University of West Florida

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 […]

Casey continues chase of NFL dream at pro day

Casey continues chase of NFL dream at pro day

Gatlin Casey sprinted down the field with everything he had, doing his best to impress those watching during a pro day at the University of West Florida’s Pen Air Field. Amid the crowd of onlookers was Rick Reiprish, a senior scouting assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Casey displayed his speed in the 40-yard dash and […]

Exhibit provides glimpse of Civil War camp

Exhibit provides glimpse of Civil War camp

William Lees wasn’t sure what to expect when he went searching in 2016 for the location of Camp Brown, a union camp outside of Fort Pickens during the Civil War. Lees, the executive director of the University of West Florida’s Public Archaeology Network Department, headed up a training expedition at the believed site of the […]

Hands-on history featured at Arcadia

Hands-on history featured at Arcadia

Residents of Santa Rosa County were transported to the antebellum era and beyond Saturday as the Arcadia historic site opened the Simpson House interpretive center to the public. The Simpson family donated the properties to the University of West Florida in 2011 and 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre […]

2019 Women in Leadership Conference sold-out at UWF

2019 Women in Leadership Conference sold-out at UWF

Hundreds of students, young professionals and executives packed the University of West Florida Conference Center and Auditorium Friday, March 1, to hear and learn from prominent female leaders at the 2019 Women in Leadership Conference. The annual event, hosted by the College of Business Executive Mentor Program, got its start in 2014 and this year’s […]

Arcadia Homestead opening to the public

Arcadia Homestead opening to the public

After years of study and restoration, a piece of Santa Rosa County history spanning nearly two centuries will be opened to the public Saturday during “Historic Arcadia Heritage Day.” The Arcadia Homestead will be holding a grand opening for the Simpson House interpretive center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., adding its story to the […]

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Economic development alliance growing

Economic development alliance growing

Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has expanded its reach and services thanks to partnerships with two arms of the University of West Florida, bringing new professionals into the mix. The newest of these partnerships is a joint agreement with the University of West Florida’s Office of Economic Development and Engagement as part of the […]

Through the story of Eliza, Arcadia explores black history

Through the story of Eliza, Arcadia explores black history

When Milton businessman Joseph Forsyth died in 1855, the dozens of slaves that called Arcadia Mill home faced an uncertain future. “There would have been a lot of uncertainty. They are not told about the ways of the world,” said Adriane Walker, Arcadia site manager. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of […]

#AskAdam gets temporary twist

#AskAdam gets temporary twist

A new face will be offering free small business advising services to members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce over the next few weeks. In January 2018, the chamber partnered with the Florida Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida to create the Ask Adam program. Read the full article in […]

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

Seven new board members officially joined the leadership team for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday as they took the oath of office during the Boots and Bling Annual Awards Banquet and Installation Gala. Some of the directors are faces familiar to the chamber, that through their work have already made an impact […]

Ancient kiln firing brings Japanese guest

Ancient kiln firing brings Japanese guest

As Holley Navarre’s massive anagama kiln was fired for the 14th time, the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society special guest and Japanese master potter Masayoshi Shimizu included his work in the firing. This kiln is the biggest in all of Florida, longer than a small car and nearly as wide.  Its firing once a year […]

UWF confers 100,000th degree

UWF confers 100,000th degree

The University of West Florida celebrated a significant milestone Saturday at the Fall 2018 Commencement, awarding the 100,000th degree since the institution opened in 1967. “Fifty-one years ago, UWF opened its doors and classes began,” President Martha Saunders said. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Engineering, biomedicine and chemistry are just a few of the sciences Holley Navarre Middle School students flaunted their prowess in last week in the school’s annual Science Fair. In all 53 students across all grades were awarded for their work. Among the participants were two Grand Prize winners that out-shown their peers. Read the full […]

Fledgling University of West Florida band secures $50,000 gift

Fledgling University of West Florida band secures $50,000 gift

The University of West Florida (UWF) announced Nov. 27 a $50,000 gift to the Argo Athletic Band from The Russenberger Foundation. The donation is a significant step for the fledgling band, which began performing this year. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Ogletree among top 50 economic developers

Ogletree among top 50 economic developers

Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree has been named as one of North America’s Top 50 economic developers for 2018 by Consultant Connect. The consulting agency is designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District have been challenged to embrace the language of computers in devising innovative solutions to problems as part of the Congressional App Challenge. Laura Rakas is helping to coordinate the local challenge on behalf of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s office. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of […]

Girl Scouts recognize local Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts recognize local Women of Distinction

A lot changed for Stephanie Lawrence Yelton in 2012. It was a year of ups and a year of devastating lows. In May 2012, the Gulf Breeze resident was offered a job as the University of West Florida’s women’s basketball head coach. She accepted. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre […]

UWF offers free Gulf Stories course

UWF offers free Gulf Stories course

The University of West Florida (UWF) launched the second installment of Gulf Stories Sept. 24, a free online course that explores a range of topics, from art and advanced manufacturing to citizen science and coastal ecology. Gulf Stories 2 features the work of five UWF faculty researchers and takes a close look at Gulf Coast […]