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University Launches New Center for Nutrition and Food Security

Former President Bill Clinton talks to the UNF Food Fighters clubIn the United States, one in six Americans lack access to adequate amounts of healthy foods. The problem is even greater in Florida, and Duval County has one of the highest rates of food insecurity for the state at 20 percent of all adults. In an effort to address the issue and find solutions, the University of North Florida has launched the Center for Nutrition and Food Security, which will be housed in the Brooks College of Health.

Under the direction of Dr. Lauri Wright, UNF assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, the Center’s mission is to bring individuals and organizations together in a coordinated, sustained effort that finds solutions, eliminating barriers in order to improve food access and nutritional health in the local and global community.

Former President Bill Clinton was on campus yesterday to see firsthand what the University is doing in leading nutrition and food access efforts across Northeast Florida and to hear about the new Center and its initiatives. “It was an honor to host former President Bill Clinton and discuss with him how UNF is working collectively to improve food access and nutritional health in our community," said Wright. “A lack of access to healthy foods can lead to many health issues, including diabetes and obesity. The UNF Center for Nutrition and Food Security has the tools and talent to create solutions to hunger in our community.”

Clinton recognized the important work the Center will be doing to address nutrition and food security. “It’s very encouraging to see what’s happening here. Think what a difference it would make if every university in the country did this,” he said.

The Center — the only one of its kind in Florida — will serve as a gateway to the University for nonprofit agencies, government programs, professional organizations and industry personnel by exploring solutions to food insecurity and malnutrition. Major focus areas include food insecurity programming and evaluation, HIV nutrition, global malnutrition, food recovery and nutritional biomarkers.
Some of the Center’s initiatives include a campus kitchen food recovery, community-based Hunger Network, HIV nutrition and food program, biomarker analysis and global nutrition initiatives. The Center is committed to providing learning opportunities through these initiatives for students at all levels — undergraduate, master’s and doctoral.


Around Campus

A historic reminder hangs at the library

Photographer Dan Bagan stands with Dorothy Pitman HughesSt. Augustine photographer Daniel Bagan, hired to take photos at a 2013 party, was surprised at the end of the evening to see Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the co-founders of Ms. magazine, standing before his camera. When someone in the room suggested the duo reenact their 1971 iconic fist-in-the-air pose, the two stood side by side once again — as they had more than 40 years earlier — and allowed Bagan to snap a piece of history.


That moment now hangs for all to see in Thomas G. Carpenter Library, at the top of the stairway to the second floor, a gift from Bagan to the University. Bagan and Pitman Hughes unveiled the photograph at a reception in October. Though the library holds the only signed copy, two additional copies also have been accepted in the permanent collections of the City Museum of New York and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.


Library Dean Elizabeth Curry said that Pitman Hughes, who now lives in Jacksonville, was pleased that students would be able to see the photo. “She really loves talking with young people and would be willing to come on campus and talk with classes,” Curry said. “I think students would benefit from meeting her.” Curry explained that a student thanked the dean after the program saying: “I can’t believe I actually got to meet Dorothy Pitman Hughes. She’s an icon. She’s part of history.”


Learn more about the historic photo.  

Learn more about the Carpenter Library.

Around Campus

Six-Year Strategic Plan approved by BOT

View of campus buildings and foliageUniversity of North Florida faculty and staff have new goals for the next six years — the Strategic Plan for 2017/18 – 2023/24.

The Plan not only includes new mission and vision statements, but also four primary goals with strategies and action items to ensure that UNF is poised to meet the growing needs of students and the region.

A collaborative process of retreats, focus groups and meetings, which began in August 2015, included input from every sector of the campus community as well as external stakeholders. The University’s Board of Trustees approved the Plan on Sept. 23.

Janet Owen, vice president for government affairs and associate general counsel, said while the goals and action items are new, the Plan reflects UNF’s longstanding values. “The goals are refreshed statements that hopefully lead to focused efforts to achieve them in both time-honored and new innovative ways,” Owen said.

The four goals of the Strategic Plan are:
Goal I: UNF will attract, retain and graduate academically talented students who will succeed in contributing to their communities.
Goal II: UNF will strategically align our programs to better serve the needs of our students and community.
Goal III: UNF will attract and retain a diverse and talented faculty and staff who will foster student success and excel at scholarly and creative endeavors.
Goal IV: UNF will expand and strengthen our relationships with partners and stakeholders to enhance the university and the larger community.

Visit the Strategic Plan webpage for action items, metrics and UNF’s revised mission and vision statements.

Around Campus

Donation opens new student art gallery

Library's new student art gallery Shown in photo: Premiere of the UNF Art and Design Fine Arts Prints Publishing Initiative, Special Topics Edition led by professor Dr. Sheila Goloborotko.


“As an artist, I know that a work is never finished until it is presented,” Jim Draper said, as he stood before a group gathered to celebrate the opening of a new student art gallery at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. “I believe this gallery will provide a great opportunity to teach students how to finish their work … it will show them how to get their art off the table and onto the wall, with proper framing and proper display.”

Draper, instructor and curator of UNF’s galleries, thanked longtime donors Cynthia and Walter Graham, M.D. for funding the special lighting needed, which in turn would offer students the transformational experience of learning how to curate art. The new student art gallery is located on the library’s second floor.

After the Oct. 9 reception, Library Dean Elizabeth Curry said she already had experienced the impact of the donation to students. “I was very touched to see one of the students who had his mother, his father and his grandmother there to see his work being celebrated,” Curry said. “I believe this new display area will be very meaningful to our art students.”

Cynthia and Walter Graham have been patrons for the past 10 years, donating money to bring sculptures, a reading nook, three different study rooms and now a student art gallery to the library. They are also distinguished members of the Dean’s Leadership Council. 

Faculty Forum

Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan

Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan portraitChing-Hua Chuan, associate professor, School of Computing in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Dr. Chuan teaches courses in artificial intelligence and the development of gaming and mobile apps. Her research focuses on machine learning, artificial intelligence and music information retrieval. Dr. Chuan also has created a software system that can produce music to accompany a user’s original melody in the style of the user’s favorite musicians.

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? As a professor, my most rewarding academic experiences come from my students’ achievements. Two examples include when one of my master’s advisees was admitted to a Ph.D. program with full scholarship, and another got a job offer from Amazon because of their research experience with me.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? The iMobile3 lab in the School of Computing building is my favorite spot. This is where I teach the Development of Gaming and Mobile Apps, and where I’ve seen amazing and creative apps made by computing students.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? Playing guitar. I was the lead guitar in all female bands in college.

What is your personal philosophy? Never stop learning

What do you like most about UNF? Students. They make the teaching fun.

Who has been the biggest role model in your life? My Ph.D. advisor and professor Dr. Elaine Chew has been my biggest role model. She has shown me how to combine passion with professional skills and build a career on both.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? Be nice to each other. Treat individuals as persons without labels.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Be positive and open-minded for new challenges, and be honest and humble about the things we don’t know.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? When Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. She is the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and she won it again in 1911, that time in Chemistry. The world needs science, and science needs more women.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? Playing gigs with my band

Who is your favorite fictional character? Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She is smart (geeky), compassionate, and — most importantly — has a fierce sense of justice.

Where is the best place you’ve visited? Glacier National Park in Montana. The pure natural beauty is mesmerizing.

How do you recharge? Music and yoga

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? Jacksonville has a lot of good Vietnamese restaurants! I’ve also lived in Los Angeles and Miami.

Get to Know

Darrick Gibbs

Darrick Gibbs, UNF's women's basketball coachDarrick Gibbs is headed into his third season at the helm of the North Florida Women’s Basketball program after being named the program's second head coach in April 2015. Gibbs, a coaching veteran with 17 years of experience in the collegiate ranks, joined the Ospreys after a 10-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Miami. 


What do you enjoy about working here and why? 

I get an opportunity to work with great people every day in an environment that is conducive to developing young people. It doesn’t get better than this! 


How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? This will be my third year in Jacksonville. I grew up in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, and attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From there, my coaching jobs took me to the College of Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; and the University of Miami.


What one memory do you most treasure?

I would have to say the birth of my kids! My family is the most important thing in my life. It’s amazing how much prospective and priorities change once you have kids.


What would be the title for the movie version of your life and why? “Becoming One”; I have never met my biological father and didn’t really have a father figure in my life growing up. Now, I am a father who is providing and supporting my family. It was something I never had and didn’t see much of growing up, and I can say that I have “Become One.”


If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? Jesus Christ — So many questions to ask; Martin Luther King Jr. — One of the most influential people in history, King had the ability to connect and influence in a nonviolent manner, which is very intriguing; and Abraham Lincoln — One of the (if not THE) greatest leaders of all time. 


If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I honestly don’t know for sure. It would probably have to do with education and supporting/developing youth.


What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? Teleportation; I would like to spend time visiting every inch of the world.


If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? I would put more money and resources into training and supporting our middle, elementary and high school educators. I truly believe they’re the most important people in our country. I don’t think they’re adequately resourced, supported or compensated for the challenges they face on a daily basis.  


What’s at the top of your bucket list?

This is an impossible ask, but I would like to spend time going to different colleges and universities and observing how the great coaches of today run their programs.


What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Macaroni & cheese


Tell us something that might surprise us about you.  

I love watches, but I don’t wear them a lot. I have a few at home that make up a small collection.


Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?

I would like to go to Italy. I love the history and good food!! 


Tell us a few of your favorite things.  

Board game:  Monopoly

Color: Blue

Ice cream flavor: Butter Pecan

Magazine: Sports Illustrated

Movie: Armageddon

Smell: Strawberries

Sound: Flowing water

Sport to watch: Football


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

20 years
Lola Argalas, Associate Director, Foundation Accounting, Training and Services Institute

15 years
Marie Michel, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Hans Priepke, Manager, Applications Systems, Enterprise Systems

10 years
Barbara Ruby, Executive Secretary, University Development and Alumni Engagement

5 years
Lee Anderson, Director of Development, College of Education and Human Services
Amy Costa, Assistant Director, Eco Adventure
Steven Montesinos, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center
Katelyn Ryan, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Admissions
Jacey Willbach, Assistant Director, Operations, OneJax

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Anne-Marie Campbell, Associate Director of Development, OneJax
Bettina Elegado Cross, Office Manager, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education
Emily Devine, Coordinator, Membership Engagement, MOCA
Stephen Farris, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Jerail Fennell, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, University Housing
Matthew Harris, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies
Tracey Hollins, Coordinator, Budgets, Florida Institute of Education
Dennis Kauffman, Administrative Secretary, Biology
Nan Kavanaugh, Director of Communications and Marketing, MOCA
Amanda Kulp, Director, Assessment, Assessment Activities
Krystina LeFils, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Cynthia Marici, Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Renika Sanders, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kanan Simpson, IT Network Engineer, Telephone Services
Barbara Sperbeck, IT Project Manager, Project Management Office
Eva Tinc, IT Project Manager, Project Management Office

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:
Brittney Van Deventer, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, ES Communication Systems
Felicia Griffin, Accounts Payable Receivable Associate, Controller
Jacob Koza, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Deborah Miller, Senior Director, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Amber Ziegler, Senior IT Support Tech, User Services

Heartfelt wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees who left UNF recently:
Lilli Copp, Director, Research Program Services, Florida Institute of Education
Raymond Gaddy, Instructor, Art and Design
Kenneth Holmes, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Robert Lloyd, Senior Control Systems Tech, Student Union-Maintenance and Energy Management
Katherine Moore, Student Affairs Coordinator, ELP-Faculty Grants and Initiatives
Margaret Szerba, Student Government Advisor, SG Business and Accounting Office
Victoria Taylor, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Christopher Thomas, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Terence Thompson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Earle Traynham, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Kristine Webb, Professor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education
Stephanie Weiss, Associate University Librarian, Library

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Department of Health Administration
Dr. Cynthia White-Williams will serve as guest editor of a Special Collection on Healthcare Informatics: Data, Innovation and Delivery. This special collection focuses on the application of healthcare technologies and big data to bridge the gap between data/technology and outcomes, thus supporting the application of big data and technology. Learn more about this special collection.

Department of Public Health
Dr. Robert Zeglin presented “The Role of Sexuality Competencies in the Future Counselor Identity: A Delphi Study” at the biannual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Chicago in October. Zeglin also published “An Introduction to Proposed Human Sexuality Counseling Competencies” in the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, October.

Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Dr. James Churilla published the findings from three studies: “Prevalence of Individual Metabolic Syndrome Criterion, Elevated C-Reactive Protein and Physical Activity in U.S. Adolescents: 2007-2010 NHANES” was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health; “The Utility of Using a Dose-Response Approach to Mental Distress and Physical Activity: Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System 2011,” in the Journal of Public Health; and “Mode of Physical Activity Participation by Body Mass Index in U.S. Adults: 2015 BRFSS” in Research in Sports Medicine.

School of Nursing
Dr. Cynthia Cummings and Dr. Linda Connelly published “Reflections of Nursing Students’ ‘Very Bad Day’ Simulation Experience” in the Teaching and Learning in Nursing, November. Cummings and Connelly also will be presenting “Training Graduate Students in Simulation Education” at the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Conference in Indianapolis in October. In addition, Cummings will be presenting a poster “Differences in Perception of Clinical Preparation between Nursing Graduates and Nurse Educators” at the AACN Baccalaureate Conference in Atlanta in November.

Dr. Helene Vossos received recognition from the American Health Council for outstanding contributions and dedication in the field of nursing in August. Locally, she volunteered as the Medical Division Chair for the Domestic Violence Initiative in Flagler County at the Sheriff Department and Community Leaders in October to assist in making recommendations and organizing programs in the community. In addition, Vossos was invited to edit for Wolter-Kluwers mental health clinical module on a variety of topics and to conduct a peer review of the CE Article for the Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Rocking Chair Therapy for Veterans, in October. In the same month, Vossos presented “The Role of the PMHNP in an Inpatient Crisis Stabilization Unit” at Pinegrove CSU in Daytona Beach.

College of Arts and Sciences



Dr. Anita Fuglestad, with her colleagues E.W. Demerath, M.C. Finsaas, C.J. Moore, M.K. Georgieff and S.M. Carlson, published “Maternal executive function, infant feeding responsiveness and infant growth during the first 3 months” in Pediatric Obesity, August.

Dr. Jody Nicholson published “A community-based intervention for low-income families to reduce children’s blood lead levels between 3-9.9 µg/dL”, in Children’s Health Care. With undergraduate Ali Simons and graduate student Jenny Barton, Nicholson published “Ability to Categorize Food Predicts Hypothetical Food Choices in Head Start Preschoolers Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior” in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


School of Computing
Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy, Dr. Dan Richard, Evan Copello, Rachel Carpenter, Hinal Pandya, Gregory Rousis and Jason Smith, presented Florida Data Science for Social (FL-DSSG) 2017 Summer Internship project findings at the Big Data JAX, Jacksonville, meetup on Sept. 26.
Ten School of Computing students comprising four teams participated in the IEEEXtreme 24-hour competition Oct. 14-15.

Department of Construction Management
Dr. Issa Ramaji and A.M. Memari published “Extending the current model view definition standards to support multi-storey modular building projects.” Architectural Engineering and Design Management, pp.1-19, 2017.

College of Education and Human Services

Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Dr. Ronghua Ouyang chaired the 23rd International Conference of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States (ACPSS) at High Point University, High Point, North Carolina, Oct. 20-22. He was re-elected to be the president of the ACPSS. In addition to the remarks at the opening ceremony, Ouyang also presented, “Chinese Language Teaching, Culture Sharing and Confucius Institutes in the USA: Opportunities and Challenges.”

Dr. Anne Swanson, Dr. Matt Ohlson, and Dr. Laura Boilini; UNF student assistants Donique Wray, Randa Abdelhameed, and Juliette Lauk; volunteer assistants Beth Pospyhalla, Joseph Stilwell; leader Assistant Principal David Errico; and teacher Ms. Tiffany Neal-Butts participated on Oct. 13 in “Developing the Leader Within Me” Workshop, A UNF Outreach Project-Joseph Stilwell Middle School in Duval County. Twenty 8th grade students from the Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership visited UNF for a day of leadership and art. The students discussed leadership traits and their own skills and abilities, composed an action plan for their leadership development for the 2017-18 school year, toured the UNF Campus and painted their chosen leadership traits on canvas. The work will be on display at UNF on all three floors of the College of Education and Human Services through spring 2018. The students will return to UNF for a “Celebrate Leadership” event to discuss their leadership development and take their art with them. We extend a huge thank you to our student leaders for sharing their work with us!

Drs. Nicholas Eastham and Terence Cavanaugh presented “New Dimensions of Printing: Rapid Prototyping 3D Graphs” at the Florida Association of Science Teachers conference in Orlando in October. Eastham and Cavanaugh also will present “Rapid Processes for Educational Resource Creation” — which includes creating 3-D printed, educational tactile resources for the visually impaired and rapid video captioning with a hardware hack and cloud-based software — at the UNF DHI Digital Projects Showcase Nov. 8.

Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich was recently appointed to the Independent Living Resource Center's (ILRC) Board of Directors here in Jacksonville.

Dr. Clare Liddon and graduate students in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education program attended the 37th annual Florida Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference in Daytona Beach. Liddon served as a discussant in a research symposium, titled “Translational Behavioral Research: Insights from Basic Science on Conditioned Reinforcement.” Three recent studies on conditioned reinforcement were discussed, originating from behavioral research labs across Florida universities, including University of South Florida, University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Debbie Reed co-chairs a new task force to study clinical preparation of special education teachers. Learn more about the new task force

Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol
Dr. Katrina Hall assisted with the Advanced Ed accreditation visit Oct. 21-23 for Seaside Community Charter School, a new UNF professional development school and a Community Based Learning Carnegie Engaged Partner. Hall wrote the charter application for the K-5 school, which is now going up for renewal in its 5th year. The school will move to Atlantic Beach near Hanna Park in 2018. The school accepts applications for grade K-6 on an ongoing basis. Learn more about school enrollment

Dr. Christine Weber, board member for CEC TAG, spent three days at Western Kentucky University participating in strategic planning and board meetings for the division. She also participated in a podcast titled “Moving from Professional Development to Professional Learning.”

Dr. Katie Monnin moderated the “Gender Identity: Understanding Through Art” panel at New York City Comic Con with “NeverEnding Story” child actress and today’s contemporary Broadway choreographer Tami Stronach; transgender and New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Dana Simpson; graphic novelist and Disney animator Molly Ostertag; and high school teacher and author Michael Gianfrencesco. Monnin also spoke at New York City Comic Con on two other panels: “The Representative Bookshelf” and “Men in Comics: A Woman’s Panel.”

Center for Urban Education and Policy
On Oct. 5, the Center for Urban Education and Policy supported the Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center’s “The Wonder Woman’s Banquet.” The banquet honored the legacies of five amazing women whose immense contributions to education — either directly as teachers, or as advocates and benefactors — have made indelible marks to the Beaches communities. See the video featuring these awardees. The Center is grateful for the support of many current and former faculty leaders: Wanda Hedrick, Lunetta Williams, Sue Syverud, Sophie Maxis, Jeanie Jones, and Lynne Raiser; as well as current students Lani Derby and Donique Wray, and graduate Dr. Ellen Glasser — the recent Mayor-elect of Atlantic Beach. Rhoda L. Martin was a former slave who in the 1920s started the first school for African-American youth in the kitchen of her home located in "The Hill," the historic African-American community in Jacksonville Beach. Her efforts led the DCPS School Board to open the former Jacksonville Beach Colored School No. 144 in 1939. The Center currently works to preserve the history of African-American life and education at the beaches, while also advocating for and supporting current education efforts.

Dr. Katrina Hall is a current board member of the Rhoda L. Martin Center and has long collaborated with the organization, supporting after-school programs that still run there, and assisting with community tutoring programs and other efforts. Across her various collaborative roles, the strength of the relationships she has built with the Rhoda L. Martin Center, its board and volunteers really shine. New CUEP staff are grateful for the wisdom and experiences of the retired educators who are affiliated with the Rhoda L. Martin Center, and look forward to continuing to work with the Center to understand how to better nurture the learning and developmental of African-American youth, families and communities, as well as how to better prepare educators to honor and involve the community in their teaching.

Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program
Drs. Wanda Lastrapes (UNF) and Chris White (DCPS), co-directors of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency, highlighted this collaborative urban teacher preparation model at the 61st Annual Fall Conference of the Council of the Great City Schools in Cleveland. Their presentation, “Strengthening Urban Education One Teacher at a Time,” focused on the comprehensive profession development framework that supports both JTR residents (graduate students) and their clinical residency mentors throughout the graduate program and into their induction years as a Duval County Public School STEM teacher. Their presentation was one of three innovative approaches to new teacher preparation shared with conference participants Oct. 20.

Members of Cohort 4 of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) Program were recognized as National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Fellows at a welcome reception Oct. 18. The reception was held at the Adam W. Herbert University Center and featured speakers from partnership agencies included the UNF College of Education and Human Services, Duval County Public Schools and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. The JTR program prepares STEM teachers to work in high-need schools in Duval County’s urban core. While engaged in graduate teacher education courses, residents work with high-quality STEM teacher mentors to prepare for teaching. The program is now affiliated with the Noyce Teaching Fellows program, which focuses on teacher preparation and induction through strong STEM experiences. Highlights of the event included discussion of key attributes of effective teachers in these schools including strong content knowledge, effective pedagogy and a caring disposition. Jackson High School Science teacher Allison Williams shared her insights about developing long-lasting professional relationships with students. 


Student Affairs

Tim Robinson, Director of International Affairs, appeared on First Coast Connect on Oct. 5 to talk about UNF’s new Peace Corps Prep Program. Listen to the show on First Coast Connect


Kaitlin Legg, director of the LGBT Resource Center, co-facilitated the “Dimensions of Diversity” webinar for the National Association of Fundraising Professionals Strategic Conversation Series on Oct. 20, with Birgit Burton (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Sara Cole (YMCA of Greater Rochester). 


Event kicks off discussion on education doctorate

Panelist Dr. Pamela Chally second from leftThe University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services hosted a kickoff event Oct. 10 in recognition of its recent selection as a new member of the highly respected Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

CPED began in 2007 and is a consortium of more than 100 colleges and schools of education that have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). Its vision is to inspire all schools of education to apply the CPED framework to the preparation of educational leaders to develop well-equipped scholarly practitioners who provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.

At the kickoff event, a panel of educational experts and leaders from Northeast Florida came together to express ideas that would inform the development of the improved Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program here at UNF. Panelists representing higher education included UNF President John A. Delaney and Provost Dr. Pamela Chally, along with Dr. John Wall of Florida State College of Jacksonville and Dr. Lee Anne Clements of Jacksonville University.

Representing the K-12 arena were superintendents Dr. Patricia S. Willis of Duval County Public Schools, Addison Davis of Clay County Public Schools, Dr. Kathy Burns of Nassau County School District, Tim Forson of St. Johns County School District and Patrick Wnek, Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium.

The panel responded to two guiding questions: 1) As educational leaders in the region, what do you want the next generation of leaders to know and be able to do?; and 2) How should the Ed.D. program prepare the next generation of leaders? Panel members shared experiences and offered guidance to consider as the revision process begins. To learn more about CPED and the ways in which UNF will benefit from membership, visit the CPED website.


Swoop Summary

UNF soccer player Josh CastellanosFive All-ASUN Perfomances Push Men's Cross Country to Runner-up Finish
The North Florida men's cross country team claimed runner-up honors at the ASUN Championship on Saturday Oct. 28 after seeing three runners finish in the top six and all five scoring runners earning all-conference accolades. Learn more about the men's cross country team.

UNF Clinches Spot in ASUN Championship
The North Florida men's soccer team topped USC Upstate, 2-1, on Saturday Oct. 28 at Hodges Stadium to clinch a spot in the ASUN Championship. Learn more about men's soccer.

Volleyball Dominates Hatters For Back-to-Back ASUN Wins
North Florida volleyball dominated from the start to take down Stetson in straight sets on Saturday Oct. 28 inside UNF Arena. Learn more about North Florida volleyball.


Women's Cross Country Wins ASUN Title, Eden Meyer repeats as Champion
For the second time in program history, the North Florida women's cross country team won the team title at the ASUN Championship on Saturday Oct. 14. Senior Eden Meyer repeated as ASUN Runner of the Year after winning the individual title, and coach Jeff Pigg earned ASUN Coach of the Year honors. Learn more about women's cross country.

The Goods


Dates on the stemDo you think that dates are elusive and difficult to add to your diet? Jackie Shank, senior instructor and undergraduate nutrition program director in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about this sweet, delicious fruit.

Myth: Dates are mysterious.
Fact: Dates are merely the sweet fruit of a desert palm called Phoenix dactylifera. Their original home was Middle Eastern and African oases; cultivation later spread to Asia, Spain, Mexico and California. In the U.S., we see just a few types of dates — medjool, thoory, deglet noor, barhi and khadrawy — but there are actually thousands of varieties.

Myth: All dates in the U.S. are dried.
Fact: Not all dates consumed in the U.S. are in the dried form. Dates are harvested in the late fall and early winter. If you want to try fresh dates, that’s the time to do it. They’re moist and succulent when fresh, and they contain 50 to 90 percent water. Grocery stores will sometimes feature dates when they’re at peak season. To pit a date, make a slit in the top, open up the sides and remove the seed. For a real treat, stuff the date with your favorite cheese and enjoy. 

Myth: Dates are hard to find.
Fact: In the U.S., dates can be found year-round in many grocery stores. If you don’t see them, ask the produce manager. Middle Eastern and upscale specialty markets are more likely to carry a variety of dates, both fresh and dried. Dried dates come in many shapes and sizes and are 60 to 80 percent sugar. Avoid dried dates that are hard or have a fermented odor.
Myth: It’s too much trouble to include more dates in my diet. It’s simple to include more dates in the diet. You can easily add them to a cereal grain, such as oatmeal or quinoa, toss chopped dates into a salad or stuff dates with these food pairs: goat cheese and almonds; feta cheese and walnuts; diced melon and fresh mint; or diced apples and pecans. You can also add chopped dates to a quick bread recipe.
The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the University of North Florida’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about dates? Contact Jackie Shank at

Whole Wheat Date Nut Bread

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
¾ cup chopped dates
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ cups low fat milk
½ cup molasses

  1. Combine the first six ingredients in a bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture.
  2. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk. Stir in the molasses. Add to flour mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Spoon the bread mixture into a greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Gently remove from pan and let cool before cutting. When cooled, cut into 12 slices.

Nutritional analysis per serving:
Calories – 288, Total Fat – 7 grams, Saturated Fat – less than 1 gram, Cholesterol – less than 5 milligrams, Protein – 7 grams, Total Carbohydrate – 53 grams, Dietary Fiber – 4 grams, Sodium – 317 milligrams. 




Spread the Word

Performance onstage for student convocation 2017This fall, UNF welcomed a freshman class with an average GPA of 4.27 and an average rSAT score of 1271, making them our most academically gifted students to date. 

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