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Meet Simon Rhodes

Dr. Simon Rhodes headshotDr. Simon Rhodes today begins his new role as UNF’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. He spoke with us by phone during his move to share a few things you may want to know about him:

Why UNF?
For years, Rhodes has worked to build student success, both as a mentor to his students and an administrator addressing campus needs. “The first thing that attracted me to UNF was President David Szymanski’s clear dedication to student success, which I believe is a great focus,” Rhodes said. In addition, coming from a metropolitan school that’s about the same age, Rhodes sees many other similarities. “I like the feeling of a university that is growing and serving its region; that feeling every day when you get up that you’ve got momentum and you’re building something,” he said. “That’s what I see at UNF.”

He has a very personal view of study abroad.
Rhodes is a proponent of students having a global focus, though that’s not really surprising. He was born in Derby, England, attended the University of Sheffield, England, U.K., and then came to the U.S. to get a Ph.D. at Purdue. Once he graduated, he did postdoctoral work at UC San Diego. “Our students are going to live in a very connected global world, so I think the more we can prepare them to be successful in that environment the better,” he said.

What was his previous position?
Rhodes is joining UNF after 24 years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, one of the two core campuses of Indiana University. A molecular biologist, Rhodes began as a faculty member and researcher in the School of Science, later joining the School of Medicine as the associate dean for research and graduate studies. In his most recent position, he returned to the School of Science to serve for eight years as dean.

What will his new role involve?
He believes his role involves facilitating the success of students, faculty and staff. “For students, it’s academic success and having a happy, healthy experience with good placement after graduation,” Rhodes said. “Faculty success so they can feel empowered to be great teachers who have fulfilling research, and I want the staff to feel they’re a critical part of the team.”

What was the best advice he’s ever received?
From a mentor, Rhodes said he heard the best advice that’s he’s always tried to follow: “Hear both sides of the story before you make a decision.”

For what previous awards or accomplishments is he most proud?
At Indiana, he and his team worked hard to put best practices in place to diversify the faculty, staff and students. His dedication and efforts were honored with the university diversity award. He also recently received an outstanding administrator award from the faculty senate.

What has been most striking about joining the UNF community?
“Everyone has been so welcoming,” Rhodes said. “I’ve had so many emails and phone calls from people at UNF who’ve said, ‘How can we help?’ That’s really been heartwarming and very genuine, and I appreciate that.” Rhodes traveled to Florida with his wife and their dog. His daughter lives and works in New York City and his son remains in college in Indiana.

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Meet Eric Bruder

Eric Bruder headshot

On the job since mid-June, Eric Bruder is the vice president for marketing and communications, a first-ever role at UNF. Here are a few things you may want to know about him:

What was his previous position?
Though the marketing title is new for UNF, it’s not for Bruder, who served as the chief marketing officer for Indiana University for the past five years. There he led a team of more than 70 marketing and communications professionals with responsibility across two flagship campuses, five regional campuses and Indiana University online.

What did he and his team accomplish?
Bruder credits his team for impressive work that included creative design, web development, media planning and market research. “We were able to deliver a compelling and differentiated and quantified brand strategy for Indiana University, bringing together seven campuses, 25 schools and over 100,000 students under one brand, and really becoming best in class in terms of building long-term capabilities for the university,” he said.

Why UNF?
During his time interviewing at UNF, Bruder said he was drawn to the welcoming atmosphere and the noticeable passion and commitment of the campus community. He also saw a university on the move. “I really feel that UNF is on the cusp of becoming an elite academic and research institution,” Bruder said. “And this is a great opportunity, both on the marketing and communications sides, to tell that story and to tell it loudly and broadly.”

Combining a passion for higher education with marketing know-how from another industry!
A proud first-generation college graduate himself, Bruder has a love of higher education, and he will tell you that he is right where he wants to be. But before university life, Bruder spent years as brand director and in other prominent roles at several Fortune 500 companies — including The Hershey Company and Kraft-Nabisco Foods — that relied heavily on cutting-edge marketing and analytics. Yet, just as consumers have many food choices, so do students looking at colleges. “I think that marketing and analytics are extremely important as higher education continues to be a very competitive environment with very similar challenges,” Bruder said. “Our goal will be to make UNF a first-choice destination by creating a strong brand strategy and giving prospective students true reasons to believe that we can support them as well, if not better, than other schools.”

And there’s more …
Bruder earned his MBA in marketing from Columbia Business School, his Master of Arts in international affairs from American University and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. A New Yorker by birth, Bruder is a proud first-generation American. He was raised in Queens and continues to be a huge New York sports fan. And he enjoys spending time with his family: his wife, Ann, and daughters, Amy and Mia.

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Meet Brent Mai

Dr. Brent Mai headshotThis week, Dr. Brent Mai begins his role as dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. Here are a few things he told us before his arrival on campus:

What was his previous position?
For the past three years, Mai served as the dean of libraries at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he and his team managed the library’s migration to a new integrated library system. Prior to Fairfield, Mai also served as dean at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, and as director of Walker Management Library at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

What will his new role involve?
In addition to administering all aspects of the Library — including library services, physical facilities, staff, collection and budgets — Mai will work with the campus community to achieve the strategic initiatives of the University, as well as work to establish partnerships with Jacksonville organizations.

What aspect of the job is most appealing?
As a librarian, Mai said his work with students was always the most enjoyable part of the job. As a library administrator, he looks forward to working with staff to plan various opportunities for student and faculty engagement.

Why UNF?
Mai was attracted to the size of UNF and the caliber of its library and staff. “UNF offers me an opportunity to support the teaching and learning as well as research and scholarship efforts of a growing institution with a larger selection of programs delivered to a larger and more diverse set of students than I’ve supported before,” he said.

What’s the most difficult aspect of library management?
“Anticipating and managing the rapid technological developments in library resources has become a very challenging part of contemporary library management,” Mai said. Libraries respond by continuously conducting surveys and focus groups, he said, to explore user needs.

Do you have a favorite library that you’ve visited?
“As a librarian, going to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. will always be a thrill for me,” Mai said. For a library set in a contemporary space, he enjoyed seeing the Hunt Library at North Carolina State.

What research are you involved in?
Mai said his love of research and the chance to help develop new researchers attracted him to study library science. His personal research revolves around the German immigrants who settled along Russia’s Volga River during the 1760s, and he recently completed an educational tour of Russia for Volga German descendants.

Where did he grow up?
Mai grew up in a farming community in Western Kansas, and remains a farmer of winter wheat as well as a librarian. He is quite proud of his three children who live in California, Oregon and Minnesota, and enjoys traveling with them to explore new parts of the world.

And there’s more …
Mai earned his doctorate in education leadership at Vanderbilt University, his Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in international finance from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s from Bethany College.

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Is it time to reach for support?

Wooden letters to spell SupportPersonal problems. Family crises. Loss of a loved one. Life can present some tough issues.

When it does, employees can turn to a safe place that’s completely private. It’s called the EAP or Employee Assistance Program, and it’s available to all UNF faculty and staff.

At no cost, EAP provides access to six sessions with a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is bound by law to protect a client’s anonymity. Not only is an employee’s name never revealed, but the counselor may neither confirm nor deny participation. Therefore, persons seeking help remain completely anonymous. Bosses never know, co-workers never know and UNF never knows. After the six sessions, employees may continue with the counselor and pay with insurance or by self-pay.

The service also includes a Work/Life Program. Specialists connect callers with a variety of services: childcare, legal, eldercare or financial, to help support a work-life balance.

Michelle Phillips, assistant director of benefits and retirement, said her role is to inform employees of the program and provide information about the how they can connect with Health Advocate, the company that provides the services for UNF. According to reports from the company, the number of employees using the counseling and/or work life services dropped from 122 in 2017 to 107 in 2018.

“I encourage employees to call Health Advocate and speak with a member of their team,” Phillips said. “Daily struggles such as stress, worry, anxiety, and fear can be difficult to manage and even harder to understand. This benefit provides comfort in knowing that we are not alone and that someone cares about us and wants us to feel better.”

Andy King, director of UNF’s counseling center for students, is not involved in the EAP program for faculty and staff, yet, as a licensed counselor, he understands that people in need of healing are looking for a trusting relationship. “As a therapist, I have no agenda,” King said. “My agenda is my client’s agenda. And my clients can trust me because I’m bound by Florida law to protect their privacy. No one can make me talk about my clients.”

According to King, instead of going it alone, employees should consider making the phone call. There’s no commitment, no cost and no way to be found out.

“You really don’t have to tell them anything about yourself,” King said. “You can tell them just as much as you want to tell them. It’s your information, and you never have to give it to anyone to make the call.”

Contact information and more details are available on the EAP website

Looking for a self-help approach? The home page for the UNF Counseling Center has a wealth of information on counseling, employee resources and confidentiality. In addition, there are helpful reminders on how faculty and staff can make referrals through the University’s Supporting Our Students or SOS system, for students or anyone on campus they believe needs support.


Five things you need to know about sunscreen

Text Five things you need to know about sunscreen and woman with sunglassesKnowing how to protect your skin is especially important in the Sunshine State. Dr. Julie Williams Merten, associate professor of public health, has been in the news lately warning local sunbathers about the dangers of homemade sunscreen. With the July 4th holiday just ahead, we asked Merten for some additional tips to help us protect our skin.

1. Say yes to sunscreen; say no to cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. And the sun is usually the primary culprit. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. 

2. Use an FDA-approved sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone 6 months and older wear sunscreen. Make sure the sunscreen has these characteristics:
• Broad spectrum, which protects against UVA and UVB sunrays.
• Water-resistant (effective for up to 40 minutes in water) or very water resistant (effective for up to 80 minutes in water).
• Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. 

3. Find a sunscreen formula that works for you. There are two types of sunscreens — chemical absorbers and mineral blockers. Chemical sunscreens, which absorb into the skin, have been receiving criticism for causing vitamin D deficiencies as well as damaging coral reefs. Mineral blockers, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide based sunscreens, which stay on the surface to reflect the sun, would be a great choice.

4. Apply early and often. Sunscreen should be applied in a thick layer 30 minutes before heading outside and reapplied every two hours.

5. Throw out expired or old sunscreen. Look for an expiration date on the bottle and throw out expired sunscreen. If there is no expiration date, throw out sunscreen three years after opening. If your sunscreen looks or feels really different — it’s much thicker or thinner or the color has changed — throw it out.

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Deals for diners!

Osprey Cafe viewEnjoy these dining discounts during Summer B:
• Dine at a discount on $6 Day at the Osprey Café, Wednesday, July 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Save 10% on Friday lunches from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Osprey Café on Summer B's Faculty and Staff Fridays.
• Einstein Bros. Bagels, Outtakes and the Boathouse are offering meal deals. Keep an eye on social media for discounts.

Don’t miss special dining events at the Osprey Cafe:
• Luau Night with Live Music, Tuesday, July 9 from 5 – 8 p.m.
• BBQ and Blues lunch with live music, Wednesday, July 24 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stay up to date on what’s available at the UNF Dining Services website.

Get to Know

Meet Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan headeshotBrian Morgan is the assistant athletic director for communications. He oversees the Athletic Communications Department and is the media liaison for all UNF Athletics. In addition, he maintains the athletic website (, manages official statistics for all varsity athletic programs, assists with all athletic promotional items and is responsible for the upkeep of all athletic historical elements. Morgan recently received the 25-Year Award presented by College Sports Information Directors of America or CoSIDA, given to professionals who complete a quarter century of full-time service in athletic communications. His tenure has included 16 years at the director level. If you include his time as a student worker and intern, Morgan said he’s actually nearing the 30-year milestone.

What do you enjoy about working here? I love being a part of a successful and energetic athletic department. I’ve been involved in college athletics for 25+ years, and UNF provides a dynamic atmosphere thanks to the balance of strong academics, devoted commitment to service and a dedication to athletic success.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? My family and I are beginning our 10th year of living in Jacksonville. I was born in New Jersey and grew up in Nashville before attending college in Mississippi (Starkville). I’ve lived in Kentucky, Alabama, North Carolina and now Florida.

What one memory do you most treasure? My most treasured memory of my time at UNF has been the men’s basketball conference championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The pride and joy shared by not only the players but also the entire coaching and support staff was something I will always cherish and never forget.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would love to be a zoo keeper. I love visiting zoos and just watching the animals and have always wondered what it would be like to work there.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? I’d love to be able to teleport places, and I’d use it to go places and to events I would like to attend.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? I honestly would not want that job — I have enough issues just trying to manage my own actions.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? “Life Isn’t Fair but it’s FUN” — I’ve experienced a ton of ups and downs and wondered how and why things have happened, but for the majority of my life things have been fun.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Any kind of baked goods (especially cakes/donuts)

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I’m a huge golf fan, and I’ve gotten to play Pebble Beach and attend the Master’s — one of the top things on my bucket list is to visit Scotland/Ireland and play golf there and especially St. Andrew’s Old Course.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: U2
Board game: Yahtzee
Book: A Time to Kill
Quote: “Your Strength will Equal Your Days,” Deuteronomy 33:25
Sport to watch: College Football


Surf team rides California waves to second place win at nationals

UNF surfer competes in California UNF surfer competes in nationals


The University of North Florida surf team outperformed every other East Coast team and all but one West Coast team, to secure a second place win at the National Scholastic Surfing Association championships in Dana Point, California, in June. They also earned a second place title in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and took third last year, making it five straight years of competing at the national level after dominating the East Coast championships. Individual awards included Hunter Roland finishing second; Charlie Current taking fourth in the men's shortboard final; Jon Jon Kaidy taking third in the men's longboard final; and Avery Aydelotte qualifying for the women's final.


Congratulations to our Osprey team shown below.


UNFs surf team holding trophies Photos courtesy: Ian Bunch


Osprey Profile: John Aloszka

John Aloszka, student body president in chambersJohn Aloszka is serving as UNF’s Student Body President for the 2019-20 academic year. As a fan of politics, he made the choice to major in political science. He believes that understanding people is essential to understanding society. The Jacksonville native will graduate in spring 2020 and looks forward to working in campaign advertising.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? I decided to attend UNF because I love Jacksonville, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in Florida. I’ve had so many wonderful professors and experiences — I wouldn’t want to leave!

What do you like most about UNF? UNF has so many ways to be involved. I don’t think I would be Student Body President without the support that UNF has given me.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? Last year, SG went to Tallahassee to lobby on behalf of the Florida Student Association with students from all around Florida. While there, we spoke with legislators about issues ranging from university funding to supporting a bill expanding Medical Amnesty — the latter was just signed by the governor!

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? My favorite professor has been Josh Gellers. His comparative politics class opened my eyes to how the world around us works, plus his Twitter is pretty funny.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? Being an Osprey is about making the world around you a better place, and realizing we’re stronger together.

What’s your favorite UNF tradition? Hitting the seal outside the library for good luck!

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? The Bamboo Garden is the best spot on campus hands down. Couple the shade with a bowl of fried rice from Panda Express and you’ve got the perfect lunch break.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? I watch the Mary Tyler Moore show religiously, and I’ve always wanted to grab coffee with her. On top of being ridiculously funny, she was also one of the first women to wear pants on television!

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would go back and watch Billie Holiday’s first performance of Strange Fruit at the Café Society in New York in 1939. The song was controversial because it protested racism in the South, but it went on to be one of her biggest hits and is considered one of the most important songs of all time.

What three traits define you? I like to think that I’m funny, smart, and most of all humble.

Do you have any advice for high school students? Don’t buy the textbooks until your professors say you need to.

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MOCA’s feature exhibition a must see

Fact/Fiction by Ali Banisadr; courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.MOCA Jacksonville’s feature exhibition “Micro-Macro: Andrew Sendor and Ali Banisadr” is a dive into subconscious storytelling and the lineage of painting. Artists Andrew Sendor and Ali Banisadr are contemporary painters with vivid imaginations and radically different styles — Sendor’s works are photo-realistic paintings, while Banisadr’s are semi-abstract. While the juxtaposition of their works seems unexpected, they align through their extraordinary commitment to process.

“Both Sendor and Banisadr are painters that are incredibly dedicated to the intricacies of process,” said MOCA Director Caitlín Doherty. “Not only does their work resonate within the depths of the imagination, it also shows the dynamic exploration of painting, a medium that spans millennia, in the context of the contemporary world.”

Sendor's Portrait of Lafayette with Bhaya on the southwest wall of Saturday's living room, courtesy of Krawiecki Gazes Family CollectionAndrew Sendor lives and works in New York City. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 2000. His work is characterized by a meticulous draftsmanship that illuminates his ongoing engagement with the interrelation of photorealism and invented narrative structures. 

Ali Banisadr, by contrast, creates frenetic, fractured compositions that draw inspiration from the world that surrounds him, as well as his own lived memories. Born in Iran in 1976, he grew up during the Islamic Revolution and the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. In 1988, he and his family left Iran, first to Turkey and then to California. In 2000, Banisadr moved to New York City where he currently lives and works. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005 and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2007.

“The ability to weave narrative and the theatrical allow both Sendor and Banisadr to operate individually as storytellers,” said Doherty. “The question is what will viewers see, and perhaps maybe even hear in their mind’s eye, when given a glimpse into these painters’ imaginary worlds.”


“Micro – Macro: Andrew Sendor and Ali Banisadr” will be on view at MOCA Jacksonville through July 28, 2019. Be sure to catch this exhibition while you can! Admission is free for all faculty, staff and students.

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsCollege of Arts and Sciences

Art & Design
Vanessa Cruz had a motion poster “Touching Time’s Signature: Edition to a Live Performance” presented at the 2019 MODE (Motion Design Educators) Summit conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sheila Goloborotko is among 30 artists from across the country using the wit of Ambrose Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary” and its clever use of language for inspiration in a series of artworks that focus on the political and sociological themes of our time at Gallery 224 in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

Jenny Hager and Lance Vickery directed and curated student work at the Sculpture Garden at Hemming Park, Jacksonville.

Stephen Heywood exhibited at the “Westmoreland Art National,” National Juried Exhibition, Youngwood, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Terri Ellis published the article “Porin Loss in Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical isolates impacts production of virulence factors and survival within macrophages” in the May issue of the International Journal of Medical Microbiology.

Dr. Amy Lane gave an invited presentation titled “Assembling biosynthetic puzzle pieces yielding diketopiperazine natural products” at the Synthetic Biology of Natural Products conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (June).

Dr. James Beasley, associate professor of English, presented invited lecture, “Rhetoric in the Contemporary Composition Course and the University of Chicago," at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, in May.

Dr. Chris Gabbard, associate professor of English, published the book “A Life Beyond Reason: A Father’s Memoir” through Beacon Press in May.

Dr. Clark Lunberry, professor of English, published the article “Writing on Bashō’s Pond,” in Multilingualism Studies, May.

Ms. Maureen McCluskey, visiting English instructor, promoted, cast, costumed and directed students in collaboration with two European film producers and Fulton Street Entertainment. This new international feature film (title TBA) was shot on location at the University of North Florida in May.

Dr. Alison J. Bruey's book, “Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet's Chile” (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) has been awarded the Latin American Studies Association Southern Cone Studies Section's 2019 award for best book in the social sciences and the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies’ Alfred B. Thomas Book Award.

Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski appeared on WJXT TV's morning show to offer commentary on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2019. He also chaired two panels at the Third Annual Political History Conference, Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, May 31-June 1.

Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Mahbubur Rahman, with colleague Samir Kumar Bhowmik, published “Stability and Accuracy Analysis of θ Scheme for a Convolutional Integro-Differential Equation” in Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems.

Dr. Andrea Venet published the sheet music for her musical composition, “Omnes Trio,” for three percussionists through Tapspace Publications in May. In addition, Venet gave the world premiere of “Magic Time” by composer Russell Hartenberger (Nexus, Professor Emeritus and former Dean at the University of Toronto), with her duo, Escape Ten, at Virginia Tech. Escape Ten also performed at the Festival of Bands as invited guest soloists with the Virginia Tech Wind Symphony, performing “Double Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone” by Emmanuel Sejourné in May.

Dr. Bert Koegler presented “Experience, Critique, Power: Towards a Post-Pragmatist Defense of Truth,” at the International Conference of the Association of Philosophy & Literature, Klagenfurt University in June. He also conducted two block seminars on “Collective Intentionality & Society” and “Communication, Intersubjectivity, Agency.”

Dr. Barry Albright was featured in an article in the latest issue of the Australian science magazine Cosmos. The article, titled “The Breaking of America’s Fossil Monument,” is about the recent reduction of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the area in southern Utah where Albright has been conducting his paleontological/geological field research over the last 20 years.

Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen and students Aditi Mahabir and Alexandria Alcantara attended and presented their research on Dynamic Quantum Matter at the Strongly Correlated Quantum Matter Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico (May).

Dr. Devki N. Talwar published a collaborative research paper titled “Evolution of the local structure and crystal phase for thin ZnGaO films grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition” in the Journal of Crystal Growth (May).

Dr. Elizabeth Brown, with her colleagues Jessi Smith and Doralyn Rossmann, presented a poster titled “Taking the ‘broad’ out of impact: The marginalization of psychology journals whose titles contain the words women, sex, gender, and feminism” at the annual convention for the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C (May). With undergraduate student Jasmine Graham, and former master’s student Dominic Mercurio, along with their colleagues Jessi Smith and Jill Allen (with undergraduate students Alexi Ginther), Dr. Brown presented a poster titled “Nevertheless she persisted (in STEM): Enhancing women’s science interest and belonging through communal goals,” at the same conference.

Dr. Anita Fuglestad was recognized for having one of the top 20 downloaded papers published in Pediatric Obesity from 2017-18. The article is titled “Maternal executive function, infant feeding responsiveness and infant growth during the first 3 months.”


College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, dean, speaks with author and host Snowden McFall, who welcomes first coast women leaders to her show, Ignite Success.

Dr. Betina Malhotra and Dr. Nick Eastham led the UNF STEM Camps this summer, where local students created affordable prosthetic limbs. See the local news coverage.


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

30 Years
Robert McCracken, Manager, Landscape, Grounds, Refuse/Recycle and Vehicle Maintenance, Physical Facilities
Judith Rodriguez, Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

25 Years
Valtina Kearse, Work Management Specialist, Physical Facilities

20 Years
Scott Bennett, Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance
Wallace Harris, Director, Facilities Operations, Physical Facilities

15 Years
Dmitriy Bond, Director, IT Enterprise Systems, Enterprise Systems
Ruth Poppell, Senior Broadcast Engineer Technician, CCEC Video Production Facility

10 Years
Ralph Felix, Control Systems Technician, Physical Facilities
Edgar Jackson, Professor, Leadership SC and SM
Tommy Richardson, Control Systems Technician, Maintenance and Energy Management
Aaron Small, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems

5 Years
Kimberly Barnhart, Coordinator, Data Management, Advancement Services
Ian Coffey, Head Athletic Coach, Women's Swimming
David Dozier, Dishwasher, MOCA Jacksonville
Jonathan Duck, Preparator, MOCA Jacksonville
Aleta Hayes, Administrative Secretary, Nursing
Andrew King, Director, University Counseling Center
Amanda Lovins, Associate Director, COAS Operations, Arts and Sciences
Elise Marshall, Instructor, School of Computing
Charles McRoy, Senior Floor Care Worker, Custodial Services
Jose Philip, Assistant Director, Academic Technology, Distance Learning 
Patrician Price, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Biology
John Reis, Associate General Counsel, General Counsel
Katie Sarria, Assistant Director, Retention, Undergraduate Studies
Kristin Smith, Associate Director, University Housing Operations, University Housing
Ben Thompson, Deputy Director, MOCA Jacksonville
Sheri Verile, Chief of Security, MOCA Jacksonville
Michele Verkerk, Office Manager, Leadership SC and SM

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

Catrina Ashley, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, ES Planning and Operations
Jose Acevedo, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Summer Barber, Coordinator, Residence Life, University Housing
Wendy Bass, Custodial Worker, Student Union
Brandon Bergman, Internal Audit Manager, Internal Auditing
Stephanie Biscocho, Administrative Secretary, BCH Advising
Eric Bruder, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Johannes Buchinger, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance and Energy Management
Ellissa Cowell, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Nicole Dorman, Admissions Coordinator, UNF Online, Distance Learning Fee
Tasha Felder, Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Jose Feliciano, Maintenance Mechanic, Housing and Residence Life
Caleb Garrett, Assistant Director, Development, College Development Officers
Jaylyn Greer-Jones, Assistant Director, Residence Life, University Housing
Aidan Harnett, IT Security Analyst, IT Security
Sarah Jackson, Admissions Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Kalilah Jamall, Student Affairs Specialist, DDI/Interfaith Center
Anna Keel, Assistant Director, Advancement Services, Advancement Services
Quang Hung Le, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Katie Lewis, Assistant Director, Resident Life, University Housing
Jillian Litchfield, Senior Internal Auditor, Internal Auditing
Christa-Maria Lumsden, Coordinator, Events Planning, MOCA Jacksonville
Christopher Martinez, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Samantha McDole, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Lawrence McMillan, Maintenance Mechanic, Student Union
Aleris Mendez, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Mary Moran, Coordinator Program Services, OneJax
Daniel Nicolas, Associate Director, Employee and Labor Relations, Human Resources
Jessica Parks, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Brendan Perkinson, Executive Secretary, Advancement Services
Andrew Pitts, Senior IT Support Technician, Florida Institute of Education
Daniel Price, Accountant, Controller
Angela Robinet, Assistant Athletic Coach, Strength and Conditioning
Tywaine Rochebrun, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Ylva Rouse, Curator, MOCA Jacksonville
Joseph Silvestri, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Basketball
Michael Stephens, Coordinator, Program Services, OneJax
Diego Velazquez, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, ES Communication Systems
Peter Williams, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Santina Willis, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Rosie Woods, Administrative Secretary, Electrical Engineering

Great Job
Douglas Artiga, Events Planning Associate, Parking and Transportation Services
Erin Davis, Coordinator, Accounting, Foundation Accounting
Tracey Hollins, Coordinator, IPTM
Casey Knowles, Coordinator, Budgets, Physical Facilities
Kristin Quinn, Divisional Budget Coordinator, Administration and Finance
Tommy Richardson, Control Systems Technician, Maintenance and Energy Management
Noah Sterling, IT Support Specialist, User Services
Amy Woodbury, Office Manager, Health Administration

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

Valerie Walker Biggins, Assistant University Registrar, One-Stop Center
Ivory Brown, Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Heather Burk, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Center for Community-Based Learning
Jame Clark, Office Manager, Music
Jayana Douglas, Parking Services Associate, Parking and Transportation Services
Sarah Friswold-Atwood, Assistant Director, Residence Life, Residence Life Programming
Ellen Gayton, Assistant Director, University Housing Operations
Ebony Ivey, Web Specialist, Florida Institute of Education
Erin Kendrick, Events Planning Coordinator, Facility Center Planning and Program Development
Cody Lewin, Coordinator, Conduct, University Housing
John Lind, Project Manager, Facilities Planning
Danica Mandarano, Assistant Director, Admissions
Hilary McConville, Office Manager, Disability Resource Center
Joyce Miller, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Zachary Mott, Parking Services Associate, Parking and Transportation Services
Zachary Neaves, Events Planning Associate, SG Student Union
Lisa Sessions, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
William Sloper, Maintenance Supervisor, Housing/Residence Life
Johnnie Smith, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Ricki Williams, Groundskeeper, Grounds


Swoop Summary

These are just a few highlights of the past month in UNF Athletics. For a full breakdown, head to UNF Athletics for all the latest Osprey news, stats and info.


Baseball player Brad Deppermann 22nd pick for the Chicago CubsChicago Cubs Nab Deppermann in the Seventh Round of the MLB Draft
Redshirt-senior Brad Deppermann had a special year reach new heights as he was drafted in the seventh round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs Tuesday afternoon. The righty was nabbed as the 222nd overall pick in the June draft, making him the fourth-highest draft pick among UNF pitchers in program history. Find out more about Deppermann and his baseball career.

Tanner Murphy Selected by New York Mets in 18th Round
After showcasing a big bat, big wheels and a big-time presence in center for the Ospreys over the past three years, outfielder Tanner Murphy will set his eyes on the Big Apple after being drafted by the New York Mets as the 538th pick in the 18th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Read more about Murphy's MLB selection. 

Workman Singled Out for Collegiate National Team Training Program Beach volleyball player Callie Workman selected for US Women's Collegiate National Team Training
From June 16-21 in Los Angeles, 16 elite collegiate beach volleyball players took part in a training program run by USA Volleyball as part of the 2019 U.S. Women's Beach Collegiate National Team Training Program.

North Florida's own in rising junior Callie Workman was singled out by the national organization and flew west for the six-day training program. Learn more about the Osprey and the training program.

Marchese Signs Free Agent Deal with Diamondbacks
Righty Nick Marchese's 7-0 senior season with the Ospreys paid off Thursday as the Plantation, Florida, native extended his baseball playing days after signing a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Continue to read more about Marchese and his new deal.

Volleyball Releases 2019 Schedule
With the season just under three months from its opening serve, the University of North Florida Volleyball squad announces its 2019 slate featuring two home invitationals and 16 home matches. Check out the full schedule for the upcoming season!

The Goods


Celery stalksThe cultivation of celery started 3,000 years ago in the Mediterranean, and the vegetable was initially used by the ancient Chinese as medicine. It grows in clay as well as sandy soils and prefers mild temperatures. Composed of 95% water, celery is naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, fat and cholesterol and also contains phytonutrients, vitamin K and dietary fiber that can be incorporated into cooked dishes, stir-fries and salads.
Andrea Altice, an instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, exposes the myths surrounding celery and includes a recipe.

Myth: You will burn more calories digesting celery than it contains.
Fact: One stalk of celery contains about 10 calories. Although celery contains a small amount of calories, the number of calories spent digesting celery is even smaller.
Myth: Eating celery will increase your blood pressure.
Fact: Celery contains a phytochemical that will relax the tissues of the artery walls to increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure. Even though the stalk of celery contains salt, the salt content is low.
Myth: The lighter the color, the more bitter the celery tastes.
Fact: Color can indicate the bitterness in a bunch of celery. The lighter the color, however, the milder the flavor. Avoid large bunches with darker green stalks and leaves.
Myth: Celery will only retain its nutrients if eaten raw.
Fact: Celery will retain 83 to 99% of its antioxidants with 10 minutes of steaming. Boiling and blanching celery will lead to 38 to 41% antioxidant loss.
Myth: Celery salt contains more sodium than table salt.
Fact: Celery salt is made from ground celery seed, which are then combined with salt. The salt may be regular table salt or sea salt.
1/4 teaspoon celery salt = 290 mg sodium
¼ teaspoon salt = 581 mg sodium

Celery Apple Salad

Serving size: 2/3 cup


  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups thinly sliced Honey Crisp apple
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup sliced red onion

  • Combine first 4 ingredients.
  • Add apple and remaining ingredients.
  • Toss

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 62
Carbohydrate: 5.2 grams
Dietary Fiber: 1.1 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Fat: 4.6 grams
Sodium: 110 milligrams
Calcium: 24 milligrams



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Working online on a laptopUNF earns new top-tier online ranking

The University of North Florida has been named a 2019 Best and Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly Online College by SR Education Group. On the most affordable LGBTQ-Friendly list, UNF ranked No. 5 in the nation for the second year in a row. On the Best LGBTQ-Friendly list, UNF was ranked among the top 68 accredited institutions to have adopted policies and/or practices that demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity for LGBTQ students and have at least 15 online degree options.

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