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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 […]

Gulf Breeze grad awarded National Merit Finalist at UWF

Gulf Breeze grad awarded National Merit Finalist at UWF

The University of West Florida highlighted their 2018 incoming top scholars Sept. 25, paying a special shout out to the four 2018 National Merit Scholar Finalists enrolled this year. Only 15,000 of the more than 1.6 million juniors across the country who entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition were selected as Finalists. Read the […]

University adds new degree to cybersecurity program

University adds new degree to cybersecurity program

University of West Florida’s nationally recognized cybersecurity research and education program has added a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity starting this fall. UWF is the first university in Florida to offer a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber […]

Bethell ready to lead Argos to season to remember

Bethell ready to lead Argos to season to remember

Beads of sweat are forming on the face of Kameron Bethell as he shouts words of encouragement to his teammates during a drill at soccer practice on a steamy Wednesday morning in August. He takes a water break every so often over the course of a two-hour practice, but the University of West Florida soccer […]

Argos moving in right direction as season draws closer

Argos moving in right direction as season draws closer

Under the lights on a Thursday night, the University of West Florida football team held its first scrimmage of the preseason. This first dress rehearsal for the season had almost the feel of a regular season game. Energized, intense and focused on execution, the Argonauts put their best foot forward on a muggy evening at […]

Interns at refuge help wildlife, gain skills

Interns at refuge help wildlife, gain skills

Caring for the roughly 2,000 animals that come through the front doors of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge each year is more than a full-time job, and the students who make it happen do so without pay. Board member Carol “Stormy” Andersen said she is incredibly thankful for the refuge’s internship program. Read the full […]

University of West Florida launches Hacking for Defense program

University of West Florida launches Hacking for Defense program

To improve logistics and safety on its test range, Eglin Air Force Base has outsourced finding solutions to a team of undergraduates at the University of West Florida. Facing the need to mitigate potential internal cybersecurity threats, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee decided to do the same. Read the […]