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InsideFebruary 2017

Around Campus

Wetlands donation a boost for UNF’s coastal and marine studies

UNF property along Intracoastal WaterwayA drive to the beach down JTB offers motorists spectacular views as they pass over the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s usually an “ahhh” moment from visitors as they look out on the vast and pristine marshlands for the first time. Thanks to a generous recent donation, much of what is seen out of that car window on the east bank of the Intracoastal now belongs to the University of North Florida.

It was late last year when the University received the special gift from the Widan Investment Corporation — 1,050 acres of saltmarsh wetlands along the Intracoastal Waterway. Appraised at $8.8 million, the property will be utilized for research for students and faculty, particularly those in coastal and marine programs.

“I am proud to give this unique property to the University of North Florida Foundation in honor of my father, William. C. Webb,” said Dan Webb, president of Widan Investment Corporation. “I’m excited by the University’s enthusiasm for the Webb Coastal Research Station for our future leaders.”

The property crosses Duval and St. Johns counties from just south of Beach Boulevard to the end of Harbour View Drive in Marsh Landing. The southern portion adjoins Marsh Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach and the northern end is adjacent to Cradle Creek Preserve in Jacksonville.

“This is one of the largest single land donations in UNF's history," said Josh Merchant, vice president for university development and alumni engagement. "The proximity to the University is what makes this property so special. We're already fortunate to be located in an area with a variety of coastal environments, but this gift helps further expand the University's offerings and experiences."

Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, director of UNF’s Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program, agrees that the property provides great value to the program and others by allowing students to examine ecology in a pristine wetlands habitat. He said the property is ideal for biological sampling, as well as monitoring impacts of environmental stressors and restoration efforts. Some classes have already started using the site for field observations.

“I also believe the property will play a valuable role in increasing student interest, retention and recruitment,” Gelsleichter said commenting that he hopes to get lower-level students involved early. He feels strongly about providing immersive “first-year experiences” for those interested in the sciences, and even hopes to craft a course around monitoring the property’s ecological system.


Geese flock away from the core of campus

Border Collie chases geese from lakeCanada geese, it turns out, really don’t like to be around border collies.

As a result — within just two weeks during the holiday break — one border collie and her handlers managed to safely shoo just about all the geese from the inner circle of the UNF campus to its perimeter.

Now it’s a matter of maintenance, according to David Bennett with Goose Masters of Northeast Florida, the goose control company hired by the University of North Florida. “We had a short window while the students were not on campus to make the geese see the core campus as a threat,” Bennett said. “So we spent a lot of time here. Moving forward, we will visit daily to keep them from returning. The geese actually take off now when they see our border collie Bee jump out of the car.”

Border Collie named Bee rests on campus lawnAfter the campus community provided feedback of nearly 3 to 1 in favor of the plan, the University moved forward during the holiday break in order to minimize disruption and to move the geese before nesting begins. Bee, accompanied by her handlers, visited the campus up to five times a day, forcing the geese to retreat to the lakes on the perimeter. Though Bee stalked, chased and even swam after them, she never made contact with the geese.

Within two weeks, the geese were gone. Gone, too, were the messy goose droppings from the campus walkways and the health hazard they posed. Chuck Hubbuch, Physical Facilities assistant director, said that the University had a full-time person pressure washing the sidewalks, but could not keep up with the droppings. About a year ago, Hubbuch said he counted 140 geese at one gathering.

“If we have to, we’ll expand the area,” Hubbuch said. “Right now we’re concerned about the inner loop where the most people are located.”

The use of border collies is considered a humane way to control Canada geese and is condoned and recommended by the USDA Wildlife Service, PETA and other organizations.

Around Campus

New Continuing Education dean outlines plans

Dean Edythe AbdullahEdythe Abdullah, the newest dean on campus, will tell you that she’s had a “long love affair” with UNF, one that dates back to 2003 when she served on the University of North Florida Board of Trustees.

“Now having the opportunity to contribute as an employee brings me a lot of joy,” she said. “I’m happy to be here.”

In December, a UNF search committee seeking a new dean for the Division of Continuing Education chose Abdullah. She steps into her new role after serving as interim dean for the past 15 months. Prior to that, Abdullah worked as special advisor to UNF President John A. Delaney.

Abdullah brings 31 years of experience in higher education to her new position, with administrative roles ranging from the office of admissions at FSCJ to its campus president to president of a New Jersey county college.

Looking ahead, Abdullah sees many opportunities for the division. She plans to work with thought leaders on how to meet the needs of workers and expand the University’s partnerships with community agencies for the offering of professional and personal enrichment courses. For example, the University has partnered with the YMCA of Northeast Florida offering classes at some YMCA branches. In addition, Abdullah hopes to collaborate with the Colleges to support them in terms of noncredit courses for their students and alumni.

“The division will build a strategic plan that maps how we can reinvent ourselves to be more responsive and effective in Northeast Florida as a professional and personal development entity,” she said. Each year, about 6,000 people take advantage of a wide variety of courses including professional development, personal enrichment (LEARN Jacksonville) and exam and test preparation. Another popular program is OLLI, an acronym for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides courses and special events for those 50 and older.

“UNF is a great place to work with exceptional people,” Abdullah said. “We’re providing enriching learning opportunities and believe we can do so much more for Northeast Florida.”

Around Campus

Surviving a dangerous situation with good training

UNF employee Frank BrownFrank Brown never imagined that a campus training class would profoundly affect his life — and maybe even save it.

“If I hadn’t taken that class, I doubt I would have reacted like I did,” Brown said, referring to the Preparation for an Active Shooter training offered at the University of North Florida. “I might have just frozen in place.”

Just six months after training, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, Brown, a senior custodial worker in Physical Facilities, found himself in real danger. Having finished his night shift, he visited his neighborhood credit union when it opened and sat talking with a bank associate who was seated behind the desk in a cubicle. A man entered the building with a pit bull, fired a handgun in the air and then moved hostages into the teller booth at gunpoint.

Brown made a critical decision quickly. He saw a chance to move behind the desk, unnoticed, and he took it. The bank associate followed his lead. The ordeal that ensued garnered the attention of every news agency in town. After an agonizing two hours, Brown was able to flee the scene and distract the shooter, giving the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office SWAT team an opportunity to storm the building, capture the shooter and rescue the hostages. Everyone walked out alive, in part due to Brown’s clear thinking.

Through it all, he said he recalled the words of course instructor, Frank Mackesy, chief of the University Police Department. “Frank said that when a shooter comes in he is focusing on so many things that a you might be invisible to him,” Brown said. “I never thought for a moment that I would go with him.” Once hidden, Brown started planning his next moves and making a number of important decisions. From calming his partner in hiding and helping her call 911, to silencing his phone, to carefully watching from his vantage point for the right moment to run, he remained composed throughout.

“That’s another thing they told us in class,” he said. “Keep thinking, always thinking of your next move. What if? What if he comes here, what are you going to do? You don’t want your mind to freeze up and go blank.” He was so alert that he was even able to respond quickly when the shooter’s dog walked into the cubicle and behind the desk, coming face to face with Brown. Under pressure of being discovered, he put his finger to his mouth and quietly shushed the dog, which then retreated.

“The class helped me — it gave me a blueprint for what to do. And we were praying too,” he said. “So all of that combined: the class I had taken, my faith and I guess just being me … I made up my mind that I would hide and have a chance to fight rather than have a gun pointed at my head. Once I accepted I would be shot, I wasn’t afraid anymore.” Despite the happy ending, Brown is still suffering the aftermath of the incident. He has broken ribs, knee injuries and lower back pain, all from falling and rolling on the cement as he fled the building. These days his sleep is also interrupted by recurring bad dreams. “I’m all banged up and bruised up, but I’m still here,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t call it all luck that he’s alive.

“Once that dog found me, I knew we were going to be all right,” Brown said. “We were praying and when the dog left, I felt I wasn’t alone in that room anymore. I knew then this must be intervention.”

Watch the training video: Run. Hide. Fight.® Surviving and Active Shooter Event. All departments are welcome to invite Chief Frank Mackesy to speak with employees.


There's no place like Homecoming 2017: Feb. 4 – 11

Ozzie the Osprey and runners stand at the starting lineWhether you prefer hitting the streets for the Swoop the Loop 5K, sampling local fare at the Blue & Gray Bash or cheering with Ozzie at the 6th Man basketball game, Homecoming 2017 has something for everyone.

The weeklong celebration, which brings together alumni, friends of UNF, students, faculty and staff, begins Saturday, Feb. 4 and concludes Saturday, Feb. 11, with a total of 16 events: weekend events, athletic competitions and reunions and gatherings. Learn more about Homecoming events.

Around Campus

English Hall renamed for founding VP

Roy Lassiter at desk in the 1970sIn cowboy boots and coat and tie, Dr. Roy L. Lassiter Jr. is remembered as a sensible, plain-spoken man, but even more so, is revered for the critical role he played in the development and successful launching of the University of North Florida.

As UNF’s first vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculties, Lassiter joined inaugural president Thomas Carpenter in the early planning stages of the University and is considered one of the key architects of UNF’s academic blueprint.

“He put together the academic structure of the University from scratch,” said Dr. Earle Traynham, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Lassiter was experienced and wise, and hired the highest caliber of deans to implement his plan.”

In recognition of the impact Roy Lassiter had on UNF, English Hall, Building 8, is being named in his honor. The UNF Board of Trustees voted at its October board meeting to rename the building Roy Lassiter Hall. The official dedication will take place at the annual Emeriti and Friends luncheon next week — a fitting venue filled with former friends and colleagues, many of whom were hired on Lassiter’s watch.

New sign on Building 8 shows Roy Lassiter HallLassiter, who had extensive experience in higher education when he joined UNF in 1970, came from the University of Florida where he served 15 years in various capacities — as a professor of economics, assistant and associate dean of academic affairs and the dean of faculties. His background and institutional knowledge, coupled with his approachable style, enabled him to successfully hire experienced deans and staff members who shared his vision and were eager to implement it. Most shared a similar story of Lassiter reaching out, urging them to come to Jacksonville to be a part of something new.

The early years of the University were busy with many goals to realize. “I well remember his urging faculty to build an interdisciplinary emphasis into all major programs, and to consider the community as a learning laboratory when constructing course curricula,” Daniel Schafer, professor emeritus of history, wrote in a letter supporting a Lassiter Hall.

Together with Jim Parrish, dean of the business college, Lassiter worked diligently to ensure the business college’s quick accreditation, and the young university received it in record time.

Lassiter also was committed to affirmative action and made it a top priority at UNF. “From the very beginning, he put African-Americans in senior positions,” Traynham said. “He embraced diversity from the start, and set the tone for how he expected the University to develop.”

Lassiter stayed for seven formative years at UNF, before becoming the executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for academic affairs of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee in 1977. He retired at his family farm near Gainesville and passed away in 2000.


$2.2 million grant provides ‘a dream come true’

UNF student Marianthi Angjellari (left) talks with Dr. Otilia Salmon (far right)Marianthi Angjellari, a native of Albania who immigrated to the U.S. seven years ago, understands the challenges of learning English as a second language.

As a result, she decided to help children in the same situation and now works as a paraprofessional in Duval County Public Schools in an ESOL classroom, or English for Speakers of Other Languages. Yet she’s been searching for a program that will accept her undergraduate degree and train her to become a certified ESOL teacher.

Last fall, Angjellari found the answer at the University of North Florida. The U.S. Department of Education awarded UNF a $2.2 million grant to train ESOL teachers to meet the growing demand in the area’s schools. “It was like a dream come true for me,” Angjellari said. “I taught school in Albania and have wanted to be a teacher my entire life.”

Angjellari enrolled in UNF’s first ESOL Career Ladder for Student Success, or ESOL CLASS project, and is now one of 20 students working toward her teacher certification with tuition paid by the grant. She expects to spend about a year taking classes and preparing for required certification exams.

Dr. Otilia Salmón, an associate professor in UNF’s Department of Foundations and Secondary Education in the College of Education and Human Services, applied for the grant because of what she calls a “desperate” need in area schools. “A lack of dual-language certified teachers is having a negative impact on an already vulnerable student demographic,” Salmón said. “Research data shows that students who struggle with English are exponentially more likely to fail academically, be held back one or more grades or drop out of school.”

From 1990 to 2010, the number of the district’s ESOL learners grew from 600 to 4,000, far outpacing the number of dual-language teachers receiving certification. As the largest award ever received by COEHS, the grant is expected to help fill the pipeline of qualified teachers needed for the school district. Salmón said the ESOL CLASS will recruit and prepare high-quality bilingual and multi-lingual jobseekers to assume employment in high-need DCPS schools. It will be used to prepare three types of potential candidates: current bilingual paraprofessionals working at DCPS, preservice bilingual teachers and bilingual college graduates.


Once in a lifetime event occurring in UNF's Bamboo Garden

Giant Parker Bamboo at UNFA 30-foot-tall bamboo plant — growing in the middle of UNF’s Bamboo Garden — is about to produce a plant’s version of a swan song: it will flower, the seeds will mature and then the plant likely will die.

Chuck Hubbuch, Physical Facilities assistant director, noticed the flower buds in late December. “I have seen a bamboo clump recover slowly after flowering, but it’s a rare occurrence,” Hubbuch said. “Typically, bamboo plants flower once in their lives — roughly every 30 to 90 years.” Hubbuch expects the flowering and eventual death of the plant — known as Parker’s Giant Bamboo — to happen within the next few months. He and staff will allow some time to see if the clump regrows before planting a replacement.

“We also hope to gather seeds of the Parker’s Giant and grow some for future use at the University,” Hubbuch said. “It can be a challenge to germinate bamboo seeds. Despite the great size of the parents, bamboo seeds are small, and the seedlings are tiny and take years to develop into substantial clumps.” The Bamboo Garden, with 19 species at varying heights, was planted seven years ago.

What’s happening at UNF is also happening at the Jacksonville Zoo and wherever this species is growing around the world, Hubbuch said. “As typical of a bamboo species, all of the Parker’s Giant bamboos in the world will flower within a year or two of each other,” Bamboo buds ready to bloomhe said. Discovered in Hawaii by Jim Parker, the bamboo is yet unidentified and does not match any known species.

“Despite the potential loss of this plant, flowering offers botanists an opportunity to determine the plant’s true identity,” Hubbuch said.


Grant award to fund services for ACCESS Academy

Disability Resource Center sign on campusFor students with disabilities, having access to supplemental learning sessions tailored to meet individual needs is often crucial for college success.

Recent grant funding of $150,000 from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation will allow the Disability Resource Center at the University of North Florida to continue providing support learning — referred to as Boost sessions — through its ACCESS Academy.

ACCESS, or Advancing College Competency: Encouraging Student Success, was established in fall 2012. It now serves more than 150 students registered with the Disability Resource Center, ranging from undergraduate freshman through doctoral-level students. Dr. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education, serves as the lead faculty member for the academy.

“We appreciate the support from JSF and would not be able to continue without it,” Seabrooks-Blackmore said. “So it’s been very beneficial to our students.” Providing educational opportunities for people with disabilities is a key part of the mission of the foundation which also serves those with economic disadvantages and American Indians.

Seabrooks-Blackmore explained the grant to UNF will be used to cover many needs including the purchase of instructional materials, payment for support personnel and funds to cover the $100 incentive paid to students who participate in a three-week Boost session.

“Often, even though students know they may be struggling, they may not seek help until they’re failing,” Seabrooks-Blackmore said. “We offer the incentives and try to be as proactive as possible. This service is to prevent failure and to ensure the students graduate in a timely manner.”

Boost sessions include time management, study skills, self-advocacy, stress management, career strategies and more, each customized to address a student’s unique needs. Students have additional homework and assignments related to their current coursework.


Swoop Summary

UNF high jumper Bobby HarrisBobby Harris opens indoor season Top 10 nationally in the high jump
North Florida junior Bobby Harris enters the indoor track and field season ranked tied for sixth nationally in the high jump according to the USTFCCA NCAA Division 1 rankings. Harris, who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the event last year along with participating in the U.S. Olympic Trials, had a career performance at the JDL College Kickoff Classic in December. Learn more about Bobby Harris

UNF Athletics records top academic performance
The North Florida Athletic Department continued its strong performance in the classroom following a program record 3.33 cumulative GPA during the recently completed fall semester. This marked the 11th consecutive semester that UNF Athletics has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Heading into the 2016-17 campaign, Osprey athletes also have boasted five straight academic years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Learn more about Osprey athletes.


Michelle Valdez earns first-ever national ranking

North Florida women’s tennis senior Michelle Valdez was ranked 58th in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings of the season. “Michelle had a great fall, and I was proud of how she pushed through tough matches,” said head coach Mariana Cobra. “She is very deserving of this and it is great to see others recognize her as well.” Learn more about Michelle Valdez.


Women’s track earns event titles and record personal bests at Clemson Invitational
The North Florida women’s track and field team opened their indoor season in earnest at the Clemson Invitational in January. Learn more about women's track and field.

Pair of school records highlight strong opening at Clemson Invitational for Men’s Track and Field
The North Florida men’s track and field team had a strong performance in their indoor season opener in January, breaking a pair of school records and winning an event title.
Learn more about men's track and field.

Get to Know

Alison Cruess

UNF employee Alison CruessAlison Cruess: Director of Administration and Finance Communications and Training and Project Director for the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

What do you do at UNF? I oversee communication, web and training for the Division of Administration and Finance. I also help execute projects for the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, and direct the Osprey Eyes program.

What do you enjoy about working here? I love working at UNF because it strengthens my sense of well-being. Having the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks and projects ensures I am always learning. I love that I get to contribute to the growth of others and help make an impact in our community.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I have lived in Jacksonville most of my life. The exceptions were a few years as a young child living in Atlanta, four years earning my undergraduate degree in Gainesville and a year I spent in the Caribbean.

What one memory do you most treasure? My fondest memory was climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia. It was the most frightening and exhilarating thing I have ever done (other than childbirth). I hope to do it again one day!

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 invite my son, daughter, husband and mother to my dinner party. They are the core people in my life and the conversation is always lively.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would be a potter for a day. I would “throw” large clay shapes on a potter’s wheel and then modify them to push the envelope between form and function. I’d need more than one day though!

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? I would like to have a “smart” wand that I could wave to solve a person’s biggest problem. The wand would be able to discern whether the person’s need was genuine and would be used in good faith. It would have usage limits, so I would have to wave it sparingly and only for the needs of others (not myself).

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? If I ruled the world, on the first day I would figure out a way to help humans overcome the fear, misunderstanding, hatred or stereotypes of those who are different from them. I believe valuing each other’s differences would alleviate many problems in our society.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? I think the title of a movie about my life would be “All About Attitude.” I feel we can positively affect our day and sometimes even the direction of our life if we choose to have a cheerful disposition. There is often not a lot in life we can control, but if we choose to face each day with an optimistic attitude, it is amazing how many more “good” days we have than “bad.”

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Holding my grandbabies is high on my bucket list. I am looking forward to watching my children become parents and begin creating their own family traditions. I can’t wait to be a grandma one day!

What one food do you wish had zero calories? I really wish all varieties of cheese had no calories.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I took a leave of absence from my job and sailed the Caribbean on a 40-foot sailboat with my husband for a year (before having children). We anchored in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and went scuba diving with a couple who ran an aquatics center on the island. They trained and certified us to be dive masters and hired us to work the four-month busy season. Additionally, I helped them market their business, my husband refurbished one of the dive boats, and we chartered our sailboat to nearby islands to earn additional money. After leaving “Provo,” we sailed to the Dominican Republic and stayed a month, then to Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Anegada and then made the journey back to Jacksonville. Some of the highlights included eating the seafood we caught or speared (using a Hawaiian sling) most every day, running from Hurricane Gilbert, organizing pot-luck dinners on the beach with other cruisers and surviving when we hit a reef.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? My dream vacation would be to visit the Grecian islands. The photos I have seen are amazing, and it would feed my love of warm climate and clear, beautiful water.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: The Beatles
Book: “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell
Quote: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
Sound: Seagulls singing with ocean waves breaking in the background.
Sport to watch: College baseball (especially if my son is playing or coaching!)


Osprey Profile: Rolando Cordova Vargas

A biology student with a full plate of classes, labs and activities, Rolando Cordoba Vargas, also finds time to volunteer with the Mission House, a homeless day facility in Jacksonville Beach. He has volunteered for more than seven years as a translator for Spanish speaking homeless adults who come to the facility and more. Rolando is committed to his college experience at UNF and loves being an Osprey.     UNF student Rolando Cordova Vargas


What is your major and why did you choose it?
My major is biology. I decided on biology because I have always been fascinated with how living things function and are able to exhibit such a wide range of diversity here on Earth. From the simplest living organism to the more complex organism such as ourselves, there is so much that biology has to show us in respect to how we are alike and different.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida?
Affordability would have to be the main reason why I decided to attend UNF. Plus it sports a really nice campus that is growing both in structure and student body.

Where are you from?
I am from Lima, Peru. I came to the United States when I was 6 years old. My parents sought the opportunity for a better future for my siblings and me. I would have to say that my parents could not be any happier knowing that I am attending college and part of the Osprey family.

What do you like most about UNF?
What I like most about UNF are the nature trails. There is nothing better than to be connected with nature.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far?
The coolest UNF experience so far was watching the UNF basketball team win their first Atlantic Sun [championship] and earning their first invitation to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class?
My favorite professor and class would have to be Mr. Montgomery and his physics class. Mr. Montgomery has been able to present the material in a way that is easy to understand, even though I’ve never taken physics before. I especially like the way he uses different devices/tools and shows us how they work in relation to the physics we are learning.

How do you recharge on campus or in Jacksonville?
If I’m not at the beach during warmer weather, expect to find me at the Town Center.

What’s your favorite UNF tradition?
It has to be the swoop!

What’s your biggest challenge so far as a UNF student?
My biggest challenge as a UNF student would be trying to manage work and school. Having to pay out-of-pocket, I have no choice but to work to pay for my tuition and school supplies; however, due to UNF’s affordability, I am able to work part time rather than full time.

What does being an Osprey mean to you?
Being an Osprey to me means being able to be open-minded. As an Osprey, I also have learned to appreciate not just my own culture and personal histories, but the values and traditions of others. An Osprey also means being an inquirer and being able to satisfy my curiosity by being able learn independently and with others.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? 
All I can say is the student wellness complex. As soon as you enter, it just speaks for itself. I remember my first time entering and being amazed by not just how big it is, but also by how many things it has to offer. My main focus is particularly the second floor. I have learned that I am able to de-stress and relax by working out. Plus there is nothing better than going to Jamba Juice after a workout to finish up being completely de-stressed.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I would have loved to witness the demolition of the Berlin wall. Not only did the wall divide East and West Germany, but it also divided family and friends. In life, unity with family and friends is a very important gateway to being able to understand one another. The demolition of the wall made the world know the importance of unity.

What three traits define you?
Three of the traits that define me are that I am caring, humble and understanding.

Do you have any advice for high school students?
As a college student, I would say that the best advice is to be able to manage your time efficiently. I know that at times we fall into procrastination, as I’ve been through it before. But I quickly began to realize that avoiding procrastination saves you all the unneeded stress. As for an overall advice, I would say to try and take every opportunity life presents to you and to live life to the fullest.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation?
Hopefully, I will be graduating by the fall of 2018 or maybe even earlier. After graduating, I plan to attend medical school to become a general internist.


Dateline balloons to celebrate our faculty and staffMilestone anniversaries
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary at UNF in January and February:

35 years

Elizabeth Clements, Coordinator, Administrative Services, Arts and Sciences

30 years
Margaret Anderson, Office Manager, Procurement Services

25 years
Sheryll Brown, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Karen Stone, Vice President, General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

20 years
Joel Beam, Chair/Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Joann Campbell, Associate Vice President, Compliance Officer, President's Office
Jeanne Middleton, Director, Student Affairs
Michael Trotter, Shipping Receiving Supervisor, Procurement Services

10 years
Patricia Launer, Coordinator, Grants Administration, ORSP
Clifford Poppell, Teaching Laboratory Specialist, Electrical Engineering
Brenda Rolison, Office Manager, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education

5 years
Muharem Brkic, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Alex Davis, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance and Energy Management
Linda Fennell, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kathleen Gram, Coordinator, Programs Services, One Jax – One Youth
Deidre Lane, Coordinator, Administrative Services, One Jax – One Youth
Marla Lewis, Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Steven Loeswick, Head Coach, Volleyball
Rebecca Rapp, Administrative Secretary, Small Business Development Center
Felicia Rivera, Coordinator, Events Planning, Parking and Transportation Services
Carolyn Smith, Executive Secretary, Brooks College of Health

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Juan Bravo, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Lisa Brunson, Administrative Secretary, Small Business Development Center
Vachon Buchanan, Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Office
Carolyn Carley-Richart, Administrative Assistant, MOCA Jacksonville
James Clark, Accounts Payable Receivable Associate, The Flats
Terrenyce Cooper, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Amanda Dawson, Public Relations Specialist, Public Relations
Darrell Edmonds, IPTM Program Specialist, TSI - IPTM and PSI Employees
Ana Fraxedas, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, Enrollment Services
Chalonda Glenn, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Roger Glenn, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Daniel Gonzalez, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Eric Goodbred, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Lisa Green, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jessica Harden, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Michael Harris, Coordinator, Student Affairs, Interfaith Center
Korie Hilliard, Coordinator, Events Planning, Taylor Leadership Institute
Amanda Laukitis, Coordinator, Events Planning, Education and Human Services
Jennifer Macklin, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Madison Miles, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Tarae Morris, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Emily Peterson, Test Coordinator, Student Affairs, Disability Resource Center
Justin Proctor, Technical Support Specialist, Distance Learning – Telepresence
Cathryn Ryan, Coordinator, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Kaitlyn Saavedra, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center
Mohanad Saoor, Control Systems Technician, Maintenance and Energy Management
Leslie Stewart, Office Assistant, Urban Internship
Angel Vanderhorst, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Abby Willcox, Director Institutional Research, Institutional Research

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Scott Curry, Associate Director, Career Development Services, Computing, Engineering and Construction
Denean Gray, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Kyle Hale, Coordinator, Admissions Processing, Enrollment Services
Erika Lee, Program Assistant, Parking and Transportation Services
Amanda Lovins, Assistant Director, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Justin Lovins, Financial Systems Analyst, Controller
Jennifer Miranda, Assistant Director, Student Affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Kaitlin Parsons, Athletics Director of Marketing
Melinda Santos, Assistant Director, Career Management Center

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

Alexis Branaman, Coordinator, Student Affairs, Student Government Student Union
Annabel Brooks, Director, Student Affairs, Taylor Leadership Institute
Pasquale Caiazzo, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Collin Cassidy, Senior IT Support Tech, ITS – Academic Technology
Brand Driver, Coordinator, Admissions
Patricia Foster, Associate Professor, Nursing
Greshka German-Stuart, Academic Advisor, Advising
Alexander Gillis, Accounts Pay/Receivable Associate, The Flats
Koral Griggs, Web Media Specialist, Florida Institute of Education
Courtney Hackney, Director, Biology
Israel Hurst, Senior IT Support Tech, User Services
Stacy Jarvis-Mejia, Coordinator, ACE
Lisa Jaspe, Child Development Teacher, Child Development Center
Aisha Johnson-Jones, Associate University Librarian, Library
Amie Karnbach, Coordinator, Admissions
Naomi Karp, Coordinator, Student Affairs, Intercultural Center
Beauty Kolenc, Coordinator, Academic Support, Center For Instruction and Research Technology
Anamarie Lelis, Coordinator, Budgets, Florida Institute of Education
Marsha Lupi, Interim Dean/Associate Professor, Education and Human Services
Chloe Mims, Program Assistant, Continuing Education Noncredit
Eric Nappy, Assistant Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Brian Petr, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering
Paul Prewitt, Associate Director, Annual Giving, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
Cynthia Scott, Professor, Public Health
Martha Solomon, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Janice Strickland, Administrative Secretary, Student Affairs
Jozsef Szeremi, Senior Broadcast Engineer Tech, Communication
Jarred Thaxton, Administrative Secretary, Computing, Engineering and Construction
Christina Udell, Administrative Secretary, Small Business Development Center

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health


Nutrition and Dietetics 

Dr. Alireza Jahan-mihan, Dr. Corinne Labyak, Dr. Andrea Arikawa and Ezgi Ertemin-Pearson wrote The Effect of Devazepide (CCK-1 Receptor Blocker) on Food Intake Suppression Induced by Whey Protein and Glycomacropeptide in Wistar Rats in Current Nutrition & Food Science. 2017.

Drs. Alireza Jahan-mihan, Corinne Labyak and Andrea Arikawa submitted "The Effect of Characteristics of Proteins Fed During Gestation and Lactation on Development of Metabolic Syndrome in Dams and Male Offspring of Wistar Rats" to Obesity Science and Practice (accepted)

Corey Parliament, MS, RDN; E. McKenzie Driscoll, MS, RDN; Kristin Samuels, MS; Laura Ward, RDN; Tammy M. Baranowski, MS, RDN; Tara Kessinger, MS, MPH; Alireza Jahan-mihan, Ph.D, RDN wrote Childhood Obesity in Florida: A Narrative Review on Current Trends and Interventions for Florida Public Health Journal (accepted).


Coggin College of Business


Dr. Courtney N. Baker, assistant professor of marketing, with Anderson, Laurel, Jelena Spanjol, Josephine Go Jefferies, Amy L. Ostrom, Sterling A. Bone, Hilary Downey, Martin Mende and Justine M. Rapp, published “Responsibility and Well-Being: Resource Integration Under Responsibilization in Expert Services,” Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 2016, DOI: 10.1509/jppm.15.140.


Dr. Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing, and Rachel E. Paul, published “Resale Price Maintenance after Leegin: Marketing Literatures for Future Research,” in the “Handbook of Research on Distribution Channels,” Charles Engene and James Brown editors, Elgar Publishing, 2017.


Dr. David Swanson, assistant professor of marketing, was awarded a $7,000 Fellowship from the Florida Blue Center for Ethics to help fund some proposed research in applied ethics.


Dr. Josh Samli, professor of marketing, is awaiting the printing of his 29th book.


Melinda Santos, M.Ed., assistant director of the Career Management Center, was selected to host a breakout session for the SoACE 2016 Conference held in Ft. Lauderdale titled “Executing Professional Development Programs for Students.”

College of Arts and Sciences



Dr. Gregory A. Ahearn, with graduate student O. Scheffler, published “Functional characterization of a novel disaccharide transporter in lobster hepatopancreas” in the Journal of Comparative Physiology B.


Dr. Dale Casamatta, with colleagues A. Suradkar, C. Villanueva, L. Gaysina, A. Saraf, G. Dighe, R. Atnaprabha and P. Singh, published “Nostoc caldarius sp. nov.: a soil dwelling species of Nostoc(Cyanobacteria) isolated from Madhya Pradesh, India” in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, December.


Dr. Judith D. Ochrietor and students Randall Maniccia, Kyle Russell, Kyle McBride and Josephine M. Brown presented the poster “Basigin gene products may contribute to the immunological aspects of diabetic retinopathy” at the 50th Miami Winter Symposium “Diabetes: Today’s Research – Tomorrow’s Therapies” in January.


Dr. Vladimir Mashanov presented “Organ Regeneration in Adult Echinoderms” at the Jacksonville University Marine Science Seminar Series in December.


Dr. Cliff Ross published two papers: “Elevated temperature and allelopathy impact coral recruitment” in PLoS One, with colleagues R. Ritson-Williams and V.J. Paul; and “Physiological and oxidative stress responses of Baldcypress in response to elevated salinity: Linking and identifying biomarkers of stress in a keystone species” in Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, December, with student N.T. Lauer. He also gave two presentations: “Effects of the red tide forming dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis, on the physiology and ecology of the scleractinian coral Porites astreoides” at the 38th Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy, with colleagues D. Reynolds, K. Simon-Lunz and D. Dixson; and investigating the relationship between local environmental stressors and individual host genotype on the immune status and wasting disease susceptibility in a dominant seagrass species” at the 38th Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy in November, with student P. Duffin.



Dr. Christos Lampropoulos presented an invited seminar at the University of South Carolina titled “Applying Coordination Chemistry Principles in the Quest for Hybrid Molecule-Based Materials” in November.



Dr. Philip Kaplan published the article “The Ring of Polycrates: Friendship and alliance in the east Mediterranean” in the Journal of Ancient History 4.2, November.


Dr. Theo C. Prousis delivered the talk “Euthanasia in Nazi Germany: When Medical Ethics Went Haywire” for a panel on Medical Ethics Today: Lessons Learned from Anne Frank and the Holocaust, sponsored by the Duval County Medical Society Foundation, the Jewish Federation and the Museum of Science and History.



Dr. Erin Bennett and the UNF collegiate chapter of Music Teachers National Association hosted the 6th annual MTNA National Collegiate Chapter Piano Pedagogy Symposium Jan. 14-15. From 38 universities around the country, 140 participants came to UNF to present their research on the art of teaching in the form of presentations, poster sessions, lightning talks and master classes.


Dr. Nick Curry performed with a trio at an Avondale wedding in which President Barack Obama was a groomsman and Secretary of State John Kerry officiated in January.


Dr. Andrea Venet presented a daytime showcase concert with her percussion duo, Escape Ten, at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention for 800-plus people in November. In addition to the juried invitation, Venet participated in a panel discussion titled “New Works for Keyboard Percussion Duo” and judged the High School Chamber Percussion Ensemble Competition. She also performed a concert and masterclass as featured artists with her duo, Escape Ten, at Virginia Commonwealth University. Venet also published her arrangement of Eric Sammut's Rotation I for Percussion Ensemble through the Keyboard Percussion Publications in November.


Dr. Andrea Venet and colleagues Dr. Sunshine Simmons and Dr. Gary Smart were invited as guest artists and clinicians for an international exchange concert held by the Kyoto City University of Arts in Kyoto, Japan, in November.


 Dr. Dennis M. Holt, professor emeritus, was selected by the Florida Music Education Association Awards Committee as 2017 recipient of the 50-Year Music Education Service Award. Most recently he co-presented research for music educators with UNF School of Music alumni Rose Francis (BME,MM), string teacher at Pine Forest School of the Arts, Joshua Stone (BM, BME, MM candidate, UNF), string teacher at Hogan-Spring Glen, and co-published an article for jazz educators in the Florida Music Director with UNF School of Music alumnus Luis Palacios (BM, BME), MM & DMA candidate and adjunct lecturer at George Mason University). Holt came to UNF in 1973 playing a key role in the development of the music education program.


Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dr. Andrew Buchwalter published two articles: “’Die Sittlichkeit in der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft’: Entzweiung, Bildung und Hegels Aufhebung der Aporien der sozialen Moderne,” in Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch (ed.) Die Philosophie des Marktes — The Philosophy of the Market(Hamburg: Felix Meiner); and “The Concept of Normative Reconstruction: Honneth, Hegel, and the Aims of Critical Social Theory,” in Harry Dahms and Eric Lybeck (eds.) Reconstructing Social Theory, History and Practice (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Volume 35).



Dr. Jason Haraldsen organized and hosted the Workshop on 2D and Dirac Materials, with more than 55 participants from 10 States and six Countries and $23,000 in funding. Haraldsen was also awarded a grant extension of $40,000 for his Investigation of Dirac Materials Grant by the Institute for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as an Academic Affairs Faculty Development Scholarship Grant for 2017.


Dr. John Hewitt was awarded an Academic Affairs Faculty Development Scholarship Grant for summer 2017 and was selected as a College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Council Fellow for spring 2017. Hewitt also published the co-authored paper “Discovery of broad molecular lines and of shocked molecular hydrogen from the supernova remnant G357.7+0.3” in the Astrophysical Journal.


Political Science and Public Administration

Dr. Natasha Christie published the article “A Comprehensive Accountability Framework for Public Administrators” in Public Integrity, January.



Dr. Paul Argott published “Acquisition and Generalization of Complex Empathetic Responses Among Children with Autism” in January’s Behavior Analysis in Practice.


Dr. Michael Toglia gave two presentations: “Enhancing Memory for Positively-Valenced Pictures,” with colleague E. A. Farris, at the annual meeting of Psychonomic Society in November; and “Lexical Decision-Primed False Memories: Behavioral Approaches and Neurophysiological Perspectives,” with colleagues J. Schmuller, M. Korostenskaja, N. N. DeMeo, B. Wallace and E. M. Castillo, at the biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Research on Memory and Cognition in January.


Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Dr. Tiffany Baffour presented “Lessons Learned from a Social Justice Intervention to Improve Health Disparities” during the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Denver in November.


Dr. Tiffany Baffour moderated the session titled “Ensuring Health and Access to Health Through Workforce Improvement” during the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Associationin Denver in November.


Dr. Scott Landes published “The Association between Education and Mortality for Adults with Intellectual Disability” in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Online first, January).


Dr. Anne E. Pfister, with colleague Dave Wilson, published “Observations through Photovoice: Interactive Digital Assessment and Authentic Learning beyond the Lecture Hall” in Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, December.


Dr. Anne E. Pfister presented “Ordinary as Evidence of Teaching & Learning Among Mexican Deaf Youth” at the 15th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in November.


Dr. Anne E. Pfister, with student, Julia Rivera-Whalen, presented “Introducing Basic Concepts in Anthropology using ‘Observations through Photovoice’” at the 2016 UNF Digital Humanities Showcase in November.


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


School of Computing

Herremans, D. and Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan published

“A Multi-modal Platform for Semantic Music Analysis: Visualizing audio- and score-based tension,” in proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC), Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, San Diego.


Department of Construction Management

Dr. Issa Ramaji's research project was recognized by buildingSMART International as the 2016 best student research project on Building Information Modeling or BIM.


College of Education and Human Services


Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Dr. Luke Cornelius chaired the 2016 Education Law Association Conference in Orlando in November, which featured Will Creeley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Brian Dassler, vice-chancellor for educator quality, Florida Department of Education; and organized a record number of preconference sessions for educational attorneys seeking continuing legal education credits. Cornelius also is a finalist for the 2017 Florida Institute of Higher Education Outstanding Alumni Award.


Dr. Matthew Ohlson co-authored a national policy position paper for Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society of Education.


COEHS faculty Drs. Ronghua Ouyang, Terence Cavanaugh, Chris Janson, Nile Stanley and Jennifer Kane welcomed visitors to UNF from China’s Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU) in December to discuss our faculty/student exchange partnership. The visiting team included: YOU Xuqun, SNNU vice president and deputy chairperson of CI Board; ZHANG Jiancheng, dean of International School of Chinese Study and CI board member; ZHENG Hairong, dean of Graduate School and CI board member; and ZHANG Lingyun, deputy director of International Programs Office and CI Board Member.


Drs. Terry Cavanaugh and Nicholas Eastham worked with Michelle Karolak, director of Jacksonville Refugee Resettlement Services, to provide computer resources for literacy instruction. Refugee Services provides help to refugees and entrants in Florida to become economically self-sufficient, and assists newly arrived eligible clients in learning English, acquiring job skills and obtaining employment. Refugee Services has a five-level ESL program for adults with limited English skills. Their classes are designed to help students learn how to read, write, speak and comprehend English. Cavanaugh and Eastham have been repurposing computers that were removed from UNF service. UNF property manager Jim Mousa helped Terry and Nicholas understand and follow UNF donation policy throughout the project. The computers underwent hard drive wipes and reformatting and then had an entirely new operating system installed. These computers are placed in refugee services training facilities to provide literacy instruction enrichment and should help to improve new residents’ command of the English language and American culture.


Department of Foundations and Secondary Education

Dr. Dan Dinsmore is part of a new scientific network on Learning Strategies in Social and Informal Learning Contexts funded by the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders. The network is centered at the University of Antwerp with other participating network institutions including Catholic University Leuven, University of Gent, University of Cambridge, University of Twente, University of Helsinki and the University of Hong Kong. This grant will fund international workshops on learning strategies, small-scale and informal meetings to stimulate collaborative team research, and the presentation and publication of joint international publications.


Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education

Drs. Caroline Guardino and Jennifer Kilpatrick, along with colleague Brenda Dale, presented “Addressing the Critical Shortage of Teachers of the Deaf … Mentoring to Make a Difference” at the Florida Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing statewide annual conference in Daytona Beach. The presentation provided teachers, administrators and district supervisors the opportunity to learn more about how UNF’s new bachelor’s in deaf education program is expanding their internship sites throughout Florida. In addition, Erin Tso and Caitlin Burns, students from the new bachelor’s program, presented the program at UNF's vendor table.


Dr. Guardino, with Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan, presented “An ASL App: Developing SmartSignPlay” at the FEDHH conference, drawing interest from early educators likely to use the app with families who have deaf or hard-of-hearing young children.


Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol

Dr. Katrina Hall and Ms. Sanders, learning leader of Seaside Charter, presented on the SCCS-UNF partnership during the December COEHS Dean’s Education Advisory Council. A second tuition-free charter school, Seaside Charter K-8, was approved by the DCPS board in October 2016 to open August 2017.


Drs. Wanda Hedrick and Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick presented “Mobilizing Literacy Research for Social Transformation” at the 66th Annual Literacy Research Association Conference in Nashville in December. Kilpatrick, with colleagues from the University of Tennessee and University of Connecticut, presented “An Efficacy Study of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction in Grades 3-5,” research on supporting elementary writers through interactive writing instruction that focused on the findings of a quasi-experimental study with deaf and hard-of-hearing students in a variety of settings in eight states. Hedrick served on a legislation and policy panel along with researchers from Ball State University and University of Texas, Austin, in a symposium titled “A Critical Examination of Dyslexia Legislation, Policy, and Practice in Three States.”


Thomas J. Carpenter Library

Librarian Courtenay McLeland has been appointed coordinator of the Digital Humanities Special Interest Group for the Art Libraries Society of North America and will moderate its annual meeting in New Orleans this spring.

First Year Experience librarian Cat Silvers is co-leading a preconference workshop, “Achieving First-Year Student Success through Library Outreach Development,” with colleagues Heather Snapp (Florida Gulf Coast University) and Douglas Hasty (Florida International University) at the 36th Annual Conference on The First Year Experience in Atlanta in February.

The Goods


Bowl of red cherries on tableCherries are a summertime staple. Originating in Europe and Western Asia, cherries fall into two groups: sweet or tart. Sweet cherries, like Bing cherries, are the most commercially sold cherry in the United States. Like peaches and apricots, cherries are red fruits known as drupes, containing a single seed.

This tiny fruit has become a nutritional powerhouse with research showing promising results to help ease arthritis pain, fight cancer, maintain a healthy blood pressure and even help you sleep. Jill Snyder, a registered dietitian nutritionist and instructor in UNF’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about cherries.

Myth: A cherry is a cherry.
Fact: There are two main varieties of cherries grown in the U.S., sweet and tart. Both cherries contain a unique group of antioxidants, as well as vitamins and minerals. Sweet cherries, known to us as Bing, Chelan, Sweetheart and Rainer cherries, are the most popular. Tart cherries are gaining in popularity due to their anti-inflammatory properties and are being promoted in the health and wellness field in the form of juice, supplements and, of course, the whole fruit.

Myth: Cherries are high in sugar.
Fact: While 1 cup of cherries contains about 13 grams of fructose (about the amount in a banana), it also provides 2.5 grams of fiber and 268 mg of potassium, making this a beneficial fruit. Cherries contain a group of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are thought to relieve gout, arthritis and fibromyalgia pain. They also are a source of vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids, which can inhibit several types of cancer. As with all foods, moderation is key.

Myth: Only fresh cherries have a nutritional benefit.
Fact: While nothing beats a fresh cherry, frozen cherries hold their nutritional value and antioxidant profile very well. Frozen, dried and canned cherries can be used as juices, sauces and snacks or added to desserts, pork and dairy.

Myth: Cherries can grow anywhere in the United States.
Fact: Cherries depend on cold weather for maturation and therefore can’t grow in tropical climates. The majority of the cherries grown in the U.S. come from Washington, North Dakota, Montana and Idaho. Cherries are also grown in areas of Iran, Turkey, Italy and Spain.

The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about cherries? Contact Snyder at

Cherry Smoothie:

2 cups cherries or frozen cherries
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
4 leaves fresh mint


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Bright Birds Know

Bigger not always better

Chart shows numbers increasingStatistics for the University of North Florida show significant increases, but not all the numbers have gone up! In two areas, the University has worked to keep the numbers low in order to ensure student success:


  • The average undergraduate class size (comparing 2005 to 2016) moved down from 35 to 33
  • The undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio (comparing 2003 and 2016) moved down from 22-to-1 to 19-to-1


Where has there been growth? Since 2003, the University of North Florida has grown in areas that boost opportunities for its students:


  • Classroom, lab, office and other space has expanded from 2.8 million to 4.6 million gross square feet — a 66 percent increase
  • The campus footprint has expanded from 1,121 to 1,381 acres — a 23 percent increase. In addition, in 2016 the University received a donation of 1,050 acres on the Intracoastal Waterway, used for research.
  • Enrollment has grown from 14,064 to 15,985 — a 14 percent increase


Advantage Ospreys!