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UNF seeks goose solution

Border collie watches geese along lakeshoreUNF's administration is seeking feedback from faculty, staff and students on a solution to the health hazard posed by the Canada geese on campus.

While a mother goose being followed by a gaggle of goslings is an appealing sight, there's nothing appealing about the feces left behind on the land and in the water. In fact, geese excrement contains a wide variety of pathogens - including E. coli - capable of infecting humans.

To protect the campus community, the University of North Florida administration is considering hiring a goose control company.

Seeking a legal, humane solution
No one wants the geese to be harmed or completely removed from campus. Once near extinction, Canada geese are now protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Yet their rapidly growing numbers are wreaking havoc on campus lawns, walkways and waterways.

The company uses border collies that have completed a three-year training program. Border collies, because of their natural instinct, herd the geese instead of attacking them.

Border collie resting on lawnWhy border collies?
Geese move away at the very sight of the dogs, because the geese view them as predators. So the geese are unharmed, but tire of being pestered and are essentially “trained” over time to relocate from their current nesting areas to alternative sites.

The goose control company would move the geese from the heaviest traffic areas - the Green and surrounding walkways, the Amphitheater, the Boathouse lake, the Student Union plaza and surrounding walkways - to nesting areas on the perimeter of campus. During the entire process, the company is careful to safeguard the geese, pedestrians and bystanders and to ensure that the dogs are not harmed.

The use of border collies is considered a humane way to control Canada geese. The USDA Wildlife Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, the Humane Society and PETA are a few of the organizations that condone and recommend this technique. Bringing a border collie on campus would be an exemption to the Animals on Campus policy.

The cost
The estimated cost for a one-year contract would be $400 a month. Though the dogs are effective in keeping the geese away during the first year, the geese may return without a consistent reminder.

Facts about Canada geese
• Geese weigh 12 to 25 pounds and eat more than 1 – 5 pounds of grass and produce 2 – 3 pounds of waste per day
• The birds mate for life and return to the area of their birth each year to mate and nest
• Mating season is February to early April
• Nesting season is mid-March to May
• Geese average about 5 goslings per year
• The geese will attack humans while protecting their young
• When the birds are moved from their traditional nesting area, they find alternative sites to nest
• Geese, with their young, will travel up to 25 miles to raise their brood in what they consider a safe lake or pond
• Resident geese can fly the same long distances as their migratory cousins, but most of the birds in Florida were captive-bred animals released without wild parents to train them to migrate

Please send your feedback about this possible solution by email to

Around Campus

Plaza honors veterans

UNF dedicates new Veteran's Plaza on campusOn a picture perfect day in November, a few days before Veterans Day, flags were raised to officially dedicate the University of North Florida's new Veterans Plaza just outside the Student Union.

The dramatic ceremony involved members of each branch of the military and a number of war veterans from various conflicts dating back to World War II.

The Plaza has been a few years in the making. “There truly was a great effort to collaborate with Student Government over four administrations to make Veterans Plaza a reality,” said Ray Wikstrom, director of the Military and Veterans Resource Center. “It took a major effort to find a suitable location and design to ensure we properly honor our UNF students, faculty, staff and alumni veterans; and it was topped off with a carefully planned ceremony to give recognition to the four WWII veterans invited as our special guests.”

In 2013, UNF's Student Government passed a resolution declaring support of the Military and Veteran's Resource Center proposed memorial to honor the nation's veterans, especially those who were or are now Ospreys. Wikstrom said there are 1,300 military-affiliated students at UNF.

Caleb Grantham, president of Student Government said he wants the Plaza to be a constant reminder for students, faculty, staff and visitors of the freedom veterans have fought to protect – whether it be speaking freely in class, worshiping on the green or going to a meeting without fear of retribution.

Flag raisers pose by flags at Veterans Plaza dedication“We would not have these rights if it were not for the current men and women on campus who are veterans first and Ospreys second,” Grantham said. “To these men and women, I hope the Veterans Plaza serves as a thank you that goes beyond what our words could say.”

The guest speaker, Lt. Gen. Rick Tryon, USMC (Ret.), a Honors Senior Fellow in International Leadership here at UNF, spoke about the incredible commitment of those in the armed services. “We are blessed with having an abundance of good men and women - past and present - who step forward during times of war and peace to undertake the often arduous duty of serving their country - far from home - away from their families and loved ones - under demanding and frequently arduous circumstances … because they believe it is the right thing to do,” Tryon said. “Freedom is fragile and freedom is not free; the cost of freedom is vigilance and all too often sacrifice. This Plaza serves as a monument and reminder of the faithful service of America's veterans.”

There are six flags representing POW/MIA, the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.

Andy Ramotnik, an Army WWII POW was one of the flag raisers; all of the rest were UNF students. Flag raisers included: POW/MIA flag - Ramotnik and Christopher Vedvick, an Army veteran and purple heart recipient; the U.S. Army flag - Dennis Bayer and Taylor Layne, both UNF Osprey Army ROTC cadets; Marine Corps flag - Kyle Grinold and Ramses Marte Espinosa, both Marine Corps reservists; Navy flag - Jamie Plym and Kate Thompson, both veterans and Thompson is also a military spouse; Air Force - Ozea Brown and Sally Sims, both veterans; Coast Guard - Sarah Sullivan and Jason Bartlett, both veterans. The University Brass Quintet played each branch's service song as its flag was raised.

The Center hopes to launch a second phase to incorporate pavers into the space to raise funds for the maintenance of the Plaza.

Around Campus

UNF students experience national spotlight

UNF students check in media on day of President Obama's visitMany University of North Florida students stepped into school history on Nov. 3, when they witnessed the first-ever visit to UNF by a sitting president of the United States.

More than 40 students gained an even closer perspective and the opportunity for transformational learning by working behind the scenes in the UNF Arena when President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of nearly 7,000 during a Clinton campaign rally.

Heather Smith, a senior studying public relations, enjoyed seeing the familiar faces of the local press she was assisting. She described the event as an “amazing experience” and was impressed with the president's staff. “They were very professional as they worked behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly,” Smith said, adding that the only tense moment for her was when a large number of Secret Service agents moved into the Arena.

MacKenzie Law, a UNF junior studying public relations, called it the “coolest” thing she's done. “Being able to be there when the president was speaking and having a chance to hang out and rub elbows with the national media was just incredible,” Law said. She was surprised to see how much was required to organize the event and thoroughly enjoyed watching it all come together.

Bobbi Doggett, senior instructor and public relations and internship coordinator, brought Law, Smith and nine other students with her to work the event. Under the supervision of the Clinton campaign staff, Doggett and students checked in and assisted the media, handed out badges and showed journalists where they were to be located. “We were all lucky to be able to see the president speak,” Doggett said. “I think it was good experience for the students to see a big venue like this right on their own campus.”UNF student Caleb Grantham shows President Obama how to swoop with Joy Korman and Radha Pyati

For Caleb Grantham, as president of Student Government, the event presented a special moment - he actually met the president. He and Dr. Radha Pyati, president of the Faculty Association, and Joy Korman, chair of the UNF Board of Trustees, represented the University as presidential greeters.

"This experience, for me personally, is one that I won't soon forget," Grantham said. "Having the opportunity to hear a sitting President speak in person is a remarkable experience in and of itself, but to be presented with a chance to greet and engage in a conversation with the President of the United States is truly a once-in-a-life-time experience. Add to all that the opportunity to teach the Leader of the Free World how to “swoop," you get an experience that I still cannot completely grasp!" 


Dr. Pyati said she was incredibly honored to be one of the people to meet the president. “I feel so lucky to have been included as the president of the Faculty Association at this time - it was just random chance that it happened now,” Pyati said. “To be part of UNF history like this is humbling to me.”

Though the Clinton campaign paid more than $20,000 to rent the Arena and Field House and took care of inside preparations, dozens of UNF employees had only three days prior to the event to prepare the campus.

Employees met to plan parking; the number of shuttles needed and the best routes to move guests; and to determine how many barricades, signs, vests and people were needed for the event. Vince Smyth, associate vice president of Administration and Finance, said that roughly 25 employees and nine additional temporary staff were needed the day of the event to direct people and manage parking campuswide. Costs were covered by the campaign.

The Information Technology staff provided additional voice and data lines, according to John Hale, assistant vice president of Administration and Finance. IT also reconfigured the wireless network used by staff in order to provide support to the national and local media onsite.

About two dozen employees provided support the day of the event, Hale said. One priority was precooling the Arena very early in the day in order to ensure the space remained cool for those in the stands and in particular for those standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor. UNF also had to ensure a safe number of people within the space. To do that, two representatives from the Florida State Fire Marshal's office visually monitored the entering crowd. When they decided the building was at capacity, about 1,000 people remaining in line were diverted to the UNF Field House, where the president also made an appearance.

Prior to the event, the entire grounds department, about 30 people, worked for several days to spruce up the landscaping around the Arena. “They did a miracle transformation,” Hale said, explaining that the work had not been completed since the bridge had been removed and Hurricane Matthew had taken down a tree. In addition, the crew completed window cleaning, pressure washing and other general housekeeping.

Hale commented that sprucing up the campus definitely had some lingering benefits. “Coach Moon said ‘Thanks for getting us ready for basketball season,'” Hale said.

Around Campus

Fulbright faculty honored

Fulbright faculty members at UNFFulbright faculty members at the University of North Florida now have a little something extra to adorn their academic regalia at commencement or to display in their offices.

Last month, members of the UNF Fulbright Faculty were honored with specially designed Fulbright medallions recognizing the distinction. Presented by UNF President John A. Delaney and Dr. Philip Rakita, vice president of the Fulbright Association Board of Directors, the medallions were given to UNF Fulbright awardees, from those who were named Fulbrights in the late 1980s to those who recently returned from Fulbright assignments. Rakita (who just happens to be the father of Dr. Gordon Rakita, director of academic technology and former president of the UNF Faculty Association) spoke to the group sharing stories that clearly demonstrated the value of the Fulbright experience.

Dr. Earle Traynham, provost and vice president of academic affairs said the Fulbright awards to faculty have helped elevate the University of North Florida, and he encouraged the UNF members to continue to be good ambassadors of the program by urging fellow faculty members to apply.

The Fulbright Faculty group will soon add two new members. Dr. Keith Cartwright, professor of English, is currently the Fulbright–García Robles U.S. Studies Chair at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. And beginning in May 2017, Dr. Josh Gellers, assistant professor of political science, will be conducting research under a Fulbright award on public participation in the environmental decision-making process at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. 


Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president for student and international affairs and a Fulbright awardee to Guatemala in 1991, convenes meetings of the UNF Fulbright group each semester to help promote the program on campus to both faculty and to students.

Administered through the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the nation's flagship international educational exchange program with more than 160 countries. The program was established in 1946 through legislation initiated by Senator William Fulbright to fund the “promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.” Over the past 70 years, more than 370,000 faculty and upper-level university students have participated in the program.

There are 30 UNF Fulbright Faculty members. Visit the UNF Fulbright Faculty webpage for a full list.


The 2016-17 UNF Faculty Awards nominations

UNFs Juan Aceros poses with President Delaney to accept faculty awardNominations are now being accepted for the 2016-17 Faculty Awards: Distinguished Professor, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship, Outstanding Faculty Service and Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship. The submission deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at 5 p.m.

All members of the University community - students, alumni, faculty, adjunct, staff and administrators - are invited to nominate a faculty member for an award. The guidelines for the awards can be found online on the UNF Faculty Association home page.

Submit nominations in one of three ways: use the Online Forms link; send nominations by email to; or deliver handwritten or typed nominations to the Faculty Association Office in the Osprey Commons, Building 16, Room 3100.

For more information, contact Faculty Association Executive Secretary Cindy Chin at or 620-2872 or Faculty Association President Dr. Radha Pyati at or 620-1918.


Nelson Mandela's grandson to speak at MLK luncheon

Speaker for MLK Luncheon Ndaba MandelaNdaba Thembekile Mandela, the grandson of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, will speak at the University of North Florida's 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon Feb. 21, 2017. The ticketed event, presented by UNF's Intercultural Center for Peace, will be held at the Adam W. Herbert University Center Banquet Hall from noon to 1:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available online or at the Ticket Box Office, Building 8, Room 1100, (904) 620-2878.

Ndaba Mandela is president and CEO of Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa and increasing its potential for growth in education, employment and corporate alliances.

The annual luncheon welcomes an internationally acclaimed leader to honor the ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and teach about his philosophy of nonviolence. The program also provides scholarships to students whose leadership and service reflect Dr. King's teachings. During the program four student scholarships are awarded. For the past three decades, the annual event has raised more than $100,000 in scholarships for UNF students.

An award for faculty has been added to recognize a faculty member who promotes diversity and has outstanding international and community accomplishments working towards peace.


UNF initiatives promote sustainability

Responsibility to our natural environment is always a top priority at UNF. This fall, two new projects are helping to promote campus sustainability. For those with electric vehicles or hybrids, a charging station will ease the drive to UNF. For students, faculty or staff with extra textbooks or empty ink cartridges, a new recycling bin makes helping the environment and giving back to UNF more accessible.

Electric vehicle charging station
UNF is proud to announce the addition of the Swoop Source Electric Vehicle Charging Station to the campus. The station is located in Lot 53 ofelectric vehicle charging station Ann and David Hicks Hall and is now open to the campus community and for public access.

“By studying the environmental impact that UNF has, we realize that a majority of our students, faculty and staff commute to campus," said James Taylor, coordinator of UNF's Environmental Center. “Commuting is a major piece of the sustainability puzzle. One way to cut emissions drastically is with fuel efficient electronic cars.”

UNF's station is provided as part of a countywide alternative fuels initiative called ChargeWell. The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) partnered with JEA to launch the ChargeWell electric vehicle charging program in 2015. It is part of the TPO's Regional Alternative Fuels Master Plan, which aims to invest in initial vehicle and fueling infrastructure for organizations promoting alternative fuel. UNF was selected as one of 25 Jacksonville organizations to participate.

“We chose UNF because it is a most optimal location,” said Peter King, JEA program manager. “We worked closely with the UNF Environmental Center to pick a spot that would best serve the community.”

The station will operate under the ChargePoint network. Users sign up for a ChargePoint account and use the account app to charge their vehicle. Parking spaces at the station are for EV charging only and require a valid UNF parking permit. It costs one dollar an hour to charge.

“Electric vehicles are the future,” said Taylor. “They are becoming more popular, and we are very excited to be helping in the transition towards cleaner fuels and reducing environmental impact.”

Textbook Recycling Bin
A permanent book collection bin has been installed outside the UNF Bookstore. All textbooks, books or workbooks are accepted at the bin. There is also a separate slot for recycling printer ink cartridges.

The textbook recycling bin is part of an ongoing project led by the Environmental Center and its Student Coalition club. It was funded by Pepsi to promote sustainability as part of an ongoing partnership with UNF.

The project began in fall 2012 when students from the Environmental Center put out cardboard boxes to collect old and unwanted textbooks for recycling. Student volunteers then collected the textbooks and sent the donations to the “Better World Books” organization, which sells, donates or recycles textbooks.

The profits are used to fund worldwide literacy programs and a portion is returned to UNF. The money returned is used by the Environmental Center to fund Student Coalition trips and activities. According to Taylor, the project has collected more than 4,300 pounds of textbooks since its initiation and raised more than $1,000 for the club.

Book and ink donations can be dropped off at any time, or faculty and staff can arrange for pick up of donations directly by calling James Taylor at the Environmental Center at ext. 5804.


MOCA Jacksonville launches #ibelieveinMOCA campaign

UNF alumnus Jordan Mixson poses to promote MOCAMOCA Jacksonville attracts some of the most creative people in Jacksonville who come to the Museum to find inspiration. Jordan Mixson is one of them. You'll often find him snapping photos of himself with the artwork for his entertaining Instagram account called The Sockateur.

Throughout the end of the year, MOCA will be asking people to share why they support the Museum.

For Mixson, MOCA fuels his creativity. He was born and raised in Jacksonville and works in the Medicare industry. A UNF alumnus, Mixson is also a professional violinist who does freelance performances.

“I support MOCA because it has always been a valued resource of connecting with the local community and being exposed to current forms of art displayed by local and national artists,” Mixson said. “To understand my art as a musician and a creative, I also need to open my mind to other forms of art and stay informed and be inspired.”

More of the interview with Mixson is available on the MOCA website as well as the inspiration others have found and why they say #ibelieveinMOCA. You will find interviews with Jenny Parker, Steve Williams, Princess Simpson Rashid and Calli Marie Webb with several more to come in December on the website.  

The fundraising campaign is asking MOCA Jacksonville supporters to become members or to donate and then tell friends why they support MOCA using #ibelieveinMOCA on social media.

Faculty Forum

Dr. Cara Tasher, director of choral studies

Dr. Cara Tasher conducts concertDr. Cara Tasher, director of choral studies in the School of Music, leads UNF's Chorale and Chamber Singers and teaches upper-level and graduate courses in conducting - practical, theoretical and academic - as well as courses in the music education sequence when she is available.

Tasher said that conducting the UNF ensembles is sometimes research, depending on the repertoire. She has served as a soloist or conductor in more than 20 countries and has led the UNF choirs on numerous performance tours all over the world including Portugal, Italy and South Africa. When possible, Tasher writes articles on living composers in the International Choral Bulletin.

What brought you to UNF? The students at my interview who seemed intellectually curious to grow, the colleagues who seemed to have a “let's-get-it-done” attitude, and of course, the nature-filled campus.

What's one thing in your field of study that people might not know? It isn't only about "waving your arms around."

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? Where my students congregate when they are working together and nurturing one another; the place shifts, but wherever it is, it is a lovely spot to observe.

What's the most rewarding academic experience you've had at UNF in or out of the classroom? International Choral Exchanges where we are singing together with people from another country.

If you weren't teaching, what else would you be doing? Traveling more, still doing what I do, just in more places.

What is your personal philosophy? Open your eyes, open your ears, connect.

What do you like most about UNF? Music nerd joke: that it is “FUN” in 1st inversion. Sincere answer: The buildable nature of its “wishableness.” Alongside my colleagues, I have been supported in growing this program organically into one of the most sought-after choral programs in the state.

Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? It varies from course to course, but not many of my classes are lectures, especially those that are considered “lecture” courses. Technology is used regularly, both in rehearsals, as well as concerts.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say?
Today? Nothing. I would just breathe.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Figure out what you need to wear, then dive in fully charged.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? The day when engineers fix the world water shortage problem, because this is among my greatest fears, and I could relax fretting about my child's future fighting to stay hydrated.

Get to Know

Dwayne Howard, patrol lieutenant at the University Police Department

Dwayne Howard of UPD poses by police carWhat do you do at UNF? I am a police officer in charge of the patrol shifts.

What do you enjoy about working here? I think that most of all I enjoy the opportunity to meet and interact with so many people. The staff, students and faculty are the most important assets that we have, and I feel very proud to serve and protect them.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? I was born in Washington D.C., but I have lived in Jacksonville most of my life.

What one memory do you most treasure? I think that it was seeing my first child born and then the second and the third … I have three beautiful daughters that I love immensely!

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? I think that I would want to sit down to dinner with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Apostle Paul, Walter Cronkite and Thomas Jefferson.

What a group! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has always been a hero to me. He knew his purpose and his destiny and he lived it. In his death he became greater than his life could have ever been. He had a selfless determination to see the end of discrimination and inequalities of all people. I would be interested to know what he thinks about how far we have come. The Apostle Paul because he wrote most of the New Testament of the Bible, and it is my favorite writing and the foundation of my own faith. Walter Cronkite who signed off on the news every night, “That's the way it is.” He could be president. Thomas Jefferson, who wrote most of the Declaration of Independence and described it as “an expression of the American mind,” was a prolific thinker. At an early age, my father sent me a copy of the document, written on rice paper. I memorized the entire document and can recite most of it.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would be an entertainer. I love singing, playing the piano and soprano saxophone.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? I would like to be able to time travel, so that I could prevent or reverse some horrible tragedies.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?
Day 1 would be no more wars, cancer would not exist and world hunger would be demolished.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? The title would be “Make it Work.” I stole this from Tim Gunn, executive producer of Project Runway. I learned many years ago that the plans we make for our lives don't always live up to our dreams, so then you have to work through failures and adversities to reach your goals, all the time keeping your integrity intact and being an example to those who look up to you. I never want to disappoint those people. I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.

What's at the top of your bucket list? I want to fly on the Concord. That's as close to a spaceship as I want to get.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Coconut Layer Cake!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I majored in music in college and marched in the band at Florida A&M University. I play the piano by ear and am in charge of the Music Ministry at my church.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I would like to take my wife to Paris, because she wants to go. She is an elementary school administrator, and she deserves it.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: Earth, Wind & Fire
Book: “The Count of Monte Cristo”
Movie: “The Gladiator”
Movie Line: Yoda: “Do or Do not. There is no try.”
Sport to Watch: NFL Football


Swoop Summary

UNF womens basketball player Claire loannidis goes up for shotIoannidis Hits Seven Threes to Lift Ospreys Past Nicholls State
Senior Claire Ioannidis matched the program record for three-pointers made in a game en route to a game-high 28 points as North Florida women's basketball edged Nicholls State, 77-74, at the Jacksonville Thanksgiving Classic at historic Swisher Gymnasium. Learn more details about the team's win.UNFs Dallas Moore winning All-Tournament honors award

Moore's Buzz Beater Gives Ospreys 76-75 Win over North Dakota
Senior Dallas Moore dropped in a floating layup with two seconds left to play giving the North Florida men's basketball team a hard fought 76-75 victory over North Dakota in the first on-site game of the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. Read more about North Florida's dramatic win!

Ospreys Conquer Conquistadors, 112-66
The North Florida men's basketball team shook off a sluggish opening 10 minutes en route to a dominating 112-66 victory over Florida National at UNF Arena. Read on for more information about the Osprey's victory.

UNFs Milan Kovacs kicking soccer ball on the fieldKovacs Earns CoSIDA Academic All-America Honor
Senior Milan Kovacs became the first North Florida men's soccer player to earn Academic All-America Honors from the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It marks the second-straight season the Ospreys have produced an Academic All-American. Learn more about Kovacs and the Academic All-America Honors.

Women's Swimming Places Second Overall at Panther Invite
The North Florida swim team completed another successful weekend at the Panther Invitational hosted by Florida Tech. As a team, the Ospreys scored 823.50 points, good for second among five schools competing in the meet. Learn more about the women's swimming successful weekend.

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Three faculty members were named Health Care Heroes and leaders in their fields by the Jacksonville Business Journal: Dr. Katherine Bloom, UNF nursing professor, was named in the area of education for her many years teaching nursing students; Dr. Catherine Christie, professor and associate dean of the College, was honored for her work in nutrition policy; and Dr. Richard Wynn, assistant professor in the department of public health, was recognized for his work in the area of mental health.

Coggin College of Business

Dr. Ronald Adams, professor emeritus of marketing, had a paper titled “McDonald's vs. NLRB: Should Franchisors be Held Responsible for the Labor Practices of Their Franchisees?” accepted for presentation at the 2017 Recent Advances in Retailing and Consumer Science Conference (EIRASS) in Vancouver, BC, June 2017.

Dr. Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing, and Dr. Courtney Nations Baker, assistant professor of marketing,
have been selected to chair the Policy Issues track at the 2017 American Marketing Association Conference in San Francisco.

Dr. Gregory T. Gundlach, professor of marketing, and Diana Moss wrote the abstract “Entrepreneurship and Antitrust: Introduction and Overview," Antitrust Bulletin (Special Issue), 61(4) 471-478. Despite the importance of entrepreneurship to innovation and economic growth, measures of business startups and other indications of entrepreneurial activity remain below historic norms. Consequently, growing interest resides at the intersection of antitrust and entrepreneurship. This special issue of the Antitrust Bulletin examines the nature and importance of entrepreneurship to the economy, the challenges that entrepreneurial activity poses for antitrust policy and analysis, and solutions intended to address those challenges.

Dr. Russell E. Triplett, assistant professor of economics, and Dr. Paul Mason presented the paper “An Examination of the Determinants of Aggregate Business Investment” to the Academy of Business Research Conference in San Antonio in November.

Marice Hague, of the Small Business Development Center, was named Florida SBDC Employee of the Year in 2016.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing

Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan published “An Active Learning Approach to Audio-to-Score Alignment Using Dynamic Time Warping,” in proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications in Anaheim, California, in December. Dr. Chuan and Chew, E., published “An Optimization-based Approach to Key Segmentation,” in proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM), in San Jose, California, in December.

College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design


Vanessa Cruz received the COAS Dean's Leadership Council Faculty Fellowship Award and is working on a project called MOCA Jax Symphony with Sheila Goloborotko.

Trevor Dunn exhibited work in two exhibitions during the International Wood Fire Conference in Sugargrove, Illinois. The exhibitions were titled “Moving Forward” and “Train Kiln Invitational.” Dunn demonstrated his ceramic processes and techniques and led a group firing of a “train kiln” during the International Wood Fire Conference. Dunn also exhibited work in an exhibition titled “Cheers.” One of his two pieces in the exhibit won a “Purchase Award” and is now part of the permanent collection of the Medalta Museum, located at the Medalta Center for Ceramic Arts in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.

Sheila Goloborotko co-directed the annual event Blocktoberfest in collaboration with FSCJ. Goloborotko also participated in the “8th International Printmaking Biennial D'ouro” in Portugal and in the international group exhibition “Invisible Cities” at Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jenny Hager has received commissions including a 20-foot giraffe for the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and sculptural benches for the Urban Core of Jacksonville (Downtown Investment Authority).

Stephen Heywood has multiple exhibitions of his work, including The FIRM Group Exhibition-National Invitational, Greg Hardwick Gallery, Colombia College, Columbia, Missouri; the Ninth Annual Cup Show, Form and Function-National Juried Exhibition, Tapper Center Gallery, Panama City; and The Twenty-First Annual Nellie Allen Smith-National Juried Pottery Competition, Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was awarded First Place Functional Object.

Jason John is exhibiting his work at multiple venues, including the Armstrong International, Armstrong University, Savannah, Georgia; Chevere, Sirona Fine Arts; Limner Gallery, Hudson, New York; LA Artcore, 2nd Annual Competition and Exhibition, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles; and a solo exhibition, Crossing the Threshold of Self, Florida Mining Gallery, Jacksonville. His work has also received media attention from publications including uBe Art Center blog; EU Jacksonville, Creative Quarterly Magazine, New York City; MOCA blog; and First Coast Magazine.

Paul Karabinis delivered a lecture titled “Analog Photography in a Digital Age” and gave a Cyanotype Workshop at MOCA Jacksonville. He also gave a presentation “Rethinking the Classroom Critique,” at the 2016 Southeastern College Art Conference meetings in Roanoke, Virginia.

Dr. Debra Murphy co-chaired the session “The Painter as Mediator-Rendering a Sense of Place,” read the paper “Painting as A Weapon of Choice: The Work of Amer Kobaslija,” and moderated the session “Sacred and Profane Love in the Renaissance” at the Southeastern College Art Conference meetings in Roanoke, Virginia.

Chris Trice co-chaired a session titled “Trading Places: Art, Academia, and Relocation” with Kally Malcom at the annual meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference meetings in Roanoke, Virginia. Trice also has a piece in the “6th Annual Holga Out of the Box” exhibition at TCC Photo Gallery, Dallas, juried by Harvey Stein.


Dr. Terri Ellis presented “The effect of porin loss on outer membrane vesicle composition and innate immune recognition” at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology in October.

Dr. Judith Ochrietor, with her student Derek Tokar and colleagues Leslie van Ekeris and Dr. Paul Linser, published “Characterization of the expression of Basigin gene products within the pineal gland of mice,” in the journal Cell and Molecular Neurobiology in October.


Dr. Stuart J. Chalk published the journal articles “The Open Spectral Database: An open platform for sharing and searching spectral data,” in the “Journal of Cheminformatics”; and “SciData: Aa data model and ontology for semantic representation of scientific data,” in the Journal of Cheminformatics in October. 

Dr. Christos Lampropoulos and his students S.A. Corrales, T. Jenkins and R. Thomas, presented the poster “Molecular magnets gone dimensional: Mn12-based chains, oligomers, and networks” at the Florida Inorganic and Materials Symposium in Gainesville. With students J. Bryant, N. Mhesn, S. Corrales and J. M. Cain, he presented the poster “Schiff base ligands in Hg(II) and Cd(II) chemistry” at the same meeting in October.


Dr. Margaret Stewart and Dr. Christa Arnold presented and were awarded the Top Communication Scholarship Paper Award for their paper titled “Defining Social Listening: Recognizing an Emerging Dimension of Listening” at the Florida Communication Conference in Orlando.
Diane Matuschka and Dr. Cheryl Pawlowski presented and were awarded the Best Paper Presentation for their paper titled: “Social Media, Sexualization, and American Children” at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research Conference (IOSSBR) in San Antonio.


Dr. Alison J. Bruey
presented the paper “To Die Fighting, of Hunger, Never: Insurgent Youth in Popular-Sector Santiago de Chile, 1978-1986” at the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, in Chicago in October.


Dr. Chau Johnsen Kelly presented a paper, "Landscapes of Knowledge and Power: African Cities through History" at the Urban History Association conference in Chicago in October. 





Dr. Randy Tinnin, director of the UNF School of Music, performed in China in November with American and Chinese musicians as a guest artist with the International Cultural Exchange (ICX) Jazz Collective at the Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Gaomi University and Qingjai University. He also met with representatives from the Yamaha Center Music School to discuss the possibility of leading a study abroad for UNF music students to teach and perform during the summer of 2018.

Dr. Gordon Brock served as a guest conductor of the President's Own United States Marine Band in October. 

Dr. Timothy Groulx's article “Segregated Schools at the First Integrated Festival: A Comparison of Florida High School Band Participation and Ratings in 1966,” was accepted for publication in The Journal of Band Research in September.

Political Science and Public Administration


Dr. Josh Gellers published “The Great Indoors: Linking Human Rights and the Built Environment” in Journal of Human Rights and the Environment in September.

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Dr. David Jaffee and Dr. Suzie Weng published the chapter “Migrant Transnational Labor: Work, Identity, and Social Welfare of Seafarers” in the edited volume “Migrant Workers: Social Identity, Occupational Challenges, Health Practices,” published by Nova Science Publishers.


Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens presented the poster, “Enhancing Capacity for Evidence-Based Program Planning: A University-Community Partnership,” at the 17th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference in Omaha in October.


Dr. Suzie Weng, with a former research assistant W. T. Wolfe, published “Asian American health inequities: An exploration of cultural and language incongruity and discrimination in accessing and utilizing the healthcare system” in International Public Health Journal.

Dr. Gordon Rakita presented “Vignettes of a Mentor: A Bioarchaeological Lineage” at the Cotsen Institute for Archaeology, UCLA where he was awarded the Lloyd Cotsen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in World Archaeology.

Dr. Gordon Rakita, with colleague R. Cruz Antillon, published "Assembly Lines or Handicraft: How Things were Made at Paquimé" in the edited volume "Discovering Paquimé" published by University of Arizona Press. 

Dr. John Kantner, with his former graduate student Ron Hobgood, published “A GIS-Based Viewshed Analysis of Chacoan Tower Kivas in the U.S. Southwest: Are They for Seeing or To Be Seen?” in Antiquity in October.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Dr. Elizabeth A. Curry, dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, received the NEFLIN Distinguished Career Award. NEFLIN, or Northeast Florida Library and Information Network, is a multitype library cooperative that represents 550 libraries in 24 counties throughout Northeast Florida that work together to transform libraries and promote communities of excellence. The Distinguished Career Award is presented to an individual who has displayed exemplary achievement and leadership throughout his/her career in the library field. Dr. Curry was recognized particularly for her innovations, mentoring and creation of the regional SunSeekers Leadership Institute and the statewide Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute which has flourished for over 15 years. 
Maria Atilano, marketing and student outreach librarian, and co-presenter Kayla Kuni from New Port Richey Public Library, presented their session, “Outreach Across the Ages: Developing Programs and Partnerships for Adults from 18 to 80” at the Panhandle Library Access Network or PLAN Florida Library Association Mini Conference in Panama City this fall. Atilano also presented a session titled “Shut Up and Listen: How One Academic Library Used Social Listening to Connect with Students and Build a Community” at the 2nd Annual Library Marketing and Communications Conference in Dallas in November.  


Instruction librarians Lauren Newton, Stephanie Weiss, Maria Atilano and Cat Silvers presented a poster titled "Assessing Success, One Student at a Time" at the Florida Association of College & Research Libraries (FACRL) Annual Program in October. The poster detailed the library's ongoing efforts to assess the effect of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library's research consultation service on student success.

Marielle Veve, Metadata librarian, recently presented a poster session at the International Federation of Library Association's (IFLA) Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on transforming metadata for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) into high quality Resource Description and Access (RDA) records. Additionally, Veve published a peer-reviewed article titled “Harvesting ETD Metadata from Institutional Repositories: Approaches and Barriers to Implementation” in the Journal of Library Metadata (v. 16, no. 2 (Sept. 2016): 69-79.


Dateline balloons to celebrate our faculty and staffMilestone anniversaries
Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF:

20 Years
Owen Wilson, Assistant Maintenance Superintendent, Physical Facilities

10 Years
Jennifer Hager, Associate Professor, Art and Design
Jonathan Pabalate, Instructor, Nursing
Helen Shacter, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems

5 Years
Jonathan Antal, Instructor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education
Garry Bates, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance and Energy Management
Deborah Owen, Instructor, Public Health
Elaine Staley, Director, Medical Lab Science Program, Biology

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

Natasha Chapman, Academic Advisor, ACE
Stephanie Connelly, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Golf
Robert Daigle, Automotive Equipment Mechanic, Vehicle Maintenance
Alexandra Diaz, Coordinator, Student Financial Services, Controller
Lily Dzakpasu, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Emily Gebbia, Accounting Associate, Advancement Services
Robb Hartman, Senior Internal Auditor, Internal Auditing
Jorge Hernandez, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Roger Highcove, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Alyssa Hockenberry, Museum Registrar, MOCA Jacksonville
Jarrod Marshall, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services
Jeffrey Smith, Custodial Worker, Osprey Hall
R. Terrence Synnott, Assistant Director, Prospect Research, Constituent Programs
Mariya Tkach, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Sean Weglicki, Coordinator, Facilities Management, Facilities and Grounds
Chelsea Whiteman, Academic Advisor, ACE

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Thomas Clifton, Coordinator, Admissions Processing, Enrollment Services
Catherine Cole, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment, Enrollment Services
Kathryn Esquer, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Vernon Miller, Maintenance Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Cynthia Solomon, Coordinator, Budgets, Academic Technology and Innovation
Gayle Stillson, Assistant Director, Student Enrollment Communication Center
Victoria Taylor, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department

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

Paul Arrington, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center
Lauren Brooks, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, Intercollegiate Athletics
Mauricio Cadena, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Holly Coleman, Coordinator, Student Affairs, Disability Resource Center
Lea Fernandes, Coordinator, Student Affairs, ELP-Faculty Grants and Initiatives
Kylan Knight, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Ryan Lebeuf, Assistant Director, Development, Intercollegiate Athletics
Kari Maples, Academic Advisor, Brooks College of Health
Robert Mreen, Senior Telecommunications Technician, Telephone Services
Sarita Sanford, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Alvin Williams, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

The Goods

Canned Foods

Canned food stacked on a market shelfAt times, healthy eating can feel time consuming and expensive. It's time to reconnect with the canned food aisle as a way to help solve these issues surrounding a healthy diet. Jenna Braddock, instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares how canned goods offer many healthful benefits to your diet. In order to include canned food in your diet, a recipe is included.

Myth: You should only shop the perimeter of the grocery store.

Fact: Canned goods are one type of food found in the center of a grocery store and happen to offer many benefits to a healthy diet. Canned beans, for example, are a convenient, time-saving way to enjoy the benefits of beans, which include fiber, protein and B vitamins. In addition, canned tomato products, artichokes, seafood and many others make healthy foods available year-round and at a moment's notice.

Myth: Canned foods are processed and should be avoided.

Fact: The phrase “processed food” can be a misleading one. Yes, it's important to choose whole, minimally processed foods, and canned foods are exactly that. Canned foods are technically processed in the sense that they are washed, prepped and go through the canning process but that's usually all there is to it. It's also interesting to note that canned foods don't require preservatives to maintain their freshness. In fact, many canned fruits and vegetables have a very simple, short ingredient list.

Myth: The canning process ruins many of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables.

Fact: Many of the fruits and vegetables used in canned goods are picked at their peak of ripeness (and nutritional value) and canned within a few hours. Since canned goods are sealed in airtight containers, many nutrients are well preserved. In addition, some nutrients, like the antioxidant lycopene, become more available to our bodies through the heating process of tomatoes. Major nutrients, like fiber and protein are unaffected by canning. Therefore, canned goods can play a role in a healthy diet along with fresh and frozen foods.

Myth: Canned goods are always high in sodium because it's a preservative.

Fact: Salt isn't used as a preservative in canned foods because the canning process itself is completely sufficient for preservation. Moreover, many canned foods are now offering no-added-sodium options and are already naturally low in sodium. Look for the many low-sodium and no-sodium-added options in the grocery store to ensure you are choosing a low-sodium option. In addition, research has shown that draining and rinsing canned foods lowers the sodium content by as much as 41 percent.

Myth: Lower quality produce is used to create canned goods.

Fact: The same fruits and vegetables that go on to be fresh or frozen foods are also used to create canned foods. Unlike fresh produce that can travel long distances before reaching retail, a canned fruit or vegetable may have a higher nutrient content because it's picked at the peak of ripeness and immediately canned.

The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the University of North Florida's Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program. Have a question about canned foods? Contact Jenna Braddock at


Vegetarian Rice and Bean Casserole

By Jenna Braddock and available online.  

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups cooked brown rice (instant, long grain or short grain)
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup no-sodium-added chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon cumin
1 cup Pepper Jack or sharp cheddar cheese, recommend Cabot
1 green onion, diced (optional)

1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 2½ quart baking dish with cooking oil.
2. Add tablespoon of oil to skillet. Sauté onion, pepper and garlic until softened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Then remove from heat.
3. In a large mixing bowl, add cooked peppers/onion/garlic, rice, beans, corn, tomato paste, chicken stock, salt and pepper and oregano. Gently mix together. Fold in cheddar cheese.
4. Evenly spread mixture in baking dish. Bake in oven for 25 minutes (30 minutes if cooking from frozen).
5. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with green onions. Scoop out portions and serve with favorite toppings.

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Bright Birds Know

UNF graduate in cap and gown holds diplomaWhen looking at college costs and post-graduation salaries across the nation, University of North Florida students pay less for a degree but earn more after graduation, according to recent rankings. recently ranked UNF among the Top 10 most affordable public universities across the country for in-state tuition.

Fast forward 10 years after graduation and the average salary of a UNF grad is 23 percent above the national average, according to U.S. College Scorecard.

Advantage Ospreys!