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President’s new campus initiative focuses on women

Whitney Meyer and students at the Fearless Woman table

The Fearless Girl statue in New York City that has been facing down the New York Stock Exchange since 2017, with her gutsy hands-on-hips pose, was created to draw attention to the power of women in leadership.

At UNF, female empowerment is being promoted with a new program called Fearless Woman, imagined by President David Szymanski and led by Whitney Meyer, director of the Community Alliance for Student Success.

In the same spirit that conceived the bronze female figure, the UNF program was established by the president to let women at the University know they have a seat at the table, according to Meyer.

“It’s all about empowering women — students, faculty and staff — and letting them know that we want more women to be prepared for life's opportunities on and off campus,” Meyer said. “Ultimately, we also want to have a truly unified voice on campus, so we’re asking anyone who leads a women’s focus group or organization to join us as we look for ways to inspire and motivate women.” Meyer plans to hold a meeting each semester that would include a representative from each group.

In addition to the meetings, the Fearless Woman initiative will host three events each semester. The first took place in August during the opening week of classes. A large white table was located in different places on campus so passersby could leave personal comments about being women.

A second fall event is planned for Monday, Nov. 18, from 9 – 10 a.m. at the John A. Delaney Student Union ballrooms. Meyer said the goal of the event is to bring together students, faculty and staff to kick off President Szymanski’s new initiative. Guest speaker Donna Orender, the founder of Generation W, will discuss the topic of “FEAR LESS, the why not mindset.”

Spring and summer events will also be planned to get the word out. “The president wants women on campus to feel empowered to have the confidence to do whatever they want to do, whether that’s students planning for life after college or faculty and staff continuing to learn and grow their leadership skills,” Meyer said.

Register for the Nov. 18 event onlineFor questions or to join in the initiative, please send an email to Whitney Meyer or call her at 620-5333. 

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Creating a culture of affordability

Several years ago, Dr. Jason Haraldsen, associate professor in the Physics Department, overheard students talking about not being able to afford the $250 science textbook for his course. The conversation struck a chord.

student using a computerAs a result, Haraldsen began reevaluating his materials and discovered he was able to reduce the cost to about $40 a semester for several of his courses without sacrificing quality. Little did he know he was at the forefront of a movement.

As he was paring down costs for his own classes, a program called Affordability Counts was gaining momentum. Created at Florida International University in response to the rising cost of textbooks, the program strives to alleviate the financial burden on students by encouraging faculty to find low-cost instructional materials. It has become a top priority for university leaders, including President Szymanski who commented on his commitment to affordable resources at spring Convocation.  

Affordability Counts logoMany universities around the state are now participating in Affordability Counts, and at UNF, the initiative was rolled out this fall after a summer pilot. Kevin Hulen, assistant director of quality and assessment for UNF Online, is overseeing the program. “It’s really all about recognizing faculty and trying to create this culture of affordability,” Hulen said. “There are good resources out there, and students don’t have to pay a lot of money for them. When you consider students may be taking four classes, this can be a huge savings for them.”

Since the program began, Hulen said he has discovered that a number of faculty already have courses with no-cost or low-cost materials, because they previously decided to embed the resources directly into the course, rather than adopting a textbook.

Affordability Counts medallionIf costs are below $20 per credit hour, the faculty member can submit their course to Affordability Counts to have the information verified. Once completed, a digital Affordability Counts medallion is made available for use on the course syllabus, and the faculty member is recognized online.

For those looking for materials, the program’s website also serves as a resource for finding existing low-cost solutions. Its goal is to provide access to an expanding catalog of instructional materials from faculty around the state.

Now a promoter of the program to other faculty, Haraldsen remains one step ahead; five of his physics classes have earned a medallion. “I realize there might be upper-level courses where this is not attainable, but the idea is to try to save costs as much as possible,” he said. “I have student loans still over my head, so I have a personal interest in trying to make my courses as affordable as possible for my students.”

For full details, visit UNF’s web page, which has many useful links.
The list of participating UNF faculty is also online.

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Five free things to do at UNF in November

Five free things to do at UNF this NovemberThere are many free concerts and activities this month, more than we could list. Here are five that we thought you might enjoy.


‘Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe’

Speaker Roger McNamee, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Adam W. Herbert University Center
Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners and author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Learn more about Roger McNamee and register for a free e-ticket online.

The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center
Kyle Ferrill, baritone, is an active performer with a vast repertoire spanning from Monteverdi to modern music. He has sung on five continents, including a recent tour of China. This event is sponsored by the Cummer Family Foundation in support of chamber music works and artists. Online registration requested

2019 Veterans Day Tribute
Thursday, Nov. 7, 10:30 – 11 a.m., Veterans Plaza at the John A. Delaney Student Union
The Military and Veterans Resource Center will host a Veterans Day Tribute to honor and recognize students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members who have served or are still serving in the military.

8th Annual Harvest Festival
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., John A. Delaney Student Union Plaza during Market Day
Join in on the annual Ogier Gardens celebration of the fall season at the Student Union plaza in partnership with Market Day and Osprey Life. The event features live music, free healthy lunch, crafts, giveaways, face painting, community partners and more!

Watershed: Photographs by Jeff Rich
Exhibition open through Dec. 6, Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, John A. Delaney Student Union, Bldg. 58E
Jeff Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Rich explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the UNF Environmental Center. Additional information about the exhibit is available online.


Find a full listing of events on UNF's master calendar.

Get to Know

Terry Synnott, assistant director of prospect research

Assistant Director, Terry SynnottTerry Synnott is the assistant director of prospect research in University Development and Alumni Engagement.

What do you do at UNF? My job involves preparing research to support the fundraising efforts of UNF. I prepare briefings for our development officers, all with the purpose of finding support for programs, scholarships and facility improvements for students and faculty at UNF.

What do you enjoy about working here? We have great leadership within both our own advancement operations team and our central institutional development team. There’s an inherent challenge of keeping up with the workload and the fundraising goals, but there’s also a great level of collaboration and appreciation from every person on staff. It’s these sort of things that make me appreciate coming to work each day. I should also mention it’s in Florida.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville?
My wife, Jenna, and I moved here three years ago. We are both native New Englanders. I grew up outside of Newport, Rhode Island; she grew up on Cape Cod. Before moving to Jacksonville, we had only lived in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, although I did extended stints in New York City and Montreal for several years due to work.

Terry SynnottWhat one memory do you most treasure and why? This is a tough one to answer. I think of family members and friends who are no longer alive, and I cherish those memories. But if I had to cite a specific experience, I’d say it’s the four years I skateboarded in a Cirque du Soleil at Madison Square Garden. I ended up working on the show during the creation stage in Montreal and then for performances in New York City from 2007-11.

Prior to that, I had spent 13 years as a newspaper reporter and then a copy editor. So to find myself in that situation seemed surreal. It was an amazing experience. I had spent a lifetime skating and doing occasional contests and demos; but I had never concerned myself with a theater show involving costumes, makeup, 8-counts, music cues and looking up to face the audience after landing tricks. Cirque requires all performers to go through an intense Bouffon class (an improvisational French theater technique that combines clowning and mockery) where you essentially learn to make a fool of yourself and abandon inhibitions.

It was also very much an international experience. The entire creative team was French Canadian, and the cast included performers from 14 countries. Before stepping on the Madison Square Garden stage, I had only performed as a chicken in my 2nd-grade play! (Watch Terry skateboarding a few years ago in this YouTube presentation.)

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? My wife and best friend, Jenna, would be the first one. We’ve been married for 18 years and dated for four years before that. I’d also invite my longtime friend, Henry Candioti, who passed away several years ago. He was a talented skateboarder and artist from Argentina whom I met when I was in Rhode Island. Then, I would invite my grandfather who passed away a few years ago. He was a pattern maker at Hasbro, and I have great memories of canoeing and playing soccer with him when I was a kid. And I guess I would invite Taylor Swift for my wife.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I’d love to operate a woodshop that makes skateboard decks. I’m fascinated by the craftsmanship involved in the mold-making for shaping skateboard decks, the laminating process, and the screenprinting of graphics on three-dimensional surfaces. I have a side business that makes skateboards, but I only do the board printing myself and rely on a woodshop in Alabama to produce the boards.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? The ability to control time would be a good one. Not so much because I don’t want it to pass, but rather so I could devote more time to some of my competing interests. 

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? I’d eliminate homelessness and cancer. I’d work to create improved social services to help alleviate all aspects of homelessness, and I’d devote as many resources as I could to cancer treatment and research.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Recovering from a few injuries (a tibial plateau fracture requiring surgery in 2015, and frozen shoulder on both sides). I’m making progress, but I still hope to improve some more.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Vegan nachos; however, I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic since age 7, so I’m actually more concerned with carbohydrates.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I am a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and worked as a scenic artist on a number of movies filmed in New England, such as “Shutter Island,” “The Town,” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” I did this work during the off-season from Cirque du Soleil. I typically had six months free before heading back to Cirque each year. I learned all sorts of things like painting faux marble and faux brick surfaces, and making just about everything out of plaster. After doing several shows, I started to work on my samples to join the union as a scenic artist and was fortunate to get in. It was probably one of the best jobs I ever had. I learned so much and got to work on so many different things.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Wexford, Ireland, on the southeastern coast of the country. It’s where the Synnotts came from, and I’d like to visit at some point in my life.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: The Smiths, Throwing Muses, Magnolia Electric Co., Vic Chesnutt, Son Volt and Wilco
Magazine: The Surfer’s Journal
Physical activity: Skateboarding
Quote: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” Henry Ford
TV show as a kid: The Brady Bunch

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Osprey Profile: Meet Caroline Aguiar

Caroline Aguiar

For UNF junior Caroline Aguair, being able to help those around her has always been a priority. She believes that her choice to major in psychology will allow her to do just that. She has found her passion and hopes that mental health becomes a greater focus in society.

Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? I have lived in Jacksonville since I was six years old and was not ready to move away when I graduated high school. I love this city and all it has to offer, especially when it has a University as great as this one. The size of the campus and number of students enrolled was most appealing to me. I felt this school could offer more opportunities to its students, and that has proven true throughout the years I have been here.

Where are you from? I was born in Brazil but raised in Jacksonville!

What do you like most about UNF? I love the campus and the community feel that UNF gives its students. I feel supported by every faculty member that I have spoken to when asking for guidance, and I have made genuine and lasting friendships with other students through different organizations and classes.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? My coolest UNF experience so far has been serving as a Rho Gamma during Panhellenic formal recruitment this August. As a Rho Gamma, I helped potential new members find the sorority that was right for them. There was never a dull moment, and I met so many driven and inspiring women who are students on this campus.

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? My favorite professor and my favorite class happen to go hand in hand. Last semester I took a Crime in Writing course in order to fulfill my Gordon Rule requirement. It turned out that course was the most rewarding class I have taken to date. Professor Lunberry was entertaining and wise and somehow had me looking forward to a 9 a.m. class.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? Ospreys are outgoing, involved, hands-on, motivated and driven. It means being there for others and always seeking new heights.

What’s your favorite UNF tradition? My favorite UNF tradition is homecoming week and the awesome concert we get to attend. I always look forward to which fun artist we get to see perform on our campus.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? As surprising as it may sound, I love to de-stress in the library. I can always count on finding friends sitting on the second floor doing their homework but who are also ready to de-stress and socialize with me, too.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would love to witness the moment women gained the right to vote. I can’t imagine how incredible and empowering that must have felt for women all around the United States.

What three traits define you? I think the experiences I have had in the last two and a half years at UNF have made me step out of my comfort zone and shaped me into a leader. I have become optimistic through trying times and patient when things do not go my way. I have tried to integrate these three traits into my daily life and hopefully will develop more traits like those along the way.

Do you have any advice for high school students? Use the resources the school and professors offer you! There are so many ways that universities help you to succeed, whether it be student instructor sessions, help at a writing center or faculty office hours. Do not slack off your first semester; get a head start and do well in your classes.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation?
I will graduate spring 2021 and hope to attend a graduate program for occupational therapy. This career would allow me to pursue my passion of helping others and make all the hardships of attaining a degree worth the struggles.

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Library offers movies, music tracks at no cost to you

Streaming videoWhen people hear the words “streaming video,” many think of Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime, or if they consider streaming music, they identify with Pandora or Spotify.


What most UNF students, staff, and faculty don’t realize is that they have access to thousands of movies and music tracks through the Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s streaming media databases. Better yet, these services are available at no cost to the campus community.

Here are some databases for you to explore:

Streaming music• AVON, or Academic Video Online, has organized its 66,000-plus titles into “channels” such as Black History, BBC, Documentaries, PBS, Sony Picture Classics and Travel.
• Films on Demand has almost 37,000 titles, including films and documentaries from National Geographic, Ken Burns, Rick Steves, Frontline, A&E and Green Planet Films.
• Kanopy allows users to create clips and playlists and even has its own app that allows you to watch their films on a mobile device once you authenticate with your UNF email address.
• is a unique streaming database in that it is primarily focused on recordings and livestreams of classical concerts, operas, ballets and even master classes.
• For streaming music, we have Naxos Music Library for classical music and Naxos Music Library Jazz — both of which have hundreds of thousands of tracks you can listen to online or through the free apps. Once you sign up for a personal account with your UNF email address, you can also organize and save your music selections into personal playlists.


There are many services to discover at the Library. Have questions? Contact library staff by phone, text or email.

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Fan Day is here!

Basketball Fan Day

Come out to UNF Arena for Basketball Fan Day on Sunday, Nov. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Fans can enjoy watching the men's and women's basketball teams as they practice, meet the Ospreys and get autographs, hear from the coaches, enter to win raffle items, and shop at the UNF Athletics Gear Sale. The gear sale will include: previous Nike game uniforms, practice gear and swag.

Also, season ticket holders and Osprey Club members can pick up all their credentials, parking passes and tickets on Fan Day

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Calling for Ethics Bowl volunteers!

Volunteers neededYou can make a valuable contribution to the Southeast Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl by volunteering as a session judge or moderator. UNF will host 20 college teams Saturday, Nov. 8 on the third floor of the John A. Delaney Student Union West. Shifts are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Your participation supports UNF students participating in this valuable learning opportunity.

Those interested should complete the online volunteer sign-up. Questions? Send an email to Dr. Mitch Haney.


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

35 Years
Mary McConville, Executive Assistant, Student Affairs

20 Years
Jean Glasgow, Senior Property Assets Representative, Controller
Angela Simmons, Financial Systems Analyst, Controller

15 Years
Devany Groves, Chief Budget Officer, Office of Planning and Budget
Kelly Reeder, Enrollment Services Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Dwayne Howard, Law Enforcement Lieutenant, University Police Department

10 Years
Margaret Cirillo, Coordinator Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center
Jesse Whittaker, Maintenance Mechanic, University Housing

5 Years
Michael Townsend, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Lorraine Seidel, Executive Secretary, Physical Facilities
Alexandra Colbert, Senior Buyer, Procurement Services

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

Alaa Alakashi, Program Assistant, Nursing
Ausu Anaraki, Assistant Director Development, MOCA Jacksonville
Corbin Blair, Groundskeeper, Osprey Fountains
Amand Campbell, Laboratory Technician, Art and Design
Eli Fisher, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Marty Geanmers, Coordinator, Campus Planning, Design and Construction, Facilities Planning
YaJaira Hausman, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Samantha Kight, Academic Support Services Coordinator, Advising
Qhamora Kimbrough, Admissions Coordinator, Welcome Center
Jason Lewis, Network Analyst, Networking Services
Jon Merritt, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Jocelyn Posos, Assistant Director Conduct, University Housing
Jennifer Reid, Program Assistant, University Housing
Robin Robertson, Office Assistant, SG Business and Accounting Office
Tarynne Scott, Office Manager, College of Education and Human Services
Madeline Sims, Assistant Athletic Coach, Beach Volleyball
Warren Smith, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Sydney Stoltenberg, Admissions Coordinator, Transfer Student Services

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Bradley Jolley, Senior Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Patricia Kapcio, Director, UNF Online
James Lanier, Senior Recycle Refuse Worker, Physical Facilities
Megan Porter, Assistant Director of Operations, College of Education and Human Services
Iris Schwimmer, Accessible Technology Analyst, ADA Compliance
David Wilson, Associate Director, Center for Instruction and Research Technology

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

Terrika Allen, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Student Services
Rodrick Andrews, Director, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Joshua Corrick, Senior IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering
Carl Evans, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development, Athletics
Jessica Harden, Coordinator Highway Safety Program, IPTM 
Dennis Kauffman, Administrative Secretary, Biology
Deatrice Kennedy, Associate Athletic Director, Academic Services, Athletics
Barbara Kruger, Associate Professor, Nursing
Andrea Mestdagh, Assistant Director, Donor Engagement and Stewardship, Scholarship Coordinator
Faye Parker, Program Assistant, Training and Services Institute
Brendan Perkinson, Executive Secretary, Alumni Services
Charles Runfola, Assistant Director of Development, Academic Affairs

Faculty and Staff

Osprey Fountain Brooks College of Health

Dr. Amber Barnes, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health, presented her research titled “A One Health Study of Zoonotic Enteric Parasites in Mongolia,” at the 6th International Symposium on One Health Research, Mongolia, held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in September. In addition, Barnes created and presented a webinar session titled, “What to Know About Animal-Assisted Therapy and Zoonotic Disease” for the American Psychological Association (APA) in October.

Dr. Elissa Barr, Dr. Michele Moore and MPH Student Mckenzie Rooney presented “Meeting the Sexual Health Needs of Adolescents” at the 2019 Adolescent Health Coming of Age Conference of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in Ascot, England.

Dr. Sericea Stallings-Smith, assistant professor of public health, with colleagues Dr. Hanadi Hamadi, Breck Peterson (MPH candidate), Dr. Emma Apatu and Dr. Aaron Spaulding, published “Smoke-free Policies and 30-day Readmission Rates for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Helene Vossos, with M. Ballard-Rodriguez, had an article accepted for publication: “Solutions for Addressing the Nurse Faculty Shortage,” in American Nurse Association (2019).

College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design
Jenny Hager and Lance Vickery are exhibiting at the Turner Center for the Arts: Gallery Talk, Valdosta, Georgia.

Stephen Heywood has an exhibition at Edinboro University Alumni Exhibition – National Invitational, Stonewall Gallery, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. Heywood also is exhibiting at Strictly Functional Pottery National – National Juried Exhibition, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Heywood has published at Ceramics Monthly’s Grounded – National Juried Exhibition, Digital Publication, USA.

Kally Malcom-Bjorklund has a work that was included in an exhibition called “Flora.” It is an exhibition juried by Kate Breakey and is being held at the Southeast Center for Photography, in Greenville, South Carolina. The art exhibited at “Flora” can be viewed online

Chris Trice had work selected for two peer-reviewed, juried exhibitions: “Slow Exposures 2019: A Juried Exhibition Celebrating Photography of the Rural South” at the Cochran Gallery, La Grange, Georgia, had one work selected for exhibition; “Somerville Toy Camera Festival: at Nave Gallery, Somerville, Massachusetts, had three works selected for exhibition.

Dr. Joshua Melko, assistant professor of chemistry, presented “Streaming Educational Content on Twitch” at the annual TwitchCon convention in San Diego.

Dr. Amy Lane, associate professor of chemistry, with students Jordan Carey, Thanh Nguyen and Jennifer Korchak, published "An Isotopic Ratio Outlier Analysis Approach for Global Metabolomics of Biosynthetically Talented Actinomycetes” in Metabolites.

School of Communication
Dr. Stephynie C. Perkins presented “Poems, Prayers, Letters and Calls for Calm: Grieving MLK's Murder - A Study of the Editorial Pages of Five Black Newspapers in 1968,” a paper co-authored with Dr. Brian Thornton and Dr. Tulika Varma, at the American Journalism Historians Association in Dallas.

Emily K. Michael, visiting English instructor, published “I Begin to Understand Jo March” in The Poet’s Billow. Michael also published three poems, a book review and two interviews in the September issue of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. In addition, Michael published “Faith” in Rogue Agent and nine poems in Nine Mile Magazine, both in September.

Dr. Michael Wiley, professor of English, published the novel “Trouble in Mind” (UK), September.

Jennie Ziegler, English instructor, published “Guestbook Vellum” in The Normal School, September.

Dr. Karen Cousins published “Shapes of Love in the Miracle Testimonies of the Virgin of Chiquinquira, New Kingdom of Granada, 1587-1694” in Colonial Latin American Review, October.

Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski has contracted with Routledge Press to write a second edition of his book, The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections, which was first published in 2001. Also, Mieczkowski was in New York City in October, as a member of the College Board History Academic Advisory Committee, which meets annually to offer counsel to the College Board on Advanced Placement Exams in History.

Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Michelle DeDeo published “Survival trends in glioblastoma and association with treating facility volume” in Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, in October. In addition, DeDeo and Daniela Genova Co-PIs with CEHS faculty: “Transforming Teacher Preparation for Duval County” ($1.6M DOE Grant).

Dr. Jae-Ho Lee, assistant professor, presented “Distance-regular graphs and degenerate DAHAs” at the AMS Sectional Meeting: Special Session on Special Functions and Orthogonal Polynomials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sept. 15.

Philosophy/Religious Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter presented “The Idea of Human Dignity and the Intercultural Theory of Universal Human Rights” at the 29th World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Buchwalter also served as the commentator for the session “Militant Democracy & Emergent Populisms” at the biannual meeting of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen, associate professor in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, with his student Ronald Putnam, published a paper “Spin channel induced directional dependent spin exchange interactions between divacantly substituted Fe atoms in graphene” in the Physical Review B journal, Sept. 27.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Joshua C. Gellers, associate professor of political science and public administration, along with UNF MA in International Affairs graduate Trevor J. Cheatham, published “Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Justice: Realization through Disaggregation?” in the Wisconsin International Law Journal, September.

Dr. George Candler, Laís Silveira Santos and Luis Antonio Pittol Trevisan presented “Brazilian ‘critical assimilation’ in American case studies of ethics in emergency management, and of community policing,” at III Congresso Internacional de Desempenho do Setor Público, Floriaópolis, Brazil, in September.

Dr. C. Dominik Guess, professor of psychology, with UNF graduate student Yoannis Hermida and UNF undergraduate student Willow Clem, published the article “The Inseparable Three: How Organization and Culture Can Foster Individual Creativity” in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Dr. Lindsay Mahovetz, visiting assistant professor of psychology, with colleagues Drs. Carla Krachun, Robert Lurz and William D. Hopkins, published the article “Mirror self-recognition and its relationship to social cognition in chimpanzees” in Animal Cognition.

Dr. Lori Lange, associate professor and department chair of psychology, had an article published with a graduate student titled “Loss of resources and demoralization in the chronically ill,” in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. 

Dr. Christopher Leone, professor of personality and social psychology, was named the winner of the 2019 Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award, a prestigious national award presented by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. Leone has taught nearly 200 courses at UNF and mentored dozens of honors thesis students and countless other undergraduates inside and outside the lab. These collaborative efforts resulted in dozens of publications and presentations with student co-authors. Leone will be congratulated for his achievement at an awards ceremony in February 2020 at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology convention. In addition, Leone had an empirical article published in the Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science. The article was titled “Cohabitation vs. Marriage: Self-Monitoring and Self-Selection to Intimate Relationships” and was co-authored with LouAnne Hawkins. 

College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Laura Boilini
, Department of Leadership, Sport Management and School Counseling, hosted a one-of-a-kind panel discussion on Oct. 8 with participants representing many fields of leadership and human resources. The topic was “Difficult Conversations and Dealing with Difficult People.” The idea for this particular topic came from Boilini's study and paper that she wrote this summer and also presented at the Southern Regional Council of Educational Administration in Ft. Myers, Florida, Oct. 3-5.

Dr. Liz Rozas, Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, had her article titled “Providing Platforms: The role of low-level questions in informational read aloud” accepted for publication in the Elementary School Journal. Rozas also was the keynote speaker for the Griffin Literacy Drive-in Conference in Georgia and will be presenting at the national Title 1 conference in Atlanta in February 2020.

Drs. Lunetta Williams, Katrina Hall, Jeania Jones and Tia Kimball, from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, with support from the Dean’s office, recently completed the University of Florida’s Literacy Institute’s beginning reading tutoring program in Gainesville. They look forward to continuing learning and sharing their knowledge for program improvement.

The College of Education and Human Services recently was awarded a $1.6 million Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support innovative teacher preparation models that prepare prospective and new teachers to serve students in high-need schools.

Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT)
Jamie Chaires presented “Implementing an OER Initiative” at the InnovedCon conference in Miami on Oct. 2-3.


Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Jennifer Murray, director of Technical Services and Library Systems, will lead a workshop on “Creating Visualizations for the Digital Humanities with Tableau” at UNF for the Digital Humanities Initiative on Friday, Nov. 22. 


Swoop Summary

Preseason basketball selectionsASUN Preseason Basketball: Trio of All-Conference Honors, Team Tabbed 2nd
The North Florida men's basketball team garnered three preseason all-conference selections and was picked to finish second in the ASUN for 2019-20 as announced in the league's annual preseason polls. Read more about the preseason selections.

Ospreys Defeat Dolphins on Senior Night 
On senior night for North Florida women's soccer, Lisa Cedeno netted the match winner in the 63rd minute allowing the Ospreys to defeat crosstown rival Jacksonville at Hodges Stadium. The win marked the 11th of the season for UNF, matching the program's Division I record. Read more about the women’s soccer win

Volleyball team celebrates winVolleyball Overturns First Place Owls, 3-1
The North Florida volleyball team knocked the conference's leading team off the top of the standings with a resilient and efficient showing, downing Kennesaw State (15-7, 8-2), 3-1, Sunday, Oct. 27 from the UNF Arena. Read about the win online.

Men's Cross Country Moves Up in South Region Polls
The U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Association released week five of the regional polls Monday. The North Florida men's cross country team are listed at No. 9. The Osprey women are ranked at No.14. Learn more about the rankings online.

North Florida Athletics Announces Partnership Deal with Daily's
North Florida Department of Athletics is excited to announce a multi-year partnership with Daily's at the Osprey MVP level. Learn more about the benefits of the Daily's deal.

#OspreysInThePros - 2019 Recap
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Butternut Squash

Butternut squash

Butternut squash, sometimes known as butternut pumpkin or gramma in Australia and New Zealand, is a type of winter squash that grows on a vine. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin, with a tannish-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange and becomes sweeter and richer. Andrea Altice, an instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, discusses myths about butternut squash and includes a recipe to incorporate into your diet.

Myth: Butternut squash is a fruit.
: Although technically a fruit, butternut squash is used as a vegetable that can be roasted, sautéed, toasted, pureed for soups or mashed to be used in casseroles, breads, muffins and pies.

Myth: The seeds and the skin of butternut squash aren’t edible.
: The seeds are edible either raw or roasted and contain 35–40% oil and 30% protein. The skin is also edible and softens when roasted.

Myth: Butternut squash is grown in the winter.
: Butternut squash is often referred to as a winter squash, but it’s never grown in the winter. It’s actually grown in the summer and harvested in September and October.

Myth: Butternut squash is “fattening” because of the starch content.
: Although it’s categorized as a starchy vegetable, butternut squash is rich in vitamin A and carotenoids, which have been shown to benefit heart health and immunity while promoting healthy skin. It’s also low in calories and high in dietary fiber, making it a great choice for healthy management of blood sugar, cholesterol and weight. 

Myth: Uncut butternut squash requires refrigeration.
: Uncut butternut squash doesn’t require refrigeration and can last for weeks or months, if stored away from direct sunlight.


Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

1 butternut squash – peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Toss butternut squash with olive oil and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper. Arrange coated squash on a baking sheet.
Roast in the preheated oven until squash is tender and lightly browned, 25-30 minutes.

Nutritional Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4

Per Serving:
Calories: 177
Total Carbohydrates: 30.3 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5.1 grams
Total Fat: 7 grams
Protein: 2.6 grams
Sodium: 11 mg
Sugars: 6 grams
Vitamin A: 27146IU


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