UT Insighter Nov. 2010

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  • IN THIS ISSUE...

    Vol. XXXIII, No. 3 NOVEM

    BER 2010

    Dedicated to Good Health and Wellness The Stephen F. and Marsha Dickey Health and Wellness Center was dedicated Oct. 28 in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests took tours of the new building and got to try out the new BioMeasure Adult Measuring system, which instantly calculates body mass index (BMI). The center was supported by a gift from Dr. Stephen and Marsha Dickey.

    Sykes Chapel to Be Dedicated Dec. 10The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values will be dedicated on Friday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. The dedication will open with trumpet fanfare and guests will be able to tour the new building and hear the first performance on the Dobson pipe organ.

    Speakers will include Eugene H. McNichols, chair of the Board of Trustees; President Ronald L. Vaughn and Stephanie Russell Holz, assistant dean of students and director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. John H. Sykes, chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees, will give the dedication address.

    Although the planning began years earlier, construction of the chapel began in October 2008. John H. and Susan Sykes gave a multi-million dollar lead gift for the unique center that will help shape students lives. The chapel, along with programming by the Resource Team for Faith, Values and Spirituality, is intended to enhance the character of UTs students, contributing to the education of the whole student.

    Having such a beautiful facility in the heart of campus reminds everyone that a full existence has multiple components intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual, said Joseph Sclafani, professor of psychology and Resource Team member.

    Size: 65 feet high, 15,000-sq. ft. Organ: 3,184 pipes, 55 feet high, built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders Ltd.Piano: 9-foot concert grand, made by BlthnerRooms: Entry foyer, vestibule, main hall, gallery, meeting room, two meditation roomsMain Hall: 260 movable seats, expandable stage Art Glass: In meditation rooms and doorways by artist Guy KemperGardens: Sunrise Garden and Sykes Meditation Garden designed by J.W. HwangGranite and Bronze Sculpture: In Meditation Garden by sculptor Clint Button

    New Sushi Roll Named After UT

    A new Spartan Roll will debut at Kona Grill, near International Plaza, at an event on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 6-10 p.m.

    While the contents of the new Spartan Roll remain a closely guarded secret, it is known that Kona Grill will donate a portion of the proceeds of each Spartan Roll to the entrepreneurship program, and will work closely with students in the program.

    Were excited to partner with Kona Grill in a way that benefits the University and our entrepreneurship program, and which is clever and appetizing, said Frank Ghannadian, dean of the UT Sykes College of Business. We hope the Spartan Roll will become Tampas most popular sushi roll.

    More information and tickets to the event may be obtained by e-mailing tickets@konagrill.com.

    The Truth About Stretching .........2

    UTs Mobile Site Wins .................2

    Hellos and Goodbyes ...................3

    Professors on Sabbatical ............4

    Make-a-Move News ....................4

    Whos News ...................................5

    Bookstore Remodeled .................6

    Director of Student Success ......7

  • 2Prof Challenges ConventionalStretching WisdomIt seems counterintuitive that stretching before a run could hurt performance. But thats just what Jacob Wilson, assistant professor of exercise and sport studies found in his research.

    You have so many people, whether theyre recreationally training, or theyre athletes, who stretch before they run, he said. Its really common. I wanted to see what that does to performance.

    Wilson looked at the effect of stretching before a run and found that those who didnt stretch before running ran farther and were more efficient, meaning they expended fewer calories.

    In the study 10 runners did the same run on two separate days. The hour-long run was divided into two parts, the first to measure caloric expenditure and the second to assess endurance. Participants stretched before one of the runs, and sat quietly before the other run.

    In the first half of each run, participants kept a steady pace, and researchers found those who stretched before the workout burned 5 percent more calories. For the second half, runners ran as far as they could for 30 minutes. The runners who didnt stretch went 3.4 percent farther.

    Thats because muscles and tendons store and release elastic energy when theyre stiff. Just like a rubber band, tendons release energy when they are let go. If they are stretched out, the stiffness, or tension, is lessened, and they have less energy to release.

    Its not bad to stretch, and stretching every day can be good for muscle strength, but Wilson said he wouldnt recommend it for performance sake.

    If youre going to stretch, do it after the workout, he says.

    Wilson has assembled a team of students to conduct further research and hopes they will present their research at conferences this summer. His study was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and has been featured in WebMD Health News, Wired magazine and ABC news.

    UTs Mobile Site Named a 2010 Ektron All Star

    A Frighteningly Good Time About 100 employees showed up for the Annual Faculty and Staff Halloween party on Oct. 29. The Athletics Department came dressed as the Chilean miners and took home the prize for best group costume. The best individual was Andrea Domonokos, from the ELS Language Center, who came dressed in an Egyptian costume. The best theme costume was Yovan and Daniella Reyes as Miami Dolphin football players and their son dressed as a football. (From left) Jessica Burns, development associate; Beverly Snelling, HR specialist; Lori Fitzgerald, assistant director of HR; and Taylor Pinke, director of the Annual Fund, came as the Beatles.

    UTs new mobile website, built in partnership with WSOL, was named best education site in the 2010 Ektron All Stars Awards.

    The awards seek to identify the most innovative and effective uses of Ektrons Web content management (WCM) platform by both customers and partners.

    Other winners include the American Society of Civil Engineers, Johnnie Walker and Daimler Chrysler. Award winners were announced at Synergy, Ektrons annual worldwide customer conference in Orlando Nov. 7-10. Christine Goodwin, UTs web designer, presented the mobile site at the conference.

    Jacob Wilson

    BEAWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.

    Your text message can wait. Take time to notice whats going on around you. 6.5 million people nationwide have suffered injuries while textingand walking. For safety tips visit www.ut.edu/safety.

    Campus Safety(813) 251-5133

    LASER Team(813) 257-4515

    Tampa Police911

    Stay LuckyThe Lucky campaign for November reminds students to look both ways before they cross the street ... and not be distracted by their many devices.

  • 3Education Professors Impact Community When observing students in the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Pre-school classroom, its hard to tell which students have learning disabilities and which do not.

    Thats exactly how it should be, said Patricia OGrady, assistant professor of education. She visited the South Tampa school as a consultant along with Hunter OHara, professor of education.

    Palma Ceia Presbyterian Preschool was started in 1979 as a pioneer in the field of inclusive special needs education. The school serves about 120 students ages 1 to 4, a minority of who have special needs.

    All of the things we are teaching our students to do, they are doing there, said OHara. It speaks to one teachers profound vision and commitment to meeting the needs of children no matter what their needs might be.

    OHara and OGrady were asked by the school to provide guidance on how to grow the pre-school program. The school was bound by a small space in a neighborhood location, increasing needs from interested families and long wait-lists for classrooms that are at full capacity.

    OGrady and OHara completed a comprehensive study on the possibilities for the school in fall 2009. The school returned to OGrady and OHara for more advice when prekindergarten for 4-year-olds was eliminated by the school district.

    The following year the school administrators expanded the prekindergarten program, and in the fall of 2010 they welcomed 17 new 4-year-olds to the Palma Ceia school.

    Last year OGrady was invited to give a presentation at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators national conference in Washington, D.C., regarding the research methods the two employed during the Palma Ceia consultation.

    We suggested that when other early childhood programs are finding conflict, this exploratory method of problem solving is a model for early childhood education, OGrady said. You facilitate this problem solving, the process. It hasnt been applied to pre-school programs in any widespread way before.

    OGrady and OHara are in the process of publishing an academic paper on this work.

    LORIE KITTENDORF .........Operations and Planning ..............................................Director of Student SuccessTARA LEMAY.....................Financial Aid ................................................................SpecialistJENNIFER PAWELKO .......Operations and Planning ..............................................Coordinator of Institutional

    Research and AssessmentJENNIFER ZAMORA ........Public Information ........................................................Publications Coordinator

    FADIA ANANI ...................Admissions for Graduate and Continuing Studies ......Counselor

    Goodbye!

    Hel