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The University of West Florida has chosen its next president. 

There was a hush over the crowd at the UWF Music Hall Thursday morning as Pat Lott, General Counsel to the President read and tallied the votes from the Board of Trustees. It was obvious that everyone in the room was doing the math. Once Lott read the 9th vote for UWF Provost Martha Saunders, the room erupted in applause. 

  Informally called University Field, the turf football field at the University of West Florida has a new name.

UWF Vice President Brendan Kelly made the announcement at the Argo Club on campus, that with a commitment of one million dollars by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, the field will be named Pen Air Field.

“The field will serve as an emblem of the full scope of that partnership,” said Kelly. “One that has the best interests of the community and this university at its core.”

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In what has become an annual affair, the University of West Florida’s Irish Experience study abroad program participants will share their summer work in several events over three days at the Center for Performing Arts on the UWF Pensacola Campus.  

Everything begins with a musical recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. It will include Irish folk songs and a piece by Irish composer Liam Lawson called “Far Beyond.”

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As you probably know by now, the newly-minted UWF football team routed Ave Maria University 45-0 on Saturday. But this was more than just a game, it was history. 

Many of the 200 or so UWF supporters made the 11-hour trip from Pensacola to Ave Maria University, about 20 miles east of Naples, for the Argonauts inaugural game. Before kickoff, they took part in another college football tradition: tailgating. 

Enjoying the sun was George Birch of Clearwater, whose grandson J.J. Lewis is a freshman wide receiver on the Argonauts’ practice squad.

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Josh Green points out that artists who paint or draw trees can get away with a lot more than artists who render people.

 

“If most of the tree-like elements are there, you’re OK,” he said. “But if there is something even a few millimeters off with a body or a face, even an untrained eye will notice.” 

 

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Twenty-three days before its first-ever game, the University of West Florida football team opened fall camp on Thursday. 

More than 120 players, along with coaches, went through their paces in a driving rain, on University Field’s artificial turf. 

“I feel good about our pace, our tempo, guys were eager to get out here, they were excited about what we were doing,” said Argos Head Coach Pete Shinnick. “And that’s what you’re looking for.”

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 Alan Manning grew up loving history, which he learned first-hand from his grandfather who used to regale him with stories of World War I.

When he was 8, his grandparents gave him a book about American presidents. He read it over and over. He started to collect campaign buttons, and he continued to read about the presidents. When he was in college, he read “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” by Edmund Morris.

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 Thomas Asmuth spends his time outside the classroom at the University of West Florida exploring the boundaries among art, science and technology.

He is an assistant professor of art whose most recent endeavors include doing a Florida Research fellowship-funded project that uses remotely operated submersibles to collect data and images of the turbidity of water.

Turbidity measures the degree to which water loses transparency because of suspended particles. It is one several factors environmental scientists use to measure water quality.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Fourteen high school students from Mexico are visiting the Pensacola area, part of the youth group Jovenes en Accion, Youth in Action. 

At UWF last week, they took part in a roundtable discussion concerning gender, ethnic, and social discrimination at their schools and in the surrounding communities. 

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  The University of West Florida is moving closer to a decision on a new president. On July 22 the UWF Presidential search Committee held their third meeting to update the search process. Mort O’Sullivan is the Vice Chair of the UWF Board of Trustees and the Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee.  He says things are progressing as planned. "We mapped out a very detailed time schedule and we are on pace with what we laid out for our timetable."

   In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the recent grant awarded to the University of West Florida’s Haas Center to develop an economic development strategic plan through Florida’s Great Northwest.

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Adjustment Assistance, the University of West Florida’s Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development will take a major role in creating an economic development strategic plan for Florida’s Northwest region.

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  Alea Kittell came up with a bright idea.

Kittell, a University of West Florida senior majoring in graphic design, created a black shirt embedded with rainbow colored LED lights. The lights blink when activated by motion. The garment was a final project submission for her Interactive Design class.

“I wanted to create something unique and fun,” Kittell said.

Pensacola Museum of Art.

The Pensacola Museum of Art is about to become a part of the University of West Florida. The transition was announced today (Wednesday) and will become effective on July first. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Dr. Brendan Kelly, Vice President of University Advancement and President of the UWF Foundation about what this means for the university and the future of the museum.

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As the final year of President Barack Obama’s presidency comes to a close, analysis has already begun of the administration’s foreign policy during his eight-year term.

While Obama has called his approach a simple one – “applying all tools at his disposal before resorting to military force” – critics have charged the administration with weak leadership and a lack of focus.

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Three second-grade students sit around a table shaped like a semicircle. They read “Rumplestiltskin” aloud. Two whisper, and one uses a normal tone of voice.

Their teacher, Katherine Folse, follows along, stopping to call attention to certain vocabulary words: muttered, sobbed and strode. They pause and discuss meanings before turning back to the story.

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