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National spotlight on UNF's commitment to diversity as new initiatives underway

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.

math professor with studentsThis 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.

Around Campus

UNF receives 10 prestigious national rankings

Over the past month, the University of North Florida has been making ranking news, with a tally of 10 awards to date:


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  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 and 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 universities nationwide.


  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 Factual.


  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 Report.


  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 Rankings.


  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 South.


  8. Among the 26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016 -


    UNF has been named among the "26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016" by, 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 -


    After a national review of 600 colleges and universities, 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."

Around Campus

2016 fall freshman class boasts highest GPA in UNF history

Group of UNF Hicks Honors students seated around table with President John A. DelaneyWhen 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:

  • This fall class has about 400 more first-time-in-college students than last fall.  
  • The class includes students from 48 Florida counties, 16 states and 17 nations.
  • There are 23 international students with the majority from China.
  • Fifty-eight percent of the new freshmen are female; while 42 percent are male.
  • About 16 percent of the students are the first in their families to attend college.



Around Campus

MOCA Jacksonville names new Weaver Educator

Anthony Aiuppy the new Weaver Educator works with student at MOCA art campEducation 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.”  


In November 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.

The Weavers' 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 2014.  


“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.   


UPD officers visit with students and staff

Students and UNF staff had an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and conversation with officers from the University Police Department and UNF police officer talks with student at the Coffee with a Cop eventthe Jacksonville Sheriff's Office last week in the Student Union. More casual than the typical Town Hall format, the Coffee with a Cop event had no speeches or tight agendas, but provided an open format for students to ask questions and get to know their officers on campus.

The event drew students who were grabbing a late lunch in the Student Union, as well as those who came there for the event. The topics were broad - one student talked about the recent hurricane threat, while another criminal justice student took the opportunity to ask the officers about their careers in law enforcement and their duties. Some just visited with the officers making light conversation about school, food and the weather.

Lt. Andy Joiner, who helped organize the event, said the UPD wants students to feel comfortable approaching the officers on campus and events like this help open communication and strengthen the relationship between the officers and the campus community. The event was held in partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office who provides service to the campus when needed.

The University Police Department has 32 officers who enforce local laws and patrol the UNF campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Call for teaching award nominations

Professor Caroline Guardino poses with President John DelaneyNominations 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 or 620-2872 or Dr. Radha Pyati at or 620-1918.


In honor of Joe Brenton

A senseless shooting on Wednesday Sept. 21, 2016, took the life of our respected colleague, Joe Brenton, prematurely separating him Joe Brenton headshotfrom 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. 

Faculty Forum

Dr. Stephynie Perkins, Associate Professor of Public Relations

Dr. Stephynie Perkins headshotDr. 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 relations writing.      


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 relations.    


What's 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.  


What's the most rewarding academic experience you've had at UNF in or out of the classroom?  

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.    


Describe 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.  


What is your personal philosophy?

There's more than one way to skin a cat. I can skin that cat.


What 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.        

Do 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.    

Who 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?  

If 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 why? 

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.


Who is 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.


Where is 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 new things.


What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? 

I am a Tennessee native, and I have lived in Chattanooga and Knoxville. I have also lived in Dallas and Gainesville. I like Jacksonville's climate and its proximity to miles of beach. What I like most, however, are the people who have become my extended family.  

Get to Know

Osprey Profile: Dallas Burke

Dallas Burke headshotDallas Burke, a UNF senior majoring in chemistry, will tell you that some of his favorite memories at the University of North Florida have stemmed from his service 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. 


Burke 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 student body. “I've 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.  


What is 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.  


Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida?    

I 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.    


What do you like most about UNF?

UNF offers so many affordable study abroad opportunities. I spent six weeks in Athens, Greece, after my freshman year, and I can honestly say that the trip was life-changing.  The 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.  


What's your favorite UNF tradition?

My 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!


What's your biggest challenge so far as a UNF student?    

My 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.    


What does being an Osprey mean to you?

Being 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 the world.    


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.


If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see and why?

I 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.    


If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be and why?

First 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.  

What three traits define you?  

Leadership – 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.        

Tenacity – I try as hard as I can in everything that I do. This trait has helped me succeed here at UNF.

Ambition – I'm humble, but I also believe that I have the ability to do very big things in the future.    


Basketball ticket mini-plans now available

UNF Arena filled with fans watching a basketball gameNew 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 read more online.

Ticket Packages:

Florida Plan - $60
Nov. 14 vs. Edward Waters
Dec. 1 vs. Florida
Dec. 29 vs. Ball State
Jan. 2 vs. Palm Beach Atlantic

Miami Plan - $60
Nov. 16 vs. Miami
Nov. 22 vs. Florida National
Dec. 15 vs. Thomas University
Dec. 29 vs. Ball State

Premium Plan - $110
Nov. 16 vs. Miami
Dec. 1 vs. Florida
Dec. 29 vs. Ball State
Jan. 25 vs. FGCU
Feb. 23 vs. Jacksonville


Swoop Summary

UNF mens soccer player in motion as he kicks the ball on the field

Men's 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 about men's soccer.


Ospreys 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 about North Florida volleyball.


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 more about women's soccer.

Women'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 UNF women's tennis players on the courtabout women's tennis.


Former 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 about Kyle Nasta.

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 about Jack Findel-Hawkins.

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishments Brooks College of Health  


School of Nursing        

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.


Dr. Cynthia Cummings 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.


Department of Public Health

Dr. Natalie Indelicato and graduate 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.


Dr. Natalie Indelicato presented a 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.


Coggin 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.


College of Arts and Sciences



Dr. Quincy Gibson, with J. Mann 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.



Jennie Ziegler 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  performed 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. 



Dr. Jason Haraldsen 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 “Evolution of thermodynamic properties and inelastic neutron scattering intensities for spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic quantum rings” in Physical Review B 94, 054436, 2016.


Dr. Chris Kelso, 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 Public Administration

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 Dumont 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.”


Dr. Sucheta Pyakuryal 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 Work 

Dr. Suzie Weng 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 Conference, Toronto.  


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction  


School of Computing

Dr. 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 was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing published by IGI-Global publishers.


College of Education and Human Services


Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education  

Dr. Caroline Guardino will 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. Learn more about the task force. 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.   


Dr. Sue Syverud 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 Pepper.


Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Drs. 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 County. 


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. 


Department of Foundations and Secondary Education

The President's 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."


Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol

Ms. 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    

Lt. 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.  


Student Affairs  

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 closure.  


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.


Dateline balloons to celebrate our faculty and staff Milestone anniversaries  

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


30 years

Catherine Johnson, Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director, Florida Institute of Education 


15 years  

Irma Hall, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work    


10 years

Maria Atilano, Assistant University Librarian 

Ki Kwok, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems 


Five years

Susan Eisenberg, Academic Advisor, Coggin College of Business 

James Guppenberger, Laboratory Tech, Biology   

Freddie Moody, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Marie-Christine Malek Richard, Director/Divisional Budget Officer, Student Affairs 

Marvin Thompson, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities  

Tarah Trueblood, Director, Interfaith Center  



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, ADA Compliance  

Benjamin Freeman, Business Analyst, Florida Institute of Education      

Katherine Haft, EOD Specialist, Equal Opportunity and Diversity 

Julia Hann, Director, Internal Auditing 

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, Music                               

Raid Nazi, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department 

Jessica Novotny, Office Manager, Career Services 

Kaitlin Parsons, Coordinator, Administrative Services, Athletics 

Ragan Sanders, Executive Secretary, Scholarship Coordinator 

Kameelah Spence, Coordinator, Equal Opportunity and Diversity 

Kristopher Toops, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering 

Dennis White, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department    


Great Job

The following employees were recently promoted:


Todd Battaglino, Pest Control Technician, Grounds  

Brian Becker, Coordinator, Benefits Retirement, Human Resources  

Justin Begle, Assistant Director, User Services 

Marisa Byles, Psychologist, Counseling Center                   

Laurel Cline, Senior Groundskeeper, Grounds 

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, Grounds 

Alexandra Iannone, Office Manager, Intercollegiate Athletics 

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                              

Kristina Phillips,  Coordinator, Benefits Retirement, Human Resources 

David Waddell, Associate Professor, Biology                              

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, Budget Office                       

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 Transportation Services 

Kam Yeung, Postdoctoral Associate, Psychology

The Goods


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.   Plate filled with red, ripe whole strawberries


Myth: It's best to eat strawberries during the summer months when they're in season.

Truth: 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.


Myth: You should buy unripened strawberries, so they will last longer when stored.

Truth: Buy strawberries at their peak of ripeness.Strawberries are 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 degrees. 


Myth: Serve strawberries cold for maximum flavor.   

Truth : 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.   


Myth: Strawberries contain a fair amount of vitamin C but other than that they don't contribute much to a healthful diet.

Truth: 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.        

Truth: 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? Contact Jackie Shank at

Easy Strawberry Smoothie


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


Bright Birds Know

UNF celebrates Sawmill Slough's decade as a preserve

UNF preserve shows off a flurry of yellow blossomsTen years 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.


To celebrate 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. 


The following week, on Oct. 18, a reception from 4 – 8 p.m. will open the Pre[serve] Art Exhibitiona 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. 18. 


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 about the Preserve.