Jacksonville University has made an impressive addition to its faculty with Professor of Film Bandar Albuliwi, a talented and driven director who brings a new level of energy and expertise to the College of Fine Arts and its emerging filmmakers. Attending the American Film Institute and winning the Creative Promise Award at the Tribeca Film Festival are two achievements in the filmmaking world that merit not only a sense of accomplishment but some bragging rights as well. However, Albuliwi’s career has been spent garnering a unique perspective of the world – without the ego. His success reflects his hard work and determination, qualities he hopes to pass on to his students. “The difference between success and failure is persistence, and that’s really the only difference,” he said. “Those that make it are persistent, and they might keep failing but they go on with it; they don’t give up.”
Selecting an award-winning communicator and educator to provide a seamless transition in the city’s efforts to improve its schools, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown announced Tuesday, Sept. 3, that Jacksonville University Professor of Communications Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette will be his next Education Commissioner. Dr. Kent-Willette will serve on-loan from JU for a term of two years, advocating for top-tier education and schools for the city. She succeeds Dr. Donnie Horner, JU management professor and now the University’s Chief Government and Community Affairs Officer. “As a parent, accomplished professional and educator, Dr. Kent-Willette brings passion and insight into this important role to build partnerships and advocate for quality education throughout Jacksonville,” Brown said.
About 15 local high school and university teachers are expected at a National Association of Teachers of Singing North Florida Chapter Symposium Oct. 19 at JU. Special speakers include Dr. Christine Sapienza, Associate Dean of the JU College of Health Sciences and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Kimberly Beasley, JU Assistant Professor of Voice and NATS Chapter president. The event for members of the NATS North Florida Chapter is unprecedented in that the Voice Area at JU is building a liaison with the new Speech-Language Pathology program in the JU College of Health Sciences, Beasley said. Professors from schools such as JU, the University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville will be on hand, as well as instructors from as far away as Daytona Beach
Dr. Donnie Horner, JU’s chief government and community affairs officer, has been appointed to the Jacksonville Children’s Commission board. The members, who are selected by Mayor Alvin Brown and approved by the City Council, serve four-year terms with the ability to be reappointed for a final four-year term. The Children’s Commission’s board is made up of 11 voting members, one from each of the seven school districts and four at-large appointments. Horner, who is also a management professor in the JU Davis College of Business, most recently served the City of Jacksonville as its first education commissioner, from July 2011 to July 2013. He will serve on the JCC board as the representative for School Board District 2.
JU Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Hilary Morgan, an instructor in Jacksonville University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program and a certified nurse midwife, discusses new guidelines related to pap tests in this month’s Florida Times-Union feature “Nursed to Health.” The new recommendations call for a greater time interval between pap tests that varies from three to five years, Morgan notes, after new findings that cervical cancer, which is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), is a very slow-growing cancer.
Dr. Hugh Van Seaton, a Jacksonville University Davis College of Business resource professor of accounting and finance, has been selected as a Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) Research Committee member. Established in 1944, FERF is the research affiliate of Financial Executives International (FEI). FERF is a non-profit, non-political, educational organization that educates senior-level financial executives and advances the profession through research. FERF provides timely, relevant, practical, objective and educational research that gives the senior-level financial executive an extra edge in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of corporate finance.
Jacksonville University geography Prof. Dr. Ray Oldakowski and JU alum John McEwen, a former student of Oldakowski’s, have published a study on the diffusion of disc golf within the United States in the prestigious Geographical Review, the journal of the American Geographical Society.
Congratulations to JU Professor of Philosophy Erich Freiberger, whose article “Just War Theory and the Ethics of Drone Warfare” has been published at e-International Relations (e-IR), the world’s leading website for students of international politics with a readership of 1.5 million. Freiberger discusses the Obama administration’s ethics and rationalization for using drones.
Jacksonville University’s Engineering Dual Degree Program is now under the leadership of new Director and Assistant Prof. Dr. Huihui (Helen) Wang. Wang recently completed a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia. “She has a background in both electrical and mechanical engineering, so we are very excited for you to benefit from her diverse expertise … ” Assistant Physics Prof. Brian Lane, who served as the Engineering Dual Degree Program’s interim director for 16 months, said in a memo to the program’s staff and students. “I look forward to continuing to enthusiastically support this program in any ways that I can as a member of the Physics Department.”
Jacksonville University Adjunct Acting Prof. Jason Nettle will perform his one-man show about 9/11 on Nov. 4 at Swisher Theater on campus.
Nettle’s “9/11: We Will Never Forget” was profiled in the Florida Times-Union before his Sept. 9 performance of it at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, where Nettle is the stage manager. He lived in New York at the time of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Nettle spent six months researching and four months writing “9/11 We Will Never Forget,” and performed it for the first time on 9/11’s 10th anniversary. In the show, Nettle portrays 17 New Yorkers who were affected by the day’s events in different ways.