Dr. Xenia Mountrouidou, assistant professor in Computing Sciences; and Rachael Jenkins, senior in Computing Sciences, recently represented Jacksonville University in one of the largest diversity conferences in the field: the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (http://gracehopper.org/2013/).
Jenkins, vice president of the Women In Computer Science Society, earned a full scholarship to participate in the event.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, held Oct. 2-5, is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. It is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing. The Grace Hopper Celebration is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery. This year’s event took place in Minneapolis and gathered 4,800 industry and academia participants from all over the world.
The event focused partly on boosting the numbers of majors, especially women, in computer science. The first keynote speaker, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, recently started her own revolution of bringing women to high end careers after releasing her first book, “Lean In: Women and the Will to Lead.”
The second keynote speaker was the CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, Dr. Telle Whitney. Dr. Whitney is another role model who has received numerous awards for her work promoting women in computing, including: ACM Distinguished Service, Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf, and San Jose Business Journal Top 100 Women of Influence.
In 2011, Dr. Mountrouidou, the JU adviser to the Women in Computer Science Society, received a grant from the Anita Borg Institute to create a workshop to attract high school girls to Computer Science. The workshop has been successful for the past three years and continues to grow in the Jacksonville community.
The third keynote was Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd, a liberal arts college that has achieved the unthinkable in computer science: to grow the number of women majors from 10% to 40%.
“I have never attended or taught a college class with 40% women,” said Mountrouidou. “I think this is inspiring, and we should strive at JU to achieve even higher numbers. The fact that another liberal arts college has achieved this, paired with what we do here at JU, being personable and close to our students makes me think that we can do this. One of the most important factors to attract and retain women in CS is to be close to them and provide role models. I think we can actually achieve the 50-50 percent of men/women in CS here at JU.”
She added that she plans to mentor more computer science majors and those interested in computer science to earn grants in order to participate at the annual event.
The event also included a large career fair with industry exhibitors such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon and many other technology companies, gathering resumes and trying to attract young talented women to work with them.
JU Marine Science Research Institute partners with Jacksonville Marine Charities on kingfish research
Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute has received a $2,500 gift from the organizer of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament to study the diet and migratory patterns of king mackerel.
“We’ve partnered with the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament for more than 30 years, and are indebted to them for their continued support of our students and research,” Dr. Quinton White, executive director of the JU Marine Science Research Institute, said at a news event Friday, Dec. 6. “This research is timely and will help us unravel some of the mystery of kingfish migration.”
“By developing a better idea of the stock structures of king mackerel in the Southeastern United States, we can find ways to ensure they are well maintained for future fishing,” she said.
Capt. Jim Suber of Jacksonville Marine Charities Inc., which holds the Kingfish Tournament, said it was critical for the organization to fund the research.
“This falls into the category of where we need to be with Jacksonville University and the city to sustain this species,” he said. “Without the species, we would need to change the name of our tournament. We feel strongly that this investment in the survival of the kingfish is directly related to our tournament’s future. We hope the research helps us learn more to keep the species strong.”
For the study, stable isotope analysis will be conducted to determine chemical differences in both stocks’ diets and the waters in which they spend most of their time. Instead of using dorsal spines as has been done in the past, the king mackerel’s otoliths (earstones) will be studied. These calcified structures provide an uninterrupted record of the internal and external environment of the fish.
“By analyzing these structures, we will be able to determine both the waters in which a king mackerel has lived, and what it ate during different stages of its life,” Leontiou noted.
The otoliths from the fish were collected from Atlantic king mackerel during the 2013 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, while Gulf Coast samples were collected through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
About Jacksonville Marine Charities Inc.
About Jacksonville Marine Charities Inc. is committed to providing an outstanding fishing tournament, the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, which will promote and encourage marine conservation; create, preserve, and maintain fishing habitats, both natural and artificial; promote public access to such facilities; and foster education with regard to marine science and research. For more information, visit http://kingfishtournament.com.
About the JU Marine Science Research Institute
The JU MSRI is the premier biological and environmental research and education facility on the St. Johns River. The two-story, 32,000-square-foot “certified-green” building has classrooms, laboratories, offices for the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and areas for teaching Duval County public school students. For more information, visit www.ju.edu/msri.
Dr. Sharon DiFino, assistant professor of Speech and Language Pathology in JU’s new Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, recently presented two papers at one of the largest Second Language acquisition conferences in the U.S.
DiFino gave papers on “Linguistic Schizophrenia: Pluricentricity of the German Language with Special Focus on Austria” and “Teaching German to Students with Special Needs: College Students with Dyslexia.” Both were presented at The American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) in Orlando on Nov. 23.
Jacksonville University’s Student Veterans of America chapter has received a $1,500 grant from the national SVA organization and is being recognized for its efforts as National SVA Chapter of the Month.
The chapter presented a business plan and grant application for future growth needs, and was selected for the funding.
“Typically chapters receive a few hundred dollars, but our chapter received $1,500 due to the hard work and perseverance that our chapter has displayed,” said JU student and SVA Chapter President Danielle D’Amato.
In his letter congratulating the chapter, SVA National Executive Director D. Wayne Robinson praised the JU group’s “commitment and ingenuity.”
“We applaud your success,” he wrote. “On behalf of the SVA team, we thank you for your dedication to student veterans and wish you the best success on campus. You, as local leaders, are the true pulse of Student Veterans of America. “
As National SVA Chapter of the Month, the JU organization is highlighted on the SVA homepage (http://www.studentveterans.org), and is the subject of an article about its success (http://studentveterans.tumblr.com/post/68981782734/chapter-of-the-month-jacksonville-university-on), noting its recent popular “Show Your Colors 5K Run” to honor those who served, as well as the new “Defenders Den” SVA Student Center open on campus for veterans.
The article states that JU’s large veteran population is poised to make a difference in the community.
“The Jacksonville University Chapter is an example of the impact that a group of students can have on their campus!” the article states. “This student veteran community located on a small school in Florida aims to effect big change in the time to come.”
Here is an excerpt from the article:
After members of the chapter attended the 2013 National Conference in Orlando, the group began to grow and make great strides to help their student veterans. In order to attend, the members of this chapter received funds from the Mayor of Jacksonville, Alvin Brown. After the gesture, Brown said “the funds were more than a donation; this is about our city’s future. It’s about refining leadership skills and grooming potential into reality.” The chapter returned from Orlando with the motivation and guidance from fellow chapters fresh in their mind and went to work.
The activities of the JU Chapter motivated Jacksonville University President Tim Cost and prompted him to recognize the unique student veteran population on campus. He hosted a “Thank You” dinner for the veterans who chose to make JU their home as they pursued education. Cost later announced that the student veterans of JU will get a “V” on their school ID cards that will help make items at the campus bookstore more affordable. During graduation, JU will also recognize the veterans with veteran recognition stoles and red, white and blue honor cords.
For more about the JU SVA chapter, visit http://www.ju.edu/VA/Pages/About-Us.aspx. For more about JU’s programs and services for student veterans, visit http://www.ju.edu/VA and http://www.ju.edu/registrar/Pages/VA-Information.aspx.
Dr. Christine Sapienza, College of Health Sciences Associate Dean, recently attended the American Speech Language and Hearing Association conference in Chicago. She presented to more than 150 participants on the intervention technique called respiratory muscle strength training as an invited workshop speaker.
Dr. Sapienza was joined with her colleagues Dr. Bari Ruddy from the University of Central Florida and Dr. Susan Baker from Miami University of Ohio. Dr. Ruddy and Dr. Baker are former doctoral students, and together with Dr. Sapienza have been studying respiratory muscle strength training and treating patients with a variety of diseases including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and upper airway disorders.
Congratulations to Mariya Tkach, JU’s November Employee of the Month.
Mariya works for the Physical Plant, ensuring the Commons building is up and running smoothly each day for students.
“She always has a positive attitude and does anything asked of her with joy,” said JU’s Ashlea Quitter, one of Mariya’s nominators. “Mariya is very dependable and desires to do her job well. She has built relationships with all parties in the building and lights up our work day with her encouraging words.”
According to Varsity Sailing Head Coach Jon Faudree, who also nominated Mariya, she embodies all that would be expected of an excellent co-worker.
“I look forward to when she comes by my office every day, and I enjoy seeing her throughout the building and around campus. She always has a kind word. She exhibits the highest commitment to serving the JU community.”
JU employees of the month receive a $50 cash award, an extra day off, an award certificate signed by the JU president, and reserved parking for a month. To nominate an employee, go to the Human Resources Employee Recognition Program page on the JU Web site, or contact Human Resources at (904) 256-7025.
Come enjoy a viewing of the holiday movie “Elf” and help Toys for Tots at “Christmas By The River” at JU!
Donate an unwrapped toy or money when you show up for the movie at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Strom Amphitheatre on Dolphin Green. “Elf” will be shown on the 16-foot big screen. There will be shirt giveaways and a cookie decorating contest with first, second, and third place prizes.
Also, there will be snow, and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows. Organizer of the event is Stephanie Arnold ’13, a Communications/Public Relations major.
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Kick off your holiday celebrations with an evening of traditional holiday music, from classical to pops!
This family-friendly concert will feature excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and other traditional musical fare. Always an audience favorite, this concert will have you laughing and singing along with the Jacksonville University Orchestra!
The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Terry Concert Hall. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Division of Music at (904) 256-7370.
JU Film Professor Bandar Albuliwi’s debut film “Peace after Marriage” is opening the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 30 – the first time an Arab filmmaker’s work has been picked as the opening night movie.
“Peace After Marriage” won the Creative Promise Award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, and Albuliwi’s latest feature film, “East of Broadway,” was part of the 2011 Berlinale International Film Festival’s Talent Campus.
The comedic “Peace After Marriage” centers on a Palestinian in Brooklyn who tries to boost his social life by parlaying his U.S. citizenship into a green-card marriage. He discovers, however, that he’s marrying an Israeli.
“It’s refreshing to see a lighthearted Muslim-Jewish romantic comedy without a heavy political agenda,” Variety Magazine said in its review this month. “The audience award at Montpellier’s Cinemed Fest gives a good indication of the pic’s appeal.”
Albuliwi, a native New Yorker, began teaching at JU this year, stressing persistence, honesty and personal storytelling with his students.
The Jacksonville University Board of Trustees has elected Swisher International Inc. President and CEO Peter Ghiloni to the board, effective Oct. 25.
“We are honored that Peter has chosen to join our push here to excellence,” said JU President Tim Cost. “To have a multi-dimensional executive of his caliber adds even more depth to our already strong board. His leadership of Swisher provides synergy as well, as the Jacksonville company is a longtime friend and benefactor of the University.”
Ghiloni took on his new role at Swisher on Jan. 1 of this year, succeeding Tom Ryan. Prior to that, he was the company’s senior vice president of marketing.
An industry veteran, Ghiloni began his career in the tobacco business with the United States Tobacco Co. in 1972. In 1983, he moved to The Helme Tobacco Co. as vice president of marketing, and in 1991 he was promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing. Following the merger of Swisher and Helme, Ghiloni assumed the role of senior vice president of marketing for the combined company.
Jacksonville-based Swisher International is a leading tobacco manufacturer whose cigars, filtered cigars and smokeless tobacco brands include some of the largest-selling cigar brands in the world: Swisher Sweets, as well as King Edward, BlackStone and BLK large cigars. Swisher products are exported to more than 80 countries. Swisher International employs more than 1,300 people worldwide, including 900 in Jacksonville.
Upon completion of his first term on the JU board, Ghiloni will be eligible for reelection for two additional consecutive terms.
By Taylor Agnew
The JU Flight Team turned in a strong performance — including a first-place in Short Field Landings for member Kevin Barth — at the recent National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) 2013 Region IX Competition at Auburn University.
The team took fourth overall, third in flying events and fourth in ground events.
The team competed against Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona), Florida Institute of Technology, Auburn University, Florida Memorial University and Miami-Dade College. Jacksonville University is hosting the 2014 Region IX Competition.
“We are very proud of the team and the effort they put forth,” said Yates. “We scored more points in the flying events than we have in quite some time, and fell just short of finishing in the top three. This was one of the best performances ever by our flight team, especially in landing.”
JU Davis Aviation Center Director Dr. Juan Merkt agreed.
“They did an amazing job, and only Embry Riddle and Auburn beat us on flight events,” he said.
Team members are Kevin Barth, Michael Depeder, Alex Dupre, Maria Figuerado, Zacchari Gale, Josh Gilmartin, Katja Jourdan, Michael Korona (Capt.), Eric Merbach, Steve Paduchak, Drew Park, Jenny Pavlik, Zackery Pfisterer, Daniel Pruitt, Valentin Romero, Joseph Schmidt, Brett Wickizer (Capt.) and Harry Young.
4th place overall in Region IX Championship
3rd place overall in Team Champion Flying Events
4th place overall in Team Champion Ground Events
Kevin Barth- 1st place overall in Short Field Landings
Brett Wickizer and Eric Merbach- 3rd place overall in Navigation
Katja Jourdan- 3rd place overall in Power-Off Precision Landings
Brett Wickizer – 3rd place overall in Ground Trainer
Katja Jourdan and Jenny Pavlik – 3rd place overall in Message Drop
Jacksonville University’s Davis Aviation Center in the Davis College of Business has been educating and training future professional pilots and aviation executives for more than 25 years. The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accredits our Aviation Management and Aviation Management & Flight Operations degree programs. JU is one of 36 universities in the nation selected by the FAA to educate future air traffic controllers under the Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI). Our students also benefit from a one-of-a-kind partnership with Aerosim Flight Academy, offering airline-oriented flight training and a direct career path to the airlines. For more information, please call (904) 256-7895.
JU Education Prof. Tammy Ryan Ph.D. is set to present at the Literacy Research Association National Conference Dec. 4-7 in Dallas.
Ryan, program director of the new online M.Ed in Reading Education degree program, has been invited with five other U.S. reading professors to discuss ways they are moving master-level programs to online formats. The presentation, titled, “Going Boldly? Moving Reading Education Courses to Hybrid and Online Formats,” shares how technology and new literacies can enhance learning beyond a traditional classroom experience.
“When done well, online can be as productive as face-to-face formats. Research is beginning to show how online video reflections can enhance teacher practice,” Ryan said.
Another presentation titled “Using Video Assessment of Teacher Knowledge and Skills” reports findings of the design of an assessment protocol to use in the future across the nation that measures reading teachers/specialists’ abilities to analyze student reading. This protocol is designed with greater content and construct validity than current assessments used to measure teacher knowledge and skills. Ryan and six other U.S. reading professors will present findings of this longitudinal study.
Ryan will also present a recent chapter published in Advanced Literacy Practices: From the Clinic to the Classroom titled “Designing an Off Campus Reading Clinic.” This presentation will highlight ways Ryan and SOE students offer reading instruction to K-5 urban children at an after-school community-based program during a reading methods course.
LRA is a community of literacy scholars dedicated to promote research that enriches knowledge, understanding and development of lifespan literacies in a multicultural and multilingual world. Ryan has presented at LRA since 2004.
To learn more about the M.Ed in Reading Education and how the program prepares teachers of reading to make positive differences in K-12 children’s literacy experiences, particularly with struggling readers, adolescent learners and special needs students, visit M.Ed. in Reading Education. The program is accepting students for the 2014 Summer A cohort. Contact Ryan for program details at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Peaks, JU Graduate Admissions, at email@example.com.
Dr. Ray Oldakowski, JU Professor of Geography, was one of the opening day speakers at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences held in Jacksonville at the Hyatt Hotel downtown Nov. 6-9.
The organization is a national association of colleges and universities whose purpose is to nurture and sustain the arts and sciences as the leading influence in American higher education. Oldakowski’s presentation “Jacksonville: A City in Search of an Identity” was an interactive session that focused on the sense of place present in our community.
“Jacksonville struggles to establish a national identity because it lacks the characteristics that traditionally distinguish a place, such as the site of a famous event in history, the hometown of a famous resident, the national headquarters of a famous company or specific industry, the site of a well-known landmark, or the hearth for unique food, music, or recreation,” Oldakowski said.
His presentation also highlighted Jacksonville’s solid rankings in terms of quality of life for its residents.
Top names discuss exchanges, Medicaid expansion and ‘Florida Solution’ at JU PPI Healthcare conference
By Phillip Milano
Healthcare exchanges, spiraling costs and covering 3.8 million uninsured in Florida were key topics as top names in healthcare, business and government discussed the Affordable Care Act and proposed Medicaid expansion at the JU Public Policy Institute’s Healthcare Policy Conference Wednesday, Nov. 13. (See Facebook photo gallery at http://ow.ly/qWSZh).
The timely daylong event, one of the premier forums on healthcare in Florida this year, brought together the Speaker of the Florida House; President of the Florida Senate; nationally renowned healthcare policy experts from Washington, D.C.; and CEOs of hospitals, the insurance industry and business.
The group presented varying viewpoints, pored over data, summarized studies and debated policy differences before an audience of more than 200 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall.
“This is an extraordinary program, and I’m proud of this Institute,” said Steven T. Halverson, CEO of The Haskell Co., who wrapped up the conference with a bold challenge for Florida to find a way to use $51 billion in federal aid to help cover the uninsured in Florida. “We have the ideas and the imagination to solve this crisis. Do we have the resolve? What we’ve seen today is that JU is as good a place as any to start the conversation.”
The conference was organized and moderated by JU PPI Director Rick Mullaney, whose goal for the event was to help “inform, educate and shape healthcare policy in Florida.”
JU President Tim Cost welcomed the participants and guests, noting the University’s commitment to advancing quality health care with its programs and new facilities.
“We are investing in the future, with our new College of Health Sciences building as an example … we know that health care in the 21st century is one of the most critically important things we can be discussing,” he said.
The mood during the day shifted from somber to reflective to humorous and back, as presenters offered insights and original research into the challenges that lie ahead for Florida and the nation to offer quality health care to citizens.
Among the highlights:
JU alumnus Will Weatherford, Republican Speaker of the Florida House, who played a lead role in opposing the ACA’s Medicaid expansion in Florida, repeated earlier media statements about his frustration with lack of coverage for Sunshine State residents and problems with Medicaid. It’s estimated nearly four million Floridians, or a fifth of the population, are without insurance.
“I’m not proud that we have so many uninsured,” he said. “And our party hasn’t done a good job nationally of offering alternatives to the Affordable Care Act. But we need a plan … that doesn’t treat the poorest among our citizens differently. We can’t allow the ‘kinda’ poor to be able to pick their own insurance, but the ‘really’ poor to only be allowed Medicaid. That’s creating two Americas, and that’s not fair.”
Florida Senate President Don Gaetz agreed with Weatherford that trusting the federal government to continue for years to pay a sizable portion of the costs for expanding Medicaid in the state was a risky proposition.
He called Medicaid’s growth “metastatic,” rising from a cost of $14 billion a decade ago to $23 billion this year, or 31 percent of the entire state budget.
“Where is this money going to come from? Every three of you out there will be paying for your own costs, plus one person who is on expanded Obamacare. … I predict the ACA will falter and fail to keep its promises, and will have to be redesigned.”
In response to a question from Mullaney on obtaining greater federal government flexibility for Florida and a potential “block grant” or reform approach to Medicaid expansion, both Weatherford and Gaetz said they were open to a “Florida Solution” to expanding coverage for Florida’s uninsured and using the $51 billion in federal funding.
Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty addressed media attention over his company’s recent notices sent to 300,000 customers that their insurance plans would be cancelled in January. He stated that Florida Blue had only complied with ACA mandates regarding minimum plan coverage, and that the insurer was working to transition people to more robust plans that meet ACA rules and that may allow them to receive federal subsidies.
He also argued that the state should “not leave 50 billion in federal dollars for Medicaid expansion on the sidelines.”
“We must work to change the system, take the funds, create goals and move from a fee-for-service system to a value-based payment system,” he said.
Ford Koles, Executive Director of The Advisory Board Co., prompted laughter with his opening screenshot of the healthcare.gov website and its message, “The system is down at the moment.”
“This [ACA problems] has been a failure of execution,” he told the audience. “The biggest issue in Florida is the assumption of unending profitability of providers. Sustainable volume has never come back from the beginnings of the downturn in 2007. … Meanwhile, more patients are choosing high-deductible plans … so they have more skin in the game and are price-conscious.”
Joe Antos, a leading healthcare scholar with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., addressed the state and federal exchanges, as well as the need to reform Medicaid, with or without expansion.
Halverson, meanwhile, said healthcare in the U.S. was a “profoundly broken” system, consuming nearly 18 percent of U.S. GDP, with costs soaring, little accountability for outcomes, overregulated providers, physicians unprotected and no end in sight.
However, he said, leaving millions uninsured in Florida, who then use emergency rooms for essentially universal free care, creates a $1,000-per-family “hidden tax” when providers are uncompensated for care they deliver.
“We have $51 billion in accessible funds to apply to the problem,” he said. “We need a complete rewrite of health care delivery in Florida. There is opportunity in crisis. I believe this White House needs a win and will be open to intelligent, thoughtful and different ideas. We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to try. … You need a confluence of disruption to make real change. The ACA has disrupted a system that needed disruption.”
Other speakers and panelists at the event included Russ Armistead, CEO, UF Health; Moody Chisholm, CEO, St. Vincent’s HealthCare; Hugh Greene, CEO, Baptist Health; Jim O’Loughlin, CEO, Memorial Hospital; Dr. William Rupp, CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida; and Dawn Emerick, CEO, Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida.
For a comprehensive look at event speaker biographies and the material they presented at the conference, visit http://www.ju.edu/PPI/Pages/HPC-Materials.aspx. For more about the JU Public Policy Institute overall, visit http://www.ju.edu/PPI.
Media contacts: Rick Mullaney Director JU PPI, (904) 955-1857; Phillip Milano, JU Director of News and Publications, (904) 256-7042, firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23
Where: Swisher Theater
Details: The Senior Choreography Concert has more than 40 Jacksonville University dancers participating in the performances. The graduating Seniors from the dance program will present their original choreography that has has been in development and in rehearsals since September. With a range of subject themes explored such as personal relationships, Adam and Eve, the seven deadly sins, the Caribbean, subculture to counter-culture, these topics are represented through a variety of dance styles.
Featuring: Original dance works created by Spring 2014 dance students in the JU College of Fine Arts’ Division of Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts: Jenine Brodeur, Rachel Cliff, Amber Daniels, Kris Danley, Kristin Dellibovi, Marissa Garcia, Taylor Habershaw, Evelyn Kenner, Maria Kouppari, Elle Nielsen, Laura Trask and Adrian Trejo.
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors/militaryID, $5 students, JU ID free.
Information: (904) 256-7374, http://www.ju.edu/cfa/Pages/Dance.aspx
From JU College of Fine Arts
Jacksonville University faculty and students are taking part for the 10th year in the annual Empty Bowls luncheon charity event hosted by the Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Jacksonville event Nov. 19 raises awareness of the lack of nourishment that poverty-stricken or homeless residents face day-to-day. JU students and faculty created more than 25 ceramic bowls for the event.
Ceramics students agree.
“Art is not always about beauty, but about knowledge,” said Marissa Haslett. “Empty Bowls was a way to help, and I learned along the way.”
JU Associate Prof. Dana Tupa, an annual supporter of the event, mentors students to experience the process of creating something for someone else.
“Mentoring creates a wonderful connection to not only their community but with other Empty Bowls participants from across the nation,” she said.
Many organizations participate in the event nationally, and Tupa is proud to include Jacksonville University among them. She said students find a sense of community, especially those who attend the luncheon, and learn that clay is not always about art.
“Participating gave me a sense of serenity knowing that I was able to make a bowl for someone who really needs help,” said student Noelle Turnquest.
Student Holly Ventimiglia added, “It was an awesome opportunity to give back to the community while also getting a chance to be creative.”
Six students will represent JU by attending the 29th annual luncheon Nov. 19 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. For more information or tickets, contact Tanya Downs, special events manager, at (904) 739-7074.
Jacksonville University’s Dr. Colleen Wilson, Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Shannon L. Wood, Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Education, presented at the 60th Annual Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators conference Oct. 10-12, 2013, hosted by the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) and the University of South Florida.
Drs. Wilson and Wood presented information regarding bridging theory into practice with evolving field-based practices and reflection. They discussed the School of Education’s Teacher Education program design that consists of increasingly complex field experiences developed across time using reflection and the constructivist framework of active understanding.
Jacksonville University’s School of Orthodontics and its dean, Dr. Mark Alarbi, were highlighted recently during National Orthodontics Awareness Month on WTLV’s “First Coast Living” show, with Alarbi discussing ideal times for screenings, treatment options and what JU’s School of Orthodontics has to offer.
According to the Association for American Orthodontists guidelines, screenings for children could occur as early as age 7, Alarbi told the hosts — just when adult teeth start to come in and the time is ripe for intervention.
He also discussed metal braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign clear appliances and more as treatment options.
The School of Orthodontics was praised on the program for being on the cutting-edge of treatment options and patient care.
See the entire interview below:
For more information about orthodontic health, visit www.jusmiles.com or call (904) 256-7846.
The Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics was established in 2003. With eight full-time instructors, one adjunct professor and a research director, it graduates 15 students per year and is considered one of the largest programs nationwide, seeing about 1,500 patients annually. It is one of only 60 programs with full accreditation in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics from the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) in the United States. The facility offers some of the most sophisticated state-of-the-art technology in the Southeast with braces costing less than many commercial practices. It also offers popular options including color braces and Invisalign® Braces.
The first Jacksonville University Veterans Day “Show Your Colors 5K Run” was a major success, with hundreds of runners and onlookers turning out on the JU campus Nov. 9 for the special event to honor veterans. (See photo gallery below)
The crowd was greeted by JU President Tim Cost and Dr. Donnie Horner, JU’s chief government and community affairs officer, before participants began the race around campus.
The JU Student Veterans of America chapter held the event to honor local veterans and raise awareness and funding for JU student veterans. The twist to a color run is that runners are doused from head to toe with different colors at each kilometer – and there was no shortage of that.
All proceeds from the run will help fund JU student veteran services, including helping with a new Student Veterans Center in the Founders Building on the JU campus. This center is being dedicated to support JU’s student veterans, the second largest student group on campus, at more than 300. It will provide an area for them to study, network and support each other. For more on the progress of the center, click here.