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Plus: Campus Life and the New JU Business Graduates

Message from the Publisher Dear JU Magazine Reader,

reetings and welcome to your Spring 2005 JU Magazine. This is an exciting semester at JU. We just opened our new Davis College of Business building, and plans are underway for converting the old business building into a new Davis Student Commons, which we hope to open this fall. You can read about both these developments in this issue. Opening the new student commons is President Kerry Romesburg such an important step for this university. Fostering an active and enjoyable campus life is a critical part of our strategic plan for growing and improving JU. In fact, creating what we call a living/learning environment on campus is one of the five areas of strategic emphasis that I have established for the university. This list began as the outline to a speech I gave last fall to an alumni group. It developed into a framework for what I see as our most important priorities at this point. The basic tenet upon which the priorities are based is that students are the fundamental focus of Jacksonville University, and that “the success of the University is measured by the success of its students.� Here are my five areas of strategic emphasis:


1. Promoting Academic Excellence: The heart of any fine university is its faculty, and Jacksonville University is fortunate to have a strong, dedicated faculty. This resource must be preserved and expanded through the retention and recruitment of the finest faculty available. 2. Creating a Living/Learning Community: Jacksonville University should provide an educational oasis for our students, a living/learning community where students feel safe, secure, and appreciated. 3. Re-establishing a sound financial base upon which a strong university will be developed. 4. Taking full advantage of the natural environment and setting of the JU campus. 5. Creating Centers of Excellence. I look forward to meeting with as many of you as I can during the coming months so that I can elaborate on these five points and better explain how each of them fits in with our long range goals for Jacksonville University. Thank you very much for your support during this academic year and for staying in touch with your university.

Kerry D. Romesburg President

contents Spring 2005, Volume 8, Number 2

magazine For Alumni and Friends of Jacksonville University

Publisher Kerry D. Romesburg

On the Cover:

A summer program in France included a trip to Mont Saint Michel in Normandy.

Calling All Alumni


Phon-a-thon students are working harder than ever to achieve their goal for alumni pledges. Find out why they’re counting on you.

Editor John Daigle Jr.

Assistant Editor Sara F. Coleman

Design Christopher D. Layton

Publication Coordinator Robin Bangert-Lenard

Alumni Section Editor Olga Bayer

Web Version Ryan Hart

Class Notes Patricia Reeves



News Briefs


Student Life on Campus

There’s no shortage of campus activities, but students look forward to the new Davis Student Commons as a gathering place for fitness, fun and much more!


JU Students Learn Around the Globe

laird Jonathan Derden

New Study Abroad programs are creating opportunities for specialized international education worldwide.

Contributing Writers

Glass Sculpture Shines

Contributing Photography

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The first class of orthodontists trained at JU looks toward a new career path.

Aviation Meets High Expectations


Students with a passion for flying are drawn to JU’s business and flight training degree program.

Good for Business: New Focus is on Real World Davis College graduates enter the workforce armed with a few extra weapons in their arsenal thanks to a revived and revved-up curriculum.

Faculty News Student News Alumni News Class Notes


A masterpiece of glass and stainless steel adds the crowning touch to the new Davis College of Business.

Orthodontics Graduates Spread Far and Wide

Sport Shorts

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Florida’s Best Jacksonville University, recently named one of America’s Best Colleges and Universities by U.S.News & World Report, was also named one of Florida’s top four private universities by Florida Monthly magazine. The award was listed in Florida Monthly’s Ninth Annual “Best of Florida” awards in its September 2004 issue. Among the four “best private universities” were JU, the University of Miami, Stetson University and Saint Leo University. The four were not ranked.

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Student L by Kathy Ellis


tudent Life at Jacksonville University is not a spectator sport. Many of JU’s roughly 1,000 residential students came to JU for its unique engaged learning opportunities. They love how a math major can star in a theater production or how the student body president can start on a Division I football team. Indeed, being a spectator might be about the only activity in which JU students find it hard to participate. With 17 Division I intercollegiate teams, more than 60 student clubs and organizations, 12 Greek organizations, five intramural leagues and numerous other activities, often the biggest challenge for the Student Life Office at this campus is how thin the student population is stretched between all the things to do. “The small community here at JU is unique,” said Justin Knowles, president of the Student Government Association and a starting tight end for the Dolphins football team. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But it’s not the same as with a school with a big football program. Everyone has some other activity. It’s hard to get enough people to attend the games.” That challenge and others are why JU’s new president, Dr. Kerry Romesburg, made focusing on campus life one of his top five strategic priorities. Early in his tenure at JU, Romesburg published a list of areas of strategic emphasis, including the goal of creating an attractive living/learning community where students are appreciated and can realize their full potential. JU will take one big step toward that goal this fall with the opening of the University’s new Davis Student Commons. The student life facility was made possible by a gift from the Davis family, and it found a home when one of the campus’s largest buildings was vacated as the Davis College of Business moved into a new building in January. Dean of Students Bryan Coker spent much of the fall working with a committee of student leaders, faculty and administrators on plans for the new riverfront student commons. Coker’s committee produced a vision for what the campus community wants and needs in the much-anticipated new



Life on campus

“The small community here at JU is unique. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” – Justin Knowles, president of SGA

facility. Plans to incorporate the committee’s suggestions are underway. Ideas are being studied by architects and engineers to determine their feasibility. The committee’s top recommendation was a new campus fitness center. “We hope to have the first phase of the plan – the fitness center on the first floor and offices for student clubs and organizations on the third floor – in place by fall of 2005,” Coker said. He said the lack of gathering spaces for students and faculty came up repeatedly as a concern. Consequently, the second phase of renovations will look at providing such spaces on the second floor, perhaps as a coffee shop or sports bar-type restaurant. SGA President Coker also discussed Romesburg’s plans for Justin Knowles using the campus’s physical resources to help invigorate student life. “The president is very interested in maximizing the use of the riverfront,” Coker said. The west side of the Commons building faces the river, and Romesburg wants to take full advantage of the view, possibly expanding the rear of the building with more glass. To make the most of the riverfront, the campus's old nine-hole golf course located on the St. Johns has been closed. Officials are developing plans to use the beautiful riverfront land in a way that will excite today's students. Perhaps the land can become a riverwalk, a park or an informal recreation space, Coker said. JU Trustee Carolyn Munro Wilson is an The Riparian Yearbook alumna who serves on the Board of Trustees’ Editor Kay Creager Student Life Committee. She said the committee’s goal is to provide students with more to do and to keep commuter and non-residential students on campus in the evening hours. Munro Wilson said that last summer, the SGA presented the committee with a list of student concerns. She said the trustees’ committee is working to address the list. “Some of the ideas are doable, some are not,” Munro Wilson said. “But, we’re working on it. Of course, a big piece will be the new Commons, and we have the money to do it.” She added that she thinks the students appreciate knowing that they have Kay Creager, Editor of The Riparian an ear on the Board of Trustees. Senior communications major Kay Creager is editor of The Riparian yearbook. As an SGA committee chair, she said there has been much focus on the issue of student apathy, but school spirit has grown significantly during her time at JU.

“I think school spirit has skyrocketed in the last year, and the new Commons will be the fuel the keeps the energy going.” –



Check out these preliminary plans for the new Davis Student Commons

FIRST FLOOR The former Davis College of Business building looks out over the St. Johns River and will become the new Davis Student Commons.

“I think school spirit has skyrocketed in the last year, and the new Commons will be the fuel that keeps the energy going,” Creager said. “It’s just so easy to be involved here. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed.” While the renovation of physical spaces like the Davis Student Commons and the former golf course may have the students pumped up, another brand new program has been launched that has Coker equally enthused. “This past fall we did something JU has never done,” he said. “We housed all the freshmen together and enrolled them in JU 101, a one-hour credit course that focuses solely on the college transition, things like study skills and time management skills. The goal is to build class unity and put students together that have the same interests.” He said he is already starting to see benefits such as more attendance at events. “It’s just another opportunity to build relationships and become involved,” said Coker. “I’m confident we’ll see retention benefits too.” Retention is something Miriam King is watching closely. As the new senior vice president of Enrollment Management, King is responsible for attracting new students, keeping them through graduation and turning out alumni who are happy with their college experience. She said a high-quality student life is critical to her own as well as students’ success. “Retention literature indicates that you must make a positive impact on students within the first six weeks,” King explained. “We have employed JU 101 to address that, but a course alone can’t do it all.” So, even as optimism about the future grows, the challenges of invigorating JU’s student life continue. Solutions are not always clear, but the University’s resolve is firm. JU continues to seek the balance between the many attributes a small university provides and the challenges of creating a vibrant student life within a relatively small campus community.

• Performance space and movie theater • Student Fitness and Recreation Center, featuring: • Weights and cardiovascular workout equipment • Aerobics room for group fitness classes • Student locker room

SECOND FLOOR • Centralized campus information and resource desk • New food service and dining area • Private dining room • Large multipurpose and meeting room • Recreation and gameroom • Student work/copy center • Campus Activities staff offices

THIRD FLOOR • Student organization offices • Meeting space for clubs and organizations • Offices for student services staff: Residential Life and Greek Life

INTERIOR FEATURES • Art galleries and display cases • Wireless Internet access

EXTERIOR FEATURES • Large patio facing campus • Express window for food service • Outdoor stage


hen JU junior Bethany Hayes arrived by train on Sept. 1 in Angers, France, for a semester of intensive language study, things got off to a rocky start. She waited seven hours in the train station for her host family to pick her up. She was a little scared. She called her dad on her cell phone. But her host mother arrived after work, and Hayes learned that the French process time a little differently than Americans do. Six months later, Hayes is still reflecting on all that she absorbed during her international education trip. She’s re-reading her five months’ of journal entries and learning about not only France, but also about herself and her American way of life. And she’s already thinking about helping others find similar opportunities. “Somehow, I definitely want to be involved in helping other people go abroad – and live – not just for a one-week vacation, but so they can really experience it,” Hayes said.

Extending JU Internationally Five years ago, only a handful of students would leave Jacksonville University for a semester or a summer and spend time overseas, usually studying a foreign language. Faculty with an interest in international studies encouraged their most ambitious students to seek out such opportunities.

Engaged Learning by Sara F. Coleman (Above photo): Bethany Hayes visits the Arc de Triomphe, which lies in the center of 12 radiating streets in Paris. (Right photo): Kelly Roberts and fiancée Concetta Pace enjoy the view above Florence, Italy, where Kelly plans to study opera next year.

Meredith Arns, Titima Wongsuwan, Heilwig Jones and Hartwell Jones gather in Bangkok, Thailand for a night out on the town.

Goes Global Today, as many as 150 JU students might be in as many as 12 different countries each year. Those who aren’t taking intensive language instruction are concentrating on their major studies – business, music, art, and more – at international universities all over the world. The University now boasts a Study Abroad program with two full-time staff, a full portfolio of international opportunities, and faculty-designed offerings that are innovative, but focused on JU’s core strengths. Troy Peden, director of the Study Abroad Office, came to JU four years ago with experience studying, working and volunteering worldwide. Peden has built JU’s collection of program offerings into a nationally competitive initiative that attracts college students

from across the country, in addition to the dozens of JU students who participate each semester and summer. Students can choose from 15 countries – from the European standbys of England, France, Spain and Italy, to more unusual places like Thailand, South Africa, Nepal and Sweden. Hayes, a French major, spent last fall studying language intricacies – grammar, phonetics, slang and translation – at Universite Catholique in Angers. She started her French classes in high school and has long wanted to spend time in France. “Being totally immersed in a language and culture simply is the best way to understand and adopt it,” she said. Her professors encouraged her to travel the country, go to the movies, and build relationships with French citizens to JU MAGAZINE/SPRING 2005


Sheridan has developed one of JU’s most attractive international programs. Paris Live! Fine Arts and French Language offers five weeks of summer classes in photography, painting, mixed media, architecture and art history, along with language instruction. Last summer, Sheridan taught students from JU and other colleges in her Shooting Like the Masters course in Paris. Students examined the work of four famous photographers who shot in Paris, then set about to re-create that style of work. Not everyone was a trained r photographer, u o b Har Sydney e h Sheridan said, but t p mb u heir cli t e they soon developed t a r eleb ramer c K their skills. “People’s eyes are a in r Kat 4 and '0 e well trained. You just have to get them aware of lo y tt Ta es, Sco . n o it,” she explained. J a Veld ralia in Aust maximize the Bridge opportunities for learning. She also developed friendships with students from around the world who were studying French like her. “It’s been such an eye-opener to me,” Hayes described. “I just feel like it’s taken my world perspective to a much deeper level.” A true appreciation for a different culture can’t be taught in the classroom, in a book, or through personal stories, she asserted. If Hayes was a typical Study Abroad student, then senior Kelly Roberts was a more unusual candidate. As a music theater major at JU, Roberts left behind several campus activities like student government, the Residence Hall Association and Chamber Singers, to spend a semester at the University of Reading in England. But he didn’t have to get off his major track. Roberts took courses in pop and applied music, and studied sociology, ecology and Spanish. He sang with Reading’s chamber singers group at the Notre Dame Cathedral in France. During his independent travels, he met an Italian girl who became his fiancée. Brandon Burre ll and Liz Koz Roberts plans to graduate this year, then study opera in lowski talk with Antonopoulos instructor Gab in Giverny, Fr riel ance, at the ho Florence, Italy. impressionist me and garden painter Claude s of Monet. Students in these programs typically broaden their horizons and gain self-confidence, said Ginger Sheridan, a JU Laura Winn ’03 photography instructor who has been leading international participated in the Paris program as a student, then served as education trips for 10 years. Many are separated from their Sheridan’s assistant last summer. She said her experiences there cultural norms and the pressures of everyday life. brought a whole new perspective to her studies of art, art “They can choose who they want to be,” Sheridan said. history and architecture. “To see a Monet [in person] and have “Students are able to think for themselves and make up their the paint come off the canvas – it’s a whole other experience own minds. They learn not to be afraid.” than seeing it in a slide,” Winn said. 10


Exotic Location, Engaged Education “I think Study Abroad is perhaps the prototypical example of engaged learning,” said Provost Gary Moore. Engaged learning, as a cornerstone of the JU culture, he explained, involves “deepening and enriching the learning experience” as students take responsibility for their own learning and seek extensions of the narrow classroom learning experience. “Time spent abroad in study accomplishes all these things,” Moore said. “It enriches the learning experience.” For a small, private university such as JU, a standout specialty program like Study Abroad has become a great recruiting tool. “Prospective students all say that they want it available,” Peden says, even if they aren’t sure they’ll participate. International experiences are also good for retention, Peden says, because “students return reinvigorated.” In Conwy, Wal es, English Pr This expanded program is also helping JU ofessor Dr. Ric students enro hard Gibson is lled in his 20 establish a reputation around the country as an surrounded by 04 summer pr ogram in Engl and. innovator in international education. Some 150 students from institutions such as Harvard, Syracuse, Cornell, JU’s international education offerings the University of Virginia and the University of California are are a good example of how study abroad programs have changed among those who book their overseas learning programs in recent years. Traditional semester-long programs are still through JU’s Study Abroad Office each year. They earn credit available, but students can now choose a summer short course, a from JU that transfers back to their home university. spring break trip or a flexible-length volunteer program in Nepal Peden attributes the widespread popularity to a handful of or the Philippines. factors. Students are attracted to the unique programs and “Years ago, international educators were opposed to short exotic locations. Most of the offerings are led by a JU faculty member, which means students have a familiar point of contact trips,” Peden said. But today, faculty, students and organizers see the value of short trips that provide opportunities to be while they’re in a different culture and learning environment. immersed in another culture. The non-language programs are mostly taught in English. Last spring, professors Quint White and Ray Oldakowski Peden and his associate, Scott Tayloe ’04, provide a lot of support services, from planning and financing the trip to online led 25 students on an “alternative spring break” trip to Costa Rica. Instead of a luxury cruise or a beach trip, participants paid advising during the experience. JU offers international to spend the week volunteering for tree planting, beach clean-up experiences with partner universities that provide good and mountain-trail maintenance. This year’s service trip to immersion opportunities in the foreign culture and excellent Ecuador filled up fast, and organizers had to turn students away. academic resources. With good planning, Peden says, students More than 40 students are set to go this spring. can earn credits that fit into their academic plan, even if they Peden says Study Abroad and educational travel programs aren’t language majors. are often life-transforming events for students. Most participants count it among their most memorable college experiences. Several “alumni” of JU’s programs have started a club to share their experiences with each other and with the next generation of college students. For Hayes, the student who spent the fall semester in France, returning home brought a new Participants can study foreign languages and cultures, but can also take academic specialty classes. For instance, one of the perspective to her college life. She was drawn to the University’s beautiful campus and location close to her home in Fernandina New Zealand programs offers aviation courses, and a program Beach. “It wasn’t that I fell in love with the JU community, until in Spain concentrates on business studies. JU’s School of I came back from France,” she explained. “And it’s true – you Nursing has created a nursing-focused spring break trip to don’t realize what you have until you’ve been away.” London.

“Being totally immersed in a language and culture simply is the best way to understand and adopt it."

- Bethany Hayes



Impressions of 12


Paris Laura Winn earned a bachelor of fine arts in studio photography at Jacksonville University in 2003. Today, she works in the JU School of Nursing as the coordinator for RN students and teaches photography in JU’s Art for Art’s Sake program. In the summer of 2002, Winn was a student in Ginger Sheridan’s Paris Live! Fine Arts and French Language program and studied alternative photography processes. Last summer, Winn returned to Paris as Sheridan’s teaching assistant. Here are some of her impressions of the city, in black and white. Winn said her second trip afforded her the opportunity to more closely examine several aspects of the city, both personally and with her camera. “When you’re there, it’s overwhelming,” she explained. “But you learn to be very aware of your surroundings, internalize the experience and embrace the differences,” Winn said.

A Glass Act: Sculpture Dedicated to Davis Family


Artist Jonathan Christie and alum Nate Nardi install White Palm in the new Davis College of Business. The glass sculpture was dedicated in honor of A. Dano Davis, Florence Davis, and in memory of the late J.E. Davis.


by Olga Bayer

American painter John Singer Sargent immortalized the Florida palmetto in a famous watercolor landscape titled Palmettos. Now, the native palm has been glorified again – this time as a magnificent 20-foot glass sculpture created by JU Artist-inResidence Jonathan Christie. The sculpture, handmade out of more than 150 opalescent glass pieces fitted into a brushed matted stainless steel frame, is a contemporary masterpiece dedicated to the Davis family and specially designed for the new Davis College of Business. Although he patterned the glass palm fronds from the palmetto, Christie sees the “sculpture in space” as representing all palms – symbolizing an oasis of relaxation and cool tropical breezes. The imposing, chandelier-like sculpture, hanging in the twostory atrium, aesthetically complements the bright, airy feel of the front entrance. The sculpture, titled White Palm, is a fitting tribute to the Davis Family. They have been staunch supporters of the University for more than 40 years, and through a generous challenge grant, have made the new Davis College of Business a reality at JU. President Kerry Romesburg commissioned Christie to create the original sculpture when he learned that Florence Davis, a former trustee and widow of the late J.E. Davis, was a big fan of glass art – especially that of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Prior to running JU’s glass studio, Christie worked as an assistant for Chihuly in Seattle. Over the years, he has taught, lectured, owned his own business and collaborated with an impressive list of contemporary artists including Jim Dine, Kiki Smith and Maya Lin. His art can be found in the permanent collections of many well-known corporations, museums and private collectors, including Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Because of his experience with large-scale productions, Christie realized the magnitude of the project. He had the expertise, but he didn’t have the luxury of time. What would normally be a four-month project, Christie had to pull off in a month. Christie wasted no time assembling a team. James Mongrain, Chihuly’s chief gaffer, and Nick Fry, a professional glass worker, came from Seattle for the first week. From concept to production to final installation, Christie relied on JU art students Amanda McDonald, Jocelyn Winslow, and Judy DeAngelis, and alumni Nate Nardi, BFA ’04, and Jono Lukas. “The students have been fantastic,” Christie said. “They haven’t been exposed to a production level like this and the teamwork it takes to create the same shape on a repetitive basis. It’s a great experience for them. It’s how Chihuly does it.” Besides the glass work, nearly 100 feet of stainless steel tubing was cut, shaped and soldered together to form the seven-finger bases for the 23 palm fronds and the frame. To figure out the mechanics of assembling and hanging the sculpture, Christie installed it from the ceiling of the studio and completely disassembled it before hanging it in its permanent spot in the Davis College of Business. The sculpture was revealed at the dedication of the new building on Jan. 13 and a surprised Florence Davis said she “absolutely loved it.” Christie was pleased. For him, glass blowing is a labor of love. He grew up in Ireland, moved to the United States at 13, and took his first glass blowing class at Massachusetts College of Art. “As soon as I saw that sloppy molten material, it was love at first sight,” Christie said. “I’ve been doing it 18 years and I’m still learning. That’s what I love about it.”


Ready to Improve Smiles Nationwide by Sara F. Coleman


hey started off in a trailer and waited anxiously for screenings at schools, then he volunteered at free the Lazzara Health Sciences Center to be clinic days to see referral patients. He plans to constructed. They treated patients and served continue treating underserved groups after his families who needed affordable orthodontic care. residency. And they blazed a new trail as the largest class of “In fact, JU’s school of orthodontics encourages orthodontics residents in the country. that,” Phan said. “They like to see us do about 10-15 Now, Jacksonville University’s first group of cases a year pro bono, where there’s no charge, trained orthodontists is ready to graduate and go because the patient desperately needs it, but they can’t forth to practice. In a country desperate for more afford it. In fact, students here are encouraged to do access to orthodontic care, these 14 practitioners will two per year, for the people in this community alone.” spread across the United States, beginning this July. Phan’s next stop is Phoenix, Ariz., along with Dr. Matthew Becker is headed to Omaha, Neb., some JU classmates. After that, he hopes to open a as that city’s first new orthodontist since 1999. For him, it’s a return home. He attended college and dental school in Nebraska, then had a dental practice in Lincoln. Becker volunteered 10-15 hours a week seeing dental patients in underserved populations, and plans to make time for that in his orthodontics practice, too. “You have a responsibility as a professional to give back,” he said. Becker and many of his classmates received privately funded scholarships that covered the cost of orthodontics training at JU. For most of the students, The orthodontics Class of 2005 includes (back row) Dr. Cameron Hulse, Dr. Molly McCarty, Dr. Cory Hoffman, Dr. Randall Snyder, Dr. Darrin Storms, Dr. Matthew the scholarship made their Becker, Dr. Enrique Vargas, Dr. Jeff Meckfessel; (front row) Dr. Jack Wright, Dr. educational dreams possible. Derick Phan, Dr. Robert Sheridan, Dr. Jason Pavlik and Dr. Boris Arbitman. Dr. Derick Phan said he still owes about $200,000 – the average figure – in student practice in San Jose, Calif., a high-growth area with a loans from his four-year dental education. It was a big large concentration of Asian Americans. Phan, a relief to find out that his two additional years of Vietnamese American, thinks there may be good training at JU wouldn’t add to that significant burden. opportunities to connect with new patients and Like Becker, Phan was a practicing dentist before establish a thriving practice. starting the program at JU. For three years, he Jacksonville will also benefit from this new class performed cosmetic dentistry procedures in the of orthodontists. One of the two who will practice on Monterey Bay area of California. Though he saw a the First Coast is Dr. Molly McCarty. She will have lot of wealthy adult clients, he also expanded the offices in the Mandarin and Julington Creek areas of practice to include local children and families. town. Eventually, she would like to take time out of Through the Monterey Bay Dental Society, and his her practice to teach part time. own volunteer coaching in schools, Phan learned McCarty said she’s had some memorable patients about local populations – often the children of farm at JU. Though the cases were often complex, patients workers – who needed dental services. were usually not afraid of treatment. “The biggest “But a lot of them don’t go to the dentist because decision most patients have is what colors they want they’re not educated enough,” he said. So Phan did on their braces,” she said. JU MAGAZINE/SPRING 2005


lying igh F H E

Jacksonville University’s Aeronautics Program Thrives with Determined Students by Sara F. Coleman

ach fall and spring, when the applications roll in for Jacksonville University’s aeronautics program, the story is always the same. Associate Director of Admissions Jo Stone says the student essays are nearly identical. They all begin, “Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a pilot.” Associate Director of Aeronautics Jill Darkatsh agrees, and says it’s not uncommon to hear that students have wanted to fly since they were two years old. “These are very determined, very direct students,” Darkatsh said. At JU, they find an opportunity to combine that passion for flying and a thirst for knowledge in a degree program that caters directly to their career goals. From all across the country and around the world, students flock to JU for its combined aviation degree and flight training program. Only about 10 percent of the applicants are from Florida, compared to 50 percent in-state applicants in the University’s general admissions pool. Sophomore Lok Lee, an international student from Hong



Kong, was one of those very focused students who sought out a college-level aviation program. He surfed the Internet, found JU, and the rest is history. Lee is serious about his aviation studies, but is also an enthusiastic participant in international student activities and several other aspects of campus life. Today, about 240 students are enrolled in the aeronautics program. The vast majority choose the major in aviation management and flight operations – a curriculum that includes several levels of professional pilot training. JU also has an aviation management major that focuses more on airline and airport management. Both majors build upon a business core and are administered by the Davis College of Business. A longstanding partnership with Delta Connection Academy, dating back to 1996, is one of the main draws for these driven students. While JU’s aeronautics faculty concentrate on teaching the management curriculum and ground instruction, DCA personnel teach hands-on pilot training at Craig Airport in Jacksonville. In four years, students can earn a bachelor’s degree,

promoting female complete their pilot’s students in the field. license and advanced Senior Henry Kicera “ratings,” and rack up is another student with a essential flight time lifelong passion and an hours that are necessary impressive resume. Kicera for career advancement. figured out when he was Most become flight a kid that he could beat instructors by the time the traffic by flying right they are juniors or over it. He started flying seniors, and end up at age 12, and was flying working with younger solo by 16. Kicera visited classmates in the cockpit. JU during a high school The success of JU’s Justin Whitmer and Mark Costa consider their course during a trip with the Civil Air partnership with DCA is flying lesson. Patrol, and came back to indisputable. Even in an era when major airlines have significantly slowed hiring and laid JU for college because it “felt like home.” Today, Kicera is off pilots, JU aviation graduates are bucking the odds, Darkatsh finishing his aviation management degree, working as a flight confirmed. Upon completion of DCA’s training, each student is instructor and serving as a resident assistant on campus. Another outlet for these students’ energy and focus is the JU guaranteed to have an interview with a regional carrier. Flight Team, which competes regionally and nationally against “In the last eight years, 97 percent of graduates qualified as flight instructors have been hired as pilots,” Darkatsh said. This, other college aviation programs in flight and ground-based events. As JU’s program has grown, the depth and talent level she added, makes JU’s program stand out head and shoulders on the team has grown with it, said Dr. Rhett Yates, assistant above the rest. professor of aeronautics Aviation students at JU finish with a business“In the last eight years, 97 percent of graduates qualified and co-advisor of the team. This year’s team based degree that as flight instructors have been hired as pilots.” placed second in the employers appreciate, several pilot ratings for – Jill Darkatsh, Associate Director of Aeronautics regional competition and will go to the national general aviation and tournament in May. commercial flight, and To finance their trips, the team members wash airplanes on usually a job working for a regional carrier or flight training the weekends at Craig. For many, it’s not a stretch to spend school. While they’re here, the students learn in small classes Saturdays and Sundays at the airport too. These students love and get personal attention – the hallmarks of a private college being in and around planes as much as they can. education. This combination is what draws students from all over the country to JU. Senior Jessica Hudson came from the small town of Pleasant Plain, Ohio, to JU to fulfill her lifelong dream to be a pilot. Though she had been inspired by her dad, who had a private pilot’s license, she had no flying experience. She devoted herself to her schoolwork and to pilot training, and has advanced quickly by earning several ratings. She now works part time as a flight instructor for DCA and spends a lot of time just hanging out at Craig field. Like most aviation students, she has ambitious long-term goals. “I see myself in the left seat of a triple seven,” said the petite blonde. That translates to the captain’s seat of a Boeing 777, a state-of-theart, passenger plane used by the major airlines. Her sister, freshman Codie Hudson, followed in her footsteps to JU. Women make up about 12 percent to 15 percent of JU’s aeronautics program, but only about 6 percent of pilots in the industry, Jessica Hudson has already earned enough flight hours to work as a flight Darkatsh said. A campus chapter of the Women instructor for Delta Connection Academy. Now she teaches her younger in Aviation club is dedicated to supporting and sister, Codie, and other JU students studying for their pilot’s license. JU MAGAZINE/SPRING 2005



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hen Lauren Starmer heads to her first post-college job interview, she’ll have a powerful weapon in her arsenal that’s bound to give her a competitive edge. The double-major senior will graduate in April with marketing and management degrees as well as real-world experience to offer potential employers. Starmer’s portfolio also includes an actual sales presentation she developed, from idea to implementation, as part of a marketing class at JU’s Davis College of Business. “I learned so much because I was literally going through the actions of what I’ll be doing professionally someday,” said Starmer, who aims eventually to become a highlevel executive in a marketing or advertising firm. “The practical experience teaches us more of what we’re going to find in the real world versus just reading things in a book. It’s so much more valuable and easier to learn.” That scenario is precisely what faculty and board members had in mind three years ago when they kicked off efforts to develop new, application-based curricula that would go hand-in-hand with the design of the new Davis College of Business building. JU representatives



Dr. Russ Baker, associate professor of management, instructs students in a management and information technology class in the new Davis College. traveled the country, observing the best practices of nearly 50 top-tier business schools including Dartmouth College, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. “We crafted a business curriculum that we think is taking the best of many different curricula and tailored them to our resource capabilities and the needs of our students,” said Vincent Narkiewicz, interim assistant dean and associate professor of marketing. The revamped programs are based on an applied learning approach, rather than the traditional theoretical approach, meaning that textbook memorization gives way to more hands-on learning. Lessons and teaching techniques draw from everyday business practices, much like Starmer’s sales presentation, and classes take advantage of high-tech features of the new 55,000-square-foot building, which opened in January. “One of the focal points of our new curricula is the concept of engaged and applied learning. The building itself was designed to encourage that engaged and applied learning 20


approach,” Narkiewicz said. One example is the new building’s Trading Room, where finance students practice real-time decision making using video monitors that display actual stock quotes and business news. Using the same information, seniors invest an actual stock-bond portfolio investment fund of more than $100,000 established by the Davis Family, founders of Winn-Dixie, major supporters of JU and the family namesake of the Davis College of Business. The building also features dozens of space configurations, including rooms that double as executive boardrooms, a behavioral observation room and tiered rooms designed for seminars and presentations. “Smart podiums” feature complete computer and video projection systems, and the building features multiple wireless zones – all common characteristics of today’s business environments. And flexible, coordinated program requirements make it easier for students to achieve double majors. “We’ve developed a mix so that students understand the theories, but also see the practices and how the theories are actually used,” said Jan Duggar, dean of the Davis College of Business. “Obviously, we want our students to have a strong liberal arts background, with critical thinking skills, the ability to communicate and an understanding of mathematics. But, the facilities here also lend themselves to the applied part of their learning.” The new building’s capabilities and the new curricula will certainly enhance the students’ experience in school and also prepare them very well for their careers after school, said Barbara Vick, director of Career Services. “I’m always looking for ways to help the students transition into the real world,” Vick said. The real key to the Davis College of Business’ success, however, will be its ability to recruit the involvement of local businesses and executives, say officials and students. Giving oncampus presentations of real-world business issues, lending time and efforts as mentors, and providing quality internship opportunities, wherein students get actual hands-on experience rather than making coffee-and-bagel runs, are a few of the ways the business community is stepping up. And they’re all the more willing knowing that students will bring with them more advanced knowledge and skill sets than ever before.

“We’ve developed a mix so that students understand the theories, but also see the practices and how the theories are actually used.” - Jan Duggar Dean of the Davis College of Business “I’m definitely optimistic,” said Brian Barquilla, who, along with fellow JU grad A.J. Beson ’93, founded Barbes Publishing seven years ago. Barquilla graduated from the Davis College of Business in 1994 with marketing and management degrees. His company publishes North Florida Doctor and several other health-related magazines.

“The new building is one that any university would be proud of, and I think it’s going to go a long way in terms of attracting faculty and students,” said Barquilla, who has hired three Davis College of Business graduates and is looking for another. “But the burden is going to fall on JU to reach out to these businesses. There are plenty that are eager to help the University as long as they can take advantage of some of the talent.” If the business community’s strong turnout at the recent dedication of the new building is any indication, recruiting such help won’t be a major challenge. Dozens of local business leaders from major companies toured the new building and hobnobbed with students. “The turnout is a great sign of the business community’s interest in the Davis College of Business and our programs, especially the Executive MBA program,” Duggar said. “We really want to capitalize on the new facilities and work with the business community to fine tune our programs and better serve the needs of both the businesses and our students.”

Joint owners of Barbes Publishing A.J. Beson ’93 (standing) and Brian Barquilla ’94 have hired three Davis College of Business graduates.

New Business Centers to Play Specialized Roles Under the banner of two new academic centers, business faculty are working to incorporate leadership development and wide-ranging marketing topics into the curricula. Dr. William Locander, director of the Center for Leadership Development, has been busy helping faculty retool JU’s Executive MBA degree into an Executive MBA in Leadership Development. Other faculty are reworking undergraduate classes in leadership. The new Marketing Center, said Director Dr. Gordon McClung, has a broader focus than its name implies. It encompasses customer relationship management and supply chain management too. McClung plans to match companies and students for applied research and project opportunities in marketing.

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Author Kicks Off Mayor’s Book Club at WLPS round Jacksonville, the talk among the preschool set is She said she was especially honored to initiate the program about RALLY Jacksonville, the early literacy program at JU, where she has strong family ties. Coker’s daughter, Dr. pushed by Mayor John Peyton. And when JU friend Kelly Coker-Daniel ’91, graduated from JU’s MAT program Fran Peacock Coker was selected to write books for the and worked at WLPS. Coker’s granddaughter, Madeline program, the young students at the on-campus Wilma’s Little Daniel, attended WLPS before entering kindergarten and is the People’s School (WLPS) found inspiration for the Madeline themselves right in the middle of character in the book. the action. Coker was accompanied on the visit by her sister, Ginger On Sept. 17, Jacksonville area Peacock Preston ’91, from the resident Coker read her first Jacksonville Children’s book, I Can Read, to four-yearolds at WLPS before the start of Commission. Preston also a city-wide promotional tour. graduated from JU’s MAT The preschoolers received an program and worked at WLPS autographed copy of the book for 20 years. Preston’s three along with a colorful RALLY children, as well as numerous backpack stuffed with crayons, nieces and nephews, attended T-shirts, alphabet cards, stickers, the preschool. picnic blankets and more. Peyton has pledged to Jeanine Garrett, director of spend $10 million during the Fran Peacock Coker reads her original book to an audience of WLPS, said the children were next three years on the literacy very excited about meeting a real captivated children at Wilma’s Little People’s School. campaign, aimed at getting author. “It was a huge success, just excellent,” Garrett said. every four-year-old in Jacksonville involved in early reading. To “Both the parents and the children are so enthusiastic.” participate, parents can sign up at libraries and in preschools. Coker, who’s been enlisted to create 12 books for the Each month, children receive a book at their home, and parents program, said, “I feel blessed to be part of a team that’s working receive a teaching guide. Coker’s stories feature Jacksonville to make a difference in four-year-old lives.” landmarks such as the zoo and the city’s bridges.


Campus Road Named for Dedicated JU Benefactors lumni and friends are invited to take a stroll in front of Terry Concert Hall and walk along Terry Lane, newly named in honor of philanthropists and longtime JU supporters Mary Virginia Terry and her late husband, C. Herman Terry. At a dedication ceremony Oct. 20, President Kerry Romesburg unveiled the signs for the street and said that Mary Virginia Terry exemplifies everything that JU stands for in the community. At the ceremony, former Board of Trustees Chairman Billy Walker said he marveled at how committed the Terrys have always been to giving, rather than receiving. Romesburg said the Terrys have been kind and generous to the




University, and have worked diligently on the board to ensure that students are the number one priority at JU. Terry Lane runs from Second Street – one of the main campus arteries – to University Boulevard and passes by Terry Concert Hall, which was dedicated in 1991. Over their lifetime, the Terrys have given generously to Jacksonville University and served as trustees. Herman Terry served from 1981 until his death in 1998, at which time Mary Virginia Terry President Kerry Romesburg and succeeded him on the board. Today, she is secretary of the board and a member of the Mary Virginia Terry show off the new street signs in front of enrollment committee. Terry Concert Hall.

series of powerful storms in September left a mark when a microburst storm rolled over campus shortly before 5 on the JU campus but spared the University from p.m. Intense rain, wind and hailstones were followed by flash major property damage. Still, a few dozen trees fell flooding. Martin said 12 more large campus trees were lost. or were severely damaged and the Swisher Library struggled Several live oak and other types were completely uprooted with sustained power outages for several days. because the soil was saturated from the previous storm and Hurricane Frances was the first storm to roll through the lingering wet conditions. These trees, in contrast, had been area on Sunday, Sept. 5. Several trees came down and the healthy but could not sustain the wet conditions of two campus was strewn with debris, but Physical Plant consecutive storms, Martin said. employees worked diligently in Finally, Hurricane Jeanne the following days to clean up skirted the campus on Sunday, the campus and make it safe. Sept. 26, scattering more JU was one of the only debris and toppling branches educational institutions on the onto students’ cars near the First Coast to open and hold campus apartments. The classes on Tuesday, Sept. 7. University was closed on Dr. Jeff Martin, assistant Monday following the storm, professor of social sciences and but reopened the following a climatology and wind day. Martin said that eight researcher, surveyed the tree water oaks or major limbs fell damage on campus and in different directions during determined that 25 trees fell or Jeanne. The varied direction of lost major limbs more than treethrow suggested signs of a four inches in diameter during The debris created by the September storms was moved to a huge tornado-like activity, Martin pile in the southern part of campus and then hauled away. Frances. All except two were said. water oaks – trees with weak root and limb structures that President Kerry Romesburg assured the campus are infamously prone to storm winds. And nearly all fell in community that continuing tree removal efforts on campus the southwest direction. Martin explained that most of these would prioritize the safety of people and property, tree trees had existing structural damage prior to the storm. preservation and campus beauty. He also indicated that a Thus, the “treethrow” caused by the tropical system was part tree replacement plan would be developed. of a “natural process by which the weak and sick are culled, Aside from tree damage, the most visible reminder of the leaving an environment that is less dense, more nutrient storms was the continuing disruption of electric service in loaded, and in better overall health,” Martin wrote in a the Swisher Library. During the repairs, library staff worked preliminary assessment. hard to make parts of the library accessible and to meet the The next weather incident came on Thursday, Sept. 9, individual needs of students and faculty.


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Students Say Thanks to Order of the Dolphin Supporters he community of alumni The black-tie affair also had a and friends who financially new twist this year – a video support the University is presentation of students saying growing and prospering. Nowhere thank you to the donors in their was this more evident than at the own words. Four scholarship annual Order of the Dolphin recipients told their JU stories and dinner in November, where the underlined the impact donors have University thanked and celebrated on students’ futures when they with donors who contributed more support the University. than $1,000 during 2003-2004. “I almost certainly would not be About 400 individual donors, here if it weren’t for your support,” Ken Anderson, Eula Wood, James Macklin ’60, Shirley said Student Government families and companies who are Macklin ’60, Randall Berg, and Bill and Fran Nash members of the Order of the Association President Justin Knowles in the video. “From the Dolphin were honored, with 140 in enjoy the evening. attendance at San Jose Country Club. bottom of my heart, thank you.”




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Library Showcases Historic Artwork with JU Connections ome of the oldest known art depicting early life on and retirement spent partly at Jacksonville University, where Florida’s First Coast is now on display at the he maintained an office in the library as a Distinguished University’s Swisher Library. Six prints, dating back Professor. It was the continuation of a longtime relationship to 1591, display engravings of the artwork of painter Jacques between Bennett and the Swisher Library. Director Thomas le Moyne, who traveled to Northern Florida with French Gunn said Bennett had sent hundreds of books to the library explorers in 1564 and witnessed the development of Ft. over the years. Bennett also called the library from Caroline, not far from the present-day JU campus. Washington, D.C., for help researching questions, and often Le Moyne’s depictions of joked that the Swisher Library the New World, the Timucuan gave him better service than the Indians and the St. Johns River Library of Congress, Gunn said. were thought to provide Over the years, Bennett Europeans with some of the first wrote and published several representations of Florida and its books about First Coast history native people. His drawings and was instrumental in the were later turned into engravings establishment of the Ft. by Theodor de Bry and Caroline National Monument published in book form in 1591. and the Timucuan Ecological Flash forward more than and Historic Preserve, which lie 400 years. Individual pages from within the Jacksonville city de Bry’s work caught the eye of limits. former Jacksonville University Johnson said he wanted to President Franklyn Johnson, honor Bennett’s time at who found them in New York Jacksonville University and his This 1591 print shows how artist Jacques le Moyne painted in the 1960s. Johnson collected Ft. Caroline. The print now hangs in Swisher Library. interest in First Coast history. old book pages and maps, and “Anything connected to Ft. had an interest in Native American studies. The prints were Caroline, the Timucuan Indians, or the St. Johns River… inexpensive, Johnson recalled, and he simply stored them makes you think of Charlie Bennett,” Johnson said. with other collected items that endured several household Today, the de Bry prints are displayed in the moves. “I suspect they were kind of forgotten,” he said. administrative offices of the Swisher Library. They depict A few decades later, Johnson decided that donating the hunting and food stores, the discovery of rivers, and the Ft. prints to the University would be a great tribute to Charlie Caroline site. The frames are accompanied by a plaque Bennett, the late U.S. congressman from Florida and friend commemorating Johnson’s gift and memorializing Bennett’s of JU who had developed a great passion for Florida history life and work. For the library staff, and for all of JU, the gift and the Ft. Caroline area. represents a historical connection to a former JU president, a Bennett died in 2003, after a 44-year career in Congress well-respected legislator, and the area’s early history.


Davis Family Honored as New Business Building Opens acksonville University dedicated its new $10 million, state-of-the-art Davis College of Business building on Jan. 13, amid hundreds of University supporters, alumni, faculty, staff and students. The building honors Mrs. Florence Davis and her son, A. Dano Davis, whose $20 million challenge gift funded the new facility. Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Christie talks with President Kerry Romesburg and Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Florence Davis and Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne at the dedication of the new Davis building. Cascone led JU trustees, alumni,




donors, faculty, staff and students in paying tribute to the Davis family. Also on hand were former University presidents Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, Dr. James Brady, and Reverend Paul Tipton. Dan Davis addressed the crowd and said he was reminded of the movie Field of Dreams, and its famous line “Build it, and they will come.” Both the new building and the college’s outstanding faculty will beckon new generations of business students to JU, he said.

nder a new articulation agreement with Nova Southeastern University, Jacksonville University pre-med students now have a leg up in the graduate school admissions process. The agreement establishes a dual admission 4+4 program for outstanding students who want to pursue an undergraduate degree at JU and a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree at NSU. The College of Osteopathic Medicine at NSU will reserve up to five slots in each class for JU graduates who have completed Dr. Anthony Silvagni, dean of Nova’s medical school, and Dr. Quint White, dean of JU’s undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, made a joint degrees and presentation to students about the new program. pre-med prerequisites. High school seniors seeking dual admission to the 4+4 program will notify both JU and NSU of their intent and complete initial interviews at NSU. Students must also meet GPA standards, take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and complete a full application before being admitted to the medical school. Upon completion of their bachelor’s degrees at JU, the students will matriculate into NSU’s osteopathic medicine program. Dr. Quinton White, dean of JU’s College of Arts and Sciences, which will administer the program, said NSU’s interest in JU pre-med undergraduates is a tribute to the excellence of the faculty and instruction at the University. “I think it’s an indication of the quality of our pre-med program and how competitive our graduates are for medical school.” About 83 percent of students in the University’s pre-med program are admitted to medical school, compared to 50 percent at most schools, he said. Osteopathic medicine was developed more than 130 years ago to bring a holistic philosophy to medicine. With a strong emphasis on the interrelationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones, and organs, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine apply the philosophy of treating the whole person for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness, disease, and injury. Approximately 65 percent of D.O.s practice in the primary care fields of family medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine NSU is one of 20 accredited schools of osteopathic medicine in the United States. It enrolls more than 750 students, and has articulation agreements with other member institutions of The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF).


Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members


ine community leaders were elected to the University’s Board of Trustees in January:

Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, retired, U.S. Navy, CEO of Delaney & Associates Consulting. Two of his three daughters graduated from JU. Dr. John M. Godfrey, principal and chief economist of Florida Economic Associates, an economic consulting firm. He formerly taught at Jacksonville University. John G. Harrison ’67, president of Harrison & Company and chairman of the advisory board of the JU Athletic Association. Michael R. Howland ’76, CEO of Noble of Indiana and president of the JU Alumni Association.

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Cyrus Jollivette, senior vice president of public affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. Timothy D. Payne, president and CEO of the MPS Group. Gilbert Pomar Jr., a retired labor relations executive. His wife, Nancy, is a graduate of JU. Linda Berry Stein ’69, community volunteer and philanthropist. Lisa Strange Weatherby, vice president of investments and senior investment management consultant at Smith Barney.

Presidential Parade New to Howard Building ortraits of Jacksonville University’s storied leaders – from founder Judge William J. Porter to current chief Kerry D. Romesburg – are now on display in the Howard Building’s new Gallery of Presidents. The portraits honor the legacies of each of the 11 leaders who left their mark on JU in the last 70 years.




Sports SPORTS sports shorts sports Dolphin Volleyball Captures A-Sun Title, NCAA Bid hat to do for an encore? In Atlantic and the No. 2 seed his first season as head Belmont, all within a 24-hour coach at JU, Kevin Paul led period. Junior middle hitter Lindsay the Dolphin volleyball team to its Ward became the first Dolphin first Atlantic Sun Conference since 1987 to earn A-Sun Championship title and the Championship MVP honors. program’s first NCAA Tournament Sophomore Eva Stoilova and junior appearance in the Division I era Joanna Silva also earned all(since 1983). The season might have tournament accolades. started rough as JU got off to a 0-8 For the season, Stoilova became start, but Paul rallied the troops for just the fourth Dolphin to receive a 15-5 finish, including a schoolFirst-Team Atlantic Sun Allrecord 10 consecutive wins against Conference honors after leading the The Dolphin volleyball team celebrates its Atlantic Sun A-Sun opponents. The Dolphins squad with 296 kills. JU also Conference Championship title. eventually lost to perennial power established school records for Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball average digs per game (17.98) and digs in a single match (121). Championship, which was the Cardinal’s first win en route to As a Division II program, JU made an NCAA Tournament the 2004 National Championship. appearance in 1983 after finishing 35-9 on the year, while also The Dolphins entered the A-Sun Championship as the No. clinching the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and 4 seed, but proceeded to beat host UCF, top-seeded Florida tournament titles.


Feely Finally Shines at Kicking


U junior transfer Ryan Feely waited a long time to be in the spotlight. After playing behind talented teammates in high school and at the University of Central Florida, the punter/place kicker made the most of his opportunity at JU last fall. Feely, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons kicker Jay Feely, earned Division IAA Mid-Major First-Team AllAmerica honors from The Sports Network after leading the Pioneer Junior Ryan Feely gets his Football League in punting during kicks playing for the his first season at JU. He also earned Dolphins. First-Team All-Pioneer Football League honors as the Dolphins led the league in punting for the first time. Feely ranked 18th in Division I-AA in punting with a 40.9 yard average. He booted 10 punts over 50 yards during the season. Feely also connected on 19-of-21 point-after attempts and nailed five field goals, including two career-long 38-yarders. 26


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U baseball is back and the Dolphins are in search of their fourth NCAA Regional appearance in the last seven years. Head Coach Terry Alexander, who is in his 15th season at the helm of the program, will feature his deepest squad in 10 years as JU returns 22 letterwinners. The Dolphins will once again face one of the toughest schedules in the Atlantic Sun Conference with 10 games against Top25 schools, including JU will host FSU at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville March 22. No. 2 Miami, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 18 Florida State and No. 24 UCF. JU will host the Seminoles at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the first of four annual meetings with FSU. The contest will be the first Division I baseball game to be played in Jacksonville’s state-of-theart facility, which also houses the Jacksonville Suns and will play host to the 2005 ACC Baseball Championship.

he Atlantic Sun Conference will undergo a facelift of sorts as the landscape of college athletics continues to evolve. The ASun, which is in its 26th year of operation, will add three new schools beginning in the fall of 2005, while three current member institutions are leaving at the completion of the 2004-2005 campaign. East Tennessee State, the University of North Florida and Kennesaw State University will join the conference. The University of Central Florida (Conference USA) and Troy (Sunbelt Conference) are leaving because of football affiliations, while Georgia State will join the Colonial Athletic Association in the fall of 2005. In addition, Florida Atlantic will join the Sun Belt in 2006 as a Division I football member.



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JU Student-Athletes Set Pace for A-Sun Fund-Raiser

he Dolphins made their first basketball appearance in downtown Jacksonville in five years when JU played the University of Florida at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in November. The Dolphins will host Florida State next season at the arena and will play host to the 2006 NCAA Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds, March 16 and 18. Tickets for the 2006 NCAA Tournament go on sale this year in late March.

olphin student-athletes took some time out of their busy fall schedules to serve the community in a time of need. JU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) led all Atlantic Sun Conference members by contributing $564.46 of the $2,562.84 collected for the American Red Cross in an effort to help hurricane victims in Florida find shelter and food last fall. JU was awarded a plaque for its efforts by the Atlantic Sun Conference at halftime of the Dolphins’ final regularseason basketball game on Feb. 12 at Swisher Gymnasium. To raise the funds, the student committee ran a cafeteria drive, took donations at the Homecoming football game, placed collection buckets around campus and hosted a dodgeball tournament at Swisher Gym. “I am truly amazed at the dedication of these fine young people,” said Steve Sturek, Atlantic Sun senior associate commissioner and conference liaison to the ASun SAAC. “The fact that so much money could be raised in such a short period of time shows the character of these student-athletes.” The A-Sun SAAC includes student-athletes from all 11 A-Sun institutions. Its goal is to promote the ideals of the NCAA, its institutions and all student-athletes.


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Faculty Faculty faculty news faculty Experienced Business Dean Joins Davis College he Davis College of Business entered a new era in He also jumped right into the academic life and began January when it moved into the new Davis building teaching an undergraduate class in International Finance. “I and welcomed Dr. Jan W. Duggar as its new dean. enjoy teaching,” Duggar told faculty. “It gives me some sanity, it Since 2000, Duggar had been dean of the connects me to students, and it helps me Arkansas State University College of understand the issues you’re facing.” Business. He previously served as dean of the Through his deanships at other Albers School of Business and Economics at universities, Duggar has had experience with Seattle University (1998-2000) and as dean of some of the most pressing issues facing the College of Business Administration at the business schools today. Under his guidance, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1990schools have achieved initial and 1998). His career also includes a term in the reaffirmation of accreditation from AACSB Peace Corps in Ethiopia and several years in International – The Association to Advance private practice as an economic and financial Collegiate Schools of Business, which is the consultant. premier accrediting agency in business Business faculty said that Duggar’s education. He has developed and supervised background as a dean and administrator at extensive economic development programs three different universities made him the top for the community and implemented new candidate for the job. They were also drawn advising strategies for students. And he has to his record of working well with faculty and launched new academic programs in areas with the business community. such as international business, management Duggar promises to be a hands-on information systems, leadership, and Dr. Jan W. Duggar administrator. He got up to speed with the insurance and risk management. business community quickly at the January dedication of the Duggar earned a bachelor of arts, master of science and new Davis College of Business building. Restarting an executive Ph.D. – all in economics – from Florida State University. He advisory council for the college and developing a student also served as scientific director of the social sciences division at advisory council were two of the early ideas he proposed. the Gulf South Research Institute and as economic Duggar wants to make sure all of the college’s constituencies development coordinator in the Louisiana Office of State have an opportunity to provide input about major initiatives Planning. going forward.


Crosby Becomes Permanent CFO and Vice President


n November, Dr. Bill Crosby became JU’s permanent chief financial officer and vice president for administrative services, after filling that role on an interim basis for more than a year. President Kerry Romesburg said Crosby was a good choice for the job because of his strong finance background, and because he knows the JU community and its circumstances well. Crosby also has had great success in working with the University’s lending partners, Romesburg said. During Crosby’s tenure as interim vice president, the University restructured its finances 28


Dr. Bill Crosby

and developed a plan to address recent financial challenges. Crosby also continued to teach accounting classes while holding his administrative post. As vice president, he oversees the University’s offices of Human Resources, Physical Plant, Information Technology, Purchasing, Budgets and the Controller. Crosby is a certified public accountant, with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in accounting. He has taught at JU since 1992 as an instructor, assistant and associate professor.

rmed with small grants and extra time for research, learn through these activities. With engaged learning being four faculty selected as the new Jacksonville promoted at JU and elsewhere, their research will have farUniversity Scholars are preparing projects that will reaching implications for the humanities classroom. engage students in new methods of learning and study their Dr. David Luechauer, associate professor of leadership progress. The 2005 Scholars were introduced at a luncheon and business, plans to work on integrating business in January. education with the performing Now in its second year, the arts. He hopes to develop Scholars program encourages theater-based educational faculty to explore new teaching activities that can be used in and learning methods, practice business classes and in those methods in the classroom, leadership development and report their results in a activities by campus groups public forum. The University’s such as the Office of Center for Teaching and Residential Life. Learning administers the He says that students may program, and funding is find the exercise useful in the provided by a grant from the future when they are business nonprofit Jessie Ball duPont leaders playing an advisory role Fund. Each scholar receives with community arts groups. Dr. Michael Nancarrow, Dr. Julie Sloan Brannon, Dr. $1,500 to support travel and Dr. Michael Nancarrow, David Luechauer and Dr. Sandra Coyle are the 2005 research expenses, and course assistant professor of Jacksonville University Scholars. release time to focus on their mathematics, will study how project. and why students encounter difficulties with real-world Assistant Professor Dr. Julie Sloan Brannon and mathematical problems, even when they possess the skills Associate Professor Dr. Sandra Coyle, both in the English required to solve the problems. Nancarrow noted that department, will research how faculty use student group problem-solving skills, even outside of mathematics, have projects in their classrooms and assess how well students become a major skill sought in college graduates.


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Newest Faculty Scholars to Study Teaching and Learning

New Senior VP Aims to Boost Enrollment and Retention the top of her agenda is helping the University n an effort to improve student make better use of its financial aid resources to enrollment and retention rates at the attract good students with the potential for University, President Kerry success in college. Romesburg reorganized several units earlier this year under a new division called King holds a master’s degree in sociology Enrollment Management. Miriam King, a from Lindenwood College and a bachelor’s veteran enrollment management professional, degree in consumer services in business from was selected to lead the new division as senior Pennsylvania State University. At Monmouth, vice president. She came to Jacksonville where she had served since 1995, King developed a distinctive enrollment program that University from Monmouth University, where helped boost enrollment by 58 percent. Fullshe was vice president for enrollment time undergraduate enrollment rose 132 management. percent during her time at Monmouth, and King has more than 25 years of successful graduate enrollment rose 60 percent. At the senior-level experience in areas including Miriam King same time, Monmouth increased its graduation admissions, financial aid, recruiting, research, rates and the average SAT scores of new freshmen. The marketing and strategic enrollment planning. At JU, she will changes accounted for some $382 million in new tuition lead a new division including Admissions, Financial Aid, revenue. Public Relations and Marketing, the Registrar’s Office, King has also served as vice president for enrollment Institutional Research, Career Services and Student Life. management at Rockford College, dean of Admissions and At the January meeting of the Board of Trustees, King Financial Aid at Chatham College, and dean of Admissions at discussed her plans to help JU remain distinctive and competitive in the higher education marketplace. One item at Lindenwood College (now Lindenwood University).




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Chapman’s Sculptures a Natural for New Public Library by Olga Bayer


evil claws. Monkey balls. Barometer earthstars. existence, to envelop the viewer in nature. And how would They are small, unique specimens found in nature. Chapman like people to react? She wants to spur their At the new West Regional Branch public library in memories – hopefully, positive reminisces – about places Jacksonville, you can take a nature walk inside the library and they’ve been and objects they’ve encountered along the way. encounter these objects – and other enchanting forms – in “Everyone has their own memory, and I just hope to the shape of huge three-dimensional clay sculptures. trigger that,” said Chapman. “My ultimate intent is to have The sculptures, unveiled earlier this year, are part of a someone walk though it and say, ‘Hey, I remember that.’” permanent display created by sculptor Dana Chapman, Chapman developed the sculptures over the past year, assistant professor of art at JU. doing her most intense work Commissioned by the Art in over the summer break. Public Places program, Chapman, who likes to work Chapman was chosen from entirely from her sketches, among 30 artists for the found her biggest challenge was installation. The large-scale translating her small-scale composition includes 20 separate drawings into large physical sculptures – the centerpiece pieces. For this she used her weighing more than 35 pounds calculator and – much to her – encasing three walls around surprise – algebra. and above the library’s entrance. There were a lot of learning For Chapman, it was an curves for making the large honor – and somewhat daunting stoneware pieces. She needed to experience – to be selected for adjust the clay thickness, what would be her biggest account for shrinkage and allow personal project to date. for a lengthier drying time. To Describing herself as a “maker of keep the forms from collapsing objects,” she was passionate while drying, she had to carve about the project from the foam supports, a process that beginning, believing that her took two weeks. work would be a perfect fit. “My Each sculpture has a work is about collecting, and beautiful rich matte finish – libraries are big collections. I largely the result of Chapman’s think I belong here.” knowledge from a year-long Much of Chapman’s work is study of glazes. Artist Dana Chapman created a larger than life magnolia pod based on collections from her After going through nearly travels and from former students for the West Regional Branch public library installation. 1,000 pounds of wet clay, who send her things from all over the country. For the Chapman installed the sculptures herself, adhering to strict library, she envisioned a collection of these trophies from parameters required for a public building. “From this, I nature, including a slippery elm pod, a beefsteak mushroom definitely realized my mechanical potential,” she said. and glacial stones, being displayed on the wall the same way Chapman, who received an MFA in ceramics from a hunter would mount animal trophies. She also visualized Tulane University, said the entire experience has been the objects much bigger than incredibly positive. She actual size. wouldn’t have attempted it had Jacque Holmes, a consultant “My work is about collecting, and libraries she not been 100 percent for Art in Public Places who passionate about it. And she are big collections. I think I belong here.” feels the same way about was on the board that chose —Dana Chapman, assistant professor of art teaching. “I want to nurture Chapman, said, “Her work is extremely good quality. This each student’s individuality. particular library has a feeling of That way, students can develop a hunting lodge, constructed from large stones and natural what they’re passionate about. It just makes sense to me.” materials. Her work has to do with nature both in form and Chapman admits a certain amount of pride and in the way she handles the clay. We thought it would be satisfaction with the finished project. But as far as resting on particularly appropriate.” her laurels, she said, “There’s always a project in the works. The sculptures are arranged to represent all parts of When you’re doing what you love, there’s no end really.” JU MAGAZINE/SPRING 2005


or JU history Professor war started in 1791. Haitians won John Garrigus, 2004 was a freedom from bondage, defeated busy year on the speakers’ Napoleon’s attempt to restore circuit. Garrigus specializes in the slavery, and finally declared history of Caribbean nations and independence on Jan. 1, 1804. specifically Haiti, which earned Immediately following, Haiti independence from France 200 suffered from infighting among years ago. During the past year of military leaders and an enormous bicentennial celebration, Garrigus debt owed to France, Garrigus participated in conferences as far said. It was more than 50 years away as Barbados and Martinique after independence before the and in a roundtable co-sponsored United States and other major by Columbia University at the powers would treat Haiti as a On a 1999 Fulbright-sponsored trip to Haiti, Dr. John legitimate country. Brooklyn Public Library in New Garrigus (right) had coffee with Andre Pierre, one of York. Today, Haiti remains divided Haiti's greatest living painters. “People have kind of erased by political ideology and social Haiti from history,” Garrigus said. Though Haiti has been class. Last year, rebels forced out longtime president Jeanlargely forgotten, it is a nation with important milestones Bertrand Aristide. Haitians’ plans for major bicentennial and characteristics, he said. After the United States, it was celebrations were further dampened by the devastation from the second independent country in the Americas. Black flash flooding and tropical storms, Garrigus said. slaves in Haiti fought for and won freedom in 1804, decades At the Nov. 21 roundtable in New York, Garrigus and earlier than emancipation in the United States. And fellow scholars explored how “the ideals and promise of the Haitians have long identified themselves as Latin Haitian Revolution have remained unfulfilled.” The Haitian Americans, even though many were born in Africa. Revolution, he explained, is seen as an unfinished one. Haiti, earlier called Saint Domingue, had been ruled by Though former slaves achieved independence, they did not France for 150 years and valued for its production of sugar follow France, England and the United States in creating a and coffee. As French Revolutionaries established liberties, nation-state that could meet the needs of its people, free blacks in Haiti demanded more rights and started Garrigus said. Two hundred years of unstable political rule fighting French colonial rule. The slave revolt that drove the followed, and it continues to this day.

Rody Borg Takes Over as Faculty Chair Mid-Year r. Rody Borg, professor of economics, took over as chair of the faculty in January after Dr. Sherri Jackson stepped down for personal reasons. Dr. Janet Haavisto, professor of English, was elected vice chair. Both Borg and Haavisto have been at JU for 20 years and have a deep understanding of the University’s history and current Dr. Rody Borg issues. Borg said one of his priorities in the coming months will be to encourage faculty to work together with administrators. “The faculty need to be proactive about the institution and their involvement with the institution,” he said.


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Historian Garrigus Studies Haitian Revolution Bicentennial

Alumni Return to Join Navy ROTC Staff U’s Navy ROTC unit has welcomed back three alumni who have returned as Naval Science instructors. All three naval officers chose JU from more than 140 NROTC colleges and universities nationwide. Ensign Wes Smith ’04 worked with the unit before attending flight school. He spent the fall semester teaching and advising the NROTC freshman class. Lieutenant Thomas Purvis returned to JU after a five-year hiatus as a pilot. He became the new freshman advisor and instructor for introductory courses. Lieutenant Kevin Lowe ’97, a nuclear officer and submariner, serves as the sophomore advisor. The NROTC unit at JU serves about 225 students who attend JU, the University of North Florida, and Florida Community College at Jacksonville. It is housed in a new building named for former U.S. Representative Tillie Fowler.




Student Student student news student Student Brings Creative Bedside Manner to Patients


ara Huke, a JU senior with a double major in art and Huke has always loved art, but discovering it as an outlet psychology, has found a way to combine her two for healing was more of a fluke. While recuperating from a passions – working with art and reaching out to help bout with swimmer’s shoulder, Huke painted an image of a others. For more than a year, Sara has volunteered as a visiting female shoulder in cool shades of blue and purple. Almost artist for Art-at-the-Bedside, a program sponsored by the subconsciously, she added a hand brushing the warm, healing Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine that brings colors of orange, yellow and red over the shoulder. art to hospital patients. Huke acknowledges that art Terence Netter, dean of the therapy is more complex, but College of Fine Arts, told Huke said, “Unbeknownst to me, I about Mayo’s startup program. was already well under way Huke became part of a orienting my interest of art and grassroots team for the sixpsychology in the direction of month pilot, which proved to be art therapy,” she explained. so successful that it earned As a volunteer for Art-atapproval for continuation. the-Bedside, Huke gained Armed with a basketful of “hands-on experience and saw art supplies, Huke visits patients how art could affect others – not in the transplant and postjust myself.” Seeing the surgical wards of St. Luke’s emotional benefits for the Hospital each week. patients reinforced her decision Some patients are reluctant to focus on art therapy as a at first, but through experience, Student volunteer Sara Huke shares her artistic talent with patient career. Huke said, she has gotten better Carroll Manahan through Mayo's Art-at-the-Bedside program. Currently Huke is the only at persuading them to “try their own hand” at art. “I’ll start a visiting artist at St. Luke’s, but she is working to recruit others. piece of work, and then ask them to show me something, and “It’s so rewarding. Even though it sounds cliché, I have to say pretty soon they’re doing it on their own,” she said. it’s the experience of a lifetime.”

Senior’s Community Service Inspired by Her Family’s Own


ith the end of college in sight guiding principle: “While they’re here, last fall, senior Candace make them happy for the remainder of Bradley didn’t need to worry their lives. Just make them happy. about finishing the 50 hours of Whatever you can do.” Her activities community service required to have ranged from fund raising to graduate. She had logged nearly 1,000 creating patient care packages, hours of service to a single organization supporting events for pediatric patients, – Community Hospice of Northeast and working at book and craft sales. Florida. Bradley got involved through Christine Tyler, director of JU’s her grandmother, Marian Bradley, Community Service Learning Center, who was president of the auxiliary said Bradley’s record of service was group for many years. Candace Bradley Candace Bradley was inspired to volunteer at Hospice extraordinary. “I think that Candace by her grandmother, Marian Bradley. began volunteering with the auxiliary would say that she has also has received from the process of giving of herself,” Tyler said. “That is the as a high school freshman, and never turned back. The auxiliary is focused on making Hospice’s 900 patients magic of community service: we become better persons through feel at home. Bradley explained the group’s work with this the process of giving.” 32


by Olga Bayer When senior Adewale Adeniran logged onto his Adeniran’s parents made great sacrifices to put him computer to check his scores for the Medical through private schools, and that helped him regain his selfCollege Admission Test (MCAT), he and his esteem. “My parents worked hard for me and my sister,” he entire family started cheering. said. “That’s what drives me, so their sacrifice hasn’t been a Adeniran, a soft-spoken biochemistry waste.” Adeniran’s sister, Adetutu, is an major at JU, placed in the top 2 percent accounting major at JU. of the country on the MCAT. According At age 16, Adeniran moved to to Dr. Ted Allen, chair of JU’s PreJacksonville. While in high school, he Medical Advisory Committee, Adeniran’s attended a mini-class during JU’s extraordinarily high score – in the 98th admissions visitation weekend. The class, percentile – is believed to be the highest taught by physics professor Dr. Paul score in Florida. “He can probably gain Simony, would influence Adeniran’s admission to any medical school in the decision to attend JU. He remembered United States,” said Allen. visiting his father’s research lab as a small Adeniran is a Nigerian native who, at boy in Nigeria, and how it peaked his the age of 21, has already lived an interest in medicine. At JU, he found an amazing life. When Adeniran was 10 opportunity to explore his interest in years old, his father left the family in small classes with knowledgeable Kano, Nigeria, to accept a teaching professors who were “excited about what fellowship in Nebraska.The family moved they were teaching.” here when his parents determined it was Adewale Adeniran placed in the top 2 Last summer, Adeniran was selected not safe to return to Nigeria due to school percent of the country on the MCAT. for Yale’s prestigious pre-med summer closings, escalating ethnic/religious conflicts and harsh program for minority students. His research on U.N./U.S. sanctions against Nigeria’s military government. neurotransmission of the eye was presented in Washington, Living in America was a major culture shock for D.C., and has been accepted for publication. Adeniran. His family went from affluent to poor, and As far as becoming a doctor, Adeniran believes he can adjusting to the American public school system was difficult. offer a different perspective from most of his peers. “Having “In Nigeria, my entire high school had only 60 students. You been in every social class, and a minority both racially and bowed your head when you talked to a teacher,” he said. culturally, I can relate well to a diverse group.” “Education was based on competition. I was used to being Adeniran is considering the field of oncology. He has ranked number one or two, but here, I lost my rank. It was been accepted to the some of the most prestigious medical depressing.” schools, and now has only to make his decision.


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Student Headed for Medical School Soars to Top of the Class

Student Aviators Ascend to Second Place Regional Win he University’s Flight aviation programs and more Team turned in its best training resources. Region IX showing ever with a includes Florida, Georgia and second place finish in the Region Alabama. JU finished ahead of IX competition of the National Florida Institute of Technology and Intercollegiate Flying Association just behind Embry-Riddle Safety and Evaluation Conference, Aeronautical University. in Flagler County on Oct. 30. The events included Aircraft Fourteen of the 19 participating Recognition, Computer Accuracy, team members also placed in the Message Drop, Navigation, Aircraft individual competitions. The team JU's flight team placed 2nd, despite having fewer Preflight, Simulator, Short Field resources than schools with larger and more established will now advance to the national Landings and more. aviation programs. competition in May. All of the team members are enrolled in the aviation management or aviation Dr. Rhett Yates, team advisor and assistant professor of aviation, said the students performed above expectations management and flight operations programs at JU’s Davis against other regional teams with older, more established College of Business.




Alumni alumni news alumni Students and Alumni Celebrate During Homecoming Week omecoming week – chock full of festivities, parties and awards – ended on a high note: a football victory over Austin Peay State University, 31-14, on Oct. 16. After several weeks of weather disruptions on campus, students, football players and alumni were glad to be back on schedule and enjoying fall traditions. The students celebrated all week with activities under the Viva Las Vegas theme, with t-shirts declaring “What Happens at JU Stays at JU.” Highlights included the Ocean’s 11 Casino Night, the Elvis Impersonator and Elvis lookalike contests, and Friday night’s Rally in the Valley. President Kerry and Judy Romesburg kicked off the Alumni Weekend activities on Friday night with a reception at the University House and introduced the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus, Jacksonville attorney Fred Franklin ’77. On Saturday, student groups came out strong to sponsor the Family Fun Zone with activities for visiting children and families of all ages. It was a picture perfect day for tailgating. Prime parking areas filled up quickly with students, alumni and families who enjoyed picnicking and visiting with friends old and new. Following the football victory, alumni enjoyed the MargaRATaville celebration at the second annual revival of the Rathskeller party. The River House alumni office was decked out for a beach-themed party that recalled the heyday of the Rat, JU’s former on-campus bar and lounge. The Saturday night festivities also included the first ever Silver Dolphin Reunion, a dinner and dancing celebration in the Howard Building.


red Franklin ’77, a prominent Jacksonville attorney and community volunteer, was named the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus. Franklin, honored at this year’s Homecoming festivities, is a shareholder at law firm Rogers Towers, and is a former general counsel for the City of Jacksonville. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from JU and later received his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. Alumni During halftime of the Homecoming football Board of game, Alumni Association President Michael Howland ’76 and University President Kerry Governors President-Elect Romesburg congratulate Fred Franklin (second and Gator Bowl from right), as Robert Leverock ’86 looks on. staffer Robert Leverock ’86 worked closely with Franklin, who was also general counsel of the Gator Bowl Association. He said Franklin is generous with his time and volunteers for several community organizations that make a difference. “He has a business sense that helps keep us on track,” Leverock said. Franklin serves on the boards of St. Vincent’s Health Systems, the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee and the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens, and is a member of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission.


Class Wars


lumni giving is critical to JU’s success. Here’s a look at how some of the top classes compare on giving rates.


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From the Association President by Michael R. Howland CAE ’76 After my family, faith and the challenges of leading Noble of Indiana on a daily basis, nothing occupies more of my time or thoughts than Jacksonville University and my belief that JU can ascend to the level of our nation’s elite private universities. We have an extraordinary, muchhonored faculty, a spectacular riverfront campus and – in Kerry Romesburg – a president with integrity, fiscal prowess, vision and a recognition that alumni must be a cornerstone of JU’s future. My two-year tenure as your Alumni Board of Governors president has offered me some wonderful opportunities to mold that cornerstone. Much like my four years at JU, it has incorporated a lot of learning, new friendships, a fair number of meetings, a deepened appreciation for what makes JU special, and some returns to the Rathskeller. What I am the most proud of is the cadre of dedicated alumni leaders – Robert Leverock, Andy Moran, Matt Kane, Nina Zuccaro Waters, Scott Romero, Karen Kelczewski Hike, Diana Peaks and Bill Morlan to name a few – waiting to take the board and the level of engagement to new heights. In Margaret Widman Dees ’86, they have a creative, passionate colleague as alumni director and worthy partner. Rather than bore you with our accomplishments, I implore you to join the board for the next two years. Share your ideas at our next Board of Governors meeting May 19. Join us for Homecoming Weekend Oct. 14-16. Become a VISA volunteer and recruit our future alumni. Contribute your favorite JU memories to JU Magazine or our E-Dolphin newsletter. Get involved in a JU Alumni Chapter or smaller Dolphin Club in your backyard… or help us launch one. Join Alvin Brown, Julia Samms and others in lifting a fledgling Black Alumni Association off the ground. By all means, please contribute what you can to JU. Our heartfelt thanks go to those of you who already have invested in JU’s future this year, helping us to improve our alumni giving rate. I am more optimistic than ever that your investment will reap huge dividends. Contact me at or Margaret Dees at to get involved. JU MAGAZINE/SPRING 2005

alumni news

Franklin Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award


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In the Saddle Again, JU’s Hazouri Returns to Public Office erving as JU’s alumni director early in his career, Tommy Hazouri, BA ’66, made a living out of promoting the accomplishments of the University’s many successful alumni. These days, Hazouri is making his own headlines after another successful political campaign. Hazouri, the former state legislator and mayor of Jacksonville, handily won an election to the Duval County School Board last fall. This recent victory marks the beginning of the next chapter in Hazouri’s long list of public service which includes the following positions: 1974-86 Florida House of Representatives 1980-82 Chairman, Duval Legislative Delegation 1984-86 Chair, House Committee on Education, K-12 1987-91 Mayor, City of Jacksonville 1991 Commissioner, Florida Commission on Ethics Indeed, from his time as JU’s Student Government Association president until today, no other alumnus has enjoyed more success in public office. Hazouri continues to be one of the University’s most high-profile graduates. Aside from his position on the school board, Hazouri is president of Hazouri & Associates, a private consulting firm that specializes in government and legislative affairs. He and his wife, Carol, whom he met at JU, live in Mandarin. Carol has been a Duval County school teacher for more than 25 years. Their son Tommy Jr. is an elementary education


major at Flagler College. While serving as mayor of Jacksonville, Hazouri took on many tough political battles. He is credited with spearheading the effort to clean up Jacksonville’s polluted air, and he led the initiative to remove toll booths clogging the city’s roadways. He also added 278 police officers to the Sheriff’s Office. Hazouri credits much of his success in public life Former Jacksonville Mayor with lessons he learned Tommy Hazouri, BA ’66, recently won election to the Duval County while majoring in history and government at JU. The School Board. size of the campus and nature of the student body gave him a chance to explore and cultivate his leadership potential, Hazouri said. Hazouri joins a host of JU alums serving in public office, a list that includes: State Reps. Aaron Bean ’89 and Stan Jordon ’60, ’67 as well as Jacksonville City Council members Sharon Copeland ’00 and Glorious Johnson ’78.

Alum Earns National Arts Award for Helping Others by Olga Bayer impact anyone, especially people you ope McMath, BFA ’92, MAT think couldn’t participate in arts. It shows ’96, has a very special way with how relevant art is, and to be a part of people and with art. So special, that is professionally and personally very in fact, she was presented with the rewarding.” national VSA arts (formerly Very Special McMath recently oversaw a threeArts) Award of Excellence in Leadership year $1.5 million renovation of Art and Collaboration, at the Kennedy Connections – the museum’s educational Center in Washington, D.C., last July. space that is fun and interactive. Since the An international nonprofit organization, renovation, she said, attendance has “shot VSA arts has affiliates in more than 60 through the roof.” McMath also countries utilizing the arts to include coordinates field trips for more than people with disabilities in all aspects of 32,000 children yearly, designs curriculum society. and supervises the volunteers and docents. As director of education at the The museum’s junior docent program, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, currently made up of 70 middle and McMath has coordinated the VSA arts Hope McMath ’92, ’96 serves as director senior high school students, was designed Festival for disabled students at the of education at the Cummer Museum of by McMath through her master’s museum for the past 10 years. Under Art and Gardens in Jacksonville. practicum at JU. Her studies at JU McMath’s tenure, the festival has grown included studio art, education and art history – a perfect from a one-day event with 200 students to a three-day combination for the museum job. McMath said her art festival serving more than 2,000 students. Although she enjoys all aspects of her job, McMath said, history professor, Cheryl Sowder, had a big influence over “VSA is where my heart is. It’s proof that art can profoundly her and inspired her to continually raise the bar for herself.




idway through her second year at Jacksonville foundation including grant-making, finance and University, Nina Waters (then Nina Zuccaro) was development; facilitating the growth of the foundation’s ready to transfer to another university. And, if not permanent assets; and assuring their effective use in meeting for the personal attention she received from then Dean of the community’s needs. Students Martha McGee, she probably would have left JU, Waters said opportunities for leadership she had at JU and her personal and professional lives would have taken helped prepare her to lead the foundation. entirely different paths. “I was elected president of my sorority in my sophomore “Dean McGee helped me to see the benefits of a small year, became a resident advisor in the summer of my liberal arts university,” said the 1980 graduate who was freshman year and eventually became senior resident recently named president of advisor,” she said. “Other Jacksonville’s leading positions such as chairperson of philanthropic organization. Homecoming and president of “The leadership and academic Green Key helped me to have opportunities that I was able to confidence in myself and taught experience at JU truly shaped me how to work with diverse my career and community groups – like prospective leadership opportunities. She students, students, faculty, (McGee) was helpful in alumni – to set and reach goals. encouraging me to take on “I came to JU from leadership roles and helped me Pittsburgh having never been to connect with the University away from home and not and the broader Jacksonville knowing anyone,” Waters community.” continued. “The small class Those lessons from McGee sizes, individualized attention and others at JU have served provided by faculty, and Waters well. In January, she was encouragement that I received named president of The was invaluable to me at an Community Foundation, Inc., a important time in my life. I public foundation that serves decided to make Jacksonville my donors and their philanthropic home based on my experience at causes by providing expert JU.” assistance in developing Waters said she has great strategies for giving. The memories of her days at JU and Community Foundation is an of professors and advisors such extremely influential voice in as Drs. Quint White and Northeast Florida’s Norman Pollack. philanthropic community with “Quint was my advisor my Nina Waters, BA ’80, came to JU planning to study marine assets of more than $100 freshman year,” Waters said. million. It makes an average of biology, but found her calling in the social sciences. Waters was “He spent a great deal of time $8 million worth of grants each recently named president of The Community Foundation. helping me to find my true year. interest in social sciences and assisted me in transitioning to Waters’ career path since her graduation from JU has that field.” taken her on a whirlwind tour of the city’s youth-serving Waters said Pollack helped her get an internship at nonprofit organizations including positions as academic what was then the Fairfield Correctional Institution, a coordinator at the Jacksonville Marine Institute, lead minimum security work release program located in Duval counselor for the Jacksonville Job Corps Center, executive County. director of the Pace Center for Girls, and executive vice “I didn’t have a car, so he drove me to the facility president of The Community Foundation. downtown three days a week,” she said. “He also helped to Waters has also been president of the Uptown Civitan place me in a job at the Jacksonville Marine Institute after Club, is a Leadership Jacksonville graduate and member of graduation.” the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and was Her latest position is both challenging and rewarding, a finalist in the prestigious annual EVE Awards. Waters said. “I like to learn, and I am fortunate to work in In her latest position, Waters is responsible for directing an organization that truly values learning, reflection and the overall programs and administrative activities of the thoughtful action.”



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Waters Named Community Foundation President


s the new executive director for the Amelia Arts Centre in Fernandina Beach, JU alum Susan Parry, BS ’71, has a challenging job ahead of her. And first on her agenda is fund raising so that the nonprofit center can buy the historic First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach as its new home. The center has already raised more than half of the $3 million needed to purchase the building, but the big push is on to reach the goal this spring. Parry was on the Amelia Art Centre’s Board of Directors and previously served as the Susan Parry is raising money to buy this church for the Amelia Arts Centre. volunteer coordinator for the Amelia Island Museum of History and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. She earned her degree in elementary education from JU, and taught 17 years in both private and public schools. About her JU experience, she said, “I feel my life has been shaped by the extremely caring professors who knew me by name and truly cared and helped me through those years.” Parry, a music minor, played the flute with JU’s orchestra, and later with the Jacksonville Symphony. She remembers gathering in the home of Dr. Fran Kinne, then dean of the College of Fine Arts, for mini-recitals and sing-alongs with other music students. “It was like a big family,” she said. Parry is following in the footsteps of her good friend, Susan Beaudette, the previous executive director for the center, who died suddenly last November. Determined to carry on Beaudette’s mission, Parry said, “I truly have my heart in what I feel is one of the best jobs I have ever had.” She’s optimistic that together, with the outstanding volunteer support she has received from the community, they can realize their dream to “bring our arts community together for the good of everyone.”


Photo Courtesy of The Florida Times-Union

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Thanks for the Memories...

New Director Centered on Arts Mission in Fernandina


U Chancellor Emeritus Fran Kinne is at home playing classic or popular music. Traveling with her husband on overseas assignments, she developed a freindship with Bob Hope. Kinne cemented her close freindship with Hope during her time as dean and president at JU. Bob Hope, who passed away in 2003, encouraged Kinne to record a collection of her music. She produced this CD in Hope’s memory last year.


Art Educator Takes Art from Classroom to Community elly Delaney, BFA ’92, was named the 2004 Art Educator of the Year by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. Delaney, an art teacher at Southside Middle School, was recognized for teaching excellence and for involving her students in community service through arts in the classroom. For the past five years, Delaney’s students have created decorations and auction items for the Fur Ball Gala, the Kelly Delaney is flanked by her parents, Kevin Jacksonville and Pat Delaney, as she receives the award. Humane Society’s annual fundraiser. Each fall, her students create ceramic bowls for a fundraiser to support the local food bank. And recently, they painted part of a huge canvas mural displayed by JAXPORT during the Super Bowl. Delaney’s students have beautified their own campus, turning cement benches into works of art, and adding fountains and murals to the courtyard and gardens. “Art is a positive way to keep students interested in school, especially if they’re not great at academics,” said Delaney. “Participating in art builds self-esteem and appreciation for the arts.” Delaney also volunteers at nonprofit organizations such as Hubbard House, where she painted a mural in the playroom and taught art lessons to children.


by Olga Bayer hen Glenn Ross, BA ’67, attended “I spent a lot of time in the student center, Jacksonville University, he put his rather than studying. There were a lot of social life first – playing pool in regulars back then.” the student center, hanging out with his Ross, one of only six philosophy majors fraternity buddies and participating in at the time, also gave a generous amount to intramural sports. A bit like the Holden the Department of Philosophy, which he’s Caulfield character in J.D. Salinger’s book, pleased to see growing. It’s his belief that The Catcher in the Rye, Ross had a rebellious philosophy teaches you to think, read and streak that followed him through college. enjoy life a little more, especially later in life. Today, Ross says that attitude, coupled with With Ross’ gift, the Philosophy a major in philosophy that encouraged him Department will be able to provide a variety to think, question and analyze, helped him of speakers – local, national, and get where he is today. international – annually for its Ethics Lecture Series, and purchase additional wish list Ross now lives in Atlanta with his wife, items such as new technology. Anita, and owns a successful commercial Dr. Erich Freiberger, assistant professor real estate firm. He also owned a daycare of philosophy, was overwhelmed by the facility for 10 years. Before that, Ross tried a Glenn Ross tailored his donation to encourage his favorite things at JU Rosses’ benevolence. “This money goes a variety of jobs in insurance, personnel and at philosophy and playing pool. long way,” Freiberger said. “As a liberal arts a concrete company. But his aversion to university, JU has a mission to bring in speakers, to expose our taking orders eventually led him to become self-employed, a students to a variety of viewpoints and levels of discourse. The status he’s enjoyed since 1974. Fortunately for JU, Ross’ generous nature is just as big as his benefits are incalculable.” Ross’ philosophy of life has a lot to do with finding a lively spirit and wonderful sense of humor. Recently, he and his balance between work and play. At JU, he balanced fraternity wife made a substantial donation to enhance the experience of life, shooting pool, intramural sports and working “without students, both academically and socially, at JU. getting on academic probation.” Today, one of his biggest Having experienced a good fiscal year and after reading passions is food – his wife is a gourmet cook – and collecting about JU’s financial needs, Ross, who had been considering a wine to share with friends. He and his wife have toured France gift to JU, decided to act sooner, rather than later. and traveled to Italy the last four years. The first part of the gift was a “no brainer” for Ross. He To sum up his college experience Ross said, “I really had a would furnish the new Davis Student Commons with new slate regulation pool tables, complete with standard accessories. Extra ball at JU, and I appreciate the education.” He also appreciates the chance to make a difference at JU, and the ability to gear his funds can be used for a flat-screen TV. gift toward his main interests. “Shooting pool helped put me through school,” Ross said.


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Donation Cued Up for Fun and Philosophy Wish List

Athletic Alum Pays Back JU with New Tennis Complex he JU tennis teams will have a new home this year – the Keith Watson Tennis Complex – on the south end of campus. A generous donation from Keith and Carol Watson helped fund the project, which includes six hard courts. “Thanks to the generosity of the Watson family, JU will have one of the premier tennis facilities in the Atlantic Sun Conference,” said Head Coach Andre Herke. “This will help our programs accelerate their growth regionally, as well as on the national level.” Watson, BS ’71, was a tennis standout at Tennis standout Keith Watson JU from 1969 to 1971, posting a 35-13 record and becoming the only tennis player in in fine form playing at JU.


school history to qualify for the NCAA Championship. In 1993, he also became the only former Dolphin tennis player to be elected to the JU Athletic Hall of Fame. A juvenile diabetic, Watson suffered kidney failure as an adult and underwent successful kidney and pancreas transplants in 2000. After the surgery, he re-evaluated his life. “Everyday is a blessing,” he said. “I live for my family and to pay back the kindness people have shown me. That includes JU. They enabled me to reach my goals.” Watson lives with his wife and two sons, and is the founding member of Watson & Osborne, P.A. in Jacksonville. JU MAGAZINE/SPRING 2005


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Charles Edward “Eddie” Bohannon, AA ’54, lives in Millis, Mass. with his wife, Carolyn. Pictured is their daughter, Betty Ruby, with her husband, Atef A.Wraya, and their son Ali.

Lauren C. Clough, MAT ’69, is a retired ESE teacher, and is currently the president of the Nassau County Retired Educators Association. She is also a state volunteer for Special Olympics.

James O’Keefe, BS ’83, was recently selected for promotion to the grade of commander in the United States Coast Guard. O’Keefe also provided emergency rescue and evacuation assistance to the victims of the recent hurricanes that devastated Florida. He is currently a flight instructor at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala.

1966 Dr. Allen Snyder, BA ’66, lives in Pittsburgh, Penn. and recently retired as a general surgeon. He now owns and operates a construction development company that builds retail town centers, home subdivisions and office buildings.


1973 Jane Boxer Feber, BA ’73, recently had her first book, Creative Book Reports: Fun Projects with Rubrics for Fiction and Nonfiction, published by Maupin House. Feber has been teaching middle school in Duval County for the past 32 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, a recipient of the Gladys Prior Award for Teaching Excellence, and was the 2003 Teacher of the Year for the Florida Council of Teachers of English.

Paul J. McNulty, BS ’68, coaches boys’ lacrosse at Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn. His team won the Connecticut 1979 State Championship in 2004. Paul was also named the Connecticut High School John Creuziger, BA ’79, and his wife, Coaches Association’s Lacrosse Coach of Debbie, moved from northern Virginia to the Year for 2003-2004. Fort Myers, Fla., in July 2004. John works for George Mason University and Roger N. Thomas, BA ’68/BS ’76, Debbie is a technical writer currently was named Civil Air Patrol National under contract to webMethods. Historian of the Year and recipient of the Lester Hooper Award in History at Civil 1981 Air Patrol’s national meeting in Tampa, Fla., in August 2004. Roger and his wife, J. Michael Kennedy, BS ’81, lives in Nancy, live in Jacksonville. He is also a North Carolina and has recently been member of the JU Alumni Board of promoted to vice president of BB&T Governors. Corporate Trust Services in Wilson, N.C. 40


Mark Roesser, BS ’83, recently received the Points of Light Award from Florida Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings for his work and promotion of rights for disabled residents. Points of Light awards are given to Florida residents who demonstrate exemplary community service. Mark is a three-year member of the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology and has advocated for greater access to and awareness of assisted living technology.

1984 Greg LaFave, BS ’84, had his Change of Command on Oct. 14, 2004, and several JU alums attended the event. After the celebration, LaFave and his JU buddies continued their celebration by attending Homecoming 2004 in Jacksonville. Greg’s tour as commanding officer of the Naval Recruiting District, Montgomery, Ala., was cut short when an emergency need arose for a new “air boss” on the USS Belleauwood. LaFave is currently serving in that capacity as air boss, which is the third most senior billet on the ship.




Alaine Williams Ducharme, BS ’93, and her husband, Rich, live in Jacksonville with their two children. Jordan Ashley is 2 years old and Jake William was born Nov. 17, 2003.

Christopher Sacra, BS ’98, has just completed his Master of Public Administration degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He is currently an active duty Navy lieutenant (surface warfare). He’s stationed on shore duty at Afloat Training Group Atlantic in Norfolk and will be reporting to department head school in Newport, R.I. in April 2005.

LCOL Owen R. Lovejoy, II, BS Leo Stanley, BA ’93, lives in Port ’86, is an executive officer with the U.S. St. Lucie, Fla., and is employed as a Marine Corps stationed in Hawaii. technical writer for one of the largest medical suppliers in the nation, Liberty HealthCare. 1987 Stuart Ott, BM ’87, lives in Springfield, Va., and was recently promoted to chief of the Division of Telecommunications for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior. He runs a National Network Operations and Security Center, overseeing two major networks that cover 23 states and service 63 Native American reservations.

1990 Joe Rinella, BS ’90, D.O., is a second year resident at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Family Medicine Residency Program at Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.

1995 Scott Johnson, BS ’95, works at Raymond James and Associates. He is married to YiYi Lam and they have two daughters, Annika Kai, born June 4, 2003, and Dagney Amber, born August 27, 2004.

Lt. Scott DiGiusto, BS ’99, is flying the P-3C Orion with Patrol Squadron Nine out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He is the mission commander and patrol plane commander for the currently deployed Combat Air Crew Six. Upon his return to Hawaii, Diguisto will check out of VP-9 and will move to Corpus Christi, Texas, for instructor duty at Training Squadron Two Eight.

1996 Amanda Reed, BA ’96, recently graduated from LaGuardia College in New York City with a degree in veterinary nursing. She is currently working at the ASPCA and in her spare time has gone back to acting as well as school for sign language. She is also a runner and competed in the Walt Disney World marathon in January.

1992 1997 Katie Ramseur Vogel, BS ’92, is a master gardener and a master food and nutrition educator. She and her husband, Joe, are proud parents of their son, Ryan Andrew, who was born on June 19, 2004.


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Randy Moore, BS ’84, is serving as the supply officer of the USS Bonhomme Richard, which is currently providing humanitarian relief to the earthquake and tsunami victims. Moore e-mailed, “We have our hands full, but this is exactly what I signed up to do – make a difference.”

David Lane, BM ’97, recently was commissioned by the North Carolina Baptist State Convention to compose the opening music for the 50th anniversary celebration of their Music and Worship Team to take place in April 2006. He is active in WinstonSalem, N.C., area as a composer, performer, private music instructor and minister of music. He married Jennifer Rollyson, BA ’98, in 1998.

Dolphin Fans Win Big in ‘Fair’ Competition JU placed 2nd in the annual college competition Nov. 10 at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair and won a $750 donation to the University’s scholarship fund. JU alumni and college supporters competed in four events – the Big Foot Race, Redneck Horseshoes (1st place to JU), Suitcase Relay and a doughnut-eating contest (1st place to JU). Alumni Affairs staff Margaret Dees and Pat Reeves reported that the JU crowd was great, and all participants had a good time. JU finished behind cross-town rival UNF, but ahead of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, FAMU and The Citadel.



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Laura H. Gunn, BA ’99, has completed the requirements for the Ph.D. at Duke University’s Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences, Durham, N.C. On June 4, 2004, she successfully defended her dissertation, “Bayesian Order Restricted Methods with Biomedical Applications.” Dr. Gunn is now assistant professor of biostatistics in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga.

2001 David Hawk, Jr., BS ’01, works with Lake Shore Radiator as a sales manager. Randy Amos, BS ’70, is president and CEO of Lake Shore Radiator located in Jacksonville.

2002 Brandon Howard, BS ’02, recently completed initial pilot training at Comair Airlines, and began his career as an airline pilot. He began his master’s program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in January. Janis Brooks Walker, BSN ’02, lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. She works at Duke University Hospital in orthopedics.

Miguel Angel Torres III, BS ’04, has been accepted for the Navy’s Officer Candidate School. Torres, who wants to become a pilot, will spend 13 weeks training in Pensacola, Fla. After he receives his commission, he will begin flight training.

Births Stephanie Roszel Cassano, BFA ’93, and her husband, Capt. Allen D. Cassano, USMC, BS ’94, became parents of Rocco Norris on September 2, 2003. Stacey Hindman Henderson, BS ’00, and her husband, Erik Henderson, BS ’00, became parents of Julia Kathryn Henderson on Aug. 23, 2004. Kimberly Peterson Sheppard, BS ’92, and her husband, Scott, became parents of Hannah Kimberly on April 15, 2004.

Weddings Bonnie Heffernan, BN ’96, and Brian Williams married on Sept. 18, 2004. Robert Masucci, BS ’97, and Caroline Johnson married on Nov. 13, 2004. Laura Eve Patey, BS ’98, and Brian Timothy Hammock, BA ’98, married on July 3, 2004. They live in Jacksonville and are teachers for Duval County public schools.

In Memoriam Cyndie Baker, BSN ’89, on Sept. 4, 2004. Karen Jo “KJ” Watkins Erland, BA ’85, on Dec. 12, 2004. Wayne LaBerge, BS ’76, in October 2004. Robin “Buffy” Nixon, BA ’89, on Nov. 3, 2004. Editor’s Correction: Due to an error, the Fall 2004 JU Magazine incorrectly stated that Charles Edward Bohannon’s wife had died.

2004 Daniel Dixon, BA ’04, works as a financial advisor for American Express in Jacksonville. Hilary Glade, BFA ’04, recently accepted a contract to dance with the Illinois Ballet Company for the 20042005 season. Yary Lim, BS ’04, lives in Jacksonville and recently was awarded an Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation National Leadership Honor Society Scholarship.



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Annual Fund’s Phon-a-thon Team Breaks All Records


he JU Phon-a-thon team is well on its way to realizing its most successful campaign in years. Midway through the fiscal year, dedicated student callers exceeded last year’s total by more than $30,000 in cash and pledges. Students continue their drive this semester to raise more than $100,000 in Phona-thon pledges – part of the University’s overall Annual Fund goal to raise $790,000 before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Student callers say that alumni are responding positively to the changes on JU’s campus. Sophomore KaDee Stroleny, who has worked with the program for two years said, “Alumni and parents are supporting Students KaDee Stroleny, Penny Rombaugh and Loren Shumard are among the many our new president and are happy with the students working to make this year’s Phon-a-thon a huge success. direction in which JU is headed. They’ve been really generous. Most of the pledges have come from people who haven’t given in years.” Another Phon-a-thon goal this year is to increase alumni participation. Grady Jones, vice president for Institutional Advancement, said, “Alumni participation is extremely important because it allows us to pursue external funding As of Dec. 31, 2004, sources from foundations and corporations. Many require us to the JU Annual Fund has provide our alumni participation rate, and it’s a factor in their raised $660,000! Did you decision making. They believe that the alumni participation $790,000 rate is a good indicator of the institution’s strength. know that this is 83


“Alumni participation is extremely important because it allows us to pursue external funding sources from foundations and corporations.” - Grady Jones, VP for Institutional Advancement “Many foundations won’t even accept a grant proposal if the institution’s alumni participation rate isn’t in double digits,” Jones said. The figure is also used to determine university rankings for publications such as U.S.News & World Report. To increase the participation rate, student callers are focusing on reconnecting with alumni and asking for a gift of any amount. Phon-a-thon supervisor Renee Vaughn said, “Our callers are doing a tremendous job, and our alumni have been fantastic to speak with.” The Phon-a-thon will run through April. So when your phone rings, please make a donation to the JU Annual Fund.

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