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Students display art in seaside park

Student cuts metal ribbon at seaside park openingSparks were flying - in a good way - at the grand opening of the Seaside Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach last month. Flanked by fellow UNF sculptors and professors from the Department of Art and Design, President John A. Delaney, dignitaries and donors, Gillian Harper sliced through a sheet of metal ribbon using what is often a large-scale sculptor's tool of choice - a blow torch.

The festivities celebrated the official opening of the new park, which features colorful, dramatic sculptures made by Harper and four other UNF art students. The artwork will be on display in the park for a year. The project is a collaboration between the University's Student Affairs Community Council, Department of Art and Design, MountainStar Capital and the Lazzara Family Foundation. Use of the land as well as irrigation, lighting and funding for materials was donated by MountainStar, with $500 stipends for each artist provided by the Lazzara Foundation.

Eleven students created miniature sculptures and pitched ideas to a committee that included a representative from the UNF Student Affairs Community Council, local artists, UNF art professors, a Jacksonville Beach City Council member and member of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. In the end, five finalists were chosen. The winning sculptures include Harper's “Ongoing Life,” “Still Swimming” by Emily Pinnell, “Symbiosis” by Mary Ratcliff, “Wild Bird” by Diana Shepherd and “Ode to Franklin County” by David Peters. Student filmed as she stands by her sculpture on display at seaside park

“We are so appreciative of the Lazzara's vision and understanding of the value of public art, as well as the desire to showcase works of talented UNF students to the beaches community,” said Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president of student and international affairs. “This is a great example of how one family can make a big difference.”

The selected sculptors each received $2,000 for their project - half for materials and the other for painting, surface treatment and prepping their sculpture for display. Dr. Jenny Hager, associate professor of sculpture, said the students were responsible for every aspect of the project from sourcing materials to working with vendors to the logistics of installation. She said the experience was invaluable.

“This gives them an edge because, as undergraduates, they have just completed a project on par with a professional public sculptor,” Hager said, adding that displaying their art in a place where the public can enjoy it is also an incredible opportunity. “It's icing on the cake,” she said. Hager and her husband, Lance Vickery, an adjunct sculpture professor at UNF who also worked with students on the project, Student stands next to her sculpture on display in seaside parkare particularly excited because they live in Jacksonville Beach. Vickery worked with students as they built their pieces, while Hager assisted them through the proposal process.

Ratcliff, a senior in the program, said she believes the opportunities afforded to sculpture students at UNF are unique. “We are so fortunate to have such strong support from local businesses and the community,” Ratcliff said. “Not only do we have amazing opportunities to create art, we also get great feedback from people in the community who seem to really appreciate what we do.”

The Lazzara Family Foundation has been a staunch supporter of the arts at UNF for years including support for the Lazzara Performance Hall, which is named for the family. President Delaney said providing opportunities for the sculpture students is just another example of their generosity. “Because of their passion and enthusiasm for the arts, the Lazzara family has provided a forum not only for our talented students to display their creative artwork, but a beautiful space at the beach were the public can be inspired,” said President Delaney.

Chris Lazzara, CEO of MountainStar Capital, also serves as the chair of the community awareness and outreach committee of the Student Affairs Community Council. “The hard work and dedication of these sculpture students is inspiring to us,” Lazzara said commenting that the finished park is a perfect public-private partnership to help art students share their talents. “Our hope is that it will encourage similar gifts from private individuals and companies and spawn new public art in Jacksonville Beach and beyond.”

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UNF welcomes new dean of the College of Education and Human Services

Dean Diane Yendol-Hoppey headshotDr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey begins this month in her new role as the dean of the College of Education and Human Services. Formerly with the University of South Florida, she succeeds Dr. Marsha Lupi, who retired last month and served as interim dean since July 2014.

“I am thrilled to be joining a faculty that is innovative, cares about regional and international partnerships and is committed to using research-based practices to improve education and other human services in the region and beyond,” said Yendol-Hoppey.

Yendol-Hoppey is the former associate dean of Educator Preparation and Partnerships, director of the David C. Anchin Center at the College of Education and professor of education at the University of South Florida.

“We are very excited that Dr. Yendol-Hoppey is joining UNF,” said Dr. Earle Traynham, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “She brings an extensive background in higher education and has demonstrated strong and effective leadership at prior universities. Public education faces many challenges in Jacksonville and throughout the country. We are very pleased to have her leading our college at this critical time.”

Yendol-Hoppey's research focuses on clinically rich teacher education, job-embedded professional development and partnerships dedicated to improving teaching and learning in urban contexts. She has written four books and published articles in numerous journals, including the Journal of Teacher Education, School-University Partnerships Journal, Educational Leadership, Teacher Education Quarterly, The New Educator, Florida Journal of Teacher Education and many more.

Over the course of her career, she has facilitated the innovation of a variety of teacher education programs, which have been recognized by the National Association of Professional Development Schools Exemplary PDS Achievement Award and the Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award three times. She received the Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Research in Teacher Education and Distinguished Dissertation Award, as well as the Kappa Delta Pi/AERA Division K Early Career Research Award, to name a few.

Yendol-Hoppey received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction, a master's degree in educational theory and policy and a bachelor's degree in advertising, all from Pennsylvania State University.

Around Campus

School of Computing draws double dose of national attention

An instructor and student in the UNF computer labThe University of North Florida's School of Computing landed in national rankings twice in June, scoring spots on two impressive lists of top schools.

First, UNF was ranked No. 39 in the nation and No. 2 in the state for return on investment, or ROI, for its School of Computing degrees. The ROI ranking was based on the cost of the college investment and the expected 20-year earnings for alumni, as determined by PayScale, an organization that collects and shares salary information. For UNF computer graduates, PayScale calculated the annualized ROI at 12.2 percent, a return that would make most investors envious.

Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy, School of Computing director, credits the school's curriculum and its integration with the Information Technology industry of Northeast Florida. “The top-notch training UNF provides is well received in the technology community, which enables our students to get great internship opportunities and hands-on training while attending school,” Elfayoumy said. “This real-world training results in good-paying jobs after graduation.”

In addition, UNF was one of only two Florida universities and 47 nationwide selected by the National Center for Women and Information Technology to participate in the 2016-18 Pacesetters program, with a goal to increase the number of women in computing. UNF shares the NCWIT program list with prestigious schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, Rutgers and Penn State, as well as companies like Apple, Intel and Bank of America.

Working within the two-year Pacesetters program, UNF will develop measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the U.S. computing ad technology workforce. At UNF, 13.1 percent of female students are computing majors.

As part of the program, the School of Computing will augment its curriculum with topics related to gender participation and leadership and will invite speakers to share positive experiences at other institutions. The School is also joining NCWIT's “Sit with Me” campaign aimed at inspiring women to study computing.

Elfayoumy believes the program will be beneficial for all involved. “Our participation in the Pacesetters program will not only give us access to the methods and expertise of much larger institutions, but will also allow us to share our efforts aiming at creating a gender-neutral environment within the School and to promote computing to female students with other institutions.”

The NCWIT is a nonprofit community of more than 650 universities, companies, nonprofits and government organizations.

Around Campus

Field House receives LEED certification

Newly renovated field houseThe newly renovated University of North Florida Field House, a multi-functional recreational facility located next to the UNF Arena, has received a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The designation, which recognizes Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the 13th LEED ranking at UNF.

Sarah Boren, director of policy and programs for U.S. Green Building Council Florida, said more than 10 percent of all LEED-certified buildings in Northeast Florida are located on UNF's campus, a testament to the University's leadership role in environmental stewardship.

“UNF has taken a stand and made a commitment to green building, a commitment that is shown with each new structure that comes to campus,” Boren said.

The one-story Field House, located in the former Aquatic Center, is approximately 28,000 square feet and has a court area, which features three recreational basketball courts that can convert into volleyball, badminton and indoor soccer courts, or a full-sized NCAA basketball court.

The facility is a center for recreation sports, particularly intramurals, and features retractable bleachers, scoreboard systems, projectors/screens, equipment storage, lockers, as well as two fully equipped classrooms for instructional use.

The Social Sciences Building constructed a decade ago, received UNF's first LEED designation. Twelve LEED certifications have since followed including four Gold designations.

Zak Ovadia, director of campus planning, said UNF was pleased with another LEED certification. “The University of North Florida has a commitment to constructing sustainable buildings, and the Field House is yet another example of our ongoing commitment to environmental issues,” Ovadia said.

The U.S. Green Building Council evaluates projects based on six environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. 


UNF's LEED certified buildings:


Social Sciences Building
Parking Services Building (Silver)
J. Brooks Brown Hall Addition
Osprey Fountains (Silver)
Tom and Betty Petway Hall (Gold)
Renovated Founders Hall (Silver)
Student Union (Gold)
Biological Sciences Building (Gold)
Housing Maintenance Building
Osprey Commons
Campus Maintenance Facility
Student Wellness Complex (Gold)

Field House (Silver)

Around Campus

Ethan Murrow draws a story of desire in MOCA's 'Project Atrium'

Almost every child has the desire to draw on a wall. Ethan Murrow has never lost that fascination, and his work seeks to elevate drawing and Ethan Murrow wall art at MOCA Jacksonvilleconnect the art form to the practice we learned in our youth. 

This July, the Boston-based artist takes his photorealistic drawing practice to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida. He uses 800 black Sharpies to produce a larger-than-life human figure caught after the act of indulgence for his “Project Atrium” exhibition “Plethora.” The exhibit opens July 16 and runs through Oct. 30.

As the figure leans over piles of fresh food, a large pot obscures his face. This nonsensical tableau illustrates how the artist combines found and invented imagery to form an unexpected scene saturated with humor and irony. Inspired by still-life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, the site-specific wall drawing in MOCA Jacksonville's Atrium Gallery exposes a moment of excess, gluttony, and privilege. “Plethora” is an absurd fête that questions the role of consumption as the character delves into his insatiable desires.

Murrow is a storyteller, whose visual tales teeter between fact and fiction. To create a work, he collects disparate ideas or source imagery before compositing them into a single image. His interest in film and photography further steers the direction of a drawing. He injects a “narrative tipping point” into each work - a moment immediately before a shift in the story, cueing the viewer to a change in plot.

In “Plethora,” the mounds of fresh food relate to past and contemporary gardens and landscapes of North Florida. A lavish spread of maize, squash, fish, melons, cabbage, honey and more grossly outweighs the need of one man, who indulges in it anyway. “Plethora” presents the luxury of a food supply yet probes at the prevalent lack of access to fresh groceries throughout the United States.

Though he grew up on a small farm in Marlboro, Vermont, where his family raised animals and harvested vegetables, Murrow is now an urbanite dependent on local markets and chain supermarkets to feed his family. The artist recognizes the illusion of his childhood experience on the family farm.

The public is invited to observe the drawing process July 5 – 15, as Murrow and four assistants build up the image with a variety of mark-making techniques.

“Wall drawings are malleable forms,” Murrow told MOCA Jacksonville. “Mistakes can happen within it, and we can accept changes and work around it.”

Get to Know

Cheri Harris, Physical Facilities

Cheri Harris in gymWhat do you do at UNF? I work on the recycling team. We collect recycling from all the buildings on campus and accumulate the materials for recycling pickup.

What do you enjoy about working here? I really enjoy the staff and students. This is such a friendly environment. I am a people person and have a great love for people. UNF employees and students have made it a whole lot easier for me to love.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I have lived in Jacksonville for three years. I was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in Jasper, Alabama, and then Mobile, Alabama, before coming to Jacksonville.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. People don't believe me when I tell them I'm a grandmother, because they say I don't look it. But it's true. I have one granddaughter.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? Jesus Christ, Queen Esther, Hannah and Mary Magdalene. I'm a Christian and someone who looks up to the Lord and each of the people I listed. I aspire to be like them.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I wouldn't be able to pick a job for one day. It would have to be for a lifetime. I'm the type who loves to make a difference, so it would be a job in the ministry or counseling, something that would help to change or save people's lives.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? “An Overcomer” - I am a survivor and have overcome many obstacles in my life.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Cheesecake, my favorite!

Where would you go on a dream vacation? Hawaii - I've seen pictures of how beautiful the water is, and I would like to see myself there some day. I also love the Hawaiian culture of welcoming people and would love having a flower leis placed around my neck.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.

Physical activity: I so enjoy working out at the gym; in fact, for me it's a lifestyle. I used to do one-on-one training sessions, as well as teach Zumba classes. I'm a personal trainer and Zumba instructor, and hope someday to be able to do them both again. It's great to make an impact on people's lives with fitness.

Movie: I'm a movie fanatic and love all movies, especially comedies, superheroes and biblical movies.

TV show as a kid: “Wonder Woman”

Book: Bible

Color: Red and fuchsia are both my favorites.

Food: Seafood, especially oysters

Faculty Forum

Dr. Lakshmi Goel, Associate Professor of Information Systems

Dr. Lakshmi Goel kneels next to her dogDr. Lakshmi Goel, an associate professor of information systems at the Coggin College of Business, teaches Management of Information Technology, Social Media and Business Analytics and E-Business Strategy. Goel's current research focuses on IT ecosystems in innovation networks, IT-facilitated learning environments and social media for small and medium enterprises.

What brought you to UNF? A great job offer, my love for the ocean and the chance to live in a pretty awesome community. It's been eight years, and I'm still exploring Jacksonville - and UNF is a big part of this community.

What's one thing in your field of study that people might not know? IT is more about people and less about technology.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? I enjoy the seating area outside the library. It's a great view of the pond with close access to coffee. I take frequent breaks there. But I also love how green and beautiful the whole campus is. I truly look forward to coming to work every day.

What's the most rewarding academic experience you've had at UNF in or out of the classroom? When I run into my ex-students who are doing well in their careers and in the community and they remember something they learned in my course - I feel like I am making a difference. That's incredibly rewarding.

If you weren't teaching, what else would you be doing? Volunteering in any organization that needs educators. I come from a family of social workers and educators. I can't see myself doing anything else.

What is your personal philosophy? Be open to change. Try to leave the world a better place.

What do you like most about UNF? Most people I meet at UNF enjoy their work and love the campus and city as much as I do, which makes it easy to achieve common goals.

Describe your teaching style. I teach about tech, so there is a lot of tech in my courses; however, a big part of what I teach is the “fit” between the tech and the task at hand. Hence, I'm mindful that technology complements my teaching, rather than overwhelms it or substitutes for it.

Who has been the biggest role model in your life? I've been fortunate to have several role models in my personal and professional life. I've learned valuable life lessons from each. For example, my doctoral advisor, Dr. Blake Ives, often said, “Life is far too important to take seriously.” I keep that in mind when things get too stressful.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? We are on this earth for a blip in time. Let's make the most of it.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Aim high and never compromise on your principles.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? I'd love to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence! I just took the test to become a U.S. citizen, so I'm fresh on American history.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? I was a computer geek (still am) and took courses in computing before it was taught as a part of a degree program. I loved writing code on DOS-based interfaces and making things happen on screen. It was incredibly fun.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Doc from “Back to the Future.” He invented time travel.

Where is the best place you've visited? I frequently visit the Black Forest region in Germany: medieval castles, lush forests and good beer.

How do you recharge? Take my year-old Belgian Shepherd to the beach.

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I've lived in several places in Asia, Australia and the U.K. Before moving to Jacksonville, I lived in Houston, Texas. I loved the laid-back atmosphere, the unique neighborhoods, the natural beauty and an airport that made it easy to get anywhere.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? I am fortunate to have checked off many places on my travel list. I have a few more to go before I'm done.

Around Campus

UNF campus welcomes feline resident

EduJaguar statue on UNFs campusIf you walk by Petway Hall, don't be surprised if you cross paths with an 8-foot jaguar that has taken up residence. Yet, despite its size, this big cat is sure to generate only smiles, not fear.

The colorful cat was donated to the University's College of Education and Human Services by Penny Ross, who purchased it in 2007 at an Otis Smith Foundation auction.

Designed as an education-themed jaguar - note the graduation cap - the EduJaguar was unveiled in May to the delight of about 20 4- and 5-year-olds in attendance from UNF's Childhood Research Development Center. Ross attended the unveiling with her daughter, Lisa Ross, a former visiting instructor at the College.

After a naming contest and subsequent student vote, the jaguar was renamed Maximus, meaning the greatest, or Max for short. Michelle Phillips, training administrative specialist in the Center for Professional Development and Training, submitted the winning name.

Dr. Marsha Lupi, then interim dean of the College, said that the donation is a welcome addition to a learning community. “The EduJaguar symbolizes the enduring strength of an education, the joy of childhood and the creativity needed to make all things possible,” Lupi said. “We are grateful to Mrs. Penny Ross for thinking of the College of Education and Human Services for this thoughtful gift.”

Max is certainly a cat-lovers delight. The artists who decorated the statue added jaguar spots, red shoes and creative images inspired by cat words such as Madame Furrie, Albert Felinestein, Purrr–ogress report, Wolf Fang Meowzart, Clawed Monet, Hisss–story, Cleocatra and more. The educated cat also shows off cat-related spelling words.


Swoop Summary

Former UNF golfer Matt Borchert to play in U.S. Open ChampionshipOsprey Golf Represents at the US Open

Former North Florida men's golfer Matt Borchert participated in the 116th U.S. Open with former Osprey teammate and current UNF head coach Scott Schroeder, serving as his caddie in the prestigious event. Learn more about Osprey golf.

Yankees select Skinner in seventh round

North Florida senior catcher Keith Skinner was selected in the  seventh round by the New York Yankees in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. It marks the fourth-straight year an Osprey has been taken in the first 10 rounds. The Baseball player Keith Skinner selected in 7th round by New York Yankeesselection followed the news that Skinner was named one of three finalists for the 2016 Johnny Bench Award, annually given out to the nation's top catcher. Learn more about Keith Skinner.  


Osprey athletics achieves record success in the classroom in 2015-16 season
While setting records during athletic competitions, North Florida student-athletes were also scoring in the classroom, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.28, the highest in program history. This marked the 10th consecutive semester and fifth straight academic year that UNF Athletics maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Other highlights included 22 student-athletes posting a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester and 173 athletes finishing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher during that time. As another first in program history, all 19 varsity programs recorded team GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Learn more about academics for student-athletes

 Baseball player Bryan Baker selected in 11th round by Colorado RockiesBaker drafted by Colorado Rockies
North Florida junior Bryan Baker was selected in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Learn more about Bryan Baker.  

North Florida athletics by the numbers

The North Florida Athletic Department recently wrapped up one of the most decorated seasons in program history. With 258 athletes, North Florida Osprey teams achieved a new level of success:
• Nine regular season or tournament championships in the ASUN.
• Second consecutive season earning the Men's All Sport Championship while finishing runner-up in the Overall All Sports standings.
• Eight teams participated in national postseason competition
• Five coaches won conference Coach of the Year awards.
• Six Player or Defensive Player of the Year awards
• Five Freshman or Newcomer of the Year awards Learn more about North Florida athletic success.

Baseball player Austin Drury named to All-America teamAustin Drury listed on freshman All-America Team
Freshman left-handed pitcher Austin Drury was named to the 2016 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. He is the seventh Osprey under Head Coach Smoke Laval to take home All-America honors. Drury developed into a weekend starter for the Ospreys and logged 71.2 innings his first year on campus. Learn more about Austin Drury.

Beau Beech playing for Brooklyn Nets in NBA Summer League
Former University of North Florida basketball standout Beau Beech was picked by the Brooklyn Nets to play for their NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas on July 8-18. Beech, one of the most decorated Osprey players ever, becomes the first player in UNF program history to participate in the NBA's Summer League. Learn more about Beau Beech 

Faculty and Staff

Brooks College of Health  Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishments


Dr. Catherine Christie, associate dean and professor, received the Transformational Learning Opportunities Impact Award for her Italy study abroad work. Dr. Christie has led multiple trips to Italy and Belize, giving graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to learn not only about nutrition, food production and preparation, but also the cultural, societal and historical importance of food in these countries. She and her students have also examined the multinational economic impact of food and diet of these countries. While centered on food and nutrition, Dr. Christie's TLO trips expose students to a rich cultural and intellectual tapestry that is truly transformational, described by many students as the best experience of their UNF career.


Dr. Tes Tuason,  professor and licensed psychologist clinical mental health counseling in the Public Health Department, published “Strategies, Tactics and Errors in Dynamic Decision Making” in the Journal of Dynamic Decision Making with Dr. Guess and Dr. Orduna, and “Perpetually Self-Reflective” in The Counseling Psychologist with Dr. Carroll


debran L. Harmon-O'Connor, assistant professor, presented a poster on “Safe Injection Practices in Anesthesia” at the 2016 World Congress for Nurse Anesthetists sponsored by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.


Dr. Debra Wagner, School of Nursing, published “Patient satisfaction with postpartum teaching methods” in The Journal of Perinatal Education.


Coggin College of Business  

Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of operations management, published a paper titled "Sustainable Global Agrifood Supply Chains: Exploring the Barriers" in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. 


Dr. David Swanson, assistant professor of marketing and logistics, published a paper titled “To Survive and Thrive under Hypercompetition: An Exploratory Analysis of the Influence of Strategic Purity on Truckload Motor Carrier Financial Performance” in the Transportation Journal in June. 


Dr. Gregory Gundlachprofessor of marketing and logistics, presented “Levels of Analysis in Research,” at the 2016 American Marketing Associations, Marketing Doctoral Consortium, at the University of Notre Dame in June. 


Dr. Ronald Adamsprofessor emeritus of marketing and logistics, was reappointed to the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board. 


Jennifer Doster,   formerly with FSCJ,  joined the Coggin College of Business in June as the new director of academic advising.  

College of Arts and Sciences


Art and Design

Raymond Gaddy exhibited his work in the “Span the Gap” exhibition at the Oglethorpe Gallery in Savannah, Georgia.


Vanessa Cruz, associate professor of graphic design and digital media and a former Fulbright scholar, won the design competition for the 70th Anniversary of the foundation of the Fulbright program.


Stephen Heywood has an exhibition in “First Coast Educators Exhibition” at South Gallery, Florida State College at Jacksonville and work in the juried exhibitions “Domestic Design”at the Architecture Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, and “Form and Function,” at the Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, Missouri.


Dr. Debra Murphy published “The Landscape as Protagonist: Context and Meaning in Jim Draper's Paintings of Florida” in Formations of Identity: Society, Politics and Landscape, Cambridge Scholars, 2016.



Dr. Lampropoulos and students Sergio Corrales, John Cain and Kelley Uhlig published “Introducing Dimensionality to the Archetypical Mn12 Single-Molecule Magnet: a Family of [Mn12]n chains” in Inorganic Chemistry. In the same journal, he and colleagues published “Ligands with benefits: Naphthalene-substituted Schiff bases yielding new Ni(II) metal clusters with ferromagnetic and emissive properties and undergoing exciting transformations.” He received funding from the Nato Science for Peace and Security Programme for his participation at the 49th International School of Crystallography in Erice, Italy, where he presented two posters: “Pressure possibilities in cluster chemistry: the case of single-molecule magnets” and “Pressure Possibilities in Cluster Chemistry: The Case of Single-Molecule Magnets.” He, Dr. Pekarek and Dr. Pekarek's students published “Magnetic properties of the layered III-VI diluted magnetic semiconductor Ga1-xFexTe” in AIP Advances. 

Dr. Bryan Knuckley  moderated a session on “Enzyme Mechanisms” and presented the poster “Development of a Screening Assay to Evaluate the Substrate Specificity of PRMTs,” both at the Annual Southeast Enzyme Conference, Georgia State University in April. He also presented a seminar “Breaking the Code: A Screening Assay to Evaluate PRMT Substrate Specificity” in May at the 2016 ACS Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition.  



Mark Ari contributed vocal and lyrics to “Under the Influence,” track 11 of the CD “Blue Fly,” by Cyro Baptista, Tzadik Records.


Dr. James Beasley and Kimberly Eckel Beasley published “Dramatism, Musical Theatre Interpretation and Popular Artistic Production,” in The Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society. He also presented “This Story (Still) Isn't True: the Changing Sites of Rhetorical Narrative” and “From Consumption to Critique: Augmented Reality as ​Spectral Change” at the Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia in May.



Dr. David T. Courtwright participated in the National History Center's Congressional Briefing on the History of American Drug Policy and Drug Addiction Epidemics. 



In April, Dr. Gordon Brock served as a guest adjudicator and clinician at the Cantando Music Festival in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada; as a guest clinician for a two-day residence at Strathcona High School, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and as a guest adjudicator and clinician at the Cantando Music Festival, also in Edmonton.


Dr. Nick Curry  performed concerts with the San Marco Chamber Music Society in England. With Jacksonville Symphony players Eric Olson, Ellen Olson, Les Roettges, Clinton Dewing and Aurica Duca, he performed concerts in Oxford, Witney and Adderbury in June.


Dr. Clarence Hines  performed his composition “Boogaloo” at Winthrop University during the 46th Annual Conference of the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter. 


Dr. Cara Tasher  conducted eight concerts with the UNF Chamber Singers in Portugal and facilitated formal exchanges with University of Coimbra and Escola Superior da Musica da Lisboa. She presented conducting master classes at the University of Aveiro and the Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon in May for more than 30 conductors from around the country. 


Dr. Randy Tinnin and Dr. Erin Bennett led 12 UNF music students on a study abroad trip to the Beaujolais chamber music workshop in France. With their students, they performed six concerts of classical chamber music and jazz in various historic venues. They also conducted a four-day music exploration camp for 30 French grammar school students, which included a joint performance featuring the French students and the UNF Music Mentors.


Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dr. Andrew Buchwalter published “A Critique of Non-Metaphysical Readings of Hegel's Practical Philosophy,” in Allegra de Laurentiis (ed.), Hegel and Metaphysics: On Logic and Ontology in the System (Berlin: De Gruyter). He presented “Reflexivity, Bildung, and the Ethicality of Civil Society” at the International Hegel Congress, Ruhr-University Bochum Germany; “Honneth, Hegel and the Aporias of Market Societies” at the “Philosophy and Social Science” conference, Prague Czech Republic; and the colloquia papers “Universal Human Rights, Interculturality and the Idea of a Transnational Public Sphere” and “La reconstrucción normativa en Honneth y Hegel” at the Autonomous University, Madrid, Spain.  

Dr. Hans-Herbert Koegler presented the invited lectures “The Religious Face of Evil – Intercultural Dialogue and the Critique of Religion” at the Philosophy & Humanities Colloquium series at John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, and “The Religious Face of Evil – Ethics and the Critique of Religion” at the Philosophy and Social Science Colloquium, Academy of Social Sciences, in Prague, Czech Republic; he also presented “Autonomy and Power – Agency between Transgression and Recognition at the conference “The Enigma of Agency: Hermeneutics, Psychoanalysis and the Critique of Power,” which he co-organized at Alpe-Adria University, Klagenfurt, Austria.



Dr. Gregory Wurtz, Alexey V. Krasavin, Pavel Ginzburg and Anatoly V. Zayats published “Nonlocality-driven supercontinuum white light generation in plasmonic nanostructures” in Nature Comm, 2016. With Giovanni Sartorello, Nicolas A. H. Olivier, Jingjing Zhang, Weisheng Yue, David J. Gosztola, Gary P. Wiederrecht and Anatoly V. Zayats, he also published “Ultrafast optical modulation of second and third harmonic generation from cut-disk-based metasurfaces” in ASAP ACS Photonics, 2016.  



Dr. M. Toglia,  with colleagues A. Garcia and S. Beard, presented the invited poster “Emotional Valence and Memory for Thematic Lists and Stories: Implications for Interviewing,” at “Applied Cognition and the Cognitive Interview: A Conference in Honor of Dr. Ron Fisher at Florida International University in May.   


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


School of Engineering

Dr. Patrick Kreidl  presented "Problems Under Study in UNF's Signal Processing and Network Science (SPaNS) Lab" at the UNF Cybersecurity Symposium in May. He also co-authored with students Graeme Field and German Tavrisov, as well as Dr. Christopher Brown and Dr. Alan Harris, a journal paper titled “Particle filters to estimate properties of confined aquifers,” Water Resources Management, May 2016. 


School of Computing

Dr. William Kostermeyer presented “Fundamental Conjectures on Eternal Domination” at the SIAM Discrete Mathematics Conference in Atlanta in June.


College of Education and Human Services

Dean's Office

A special scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Marsha H. Lupi, who recently retired as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services. The Dr. Marsha H. Lupi TLO International Scholarship honors Dr. Lupi's 45-year career in education, as well as her passion for learning through studying abroad. The scholarship was announced at Dr. Lupi's retirement reception on June 16.


Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL  

Dr. Christian Winterbottom's new book "Praxeological Learning: Service-Learning in Teacher Education" is now available.


Dr. Stacy Boote co-authored a paper with Dr. David Boote, "ABC Problem in Elementary Mathematics Education: Arithmetic before Comprehension," published in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.


In June, Dr. Katie Monnin presented at the American Library Association in Orlando on a panel titled "Will Eisner Presents: Creating and Maintaining Your School's Graphic Novel Collection." Dr. Monnin was a featured speaker at Denver Comic Con in late June, speaking about teaching comics and graphic novels in K-12 classroom settings. 


Dr. Christine Weber recently published "Professional development options for helping teachers provide optimal educational opportunities for academically diverse learners using tiered assignments" in the TAG Update for spring 2016. Dr. Weber was also invited to present at the 2016 Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium in Austin, Minnesota, on "Creating menus: They are not just for dinner parties!" and "Where am I going? How concept maps indicate the direction of student learning." 


Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

The 2016 Educational Leadership Doctoral Symposium took place in June in observation of the program's 25th Anniversary. Doctoral candidate Rudy Jamison, of Cohort 22, led the event. The College of Education and Human Services' administration, faculty, alumni, doctoral students and guests enjoyed the research and scholarship shared by program faculty, students and alumni. Drs. Marsha Lupi and Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore extended a warm welcome while sharing the program's 25-year history, as well as challenging everyone to be critical friends of the work in an effort to strengthen and inspire rigorous research. Poster sessions included: “To mentor or not to mentor: A proposed qualitative study on the motivation of graduate students to mentor pre-service teachers”; "Early Learners & Mathematics Anxiety: A Preliminary Review of Literature"; and "Stories of challenge and resilience: The impact of ecological factors on the lived experiences of low income, urban young adults living with HIV/AIDS.” Roundtable discussions included: "From Theory to Practice: Organization Development Consulting”; “Q-Methodology: Subjectivity is Communicable and Always Self-Referent”; and “Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy.” Dr. Chris Janson recognized the 2016 doctoral graduates and presented Dr. Mai Keisling the Thomas Mulkeen Award for clear, comprehensive, cogent and methodically sound dissertation research. Dr. Elinor A. Scheirer, one of the founding faculty members of the doctoral program, served as keynote speaker and was also honored for her 43 years of service to UNF. 


Dr. Kristi Sweeney added her analysis on game attendance and the impact enhanced community relationships can have on the success of an organization in a recent Florida Times-Union article


Dr. Matthew Ohlson will be presenting “The Essential 3: New Standards and Strategies to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners” with NEFEC at the 2016 Florida Association of School Administrators Summer Conference.  


Dr. Chris Janson , interim chair of the Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management, along with Dr. Sophie Maxis and doctoral candidates Rudy Jamison and Brenda Skeete, hosted a community learning exchange with Rodney L. Hurst Sr. at UNF in June. This exchange focused on issues of race and racism within our organizations and communities, including the notion that the people closest to the issues are best situated to develop the strategies needed to address them. Attendees also discussed how we each can contribute to improving race relations in all facets of our lives, whether it is in our schools, places of worship, work, homes or neighborhoods.


Hicks Honors College


Rick Tyson Sr., fellow in Honors and National Fellowship Advisor, announced that Kami Richmond was awarded the prestigious National Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.



Division of Student Affairs


Kaitlin Legg, assistant director of the LGBT Resource Center, made two presentations at the Nonprofit Works: Managing High Impact Organizations Conference on June 28. Her presentations were titled "The Power of Diversity" and "Meeting the Needs of LGBT People."


Milestone anniversariesDateline balloons to celebrate our faculty and staff

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


25 years  

Katharine Brown,  Assistant Director, Distance Learning Student Services, CIRT


15 years

Sue Leone,  Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities


10 years

Nicole Atkinson,  Associate Director, Fine Arts Center

Juliette Blaylock,  Accounts Payable Receivable Associate, Controller

Alice DeLeon,  Coordinator, Marketing and Publications, Florida Institute of Education

Jorge Febles,  Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Michelle Godoy,  Senior Accountant, Treasury

Annie Gomez,  Senior Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems

John Hale,  Assistant Vice President, Administration and Finance

Luisa Martinez,  Coordinator, Student Affairs, International Center

Deirdre Meehan,  Executive Secretary, College of Education and Human Services

Robert Richardson,  Director, Research Technology Services, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

James Sorce,  Instructor / Advisor, Construction Management

Jennifer Spaulding-Givens,  Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Five years                                            

Priya Arjune,  Accountant, Controller

Joshua Dunn,  Associate Athletic Coach, Soccer

Linda Durham,  Office Manager, Spinnaker Media

Nicholas Eastham,  Coordinator, Academic Support, Education and Human Services

Jeffrey Gouge,  IT Security Analyst, IT Security

Ashley Iveson,  Assistant Athletic Coach, Softball

James Lanier,  Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities

Kevin Morrow,  Athletic Business Manager, Intercollegiate Athletics

Tru Nguyen,  Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Pamela Quimby,  Coordinator Budgets, Physical Facilities

Don Resio,  Professor, Taylor Engineering Research Institute

Loc Tran,  Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Melissa Tucker,  Academic Advisor, Coggin College of Business

Dona Yazbec,  Office Manager, Brooks College of Health



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

Johannes Buchinger,  Maintenance Mechanic, MOCA

Leonardo Campos,  Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

Patricia Dombroski,  Administrative Secretary, Mathematics and Statistics          

Jennifer Doster,  Director, Academic Advising Services, Coggin College of Business

Natalia Dubynska,  Custodial Worker

Siteria Dukes,  Custodial Worker

Hope Esposito,  Coordinator, Research Integrity, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Kelly Griffis,  IT Project Manager, Project Management Office

Timothy Hunter,  Database Administrator, Florida Institute of Education    

John Hurley,  Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

Andrew Johnson,  Law Enforcement Liaison, Institute of Police Technology and Management

Scott Kidd,  Groundskeeper

Erin Moran,  Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center                 

Cynthia Solomon,  Budget Associate, CIRT

Brittany Vining,  Coordinator, Recreation Operations, Field House Rentals


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently:  

Shawn Asmuth,  Director, Procurement Services

Alexi Gonzalez,  Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Admissions                        

Melissa Hyman,  Assistant Director, Continuing Education

Anamarie Lelis,  Coordinator, Budgets, Florida Institute of Education    

Michelle Selph,  Associate Director, Human Resources Data Records Management

Ben Thompson,  Deputy Director, MOCA 



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

Daniel Cox,  Professor, Mechanical Engineering            

Bill Dickenson,  Coordinator, Parking Transportation Services

Amy Fistler,  Director of Development, MOCA

LaVonne Frison,  Office Manager, Human Resources

James George,  Assistant Director, User Services

Justin Lemmons,  Groundskeeper

Dennis Mason,  Maintenance Support Worker, Physical Facilities                

Elizabeth Miron,  Assistant Director, MOCA 

Carl Muir,  Groundskeeper

Marleta Nash,  Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities               

Anthony Parise,  Manager Systems Development, Enterprise Systems

Danny Pearson,  Recycle Refuse Worker

Kathryn Ritter,  Director, Procurement Services

Mohini Rohatgi,  Senior Library Services Associate                           

Gregory Spurgeon,  Locksmith, Physical Facilities               

Robb Waltner,  Librarian                            

Linda Walton,  Associate Director, Human Resources

Cherie Woods,  Assistant Director, ACE

Byron Wynn,  Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

The Goods

Quinoa - the tiny grain that packs nutritional punch

Bowl of QuinoaQuinoa is a grain-like crop grown mainly for its edible seeds, and its flavor is similar to cream of wheat, but with a hint of nuttiness. Jackie Shank, undergraduate nutrition program director in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about this tiny grain that packs a big nutritional punch.

Myth: Quinoa is weird.

Fact: Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is really cool, albeit unfamiliar to most Americans. According to food scientist Harold McGee, Chenopodium quinoa is a native of northern South America and was a staple food of the Incas. It was domesticated around 5000 B.C. Today, most of the world's quinoa is grown in Peru and Bolivia. It's in the same family as beets and spinach, and although the fresh greens of the plant are edible, it's the tiny round seeds that are typically eaten.

Myth: Quinoa isn't widely available.

Fact: You'll find quinoa at any natural food market and at some traditional grocery stores as well. Save money by purchasing from a store that offers grains in self-service bulk bins. You can also purchase quinoa online from companies such as Bob's Red Mill.

Myth: Quinoa isn't as nutritious as other grains.

Fact: Quinoa's a nutritional powerhouse. It's high in protein compared to most other grains, and like soy, the protein is complete, containing all nine of the essential amino acids required by humans. A typical serving of three-fourths cup cooked quinoa packs 4 grams of healthful fiber and over two milligrams of iron. It contains respectable amounts of magnesium, folate and vitamin B-6. Quinoa also receives accolades for what it doesn't contain: pesky cholesterol and saturated or trans fat. The USDA MyPyramid Food Guide counts one-half cup of cooked quinoa as a serving of whole grain.

Myth: Quinoa is too bitter to be tasty.

Fact: It's true that many varieties have a natural coating of bitter defensive compounds called saponins; however, saponins are easily removed by rinsing the quinoa under cool running water in a fine strainer. For convenience, most boxed quinoa has been pre-rinsed.

Myth: Quinoa has limited uses and is complicated to prepare.

Fact: Not true. Quinoa is a versatile and delicious whole grain with a mild, slightly nutty flavor. It can be cooked in water like rice, by simmering for 15 to 20 minutes until the extra water is absorbed and the curly germ separates from the seed. Quinoa can be added to soups and stews, and ground into flour for use in bread products. It doesn't contain the sometimes troublesome gluten proteins, so it's an allowed grain for people who need to avoid gluten.

Cream of Quinoa

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained
½ teaspoon sea salt

Your choice of sweet and creamy condiments: honey, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, wheat germ, coconut and/or sunflower seeds.

Bring 4 cups water and the quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat to very low, cover, and cook until thickened, about 30 minutes. Stir in the salt. Serve hot with your favorite condiments.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving (about ¾ cup, without condiments): 185 calories, 3 grams total fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 mgs cholesterol, 4 grams fiber, 7 grams protein, 2.3 mgs iron.

Source: Three Bowls, Vegetarian Recipes from an American Zen Buddhist Monastery by Seppo Ed Farrey, 2000.

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

Bright Birds Know

The big, old trees still on UNF's campus

Bald Cypress tree still growing on the UNF campusBald cypress trees, native to the southeastern U.S., were logged extensively in Northeast Florida long before the existence of the University of North Florida.

Yet a few old cypress trees remain on the University's nature trails. This photo, submitted by retired professor Ray Bowman, shows Bowman and a cypress at UNF that Bowman said was judged by the U.S. Forest Service to have germinated about 1423, placing it in the era of Christopher Columbus.

Chuck Hubbuch, an assistant director of physical facilities, landscape and grounds and curator of the Sawmill Slough Preserve, said that bald cypress trees can live to be thousands of years old. The largest bald cypress in Florida stands more than 100 feet tall with a trunk that is 40-plus feet in diameter. None of UNF's trees are that large, but some large trees can be found in the Sawmill Slough Preserve. One large specimen can be seen on the Big Cypress Trail. Learn more about the Sawmill Slough and our campus trail system.