A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS J A C K S O N V I L L E
U N I V E R S I T Y
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
VOLUME 16 • NUMBER 1 www.ju.edu JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ron A. Autrey ’01 Margaret Black-Scott ’85
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
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Kerry D. Romesburg President
4 JU’S $85M ASPIRE
CAMPAIGN KICKING INTO A NEW GEAR
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.
15 A NEW BAND—
AND A ROCKIN’ NEW FIGHT SONG
16 MORE THAN THE GAME: HOMECOMING 2012 ACTION-PACKED FOR STUDENTS, ALUMNI
20 ALUMNI EVENTS 22 CLASS NOTES
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
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.
“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
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.”
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
“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
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
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 email@example.com or call me at (904) 2567393 to start the conversation.
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.
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.
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.
ANNUAL VS. ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS:
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
ROWING ALUMNI RACE
FLIPPIN' BACK TO THE '50S
PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION FLIPPIN' BACK TO THE '50S ROWING ALUMNI RACE GREEN KEY BREAKFAST TAILGATE AND FOOTBALL GAME
GREEN KEY BREAKFAST
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
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.
WAVE ALUMNI EVENTS
L to R
JU NIGHT AT THE SUNS
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
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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
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Nellie's 60th Birthday Celebration Wednesday, February 27 Marineland Dolphin Research Center
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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
ASSISTANT EDITOR Kevin Hogencamp
Their son, Landon
the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and held
Contributing WriterS Michael Howland
Alexander, has brought
the Turner Fisher Fellowship for Opera
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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
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awards ceremony.) Stephanie JU professor
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married on June
Laura Gunn ’99
17, 2012 at the
met for dinner and
a play in London,
in New Jersey.
England this summer. Haavisto was in
A cake at their
London teaching in a summer study-
abroad program for American students,
had a Dolphin
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’08 married on
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March 23, 2012.
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the Dolphins in high gear in basketball, softball, baseba ll and lacrosse.
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