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Justice Breyer talks about the court, American law and the changing world

Pilar Walker introducing Justice BreyerFor UNF student, Pilar Walker, having the chance to meet and introduce Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer during his visit to campus last month, was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Walker admits to watching every judge show she could find on television growing up and how a high school field trip to the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Jacksonville got her hooked. Today, Walker is a political science major concentrating on public law with a minor in sociology, and her fascination with the law continues to grow.

“Justice Breyer is known for considering the real-life practical consequences of those impacted when deciding cases,” said Walker, a member of the pre-law program at UNF. “This is such an honor.”

Justice Stephen Breyer and President John DelaneyThe justice was on campus as part of the Presidential Lecture Series. President John A. Delaney led a stimulating Q & A with Breyer for an audience of about 3,000 in the UNF Arena. Delaney — an attorney himself who served as the chief assistant state attorney for Northeast Florida and Jacksonville’s General Counsel — engaged Breyer in recounting stories and topics from the justice’s most recent book, “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.” 

Breyer shared insight into the Supreme Court, the nine personalities on the bench and the process. Of about 80 cases a year, he said about half of the decisions are unanimous, and only a few get public attention. Breyer said the close votes — the 5-4s — happen only about 20 percent of the time, and it isn’t necessarily the same 5 and same 4 voting together. He also stressed that the Court is not political, but that the justices may have different perspectives. While they all take history, tradition, text, precedent, purposes and consequences related to those purposes under consideration, some may emphasize one over another. 

Justice Stephen Breyer talking with studentsBreyer said the Constitution and the law hold the American people together even though there are differences in race, religion and point of view. “And it isn’t such a terrible thing in a country like that ... if members of the Supreme Court do have different outlooks,” he quipped with a smile. “I think it functions reasonably well.”

Breyer stressed the importance of not going too far, too fast, and the value of considering what is happening throughout the rest of the world.

Prior to the lecture, students selected from UNF’s Pre-Law program along with a student representative from 24 area high schools had an opportunity to engage with Breyer in a classroom discussion covering topics from gun control to healthcare.

Around Campus

Campus community to meet final candidates for president

After months of a public search for the University of North Florida's next president, faculty, staff and studentsUniversity of North Florida Entrance Sign will soon have an opportunity to meet the top candidates on campus. Pending final reviews and selections by the Presidential Search Committee, plans call for four final candidates to attend open meetings on campus Feb. 12-15. Each candidate will be assigned a select day, meeting first with various boards, then associate deans and chairs, faculty, the UNF Board of Trustees, staff and students. Each day will conclude with an open forum with the candidate. The UNF Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Feb. 16 to conduct final interviews and select the president-elect. The Florida Board of Governors must approve the president-elect. The BOG is scheduled to meet at the end of March.


Throughout the search process, the committee has sought input from the campus community and the public through meetings and an online survey. More than 600 surveys were submitted. 


View the full timeline for more details or learn more about the Presidential Search.

Around Campus

Nest Fest - a week of Homecoming fun - is just around the corner!

Nest Fest UNF Homecoming 2018 Feb. 11-17Nest Fest is just around the corner, and once again, the week of Homecoming is chock-full of activities to celebrate UNF and reconnect with friends. There's the Emeriti and Friends Luncheon on Feb. 13, which brings our Emeritus faculty and retired staff back to campus, the annual Swoop the Loop 5K and Fun Run, Blue and Gray Bash, Homecoming Village, the 6th Man Game and more! 


Visit the Homecoming webpage for schedules and registration.


Be sure to show your Osprey spirit in your space on campus! The deadline to sign up for the Office Decorating Contest is today, Friday, Feb. 2. Be sure to sign up! Judging will take place on Friday, Feb. 9.

Get to Know

Get to Know Dee Kennedy

Dee KennedyDee Kennedy on UNF's campus
Associate Athletic Director, Student Athlete Support Services, Athletics Department

What do you do at UNF?
Our department works with other areas on campus to offer academic support for our athletes. We meet with professors, provide life skill programming for student-athletes, assist coaches in recruiting and support the mission and vision of the University and the Athletics Department. I am also an adjunct professor in sport management.

What do you enjoy about working here and why?
I have the opportunity to work with dynamic colleagues who genuinely want to make a difference in the lives of our students, and I also get to work with awesome students.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived?
I have lived in Jacksonville since September 2010. I have also lived in San Antonio, Texas and Georgia.

What one memory do you most treasure and why?
I have a lot of treasured memories but one that stands out the most is celebrating my 8th birthday in Charleston, South Carolina. It was a perfect day. All of my cousins were there, but the thing I remember the most is having a live firecracker thrown at me. It sounds horrible, but that was a fun birthday. I still have the burn mark on my foot, but thankfully, I still have my foot! Things could’ve taken a terrible turn, easily.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? And why?
Tupac Shakur: to see his thoughts on the urban community and the changes in the world since his assassination … also to ask who killed him.
Maya Angelou: She had an incredible life and left us with some of the best quotes and inspirational messages.
John Wooden: He’s one of the most influential coaches in sport. He won while trying to develop athletes with strong character. This should be a goal for everyone associated with college athletics.
Thurgood Marshall: To get his insight on the Civil Rights movement and what advice he would have for those fighting for social justice.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?
If I could do something for just one day, I would be a trapeze artist. I think it is an incredible skill to have, and I would enjoy soaring through the sky and entertaining people. But is not something I would want to do every day of my life.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it?
I would like the power of mind control. I would use it to keep people from making decisions that could hurt lots of people and to provide people with empathy.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? 
I would make sure that everyone has their basic needs met, and I would ensure that everyone has access to adequate healthcare.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
At the top of my bucket list is writing a successful screenplay or novel because I want to create something that lasts beyond myself.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
French fries! They are my biggest temptation!

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?
There is no particular place I want to go. I just want to be some place warm surrounded by the people and the things that I love.

Some favorite things: 
Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Movie: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Quote: “Without rain, there could be no rainbows.” (lots of people have been credited with this quote) 
Sport to watch: College football
TV show as a kid: “Punky Brewster” and “A Different World”

Around Campus

Stay safe on campus with new app

Safe Ospreys app on iphoneUNF's new mobile safety app - Safe Ospreys - provides an added measure of security at your fingertips. By downloading the no-cost app to your mobile device from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, you will have access to an emergency contacts button as well as six safety features. In addition, by setting your smartphone to accept notifications, you can stay informed with campus messages from the UNF Alert Feed.


University Police Department Chief Frank Mackesy is encouraging faculty and staff to download and use the app as soon as possible. "UNF is one of the safest universities within the entire state university system, and in order to maintain that level of safety, we are providing an additional tool for the campus community," he said. "It also gives students and family members another measure of peace of mind."


At the top of the app screen is the UNF Alert Feed and a red Emergency Contacts button followed by six safety features:

  • Mobile BlueLight: Just like the blue emergency phones on campus, this button simultaneously sends your location and calls the dispatchers in the University Police Department.
  • Friend Walk: This allows you to send your location in real-time to a friend or parent so they can watch you as you walk to your destination and can trigger a call to emergency services if needed.
  • Report a Tip: You can report unusual or criminal activity to UPD in one of three ways: a Tip Report, the Silent Witness program or a call to UPD's dispatch center.
  • Safety Toolbox: This button reveals a set of three tools with directions: Flashlight, Share Map of your location and Notification History.
  • Emergency Plans: Even without internet access, you will be able to view UNF's emergency plans - such as procedures for bomb threats, campus disturbance, hazardous release, and fire and facility evacuation.
  • Support Resources: This button offers links to the University's Counseling Center and the Women's Center.

The University purchased the app from AppArmor, which branded the app for UNF. The app also is being used at the University of Florida, Florida State, FSCJ and many other universities and organizations around the country.

Around Campus

Physics conference draws students from across the Southeast

students and faculty at physics conferenceIt was a weekend filled with all things physics and a chance for young women in the field to shine.

Traveling from universities across the Southeast, undergraduate women majoring in physics gathered to share research and ideas with their peers at a three-day regional conference Jan. 12-14, hosted for the first time at UNF.

The UNF event was part of the nationwide Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, held at multiple sites around the country on the same weekend. At UNF, about 220 students attended from the Southeast U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Dr. Grace Bosse, UNF physics instructor and one of the organizers of the event, called the conference a great success with notable speakers visiting the campus. “The goal of the event is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by giving them an opportunity to experience a professional conference,” Bosse said. “They were able to get information on graduate schools and careers in physics, and at the same time had a chance to share ideas with other physics enthusiasts of all ages.”

Faculty Forum

Meet Dr. Dag Naslund

Dr. Dag Naslund, professor of management at UNF headshotDr. Dag Naslund is a professor in operations and supply chain management in the Coggin College of Business. He teaches Business Process Management, Modeling and Management of Operations, Operations Management and Trends in Process Management and Quality. Naslund’s research focuses on process and supply chain improvements, organizational change and performance measurement.

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? A significant part of what we do is to try to break down the functional (department) silos in organizations. Ironically, the most functional of all worlds is academia.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? Starbucks at the Student Union — great people and the best coffee on campus

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? The Coggin’s hooding ceremony. It’s a fun event, and it is rewarding to see how happy and proud the graduating students and their families are.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? I want to say I would be working with something to improve the world, like the American Red Cross or UNICEF, but I would probably be a greedy, management consultant.

What is your personal philosophy? Treat everybody with respect, especially those less fortunate, but don’t hesitate or be afraid to speak up when you see that something isn’t right. 

What do you like most about UNF? There are so many things to like. I like the environment and the feeling at UNF. It is a relatively small school and significant emphasis is on high quality teaching, but UNF is also producing research that would make any R1 university proud. For example, the two most recent hires in my area, Dong-Young and Nathan, are already making an impact in the field. I also like the potential of UNF. I feel that at Coggin, we have great leadership, both at the departments and in the Dean’s Office, and the future looks fun and interesting.

Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? High energy, interactive approach.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? Go surf!

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? I think it is difficult, or even presumptuous, to give anybody advice on how to live their lives as we are all different individuals, but I guess, "try to enjoy life as it’s pretty short."

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? The Big Bang. To see how it all started.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Odin, but I’m not sure he is fictional …

How do you recharge? Surfing – ideally with the distinguished professor Guss and sometimes former students who can show us how it really is done.

What do you like most about Jacksonville? The beaches and the climate. The airport. I have lived in several places but I’m truly fortunate to call Jax home … it’s a hidden gem.

Faculty and Staff

Brooks College of Health


School of Nursing
Dr. Debra Wagner, associate professor in the School of Nursing, was recently appointed to the Medical Advisory Board for Mission House in Jacksonville.

Public Health
Carlene Taylor, instructor in Public Health, submitted a manuscript with Trotter, K. and Baggerly, J. (Eds.) that was accepted for inclusion as a chapter in: Equine Assisted Therapy & Activities for Counselors; Taylor & Francis/Routledge, for publication in 2018 ‘Combing’ through ADHD Symptoms with Mindful Grooming. It was a case study with detailed presentation of a technique that utilizes a Process Experiential-Emotion Focused theoretical approach with the Cognitive-Behavioral technique of Mindfulness Meditation combined with a typical horsemanship activity of grooming to assist a client in developing coping skills for severe ADHD symptoms that impact functionality in work and school settings. Learning in the experiential therapy setting is easily transferred to typical life domains.


Coggin College of Business


Marketing and Logistics
Dr. David Swanson, associate professor of marketing and logistics, authored two recent publications on how the blockchain may impact supply chain management. Learn more about the first publication: “To Predict the Future of Blockchain, Look to the Past,” Supply Chain Quarterly, Q4 2017. Learn more about the second article with Kris Francisco, “The Supply Chain Has No Clothes: Technology Adoption of Blockchain for Supply Chain Transparency,” Logistics, 2(1), 2 (2018).

Dr. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, professor of economics, presented a paper co-authored with S. Lutz, International Ownership and Firm Performance in Africa," in the AFEA sessions at the Allied Social Sciences Association/American Economic Association meetings in Philadelphia. She also had the honor of introducing the keynote speaker (and good friend) at this year's African Development Bank/African Economics and Finance Association (AFEA) Luncheon — Professor Leonard Wantchekon from Princeton.

Having just completed a two-year term on the AFEA board of directors, Baliamoune-Lutz was recently elected vice-president. She has served in the past as both president and vice president. 


College or Arts and Sciences


Art and Design
Martha Frye Baker, Jim Draper and Sally Baker Lee. Photo by laird/blac palm, inc.Jim Draper, curator of the UNF Galleries and instructor of painting and drawing, received the Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award this week from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The award recognizes an artist whose work brings distinction to Northeast Florida and is named for the late Ann McDonald Baker, a local art enthusiast who played a key role in creating and nurturing the arts in Jacksonville through the Foundation’s Art Venture’s Fund, the Arts Assembly (now the Cultural Council, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and more.

Draper is known for his depictions of Florida’s flora and fauna including his “Healing Palm” series, his recent “Feast of Flowers” exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and the “Ribbon of Life” environmental painting at Baptist Medical Center.

Draper was also recently awarded the Fellow Man and Mother Earth award from the Stetson Kennedy Foundation.


Dr. Dale Casamatta and his colleagues C.D. Villaneuva, P. Hašler, P. Dvořák, & A. Poulíčková published “Brasilonema lichenoides sp. nov. and Chroococcidiopsis lichenoides sp. nov. (cyanobacteria): two novel cyanobacterial constituents isolated from a tripartite lichen of headstones” in the Journal of Phycology, February.

Dr. Adam Rosenblatt published “Is it possible to make environmental science relevant to society at-large?” in Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, November. With his colleagues L. M. Smith-Ramesh and O. J. Schmitz, Dr. Rosenblatt published “Interactive effects of multiple climate change variables on food web dynamics: modeling the effects of warming, CO2, and water availability on a tri-trophic food web” in Food Webs, December.

Dr. Judith Ochrietor, with her students Joseph Fong and Christopher Gilbert, presented the poster “Basigin gene products associate with MCT1, MCT2, and MCT4 in neural tissues,” at the Cell Biology of Degeneration and Repair in the Nervous System conference, December. With her student Josephine Brown, Dr. Ochrietor presented the poster “Basigin (CD 147) associates with Toll-like receptor 4 via its transmembrane domain,” at the American Society for Cell Biology conference in December.

Dr. Mashanov gave a seminar at the Biology Lecture Series class at UNF, "Fantastic Beasts and How They Regenerate" in November, and a talk at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine in December, "Regeneration in Echinoderms and Friends." 

Dr. Thomas Mullen, with his colleagues Dr. Corey Causey and Dr. Daniel Santavicca, published “Expanding the Molecular-Ruler Process Through Vapor Deposition of Hexadecanethiol” in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, November.

Dr. James Beasley presented the poster, "Augmented Reality as Spectral Change," to the Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) in November in Atlanta.

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers gave an invited talk, “Queer and Sex Worker Activist Documentary Historiography,” at the Taipei Film Collectors Museum, Taiwan.

Dr. Clark Lunberry gave an invited talk at the University of Georgia's Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and completed a “writing on water” art and poetry installation, titled “Vanishing Point | Point Vanishing,” on Lake Herrick, on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

Dr. Michael Wiley published Monument Road from Severn House/Canongate.

Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Lev Gasparov, in collaboration with L. Bachenheimer, R. Scherzer, P. Elliott, S. Stagon, and H. Huang, published “Degradation Mechanism of Ag Nanorods for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” in the Nature Scientific Reports 7, 16282 (2017). Published online in November.

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Paul Clark, with his colleague Suzie Weng, published “In pursuit of social justice: A comparison of emic & etic perspectives of social service providers” in the online Journal of Community Practice in November. 

Drs. Keith Ashley and Robert Thunen presented their paper, “St. Johns River Fisher-Hunter-Gatherers: Cahokia’s Connection to Florida,” at the 74th annual meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Dr. Jenny Stuber has published the book Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Schooling, 5th Edition (Sage) with her co-authors Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan Z. Spade.


College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing
Dr. William Klostermeyer published “Total Vertex Covers and Edge Domination in Graphs,” with A. Yeo, Utilitas Mathematica 105 (2017).

Dr. Xudong Liu presents two papers at the AAAI 11th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling (MPREF18), in New Orleans in February: “On Extensibility and Personalizability of Multi-Modal Trip Planning,” with Christian Fritz and Matthew Klenk and “Preference Learning and Optimization for Partial Lexicographic Preference Forests over Combinatorial Domains,” with Miroslaw Truszczynski.

Dr. Swapnoneel Roy and Dr. Asai Asaithambi published “Implementation and Performance Comparison of Some Heuristic Algorithms for Block Sorting,” with Sandhya Turlapaty at the 2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE) in Washington, DC in October.

School of Engineering
Dr. Steve Stagon published “Enhanced Morphological Stability of Silver Nanoparticles Supported on Rough Substrates at High Temperatures” with Scherzer R., Gasparov L, in Micro & Nano Letters in January.

Dr. Brian Kopp was invited to present an update on his research project entitled “A Feasibility Study to Use Commercial Geostationary Communications Satellites to Relay Data to the Earth from Low Earth Orbit Satellites” at the January Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence Workshop on Commercial Space Transportation. The workshop took place on the campus of UCF in Orlando. UNF is an affiliate member of the Center.


College of Education and Human Services

Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Drs. Matt Ohlson, Suzanne Ehrlich and Amanda Pascale along with doctoral student, Justin Lerman, published "The Virtual Mentor: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Connect College and Career Ready Leaders" in the Journal of Interactive Learning Research.

Dr. E. Newton Jackson Jr. holding an award surrounded by colleaguesDr. E. Newton Jackson Jr. was presented the Distinguished Administrator Award at the 2018 National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) National Conference.

Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Dr. Christine Weber presented "Professional learning in cluster grouping and acceleration: Translating theory and research into a continuum of inclusive practices" with several colleagues in November at the National Association for the Gifted Children in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Kim Cheek with N.D. LaDue and T. F. Shipley authored "Learning about spatial and temporal scale: Current research, psychological processes and classroom implications" in the Journal of Geoscience Education, 65, 455-472. In addition, Cheek with S. Gagnon published "Follow the Clues: Three-Dimensional Learning about Earth’s History. Science and Children."


Dr. Katrina Hall, Seaside Charter Schools professor-in-residence and UNF COEHS alum, Carlisle Robinson, Seaside Charter Middle Grades Lead Teacher and UNF COEHS alum, and Sharon P. Sanders, Seaside Charter School executive director and learning leader and COEHS alum, presented at the 2018 Alliance for Public Waldorf Education Conference in Sacramento, California in January. They also toured Public Waldorf High Schools and met with teachers from other Public Waldorf Schools. Seaside Charter Schools are part of the Urban Professional Development Schools and were recently selected to be showcased as a UNF Carnegie Community Based Partner. 

Foundations of Secondary Education
On Jan. 4, seven students from the ESOL CLASS program, under the direction of Dr. Otilia Salmon, achieved the Graduate TESOL Certificate. The program, in its second year, aims to increase the number of certified ESOL teachers in Duval County. The students completed 18 graduate hours in the areas of assessment, methods, cross cultural communication, grammar and curriculum development. They can now teach as adjunct faculty at colleges and universities across our state in the area of ESOL.


Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Jennifer Murray, director of Library Systems & Technology, was named chair of the Council of State University Libraries (CSUL) Cataloging, Authorities and Metadata Committee for 2018.



Swoop Summary

Ospreys upset No. 25 FCGU
North Florida women's basketball upset No. 25 FGCU to snap a 17-game skid against the Eagles as the Ospreys won, 75-73, on Thursday evening at UNF Arena. Learn more about women's basketball.
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Ospreys Top Hatters to Open ASUN Road Trip

Wajid Aminu posted a double-double in his return to competition helping the North Florida men's basketball team to a 73-65 road victory at Stetson on Saturday afternoon. Aminu, who missed five games, scored 11 points and matched his season best with 12 rebounds. Learn more about men's basketball.

Women’s tennis shuts out Flagler
North Florida women's tennis remained undefeated on the season as it took down Division II foe Flagler, 7-0, on Wednesday afternoon at the UNF Tennis Complex. Learn more about women's tennis.

Former Osprey signs professional soccer contract
Former North Florida men's soccer player, Jay Bolt, signed a professional contract with the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League earlier this week. Learn more about men's soccer. 

Women's Indoor Track & Field Ranked 15th in South Region Poll
Following some strong season-opening performances over the weekend, the North Florida women's track and field team were ranked 15th in the South Region of the inaugural USTFCCCA Indoor Poll. Learn more about women's indoor track and field


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

25 Years
Kevin McWeeney, Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities

20 Years
Thomas Elliott, Senior Document Scanning Representative, ORSP
Oupa Seane, Associate Director, Outreach, DDI/Intercultural Center

15 Years
Theresa Bennett, Coordinator, Accounting, Brooks College of Health
Walter Bolen, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Ann McCullen, Vice President, University Development and Alumni Engagement

10 Years
Hing Chin, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
James Joiner, Law Enforcement Lieutenant, University Police Department
Brandon Smith, Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety

5 Years
Lal Liana, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
James Roarty, Administrative Secretary, English
Johnnie Smith, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Tammy Wallingford, Senior Police Communications Operator, University Police Department

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

Douglas Artiga, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Maria Beattie, Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Kaci Bemis, Assistant Director, Annual Giving
Preston Bennett, IR Analyst, Institutional Research
Angela Collier, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Sandra Culbreth, Office Assistant, Quality Control and Work Management
Leshare Demps, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Kara Dentzau, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Tia Esposito, Coordinator, Library Services, Library
Cheri Evenson, Executive Secretary, Alumni Services
Daniel Feinberg, Assistant University Librarian, Library
Katherine Fowler, Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia
Callie Funderburk, Coordinator Events Planning, University Center
Nacole Guyton, Director, Research Program Services, Florida Institute of Education
Caleb Hilliard, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
Victoria Jolley, Coordinator, Energy Management Utilities, Maintenance and Energy Management
Logan Judd, Program Assistant, DDI/Interfaith Center
Justin Kelly, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Ari Kim, Instructor, Education and Human Services
Krista Markwardt, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, ES Planning and Operations
Stephanie Marshall, Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Office
Audra Morrison, Coordinator, Career Development Services, COAS Career Success Center
Luiza Motta, Marketing Publications Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Audrey Murray, Course Media Developer, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Miranda O'Brien, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Flagship-Nutrition
Kim Roberts, Program Assistant, Career Services
Lawrence Robles, Accountant, Controller
Brooke Shelton, Student Affairs Coordinator, ELP-Faculty Grants and Initiatives
Jamal Simpson, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Jutima Simsiriwong, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Desiree Smith, Lecturer, Chemistry
Rodney Smith, Custodial Worker, Student Union-Custodial
Tracey Thomas, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Angela Tlack, Records Registration Coordinator, Registrar's Office
Kimberly Turner, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Yesenia Vicente, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
David Washington, Stores Receiving Supervisor, TSI - IPTM and PSI Employees
John Wombough, IR Programmer Analyst, Institutional Research
Kristen Wright, Head Athletic Coach, Volleyball

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Anne-Marie Campbell, Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences
Seohee Go, Office Manager, Public Health
William Godwin, Student Financial Services, Coordinator, Controller
Jane Harrell, Assistant Director, Intramural Sports, Recreation
Olga Igolnikov, Senior Director, Operations, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Laura Kelp, Office Manager, Coggin College of Business
Charles Kennedy, Coordinator, Training, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
James Rowley, Senior Control Systems Technician, Maintenance and Energy Management
Sicilia Saint-Hilaire, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Lauren Tallier, Assistant Director, Continuing Education 
Dennis White, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Brandi Winfrey, Associate Director, Student Affairs, DDI/Women's Center

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

Todd Battaglino, Pest Control Technician, Grounds
Johannes Buchinger, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Tera Edwards, Maintenance Helper, Maintenance and Energy Management
Jon Farrell, Pest Control Technician, Grounds
Augustine Kaiwa, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Joshua Padgett, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services

The Goods


Sumac plant and flowerSumac is originally from sorghum, a wild-growing grasses species. Sourness and lemony taste with a bit of astringency make sumac a perfect spice for seasoning fish and meat, curing meats and also desserts, including puddings and ice cream. Sumac contains vitamin C, fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, used to treat many diseases for centuries. Dr. Alireza Jahan-mihan, assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares facts about sumac.

Myth: Sumac has antimicrobial properties.
Fact: Studies suggest that sumac can treat bacterial infection induced by salmonella. Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial infection that can affect the gastro-intestinal tract and cause nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Sumac contains some antibacterial components, including methyl gallic acid and gallic acid.

Myth: Sumac has antifungal properties.
Fact: Studies showed that sumac can be used to treat lung infections caused by Aspergillus fungus.

Myth: Sumac has antioxidant activity.
Fact: Recent studies have shown that some sumac species, including the Staghorn and Sicilian varieties, have exceptionally high antioxidant properties. Sumac is rich in antioxidant compounds such as polyphenols, including anthocyanins and also vitamin C. It also has a higher antioxidant activity compared with many common spices, fruits and vegetables. Additionally, sumac is listed as one of the foods at the very top of the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity chart developed by the National Institute of Aging.

Myth: Sumac has a favorable effect on blood cholesterol.
Fact: Favorable effects of sumac on blood cholesterol have been shown in both human and animal studies. Its lowering effect on apo-lipoprotein B, which is the protein fraction of LDL, the so-called “bad cholesterol,” and increasing effect on apo-lipoprotein 1A, which is the protein fraction of HDL, the so-called “good cholesterol,” has been shown.

Myth: Sumac has a favorable effect on blood glucose and diabetes.
Fact: The favorable effects of Sicilian sumac on controlling blood glucose is shown in several studies. Both blood glucose and HbA1C dropped significantly in type II diabetic patients after receiving 3 grams of sumac every day for three months. However, more studies need to be done in order to understand the mechanisms. The antioxidant properties of sumac may play a role.

Myth: Sumac can be used as a tanning agent.
Fact: Certain types of sumac yield tannin, a compound used as vegetable tanning. Leather tanned with sumac is more flexible and lighter in weight, and the effect of sumac on marble is almost permanent.
Safety concern: Only some species of sumac may contain a compound known as “urushiol” that can cause severe allergic reactions. The sumac species with allergic compounds have white drupes that makes it easy to distinguish from red drupes of other RHUS species. 


The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union's "Taste" section. Have a question about sumac? Contact Jahan-mihan at

Sumac Citrus Roast Chicken:


  • 6 to 7 pound roasting chicken
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1¼ tablespoons ground sumac
  • 1¼ teaspoons paprika
  • 1¼ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1¼ lemon washed and cut in half
  • 2½ Ojai pixie tangerines or oranges washed and cut in half


  1. Leave chicken at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes prior to cooking, making cooking faster and more even.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 F and adjust the oven rack to the upper third. Put a roasting rack over a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. Remove the innards and cut out the back bone with sharp scissors. Flatten the chicken in half.
  4. Combine the other ingredients to eventually form a thick paste. Rub the chicken with seasoning mixture evenly and completely. Place the chicken onto the rack, skin side up. Put the cut lemon and tangerines scattered on the bottom of the baking pan, flesh side up.
  5. Place into the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove and cover the breast with a small rectangle of foil that has been folded down the middle to form a tent.
  7. Continue to roast at 425 F for another 25 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature between the thigh and drumstick reaches 150 to 155 F.
  8. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Now it's ready to serve with the roasted citrus squeezed over the top.


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