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A new team approach to boost student success

Students involved with the CASS programCompleting a college education — juggling homework, exams and life — can be challenging. No one needs the added stress of feeling out of place in class, or on campus. Instead, all students need an environment in which they can thrive. 

Creating that sense of belonging is one of the goals of the Community Alliance for Student Success, or CASS, a unique program for underrepresented students initiated by President David Szymanski. Director Whitney Meyer is now recruiting students for a fall launch and working with six African-American industry leaders, who will dedicate their time to invest in minority student success. She is asking faculty and staff to talk with students about CASS the first week of class before registration closes.

“We are fortunate to have such a distinguished group of leaders to mentor our students and to help us create a climate in which minority students can feel valued, included and empowered to reach their full academic potential,” Meyer said. “Each team leader will mentor about 10-15 students to offer guidance and help create transformative experiences that build minority student identity.”

Here are more program details:

  • Online registration for CASS is now open through Monday, Aug. 26
  • The program will accommodate 60 students for the first year, with plans to double in the second year
  • Teams will include students of all ages, with juniors and seniors serving as peer mentors for freshmen and sophomores
  • Team leaders will strive to cultivate relationships between students in CASS and area government officials, industry leaders and business owners as well as UNF staff and alumni
  • There are no GPA requirements or required majors

Here are the CASS team leaders:

  • Nelson McCoy, Executive Director, The Center One Foundation
  • Madeline Scales-Taylor, Emeritus Staff Mayo Foundation
  • Darnell Smith, Market President, Florida Blue, North Florida Region Florida Blue
  • Obi Umunna, Managing Partner, Umunna Legal Group
  • Aundra Wallace, President, JAXUSA Partnership
  • Cleve Warren, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation

Meyer has been meeting with a student focus group to gain insight on ways to improve student success and to help define CASS. “I understand what it feels like to be a minority student on a college campus,” Meyer said. “As a double UNF alum myself, it’s a special privilege to come full circle and be able to represent a group of students here and remind them that they are not alone. Even before they step on campus, we want to let them know: ‘We see you, we care about you, and we’re here to help prepare you for life after graduation.’”

Find more information about CASS online, or contact Whitney Meyer


Around Campus

Students learn around the world this summer

Whether repairing a 1,000-year-old castle, or working in a medical clinic in Kenya, or exploring Korean culture, UNF students were learning in locations around the globe this summer.

In travels that would take them to 20 countries, more than 350 students studied abroad as part of 26 faculty-led trips. In addition, nearly 40 students made the journey themselves, some as part of exchange programs, internships and research projects, and others as volunteers.

Here are some of the adventures captured in photos:

Dr. ElSafty with students working on buildingUNF civil engineering students on a study abroad with Dr. Adel ElSafty worked with Italian experts to repair a castle that is almost 1,000 years old. Working from a scaffold, students removed grout, drilled holes, installed anchors with epoxy resin, and installed wires and grouting to finish the retrofit of the historic structure. 


Nursing students helping in Kenya A group of nursing students traveled with Dr. Linda Connelly to Nakuru, Kenya, in collaboration with Kenya Partners, a not-for-profit organization that runs Wesley Mission Health Center. As part of the medical mission, tagged “Love Has No Limits,” they worked alongside the healthcare professionals employed at the clinic. The students worked two days at the clinic and two days at a preschool in an area that last year suffered a devasting mudslide. 


Students pose during study abroad in France A group of students traveled to France with Dr. Shira Schwam-Baird, professor of French in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The students are shown here visiting the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. They spent five weeks in French immersion classes, lived with French families and studied French history, culture, art, architecture and politics. They went on excursions within Strasbourg and in the surrounding region of Alsace and to Paris for a long weekend. Schwam-Baird also shared a video created by Austin Perkins, a student from her 2018 Strasbourg trip. Here is the video of last summer's study abroad to the same area.

Around Campus

Art for Auction

Infinity Moth by student artists Victoria Priep Pop Jellies by student artist Jenn PeekIpseity by student artists Gabriella O'Toole


Let the bidding begin! On Aug. 15, seven sculptures that have been on display at UNF’s Seaside Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach will go up for sale online. Created by students, these large colorful works of art soon will be available to the highest bidders. The auction is sponsored by the Department of Art and Design and will run through Aug. 30.

According to sculpture professor Jenny Hager, the proceeds from the auction will support UNF Sculpture and provide some new digital tools for the labs. “I’m excited that this will be the first auction of student work at UNF,” Hager said. “My hope is that these incredible pieces will receive permanent homes in the Jacksonville community — in city parks, public areas, local businesses and private residences.” 

Interested buyers will simultaneously submit bids, without being able to see other offers. The minimum bid is set at $1,200. More detailed information is available online

Around Campus

Five Free Things to Do at UNF in August

Movie reel, tea, passports and soccer players and text Five free things to do at UNF in August

In this last month of summer before the University's fall events begin, here are five activities you might enjoy, all at no cost to UNF employees:


MOTH Movies
Thursdays, Aug. 1, 15 and 29; 7 p.m. at MOCA Jacksonville
Movies On The House (MOTH) screens films that help contribute to the important cultural discussions around the art, artists and ideas of our time. This summer, MOCA Jacksonville teams up with the Jacksonville Public Library to offer MOTH presents: Makerspace Movies. The series will include three August films: “The Lorax,” “Bag It,” and “The Clean Bin Project.” Find more information on the MOCA website

Science on Tap
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Aardwolf Brewery

Join Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, assistant professor and researcher at UNF, for his science presentation on “What Can Alligators Tell Us About Climate Change?” More details on the program are available on Facebook and Twitter @ScienceonTapJax

Tea at the Ogier Gardens
Friday, Aug. 15, 5 p.m.

Join the Ogier Gardens staff for a tour of the Gardens’ medicinal plant collection followed by tea made using plants grown at the Gardens. Find more information about the Ogier Gardens online.

Women’s Soccer vs. Southeastern Exhibition Game
Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m., Hodges Stadium

Looking for more soccer after the exciting 2019 Women’s World Cup? The Ospreys prepare for the season with an exhibition match in August.
More games are listed on the website schedule

MOCA Jacksonville Project Atrium: Khalid Albaih
Camp / Wall / Flock
On display through Oct. 27 during regular museum hours

See the work of Romanian born Sudanese artist Khalid Albaih, who currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark where he is the International Cities of Refuge Network PEN Artist-in-Residence. Find more information online about the artist and his largest installation to date.

Around Campus

Young patients create unique animal art

An Elefly artwork, courtesy of Art with a Heart in Healthcare

A special exhibition of artwork created by pediatric patients from Wolfson Children’s Hospital will open with a free reception on Sunday, Aug. 11 at MOCA Jacksonville. The community is invited to gather with the families and friends of the young artists. 

The title of the 2019 exhibition, “ANIMAL-GAMATION,” is a play on the word “amalgamation.” Each artist was asked to create a unique animal by combining two or more animals.

Michael D. Aubin, president of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, said the art is much more than a fun activity for the children. “It provides a distraction from pain, helps them express themselves during a stressful time, and is part of their healing process,” Aubin said. “Art with a Heart is an essential member of our Wolfson Children’s Hospital caregiving team.” 


Snolfon artwork, image courtesy of Art with a Heart in HealthcareThe exhibition is the result of a long-term partnership between MOCA and Art with a Heart in Healthcare, a nonprofit organization that provides personalized fine art experiences to enhance the healing process for patients and families at hospitals across the region.

Caitlin Doherty, MOCA Jacksonville director, said that MOCA Jacksonville is honored to have partnered on this project for nine years. “This exhibition is a testimony to the healing power of art and a celebration of its growing momentum in the world of healthcare,” Doherty said.

“ANIMAL-GAMATION” can be viewed in the MOCA Jacksonville Education Gallery from Aug. 10 – Dec. 8.

Around Campus

NASA awards huge contract to company led by physics alum

Alum Andrew Rush headshot

Made in Space, an in-space manufacturing company led by UNF alumnus, Andrew Rush, recently was awarded a $73.7 million contract to manufacture beams onboard the satellite, Archinaut, scheduled to launch in 2022.

Rush, the company’s president and CEO for more than three years, graduated from UNF in 2009 with a degree in physics, and later received a juris doctorate from Stetson University. He joined Made in Space as general counsel during its start-up phase and then became its CEO in 2015.

The in-space manufacturing technology keeps the United States at the forefront of space exploration, providing solutions for repairing and constructing large components like communications antennas, reflectors and more on future space missions.

Rush remains active with UNF and is a member of the Physics Advisory Group. In 2017, he was named UNF’s Young Alumni Award Recipient.

Faculty Forum

Meet Jennifer Kara Wesely

Dr. Jennifer Wesely headshotDr. Jennifer Wesely is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the College of Arts and Sciences. At the undergraduate level, she teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Family Violence, and Women and Crime. At the graduate level, she teaches courses related to research methods and justice issues. During Summer A 2019, Wesely taught "The Role of Canines in Inmate Rehabilitation."

Her research has traditionally focused on marginalized populations of women, including sex workers, homeless women and women ex-offenders. She has several ongoing research projects including work that involves focus groups with locally incarcerated men who participate in the TAILS program (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills). TAILS participants are paired with rescue dogs, who live with them and learn obedience training before graduating. TAILS now is being integrated into a few juvenile facilities, and Wesely next plans to conduct research with the participating youth.

What brought you to UNF? I was hired at UNF in 2004 for my first tenure-track position. At the time, I was a visiting assistant professor at UCF. I had never been to Jacksonville before coming here for my job interview. My first conversation was with Chris Rasche, now deceased, who became a dear friend.

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know?
Criminal Justice is interdisciplinary and can be focused on social justice.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? The nature trails. They make you feel miles away!

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? One of my most rewarding academic experiences has been my Summer A Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) course "The Role of Canines in Inmate Rehabilitation." This included work with the "Canines with Careers" program at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, and the TAILS (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills) program locally in Jacksonville. Seeing students' transformations as they were exposed to new areas of the country and new ways of thinking about rehabilitation through talking with inmates was very rewarding.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing and why? I’d be working on a ranch, as a park ranger, in animal rescue, animal therapy or wilderness therapy. Or a nature tour guide. Or a travel agent.

What is your personal philosophy? The measure of a person’s integrity is based on how we treat the living beings most in need.

Who has been the biggest role model in your life? As cliched as it may sound, my mother and father have been my biggest role models. My parents met in graduate school, and they taught me the value of education and working hard. My father was born on a farm and went to a one-room schoolhouse. He put himself through school and earned a Ph.D.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? You are only limited by what you can envision for yourself.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? The canonization of St. Francis of Assisi.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Any protagonist created by author Alice Hoffman

Where is the best place you’ve visited? Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. It’s my happy place!

How do you recharge? Outings with my dog Minka, watching Netflix and Bravo with my husband and animals, or working out.

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived?
I grew up in a Chicago suburb, went to undergrad in Boston and graduate school in Arizona. One summer I lived and worked on a dude ranch in Wyoming. Growing up in the landlocked Midwest, it’s a novelty to live in a city by the ocean. That never gets old (except during hurricanes).

Learn more about Wesely’s work with the TAILs program on Action News and in the Florida Times-Union.

Get to Know

Michael Trotter

Michael Trotter headshotMichael Trotter is the supervisor of Central Receiving in Procurement Services. He manages the on-campus warehouse and, with two employees, handles the receipt, verification and delivery of items that are shipped from vendors to fill UNF purchase orders. The facility also receives deliveries for students. 

What do you enjoy about working here? I enjoy working with the everyone here at the University. Due to the nature of my job, I deal with faculty, staff and students daily. I’m a people person, and I love to talk! I’ve built a lot of strong and long-lasting relationships with my peers out here. Networking is one of the key essentials in getting my job done. The more friends I make, the better. I rely on my peers every day. If I don’t know the answer to something, at least I know I’m just a phone call away from it! UNF is my second family. The relationships I’ve built here throughout the years are priceless.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? I’ve lived in Jacksonville 30-plus years. I’ve also lived in Panama City, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Abbeville, Georgia; and Boston.

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 dad, Michael Patrick Trotter Senior. He was my rock and my inspiration; almost everything I know about life in general, I learned from him. I miss him lots. RIP, Dad. Also, Bill Murray, my favorite comedian. He would keep us entertained for sure. My fiancé, Larissa Buchanan, I’m nothing without her. She’s my other half. We pretty much share everything and do everything together, so I must have her by my side. And Kenny G, my favorite musician! I love jazz music. It’s very relaxing and would make dinner and conversations go so much better.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would be a pastry chef. It involves lots of creativity and beauty. And yet, there are so many skills to learn, and so much to master. It would be a constant adventure. Plus, I would be making people happy. Everyone loves food!

What superpower would you like to have? I would have to say teleportation. It would be cool to picture a destination and go right to it as many times as I want. I would be able to eat anywhere I want and go back and see my ancestors as many times as I would like.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? The first thing I would change would be equality to every single person on earth. No one would be treated differently for their race, religion or gender. Everyone would look past each other's differences and accept people for who they are. I think that would be cool.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? I would have to say “Mr. Rogers.” I think I’m a pretty good role model to my peers and everyone I meet! It’s always a beautiful day in my neighborhood. I like to inspire and teach others as much as I can also.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Skydiving. Throughout my life, I’ve always been a little afraid of heights. I’m pretty sure this exercise would take that fear away. (I hope, LOL)

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I’m very handy when it comes to tools. My dad had his own construction business for 20-plus years. I picked up a lot of trade skills from working with him. It saves me a lot of money when it comes to fixing things around the house. I’m also an awesome cook. My dad taught me how to cook at the age of seven. I love creating my own recipes also.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: Kenny G
Color: Blue
Food: Chicken Wings (fried, grilled or baked)
Ice cream flavor: Cookies and Cream
TV show as a kid: Magnum PI

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Dr. Bernadette Buckley, associate professor, was recently honored as the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida Educator of the Year for 2019. She was presented with the award at the ATAF Annual Meeting, July 12-14 in Kissimmee, Florida.

Dr. Michele Moore, professor and chair in the Department of Public Health, with E. Barr, M. Binder and M. Corwin, presented “Statewide Support for Sexual Health Services through School Based Health Clinics” at the 2019 National Sexual Health Conference in Chicago in July. In addition, with H. McCann and E. Barr, Moore presented “Sexual Health Services in Schools: A Successful Community Collaborative.”

Dr. Debra Wagner, associate professor in the School of Nursing, presented “The Benefits of skin-to-skin contact in the operating room: There is more than bonding going on” at the 2019 AWHONN Annual Convention, in Atlanta.

Dr. Helene Vossos, assistant professor of nursing, has completed the required training as a UNF Certified Online Instructor and Course Developer 2019.

College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design
Jenny Hager is a recipient of the Community Foundation Individual Artist Grant.

Stephen Heywood participated in the International Society for Ceramic and Art Exchange in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Amy Lane recently was honored as the recipient of the 2019 Matt Suffness Young Investigators Symposium Award for her drug-discovery work with marine bacteria to identify compounds that may have pharmaceutical benefits. Lane is the first from a primarily undergraduate institution to receive the award, which has been given annually since 2000 by the American Society of Pharmacognosy in order to recognize the research contributions of younger natural product scientists. Lane received a $2,000 honorarium and travel expenses to attend the annual American Society of Pharmacognosy in Madison, Wisconsin, in July. The award is international, with two of the last three recipients coming from Canada and Germany.


Dr. Joshua Melko, with undergraduate students Melanie White, Rachel Mizrahi, Jennifer Ruliffson, and Matthew Khoury, published the article “Mechanisms of Sequential Ion-molecule Reactions in Protonated Methanol Using Mass Spectrometry, Ab Initio Methods, and Statistical Modeling” in the journal Chemical Physics, July.

Dr. John H. Parmelee and Dr. Nataliya Roman presented “Opinion leadership on Instagram: How political leaders’ posts influence followers’ views and actions” to the European Political Science Association annual convention, Belfast, Northern Ireland, June.


Emily K. Michael, a visiting English instructor, has written a new poetry collection titled "Neoteny: Poems," which will be published in mid-November by Finishing Line Press. The publisher described the collection saying it "includes poems that celebrate music, imagination and the wild world."

Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter
participated in the workshop "Interpreting the Anthropocene: Hope and Anxiety at the End of Nature," Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, June.

Dr. Hans-Herbert Koegler published "Adorno and the Subversive Potential of Popular Music" in the book "Reading Adorno" Palgrave Publishers, July.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Dr. John Kantner, with former UNF students Shaza Wester and Michele Pierson and Georgia State University graduate student David McKinney, published "Reconstructing sexual divisions of labor from fingerprints on Ancestral Puebloan pottery” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (June).

Dr. Jacqueline Meier presented the conference paper "Neolithic Kfar HaHoresh: Contextualizing diet and disposal practices at a ceremonial center" at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and International Council of Archaeozoology meeting, "The Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia (ASWA XIV)."

College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Kim Cheek co-chaired a session and presented her research, “Scale, proportion, and quantity in K-8 science: The NGSS and science textbooks” at the 2019 Earth Educators Rendezvous, in Nashville, Tennessee, July 15-19.

Drs. Lauren Gibbs and Matt Ohlson facilitated an Instructional Leadership Coaching Institute with 31 Clay County assistant principals July 8-10. Participants engaged in a three-day intensive institute to build background knowledge around instructional leadership, highly effective professional development, building communities of practice, inquiry, and job embedded professional development structures. The goals for these three days were for the assistant principals to collaboratively explore the fundamentals of instructional leadership that support a culture of collaborative learning. Gibbs and her team will continue to work with the Clay County assistant principals throughout the entire school year. They will conduct school site visits as well as a two-day institute in September, half-day monthly follow-up meetings and a learning showcase in April 2020.

Dr. Jen Kilpatrick and her research team kicked off their second consecutive year-long randomized control trial by providing seven full days of professional development on Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction (SIWI) in Knoxville, Tennessee, in late June. The participating teachers, from nine different states across the country, will be using SIWI in their classrooms with their deaf and hard of hearing students during the 2019-20 school year. Kilpatrick and her team will be collecting data to compare the language and literacy outcomes of the students receiving SIWI with the outcomes of students in business-as-usual classrooms to test the efficacy of this writing instruction approach they developed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Dr. John White and Dr. Amanda Blakewood Pascale, along with their colleague Dr. Steven Aragon at Texas State University, will have their manuscript “Reading College: The Importance of Academic and Linguistic Collegiate Capital to First-generation Student Success” published in a forthcoming volume of the College Student Affairs Journal.

Center for Instruction and Research Technology

Kevin Hulen, assistant director, Quality and Assessment for UNF Online, was featured in a May 2019 article in Quality Matter’s Higher Education News, "Putting Quality Assurance into Practice." In the article, Hulen discussed strategic effort by Brooks College of Health to have all of the courses in their fully online programs QM certified in order to assure the quality of course design and to meet accreditation standards.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Metadata librarian Marielle Veve and University of Iowa librarian Daniel Johnson published “Evaluating your DPN Metadata Approach: A Report of the ALCTS PARS Preservation Metadata Interest Group” in Technical Services Quarterly, July 2019.


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

40 Years
Deborah Dunch, Data Center Technician, Systems Engineering

35 Years
Mary Borg, Professor, Political Science and Public Administration
Scott Hochwald, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Steven Williamson, Professor, Management

25 Years
John Macarthur, Professor, Accounting and Finance
Shira Schwam-Baird, Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Janice Swenson, Associate Lecturer, Biology

20 Years
Kathaleen Bloom, Professor, Nursing
Dee Colvin, Instructor, Communication
Lev Gasparov, Professor, Arts and Sciences
Jongsook Han, Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics
Christopher Joyce, Associate Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Philip Kaplan, Associate Professor, History
Ronald Lukens-Bull, Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Michele Moore, Professor, Public Health
Richard Patterson, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Gary Smart, Professor, Music
Nile Stanley, Associate Professor, Childhood Educational Literacy and TESOL

15 Years
David Begley, Associate Professor, Art and Design
Michael Boyles, Coordinator of Graphic Design, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Dale Casamatta, Professor, Biology
Young Tae Choi, Associate Professor, Marketing and Logistics
Wayne Coleman, Instructor, Economics
Debora Dodd, Senior Document Scanning Representative, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Katrina Hall, Associate Professor, Childhood Educational Literacy and TESOL
Rahul Kale, Associate Professor, Management
Chung-Ping Loh, Professor, Economics
Jane MacGibbon, Associate Professor, Physics
Daniel Moon, Professor, Academic Affairs
Marcus Snow, Senior Associate General Counsel
Mei Zhao, Professor, Health Administration

10 Years
Erin Bennett, Associate Professor, Music
Paul Carelli, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Natasha Christie, Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Administration
Steven Crews, Assistant Director, Facilities Management, University Housing
Katherine Hooper, Instructor, Psychology
Ervin Lewis, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Athletics
Jaimee Stewart, Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics

5 Years
Andrea Arikawa, Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Michael Cherbonneau, Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Paul Clark, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Aaron Creller, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Christopher Flynn, Assistant Professor, Management
Paul Fuglestad, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Joshua Gellers, Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Administration
Timothy Groulx, Associate Professor, Music
Hanadi Hamadi, Associate Professor, Health Administration
Junga Kim, Assistant Professor, Communication
Dawn Knipe, Director, Student Government
Jaynie Krichbaum, Administrative Assistant, Continuing Education
Nicholas LaRosa, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Kadesh Lauridsen, Instructor, English
Kally Malcom-Bjorklund, Assistant Professor, Art and Design
Angela Mann, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Joshua Melko, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Holly Miller, Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Patrick Moore, IT Full Stack Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems
Raymond Perry, Recycle Refuse Moving Supervisor, Recycling
Elizabeth Peter, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Honors
Curtis Phills, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Sandeep Reddivari, Assistant Professor, School of Computing
Michael Richardson, Instructor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Deirdre Shoemake, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Stephen Stagon, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Russell Triplett, Assistant Professor, Economics
Tulika Varma, Assistant Professor, Communication
Maitri Warusawithana, Assistant Professor, Physics
Cynthia White-Williams, Assistant Professor, Health Administration
Jennifer Wolff, Assistant Professor, Psychology

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

Kathryn Ayres, Event Planning Associate, SG Student Union
Francesca Brant, Office Manager, Office of the Dean of Students
Esteban Cano, Office Manager, Civil Engineering
Qin Cao, Accountant, Foundation Accounting
Lylliam Cuadra, Office Assistant, IPTM
Christine Ellis, Office Assistant, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Scott Harvey, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Andrea Holcombe, Coordinator, Board of Trustees, President's Office
Megan Juergens, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Melvin Kellogg, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Michele Lamarsh, Advisor/Instructor, Construction Management
Stephen Marmash, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Tarsha Matthews, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kyle Patterson, Assistant Director, Housing Operations, University Housing
Melinda Powers, Coordinator, Research Programs and Services, Small Business Development Center
Taquillia Robinson, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
William Smith, Assistant Director, Physical Facilities
David Sosnowski, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Emily Strack, Assistant Coach, Beach Volleyball
Urias Velasquez, Custodial Worker, Maintenance and Energy Management
Kim Whitney, Accounting Associate, MOCA Jacksonville
Emily Williamson, Director, Donor Engagement and Stewardship, University Development/Alumni Engagement
Brent Mai, Dean, Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Simon Rhodes, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Quang Bui, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
David Flatt, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
James Guppenberger, Laboratory Manager, Chemistry
Yuanlong Liao, IT Support Technician, User Services
Alexander Perez, IT Support Technician, User Services
Valerie Redmond, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services
Kya Stotler, Academic Support Technician, Center for Instruction and Research
Alexis Waite, Benefits Retirement Specialist, Human Resources
Celeste Watkins, Manager Administrative Services, President's Office
Owen Wilson, Maintenance Superintendent, Physical Facilities

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

Wendy Bass, Custodial Worker, Student Union
Louise Brown, Professor, Art and Design
Gustav Carlson, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Lisandra Carmichael, University Librarian
Leah Case, Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement
Kristine Coalson, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Samantha D'Agostino, Assistant Director, Annual Giving
Linda Deland, Executive Secretary, Academic Affairs
Lucy Diala, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center
Nofa Dixon, Associate Professor, Art and Design
Leslie Doan, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Center for Community-Based Learning
Claire Doherty, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Swimming
Laura Drake, Office Manager, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Adelyn Fleming, Office Assistant, Leadership School Counseling and Sport Management
Bryan Hayes, Academic Supervisor Services Coordinator TL, One-Stop Center
Tammie Johnson, Associate Professor, Public Health
Bruce Kavan, Professor, Management
Amanda Laukitis, Events Planning Coordinator, Education and Human Services
Megan Lichty, Coordinator Budgets, Digital Learning and Innovation
Fredrickar Martin, Program Assistant, University Housing
Samantha McDole, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Lashley Milligan, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Kendall Pollock, Office Manager, Athletics
Judy Schneider, Office Manager, Foundation Accounting
Blake Stockton, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center
Murat Tiryakioglu, Professor, Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation 


Swoop Summary

Text UNF joins the Under Armour Family over arena backgroundNorth Florida Joins the Under Armour Family
The University of North Florida and UNF Athletics have entered into a new partnership agreement with Under Armour, Inc.

The Baltimore-based global leader in performance footwear, apparel and equipment became the Ospreys official outfitter as of July 1, 2019. As part of a seven-year agreement that runs through June 30, 2026, the company will provide UNF's 19 varsity sports with on-field and off-field training gear, in addition to outfitting North Florida coaching and athletic department staff. Learn more about the new partnership with the Under Armour brand!

Fall Season Tickets and Fall Sports Package On Sale
North Florida season tickets are on sale now for women's and men's soccer and volleyball along with a fall sports pack. Read on to learn more about the ticket packages for the upcoming season.

Beach Volleyball’s Roskic Wins 2019 20U Canada CupDana Roskin beach volleyball player
Coming off an outstanding freshman year that included AVCA Top Flight honors, incoming sophomore Dana Roskic took her talents back home to Canada winning the 2019 20U Canada Cup. Find out more about the freshman Osprey and her international win!

Baker Promoted to Triple-A Buffalo
Former Osprey hurler, Bryan Baker, was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo from Double-A New Hampshire as announced by the Toronto Blue Jays organization Sunday, July 14. Continuing reading to learn more about Baker and his journey through the minor league.

The Goods


Blackberries, blueberries and strawberriesSuperfruit is not a scientific term, but it is used as a marketing tool. The idea was introduced in 2005 when the beverage POM Wonderful was advertised in the USA as having health benefits. The trend was part of a new category of foods that included superfruits along with superfoods and superspices. The label of superfruit is usually given to tropical fruits based on two criteria: 1) the levels and types of nutrients present in the fruit, and 2) the extranutritional phytochemical constituents.

The superfruits deemed super by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that improve health condition. Superfruits included tropical, subtropical and temperate fruits such as acai berries, apples, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, lime, cranberries, dragon fruit, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, plums, pomegranate, strawberries, avocados, tomatoes, papayas, raspberries, pumpkins, watermelons and pineapples.


The rewards of superfruits are best realized by consumption of servings of the whole intact fruit rather than processed product, such as juices and sweetened dried snacks. Juices continue to dominate as a means for fruit consumption, although processing diminishes both the nutrient and phytochemical levels in the fruits. Fruit-derived supplements — for example fruit extracts encapsulated into daily pill doses — seldom retain the value of the whole fruit.

The bottom line is that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is an integral part of good health. They contain antioxidants that fight disease and also contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Another reason to choose fruits and vegetables? They taste good and are low in calories.


Myth: There are miracle foods called superfruits that can make you live longer, and cure and prevent all kinds of diseases.
Fact: The science doesn't support the hype. There is scientific research into superfruits, but we don't call them super. Eating a variety of local fruits and vegetables are encouraged. 

Myth: Superfruits are better for you; therefore, paying extra for them makes sense.
Fact: Superfruits cost 10 times that of your average everyday fruits, but they do not have 10 times the nutritional value.

Myth: Eating superfruits will save you from an overall bad diet.
Fact: No one food can provide all of the nutrients you need to be healthy, especially if your overall diet is unhealthy. 

Myth: You can eat unlimited amounts of fruits deemed “super.”
Fact: When the media label foods as “super,” people think they can eat them in unlimited quantities, but you do have to be cautious of the amount you eat because you can gain weight from overeating healthy food.


'Super' Fruit Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing


  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 10 oz. fresh strawberries halved
  • 10 oz. fresh blueberries
  • 6 oz. fresh raspberries
  • 6 oz. fresh blackberries
  • Fresh mint for garnish 




  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together vinegar and sugar until sugar is nearly dissolved then whisk in honey.
  2. Add strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries to a medium bowl.
  3. Pour dressing over the top then toss to coat, add raspberries and gently toss.
  4. Preferably let rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.



Dr. Janine Dray-Daris is a clinical nutrition instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program.


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