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'Uniquely UNF' ads reach Jacksonville commuters

Student looking at the stars and text Innovators. Impacting the future. Uniquely UNF billboardThousands of motorists traveling on Jacksonville roadways in the coming months only have to glance up during their commute to see bold, positive messages about the University of North Florida. On digital billboards in Jacksonville’s most heavily traveled corridors, drivers will observe memorable images and reminders of the many ways the school is "Uniquely UNF."

It’s all part of a six-month brand awareness campaign that the University launched at the beginning of January. "We wanted to create high visibility to reinforce UNF’s presence and value in our community," said Isabel Pease, director of UNF’s Marketing and Publications Office.

Numerous messages with bright, colorful pictures to attract attention are rotating on 20 high-impact billboards for the first three months and then on 10 billboards for the final three months. The attractive images show students gaining real-world experience in the community, conducting research, solving problems and making a difference. Other displays highlight UNF’s national rankings, such as a Best Regional University and a Best in the Southeast.

Pease said the campaign reminds local employers that they need to look no further for their next great hires. "The problem-solvers and innovators are right here in Jacksonville at UNF, and they are job-ready when they graduate," she said.

The campaign is expected to generate millions of impressions to passers-by, providing significant exposure for the University. The messages are visible every 64 seconds, which equates to 25,000 ads rotating daily around the city. "When you consider that the ads are placed in heavily traveled areas, the impact really jumps," Pease said. For example, one billboard at I-95 and JTB is estimated to be seen by more than 300,000 adults daily.

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Register to attend the Presidential Inauguration

President David M. SzymanskiOn Friday, Feb. 22, Dr. David M. Szymanski will be inaugurated as the University of North Florida’s sixth president. The theme of the inauguration is Uniquely UNF, highlighting what makes our University special.


A processional through campus will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Field House. All are invited to watch. UNF faculty members and other academic delegates who registered to participate in the processional will follow the macebearer to the Fine Arts Center and into Lazzara Performance Hall, where the investiture ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. 


The ceremony is open to the entire Osprey community and the public. Those on campus who are unable to take part in the processional or attend the ceremony will be able to watch via a live webcast. Video of the ceremony also will be posted to UNF’s website following the ceremony. Please register here if you plan to attend the ceremony or any of the day's activities.   

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Homecoming 2019: Celebrate at Nest Fest

Nest Fest UNF Homecoming February 17-23, 2019Faculty and staff are invited to participate in Nest Fest, UNF’s Homecoming celebration, Feb. 17 – 23. Here are a few of the week’s many events:


Blue and Gray Bash: A Taste of the Town, Friday, Feb. 22
Food, music and fun begin at 7 p.m. Enjoy tastings from restaurants all over town, the music of The Band Be Easy and live and silent auctions — all while supporting UNF student scholarships. Learn more about the Blue and Gray Bash


Swoop the Loop 5k and Fun Run, Saturday, Feb. 23
Looking for some exercise? Get moving and take in the campus scenery as you run the Swoop the Loop 5k. The theme of this year's run is "Ospreys Fly.” Costumes are welcome. Also open to all ages is the 1-mile Fun Run, a great way for the littlest Ospreys to get a taste of the action. Learn more about Swoop the Loop

Homecoming Village: Party on the Plaza, Saturday, Feb. 23
This free family-friendly event will include food and refreshments, music, a photo booth, face painting, inflatable games and more. Buy a 6th Man Game ticket and catch the UNF spirit as the Ospreys take on Liberty. Learn more about the Homecoming Village


You can find a detailed schedule of all homecoming events on the Full Schedule of Events page

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Five free things to do at UNF in February

Collage of Five Free Things To Do at UNF in February - text to right

1.  The 31st Annual Great American Jazz Series in collaboration with The Beaches Fine Arts Series presents: Composers Forum with drummer Dennis Mackrel, pianist Reggie Thomas and J.B. Scott as artistic director, on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Theater. Free, but registration requested

2. Global Healthcare: How Good Can We Be? Rajiv Shah, M.D., has had a distinguished career working to improve global healthcare. He has served in various roles that have focused on ending poverty, improving nutrition and bringing U.S. humanitarian aid to crises around the world. Currently, Shah is president of The Rockefeller Foundation and was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40. This lecture is co-sponsored with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Adam W. Herbert University Center. Free, but e-ticket required.

3. Osprey Softball home tournament: The UNF Invitational
Cheer on the UNF Softball team as they play against Colgate, Dakota State, Northern Iowa and the College of Charleston, Feb. 15-17. Five games will be played at the UNF Softball Complex: Friday, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon. Find the full schedule here.

4. Guest Artist Recital featuring Jared Starr, violin, and Leonidas Lagrimas, piano, on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center. Free, but registration requested.


5.  UNF and Rethreaded exhibition at Lufrano International Gallery
The Department of Art and Design’s sculpture program and Rethreaded, a local organization that works to help survivors of human trafficking, are hosting “Rethreaded: Flight,” an exhibition that features a large steel birdcage sculpture created by professor Jenny Hager and her sculpture students. Open now through March 8 at the Lufrano International Gallery. Find gallery hours here.

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A new campus team champions student success

Students studying at tableStudents are sometimes derailed by obstacles beyond their control. To remove those roadblocks as quickly as possible, UNF in October 2018 created a group of problem solvers — the Student Success Rapid Response Team.

Comprised of approximately 12 people in senior leadership positions, the team meets every other week to increase collaboration and communication across the campus. Dr. Daniel Moon, interim associate provost and one of the group’s core members, said the goal is to resolve issues that may be interfering with student success. Should faculty and staff discover any such concerns, Moon suggested they contact him; Dr. Pamela Chally, interim provost; or Dr. Karen Patterson, dean and associate vice president of Academic Affairs, who would bring the matters before the team.

“It’s really a great dynamic to see all of these different offices and units coming together to improve student success,” Moon said. “And with senior leadership involved, it gives us the leverage and ability to quickly resolve problems.” For example, several students did not register for spring semester classes, some asking instead for transcripts so they could transfer. Staff discovered the students were unable to register because they had not received their financial aid in time to meet the housing deposit deadline. The issue was brought before the team, which was able to quickly resolve the problem, enable the students to register and then establish future structures so it won’t happen again.

In addition to reacting to immediate issues, the group is also developing systems that will allow the campus to be proactive in helping students, Moon said. As an example, they are creating a framework to help identify at-risk students and provide them with the needed support structures to eliminate issues before they develop. “The beauty and strength of this team is that we are bringing together such a variety of decision-makers who can use their expertise and resources to bear on whatever challenges we see interfering with student success,” Moon said. “It’s one of many efforts now underway on campus to advance student achievement.”

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Demystifying the Metrics: a look at performance-based metrics 5 and 6

Dr. Paul Eason in the classroom

Are University of North Florida freshmen making their grades? Are they coming back to UNF after their first year? How is UNF impacting state needs and Florida’s economy?

Those are questions addressed in two of the state’s key performance-based funding metrics analyzed each year by the State University System Board of Governors. This month’s Inside focuses on those metrics, 5 and 6:

Metric 5 — Academic Progress Rate (Retention to Second Fall)
Metric 6 — Bachelor’s Degrees in Areas of Strategic Emphasis

Metric 5 measures retention, specifically the percentage of first-time full-time students who finished their first year at UNF with a GPA of at least a 2.0 and enrolled again the following fall.

Last year, UNF scored a 4 out of 10 in this area. While that score represents improvement from previous years, numerous strategic efforts are underway to move the numbers upward. The new Student Success Rapid Response Team, for one, aims to identify and eliminate hurdles to progression and retention. Enhanced faculty participation in midterm grade reporting and early warning academic alerts is helping students stay on track, and peer‐assisted student success programming and expanded support for supplemental instruction for students in historically challenging courses are having a significant impact. In fact, data indicates that students attending one SI session per week during the term make an average of two letter grades higher in the respective course supported by the SI.

Metric 6 looks at the percentage of degrees that address economic and workforce needs in Florida. The Florida Board of Governors has identified areas of strategic emphasis which are divided into five areas: STEM, Education, Health, Global Competitiveness and Gap Analysis. Gap analysis programs are those identified where there is state-wide gap between degree production and degree needs. UNF excels in areas of strategic emphasis and scored a perfect 10 last year. UNF grads earn degrees directly matched to Florida’s top job needs at a pace that is 29 percent higher than the SUS average. Efforts are underway to ensure that the focus remains strong in addressing state needs.

The metrics listed above are just two of 10 performance-based funding metrics annually reviewed and scored by the state. Seven metrics apply to each institution in the SUS (Florida Polytech is exempt from the process), the eighth is the same for all with a variation for New College of Florida, No. 9 is specific to each university and determined by the Board of Governors based on a review of the University’s work plan, and No. 10 is determined by each University’s Board of Trustees.


Review the 10 metrics applicable to UNF online and visit the SUS webpage for more information about Florida’s Performance-Based Funding model.

Faculty Forum

Meet Dr. Adam Rosenblatt

Dr. Adam Rosenblatt in his labDr. Adam Rosenblatt, assistant professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, teaches Principles of Ecology, General Biology III and a class he developed called Climate Change and Life. He also teaches the graduate level course Community Ecology. His research focuses on how human activities affect other living things, mostly through the lenses of climate change and urbanization. Though a lot of his work uses alligators as a model organism to understand how large predators respond to environmental change, he also works with insects, spiders and sea turtles.

What brought you to UNF? I came to UNF because of its dedication to undergraduate teaching and its well-regarded coastal biology program. Also, I do a lot of research on alligators and Northeast Florida is a really exciting place to study them.

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? Climate change is not a foreign/future/nonhuman problem. It is happening, right now, all around us, and we need to take action as a global human society if we hope to avoid the worst predictions becoming reality. Everyone can still make a difference through individual and collective actions, but we have to commit to confronting the problem head on. Immediately.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? I really like going out into the Sawmill Slough Preserve, both alone and with my ecology students. The upland sandhill habitat is particularly nice because of the tall longleaf pines and the gopher tortoises. On one walk my students and I even saw three cottonmouth snakes!

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? Taking a boat out on the St. Johns River at night to observe alligators with the graduate and undergraduate students in my lab has been a spectacular experience. From the water the city is quite beautiful at night, and the students get a whole new perspective on Jacksonville and the animals with whom we share this area.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? I’ve always thought I would make a good stand-up comic. Not because I think I’m particularly funny, but because I enjoy figuring out ways to make people laugh.

What is your personal philosophy? Stay open to all the possibilities life has to offer and practice humility. Lucky for me, it’s pretty easy to be humble when you’re confronted daily by the infinite depths of nature’s complexity.

What do you like most about UNF? UNF is defined by the people who work, study and teach here. The staff, students, educators and administrators consistently amaze me with their dedication and desire to solve problems and make the world a better place. Not every school has that type of community.

Who has been the biggest role model in your life? My parents, because they taught me the importance of working towards the betterment of both the local community and the larger society we’ve all built together. They also gave me the freedom to follow my passions, which means they gave me the gifts of independence and responsibility.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? People of Earth! Forget your petty grievances and lay down your weapons! We like to think of ourselves as the most intelligent species that has ever existed on this planet. Let’s start acting like it.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Relax and don’t rush into anything. Give yourself some time to just breathe and figure out where and how your energy can be spent most usefully.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? The K-T mass extinction (when an asteroid slammed into the Earth and killed most of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago). But only if I could view it safely from space.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? Sleeping until noon. I have a young child now, so the days of sleeping in are a distant, wonderful memory.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Harold, from the children’s book series “Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Where is the best place you’ve visited? Sipadan, an island off the coast of Borneo. Some of the best scuba diving in the world can be found there. It’s breathtaking.

How do you recharge? Playing with my daughter and watching movies with my wife.

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I’ve lived in Philadelphia, Ohio, Miami, Connecticut, Washington D.C., New Zealand and Australia. I like Jacksonville because the people are nice, the food is fantastic and the natural beauty is endless.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? Taking a trip to Antarctica.

Get to Know

Shane Borden, Coordinator, Business Services

Shane Borden headshot What do you do at UNF? I am responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations within Business Services and also serve as a liaison between Business Services and ITS. Some of the functions we handle include the Osprey 1Card Office, event ticketing, UNF Bookstore, vending, University Postal Services, Pay-For-Print, Trademarks Licensing, UNF Golf Complex at the Hayt Learning Center and College Optical.

What do you enjoy about working here?
I have worked for UNF for 15 years, and the best thing about working at UNF is the people.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Lived in Jax for 20 years. Where else have you lived? Brunswick, Maine; San Diego, California; Lemoore, California; and Washington, D.C.

What one memory do you most treasure? When I was 13 years old, I was vacationing with my family in Arizona. I remember waking up early in the morning to go hiking down the Grand Canyon. I remember how beautiful the Canyon looked and how scary it was walking down. In that moment I felt so connected to nature, and realized that in the future I would be all for anything that deals with nature.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? I would invite my mother, father and sister, who are all alive. The fourth person I would invite is Jesus. I know everyone would get along and have a great time and it would give everyone a chance to ask Jesus if they are going to heaven or not.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? One of my favorite TV shows is “Charmed,” and if I were to have magic powers it would be to freeze time. I would use it to get more things done during the weekend, because the weekend always seems to fly by so fast. Before you know it, it's Monday again.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? If I ruled the world, even just for one day, I would make sure that no one would suffer. There would be peace and equality for every single person. No one would be bullied or treated unfairly because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? To go scuba diving because the ocean has so many different species. I think it would be cool just to see the marine life up close, in person — maybe get to pet a shark or ride on the back of a whale.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Peanut butter

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I would take a two-month vacation to Africa. I would want to visit every part of Africa because the continent is so beautiful and rich with art and history. I would love to tour Kenya, Botswana, Ethiopia, Egypt, Morocco, Madagascar and South Africa.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Book: Anything written by Stephen King
Color: White
Ice cream flavor: Anything with pecans
Magazine: Ebony
Movie line: “I loves Harpo. God knows I do. But I’d kill him dead before I let him beat me.” – The Color Purple
Movie: The Color Purple
Quote: "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." - Maya Angelou
Season: Summer
Sport to watch: Football
TV show as a kid: Voltron

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Swoop Summary

Former Osprey Inks Contract with Tormenta FC  Alex Morrell, former UNF athlete, on the soccer field

Former North Florida men's soccer player Alex Morrell signed a contract with USL League One's Tormenta FC, pending league and federation approval. Learn more about Alex Morrell.


Swimming Honored for Academic Success

North Florida swimming is one of 713 teams from 460 institutions selected to the Scholar All-America team for the Fall 2018 semester, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced Tuesday afternoon. Learn more about North Florida swimming.


Spring 2019 men's soccer schedule Men's Soccer Releases Spring Slate

The North Florida men's soccer team released its six-match spring schedule, which includes four home matches at Hodges Stadium. 

Learn more about men's soccer.


Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Drs. Elissa Barr
and Michele Moore, along with MPH student Mckenzie Rooney, presented "Data to Support Advances in Adolescent Sexual Health” at the Health Advocates 10th Annual International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth, in Los Cabos, Mexico, Jan. 5.

Drs. Aaron Spaulding, Sericea Stallings-Smith, Hanadi Hamadi, Sinyoung Park, Shehzad Niazi and Emma Apatu published “A Community Health Case for Psychiatric Care: A Cross-Sectional Study of County Health Rankings” in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.

Dr. Helene Vossos submitted the abstract titled “Reducing Disparity and Mitigating Depression for Hispanic Older Adults in a Primary Care Practice Implementing the Hispanic Version of the PHQ-9 Screening Tool,” to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association for Spring 2019 Conference. Vossos also has served as an expert editor and contributor on educational modules for Wolters: Kluwer, including the topics Palliative Heart Failure, ST-Segment Monitoring, and Fluid and Electrolytes.

Drs. Lauri Wright, Sericea Stallings-Smith and Andrea Arikawa published “Associations between Food Insecurity and Prediabetes in a Representative Sample of U.S. Adults (NHANES 2005-2014)” in the journal Diabetes Research & Clinical Practice.

Dr. Robert Zeglin, graduate student Danielle Niemela and Dr. Chris Baynard published “Deaths of despair in Florida: Assessing the role of social determinants of health” in Health Education & Behavior, Online First, 2018. Zeglin, Danielle Niemela and Melissa Vandenberg published “What does the counseling field say about sexuality? A content analysis” in American Journal of Sexuality Education, Online First, 2019.   

Coggin College of Business

Dr. Gregory Gundlach
, professor of marketing, and MBA student Riley Krotz published “Resale Price Maintenance: Implications of Marketing Trends for the Colgate Doctrine and the Leegin Factors,” in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

Dr. Natalie A. Mitchell, instructor of marketing, co-authored with Dr. Angelica Morris, a book chapter, “Black Women’s Hair Politics in Advertising” in Feminist Perspectives on Advertising: What’s the Big Idea?, edited by Dr. Kim Golombisky. In addition, Mitchell, with an international co-author team, has a forthcoming article, “Toward a Processual Theory of Transformation” to be published in the Journal of Business Research.

College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design
Louise Freshman Brown in her art studioLouise Brown
was selected in January as the 2019 Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award Recipient by The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. The award, which includes a $10,000 unrestricted grant, recognizes an artist whose work brings distinction to Northeast Florida and is named for the late Ann McDonald Baker, whose leadership helped create The Community Foundation’s Art Ventures Fund, the Arts Assembly (now the Cultural Council), Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Greenscape, among others. A painter and mixed media artist, Brown’s work is in more than 600 private, public and corporate collections, and has been featured in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. Recently, Brown was the featured artist at the Thomas Center, “Rock/Paper/Scissors,” in Gainesville, Florida.

Jenny Hager is exhibiting at the Lufrano Galley, University of North Florida, Jacksonville. The exhibit is called “Retreaded: Flight.”

Stephen Heywood exhibited at The Cup Show, National Invitational Exhibition, Krikorian Galley, Worcester, Massachusetts. Heywood also exhibited at the 5x5x5, National Juried Exhibition, Bolton-Davis Gallery, River Oaks Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisianna.

Dr. Mike Aspinwall, with his colleagues D.A. Way, J.E. Drake, K.Y. Crous, C. Campany, O. Ghannoum, D.T. Tissue and M.G. Tjoelker, published “Responses of respiration in the light to warming in field-grown trees: a comparison of the thermal sensitivity of the Kok and Laisk methods” in the journal New Phytologist. With his colleagues H.W. Polley, H.P. Collins, A.E. Gibson, R.A. Gill, R.B. Jackson, V.L. Jin, A.R. Khasanova, L.G. Reichmann, and P.A. Fay, Aspinwall published “CO2 enrichment and soil type additively regulate grassland productivity” in the same publication. 

Dr. Vladimir Mashanov published the article “Radial Glia in Echinoderms” in Developmental Neurobiology, December 2018.

Dr. Judith Ochrietor and undergraduate student co-author Ryan Al-Khatab presented a talk and a poster, both titled “LPS decreases the expression of metabolic transporters in mouse monocytes,” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, in San Diego in December.

Dr. Cliff Ross and his students and colleagues B. C. Warhurst, A. Brown, C. Huff and Dr. Judith Ochrietor, published an article in the journal Aquatic Toxicology titled, “Mesohaline conditions represent the threshold for oxidative stress, cell death and toxin release in the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa.”

Dr. Bryan Knuckley and his undergraduate students Sarah Mann and Andrew Salsburg, along with Dr. Corey Causey, published “The development and characterization of a chemical probe targeting Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 1 over Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 5.” in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry.

Drs. Stephynie C. Perkins, Brian Thornton and Tulika Varma had their book chapter, “Letters to the Editor in the Chicago Defender, 1929-1930: The Voice of a Voiceless People,” accepted in a forthcoming edited volume about the history of letters to the editor (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019).

Dr. Nick Curry was featured with The Lawson Ensemble, UNF’s chamber music ensemble in residence, in a CD release titled “Songs and Dances.” The CD features the first recording of a work by Bill Douglas and a work by Amy Beach. Curry also was featured in the Suzuki Association of America’s Parents as Partners in their January 2019 video series for his research on practicing more efficiently.

Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Hans-Herbert Koegler published the co-edited book “Enigma Agency” (Bielefeld, Germany, Transcript Publishers, December 2018). He also presented “Interests, Interpretation and Dialogue” at the Florida Philosophical Association Meeting, Pensacola, Plenary Panel “Knowledge & Ideology,” November 2018.

Dr. Julie Ingersoll appeared in CBS Documentary “Deconstructing my Religion.”

Dr. Andrew Buchwalter published the essay “Hegel, Human Rights, and Political Membership” in the Virtual Special Issue: Hegel and Politics, Hegel-Bulletin, Cambridge University Press, November 2018.

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Shinwoo Choi presented a poster titled “Effects of Asian Immigrants’ Group Membership in the Association between Perceived Racial Discrimination and Psychological Well-Being: The Interplay of Immigrants’ Generational Status, Age, and Ethnic Subgroup” at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) in San Francisco. Choi also was awarded as a recipient of the Faculty Development Scholarship from Academic Affairs of UNF for 2019.

Dr. Jenny Stuber published a review of Jessica Calarco's book “Negotiating Opportunity: How the Middle Class Secures Advantage in Schools” in the Journal of Working Class Studies.

Dr. Gordon Rakita published an entry on Mortuary Analysis in “The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences,” edited by S. L. López Varela (Wiley).

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Dr. Ayan Dutta published five articles in January. Two were published in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA): “One-to-many bipartite matching based coalition formation for multi-robot task allocation,” with Dr. Asai Asaithambi; and “Multi-robot Informative Path Planning with Continuous Connectivity Constraints” (foundation board grant project) with Dr. Anirban Ghosh and Dr. O. Patrick Kreidl. Two articles were published for the 32nd International FLAIRS Conference: “Distributed Coalition Formation with Heterogeneous Agents for Task Allocation” with student Emily Czarnecki, Dr. Asai Asaithambi, and Dr. Vladimir Ufimtsev; and “Multi-robot Informative Path Planning in Unknown Environments Through Continuous Region Partitioning” (foundation board grant project) with student Amitabh Bhattacharya, Dr. O. Patrick Kreidl, Dr. Anirban Ghosh and Dr. Prithviraj Dasgupta. Dutta’s fifth article, “Optimal Online Coverage Path Planning with Energy Constraints,” was published with Drs. Gokarna Sharma and Jong-Hoon Kim for 18th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS).


Dr. Brian Kopp, with former UNF student Jonathan Harris and current student Caio Lauand, will publish an invited paper in the journal New Space titled: “Utilizing Existing Commercial GEO Fixed Satellite Services for LEO Satellite Communication Relays with Earth.”

Dr. Xudong Liu, with Miroslaw Truszczynski, had an article titled “Voting-based Ensemble Learning for Partial Lexicographic Preference Forests over Combinatorial Domains” accepted for publication in The Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence. Liu also had three papers accepted by the 32nd International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference: “Human-In-The-Loop Learning of Qualitative Preference Models by Joseph Allen, Ahmed Moussa* and Liu; “Learning Optimal and Near-Optimal Lexicographic Preference Lists” by Ahmed Moussa and Liu; and “An Extensible and Personalizable Multi-Modal Trip Planner” by Liu, Christian Fritz and Matthew Klenk.


Dr. Ken Martin, with others, published an article titled “Considerations in Computing Accreditation” that will appear in the March issue of ACM Inroads, pgs 14-20.

Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy, with Zhen Xu, Albert Ritzhaupt and Fengchun Tian, published “Block-based versus Text-based Programming Environments on Novice Student Learning Outcomes: a Meta-Analysis Study,” in Computer Science Education, London, England, 201x

College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Julie Hartline, from the Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management, with graduate intern Shannon Revels, led the 9th Instant Decision Day (IDD) delivered by the UNF School Counseling Program (SOAR) since 2011. This event brings colleges to select local high schools who accept and award scholarships to admissible high school students. Hartline and Revels collaborated with school counselors at each school to prepare college-bound seniors for IDD. This year had 10 participating high schools, 18 colleges represented, 1,719 students admitted to college and over $42,761,957 awarded in scholarships.

Dr. E. Newton Jackson Jr., from the LSCSM Department, was inducted as a Fellow in the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education. Also inducted as a Fellow at the NAKHE Conference with Jackson was his former graduate student and now Dean of the FSU College of Education, Dr. Damon Andrews. Additionally, Dr. Kristi Sweeney and Mr. Maurice Graham co-presented with Jackson at the conference discussing "Sport Management Internships: Showcasing Program Success."

Dr. Christine Weber’s graduate class in elementary curriculum hosted Dr. Mark Kerrin as a guest speaker in January. Kerrin was Rosa Parks’ personal bodyguard for 10 years and also a friend to the family of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, COEHS dean, and Dr. David Hoppey are associate editors for the Journal of Practitioner Research, which just released a special issue: “Practitioner Research in a Changing Educator Preparation Landscape: Exploring Tensions and Reimagining Possibilities.”

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Courtenay McLeland, head of Digital Projects and Preservation, reviewed the exhibition catalog Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman for the January issue of ARLIS/NA Reviews.


Balloons with UNF logoMilestones
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary:
15 Years
Marice Hague, Assistant Director, Education Training Program, Small Business Development Center
Gloria Cobb, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

10 Years
William Delaney, Director, Creative Services
Charlie Hill, Floor Care Supervisor, Physical Facilities
David MacKinnon, Instructor, English
William Moon, Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Andrew Sullivan, Disability Services Specialist, Disability Resource Center

5 Years
Kristin Douberly
, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, ORSP
Donald Frazier, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Kayleigh Harrison, Student Affairs Specialist, SG Business and Accounting Office
Ada Vaughn, Admissions Evaluator, Graduate School
Brandi Winfrey, Associate Director, Student Affairs, DDI/Women's Center

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Karen Bowling, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Coggin College of Business
Lamar Boyde, Administrative Secretary, School of Music
Lynn Cherrenfant, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Theresa Chesney, Director, One-Stop Student Services, One-Stop Center
Md Fahdul Wahab Chowdhury, Research Engineer, Mechanical Engineering
Nathalie Ciesco, Instructor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Emily DaBruzzi, Coordinator, Outreach and Recruitment, Veterans Resource Center
Arthur Davis, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Dana Deal, Office Manager, Languages, Literatures and Cultures                   
Michael Dybala, Coordinator, Facilities Management, Housing and Residence Life
Tonya Freeman, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Derrick Fulton, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Rosa Gonzalez, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Ann Hartunian, Coordinator, International Student Affairs, Center for International Education
Tess Henderson, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Richard Huffman, Coordinator, Fraternity Sorority Life
Ebony Ivey, Web Specialist, Florida Institute of Education
Michael Johnson, Coordinator, Athletic Development, Intercollegiate Athletics
Bradley Jolley, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Kenneth Jossey, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jonathan Keathley, Laboratory Technician, Chemistry
Kyle Matson, Records Registration Coordinator, Registrar's Office
Angel McWilliams, Office Assistant, Quality Control and Work Management
Lillian Merriweather, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Courtney Monts, Office Assistant, COEHS Academic Support Services
Nicole Nelson, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Joseph O'Sullivan, Instructor, Civil Engineering
Sara Ouimet, Senior Academic Advisor, BCH Advising
Lashonda Powell-Cannon, Security Guard, MOCA
Aleksa Racunica, IT Support Technician, User Services
Iris Schwimmer, Coordinator Training, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Gary Sessoms, Custodial Worker, Student Union Custodial
Katherine Shalov, Coordinator, Annual Giving, Special and Major Gifts
Georgia Smith-Miller, Associate Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Linda Walton, Office Manager, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Ricki Williams, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Phylicia Williams, Stores Receivable Supervisor, IPTM
Xiao Dan Zeng, Psychologist, Counseling Center

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:
Preston Bennett, Senior IR Analyst, Institutional Research
Alexandra Colbert, Senior Buyer, Procurement Services
Alicia Erchul, Coordinator, Budgets, Dean's Office, College of Arts and Sciences                      
Eric Faulconer, Head Athletic Coach, Women's Soccer
Rumyana Kalaydzhieva, Associate Director, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Joy Magnon, Office Manager, University Police Department
Krista Markwardt, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, ES Planning and Operations
Daniel Moon, Professor/Interim Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
Joe Williams, Assistant Landscaping Grounds Superintendent, Physical Facilities

Heartfelt wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees who left UNF recently:
Erica Calorel, Accounting Associate, SG Business and Accounting Office
Carolyn Carley-Richart, Coordinator Development, MOCA
Tammy Carroll, Instructor, Nursing
Joseph Cartolano, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Hing Chin, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Robin Confer, Head Athletic Coach, Women's Soccer
Benjamin Cousins, Coordinator, Facilities Management, Facilities and Grounds
Amber Crossley, Instructor, Nursing
Barbara Dupuis, Office Manager, University Police Department
Ove Erdal, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services
Cheri Evenson, Executive Secretary, Alumni Services
Robert Frankel, Professor, Marketing and Logistics
Ernest Gamble, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Connor Gettemy, Assistant Athletic Coach, Strength and Conditioning
Paula Horvath, Instructor, Communication
Tamisha Jones, Custodial Worker, Student Union Custodial
Joshua Leo, Facilities Operations Assistant, Facilities and Grounds
Clare Liddon, Assistant Professor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education
Jean Loos, Teaching Laboratory Specialist, Civil Engineering
Sarah MacPherson, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Allison McLarty, Office Manager, Professional Development and Training
Steven Morrison, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
David Nyquist, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry
Lauren Pray, Assistant Athletic Coach, Men's Cross Country/Track
Phillip Riner, Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education
Anna Shavers, Director, Annual Giving
Heather Sloan, Accounting Associate, MOCA
Michelle Spagna, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Kelsey Sphar, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, Intercollegiate Athletics
Brian Striar, Associate Professor, English
Kenton Strickland, Parking Service Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Rodney Tobias, Custodial Support Worker, Custodial Services
Jennifer Weiler, Director, Development, Coggin College of Business
Michael Yarick, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center

The Goods

Olive oil being pouredMany nutrition articles promote the health benefits of olive oil. Yet with so many different types of olive oils on the market, how do you know if you are choosing the right one?

Myth: Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Virgin Olive Oil are the same.
Fact: The “extra” in extra virgin olive oil does not mean you get more in the bottle; it actually means that the olive oil is graded with the highest quality per the International Olive Council. Each batch of olive oil is graded by the Council on a numeric scale from 0-2. This scale takes into consideration the defects and acidity of the oil. Olive oil is graded extra virgin if it has no defects and if its acidity is less than or equal to 0.8. Olive oil is graded virgin if it has minimal defects and its acidity is between 0.8 and 2. A very low acidity means a high-speed process, from harvest to extraction, to prevent fruit oxidation. Thus, extra virgin oil has the best quality and is the one that has most health benefits.

Myth: It is not healthy to cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Fact: Extra virgin olive oil is considered 100 percent fat, which to the blind eye may seem very unhealthy. The fact is that about 75 percent of extra virgin oil is monounsaturated while around 14 percent is saturated fat, and the remainder includes Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. The high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFA is the highlighted “healthy” element of the oil. Much research has shown the positive health impacts that MUFA has on the human body because of its high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to improve chronic inflammation, which is linked to many diseases such as heart disease. Extra virgin olive oil is a good replacement for butter in recipes as it not only lowers the saturated fat content of a recipe but also increases its antioxidant levels.

Myth: Dark olive oil is low quality. 
: One cannot tell the quality of olive oil just by looking at it. The color of the oil can depend on many things such as what time of year the fruit was harvested, how many times the oil was filtered, and what color the olives were when they were picked. All of these processes can have an impact on the color of the oil. For example, if olives are picked early the life cycle when they are still pretty green, they will produce a very light-colored oil. In contrast, if olives are picked at the end of the life cycle, the result can be a darker color oil; however, the oil can still be graded as extra virgin even if it is a darker hue.

Myth: Olive oil does not expire.
Fact: Olive oil’s shelf life is longer than other vegetable and seed/nut oil, but that does not mean it does not expire. Olive oil when kept in a cool, dark place can last around two years unopened. If the container is opened, it is suggested to use within a few months but could last longer if kept in the proper environment.

Myth: Olive oil is usually adulterated in the U.S.
Fact: There have been many social media blogs and articles reporting that most olive oil sold in the U.S. is fake and adulterated. The fact is that all olive oil is inspected in the U.S. by the North American Olive Oil Association, which monitors for adulteration. The Association issues a Quality Seal Program which guarantees authenticity of the oil. This program is voluntary, but to stay competitive in the market most companies have opted into the testing. When shopping in the store, look for logos that verify authenticity. 

Miranda O’Brien is a nutrition and dietetics alumna from UNF and is currently a master's student in public health at University of South Florida. Zhiping Yu is an associate professor in UNF’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Spread the Word

Student in line at the Osprey CafeIn December, Osprey Cafe was named a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant — the first university restaurant in the state and the first restaurant in the city to receive the honor.


The certification, made by the national Green Restaurant Association on a 4-star scale, marks the culmination of months of work to implement 45 environmental steps that have moved the cafe closer to becoming an environmentally sustainable entity.

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