The Tony Award-winning play The Drowsy Chaperone April 3-6 at Jacksonville University is a clever tribute to the “Great American Musical” tradition — with a sarcastic twist sure to delight anyone who appreciates Broadway shows.
The production by the JU divisions of Music and Theater, which won five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards in 2006, was originally conceived by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. A nostalgic evening of wit, exciting dance numbers and great singing voices, it is classic Broadway fare with a snarky edge.
As a spoof on musicals, the romp never leaves the small apartment of a devoted and slightly Mad Hatter-like narrator, “Man in Chair” (senior theater major David Bilbray). When this die-hard fan of musical theater dusts off his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash called The Drowsy Chaperone magically bursts to life and the audience is immersed in the glamorous, over-the-top comical tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day.
JU’s production is under the direction by JU theater Prof. Deborah Jordan, with choreography by Jacksonville’s Curtis J. Williams and musical direction by JU music theater Prof. Jay Ivey. A send-up of the conventions of musical comedy, the play has been lauded as one of the wittiest, zaniest shows to hit Broadway.
The Drowsy Chaperone (music theater junior Lexi Inks) dazzles the audience with her rendition of “As We Stumble Along.” Other memorable musical numbers include Janet Van de Graff (music theater sophomore Rachel Romo) performing “Show Off”; Alec Hadden’s “I Am Adolpho,” the tale of the sordid Latin lover; and the snazzy tap number “Cold Feets” (musical theater freshmen Matt Robertson and Parker Lawhorne). Endearing gangsters disguised as chefs (Wayne Woodson, Chris Robertson); the cigar-chomping producer Mr. Feldzig (James Webb); and the adorable Kitty (Victoria Miller) add to the cast in comic supporting roles.
The Drowsy Chaperone is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Critics have praised it as “irresistible,” “a witty, winning, refreshing cocktail of a show” and “delightful and sparkling entertainment.” The accolades are well-earned for this clever and witty production with uproarious songs and great performances.
More information: Prof. Jay Ivey, JU Assistant Professor of Voice and Music Theater, (904) 256-7334.
State Attorney Angela Corey, Olympic gold medalist and Title IX advocate Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Afghanistan’s Ariana Television Senior Vice President Fatema Bayat and Ambassador Marilyn McAffee are just some of the speakers lined up for the first JU Women in Leadership Conference this Friday, March 7, at the Jacksonville University Davis College of Business.
With the theme “Lean In To Leadership,” the event geared to students is designed to connect JU women with each other and give them a chance to learn from outstanding and accomplished local women. (See schedule and .pdf of the program and speaker bios below.)
The conference will begin with a panel dialogue based in part on the work of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” a bestseller and an inspiration to many young aspiring graduates.
The afternoon will continue with two breakout sessions that will allow participants to choose from several different topic areas, including “The Leadership Ambition Gap,” “Success and Likeability,” “It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder” and “Working Together Toward Equality.”
The JU Women’s History Month Event honoring Women of the Year is being held the same day (story at http://waveweekly.ju.edu/?p=13353).
Students may register for the Women’s Leadership Conference and the Women’s History Month Reception and Program on DolphinLink:
Students may register for only the Women’s History Month Reception and Program on DolphinLink:
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
“LEAN IN TO LEADERSHIP”
DAVIS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
March 7, 2014
12:30 p.m., Conference check-in begins, Davis College of Business atrium
1-2:15 p.m.: Keynote Discussant Panel, Davis College of Business, 165, 171, 174
Opening remarks, Dr. Fran Kinne and Mrs. Stephanie Cost
Panel Moderator, Dr. Sherri Jackson
Panelists: Fatema Bayat, Angela Corey, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Honorable Mia Jones,
Ambassador Marilyn McAfee, Lisa Rinaman, Kim Anspach Ward
2:15-3 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
The Leadership Ambition Gap: What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid?
Identifying your Leadership Style, Ambassador Marilyn McAfee, Davis College of Business 114
Success and Likeability
Professionalism in the Workplace, Honorable Mia Jones, Davis College of Business, 119
It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder
Creating Your Path to Success, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Davis College of Business 117
3-3:45 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
Working Together Toward Equality
Cultural Diversity in the Workplace, Dr. Carole Barnett and Fatema Bayat,
Davis College of Business, 114
Sit at the Table
Leading with Passion, Crystal Freed, Davis College of Business, 117
It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder
Creating Your Path to Success, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Davis College of Business 117
4-5 p.m.: Closing Session, Davis College of Business, 165, 171, 174
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette
Seek and Speak Your Truth, Kim Anspach Ward
5 p.m.: Closing remarks
5:30 p.m.: Jacksonville University Women’s History Month Reception and Celebration
Honoring JU Community Woman of the Year, JU Woman of the Year, and JU Student of the Year, Davis College of Business atrium
By Courtney Jimenez
JU Communications senior
Leadership, strategic planning and budgeting were topics brought to light during “Education Policy: Why it Matters,” a forum hosted Tuesday, Feb. 11, by the JU Public Policy Institute.
State Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand and Duval County Schools Supt. Nikolai Vitti led the discussion in front of a crowd of about 150 people at the Jacksonville University Davis College of Business (see a Facebook photo gallery here).
Chartrand, who has been in his post almost a year, said he came to JU because Florida’s 2.7 million students need the attention that places like the JU PPI are paying to public policy.
He said Florida has made a turnaround with five policy initiatives: early literacy, no social promotion, school choice, accountability and effective teaching.
“Policy does matter,” he said. “It starts with leadership, and that leadership starts with the executive branch that has to make education a top priority.”
JU PPI Director Rick Mullaney, who moderated the discussion, said education policy is important to the country.
“How do we give every child, how do we give every person in this country an opportunity for a better future, economically and otherwise?” he asked. “The answer to that is education.”
Chartrand said during the past 10-14 years the high school graduation rate in Florida have risen from 50 percent to nearly 80 percent.
“If you go back 10 years, Florida was 30th of the 41 states that took part in the National Assessment Educational Progress reports, but this past year, Florida was sixth of 50 states,” he said. “That’s pretty significant.”
The goals are to develop great leaders and great educators, to engage the community, to be more efficient and effective with resources and to develop the whole child.
The first goal is being reached by revamping the curriculum and training more than 500 teachers over the summer. The second goal is being addressed by developing a parent academy to engage 900 parents on issues from how to teach literacy in the home to graduation rates to how to create a better environment in the home for discipline.
For the third goal, a zero-based budgeting process was created. Vitti said $7 million was moved from the district level back to schools to put music, art and physical education teachers back into the schools.
The fourth goal, to develop the whole child, is being addressed by placing a graduation coach at every high school and expanding dual language at the elementary level.
Chartrand said that in accordance with these goals, teachers are just as important to the classroom.
“The most effective component for student achievement is certainly all of these policies, but most important is effective teaching,” Chartrand said. “Nothing trumps effective teaching in the classroom.”
Vitti agreed with Chartrand’s point, but also said Duval schools are different from others.
“I think what’s different about Duval County public schools is that we still have the heart and passion, but we function with a sense of urgency and a bottom-line perspective when it comes to student achievement,” he said.
The passion, urgency and developments taking place in Duval County schools and in Florida are bringing education to a new level in Florida, Chartrand noted.
Vitti said his goal is to modernize Duval county schools from a technological perspective and that it will be important for the future of Duval County.
He said it was time to embrace changes in the classroom so children can learn better, so that these good numbers of graduation rates and literacy rates can keep going up.
“At the end of the day, I think we can all agree that every child should have access and be exposed to the highest level of education standards.”
By Courtney Jimenez
JU Communications Senior
This May, seniors at Jacksonville University will walk across the stage to their futures. To prepare them, JU’s Career Development Center held a career expo Wednesday, Feb. 26, in JU’s Historic Swisher Gymnasium.
The event saw 75 employees from the Jacksonville area offering jobs and internships, including companies such as Acosta Sales, the Ritz Carlton, JEA, Marineland and The CW television station (see Facebook photo gallery here).
This was the first year the Career Expo was held in the gymnasium rather than the Kinne University Center. Emily Asay, Assistant Director of the CDC, said the space offered more room for an increased number of employers and opportunities for the students.
“With the new space we were able to provide a better layout for all of the companies,” she said. “We strategically placed the companies so students could find what they were looking for and it wasn’t just random.”
Asay and Career Development Center Director Devan Coughlin invested many hours in planning the expo.
“Our main goal is to have everyone meet the employers and come away with an idea of what they want for their future,” Coughlin said. “We would love for everyone to come out with an interview, but we’re just happy being able to give them the experience.”
Seniors looking for more job opportunities and other students looking for internships can head to the third floor of JU Davis Student Commons, where the Career Development Center is located.
Jacksonville University, MOSH, Hemming Plaza, Friendship Park and
Jacksonville Main Library to feature free S.T.E.A.M.-related exhibits
What: The Second Annual Jacksonville Science Festival highlighting the power of S.T.E.A.M. through more than 125 interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and staged performances celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Student contests and participation events will also be featured. The event has quadrupled in size from the first year, with up to 2,500 students and residents rotating among sites. The premier sponsor for the event is Microsoft, whose representatives will be on the JU campus along with other sponsors and vendors.
A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning K-12 student team based on popular vote. A college scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a the winning K-12 student participant. A cash prize of $50 will be given to Art Contest Winners in each grade category.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 8.
Where: Host sites are the Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute, the Museum of Science & History, Hemming Plaza and the Jacksonville Main Library. Shuttle service will be available for festival-goers.
Details: The Second Annual Jacksonville Science festival is free to the public and will feature a wide variety of exciting, hands-on, interactive exhibits featuring science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Highlights include The Physics of Skateboarding with InstaRamps at Hemming Plaza; BIG Science at MOSH; a StarLab Portable Planetarium at Jacksonville Main Public Library; a floating Science Lab on view at Jacksonville University; and more than 120 other engaging exhibits, activities and performances. Science Festivals help unite communities, develop connections that foster new collaborations, create pride and generate knowledge, innovation and invention. For the economy, the Jacksonville Science Festival makes a strong statement about a region’s leading role in STEAM, an economic driver of the 21st Century. It can help develop the local workforce and foster a positive business climate. The festival can also bolster local tourism.
Attendance: Up to 2,500 people per event site, rotating at sites throughout the day. More than 1,000 children on public/private/homeschool field trips will attend March 6-7 at The Foundation Academy Campus host site.
More information: Visit http://jacksonvillesciencefestival.com for details, and for group/school registration. A promo video is at http://youtu.be/4GjBWmDZj-U. For host-site information, contact Dr. Gerry Pinto of the JU MSRI at (904) 256-7338 or GPinto@ju.edu; and for JaxSciFest general information, contact Cindy Rathburn at (904) 493-7300 or Cindy@ChildrensChampions.org.
By Taylor Agnew
Jacksonville University senior
If not for her Honors scholarship and the relationships she cultivated with faculty members, Zoe Rocke wasn’t sure if Jacksonville University was in her future. But that future now seems set: She has been on either the President’s List or the Dean’s List each semester at JU.
The senior chemistry major’s academic success and campus accomplishments are a testament to her determination. Among other things, she is Athletic Representative for the Jacksonville University Student Alliance, Vice President of the JU Medical Professions Society, Secretary/Treasurer of the JU Green Key National Leadership Society, a Mayo Clinic Florida intern and Treasurer of the Biochemistry Club. In addition, she is involved in cheerleading and works two jobs off campus.
Rocke is using her scholarship funds – and time management skills – to take full advantage of all the University has to offer.
She is the student speaker for JU’s Seventh Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Davis College of Business. About 70 student scholars will join others in the JU community to show their appreciation to nearly 90 donors expected at the event.
Also speaking will be JU alums Marty and Cindy Chomiak, ASPIRE Scholarship donors. The University Singers under the direction of Dr. Tim Snyder will perform as well.
Attending Jacksonville University as a chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry and a minor in psychology has also helped Rocke in reaching her next academic goal of attending medical school, she said. She credits JU’s support system and faculty for giving her the confidence she did not know she had. That boost led to her becoming a leader in the classroom and in her many organizations.
In particular, Dr. Janet Haavisto, director of the Honors program and a professor of English, and Dr. Karen Jackson, professor of biology and marine science, encouraged her to try new things and set higher goals. Because her family is in Rhode Island, having two adult figures in her life to count on is important to her.
“Dr. Haavisto and Dr. Jackson have been an integral part in everything I have achieved here at Jacksonville University,” Rocke said.
For more on JU University Advancement and how to give, visit http://www.ju.edu/supportju.
By Chelsea Wiggs
JU Communications Senior
Each summer, college students face choices about how to spend their break: Take more classes? Get away for something new?
At Jacksonville University, they have a third choice: they can do both.
JU’s Study Abroad programs allow students the unique opportunity to enjoy the summer traveling and learning new things while earning a few credits along the way. Deadlines to apply for summer programs are typically in early April, and for fall programs as late as May or June.
Kelly Marton, JU Director of Study Abroad, said students often return from the trips more independent, academically focused and engaged in the community. In addition, studies show that study abroad alumni perform better scholastically than their peers and are more likely to graduate college, she said.
“Students need to bolster their resumes with experiences and skills that set them apart from the increasingly overflowing pool of applicants most employers must wade through,” Marton said. “Study abroad provides the opportunity to gain valuable lifelong skills, many of which are sought after by employers.”
At JU, programs to Ecuador and Shanghai were among those offered this past summer, and each experience gave students and faculty something to write home about. (See a Facebook gallery of photos of the two trips here.)
Dr. Natasha Vanderhoff, Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Science, and five JU students traveled to Ecuador to study tropical biology. They were joined by a former colleague of Dr. Vanderhoff’s, as well as JU Assistant Professor of Marine Science Dr. Jeremy Stalker.
The group spent the majority of the three-week program at Wildsumaco Lodge, a remote field station in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, where Dr. Vanderhoff said their “cushy” living quarters consisted of bunk-beds, home-cooked meals and hot showers.
“The field station was very nice,” she said. “We were lucky.”
Each student was required to do an independent study project as part of his or her study-abroad curriculum. Topics included mammal research using camera trapping, the study of hummingbirds, and the comparison of primary and secondary forests, to name a few.
The group had the opportunity to take in the rainforest and get a closer look at unique animals such as the Southern Tamandua, mountain tapirs and even a puma.
“A puma was walking the trail at 8:30 p.m., and a couple of the guys were going to do their project, walking that same trail just afterward,” said Dr. Vanderhoff.
Dr. Vanderhoff said plans for the next study abroad excursion in summer 2014 are in the works. The next adventure will most likely take place in the Bahamas, as it did in the summer of 2012. Dr. Vanderhoff encourages students to take advantage of everything the study abroad programs have to offer.
“Do it and keep an open mind,” she said. “When you travel, things aren’t going to be like they are here in the States, and you just have to have an open mind and a laid-back attitude.”
These students are just some of the more than 100 that International Education Programs (IEP) at Jacksonville University sends abroad each year, offering semester, summer and spring break programs all over the world.
Several JU faculty organize spring courses that embed a mandatory travel component over spring break, Marton said. Students enroll in these popular on-campus courses for spring semester and travel with their JU peers and professor over spring break.
“Students and their families often perceive these (study abroad) experiences as an expensive addition to the cost of a college education,” she added. “However, study abroad programs are much more affordable than most realize. Many programs cost the same as taking courses on campus. Furthermore, scholarships are available, and students may be able to use financial aid.”
Last year, Dr. Douglas Johansen of the Jacksonville University Davis College of Business (DCOB) and his nine students traveled to Shanghai and Beijing for a month to study international business and global strategy. This opportunity was the first-ever intensive business program abroad offered by DCOB.
The program provides international business students an immersive, hands-on experience in business and strategy in a foreign economy.
“There’s no better way to understand differences in culture and economics than going there and taking a good long look at it,” said Dr. Johansen.
The group was made up of six JU students and three students from other universities, as the program was open to students throughout the U.S. Their curriculum while abroad consisted of a global business course focused on global business strategies, a global business experience class and a Chinese language course.
Part of the hands-on experience included site visits to an advertising agency, a local human resources company and electronics/engineering giant Siemens. The students conducted research, then presented a marketing plan to a U.S.-based company on the potential success of expanding its agricultural equipment business in China, which Dr. Johansen said was “very well-received.”
The hotel accommodations for the trip allowed the group to immerse themselves in the business districts of both Shanghai and Beijing. Throughout their month abroad, they began to familiarize themselves with the metro transportation system, local restaurants, shopping and various museums and cultural sites, including the Great Wall of China.
The program’s intensive structure is the first of its kind for DCOB, and Dr. Johansen was pleased with the result.
“In the end I think everybody was able to develop a deeper knowledge through the intensive and immersive experience,” he said. “It’s a very hands-on program.”
Like Dr. Vanderhoff, Dr. Johansen is also thinking ahead to summer 2014’s Study Abroad opportunities. IEP and DCOB are offering programs in China during the summer, and one in Brazil. Dr. Johansen encourages students to look into studying abroad not only as a way to acquire skills that can one day be used in their chosen careers, but also to form lasting friendships with their peers.
“Having had this experience together, we have a certain bond, and I think that’s something important.”
For more on Jacksonville University’s Study Abroad programs, visit www.ju.edu/studyabroad.
A Jacksonville University College of Arts & Sciences panel discussion Feb. 27 focuses on getting at “The Truth.”
Topics on everything from “Truth in Education” to “Personal Truth” to “News is Not the Truth!” will be presented and addressed by JU faculty members.
This year the general theme for the fourth annual event is the slippery nature of truth — its political, scientific, educational and personal components — and how it is often misunderstood by the public, said Douglas M. Hazzard, Arts & Sciences Dean and the evening’s moderator.
“Truth: Have It Your Way,” which is free to the public, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Terry Concert Hall. Attendees can also view student artwork inspired by the topics, and attend a reception prior to the program at 5:30 p.m.
A complete lineup of topics is below, followed by a .pdf of the program.
For more information, contact (904) 256-7100, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRUTH: HAVE IT YOUR WAY
Presenters and Topics:
Rethinking the Search for Truth — Matthew Groe, PhD., Associate Professor of Philosophy
Truth in Education: Is It on the Syllabus? — Steven Davis, PhD., Associate Professor of Education
It’s Just a Theory — Jeremy Stalker, PhD., Assistant Professor of Marine Science
News is Not the Truth! — Keith Saliba, PhD., Assistant Professor of Communication
Personal Truth: A Modern Oxymoron — Nathan Rousseau, PhD., Associate Professor of Sociology
The Liar’s Paradox — Capt. Herb Hadley, JU NROTC Unit Commanding Officer
JU School of Nursing accepting first Veteran RN to BSN on-campus cohort as part of $870,000 federal grant
The Jacksonville University School of Nursing is now recruiting qualified veteran RNs into an on-campus cohort of students who will benefit from an $870,000 federal grant JU received to help them excel as they pursue bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
The grant to JU, awarded through the Health Resources and Human Services agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be used to enhance recruitment and advance education, graduation, employment and retention of qualified veterans seeking BSNs. JU’s School of Nursing was one of only nine nursing schools nationally to be awarded the grant, one of JU’s largest in the past five years.
“We’re extremely excited about the launch of this new program,” said Associate Professor Lynnette Kennison, JU’s Veteran BSN Project Director and a retired Colonel from the Army National Guard. “It will significantly improve the ability of local veteran RNs to obtain a Jacksonville University BSN degree, and will most certainly lead to enhanced levels of nursing care throughout the community.”
Up to 25 veterans are expected in the first on-campus cohort starting in May. Once enrolled, they will receive assistance such as tutoring; career and stress management/resiliency training; focus and support group help; linkages with veteran service organizations and community health systems; and even Heartmath training, which is a biofeedback technique to help with reducing stress, promoting resilience and improving focus.
Kennison added that “Initial response from local hospitals and veterans organizations has been quite encouraging.”
The new veteran RN to BSN cohort is based on an established successful RN to BSN off-campus RN-BSN program. The HRSA grant has allowed the School of Nursing to bolster existing JU programs supporting higher education, including veteran-specific counseling and veteran-specific tutoring. Additionally, a full-time veteran BSN Program Advisor, Sam Young, MD, has been hired and integrated into the School of Nursing. Young, a combat veteran, is a retired U.S. Army Family Physician with more than three decades’ experience in clinical, operational and academic medicine.
“I am thrilled to be part of this tremendous program, and truly amazed at the pro-veteran learning environment created by JU students, faculty and administration,” he said. “This, coupled with a strong veteran cohort identity, will ensure the success of our students.”
Because veterans have already earned their VA educational benefits, it is important not to lose them by inaction, or to waste them with poor choices, Young added. “Choosing the right career path, the right educational institution and the right program is extremely important. Veterans deserve the best we can offer, and the best is here at JU.”
The JU Veteran BSN Program supports three distinct educational tracks: Track 1 helps qualified pre-licensure Veterans obtain a BSN through traditional, transfer, or second degree full time on campus study. Track 2 promotes on-campus RN to BSN of existing veteran RNs from the community. Track 3 promotes RN to BSN education of existing veteran RNs worldwide via on-line study.
In the first year alone, projections are for 31 additional veterans to be added to Nursing Track 1 (students with little or no medical background), up to 25 more to Track 2 (those with an associate degree in nursing) and 34 more to Track 3 (online students with an associate degree in nursing).
The first Track 2 Veteran on-campus RN-BSN Cohort begins in May. It is an 18-month accelerated adult education program consisting of 10 individual eight-week nursing courses, totaling 32 credit hours. Students will attend one afternoon/evening class per week, allowing them to remain employed while in the program.
For more on this unique program, see a .pdf below. It includes general information, admission requirements and curriculum.
Veterans of Foreign Wars District 6 recently recognized the Jacksonville University Student Veterans of America chapter for its outstanding efforts for student veterans, including being an advocate and providing outreach and volunteerism opportunities.
Pictured are VFW Department Adopt-A-Unit Chairman Steve Holland; National Legislative Committee Chairman Karen Nigara; JU SVA President Danielle D’Amato; JU SVA Vice President Lissette Matos Minehart; and District 6 Senior Vice Commander Arden Battle.
This year’s annual JU Women’s History Month Event March 7 honoring distinguished community women coincides with the inaugural Jacksonville University Women in Leadership Conference, designed to connect JU women with each other and give them a chance to learn from outstanding and accomplished local women. Both events are in the Davis College of Business.
The conference in the Davis College of Business will begin with a panel dialogue based in part on the work of Sheryl Sandberg, CFO of Facebook and author of “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” a best seller and an inspiration to many young aspiring graduates. The afternoon will continue with two breakout sessions that will allow participants to choose from several different topic areas presented on by distinguished guests.
More in information on the two events is below:
JU Women in Leadership Conference
Hosted by: Student Involvement
When: Friday, March 7, 12:30-5 p.m.
16th Annual JU Women’s History Month Event
- Ambassador Marilyn McAfee, JU Community Woman of the Year
- Dr. Karen Jackson, JU Woman of the Year
- Ms. Brittani Wyskocil, JU Student of the Year
Reception and Program
- Friday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.
- 1st floor Davis College of Business
- Hors d’oeuvres and Wine, followed by Women’s History Month Program
- Cost $15, or two swipes from JU Meal Plan or Club transfer of funds.
Students may register for the Women’s Leadership Conference and the Women’s History Month Reception and Program on DolphinLink:
Students may register for only the Women’s History Month Reception and Program on DolphinLink:
- Julie Brannon & Carole Barnett, Humanities Office
- Carolyn Barrett, Registrar’s Office 1st floor Howard
- Students Solution Center, 1st floor Davis Commons
Sponsored by Jacksonville University Women’s History Month Committee.
JU students have elected junior Keith Taylor Jr. as Jacksonville University Student Alliance president and junior Prince Agyemang-Gyau as vice president, in elections that saw voter turnout rise by nearly 200, to 523 students.
“Right now I’m feeling great,” said Taylor, a double major in aviation and political science who served as JUSA vice president for the 2013-14 academic term. “This week has certainly been full of ups and downs, but now to hear the results, it’s pretty intense. I’m very excited.”
Taylor said he woke up on election day Friday, Feb. 14, earlier than usual, asking himself: “Will I win? Is it in God’s plan right now?”
The results only made Taylor feel ready to get started.
“Monday we’re hitting the ground running,” he said. “Prince and I are going to look at where we need to start and ask ourselves how we can reach our goals.”
Current JUSA President Will Baxley, a junior music composition major, said the new DolphinLink system for JU students made voting a cinch.
“This was our first time using the new system, and the voting process was so smooth,” he said. “The software was everything we hoped it would be.”
The higher voter turnout this year impressed Baxley.
“The final tally shows a huge shift in the focus of the student body to being concerned about the direction of the campus,” he said.
Returning members of JUSA were not guaranteed their seats; each position was determined by the popular vote.
“The election was anybody’s game, but I think that within the general assembly we have men and women on this campus that have already demonstrated their abilities as leaders,” Baxley said. “It’s going to be amazing to see what we get done by the end of this semester and next year.”
Taylor and Gyau, who is a nursing major, will move to their elected positions after a three-meeting transition period.
The following are JUSA election results for next academic year’s representatives:
Jacksonville University Student Alliance 2014-15 Election Results
President – Keith Taylor Jr.
Vice-President – Prince Agyemang-Gyau
College of Arts and Sciences
1. Chris Herring
2. Brittany Bush
3. Cody Foxwell
4. Christie Charlebois
5. Raegann Conner
Davis College of Business
1. Matthew Shank
2. Maria Figuerado
3. Robert Dougherty
4. John Gislason
College of Fine Arts
1. Adam Keller
2. Parker Lawhorne
3. Haley Cox
College of Health Sciences
1. Arielle Bas
2. Ryan Wagner
3. Katharine Jakobsson
College of Education
1. Samuel Medlin
2. Samantha Wicklund
See more on the elections at http://judolphinmedia.com.
Children possess a distinct ability to see their world through uninhibited perspectives. This two-person exhibition (see flyer below) is a view of this phenomenon through the interpretations of Kyungmin Park and Britt Spencer. Park is a ceramic artist who creates figurative sculptures that explore human foibles. Spencer is an illustrator whose quirky characters reveal observational commentaries of human life. The pairing of artistic content creates a platform for viewer investigation, humor, and pity.
The free exhibit runs from Thursday, Feb. 20-March 14, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
Funded in part by the Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne Endowment for the Arts.
For more on the event, call (904) 256-7374, or visit its Facebook page here.
Cutting-edge contemporary dance highlights this year’s free “MFA in the Works” student choreography event Feb. 20-21 at Jacksonville University.
The informal collaborative show features the choreographic works-in-progress of candidates for the JU Master of Fine Arts-Choreography, performed by undergraduate dance majors.
“This year’s show features new choreographers who have impressive bios from incredible professional careers, so the show is full of current and edgy dance that engages the audience in both intellectual and visual ways,” said show director Cari Coble, an associate professor of dance and director of the MFA programs in Choreography and Visual Arts at JU.
The unique JU MFA-Choreography degree is a two-year low-residency program geared toward current mid-career artists. Its mantra is “Where Professionals are Reborn.”
“Because the choreographers are from both coasts and work in California and New York, you will see the different and emerging dance styles specific to those two major capitals of the dance industry, all in one show,” she said. “This performance brings the best of both coasts straight to Jacksonville.”
Coble said the partnership between undergraduates and graduate students is a critical aspect of the event.
“When undergraduates get a taste of the professional dance industry by working with MFAs who are dancing and choreographing professionally, it is a real eye opener to how hard the dance world is to thrive in,” she said. “There is so much competition and talent that these dancers have to work long hours each day to pursue their dreams.”
The performances in the Alexander Brest Dance Pavilion are open to the public and include a brown-bag lunch showing at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, as well as a show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.
Here is the show order for each graduate student’s piece, along with the undergraduate dancers for each:
Holly Johnston — Joshua Abbott, Kris Danley, Jared Bogart, Maria Kouppari, Molly Dahl and Krista Lamberti
Shannon Watters — Gabby Rogue
Lara Binder — Alexis Richens, Brittani Wyskocil, Amber Daniels, Molly Dahl and Nicolle Lentz
Jessica DiMauro — Kristin Delibovi, Jenine Brodeur, Gabby Rogue, Stephanie Hodges, Philipili Jackson and Adrian Trejo
Michael Lomeka — Allison Nilsen, Ashton Johnson, Gaylyn Singletary, Rachel Cliff, Evelyn Kenner, Bert Johnson, Graham Dobbs, Antonio Harvey and Jared Bogart
For more information about the show and the JU MFA Choreography program, call (904) 256-7398 or visit http://mfa.ju.edu
The inaugural JU Women’s Lacrosse Bull Roast to raise money and awareness for the Women’s Lacrosse program will follow the team’s day game against Longwood March 8. The event is from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Marriott at 4670 Salisbury Road. It includes raffles, a money wheel, prizes, a silent auction, cash bar, jersey auction and door prizes.
To sign up, download the .pdf below!
Performance artist/sculptor Gary Setzer, praised by the Huffington Post for his innovative work, delivers his newest performance, “The Black Tongue Lexicon,” at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in P-19 (the Blackbox Theatre) in Jacksonville University’s Phillips Fine Arts Hall. The performance is free to the public.
With “The Black Tongue Lexicon,” Setzer re-imagines the landscape through a contemporary lens, merging electronic music and process-oriented performance art to deliver a “nerdy audiovisual spectacle” that recalls Marina Abramović and Joseph Beuys as much as it does 1980s art rockers Devo, according to Setzer’s website.
In what the Huffington Post called “a phenomenal hybrid of his own, integrating video, music and performance,” Setzer revitalizes process-oriented art, paralleling our immersion in the landscape with our immersion in language.
Setzer’s performances, installations, objects and videos have been exhibited and screened extensively. He recently toured his performance work across the United States. The performance was released as a full-length album on the independent label Pretend Records in 2012. Setzer is a Tucson-based artist and an Assistant Professor of Art at The University of Arizona.
For more information, contact JU Prof. Jim Benedict at email@example.com.
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/supralingual-sublingual-tongue/id537968726
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (419) 494-3871, www.garysetzer.com.
With the St. Johns River behind them and a future emphasizing JU’s waterfront in front of them, University officials and donors unveiled more than $500,000 worth of research, sailing and rowing vessels and docks on Friday, Jan. 31. (See a Facebook photo gallery at http://ow.ly/tvQD8.)
The Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute’s new state-of-the-art floating classroom, the Gentry Family Floating Docks and JU’s new sailing fleet and rowing shells were shown off to an appreciative crowd at the Negaard Rowing Center, with a blessing of the fleet and tours bookending the festivities. Speakers included JU President Tim Cost, MSRI Executive Director Quinton White, JU Varsity Sailing Head Coach Jon Faudree, JU Director of Rowing Jim Mitchell and JU students.
“These essential investments in our waterfront are a significant part of our effort to create a great place for learning and growth for our students,” Cost said. “I’m very proud of our entire school, staff, faculty and Board of Trustees for sharing in this highest of priorities.”
The 48-foot-by-12-foot floating classroom and a new companion dock will allow students and faculty to conduct engaging and immediate research, classes and study. The Coast Guard-certified pontoon vessel is equipped with student-oriented design, lab stations, electrical power and the capability to accommodate classes of up to 28 people. On board, students will be able to engage in sampling and observation of river life and have access to equipment such as microscopes.
The floating classroom was funded largely by Rene and Lawrence Kurzius with a challenge grant gift from JU Trustee Chuck Wodehouse and his wife, Camilla. It was dubbed the “Larkin” for the daughter of the Kurziuses. The new dock was funded largely by a challenge grant from Susan and W.C. Gentry and the Kurziuses.
The 12 new Z420 sailboats christened are newly designed specifically for college sailing, and JU has one of the first fleets. More than 200 donors raised nearly $100,000 to help fund the JU Sailing team and purchase this fleet.
“The love of the water is what draws many people here to JU,” said Sailing Coach Faudree. “We hope we will become a gateway to our river in the future.”
In addition, two eight-person rowing shells, dedicated last November, were on display. They were christened with the names “Cookie Petrakis” and “John Petrakis” in honor of the couple’s generous contributions and support of the JU rowing program. John Petrakis is a JU alum.
“The new floating classroom opens more area on the river for research and lab work,” said Krystal Dannenhoffer, a JU Marine Science senior watching the festivities.
Ciarra Slater, 21, a Marine Science junior, agreed.
“We are up to date with our competition with this new classroom. We are going to start getting a broader range of students because of additions like this.”
About Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University works to prepare each of its more than 4,000 students for lifelong success in learning, achieving, leading and serving. Its nearly 200-acre riverfront campus is just minutes from downtown Jacksonville and the Atlantic Ocean. It has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” for 10 straight years, and ranks in the top 1% among all Florida colleges for Return on Investment for its graduates. With a 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio and full-time faculty percentage of 80 percent, it offers small class sizes, inviting campus grounds and engaged faculty and staff in a setting that promotes community, ambition and responsibility. JU has nearly 190 full-time faculty and offers more than 70 majors, programs and concentrations. Additionally, it offers graduate degrees in business, choreography, education leadership, marine science, mathematics, nursing and orthodontics. JU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
From the American Heart Association
Jacksonville University had a distinctive role in the community-wide American Heart Association “National Wear Red Day” events Friday, Feb. 7: The Negaard Rowing Center hosted a 24-hour rowing marathon. Beginning at noon Friday, the men’s and women’s rowing teams and members of the Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program rowed continuously on indoor machines called ergometers to raise awareness for women’s heart health. This is the second “24 Strokes for Heart Ergathon ” held at the university in two years.
According to JU Rowing coach Jim Mitchell, the rowing teams surpassed last year’s total meters by 149,415 meters, with a grand total of 2,308,946 meters. The 2,308,946 meters rowed roughly equals 1,435 miles, which is far enough to get from Jacksonville to San Jose, Costa Rica.
“I am proud of all of the participants this year, as well as those who made this event happen. Thanks to all who allow us to combine our training with the ability to help and support such a great cause and organization, “ said Mitchell.
24-Strokes-4- Heart was part of the First Coast’s 10th Annual National Wear Red Day activities Feb. 7, reminding everyone that heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women ages 20 and older, killing about one woman every minute, including many women on the first coast. More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. National Wear Red Day is part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement to make women aware of their risk of heart disease and learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes to prevent it. Up to 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable.
According to Florida Charts.org, in 2012, the First Coast lost 3,246 residents to all cardiovascular diseases, and 51.26 percent, or 1,664 of them, were women.
About the American Heart Association-First Coast Market
The American Heart Association-First Coast Market drives cardiovascular and stroke research — from prevention to treatment — to enable Americans, at all ages, to establish good heart-health habits to prevent cardiovascular disease in their lives, or to improve their quality of life if they have heart disease or stroke. We engage the community and donors through our 3 key initiatives, the Heart Walk, Heart Ball, and Go Red For Women, by providing education and funding opportunities that pave the way for tomorrow’s lifesaving medical innovations which will lead to improved cardiovascular health for the people of Jacksonville and across the country. For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org.
By Courtney Jimenez
JU Communications senior
As technical advances sweep across the world and affect more and more people, how that technology is shared and used is becoming increasingly important.
That’s where technology and public policy intersect.
Those were points put forward by Prof. Cammy R. Abernathy, Dean of the University of Florida College of Engineering, during a talk to the JU Public Policy Institute Board of Advisors Thursday, Feb. 6.
“If we’re going to educate engineers, we won’t be able to educate them the way we have in the past,” said Abernathy, whose speech was also attended by Jacksonville University Master in Public Policy (MPP) faculty and students.
Policy decisions have become crucial because as the world population rises, and people’s standard of living improves, they demand more and more innovation, she said.
However, ensuring that the technology they already have keeps advancing is equally or more important than simply delivering them more “gadgets,” Abernathy said.
That means engineers can’t just think about mechanics, automation and equipment, but also about strategy, outcomes and public policy in order to help lead change.
“What skills would an engineer have to possess to be part of the world today?” she asked.
Abernathy said the answer lies in educators helping them master four vital areas of expertise.
“Communication, ethics, creativity and innovation are words that need to be associated with our engineers when they are ready to graduate, so they can hit the ground running as soon as they leave,” she said.
That will help make them better leaders, which is important. For example, Abernathy said many of the political leaders in Asia had engineering degrees.
“There are no substitutes for bringing great leaders in front of your students,” Abernathy said. “One of the things the leaders teach is that if you never fail, you’re not dreaming big enough; you’re not taking big enough risks.”
She emphasized how important it is not just for those studying political science and economics but for engineers and other technical professionals to be educated in public policy.
Rick Mullaney, JU PPI’s founding director, said he agreed with Abernathy that educators must be proactive in building leaders for tomorrow’s economy.
What is critical is “combining both the subject matter expertise and the leadership skills the students’ need for their futures,” he said.
The next JU PPI event is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, when the Institute hosts Gary Chartrand, Chair of the Florida State Board of Education and Executive Chairman of Acosta Sales and Marketing, and Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, to discuss “Education Policy: Why it Matters” at a free forum in the JU Davis College of Business. The event is open to the public, with a reception at 6 p.m. and forum at 7 p.m.