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Veterans Day Tribute: Honoring All Who Served

UNF's Veterans day TributeDuty and country. 

Those were the words used by Capt. Daniel Gillen, guest speaker at UNF’s 9th Annual Veterans Day Tribute, to describe what he considers to be “the code and definition of all American veterans.”

“The veterans of Valley Forge gave us our country,” Gillen said. “The veterans of America since — for more than two centuries now — have preserved the country that was won in battle. Even now, American veterans on active duty serve their country all over the world.”

Gillen, who addressed veterans from all five branches of the military and those who turned out to honor them, serves at Naval Station Mayport as Director, Maritime Operations Center, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, US FOURTH FLEET. He told the gathering at UNF’s Veterans Plaza that 2.15 million men and women serve in the armed forces today in more than 160 countries on all seven continents. “Sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and coast guardsmen perform their service every day and night of every year ... On the ground, in the air, and on every sea and ocean — American veterans are on duty, " Gillan said. 

UNF’s Military and Veterans Resource Center hosted the Nov. 7 event that included a service song medley performed by the UNF Brass Quintet and the presentation of colors by UNF Army ROTC cadets. Bob Buehn, director of the MVRC and Capt. USN Ret., welcomed the group and introduced honored veterans and other guests.

The MVRC was established at UNF in 2009 to serve as the primary point of contact for active duty military, veterans and their family members on campus. The Center assists military-affiliated students as they transition to campus life and provides resources to help them complete their degree.

Find more information on the MVRC online.

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Ospreys making a difference

Dr. Lauri Wright and UNF students prepare meals

Thanks to UNF students and an innovative program, a group of homebound seniors don’t have to worry about going hungry.

These elderly Duval County residents — more than 1,000 in number — are eligible for Meals on Wheels but aren’t being served due to county funding shortages. They are names on a waitlist.

UNF has stepped up to fill the gap with its community-outreach program called Meals on Wings. Over the past year, Meals on Wings has provided more than 5,000 nutritious meals to these seniors. Student volunteers from the University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program recover unused food from area hospitals, restaurants and other community partners — food that normally would be wasted — and repackage it into healthful meals at the UNF Food Lab. Volunteers then deliver the meals to the seniors’ residences.

Dr. Lauri Wright, assistant professor and director of UNF’s Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition program, is the founding director of the UNF Center for Nutrition and Food Security. Meals on Wings is just one of the Center’s food recovery programs. According to Wright, this provides an opportunity for nutrition and dietetic students, who usually are clinically focused, to exercise compassion in their studies.

Wright and the volunteers are working to expand the program, which not only feeds those in need, but adds a bit of comfort as well. At the three-month evaluation, Meals on Wings has demonstrated significant improvements in the seniors’ nutritional status, nutrient intake, food security levels, loneliness and well-being.

Find more information about the Center for Nutrition and Food Security online.

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A roof with a view

Dr. Jack Hewitt stands by the observatory under contruction

Things are definitely looking up for UNF students studying astronomy and astrophysics.

With a white retractable dome now under construction on the roof of the Science and Engineering Building, and a large donated telescope soon to be installed, the sky is the limit for academic stargazing.

Dr. Jack Hewitt, assistant professor of physics, expects the new observatory to be completed early in the new year. Instead of having to move telescopes on and off the roof when needed, the Physics Department will now have a permanent telescope, protected from the weather, that can be automated for observations.

“Eventually we can have a fully robotic telescope that can be programmed and scheduled for research,” Hewitt said. “If we want to observe Saturn at 4 a.m., no one will have to be here to do that, yet we will have all that data for students to examine.”

When fully operational, the dome roof will slide open, the telescope will move upward, and the entire fixture will be able to rotate 360 degrees. The half-meter telescope, weighing about 750 pounds, is being donated by Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History. The project is part of the larger renovation underway at the Science and Engineering Building.

The observatory will provide hands-on learning for about 20 physics majors at UNF who have chosen a concentration in astrophysics, Hewitt said. And the Astronomy Club that he advises, which hosts monthly Astronomy Nights for the campus and the public, has about 150 members, who will be able to use the facility. “The observatory will really enhance the kind of labs we can offer, because right now we’re doing astronomy in a room,” Hewitt said. “Studying astronomy with a telescope is how it should be done.”

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Digital Humanities: at the crossroads of technology and the humanities

Students present projects at the Digital ShowcaseFor UNF student Rebecca Weiner, STEM no longer has the corner on using “cool” technologies.

The humanities — academic disciplines that study human culture and society such as art, literature, language and history — are now using “cool” digital tools of their own to analyze information and present new and original findings.

Weiner and her team, one of 13 faculty-led groups, presented their creative projects in November at the 2019 Digital Projects Showcase. It was the fourth annual showcase hosted by UNF’s Digital Humanities Institute or DHI.

Dr. Laura Heffernan, associate professor of English and director of the DHI, said this year’s projects took advantage of a number of tech tools, such as Photovoice, a method to document community-based research; Omeka, a platform for creating digital collections; and Geographic Information System or GIS techniques.

A Syllabus History
Heffernan worked with five students on a project relevant to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the University: “A Syllabus History for the UNF Semicentennial.” Using Omeka, the group created the beginnings of a digital collection of course syllabi from the early 1970s and beyond as a way to present the experience of how UNF has changed over the years. With a variety of majors, the students brought their own academic perspective to the research.

Heffernan sees the interdisciplinary nature of the projects as one of the greatest benefits, drawing researchers from all colleges. DHI also oversees a minor for undergraduate students. “Most people involved with the projects say they feel empowered by working with people across many disciplines,” Heffernan said. “We really bring together faculty, students and staff from every corner of the University, so we have a pretty big tent.”

UNF’s Footprint of Growth
Caroline Howard, and four other students, examined the comprehensive growth of UNF over time, using aerial imagery and GIS techniques. The team created the project — “Measuring and Mapping the Footprint of Growth Over Time” — as part of an intermediate GIS class with Dr. Chris Baynard. Rooted in geography, GIS uses spatial location and visualizations to reveal deeper insights into data.

Howard said the aerial images they used of the campus from 1972 until 2017 were available at the University. With software to digitize the photos, the students were able to show percentage increases and decreases over the years in five categories: roads, forest, infrastructure, open areas and water. “With the tools we used, we are able to show actual numbers and offer a better visual of what has changed,” Howard said.

Learning how to create those visuals also will help students find career opportunities, according to Baynard. “Everything is technology driven and also visually driven,” he said. “So now more and more companies are recognizing the power of GIS to visualize maps, which are much more understandable than numbers on a spreadsheet.”

More information about the Digital Humanities Institute is available on the UNF website.

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The 'why not' mindset

Donna Orender speaks at UNF event

Donna Orender learned early in life to simply ignore the word no. Instead, she embraced the power of a simple question: Why not?

Invited to speak at UNF in November to kick off the Fearless Woman program, Orender, founder of Generation W, challenged the 200-plus people in attendance to ask the same question.

She said that asking “Why not?” gave her permission to think differently about solving problems. In doing so, she was able to tackle new challenges, which empowered her to build a distinguished career — as professional basketball player, former senior vice president of the PGA Tour and former president of the Women's National Basketball Association.

Orender believes the “why not mindset” was the force behind her life’s journey. “We have to ask ourselves the questions that really matter,” she said. “We have to have the courage to answer them. We have to ask ourselves how we can embrace our inner courage and say, “Why not me?”

The speaker praised President Szymanski for his vision in creating the Fearless Woman program as a way to empower the women of the campus community. In the same way, she created the national organization Generation W to focus on the education, inspiration and connection of women. She urged the audience to make connections with one another and support one another, saying “life is a team sport.”

Whitney Meyer, director of the Community Alliance for Student Success and coordinator for Fearless Woman, said the goal of the event was to bring together students, faculty and staff. “My dream for this initiative is to break down silos and bring together the campus community,” Meyer said. “With a truly unified voice, we can put into practice what we’re learning at the Fearless Woman events and work together to help women move to the next level. This is our opportunity to build and maintain the culture we want for this campus.”

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Five free things to do at UNF in January

Five free things to do at UNF in January

Though the semester is winding down in December, there are a variety of free activities during January. Here are five we thought you might enjoy.


Public Reception for MOCA’s 2019 UNF Artist-in-Residence
Thursday, Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m.
MOCA Jacksonville
View the art of Jenn Peek, MOCA’s 2019 UNF Artist-in-Residence, at a public reception. Peek’s artwork focuses on processes of cast iron and steel fabrication, but she also uses elements of fiberglass, foam, fabric and ceramics in her work. Learn more on the MOCA website.

Astronomy Night: 'Standard Candle'
Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.
Science and Engineering, Building 50, Room 1102
Join the Physics Department for the first Astronomy Night of the spring 2020 semester. Physics major Josh Williams will talk about “standard candles,” followed by stargazing from the roof. Find more information on the UNF website.

The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center
Enjoy the music of violinist Chee Yun Kim and pianist Alfredo Oyaguez Montero, with Dr. Jimmy Hall, artistic director.
Please register for the concert online.

Lawson Ensemble
The Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center
Thursday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Join Ellen Olson, viola; Eric Olson, oboe; and Jiayi Huang, viola, who will feature works of Mozart and Beethoven.
Please register for the ensemble performance online.

Faculty Violin Recital
Monday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center
Dr. Simon Shiao, violin, and Dr. Lucy Chen, piano, will perform great romantic sonatas: Schubert, Prokofiev and Saint Saens sonatas for violin and piano.
Please register for the faculty recital online.


Your donations can help

Colorful socksSchool of Nursing 3rd Annual Sock Drive
The School of Nursing continues to collect new socks for donation to community agencies that serve the local homeless population. Those finding themselves homeless often wear socks that are old and damaged or go without; shelter agencies find that socks are the No. 1 requested clothing item. Socks of all sizes and colors are needed for men, women and children.


Donations will be accepted through December 9 at the following on-campus drop-off location: 

  • J. Brooks Brown Hall Addition, Building 39A, School of Nursing Office, Room 3090
For more information, send an email to Deirdre Shoemake or call (904) 620-2684.

Faculty Forum

Dr. Tiffany Kershner

Dr. Tiffany KershnerDr. Tiffany Kershner will tell you she is a matchmaker for extraordinary funding opportunities. As associate director of fellowships in the Hicks Honors College, Kershner was hired in February 2019 to help launch and coordinate a fellowship effort on campus. She believes there are many outstanding UNF students who would be competitive for these awards, yet don’t know they are available.

Her job, then, is to inform undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, about available fellowships and help guide them in completing applications. As part of that process, she reviews and critiques application essays and stages mock interviews for those selected for semi-final and final interviews.

Some of these fellowships, also referred to as scholarships or grants, provide funding for specific opportunities in the U.S. and abroad, while others include advanced academic research, graduate study and study abroad. Examples include the Rhodes Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship, Truman Scholarship and the Fulbright Student Grant Program.

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? Each time a student submits an application for a national award is a rewarding academic experience. Fellowship applications take a lot of time and dedication and there is so much benefit for the student in just the process of writing the essays, reflecting on their education and experiences, and trying to articulate their passions in a personal narrative. When a student has done this, regardless of the outcome of the competition, it is a win-win for both the institution and the student.

What courses do you teach? I will be teaching an honors seminar called Words through Space and Time, which examines how words are formed in the brain and also how words encode human experience.

What research are you doing? As a linguistic anthropologist and descriptive field linguist, I am particularly interested in the area of cultural semantics and pragmatics, with a focus on the Bantu languages of Southern and Eastern Africa. My primary work is in the theoretical areas of verb classification, tense, aspect and time. My research for many years centered on the Bantu language Chisukwa, an endangered language, of less than 1,000 speakers, spoken in three small villages in the Misuku Hills area of northern Malawi. Outside of my scholarship on African languages, I am also interested more broadly in folk classification and indigenous knowledge systems (ethnobotany and ethnobiology), sound symbolism, narratives and storytelling and applied anthropology.

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? We still do not know how many distinct languages there are in the world. However, despite not having an accurate count, we do know the number of languages is steadily declining. This is of concern not only for linguists and anthropologists but more importantly for speakers of the languages in decline. When a language dies, so does the culture.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? I would love to work in an independent bookstore or at a public library.

What is your personal philosophy? I have a Snoopy mug in my office that says “Relaxation is an art. Practice. Practice. Practice.” Although it is meant in jest, I really do think relaxation is important. I encourage fellowship applicants to take breaks from their applications and to use those breaks to do something they enjoy, whether it be sports, reading, music, etc. When they do, they come back to their applications with fresh eyes.

Who has been the biggest role model in your life? I am the daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter of Pennsylvania German bakers. We had our own little bakery in Pennsylvania, and I grew up watching my father rise early and start baking at 3 a.m., six days a week. He retired at age 71, but still bakes every week for fun. I admire his passion and work ethic.

What do you like most about UNF? The students of course as well as my amazing colleagues in Hicks Honors College!

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? Candy Cane Lake. I enjoy watching the turtles and of course, Howard!

Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? My classes involve a little bit of lecture followed by a lot of discussion and “hands-on” activities. In linguistics, you want students to learn how to work with real language data and that requires fieldwork. In a majority of my classes, students collect real live data. Although interviewing strangers can be stressful at first, students adapt quickly and often learn some really interesting things about language.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? I wouldn’t say anything but would listen to the birds sing. 20 seconds of silence sounds delightful!

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? There are several fellowship opportunities available for recent graduates. Even after you graduate, don’t be a stranger. Contact me. I love to work with alumni!

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as president of South Africa in 1994 was such an important event in history. Although it was televised, I would have loved to witness it in person.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? What solidified my desire to pursue linguistic anthropology as a major and later in graduate school was working on my undergraduate honors thesis under the supervision of Dr. Nora England, a specialist in descriptive linguistics and Mayan languages. I had taken two of her classes and found her teaching and research inspiring. She was a great professor, advisor and mentor. The year I was writing my thesis, she was awarded the MacArthur “genius” Fellowship for her advocacy work in training indigenous Mayan linguists. That was an exciting time!

Who is your favorite fictional character? Despite growing up mostly with cats, I am a huge fan of Snoopy. I have a small collection of Snoopy items at home and in my office.

Where is the best place you’ve visited? I have two. Outside the United States, one of my favorite locations is Dullstroom-Emnotweni, a small town located in Mpumalanga province in South Africa. It is one of the highest towns in South Africa and the scenery is just breathtaking. The area is known for its fishing and hiking and is home to some endangered bird species. An equally beautiful place in the United States is the Flint Hills region of Kansas. Within the spectacular rolling hills, you can spot bison and the occasional prairie chicken. When I lived in Kansas, I was able to observe how the landscape changed seasonally. Truly amazing.

How do you recharge? I am an amateur, mostly backyard bird watcher. I enjoy feeding birds and watching them from my lanai, especially in the early morning. In the evenings, I love to read.

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I like that Jacksonville has all these opportunities to explore art and culture. A favorite place to visit is the Cummer Museum. I love their gardens. I grew up in a small coal-mining town in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Following high school, I spent a good 12-15 years out in the Midwest living and studying in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Kansas. More recently I was living in North Carolina. I also lived overseas in Malawi for 15 months during graduate school.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? That is tough because I have had an amazing life so far. However, speaking as a fellowships advisor, I always worry about the student I might have “missed” who would be a good fit for a particular scholarship or fellowship. My goal is that every student should at least know about these opportunities, but I do worry about missing a few every year and so outreach is a daily activity in my job.

Get to Know

Felicia Bernard

Felicia Bernard from CogginFelicia Bernard works in the Coggin College of Business Academic Advising Office as executive secretary.

What do you do at UNF? My job responsibilities are to provide student and administrative support.

What do you enjoy about working here? I am a people person, so I enjoy working with our staff and students.

What one memory do you most treasure? I have several memories I treasure the most. I lost my dad about seven years ago. I have three sisters, but I was the one who watched sports with him. He was my softball coach and taught me about the NBA.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? This is a tough question. My family and I are close-knit, so I would invite family members.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? If I could do another job for just one day, I would be a judge. I am addicted to court shows. I would like to sit on the bench for one day and try a case without prejudging or bringing condemnation before the evidence is submitted.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? If I ruled the world, I would eliminate world hunger and poverty. I would create a worldwide food bank for those who are less fortunate. Also, I would build housing for the homeless and educate people on how to obtain wealth.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? The title of the movie version for my life would be “Facing the Giants.” In life we face many challenges. Sometimes life can make you feel like David going up against Goliath, but I find myself victorious at the end of the battle.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Travel is on the top my bucket list. I would like to travel the world and experience different cultures, food and customs.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? I wish chocolate had zero calories.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Paris and France to see the Eifel Tower and experience the food and culture.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Board game: Hasbro, Sorry!
Book: “Becoming A Leader” by Dr. Myles Munroe
Color: Blue
Food: Seafood
Sport to watch: NBA basketball


Balloons with UNF logoMilestones
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary in December or January:

35 Years

Shelley Anderson, Library Services Specialist, Library

30 Years
Debra Murphy, Professor, Art and Design
Adel El-Ansary, Professor, Marketing and Logistics
Sandra Rosa, Accounting Associate, Controller

25 Years

Michael Kearse, Custodial Worker, University Housing

20 Years
Madelaine Cosgrove, Associate Director, Research Program Services, Florida Institute of Education
Frederick Dale, Associate Instructor, English
David Jaffee, Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Peter Lowe, Assistant Director, Institutional Research, Institutional Research
James McGuffey, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems
Anthony Turrin, Business Systems Analyst, Project Management Office
Kathy Westberry, Academic Advisor, CCB Advising

15 Years
Meghan Hull, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, Enrollment Services
Margaret Partyka, Bursar, Controller
Johnny Raines, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

10 Years
Mark Leininger, Instructor, Accounting & Finance
Meghan Niemczyk, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Nursing

5 Years
Jeremy Baker, Academic Advisor, CCB Advising
Jennifer Bibb, Coordinator, Library Services, Library
Elizabeth Brown, Associate Professor, Psychology
Terry Brown, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Daniel Byrd, Academic Advisor, Brooks College of Health Advising
David Fisher, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing
Cheryl Fountain, Professor, Florida Institute of Education
Melissa Leone, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Jovantae McCloud, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Ashley Washington, Academic Advisor, Advising

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Tyler Adams, Groundskeeper, Shared Cost
Kristen Cassidy, Office Manager, Center for Community-Based Learning
Colin Corcoran, Assistant Athletic Coach, Strength and Conditioning
Tamia Craig, Parking Services Associate, Parking and Transportation Services
Nathaniel Farley, Senior Telecommunications Technician, Telephone Services
Anthony Granato, Auto Equipment Mechanic, Vehicle Maintenance
Channing Hodges, Coordinator Employment, Human Resources
Heather Hutchins, Academic Advisor, CCB Advising
Tyler Joseph, Persistence Specialist, Undergraduate Studies
Lisha Kievit, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Daniel Kline, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Allison Ladun, Maintenance Mechanic, Housing and Residence Life
Jan Lindahl, Maintenance Supervisor, University Housing
Luiza Mendoza, Custodial Worker, Student Union
Sara Menendez, Executive Secretary, Alumni Services
Eugenio Mombay, Accountant, Controller
Krysta Noe, Senior Accounts Payable Receivable Representative, Physical Facilities
Lisa Parnell, Student Financial Services Coordinator, Controller
Michael Russo, Coordinator, Distance Learning Support, Distance Learning
Amy Saville, Teaching Laboratory Specialist, Art and Design
Shelby Scanlon, Web Services Specialist, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Thea Scott, Coordinator, University Housing, Housing and Residence Life
Emily Sharpe, Academic Advisor, UGS Academic Advising
Amanda Shows, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Noelia Ysern Sola, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Jeffrey Witucki, IT Project Manager, Project Management Office

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:
Amanda Ennis, Media Relations Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
Calena Gray, Associate Director, Class Comp Employment, Human Resources
Kishia Hill, Persistence Specialist, Undergraduate Studies
Brian Kowalski, Landscape Grounds Superintendent, Facilities and Grounds
Kiersten Lampe, Assistant Director, Educational Services, MOCA Jacksonville
Kathleen Leone, Director of Development, Academic Affairs
Daniel Moon, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
Trenten Oliver, Desktop Support Engineer, User Services
Matthew Patterson, Director of Education, MOCA Jacksonville
Isabel Pease, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Marketing and Communications
Nida Rogers, Office Manager, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Katherine Thompson, Director, Web and Digital Services, Marketing and Communications
Susana Watts, Assistant Director, Operations, Coggin College of Business
Jessica Wingate, Assistant Director, Social Media, Marketing and Communications

Heartfelt wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees who left UNF recently:
DeWayne Anderson, Coordinator, Residence Life, Housing and Residence Life
Sharon Bove, Administrative Assistant, President's Office
Stephanie Grant, Administrative Assistant, Constituent Programs
Samuel Hanna, Admissions Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Lauren King, Accounting Associate, SG Business & Accounting Office
Dieh'l Martin, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Daniel Melomet, Parking Services Technician, Parking and Transportation Services
Bradley Richards, Senior Landscape Grounds Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Mary Strain, Director of Development, MOCA Jacksonville
Rachel Szymanski, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
Nancy Viafora, Coordinator, Accounting, Controller
David Wollett, Maintenance Mechanic, Housing and Residence Life

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsCoggin College of Business
Dr. David Swanson
, associate professor, and Dr. Lakshmi Goel, professor, had a recent article titled “An analysis of supply chain management research by topic,” that was published in Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, selected by the editorial team as Highly Commended in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards. The abstract of the article and how to request the full text is available online.

Dr. Courtney Azzari, assistant professor of marketing, had a co-authored article titled “Ten Lessons for Qualitative Transformative Service Researchers” accepted in the Journal of Services Marketing. Azzari is the lead author on this paper, which offers key methodological insights for scholars new to qualitative transformative service research. The paper offers ten lessons on conducting qualitative transformative service research (TSR) that the authors have gleaned, across more than 30 years (combined) of qualitative inquiries and engagement with other scholars conducting and publishing what may be now termed TSR. The Journal of Services Marketing has been a leader in services marketing thought and cutting-edge research for 30 years.

College of Arts and Sciences
Art & Design
Anthony Auippy, interim UNF Art Gallery director, had three collage artworks become a part of the collection at the Alice & T. O’Neal Douglas Center for Caring at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville. Auippy also talked about Zines and the UNF Sequential Art Zines Class on the Shortbox Podcast in October and participated in the Group Exhibit “Painting and Sculpture” at EPCA Contemporary in Enfield, North Carolina.

Sheila Goloborotko, associate professor, had a solo exhibition opening “Time is of the Essence, recent works by Sheila Goloborotko,” at Yellow House in Jacksonville. Goloborotko also was selected for group exhibition “Contested Spaces: 2019 Harnett Biennial of American Prints” at Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond, Virginia. In addition, Goloborotko gave a gallery talk at the California Lutheran University, presenting “Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia.”

Jenny Hager, professor of sculpture, won the 2019 SECAC Award for Excellence in Teaching, which was announced Oct. 18, at the annual awards luncheon in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during the 75th meeting of SECAC. This award is made in recognition of outstanding teaching by a SECAC member who demonstrates an exceptional command of his or her discipline through the ability to teach effectively, impart knowledge and inspire students. The Awards Committee noted that Hager has been inspiring students and reaching out to the community for 13 years. In bestowing the award, First Vice-President Lawrence Jenkens quoted the colleague who nominated Hager for this recognition: “Not only has Jenny built and developed a new program within her department, she consistently engages her students in experiential learning and outreach that assists in both the growth of her field/area/department, and her community as well. Excellent, tenacious, spirited, tireless, and innovative, she is an educational leader.” SECAC, formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference, is a national nonprofit organization devoted to education and research in the visual arts.

Jason John, associate professor, presented “Painting as Mediated by New Ways,” at the SECAC conference in Chattanooga in October, and published the article: “Postcard Publication for Real People 2019,” Old Court House Art Center, August, Woodstock, Illinois. John also participated in the following exhibitions: Figure Works 2009, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada; Surreal Fauxreal, Home St Gallery, October, Jacksonville; LDG 11th Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, October, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania; enGENDERing Change/ National Juried Exhibition, Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State University, October, Alamosa, Colorado. In addition, John received the following awards/honors: Biafarin Gold Award, Real People 2019, The Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, Illinois; The Painting Center, Juried into The Painting Center Art File Gallery,, June, New York.

Andy Kozlowski, assistant professor, had a solo show “Dark Days” at ArtSpace in Raleigh, North Carolina, featuring 18 prints, 30 ceramics and a new site-specific wall installation of wheat-pasted screen prints. Kozlowski also hosted a free recycled paper making project exhibition supported by a Faculty Development Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Kozlowski had a print accepted to the exhibition “Contested Spaces: 2019 Harnett Biennial of American Prints” competition for the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums. From entries submitted by 134 artists, the juror for the exhibition, Carmen Hermo, associate curator, and Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, selected prints 43 artists from 20 states to be in the exhibition.

Debra Murphy, professor, presented “Seeking the Balance Between Creative Freedom,” in the sessions “Limits on Content: How Far Can Students Go in the Studio Art Classroom?” at SECAC in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She also chaired the session “Fame and Infamy in the Italian Renaissance and the Thereafter.”

Dr. Stephynie C. Perkins, associate professor, in collaboration with Dr. Brian Thornton and Dr. Tulika Varma, presented the paper “Poems, Prayers, Letters and Calls for Calm: Grieving MLK's Murder - A Study of the Editorial Pages of Five Black Newspapers in 1968,” at the American Journalism Historians Association in Dallas.

Dr. Ash Faulkner, instructor, presented the conference paper, “Of a Daughter's Dark Eyes: Transatlantic Inheritance, Conceits, and Conceptions in Alice Meynell,” at the 2019 Victorians Institute Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, in October.

Dr. Clark Lunberry, professor, gave an invited lecture, “Poetry Off the Page, Language on the Landscape: Writing on Water and Air,” at Kingsborough Art Museum (KAM), as a part of the Lyceum Lectures in the Fine Arts, Brooklyn, New York, in October.

Emily K. Michael, visiting instructor, published “The Seven Gifts: What Poetry offers Prose Writers” in BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog, in October.

Dr. Erin Bodnar, assistant professor of music and director of bands, presented at the College Music Society National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 26. Bodnar served as a co-moderator with Dr. Vu Nguyen, University of Connecticut, on the presentation, “Campfire Discussion: Assessment Practices, Challenges, and Solutions in Collegiate Performing Ensembles.”

Dr. Barry Albright, associate lecturer, had a major volume titled “Cenozoic Vertebrate Biostratigraphy of South Carolina, USA, and Additions to the Fauna” published in the Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History in October. This volume is the culmination of over 10 years of work and includes co-authors A. E. Sanders, R. E. Weems, D. C. Cicimurri, and J. L. Knight.

Dr. Chris Kelso, associate professor, and collaborators published “Uncertainties in direct dark matter detection in light of Gaia's escape velocity measurements in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics” Oct. 1.

Dr. Jody Nicholson, associate professor, in collaboration with Drs. Dan Richard and Christian Winterbottom, co-chaired a symposium at the annual conference for the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). The symposium presented work from Drs. Dan Richard’s and Christian Winterbottom’s book titled “Community-based transformational learning: An interdisciplinary inquiry into its benefits and challenges,” which is in press at the Bloomsbury Press of London and will be published in 2020.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Dr. Ayan Dutta, with Vladimir Ufimtsev, Asai Asaithambi and Emily Czarnecki, published the article “Coalition Formation for Multi-Robot Task Allocation via Correlation Clustering, Cybernetics and Systems,” in Cybernetics and Systems, Volume 50, 2019, Issue 8, a special issue on Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems. Read more about the article online

Dr. Kathik Umapathy participated on a panel at the IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA), Oct. 5, in Washington, D.C. The panel titled “Getting Students Engaged in Social Good” was moderated by Pam Davis-Kean from University of Michigan. In addition to Umapathy, panel members included Rayid Ghani from Carnegie Mellon University, Sarah Stone from University of Washington and William Ratcliff from DataKind. Umapathy also gave an invited talk titled "Collaborative Community Engagement: Bringing Data Science to Societal Challenges" at the Bentley University in Boston, Oct. 10. In addition, Umapathy presented a paper titled “Developing a GIS Dashboard Tool to Inform Non-Profit Hospitals of Community Health Needs at the Neighborhood Level” at the 2019 Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR), in Cleveland. In addition to Umapathy, authors of the paper include E. Copello, J. Smith, A. Mease, D. Richard, A-M Knight, M. Albertie, H. Hamadi, A. Spaulding and E. Apatu. Umapathy also presented a poster titled Dashboard for Extracting Regional Insights and Ranking Food Deserts in Northeast Florida at the UNF DHI Digital Projects Showcase. Authors of the poster are A. Singh, A. Conwell, J. Allen, D. Richard, J. Goodkind, P. Bell, M. Neff and L. Wright.

Dr. Brian Wingender, with E. Tong, J. Emery, L. Gower and R. Kröger, published the article “Time-Resolved in situ Raman Spectroscopic Observations of a Biomineralization Model System,” in Microscopy and Microanalysis, Volume 25, supplement S2, August 2019. Read more about the article online. In addition, Wingender, with G. Thrivikraman, A. Athirasala, R. Gordon, et al, published the article “Rapid fabrication of vascularized and innervated cell-laden bone models with biomimetic intrafibrillar collagen mineralization,” in Nature Communications 10, 3520 (2019). Read more about the article online.

College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick, Deaf Education Department, presented “Interactive Writing Instruction: A Solution for the ELA Balancing Act” at the Florida Educators Deaf and Hard of Hearing Annual Conference in Daytona Beach in November. Her presentation showed how teacher participants have used interactive writing to cover and integrate all four strands of the English Language Arts standards. Kilpatrick and her colleague Dr. Kimberly Wolbers, University of Tennessee, published the article “Beyond the red pen: A functional grammar approach to evaluating the written language of deaf students in Psychology in the Schools,” September. In this research, Kilpatrick used a Systemic Functional Grammar approach to language analysis to provide teachers with a new way to evaluate deaf students’ writing. She mapped out a trajectory of the written language development of deaf students and developed a written language inventory for teachers of the deaf. This inventory, along with additional evaluation tools that she has developed, has the potential to impact both objective setting and instruction.

Dr. Terrence Cavanaugh presented “The Science that makes Florida different - Concrete learning with OER,” at the Florida Association of Science Teachers Conference at World Golf Village in October. His presentation was about using a science book he wrote that is based on what science students can see and experience in Florida. Cavanaugh’s second presentation, with Dr. Chris Baynard, Coggin College of Business, and was titled “STEM kites and poles,” which was about how we can do remote sensing using kites with GPS-enabled cameras, and how people can make parts to hold the cameras using 3D printers. They also presented on a similar topic during the 2019 GIS Day Nov. 13 for the Northeast Florida GIS user group titled “No drone zone: How to acquire aerial imagery when you can’t fly a UAV.” Cavanaugh and Dr. Nick Eastham presented a workshop with Bishop Kenny High School, on 3D printing for math and science in November.

Dr. Nile Stanley, associate professor of childhood education and Board Member of Hope at Hand, recently gave the featured luncheon talk, “Building Resilience through Poetry and Prayer” for the Saint John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church of Jacksonville.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Maria Atilano, student outreach librarian, presented at and served as conference chair for the 5th Annual Library Marketing and Communications Conference in St. Louis, Nov. 13-14. The conference included 36 concurrent sessions and six poster sessions and was attended by 475 national and international librarians and marketers.


Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT)
Jamie Chaires presented “Implementing an OER Initiative” at the InnovedCon conference in Miami, Oct. 2-3. 


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Osprey women's basketball play in game against Nicholls

Team Effort Leads to Win Over Nicholls
All eight players that saw the floor chipped in at least two points and a final three-point play secured North Florida women's basketball's win against Nicholls State Saturday in the final game of the JU Thanksgiving Classic. The victory marked Coach Gibbs' 50th career win. Read more highlights from the game.

Swimming Closes Out Liberty Invite with Top Times
North Florida swimming posted six season-best times during the final day of the TYR '85 Invite at Liberty Sunday. Read more about the swimmers’ performances online.

Men's soccer team on the fieldMen's Soccer Finishes Strong Season
The 2019 season for North Florida men's soccer saw the team win an ASUN tournament game for the first time since 2015 and saw the Ospreys become a top defense in the nation. Read more about the men’s soccer team’s strong season finish online.

Women's Soccer Raised the Bar in 2019
The 2019 season for North Florida women's soccer will not only be remembered for the records and accomplishments, but also as a season that raised the bar of success for the program. Read more about the 2019 season for women’s soccer online.


Men's Cross Country Finishes 7th in South Region, Wins Tiebreaker With Gators

Sophomore Nathan Jubran led the North Florida men's cross country team with a 14th-place individual finish. The Ospreys finished seventh in 24 team field at the NCAA South Region Championship. Jubran set a school record in the 10K for cross country and had the top individual time of all Florida schools. Read more about the strong finish for men’s cross country online.

The Goods



What better ingredient to get everyone excited for the winter holiday season? Peppermint, Mentha piperita, is a hybrid herb — a cross between watermint and spearmint — usable in many different forms. The leaves of this plant can be consumed in different dishes, smoothies and even brewed for fresh tea. The leaf extract and oil may be purposed for personal hygiene products such as mouthwash, toothpaste or lotions. Peppermint is also useful as a therapeutic agent and in pharmaceutical products. Dr. Corinne Labyak, associate professor in UNF’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, with her graduate student Liza Aschettino, busts the myths and discusses the facts about this delicious, distinct plant.

Myth: Peppermint is a plant of the 1900s.
Fact: The history of peppermint began as early as 1500 BC as mentioned in Ancient Egyptian medical texts. It’s traditionally used in medical practice in both Eastern and Western hemispheres. Peppermint has been taken to treat indigestion, nausea, sore throats and GI issues.

Myth: All herbs are good for everyone.
Fact: Peppermint has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and contains phytochemicals as well as small amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorus. There are benefits to taking peppermint; however, precaution is warranted for those who have GI reflux or hiatal hernias.

Myth: Peppermint can be left without refrigeration; it’s just leaves.
You must refrigerate store-bought peppermint leaves. You can leave peppermint essential oil out, and an actual peppermint plant must be left out. Dried mint must be stored in a cool, dark place.

Myth: Peppermint is expensive.
Peppermint products may be somewhat expensive, depending on where they’re purchased. Growing your own peppermint plant will save you the most money. Peppermint is known to be invasive in home gardens, so pot this plant separately for best results.


Peppermint Bark

● 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
● 8 ounces premium white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
● 1 teaspoon shortening
● ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract (do not use “mint” extract)
● 1/3 cup crushed candy cane pieces, divided

1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with wax paper; set aside.
2. Place chopped dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds; remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave and heat on 15-second increments, stirring well between each, until chocolate is completely melted.
3. Spread melted dark chocolate evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Set aside, but don’t refrigerate; prepare the white chocolate layer.
4. Place chopped white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds; remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave and heat on 15-second increments, stirring well between each, until white chocolate is completely melted.
5. Once white chocolate is melted, place teaspoon of shortening in a small microwave-safe dish and heat until melted, which only takes several seconds. Add peppermint extract; stir well.
6. Add peppermint/shortening mixture to white chocolate; stir well. Add ¼ cup of crushed candy canes to the white chocolate and gently fold in until evenly distributed.
7. Spread white chocolate evenly and gently, in case chocolate hasn’t completely set, over dark chocolate layer.
8. Immediately sprinkle white chocolate layer with remaining candy cane pieces.
9. Allow peppermint bark to harden completely at room temperature before cutting/breaking into pieces and enjoying. This will take several hours at room temperature. Refrigeration isn’t recommended.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 91 || Fat: 5g || Saturated Fat: 3g || Cholesterol: 1mg || Sodium: 7mg || Potassium: 70mg || Carbohydrates: 9g || Sugar: 7g || Vitamin A: 5% || Calcium: 19% || Iron: 0.9%
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

This recipe credited to and received approval from Samantha. The Goods is a monthly column about different food myths and facts by faculty members in the University of North Florida’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program. Have questions about peppermint? Send an email to Dr. Corinne Labyak


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The Princeton Review — for the 13th consecutive year — has named the Coggin College of Business as one of the nation's most outstanding business schools. To compile its list of "Best Business" schools, The Princeton Review uses surveys of MBA students and selects schools for their academics, campus life and student experiences, as well as student career plans.


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