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Festive week planned for Homecoming 2016

University of North Florida Go Big or Go Home; 2016 HomecomingGrab your running shoes for a race through campus. Play a round of golf to raise money for UNF scholarships. Maybe you'd prefer a comedy show in the arena or to spend an evening with friends at the inaugural Blue and Gray Bash. There's the 6th Man Homecoming Basketball Game and tailgating before at Tent City. And that's not the half of it!

UNF Homecoming 2016 promises to be the biggest and best ever with a schedule chock full of events for alumni, students, faculty and staff. This year, Alumni Engagement and Osprey Productions have joined forces to create a unified week of festivities encouraging everyone to Go Big and Come Home.

Chris Decent, assistant vice president for alumni engagement and annual giving, said the revamped Homecoming schedule includes popular events like the comedy show, brings back old favorites like the Swoop the Loop run, moves existing activities like the golf tournaments to Homecoming Week and offers a few new events like the Blue and Gray Bash.

Osprey Productions, which puts on the majority of student activities during Homecoming Week, and the Alumni office have been hard at work making sure the word gets out and every detail is covered.

Katie Jackson, director of Osprey Productions, said it's always great to see faculty and staff at the Homecoming events, and she hopes even more will participate this year. “We want them to experience the events as they happen, not just hear about them from students after the fact,” she said.

Jackson said some of the larger events like the comedy show have been popular in the past, but said faculty and staff are always welcomed at the other events, too, like the student Lip Sync contest on Wednesday night. Homecoming Ozzie and Staff

Between the student and alumni events, there is a full agenda throughout the week. Decent said he is especially excited about some of the new events on tap for this year. He describes the Blue and Gray Bash as a “UNF-themed taste of the town.” The Bash features food from lots of local restaurants, a live and silent auction, and a one-carat diamond giveaway from Global Diamonds. “It is also a great opportunity for staff to see the new Field House if they haven't already,” Decent said.

While students and alumni always play a key role in Homecoming, Decent hopes all of UNF will enjoy the week.

“Our faculty and staff are UNF, and this is the week we invite everyone home,” Decent said. “We encourage our faculty members and staff to pick out an event, or a few, and come out and interact with former students they may not have seen in years.”

Highlights during the week include:

Saturday, Feb. 13

Comedy Show starring John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Alumni Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony, 6 p.m.
Lip Sync, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19

UNF fore Scholarships Golf Classic, 8 a.m.
Blue and Gray Bash, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Swoop the Loop 5K & Fun Run, 9 a.m.
Tent City, 3:30 p.m.
6th Man Basketball Game vs USC Upstate, 7 p.m.

For more information, visit UNF's Homecoming webpage.

Around Campus

Senior engineering students help businesses find solutions

students in a warehouseEngineers are problem solvers. And, as local industry leaders will tell you, so are UNF's engineering students. Whether it's tweaking a process or creating a new product, more than 70 senior mechanical and electrical engineering students are currently working with local businesses to find solutions to real-world problems.

Associate professors Paul Eason and Alan Harris lead the mechanical and electrical engineering Senior Capstone Design program which this year consists of 16 teams working with companies like Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Saft, Medtronic, ICS, Gerdau Ameristeel, Inspired Energy, Gem Products as well as the Jacksonville Zoo and a couple internal units on campus. Each company funds supplies and materials for the projects.

One team is designing a handheld device to read the analytics of large industrial batteries, while another is trying to automate a manual process that can be ergonomically unsafe. Others are adjusting designs in manufacturing settings to improve production.

Chase Kuehner, whose team is working on a scanner to accurately measure warehouse dimensions, said they appreciate the opportunity to not only share the wealth of knowledge they have received at UNF, but to gain experience in their fields. “We are refining our skills to plan, organize, conceptualize and problem solve,” he said.

Each team is made up of both mechanical and electrical engineering students. At the start of the course, participants take a “Myers-Briggs” personality test and submit their results and project preferences. Teams are assembled based on the results in an effort to maximize teamwork.

The time put in by students and faculty is significant. The groups meet often and a weekly lecture for all students covers relevant subjects like ethics, risk assessment, professionalism, safety, data presentation and more.

Harris said the broad, real-world experience is by far the biggest benefit of the program. “In this class, they learn what engineers actually do,”engineering students Harris said. “It ties everything together that they have learned at UNF. They find out quickly that the things they learned here are what the industry partners actually ask them about.”

No one knows this better than Skylar Stroman, who graduated in May with a degree in electrical engineering. Stroman participated in the Capstone Design project last year and not only gained important skills, but a job, as well.

Stroman remembers being approached by industry leaders at Innovation Day, when the teams gave their final presentations. He said it was almost like an informal interview. A few days later he received a job offer.

Now an electrical engineer at Saft, Stroman believes the Senior Capstone Design program is one of the “crown jewels” of the College.

“The program allows you to see what working as an engineer is really like. In addition to the engineering itself, it exposes you to the other aspects of the job - deadlines, communication, justifying decisions, working with partners and giving presentations,” Stroman said.

He said the team environment is particularly important, because while you may want to work on projects and solve problems on your own, that is not how it is in the real world.

“In the industry, you are always working on a team. You realize that you can't do it all yourself,” Stroman said. “You have to trust and rely on others.”

The program spans the fall and spring semesters, and the teams work frequently on their projects. They submit weekly progress reports, and meet regularly with Eason and Harris to talk through challenges.

While both professors have led senior projects in the past, this is just the second year of the interdisciplinary partnership with industry support, and its popularity is clear. “There is a great demand for our students,” said Eason, who mentioned that there are more projects than students to fill them.

“Students need to learn how to do this stuff,” he said. “But to learn it in a real-world setting while the company is getting their problems solved, provides a huge benefit to everyone.”

Eason and Harris both gain from the program as well. “It's always so rewarding to mentor students in a very active way and send them out better prepared for professional practice,” Eason said.  “It's one of the most rewarding things I've done.”

Many other senior projects are ongoing in the College, like in civil engineering, where, for the past six years, students have worked on large-scale projects under the leadership of associate professor, Chris Brown.

Around Campus

UNF Nursing Students Excel on Certification Exam

Nursing StudentsRecent pass rates for the National Certification Licensure exam confirm that students from the School of Nursing at UNF are well prepared when they graduate. Third quarter results showed that UNF nursing students had a pass rate of 94.29 on the exam, well above the national pass rate average of 85.49 and state of Florida's rate of 74.3. UNF's pass rate exceeded a number of other state programs, as well.

“From day one, you could tell that the UNF professors really cared about the students and wanted us to grow into the best nurses we could be,” explained UNF nursing school graduate Cece Titra. “I had some amazing clinical instructors that encouraged us to seek out opportunities and try things we were uncomfortable with,” she said. Titra received her second bachelor's degree from the UNF nursing program this July. She was hired by Baptist Health before graduation and now works in the pediatric ER at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

Instructors are focused on graduated students who are well-prepared and ready to start their careers. “We do not teach to the certification exam,” said Dr. Lillia Loriz, professor and director, School of Nursing. “We teach our students the basics they need in order for them to think critically in any situation and to make the best decisions. This is reflected in the pass rates, but also in their readiness to practice.”

With new evidence for an increasing demand for nurses, the School of Nursing changed the admission patterns this year. Admitting 36 students into the regular prelicensure program and 36 students into the accelerated prelicensure program twice per year will allow the School of Nursing to admit a total of 27 more applicants.

“UNF works very hard to prepare our nursing students for readiness for practice in the healthcare workplace,” said Cynthia Cummings, associate professor and Accelerated Nursing Program director. “We utilize a variety of simulation activities, collaborate with many of the hospitals and community resources to provide a multifaceted approach to healthcare.”

With the support of Florida Blue, UNF is working with its nursing graduates to implement an expanded simulation component to the nursing curriculum. In an effort to encompass the most realistic and timely needs of our community patient, new simulation techniques have been added based on graduate responses and feedback from area hospitals.

“Our community-based program prepares our students to be able to approach the patient in a wholistic manner.” Loriz said. “This allows them to have a better understanding of what the patient might need to manage at home.”

UNF's School of Nursing has been preparing new nurses since 1985 and has offered a successful accelerated program since 2003. Students in the Accelerated Nursing Program have already fulfilled the general obligations outside their major to earn a bachelor's degree. The accelerated track allows them to concentrate completely on nursing studies for 13-months to earn a bachelor's in nursing.

“When I started in the adult emergency room, many of the physicians were not aware that I was a new graduate nurse,” Titra said. “I think that's because of the great professors, challenging curriculum, and clinical instructors who constantly push us to become better hands-on nurses. The nurses who graduate from UNF are able to easily transition into a career as a successful RN or BSN.”

Loriz said over the past three years, the program also boasts an average 97 percent graduation rate. Year-end results for the National Certification Licensure exam are expected soon.


MOCA introduces new look

Museum Visitors at MOCAMOCA Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF, has a new look that spans all of its print and digital products, from signage on the building and Museum directories to e-mail communications and social media accounts. The new identity embodies a sophisticated, metropolitan institution.

The Museum's self-curated exhibitions, three-story-tall Project Atrium installations, growing Permanent Collection, innovative public programs, and interactive educational offerings for children and families have developed a reputation beyond Northeast Florida. “With this reinvented identity, MOCA Jacksonville is poised to continue its growth on a national scale, highlighting Northeast Florida as a burgeoning center for arts and culture,” said Marcelle Polednik, director and chief curator.

As the digital face of MOCA Jacksonville, a redesigned website offers artists, lenders, sponsors and other visitors an interactive experience with easy navigation and a contemporary look.

The website was designed by Casie Simpson and Denise M. Reagan of MOCA and built in collaboration with Marian Watters and Pasquale Caiazzo from UNF Information Technology Services. One of the most innovative aspects of the new website is the MOCA Blog, a place to find behind-the-scenes stories about the Museum, from major news to fascinating perspectives to entertaining anecdotes. Visitors can read interviews with MOCA artists, learn how exhibitions are built from beginning to end, find tour curriculum from MOCA's educational staff, see what's happening in the world of contemporary art, and much more. All MOCA staff members will contribute to the Blog, in addition to guest MOCA logobloggers, such as UNF faculty, exhibition artists, program speakers, and members of the MOCA Board of Trustees.

The new identity is built into every aspect of the Museum, from exhibition design to new materials for visitors, all designed in-house by MOCA staff. New user-friendly, color-coded directories will navigate visitors around the museum, and vibrant new posters and vivid signage will highlight upcoming events. Fresh fliers promoting MOCA will blanket the airport, hotels, and other locations, and clever coasters will arrive at bars and restaurants.

Visit MOCA's website, to experience the Museum's new look.


Kiplinger's Personal Finance names UNF 2016 Best College Value

UNF student studying on campusFor the fifth consecutive year, the University of North Florida has been named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance's list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. The rankings highlight public colleges, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

UNF earned spots on the magazine's list of best values in public colleges for both in-state and out-of-state students. The complete rankings are available online and will appear in the February 2016 print issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

“With top-notch academic programs and amazing out-of-classroom experiences, all at an affordable cost, UNF provides an exceptional value that's hard to beat,” said UNF President John Delaney. “We take great pride in being recognized by some very elite organizations for our efforts.”

Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

“Families can use the list as a starting point and then tailor it to each student's preference for such things as size, location, campus culture and major,” explained Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine editor.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including the 2015 Best Online College by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, Best Regional University, 2015 Best Online Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program, all by U.S. News & World Report, as well as Princeton Review's Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, just to name a few.

Since 1920, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. The Kiplinger Letter remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. 


Swoop Summary

 Alex Morrell headshotWelcome 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. 


Morrell Taken by the Chicago Fire in MLS SuperDraft -

Former men's soccer player Alex Morrell became the first North Florida men's soccer player to be taken in the MLS SuperDraft. The speedy forward was taken 22nd overall by the Chicago Fire. Morrell was one of 60 players invited to the 2016 MLS Combine where he quickly turned heads on the first day in performance testing. He ran the third fastest time in the 30-meter dash and finished in the top-10 in the both the vertical jump and the 5-10-5 shuttle.

Learn more about Morrell's draft


Men's Basketball outlast FGCU in Battle of the Birds -

Playing one of the closest games of the season, the North Florida basketball team outlasted Florida Gulf Coast for an 82-76 victory Saturday night in front of 4,138 fans, the fifth largest crowd in UNF Arena history.
Read about the Osprey's latest victory


Softball Players McClelland and Duncan earn Preseason All-Conference Honors -

Stacy McClelland and Shelby Duncan were named unanimous All-Conference team members, while McClelland was also named Preseason Player of the Year, announced by the conference office.

Learn more about the Osprey softball honors 


Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Inductees for 2016 -

The University of North Florida Athletic Department announced the UNF Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016 which features a quartet of standout athletes along with a pair of championship teams and a longtime philanthropic supporter.

Meet the new inductees


Osprey Baseball Offers Helping Hand to Jacksonville Community-

The North Florida baseball team gained notoriety last season for its record-breaking year on the diamond. This offseason has been highlighted by the team's work with various initiatives in the Jacksonville area.

Learn more about Osprey baseball in the community


Pietschmann Named to Scholar All-America Team-

North Florida men's soccer senior Helge Pietschmann was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team. He is the first Osprey in the program's 25-year history to earn All-America honors.

Read more on Pietschmann's honor 


Faculty Forum

Richard Patterson

  Richard Patterson headshot

Department: Mathematics and Statistics  


Job Title: Professor of Mathematics

What brought you to UNF?
Like many other faculty members, it was a tenure track position and warm temperatures.

What's your favorite class that you teach? Why?
Business calculus. Typically, students tend to delay taking this class because they are scared. When they come to class, they are anxious and apprehensive. I view this as an opportunity to teach and help students get through the course in a way that is positive for everyone involved. They are always surprised to discover that their perceptions were different from the experience.

What's the most rewarding experience you've had with a student in one of your classes?
I have had many rewarding experiences working with students. One memorable experience occurred with a deaf student. The interpreter did not have a sign for math concepts I was trying to convey. I worked with the interpreter and student to eventually communicate the concepts correctly so the student could understand the lesson.


What is the most rewarding academic experience you have had outside of the classroom?
Receiving the outstanding scholarship award at UNF and serving as a Visiting Scholar in Van, Turkey, at Yüzüncü Yil University.


What's your inspiration for teaching?
I am inspired when I can see students' progress from not knowing or understanding a mathematical concept to the realization that they actually got it. That look of “I got it” is what inspires my drive and interest in teaching.

What do you enjoy most about being a professor?
Sharing with students the many ways that mathematics is applied in their daily lives

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

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? If so, where is it? What do you like about it?
I enjoy being in any space that has a chalkboard and students so that I can teach mathematics.

What's the strangest excuse a student has given you for not submitting an assignment?
“I'm suffering from a hangover so I didn't get an opportunity to do my homework.”

What's one thing in your field of study that people might not know?
Math is an organic and evolving field with philosophy at its core.

Mac or PC?

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

Do you ever hold class outside?
No, I need the chalkboard.

It is important for the students to be able to observe the process of how math concepts evolve throughout the lesson.

What is your favorite memory from your undergrad days?
There are many memories from my undergraduate days at Saint Paul's College in Virginia, but meeting my wife (Dr. Karen Patterson) is my favorite.

Are there any places around Jacksonville that you frequent?
I play soccer on several fields in Jacksonville.

Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom?
I am flexible in terms of my teaching style. I tend to use any approach or method that will help students to understand the material. Learning requires engagement so the course delivery method should not be a hindrance to student success.

What advice would you give to a student who is about to graduate?
That the degree is not just for admiration. It is a key that has the potential to open the many doors in your future.

Get to Know

Shannon Italia

Shannon Italia headshot

Department: Coggin College of Business


Job title: Director of the Career Management Center


What do you do? I wear a lot of hats in the college in addition to those that relate directly to my title. I lead the marketing and external relations efforts for the college, oversee our Student Leadership Advisory Board and serve as the internship coordinator for marketing, management, entrepreneurship and international business majors. If you boil it down, the focus of everything I do is to elevate the presence of the Coggin College of Business in the business community and foster opportunities for companies, our faculty and our students to make mutually beneficial connections.


Years at UNF: 10


Tell us about your family. I've been married to my husband Mike for 10 years. We moved to Jacksonville from Columbus, Ohio in 2005 due to a transfer with Mike's company. And no…we aren't Buckeye fans and we don't have any kids or pets. However, we do have a bunch of my former students that we treat like family who have given us the nicknames of Mama and Papa ‘Sprey.


If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? I actually worked in industry - primarily business development roles - for 15 years prior to migrating to UNF/higher education. I see my current career as my “alternate path” and am happy supporting students who are launching their careers in business.


What would you like to do when you retire? Stay engaged in the community by serving on non-profit boards. Mentor young people. Stay physically fit. Travel. Start playing the piano again.


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? I have a very supportive Dean who respects me, trusts me and gives me the latitude and resources necessary to be effective as a leader in the college. Priceless.


What is the best thing you ever won? In middle school I played on a select soccer team that won the equivalent of the national championship at that time (1981). This was an era when women's junior athletics programs, especially soccer, were just getting started, so it was a pretty big deal. Many of my teammates went on to be All-State players in high school and two were high school All-Americans. It was an honor and a challenge to play with such a talented group of young women - even if I wasn't a starter on the team!


What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? The Beatles. For sure.


If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? Fund a groundbreaking charter school that hires the most effective teachers and leaders and pays them as well as we pay accountants, engineers and other professionals. Then scale the school into a replicable model and change the world.


If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I really enjoy what I do and feel like this is very close to what I am meant to be doing. If I had to change, I'd likely be leading a non-profit or social entrepreneurship - something where my interest and skills in business intersect with helping others and making a positive impact in the world.


Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? The Atlantic Sun's Basketball Championship game last year is, by far, my favorite UNF memory. That was the best game atmosphere I've ever experienced! I was so happy for the team, the coaches and the UNF student body that day. I think that was the first time that the Jacksonville community really embraced UNF and realized we are a gem of an institution that they should be proud of and support.


What is your favorite way to blow an hour? Taking a Body Combat class at the Brooks YMCA. I'm addicted!


Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn't live without? I am not tech savvy but know I'd be lost without my cell phone. How did we manage life before smart phones?


Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: A lot of people don't know that I come from a musical family. I played piano and clarinet for many years. I was the field commander of my high school marching band and played the baritone horn in the marching and pep bands at the University of Kentucky for two years. I also danced for 12 years - primarily tap, ballet and jazz. My mom owned a large 500 student dance studio so I had no choice!


What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended? My dad took me to see Barry Manilow in 1978. This dates me and embarrasses me at the same time. On a brighter note, my husband and I recently enjoyed a Keb' Mo show at the Atlanta Symphony Hall.


What person had the greatest impact on your life? Definitely my parents. My mom more in my formative years and my dad as I've grown older. I see a lot of both of them in my interests and actions these days.


What are you most passionate about? When I look at my monthly calendar, it is clear that I put a premium on making an impact at work and in the community and staying physically fit. I have a particular interest in developing female leaders and supporting the empowerment of women.


Last book read: That's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario. I couldn't do that job but am glad that there are people willing to inform others via the images they risk their lives to capture.

Faculty and Staff


Brooks College of Health



Debra Wagner,  School of Nursing and  Kevin Hulen, Center for Instruction and Research Technology,  published “Collaborating with an instructional designer to develop a quality learner-engaged online course” in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice.

Coggin College of Business


Economics and Geography:

Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, professor of economics and geography, presented a paper titled “The Effect of Aid on Foreign Direct Investment in Africa and Other Regions,” co-authored with Tony Addison from United Nations-World Institute for Development Economics Research, at the American Economic Association/Allied Social Sciences Association Meetings in San Francisco, Calif.


Wayne Coleman, instructor of geography, had his first book “The Ho Bo Woods” featured in the Jan. 6 Current section of the Florida Times-Union. Coleman is donating half of the profits made from his first novel to the Vietnam Victims of Agent Orange.


Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of operations management, has been elected as Secretary of the Board of the “College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management (HOCM)” which is part of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)


College of Arts and Sciences


Art and Design:

Dr. Debra Murphy presented “Identifying ‘Il Pittore Ignoto': The Portrait of Il Gran Cardinale Alessandro Farnese in the Palazzo dei Conservatori Scipio Frieze” at the conference “Arts and Politics: Rhetorical Quests in Cultural Imaging” at the University of Bari in Bari, Italy in November.


Raymond Gaddy has an exhibition “Tall Tales” at the Jacksonville International Airport Concourse Gallery showing through March.


Kally Malcom has her work “Darkroom Gallery” included in the exhibition “Seities and Selves” in Essex Junction, Vt. She was also invited to review portfolios at the University of South Carolina's Photography Festival.


Alexander Diaz has artwork included in a National Competition at the Foto Foto Gallery in Huntington, NY. His artwork was also included in the PHOTOcentric 2015 exhibition at Garrison Art Center in Garrison, N.Y. in December. 



Dr. Quincy Gibson and her students gave three poster presentations at the 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy in December: “Reproductive Success in Estuarine Bottlenose Dolphins Following an Unusual Mortality Event,” “Social Structure of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Indian River Lagoon, Fla.,” and “Seasonal Association Patterns of Mother-Calf Pairs in the St. Johns River, Fla.”



Dr. Stuart J. Chalk published the research paper “Leveraging Web 2.0 Technologies to Add Value to the IUPAC Solubility Data Series: Development of a REST Style Website and Application Programming Interface (API),” in Pure and Applied Chemistry in December.  He and Robert Hanisch, Adam Morey and Don Burgess presented three papers at the Pacifichem Conference in December.


Dr. Christos Lampropoulos presented the invited seminar “Applying Coordination Chemistry Principles in the Quest For Hybrid Molecule-Based Materials” at Florida International University in November. He also published two research papers in December “Magnetization Properties of the Layered III-IV Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor Ga1-xFexTe” in AIP Advances,” and “Ligands-with-Benefits: Naphthalene Substituted Schiff Bases Yielding New NiII Metal Clusters with Ferromagnetic and Emissive Properties, and Undergoing Exciting Transformations” in Inorganic Chemistry in December.


Dr.  Amy L. Lane presented an invited seminar “Probing the Biosynthetic Capabilities of a Marine Nocardiopsis  sp.” at the Pacifichem Conference in December. She and Dr.  Bryan Knuckley published “Two Distinct Cyclodipeptide Synthases from a Marine Actinomycete Catalyze Biosynthesis of the Same Diketopiperazine Natural Product” in ACS Synthetic Biology .  



Dr.  Nataliya Roman , with Wayne Wanta and Juliia Buniak, presented “Information Wars: Eastern Ukraine Military Conflict Coverage in the Russian, Ukrainian and U.S. Newscasts” at the National Communication Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.



Mark Ari edited and produced “Seaglass Picnic” by Frances Driscoll for EAT in November. He published “Drowned” in Folio Weekly. Under the name Cyrano Moon, he published “Shortchanged” and “The Biggest Loser” in Perversion.  


Dr. Nicholas de Villiers and Dr. Yongan Wu presented their paper “Migrant Sex Workers in the Films of Jia Zhangke and Cui Zi'en” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong “Gender and Change” conference.


Dr. Clark Lunberry published “Bodies of Water: Somebody | Nobody (For E.D.)” in Emily Dickinson Bulletin, and “Picturing the Flames of Daimonji” in Kyoto Journal.


Dr. Michael Wiley published the novel “Second Skin.”


Philosophy and Religious Studies:

Dr. Aaron B. Creller delivered a paper “De-Orienting Comparative Philosophy: Approaching the ‘West' From China” at The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy's panel at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Meeting in Washington D.C. in January.



Dr. John W. Hewitt with his colleagues in the Fermi LAT collaboration published “The 1st Fermi Lat Supernova Remnant Catalog,” “Fermi LAT Discovery of Extended Gamma-Ray Emissions in the Vicinity of the HB3 Supernova Remnant,” and “Multiwavelength Evidence for Quasi-periodic Modulation in the Gamma-Ray Blazar PG 1553+ 113” in Astrophysical Journal. With Drs. Aya Bamba and Robert Petre, he also published “Discovery of X-ray Emission from the Galactic Supernova Remnant G32.8-0.1 with Suzaku” in Astrophysical Journal and “New Identification of the Mixed-Morphology Supernova Remnant G298.6−0.0 with Possible Gamma-Ray Association” in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan. He also served on the Scientific Organizing Committee of the Sixth International Fermi Symposium, held in Washington, D.C.


Political Science and Public Administration:

Dr. Natasha V. Christie presented her research “Governing the Untouchables: Explaining State Welfare Policy Sanctions Under Welfare Reform in the United States” at the Southern Political Science Association's Annual Conference.


Dr. Josh Gellers presented “Environmental Constitutionalism in South Asia: Analyzing the Experiences of Nepal and Sri Lanka” at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting.


Dr. Georgette Dumont published “Making the Connections: Social Media, Strategy, Arts and Gardens” in Cases on Strategic Social Media Utilization in the Nonprofit Sector. She also presented “Measuring and Aligning Social Media Engagement” at the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Associations in Chicago and “Like and Follow Us!: Engagement Through Social Media” at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration in Arlington, Va.


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work:

Dr. Ronald Kephart published a review of “Grabbing Back: Essays against the Global Land Grab,” edited by Alexander Reid Ross in Journal of International and Global Studies.    


Dr.  Ron Lukens-Bull presented  “The Integration of Pesantren and University in Islamic University Higher Education” at the International Conference of Islamic Scholars in Malang, Indonesia.


Dr. Anne Pfister co-edited a special issue of Annals of Anthropological Practice. She co-authored the introduction to the issue “The Role of Anthropology in Improving Services for Children and Families: An Introduction” with Cecilia Vindrola-Padros and Ginger A. Johnson. In addition, she presented “Deaf Children and the Obligations of Their Hearing Families: Unanticipated Care-Giving Roles and Shifting Identities” at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colo. She presented a Spotlight Presentation “Introducing the University of North Florida Digital Humanities Initiative” with Drs. Clayton McCarl, Sherif Elfayoumy, Ching-Hua Chuan, and Aisha Johnson at the Academic Technology Innovation Symposium at UNF. At the same symposium, she presented “Observations through Photovoice: Engaged, Authentic Learning in the Lecture Hall and Beyond.”​


 Dr. Jenny Stuber published a chapter “Normative Institutional Arrangements and the Mobility Pathway: How Campus-Level Forces Impact First-Generation Students” in The Working Classes and Higher Education. 


Dr.  Suzie Weng published “Asset Mapping for an Asian American Community: Informal and Formal Resources for Community Building” in Psychosocial Intervention.


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction



UNF's Taylor Engineering Research Institute was the primary sponsor of the 14th Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and Coastal Hazards Symposium in Key West, Fla. Over 140 leading researchers from around the world attended this conference.  


Dr. Don Resio published “Characteristics of Directional Wave Spectra and Implications for Detailed-Balance Wave Modeling,” with C. Linwood Vincent and student Dorukhan Ardag, in Ocean Modeling.


Dr. Steve Stagon, and his student Alex Knapp, had their research featured in the January issue of the Advanced Materials and Processes magazine.



Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy took part in panel discussions on Leveraging Service Computing and Big Data Analytics for E-Commerce at the Workshop on e-Business (WeB) in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Umapathy also published “Investigating IT Standardization Process through the Lens of Theory of Communicative Action” with Sandeep Purao and John W. Bagby in Proceedings of the Workshop on e-Business (WeB) in Fort Worth, Texas.


Dr. Charles Winton attended the Botball Instructors Summit in Norman, Okla. and met with the KIPR Board of Directors.


Dr. William Klostermeyer published “Edge Dominating Sets in Grids" with Anders Yeo in the Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing.


College of Education and Human Services 

Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education:
Dr. Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick attended the 65th Annual Literacy Research Association Conference in Carlsbad, California. While there, she presented about her experiences conducting research in Haiti in a session sponsored by the International Innovative Community Group. She also presented a paper titled “The Co-Construction of Text: A discourse Analysis of Interactive Writing”with co-authors, Hannah M. Dostal (University of Connecticut) and Kimberly A. Wolbers (The University of Tennessee). This paper discusses the findings of a discourse analysis of the guided, interactive writing component of Strategic Interactive Writing Instruction (SIWI) in a class of students who use American Sign Language to communicate while co-constructing a written English narrative.

Dr. Susan Syverud, who serves as Professor in Residence at Urban Professional Development Woodland Acres Elementary, was invited to speak at the UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Celebration. To kick off the event, the fifth grade safety patrols from Woodland Acres Elementary shared a portion of Dr. King's most acclaimed “I Have a Dream Speech.” Dr. Susan Syverud and Robert Rosales, who was “transformed” by engaging in a novel study with a fifth grade student as Woodland Acres as part of English Professor Dr. Marnie Jones' “Reading Matters” course and is now a graduate student in our Counseling Education program, presented reading literacy as a change agent and social justice and equality enabler. The celebration was ended with each patrol sharing what dream they have for change in this world and the wreathing of our Dr. King's statue.

Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management:
Dr. Matthew Ohlson, Dr. Megan Schramm-Possinger, Dr. Christian Winterbottom and doctoral student, Ali Badibanga, will be presenting "K-20 Mentoring for the Next Generation of Leaders" at the annual Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA) conference in February. Dr. Ohlson will also present "New standards and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners" at the annual EERA conference.


Dr. Anne Swanson and Dr. Matthew Ohlson with doctoral students, Andrea Adams Manning and Anna Byrd, published "A Culture of Success-Examining School Culture and Student Outcomes via a Performance Framework" in the Journal of Education and Learning. Dr. Ohlson added that they have begun implementation of the CAMP Osprey Program - a collegiate leadership mentoring partnership between the COEHS, the Taylor Leadership Institute and 4 local schools. The goal of this community collaboration is to facilitate leadership development while helping UNF mentors and K-12 mentees to become career and college ready. CAMP Osprey has been developed through the efforts of Liz Gregg, Andrea Buenano, Annabel Brooks, John Frank, Jennifer Kane, Megan Possinger, Christian Winterbottom, Matthew Ohlson, doctoral students, Ali Badibanga, Jennifer Perkins and Cheryl Gonzalez, and graduate student, Lauryn Stark.

Drs. Terence Cavanaugh and Nicholas Eastham presented “3D Printing- you don't have to be a designer” at the annual Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando on January 13th. Dr. Cavanaugh also had an article published in the Florida Reading Journal titled “Text of a Different Level.”

Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: 

In the last Florida Reading Journal, Kristi Aponte and Dr. Nile Stanley had their article published on “Utilizing Digital Storytelling to Enhance Literacy Instruction.”

Dr. Christine Weber has just published her second book of case studies with several colleagues as a co-publication with Prufrock Press and the National Association for Gifted Children titled “Differentiated instruction for gifted learners: A case studies approach.”

Dr. Soonhyang Kim, along with co-authors B. Ates, Y. Grigsby, S. Kraker, and T. Micek, recently had an article published in the International Journal of International Students titled “Ways to promote the classroom participation of international students by understanding the silence of Japanese university students.” Furthermore, Dr. Soonhyang Kim with co-authors J Miller-Kim, K.R. Spinella, and J. Hernandez recently had “Digital Storytelling as an integrated approach to second language learning and teaching” published in the International Journal of Language and Culture.

Center for Instruction and Research Technology: 

Rick L'Ecuyer presented a session titled "Online Course as Digital Narrative" at the New Media Consortium Summer Conference in Washington, D.C.

Julie Fuller presented “Creating Accessible Video Feedback for Distance Learning Students: A Collaboration between Instructor and Instructional Designer” at the Accessing Higher Ground Conference in Denver, Colo.


Kevin Hulen published “Collaborating with an Instructional Designer to Develop a Quality Learner-Engaged Online Course” in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice.



Administration and Finance:  

Alison Cruess published “Secret Shoppers Spark Service Improvement” in "Business Officer" magazine.


Wallace Harris published “Facility Matters: The Perception of Academic Deans Regarding the Role of Facilities in Higher Education” in the "Facilities Manager" magazine.



 BalloonsMilestone anniversaries  

Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in January and February:


35 years

John McEldowney, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance 


20 years

Debra Lenahen, Assistant Director Disability Resource, Disability Resource Center  


15 years

Melonie Handerson, Coordinator Administrative Services, President's Office                

Valarie Robinson, Coordinator Career Development Services, Career Services

Bruce Turner, Associate Director, Academic Center for Excellence 


10 years

Courtney Anderson, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services 

Ashley Ballard, Assistant Director ,Health Education, Health Promotions                                     

Regan Bartley, Administrative Secretary, Art and Design                    

Justin Bergstrom, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, Florida Institute of Education      

Felicia Bernard, Executive Secretary, Coggin College of Business        

Spspe Gbelayan Payne, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Timothy Hunter, IT Support Manager, User Services        

Phillip Kearne y, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department  

Karen McSheffrey, Office Manager, Student Health Services                   

Mahreen Mian, Assistant Director, Child Development Center           

Heather Monroe-Ossi, Faculty Administrator, Florida Institute of Education         

Scott Schroeder, Head Coach-Men's Golf, Golf                                        

Nancy Soderberg, Faculty Administrator, Political Science and Public Administration     

Nancy Viafora, Coordinator Accounting, Controller                        

Stephanie Weiss, Associate University Librarian, Library                                       


Five years                 

Mauricio Cadena, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities                 

Daniel Cesar, Senior Telecomm Tech, Telephone Services                      

Jay Fuller, Academic Advisor, Arts & Sciences                              

Gennadiy Gedroit, Network Analyst, Systems Engineering           

Christina Levine, Director Development, Special and Major Gifts 

Derek Marinatos, Head Coach, Soccer      

Joyce Miller, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Vernon Miller, Maintenance Mechanic HVACR, Physical Facilities                       

Joshua Padgett, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services




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

Allison Austin, Staff Interpreter DHH, Disability Resource Center        

Tiffany Balat-Bueno, Student Financial Coordinator, Controller                        

Todd Battaglino, Groundskeeper, Grounds

Erica Bonner, Child Development Teacher, Child Development Center

Dawn Button, Administrative Assistant, Hicks Honors College

Jamie Chaires, Instructional Designer, Distance Learning Fee

Don Chin, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department

Cynthia Cole, Office Manager, School of Computing

Lucy Diala, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center

Nicole Dorman, Academic Support Coordinator, One-Stop Student Services

Kimberley Downs, Director, Project Management Office, Project Management Office

Peter Durr, Office Assistant, Graduate School                   

Koral Griggs, Web Specialist, Florida Institute of Education    

Ana Grogan, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center

Joanna Hillman, Office Manager, Foundations and Secondary Education

Jillian Holloway, IT Security Analyst, User Services

Carol Juro, Coordinator Budgets, Florida Institute of Education    

Tara Kelley, Instructor, English      

Karen Kutta, Coordinator, Student Affairs                    

Ryan Lebeuf, Assistant Director Development, Intercollegiate Athletics

Justin Lemmons, Groundskeeper, Grounds

Sarah Lynch, Senior Library Services Associate, Library                           

Andrew McCharen, Fine Arts Production Specialist, Fine Arts Center

Mathew Monroe, Coordinator, Research Programs, Biology    

Karen Moreau, Child Development Teacher, Child Development Center                      

Robert Munnell, Parking Attendant, Parking and Transportation Services

Amanda Murphy, Sports Media Relations Coordinator, Athletic Communications

Maria Ribeiro, Office Manager, Civil Engineering                 

Elizabeth Richer, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Robert Roggio, Coordinator Computer Systems Technology, Computing Engineering and Construction Administration

Sandy Rosedale, Instructor, Nursing              

Lori Stanton, Office Manager, Computing Engineering & Construction            

Blake Stockton, Coordinator Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center

Christina Udell, Administrative Secretary, Small Business Development Center

Marcellus Vanderhorst, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Bridget Watson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services      


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently: 

Vashti Arjune, Office Assistant, Parking and Transportation Services

Sharon Bove, Assistant Director, Academic Services, Welcome Center

Lisandra Carmichael, Associate University Librarian, Library                           

Dylan Charles, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Undergraduate Studies

Joshua Corrick, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering

Joel Cumbow, Assistant Landscaping Grounds Supt, Grounds

David Fenner, Senior Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences                   

John Frank, Assistant Director, Taylor Leadership Institute

Kira Galang, Office Assistant, Parking and Transportation Services

April Johnson, Manager, Applications Systems, Enterprise Systems

Jeanette Johnson, Assistant Director, Academic Affairs                  

Elizabeth Miron, Assistant Director, MOCA Administration

Kevin Monahan, Assistant Director, Small Business Dev Center

Melissa Purvis, Coordinator, Academic Services, Academic Affairs                  

Brandon Smith, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, One-Stop Student Services                               

Burr Watters, Assistant Director, Enterprise Systems, Enterprise Systems

Geoffrey Whittaker, IT Security Engineer, IT Security                       

Joe Williams, Landscape Grounds Supervisor, Physical Facilities               



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

Robin Allerding, Office Manager, MOCA Administration

Elaine Baker, Office Manager, Computing Engineering and Construction

Matthew Coleman, Assistant Director, Marketing and Publications

Mary Dee, Director Prospect Research, Major Gifts    

Amanda Eggers, Coordinator, International Student Affairs, Center for International Education

Jasmine Farara, Office Assistant, Graduate School                                              

Michael Guntherberg, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering

Sandra Gupton, Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Janice Humphrey, Associate Professor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education

Timothy Jenkins, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Portia Johnson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Ehsan Maleki, Instructor, Mechanical Engineering            

Jennifer Marko, Assistant Director Research Programs, Small Business Development Center

John McAllister, Professor, Accounting and Finance              

William Morgan, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department

Robert Myers, Assistant Director, Educational and Training Program, Small Business Development Center

Tracy Nazzaro, Coordinator Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center

Barbara Olinzock, Associate Professor, Nursing                           

Judy Perkin, Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Gerald Platz, Stores Receiving Clerk, University Housing

Annette Ramirez, Administrative Secretary, Small Business Development Center

Victoria Slade, Office Manager, Civil Engineering

Scott Sloan, Coordinator, Facilities Management, Housing

Haylie Snipes, Coordinator and Graphic Designer, Marketing and Communication, Enrollment Services 

Barbara Soliah, Director, Enrollment Services Processing Office

Patricia Sones, Office Manager, Student Government Student Union        

Nathan Zak, IT Support Tech, Florida Institute of Education

The Goods

Greek Yogurt

 Greek Yogurt closeupSince it was first imported in the 1980s on a large scale, Greek yogurt has quickly grown to a very popular healthy snack in the United States. Many consumers wonder what Greek yogurt is all about - if it's really much healthier than regular yogurt and worth the higher price. Dr. Zhiping Yu, assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares more about this popular dairy product. In order to include Greek yogurt in your diet, a recipe is included.


Myth: Greek yogurt is a yogurt from Greece.


Fact: The history of where Greek yogurt originated is unclear. Greece is the obvious best guess. It's also a common yogurt found in South Asia, other Mediterranean countries, the Middle East and now the United States.


Myth: Greek yogurt is made the same way as regular yogurt.


Facts: Greek yogurt starts out the same as regular yogurt by fermenting the milk with healthy live bacteria cultures. It's then strained or concentrated to remove the liquid whey. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. It takes up to four times the liquid milk to make the same amount of Greek yogurt as it does to make regular yogurt, which is the reason it's more expensive than regular yogurt.   


Myth: Greek yogurt is uniquely nutritious.


Fact: The nutrition value of Greek yogurt is superior to regular yogurt in that it's higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates for a similar calorie count.  A 6-ounce serving of Greek yogurt contains 15 to 20 grams of protein, almost twice that of regular yogurt. The high-protein content helps to control hunger level, a benefit for those who are cutting calories or managing weight.


Like most yogurts, Greek yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics, which helps ensure proper digestion, absorption of some nutrients and supports immune health. While calcium content is lower in Greek yogurt than regular yogurt (as it's lost through the straining process), it's still considered a good source of calcium.


Myth: Greek yogurt is lower in calories than regular yogurt.


Fact: The same serving of plain Greek yogurt has a similar calorie count as plain regular yogurt.  Though Greek yogurt is lower in carbohydrates due to the straining process, some varieties of Greek yogurt have added sweeteners, which may significantly increase the carbohydrate and calorie content. Check the label for the nutrition value of different varieties of Greek yogurt.


Myth: The only way to enjoy Greek yogurt is as a snack.


Fact:  Greek yogurt can be consumed in a variety of occasions - as a snack, a meal, an ingredient or as a substitution in cooking. Plain Greek yogurt may be eaten sweet or savory. In cooking, its thicker consistency makes it a great addition in place of higher fat ingredients, such as regular sour cream, heavy cream, mayonnaise and cream cheese.


The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union's “Taste” section. Have a question about Greek yogurt? Contact Zhiping Yu at .

Pasta Carbonara

Yields: 6 servings 


1 teaspoon olive oil

4 ounces thinly-sliced prosciutto, diced

2 red bell peppers, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1½ cups plain Greek yogurt

2 whole eggs

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 pound dry spaghetti

1 cup frozen sweet peas

¼ cup freshly chopped parsley



In a medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add prosciutto and bell peppers. Cook while stirring often until heated through (about 2 minutes). Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook 30 seconds, stirring. Remove from heat; set aside. In large bowl, whisk together yogurt, eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Cook pasta in boiling water for 6 minutes, stirring often. Add peas to boiling water. Cook until pasta is tender but firm, about 4 additional minutes. Drain and reserve 1 cup pasta water. Put pasta directly in bowl with yogurt mixture; add reserved pasta water. Add prosciutto mixture. Toss to coat well. Serve immediately. Garnish with chopped parsley.


*This recipe was created and tested by Clemson University's Culinary Nutrition Undergraduate Student Research Group.

Bright Birds Know

caterpillar in the PreserveMore than 1,100 species of plants and animals have been identified in the 382-acre Sawmill Slough Preserve on UNF's campus.There are hundreds of photos included in the digital archive. More than 577 plants have been identified, as well as 166 birds, 62 retiles/amphibians and more. Check out the digital archive for detailed information on each species.


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