Extreme Makeover: Home Edition comes to UWF

The University of West Florida is pleased to welcome ABC’s Emmy-Award-winning reality television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 12 for a pep rally in the UWF Field House. In collaboration with local builder Heritage Homes, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will surprise one Gulf Coast family with a home makeover. The […]

Hand to Paw works with university to help Humane Society

The University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla., hosts an annual community service event on campus that encourages faculty, staff and students to make contributions to the surrounding area. This year’s Fall Community Service Project, Hand to Paw, focuses on the Humane Society of Pensacola’s efforts to collect materials and financial donations for animals in […]

UWF student gleans priceless experience from internship program

Fiesta of Five Flags is a non-profit organization in Pensacola dedicated to celebrating northwest Florida’s heritage and promoting tourism in the region. Mallory Kennedy, a recently graduated Communication Arts student at the University of West Florida, interned with the organization over the summer and wrote press releases, compiled media clippings, assisted with coordinating events, obtained […]

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth to revisit Pensacola

Since its inception in 2003, StoryCorps has been providing Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record and share the story of their lives. For the past seven years, StoryCorps has cataloged more than 30,000 interviews and archived them at the Library of Congress. Earlier this year, Pensacola hosted a successful visit for […]

Archaeology students study underwater sites possibly at risk from oil spill

Hiding under the surface of the Gulf of Mexico’s waters are numerous fragile historic shipwrecks left behind by the Pensacola area’s previous inhabitants, some hundreds of years ago. The University of West Florida and the state of Florida have identified 50 underwater sites. UWF archaeologists have investigated about 18 of those, with the most noteworthy […]

New Shakespeare theatre company at UWF offers words of comfort

Pensacola theater-goers greeted the news of Shakespeare coming to town like a tall glass of cool water on a hot August day. “The best comment I’ve heard was from someone who e-mailed and simply said, ‘What took you so long?!’said Kevin Kern, the Pensacola Shakespeare Company’s artistic director and UWF assistant professor of theater. The […]

UWF Shakespeare Summer Camp helps kids learn “to be”

It’s difficult not to steal a line from Shakespeare to describe a theater-themed summer camp – especially when teenage students in an improv class keep shouting the Bard’s words themselves. “To be or not to be,” repeats each student, one after another, emphatically and enthusiastically, and, well, theatrically. Under the direction of Shar Gabriel, actor […]

UWF plays major role in addressing oil spill impact

Since the day of the explosion on April 20 until last week, the Deep Horizon oil well gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, a temporary cap continues to hold, but with limited success, oil seepage has been detected nearby on the ocean floor and a relief well is still under construction. As the crisis […]

New UWF partnership to help fuel UWF students’ medical school aspirations

Dreams of attending medical school will become much more possible through a new University of West Florida partnership with American University Antigua. Students completing a bachelor’s degree in biology, marine biology, most interdisciplinary sciences, chemistry and the post-baccalaureate pre-professional program will have another opportunity to apply for entrance into medical school at Antigua’s College of […]

UWF summer marine science camp teaches children about the gulf and oil Spill

A University of West Florida Explore Summer program is teaching elementary students all about marine biology as well as a lesson or two about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which is now impacting the very beaches many of the kids call home. Jennifer Edge, Explore Summer director at the Division of Continuing […]

UWF graduate students are key players in oil spill research

One day each week, Dane Smith, a University of West Florida graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in environmental science, loads up and heads south for the beach. But his truck isn’t carrying a surfboard: It’s filled with bottles, beakers and scientific equipment he’ll use this summer while collecting water samples from the Gulf of […]

UWF begins research on potential “invisible” victims of oil spill

A University of West Florida Environmental Studies assistant professor has started another oil spill research project in the wake of the explosion April 20 off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Schwartz said he and a graduate student will be sampling for dissolved organic carbon and dissolved organic nitrogen – a […]