Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, director of the UWF Center for Cybersecurity, and Scott Barrow, Pensacola market executive for Regions Bank

Regions Foundation awards UWF gift to train veterans for careers in cybersecurity

The University of West Florida announced a $175,000 gift from Regions Foundation, the nonprofit initiative of Regions Bank that supports community investments, to sponsor an innovative cybersecurity workforce development program designed to train veterans across Northwest Florida and South Alabama. The gift was presented at a check ceremony on Oct. 7, 2020, at the UWF […]

UWF's Counseling and Psychological Services launched a virtual Peer to Peer support resource that provides students with a clinically moderated place to get peer support for mental health issues, called TogetherAll.

University of West Florida to offer free, anonymous online mental health service, Togetherall, to students

As an extension to its existing relationship with ProtoCall Services for afterhours campus counseling center coverage, the University of West Florida recently announced that it will be providing its students free access to Togetherall, a 24/7 online peer-to-peer mental health community. Togetherall is moderated by registered practitioners who keep members safe and facilitate the process […]

Images taken during September 2013 asset gathering trip to Nicaragua.

UWF and Peace Corps announce new Peace Corps Prep Program

The University of West Florida and Peace Corps announced Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, a new partnership centered on an undergraduate certificate program called Peace Corps Prep. Scheduled to launch in January 2021, the Peace Corps Prep program will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experience, building the competencies needed for students to be strong Peace Corps volunteers […]


UWF named ‘Great College to Work For’ for Eighth Year

The University of West Florida was named a 2020 “Great College to Work For,” marking the institution’s eighth appearance on the list. Conducted annually, the Great Colleges to Work For survey collects data and highlights colleges that receive top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies. This year, 221 institutions participated in the […]

UWF students venture about campus while wearing face protection on Aug. 19, 2020.

UWF ranks top 15 in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Schools – Regional South Rankings for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, the University of West Florida ranks among the best public regional universities in the South. U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 Best Colleges rankings on Monday, Sept. 14, and ranked UWF among the top 15 public institutions in the region. UWF was the only university in the state […]

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UWF receives 5th national excellence in diversity award

The University of West Florida has been awarded the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This marks the third consecutive year and fifth time overall that UWF has earned the award. The HEED award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and […]

(Pictured left to right) Dr. Grier Williams, Dr. Milton Usry and Dr. Peter Young, 1992 UWF Guild for the Arts

UWF announces gift to create a School of Music

The University of West Florida announced a gift to rename the Department of Music. An anonymous contribution has established the Dr. Grier Williams School of Music in memory of the first chair of the music department. “This incredibly generous and forward-looking gift will enhance our ability to provide the very best music education for our […]

Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique in Downtown Pensacola.

Donations from community partners provide over $1.2 million to small businesses through Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Programs

The Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF processed 275 grants totaling over $1,278,500 for Northwest Florida small businesses needing financial assistance due to COVID-19. Gulf Power, BBVA Bank, the cities of Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Milton, Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and the commissioners of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties funded these grant programs. Gulf […]

UWFAlumna_Dr. Patricia Izbicki plays piano

UWF program paves a multitude of career paths for music majors

The University of West Florida has added the Bachelor of Arts in Music and an Outside Field program, which will allow students a unique opportunity to prepare for employment in a variety of disciplines including music, the humanities, education, health and STEM fields. The program is designed for students interested in majoring in music while […]

UWF professors Dr. Valerie Morganson and Dr. Steve Kass, along with graduate students Kenzie Hurley, Cayla Hartley, Kaylin Strong and Dean Jones, conducting parachute simulations with former U.S. Navy pilot Andy Caputi on Jan. 22, 2020.

UWF researchers work with SoarTech, U.S. Navy to evaluate parachute training system

University of West Florida researchers are helping the U.S. Navy evaluate parachute training devices for its pilots and other personnel. Dr. Steven Kass, professor in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Valerie Morganson, associate professor in the Department of Psychology have been working on the project. Their work includes conducting analyses to determine the cognitive skills […]

Virtual cybersecurity training at the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections office 

UWF partners with Escambia County elections staff to enhance cybersecurity preparations

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity provided virtual training for the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections staff on Wednesday, July 15, in preparation for the 2020 general election. The election training session included how to report suspicious activity, demystifying the world of hackers and building a cybersecurity culture in which all staff members […]

Dr. Lisa Waidner, professor of biology at UWF, along with Captain DJ Johnson of Marine Services, Nine Henriksson, staff member of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation and graduate students Trupti Potdukhe and Carrie Daniel, venture out to multiple sites in Escambia County rivers, bays and bayous to measure the amount of Vibrio, the virus responsible for the flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis, in the water on March 2, 2020. The scale of the survey is the area's largest, with 44 total sites.

UWF, Escambia County partner to test local waters for Vibrio bacteria

University of West Florida researchers are working with the Escambia County Natural Resources Management Department to test local waters for the presence and abundance of various Vibrio species, including those associated with the “flesh-eating” disease necrotizing fasciitis. Dr. Lisa Waidner, assistant professor, Dr. Jane Caffrey, professor, and Dr. Wade Jeffrey, professor, are heading up a […]