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Thomas G. Carpenter's Legacy Endures

Thomas G. Carpenter in 1980The University of North Florida community mourns the loss of our founding president, Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter. Carpenter headed the University from 1969 until 1980, making him the second longest-serving president in UNF’s history. He led the University from its initial planning through the first day of classes in 1972 and charted the course of its early growth.

As a young man, Carpenter played football at Georgia Tech and served in the Navy in the winddown of World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at Memphis State University and his master’s in economics from Baylor University. He then moved to Gainesville where he earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Florida in 1963. 

Carpenter began his career in college administration at the University of Florida, working as assistant director of housing in addition to his studies and teaching. He subsequently served at Florida Atlantic University and the University of West Florida during their early years. His success at those institutions led the Florida Board of Regents to select him as inaugural president of the University of North Florida. He took office on Aug. 1, 1969.

Both Thomas and his wife Oneida Carpenter left marks on UNF’s physical space. The campus’ Lake Oneida was named for his wife. And when the president left UNF in 1980, the University designated its new library, a pet project of his, the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. Today, it is affectionately known to students as “Tommy G’s.” 

President Thomas G. Carpenter standing on the roof of Building 1 during construction, 1972Carpenter’s tenure has left a permanent legacy at UNF. His choices in hiring the first generation of staff and helping set the original curriculum established UNF’s reputation as a university that puts its students first. He also personally led the planning of the campus, including the design of the first buildings and the special emphasis on comfortable walkways, corridors and plazas connecting them. Though the later buildings have moved beyond the block-style Brutalist architecture of the early ones, the commitment to a walkable and welcoming campus remains a hallmark of the University.

Perhaps Carpenter’s most lasting legacy was his decision to designate UNF as a natural preserve in 1969. He and his staff endeavored to save as much of the campus’s natural state as possible, realizing it could become an attraction for students and visitors. Carpenter’s successors have built upon this decision by establishing the 382-acre Sawmill Slough Preserve, creating natural trails and outdoor recreation facilities, and embracing environmentally friendly building design. Few other decisions in UNF’s history have had such an enduring impact on shaping the University’s identity, culture and aesthetics.

After leaving UNF in 1980, Carpenter served as president of his alma mater, Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) until retiring to North Carolina in 1991. In his retirement, Carpenter made periodic visits back to UNF, and he was known to marvel at how much the University had grown over the years.


Submitted by Bill Delaney, Director of Strategy and Project Management, UNF Marketing and Communications

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Students Capture Physics with Photos

Lunar CoronaEverything you see, everything you touch can be tied to physics, according to Dr. Jason Haraldsen, associate professor of physics, who says that most people have a misunderstanding about physics. Since 2016, he has sponsored the UNF Physics Photo Contest to demonstrate that physics is not just mathematics, but rather a science that helps explain the world around you.

At the end of 2020, dozens of students snapped images to help prove that physics is everywhere. The submissions, students also had to explain the science at work behind the beauty they had captured. From lightning flashes to mirror reflections, 45 photos were submitted. In order to select the Top 10, the Department of Physics faculty and staff judged the images both for aesthetics and the quality of the physical description. The department’s Facebook followers then chose their Top Three.

The UNF Physics Department has many community outreach projects including Astronomy Night and Saturday Morning Physics. For Haraldsen, the photo contest not only serves to introduce the community to the University and department through their website and Facebook page, but also works to educate the community on what physics means and how it impacts them. “Many physics faculty members have their projects that we use to work on community outreach,” Haraldsen said. “Mine is this photo contest to get students interested in physics, not by just talking about physics, but by showing them that physics is all around them.” Here are the results:


Top choice of physics faculty and staff: 'Lunar Corona'   

By UNF student Nicholas Wedyck: “The colored rings around the moon are formed from the diffraction of moonlight by tiny water droplets within the thin cloud cover. This phenomenon is referred to as a lunar corona.”

Facebook followers voted in their own choices for the top three:

904 ReflectionsFirst Place: '904 Reflections'    

By UNF student Kate Jaurique: “This photo demonstrates the concept of reflection, where light waves are bouncing off of a surface instead of being absorbed. The perspective in which you are looking into the mirror, or in this case the angle of the camera, determines what objects and how much of the objects can be seen in the mirror. In other words, certain light waves are hitting the mirror at different angles.”


Second Place: 'Midnight Storms'    

Midnight Storms By Clay County Ridgeview High School student Sarah Meehan: “The physical concept of lightning is created from the buildup of electrostatic charges in clouds. With the separation of negative/positive charged particles, the relativity to the electric field is what causes the bright flash of light to be pulled towards the ground.”

Dark Side of the MoonThird Place: 'The Dark Side of the Moon'   

By UNF student Tess Redrick: “Every rainbow needs certain things to happen. One of those things being the sun behind it and the other being rain in front of it. The sunlight hits the individual rain drops and it bends the light creating a rainbow ... In this rainbow in Crystal River there is actually a double rainbow; for this to occur the light has to be bent twice. As you can also tell in the picture, the rainbows are mirror images of each other. The more prominent rainbow is in the typical color arrangement of ROYGBIV but the second or more faint rainbow is in the order VIBGYOR because of the second reflection through the raindrop.” 

BalanceHonorable Mentions:
“Balance” by UNF student Darby Johns: “Coquina rock and shells used to make tower. Positioning these oddly shaped objects has more to it than meets the eye. This truly is a balancing act between the weight pulling down, the normal force pushing up, the angle of placement, and friction helping to resist sliding. Finding the center of mass unique to each rock and using multiple points of contact are useful ways to find equilibrium.”

Trails“Trails” by UNF student Thammatasan Suphakaron: “This photo was captured using a slow shutter speed or long exposure technique. This means the lens stays open for an extended period of time causing the lights to show up in the picture as the objects, in this case, the cars, move through space, and the long exposure allows the camera to capture the movement of the lights for the whole period of time the lens is open …”

Visit Physics' Facebook page to see these and other images from the UNF Physics Photo Contest.

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Scott Bennett Moves From Interim Role to VP Position

Scott Bennett, VP

Scott Bennett recently was named vice president of Administration and Finance, after serving almost a full year as interim VP of the UNF division. Here are some things you might like to know about Bennett.

What have been his team’s greatest accomplishments during the past year?

For Bennett, who stepped into his interim role in February 2020, the year unfolded differently than anyone could have imagined. In March, when the pandemic caused the transition to remote work and instruction, the challenge for his division and for the entire campus was to work together to ensure that education continued and students were well served despite COVID-19. The division also played a key role getting UNF ready for the move back to in-person classes in the fall though purchasing and distribution of supplies and the preparation of campus. “It’s really been pretty remarkable to watch and see,” Bennett said. “That’s kind of putting the financial struggles aside, though we’ve navigated those as well. I think our accomplishments have really been about how we navigated COVID and everything associated with that. It’s probably been a first year like few others.”

What are his responsibilities? What departments operate within Finance and Administration?
As director of the second largest division on campus, Bennett oversees 20 departments. In addition to everything finance related ― controller, payroll, procurement, budget, treasury and more ― the division includes business services such as Parking and Transportation Services, Food Services, the Adam W. Herbert University Center, the Fine Arts Center, the Golf Complex and others. Bennett’s oversight also includes ITS, ADA, Human Resources, Campus Planning, Design & Construction, University Police, Center for Professional Development and Training, Physical Facilities and more.

What does he see as the greatest challenges ahead?
In the short term, Bennett expects budget cuts to affect his division as well as the University overall. “The state budgets are most likely going to be cut, so the question will be how do we continue to operate at the level we want to operate in a challenging economic climate,” Bennett said. “Long term, we also have the overarching University strategic plan and vision that we’re all trying to work toward. Economic challenges will make that a little more difficult, but we’ll continue to strive to get there.”

What previous positions has Bennett held at UNF?
When Bennett came to UNF in 1999, he served as inspector general, a position that now has changed into the director of internal audit. He then led the groups that implemented Banner, including some of the ITS organization. For the next 15 years of his UNF career, Bennett worked in the same division he now oversees. His positions included assistant vice president, associate vice president and chief information officer.

What are the greatest changes he has seen at UNF over the years?
Foremost, over those 21 years, Bennett has watched the campus dramatically change in size, now with a much larger footprint, new buildings and a different overall landscape. He’s also witnessed UNF evolving into a national leader within universities and moving up the ranks as a top 150 pubic university. “Twenty-one years ago, I don’t know if that was on the radar or not,” Bennett said.

What’s the best advice he’s ever received?
Though he said he has received much valuable advice over his career, Bennett said the most important for him was the advice not to take himself or his job too seriously. “While my job is serious with many tasks to accomplish, there are a lot of important things in life,” Bennett said. “You’ve got to remember the important things in life first and then everything else will fall into place.”

What are some things people might not know about him?
Calling himself rather private, Bennett said there are probably many things people don’t know about him. For example, in contrast to his interest in accounting, Bennett also took many art classes and enjoyed drawing and painting. In fact, one of his two sons is very artistic and pursuing that field. He grew up in a small town just outside of Gainesville. He recalls the family having season tickets to watch the Gators, yet a number of his family members graduated from Florida State University. “I am the only native Floridian in my family. The rest of my family is from Ohio. My grandparents moved to Florida post WWII and opened a couple of little hotels on Highway 19 that ran through Florida.” Though Bennett did study at the University of Florida for a couple semesters, he graduated from FSU with a degree in accounting and then went on to become a CPA. “We’ve been in Jacksonville for 21 years,” said Bennett explaining he moved for the job at UNF.

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How Black History Month Began

Black History Month

This year is the 45th anniversary of Black History Month, a significant milestone of this month-long celebration and recognition of the contributions of African Americans throughout history. Promoting Black accomplishments is essential, according to Dr. Tru Leverette, associate professor of English and director of Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. “This is an important purpose, because it highlights the fact that Black history is not separate from American history, but integral to it,” Leverette said.

Most records on the topic point to the work of Dr. Carter Woodson, 1875 – 1950, and credit the historian and author with the eventual creation of Black History Month. The son of former slaves, Woodson was the second African American to earn a doctoral degree from Harvard in 1912. In several writings, he is referred to as the “Father of Black History” because of his tireless efforts to promote the accomplishments of African Americans.

Here are a few additional facts about Carter Woodson’s work:

  • In 1915, Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. When the term “Negro” was no longer popular, the name was changed to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, or ASALH. Woodson hoped the organization would successfully promote the accomplishments of Black Americans who were not recorded in mainstream history publications at the time. According to the ASALH website, Woodson also urged schools and other organizations to assist with the promotion of Black American contributions to recorded history.
  • In 1926, Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which included the Feb. 12 birthday of Abraham Lincoln and the Feb. 14 birthday of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
  • In 1976, the year of the United States Bicentennial, the week-long celebration was expanded to a full month, and President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance.
  • Black History Month is observed annually in February in the United States and Canada. It is observed in October, however, in three other countries: United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands.
  • A new theme is chosen for Black History Month each year. The 2021 theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity."

Thanks to Dr. Tru Leverette for providing additional information for this article. Learn more about Dr. Carter G. Woodson at Biography, NAACP History and ASALH.

Each February, UNF celebrates National Black History Month with a variety of events. The activities kicked off today, with many more events to follow. Here are just a few:

  • 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship: Wednesday, Feb. 10, noon – 1:30 p.m. Join the UNF Intercultural Center for Peace on Zoom for its annual MLK celebration. Recognize this year's scholarship recipients and hear from a dynamic guest speaker. Free, but registration required
  • Justice Sessions: How to Research Local Black History, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3 – 4 p.m. Join UNF’s Digital Humanities Institute for a roundtable of archivists, scholars and independent researchers moderated by UNF history professor, Dr. Felicia Bevel. Registration required

Visit the Department for Diversity Initiatives website for a full list of events.

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Free February Events

Mark your February calendar for these free events! 
Black History Month events also begin today. Find the complete list online.

MOCA: Student Artist-in-Residence exhibition
“Ally Brody: Public Domain” now open through April 18
For her residency, Ally Brody developed her ongoing series “Public Domain” documenting street artists in Florida. The semester-long residency at MOCA Jacksonville began in August 2020 and culminates with this exhibition. Learn more about the student artist and her work.


Multiple Ones exhibit UNF Gallery Exhibition
‘Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia’
Feb. 1 through March 25

“Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia,” curated by UNF Professor Sheila Goloborotko, presents the state of contemporary printmedia with works that transpose the boundaries of the traditional practice — presenting prints not as an editionable art form — but as a one-of-a-kind object, installation, sculpture, mural and video. UNF Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday hours by appointment by emailing

Lufrano Intercultural Gallery  

‘Being (T)here: Documenting the Unsayable’
Photo participation: Monday – Thursday, Feb. 1 − 12, from 11 a.m. − 1 p.m.; Photos on view: Feb. 15 − March 30, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. − 1:30 p.m.

"Being (T)here" is a campuswide, inclusive, and participatory project-exhibit examining the relationship between personal narrative and collective memory-making through portrait photography and writing. Participants will be photographed at the Lufrano Gallery from Feb. 1 − 12 by 2020 UNF Alum Kat Tarbet, and photos will be on display inside the gallery until March 30. Participation is open to all students, faculty and staff.


Guitarist John Pizzarelli UNF JE1 Repertory Orchestra with John Pizzarelli
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
School of Music YouTube

The 33rd Annual Great American Jazz Series and Beaches Fine Arts present world-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli with the UNF JE1 Repertory Orchestra. Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz,” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar,” and the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.” 

Science Cafe
Friday, Feb. 5, noon – 1 p.m. via Zoom

Science Cafe presents "A Class War is Better than a Culture War: Polarization and Conflict in American Politics," with Dr. David Jaffee, professor, UNF College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. Organized by the Psychology Department in partnership with the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and the Biology Department. Register to attend

Dr. Andrea VenetMelodious Metal Percussion Faculty Recital
Friday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m.

School of Music YouTube
Dr. Andrea Venet performs new solo and chamber works for percussion. Repertoire includes a new composition by Dr. Venet written to promote sustainability, a recent commission for vibraphone and gongs by Stephen Ridley, Bach and more.

Virtual Homecoming 2021
Feb. 7 - 13, 2021
UNF Homecoming is a week-long celebration with something for everyone: students and alumni, faculty and staff, family and friends. Find more information about Homecoming 2021 online.

Here are some of the scheduled events: 

  • Sunday, Feb 7 – UNF Blue at the Zoo Day
  • Feb. 7 - 13 – Swoop Your Loop Virtual 5k and Fun Run
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Alumni Recognition Awards Ceremony
  • Friday, Feb 12 – 1972 Emeriti & Friends Virtual Recognition

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Celebration

Wednesday, Feb. 10, noon – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom
Each February, the University of North Florida honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a scholarship luncheon. Proceeds from the luncheon provide for annual scholarships awarded to undergraduate students. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship serves to recognize the academic and service achievements of actively engaged students who best exemplify King's teachings through service and action. Registration required for Zoom link.

UNF Wind Symphony presents "Our Response Will Be Music" (Part III)
Wednesday Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.

School of Music YouTube
UNF Wind Symphony will perform music by Florent Schmitt, Molly Joyce and Edward Gregson.

Sheila Goloborotko, Sistema UV, screenprint on mylar and UV light, dimensions variableDigital Dialogues: Ecology
Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-7 p.m., Zoom

MOCA Jacksonville invites you to join Sheila Goloborotko, UNF printmaking professor, and curator of “Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia,” and Jessica Borusky, UNF Gallery director, in a conversation with exhibiting artists. In this series of Digital Dialogues on Zoom, artists will present their work and practices. Participants will have an opportunity to speak and ask questions to the curator and artists. Registration required.

Leading Ladies Speaker Series
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6 – 7 p.m., Zoom

In this speaker series, the UNF Taylor Leadership Institute is showcasing innovative women leaders who will discuss leadership within their fields, balancing career life, mentoring and inspiring future generations of leaders. The speaker this month is Stephanie Costolo, vice president of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. Online via Zoom.


Anja ManuelDistinguished Voices Lecture Series: Anja Manuel

‘This Brave New World: India, China and the United States’
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6 − 6:45 p.m., online

Former diplomat, author and advisor on emerging markets, Anja Manuel is co-founder and partner along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Steven Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, a strategic consulting firm that helps U.S. companies navigate international markets. She is the author of the critically acclaimed "This Brave New World: India, China and the United States." 
e-Tickets will be available on Friday, Feb. 5

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Inside News Roundup

Water view on campusUNF conducts first large-scale analysis on water pathogen circulation
Dr. Amber N. Barnes, assistant professor of public health, and a team of UNF students recently completed a One Health study, the first large-scale analysis on water pathogen circulation among Florida residents, animals and environmental reservoirs. The team investigated waterborne diseases and toxins reported in Florida’s humans, animals, and environmental vectors and reservoirs between 1999-2019. Learn more about the study. 

UNF and Humana announce collaboration initiatives

The University of North Florida and Humana Inc., a leading health and well-being company, announced a strategic partnership that will focus on creating new initiatives to improve the whole health of individuals in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Initially, Humana and UNF will collaborate on projects that address food insecurity among older adults, including expanding the University’s Meals on Wings program by increasing the number of older adults who receive meal assistance. Read more about the collaboration plans online.

UNF instructor receives US patent for toxic gas sensors
Dr. Nirmalkumar Patel, a University of North Florida physics associate lecturer, was recently awarded a U.S. patent for his sensor invention that will detect toxic vapors and odors in hazardous gases, industrial toxic gases and other chemical agents. His patent on “Nanocrystalline Indium Tin Oxide Sensors and Associated Method of Use” solves two major issues with detection of very low-level concentration of toxic gas. Learn more about the toxic gas sensors.

UNF unveils new materials science and engineering graduate program
The University of North Florida has unveiled a new Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering graduate degree program. The interdisciplinary program will include involvement from over 20 physics, chemistry and biology faculty in UNF’s College of Arts and Sciences as well as electrical and mechanical engineering faculty in UNF’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. It will be directed by Dr. Daniel Santavicca, physics associate professor. Learn more about the new graduate program.

UNF professor releases “The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study”
Dr. Laura Heffernan, UNF associate professor of English and Director of the Digital Humanities Institute, and Dr. Rachel Sagner Buurma, associate professor of English literature and co-director of the Aydelotte Foundation at Swarthmore College, released their new book titled “The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study” through the University of Chicago Press. Learn more about the new Teaching Archive book.

Get to Know

Katherine Kamback

Katherine KambackKatherine Kamback began working at UNF in February 2016 as an academic advisor in COAS. She currently serves as the assistant director in the Office of the Dean of Students and has been in this position since November 2018. Kamback works with students who may be experiencing homelessness and/or have been involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to determine resources that may be available to them, including a homeless or DCF tuition waiver. She also assists students through the Medical Withdrawal process and then re-enrollment at UNF after the Medical Withdrawal. In addition, she supervises two Master of Social Work (MSW) interns who assist with various projects within the office.

What do you enjoy about working here? I enjoy working in higher education and helping students be successful. Both of my parents were lifelong educators, and I appreciate that they passed the love and joy of education on to me.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I’ve lived in Jacksonville for about five years. Prior to Jacksonville, I lived and worked in Panama City Beach and Tallahassee.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I’d like to be a florist ― I might not be the most creative person with regards to the arrangements, but I’d love to be around all the fresh flowers and see people smile when they receive surprise deliveries!

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? I wish I could fly ― I’d be able to travel anywhere in the world at any time!

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Traveling! I love exploring new areas, and I want to visit as many places as possible, both internationally and within the US. I’d love to travel to all 50 states.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? French fries, though I’ve not met any potato that I didn’t love.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I would like to visit Venice, Italy, because of the uniqueness of the city and the waterways. Bonus ― all the Italian food and gelato!

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: Savage Garden
Book: "My Sister’s Keeper" – Jodi Picoult
Ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Movie line: “Just in cases.” – Love Actually
Season: Fall
Sport to watch: College football!

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Meet: UNF Student Johnny Ballard

UNF stuent Johnny BallardUNF student Johnny Ballard is majoring in civil engineering. His choice of study focused on his desire to work in a STEM field, and also led him to UNF, where he found an accredited civil engineering program and an abundance of engineering clubs to enhance his experience. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2022 and would like to either work in the engineering field or in a field where STEM subjects are taught, so he can help the next generation to succeed.

What do you like most about UNF? UNF is the perfect size for those who want to attend a big university, but want the benefits of a smaller one. I also like the UNF campus the most!

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? I have to say some of the coolest UNF experiences that I’ve had are the student-run events, concerts and the comedy show.

Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? 
It’s a hard decision, but I’d have to say, out of all my professors, I have to say Dr. Rudy Jamison was my favorite. There are way too many classes that I like, and I can’t pick just one.

What does being an Osprey mean to you? To me, being an Osprey means caring for others, doing what is right, and rising above and going beyond. It means leading by example and doing with what is right no matter who else follows.

What’s your favorite UNF tradition? One of my favorite UNF traditions is Market Day Wednesdays.

When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? I either go to the third floor in the library or to the Taylor Leadership Institute office to talk to some of the best people on campus! I love the library because it’s quiet, peaceful, and relaxing. I love TLI because there, you can have great conversation, a free cup of coffee, and learn a little something about leadership while you’re there. The staff at TLI is the best on campus!

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? If I had to choose to meet with just one historical figure, I would choose Jesus Christ. I am a Christian, and He is the basis of my faith. I would love to just sit down and have a conversation with him with no distractions.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would love to have witnessed many things, but if I had to choose one, it would be the day man landed on the moon. I love space and space travel and I would love to have seen firsthand when man landed on another object in space.

What three traits define you? The three traits that define me are respect, honesty, and integrity.

Do you have any advice for high school students? I have plenty of advice for high school students, but if I had to choose one piece of advice, I would tell them to enjoy college, but also take it seriously. Don’t waste your time, and try your hardest, all the time. You don’t have to have it all figured out when you get here; truthfully, no one ever has everything figured out. Trust your leadership, and if you can’t, find leadership you can trust. Depend on your leadership because it is one of the many keys to your success. Last, but not least, trust the process. It won’t always be easy or look pretty, but without a process, everything would be easy, and nothing would be worth it.


Balloons with UNF logo

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

20 Years
Bruce Turner, Associate Director Advising, First Year Advising

15 Years
Ashley Ballard, Senior Director of Recreation and Wellness
Regan Bartley, Administrative Secretary, Art, Art History and Design
Justin Bergstrom, Graphic Designer/Communications Coordinator, Florida Institute of Education
Felicia Bernard, Executive Secretary, CCB Advising
Courtney Chambers, Coordinator, IT Support
Karen McSheffrey, Office Manager, Student Health Services
Heather Monroe-Ossi, Faculty Administrator, Florida Institute of Education
Spspe Gbelayan Payne, Senior Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

5 Years
Maureen Baker
, Director, Spinnaker Media
Jimmy Carey, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Kyle Hale, Technical Support Specialist, Registrar's Office
Katherine Kamback, Assistant Director, Office of the Dean of Students
Juani Kelly, Office Assistant, Undergraduate Studies
Brian Kowalski, Landscape Grounds Superintendent, Facilities and Grounds
Kaitlyn Dietz Murphy, Coordinator of Research Program Services, Biology
David Stout, Assistant Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students
Amy Woodbury, Office Manager, Health Administration

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

Emily Bailey, Digital Communications Associate, MOCA Jacksonville
Carly Bengry, Coordinator Student Conduct Hearings, Office of the Dean of Students
Andrew Beymer, Law Enforcement Liaison, IPTM 
Jacquelyn Bostick, Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid
Sanita Bozeman, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Meagan Bragdon, Special Academic Support, Academic Affairs
Tyler Charles, Coordinator, DRC THRIVE, Disability Resource Center
Jessica Collins, Records Registration Coordinator, Registrar's Office
Gabriel Conville, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Christopher Gray, Senior IT Support Technician, Florida Institute of Education
Jennifer Harris, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
Simeon Kirillov, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Melissa La Manna, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center
Lashundra Miller, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Melissa Miller, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Center
Gary Monahan, Assistant Director of Development, MOCA Jacksonville
Latrina Patrick, Project Manager, College of Education and Human Services
Shamir Ratansi, Instructor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Raven Robinson, Clinical Instructor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Christopher Shugart, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Raymond Walker, Director, Governmental Affairs
Sierra Weiner, Staff Interpreter DHH, Disability Resource Center
Tyler Weiss, Academic Support Technician, Center For Instruction and Research Technology
Brian Wingender, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Shirley Wright, Instructor, Languages Literatures and Cultures
Alexander Yates, Student Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Office

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Maria Beattie, Lead Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Heather Corbitt, Associate Director, Student Union
Erica Anga Curran, Associate Director, UNF Online Enrollment
Rachel Fieschko, Accessibility Technician Analyst I, ADA Compliance
John Kane, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Jennifer Krechowski, Coordinator Student Union, SG Student Union
Stefanie Levine, Coordinator Classification Compensation, Human Resources
Kristin Quinn, Assistant Director, Budget Operation, Administration and Finance
Gordon Rakita, Professor/Interim Associate VP for Faculty Development
John Sharp, Associate Director of Systems Engineering and Research Support
Eva Skipper, IT Full Stack Software Engineering, Enterprise Systems
Eva Tinc, Senior IT Project Manager, Project Management Office
Christopher Toms, Events Planning Associate, Student Union
Dennis White, Law Enforcement Lieutenant, University Police Department
Amy Williams, Budget Specialist, Disability Resource Center
Brett Woodle, Academic Advisor, COAS 

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

Adel Boules, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Christopher Brandt, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Junine Castin, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Catherine Chadeayne, Instructor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Wayne Coleman, Instructor, Economics
Jeffrey Cornett, Professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Jonathan Duck, Preparator, MOCA Jacksonville
Melissa Freirich, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Alexander Hochwald, Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics
Tracey Hollins, Coordinator, IPTM
Dwayne Howard, Law Enforcement Lieutenant, University Police Department
Madison Johnson, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Marc Kaiser, Director of Development, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Athauda Karunarathna, Lecturer, Chemistry
Christina Levine, Director of Major Gifts, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Francisco Javier Morales Garcia, Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Michelle Pickett, Human Resources Associate, Human Resources
Kristen Pickrell, Office Manager, English
Leigh Powers, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Gary Prim, Senior Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Paul Rowe, Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics
Dianna White, Senior Buyer, Procurement Services
Emily Williamson, Director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Rosie Woods, Administrative Secretary, Electrical Engineering

In Memoriam
The UNF community is saddened to learn of the recent deaths of fellow UNF employees:

Professor Emerita Dr. Mary Elizabeth D’Zamko, who taught special education at UNF for over 20 years, passed away Jan. 22. For more information, read Dr. Mary D'Zamko's obituary


Robert B. Truglia, maintenance mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management, who passed away Dec. 10, 2020. For more information, read Robert Truglia's obituary


Stephanie Wehry, assistant director for research and evaluation, Florida Institute of Education, who passed away Dec. 4, 2020. For more information, read Stephanie Wehry's obituary.

Faculty and Staff

Osprey Fountain(2)Coggin College of Business
Dr. Nathan Kunz, associate professor of operations management, has been invited to edit a special issue titled “Rethinking operations and supply chain management in light of the 3D Printing revolution” for the International Journal of Production Economics. He will serve as a co-editor with Ahmad Beltagui, Aston Business School in the UK; Stefan Gold, University of Kassel in Germany; and Gerald Reiner, Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. Find the call for papers online

Dr. David Swanson, associate professor of transportation and logistics, has a recently accepted article forthcoming in Logistics, co-authored with UNF graduate student Luis Santamaria. The article is a literature review of pandemic supply chain research titled, “Pandemic Supply Chain Research: A Structured Literature Review and Bibliometric Network Analysis.”

College of Arts and Sciences
Art, Art History and Design
Jenny Hager, professor of sculpture, participated in the following exhibitions:

  • National Juried Exhibition, “Art Now America National Juried Exhibition,” Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, Tennessee. Juror Mike Calway-Fagen. March – April. Hager was one of the 37 artists chosen from 139 submissions nationwide.
  • Invitational Exhibition, “Art Ventures 30th Anniversary Exhibition,” The Cummer Museum, Jacksonville; January – February.
  • Juried Online Group Exhibition, “COVID 19. The Art of Isolation/Survey 3.” Curators Voice Art Projects. Jurors: Dr. Milagros Bello (Miami-based Curator for Contemporary Art and Professor at Miami International University) & Lieska Husband (Art Writer, Researcher, Curator, Jury Member Wynwood Juried Exhibition), Wynwood Art District, Miami, Florida. December 2020 – January.

Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, assistant professor, discussed how young alligators can regrow their tails in the Smithsonian Magazine.

Dr. Stuart Chalk, professor, was awarded $15,000 by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry that will support his work to create an online system to digitize definitions of chemical concepts.

Dr. Kenneth Laali, Presidential Professor and organic chemist, published:

  • “A Flexible Strategy for Modular Synthesis of Curcuminoid-BF2/Curcuminoid Pairs and Their Comparative Antiproliferative Activity in Human Cancer Cell Lines” in ChemMedChem.
  • “Facile access to libraries of diversely substituted 2-aryl-benzoxazoles/benzothiazoles from readily accessible aldimines via cyclization/cross coupling in imidazolium-ILs with Pd(OAc)2or NiCl2(dppp) as catalyst” in Tetrahedron Lett. 
  • “Dediazoniative functionalization of chromen-4-one and chromen-2-one diazonium-BF4 salts in BMIM-ILs. Direct access to the -F, -I, -OSO(CF3)=NTf, and -N(Tf)2derivatives, and facile synthesis of chromenone azo-dyes by coupling to activated arenes” in Tetrahedron Lett.
  • “Ionic liquid-mediated benzoyl transfer-coupling in the Suzuki and Sonogashira reactions and aryl transfer-coupling by decarbonylative Heck reaction, using N-Benzoyl-saccharin (NBSac) as reagent” in Tetrahedron Lett.
  • “Facile one-pot synthetic access to libraries of diversely substituted 3-aryl (Alkyl)-coumarins using ionic liquid (IL) or conventional base/solvent, and an IL-mediated approach to novel coumarin-bearing diaryl-ethynes” in Tetrahedron Lett.

Dr. Hannah R. Malcolm, assistant professor of chemistry, and her students Sarah C. Johnson and Jordyn Veres, published a paper “Exploring the diversity of mechanosensitive channels in bacterial genomes” in the European Biophysics Journal.


Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Holly Miller, professor and MSCJ program director, authored a report to Congress on "Formerly Incarcerated Women and Reentry.”

Dr. Laura Heffernan, professor of English, published the book, “The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study,” co-authored with collaborator Rachel Sagner Buurma, the University of Chicago Press, December 2020.

Dr. A. Samuel Kimball, professor of English, published “The Infanticidal Logic of Mimesis as Horizon of the Imaginable” in “Imagination and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory,” December 2020.


Dr. Tru Leverette, associate professor, spoke to WJCT about the Africana Studies major that COAS is developing. 

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers, professor of English and film, published "Uncertain Futures of Chinese Trans Sex Workers and Testimonial Documentary" in Chung Wai Literary Quarterly, December 2020.

Dr. Alison J. Bruey
, professor of history, has been awarded Honorable Mention for the Susan L. Socolow and Lyman L. Johnson Chile-Río de la Plata book prize of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) for her book “Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet's Chile.”

Dr. Chris Rominger, assistant professor of history, published an article titled “Debating the ‘Jewish Question’ in Tunisia: World War I and the Transnational Politics of Protection,” in Historical Reflections–Réflexions Historiques, 46:3, Winter 2020, 31-54.

Dr. N. Harry Rothschild, professor of history, published “Daoist Elements in Wu Zhao’s Reimagined Double Ninth Festival,” in the Journal of Daoist Studies 14, 2021: 55-98.

Dr. David Sheffler, professor of history, and Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz, published “Literacies.” in “A Cultural History of Education in the Medieval Age (500 - 1450),” edited by Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz, 145-168. London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2020.

Lynne Arriale, professor of music, had her “Chimes of Freedom” album reached No. 8 on the JazzWeek Radio Charts and No. 34 for CDs receiving the most airplay in 2020. Additionally, the album was included on the Downbeat Magazine Best Albums of 2020 list and the Jazz History Online Best Jazz Instrumental Releases of 2020 list.

Dr. Timothy Groulx, associate professor of music education, had his research paper, “Segregated and Superior, Integrated and Inferior: Effects of Integrated Band Festivals on Ratings of Black High School Bands,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Band Research, December 2020.


Dr. Sarah Provost, associate professor of musicology and area coordinator, spoke with First Coast News about incorporating hip hop into her music history courses. 

Dr. Joshua Tomlinson, instructor and music technology and production area coordinator, participated in "Convergences," a multimedia collaboration with animator George Holmes. This work will be on display at the International Computer Music Festival in Santiago Chile, July 2021. Tomlinson also participated in "Ringlets," dance collaboration with choreographer Rebecca Levy. This performance will premiere at Florida State College Jacksonville, February 2021.

Philosophy and Religion Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter
, professor of philosophy, published “Hegel's Doctrine of Institutions: Politics, Ethicality, and the Philosophy of Spirit” in a special issue of the Spanish journal Argumenta Philosophica, 2020/2, devoted to commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the philosopher G.W.F. Hegel.

Dr. Jason Haraldsen, associate professor of physics, with co-authors from the University of Tennessee, published the paper, “Excitations of Intercalated Metal Monolayers in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides,” NanoLetters, December 2020. Haraldsen also held a virtual conference on “Dynamic Quantum Matter and Materials” in collaboration with the University of Connecticut, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, December 2020. In addition, Haraldsen held the 5th annual “UNF Physics Photo Contest,” November 2020.


Dr. Devki N. Talwar, visiting instructor of physics, published a paper titled “Interface-induced localization of phonons in BeSe/ZnSe superlattices” in the journal of Applied Physics Letters, 117, 183104, 2020.

Political Science and Public Administration

Dr. Michael Binder, associate professor and PORL director, was awarded $35,000 by the City of Jacksonville to do a Community Perceptions Survey.

Dr. Sean Freeder, assistant professor, and Josh Gellers, associate professor, were interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times on the Capitol insurrection and the 25th Amendment.

Dr. Joshua C. Gellers, associate professor of political science, delivered a presentation titled “Environmental Justice: History, Evolution, and Policy” before the City of Jacksonville Special Committee on Resiliency, December 2020. Gellers also discussed his new book, “Rights for Robots: Artificial Intelligence, Animal and Environmental Law,” on the Sentientism podcast. Gellers also spoke with First Coast News about a class action lawsuit regarding the chemical smell issue in Jacksonville. 


Dr. Tracy Alloway
, professor, spoke to Action News Jax about talking with children about political violence. 

Dr. Paul Fuglestad, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Jody Nicholson, professor of psychology, published an entry in the Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology: “Health behavior change,” December 2020.

The HeadStart Association selected Dr. Rebecca Marcon, professor emerita of psychology, as Florida’s Humanitarian of the Year 2020. This is a significant honor and a testament to a longstanding and significant partnership Dr. Marcon forged and maintained with Episcopal Children’s Services, with incredible impact on the HeadStart program.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Dr. David Jaffee
, professor of sociology and program coordinator, discussed the attack on the Capitol with News4Jax

Dr. Jacqueline Meier, assistant professor of anthropology, and her colleagues, published "Canine Economies of the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean" in the Journal of Field Archaeology.

College of Education and Human Services
The UNF Preschool has been approved as a PNC Grow Up Great® partner and awarded a $10,000 grant from the PNC Foundation. The grant will be used toward providing UNF Preschool staff and Early Childhood Education Faculty with Reggio Emilia professional development and training opportunities, furthering the UNF Preschool’s path to becoming a Reggio Emilia Center of Excellence. 

Dr. Terrie Galanti, in collaboration with colleagues at George Mason University, published an article titled “Enriching TPACK in mathematics education: Using digital interactive notebooks in synchronous online learning environments” in the journal Interactive Technology and Smart Education. She also will be presenting at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and American Educational Research Association (AERA) conferences this spring on related topics in K-12 online mathematics learning.


Dr. Jennifer Kilpatrick published an e-Bulletins piece titled “Learning to Write (Beyond the Word Level)” for Raising and Education Deaf Children, Foundations for Policy, Practice and Outcomes, Oxford University Press. Read the article online

Dr. Amanda Pascale has partnered with the UNF Hicks Honors College and will serve as the lead researcher on a project titled: “Understanding Sense of Belonging for Honors Students: Implications for Supporting First-Generation and BIPOC Student Populations.” The research is being funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Center. 

Dr. Nile Stanley has published a research article, “Poetry and digital media for improving upper elementary African American science learning” in the Journal of Poetry Therapy, 1-11, 2020.

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ASUN sports imagesASUN Conference Announces Three New Institutions
The ASUN Conference announced Jan. 29 the additions of the University of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky University and Jacksonville State University into the league after a unanimous vote by the ASUN Presidents' Council. With the introduction of the three universities, FCS Scholarship Football becomes the 20th sport sponsored by the ASUN Conference. Learn more about the schools added to the ASUN Conference

North Florida Finishes Tied for 4th at Season Opening Timuquana Collegiate
North Florida men's golf saved their best for last, matching the final round low score of 9-under 279 led by freshman Nick Gabrelcik's 5-under 67 to earn a tie for fourth in the season opening Timuquana Collegiate held at Timuquana Country Club. Learn more about the men’s golf team performance.

Bond Earns Second Consecutive ASUN Player of the Week Honor
North Florida women's basketball forward Jazz Bond earned her second ASUN Player of the Week honor in as many weeks as announced by the league office Monday, Jan. 25. She also became the first UNF women's basketball player to pick up the award twice in the same season and subsequently in consecutive weeks. Learn more about the honor.

University of North Florida Hosts Blue and Gray Online Auction
The Alumni Association and UNF Athletics have partnered to host the first UNF Blue and Gray Online Auction virtually during Homecoming Week. This event is hosted through Greater Giving and sponsored by Diamonds Direct, Avondale Travel and Showtime Sports Cards & Collectibles. Bidding starts the morning of Feb. 9 and ends Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. EST. Learn more about the online auction.

Jubran, Turner Earn ASUN XC Weekly Honors
North Florida Men's Cross Country took ASUN weekly honors after a strong performance at the CSU Invitational Saturday, Jan. 23. Nathan Jubran earned his third Runner of the Week title after placing first overall in Charleston, South Carolina. Freshman Jake Turner picked up his first weekly honor in his debut with the Ospreys as the ASUN's Freshman Runner of the Week. Read more about the honors.

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Vitamin D Shows Promise Against COVID-19 Infection

Salmon as a source of vitamin D

Vitamin D has been in the spotlight lately because of the possible relationship between vitamin D deficiency and incidence and severity of COVID-19. Data from observational studies point toward certain patterns in vitamin D status and COVID-19 related outcomes that warrant further exploration. It has been reported that 80% of COVID-19 patients in Spain had vitamin D deficiency, and fatality rate in COVID-19 patients from India was 21% in those with Vitamin D deficiency compared with 3% in those without. 


The VIVID clinical trial is currently recruiting individuals all over the United States to test the effect of vitamin D supplementation on COVID-19 severity and transmission. Findings from this trial will provide strong evidence for the role of vitamin D in the fight against COVID-19.

Vitamin D Production
Vitamin D is a unique micronutrient, because humans are able to produce it in the skin upon exposure to UV-B light. A young light-skinned person can produce enough vitamin D by exposing the face and arms to the sun for 10 to 15 minutes per day. However, production of vitamin D in the skin can be significantly affected by sunscreen use, clothing, dark skin, and insufficient UV-B exposure as it occurs in high latitude regions in winter months. 

Vitamin D Intake Recommendations
Considering all the factors that may influence vitamin D production in the skin, dietary recommendations for vitamin D intake usually assume minimal sun exposure. According to the Institute of Medicine, here are is the recommended daily vitamin D intake levels for adults:

  • At least 600 IU/day (International Units) or 15 µg/day (micrograms) of vitamin D.
  • For adults older than 70, the recommendation is increased to 800 IU/day or 20 µg/day
  • The upper limit of intake is set at 4000 IU/day or 100 µg/day.
  • Individuals with low intakes of vitamin D and/or limited sun exposure should consider supplementation of 1000 to 2000 IU/day, which is considered safe. 

Dietary Sources of Vitamin D

Some of the major dietary sources of vitamin D are fatty ocean fish such as salmon, tuna, eggs, fortified foods such as milk, margarine and breakfast cereals. Although national data on vitamin D intake indicate that most people in the U.S. consume less than the recommended amounts of vitamin D, vitamin D status assessed by blood levels of a vitamin D marker (25-OH-D) seems to be adequate in 80% of the American population. This apparent discrepancy is likely due to variable production of vitamin D in the skin.

Here are vitamin D intake levels in various food sources:

  • 447 IU for 3 oz sockeye salmon
  • 268 IU in 3.5 oz of canned tuna
  • 120 IU per cup, including plant-based milks
  • 53 IU per cup of Cheerios
  • 44 IU for 1 large egg


Submitted by Dr. Andrea Arikawa, co-director of the Doctorate in Clinical Nutritian program and associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Inside UNF is a monthly publication produced by UNF Marketing and Communications
Marsha Blasco, Editor
Contributing writers: Dr. Andrea Arikawa, co-director of the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition program and associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Bill Delaney, Director of Strategy and Project Management, UNF Marketing and Communications