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InsideNovember 2018

Around Campus

Demystifying the metrics: a look at performance-based metrics 1 and 2

UNF graduate working at area Mercedes Benz facilitySo, how are UNF graduates doing after they receive their undergraduate degrees? Do they have jobs? Or have they successfully moved on to grad school? Are they making decent money?

Those are the questions behind the first two state performance-based metrics and areas that UNF does well in, having received 8 out of 10 points on each metric last year. In fact, UNF leads the state in the percentage of its graduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation. With current success in these areas, UNF has an opportunity to do even better and is taking steps to continue to move the needle.

The first two metrics considered by the state are:
Metric No. 1 — Percent of Bachelor’s Graduates Enrolled or Employed earning $25,000 one year after graduation

Metric No. 2 — Median Wages of Bachelor’s Graduates employed full-time one year after graduation (Median wage for UNF graduates one year after graduation is $38,000)

UNF’s geographic location in a large, thriving city provides abundant opportunities for students to get experience year-round in their fields. Industry professionals are strong partners, serving on college advisor boards, lending resources to projects and providing students with internships and other valuable real-world experiences that enable them to be job-ready when they graduate.

Eighty-seven percent of UNF seniors who responded to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) survey last year said they take part in internships and other high-impact practices in their fields before they graduate, and about half reported having a job already lined up before they graduate. This could be linked to the fact that UNF majors are aligned with the top job needs in Florida at a 29 percent higher pace than the State University System as a whole. A continued and enhanced focus on career development, heightened graduate school opportunities and expanded community partnerships aim to further enhance the undergraduate experience for students at UNF and career success after graduation.

Each year, the state of Florida evaluates 11 SUS schools (Florida Polytechnic University is exempt) on 10 metrics, which include the two listed above. Seven metrics apply to each Florida institution in the SUS, the eighth is the same for all with a variation for New College of Florida, No. 9 is specific to each university and determined by the Board of Governors based on a review of the University’s work plan, and No. 10 is determined by each University’s Board of Trustees.

Review the 10 metrics applicable to UNF, and visit the SUS webpage for more information about Florida’s Performance-Based Funding model. Stay tuned to future issues of Inside for a closer look at other metrics.

Around Campus

Campus initiative targets textbook costs

Student studying on laptopAfter 10 years of teaching at UNF, Sam Mathies understands that many undergrads struggle with financial obligations. “I know a good number of my students are working, and they seem to be working a lot of hours,” he said. To ease the burden, Mathies chose new instructional materials for his Department of Communication course — Public Speaking for Professionals — thus reducing the cost from $100 to $0.

He’s not alone. UNF faculty members will save students collectively more than $385,000 annually by redesigning 16 courses to use all free or inexpensive materials. It’s all part of the Open Educational Resources or OER Initiative, a joint project started last fall between the Center for Instruction and Research Technology and the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. 

Dr. Deb Miller, senior director of CIRT, said there is a lot of work being done nationally to reduce textbook costs. For example, professors around the country are joining forces to write open-access instructional materials. At UNF, the OER Initiative is helping faculty find those lower-cost educational resources. “Faculty members realize that expensive materials are often a barrier to completing a course or to doing well, because many students report that they don’t buy the textbooks due to price,” Miller said. In the next few weeks, she will notify faculty of another opportunity to submit proposals for their courses and kick off another round of course redesign. For the 2019 academic year, up to 20 additional proposals will be accepted and supported.

The process is not difficult but does require extra time and reading, according to Mathies. He worked with the library to find alternative materials for each chapter of his textbook and then with CIRT to reorganize his class on Canvas, so students would be able to easily access the materials. His efforts will allow the group of about 80 students who will take his course next semester to save about $8,000.

Find more information about how to participate. Here’s an overview of the process for participants:
• Review the information online or talk with CIRT or library staff to submit a proposal for redesign
• Attend a kickoff meeting with library and CIRT staff to learn more about OER and the support available on campus
• Consult individually with instructional designers and librarians to get help finding and adopting high-quality materials as well as setting up the course in Canvas to optimize student access

Around Campus

Employees' role in campus safety

Students walking near the GreenIn an effort to ensure the well-being and safety of everyone on campus, a University policy was expanded at the beginning of the semester to require all UNF employees to report allegations of sexual misconduct.

In an email to campus, President David Szymanski said, "We need to guarantee that no one on this campus turns a blind eye to sexual assault." Prior to the change faculty, athletics staff, higher-level administrators and individuals who worked directly with students were required to report.

Responsible employees should promptly report allegations or incidents witnessed of sexual misconduct by or against any student, employee, contractor or visitor, to the University’s Title IX administrator or any divisional Title IX coordinator. If an individual alleges they have been subjected to sexual misconduct of a criminal nature, and if the individual consents, a Responsible Employee should also contact the University Police Department.

Cheryl Gonzalez, director of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity, said the responsible employee concept is not new at UNF, but was revised to have a broader reach, to be more vigilant to ensure that everyone on our campus is safe, and that everyone is treated fairly and equitably. "If you see something; you say something," said Gonzalez commenting that there is a strong network in place to serve the UNF community, including the Women’s Center, Dean of Students, Student Omsbuds Office, UPD, Counseling Center, Human Resources and more.

For training, Responsible Employees have three options:

1. Attend an instructor-led CPDT course that can be registered for via the CPDT link in myWings.
2. Request Cheryl Gonzalez, director, EOD or Kelly Harrison, director, CPDT to come train staff in offices, staff meetings, etc.
3. Take the online Title IX module, "Title IX Awareness: Do You Know Your IX?" (scroll down until you see the canvas link for the class).

The reporting requirement applies to all UNF employees except student employees and confidential employees such as those in the Victim Advocacy Program, Student Health Services and the Counseling Center, and UPD.


Books for the Holidays

Snowmen on breach and text University Press 2018 holiday sale

The holidays are fast approaching, and the University Press of Florida has just released it holiday catalog featuring publications on topics from Florida history, photography, cooking, travel, archaeology, science, technology and much more. Order before Dec. 17 with code XM18 and enjoy discounts on books from authors throughout the State University System with $1 per book shipping. Orders over $50 will also receive a free UPF tote bag.


Check out the holiday catalog or visit the UPF's website for more information.

Faculty Forum

Meet Dr. Natasha Christie

Dr. Natasha Christie headshot Dr. Natasha Christie, Department of Political Science and Public Administration chair and associate professor, teaches the department’s research methods and public policy courses. One of Christie’s current research projects is the creation of an "untouchables index," which ranks a state’s level of inclusivity regarding ex-felons and immigrants. 

What brought you to UNF? After working in a criminal justice agency for a few years after getting my doctorate, I began looking for ways to address how we as a society think of criminal justice issues from a political perspective. A one-year visiting professor position at UNF opened up around the same time allowing me to merge my interest in the connections between criminal justice and public policy.

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? Political scientists do indeed have a stake in studying criminal justice issues especially since much of it stems from political/policy-based decisions. Some notable issues are felon disenfranchisement and prison-based gerrymandering.


What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? Seeing formerly incarcerated individuals pursuing higher education at UNF.


What is your personal philosophy? What’s meant for you will always be for you. 


What do you like most about UNF?  

I have to say the level of collegiality and genuine care that employees have for one another. 


Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? I often tell my students you won’t learn it, unless you own it. So, in this vein, I try as much as possible to create an environment for students to own what it is I am trying to teach them. One of the best ways I have found to do this is through the use of active learning exercises in the classroom. 


Who has been the biggest role model in your life? I would have to say my grandparents. I was raised by my grandparents for most of my life and watched them as immigrants in this country work to achieve the "American Dream." Witnessing their hard work and perseverance so that those of us who came after them could benefit was the most humbling experience.  Knowing how much they sacrificed for me keeps me motivated each day. It wasn’t easy for them by any stretch of the imagination, but it is because of them and the “village” that helped raise me that I am allowed to sit where I am today. 


What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Find your passion and engage in it daily. There is nothing more rewarding than to be excited to go into work every morning because it is something you genuinely love to do. 


What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? My favorite memory is one that has shaped the trajectory of my career thus far — that was enrolling in Dr. Mary F. Katzenstein’s course on prisons during my junior year.   

How do you recharge? In a quiet place reading futuristic murder mystery novels, journaling or watching “Seinfeld.” 


What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I like that Jacksonville presents all of the things I enjoyed about living in New York City like the arts, diversity, community events, cultural events, etc. on a much smaller scale.

Get to Know

Meet Chad Learch

Chad Learch headshotChad Learch,  University Registrar, Enrollment Services  


What do you do at UNF? I work with a dedicated and hard-working team to maintain and secure student records, write academic agreements, create the course schedule, facilitate registration, process graduation, run Commencement, print and send out transcripts and diplomas and much more.


What do you enjoy about working here ? I very much enjoy knowing that my efforts contribute to higher learning every day. There’s a fundamentally noble spark that flashes between student and faculty when they have the opportunity to engage with one another. What’s not to like about helping to facilitate that?


How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I grew up and have spent the majority of my life in Jacksonville. I also lived in Durango, Colorado, for six years and worked for several years throughout East Asia.


What one memory  do you most treasure ? I used to go on long raft trips out west with my friends. They would kayak. I didn’t have the money for a kayak, and so I oared the raft with all our gear. There’s one moment I think of often. In the goosenecks of the San Juan River for maybe 15 or 20 minutes between rapids I was alone, floating through the high canyon. It was a truly serene piece of time. When things get crazy, I still reflect back to that moment, just  briefly, then it’s time to square up and get ready for the next wave.


If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? This is an easy one: me, my wife and kids. And I get to do this all the time. The best thing about food is the people with whom you get to eat it.


If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be ? I would teach. I very much enjoy and miss teaching. In my 20s, I taught everything English, mainly overseas, including all levels: preschool to college and different subjects from business English at multinational corporations to high school writing.


If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? With only one day, I’d put into place unalterable protections for wilderness. Thoreau wrote "In wildness is the preservation of the world." I see wilderness continually superseded as a result of political or financial gain. I would put a halt to that. Give me two days, and we’ll tackle hate too.


What one food do you wish had zero calories? Pizza


Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I don’t think of myself as very mysterious.


Where would you like to go on a dream vacation and why? My dream vacation includes family and friends, cabins on a beach and lots of good food. Most importantly, there would be no Wi-Fi, television or cell service. Instead, read, enjoy the conversation or just float.


Tell us a few of your favorite things.

Band: Any group of friends in a barn with whatever instruments they happen to bring. Yes, an oboe, a tambourine and a koto will work just fine.

Board game: Anything my kids want to play particularly if it has made-up addenda rules: landing on green will earn you a squirt from a water gun … and a cookie for your troubles.

Book:  "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman

Quote:  "Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes." Homework: hang the history of western literature on that single James Joyce line.

 Sport to watch: I don’t watch sports much. I don’t understand this strange phenomenon. Why watch it when you could spend all that time doing it instead?

Around Campus

Swoop Summary

Men’s Cross Country Climbs to Sixth in Regional Rankings

The North Florida men's cross country team jumped to sixth in the latest regional rankings, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA). Learn more about men's cross country. 


Liss Davalos Golfer and text Golfer of the week Freshman Liss Davalos Collects First Career ASUN Golfer of the Week Honor

On her way to helping North Florida claim another top-five finish, Liss Davalos was named the ASUN Conference Women's Golfer of the Week. A freshman from Mexico, Davalos finished in a tie for 10th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, her best finish yet as she ended the first Fall season of her collegiate career. Learn more about Liss Davalos


Men's golf team at Quail Valley Intercollegiate

Topped by Trace, Ospreys Sweep Titles at Quail Valley Intercollegiate

Senior Travis Trace sparked a final round charge by the North Florida men's golf team en route to claiming the individual medalist title and leading the Ospreys to the team championship at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. Learn more about Travis Trace and men's golf.  



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


30 Years

Cameron Pucci, Director, IPTM


20 Years

Chellie Jones-Harris, Office Manager, College of Arts and Sciences


10 Years

Andrew Richardson, Control Systems Technician, Physical Facilities

Megan Kuehner, Director, Graduate School

Mark Ward, Senior Heavy Equipment Operator, Physical Facilities

Corrine Housley, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities


5 Years

Renee Baker, Custodial Worker, Student Union, Physical Facilities

Marc Berkovits, Associate Director, Enrollment Services Planning and Operations

Gerald Davis, Accounting Associate, Parking and Transportation Services

Tamara Druash, Associate University Librarian

Denise Durden, Procurement Card Coordinator, Controller

Rhonda Gracie, Horticulturist, Grounds

Fantei Norman, Equal Opportunity Diversity Specialist, Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Charles Runfola, Director of Development, Academic Affairs

Rachel Szymanski, Police Communications Operations, University Police Department

Harry Walters, Instructional Specialist, IPTM


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


Mitra Asgarinik, Instructional Designer, Distance Learning Fee

Megan Bookstaver, Administrative Secretary, BCH Advising

Amanda Cox, Office Manager, Student Affairs

Tammy Cronin, Office Manager, Military and Veterans Resource Center

Carl Evans, Associate Athletic Director of Development, Athletics

Milton Ford, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Shamus Hulihan, Coordinator, Admissions                        

Kimberly Kentes, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems

Richard Ray Lentz, Coordinator, Computer System Technology, School of Computing

Breya Marolt, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Rileigh Merritt-Dietz, Academic Advisor, Advising                          

Jessica Overton, Office Assistant, Quality Control and Work Management

Stephanie Paige, Executive Secretary, Major Gifts                       

Matthew Patterson, Assistant Director, Educational Services, MOCA

Amelia Rubino, Administrative Assistant, University Development and Alumni Engagement                   

Taylor Sartin, Maintenance Mechanic Trainee, Maintenance and Energy Management

Harold Smith, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department

Brandon Smith, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Rodney Tobias, Custodial Support Worker, Custodial Services

Lawrence Warren, IT Full Stack Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems

Amiko Woods, Fire Alarm Technician, Maintenance and Energy Management


Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:


Diana Bednarik, Coordinator Marketing Publications, IPTM

Shannon Bellemare, Academic Advisor, Advising                          

Marc Berkovits, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, ES Planning and Operations

Jason Edgar, Assistant Director, Student Affairs, SG Business and Accounting Office

Tayrin Evans, Director, Admissions                       

Cathie Gordon, Office Manager, Coggin College of Business        

Carrie Guth, Director, Human Resources

Matthew Harris, Coordinator, Program Services, Undergraduate Studies

William Klostermeyer, Interim Dean, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Karen Lucas, Interim Associate VP, Enrollment Services

Danica Mandarano, Assistant Director, Admissions

Daniel Orel, Coordinator, IPTM

Kristin Quinn, Coordinator, Administrative Services, College of Arts and Sciences    



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

Orlinsky Atis, Senior Floor Care Worker, Custodial Services

Jaclyn Behrens, Senior Academic Advisor, Brooks College of Health

Tanja Burgess, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Alberto Colom, Associate VP, Enrollment Services

Linda Durham, Office Manager, Spinnaker Media

Alexandra Iannone, Coordinator, Development, Athletics

Hanna Jarsocrak, Senior IR Analyst, Institutional Research            

Breya Marolt, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Constance Morris, Technical Support Specialist, Enrollment Services

Isabela Almeida Rich, Accounting Associate, University Development and Alumni Engagement

Roy Rodriguez, Auto Equipment Mechanic, Vehicle Maintenance

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Dr. Peter Magyari, associate professor of exercise science, was named by the American College of Sports Medicine as the senior editor for the forthcoming 6th edition of the book “ACSM’s Certification Review,” and will be attending the publisher’s book launch meeting at Wolters Kluwer headquarters in Philadelphia in November. Magyari has selected Nicole Nelson MSH, adjunct faculty in Exercise Science (and UNF 2017-18 Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Faculty award winner) as one of his three associate editors.

Coggin College of Business

Dr. Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing and logistics, and Alex Loff are pleased to announce publication of their working monograph “Competitive Exclusion in Category Captain Arrangements” by the American Antitrust Institute as part of their Working Report Series. Access to the abstract and the paper is available online.  

Alyssa Kyff, Coggin semester study abroad advisor, attended the Association of American Colleges & Universities Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice Conferences, Oct. 11-13. Along with Dr. Luisa Martinez, International Center assistant director, and Dr. Leslie Kaplan, associate director Hicks Honors College, Kyff presented “Internationalizing Curricular and Cocurricular Partnerships.”

College of Arts and Sciences


Art and Design

Stephen Haywood, professor of ceramics, was selected to exhibit his work in the “Strictly Functional Pottery National” annual exhibition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 



Dr. Christos Lampropoulos, associate professor, published a paper titled “Structural and Magnetic Variations in a Family of Isoskeletal, Oximate-bridged {MnIV2MIII} Complexes (MIII = Mn, Gd, Dy)” in the journal Chemistry – a European journal. Lampropoulos also published an invited paper titled “New insights in Mn–Ca chemistry from the use of oximate-based ligands: {MnII/III22Ca2} and {MnIV2Ca2} complexes with relevance to both low- and high-valent states of the oxygen-evolving complex.” in the journal “Polyhedron.”


Dr. Amy Lane, associate professor of chemistry, presented a plenary lecture “Harnessing Biosynthetic Pathways to Expand Diketopiperazine Chemical Space” at the American Society of Pharmacognosy conference in July.  


Dr. Kunisi Venkatasubban, professor emeritus in chemistry, had a paper titled, “Decarbamoylaion of acetylcholineesterases is markedly slowed as carbamoyl groups increase in size,” published in the journal Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics in August.. The work was done in collaboration with Professor Terrone Rosenberry, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville; former UNF biology undergraduate, Jamie Thomas, is one of the co-authors on the paper.


Dean’s Office

Amanda Lovins, associate director of staff support and administration, presented the poster “Does Socioeconomic Status Predict Likelihood of a Successful Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions Application at a Southeastern Regional University?” at the National Educational Leadership Conference in October.


The winners of the 2018-19 Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellowships were announced last month: Dr. Shinwoo Choi (Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work) will work on “Needs Assessment for the Emergency Management among Vulnerable and Diverse Populations in the Jacksonville Community.” Dr. Elizabeth Heuer (Art and Design) will be curating an exhibit, “Amendments: Titus Kaphar and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.” Dr. Frank Smith (Biology) will work on “Uncovering Tardigrade Diversity on UNF Campus.”



Dr. Clark Lunberry, Professor of English, completed a site-specific “writing on water” art and poetry installation in Uppsala, Sweden, and gave lectures on his work at Uppsala University and the University of Stockholm in September.


Emily K. Michael, Visiting Instructor of English, reviewed Georgina Kleege's “More Than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art” in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature in September.


Dr. Jeffrey W. Smith, Visiting Instructor of English, presented “Nostalgia in George MacDonald’s Scottish Fiction” at the UNF Sigma Tau Delta “Brown Bag Series” on September 12.



Dr. Alison Bruey presented the following five papers: (1) “Subjetividades y prácticas: La historia oral y el activismo de mujeres populares en Santiago de Chile,” at the Primer Congreso de Historiadoras Feministas, in Santiago, Chile, Aug. 3-4; (2) “Los cabros de mierda y los perdidos en la transición,” Foro: Representaciones  de la memoria, a 45 años del golpe militar, Programa de Extensión, Biblioteca Nicanor Parra, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile, Sept. 25; (3) “Derechos humanos e historia en las poblaciones de Santiago,” Seminario en Derechos Humanos, Escuela Canciller Orlando Letelier—El Bosque/Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, El Bosque, Región Metropolitana, Chile, Sept. 24; (4) “Historia reciente y memoria del activismo anti-dictatorial en Santiago Popular,” Simposio: El golpe militar de 1973: Memorias y formas de memorialización 45 años después, Observatorio de Historia Reciente de Chile y América Latina, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile, Sept. 12; and (5) “Pan, justicia y libertad: la lucha anti-dictatorial en Santiago popular,” Simposio: Un pasado que interpela. Nuevas aproximaciones para el estudio de la dictadura militar chilena, Centro de Estudios de Historia Política, Escuela de Gobierno, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago, Chile, Sept. 6.


Dr. Barry Albright, Department of Physics, recently had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology titled “An Unexpectedly Derived Odontocete from the Ashley Formation (Upper Rupelian) of South Carolina, USA.” This paper describes a new species of a small-toothed whale from 28 million-year-old sediments in South Carolina. His co-authors are Dr. A. E. Sanders and Dr. J. H. Geisler.


Dr. Lev Gasparov and colleagues published a paper in the Applied Physics Letters: “Linear and nonlinear optical probe of the ferroelectric-like phase transition in a polar metal, LiOsO3.” Haricharan Padmanabhan, Yoonsang Park, Danilo Puggioni, Yakun Yuan, Yanwei Cao, Lev Gasparov, Youguo Shi, Jak Chakhalian, James M. Rondinelli, and Venkatraman Gopalan, Citation: Appl. Phys. Lett. 113, 122906 (2018); doi: 10.1063/1.5042769, Sept. 20. The physics paper is available online.  

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Dr. Chiu Choi, professor of electrical engineering and a faculty fellow for the COAS Dean’s Leadership Council 2018-19 academic year, was invited for a “revise and resubmit” for a manuscript from the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work.


Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dr. David Fenner, professor of philosophy, has had his book, “Introducing Aesthetics,” translated in Chinese. 


College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Matthew Ohlson, assistant professor in the Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management Department, published “Leadership Education for College and Career Readiness: The CAMP Osprey Mentoring Program,” in the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (University of Alabama). Ohlson also will present information on the virtual leadership mentoring program within CAMP Osprey at the 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education in Denver and the Impact of Positive Leadership in Schools at the American Middle Level Education (AMLE) Conference in Orlando, with school leaders from Flagler and Putnam Counties.  

Hicks Honors College

Dr. Leslie Kaplan published the chapter “Innovative Discussion-Based Pedagogy” in “Breaking Barriers in Teaching and Learning,” edited by John Zubizarreta and James Ford.

Center for Instruction and Research Technology

Dr. Deb Miller presented “Something to Talk About: Moving to a New LMS” at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies WCET) 30th Annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 24.


Kevin Hulen will present “Community of Practice on Sustainable Instructional Design Teamwork” at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) 2018 Accelerate Conference in Orlando, Nov. 14.


Student Affairs

Bill Delaney, director of Creative Services, participated in a panel discussion, “Bold New City,” at the Jacksonville Main Library Oct. 2. The topic was the 50th anniversary of Jacksonville’s consolidation.


Kayleigh Harrison, SG Student Affairs specialist, co-presented an ed session with Adam Tobey of Concert Ideas at the NACA South regional conference Sept. 29. This session was on the relationships between programming boards, agents, managers and artists when planning concerts. Attendees were able to take a hands-on approach and work through a variety of hypothetical situations that may become reality when planning their own events.


Dr. Luisa Martinez Joyce, assistant director of the International Center, presented at Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice in Seattle, Oct. 11-13.


Kaitlin Legg, LGBT Resource Center director, served as a panelist on “Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources for Students and Families” at the National College Resource Fair hosted by National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in October and was interviewed with Matt Hartley, UNF Interfaith Center director, about the intersections of faith, race and LGBTQ identities on WJCT’s First Coast Connect. In September, she participated as a panelist for Florida Theatre’s Civic Cinema screening and discussion of the film “Philadelphia.”


Dwan Love-Dinkens, LGBT Resource Center program coordinator, served as a panelist on “Diversity in Duval,” a discussion organized by Five Points businesses about LGBTQ inclusion in Northeast Florida, Oct. 1.


Jennifer Miranda, associate director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, served as a facilitator for Lambda Chi Alpha’s STEAD Leadership Seminar, Aug. 2-5. In addition to leading a group of 30 undergraduate men, she also facilitated two breakout educational sessions: “Member for Life: Engaging Your Alumni” and “WTF is FIPG.”


Brooke Shelton and Gage Ziehmn Ardag will represent the International Center at the Community Engaged Scholars Luncheon Nov. 16. They will present a poster about two community outreach programs conducted in collaboration with the Center for Community-Based Learning via the CEEP project. The first program partnered with the Jacksonville Humane Society and the second with Feeding Northeast Florida. The programs are being presented to introduce international students with global perspectives to local issues here in Jacksonville and to learn about how community volunteer work can positively contribute to alleviating those issues.

The Goods

Food Angst?

Chicken, onion rings and other fast foodThere is a stigma related to eating at fast food restaurants. Keep in mind that although they are called fast food restaurants, there are no requirements to eat fast, or make unhealthy choices. So, what makes these restaurants so popular? They:

  • provide food quickly —in a few minutes, with little or no wait
  • are generally and relatively inexpensive —compared to formal sit-down restaurants
  • have familiar items no matter the country or location
  • have standardized food preparation, payment and service processes
  • have dishes or food items that are familiar
  • have a familiar price range

Fast food establishments can include local shops as well as regional, national and international chains.  In terms of nutrition, the common criticism is that the food is high in calories, fat and salt. For persons concerned with ecological or agribusiness related issues, the concern may be the impact on the environment (as in the high demand of land for grazing beef) or the control of multinationals and their market influence.


Nutritionally, keep in mind that most eateries do provide some choices or healthier alternatives. The key is to knowing what to select. A salad (with moderate use of the dressing) or water instead of a soda are among the easier choices. Luckily, the calorie counts are now on the menu boards, too.


Here are some additional tips:

  • Breakfast sandwiches — Ask for the plain rolls or whole wheat bread instead of croissants or flaky biscuits, choose Canadian bacon instead of bacon or sausage, and request egg whites or egg substitute rather than including the yolk.
  • Hot cereals — Get the plain oatmeal. Add milk instead of cream and use a sugar substitute or cinnamon. To save a few more calories, limit the nuts and dried fruit.
  • French fries — Ask for a side salad instead or a small portion of the fries, but only to share with a friend.
  • Burger — Order the regular size, plain or with lettuce and tomato, but drop all the “creamy fixings.” Do you dare ask for a fork to do half the bun?
  • Fried chicken — Get grilled chicken. Not a choice? Peel off the breading.
  • Taco — Get a soft corn taco, add lots of salsa and a dab of guacamole, but skip the sour cream.
  • Salads — Avoid the caloric toppings such as the croutons and ask for the dressing on the side.

It is unrealistic to totally give up eating fast food, especially during busy times, such as the holiday season. Because you are busy, meal time is an excellent time to rest, pause, enjoy the meal and eat mindfully. It will give you a sense of control over the busy times. Also, most also have calorie and nutrient information on their websites, so a quick check before ordering will help you make a better selection. It is called fast food because you get it fast, not because you must order or eat it fast!

Around Campus

Spread the Word

University of North Florida campus entrance sign

For the 10th consecutive year, the University of North Florida is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company recommends UNF in its “Best in the Southeast” list for 2019. Only 143 colleges and universities in 12 Southeastern states made the “Best in the Southeast” list for 2019. 


Spread the Word!