Skip to Main Content

InsideDecember 2018 - January 2019

Around Campus

Heather Duncan joins UNF as vice president for governmental affairs

Heather Duncan headshot Heather Duncan, vice president for governmental affairs, is new to UNF, but not to her role. As the former regional director of external and legislative affairs at AT&T, Duncan brings a wealth of experience in governmental relations and advocacy to her new position. 

Here are a few other things you may want to know:

What will her work involve?
As manager of UNF’s governmental affairs program, Duncan primarily will work with the state legislature on policy and funding issues for the University. She also will represent UNF on the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors and State Affairs Committee, draft proposed legislation and advise the University president on issues related to lobbying initiatives. “It’s part lobbyist, part stakeholder relationship building for the University,” Duncan said. “I will be sharing UNF’s story in Tallahassee and around the state and making sure everyone knows what a great institution it is.”

Why UNF?
Education was paramount in Duncan’s family, and books were “real currency.” Her great grandmother and two great aunts attended college in the very early 1900s, a time when most women did not. For her personally, then, attending college was always an expectation. “For me at this point of my life, it’s nice to wrap up a previous career with a bow and now do something that feels really purposeful,” Duncan said. Yet it’s not her first time to be involved on campus; she previously served on the Coggin College of Business Advisory Council.

What accomplishments or awards does she value as high honors?
Looking back, Duncan said she was pleased to receive the 2008 Women of Influence award from the Jacksonville Business Journal as well as the 2016 Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. She also felt honored to chair the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in 2015-16; one of the only three women to do so. And in a fearless moment several years ago, Duncan repelled down 34 floors of the TIAA Bank Building on Bay Street as part of a fundraiser for Boy Scouts.

What about her personal life and interests?
Duncan enjoys reading and cooking and has a passion for international travel. Her last trip was to Bali, perhaps the most famous of the thousands of islands of Indonesia. She also admitted to being the proud owner of two dogs: a 96-pound Goldendoodle, now 10 years old; and a 34-pound Australian Labradoodle about a year and a half old. “I’m definitely a dog person,” Duncan said. “Don’t make me pull out my pictures!”

And there’s more:
Duncan grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi, earning a bachelor’s in advertising, with minors in marketing, English and theater. She started her career in marketing and telecommunications with AT&T where she stayed for about 25 years, adding responsibilities in public relations and legislative affairs. She’s been in Jacksonville since 1999. “It’s home now,” Duncan said. “I think it would take a forklift to get me out now. I love it here.”

Around Campus

Dr. Jay Coleman is the new vice president of data analytics

Dr. Jay Coleman headshotFor the past 30 years, Dr. Jay Coleman has served in multiple leadership positions at UNF and earned distinction as a professor of business analytics. He recently accepted the newly created role of vice president of data analytics.

Here are more details about the position and Dr. Coleman:

What are the responsibilities of the position?
Though the title is new for Coleman, the work is not. He has been analyzing data at UNF for the past few years in his previous role as associate provost. As VP, he will be advancing the use of data analytics to provide information for decision-making. Ultimately, Coleman is motivated to uncover more ways to ensure student success. “We want to retain more students, have more graduate on time, as well as get more jobs and make more money when they are employed,” Coleman said. “My job will be to analyze the data to determine what levers we can push or pull that will make students more successful in all those areas.”

How has data already influenced decision-making at UNF?
About three years ago, Coleman was involved in analyzing predictors of student success, and discovered that high school GPA is a much better predictor of success at UNF than test scores, such as SAT. “We had been pursing higher and higher test scores, but discovered that we would be better off pursuing students with high GPAs, even if the test scores weren’t as high,” Coleman said. “That was a very big win and led to a major shift in recruitment strategy.”

How did his interest in data analytics come about?
As an undergrad majoring in business, Coleman looked for a concentration that he enjoyed. When he discovered a few courses on how to use data to make better business decisions, he realized he had found his career interest. He pursued a master’s and Ph.D. at Clemson and began teaching at UNF in 1988.

What awards or achievements does he most value?
Coleman has won multiple teaching awards but was especially honored to be named the University Distinguished Professor in 2005. When he spoke at Convocation, he discussed something he has long professed: As an institution and a faculty, we need to be difficult, without being difficult. “What I mean by that is let’s be rigorous and challenging, but let’s do everything we can to help our students meet those high standards we’re holding them to.”

What happens when you combine a love of data analytics with a love of sports?
For Coleman and several colleagues, the result was a formula they created to predict which basketball teams would get a bid to play in the NCAA tournament, also known as the Big Dance. For 25 years, their list — called the “Dance Card” — gave predictions accurate enough to attract national media attention including ESPN, CNN and CNBC. “This has been great fun, but I pretty much decided last season would be the final year,” Coleman said. “I may put the formula on Twitter for other people to use.”

And there’s more:
Coleman grew up in Augusta, Georgia, home to the Masters Tournament, a major professional golf championship. When his family moved there, his father managed to get on the ticket list and through good fortune Coleman, who played golf in his youth, now gets tickets as well. More remarkable is that he has actually played the course a few times. “Most golfers would just kill to be able to go to the tournament, much less play the course,” said Coleman.

Around Campus

Demystifying the metrics: a look at metrics 3 and 4

UNF students at graduationHow does the cost of attendance at UNF stack up against other state institutions? Are UNF students graduating in four years? Those are questions behind two of the state’s performance-based funding metrics and areas where the University of North Florida is taking steps to ensure improvement.

Metrics 3 and 4 are:
No. 3 — Net Tuition and Fees per 120 hours
No. 4 — Four-Year Graduation Rate

Metric 3 starts with the cost per credit hour for in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, adds the cost per credit hour for books and supplies, and then subtracts the financial gift aid per credit hour that our undergraduates receive. That net cost per credit hour is then multiplied by the average credit hours attempted by students in 120-hour programs to get the average net cost that our undergraduates pay for a full degree program.

Last year, UNF scored low in this area, but is working diligently to change that. The amount of financial aid our students receive is a huge part of the computation, so the University is looking at ways to increase that aid through raising new funds for scholarships, and redirecting funds that currently are being used for other purposes. How long it takes students to complete their programs of study is also a major factor, and thus our efforts to improve student success and graduation rates also move this metric considerably. Finally, efforts are underway to lower textbook costs for students, including initiatives to increase the use of Open Educational Resources. All of these things will make a UNF education more affordable for students.

Metric 4 measures the percentage of freshmen who enroll full-time in their first fall who graduate by the end of the summer term of their fourth year. The goal here is to keep students progressing so they graduate in four years. Much is being done across campus in this area. Through their work with students, advisors in all colleges are intensely working to identify what can be done to facilitate timely progression. They continue to provide students with guidance on available resources like Supplemental Instruction to help them succeed and progress, and they also help ensure courses are available to keep students on track.

The onboarding process for new students has been dramatically improved in order to better prepare and counsel students as they enter our doors. Predictive analytics are being employed to determine factors that lead to greater student success and to improve the identification of students who are most at risk. Financial support has been increased for students in need in order to cover a greater portion of the full cost of their education. The University is also investigating new software products to facilitate degree evaluations, course scheduling and early alert warnings. These are just some of the ways numerous units across the campus are working intensely to move this metric.

The metrics listed above are just two of 10 performance-based funding metrics annually reviewed and scored by the state. Seven metrics apply to each institution in the SUS (Florida Polytech is exempt from the process), the eighth is the same for all with a variation for New College of Florida, No. 9 is specific to each university and determined by the Board of Governors based on a review of the University’s work plan, and No. 10 is determined by each University’s Board of Trustees.

Review the 10 metrics applicable to UNF online, and visit the SUS webpage for more information about Florida’s Performance-Based Funding model.

Around Campus

Center for Entrepreneurship opens in January

Coggin Center in Downtown JacksonvilleWhen classes start next semester on Jan. 7, some UNF graduate students will be sitting in classrooms downtown in the University’s new Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Center officially opens Jan. 2 and will serve as a hub for creativity, business development and learning. Located in the renovated historic Barnett National Bank Building on Adams Street, the Center for Entrepreneurship will occupy two of the building’s floors — one for classrooms and the other for business development.

Similar to the popular "Shark Tank" TV show, entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts in hopes of being selected to receive office space and support to work through their plans. Support includes community involvement as well as that of UNF faculty and students. The Center will be a learning lab, providing students with opportunities to assist entrepreneurs with market analyses, financial analyses and statement creation, planning and more. The Northeast Florida Small Business Development Center and Small Business Administration will also have a presence to connect aspiring business owners with additional resources and advice.

“The ultimate objective is to grow businesses for Jacksonville and build a strong and sustainable entrepreneurial climate — for the success of the community and our students,” said Mark Dawkins, dean of the Coggin College of Business. Dawkins said as Jacksonville’s entrepreneurial environment has grown, it became clear that the University needed to be more involved. An initial generous gift from Luther and Blanche Coggin put plans in motion and made the Center possible.

The Coggin College of Business will offer courses in its popular Master of Science in Management and MBA programs, which together have played a key role in the growth of Coggin’s graduate enrollment, up 100 percent since 2015. The College is also currently interviewing Director candidates. 


The University looks forward to celebrating the new Center and the tremendous generosity of the Coggins at the official grand opening ceremony in January. 

Get to Know

Meet Jeff Gouge

Jeff Gouge headshotJeff Gouge, assistant director of information security in Information Technology Services (ITS)

What do you do at UNF? I lead a team of five skilled security analysts and engineers dedicated to protecting UNF. We work daily to improve the security of UNF and respond accordingly to incidents. We collaborate with all departments to help drive change and improve physical and cyber security. A day in my life at work involves coordinating, assisting and completing work with technical projects and current issues that relate to security.

What do you enjoy about working here? There are many benefits to working here. Security is growing across all industries and to be a leader of such a fast-growing industry is exciting! Security is a very broad topic and things change every day. I enjoy the rapid change and helping push UNF to become more secure. I also enjoy the people I get to work with, both inside and outside of ITS and UNF. I am a people person and believe the people you work with are the biggest factors as to whether or not you enjoy a job. The benefits of working at UNF and the amount of time off allow me a great work/life balance that works wonderfully for my family.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? I have lived in Jacksonville my entire life. I was born and raised in the Mandarin area (south Jacksonville) and attended St. Joseph School for K-8. Now my son also attends that school, and we still live in the area as parents!

What one memory do you most treasure? My cousin, Stephen, came over to my house one day and helped show me how to use a security tool to mess with my mom’s computer while she was using it. Together, we moved her mouse, wrote a note on her desktop and set off the printer while she checked her email. It freaked her out, but I thought it was amazing. That moment alone inspired me to investigate a career in computers and more specifically computer security!

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? This is a hard answer for me. My first thought was to have my grandparents back to update them on my life and query them about the afterlife and everything they learned over time. Their wisdom and knowledge could keep me interested for a long time.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would love to be the president of the USA for a day. Being a nerd, I would love to know exactly what the government is and is not collecting on my privacy. I also would love to know more information on the current missions and operations surrounding cyber security. Being able to run the country and help push forward laws and policies to help citizens would be cool.

What superpower would you like to have? I would love to be able to teleport or fly. To be able to get back many hours in the day and see the world faster would be a great superpower. My commute to and from work would be instant and allow me to spend my time doing things that I like to do. I love to travel, and this superpower would help me accomplish traveling in a cheaper and faster way.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? End all wars. Something easy to say to do, but very hard to achieve over time. I mean, who doesn’t want peace on Earth?

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? The title would be: Happy. It would be about how to overcome obstacles in life and remain focused on being honest and happy. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and I surround myself with people that foster truthfulness and happiness.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? I really don’t have a bucket list yet, but I would love to see and swim with whales one day. I imagine being in the same open water with such a massive creature would be quite an experience.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Ice Cream! I love ice cream, and I could eat it every day if it had zero calories.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. Being that many people see IT workers as nerds, it may surprise some to learn that I enjoy boating and playing sports weekly. I love an active lifestyle and living one with my wife and two kids (third on the way) helps me stay happy every day.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Right now, I would say Bora Bora or a similar area with private bungalows over the ocean. Being able to wake up to the ocean and dive right in would be awesome!

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Color: Orange
Food: Ham
Ice cream flavor: Neapolitan
Physical activity: Playing sports (football, basketball, baseball, etc.)
Sport to watch: Jaguars Football (NFL)


Osprey Profile: Meet Allister Young

Meet Allister Young — UNF student, active duty Marine, father, husband and director of Lend-a-Wing, UNF's free food pantry for students.


UNF student Allister Young headshotWhat is your major? I am a political science major with a minor in business management. Our political process is something that has always interested me. This major gives me insights and the opportunity to better understand the inner workings, which I feel I will need to know in order to get involved in the future.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? Growing up in the Jacksonville area, many of my friends attended UNF and spoke very highly of it. So, when it was my time to decide what school to go to, UNF was at the top of my list.

Where are you from? Green Cove Springs, Florida

What do you like most about UNF? The thing that I enjoy most is the level of influence the student body has over the activities on campus. Being part of the Student Government, I have witnessed a high level of detailed coordination between the student body and the professional staff. This allows students to get real-world experience that can be beneficial as they transition into the workforce.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? The coolest experience so far has been my ability to serve the student body as the director of the Lend-A-Wing Food Pantry. The pantry is a great resource for students and reinforces the commitment of taking care of one another and making sure everyone has the tools to succeed.

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? My favorite professor is William Pewitt; a few characteristics that describe him: down to earth, extremely engaging and thorough. I would actively pursue taking another course with him.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? My go-to place on campus is the Military and Veterans Resource Center. I am currently an Active Duty Marine and the MVRC gives me the opportunity to be around others who have served and are making the transition to civilian life.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? I would want to sit down with Nelson Mandela. I would like to ask him, through all of his trials and tribulations, how was he able to be the humble, iconic man that he is remembered as today.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? It means that I am a part of a family/community of individuals striving to make a difference in the world.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would want to witness the first Million Man March. I find it so amazing and beautiful that so many people of different backgrounds could come together and unite.

What three traits define you? Commitment, honesty and thoughtfulness.

Do you have any advice for high school students? "All men are created equal, some work harder in preseason."  — Emmitt Smith

Finishing strong in high school and taking on college is your preseason to life. We look forward to welcoming you to the Osprey Family.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? I will be graduating in spring 2020. I will commission in the United States Marine Corps and continue to serve until retirement. Afterward, I plan on moving back to Jacksonville and becoming active in the community.


Balloons with UNF logoMilestones
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary in December and January:

25 Years
Daniel Endicott, Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Linda Wilson, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems

20 Years
Donald Barker, Assistant Director, IPTM, Training and Services Institute
Cheresa Boston, Director, Research Sponsored Programs, ORSP
Kerry Clark, Professor, Public Health
Shawn Faulkner, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Joseph Lynch, IT Support Specialist, User Services
Kevin Roop, Assistant Director, IPTM, TSI-IPTM and PSI Employees

15 Years
Sharon Ashton, Vice President, Public Relations
Frank Brown, Senior Floor Care Worker, Physical Facilities
Olivia Daniels, Senior Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Kempton Jackson, Refuse Recycle Moving Supervisor, Physical Facilities

10 Years
Timothy Bell, Professor, Accounting and Finance
Christopher Brown, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Judith Kraft, Office Manager, Nursing

5 Years
Shawn Asmuth, Director, Procurement Services
Leon Brown, Custodial Worker, University Housing
Robin Confer, Head Athletic Coach, Women's Soccer
Scott Curry, Associate Director, Career Development Services, Computing, Engineering and Construction
Nathan Edwards, IT Help Desk Manager, User Services
Ellen Gayton, Assistant Director, University Housing Operations
Robert Heslin, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing
Deborah Kuhr, Public Relations Associate and Campus Operator, Public Relations
Nathaniel Swanson, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering
Mark Yarick, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Terrika Allen, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Lorraine Bateh, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
John Bell, Laboratory Technician, Art and Design
Aaron Brunner, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Gabriel Bugarin, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Gene Bundy, Parking Services Associate, Parking and Transportation Services
William Carlson, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
James Connolly, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Victoria Culverhouse, Academic Support Services Coord, One-Stop Center
Samantha D'Agostino, Assistant Director, Annual Giving
Heather Duncan, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, President's Office
Cheryl Freudenthal, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
Calena Gray, Assistant Director, Class Compensation, Human Resources
Dekira Hemingway, Coordinator, Outreach and Recruitment, Graduate School
Jenna Hensley, Coordinator, Residence Life, Crossings
Kellen Hill, Student Affairs Specialist, SG Business and Accounting Office
Joseph Jackson, Office Manager, Management
Samantha Johnson, Associate General Counsel, General Counsel
Alonzo Jones, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Darrin Lee, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Terry Livingston, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
Paige Lyman, Senoir Library Services Associate, Library
Glenn Lynch, Executive Chef, MOCA Jacksonville
Betina Malhotra, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, Education and Human Services
Perrin Murray, Office Manager, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Judith Newbold, Accounting Associate, Advancement Services
Lakeshia Norton, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Florida Institute of Education
Kevona Pamplin, Coordinator, Budgets, Enrollment Services
Thomas Prince, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Eduardo Santana, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Rebecca Schumacher, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Leadership SC and SM
Joslyn Simmons, Program Assistant, Coggin College of Business
Elijah Soto, Groundskeeper, Osprey Landing
Jann Sutton, Instructional Designer, Distance Learning Fee
Jeffrey Walker, Groundskeeper, Grounds

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:
Jay Coleman, Vice President of Data Analytics, President's Office
Erin McKillip, Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems
Stephen Allsopp, ELT Developer, Enterprise Systems
Paul Eason, Associate Professor/Director, MSERF
Gregory Krupa, Assistant Athletic Coach, Cross Country
Riley Sackett, Benefits Retirement Specialist, Human Resources
Gregory Graves, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

Heartfelt wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees who left UNF recently:
Arnolfo Bada, Custodial Worker, Student Union-Custodial
Reginald Brinson, Associate Vice President/CIO
Michael Fanelli, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Nicole Hartley-White, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Cathy Kimball, Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid
Susan Menaged, Director of Development, Student Affairs
Ian Mikrut, Coordinator Marketing Publications, Alumni Services
Thomas Serwatka, Vice President and Chief of Staff, President's Office
Tamatha Thomas, Senior Buyer, Procurement Services

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health
Melissa Hartman, instructor in clinical and applied movement sciences, and Dr. Teresa Lyle, Lincoln Memorial University, published “Adult Congenital Heart Disease Physical Activity recommendation form: A feasibility study” in the Journal of Congenital Cardiology.

Dr. Deirdre Shoemake, assistant professor, presented a discussion session on the topic of evidence-based prevention strategies and hospital-acquired pressure injuries at the Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Connection Conference held in September. In addition, Shoemake presented a podium presentation highlighting all the programs in the Brooks College of Health at the Florida Alliance for Health Professions Diversity Student Symposium on Health Professions at Edward Waters College in October, focused on providing students with information for how to be competitive in the process of becoming a health professional.

Dr. Sericea Stallings-Smith, assistant professor of public health, and Taylor Ballantyne, Bachelor of Health Science student, presented “Sociodemographic inequalities in the use of e-cigarettes among adults in the United States” at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association in November.

Coggin College of Business
Dr. Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing and logistics, presented his research monograph “Competitive Exclusion in Category Captain Arrangements,” co-authored by Alex Loff, to faculty in the College of Business.

Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of management, co-authored with Lysann Seifert and Stefan Gold "Humanitarian supply chain management responding to refugees: a literature review," in the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 8 Issue: 3, pp. 398-426, 2018. 

College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Design
Blake Coglianese, associate professor, Jenny Hager, professor, and Lance Vickery, assistant professor, created a Soup Can Sculpture for Feeding Northeast Florida. It is exhibited in the Jacksonville Public Library downtown and will travel around Jacksonville to various locations over the next year.

Andrew Kozlowskiassistant professor, held an exhibition at Iowa State University that included an artist talk and a two-day papermaking and printmaking workshop. Kozlowski also had a solo show open at Cathedral Arts Projects, Jacksonville, and had work in the 9th Douro Printmaking Biennial in Douro, Portugal, which was donated to the Douro Collection.

Kally Malcom, assistant professor, gave a paper titled “Native Sun: A Visual Taxonomy of Sawmill Slough Preserve” as a part of a session called “Down Home: Considering the Southern Landscape,” at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, in October.

Dr. Debra Murphy, professor and department chair, presented a paper titled “The Italian Paintings of Joseph Jeffers Dodge” at the annual Southeastern College Art Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, in October.

Dr. Joseph Butler, professor, co-authored two chapters in an edited book: “Reproductive behavior and ecology,” with colleagues R.A. Burke and W.M. Roosenburg, and “The future for diamond-backed terrapins,” with W.M. Roosenburg. These appeared in Ecology and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin, edited by W.M. Roosenburg and V.S. Kennedy (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Drs. Dale Casamatta, professor, and Cliff Ross, professor and chair, co-hosted the 40th Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy, which was held at UNF Oct. 20.

Drs. Christa L. Arnold, associate professor, and Margaret C. Stewart, assistant professor, presented “Emerging Themes from the Physician’s Perspective: Considering Health Communication from a Global and Networked Perspective” to the Florida Communication Association's 2018 Annual Conference, Orlando, in October. Stewart and Arnold also presented “Interpersonal and Organizational Social Listening Purposes in a Global Mediated Society” to the Florida Communication Association's 2018 Annual Conference, Orlando, in October.

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers, associate professor of English and film, gave a joint presentation with Dr. Yongan Wu titled “Uncertain Futures of Chinese Trans Sex Workers and Testimonial Documentary” at the MediAsia conference, Tokyo, in October.

Dr. Laura Heffernan, associate professor of English, presented “I.A. Richards’s Modern Poetry Course (1925)” to the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio, in October.


Steve Lambert’s poem “Serenade for Larkin” won Emrys Journal’s Nancy Dew Taylor Poetry Award.

Dr. Clark Lunberry, professor of English, published the book “The Very Thought of Herbert Blau,” with Joseph Roach (University of Michigan Press).

Philosophy and Religion Studies
Dr. David Fenner, professor of philosophy and associate dean, had his book, “Introducing Aesthetics,” translated into Chinese.

Drs. Jason Haraldsen, assistant professor of physicsand Thomas PekarekTerry Presidential Professor of Physics, with undergraduate students Meghan Massey, Ian Manuel, Paul Edwards and Duncan Parker, published the journal article “Magnetic impurity bands in Gax-1MnxS: Towards understanding the anomalous spin-glass transition” in Physical Review B in October.


Dr. Devki N. Talwar, visiting faculty member, had a paper titled “Investigation of high indium-composition InGaN/GaN heterostructures on ZnO grown by metallic organic chemical vapor deposition” published in Optical Material Express in October.


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work 

Dr. Tammy L. Hodo, assistant professor, served as the Closing Keynote Speaker the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) yearly conference in San Antonio. Her speech was titled: “Does Implicit Bias Influence your Behavior Intervention Team? A Conversation about Microaggressions and the Effects of Implicit Biases on Marginalized Groups in Academia.” Dr. Hodo also developed course content titled: “Implicit Bias and Microaggressions” for Safe Colleges, Vector Learning LLC, a major college/university vendor, which was marketed in November.

Dr. Krista Paulsen, associate dean of student learning, gave an invited lecture titled “The Case for Studying Neighborhood Continuity” as part of the Centre of Research for Society and Sustainability Colloquium Series, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany, in October.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Electrical Engineering
The UNF Adaptive Toy project developed by Dr. Juan Aceros, associate professor of electrical engineering, and colleague Dr. Mary Lundy, associate professor of physical therapy, was in the news in November.

Mechanical Engineering
Rachel Boydston, a undergraduate research student in VEFEL at UNF and now a graduate student at the University of Florida, presented her UNF undergraduate research work, “Cooling an Amphibious Vehicle’s Engine,” at SAE Thermal Management Systems Symposium in San Diego, Oct. 11. ‏

Dr. John Nuszkowski, associate professor, who leads the Vehicles, Engines, Fuels and Emissions Laboratory (VEFEL) at UNF, presented “On-road Fuel Economy Improvements by Trailing at a Far Inter-vehicle Spacing” at SAE Commercial Vehicles Engineering Congress (COMVEC) in Rosemont, Illinois, Sept. 11.

Dr. Jutima Simsiriwong, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, with Rani W Sullivan, published “A statistical formulation for master modulus curves of a vinyl ester polymer” in Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 57.10 (2018): 975-985. Simsiriwong also presented “Effects of design parameters on thermal history and mechanical behavior of additively manufactured parts” at the ASTM Symposium on Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Parts, in Washington, DC., in November.

Anthony Timpanaro, a graduate student in VEFEL at UNF, presented his preliminary UNF graduate work, “Reduction of NOx in Diesel Engine Emissions Using SNCR with In-Cylinder Injection of Aqueous Urea” at ASME Internal Combustion Engine Fall Technical Conference in San Diego, Nov. 4.

School of Computing
Dr. Peyman Faizian, assistant professor of computer science, with Juan Francisco Alfaro; Md Shafayat Rahman; Md Atiqul Mollah; Xin Yuan; Scott Pakin; and Mike Lang, published “TPR: Traffic Pattern-based Adaptive Routing for Dragonfly Networks” in IEEE Transactions on Multi-Scale Computing Systems.

Dr. Xudong Liu, assistant professor, served as a program committee member to the 33rd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, one of the top conferences in the general AI field, to be held in Hawaii, in January 2019.

College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Wanyong Choi, a new professor in the COEHS Sport Management Program, won "Best Research Paper" at the Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow (SEVT) Conference in mid-November.

Kacey Crutchfield, UNF COEHS alumna (English Education Major) was awarded the National Association for Gifted Children Research and Evaluation Network Doctoral Completed Research 1st Place award. Presenting the award was Dr. Hope E. Wilson, associate professor, College of Education and Human Services, and Research and Evaluation Network chair.

Dr. Caroline Guardino, associate professor in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education, was the keynote presenter at the recent Florida Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing annual conference in Daytona. Her presentation was titled, “Deafness & Diversity Part I: Working with Students who are Deaf with Disabilities.” The presentation was an overview of an upcoming book that Guardino and Dr. Joanna Cannon (University of British Columbia) are editing and writing with colleagues in the field of deaf education.

Drs. Jennifer Kilpatrick, Deborah Reed, Darcey Gray, Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore and DavidHoppey presented at the 41st Annual TED Conference in Las Vegas, Nov. 7, as part of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Their presentation shared the ongoing efforts to produce the best Teacher Candidates possible in Exceptional Student and Deaf Education. “Engaging in courageous conversations around innovative program redesign.” 

Dr. Tia Kimball, a COEHS Faculty in Residence for Kings Trail (a Professional Development School), recently took the Resident Clinical Faculty member, principal and two teachers to California to observe and become trained in the GLAD strategies for working with students whose primary language is not English. After returning, they are training both teachers and teacher candidates (UNF students) in the strategies.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Jennifer L. Murray, director of technical services and library systems, and Jen Jones Murray, library marketing and community services coordinator, co-authored (with past President of the Jacksonville Historical Society Jeffrey Graf and urban planner Karissa Moffett) the article “Providing Tools to Sustain Community Organizations” in Florida Libraries (Fall 2018).

Librarians Lauren Newton and Daniel E. Feinberg presented “Assisting, Instructing, Assessing: 21st Century Student-Centered Librarianship,” a presentation about the impact of the library’s Research Consultation service to student success, at the 2018 Florida Association of College and Research Libraries (FACRL) Annual Conference, Oct. 19 at Florida Gulf Coast University. 


Swoop Summary

Solimar Cestero preparing to hit a volleyballCestero, Unanimous Selection to ASUN Volleyball All-Freshman Squad

Freshman outsider hitter Solimar Cestero made an immediate impact for the North Florida volleyball team this fall, and her play was honored with a unanimous ASUN All-Freshman Team selection. Learn more about Solimar Cestero


Men's Basketball Turns Back Buccaneers Men's basketball players talking on the court

The North Florida men's basketball team held off a late second half charge from Charleston Southern en route to picking up the squad's first road win of the season, 76-70, at the Buc Dome. Garrett Sams scored 20 points to lead a quartet of Ospreys in double digits. Learn more about men's basketball.


Ospreys Hit Season-High 11 Treys in Hard-Fought Battle at CSU

The North Florida women's basketball team connected on a season-high 11 treys, but needed one more as the Ospreys fell 61-59 in a back and forth battle at Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. on Sunday afternoon. Learn more about women's basketball

The Goods


During the Great Depression, popcorn was fairly
Popcorn in red tubsinexpensive, costing about 5 to 10 cents a bag. It became very popular and was a significant source of income for many farmers, including the Redenbacher family. Today, popcorn remains a popular snack enjoyed by both children and adults. Jackie Shank, undergraduate program director in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, debunks myths and offers useful tips for adding popcorn to your diet.


Myth: The love for popcorn is a modern event.

Fact: Early explorers, including the Aztecs, Incas and North American tribes, described popped corn. In the 1800s, Americans had many uses for popcorn. They made it into porridges, puddings and cakes, added it to soups and mixed it with molasses to make sweet popcorn balls. In the 1880s, popcorn was a popular finger food and later became associated with movie theaters.


Myth: Any type of corn can be popped.

Fact: Kernels of popping corn are superior to dent corn and sweet corn. With their exceptionally hard endosperm, kernels of popping corn contain and hold the steam pressure needed to eventually explode them.  


Myth: No one knows for sure what makes popping corn pop.

Fact: Food scientists know the basic principles. As the popping corn is heated, the temperature inside the kernels softens both the inner protein matrix and starch granules. Moisture in the granules turns into steam, which softens the starch even more. Thousands of tiny steam pockets exert growing and growing pressure against the outer hull. This continues until the internal pressure reaches seven times the external pressure of the atmosphere, and the hull breaks open. The sudden drop of pressure within the kernel causes pockets of steam to expand. Then, the soft protein starch matrix also expands, puffs up and stiffens as it cools. The end result is the light and crisp popcorn we love.


Myth: When making popcorn on the stove top, use a tight-fitting lid on the pan.

Fact: It’s true that a tightly covered pan will heat up more quickly; however, it offers no escape for the water vapor, so the popcorn endosperm may retain it, resulting in a chewy texture.


Myth: Popcorn has no nutritional value.

Fact: Popcorn is a source of dietary fiber, containing about 3 grams of fiber in three cups of popcorn. Many Americans get just 10 to 15 grams of fiber daily, which isn’t ideal. The recommended allowance for adults is 20 to 35 grams a day.


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 in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about popcorn? Contact Shank at


Spiced Popcorn



2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup unpopped kernels

1/3 cup olive oil



  • In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Set aside.
  • Put 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large, deep pot. Add three corn kernels to the pot and cover. Turn the heat to medium.
  • When you hear the three kernels popping, remove the lid and add the remaining kernels. Cover loosely and shake the pot while holding the lid on.
  • As soon as the popping stops, uncover the pan. Transfer the popcorn to an extra-large bowl.
  • Drizzle some olive oil over the popcorn and sprinkle with the spices; mix with your hands. Repeat until the popcorn is evenly coated with oil and spices.
  • Yield: About 16 cups of popcorn, enough to share with others or store for future consumption.


Spread the Word

Spread the word iconUNF takes No. 1 spot in the Florida State University System

For a second time, UNF has been named the Engaged Campus of the Year, taking the lead in the state system for its commitment to campus-community engagement and public service. The 2018 award, announced by Florida Campus Compact, recognizes institutions that advance the purposes of higher education while improving community life and educating students for civil and social responsibility. 


Spread the word!