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UNF receives prestigious rankings

UNFs Thomas G. Carpenter LibraryOver the past month, the University of North Florida has been named to several impressive lists

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity — INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
For a third time, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has awarded UNF with the HEED, Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award, a national honor bestowed on only 80 U.S. colleges and universities for outstanding commitment and initiatives dedicated to diversity and inclusion.

Best Regional University — U.S. News & World Report
For the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has named UNF a “Best Regional” university in its 2018 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings of 1,388 universities nationwide. Among regional universities in the South, UNF was ranked: No. 18 as a “Top Public School”; No. 48, up four spots from last year, as a regional best; and No. 57 as a “Best Value School.” UNF also was ranked for students amassing the least amount of cumulative debt.

‘Best Colleges’ rankings — College Factual
For the fourth consecutive year, College Factual has ranked the University among the best colleges across the country. UNF was ranked No. 21 nationwide as a “Top Ranked Veteran” university when it comes to a quality education to veterans in computer information systems. Statewide, UNF was ranked No. 14 as one of the “Best Colleges for the Money” and No. 20 as one of the 2018 “Top Quality Overall Best Colleges.”

‘Best in the Southeast’ College — Princeton Review
For the ninth consecutive year, the University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to the Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company recommends UNF in its “Best in the Southeast” list for 2018, one of only 140 colleges and universities named in 12 Southeastern states.

Ranked Among the Top Universities — The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
UNF is ranked among the nation’s top universities in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2018, a ranking of more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities, drawn from performance indicators that include student interaction and engagement.

2018 Top, Most Affordable Online College — SR Education Group
The SR Education Group, an education research publisher, has named UNF a 2018 Top Online College and a 2018 Most Affordable Online College. The University ranked No. 2 in the country for bachelor’s degrees in nursing, which also made the Most Affordable ranking. UNF also was listed as a Top Online College for master’s degrees in nutrition.

2017 Top Colleges List — Forbes
The University was recognized by Forbes as a Top College among 650 universities across the country as well as a Top Public College and a Top College in the South.

Around Campus

UNF logs record year for fundraising

Fireworks over Student UnionWith all the numbers in for fiscal year 2016-17, the Division of University Development and Alumni Engagement is proudly celebrating a record year for private support to the University.

Ann McCullen, vice president for University Development and Alumni Engagement and executive director of the UNF Foundation Inc., announced that more than $30.8 million was raised last year in the form of cash and in-kind gifts, pledges and planned gifts. A $9 million gift of land along the Intracoastal Waterway was one of the year’s highlights, enhancing opportunities for coastal research.

McCullen said the high numbers were a result of a collaborative effort, including the work of volunteers, deans, faculty and staff.

In addition to record dollars raised, the University endowment topped $105 million at the end of the fiscal year, hitting its highest value in school history.

Way to go, UDAE!

Around Campus

Founding faculty member honored in Belize

UNF Emeritus Professor Betty Flinchum headshotThere is no doubt that residents of Belize think of Dr. Betty Flinchum as one of their own — and that their love and appreciation for her runs deep. This was certainly confirmed last month when Flinchum became the first-ever non-Belizean citizen to receive the Order of Distinction, a high honor bestowed by the government of Belize.

A founding faculty member at UNF and Professor Emeritus of curriculum and instruction, Flinchum spent more than 30 years visiting the country and developing partnerships, including the Consortium on Belize Education Cooperation, where she remains involved. In addition to creating abundant study abroad and teaching opportunities for University students, she also facilitated programs in Belize and at UNF that resulted in more than 500 Belizean nationals earning UNF degrees, including many of the country’s top leaders like Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Patrick Faber.

John Kemppainen, coordinator for international collaboration in the College of Education and Human Services, led numerous study abroad trips to Belize with Flinchum and said there is no one more deserving of this award.

“Dr. Flinchum's desire, vision and commitment to the country of Belize not only created an avenue for Belizeans to achieve their dreams of earning advanced degrees in education as well in other fields, but also a love for her and for UNF by literally hundreds of Belizeans who proudly call UNF their alma matter,” said Kemppainen. “She is truly a hero to all Belizean educators.”

Around Campus

UNF's Lufrano International Gallery and MOCA Jacksonville exhibits

Margaret Ross Tolbert, Lost Springs

The "Margaret Ross Tolbert: Lost Springs" exhibition is now showing at MOCA Jacksonville through Sunday, Dec. 31. Learn more about the exhibition.


UNF's Lufrano Intercultural Gallery is also featuring "Lost Springs," a collaboration between Gainesville painter and activist Margaret Ross Tolbert and St. Augustine-based environmental filmmaker Matt Keene. This project chronicles the tragic demise of the iconic springs along the Ocklawaha River in North-Central Florida. The exhibit runs through Oct. 24. Learn more about the Lufrano exhibit.

Around Campus

Final call for teaching award nominations

President Delaney and Dr. Adel K. El Safty holding an awardThis is the final week to submit nominations for the 2017-18 Outstanding Undergraduate, Graduate and Adjunct Teaching Awards. The deadline is Thursday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. All members of the University community — students, alumni, faculty, adjunct, staff and administrators — are invited to nominate a faculty and an adjunct member for an award.

The guidelines for the awards can be found online on the UNF Faculty Association homepage

Submit nominations one of three ways: use the Online Forms link; send the nominations by email; or deliver handwritten or typed nominations to the Faculty Association Office in the Osprey Commons, Building 16, Room 3100. For more information, contact Cindy Chin at or 620-2872 or Dr. Radha Pyati at or 620-1918.


Osprey Profile: Meet Anthony Pratt

Anthony Pratt standing by planeWhat is your major? I am currently a senior studying computer science. I chose this major because it is challenging and there are many opportunities within the field. It is a skill set that crosses many industries, and you can create nearly anything with it.

What do you like most about UNF? My favorite part about UNF would have to be the people. The school has many amazing resources, but I believe that the people here are what gives the school life. The professors and staff are full of knowledge, and everyone is always willing to help.

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? My favorite professor on campus would have to be Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy. He is very knowledgeable and always willing to help; he continuously looks for new opportunities to help students progress toward their careers. In terms of classes, my favorite would be High Tech Entrepreneurship from my freshman year. This class challenged me creatively and helped me to understand the process of starting a business.

How do you recharge? I have a pilot’s license, so I like to go to a local airport and take up a plane to fly around the city. Jacksonville is an extremely beautiful city, and whenever I get the chance to fly, I am always in a state of genuine peace. Some of my best memories have been when friends and I rented a plane to fly to nearby cities to grab lunch.

What’s your favorite UNF tradition? Every year, I look forward to the Osprey Production concerts because they never disappoint! They do a great job of selecting artists, and it is always a pretty exciting event.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? To me, being an Osprey means pushing yourself toward your full potential, so that you can soar to greater heights in the future.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? The Student Wellness Complex is my official de-stress zone on campus. The gym is the place where I can clear my head and refocus on what I need to accomplish for the day. I genuinely enjoy working out, and the gym is a place I look forward to going daily.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be?
I would love to have a conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I admire his vision and how he could take something that seemed impossible during that time and manifest it to change the world in a new way. I am very interested in his approach to leadership and would be curious to learn more about what drove him, as well as the intrinsic trials he faced during that time.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
The first successful flight by the Wright Brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. That moment in history was a catalyst for so many innovations to follow that would change the world as we see it today. Being there to experience the excitement of accomplishing something that seemed nearly impossible decades before would have been amazing.

What three traits define you? Three traits that define me are determination, understanding and motivation. I genuinely believe that anything in life is possible, and I have a passion for helping those around me succeed.

Do you have any advice for high school students? There are so many opportunities that you have access to in college, so be willing to expose yourself to more and step out of your comfort zone in order to better yourself in the long term. Also, do not be afraid of making mistakes because this is a season of learning and every failure or shortcoming you may experience will ultimately become a life lesson that can guide you throughout your future.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? After I graduate in the spring of 2018, I will be working for Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, within their IT career development program. This will give me the opportunity to work with multiple technologies within various areas of the company. Eventually, I would like to use my skills to create e-commerce and IT consulting companies, as well as programs that would expose youth to technology, engineering and aviation.

Get to Know

Meet Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins, director of alumni engagement at UNF headshotJob title and department: Director of Alumni Engagement, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving; graduate student pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership

What do you do at UNF? It is my privilege to lead the alumni engagement team at UNF and work with the board of the Alumni Association. Through a variety of events, programs and initiatives, we help facilitate ways for alumni to stay connected to UNF long after graduation. We host annual events, sponsor both student and alumni awards, raise money for scholarships, and partner across campus to help connect alumni to other departments and initiatives across campus.

What do you enjoy about working here? A favorite part of my job has been working on UNF Homecoming. We’re headed into our third partnership year with Student Government and Osprey Productions, and I couldn’t be more excited. Facilitating opportunities for alumni to return to campus and stay connected to the ‘Swoop Life’ is always rewarding, and the annual Alumni Awards Dinner and Recognition Ceremony is a true highlight. It is such a privilege to help honor our alumni and the amazing contributions they have made since graduating.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived?
Originally from the Midwest, St. Louis to be exact, I ventured to central Texas for graduate school and then to central Florida for several years after that. I commuted back and forth between Texas and Jacksonville for a few months and moved here permanently four years ago. (I still crave Texas breakfast tacos and am on the hunt to find a great one here in Jax – recommendations welcomed!)

What one memory do you most treasure? As a child, going to the mall seemed to be a family affair and stopping at the candy counter was always a highlight. For me, it was orange slices or nonpareils, for my mom a peppermint puff, for my dad and sister some type of nuts, and for my grandmother, the bill. Now that my parents and grandmother are gone, it’s a rare memory that includes us all.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? The controversy of captive animals aside, for just one day I would love to be a dolphin trainer. It may not be as romantic as it appears, but to combine an intellectual job with the pure fun of swimming seems like a pretty cool day at work.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? If I could choose a superpower, it would be time travel, hands down — not to save or change the world — but to experience what it was like in different cultures and places throughout history.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
Taking up a watersport is at the top of my bucket list. After seven years of living in Florida, I still haven’t carved out the time and am increasingly impatient about it. While classes keep me busy right now, I hope to find some time this coming year to get started.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Just one? Fudgy chocolate brownies. I’d eat them every day as a basic food group.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Where wouldn’t I like to go on a dream vacation? Hawaii is at the top of that list, probably not as exotic as many island getaways, but the combination of beaches, mountains and iconic culture make it appealing. My husband and I just recently celebrated our 25th anniversary with our first trip to Europe. We visited Venice, Italy; Lugano, Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland; Innsbruck, Austria; and Prague, Czech Republic. That was a pretty dreamy trip.

Tell us a few of your favorite things. 

“I Heard the Owl Call My Name”
Movie line: “I never did mind the little things.” Bridget Fonda in “Point of No Return”
Physical activity: Snorkeling
Quote: “Great ideas are the culmination of a lot of good ideas.” Matthew Driscoll
Smell: Apple-cinnamon

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsCoggin College of Business

Kate Mattingly Learch, associate director of the International Business Flagship Program, was selected as a panelist for the Institute for International Education’s 2017 Summit on Generation Study Abroad, Oct. 1-3 in Washington, D.C. Learch will present along with Uli Decker of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville on the topic “Alumni Networks: Building Mutually Beneficial Relationships.”

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing

Dr. Asai Asaithambi gave 10 invited addresses at several universities in Tamil Nadu, India, and Madras, India, on topics ranging from “Quality Sustenance in Higher Education (In India)” to “Supervised Pattern Recognition Problems,” July 24-Aug. 2.

Dr. Swapnoneel Roy published “Implementation and Performance Comparison of Some Heuristic Algorithms for Block Sorting,” co-authored with Dr. Asai Asaithambi and Sandhya Turlapaty, at Proceedings 17th IEEE International Conference on BioInformatics and BioEngineering (IEEE BIBE 2017), Washington D.C.

School of Engineering
Dr. Don Resio was featured in a September 2017 Rolling Stone magazine article, “What Happens When a Superstorm Hits D.C.?” Resio also received a $20,000 contract from the Electric Power Research Institute for storm surge modeling.

College of Education and Human Services

Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Drs. Amanda Pascale, Matthew Ohlson and Jason Lee published, “The Habits of Highly Effective Schools: Analyzing the Impact of the ‘Leader in Me’” in the October issue of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators Journal.

Dr. Matthew Ohlson also published “Chartering New Leadership: A Study of Professional Learning and Established Best Practices of Principals in Charter Schools in Urban Districts” in the Spring 2017 issue of The Charter Schools Resource Journal (Central Michigan University). Furthermore, Ohlson received an American Graduate Champion Award from WJCT.

Dr. Terence Cavanaugh presented “Use of Assistive Technologies for Teaching ESL” in South Korea at the Joint Media, Multimedia and Secondary English Education Conference (comprised of The Korea Association of Multimedia-Assisted Language Learning, The Society for Teaching English through Media, and The Korea Association of Secondary English Education). Cavanaugh also gave a workshop on “Technology Tools for Reading and Writing for ESL Students: Uses and Creation of Ebooks.” In addition, he worked with three universities making presentations to students and faculty at Pai Chai University, Mokwon University and Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology University on topics including technology for ESL, hybrid and flipped learning, and collaborative technology tools. Cavanaugh consulted with individual faculty members concerning technology integration for in-person and online instruction.

Department of Foundations and Secondary Education

Dr. Hope E. Wilson will receive the 2017 Early Leader Award at the NAGC 64th Annual Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nov. 9-12. Dr. Wilson, an associate professor at UNF and president-elect of the Florida Association for Gifted Children, was selected for her service in the field of gifted education at the local, state and national levels.

Drs. Brian Zoellner and Dan Dinsmore attended the European Association of Research on Learning and Instruction Biennial Meeting in Tampere, Finland, in August. Zoellner and Dinsmore presented their paper titled, “The relation between cognitive and metacognitive strategic processing during science simulations,” in the symposium “The intersection between depth and regulation of strategy use.” Additionally, with Dr. Meghan Parkinson from the Dean’s office, Dinsmore presented a paper titled, “Have measures of relative accuracy been relative enough?: A quantitative analysis,” in the symposium “The role of feedback and standards in the self-regulation of students’ confidence and performance.” Finally, Dinsmore served as discussant for the symposium “Students’, peers’, and teachers’ monitoring and regulation: Effects of cognition and motivation.”

Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol

Dr. Katrina Hall received the Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award for 2017. A former public school teacher and National Board Certified Teacher, Hall teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in literacy and early childhood. Her research and service agenda is focused on how children learn, within the context of literacy and developmentally appropriate practice. As part of her work, she has been instrumental in the creation of two tuition-free, public charter schools (Seaside Community Charter and Seaside Charter K-8) grounded in sound, research-based and promising practices with a science and arts-infused curriculum. These schools serve as sites for area university students to complete authentic field experiences.

Dr. Christian Winterbottom, Engaged Scholarship Research Award Winner, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Florida Campus Compact Award in the Engaged Scholarship Research Sector and will receive his award at the Annual Awards Gala, Nov. 16 at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education

On Sept. 14, Dr. Betty Flinchum, UNF Emeritus Professor and co-founder of the Consortium of Belize Education Cooperation (COBEC), was bestowed the Order of Distinction Honor by the government of Belize at the Tribute to Belizean Patriots Awards Ceremony.

Student Affairs
Andy King, director of the Counseling Center, spoke to First Coast News about the establishment of Mental Health Awareness Day at UNF. The video can be seen here

Doreen Perez, director of Student Health Services, and Patricia Richards, nurse practitioner at Student Health Services, received Doctorate in Nursing Practice degrees from UNF in April. They presented their DNP project, “Tuberculosis Policy Change,” at the Southern College Health Association Annual Conference this spring.

Luisa Martinez, SAILS coordinator in the International Center, earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UNF.

Bill Delaney, assistant director of Student Affairs, spoke to First Coast Connect about Jacksonville’s Confederate monuments Sept. 5.  He also presented, “Remove, Replace, Recontextualize: Jacksonville’s Confederate Memorials,” Sept. 7, and participated in a roundtable discussion at UNF, “Monuments and Public Memory: Confederate Statues,” Sept. 18.

Mikhail Bogomaz, psychologist in the Counseling Center, received his American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) certification in group psychology in September.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Dr. Lisandra R. Carmichael was selected among hundreds of candidates to attend the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 30 – Aug. 6. The Institute deepens the management skills of university-level librarians and administrators and prepares them to be more effective leaders in a time of institutional change. The focus is on planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning with an overarching goal of increasing library faculty leadership and management capacity.

Librarians Courtenay McLeland and Alice Eng (formerly at UNF, now at Wake Forest University) authored a chapter “Harvested IR Metadata Gumbo” for the recently published “Library Assessment Cookbook” edited by Aaron W. Dobbs.

Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Rozy Parlette, Allison Archer, Justin Lerman and Megan Bracewell presented two sessions at the annual InstructureCon 2017 conference in Keystone, Colorado: “Building an Instructional Design Sandbox” and “Faculty Development Portal in Canvas and Top-Notch Templates: Your Secret Weapon in Successfully Meeting QM Standards.”


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

25 Years
Gerald Smith
, Irrigation Technician, Physical Facilities

20 Years
John Kemppainen
, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Education and Human Services

15 Years
Lilli Copp
, Director, Research Program Services, Florida Institute of Education
Kevin Monahan, Associate Director, Education Training Programs, Small Business Development Center
Dirk Small, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems

10 Years
Gustav Carlson
, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Gregory Catron, Director, Employee Labor Relations, Human Resources
Julia Figura, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, One-Stop Center
Ernest Gamble, Senior Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Cynthia Hoffer, Office Manager, Office of Planning and Budget
Robert Keyser, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services
Rachel Martin, Coordinator, Career Development Services, Brooks College of Health 
Michael Stathas, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities

5 Years
Albina Mikhaylova
, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, MSERF
Justin Sipes, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Center for Community-Based Learning

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

Thomas Arsenault, Law Enforcement Liaison, IPTM
Mandi Barringer, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
David Blanton, Instructor, English
Kevin Blue, IT Network Engineer, Networking Services
Kristin Brightwell, Lecturer, Biology
Jamie Bush, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, One-Stop Center
Laura Delgado, VPK Regional Facilitator, Florida Institute of Education
Albert Dorsey, Assistant Professor, History
Donovan Faustino, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering
Sarah Flaniken, Instructional Specialist, English Language Program
Mary Ann Goodrich, VPK Regional Facilitator, Florida Institute of Education
Grzegorz Gutkowski, Instructor, Marketing and Logistics
James Harvin, Instructor, Arts and Sciences
Ronald Hernandez, Maintenance Mechanic, The Flats
Anna Claire Hodge, Instructor, English
Jeffrey Houghtby, Assistant Professor, History
Muna Ibrahim, Custodial Worker, Osprey Fountains
Alev Ildiz, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Heena Khakhar, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Medhat Khedr, Lecturer, Chemistry
Terri Konczak, VPK Regional Facilitator, Florida Institute of Education
Karen Livingston, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Lisa Mayes, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Michelle McCaleb, Voluntary Prekindergarten Regional Facilitator, Florida Institute of Education
Julia Mitchell, Office Manager, ELP-Faculty Grants and Initiatives
Anndal Narayanan, Assistant Professor, History
Ana Roa, PreK Regional Facilitator, Florida Institute of Education
Megan Rudelitsch, Coordinator, Research Integrity, ORSP
Heather Sargent, VPK Regional Facilitator, Florida Institute of Education
Anna Shavers, Director, Annual Giving, Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
Jeffrey Smith, Instructor, English
Alexa Velez, Teaching Laboratory Specialist, Art and Design

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Jimmy Carey, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Darrell Edmonds, Coordinator, IPTM
Cristina Helbling, Director, Academic Support Services, Undergraduate Studies
Deanna Irvin, Assistant Director, Admissions
Shannon Italia, Senior Director, Coggin College of Business
Deidre Lane, Assistant Director, Youth Programs, OneJax – OneYouth
Ruth Lopez, Senior Director, Center for International Education
John Mark, Manager, Student Financial Services, Controller
Fantei Norman, Equal Opportunity Diversity Specialist, Equal Opportunity and Diversity
John Pickett, AV Support Specialist, ITS-Academic Technology
Tara Rowe, Assistant Director, Thrive Program, Disability Resource Center
Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, Professor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education
Megan Vaysben, Associate Director, Development, University Development/Alumni Engagement
Jade Yuen, Coordinator, Outreach and Recruitment, COEHS Career Services

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

Vashti Arjune, Office Assistant, Parking and Transportation Services
Patricia Colom, Instructor, Education and Human Services
Sharon Comer, IT Project Manager, Project Management Office
Heather Corbitt, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Ana Fraxedas, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, ES Communication Systems
Natalie Giancola, Accountant, Controller
Mark Grace, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing
Jonathan Harkey, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, Athletics
Victoria Jones, Program Assistant, University Housing
Johnny Jones, Custodial Support Worker, Physical Facilities
Harold Lloyd, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Simeon Nanovsky, Assistant Professor, Economics
Alison Noonan, Coordinator, Student Affairs, Taylor Leadership Institute
Lien Phan, Office Manager, Student Affairs
Phillip Simmons, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Transfer Student Services
Margaret Szerba, Student Government Advisor, SG Business and Accounting Office
William Taylor, Senior Floor Care Worker, Physical Facilities
Sher Thapa, Custodial Worker, Student Union-Custodial
Katerina Turner, Coordinator, Marketing and Publications, Public Relations
Melissa Willison, Assistant Athletic Coach, Strength and Conditioning


Swoop Summary

Ospreys Dominate Rattlers In Straight Set VictoryUNF volleyball player hitting near the net
North Florida volleyball used a balanced attack to dominate Florida A&M en route to a 3-0 win Sept. 27 at UNF Arena.
Learn more about North Florida volleyball.

Men's Golf Finishes 3rd at Shoal Creek Intercollegiate
After carding the second best team score of the final round Sept. 26, the North Florida men's golf team climbed four spots to finish third at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate hosted by UAB.
Learn more UNF cross country standout Eden Meyerabout men's golf

Men's Tennis Wraps Up FGCU Invite, Gator Tournament
North Florida men's tennis wrapped up the final day of the FGCU Invite and the Gator Ranked +1 Tournament on Sept. 24.

Learn more about men's tennis.

Eden Meyer Claims Title, Leads Women's Cross Country to 3rd Place Showing
Standout senior Eden Meyer captured the individual crown while pacing the North Florida women's cross country team to a third-place finish Sept. 23 at the prestigious UF-hosted Mt. Dew Invitational.
Learn more about women's cross country.

The Goods

Burger on a bunThinking about what to grill for dinner? While beef and chicken may be staples on grills everywhere, have you ever considered trying bison meat? Bison is native to North and South America as well as Europe. Traditionally, bison was an essential part of the Native American diet in the Wild West. Jill Snyder, instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, busts myths about bison meat and shares a recipe to incorporate into your diet.

Myth: Bison meat is unhealthy.
Fact: Bison is rich in flavor, low in fat and high in protein. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, bison is lower in calories and cholesterol than beef, pork, turkey and skinless chicken. Bison also contains higher amounts of protein, iron and vitamin B-12 than beef, pork, chicken and salmon. Several university studies have shown that bison has an excellent ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids and contains more conjugated linoleic acid than previously known.

Myth: Bison contains added substances that could be harmful.
: Bison meat is 100 percent grass fed, meaning they spend their lives on grass and very little time in the feedlot. The National Bison Association strongly opposes the use of questionable drugs, chemicals and hormones, creating bylaws to protect the use of substances in the production of bison meat.

Myth: Bison meat doesn’t taste good.
: Bison meat tastes similar to high-quality cattle beef. The taste is often slightly sweeter and more tender than other types of red meat. Bison is cooked similar to beef; however, due to the lower fat content, bison cooks faster with less shrinking compared to beef. 

Myth: I can only buy bison in the western part of the United States.
: Bison meat can be found anywhere in the U.S. Many local grocery stores in Jacksonville stock fresh and frozen bison meat daily. You may also purchase bison meat online through many bison farms across the country. Find a complete list of bison online retailers.

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

Bison Burger Recipe

(Yields six burgers)

The addition of garlic and prepared horseradish results in a memorable burger with a full-bodied taste. Perfect for grilling!
1 egg
4 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ cup loosely packed, finely chopped green onion
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds ground bison
Vegetable oil


In a medium-sized bowl, lightly beat the egg. Blend in the Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, sea salt, black pepper, garlic, green onion and prepared horseradish. Add ground bison. Mix by hand until meat and seasonings are evenly blended. Shape meat into six patties. Place patties on a cookie sheet or serving tray and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Preheat grill to medium-high and brush a little cooking oil on the top of the burgers. Quickly grease the preheated grill with a rag or paper towel soaked with some cooking oil. Place the burgers on the preheated grill, top side down. Keep the grill lid closed during cooking.

Grill burgers for approximately 4 minutes per side without disturbing. Flip again, cook over and reduce or lower heat for 6 to 7 minutes. To finish, flip one more time and cook for a remaining 6 to 7 minutes for medium-well to well-done burgers. 

Recipe adapted from Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Co.


Spread the Word

Kelly Gates, director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, dressed for Spirit Day UNF staff and students dressed for Spirit Day Briana Quay dressed for Spirit Day

We love to see all Ospreys — including faculty, staff and even service dogs — celebrating Spirit Day. 
So just a reminder to don your UNF blue and gray every Wednesday.
Spread the Word!