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InsideApril 2018

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Students reach out to the community

Student Madisen George volunteers with elementary childrenFreshman Madisen George enjoys working with children, so when she selected a UNF Cares elective - a new option for students this semester - mentoring elementary students was an easy choice.

UNF Cares is a pilot program that brings the classroom into the community, offering first-time-in-college students a one-credit hour course in exchange for about 30 hours of volunteer service with a community partner.

George, who plans to major in nursing, spent her time at River City Science Academy, a charter school with Duval County Public Schools. Though she initially focused on helping the students, she soon realized that the experience provided a big return for her as well. “The kids are always so excited to see you, and you start forming a relationship with them, much more than I expected,” George said.

As a result, she would recommend a UNF Cares course to other students. “It makes you see the needs of the community and other aspects for the area that you may not have reached out to otherwise,” George said.

Created by the Center for Community-Based Learning, UNF Cares uniquely focuses on younger college students, according to Center Director Dr. Marnie Jones. “Ninety-four percent of our departments offer these experiences at the upper division, and, if that's going to be the UNF experience, students would be better prepared as juniors or seniors if they had an earlier introduction,” Jones said.

For the pilot, more than 50 students enrolled in five course options, which in addition to school mentoring include environmental issues, healthcare, astronomy nights at community centers and work with adults with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Christian Winterbottom, who directed the Early Childhood Mentoring class, said the project allows students to examine community needs and reflect on the importance of civic engagement. “This experience also provided a lot of the students, who are not education majors, an opportunity to explore their community and engage with future Ospreys,” Winterbottom said.

Jamie Hough, principal at River City Science Academy, said her teachers have been very pleased to receive the help from the students, who did a great job with the kids. In addition, Hough said that the UNF students offered more than required. As an example, she mentioned music student Shira Diamond who delighted the children by bringing in and playing an instrument for them. “The kids kept asking, ‘Can you come back with more instruments,' and she did!” Hough said.

Around Campus

UNF Summer Camps

Campers enjoying water activitiesKeeping kids active and learning new skills during the school break can be a challenge. To help parents navigate those summer months, the University of North Florida offers several summer camps, many with discounts for employees.

Recreation and Wellness Department
UNF's Recreation and Wellness Department will offer two youth day camps at a discount for the UNF community: Eco Camp, with activities to explore Florida wildlife; and Youth Sports and Fitness Camp with a variety of sports activities. Find schedules and pricing for youth camps.

MOCA Jacksonville
Summer Art Camp at MOCA offers creative art-making for ages 4-14 during weekly sessions at a 15 percent discount for children of UNF faculty and staff. Campers have fun with new friends as they create unique works of art. Find schedules and pricing for art camp.

Derek Marinatos Soccer Academy
Based on age and ability, soccer enthusiasts have three camp choices at the Academy, which is under the direction of Coach Derek Marinatos, head coach of the UNF Men's Soccer program. UNF alumni and employees will receive a 10 percent tuition discount.
Find more details and pricing for soccer camps.


Other youth programs are also available at UNF, including summer camps for music, academics and athletics. Learn more about summer camps.

Around Campus

Two new employee perks

Looking to save money?


Native Sun storefront in Jacksonville Beach


UNF recently added two new partners to the employee perks list:

  1. Native Sun Natural Foods Market, Jacksonville's local organic grocer, has agreed to offer faculty and staff a five percent discount on all non-promotional grocery purchases all year long as well as other special savings. Find more details on the no-cost Native Savings Loyalty Program.


  2. The Microsoft Store has agreed to provide UNF faculty and staff with five percent off Select Surface, PCs and devices and 10 percent off select software. Find more details about the store savings.

Around Campus

Students help other students succeed

Supplemental instructor Aida Husovic helping a student

UNF junior Aida Husovic earned an A in genetics. Yet she will tell you that the results would have been very different without the Supplemental Instruction program. “I genuinely believe that I would not have been able to pass without SI,” she said. “It was the most helpful thing ever.”

As a result, Husovic, a Hicks Honors student, now shares that gift of success with other students. For the past three semesters, the biology major has been an SI leader in Biology I, a difficult prerequisite for students in several majors.

She is one of 38 paid student leaders in Student Academic Success Services working with program coordinator Dylan Charles, who has overseen the program since its rollout in fall 2015. SI leaders get training, submit lesson plans, receive feedback from observations of their sessions and meet every other week with Charles.

The program seeks to support courses in which 20 percent of the students are either receiving D's and F's or withdrawing.

Charles said the goal has been to reduce failure rates as well as to help all students improve their grades. “Students who attend five or more sessions have earned a one-half to full letter-grade increase,” Charles said. “In addition, we have seen a 70 percent reduction in the DFW rates.”

Those numbers make SI one of the most successful programs in Student Academic Success Services, according to its director Cristina Helbling. “In addition, our area offers a variety of support programs including tutoring, coaching and workshops, and we hope to expand faculty, staff and student participation in all areas,” she said.

Dr. Amy Lane, associate professor of chemistry, has seen the success of the program firsthand. She has worked with SI leaders in her organic chemistry classes for the past six semesters. “Based on my experience, supplemental instruction is hugely valuable to students who take advantage of it, and from the perspective of a faculty member, it's certainly useful for purposes of helping students succeed in historically difficult courses,” Lane said.

Lane's appreciation for the SI program extends back to her college days. “In my case, I was actually an SI leader in chemistry as an undergrad at Indiana State University,” Lane said. “Nearly the moment it was brought on here at UNF, I jumped on board.” In addition, Lane credits the program as one of the reasons she pursued a teaching career.

SI leader Aida Husovic has had a similar experience. After helping students succeed, her focus has shifted from a medical career to education options.

“It's nice to see that you can make a difference,” Husovic said. “It's made me kind of reconsider everything.”

Find more information on Supplemental Instruction.

Around Campus

UNF's preserve inspires art

First Place winning artwork created by Mark LesterStudent and alumni artists captured the beauty of UNF's Sawmill Slough Preserve, submitting nearly 100 works of art. Of those, 35 were selected for the juried Pre[serve] Art Exhibition, now on display at the Lufrano International Gallery through April 27.

Ricder Ricardo stands before his second place award winning artThe following awards were announced at the opening reception March 29:
First place: Mark Lester, “Sapling Reliquary,” using medium: wheel thrown and altered stoneware and porcelain, recycling water pump, nichrome wire, twine, maple sapling, potting soil, water
Second place: Ricder Ricardo, “Sanctuary,” using medium: watercolor painting with carving and mix media
Third place: Julia McBride, “T. versicolor,” with medium: Papier-mâché and acrylic on canvas

Julia McBride stands next to her third place winning artHonorable mention was also given to Laura Schween, “Intertwined (Remnants from the Preserve Nature Walk and Collaborative System Drawing Session with Andrea Frank, January 19, 2018),” using oil on panel. The UNF Photography Club also awarded Megan Johnson and Lauren O'Quinn for their submissions.

The Pre[serve] Art Exhibition, the second at UNF, was organized by the Environmental Center and Department of Art and Design and receives additional support from the Cummer Family Foundation and Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. Find the artworks and the points of inspiration in the preserve on the Story Map.

Get to Know

Meet Karen Lucas

Karen Lucas, director of AdmissionsWhat do you do at UNF? Director of Admissions, Transfer Student Services and New Student Orientation, number cruncher, cat herder, principal baked goods provider on invented holidays such as Pi Day.

What do you enjoy about working here? The people. Ospreys are the coolest. If you are ever in doubt come to Hicks Hall.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I have lived in Jacksonville for three years. I have also lived in Kentucky, Maine, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Texas, New Jersey, Mexico, Venezuela. And, no, I am not in a witness protection program.

What one memory do you most treasure? Too, too many. I am one of the luckiest people ever.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? My siblings. They are hilarious and have been on this wild adventure with me since the beginning. They get me.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? It would have to be something at a university. We get to meet young people at one of the most pivotal moments of their lives. That never gets boring.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? To provide joy on demand. I would use it for good and not evil.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? I would be like Oprah, “You get an education and you get an education.” Access for anyone who wants an opportunity to learn and develop into the best version of themselves.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? “You Are NOT Going To Believe This …” Anyone who has ever worked in Enrollment Services would understand. Every day is a combination of weird and wonderful.

What's at the top of your bucket list? Sailing around the world with my husband, the fabulous Dave Daniels. But that would be fair weather sailing, I don't actually want to use the bucket.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Does wine count as food? If so, that would be it.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I am an introvert in disguise.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Italy – it has everything, art, music, wine, pasta, shoe shopping, opportunities to say, “Che Figata!”

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Color: Blue and Gray.
Magazine: The Journal, of course. It gives me so many talking points for prospective students and their families.
Movie line: “Round up the usual suspects!” (A calendar invite to a meeting usually follows this statement.)
Movie: Casablanca – lots of great movie quotes.
Physical activity: Serving as Rear Admiral on a tandem bicycle.


Osprey Profile: Meet Farouk Smith

Farouk Smith headshotWhat is your major and why did you choose it? I received my undergraduate degree in political science and am currently pursuing my MHA and MPA degrees.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? In all honesty, my initial decision to attend UNF stemmed from frugality and maximizing my educational investment in terms of finances. After looking at the tuition and overall costs of several state schools, UNF was the most attractive; however, after visiting campus, the tides changed, and I was instantly sold on the University's scenery, diversity of the student population and the second-to-none opportunities that were offered to incoming Ospreys.

Where are you from? Lagos, Nigeria

What do you like most about UNF? Everything. I'm not kidding - small class sizes, world class opportunities that students at larger institutions are not afforded, location and weather, and alumni connection and engagement.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? Traveling to Israel for 10 days with the Jewish National Fund to learn about the socio-political climate of the region and surrounding states; traveling to D.C. to visit the White House, Pentagon and CIA buildings as part of my Real World Policy course; getting to see President Obama live at UNF's Arena.

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? Although a tough question, it would be a tie between two professors: now retired Martin Edwards, JD, Great American Trials; and Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, Real World Policy.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? Community, Commitment, Connection

What's your favorite UNF tradition? Market Days on Wednesdays

When you're looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? I either take a walk around campus or go back to the lake outside of the Osprey Hall and Landings first-year residence buildings. This is not only a place of tranquility, but also a place that allows me to put things in perspective, as I lived in the Hall my first year. Henceforth, no matter how stressed I feel, I am always able to reflect back on how far I've come and breathe, assured that things always work out well in the end.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? No question - Barack Obama. I remember sitting in my Highland Park, Chicago, living room in November of 2008 and watching President Obama become the first African-American president elected 20 or so miles away from me in Grant Park. I will never forget the feeling of hope that I not only felt but could see in my parents' eyes and in the countenance of my siblings. His demolishment of the historical stigma and social barriers within our nation is a feature that I don't know we'll ever experience on the same scale. His presidency rings as a testament that the impossible is possible and serves as a steadfast reminder to me within my own journey to rewrite history.

What three traits define you? Tenacious, Focused, Compassionate

Do you have any advice for high school students? Aim high, work hard. Don't become so encompassed in doing what everyone else is doing. Not everyone was made to go to other large in- or out-of-state institutions. Look at your finances! Yes, student loans are a thing. Sit down and reflect on what steps align with your long-term goals and serve you best. Don't be afraid to ask for advice and seek out professional opportunities and mentors. Learn from others' mistakes and create an action plan and commence.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? I will graduate with my MHA and MPA degrees in April 2020. After graduation, I will begin my post-grad experience as an Naval Officer/Hospital Administrator for Navy Medicine. I plan on attending Harvard Law subsequently and helping shape our nation's health policies by becoming a CEO of a health system thereafter. It is my aim to utilize all of my experiences compositely to thus run for public office.

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Drs. Elissa Barr and Michele Moore, along with colleagues Ksena Zipperer, Shannon Calhoun and Tiffany Parisi, presented "Reducing HIV/STD Rates and Births to Teens: A Collaborative and Ongoing Program” at The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine's Annual Conference, in Seattle in March.

Dr. Helene Vossos, with Marie Smith-East and Leigh Powers, published “Management of schizophrenia spectrum disorders in the outpatient setting: A quality improvement project,” in the Journal of Doctoral Nursing. Vossos will also present a poster titled “A Culture of Safety: The CALMER Project” to the 2018 Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS) program in Jacksonville in April.

Dr. Shyam Paryani recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a society for healthcare leaders. Paryani is a health administration instructor at UNF and CEO of Medical & Dental Consultants. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development and requires meeting academic/experiential criteria, earning continuing education hours, demonstrating professional/community involvement, passing a comprehensive examination, committing to ongoing professional development and undergoing recertification every three years. 

Coggin College of Business

Dr. Dana Hart, assistant professor of accounting and finance, with Robert Slater and Bruce Kavan, published “Tax Considerations of Medical Tourism,” in the March issue of the CPA Journal.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing
Dr. Swapnonneel Roy's grant proposal “Data Integrity and Energy Optimizations of Blockchains” (in collaboration with UCF) to the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) was awarded $75,000.

Dr. Ayan Dutta, School of Computing, and Dr. Patrick Kreidl, School of Engineering, were jointly awarded $12,500 by the UNF Foundation Board for a project titled “Agricultural Information Collection Using a Team of Autonomous Drones.”

Department of Construction Management
Dr. Issa Ramaji published “Interpretation of structural analytical models from the coordination view in building information models” in Automation in Construction, 90, pp.117-133 (2018).

School of Engineering
Dr. Don Resio received a $52,371 grant “Development of an integrated forecast demonstration system in the Caribbean region” from the National Hurricane Center (NOAA) and Florida International University/University of Miami.

Dr. Adel ElSafty, with Sukjoon Nathe, Siavash Vahidi, Hieu Nguyen and Grace Hsuan, published “Sunlight Degradation of Polymeric Detectable Warning Surface (Dws) Products” in The Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2018. With Amr El-Nemr, Ehab A. Ahmed and Brahim Benmokrane, ElSafty also published “Evaluation of the flexural strength and service ability of concrete beams reinforced with different types of GFRP bars,” in the Journal of Engineering Structures, 2018. In addition, with Ahmed H. Ali, Brahim Benmokrane, Hamdy M. Mohamed and Allan Manalo, ElSafty published “Statistical Analysis and Theoretical Predictions of the Tensile Strength Retention of GFRP Bars based on Resin Type,” in the Journal of Composite Materials, February 2018

Dr. Adel ElSafty was selected to be the Chair of the PCI Foundation Academic Council and Board of Trustees Member and participated at the Precast Concrete Institute Foundation conference meetings in Colorado, March 2018.

College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Marianne Barnes was selected for the Emeriti and Friends Recognition Award for continuing her outstanding work after retirement. In 2007, she and her husband, Lehman Barnes, established an endowed scholarship for undergraduate secondary science education or middle school math/science majors. They also committed to a planned gift for the scholarship. They continue to host meetings with their scholarship recipients to help connect them with the community.

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey spoke at the National Press Club on the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education event titled “A Pivot Toward Clinical Practice, It's Lexicon, and the Renewal of Educator Preparation.”

Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Dr. Amanda Blakewood Pascale will publish “Supports and Pushes: Insight into the Problem of Retention of STEM Women Faculty” in the forthcoming edition of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA) Journal About Women in Higher Education. In addition, Pascale, along with Dr. James DeVita at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, presented “Transgender Students' Overall Health and Relationships to Multiple Identities” at ACPA-College Student Educators International's conference in Houston.

Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Dr. Christine Weber presented two sessions: “Analyzing case studies in gifted education: Professional learning that supports ESSA” and “Academic acceleration: Who, when and why,” at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference (CEC) in Tampa.

Dr. Kim Cheek, with master's student Caroline George, presented “How do astronomy textbook images support learning about scale, proportion and quantity in Grades K-8?” at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference in Atlanta.

Dr. Katrina Hall and Sharon Sanders, executive director of Seaside Charter Schools, presented “Pie with a fork: Code switching and etiquette in education” at the 2018 National Professional Development Schools Conference in Jacksonville.

Center for Instruction and Research Technology

Ross Bell, assistant director of Online Learning Support, and Dr. Deb Miller, senior director of the Center for Instruction and Research Technology, presented “Communicating Canvas to the Campus” at Florida CanvasCon 2018: Florida International University, North Miami.

Jessica Harden, coordinator of educational media, presented “Video in the Classroom: A Support Perspective,” at Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference 2018, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Student Affairs

Kaitlin Legg, director of the LGBT Resource Center, presented “Queering the campus: LGBTQ+ college access and attainment” at the JASMYN Teaching Respect for All Conference. She also led a “philosophy slam” on the concept of Safe Spaces with North Florida Philosophy Slams.


Balloons with UNF logoMilestones
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary in April:

30 Years
Lois Scott, Administrative Secretary, Philosophy and Religious Studies

25 Years
Lan Nguyen, Procurement Card Auditor, Controller

20 Years
Thuan Phan, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources

15 Years
Elton Brown, Facilities Construction Specialist, Physical Facilities
Kathleen Halstead, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department

10 Years
Reginald Pringle, Floor Care Worker, Physical Facilities

5 Years
Erin Byrd, Coordinator, Office of Planning and Budget
Lisa Dynan-Dobbertien, Chief Medical Officer, Student Health Services
Zachary Neaves, Event Planning Associate, SG Student Union
Andrew Taylor, Landscape Specialist, Grounds
Geoffrey Whittaker, IT Security Engineer, IT Security

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

Anisa Bakiu, Accountant, Controller
William Beckett, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Jayana Douglas, Office Assistant, Parking and Transportation Services
Derek Guffin, Director, Coggin Career Management Center
John Kane, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Amy Lorenz, Associate Director, Residence Life Programming
Kathryn Santilli, Assistant Director, Prospect Management, Constituent Programs
Wiyata Simpson, Office Assistant, Faculty Association
Ricky Stanford, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Nancy Sulinski, Instructional Specialist, IPTM
Brett Woodle, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Peter Durr, Office Manager, Graduate School
Kira Galang, Coordinator, Parking and Transportation Services
Jeffrey Gouge, Assistant Director, IT Security
Jennifer Miranda, Associate Director, Student Affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Katie Sarria, Assistant Director, Retention, Undergraduate Studies
Michelle Selph, Director, Class Compensation, Human Resources
Ashley Smith, Employment Specialist, Human Resources
Ada Urbizu, Admissions Evaluator, Graduate School

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

Marc Anderson, Coordinator, Parking and Transportation Services
Kathy Collins, Executive Chef, MOCA Jacksonvuille
Justin Kelly, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Jacob Koza, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Stephanie Marshall, Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Office
Devin Narine, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Tru Nguyen, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Birkha Sunuwar, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

In Memoriam
With sadness, we announce the passing of two who were part of the UNF community:

Jo Ellen Mobley headshotJo Ellen Mobley, a retired UNF employee who was hired before the University's doors officially opened in 1972, passed away March 4. Hired in 1970, Mobley worked in several positions at UNF over 32 years, retiring from the Center for Experiential Learning and Testing in Student Affairs, where she worked with students and employers through the Cooperative Education Program. She also worked closely with students taking specialized exams, such as the Graduate Records Exam.

 Kate Arroyo headshot

Katie Arroyo, an employee with the Florida Small Business Development Center at UNF, passed away in early March. Arroyo joined UNF in 2013. As an International Trade Specialist and Certified Global Business Professional, she worked with Florida small businesses to develop comprehensive, tailored export marketing plans and advised clients on every aspect of international market development and compliance. She also represented the Florida SBDC both locally and nationally, serving on numerous professional boards and councils.


Swoop Summary

UNF mens tennis player ready to serveOspreys Grab Third-Straight ASUN Win Over NJIT
North Florida men's tennis picked up a 5-2 win over NJIT, on the road and stayed undefeated in ASUN action on Thursday night. Learn more about men's tennis.

Ospreys Sweep Dolphins To Open ASUN Play
The North Florida beach volleyball team dominated its crosstown rivals from start to finish in route to a pair of 5-0 shutouts on Wednesday to open ASUN play at Dolphin Beach. Learn more about North Florida beach volleyball


Harris Named ASUN Indoor Track Scholar-Athlete of Year, Stahl Picked All-Academic

Bobby Harris collects North Florida's first-ever ASUN Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, as he joins fellow teammate Tyler Stahl on the ASUN All-Academic team. Learn more about Bobby Harris.

Arciola's Hot Day Helps Softball to Two Wins
North Florida powered its way to two wins on the opening day of the Clearwater Spring Break Classic downing LIU and Buffalo. Learn more about UNF softball.

UNF womens basketball players Keonna Farmer and Tiffany TolbertWomen's basketball's Farmer Named ASUN Newcomer of the Year; Tolbert Earns Honors
North Florida senior Keonna Farmer was named the ASUN Newcomer of the Year and earned ASUN All-Conference second team honors, while Tiffany Tolbert earned a nod to the ASUN All-Freshman Team as the conference office announced earlier this month. Learn more about women's basketball.


The Goods


Rows of bananas at the grocery storeBananas
There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas, but the best known and most popular in the U.S. is the sweet Cavendish variety. The Cavendish sweet banana is yellow, often free from bruises and, at best eating quality, has a few specks of brown on the solid yellow skin, which indicates a developed and slightly mellow flavor. Judith Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares facts about nature's portable snack. 

Myth: Bananas are fattening.
Fact: Bananas have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and a medium banana is about 105 calories. For fewer calories, select a small banana (about 6 to 7 inches), which is about 90 calories. Bananas provide vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, fiber and other nutrients. Most importantly, bananas are high in potassium. A medium banana has about 400 mg. of potassium, an important nutrient when trying to manage blood pressure, decrease risk for heart disease and support healthy pre- and post-physical activity workouts.

Myth: A banana is a ripe plantain.
The Cavendish (sweet banana) isn't the same as the plantain, which is a large, starchy and firm variety also known as the “cooking banana.” The plantain is starchy when green. As it ripens, the skin becomes yellow and eventually black in color, but it also becomes sweeter (some of the starch is converted to sugar). Nevertheless, whether green or ripe, the plantain must be cooked prior to consumption.

Myth: A finger banana is just a ripe small banana.
A finger banana isn't a smaller version of the popular Cavendish banana but rather a sweeter variety than the Cavendish, called the dwarf or finger banana. Three other varieties, popular in other parts of the world, are gaining popularity in the U.S.: the Burro, with a tangy lemon-banana flavor; the Red, short and chunky; and the Manzano, with a hint of strawberry-apple flavor.

Myth: People with diabetes should avoid bananas.
Bananas are an important food from the fruit category and provide key nutrients. Bananas can easily be integrated as key food in the meal and snack plans of a person with diabetes. Consult your Registered Dietitian or nutritionist for help with meal and snack planning.

Italian Banana Ice Cream

1 ripe banana, peeled, chopped and frozen
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon vanilla yogurt

Equipment: Blender



  1. Place the frozen bananas into a food processer and blend until you have a consistency resembling soft serve ice cream.
  2. Add the Greek yogurt and vanilla extract and blend until combined.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
Servings: 1 serving, 187 calories

 View the recipe from Chiquita website


The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program that appears monthly in The Florida Times-Union's “Taste” section. Have a question about bananas? Contact Judith Rodriguez.


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