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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 […]

Exhibit showcases Warhol artwork

Exhibit showcases Warhol artwork

The University of West Florida’s Pensacola Museum of Art is hosting the interactive exhibition “Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker,” June 29 through Sept. 2. The exhibition will be in the Henderson Thornton and Kugelman family galleries and in Project Space in the Assembly Room in memory of Charles W. Lamar Sr. Read the full article in the […]

Alzheimer’s research continues to move forward

Alzheimer’s research continues to move forward

Dr. Rodney Guttman, a University of West Florida professor and researcher, has been studying Alzheimer’s disease for more than 20 years.  For him, the slow progress toward finding a prevention, treatment or cure hasn’t led to frustration. Instead, it serves as a motivator to keep searching. Read the full article in the June 21 issue […]

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

When asked to name the greatest obstacle for Navarre’s future, residents have one overwhelming response: Traffic. That was the finding of an analysis of data by Matrix Design Group. A similar study conducted among Hurlburt Field personnel came up with the same concern: Fix traffic congestion. Read the full article in the June 14 issue […]

Recruiting hype

Recruiting hype

Before social media became the hotbed for finding out anything and everything about someone else’s life, athletes around the nation had no idea who was getting what offer from what school. At least not instantly. Times have changed, according to Tony Carter, an assistant football coach at Navarre. Read the full article in the June […]

Cybercrime expert: Small businesses are ‘sitting ducks’

Cybercrime expert: Small businesses are ‘sitting ducks’

Of the thousands of attempted and successful cyberattacks on businesses in the U.S. in 2016, 43 percent targeted businesses with fewer than 250 employees, according to online security company Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report. That number is increasing each year, Symantec reported. Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Seeking to end Gulf Breeze’s public pool drought

Seeking to end Gulf Breeze’s public pool drought

Ever since The Club II’s owners filed for federal Bankruptcy Court protection from creditors in 2016, several community leaders in South Santa Rosa have talked about taking on the financial challenge of reviving the once-popular facility. Now there’s some action. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Lay the groundwork before launching small business

Lay the groundwork before launching small business

Roughly 80 percent of businesses in the U.S. open their doors without taking out a business loan, according to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida. For entrepreneurs seeking to bring new retail outlets, services and industry to the Navarre area, there are many financing options. Read the full article […]

UWF 2018 Job Shadow Week provides students hands-on experience

UWF 2018 Job Shadow Week provides students hands-on experience

A record number of students participated in the University of West Florida’s 2018 Job Shadow Week this year. A total of 53 students participated, with career interests spanning a variety of industries including hospitality, marketing, environmental science, finance and accounting, business, health care, government and more. Read the full article in the April 19 issue […]

UWF forms Office of Military Engagement, appoints retired Navy captain as military liaison

UWF forms Office of Military Engagement, appoints retired Navy captain as military liaison

As part of its continuing support and dedication to serving the military, the University of West Florida has formed a new Office of Military Engagement. UWF President Martha D. Saunders has named retired U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Middleton as the president’s military liaison, serving as the primary point of contact between her office and military […]

Economic health fuels real estate market

Economic health fuels real estate market

The county’s real estate market has largely come back to pre-recession levels, said economist Rick Harper. Harper, the economic advisor for Triumph and retired analyst for the University of West Florida, made a presentation on the current state of the economy and its effect on real estate in Santa Rosa County Feb. 14 to the […]

Tragedy leaves legacy

Tragedy leaves legacy

In the evening hours of Jan. 12, 1993, Susan Morris, 21, was walking to her car in a parking lot at the back of the University of West Florida campus. She had been attending a late class, and she was expected to make her way home to her parents’ house later that evening. Read the […]

Graham: Democracy requires citizen participation

Graham: Democracy requires citizen participation

In an exploration of one of the nation’s founding principles, former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham addressed a crowd of students, professors and media members to discuss citizen engagement in democracy Jan. 16 at the University of West Florida. The speech was the inaugural event in the university’s Seligman First Amendment Lecture series. […]

Levin gifts $8 million estate to UWF

Levin gifts $8 million estate to UWF

  In a historic donation, Pensacola-based attorney Fred Levin announced Friday the gift of his multimillion-dollar home and estate to the University of West Florida. The 7,500-square-foot waterfront home, located on Bayou Texar, is known as Timeless Tanglewood. The donation also includes much of the renovated home’s contents, including works of art and collectors’ items. […]

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