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Renovations to begin on two original UNF buildings

Rendering of renovated Skinner-Jones Hall shows updated front with glass Phase one of a major renovation to Skinner-Jones Hall South and Skinner-Jones Hall North - also known as buildings 3 and 4 - is set to begin in mid-August. The two buildings that were part of the original footprint of the 1972 campus will be transformed into one structure with state-of-the-art upgrades when completed in December 2017.  


The Florida Legislature approved nearly $30 million for the renovation over the past four years from the Public Education Capital Outlay fund, the state's primary source for the capital needs of public schools, community colleges and universities.


The reconfigured building will be called Skinner-Jones Hall and will feature completely renovated interior space, a four-story addition and a new entry lobby. A revised design for the front exterior of the building, as shown in the architectural renderings, includes an increase in the size and amount of windows.


The first sign of work will be a fence around Parking Lot 7, which will provide space for needed building materials. According to Zak Ovadia, director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction, Lot 7 will not be available during construction, except for a limited number of spaces for the University president and his guests.


George Androuin, director of Business and Parking, said disability parking spaces will be accommodated within the UNF Arena Parking Garage and Lot 9, and vendor parking will move to Lot 9. Anyone who previously used the two 20-minute parking spaces will find similar parking in Lot 9. At the conclusion of the project, Lot 7 will reopen with similar category spaces but slightly fewer due to the reconfiguration.


During phase one, the interior of Building 4 will be completely gutted and redone, larger windows installed to increase the amount of natural light and a four-story structure added to the building using a portion of Lot 7, Ovadia said. Passersby will see a crane and delivery trucks, yet will be able to walk safely around the building.


Phase two renovation on Building 3 will begin mid-June 2017, after its occupants move temporarily into the new space. The completion date for this final phase of the project is mid-December.


In addition to modernizing the facilities, the project will provide space for the School of Engineering and the Department of Construction Management, which will occupy nearly 65 percent of Skinner-Jones Hall - including civil/construction, the Taylor Engineering Research Institute, electrical, mechanical, microscopy research facility, common spaces and the CCEC Dean's suite.  These areas now occupy the first floor of Building 4 and a portion of the Science and Engineering Building.


Dr. Mark Tumeo, dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, said the departments will benefit from upgraded facilities and a more flexible configuration of computer seats, design labs and faculty offices. “The quality and flexibility of the space will increase, so, while we will have the same area, we will be able to make our programs more hands on and more engaging,” Tumeo said. “From that perspective, it's definitely a step forward.”


Some of the state-of-the-art upgrades include a video teaching lab; computer labs and design, teaching and research labs for all engineering disciplines; research and teaching labs for several engineering disciplines; and Wi-Fi throughout the facility.


The School of Engineering and the Department of Construction Management's move out of the Science and Engineering Building will allow more space for physics and chemistry.


The Physics Department is expected to gain about 17,000 square feet. Dr. James Garner, department chair, said space is at a premium right now, and will be especially tight when labs now in Building 4 are moved to the Science and Engineering Building during the renovation. “We have outgrown our space,” Garner said. “The added space will allow us to set up teaching labs, research labs, faculty offices, a machine shop and a semiconductor clean room. We will have room to grow.”


The Chemistry Department, which will gain about 15,000 square feet, also needs room to expand, according to Dr. Radha Pyati, department chair. “We're excited about getting added space because it will allow us to expand not only lower division teaching labs, but also labs for upper level science,” Pyati said. “It will also give students better access to chemistry instrument holdings.”


Ovadia said that UNF hopes to add Skinner-Jones Hall to the list of LEED buildings on campus in the gold level designation. Ajax Building Corporation, the construction management company for this project, also worked on the Biological Sciences building, which was certified as LEED Gold.


“Our design reinforces our commitment to sustainability and safeguarding the environment,” Ovadia said. “Right now we are confident that we'll hit the gold level of certification.”

Around Campus

Swoopopoly! New game parallels campus life

Sold books back to the Bookstore, collect $50!UNF board game
Finals week! Advance to Thomas G. Carpenter Library.
Stepped in goose poop, go back 3 spaces.

While each scenario sounds pretty typical of student life on UNF's campus, it's actually messages from cards of UNF's new board game, Swoopopoly. Created by the marketing staff of the Student Union, the game will be available this fall to students in the Student Union's Game Room and other locations.

The SU marketing team spent about three months researching the idea for a customized game, similar to Monopoly, and about a year developing it - writing all the cards, designing the board, box, cards and money, and overseeing production. Megan Porter, a student graphic designer who works in the Student Union, designed all the elements of the game. Being careful to not infringe on any trademark issues, the staff decided not to sell the game, but instead created in-house copies for use by students.

“It's great because students can not only enjoy playing the game on campus, but they will also learn about our campus and all the amenitities available to them,” said Brock Ertel, event planning associate for the Student Union, pointing out that the developers were careful to use the actual names of offices and resources. “For example, the board doesn't just say ‘the Trails,' it says ‘Robert Loftin Nature Trails.'”

The idea to create the original game goes back to the marketing staff's interest in a 3-D printer to address some recurring needs. At the end of each semester, Student Union staff has a tedious task of taking inventory of all board games - down to each card and game piece. The staff goes as far as getting out the game instructions to determine everything that is included before they begin their counts - play money, cards, game pieces, tokens. The final counts usually indicate that many pieces are missing. And, according to Ertel, replacing those pieces can be almost as costly as buying a new game. After taking a 3-D printing student playing board gameclass at the Center for Instruction and Research Technology, Ertel said he started looking into 3-D printers to replace game pieces, print out giveaways for Market Days, and this led to conversations about other uses. The custom game idea quickly became part of the discussion.

This fall, the Student Union marketing staff plans to create a buzz and lure students to the Game Room to play Swoopopoly by mapping out game squares throughout campus with spray chalk on sidewalks. Russell Bailey, a UNF sculpture graduate, created a reusable template for the task.

Ertel said many have inquired about buying a copy of the new board game, so the office is currently looking into intellectual property and trademarking laws to determine the best way to proceed with a version that could be available for sale.

Around Campus

Art with a Heart in Healthcare exhibit comes to MOCA Jacksonville

Childs art at MOCA exhibit 3No one likes being in the hospital. The experience can be especially scary for children and their families dealing with serious illnesses. Art with a Heart in Healthcare aims to diminish the fear, pain, boredom and depression children might feel by providing individualized art sessions during their time in the hospital.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF, presents some results of that work in “Inside the Outline: Art with a Heart in Healthcare,” on display Aug. 6 through Dec. 4. The exhibition features silhouettes of the patient-artists brought to life by their paintings of colorful patterns, favorite foods, landscapes and particular interests. An opening reception for the exhibition is 2–4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, in the Florida Blue Education Gallery on MOCA's fifth floor.


MOCA Jacksonville continues its partnership with Art with a Heart in Healthcare, a nonprofit that provides personalized fine art experiences to enhance the healing process for patients and families at Wolfson Children's Hospital and Nemours Children's Clinic. Patients in the program, sponsored by First Tennessee Foundation, partner with an artist-in-residence who brings out their natural talents and expands their art-making skills while promoting self-confidence and self-awareness during their hospital experience.


"We are thrilled to be partnering with MOCA Jacksonville again on a wonderful Childs silhouette art at MOCA exhibit includes fun colors and imagesexhibition to highlight the relationship between Wolfson Children's Hospital patients and Art with a Heart in Healthcare,” said Christy Ponder, executive director of Art with a Heart. “Our new show came to life by asking each patient a simple question: What makes you happy? It is truly amazing to get a glimpse into the patients' minds to see what makes them happy! Thank you to First Tennessee Bank for making this show a reality for the children at Wolfson and for Art with a Heart in Healthcare."  


Founded in 2001, Art with a Heart in Healthcare provides a staff artist, community volunteers and UNF interns seven days a week to develop sessions individualized to meet the needs of the patients and families at bedside or in groups. The nonprofit's emphasis on personal expression from a fine art perspective helps humanize the high-tech, clinical atmosphere of the hospital, and empower a child in an otherwise powerless situation. 


"Art with a Heart brings a professional artist right to sick and injured children in the hospital, which helps our patients cope with their pain and symptoms of their condition, reduces their stress in the hospital setting, and gives them a creative outlet," said Veronica Scott-Fulton, the vice president of operations and patient care services at Wolfson Children's Hospital. "It's a healing therapy that we are proud to offer." 

Faculty Forum

Aisha Johnson-Jones, head of special collections and archives

Aisha Johnson-Jones headshot Aisha Johnson-Jones, head of special collections and archives at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, teaches African-American history and electronic textual editing, with Dr. Clayton McCarl. In her field of Library and Information Science, Dr. Johnson-Jones is continuing her dissertation research on the Julius Rosenwald Fund Library Program and expanding her research on libraries of historically black colleges and universities with a focus on their academic programs during the early 20th century.


What brought you to UNF?

Growth within my field, on a larger platform


What's one thing in your field of study that people might not know? To become a librarian, one must earn a black belt. No really, a librarian must earn a Master of Library and Information Studies or Master of Library Science. Beyond general librarianship, there are specializations that allow users to access and learn about a variety of resources. There is so much more to the field than general librarianship. Ask your librarian about his or her specialization.


Do you have a favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is Peace Plaza, where the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. stand. It is a humbling experience that allows me to reflect on greater things. It brings peace.


What's the most rewarding academic experience you've had at UNF in or out of the classroom? I would have to say anytime I interact with a student who finds historical materials fascinating and critical to research or when I was able to transfer that understanding to someone. Contrary to popular belief, undergraduate students use primary resources once they are introduced to them.


If you weren't teaching, what else would you be doing? If I were not teaching or in the Special Collections and Archives department, I would spend my time researching and publishing.


What is your personal philosophy? Impact something and someone


What do you like most about UNF? The freedom to get involved across the campus. I enjoy the opportunity of teaching in different departments and being involved with the Faculty Association and African-American Faculty and Staff Association.


Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? I enjoy integrating a number of teaching methods. I am willing to try something new like integrating technology, visuals and historical materials. Learning should be interactive to capture the student's attention. In the last few years, I've noticed that teaching with the traditional lecture mold can lose today's audience. In 2012, I subscribed to the flipped-classroom method, and I found that students enjoy it more (and so do I).


Who has been the biggest role model in your life? My parents. They take encouragement to another level. Because of them, I truly know that I can do anything I desire to do. They have always encouraged me to achieve and help others to do the same.


If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? You must find your gift to understand your purpose. That gift is solely for you, but your purpose is not.


What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Take a risk, travel the world and make a difference.


If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? The establishment of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or NAACP. The eight founders were simply amazing people who came together to promote equality. Also, Ida B. Wells is my hero.


What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? Graduation


Who is your favorite fictional character? Jean Louise “Scout” Finch from “To Kill A Mockingbird.” As a child, she observed and questioned everything with sheer innocence. Through her narration as an adult, Jean Louise, recognized the struggles and triumphs that took place. It's one of my favorite books.


Where is the best place you've visited? Paris. My husband and I went there on our honeymoon. It was an amazing experience. The African-American history in Paris is unsung. The monuments and museums are breathtaking.


How do you recharge? I go off the grid for a few hours and write, old school style with a pen and pencil. Handwriting is a lost art, unfortunately. I enjoy simply writing out things before typing them.


What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? There are a number of things to do, restaurants and historic places to experience. I have lived in Chicago, Illinois, and Nashville, Tennessee. I was born in Miami, but West Palm Beach is my hometown.


What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? Taking risks that have unpredictable outcomes 

Get to Know

Osprey Profile: Brittni Miller

What is your major and why did you choose it?   Brittni Miller headshot

My major is currently chemistry, and ultimately I am pursuing a degree in pharmacy. I love medicine and chemistry, along with helping people in emergency situations, so I would like to work in a hospital setting. Chemistry interests me. I love to learn how different processes work.


Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? I decided to attend the University of North Florida because it felt more like home to me than bigger universities. I was looking forward to personally knowing my professors and involving myself in the community here.


Where are you from?

I am from San Luis Obispo, California. It is pretty far from here. My family still lives there, but I wanted to gain new experiences in a new state.


What do you like most about UNF? Academically, I love that I can meet with my professors and they get to know me in my classes. Outside of that, I love the nature that UNF has to offer.


What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? Kayaking on the lake here at UNF was a cool experience, because it gave me the opportunity to do something I normally could not have participated in.


Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? My favorite professor so far is Mahsa Hosseini. I took her General Chemistry II class, and she was very thorough in her explanations. She was willing to spend a lot of time with me outside of class to work on her material. She also was a very understanding teacher that cared as much as I did about my personal life and future career.


How do you recharge on campus?

To recharge on campus I visit the wellness complex or run the trails.


What's your favorite UNF tradition? My favorite UNF tradition, which I am not sure is really a tradition, would be going to the men's basketball games. Our team is very exciting to watch.


What's your biggest challenge so far as a UNF student? My biggest challenge so far was figuring out how to manage my time. I came in as a freshman working a job on top of school, and I found it hard to fit in homework time. I now prioritize school over work, so I cut back my hours tremendously during the year.


What does being an Osprey mean to you? Being an Osprey means always having someone to talk to. If I have a problem, I can visit my advisors to talk, or my professor if the problem is in class. With smaller class sizes than a large university, I can actually speak with and get to know my classmates.


When you're looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? I like to attend the yoga classes at the wellness complex to wind down. I love going to our gym because it is nice and updated, plus it has Jamba Juice (my favorite smoothie place).


If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be and why? If I could meet one historical figure it would be Gautama Buddha. I love learning about different cultures, and think I could benefit from his vast wisdom.


If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? If I could witness any historical event it would be the speeches of Mahatma Gandhi. I am very much a pacifist and would love to have his peaceful insights.


What three traits define you? Determined, helpful, organized


Do you have any advice for high school students? As a peer advisor at ACE, we constantly give advice to incoming freshman. The most common advice we give is to prioritize school over work, manage your time well and study often!


When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? After next year I will be done with all of my classes, so I will be applying to pharmacy school next fall. I plan to graduate from UNF in 2018 and graduate with a PharmD in 2022.


College Optical coming soon to campus

Students, faculty and staff at the University of North Florida soon won't need to leave campus for eye exams, glasses or contacts. College Optical Express is slated to open just in time for the fall semester. The store will offer affordable optical care services and the convenience of an on-site lab.College Optical logo

According to Tully Burnett, director of Business Services at UNF, businesses like this one are a welcomed addition to the campus. “When we considered the options for locating a new business in Alumni Square, we wanted it to be a business that could serve a large number of faculty, staff and students. We happen to have thousands among the campus community that easily spend more than three hours a day looking at a computer screen,” Burnett said, pointing out that an optical service is an appropriate choice for a college campus.

College Optical will provide comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fittings, frame/lens consultations and repairs and adjustments. The store also will carry a large selection of designer frames and sunglasses.

“We have been on college campuses since 2000,” said Matthew Bates, regional manager of College Optical. “We are thrilled to now have a presence at the University of North Florida and look forward to serving UNF's students and staff.”

College Optical Express advertises affordable services including a $39 eye exam, $79 contact lens exam (includes eye exam), and free single-vision lenses with any frame purchase. To expedite order convenience, glasses will be made in an on-site lab and free next-day shipping will be offered for contact lenses.

The store will be located in Alumni Square, adjacent to Lassiter Hall, Building 8; Schultz Hall, Building 9; and Founders Hall, Building 2.


Swoop Summary

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. 


Parado Begins Play for Phillipines in ASEAN Cup

MANDALAY, Myanmar - Women's soccer redshirt sophomore Hanna Parado will be competing for the Philippine National Team in the upcoming ASEAN Cup in Myanmar. Group play commences on Tuesday with a matchup against Thailand.


Parado is in her third season as a member of the North Florida women's soccer program. Learn more about Parado and the upcoming competition.


Beau Beech signs contract with Brooklyn Nets

Beau Beech headshot BROOKLYN, New York - The NBA's Brooklyn Nets have signed former North Florida basketball standout Beau Beech to a contract for the 2016-17 season. Beech becomes the first player in UNF program history to sign an NBA deal.    


"I'm super excited to have this opportunity to sign a pro contract and have an invitation to training camp with the Brooklyn Nets," said Beech, who played on the Nets' summer league team in Las Vegas earlier this July.  Find out more about Beech and his training opportunity! 


Harris finishes tied for 10th at U.S. Olympic Trials    Harris at Olympic Trials

North Florida track and field standout Bobby Harris capped his sophomore season with a 10th-place finish in the High Jump at the U.S. Olympic Team trials at Historic Hayward Field.


Harris, who advanced to the finals in the event after posting a mark of 2.14m (7-0.25) in the qualifying round, again battled rain during his competition but was unable to complete a jump at the opening height of 2.16m (7-1.00). He finished the final round tied with five other athletes. Find out more about Harris and his Olympic Trials placement. 

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishments Brooks College of Health    


School of Nursing

Dr. Cindy Cummings and Dr. Linda Connelly presented a poster at the International Nursing Association for “Clinical Simulation” in Grapevine, Texas, in June.


Department of Public Health

Dr. Elissa Barr and Dr. Michele Moore presented at the 48th Annual AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico: "Support for Sexuality Education: Meeting the Needs of All Youth.” 


Dr. Sericea Stallings-Smith wrote an essay titled “How To Make The Peer Review Process More Transparent” and won an international travel award from Public Library of Science (PLOS). The award money will help offset some of the travel costs to Rome, Italy, to present her research at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference in September.


Coggin College of Business  


Elaine Hall,  part-time faculty member and Chief Financial Officer Capital Analysts of Jacksonville, was awarded the Jacksonville Business Journal's Ultimate Finance Professional award.


Gregory T. Gundlach, professor of Marketing and Logistics, co-chaired the American Antitrust Institute's 2016 Invitational Symposium on the Non-Price Effects of Mergers in June at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.


College of Arts and Sciences



Dr. Dale Casamatta gave four presentations at the Annual Phycological Society of America Meeting. With his colleagues, he presented “Cladistic assessment of cyanotoxin production in marine, freshwater and terrestrial cyanobacterial isolates.” He also presented three works with students including “Assessing the application of internal transcribed spacer (its) region secondary structured to cyanobacterial systematics through organism wide comparisons”; “A survey of benthic cyanobacteria in the middle basin of the St. Johns River”; and “Description of a novel, cryptic epiphytic cyanobacterium isolated from a freshwater lake in Northeast Florida.”


Charles B. Coughlin and undergraduate research students Ramasai Kalyanam, Lester Manly and David Ha presented the poster “Sucralose Produces a Species Specific Dose Dependent Bacteriostatic Growth Attenuation on a Member of the Human Microbiota” at the American Society of Microbiology conference, ASM:Microbe 2016, in Boston. This work was highlighted for the International Press Corps attending the meeting.


Dr. Cliff Ross, with his colleagues D.L. Martin, Y. Chiari, B. Boone, T.D. Sherman, S. Wyllie-Echeverria, J.K. Gaydos and A.A. Boettcher, published "Functional, Phylogenetic and Host-Geographic Signatures of Labyrinthula spp. Provide for a Species Concept and Global-Scale View of Seagrass Wasting Disease" in the journal Estuaries and Coasts in June.



Drs. John H. ParmeleeNataliya Roman, Berrin Beasley and Stephynie C. Perkins presented the research paper “Measuring Political Reporters' Interactivity with Politicians and the Public on Twitter” to the European Political Science Association, in Brussels, Belgium.



Dr. Clark Lunberry created a commissioned art installations on the pond of the Parc Montsouris and on the windows of the Fondation des États-Unis, at the Cité International Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France. He also presented a paper, “And then the Windows failed: Installing Emily Dickinson,” for the Emily Dickinson International Triennial Conference (EDITC).


Dr. Michael Wiley published the novel Black Hammock (Severn House Publishers). He also published paperback editions of the novel Second Skin and the critical monograph Romantic Migrations: Local, National, and Transnational Dispositions (Palgrave Macmillan).



Dr. Alison J. Bruey presented research on the workshop panel “New Histories of the Popular Unity in Chile” and served as commentator on the panel “Archivos de la historia reciente y memoria en Am é rica Latina y el Caribe: nuevas miradas, conceptualizaciones e implicaciones” at the XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in New York City in May.



Drs. Randy Tinnin and Erin Bennett led a TLO funded study abroad with 12 UNF music students to Le Bois d'Oingt, France. UNF faculty and students performed six concerts in a variety of historic venues and conducted a four-day music exploration camp for 30 French grammar school students.


Philosophy & Religious Studies

Dr. Sarah Mattice presented four papers: “Emptying Out the Heart Sutra: An Exercise in Imagination” at the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference; “Paying Attention to Metaphors in and across Philosophical Traditions” at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea; “The Place for Vulnerability in an Ethics of Contingency (ming ): Cultivating Aesthetic Sensitivity” at the International Workshop on Contingency in East Asian Philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea; and “Building Global Philosophy: Metaphors in a Culturally Polycentric World” at the International Workshop on Contributions of Chinese Philosophy to Western Philosophy, at Zhejiang University, China. She also facilitated a teaching workshop, “Imagining Ourselves as Teachers: A Workshop on Teaching Techniques for Comparative Classrooms” at the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference.



Drs. Jody Nicholson and Heather Truelove,  with Master of Psychological Sciences program graduates Jennifer Barton and Bobby Moulder, published “Measuring college students' community service attitudes validly and efficiently: Development of a short version of the Community Service Attitudes Scale” in the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.


Art and Design

Sheila Goloborotko is currently presenting the solo exhibition Encuentro Insólito at the museumCentro Cultural Atarazanas in Veracruz, Mexico, through Aug. 12. International curator Graziela Kartofel presented in tandem with opening the lecture Sheila Goloborotko and Contemporary Art. The exhibition received the attention of major TV networks such as Televisa and TV Azteca and extended coverage by local and national newspapers. The artist also participated in five live TV and radio interviews.  

Sheila Goloborotko and Art and Design undergraduate student Ricder Ricardo received a SMART Grant to develop the creative research project Tropico, a series of prints portraying women living in poverty, abuse and discrimination. With this portfolio of varied techniques, the artist hopes to honor the women who raised and taught him to become an insightful artist concerned with peoples' equality, individuality and diversity. 


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


School of Engineering

Dr. Don Resio,  J.L. Irish and R. Weiss published “Physical characteristics of coastal hazards,” Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering, M. Dhanak and N. Xiros, Eds., Springer, 2016. With M. Tumeo and J.L. Irish, he published “Foundations for hazard/risk assessment in coastal areas,” Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering, M. Dhanak and N. Xiros, Eds., 2016. With C.L. Vincent and D. Ardag, he published “Characteristics of directional wave spectra and implications for detailed-balance wave modeling,” Ocean Modelling, 103, 38-52, 2016. Dr. Resio also presented The Latest in Sea Level Rise and Flooding Science” at Old Dominion University in July.


School of Computing

Dr. Dan Richard and Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy joined the planning committee for the Data and Technology Experience (D.A.T.E) summit hosted by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. This summit is a first of its kind in the southeastern U. S. that aims to bring experts in data and technology together to help nonprofits achieve their mission effectively and efficiently. The D.A.T.E summit will be held in Jacksonville on Oct. 25.


College of Education and Human Services

Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education


Dr. Kristine Webb , professor in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education, presented with Drs. Lori Nararrete and Roberta Kaufman, Nevada State College; Clarissa Rosas, Mount St. Joseph University); and Silvana Watson, Old Dominion University, at the Division of International Special Education and Services Conference in Gran Pacifica, Nicaragua. Their presentation was titled “Self-determination and Individuals with Disabilities in a Global Context.” During their stay in Nicaragua, the group built raised garden beds for a rural school.


American sign language/English interpreting students attended the Critical Link 8 conference at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, with Dr.Suzanne Ehrlich and Ms. Dawn M. Wessling as faculty sponsors. The students were partnered with British sign language students and participated in a mini-conference with signed and spoken language interpreting students from Heriot-Watt, and also worked as conference volunteers. The conference was attended by over 350 interpreting and translating practitioners and educators from Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Dr. Ehrlich presented “Reflective Practice as a Pedagogical Strategy for Interpreter Educators”with her co-presenter Stacey Webb of Heriot-Watt's Interpreting program; Ms. Wessling presented “You Can't Do That! Flipping the Interpreter Education Classroom.”


Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol


Dr. Katie Monnin presented at Denver Comic Con in June. Her panel was titled "How Comic are Focusing on Women Characters to Encourage Female Readership." At the American Library Associate Annual conference, Dr. Monnin presented on two panels: "Will Eisner Presents: Creating Local Partnerships for Your Graphic Novel Collection Development and Programming" and "The Rise of Fandom in Libraries." In July, Dr. Monnin was a featured speaker on two panels at San Diego Comic Con: To support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund the first panel was titled "Navigating the Powers & Perils of Banned Books Week"; the second panel was titled "Once Upon a Time: Teaching Fables, Fairy Tales and Myths with Comics and Graphic Novels." Dr. Monnin also was honored by the Will Eisner Foundation and asked to be a judge for "San Diego Comic Con's 42nd Annual Masquerade and Cosplay Night: Celebrating Costuming in the Popular Arts."


Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management


Dr. Matthew Ohlson was recently recognized as a top 30 candidate for the 2016 John C. Maxwell Awards , which recognizes notable leaders. Maxwell is highly recognized as a major contributor to field of leadership development, and the awards celebrate leaders in the fields of education, business, healthcare and community engagement across the nation. 


Student Affairs

Kaitlin Legg,  assistant director of the LGBT Resource Center, presented “The Power of Diversity” and “Meeting the Needs of LGBT People” at the Nonprofit Works: Managing High Impact Organizations Conference on June 28.


Rusty Dubberly,  director of the Disability Resource Center, presented “Serving Students with Disabilities in the University Setting” at the Unified Summit on June 29 in Las Vegas.


Margaret Szerba,  Student Government assistant director, now serves as a National Association for Campus Activities Student Government Institute-East Staff member and presented at that institute, hosted at UNF in July.


Dei Allard,  associate director of Residence Life, served as a faculty member for the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers' Regional Entry Level Institute at Emory University June 1-4. Additionally, she served as a faculty member for the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International's James C. Grimm National Housing Training Institute (NHTI) at the University of South Florida June 6-12.


Dateline balloons to celebrate our faculty and staff Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in August:

35 years 

Louise Brown,  Professor, Art and Design

Warren Hodge,  Associate Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management


30 years   

Ricky Arjune,  Chief Budget Officer, Budget Office

Roger Eggen,  Professor, School of Computing

Bruce Fortado,  Professor, Management

Cheryl Frohlich,  Professor, Accounting and Finance

Robert Thunen,  Associate Professor/Chair, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


25 years  

Deborah Bundy,  Manager, Retirement, Human Resources

Patricia Geesey,  Chair/Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Paula Horvath,  Senior Instructor, Communication

C. B. Kavan,  Professor, Management

Rebecca Marcon,  Professor, Psychology

Robert Roggio,  Professor, School of Computing

Ping Sa,  Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Renee Scott,  Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures


20 years   

Stuart Chalk,  Associate Professor, Chemistry

Ove Erdal,  IT, Support Specialist, User Services

Louanne Harris-Bryant,  Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Office

Anne Hoover,  Director, Academic Affairs

M. C. Hough,  Associate Professor, Nursing

David Jaeger,  Chair/Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance

Lillia Loriz,  Chair/Professor, Nursing

James Scott,  Associate Professor, Music         

Judith Sherburne,  Manager, Student Systems Pro, Enterprise Systems


15 years   

Gregory Ahearn,  Professor, Biology

Catherine Christie,  Associate Dean/Professor, Brooks College of Health

Matthew Clere,  Custodial Worker, University Center

Charles Coughlin,  Senior Lecturer, Biology

Nofa Dixon,  Associate Professor, Art and Design

Dwight Gabbard,  Associate Professor, English

Christine Holland,  Senior Instructor, Communication

Julie Ingersoll,  Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Reinhold Lamb,  Professor, Accounting and Finance

Lori Lange,  Chair/Associate Professor, Psychology

Maged Malek,  Chair/Professor, Construction Management

John Parmelee,  Chair/Professor, Communication

Nirmalkumar Patel,  Senior Lecturer, Physics

Francis Richard,  Director, Faculty Enhancement, Academic Affairs

Claudia Scaff,  Associate Professor, Art and Design

Robert Stern,  Senior Lecturer, Chemistry

Cassandra Stillson,  Office Manager, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Russell Turney,  Senior Instructor, English

Gabriel Ybarra,  Associate Professor, Psychology


10 years   

Lynn Albright,  Laboratory Lecturer, Physics

Lynne Arriale,  Associate Professor, Music

Elena Buzaianu,  Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Tammy Carroll,  Instructor, Nursing

John Chapman,  Instructor, English

Matthew Davies,  Laboratory Lecturer, Environmental Center

Alexander Diaz,  Associate Professor, Art and Design

Paul Eason,  Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Alan Harris,  Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering

Stephen Heywood,  Associate Professor, Art and Design

Jason Lee,  Associate Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Christy Linster,  Coordinator, Benefits, Human Resources

Michael Lufaso,  Associate Professor, Chemistry

Peter Magyari,  Associate Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science

Diane Matuschka,  Instructor, Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Neidhardt,  Director, Retirement and Benefits, Human Resources

Catherine Ovadia,  Office Manager, Chemistry

Bonnie Pope,  Assistant Professor, Nursing

Nakinya Robinson,  Coordinator, Accounting

Jenny Stuber,  Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Cara Tasher,  Associate Professor, Music

Kening Wang,  Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Burr Watters,  Assistant Director, Enterprise Systems


Five years   

Carolyne Ali-Khan,  Associate Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education

Michael Binder,  Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Jane Braglia,  Assistant Director, English Language Program

Sean Davis,  Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance

Brandi Denison,  Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Daniel Dinsmore,  Associate Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education

Rachel Dobbs,  Senior Library Services Associate, Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Trevor Dunn,  Assistant Professor, Art and Design

Ricardo Garcia,  Maintenance Supervisor, Physical Facilities

Joseph Goodsell,  Instructor, Communication

James Hall,  Assistant Professor, Music

Eric Johnson,  Assistant Professor, Biology

Chau Kelly,  Assistant Professor, History

O. Patrick Kreidl,  Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Christos Lampropoulos,  Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Chunsik Lee,  Assistant Professor, Communication

Constanza Lopez,  Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Mary Lundy,  Assistant Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science

Sarah Mattice,  Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Sophie Maxis,  Assistant Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sports Management

Ross McDonough,  Instructor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Thomas Mullen,  Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Elizabeth Nabi,  Assistant Professor, Art and Design

John Nuszkowski,  Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Jae Park,  Assistant Professor, Communication

Amanda Pascale,  Director Academic Support Services, Graduate School

Sucheta Pyakuryal,  Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore,  Interim Chair, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education



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


Tiffany Baffour,  Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Dionysia Bentley,  Registered Nurse, Student Health Services           

Joseph Cartolano,  Groundskeeper, Grounds

Thomas Caswell,  Director, Public Services, Thomas G. Carpenter Library                          

Jeffrey Conrad,  Assistant Athletic Coach, Softball                          

Bruce Evans,  Assistant Athletic Coach, Men's Basketball                  

Erika Gallion,  Coordinator Academic Support Services, International Business Curriculum

Jonathan Harkey,  Coordinator Marketing Publications, Intercollegiate Athletics

Jacob Koza,  Applications Systems Specialist, Enterprise Systems

Thomas Lake,  Analyst, IT Security                       

Sheila Mastriana,  Child Development Teacher, Child Development Research Center

Elizabeth McCarthy,  Professor, Nursing                           

David McDonald,  Head Athletic Trainer, Trainer                           

Justin Murray,  Coordinator Admissions, Transfer Student Services

Paul Parkison, Chair and  Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL

Matthew Phillips,  Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing

Patricia Rodgers,  Program Assistant, Office of Academic Testing        

Leslie Rosenberg,  Nurse Practitioner, Counseling Center                 

Joshua Schirmer,  Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Soccer                    

Charlotte Soto,  Senior Custodial Worker, Osprey Fountains

Kenton Strickland,  Parking Attendant, Parking and Transportation Services

Mercedes Trapp,  Human Resources Associate, Human Resources

Stacie Valone,  Assistant Athletic Trainer, Trainer                           

Wendy Vann,  Accounting Associate, Advancement Services              

Diane Yendol-Hoppey,  Dean/Professor, Education and Human Services


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently:  

Ashley Ballard,  Director, Health Awareness, Health Promotions

Reham Eltantawy,  Professor, Marketing and Logistics

Elbony Fleming, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, ES Operations, Systems and Analytics

Kelly Anne Gomes,  Coordinator, Academic Support Services, ES Operations, Systems and Analytics

Cristina Helbling,  Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Undergraduate Studies

Doris James,  Senior Custodial Worker, Student Union

Caron Johnson,  Assistant Director, Student Affairs, Military and Veterans Resource Center

Rabena Johnson,  Coordinator, Budgets, Coggin College of Business        

Casey Knowles,  Senior Accounts Payable Specialist, Physical Facilities               

Karen Patterson,  Interim Associate Vice President of Faculty Resources and Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Krista Paulsen,  Associate Dean/Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Cliff Ross,  Professor, Biology                            

Claudia Sealey-Potts,  Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Robert Thunen,  Associate Professor/Chair, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Stephanie Worley,  Office Manager, International Business Curriculum



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

Faiz Al-Rubaee,  Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics          

Marlene Best,  Executive Secretary, UDAE, Major Gifts

Audra Cohen,  Head Athletic Coach, Women's Tennis

Siteria Dukes,  Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Alice Eng,  Associate University Librarian, Thomas G. Carpenter Library  

Mark Falbo, Director, Center for Community-Based Learning

Lori Frederick,  Coordinator, Continuing Education

Brittany Gaalema,  Coordinator, Residence Life Programming

Sandie Miller,  Academic Advisor, Education and Human Services        

Marcelle Polednik,  Executive Director, MOCA Administration

Bruce Rouzie,  Senior IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering

Hope Schneider, Assistant Athletic Coach, Cross Country

The Goods


The term “grapefruit” was first used in Jamaica in 1814, and it refers to the fact that grapefruits grow in clusters like grapes. Grapefruit isGrapefruit halves showing ruby red color considered a “superfood” because it's jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, nutrients and low in calories. Andrea Altice, instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths about grapefruit and provides tips for including it in a healthy diet.


Myth: Certain foods, such as grapefruit, can burn fat.

Fact : No food can burn fat. Grapefruit doesn't contain fat-burning enzymes, but it does contain a low amount of calories. Half a grapefruit provides 60 calories and contains fiber, which will give you a feeling of fullness, helping curb your appetite.


Myth: Grapefruit can be taken with all medications.

Fact : Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may have interactions with different medications, especially cholesterol-lowering drugs, heart medicines and some antidepressants. Grapefruit contains a compound that can decrease the level of an enzyme naturally present in the intestines that is involved with the breakdown of certain medications, so the blood level of those medications can actually increase, being equivalent to taking a higher dose.


Myth : Grapefruit doesn't provide any health benefits.

Fact: The health benefits of grapefruit are numerous. It can help support the immune system and protects the body against cancer, especially prostate cancer. A recent study in mice showed that freshly squeezed grapefruit juice might decrease blood glucose and insulin levels, good news for those with diabetes. Also, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed that enjoying one grapefruit a day could help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels by up to 20 percent and triglycerides by 27 percent.


Myth: The color of citrus fruit is a good indication of its ripeness.

Fact : The color of citrus fruit is not a good indication of its ripeness and can't be relied upon to determine the best moment for picking. Grapefruit doesn't lose its green color until exposed to cool temperatures of 39 to 50 degrees.


Myth : A grapefruit is more nutritious than an orange.

Fact: Grapefruit is slightly less nutritious than an orange. It's rich in vitamin C, contains potassium and folic acid. The nutritional value of the grapefruit varies with color (white, pink or red.) Red and pink grapefruit have a higher amount of vitamin A.


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


Grapefruit Brulee


3 large pink or ruby-red grapefruits

6 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon margarine, cut into tiny pieces

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg



Position oven rack about 5 inches from broiler; preheat broiler.

Slice off the stem end and opposite end from each grapefruit. Stand the grapefruit, one cut end down on a work surface. Cut off the rind and pith with a sharp knife, making sure to remove all the white pith. Cut each fruit into four rounds, about ½ inch thick, by making slices parallel to the ones you made on the top and bottom. Place the slices in a large baking pan in a single layer and top each with 1½ teaspoons brown sugar. Dot with margarine and sprinkle each with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Broil the grapefruit 6 to 8 minutes until bubbling and starting to brown. Drizzle pan juices over each serving.

Bright Birds Know

Money falling off tree The University of North Florida provides approximately $111 million annually in student aid in some combination of annual gift aid and self-help aid.          


As of July, the University has provided more than $45.6 million in annual gift aid in the form of grants and scholarships from federal, state and private agencies, as well as institutional and foundation resources.  


UNF also participates in self-help aid programs such as the Federal Direct Loan and Federal Work Study programs with disbursements in excess of $59.2 million this aid year.


More than 70 percent of UNF students use one or more sources of financial aid. The average borrower indebtedness for a student at UNF is $19,846 compared to that of the $21,184 for students in other schools within Florida's state university system.