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InsideSeptember 2018

Around Campus

Hatchlings are a welcome sight

Baby alligators

For UNF researcher Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, the wait is over. The very first baby alligator emerged from its egg on Aug. 18, and since then 49 more hatchlings — each only about nine to 11 inches long — have made their way into the world from nests on a UNF rooftop. 

It’s all part of a first-of-its-kind experiment to check the impact on alligator eggs of increased temperatures and rainfall, two expected consequences of climate change.  


Baby gator resting on eggsTo do this, Rosenblatt, assistant professor of biology, and student researchers, built the artificial nests to protect a total of 400 eggs. Because temperature, not genetics, determines the sex of the alligator, and heat produces more females, Rosenblatt hopes to determine how climate change may affect the alligator population over time.

But first you need hatchlings, so the arrival of the baby gators has been welcome news, Rosenblatt said. Over the next few weeks, he and student volunteers will be checking for signs of life in the remaining eggs before being able to analyze birth rates and related factors.

For a few days after the babies emerge, they are kept warm under heat lamps in the lab, misted often to simulate Florida humidity and then transported for care at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The sex of the hatchlings will be determined at the zoo once they are a bit older, usually several months after birth.

Though he hopes the research will provide many lessons, Rosenblatt said he has already learned the first: “Don’t count your alligators until they’ve hatched.”

Around Campus

Using data to make a difference

Students with community partners seated behind them answer questions from the audienceHow do you generate numbers to prove the effectiveness of a social program? How do you quantify that the program prevents negative behaviors — such as drug use — when those behaviors never actually happen?

This was the problem that Ebony Payne-English, managing director of The Performers Academy, brought to a summer internship program now in its second year at UNF — Florida Data Science for Social Good.

Spearheaded by Dr. Dan Richard, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy, associate professor of computing, the data science program assists nonprofit and governmental agencies with analyzing their data to find solutions to social issues. In addition to supporting the Jacksonville community, the professors developed the program to provide an educational opportunity for aspiring data scientists.


This summer, eight interns, from a variety of academic disciplines, worked with four community partners for 12 weeks to overcome unique challenges. In August, the participants shared their stories at “The Big Reveal,” a presentation held before an audience at WJCT public broadcasting station of Jacksonville. Richard and Umapathy thanked the many volunteers who served as mentors to the interns, including those from Jacksonville businesses as well as UNF faculty. 

“You can see that data science is a team sport,” Richard told the audience. “We identified a wicked problem from our organizations, we gathered data, formulated a plan to address that problem and analyzed the data. The ultimate goal was to help those organizations improve their data decision-making process.”

Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy discusses projects with UNF's community partnersSpeaking for The Performers Academy, Payne-English said the students found the piece she was missing. They redesigned pre- and post-survey questions to focus on essential areas and helped the organization find a way to document and collect data during stages of the art. “That’s something that’s going to have a long-term effect for us,” she said. “We’ve already completed one post-test with a student since we worked with UNF students, and it showed the gains in a way that we haven’t been able to make it before, so that’s a big deal.”

The interns addressed three other issues: Metabolic Syndrome at Baptist Health Y Healthy Living Centers; analyzing trends in child welfare resource systems at Family Support Services; and breaking the cycle of poverty at Girls Inc. Each of the community partners praised the program, the interns and the solutions the data revealed.

For Girls Inc., the interns focused on programs for middle school girls. Dr. Robin Rose, CEO, said the interns had identified which programs had been most effective and what next steps are needed to improve the tools now in use. “We loved every single minute of working with UNF and this team,” she said. “It was fabulous.”

UNF President David Szymanski also praised the program, calling it the “future of education.” Most notable, he told the audience, was having students from different disciplines working together, applying their skills to solve real-world problems and then actually getting the opportunity to make a difference. “At the end of the day, we want to create students who are difference makers,” Szymanski said.

Around Campus

Red Maple Boardwalk officially reopens

Red Maple BoardwalkThe UNF Nature Trails are trademarks of the University of North Florida — treasured amenities that set UNF apart from other universities.

One special trail, the .31 mile Red Maple Boardwalk, is now open after a two-year refurbishment project to overcome a combination of 30 years of use and damage from Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016. President David Szymanski officially reopened the trails at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Amy Costa, assistant director of UNF Eco Adventure, said the trail is used by people from across Northeast Florida in addition to our students, faculty and staff. “The trail was falling apart,” she said. “So the cost was high but the students were the ones who really came and said, ‘we can’t let it die.’” Thanks to financial contributions from UNF Student Government, the Department of Recreation and Wellness and the President’s Office, the campus community and public can now safely enjoy the trail again.

The Boardwalk, which offers wheelchair accessibility and sitting areas along the Buck Head Branch Swamp, is open dawn until dusk every day. You can leave your legacy on any one of the nature trails through an endowment or by sponsoring a bench, lookout area or gazebo in your name or in someone's honor. Learn more about the Red Maple Boardwalk and the UNF Nature Trails.

Around Campus

Campus exhibition showcases faculty art

Art created by Jennifer Hager, UNF professor in Art and Design.When you walk around campus this month, be sure to take a few moments for a quick detour into a world of creativity. It's right around the corner in Founders Hall, Building 2, Suite 1001 — in the UNF Gallery of Art. 

You won’t want to miss a chance to see the works of art created by UNF faculty from the Art and Design Department. On display now through Oct. 11, the exhibition showcases faculty artists in disciplines including photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. 
The Gallery is open Monday and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Faculty Forum

Meet Dr. Cynthia Williams

Dr. Cynthia Williams headshotCynthia Williams is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration.

What brought you to UNF? From a health services perspective, UNF is at the heart of several amazing healthcare organizations. There is a tremendous opportunity for students to apply classroom learning to practical experiences.

What courses do you teach? I teach Managerial Epidemiology, Health Information Systems and Aging Policy and Politics.

What research are you doing? My research agenda is focused on health information technology (HIT) and how it can be used to affect the cost, quality and access to healthcare services.

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? Technology tends to be a shiny object to some professionals. While technology is a great tool, it is not a fix all. Organizations should have sound practices in place and use technology to support the great work they are already doing.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? The Student Wellness Complex — I enjoy exercise; it’s a great way for me to unwind. 

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? The most rewarding experience was seeing how my students applied classroom learning to their healthcare internships. Not only did they love what they were doing, in their presentations they exhibited the most important quality for healthcare leaders to keep in mind — a passion for helping people.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? If I were not teaching, I would be a Data Analyst. I enjoy learning new things, gaining insights and helping the community enhance their business practices.

What is your personal philosophy? I believe that we are created for relationship, and it is in our relationship (community) that we can thrive and grow. Sometimes we mentor others, and other times we are mentored. Glen R. Jones stated it best: "People will rise to meet seemingly insurmountable obstacles and challenges, if they understand the worthiness of personal sacrifices and effort. Supporting that understanding must be mentors who provide leadership; without both ingredients, a cause will go unrealized, and a mission is likely to fail."

What do you like most about UNF? Connecting with the wonderful colleagues at Brooks College of Health: Department of Health Administration.

Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? I teach both face-to-face and online courses. I’ve used a variety of interesting tools and lecture/discussion to engage students. Technology is used in the classroom and online to make learning interesting.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Finish strong! Always be ready to learn. Graduating from college is a monumental accomplishment, but it is by no means the end of learning; it’s just the beginning.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? Late night study groups with friends.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Minnie Mouse

What do you like most about Jacksonville? I have lived here for quite some time, so I cherish the memories and friends I have made over the years.

Where else have you lived? Germany, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? Spending more time with family and friends and letting them know how much I value them.

Get to Know

Brock Ertel

Brock Ertel holds sign: I Love UNFBrock Ertel is an event planning associate at the John A. Delaney Student Union.

What do you do at UNF? 

My job currently has three core focuses. These consist of event programming, with an emphasis on the Game Room; project management for facility upgrades, with the goal of rebranding the Delaney Union to better represent our Osprey pride, including the newly renovated Game Room; and lastly, I run our social media and marketing office. We try to focus on creating and sharing engaging content that will help educate our students and make all visitors feel welcome in our facility. Feel free to follow us on most social media formats @unfstudentunion.  

What do you enjoy about working here?

My absolute favorite part of working here is working directly with students. My staff has always been composed of extremely bright, creative and positive student employees. Their sense of curiosity keeps me pushing my own limits creatively, while allowing them the opportunity to work in a caring, student-focused work environment. This collaborative relationship creates a bond with my staff that carries far beyond their graduation.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived?

I have lived in Jacksonville for 10 years. Prior to that I lived in Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas and Germany.

What one memory do you most treasure?

My most treasured memory is when I came out to my father. The love, care and kindness he showed me in that moment was transformative. He and I continue to have a strong and caring relationship built on trust.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list?

I would invite the following people to a dinner party:
Vincent Valdez — He’s an amazing visual artist who works in large scale and focuses on themes of social justice and consumerism. His work is awe inspiring and thought provoking. I would just love to pick his brain on the topic of art as a tool for social equality.
Bjork — She is an unstoppable force in my eyes. Her music is legendary, and her visual artistry is unmatched. I greatly admire someone who surrounds themselves with art and beauty. I would love to talk to her about how to forge your own visionary path in this world.
Lisa Frank — She is the perfect combination of artist and businesswoman. She created her empire at 24 while still training as an abstract artist. She recognized the profitability of her dayglo animal characters and capitalized on it. On the surface people only see the psychedelic colors and saccharine animal drawings, but behind that she survived a tumultuous divorce and fought hard to maintain control of the business she had started. I would love the opportunity to discuss perseverance with her.
Anthony Hopkins — He is one of the greatest actors ever. He consumes every role that he is cast in. He stars in two of my all-time favorite movies, Silence of the Lambs and Titus. I would be grateful to hear him talk about anything to be honest with you.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I have always wanted to be the director of a museum. I have loved museums regardless of the subject matter since I was a kid. The idea of being surrounded by beautiful art and objects from the past and present gives me a lot of joy.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it?

I would want the ability to read minds. Human beings tend to mask their true feelings and desires under layers of bizarre cultural or societal baggage. I would much rather know what someone wants or needs up front as opposed to having to decipher this through a long-drawn-out conversation.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

I would outlaw telemarketing. It’s a huge nuisance, and I am not here for it.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life?

Brock: The Musical. One of my co-workers says that I remind her of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein from Parks and Recreation because of my habit of singing mundane things at her.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

World travel is at the top of my bucket list. I have a long list of countries and cities that I would love to visit. I always find inspiration when I visit other parts of the country and world, and I look forward to exploring more.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? 

I wish my mother’s lasagna had zero calories. She really knows how to throw down in the kitchen.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I love vintage cars and motor scooters. I am a member of the Salsbury Restorers Society, although I do not yet own a vehicle to restore. Every year my family and I go to the annual Vintage Bike Show in Portland, Indiana. I would love nothing more than to own a bullet-nose Champion Studebaker or Salsbury scooter.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?
I am obsessed with Iceland. I follow several Instagram accounts that solely showcase the natural landscape there. I am not much of an outdoorsman, but the beauty that can be found in Iceland is unmatched in my opinion.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Book: “Magical Thinking” by Augusten Burroughs
Color: Chartreuse green
Food: Mashed potatoes
Sport to watch: Mixed Martial Arts
TV show as a kid: “60 Minutes” 


Balloons with UNF logo


Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary: 

25 Years

Pansy Tapper, Associate Director, TSI Accounting, Training and Services Institute

20 Years

Cathy O'Farrell, Director, Field Experiences, College of Education and Human Services

Philip Geist, Associate Director, Small Business Development Center

15 Years

Angela Gibson, Assistant Director, Grants Accounting, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Elizabeth Hardy, Admissions Coordinator, Transfer Student Services

10 Years

Keith Ashley, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Christianne Brown, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center

James Shoemaker, Senior Engineering Technical Designer, Physical Facilities

5 Years

ArtisHartley, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

KellieCosner, Coordinator, Events Planning, Fine Arts Center

FrankGoodin, Instructor, Communication

JohnMark, Manager, Student Financial Services, Controller

DarrenCarr, Maintenance Mechanic, Osprey Fountains

StefanieLevine, Coordinator Employment, Human Resources

DonZavesky, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center


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


Brian Amos, Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Tamara Baker, Instructor, Construction Management

Nikiah Barnes, Academic Advisor, BCH Advising

Amber Barnes, Instructor, Public Health

Melissa Baron, Instructor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Leidy Barrero, Instructor, Languages Literatures and Cultures

Erin Bodnar, Assistant Professor, Music

Laura Boilini, Clinical Assistant Professor, Leadership SC and SM

Brock Borgeson, Coordinator, Sports Media Relations, Athletic Ticketing

Emily Bowls, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center

Wanyong Choi, Assistant Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Maryrose Claussen, Instructor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education

Ralph Cosentino, Instructor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science

Karen Cousins, Assistant Professor, History

Marilyn Craig, Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Office

Amber Crossley, Instructor, Nursing

Cristy Cummings, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Matthew Dickman, Lecturer, Chemistry

Touria El Mezyani, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Kyle Enriquez, Assistant Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences

Peyman Faizian, Assistant Professor, School of Computing

Brigid Fitzpatrick, Program Assistant, Student Affairs

Rachel Frieder, Assistant Professor, Management

Eren Gultepe, Assistant Professor, School of Computing

William Hicks, Manager Application Systems, Enterprise Systems

Tammy Hodo, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Yisu Jia, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Brynna Jones, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Jennifer Krechowski, Student Affairs Specialist, John A. Delaney Student Union

Alex Lagesse, Assistant Athletic Coach, Softball

Joseph Langat, Visiting Lab Lecturer, Chemistry

Matthew Leon, Assistant Professor, Management

YuHung Lin, Laboratory Lecturer, Chemistry

Theodore Locke, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Lindsay Mahovetz, Visiting Professor, Psychology

Lashley Milligan, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool

Natalie Mitchell, Instructor, Marketing and Logistics

Lisa Monroe, Faculty Administrator, Florida Institute of Education

Joseph Oliva, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department

Megan Olszewski, Instructor, Nursing

Christopher Patane, Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Robert Renn, Assistant Professor, Management

Robert Rennie, Visiting Assistant Professor, History

David Reynolds, Lecturer, Biology

Catherine Riley, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Christopher Rominger, Assistant Professor, History

Monica Salomon, Instructor, Accounting and Finance

Hanieh Sardashti, Assistant Professor, Marketing and Logistics

Deirdre Shoemake, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Linda Skrla, Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Devki Talwar, Visiting Instructor, Physics

D. Lance Vickery, Assistant Instructor, Art and Design

Brittany Walker, Senior IT Support Tech, User Services

Jennifer Weiler, Director of Development, Coggin College of Business

Amy Wisenbaker, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, ES Communication Systems

Zuopeng Zhang, Assistant Professor, Management

Great Job

The following employees were promoted recently:


Juan Aceros, Associate Professor, Engineering

Barry Albright, Associate Lecturer, Physics

Elizabeth Arflin, Assistant Director, Office of the Dean of Students

Mark Ari, Associate Instructor, English

Andrea Arikawa, Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Krzysztof Biernacki, Professor, Music

Koren Borges, Associate Instructor, Management

Scott Brown, Professor, Art and Design

Stuart Chalk, Professor, Chemistry

John Chapman, Associate Instructor, English

James Churilla, Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Heather Corbitt, Assistant Director, John A. Delaney Student Union

Hugh Cornell, Associate Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics

Charles Coughlin, Associate Lecturer, Biology

Sean Davis, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance

Brandi Denison, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Tamara Druash, Associate University Librarian, Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Josh Gellars, Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Jariss George, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services

Lakshmi Goel, Professor, Management

Annie Gomez, IT Full Stack Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems

Tim Groulx, Associate Professor, Music

Rob Haley, Professor, Health Administration

Hanadi Hamadi, Association Professor, Health Administration

Melonie Handerson, Executive Assistant, President's Office

Christine Holland, Associate Instructor, Communication

Alireza Jihan-Mihan, Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Marcia Ladendorff, Associate Instructor, Communication

Jennifer Lieberman, Associate Professor, English

Mary Lundy, Associate Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Brenda Maxey-Billings, Associate Instructor, English

Sophie Maxis, Associate Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Alexander Menocal, Associate Instructor, English

Julie Merten, Associate Professor, Public Health

Jamie Moon, Associate Lecturer, Biology

Marcus Pactor, Associate Instructor, English

Nirmalkumar Patel, Associate Lecturer, Physics

Luminita Razaila, Associate Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics

Deborah Reed, Associate Instructor, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education

Paul Rowe, Associate Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics

Thobias Sando, Professor, Engineering

Dirk Small, IT Full Stack Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems

Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Michael Stultz, Associate Instructor, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education

Frederick Troendle, Associate Lecturer, Chemistry

Russell Turney, Associate Instructor, English

Dawn Wessling, Associate Instructor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education

Zhiping Yu, Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics


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


Emma Apatu, Assistant Professor, Public Health

Michael Augustine, Groundskeeper, Osprey Crossings

Diane Austin, Senior Applications Sys Analyst, Florida Institute of Education

Thomas Banks, Law Enforcement Liaison, IPTM

Gordon Brock, Professor, Music

Ching-Hua Chuan, Assistant Professor, School of Computing

Patrick Chung, Assistant Professor, History

Catherine Cole, Assistant VP, Enrollment Services

Sandra Culbreth, Office Assistant, Quality Control and Work Management

Paul Elliott, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

David Forde, Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Micoel Fuentes, Manager Dining Room, MOCA Jacksonville

Erinn Gilson, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Cheri Harris, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling

Jorge Hernandez, Groundskeeper, Grounds

Jeffrey Houghtby, Assistant Professor, History

Stephanie Jackson, Coordinator Outreach, MOCA Jacksonville

Issa Jafar Ramaji, Instructor, Construction Management

Rudolph Jamison, Assistant Director, Educational Services, Education and Human Services

Sharon Joca, Instructor, Childhood Education Literacy and TESOL

Sheryl Kae, Instructor, Management

Daniel Kane, Research Engineer, Mechanical Engineering

James Keena, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

John Kemppainen, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Services

Ari Kim, Instructor, Education and Human Services

Ronald Libby, Professor, Political Science and Public Admin

Michael McCardle, Assistant Professor, Marketing and Logistics

Campbell McDermid, Associate Professor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education

Martha Meyers, Office Manager, Assessment Activities

Katie Monnin, Associate Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL

Anndal Narayanan, Assistant Professor, History

Jennifer Neidhardt, Director, Benefits/Retirement, Human Resources

Amanda Oller, Coordinator, Fraternity and Sorority Life

Bonnie Pope, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Radha Pyati, Associate Professor, Chemistry

Dontavius Seaborn, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions

Robert Stern, Lecturer, Chemistry

Kara Tucker, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center

Allison Turner, Coordinator, Administrative Services, College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Vincent, Post Doctoral Fellow, Ethics Center

Tyrel Walker, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling

David Washington, Stores Receivable Supervisor, IPTM

In Memoriam

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


Dr. Christine E. Rasche headshotDr. Christine E. Rasche, associate professor emerita, passed away June 30. Rasche joined UNF at its inception in 1972 and founded the University's bachelor's and master's programs in criminal justice. She taught core courses as well as electives in both programs. Rasche's major area of research expertise was in women and crime, with special emphasis on women in prison and the training of correctional staff to work with incarcerated women. She was a founding member of the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime and developed a curriculum for training correctional staff, which has been adopted by several state correctional departments. She also served as a trainer for the National Institute of Corrections.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Chris Rasche Memorial Fund at UNF. All memorial gifts should be made payable to the UNF Foundation and either mailed to UNF Foundation, 1 UNF Drive, Building 60, Jacksonville, FL 32224, or completed through the online form. For assistance, call 904-620-3946. Remembrances about Rasche are available online.

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Public Health
Dr. Erin Largo-Wight
, with colleagues C. Guardino, P.S. Wludyka, K. Hall, J.T. Wight, and J.W. Merten, published “Nature contact at school: The impact of an outdoor classroom on children’s well-being” in the referred journal International Journal of Environmental Health Research, June. With colleagues C. Guardino and K. Hall, Largo-Wight published “Interdisciplinary academic and community partnerships to promote child well-being at school: The Outdoor Classroom Intervention” in the referred journal Florida Public Health Review, issue 15, July. Also, Largo-Wight, with graduate student co-authors L. Kirkland and A. Mease and colleague co-author E. Apatu, published “School-based nutrition and garden programs on parental dietary behavior in low-income settings: A review” in the referred journal International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, August.

Hana Kusomoto, MPH graduate student, along with her faculty advisor, Dr. Erin Largo-Wight, received a research grant from Timucuan Parks Foundation to conduct the study entitled, “Health Needs Assessment: Determining Community Perspectives to Create Park Partnerships.”

Dr. Sericea Stallings-Smith, with colleagues Anna Mease, Dr. Tammie Johnson, and Dr. Andrea Arikawa, published “Exploring the Association between Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Diabetes among Adults in the United States” in the journal Environmental Research, July.

Dr. Tes Tuason, together with a colleague Dr. Dominik Güss, made two presentations at the International Society for Research on Aggression in Paris in July: “Mass Shootings in the USA: Beyond Mental Illness” and "Experiences of Discrimination Among Ethnic Groups in Florida.” In addition, Tuason presented a poster at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration in New York, New York in May, with CMHC graduate students, Jo Ibisagba, Katie Wiggins, Brittany Tombroff, Havey Baer, Kiara Velasquez and Laura Minnich. Tuason also made two invited presentations to clinicians, at the CIP Bamberg Ausbildung in Psychotherapie in Bamberg Germany, titled, “I hear You: Interpersonal Process Approach in therapy” and to doctoral level interns at the UNF Counseling Center, titled, “What kind of supervisor do you want to be?”

Nutrition and Dietetics
Instructors Jackie Shank, Jenifer Ross and Andrea Altice, published “The Science and Fundamentals of Food Preparation, A Laboratory Manual”, 2nd edition, 2018, bluedoor LLC.

Dr. Deirdre Shoemake represented the School of Nursing at the DEU Symposium held by the School of Nursing at the University of Portland at Oregon in July. Shoemake coordinated the School of Nursing's first Dedicated Education Unit academic-practice partnership with a local healthcare facility. Also in July, Shoemake presented “The Relationship Between Pressure Injury Prevention Strategies and the Incidence of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries” at the Florida Nurses Association 4th Annual Nursing Research and Evidence Based Conference in Orlando. In August, Shoemake presented Evidence-based Prevention Strategies and Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries at the 2018 Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators Conference in Minneapolis.

Dr. Helene Vossos, as an invited guest podium lecturer by Advanced Recovery Systems, Family Day of Healing, spoke on the topic, “The Lizard Brain, Understanding the Dopamine Reward Center and Addiction.”

College of Arts and Sciences

Drs. Chunsik Lee and Junga Kim published “Testing a Cultural Orientation Model of Electronic Word-of-Mouth Communication: A Comparative Study of U.S. and Korean Social Media Users,” in Asian Journal of Communication, May.

Dr. Carolynn McMahan presented “Social Media Strategies: Analyzing Online Consumer Behavior and Core Consumer Predictors of Online Social Network Engagement and Usage” to the Academic OASIS-PARIS International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference in July.

Dr. Siho Nam presented the paper “JournalisTrash: The intense distrust of journalists in South Korea and the dual crisis of journalism and democracy” at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in August. He also delivered a panel presentation titled “Korean Wave under Park in the dark: How the discourse of creativity became an enemy of cultural diversity and democracy,” and served as a discussant for the International Communication division’s scholar-to-scholar session of the same conference. At the International Association for Media and Communication Research annual conference, Nam presented the paper “Cognitive capitalism, free labor, and financial communication: A critical discourse analysis of social media IPO registration statements.”

Dr. Alison Bruey presented the paper “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, in August.

Dr. Charles Closmann published the chapter “Environment” in “A Companion to Nazi Germany,” edited by Shelley Baranowski, Armin Nolzen and Claus-Christian Szejnmann, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., press.

Dr. David Courtwright gave a talk titled “From Opium to Opioids: A short history of drug policy in the United States” at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center in July. 

Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski presented the paper “1968: The Year’s Impact on Future Presidents,” at the Political History Conference at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. This paper was part of Mieczkowski's article that ABC-CLIO Academic Solutions published this summer for its online “Idea Exchange” program for high school and college students.

Dr. N. Harry Rothschild published an article: “Severing Grandma’s Phallus: A Gendered Re-examination of the Raising and Razing of Female Emperor Wu Zhao’s Axis of the Sky,” in Journal of Left History. Dr. Rothschild’s 2008 biography of Wu Zhao was translated and published in Chinese under the name 武曌:中国唯一的女皇帝 Beijing: China Social Sciences Press).

Philosophy/Religion Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter
presented the following three papers: “The Place of a Transnational Public Sphere in an (Intercultural) Account of Human Rights” at the Philosophy and Social Science Conference, Czech Academy of Science, Prague; “Espíritu, Eticidad y la lógica de la apertura y la transgression: commentario a la Metafísica de la política de Hegel,” at the Graduate Philosophy Program Colloquium, Autonomous University of Madrid; and “Politics, Futurity and the Philosophy of Spirit,” at the 32nd International Hegel Congress, University of Tampere, Finland.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Brian Amos
, with co-authors Diana Forster and Daniel A. Smith, published “Who Signs? Ballot Petition Signatures as Political Participation” in the journal American Review of Politics, June. With co-author Michael P. McDonald, Amos presented “A Method to Audit the Assignment of Registered Voters to Districts and Precincts” at the annual Election Sciences, Reform, and Administration conference in July.

Dr. C. Dominik Güss, together with his former UNF graduate student D. Allen Crutchfield, presented “Building non-addict identity: Educational/Vocational achievement linked to recovery from addiction” at the 126th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in San Francisco. Güss published two articles: “What is going through your mind? Thinking aloud as a method in cross-cultural psychology” in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, and, with colleagues/students I. Safazada, M. Schaffer, J.-M. Cash, and Y. Bekhor, “The Israeli-Palestinian and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict: Perception and conflict-resolution strategies” in the journal Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Güss also discussed “Patience across cultures” on The Academic Minute, which airs across the country on over 60 radio stations. Finally, with colleague Dr. Teresa Tuason, he presented “Experiences of discrimination among ethnic groups in Florida” at the 2018 ISRA International Society for Research on Aggression Conference in Paris in July.

Dr. Elizabeth R. Brown, with her former UNF graduate student D.G. Mercurio and her colleagues J.M. Allen and J.S. Smith, presented a poster titled “Liking the ones you’re with: Fondness for a same gender lab partner contributes to greater science motivation” at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Drs. Elizabeth R. Brown, Curtis E. Phills, and Jennifer Wesely, with their former UNF graduate student K. Hull and their former UNF undergraduate student C. Smith, presented a poster titled “Effects of a victim blaming crime alert on feelings of safety, bystander intentions, and stereotyping of survivors” at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Drs. Elizabeth R. Brown, Angela Mann, and Curtis E. Phills, with their undergraduate students K. McGruder and K. Sisneros, presented “Effects of Confederate-named schools on racial minorities compared to non-minorities” at the annual meeting of the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference.

Dr. Iver Iversen gave two invited presentations at the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysis, Gol, Norway, in May: “From simple to complex stimulus control using animals in laboratory settings,” and “The history, method, and theory of Sidman avoidance.” There, he also presented “Separating the strengthening and discriminative properties of positive reinforcement.” At the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Diego, he presented “Repetition and Variability of Operant Behavior in Extinction after Continuous Reinforcement,” and, with colleague Monica Vandbakk, presented “Resurgence in a Multi-Response Task after Continuous Reinforcement in Between-Session and Within-Session Designs.” 

Dr. Jennifer Wolff, with her colleague Lisa Crockett, had the manuscript “Decision making processes and alcohol use among college students” accepted in the Journal of American College Health.

Drs. Juliana Leding and Michael P. Toglia published “Adaptive memory: Survival processing and social isolation” in Evolutionary Psychology.

Dr. Juliana Leding published “The animacy advantage in memory: Manipulations of levels of processing and adaptive memory” in American Journal of Psychology.

Dr. Lindsay Mahovetz, with colleagues Drs. Carla Krachun, Robert Lurz and William Hopkins, presented a poster titled “Associations Between Self-Awareneess and Theory of Mind in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)” at the 27th International Primatological Society Congress in August.

Dr. Teresa Tuason, with colleague Dr. C. Dominik Güss, presented “Mass shootings in the United States” at the 2018 ISRA International Society for Research on Aggression Conference in Paris, France, July 2018.

Dr. Tracy Alloway edited the book, Working Memory & Clinical Developmental Disorders (Taylor & Francis), to which she contributed the “Introduction” and the chapter, “Working Memory and Developmental Coordination Disorders.”

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Drs. Jenny Stuber
and Krista E. Paulsen presented “’We Don't Want to Be a Mall at the Base of a Mountain’: Class, Culture, and Supergentrification in Aspen, Colorado” at the 2018 American Sociological Association Meeting in Philadelphia.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing
Dr. William Klostermeyer
published “Packing in Regular Graphs,” with Dr. Michael Henning in Quaestiones Mathematicae 41 (2018), 693-706.

Department of Construction Management
Dr. Craig Hargis
served on the International Scientific Committee of the International Workshop on Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cements held in Murten, Switzerland, which was focused on the production, performance and durability of an eco-friendly cement alternative to Portland cement. He presented the paper, “Further insights into calcium sulfoaluminate cement expansion.”

College of Education and Human Services

Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Dr. Kim Cheek
and UNF graduate student C. George presented “How do textbook images in K-8 US science textbooks support learning about scale, proportion, and quantity?” at VIII GeoSciEd 2018, the 8th Quadrennial Conference of the International Geoscience Education Organization (IGEO), in Campinas, Brazil in July. In addition, with D.W. Cheek, Cheek presented “Bringing geoscience to a larger audience via a large-scale role-playing simulation concerning acid mine drainage across South Africa.” Earlier in July, the two presented “Business students meet the real world: Creative problem-solving via a complex role-playing simulation,” at the 2018 Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT) Summer Research Symposium, Bloomington, Indiana.

Dr. Katrina Hall was a guest on News4Jax discussing the importance of reading to children.

Dr. Christine Weber edited “Best practices in professional learning and teacher preparation in gifted education: Methods and strategies for gifted professional development” that was published in June. She also contributed a chapter, “Providing quality professional learning opportunities using case studies” to the book, which is the first volume in a series of three. 


Swoop Summary

Eden Meyer headshotEden Meyer Signs Pro Contract with Atlanta Track Club
Former North Florida track standout Eden Meyer has signed a professional contract to compete for the Atlanta Track Club Elite Team. She will compete in the marathon and road races for ATC thru 2020. Learn more about Eden Meyer.   


Andrew Alligood headshot Alligood Reaches Round of 16 at U.S. Amateur Championship 

North Florida senior golfer Andrew Alligood reached the match play round of 16 at the prestigious U.S. Amateur on Thursday, Aug. 16 at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links. Learn more about Andrew Alligood.

Eiswerth Wins Playoff in LPGA T&CP National Championship

University of North Florida women's golf assistant coach Stephanie Eiswerth felt confident teeing it up at Pinehurst No. 8 last week, despite it being her first time competing at the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship. Learn more about Stephanie Eiswerth.


Late Goal Propels Ospreys to Win over UNC Asheville 
The North Florida women's soccer team notched its first victory of the season at Hodges Stadium when junior Brandi Walker netted a goal in the 87th minute to secure the 1-0 decision over UNC Asheville. Learn more about women's soccer.


North Florida women's basketball announces its 2018-19 home schedule. 

Season tickets are on sale now and are $35 for the general public. Youth, Seniors, Alumni as well as UNF faculty/staff can get the whole season for just $30. All tickets are general admission. Learn more about buying tickets.

The Goods


Blueberries on a bush waiting to be pickedThe blueberry is a flowering shrub, producing berries that are blue to purple in color. It’s strongly related to similar shrubs, such as cranberries and huckleberries. Fresh blueberries are a popular summer treat that not only have a sweet flavor but also are succulent and nutritious. There are two common types: highbush and lowbush. While highbush berries are most commonly grown in the United States, lowbush are often referred to as “wild” blueberries and are typically smaller and richer in some antioxidants.

Janine Dray-Daris, a faculty member in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares more about this powerhouse fruit. To add more blueberries in your diet, a recipe is included.

Myth: Blueberries can help with cardiovascular disease.
Fact: Blueberries are a healthy food and should be a part of an individual’s diet. The richer the color of the berry, the more anthocyanins and antioxidant potency are in the berry. That said, there is no concrete data that shows blueberries definitely prevent heart disease.

Myth: You shouldn’t eat sweet fruits, like blueberries, if you have diabetes.
: According to the American Diabetes Association, blueberries, along with many other types of fruit, are loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals. Many berries also include fiber, a powerful nutrient that can help regulate blood-sugar levels and decrease your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In fact, 3/4-cup serving of blueberries contains 33 percent of the recommended daily value for vitamin C, 4 grams of dietary fiber and only 60 calories.

Myth: Fresh blueberries are always healthier than frozen blueberries.
: New research from South Dakota State University suggests frozen blueberries deliver a bigger dose of disease-fighting antioxidants than fresh ones. These antioxidants come from compounds called anthocyanins, which give blueberries their purple hue. The ice crystals that form when the berries are frozen disrupt the structure of the plant tissue and make anthocyanins more available.

Myth: A blueberry muffin is a healthy snack.
Fact: A muffin is a cake, plain and simple. Although many people think they are a healthy snack because of the added fruit, they aren’t. A typical blueberry muffin has 929 calories, compared to a similar-sized chocolate cake with 940 calories.

Myth: Eating blueberries will make me smarter.
: While eating blueberries may not make you smarter, the “Mediterranean-Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” (MIND) diet could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This new diet, containing only berries, helps protect the brain from oxidative stress, and may reduce the effects of dementia. “Blueberries are one of the more potent foods in terms of protecting the brain,” stated the creator of the new MIND diet.

“The Goods” is a monthly column that is published in The Florida Times-Union about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program. Have a question about blueberries? Contact Dray-Daris at

Minted Watermelon, Cucumber and Blueberry Salad

Serve with chips like a salsa or over grilled fish, a bed of quinoa, etc.


  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 5 fresh mint leaves chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Chips for serving

Gently toss all ingredients together in a small-medium bowl.


Spread the Word

students on a balcony in Spain

Transformational learning is a key part of a student's experience at UNF, and it often includes study abroad. From studying healthcare in Switzerland to learning about the economy in Croatia, Ospreys have been all over the globe this summer. 


During the past academic year, more than 700 students studied abroad in 40 countries!