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John Blackie

First responders from the western Panhandle joined with state and federal officials Tuesday morning, for a hazardous materials exercise at the University of West Florida.

The scenario: classes were in session with about 10,000 students on the UWF campus. At around 9:00 a.m., calls go out about an explosion and or fire in Building 58: which houses chemistry, biology and research labs.

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WUWF Received a copy of a memo sent to President Judy Bense dated February 6. The Faculty Senate is meeting this Friday, February 13. More information will be made available as it is received.

To:           President Judy Bense
CC:           UWF Board of Trustees

From:     Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Re:           University Park Project and UWF Financial Questions

Date:     February 6, 2014

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Dr. Martha Saunders has been Provost of the University of West Florida since the beginning of 2013. Last October, she added the title of Executive Vice President of the University.

That change coincided with many other changes going on at the school. WUWF's Bob Barrett sat down with Dr. Saunders to talk about the changes and the future of UWF.

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The University of West Florida has released details of two reported sexual assaults this month that allegedly took place in a residence hall room. One was reported on Jan. 7; the other reportedly occurred on Jan. 18.

Also, there were two reports of acquaintance or date sexual assault in November.  

Such cases should be reported to the UWF Police Department for investigation. But, there is also an internal probe, which is required for Title IX compliance.

  Police at the University of West Florida Wednesday received a report of a sexual assault, which occurred that day. As a new semester begins, new calls are going out on self-protection.

According to a nationwide analysis of colleges by the Washington Post, UWF had a total of six reported forcible sex offenses from 2010 to 2012, the latest figures available. That’s a rate of .16 offenses reported per 1,000 students.

The report also shows 207 reported sex offenses on Florida campuses during that period, with a rate of  .11 per thousand students. 

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  The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at the University of West Florida has been reaccredited for seven more years by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. UWF is one of only four schools in Florida with an accredited lab program. 

Dr. Behan explains,  "It's important to have an accredited program to meet the standards that are nationally set so that our students are doing exactly what anybody in any other state is going to do and then they are free to move to another state too."

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Escambia County gets low grades in a number of quality of life issues – such as crime and health – in a new math and statistics project conducted by a group of graduate students at the University of West Florida.

The eleven “data detectives” have been spending the fall semester going through databases for information on every county in the United States – 3,108. UWF Distinguished Professor Dr. Raid Amin oversees the project – the idea for which came to him while teaching a similar course in the summer of 2010.

IHMC

There’s a reason why archeologists dig to recover the past. Nature piles the new on top of the old, and so do we. But covering something up doesn’t make it go away.  Just ask Richard Nixon! Or, as William Faulkner famously put it, “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

In Pensacola, our Superfund sites tell us all we need to know about how the past stays with us. A happier example is the archaeological work done by the University of West Florida, uncovering so much of our past.

  Entrepreneurs of all ages gathered at the University of West Florida this weekend, to develop and offer ideas for new goods and services, during Startup Weekend at the UWF College of Business.

Wearing gray event T-shirts, the participants began a 54-hour marathon Friday night aimed at coming up with the next big business idea.

Startup Weekend is an international startup event where businesses go from ideas to actualities in just 54 hours. Locally, volunteers in the startup, technology and entrepreneurship community are launching the third iteration of Startup Weekend Pensacola and it is set for October 17-19 at the University of West Florida’s College of Business.

Sandra Averhart

Voices of Pensacola is a multicultural resource center highlighting the city’s diverse history and it’s now open to the public. It officially opened on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Voices of Pensacola is a project of UWF Historic Trust, which used a $605,000 gift from Gulf Power Company and its parent Southern Company, to transform one of its historic downtown properties, previously known as the Beacon Building.

The ITEN Wired Summit last week in Pensacola brought tech companies and tech workers and tech lovers together for about 36 hours. Almost 300 people who attended the event, which was the eleventh edition of the summit in the past eight years. Jim Rhodes, the chair of the ITEN Wired Planning Committee says this years edition was one of the most diverse, encompassing all aspects of business technology. He credits the members of his planning group.

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It was a full day of hands on training and networking on Pensacola Beach today at The I-TEN Wired Summit.

The keynote speaker at lunch was Brigadier general Gregory Touhill, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber-security Operations within the Department of Homeland Security. After his address he spoke with WUWF's Bob Barrett about homeland security beginning with home TOWN security. He said that was one of many messages to take from today's summit. A broader message would be that cybersecurity is a shared risk that all of us need to be aware of.

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The University of West Florida highlighted its successes and challenges Wednesday morning at its annual State of the University Ceremony.

After the presentation of the colors UWF music student Easton Ellenberg performed Edward MacDowell's March Wind to a standing room crowd at the UWF Commons Auditorium. It was the opening act to UWF President Dr. Judy Bense's 2014 state of the University speech.

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Repeating its support of President Judy Bense, the University Of West Florida Board Of Trustees Monday passed a resolution to counter a no-confidence vote taken on Friday. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody was at the emergency session.

The resolution passed with only two dissenting votes after a more than hour-long closed-door session to discuss the opposing vote submitted Friday by the UWF Faculty Senate – which followed the Trustees’ vote of confidence earlier this month.

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