Today’s business graduates will step into a workforce diverse in races, religions, cultures, lifestyles and perspectives, according to Dr. Mark Dawkins, dean of UNF’s Coggin College of Business, and he wants them to be trained and ready. “We compete in a global environment, and students need to be able to interact with people who are different from them,” Dawkins said. “Being culturally aware and competent is especially important to business majors.”As a result, Dawkins is working with the Division of Student Affairs to find a way to ensure that all business students complete some level of training in the Cultural Competency Pursuit Workshops available at the University of North Florida. In addition, he will ask faculty and staff to attend training. Ultimately, he would like to see a certificate program that students would be able to add to their resumes.
This is one of many initiatives that Dawkins believes will continue to benefit students and place UNF at the forefront of diversity efforts, a position recognized in September by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. For the second time in three years, UNF was selected as one of only 83 national recipients of the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity or HEED award. UNF is also the only university in Northeast Florida to receive the award. The HEED award is the culmination of campuswide cooperation and years of effort, according to President John A. Delaney. The President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, one of those efforts, is now co-chaired by Dawkins, who joined UNF in 2015. “A lot of hard work was done before I came to UNF, and as a result we have many programs related to diversity and inclusion,” Dawkins said. “So I’m happy to see the University recognized and happy that we made the effort to collect and submit all the data.”Signs of UNF’s ongoing commitment are campuswide. Cheryl Gonzalez serves as the chief diversity officer of UNF and the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, which works to foster an environment of nondiscrimination and nonharrassment at UNF. “A strong team effort is what contributes to the University’s ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives in education and employment,” Gonzalez said. “This is powerful given that our work is growing more entrenched in offices and institutes throughout our campus.”In 2015, UNF created the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, as an interdisciplinary research institute on the study of racial inequality. Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, associate professor of socially and nationally known race expert, is the founding director of the Institute.UNF’s many initiatives have helped boost the University’s minority enrollment. In fall 2015, UNF had a 30 percent minority enrollment, which represents a 19 percent increase over the past 11 years, with steady growth among Hispanic students and those who identify with two or more races.The University also recently established the Department of Diversity Initiatives within the Division of Student Affairs. Under the direction of Sheila Spivey, the department serves as a resource for students to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. “I’m really excited about all the opportunities that our new department will be able to offer students as we examine the intersectionality of race and gender,” Spivey said. “We will continue to provide support to students as we encourage them to embrace diversity.”In addition, the University conducts ongoing multicultural events as well as programs for various faiths and beliefs. In September, the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion hosted the free collaborative speaker series “Courageous Conversations: Racism and Reality” to a full audience. The University also provides centers of support, such as the Military Veterans Resource Center, the Women’s Center, the LGBT Resource Center, the Intercultural Center for PEACE and OneJax, to name a few. A full listing of resources and events can be found on the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion calendar of events.
Over the past month, the
University of North Florida has been making ranking news, with a tally of 10 awards to date:
1. Best in the Southeast — The Princeton Review
For the eighth consecutive
year, The Princeton Review has named UNF to its “Best in the Southeast” list
for 2017, a prestigious group of only 139 colleges
universities in 12 Southeastern states selected primarily for the excellence of
their academic programs.
2. Best Regional University — U.S. News
& World Report
For the sixth consecutive
year, U.S. News & World Report has named UNF a “Best Regional” university
in its 2017 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings of 1,374
3. Higher Education Excellence in Diversity
— INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
For a second time in three
years, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine awarded UNF with the HEED, Higher
Education Excellence in Diversity award, a national honor bestowed on only 83
U.S. colleges and universities for outstanding commitment and initiatives
dedicated to diversity and inclusion. UNF remains the only university in
Northeast Florida to receive the award.
4. Best Colleges for the Money in the state
and Top Quality Overall Best Colleges in Florida — College Factual
For 2017, UNF was ranked No.
13 statewide as one of the “Best Colleges for the Money” and No. 20 as one of
the “Top Quality Overall Best Colleges” in the state, according to College
5. Best Colleges for Veterans — U.S. News
& World Report
UNF was the only Florida
state university to be designated one of the 2017 “Best Colleges for Veterans,”
ranking No. 32 of regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World
6. Best Bang for the Buck Southeast
Colleges — Washington Monthly magazine
The University was ranked in
the Top 30 on the “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges 2016” list by
Washington Monthly, in the magazine’s annual College Guide and
7. Least amount of student cumulative debt
— U.S. News & World Report
When it comes to students’
amassing debt, less is better. U.S. News & World Report ranked UNF student cumulative
debt as the “least amount” in comparison with regional universities in the
8. Among the 26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016
UNF has been named among the
“26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016” by greatist.com, an online resource that
provides fitness and health content. Graded against 150 nominated schools
nationwide, UNF was the only Northeast Florida university and one of just two
state universities to make the list.
9. Top 50 Nursing Schools in the Southeast
— Nursing Schools Almanac
The Brooks College of Health
School of Nursing was named one of the Top 50 nursing schools in the Southeast
by the Nursing Schools Almanac. After collecting data on more than 3,200
nursing schools throughout the U.S., the Nursing School Almanac research team
named only 10 percent to the final list.
10. Top 10 of 50 most affordable public universities for in-state students — AffordableColleges.com
After a national review of 600 colleges and universities, AffordableCollege.com ranked UNF No. 8 for affordability, placing it in the Top 10 among 50 universities across the country that made the list. Within Florida, UNF topped the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, Florida State University and Florida A&M.
For President John A. Delaney, the across-the-board recognition
affirms the tremendous ongoing effort that UNF faculty and staff have put forth
to build one of the finest universities in the state.
“When you consider the beauty of our campus, the quality of the academic offerings, and our affordable price tag, UNF is hard to beat,” Delaney said. “Those of us here know that to be true, but it’s always rewarding to receive that recognition nationally.”
When Teresa Conroy was looking at colleges, the University of North Florida quickly rose to the top of the list. She knew she wanted a school with small class sizes, and for her, UNF seemed like the perfect fit. Conroy, who also just happens to be a member of the Osprey Women’s Golf Team, is just one of the academically gifted students who ultimately chose the University of North Florida and started classes this fall. The fall 2016 freshman class had an average GPA of 4.17 – the highest in UNF history, as well as a projected average SAT of 1208. In fact, UNF was the third most selective university in the State University System over the past year.Nine percent of the incoming freshman class has been accepted to the Hicks Honors College, a highly selective program, which offers opportunities to students at the top of the academic spectrum to develop leadership skills and community awareness while facilitating the acquisition of knowledge to inspire students to become lifelong learners and critical thinkers. “Through the Hicks Honors College, I have access to one-on-one interaction with professors and the opportunity for undergraduate research projects,” said Conroy, who also lives in an Honors Living Learning Community. “Living in the Honors LLC has enabled me to meet other students who have high academic goals like myself,” Conroy said.Dr. Jeff Michelman, director of the Hicks Honors College, is excited about the caliber of students entering the University and the College. “What we’re finding is they are not only really smart, but also really engaged,” Michelman said.Starting this year, the Hicks Honors College has selected students for an inaugural Blue and Gray Fellows Society made up of the College’s top students – Diamond and Platinum Presidential Scholars.Each student fellow is paired with a faculty mentor, and as a group, the students engage in discussions with top faculty and staff on everything from understanding service in a global context to developing a four-year academic plan. First-year student Christine Breault is amazed by the opportunities available to her that have already enhanced her college experience. "I have a professor mentor, and was connected to her through the Honors College," said Breault. "That's been my favorite thing that's happened so far!"
Last week, the society met with President Delaney about “Getting the Best from UNF.” Including Conroy and Breault, there are 11 students involved this semester, a number Michelman hopes to double next year. He said that each class will help mentor the next one.
In addition to the high percentage of freshmen who qualified for the Hicks Honors College, about thirty-five percent of the freshmen are Presidential Scholars — awarded tiered scholarships based on test scores and GPAs. Here are more stats on the fall freshman class:
Education is at
the core of MOCA Jacksonville’s mission, and now the Museum has a new member at
the core of its education team.
The Museum of
Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North
Florida, has named Anthony Aiuppy as the new J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver
Educator for Family and Children’s Programs.
“We have known
Anthony Aiuppy for many years, as an educator, an artist, an installer and an
intern,” said Ben Thompson, deputy director at MOCA Jacksonville. “He has
impressed us with his innovative ideas and boundless enthusiasm. Everyone on
staff is excited to work with Anthony in his new role as the Weaver Educator.”
2015, the Weavers gave $500,000 to endow an education position at MOCA
Jacksonville, with responsibilities that include designing school tours for
thousands of students, crafting lesson plans for the Museum’s outreach
programs, designing innovative art-making activities, creating curriculum for
MOCA’s annual summer camp and conceiving in-gallery interpretative and activity
guides for children of all ages.
generous gift helps ensure quality education programs at MOCA Jacksonville for
years to come. Whether it be through the robust school tour program, outreach
initiatives that serve low-income students and those with varying learning
exceptionalities, in-gallery activities that facilitate family interaction and
discussion, art-making programs for families or adult programs, MOCA fuels the
minds of all generations and ignites a love of contemporary art and learning.
“We are thrilled
about the choice of Anthony Aiuppy as the new Weaver Educator,” said Delores
Barr Weaver. “His multifaceted experience will propel MOCA Jacksonville's
educational programs in exciting directions, helping children build critical
skills while gaining an appreciation of contemporary art. We’re excited to help
provide these programs for generations to come.”
Aiuppy holds a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from UNF, ‘10, and a Master of
Fine Arts in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, ‘13. He has
previous experience teaching elementary art for Duval County Public Schools and
drawing classes at Reddi-Arts. He has been an art instructor at MOCA Art Camp
in 2015 and 2016 and an adjunct drawing and painting professor at UNF since
“I am looking
forward to building upon past successes in MOCA education with a team that is
concerned with creating and implementing comprehensive and thought-provoking
curricula and programs for school tours, MOCA Art Camp, and other family
programming,” Aiuppy said. “I believe that when students get excited about the
arts, their families tend to become more impassioned and involved in the art
and become culture-makers in the community.”
Aiuppy is also a
practicing artist whose work merges socioeconomic and political themes with his
personal experiences of living with the residue of a racially divided American
South. His viscous, richly colored paintings have appeared in numerous exhibitions
in Jacksonville and other areas.
The J. Wayne and
Delores Barr Weaver Educator for Family and Children’s Programs enables MOCA
Jacksonville to hone its educational mission to nurture the bond between
children and their respective family units. Comfort and knowledge are keys to
heightening family participation in the arts. The Weaver Educator develops
family guides that foster a greater understanding of exhibition themes,
artists, and works of art for caregivers, and help them engage in a meaningful,
substantive dialogue with their accompanying children.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016-17 Outstanding Undergraduate, Graduate and Adjunct Teaching Awards until the deadline: Thursday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. All members of the University community — students, alumni, faculty, adjunct, staff and administrators — are invited to nominate a faculty and an adjunct member for an award. The adjunct award is new this year.
The guidelines for the awards can be found online on the UNF Faculty Association home page.
Submit nominations in one of three ways: use the Online Forms link; send nominations by email; or deliver handwritten or typed nominations to the Faculty Association Office in the Osprey Commons, Building 16, Room 3100.
For more information, contact Cindy Chin at email@example.com or 620-2872 or Dr. Radha Pyati at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-1918.
A senseless shooting on Wednesday Sept. 21, 2016, took the life of our respected colleague, Joe Brenton, prematurely separating him from the UNF community, his family and many friends on campus and ending his valuable contribution to the University. “With the sheer institutional knowledge he had, which he so willingly shared with us daily, Joe was an enormously valuable employee,” said Jeff Durfee, his supervisor and networking, systems and security director. He said Joe’s loss will be felt for years to come. During his 21 years at the University of North Florida, Joe served in a number of roles. Most recently, as a senior IT network engineer in the Systems Engineering Department, Joe worked as a network architect and was instrumental in building the early network and server infrastructure at UNF. “Joe was a valued colleague and a good friend to many, so we are feeling his loss on a personal level,” Durfee said.
A service for Joe Brenton is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Northside Church of God at 5252 Dunn Ave.
Dr. Stephynie Perkins is an associate professor of
public relations in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has taught a variety
of courses in the PR curriculum: principles, writing, campaigns and study
abroad. For the last several semesters, however, she has focused on public
In her current research, Perkins is
collaborating with Drs. John Parmelee, Berrin Beasley and Natalyia Roman on a
pair of studies about journalists’ use of Twitter. Also, Perkins and Dr. Tulika
Varma are looking at cultural communication and its influence on public
one thing in your field of study that people might not know?
We are continually learning more about the impact — and impediment — of social
media on our ability to communicate.
What brought you to UNF?
Shortly after I graduated from the University
of Florida, Dr. Judy Sayre told me about an opening in the department, and I
applied. That was 13 years ago.
the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the
My most rewarding experience was earning tenure, which
represented years of service, teaching and research. As for my interaction with
students, the most challenging experiences are those that make our
undergraduates uncomfortable. In our capstone courses, students come face to
face with their own knowledge and shortcomings. The students have to work
through situations for which there is no textbook solution. It’s important that
they learn the technical skills, but it’s rewarding to watch them solve their
problems as they learn about themselves and the communities they touch.
your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable
with a lecture-style classroom?
I uploaded the lectures for my writing
class online so that I can spend more time in the lab helping students
fine-tune their work. Most students seem to think the first draft is good
enough. I disabuse them of that idea pretty quickly. We spend most of our time
editing and rewriting.
If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be
doing and why?
I would be practicing public relations at a PR/advertising
agency or governmental office. I’m stimulated by the challenge of writing, and
I would enjoy the creativity and variety of establishing and maintaining
relationships with a variety of publics.
your personal philosophy?
There’s more than one way to skin a
cat. I can skin that cat.
do you like most about UNF and why?
I really like our students, but I love
my colleagues in the Department of Communication. Our advisors, office staff,
technical supporters and faculty believe that education about the media and its
impact has far-reaching consequences for students and media consumers. We work
hard, we laugh and we help each other.
you have a favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the Peace
Plaza because it symbolizes the relationship between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
and Mohandas Gandhi. I also like that the students, faculty and staff show
their appreciation by leaving marigold necklaces.
has been the biggest role model in your life?
My dear dad was my biggest
role model. Before he died two years ago, he had been my coach, chauffeur,
advisor and cheerleader. He taught me how to love.
If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all
ears were turned to you, what would you say?
we don’t learn to swim together, we will certainly sink together.
What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate?
Listen. Work hard. Learn as much as you can.
If you could witness any historical event, what would it be and
I would attend the 1963 March on Washington. I
would like to have heard Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in person and to
have felt the energy of the crowd.
What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days?
Pledging my beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was a
memorable experience that continues to shape me. The experience gave me lifelong
access to a sisterhood that’s dedicated to public service.
your favorite fictional character and why
I truly enjoyed Delphine Gaither in
Rita Williams-Garcia’s “One Crazy Summer.” She’s the oldest of three sisters
growing up in the 1960s, and I identify with her journey as an African-American
woman learning about identity and power.
the best place you’ve visited and why?
Nantes, France, is one of the best places I’ve
visited. The city was beautiful and her people were welcoming. I also loved the
challenge of trying to learn another language.
How do you recharge?
I recharge by hanging out my 10-year-old
daughter, Julia. She is a fantastic teacher. She pushes me to rethink what I think I know, and she dares me to try
What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived?
Dallas Burke, a UNF senior majoring in chemistry,
will tell you that some
favorite memories at the University of North Florida have stemmed from his
in Student Government. As a
Senator and then Senate President, he’s been
involved with many initiatives, such as the Veterans Plaza, the
free-printing initiative, the Jaguar ticket sales and
the support of the current Student Health Services facility.
said he’s been happy to invest his time in student government
because of how much the organization has been able to do for the
learned many valuable things that aren’t teachable in a classroom, and it’s
nice to know that I can impact so many of my peers in a positive
way,” Burke said.
your major and why did you choose it?
Chemistry — Have you ever thought about all of the awesome things that happen when you
drive your car? It’s fascinating how the macro scale is governed by
interactions on the atomic scale. Chemistry is the Earth’s code, and I learn it
like a language. In my lifetime, I
don’t want to be just a chemist; however this major is giving me the scientific foundation that I need for my future.
When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation?
I graduate in December of 2017, and I have quite a bit planned after UNF. First, I want to pursue an M.S. in aerospace engineering, and possibly a doctorate degree. Then, I want to serve in the Armed Forces as a fighter jet pilot, although I am not sure which branch. After getting experience, I hope to become a NASA astronaut and perform research on chemical reactions in zero gravity, and I’d like to be among the first group of people to travel to Mars. Additionally, I would like to run for a public office in the state or federal government someday.
you decide to attend
University of North Florida?
didn’t have much money to pay for a college degree, so I chose the school with
the most value. I’m thankful for my decision to come to UNF, because I’ve had so
many opportunities to grow in ways that I never would have at another
university. I made the right call.
you like most about UNF?
offers so many affordable study abroad opportunities. I spent six weeks in
after my freshman year, and I can honestly say that the trip was life-changing.
school places the students above all else. UNF’s mission statement states that
“UNF faculty and staff maintain an unreserved commitment to student success,”
and I have found this to be true. My education is rich because the University administrators focus on pr
oviding a high quality education for every student
without lowering standards.
your favorite UNF tradition?
favorite tradition is being apart of the student section at basketball games.
We have developed our own culture in the eastern baseline section. We get
rowdy, we get in our opponents’ heads, and we put our “Haaands Up!” during free
throws. I won’t ever forget that time we rushed the court after winning the
conference championship in 2015. SWOOP!
your biggest challenge so far as a UNF student?
biggest challenge is deciding what I am able to commit to. My grades and my
education are my top priority, but outside of the classroom, I push myself to
be involved with as much as I can. Sometimes I stretch myself so thin to where
I don’t know how I am going to make it through the week. Time is the greatest
challenge, and sacrifices have to be made.
does being an Osprey mean to you?
an Osprey means that I don’t conform to century-old traditions; I create them
myself. Being an Osprey means that I know what I want in an education, and I
don’t have to sacrifice quality just to attend a big-name university. Being an
Osprey means that I’m about to leave the Nest with everything I need to take on
When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus?
When I walk into the Student Wellness Complex, all of the craziness in life gets put on hold. It’s the only place where I can put everything aside for an hour, and focus on becoming a better man, physically and mentally. It is a great place to blow off steam, and I’m thankful to have access to such a nice facility.
could witness any historical event, what would you want to see and why?
would have traveled with Neil Armstrong in the space race and watch him become
the first human to step foot on the moon in 1969. That step signifies an
accomplishment for the entire human race; not even gravity can stop us. Sometime in the 2030s, I want to
be the first man to walk on Mars.
could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be and why?
of all, I love coffee. I would sit down and have an Americano with Abe Lincoln
and discuss how he was able to abolish slavery during the American Civil War. He
is the type of leader that I want to be.
three traits define you?
– One of the things that I do best is bring out the best in others. I want to
affect many people in a positive way.
– I try as hard as I can in everything that I do. This trait has helped me
succeed here at UNF.
– I’m humble, but I also believe that I have the ability to do very big things
in the future.
New basketball ticket mini-plans — bundled around
some of the Osprey's premium opponent home games — are now available for
purchase. There are three packages for sale: a four-game plan for $60 that includes tickets
to the Dec. 1 matchup against the University of Florida; a four-game plan for
$60 that includes tickets to the Nov. 16 game against the University of Miami;
and a 5-game premium plan for $110 with tickets to both Florida and Miami as
well as the Feb. 23 game with Jacksonville University.
The mini-plans allow spectators the opportunity
to purchase reserved seats on the Arena's south upper level, sections 21-26,
for the marquee games before tickets for the individual games go on sale.
Unlike the regular full 14-game season ticket pack, priced from $165 to $205,
mini-package purchases do not guarantee access to postseason game tickets. For
all ticket packages purchases, contact the UNF Athletic Ticket Office at
904-620-BIRD (2473) or online here.
Plan — $60
Nov. 14 vs. Edward Waters
Dec. 1 vs. Florida
Dec. 29 vs. Ball State
Jan. 2 vs. Palm Beach Atlantic
Plan — $60
Nov. 16 vs. Miami
Nov. 22 vs. Florida National
Dec. 15 vs. Thomas University
Dec. 29 vs. Ball State
Plan — $110
Nov. 16 vs. Miami
Dec. 1 vs. Florida
Dec. 29 vs. Ball State
Jan. 25 vs. FGCU
Feb. 23 vs. Jacksonville
Soccer Continues Reign Over UCF With Road Victory
North Florida got back to
its winning ways with a 2-1 road victory over instate foe UCF. Learn more
Shut Down FAMU in Five-Set Victory
After dropping the third and
fourth sets, North Florida volleyball buckled down and pulled out a five-set
victory against Florida A&M on Sept. 20 at UNF Arena. Learn more
Colubiale’s Golden Goal Gives Women’s Soccer Three-Straight Wins
Sophomore Krista Colubiale headed in the game-winning goal in the opening minutes of the first overtime to help North Florida defeat Campbell, 2-1 at Hodges Stadium. Learn moreWomen’s Tennis Closes Up First Weekend with Strong Showing in Singles UNF women's tennis players on the court North Florida women’s tennis swept Middle Tennessee State in singles to close out the Carolina Classic at the Gamecocks Tennis Center on Sept. 18. Learn more
Goalkeeper Kyle Nasta Signs with Jacksonville Armada
Former North Florida
goalkeeper Kyle Nasta has signed with the Jacksonville Armada of the North
American Soccer League. Learn more
Findel-Hawkins Wins Consolation Draw, Deautriell Finishes Runner Up
Senior Jack Findel-Hawkins closed up the Duke James Bonk Invite with a victory in Singles White Bracket on Sept. 18 at the Cary Tennis Center. Learn more
College of Health
Dr. Debra Wagner
presented a poster “Patients with a spinal cord injury satisfaction with self-care teaching
by nurses: A collaborative study” at the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury
Professionals Educational Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.
and students Rachel Picher
and Chelsea Paxson published an article “Implementing
the Chronic Care Model in Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville” in the
September issue of The Florida Nurse.
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts presented her peer-reviewed, community-based research titled: “Positive Outcomes of a Structured Nutrition Education Program in Preschools” at the 17th International Congress of Dietetics in Granada, Spain, in September.
student Rachel Underwood presented “Privileging
their lens: Using photovoice to explore the self-image and camp participation
of youth with upper limb differences” at the Association for Creativity
in Counseling conference in Savannah, Georgia.
preconference workshop titled “Practicing
Positive Counseling: Moving from What’s Wrong to What’s Strong” with colleagues
from Old Dominion University and Auburn University at the Southern Association
for Counselor Education and Supervision in New Orleans.
College of Business
A paper by Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of
Operations Management, titled “Drivers of Government Restrictions on
Humanitarian Supply Chains: An Exploratory Study” was recently accepted to the
Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
of Arts and Sciences
and M. Stanton, presented “Early development of sex-specific association
patterns in wild bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops sp.) calves” at the International Primatological Society
Symposium: Towards a Better Understanding of Social Convergence between
Cetaceans and Primates, held in Chicago in August.
published “The Telling” in Atlas and
Alice in August.
Dr. N. Harry Rothschild’s documentary on Wu Zhao was shown on the Smithsonian Network on Aug. 29 under the title
“China’s Emperor of Evil.”
Dr. Sunshine Simmons
a set of three works for clarinet and piano by the composer Alan Shulman at the
International ClarinetFest held at the University of Kansas
in Lawrence, Kansas.
James Hogan, adjunct guitar professor, taught his Beyond Blues Masterclass at the 7th Annual Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival in Big Fork, Montana in August. James was joined by Grammy winners Jon Herington
(Steely Dan), Shane Theriot (Hall & Oates) and Brent Mason (Studio Legend)
as co-instructors in his Masterclass. Hogan was also a featured performer at
the festival and performed concerts throughout the week for crowds of up to
5,000 people along with Herington, Mason, Theriot, Lee Ritenour, Dweezil Zappa,
Jim Messina, Liz Longley, Kirk Covington and Adam Nitti. James Hogan is an
endorsee of D’Addario Strings, Planet Waves Cables, Reunion Blues Cases and
Xotic Effects, whom he represented at the festival.
published a book chapter titled “Interface Coupling
in Multiferroic Heterojunctions from Multiferroic Materials: Properties,
Techniques, and Applications” in Multiferroic Materials: Properties, Techniques, and Applications, edited by J. Wang, CRC Press, 2016. Dr. Haraldsen
also published the paper
of thermodynamic properties and inelastic neutron scattering intensities for
spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic quantum rings” in Physical Review B 94, 054436,
with co-authors Christopher Savage, Monica
Valluri, Katherine Freese, Gregory S. Stinson and Jeremy
Bailin, published a paper titled “The impact of baryons on the direct detection
of dark matter” in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2016.
Political Science and
Dr. Mary Borg
was interviewed for the current affairs program “The
Inquiry” on BBC World Service, which broadcasts to 65 million people
around the world every week — 10 million in the U.S. alone. Dr. Borg discussed
her research on the economic and political consequences of the lottery.
Dr. Sucheta Pyakuryal, Dr. Georgette
and Dr. George Candler presented at
Nonprofit Works, a conference held at the Jessie Ball DuPont Center. Dr.
Pyakuryal presented on “Global Civil Society”; Dr. Dumont presented on “Nonprofit
Accountability in the Global Age,” on “Past, Present and Future of Nonprofit
Leadership,” and on “Nonprofit Sustainability: People, Money and Power”; and
Dr. Candler presented on “Managing Nonprofit Stakeholder Relations.”
gave a lecture titled
“Insecurities, Fundamentalism and Nationalism in India, Pakistan and the
Peripheries” for the Fall 2016 International Studies Lecture Series in September.
Sociology, Anthropology and Social
presented a poster “Caring
for Asian American older adults: An exploration in the southern region of the
United States” at the Alzheimer’s Association International
of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Karthikeyan Umapathy, associate professor in the School of
Computing served as co-chair of Emergent Research Forum at the 2016 Americas
Conference on Information Systems held in San Diego in August. He also
participated as a mentor at the 2016 Jacksonville Startup Weekend held in
September, coaching startup business teams on technology/product development,
business plan, technology and business alignment, as well as pitching the
business idea. Also, Dr. Umapathy will be representing UNF as a council member
in the St. Johns County School District IT Advisory board for the 2016-17
academic year, serving as the chair of Teacher Training and Learning Committee.
Dr. Sanjay Ahuja
to the International Advisory Board of the International Journal of Cloud
Applications and Computing published by IGI-Global publishers.
of Education and Human Services
of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
serve as the lead on a national task force charged with improving the
educational outcomes for students who are deaf with disabilities, as well as deaf
multilingual learners. The task force is one aspect of a $20 million grant
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education
Programs awarded to Drs. Stephanie Cawthon and Carrie Lou Garberoglio from the University
of Texas at Austin. To learn more, click here. Dr. Guardino will also work with
faculty from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf who were recently
awarded a National Science Foundation grant to develop an Accessibility Toolkit
as a means to “ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students have equal
opportunity to be fully engaged in class discussions.” Dr. Guardino will serve
as a consultant and program evaluator and hopes to infuse aspects of The
Toolkit into her pedagogy with UNF students in deaf education.
conducted a two-day workshop on literacy at our International Professional Development
School in Belize with assistance from UNF ESE students Joey Garrett and Arien
of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Anne Swanson, Laura Boilini and Matthew Ohlson received a
grant from the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium to support the
leadership development in high-needs rural schools.
CAMP Osprey, a partnership between the College and
the Taylor Leadership Institute, received a grant from the Frank V. Oliver Jr.
Endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to expand the UNF
leadership-mentoring program to a low-performing elementary school in Putnam
Drs. Amanda Pascale
and Matthew Ohlson received a
grant from Franklin Covey Education to establish a mentoring partnership
between Windy Hill Elementary School in Jacksonville and UNF’s CAMP Osprey
program. The grant will help fund weekly leadership mentoring sessions and an
experiential campus outing for students at Windy Hill to help enhance their
leadership skills and increase the likelihood that they attend college. Windy
Hill becomes one of three schools in our DCPS mentoring network, which also includes
Tiger Academy and River City Science Academy.
of Foundations and Secondary Education
Commission on Diversity and Inclusion announced that Dr. Dilek Kayaalp,
an assistant professor in the Department of Foundations and Secondary Education,
is a recipient of the 2016 Faculty Research Award for "The Young and the
Stateless: Middle Eastern Refugee Youth in the United States."
of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol
Sanders, a principal at Seaside Community Charter School, presented on
professionalism and expectations for teachers at the Pre-K Primary Orientation,
Aug. 22. Seaside, a UNF community partner, is a public charter school in its
fourth year and recently earned a state grade of A. Drs. Christian
Winterbottom, Katrina Hall and Kim Cheek also discussed program
expectations and guidelines for students in the pre-K primary program as well
as the new early childhood development concentration. As of August, nearly 70
UNF students had expressed interested in the new concentration, which leads to
a non-licensure bachelor’s degree. The new program is suitable for students who
do not want or need a teaching certificate, but who plan to work with children
in some capacity. This might include teaching Head Start, working in early
childcare settings, coaching, social work, criminal justice, psychology, public
health or the non-profit sector. The pre-K primary program also offers a minor
in early childhood education and an Early Childhood graduate certificate and plans
to offer an early childhood leadership graduate concentration. T.E.A.C.H. scholarships are available for students in the early childhood development
concentration and the graduate leadership concentration. Inquiries should
be directed to Dr. Hall or Dr. Winterbottom.
Hicks Honors College
General Rick Tryon, an instructor in the Hicks Honors College, has been named a
Veteran of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Tryon will be
honored with 14 other veterans for making a positive impact professionally and
personally to the community at the 3rd Annual Veterans of Influence
Awards breakfast on Nov. 10.
Diane Stover, office manager of the Military and
Veterans Resource Center, appeared in a WJXT interview that aired Sept. 8
following the closure of a local technical school. Stover discussed the MVRC’s
efforts to provide guidance and information to students affected by the
Dr. Lucy Croft, associate vice president for Student Affairs, published a chapter in
the book “The Freshman Project.”
Her chapter, “Create your Board of Directors”, advises new college students where
to turn for assistance.
Congratulations to the following
employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in October:
Catherine Johnson, Administrative
Assistant to the Executive Director, Florida Institute of Education
Irma Hall, Assistant Director,
Research Program Services, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Maria Atilano, Assistant University
Ki Kwok, Senior Applications
Programmer, Enterprise Systems
Susan Eisenberg, Academic Advisor, Coggin
College of Business
James Guppenberger, Laboratory Tech, Biology
Freddie Moody, Custodial Worker,
Marie-Christine Malek Richard, Director/Divisional
Budget Officer, Student Affairs
Marvin Thompson, Senior Custodial
Worker, Physical Facilities
Tarah Trueblood, Director, Interfaith
The following employees were
either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Louis Ashley, Assistant Child
Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Brian Bert, Head Strength and
Conditioning Coach, Strength and Conditioning
Linda Bravard, Office Manager,
Nutrition and Dietetics
Benjamin Cousins, Coordinator, Facilities
Management, Facilities and Grounds
Rachel Fieschko, Program Assistant,
Benjamin Freeman, Business Analyst,
Florida Institute of Education
Katherine Haft, EOD Specialist, Equal
Opportunity and Diversity
Julia Hann, Director, Internal
Jenna Hassell, Coordinator, Marketing
and Publications, Admissions
Angel Kalafatis, Administrative
Secretary, LGBT Office
Darin Magee, Law Enforcement Officer,
University Police Department
Erin McKillip, Technical Support
Specialist, Registrar's Office
Dario Montero, Law Enforcement
Officer, University Police Department
Jody Morgan, Accounting Associate,
Raid Nazi, Law Enforcement Officer,
University Police Department
Jessica Novotny, Office Manager,
Kaitlin Parsons, Coordinator, Administrative
Ragan Sanders, Executive Secretary,
Kameelah Spence, Coordinator, Equal Opportunity
Kristopher Toops, IT Systems Engineer,
Dennis White, Law Enforcement Officer,
University Police Department
The following employees were recently
Todd Battaglino, Pest Control
Brian Becker, Coordinator, Benefits
Retirement, Human Resources
Justin Begle, Assistant Director, User
Marisa Byles, Psychologist, Counseling
Laurel Cline, Senior Groundskeeper,
Alison Cruess, Director, Communications
and Training, Administration and Finance
Ryan Duzon, Assistant Director,
Academic Support Services, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Jon Farrell, Pest Control Tech,
Alexandra Iannone, Office Manager,
James Joiner, Law Enforcement
Lieutenant, University Police Department
Robert Keyser, Coordinator, IT
Support, User Services
Kaitlin Legg, Director, LGBT Office
Meghan Niemczyk, Assistant Director,
Academic Services, Nursing
Benefits Retirement, Human Resources
David Waddell, Associate Professor,
Dong-Yuan Wang, Professor, Psychology
Heartfelt well wishes in
their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF recently:
Ricky Arjune, Chief Budget Officer,
Michael Cain, Coordinator, Student Financial
Aid, Financial Aid Office
Kent Grandy, Coordinator, Facilities and
Operations, Facilities and Grounds
Christie Hall, Office Assistant,
Educational Field Experiences
Destiny Lawson, Administrative
Secretary, Student Government Business and Accounting Office
Christy Linster, Coordinator,
Benefits, Human Resources
Kimberly Pryor, Coordinator, Academic
Support Services, Advising
Clark Ryan-Gonzalez, Assistant Dean of
Students, Office of the Dean of Students
David Seidel, Parking Services
Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Kim Sharp, Office Assistant, Parking and
Postdoctoral Associate, Psychology
Perfectly ripened strawberries are loved
by children and adults alike, and they’re good for you, too! Jackie Shank, nutrition
instructor and undergraduate program director in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship
Program, explores the myths and truths surrounding strawberries.
It’s best to eat strawberries during the summer months when they’re in season.
Strawberries are now available just
about year-round, and Florida is the top U.S. supplier of fresh strawberries
from December until April. So, think about the winter and spring seasons to
enjoy delicious Florida grown strawberries.
You should buy unripened strawberries, so they will last longer when stored.
Buy strawberries at their peak of
considered a nonclimacteric fruit, which means the inner tissue won’t continue
its metabolic processes and ripen after harvest. Choose strawberries that look
red all over the surface. They should be firm but not hard, and they should
have a nice, light fragrance. The caps should be bright green and look fresh. Don’t
remove the caps or wash the strawberries until you’re ready to use them. They
should keep for three to four days at the optimal storage temperature of 32 to 36
Serve strawberries cold for maximum flavor.
: It’s best to serve strawberries at room temperature to
fully showcase the flavor. Simply remove the strawberries from the refrigerator
one to two hours before serving and rinse. Some of the aroma compounds in
strawberries include a complex caramel-like molecule called furaneol, sulfur
compounds and ethyl esters, which create a pineapple-like aroma.
Strawberries contain a fair amount of vitamin C but other than that they don’t
contribute much to a healthful diet.
Strawberries have several redeeming nutritional qualities. One
cup of strawberries (eight large ones) provides 152 percent of the daily value
for vitamin C (an excellent source) and three grams of dietary fiber. Strawberries
are fat-free and devoid of cholesterol. In addition, strawberries contain
antioxidant compounds, including the red anthocyanin pigments. Scientists
around the world are actively studying the role of these antioxidant compounds
in fighting oxidative stress within the body.
Myth: Many people need to avoid strawberries because of the sugar content.
Most people would benefit from
including more strawberries and other deeply-colored
fruits and vegetables into their diet. Our bodies are well equipped to process
carbohydrates throughout the day. In fact, carbohydrates are a major energy
source for us. However, for different reasons, some people need to be more
mindful of their fruit intake. For example, people who have diabetes or
irritable bowel syndrome may need to limit some types of carbohydrates that
aren’t well tolerated.
The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts
by faculty members in the University of North Florida’s Nutrition and Dietetics
Flagship Program. Have a question about strawberries?
Jackie Shank at
1 container (about 5.3 oz.) Greek yogurt, vanilla flavored 1 cup fresh strawberries (about eight large, rinsed, caps can be left on) 4 ice cubes Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Makes one serving, about 1¼ cups. Nutritional Analysis per serving: Calories - 176, Total Fat - 0 grams, Saturated Fat - 0 grams, Cholesterol - 10 milligrams, Protein - 15 grams, Total Carbohydrate - 29 grams, Dietary Fiber - 3 grams, Sodium - 70 milligrams, Vitamin C* - 152 percent Calcium* - 15 percent* Percent daily value
have passed since UNF President John A. Delaney officially designated a
382-acre portion of the campus as the Sawmill Slough Preserve, forever
protecting wildlife and habitat and providing a resource for scientific
research and education.
this milestone, the UNF Environmental Center is planning a Preserve Adventure Fest on Oct. 13. Faculty,
staff, students and the public are invited for guided hikes and arts and
crafts. Join the fun from 3 to 8 p.m.
following week, on Oct. 18, a reception from 4 – 8 p.m. will open the
Pre[serve] Art Exhibition, a
collaboration between the Gallery of Art, the Department of Art and Design and
the Environmental Center. The exhibition will showcase student art created to
inspire others to connect with the preserve and will be on display through Nov.
When asked what they love about UNF, students always rank the natural
environment and related offerings high, and the Preserve is a key part of that.
The north portion of the Sawmill Slough is kept natural for conservation and
research, while the southern portion includes nature trails and is used for
recreation. Learn more
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