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InsideDecember 2017 – January 2018

Around Campus

Skinner-Jones Hall nears completion

Skinner-Jones Hall's new look Farewell to scaffolding, construction noise and walk-around barricades, and welcome to the newly configured Skinner-Jones Hall, Building 4.

The move-in date is set for Friday, Dec. 15, and the following Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 – 19, if needed, according to Paul Stewart, director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction. As the date approaches, the campus will see new landscaping in place as well as the removal of construction equipment and vehicles. When classes resume in January, the building will be ready for students.

The new facility will provide space for the School of Engineering and the Department of Construction Management, which will occupy nearly 65 percent of Skinner-Jones Hall - including civil/construction, the Taylor Engineering Research Institute, electrical and mechanical engineering, microscopy research facility, common spaces and the CCEC Dean's suite. Some of the state-of-the-art upgrades include a video teaching lab; computer labs and design, teaching and research labs for all engineering disciplines; research and teaching labs for several engineering disciplines; and Wi-Fi throughout the facility. 


Dr. Mark Tumeo, CCEC dean, called the new building a great opportunity. “It's new space with state-of-the-art equipment and that's going to allow us to continue to offer the best engineering programs possible.” Tumeo said. “We're very excited and pleased.”

The building will also house the Writing Center; Math Department offices; the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Social Work program suite with offices, student collaboration space and a lab; offices and labs for the Nurse Anesthetist program; and general-use classrooms.

Known previously as buildings 3 and 4, with north and south designations, Skinner-Jones Hall is now connected as one, with a complete interior renovation, a four-story addition and a new entry lobby. The state-funded $30 million transformation was handled in two phases; phase one began in August 2016, phase 2 in June 2017.

With the single designation for Skinner-Jones Hall as Building 4, Stewart said that the number three will be retired on campus and not used again. The two buildings were part of the original footprint of the 1972 campus. The University dedicated the buildings in March 2013 in honor of Arthur Chester Skinner Jr., Charles Brightman Skinner and Mary Virginia Skinner Jones, Jacksonville landowners and developers. The University wouldn't exist today in its present location if it weren't for the generosity of the A. C. Skinner family's donation and sale of approximately 500 acres for part of the UNF campus.

One of the final steps in the project will be to submit documentation to the U.S. Green Building Council to attain a LEED designation - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - a widely used green building rating system. The campus currently has 10 LEED buildings. LEED designations begin with a certification level, followed by silver, gold and platinum.

“As you design the building, you identify probable points that you believe you will achieve,” Stewart said. “These are tracked and documented and then submitted at the end of the project. LEED Silver is our goal, that's what we've designed to, but we may try to reach the gold level.”

Sometime early in 2018, an art selection committee will select a public art piece for inclusion in the building, Stewart said, as part of the Art in State Buildings program. The ASB acquires artwork for new public facilities built with state funds.

Around Campus

Student sculptures showcase creativity

Sundial bench sculpture by student Nick DeGennaroStudent artists have been Bamboo bench sculpture by student Mary Ratcliffbusy crafting steel, fiberglass and wood into beautiful designs to display on campus and at the UNF Seaside Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach. On campus, the fall installation of a sundial bench across from the Brooks College of Health created the second artistic yet functional place to sit on campus. Created by sculpture student Nick DeGennaro, the structural bench is called “Celestial Chronology.” The first bench titled “Immersion” - and located in the Bamboo Garden - was created by student Mary Ratcliff and installed in 2016. Both DeGennaro and Ratcliff competed with other UNF students to have their ideas selected and funded.

Jenny Hager, professor of sculpture, and Lance Vickery, adjunct instructor, spearhead the program, which - in addition to the benches - has added nine creative bike racks to campus. Hager, Vickery and other faculty and staff are part of the committee that selects the student art. Hager said the students present their ideas about materials and design to the committee as well as a small-scale model of the project.

Student sculptures on display in Jacksonville BeachA similar process has been used to Student sculpture on displayselect artwork for the UNF Sculpture Park, a yearlong public art installation, which opened to the public in July 2016. In early November 2017, art supporters gathered to welcome five new pieces to the park, bringing the total to 10. The new artworks include: “Strombus Alatus” by Jen Broadbent; “Cohesion” by Patricia Macias; “Ipseity” by Gabriella O'Toole; “Infinity Moth” by Victoria Priep; and “Crouching Skeletal Figure” by Matt Stanford.

The UNF Sculpture Park was established by donations from MountainStar Capital and the Lazzara Family Foundation. MountainStar also donated the use of the land, which is located at 480 First Street S., across the street from the city's Oceanfront Park.

Around Campus

Campus initiative yields tons of compost materials

UNF student Paul Diaz on bike with trailer attachedUsing a bike with an attached trailer, senior Paul Diaz has spent many mornings hauling food waste from the Osprey Café to the Ogier Gardens. Over a two-year period, Diaz has literally moved a small mountain - one weighing an estimated 11.5 tons - or the equivalent weight of about six and a half mid-size cars.

It's all part of a composting project to provide additional compost for the Gardens as well as reduce waste from campus, according to Kevin Anderson, coordinator for Ogier Gardens. Anderson pursued a grant from the Cummer Family Foundation that allowed him to purchase a bike trailer and fund the salary for a student to do the transport. A used bike was donated for the project. “The plan was to create a very cost-effective composting operation with a low carbon footprint,” Anderson said.

Diaz, as the Gardens' composting steward, takes a morning ride Tuesdays through Fridays and picks up the pre-consumer food waste saved for him by the Chartwells' staff - rinds or anything removed during food preparation; post-meal scraps are not included. Using large buckets, Diaz hauls an estimated 90–120 pounds of scraps to the Gardens each day and then unloads it in a small composting area.

The compost material is later added as a soil conditioner for the plants at the Gardens, also known as a soil amendment. In addition to other planting and harvesting work, Diaz, an international business and marketing major, also conducts composting workshops onsite for the campus community and the public. “I've always had a fascination with gardening and plants, so when I found out all the exciting things they do here, I just wanted to be a part of it,” Diaz said.


Campus community invited to nominate for faculty awards

Distinguished professor Dr. Catherine Christie on stage for award presentationNominations are now being accepted for the 2017-18 Faculty Awards: Distinguished Professor, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship, Outstanding Faculty Service and Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship. The submission deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at 5 p.m.

All members of the University community - students, alumni, faculty, adjunct, staff and administrators - are invited to nominate a faculty member for an award. The guidelines for the awards can be found online on the UNF Faculty Association website.

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 Faculty Association Executive Secretary Cindy Chin by email or call 620-2872 or Faculty Association President Dr. Radha Pyati by email or call 620-1918.


Art fun for children K-5 over winter break

Kids ready for MOCA Art CampMOCA Jacksonville will provide half-day and full-day sessions for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, with a 15 percent discount offered to UNF faculty and staff. 


Experienced art educators teach a variety of media and skills while including the contemporary art history context for each project. 


Learn more about schedule and pricing.  


Get to Know

Vivian Senior

Vivian Senior, associate director of the COAS Career Services CenterVivian Senior is associate director of the Career Success Center in the College of Arts and Sciences. Senior manages a team of professionals dedicated to helping students clarify their career plans and develop professional and employability skills.

What do you enjoy about working at UNF? I enjoy discovering and implementing ways to help students achieve success.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? I have lived in Jacksonville all of my life. Let's just leave it at that without discussing numbers …

What one memory do you most treasure? My most treasured memory is seeing my son, Clayton, for the first time, hours after he was born. He's a miracle baby. He is a true blessing. He is my heart outside of my body. He is 16 now. So, recalling that memory helps me to remember that I actually do like him.☺

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? I would love to be in their presence to glean from each what I admire … Michelle Obama (elegance, intelligence and beauty), Maya Angelou (strength and wisdom), Ellen Degeneres (likeability and natural humor), Denzel Washington (Well … have you seen him? OK, he is insightful, too.)

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? My son will soon have his driver's license. After more closely observing other drivers while he is developing skills, I would like to work for the DMV. There are some drivers' licenses I would like to revoke. On (another) serious note, I would like to be a famous and successful jazz vocalist. Music can be a unifier and the specific style and skill of jazz artists allows them to naturally connect with and positively impact most anyone. Our world could use more of this.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? “She Did It” - Life is a journey of challenges and excitement, personally and professionally. The plot for my movie reveals perseverance, accomplishments, happiness and success.

What's at the top of your bucket list? Visit Jamaica … and France … and Italy … to explore and experience the scenery and cuisines.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? seaFOOD! (I know that's a category and not one item, but that's just indicative of how I feel about it. I could eat it every day … grilled, blackened, fried …)

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Color: Black
Ice cream flavor: Butter Pecan
Quote: “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” ~Maya Angelou
Season: Fall
Sport to watch: Basketball


Osprey Profile: Glehn Von Loh

UNF student Glenh Von Loh What is your major and why did you choose it? I am pursuing degrees in political science and international studies. I have always had a strong interest in foreign affairs, cultural exchanges and different languages. It is fascinating to read the news and learn what has caused certain global events. At first, I wasn't sure which of the two I should major in, but my academic advisor told me I could do both at the same time – so why not?

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? The University of North Florida was the only university I applied to because it was the perfect size - not too small, nor too large - and provided a competitive environment while still making it feasible to get involved in leadership roles on campus. What appealed to me most was the emphasis UNF places on studying abroad. There are plenty of scholarships available to students aspiring to intern or study in another country.

Where are you from? I hail from Makati City, Philippines! However, I'm also a Navy brat, so I've lived in California, Maine and Hawaii before moving to Jacksonville.

What do you like most about UNF? The people at UNF are so personable. It's easy to meet new people, get involved with campus organizations and have casual conversations with professors. Student clubs are very welcoming of new members and with the diversity of student groups there is bound to be a fit for everyone. At UNF, everybody helps everybody. Faculty and staff regularly email students about various opportunities in the community and are always delighted to have conversations about topics students are passionate about.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? I got involved with Student Government during my first semester at UNF and it truly reshaped my whole college experience. I joined the executive branch as the project manager and later held the position of chief of staff. The professionalism and autonomy the students have in making meaningful decisions on campus never fails to impress me. I cannot think of another job I could have done in college that would have equipped me with the leadership and management skills as much as my experience in SG did. Throughout it all, I also made lifelong friends, traveled around Florida and left my mark on campus.

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? My favorite class at UNF was Global Issues in Contemporary Politics taught by Ambassador Nancy Soderberg. This class reinforced my interest in international relations, which has led me to pursue a career in foreign affairs. Ambassador Soderberg has extensive experience as former Deputy National Security Advisor and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She has been very inspiring and has helped me with landing an internship at the U.S. Department of State.

How do you recharge on campus or in Jacksonville? It's a cliché, but I enjoy long walks on the beach. I like to go to Eco Adventure on campus; it's a fun place to borrow kayaks and paddleboards to use on the pond. Also, Taco Tuesday with friends is always a great idea, even when it's not Tuesday!

What's your favorite UNF tradition? I grew up playing basketball a lot and now watch the home games at UNF. My favorite UNF tradition is when everyone puts their hands up during a free-throw at a basketball game and does the Swoop when the point is made!

What does being an Osprey mean to you? Being an Osprey means we're committed to soaring high. We strive for excellence in everything we do and persevere through the prerequisites needed to attain our goals. Furthermore, we lift as we climb; Ospreys are tenacious with our goals, but are always accessible to lend a wing to a fellow Osprey.

When you're looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? I like to hang out around The Green while reading a book or sipping coffee. It's a quaint spot on campus to sit on a park bench or lay on the grass. The Green is the perfect place on campus to soak up some sun while enjoying a subtle breeze before having to go back indoors to study.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? It would be Thomas Jefferson. As the first U.S. Secretary of State under President George Washington, I would love to hear his stories firsthand and gain his insight on what it was like to engage in diplomacy during our country's early years.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? It would be thrilling to witness the Berlin Wall come down. I can only read and listen to stories such as this, yet they are always full of emotion. I can't imagine what it was like to be there when it happened.

What three traits define you? Passion, courage and humility. Passion drives me to do well in everything I commit myself to and maintain positive energy. Courage pushes me to strive for improvement, do the uncomfortable and hold myself accountable. Humility underlies the two other traits, as I always appreciate those who have helped me get to where I am today and pay it forward.

Do you have any advice for high school students? Always say yes to new opportunities. Whether you think you're interested or not, when an opportunity presents itself, try it at least once and you may be surprised. You never know what other doors may open by trying different things. It is better to experiment with different interests earlier on than to stress about not knowing what to do later. There are lessons to be learned through every experience and people to meet that lead to great friendships.


Dateline balloons to celebrate our faculty and staffMilestones
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary in December or January:

30 Years
Raymond Drayton, Pest Control Technician, Grounds

20 Years
James Baur, Associate Director, Recreation
James Roberson, Professor, Academic Technology and Innovation
Susana Watts, Coordinator, Administrative Services, Coggin College of Business

15 Years
James Fletcher, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Michael Holmes, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering
Torrell Poole, Groundskeeper, Residence Life Programming
Carl Williams, Irrigation Technician, Physical Facilities

10 Years
Karla Calliste-Edgar, Coordinator, Budgets, Arts and Sciences
Trudy Cochrane, Administrative Assistant, Academic Affairs
Paige Lilley, Coordinator, Admissions Processing, Graduate School
Deborah Reed, Instructor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education

5 Years
William Dally, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Brooke Hammon, Coordinator, Career Development Services, COAS Career Success Center
Megan Lichty, Coordinator, Budgets, Academic Technology and Innovation
Lauren McAlister, Instructor, Nursing
Mark Perez, IT Support Tech, User Services
Virginia Smith, Program Assistant, University Center

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

Emily Batt, Student Financial Services Coordinator, Controller
Adam Brown, Associate Director, Safety Security, University Police Department
Quang Bui, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Pierre Campbell, Assistant Director, Residence Life, Residence Life Programming
Emma Coombs, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Kimberly Coppedge, Executive Secretary, Telephone Services
Rosalind Dexter-Harris, Director, Academic Support Services, ES Planning and Operations
Tayrin Evans, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, ES Planning and Operations
Daniel Feinberg, Assistant University Librarian, Library
Lauren Gibbs, Associate Director, Urban Internship
Sabinina Harris, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Bailey Hatcher, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Richard Hecht, Graphic Designer, Public Relations
Kacy Hope, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Enrollment Services
Justin Kelly, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Brittany Lopez, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Ian Mikrut, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, Alumni Services
Allison Montero, Records Registration Coordinator, Registrar's Office
Jennifer Murray, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, Library
Robert Scanlon, Maintenance Mechanic, The Flats
Dontavius Seaborn, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Andrea Taylor, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kimberly Troke, Quality Assurance Analyst, Florida Institute of Education

Great job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Kayla Aliemenious, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Enrollment Services
Danny Bethune, Senior Floor Care Worker, Custodial Services
Decato Burke, Manager Audio Visual Technician, ITS-Academic Technology
Lori Collins, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Enrollment Services
Kristin Douberly, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, ORSP
Kate Learch, Director, IB Flagship, Undergraduate and International Program
Jessica LeClair, Coordinator, Marketing and Publications, Public Relations
Teresa Nichols, Assistant VP, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Jamie Winegardner, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services

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

Melinda Andrew, Office Manager, Coggin College of Business
Priya Arjune, Accountant, Controller
Kaitlyn Bryce, Marketing Publications Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Justin Cato, Associate Director, Intramural Sports, Recreation
Bianca DePass, Accounts Payable Receivable Associate, Controller
Tina Gordon, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Biology

Kenneth Holmes, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Gia Hunt, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services
Destiny Lawson, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Justin Lerman, Coordinator, Training, Distance Learning Fee
Deirdre Meehan, Executive Secretary, Education and Human Services
Katherine Moore, Student Affairs Coordinator, ELP-Faculty Grants and Initiatives
Cathleen Thero, Executive Secretary, Major Gifts
Christopher Thomas, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Terence Thompson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Stephanie Toro, Program Assistant, Career Services
Kristine Webb, Professor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Nutrition and Dietetics
Dr. Kristen Hicks
presented three posters from her publications at the Food and Nutrition Conference in Chicago in October:
“Integration of Registered Dietitians (RD) into Corporate Wellness Programs to Improve Nutrition and Lifestyle Behaviors,” Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017.117(9), pA76; “Dietitian-Led Project Based Mentoring Program for Undergraduate DPD Students,” with K. Beathard, Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017.117(10), pA135; and “Using Online CME to Educate Physicians on Collaborative Healthcare: How to Incorporate a dietitian in Practice,” with M. Irion in Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017.117(10), pA138.

Dr. Kristen Hicks, with Melody Howard and Dr. Peter Murano, published “A Gap in the United States Healthcare System: Physician Nutrition Education Knowledge and Application” in MedEdPublish in November.

Department of Public Health
Dr. Sericea Stallings-Smith, in collaboration with Dr. Richmond Wynn and Jean Munnerlyn (MPH candidate), presented “Examining the Association Between Smoking Status and Depressive Symptoms by Sociodemographic Factors” at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association in Atlanta in November.

The collaborative work of Dr. Aaron Spaulding, Dr. Sericea Stallings-Smith, Anna Mease (MPH Candidate), Dr. Angela Spaulding, and Dr. Emma Apatu titled “Are U.S. Degree-Granting Institutions Associated with Better Community Health Determinants and Outcomes?” was presented by Anna Mease at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association in Atlanta in November.

Dr. Tes Tuason along with C.D. Güss, N. Göltenboth, and A. Mironova published “Creativity through the Eyes of Professional Artists in Cuba, Germany and Russia” in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

School of Nursing
Dr. Helene Vossos presented and published “Teaching Innovations While Facilitating a Translational Research Quality Improvement De-Escalation Project for Doctoral Advanced Practice Nursing Students: Translating Research into Clinical Practice in a Hospital Setting” at the 2nd World Congress on Nursing and Nurse Education in Miami, in November. Dr. Vossos was chosen as a delegate and moderator for day two and accepted for publication.

Dr. Leigh Powers presented “It Begins and ENDS with Nursing – Improving Nursing Knowledge of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) to Enhance Patient Health Outcomes" at the American Association of Psychiatric Nurses Annual Conference in Phoenix in October.

Dr. Cynthia Cummings presented a poster “Differences in Perception of Clinical Preparation between Nursing Graduates and Nurse Educators” at the AACN Baccalaureate Conference in Atlanta in November.

Coggin College of Business

Dr. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz
, economics professor, and Dr. Albert Loh, economics professor and chair of the Department of Economics and Geography, organized the 15th induction ceremony and luncheon for the Theta Chapter of Florida (UNF's chapter) of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honor Society, held Nov. 3 at the Federal Reserve Bank - Jacksonville branch. Baliamoune-Lutz also serves the ODE faculty adviser. Eight UNF students and one professor were inducted. Department faculty and guests invited by inductees attended the event as well as the Fed leadership team, who generously hosted the UNF group and provided the luncheon and a tour of the facility.

Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of operations management, with Luk N. Van Wassenhove, Maria Besiou, Christophe Hambye and Gyöngyi Kovács, published the paper "Relevance of humanitarian logistics research: best practices and way forward," in International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol 37, Issue 11, 2017.

College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design
Vanessa Cruz
presented her paper “Digital Sketchbook: Ireland” at SECAC 2017 in the session “The New Face of Art and the Academy.”

Nofa Dixon was one of two artists to serve as a judge for the Fine Arts Festival of Ocala, Florida.

Jim Draper completed 10 paintings on commission for the Cowford Chophouse, the newly upscale steakhouse located in the historic Bostwick Building in downtown Jacksonville. Draper was featured in two articles: “With opening just days away, here's your chance to see inside the Cowford Chophouse,” in the Jacksonville Business Journal; and “A look inside the Cowford Chophouse,” Florida Times-Union. Draper also authored two pieces: “Lost Springs of Ocklawaha” and “Why Not?” about the Cathedral Arts Project. Both appeared in Arbus Magazine.

Jenny Hager is the director of the Sculpture Walk in Henry J. Klutho Park in Springfield.

Stephen Heywood juried into and was awarded Honorable Mention for “Vessel in The Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics - National Juried Exhibition,” Seilers Gallery, Zanesville, Ohio. Heywood was invited to lecture and workshop with The FIRM at Utah Valley, Orem, Utah.

Dr. Debra Murphy organized and chaired the session “Rome Eternal” at the annual meetings of SECAC in Columbus, Ohio. She also participated in a session about study abroad and presented “The Tenth Year Anniversary Year - The UNF Department of Art and Design Study Abroad in Italy: A Transformational Learning Opportunity.”

Christopher Luhar-Trice had his photograph “Pegasus, Bomarzo, Italy” selected for the international, juried online exhibition “Celebrating the Creative Process” at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.

Dr. Cliff Ross, with his colleagues N. Bishop and D. Martin, published “Effects of multi-stress exposure on the infection dynamics of a Labyrinthula sp.-turtlegrass pathosystem” in Marine Ecology Progress Series, October.

Dr. Vladimir Mashanov with his colleagues published “Expression of stem cell factors in the adult sea cucumber digestive tube” in Cell and Tissue Research, October.

Dale Casamatta and colleagues P. Dvořák, P. Hašler, P. Pitelková, P. Tabáková and A. Poulíčková published “A new cyanobacterium from the Everglades, Florida – Chamaethrix gen. nov.” in the journal Fottea.

Drs. Eric Johnson and Kelly Smith received funding from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to assess ingress of juvenile American eels into Northeast Florida waters. This project, to begin in December, will provide research experience for 16 undergraduate students.

Dr. Christine Holland presented a Communication Pedagogy workshop, “Develop a culture workshop: TeamBased learning project for intercultural communication” at the 87th Annual Florida Communication Association Convention in Orlando in October.

Dr. Clark Lunberry presented a paper titled “'An Aquatic Reverie': Mallarmé's Writing on Water and the Naming of Waves” at the Power of the Word International Conference, University of Oxford, UK, with an accompanying “Writing on Water” poetry installation at the adjacent University of Oxford Park.

Dr. Gregory Wurtz co-edited the book “Recent Trends in Computational Photonics” published by Springer.

Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen, with his student I. Manuel, published “Electronic chirality in the metallic ferromagnet Fe1/3TaS2” in the Physical Review B, November.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Pamela A. Zeiser published “New Repko & Szostak Edition Offers ‘More Focused Presentation'” in Integrative Pathways, October.

The Department of Psychology hosted the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP) at OneOcean Resort on Nov. 3-4. Dr. Sarah Ainsworth organized the conference, which was attended by 192 undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty from 52 universities. University of North Florida psychology students and faculty had a strong presence at SSSP. Seven undergraduate students, 12 graduate students and five faculty members presented their research at the conference.

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Tiffany Baffour
presented a paper titled “Disproportionate Minority Contact Among African American and Hispanic Youth: Addressing Smart Decarceration” at The Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Dallas in October. At the same meeting, Baffour and colleagues Katrina Boone and Georgia Brown presented “Technology in Field Education: Innovation or Disruption? A Multi-Site Case Study.”

Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull gave four presentations during October, including “Islamic Education in Indonesia: Competitive or a Unique Mission” at a Plenary Session at Halaqah Ulama ASEAN 2017, Jakarta; “Negotiating Identity in Islamic Education in Indonesia” at the International Seminary for the International Class Program, State Islamic University Malang; “Linguistic Modeling of Variation in Islam” at the State Islamic University Walisongo, Semarang; and “Islamic Education: Continuity and Change” at the Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teaching Science, State Islamic University Syarif Hidyatullah, Jakarta.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


School of Computing
Dr. William Klostermeyer,  with M.E. Messinger and A. Ayellopublished “Disjoint Dominating Sets with a Perfect Matching,'' Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms, and Applications vol. 9 (2017) (20 pages)


Dr. Anirban Ghosh presented “Online unit covering in L2” at the 27th Annual Fall Workshop on Computational Geometry, Stonybrook, New York, Nov 3-4.

Dr. Karthik Umapathy, with J. Joiner, presented “Automating CIRI Ratings of Human Rights Reports Using GATE: Evaluation Results,” a poster presentation at UNF DHI Digital Projects Showcase, Nov. 8. In addition, Umapathy, with G. Rousis, R. Carpenter, D. Richard, E. Copello, J. Smith and H. Pandaya, presented “Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG): Social Trustees of Knowledge with a Unique Capacity to Do Social Good,” a poster presentation at the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP), Nov. 3-4, Atlantic Beach.

Department of Construction Management
The Construction Management ABC Student Competition Team, led by Dr. Craig Hargis, was awarded First Place in Estimating at the Associated Builders & Contractors National Construction Management Competition in Orlando. The many schools they competed against included University of Florida, State University of Colorado, University of Central Florida, Texas A&M, Perdue University and University of Tennessee.

School of Engineering
Dr. Patrick Kreidl
was granted Senior Membership status in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional organization for the advancement of technology.

College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Matthew Ohlson
, LSCSM, TLI, Cheryl Gonzalez, EOD director and UNF doctoral student, and Dr. Andrea Buenaño, University of Cincinnati, presented "Developing College and Career Ready Leaders" at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Conference in Denver. In addition, Ohlson and Kirianne Suriano-Bird, AP at Flagler County Schools, presented "The Opportunity & Optimism Gap in Our Schools" at the Kappa Delta Pi Convocation in Pittsburgh.

CAMP Osprey, a partnership between the COEHS and the Taylor Leadership Institute, received a Rural Community Collaboration Grant from the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) to continue the leadership development/mentoring work in rural schools in the region.

This semester's Camp Osprey Leadership Day - the group's fifth event to date - brought more than 60 students from three schools to participate in a campus tour, lunch at the Student Union and a leadership/athletics clinic put on by the UNF Women's Soccer Team. Staff is grateful to assistance from Jennifer Joyce, Deanna Irvin and Emma Coombs from UNF Admissions as well as coach Robin Confer and Devin Zvosec, UNF women's soccer.

Dr. Amanda Blakewood Pascale, with colleague Dr. Andrew Q. Morse, University of Northern Iowa, will publish “Employer Perspectives on Higher Education Accountability: Evidence of Broad Consensus or Nuanced Dissent?” in the forthcoming edition of The Journal of Higher Education Management.

Dr. Luke Cornelius was interviewed and published by WalletHub in its annual college-rankings. The interview can be found

Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Kevin Hulen, assistant director of online course development, presented "Refining a Faculty Development Model to Provide a More Personalized Curriculum: Design Thinking in Action," at the Online Learning Consortium's OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando, Nov. 17.


David Wilson, assistant director, with colleagues Clayton McCarl, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Laura Heffernan, English, presented a panel discussion, “Building an Interdisciplinary DH Community at the University of North Florida” at HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities in Orlando, Nov. 3.

Office of the President

Cheryl Gonzalez, director, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, recently completed a seven-year term (2010-2017) as chairperson for the Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development, which makes policy recommendations to the Governor, Secretary of the Department of Management Services, and legislators. She also completed a two-year term (2015-2017) as chair of the James Weldon Johnson Family YMCA Board of Directors.


Student Affairs
Tim Robinson
, director of International Affairs, appeared on Inside Jacksonville with Jim Byard on WEJZ on Nov. 26 to discuss UNF's Peace Corps Prep Program.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Maria Atilano
, marketing and student outreach librarian, with April Hines, journalism and mass communications librarian at the University of Florida, co-presented "How to Post So Others Will Listen: Engaging Your Audience Through Social Media," at the Library Marketing and Communications Conference in Dallas, Nov. 16. The presentation shared tips and tricks on how to create engaging social media content, attract and sustain followers, and create a sense of community among user groups.

Apryl Price, head of the Acquisitions and Collections Department, with Don Gallagher, Nathan Turner and Anna Sansome, presented “A Little EBA'll Do Ya: How EBA is Driving Changes to eBook Purchasing,” at the 37th Annual Charleston Conference, Issues in Book and Serial in November.

Courtenay McLeland, head of Digital Projects, published an article “Artists' Books Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and Collections” in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, Fall 2017. 


Swoop Summary

Ospreys Edge Eastern Michigan in Overtime, 84-81
A late three from Ivan Gandia-Rosa forced overtime and strong defense in the closing seconds sealed an 84-81 victory for the North Florida men's basketball team over Eastern Michigan on Nov. 29 at UNF Arena. Garrett Sams finished with 20 points to lead a quartet of Ospreys in double figures. Learn more about men's basketball

UNF Sets Free Throw Record with Win against Webber 

In a foul-plagued game, North Florida women's basketball takes down Webber, 81-53, and sets a program record with 35 free throws made in the opening game of the Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Jacksonville University. Learn more about women's basketball.

Cross Country standout Eden Meyer running at NCAA tournamentEden Meyer Caps Cross Country Career at NCAA Championship
Eden Meyer, one of the most decorated runners in North Florida Cross Country history, concluded her cross country career with an appearance at the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 18.  Learn more about Eden Meyer.

#BirdsofTrey Match Program Record with 20 Threes Against Edward Waters
The North Florida men's basketball team made a memorable home debut in its 26th season, connecting on a program record matching 20 three-pointers en route to a 101-77 victory over Edward Waters. The Ospreys saw 11 players score points with six reaching double digits led by Ivan Gandia-Rosa's 19. Learn more about men's basketball.

The Goods

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds have been widely cultivated in tropical regions throughout the world since prehistoric times. Though Ethiopia is the original home of the seed, China, India, Myanmar and Sudan are currently the major producers, and there are about 36 species of the seeds in existence today. Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts, associate professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares facts about this tiny, wholesome seed.


Myth: Sesame seeds have limited culinary use.

Fact: Sesame seeds, now widely used in European and North American baking industries, add a delicate, nutty flavor to a variety of bread and pastry products. The flavor becomes more noticeable when toasted under low heat. Sesame seeds provide an almost invisible crunch to many Asian dishes, and are also the main ingredients found in tahini (sesame paste) and the Middle Eastern sweet called halvah. Sesame is highly valued for its oil, which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. In addition, sesame meal (gluten-free flour) is a byproduct used for food and feed because of its high protein content. Sesame butter (a thicker version of tahini) can be used like peanut butter in many recipes. Tahini is commonly used with chickpeas to make hummus, and in baba ganoush and halvah as well as many sauces and dressings. Roasted and crushed seeds are often sprinkled over salads, desserts, mostly sundaes and other confectionery preparations.


Myth: Sesame is of low nutritional value.

Fact: Dried sesame seeds are an excellent source of magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, thiamin, niacin, folic acid and vitamin B6. The seeds are also a rich source of dietary fiber and contain riboflavin. The fats obtained from sesame seeds are 82 percent mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Other specific nutrients, including various amino and fatty acids, and minerals are in sesame seeds. The phytosterol content of the seeds is high compared to walnuts and Brazil nuts.


Myth: Besides culinary uses, sesame seeds provide no other health benefits.

Facts: Sesame seeds contain two lignans, noncarbohydrate parts of food, with antioxidant properties shown to have cholesterol-lowering effects in humans. Black sesame seeds have been shown to have possible antihypertensive effects by improving antioxidant and oxidative stress. Nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products of sesame have also been shown to decrease several health risks.


Myth: Sesame seeds are hard to find.

Fact: Within the U.S., sesame seeds, meal and tahini are available for purchase in many grocery and health food stores. Specialty ethnic markets are likely to sell a variety of sesame seeds, tahini and other confectionery products.


Myth: Sesame and/or its byproducts have no safety concerns:

Fact: Some individuals may be hypersensitive to seeds, including sesame seeds, and should therefore consume it cautiously. Sesame seed allergies may produce reactions, including hives, dermatitis and itching. Sometimes, the disease manifestation may be severe and can lead to serious physical symptoms, such as vomiting, stomach pain, swelling of lips and throat, leading to breathing difficulty, chest congestion and death. It should also be noted that sesame oil is seen as a mild laxative and should be used appropriately.


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 and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union's "Taste" section. Have a question about sesame seeds? Contact Sealey-Potts.

White Bean Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

A 30-minute kale salad with lemon-herb white beans, garlic croutons (optional) and a creamy tahini dressing. A hearty, flavorful, plant-based side or entree. Serves 4: Adapted from: Minimalist Baker:



Beans: One 15-ounce (425 g) can white or butter beans, rinsed and drained; 1/2 lemon, juiced (1 Tbsp or 15 ml); 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil; 1/4 tsp sea salt; 1 Tbsp (~4 g) fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for topping


Salad: 10 ounces (283 g) kale, chopped, large stems removed; 1 lemon, juiced (2 Tbsps. or 30 ml); 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil; 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup; pinch each sea salt + black pepper;


1 clove garlic, minced


Dressing: 1/3 cup (80 g) tahini; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1 1/2 lemons, juiced (3-4 Tbsps. or 45-60 ml); 1-2 Tbsps. (15-30 ml) maple syrup; pinch each sea salt and black pepper; hot water to thin


Garlic Croutons (optional): 2 cups (~150 g) white or wheat bread, cubed (day old is best); 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil (or other neutral oil, such as grape seed or avocado); 1/4 tsp each garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper.



  1. Add drained beans to a small mixing bowl and add lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and fresh parsley. Toss to combine. Set aside.
  2. Add kale to a large mixing bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, pepper and minced garlic. Use your hands to massage the kale and break down its texture a bit and to season the salad.
  3. To prepare dressing, add tahini, garlic, lemon juice, maple syrup, sea salt and pepper to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine, and then add hot water to thin until pourable. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.
  4. Lastly, add beans, croutons and 3/4 of the dressing to the kale and toss to combine. Serve with any additional dressing and garnish with vegan Parmesan cheese (optional). Best when fresh. If serving later, store dressing and croutons separately.
  5. If making croutons (optional), preheat oven to 325 degrees F (162 C).
  6. Add bread cubes to a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper and pour over bread. Toss to combine. Season once more with a bit more garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss once more.
  7. Spread on a bare baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Flip/stir at the 10-minute mark to ensure even baking. Set aside.


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Woman holding laptop in front of job titlesAccording to UNF's 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE):

Nearly half of UNF seniors who say they plan to work immediately after receiving their degree have a job lined up before they graduate.

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