Wave Magazine - Spring 2010
Fine Arts Students Reaching New Levels, Davis College of Business Joins Elite Company, Q&A with Ken Oelrich, Men's Basketball
FINE ARTS AMBITION & EXPANSION DCOB EARNS AACSB ACCREDITATION REPEAT TITLES IN TRACK & MEN'S HOOPS SPRING 2010 VOLUME 13 � NUMBER 2 www.ju.edu PUBLishER Kerry D. Romesburg EditOR Traci Mysliwiec-Johnson CREAtiVE diRECtOR Derek Hall ARt diRECtOR Taryn Hannah AssistANt EditOR Kristi Mace PUBLiCAtiONs MANAgER Robin Bangert-Lenard CONtRiBUtiNg WRitER Joel Lamp CLAss NOtEs Patricia Reeves Greetings JU Alumni & Friends, Excitement is the best word to describe the feeling on campus today. So many wonderful things are in progress that it was hard to fit them all into one magazine. The most visible change has been the construction of the Marine Science Research Institute, which is set to open at the end of summer (page 18). The resources that will be available to students in this facility will be another reason why this University is like none other. Also adding to JU's uniqueness is the recent accreditation of our Davis College of Business (page 8). I am proud to say that we now offer the only private, AACSB-accredited business program in North Florida. Another college taking on ambitious projects is the College of Fine Arts, who for the first time took its students downtown to the Florida Theatre to showcase the musical "Chess" (page 4). The show is set to rival the Broadway touring version. There was also a new series developed: The Dolphin Alumni Speaker Series (page 24). So far, we have featured three outstanding alumni who have shared stories of their lives after JU. Let me again congratulate the Track and Field team, who won their fifth consecutive Atlantic Sun title (page 23). This is a result of our dedicated athletes, coaches and instructors who are determined to be the best. Many more great things are in store for our University. I want to again encourage each of you to get in contact with us and plan your next visit to see what all the buzz is about! Sincerely, 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 iNstitUtiONAL 904.256.7021 AdVANCEMENt firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLishEd University Marketing & sEMi-ANNUALLy By Communications Office ChANgE Of AddREss tO Institutional Advancement Jacksonville University 2800 University Blvd. N. Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394 JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ron A. Autrey '01 Margaret Black-scott `85 Walter P. Bussells Michael Cascone Jr. `65 Adrienne Conrad timothy P. Cost `81 kevin f. delaney Brian dudley `96, `05 Wayne A. galloway J. Phillip garcia '90 John g. harrison '67 Michael howland '76 Cyrus M. Jollivette Matthew kane '01 Jack keigwin Bruce kern Lawrence E. kurzius Raymond k. Mason, Jr. '78 Michael J. Mckenny f. Andrew Moran '78 Victoria M. Mussallem '98 Elizabeth Anne P. Nimnicht frank Pace '73 timothy d. Payne Carole J. Poindexter '77 gilbert J. Pomar, Jr. fred g. Pruitt '69, '85 kerry d. Romesburg h.W. shad (Mike) '85 Linda Berry stein '69 Chris A. Verlander gordon keith Watson '71 terry L. Wilcox Carolyn Munro Wilson '69, '77, '89 Charles J.O. Wodehouse Kerry D. Romesburg President All contents � COPyRight 2010 Jacksonville University. All rights reserved. COVER 4 AMBITION & EXPANSION fine Arts students Are Reaching New Levels By kRisti MACE With an elaborate new production and upgraded facilities and equipment, Fine Arts students are achieving higher levels of performance experience. The latest production of "Chess" at the Florida Theatre downtown is the most challenging by JU yet. The improvements in the recording studio are already being used to produce new music and students are enjoying many of the newly donated pianos, too. fEAtUREs dEPARtMENts 8 DAvIS COllEgE Of BuSINESS JOINS ElITE COMPANy Earns AACsB Accreditation By tRACi MysLiWiEC-JOhNsON 14 NEWs 20 sPORts 24 ALUMNi NEWs 28 ALUMNi EVENts 32 CLAss NOtEs 12 Q&A: KEN OElRICH A soldier & A student 20 MEN'S BASKETBAll Repeats A-sun Championship BITION AM EXPANSION FINE ARTS STUDENTS ARE REACHING NEW LEVELS BY KRISTI MACE & 4 The Wave WITH an elaborate new production and upgraded facilities and equipment, Fine Arts students are achieving higher levels of performance experience to further broaden their marketability after graduation. The latest production, "Chess" at the Florida Theatre downtown, is the College's most challenging yet for its scope, style and use of multiple performance venues. The improvements that have been made in the recording studio are already being used to produce new music and students are busy practicing on many of the newly donated pianos, including a one-of a-kind grand master piano only a few colleges have the privilege to own. CHESS A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA FOR THE SENSES By the time they graduate, most musical theatre students will have performed in a variety of shows featuring a range of music such as opera, pop, orchestral, disco and rock, among others. However, try and fit all of those styles into one and you've got the musical "Chess. " Taking on the task this spring of producing a show of such grandeur are 18 JU students, many of whom are being pushed beyond their comfort zone. "Out of all my performances, this one has challenged me the most, said " Senior Greg Bosworth, who has been preparing for his lead role in what has been coined as JU's most ambitious musical theatre venture. "It was written in the 80s and has some touches of pop belting, which is hard to do for two hours in a show, let alone three months of rehearsal. I've got to belt some really high notes and hold them for a really long time. " Piece by piece, "Chess" the musical with lyrics by Tim Rice ("The Lion King") and music by Bj�rn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (ABBA, "Mamma Mia!") is taking shape. Not only is the show a vocal challenge, students have also been adjusting to some unfamiliar territory, as the musical premieres in downtown Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre on April 9. "We're approaching taking this show to the Florida Theatre like a touring production, said the director, Dr. Rob Tudor, assistant professor of music. " "This means, our students will experience moving in the set, costumes, and props; setting the lights and band; walking through the show on a cue-to-cue shortened rehearsal; and opening all in the same day. It's new for all of us, but we are excited about the challenge, and have been preparing for it since its inception. " "It was important for us to take our musical theatre team to a bigger venue as a way to help them grow, said Bill Hill, " dean of The College of Fine Arts. "They have to be able to adapt to a different stage and become aware of the angles of the audience and how to properly fit in the set design. The experience will be as real-world as it gets for them. " The show was such a challenge that many of the lead roles had to be double-casted. "The lead roles are very challenging for young voices to sing, said Tudor. "Rock-style musical theatre is very taxing on " the voice, and all of our students are learning and practicing healthy singing habits. They were a bit suspicious of being double cast at first, but are understanding why I did it now that we're running acts back to back. " Freddie's manager who falls in love with Anatoly. Senior Lukas Cyr plays Ivan Molokov, Anatoly's manager; and Senior Vincent Teschel appears as Walter Anderson, a secret CIA agent. "The show is a melodic, daring, witty and ambitious musical. I have loved seeing what was once believed as too challenging of a show for JU to produce now come to fruition, " said Tudor, who has directed musically some of JU's largest productions like "Ragtime, "Oklahoma!" and "Company. " " "Dr. Tudor is a phenomenal director, said Winter. "He has " definitely challenged me to connect with my character in an area of my life that I have been skeptical to tap. His constant push in finding the best objective for every scene has been a key component to the passion that is coming through in this show. " The show is set to not only dazzle the ears but the eyes as Bosworth along with Sophomore Stephen Johns play Anatoly Sergievsky, a Russian who is the current World Chess Champion about to challenge American Freddie Trumper (played by Sophomores Erick Crow and Dean Winter); all in the context of a Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, during which both countries wanted to win international chess tournaments for propaganda purposes. it will include chess pieces that double as usable furniture pieces. There will also be two-dimensional artwork shown in the background. "This is truly going to be a spectacular collaborative and comprehensive production, said Hill. " The show will also be held at JU's Swisher The show also includes Senior Nina Waters and Sophomore Taylor Anderson who play Florence Vassy, Theatre on April 16 and 17. To order tickets for the Swisher Theatre showing, call 904.256.7370. TESCHEL WATERS BOSWORTH CYR NEW ADDITIONS STIR UP ENTHUSIASM It began last spring, a project to replace more than two dozen pianos that sparked excitement and renewed a sense of pride in the JU music department. It was during a concert as Assistant Professor of Piano Scott Watkins led his music students through their first class recital that he got the surprise of a lifetime. "This has been one of the most targeted quality improvements "Carolyn Munro Wilson '69, '77, '89, was so impressed with the students that she came up to me immediately following the concert and offered to purchase a new concert piano, " said Watkins. "That was followed with a matching donation by former Board of Trustee member Mary Virginia Terry, as well as a few other donations. " As a result, the Steinway Concert Grand Piano was replaced with a Shigeru-Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano that now sits proudly in Terry Concert Hall. According to Watkins, this is the only piano of its kind in Florida, and one of only a very few in the country. For purchasing the piano, the Kawai Company is installing a completely new suite of electronic keyboard instruments as The new pianos feature carbon-fiber technology in much of the operating mechanism (action) of the instruments. According to Watkins, that will help to reduce the amount of maintenance and repair on the pianos which will be heavily used and fight the negative effects humidity and temperature fluctuation have on wooden parts. As more donations are made, more pianos (about 28 in all) will be replaced. for our facilities, said Ricci. "I'm already enjoying having " an excellent piano for illustrating harmonies/concepts and accompanying my students, who are already playing better because of it. " their "thank you" gift to the University. In addition, two new grand pianos and two vertical (upright) pianos have been installed in practice rooms. The Sam Marks Chapel, where the choir rehearses, also has a new medium-sized grand piano. Professors Marguerite Richardson and John Ricci also have new studio verticals. RECORDING STUDIO RENOVATED A lot of hard work goes into producing a record, and the renovations made to the P-19 studio theatre in the Fine Arts Hall have been making it easier for students this spring. Equipped with a new booth, the studio now serves as a professional recording studio. According to Assistant Professor of Music Business and Dolphinium Records Adviser Dr. Thomas Harrison, the quality of the sound in the room has increased significantly, giving With the goal of introducing a new CD and a new artist each year, Dolphinium Records, the student-run, campus based record label for JU, is already using the upgraded studio to produce three CDs from the bands "Inside the Target Car, " "Dancell" and "Newborn Thriller. " students the ability to create more accurate mixes and translate them to a lot of different environments such as Ipods. Davis College of B usiness Joins E lite Company Accreditation is Good for Students, Good for JU and Good for Jacksonville BY TRACI MYSLIWIEC-JOHNSON In January, Jacksonville adds to their degrees. Accreditation assures students, parents and the public that a school adheres to the highest-quality standards based on the latest research and professional practices. An accredited school must continue to demonstrate that it is growing, not just maintaining existing standards during regular review cycles. University's Davis College of Business (DCOB) joined the elite company of the five percent of institutions worldwide that have earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). After a long arduous process, the DCOB now offers the only private, AACSBaccredited business program in North Florida. Exemplifying that growth, accreditation isn't This impressive accomplishment resonated even more when the November evaluation yielded a clean report. Most schools expect there to be stipulations about areas that need to be improved to earn the official accreditation and the DCOB had none. the only new development in DCOB. They've also reconfigured the Accelerated and Flex Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, added the Mayo Clinic Executive Health Program to the Executive MBA (EMBA), brought in three new Executives-in-Residence WE WERE All A BIT SHOCKED WHEN WE REAlIZED THAT WE HAD A ClEAN REvIEW WITH fOuR Of OuR CuRRENT PRACTICES AlSO RECOgNIZED AS `BEST PRACTICES' By AACSB," SAID DR. JOSEPH MCCANN, DEAN Of THE DCOB. "WE'vE lEARNED THAT ABOuT ONE IN 10 SCHOOlS HAvE THAT OCCuR WHIlE EARNINg INITIAl ACCREDITATION. THAT SAyS A lOT ABOuT THE lEvEl Of fACulTy, STAff, STuDENT AND ADMINISTRATIvE SuPPORT PROvIDED IN THE EffORT. Officially announced by AACSB Jan. 7, the University celebrated the achievement with a reception on Feb. 4 in the DCOB. Alumni, faculty and trustees gathered to mark the occasion and reminisce in a crowd that included Dan Davis and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ron Autrey, along with former presidents Dr. James Brady and Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne. (see sidebar on page 11), started a blog (http:// judaviscollegeofbusinessblog.ju.edu/), hosted the Political Leadership Institute (PLI) and joined the Partnership for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which is sponsored by the UN Global Compact. "All business schools today have to continuously change as much and as fast -- preferably faster -- than world conditions change. This "With much thanks to donors, trustees, faculty and our students, we met all 20 standards of evaluation, said McCann. "This is good " for our students, good for us and good for Jacksonville. It's not just a transitional event, but a transformative event. " means staying in touch with those conditions and their implications for businesses and our graduates so that they are best prepared, said " McCann. "We systematically benchmark our programs against those of the top business schools in the world, not just locally, to be sure that we are responsive. To our pleasant surprise, Current students and alumni alike will reap the benefits of the value the accreditation we've also innovated in terms of content and program design beyond many of those. " Spring 2010 9 DAN DAvIS WITH DEAN MCCANN IN fRONT Of THE NEW AACSB PlAQuE IN THE DCOB lOBBy The MBA programs have adapted to today's student needs, offering the Davis Accelerated and Flex MBA options along with the EMBA. The full-time, Accelerated day program includes 12 months of continuous study designed to help launch a professional career as many undergrads move right into this program. Tailored for experienced, working professionals, the Flex program is paced in convenientlyscheduled evening courses. presentations, articles and teasers into recent developments in the field. in the world, all of whom are dedicated to creating sustainable economies and ethical professional practices. PRME makes us "`Relevance' and `academic-business linkages' are the key themes. We blog about topics that are relevant to our business community and to our students, " said McCann, the initial force behind the project. "Similarly, part of our mission is to link business academic developments to our scholarship. " smarter and engages students in the larger world in which they must function. " Everyone involved is feeling a renewed enthusiasm with the new developments and are all energized by the new beginning and the chance to build on it. Now, with accreditation already earned, the DCOB looks forward to future innovation As part of the Mayo initiative, EMBA students will receive a preventative medical examination by specialists in the Mayo Clinic Executive Health Program designed for top-level executives, including a complete checkup and comprehensive lifestyle assessment. Mayo Clinic and the DCOB will jointly design a series of short seminars, briefings and workshops to be delivered by Mayo Clinic staff focusing on the connections between mind, body and human performance and will be woven into the Davis EMBA curriculum. The relationships that the DCOB has been cultivating have already grown and started to reap the benefits for students. and growth. The Aviation Program, for example, is nationally recognized and has tremendous "Our hosting of the PLI through the Davis Leadership Center is also helping identify and prepare North Florida's next generation of public leaders, some of whom are our alumni. And, of course, there is our early joining of the PRME, explained " McCann. "PRME has connected us with the leading business schools and companies opportunities ahead of it. The Davis Leadership Center will also respond to very significant opportunities in developing talent management programs for companies, as well as capitalizing on growing competence in developing leaders who understand the power of public-private partnerships. Started at the beginning of the last academic term with contributions by faculty and administrators providing content for readers interested in business and leadership issues, the blog highlights discussions of newly-released studies, THE DCOB IS fAR fROM fINISHED IN ITS EvOluTION, AND WHIlE CHANgE IS SOMETIMES uNCOMfORTABlE THERE IS NO AlTERNATIvE. WE HAvE TO MAKE OuR CuRRENT PROgRAMS WORK EvEN BETTER AND gROW THEM SuBSTANTIAlly MORE," SAID MCCANN. "WE PROMISE TO DO OuR BEST TO MAKE CuRRENT AND fuTuRE CHANgE AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBlE, BuT THE WORlD IS MOvINg fAST AND SO MuST All Of uS. D COB We l co m e s T hre e Ne w E x e c u t iv e s - in - Re s iden c e Alvin Brown, an expert in public policy and public-private partnerships, R. John Kaegi, former chief strategy officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF), and Glenn Hansen, a former senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, have joined JU's Davis College of Business as Executivesin-Residence. business experience to a new focus on teaching. His recent role at BCBSF included facilitation of the processes and meetings of the corporate strategy committee and he was deeply involved in shaping health care reform. He also provided corporate leadership over solutions innovation to identify new opportunities in the marketplace. Brown, president and CEO of the Willie Gary Classic Foundation, served as the executive director of the Bush/Clinton Katrina Fund's Interfaith Fund. As former Vice President Al Gore's Senior Advisor for Urban Policy and Vice Chair of the White House Community Empowerment Board, Brown advised both Gore and President Clinton. He held a number of other key positions, including as a senior advisor in the Commerce and Housing and Urban Development departments. Kaegi holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. Hansen was responsible for the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank and served on the Bank's Management Committee as well as System committees. He has more than 35 years of managerial experience. Currently, Hansen is the president and founder of STRATEGIC Brown graduated from JU with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration. He has also completed post graduate work at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served on the JU Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. INTEGRATION, INC., which specializes in executive consulting, business acumen training and financial literacy efforts. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Hansen also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Kaegi applies 40 years of corporate Business School. lEfT TO RIgHT: KAEgI, BROWN & HANSEN AT THE ACCREDITATION RECEPTION Spring 2010 11 he nor my mother ever told me to reconsider. I appreciate that and love and respect them very much for the support they have given me. YOU SERVED TWO TOURS. WHAT WERE THE EXPERIENCES LIKE? I did two deployments during my second enlistment while I was serving with the 2nd Batallion, 5th Marine Regiment, or 2/5 as we call it. The first was a deployment to South East Asia where we trained in Okinawa, South Korea and Thailand. We conducted landslide relief for a village in the Philippines that KEN OELRICH A SOLDIER & A STUDENT AFTER BEING INSPIRED BY THE Marine Corps, Ken Oelrich decided to join the many brave soldiers who are traveling across the globe to fight in the "war on terror." The Wave had the opportunity to learn more about his unique journeys abroad, as well as having a father who serves in the state senate, and how he now helps lead the JU football team to victory. had been hit hard by the natural disaster. We also visited Iwo Jima, which is the site of the famous flag raising photo and the Marine Corps' most famous battle. The second deployment was to the Al Anbar Providence in Iraq. Our first three months, we were in Ramadi conducting counter-insurgency operations. Iraq is an eye-opening experience. The extreme poverty and living conditions make you understand just how blessed we all are to live in America. Getting to know and talk to the people and hearing their stories firsthand was remarkable. The majority of Americans get their information from a very politically-biased media and to be able to see the changes and improvements unfiltered, for myself, made it all worth it. Did bad things happen in Iraq? Absolutely. But much worse things WHAT DID YOUR DAD (FLORIDA STATE SENATOR STEVE OELRICH) THINK ABOUT YOU GOING INTO THE MILITARY DURING A TIME OF WAR? My dad has always been supportive of my decisions and this one was no different. I had impeccable timing and shipped off for boot camp in July of 2001. The terrorist attacks occurred about a month before I graduated boot camp and I didn't learn of the extent of the damage until I left Parris Island. When I decided to re-enlist, for the sole purpose of doing a combat deployment, neither were happening before America ever showed up and now, Iraq and its people are more free than they have ever been before and I'm proud of that. DO YOU THINK YOUR EXPERIENCES HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR DAD'S POLITICAL DECISIONS? Well, my dad doesn't have much say on U.S. foreign policy but I doubt the fact that his son was serving overseas would sway him to make a decision other than what is best for the people 12 The Wave he represents. He's a strong leader with strong principles so I have faith in the decisions he makes. right now, as a new member of this team, my job is to follow our senior leaders and to help the team in any way I can to achieve another championship. WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING EXPERIENCE YOU HAD IN IRAQ? Probably the boredom. Even in the infantry, it's not like you walk outside everyday and step into a "Rambo" movie. A vast majority of the time on patrol or on post, you are just bored out of your mind. So you just had to do your best to stay focused on your mission and on your down time, keep yourself entertained. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? I'd like to work in the NFL one day. I love business and I love football, so I can think of no better combination. It is a hard business to get into but I have no doubt that I can succeed. WOULD YOU EVER GO BACK TO IRAQ? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND JU? After being away for eight years, I wanted to move back somewhere close to my family in Gainesville and I wanted to play football. JU offered that combination of a small-school environment with a quality football program. The fact that Coach Bell was here also let me know this was the right place for me. WITHOUT A DOUBT. TEAMMATES CALL YOU SARGE (SHORT FOR SERGEANT) ON THE JU FOOTBALL TEAM. DO YOU THINK OTHER STUDENTS LOOK UP TO YOU KNOWING HOW MUCH YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED? I just try to carry myself with confidence and conduct my business like a professional and if that rubs off on my teammates then that's great. Good leadership is not to tell people you're a leader, it's to show them. While in the Marine Corps, I tried to give my Marines a good example to follow and if they ever made a mistake or needed a correction then I was there to make sure that mistake didn't happen again, and that's no different than on a football team. I have been the "new guy" enough to know that you don't just barge your way onto a new team and start demanding respect. In order to be a great leader you have to be a good follower and Spring 2010 13 WAVE | NEWS HASKELL ENCOURAGES GRADUATES TO IMPROVE JACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY DEJESUS GIBBONS THE RAIN DIDN'T DAMPEN THE enthusiasm and cheer of the friends and family of the more than 300 students who received their degrees at the annual fall commencement ceremony in December. Keynote speaker Preston H. Haskell, III, founder and chairman of The Haskell Company, spoke about how the world has changed since they entered the University. "You're entering a world which is quite different from when you matriculated, Haskell " said. "All of you will have opportunities and challenges on the global, national and local levels to respond to the complexities these changes represent. " of you into Jacksonville than sending from it. " He closed with a directive for students to push themselves to create change to enhance their world. "I HOPE I'VE GIVEN YOU A SMALL GLIMPSE OF THE COMPLICATED WORLD YOU ARE ENTERING THAT HAS CHANGED SO MUCH, HASKELL " SAID. "I CHALLENGE YOU TO USE YOUR TALENTS, INSIGHT AND INTELLECT TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD, A BETTER NATION AND A BETTER CITY. " An honorary doctor of humane letters was engineering in 1960. He earned a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1962. He also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate study in building engineering and construction. In Jacksonville and nationally, Haskell has been involved in community, civic and industry leadership. The graduates included 272 undergraduates receiving bachelor's degrees. Of those, 139 were nursing students. Master's degrees were bestowed on 35 graduate students, including 25 in business administration, six in nursing and two in education. Fanya Sabrina DeJesus received a standing ovation when Romesburg brought her back up to the stage to acknowledge that she had not only earned her Master's of Nursing degree, but also her Master of Business Administration. The University's Navy ROTC Program commissioned one officer, Patrick Gibbons. JU's NROTC program also serves students at the University of North Florida and Florida Community College at Jacksonville. He talked to graduates and their families about the changes that need to be made to fix the current state of the economy and the environment on both the global and local stages. "I hope many of you will stay in this community and think of ways to improve the city and commit your resources, Haskell " said. "JU has a history of bringing more conferred on Haskell. "When I arrived in Jacksonville, I was told there were four or five people I had to meet, said President " Kerry D. Romesburg. "Preston Haskell was one of them. He is such a leader -- for art, for education, for business -- it is an honor to have him with us today. " Haskell graduated with honors from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science in civil 14 The Wave POINDEXTER, VERLANDER AND KURZIUS JOIN BOARD OF TRUSTEES JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY welcomes Carole J. Poindexter '77 Chris A. , Verlander and Lawrence E. Kurzius to the University's Board of Trustees. "NEW BOARD MEMBERS BRING FRESH PERSPECTIVES AND ENTHUSIASM, SAID PRESIDENT " KERRY D. ROMESBURG. "WE'RE THRILLED THAT CAROL, LAWRENCE AND CHRIS ARE JOINING THE BOARD BECAUSE EACH INDIVIDUAL BRINGS WITH THEM A UNIQUE BACKGROUND AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS THAT WILL HELP US GROW THE UNIVERSITY. " Poindexter is the president and CEO of Baker Distributing Company. She started as a staff accountant at Baker Distribution and rose to treasurer, CFO and CEO. She is a Chamber of Commerce Trustee, a governing body member of the Athena Power Link, as well as a member of the Davis College of Business' advisory board. Poindexter was honored with the Jacksonville Business Journal Woman of Influence award Kurzius is president -- International Business for McCormick & Company, Inc. He is responsible for McCormick's consumer and industrial businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Canada, Asia, Australia and emerging markets. Previously, he served as the company's president for Europe, Middle East and Africa starting in 2007 and president of U.S. Consumer Foods in 2005 and 2006. Kurzius joined McCormick's in 2005 as vice president and general manager of sales and marketing following the acquisition of Zatarain's in 2003. He joined Zatarain's in 1991 and became president and CEO in 1997 . Kurzius graduated from Princeton Univer-sity, Magna Cum Laude in economics. Verlander is senior vice president of Corporate Development for Associated Verlander graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management. In 1971, he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. He spent a year as Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. After JU, Poindexter went on to become a Florida CPA in 1980 and earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Florida in 1981. He is a past president of both the Florida Insurance Council and the Gator Bowl Association. Verlander serves on the board of directors of SunTrust Bank of North Florida and Baptist South Hospital. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and a board member of Baptist Towers Retirement Home. He also participates on the Florida Insurance Council Board, the Management School Advisory Board at Georgia Tech and the Executive Committee of Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Chapter. in 2008 and JU's Distinguished Alumna award in 2009. Industries of Florida (AIF). Verlander joined AIF from American Heritage Life Insurance Company and American Heritage Life Investment Corporation in Jacksonville. Verlander retired after 29 years with American Heritage to join the AIF staff. POINDEXTER VERLANDER KURZIUS WAVE | NEWS HUCKABEE TALKS ABOUT PROBLEMS IN U.S. POLITICAL SYSTEM FORMER GOVERNOR & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE VISITED JU DURING MEDIA FIRESTORM AS HE WAS FACING A MEDIA frenzy due to a decision he made in 2000 while he was the governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee spoke to JU students and the community on Dec. 2 in a packed Swisher Theatre. A prospective 2012 GOP presidential candidate, Huckabee came under fire because of the clemency order he signed for Maurice Clemmons. At the time, he thought 108 years was excessive for a burglary and robbery committed when Clemmons was a 16-yearold. The week before his visit, nine years later, Clemmons is thought to have shot and killed four Seattle-area police officers. After a reception with student leadership in the Terry Concert Hall, local media questioned him along with CNN before his speech. He said his order cut Clemmons' sentence down to 47 years. Nobody involved with the case -- the law enforcement, prosecutors or judges -- protested the action, he said. And "That political race is three years from now. Barack Obama hasn't even been president for a year yet. We haven't had the 2010 elections, let's get those behind us, he said. "Right " now, it's a bit offensive to the families of those police officers to talk about it at this point. " Referring to what is being called the health care crisis, he said, "We don't have a health care crisis as much as we have a health crisis. " Huckabee finished second to John McCain in his 2008 run for the Republican nomination. When asked about the possibility of running for president in 2012, Huckabee said he thought it was too early to decide. He spoke of the problems with the current political system, not particularly praising his own party or criticizing the other. Talking about the problems facing the economy, he said, "I'm not blaming Barack Obama, I'm blaming it on the system. " "I'D GIVE ANYTHING IF I COULD ROLL THE CLOCK BACK AND MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, HUCKABEE SAID. "I DON'T " KNOW HOW I WAS SUPPOSED TO KNOW THE FUTURE. THERE WAS NO FUTURE. NOBODY AT THAT POINT WAS SAYING HE'S A COP KILLER. " He mentioned faculty should give any student attended a full letter grade bonus for showing up, bringing cheers from the crowd. Then he joked, "That'll make the faculty mad, but on most campuses, the faculty doesn't like me anyway. " it was up to the parole board to authorize Clemmons' release. JU students asked him about the tax system, student loans and whether young people should go into politics. They laughed at his jokes like the one about how "being a Republican in Arkansas is like being a fire hydrant in a neighborhood full of big dogs. " HUCKABEE SPEAKS TO THE PRESS 16 The Wave DUNN ENTERTAINS STUDENTS WITH AWARD-WINNING POETRY PULITZER PRIZE AND ACADEMY Award-winning poet Stephen Dunn was both personable and mysterious as he sat quietly signing books and glancing from face to face on Jan. 29 in Usen Auditorium. His winter visit brought both laughter and intrigue to the students, staff and faculty in attendance. "STEPHEN'S POETRY READING SKILLS ARE STILL SUPERIOR AND MASTERFUL, SAID DR. PETE " MOBERG, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATIONS. "His poems are concerned with anxieties, fears, joys and problems common to the average person attempting to make sense of 21st-century American life. What he called his grumpy complaint poems were about how Dunn followed with poems that addressed social, emotional and intellectual issues. He referred to these poems as "complaint poems. He delivered them with a calmness " Dunn began by stating that he usually tries to read a poem that is "pertinent to where he finds himself. Therefore, being in Florida " he started with "The Girl in the Neon Tank Top. The poem followed a young girl and her " encounter with a young man. This meeting marked a new day in the girl's life. She saw that she no longer required the bright colors and flamboyant styles to find her place in the world, but could instead embrace simply growing and being. He ended with "On the Airplane" which seemed to express his previous statement that "because language is indiscriminate, it is very hard to be brave enough to make sense. " people abuse the English language but were never given over to pessimism or excess. " that made any underlying turmoil seem nonexistent. His poems "Criminal, "Scape" goat" and "Language of Love" had a much more serious tone but still maintained a demure reflection. NURSING STUDENTS LEARN WITH ELECTRONIC MEDICAL FILES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE spring semester, School of Nursing students began using a new program known as the Cerner Academic Education Solution. The program, developed by Cerner Corp., simulates the kinds of electronic medical records that are being adopted by hospitals and physicians' offices across the country. Each nursing student received a log-in identification and a password to use the system, which runs on the Internet and can be accessed from any computer. "It will speed up their training and hopefully make our JU grads more attractive for hiring, " said Carla Fry, an assistant nursing professor. As the education manager for Baptist Health, Fry trained nurses, doctors and others on the The JU student program does virtually everything that the professional version does, Fry said. Among other things, it keeps patients' medical histories, allows nurses to create a care plan and warns caretakers whenever a patient is prescribed a drug that interacts with another. The educational software is part of an overhaul of the nursing school's practice facility. Congress included $250,000 under the JU-Baptist Health of Northeast Florida Health Information Technology Initiative, which was a part of a 2010 appropriations bill. Supporters say that electronic records improve efficiency and reduce the risk of medical errors, leading to hopes that they will help reduce America's $2.2 trillion in annual health care spending. Cerner system used at Baptist South. When the Jacksonville hospital opened in 2005, it was the hospital operator's first to become all-electronic. Today, three of Baptist's five hospitals use electronic records. "WE ARE EXTREMELY APPRECIATIVE OF THE EFFORT THAT ANDER HAS PUT FORTH IN SECURING THIS IDEA, " SAID PRESIDENT KERRY D. ROMESBURG. "THIS WILL BE ENORMOUSLY BENEFICIAL TO NOT ONLY OUR UNIVERSITY BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. " Showing support for the initiative was House of Representatives member Ander Crenshaw who represents Florida's Fourth Congressional District. Spring 2010 17 WAVE | NEWS MARINE SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE SET TO OPEN THIS SUMMER opportunities for JU students, visiting high school and college students, scholars, scientists and engineers engaged in research involving local, state and national ecosystems. The building will be LEED certified with rain water harvesting capabilities, a solar hot water heater and have natural lighting in regular occupied space. The marine science department is developing a master's degree program as well. "THIS IS GOING TO BE AN AWEINSPIRING NEW VENUE FOR MARINE SCIENCE CLASSES, OFFERING A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY SETTING, STATE RESEARCH AND CHEMISTRY LABS WHITE AT THE MSRI CONSTRUCTION SITE WITH PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS, SAID " WHITE. "THE MSRI AND ITS EXPANDED RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CAPACITY THE MARINE SCIENCE RESEARCH Institute (MSRI) is scheduled to open "on time and on budget, according to Dr. " Quinton White, executive director of the MSRI. Faculty and staff will move in as the facility will open its doors in July and classes will begin in the fall. The Institute will serve as an on-campus learning community providing research IS AN EXCITING STEP FOR JU, THE CITY AND THE ST. JOHNS RIVER. " To see the current progress of the construction of the MSRI, visit www.ju.edu/msri. CARLSON TO RETIRE AFTER MORE THAN THREE DECADES THE JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY community would like to thank Dr. Jon O. Carlson for his many years of dedicated service to the University's Division of Music and wish him success in his future endeavors. Carlson will officially retire after the spring 2010 semester. As the director of choral activities and professor of music, Carlson has led more than 300 performances by the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Men's and Women's Choruses of JU. Carlson joined the music faculty in 1978 and from 1991 to 2001 served as chair of the Division. Also retiring this year are Julia Ann Andrae, assistant professor of nursing, Carole Cayer, associate professor of nursing and CAPT. Jerry Terrell, professor of Aeronautics. During his tenure as chair, he increased enrollment for music majors from 64 to 97 from 1991 to 1995; initiated JU's annual Music Day; created the first recital handbook for music students; initiated the music division's web site and converted the acoustic piano lab in the Philips Fine Arts Hall to a digital lab/music technology lab, among other achievements. 18 The Wave PORDELI PRESENTS NATIONAL STUDY OF WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS and Finance Dr. Hassan Pordeli, co-authored a study last fall entitled "The Economic Impact of WomenOwned Businesses in the United States. " Pordeli presented the results at the 2009 National Economic Summit for Women Business Owners in October, which revealed that women-owned firms are responsible for more than $2 trillion in total economic output and create some 11 million jobs. "We believe the findings from this research will provide critical knowledge that will help to propel women-owned businesses toward further growth and greater profitability, said " OTHER MAJOR FINDINGS INCLUDE: � Approximately 8% of the total labor force work directly for a woman-owned firm. Pordeli. "The rate of women entrepreneurs starting a new business has grown rapidly in recent years, and most of these firms do not yet have employees -- just 20% of womenowned businesses have employees. Our research indicated that once a firm has grown enough to hire employees, what has followed has been substantial growth. This indicates a vast, untapped potential for greater growth and makes a compelling case for increased funding, training and procurement dollars for women-owned businesses. " The study was commissioned by Walmart, the National Women's Business Council and the Center for Women's Business Research in Washington D.C. � Industries where women-owned businesses have the highest revenues include Professional and technical services, Retail and wholesale, Business services and Communications and Administrative support. � If women-owned businesses were their own country, they would have the fifth largest Gross Domestic Product in the world, ahead of France, the United Kingdom and Italy. EMPLOYEE GIVING CONTINUES TO IMPROVE IN TOUGH TIMES DURING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY celebrations, our employees, like our alumni and friends, were proud to celebrate and honor Jacksonville University's past and rich history. Numbers continued to rise, bringing in 65 percent participation, beating last year's high of 62 percent. Many used the anniversary as an opportunity to make their gift in honor of a coworker or beloved faculty member. This year, there were incentives provided for all levels of contributions to The JU Fund. In a difficult economy, the University was pleased to see how important supporting the school was to employees. "OUR EMPLOYEES REALIZE THAT DURING THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES, IT IS AS IMPORTANT AS EVER TO GIVE BACK TO JU TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE QUALITY, PRIVATE EDUCATION THAT IS PROVIDED BY JU, " SAID GRADY JONES, VICE PRESIDENT OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT. Nine departments were recognized for 100 percent participation. To make a donation, visit www.ju.edu/giving INCREASED EMPLOYEE GIVING THROUGH PAYROLL DEDUCTION Spring 2010 19 WAVE | SPORTS BACK-TO-BACK: JU REPEATS AS A-SUN CHAMPIONS WINNING YOUR FIRST championship is easy. Repeating as champions is harder. Nothing came easy for the 2009-10 JU men's basketball team, but in the end, they battled through the ups and down to come away with their second straight Atlantic Sun Conference title and a berth in the NIT. Entering its final two home games of the Picked in the preseason to repeat as conference champions, hopes were high at the start of the year. But what happened at the start was nothing short of a nightmare. Jacksonville opened its season by winning one of its first eight games, with a close loss at South Carolina, 97-93, and dropping a home game to #13 Florida, 85-67 Topping it off . were two blowout losses on the road to start conference play. Going into the Christmas break, JU sported a 1-7 record and was 0-2 in the conference. Then, something happened over the break -- and when the Dolphins returned, it was a whole new team with a different attitude. That attitude was on full display at the UCF Holiday Classic as JU won the event by beating in-state rival UCF on its home floor in the championship game -- the Dolphins' first win over UCF since 2001. And just when it looked like the Dolphins were going to roll, the rug got pulled out from under them. A controversial loss COLBERT Over the next five weeks, JU focused on getting better -- a mantra that fifth-year head coach Cliff Warren preached every day. Once they set their sights on improving, the team took off, winning 10 straight games to retake its spot atop the league standings. season, JU controlled its own destiny -- and won its share of the league title by dispatching Campbell, 65-52, becoming the first back-to-back league champion in almost a decade. While JU came up short of its goal of a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the Dolphins made the most of their postseason trip. The NIT sent the Dolphins out to Arizona State for a first-round matchup on ESPN2 that saw Ben Smith bank home a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to give JU its first postseason win in 36 years with a 67-66 victory over the Sun Devils. For Smith and Lehmon Colbert, it was a senior moment -- becoming the first four-year seniors in program history to never endure a losing season and will walk away with two championship rings and most important, a degree. When they came to JU, the Dolphins were coming off the worst season in program history -- having won just one game. They knew playing time was available and that this new coach had a vision of winning titles. Little did they know then what they would be able to do together for four years. The duo became the all-time leading scoring 1,000-point duo in JU history, scoring more than 3,400 points during their careers. Smith to Mercer on a 3-pointer that came after the buzzer was the last wake up call the Dolphins needed. They were sitting in 11th place three games into conference play -- the preseason pick looking up at the entire league. SMITH is third on the all-time scoring list at JU with more than 1,900 points while Colbert is 14th with more than 1,400 points. While he put up a ton of points, Smith's name is already littered throughout the JU record books. He leaves JU as the all-time leader in steals, assists, games played and minutes played along with being second on the all-time 3-pointers made list. Colbert meanwhile has grabbed more than 700 rebounds in his career and ranks 11th on the JU all-time list. "YOU LOOK AT THE BODY OF WORK THAT THESE TWO YOUNG MEN HAVE ACCOMPLISHED DURING THEIR CAREERS AND YOU HAVE TO BE AMAZED, SAID WARREN. "I'M " FOREVER INDEBTED TO THESE YOUNG MEN FOR TAKING A CHANCE ON OUR PROGRAM FOUR YEARS AGO. " While the ultimate goal was a trip to the NCAA Tournament, this year's team broke through in the postseason and accomplished a great deal to rebuild the foundation of JU basketball, creating excitement and anticipation of bigger and better things in the future. JU BASKETBALL CELEBRATED WITH REUNION OF 1970 TEAM ON FEBRUARY 12, the JU basketball family was reunited with a celebration of JU Basketball at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. More than 500 people were in attendance as JU recognized all of the former players, coaches and staff that made JU basketball a staple in the city of Jacksonville. The highlight of the evening was the reunion of the 1970 team on the 40th anniversary of its epic run to the national title game. Each member of the team was given a championship ring in honor of this achievement, with former director of athletics Dr. Judson Harris handing them out to the players and coaches. Former head coach Joe Williams talked about the run the Dolphins made in 1970, with highlights from their wins over Kentucky and St. Bonaventure in the NCAA Tournament being shown. A host of JU basketball legends attended the event, including Roger Strickland, Rex Morgan and Artis Gilmore. "To have so many former Dolphins back together brought back a lot of good memories for everyone who came, said JU Director of Athletics Alan Verlander. "To " honor a group as accomplished as the 1970 team was long overdue and that was a special moment for me. " WARREN WILLIAMS WAVE | SPORTS MEN'S AND WOMEN'S LACROSSE EACH EARN FIRST VICTORY SIX DAYS AFTER MEN POST FIRST WIN, WOMEN FOLLOW WITH THEIR OWN WHEN THE JU DIRECTOR OF lacrosse, Mindy McCord, began putting the wheels in motion to bring lacrosse to Jacksonville, she never imagined that it would be successful so quickly. A program two years in the making grabbed the attention of the first coast on a sunny saturday when the dolphins took the field for the first time for a men's and women's double-header. More than 4,500 fans came to D.B. Milne Field to witness the action of the first university in Florida to offer both men's and women's Division I lacrosse. For the men's team, a scrappy loss to No. 4 North Carolina showed signs of good things to come and two weeks later, all the hard work paid off. Facing No. 18 Denver and legendary coach Bill Tierney, the Dolphins In the third overtime, the Dolphins gained possession and pushed for a winner when sophomore Jeremy Tissenbaum fired a shot from five yards out with 34 seconds remaining but the ball "I'M SO PROUD OF THEIR EFFORT AFTER GOING DOWN SIX GOALS TO A STRONG, WELL -COACHED TEAM, SAID JU HEAD COACH " MATT KERWICK. Six days later, the women's team clinched their first victory as well. Campasano led the Dolphins in points for the second time, scoring the program's first hat trick and adding an assist for four points while eight Dolphins scored goals with six scoring more than one. Freshman goalie Karli Tobin also turned in an inspired performance, making 12 saves, turning away several point-blank shots in the dying minutes of the game. JU was led by freshman attackman Ryan Serville, who entered the game leading the country in goals and points. Serville netted three goals and three assists, while four Dolphins also tallied two goals each. The Dolphin bench cleared and dog piled near midfield as the celebrations began. The new team has a challenging schedule with games still to be played at Duke, Bucknell and Hofstra but the sky is the limit. The Dolphins dominated faceoffs all game, while the home side assisted eight of its 13 goals in front of more than 700 fans. completed a six-goal comeback to win in a triple overtime thriller, 13-12. was saved. Freshman midfielder Cameron Mann was in the right place at the right time, however, to scoop up the ground ball and complete a quick pass to freshman attackman Nick Scalzo who pushed the ball past goalie Butex Zander for the program's first win. 22 The Wave PHOTO COURTESY OF BLUEPRINT LACROSSE TRACK & FIELD LOCKS UP FIFTH CONSECUTIVE A-SUN CHAMPIONSHIP DOLPHINS WIN FIRST SIX EVENTS OF THE DAY TO SECURE LATEST TITLE THE JU TRACK AND FIELD team again saved its best performances for the final day as the Dolphins won the first six events on Feb. 27 to secure their fifth consecutive Atlantic Sun Indoor Championship. JU posted 23 allconference performances, 10 individual titles, two conference records and one new school record. "THE A-SUN CONFERENCE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE EACH YEAR SO WINNING AGAINST STRONG COMPETITION IS REWARDING, SAID HEAD COACH " RON GRIGG. "TO WIN AS MANY EVENTS AS WE DID AND TO HAVE AS MANY ALL CONFERENCE PERFORMERS AS WE DID WAS PRETTY STAGGERING. " After taking second on the first day, the Dolphins took the top four spots in the mile and 200-meter and the top three spots in the 60-meter hurdles, while getting the top two spots in 60-meter and 400-meter on the final day to finish with a personal-best 211 points for the title. Kennesaw State, the day one leader, finished second with 154 points, while cross-town rival UNF took third with 98 points. Freshmen Charlene Charles and Joane Pierre each had a solid meet to sweep individual honors for JU. Charles was named the "Most Valuable Performer, " Junior sprinter Louise Kiernan won the 200-meter with a school record time of 24.16 and ran a time of 7.55 to win the 60-meter, while junior Hillary Crook tossed a life-time best 46'10.25" to win the shot put title. Charles finished second in the 60-meter (7.66) and fourth in the 200-meter (25.00) on the final day of the meet. She also took third in the pentathlon (3,431 points) and first in the long jump (19'8") on the first day of the meet to help secure her accolades. Pierre earned her honors after winning the 800-meter with a conference record time of 2:14.66 and took first in the mile with a time of 5:03.63. She also ran a leg of the distance medley relay that finished first with a time of 12:14.57. "Most Outstanding Field Performer" and "Most Outstanding Freshman Performer. Pierre was the "Most " Outstanding Track Performer, while " Grigg was named "Coach of the Year" for the fifth consecutive time. Other championship performances included junior Danielle Davenport winning the 400-meter title with a time of 55.73 and sophomore Stacey Young's conference record 3,431 points to win the pentathlon. PIERRE KIERNAN WAVE | ALUMNI NEWS SIMENDINGER TELLS STUDENTS `BEING POSITIVE IS A CHOICE' NEW ALUMNI SPEAKER SERIES GIVES STUDENTS A GLIMPSE INTO LIFE AFTER GRADUATION HE CAUTIONED THE AUDIENCE THAT WE SHOULD ALL CHOOSE TO BE GOOD TO OTHER PEOPLE, BECAUSE "WE ALL TAKE TURNS IN THE BARREL AND THE NUMBER OF HANDS PULLING YOU OUT WILL EQUAL THE ONES YOU'VE HELPED ALONG THE WAY. " After graduating with a major in business and triple minors in marketing, economics and psychology, he went to work for a SIMENDINGER IN ROSS THEATHER daily newspaper. He decided to pursue a corporate career instead and returned to Florida to join Xerox Corporation. Since he THEODORE SIMENDINGER III '76, author and international sales leadership coach, entertained students, alumni and staff as part of the Dolphin Alumni Speaker Series on Feb. 10 in the Ross Theater. Much of his presentation focused on what he learned during and after his time at JU. Also published under the name Ocean Palmer, Simendinger has written novels, such as "The Rise and Fall of Piggy Church" and "Jurassic Trout, as well as business " books, including "Managing the Worry Circle. Three of his 10 books have been " optioned for movie development. Among other life lessons, he told the crowd to realize that time is short and we can all choose to live the life we want. "Manage your time with urgency, he said. " full life is not lived " A on the sofa. The couch will make you older. " Advising the students to travel alone somewhere they do not speak the language to learn more about themselves, he said a "battered suitcase can be your best friend. " left Xerox in 2000, Simendinger has coached, taught and lectured on four continents. Dr. Pam Mullarkey'69 '72, founder and director of Project SOS, Inc. (Strengthening Our Students) kicked off the new series in January (see below). Channel 4's Meteorologist Rebecca Barry '05, appeared on Tuesday, March 2 (see top right). For more information on the Dolphin Alumni Speaker Series, contact Alumni Relations at 904.256.7201. MULLARKEY SPOKE ABOUT creating SOS and said that young people today live in an incredibly challenging environment. "We can get so unfocused with the stresses of technology these days, she said. " She also spoke about the voices of hope and character that are being drowned out today by the alluring cries of negative cultural forces like drugs, alcohol, peer pressure and sexual activity among our youth. "WE AT PROJECT SOS HAVE MADE IT OUR MISSION TO REMIND TEENS OF THEIR POTENTIAL, INNER STRENGTH AND IMMEASURABLE WORTH, SAID MULLARKEY. " Since she left JU, Mullarkey became a health and physical education teacher and created The Foundation of Infant Awareness, Inc., Tumbling for Tots, Inc. and SOS. She also served on the St. Johns County School Board from 1984 to 1994 and was an International Abstinence Speaker and Trainer from 1999 until 2008. Mullarkey has also authored the book "All Teens Destined for Greatness" and was the 2009 Kiwanian of the Year given by the Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville. 24 The Wave MULLARKEY BARRY, ONE OF ONLY TWO current Jacksonville female meteorologists, spoke about the challenges and rewards of her career on TV. "You're going to face some challenges that could be derailing, said " Barry. One of the challenges Barry faced was hearing that she had to take Calculus I and II before being accepted into the master's program for meteorology at Mississippi State University. She decided to move to Tampa for the summer to take accelerated classes before the fall term began. After hours each day with a tutor, she completed the classes in time. "The things that you think you can't do, a lot of the time you can, said Barry. " While at Mississippi State, Barry got a call from WJXT's Chief Meteorologist John Gaughan, who asked her to come in for an interview the next day. Barry drove 10 hours to interview and got to be on air for the first time that weekend. "They never actually offered me an official position, said Barry. "That weekend, I was " just filling in for someone else. However, that weekend turned into two then three and the rest is history. " Barry was able to finish her master's degree online and is now working 35-hour weekends at Ch. 4. Barry says that the only reason she has survived in the business is that she has had to learn to deal with criticism gracefully. BARRY EXPLORE YOUR NEW ALUMNI HOUSE IN PERSON OR ONLINE MOVING INTO THE OLD PRESIDENTS' HOUSE ON THE NORTH END OF CAMPUS, ALUMNI RELATIONS HAS CREATED A WELCOMING AND IMPRESSIVE NEW SPACE FOR ALUMNI EVENTS WITH GOOD TIMING AND GENEROUS HELP FROM A GOOD FRIEND. "We do plan to have events here going forward including Alumni Board and other group meetings, barbecues, low-country boils, welcome receptions and Presidential dinners among other types, said Kimberly " Mariani-Hernandez, assistant vice president of Institutional Advancement. "Carolyn Munro Wilson once again stepped in as a friend to the University and furnished the entire space! We're lucky to work in such a warm, welcoming environment. " To see more of the new space and learn more about upcoming events, visit www. ju.edu/alumnihouse or call 904.256.7201. Spring 2010 25 WAVE | ALUMNI NEWS GREEN GLASS `RIVER OF DOLPHINS' GIFTED BY CLASS OF 2009 "THE UNIFYING THEME FROM the discussion at the Green Key meeting was that the campus needed more dolphins, said " Dr. Karen Jackson '89, the faculty adviser. ACCORDING TO JACKSON, THE 2009 CLASS RAISED MORE MONEY THAN ANY PREVIOUS CLASS AT $2,500 AND HAD THE MOST GRADUATE PARTICIPATION AT 102 STUDENTS. Each year the Green Key organization sponsors the Graduating Class Gift, a way for graduates to say thank you and to help make the University a better place for current and future students by supporting a gift of their class' choice. "We looked at buying statues and founThis year, that choice was a `River of Dolphins' featuring six green dolphins made out of glass placed behind the Gooding Building. tains -- way too costly, said Jackson. "So we " went back to the art department who created the fountain the year before and Mark Hursty was more than willing to develop our `River of Dolphins.' He created an artistic rendering we could use to advertise and promote the idea and now they are finally real. " 2009 CLASS GIFT - A RIVER OF DOLPHINS NELLIE'S DECK REDEDICATED TO CLASS OF '59 IN HONOR OF THE CLASS OF '59's 50-year reunion, Jacksonville University rededicated Nellie's deck at the Davis Student Commons on Oct. 17 as the Senior Plaza. The Senior Plaza was first created by the "The rededication of the Senior Plaza during our historic 75th anniversary has helped to bring a renewed sense of history class who started the tradition of the senior glass gift. The plaza stood in front of the Wolfson Student Center back then. and tradition to campus like never before, said Matthew Kampfe, director of " Alumni Relations. NEW SENIOR PLAZA IN FRONT OF NELLIE'S MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF '59 AT THE GREEN AND GOLD GUARD INDUCTION CEREMONY 26 The Wave INAUGURAL GROUP OF 75 "DISTINGUISHED DOLPHINS" HONORED TO CELEBRATE OUR 75TH Anniversary, Jacksonville University announced the inaugural group of 75 "Distinguished Dolphins" at a press conference in February at the new Alumni House. The honorees must have at one time either matriculated at JU or be a former or current faculty or staff member. Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton issued a proclamation to honor them and the University's contribution to Jacksonville. To be recognized at future commencement ceremonies, nominees must have added significant value to the brand statewide, nationally or internationally and demonstrated a high level of professional success and personal integrity. To nominate a Distinguished Dolphin, send an e-mail to media@ ju.edu. For more information, please visit www.ju.edu. PRESIDENT ROMESBURG AND MAYOR PEYTON GARCIA TAPS AND TEACHES IN THE BIG APPLE Not only is Garcia busy teaching, she also found the time to complete a master's in dance education at New York University and is dancing professionally as a company member of Les Femmes, Sasberg's tap dance company, and Folktap, Carlos Donan's tap dance company. "I BELIEVE THAT ARTISTIC DANCE ENGAGES EXPRESSIVE CAPABILITIES OF THE SELF THROUGH THE INSTRUMENT OF THE BODY, " SAYS GARCIA. "Dancing expressively plays creatively dynamic PEP BAND INVITES ALUMNI TO PLAY JU boasts having a Pep Band for a fourth consecutive year. If you have an instrument and feel like playing, just sit down and join the fun. Pep Band includes 20 paid university students and is student-run. To request a song for the band to play or contribute via old or new instrument donations, e-mail the current student director, Thomas Urbanek at turbane@ jacksonville.edu. THEY SAY NEW YORK CITY IS the place to be for any aspiring artist looking for an abundance of opportunity to grow in their field. And, taking full advantage of those opportunities is Julie Garcia '06. Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts in communications with minors in dance and Spanish. After graduation, she decided to pursue her love of teaching dance and became the assistant director of dance at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville. She is now a teaching assistant for one of the most influential tap dance teachers in New York City, Germaine Salsberg at the famous Broadway Dance Center. chords with one's individualistic tune of expression. As an advocate for academic achievement and creative inquiry, I would like to one day assist college students in reaching their full potential as professional dancers, profound thinkers and imaginative artists. " Garcia says her biggest challenge for now is the time commitment, explaining that in dance you are always pushing yourself to be better and you always want to put your best foot forward no matter where you find yourself. "You never want to burn any bridges, said Garcia. " "Every day in New York is like an audition because it is such a small community here even though it seems so large. " DISCOVER THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Members of the JU community are taking a trip to the Galapagos Islands at the end of July (approximately July 28 Aug. 8) and there is room for more! The estimated cost is $4200 - 4500, inclusive depending on airfare. JU faculty have lead numerous study trips to these enchanted isles and each one has been an interesting and exciting opportunity to see this unique set of islands. If you're interested, please contact Dr. Quinton White at the Marine Science Research Institute at 904.256.7766. Spring 2010 27 WAVE | ALUMNI EVENTS L to R SAN DIEGO HAPPY HOUR Carol & John garger `74 Janet Wolf Eisler `69 NYC ORDER OF THE DOLPHIN 1 Bill Ash `69 & Judy Romesburg 2 Alan Verlander, Cindy Barquist Chomiak `83 & President kerry Romesburg 3 Betsey Patton Johnson `73 & Mark Johnson `73, tom Whitehouse `64 & 4 Omar sanchez `01, Charles Armstrong `00, Matthew Ward `03, Lauren Asp `04 & 1 2 JU VS. SAN DIEGO PRE-GAME GATHERING 5 tanya & steven Modregon '98 & family RECENT DOLPHIN NETWORK HAPPY HOUR AT THE BRICK 6 Josh gordon `09, Ben Bowerman `05 & Andrew Murphy `06 7 kevin Vucinich `05, Matthew kampfe '06 `08 & Adeyemi Mason '09 COLLEGE NIGHT AT THE JACKSONVILLE FAIR 8 Alumni team on scholarship Night 5 6 2009 ALUMNI HOLIDAY PARTY 9 Constance doss hutton `73, Joseph foy `71 & Colleen foy 10 Robert Price `67, Matt tuohy `75 `03 11 stephanie Potts Wholey `02, david Wholey `08 12 Pamela shelley `05 (far left), Matt Eckler `96 (far right) and guests ATLANTA OUTING TO THE BRAVES GAME 13 Nancy Whitman duncan `77 & Royce duncan `75, Vernon `00 & Mary Catron 9 10 NEW YORK CITY ALUMNI HAPPY HOUR 14 Paulina Battaglia `08, shana grossman `08, Julie garcia `06 & Emily townes `05 JU AT THE JACKSONVILLE SUNS 15 Robert `86 & Julie Leverock & family 16 kimberly grigsby Matthews '83 & family RECENT DOLPHIN NETWORK & BEACHES ALUMNI EVENT AT RAGTIME 17 Richard Billings `73 & Rich gerrity `73 14 ORLANDO ALUMNI LUNCHEON AT THE RAVENOUS PIG 18 Lisa Boger sheppard '84, susan gordon Lindsay `83 & Judith Bashian Chiusano '83 19 frank Casey `71 & Artis gilmore `71 20 Marshall Reeves `51 STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENTS' REUNION 21 former sgA Presidents at their Reunion 18 19 IMPORTANT NOTICE 3 4 7 8 11 12 13 15 16 17 20 21 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 | ALUMNI EVENTS 30 The Wave GREEN KEY BREAKFAST PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION HOMECOMING GREEN & GOLD GUARD INDUCTION 2009 FOOTBALL PREGAME TAILGATE PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION GREEN & GOLD GUARD INDUCTION CEREMONY � CLASS OF 1959 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS � FOOTBALL HALFTIME GREEN KEY BREAKFAST FOOTBALL PREGAME TAILGATE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS Spring 2010 31 WAVE | CLASS NOTES 1970s ARTIS GILMORE '71, paid a visit to DR. TOM LONG, retired professor of psychology, at his diner "Toots" in Baldwin this past fall. ALAN DEICHLER '73, is the new president of CPAmerica International, one of the world's largest associations of independent CPA firms. Deichler took over leadership of the association Jan. 1. JOHN R. "JAY" SLOSAR, PH.D. `74, is the author of "The Culture of Excess: How Americans Lost Self-Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success. " Published in Nov., 2009, the book discusses that the country's fast-and-loose approach to money was symptomatic of a more widespread pattern of excessive behavior. To learn more, visit www. thecultureofexcess.com. RAYMOND "SMOKE" LAVAL '77 will , take over as the new head baseball coach for the UNF Ospreys at the end of the 2010 season. CAPT. JOHN M. LANDON II, '78 '86, was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal for his role as the Director of Readiness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, upon his retirement in Sept. 2009 after 30 years of active duty with the Navy. 1980s ANNETTE FUDGE JACOBS '80, was recognized as an honored recipient of the Puget Sound Business Journal's prestigious Women of Influence Award this past October. Jacobs is president and CEO of Door to Door Storage, Inc. in Kent, Wash. DEBBIE JO ROBERTS GRELL '82 and ANDY HART '91 coordinated the first alumni event, "JU Night at the Tides, for Dolphins in the " Hampton Roads, Va. area. The Honorable GARY FLOWER '82, was elected to serve as president of the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida. RONALD V. WALTERS '86, was recently accepted into the Master of Divinity Program at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. He also recently celebrated his fifth year as senior pastor of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in Lake City, Fla. The sisters of ALPHA DELTA PI celebrated the 40th anniversary of their sorority at JU during Homecoming this past October. Sisters with 10, 25 and 50 years of membership to the organization were recognized. CINDY WALTRIP HAGAT '97 earned a nursing , degree in 2009 from Akron Institute of Herzing University. A former JU employee as well, she is an oncology nurse with Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio. 2000s RACHEL THOMPSON '04, ELIZABETH HEALY SWEENEY `05, NICOLE KEISER '05, KASSANDRA GOVE '05 and AMANDA MCGRANAHAN '06 met in Boston this past fall to discuss creating a Boston Alumni Chapter. 1990s STEVE WISNIEWSKI '91, KEVIN HAGA '92, BROOKS TOMLIN '91 and DENNIS TURCOTTE '93, reunited at The Greenbrier Resort, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. this past fall. | WEDDINGS KELLY FULLER '89, married DAVID BRANNON '86, on June 13, 2009. They reside in Virginia. 32 The Wave 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 e-mail your information and photos to email@example.com. Please do not send hard copy photos. JOHN SESSIONS '59, BASEBALL'S TOP FAN AND SUPPORTER PATTI JENKINS '05, married Jeremy Reams on March 28, 2009 in Orlando, Fla. where they reside. KATE BURKE '06 '07 , and BRYAN BROWN '05 '06, were married on Aug. 7 2009 in , Atlantic City, N.J. They now live in Cincinnati, Ohio. JEFF COGGINS '09, married JESSICA MCKINSEY '09, on Dec. 27 2009 , in Mississippi. Neil Armingeon of the St. Johns Riverkeeper was the officiant. The couple lives in Dallas. John Sessions '59, passed away on Nov. 14, 2009, after a long courageous fight against a brain tumor. Sessions was a constant presence at JU sporting events through the years. On May 4, 2007 JU honored , Sessions by naming the baseball stadium after him -- forever linking him together with one of his great passions, JU baseball. "Mr. Sessions was a true gentleman and friend, said " JU Director of Athletics Alan Verlander. "He had a great passion for JU and everyone here knew Mr. Sessions and had a great love and respect for him. We have lost a true champion for JU and an ambassador for life. " A member of JU's first graduating class with a degree in business administration, he served his country honorably in the U.S. Army for two years. Sessions taught math at both Terry Parker and Ribault High Schools before joining Arlington Fuel Oil Co., later becoming its vice-president. He then bought a small pest control division of Arlington Fuel (Bug Out Service) which he successfully operated until 1998 when he retired. His accomplishments and accolades include: Small Businessman of the Year, Colonel Harry L. Kinne Free Enterprise Award and the Pest Control Technology Leadership Award. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Optimist Club, as well as a past president of the JU Alumni Association, among others. He is survived by his wife of more than 52 years, Elizabeth Carson, two children and three grandchildren. | NEW ARRIVALS ELLEN ROWE BROWN '93, and BRIAN BROWN '92, welcomed their second child, Bolton Robert Brown, this past March. CHRISTY HENDRY ALEXANDER '95, and her husband Jon, are the proud parents of Pierce Eliott, born Sept. 26, 2007 and Aubrey Hale, born May 1, 2009. JESSICA WINDELL RYALS '01, and JASON RYALS '02, are pleased to announce the addition of Kailyn Paige Ryals to their family. Kailyn was born on June 17 2009. , LONG-TIME ADMINISTRATOR AND PROFESSOR DAN THOMAS Dan Anderson Thomas, a physicist who became JU's vice president and dean of faculties, died Sept. 19, 2009. He was 86 and had been in declining health for several years. His tenure at JU spanned a quarter-century. Thomas was named dean of faculties at JU in 1963 and became a vice president in 1967 After 17 years as an administrator, . he returned to the classroom as a trustee professor of physics at JU. Thomas was active in the community, serving as president of the Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Science in 1979. He was president of the Meninak Club in 1973. After retiring from JU in 1987 he traveled to 29 countries, , hiked the Swiss Alps and explored the Florida and Georgia wilderness by boat. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Glaze; a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and his sister. His son, Roger, also taught at JU. Spring 2010 33 Take care of your family create a legacy at JU. & A Planned Gift can do BOTH! To start the conversation, please contact: Donna Morrow, Director of Planned Giving Ph: 904.256.7928 � E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Every gift matters. Make yours today & support JU tomorrow. www.ju.edu/plannedgiving Discover Marine Science at JU! Explore the natural laboratory provided by the St. Johns River and conduct extensive fieldwork as a Ju marine biology student in the new 30,000 square-foot Marine Science Research Institute. you'll be wading through diverse marine environments with your professors and classmates. Our faculty have active, grant-funded research projects that provide ample opportunities for students to get involved. To learn more about earning your degree in marine science, call 904.256.7000 or visit www.ju.edu 2800 University Boulevard North Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394 www.ju.edu U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 3160 Jacksonville, FL Nonprofit Org. HONORING OUR history... LOOKING TO OUR future... � � � CELEBRATE JU'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY by making your gift to The JU Fund. Commemorate your years at JU and honor your favorite member of the JU family. Gifts of $75+ to The JU Fund receive a commemorative gift $1,000+ qualifies for Order of the Dolphin membership $7,500+ (or pledges of $2,500 over 3 years) qualifies for an exclusive private reception VISIT www.ju.edu/giving OR CALL 904.256.7612 TO MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY!