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Balancing academics with athletics is juggling act

Balancing academics with athletics is juggling act

Tommy Leggett has never had any issues handling the juggling act of academics and athletics. Not during his days at Navarre and not now as a defensive standout for Texas Tech. “I’ve been able to keep my GPA up above a 3.0 the whole time,” Leggett said. “The time commitment of football and school, and […]

Kindness in the curriculum for Mann

Kindness in the curriculum for Mann

It is a huge honor to be named Teacher of the Year at the elementary school that you yourself attended as a child. This is a reality for kindergarten and first grade inclusion teacher Elizabeth Mann who has received this title for Oriole Beach Elementary School. “It was actually really sweet,” Mann said. Read the […]

UWF appoints new dean for College of Business

UWF appoints new dean for College of Business

University of West Florida Provost and Senior vice president George Ellenberg announced Jan. 2 the appointment of Richard Fountain as dean of the College of Business. Fountain previously served as chair for the Department of Accounting and Finance at UWF since 2017. “We welcome Richard’s expertise with confidence that his leadership will allow the College […]

Andrews Institute expands partnership with UWF

Andrews Institute expands partnership with UWF

University of West Florida Director of Athletics Dave Scott mentioned he wasn’t sure if he could schedule any more news into a week that was already busy enough with the Argonauts’ football team preparing to play in the NCAA Division II national championship game. But enough time was found Dec. 17 to make an announcement […]

Argos looking to punctuate playoff run with D-II title

Argos looking to punctuate playoff run with D-II title

When Pete Shinnick began recruiting for the start-up University of West Florida football program five years ago, all the head coach had was a vision to sell to players. No Pen Air Field. No Darrell Gooden Center. And no history to talk about. Just a vision of the potential this program could achieve if the […]

Zoo “shell-abrates” conservation with grant award

Zoo “shell-abrates” conservation with grant award

As part of their global wildlife conservation efforts, the Gulf Breeze Zoo recently awarded a 2019 Zoofari Parks Conservation Grant of $5,000 to help protect a threatened species closer to home. The University of West Florida’s (UWF) biology department team will use the grant to protect local Gopher tortoises. Project manager Dr. Phil Darby is […]

Andrews Institute recognized by Becker’s Healthcare

Andrews Institute recognized by Becker’s Healthcare

Baptist Health Care has been named to the Becker’s Healthcare 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs list for 2019. Hospitals featured on the list earned recognition for quality of care and patient satisfaction for orthopedic and spine surgery. Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is an affiliate of Baptist Health Care […]

UWF researcher tracking reef fish health in gulf using eDNA

UWF researcher tracking reef fish health in gulf using eDNA

University of West Florida (UWF) professor Alexis Janosik has already brought a species of fish back from suspected extinction through her research. Now, she’s taking on the entire reef fish population of the Gulf of Mexico. Janosik, a professor in the UWF Department of Biology, will participate in a gulf wide, multiyear study of reef […]

Navarre well-represented in NCAA football playoffs

Navarre well-represented in NCAA football playoffs

It’s NCAA playoff time for several former Navarre football players. Quentin Randolph is on a University of West Florida football team off to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second time in its four-year history. UWF (8-2) faces Wingate (10-1)  at Noon EST Saturday in North Carolina. Randall leads the Argonauts in receiving with […]

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

With prices rising and more people looking to move to Navarre, the housing market continues to see incremental growth through 2019, but shortages of inventory are playing a major role in the real estate narrative. Navarre’s residential real estate market has or nearly has recovered to pre-recession levels on all indicators, according to several data […]

Triumph awards UWF $14.5 million for Project 10[X]

Triumph awards UWF $14.5 million for Project 10[X]

Triumph Gulf Coast approved funding for the University of West Florida (UWF) to further Project 10[X], which aims to find and fill critical gaps in northwest Florida’s high-tech workforce. Triumph’s board of directors unanimously approved the grant agreement Oct. 4 to address shortages in additive and advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.   Read the full article […]

Cutting edge laboratory science annex opens at UWF

Cutting edge laboratory science annex opens at UWF

The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering celebrated Sept. 19 the grand opening of the Laboratory Sciences Annex, a state-of-the-art facility that provides additional space for wet teaching labs and offices for faculty and staff. “As UWF grows and improves, we are grateful to add facilities that match the caliber of […]

UWF scores a touchdown for Escambia County’s economy

UWF scores a touchdown for Escambia County’s economy

Blue Wahoos Stadium is buzzing an hour before kickoff on a beautiful Saturday night in September. Over the next three hours, the Argonauts will light up the scoreboard the same way they have lit up Escambia County with dollar signs.   Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

UWF president’s contract extended, salary raised

UWF president’s contract extended, salary raised

After guiding the University of West Florida (UWF) to three years of unprecedented success in the Florida Board of Governors performance-based funding model, UWF President Martha D. Saunders was awarded a contract extension Aug. 29 through the end of the 2020 calendar year.   Read the full article in the Sept. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Magazine spotlights county’s economic allure

Magazine spotlights county’s economic allure

Santa Rosa County’s economic opportunities generated some extra publicity this summer. Arms crossed and a smile on his face, Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree greeted readers from the cover of 850 Magazine alongside this splash headline: “Talent Tout, In Santa Rosa County, career instruction starts early—and that pleases Economic Development Director Shannon […]

UWF launches personal safety app for students

UWF launches personal safety app for students

This fall, the University of West Florida is launching UWF Guardian, a personal safety app that allows students rapid and proactive communication with the UWF Police Department and with the student’s own safety network of family and friends. “UWF Guardian is a great safety tool that the university has just initiated,” said Marc Cossich, chief […]

Logan Bush of Milton now part of Argonauts thanks to Team IMPACT

Logan Bush of Milton now part of Argonauts thanks to Team IMPACT

Logan Bush was asked by one of the University of West Florida football players to show off his touchdown dance during a news conference Thursday afternoon. He obliged, getting out in front of the crowd on hand and moving up and down and side to side, waving his arms in the air, drawing cheers from […]

University of West Florida launches Cybersecurity for All program

University of West Florida launches Cybersecurity for All program

Cybersecurity continues to be a growing career field for Florida, and the University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity is launching the Cybersecurity for All program in September to meet those workforce demands. The program is designed to enhance readiness for evolving cybersecurity work roles and address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Courses and […]

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

A local graduate has been selected as one of four recipients in the Southeast for RJ Young’s John T. Crunk Scholarship Program. Genevieve Edwards of Navarre will receive a boost from the scholarship funds as she pursues her degree at the University of West Florida.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue […]

Director selected for new UWF AI doctorate program

Director selected for new UWF AI doctorate program

The University of West Florida (UWF) and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) have announced the appointment of Dr. Kristen “Brent” Venable as the inaugural director of the Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems and Robotics program. UWF is partnering with IHMC for the program, which begins this fall.   Read the full article […]

What’s your exit strategy?

What’s your exit strategy?

More than one in three small-business owners (39%) plan to rely on selling their business to fund their retirement, according to a 2017 study by Capital One. Edward Jones financial advisor Monica Meyer said that trend is concerning because this is far from a reliable business exit strategy.   Read the full article in the […]

Local SBDC takes top awards for small business support

Local SBDC takes top awards for small business support

Local efforts to support small businesses received statewide kudos last month as the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network handed out its annual awards. Navarre’s own Adam McCloskey received the Florida State Star Award for his work.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

UWF named second best university in the state of Florida

UWF named second best university in the state of Florida

The University of West Florida (UWF) is the second-best institution in the state according to state performance-based metrics released June 12. UWF earned 94 points out of the 100-point scale in the Board of Governor’s performance-based funding model results from the 2018-19 academic year.   Read the full article in the June 27 issue of […]

Businesses must plan for disaster

Businesses must plan for disaster

One in four businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, and 90% of businesses that do not get back up and running in five days will ultimately fail, according to the Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida (SBDC). A business continuity plan can help mitigate that risk said SBDC business consultant Ayesha […]

The Crew celebrates summer

The Crew celebrates summer

Being a teenager is hard. Momentum Church student pastor Ray Millsap said sometimes folks forget that. But between social media bullying, temptations to sin online and the constant barrage of often misleading information, being a teen and being a Christian can be a challenge, he said.   Read the full article in the June 13 […]

UWF showcases cybersecurity on international NATO stage

UWF showcases cybersecurity on international NATO stage

Breaking barriers as the first U.S. academic institution to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Cyber Defense project, the University of West Florida (UWF) showcased its cybersecurity initiatives this month at the fifth NATO Cyber Defense Smart Defense Projects Conference. Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, UWF Center for Cybersecurity director, presented both at the conference […]

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Wild Sea Turtles took their underwater robot-building skills to national competition this weekend after securing first place at the SeaPerch Challenge regional contest earlier this year. For months the team members have been building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and practicing piloting it through a variety of challenges. Read the […]

Career Day highlights variety of options

Career Day highlights variety of options

From firefighters to biologists, parents in a variety of careers attempted to engage and inspire West Navarre Intermediate School’s graduating fifth graders Tuesday during Career Day. Fifth grade math teacher Liz Feilner said they hoped to inspire their students for a variety of futures before sending them off to middle school.   Read the full […]

Five locals initiated into national Honor Society

Five locals initiated into national Honor Society

University of West Florida students and staff from Navarre and Gulf Breeze received special academic recognition in May as initiates into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. These individuals are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi […]

UWF places 2nd out of 41 in robotics competition

UWF places 2nd out of 41 in robotics competition

The University of West Florida (UWF) robotics team finished second out of 41 teams in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) SoutheastCon hardware competition, held April 11-14 in Huntsville, Alabama. UWF outperformed every team competing from the Florida State University System, including the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University […]