UWF program makes improvements to disc golf course and benefits Argo Pantry
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Members of the University of West Florida’s 2017-18 LEAD: The Faculty Version celebrated progress in their project to improve UWF’s disc golf course at the Argo Pantry Classic Disc Golf Tournament on April 7 to benefit UWF’s campus food pantry. The Argo Pantry is a campus resource that sustains currently enrolled UWF students with free, healthy food and basic personal care items for times of need.
“When thinking of our LEAD Faculty Project this past fall, we wanted to do something that both helped our campus community and contributed to making UWF a destination for Northwest Florida,” said Dr. Erin Stone, UWF assistant professor of Latin American history and director of the Early American Studies master’s program. “Improving the disc golf course and holding a charity tournament to benefit Argo Pantry fulfilled both of our goals.”
Improvements to UWF’s disc golf course have been in the works for several weeks and will continue throughout the year.
“It is an exciting time to play disc golf at UWF,” said Michael Morgan, coordinator at UWF Outdoor Adventures. “We are making significant strides in the remodeling of our course. With the addition of our redesigned course maps and scorecard as well as new directional signage, tee signs, and concrete tee pads the UWF Disc Golf Course is genuinely becoming a destination course for the Florida Panhandle. And we are only getting started, in Fall 2018, look for a practice basket and alternate basket locations for all 18 holes.”
LEAD, which stands for leadership, enhancement, activities and development, is a yearlong UWF leadership program designed for University staff to cultivate opportunities for leadership development. The program includes a series of interactive workshops, roundtable discussions and strategy-building sessions. The goals of the program are to help participants further develop their leadership skills; learn more about issues affecting UWF and higher education; build relationships with people across campus; and develop strategies to help flourish as leaders and team members.
LEAD partnered with Outdoor Adventures and received support from THINC; Recreation & Sports Services; Handball; Baptist Collegiate Ministries; Institutional Communications; and the Department of Public Health to gather nearly 350 items including canned goods, food products and hygienic items. The Argo Pantry relies on the UWF community for support through food drives and volunteers.
“This support of the Argo Pantry came at just the right time,” said Dawn Rockey, assistant dean of students, Case Management Services. “Our inventory has been running low and this generous donation will help us to restock the pantry. Since the Argo Pantry stays afloat solely through contributions, we appreciate the effort by the Faculty LEAD Project to help ensure that UWF students have access to nutritious foods and personal care items. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of students.”
For more information about LEAD, visit uwf.edu/offices/academic-affairs-division/lead/.
For more information about Outdoor Adventures, visit uwf.edu/recreation.
For more information about Argo Pantry, visit uwf.edu/argo-pantry.