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Determined student perseveres and inspires

UNF Graduate Montana Reinschmidt on stageSmart, hardworking, motivated and driven.

Those are the words Marc Snow, senior associate general counsel at UNF, used to describe graduate Montana Reinschmidt who earned a degree Friday in mechanical engineering, despite having suffered a life-changing injury in 2012 that resulted in paralysis. 

“We have a real similar story,” said Snow, who is also paralyzed and was introduced to Reinschmidt through a physician friend at Brooks Rehabilitation. “After I was injured, I finished college then went to law school. I saw myself in him.”

Reinschmidt damaged his spinal cord in a dirt bike accident and is unable to move more than shrugging his shoulders. He depends on a “suck and puff” wheelchair to get around and uses a stylus in his mouth to operate his phone and computer.

His is a triumphant story of perseverance, yet there have been many obstacles along the way. Nevertheless, Reinschmidt hasn’t let anything slow him down. As a testament to his personal conviction, he now mentors others who have suffered spinal cord injuries to help them cope and not give up. 

“I focus on the little positives in each day, instead of the big ones, and I am grateful for them,” said Reinschmidt. “Also, I don’t dwell on the past but cherish the memories I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned.”

Reinschmidt has created many memories as an Osprey, including graduating sum cum laude with a 3.9 GPA and being named Engineering Student of the Year in spring 2019. Before leaving UNF, Reinschmidt added one more accomplishment to his resume; he landed a job as an engineer at Naval Air Systems Command. 

Smart, hardworking, motivated, driven — and now employed.

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UNF celebrates excellence at Convocation

At UNF’s 48th Convocation, President David Szymanski presented 29 awards that honored employees for outstanding leadership, service, teaching, scholarship and community engagement, in a dozen award categories. President Szymanski with David Jaffee

In his remarks to the campus community, the President outlined the school’s strengths including the fact that UNF leads the State University System in graduates employed in Florida. “We’re known as ‘the jobs university.’ And there are a lot of reasons why,” said Syzmanski, citing a number of factors including UNF’s committed instructors and the fact that nearly 90% of students have some sort of job, internship or real-world experience by the time they graduate.

In addition to doing what UNF does best, Szymanski said the University will continue to explore what it can do better, to take the school to the next level. He outlined a commitment to student success through specific initiatives including instructional support outside the classroom, enhancing access and affordability for students by increasing scholarships and reducing the costs of textbooks, adding accelerated graduate programs and creating pathways to jobs.

“All these things that we do — which is through your support, your commitment, your dedication — really makes us uniquely UNF,” he said. “We want to be the institution that people look to for success and leadership.”

Jaffee named UNF’s Distinguished Professor
Dr. David Jaffee speaks at ConvocationHayley Tuller, ’15, described her former professor Dr. David Jaffee as “an outspoken and somewhat colorful character,” as she introduced the 2019 Distinguished Professor to the roomful of faculty and staff gathered for the 2019 Convocation in April.

Yet what describes him best, she said — and what makes him a “great educator” — is his “courageous willingness to see and genuinely listen to the thoughts and ideas of those most unlike him … and to treat students with profound respect regardless of their backgrounds or points of view.”

President Szymanski, in his introductory remarks, also praised Jaffee as a scholar and educator. “We’re particularly pleased to honor David Jaffee, who’s winning the most distinguished award we have at the University, a real testament to his scholarship and his involvement with students,” Szymanski said.

Jaffee, a professor of sociology, began his speech by thanking a number of people for the award, including the students, who he said “make it all worthwhile.” Acknowledging that he was fortunate to work in the academic discipline of sociology, Jaffee described his field as broad ranging in its areas of study, as one of the most interdisciplinary disciplines, and as one that encourages academics to take what they research and make it public to shape awareness and policy.

Jaffee also shared a passionate critique on the institution of higher education today, presenting a number of issues that he said greatly concern him. Among them were inequality in educational attainment and too many underemployed students with mounting debt. He also stated that students should be encouraged to follow their passions and interests "if we want our students to have a truly intellectually rewarding transformational educational experience."


In addition, Jaffee asked the faculty to defend the right to academic freedom and freedom of speech, and not to lose sight of the “essential purpose of the academic enterprise.”

Along with Jaffee, more than two dozen faculty and staff members were honored at Convocation.

Here is the full list of 2019 Faculty and Staff Awards:

Distinguished Professor Award
David D. Jaffee, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Distinguished Professor Runner-Up Award
Chip Klostermeyer, School of Computing

Outstanding International Service Award
Valerie Odom Stevenson, Controller

Outstanding International Leadership Award
Joshua C. Gellers, Department of Political Science and Public Administration 

Sericea Stallings-Smith, Department of Public Health

President Syzmanski and Sheila SpiveyOutstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award
Melissa Tucker, Hicks Honors College

Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award
Sheila Spivey, Department of Diversity Initiatives

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards
Hanadi Hamadi, Department of Health Administration
Daniel Santavicca, Department of Physics
David Waddell, Department of Biology
Anne E. Pfister, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Katherine Hooper, Department of Psychology
John Wesley White, Department of Foundations and Secondary Education
Craig W. Hargis, Department of Construction Management
Sarah Mattice, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Pingying Zhang, Department of Management
Debbie Reed, Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education 

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards
Mary Beal, Department of Economics and Geography
Daniel Dinsmore, Department of Foundations and Secondary Education

Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Awards
Colleen Kalynych, Department of Public Health
Jan Warren Duggar, Department of Economics and Geography
Heidi J. Manzone, Department of History
Dianne C. Taylor, Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards
Tracy Alloway, Department of Psychology
Daniel Dinsmore, Department of Foundations and Secondary Education
James R. Churilla, Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Julie Ingersoll, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Outstanding Faculty Service Awards
Paul Fadil, Department of Management
Alan Harris, School of Engineering

Community Engaged Scholarship Award
Jennifer Wesely, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice  

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Five notable creations from UNF faculty

Faculty creates art to appreciate, music to enjoy and books to add to your reading list.


Congratulations to the authors and artists nominated by UNF department chairs to be considered for an award presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The three books on scholarly research and two creative works listed below were nominated for Best Book Award and Best Creative Work.  

Cover of book Bread, Justice, and LibertyBest Book Award
“Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet's Chile,” by author Dr. Alison Bruey, associate professor of history, University of Wisconsin Press, 2018. Find a book summary here
Award-winning art by Sheila Goloborotko
Best Creative Work Award:
“Installation Sistema,” by Sheila Goloborotko, assistant professor of printmaking. The artist’s installation was selected to be presented at the Screenprint Biennial in Albany, New York. It was also shown at the UNF Lufrano Gallery, the Jacksonville Airport and Baptist Hospital.


Additional nominees:
“Give Us These Days," by Lynne Arialle Trio, released by Challenge Records, 2018. This is the 14th CD released by Lynne Arialle, associate professor of jazz piano. Find a digital download here.

“The Riddle of Jael: The History of a Poxied Heroine in Medieval and Renaissance Art and Culture,” by author Dr. Peter Scott Brown, associate professor of medieval art history. Published by Brill, February 2018. Find a book summary here. 


“The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business,” by author Dr. David Courtwright, professor of history emeritus, published by Harvard University Press. Find a book summary here.


Music CD by Lynne Arialle            Cover of the book The Riddle of Jael             Cover of the book Age of Addiction

Get to Know

Rodrick Andrews

Rodrick Andrews headshot

UNF employee Rodrick Andrews has lived in Jacksonville for more than 15 years. He manages the University’s financial aid office, which processes federal, state and institutional aid for students. What he enjoys most about working at UNF is its commitment to access and academic excellence. “I enjoy being able to help students achieve their dreams.” Andrews said. “As a first generation student myself, I find it rewarding to have a hand in making sure others have the same opportunities that a college education allowed me to have.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Astronaut. I would love to fly up and explore space.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? It would definitely be to guarantee that everyone gets the same access to a quality education. Education is the pathway that allows individuals to change status, not only for themselves, but for their families.

What one memory do you most treasure and why? It would be the day I got married. My wife had our wedding party taxi in on a plane to our wedding reception. She is a little over the top.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? Richard Nixon, Barak Obama, Cornel West and William Buckley. I am a huge follower of politics, so I would find the conversation between these very different viewpoints interesting. 

What superpower would you like to have? I would want super strength. I think it would be fun to be able lift or bend things.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? It would be Evolution. I look at where I started and how much I’ve changed at each stage of my life that has made me who I am today.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I love professional wrestling. I’ve watched it since I was a kid. My grandfather would put it on the TV every Saturday when I was growing up.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chocolate chip cookies

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? It would be a cruise around Europe. I love cruises, and I think it would be interesting to see all the different countries.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? I would love to visit Hawaii. It’s a place so different than other places I’ve visited.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: Jay Z
Board game: Monopoly
Book: "Race Matters" by Cornel West
Childhood memory: Visiting New York when I was 10
Movie line: Do or Do not. There is no try. (Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back)
Movie: The Departed
Physical activity: Gym. I just got into HIIT workouts.
Quote: “The time is always right to do what is right.” — MLK Jr.
Sound: Cheers during a college football game
TV show as a kid: Transformers cartoon

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Osprey Profile: Hannah Shute

Cellist Hannah Shute headshotHannah Shute is a junior at UNF majoring in music performance. She has been playing the cello for 10 years and will tell you that she can’t imagine her life without it. She came to UNF to play soccer and the cello, but when she found it too challenging to do both, she chose the cello and has become an elite student musician. She was recently selected as one of 10 cellists from around the world to participate in the Sitka International Cello Seminar in Alaska this summer.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? Dr. Nick Curry is a wonderful cello teacher, and I was drawn to UNF because of his positive attitude and because it’s very evident that he deeply cares about all of his students.

Where are you from? I am from Atlanta, Georgia.

What do you like most about UNF? Because of smaller class sizes, most of my classes cater to the individual, and the teachers are always willing to help.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? My coolest UNF experience was playing alongside the Lawson Ensemble in concert with Dr. Curry, Dr. Tinnin and members of the Jacksonville Symphony.

Do you have a favorite class? My favorite class is either Sonata class with Dr. Bennett and Dr. Curry or Conducting with Dr. Bodnar.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? It means that I get the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with my teachers and peers. These relationships are connections that will last a lifetime and help me to grow as a musician and person.

What’s your favorite UNF tradition? I really enjoy the annual UNF Cello Workshop, which will celebrate its fourth year next February. It’s great to see so many cellists congregate in one place with a common goal of improving together.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? I really like sitting on the swings by Candy Cane Lake to decompress between classes.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? I’d like to meet the person who invented coffee, so I could thank them for their contribution to my lack of sleep.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would want to see Mstislav Rostropovich play live in concert.

What three traits define you? Creative, free-spirited, witty

Do you have any advice for high school students? My advice to high school students is to work hard, but not to take things too seriously.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? I will graduate in spring 2020, and I plan to go to graduate school, play in an orchestra and teach lessons.

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Rewarding efforts to enhance student success

Graduation day at UNFStudent success is a reward in and of itself, but departments on campus are also getting additional funds for showing improvement in key areas of focus.

Improving the four-year graduation rate is a campuswide goal, and in February, three departments were rewarded for showing significant improvements. Among the leaders was Health Administration in the Brooks College of Health, which had the highest four-year graduation rate during the 2015-16 to 2017-18 period at 59.2%.

Dr. Mei Zhao, chair of the Department of Health Administration, said student success is the first priority in the department, which strives for progress every month. “Our students are provided with a variety of opportunities for learning and development through internships, alumni connections and other community engagement programs,” said Zhao. “They are motivated to become future healthcare leaders.”

Other departments excelling in this area were Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, which had a four-year graduation rate of 55.6%, and Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL/Foundations and Secondary Education, at 54.4%.

Several other departments were recognized for improvements in retention and for utilizing resources like Supplemental Instruction and PASS. Reward funds were also offered to departments for strong utilization of early warning and midterm alerts and for uploading course syllabi on Canvas or Banner.

In total, the University allocated nearly $100,000 this fiscal year to reward departments that showed positive results by using strategies that advance student success.

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UNF ranks among Jacksonville's healthiest companies

The University of North Florida was honored recently as one of Jacksonville’s healthiest places to work, receiving the Platinum Level Award for the 2019 Healthiest Companies by the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council. This is the 11 th  year the University has received this recognition.


This award underscores the strides that of the Healthy Osprey initiative at UNF, which includes  programs like:


Partnership for a Healthier America: The University just completed its three-year commitment to expanding healthier options across campus. Through efforts by Recreation and Wellness and UNF Dining Healthy Osprey IconServices, healthier food options are offered to the campus community and marked using the Healthy Osprey icon. The icon helps consumers make health-focused choices and can be found in most dining locations on campus. Additionally, produce from Ogier Gardens is now purchased and served at the Osprey Café. The unused vegetable scraps such as carrot tops, onion peels, fruit skins, and ends of lettuces are then returned to Ogier Gardens for composting.  


salad and toppings at Ogier Gardens eventHealthy Campus Week:  Every fall, PHA and UNF hosts Healthy Campus Week to highlight and promote UNF’s health and wellness resources and services. Events provide a holistic view of wellness offerings, and include events such as mindful meditation, glow yoga and “pick your own salad” at the Ogier Gardens.


Mental Health First Aid Training:  The Department of Recreation and Wellness, in partnership with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, recently offered two Mental Health First Aid Trainings certifying over 60 UNF faculty, staff and students. The course trains participants in key skills in aiding someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. At the end of the training, a three-year certification is given to each participant.


 “These efforts have truly made an impact on the health and well-being of the UNF community and we [UNF Dining] are proud and honored to make a difference within our community,”  said Yemila Lowry, UNF Dining Services registered dietitian.

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health
Drs. Elissa Barr, public health, and Elizabeth Brown, psychology, along with their students Robert Phillips, Courtney Olds, Jasmine Graham and Mckenzie Rooney, presented a poster titled “Thinking about your sexual partner: Examining communal motivations and birth control use” at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Jacksonville in March.


Dr. James Churilla, clinical and applied movement sciences, won the High-Impact Research Article Award presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “Total Activity counts and bouted minutes for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity: Relationships with cardiometabolic biomarkers using 2003-2006 NHANES,” Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 2015. Churilla also published a study titled “Sedentary Time and Cumulative Risk of Preserved and Reduced Ejection Fraction Heart Failure: From the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis” in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.


Dr. Helene Vossos, with a PMHNP-DNP student, presented "Reducing Disparity and Mitigating Depression in Older Hispanic Populations," at the Florida American Psychiatric Nurse Association, Jacksonville Spring Conference at the Jesse DuPont Conference Center in April. Vossos also received the Award of Excellence from the ORSP at the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium for submitting an external funding proposal in her first UNF year, 2017-18. In addition, Vossos had a book chapter accepted, "Geropsychiatry: Bipolar Disorder in Geropsychiatry Populations," Springer Publishing, Fall 2019.

Coggin College of Business
Dr. Timothy Bell, accounting and finance, won the High-Impact Research Article Award presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “Audit firm tenure, non-audit services, and internal assessments of audit quality,” Journal of Accounting Research, 2015.

Felix Caballero recently joined Coggin College of Business Advising as an advisor.

Janice Williams Donaldson, regional director of the Small Business Development Center Northeast Florida, was recognized by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in April as one of the University’s two Millionaire Stars, or principal investigators who obtained sponsored research funding of $1 million or more in one fiscal year.

Jeffery Gottlieb, instructor in accounting and finance, was quoted in Fortune’s April 11 article “How these Fortune 500 companies (legally) paid $0 in taxes last year.”

College of Arts and Sciences

Art & Design
David Begley presented “Under Informed – Avant-Garde Labels in Craft Beer” at the Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Sheila Goloborotko won the Best Creative Work Award presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “Installation Sistema.”

Jenny Hager and D. Lance Vickery received a sculpture commission from the Visit ShelbyKY Commission for “Little Gymnast” (Stainless Steel). Hager also is exhibiting at the Shine Exhibition in Jacksonville.

Dr. Elizabeth Heuer published the chapter, “Marketing Hawaii: Eugene F. Savage and the Matson Murals (1938-1940)” in the edited volume “Corporate Patronage of Art & Architecture in the United States, Late 19th Century to the Present” (Bloomsbury Publishers).

Stephen Heywood will be participating in the following exhibitions: “60 years of Making” – National Juried Exhibition, Sweetwater Center for the Arts: Sewickley, Pennsylvania; “Last Call IV” – National Juried Exhibition, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, Tennessee; “Mugshots 2” – 2nd Biennial International Juried Ceramic Mug Competition, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota; “Eleventh Annual Cup Show, Form and Function” – National Juried Exhibition, Tapper Center Gallery, Panama City, Florida; “Art of Clay” – National Juried Exhibition, North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove; and “Small and Mighty” – National Juried Exhibition, the Clay Studio of Montana in Missoula.

Andrew Kozlowski had two prints selected for the 30th National Print and Drawing Exhibition at Gromley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University. One of the prints won a purchase award.

Kally Malcom-Bjorkland gave a conference presentation at the Inaugural Conference of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH). The paper title was “Native sun: A Visual Taxonomy of Sawmill Slough Preserve, and it was given in a panel session titled “Digital Humanities and the North Florida Region.”

Dr. Debra Murphy delivered the keynote address in March at the statewide Art History Symposium at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. The title of her lecture was “Rendering Rome: Representations of the Eternal City through the Ages.” She also gave a lecture titled “Various Research Topics: Contemporary Artists in Northeast Florida.” 

Dr. James Gelsleichter received special recognition by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in April as a Principal Investigator with 10 years of continuous funding.

Dr. Quincy Gibson presented the poster “Effects of an unusual mortality event on the social network of dolphins in the St. Johns River, Florida” with Emily Szott and Kristy Brightwell at the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAMMs) in Washington, D.C. At the same meeting, Gibson presented the poster “Sociality and Reproductive Success of Female Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the St. Johns River, Florida” with Alie MacVicar and Kristy Brightwell.

Dr. Cliff Ross has been named the recipient of the Terry Presidential Professorship. Ross’ research program aims to utilize biochemical, cellular and ecological approaches to better understand stress responses in marine and freshwater organisms. He currently holds a position as a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution and is a regular presenter at regional, national and international conferences. The professorship, effective in July, carries a full-term appointment of three years. Ross will receive a $7,500 stipend for the professorship and a one-course release each academic year. Support for this award was established through the generosity of the Mary Virginia Terry family. Ross is the University’s ninth presidential professor.

Dr. Michael Lufaso won the High-Impact Research Article Award presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “Light-induced changes in magnetism in coordination polymer heterostructure, Rb0.24Co[Fe(CN)6]0.74@K0.10Co[Cr(CN)6] 0.70•nH(2)O and the role of the shell thickness on the properties of both core and shell,” in the “Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014.

Drs. John H. Parmelee and Nataliya Roman published “Insta-Politicos: Motivations for Following Political Leaders on Instagram” in Social Media + Society (April).

Dr. John H. Parmelee won the High-Impact Research Article Award and the Ann Hopkins Award: Highest-Cited Article in any Science or Engineering Discipline presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “The agenda-building function of political tweets,” in New Media & Society, 2014.

Mark Ari edited and produced “EAT Poems #18 — In The Company of Spirits” by Carmen Calatayud (EAT) (March).

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers gave a paper, “Hustlers’ Affective Labor in Male Sex Work Documentaries,” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference (March).

Dr. Linda Howell presented “The Writing Program Performs ______” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March.

Emily K. Michael published “I Am Reading, I Am Read” in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, March.

Dr. Alison J. Bruey's book, “Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet's Chile” (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) received the UNF Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS) award for best book, and the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies Alfred B. Thomas Book Award.

Dr. Charles Closmann presented a paper titled, “Military Environmentalism in Florida, 1945 through 2000,” at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Environmental History, Columbus Ohio, April.

Dr. Chau Johnsen Kelly gave a keynote lecture titled: “ ‘If I count them today, then tomorrow some of them may die’: Famines, Cecily D. Williams, and the Construction of Maternal and Child Health,” at the New Global South Summit: Gender, Power and the Ethics of Aid at University of South Carolina Upstate, March.


Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Dr. Clayton McCarl
won the High-Impact Research Article Award presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “Carlos Enriques Clerque as cryto-Jewish confidence man in Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera’s Piratas y contrabandistas (1693),” in Colonial Latin American Review, 2015.

Dr. Shira Schwam-Baird published “To Be Emperor: The French-German Rivalry in the Franco-Italian Epic Huon d’Auvergne” in Medieval Perspectives, Volume 33.

Mathematics and Statistics
Drs. Raluca Dumitru
and Jose Franco published “Non-Linear Interpolation of the Harmonic–Geometric–Arithmetic Matrix Means” in Lobachevskii Journal of Mathematics.

Philosophy and Religion Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter
published the following three contributions to the Cambridge Habermas Lexicon, edited by Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta, Cambridge University Press: “Facticity,” “Validity,” and “G.W.F. Hegel" (1770-1831).

Julie Ingersoll receiving awardDr. Julie Ingersoll, professor of religious studies and Religious Studies Program coordinator, collaborated with Liz Kinke, executive producer of CBS Religion and Culture Series, on a half-hour documentary titled, “Deconstructing My Religion.” The program, which aired in December 2018, recently won a Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Award. Ingersoll provided background information through numerous conversations with Kinke, participated in a panel discussion that CBS filmed and later added her voice to the program with an on-camera interview that was incorporated as part of the final piece. In a letter about the collaboration, Kinke said Ingersoll’s voice was vital to the documentary.

Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen and four students, Daniel Boyko, Aditi Mahabir, Ronald Putnam and Alexandria Alcantara, attended the American Physical Society March Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, and presented their research on “Dynamic Quantum Matter.”

Dr. Devki N. Talwar presented an invited talk at the 2019 Annual Symposium, Florida Chapter of the AVS Science and Technology Society at University of Central Florida. The title of the talk was “Novel GaNxAs1-x Alloys and Strained GaNAs/GaAs Superlattices: Physics and Applications," March.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Gaylord George Candler
, with colleagues Laís Silveira Santos and Luis Antonio Pittol Trevisan, presented “Brazilian ‘critical assimilation’ in American case studies of emergency management, and of community policing” at the American Society for Public Administration meeting in Washington, D.C., March.

Dr. Joshua C. Gellers, with his colleague Chris Jeffords, contributed a technical background paper on environmental rights to the report, “Accelerating Progress: An Empowered, Inclusive and Equal Asia and the Pacific,” published by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, March.

Presentations at the Southeastern Psychological Association's Annual Meeting in Jacksonville in March

Drs. Elizabeth Brown and Curtis Phills along with their students Katie Locke and Candice Veilleux presented a poster titled “Corrupt and power-hungry: Stereotypes of political parties.” Phills and Brown, with their student Tabitha Powell, presented a poster titled “Exploring the differential stereotyping of transgender sexual assault survivors.” Brown, Phills and Jennifer Wesely along with their students Mary Wood and Rachel Varnes presented a poster titled “ ‘Never walk alone’: Victim-blaming language in campus safety tips.” Brown along with her students Sydney Smith, Jasmine Graham, Xylie Miller and Emery Hanson presented a poster titled “The importance of communion/agency in professional and extracurricular activities.” Brown, Phills and Angela Mann, along with their student Kayla McGruder, presented a poster titled “How preserving history may impact students’ futures.” Brown and Elissa Barr along with their students Robert Phillips, Courtney Olds, Jasmine Graham and Mckenzie Rooney presented a poster titled “Thinking about your sexual partner: Examining communal motivations and birth control use.” 

Dr. Juliana K. Leding published “Adaptive memory: Animacy, threat, and attention in free recall” in Memory & Cognition.

Dr. Christopher Leone made multiple presentations at annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Jacksonville. With Angel Kalafatis-Russell he presented “Coming out: Internalized stigmatization, rejection anxiety, and self-monitoring differences,” an Outstanding Professional Paper Award Finalist. With Sarah Ahmed and Shawn Lewis he presented “Locus of control and mere thought: Effects on planned behavior” as an invited colloquium. With Elizabeth and Erin Homan he presented the poster “Mediating effects of workplace phenomena on self-monitoring differences in burnout.” With Robert Gargrave and Shawn Lewis he presented the poster “Locus of control, mere thought, and intentions to diet.” With Mary Geary, Crystal Rickman, and LouAnne Hawkins he presented “’He Who Spares the Rod Hates His Son’ But Daughters? Effects of Parents’ and Children’s Sex on Attitudes about Child Physical Abuse.” With Sarah Green and Angel Kalafatis-Russell he presented the poster “Mediation of rejection sensitivity and life satisfaction in transgender individuals.” With Arielle Kantor and Jordan Kessler, he presented the poster “Self-consciousness and synchrony: Individual differences in social responsivity.” Finally, with Michael Yoho he presented their poster “Friendship dissolution and self-monitoring: Individual differences in parting ways.”

Dr. Rebecca Marcon presented “Parental Perspective-Taking Predicts Sensitive Responding in Early Head Start Parent-Child Interactions” at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Baltimore, March.

Dr. Susan Perez presented a research poster with graduate student Sierra Ejankowski titled “Young Children’s opportunities to Develop Planning Skills while Collaborating with a Parent” at the Biennial Society for Research in Child Development Conference (March). Perez and Ejankowski also presented “Associations between Inhibitory Control and Emotional Competence during Early Childhood” at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, March.

Dr. Michael Toglia and colleagues presented “Lincoln’s Assassination Through the Lenses of Forensic Psychology and Physics” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, March. At the same meeting, Dr. Toglia and colleagues presented “False Memory and Deception in the DRM Paradigm Using fNIRS.”

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Dr. Mandi N. Barringer
published “Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals’ Perceptions of American Religious Traditions” in the Journal of Homosexuality (March). With her colleagues J. E. Sumerau and David A. Gay, Barringer presented “Religiosity and Attitudes toward Abortion: A Comparison of the Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boom Cohorts” at the 2019 CSHERI Sexual Health Research Symposium in Jacksonville. At the same meeting, Barringer presented “Evaluating a University’s LGBTQIA Educational Program” with her undergraduate students Rosario Fernandez Romero, Maria Alicea, Troy Capers, Dalton Reynolds and Marc Turner.

Dr. Krista Paulsen published three chapters in “The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies”: “Place,” “Place Attachment,” and, with co-author Margarethe Kusenbach, “Home/House," April.

Dr. Gordon Rakita, with his colleagues Adrienne Offenbecker and Kyle Waller, presented the following three papers: “Bodies of Evidence: Indications of Non-Western Ontologies at Paquimé, Chihuahua,” “Subadult Growth Velocity at Paquimé, Chihuahua, Mexico,” and “Patterns of Migration at Paquimé: Insights from Isotopic and Demographic Data” at the Society for American Archaeology meetings. At those meetings, Rakita was a co-organizer for two sessions: “From Individual Bodies to Bodies of Social Theory: Exploring Ontologies of the Americas” and “SAA President’s Sponsored Session: Learning from the Past, Looking Towards the Future: Archaeological Ethics and the SAA.” Rakita was also presented with a Presidential Recognition Award for service to the Society for American Archaeology. Rakita also published “¿Lotería o Puente de Contacto? La Naturaleza de la Sociedad de Casas Grandes” in La Cultura Casas Grandes published by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia of Mexico, Centro Chihuahua.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Adel ElSafty
, civil engineering, won the High-Impact Research Article Award presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “Use of basalt fibers for concrete structures,” in Construction and Building Materials, 2015.

Dr. Don Resio, professor of ocean engineering and director of the Taylor Engineering Research Institute, was recognized for his lifetime achievements in marine meteorology with the Vincent Cardone Memorial Prize for Marine Meteorology, administered by the Society for Underwater Technology. Resio accepted the award at the Catch The Next Wave conference as part of the Oceanology International Americas Exhibition and Conference at San Diego Convention Center in February. Learn more about the award.

College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Carolyne Ali-Khan
, Foundations and Secondary Education, won the High-Impact Research Article Award presented in April by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “Sharing seeing: Exploring photo-elicitation with children in two different cultural contexts,” in Teacher and Teacher Education, 2014.

Amber Dieg, adjunct professor, is starting a doctoral program in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in ESOL/Bilingual Studies at the University of Florida. “I owe a debt of gratitude to my advisors, professors, and mentors at the University of North Florida for preparing, encouraging, and supporting me in taking this next step,” Amber said.


Drs. Lauren Gibbs and Matt Ohlson completed a yearlong instructional leadership professional development program with the Clay County Assistant Principals. The assistant principals reported a 36% increase in understanding how to intentionally align values and beliefs about instructional leadership and what happens at the school; a 29% gain in understanding of the various forms and characteristics of high quality, job-embedded professional development and its implications for effective instructional, distributed leadership; a 25% gain in understanding the characteristics of effective feedback and coaching, and the difference between coaching and evaluation.

Drs. Caroline Guardino and Jennifer Kilpatrick organized UNF’s Deaf Education program’s first biannual virtual job fair on April 4. Deaf Education students were able to learn about various teacher of the deaf jobs around the country from Tampa to Seattle, Washington. One recruiter was able to offer a $7,500 sign-on bonus, as there is a critical shortage of teachers of the deaf across the nation. Our Deaf Education students learned it is never too early to learn about potential jobs and be prepared for employment after graduation. To date, 100% of the deaf education graduates have been offered teaching positions during their final internship or upon graduation. The deaf education faculty are pleased to be able to prepare future educators who will have a lifelong impact on learners who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Dr. Matt Ohlson, assistant professor, Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management, was named a College Ready Florida Innovator by the Florida College Access Network, a statewide network aimed at increasing college and career preparation, access and completion for all Florida students. Ohlson is being honored for his work with the C.A.M.P. Osprey program, in collaboration with the LSCSM Department and the Taylor Leadership Institute. The innovative program connects UNF student leaders with high-needs K12 students throughout Northeast Florida in a mentoring relationship. In addition, C.A.M.P. Osprey “apprentices” visit UNF to participate in a class, attend a sporting event, meet with faculty and even completed the Osprey Challenge Course. Resources from the Taylor Leadership Institute provide these prospective students with valuable college and career readiness training such as goal setting, time management and teamwork.

Florida Institute of Education
Cheryl Ann Fountain
, executive director and professor of education, was recognized by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in April as one of two University Millionaire Stars, or principal investigators who obtained sponsored research funding of $1 million or more in one fiscal year.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Maria Atilano
, student outreach librarian, presented a poster titled “Recasting Finals Week Programs: Fostering Student Success with Collaboration and Goodwill” at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Cleveland, April 12.

Jennifer Murray, director of Technical Services and Library Systems, will co-present the session “All About Access: Technical Services & Public Services Collaboration” and co-moderate the roundtable “Place Your Bet with Technical Services: Explore the Changing Roles within the Field” during the Florida Library Association Conference in Orlando, May 15-17.

Susan Swiatosz, head of Special Collections and University Archives, will present a poster titled “Sparking joy in the University of North Florida rare books collection” at the Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting in Miami, May 8-10.

Marielle Veve, Metadata librarian, and Oklahoma State University librarian Patrice-Andre Prud'homme published “Collaborative Partnerships in Digital Preservation: A Report of the ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group Meeting” in Technical Services Quarterly, April.

Division of Administration & Finance
Eric Dickey
, associate director of Procurement Services, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Association of Educational Procurement at the NAEP’s annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, in April. The award recognized Dickey’s work with UNF, the NAEP Florida Region as well as the national organization.


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

35 Years
Julia Behler, Senior Library Services Associate, Library

30 Years
Melissa Purvis, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Academic Affairs

15 Years
Diane Denslow, Instructor, Management
Ryan Fairbrother, Library Services Specialist, Library
Paul Wrenn, Senior Associate, General Counsel 
10 Years
Joseph Ertel, Events Planning Associate, Student Government
Tung Nguyen, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Loi Pham, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

5 Years
Andrew Hannon, Assistant Athletic Coach, Baseball
Renee Phillips, Assistant Custodial Services Superintendent, Custodial Services
Lucy Tison, Office Manager, Student Government Business and Accounting Office
Katrina Willis, Office Manager, Student Government Business and Accounting Office

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

Felix Caballero, Academic Advisor, CCB Advising
Christopher Crosby, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Jenn Dragstra, Sous Chef, MOCA Jacksonville
Natalia Gallimore, Administrative Assistant, MOCA Jacksonville
Austin Hayes, Stores Receivable Clerk, Housing/Residence Life
Madison Herrin, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Marlynn Jones, Director, Equal Opportunity Inclusion
Jessica Lumpkin, Coordinator, Career Development Services, COAS Career Success Center
Logan Owle, Coordinator, Marketing Publications, Intercollegiate Athletics
Stephen Sabia, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Carl Sessoms, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Lori Stanton, Office Assistant, Distance Learning
Christopher Toms, Program Assistant, Student Government Student Union
Robert Zelin, Associate Athletic Coach, Men's Soccer

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Dawn Button, Coordinator, Administrative Services, Hicks Honors College
Pamela Cousart, Assistant Director, Physical Facilities
John Hale, Associate VP, Administration Finance, Physical Facilities
Sherry Hays, Assistant Director, Online Programs, Distance Learning
Amanda Henninger, Executive Chef, MOCA Jacksonville
Korie Hilliard, Assistant Director, Co-Curricular Engagement, Taylor Leadership Institute
Pernell McGhee, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Julia Mitchell, Academic Support Services Coord, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Andrew Richardson, Senior Control Systems Technician, Physical Facilities
Kim Roberts, Office Manager, Professional Development and Training
Eva Skipper, IT Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems
Karine Stukes, Assistant Director, Curricular Engagement, Taylor Leadership Institute
Angela Tlack, Assistant University Registrar, One-Stop Center
Marcellus Vanderhorst, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Steven Wilson, Senior Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities

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

Sharon Ashton, VP for Public Relations
Paul Bushmann, Groundskeeper, Physical Facilities
Thomas Clifton, Admissions Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Robert Cote, Maintenance Mechanic, Housing/Residence Life
Lucy Croft, Associate VP, Student Affairs
Beverly Evans, Director, Direct Support Organizations, Training and Services Institute
Molly Ganz, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Trainer
Nicholas Geake, Pest Control Technician, Physical Facilities
Khareem Gordon, IT Internal Auditor, Internal Auditing
James Greer, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Ann Hamlin, Assistant Director, Physical Facilities, Facilities Planning
Charles Hubbuch, Assistant Director, Physical Facilities
Nicole Irvin, Coordinator, University Housing
Malquann Joseph, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Alex Lagesse, Assistant Athletic Coach, Softball
Vernon Miller, Maintenance Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Edmond Robinson, Floor Care Worker, Physical Facilities
Michael Sams, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Laura Shilling, Office Manager, Health Administration
Kanan Simpson, IT Network Engineer, Telephone Services
Virginia Smith, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Melanie Speaks, Laboratory Manager, Chemistry
Diana Tanner, Associate Instructor, Accounting and Finance
Bridget Watson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Joanna Young, Coordinator, Women’s Center, DDI/Intercultural Center


Swoop Summary

Men's golf teamOspreys ALL GOOD, Best of BATCH at ASUN Men's Golf Championship
No. 14 North Florida's veteran lineup got a tournament best 67 from senior Andrew Alligood in the final round and a career first medalist crown from redshirt senior Jordan Batchelor en route to dominating the field for a second consecutive ASUN Men's Golf Championship on April 22.
Learn more about men's golf.

Trio of Top 10 Performances Secure 3rd Place at ASUN Championship
Paced by a trio of Top 10 individual finishes, No. 68 North Florida earned a third-place finish in the ASUN Conference Championship April 23 at Legends Course. Learn more about the third-place finish.

Women's tennis teamMake It Five Straight! Ospreys Win ASUN Tournament
The ASUN Championship had everything in the title game - a schedule change, a commanding lead, then a comeback before an exciting finish on one court to give North Florida its fifth-straight ASUN Conference Women's Tennis Championship crown and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament in May. The Ospreys become the first ASUN team to win five straight titles in the conference's history. Learn more about women's tennis.

Women's Track Close Competition at Georgia Tech Invite with Strong Races
The North Florida women's track team saw several PRs posted on the final day of competition at the Georgia Tech Invitational on April 20. Learn more about women's track.

High Jump Title and Personal Record for Torres Pace Performances at Georgia Tech Invite
North Florida freshman Jaasiel Torres posted a Personal Record in the high jump while collecting his second consecutive event title to highlight final round competition for Osprey men's track and field at the Georgia Tech Invitationaly. Learn more about men's track and field.

The Ozzies awards on a table North Florida Athletics Holds 2nd Annual OZZIES Awards Show
The University of North Florida Department of Athletics hosted its "unofficial" end of the season student-athlete recognition event, The OZZIES, on April 16 at UNF's Robinson Theater. The award show styled festivity celebrated and honored the athletic accomplishments for the 2018-19 season. Learn more about the OZZIES.

The Goods

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds in a bag with a scooperThe Goods: Sunflower Seeds

Hundreds of sunflower seeds come from each yellow sunflower head. Not only are these seeds flavorful, but they also contain beneficial nutrients on which your body relies. Sunflower seeds also contain many vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that are necessary for a variety of physiological processes. Dr. Corrie Labyak, associate professor of nutrition, and Gabrielle Mancella, a doctorate of clinical nutrition student, share myths and facts about sunflower seeds.

Myth: Sunflower seeds are too high in fat and low in fat-soluble vitamins to eat on a daily basis.
Some people worry about eating sunflower seeds because of their high fat content. Although these seeds are rich in oil, it’s the healthy form of plant oil that provides your body with polyunsaturated fats. Along with containing healthy fats, sunflower seeds are a good source of the fat soluble vitamin E. Your body primarily uses alpha-tocopherol, the form of vitamin E found in sunflower seeds that functions as an antioxidant. Failure to get enough vitamin E can result in balance problems, lack of coordination, muscle weakness and eye damage. A quarter cup contains 8 grams of polyunsaturated fats and 82% Daily Value (DV) of vitamin E. These nutrient-filled seeds are a great addition to your next salad.

Myth: Because sunflower seeds are high in fat, they will contribute to high cholesterol levels.
Sunflower seeds contain phytosterols, a type of nutrient found in plant-based foods. Although phytosterols aren’t considered vitamins or minerals, there’s growing recognition of their role in human health. Getting enough phytosterols is associated with lower cholesterol levels, better immune system functioning and even protection against certain cancers. Sunflower seeds offer between 270 and 289 milligrams of the nutrients in a 100 gram serving.

Myth: Sunflower seeds are too small to provide sufficient amounts of essential minerals.
Sunflower seeds are one of the best available sources of copper, with each quarter-cup serving providing 70% of the DV for the mineral. Each serving of these power packed seeds also provides 34% of the DV for selenium. Failure to get enough selenium in the diet has been linked with risk of cancer. Another reason to grab a handful of these seeds.

Myth: Sunflower seeds have the same allergen as peanuts.
Sunflower seeds don’t possess the same allergen as peanuts. These are a wonderful alternative to pack for children’s lunches for school to prevent cross contamination and a shelf-stable lunch that does not require any refrigeration!

The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program. It runs monthly in the Life section of The Florida Times-Union. Have a question about sunflower seeds? Contact Dr. Corrie Labyak.

No Bake Granola Bars Recipe 


(Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats 
  • 1 cup peanut butter 
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries 
  • 1/2 cup pistachios 
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal 
  • 1/2 cup walnuts 
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup, maple syrup or honey 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • Melted dark chocolate for drizzling, optional 


  1. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer, add all the ingredients. Mix thoroughly until combined.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the prepared baking pan. Place in the fridge until the mixture sets, about 3 to 4 hours. Cut into bars and serve. Cover leftovers and store them in the fridge for up to one week.



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University police talk with studentsUNF one of nation's safest campuses  


Thanks to our campus police and our vigilant staff and students, the University of North Florida was ranked one of the safest college campuses in the nation, according to a study from the National Council for Home Safety and Security. To select the top 490 safest schools, the Council considered crime rates, police adequacy and looked at both violent and nonviolent crimes on campus.

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