University of West Florida

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Thirty paintings by local artists Allan Gold and Robyn Patterson are on display at the UWF Emerald Coast Library in Ft. Walton Beach. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman sat down with the artists, who spoke about their inspiration.

University of West Florida president Judy Bense will remain in that office, through the end of next year.

The school’s Board of Trustees approved an 18-month extension of Bense’ contract during its meeting at the Emerald Coast Campus in Fort Walton Beach. Mort O’Sullivan served as acting chairman.

Another Clinton versus Bush presidential matchup could be in the offing in 2016, and it could be nip-and-tuck in Florida based on a new Quinnipiac poll.

The survey, released Tuesday, has the former Secretary of State versus the former Florida Governor 44 % to 43%  in Florida, a crucial swing state. Throw in the margin of error, and it’s a virtual dead heat. But the presidential primaries and caucuses are still a year away and the fields of candidates are loaded with speculation.

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The University of West Florida announced Monday afternoon that men’s basketball coach Bob Stinnett will be stepping down after this season.

Coach Stinnett is in his sixth season as head coach. He was a UWF student athlete back in the 1960s and before returning as head coach had stops at the high school, junior college and university levels, including stints at Pensacola High School and Pensacola Junior College. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Dave Scott, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at UWF about Coach Stinnett’s announcement.

Here is some of what Scott said:

The University of West Florida’s Faculty Senate met in regular session Friday. High on the agenda were questions about Phase-I of the University Park Project dealing with facilities for the new football program.

With only one dissenting vote, the Senate passed a resolution to halt construction of the athletic training facility and football training field, for at least 18 months. Leading the charge was Doug Waggle – who represents the Department of Accounting and Finance.

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Wednesday was National Signing Day for high school football players seeking a college and vice versa. For the first time, the list of universities competing for talent includes the University of West Florida, which begins play in 2016.

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Dr. Martha Saunders has been Provost of the University of West Florida since the beginning of 2013. Last October, she added the title of Executive Vice President of the University.

That change coincided with many other changes going on at the school. WUWF's Bob Barrett sat down with Dr. Saunders to talk about the changes and the future of UWF.

The University of West Florida Archeology Institute has received a grant to explore the remains of a Spanish fleet in Pensacola Bay. The $290,000 grant is support from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Dr. Gregory Cook is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UWF who teaches shipwreck and nautical archeology. He says the Special Category Grant from the state will help expand the university's study of the ships under Pensacola Bay.

The attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left a dozen people dead in Paris has shocked people around the world. It is also putting a spotlight on the strained relations between French society and Muslim immigrants. WUWF's Bob Barrett spoke about the situation with Dr. Michelle Williams, a professor of political science at the University of West Florida and an expert on European politics.

  A report released Monday from the Haas Center at the University of West Florida contradicts an earlier report on payday loans in Florida. The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University in Miami released a report in late summer that said the Pensacola region was responsible for close to 40 percent of the state’s payday loan transactions in 2012, far more than any other metropolitan area in Florida.

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