, Administrative Secretary, Brooks College of Health 

Zully Rivera-Ramos, Psychologist, Counseling Center 

Tia Rivera, Instructional Specialist, Student Affairs

Shane Smith, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities 

Lynn Weatherford, Accounting Associate, Advancement Services

Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, Child Development Teacher, Child Development Center

Robert Wood, Dean, Continuing Education

Brigitte Woodruff, Office Assistant, President's Office

The Goods

Go Bananas

Bundles of BananasBananas are a convenient snack that also feature as a staple in Southern dishes, such as cream pies, puddings, breads, muffins and even salads. They’re an inexpensive, popular fruit and can be part of a nutrient-rich diet. Judy Perkin, professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths about bananas and provides tips for including them in a healthy diet.


Myth: Most bananas come from Africa.


Fact: Most bananas in the world today are grown in Southeast Asia (India, Philippines and Indonesia) and in South America (Ecuador and Brazil, primarily). Bananas first came to the United States after the Civil War and were originally considered a very high-status food in this country. The fruit was showcased at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, which included a 40-acre display of tropical plants, including bananas. In the early 20th century, the U.S. government was involved multiple times in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico to make these regions safe for U.S. companies to grow bananas. Since the fruit isn’t seasonal, it can be grown and exported throughout the year.


Myth: Other than being a good source of potassium, bananas have little nutritional value.


Fact: Bananas are low in fat and sodium, high in carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins C and B6 and minerals potassium and manganese. Bananas come wrapped in their own peel, which is a benefit when it comes to food safety and sanitation. Some cultures have traditional medicinal uses for bananas and banana parts, such as for treatment of dysentery, leprosy and hemorrhoids.


Myth: The banana we currently eat is the same variety that was eaten when bananas were first introduced in the United States.


Fact: Early bananas were smaller in size - only a few inches in length - and not the large bananas we eat today. Historians believe the name of the fruit comes from the Arabic word “banan,” meaning “finger.” More than 95 percent of the bananas sold in the U.S. are the Cavendish variety, which has the mild, sweet taste and soft texture attributed to the fruit. Americans now consume more bananas than apples and oranges combined.


Myth: Bananas are only classified botanically as fruits.


Fact: The banana plant is actually an herbaceous flowering plant and is related to orchids and lilies. Worldwide, varieties of bananas are used as both a fruit and a vegetable in the diet. Plantains are an entire subset of the fruit and are usually served cooked as a substitute for rice or potatoes in Latin American dishes. They are a starchier, less sweet type of banana that is also popular fried and eaten as chips.


Myth: Bananas are always yellow.


Fact: Bananas for U.S. consumption are picked green, exported and then change to the typical yellow, when they are exposed to ethylene gas as part of the ripening process. Tree-ripened bananas are more greenish-yellow and changes to a brownish-yellow as they naturally ripen. Ripe yellow bananas can be held for a few days at room temperature. If bananas are too green, they can be put in a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato overnight to speed up the ripening process. The skin of ripe bananas blackens in the refrigerator, although the fruit inside remains largely unaffected.


Banana in a Blanket

Serves: 1

1 (6 inch) whole wheat tortilla
1 tablespoon reduced-fat smooth peanut butter
1 medium banana
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon crunchy, nutty nugget cereal



Lay tortilla on a plate. Spread peanut butter evenly on the tortilla. Sprinkle cereal over peanut butter. Peel and place banana on the tortilla and roll the tortilla. Drizzle maple syrup or honey on top.

Optional: Garnish with more cereal on top.


Nutritional Information per serving:

Calories: 303

Total Fat: 6.4 g 

Cholesterol: 0 mg 

Dietary Fiber: 7 g

Sodium: 306 mg

Protein: 9 g


Recipe from the “Cool Fuel Cookbook for Kids.” Recipe and nutritional analysis used with permission from the Produce for A Better Health Foundation on the Fruit and Veggies: More Matters! ® website.



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

Bright Birds Know

Student using the washing and dryers at a residence hallStudents on campus are staying green by keeping their clothes clean. The highly efficient ENERGY STAR washers in campus residence halls have saved more than 5 million gallons of water, according to the LaundryView monitoring system. Students use this online service to determine when washers and dryers are available for use.


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