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Five Sand Courts to Call Home



It took only seconds to snip the ceremonial blue ribbon at the grand opening of the Cooper Beach Volleyball Complex Saturday, Feb. 8, but more than two years to make the dream a reality. Thanks to the Cooper family and other donors, the UNF beach volleyball team now has a home on campus - known as The Coop - complete with five sand courts, a digital scoreboard and stands. Want to watch a match? Find the team's schedule online.

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Bringing the Community into the Classroom

Class gathers at Community First Credit Union location on campus

UNF students will soon bring a fresh new look to banking on campus.

Community First Credit Union of Florida, in conjunction with its architectural firm, is asking UNF students for creative input to update its 10-year-old campus branch. It's one of three challenges the credit union has brought to students enrolled in a special Consumer Behavior class that comprises a community-engagement project.

In addition to the redesign, students have been tasked with finding solutions for two marketing challenges: how to recruit more UNF students as customers and how to retain them after graduation.

Leslie Gordon, adjunct professor in the Marketing and Logistics Department of the Coggin College of Business, is leading 28 students who will work in six teams to complete the real-world project she developed with the credit union. "It's really my passion to focus on experiential learning and the benefits of bringing the community into the classroom," she said. "This is the philosophy that I bring to my teaching, and I'm very proud of it, because I feel there's a need and a great benefit for real-world experience."

Community First, which recently renewed its lease with the University, is a longtime corporate partner. The credit union supports numerous UNF initiatives, including the Alumni Association's Third Thursdays events, the UNF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, parent orientations, and Market Days as well as providing student scholarships and a moveUP financial education program for the campus community.

Missy Peters, the credit union's director of community affairs, said the project has inspired the entire branch transformation team. "The students have been engaged from the beginning, and their ideas are going to redefine this branch for a long time," Peters said. "I think it's one of the most impactful projects we've done in our history with UNF."

Gordon has fashioned the course to include several meetings with the company. To begin, Community First shared information about the company and its marketing challenges. In the weeks ahead, students will meet with the company to discuss options and later propose ideas in a formal presentation, followed by a feedback session.

"On one hand the project requires creativity, but on the other hand it's based on sound research and knowledge," Gordon said. Students will conduct marketing research with potential customers and also explore existing consumer-attitude research.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, students met for an evening mixer in the branch to discuss designs they had seen while visiting other Jacksonville locations. Corporate executives listened as students shared what they did and didn't like.

Jimmy Lovelace, senior vice president of member experience, told the students that no two branches are exactly alike, and that the campus site should be uniquely UNF. "What's the story this branch has to tell?" Lovelace said. "What story do you want it to tell? You students are going to help us figure that out."

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Five Free Things to Do at UNF in March

Five Free Things to do at UNF in MarchJazz Series - 'Hello Pops: A Salute to Louis Armstrong'
32nd Annual Great American Jazz Series in collaboration with The Beaches Fine Arts Series presents Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon: "Hello Pops: A Salute to Louis Armstrong," with J.B. Scott, artistic director.
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Theater
Free, but registration requested.

Pick Your Own Salad at Ogier Gardens
Friday, March 6, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., UNF Ogier Gardens
Tour the garden and harvest your own salad greens along the way. Campus Dining provides dressing and a wide range of delicious toppings. Find more Ogier Gardens events online

A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps

Sunday, March 8, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., Andrew A. Robinson Theater
UNF and the First Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will host a screening of the documentary, "A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps." Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Wilfredo Gonzalez, UNF Trustee and former Peace Corps County Director for Ghana, as well as Nina Frank, President of RPCV, and other returned volunteers. Register here.

Distinguished Voices Lecture series with Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull (Canceled*)
'China: The Asia-Pacific Struggle for Control'
Monday, March 16, 7 p.m., Adam W. Herbert University Center
Malcom Turnbull's career spans journalism, law, business and politics. After growing up in Australia, Turnbull studied at Sydney University and attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He returned to Australia to practice law, founded and ran several businesses and then pursued a political career, eventually serving as prime minister from 2015-18. Free e-ticket available online

* We have received word that Prime Minister Turnbull's visit to the United States has been canceled, and he will not be able to join us in Jacksonville on March 16. We are working to reschedule his visit and we will share details as they become available. 


The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presents Conductor Simon Carrington
Featuring UNF Chamber Singers with Holly Hammond, chorus master; Cara Tasher, director of choral studies; and Dr. Jimmy Hall, artistic director.
Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center
Free, but registration requested.

You can find more free music concerts online, as well as more free activities on the UNF events calendar.

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Building a Community-Based Learning Program

Dr. Sherry Pinkstaff works with graduate physical therapy studentsTurning big dreams into reality sometimes begins with baby steps.

For Dr. Sherry Pinkstaff that has certainly been true, yet her persistence has finally moved the community-based learning program she has long imagined into its infancy phase, with much hope for the future.

It all began with a desire to provide access to physical therapy for patients at Sulzbacher, a comprehensive homeless facility, which has a medical clinic to treat critical health issues, yet no licensed physical therapists. Pinkstaff, an associate professor in UNF's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, is well aware from available research that the homeless population suffers from the same musculoskeletal issues we all do - resulting in back, neck, shoulder pain and more.

To meet those needs, she imagined a program that would allow UNF students and others to provide physical therapy services to patients. As a first step, Pinkstaff began last fall by taking students from her graduate class to Sulzbacher once a month. They began by offering education to patients who visited the medical center. In many cases, they were explaining how to control diabetes and hypertension with exercise and nutrition.

"I think it's been very meaningful to the students," she said. "I've gotten some very positive feedback from them, though education is definitely not where I want it to end," Pinkstaff said. "I just wanted to get my foot in the door to see the possibilities and see how we could best meet their needs." Ultimately, her vision includes a physical therapy clinic at Sulzbacher with a full-time physical therapist and a clinical internship for students.

With that goal in mind, Pinkstaff again pushed the program forward. This semester, she has increased student visits to twice a month, and she intends to continue the education program through the summer. The project also is aligned with her research, which will document how the experience changes the students, measure the impact of the education on the patients and document the number of the patients at the clinic who need physical therapy services.

Dan Richard, director for the Center for Community-Based Learning, said that Pinkstaff participates in a learning community with other faculty, all trying to further develop and enhance their community engagement efforts. It's all part of the Community Engagement Research (CER) Fellowship program offered through the Center that provides workshops and training as well as opportunities for faculty members to engage in research that measures the impact of Community Engagement.

"Dr. Pinkstaff is now identifying the community needs, which is an essential first step in community engaged work, instead of assuming what the homeless population needs, really identifying what those needs are," Richard said.

Pinkstaff is moving her research forward toward that need assessment. Though she would like to see faster paced progress, she knows that building a strong foundation takes time. "I'm just one person, and so I'm plugging along," Pinkstaff said. "You have to start somewhere."

Learn more about the Community Engagement Research Fellowship program online.

Get to Know

Geoff Whittaker

Meet UNF employee Geoff WhittakerGeoff Whittaker

Whittaker is an IT Security Engineer in Networking, Systems and Security with Information Technology Services. He is also a 2019 Presidential SPOT Award winner.

What do you do at UNF? Every day tends to be a little different, but my responsibilities center around security design and implementation, administration of various systems and consultation. I'm the primary administrator for the campus firewalls as well as the card-access system rolling out to campus, among several other things.

What do you enjoy about working here? In my role, I'm frequently called on to work on projects and issues impacting all aspects of IT and that has exposed me to lots of different technologies. This affords me the opportunity to learn skills that I likely wouldn't get in many other jobs.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Well, I'm 39. So, 39 years minus some vacations here and there.

What one memory do you most treasure? When Christina and I got married she had a custom Star Trek wedding ring made for me. I didn't see it until she put it on my finger and in that moment (and countless others) I knew I'd made the right choice.

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 dear wife, Christina: We've been married since 2014 and together since 2008. She is my best-friend, my biggest fan and my rock. I refuse to imagine life without her, much less a dinner party. Sir Winston Churchill: A legendary wit, and he probably had some pretty good stories. James Robinson: A former co-worker, good friend and historian. He'd probably never speak to me if Churchill came and I didn't invite him. Besides, I'm not much of a socialite and he'd carry the conversational load. My grandmother, Mary Francis: She was the source of my love for chocolate and for science, as well as a classically trained soprano. I'd love to hear her sing again.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Going Mach 2 with my hair on fire sounds like fun, so a naval aviator. That was my dream job as a child. They land jets sleep deprived, on a pitching deck, at night, in heavy weather, with one engine out … If you can do that, you can do anything!

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it?
I wish I could fly. I know it's cheesy and somewhat selfish. But I hate traffic and the possibilities for general mischief and amusement are endless.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? I'd simplify the tax-code to fit into a single sentence.

What would be the title for the movie version of your life? I think I'd call it, "This too shall pass." Life is fleeting, both the good and the bad. I try to keep that in the back of my mind reminding me to savor the moments that matter and move on from the rest.

What's at the top of your bucket list? Flying has always been my dream. Given the money and time, I'd like to build a plane and get my private pilot's license.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Ice cream, hands down, is my kryptonite. They say milk does a body good, and I remain unconvinced ice cream does any less.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. My wife and I are expecting our first baby in July. Anyone who has known me for a while would know I only liked babies that I could give back. But, in the last few years that changed. We'd all but given up when Christina turned up pregnant a few months ago.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I'd love to sail around the world. I'd have to buy a sailboat and probably learn how to sail it, but it can't be that hard, right? I mean, the wind does all the work. 

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Book: The "Aubrey-Maturin" series by Patrick O'Brian
Food: Lasagna, with absurd amounts of cheese
Ice cream flavor: Blue-Bell Groom's Cake
TV show as a kid: Star Trek, in all forms.

Faculty Forum

Anne E. Pfister

Dr. Anne E. Pfister headshotMeet Anne E. Pfister, Ph.D. 

Anne Pfister is an assistant professor of anthropology and recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. She teaches Introduction to Anthropology, Principles of Physical Anthropology, Principles of Socio-cultural Anthropology, Health, Illness and Culture, and an honors seminar called "Introduction to Anthropology from the perspective of Human Health and Healing." Her research investigates the experience of deafness among deaf children and their families in Mexico City. Pfister said that she integrates the analytical lens of medical anthropology with sociocultural-linguistic theoretical approaches to address the interrelatedness of human biology, culture, and language among deaf participants.

What brought you to UNF? I was excited about the four-field approach of the department and interdisciplinary opportunities in working with colleagues from sociology and social work.

What's one thing in your field of study that people might not know? There are many misconceptions surrounding deafness - for example, many people think that deaf people can understand other deaf people through a universal sign language, but sign languages (like spoken languages) evolve and change regionally. My participants and I use Lengua de Señas Mexicana (Mexican Sign Language) which is quite different from American Sign Language - the two languages are not mutually intelligible, despite the relative geographical proximity of Mexico and the United States. Cuban Sign Language and Argentinian Sign Language also differ significantly from Mexican Sign Language, just like British Sign Language and American Sign Language are distinct. This illustrates how sign languages are not based on the dominant spoken languages of the countries where they are used (Spanish and English, respectively). Just like spoken languages, they are context dependent and evolve differently to reflect the experiences of their users.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? I like spending time on the trails near the Eco Center, though I don't go there often enough.

What's the most rewarding academic experience you've had at UNF in or out of the classroom? Mentoring students to develop research projects based on their interests is immensely rewarding. Some of my favorites have included anthropological perspectives on the care of captive bonobos, the evolution of Khmer Sign Language and deaf education in Cambodia, and compassion fatigue among veterinary support staff. I also enjoy watching students grow through leadership in Lambda Alpha, the Anthropology Honors Society.

If you weren't teaching, what else would you be doing? If I had not studied anthropology, I might have liked to study photography or medicine.

What do you like most about UNF? I like the balance of teaching and research responsibilities for UNF faculty. Students tell us that they feel anthropology (and other) faculty are accessible and express their gratitude for the one-on-one conversations and working relationships with faculty. I view relationship building as an important part of our work as educators and as public scholars. I am also motivated by students' excitement for anthropology and when they share real-world examples of themes we study together.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? Although I knew I wasn't interested in a professional career in archaeology, I really enjoyed the archaeology field school I attended through Colorado State University - we mapped projectile points in the Bighorn Basin of Southern Wyoming.

Where is the best place you've visited? My favorite place to visit is Mexico, which I consider a second home. I lived in Mexico City for many years and have traveled to many states in Mexico. I have fond memories from all my travels, but I especially enjoyed travel to Cambodia, Thailand, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Peru. I will also never tire of visiting the open spaces of the Western United States, including my home state of Colorado.

How do you recharge? My favorite way to relax is going camping with my family and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived?
I love the small-town feel of the city of Jacksonville, especially the unique neighborhoods. I am also intrigued by Jacksonville history and how my family and I can contribute to our community in positive ways. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, I lived in Colorado, Arizona, Mexico City and South Florida.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? Many of my personal and professional choices have led me to my current profession - studying sign language and Spanish, living in Mexico City and my love for travel and cultures all converge in my anthropological research and teaching. At the end of my life, I would regret not seeing the world and the adventures in learning and vulnerability that has afforded me. I hope to continue to enjoy travel and different perspectives of the world.

Also, my husband and children make me very happy and proud and starting my own family is a true adventure. If I had not chosen that undertaking, I think I would regret missing the experience of that depth of love, loyalty and commitment.

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Presidential Excellence Award winners

UNF FountainPresidential Excellence Awards Recipients Announced
Congratulations to the recipients of the Fall 2019 Presidential Excellence Awards, who will be recognized at the Presidential Awards Ceremony Luncheon during the 2020 Professional Development Forum. 

Presidential Excellence Award - Administrative and Professional
First Place: Abby Willcox, Director, Institutional Research

Presidential Excellence Award - USPS

First Place: Rachel Fieschko, Program Assistant, ADA Compliance
Second Place: Alexis Waite, Benefits & Retirement Specialist, Human Resources

  • Jessica Overton, Office Assistant, Physical Facilities
  • Marianne Roberts, Office Manager, Department of History


Presidential Quality Customer Service Award
Winner: The Graduate School

Presidential SPOT Award
Award Winners:

  • Decato Burke, Audio Visual Tech Manager, Academic Technology
  • Stephen Fagan, Assistant Director, Physical Facilities
  • Tim Flanagan, SA Specialist/Fitness Equipment Technician, Recreation and Wellness
  • Courtney Haltiwanger, UX Developer, Enterprise Systems
  • Jessica Jerome, State Programs Coordinator, Enrollment Services
  • Jonathan Keathley, Lab Technician, Department of Chemistry
  • Jessica Miller, Office Manager, Recreation and Wellness
  • Joseph Namey, IT Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems
  • Jenny Neidhardt, Office Manager, Department of Chemistry
  • Monica Stam, Assistant Director, Student Financial Services


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Summer Camps for Kids

UNF music camp


How will you keep your children active and engaged this summer? UNF offers numerous summer camp programs for youngsters of all ages, including computing, art, music, athletic and recreation camps. Some offer discounts for faculty and staff. 

Music Camps
It's time to register for summer music camp offered by the School of Music for rising eighth-graders through high school graduates. The one-week camp offered June 14 - 19 will be held at the UNF Fine Arts Center. Learn more and register for the music camp

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

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

Recreation Camps
The Recreation and Wellness Department offers youth day camps during the summer that typically run 8-9 weeks. Discounts are available for military, families with multiple children, and the UNF community. Call 904-620-2998 for more information or learn more online about Recreation Camps and registration deadlines

Athletic Camps
UNF Athletic Camps offer training and fun in a number of sports, such as basketball, baseball, tennis, softball and more. Registration guidelines vary by sport. Learn more about the summer 2020 camps online. 


Division of Continuing Education Summer Camps

UNF is offering four new summer camps, primarily geared to rising 5th - 10th grade students. Learn more about the new camps online.


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

25 Years
Cathryn Hagan, Associate Director, Small Business Development Center

15 Years
Linda Howell, Assistant Professor, English
Becky Raines, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

10 Years
Susan Massey, University Librarian
Carl Schumacher, Automotive Equipment Mechanic Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Jeanette Toohey, Assistant Director, Continuing Education

5 Years
Denean Gray, Senior Parking Services Supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services
Olga Igolnikov, Senior Director, Advancement Operations
Randall Jones, Senior Telecomm Technician, Telephone Services
Margaret Saunders, Administrative Assistant, President's Office
William Whittaker, Coordinator IT Support, User Services

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

William Adams, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Ivan Birytski, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Jason Collins, Academic Advisor, COAS Advising
Kathleen Contrino, Director Development, College Development Officers
Elliott Henderson, Manager Maintenance Utilities, Maintenance and Energy Management
Jamoni Hill, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Brankica Iljic, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Sue Levin, Academic Advisor, CCEC Advising
Jordan Peery, Office Assistant, TSI/Foundation Accounting
Kyle Pena, Data Scientist, Strategic Analytics
Justin Sorrell, Senior Associate General Counsel, General Counsel
Emma Spina, Admissions Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services Processing Office
Juliet Streaty-Varnum, Academic Advisor, CCEC Advising
Manuel Velasquez, Director, Student Affairs, LGBT Office
Ginny Walthour, Director, Media Relations, Marketing and Communications
Kendall Wheeler, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Brenda Zelaya, Administrative Secretary, Counseling Center

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Jennifer Barth, Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Academic Support
Francesca Brant, Coordinator Conduct, Office of the Dean of Students
Jeffrey Dennis, Assistant Director Development, Intercollegiate Athletics
Erin McKillip, IT Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems
Joseph Namey, IT Full Stack Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems
Fantei Norman, Coordinator EOI, Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
Kaitlyn Saavedra, Assistant Director, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center
Noah Sterling, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services
Amber Ziegler, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems

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

Ausu Anaraki, Assistant Director, Development, MOCA Jacksonville
Kimberly Barnhart, Coordinator, Data Management, University Development and Alumni Engagement         
Lisa Brunson, Administrative Secretary, Small Business Development Center
Annette Cherry Smith, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Tammy Cronin, Office Manager, Veterans Resource Center
Emily Devine, Coordinator, Membership Engagement, MOCA Jacksonville
Molly Espinoza, Assistant Director, Special Events, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Nacole Guyton, Associate Director, Research Program Services, Florida Institute of Education
Victoria Hughes, Coordinator, Energy Management Utilities, Maintenance and Energy Management
Georges LaBranche, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Tiffani Pearson, Library Services Specialist, Library
James Reid, Automotive Equipment Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Shari Shuman, VP Administration Finance, Administration and Finance
Brandon Smith, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jennifer Stagon, Instructor, Mechanical Engineering
Tracy Thomas, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

In Memoriam
Dr. Merrill J. ("MJ") Palmer passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, from complications related to lung cancer. He joined the faculty in 1975 and was the first director of choral activities at UNF. He taught classes in conducting, music theory, voice and humanities. Palmer was the chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 1981-84 and was responsible for writing the lyrics to the UNF Alma Mater. He was devoted to his students for 31 years, until his retirement in 2006. A memorial service was held Feb. 13. His obituary is available online.

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Swoop Summary

Here are a few highlights from last month's Athletics accomplishments. You can find all the sports news online.


ASUN regular season champs - closeup of circle of basketball playersOspreys Earns Regular Season Championship; Tourney Starts Tuesday Here at UNF  

North Florida men's basketball earned a share of the ASUN Regular Season Championship Saturday and will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ASUN Championship.

The Ospreys split the title with Liberty who lost to Lipscomb to conclude the regular season. North Florida faces off with Jacksonville Tuesday at UNF Arena at 7 p.m. in the ASUN Quarterfinals. Tickets are available online or calling 904-620-BIRD. Read more about men's basketball and the upcoming Tournament.

UNFs womens swim teamOsprey Swim Team Place 5th, Best Finish since 2012
North Florida swimming finished in fifth place at the CCSA Championship for its best finish since 2012, escaping sixth by eight points. Read more about the team's performance at the championship

Women's Tennis Defeats Georgia State
North Florida (6-1) stayed perfect at home on the season thanks to a 4-3 victory against Georgia State (2-7) Sunday, Feb. 23. Read more about the women's tennis victory over Georgia State.

UNF womens track student-athleteWomen's Track Posts PR's and Strong Finishes at South Carolina
The North Florida women's track and field wrap up the regular indoor season with personal records in South Carolina. Learn more about the strong finish for women's track in South Carolina.

Men's Tennis Sweeps Saturday Twin Bill
UNF men's tennis made it a perfect Saturday to complete a 4-0 season-opening home stand thanks to wins against Bethune-Cookman (1-5) and FAMU (0-13) Feb. 22 from the UNF Tennis Complex. Learn more about the winning men's tennis team's Saturday play.

Softball Sweeps Friday in Boca Raton
North Florida sweeps day one of FAU First Pitch Classic. The Osprey stopped LIU (5-7), 4-2, before making a comeback against FAU (3-8), 9-7 in 10 innings. Learn more about the first day of play in Boca Raton.

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Faculty and Staff News

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health
Dr. James Churilla published the findings from three studies: "Physical Activity and Epilepsy in U.S. Adults" was published in the Southern Medical Journal; "Can Short Bouts of Exercise (Exercise Snacks) Improve Body Composition in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes? A Feasibility Study" was published in Hormone Research in Paediatrics; and "Mean Combined Relative Grip Strength and Metabolic Syndrome: 2011-2014 NHANES" was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Additionally, one of Churilla's current thesis students, Chakene Rogers, was awarded acceptance into the "Leadership and Diversity Program" sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Hanadi Hamadi, with Choate Spaulding and M. Zhao, had a published article titled "The Impact of Hospitalists on Value-Based Purchasing Program Scores" in the Journal of Healthcare Management; 63(4), 43-58, doi: 10.1097/JHM-D-16-00035, 2018, selected by the 2020 Edgar C. Hayhow Committee as recommended reading.

Dr. Tes Tuason and Dr. C. Dominik Güss, published "Gun Violence in the United States in 2017 and the Role of Mental Illness" in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression

Coggin College of Business
Leslie Gordon, adjunct faculty in the Department of Marketing and Logistics, has partnered with Community First Credit Union of Florida to bring real-world marketing challenges to her Consumer Behavior class. The Jacksonville Business Journal published a story titled "Community First partners renews lease at UNF, engages students to recreate the branch." In her course, Gordon and her students are working directly with Community First to address relevant marketing issues. Read the story about the partnership online.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Art, Art History and Design
Sheila Goloborotko, associate professor, and Andy Kozlowski, assistant professor, had an exhibition "Habitus: Contemplative Manifesto" open in the Lufrano Gallery. The exhibition featured prints by 30 artists from the U.S. and abroad. 


Andy Kozlowski had a print selected for the 2020 Four Rivers Print Biennial in Illinois by juror Mark Pascale. Overall, 44 works were selected from the 229 pieces submitted by 87 artists.


Lance Vickery, assistant professor, had a final installation of public art sculpture commission, titled "Progression." The installation is located at the Jessie Ball DuPont center in downtown Jacksonville (the old library). It was commissioned as tribute to the outgoing foundation president Sherry Magill, who served the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund from 1993-2018. This project has been nearly two years in the making.

Department of Chemistry
Dr. Hannah R. Malcolm, assistant professor of chemistry, with her students Brittni L. Miller and Hannah M. Dickinson, as well as her CCEC MSERF collaborators, Dr. Albina Mikhaylova, MSERF Assistant Director, and Dr. Brian Wingender, MSERF Postdoctoral Researcher, published a paper "Characterizing the mechanosensitive response of Paraburkholderia graminis membranes" in BBA: Biomembranes, January.

Dr. Amy L. Lane, associate professor of chemistry, and Fulbright international student fellow Evgenii Protasov, published the article "Actinobacteria from sediments of the deep and ancient Lake Baikal (Russia) and their genetic potential as producers of secondary metabolites" in Aquatic Microbial Ecology, January.

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice & Department of Psychology
Dr. Jennifer K. Wesely, professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Dr. Elizabeth R. Brown, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Curtis E. Phills, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, published "Words matter: A qualitative content analysis of campus crime alerts and considerations for best practices," in the Journal of American College Health in February.

School of Communication
Frank Goodin, instructor, Digital Video Production, won an Award of Excellence for "Memories" (60-second commercial) in the Faculty Film & Video Competition at the Broadcast Education Association convention.

Department of English
Dr. Chris Gabbard, associate professor of English, co-edited "The Cultural History of Disability in the Long Eighteenth Century" (Bloomsbury Press), January.

Dr. Anna Claire Hodge, visiting instructor of English, published the poems "Instructions for Girls' Weekend" and "Psychic Reading" in New Orleans Review, January.

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Mahbubur Rahman, associate professor, gave an invited talk: "Stochastic approximations of Fredholm Volterra Integro-differential equation arising in mathematical neuroscience" at the American Mathematical Society's special session of the Joint Mathematics Meeting, January 15-18, Denver.

School of Music
Dr. Erin Bodnar, assistant professor of music and director of bands, presented "Where in the World? The transformational experience of international performance tours," and "Cognitive Conducting: Using Mental Activities to Aid Our Movement," at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in January.

Dr. Nick Curry, associate professor of cello, served as a visiting professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in January.

Dr. Gary Smart, UNF Presidential Professor of Music, won the 2019 Composition Competition offered by American shakuhachi flute master, Order of the Rising Sun Tai Shogun, Shawn Renzoe Head. Dr. Smart has been commissioned to compose a work for shakuhachi flute and piano, which will receive multiple performances.

Department of Physics
Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen, associate professor of physics, organized and hosted an international conference on "Dynamic Dirac Quantum Matter" the week of Dec. 16 - 20 at Jacksonville Beach. The meeting was sponsored by UNF, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Institute for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Also, Haraldsen, with student Daniel Boyko, published a paper "Spin Dynamics and Dirac Nodes in a Kagome Lattice" in December issue of Annalen der Physik. The paper was selected for the back cover of the journal. In addition, students Aditi Mahabir, Alexandria Alcantara, and Peter Dyszel, who work with Haraldsen, presented their research at the annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CuWIP), which took place at the University of South Florida in Tampa, January.

Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Dr. Keith Ashley
, assistant professor of anthropology, and Dr. Robert Thunen, associate Professor Emeritus, published "St. Johns River Fisher-Hunter-Gatherers: Florida's Connection to Cahokia" in the January issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

Dr. Rosa de Jorio, professor, published "Conflict-Related Gender-Based Violence in Mali and the Limits of the Global System of Law" in the 2019 issue of Mande Studies, January. In addition, the professor, with her colleague Sten Hagberg, published "Même pas peur! Ethnographies of Security in the Sahel" in the 2019 issue of Mande Studies, January 2020.

Mr. Ross McDonough, instructor, presented "Social Work Practice with the Faithless: Competency Implications for Atheism" to the First Coast Free Thought Society in Jacksonville, Florida on Jan. 20.

College of Education and Human Services

The Seven Bridges Writing Project (the National Writing Project site at UNF) will be hosting its second annual Summer Institute June 15-19 on the UNF campus. The Summer Institute will bring together K-12 public school teachers to work on their own development as writers and to explore research-based and non-formulaic approaches to the teaching of writing in our K-12 classrooms. Each day will feature a general session (with discussions about the writing process and school-wide writing issues and teachers doing their own writing) followed by breakout sessions tailored to the audience and their needs. Keynote speakers will "bookend" the beginning and end of the conference. Funded by a Faculty Development Grant and contributions from COEHS and COAS, the Institute will be free for accepted applicants (who may also be eligible for continuing education credits for completing the Institute). If you know of any local teachers who may benefit from the Institute or to learn more about our work, please visit or contact John White. 

2020 NAPDS Conference
Several COEHS faculty, students, and Professional Development School partners attended the 2020 National Association for Professional Development Schools National Conference in Atlantic City last Week. Covering topics from teacher inquiry, to school district-college of education partnerships, to culturally-responsive teaching, it was a memorable and meaningful experience for everyone involved. The following faculty presented at the conference:
Drs. Jeania Jones, Debbie Reed, David Hoppey, Chris Janson, Rudy Jamison, Jamey Burns, Lindsay Allen, Nikki Jackson, Bea Walton, Robin Renelus, Shelley Lester, Brian Zoellner, Richard Chant, Tia Kimball, and Brooke Cobbin, M.Ed., Easter Brown, M.Ed.


UNF/Clay County Resident Clinical Faculty, Easter Brown, along with the principal of Grove Park Elementary, Stephanie Jackson, and Mentor Teachers, Jessica Muffley and Shaundricka Hope presented "More Than Hip Hop Handshakes and Taco Tuesdays" in a session at the National Association of Professional Development Schools 2020 Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The presentation focused on how Grove Park, a UNF Professional Development School, is using culturally responsive teaching (CRT) to make learning "sticky" and relevant for students, as well as intentionally implementing equitable teaching practices in the classrooms. The school year kicked off with professional learning sessions centered on CRT. The work being done is not a "give me some quick strategies to use" type of process, but will take time coupled with continuous learning and reflection. All those involved are working to address internal beliefs/ideas that may be impeding this learning, which would hinder CRT practices in classrooms and the school holistically. Special thanks to the dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, and Supervisor of Professional Development, Jamie Iannone, for funding this experience.


Several faculty attended and presented at the COSMA Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Jennifer Kane participated in a panel discussion and presented "From Faculty to Administration Sport Management on the Rise." Dr. Jason Lee presented "Examining the Importance of Professional Development: Impactful Scholarly and Professional Activities." Kane and Lee with Liz Gregg presented "Workforce Needs Survey- How to Use Data to Guide Decisions" and "Turning Your Abstract into a Publication." Finally, Dr. Kristi Sweeney, Dr. Newton Jackson, Dr. Wanyong Choi and alumni Charles Slavik presented "Discussing Diversity Across the Curriculum: Meeting Students Where They Are." Also, Slavik was inducted into the Chi Sigma Mu Honors Society.


Dr. E. Newton Jackson, Jr., of the LSCSM Department, was nationally elected to serve a three-year term in AERA, SIG # 146, Research in Education and Sport, as their program chair. 


Dr. Nile Stanley, associate professor of literacy and arts education, hosts a weekly Jazz show, Mondays 6 - 7 p.m., on UNF's student-operated Spinnaker radio WSKR 95.5 FM. Stanley was recently inducted into the Jazz Society of Jacksonville, whose mission is to inform the community about our city's rich musical history and provide scholarships for deserving students.


Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Maria Atilano 
, student outreach librarian, published an essay titled "Reaching Out and Reaching In: Prioritizing Kindness and Collaboration with Student Outreach" in the November 2019 issue of Public Services Quarterly.

Susan A. Massey, head of discovery enhancement, will present "If You Hide It, They Will Find It: The Importance of Usage Verification for Tracking User Serendipity" at the Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L 2020) conference in Austin, Texas, March 10.

The Goods

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate bar

Dark chocolate comes from the fruit of the tropical tree named Theobroma cacao, meaning "good of the gods." These cacao trees are native to the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in South America. Dark chocolate was first served as a bitter beverage mixed with spices or wine by the Mayo people over 2,000 years ago. Today, it comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures and flavors. Dark chocolate is similarly related to "love" and is one of the most popular candies to give on Valentines Day.

Dark chocolate begins as a cocoa pod. Its seeds are extracted, fermented, dried and roasted, becoming cocoa beans. After separating the bean shells from the cocoa meat or cocoa nibs, the cocoa nibs are then liquified and the fat known as cocoa butter is separated. The liquid is then refined and that is what produces the dark chocolate we consume today.

MYTH: Chocolate is chocolate. It's all the same.
FACT:While all three varieties of chocolate taste good, each variety has an individual make up. Dark chocolate contains 50 - 90% of cocoa solids. Milk chocolate contains 10 - 50% of cocoa solids, while white chocolate contains no cocoa solids. White chocolate also has added cocoa butter, sugar and milk compared to milk and dark chocolates.

MYTH: Dark chocolate does not have any health benefits.
: Dark chocolate provides a source of iron, copper, magnesium and zinc. Dark chocolate also provides a good source of flavanols, which are compounds found in foods that provide a health benefit. It is thought that dark chocolate has two to three times the amount of flavanols found in milk chocolate. Dark chocolate also has been shown to lower blood pressure, relax blood vessels, improve blood flow and lower the risk of diabetes. Some research studies have shown a correlation between high cocoa intake and a lowered risk of heart disease.

MYTH: You should only eat dark chocolate on special occasions.
: It is true that dark chocolate is high in calories, yet it can easily fit into a healthy diet and lifestyle. A study conducted in 2017 that looked at the benefits of chocolate and heart disease, stroke and diabetes found that people who consumed two servings of dark chocolate per week, had protective benefits against diabetes. Study results also showed those benefits to disappear when people consumed six or more servings per week.

Another study involving 150,000 U.S. veterans who did not have coronary artery disease at the beginning of the study suggested that eating an ounce of dark chocolate at least five times a week may help prevent the risk of coronary artery disease-related events such as heart attack and heart failure. A third study published in 2017 found that adults who ate dark chocolate at least once a month had 10 - 20% lower rates of developing atrial fibrillation compared to those who rarely ate chocolate.

While there are no established guidelines on how much chocolate to consume, find what works best for you, your health and your goals.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Yield: 12 strawberries

4 oz dark chocolate (60% to 70%), finely chopped
½ cup lightly salted roasted pistachios, finely chopped
12 large strawberries

How to Make It:
Step 1

Line a baking sheet with foil. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. (Do not let water boil or bowl touch water.) Cook, stirring occasionally, until chocolate has melted. Carefully remove bowl and let chocolate cool for 5 minutes. Place pistachios in a small bowl.
Step 2
One at a time, hold a strawberry by stem and dip into chocolate, coating about two-thirds; allow excess to drip off. Immediately dip into pistachios. Set strawberries in 1 layer on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, about 10 minutes.
Recipe adapted from: my recipes

By Jill Snyder, MSH RDN LDN/Instructor, University of North Florida

Around Campus

Save the Date to Swoop and Support

UNF Giving Day 3.11.2020 - with osprey logo

Mark you calendar to swoop in and support UNF on Wednesday, March 11 for the annual 24-hour fundraising challenge - UNF Giving Day. 


Each year, members of the Osprey family are challenged to donate to the program, initiative, research project, or other area that means the most to them! Stay tuned for more information.



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Military students at UNFA decade of recognition and beyond

For 10 years, the University of North Florida has been designated as "one of the most military friendly schools in the nation" by Military Friendly.

In February, the University made the list for the 11th time.

The 2020-21 Military Friendly Schools list honors educational institutions nationwide that are doing the most to embrace the nation's military students and dedicate resources to ensure success both in the classroom and after graduation.

Learn more about the military friendly designation online

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