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Dozens of adults marched like soldiers, waddled like penguins and pretended to climb invisible ladders inside the Bayview Center during a recent Saturday morning.

Why such playfulness? They were preschool caregivers, and they were wiggling for University of West Florida professors Debra Vinci and Christopher Wirth. The official name of the program is “Let’s Wiggle With 5 2 1 0: Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Childcare Settings.”

Pensacola residents appreciate their law enforcement and parks, but are less pleased with transportation and infrastructure, according to a new citywide survey.

The University of West Florida’s Haas Business Center was commissioned by the city to conduct the telephone survey during the last quarter of 2015. A similar review was done the previous year, which project leader Amy Newburn says had more components.

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The University of West Florida celebrated the promotion of two of its own to the rank of full professor during the first Rite of Passage lecture series of 2016.

Honored for their achievements during the event held Jan. 15 at the UWF Argonaut Athletic Club were Dr. Mohamed Khabou, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Science and Engineering, and Dr. Carla Thompson, professor of research and advanced studies in the College of Education and Professional Studies.

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Anyone who walked by Professor Thomas Asmuth’s office on the University of West Florida Pensacola Campus recently might have heard intermittent beeps and seen flashes of light as he worked on one of his projects that merges science and art.

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  “Ready … steady … go.”

That prompt from Hillary Skowronski cued a University of West Florida graduate student and an environmental specialist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to quickly grab whatever creatures pop out of a PVC pipe that’s been strategically hung on a tree at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about the economic issues discussed in the State of the Union address and discusses how important education will be for job development in the Pensacola area.

In his final State of the Union address, President Barrack Obama began by assuring Americans that the U.S. economy is the strongest and most durable in the world.

National Writing Project

In 1974 The University of California Berkeley established a program for teachers called the Bay Area Writing Project. In just two years it expanded to 14 sites in six states. That was the beginning of the National Writing Project. Now the University of West Florida has become one of the Project’s newest sites.  

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Holiday parties sparkle. Lights twinkle in trees, and dancers clad in satin and sequins cast pinpoints of light into mirrors.

Seasonal fare offers its own sort of glow.  Cherries dipped in chocolate as thick as paint gleam on platters. Sugar crystals glint from pillars of cookies, and bubbles rise in champagne flutes.

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About three dozen students and faculty gathered on the outdoor balcony at the UWF Wellness and Counseling building Thursday evening for a short candlelight vigil for peace. 

Dr. Kim LeDuff, the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice provost for Equity, Diversity and International Affairs at the University of West Florida, led the group with music and poetry.  

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a reduction in unemployment benefit claims, a healthier job markets and the success of the recent EntreCon business convention held Nov. 5-6 in Pensacola.

Harper said that both the weekly number and the four-week moving average for jobless claims are down well below 300,000 per week, which signals a “pretty decent jobs market.”

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The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series returns for the first date of the new season on Monday. That’s when Professor Roy Hunt from the University of Florida tells “A Tale of Two Cities: Historic Preservation in Pensacola and St. Augustine.” 

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  In part two of our look at winter sports at the University of West Florida, Argonauts Swimming and Diving is growing – without suffering the usual growing pains of a new program.

Head Coach Andrew Hancock says now that they’re in year three, the new is starting to wear off a bit. They’re more settled when it comes to both routine and expectations, which in turn presents a different dynamic.

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Winter sports programs at the University of West Florida took center stage Wednesday, at their annual media day. In the first of a two-part report, a look at men’s and women’s basketball. 

Six months after being hired as the men’s basketball coach at the University of West Florida, Jeff Burkhamer is preparing for what they hope is a season of resurrection. He inherits a team that went 7-21 last year, winning only three games in the Gulf South Conference.

In our final Cold Case installment we meet Richard Hough – a criminal justice professor at the University of West Florida – who in 2007 began teaching a course on how to deal with such investigations.

Before turning to academics, Hough was a cop and a sheriff’s deputy. He says cases would go cold – although that term usually wasn’t used – for myriad reasons. When the leads ran out, he says something different had to be done.

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Police at the University of West Florida received a third party report of a sexual assault that occurred on the Pensacola Campus last month. An investigation is underway.

It’s the third sexual assault reported to campus police this year. An email was sent out under the provisions of the Clery Act. Passed in 1990 and named for a rape-murder victim in Pennsylvania, the act requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus; efforts to improve campus safety, and to inform the public about both.

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