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Flagship Program is now the School of Music

Jazz musiciansIt was a special evening for students, faculty and staff in UNF’s Music Flagship Program. Celebrating with various ensembles, student narrators and performers, music faculty and patrons, Dr. Randy Tinnin proudly announced the coming of age of the university’s music program with the new designation as the School of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences. Tinnin, director of the school and professor of trumpet, believes the distinction will further elevate the internationally recognized program expanding both training and performance.

“The designation of the UNF Music Flagship Program as the UNF School of Music marks the culmination of years of work,” said Tinnin. “It creates a comprehensive program that equips 21st century music professionals.”

The UNF Department of Music was awarded flagship status in 2011. At that time, a graduate program and bachelor's program in music technology and production were added to the existing offerings in jazz studies, performance and music education. The program has grown quickly experiencing a 33 percent growth rate over the past year increasing from 176 students in spring 2014 to 235 enrolled last fall. In addition, students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in music education and masters in piano pedagogy in the past year have experienced a 100 percent employment rate.

The designation will further enhance an already successful program — one that graduates like Jordan Rutter believe prepares its students well. The UNF alum, who was recently praised in Opera News, is a countertenor currently working in New York City.  


“I always got the sense that our faculty were investing in my future potential as a musician,” Rutter said, commenting that the extensive stage time provided for UNF undergraduates was unique and valuable. “The experience gave me a great foundation,” he said. “They [faculty] were focused on getting me to the next step.”
Like Rutter, many music alumni from UNF have experience success on the national level. Jazz bassist Paul Sikivie recently won a Grammy for playing on the Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2015, "For One to Love" by Cecile McLorin Salvant, while another UNF grad, Chris Miller, was also nominated. Brian Hogans, saxophonist, has played with the award-winning Sean Jones Quintet, and others play with prestigious groups including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, elite Washington D.C. military ensembles and reknowned artists like Wynton Marsalis.

Many UNF music graduates have also gone on to train at prestigious institutions like Julliard, the Manhattan School of Music and the Boston Conservatory.

With the program’s success has come more demand for offerings, scholarships and outreach. Tinnin hopes the new designation will attract greater support that could impact everything from performance and practice space to more student scholarships and enhanced music education for local public school students.

Around Campus

Professor’s invention attracts high-tech attention

A new-age glue developed in part by Dr. Stephen Stagon is drawing the attention of hundreds of companies. Stagon, an assistant Students work with professor in groupprofessor of mechanical engineering at the University of North Florida, believes the futuristic adhesive can offer computer makers a financially attractive prospect: increased processing speed at a reduced cost.


Stagon explained that increasing the electricity that runs through a computer’s processing unit, or CPU, creates a faster processing speed; the down side is that increasing the electricity also adds damaging heat.


MesoGlue is the high-tech compound the team is using to bind the CPU to materials that better dissipate the heat.  “We’ve been able to show improvement in the temperature at which the CPU runs,” Stagon said. “With more heat being conducted away from the unit, you can add more power and it will still be cooler. So a manufacturer could possibly use a cheaper CPU that will run better and faster.”


Stagon developed the substance with Dr. Hanchen Huang, professor and chair of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern University, and Paul Elliott, student at the University of Connecticut. Seeking to ultimately improve technology, Stagon said, “We were looking for a better way of sticking things together.” The University of Connecticut owns the first patent to the MesoGlue technology; UNF and Northeastern University own the follow-up patent, which is pending. 


Meso, which means middle, refers to the space between two objects being glued. Yet, this is no ordinary glue. The adhesive uses microscopic nanorods and two metals. “The metals melt when they come into contact, flow to fill voids and make a bond,” Stagon said. “They solidify when they absorb enough of a third metal.”


Not surprisingly, by offering a new ­— and possibly cheaper — way to increase processing speed, MesoGlue has attracted the attention of several big-name companies in the tech world.


“We had about 1,000 inquires after our article ran in the Advanced Materials and Processing magazine,” Stagon said. “Companies across many industries — electronics, defense and many others — asked for more information.”


With most inventions, creators can expect to encounter bumps in the road as they steer the product to the marketplace. The first is the cost to integrate a new material into a well-established manufacturing process. Companies will want to ensure that the overall savings from the new glue will outweigh the development costs.


For the professor and the UNF students working with him, a second obstacle is time, something they wish they had in much greater supply. The adhesive is now used in a vacuum chamber, but the team would like to create a 2.0 version that can be dispensed from a glue container. Despite any challenges, the creators feel certain that MesoGlue will be able to bridge the gap between nanotechnology and real-world applications.


Mechanical engineering senior Kyle Gobble is one of the students working with Stagon to test ways to improve the bond strength. In addition to enjoying the opportunity to apply his studies in a hands-on-environment, Gobble is excited to be involved in what he calls unexplored fields of research.  


“It’s awesome being involved in such groundbreaking projects,” he said. “It requires us to experiment and learn on our own, hopefully concluding with the results we are trying to reach.”


The team is focused on working out the keys to surface treatment and preparation to improve adhesion. To do that, they continue their research. Stagon joked that he is now using Edison’s light bulb approach.


“We used science-based design to get down from infinite options to 1000 or so… now we’re in the stage of sorting through the 1000!” 

Around Campus

New greenhouse helps garden flourish

 Student working at Ogier GreenhouseInvolvement and interest in UNF’s student garden continues to grow thanks to a new greenhouse recently erected on campus.

Just about every day, any time of year, you’ll find dedicated students tending the fruits and vegetables growing in the Frederick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens. But, as every gardener knows, there are always challenges to overcome, and there are a few unique to a college setting. First and foremost, growing seasons don’t neatly coordinate with University semesters, causing crop duration and variety to be somewhat limited. The garden also lacked an ideal spot for seedlings. Plant starts were either left vulnerable to weather changes or moved to the vestibule of the Student Wellness Complex, along with plants that needed shelter during freezes.

Those problems have been solved thanks to the continued generosity of UNF alum, Bruce Ogier, ’74 and the Ogier family. Supporting the student gardens from the very beginning, Ogier provided the financial support in 2012 to expand the gardens to the current one-acre plot. A lifelong gardener and member of the Student Affairs Community Council, he has remained a champion of the project.

The new greenhouse is named in honor of Ogier’s Aunt Joyce, an avid gardener and longtime member of the Southside Garden Club who passed away in 2014. “I am very proud that my cousins and family members came together to help fund the Joyce Tate Brannam Greenhouse,” Ogier said. “The greenhouse celebrates her memory and commemorates a much-needed permanent addition to the Gardens.”

Shelly Purser, director of health promotion at UNF, said the support of the Ogier family has been key to the success of the garden. She said students have repeatedly indicated in surveys that their top health concerns are nutrition, obesity and mental health.

“The Ogier Gardens provides a fabulous resource to assist students with all of these concerns,” Purser said. “It’s a place to come relax, chat with friends, volunteer outdoors and receive the freshest, most nutritious produce imaginable.”

UNF’s department of health promotion has been recognized nationally by the Partnership for a Healthier America. Purser said the garden and efforts to promote good nutrition were key to receiving the honor.Joyce Tate Brannam Greenhouse sign at Ogier gardens

According to Kevin Anderson, coordinator of the Ogier Gardens, one of the benefits for students working in the garden is getting produce in exchange for their work. “The garden has created a culture change around food on campus, and the student gardeners enjoy growing their own food,” he said.

The Ogier Gardens, which attracted more than 1,000 students in 2015, is the first campus farm in Florida to sell produce to its food provider. The garden’s bounty is regularly featured in the Osprey Café, and also provided to “Lend-A-Wing” for students in need of healthy food.

Anderson said there is no doubt that the greenhouse will increase the garden’s yield and versatility. This spring in the greenhouse, there are peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green onions, eggplant, lettuce, zinneas, nasturtium and other flowers.

Over the greenhouse door, a new addition to UNF’s art on campus welcomes gardeners — a beautiful mosaic created by art and design associate professor, Dr. Nofa Dixon and her students.  


Around Campus

MOCA’s first Stein Prize goes to painter of ‘improvisational’ portraits

Jackie Saccoccio next to a painting After months of research and deliberations, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, has selected Jackie Saccoccio as the first recipient of the Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize.    


Her work will appear in "Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction," opening June 4 at MOCA. This is one of the first museum exhibitions to focus solely on contemporary female painters.


“Jackie Saccoccio is one of the most exciting artists working today,” said Marcelle Polednik, director and chief curator at MOCA Jacksonville. “The Stein Prize places MOCA Jacksonville among a handful of elite museums that recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of emerging artists.”


Established in 2015 by Brooke and Hap Stein, the award will be given on an annual basis in recognition of an artist, chosen from one of MOCA’s self-curated exhibitions, whose work demonstrates a singular combination of talent, innovation and promise. 


“Jackie is the perfect selection for the inaugural recipient of the Stein Prize,” Brooke Stein said. “Her work sets the standard for what the Stein Prize represents and recognizes.” Jackie Saccoccio Minter Meltdown painting


Saccoccio, who lives and works in New York and Connecticut, has exhibited internationally for the last twenty 20 years. In her recent paintings, she emphasizes the process of painting by tipping, dragging and shaking the large-scale works over one another, where liquid pools of color, directional lines and translucent orbs coexist.   


Though completely nonrepresentational, her works are borne out of her interest in centrifugal forces in portraits. In order to reinterpret portraiture, the artist researched materials utilized by Renaissance painters, such as mica. Evolving the practice, her surfaces are freckled with mica and translucent varnishes, creating multilayered planes of shifting forms.


Saccoccio received an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught at Brooklyn College; Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Princeton University; and RISD.   


The artist has exhibited her large-scale abstract paintings and wall drawings throughout the U.S. and Europe, and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship and the 2015 Artadia NADA Award. Her work also has been reviewed in notable art publications.


“It is an honor to be named the first recipient of the Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize, as it is an award that reflects the vision of the curatorial team at MOCA Jacksonville with a long-term commitment to emerging voices,” Saccoccio said.


Thanks to the generosity of Brooke and Hap Stein, MOCA is acquiring Saccoccio’s "Time (Smelt)," a 2016 oversized oil and mica painting on linen, which will also be displayed in "Confronting the Canvas."


“We were thrilled to acquire this painting for MOCA’s Permanent Collection,” Hap Stein said. “The canvas is a stunning example of Jackie’s work and will be an enduring record of the exhibition and a prized object for MOCA visitors to enjoy for years to come.”


Highlighting the work of emerging artists is at the core of MOCA Jacksonville’s artistic and educational mission. As an organization that promotes the discovery, knowledge, and advancement of the art, artists, and ideas of our time, MOCA endeavors to identify, highlight, and support the work of young, talented visual artists who promise to alter the course of contemporary art locally, regionally and nationally.


Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition degree program new to UNF

Foods that are part of a balanced diet The UNF Graduate School is adding a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN) degree to its list of course offerings this fall. This unique program will be the only DCN degree offered in Florida and one of only two in the nation.   

Until now, Rutgers University was the only school in the country to offer the DCN degree program. UNF’s program will be similar to Rutgers’ in that the degree will be fully online and target practicing dietitians with a master’s degree who wish to earn the benefits and opportunities of professional doctorate training. The program requires a minimum of three year’s work experience in the field.

“We’re excited to offer a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition,” said Dr. Judith Rodriguez, director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at UNF. “It will prepare nutritionists and dietitians to develop the advanced level skills necessary to critically analyze evidence in order to design and implement programs, policies and procedures that promote health and wellbeing of communities.”

The program will emphasize advanced evidence-based practice and chronic disease prevention, as well as treatment for the underserved populations in both clinical and community settings. It will also prepare practitioners for leadership roles in clinical, community or higher education settings through course work, advance practice residency and the production of applied scholarship.

“Within a few years, all new registered dietitians will be required to hold a graduate degree, and those in supervisory roles will likely be expected to hold DCN degrees,” said Dr. John Kantner, dean of UNF’s Graduate School. “The University is well positioned to prepare a new generation of leaders in dietetics and nutrition for the growing population of Florida.”

This new professional Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition degree joins several other new and upcoming graduate programs at UNF, such as the Master of Management and Master of Social Work, which is using UNF faculty strengths to serve the needs and interests of Northeast Florida and the entire state.

With the additional new doctoral and master’s degree programs, UNF now has a total of four doctoral programs, 29 master’s degrees and 56 bachelor’s degrees.

For more information the new Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition degree, its admission standards and graduation requirements, as well as program of study, visit the UNF Graduate School website.

Faculty Forum

Denise Bossy, Associate Professor of History

Dr. Denise Bossy headshotWhat brought you to UNF?  


The opportunity to live in the place that I also research: I study the early South, especially Spanish Florida, British South Carolina, and American Indian communities across the region.


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


A number of years ago, I took a small group of UNF Honors students on a trip to South Carolina. We started with several days in an archive, tracking down colonial period records. Their reward for working so hard was a two-day break in Charleston with historical tours and free time to see the city. When it came time to leave the archive, however, all of the students begged me to cancel the fun part of the trip so that we could keep working! (Fortunately, the archive was closed over the weekend, and we enjoyed Charleston enormously.) I love every part of the historical research process. We are truly detectives. And there is no better feeling than when I can teach a student just how thrilling it is to be a historian.


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


Last April, I organized a two-day conference at Flagler College on the Yamassee Indians of Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. Many of my students came, top scholars from around the country spoke, and more than 100 local people attended. At the end of the conference, the chief of the Yamassee community in Florida stood up to speak. For a very long time, scholars have claimed that the Yamassees were/are extinct. But here he was, thanking us for working on his community’s history. It was an amazing moment. I really understood how important our work is.


What’s your inspiration for teaching?  


I have been incredibly fortunate to have teachers who believed in and invested in me from childhood to graduate school. I try to take the same time and care to help my students become excellent and confident thinkers and writers.


What do you enjoy most about being a professor? 


Helping students become truly empathetic human beings. Having the ability to see beyond cultural and other differences, I believe, is one of the most important things that we can teach our students. I hope that in my own small way I encourage students to become both more tolerant of difference and also more critical of institutions that codify and naturalize inequality.


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


I would be a civil rights lawyer, most likely working with American Indian communities on issues of sovereignty and social justice.


Describe your favorite UNF memory. 


I came to UNF with real interest in local history but little sense of what it meant to be a local historian. Because of UNF’s focus on community involvement, I have learned how to bring that interest to life: incorporating students into my research and connecting with descendants of the people that I study. This fall I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, something I never really imagined would happen. The fellowship will give me the time to write the first comprehensive book on the Yamassee Indians.


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


When I need to think on campus, I walk around the green. I love to see how that space changes over the course of a day or semester as students (and geese) use it.


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


I’ve mostly had the usual excuses about work and life interfering with assignments. And, in my experience, those excuses are real. Our students are often juggling so many commitments. I wish they all had the time and resources that I had during college.


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


Just 90 miles from UNF is a community of Yamassee Indians that have lived along the Oklevueha River west of Palatka since the late 18th century. The public and scholars alike know virtually nothing about their history or about their present-day community.


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


While I enjoy and value lecturing, my preferred teaching style is the seminar discussion. I love those light bulb moments that occur when we are all talking and brainstorming together.

 What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?


I work in an incredibly collegial department. We are all dedicated to excellence in our teaching and research, and we all genuinely care about and respect one another. I know how rare that is.


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


To pursue whatever it is that they love with passion and to travel as much as possible.


How do you take your Starbucks? 


Skinny chai tea latte, please.


Mac or PC? 


Mac, definitely.


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


I read a great deal of both fiction and memoirs by American Indian and African American authors written in the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s related to my work in a sense because I learn a lot about issues of race and gender through my reading. But it doesn’t feel like work.   


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


I am an early riser, but I write best from the mid-afternoon to the evening.


Do you ever hold class outside?  


I take my classes and students to local historical sites, where we are often outside in the very best sense of the word: outside of the classroom and beyond the text.


Are there any places around Jacksonville that you frequent? 


I live in Atlantic Beach with my family, and we spend a lot of time feeling lucky to be so close to the ocean.


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


I sit under a palm tree at my favorite coffee shop. It puts me in a great mood.


What is your favorite memory from your undergrad days?  


I knew I was going to be a historian when one of my undergrad professors (Cornell West) taught us the history of African American music by dancing on stage for an hour. Suddenly history was alive and right in front of me.


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


Just one? I’d say my seminar on Southeastern Indians because so few students know the history of American Indians in our region. Many start the class feeling like the South is a foreign country and end the semester transformed, suddenly aware of what colonialism really meant (and continues to mean) for American Indians. Numerous students have told me that, years later, they still care deeply about American Indian rights. And, I have had several students pursue their Ph.D. in Southeastern Indian studies at other universities. The first is actually about to have his dissertation defense (I’m on the committee and so proud). He started that project in my seminar.


Swoop Summary

baseball team celebrating

Welcome 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. For a full breakdown, head to UNF Athletics for all the latest Osprey news, stats and info.


Six Combine for 2-hit shutout in UNF Baseball's Onslaught of FAMU

The North Florida pitching staff limited Florida A&M (15-9) to just two hits in a decisive, 15-0 win this evening at Harmon Stadium. The Ospreys scored 14 of their 15 runs in the first three innings. North Florida (16-10) won its fifth straight home game and has now emerged victorious in 10 of the last 12 games played. It took little time for the Ospreys to seize control of the game after five runs crossed the plate in both the first and second innings. The Ospreys completed the month of March with a 13-5 record and will begin April with the Atlantic Sun Conference opener at Kennesaw State today.


Get more information on UNF Baseball.


UNF Volleyball Ranked in Top 20 Poll

After putting up a 5-1 mark in conference play last week, North Florida beach volleyball earned a No. 17 ranking in DiG Magazine's Collegiate Beach Volleyball poll as announced by the publication on Tuesday. The Ospreys are currently 14-3 on the year and two losses come against nationally-ranked teams in Georgia State and Stetson. North Florida also owns wins against South Carolina and Florida Atlantic who rank 19th and 20th, respectively.


Learn more about UNF Volleyball.


Osprey Women's Tennis Downs Lipscomb to Stay Unbeaten in A-Sun

After North Florida women's tennis clinched an exciting doubles point, the Ospreys continued their strong play into singles to grab a 6-1 win against Lipscomb to stay undefeated in Atlantic Sun play on Thursday afternoon.


Learn more about the unbeaten Osprey tennis team.


UNF Men's Basketball Players Dallas Moore and Beau Beech Earn NABC All-District Honors

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the NABC Division I All-District teams and UPS All-District coaches for 2015-16 and North Florida's Dallas Moore and Beau Beech both earned recognition on the prestigious lists. Moore, the 2015-16 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and first-team All-Atlantic Sun honoree, was named first-team NABC All-District 3 becoming the first Osprey player to collect that honor and the first to garner multiple honors after earning second-team distinction last year. Beech, a first-team All-Atlantic Sun performer, was named to the second-team list and becomes just the third Osprey to earn the postseason accolade, joining Moore and former UNF standout Parker Smith, a second-team All-District honoree in 2012-13. "When your program receives national honors like this," said head coach Matthew Driscoll, "it is a strong reflection about the culture of family, work and talent that we have tried to instill in our players …"


Learn more about the honors for UNF basketball.


North Florida Men's and Women's Track and Field Open Outdoor Season Well at UNF Spring Break Invitational

The North Florida women's and men's track and field squad opened up the outdoor portion of their schedule in the UNF Spring Break Invitational at Hodges Stadium. Women's highlights of the day included several personal records along with a pair of event titles and runner-up finishes. The men's track and field also held personal records and event titles. This highlighted a strong opening to the outdoor season for both the Men's and Women's North Florida track and field teams.


Learn more about UNF Women's Track and Field

Learn more about UNF Men's Track and Field

Faculty and Staff

UNF Graduation Regalia Brooks College of Health


Department of Nutrition and Dietetics:


Dr. Catherine Christie, J Nelson-Worel and L.L. Hayman published "Implementation of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines — Who, What, Why, Where, and When" in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.


Drs. Catherine Christie, Judith Rodriguez, Alireza Jihan-mihan, M.Sadeghi and T. Zerbe published The Role of Maternal Dietary Proteins in Development of Metabolic Syndrome in Offspring in the journal Nutrients.


Department of Public Health:  


Dr. Natalie Arce Indelicato published “Unpacking Self-care: The Connections between Mindfulness, Self-compassion, and Self-care for Counselors," in the journal Counseling and Wellness with Clinical Mental Health Counseling program recent graduates Caren Coleman, Courtney Martensen, and Rachel Scott. Indelicato also presented on "Relational Cultural Theory" at The Girl-Centered Institute, a partnership between the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Voices for Florida Girls, the UNF Division of Continuing Education, and the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative.


Drs. Michele J. Moore, Elissa Barr and R. Glassman, presented "Development of an Evidence-Based Sexual Risk Reduction Program for College Students" at the 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior Meeting in Ponte Vedra.


Dr. Michele J. Moore, S. Griner, and K. Wilson presented "Physical Dating Violence, Forced Sexual Intercourse, and Alcohol Use Among High School Students" at the 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior Meeting in Ponte Vedra.


Erin Largo-Wight,  B.K. O’Hara, and W. Chen published "The Efficacy of a Brief Nature Sound Intervention on Muscle Tension, Pulse Rate, and Self-reported Stress: Nature Contact Micro-break in an Office or Waiting Room" in Health Environments Research and Design Journal.


Erin Largo-Wight , Caroline Guardino, Katrina Hall, Peter S. Wludyka, along with UNF graduate students E. Thomas and C. Ottenstein, presented "Cultivating Healthy School Environments: Teachers’ and Students’ Perceptions of Learning in the Outdoor Classroom" at the 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior in February in Ponte Vedra Beach.


Erin Largo-Wight,  Emma Apatu, and UNF graduate student L. Kirkland presented "The Impact of School-based Nutrition and Garden Programs on Parental Dietary Behavior in Low-income Settings: A Call to Action" at the 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior in February in Ponte Vedra Beach.


School of Nursing:


Drs. Debra Wagner and Barbara Olinzock presented Patients’ with a Spinal Cord Injury Satisfaction with Self-Care Teaching by Nurses at the 30th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society in Williamsburg, Va.


College of Arts and Sciences


Art and Design:


Sheila Goloborotko is co-curator and participating artist in the printmaking exhibition “The Other” at MOCA Jacksonville.


Jenny Hager is exhibiting at the Yokna Sculpture Trails Exhibition.


Jason John has two exhibitions: “Flesh:  Revealing A passion for Paint” at the Verum Ultimum Gallery in Portland, Ore., and “Painting and Seeing” at the University of North Carolina.


Kally Malcom has an exhibition “Lumen” at the Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas.




Dr. Nikki Dix presented How 2015 Became ‘The Year of the Oyster’ at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) State of the Reserve Symposium.


Dr. Terri N. Ellis and her UNF students published Porin Loss Impacts the Host Inflammatory Response to Outer Membrane Vesicles of Klebsiella Pneumoniae in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.


Drs. Jim Gelsleichter and Matthew Gilg received funding in February from the National Science Foundation to extend for three years their Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Coastal Biology.




Drs. Margaret C. Stewart and Cory Young presented “Bridging the Gap in Social Media Crisis Communication: Pedagogical applications of the STREMII model” at the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference. 




Dr. Gregory Domber was awarded a 2016 Rockefeller Archive Center grant-in-aid for research at the RAC on Ford Foundation programs, which supported East-West exchanges of scholars in the 1950s and 1960s.


Dr. Shannon Eaves presented "The Men Had No Comfort With Their Wives: Enslaved Men, Masculinity and Patriarchy Amid Sexual Exploitation" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Little Rock, Ark.


Dr. Theo Prousis presented Lord Strangford at the Sublime Porte: Fact, Fiction, and Revelations from the Archives at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Philadelphia, Pa.


Dr. Daniel J. Watkins organized a historical conference titled In the Shadow of Enlightenment: Religion, Reform, and Revolution in the Age of Unigenitus in October. Watkins also published The Two Conversions of François de La Pillonnière: A Case Study of Rationalism and Religion in the Early Enlightenment in the publication Eighteenth-Century Thought.


Languages, Literatures and Cultures:


Dr. Gregory Helmick published Archival Dissonance in the U.S. Cuban Post-Exile Novel.


Mathematics and Statistics:


Dr. Beyza Aslan presented "Pattern Recognition to Improve Diagnostic Process for Late-diagnosed Late Onset MADD Patients," and "Modeling the Change in Electric Potential due to Lightning in a Sphere" at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, Wash. in January. Aslanalso published Modeling the Change in Electric Potential due to Lightning in a Sphere" in the journal Applicable Analysis. Aslan also presented at an invited colloquium Mathematics, Climate, and Medicine: A Sampling of What Mathematics Can Do at Stetson University in February.

Dr. Jose Franco, J. Champion, and J. Lyons published Arithmagons and a Special Class of Multigraphs   in the journal Acta Mathematica Universitatis Comenianae .


Political Science and Public Administration :


Dr. Michael Binder and Jeremy G. Carter published Firearm Violence and Effects on Concealed Gun Carrying: Large Debate and Small Effects in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


Dr. Josh Gellers presented Constitutional Environmentalism in South Asia: Analyzing the Experiences of Nepal and Sri Lanka at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in New York.




​Drs. Elizabeth R. Brown and Curtis Phills, along with students S. Hawkins and R. Rogers, presented a poster "Navigating the Economic Roller Coaster: How Economic Threat Impacts College Students’ Motivation to Complete Comprehensive Exams in Response to a Strong Versus Weak Argument" at the 16th Annual Meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.


Drs. Elizabeth R. Brown and Curtis Phills, along with student M. Olah, presented a poster "Is That a Man or a Woman: Physical Androgyny, Stereotypes and Loss of Meaning" at the 16th annual meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.


Dr. Elizabeth R. Brown in collaboration with J. Allen, J. Smith, D. Thoman, and students C. Collins, I. Landa, C. Curti, and G. Muragishi presented a poster "Forecasting Belonging: How Other People can Benefit from Communal and Agentic Strategies when Regulating Belonging in Group Settings" at the 16th Annual Meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.


Dr. Elizabeth R. Brown in collaboration with I. Handley, J. Smith, S. Rushing, E. A. Shanahan, E. Burroughs, R. Belou, M. Skewes, and J. Hoena, presented a poster "A Self Determination Theory Intervention that Supports Women in STEM Improves Everyone’s Job Satisfaction" at the 16th Annual Meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.


Dr. Anita Fuglestad, with colleagues M.G Kroupina, D.E. Johnson, and M.K. Georgieff, published Micronutrient Status and Neurodevelopment in Internationally Adopted Children in the journal Acta Paediatrica.


Dr. Paul Fuglestad gave the invited talk "The Role of Regulatory Focus in the Initiation and Maintenance of Health Behavior Change in the Psychology Department" at the University of Florida.


Dr. Iver Iversen published "Problems with ‘Percent Correct’ in Conditional Discrimination Tasks" in the European Journal of Behavior Analysis.


Dr. Iver Iversen was the keynote speaker at the 8th conference on The Art and Science of Animal Training in Dallas, Texas.


Dr. Angela Mann presented "A Child’s Right to an Education Should Never be Suspended," and with students presented "The Training of School Psychologists in Behavioral Assessment, Intervention, and Consultation" at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists.


Dr. Jody Nicholson was invited by The National Head Start Association to assist in their monthly newsletter to all Head Starts nationwide on a “Research Blast,” responding to concern about lead exposure in Flint, Mich.


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work:


Dr. Rosa De Jorio edited Supplement XII of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, to which she contributed the introduction Women, Gender, and Islam in Africa: Intersectionality, Geospatial Distinctions, and Knowledge Production/Dissemination. 


Dr. Suzie Weng and J. S. Lee published Why do Immigrants and Refugees Give Back to Their Communities and What Can We Learn from Their Civic Engagement? in VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 


Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, with La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin and Newton Jackson, published Re-Articulating Black Faculty Diversity Efforts in the Age of Post-Racialism and Obama” in the Western Journal of Black Studies. Wilder, with Tamara Bertrand Jones and La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin, also published Balancing the Call to Serve: The Costs and Benefits of Leaving a Legacy in the Academy in the journal Beyond Retention: Cultivating Spaces of Equity, Justice, and Fairness for Women of Color in U.S. Higher Education in the journal Beyond Retention. Wilder also published Ripple Effects and Shockwaves: The Impact of a Black Female Faculty Member’s Open Letter to Her Institution in Beyond Retention. Wilder presented Colorism in the 21st Century: Black American Implications of a Global Skin Color Consciousness and Hierarchy at the UNF International Studies Senior Seminar Lecture Series. Wilder also gave the keynote address Reclaiming the Narrative on Equity at the JPEF One-By-One Annual Public Education Forum.


Coggin College of Business


Young Tae Choi and Andrew Thoeni published Social Media: Is This the New Organizational Stepchild? in the journal European Business Review. Choi and Thoeni also published Social Irritants: Small Actions with Large Consequences in the Academy of Marketing Science.


Hannah Croft and Alyssa Kyff will be giving a poster presentation entitled Coggin Delegation: Domestic and International Student Integration Program at the NAFSA Association of International Educators annual conference in May. 


Kate Mattingly Learch and Dr. Steven Paulson published a chapter entitled "Strategic Relationship Development: A German-U.S. University Case Study" in the publication IIE: Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships.


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


School of Computing:


Dr. Charles Winton served as the head judge for the Northern California Botball Educational Robotics Program Competition held at NASA Ames.


James Littleton was featured in the Faculty Spotlight article of CIRT’s March 2016 newsletter discussing his work on transitioning team-based projects to the online environment


Jarred Thaxton, along with CCEC Engineering students, participated in the inaugural Hire Attire Fashion Show presented by Career Services and The Coggin College of Business. The fashion show geared towards exposing and highlighting the growing trends within business attire and landing an ideal job.


Dean’s Office:


Dean Mark Tumeo gave the opening remarks at the 6th Annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference in March at the University Center. Approximately 200 young girls in grades 5 – 8 participated, as did a host of volunteers. The workshops included: Circuits Workshop: How to build a Dragon Fly; Engineering Workshop: Strengths & Materials; Building Water Quality Workshop: River Keeper, Testing Water from the St. Johns River.


College of Education and Human Services


Foundation and Secondary Education:

Dr. Dilek Kayaalp will present her paper Hybrid and Supra-hybrid: Complex and Conflicting Identities of Immigrant Youth in the Canadian Nation-state at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in April.


Dr. Daniel Dinsmore recently published a book chapter with coauthor Emily Fox titled "Teacher Influences on the Development of Students’ Personal Interest in Academic Domains" in the volume Social Influences on Social-emotional, Motivation, and Cognitive Outcomes in School Contexts. Dinsmore also published an article in Cognition and Instruction, with co-authors Sandra Loughlin, Emily Grossnickle, and Patricia Alexander, titled ‘Reading’ Paintings: Evidence for Trans-symbolicand Symbol-specific Comprehension Processes


Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education


Drs. Jennifer Kilpatrick and Caroline Guardino presented their research at the Association of College Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in New York City. Kilpatrick and Emily Headrick Hall presented Identifying the Roles and Responsibilities of Today’s Beginning Deaf Educators. Kilpatrick also presented with Cally Traetto Mentoring a Developing Deaf Education Program: A Partnership with the Haiti Deaf Academy.  Additionally, Kilpatrick shared her dissertation research in a presentation titled Between Words and Sentences: The Development of a Written Language Inventory for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Kilpatrick also presented, with Drs. Hannah Dostal and Kimberly A. Wolbers, on the findings of an efficacy study that was part of a federally funded project to further develop Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction (SIWI).


Drs. Caroline Guardino and Joanna Cannon served as editors to a two-part special issue of The American Annals of the Deaf on Deafness and Diversity. Guardino and Cannon hosted two panel presentations on the two publications. The first panel was titled Research to Practice Connections: Working with Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing with Disabilities, and the second panel titled How Do we Prepare Qualified Professionals to Work with Students with Diverse Needs?  


Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL:  


Dr. Katie Monnin will be presenting on the historical and contemporary role of female comic book and graphic novel superheroes at the Chicago Comic Con. Monnin continues to publish her two monthly columns and lesson plan publications, which she has been doing for the last six years, for Diamond Comic Book Distributors. This month's reviews and lesson plans, focusing on HarperTeen's Nimona and DC Comics' Secret Hero Society, Study Hall of Justice are available through Diamond Distributors. In March, Monnin also presented a talk focused on teaching children's and young adult graphic novels at the Downtown Jacksonville Public Library Children's Department for Will Eisner Week. 


UNF branded balloons Milestone anniversaries   

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


30 years

Kathryn Ritter, Director, Procurement Services


25 years

Donna Onofrey, Office Manager, Communication         


15 years 

Melinda Brown, Executive Secretary, Networking Systems Security and Information Technology       

Michael Kennedy, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, Welcome Center   


10 years  

James Mousa, Coordinator Property Assets, Controller                                  

Charles Strudel, Associate Director Safety Security, University Police Department      

Douglas Titus, Coordinator IT Support, User Services


Five years

James Laney, Refuse Recycle Moving Supervisor, Physical Facilities                         

Lynette Qadeer, Senior Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities                     



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


Jimmy Carey, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department 

Victoria Chandler, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Kaitlyn Dietz, Coastal Training Specialist, Biology                             

Seohee Go, Office Assistant, Public Health                       

Jeanette Hinkle, Office Manager, Clinical and Applied Movement Science 

Joseph Moreau, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities                 

Corey Rivers, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities                 

David Robbins, Clerical Aide, Administration and Finance  

Ashley Sedghi-Khoi, Office Manager, MOCA 

Amy Woodbury, Administrative Secretary, Coggin College of Business          

James Wright, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities                 


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently:


Garry Bates, Maintenance Supervisor, Physical Facilities                 

Melissa Blankenship, Director, Student Enrollment Communication Center 

Kyle Clark, Assistant Director, IPTM

Kelly Gates, Director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, University Development and Alumni Engagement 

Wallace Harris, Director Facilities Operations, Physical Facilities                 

Marla Lewis, Assistant Director Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office                

John Reis, Assistant General Counsel, General Counsel                     

Kevin Roop, Assistant Director, IPTM 



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


Robert Berry, Director, Internal Auditing 

Loran David, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities 

Marion Detlefsen, Assistant Coach, Women's Golf 

Timothy Hunter, IT Support Manager, User Services 

Marcus Mills, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems 

Kathryn Nelson, Coordinator LEL Programs, Foundation Accounting 

Nancy Purvis, Administrative Secretary, Office of the Dean of Students 

Samantha Riggins, Assistant Director, Advancement Services                

Christine Sandy, Program Assistant, Continuing Education  

Laura Shellaberger, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletics 

Lauren Spencer, Coordinator Course Development, MOCA 

The Goods


Almonds An almond or “Prunus dulcis” is the seed of the almond tree which originated in the Middle East and North Africa. The almond is a nutritionally dense food and is a rich source of B vitamins, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin E, mineral, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc. Similar to other nuts, the almond is high in fat, mainly unsaturated, and fiber and also has an abundant amount of protein. Dr. Alireza Jahan-mihan, assistant professor and registered dietitian in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about the almond. To help you use it in your diet, a recipe is provided.          


Myth: Almonds can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fact: Almonds have a lowering effect on cholesterol and is rich in dietary fiber, mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids and also contains phytosterols. These compounds potentially may lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Moreover, some studies have shown that almonds my also increase HDL (good cholesterol). Flavonoids in almonds along with the vitamin E, reduces the risk of heart disease.


Myth: Almonds have a beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract.

Fact: During the digestion process in the gastrointestinal tract, almond flour is fermented and produces short chains of fatty acids, most notably, butyrate, which is a material for cells lining the large intestine. For individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, almonds are the pantry essential you don’t want to live without. They provide a great amount of required nutrients and calories.


Myth: Almonds have a beneficial effect on bones and teeth.

Fact: The phosphorus and calcium in almonds help make this possible. In comparison with other nuts, almonds have thehighest amount of calcium, boasting 75 milligrams per ounce.


Myth: Almonds are useful for weight loss.

Fact: Frequent nut eaters are generally thinner compared with those who almost never consume nuts. Almonds are one of the ingredients in many weight-reducing diets because they suppress appetite and also they are highly nutrient-dense. A handful of almonds provide 4 grams of fiber, “good” monounsaturated fats and 6 grams of protein. This combination will keep you feeling energized and satisfied.


Myth: Almonds can help diabetics manage blood glucose.

Fact: Based on one study published in theJournal of the American College of Nutrition, the American Diabetes Association-recommended diet includes 20 percent of total calorie intake from almonds, which helped improve insulin sensitivity in prediabetic individuals. In another study published in the Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism, a breakfast containing almonds stabilized blood glucose levels for the rest of the day.


Almond Biscotti

Ingredients (40 servings):

Unsalted butter (for greasing)

Flour: 3 cups (plus more for pan)

Sliced almonds: 8 oz. (plus 1 lb. whole, lightly toasted)

Granulated sugar: 11cups

Packed brown sugar: 11cups

Canola oil: 1cup

Baking powder: 1 tbsp.

Ground cinnamon: 11tsp.

Vanilla extract: 11tsp.

Eggs: 4


Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease and flour a baking sheet; set aside.

Combine sliced almonds and granulated sugar in a food processor; pulse until smooth.

Add flour, brown sugar, oil, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla and eggs; pulse until dough comes together.

Fold in whole almonds and transfer to prepared pan.

Pat dough into a 7×15 rectangle pan; bake until golden and slightly firm, 18 to 20 minutes. Let biscotti cool.

Reduce oven to 325 degrees. Remove cooled biscotti from pan; cut crosswise into 20 7-inch strips; cut each strip in half to form 40 312-inch long strips.

Transfer strips to parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.


"The Goods" is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program that runs in The Florida Times-Union's "Taste" section. Have a question about almonds? Contact Jahan-mihan at

Bright Birds Know

 Hicks Honors College Celebration

There is no doubt that students entering the Hicks Honors College are bright birds!

Freshmen entering the college in the fall had an average high school GPA of 4.35. The community-minded students in the incoming class also completed more than 10,000 community service hours during the fall term!


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 Isabel Pease at