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Osprey Fountains a good choice for hurricane evacuation

UNF students evacuated to the Fountains for safety during hurricane gather to pick up food and waterBob Boyle, director of Housing and Residence Life, won't go as far as calling the student evacuation to the Osprey Fountains a “resort experience.”

However, he will tell you it was a good plan for Hurricane Matthew. “I won't say that everyone was completely comfortable nonstop, but things went very well, and it is the best place on campus to ride out a storm,” Boyle said.

He should know. Boyle camped out at the Fountains for about 36 hours with about 300 students, some who were residents of the Fountains and some who evacuated from other residence halls. The evacuation staff also included 60 housing student workers, 10 professional staff, two police officers and two Jacksonville Beach emergency personnel. Because Boyle's wife is a nurse and had to work during the evacuation, he also had to evacuate his children to the Fountains.

There were many reasons for choosing the Fountains, not the least of which is the building's size; with 385,000 square feet there are many hallways and common lounges with space to hunker down. In addition, the building is built with concrete walls 11-inches thick and high-impact windows, capable of withstanding winds up to 120 miles per hour. There also are many hallways and areas without windows.

“We might not select the Fountains in every scenario, but based on the storm tracking and the winds expected for the area, this was a positive move in a tough situation,” Boyle said.

He and Deiderie Allard, associate director for Residence Life, agreed that it was a far better choice than evacuating the large number of students to area shelters.

Allard said there was a little bit of everything for students: a workout area, game room, food and water, Internet and full power, as well as lots of nooks and crannies to either hang out and socialize or to enjoy some alone time. Food provided for UNF students evacuated to the Fountains

“I think it went as smoothly as it possibly could have gone,” Allard said. “From the shuttles bringing students to the location, to having things for them to do and food to eat - we even had some approved pets and service animals - that was the best facility we could have had for all that.”

Two days in advance of the storm, UNF staff visited every residence hall and every bedroom to encourage students to leave campus if they had a safe place to go - or, if not, to pay attention to the storm information in case the situation worsened. The next day, the group did yet another sweep, this time directing students to the Fountains. The vast majority complied, Boyle said.

To provide added peace of mind, several Jacksonville Beach emergency personnel rode out the storm at the Fountains. In return, Jacksonville Beach used a portion of Ann and David Hicks Hall and its parking lot as a staging area for their emergency personnel and equipment. UNF's Police Department also placed two officers on-site at the Fountains the majority of the time.

Senior Alexis Williams, a resident of Osprey Village, stayed on campus because a six-hour trip home to Coral Springs, Florida, wasn't an option. After taking a shuttle to the Fountains, she and her roommate used sofa cushions as mattresses in a fifth-floor lounge, did homework and watched movies in the game room. “I think the staff did the best they could do for the people who had to stay,” Williams said.

Most students remained in place until Saturday morning, Boyle said, until buses arrived at 10 a.m. to transport students back to their rooms.

Facebook comments reflected parent and student appreciation. One mother wrote: “Thank you to the staff that SWOOPED in to take care of the kids that remained on campus.”

A student commented: “Thanks for helping all of us out! You guys are the best. I knew I picked the right school!”

Around Campus

UNF researchers explore fear of trying new foods

UNF students Eiman Eltinay and Theresa Pola chop food for research project with Dr. Corrine LabyakTheresa Pola, Eiman Eltinay and several other students from UNF's Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program in the Brooks College of Health gathered in the teacher's lounge at Holiday Hill Elementary School on an October morning to chop bok choy.  


The food preparation was an initial step in a research study of neophobia - the fear of trying new foods. University of North Florida professors Dr. Leslie Kaplan, associate director of the Hicks Honors College, and Dr. Corinne Labyak, nutrition professor and registered dietician, are researching a food-tasting methodology that just might offer some hope in the age-old struggle between children and good-for-you food.


With vegetable-filled bowls in hand, the group moved to school's lunchroom and bravely offered the raw Chinese cabbage to about 700 children who were eating lunch.


Would the youngsters actually try the new food? Surprisingly, yes. In fact, most children were eager to participate.


Labyak said that during the first two weeks of the study, when the food choices were heirloom tomatoes and kiwi, the children even seemed to enjoy the tasting, perhaps seeing it as a science experiment.


Kaplan said the method of offering the food is important. “We are trying to get rid of the power struggles, so we tell the children beforehand what the food may taste like and then encourage them to try a bite-size portion: sniff it, lick it, taste it or don't - it's your choice,” Kaplan said. “As we continue the program, we hope that the culture of adventurous eating will become the norm, and kids will be more willing to try new foods.”


Another motivation for students is the positive peer pressure of the school lunchroom. Pola said that in the previous tastings some children joined in when they saw everyone else at the table eager to give the food a try. “We don't force the kids to eat anything, and we tell them they can spit it out,” Pola said. “So they try it, and we see a variety of reactions.”


At the second-grade table, when Pola offered the bok choy and Eltinay recorded the responses, reactions were definitely mixed. Cayden, 7, asked for seconds, ate it willingly and then declared it positively “awesome.” Seated next to her, Alexis, 7, chewed instead on her own lunch, unwilling to taste the vegetable. “I'm a picky eater,” she explained, saying she liked corn instead.


Motivating children to overcome their fear could have important health implications, Labyak said. “With the prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in our country, it is so important to start at a young age to impact their future habits and health,” Labyak said. 


The professors chose two classes per grade for the research, which spans 10 weeks in the fall and again in the spring. A survey is used in week one and repeated in week 10 to measure attitude; tastings are used to measure behavior. While all students in the school will be offered the food tastings, only responses from the selected classes will be included in the study. The research team also is conducting a control group at Louis S. Sheffield Elementary.


Will a culture of adventurous eating in the school lunchroom transfer to home? Kaplan doesn't know, but she is sure that a positive approach is the best choice with kids.

Around Campus

Robot a welcomed addition to Engineering

Donated robot Baxter shown wearing UNF capEach semester, the School of Engineering receives a host of new students into its programs eager to begin their journeys to become engineers in their selected fields of study. This summer, the school welcomed another bright-eyed addition, but it wasn't an engineering student - it was a robot named Baxter.

Baxter is a gift from the Stenner Pump Company, a local manufacturer of peristaltic pumps. The two-armed collaborative robot is a replica of one currently used on Stenner's production floor and is designed specifically to work alongside its human coworkers.

“Baxter is a valuable addition to the College and the School of Engineering because it will provide students with real-world experience on modern technology currently used in manufacturing - in fact, the duplicate Baxter is in service just down the road,” said Mark Tumeo, dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. He said Baxter will further enhance the advanced manufacturing component within the College. Alum and Stenner Pump employee Jesse Rochelle talking with engineering student

Students are grateful for the opportunity to work with the cutting-edge technology. Michael Otero, president of the Osprey Robotics club said giving students hands-on interaction on a robot currently used in an industrial environment is invaluable experience for the future engineers and an opportunity not available at many other schools. “Understanding the limits and capabilities of a complex system is critical for the engineer setting out into the workforce,” Otero said.

It is not surprising that the club members were excited about UNF acquiring Baxter, and they've been busy getting acquainted with the robot. Otero said they have already spent quite a bit of time learning how to set controls and algorithms on Baxter. He said the club wants to become experts so they can share the robot's capabilities with the larger audience on campus, which he said extends beyond the College.

Stenner Pumps CEO and Owner Tim Ware appreciates the students' enthusiasm and said he is pleased to provide opportunities to further their knowledge of current automation in manufacturing. “We recognize that the relationship with UNF benefits both the students and businesses like us that hire skilled engineers.” Over the past two and a half years, Stenner has hired five UNF engineering graduates.

The Stenner Pump Company also sponsored the Osprey Miners this year in the NASA Robotic Mining competition held at Kennedy Space Center that put UNF against some of the top engineering schools in the country. The UNF team placed 11th in the competition.

Around Campus

Visiting scientist - and UNF alum - to teach bird study course

Visiting scientist and UNF alum Dr. Curtis Burkhalter to teach class next termDr. Curtis Burkhalter has traveled a different path than most science graduates.

After earning a bachelor's in biology and a master's in ecology from the University of North Florida - with research primarily on plant-insect interactions - Burkhalter chose research on birds at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He earned a doctorate in 2014 and now is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Audubon Society, one of only a handful of scientists in the organization's science division.

The path he chose has brought him back to UNF - at least temporarily - as a visiting scientist and adjunct professor. He will teach an upper level biology course next term in ornithology that will include bird taxonomy, reproduction, migration, conservation efforts and some of the population modeling tools that Burkhalter uses in his work.

“People probably don't realize that a large part of my work is statistical modeling,” Burkhalter said. “We use statistical tools to look at patterns of bird populations in order to develop strategies for conservation.”

This fall, Burkhalter is on campus most days, working remotely on his research from a computer in the Biology Department.

Biology Chair Cliff Ross doesn't know of any other UNF graduates who have gone on to study birds and was pleased to invite Burkhalter to share his knowledge with students.

“It's also nice to be able to show off a UNF success story,” Ross said. “Burkhalter was a good student at UNF and then went on to do research at Rutgers, which is a prestigious research university. We don't have anyone at UNF who studies birds, so it's especially nice to have one of our own coming back to teach an ornithology class. It's also a course that students have asked about for several years now.”

When not analyzing data at the computer, Burkhalter is out in the field, primarily in the western part of the country. This summer, for example, he traveled to Montana and South Dakota for a geo-locator study of two species of grassland birds that have lost about 90 percent of their populations since the mid 1900s.

The work involved catching a sizeable sampling of the birds, attaching small location monitoring devices and, after a year, recapturing the devices and compiling the information of where the birds have traveled.

He hopes not only to share some of his research with students but also to make them aware that there are many paths open to them.

“I think it's something I can shed light on for students about the many different interests you can follow,” Burkhalter said. “I think that's an important piece of information that undergraduates need to hear as they explore their future careers.”


'Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World'

MOCA exhibit: Photo of skull by Adam Fuss-Untitled-image courtesy of Cheim and Read Until the somewhat recent digital developments, photography used to be tightly connected to darkroom processes that spanned the previous two centuries. But even as the speed and ease of digital image capture and distribution increase at lightning speed, some photographers long to connect with the physical aspects of picture-making. This is evident in a new exhibit, "Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World," at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida. 

"Retro-spective" explores the works of photographers who, at the height of the digital age, are turning back to 19th century photographic processes and, in so doing, redefining the parameters of the medium and its expressive capacities alike. The exhibition features photographs by Matthew Brandt, Adam Fuss, Richard Leayord, Christian Marclay, Chris McCaw, Alison Rossiter, Joni Sternbach, and James Welling, who continue to explore and play with analog processes and materials of photography.

 For these artists, the darkroom is a laboratory, where a renewed passion for camera-less photograms, solarization, and photography's capacity to record light is realized. New technologies, equipment or unorthodox materials, however, expand the possibilities of what a photograph can be. "Retro-spective" presents how contemporary artists continue to engage in the medium's physical processes; the resulting images not only celebrate the material essence of analog photography but challenge viewers to see the medium anew. The exhibit is open through Jan. 8, 2017. Paul Karabinis, an associate professor of photography at UNF, will lead a guided tour of the exhibit, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required.


A behind the scenes interview with one of exhibit photographers, Alison Rossiter, offers greater perspective on why these artists love the timeless methods.


Get to Know

Kathie Carswell

Kathie Carswell portrait for Get To KNowJob title and department: Coordinator, Outreach and Recruitment, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

What do you do at UNF? I have been richly blessed with the opportunity to work with our faculty, staff and students to create programs and activities that have a STEM focus, are innovative and fun, and have a real-world twist. Our desire is to motivate and inspire students to excel in STEM courses early on in their school curriculum, so that when they decide to enter college, they are somewhat familiar with the rigor of STEM courses, and they will be able to be successful in our programs. There are so many great career opportunities for students to pursue STEM fields that I want every child to know about them and that includes our underrepresented groups. Increasing the number of our underrepresented groups is so important to us. Everyone counts, so I visit a lot of schools promoting STEM, and I coordinate and participate in a plethora of STEM activities such as FIRST LEGO League, Expanding Your Horizons, Botball, Mathcounts, SeaPerch Challenge, NCWIT to name a few. The programs we create and present to the community are meant to help bridge the gap for employers who are searching for great talent, and great talent is found in STEM students. STEM students are needed in our global workforce because they possess problem solving and critical thinking skills and work well in teams. I love what I do. It's very fulfilling for me.

What do you enjoy about working here and why? It's a great place to work. I have a great working relationship with all of our faculty, staff and students in my College. I appreciate the fact that my College supports the outreach component and all the work that faculty, staff, students and myself put in to increase the enrollments for our programs. This has definitely given us more notoriety and our place in the spotlight, which is a great thing, because careers in computing, engineering and construction management are in great demand for STEM employers today. This position allows me to go out into the schools and the surrounding communities and talk to students in elementary, middle and high school about our programs and tell them about the skill sets they need to be successful in these careers. Students need to know that they can make a significant impact on society through the programs that my College offers. I receive great joy when I hear a child in elementary school tell me they want to come to UNF for college because it's such a cool school. I may not be around when they do get here, but at least I have planted the seed, and that is most important to me.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Seven months. I recently bought a house in Jacksonville. I'm originally from Fernandina Beach, Florida. I also have lived in New Mexico, North Carolina, Illinois, South Korea, Germany, England, Nevada and Georgia.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and Barack Obama because they made such a huge impact in their own respects in different segments of society. They challenged the status quo and impacted people's lives in incredible ways.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why? President of the United States. I would sign an Executive Order that every Friday would be recognized as a Family Day, and that families would be able to spend quality time together and build stronger bonds with each other. We have so many parents who work two and three jobs or have jobs that demand a lot of their time away from home, and they rarely see their children; there are others who work 12 – 16 hours a day and never get a chance to spend time with their children or attend birthday parties or sporting events, and that's just not cool. Time is precious, and we should be able spend time with our children as much as possible before they grow up and move away.

What superpower would you like to have? The power to control the weather. I would use it to protect those areas in our world that constantly get hit the hardest from severe weather conditions.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? I would require that every head of state in every country would ensure that no man, woman or child would go a day without food or shelter.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I'm a retired veteran. I served 20 years in the United States Air Force.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Book: “Winners Don't Quit: Today They Call Me Doctor”
Movie: The Color Purple
Quote: “To whom much is given; much is required”
Season: Fall


Osprey Profile: Kaitlin Mauch

UNF graduate nursing student Kaitlin Mauch stands near Brooks College of HealthWhat is your major? I'm in Graduate School in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? I had a great experience within the School of Nursing when I was earning my Bachelor of Science in nursing. I knew that UNF Nursing was the only program I wanted to apply to for my DNP.

Where are you from? I am originally from Brookhaven, New York, and Sarasota.

What do you like most about UNF? I appreciate the strong, respected presence UNF (especially the School of Nursing) has within the community and the state.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? During my time in the undergraduate nursing program, I was assigned to work with Healthy Osprey and Health Promotions for my “homebase” hours. I had a lot of fun experiences helping out with health promotion activities on campus.

What's your favorite UNF tradition? I don't really know much about UNF traditions, but it felt really great to get my nursing pin when I graduated with my BSN.

What's your biggest challenge so far as a UNF student? Managing my time while maintaining balance is always difficult, particularly in graduate school.

When you're looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? I enjoy sitting outside in the sun by the Brooks College of Health fountain during breaks in class. It's the warm respite from the icy cold air conditioning of the nursing classrooms.

What three traits define you? I think I am meticulous, diligent and relatable.

Do you have any advice for high school students? Try everything you can and really, really figure out how to effectively manage your time.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? May 2018. I want to pass my FNP boards and work in Family Practice or in a specialty like dermatology, cardiology or neurology.

Faculty and Staff

Coggin College of Business Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishments

Dean Mark Dawkins, with Matthew Wieland and Michael T. Dugan, wrote an article “Assessing the Elite Publication Benefits of Academic Pedigree: A Joint Examination of PhD Institution and Employment Institution,” in Accounting Perspectives, 2016 to be published soon.

Dr. Courtney Baker, assistant professor of marketing, received the 2016 Charles C. Slater Memorial Award for her article, “Improvisational Provisioning in Disaster: The Mechanisms and Meanings of Ad Hoc Marketing Exchange Systems in Community.” The Slater Award recognizes the best article in the two most recently published volumes of the Journal of Macromarketing. Dr. Baker's winning paper focuses on how communities recover after major catastrophic events, such as natural disasters, through the use of alternative marketing exchange systems.

Dr. Russell Triplett, assistant professor of economics, with Drs. Chiradip Chatterjee, Russell Triplett, Christopher Johnson and Parvez Ahmed wrote “Willingness to Pay for Safe Drinking Water: A Contingent Valuation Study in Jacksonville, FL.” This project was funded by an Environmental Center seed grant awarded last year. The paper was presented at: UNF Environmental Center Faculty Social in September, at the Department of Economics and Geography Brown Bag Workshop in October and at the International Atlantic Economic Society in Washington, D.C., in October.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Engineering

Dr. Steven Stagon, with students Kyle Gobble and Amelia Stark, published “Improved Bond Strength of Cyanoacrylate Adhesives Through Nanostructured Chromium Adhesion Layers” in Nanoscale Research Letters Vol. 11, 2016.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have invited Dr. Brian Kopp to attend the launch of the next generation NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). The GOES-R spacecraft is scheduled to be launched from atop an Atlas V-541 rocket at Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41 on Nov. 16. Dr. Kopp conducts research for NOAA on the communication systems onboard the GOES spacecraft.

School of Computing
Dr. William Klostermeyer, with C. M. Mynhardt, published “Protecting a Graph with Mobile Guards," in Applicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics, Vol. 10, 2016.

College of Education and Human Services

Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol:
Dr. Paul Parkison, department chair, received the 2016 Francis P. Hunkins Award for his article “Catharsis in Education: Rationalizing and Reconciling.” Criteria for selection include contribution to the field of curriculum or teaching, promotion of dialogue, implications for improving educational practice and cogency.

Dr. Kim Cheek's article titled, "Do Indonesian Children's Experiences with Large Currency Units Facilitate Magnitude Estimation of Long Temporal Periods?" was recently published early view in Research in Science Education. In September, Dr. Cheek presented "Using Content Analysis to Investigate the Treatment of Spatial and Temporal Scale in K-8 Science Standards and Textbooks" at the Geological Society of America Annual meeting in Denver. The presentation was co-authored by Lauryn A. Stark, a former graduate student in the College. Dr. Cheek also presented a national webinar for the CLEAN Network (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) on Oct. 18 titled, "Teaching Climate Science to Elementary School Students Using the NGSS: What Students and Their Teachers Need."

Dr. Nile Stanley, a visiting scholar to China and Vietnam, conducted a weeklong seminar in July on Vygotsky and Social Learning Theory for the Psychology Department of Shaanxi Normal University in X'ian, China. Dr. Stanley also presented a weeklong series of lectures on Teaching Literacy, Resilience and Values through Storytelling at the National Institute of Education Management in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Dr. Christian Winterbottom and Shauna S. Winterbottom recently published, “Social justice: A case-study examining the influence of primary headteachers in two Manchester schools” in Early Childhood Education Journal. Additionally, Dr. Winterbottom and Dr. Matthew Ohlson recently presented “Virtual Mentoring: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Develop a K-20 Leadership Collaborative” at the National Rural Education Association at The Ohio State University.

Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management:
Dr. Terence Cavanaugh had an annotated edition of a book published, Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden: Annotated with Reading Strategies." This book contains all of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 classic "The Secret Garden" enhanced with more than 125 reading strategy experiences from over 45 areas to help guide readers and allow students to practice their strategies. Each chapter has multiple strategies embedded in the chapter to assist readers to read with purpose and become an active reader. Links to free audio versions and online tools are also provided. The book is designed so that students and teachers can use this text to assist students needing extra guidance with their purposeful reading strategies or just as an instructional or practice resource.

Dr. Andrea Buenaño and Dr. Matthew Ohlson presented at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference in New Orleans. The presentation focused on the program design and development of the UNF CAMP Osprey leadership mentoring initiative.

Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
The Deaf Education program hosted its first biannual Meet and Greet. The goal of the event was to unveil the new BAE degree to prospective and future students and other individuals in the community, as well as provide an opportunity for current students to connect with alumni. More than 50 people attended. Dr. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore welcomed everyone and spoke of the rich history of Deaf Education at UNF. Alumni shared their experiences both in the program and in the field since graduation. Drs. Caroline Guardino and Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick spoke about the new BAE degree program prerequisites, requirements and opportunities. Refer to the website for more information about the program.  

Hicks Honors College

Dr. Leslie Kaplan, associate director of Hicks Honors College, presented a paper titled “Know Thyself, Grow Thyself: Developing Openness to Cultural Diversity among Honors Students” at the National Collegiate Honors Council annual meeting in Seattle in October.

Student Affairs

Kaitlin Legg
, director of the LGBT Resource Center, appeared on the First Coast News live talk show “The Chat” in September to discuss LGBT non-discrimination laws and transgender Americans. Legg also co-presented a workshop at the Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues with Dr. Angela Clark-Taylor, University of Redlands, and Dr. Susan Iverson, Manhattanville College, in October. The workshop was titled “Professional Friendships and Personal Growth: The Complexities of Navigating Identity in Career Development.”


Swoop Summary

UNF Coach's Radio Show Makes Season Debut Nov. 1UNF mens soccer player Micah Smoak in action hitting a header
The UNF Coach's Show with Matthew Driscoll will tipoff today, Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7-8 p.m. at the UNF Boathouse. Learn more about the weekly radio event.

BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS! Men's Soccer Clinches Regular Season Title
North Florida clinched its second-straight ASUN Regular Season Championship, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ASUN Tournament and home field advantage throughout the ASUN postseason after a 4-0 win over USC Upstate. Learn more about the season title.

UNF cross country runner Eden Meyer poses to show off her ASUN Championship medalist honorEden Meyer Earns ASUN Women's Cross Country Title
North Florida's Eden Meyer became the first Osprey to earn ASUN Championship medalist honors as she crossed the finish line in a blistering 16:58.53 for the second-fastest time in meet history and best since 2005. Read more about Meyer's performance.

Morken, Hort Pace Men's Cross Country to First ASUN Title
Nick Morken and Brad Hort crossed the finish line at the 2016 ASUN Conference Men's Cross Country Championship in first and second as North Florida earned its first-ever conference title. Morken & Hort are the first teammates to take the top-two spots at the conference meet since 2008. Learn more about UNF's first ever-ever conference title.

Potent Offense Pushes Volleyball to Sweep of Stetson
Bolstered by a highly efficient offensive attack, the North Florida volleyball team completed a key weekend sweep in ASUN Conference play with a straight-set victory over Stetson in UNF Arena. With the victory, UNF secures a spot in the upcoming ASUN Championship tournament. Learn more about the UNF volleyball team's win against Stetson.

Women's Golf Climbs Four Spots in Final Round of Palmetto IntercollegiateUNF Mens Cross Country team pose after winning first-ever conference title
The North Florida women's golf team posted the second best final round score vaulting four spots to finish 11th in the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Course. Learn more about the women's golf team.

Men's Golf Finishes 2nd at Quail Valley Behind Knowles' Medalist Title
With all five players shooting par or better, the No. 37-ranked North Florida men's golf team blistered the course in final round action at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate to a runner-up finish. Learn more about the me's golf team.

Swimming Tops FAU for First Time in Home Quad Meet
North Florida picked up the first dual meet win of the 2016-17 season defeating FAU, 160-101.5 in quad meet at Semmes Aquatic Center. Learn more about the swim team's defeat of FAU.


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

10 years

Mary Mory, Coordinator, Facilities Planning
Gary Prim, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

5 years
Fred Chambers, Network Analyst, Networking Services
Yentl Dunbar, Office Manager, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Candace Ford, Program Assistant, Student Health Services
Nicholas Geake, Pest Control Tech, Physical Facilities
Hollis Klein, Program Assistant, Taylor Engineering Research Institute
Linda Mobley, Executive Secretary, Public Relations

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

Anthony Aiuppy, Assistant Director, Educational Services, MOCA Jacksonville
Danny Bethune, Custodial Worker, Student Union
Brooke Cobbin, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, Education and Human Services
Jose Colon, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling
Sharon Comer, IT Project Manager, Information Technology
Eric Dickey, Associate Director, Procurement Services
Kelsey Eagen, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Office of Undergraduate Research
Kendra Grant, Athletic Academic Advisor, Athletics
Thomas Hughes, Coordinator, Florida Institute of Education
Stephanie Jackson, Coordinator, Outreach, MOCA Jacksonville
Brian Petr, IT Systems Engineer, Information Technology
Dorianne Schaffield, Office Assistant, Interfaith Center
Cathleen Thero, Executive Secretary, Major Gifts

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Gerald Davis, Accounting Associate, Parking and Transportation Services
Devany Groves, Chief Budget Officer
Andrew Hopkins, Assistant Director, Research Program, Political Science and Public Administration
Ricarla Jackson, Coordinator, Employment, Human Resources
Deborah Kochanowski, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Brooks College of Health Advising
David MacKinnon, Instructor-Assistant Director, English
Kayla Rodriguez, Accounts Payable, TSI - IPTM and PSI
Nicole Shervington, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Welcome Center
Janice Swenson, Associate Lecturer, Biology
Salena Tepas, Assistant Director, Parking and Transportation Services
Ashley Washington, Academic Advisor, Advising
Marian Watters, Manager, Systems Development, Information Technology

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

Mary Joyce Christmas, Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Office
Amanda Hittinger, Coordinator, Marketing and Publications, Enrollment Services
Phillip Kearney, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Patricia Knight, Law Enforcement Lieutenant, University Police Department
Karen Kutta, Coordinator, Student Affairs
Rachael McNeal, Coordinator, Student Affairs, Interfaith Center
Mary Oleszek, Accounts Payable, Training and Services Institute
Michael Orlito, Coordinator, Small Business Development Center
Victor Orozco, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing
Leigh Palmer, Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences
Robert Parrish, Academic Advisor, Education and Human Services
Elizabeth Richer, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Marcella Smith, Telecomm Billing Associate, Telephone Services
Lois Sumegi, Director of Development, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
LaSandra Wrice, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

The Goods

Cantaloupe can add some colorful variety of vitamins and minerals to your breakfast meal. Dr. Corinne Labyak, an assistant professor in the Cantaloupe melon with one slice next to itNutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about cantaloupe.

Myth: Cantaloupe is indigenous to the United States.
Fact: Cantaloupe originated in either India or Africa. Its name comes from a previous Papal villa near Rome called Cantalupo. California is the biggest producer of cantaloupe here in the U.S.; however, there is a large amount that is imported each year from other countries, like Guatemala and Honduras.

Myth: Seeds from cantaloupe are inedible.
Fact: These seeds do serve as a snack in different parts of the world. Areas in Asia as well as Central and South America have practiced this tradition for many years. Cantaloupe seeds can be roasted in the oven, added to soups or used to make smoothies.

Myth: A cantaloupe doesn't contain many nutrients.
Fact: Cantaloupes are a good source of vitamin C, A, potassium, copper and folate. One cup of fresh cubed cantaloupe contains only 54 calories. Also, the vitamin C content is 98 percent of the daily value along with 108 percent for vitamin A, 12 percent potassium, 8 percent folate and 5 percent magnesium. This fruit also has a high-water content that can help with hydration.

Myth: Cantaloupes shouldn't be stored in the refrigerator.
Fact: If you choose a ripe melon, then you should store it in the refrigerator as soon as you get home. If it's not ripe, then it can be left at room temperature for a few days in order to allow for the fruit to ripen. Cantaloupe can be easily sliced and minimally prepared for a midafternoon snack or a great addition to breakfast. This melon is power-packed full of vitamin C and A, so don't forget to treat yourself to this delight and bring it along to your next picnic.

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Cantaloupe Snack Bites

1/2 cantaloupe, medium
Prosciutto, five slices

After the cantaloupe has been cut in half, cut out the orange fleshy part along the interior orange-green border of the fruit. Then, cut this section into five even pieces. Take each slice of prosciutto and wrap around each cantaloupe portion. Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional information:
Calories: 183 calories, Carbohydrates: 22.65grams, Total Fat: 4.35 grams, Cholesterol: 30 milligrams, Protein: 15.10 grams, 

Dietary Fiber: 2.5 grams, Sodium: 1,240 milligrams

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