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Cybersecurity team proactive in protecting UNF’s network

Jeff Gouge showing map of cyber activity

As you read this sentence — in what might take you less than 10 seconds — UNF’s security network will have blocked nearly 250 cyberattacks from hackers around the world.

That’s 1,500 a minute; 90,000 an hour; 2.2 million a day; or close to 800 million a year. The attacks include malware or malicious software such as viruses, ransomware or spyware, intrusions to disrupt the network as well as phishing attempts to access someone’s personal data.

The cyber activity never stops, and the numbers keep increasing year after year, according to Jeff Gouge, assistant director of Information Security. Gouge and his team of four, manage the front line of those attacks. Their arsenal of defense begins with an internet firewall that includes layers of security mechanisms.

“Our job is really configuring those layers and figuring out what the next best thing is for stopping cybersecurity incidents,” Gouge said. Prevention is of course paramount. Yet there will always be a need to detect intrusions as well, Gouge said. He and his team receive alerts all day from a security information and events management system.

They review the alerts to decide which are actionable. Here are some examples: Perhaps someone is taking an N number and trying to match it to possible passwords. There’s an alert. Or maybe someone has been added to a privileged group of administrators on campus. There’s an alert. The team also relies on subscription services that alert clients of vulnerabilities discovered in the marketplace. They also attend conferences, collaborate with others in the industry and share data to protect one other.

For employees, the biggest threat is phishing. The cyberattacker sends an email hoping to trick someone into clicking a link or opening an attachment in order to steal passwords and other information. The best defense is to be aware and to stop, think and perhaps pick up the phone to verify, or call the ITS Help Desk, Gouge said.

“Security awareness is all about protecting you and you protecting your data,” Gouge said. “And it is constantly evolving. There’s no such thing as being completely secure. It’s an ever-changing game. Our goal is to stay several steps ahead and to be as proactive as possible.”

For more tips on how to protect your data, visit the ITS website.

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Recommended beach reads

Woman reading at the beachWarm weather is here! Thinking of grabbing a book and heading to the beach, but not sure what to read? Librarians and staff from the Thomas G. Carpenter Library have provided some of their personal favorites to help you find a great book for the beach this summer. 

Adam Chambers
, Systems Librarian:
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller 
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (UNF Library) 
Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein (UNF Library) 
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (UNF Library) 

Chelsea Gentry, Library Services Specialist:
During the summertime, I make it a goal to read at least one “kid’s book.” Reading stories about imaginary worlds inhabited by kooky characters on a hot day instantly reminds me of being 10 years old again. My “kid’s book” pick of Summer 2019 is Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. 

Paige Lyman, Senior Library Services Associate:
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher 
Queen’s Shadow by EK Johnston 
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (e-book at UNF) 

Glenda Kelsey, Library Services Specialist:
Code Name: Lise. The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis 

Jen Jones Murray, Marketing and Community Services Coordinator:
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan 
Becoming by Michelle Obama (UNF Library) 

 Search the Carpenter Library for more titles.

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Student sculptures to brighten Hemming Park

Stephen Magyar's "Sunshine Mimosa" Jennifer Peek's "Histo-Tree of Jacksonville"  Olivia Warro's "Deer"

Three large-scale sculptures created by UNF art students will be installed this month in Jacksonville’s Hemming Park for display for the upcoming year. Stephen Magyar’s “Sunshine Mimosa,” Jennifer Peek’s “Histor-Tree of Jacksonville” and Olivia Warro’s “Deer” were selected by votes from the public and an art selection committee after viewing small-scale models or maquettes submitted by eight student artists. The student artists worked with Jennifer Hager, UNF sculpture professor, in the 2018 fall semester on concepts, maquettes and proposals, and with Lance Vickery, assistant professor of sculpture, in spring 2019 to execute the large-scale pieces. In honor of the sculpture installation, Jacksonville’s Cultural Council has named June 17-23 as Public Art Week, with planned hands-on art activities and art tours. A closing party will take place on Saturday, June 22, with the band Flow Tribe from New Orleans, local artists and food trucks. 

Learn more about the sculptures.

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UNF plans cybersecurity lab and classes

Lock on blue cyber background

Hacker. Data breach. Malware. Phishing.

As cyberattacks increase so does the demand for trained cybersecurity specialists. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the decade ending 2026, employment for Information Security Analysts will increase 28%, a rate much higher than the 7% average for all occupations.

To help prepare students for that future reality, the School of Computing is collaborating with Pax Technology, a China-based international supplier of electronic payment terminals and transaction software. Pax Technology’s North America headquarters is located in Jacksonville. UNF will remodel a computer lab to serve as a cybersecurity lab, and Pax Technology has committed significant funds for scholarships and activities for students interested in cybersecurity.

For Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy, School of Computing director and professor, this arrangement is a great model of a public and private partnership that benefits all parties. “We will have a better facility and the company will have a better trained pool of potential employees,” Elfayoumy said. “The money will be spent on student scholarships, graduate assistantships and research projects for student participation. They want to train our students on these technologies and have offered to teach a number of courses as well.”

The lab will accommodate 30 students, and plans are underway to have the facility completed for the fall semester.

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MOCA’s new exhibitions curator brings global vision and community focus

Ylva Rouse, MOCA's exhibitions curator headshot

MOCA Jacksonville welcomed Ylva Rouse as its new Exhibitions Curator in May. Rouse comes to Jacksonville from New Orleans, where she served as director of Prospect New Orleans, the largest triennial in the nation.

In New Orleans, she oversaw the successful implementation of “Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp,” presenting 73 artists in more than 17 venues citywide, as well as a series of educational and public programs in collaboration with venue partners, educational organizations, universities and educators throughout the region. Throughout her career, Rouse has focused on engaging educational institutions to build arts education integration. In 2010, through “Prospect 1.5,” she conceived and developed a Critical Writing Initiative (CWI) in collaboration with New Orleans colleges including Loyola, Tulane and Xavier Universities — a program designed to embed critical writing in existing syllabi to encourage students to view, think and write about contemporary art.

“I am thrilled to join MOCA Director Caitlín Doherty and her team in their mission to bring great contemporary art to Jacksonville at this exciting moment of growth at the Museum of Contemporary Art,” said Rouse. “I look forward to working with the staff and patrons to develop engaging, relevant and meaningful exhibitions and programs for the city of Jacksonville and the University of North Florida community.”

Prior to her 10-year tenure at Prospect New Orleans, Rouse worked in Madrid, Spain, as director of the Javier López Art Space and Gallery and as curator at the National Museum Reina Sofia under Maria de Corral. There she oversaw and curated numerous international exhibitions and art projects. Rouse holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York in Art and Music and is pursuing a Master of Science in Non-Profit Administration from LSU Shreveport. 

“The MOCA Board is excited to have a curator with such a strong interdisciplinary background,” said Rick Hawthorne, chair of the MOCA Jacksonville Board of Trustees. “Ylva’s experience in community integration within the scope of Prospect New Orleans by engaging the city through a variety of channels will undoubtedly serve MOCA Jacksonville in its focus on accessibility and diversity of programming.”

Around Campus

Faculty art selected for president's office

Art created by Andrew Kozlowski President Szymanski's office    












Two works of art created by faculty artist Andrew Kozlowski now adorn a wall of President David Szymanski’s office. The president chose the artworks from submissions requested from studio art faculty. Kozlowski is currently an assistant professor in UNF’s Art and Design Department. He explained that the artworks are mono prints made with pieces of laser cut chipboard placed on top of paper, which is then placed on a piece of plastic and rolled with ink. The entire package is run through a printing press several times.


"The whole series is inspired by the idea of building and rebuilding with what you have around you," Kozlowski said. "Each  time I rearrange the pieces until the composition is complete. The laser cut pieces represent objects throughout history, from ancient to modern, all mashed together into new structures."


His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions in Richmond and Philadelphia. He also was awarded the 2011-12 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship for his work in printmaking.

Faculty Forum

Meet Dr. Hanadi Hamadi

Dr. Hanadi Hamadi headshotDr. Hanadi (Hana) Hamadi, an associate professor in the Department of Health Administration of the Brooks College of Health, recently was named a 2019 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, which recognized 15 minority scholars from around the country. The scholars were selected on a number of criteria including research, educational background, publishing and teaching record, and field of study competitiveness. Hamadi teaches Health Policy, Health Economics and Quantitative Analysis. As a health services researcher, she focuses on patient outcome, organizational behavior and community health, all through the evaluation and examination of health policy. 

What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? Many individuals interact with the health system on a daily basis, but interacting with it is complex and studying it is also complex.

What brought you to UNF? UNF’s commitment to students and faculty, the rich healthcare community that UNF partners with and my desire to make a change in a robust healthcare environment.

What do you like most about UNF? Its synergy and team approach to almost everything. I also enjoy its commitment to diversity.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is wherever the students are; they are the reason I joined academia and the reason why I stay. I do like spending time at the “Peace Plaza” and enjoying the Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. statues. It’s a good reminder of how knowledge can change the world.

What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? There are many rewarding moments, but the most rewarding is when alumni come back to say hello and share what they have learned from my class, how they are using it and how much they appreciate it.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? If I were not teaching, I would be researching, investigating and traveling the world to learn more about health systems in other countries.

What is your personal philosophy? My personal philosophy in life is to always ask, “How can I help?”

Who has been the biggest role model in your life? My biggest role model in life is my mother, a Saudi woman who broke cultural barriers to earn a Ph.D. and pursue a position in academia.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? I wouldn’t say anything; I would be silent and listen to the world.

What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Trust yourself and always be open to learning new things.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? The first step on the Moon and being right next to Neil Armstrong.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? The moment I realized that everyone’s path is not the same, and my path might be filled with detours but it’s my path to walk.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek Voyager.

Where is the best place you’ve visited? Paris, France

How do you recharge? I love to hike.

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I love the beach and how close to nature I can be. I have lived in Washington D.C.; Columbia, South Carolina; Ottawa, Canada; Cambridge, London; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and I have visited over 20 countries.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? I would regret not being able to travel the world. My goal is to travel the world and enjoy different cultures.

Get to Know

Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips headshotMichelle Phillips is the assistant director of Benefits and Retirement within the Human Resources Department. She institutes and sustains benefits and retirement operations for the University. Phillips manages all facets of the department and provides guidance and instruction during new hire processing, day-to-day routine needs, and when challenging and sensitive situations arise. Her goal is to provide the best service to everyone, so they will feel heard, valued and cared for during their interaction.

What do you enjoy about working here? I love working at UNF because my job allows me to help others and that ability is one of my strongest gifts that I have to offer. I have always been a nurturer and being able to help individuals daily is an immediate “feel good” for me and keeps me smiling! It is not always the employees either, but retirees and other individuals outside of UNF may need assistance from time to time, and being there for them as well makes my job fun and fulfilling.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived?
I have lived in Ponte Vedra Beach since 1996. It is hard to believe I have been a Floridian for almost 23 years. I was born and raised in Westminster, South Carolina, and if you blink while you are passing through, you may miss the entire town. For those of you that have never heard of the city, it is in the upper northwest corner of the state, pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

What one memory do you most treasure? I do not feel that this is a fair question because there are SO MANY memories that I treasure; however, this memory would not have happened had it not been for other treasured memories that led to it. For example, if I had not been born to two loving and amazing parents, I would not have been able to marry my best friend, which then would not have led to the most magical event that I have ever participated in and experienced and that is the birth of my son, Baylen. I knew that I loved my “little peanut” from the moment Kevin and I found out we were expecting, but it was not until I saw his face for the first time that he took a huge piece of my heart that will always and only be for him! My life changed forever that very moment, and I thank God every day for choosing me to be his mommy.

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 the following people: Kevin James, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. These guys are my favorites! I love watching them because they are hilarious! They turn my giggle box upside down every time and who would not enjoy a dinner with some of the funniest people in the world?

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I love watching CSI, NYPD Blue and Criminal Minds. I would love to spend a day fighting crime and solving mysteries with the best of the best.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? I wish I had the superpower of teleportation. There is never enough time in the day to get things done, to go where I need to go or visit who I want to see. Being able to instantaneously go from one place to the next would be fabulous, plus I could avoid having to drive in this crazy Jacksonville traffic!

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? I would eliminate hatred. Everyone would love and treat all living things with respect, compassion and sincerity.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? Southern Soul with a Little Sass. For those that know her and for those that know her even better, would say Michelle is a sweet, southern belle who wears her heart on her sleeve. She is always doing for others and has the most polite southern accent you may ever come across. Some say that, “if they were to ever hear a sharp word come from her mouth, they insist it would be the sweetest sounding, sharp word they have ever heard!” On the other hand, she can be a bit rough around the edges and has been known to throw some sass around like confetti when it comes to standing up for what she believes. This is only when it is necessary, and she feels that anyone and anything is in jeopardy of being hurt or mistreated. Through the eyes of those that know her and through the words that have often been heard, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl!” So, sit back, travel and enjoy this dirt road of southern soul with a little sass.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? I would love to safely travel to a third-world country and provide my services to those less fortunate. It would be an honor to volunteer my time to others who have so little yet live each day to the fullest as if they have it all. Knowing their struggles is one thing, but seeing things through their eyes and knowing I made a difference would be humbling.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? I absolutely love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but I do not love the calories that come with them. They are small (.6 ounces each) and it only takes a few seconds to eat two cups; how could they possibly have 87 calories per cup?

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I do not eat hamburgers! Ever since I was little, when I order a burger in a restaurant I order it with everything minus the hamburger patty. I then replace the patty with French fries and it then becomes a fry burger … you should try it, it is delicious!

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Visiting Africa would be exciting! I love animals and having the opportunity to experience how they live in the wild would be something that I would never forget.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Color: Green
Movie: "The Blind Side"
Quote: “My worst day with you is still better than my best day without you!” – Author unknown
Smell: Puppy Breath
Sport to watch: Clemson Football


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


20 Years
Alison Cruess, Director, Communication and Training, Administration and Finance and CODI

15 Years
Robin Hill, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center
Gerard Giordano, Professor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education

10 Years
LeAnn Anderson-Vincecruz, Academic Advisor, Advising
Ronald Covington, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance and Energy Management
Alicia Erchul, Budget Coordinator, Dean's Office, College of Arts and Sciences                     
James Gwynes, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Keith Lynn, Life Safety Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Khiem Ma, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Kristi Sweeney, Associate Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Celeste Watkins, Senior Administrative Assistant, President's Office

5 Years
Justin Burdette, Athletic Ticket Manager, Athletics
Wanda Cockfield, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Joel Cumbow, Landscape Grounds Superintendent, Grounds
Jessica Russell, Office Manager, Economics
Trisha Sowers, Office Manager, University Housing
Kevin Summerville, Senior Stores/Rec Clerk, Procurement Services
Claudia Vargas, Senior Accounts Payable/Receivable Representative, University Housing

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Jon Askins, Law Enforcement Liaison, IPTM 
Lea Fernandes, Coordinator, International Student Affairs, English Language Program
Griphin Fletcher, Maintenance Mechanic Trainee, Maintenance and Energy Management
Fred Franz, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling
Stephanie Grant, Administrative Assistant, Major Gifts
Stacey Green, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jamie Harrell, IR Analyst, Institutional Research
Nicole Hartley-White, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Ashley Kemker, Administrative Secretary, Counseling Center
Dale Milligan, Maintenance Mechanic, MOCA
Sabrina Padlan, Grants Specialist, IPTM 
Kyle Reese, Deputy Director, OneJax – OneYouth
Lainey Ressler, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies
Kristine Skinner, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Michael Smith, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Patrick Stanley, IT Full Stack Software Engineering, Enterprise Systems
Danyelle Stokes, Student Affairs Specialist, DDI/Intercultural Center
Jacques Williams, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Chuanwu Xia, Manager, Analytical Instrumentation Facility, Chemistry

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:
Fred Chambers, IT Network Engineer, Telephone Services
Emma Coombs, Assistant Director, Admissions
Joshua Corrick, Senior IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering
Bryan Hayes, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Leslie Kaplan, Director, Hicks Honors College
Glenda Kelsey, Coordinator, Library Services
Krystina LeFils, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
James Mauch, Manager, Maintenance Utilities, Physical Facilities
Whitney Meyer, Director, Community Alliance for Student Success, President's Office
Megan Northcut, Academic Advisor, Brooks College of Health
Robert Parnell, Senior Accounts Payable/Receivable Representative, Controller
Michelle Phillips, Assistant Director, Benefits Retirement, Human Resources
Francis Richard, Director/Associate Professor, Center for Community-Based Learning
Deandria Robinson, Applications Systems Analyst,  IPTM 
Riley Sackett, Coordinator, Benefits Retirement, Human Resources
Nicole Shervington, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, One-Stop Center
Ashley Smith, Coordinator, Employment, Human Resources

Heartfelt wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees who left UNF recently:
Denise Anderson, Administrative Secretary, Psychology
John Bell, Laboratory Technician, Art and Design
Marisa Byles, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Lori Collins, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, ES Planning and Operations
Matthew Corrigan, Professor, Political Science and Public Administration
Jim Draper, Instructor, Art and Design
Jerail Fennell, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, University Housing
Linda Fennell, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Tracy Geake, Divisional Budget Coordinator, Administration and Finance
James Gleaton, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Alev Ildiz, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Iver Iversen, Professor, Psychology
Marnie Jones, Associate Professor, Center for Community-Based Learning
Shantelle Ortiz, Administrative Secretary, School of Computing
Carley Robinson, Assistant Director, Advancement Services, Advancement Services
Robert Scanlon, Maintenance Mechanic, The Flats
Lori Stanton, Office Assistant, Distance Learning Fee
Michael Toglia, Professor, Psychology
Linda Wilson, Senior Applications Programmer, Enterprise Systems
Rahul Yerramsetti, Accessible Technology Analyst, ADA Compliance 

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsCoggin College of Business
Coggin Distinguished Professor and AAI Senior Fellow Gregory T. Gundlach, acting on behalf of the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), spoke to Mexico’s Ministry of Economy, competition enforcement authority, economic development regulators and members of the retail grocery industry about the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2019 Report on the Mexican Grocery Retail Industry, April 29.

College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Design
Jenny Hager
exhibited “Little Gymnast,” permanent Sculpture for Shelby KY Tourism in Simpsonville, Kentucky.

Stephen Heywood was selected to exhibit works in the Westmoreland Art National – National Juried Exhibition, Youngwood, Pennsylvania.

Lance Vickery delivered a public sculpture in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Lisa West will be teaching with Louisiana State University in Europe.

Dr. Joshua Melko, with undergraduate student Matthew Khoury, presented a poster titled “Analysis of Protonated Methanol Cluster Aggregation vis Mass Spectrometry Under Variable Pressure” at the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition Conference of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Hannah R. Malcolm presented an invited talk titled “Understanding how Paraburkholderia graminis senses mechanical tension” at the Florida American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in Palm Harbor.

Dr. Amy Lane presented the following posters with undergraduate students at the American Chemical Society National Conference in Orlando in April: “The promise of natural products from actinomycetes located in tropical marine environments for drug discovery” with Skylar Bailey and Jennifer Korchak; “Identification of 2,5-diketopiperazines produced by a cyclodipeptide synthase” with Paul Borgman; “Biosynthesis of diketopiperazine natural products from unnatural amino acids” with Ryan Lopez; “Genetic engineering of E. coli to produce nocardioazine natural products” with Kristen Patterson; and “Characterizing 2,5-diketopiperazines produced by a cyclodipeptide synthase enzyme from Streptomyces” with Jordan Phillipps. Lane also gave two invited presentations: “Harnessing natural product biosynthetic pathways from actinomycetes,” at the University of Florida Drug Discovery Symposium in Gainesville in April, and “Marine natural product biosynthesis from aminoacyl-tRNA precursors,” at the Florida American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in Palm Harbor in May.

Mark Ari organized and hosted the Jax-Lit 3 literary town hall at UNF in April.

Maureen McCluskey advised and co-produced UNF Musical Theatre Club's Spring Showcase at the John A. Delaney Student Union, and produced the Spring Directors’ Showcase as part of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s Research Week in April.

Emily Michael published “Remaking the Ideal Teacher” in the Disability Futures series of How We Get to Next. She also coordinated and presented the National Poetry Month Series, featuring three workshops and two readings, at UNF and presented “Material Meaning: Harnessing the Power of Senses, Spaces, and Objects” at Jax Poetry Fest at MOCA Jacksonville in April.

Dr. Charles Closmann presented a paper, “‘Feel the Burn’ Prescribed Fire and Environmentalism in the U.S. Military,” at the Annual Conference of the Florida Historical Society in Cocoa Beach in May.

Dr. David Courtwright published his book, “The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business” (Belknap).

Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski refereed an article for the Journal of Policy History; and he attended a meeting in New York City of the College Board History Academic Advisory Committee, a national five-member group comprising college professors and high school Advanced Placement teachers who give the College Board counsel and recommendations on all matters related to the history discipline.

Danny Gottlieb performed with actor, philanthropist and musician Gary Sinise in his Lt. Dan Band at a special solidarity concert in Thousand Oaks, California, in April to honor the firefighters and first responders involved in the 2018 catastrophic fire and the victims of the Thousand Oaks Borderline Club shooting. Watch the CBS video about musician Gary Sinise and the ABC video about his band's concert.

Dr. Clarence Hines presented his original composition “What’s Up With That?” at the International Association of Jazz Arrangers and Composers Symposium in Greeley, Colorado, in May.

Dr. Erin Richman, adjunct professor of psychology, published “Mary Blair Destiny,” a nonfiction work in April.

Dr. Lindsay Mahovetz published “Investigating Individual Differences in Chimpanzee Mirror Self-Recognition and Cortical Thickness: A Vertex-Based and Region-of-Interest Analysis” with her colleagues William D. Hopkins, Robert. D. Latzman, Xiang Li and Neil Roberts, in Cortex in May.

Dr. Heather Truelove published the following paper in collaboration with a former UNF student, Brandon Araujo and colleagues A. Maki, A. R.Carrico, K. T.Raimi, and K.L.Yeung: “Meta-analysis of pro-environmental behaviour spillover” in Nature Sustainability.

Sociology/Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, with her colleagues Brenda K. Savage and Michael Binder, presented “A Second Chance in the Sunshine State: Determinants of Voter Support for Re-enfranchisement” at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Atlanta. At the same meeting, Barringer and colleagues J. E. Sumerau, Shannon K. Carter and J. Scott Carter, presented “Religiosity and Attitudes toward Same-Sex Relations among Young Adults: A Comparison of Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boom Cohorts”. She was also an invited panelist for a discussion on “Networking at Academic Conferences,” organized the thematic paper sessions “Gender, Sexualities, and Religion I and II,” and, with her colleague Marni Brown, co-organized a workshop session “Southerners On New Ground (SONG): A Regional Queer Liberation Group” (April). With her undergraduate student Rosario Fernandez Romero, Barringer wrote a technical report “Evaluating the University of North Florida’s LGBTQIA Speakers Bureau Program” for the UNF LGBT Resource Center in May.

Dr. Mike Manocchia, adjunct professor of sociology, had his publication “Psychotherapy and psychopharmacology utilization following repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in patients with major depressive disorder” accepted in the Psychiatry Research Journal. Manocchia also had multiple posters accepted at the upcoming Academy Health 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. and will help lead the Academy Health’s Health Disparities Committee Break-Out Session at that meeting.

Dr. Jenny Stuber gave an invited presentation at Indiana University in Bloomington titled, “’We Don't Want to be a Mall at the Base of a Mountain’: Class, Culture, and the Politics of Community.”

Dr. Ronald Kephart published “Animal Stories from Carriacou” in the May online and print versions of Anthropology News (American Anthropological Association). The article presents anecdotes, folk tales and proverbs about animals in English and French Creole.

College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Jennifer Kane, associate dean, was elected for another three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.

Dr. Matthew Ohlson, interim director of the Taylor Leadership Institute and assistant professor, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 College Ready Florida Innovator Award by the Florida College Access Network. This award for innovation recognizes those trying new approaches to help students get into and pay for college while inspiring younger students to plan for their futures. The award winners were nominated by their peers and selected through a competitive process. Ohlson was one of only 10 recipients from across the state to receive the inaugural award and was recognized during the 2019 FCAN Summit in Orlando in May.

Drs. Amanda Pascale and Matt Ohlson, Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management, won the “Best Paper” award at USF’s GLOCER conference for their paper titled “The Leader in Me: An Analysis of the Impact of Student Leadership on Science Performance."

The ESE and Deaf Education Faculty attended the Florida Institute for Teacher Educators (FLITE) annual meeting held on the UNF campus May 16–17. The meeting allowed the faculty to learn about the state of special education in Florida, share useful information with their ESE peers from other institutions, and collaborate and network with colleagues. UNF’s ESE program ranked 9th highest out of 13 high performing ESE programs. UNF’s Deaf Education program is the top performing Deaf Education program in the state, as ranked by APPR scores. 

Division of Administration and Finance
Kelly Harrison, director of the Center for Professional Development and Training, presented several sessions at the annual Momocon event in Atlanta in May. These sessions included “Queer Before it was Cool,” a discussion of the evolution of diversity in comics; and “Disability: The Power of Affliction, a discussion and history of how disability/impairment is addressed in comics.”

Brian Morgan, assistant athletics director for communications, was the recent recipient of the 2019 CoSIDA 25-Year Award. Morgan oversees and manages the Athletic Communications Department at UNF with a focus on publicizing all 19 athletic teams. Read more about the award.


Swoop Summary

Male Student-athletes take ASUN academic honorsEscobar Sweeps ASUN Track Scholar-Athlete Honor, Timm and Queyrou Named All-Academic
George Escobar became North Florida's first-ever ASUN Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year as he highlighted the 12-person All-Academic Team. Learn more about the honors.

ASUN Recognizes Bobby Harris and Manny Velasquez at Annual Meeting
At the 2019 ASUN Conference Spring Meetings, the league announced a wide range of accomplishments at an awards banquet held Wednesday night at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Learn more about the awards.

UNF Student-athletes win ASUN academic honorsOutdoor Track Trio Named to ASUN All-Academic Team
The ASUN Conference announced its Women's Outdoor Track and Field 12-person All-Academic team featuring North Florida standouts Audrey Carpenter, Crystal Liebenberg and Syd Steele. Jacksonville's Brittany Bowald collected Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Learn more about the scholar-athletes.

Noah Perkins headshotPerkins PR Propels Him to Historic NCAA Championship Appearance
North Florida junior distance standout Noah Perkins made history for the Ospreys becoming the first male athlete to advance to the NCAA Division I Championship meet after posting a personal record in the 5000m at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary at Hodges Stadium. Learn more about Noah Perkins.

Baseball's Murphy Featured in ASUN Beam Series
North Florida's Tanner Murphy was recently featured in the ASUN's Beam Video Series, a series that features two student-athletes from each of the conference's nine institutions that exemplify dedication and success in the classroom and in competition. Learn more about Tanner Murphy.

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Rhubarb stalks

Rhubarb is known as the “pie plant” because of its unique taste and the fact that it’s most commonly used for the preparation of pies. It originated in Asia over 2,000 years ago and was initially cultivated for its medicinal qualities, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that rhubarb was grown for culinary purposes in Britain and America. Belonging to the buckwheat family, rhubarb stalks are a rich source of dietary fibers, vitamin K, vitamin C and minerals like calcium, manganese, and potassium. Andrea Altice, an instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, exposes the myths surrounding rhubarb and includes a recipe.
Myth: Rhubarb is a fruit.
Fact: Rhubarb is a vegetable. It has stalks similar to celery and is often prepared or combined with fruits for desserts.
Myth: Red rhubarb is sweet and green rhubarb is tart.
Fact: The color of rhubarb isn’t an indication of its sweetness. Green rhubarb can be just as sweet and sometimes sweeter than the red rhubarb.
Myth: Rhubarb is poisonous.
Fact: The green leaves of rhubarb — not the stalks that you eat — contain approximately 0.5% oxalic acid. Though the leaves are not meant to be eaten, to reach the lethal dose of 25 grams, a human would need to ingest 11 pounds of leaves.
Myth: Rhubarb prefers to grow in hot climates.
Fact: Rhubarb prefers to grow in a cool damp climate. It’s also grown in greenhouses where mild temperatures can be retained all year.
Myth: Rhubarb is high in calories.
Fact: Rhubarb is low in calories, but is also very acidic. To offset the acidity, sugar is often added to recipes, which increases the calorie count.

Easy Rhubarb Relish


  • 12 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon



  • Rinse four 2-cup freezer containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
  • In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until mixture thickens, about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Fill all containers to within ½ inch of tops. Wipe off edges of containers; cover with lids.
  • Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 12 months. Thaw frozen relish in refrigerator before serving.



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When it comes to value, the University of North Florida is one of the top universities in the country again this year, according to the latest rankings from Forbes. For the second consecutive year, UNF has been named a Forbes “Best Value College” and is among the top 300 schools chosen. Forbes compared data from more than 640 schools across the nation. Schools were ranked based on their places in the Forbes 2018 America’s Top Colleges ranking, net student debt, net price, alumni earnings, six-year graduation rate and percentage of Pell Grant recipients.

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