Ground may be breaking soon on some long awaited commercial development at the University of West Florida.
Dr. Jim Barnett, the Interim CEO of the Business Enterprise Inc, or BEI, at the University of West Florida says the BEI Board of Difrectors approved the project at its February 17 meeting. It goes to the full UWF Board of Trustees for final approval on March 26. Barnett says that if approval is given, ground could be broken two days later. This would be the first phase of development at the University's Highway 90 and Campus Drive entrance.
Students across the state rallied today for more construction money for the state's universities.
Chris Hill is the Student Body President at the University of West Florida.He was one of the leaders of the rally at the UWF Commons Wednesday afternoon. He said the students "Hard Hat Rally" was to call attention to the need for more construction funds to improve university facilities at UWF, and across the state.
The Florida Board of Education Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the Common Core standards. The meeting in Orlando was tense and the public comment portion was dominated by anti-common core activists who wanted the standards rescinded. Teachers around the region and around the country are expressing frustration over Common Core, and for many the standards themselves are the least of their worries. It's the uncertainty of how the standards, and by extension the teachers, will be evaluated.
An exhibit of pulp magazine cover art is currently on display at the University of West Florida’s TAG Art Gallery. Modern Pulp” draws attention to illustrations from artists who are not widely remembered.
The exhibit is the product of an interdepartmental collaboration between faculty and students in the English and art department. Many of the magazines on display belong to Dr. David Earle, an associate professor of English at UWF.
Now that the roads and bridges have thawed out, it's time to think about summer. People interested in becoming a lifeguard on Pensacola Beach for the 2014 season are invited to tryouts this weekend. The sessions will be held Saturday morning at 7am at the University of West Florida Aquatic Center.
Alexander Johnson, the senior lifeguard says candidates will have to perform a 600 yard swim in 10 minutes or less in the UWF pool, followed by a mile and a half run in 12 minutes or less on the track. There's a half hour break between the swim and the run.
On this week's Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses two economic development projects being pursued by the City of Pensacola. One plan calls for the expansion of ST Aerospace to Pensacola International Airport. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and the city have a memorandum of understanding with the aviation maintenance company, which currently operates in Mobile.
The latest installment of "Our Voices Are Many" will be performed this Sunday on the University of West Florida MainStage Theater. It's an encore presentation titled, "Celebrating The Voices, Faces, and Images of Black Men in America: The Sons of Africa.
Mamie Webb Hixon is the talent behind "Our Voices Are Many," which is being staged for the fifteenth time. Hixon, an assistant professor of English at UWF and director of the UWF Writing Lab, wrote the script for and is artistic director of the theatrical production.
Retired Lt. General Russel Honoré will give a talk at the University of West Florida at 7 o'clock this Thursday evening at the UWF Conference Center. Honoré, who is best known for his efforts to restore order in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, is the featured speaker for UWF’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the outlook for 2014. Harper expects this year to be a little bit better than 2013. “The main reason for that is that we’ll see less of a drag coming from the federal sector. The slow down in federal spending last year probably subtracted 1.5 percentage points from GDP (Growth Domestic Product) growth. We could have been up almost 4 percent," Harper says.
According to Harper, the shrinkage in government spending should be less in 2014, with some of the hardest hits already with Sequestration.