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The search for Judy Bense’s successor as President of the University of West Florida kicked off Monday with an open forum.

“As members of both the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts about what you’re looking for in our next university president,” said Search Committee Chairman Mort O’Sullivan, who gaveled the public forum into session after a closed-door meeting.

A new book looks at how the Ft. Walton Beach community rallied together to help Vietnamese refugees fleeing after the fall of Saigon. The book not only shares a slice of local history, it’s also being used as a teaching tool at UWF.

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The UWF Spring Sports teams were introduced to the media Wednesday afternoon. "53 of our conference championship have come out of spring sports" said Dave Scott, Athletic Director at the University of West Florida. He was speaking at a gathering of coaches, athletes and the media to kick off the 2016 spring sports season at the university. "Spring's always been very string for us and we don't expect anything different this year. We have teams in tennis and golf that have strong national ratings this year."

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  Community leaders gathered at the University of West Florida Tuesday morning for the announcement of a major gift to the school. Dr. Brendan Kelly, vice president for University Advancement at UWF, stood in the lobby of the College of Science and Engineering building at the school to announce a record gift for that department. Calling it a "turning point in the history of the university", he announced a $5 million gift to the College of Science and Engineering from Pensacola businessman Hal Marcus.

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade.

Harper called the increase in the interest rate of a quarter of a percentage point “good news,” noting the Fed tracked the economy carefully and is responsible for maintaining both full employment and a low and stable price level nationally.

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The City of Pensacola is partnering with a new non-profit to help recently discharged veterans transition to civilian life. "The partnership with Pensacola is one of we hope many in the area that we will have". Mark Harden is the Florida Region Director of Boots Up, a non-profit that was recently formed to help service members transition to civilian life. "The city of Pensacola has plenty of prior military that work for them. Many of those might want to be mentors for our transitioning military. Additionally (the city has) jobs.

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Executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia will gather this week for ITEN Wired, a networking and learning opportunity aimed at fostering local economic development efforts surrounding innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

The 2015 event is being held this week, Thursday and Friday, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via de Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach. FL.

Students, entrepreneurs and dreamers will gather at the University of West Florida on Friday, October 16 for Pensacola Start-Up Weekend.

 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses University of West Florida President Judith Bense’s 2015 state of the university address, as well as ongoing improvement in the U.S. housing market. 

Bense addressed a crowd of several hundred at the UWF Field House Thursday morning. The president, who will retire at the end of 2016, painted a mixed economic picture for the university. 

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"The first thing I'm going to talk about is our SACS reaffirmation. If we don't get re-accredited we're all out of work," said UWF  Florida President Dr. Judy Bense in opening her annual State of the University address before a crowd of a couple of hundred students, staff and faculty. SACS stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is the organization that reaccredits the University of West Florida every 10 years.   

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The year long reorganization of the various colleges at the University of West Florida has concluded with the announcement of the new College of Health. "To watch a team come together is about the most rewarding thing that I do" said Dr. Martha Saunders, Provost and Executive Vice president of the University of West Florida. She was speaking earlier this year about the reorganization of the colleges at UWF. The final step of that reorganization was announced last week with the formation of the College of Health.

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The fall sports season gets underway this weekend at the University of West Florida. 

  Dave Scott, Athletic Director at the UWF says "Our fall sports have always been a very strong part of our program".  The five fall sports teams at the school were highlighted at a press conference this week. The men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volley ball teams were all in the spotlight as they spoke about their plans and hope for the coming season which gets under way this weekend.

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Four years after first being mentioned, football at the University of West Florida begins in a week with the opening of fall camp for the 2015 practice year.

In 2011, UWF President Judy Bense held up a plain white helmet with “UWF” taped to it to announce that the effort would begin to start a football program. On Wednesday, she got to hold up the real deal: a helmet which will be game-worn.

“Holding up that helmet now, it is not a generic helmet,” Bense said. “It is an absolutely gorgeous blue, frosted white [with an] Argonaut on it. It will never look that good again.”

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  The University of West Florida is about to start turning out a lot more nurses. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Dr. Ermalynn Kiehl, the Associate Dean of Health, and Chair of the Nursing Department at the UWF about the current Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the university, and the planned expansion.

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