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Welcome, President Szymanski!

President David Szymanski in his office

President David Szymanski is all moved in and ready to get to work! He has invited the faculty and staff to stop by today between 1 and 5 p.m. - J.J. Daniel Hall, Building 1, Room 2800 - to share their thoughts and ideas on how we all can work together to make great things happen at UNF. Read more about President Szymanski.


Here are a few things you may not know about UNF's new president:

  • Dr. Szymanski has three guiding principles: excellence, innovation and leading with respect.
  • Dr. Szymanski was a first-generation college student.
  • While working as the dean of the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, he implemented the PACE curriculum for students, which stands for professionalism, academics, character and engagement.
  • He was a college athlete at the University of North Carolina Asheville, playing basketball and tennis. During his time there, he received six academic and athletic scholarships.
  • Dr. Szymanski dove into the job long before his first official day at UNF. While he was still in Cincinnati, he called 65 UNF donors, alums, students, faculty, elected officials, members of the Florida Board of Governors and community leaders to get a better understanding of the University and Jacksonville. He also met with the leadership of the Faculty Association, the Board of Trustees and the UNF Foundation.
  • A month ago, Dr. Szymanski participated in Leadership Jacksonville's two-day New Leaders Summit, where he learned the history of UNF, the political climate and what makes Northeast Florida unique.
  • Dr. Szymanski serves on the board of directors for Office Depot, a Fortune 500 company.
  • Dr. Szymanski met his wife, Maria, when they were students at UNC Asheville.
  • The couple have three children and one granddaughter.
  • Maria Szymanski has worked as an elementary school teacher and has a Greek heritage.
  • Dr. Szymanski's favorite food is pizza. Favorite drink: coffee.
  • He writes with both hands, usually on paper with his left and on a board with his right.
  • Dr. Szymanski is 6 feet, 6 inches tall.
  • The Szymanskis have purchased a home close to the UNF campus so they can easily be involved in campus activities.


Around Campus

Documents donated by Desmond Tutu to remain at UNF

Archbishop Desmond Tutu at UNF in 2005Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s enduring relationship with the University of North Florida has spanned nearly two decades. The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize laureate was first invited to speak at UNF in 1999, which led to a semester of teaching in 2003 and a visit two years later to receive an honorary doctorate.

Last month, the archbishop added to his UNF legacy by donating several book manuscripts as well as correspondence and speeches — many written during his time on campus — in honor of retired President John A. Delaney. These documents have been placed in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s Special Collections and University Archives as “The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Collection.”

Kamele “Oupa” Seane, associate director of outreach for the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, made the presentation on behalf of Tutu, 86, who could not travel due to poor health. He said Tutu stressed that he wanted the items donated in honor of John Delaney. “The brief time that the archbishop spent here, he just felt a liking for President Delaney," Seane said. "He said Delaney was very calm, very kind and very caring, so nice to work with.”

Document in the Desmond Tutu CollectionAfter teaching at UNF, Tutu left the documents with Seane for safekeeping when he returned home to Cape Town, South Africa. Now they will remain forever at UNF.

The collection includes:
• The manuscript for Tutu’s book “God Has a Dream,” and a second manuscript for “Number Two to Tutu A Memoir by Michael Nuttal,” with a forward by Tutu
• Speeches Tutu was making around the world at the time
• A speech he delivered at the 80th birthday of the late Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary and South Africa president
• Correspondence with his assistant and friends
• Other handwritten notes

Much of the collection will be made available through the Library’s Digital Commons, an international network that receives about a half-million downloads a year from more than 200 countries. Dr. Elizabeth Curry, retiring dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, said, “Being able to study primary sources provides a critical level of research for our faculty and students. In addition, through our Digital Commons, the collection also will be made available internationally, which makes the documents available to international scholars and also highlights UNF.”

Around Campus

UNF's portal — myWings — has a new look

Look of the new myWings screens


Web portals are generally thought of as gateways that provide a single point of access to information. At the University of North Florida, myWings does just that.


Since 2004, myWings has served as a gateway to many UNF resources specifically organized to meet the needs of the campus community, such as timesheets, forms, travel reimbursements, student information and much more - all in one secure place.


As with any technology, myWings needed an update, and on May 14, the University unveiled its new system, alongside the old, to allow the campus community to explore. The myWings name and web address have not changed. What has changed is the look. If you've signed into myWings recently and pressed the yellow button - Try UNF's New Portal - you saw the modern-looking tile format, which is customized for users based on their role at the University, whether employee, alumni, student or parent.


There are some changes, however, that offer benefits you'll want to know about:

  • More speed, as the new system responds more quickly than the old
  • A search option that allows you to enter what you need for quick access, rather than reading through a list
  • A tile format that shows you the main options at a glance and offers the option to customize the view
  • Real-time notifications that are easily seen when myWings opens
  • A new mobile-friendly app, now available for download for iPhone and Android devices, that shows the same view you will see on the website, making it easy to follow. (Delete the old app first, if you have it.)

As before, once the portal opens, with just a few clicks you will find all the resources you've come to expect. That's because resources within myWings have not changed, according to Alison Cruess, director of Administration and Finance Communications and Training. "The portal is really a layer that allows you to access banner and other applications," Cruess said. "Banner is not changing, so all the applications that people are using are not changing. It's really just the outer layer that looks different."


So, if you haven't taken a look, it's time to try it and get comfortable with it. The old technology will be discontinued sometime in late August.


Find more information on the new portal.


Students and faculty around the globe

UNF faculty visit China to discuss international exchange programs

The University of North Florida is providing students extraordinary learning opportunities through faculty-led study abroad programs. Ranked at No. 10 in the nation for such opportunities in 2017, UNF will have 246 Ospreys participating in 18 summer programs, which does not include the 80 students participating in Coggin College of Business exchange programs. Students will visit every continent, excluding Antarctica, and more than 15 countries from the May break through Summer B and C. 

UNF faculty members recently visited China and discussed international exchange programs that will benefit the University’s students and faculty in the future. The team, along with Mayo Clinic faculty, visited several institutions in the cities of Jinan, Qingdao and Beijing. Focusing on partnership and the exchange of knowledge and experience, the professionals discussed practicing healthcare, hosting a future international conference for UNF and Peking University for health and healthcare management, and collaborating with Qingdao University to provide exchange programs for the students and faculty of both institutions. 

Get to Know

Maurisha Bishop-Salmon

Maurisha Bishop-Salmon headshot Job title and department: Coordinator/Victim Advocate in the Department of Diversity Initiatives (DDI)

What do you do at UNF? I provide a voice for those who are at a temporary loss for words due to any form of victimization.

What do you enjoy about working here? I really enjoy meeting and working with students from all walks of life. Like traveling, in many ways it broadens my horizons.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I’ve lived in Jacksonville going on seven years. I’ve also lived in New York and Barbados.

What one memory do you most treasure? The birth of my daughter. She taught me and is still teaching me all about sacrifice and purpose.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? Deepak Chopra — Multiple discussions on sense of self and purpose.
Father — I am a daddy’s girl and, according to my dad, my brother and I were all that mattered to him.
Daughter — She has given to me what I think I gave to my dad: a sense of purpose.
Husband — He keeps me grounded.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Definitely a general practitioner for obvious reasons …

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? To go back in time and become that doctor.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? In my utopic world, there would be no social injustices, and we would all focus on the good of the population.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? “So What’s Next?” Change and challenge are such a huge part of who and what we become, so we must embrace it.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? It was completing graduate school with a business degree in management (MSM). Thank you, Coggin. The world of business, not to mention the classes, was completely foreign to me, and I challenged myself to see if I could do it and I did it! Now it’s about the bottom line and risk.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I am an adrenaline junkie. I sky-dived and thought it was the most freeing moment I ever had. I think that Nascar is next.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Paris. I am curious to see if it’s all I conjured it up to be.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Board game: Mancala and Backgammon
Book: “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua
Childhood memory: Going to the beach with my dad
Physical activity: Yoga. I am a certified 200 Hour Yoga Instructor
TV show as a kid: Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys (In addition, I read just about all the books.)


Osprey Profile: Jenna DuPilka

Jenna Dupilka, Student Body President headshotJenna DuPilka is Student Body President/University Trustee

What is your major and why did you choose it? My major is political science. I chose political science because I enjoy learning history and how it affects our political climate today. Also, I plan on attending law school and becoming involved in politics.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? I decided to attend the University of North Florida because of the small class sizes offered, the small Greek Life community and our beautiful campus and nature trails.

Where are you from? I am from Jupiter, Florida, a small beach town three hours south of Jacksonville.

What do you like most about UNF? I like that the campus is small, and I can get from point A to point B by walking.

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? My favorite professor is Professor Josh Gellers because he has helped me achieve my goals since I was a freshman. My favorite class is hard to decide on, but if I had to choose, it would have to be American Presidency.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? Being an Osprey means showing kindness to all students and having school spirit. Fly Hard!

What’s your favorite UNF tradition? My favorite UNF tradition is studying on the second floor of the library with all of my friends.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? My favorite spot on campus is the bamboo garden near Peace Plaza. I enjoy sitting on a bench and reading a book in the middle of the garden.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? I would like to meet John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy was a young president who went straight for the top early in his career. Also, he was instrumental in creating a personality for the United States President, and I would want to know why he established such a persona.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would want to be a part of the Women’s Suffrage Movements in the United Kingdom. These movements made an impact across the western world. The actions were lobbying efforts, protests and civil disobedience all in one tactic. I would have liked to witness these movements and meet the women on whose shoulders I now stand.

Do you have any advice for high school students? Do not be afraid to walk into a room of strangers and participate in an event you found on campus. If you want to have a college career, then you need to break through your fear of people judging you. Try new things and meet new people because you never know what opportunities lie ahead of you.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? I will graduate in spring 2019. I plan on attending law school and becoming a family-law attorney. I want to specialize in domestic violence and sexual assault. My end goal is to be elected to Congress. While in Congress, I want to create a committee within Congress specifically for domestic violence and sexual assault, so lobbying efforts can help these underfunded departments by passing cognizant legislation.


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

30 Years
Donald Hicks, Landscape Grounds Superintendent, Physical Facilities

25 Years
Keith Hufford, Associate Director, Enterprise Systems

15 Years
Lester Jones, Custodial Worker, University Housing
Koren Borges, Instructor, Management
Sherry Sands, Executive Assistant, President's Office

10 Years
Juan Loja, Coordinator, English Language Program
James Rowley, Senior Control Systems Technician, Maintenance and Energy Management
William Bigham, Locksmith Supervisor, Physical Facilities

5 Years
Susan Russo, Coordinator, International Student Affairs, Center for International Education
David Forde, Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice

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

Claude Ayoub, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Derek Carey, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Adelyn Fleming, Office Assistant, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Chelsea Gentry, Library Services Specialist, Library
Samuel Hanna, Admissions Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Robert Hartley, Associate Director, Student Affairs, DDI/Interfaith Center
Jonathan Higdon, Strategic Sourcing Analyst, Procurement Services
Jessica Jerome, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Jamie Lang, IT Support Tech, User Services
Courtney Moore, Accounts Payable, Receivable Associate, Controller
Jodi Newton, Academic Support Technician, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Jermaine Powell, Senior IT Support Technician, Florida Institute of Education
Roy Rodriguez, Auto Equipment Mechanic, Vehicle Maintenance
Gina Rodriguez, Marketing Publications Coordinator, ES Communication Systems
David Thomas, Groundskeeper, Shared Cost
Denny Willett, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Adianez Garcia Campos, Assistant Director, International Center
Emily Gebbia, Budget Associate, Advancement Services
Matthew Grandstaff, Program Assistant, Student Affairs
James Gwynes, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Jason Joseph, IT Security Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Dawn Knipe, Director, Student Government, SG Business and Accounting Office
Luisa Martinez, Assistant Director, International Center
Jennifer Nutt, Director, John A. Delaney Student Union
Raymond Perry, Recycle Refuse Moving Supervisor, Recycle
Celeste Watkins, Director, Parents Association

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


Jennifer Alexander, Executive Secretary, Major Gifts
Vicki Gipe, Office Manager, Economics
Seohee Go, Office Manager, Public Health
Shellie Greenman, Director, Basketball Operations, Women's Basketball
Edessa Jobli, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, Nursing
Kayla Kirby, Budget Associate, Advancement Services
Sue Leone, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Sonal Patel, Senior Accountant, Controller
Justin Richardson, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Timothy Robinson, Director, International Affairs
Jessica Taylor, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Basketball
Megan Vaysben, Assistant Director, Development, University Development/Alumni Engagement 

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsUNF’s new Retired Faculty Association
The University recently gained a UNF Retired Faculty Association, formed by a group of 30 retired faculty members who came together in May in a first-ever attempt to create this type of organization. As an extended family that serves to “strengthen the fabric of collegiality,” retired faculty associations can be found at other universities in the state and around the country.

The mission of the association is to: provide opportunities to continue valued relationships with the University; serve as a conduit for the current events of campus, community, and colleagues; and deepen connections with former and current faculty and their disciplines.


Brooks College of Health

Dr. Debra Wagner, associate professor of nursing, authored the publication “Patients with a spinal cord injury satisfaction with self-care teaching by nurses” in 2018 Rehabilitation Nursing, 43(3), 138-148.

Cindy Cummings made two presentations at the International Nursing Education conference in Banff, Canada, May 8: “Incorporating Moral Resilience into an Undergraduate Nursing program” and “Preparation on Nursing graduates for practice.”

Robert Zeglin, with K.C. Hergenrather and J. Hernandez Garcia, published “A systematic review of the common experiences of caregivers of HIV+ men who have sex with men: Implications for counselors” in Journal of Rehabilitation, 84(1), 22-30, 2018.

Dr. Deirdre Shoemake, instructor in the School of Nursing, presented “The Relationship Between Pressure Injury Prevention Strategies and the Incidence of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries” at the University of North Florida’s Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) conference in April. In addition, Shoemake and Dr. Judy Comeaux collaborated with junior BSN student nurses Jayce Teeman, Jeremy Tromblay and Beau Bradley on a poster presentation titled “Dedicated Education Unit: A Clinical Experience,” for the 66th Annual Student Nurses Association Conference held in Nashville in April.

Coggin College of Business

Dr. Jeff Michelman
, professor of accounting, will be chairing Rotary District 6970’s efforts to eradicate polio. In November 2017, Michelman completed the 106-mile Bike Ride to End Polio, raising more than $92,000. When combined with the match from the Gates Foundation, the total funds raised were $278,000.

Dr. Adel El-Ansary, professor of marketing, has had his manuscript titled “Marketing’s Identity Crisis: Insights from the History of Marketing Thought” accepted for publication at the Academy of Marketing Science for its June 2018 Issue of the Academy of Marketing Science Review along with four commentaries: Phil Kotler, Sideny Levy, Richard Bagozzi and O.C. Ferrell. These commentaries, by facilitating debate and discussion, will further enhance the impact of the ideas advanced in El-Ansary’s article.


College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Mike Aspinwall, with his colleagues S. H. Taylor, C.J. Blackman, B. Choat, D.T. Tissue and O. Ghannoum, published “CO2 availability influences hydraulic function of C3 and C4 grass leaves” in the Journal of Experimental Botany (April).

Dr. Quincy Gibson, with her colleagues A. Brown, A. Foss and M. Miller, published “Detection of cyanotoxins (microcystins/nodularins) in livers from estuarine and coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Northeast Florida” in the Journal Harmful Algae (May).

Mark Ari published a new edition of his novel, “The Shoemaker’s Tale” (Zephyr Press) with a National Endowment of the Arts Artworks grant.

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers gave an invited talk and workshop, “Drag Culture, History, and Laughter,” at Oberlin College and Conservatory.

Joe Flowers presented a lecture on “Ethics and Eating” at the Museum of Science and History for the Joe Berg Seminar series (April).

Marcus Pactor published “More Fish Than Man” in Heavy Feather Review (Vol. 7).

Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Michelle DeDeo
was awarded the UNF 2017-18 Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Professor Danny Gottlieb continues to perform with actor/musician/philanthropist Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, Gottlieb’s 14th year with the group, raising money in support of the U.S. Military. The group’s April concerts included Brook Army Medical Center in Texas; Offutt Airforce base in Nebraska; Mountain Home AFB in Idaho; March AFB and Beale AFB in California; and a concert for first responders and firefighters of Sonoma County. Professor Gottlieb also recorded on four selections as a guest artist on a big band tribute album for the late Grammy award winning trumpeter Lew Soloff. Besides Gottlieb, who has won four Grammy Awards, the recording also featured Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Lou Marini.

Dr. Nick Curry, associate professor of cello, gave a masterclass at the prestigious Latvian Music Academy in May. He also presented research at the National Suzuki Association of the Americas conference.

Dr. Cara Tasher was featured to discuss the relevance of choral music and conducted the UNF Chamber Singers on the popular national program "Good Morning, Lituania" in a 10-minute segment. Additionally, while on tour in the Baltic States, she introduced 30 students to the most well-known choral composers of each country including Vytautas Miskinis, Vaclovas Augustinas, Eriks Esenvalds, and Part Uusberg. She also created the Jacksonville SINGS! Refugee Chorus that performed alongside UNF Chorale and Osprey Treble Chorus at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine in early April, partnering with Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities Bureau.

Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter
published “The Metaphysic of Spirit and Hegel’s Philosophy of Politics” in Hegel’s Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Politics, ed. Michael J. Thompson (Routledge).

Dr. Daniel Santavicca published “Prospects for faster, higher-temperature superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors” in the journal Superconductor Science and Technology.

Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen and collaborators published “Manifolds of magnetic ordered states and excitations in the almost Heisenberg pyrochlore antiferromagnet MgCr2O4” in Physical Review B (April).

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Joshua C. Gellers
, with his colleague Chris Jeffords, presented a paper, “State Capacity and the Implementation of Environmental Rights,” at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in San Francisco. He also presented, with UNF graduate student Trevor J. Cheatham, a paper, “Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Justice: Realization through Disaggregation?” at the Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium, held at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Keith Ashley
published “Mocama Life at Santa Cruz de Guadalquini: Persistence and Accommodation Under the Mission Bell” in Franciscans and American Indians in Pan-Borderlands Perspective: Adaption, Negotiation, and Resistance. Academy of American Franciscan History.

Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, with her colleagues David A. Gay and John Lynxwiler, presented “Cohort, Religiosity, and Attitudes Toward Legal Abortion: A Comparison of the Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boom Cohorts” at the 2018 Southern Sociological Society Meeting in New Orleans. At the same conference, Dr. Barringer organized the paper session “Gender, Sexualities, and Religion.”

Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull was awarded a 2018-19 academic year Fulbright Senior Scholar research grant for his project, “Pluralism as Piety: Mulism Youth, Militias, and the Value of a Diverse State in Indonesia.”

Dr. Shinwoo Choi presented her paper “Sense of Belonging as a Mediator of Racial Microaggressions and Depressive Symptoms Among Asian American Students” at the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS) Junior Faculty Poster Competition, University of North Florida.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing
Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan
is mentoring two students, Richard Lentz and Brian Hicks, who are working on the NASA Suits Design Challenge. They presented their project at the Johnson Space Center in May.

School of Engineering
Dr. Stephen Stagon and Dr. Juan Aceros mentored student Melissa Messenger, who presented a poster titled "Mechanical and Electrical Characterization of Silver Nanorod Bonds" at the Florida American Vacuum Society annual meeting on May 8 and won second place, with a cash prize, in the undergraduate poster competition.

Dr. Patrick Kreidl, jointly with Dr. Shigang Chen at the University of Florida, presented “Defensive and resilient cyberspace with threat tracking and prediction based on temporal-spatial network/data activity profiling” at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity’s Research Symposium on April 3. In addition, Kreidl co-authored, with student Blake Nazario-Casey in the School of Computing, a paper titled “Robot navigation in unknown environments using priority-based scheduling” and presented it as a poster at IEEE Southeastcon in April in St. Petersburg, Florida. At the same conference, Kreidl presented a paper titled “Evaluation of two RFID traffic models with potential in anomaly detection,” that he co-authored with student Al Alkadi and Dr. Zornitza Prodonoff in the School of Computing as well as Dr. Hongmei Chi, professor of CIS at Florida A&M University.

College of Education and Human Services

The College assisted Gilchrist Berg in awarding this year’s Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence. The program, funded by Berg, honors four local teachers for exemplary work in the classroom providing each with an award of $15,000.

Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Recent EdD graduate, Joan Thurston and Dr. Jennifer Kane presented the findings of her dissertation research, Student-athlete Perceptions of Coaching Leadership Behaviors’ Influence on Symptoms Associated with Anxiety, Depression, Suicidality, and Substance Abuse at the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI), in Columbia, South Carolina on April 24.

Dr. Amanda Blakewood Pascale and colleague, Dr. Andrew Q. Morse at the University of Northern Iowa will have their article, "Employer perspectives on higher education accountability: Evidence of broad consensus or nuanced dissent?” published in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Higher Education Management.

Dr. Matthew Ohlson received grants from the Cummer Foundation and the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to expand the collegiate student leadership development embedded in the C.A.M.P. Osprey program. This nationally recognized program is a partnership between the Taylor Leadership Institute and the COEHS. In addition, Ohlson, in collaboration with a rural school leader, Kirianne Bird, Flagler County Schools, and UNF graduate students, Leah Norton and Lisa Dunham, wrote the article "Here to Stay: A Case Study in Supporting and Empowering Teachers” which will be published in the summer issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Also, Ohlson was a featured speaker at the American Compliance Association (ACA Compliance Group) National Conference discussing ways to use positive leadership to reduce workplace stress.

Dr. Kristi Sweeney spoke with Action News Jax on the potential impacts of the redevelopment plans for Everbank Field.

Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol
Dr. Wanda Hedrick’s
retirement party at Restaurant Orsay was a great culmination to an amazing career. Dr. Hedrick’s scholarship, service, and teaching will be much missed at UNF. 

Dr. Stacy Boote presented a paper with her co-author, Dr. David Boote, at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 23. “Leaping from Discrete to Continuous X-Axes in Science: 6th Grade Struggles” presents findings from their qualitative study using protocol analysis.

Dr. Deborah Reed spoke on EduTalk Education Talk Radio on inclusion in special education.

Center for Urban Education and Policy
Dr. Chris Janson
, UNF education professor and director of the University's Center for Urban Education and Policy, is working with local activist on turning Snyder Memorial into a museum for civil rights history.

Excpetional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Phillip Sasse
, a spring 2018 graduate from the graduate program in EDIE recently earned his master's degree in exceptional student education, with a concentration on disability services. 

Dr. Tara Rowe, assistant director of THRIVE in the disability resource center and fellow graduate of LCSM, co-presented a session on supporting students with ASD here at UNF in developing career skills. The session discussed strategies used at UNF to promote career skills and included five "musts" to cover when students with ASD prepare for job interviews.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Tammy Druash, resource description librarian, and Maria Atilano, student outreach librarian, presented "Librarians Assemble: Identifying, Acquiring and Promoting a New Graphic Novel Collection,” highlighting the Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s new and growing graphic novel collection at the 2018 Florida Library Association Conference on Thursday, May 24 in Orlando.

Stephanie F. Race, head of research and outreach, was invited to contribute to “Pivot to Learning” — a panel discussion bout open and affordable educational resources during the GALE/Cengage Learning annual meeting in Michigan in May.


Swoop Summary

UNF golfer Theresa ConroyTeresa Conroy Named to Google Cloud Academic All-District® Team
North Florida sophomore golfer Teresa Conroy was recognized as a Google Cloud Academic All-District® honoree as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America or CoSIDA. Learn more about Teresa Conroy.

UNF golfer Philip KnowlesPhilip Knowles Finishes 9th at NCAA Championship

North Florida junior Philip Knowles carded a final round even-par 72 en route to finishing tied for ninth on Monday in the individual standings of stroke play in the NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His performance marked the best finish by a UNF golfer at the NCAA Championship. Learn more about Philip Knowles.


Trio of Junior Golfers Earn PING All-Region Honors
The Golf Coaches Association of America announced the list of PING All-Region honorees for 2018 with North Florida's trio of standout junior golfers — Philip Knowles, Andrew Alligood, Travis Trace — among those selected to the All-Southeast Region. Learn more about UNF's junior golfers.

UNF track standout Eden MeyerEden Meyer Collects CoSIDA Academic All-District Honor
North Florida Track & Field standout Eden Meyer picked up another award in her historic career as the senior was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Learn more about Eden Meyer

Osprey Men Capture Fourth Consecutive ASUN All-Sport Trophy
North Florida claimed the Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy for the fourth-straight season, while FGCU earned the Sherman Day Trophy for the fourth-straight year as well. This marks the first instance in which each trophy was won by a different institution. Learn more about the All-Sport Trophy.

The Goods

Bread and grainsGrains and Gluten-Free Diets

What is a grain?
Grains are the edible seeds from plants of the grass family. The fruit (the seed or kernel) and the plant are called grain. Grains are often referred to as cereals. Worldwide, the most commonly known grains are wheat, rice, maize (corn), barley, sorghum, oats, rye and millet. Wild rice, buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa are not grains but used as such. Grains are ground into flour.

What is gluten?
Wheat flour is a commonly used and preferred for baking due to its gluten content. Besides wheat, gluten is found in barley, rye and triticale. When a containing-gluten flour is mixed with water or other liquid and stirred or beaten (as in kneading dough) two gluten proteins, gliadin and glutenin, create elastic structures that provide texture, moisture and flavor to the dough. This provides soft, fluffy and moist qualities to the baked product. Without gluten the bread does not develop shape, is harder, dries out and goes stale quickly.

Who needs a gluten-free diet?
In some people, gluten causes a reaction in the small intestine. People who experience adverse reactions or have been celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine) or wheat allergy (allergic reactions caused by gluten or other wheat protein) or non-celiac gluten sensitivity would not enjoy gluten and would benefit from consuming a gluten-free diet.

What is a gluten-free diet?
Individuals with gluten sensitivity can select to eat gluten-free diets or products made with gluten-free flours. This includes flours made from corn, rice, potato, soy and others. Gluten-free diets are currently popular among the general population, but currently there is insufficient evidence that gluten-free diets are healthier, or better for weight loss or increased energy for the general population or persons who are not gluten intolerant.


Information provided by:
Drs. Zhiping Yu and Judith Rodriguez, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
Department of Nutrition and Dietetic


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Osprey athletes post record classroom performanceUNF women's cross country team

The streak of academic success continues! With the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year, the University of North Florida Athletics Department is celebrating the extension of one of its most impressive streaks as UNF student-athletes recorded their seventh full academic year with a cumulative department GPA of 3.0 or higher. The spring semester average GPA for Athletics exceeded 3.4, with women's cross country leading the programs with an average 3.76 GPA!

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