Wave Magazine - Spring 2013
Tim Cost, Aspire Campaign, Scholarships
A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS J A C K S O N V I L L E U N I V E R S I T Y The Comeback Kid Business wunderkind Tim Cost returns to lead the charge at his alma mater SPRING 2013 Dear JU Alumni and Friends, Welcome to the latest edition of your publication, The Wave. There’s great progress under way here on campus, and I hope you’ll visit soon. Any single idea, comment or suggestion coming my way—no matter how small—that raises our students’ chances to succeed, I’m in. That’s how big the opportunity is right now at Jacksonville University. Let’s not just talk about progress and improvements and upgrades. Let’s make it happen. It’s time to take advantage of this window of opportunity, open wide now because of our healthy vital signs. Now is the time to invest in JU, to support our University, to attract the best and brightest to come here, stay here, excel here and graduate here. That’s why folks here are excited about seeing changes, even small ones like grounds enhanced, grass growing, doors fixed, sidewalks repaired and other improvements. Every minor change, every single improvement, shows the depth and breadth of how much this staff and faculty care, and it means one thing: If we all care enough to make sure Parking Lot C gets a fresh coat of paint, think what that means about the big stuff: more faculty support, healthier student progress, better academics, fresher programs, stronger personnel and more inviting facilities. That’s why you’ll soon be hearing more about our new $10 million College of Health Sciences building to support nursing, orthodontics and speech pathology programs; or our commitment to transform our on-campus River House into a vibrant spot for students, faculty, staff and alumni to get together; or impressive new leadership arriving with national reputations to take our programs to even higher levels; or JU hosting the nation’s largest kids triathlon this May; or an exciting new meeting place being created just for our student veterans; and so much more. You can read more details about these and other bold new developments for Jacksonville University in this issue of The Wave. We have come such a long way, and we have no plans to stop or let up. So read what we’re up to. I invite you then: please get involved in JU, with your time, interest and engagement. We are serious here about rising higher. Write, call or e-mail, but please join us. VOLUME 16 • NUMBER 2 www.ju.edu JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ronald A. Autrey ‘01 Margaret Black-Scott ‘05 Michael Cascone, Jr. ‘65 Adrienne L. Conrad Tim Cost ’81 (ex-officio) Margaret Widman Dees ‘86 Thaddeus Foster Earnie Franklin ‘03 Mark Frisch John G. Harrison ‘67 Robert E. Hill, Jr. Matthew Kane ‘01 Henry J. Keigwin (Jack) Bruce Kern Lawrence E. Kurzius F. Andrew Moran ‘78 Greg Nelson ‘71 E. Michael O’Malley Frank Pace ‘73 Carole J. Poindexter ‘77 Gilbert J. Pomar, Jr. Fred G. Pruitt ‘69/’85 William C. Rupp, M.D. George Scanlon Gregory B. Smith Linda Berry Stein ‘69 E. Monique Tubbs ‘03 Matthew W. Tuohy, Capt. U. S. Navy (Ret.) ‘75/’03 Chris A. Verlander Sincerely, Marvin Wells, D.M.D., P.A. ‘73 John F. Wilbanks, FACHE Terry L. Wilcox Charles J. O. Wodehouse All contents © COPYRIGHT 2013 Jacksonville University. All rights reserved. President Tim Cost, Class of 1981 TCost@JU.edu 904.256.7016 FJ Gaylor Photography CONTENTS COVER LONGTIME CORPORATE EXEC LAUNCHES NEW CAREER AT ALMA MATER'S HELM BY PHILLIP MILANO Tim Cost worked 32 years in high-level posts at PepsiCo and other international corporations. As JU’s new president, his energy is now fully focused on “helping students become the best-educated and best-positioned for success they can be. ” 4 JU'S COMEBACK KID: FEATU RES 14 $49.8 MILLION AND COUNTING COMMITTED FOR JU ENHANCEMENTS, SCHOLARSHIPS 4 14 17 STUDENTS, ALUMNI REVEL IN MUSIC, FRIENDSHIP AT NEW STROM AMPHITHEATRE 19 LIFE-CHANGERS: JU SCHOLARSHIPS OPENING UP WORLDS DEPARTMENTS 16 NEWS 20 SPORTS 24 ALUMNI EVENTS 28 CLASS NOTES New JU President Tim Cost turning heads with plans for more student success, higher growth By Phillip Milano SPRING 2013 5 FJ Gaylor Photography Try to capture Tim Cost’s attention with the old lockerroom adage “There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Team’, ” and you’re getting close to the strike zone. How about “There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Students’ ”? Now you’ve hurled one right down the pipe. lacrosse/football stadium complex; to more nuanced steps designed to boost student satisfaction through stronger programs and better extracurricular venues, the 53-year-old Cost is leading a charge with his business acumen and affable, energetic style to “put more gas into JU’s engine. ” From humble beginnings in 1934, JU’s enroll- “From day one in this role, it’s been about the students, ” said Cost, who became Jacksonville University’s 12th president February 1. He’s returned to his beloved alma mater where he excelled as a student athlete, and from which he launched a 32-year career in highlevel executive posts at some of the largest and most influential global corporations. “It’s an honor to be making decisions that can positively affect groups of people who love this University, ” he said. “For me, the trigger is always whether a decision leads to helping students become the best-educated and bestpositioned for success they can be. ” ment is now nearly 3,800 students. Academic majors are offered in more than 70 areas, signature programs are attracting nationwide notice, budgets have been balanced, and award-winning faculty are preparing the next generation of leaders. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly recognized the University as one of “America’s Best Colleges. ” In addition, there are now more than 24,000 JU alumni in the U.S. alone. Many are seeing Cost as just the right person to raise the bar even higher, and they’ve noticed his tireless dedication to students and faculty as well: From his mentor Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, JU From shorter-term gains such as renewed cooperation from JU partners to upgrade campus grounds, plantings, walkways and landscaping at no cost to the school; to longer-term, high-profile projects such as a new College of Health Sciences building, a revitalized River House for students, faculty and alumni by Homecoming 2013 and a new past president and chancellor emeritus: "Three weeks after Tim Cost became President, he took a graduate and me for a cart ride around the entire campus. The President was the driver, and we became as excited as he when he described what he planned to do. It was obvious he had already inspired others, as the trees were being trimmed, and green grass From day one in this role, it’s been about the students. President Tim Cost SPRING 2013 7 was already growing in a former bare patch. But much beyond that, it was his attention to the students. He would stop the cart to speak to the students, and he was already calling many of them by name—really engaging them. It is exciting for me to see this great communication with students." From Dan Cost, who roamed campus with older brother Tim just recently: “You see this authenticity that comes through…when we stopped at the women’s lacrosse locker room after a game, they all came over, and you could see the sincerity in the interaction. They can see he cares about improving the school and making things better for them. There’s a real connection. ” From JU Trustee Chuck Wodehouse, who has worked for several years on the University’s pioneering $85 million ASPIRE comprehensive campaign that Cost chairs: “Some of us had gone out on a solicitation and friending swing to California last spring, where JU was playing a baseball game against USC. So what does Tim do? He says he’s going to shake hands with a few folks. He winds up not only talking up JU to the Dolphin folks on our third-base side, but to dozens and dozens of folks from Southern Cal down the first-base line. We said with this kind of energy, this campaign is going to take off. It made us all laugh. He blew us away. ” From Dr. Janet Haavisto, JU Director of University Honors and chair of the Faculty Assembly: "I have such great hopes, having worked with President Cost for only a few months. I look forward to JU being able to do so much more with our students, in our Study Abroad programs, scholarships, Honors programs and even improving the lifestyle here on campus. We are seeing more top students wanting to come to JU. We need this at this point in our development. People are coming up with funds to donate, and it's because of the outreach that President Cost is doing." From sophomore Will Baxley, new Jacksonville University Student Alliance president: “I’ve gained so much insight into his vision just from him being so available to students. It’s incredible to see what he wants to get done here. I often joke with people who ask me what my plans will be as JUSA president, that one of my priorities is just to keep up with President Cost’s plans. A lot of things students have talked to me about, like better food or beautifying campus, he’s already aware of and highly involved in. I don’t have to worry about them getting solved, because under his new leadership I know he’s going to fix problems, and we’ll have a say in it. ” That new leadership is evident immediately, as Cost is busy taking action as he prioritizes goals: the grounds (the University isn’t announcing the name just yet), upgrading the Nellie’s dining area to make it more inviting and bringing in more major events such as the recent Florida Georgia Line concert at Strom Amphitheater are just a few ways to keep students fully engaged, addressing the needs they’ve been quick to mention. • Elevate the school’s reputation. Cost is looking beyond the current competition and seeks to put JU’s status and recognition in the same league as well-respected private institutions such as Furman, Stetson, Rollins, Elon, Davidson and Wake Forest. Such ascension is part of a plan to leverage great JU faculty to raise the academic profile, and to make the school “slightly larger. ” Investing in faculty support and development, technology and partnerships will be key contributors to that improvement. • Listen, listen and listen some more. Newly created Presidential Open Office Hours held weekly at convenient campus locations have been wildly popular, drawing overflow crowds, and they’re just part of an effort that has included being at as many events as possible and striking up conversations with as many students, faculty, staff and community members as he can. Cost will also be coming to cities all across the U.S. this summer to meet JU alumni, compare notes and give updates on University progress. The first is set for May 15 in Washington, D.C., with more to follow in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other locations. For updates on specific dates and locations, visit ju.edu/alumni and click on “Alumni Events. ” • Attract more scholarship support. Raising the school’s endowment in future years to at least $100 million from its current $36 million will help, and more creative naming and matching award opportunities— especially for alumni donors—are all designed to attract and retain the best and brightest on the campus. • Open the throttle on the Aspire campaign. The funds toward ASPIRE’S $85 million goal are more than half raised, and, as Cost likes to put it, “now it’s time to go. ” He applauds former JU President Kerry Romesburg’s ability to stabilize the University, and frequently notes that it is time to invest. Signs are up announcing the new $10 million College of Health Sciences building, a stateof-the-art floating classroom and dock are on line for this summer at the Marine Science Research Institute, dedicated space is being developed for the University’s hundreds of military veteran students, a softball hitting facility is in the works, and plans for other upgrades to the quality and quantity of • Create a better environment for students. Improving the school’s “curb appeal, ” developing better study spaces, “blowing out” the River House with new meeting and entertainment space, a new deck and more amenities to make it a popular gathering spot for faculty and students, luring one of the country’s most popular food chains to FJ Gaylor Photography SPRING 2013 9 campus teaching and studying space are being hammered out. this summer: Learn2Earn, an annual initiative of Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, a 1985 and 1989 JU alumnus, is expanding from one week to three in June and July, and the free “4th and 1” football and SAT/ACT prep camp put on by the Jacksonville Jaguars is on campus June 16-19. Time in the middle-class household wasn’t spent lounging in front of a TV or gabbing on the phone, but in studying, leading in sports or “knocking around” with friends. Greek/Irish father Peter Cost, who died two years ago at age 79, was an “athletic, alphamale, a self-made man” who built his Johnson Restaurant Supply into a thriving company. “All-Italian” mother Yolanda was a steady, loving presence as a homemaker. Peter Cost could loom larger than life for the four kids. One day, at age 12, Cost had just won a big sporting event. After the hoopla, his dad led him down into their concrete cellar. He ran some cold water into a metal bucket, put young Tim’s arm into it, shook it back and forth and pulled it out. • Tell the JU story. Speaking to numerous organizations, donors, corporate executives, community and alumni groups and others is just the first step in Cost’s plan to raise the University’s profile locally and nationally, to attract many more investors and reignite the school’s alumni base. Cost has already met with many of the University’s staunchest supporters and most important affinity groups, including alumni, athletics, honors, veterans, parents and key faculty leadership —individually and in groups. Small-town values: Never be “too cool to care” Cost wants to do it all with a genuine desire to get things done with everyone’s input. His mix of animated leadership and sincere empathy has developed over time, JU’s new president says, and he owes much of that combination to a handful of influential people in his life. Without them, the force of nature that is Tim Cost might well have turned out to be, well, a lot more force, and a lot less nature. Growing up in the Syracuse suburb of Camillus, N.Y., Cost reflected the small-town values of hard work, thinking of others, giving back and “trying to make things better” instilled by his positive, nurturing parents and three close siblings (Lynn, 60, Randy, 55, and Dan, 49). • Make more community connections. Cost wants people in the region to really “see what they haven’t seen” at the University, and that means inviting them on campus and engaging with them. Already, JU has announced a partnership with the City of Jacksonville to host the 2013 First Coast Kids Triathlon May 4 and 5, the country’s largest kid's triathlon. More than 2,000 youth athletes, 350 volunteers and 6,000 spectators are expected. Meanwhile, two college prep/team-building programs for high school students will be on campus Look at the water as it becomes calm again, the older Cost said. “ ‘See it now…even though you were just splashing all over it,’ he told me. ‘That’s what it’s like when you get involved in something, Tim: There’s a lot of commotion, but as soon as you’re gone it looks just like it did before.’ His point was that I should be aware of my environment. You Tim and Stephanie Cost Alumni Welcome Reception Meet new President Tim Cost ’81, and his wife, Stephanie. Share your thoughts about JU’s future and hear President Cost’s aspirational vision! 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 | Howard Building Lobby Golf Cart Tours of Campus Begin at 5 p.m. | Refreshments Served RSVP: Kimberly Calhoun, firstname.lastname@example.org, (904) 256-7201 Washington, D.C. (May 15-16); New York (May 30-31); Atlanta ( June 11-12); Philadelphia ( June 20); and more. Contact Robyn Reeves at (904) 256-7014 or email@example.com to help plan or host. For more information, visit ju.edu/alumni. Presidential Receptions are coming your way, too! the “smartest, best-looking, funniest” girl at his large high school, whose empathy and crystal- hand people, advising him as Special Assistant to the President. For his part, Gilmore is impressed. “His work ethic is amazing, the way he’s just stepped up, and it’s not about glory and attention, ” Gilmore said. “He has a desire to make a difference. A number of people have said, Tim, you’re going to burn yourself out, and his response is ‘No way, that’s how I’ve worked my whole career, and that’s what I can bring to JU.’ And I’ve seen it already, the way he’s taking time with students, finding out their needs and what we can do to help them. ” JU is also the place where Cost first encoun- You can try to help improve all you’re involved in, but don’t ever be too cool to care. clear observations about human nature (one particular comment about “living your faith” hit him like a line-drive to the chest) captured Cost’s attention and heart. Artis, Fran and a “wide-open spigot” at JU But it was at Jacksonville University, where he began classes in 1977 at age 18 on “200 acres of the most beautiful stuff I’d ever seen, ” that the possibilities for his future professional career began to come into focus for him. “This was the most wide-open spigot of my tered the dynamic Dr. Kinne, now 95, then president of the University, with whom he now has dinner frequently and talks every week. “The students saw her everywhere, ” said Cost. “We were impressed by this outgoing, energetic, charismatic person who spoke to everyone, people serving the food at events, the students, the staff…I just hadn’t seen a person throwing themselves into the wellbeing of everybody else like that. I was taken with her compassion and with how she handled herself. I thought then, ‘Wow, we are really being led.’ To this day, she is just a remarkable leader. ” Cost has openly borrowed lessons from President Tim Cost can make it better, but don’t think it’s yours. Or that it revolves around just you. “And that’s really become part of my approach: You can try to help improve all you’re involved in, but don’t ever be too cool to care. ” Then there was the high school guidance counselor who nudged Cost not to forget about the same-age classmates he might have left behind as he advanced to play on sports teams with athletes two and three years older than himself. life in terms of making my own calls, figuring out my own focus and pace, ” Cost said. “It had this really attractive combination of allowing for complete independence, but with a comfortable, nurturing feeling where the people were smart, well-meaning…and the professors were interested in your welfare and potential. ” From cold upstate New York he’d heard of this small, private university with a highly ranked baseball program, in a state where the family had vacationed frequently, with academic and athletic scholarships that made the tuition expenses doable—and an NCAA basketball legend named Artis Gilmore. “No question, Artis made a real difference Kinne’s book, and during his first months in office has been regularly getting out of his office, making it to almost every corner of campus. He recently described this initial leadership period, to roaring applause at a student scholarship luncheon, as “the most enjoyable of my 32-year career, bar none. ” And, of course, there was class leader Stephanie Lake, now Stephanie Cost, his wife of 30 years, because of the notoriety he brought JU, in an era with no ESPN, no Google, no smartphones and almost nothing on national TV about faraway colleges, ” Cost said. It’s a fortunate turn of events, as Cost now welcomes Gilmore as one of his right- From excitedly exchanging views at his weekly Open Office Hours; to physically pulling aside wide-eyed students at a February campus job expo to hook them up with eager corporate recruiters; to awing JU performers by showing JU President Tim Cost, pictured with JU senior Abigail Warnken (left) and Wells Fargo’s Deneen Baldwin, took time at the February Career Expo at the University to personally match students with employers. SPRING 2013 11 the “basketball floor” of McGehee Hall as a sophomore; later, entertaining at his place at Century 21 Apartments on Atlantic Boulevard with teammates Rick Scheetz and Ralph Albano; throwing himself into his studies; and bending his focus on liberal arts courses toward business subjects after becoming exposed to economics, marketing, advertising, finance, accounting and more. Vince Narkiewicz, now chairman of the Marketing and International Business Department at JU, had a huge impact once Cost started picking up the professor’s insights on customers, markets and leadership (“I was finally buying what he was selling, ” said Cost). He combed through Forbes, Fortune, Advertising Age and BusinessWeek at the library in his spare hours, after baseball practice. and PepsiCo. He developed sophisticated skills in marketing, strategy, public policy, capital markets, crisis management, investor relations, government affairs, business development, philanthropy, brand communications, customer outreach, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory affairs and corporate social responsibility. Learning how to bounce back in the early going after “getting my butt kicked” by gaffes borne of inexperience, going head to head with his corporation’s chairman to argue against a possible acquisition, spending months helping protect a famous and powerful CEO from a potential shareholder and media firestorm… from those experiences and many more, Cost learned plenty, including what he terms his “biggest lesson by far” as a leader: “I try to really drill down into an opportunity— JU President (now Chancellor Emeritus) Frances Bartlett Kinne presents Tim Cost with his college diploma at the 1981 commencement ceremony. up at numerous concerts and plays; to sitting in the back of Davis College of Business classes; to testing JU’s new aviation simulator; to shooting skeet with coaching from the Varsity Shooting Team; to frequent noon-time lunches in a booth at the Riverview Café at the Kinne Center; to playing proud and vocal spectator alongside parents, alums and fans at JU Athletics events of every type, you’d have to be holed up in the basement archives of Swisher Library to not have bumped into the new president lately. (Maybe not even there; Cost’s already dropped in for a long walk to revisit his old stomping grounds.) Part of the interaction is clearly forward-looking, and part is re-energized from memories of JU, his recollections jogged by each hallway and pathway he rediscovers on campus, by each former professor he bumps into again. The great memories aren’t hard to come by: As a freshman, the right-hander making his first NCAA appearance and pitching the only 9-inning no-hitter in Jacksonville University history; refereeing intramurals and playing pick-up basketball games; a Resident Assistantship on “Tim was part of a group of students at that time who went on to become very successful, ” Narkiewicz said. “He told me at a JU lacrosse game recently how influential I was for him, which was flattering and a bit embarrassing. Now to see him being so involved, and in service to this institution, with deep ties to JU and a diverse business background, he brings an awful lot to the table. ” and this discipline took me awhile to finetune—and then walk around that issue from the perspective of each constituent it affects. Get their input, consider their incentives. It may now be called shared governance, but it’s always worked best in my mind as shared leadership. You have to have the guts to make decisions, for sure, but it helps enormously to look at it from all viewpoints. I guess I didn’t get a powerful ‘worry’ gene, and so I enjoy making decisions every day. Bringing in others…and really listening to their input…that makes decisions clearer and more rewarding for everyone. ” That’s something that Dan Bryant, a colleague of Cost’s at PepsiCo and now Chairman of Public Policy at the prestigious Covington & Burling law firm in Washington, has seen time and time again. “Tim is clear-eyed, strategic and very insightful of trends and looking around the corner. He’s a gifted leader in the way he involves people and then positions them to succeed, pulling them together, ” Bryant said. “He’s not a yeller, and there are plenty of them in the corporate world. He’s unfailingly courteous, even at a thousand miles an hour. ” Bringing home listening, business skills to serve An eclectic corporate background it is. Hitting the ground running after graduation, working out a mutual plan with Stephanie to “see where we could take all this, ” Cost launched a three-decade juggernaut of a career, adding to his academic credentials along the way with an MBA in Finance and Economics from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. He used an untiring discipline and focus on teamwork and performance to rise to senior management positions at global companies including Eastman Kodak, Bristol-Myers Squibb, ARAMARK, Pharmacia/Pfizer, Wyeth We’ve always supported each other’s dreams. And this one, it’s a culminating experience where we can can follow a passion to help young people and the surrounding community. to work as a small business founder and owner of an interior design business, and as chairman and founder of Caritas, a West Chester, Pa.-based philanthropy group. Among other pursuits, she is also particularly active on the board of Wings for Success, which helps disadvantaged women transition into the business world. With the caring attitude comes a cool head and firm business sense that will help guide JU as it moves from its position of stability to a new growth era, Bryant added. Stephanie Cost Ask Cost about her attributes, and you’ll quickly uncover descriptors like “powerhouse, ” “dynamo, ” “self-aware” and “spiritual. ” Ask about her impact on his life and you trigger one of those few moments when he’s nearly at a loss for words, gazing out his third-floor Howard Building office window, pausing, clearing his throat, and finally saying: “She’s just a wonderful woman…who’s taught me so much about really thinking about others. ” The two began dating in high school and now Asked about her own plans, she said she'll continue becoming acquainted with JU and the broader community, then invest herself in the University, non-profit world and other activities. “We are willing to uproot ourselves to take on new challenges, and I’m in this 110 percent, ” she said. “We’ve always supported each other’s dreams. And this one, it’s a culminating experience where we can follow a passion to help young people and the surrounding community. ” With two successful children building their lives and careers, the Costs have seen firsthand the opportunities and challenges in front of collegeage adults as they strive to meet their own goals in a global economy. “Tim sees the enormous potential to help at JU, ” she said. “Whether helping make the University better overall or helping one young person feel special and excel, that’s what makes this so compelling to us…it’s an invitation to serve. ” “He’s a great competitor who doesn’t like to lose, and let’s face it, higher education is a competitive field these days. Tim will be an untiring advocate for Jacksonville University. He’s got great vision. Quite frankly, about the only thing I’ve seen that would come hard to Tim Cost would be throwing a lefthanded curveball. Other than that, he’s gifted and works hard. It’s a great combination for everyone there to have working in their favor. ” A “powerhouse” partner ready to help JU Always in partnership during his career was Stephanie, helping raise their kids as Cost sometimes commuted two hours each way to and from work, starting her own business and helping run charitable groups. have two grown children, daughter Melanie, 26, a public affairs/communications executive at CSX, and son Drew, 24, who works in management for Gatorade after years as a pro soccer player. The family has always loved sports, vacationing and creating experiences together, and especially seeing live music (Cost beams about attending at least a dozen Mark Knopfler, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles and U2 concerts, but is quick to mention John Butler, Robert Randolph, the Black Keys, Nas and electronic dance music dee-jay Avicii as acts he’s picked up on from his kids.) For Stephanie, the move to Jacksonville after a lifetime based in the Northeast is one more chance for them to take on a new adventure, and to pursue their common desire to help people achieve their full potential. She’s put her passion “Born leader,” team player ready to “bring it” for JU It’s a zeal not lost on Matt Kane, CEO of Greenshades Software and one of JU’s younger Trustees. “His passion for JU oozes out of him, ” Kane said. “It’s all over his face, and that cuts into a potential partner. And with his consensus style of leadership, that just fits well with academia, because even though he brings a business mindset, he’s not about autocratic leadership. This is no dictatorship. It’s about being in that room and helping students. That’s what lights him up and will make him a great president. ” President Tim Cost and his wife, Stephanie, at the JU-Florida Gators baseball game March 5 at Sessions Stadium. SPRING 2013 13 Cost, on the other hand, doesn’t talk about being a great president. He’d rather be a great motivator, great ambassador, great mentor and great servant to JU. “Can I bring more investment to JU? Can I bring the business community and others in as partners? Can I invest in faculty and students and staff? Can I upgrade our physical surroundings and programs? Can I help enhance our reputation? I’m comfortable with my ability to help do those things and I’m willing to devote that time and energy to Jacksonville University. “That’s just how I feel about this place. ” Fran Kinne doesn’t need to be sold on that, that’s for sure. "He tells me he learned a lot about leadership from me, but he is a born leader," she said. "He knows that behind him is always a team. He knows when you have that level of energy, you have to give it away and don't expect anything in return. It is a complete dedication to giving of yourself to others. Giving is what life is about, and that shapes his philosophy. "Our cart ride around the campus confirmed what I already knew. Tim Cost is our great leader. You will surely notice what happens to JU in this next step of progress. And, don't doubt it, he will make it fun." He knows that behind him is always a team. FJ Gaylor Photography Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne JU past president and chancellor emeritus all aspects of JU. It’s going to be the most attractive gathering spot on campus, ” Cost said. ASPIRE was publicly unveiled Nov. 30 after a “quiet phase” during which a handful of highprofile projects were funded and completed. Since then, commitments have been made to fund 52 new named scholarships and guarantee construction of a new football and lacrosse stadium. Groundbreaking for the $10 million College of Health Sciences building is expected to occur June 3, in time for JU to host its first expanded class of nursing students in the new facility by Fall 2014. A 2013 groundbreaking also is expected for the football and lacrosse stadium’s $4.5 million first phase. Many of the recent gifts and donations from alumni, friends and corporations are from first-time contributors, or those who have been sitting on the sidelines, whose enthusiasm about Jacksonville University has been reinvigorated in recent months, said Michael Howland, JU’s Vice President of Advancement. “To see our alumni stepping up more than ever is a sign of the remarkable things that are happening at this university, ” Howland said. “I feel that the generosity of our alumni and supporters who believe in Jacksonville enovating the illustrious Jacksonville University River House is a relatively small piece of the comprehensive development campaign under way on campus, but that doesn’t mean it’s not among the most significant projects from JU President Tim Cost’s viewpoint. “ASPIRE: The Campaign for JU 2016” is converting the former JU president’s residence into a place for students, staff and faculty to congregate, recreate, lounge, dine, meet and even strategize. “The River House project is not about brick and It will feature an overlook to a resort-style pool; 2,000 square feet of gathering and mortar. It’s about the campus looking different and feeling different. It’s about connecting The $500,000 River House refurbishment, which will break ground soon and may be complete by Homecoming in October, is symbolic of the synergy JU is experiencing through the $85 million ASPIRE Campaign— and representative of Cost’s zeal to connect the University’s past, present and future. More information about ASPIRE is available by calling Michael Howland or Robyn Reeves at (904) 256-7393, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting ju.edu/aspire. With ASPIRE, that may no longer be the case. Jacksonville University has long been recognized as one of the South’s best-kept secrets. entertainment space; meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology; and a mammoth fire pit. University and our mission is a testament to the promise that the ASPIRE message has conveyed, along with the bold, inspirational vision and energy President Cost has brought to this campus. ” $49.8 MILLION AND COUNTING COMMITTED FOR JU ENHANCEMENTS, SCHOLARSHIPS By Kevin Hogencamp SPRING 2013 15 52 new Named Scholarships created $1.3M for Enhancing Campus and Student Life $300K for the River House renovation $3.4M $4.7M NUMBERS $5.5M ASPIRE BY THE for Athletic Facilities HERE ARE SOME RECENT HIGHLIGHTS OF MONEY RAISED FOR JUâ€™S $85M ASPIRE CAMPAIGN. for College of Health Sciences for Advancing Scholarships and Academics $49.8M IN TOTAL COMMITMENTS* RECEIVED *As of late March 2013; includes commitments made before Nov. 30, 2012, ASPIRE public kick-off. WAVE NEWS A FINAL TRIBUTE: JU TRUSTEES NAME RIVERFRONT IN HONOR OF ROMESBURGS By Kevin Hogencamp KERRY ROMESBURG’S MULTIfaceted legacy as Jacksonville University’s president includes guiding the institution from an inherited financial predicament and helping restore the alumni’s faith in their alma mater. But it’s the realization of Romesburg’s vision to better use the picturesque St. Johns River as JU’s backdrop that will be set in stone on campus—literally. On Jan. 31, during a moving and memorable dinner honoring Romesburg’s nine years at the university’s helm, the Board of Trustees presented the outgoing president and his wife, Judy, with a resolution naming the westernmost area of campus “Romesburg Riverfront.” Also, JU Alumni Association President Matt Tuohy announced that the Romesburgs have been selected as honorary JU alumni, a distinction previously bestowed to only five others. After a 40-year career in higher education, Romesburg’s last day on the job was Feb. 1. “Because of Jacksonville University’s emphasis on highlighting the campus’s natural beauty under (Kerry Romesburg’s) leadership, the university is much more attractive to potential students,” Board of Trustees Chairman Ron Autrey said at the dinner, reading from the resolution honoring the Romesburgs. The Marine Science Research Institute, Negaard Rowing Center, Strom Amphitheatre, Dolphin Green, Swisher Golf Facility, Kruzius Beach and Cost Trail were developed on Romesburg’s watch. Earlier in the day, hundreds of well-wishers streamed in and out of a packed Howard building lobby at a campus send-off reception for Romesburg. “To know people feel as strongly about JU and the students, staff, faculty, coaches and everyone here means so much,” Romesburg said at the reception. “I care so much about them and JU, and our common mission, which I’m almost evangelical about: to help the students fulfill their dreams. And all of us have worked together to help make that possible.” On Feb. 28, Jacksonville Mayor and JU alumnus Alvin Brown honored Romeburg with a proclamation of “Dr. Kerry Romesburg Day.” PRESIDENTS' SOCIETY UNVEILED The first Jacksonville University Presidents’ Society appreciation dinner was held Feb. 8 honoring individuals, corporations and foundations for their generous contributions of $10,000 or more in unrestricted gifts to the University during the year. Three JU presidents – Chancellor Emeritus Fran Kinne, recently retired President Kerry Romesburg and new President Tim Cost – were on hand to thank guests and recognize them for their gifts. Men were given green-and-gold ties as gifts, and women received green-and-gold scarf wraps. SPRING 2013 17 THANKS TO LARRY, JU HAS NEW VENUE TO REVEL IN MUSIC AND FRIENDSHIP THE T-SHIRTS ACROSS CAMPUS SAY it all: “Thanks, Larry!” Already, Strom Amphitheater—the huge new riverfront stage on Dolphin Green named after donor Larry Strom, who played basketball on campus in 1955 and 1956 when Jacksonville University was still Jacksonville Junior College —has produced two momentous events. On Nov. 5 at the amphitheater, JU’s Dolphin Productions hosted a thank-you party for Strom and a free music festival featuring talented Dolphinium Records artists Chroma, AJ. Neaher, Whetherman and Safari Soundlab. The Strom River Jam’s aesthetic highlight was a giant hot air balloon that fittingly accented the evening’s festiveness and significance. On March 7, President Tim Cost invited the entire JU community to “go country” by wearing blue jeans and boots and attending a free Florida Georgia Line country rock concert at the Strom also presented by Dolphin Productions. “LAST NIGHT, NEARLY 3,000 PEOPLE HEARTILY GATHERED ON OUR CAMPUS FOR A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC AND FRIENDSHIP,” COST WROTE TO JU STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFFERS THE NEXT DAY. “THE INTERACTION AMONG THE STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY, STAFF, BOARD MEMBERS AND THE BROADER COMMUNITY WAS UNPRECEDENTED AND HEARTWARMING.” Cost said plans are under way to ensure that additional JU memories will be made at the Strom. WAVE NEWS JU MBA PROGRAM MAKES TOP-100 LIST JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY’S MBA program is now listed among the top 100 accredited programs in North America by the International Graduate Forum, capping a rigorous process that examines the top criteria driving business schools’ effectiveness and reputation. The 2012 MBA Rankings look at key performance indicators in faculty quality, number of faculty with Ph.Ds, student-tofaculty ratio, diversity, pricing, accreditation, class size and more. The rankings examine JU made the list with its competitive tuition rate ($646 per credit hour), student diversity (63 percent white/37 percent non-white), gender breakdown (59 percent female/41 percent male), small average class size (17.5 students), number of faculty with terminal degrees (41) and more. SCOTT schools accredited by the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an esteemed group that JU’s Davis College of Business joined in 2010. GOV. RICK SCOTT LAUDS JU PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE USING EXAMPLES IN EDUCATION, trade, tourism and manufacturing, Florida Gov. Rick Scott praised the JU Public Policy Institute for its efforts during a speech to the Institute’s GOVER NAMED DEAN OF STUDENTS DR. KRISTIE S. GOVER, WHO HAS served in leadership capacities at Jacksonville University for nearly 10 years, became JU’s dean of students Feb. 1. Gover has served as JU’s dean of student development and assistant dean of students and director of residential life; she also is JU’s director of retention services, a position she will maintain. Gover succeeds Dr. Bryan Coker, who has become vice president and dean of students at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. Coker served as JU dean of students since 2003. “I continue to be excited about working at Jacksonville University because of the potential that lies ahead and the energy that (accompanies) the arrival of President Cost,” Gover said. “I am most excited about the further development of our riverfront property. I believe we have an amazing opportunity to create a vibrant social climate on campus (and) truly enhance the student experience.” GOVER board of advisors Feb. 7. “Thank you all for being so involved in policy, maximizing the opportunities for our students’ success is paramount to her and the University. The JU community is fortunate to have her stepping up as our dean of students.” because it really does matter. It impacts families every day, so know that what you are doing matters,” he said. The JU PPI is taking Fall 2013 applications for the state’s first Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree. Scott’s visit highlighted a productive winter for the PPI: • JU and Florida Coastal School of Law officials announced that students may simultaneously obtain a master in public policy degree and juris doctor in law, a first in Florida. • The Haskell Co. and Haskell CEO Steve Halverson, a JU PPI board member, established a scholarship fund for Jacksonville Teach for America corps members and alumni to obtain a JU PPI MPP degree. Also, a merit-based scholarship fund was established for JU MPP students. Together, the two scholarship funds total $100,000. • The PPI was awarded a $152,000 grant from As dean of students, Gover’s duties include supervising the student conduct system, student government and traditional student affairs such as residential life, student involvement and leadership, orientation and Greek life. the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund. To learn more, visit www.ju.edu/ppi or call (904) 256-7342. “Kristie has an exceptional record of proven leadership at JU,” said JU President Tim Cost. “She has consistently demonstrated that improving the student experience and SPRING 2013 19 JU STUDENTS SHARE HOW SCHOLARSHIPS OPENED UP THEIR WORLDS ONE CAME FROM A BROKEN HOME in Akron, Ohio, watching her mother work two jobs and wondering how she and her sister would ever be able to make a better life for themselves. Another dealt with parents who didn’t see the value of education and or in nurturing her ambitions. Still another vowed she wouldn’t be stereotyped as the “fighter from the ghetto” who didn’t achieve her dreams. Another came to the U.S. from Vietnam and was separated from his father for three years, wondering what, if anything, would inspire him. Among the scholarship speakers, audience members heard from senior nursing major and Jacksonville Commitment Scholar Alexandra Baker, who discussed the daunting challenges of growing up in a household that did not champion higher education. Thankfully, her grandparents inspired her as she pursued her dreams of an education in nursing. “I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD AFFORD JU, BUT BEING A COMMITMENT SCHOLAR MEANT ALL THE DIFFERENCE,” BAKER SAID. “JU HAS SHAPED ME FROM BEING JUST A TEENAGE GIRL TO BECOMING A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.” One by one, they stood at JU’s Sixth Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 13 and relayed how donors’ scholarships changed their lives. The speakers joined with more than 160 others attending to show their appreciation to dozens of donors on hand at the event at the Davis College of Business. This year’s luncheon was unique in that it came in the midst of the ambitious Cost said that as part of JU’s pioneering $85 million ASPIRE comprehensive campaign, more money is being raised for scholarships. Just in the short term, more than 50 new JU “And there are plenty of others right now, outstanding high school sophomores and juniors, who we are hearing want badly to come here,” he said. “The work you as donors are doing, whether it’s $500 or the millions we have received from some, please know just how impactful it is. We want more of these students, and we want them to stay, excel and graduate.” “March Forward: 31 New Scholarships, 31 Days” campaign, which created 31 new Jacksonville University scholarships during the 31 days of March, with the funds awarded to incoming (Fall 2013) freshmen. They heard from new JU President Tim Cost, who noted that he himself was able to become a Dolphin and graduate Magna Cum Laude in 1981 as a result of a package of scholarships offered him. By Phillip Milano scholarships that begin in the Fall 2013 term have been created, funded by individuals at an overall value when matched by JU of about $3.3 million. Named, matched scholarships for amounts even as low as $1,000 per year for four years are available. Then there was Dr. Han Duong, who graduated from JU in 2000 and came back to teach mathematics at the University. He endured separation from family members after fleeing Vietnam, and thanked the Williams family for their generous scholarship help. “You may not know it, but you are responsible for helping with my educational, personal and career development,” he said. “I want to encourage the students here today to do more than just be good students. Think carefully about the opportunities given you.” More information on March Forward, Named Matched Scholarships, Endowed Scholarships and more is available at (904) 256-7393, email@example.com or ju.edu/aspire. WAVE SPORTS NEW PRUITT COMPLEX A SHOT IN ARM FOR SOFTBALL PROGRAM JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY BROKE ground March 25 on the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex, a 2,300-squarefoot multipurpose facility that will become the crown jewel of the softball facilities in the heart of the Valley between Oak Hall and Swisher Gymnasium. Located steps away from the softball field, the complex will include a team lounge and study area, a locker room for 22 players and coaches, coaching staff offices, and a covered hitting facility. “We could not be more excited about today’s historic event and what this new project will mean to the University and our softball program,” JU Director of Athletics “Debbie and I wanted to take on a project under the ASPIRE Campaign and we both love athletics,” said Fred Pruitt, a two-time JU alumnus. “We are very appreciative of everything this University has done to enhance our life so we wanted to pay back and do something special. We are very proud of what the team has accomplished here and for what lies ahead in the future.” The hitting facility will provide team members with a covered pavilion where they can hone their hitting and pitching skills year-round. It will have modern batting cages, new pitching nets and a turf-covered padded concrete floor. “Now, with this new building and hitting facility, we can reward them for their commitment,” she said. “It will not only improve their JU experience, but enhance that of everyone new who comes through our program.” Construction is slated to take 90 days. Meanwhile, anticipation of what lies ahead for JU softball is only expected to increase with each day. “It’s an honor to be standing here. Words cannot even describe what is going to happen here in a couple of years,” said Karson Tuck, a junior infielder from Walkersville, Md. “This means so much to us, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.” Higgs noted that the student-athletes on the softball roster bought into the JU experience without a promise of a new facility. “They came to me with this vision to enhance our facility and now it is becoming a reality. I cannot say thank you enough to everyone from our University and Athletic Administration to all our parents and fans who have stood behind us.” The project is a component of JU’s comprehensive $85 million ASPIRE Campaign, the largest fundraising and development venture ever taken on by the University. Brad Edwards said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We have many friends here at JU who mean so much to the growth of the University, not only through their financial support, but through their time and attendance at many of our events. It is through the vision and backing of Fred and Debbie Pruitt along with Mark and Meredith Frisch that this project was made possible.” “When I first started here, our players used to have to dress at home for their games, and now they will have their very own locker area just a few feet away from the dugout, said softball head coach Ali Higgs. “It’s just an amazing testament to the growth of our program and the University, and it would not have been possible without the support of the Pruitts and the Frisches. By Todd Vatter The modernized building will do more than serve as the future home for JU softball, it will have a lasting effect and serve as a cornerstone of growth on the JU campus. SPRING 2013 21 5 TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME THE JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY Athletics Department has unveiled its 2013 Hall of Fame class consisting of five new members who will be introduced during the 12th annual induction ceremonies this fall at the Negaard Rowing Center. Joining the Hall of Fame are Frank Barker (Men’s Basketball, 1948-50), Al “Rocky” Rausch (Baseball, 1976-77), Linj Shell (Football, 1999-02), Kristen Negaard O’Brien (Rowing), and John Harrison (Special Recognition). “We are very excited to induct this class,” said JU Athletics Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Brad Negaard (JU Hall of Fame ‘93). “It includes individuals who have brought Stay tuned to www.JUDolphins.com for information on the exact date and time. honor to Jacksonville University in various ways dating back to our days as a junior college on to the present. Each one of the inductees has had a significant impact on the history of Jacksonville University athletics, and as a Hall of Fame member, I am honored to have them join us.” GILMORE RECOGNIZED AS TOP 75 NCAA TOURNEY PERFORMER ALL SEASON LONG, THE NCAA has been celebrating its basketball tournament’s 75-year history. As part of the celebration, the NCAA unveiled its top 75 All-Time March Madness players. The elite list includes Jacksonville University’s Artis Gilmore, who was presented with a commemorative award from the NCAA in February. MEN’S LACROSSE RETIRES LOVRICH’S NO. 88 THE JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY men’s lacrosse program paid a fitting tribute to Corey Lovrich on March 16 by retiring his No. 88 jersey. The jersey will be hung in the newly Lovrich lost his valiant fight against colon cancer and passed away in May 2012. A product of Long Beach, N.Y., he played two Gilmore led JU to the 1970 NCAA Championship game against UCLA while averaging 26.4 points and 18.6 rebounds in the Dolphins’ five games. JU finished the season ranked No. 4 in the final AP Poll as the team became the first in NCAA history to average more than 100 points per game in a season. Gilmore, who now serves as special JAMshotz.com seasons with the Dolphins before being diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in spring 2011. dedicated men’s lacrosse team room in JU’s Botts Hall. COST, GILMORE & EDWARDS assistant to the JU president, was named national Player of the Year in 1971 and his 22.7 career rebounds per game average still stands as the NCAA record. WAVE SPORTS HOW DO YOU BEAT WALL STREET, ACHIEVE 22 PERCENT ANNUALIZED RETURN? ASK THREE JU GOLFERS By Phillip Milano MOST FUND MANAGERS WOULD rejoice over a 22 percent annualized return handling tens of thousands of dollars of other people’s money—or get jealous of whoever else could pull it off. They’ll just have to drool over what three JU business students accomplished last semester handling The Dolphin Fund, an investment portfolio in the Davis College of Business. The students – head manager Thomas “Trey” Douglas and team members Francesca Yong and Jimmy Murphy – managed to bring the fund up $19,000 during the three months ended Nov. 30, for a 5.43 percent return (annualized at about 22 percent). That compares to an S&P return of 0.68 percent (annualized at 3 percent) during the same period. “BEATING THE MARKET IS A BIG DEAL,” SAID DR. BOB BOYLAN, CHAIR OF JU’S DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE. HE ATTRIBUTED THEIR SUCCESS TO HARD WORK; TEAMWORK; GUIDANCE FROM DR. MICHAEL ADAMS, A JU ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING & FINANCE AND PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO MANAGER HIMSELF; AND A “HEALTHY PART GOOD LUCK.” The three are all varsity golf team members, which Boylan said he felt “gives them an edge, as they are very competitive.” The 22-year-old Douglas called it “a dream opportunity” to manage the fund, which is now worth several hundred That paid off when Murphy, Douglas’ roommate, had “a feeling” about Home “We’d bring our ideas to Dr. Adams, and he was a tremendous help with advice and ideas,” he said. “You want long-term growth, but you have to look at the shortterm technical side of things, too. And sometimes, you just have to see what your gut tells you, too.” Working under the guidance of Adams, the students researched the fundamentals, watched trends, exercised patience during recent “fiscal cliff” market fluctuations, picked strong stocks…and listened to their instincts, Douglas said. “When we go into the real world, employers hopefully will see we aren’t coming in blind and that we know what we’re doing,” said Douglas, who graduates in May and would like to be a financial adviser and someday a chief financial officer. “We’re also trying to lay a foundation for other students, to draw them in and create a spark in them, and show them how we do this.” While the idea is to make a profit, the overriding goal is to gain from the experience of learning how the market works, Douglas noted. “If we lose money, it’s not the end of the world because the biggest thing is to learn how to understand the stock market,” he said. “But when you are sitting there with actual money, there’s a little different pressure on you.…I probably get more stressed than the other two team members.” With Dr. Adams’ know-how, the three students created a diversified portfolio and steered money into a variety of stocks, several of which were in energy and insurance – AFL (AFLAC Inc.), PSX (Phillips 66), CVI (CVR Energy Inc.) and VLO (Valero Energy Corp.) – and did very well. thousand dollars and began years ago with donations to JU. Depot stock, and the team made a shortterm gain of $1,000 on its stock. YONG MURPHY DOUGLAS SPRING 2013 23 JU ANNOUNCES 2013 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE JU FANS, GET READY FOR SOME more action-packed Saturday afternoons at D.B. Milne Field this fall. The 2013 football schedule has been released and is highlighted by five home games on the JU campus. The Dolphins begin the year at Delaware on Thursday, Aug. 29, followed by a trip to Alabama to face Jacksonville State on Sept. 7. JU then returns home for three straight For season ticket information, call (904) 256-7863. Other home dates for the Dolphins include Sept. 21 vs. Warner, Sept. 28 vs. Butler, Oct. 26 vs. Davidson, and Nov. 16 vs. Stetson. contests, starting with the Pioneer Football League opener against Morehead State on Sept. 14. 2013 JACKSONVILLE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE AUGUST 29 – Thu. at Delaware SEPTEMBER 7 – Sat. at Jacksonville State 14 – Sat. MOREHEAD STATE* 21 – Sat. WARNER 28 – Sat. BUTLER* OCTOBER 5 – Sat. at Drake* 19 – Sat. at Campbell* 26 – Sat. DAVIDSON* JU TO HOST ATLANTIC SUN SAND VOLLEYBALL, WOMEN’S LACROSSE TOURNAMENTS JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY continues to be an Atlantic Sun Conference trailblazer. JU hosted the first conference tournament in the country for the emerging sport of sand volleyball last spring and will do so again April 20-21. The A-Sun is the first conference to receive an automatic bid to the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Championship. Other A-Sun schools with sand volleyball are Florida Gulf Coast, Mercer, Stetson and North Florida. JU Athletics also will host the inaugural A-Sun women’s lacrosse tournament April 26-28. Having won the National Lacrosse Conference Championship a year ago, the Dolphins were picked as the unanimous preseason favorite in the A-Sun; the tournament winner will receive the league’s automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament in May. JU is joined in the A-Sun women’s lacrosse league by Stetson, Kennesaw State, Howard and Detroit. NOVEMBER 2 – Sat. at Marist* 9 – Sat. at Mercer* 16 – Sat. STETSON* Home Games CAPS Home Games played at Milne Field * Pioneer Football League Game WAVE ALUMNI EVENTS SAILING SKEET SHOOTING WINTER ALUMNI GATHERING SPRING 2013 25 MEXICAN FIESTA LUNCH 2013 SKEET SHOOTING SAILING GOLFING MEXICAN FIESTA LUNCH AVIATION SIMULATOR AVIATION SIMULATOR GOLFING WAVE ALUMNI EVENTS L to R 2 ALUMNI 1 COLLEGE NIGHT AT THE JACKSONVILLE FAIR BOARD OF GOVERNORS, ALUMNI ASSOCIATION & STUDENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 1 GAINESVILLE RECEPTION AT ‘THE SWAMP’ 3 Peter Van Note ’68, Jim Winn ‘63, Mary Lou Van Note BEER, BRATS AND BASEBALL AT JU 4 Buddy Reeves, Karen Kelczewski Hike ‘76, Pat Reeves ‘12 5 Justin Felker ‘12, Caren Sessions Felker ‘83, Brian Gilbert, Shirin Brenick ‘79, Michael Howland ‘76, Dane Gilbert ‘76, Buddy Reeves, Walter Carr ‘68, Karen Kelczewski Hike ‘76, Pat Reeves ‘12 3 GATHERINGS AT BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE 6 Lucas Meers ’12, Dean of Students Kristie Gover 7 Mary Glyn Cook '10, Caroline Geoghegan '10 8 Amy Cavanaugh '79, Ashley Cupaiuolo '08, JU Professor Walker Blanton 9 Mike Boudreaux '04/'07, Patty Parrish '67, David Cameron ’66 10 Chelsy Rowan '10, Jess LeClair '11 6 RECEPTION AT MOSSFIRE GRILLE 11 Connie Hutton ’73, Shirin Brenick ’79 (Alumni Director), Jeannie Hardwick ’84, Gary Brose ’87, Bonnie Barnes ‘05/’06, Jeniah Jones ’02, Patty Parrish ’67, Thomas King ’09, Terry Allen ’96, Madison Shelly (Senior Director/Major Gifts), Matt Tuohy ‘75/’03 7 12 Bonnie Barnes ’05/’06, Carrie Anderson ’06, Laura Pacheco-Spann ’96 13 Terry Allen ’96, Thomas King ’09, Gary Brose ‘87 14 Patty Parrish ’67, Connie Hutton ‘73 11 I M P O R T A N T N O T I C E If you’ve gotten together with other Dolphin alumni, send us a picture! Please send a high-resolution digital file to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the event and names of each person shown. Not all pictures will be used. SPRING 2013 27 UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS 2 4 Baseball, Burgers and Beer 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 JU Campus (Romesburg Riverfront – across from Sessions Stadium) Monthly Alumni Reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 BlackFinn American Grille 4840 Big Island Drive #05, Jacksonville, Fla. 4 5 Spring Commencement 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4 JU Campus (Science Green) Regional Reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 Miller's Ale House 1756 Wells Road, Orange Park, Fla. Monthly Alumni Reception 8 9 10 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 BlackFinn American Grille Alumni Reception For Tim and Stephanie Cost 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6 Howard Building Lobby JU Campus Monthly Alumni Reception 12 13 14 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 BlackFinn American Grille ALUMNI RELATIONS IS GOING GREEN! NO MORE PRINTED INVITATIONS In an effort to promote sustainability, the Alumni Relations department is no longer going to use printed invitations for most events. There are many ways you can keep up-to-date about upcoming events: Friend Dunk’n Dolphin on Facebook and follow JU on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dolphinnetwork to stay connected and learn about events and speakers. WAVE CLASS NOTES 1970s FRANK BERTONI ’70 has been re-elected to a second term as a Town of Union, N.Y., council member; he lives in Endicott, N.Y. MICHAEL HADDEN '93 and his wife, Julie, of Macon, Ga., celebrated the birth of their third child, Emma Kate, on Nov. 14, 2012. She joins big brothers Noah and Jaxon. KEN UNDERWOOD ’81 is enjoying success with his startup venture, Stereofame Records Inc., The record label’s first release by Rapper J. Dash, “WOP,” has sold more than 500,000 copies. A Ponte Vedra Beach resident, Underwood owns several other businesses, including Strategic Interactive Holdings Corp. TODD PLISS ’87 is gaining national media attention through his emerging Los Angeles, Calif., personnel service business, Rent-AGrandma (www. rentagrandma. com). A business major, he credits his courses and experience at JU with contributing to the company’s success. TRALYN REEVES HODSON ’00, her husband, George, and children, Hailey WILL WEATHERFORD ’02, a state representative and businessman from Wesley Chapel, was elected in February as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. HEATHER FORD ’00 is clinical research director at Park Avenue Dermatology in Jacksonville. A licensed registered nurse, she has held numerous nursing positions in hospital, home health, ambulatory care and research settings. STEPHANIE COMPARETTA ’02 of Whitney Point, N.Y., celebrated the birth of her son, Matteo Toby Johnson, on Sept. 11, 2012; the newborn has a big brother, Dominic Anthony Johnson. CHRISTOPHER BAKER ’00 has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Employment Guide in Norfolk, Va. 1990s MIKE SIMS ‘91 recently opened the first of what he expects to be four Jacksonville-area Your Pie (www.yourpie. com) casual pizza chain locations in Fleming Island. He has food retailing experience at Nabisco, Promo Depot and Acosta. and Amelia, live in Crozet, Va.—and still proudly wear the Dolphin colors. 1980s 2000s Class Notes is compiled by your friends in the Alumni Relations Office. If you’ve got news to share, let us know! We want to stay connected with you so email your information and photos to email@example.com. Please do not send hard copy photos. SPRING 2013 29 TIFFANY PINCIOTTIOLIVA ’02 of Ponte Vedra Beach and her mother-in-law, Deborah Oliva, have self-published a children’s book, “Wishy Life Buddies: An Easter Tradition” (www.wishylife. com) illustrated by current JU student Stephanie Escalona Morales. WEDDINGS SANDY VAUGHAN ’94 recently married Ron Owens in Key West; she is an associate at Golder Associates in Jacksonville. TALIA DAVIS ’03 and Daniel Haykin married on March 10 in Denver, Colo. Talia is Marketing Senior Manager for Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado; the couple resides in Colorado. WILLIAM COOK ’10 and JENNIFER NEW ALUMNI DIRECTORY IS COMING! JU DOLPHINS ARE SCATTERED across the country and world, but no matter where their lives have led them, they all share a common bond: Jacksonville University. That is why we are working on a new project designed to help bring our Dolphins back together. A new Alumni Association publication will include comprehensive biographical listings with contact information, career overviews and family highlights of our classmates. Plus, a special section about the school will help you reminisce as you read about our past and learn what's in store for the future. Please help us make this publication as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Our provider, Harris Connect, will begin contacting you by email and/or regular mail or phone in May to verify that the information we will print is correct and complete. 2010s PATRICIA TRACEY ’12 shaved her head March 17 to raise money for pediatric research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation; she participated in the same fund-raiser in 2011 as a JU student. MARY KATE RADLOFF ’12 of Atlantic Beach is the fifth JU graduate in the family; the others are four brothers: her father, MARK RADLOFF ’80, of Atlantic Beach, along with ED RADLOFF ‘87, of Jacksonville, JIM RADLOFF ’82, of Jacksonville, and WAYNE RADLOFF ’79, of Dunwoody, Ga. BARNES ’10 married recently in Remington, Va.; the groom's cake was all about JU. We appreciate your support and cooperation. For questions, contact Sharon Getz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 256-7670, or Shirin Brenick at email@example.com. MICHAEL EISENHARDT ’09 (far left) and SHELLEY CROW ’10 (third from left) married recently in Cherry Hill, N.J. Pictured with the couple at the wedding are, from left, KEVIN SAWYER ’09, JENNIFER BARNES ’10, WILLIAM COOK ’10 and JEFFREY BRAWER ’09. T H A N K Y O U J U D O N O R S Donors qualify for Order of the Dolphin based upon contributions of $1,000 or more in a calendar year and the Kerry & Judy Romesburg Consecutive Giving Society based upon Order of the Dolphin membership for three consecutive years. The Presidentsâ€™ Society recognizes donors of $10,000 or more in unrestricted funds in a calendar year. We are extremely grateful to those listed below, and all who supported JU in 2012 through ASPIRE, The Wave, JU Connect and appeals for the JU Fund, JU Scholarship Fund and individual Colleges, Schools, Departments, Programs and Sports. Thank YOU! 2012 PRESIDENTSâ€™ SOCIETY Ron and Hilah Autrey/ Miller Electric Company Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc./ Florida Blue Michael and Elizabeth Cascone/ Mr. and Mrs. Jonas H. Gredenhag/ Cascone Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Tim Cost Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Frisch Dr. J. Phillip and Mrs. Kimberly Garcia/ Garcia Aesthetics and Wellness Institute, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew R. Kane Tim Payne Al and Carole Poindexter Mr. and Mrs. George P . Scanlon/ Cedar Street Charitable Foundation Ms. Dorothy D. Smith Linda Stein and David Stein/ David A. Stein Family Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Mary-Virginia Terry Dr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Wells Carolyn Munro Wilson/ George M. Cohen Foundation, Inc. Charles and Camilla Wodehouse SPRING 2013 31 ORDER OF THE DOLPHIN 2012 3M Unitek Corporation AAA Bonding Company, Inc.* Accredited Surety and Casualty Co., Inc.* Alexander DeGance Barnett, P .A. Mark and Beverly Alexander* Align Technology, Inc. Allstate Life Insurance Company The Alton Foundation* Mr. and Mrs. H. Robin Alton III* Mr. and Mrs. John E. Anderson* Anonymous Dr. John P . Aris and Mrs. Cristina Palacio Ron and Hilah Autrey* The Ayco Charitable Foundation* Mr. Steven N. Bacalis BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards LLC* Dr. John A. Balog* Bank of America Merrill Lynch* Bank of America Foundation* Baptist Health Systems Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Barker Will Paul Bateman Foundation* Mr. and Mrs. Frederick V. Bauer Dr. Lois Becker and Dr. Felix Frayman* Ms. Charlene F . Bell Mr. and Mrs. Kerwin D. Bell* Mr. and Mrs. Eric Berman Mr. Mica R. Bethea Birdsong Peanuts Romesburg Giving Society (*) & Deceased notation (~) Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Chartrand Mr. Jeff Chartrand The Chatlos Foundation, Inc. Mr. William J. Chatlos III Mr. and Mrs. H. Martin Chomiak* City of Jacksonville Dr. Lee Ann Clements and Mr. Jeffrey R. Clements* George M. Cohen Foundation, Inc.* Mr. Joe L. Coleman, Jr. Capt. and Mrs. Dean R. Colver, Sr. The Community Foundation in Jacksonville* Ms. Catharine Corbin Mr. and Mrs. Tim Cost* William Franklin Cowart~ Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Craighill Dr. and Mrs. William M. Crosby* CSA International, Inc. CSX Corporate Citizenship CSX Corporation* Mrs. Christine P . Daniel Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Dees Mr. Joseph P . DeLuca and Dr. Brenda F . DeLuca Dentsply/GAC Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Donahue* Dreambuilder Custom Homes Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Dubberly* Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Birdsong* Mag Black-Scott and David Scott* Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc. Mr. Michael A. Boudreaux Mr. Benjamin W. Bowerman Brandy Bail Bonds, Inc. Shirin and Bruce Brenick Norman & Florence Brody Family Foundation Mr. William H. Brody The Bruning Foundation* Peggy and J.F . Bryan IV* Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie R. Bryan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Bryan Bug-Out Service* Mr. Tony Burch* Mr. and Mrs. William G. Cannon Mr. Gregory P . Carroll Dr. Joan Carver* Cascone Family Foundation* Michael and Elizabeth Cascone* Mr. Craig J. Caskie Mr. Rex F . Caton Ms. Amy L. Cavanaugh Cedar Street Charitable Foundation If your name was inadvertently omitted, please notify Lauren at 904.256.7095. Lt. and Mrs. Brian W. Dudley* Mr. and Mrs. Royce B. Duncan* Jessie Ball duPont Fund* Jess & Brewster J. Durkee Foundation Capt. and Mrs. Kendall G. Durkee Mr. Matthew C. Eckler* Enterprise Holdings Foundation Dr. Judith M. Erickson EverBank Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald F . Federspiel Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Felker, Jr.* Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Florida Blue* Mr. and Mrs. Kevin P . Flynn Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus T. Foster* Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Frame* Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Frisch* Cmdr. and Mrs. Mark Gabrynowicz* Garcia Aesthetics and Wellness Institute, Inc. Dr. J. Phillip and Mrs. Kimberly Garcia W. W. Gay Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Gay* Mr. and Mrs. Barkley M. Geib The W. C. Gentry Family Foundation* Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Gentry* Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Gerrity Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gibbs III Thelma Elizabeth Riddle Golightly~ Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Skudneski Mr. Sean P . Gorman Greater Jacksonville Fair* Mr. and Mrs. Jonas H. Gredenhag* Mr. Steven J. Grossman Mr. Kevin W. and Dr. Susanne Haga* Dr. and Mrs. Derek J. Hall* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F . Hall, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P . Hannon* Helen E. Harms Estate John and Gail Harrison* The Hartley Press Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Hartley Ms. Sue E. Hartman Haskell Foundation Haskell Mr. and Mrs. Preston H. Haskell III Dr. James E. Hastings and Dr. Constance P . Hastings* Healy Foundation Mr. Edmund Healy Mr. and Mrs. E. Andrus Healy Mrs. Lindsay D. Helms Mrs. Karen Hike and Mr. David Hike Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hill, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Hodge Mr. and Mrs. Steve Holbert Mr. and Mrs. Earl B. Hooten II* Mr. Donald H. Horner III Michael and Cathy Howland* Mr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Hurley, Jr. Ms. Connie Hutton Michael H. Igoe & Associates, LLC Incepture, Inc. ING Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Jacoby Mr. and Mrs. L. Samir Jallad JAX Chamber JEA JM Family Enterprises Mr. C. Lamar Johnson* Dr. and Mrs. Franklyn A. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Johnston* Russ Jollivette Jonco Management, Inc.* Mr. and Mrs. David M. Jones* Mr. Rodolfo Junco de la Vega, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew R. Kane* Dr. Warren E. Keene Jack and Beverly Keigwin* Bruce and Holly Kern* King Realty Group Dr. and Mrs. Steven C. Koegler 1967 Dr. Jeffrey L. Kraskin* Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Kurzius* Gasper and Irene Lazzara Charitable Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Gasper Lazzara Alyson and Wally Lee* Legacy Trust Company Capt. and Mrs. Kirk T. Lewis The Living Crosse Foundation Logix3, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Henry Loomis Mr. Tony A. Loughman* Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Maisch, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. H. Christopher Malone III Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Auxiliary/Palms Mayo Clinic MCC Sports, Inc. Joy McCann Foundation, Inc.* Mr. and Mrs. Edward I. McCarthy III Mr. and Mrs. Edward I. McCarthy, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. McCord* McCormick & Company, Inc. Dr. Margot D. McCullers Ms. Catherine Schultz McFarland* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. McGehee, Jr. Michael and Julie McKenny* McKinney-Geib Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. McNulty* Mr. and Mrs. George L. Meffert, Jr.* Mr. Richard A. Melkerson, Jr. The Miami Foundation Miller Electric Company* Mr. Andrew J. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Miller IV Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Miller Mr. Bob Moore Moran Family Holdings, LLC.* Mr. and Mrs. F . Andrew Moran* SPRING 2013 33 Mr. and Mrs. Padraic E. Mulvihill* Mrs. Sherry L. Murray* National Georgraphic Society National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. Navy League of the US - JAX Tom Nehl Truck Company Mr. Frederic W. Nessler Dr. Michael J. Nigro Nimnicht Chevrolet Company Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Purvis Nimnicht* Mr. and Mrs. E. Michael O'Malley Mr. Russell R. Ortiz Frank and Karen Pace Ms. Ellen M. Paige* Tim Payne* Diana and Jim Peaks Mr. Paul I. Perez, Jr. Mr. Michael J. Peterson Mr. John J. Petrakis* THE PLAYERS Champtionship* Pilot Corporation of America Al and Carole Poindexter* Gil and Nancy Pomar* Fitzhugh K. Powell, Jr., AAI, CRIS, CWCA* Raymond Prahl Charitable Trust* Mrs. Kathryn J. Prahl* Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. Price* Fred and Debbie Pruitt* Raymond James Global Account Mr. B. Allen Reid* Dr. Marilyn L. Repsher Dr. Rathbun K. Rhodes* Dr. Jeane and Mr. Kenneth G. Richards Dr. Margaret J. Ripley Riverside Hospital Foundation, Inc.* Mr. and Mrs. Scott J. Romero* Dr. Kerry and Mrs. Judy Romesburg* Glenn and Anita Ross* Mr. and Mrs. David K. Rowe Dr. William C. Rupp and Dr. Janice Clark Ms. Cynthia Sanborn* Mrs. Hilda Sanborn* Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. Saunders* Mr. and Mrs. George C. Scaduto* Mr. and Mrs. George P . Scanlon Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Schall* Dr. and Mrs. William L. Schirmer* Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Schultz Foundation* Mr. Clifford G. Schultz II* Mr. Frederick H. Schultz, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. John R. Schultz* Nancy R. Schultz* Dr. Hugh Van Seaton* Mr. and Mrs. Anthony C. Segreti* Mrs. E. Carson Sessions* The Hon. and Mrs. Wesley J. Shannon Robin and Madison Shelly Robert and Carol Shircliff Charitable Trust Robert and Carol Shircliff* Mr. Richard C. Sibley* Sidekicks Films Sigma Theta Tau International Mr. and Mrs. Theodore J. Simendinger III Ms. Virginia S. Sims Harold K. Smith Charitable Fund Mr. Brian J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Smith* Ms. Dorothy D. Smith* Mr. and Mrs. George G. Smith Sodexo America, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Solomon Southern Oak Insurance Company Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Spindler St. Johns Marketplace, Inc. St. Vincent's HealthCare Mr. Shawn M. Starr State of Florida* Capt. and Mrs. Lee A. Steele David A. Stein Family Foundation, Inc.* Linda and David Stein* Mr. and Mrs. Douglas T. Stewart Mr. Arthur J. Stites* Strickland & Hooten, P .A.* Roger W. Strickland Irrevocable Trust Mr. and Mrs. John M. Strongosky, Jr. The Suddath Companies Ms. Suzanne Suter Carl S. Swisher Foundation* Swisher International Group, Inc.* Mrs. Mary-Virginia Terry* Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Tesinsky* Mr. Eric Thomas* Thomson Reuters Mr. and Mrs. Robert F . Tobin III Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Torres* Dr. and Mrs. John E. Trainer, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Turknett Mr. Francis R. Ulrich UTC Aerospace Systems Mr. and Mrs. Peter F . Van Note* Mr. Robert G. Wadeson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Walker* Hon. and Mrs. David M. Walker* Capt. and Mrs. Edward C. Waller Anonymous Joseph and Doris Watson Foundation, Inc.* Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P . Watson III* Dr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Wells Dr. Susan Hite White and Dr. A. Quinton White* Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Wiglesworth Mr. and Mrs. John F . Wilbanks Edna Sproull Williams Foundation* Charles Judson Williams III*~ Mr. and Mrs. James V. Williams, Jr. Mr. Patrick M. Williams, Sr.* Carolyn Munro Wilson* Charles and Camilla Wodehouse* Mr. and Mrs. Len W. Worley, Jr.* Mr. Morrie Zimmerman VOLUME 16 • NUMBER 2 www.ju.edu PUBLISHER Jacksonville University EDITOR Phillip Milano CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Hall ART DIRECTOR Donald dela Torre ASSISTANT EDITOR Kevin Hogencamp CONTRIBUTING WRITER Todd Vatter CLASS NOTES Alumni Relations MAIN NUMBER 904.256.8000 ADMISSIONS 904.256.7000 firstname.lastname@example.org ALUMNI 904.256.7201 email@example.com UNIVERSITY MARKETING 904.256.7042 & COMMUNICATIONS firstname.lastname@example.org REGISTRAR 904.256.7091 email@example.com UNIVERSITY 904.256.7612 ADVANCEMENT firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED BY University Marketing & Communications Office University Advancement Jacksonville University 2800 University Blvd. N. 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