University of West Florida

University of West Florida

If you have been thinking about going back to school to finish your degree, the State of Florida and the University of West Florida have a new program just for you. Bob Barrett spoke about the "Complete Florida" program with Dr. Pam Northrup, Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Innovation Institute at UWF.


Bob Barrett / WUWF News

This month, the University of West Florida's Men's Tennis Team completed a season that will be hard for anyone to match, let alone beat. They recently defeated Hawaii-Pacific to win the NCAA Division II national championship and complete an undefeated season. It's the third championship for the tennis program, and for head coach Derrick Racine.

Racine, who just completed his 16th year at UWF, sat down with WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about the perfect campaign.

During the interview, Coach Racine talked about:

UWF Opens Chinese Language Program

May 6, 2014
Confucius Institute

The University of West Florida joins the ranks of universities in over 90 countries around the world in hosting a Confucius Institute, a language program affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The program is intended to support the study of Chinese language and culture at universities throughout the world. Kuiyuan Li is director of the UWF Confucius Institute.

  Ground was broken Friday morning at the University of West Florida, for the first construction project under the UWF Business Enterprises, Incorporated umbrella.

Jim Barnett, BEI’s Chief Executive Officer, told those gathering under the tent next to the Davis Highway/U-S 90 junction that the event celebrates progress.

“Plans don’t accomplish work,” said Barnett. “Goals on a flip chart on a wall do not accomplish work. It is people that really get things done. It’s taken us a while to get here, but we’ve ensured it’s done the right way”

UWF Student To Perform At Carnegie Hall

Mar 28, 2014
University of West Florida

James Matthews is a junior studying piano performance at the University of West Florida. The Lakeland, FL native has been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall this spring. Matthews was recently honored as a 2014 American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition Honorable Mention Winner. He competed against students from countries such as Serbia, Russia, and China.

Uiniversity of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper looks at the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures. According to revised data released Thursday (March 27) by the Commerce Department, GDP grew at an annual pace of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. The growth rate is slightly better than the 2.4% estimate published in February, but was down from 3.2% originally reported in January. Harper says “Overall, it’s a pretty good report,” noting increases in 1) consumer spending, 2) business investment spending, and 3) exports.


One of the issues the legislature will take up in this year's session is Performance Based Funding for Florida's Universities.  And, if implemented, the system could cost the University of West Florida a lot of money.

Florida Senate

Florida Governor Rick Scott delivers his annual State of the State address Tuesday, March 4, signaling the start of the 2014 Legislative Session. His speech will start at 10 a.m. Central Time.  Again this year, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford have joined together on a priority agenda. “These are issues that rise above politics and we think they can get done. They must get done.  We will get them done,” says Gaetz, a Republican from Niceville.


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.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

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.