Magazine spread puts McCords, JU Lacrosse in national spotlight

Jacksonville University and its rapidly developing women’s lacrosse team are receiving a tremendous public relations boost through a three-page spread titled “The McCord Accord: A Dolphin Tale” in Lacrosse Magazine’s November edition.

Mindy McCord founded the Dolphin lacrosse program in 2010; she is the women’s team coach. Her husband, Paul, is the women’s team assistant coach; and the McCords’ daughter, Taylor, is a star player on the team.

Lacrosse Magazine is circulated to more than 300,000 US Lacrosse members.

“The Dolphins carved out their niche by tapping talent in non-traditional lacrosse regions and from less-established high school and club programs …” the article says. “Over the past few years, recruiting has picked up, as Jacksonville became more selective and found its beachside location made it easier to entice players.

“The roster now features a broader geographic spread. An 11-member recruiting class for 2013-14 includes two players each from Long Island, New Jersey and the Southeast, four from Maryland, and one from Pittsburgh (Pa.).”

With an exciting run-and-gun style of play under the McCords, the Dolphins are perennially the nation’s highest-scoring team. In 2013, the Dolphins finished 13-6 and earned an NCAA postseason berth; all six of the team’s losses were to NCAA tournament teams.

“We were humbled by the article,” Mindy McCord said. “Lacrosse is a labor of love for our family, which extends to our JU family. There are a lot of great people out there growing the game. It is fun to put sticks in kid’s hands and support them.”

McCord noted that by fielding the only NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s lacrosse programs in Florida, “JU is truly a visionary leader of lacrosse in the South.”

“The national exposure for Jacksonville University and our program was a great opportunity to highlight one of the best private schools in the nation,” she said. “We want our players and staff to be visionary leaders on the campus and in the community. When we put on our uniform, it’s the name on the front, ‘Jacksonville Dolphins,’ and the pride we take in representing that name that really matters, (and) we are most proud of our accomplishments in the classroom.”

JU mourns loss of Dr. Jon Carlson; former longtime music professor, choral director, division chair

Dr. Jon O. Carlson

Retired music Prof. Dr. Jon O. Carlson, who served as Jacksonville University’s choral director from 1978 to 2010 and chaired the JU Division of Music from 1991 to 2001, passed away Friday, Nov. 1. He was 71.

Dr. Carlson used choral music as a tool for cultural enrichment at the university and throughout the community. As a clinician, conductor and director, his choirs represented Jacksonville throughout the Southeast and in a performance tour in England.

Dr. Carlson conducted a community chamber choir and the St. Johns Art Singers, directed the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus and the Southside United Methodist Church music program, and was instrumental in founding the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus at JU.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Hardage-Giddens’ Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd. The internment will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Oaklawn Cemetery. A celebration-of-life service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Southside United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Liles Memorial Music Fund at Southside United Methodist Church, the Choral Music Scholarship Fund at Jacksonville University, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, or the Dr. Jon O. Carlson Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.

Dr. Carlson’s obituary in the Florida Times-Union provides additional details on his life and contributions. Click here to read it and sign the guestbook.

Celebrate, enjoy Chamber Jazz Nov. 6, Nov. 8 at JU

President Cost to host Open Office Hours on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Chick-fil-A

JU President Tim Cost

JU President Tim Cost chats with students, faculty and staffers Oct. 8 at his Open Office Hours session in Gooding Auditorium.

JU President Tim Cost will host Open Office Hours – an opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to ask questions and share ideas about enhancing the JU campus and student experience – from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Chick-fil-A in Davis Commons.

President Cost also is scheduled to host Open Office Hours at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Gooding Auditorium.

These sessions have been very productive for the entire JU community and President Cost is excited to continue to hear your suggestions and ideas.

JU Sailing success: From 20th to 4th in one year!

The JU Sailing team members enjoy a post-regatta dinner and celebrate their fourth-place conference finish in Charleston, S.C.

By Jon Faudree/JU Head Sailing Coach

The JU Sailing team finished the 2012 fall regular season ranked 20th out of the 27 teams in the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association (SAISA). Our goal for the 2013 fall season has been to finish in the top five.

This past weekend, the team headed to the College of Charleston to take on the top 12 SAISA teams that qualified for the conference championships. Once again, the team would start a full roster of freshman. Ian Ikeda and Anna Palmer led the charge in B Division with a very consistent string of races, never finishing worse than fifth to place second overall.

Danny Lawless and Mara Stroble-Lanka started the day together before Hannah Knighton switched in for Stroble-Lanka for the final four races. The team had a tough fight in A Division, where six of the seven boats that finished ahead had gone to the national semifinals last spring.

The combined effort was enough to secure the JU Sailing team a fourth-place overall finish in the SAISA Fall Dinghy Championship.

JU's Sailing team

As a coach, I couldn’t be more excited about the progress of the team this fall and the team’s improvement from 20th to fourth in just one year; it has only served to motivate me more. This team is drawing a lot of attention to JU in the sailing world, and the students have represented the school with great class both on and off the water.

Special thanks to senior captain Jenna Spangler for helping organize the trip, and freshmen Alex Steo and Victoria Caba for their help with on shore logistics.

This weekend, the team heads back to Charleston for our final event of the fall for the SAISA/MAISA Regatta; were the top teams from the SAISA conference take on the teams to the north in MAISA (Mid-Atlantic Inter-colligate Sailing Association).

Click here to see the complete scores.

Click here for more photos, updates and to “like” the JU Sailing Facebook page.

Although both are freshmen, JU ‘Eurydice’ leads Sydney Deal, Matt Robertson have long history together on stage

Jacksonville University freshmen Matt Robertson and Sydney Deal are cast in the lead roles in the JU Theater Department's production of "Eurydice," which continues Nov. 1-3 at JU's Swisher Theater.

By Kevin Hogencamp

Jacksonville University freshmen theatre majors Sydney Deal and Matt Robertson are new to JU, but not each other. Close friends, they were in productions together in Sarasota, Fla., where they attended high school together.

Now they are cast as romantic interests in JU College of Fine Arts Theater Department’s production of “Eurydice,” which continues this week.

“I could not have asked for a better person to be cast as my opposite,” Deal said. “I’m glad Matt and I knew each other previously because (Eurydice and Orpheus) are very much in love, which calls for familiarity. Matt is one of my best friends and I am so thankful that we are both comfortable enough to play these parts.”

Both say they are thrilled with their college choice and, in particular, JU’s Theater Department.

“JU has been awesome so far. I have been finding so many opportunities, and it’s only my first semester,” said Robertson, who is studying music theater.

Here is a Q&A with Deal, a theater major, and Robertson, a music theater major.

Why did you choose JU?

Robertson: “I chose JU not only for its great scholarship opportunities, but also because the music theater program is more music based with a heightened sense of individualism.”

Deal: “It has a small homey atmosphere that I really liked. All the people I met were really nice, and I was really looking forward to meeting new people and enjoying the atmosphere JU had to offer.”

What has been special about the “Eurydice” experience?

Robertson: “This production has been special because I have been able to work with great faculty and students so early in my college career. I also have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Miss Deal, she has made this a one-of-a-kind show.”

Deal: “It is my first lead role and I am so honored to have been cast so early on in my college career. I am thankful that I have been trusted with playing this part with care and it has pushed me to do my absolute best and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

OK, about all that kissing in the show …

Robertson: “We have been friends for many years, and were completely fine with had to be done.”

Deal: “Knowing Matt as well as I do, the kissing is not nearly as awkward as you’d think. We are not a couple, but he’s an extremely close friend of mine. That made it much easier to ‘fall in love’ with him. I mean, he’s a good looking guy, right? But he’s very talented and we both look at the kissing from a professional point of view.”

“Eurydice” is Sarah Ruhl’s imaginative retelling of the Orpheus myth from a female perspective, focusing on a dead bride’s struggle with love beyond the grave. JU Prof. Deborah Jordan is directing “Eurydice”; JU Prof. Scott Watkins is composing original music for the show; Prof. Ben Wilson is the scenic and lighting designer; Sally Pettegrew is designing costumes; Brandon Lettow is technical director; and Katarina Howell is the stage manager.

Also cast in the show are: Leonard Alterman, Father; Lexi Inks, Loud Stone; Ashley Jones, Little Stone; Wayne Woodson, Big Stone; Rachel Romo, Woman Understudy; Adam Keller, Man Understudy; and David Bilbray, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld.

The upcoming performances of “Eurydice” at Swisher Theater on the JU campus are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

Tickets to the show are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for children and students with IDs, and free for JU students faculty and staff.

Click here to read more about JU’s production of “Eurydice” in Wave Weekly.

Call for Nominations: JU Faculty Awards for Excellence

 Call for Nominations: JU Faculty Awards for Excellence

Faculty, staff, administrators and students are invited to nominate full time faculty members (adjunct and part-time faculty are not eligible) for an award for excellence in the categories of:

·                  Teaching

·                  Scholarship and Professional Activities

·                  University Service

·                  Community Service

Nominations should be sent via email or surface mail (no phone calls please) to: or by mail to: Faculty Excellence Nomination, Academic Affairs, Howard – 3

Please include in your nomination

·                  name of the person that you are nominating

·                  category for which they are being nominated\

·                  your name and contact information (email preferred) in case more information is needed

Award recipients for each category will be announced at the Faculty Recognition Dinner in April and will receive a cash award of $500.

Closing date for nominations – Friday, Nov. 22

Award Protocol:

·                  Selection will be by committee, one for each category, composed of faculty and students

·                  No faculty member can win more than one award in any given year.

·                  No faculty member can win in a particular category more than once in a five-year period.

·                  Nominees will be asked to submit their resumes and supporting materials.

·                  Guidelines will be emailed to each nominee.


Thank you,

Stephanie K. Ballman

Administrative Assistant

Academic Affairs

Jacksonville University

(904) 256-7030

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Accompanied by a Marcel Duchamp silent film, JU Percussion Ensemble to jam Saturday, Nov. 9 at Terry Hall

JU sailing dominates 11-team field in Texas, winning 15 of 20 races

JU Sailing's fabulous freshmen from left: Mara Stroble-Lanka, Hannah Knighton, Ian Ikeda, Victoria Caba, Anna Palmer and Danny Lawless


By Jon Faudree/JU Head Sailing Coach

This past weekend, the JU sailing team traveled to Austin, Texas, to compete in its first inter-conference regatta, taking on 10 other teams including big name schools like the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas and Tulane. Once again, the JU team was made up of all freshmen. Saturday morning, the winds were a solid 5-8 knots; Danny Lawless and Mara Stroble-Lanka started in the A-Division, and Ian Ikeda and Anna Palmer were in the B-Division.

Lawless and Stroble-Lanka started with a fifth-place finish, then ran off three straight wins. As the wind increased to 10-14 knots, Victoria Caba rotated in, but the results didn’t change. The pair added four more wins in dominating form; winning by more than 20 boat lengths.

Racing in B-Division was much the same, with Ikeda and Palmer winning five out of the first six races and finishing in second place in the other race. As the day wore on, the breeze began to lighten up to under 6 knots. Hannah Knighton finished the day with Ikeda, and the two placed first and fourth in their two races.

Sunday, the winds were light and two races were completed in each division. Stroble-Lanka rejoined Lawless to finish out the regatta with first- and third-place finishes. Ikeda and Knighton added another second and first.

The team’s final score was a mere 31 points; JU won the regatta in dominating fashion by 37 points, finishing first in 15 of 20 races.

Winning in this fashion was a terrific confidence boost going into this weekend’s South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association (SAISA) Fall Dinghy Championship, especially for a team made up entirely of freshman. It was a long way to travel for a regatta and a huge commitment for these student-athletes to leave Jacksonville on a Thursday and return on a Monday morning after an all-night drive.

Click here to see the complete scores.

Click here to follow the SAISA Championship.

Click here for more photos, updates and to “like” the JU Sailing Facebook page.


It was a ferocious-if-not-epic Halloween showdown today on the Science Green: the Admissions Average Joe’s vs. the Student Life Purple Cobras. Interestingly, the two squads of students, faculty and staff members even had logos!




























Here’s a photo gallery of the battle and some Halloween outfits, to boot:

Look … it’s Miss Dolphina skydiving onto the football field during homecoming!

Amanda Suter: ‘When some people get stressed, need a break, they go to the beach, go on a run, etc. I just prefer to jump out of planes.’

An extraordinary thing happened just before Jacksonville University’s football game Saturday, Oct. 26: the homecoming queen parachuted from an airplane onto the football field.

It was quite a day for senior Amanda Suter, an aviation management and flight operations major who figures her special feat might be a first.

At halftime of JU’s homecoming win over Davidson, Suter and senior engineering physics major VonHayes Switzer were crowned as JU’s homecoming queen and king, “Miss Dolphina” and “Big Man on Campus.” Top JU scholars and campus leaders competed for the titles; the selection process included panel interviews, a fun pageant and a student vote.

With about 200 skydives, a motorcycle racing career and a participation in a three-day, 2,100 cross-country airplane race to her credit, Suter is a self-described tomboy who “dares to be a little different,” as she puts it.

Thus, a JU homecoming spectacle for the ages was born; the 23-year-old jumped from 6,500 feet, landing near midfield, in step with the JU Marching Band.

“The idea of jumping over homecoming weekend has honestly been in the back of my mind for quite a while,” Suter said. “My friends and I joked about me skydiving into my own graduation-commissioning with my cap and gown on, but obviously, it wouldn’t be too achievable. So the next thing I thought of was, ‘Why don’t I jump onto that big football field?’”

That, she did – and there may be an encore.

“I thought of also jumping into the Dolphin Green (on the JU campus). Hint, hint. If any more big events need a skydiver to jump in,” she said.

Suter’s skydiving passion is independent of her Navy career plans – except that both involve being in the air. After completing her service as a Naval aviator, Suter plans to work as a pilot helping with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. On the side, she intends to teach people to skydive as a coach.

“The overall plan is stay in the sky one way or another because that is where I am truly happy.

(Here is Amanda Suter’s homecoming jump!)

Here’s a Q&A with Suter, a native of Winlock, Wash.:

Wave Weekly: Skydiving, huh? How much experience do you have?

Amanda Suter: “I did my first tandem — attached to someone — when I was 16 years old in and finished the Accelerated Freefall course when I was 17 years old. Now I have just over 200 skydives, six base jumps, and am a skydiving coach as well as a “jump pilot,” a pilot that throws skydivers out of their plane.”

The view from "Miss Dolphina" Amanda Suter's perspective during her leap from the sky during JU's homecoming festivities


WW: Jumping from a plane must be pretty doggone scary. What’s it like? AS: “Honestly, because I have done it so many times, I would describe it as having the same nervousness I felt when I was playing sports in front of large crowds in high school. I played varsity soccer, basketball, and fast-pitch softball. I no longer get nervous for the actual act of jumping from a plane; rather, if I am nervous, it’s because I don’t want to mess up the plan for the skydive — more fear of embarrassment than injury. As for how awesome skydiving is, skydiving allows me to stop worrying or thinking about the stress of, say, school, work, everyday life, for that short period of time and solely focus on what the task is at hand — working on certain skydiving skills and being safe at all times). Skydiving, I can truthfully say, is my outlet and will continue to be for quite a while. When some people get stressed, need a break, they go to the beach, go on a run, etc. I just prefer to jump out of planes.”

WW: Ever been a queen?

AS: “Hmmm, for those who grew up with me, they have actually found this whole ordeal a mixture of how awesome it was and how funny it was for me to decide to run for something like this. I have always been highly involved with school — sports, officers of clubs and organizations, honors societies, ROTC, etc.; however I have never been the typical candidate who would run for something like this. I feel that it’s not usual for such a ‘tomboy’ to run and win something like this. I spent all of high school and up to this point in college working on cars, riding motorcycles, learning to fly, etc., instead of doing my hair and makeup, shopping, I don’t know, whatever else ‘girly-girls’ do … I’m just glad JU wanted to pick someone for their Miss Dolphina that did not fit the norm and dares to be a little different.”

WW: Regarding your daily double: Homecoming queen AND skydiving onto the football field … Do you think it’s ever been done?

AS: “I actually highly doubt that this has ever been done because, for one, not many skydivers are women and then out of those women, they would have to be in a college as well as be interested in running for homecoming queen … But who knows?”

The JU Fin Fever experience: In pictures!

Fin Fever Showdown

Athletics staff vs. Faculty — Tuesday, Oct. 29

It wasn’t very fair, but it was loads of fun!

Jacksonville University Student Alliance, Sigma Chi, Baptist Collegiate Ministries to smash pumpkins, fight cancer Nov. 1

The Jacksonville University organizations Sigma Chi, Jacksonville University Student Alliance and Baptist Collegiate Ministries will hold a philanthropic “Smashing for Cancer” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in front of Chick-fil-A in Davis Student Commons. All proceeds will be sent to the Huntsman Cancer Institute of the University of Utah, which serves thousands of cancer patients per year and provides academic and clinical training for future physicians and researchers.

The event will consist of pumpkins that have been provided by the organizations and can be bought for $2 via cash or card. There will be different booths in which to smash pumpkins, including a baseball bat, sledgehammer and more.

“Partnering with a Greek organization for a great cause seems like two big wins for our campus,” said Will Baxley, JUSA president.

The event is meant to allow students, faculty and staff to be involved in a fun and stress-relieving activity while also benefiting and supporting cancer research during the season of cancer awareness.

“I am so excited for this event,” Baxley said. “You won’t be able to ever do this much destruction to a pumpkin for this low of a cost ever again. And it directly benefits the research to fight cancer. Smash a pumpkin and smash cancer. Thank goodness I work with creative people, or else that probably would have been the name of the event.”

Click here for the event’s Facebook page.

Have no fear: Sodexo, Dolphin Productions, JUSA to host ‘Fright Night’ Wednesday, Oct. 30


Dolphin Productions

(904) 256-7521

Mathews Bridge to open Oct. 29

The Florida Department of Transportation says it will reopen all four lanes of traffic on the Mathews Bridge on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Here is news coverage of the FDOT announcement, which impacts many JU students, faculty, staff and campu event attendees:


Paving the way to a new era for Jacksonville University’s River House!

Come see the first River House pavers and be part of the fun!

Be among the first of our alumni, faculty, students, parents, staff and friends to purchase a personalized and commemorative brick paver for yourself, a loved one, a favorite professor, your graduating class, sorority, fraternity, or someone who has been a significant influence on your life.

Your commemorative paver will be engraved with your selected wording and will become a lasting tribute, paving the way for generations of JU Dolphins to come.

Pavers that have already been purchased are on display during Homecoming weekend in the Howard Administration Building lobby. They are beautiful; come see them (pictured above and in the gallery below)! Upon  the River House remodel completion, the pavers will be placed in the entrance way. So act quickly!


$100 – Single Brick Paver

4″x8″: 3 lines
15 characters per line


$750 – Travertine Paver

16″x16″: 12 lines
30 characters per line


$2000 – Granite Paver

32″x16″: 12 lines
56 characters per line
Limited to 9 per area 


Click here to learn more about the River House Paver Program; or contact Robyn Reeves at (904) 256-7014, To discuss larger River House donations and naming opportunities, call Michael Howland at (904) 256-7393 or email

Soon to be introducing … Jacksonville University’s Big Man on Campus and Miss Dolphina 2013!

The selection of Jacksonville University’s homecoming king and queen, known as Big Man on Campus and Miss Dolphina, is getting to the nitty-gritty.

Six finalists have been chosen and student voting on DolphinLink is under way through 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Click here to read more!




‘Take Me to the ‘River’: Here’s the Jacksonville University 2013 Homecoming Schedule


Jacksonville University Theater’s ‘Eurydice’ begins this weekend; director Deborah Jordan to appear on First Coast Connect on Thursday, Oct. 24

JU assistant theater Prof. Deborah Jordan will be a guest on WJCT-FM 89.9 radio’s public affairs show, “First Coast Connect,” on Thursday, Oct. 24, to tout the upcoming JU production of “Eurydice.”

“First Coast Connect” begins at 9 a.m. To listen to the show on your computer, here’s the live stream site.

“Eurydice,” Sarah Ruhl’s imaginative retelling of the Orpheus myth from a female perspective, focuses on a dead bride’s struggle with love beyond the grave. The show begins Friday, Oct. 25, at JU’s Swisher Theater.

Jordan is directing “Eurydice”; JU Prof. Scott Watkins is composing original music for the show; Prof. Ben Wilson is the scenic and lighting designer; Sally Pettegrew is designing costumes; Brandon Lettow is technical director; and Katarina Howell is the stage manager.

Cast in the show are: Sydney Deal, Eurydice; Matt Robertson, Orpheus; Leonard Alterman, Father; Lexi Inks, Loud Stone; Ashley Jones, Little Stone; Wayne Woodson, Big Stone; Rachel Romo, Woman Understudy; Adam Keller, Man Understudy; and David Bilbray, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld.

To encourage the personal application of the story, a community art project will take place in the lobby, providing audience members an opportunity to attach their own letters to those they have lost. In “Eurydice,” letters that are passed between the world of the living and the dead play a prominent role.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts’ production of Eurydice, which begins this weekend, is among the top upcoming Jacksonville-area entertainment picks in this column by the Florida Times-Union’s Tracy Collins, aka Tracy Dot Com.

“This twist on the Orpheus myth of a broken-hearted musician hoping to bring back his dead bride with the romance of music is a sure winner,” Collins wrote.

The five performances of “Eurydice” at Swisher Theater on the JU campus are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. JU alumni are encouraged to attend the Oct. 25 or Oct. 26 performance as part of Homecoming weekend festivities.

Tickets to the show are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for children and students with IDs, and free for JU students faculty and staff. For tickets, call (904) 256-7374; for other information about the show, call (904) 256-7677.

Click here to read more about JU’s production of “Eurydice” in Wave Weekly.


Now serving for JU … the Gooding Coffee Cart!


The Gooding Coffee Cart is now open!

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday

Featuring Starbucks coffee, muffins, scones, Dunkin Donuts, snack bars and potato chips

 Payment accepted: Cash and credit card