System science alumna: 30 years later

Since graduating from the University of West Florida in 1979 with bachelor degrees in math and systems science, alumna Diane Bourg has enjoyed a diverse career. From working on satellite tracking and control, to computer telephony, to hot air ballooning, she attributes her education for enabling her to engage in such scientific pursuits. Bourg reflects […]

The thrill is not gone for bestselling alumnus author

After spending a number of years as a freelance writer reviewing fiction for newspapers, University of West Florida Alumnus Joe Moore had an epiphany. He started to believe that he could write books as well as many of the writers whose work he was reading. His novel conviction combined with immense creativity has led him […]

Math skills pay off for computer science alumnus

Leave it to a computer science major to dream of designing electronic circuitry. University of West Florida alumnus Stephen McGourty, ’85, turned this dream into his reality. Now, McGourty works for Boeing, the world’s leading aerospace company. He works at the enterprise level projecting network traffic using a software system that he invented. He attributes […]

UWF alumna makes an impact on her students

The thought of becoming a teacher occurred at a young age for Amanda Lagergren,’07. When she was an elementary school student, she would silently critique her teachers, thinking about the ways she would do things differently. However, it wasn’t until a few years after graduating from college that she realized she wanted to make teaching […]

UWF alumnus appointed to State Board of Accountancy

University of West Florida accounting alumnus and Destin business leader Steve Riggs, ’76, a partner and member of the executive committee of Carr-Riggs-Ingram, one of the largest accounting firms in the United States, was recently appointed to the Florida State Board of Accountancy by Gov. Charlie Crist. Riggs will serve a four-year term in the […]

UWF alumna named Woman of the Year in technology

Working to troubleshoot an antenna that’s going to orbit our planet or personally mentoring an up-and-coming engineer, it’s no wonder Theresa Brunasso, ’82, was named “Woman of the Year in Technology” by the Georgia-based organization Women in Technology (WIT). With an unwavering commitment to the professional development of women in engineering, the University of West […]

UWF alumna working on Wall Street

Kim Mustin, B.A. Accounting, ’90, went from walking the campus pathways of the University of West Florida to navigating the streets of New York City. Mustin, who had an affinity for tax class and a drive for accounting, used her UWF degree to make her own path. She now works for one of the largest […]

UWF alum soccer star living out his dream

Drafted 43rd overall by the Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA in the 2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft, University of West Florida alumnus Keith Savage, Physical Education ’07, almost immediately stepped off the UWF soccer field and leapt into the national soccer scene, grabbing the opportunity to live out the dream that his coaches, […]

Making the connection: UWF alumni mentoring program

Connecting UWF alumni with current students, UWF is implementing an interactive way for alumni to reach out and give back to their alma mater. The program, initiated by Alumni Relations and Career Services, allows UWF students to meet with alumni to ask for advice in their career fields of interest. “The mentoring program is an […]

UWF alum ready for her Peace Corps adventure

Starting off the day with fresh squeezed juice, fruit, bread and an egg, UWF alumna Christine Tenzycki spends the morning with her host family. Immersing herself in language training, cultural activities and working on technical comprehensions, Tenzycki is preparing herself for one of her biggest challenges yet, serving in Ecuador as a Peace Corps volunteer. […]

UWF alumna named top teacher in the state

Walking into the classroom of miniature desks and chairs, it might not initially be apparent that lives are being transformed between the four walls. But, as the school bell rings and her students bound through the door, it’s obvious that something special happens in Lenora Shilston’s classroom. Whether she’s creating finger puppets, hatching butterflies or […]

UWF alum facing the ultimate antarctic challenge

Passionate about preserving history for future generations, UWF alumna Susanne Grieve will go to any length to learn more about historic adventurers and explorers, even if it means suiting up in four layers of heavy gear, facing temperatures that fall to negative 96 degrees Fahrenheit and enduring three months of darkness 24 hours a day. […]