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Students unearth the past during summer field school

student digging in oyster midden

Not every student would want to spend six weeks of their summer digging in a trash pile, but for Juliana Sims, a senior anthropology major, it doesn’t get much better than that — especially when the garbage you’re exploring belonged to native peoples living in Northeast Florida more than 2,000 years ago.

The site, located along the St. Johns River in Theodore Roosevelt Park in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, includes shell middens where Native Americans would discard oyster shells and other trash. Among the shells and animal bones are tools, beads and pieces of pottery. According to Keith Ashley, assistant professor of anthropology and coordinator of archaeological research, Northeast Florida had some of the earliest pottery making communities in North America.

Sims, who is also minoring in history, loves studying NE Florida’s past, but said having the chance to actually touch it was incredible. “Everything we found was fascinating,” said Sims. “It gave us a glimpse into what their lives were like and really connected us as students to the past.”

keith ashley discusses the archaeological site with studentsThe transformational experience is open to 15 – 20 students each summer and held at local archaeological sites, many located on state and national parkland. The students get experience practicing excavation techniques and processes, gain research experience and learn how to interpret what they have found, while uncovering details of the past.

Ashley says past excavations have led to valuable revelations about the native peoples of the area. “What we have learned really challenged conventional thinking about tribes that lived here in Northeast Florida, particularly those here when Europeans arrived,” he said. Over the years, excavations, research and radiocarbon testing of artifacts have helped explain daily life of various tribes, the movement of settlements, trading and interactions among native peoples and more. New information is included in exhibits at state and national parks and often plays an important role in park management plans. The Archaeology Lab, which is part of UNF’s Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Department, also shares its findings with community groups and through exhibits – including a current exhibition at MOSH downtown titled “Native Networks,” which runs through September.

The Archaeology Lab has hosted summer field schools for more than 20 years on public and private property. Other sites have included Big Talbot Island, Cedar Point, Mill Cove, Fort Caroline and more.

Around Campus

Commitment to inclusion recognized nationally

Students in dorm room visiting

Recently announced national rankings name UNF as a top and affordable LBGTQ-friendly online college, recognitions that should be a source of pride for the entire campus community, according to Kaitlin Legg, director of the LGBT Resource Center.

“The LGBT Center has done a lot of important work to spread the message of inclusion, but it’s a collaborative team effort between all the employees and students,” Legg said. “The reason why we’re able to have this kind of inclusive climate that’s being nationally recognized is because of the individual and group acts of the people on this campus.”

2018 Best LGBTQ-Friendly Online Colleges logoTwo of the honors come from the SR Education Group, which created its Guide to Online Schools to help students choose a degree program to fit their career aspirations and budgets. In the category of Best LGBTQ-Friendly Online Schools, UNF was among 60 accredited institutions that offer 15 online programs and also have earned a three-star rating or above from the Campus Pride Index, an organization that sets national standards and assessment tools for LGBTQ-friendly institutions of higher education.  

In addition, UNF was ranked No. 5 on the list of 25 Most Affordable LGBTQ-friendly Online Colleges. Schools on this list earned a high rating from the Campus Pride Index and offer various online degree programs that cost less than $12,000 per year.


Affordable Colleges online also ranked UNF as No. 21 on its list of Top LGBTQ-Friendly College for 2018-19 in America, noting the University's full-time staffed LGBT Resource Center as well as gender-inclusive housing options, LGBTQ-related campus events and more.

For Legg, as Center director, it is always reaffirming to have outside entities acknowledge and celebrate what the University is doing well. The timing of the announcement is also fitting, as the LGBT Center received a generous donation in the spring that will serve as an endowment for education and training. With that funding, Legg said the Center plans to expand its Speakers Bureau, which is a student ambassador and leadership program that trains students to go into classrooms and help lead panel discussions. The program was created to provide general information, combat stereotypes and increase visibility of LGBTQ+ students at UNF.

Other fall initiatives include:

  • Expanding the Center’s Safe Space training program, which is offered on request to departments within UNF. Participants have the opportunity to learn terminology, become aware of resources and talk about strategies to reduce discrimination on campus.
  • Continuing Club Can-Do, a community-based mentoring and student development program, that connects LGBT or questioning students with a member of the LGBT community.
  • Offering the annual Coming Out Week in October that provides information about the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally communities, with events such as Coming Out Day, free and anonymous HIV Testing, speakers and discussions.
  • Hosting a public lecture in October on the relationship between Faith Communities and LGBT People with support from the LGBT Fund for Northeast Florida


Around Campus

Surf team competes in nationals

Surfer riding a wave UNF surfer catching a wave Surfers walking up steps off the beach

The University of North Florida Surf Team - the highest-ranked East Coast team for the past four years - emerged from the 2018 National Scholastic Surfing Association's national collegiate championships as the third-place U.S. winner and the only Florida school to make the Top 10.


Competing in West Coast waves against California teams is an annual challenge, and the Osprey's have taken the runner-up spot for the past three years. Though they hoped to reach No. 1 this year in the competition held in Dana Point, California, the Ospreys came in behind two teams located in the San Diego area: Point Loma Nazarene and MiraCosta College.


UNF's Jon Jon Kaidy recorded the Ospreys' top finish, placing second in the longboard classification. Hunter Roland, Kat Neff and Katie Blackburn all qualified for the semifinal rounds for UNF.

Around Campus

Ozzie's closet has a new home in Alumni Hall

Do you know a student in need of professional-looking clothes for an interview or job fair? Direct them to Ozzie’s Closet, which has moved to Alumni Hall in the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving. The new location is open this summer Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but closed Fridays. Hours will vary per semester and may be by appointment only during Homecoming Week and other busy seasons for the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Interested in donating professional attire to help Osprey’s dress for success? Ozzie’s Closet welcomes donations of clean, professional interview attire, such as dress shirts, blouses, blazers, sport coats, suits, slacks, dress shoes, ties and more. Call (904) 620-4723 or (800) UNF-GRAD for information on how to donate. Or email for more information and include "Ozzie's Closet" in the subject line.

Faculty Forum

Meet Dr. Adel ElSafty

Dr. Adel ElSafty UNF Faculty member headshotDr. Adel ElSafty is a professor of civil engineering in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and was recently named the 2018 recipient of the UNF Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Award. ElSafty teaches all structures courses including: Concrete Design, Steel Design, Analysis of Structures, Mechanics/Strength of Materials, Statics, Prestressed Concrete, Matrix Structural Analysis, Introduction to Bridge Engineering, Civil Engineering materials and Advanced Mechanics. He is currently doing research on Bridge Engineering, Prestressed Concrete, Repair of Structures and Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Applications in infrastructures.

What brought you to UNF? Beautiful campus, wonderful state, great students and amazing faculty, besides my passion to teach in such a small-size classroom setting

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? My research addresses innovative materials to be used in constructing and repairing infrastructures; some of the materials have not been known to the public like Basalt fibers and some new glass and carbon fibers.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? I love the green area by Lazzara Hall and all the trees on campus.

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? The most rewarding academic experience was winning a national grant to establish the first Engineering Design Studio in the U.S. for the PCI-Foundation, 2009-2015, which helped my students and enhanced the stature of UNF as a leading university on prestressed concrete academic activities. Also, the most rewarding academic experience has been leading and participating in international study abroad that engaged my students with students and faculty from Germany, Morocco and Ghana. Also, I’ve led faculty groups on international academic visits to Turkey, Morocco and Egypt to establish and maintain research initiatives and exchange programs. Other rewarding experiences were being invited as a guest lecturer to Technische Hochschule Köln in Germany and initiating collaboration with Japan and Italy to establish a joint research and exchange program.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? I would be working in the industry as a bridge designer or a specification manager, as I did for years.

What is your personal philosophy? Pursue my dreams regardless of the obstacles, while helping others succeed too

What do you like most about UNF? Great faculty, wonderful staff and amazing students

Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? I like integrating technology in my teaching and have been integrating my industrial experience into teaching through introducing real-world engineering applications. I have been attending and getting support from the professor workshops to enrich my teaching, Also, with the support of CIRT at UNF, I have learned new methods for online and blended course design.

Who has been the biggest role model in your life? My mother and my father are my biggest role models who have been motivating, inspiring and nurturing me in every step of my life.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? Let us all be compassionate, forgiving and loving of one another.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Congratulations! This is the beginning of a new chapter of your life. Keep up the good work, and keep making us all proud.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? Achieving peace between fighting nations and abolishing racism, injustice and oppression of suffering people all over the world.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? My favorite memory from my undergraduate days is enjoying the warmth of my lovely family after long hours of classes and studying.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Superman

Where is the best place you’ve visited? The Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt

How do you recharge? Relaxing warm bath

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I love the beach, the Town Center and the Avenues Mall. I love the industrial firms that support our students. I lived in Egypt and Canada and now have spent 30 years in the U.S.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? I would regret not speaking up and defending the most vulnerable ones. I would regret failing to make my family happy

Get to Know

Meet Deb Kuhr

Deb Kuhr in Public Relations officeJob title and department: Public Relations Associate

What do you do at UNF? I am occasionally referred to as “the Voice of UNF,” a.k.a. the campus operator. I have the distinction of speaking with those who call the main 1000 phone line. I often joke that when I retire, I’m going to publish a book of some of my most memorable calls. My other job responsibilities include researching, vetting and recording UNF media hits in printed publications, on the web, TV and radio — locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. I also do some proofreading/editing and assist with the Osprey Update.

What do you enjoy about working here? The best part of my job is being a member of the Department of Public Relations team. Just as a proud homeowner likes to show off their house, I get to brag about the best UNF has to offer. And as a retired educator, I like being involved in the campus’s daily doings. I also delight in running into some of my former students.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? I will have lived in Jacksonville 23 years this August. 


Where else have you lived? My husband, our three sons and yellow lab moved here from Pickerington, Ohio; though I was born, raised, educated and married in Columbus, Ohio.

What one memory do you most treasure? To single out just one memory is an impossible task. The birth of each of our sons and all of their accomplishments. Meeting our incredible daughters-in-law for the first time. Family get-togethers and special occasions. The miracle of our granddaughter. How about the memory of my most life-changing moment? I would say it was the day I fell in love with the man I have been married to for 44 years, because that was the beginning of everything I now hold dear.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? I’m an avid reader and my favorite genre is historical fiction. I am also a bit of an Anglophile. So I would love to invite Catherine of Aragon, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and the ruling Elizabeth II for high tea or a night out with the girls.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? A children’s author/illustrator. I have been known to personalize doodles in the books I’ve gifted to my grandnieces/nephews.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? I wouldn’t mind being able to emulate Wonder Woman.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? The thought terrifies me. No thank you.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? “My Life Is a Cartoon;” I find humor in every life experience.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? To become independently wealthy. Enough said.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Cape Cod potato chips.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I learned how to square dance in Junior High Phys. Ed. class and as a young married adult I was a member of a square dance club. There is absolutely no explanation for this. 

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Hawaii. Just because.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Board game: I don’t really play board games but I am a passionate enigmatologist
Color: Green
Ice cream flavor: Strawberry
Season: Fall (a crisp Midwest apple-picking, leaf-changing, tag-football, fire-in-the-wood-stove Autumn)


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

45 Years
Robert Schupp, Associate Professor, Management

30 Years
Katherine Kasten, Professor, Florida Institute of Education

25 Years
Ralph Glover, Maintenance Superintendent, Physical Facilities

20 Years
James Edwards, Telecommunications Manager, Telephone Services

15 Years
Shane Borden, Coordinator, Business Services 
James Greer, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Elizabeth Noriega, Office Manager, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Vincent Smyth, Associate VP, Administration and Finance, Business Services

10 Years
Ronghua Ouyang, Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Jeffrey Cornett, Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education
Marian Watters, UX Developer, Enterprise Systems
Sheryl Elias, Program Assistant, Student Health Services
Marcie Higgs, Head Coach, Softball
Gaea Holt, Senior Buyer, Procurement Services

5 Years
Jill Snyder, Instructor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Tod McVey, Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety
Clarence Phelps, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Khareem Gordon, IT Internal Auditor, Internal Auditing
Ennio Garcia, Custodial Support Worker, Custodial Services
Anita Parks, Administrative Assistant, Library
Marielle Veve, University Librarian

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

Vanesa Allen, Disability Services Specialist, Disability Resource Center
Heath Barker, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Michelle Chamberlain, Laboratory Tech, Chemistry
Samuel Hanna, Admissions Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services
Tamisha Jones, Custodial Worker, Student Union
Nehemiah Jones, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Hemani Kaushal, Instructor, Electrical Engineering
Daniel Knowles, Maintenance Helper, Maintenance and Energy Management
Abigail Kuhn, Research Program Services Coord, Biology
Sean Lindsey, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Loraine Morgan, Office Manager, Physics
Ramon Nazario, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling
Kevin Nazario-Toro, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling
Kaitlynn Orlandi, Coordinator, Residence Life, Osprey Crossings
Kayla Oxenrider, Assistant Coach, Women's Basketball
Emily Ray, Associate University Librarian
Susan Swiatosz, Associate University Librarian
Tommy Williams, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Ambrey Wilson, Academic Advisor, First-Year Advising

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Lev Gasparov, Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences
Emily Gebbia, Budget Associate, Advancement Services
Amy Lehnhoff, Strategic Sourcing Analyst, Procurement Services
Richard Patterson, Chair, Mathematics and Statistics
Hans Priepke, Assistant Director, Enterprise Systems
John Reis, Associate General Counsel
Christopher Warren, Director, Government and Community Relations

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

Jamie Bush, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, One Stop Center
Trevor Cheatham, Office Manager, Physics
Elizabeth Curry, University Librarian
Laura Delgado, VPK Regional Facilitator, Florida Institute of Education
Oleg Fortun, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services
Gustav Fredrikson, Student Affairs Specialist, Recreation
Jennifer Fuller, Assistant Director, Child Development Center, UNF Preschool
Natalia Gallimore, Office Manager, Confucius Institute
Carolyn Gavin, Office Manager, Marketing and Logistics
Winfield Glenn, Coordinator, Residence Life, Crossings
Rachelle Gottlieb, Vice President, Human Resources
Ana Grogan, Coordinator, Small Business Development Center
Jonathan Higdon, Strategic Sourcing Analyst, Procurement Services
Alexander Hoffman, Stores Receivable Clerk, University Housing
Viviana Hughes, Senior IT Support Tech, User Services
Janice Ishii, Executive Secretary, Alumni Services
Roschelle McVey, Custodial Worker, Shared Cost
Jeanne Middleton, Director, Office of Parent and Family Programs
Erin Moran, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center
Janet Owen, Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Ismael Pereira, Custodial Support Worker, Custodial Services
Jeannine Prew, Business Services Financial Specialist, Business Services
Justin Proctor, Academic Support Tech, DL-Telepresence
Sean Robb, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletics                            
Sherry Sands, Executive Assistant, President's Office
Charles Strudel, Associate Director, Safety Security, University Police Department
Shelby Turnier, Assistant Athletic Coach, Softball
Devon Zook, Office Manager, Music


In Memoriam

With sadness, we announce the passing of a former UNF colleague:


Jane Clifford Mickler headshot Jane Clifford Mickler, a journalism adjunct professor at UNF, passed away Thursday, June 14, at the age of 69. She also taught at Flagler College in St. Augustine and previously worked as a WJXT TV-4 reporter and anchor. Read more about Mickler's distinguished journalism career.


Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Dr. Cindy Cummings
presented "Incorporating moral distress and moral resilience into the undergraduate curriculum" at the International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning conference in Toronto, June 14.

Dr. Helene Vossos presented "Reducing College Student Suicides: Information for Faculty and Staff" for Brooks College of Health in June. Vossos also served as editor and peer reviewer for the "Wounds and Skin Care Modules for Professional Development for Nurses," Lippincott: Wolters-Kluwer.

Dr. Kristen K. Hicks, with Adam Barry, Alisa Padon, Shawn Whiteman, Amie Carreon, Jarrett Crowell, Kristen Willingham and Ashley Merianos published "Alcohol Advertising on Social Media: Examining the Content of Popular Alcohol Brands on Instagram," in Substance Use & Misuse. 

The collaborative work of Dr. Aaron Spaulding, Dr. Sericea Stallings-Smith, Anna Mease (MPH Candidate), Dr. Angela Spaulding, and Dr. Emma Apatu titled "Are U.S. Degree-Granting Institutions Associated with Better Community Health Determinants and Outcomes?" was published in Public Health, 161: 75–82, 2018.

Coggin College of Business

Dr. Ronald Adams
, emeritus professor of marketing, was reappointed June 6 to the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board, commencing July 1, 2018, and expiring June 30, 2020.

Dr. Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing, was recognized as the most prolific author in the 35-year history of the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing based upon a study presented at the American Marketing Association 2018 Marketing and Public Policy Conference. The Journal of Public Policy & Marketing is considered the leading public policy journal in business.

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Mike Aspinwall, with his colleagues C.J. Blackman, V. Resco de Dios, F. A. Busch, P. D. Rymer, M. E. Loik, J. E. Drake, S. Pfautsch, R. A. Smith, M. G. Tjoelker and D. T. Tissue, published "Photosynthesis and carbon allocation are both important predictors of genotype productivity responses to elevated CO2 in Eucalyptus camaldulensis" in Tree Physiology (May).

Dr. Dale Casamatta was elected as the incoming 2019-21 vice-president/president-elect for the Phycological Society of America in May.

Mark Ari published "Advice to a Friend offered a Suspiciously Inexpensive Apartment in New York" and "Bull Moose" in Gargoyle (May).

Dr. Tim Donovan presented "The Paradox of Justice: Derrida, Nietzsche, and the State of the Death Penalty" at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference.

Lynne Arriale released her 14th CD titled, "Give Us These Days," as a leader on Challenge Records.

Drs. Erin Bennett and Randy Tinnin led the 2018 Beaujolais Chamber Music Festival April 29 to May 14 in Le Bois D’Oignt, France. This study abroad experience included 14 UNF School of Music students who conducted a four-day music camp for 31 students ages 8 to 12 of the École and Collège Notre Dame du Mas. UNF music students also gave 11 performances in several local venues.

Dr. Andrea Venet published "Constructing an Effective Rehearsal Plan for Percussion Ensemble" in Percussive Notes (May). Also, Venet's percussion duo Escape Ten, with Dr. Annie Stevens (VA Tech), performed a full concert as guest artists at the Academy of Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work 

Dr. Anne E. Pfister
presented a paper "Convivencia as Language Socialization in a Mexican Deaf School" at the 36th Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association in May. In addition, Pfister co-organized and presented a roundtable discussion "Changing Families, New Methods" at the 36th Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association in May. She also presented a paper "El Uso de Fotovoz para Investigar la Socialización del Lenguaje en Familias con Niños Sordos" at a seminar sponsored by Grupo AFIN, Autonomos University of Barcelona in May.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Dr. William Klostermeyer, with M. Henning and G. MacGillivray, published "Perfect Roman Dominating Sets in Trees," in Discrete Applied Mathematics 236 (2018), 235-245.

Department of Construction Management
Dr. Mag Malek
chaired a conference session and also presented his published paper titled "The Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits Derived From The Redevelopment of Brownfields" at the 2018 STEM/STEAM and Education Conference in Honolulu in June.

James Sorce defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Design Planning and Construction "Adoption of Computer Technology in Construction Firms: An application of the Technology Acceptance Model" at the University of Florida, June 26.

School of Engineering
Dr. Adel ElSafty
was awarded a "Fulbright Specialist" award to collaborate on engineering education, teaching and research in Canada, which he conducted at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada, May 5-20. ElSafty also led a study abroad trip with eight UNF civil engineering students to Cologne, Germany, June 8-19, visiting four construction sites: repair of Cologne Cathedral roof, flood protection project, construction site of building complex in Cologne and Steel Bridge repair in Bonn, as well as a tour of bridges and buildings in Berlin.

College of Education and Human Services

The Northeast Florida Science, Technology and Mathematics Center for Education, known as NEFSTEM, hosted the first visit to the new STEP (Solve, Tinker, Explore and Play) Lab located in Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Building 57. On June 20, the UNF Preschool came for imagination where they became scientists by exploring, designing and engineering through various activities around the lab.

Dr. Kristi Sweeney was honored by the Jacksonville Sharks during their Educator Appreciation Night.

Student Affairs

Courtney King and Maria Figuerado of Campus Life presented at the 2018 Florida Student Activities Drive In at Saint Leo University in June. Their presentation was titled "There’s a Super-Programmer in all of us. We just need the courage to put on the cape" and highlighted the department’s predictable, reoccurring program model and how it can be used at other institutions.

Kaitlin Legg, director of the LGBT Resource Center, presented "Bisexuality 101" at the MOSH for their 3rd Annual Pride Day Celebration and "The History of LGBT Resource Centers" at the Jacksonville Public Library’s GLBT Books Month in June. She also participated in a panel discussion about LGBTQ people and communities with artists and producers following The 5 & Dime’s production of The Laramie Project in honor of Pride Month on June 24.

Dawn Knipe, director of Student Government, moderated a Roundtable Session for Student Government advisors at the Florida Student Government Institute in Gainesville at the University of Florida on June 9th. The topic was "Activity and Service Fee Lightning Round," during which participants compared their institutions’ challenges and solutions in order to uncover the best practices for allocating Activity and Service fees across different Student Governments.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Thomas Caswell
, director of public services, contributed to the College & Research Libraries News article "2018 Top Trends in Academic Libraries" (Vol. 79, No. 6: 2018), which is published biannually by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Research Planning and Review Committee to document the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education.


Swoop Summary

UNF baseball standout Frank German throwing a pitchFrank German Selected by New York Yankees in the 4th Round of MLB Draft
North Florida junior pitcher Frank German was selected in the fourth round (127th overall) by the New York Yankees in the 2018 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. It marks the sixth-straight year an Osprey has been taken in the MLB draft. Learn more about Frank German

LA Dodgers Draft Austin DruryUNF pitcher Austin Drury winds up for a pitch
North Florida junior pitcher Austin Drury was chosen in the 34th round (1034th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. He is the second Osprey selected in this year's MLB draft. Learn more about Austin Drury.

Doty Takes Title at Western Junior
North Florida golfer Jeff Doty had a memorable moment during his summer break by winning the medalist title at the 101st Western Junior. Learn more about Jeff Doty.

Knowles & Trace Garner PING All-American Recognitions
North Florida golf standouts Philip Knowles and Travis Trace capped their junior seasons with another honor, garnering honorable mention recognition on the PING All-American list as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Learn more about Philip Knowles and Travis Trace.

Eden Meyer Selected to Academic All-America Team for Track & Cross Country
For the second consecutive year, North Florida's Eden Meyer has been named to Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country team, selected by CoSIDA. Meyer was named to the third-team of the prestigious listing. Learn more about Eden Meyer.

Swim Team Collects CSCAA Scholar All America Honor
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has named 710 teams to its Scholar All-America list for the Spring 2018 Semester. The teams represent 476 institutions from across all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Divisions. The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Learn more about the swim team.

The Goods

Peaches, with one cut open The peach is a member of the rose family and is a sweet, soft fruit of a yellow, orange and pink color. Peaches were first cultivated in China and were revered as a symbol of longevity. In the early 1600s, Spanish explorers brought the fruit to the New World, and by the 1700s missionaries had established peaches in California. Andrea Altice, an instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, exposes the myths surrounding peaches and provides a delicious peach recipe to try this summer!


Peaches are available in almost every season and the variety is dictated by the time of year:

  • Late April-June: Semi-freestones (Queencrest)
  • Mid-June: Freestone (Elegant Lady)
  • Off-season peaches are imported from Chile and Mexico
  • Clingstone is the variety typically used for canning

When selecting your fresh peach, look for ones that are soft to the touch, blemish-free and fragrant; peaches that are mildly fragrant will develop a sweet and delicious flavor when ripened. Peaches are a nutrient dense menu item - one-half cup of sliced fresh peaches contains only 30 calories, provides two percent of the recommended daily amount of iron, five percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A and 10 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.


Myth: The color of the peach determines the taste when it's ripened.

Fact: Peaches may have some red "blush" depending on the variety, but this isn't a sign of how the fruit will taste after it's ripened.


Myth: Peaches, either canned, raw or frozen, are all healthy choices.

Fact: Canned peaches can be an equally healthy choice as raw or frozen peaches, if you choose those labeled "packed in its own juice" or "no added sugar."


Myth: Peaches are most widely produced outside of the United States.

Fact: The U.S. is the world's largest producer of peaches, accounting for about 20 percent of the total supply, followed by Italy, France, Greece and Spain.


Myth: Peaches can make you immortal.

Fact: In Chinese mythology, there's a notion about the "Peaches of Immortality"; peaches are packed with a variety of beneficial antioxidants that can slow the aging (wrinkling) process and help reduce the risk of developing chronic disease.


Grilled Peaches


  • 4 fresh ripe, medium peaches
  • 1 Tbsp. dry Thai spice mixture or 1 Tbsp. mixture of red chili flakes, dry leaf thyme, garlic powder, lemon pepper and group coriander
  • Nonstick spray
  • 1 oz. crumbled Chevre goat cheese or Feta
  • 16 whole wheat crackers
  • Fresh herb sprigs for garnish


Peel peaches, cut in half and remove pits. Dust well with spice mixture. Cover and hold for 30 minutes. Before cooking, spray peaches lightly with nonstick spray. Grill or broil until lightly browned on each side, turning often. Cook only until slightly softened. Remove and cool briefly. Cut peaches into large wedges and place on a bed of lettuce. Sprinkle with crumbled cheese and serve with whole wheat crackers.


Spread The Word

Brooks College of Health buildingThe University of North Florida has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 10 “Best Colleges for Nutrition Degree Programs” by In the recently released 2018-19 listing, ranked UNF’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program in Brooks College of Health as No. 8 of the nation’s 10 best. The program includes a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition Program, one of only two in the country; two master’s program options; a bachelor’s degree; and a certificate program.


Learn more about the ranking and Spread the Word!