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New vessel expands opportunities for coastal research

Coastal Biology boat back viewStudents in UNF’s Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program now have a new means of transportation for exploring the coastline and conducting research. The Florida Institute of Oceanography’s research vessel, named the W.T. Hogarth after a former FIO director, was introduced to students in January during a Ports Tour across Florida.

The new 78-foot state-of-the art vessel has room for a crew of four and is equipped with wet and dry labs, a satellite internet link, fisheries eco-sounders, bathymetry features for bottom-mapping, a dynamic positioning system and berths for 10 scientists.

In addition to funding from the Florida Legislature, UNF was among several other states schools that contributed to the boat’s construction. For years, UNF has partnered with FIO using their vessels for research in the Dry Tortugas near the Florida Keys. FIO also provides a full-service marine lab in the Keys for college students to conduct on-site research and exploration of tropical ecosystems.



Around Campus

When a student needs support

Student sitting in class looking distracted

When a student's behavior indicates there may be a problem, a phone call made by faculty or staff is the first — and most crucial — step in finding the needed support.

There are two types of phone calls. If someone's health or safety is in immediate jeopardy — such as a student who has become physically aggressive, violent or threatening — the phone call should be made to the University Police Department.

Other times, without violence or safety issues, when a student simply is not functioning well at the University or exhibiting changes in behavior, the call — or email — should be directed to Dean of Students Tom Van Schoor, director of UNF's SOS or Supporting Our Students program. In a few months, the campus community also will have a new online system called Maxient to make referrals, Van Schoor said.

SOS, established in 2007, provides a safety net for students having difficulties, whatever the reasons. When a referral comes in, Van Schoor and his team ask for specific observations and then talk with others on campus to identify what is happening in the student's life. The SOS team then connects the student with the most appropriate resources to get back on track and follows up to ensure a successful outcome.

The timing of the phone call is key. Van Schoor wants faculty and staff to call sooner rather than later. Problems typically grow over time and an early referral allows the SOS team to work with a smaller problem that's easier to handle and may have more solution options.

"What I usually say when I do presentations is that I'm not looking for anybody to be an armchair psychologist or doctor," Van Schoor said. "What I want them to report is when it just doesn't feel right; when they've got that feeling in the pit of their stomach that something is wrong and something needs to be done to correct it."

To refer to SOS: Call Tom Van Schoor at 620-1577, email or visit Founders Hall, Bldg. 2, Room 1011. 


Click here for more information on SOS. 

Around Campus

Deans share leadership philosophy

Deans speak at leadership forum UNF students ask questions at forum  


In early February, the Taylor Leadership Institute brought together all six college deans for a special forum for students focused on what it takes to be a leader. 

The event was the first of its kind, with each dean sharing advice and their different perspectives on leadership with the 170 students who attended. The deans touched on themes and concepts from their respective disciplines, as well as personal experiences. The deans took thought-provoking questions from the audience, such as how to increase student leadership engagement at UNF, and how students can best leave their legacy as emerging leaders. The conversation continued into the reception, where students and deans had the opportunity to mingle over hors d'oeuvres.


As part of its Leadership Speakers Bureau, the Taylor Leadership Institute will host an event with UNF President John A. Delaney on Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. in the Osprey Commons, Talon Room. The free event is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. Registration is encouraged. 

Around Campus

UNF and its partners share success stories

 Mary Pat Corrigan and Li LorizUNF faculty and members of the Jacksonville community recently gathered to tell their partnership stories and share how the strength of their alliances is making a difference in the region.

The Feb. 2 Partnership Celebration event was sponsored by the UNF Center for Community-Based Learning. The audience heard about a clinic staffed by medical volunteers that offers medical care for the working uninsured and at the same time provides a clinical setting for UNF students studying nursing and nutrition. Another collaboration with schools in the region provides real-world training for University education students in exchange for the research UNF shares to contribute better learning opportunities for the children. In all, 15 partners presented their stories to the group gathered at MOCA Jacksonville. 


Dr. Marnie Jones, Community-Based Learning Center director, presented awards to partnership members and to President John A. Delaney for his vision and impact on the area. Jones praised the teams for their collaboration and for the rich experiences they provide to University students. "I want to thank our partners for the grace that you show our students as they learn, perhaps sometimes gradually, how best to help your organization," Jones said. "I also want to thank the faculty and staff who work hard to design learning experiences in the community that are transformational."


Kevin Hyde, J.D., chair of the UNF Board of Trustees, called the collective impact of the stories impressive. "Seeing these presentations today, knowing the work that is being done, knowing what can be done, what will be done, I just want to encourage you further," Hyde said. "We want this to happen."

Award-winning partners included: 1) Building a Culture of Health for the Working Uninsured; 2) The Sulzbacher Homelessness Project; 3) The Northeast Florida Archaeology Alliance; 4) The Adaptive Toy Project; 5) Open Doors: Building a Bridge Between Students and Refugees; 6) Partnering for Progress; 7) UNF and United Way: A Partnership that Serves; 8) Seaside Sculpture Park; 9) The Northeast Florida Coastal Research and Education Corridor; 10) Driving Community Impact Through Student Volunteerism; 11) T.E.A.M.: Teaching for Equity, Achievement and Meaning; 12) Fire Dragons: Johnson & Johnson 3-D Printing Center of Excellence; 13) C.A.M.P. Osprey; 14) On Campus Transition Program; and 15) Florida Data Science for Social Good.

Click here for more information on the Center for Community-Based Learning. 

Get to Know

Meet Chaz Runfola

Chaz Runfola, director of development, Academic AffairsMeet Chaz Runfola, director of development, Academic Affairs — and a UNF first generation graduate with a B.A. in political science, '12, a B.A. in Spanish, ’12, and an M.P.A., ’17.

What do you do at UNF? I’m a fundraiser and relationship builder. I help connect people and organizations back to campus to help advance the following areas: Hicks Honors College, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Center, Continuing Education, Graduate School, the Center for Community-Based Learning and more. 

What do you enjoy about working here? I really enjoy interacting with such a supportive and caring team that truly wants to make a difference in the lives of students. Also, every day is so different, which keeps things interesting.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? This fall will mark 10 years in Jacksonville. I was raised in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and later moved to Orlando, where I attended high school.

What one memory do you most treasure? I was fortunate enough to travel to Spain for study abroad during my undergraduate studies at UNF. It was a great experience learning another culture, and the food was good, too!

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? 1) My grandfather — I was close to him growing up and wish he was still around to share some of his wisdom; 2) Shonda Rhimes — because she is the creator or producer of many of my favorite shows; 3) Antoni Gaudí — to learn more about Spanish architecture; and 4) My next door neighbor — to find out why she throws parties at 3 a.m. on Wednesday nights.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I’d love to be a TV or radio host. I’m not sure I would be any good, but it would be fun to try!

What superpower would you like to have? I’d like to be a time traveler. It would be interesting to not only see places around the world, but also experience how they’ve changed over time.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day One? I’d begin helping to provide resources to make fresh drinking water more affordable and accessible for all so that everyone can have one of life’s basic necessities.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? “Mission Possible” — because the challenges of life are all part of the adventure!

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Visit a tropical rainforest; the nature and scenery would be beautiful.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Oreos

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. Not many people would guess this about me, but I do enjoy playing PS4 on the weekends. I’m not an avid gamer, but it is a fun pastime. 

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Exploring Europe would be so much fun, with a stop back in Spain, of course! A dream vacation to me is full of nonstop exploring of different places, meeting amazing people, seeing beautiful scenery and eating tons of food.

Tell us a few of your favorite things:
Band: OneRepublic
Color: Green
Physical activity: Biking
Quote: “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Season: Summer

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishments Brooks College of Health

Dr. Debra Wagner presented a poster titled “Effect of Skin-to-Skin Contact in the OR and Maternal Medication Use” at the 2018 Sigma Theta Tau Lambda Rho at Large Chapter Nursing Research Symposium.

Dr. Helene Vossos published “Men’s Health in Primary Care,” 2 section Chapters: Relationships and Intimacy and Communication Styles.

Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof published the book: “Lois and Fran’s Garden Adventure,” 2017. Also, Hicks-Roof, with Paige Chaffin, published two articles in Southside Newsline: “Nutrition Check: Starting the Year Off Smart,” January; and “Nutrition Check: Showing Love with Good Health,” February.

Dr. Deirdre Shoemake, instructor in the School of Nursing, presented the poster “The Relationship Between Pressure Injury Prevention Strategies and the Incidence of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries” at the Lambda Rho-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society 2018 Nursing Research Symposium in February. Shoemake’s quality improvement project explored the use of evidence-based pressure injury prevention strategies and their effects on the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure injury development in order to standardize care while maintaining and promoting quality care.

Coggin College of Business

Dr. David Swanson, associate professor of marketing and logistics, and Dr. Lakshmi Goel, associate professor of management, received a publication acceptance for: “An Analysis of SCM Research by Topic” in Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. (accepted February)

Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of operations management, with K. Mayers and L.N. Van Wassenhove, published: “Stakeholder Views on Extended Producer Responsibility and the Circular Economy” in California Management Review, 2018. (in press)

Dr. Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing and logistics has a forthcoming publication of the Antitrust Bulletin Special Issue: “Non-Price Effects of Mergers,” (Sage Publishing). The special issue is the product of a 2016 Invitational Symposium hosted by the American Antitrust Institute in Washington DC.

Kate Mattingly Learch, director of Study Abroad, and Alyssa Kyff, coordinator Academic Support Services, presented “Creating a Reciprocal International Dual Bachelor’s Degree Program” at the Florida Association of International Educators Annual Conference at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Feb. 16.

Kelly Marton, academic advisor, Coggin College of Business, is the recipient of the 2018 UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award. She will be recognized at UNF’s fall Convocation.

Dr. Russell Triplett, assistant professor of economics, presented a research paper, written with Chung-Ping (Albert) Loh, “International Accreditation, Linguistic Proximity, and Trade in Health Services” to the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Houston, Feb. 14-17. An earlier version of this paper was presented to the International Business Research Conference, Universidad Austral, Rosario, Argentina, in August 2017.

College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design
Jim Draper received the Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award, which includes a $10,000 unrestricted grant, from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Draper also contributed an image that was used as a label for “Avant Gardener,” a custom-brewed beer by Bold City Brewery that was created as part of a fundraising initiative for the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

Jenny Hager exhibited in First Things First, First Amendment Exhibition, Karpeles Museum, Jacksonville.

Andrew Kozlowski’s solo exhibition “Up the Mountain” was held at the Lowe Mill Art Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. Mike Aspinwall, with his colleagues J.E. Drake, M.G. Tjoelker, A. Vårhammar, P.B. Reich, B.E. Medlyn, A. Leigh, S. Pfautsch, C.J. Blackman, R. Lopez, K.Y. Crous, R.A. Duursma, D. Kumarathunge, M.G. De Kauwe, A.B. Nicotra, D.T. Tissue, B. Choat, O.K. Atkin, and C.V.M. Barton, published “Trees tolerate an extreme heatwave via sustained transpirational cooling and increased thermal tolerance” in Global Change Biology, January. With his colleagues P.A. Fay, H.P. Collins, A.E. Gibson, R.H. Gill, R.L. Jackson, V.L. Jin, A.R. Khasanova, L.G. Reichmann, and H.W. Polley, Aspinwall also published “Inflorescence production in grassland predicted by resource-mediated effects of CO2 enrichment on species abundance” in Global Change Biology, January. Finally, with his colleagues S. Pfautsch, J.E. Drake, L.C. Doria, R.J.A. Langelaan, D.T. Tissue, M.G. Tjoelker, and F. Lens, Aspinwall published “Coordinated changes in sapwood traits with tree height help explain the weak safety-efficiency trade-off in angiosperms” in Annals of Botany, January.

Dr. Vladimir Mashanov was a co-author on the poster “The complex simplicity of the echinoderm nervous system” presented by Olga Zueva, UNF adjunct faculty, at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco in January. He was also a co-author on the poster “The cell proliferation in the regenerating arm of the brittle star Ophioderma brevispinum” presented by Alexandria Ambrose, summer REU student, at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco in January.

Dr. Christos Lampropoulos, with his students T.A Jenkins, M. Garnero, S.A. Corrales and E.R. Williams, published a paper in the journal Inorganic Chemistry, titled: “Controlled Dimerization of Mn12 Single-Molecule Magnets.” He also published a paper in the journal Chemistry – A European Journal, titled: “Structural and Magnetic Variations in a Family of Isoskeletal, Oximate-bridged {MnIV2MIII} Complexes (MIII = Mn, Gd, Dy).” Lampropoulos was an invited speaker and presented a talk at the South East Region American Chemical Society Meeting (SERMACS) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and presented four invited seminars at the University of Guelph in Canada; Brock University in Canada; University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas; and University of Florida, Gainesville. Finally, Lampropoulos’ students M. Schmunes, E. R. Williams and S. Stone presented three posters at the Florida Inorganic and Materials Symposium in Gainesville.

Mark Ari published “Taking Flight: The Fingerstyle Journey of Alberto Lombardi” in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, January.

Dr. Chris Gabbard presented “Home Game for the Away Team: Memoirs by Father Caregivers” as part of the panel “Narratives of Giving and Receiving Care: Affective Dimensions” at the MLA annual conference. Gabbard also published “‘A Defect in the Mind’: Cognitive Ableism in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels” in Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual History 1200-1900, Manchester University Press.

Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Michelle DeDeo was an invited panelist for “Paths to Collaboration with Scientists” at the American Mathematical Society National Meeting in January.

Dr. Jae-Ho Lee and Hajime Tanaka published “Dual Polar Graphs, a nil-DAHA of Rank One, and Non-Symmetric Dual q-Krawtchouk Polynomials” in the Journal Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications (SIGMA, February).

Dr. Nick Curry organized and directed the second annual Jacksonville Cello Workshop at UNF. Sixty cellists from around the region attended the event in February. Curry has also received acceptance for his research and will present at two of the largest national music conferences in the country: The American String Teachers Association in March and the Suzuki Association of the Americas in May.

Philosophy and Religion Studies
Dr. Aaron Creller published “Making Space for Knowing: A Capacious Approach to Comparative Epistemology,” Lexington Books and delivered the paper “Arabic Vocabulary in Undergraduate Philosophy” at the American Philosophical Association Eastern in January.

Dr. Hans-Herbert Kögler, with Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Alessandro Ferrara, published the volume “Religion and Secularism,” Czech Academy Publ. House; “The Religious Face of Evil. Ethics and the Critique of Religion” in Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, January; and “Social Ontology and Varieties of Interpretation” in Philosophy of the Social Sciences, February.

Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen and student Daniel Boyko published “Evolution of magnetic Dirac bosons in a honeycomb lattice” in Physical Review B.

The Department of Physics was host to the Southeast Region of the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Over 220 students from Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands attended the conference.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. George Candler, and UNF-MPA alumni John Randle, published “Market failure as ignored determinant of the choice between public and business administration,” in Cadernos EBAPE.BR, December.

Dr. Joshua C. Gellers, with his colleague Chris Jeffords, published “Toward Environmental Democracy? Procedural Environmental Rights and Environmental Justice” in Global Environmental Politics, February.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Dr. Paul G. Clark, with his colleague S. Weng, published “Working with Homeless Populations to Increase Access to Services: A Social Service Providers’ Perspective through the Lens of Stereotyping and Stigma” in the Journal of Progressive Human Services.

Dr. Shinwoo Choi presented her research entitled “Countereffects of Ethnic and Racial Identity (ERI) as a buffer against perceived racial discrimination among Asian immigrants” at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Conference.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing
Dr. Swapnonneel Roy, with Caleb Routh and Brandon DeCrescenzo, published “Attacks and Vulnerability Analysis of E-Mail as a Password Reset Point” in Proceedings of MobiSecServ 2018 - Fourth Conference on Mobile And Secure Services, Feb. 24-25, Miami Beach. In addition, Roy, with Sanjay Ahuja, Priyanka Harish and Raghu Talluri, published “Energy Optimization in Cryptographic Protocols for The Cloud” in the book “Applications of Security, Mobile, Analytic, and Cloud (SMAC) Technologies for Effective Information Processing and Management.”

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Courtenay McLeland, head of Digital Projects, was a content editor-at-large for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ website project DH+LIB ( in January.

Metadata Librarian Marielle Veve published “Best Practices in Digital Preservation: A Report of the ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group Meeting” in Technical Services Quarterly 35, no. 2 (Jan. 2018): 209-212, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Library Association.


Student Affairs
Kaitlin Legg, director of the LGBT Resource Center, spoke about recent national and local news involving transgender people on First Coast Connect. Listen hereLegg also co-authored the chapter “Increasing Student Affairs Professionals Competency with Identities of Sexuality and Gender” published in “A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, post-PULSE.” She presented “Mental Health and LGBT College Students” at the 2017 Florida Mental Health Summit in November and co-facilitated an LGBTQ Reflective Practice Circle with the LGBT Community Fund at the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida in January.


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

20 Years
Angela Graham, Senior Treasury Associate, Treasury
Sheila Spivey, Senior Director, Department of Diversity Initiatives

15 Years
Glenda Kelsey, Library Services Specialist, Library

10 Years
James Catron, Coordinator, Accounting, Training and Services Institute
Merla Ibarreta, Senior Accountant, Training and Services Institute
Calvin Smith, Senior Floor Care Worker, Physical Facilities
Joe Williams, Senior Landscape Grounds Supervisor, Physical Facilities

5 Years
Nelson Bruce, Groundskeeper, Osprey Fountains
Jennifer Grissom, Photographer, Public Relations
Randall Head, Locksmith, Maintenance and Energy Management
Pernell McGhee, Maintenance Helper, Maintenance and Energy Management
Gina Motes, Executive Secretary, Enterprise Systems
Erica Powell-Jones, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services
Nicole Shervington, Assistant Director, Welcome Center
Jason Simpson, Senior Floor Care Worker, Custodial Services
David Wollett, Maintenance Mechanic, Crossings

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

Jennifer Alexander, Executive Secretary, Major Gifts
Stephanie Cruz, Graphic Designer, MOCA Jacksonville
Michael Dickson, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Biology
Tabitha DiPietro, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Cathie Gordon, Program Assistant, Coggin College of Business
Gregory Graves, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
India Hamilton, Disability Services Specialist, ADA
Debra Huffman, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kevin Inlow, Assistant Athletic Coach, Volleyball
Esther Jenkins, Administrative Assistant, Continuing Education
Malquann Joseph, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Meredith Lucas, Communications Specialist, Student Affairs
Samantha Maletta, Coordinator, Distance Learning Support
Daniel Miller, Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia
Kristina Payne, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Ismael Pereira, Custodial Support Worker, Custodial Services
Mary Radhakrishnan, Registered Nurse, Student Health Services
Justin Richardson, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Kaylyn Smith, Coordinator, Athletic Video Production, Athletics

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, Distance Learning Fee
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:


Caitlin Bernatt, Laboratory Tech, Chemistry
Ashley Davis Combs, Office Assistant, Quality Control and Work Management
Brian Durham, IT Support Specialist, SG Business and Accounting Office
Willie Garcia, Coordinator, Facilities Management
Irma Hall, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, Sociology Anthropology and Social Work
Sarah Hande, Associate Director of Development, MOCA Jacksonville
Dawn Harmon-O'Connor, Assistant Director, Research Integrity, ORSP
Sabinina Harris, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Roger Highcove, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Warren Hodge, Associate Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Spencer Hoge, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Mahsa Hosseini, Lecturer, Chemistry
Thomas Hughes, IT Support Coordinator, Florida Institute of Education
Jana Olslund, Director of Development, Coggin College of Business
Jamal Simpson, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Robert Stewart, Assistant Director, IT Security
Andrea Taylor, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
William Taylor, Quality Control Inspector, Physical Facilities
Robert Truglia, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

Bill Webster, Director of Development, MOCA Jacksonville

Edward Zirkle, Disability Services Specialist, ADA 



Swoop Summary

Ospreys Nip NJIT to Advance to ASUN Tournament Semifinals

The No. 5-seed North Florida men's basketball team dominated the first half and then fended off a second half charge by No. 4 seed NJIT for an 80-76 victory in ASUN Tournament quarterfinal play on Monday night. Sophomore Garrett Sams scored a career high 28 points in leading the Ospreys to the hard fought victory. North Florida remains on the road to face No. 1 seed FGCU tonight in Fort Myers. Learn more


Women's Golf Finishes 6th at Kiawah Island Spring Classic

The North Florida women's golf team moved up two spots in the final standings, earning a sixth-place finish at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic with a three round total of 891. Sophomore Sydney Shrader paced the Ospreys on the final day with an even-par 72. Learn more

Ospreys pick up third straight win
North Florida beach volleyball finished off its opening weekend with a 4-1 victory over Southeastern University on Sunday, Feb. 25. Learn more

Osprey head logoPower Hitting Pushes Ospreys Over Southern Illinois

The North Florida baseball team collected its first series win of the season with a 9-6 victory over Southern Illinois on Sunday at Harmon Stadium. Learn more

Shrader claims first medalist title for women's golf program
Sydney Shrader survived a five-hole playoff to claim the first individual tournament championship in North Florida women's golf program history on Tuesday at the Amelia Island Collegiate. The Ospreys saw four players finish in the Top 20 to secure a third-place team finish. Learn more
Knowles' runner-up finish leads men's golf to 4th place at Gator Invitational
Junior Philip Knowles finished runner-up after matching his career low and sparked the No. 32-ranked North Florida men's golf team's climb to a fourth place finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Learn more

Gold medals highlight men's track & field performances at ASUN Championship
The North Florida Track & Field men's team used a pair of event titles and several PR performances to claim a third-place finish at the ASUN Indoor Championship. Bobby Harris won the High Jump title championship for the second straight while Noah Perkins took the crown in the 5000m. Learn more

Pair of event crowns help women's track finish strong at ASUN Championship
The North Florida Track & Field women's team saw Claudia Jalon win her second event title of the weekend and senior Hallie Grimes capped her career with a championship as the Ospreys earned a third-place finish at the ASUN Indoor Championship on Saturday. Learn more  

The Goods


Three rutabaga vegetables on a plateRutabagas have been around for centuries but they're much more popular and widely consumed in Europe, especially Sweden, where they're referred to as "swedes." Rutabagas were thought to have made their way to America in the early 1800s, although they're still widely uncommon in most traditional American diets. Catherine Wallace, nutrition instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares myths and facts about Rutabaga.

Myth: The rutabaga is closely related to the potato.
Fact: Although rutabaga grows underground like the potato, it's actually classified as a cruciferous or Brassica vegetable. The rutabaga is a root vegetable thought to be a cross between a wild cabbage and a turnip. Unlike the white flesh of a potato, the rutabaga has a pale yellow-orange flesh more similar to a sweet potato. The skin of the rutabaga is thick, purplish-yellow in color and often coated with a thin layer of wax prior to transport. The wax skin is removed prior to eating and cooking.

Myth: Since the rutabaga is related to a turnip and other cruciferous vegetables, they must be too bitter to enjoy.
Fact: Even though some people may detect bitter compounds more so than others due to genetic variations, the bitterness of the rutabaga is much less intense than a turnip and other cruciferous vegetables. The rutabaga flavor profile is unique, offering a subtle sweetness alongside a very mild, peppery bitterness similar to fresh cabbage.

Myth: Nutritionally, rutabaga provides mostly starch with little other known vitamins or minerals.
Fact: Rutabagas are nutrient dense containing only 50 calories per one-cup serving and loaded with potassium and vitamin C, in addition to vitamin A, B vitamins such as thiamin and B6, manganese, calcium and a good source of fiber. Rutabagas also contain sulfur-rich compounds called glucosinolates, which may play an important role in health and disease prevention. 

Myth: There are limited options when cooking with rutabagas.
Fact: The rutabaga is a versatile vegetable when it comes to cooking. It can be peeled, sliced thin and eaten raw or more commonly, peeled then cubed, followed by roasting, stewing or mashing. Rutabaga can be cooked and consumed alone or used in combination with other vegetables in soups, stews and roasting dishes.

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 rutabaga? Contact Wallace at

Recipe: Roasted Winter Vegetables

4 carrots, peeled
4 parsnips, peeled
1 large sweet potato, peeled
1/2 to 1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded
1 small rutabaga, peeled
1 large onion, peeled and cut into wedges
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
6 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Cut the carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, butternut squash and rutabaga into 1-inch cubes or chunks.
3. Place cut vegetables into a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme. Toss well to mix and coat.
4. Place oiled and seasoned vegetables in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
5. Bake for 45 minutes until tender, turning the vegetables every 10 minutes to prevent sticking. After 20 minutes of baking, add the smashed garlic cloves. 

Adapted from Shank, J and Ross, J (2015). The Science and Fundamentals of Food Preparation, A Laboratory Manual. Minneapolis, MN: bluedoor. 


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UNF earns another military-friendly ranking

The University of North Florida has been named a 2018 Top and Most Affordable Military-Friendly Online College by SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher.

SR Education Group evaluated more than 500 accredited colleges across the country offering online degrees using factors important to military students, with only 60 colleges making the 2018 Top Military-Friendly Online Colleges list. Learn more


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UNF's military students in dress uniform