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WORKING TOGETHER, AIMING HIGH JU’s ‘all-encompassing’ $85M ASPIRE Campaign kicks into a new gear BREAKING NEWS:


Alum tim Cost Named next JU President Fall 2012


Hello JU Alumni and Friends, If you had to offer two main goals to someone going off to college, they might well be to: 1) Break out of the box, and 2) Reach toward new heights. You’ll find the same chief goals for “ASPIRE: The Campaign for JU 2016.”

Michael Cascone, Jr. ’6 Adrienne L. Conrad Timothy P. Cost ’81 Margaret Widman Dees ‘86 Thaddeus Foster Mark Frisch J. Phillip Garcia, M.D., F.A.C.S. ’90

ASPIRE is unlike any other JU fundraising effort, not only in size and scope, but in its drive to

John G. Harrison ’67

push us into new territory outside and beyond where we are today. Everyone, from students to

Robert E. Hill, Jr.

faculty to staff to alumni to the community, will be affected by and have a chance to take part in

Matthew Kane ’01

this bold project. Take a first look at the details of our game-changing $85 million effort to grow this University into an even greater institution than the one named to U.S. News’ “Best Colleges” list nine years running.

Henry J. Keigwin Bruce Kern Lawrence E. Kurzius F. Andrew Moran ’78

A broad overview of the ASPIRE campaign starts on Page 4, followed by a closer look at our

Greg A. Nelson ‘71

plans to expand our College of Health Sciences (Page 13), scholarship efforts (Page 10) and

E. Michael O’Malley

athletics facilities (Page 12). We feel so strongly about ASPIRE that we’ve even hired former JU Vice President of Academic Affairs John Trainer as Senior Campaign Officer (Page 14). After a look forward to JU’s future, look back at our memorable Homecoming Weekend events, starting on Page 16. The action-packed weekend Sept. 28-30 included a parade, Miss Dolphina/ Big Man on Campus pageant, Mock Rock talent show and more, as well as alumni events including our Low-Country Boil. Then, read up on Ashley Cupaiuolo ('08), who received the Scott Amos Recent Alumni of

Frank Pace ’73 Timothy D. Payne Carole J. Poindexter ’77 Gilbert J. Pomar, Jr. Fred G. Pruitt ’69/’85 Kerry D. Romesburg, Ph.D. William C. Rupp, M.D. George Scanlon

Distinction award, and Ron Autrey ('01), recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award. Both

Linda Berry Stein ’69

were honored during Homecoming Weekend. You’ll also find the latest updates on Alumni

E. Monique Tubbs ‘03

events beginning on Page 20. With our future plans and past successes, I’m sure you’ll read along with great pride in Jacksonville University.

Matthew W. Tuohy ‘75/’03 Chris A. Verlander Gordon Keith Watson ’71 Marvin C. Wells, D.M.D., P.A. ‘73 John F. Wilbanks, FACHE


Terry L. Wilcox Charles J. O. Wodehouse All contents © COPYRIGHT 2012 Jacksonville University. All rights reserved.

Kerry D. Romesburg President

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By Phillip Milano

A handful of high-profile projects are in

the books, generating the momentum to

turn more great ideas into reality. On deck:

more scholarships, classrooms, technology

—and even a stadium.




16 Homecoming





When I came to JU, I was terrified of being in a new environment and had no idea whether I really wanted to be in school. If someone had told me then that five years later, I would have made more friends than I could count, would graduate with good grades in two different fields, and even start an initiative to help feed the hungry, I would have laughed and advised them to seek medical help. But I quickly learned that JU was fun and interesting and filled with professors who care way too much about the success of their students. If I had to do college all over again, I would choose JU without a doubt.

Fidele Ishimwe ‘12

PoliticaL Science & Economics

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JU’s ‘all-encompassing’ $85M ASPIRE Campaign kicks into a new gear ark Twain once said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Elvis Presley put it a bit more succinctly: “A little less conversation, a little more action.” Larry the Cable Guy? He was even more economical: “Git-R-Done.” For the minds behind Jacksonville University’s next big thing, the time for dreaming and conversation is done. A little less discussing, analyzing and strategizing. A lot more action.

“The stakeholders, community, students, faculty…we’ve now talked with all of them,” said incoming JU President Tim Cost, an executive vice president for Pepsico Inc., 1981 JU alumnus and Board Trustee. “We have an incredible chance, because of our strong financial picture, to take this university to the next level. We are aspiring to do it at a pivotal window of opportunity in JU’s history.” Indeed, that desire to reach ever higher is writ large into what’s become the biggest fundraising campaign ever undertaken by the University, an $85 million effort that will be announced to the public Nov. 30. Even its resolute name reflects it: “ASPIRE: The Campaign for JU 2016.” “What’s so bold about this is how all-encompassing it is,” said Cost, chairman of the effort. “We’re not talking about adding some fountains and gardens, as they say.


We’re talking about vastly upgrading our health sciences; reinvigorating our annual fund; investing in scholarships and honors programs; boosting unrestricted giving to raise the chances for our next generation of leaders; and improving facilities, technology, classrooms and buildings. Even adding a stadium. This is no time to leave anyone or anything out.” It’s not time for omissions because there’s never been a better time, say University leaders. Eight years of balanced budgets, surging enrollment, new signature programs and a growing cadre of awardwinning instructors has put JU in a “sweet spot” to now truly aspire to become the great institution many have envisioned for years. Already, during the “quiet phase” of the campaign, a number of high-profile projects have been completed, including, among others: • The $7 million Marine Science Research Institute;

• A $1.25 million Dolphin Green riverfront project (Cost Trail, Kurzius Beach and Pavilion, Larry Strom Amphitheatre and Swisher Golf Practice Facility);

• Funding of student scholarships through the 53 Campaign honoring basketball legend Artis Gilmore ’71;

• The Susan and W.C. Gentry Nature Preserve and Boardwalk; and • Southern Oak Insurance Soccer Stadium, the Cost Pavilion (indoor baseball practice facility) and Autrey Track & Field Complex. “With the momentum we’ve generated with our financial condition and these completed projects, there’s really never been a better time in our history to go past meeting ordinary ‘care-taker’ types of goals and reaching for something more visionary,” JU President Kerry Romesburg said. “This is not just about upgrading a building here or a program there; it’s an

opportunity to raise the bar of the entire University across the board, which will improve our overall surrounding community as well.” Frances Bartlett Kinne, Past President and Chancellor Emeritus who oversaw JU’s first era of major growth several decades ago, agrees. “I’m so excited and proud of what I see. With our strong finances, we have a chance now to turn some great ideas into reality,” she said. “Just as a person must keep growing, this University must keep growing. And it’s in a fantastic position to do just that.” It’s instructive to see just how that position has shifted since JU’s founding in 1934 as William J. Porter University. From about 60 students in makeshift classes near downtown Jacksonville, it has grown into a visually arresting 198-acre campus on the St. Johns River, with more than 3,700 students from 45 states and 50 countries; seven accredited bachelor’s degree options in more than 70 majors; master’s programs in education leadership, nursing, business, marine science, mathematics, orthodontics and choreography; and a doctoral program in nursing practice. Even more telling may be the changes since just eight years ago, before Romesburg’s interest was piqued to leave his beloved West and jump-start a timely rescue here. JU was swooning from deficit spending, probation from accreditors, troubled loans, signature buildings neglected, program cuts and layoffs. Fast-forward to 2012: For the ninth straight year, U.S. News & World Report has named JU one of “America’s Best Colleges” in its list of Southern regional universities. To build on the momentum, Trustees have played a critical role in planning, soliciting for and donating to the new ASPIRE Campaign. Cost, Romesburg and a “Kitchen Cabinet” that also includes Jack Keigwin, Chuck Wodehouse, Matt Kane, Lawrence Kurzius, Mark Frisch, Fred Pruitt, John Harrison and Tim Payne have spent hours over many months moving the campaign from its silent phase to the upcoming public phase. They’ve designed a sweeping campaign to shake up students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and the community in an outsized way.

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“This is unique in the sheer amount of dollars being raised, the length of commitment for pledges, and in the need for the entire university’s engagement to be successful,” said Michael Howland, Vice President for University Advancement. “But when it’s all said and done, our beautiful campus will be enhanced, with more room to grow and to enroll more students. Our athletic facilities will permit us to compete for the best and brightest, and our students will have more places to gather and relax.” Here’s a sneak-peak, just for JU friends and family, at some of the fundraising plans included in the ASPIRE Campaign:

Student Scholarships – $15 million In strengthening scholarship programs, the ASPIRE campaign seeks to stop at nothing short of effectively ending the inability of the best, most-diverse candidates from enrolling and staying enrolled at JU. While up to 90 percent of JU’s students currently receive some form of financial aid, more must be done to ensure the strongest student body possible in a competitive marketplace. As U.S. tuition costs climb, and as more people look to education to achieve their life goals, the Trustees and administrators at JU believe the timing could not be more crucial to buttress this area.

Faculty Development and Research – $1 million Bright, inspiring professors who love what they do can only continue to excel in a fast-changing world if given proper resources for continuing education and research. Additional funding that opens up more chances for workshops, conferences, sabbaticals and more helps assure ongoing professional growth and achievement.

to attract the brightest applicants and heightens awareness of the University overall. The ASPIRE Campaign will enhance Honors Program funding to capture more qualified students across an even broader array of disciplines. Scholarly study costs money, and the ASPIRE Campaign will also bolster undergraduate research to stimulate more minds in the earlier portion of their education. Student research stipends to offset costs of travel, data collection, equipment and materials will help increase this vital area at JU. For Ashley Lauren Kohler, a 2012 JU Honors graduate and recipient of this year’s University Award for Outstanding Service, more money for research and equipment means more “a-ha” moments for students, such as the one she had discovering how bacteria break down toxins in the St. Johns River. “Words can’t describe the excitement and sense of purpose my undergraduate research team and I felt,” she said. “That moment solidified my decision to enter the medical field.” Kohler now wants her younger brother to attend JU, but “To attract students like him, JU will have to continue

While up to 90 percent of JU’s students currently receive some form of financial aid, more must be done to ensure the strongest student body possible in a competitive marketplace.

Practically speaking, more money means better-performing instructors who bring greater visibility to the University with new techniques and approaches—not to mention better morale and job enthusiasm that leads to higherachieving students.

keeping its programs, classrooms and facilities current… Being in the Honors and Study Abroad programs at JU helped make me the person I am today.”

Honors Program – $1 million and Undergraduate Research – $1 million

Already a top draw for students to the University, The College of Health Sciences is a symbol of how success can create even more success…and challenges.

Academic excellence is what makes people sit up and take notice of any university, public or private. JU’s wellregarded Honors Program develops the individual talents of its best students, works as an unmatched recruiting tool

The College of Health Sciences – $20 million

Challenges that include tight quarters, resource limitations and personnel needs.


Giving societies grow along with Aspire Jacksonville University

years. The Board of Trustees named this

invites JU alumni, friends and employees

society in honor of Jacksonville University’s

to become members of JU giving societies

retiring president and his wife because of

while investing in the ASPIRE Campaign.

their model in giving across the University campaign after campaign. The first members

While the Order of the Dolphin was

of this society will be recognized at the

created long ago to recognize JU donors

spring 2013 Order of the Dolphin event.

who give $1,000 or more in a calendar year, the Board of Trustees adopted

The Jacksonville University Presidents’

several new giving societies at its Board

Society recognizes individuals, corporations

meeting in May. The new societies are

and foundations that give at least $10,000

intended to recognize both current and

in unrestricted gifts in a calendar year.

sustained generosity of JU donors.

This premier recognition level will be celebrated annually with a black-tie event,

All giving societies recognize members

and members also will receive invitations

annually and—now, through the ASPIRE

to other special JU events. Levels of

Campaign—stress the importance of

membership are: Founders – $10,000-

unrestricted giving to the University.

$24,999; Sustainers – $25,000-49,999; and Benefactors – $50,000-plus.

Making an annual gift at one of the giving society levels enables donors to have an

The Frances Bartlett Kinne Society,

important role in Jacksonville University’s

named for Jacksonville University’s

financial health and make a powerful

only Chancellor Emeritus, recognizes

statement about how much they value a

individuals, corporations, estates and

JU education.

foundations that have reached $1 million in cumulative lifetime generosity to JU.

Here are details about the giving societies:

The Heritage Society exists to steward those who have committed to Jacksonville

The Order of the Dolphin honors

University through a special form of financial

individuals and organizations that

support. These donors have defined their

contribute $1,000 or more annually. This

legacy by naming JU as the ultimate

prestigious group helps JU enhance the

beneficiary of a bequest, a provision in

quality private education that upholds its

a trust, charitable gift annuity, charitable

mission and values. While Order of the

remainder unitrust or annuity trust, or

Dolphin members are recognized for their

gifts of life insurance or real estate. This

contributions of cash gifts to Jacksonville

society exists to thank members for their

University, non-cash gifts also are

generosity and inspire generosity in others.

recognized when they have been solicited

Members are honored with a private event

to fulfill a current need by the University.

and receive additional benefits.

Order of the Dolphin members are honored each year with a celebratory event.

Contributions to giving societies are based on calendar-year donations to

The Kerry and Judy Romesburg

coincide with the tax year. For information

Consecutive Giving Society recognizes

or to become a member of a giving

individuals who have given at the Order

society, call (904) 256-7014 or visit

of the Dolphin level for three consecutive 

Between 2008 and 2011, enrollment in JU’s traditional bachelors of nursing program grew 25 percent. Master’s program enrollment more than doubled to 98 students. In fall 2011, the first class in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program was enrolled, and plans call for launching master’s-level programs in healthcare leadership and speech therapy in 2013 and nutrition and health information technology the following year. All of it in direct response to soaring industry and community demand for more health care professionals— demand that is expected to continue unabated. The more programs and students, however, the more lab space, facilities and equipment needed to keep pace. A new 45,000-square-foot College of Health Sciences building for these signature programs will offer dedicated classrooms, faculty and staff offices, meeting rooms, a multidisciplinary simulation learning center and a computer laboratory equipped with the latest health care technology. “In our simulation lab, for example, we need more areas for privacy,” said Linda Shubert, JU’s Simulation Lab Coordinator. “Some students may be taking exams or listening to lectures while others are doing hands-on work, listening to a heartbeat or to a live actor’s lungs. Separate, private facilities for all our simulations will provide the best, most natural training experience.”

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Dr. Michelle Edmunds, Director of Graduate Programs, concurred that more space and resources are needed to match graduates with industry demand. “There is a crisis in need for acute care practitioners, and a booming demand for nurse practitioners,” she said. “We need more space to simulate real-world settings for our nursing students, such as doctor’s offices and community clinics. More funding means more students becoming trained and helping patients.”

Enhancing Campus and Student Life – $26 million Adding to the gem of the MSRI on JU’s waterfront, a new adjacent dock and floating classroom are planned that will be the envy of the area, giving instructors and students unprecedented research access to the St. Johns River and surrounding waters in ways never before imagined locally. Renovations to the River House will also finally occur, and there’s a major, tantalizing nearby land purchase in the works that Romesburg sees as an inspiring, fitting bookend to close out his tenure, which comes to an end next summer. Then there are the more than $14 million in upgrades to athletics that are integral to the future of the University. To continue to attract the outstanding athletes who make up about a fifth of the student body, plans call for major additions, including a Basketball and Volleyball Practice Facility with sports medicine, coaches, video and Athletics Hall of Fame space; a 4,500-seat Lacrosse and Football Stadium with press box and a hospitality area; and a Softball Hitting Facility with covered pavilion and upgraded batting cages.

Financial Vitality – $20 million Often overlooked but indispensible to a University’s ability to stay ahead of the competition is its financial underpinning: Its endowment. The ASPIRE Campaign doesn’t skimp in this area. A major portion of the fundraising effort will be devoted to securing JU’s long-term financial strength and vitality. Allocating proceeds to endowment will help assure an

unimpeded, forward-thinking pursuit of excellence. The investment income generated will enable JU to act with confidence, solving small problems before they become big ones. “You must have substantial savings that can grow over time,” says JU Trustee Margaret Black-Scott, a 1985

A ma jor portion of the fundraising effort will be devoted to securing JU’s long-term financial strength and vitality. Allocating proceeds to endowment will help assure an unimpeded, forward-thinking pursuit of excellence. graduate and award-winning wealth management expert. “It gives you the flexibility to do what needs to be done. “Perhaps most important, a healthy endowment says that the citizens of a community care about your school. And that is worth its weight in gold, in order to be able to make a tremendous difference down the road in the life of the institution and the life of students, both now and in the future.” Howland may have put it best in describing the magnitude of the ASPIRE Campaign and its impact on Jacksonville University’s own future: “Ultimately, this campaign is about making sure JU’s incredible potential is met, not only for present and future students, but for all our stakeholders,” he said. “Professors will see better technology, more funding for professional development and, in some cases, better classrooms. Coaches and athletics will have better facilities. Alumni and friends will have better accommodations to cheer on our Dolphin teams. “We will all be better off for the hard work being done to help JU reach heights we longed for in the past and now see even more clearly for the future.” 


WAVE   ASPIRE Give the ‘JU Experience’: Name A Scholarship, Get A Match By Michael Howland ‘76 Vice President for University Advancement

Jacksonville University’s

“This is unprecedented both from a naming

Fund in recent years. Haga echoes the “pay it

greatest need is money for scholarships, with

and a match opportunity,” said Wodehouse,

forward” refrain of the aforementioned Trustees.

90 percent of JU students receiving financial

who with wife, Cami, has committed to five

help through scholarships and grants. A tough

Wodehouse Scholars starting with the 2013-

“There is no way I would have had the

economy has exacerbated the element of need

2014 academic year.

incredible learning and growing experiences at JU without the scholarships I received,” he

for most families in recent years. It also has resulted in lackluster endowment earnings,

Alumni on the Board of Trustees, including

said. “I made a commitment to myself when

meaning endowed scholarships have failed

incoming JU President and ASPIRE Chair

I graduated that I would create that kind of

to yield the necessary earnings to fund many

Tim Cost, Matt Kane, Carole Poindexter and

opportunity for others, and I’ve tried to make a

scholarships. In fact, all three of JU’s President

Dr. Marvin Wells, already have invested in

contribution toward that every year.”

finalist candidates connected money for

scholarships through the campaign, noting

scholarships with recruitment and retention on

that others made it possible through their

Haga has committed $6,500 a year for a four-

their campus visits.

scholarship donations for them to have the

year, $13,000-a-year Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Haga

JU experience.

Scholarship beginning next fall.

Scholarships are one of the four pillars of “ASPIRE: The Campaign for JU 2016.” The

“I remember getting a letter from JU advising

“Being able to name the scholarship

goal is to raise $15 million in non-endowed

me that I would be receiving a scholarship from

in honor of my parents is a plus,”

scholarships. It is the hope of Scholarship Chair

the Irene Kirbo Scholarship Fund,” said Cost.

said Haga, “but being eligible for

Chuck Wodehouse and others that the ability

“I wish I could have met her. I’ll forever be

the match is a terrific incentive.”

to name a scholarship for a minimum of a four-

indebted to her for creating that opportunity.” While the scholarships are referred to as

year commitment of $2,500 a year, coupled with an equal JU match that will then double

The first non-Trustee to create a named,

“unrestricted named scholarships,” donors may

the award amount, will attract a large pool of

unrestricted scholarship is Kevin Haga ’92, who

place up to one restriction on the scholarship. For

scholarship donors.

has been an annual donor to the JU Scholarship

example, a scholarship for a First Coast student, a scholarship for a Lacrosse player or a scholarship for a Business major would all be acceptable. However, a scholarship for a First Coast Lacrosse player majoring in Business would not be eligible, because too many restrictions may inhibit the university from identifying students who align with narrowly defined donor interests. Important attention will be paid to connecting scholarship recipients with the scholarship donors. Donors can expect to receive thank-yous from their scholarship recipients and to join them for the annual JU Scholarship Luncheon (the next is March 13, 2013, during Scholarship Week). Our goal is to create 100 new scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Have an interest

Scholarship proponent Kevin Haga ’92 (far left) with other JU alums at a recent golf outing, including fellow grads Dennis Turcotte and Jim Pariseau (second and third from left), Roger LaRue and Kent Bigglestone (fifth and sixth from left), and Matt Plodinec and Bill Parris (eighth and ninth from left).

in making the JU experience a possibility for a deserving JU student? E-mail me at or call me at (904) 2567393 to start the conversation. 

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Life-changers: Scholarships give deserving students a chance to succeed Scholarships do more than

Brittani Wyskocil, a junior JU theater major from

help people get through college.

Tampa, says scholarships have been a lifechanger for her, as well. The daughter of a single

Often, they change lives.

mother who never finished college, Wyskocil says she’s already made a lifetime of memories

Take Diana Donovan (’11), for example.

at JU and that “not only am I enjoying the present, I also know that JU is going to give me

As an 18-year-old just out of high school,

the education for opportunities in my future.”

Donovan was on her own with no financial support for college. All she had—along with an

“With the support of the alumni here at JU,

exemplary high school scholastic record—was

I have the ability and confidence to finish

a dream to attend Jacksonville University.

school here and continue working hard in the real world,” she said. “Because of the support

Today, Donovan is a mayor’s aide—a community

I have received, I also plan on becoming an

leader in the making—who says her pathway

alumni who donates (to scholarship programs),

to success is directly attributable to JU’s

because I have directly seen the benefits.”


SCHOLARSHIP PARAMETERS: The program is based on a broad framework

generous donors. Luka Vukadinovic, a senior JU economics major

of scholarship types (which may change

“I worked hard, both in the

from Montenegro in southeastern Europe, said

from time to time and will include endowed

classroom and out…I did

financial challenges midway through his college

and annual scholarships, named and non-

everything I could do to be

career nearly derailed his academic pursuits.

named scholarships) that creates excellent opportunities for donors to connect with

successful at JU,” Donovan said. “But I realize that I would not have

“Despite high academic achievements and

had the chance to succeed without

various leadership and academic awards, I was

the support of donors providing

afraid that I would not be able to afford staying

STEWARDSHIP: Each donor gift is managed

scholarships. Those scholarship

at Jacksonville University another two years,” he

according to preset levels or commitments

funds were my lifeline.”

said. “But with unexpected donations from a few

made by JU to the donor. Strong, positive, life-

extraordinary individuals, I did not have to leave

long relationships with donors will result from

JU and its faculty and staff who I highly admire.”

the high levels of satisfaction expected from

Testimonials such as Donovan’s are precisely

the donor experience.

why scholarships are a major component of JU’s comprehensive fund-raising ASPIRE Campaign.

individual students.

Vukadinovic added that scholarships “provide us with not only monetary help, but also a

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS: It is expected that

“We create our most attractive return on

motivational spark to thrive and do the same

annual scholarship gifts will, in most instances,

investments for the community and the

thing one day.”

be used to replace scholarships currently funded by University operations, making additional

University by investing in the students,” said

funds available for operating the University.

incoming JU President Tim Cost, who chairs

Following are the tenets of JU’s

the ASPIRE Campaign.

scholarship program:

And now, Donovan’s passing it on.

MISSION: To build on JU’s longstanding

Scholarship gifts are intended not only to be a

commitment to investments that directly benefit

significant part of the ASPIRE Campaign, but

“At every opportunity, I have thanked the donors

students by increasing the amount of private

will also be the bedrock of the JU annual fund.

to JU. I am a product of their generosity, and I

donor gifts for various forms of student aid. This

It is our intent to emphasize opportunities for

have already started donating back to return the

enables JU to remain affordable to deserving

annual scholarship giving and to dramatically

favor,” she said.

applicants and mitigates the potential burden of

increase the ongoing volume of annual gifts

student loans on its graduates.

and alumni participation rates. 



WAVE   ASPIRE Through ASPIRE, JU athletic teams seek to advance their home-field advantage “One of the keys to providing the best Jacksonville University experience and achieving its academic mission is ensuring the necessary infrastructure is in place. This is critical to improving student-athlete welfare and attracting the next generation of future leaders.” —Brad Edwards, Director of Athletics, Jacksonville University

The athletics program at

squads have won 41 conference and league

center will house a sports medicine facility along

Jacksonville University, which for decades

championships since 2004. However, while the

with locker rooms and administrative offices for

has filled trophy cases with awards and

Dolphin athletic program is thriving, the facilities

the football and lacrosse teams.

championships, is not only extraordinary, but

used by some of JU’s sports teams for practice

also integral to the campus and the University.

and play are inadequate.

As a recruiting tool, JU sports teams

To compete in today’s environment for

With Swisher gymnasium serving the entire

consistently attract outstanding students to

academically and athletically gifted student-

student body, a dedicated facility where

campus, contributing immeasurably to the

athletes, a major investment in competition

members of the men’s and women’s basketball

success of the squads and to the rich diversity

and support facilities is needed. Through the

teams and volleyball team can train, practice

of the study body. About one of every five

ASPIRE Campaign, Jacksonville University will

and play will contribute significantly to the

traditional students at JU plays on one of the 19

fund construction of new facilities needed to

strength, vitality and recruiting of these popular

National Collegiate Athletic Association Division

accommodate and support our student athletes

sports programs.

I varsity sports teams that JU sponsors.

now and for years to come.

Basketball and Volleyball Practice Facility – $7.5 million

The facility will be built in two phases, beginning For students, attending games with classmates

The ASPIRE Campaign-funded athletic

with the construction of a gymnasium equipped

has long been a central part of campus social

facility projects are:

with six basketball goals and locker rooms and showers for JU’s basketball and volleyball

life, integral and essential to an authentic college experience. For the fans and alumni

Football and Lacrosse Stadium and JU

teams. A sports medicine training facility, a

who so avidly follow Dolphin sports, JU’s strong

Athletics Center – $10 million

weight training room, coaches’ offices, and a

athletics program helps keep the JU connection

The new stadium will seat 4,500 spectators and

video room where teams can review game

open and exciting year after year.

will be designed to be expandable to 11,000

footage also will be part of the facility.

seats. Also, sports reporters and VIPs will JU’s recent athletic success is stunning: On

view games from an enclosed press box and a

Softball Hitting Facility – $200,000

the field, on the court and in the water, Dolphin

hospitality area. The 27,000-square-foot athletics

With a loyal following of devoted fans, the women’s softball team at JU is a source of pride and enjoyment for all who attend their games. For the university, the reputation and strength of the softball program has helped attracted many student athletes who have distinguished themselves in our classrooms as well as on the diamond. The new 3,000-square-foot softball hitting facility will provide team members with a partially covered pavilion where they can hone their hitting and pitching skills—rain or shine. The facility will have modern batting cages, new pitching nets and a turf-covered padded concrete floor. 

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Medical necessity: Space

College of Health Sciences programs outgrow current facilities send into our local community and beyond is at such a high level that our partner hospitals want more of them, and they are spreading the word about the competent, caring nurses who come out of Jacksonville University. Externally, national trends have occurred to create a perfect storm. You’ve got an aging population needing more healthcare attention, and you’ve got new laws expanding the number of people with health insurance. Nationwide the model for care is changing to a coordinated care

As part of the ASPIRE Campaign,

We noticed a bunch of simulation mannequins

Jacksonville University is seeking to raise $20

taking a little “trip” across campus last

million to take its College of Health Sciences

summer. What was that all about?

So, what’s the JU plan?

into the future, where it can stay ahead

We’ve had so much growth that we were forced

With new funding for faculty, resources and

competitively in the educational marketplace,

to move some of our classrooms and state-of-

space, projections through 2016 call for our

keep up with surging student needs and

the-art simulator patients out of Lazzara and

overall ground-based enrollment to continue

address community patient demand. We spoke

into portable buildings. It was quite a fun and

to grow. And online enrollment, and that’s

with Health Sciences Dean Dr. Judith Erickson

involved scene, with staff and others helping

clearly the wave of the future, is expected to

about the growth, “challenging” current

out. But humor aside, it’s indicative of the

jump by almost a third. JU has also recently

quarters, and bold plans for the future.

fix we’re in because of the popularity of our

created the College of Health Sciences. We’ll

programs. The temporary location is just that: a

be offering health professional degrees in

temporary solution.

addition to nursing. For example, we’re planning

What’s the most crucial need for the College

model which will be led by nurses.

a master’s degree in Speech and Language

of Health Sciences? Three words: Space, space, space. I have to

So too many mannequins and too many

Pathology, and then a degree in the Science of

say, we’ve been pretty ingenious in adapting to

students leads to some interesting

Healthcare Delivery. Occupational therapy and

the high growth in our nursing programs. Every


health information technology are also being

faculty office in our Lazzara Health Sciences

To put it mildly. Take what our Simulation Lab

considered within the next two years.

Building is occupied. Online advisors share

Coordinator Linda Shubert has had to contend

one crowded office that used to be a storage

with. Just the need for privacy in the lab is one

A lot, though not all, of it comes back to

room. Even with that, just two classrooms are

example. Some students may be testing or

space, to put it bluntly. Expanding to our

dedicated to nursing in the building. They are in

taking notes from lecturers while others are

new College of Health Sciences means we

use all day.

right nearby doing hands-on work, listening to

have new departments that require additional

a heartbeat or to a live actor’s lungs. And it’s

offices, classrooms, labs and student lounges.

Tell us about that growth.

not as realistic when students can’t have one-

A new building of 45,000 square feet is being

We’ve had a 30 percent uptick in our BSN

on-one privacy with live-actor patients or the

proposed, to include active learning classrooms,

program alone in the last four years, to 220

high-tech simulators. Separate facilities offer the

faculty and staff offices, meeting rooms, a multi-

students. Our MSN program has doubled to

most natural training. I can’t stress enough that

use simulation center and a computer laboratory

nearly 100 students, and we now offer JU’s

in order to stay competitive and keep up with

with state-of-the-art technology.

first doctoral class, the Doctor of Nursing

demand, we need more space and equipment. In short, it’s all designed to keep JU’s College of

Practice, which began in fall 2011. We have a rapidly growing nursing simulation lab. Student

What’s causing all this growth?

Health Sciences at the forefront of healthcare

visits there have jumped four-fold since 2008,

Simple: demand. And it’s not going to stop

training in our community for many years to

to almost 1,200.

anytime soon. Internally, not to boast too

come. There’s no mistaking that the time is now

much, the quality of the nurses we prepare and

to take some bold action. 


WAVE   NEWS Full circle: John Trainer back on Dolphin green “It’s an important job during a critical time in

very varied and rewarding career as a professor,

the school’s history, and I’m honored to be

administrator and association executive across

here,” said Trainer, 69, who stepped down in

such a wide range of educational organizations.

June after 11 years as president of The Bolles

And being able to return to the university

School in Jacksonville. “In a lot of ways, I never

where that career began and was nurtured

left Jacksonville University.”

and developed by colleagues in the biology department and Dr. Frances Kinne in the

Dr. Trainer transitioned from biology and

administration is a rare privilege, in my eyes.

biochemistry professor to JU’s academic affairs vice president before becoming president of

What all will you be doing as JU’s senior

Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., for 10 years.

campaign officer?

He then undertook a private venture, co-founding

I will be working with the rest of the

and helping direct Vantage PatientCare Systems,

University’s advancement team in finalizing

for which he raised $1.25 million in venture capital

plans for a major comprehensive fund-raising

investments. In 1996, he became president

campaign. Having been involved in significant

of the Georgia Foundation for Independent

fund-raising efforts for over 30 years, I hope

Colleges, a nonprofit organization representing

that I can contribute to the efforts of the great

all of Georgia’s 28 independent liberal arts

team already in place and working well under

colleges and universities in collaborative fund-

Vice President Mike Howland’s leadership.

raising, administrative and public policy areas.

Although a major part of my time will be working toward the funding of a new Health

Then he transitioned to Bolles, which he likens

Sciences Building, I will also be involved with

to his beloved JU.

former student and faculty relations.

“I do miss the people; the students,

What’s your take on the opportunities and

faculty and staff who became

challenges ahead for JU?

not only valued colleagues, but

I firmly believe that JU is now poised for

personal friends as well,” he said.

significant growth in programs, as well as enhanced program quality and reputation.


When he first received a

Dr. Trainer had the summer off with his wife,

I have seen the level of awareness and the

Alice, before traveling in September to be on

respect for JU improve significantly under

hand as Muhlenberg College honored his late

the leadership of President Romesburg. He

father for his distinguished 40-year career as a

is leaving a university well positioned for his

biology professor.

successor to continue that progress going

Jacksonville University paycheck in 1971,

forward. The challenges for JU are really no

Allentown, Pa., native Dr. John E. Trainer Jr.

On Oct. 1, Dr. Trainer plunged into his new role and

different than they are for all educational

was an ambitious young professor following

hit the ground running as JU is embarking upon

institutions, and that is largely financial. The

his father’s footsteps and embarking on what

its $85 million ASPIRE Campaign, and answered

ability to recruit, develop and retain outstanding

would be a distinguished career in education.

some questions from The WAVE magazine.

faculty, the ability to recruit and retain talented

More than four decades later and 28 years

You’re assuming quite an undertaking to

to maintain and expand physical facilities,

after leaving JU for other opportunities, Dr.

contribute substantially to JU’s future. Why?

curricular and co-curricular programs all require

Trainer is back on Dolphin green in another

JU was my first professional home, and my

adequate financial support. Since tuition alone

vital role, albeit not in academics: As the

13 years on the faculty and staff here gave me

does not cover the full cost of the services

university’s senior campaign officer, he’s

the foundation for the rest of my career. Our

provided, the additional funding must come

convincing donors to invest in the university

three children grew up on the campus in many

from our endowment, gifts and grants. In other

and its students by funding capital projects.

respects. I feel very fortunate to have had a

words, funding depends on generous donors. 

and motivated students, and the ability

FALL 2012

Hear that big sound? It’s coming from JU’s first marching band as new director comes aboard A new band, new fight song and

Any big challenges you’ve faced?

was already getting advice from (Vice President

rockin’ debut at Jacksonville University’s football

None major so far. There was some ambiguity

of University Relations) Derek Hall and (JU

home opener Sept. 15 vs. Webber International:

at the start, but once the students arrived and

basketball legend) Artis Gilmore on writing

All in a couple months’ work for new Marching

we found out they could play, we have been

updated lyrics to the song. So it seemed

Band Director Chris Creswell and JU students.

grooving ever since. There is only one thing I

appropriate to start fresh with a new melody to

could say has been a perpetual challenge this

match the new lyrics, to symbolize the start of

Creswell officially began his duties Aug. 15

year: the weather. Too much rain, and of course

a new era in the campus experience.

and set to work assembling the band. Upon

we have no control over that. So you and Chunia got working on it from

hearing that new fight song lyrics were in the works, he stepped in to assist, helping create

Why make the move from Fleming Island

that point?

an updated, bold new tune for the Dolphins.

High, whose marching band has won state

Yes, we met this summer. She had already

Then he orchestrated a “big” sound from the


written the new lyrics that matched the rhythm

upstart band by combining it with a JU rock

I was intrigued to help create something

of the original fight song. We made some

group to play at halftime during the Dolphins’

from scratch. It’s being able to put the puzzle

slight edits and I wrote a new melody that

33-10 win over Webber at D.B. Milne Field.

together and put some of my personality into

fit the lyrics. Growing up in a "band" family, I

the program. Also, this lets me use my various

have always been exposed to fight song and

skill sets in a positive manner. From teaching

marching band music. Once we had the new

As former associate director of bands at Fleming Island High School in Clay County, Creswell was chosen from a national pool of 50 candidates. He has 12 years’ experience as a director, composer, arranger and visual designer for marching bands across the country. The WAVE Magazine asked Creswell about his new JU role—and the new song, which has prompted lots of media coverage in print and on radio. So give us the numbers on the band. How many members are there, and what are they playing? Right now we have 41 members: 2 Drum


Majors, 3 Flutes, 3 Clarinets, 1 Alto Sax, 4 Trumpets, 1 Mellophone, 3 Trombones, 2 Baritones, 2 Tubas, 9 Percussion, 6 Color Guard

marching band to teaching private trombone

lyrics solidified, the melody and harmony fell

and 5 in the Rock Band.

lessons, I feel like my skills are matched well

easily into place. I should mention that there

to the position. I also had the sense before

are some subtle homages to the Florida State

What’s been the most exciting thing so far?

being appointed that JU was a great working

University and University of Florida fight songs.

Definitely creating a new entity from scratch.

environment and it's living up to its expectations.

Bringing together a group of musicians from

What are the plans for the marching band?

different parts of the country and around the

Tell us about the new fight song. How did

We’re working on getting uniforms to debut

world (we have one member from Brazil) and

that come together?

next year, traveling to a few away games,

having them coordinate to make an exciting

That decision was not mine entirely. After being

exhibition performances and parades, as well

and entertaining program. It's already helping

hired I was asked by various faculty and council

as hosting some summer camps and clinics

bring a sense of uniqueness to our approach to

members to write a new song. A student, (JU

that help promote the marching arts around the

programming and showmanship.

volleyball redshirt freshman Chunia Graves),

North Florida area. 



HOMECOMING Homecoming 2012 at JU offered

a lifetime of laughs and memories for the

The alumni and student interaction at the

something for everyone: fun, spirited competition

participants and spectators.

tailgate was a huge success, and a 26-14 win over Marist was a treat for the Dolphins

and activities for students; festive, nostalgic On Friday evening, the President’s Reception

among the 1,900 spectators. Alumni revisited

was held for alumni in the Davis College

the tailgating area for a “Victory Hour” before

The week leading up to the Sept. 29 game

of Business, where Ashley Cupaiuolo ('08)

feasting on a delicious low country boil on the

was action-packed. The students’ homecoming

received the Scott Amos Recent Alumni of

riverfront and enjoying dancing, drinking and

theme, “Flippin’ Back to the ‘50s,” inspired

Distinction award and Ron Autrey ('01) was the

decadent desserts at the Alumni House. 

Dolphin Productions to host a retro-themed

recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award.

reunions for alumni; and—of course—football.

To view more photos from Homecoming

dance and showing of the movie “Grease.” On Saturday, the rowing alumni lost a close

weekend, visit the Facebook page

Miss Dolphina/Big Man on Campus pageant

race to the students, and the JU Leadership

“Jacksonville University Alumni”.

and raucous Mock Rock talent show provided

and Green Key Breakfast had a nice turnout.


A parade, pep rally, blood drive, the popular

FALL 2012










FALL 2012

Autrey, Cupaiuolo honored with JU’s top alumni awards Ronald A. Autrey and Ashley Cupaiuolo were honored Friday, Sept. 28, with Jacksonville University’s prestigious annual alumni awards. JU President Kerry Romesburg presented the honors at the President’s Homecoming Welcome Reception at the Davis College of Business. Autrey, who helped grow Jacksonville-based Miller Electric Co. from a 650-employee company with $80 million in revenue to a 1,650-employee, $311 million business within five years of taking over as president in 2003,

to JU graduates demonstrating significant

Cupaiuolo, a 2008 JU graduate in psychology

received JU’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.

professional accomplishments, community and

and sociology, worked through AmeriCorps to

philanthropic efforts and continued support

start the Campus Kitchen Project, devoted to

of JU.

feeding those in need. It fed more than 400

Capaiuolo received the university’s 2012 JU Scott Amos Recent Alumni of Distinction for her efforts

children and 200 adults of the Caroline Arms

at helping others, including giving her own car to

“This man is just an amazing individual. He

her sister when her sister was in need.

took that company...and it just took off and

subsidized housing complex near JU.

it is one of the top electrical contracting

“After leaving JU, she went on and continued

The Distinguished Alumni and Scott Amos

companies in the U.S.,” Romesburg said Friday

to help people everywhere she went,”

Recent Alumni of Distinction awards are given

in presenting Autrey the award.

Romesburg said. 



L to R


1 Trustee John Harrison '67 (left side, front to back), Stephanie Cost, Trustee Matt Tuohy '75/'03, Trustee Chuck Wodehouse, Trustee Fred Pruitt '68/'85, Cam Wodehouse (right side, Incoming President Tim Cost '81, Gail Harrison

2 Judy Poppell '62, Ron Poppell '61 3 Marie Campbell, Lamar Campbell '82, Brian Dudley '96/'05, Matt Eckler '96 4 Stephanie Cost, Tim Cost '81, VP of University Advancement Michael Howland '76


ALUMNI @ ATLANTA BRAVES 5 Mark Williamson ’74 (top row); Pamala Shannon (middle row), Wes Shannon ’74, Linda Worley ’69, Len Worley ’69, Mark Raymond ’85, Jennifer Clements; Special Assistant to the President Artis Gilmore ’71 (bottom row), Dennise Grayson ’88, Buddy Reeves, Associate Director of Alumni Relations Pat Reeves, Nancy Duncan ‘77, Royce Duncan ‘75, Alumni Relations Director Shirin Brenick ’79, Bruce Brenick

ALUMNI ATLANTA BBQ 6 Lucas Meers ’11, Brittany Johnson ’10, Glen Ross ’67, Mark Raymond ’85, Linda Worley ’69, Scott Romero ’78, Pat Reeves, Mary DuBose ’76, Shirin Brenick ’79, Len Worley ’69, Karen Kelczewski Hike ’76, Nancy Duncan ’77, Royce Duncan ’75, Artis Gilmore ‘71

7 Karen Kelczewski Hike ’76, Felecia Day ‘06


RAGTIME BEACHES ALUMNI RECEPTION 8 Connie Hutton '73, Professor Dr. Barre Barrett (Ret.) 9 Steve Piscitelli '75, Ramon Day '76 10 Karen Martin '80, Joe Martin '81 11 Pamela Shelley '05, Scott Fischer '07

HOME OPENER: JU VS. WEBBER 12 Ryan Reeves '03, Jack Davidson '59 and Art Stites '59



JU FOOTBALL @GA. SOUTHERN 13 Karen Wells, Bill Wells '77 14 Justin Felker '12 and his mother, Caren (Sessions) Felker ‘83

JAGUARS KICKOFF LUNCHEON 15 Athletic Director Brad Edwards, Georgina Kalaitzis ’10, Head Football Coach Kerwin Bell 16 Margaret Dees ’86, Brad Edwards

13 I M P O R T A N T



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FALL 2012


Upcoming Alumni Events




CFA Soiree College of Fine Arts 50th Anniversary Gala 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 16 The Museum – Jacksonville

St. Jude Give thanks. Walk Saturday, November 17 JU Dolphin Green



JU Alumni Tailgate (with UNF and FSCJ) Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets Sunday, December 9 Everbank Field Jacksonville


11 12

Winter Alumni Gathering (WAG) Friday-Sunday, February 15-17 Jacksonville University

Nellie's 60th Birthday Celebration Wednesday, February 27 Marineland Dolphin Research Center


16 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 to stay connected and learn about events and speakers.

WAVE   CLASS NOTES 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 Please do not send hard copy photos.


Logan James '07/'09

professionally with Royal Carribean Cruise

and Megan (Siegle)

Lines and toured with Can Can de Paris.

James '07 celebrated

She previously served as director of

the birth of their first

development at Inaside Chicago Dance,

ART DIRECTOR Donald dela Torre

child on July 26, 2012.

director of development and marketing at


Their son, Landon

the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and held

Contributing WriterS Michael Howland

Alexander, has brought

the Turner Fisher Fellowship for Opera

great joy into the lives

Management and Outreach at LSU.

of so many fellow Dolphins already!


Class Notes Alumni Relations

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University Marketing 904.256.7042 &  Communications

professional at Sawgrass Country

Registrar 904.256.7091

Club, has completed PGA certification

William Cook '10 and Jennifer

and received Class

Barnes '10 married on June 21, 2012 in

A credentials from

Remington, Va., at the Inn at Kelly's Ford.

the PGA of America.

Pictured are, from left, Shannon (Cook)

She also was recently honored as PGA

Spanier '09, Jennifer Barnes (Cook) '10,

North Florida Section Assistant Golf

William Cook '10, Shelley (Crow) Eisenhardt

Professional of the year. (Photo from

'10, and Michael Eisenhardt '09.

awards ceremony.) Stephanie JU professor

Bechtold ‘09

Dr. Janet

and Christian

Haavisto and

Martin ’09

JU alum Dr.

married on June

Laura Gunn ’99

17, 2012 at the

met for dinner and

Carriage House

a play in London,

in New Jersey.

England this summer. Haavisto was in

A cake at their

London teaching in a summer study-

wedding certainly

abroad program for American students,

had a Dolphin

and Gunn lives in London with her


husband and works as a biostatistician at Michelle Henry ’07 and Mary Bayle ’00

John Donovan

is now serving as

’08 married on

associate director of

March 23, 2012.

development for the

They reside in

Music and Dramatic Arts. She has danced

Editor Phillip Milano CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Hall

Alumni 904.256.7201

'05, assistant golf

Louisiana State University College of

Publisher Kerry D. Romesburg

Admissions 904.256.7000

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Hoboken, N.J.

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Madison Grisham ’09 Casey Hampton ’07 Jeannie Hardwick ’84 Karen K. Hike ’76 Donnie Horner, III ’11 Connie Hutton ’73 Michelle Murray Miller ’80 Edward Robinson ’64 Scott Romero ’78 Joey Sanchez ’09/’10 Matt Tuohy ’75/’03 Don Vella ’71 Robert Whitkop ’77

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the Dolphins in high gear in basketball, softball, baseba ll and lacrosse.

Plus campus tours, a test ride in our Skeet shooting with our Shootin

Aviation Simulator,

g team, a golf contest

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