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Introducing the new dean of Brooks College of Health

Dr. Curt Lox headshotFor Dr. Curt Lox, his new role as dean of the Brooks College of Health aligns perfectly with his passion for health and his commitment to making a difference in the community. That personal fit — as well as his appreciation of UNF’s mission and quality of education — convinced Lox to relocate across several state lines to fill the spot vacated by retiring Dean Pamela Chally. His first day on the job was May 30.

“When I interviewed, I saw a thriving college with amazing partnerships with the stakeholders in the community,” Lox said. “I’m excited to be here and have the opportunity to keep up the momentum and see what new heights we can achieve.”

Over the past two decades, Lox has acquired a broad range of academic and leadership experience at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Most recently, he served as dean for the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior after rising through the ranks from assistant professor to interim dean.

As a professor of kinesiology — the study of human movement — Lox has spent much of his career working with coaches and athletes from youth to professional sport teams. He served as a sports psychology consultant to the U.S. Martial Arts Team, the St. Louis Steamers and the University of California Riverside Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, to name a few.

For Lox, the tradeoff of moving into a dean's position is adopting a schedule that didn’t allow much time for consulting or his other great interest — research. “My research focused on special populations and the impact of physical activity on a whole host of things, psychological, physiological and immunological,” Lox said. “I found it very rewarding to work with individuals you knew you could directly help, and I miss that a lot.”

Lox is also co-author of “The Psychology of Exercise: Integrating Theory and Practice,” an undergraduate textbook in exercise psychology, now in its fourth edition. “We always said that it’s the book we wished we had when we were coming through, and we were able to produce it, so it’s been fun,” Lox said.

As a new dean on campus, Lox is eager to meet the faculty, staff and administrators, as well as members of the Jacksonville community. “The previous dean — and I really can’t say enough good things about Pam Chally — has been very successful in engaging with partners in the community, and I am very thankful for that, so obviously that will be critical for me moving forward,” Lox said.

Also critical will be finding the resources to meet the incredible student demand in Brooks College of Health. “While we’re fortunate to have majors and programs that are really popular, trying to meet that demand will be one of our biggest challenges,” Lox said. The high demand keeps faculty busy in the classroom, limiting time for advancing their research — something Lox will work to address. He is also hoping to explore interdisciplinary collaborations with the other colleges on campus.

Though new to the area, Lox said he and his wife see Jacksonville as a familiar place. “Jacksonville culturally has a lot to offer and with us both growing up in southern California, much of the vibe reminds us of home, and certainly the weather and just the things that you’re always able to do outside,” Lox said. “We’re looking forward to being a part of it.”

Lox earned his doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his master’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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McCullen named VP for University Development and Alumni Engagement

Ann McCullen headshot Ann McCullen easily recalls one of her favorite memories at UNF. It was a project she worked on with a UNF alumnus, who wanted to do something special for his favorite professor. With McCullen’s help, the UNF grad — who had become a successful business owner and strong supporter of the University — decided to fund a professorship in his mentor’s name.

“We kept it secret for several weeks working out the details, and that wasn’t easy,” said McCullen who is still moved thinking about that day the donor told his former professor about the gift. “I didn’t go to the lunch with them because I didn’t want to give it away,” said McCullen who instead waited anxiously by the phone to hear how it went. And while it was certainly a significant day for everyone involved, it was not at all unique.

Much of what McCullen does each day is helping people find the perfect way to make a difference in the lives of others. She learns their passions and what is important to them, then finds a program or initiative that would benefit from their resources in a way that is meaningful. McCullen is a matchmaker of sorts — and a good one. And it is clearly what she loves about her job.

Last month, McCullen was appointed vice president for University Development and Alumni Engagement overseeing the division of more than 40 employees who handle all University fundraising and alumni activities. She also serves as executive director to the Foundation Board, and is a member of the president’s senior management team.

There is no doubt that McCullen knows university development and UNF. She has worked in the division since 2003, most recently as associate vice president, and also as the interim vice president during the last leadership transition. McCullen has worked closely with supporters raising millions of dollars for student scholarships and a wide variety of projects. She is especially proud to have had the opportunity to help facilitate a gift that resulted in the creation of the Hicks Honors College. Made by longtime UNF supporters, Ann and David Hicks, the $7 million gift elevated the honors program to a new level, enabling UNF to attract high performance students and fund unique instruction and experiences.

“Successful development programs are grounded in relationships,” McCullen said. “This is the heart of the work I have done here for so long, and I find great joy in working directly with those who want to invest in the future of UNF.”

Prior to her work at UNF, McCullen was a major gifts director for Habitat for Humanity International. She also worked as a photojournalist for Palm Beach newspapers early her career and interned as a photojournalist with the Miami Herald.

McCullen earned an MBA from UNF and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and journalism from the University of Florida.


Behind the Scenes Video: UNF Osprey Cafe

Ever wonder what it takes to feed a campus of hungry college students? Take a look at what the Osprey Cafe served September through April, 2016-17:

  • 452,000 meals
  • 74,000 hamburgers
  • 90,000 chicken breasts
  • 14,200 pounds of flour for pizza dough
  • 5,340 pounds of mozzarella cheese for pizza  

To show you how it's done, UNF student and cafe worker Brittany Moore a behind-the-scenes video. 

UNF students rely on meals served at the Osprey Cafe

Around Campus

MOCA art camp fuels an appreciation of art

MOCA Jacksonville: children creating art together

What takes 1,350 pounds of clay, 40 gallons of acrylic paint, five gallons of glue and 160 pounds of paper? Those are just a few of the ingredients that go into a successful year of MOCA Art Camp.

More than 300 students attended Art Camp at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, last year during the spring, summer and winter sessions. Experienced art educators teach a variety of media and skills for ages 4-14 while providing the contemporary art history context for each project. Read more about MOCA's art camp.


Learn more about summer 2017 session pricing and schedules.

Get to Know

Andrea Snell

UNF employee Andrea SnellJob title and department: Event Coordinator, Fine Arts Center

What do you do at UNF?
I am responsible for coordinating facility utilization by campus and external rental clients. I also recruit, train and oversee house managers, students and ushers. In addition to these responsibilities, I coordinate with a variety of departments on campus including, but not limited to, Parking Services, Ticket Box Office, Chartwells and other third-party vendors.

What do you enjoy about working here?
I enjoy the individuals I work with. Honestly, this job can be very stressful dealing with clients who have high-strung personalities, demeaning tones in emails and can become, as my pastor says, “keyboard warriors” at times. These ladies have helped me a lot.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived?
I was born and raised in Jacksonville. Sadly, I have not lived anywhere else.

What one memory do you most treasure?
My husband had his wisdom teeth removed last year and that may have been one of the scariest moments in my life.
Here is how our conversation went after he entered the car from the dental office …
“Who are you?” he said.
“What do you mean? I’m your wife, silly,” I said.
“No, who are you?”
“Senior, I’m your wife, you know the mother of your kids, love of your life, all that good stuff.”
“I don’t have kids. I’m not married.”
He proceeded to undo his seatbelt and open his door. Did I mention we were driving 70 mph on JTB during this conversation?
I ended up coming to UNF (we were passing Hodges Boulevard during that conversation) and parking in the Fine Arts Center garage for him to sleep it off a little before we got back on the road. That didn’t go well. He jumped out of the car immediately when I parked and started yelling, “She kidnapped me!”

I slightly panicked and asked my male co-worker to help me at least get my husband to calm down. My husband then proceeded to tell my co-worker, “I know karate!” (That’s a lie, but we didn’t know what he was capable of. I mean he is a corrections officer for JSO. Who knows what they teach them in training.) 

My husband eventually calmed down when my father-in-law (who by the way looks like Suge Knight) put him in his SUV, told him to sit still and drove him back to the dentist. 

I’ll never forget that 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?
This is a hard question because that means I have to think of people who have passed away. I don’t deal well with death, because of a traumatic childhood experience but here goes …

1. My husband would be invited. You kind of have to invite the significant other, right? 
2. My cousin Henry who passed away days before my 23rd birthday. He was supposed to officiate my wedding that next year.
3. Jesus Christ is definitely invited. I’m just nervous he will tell me something I don’t want to accept. Like I should be teaching kids. Or that one of you sitting here at this table will betray me. Oh, no pressure Jesus.
4. I think I would be the fourth person. I only have four chairs at my dinner table. 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
If anyone knows me they would say a doctor, since that is my career goal; however, I’ve been in the hospital working with doctors so much I would take this opportunity to do something crazy. Like be the person that writes the messages that go in fortune cookies or something. My first one would be “Being an adult is like folding a fitted sheet. No one really knows how.” 

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it?
My husband said I’m crazy for saying this, but I would like to be omnipotent. I think I’ll take pageant girl response Alex, ”I’d use it for world peace.”

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?
Good question, I would change everyone’s working schedules so that everyone would be able to put family first, then work. Family is so important to me. I would also probably cut working days, adjust overtime laws and make vacations mandatory.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life?
The Fighter. I have struggled a lot in my life and had many difficulties over the years, but I am strong and relentless by nature. I’m going to fight through any obstacle that comes my way.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
Sounds absurd, but there isn’t much that I care to do. That kind of happens when your grandparents spoil you and take you traveling with them every year. I just want to stay home now and watch Golden Girls or Matlock.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
French fries. I ate them every single day of my pregnancy with my first son. I could do it again if need be, just without the pregnancy part though. I’ll pass on that one.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I don’t like chocolate, flowers or the color pink, typical things girls like. I know it’s weird because if you see me I look really girly with my four-inch heels on. I’m willing to take them off in a split second to throw a football, play tennis or kickball. I have five brothers, and I am the only girl; what do you expect?

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Childhood memory: The time I swallowed my loose tooth while eating Frosted Flakes cereal (face palm).
Ice cream flavor: Butter pecan from Cold Stone (it has to be from Cold Stone though)
Quote: “Just because you are offended doesn’t mean you are right.” This helps me a lot when I need to re-evaluate my feelings.
Smell: Freshly cut grass
Sound: Laughter; as you can tell I like to laugh, so I like to hear people laughing.


Dateline balloons to celebrate our faculty and staffMilestones

35 years
Paul Karabinis, Associate Professor, Art and Design

30 years
Robert Farnsworth, Library Services Specialist, Library

25 years
Tracey Britton, Library Services Specialist, Library

20 years
Raymond Bunch, Coordinator, Student Affairs, Recreation

15 years
Myron Kelly, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Thomas Van Schoor, Dean of Students

10 years
Ricky Kirby, Adjunct, Brooks College of Health
Dedra Harris, Executive Secretary, President's Office

5 years
Daniel Choisser, IT Help Desk Manager, User Services
Sarah Friswold, Assistant Director, Residence Life
Carmilita Holsey, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
James Taylor, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Environmental Center
George Toomer, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services


Anissa Agne, Senior Director Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Melinda Andrew, Office Manager, Coggin College of Business
Michelle Artiga, Office Manager, English Language Program
Erin Campbell, Coordinator, University Budgets, Office of Planning and Budget
Jackie Cook, Office Manager, Counseling Center
Tera Edwards, Maintenance Helper, Maintenance and Energy Management
Megan Lichty, Coordinator, Budgets, Academic Technology and Innovation
Sarah Morris, Assistant Director, English Language Program
Daniel Nutt, Coordinator, Budgets, Florida Institute of Education
Karen Patterson, Dean of Undergraduate Studies/Associate VP, Academic Affairs
Marcellus Vanderhorst, Maintenance Helper, Maintenance and Energy Management

New Hires

Monica Brown, IT Security Analyst, IT Security
Maria Figuerado, Coordinator, Student Affairs
Natalia Gallimore, Office Manager, Confucius Institute
William Godwin, Administrative Secretary, SG Business and Accounting Office
Jennifer Irish, Visiting Scholar, Taylor Engineering Research Institute
Grace Murray, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Meghan Parkinson, Director, Assessment Research, College of Education and Human Services
Nida Rogers, Administrative Secretary, Computing Engineering and Construction
Damiana Sorrell, Academic Advisor, Advising
Leslie Vazquez, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Kent Ward, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
Jamie Winegardner, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services


Noah Borelli, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Marsha Easley, Instructor, Public Health
Karen Folco, Office Manager, Coggin College of Business
Sheila Kramer, Office Assistant, Parking and Transportation Services
Kelly Millican, Office Manager, ACE
Pere Miro Ramirez, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Jacqueline Pruett, Office Manager, Career Management Center
Mildred Rhodes, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Donatella Schianomoriello, Academic Support Tech, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Jamie Spruell, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Office of Academic Testing



In Memoriam
With sadness, we announce the passing of our former UNF colleagues:
Dr. Crystal Owen headshot
Dr. Crystal Owen, associate professor of management in the Coggin College of Business, passed Tuesday, May 30 following an extended illness. A faculty member since fall 2004, Owen taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational behavior, human resource management and strategic management. She led a study abroad trip to Scotland, and served as a second on two study abroad trips to Austria with Dr. Paul Fadil, who described Owen as an incredible teacher and valued colleague, loved and respected by students and faculty. 


“Her kindness, helpfulness, energy and sense of humor are irreplaceable. She will be sorely missed,” Fadil said. Owen’s research in the areas of human resource management, international management and conflict resolution has been published in leading journals. She held a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in organizational behavior and entrepreneurship from The Ohio State University. 

Vernon Payne, a longtime graphic designer in the Public Relations Department, passed away Friday, May 19 having courageously battled Vernon Payne headshothealth issues for years. Payne came to the University as a young artist in 1984, and has since played a key role in defining the look of UNF. He designed the branded shuttle buses, a past Athletics mark that was used for nearly a decade, countless signs, banners, ads and marketing materials, as well as UNF’s first campus map, which he updated annually. 


Neal Fisher, director of Parking and Transportation Services, said Payne was always positive and ready to lend a helping hand. “You could always count on Vernon to take on whatever needed to be done,” said Fisher commenting that Payne also quietly mentored many young people. 


Payne served as a co-designer of the UNF Journal for many years, designed the commencement programs, and most recently provided drawings for the Journal. In 2015, Payne illustrated a children’s book, “A Home for Ozzie,” written by Eco Adventure Director Amy Costa and former staffer Jake FitzRoy, with detailed drawings of UNF’s Sawmill Slough Preserve. 


Becky Purser, director of recreation, said Vernon was always unassumingly humble despite his tremendous talent. “He was a true Osprey,” Purser said. “He is soaring above us now, and we will never forget him.”


Osprey Profile: Dylan Blanco

UNF student Dylan BlancoWhat is your major and why did you choose it?
I am majoring in International Business. I chose international business because I have always had a passion for traveling and experiencing different cultures and countries. This, along with my drive to one day open up a business of my own, led me to my major.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida?
Being from Jacksonville Beach, UNF has always been right next door to me. When it came time to choose a college to attend, UNF, even though it was so close to home, stuck out to me. UNF’s campus, along with the Jacksonville area, has some much to offer for an ambitious mind. I love where I live and, even with my travels to various places, Jacksonville has always had a special place in my heart.

What do you like most about UNF?
The thing I love most about UNF is the diversity it offers. When walking throughout campus, you feel like you can be yourself or anyone you desire without the judgment of others. UNF’s staff really strives and does a great job of making everyone’s real self shine through.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far?
Going into my second year at UNF, I have already had so many great experiences. Whether it was making new friends living in the dorms, going to the basketball tailgates, or attending the concerts on campus, there has yet to be a moment that hasn’t stood out. I plan on studying abroad for two semesters in these upcoming years, and that is what I’m most excited about.

What’s your favorite UNF tradition?
My favorite UNF tradition is the basketball games and the tailgates prior to them. It is great to experience other Ospreys' excitement when it comes to our basketball team. Everyone becomes one big family, all rooting for a familiar outcome. The amount of passion that every student shows when it comes to our basketball team is outstanding.

What’s your biggest challenge so far as a UNF student?
I would say that so far my biggest challenge as a student has been learning how to manage my time properly. It has been a big adjustment from high school with all the free time that I have now. I learned that it is better to get your work done early while you’re in between classes rather than cramming everything in at the last minute.

What does being an Osprey mean to you?
Being an Osprey is so much more than just attending a University. Being an Osprey means that I can be who I want to be, and that, with a little drive and ambition, anything is possible. Attending UNF, along with being an Osprey, has really taught me to never settle for something that isn’t everything you aspire. Be who you are and work hard to make your dreams a reality.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus?
You can usually find me on one of the upper floors of the library sitting on my phone drinking a coffee. The higher you go up in the library, the quieter it gets, and sometimes we all need some peace and quiet.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be?
I would without a doubt meet Albert Einstein. I would love to be able to get some insight into the mind of the world’s smartest man. Who knows, maybe he could shed some knowledge on me.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I would witness the Wright Brothers first flight. This event is special because it was the start to a creation that would soon connect people and cultures from around the world.

What three traits define you?
I would say that three traits that define me are positivity, perseverance and authenticity.

Do you have any advice for high school students?
If I could give any advice to high school students it would be to enjoy the time that you have and never let stress take over. These upcoming years will be the best years of your life; take advantage of them and make memories that will last a lifetime.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation?
I will graduate in spring of 2020. After graduation, I hope to travel the world and to start my own business. I plan to live my life to the fullest and take every experience and turn it into something great.

Around Campus

2016-17 Faculty Award winners named

Faculty awards at fall 2016 convocationCongratulations to the 2016-17 University of North Florida Faculty Award winners. All recipients receive a cash award and will be honored with a commemorative plaque at the 2017 fall convocation.

Nominations come from students, faculty colleagues, staff, administrators and alumni. The awards are funded through unrestricted gifts from the UNF Foundation Inc., Academic Affairs and the Center for Community-Based Learning.

Distinguished Professor Awards:
Winner: Dr. Catherine W. Christie, Associate Dean and Professor (Brooks College of Health, Nutrition and Dietetics)
Runner-Up: Dr. Adel K. El Safty, Professor (College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Engineering/Civil Engineering)

Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards:
Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja, Professor (College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Computing)
Dr. Denise I. Bossy, Associate Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, History)
Dr. Kenneth K. Laali, Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry)

Outstanding Faculty Service Awards:
Dr. John D. Hatle, Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Biology)
Dr. Paul D. Eason, Associate Professor (College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Engineering/Mechanical Engineering)

Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award:
Dr. F. Dan Richard, Associate Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology)

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards:
Dr. James R. Churilla, Associate Professor (Brooks College of Health, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences)
Dr. Katrina W. Hall, Associate Professor (College of Education and Human Services, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL)

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards:
Vanessa B. Cruz, Associate Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Art and Design)
Dr. Brandi N. Denison, Assistant Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy and Religious Studies)
Diane L. Denslow, Instructor (Coggin College of Business, Management)
Dr. Maria A. Fernández Cifuentes, Associate Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Dr. Joshua C. Gellers, Assistant Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science and Public Administration)
Jennifer K. Hager, Associate Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Art and Design)
Dr. Corinne A. Labyak, Assistant Professor (Brooks College of Health, Nutrition and Dietetics)
Jamie C. Moon, Senior Lecturer (College of Arts and Sciences, Biology)
Dr. John P. Nuszkowski, Assistant Professor (College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Engineering/Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Heather B. Truelove, Assistant Professor (College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology)

Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Awards:
David O. Blanton, Adjunct (College of Arts and Sciences, English)
Dr. Nicholas Paul Eliot Eastham (College of Education and Human Services, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management)
Nell E. Robinson, Adjunct (Brooks College of Health, Nutrition and Dietetics)
D. Lance Vickery, Adjunct (College of Arts and Sciences, Art and Design)

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishments Coggin College of Business

Dr. Nathan Kunz
, assistant professor of operations management, has received an award for his paper “Drivers of government restrictions on humanitarian supply chains: An exploratory study” published in Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The paper was selected by the journal’s editorial team as a Highly Commended Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Kunz also has been elected as treasurer of the College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management (HOCM) for 2018-19. This college is the fastest growing group in the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).


College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design
Trevor Dunn received the Juror’s Choice Award for his work exhibited at the Dirty South Mug Competition – National Juried Exhibition, River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Jenny Hager has installed two sculptural benches in Downtown Jacksonville on Hogan and Monroe streets.

Stephen Heywood exhibited at the Dirty South Mug Competition – National Juried Exhibition, River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Christopher Trice had two works, “Exploring the Surface” and “Mercury-Redstone,” accepted to the juried exhibition “Retro Future” at Treat Gallery, New York.

Dr. Cliff Ross, and his student Paige Duffin, presented a poster titled “The role of environmental stressors and host immunocompetence in wasting disease prevalence and severity in the seagrass Thalassia testudinum” at the 46th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina April 12-16. At the same conference, Ross and his colleagues David Reynolds, Danielle Dixson and Kate Lunz presented a poster titled “Behavioral and physiological responses of the coral Porites astreoides to high bloom densities of Karenia brevis and associated brevetoxins.”

Dr. Vladimir Mashanov presented the poster “Expression of stem cell factors in the sea cucumber digestive tube” at the 2017 Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin Meeting, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in April.

Dr. Michael Lentz presented a talk “Inhibition by and metabolism of hydroxycinnamic acids by Brettanomyces yeast strains” at the Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Dr. John Parmelee and Dr. David Deeley published “Florida Political Reporters Interact Rarely Online” in Newspaper Research Journal (Winter).

Dr. David Deeley presented UNF’s award winning ESPN3 production example as part of a panel on “Athletics & Academics: A Synergetic Production Model” at the Broadcast Education Association Annual Convention in April.

Dr. Nick Curry, associate professor of cello, performed three concerts with the Ritz Chamber Players, including one at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Jason Haraldsen published “Voltage-dependent spin flip in magnetically substituted graphene nanoribbons: Towards the realization of graphene-based spintronic devices” in the Physical Review B (April).

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Josh Gellers delivered a guest lecture, “Tweaks, Nudges, and Disruptions: How Innovation Can Help Solve Environmental Problems,” at Colgate University’s Environmental Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series. He also presented a paper, “Towards Environmental Democracy? Procedural Environmental Rights and Environmental Justice,” at the Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium, held at Colorado State University in April.

Dr. Susan Perez, with graduate student Candance Gilberstadt, presented two posters, “Decisions about Resource Allocation in Social Context: Associations with Inhibitory Control and Emotional Competence” and “Associations between Children’s Emotional Competence and Parents’ Socialization Efforts: A Multi-Method, Multi-Informant Approach,” at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Austin, Texas in April.

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Anne Pfister presented a paper titled “Photovoice as Counter-Narrative to Medicalized Approaches to Deafness in Mexico City” at the 35th Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association in Lima, Perú. She also presented a poster titled “Ordinary & Extraordinary in the Lives of Mexican Deaf Youth: Applying Anthropology through Photovoice,” at the 8th Annual Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing
Edwin Harris was named an at-large board member for the UVA-Wise Alumni Association and also was named to the Florida Academic Advising Association's (FLACADA) board as the Technology Coordinator for 2017-18.

School of Engineering
Dr. Murat Tiryakioglu, with Huseyin Ozdes and Dr. Paul Eason, published “On estimating axial high cycle fatigue behavior by rotating beam fatigue testing: Application to A356 aluminum alloy castings” in Materials Science & Engineering A vol. 697 (2017), pp. 95-100.

Dr. Murat Tiryakioglu, with Muhammet Uludag, Remzi Çetin and Derya Dispinar, published “Characterization of the Effect of Melt Treatments on Melt Quality in Al-7wt %Si-Mg Alloys” in Metals vol. 7 (2017), 16pp.

Dr. Patrick Kreidl, with Dr. Christopher Brown and student Jose Kolb-Lugo in Civil Engineering, co-authored a poster titled “An exploration of particle filtering techniques to determine aquifer properties from groundwater well data influenced by tidal forcing,” which was presented in June at the 2017 Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Annual Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Dr. Patrick Kreidl, with Dr. Juan Aceros and student Ayshka Rodriguez as well as Dr. Mary Lundy and student Erin St. Germain in Physical Therapy, co-authored a poster titled “Functional activity monitoring through embedded sensors in a modified ride-on toy car,” presented in June at the 2017 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

College of Education and Human Services

Faculty presenters at the American Educational Research Association Conference, San Antonio
Dr. Daniel Dinsmore served as co-chair of the Division C (Learning and Instruction) Graduate Student Seminar. Along with the chair, Joanna Garner from Old Dominion University, they coordinated mentoring experiences for 20 graduate students who are entering the dissertation phases of their programs. The seminar included information related to research, teaching and career pathways. Dinsmore also served as a mentor at AERA for the Studying and Self-regulated Learning Special Interest Group this year. He also presented a poster with co-author Adam Perksy, a pharmacy professor at UNC Chapel Hill, titled “Professional Students’ Confidence and Performance in a Semester-long Pharmacy Course.” The poster is hanging in the FSE suite.

Dr. Christian Winterbottom presented “An Exploration of Teacher-Child Relationships and Interactions in Elementary Science Lessons” with his co-authors, Ithel Jones and Bulent Kocyigit. With Dr. Matthew Ohlson, Winterbottom also presented his paper titled “Praxeological Education: What Are the Teacher Perceptions of Service-Learning in Early Childhood Education in Ohio?.” In addition, he chaired a session titled “The Impact of Service-Learning in Teacher Education.”

Dr. Hope (Bess) Wilson served as the secretary and past program-chair for the Research in Giftedness, Talent and Creativity Special Interest Group. She also participated in a pre-session unConference discussing the direction of the field of gifted education. She presented “Quality in STEAM Education: Evaluation and Examination of Lesson Plans” with Lucinda Presley of the Innovation Collaborative.

Dr. Dilek Kayaalp presented her research titled “The Young and the Stateless: Kurdish Youth in Canada.”

Dr. Soonhyang Kim presented her research in a paper session titled “Teaching experiences of pre-service teachers in an international service-learning project” and in a roundtable session titled, “Support, Relationships, and Discourse: Teachers and Teaching for a New World.”

Faculty presenters at the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Career Development and Transition, Visions XXIV Conference, St. Pete Beach
Kiersten Washell, graduate student in School Leadership, Monica Bolaños-Boudreau, doctoral student, Tara Rowe, doctoral candidate, and Dr. Seabrooks-Blackmore, of EDIE, presented a lecture that shared the benefits of peer-to peer support, which is a critical component of the supplemental strategic instruction provided by Advancing College Competency: Encouraging Student Success (ACCESS) Academy. ACCESS Academy is a program offered through the Disability Resource Center, here at UNF. Utilizing student feedback to identify roadblocks in college to career transition stimulated a lot of discussion with colleagues across the state who focus on student success from high school to post-secondary education settings.

Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol
Dr. Christine Weber was recognized as a principal investigator who obtained cumulative funding of $1 million dollars or more ($1.4 million) in contract or grant awards over the past 10 years through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs during the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS).

Dr. Nile Stanley presented a one-week lecture series for pre-service teachers on how to teach literacy through arts integration at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Regensburg is in the Bavaria region on the Danube River, and its history dates back to the Middle Ages.

Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Doctoral candidate Tara Rowe, who also serves on the board of directors for the Florida Division on Career Development and Transition (FLDCDT), represented UNF at the FLDCDT Visions Conference, May 3-5, in St. Pete Beach. With fellow doctoral candidate and UNF Ombuds Andrea Adams-Manning, Rowe presented “Providing supports for students with disabilities within a postsecondary setting: Collaborations for inclusion.” Rowe and Kellie Woodle, the director of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), presented “Successfully preparing students with disabilities for the rising academic expectations of attending college/university.” In addition, Rowe co-led a presentation with two UNF students, Phillip Sasse, COEHS graduate student in EDIE; and Katherine Gilson, an undergraduate student in CELT, titled: “THRIVE housing: Transition to independent living.” Sasse works with Rowe in the Disability Resource Center for THRIVE, which is a transition support program for UNF students with ASD.
Rowe was also interviewed on the Total Education Network, a nationally syndicated radio show based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and published a column in the most recent national syndication of Celebrate Women Today, titled “HOW-TO THRIVE at College While Having Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

The Sport Management program was selected to host the 2018 Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Conference. The conference will bring sport management faculty and students from across the country to our campus and community.

Drs. Terence Cavanaugh and Luke Cornelius presented "Florida's Performance Based Funding Metrics: Friend or Foe?" at UNF's Professional Development Forum. It exposed staff to the issues and challenges the state's PBF system poses for UNF, and how staff and administrators can address these concerns.

Department of Foundations And Secondary Education
Dr. Daniel Dinsmore recently published a literature review of strategic processing in Educational Psychology Review titled “Towards a dynamic, multidimensional model of strategic processing.” It appears in a special issue in the journal on Learning in Higher Education. Read the online paper

Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Dr. Susan Syverud co-authored a book chapter, with Lynne Raiser and Darby Delane, titled “A stone of hope: Preparing masterful readers and teachers in an urban professional development school.” The chapter was recently published in the book “Working Together: Enhancing Urban Educator Quality through Partnerships” by Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Deborah Shanley, Darby Delane and David Hoppey, (Eds.), Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

Student Affairs
Several Student Affairs staff presented at the Florida Division on Career Development and Transition Conference in St. Pete Beach from May 3-5. Tara Rowe, THRIVE program coordinator in the Disability Resource Center and a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership, served as the student representative on the conference’s board of directors and several subcommittees and co-presented four presentations with UNF staff.

Rowe and Andrea Adams-Manning, assistant dean of Students and Student Ombuds, presented “Providing supports for students with disabilities within a postsecondary setting: Collaborations for inclusion,” which discussed collaborative efforts between THRIVE and the Ombuds office to serve students with disabilities. Rowe and Phillip Sasse, who works for the THRIVE program, presented “THRIVE Housing: Transition to Independent Living,” about UNF’s transitional housing program for students with autism spectrum disorders. Rowe, along with Kiersten Washell and Monica Bolanos of DRC’s ACCESS Academy and Dr. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, presented “Utilizing Student Feedback to Identify Roadblocks in College to Career Transition,” which discussed the ACCESS Academy. Rowe and ACE Director Kellie Woodle presented “Successfully preparing students with disabilities for the rising academic expectations of attending college/university,” on how students with disabilities can prepare for higher education.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Tom Caswell, director of Public Services, has been appointed for a two-year term to the Research Planning and Review Committee of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). This national committee is responsible for creating and updating a biennial environmental scan for the association that encompasses trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and the broader environment, e.g., economic, demographic, political. It also identifies the “ACRL Top 10 Trends” every two years. ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world with over 56,000 members.

Tammy Druash, resource description librarian, presented a lightning round titled “Up, up, and away! Building a graphic novel collection to support education” at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference on May 12. The presentation briefly discussed UNF library’s recent project to create a new graphic novel collection on the third floor, as well as the Eisner Week event, which was held in March to showcase the collection and spark discussion about the importance of graphic novels and literacy.

Marielle Veve, metadata librarian, will moderate the panel “Best Practices for Digital Preservation” for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services’ Preservation & Reformatting Section (ALCTS PARS) Digital Preservation Interest Group (DPIG) at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June. Veve has also been appointed to serve on the Editorial Board of Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), the peer-reviewed quarterly journal of ALA-ALCTS.

Stephanie Weiss, online learning librarian, with Allyson Haskel and Ariel Gunn of UF’s CITT (Center for Instructional Technology and Training), led a discussion on digital scholarship and teaching and learning in online courses at THATCamp Gainesville at UF’s Harn Museum of Art in April. From “THATCamp stands for ‘The Humanities and Technology Camp.’ It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.”


Swoop Summary

North Florida Claims Third Straight ASUN Men's All-Sport Title
The Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy saw a three-peat as the University of North Florida claimed its third-consecutive title as the 2016-17 ASUN Conference Men's All Sports Champion. The Ospreys took early control of the race with victories in the Men's Cross Country and Men's Soccer. They carried that momentum over into the spring and the Men's Tennis team claimed another victory for the Ospreys. UNF finished with 132 points out of a possible 165 (.800) to earn the trophy. It marked the third-straight season that the Ospreys have tallied a percentage of .800 or higher. Learn more about the ASUN All-Sport Title.
UNF golfer Travis TraceTravis Trace Finishes Tied for 85th at NCAA Golf Championship
Sophomore Travis Trace carded a final round 79 on Sunday, May 28, in the NCAA Golf Championship at Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Illinois. Trace made history becoming the first UNF and ASUN golfer to qualify for the NCAA Championship as an individual. Learn more about Travis Trace.

Track & Field Concludes Competition at NCAA East Preliminary
The North Florida Track & Field team wrapped up its participation in the NCAA East Preliminary on Friday, May 26, at the Kentucky Outdoor Track & Field Complex in Lexington, Kentucky, as junior high jumper Alyssa Young finished 40th and sophomore Fynn Timm posted a 38th-place showing in the 3000m Steeplechase. Learn more about the North Florida Track and Field team.


Women's Track & Field Caps ASUN Championship with Six Medals on Final Day
The North Florida women's track and field team claimed six medals including a pair of Golds on Saturday, May 13, in the final day of competition of the ASUN Championships at Hodges Stadium. Junior standout Eden Meyer captured a second event title (5,000m) for the weekend while fellow junior Vanessa Philbert made it a clean sweep of the ASUN 800m event this season. Learn more about women's track and field.

Trio of Silver Medals and School Record Headline Men's Track Showing at ASUN Championships
The North Florida Men's Track & Field team reached the podium six times in the final round of competition of the ASUN Championships at Hodges Stadium on Saturday, May 13. UNF earned a trio of silver medals on the day including Tyler Stahl (1500m), Desmond Robb (400m) and Brad Hort (5000m). Learn more about the track and field medals.  UNF track and field's Fynn Timm and Alyssa Young at NCAA championships

The Goods

Grapes with a variety of colorsGrapes are classified as a fruit and come in a large variety of colors and types. Some are principally used for making wine while others are enjoyed as juice or eaten alone as a snack or appetizer, often with cheese. Grapes can also be used as ingredients in other dishes such as the chicken salad recipe shown below. Nutritionally, grapes provide multiple benefits. Dr. Catherine Christie, professor in UNF’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths about grapes and provides tips for including them in a healthy diet.

Myth: Grapes aren’t native to North America.
Fact: Grapes are one of three fruits native to North America along with blueberries and cranberries. Grapes are also considered a berry, and California is the largest U.S. producer of grapes — both for wine and for eating fresh as fruit or dried as raisins. There are thousands of grape varieties divided into color categories of white or black (also called red).

Myth: Grapes are high in sugar and low in nutrition.
Fact: One cup of grapes does contain 25 grams of sugar or five teaspoons; however, along with that sugar, grapes contain vitamin C, carotenes and small amounts of vitamin A as well as potassium, iron, copper, manganese and calcium plus 1.5 grams of fiber. More recent research has identified that grapes contain antioxidant pigments, anthocyanins in red grapes and catechins in white grapes. Regular consumption of these has been associated with health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and cancers of the colon and prostate.

Myth: Grapes should be stored at room temperature.
: Grapes tend to spoil easily and may ferment at room temperature, so they should always be stored in the refrigerator. Grapes should be washed to remove dust and pesticide residues by rinsing in cold water for several minutes and then submerging the whole bunch under cold water for several minutes.

Myth: Most of the world’s production of grapes are used for fresh fruit.
: Most of the world’s grapes are grown for wine production. The surface area dedicated to vineyards is increasing at a rate of approximately 2 percent each year. The top 10 grape producers in 2016 were China, Italy, United States, Spain, France, Turkey, Chile, Argentina, India and Iran.

Myth: Seedless grapes are more nutritious than grapes with seeds.
: Grape seeds contain anthocyanins, tannins, polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids, all of which may play a role in health promotion. Grape seed oil from crushed seeds also contains vitamin E, phytosterols and polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic acid, oleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. It’s primarily produced in France, Italy or Switzerland, with a few producers in the United States. Most have a bland taste and a high-smoke point, which makes them good oils for sautéing.

Grape and Chicken Salad

8 pieces of romaine lettuce
1½ cups cooked chicken chopped into small chunks
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup slivered almonds
40 red grapes, whole or halved
¼ cup low fat mayonnaise
¼ cup fat free sour cream
2 T. orange juice
½ tsp dill weed
¼ tsp coarse ground black pepper

  1. Place two pieces of romaine lettuce on each dinner plate.
  2. Combine chopped chicken with chopped celery, almonds and grapes in a small bowl and add low-fat mayonnaise, fat-free sour cream, orange juice, dill weed and black pepper. Stir gently until well mixed.
  3. Spoon mixture onto romaine lettuce and serve.
Serves four. For more grape flavor, serve with a glass of red wine such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot.


Nutrition Analysis per serving:
Calories: 232
Protein: 18 gm
Carbohydrate: 7 gm
Fat: 12.75 gm
Sat fat: 5.5 gm
Mono fat: 5 gm
Poly fat: 1.5 gm
Fiber: 3 gm
Sodium: 206 mg

The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program that runs in the “Taste” section of The Florida Times-Union. Have a question about grapes? Contact Dr. Christie at

Bright Birds Know

professor sculpting with studentsWhen summertime finally arrives, many college students use the time away from busy fall and spring schedules to participate in study abroad programs around the globe.

UNF Ospreys, who typically participate at twice the national average, are continuing the trend this year. For summer 2017, a total of 409 students — up from 356 last summer — will travel to 25 different countries. Some are individuals who volunteer, study, intern or present research at world conferences. Others travel as a group with the Coggin College of Business, and the majority participate in faculty-led trips. 

Study abroad allows students to gain new perspectives and enjoy academic and personal growth. Learning takes place across many fields of study: deaf interpreting, nutrition, language, communications, art history, childhood education, sociology, public health and music. These Transformational Learning Opportunities will take place in Haiti, Vietnam, Cambodia, Italy, China, France, London, Croatia, the UK, Iceland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Brazil Spain and Canada.

Go Ospreys!