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Around Campus

MOCA exhibit provides dynamic self-portrait

Evan Roth's Project Atrium

Ever wonder what a collection of internet search history would look like — all those cached images and files that your computer automatically stores for you when you surf the web? 


Artist Evan Roth created a stunning artwork now on view at MOCA Jacksonville that provides the opportunity for visitors to reflect on how their own internet browsing may operate as a self-portrait. The Berlin-based artist, captured four months of search history from his internet cache beginning on the day his second daughter was born on June 29, 2016. Using software and algorithms, he transformed the data into thousands of photographs. Roth's installation called "Since You Were Born," fills the entire Atrium Gallery and engulfs viewers with an uncensored stream of images. Project Atrium: Evan Roth opened in March and will be on view until June 23. MOCA admission is free for UNF faculty and staff. Learn more here about Evan Roth and his art.

Around Campus

Five free things to do at UNF in April

Five free things to do at UNF in April

UNF Percussion Chamber Showcase

Monday, April 8, 7 p.m. The Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center

The UNF Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Andrea Venet, is comprised of graduate and undergraduate classical and jazz percussionists. The ensemble performs a varied repertoire that includes contemporary chamber music, modern arrangements and transcriptions, new compositions, commissions and world music. The concert is free, but registration is requested

Distinguished Voices Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m. ‘Our Towns’
James and Deborah Fallows have extensive backgrounds as writers for numerous publications. For five years, the Fallows have traveled across America in a single-engine prop airplane, visiting dozens of towns where innovative residents are crafting solutions for their problems. “Our Towns” is the story of their journey — and an account of a country busy remaking itself. Free, but e-tickets required.

Astronomy Night
Friday, April 12, 8 p.m. Science and Engineering, Building 50
View the wonders of the night sky through telescopes with the Physics Department and the Astronomy Club. Observation takes place on the roof, weather permitting, but the Astronomy Night talk will be held at 8 p.m. regardless of weather. No reservations are needed. Find more information on Astronomy Night.

UNF Sculpture Spring Iron Pour
Saturday, April 13, 4 – 8 p.m., behind UNF Annex, Building 6, Parking lots 9 and 10
The sculpture program will host its semiannual iron pour. Participants can carve a scratch block and have it poured in iron; $10 for a small and $15 for a large. Park in lots 9 and 10 and bring a lawn chair. No prior experience needed. Learn more about the Iron Pour

UNF Wind Symphony and UNF Concert Band, ‘Scenic Soundscapes’
Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Lazzara Performance Hall 
The ensembles, under the leadership of Dr. Erin Bodnar, will present “Scenic Soundscapes,” featuring Escape Ten, a percussion duo with Dr. Andrea Venet, UNF assistant professor; Dr. Annie Stevens, Virginia Tech; and special guest Heather Thorn, xylophone.

Around Campus

Communication becomes a school at UNF

Communications students conducting interviewWhat's in a name? When it comes to academics, William Shakespeare may have gotten it wrong. Although a rose by any other name might smell as sweet, designating the Department of Communication as the School of Communication does make a difference, according to Dr. John Parmelee, director of the School.


"The new designation will help us with recruiting and retaining the best students and faculty," Parmelee said. "In addition, employers in advertising, public relations, journalism and production have told us that the School of Communication designation will help our graduates when they search for jobs."


The UNF Board of Trustees approved the new designation at its March 14 meeting. Becoming the School of Communication reflects the recent growth of the program, including adding degrees at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, the change reflects the prominence of the program, which has the second largest major on campus. 


"The name is another way of distinguishing that we are one of only four communication programs in Florida to be accredited," Parmelee said. 


A few other things you might not know:

  • The School of Communication recently expanded its academic program to include a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies.
  • It offers an innovative master's degree in communication management in which students can customize their degree by choosing from one of five outside concentrations — business, leadership, nonprofit management, public management and public health.
  • Students benefit from working with state-of-the-art equipment including a high-definition television studio they use to produce "Inside Jacksonville," a monthly news show aired on CW-17 in Jacksonville.


Winning artwork inspired by the UNF Preserve

Mark Lester's artwork "Chapel"

Ceramic, steel, copper and glass came together at the hands of student Mark Lester to create “Chapel,” the first-place winning artwork in this year’s Pre[serve] Art Exhibition and Lester’s second Pre[serve] win in two years. In creating “Chapel,” Lester said he was surrounded by green trees yet could see bridges and a roadway as well. 


“I was interested in the way man-made structures deteriorate over time, and the stillness around structures that have been abandoned and are settling into their natural surroundings” Lester said. “Chapel is a distillation of this idea. The broken sections of the outer and inner forms and the metal components allude to these structures, and the vibrant green glass within references the natural forces that cradle them as they deteriorate.”

Lester’s art was one of 54 submissions from students and alumni. The selection committee chose 29 artworks created by 21 artists to display at the UNF Lufrano Intercultural Gallery and announced the awards at the opening reception March 28.

Sheila Goloborotko, assistant professor of printmaking in Art and Design, said the idea for the exhibit began in 2016 after conversations with the Environmental Center on how to promote the Sawmill Slough Preserve, then marking its 10th anniversary. “What we really wanted was not for the students to imagine the preserve but to experience the preserve,” Goloborotko said. “In the age of digital experiences, where we do everything online, we wanted students and alumni to go to the preserve and tell us the precise location of their inspiration.” Those locations are now recorded on an interactive map along with images of the artworks.Ricder Ricardo's artwork I Become

The second-place student winner was Ricder Ricardo for his piece “I Become,” a self-portrait acrylic painting, screenprint collage on wood. Ricardo has entered three times since the show first began, winning Best in Show the first year and second-place last year. He said he created a self-portrait from the way he felt when he visited the Sawmill Slough Preserve. “I felt very connected to nature when I was there, so I combined how I felt with my painting style of using a lot of texture,” Ricardo said.

Alexandra Brody's artwork ImpactThe entries have always included students and alumni, Goloborotko said. “We want the students to have this experience while they are students, and we want the alumni to know they should come back and enjoy the preserve,” she said. “It comes with the package of having this amazing alma mater.”

Here is the full list of awards:

Student winners
First place – Mark Lester, “Chapel”
Second place – Ricder Ricardo, “I Become”
Third-place – Alexandra Brody, “Impact”

Alumni winners
Douglas J. Eng, “Goldenrod”
Meredith Sullivan, “Birds”
Mimi S. Pearce, “After the Rain”

Photo Club Award

Caitlin Noll, “Bobcat”

The exhibition will run through April 26 at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery in the John A. Delaney Student Union, Suite 2401. Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Images of the art and interactive map are also available online.

Around Campus

Metrics and student success

UNF graduating students

Are UNF students graduating without lots of additional hours? Are they taking advantage of online offerings? Those are questions behind two of the state’s performance-based funding metrics, and areas in which UNF scored well last year.

Metrics 9 and 10 are:
No. 9 — Percent of Bachelor's Degrees without Excess Hours
No. 10 — Percent of Undergraduate FTE in Online Courses

Metric 9 measures the percentage of baccalaureate degrees awarded in a given academic year within 110 percent of the credit hours required for a degree. This excludes accelerated mechanisms, remedial coursework, nonnative credit hours that are not used toward the degree, nonnative credit hours from failed, incomplete, withdrawn or repeated courses, credit hours from internship programs, up to 10 foreign language credit hours and credit hours earned in military science courses that are part of ROTC programs.

Last year, UNF received a score of 10 in this metric. Enhanced advising and student success efforts, expanded availability of courses, increased tutoring programs like SI and PASS, as well as expanded career services programming and other efforts continue to play a role in UNF’s success in this area.

Metric 10 looks at the percentage of undergraduate credit hours offered via distance learning. Distance Learning, a.k.a. online offerings, are defined as courses in which at least 80 percent of the instruction is delivered using technology when the student and instructor are separated by time or space, or both. UNF scored a 10 both of the last two years in this metric and continues to enhance distance learning programs through the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) and the newly created department UNF Online. Targets are set for increased enrollment, and efforts are underway to develop more distance learning courses in STEM disciplines and other areas of opportunity.

Visit the SUS webpage for more information on Florida’s performance-based funding model, or review the 10 metrics applicable to UNF online.

Departments earn rewards for improvement
UNF’s Student Success Initiative, rolled out last fall, recognizes departments that have shown improvement in key areas aimed at enhancing student success.

Increasing retention rates, which is measured by the state each year in performance-based funding metrics, is a top area of focus. Over the past three years, music, mechanical engineering and nursing have seen strong improvements in retention.

Randy Tinnin, director of the School of Music, said the school has worked hard to enhance programming and ultimately retention by providing learning experiences that include strong interaction with faculty and other students. “These take place through applied instruction on the individual student’s instrument/voice and through participation in ensembles, and begin in the freshman year for all music students,” said Tinnin. From 2015-16 to 2017-18, the School of Music saw a 15 percent increase in retention.

The School of Nursing also showed an increase in retention during that timeframe — 11.5 percent, and mechanical engineering increased retention by 12.5 percent.

Reward funding for areas being recognized can be used for faculty development programming or new equipment. Funds are also being offered to departments whose faculty use early warning and midterm alerts and upload course syllabi on Canvas or Banner. In total, nearly $100,000 was allocated to reward departments utilizing strategies to advance student success.  

Faculty Forum

Meet Ambassador Nancy Soderberg

Ambassador Nancy Soderberg headshotNancy Soderberg, former Ambassador to the United Nations, is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and director of UNF's Public Service Leadership Program, which she founded in 2006. Soderberg's extensive contacts in government and the nonprofit world have helped create a network of opportunities for UNF students to gain firsthand experience in the field, building their resume and contacts. With more than 30 years of experience in foreign policy, she has served on four presidential campaigns, in the White House and as president and CEO of her international consulting firm. Soderberg publishes and speaks widely on national security policy. She is the author of two books on foreign policy and numerous articles. She is a regular commentator on national and international television and radio.

What brought you to UNF? I met Elizabeth Head [a former VP of development at UNF] in November 2005, and she thought it would be a good match and arranged for me to team teach Global Issues with Dr. David Schwam-Baird as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar. I fell in love with the great students and school and have been teaching here ever since.

What courses do you teach? Global Issues and Real World Policy. I have also taught International Law. Global Issues is a round-the-world tour of key issues and why students need to pay attention to world events (they all affect you!), and Real World Policy is an intense course that looks at how U.S. foreign policy is made, role playing National Security Council meetings, and writing a policy paper which we then present in D.C. to a variety of officials.

What research are you doing? I am beginning my next book on how President Trump’s policies have affected the U.S. role in the world, especially which other centers of power have been strengthened and how the next president should address the new challenges.

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? The people in government are actually good, hard working people grappling with tough problems. Ignore the headlines of people who makes mistakes and look deeper into the hard work millions do every day to keep this country safe and prosperous.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? The Loftin Nature Trails. I love taking a break and breathing in the pine trees smell and standing on the wooden walkways looking at Lake Onieda. 

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? Watching students realize they can compete in the field of public service. My Real World Policy class puts students in front of officials and recent UNF alums who work in Congress, in the Pentagon, State Department and nonprofits. We have scholarships to make internships possible — and then they are off!

What is your personal philosophy? Leave the world a better place and do anything you might regret NOT having done when you are 90.

What do you like most about UNF? The students. Many are the first in their family to go to college or refugees, and most work almost full time. So they are stretched very thin — but work hard to get a great education. My favorite ones are those who have the guts to take my Real World Policy class and/or do tough internships competing with Ivy League grad students — and find they are just as good if not better! They’ve had to work harder to get where they are and will change the world.

Who has been the biggest role model in your life? Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was my professor in graduate school at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. I was earning a degree in development economics but she urged me to go into politics. Never having had ANY experience in that, I was pretty skeptical. But I ended up working as an intern in the Mondale presidential campaign in 1983-84. I never really left politics after that. I was thrilled by the real power you have to change the world and found I was pretty good at it. I then worked for Senator Ted Kennedy as a foreign policy legislative assistant, then the 1988 Dukakis campaign — and finally won in 1992 with the Clinton campaign. Madeleine and I worked closely on all these campaigns — and then in the administration while I was at the White House and U.N. So, pay attention to your professors! They are not as boring as you might think. They have contacts and can help you launch.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? Think about the legacy you want to leave and pick something about the world you want to change and go for it.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Follow your heart over your head. If you love what you do, it will never feel like a job. And you’ll be better at it than some job you “have” to do. So, before you graduate, do a lot of internships to test drive various careers. And there are scholarships to help you do them. How else will you know what you want to do when you graduate? Get out there and try things — until you find something you love.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? Hmmm, that is a hard one. I’d really have liked to see the earth when the dinosaurs were around. Not a very political science oriented answer — but I started my college years majoring in biology and am still fascinated by nature and its creatures.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? Living my junior year in Paris. I became fluent in French, lived with a family that encouraged us to get the most out of the year, traveled all through Europe and realized not all of the world revolves around the U.S. When I returned to Vanderbilt for my senior year, I asked my friends what had I missed? They answered nothing — and I thought of what they had all missed by not going abroad. So Ospreys, go abroad!!

Who is your favorite fictional character? The Tasmanian Devil cartoon character. He’s always messing things up, getting into trouble and then it all turns out OK. Sort of like most of us.

Where is the best place you’ve visited? Petra in Jordan. A magical place that has incredible ruins, gorgeous stone cliffs and an ancient civilization that spurs one’s imagination.

How do you recharge? Sports. Scuba diving is the best way as no one can text you 70 feet under.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? Funny, that is exactly my philosophy. So far, I have no regrets and have had an amazing interesting life. Going forward, I would only regret if I stopped changing lives — whether students or if I go back into government, the world. So, for all you students — find something that is larger than yourself and just do it. You are lucky to be at a place like UNF. Take advantage of it!

Get to Know

Meet April Johnson

April Johnson headshotApril Johnson is the assistant director of Enterprise Systems in Information Technology Services, ITS. She leads the Systems Integrations team, which includes five systems administrators and six developers. The team manages enterprise applications like Canvas, UNF website, the myWings portal, document imaging and more. They also build web applications for the University like Account Management, Account Recovery, SG Voting, Student 360 and UNF Alerts.

What do you enjoy about working here and why? UNF has presented me with some of the most growth producing challenges of my career, while at the same time allowing me the flexibility to learn. I love seeing a project move from its infancy through to full-bloom use across the University. I also enjoy being able to coach and develop my team.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would like to be a police officer so that I could ticket bad drivers. If you drive slowly in the fast lane, Ticket! If you tailgate, Ticket! If you never use a turning signal, Ticket! If you brake all the time for no reason, Ticket! If you speed up when cars have to merge onto a highway, Ticket! If you text or are otherwise distracted by your phone, Ticket! 

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I’ve lived in Jacksonville for 14 years. I spent the rest of my life living in Naples, Italy; Yokosuka, Japan, London; and Charleston, South Carolina.


Tell us something that might surprise us about you. Singing gives me the joy. My car is my favorite performance space. I’ve found the more I turn that magical volume knob up, the more I start to sound like the artist I’m singing. If you pull up next to me at a red light, be prepared to witness me in concert with hand gestures and over-the-top facial expressions. The only thing better than singing in the car alone, is when my sister is riding with me. She adds harmonies, background vocals, lead vocals and sisterhood. 

What one memory do you most treasure? A couple years ago, my sister and I took a trip to Morocco. During our trip, we ventured off to the Sahara desert and spent a night under the stars. We talked, laughed, sang and stargazed next to our campfire all night. I have never seen stars so clearly. We ended this amazing experience watching the sun rise. My sister and I became even closer friends and sisters that trip. 


If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? My best friend Sheena who passed away six years ago. I’d also invite Trever Noah, Bernie Mack and Wanda Sykes because they make me laugh. Dinner with my best bud and laughs from some of my favorite comedians would be amazing.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? This was hard. I’d say time travel and teleportation. I could visit places in the blink of an eye and any point in time. There would be so much I could accomplish and see in the world. 

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? Honestly, I probably wouldn’t change anything on my first day. I’m more of a get-a-good-understanding-of-the-world-and-then-make-changes kind of a person.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Visiting Egypt to see the Pyramids of Giza is currently at the top of my bucket list. I’ve seen many wonders around the world like the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Burj Khalifa, Niagara Falls, the Cliffs of Moher and many others. I'm striving to see as many of the world's wonders as I can. 

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Bread has a special place in my heart, so it would be amazing if it had zero calories. 

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Iceland, I would love to see the Northern Lights. 

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Childhood memory: On Friday nights my dad would make homemade pizzas and brownies. To date, it is still the best pizza I've ever eaten.
Color: Purple
Movie: Armageddon
Quote: Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always.
TV show as a kid: Rugrats 

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, March 3-6:
• Thanks to professor Don Hutton and Dr. Shyam Paryani for helping to organize the UNF Alumni & Student Banquet held at Remington's in Chicago on March 5. More than 25 people attended including UNF alumni, students, faculty and friends for a wonderful evening of connection, food and fun.
Kaitlyn Chana, MHA student, received the Dawn Gideon Scholarship from CAHME (Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management).
Dr. Mei Zhao, chair, UNF Health Administration and Dr. Aaron Spaulding, associate professor at Mayo and formerly professor at UNF, received the Edgar C. Hayhow Award for the best publication of the year.


Dr. Lillia Loriz, director of the School of Nursing, was selected as “Advocate of the Year,” by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for her advocacy efforts and advancing academic nursing at the federal level. Loriz met with Florida legislators in Washington, D.C., and was honored during the AACN’s Capitol Hill Day Reception, March 25.

Dr. Helene Vossos and Odalys Ruiz-Sanchez, PMHNP-DNP student, will present “Reducing Disparity and Mitigating Depression for Hispanic Older Adults in a Primary Care Practice Implementing the Hispanic Version of the PHQ-9 Screening Tool” at the Annual American Psychiatric Nurse Association Florida Chapter Conference in Jacksonville April 13.


Coggin College of Business 

Felicia Bernard, executive secretary, Coggin College of Business Advising, received a Presidential Spot Award, which is designed to reward someone for an act that seemingly took a simple effort but ultimately will have lasting positive effects on students, faculty, staff, visitors or safety in the workplace.

Drs. Sharon Cobb and Albert Loh, professors of economics and geography, hosted Dariusz Wojcik, professor of economic geography and fellow of St. Peter's College, Oxford University, and Dr. Michael Urban, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, as they visited Jacksonville to speak with finance and business leaders as part of a five-year European Research Council funded study on “Cities in Global Financial Networks: Financial and Business Services and Development in the 21st Century.” They visited 14 business leaders and presented some of their findings to the Department of Economics and Geography faculty and students. 


Dr. Greg Gundlach, professor of marketing, Dr. Robert Frankel and Riley Krotz, Ph.D. candidate and past UNF MBA graduate, published their co-authored article “Competition Policy and Antitrust Law: Implications of Developments in Supply Chain Management” in the Journal of Supply Chain Management. The multidisciplinary article examines how research in supply chain management and related disciplines can inform competition policy and antitrust law.

Dr. Greg Gundlach, professor, and Rachel E. Paul, UNF student, published “Resale Price Maintenance After Leegin: Marketing Literatures For Future Research,” in Handbook of Research on Distribution Channels, Editors: Charles A. Ingene, James R. Brown and the late Rajiv P. Dant, Elgar Publishing, 2019.

Dr. Hanieh Sardashti, assistant professor of marketing, had an acceptance of her co-authored article “Strategic orientation and firm risk,” for publication in the International Journal of Research in Marketing, a top ranked journal in the field according to the SJR ranking. This research employs a text mining technique to assess firms' entrepreneurial orientation and market orientation and examine the impact of these two strategic orientations on shareholder risk outcomes.

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Mike Aspinwall and his colleagues S. Pfautsch, M.G. Tjoelker, A. Varhammar, M. Possell, J.E. Drake, P.B. Reich, D.T. Tissue, O.K. Atkin, P.D. Rymer, S. Dennison and S.C. Van Sluyter published “Range size and growth temperature influence Eucalyptus species responses to an experimental heatwave” in Global Change Biology. Aspinwall also published “The partitioning of gross primary production for young Eucalyptus tereticornis trees under experimental warming and altered water availability” with colleagues J.E. Drake, M.G. Tjoelker, P.B. Reich, S. Pfautsch and C.V.M. Barton. In the same journal, Aspinwall published “Acclimation and adaptation components of the temperature dependence of plant photosynthesis at the global scale" in New Phytologist, with colleagues D.P. Kumarathunge, B.E. Medlyn, J.E. Drake, M.G. Tjoelker, M. Battaglia, F.J. Cano, K.R. Carter, M.A. Cavaleri, L.A. Cernusak, J.Q. Chambers, K.Y. Crous, M.G. De Kauwe, D.N. Dillaway, E. Dreyer, D.S. Ellsworth, O. Ghannoum, Q. Han, K. Hikosaka, A.M. Jensen, J.W.G. Kelly, E.L. Kruger, L.M. Mercado, Y. Onoda, P.B. Reich, A. Rogers, M. Slot, N.G. Smith, L. Tarvainen, D.T. Tissue, H.F. Togashi, E.S. Tribuzy, J. Uddling, A. Varhammar, G. Wallin, J.M. Warren and D.A. Way.

Charles B. Coughlin and his student Paula Sinche Aldas presented a research poster entitled “Got milk? The differential effect of human-milk oligosaccharides in breast and formula milk Bifidobacterium infantis” at the 2019 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference hosted at the University of North Florida, February.

Dr. Fatima Rehman, with colleagues M. Mohamed, L. Kang, C. Zhang, B. Edenfield, J. Sykes, T. Brown, J. L. Johnson and J. H. Nguyen, published “Simulating Transplant Small-for-size Grafts Using Human Liver Monosegments: The Impact of Portal Perfusion Pressure” in Transplantation Proceedings. With colleagues T. Hata, T. Hori and J. H. Nguyen, Rehman published “GABA, γ-Aminobutyric Acid, Protects Against Severe Liver Injury” in Journal of Surgical Research. In the same journal, Rehman published “Visualization of Hepatocellular Regeneration in Mice After Partial Hepatectomy,” with colleagues Y. Chen, T. Hata, L. Kang, L. Yang, B. Y. S. Kim and J. H. Nguyen.


Lauren Whaler, an undergraduate student from Dr. Valdimir Mashanov's lab, presented the poster “Adult neurogenesis in a brittle star is driven by a distinct population of radial glial cells” at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, February.

Dr. Hannah Malcolm and her students Brittni Miller and Hannah Dickinson presented a poster titled “Functionally Identifying Members of the MscS Superfamily of Ion Channels in Paraburkholderia Membranes” at the Biophysical Society Meeting in Baltimore.

Dr. James Beasley, with Jack Selzer, published “Present at the Creation: Kenneth Burke at the First CCCC” in Rhetoric Review, February.

Dr. Keith Cartwright, with Dolores Flores-Silva, published “Feeding the Gulf Dead: An Ofrenda of Response to Brenda Marie Osbey’s All Saints & All Souls” in The Southern Quarterly, February. Cartwright and Flores-Silva also published “The Scaly Bird Sings ‘Remember Me’: Gulf Fiestas of the Dead and Tribalography in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing” in Xavier Review, February.

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers gave an invited talk, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guys’ Eyes for Queer Guys: Male Sex Work Documentaries and Affective Labor,” at the University of Richmond in February.

Dr. Clark Lunberry was an invited panel member for the TEDxFSCJ Salon: “Leonardos of the 21st Century,” at MOCA Jacksonville in February.

Maureen McCluskey co-directed a collaborative theatrical piece, “The Book of Hims,” at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library with the Student Outreach Program and local artist, Alisha Lockley, in February.

Marcus Pactor published “White Gravy” in X-R-A-Y Literary Journal, February.

Dr. Charles Closmann presented “‘Feeling the Burn’: Camp Blanding Florida and the U.S. Military's Role in Forest Ecology, 1980 to 2010” at the Florida Conference of Historians in Sarasota in February.

Dr. Chau Johnsen Kelly presented a paper “Scientist Prisoners: British POWs in Singapore and Nutritional Research,” at the Florida Conference of Historians in Sarasota (February).

Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski was featured on a two-part History Channel documentary, “Presidents at War,” which aired on Feb. 17 and 18. He offered commentary on future presidents who served during World War II and later made their way to the White House. 

Dr. N. Harry Rothschild presented a talk titled, “Toward a Comprehensive Map of Power: A Panoramic Overview of Female Emperor Wu Zhao’s Political Authority,” at Cambridge University for their China Research Seminar Series in February.

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Dr. Gregory Helmick presented the paper “The ‘Fifth Floor’ (Austerity and Privatization) in Recent Puerto Rican Fiction” at the 27th conference of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies.

Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Michelle DeDeo
was a session chair and presented a talk entitled “The Energy of Ramanujan Graphs” at the 50th Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing.

Dr. Peter Wludyka, with colleagues and students E. Largo-Wight, H. Kusumoto, M. Binder, S. Hooper and J. Merten, presented “Nature contact in the home: The impact of flowers in the home on stress and health among women” at the American Academy of Health Behavior conference in Greenville, South Carolina, in March.

Dr. Nick Curry presented research about successful string recruiting at the University level at the American String Teachers Association national conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in March.


Dr. Lynne Arriale, music professor, promoted her latest jazz album, "Give Us These Days," on WBGO 88.3 FM Radio.


Dr. Barry Albright, Department of Physics, was mentioned in the feature article of the April 2019 issue of Discover Magazine. The article, titled “Meet the T. rex Family,” is about new ideas on the family of dinosaurs that includes Tyrannosaurus rex, i.e., the Tyrannosauridae. The article focuses in large part on research that Albright and his colleague Dr. Alan Titus have been conducting in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah for the last several years. 


Dr. Jason Haraldsen and undergraduate student Amelia Brumfield published “Thermodynamics and Magnetic Excitations in Quantum Spin Trimers: Applications for the Understanding of Molecular Magnets” in Crystals (February).

Dr. Chris Kelso, with his colleagues Sebastian Baum and Katherine Freese, published “Dark Matter implications of DAMA/LIBRA-phase2 results” in Physics Letters B (February). 


Dr. Devki Talwar, published a research paper titled “Surface/structural characteristics and band alignments of thin Ga2O3 films grown on sapphire by pulse laser deposition” in Applied Surface Science 479 (February) 1246-1253.


Drs. Paul Fuglestad and Chris Leone, along with graduate student Taylor Drury, published “Protective and Acquisitive Self-Monitoring Differences in Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance” in Self and Identity.


Dr. Angela Mann, with her colleagues A. Whitaker, S. Torres-Guillén, M. Morton, H. Jordan, S. Coyle and W.L Sun, published their report “Cops not counselors: How the lack of school mental health professionals is harming children, on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website. This blog post and report was shared with the more than 4.5 million social media followers for the ACLU and was shared to their blog, which receives more than 12 million visits each year. It was also shared on CNN, Huffington Post, ABC News, EdWeek, Hechinger Report, Nonprofit Quarterly, Campus Safety Magazine, Tampa Bay Times, Philadelphia Tribune, Scary Mommy Blog, The 74 and more. In addition, Mann, along with her colleagues S. Song, and student H. Thompson, presented their paper “Restorative Class Meetings: Unlocking the Potential of Prevention” as part of the presidential strand at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists. At the same meeting, Mann and colleagues H. Wilson, C. Malone and student M. Jeffrey, presented their paper “Perceptions of Dress Code Policies.” 

Drs. Curtis Phills and Elizabeth Brown, with their graduate student, Tabitha Powell, presented a poster titled “Investigating how black and white women survivors of sexual assault are stereotyped differently” at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Portland, Oregon, in February. At the same meeting, Drs. Elizabeth Brown and Curtis Phills, with Dr. Jennifer Wesely, criminology and criminal justice, and their undergraduate students Rachel Varnes and Mary Wood, presented a poster titled “Are victim-blaming language themes present in campus alerts?”

Political Science and Public Administration
Drs. Matthew Corrigan
and Michael Binder edited the volume, “Florida and the 2016 Election of Donald J. Trump” (University of Florida Press), to which they contributed the “Introduction,” “Conclusion,” the chapters, “Trump Beats Florida’s Favorite Sons” and “The Hispanic Vote in Florida 2016.”

Dr. Joshua C. Gellers, with his colleague Chris Jeffords, published “Environmental Determinants of Chinese Development Finance in Africa” in the Journal of Environment and Development (February).


Nancy Soderberg gave a speech to the Jacksonville Meninak Club March 11 titled “Making Sense of Today's Global Chaos.”

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
The Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering (CAWE), led by Dr. Alexandra Schönning, held it’s 5th Annual Women Leaders in STEM conference March 5. The conference was well attended by the UNF community, industry members and middle and high school students and included a keynote speech by Emily Calandrelli and panel sessions by prominent engineers and community leaders.

Dr. Jutima Simsiriwong, with A. Fatemi and R. Molaei, et al., was invited to review the article “Fatigue behavior of additive manufactured materials: An overview of some recent experimental studies on Ti‐6Al‐4V considering various processing and loading direction effects” in Fatigue & Fracture Engineering Materials & Structures, 2019;1-19. Simsiriwong, with R. Wykoff and R. Shrestha, presented “Surface roughness effects on rotating-bending fatigue behavior of additive manufactured stainless steel 316L,” at the 148th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, March 10-14. In addition, Simsiriwong, with P. Frye, presented “Very high cycle fatigue behavior of additively-manufactured Ti-6Al-4V,” at the Industry, Engineering & Management Systems Conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida, March 15-17.

College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Dan Dinsmore, associate professor in the Foundations and Secondary Education Department, recently published a journal article with Adam Persky, a colleague from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, titled “Metacognitive changes and sources of confidence judgements in health professions classroom learning,” in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

The educational technology professors were represented by Dr. Terry Cavanaugh, who presented refereed papers at the international Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Las Vegas. They had two papers, the first by Cavanaugh and Dr. Nick Eastham was titled “Nudging, Not Shoving: Five Effective Strategies for Motivation and Success for Online Learners,” and the other by Cavanaugh and Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich was titled “Accommodating in the Online Course Environment for Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.”

Dr. Carolyn Stone, professor in School Counseling Program/SOAR, presented at the 17th International Conference on Marketing, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, March 14-16.

Dr. Amanda Blakewood Pascale, assistant professor in Leadership, School Counseling, Sport Management Department, presented research from her work with Dr. Elizabeth Gregg, chair, Leadership, School Counseling, Sport Management Department related to Student Athletes' transition to Graduate School at ACPA-College Student Educators International in Boston. Also at ACPA, Pascale presented on the use of applied learning experiences in teaching research methods courses with her colleague, Dr. James DeVita at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. An article covering the research presentation on graduate student athletes will be published in the next issues of College Athletics and the Law and Student Affairs Today.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Tom Caswell, director of Public Services, contributed the section “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” as part of Environmental Scan 2019, a white paper published every two years by the Association of College and Research Libraries Research Planning and Review Committee documenting developments in higher education having an impact on academic libraries.

Susan A. Massey, head of Discovery Enhancement, will present “Faceless Collaboration: Migrating from F2F to Virtual Committees” at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, April 12.

Courtenay McLeland, head of Digital Projects and Preservation, will be a panelist at the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Annual Conference for a session titled “Together in the Archive: Building Collaborative Relationships between Archivists and Librarians.” She will also chair the ARLIS/NA Student Advancement Awards Subcommittee for the 2019-20 cycle, beginning in April.

Jennifer Murray, director of Technical Services and Library Systems, will present “Providing Tools to Sustain Community Organizations” at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, April 11.

Emily Ray, Electronic Resources librarian, Chelsea Gentry, Library Services specialist, and Apryl Price, head of Acquisitions and Collection Development, will be presenting a poster titled “A Royal Flush: Streaming Video as an Unbeatable Hand” at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, May 15.


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

30 Years
Pamela Bush, Coordinator, Events Planning, Adam W. Herbert University Center

20 Years
Bonnie LaGasse, Senior Accounts Payable Receivable Representative, University Housing

15 Years
Tracy Geake, Divisional Budget Coordinator, Administration and Finance
Barney Burnett, Director, Business Services
Walter Fisher, Associate Director, Parking and Transportation Services
Edward Doyle, Program Manager, Training and Services Institute

10 Years
Anthony Ballard, Senior Stores/Receivables Clerk, Procurement Services
Matthew Driscoll, Head Athletic Coach, Basketball
Robert Kennen, Associate Athletic Coach, Basketball

5 Years
Ty Hak, Coordinator, Instructional Support, Undergraduate Studies
Emily Batt, Student Financial Services Coordinator, Controller
Michael McConville, Program Assistant, Office of the Dean of Students
Diane Engelhardt, Executive Secretary, Counseling Center
Charles McLeod, Maintenance Mechanic, Osprey Cove
Brenda Mesmain, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Raymond Ross, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Christopher Dann, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services


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

Michael Cook, Auto Equipment Mechanic, Vehicle Maintenance
Shannon Cullen, Guest Relations Associate, MOCA Jacksonville
Rachel Decker, Academic Advisor, Advising
Courtney Haltiwanger, UX Developer, Enterprise Systems
Bryan Hayes, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Kayla Jackson, Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Office
Tiffany Kershner, Associate Director of Fellowships/Instructor, Honors
Morgan Luckie, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Soccer
America Luna-Ortiz, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Carol Moon, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Sharon Murchison, Coordinator, TSI - IPTM and PSI Employees
Tiffani Pearson, Library Services Specialist, Library
Victoria Rocanelli, Assistant University Librarian, Library
William Sloper, Maintenance Supervisor, Housing and Residence Life
Jennifer Sugg, Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Tasha Toombs, Program Assistant, University Housing
Chau Tran, Accounting Associate, Advancement Services
Anthony Williams, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Adam Chalmers, Systems Digital Technology Librarian, Library
Dylan Charles, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Studies
Brian Easley, Pest Control Technician, Grounds
Katelyn Ryan, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, Admissions

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

Elizabeth Allen, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Maurisha Bishop-Salmon, Victim Advocate, DDI/Women's Center
Nikiah Campbell, Academic Advisor, BCH Advising
Wilma Case-Starks, Academic Advisor, Arts and Sciences
Chris Decent, Assistant VP for Development, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Mary Dee, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Kelly Gates, Director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Robb Hartman, Senior Internal Auditor, Internal Auditing
Darrin Lee, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Jermaine Powell, Senior IT Support Technician, Florida Institute of Education
Rachel Probst, Coordinator Residence Life, Osprey Cove
David Zinkgraf, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department


Swoop Summary

Wajid Aminu on the court during a gameAminu to Explore Professional Potential

North Florida junior forward Wajid Aminu has announced his intention to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, maintaining his amateurism. Aminu put his name into the NBA Draft, making him eligible to be drafted on draft night on June 20, 2019. Learn more about Wajid Aminu.

Ospreys Best Brown to Conclude Home Stand
A blustery evening didn't get in the way of the Ospreys against Brown as UNF toppled the Bears Tuesday, 5-2, in the finale of a five-match home stand at the UNF Tennis Complex. Learn more about tennis team

Basketball's J.T. Escobar named to national Arthur Ashe, Jr. Athlete of the Year listing

Guard J.T. Escobar was named first runner-up for this year's Arthur Ashe, Jr. Athlete of the Year awards presented by "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education" magazine. The recognition honors students for exception efforts in athletics and academics. Learn more about J.T. Escobar.  

Seven-Run Eighth Lifts Baseball to Wild Win Against FGCU, 14-8
The eighth inning was as long as it was thrilling Sunday. After each team traded haymakers, UNF emerged with a 14-8 lead out of a frame that saw a combined 12 runs. Learn more about UNF baseball.

UNF beach volleyball player hitting ballBeach Volleyball Sweeps Southern Miss, Goes 1-2 On Last Day at LSU
North Florida Beach Volleyball faced a gauntlet on its final day at the Tiger Beach Challenge, falling to No. 19/19 Georgia State and (RV/RV) Tulane before closing the cross-country trip with a sweep of Southern Miss. Learn more about beach volleyball.

Women's Track Opens Outdoor Strong Led by Several Personal Bests
The North Florida women's track and field team got several strong performances in their outdoor season opener on Friday at the UNF Spring Break Invitational. Learn more about women's track.

The Goods


PomegranatesThe Goods: Pomegranate

Found in ancient mythological stories, religious texts and art, the pomegranate has had its fair share of the spotlight throughout time. The fruit originated in regions around the Mediterranean Sea and the Himalayan mountains and has been cultivated for thousands of years amongst a large variety of civilizations. Pomegranates held many significant meanings to these civilizations to represent fertility, lasting marriages, rebirth and abundance and also held a special place in many different religious contexts, various marriage customs as well as playing a role in ceremonies and banquets throughout time. 

In modern times, India and Iran are the two largest producers of pomegranates in the world; however, the U.S. does cultivate its own supply since the fruit was brought to the Americas by Spanish conquistadors hundreds of years ago. Today, most U.S. pomegranates are known as the Wonderful variety, which are grown in California and Arizona.

Myth: Pomegranate juice has no role in sports nutrition
Fact: Several studies have shown that consuming as little as 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day has shown increases in blood flow and endurance in healthy, nonsmoking athletes. Additionally, the juice has been shown in studies to reduce the length and intensity of delayed-onset muscle soreness after workouts in individuals who consumed 8 ounces daily.

Myth: Pomegranates are only good for boosting immunity and sports performance
Fact: Studies have demonstrated that consuming as little as 2 ounces of pomegranate juice per day can assist in lowering blood pressure. Pomegranate juice also has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory, which can aid in reducing hypertension in the body. In addition, it helps the body to resist various types of cancer, lower tension, reduce joint inflammation and decrease the risk of arthritis.

Myth: Pomegranate juice can decrease arterial plaque
Fact: In 2004, Wonderful brand juice funded a small 10-person pilot study that demonstrated pomegranate juice can decrease arterial plaque by up to 30 percent. High levels of arterial plaque can lead to an individual developing heart disease, so this study seemed very promising, and the company used this study to promote the health benefits of its juice. However, in more recent studies conducted that incorporated hundreds of individuals there has been no evidence shown that links the consumption of pomegranate juice to the reduction of arterial plaque. On the positive side, the antioxidants in the juice can aid in the prevention and reversal of early stage heart disease.

Myth: It is almost impossible to de-seed a pomegranate
Fact: Pomegranates can quickly have their seeds removed by cutting the fruit in half and placing the seed side down in a bowl of water. The back that is not submerged into the water should be smacked with a spoon or other utensil to knock the seeds loose. In the presence of being submerged in water, the seeds can easily be removed without much physical exertion applied.

Myth: Pomegranates do not do anything for the mind
Fact: Studies have demonstrated that the consumption of pomegranate juice can help prevent memory deficits after surgery, aid in improving visual memory, aid in improving verbal memory and may help fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Recipe: Hummus with Coriander and Pomegranate Seeds

1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans in water (400g)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and sliced
1 handful fresh coriander leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp tahini paste
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Tbsp pomegranate molasses

Put the chickpeas, the chickpea liquid from the can, olive oil and garlic in your food processor and whiz until nice and smooth.
Add the tahini paste, lemon juice, salt, pepper and coriander leaves and give it another thorough blitz.
Transfer the hummus paste in a serving bowl, stir in the pomegranate molasses and decorate with the fresh pomegranate seeds on top.

Serve with pita bread, multigrain crackers, sliced fruits or raw vegetables!


Spread the Word

Of more than 150 RN programs reviewed in Florida, UNF’s School of Nursing in the Brooks College of Health ranked high at No. 16 among the Best Registered Nursing Programs in the state.

The rankings, compiled by, are based on current and historical NCLEX-RN “pass rates,” meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the exam, out of the 154 RN programs in the state. UNF nursing graduates have a pass rate of 95.37, which is higher than the national pass rate of 92.22. 

Learn more about the ranking.