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.

University of West Florida

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

University of West Florida

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.

UWF Wellness Services

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. 

UWF Clinical Laboratory Science

  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."


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.


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.