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Inaugural address highlights partner gift and student success

Jorge Morales at InaugurationForming partnerships with Jacksonville businesses has been an important part of President David M. Szymanski’s vision for UNF since he first arrived on campus.

It was fitting then, that the president chose his inaugural address on Feb. 22 as the moment to introduce longtime University partner Jorge Morales and announce his company’s $1 million gift to the School of Computing. RF-SMART is a division of Information and Computing Services Inc., a software solutions company, where Jorge Morales is chairman and owner. His son, Michael, serves as CEO of RF-SMART.

President Szymanski thanked the Morales family for investing in the School of Computing and its students. “Their impact on this University, and generations of students, will be a lasting tribute to a phenomenal partnership,” Szymanski said.

Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy, director and professor for the School of Computing, said that RF-SMART has supported the School over the years by hiring its graduates — 25 to date — as well as providing financial assistance to grow its academic programs. In 2017, the company made a gift to the School to establish one of UNF’s largest lab facilities, the RF-SMART Computer Lab.

“The recent gift of $1 million is an investment in the future of the School of Computing,” Elfayoumy said. “The funds will be used to develop unique and exciting opportunities for our students through the development of undergraduate research experiences and scholarships.”

During his address, President Szymanski also announced three University initiatives to foster student success. The first is UNF +, a special pathway for students who enter with 30-plus credits to earn an undergraduate degree in three years and a master’s in year four. The second is Community Alliance for Student Success, a partnership with community leaders to increase underrepresented student enrollment as well as ensure student success once they are here. And finally, through a partnership with local institutions, UNF will focus on student well-being and include prevention as well as intervention to create solutions that will ensure a healthy environment for its students.

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Five Free Things to do at UNF in March

Five Free Things to Do at UNF in March - text to the left2019 Art and Design Juried Student Annual Exhibition
Tuesday, March 5, Opening Reception, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Attend the opening reception or simply tour the exhibition of winning student artwork in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, presented by the Department of Art and Design and the UNF Gallery of Art. The Opening Reception is Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the UNF Gallery of Art, Founders Hall, Building 2. The exhibition will be on display March 5 through April 11. Gallery hours: Monday, noon – 7 p.m.; Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Distinguished Voices Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m.

Learn about “Dissent in Putin’s Russia,” from insider Vladimir Kara-Murza, coordinator of the Open Russia movement, a platform for civil society and prodemocracy activists. Kara-Murza is a member of the federal council of the People’s Freedom Party and a senior advisor at the Institute of Modern Russia. This lecture, co-sponsored with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, is Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Adam W. Herbert University Center. Order free e-tickets here.

Chamber Music Concert Featuring Violin and Piano Duo
Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presents Hagihara Violin and Piano Duo, with artistic director Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building. The concert is free, but registration is requested.

Pre[serve] Art Exhibition
Thursday, March 28, 5 – 7 p.m.

Selected works created by student and alumni artists, who were inspired by the beauty of the Sawmill Slough Preserve, will be on display later this month in the Pre[serve] Art Exhibition at the UNF Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. The Opening Reception for the juried exhibition is Thursday, March 28, when awards will be announced. The exhibition will run through April 26. Lufrano Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Lawson Ensemble Concert
Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m.

Enjoy the chamber music of UNF’s ensemble in residence: Dr. Nick Curry, cello; Clinton Dewing, violin and viola; and Aurica Duca, violin. The group performs with guest Ellen Olson, viola, Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center, Room 1200. The concert will feature music by Bach and Dohnanyi. Free, but registration requested.

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Spring into Wellness

Salad picked from Ogier GardenLooking for ways to focus on wellness? With the weather warming and spring in the air, Dining Services and the Department of Recreation and Wellness are collaborating to host events intended to help the campus community focus on healthy eating. What better time than the month of March, designated as National Nutrition Month.

UNF’s registered dietitian nutritionists have planned a variety of activities for students, which are also open to faculty and staff. Here are a few activities employees may want to attend. You can find a full list online

  • Pick your own salad, March 8, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Ogier Gardens. Make your own salad using produce straight from the Ogier Gardens.
  • Infused Hydration Station, March 6, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Student Wellness Complex. Try different flavors of infused water and learn how you can make your own.
  • Permaculture: Design and Installation, March 1, 8 and 15, from 1 – 3 p.m., Ogier Gardens. A three-part workshop to help design a healthy ecological system for the garden.

The University also offers a special meal membership for faculty and staff, according to Yemila Lowry, RDN with Dining Services. “We offer employees a reduced rate per meal as well as payroll deduction, guest swipes and healthier options at the Café,” she said. Lowry also offers cooking demos, Lunch and Learns on a topic of choice as well as one-on-one nutritional counseling. “I also will go to the classroom as a guest speaker if a faculty member wants me to talk to students about healthy options on campus and healthy snacking, for example,” Lowry said.

Learn more about meal membership benefits. To work with Yemila Lowry, send an email or call 620-2247.


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More on the Metrics

Students at commencementDemystifying the Metrics – 7 and 8
Is the University of North Florida accessible to low-income students? Is UNF addressing state needs by graduating master’s and doctoral students in areas of critical importance to Florida?

Those questions are the focus of two of the state’s performance-based funding metrics reviewed annually by the State University System Board of Governors:

Metric 7 — University Access Rate (percent with Pell grant)
Metric 8 — Graduate Degrees in Areas of Strategic Emphasis

Metric 7 measures the percentage of undergraduates, enrolled during the fall term, who received a Pell grant during the fall term. Last year, UNF received 7 out of 10 possible points in this area. Since then, Enrollment Services has significantly increased recruitment of Pell students through greater outreach to Title I high schools, enhanced support for transfer students, expanded financial aid nights for parents at local high schools and, and created new scholarships for students with financial need: the UNF Commitment and Rising Scholar Awards.

Metric 8 measures the percentage of graduate degrees awarded in a given year within the programs designated by the BOG as "Programs of Strategic Emphasis." The programs are divided into five areas: STEM, Education, Health, Global and Gap Analysis. Gap analysis programs are those where the state has identified a gap between degree production and degree needs.

UNF does well in this metric having scored 9 last year and 10 the year before, but continues work to ensure that programs align with state needs. New programs of strategic emphasis are underway, as well as the conversion of others into stand-alone degree programs (e.g. the GlobalMBA), which will have an immediate impact on students.

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

Faculty and staff earn departmental rewards through new program
Students in a Supplemental Instruction classA new initiative is now rewarding departments that have demonstrated improvements in key areas relating to the metrics.

According to Dr. Dan Moon, interim associate provost, the Student Success Initiative was rolled out in the fall to recognize departments that have been doing great work and implementing specific strategies to ensure student success. “We wanted to develop a tangible reward to let faculty and staff know how much their efforts are valued and appreciated,” Moon said.

A key measurement reviewed was the percentage of high DFW courses (D,F, withdraw) using Supplemental Instruction (SI) or Peer-Assisted Student Success (PASS) programs. Three departments received funding for their efforts utilizing the programs: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology Chair Cliff Ross was grateful for the recognition and the extra dollars for the department. “The programs [SI and PASS] make a notable difference in student success,” Ross said. “On their own accord, without the incentive, our faculty really stepped up, and we’ve seen the progress.” More than 69 percent of biology sections employed SI or PASS, showing significant decreases in DFWs.

Chemistry also showed large reductions in DFWs, with 53.6 percent of sections utilizing the programs. Dr. Bryan Knuckley, chair, said that faculty in the department are willing to try anything to enhance student success, and he has seen firsthand the impact of SI and PASS — a 68 percent decrease in DFW for students who attended five or more sessions. “We’ve found that a lot of practice helps students succeed, which the programs provide. They benefit students and faculty,” Knuckley said.

There is certainly no doubt that the reward funding is appreciated. Dr. Gregory Wurtz, chair of the Physics Department, where 40 percent of faculty offer the additional programming, said the department will use the reward dollars for technology and lab improvements. “Every little bit helps,” said Wurtz, adding that the physics faculty are always looking for ways to do more and be more efficient in helping students. “Our students who come to SI definitely benefit from it,” he said.

Rewards are also being offered to departments whose faculty use early warning and midterm alerts and downloaded syllabi on Canvas or Banner. In total, nearly $100,000 has been allocated to reward departments utilizing strategies to advance student success. Details on Retention and Graduation Rate successes will be featured in future editions of Inside.

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Writing is a top focus

Students assisting others in Writing CenterThe University of North Florida engages in a reaffirmation of accreditation every 10 years. As part of that process, a Quality Enhancement Plan is adopted. The QEP is a targeting approach focused on specific learning outcomes to ensure student success.

The new five-year QEP, “Writing around the Curriculum,” aims to create a campus-wide effort to ensure students develop strong writing skills regardless of their major.

“Writing is important to all disciplines,” said Linda Howell, a senior instructor and director of UNF’s Writing Program and Center, which will manage the QEP along with the Writing Advisory Council. In addition to policy revisions, the University will provide funding for student scholarships, additional writing tutors and graduate assistance as well as professional development for faculty and students.

Howell hopes the QEP can change perceptions that writing is only important for humanities’ students or during a student’s freshman year. “Students in every major will be writing throughout their college career and after they graduate,” said Howell. “That is important for them to know so they focus on developing strong writing skills.”

Sharing that message is critical, and the QEP also includes an outreach component aimed at enhancing understanding and encouraging a culture of writing at UNF. Alumni and students will be featured on posters and in communications highlighting the importance of writing in all fields — whether it be engineering or healthcare.


Learn more about the QEP process.

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Summer Camps

Looking for a camp for your youngsters this summer? UNF offers numerous youth and summer camp programs for children of all ages, including computing, art, music, athletic and recreation camps. Some offer discounts for faculty and staff. 

Children at the computerComputing Summer Camps
The School of Computing offers camps for middle school and high school students, allowing them to explore cybersecurity, Minecraft and Python programming. Learn more about the computing camps.

Art Camps at MOCA
MOCA Jacksonville's Summer Art Camp offers creative art-making for ages 4-14 during weekly sessions over summer break. Experienced art educators teach a variety of media and skills. Learn more about summer art camps.

Music Camps
It’s time to register for the band camps offered by the School of Music. Middle School and High School band camps meet for one week in June at the UNF Fine Arts Center. Learn more and register for the music camps.

Campers in canoesRecreation Camps
The Recreation and Wellness Department offers two youth day camps during the summer: Eco-Camp and Youth Sport and Fitness. Camps are offered on a weekly basis and typically run 8-9 weeks. Discounts are available for military, families with multiple children, and the UNF community. Call us at 904-620-2998 for more information. Learn more about Recreation Camps

Athletic Camps
UNF Athletic Camps offer training and fun in a number of sports, such as basketball, baseball, tennis, softball and more. Registration guidelines vary by sport. Learn more about the Athletic Camps.


Osprey Profile: Madison Meyer

Madison Meyer headshotUNF junior Madison Meyer recently participated in the National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University. This is the nation’s largest student-run undergraduate research conference which showcases world leaders in research. She presented her data analysis which compared socioeconomic status and suicide mortality rates in the U.S. As one of the few students who didn’t attend an Ivy League institution, Madison made sure to tell everyone about the beautiful, unique school that UNF is. Madison said, “I never expected to meet such incredible people, learn from the most amazing professors and attend college in an environment that allows me to thrive with endless opportunities. UNF is a hidden gem!”

What is your major and why did you choose it?
I chose to major in political science because of my passion for equal rights, justice and advocacy. A solid foundation in governmental systems and statutes is essential for pursuing fairness under the law. After graduating, I plan on attending law school to utilize my passion to the fullest.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? I was originally headed to school in D.C., but decided to stay closer to home and enjoy my last four years with family. Instead of choosing another school in Florida, I ultimately decided on UNF because of its small campus feel, teacher-to-student ratio and the caliber of professors.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

What do you like most about UNF? What I cherish most about UNF is the ability to establish a rapport with the professors. The benefit of attending a school with smaller class sizes is developing a relationship with your professors; one that allows educative dialogue, didactic lecturing and a thorough understanding of materials.

Do you have a favorite class? I can’t say I have a favorite class overall, but this semester I’m really enjoying political sociology with Dr. Jaffee.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? Being an Osprey means stretching your wings, taking chances and eventually learning to fly.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? When I’m looking to de-stress, I go to the UNF gym. It’s a beautiful facility with state-of-the-art equipment and challenging fitness courses.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be and why? If I could meet any historical figure for coffee, I would meet with Alice Paul: a pioneer of the women’s suffrage movement.

What three traits define you? Three traits that define me are my wit, authenticity and passion.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? I graduate next May (eek!). After graduation, I plan on attending law school. I start submitting applications next semester.

Get to Know

Meet Randall Head

Randall Head in UNF's Lock ShopRandall Head works as a locksmith in Physical Facilities. He was recognized in 2018 with a Presidential Spot Award.

What do you do at UNF? At UNF, I work on most everything access and door related. On the access side, I work with issuing Intellikeys, hard keys and card access to people on campus so they can get to all the spaces they need to get into. On the door side, I work on the all the mechanical, electronic (including turnstiles, sliding doors and automatic door openers), and our new card access hardware we have on campus.

What do you enjoy about working here? I enjoy working at UNF. Physical Facilities is a good department, but the shop I work in is probably the best part. The team work we have in our shop is outstanding. My boss (Bill) and coworker (Greg) are both great guys. We don’t have the issue of one of us saying that’s not my job. We just work together to get whatever done that needs to be.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? I have lived in Jacksonville my entire life.

What memories do you most treasure? My most treasured memories are getting married to my wife and seeing my daughter being born. I started dating my wife when we were in high school, so to get to spend the rest of my life with her is special. I will never forget the way she looked walking down the aisle in her dress. Seeing my daughter being born was nothing short of amazing.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? At my dinner I would have Pappy (my granddad), Pa-Pa (my wife’s granddad), my wife and my daughter. My granddad passed away a little over a year ago and I miss him. He was someone I looked up to because he was a great all-around person. He always had good advice and could work on anything. I would enjoy hearing stories of his past one more time. My wife’s granddad was one of the nicest people I ever met. He was just someone that I enjoyed being around. He had the calmest demeanor and liked to joke around. My wife and daughter would both be at the dinner for the same reason. They loved these great men but were especially close to Pa-Pa. For them to get to spend a few more hours with him would mean the world.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? If I ruled the world the first thing I would do is have us go to a four-day work week. Maybe four 10-hour work days instead of five 8-hour days. I think having the extra day to spend with our family or doing something for yourself would be important. I believe work is very important, but we sometimes get so caught up in it that we forget to enjoy life. An extra day to have fun with your family or your favorite hobby would help with happiness.

What superpower would you like to have? My superpower would be to be able to see into the future. You can’t replace wisdom, but being able to see the future would help make a lot more informed decisions. Helping other people see how certain things work out may help with making better decisions in their life.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Another job for a day would be a physical therapist for special needs children. I think helping that group of kids is a great thing. They get so excited over achieving their goals, big or small. Growing up with a special needs brother gave me a lot of respect for people that work hard to help these kids.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? The movie would be titled “Gone Fishing.” I spend a lot of time on the water fishing.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? I would like to catch a tarpon, permit, bonefish, redfish and snook all in one day. It’s just something that is really hard to do. I would be happy with a tarpon, permit and bonefish.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? I don’t count calories, so it doesn’t really matter.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I spend a lot of time at Disney. My wife and daughter love it down there.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I would like to spend a month on Christmas Island with my wife, chasing bonefish, triggerfish, rainbow wrasse and giant trevally. Then some days just enjoy sitting on the beach with my wife watching the waves roll in.

Some of my favorite things.
Childhood memory: the summers I spent at the family lakehouse fishing. My grandparents would put me in a Jon boat, and I would be gone all day.
Color: Green
Food: Barbecue
Movie: “A River Runs Through It”
TV show as a kid: “Walker's Cay Chronicles”

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Dr. Hanadi Hamadi, associate professor of health administration, was named a 2019 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, which recognizes 15 minority scholars from around the country who are making their mark in the academy. The scholars were selected on a number of criteria, including research, educational background, publishing and teaching record, and field of study competitiveness. Highlights of Hamadi's academic career and accomplishments were featured in an article published online.

Dr. Robert Zeglin, assistant professor, was accepted into the National Institutes of Health Early Career Reviewer Program as an NIH Grant reviewer. The NIH developed the ECR program to get young faculty involved in the NIH review process and to develop them into strong reviewers and grant applicants. Those accepted have to show a strong publication history in a health field and show promise as a future NIH grant applicant.

Dr. Helene Vossos, assistant professor, served as an expert content contributor and editor for Wolters Kluwer Educational Nursing Modules (Jan/Feb 2019). Topics included Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances, ST-Segment Telemetry Monitoring, Palliative Congestive Heart Failure and Customer Service in Healthcare.

Drs. Mei Zhao, chair/professor; Hanadi Hamadi, associate professor; Rob Haley, professor; Cynthia White-Williams, assistant professor; Xinliang Liu; and Aaron Spaulding, adjunct, had their paper titled “Does Health Information Technology (HIT) Improve Hospital Financial Performance and Quality?” awarded best paper for its track at the 32st Annual Conference of the Business and Health Administration Association (BHAA) Conference in Chicago, March 27-29.

Coggin College of Business

Diane Denslow, instructor in the Entrepreneurship Management Department, received a second-place award for the Experiential Learning Project of the Year at the national Small Business Institute Conference.

Jeffrey Gottlieb, instructor of accounting, was interviewed on WJCT radio on the new tax law. 

Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing, and Riley Krotz, UNF MBA student, 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. Russell Triplett, assistant professor of economics, last month helped to organize a public lecture given by Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada, at the Coggin College of Business, Stein Auditorium. The event was co-sponsored with the IB Flagship and Economics Society. 

College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design
Andrew Kozlowski had two prints included in the Delta National Small Prints juried exhibition. The 2019 DNSPE juror was Jose Diaz, chief curator of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, who chose 58 prints by 44 national and international artists. One of Mr. Kozlowski’s pieces was selected with the Cheryl Wall Trimarchi Purchase award, and the other with the President’s Purchase award. Both are now part of the Arkansas State University permanent collection.

Dr. Kenneth Laali published “Preparation of curcuminoid-inspired synthetic compounds as anti-tumor agents” in U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. Additionally, with H. M. Savanur and R. G. Kalkhambkar, Laali also published “Libraries of C-5 Substituted Imidazoles and Oxazoles by Sequential Van Leusen (VL)-Suzuki, VL-Heck and VL-Sonogashira in Imidazolium-ILs with Piperidine-Appended-IL as Base” in European Journal of Organic Chemistry. With W.J Greves, S.J. Correa-Smits, A.T. Zwarycz, S.D. Bunge, G.L. Borosky, A. Manna, A. Paulus, and A. Chanan-Khan, Laali published “Synthesis, Computational Docking Study, and Biological Evaluation of a Library of Heterocyclic Curcuminoids with Remarkable Antitumor Activity” in ChemMedChem. With G.L. Borosky and S. Stavber, he published “Iodine Activation of Alcohols: A Computational Study” in Topics in Catalysis. Finally, with W.J Greves, S.J. Correa-Smits, A.T. Zwarycz, S.D. Bunge, G.L. Borosky, A. Manna, A. Paulus, and A. Chanan-Khan, he published “Novel fluorinated curcuminoids and their pyrazole and isoxazole derivatives: Synthesis, structural studies, Computational/Docking and in-vitro bioassay” in Journal of Fluorine Chemistry. (All publications are 2018.)

Dr. Amy Lane, with students Paul Borgman and Ryan Lopez, published “The Expanding Spectrum of Diketopiperazine Natural Product Biosynthetic Pathways Containing Cyclodipeptide Synthases” in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (January 2019).

Dr. Michael Wiley published “Spray” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2019 Issue.

Dr. Alison Bruey gave two research talks: “Movimiento social y dictadura en Santiago popular,” Semana de la Escuela de Educación en Historia y Geografía, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez, Santiago, Chile, October 2018, and “Doctrina de Seguridad Nacional y Derechos Humanos en América Latina,” Seminario Diplomado Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos/Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos/PDI-Chile, Santiago, Chile, November 2018.

Dr. Charles Closmann gave an invited presentation at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, titled “Energy, Environment, and Germany's Road Ahead: The Lessons from History,” sponsored by the German Program at Austin College, and funded by the German Embassy. He also served as Discussant for Panel on “Climate and People: How will our Communities Survive?” at MOCA Jacksonville, Nov. 29, 2018.

Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski served as a consultant to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene, Kansas, for the redesign of its exhibits. He also delivered a talk at the Albin Polasek Museum in Winter Park, Florida. His lecture, titled “What He Began: Woodrow Wilson’s Ideals and Precedents in War and in Peace,” was part of the museum’s open house in October 2018. Mieczkowski was a guest speaker (via Zoom technology) for a graduate seminar “Twentieth-Century America,”at Kansas State University in November, 2018. Finally, Mieczkowski chaired a panel, “From Puerto Rico to Japan, through the Panama Canal: The Western Hemisphere Idea in Transnational History during the 20th Century,” Conference on Latin American History Session, American Historical Association Affiliated Society, AHA Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 2019.

Dr. Chris Rominger’s article, “Nursing Transgressions, Exploring Difference: North Africans in French Medical Spaces during World War I” was published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, December 2018.

Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Peter Wludyka is coauthor of the paper that in January 2019 received the Golden Synapse award as the most outstanding article published in the year 2018 in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. The paper is Rose DK, DeMark L, Fox EJ, Clark DJ, Wludyka, P. “A Backward Walking Training Program to Improve Balance and Mobility in Acute Stroke: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.” Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2018. 42(1):12-21.

Todd DelGiudice, Dennis Marks and recent jazz studies graduates Aaron Lehrian and Stefan Klein, performed at the 2019 Jazz Education Network conference as the UNF Generations Quartet in Reno, Nevada, on Jan. 11. This prestigious performance was offered by invitation only, after submitting an audition tape competing against hundreds of other candidates.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Natasha Christie presented a paper titled, “The Politics of the Carceral State: An Examination of Political Science’s Contribution” at the Southern Political Science Association's Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 18, 2019. She also served as presenter at a roundtable and as a panel discussant at the same conference.

Dr. Joshua Gellers, along with M.A. in International Affairs graduate student Trevor J. Cheatham, presented a paper, “Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Justice: Realization through Disaggregation?” at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, in January. Dr. Gellers also presented, along with his colleague Dr. Robert Nyenhuis, a paper, “Experiential Learning Exercises’ Effects on Students’ Attitudes Towards the Global Poor,” at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference in Savannah, Georgia, in January.

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Shinwoo Choi presented a paper 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.

Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, with her colleagues Shannon Hughes and Jeffrey R. Lacasse, published “Money Matters: Participants’ Purchasing Experiences in a Budget Authority Model of Self-Directed Care” in Social Work in Mental Health.

Dr. David Jaffee published the papers “The Current Crisis of US Neoliberal Capitalism and Prospects for a New ‘Social Structure of Accumulation’” in Review of Radical Political Economy, 2019; and “Disarticulation and the Crisis of Neoliberalism in the United States” in Critical Sociology, 2019.

Dr. John Kantner published “Recent research on Chaco-era tower kivas” in Archaeology Southwest Magazine (December).

College of Education and Human Services

Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Dr. Laura Boilini, assistant professor, arranged to have 22 district level and school administrators from six districts speak about administrator and teacher evaluation to a large group of COEHS M.Ed. students.

Dr. Newton Jackson, professor, was inducted into the Inaugural Class of COSMA’s Hall of Fame as a Master Professor along with three others colleagues from across the nation at the Annual COSMA (Commission on Sport Management Accreditation) National Conference in early February.

Drs. Jennifer Kane, COEHS associate dean, and Jason Lee, professor, presented “Who’s on First? Confusion Surrounding Internship Liability” at the 2019 COSMA conference.

Educational Technology, Training and Development
Several professors recently participated at the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA) conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Drs. Terry Cavanaugh and Suzanne Ehrlich presented a session titled “Evaluating Online Courses to Support Diverse Student Populations,” which discussed how to evaluate changes needed to be made for an online class with deaf students. Cavanaugh and Dr. Nick Eastham presented a session titled “Nudging for Results: Assisting Students in the Online Environment,” which showcased five researched activities and strategies developed at UNF that have been integrated into online classes to nudge students to be more successful. The last session, developed with partner university Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU) in China, was titled “Researching Spatial Ability Impact after 3D Printing Experiences,” where undergraduate classes in 3D printing taught by UNF faculty here and in China examined the impact of the class on student’s spatial ability.

Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Dr. Chris Weber, professor, successfully conducted the ninth year of “Camp Composition” writing camp. The camp is designed to help students in grades 4-11 to earn higher Florida Standards Assessments English language arts and writing scores as well as acquire stronger lifelong writing skills.

Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT)
Jamie Chaires and Rozy Parlette presented “Top-Notch Templates: Your Secret Weapon in Successfully Meeting QM Standards,” and Kevin Hulen presented “Community of Practice on Sustainable Instructional Design Teamwork” at the 3rd Annual TOPkit workshop in Orlando, March 5-6.


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

20 Years
Judy Schneider, Office Manager, Training and Services Institute

15 Years
Lynn Brown, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, Transportation and Logistics
Belinda Griffin, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

5 Years
Melinda Santos Quant, Assistant Director, Career Management Center
Ashley Parnell, Senior Accountant, Controller
John Lind, Project Manager, Facilities Planning
Amanda Melady, Office Manager, Controller
Erin Kendrick, Events Planning Coordinator, Office of Faculty Enhancement

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

Aaron Bower, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Chaneka Douglas, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Florida Institute of Education
Kishia Hill, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Jesse James, Assistant Director, Continuing Education
Allison Lynch, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office
Fredrickar Martin, Program Assistant, University Housing
Jared Price, Accounts Payable Receivable Associate, University Housing
Pamela Shuman Peavy, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
John Wade, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Mirenda Williams, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Terri Bailey, Assistant Director, Marketing Publications, Continuing Education
Daniel Gonzalez, Landscape Grounds Supervisor, Grounds
Cristina Helbling, Assistant Vice President, Undergraduate Studies
Thomas Lake, IT Security Engineer, IT Security
Deborah Miller, Assistant Vice President, Center for Instruction and Research Technology

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

Allison Archer, Instructional Designer, Distance Learning
Lorraine Bateh, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Donna Carlson, Office Manager, Recreation
Gregory Catron, Director, Employee Labor Relations, Human Resources
Timothy Dillard, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Joshua Dunn, Associate Athletic Coach, Soccer
Nastacha Farley, Senior Accountant, Training and Services Institute
Cheryl Gonzalez, Director, Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Robert Lloyd, Senior Control Systems Technician, Student Union-Maintenance and Energy Management
Megan Mangiaracino, Associate Director of Development, Coggin College of Business
Kenneth Martin, Professor, School of Computing
Valerie Murphy, Assistant Director, Continuing Education
Barbara Ruby, Administrative Assistant, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Mercedes Trapp, Human Resources Associate, Human Resources
Chunqing Zhao, Manager, Analytical Instrumentation Facility, Chemistry

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ASUN MADNESS: Ospreys Host North Alabama in Tournament Quarterfinal
North Florida heads into the ASUN Championship Tournament as the hottest team in the league, carrying a six-game win streak into today's quarterfinal match-up versus league newcomer North Alabama. The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. in UNF Arena. Read more about men's basketball.  

Green's Career High Double-Double Carries Ospreys to Sweep of Hatters

Women's basketball player Janesha Green Junior Janesha Green netted her first career double-double finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds, as North Florida earned a season sweep of in-state foe Stetson with a 75-62 road win Feb. 27. Read more about women's basketball.

Ospreys Best Owls in Battle of Big Innings, 9-8
UNF scored five in the fourth, FAU (3-6) answered with six in the seventh, but when the dust settled the Ospreys (7-3) emerged out of the rain drops with a 9-8 win Wednesday, February 27 at Harmon Stadium. Read more about the Osprey's win.

Women's Tennis Continues Winning Ways at FGCU

Women's tennis was 5-1 in Fort Myers coming into play Saturday, and the winning ways continued for the Ospreys at the Eagles' home courts. UNF (5-6, 1-0 ASUN) won a critical doubles point to help lift it past FGCU, 4-3. Read more about women's tennis.


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The Goods


SorghumWhen people consider types of whole grains, many automatically think of whole wheat flour, bulgur, oatmeal and brown rice. Conversely, there is a long list of whole grain options, including quinoa, buckwheat, triticale and sorghum. Sorghum is a whole grain food commonly found in Indian, African and Asian cuisine. It is an abundant crop grown in the United States due to its natural drought tolerance and versatility in its use, although it’s not currently a very popular grain in the U.S., despite it being nutritious and gluten-free. Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, assistant professor of nutrition, and Diannette Osorio, a nutrition undergraduate student, solve the sorghum myths.

Myth: You shouldn’t eat sorghum if you adhere to a gluten-free dietary pattern.

Fact: On the contrary, sorghum is gluten-free, and it’s a great alternative for those who have Celiac disease or follow a gluten-free diet. A study published by the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry analyzed the genome of sorghum and determined that gluten is absent in all varieties of sorghum.

Myth: Sorghum is mostly used for animal feed; it’s not for human consumption.
: Sorghum is used for animal feed, but it’s also starting to make its way into human consumption in the U.S. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the world food consumption of sorghum has remained stagnant because although sorghum is nutritionally better compared with other grains, it’s considered in many countries as an inferior grain, such as in the United States. In the past, sorghum has been used mostly to produce ethanol, as an animal feed or to create a molasses syrup.

Myth: Sorghum is a grain that is commonly found in foods.
: Over the last couple of years, sorghum has grown in popularity as a healthy, multifaceted food in the U.S., yet, the primitive grain has been a leading food source around the world for thousands of years. According to Simply Sorghum, sorghum is the fifth most important cereal grain crop in the world. The United States is ranked as the largest producer of the grain. Sorghum is now being introduced into many popular brands as an “ancient grain” such as KIND bars, Kellogg’s cereal and Ronzoni spaghetti noodles. Be sure to look for sorghum listed under the ingredients list.

Myth: Eating sorghum will help to boost your immunity.
: Yes, sorghum may help to boost immunity. The grain contains iron and quality protein, which help strengthen the immune system and oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood. Recent research has shown that some sorghum varieties have anti-inflammatory and immune health benefits. As well, preliminary research has shown specific types of sorghum grain are rich in antioxidants, more than blueberries, which may help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and some neurological diseases.

The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the University of North Florida’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program. Have a question about sorghum? Contact Hicks-Roof at

Mediterranean Sorghum Salad

Recipe developed by:
Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD

1 cup whole grain sorghum
4 cups water
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley (you can swap part of this for fresh oregano or basil)
½ cup crumbled feta cheese

¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Rinse and drain the sorghum. Bring the water to boil in a medium saucepan, then add the sorghum. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until tender. Cool sorghum to room temperature, fluffing with a fork occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing and prep the rest of the ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the next four ingredients (chickpeas through green onions). Add the sorghum and gently stir to combine. Drizzle the dressing over the contents and stir again. Add the cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and feta cheese and gently fold to combine. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, and serve.




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Military students participate in training exercisesUNF honored for a decade of support for military students

The University of North Florida and its Military and Veterans Resource Center have hit another milestone: For the 10th consecutive year, UNF has been designated as one of the most military friendly schools in the country by Victory Media.

The 2019-20 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military students and to dedicate resources to ensure success both in the classroom and after graduation.

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