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Network security: When two steps are better than one

screen to enter username and password

Most of us know not to use common passwords — such as “123456” or “admin” — because they’re too easy to guess. Yet in today’s world, even stronger logins are susceptible to hackers, who use hi-tech applications able to generate matches in just minutes.

The truth is — passwords aren’t as safe as they used to be, and you might not even know if someone has entered your account.

To protect your data, as well as the University’s network, Information Technology Services is adding a second layer of security, effective Oct. 23. This two-factor authentication will be used for all single-sign-on applications. With this added step, your data is secure from anyone who discovers your password, because only you will have access to the second verification.

Jeff Gouge, UNF’s assistant director of Information Security, said the two-factor authentication is considered a best practice. UNF is using Duo, a third-party application, to verify identity. The second level of verification is independent of your regular login, and Duo will never see your password.

“It requires an extra step, which we understand isn’t as convenient for users,” Gouge said. “But that second verification adds a significant level of security for your personal data and for our network.”

How does it work?
password plus proof equals access

  • If you haven’t already, you must first download the Duo app to your mobile device before Oct. 23. (Complete enrollment instructions are available online.) 
  • After you enter your login information, you will use the quick-push-and-allow button on the Duo app to validate your identity. 
  • Anyone else attempting to log in as you will not have access to this Duo verification and will be denied entry.
  • In addition, if someone is trying to log in as you, Duo will send an alert to your phone. 
  • Though all applications will require a second authentication, if you access an application from myWings using the same browser window, you shouldn’t have to validate with Duo a second time.
  • UNF has already started using this second verification for Banner administrative pages.

What if you forget your phone?
Lose your phone?
Don’t have a phone?

You can find answers to these questions and more online. For additional assistance, send an email to the ITS Help Desk or call 620-HELP (4357).

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Five free things to do at UNF in October

Five free things to do at UNF in OctoberFrom looking at the stars to listening to sopranos to learning about brewing beer, October's free events have something for everyone.  


UNF Astronomy Night
Friday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Science and Engineering, Bldg. 50
Enjoy a presentation abut “Black Hole Information Paradox” and then move to the roof for some telescope stargazing. Find more information about Astronomy Night online.

Science on Tap Jax
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., Aardwolf Brewing Company
Join Dr. Michael Lentz, associate professor of biology at UNF, as he discusses “Yeast Aroma & Flavor: It’s More than Just Alcohol.” Find more information about the event online.

Distinguished Voices: David Sanger
‘The Threat to National Security in a SG Era’
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Adam W. Herbert University Center

David E. Sanger is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a national security correspondent for The New York Times. His latest book, "The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age," looks into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war. This lecture is co-sponsored with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. Free e-tickets are available online

The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presents Soprano Millicent Scarlett with pianist Denise Wright
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall; Dr. Jimmy Hall, artistic director
Described as a “juicy tone" by the Baltimore Sun, Canadian soprano Millicent Scarlett, continues to display her artistic and musical artistry on the recital stage. This event is sponsored by the Cummer Family Foundation in support of chamber music works and artists. Register to attend the music series online.


UNF Percussion presents Michael Burritt, percussion
Sunday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., Recital Hall; Dr. Andrea Venet, director

Having performed on four continents and more than 40 states, Michael Burritt, professor of percussion at Eastman School of Music, is one of the world’s leading percussion soloists. This concert will include original compositions by Burritt and performances with the UNF Percussion Ensemble. Find more information about the concert online.


Computer program achieves national certification

computing students at UNF in a lab

UNF’s School of Computing was recently named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Akin to an accreditation, the designation applies to UNF’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program and is effective through 2024. The application takes a number of factors into consideration including curriculum to ensure different knowledge units are covered, enrollment, student clubs, an advisory board and the level of external funding.
Graduates from CAE-CDE designated programs are recognized as being competent and skilled to help protect national security information systems, commercial networks and critical information infrastructure in the private and public sectors. Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, UNF associate professor of computing, said the new designation brings a high level of credibility to the program and will enhance recruiting, while also making students eligible for special grants and scholarships. He also believes the CAE-CDE label is attractive to companies hiring UNF graduates.

“This will make it even easier for our students to find jobs in cybersecurity,” said Roy. “It reinforces that our students have a strong level of competence.” 

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Lend-A-Wing in need of donations

Student staff members Nicole Gengler and Alex LaScola unload donations to be put on the shelves

Demand has outpaced supply at UNF’s Lend-A-Wing Pantry, leaving some half-empty shelves and prompting an urgent request for donations. 


The food pantry, which is run by UNF students, relies on the generosity of the community. It offers food, school supplies, housewares and toiletries — anonymously and at no cost — to students in need. Located in Ann and David Hicks Hall, the pantry gives away a large volume of items. During the 2018-19 academic year, students visited the pantry more than 3,100 times, picking up 30,003 items, or an average of 577 items each week.

Monica Wright, Lend-A-Wing assistant director, provided some specific food items that are popular with students:

  • Soups: Chicken Noodle or Chicken and Rice, Tomato, Cream of Mushroom 
  • Meals: Mac n’ Cheese cups, flavored rice packets, canned ravioli, boxed pasta, canned meat spaghetti sauce 
  • Frozen entrees: If you can deliver directly to the food pantry, it does have freezer storage
  • Peanut butter and crackers (Whole grain cracker varieties are healthier choices) 
  • Protein and breakfast bars

“Though we have some school and hygiene items in stock, we mostly need meals for the students, things that they can heat up for themselves easily,” said Wright, who urged members of the campus community to donate. 

There are many options when donating food:

  • Bring items to Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1202, when the pantry is open: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday. 
  • Use the pantry drop box during off hours.
  • Drop food in the donation bins around campus. 
  • Request that volunteers pick up the donation when they are available.
  • Donate funds directly to the pantry.

Please refer to Lend-A-Wing's Facebook and Instagram page for day-to-day information and changes in hours. You can contact the pantry at (904) 620-5754 or by email.

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‘Plant-Based Eats’ on campus

Your plant-based food options on campus

If you’re looking to add some plant-based nutrition to your diet, you will find many meal and snack options on campus. To make your search easier, campus dietitian Yemila Lowry, RDN, LDN, has created a complete guide on what vegan and vegetarian foods are available at each of UNF’s dining locations and placed the listing online for easy access. 

You can find even more information in the article — “Plant-Based Eats” — on Lowry’s nutrition blog.

From the Osprey Café to Outtakes to Panda Express, Lowry has noted many choices. “So, whether you already consume a plant-based diet, or are looking to reduce your intake of animal-based products, there are endless options to satisfy your cravings at the University of North Florida,” Lowry said.

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Magazines, newspapers at your fingertips

Person typing on laptopDid you know that you have access — at no charge to you — to magazines such as Forbes, Good Housekeeping and Time? And to national and local newspapers as well?

Your digital reading is available through myWings, from the comfort of your home. Simply log in and click on the Events and News tile. There are two recently added listings that you’ll want to know about. Just below the listing for the Wall Street Journal, you’ll see a link for The New York Times, which brings you to the most current issue with both articles and pictures.

Also, at the bottom of the list is another addition: “Browse all UNF Library Publications.” Though it looks like one item on a list, the link actually gives you access to thousands of publications, all available by subscriptions through the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, and therefore free to you.

According to Thomas Caswell, the library’s director of public services, the publication titles available to users now number more than 757,000, which includes popular magazines, trade publications, newspapers from around the world and academic journals, all at your fingertips. All you have to do is spend some time browsing through titles by category or by title.

“Last year, our library databases successfully served up more than 566,000 full-text articles to our users,” Caswell said. “You can certainly take a look to see if your favorite magazine or journal is available.”

Here are a few popular magazines we found: Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Fortune, Travel & Leisure, AARP The Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Essence, The Economist and Runner’s World. Others — including Prevention, Woman’s Day and National Geographic — provide the magazine but with a time delay, so you may get the previous month’s issue. The Florida Times-Union has a one-day delay and provides text without photos.

Have questions? Contact library staff either by phone, text or email
Thanks to Thomas Caswell for providing information on this resource and to Marian Watters, Information Technology Services, for adding links through myWings.

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It’s time to submit faculty award nominations

Dr. Tracy Alloway with President Szymanski

Just over two weeks remain to submit nominations for the 2019-20 faculty awards. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. All members of the University community — students, alumni, faculty, adjunct, staff and administrators — are invited to submit nominations for any of seven categories of awards:

  • Distinguished Professor Award 
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards 
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards 
  • Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards 
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Awards 
  • Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award 
  • Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Awards

    The guidelines for the awards can be found on the UNF Faculty Association webpage. Nominations should be posted using the online nomination forms. For more information, send an email to Wiyata Simpson or call her at (484) 821-8225.


    Alums play key roles in Southern Living Idea House

    UNF alum, Matt Birdwell, was project manager of the 2019 Southern Living Idea HouseEach year Southern Living magazine showcases an “Idea House” in their August edition, providing thousands of readers and visitors to the home with construction ideas and design inspiration.

    This year’s Southern Living Idea House is close to home – on the recently developed Crane Island, just a few miles from one of Florida’s oldest communities, Fernandina Beach. Matt Birdwell, ‘02, a UNF construction management alumnus, served as the project manager coordinating every aspect of the process from construction and decorating to working with Southern Living editorial staff and photographers. Birdwell heads up the custom home division of Riverside Homes, which built the house. Jarrod Knox, ‘11, another construction management alum who works for Riverside Homes, served as the superintendent of the project, overseeing on-site management of the construction site, and UNF business graduate and Riverside Homes’ business development manager Steve Morgan, ’02, was also involved in the project.

    Birdwell and Knox gave Dr. Jame Sorce's Residential Construction Class a tour of the home. The Old Florida-style 4,600 sq. foot home offers modern amenities and breathtaking waterfront views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Birdwell, who recently gave UNF students in a residential construction class a tour of the home, said architects carefully studied historic homes in downtown Fernandina, which provided inspiration for the project — particularly for the home’s outdoor space. “The railings and porches in downtown Fernandina were built by ship builders who would come into town and show off their work,” said Birdwell. The Idea House includes 1,500 square feet of porches, balconies and vast outdoor living areas.

    Keeping the project on schedule was critical. “We constructed the home in 5 ½ months,” Birdwell said. “Then the decorators came in, then the Southern Living writers and photographers. We knew our deadlines before we knew what the house was going to look like.”

    The home, which is listed on the market for $3.995 million fully furnished, is open for tours through mid-December. Tickets are $22, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Amelia Island Museum of History.

    Faculty Forum

    Meet Dr. Amy Lane

    Dr. Amy Lane working in the labDr. Amy Lane is an associate professor of chemistry and teaches organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry and electives in biochemistry. In her research, Lane explores marine bacteria as sources of molecules that may be useful as pharmaceuticals. Her research group aims to discover new compounds, as well as understand how seemingly “simple” bacteria are able to create complex chemical structures.

    Lane recently received a prestigious national honor, awarded to only eight faculty members in the country. At a New York City ceremony, Lane was distinguished as a 2019 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, an award that provides an unrestricted grant of $75,000 to young faculty who are accomplished researchers and committed educators.

    What brought you to UNF? I wanted a career focused on teaching and research with undergraduate students, so I targeted my faculty job search toward a place offering these strengths. UNF’s strength in marine science was also a selling point, and mild winters were an added bonus!

    What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know? The ocean is teeming with microorganisms. It’s been estimated there’s over a million microbes per milliliter of seawater! Fortunately for us, the vast majority of these are not harmful to humans — and some of them may even produce compounds useful as medicines of the future.

    Do you have a favorite spot on campus? The UNF nature trails are undoubtedly my favorite spot. They provide a great peaceful getaway just minutes away from the hustle-and-bustle of the rest of campus.

    What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom? Through the UNF TLO and Florida Institute of Oceanography programs, I’ve had the opportunity to take several groups of undergraduates on weeklong research trips at sea. It is awesome to witness student growth during these experiences.

    If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? I’m fascinated by airplanes and a big fan of travel, so I’ve daydreamed about a career as a pilot.

    What is your personal philosophy? My mantra is “Challenge your limits.” I’m an advocate of constant growth — which requires taking on challenges, adventures and opportunities.

    What do you like most about UNF? I work with a terrific group of students and have the opportunity to shape their career paths and lives. That’s an incredible responsibility and honor.

    Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? While I’m a technophile in practically every other aspect of my life, my classroom style is surprisingly low-tech. The whiteboard and lots of colored markers are my classroom “must haves.” These tools enable me to engage students and keep my class sessions dynamic.

    Who has been the biggest role model in your life? My parents are my biggest role models.

    If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? As humans, we can accomplish so much more by working together. Strive to find common ground with even those you disagree with and aim to keep moving forward.

    What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate? Many students agonize over landing their first job out of college, thinking this job is what they’ll do for the rest of their lives. In reality, few things are permanent, so it’s most important to use the first opportunity out of college as an experience to learn and grow. Take advantage of opportunities and view setbacks as learning experiences on the pathway to bigger and better things.

    If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? The first human landing on the moon was a monumental event in history and symbolic of what society can accomplish. I would like to have witnessed this.

    What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? I loved staying up practically all night with friends doing either everything or practically nothing at all. Somehow, I’d still manage to make it to class awake the next day. Sadly, I now need a bit more sleep to avoid feeling like a zombie!

    Who is your favorite fictional character? As a fan of the Harry Potter series, my definite favorite is Hermione Granger.

    Where is the best place you’ve visited? As a graduate student, I spent eight weeks living in a remote village in Fiji. Every day was a new challenge or adventure, and the SCUBA diving was amazing.

    How do you recharge? I recharge through travel adventures and exercise. I’m usually training for my next triathlon or plotting to scratch another destination or adventure off my bucket list.

    What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and also went to college in Indiana. I moved to Atlanta for graduate school at Georgia Tech, and then lived in San Diego during a postdoc at Scripps before landing at UNF. Jacksonville is great because it’s large enough to offer most conveniences of a major city, without traffic (quite) as bad as bigger cities I’ve lived in.

    What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? I want to make a positive impact on those I interact with and hope that I’m accomplishing this.

    Get to Know

    Meet Ricarla Jackson

    Ricarla Jackson

    Ricarla Jackson is an academic support services coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

    What do you do at UNF? I help to manage human resources matters within the college, which typically includes being the first point of contact for employees, such as answering general employee questions about policies and procedures and conducting training. My working title within the college is HR and personnel coordinator. I handle personnel activities, such as faculty hiring including part-time and full-time contracts, and provide support to the departments in their recruitment searches and in compensation/payroll matters. It’s a new role for me since I’ve been working in the Human Resources area for the last few years.

    What do you enjoy about working here? I have enjoyed the ability to participate in opportunities outside of my main role. I am currently the president of the University’s African American Faculty and Staff Association. I have been able to grow and develop with this organization throughout my time here beginning in 2015. I began as a membership representative then became membership chair. Management of the organization’s scholarship program has allowed me to work with students and have access to systems that I would not generally use in my administrative role. And it’s such a wonderful feeling to be able to give back. I have met and worked with some amazing people.

    How long have you lived in Jacksonville? I’ve lived in Jacksonville for a little over seven years. I moved here for the MPA program and, shortly after graduating, began working at UNF. I lived in Gainesville during my undergraduate program, but I’m originally from Cocoa Beach and grew up in a small town called Rockledge, Florida. I have also lived in Marietta, Georgia.

    What one memory do you most treasure? The time that I had growing up with one of my best friends, Corey. He passed away the day after I graduated college, and it was a rough time for me. We lived in Gainesville at the same time, and it was great having a piece of home with me. His smile and laugh were infectious, and I’ll never forget him.

    If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? When I think dinner party, I think party, so I need to laugh. I would invite Will Smith, because his hearty laugh-hand clap combo is perfect; Chris Rock because he’s hilarious without trying; Ellen DeGeneres because she is so sweet and will most likely bring a gift; and Tracee Ellis Ross because she is beautiful, and we can trade hair tips.

    If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would be a performer, either actress or singer. I love entertainment. But if it’s just for one day, I’d be a One-Hit Wonder. Then my music will live on and most likely be played at every wedding and celebration.

    What superpower would you like to have? Teleportation. I’d love to be anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. But I need the ability to allow me to take people with me. I need a travel buddy.

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? Knowing me, I’d take my time to understand the lay of the land, but I’m leaning towards eliminating student loans after a little research. I believe you should be financially empowered and something like that could take a lot of stress away and push you in the right direction toward financial freedom.

    What would be the title for the movie version of your life? Courage: Lessons in Bravery. Whether it’s each day, week or month, I am finding out more about myself and learning to stand in my convictions, doing new things that I may be hesitant to do and finding strength in adversity. I know, it sounds like a Lifetime movie.

    What’s at the top of your bucket list? Top of my bucket list is being on The Price is Right with my dad. It’s one of his favorite shows and to see it live and be a part of it would be everything. I know we can win! If I can squeeze in a second, I would be on Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways show. I love presents!

    What one food do you wish had zero calories? Bread. Bread is life.

    Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I have performed at Disney World on several occasions. I was a member of a women’s choir, and we performed with Disney’s Candlelight Processional mass choir. The narrators for the show change, so I’ve been able to perform with a few celebrities like Marlee Matlin of “The West Wing.” I was also a member of a smaller show choir called “Piece of the Rock,” almost like Glee. We performed in different shows or competitions around the state but also Disney’s Tomorrowland. I had one of my first solos there!

    Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I would love to go to Ghana and Dubai. There is a lot of West African heritage on my mother’s side, and I’d love to touch base and see the waterfalls in Ghana. I want to see the architecture in Dubai. Their buildings look amazing.

    Tell us a few of your favorite things.
    Book: “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor
    Childhood memory: Homemade forts with my sisters, nieces and cousins. We would sneak to the kitchen for food and drinks to bring back to the fort. We would use Walkie Talkies and all. My dad named us “The Donut Bandits.”
    Color: Purple
    Physical activity: insert rolling eye emoji
    Quote: (Verse) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
    Smell: Babies. I sniff my nephew's cheeks and neck all the time.


    Balloons with UNF logoMilestones
    Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary:
    30 Years
    Alisa Craddock, Library Services Specialist, Library
    20 Years
    Mary Smith, Office Manager, Arts and Sciences

    Valerie Stevenson ,  Controller
    15 Years
    Wilson Navarro, Assistant Controller
    10 Years
    Deborah Eichelberger, Senior Academic Advisor, Arts and Sciences

    5 Years
    Kathleen Leone, Director of Development, Brooks College of Health
    Frank Mackesy, Police Chief, University Police Department

    Amaray Alfonso Marrero, Custodial Worker, Osprey Fountains
    Kelly Marton, Academic Advisor, CCB Advising
    Stephanie Worley, Academic Support Services Coordinator, International Business Curriculum

    The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
    Kevin Amato, Project Manager, Facilities Planning
    Amy Brownfield, Laboratory Technician, Biology
    Fred Burnett, Associate Athletic Director, Sports Performance Trainer
    David Coleman, Auto Equipment Mechanic, Vehicle Maintenance
    Terrence Curran, Associate VP, Enrollment Services
    Ellie Denison, Office Manager, Undergraduate Studies
    Catherine Dunagan, Head Athletic Coach, Women's Tennis
    Molly Espinoza, Assistant Director, Special Events, University Development/Alumni Engagement
    Myleah Hampton, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
    Jessica Harris, Coordinator, Women’s Center, DDI/Intercultural Center
    Kaitlin King, Assistant Athletic Coach, Cross Country
    Christina McArn, Groundskeeper, Grounds
    Kayla McClellan, Specialist, Florida Institute of Education
    Jennifer McCullough, Student Financial Services Coordinator, Controller
    Chad Melton, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
    Molly Molis, Office Manager, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
    Lauren O'Toole, Office Manager, Athletics
    Paige Perez, Instructor, English
    Malcom Reid, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
    Garrett Rix, Groundskeeper, Grounds
    Ronnesha Rodgers, Social Media Specialist, Public Relations
    Nicholas Soriano, Coordinator, Physical Facility Quality Control, Quality Control and Work Management
    Michael Tellmann, IT Security Analyst, Information Technology                       
    Madison Turner, Admissions Coordinator, Transfer Student Services
    Theodios Wilson, Senior Floor Care Worker, Custodial Services

    Great Job
    The following employees were promoted recently:
    Karen Lucas, Assistant VP, Enrollment Services 

    Daniel Nutt, Coordinator, Student Wellness Complex
    Justin Sipes, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Center for Community-Based Learning

    Heartfelt wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees who left UNF recently:
    Gage Ardag, Coordinator, International Student Affairs, International Center
    Louis Ashley, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
    Angeline Cloud, Admissions Coordinator, Transfer Student Services
    Kristin Douberly, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, ORSP
    Eren Gultepe, Assistant Professor, School of Computing
    Myleah Hampton, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
    Austin Hayes, Stores Receivable Clerk, Shared Cost
    Brittany Kauffman, Academic Advisor, Advising
    Elizabeth Laake, Parking Services Associate, Parking and Transportation Services
    Amanda Melady, Office Manager, Controller
    Barnali Mondal, Lecturer, Chemistry
    Joseph O'Sullivan, Instructor, Civil Engineering
    Renee Phillips, Assistant Customer Services Superintendent, Custodial Services
    Kimberly Reid-Evans, Office Manager, Center for Community-Based Learning
    Eduardo Santana, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
    Brooke Shelton, Coordinator, International Center

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    Swoop Summary

    UNF Athletics Celebrates 15 Years of NCAA Division I Membership

    15th anniversary of Division 1 The University of North Florida Athletics Department announces the celebration of the 15th year of NCAA Division I membership with a special weekend slated for November 7-9 with events throughout the weekend. Learn more about the University’s 15th anniversary.

    Save the Date!
    Basketball Fan Day and athletic gear sale are set for Sunday, Nov. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the UNF Arena.
    Stay tuned for more information to come!

    Ospreys Bring Home Three Titles After Mercer Gridiron Invite

    The UNF women's tennis team took over the Mercer Gridiron Classic, bringing home titles in both the Singles Flight A and B and the Doubles Flight A. Read more about the Osprey’s stellar win.

    Men's Golf Graeme McDowell InvitationalMen's Golf Claims Team Crown at Graeme McDowell Invitational

    The North Florida men's golf squad used a balanced performance to capture the team title of the Graeme McDowell Invitational hosted by UAB at Greystone Golf and Country Club. Review the stats from the golf invitational.

    Local Company One Call Partners with UNF Athletics
    North Florida Department of Athletics is proud to extend its partnership between the Ospreys and One Call for another year. Read more about the Athletics partnership that helps provide students with internships and work opportunities

    Faculty and Staff

    Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health
    Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, appeared on the First Coast Living TV Segment Sept. 10 to talk about “What You Should Know About Milk” and to share the pros and cons of the many varieties available. Watch the segment about milk online.

    Dr. Beven Livingston, associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy, was accepted into the yearlong fellowship through the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) in Academic Leadership.

    Dr. Sericea Stallings-Smith, assistant professor of public health, presented a collaborative project with Dr. Hana Hamadi, Breck Peterson (MPH candidate), Dr. Emma Apatu, and Dr. Aaron Spaulding, titled “Impacts of Smoke-free Policies on 30-day Readmission Rates following Hospitalization for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the United States,” at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference in Utrecht, Netherlands. In addition, Stallings-Smith, with Bachelor of Science in Health graduate Taylor Ballantyne, published “Ever Use of E-cigarettes among Adults in the United States: A Cross-sectional Study of Sociodemographic Factors” in Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing.

    Coggin College of Business
    Dr. Courtney Azzari, assistant professor of marketing, with Stacey Baker, recently had a book chapter accepted for publication: “The Darkside of Nostalgic Bonds – Moral Motivators of Consumer Identities, Decisions, and Behaviours,” in Nostalgia Now – Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Past in the Present, Michael Hviid Jacobsen (Ed.), London: Routledge, forthcoming, 2020.

    Susan Eisenberg, CCB Academic Advising, was promoted to assistant director Academic Support Services.

    Dr. Dong-Young Kim
    , associate professor of operations management and quantitative methods and Coggin Endowed Strategic Professor, published a sole-author paper: "Beyond Direct Relationships: The Curvilinear Relationship between Supplier Dependence and Innovation," Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 2019. He has published 18 journal papers since joining UNF in 2010. His published research has been cited over 1,230 times according to Google Scholar.

    Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of management, had an article published recently: "An automated quantitative content analysis process for humanitarian logistics research," in the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Art and Design
    Sheila Goloborotko
    , professor of printmaking has the following exhibitions: 4th GLOBAL PRINT 2019, Portugal; The Devil’s Dictionary, Gallery 224, Port Washington, Wisconsin; Abel Contemporary Gallery, Stoughton, Wisconsin; and Musing Women, FSCJ’s South Gallery. Also, Goloborotko’s work, "Manifest Vodka," has been selected by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for public auction.


    Jenny Hager, professor of sculpture, and Lance Vickery, assistant professor of sculpture, have a two-person exhibition in Valdosta, Georgia, at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.

    Jason John, associate professor of painting/drawing, has the following exhibitions: 2019 enGENDERing Change/ National Juried Exhibition, Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State University, October, Alamosa, Colorado; Mark Makers, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, New York; Narrative and Illusion, The VETS Gallery, Art League of Rhode Island, July, Providence; and Real People 2019, Old Court House Art Center, August, Woodstock, Illinois. John also received 2019 The Painting Center Award, Juried into The Painting Center Art File Gallery, New York. See John's art at The Painting Center onlineIn addition, he published 2019 Postcard Publication for Real People 2019, Old Court House Art Center, August, Woodstock, Illinois, as well as Artist Profile, Salann Magazine, 2nd Edition, Juried, Denver, Colorado.

    Beth Nabi, associate professor of graphic design has been invited to speak at the U2 Conference Australia Edition 2019: Image + Experience in Sydney. The conference is being organized by the Australian National University School of Music and the Communications and Media Studies Department at the University of Technology Sydney.

    Dr. Dale Casamatta and colleagues (C.D. Villanueva, A.D. Garvey, H.S. Stocks, M. Vaccarino, P. Dvořák, P. Hašler and J.R. Johansen) just published: “Reptodigitus chapmanii (Nostocales, Hapalosiphonaceae) gen. nov.: a unique Nostocalean (Cyanobacteria) genus based on a polyphasic approach” in the Journal of Phycology 

    Dr. Stuart Chalk presented two papers at the 258th American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego, "Semantic Representation of CIF Files: Mining Crystal Structures in the CSD" and "Reimagining IUPAC recommendations as a chemical ontology for semantic chemistry."

    Dr. Charles Closmann gave a talk on July 25 for "OneJax," an institute of UNF that brings together diverse members of the community including students and teachers. More than 50 students and teachers attended the talk, "How Personal Relations Encouraged Resistance to the Holocaust."

    Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski reviewed a future Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) Exam for the Educational Testing Service and composed a DBQ, or Documents-Based Question (assembling 16 primary-source documents along with a thesis question and rationales), for use in a future APUSH Exam. McGraw-Hill has also asked him to vet chapters from one of its U.S. History survey textbooks, with special emphasis on its sections covering political, economic and diplomatic history.

    Dr. Andrea Venet, assistant professor of percussion, performed original compositions as a featured soloist at the Steve Weiss Mallet Festival at the Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia and the Prairie Music Residency in SK, Saskatchewan Canada in August. While in Canada, Dr. Venet was featured in several concerts throughout the week with the PMR Brass Band, the PMR Percussion ensemble and also acted as the percussion course director and clinician.  

    Dr. Chris Kelso, associate professor of physics, presented the invited research talk: "The DAMA signal, where are we now" at workshop Challenges and Opportunities in Theoretical Particle Physics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea.

    Dr. Lakshmi Narayanan, visiting assistant professor of psychology, had an article published in August: "Dimensional Structure of the Arabic Positive Affect and Negative Affect Scale Adapted From its English Form" in Psychological Reports journal.

    Political Science and Public Administration
    Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, with colleague Brenda K. Savage, presented “Breaching the Nationalistic Moral Boundaries: The Peace Tax Fund Act as an Attempt to Make Space for Feminized Citizenship” at the Sociologists for Women in Society Summer 2019 Meeting, in August.


    Dr. Enrijeta Shino, assistant professor of political science, with Dr. Daniel A. Smith of the University of Florida, presented "Mobilizing the Youth? Early Voting on College Campus" at the American Political Science Association Conference, Washington D.C. At the same conference, with Dr. Michael Binder of UNF and Dr. Michael D. Martinez of the University of Florida, Shino presented "Do Surveys Other Than ANES Mobilize the Electorate?"

    Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
    Dr. Ronald Kephart
    , associate professor of anthropology, was informed in August by the University of Florida Libraries that his 1985 PhD dissertation, “It Have More Soft Words”: A Study of Creole English and Reading in Carriacou, Grenada, was published on


    Dr. Jacqueline Meier and her colleagues published, "Beyond City and Country at Mycenae: urban and rural practices in a subsistence landscape," in the book "Country in the City: Agricultural Functions of Protohistoric Urban Settlements (Aegean and Western Mediterranean).

    "Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, with her colleagues, published "The micro-to-macro realities of antidepressant taking: Users’ experiences in the context of contested science and industry promotion" in Qualitative Social Work, August.

    College of Education and Human Services
    Drs. Amanda Kulp
    and Amanda Blakewood Pascale, with graduate student Matthew Grandstaff, will have their manuscript — “Gender, Class Standing, and Extra Curricular Involvement: Insight into what and when to program for improved academic and social success”— published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

    Dr. Matt Ohlson was selected as one of 40 participants in the Leadership Florida cohort for the 2019-20 school year. Learn more about Leadership Florida online.

    Drs. Matt Ohlson and Anne Swanson, along with two practitioners from Flagler County as part of a partnership, wrote an article titled “Bridging the Optimism Gap: How bringing hope and happiness into schools leads to positive changes.” It will be featured in the next issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record.

    Thomas G. Carpenter Library
    Jennifer Murray, director of Technical Services and Library Systems, and Daniel Feinberg, Online Learning librarian, will present “Collaboration and Integration: Embedding the Library into Canvas” at the Florida Association of College & Research Libraries (FACRL) Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale on Oct. 18. Additionally, Murray and Susan Massey, head of Discovery Enhancement, will present a poster session titled “Collaborative Code Envy: ILS vs. MARC for ACRL Statistics” at the same conference.

    Metadata Librarian Marielle Veve presented “ProQuest Harvesting Option for ETD Submittal: Providing Student’s Choice while Keeping the Local Workflow” at the annual USETDA 2019 Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 27. 

    The Goods

    The Goods: New meat alternatives

    Dish of beans

    As vegan and vegetarian diets continue to grow in popularity, consumers are increasingly interested in plant-based meats or “fake meats.” From mushrooms to soy, green peas, wheat gluten, beans of all types, and more, what is the truth about these new meat alternatives?

    Myth: A diet without meat can’t be healthy.
    Fact: Plant-based diets can be very healthful and provide all the nutrients you need. If a person wishes to cut meat from their diet entirely, they just need to make sure that are getting all the essential nutrients. Protein can be obtained from beans, nuts and soy. Making sure the base or half of the diet comes from a variety of fruits and vegetables for the vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B12 should be supplemented if there are no animal products in the diet. In going to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, it is beneficial to meet with a registered dietitian to assist with planning a nutritionally complete diet.

    Myth: Plant-based meats are healthier than animal meats.
    Fact: Not all plant-based meats are created equally. Of all the plant-based meats in the market today, some are minimally processed and made with whole foods while others are highly processed and contain additives and flavorings. Consumers should look for meat alternatives made with beans, lentils, tempeh, quinoa, sweet potatoes and tofu.

    Myth: Fake meats aren’t safe.
    Fact: Eating plant-based meats actually reduces the risk of E. coli or salmonella infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, raw foods of animal origin are the most likely to be contaminated. Plant-based meats only need to be heated, not cooked like meat, so it increases their safety.

    Myth: Meat alternatives have less calories and fat.
    Fact: Some meat alternatives have almost the same number of calories and fat as a traditional beef burger, but it varies significantly. For example, one popular plant-based burger is high in calories and saturated fat at 270 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat. Another brand has only 110 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat.

     Make your own delicious plant-based burger:

    • 1½ cup cooked sweet potato
    • 1½ cup cooked brown rice
    • 1½ cup canned black beans rinsed and drained 
    • ½ cup onion
    •  2 cups mushrooms 
    • 1 tsp salt 
    • ½ tsp garlic powder
    • 1/8 – ¼ tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • ½ tsp chili powder 
    • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast


    1. Cook the brown rice according to package directions, or use leftover cooked brown rice.
    2. Dice and steam the sweet potato until it is fork tender, or use leftover cooked sweet potato.
    3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    4. Place the onion and mushrooms in a food processor and pulse a couple of times, until the onion and mushrooms are chopped.
    5. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture comes together; scrape down the sides of the food processor as needed.
    6. Form the mixture into burger patties. This recipe makes six burgers, about ½ cup of mixture per burger.
    7. Place patties onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.
    8. Bake 12 minutes; flip and bake for another 8 minutes.
    9. Take the burgers out of the oven and let them rest for 10-15 minutes to cool down. The patties will firm up during this time; if you don’t let them rest, they may fall apart. 


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    After consistently ranking UNF as a Best Regional University, U.S. News & World Reports has moved the University into a higher ranking tier. For the first time, UNF is now ranked as a top national university in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges listing. On a national level, UNF ranked No. 140 among the nation’s top public universities. Find more information about the ranking online.

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