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Connection
A lu m ni & Friend s Maga zi ne
FALL 20 13 National Flight Academy
Immerses Students in
STEM Education
College of
Business Phase III
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First Season of
Women’s Swimming
and Diving
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Biomechanics
Lab
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U NI V E R S I TY o f W E ST F LOR IDA Fall 2013
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Connection Inside
UWF President
Dr. judith bense
Staff List
Advancement Staff
Dr. Brendan Kelly, Interim Vice President of
University Advancement
Martha Lee Blodgett, Assistant Vice
President of University Advancement
Gretchen VanValkenburg, Executive
Director of Development & Alumni Engagement
Missy Grace, Alumni Relations Director
Marketing & Creative Services Staff
Editorial
Managing Editor
Sabrina McLaughlin, Executive Director,
Marketing & Creative Services
Copy Editor
Brittany Carr, Communications Specialist,
Marketing & Creative Services
Creative Director
Pola Young, Creative Director, Marketing & Creative Services
Graphics & Photography
Jennifer Morgan, Graphic Designer
Lauren Smith, Assistant Director of Digital Media
John Blackie, Photographer
Editorial
Contributing Writers
Melissa Brode, Claire
Caillouet, Brittany Carr,
megan Gonzalez, Missy Grace,
Margaret Roberts, Matt
Rowley, Sean M. Sullivan,
Alyssa Townsend, Gretchen
VanValkenburg, Jevon Young
Contact Us
Web alumni.uwf.edu
Email [email protected]
Phone 800.226.1893
Mail UWF Alumni Association, 11000 University Pkwy., Building 12,
Pensacola, FL 32514
To Give
Online uwf.edu/give
Direct Kenda Hembrough at 850.857.6112 or [email protected]
UWF Connection is published semi-annually by the
Alumni Relations Department with the assistance of
Marketing & Creative Services. The purpose of Connection
is to communicate and engage with UWF alumni, donors,
friends and others interested in the activities of UWF.
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3PRESIDENT’S Q&A
LETTER FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT
ENGAGEMENT
4Alumni Board
5news & notes
8 Calendar of Events
10 National Flight Academy
AFFINITY
1 6 College of Business
18Athletics
20Class Notes
24Alumni Success
26 Snapshots
GENEROSITY
29 German MBA Program
30 Biomechanics Lab
33M
eet an Ambassador
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APP River
35 From the Editor’s Desk
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Feature The University of West
Florida and the National Aviation
Museum Foundation have teamed up
to develop the Ambition onboard the
National Flight Academy. The handson, immersive learning experience
engages middle- and high-school
students in aviation-based missions
in an effort to bridge the gap in
STEM education.
President’s Q&A
President Bense believes in the innovative spirit that drives our
students, faculty, staff and graduates. We sat down with her to
discuss what lies ahead for the University as we continue to focus on
innovation, quality and how UWF will continue serving the region as
an economic driver.
Why are innovative teaching and learning initiatives so important
to the future of higher education? This year our Fall Faculty Forum
was devoted to high-impact teaching and learning techniques.
Research shows that students who engage in high-impact
practices have higher retention rates, more engagement and
are better prepared for the challenges of life. We all know that
today’s workplace requires innovative skills. In fact, the students
we teach today must be prepared for careers that may not yet
be in existence. Some UWF programs include living learning
environments, writing-intensive courses, undergraduate research,
service learning, internships and capstone projects. UWF offers
innovations that often fall outside of the traditional classroom,
in order to engage the students fully and prepare them for later
opportunities in life. The positive outcomes of these experiences
for our students motivate us to seek new ways to design the higher
education experience of tomorrow.
What are some innovative models UWF is using to enhance quality
and flexibility? UWF has been embracing a variety of innovative
models to deliver the high-quality education our graduates and the
communities we serve have come to expect from our institution.
For example, UWF was tapped earlier this year to lead the
Complete Florida Online Degree Program initiative funded by the
Florida Legislature. This program will focus on the 2.2 million adults
who have stopped out of college, but are interested in returning to
complete degrees. This new model will enable adult learners who
already have some college credit to complete degrees that are
aligned to high-wage, high-skill workforce needs.
UWF is also a pioneer in immersive story-based learning models
that prepare middle and high-school students for degrees in
the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
disciplines. We build immersive STEM curriculums that make
learning fun while simultaneously preparing students. One of our
partners in this endeavor include the National Flight Academy,
which you will learn more about in this issue of Connection.
What does the student of the future look like at UWF? Our
graduates must be able to think critically, solve problems in the
workplace, and communicate effectively in varying contexts. They
must be ready for professional careers that meet the needs of
the future. As UWF moves forward, offering students real world,
immersive learning experiences will keep us at the forefront of
higher education.
Letter from the
Vice President
Dear Alumni & Friends,
I begin my first letter to you as the Interim
Vice President of University Advancement with a
tremendous amount of enthusiasm, optimism and
confidence in where UWF is headed in the months
and years ahead. As I began my new role in July, I
took a moment to reflect on the hundreds of students
that I’ve had the honor and privilege of serving in the
Department of Communication Arts over the last
decade. My experiences as a professor, department
chair and, eventually, as the Director of the School
of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts have
taught me that what makes UWF different is that
our chemistry exists in the nexus between teachers
and students. As alumni and friends of UWF, you
understand the value we place on maximizing student
success. I want to personally thank you for your
support in helping us maintain that focus.
Our academic programs continue to grow in
numbers and strengthen in stature among top-tier
institutions. The stories in this issue illustrate the
hands-on, immersive learning opportunities that fuel
academic innovation and produce distinctive graduates
from UWF. In addition, we are honored to reflect on
the success stories of our alumni and the commitment
of donors who believe the university is a vital part of
their legacy.
As we draw closer to 2017 and the 50th anniversary
of UWF, you will begin hearing more about our
strategically focused capital campaign that addresses
institutional priorities that will bolster UWF as a
primary economic driver for Northwest Florida.
Again, thank you for believing in UWF. I look
forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our
alumni as we move forward.
Warmest Regards,
Dr. Brendan Kelly
Interim Vice President, University Advancement
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Alumn i Boar d
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Alumni Board President’s Message
2013 Alumni Board of
Directors
[News & Notes]
President: ’00 & ’03 Luke van
Blaricom; BS Biology & MS Education;
Orlando, Fla.
Vice President: ’80 Dave Langston; BS
Interdisciplinary Sciences; Milton, Fla.
Secretary: ’99 & ’02 Ildi Hosman;
BSBA Business Administration & MA
Communication Arts; Pensacola, Fla.
Treasurer: ’98 John Gormley; BSBA Business Administration; Pensacola, Fla.
Fellow Alumni,
What an exciting time of year as the university welcomed new students to campus!
These new Argonauts began their UWF experience and will create fond memories like
those so many of us remember. Recently, the Alumni Association Board of Directors
convened to reinvigorate our vision for the upcoming year. With our momentum, we
strive to increase the value of your degree and provide services that enhance your life.
The fall semester also is the time we welcome our annual Homecoming activities. If
you have not visited campus recently, take a fresh look at how the university is evolving. I
encourage you to consider attending one of our many events we will be hosting on campus during Homecoming. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the fall weather, participate
in an alumni activity, and support our defending NCAA Division II women’s national
soccer champions.
As always, we seek your input as we move our association forward. Your thoughts and
suggestions are often the catalysts that serve as our greatest ideas! Feel free to reach out to
us, and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/UWFAlumni.
You play a crucial role in the success of our association and the university. Your participation and support is one of many areas that indicate UWF’s quality for various rankings
in U.S. higher education. I encourage you to do all you can for UWF, and in turn we
will do all we can for you.
Director at Large Outside of
Northwest Florida: ’88 Robert Lee; BA Communication Arts; Powder
Springs, Ga.
Director of Chapters: ’92 & ’02 Jeff
Bedenbaugh; BA Accounting & MBA;
Quincy, Fla.
What’s Happening Now?
Partnerships, student awards and initiatives at the university
By Margaret Roberts
Director at Large Within Northwest
Florida: ’81 Paul Pratofiorito; BA Accounting; Pensacola, Fla.
Director of Student Programming: ’04 Becca Tieder; BA Theatre;
Clearwater, Fla.
UWF Student Teams Place
1st a
nd 2nd in International
Engineering Contest
Director at Large Outside of
Northwest Florida: ’92 Harriett Wyer;
BS Marketing; Tampa, Fla.
Director of Alumni Affiliates: ’01 Jay Windham, BSBA Business
Administration; Pensacola, Fla.
Past President: ’93 Caroline Hartnett;
BSBA Business Administration;
Pensacola, Fla.
Student Representative: ’14 Jordan
Self; Panama City, Fla.
Best Regards,
Luke van Blaricom, President, UWF Alumni Association Board of Directors
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Participation Matters!
3,800 alumni attended an
The Alumni Association knows that your
time is incredibly valuable, so we appreciate
your choice to spend some of it with us.
Thank you to the students and alumni who
joined forces with us last year. We hope to
see you again in the near future!
20% of alumni who were contacted
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association sponsored event.
completed the annual survey.
2,964 alumni made a gift to the annual fund, of whom 391 were new donors.
124 alumni and friends played golf
in our annual tournament and raised
$8,925 for scholarships.
171 current students joined the
Student Alumni Association.
First place team members
from UWF Emerald Coast.
Left to Right: Andrew Potter,
Christopher Hayes, Vadim Ilin
and Nathaniel Eubanks
Two UWF student teams were recently
awarded 1st and 2nd place in the Myron
Zucker Undergraduate Student Design
Contest, a prestigious international
competition sponsored by the Industry
Applications Society, a special-interest
society within the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers.
This year, seniors Nathaniel Eubanks,
Chris Hayes, Vadim Ilin and Andrew Potter were selected as the recipients of the
first place award for their project, Design
of a Solar Array Positioning Controller.
Drs. Bassam R. Shaer and Muhammad
H. Rashid advised the team at the REEF
campus at UWF Emerald Coast. Seniors
Aster Pastoral, Chris Doorbal and Jon
Lister, also advised by Bakhoum and
Rashid, were selected for second place for
their project, Design of a Global System
for Mobile Communications GPS Vehicle
Tracking System.
151 seniors made a class gift to UWF.
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NE WS & NOTES
What’s Happening Now?
Dorothy
Stewart—
First Lady of
the Alumni
Association
by Gretchen VanValkenburg
“The support and
flexibility the UWF
MVRC offered me
during this time
allowed me to
continue to serve
my country while
obtaining my degree.”
— Kim Price, Health Care
Administration senior
the Doctor of Physical
Therapy Program will help
meet a state-identified need for
more physical therapists in a
largely rural region of the state.
Faculty Fellows Emerge
A group of 23 faculty fellows representing
the UWF College of Professional Studies embarked this summer on a curriculum called
Emerge. The program encourages Emerge
Faculty Fellows to develop high-quality learning activities, including travel study, community-based projects, faculty-student research,
capstone experiences and experiential learning
during the 2013-14 academic year.
The lead-off Emerge event, a faculty professional development seminar, detailed the benefits of using high-impact practices to increase
student learning.
Through community involvement in the
public school districts of both Escambia and
Santa Rosa counties, Emerge boosts immersive
learning experiences steered by those who have
been emerged.
MultiCultural Center plans unveiled
In May, the university partnered with Gulf
Power and the West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. to unveil plans to transform the Beacon Building into “The Voices of Pensacola,” a
multicultural resource center highlighting the
city’s diverse history. Gulf Power and Southern
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Company donated $605,000 to West Florida
Historic Preservation, Inc. for this initiative.
The new center will feature displays representing the varied cultural groups who have
shaped Pensacola’s history. Potential exhibits
will showcase the Native American, Asian,
Hispanic, African-American, Greek, Jewish
and European cultures.
It will also include: two stages for oral history, storytelling and musical performances; two
acoustically controlled Aural Exhibit spaces
where oral histories can be heard and recorded;
a research room; computer research stations
and more.
West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc.
owns the Beacon Building, formally known as
the Norman Simons Building. The building is
located at 110 Church St. in downtown Pensacola and was built in 1912 by S. F. Fulgham
& Co. for D. Kugelman & Co., a wholesale
grocer. Since then, it has housed several other
wholesale grocers, wholesale liquor companies
and the Pensacola Cigar and Tobacco Co.
Pilot Program Launches Degree
Completions
This year, the Legislature launched the
Degree Completion Pilot Project to recruit,
Multicultural Resource Center
Rendering by Carter Quina.
recover and retain the state’s adult learners
and assist them in completing associate or
baccalaureate degrees that meet high-wage,
high-skill workforce needs. Nearly 2 million
Florida adults have earned college credits but
may have not been able to graduate for various reasons.
Last summer, UWF developed an Operations Work Plan that details specific degreecompletion efforts by various postsecondary
education institutions and provides an overview of the overall project plan, identifying
key tangible outputs of the program.
This spring, the Legislature provided $4 million for the statewide, online Complete Florida
Degree program. UWF will lead the initiative,
in collaboration with other Florida College
System and State University System institutions to further support the program’s exceptional advising and student support system.
Partnership Produces High Demand Degree
The University of West Florida and the
University of South Florida have partnered
to produce a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This partnership will expand access to
UWF students interested in pursuing a DPT
and help meet a state-identified need for more
physical therapists in a largely rural region of
the state.
At a September 2012 Florida Workforce Estimating Conference, physical therapy was the
second highest in-demand occupation among
those requiring a master’s degree or higher,
with a 2.59 percent annual percent growth.
The new DPT degree program has only 12
slots available for qualified applicants. Admission is reserved for qualified graduates who
have completed bachelor’s degrees at UWF.
Each student accepted into the program this
year will receive a $2,500 scholarship for each
of the three years they spend in the program.
Applications are open until Nov. 15, 2013
for the Fall 2014 semester. Applicants can
apply online using the PTCAS application,
found at ptcas.org.
UWF Continues Military Support
through Tuition Assistance
In early March, Congress mandated cuts
in federal spending, including new requests
for tuition assistance for active-duty members
of the U.S. Armed Forces. To offset the cuts,
UWF offered fee waivers for undergraduate
active-duty military students using tuition assistance. The waiver will impact an average of
100 students per semester.
The waivers apply to fees for both on-campus and online courses at UWF.
“As a university rooted in a large military
community of all branches, we have an obligation to provide military-friendly support,”
Marc Churchwell, director of the Military &
Veterans Resources Center, said. “Our military
deserves it, and we owe them.”
For university-wide news, visit news.uwf.edu. To receive more information on
your college’s latest happenings, visit us online!
► College of Arts & Sciences uwf.edu/cas
► College of Business uwf.edu/cob
► College of Professional Studies uwf.edu/cops
UWF lost a one-of-a-kind alumna
over the summer. Known fondly as
“Dot” to many, Dorothy Stewart was
the first lady of the Alumni Association.
Dot graduated from UWF in 1979 with
a BA double major in Communication
Arts and Interdisciplinary Humanities.
She was one of the first four employees
of the University, and was responsible
for a variety of administrative areas in
the 1970s. Her entertaining ability to
share those memories with others was
legendary and included references to
trekking through the woods with UWF’s
first president, Harold Crosby, and others
to help make decisions that laid the
foundation for what the campus looks
like today.
Dot can be credited for many
accomplishments at UWF, but her
leadership and guidance in establishing
the first Alumni Association is among
the most memorable. Her endearing
personality made it difficult to say no
when she asked students and alumni
to volunteer. By encouraging alumni to
attend or assist with special events, or become chapter leaders, she kept
them engaged, and many became her
lifelong friends.
Stan Gasi, the second Alumni
Association president, became one of
those lifelong friends. He remembers Dot
recruiting him to help start the Atlanta
alumni chapter in 1972.
“Dot had a special way of working
with people to help them achieve more
than they ever thought was possible,”
he said. “That quality and her ability
to relate to the student and alumni
population made her the perfect fit for UWF.”
Dot served the university for 18
years. After retirement, she remained
connected and supportive of UWF,
finding time to celebrate UWF’s 30th
and 40th anniversaries and participate in
the Retired Employees Association.
If you have a favorite Dot Stewart
memory to share, we invite you to please
email [email protected] Contributions
to the Dorothy Stewart Scholarship
Endowment, created in her honor, can
be made by making a gift to the UWF
Foundation, 11000 University Parkway,
Pensacola, FL 32514.
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CALENDAR
CALENDAR
UWF Alumni
Association Golf
Classic to be
held on Sept. 27.
UWF Homecoming begins
Oct. 7 and ends Oct. 12.
All UWF alumni and
friends are invited to
join us at Scenic Hills
Country Club.
the annual homecoming
bonfire features good music,
friends, s’mores and more.
Calendar of Events
September
Sept. 14
UWF Men’s and Women’s Cross
Country The men’s and women’s cross
country teams will compete in the Gulf
Coast Stampede at the Escambia County
Equestrian Center. The women’s 5K begins
at 7:30 a.m. and the men’s 8K begins at
8 a.m. The campus community is invited
to cheer on the Argonauts during their
first race of the fall! Visit goargos.com for
additional information.
Sept. 21
UWF Women’s Soccer The UWF
women’s soccer team will play Cumberland
at 1 p.m. on the UWF Soccer Field. The
campus community is invited to cheer on
the Argonauts in their first home match
since winning the 2012 NCAA Division II
National Championship! Visit goargos.com
for additional information.
Sept. 25
Argie’s Birthday Bash Join the Student
Alumni Association as it hosts Argie’s
Birthday Bash on the Pensacola campus
in the Commons Auditorium. The bash
will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
celebrates the “birth” of the University, as
classes officially began on Sept. 25, 1967.
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The event will feature photos with Argie,
UWF President Judy Bense, Vice President
of Student Affairs Kevin Bailey, the UWF
cheerleaders, music, free food, door prizes
and fun! For the full list of SAA events this
fall, visit uwf.edu/alumni/saa.
Sept. 27
Alumni Golf Classic Join us for a fun day
of golfing at Scenic Hills Country Club at
the University of West Florida. Registration
begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at
noon. The 18-hole tournament will be
followed by an awards ceremony with
great company and prizes. The cost is $325 for a foursome or $85 per individual
and includes green fee, cart fee, range
balls, lunch, the awards ceremony, a
goodie bag and a ticket for the prize
drawing. For more information, visit uwf.edu/alumni/programs.
October
Oct. 9
Homecoming Kick-Off Grammy Awardwinning artist T-Pain will perform in a
special concert to start the 2013 UWF
Homecoming off on the right note. All
members of the community are invited
to cheer on the fall athletic teams and
get fired up for Homecoming Week
from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the UWF Field
House. The event will also feature an
Argo spirit competition between student
organizations and an introduction of the
Homecoming Court. The event is free for
UWF students with a Nautilus card and
a ticket, which can be picked up at the
University Commons Service Desk through
Sept. 10. General admission tickets can
be purchased at the Service Desk for $15
through Sept. 17. For additional information,
visit uwf.edu/homecoming.
Oct. 10
UWF Volleyball Game The UWF women’s
volleyball team will play West Alabama
at 6 p.m. in the UWF Field House. The
campus community is invited to cheer on
the Argonauts during the Homecoming
game! Visit goargos.com for additional
information.
Oct. 11
Homecoming & Family Weekend
Tailgate Party Join alumni, students,
families and friends of UWF as we come
together amid food, tents and lawn games
to get ready for the night’s soccer matches.
Feel free to set up your own tailgate
between 2:30 and 3 p.m. or enjoy ours! The
party lasts from 3 to 7 p.m. and will be held
at the UWF Soccer Field. See Homecoming
Tailgate policies at uwf.edu/homecoming.
Oct. 11
Men’s and Women’s Soccer Game The
campus community is invited to come and
cheer on the Argonauts at the UWF Soccer
Complex during the Homecoming game
against the Lee University Flames! Mr. &
Ms. UWF for 2013 will also be announced.
The men play at 5 p.m. and the women at
7:30 p.m. Visit goargos.com for additional
information.
Oct. 11
UWF Women’s Swimming & Diving
Meet The campus community is invited
to celebrate with the UWF women’s
swimming and diving program as
the team competes for the first time
ever against Florida State University
and Tulane University in the UWF Aquatic
Center. The scheduled start time is 1 p.m.
Come cheer on the Argonauts at their
inaugural meet! Visit goargos.com for
additional information.
Oct. 11
Homecoming Bonfire Good music,
good friends, and a great location are the
hallmarks of this Homecoming tradition.
Join us at Oak Grove, starting at 9:30 p.m.
for a bonfire. Come for the s’mores—stay
for the atmosphere!
Oct. 12
Homecoming & Family Weekend
Festival There will be live music, inflatable
attractions, tons of activities for the kids,
a zip line, free food, announcement of the
winners of the Spirit Competition and Blue
& Green Challenge and more! There will
also be a celebrity dunk tank featuring
various surprise appearances from across
campus and the Pensacola community.
Plus, connect with alumni from your major
or organization at receptions hosted by a
variety of colleges and departments. Don’t
miss out on the fun from 4 to 8 p.m. in
Parking Lot H!
Oct. 17
Alumni Chapter Event, Washington,
D.C. The UWF Alumni Association will
host a chapter event for alumni in the
Washington, D.C., area from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The event will be held at the Florida House,
1 Second Street NE. Meet and reconnect
with fellow alumni, hear the latest on what
is happening at UWF and enjoy heavy
hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. For more
information, visit uwf.edu/alumni.
Oct. 26
November
Nov. 21
Alumni Chapter Event, Atlanta Area
The UWF Alumni Association will visit with
Atlanta area alumni from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The event will be held at Maggiano’s at
Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody
Rd. Enjoy the opportunity to catch up with
fellow alumni and hear about the latest
updates from UWF. For more information,
visit uwf.edu/alumni.
December
Dec. 14
Commencement Join us at the Pensacola
Bay Center as we welcome the newest
members of the UWF Alumni Association.
Graduate and undergraduate students
will be honored at both ceremonies. The
morning ceremony, held at 10 a.m., will
recognize graduates of the College of Arts
and Sciences. The afternoon ceremony,
scheduled for 2 p.m., will recognize
graduates of the College of Business and
the College of Professional Studies.
UWF “Pack It Pink” Volleyball Game
UWF women’s volleyball will play the Lee
University Flames at 4 p.m. in the UWF
Field House. The campus community is
invited to cheer on the Argonauts and
“pack it pink” in order to raise money to
promote breast cancer awareness and
research. Visit goargos.com for additional
information.
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[ National
Flight
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Immerses Students in
STEM Education
by Brittany Carr & Jevon Young
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the aircraft carrier “Ambition” when an alert
is issued: A tanker has collided with a cruise ship, leaving
a trail of chemicals dangerously close to the passengers stranded in the
water. Red flashing lights mark the situation as urgent, a matter of life
and death. Clark and the rest of his squadron gather for an emergency
meeting to create a master plan for a rescue mission, including a flight
plan with calculated trajectories and fuel needs. Once the mission is
completed successfully, they meet again for a mission debrief.
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Almost 1,000 students have visited the
NFA since its commissioning in May 2012,
and they hail from 35 states and countries as
far away as Ireland. According to statistics released by NFA in October 2012, students who
participate in the Ambition summer experience
significantly improved their performance in
aviation-related subject areas, including flight
and navigation. Students are pre-tested and
post-tested upon completion of the program
and on average have increased their pre-test
scores by more than 10 points.
Middle- and high-school students are not the
only ones gaining inspiration from the immersive experience. Damian Arias, who graduated
from UWF in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in
Political Science and Communication Arts, has
worked at the NFA for almost a year.
Initially, he said, he was interested in the position because it provided the opportunity to explore the education field. A year later, Arias said
the experience encouraged him to undergo physical training and lose 150 pounds so that he can
apply to join the Navy as an intelligence officer.
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STEM occupations will account for an estimated 8.6 million jobs in the nation’s economy, up
from 7.3 million in 2008, according to a 2010
report by Georgetown University’s Center on
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Clark, 14, is not your average pilot, and
this is no ordinary mission. He is an Ambition Experimental Pilot participating in the
Aviation in Residence program on the Ambition, a simulated carrier at the National
Flight Academy (NFA) facility at Naval Air
Station Pensacola. The five-and-a-half day
camp serves as a hands-on, immersive learning experience that engages seventh to 12th
grade students with aviation-based missions.
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missions using science, tech“I’m learning
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against an nology, engineering and math
airplane, and how to3 6deal with (STEM) skills, as well as critidifferent situations, like
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becomes really hard to see the and how to deal
with different
people you’re trying to save.” situations, like when fog rolls
around a ship the lights are
—Andrew Clark, Ambition Experimental Pilot in
dimmed, so it becomes really
hard to see the people you’re trying to save,” said Clark, a ninth-grade student
in the Pensacola High School IB program.
“The story line feels like it’s real. They have
the noises of the airplane taking off, and the
simulators and the ship move so that it feels
like you’re really there.”
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technology innovators, game designers, script- complete with a galley, mess deck, aircraft hanwriters and retired military pilots to design the gar bays, operation and intelligence centers, crew
program’s cutting-edge curriculum in alignment quarters, lounges and activity rooms. The project
with national and state standards for math and cost $40 million to complete, with funds raised
science, as well as 21st century skills. Prior to through the Naval Aviation Museum Foundaleading the curriculum development team, tion. UWF was funded an estimated $250,000
Northrup and Dr. Dave Dawson, information for its work in shaping educational components
engineering technology instructor at UWF, had for the NFA, including initial and ongoing curworked with the Naval Aviation Museum for riculum development, assessment and instructor
many years, brainstorming with others to turn training.
the NFA concept into a reality.
Former Universal Studios and Disney Imagi“The National Flight Academy is truly a trea- neering executives founded TEQGames, an
sure,” Northrup said. “When UWF was asked Imagine Creative Technologies company. Its
to develop the curriculum, we were thrilled to mission is to create immersive learning experibe at the table with very creative people to shape ences that “make classrooms more fun than
a fully immersive, action-packed curriculum theme parks,” said Marc Watson, the chief
that enhances STEM education. It is a huge ac- creative officer and primary story architect for
complishment to see it operational, with kids the NFA Aviation in Residence program. John
living onboard the Ambition each week, solving Fitzgibbon, TEQGames president, served as
challenging problems as Ambition Experimen- director of development for the NFA project,
tal Pilots.”
working closely with UWF to integrate story elThe NFA collaborated with both the UWF ements and learning objectives to provide a high
curriculum-development team and a creative degree of learning efficacy.
team from TEQGames, at
“Educational
experi“Educational
Universal Studios in Orlanences should be focused on
experiences should
do, to create a physical envithe learner - the student. If
be focused on the
ronment that complements
students are not inspired
learner—the student.
the engaging story lines.
and engaged, the learning
The 102,000-square-foot,
experience will not be very
If students are
four-story facility simulates
effective,” Fitzgibbon said.
not inspired and
a modern aircraft carrier, engaged, the learning “TEQGames and UWF
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Bridging the Gap
Through the use of modern technology, integrated curricula based on current research,
engaging instructors and an immersive learning environment, the NFA is making an impact on STEM education for middle- and
high-school students across the country.
In 2009, the NFA contracted the University of West Florida to lead curriculum
development for the Aviation in Residence
program. Dr. Pam Northrup, associate provost at UWF, led an interdisciplinary team
of teacher educators, instructional designers,
The Ambition is a
102,000-square-foot, fourstory facility that simulates a
modern aircraft carrier, complete
with a galley, mess deck, aircraft
hangar bays, operation and
intelligence centers, and more.
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“The education these students
receive is wonderful, but the greatest
thing is the ability to inspire them
to go into STEM subjects.”
—Damian Arias, ’12 BA Political Science & Communication Arts
opportunity to witness firsthand the Aviation in
Residence program’s impact on students.
“The most important thing I have learned
from the NFA is that there are different ways to
educate and inspire people,” he said. “We just
need to think of new, creative ways to tackle the
education gap for America’s children. The education these students receive is wonderful, but
the greatest thing is the ability to inspire them
to go into STEM subjects.”
The NFA’s next step to affect what goes
on in classrooms across the country has been
the development of the Aviation Classroom
Experience, in collaboration with UWF and
TEQGames. The first ACE classroom opened
in 2010 at Warrington Middle School in Pensacola. Since then, 13 additional ACE classrooms have been developed in middle and
high schools in Florida, Maryland, Arkansas,
Tennessee and Washington, including one at
Milton High School.
These classrooms provide students with the
opportunity to solve problems in an immersive,
game-based environment similar to that onboard
the Ambition, through the use of flight simulator technology and aviation-based assignments
and missions. Working as individuals or teams,
students are tasked with calculating the proper
weight and balance to prevent an aircraft from
stalling, understanding the basics of flight, including altitude and calculating air speed, and
leading a search and rescue mission for an el-
ephant in the African desert.
“Classrooms can be both inspiring and engaging,” said Watson, TEQGames chief creative
officer. “We often see students inspired in arts
classrooms when they become places for students
to follow inspiring stories and engage in play.
However, classrooms in STEM subject areas have
been reduced to educational assembly lines, with
rigidly defined standard student ‘pacing’ through
complex topics and very little engagement in
‘play.’ UWF and TEQGames are working hard
to reverse this trend by integrating classroom
experiences that bring math and science to life
through real-life, relevant experiences.”
As was the case with students who participated in the summer program onboard the
Ambition, students who participated in the
ACE program at Warrington also saw increased
test scores. In the first year of the ACE program
at Warrington, 25 percent of seventh- and
eighth-grade students participated and scored
37 percent higher than their school’s average on
standardized math and science tests.
A Valuable Partnership
In March 2012, UWF became the first institution of higher education to be equipped with
an ACE classroom, the U.S.S. Argo. The Argo is
a Super ACE classroom in the nation primarily used to support degree programs for UWF
students and to provide teacher development
and training. It can also be used for middle- and
Professor Dave
Dawson and
students at the
USS Argo on the
UWF Pensacola
Campus.
high-school programs through coordination
with school districts.
In March 2013, UWF and the NFA officially
joined forces, recognizing an educational partnership with an agreement signed by President
Judy Bense and retired Vice Admiral Gerald
Hoewing, president of the NFA. Both teams
will continue working together to develop a
cutting-edge curriculum for middle- and highschool students, as well as a new Professional
Development program hosted onboard the
Ambition, which provides the same engaging
experience for adults seeking to improve their
corporate skills in communication, collaboration and complex problem solving.
Additionally, 11th and 12th grade students
who participate in the Aviation in Residence
program now have the ability to earn one college credit hour in the field of engineering technology applications at UWF.
“This partnership is a game changer,” Bense
said. “It has the potential to revolutionize STEM
education. We are delighted to have been a partner from the beginning and will now step up
and take the responsibility of the enrollment
process and the five-and-a-half day residential
academic experience.
“Education of our young people is the responsibility of us all. It can’t be just the teacher in the
classroom, or the superintendent, or the school
board. Education is at the heart of our future.”
3,130
Help us reach our goal of 3,130 alumni donors by June 30, 2014
and your favorite department could win a $15,000 prize!
Dr. Mike Huggins (’96 BS Chemistry),
Interim Dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences has challenged his colleagues
to a duel in the form of alumni giving.
The department with the most improved
participation rate wins. No amount is too
small to make a difference since the challenge
will be won based on the rate of alumni
participation, not the total dollars raised.
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COLLEGE OF B USINESS
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
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n Oct. 4, 2012, the University of West Florida
celebrated a monumental accomplishment: the
opening of a 36,000-square-foot state-of-the-art
College of Business Education Center. The opening of
the Education Center enhanced the College of Business’
efforts to carry out the college’s vision of being a key contributor to the educational and economic development
of the region.
The Florida Legislature this year granted the UWF College
of Business $8.4 million in funding toward its renovation
Phase III. The main scope of this project includes adaptive
reuse and renovation of four campus buildings constructed in
1977 to provide a fully integrated college.
The Phase III renovation will include interior and exterior
upgraded hardware and infrastructure, equipment components and finishes; and one-level and two-level classroom
designs with connectivity to the new Education Center. All
structures will meet state code requirements.
The UWF College of Business Phase III supports a highquality, student-oriented, educational experience with a focused priority on excellent teaching, supported by scholarship
and service. The College of Business prepares students for success in business and society and advances the educational and
economic development of Northwest Florida.
Dr. Bob Kimball
talks to a UWF
student in front of a
Phase III College of
Business Building.
DID YOU KNOW
there are eight UWF alumni chapters across the United States? If you live in the following areas, we
invite you to contact the following chapter representatives to learn about how you can meet fellow alumni
and reconnect with old friends in your community.
UWF College of Business Ready
for Next Phase of Enhancements
By Margaret Roberts
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Atlanta
Robert Lee, '88, [email protected]
Emerald Coast
Missy Grace, '10, [email protected]
Jacksonville
Logan McEwen, '09, [email protected]
Pensacola
Paul Pratofiorito, '81, [email protected]
Orlando
Missy Grace, '10, [email protected]
Tallahassee
Andre Libroth, '85, [email protected]
Tampa
Chip Tieder, '97, [email protected]
Washington, D.C.
Mir Ali, '03, [email protected] or
Kayla Wright, '09, [email protected]
New ideas are welcome! If you would like to share your ideas about how to increase alumni participation in these areas or would like
to learn more about ways to establish a chapter in your part of the world, please send your recommendations to [email protected]
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ATHLETI C S
ATHLETI C S
Argo Nation Golf Legacy
Carries On
By Claire Caillouet
Andrew Hancock, UWF
Women’s Swimming
and Diving Coach
Swimming & Diving
Hopes are high for new UWF team as
inaugural season approaches
By Matt Rowley & Sean M. Sullivan
A
ndrew Hancock was hired in Summer 2012 as head coach of the new
UWF women’s swimming and diving program, and the man from Australia
has brought added excitement to the program that will begin this fall.
“I am very excited about seeing our first class
of student-athletes compete this fall,” Hancock
said. “There can only be one group of firsts,
and they are going to be setting the course for
where this program goes from here.”
Hancock comes to UWF after serving as assistant coach for five years at his alma mater,
Cleveland State University. In 2011, Hancock
was named one of the top swimming and diving assistant coaches in the country by CollegeSwimming.com, earning an honorable
mention selection for the Assistant Coach of
the Year award.
As a student-athlete at Cleveland State,
Hancock was a 10-time champion in the Horizon League and was named Horizon Swimmer
of the Year in 2002. He helped the team earn
four consecutive conference titles as a member
of the 800-yard freestyle relay team. Hancock
also graduated from Cleveland State with honors and understands the academic pressure
student-athletes face on a daily basis.
“As a former student-athlete, I do have great
experience balancing the athletic and academic sides,” Hancock said. “My hope is to help
these student-athletes balance the two, so that
hopefully they can be even more successful
than I was.”
Hancock is finalizing the team’s first schedule, which was not yet available at the time
of publication. Visit goargos.com for more
information on the team’s first season.
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The UWF swimming and
diving team’s spring
signing class includes
several star recruits,
including freshman Carla
Robles out of Coral Reef
High School in Miami,
Fla. Robles was ranked
as the No. 30 recruit in
the state of Florida by
CollegeSwimming.com.
“I was delighted to hear that Carla
chose UWF, because I felt we were a
great fit for her,” Hancock said. “Carla is
the impact sprinter our first-year program
needs, and she has a great chance to
qualify for the national meet even as a
freshman, both individually and in relays.”
Another incoming freshman, Mikaela
Aponte from Pompano Beach, Fla.,
competed in the 5k open-water event,
representing Bolivia at the FINA World
Championships in Barcelona this July.
“Mikaela made great improvements last
year and will join UWF with international
experience under her belt,” Hancock
said. “She is going to be a great college
swimmer, and I can’t wait to start working
with her.”
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CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIPS
MOST ALL-TIME IN GSC HISTORY
“When I put on my
uniform or take my
Argos golf bag to
Scenic Hills, I feel a
great sense of pride.”
— Gary Buffington III, UWF
Student Athlete
Copyright Ty Holland No. 1
G
ary Buffington Jr. played golf at
UWF from 1985 to 1987 and was
named a National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics All-American in
1987. Now his son, Gary Buffington III, is
pursuing his education at UWF. Along with
the legacy of his name, the elder Buffington
passed down his passion for golf and the
Argo Nation.
Gary III, an Honors Program student and
Pace Scholarship recipient, was named the
2013 Elite 89 Award winner for earning the
highest GPA of all student-athletes competing
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GSC CHAMPIONSHIPS
in 2012-13
MOST IN ONE SEASON IN GSC HISTORY
in the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships. The award recognizes an athlete at
the pinnacle of competition at the national
championship of his sport while also setting
the highest academic standard among his peers.
“It’s challenging, but being a student comes
first,” Gary III said. “Like UWF, I commit myself to excellence and do my best to uphold the
values of our school and golf program. When
I put on my uniform or take my Argos golf
bag to Scenic Hills, I feel a great sense of pride.”
The addition of Scenic Hills has made
a great impact on the team’s game, he said,
providing a facility to practice in tournament
format. “It allows us to be more prepared and
confident. I believe it was a major component
of why we made it to the national championship tournament.” While much has changed at UWF since the
‘80s, some things remain the same. “My dad
didn’t have classes in a new College of Business
building, live in new dorms, or have access to a
course as great as Scenic Hills. What we share
about our time at UWF is having professors
who know students by name and experiences
that have created memories to last a lifetime.”
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ALL-SPORTS ALL-SPORTS
TROPHIES TROPHIES
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CLASS NOTES
Class
Notes
►’73 George McFetridge, BS Aeronautical
Systems, has published his second novel,
“The White Rose,” under his pen name,
Mary Ann Cook. The novel is a wartime
love story based on the life of the world’s
first woman fighter pilot ace, Lilya
Litvyak. McFetridge works as a Deputy
District Attorney in Orange County, Calif.
and lives in Lake Forest, Calif. with his
wife, Bette.
►’76 Thomas J. Wilkes, Jr., MS Public
Administration, has been recognized as
a 2013 “Florida Super Lawyer” and by
Florida Trend on its annual 2013 Legal
Elite list. Wilkes is a member of the firm
GrayRobinson.
►’78 Paul R. Newhouse, BA Accounting,
has been elected to the boards of
Palmetto Hospital Trust, PHT Service,
Ltd. and Palmetto Healthcare Liability
Insurance Program. Newhouse has
more than 25 years of experience in the
healthcare field, both domestically and
internationally in London, Geneva and Paris.
►’81 Susan McKinnon, BA Elementary
Education, has been installed as the first
female commodore of the Pensacola
Yacht Club.
►’81 Charles Goldfarb, BA
Communication Arts, has been inducted
into the Space Coast Sports Hall of
Fame for 2012. During his years as a high
school baseball coach in Brevard County
Florida, Goldfarb’s teams won seven
district championships and six Cape
Coast Conference championships.
►’82 George F. Indest III, MS Public
Administration, has announced that
The Health Law Firm has celebrated its
fifth year in its Altamonte Springs, Fla.
building and its 13th year of practice as
a separate firm representing health care
providers. Indest is the president and
managing partner of the firm.
►’83 Susan G. Berry, MEd Educational
Leadership, retired from Escambia
Westgate after working at the school
for 34 years, 19 of which she spent as
principal. Escambia Westgate serves the
district’s most profoundly mentally and
physically disabled students.
►’84, ’86 & ’00 Toni S. Whitfield, BA
Theatre, MA Communication Arts & EdD
Curriculum and Instruction, recently
promoted to full professor at James
Madison University, was selected to
serve as a Faculty Member in Residence
for London, England in the summer of
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CLASS NOTES
2013. Whitfield
took 25
students to
London for
eight weeks
and taught a
course entitled
“Organizational
Whitfield
Culture in the
UK”. Follow
Whitfield
and her students on her blog at
mindthegaplondon2013.blogspot.co.uk.
►’85 Christina K. Mooney, BA
Communication Arts, has been
named development director of the
Arbor Hospice Foundation. Mooney
is responsible for the management of
special events, donor communications
and annual giving programs.
►’87 Brett Barrow, BS Management,
has been named as the city president
of Regions Bank in the Pensacola/Fort
Walton Beach area. In addition to his city
president responsibilities, he will also
continue in his role as a private wealth
executive in the Panhandle.
►’87 Kimberly C. Bonner, MA History, was
appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to
the 12th Judicial Circuit. Bonner has served
as a Sarasota County judge since 2002.
►’87 Liz Watkins,
BA Communication
Arts, has produced
a documentary
entitled “Pearl
Harbor, One Last
Goodbye” that
chronicles a few of
the remaining Pearl
Harbor survivors
Watkins
on their emotional
journey to revisit
Pearl Harbor. The film has been entered
into more than 12 film festivals, including
the Central Florida Film Festival.
►’87 Dr. Mona Amodeo, MA
Communication Arts, former broadcast
journalism instructor at UWF, led her
team from idgroup to receive all three
Best of Show Awards, two of three
Judges’ awards and 10 gold ADDYs.
Her team included UWF alumni Andrya
Crossland, ’11 BA International Studies
and Communication Arts dual major;
Jared Granger, ’09 BA Communication
Arts; Kristoffer Poore, ’06 BA
Communication Arts; and Brooke Rowell,
’02 BA Communication Arts and ’09
BSBA Accounting.
►’90 & ’00 Marion Ruckel
Skalicky, BS Management
& Master in Business
Administration, succeeded
her father Walt Ruckel as
Skalicky
chairman of the Board of
Ruckel Properties, a familyrun business founded in 1955. Ruckel
Properties develops residential and
commercial land in Niceville, Fla.
►’92 & ’07 Martin Bidwell, BA English &
MEd, has been named as the principal of
the consolidated kindergarten through
12th grade school in Franklin County, Fla.
Bidwell previously served as assistant
principal of the school.
►’93 Michele D. Stinson, BA Legal
Administration, has been promoted to
senior vice president of human resources
at Medical Management Services.
Stinson began her career in human
resources with a professional staffing
company and has more than 23 years in
the health care industry.
►’95 Maureen Thurston, BA
Communication Arts, received a master’s
degree in Philanthropy and Development
from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
in May 2013.
►’95 & ’96 Hugh E. Wolfgang, BS
Computer Science & MS Computer
Science, is a Programmer 3 at Applied
Research Associates in Niceville, Fla.
►’97 William S. Francis, BS Finance,
has earned the Chartered Financial
Consultant designation, which prepared
him to offer advanced financial services
for his customers. Francis joined Stifel,
Nicolaus and Company in 2009.
►’97 Catherine L. Rodriguez, MS Public
Administration, has been named the
Public Information Officer of the Walton
County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to her
employment with the Walton County
Sheriff’s Office, Rodriguez worked for
the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and
the U.S. Embassy in Honduras.
►’98 Lisa E. Jackson, BA Elementary
Education, represented Florida in the
Ms. Wheelchair America competition
in Houston. Jackson was crowned Ms.
Wheelchair Florida during a spring
ceremony in St. Petersburg, Fla.
►’98 Candace McGuyre, BA
Communication Arts, has been named
corporate director of marketing and
public relations for Baptist Health Care.
McGuyre’s responsibilities include leading
the organization’s efforts in marketing,
communications, crisis preparation and
management, and media relations.
►’99 Andrea Boccanfuso, BA Theatre, has
been named a visiting assistant professor
of theatre at Brevard College in North
Carolina. Boccanfuso served as lighting
venues coordinator for NBC’s coverage
of the 2006 Winter Olympics and has
coordinated lighting projects for ABC, CNN,
Oxygen, The Food Network and NBC.
►’00 Susan Morris, BA Elementary
Education, has been named director of
community resource development by
the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and
Forsyth County, North Carolina.
►’00 & ’02 Shannon Ogletree, BSBA
and MBA, was confirmed as the
permanent director the economic
development office in Santa Rosa
County, Fla. Ogletree has served as the
interim director since the economic
development office opened in
September 2012.
played on the Argonaut soccer team
for four years, during which the team
reached double digit wins every season
and won two Gulf South Conference
championships. Simmons is currently
a police officer in Broward County, Fla.
where he lives with his wife, Samantha,
and four children.
►’00 Mara Viksnins, BA Art, won Best in
►’05 Michelle Carol Fried, BFA, wed
Show from the Cultural Arts Alliance’s
A+ Art committee at the summer 2012
fine art exhibit for her work “Tickling
the Ivories.” Thanks to that recognition,
Viksnins was invited to showcase 35
of her paintings at a one-woman art
show at the South Walton campus of
Northwest Florida State College.
►’00 Michael Patrick Trammell, BS
Business Administration, is the Chief
Operating Officer of Redmond Regional
Medical Center in Rome, Ga. Redmond
Regional Medical Center is a 230-bed
facility serving as a referral source for
all of northwest Georgia and parts of
Alabama.
►’02 Christopher Walters, BA
Interdisciplinary Humanities, went in
the Peace Corps to the country of
Georgia after graduation. After two
years, Walters completed graduate
school at Columbia University, receiving
a Masters in International Educational
Development. He then returned to
Georgia for an additional year. Walters
is currently the grants manager for The
ARTS Council of Southern Finger Lakes.
He and his wife, Anne, live in Corning, NY.
►’02 Samantha Armbruster, BS
Management Information Systems, has
joined San Marcos Main Street as the
new program manager in San Marcos,
Texas. San Marcos is an official Main
Street City that promotes historic
preservation and economic revitalization
in the heart of the city.
►’03 & ’05 Ginny-Beth
Joiner, BA International
Studies and MEd
Educational Leadership,
has taken a new
position with Georgia
Joiner State University Alumni
Association after eight
years spent west of the Mississippi.
Joiner is the new student relations
coordinator, and her main responsibility
is advising the Student Alumni
Association.
►’03 Kevin Warrick, BS Mathematics, has
been named to the UWF Hall of Fame,
Class of 2012-2013. Warrick is one of the
most decorated players in the history
of UWF men’s golf, earning national
recognition as a three-time All American.
He remains the only UWF golfer to earn
this honor. He and his wife Christal were
married on March 31, 2012.
David D’Agostino in a fall 2012 ceremony
in Central Pennsylvania. Michelle works for
Carnegie Mellon University as a researcher
at the Software Engineering Institute.
Sansom
►’03 Rockford Sansom, BA English &
BFA Acting, married Abigail Marie Taylor
at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New
York. Sansom is an assistant professor
of humanities at Liberty University in
Lynchburg, Va. and is an actor. His bride is
an actress in New York.
►’04 Mary Gianelloni, MBA, has joined
Sandestin Real Estate as a sales
specialist. Gianelloni spent 31 years in
the U. S. Air Force before following her
passion for real estate.
►’04 & ’10 Timothy Parson, BSBA
Economics & MS Public Administration,
has been promoted to Director of
Legislative Affairs with the Florida
Department of Children and Families.
►’04 Radovan Chrz, BS Business
Administration, has been named to
the UWF Hall of Fame, Class of 20122013. Chrz is a two-time Intercollegiate
Tennis Association NCAA Division II
Singles champion, an eight-time ITA
All-American and he led the Argonauts’
2004 squad to the first national
championship in program history. He is married to Martina and has two daughters.
►’04 Rebecca Gross Tieder, BA Theatre
and ’98 Kelly Walker Addington, BA
Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences,
are featured in
a documentary
chronicling their
decade-long
Tieder & Addington commitment
to educating
college students on sexual assault.
“You are the One” premiered at the
Reeves Theatre in Tampa, Fla. Tieder
and Addington traveled to more than
350 universities across the nation to
educate students on sexual assault
and create social change. Their efforts
brought them national recognition, and
together they founded the non-profit
One Student.
►’04 Stephen Simmons, BA Criminal
Justice, has been named to the UWF Hall
of Fame, Class of 2012-2013. Simmons
►’05 Kyle R. Newsom, MEd Educational
Leadership, was named to head the
educational program at Roulhac
Middle School in Chipley, Fla. Newsom
was formerly an assistant principal in
Washington Schools at Vernon High and
an assistant principal at Holmes County Schools.
►’05 Abigail Wiggins, BA Organizational
Communication, has been promoted
to assistant vice president of United
Bank. Wiggins joined United Bank in
2005 as a branch specialist and held
previous positions as branch operations
supervisor, business development
representative and business
development officer before her recent promotion.
►’05 Erik Medley, BS Mathematics, won
the 2012 Best Sports Facility of the Year
Award in Mt. Dora, Fla. He and his wife,
Mindy, have two new baby boys.
►’05 & ’08 Autumn Noelle Morris, BS
Business Administration & MSA Health
Care, has been named a Rising Star by
the Independent News of Pensacola, Fla.
►’06 Leigh Weekley, BS Business
Administration-Management, has joined
the staff at Coastal Bank and Trust as
branch manager of the Pace, Fla. office.
►’06 Aaron Epstein, BS Hospitality,
Recreation & Resort Management, is
the new assistant director of The Duke
Club, which works with James Madison
University Athletics Annual Giving
program.
►’06 Ken Johnson, BA Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences, was recently published
in Mediation Digest, a British journal
on Conflict Resolution. His article,
titled ”Collaborative Justice and the
Changing World of Mediation” describes
how mediation, restorative justice
and other conflict fields are merging
into one interdisciplinary practice of
collaborative justice.
►’06, ’08 & ’11 Dr. Kimberly Nicole
Thomas, MEd Reading, Educational
Leadership, EdD Education-Curriculum
& Instruction, has been named a Rising
Star by the Independent News of
Pensacola, Fla.
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CLASS NOTES
►’06 & ’11 Cassie Boatwright, BS
CLASS NOTES
Engineering & MSA, has been named a
Rising Star by the Independent News of
Pensacola, Fla.
Pre-Law, recently opened McEwen
DuBovis P.A., a law firm in Jacksonville,
Fla. McEwen is the UWF alumni chapter
representative for the Jacksonville area.
►’07 Wesley Michael Meiss, BA
►’09 Dr. Richard M. Hough, EdD
Psychology, has been named a Rising
Star by the Independent News of
Pensacola, Fla.
►’07 Whitney Vaughan Fike, BA
Communication Arts, has been hired
by Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union as
a marketing specialist. Fike will assist in
the formulation and implementation of
strategic marketing plans.
►’07 Sarah Lynn Nicholson, BS
Hospitality, has been named to the UWF
Hall of Fame, Class of 2012-2013. She
is the first UWF women’s golfer to be
inducted into the Hall of Fame. Nicholson
is currently the First Assistant Golf
Professional at Timarron Country Club in
Southlake, Texas. She earned membership
into the PGA of America in 2011.
►’07 Jessica D. Hall, BA Elementary
Education, has joined the Lowville
Extension office in New York as its
parenting educator. Hall conducts home
visits within the community and offers
classes about parenting to those with
children from birth to 10 years old.
►’08 Peter Antoske, BS Marketing and
Sales Management, has been named to
the UWF Hall of Fame for the Class of
2012-2013. Antoske helped lead the UWF
baseball team to a historic season in
2007 as the team won its first Gulf South
Conference championship. Antoske
is currently a geometry teacher at Dr.
Phillips High School in Orlando, where
he is also the assistant varsity baseball
coach. He also runs a summer baseball
team, the Orlando Scorpions.
Curriculum and Instruction, was honored
at the 13th Educator of the Year Awards
for Community Service. Dr. Hough has
taken his career in law enforcement
and criminal justice education beyond
the United States to influence nations
around the world. Hough is a member of
the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council
in Pensacola, Fla.
►’10 Alexander J. Sullivan,
BM Music Performance,
recently graduated with
a juris doctorate from the
Mississippi College School
Sullivan of Law in Jackson, Miss.
Sullivan interned with
Associate Justice James W. Kitchens of
the Mississippi Supreme court during law
school. Sullivan was the recipient of the
John and Swen Deakle Scholarship and
was on the dean’s list.
►’10 John Boatner, BS Marketing, has
received his second lieutenant bars
from the United States Marines. Boatner
was one of 39 candidates to receive his
commission.
►’11 Charina F. Narciso, BM Music
Performance, has a new position at the
University of West Florida Office of the
President. Narciso is looking forward to
exciting opportunities and adventures.
Frazier &
Robinson
►’09 Megan Prawdzik Gonzalez, BA
Communication Arts, has been named a
Rising Star by the Independent News of
Pensacola, Fla. Megan wed Nick Gonzalez
on April 20, 2013 in Pensacola, Fla.
►’09 Lisa Rutherford, MEd Curriculum &
Instruction ESOL, gave a presentation,
titled “IELTS Apps for ELS Learners” at
the E-Learning in Action Conference
on April 2, 2013 in Sharjah, United
Arab Emirates. IELTS stands for “The
International English Language Testing
System” and is based at Cambridge
University in England.
►’09 Logan McEwen, BA Legal Studies
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Showcase in late March.
►’12 Katy Ferguson Hebebrand, BA
Rudd
►’12 Caleb Carmichael, BS Physical
Education, has been named the UWF
men’s and women’s cross country head
coach. Carmichael, a three-time All-Gulf
South Conference selection has assumed
the position in his first collegiate headcoaching role. He has been coaching
as an assistant for the last three years.
Prior to his time as an assistant coach,
Carmichael competed for the Argonauts
from 2002 to 2005 in one of the most
decorated careers in UWF cross country history.
►’12 Jill Dale, BA Public Relations, joined
Gielow Marketing & PR as a marketing
specialist at the Jacksonville, Fla. office.
In her role, Dale will work with clients
to develop and execute marketing
strategies to include social media, email
marketing and public relations.
►’12 Sarah Rhodes, BS Exercise Science,
has received her second lieutenant bars
from the United States Marine Corps.
Rhodes was one of 33 candidates to
receive her commission.
►’12 Sean Michael Reynolds, BS Exercise
Communication with a minor in
Hospitality and ’10 & ’11 David Robinson,
BA Finance & MBA, recently visited
Pisa, Italy and showcased their UWF
gear. Frazier and her mother have
been living in Italy for three months
and have kept a blog of their trip.
Read about their travels at www.
motherdaughterredefined.org. Upon
her return to the United States, Frazier
intends to write a book about her
experiences.
►’11 Danielle Catherine Rudd, BA
Communication Arts, has joined
the Better Business Bureau of
►’12 Ginny Cranor, BSN Nursing, is
a fire captain at the Pensacola Fire
Department, Station 4. She has been a
firefighter for more than 20 years. On
January 7, Cranor and another female
co-worker, became the first women
promoted to the rank of fire captain in
the department’s 200 year history.
►’12 Ashley Donahoo, BA History, was
featured in the Jan. 2, 2013 issue of
People Magazine in the article “Half
Their Size.” She has also appeared on
Good Morning America, EXTRA and
20/20. By incorporating proper diet
and exercise into her daily life, Donahoo
lost 137 pounds and 100 inches while
she was a full-time student raising two
sons with her husband, David. Donahoo
is now a project manager for a law firm
in Pace, Fla. and has recently joined the
Livestrong Team as an ambassador.
►’13 Monica Malavassi, BS Sports
Management, appeared in a video
feature recounting her journey growing
up as a two-sport athlete in Costa Rica,
winning a national title for UWF and
winning a gold medal for Costa Rica at the
2013 Central America Games.
►’13 Chelsea Renfroe, BA Communication
►’12 Jarrett Moore, BA Communication
’69 Eddie Joe Caro, BS Management;
died Jan. 24, 2013
►’12 Philip Ebert, BA
►’11 Jordan Frazier, BA Organizational
Communication Arts, has been hired at
Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union as an
e-marketing specialist.
Science, has signed with the United
Soccer League’s professional team VSI
Tampa Bay FC. Reynolds played for UWF
from 2008-2011 and was a four-time
GSC Defender of the Week. He was the
first player in GSC history to be named
Defender of the Week and Player of the
Week in the same week.
Arts, was recognized with a silver
student ADDY Award at the 2013
American Advertising Federation
National ADDY Awards Gala in Phoenix.
►’08 Matthew Galloway, BS Marketing,
was one of 12 professional golfers chosen
to compete on the Golf Channel’s “Big
Break” reality competition that began in
May 2013 While at UWF, Galloway was a
three-time All American, an All-American
Scholar, a Gulf South Conference Top
Ten winner and a two-time GSC Player of
the Year.
Northwest Florida as the
communications director.
Rudd is a member of the
Florida Public Relations
Association and the
Northwest Florida Financial
Crimes Task Force.
Education, a teacher at
Ferry Pass Elementary
School in Pensacola, has
partnered with UWF in
a program to improve
Ebert
reading fluency and
integrate special needs
students into regular classrooms. The
Class-Wide Peer Tutoring system is an
evidence-based practice that provides
student motivation and engagement to
increase achievement, while reducing
behavior problems. Ebert is shown with
his new dog, Argo.
►’12 Lacey Anne Berry, BA Graphic
Design, has started her own company,
Lacey.B Designs, a custom clothing
accessory business. She showed her
designs at Jacksonville’s Fashion Week
and returned as part of the Accessory
Arts, has joined the team of l. gall &
company as public relations coordinator.
Renfroe specializes in social media
and corporate event planning and
implementation.
In Memoriam
’72 Robert T. Romaine, USN (Ret.), BS
Management; died Feb. 9, 2013
’73 Steve M. Mattox, BA History; died
Feb. 26, 2013
’75 & ’87 Michael Varner, BS Ecology and
MS Ecology, Biological Education; died
Feb. 6, 2013
’76 Samuel M. Archer, BS Health, Leisure
& Sports; died July 3, 2013
’77 James P. Lankford, BS Marketing;
died Jan. 19, 2013
’77 Natalie Jacquelyn Catches, BSN
Nursing; died Feb. 16, 2013
’78 Roxanne DeStafney, BA Social Work;
died Jan. 26, 2013
’79 Raymond Brykczynski, BA
Communication Arts, died April 15, 2013
’81 Linwood Rodgers, MBA; died Feb. 6, 2013
’82 & ’96 Marilyn Smith Alexander, BS
Medical Technology and MBA; died
March 18, 2013
’82 Jeffery Wright, BA Communication
Arts; died March 9, 2013
’82 Steven Robbins, BS Systems ScienceBusiness; died March 10, 2013
’83 & ’85 Cary Ward, BA Anthropology/
Psychology & MA Psychology; died
March 7, 2013
’84 Lawrence P. Gardner, MEd
Educational Leadership; died March 22, 2013
’84 James L. Connor, MEd Educational
Leadership; died May 21, 2013
’84 Elizabeth J. Sims, MA Elementary
Education; died June 17, 2013
’84 Robert Newbold, BA Political
Science; died April 24, 2013
’93 & ’00 Wendy Allard Hiers,
BA Elementary Education & MEd
Educational Leadership; died March 10, 2013
’96 Elizabeth Kate Walton, BS General
Biology; died Feb. 2, 2013
’97 Christopher Milleson, BS Business
Administration; died Jan. 3, 2013
’98 Jennifer Acierno Theisen, BA
Interdisciplinary Humanities; died July 2, 2013
’99 Curtis Cowell, MS Public
Administration; died April 23, 2013
’00 Suzanne Marie Law Bean, BS
Business Administration; died Jan. 11, 2013
’00 Melissa W. Hinson, BA Elementary
Education; died June 14, 2013
’04 John Warren Anderson, BA Social
Science; died June 26, 2013
’06 Patrick Gilbert Simpson, BS
Engineering Technology; died Feb. 12, 2013
’08 William Thomas Padgett, BA English;
died May 12, 2013
’09 Toshia Lee-Ann Hasse, BS Business
Administration; died July 3, 2013
’12 Josephine Licudine-Fuller, MA Special
Education; died April 17, 2013
Dr. Kenneth C. Conroy, Former UWF
Provost; died Jan. 16, 2013
Harold E. Holt, Retired Maintenance
Supervisor; died Jan. 6, 2013
Richard D. Kelly, Faculty; died Jan. 17, 2013
Elizabeth “Betsy” Oram, Retired
Employee; died June 25, 2013
’85 Niel Anderson, BS System Science;
died May 6, 2013
Dr. Alfred B. Chaet
1927-2013
’69 Robert M. Hooper, Jr., BS Physical
Education; died May 9, 2013
’85 & “96 Walter C. Sagebiel, BA Social
Science and MA Clinical Teaching; died
June 24, 2013
’70 Joseph Adams Hyatt, BA
Accounting; died Feb. 1, 2013
’86 Captain Wayne A. Stewart, BS
Systems Science; died April, 2013
One of the University of West Florida’s
founding faculty members and first
provost of Gamma College, passed away
on July 23, 2013.
’70 Charles Carleton, BS Management;
died April 27, 2013
’86 William “Bill” Roberts, BA History;
died Feb. 9, 2013
’71 Nathaniel Simmons, BA Sociology;
died March 20, 2013
’86 Mary Garrett Eubanks, BA
Communication Arts; died March 9, 2013
’71 Carolyn F. Amerman, BA
Mathematics; died Jan. 4, 2013
’86 Rosemary Merold, BA Special
Education; died July 13, 2013
’71 Rose A. Hicks, MA Elementary
Education; died Feb. 16, 2013
’88 Jennifer Acierno Theisen, BA
Interdisciplinary Humanities; died July 2, 2013
’69 Fred Weathers, BS Industrial
Technology; died Feb. 10, 2013
’71 Joellen Pearce, BA Elementary
Education; died March 25, 2013
’71 & ’83 Mary Rothe, BA History & MA
Communication Arts; died Jan. 17, 2013
’72 & ’84 Barbara Ann Stewart, BS
Business Teacher Education & MEd; died
Jan. 19, 2013
’90 Elizabeth Webb-Depoy, BA Legal
Administration; died Jan. 17, 2013
’90 Karin I. Landgrabe, BA French; died
July 8, 2013
Dr. Alfred B. Chaet came to UWF in
1966 as associate dean for sciences and
professor of biology. In 1967, with the
organization of the University into three
colleges, he became Provost of Gamma
College, a position he served until the
colleges were reorganized in 1977. At that
time, he became Associate Vice President
for Research and Sponsored Programs.
In 1989, he returned to the faculty as
the Ford Professor of Physiology, and
was named Emeritus Ford Professor of
Physiology upon his retirement in 2000.
For those desiring, the family requests
memorial gifts to the UWF Foundation,
designated to Biology.
’91 Charles G. Helms, BA English
Education; died June 29, 2013
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ALUMNI SU CC ESS
ALUMNI SU CC ESS
UWF Alumnus
Pursues Dream
Derrik Lang
posing with
Kermit the Frog
on the set of The
Muppets Movie.
By BRITTANY CARR
D
UWF alumna
Rachel Pryor
on board NOAA
Ship Oregon II.
UWF Prepared Alumna to Set Sail
errik Lang’s portfolio includes interviews with Elton John,
Snooki and the Beach Boys. He has covered countless award
shows, including the Academy Awards, Grammys and Emmys. For the entertainment reporter and producer at the Associated
Press, it is a dream come true that he says would not have been possible without the diverse education he experienced at the University
of West Florida.
Lang said he always knew that he wanted to be a journalist reporting
on the entertainment industry. To achieve his dream, the UWF alumnus
and Fort Walton Beach native spent his college career pursuing experiences that would enable him to excel in journalism. Before graduating
with a bachelor’s degree in 2003, Lang was heavily involved on campus,
working as an assistant in the Student Activities Department and a resident advisor and director at Martin Hall, as well as serving as an editor of
the student newspaper, The Voyager.
“From participating in the Student Government Association to helping create The Voyager each week, I was afforded many opportunities at
UWF that I likely wouldn’t have been given had I pursued an education
at a traditional institution,” he said. “Such diverse experiences helped set
me apart from the pack when it came to applying for all-important internships and fellowships. They also helped prepare me for the complexities of the journalism world, where I have to call on a vast array of skills.”
But the most valuable opportunity given to him, Lang said, came
through a UWF Alumni Association scholarship that enabled him to
spend a semester interning in New York for Entertainment Weekly,
through the American Society of Magazine Editors internship program.
“If I had not been awarded a scholarship from the UWF Alumni Association to pursue the ASME internship program, I likely wouldn’t have
been able to participate in that unique opportunity,” he said. “It laid the
foundation for my career as a national entertainment journalist.”
Thanks to his experience at UWF, Lang spends his days doing what he
loves most – writing.
“I have a passion for storytelling, and I’m able to do that almost every
day,” he said. “I love being able to write about extraordinary, creative and
innovative individuals in Hollywood and beyond, utilizing the amazing
worldwide platform that is the Associated Press. Like any job, it can often
be mind-numbing and tedious, but it’s usually always fascinating.”
Seventh Annual
By Margaret Roberts
F
air winds and following seas have traveled with Rachel Pryor
graduated from UWF with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science,
from South Florida to the shore of the University of West Florwith a natural science specialization. She then went and earned a master’s
ida to NOAA Ship Oregon II, a 700-ton, 172-ft. research vessel
degree in environmental studies from Florida International University.
home ported in Pascagoula, Miss. A 2008 UWF alumna, Pryor at“My education from UWF helped train me to communicate on a daily
tributes her current position as a junior officer onboard the National
basis with scientists about their needs to complete their project goals,”
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pryor said. “UWF’s facilities give students the
Vessel, where she is responsible for ground
best hands-on experience that exponentially sets
fish, plankton and shark longlining surveys, “UWF’s facilities give students them apart in an application process for a career
to her first university field trip.
the best hands-on experience position.”
“We would take trips to the buried island, salt
Pryor’s most authentic experiences and memthat exponentially sets them
marshes and pine forests, searching for critters
ories at UWF are related to the university’s small
apart in an application process
or environmental staples,” said Pryor. “Dr. Matclass sizes and high-quality mentor-student rethew Schwartz was the first person to introduce for a career position.” — Rachel lationships.
me to the world of research vessels. He took a Pryor, BA Environmental Studies, ’08
“My professors were always encouraging my
month to sail on a research vessel where they deprogression in the field and were always availployed the Alvin, a deep-manned research vessel that transports one pilot
able to write incredible letters of recommendation that have paved my
and two scientists to depths of about 4,500 meters. I was amazed at the
path to success,” she said.
For Pryor, the best part of her professional success is giving back.
photos he brought back, and in essence, he planted the seed.”
“I have the opportunity to provide valuable service for the environment
Pryor grew beyond her imagination. After receiving a Florida scholarand my country,” said Pryor.
ship and an internship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she
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ALUMNI GOLF CLASSIC
The UWF Alumni Association Golf Classic will
be held September 27, 2013 at Scenic Hills
Country Club at the University of West
Florida. All UWF alumni and friends are
invited to join us for a day filled with golf,
food and fun! All net tournament proceeds
will support the UWF Alumni Association.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please
contact Missy Grace [email protected], 850.474.3423
or 800.226.1893 for additional information.
Thanks to our Signature
Tournament Sponsor:
Date: Friday, September 27, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. Registration/Lunch
12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Location: Scenic Hills Country Club
8891 Burning Tree Road
Pensacola, FL
Fees: $325–Foursome
$85–Individual
Registration deadline is Monday,
September 23, 2013.
Thanks to our Chambered
Nautilus Sponsor:
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SNA P SHOTS
SNA P SHOTS
Dr. Ed Ranelli, Brig. Gen. Mike Ferguson talk with award recipients
John and Charlie Switzer.
Erik and Mindy
Medley at
the Orlando
Chapter Event.
Alumni board members Luke
van Blaricom, Harriett Wyer and
Foundation Board member Brian Wyer
pose at the Joint Board Dinner.
Dr. Kyle Marrero, Bentina Terry, Jerry Maygarden, Stan Connally and
President Judy Bense at the Multicultural Resource Center unveiling
and press conference.
Brother and Sister Alumni Lonnie
Veasley Jr. and Melony Rivera at
the Tampa Chapter Alumni Event.
Spring 2013 graduates celebrate at Senior Send-Off.
Scholarship donors visit with recipients during the annual UWF
Military Veterans Resource Center’s recognition luncheon.
Alumni learn the fundamentals of golf
at Scenic Hills Country Club.
Smile!
Whether gathering at a board
retreat, recognition dinner, chapter
event or baseball game, our Alumni
Association events provide the
perfect opportunity for us to show
our appreciation of your continued
support. They are also a wonderful
chance for you to socialize with fellow
alumni, current students, staff, faculty
and friends of the university.
Dr. Bob Kimball enjoys lunch with recipients of the
student scholarships he funded.
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Don’t miss out! Our Alumni
Association keeps adding more new
events into the mix. For a look at
upcoming events visit alumni.uwf.edu.
Nicole Gislason, Andy Waters and Debbie
Waters enjoy the UWF Alumni Night at the
Blue Wahoos baseball game.
Pat Windham, Jessica VerVoort and Mary Riesberg
at Spring into Action’s Network-a-Thon.
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SNA P SHOTS
GERMAN M BA P ROGRAM
The 2013 MBA Graduates from
the Transatlantik Institute in
Germany gather at the College
of Business Education center to
celebrate the program’s 10th year.
UWF Student Ambassadors with Pensacola Mayor Ashton
Hayward at the Multicultural Resource Center unveiling.
2013 Alumni Award
Recipients
Alumni Service
Award
Distinguished
Alumnus
Scott Ramsey
Molly Murphy
Dr. P.S. Ruckman, Jr.
Friend of the
University
HomeRun Holdings
Publix
Honorary Alumnus
Dr. Kyle Marrero
Tampa area alumni network at Maggiano’s.
Chambered
Nautilus Award of Merit
John Switzer
Charlie Switzer
Outstanding Young
Alumnus
John Adams
Jason Lasure
Alumni Reception Welcomes
Germany MBA Graduates
By Melissa Brode
T
he Master of Business Administration Program
hosted its annual alumni reception in June to welcome the 2013 MBA graduates from the Transatlantik Institut in Germany into the association. The reception, held in the recently opened 36,000 square-foot
College of Business Education Center, provided an opportunity for alumni to gather, share stories of success
and interact with the latest graduating class of MBAs
from Germany.
Celebrating its 10th year, the MBA Program in Germany
is a partnership between the University of West Florida College of Business and the Transatlantik Institut of the Universities of Applied Sciences, Ludwigshafen and Worms. Using
its network relationships with the German business community, the Transatlantik Institut recruits mid-level managers to
participate in UWF’s MBA Program. Students in this year’s
graduating group included employees of BASF, one of the
world’s leading chemical companies, and John Deere, a wellknown agricultural machinery manufacturer.
The German cohort’s three-week capstone learning experience in Pensacola promoted not only diversity, but a
high-quality, global perspective within the MBA program at
UWF. The alumni reception, a highlight of their visit, continued the celebration of cultural differences by providing
a forum for UWF’s newest
alumni to connect with previous MBA graduates.
“It is an outstanding event
“It was such a pleasure that not only provides an
to attend the MBA Alumni
event,” said Mambwe Muta- opportunity to reconnect with
nuka, a 2008 MBA alumna. fellow alumni, professors and
“It is an outstanding event
staff, but also an opportunity
that not only provides an
opportunity to reconnect to interact with our fellow
with fellow alumni, profes- German MBA students, who
sors and staff, but also an
have become such an integral
opportunity to interact with
our fellow German MBA part of the MBA program.”
students, who have become — Mambwe Mutanuka, ’08 MBA
such an integral part of the
MBA program. The presence and interaction of our German counterparts undoubtedly adds to the many invaluable experiences that comprise the UWF MBA program. I
am proud to be a part of it.”
2013 Alumni Award recipients with President Judy Bense
and Mistress of Ceremony Mollye Barrows.
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DEVELO P MENT
Donor Moved by
Biomechanics Lab
Hal Marcus tests out
the industry-leading
technology available
to UWF students in the
Biomechanics Lab.
Hal Marcus donates $50,000 for additional
equipment, enhancing the lab’s capabilities
By MeGAN GONZALEZ
H
“Including others in this
project may be one of the
biggest things I have done
in my entire life,”
—Hal Marcus, University Donor
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al Marcus is no stranger to the University of West Florida.
He’s been a long-time supporter of the university and its
commitment to enhancing research, instruction and the
quality of life of the Northwest Florida area.
During his continued support of the university, Marcus became familiar with the Biomechanics Laboratory in the Health, Leisure and
Exercise Science Department at UWF and met Dr. Eric Greska, the
professor who spearheads the lab. After touring the facility in 2012,
Marcus gave $50,000 for additional equipment, further enhancing
the lab’s capabilities.
“As a child, Marcus suffered from Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease and
was not allowed to walk for two years. “Exercise is an important part
of everyday life, and a lab like this will continue to improve many
lives,” he said.
Today, Marcus prides himself on keeping in shape. “I walk four
miles a day, rain or shine,” he said.
Marcus’ passion for the lab has driven him to make others in the
Northwest Florida community aware of its value. In fact, Marcus
recently worked with the university to host an event that brought
residents of Azalea Trace to UWF to explore the lab and learn more
about it. “Including others in this project may be one of the biggest
things I have done in my entire life,” said Marcus.
“As soon as I found out about the lab, I instantly thought of everyone at Azalea Trace and others throughout Northwest Florida that
could benefit from it,” Marcus said.
The newly outfitted laboratory boasts industry-leading technol-
ogy that enhances education within the program as well as UWF’s
regional outreach.
The lab’s equipment allows UWF students and researchers the ability to view and analyze discrete human movement. Students work
directly with the equipment in a hands-on approach to understanding normal human movement. Several courses in the department
take advantage of the laboratory’s capabilities, making data collection
and analysis a part of course objectives and hands-on learning.
“As a UWF alumnus, I think about the valuable hands-on experience I received throughout my education,” Greska said. “This is another way for UWF students to have the ability to learn real-world
experiences in the classroom.”
Through the lab, the University is able to partner with local hospitals and organizations to develop enhanced injury-prevention and rehabilitation protocols, as well as improve surgical outcomes through
pre-planning.
Marcus said he hopes his passion for the lab will continue to serve
as a catalyst for those throughout the Northwest Florida community
to continue to utilize and fund the lab.
“The more people who know about and support it, the greater
the potential for creating a research niche in the UWF Biomechanics
Lab,” he said.
If you’re interested in donating to the Biomechanics
Lab, please visit www.uwf.edu/give or contact Martha
Lee Blodgett at [email protected]
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STUDENT
AM BASSADOR
STUDENT AM B ASSADORS
DEVELO PMENT
Meet an Ambassador
Students Use the
Biomechanics Lab in
the Health, Leisure and
Exercise Science facility to
view and analyze discrete
human movement.
By Alyssa Townsend
“As a UWF alumnus, I think
about the valuable handson experience I received
throughout my education.
This is another way for
UWF students to have
the ability to learn realworld experiences in the
classroom.” — Dr. Eric Greska
U
WF senior Greg Alford
is learning firsthand the
value of a high-quality
education paired with real-world
experience. The Clearwater, Fla.
native, who is double majoring in
hospitality and resort management
and psychology, currently works as
a pro shop assistant at Scenic Hills
Country Club. The position allows
him to gain valuable experience that
can steer him toward his dream of
working in the hospitality industry.
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CO NG R AT U L AT I O N S TO
U N I V E RS IT Y O F WE ST F LO R I DA
PE N SACO L A P L E DGE SCH O L A R S
Entering Class of 2013
Jennifer Ard
Victoria Ball
Carsten Bahnsen
Michelle Bellanova
Allan-Peter Campbell
Jacob Campbell
Sterling Hardin
Colin Hayes
Michael Huang
Kevin Le
Alex Lindemann
Gregory Morgan
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Alford started as an intern at Scenic Hills in
the Spring 2013 semester. He was offered
a part-time position at the end of the
semester and leapt at the opportunity.
On campus, Alford is also involved in the
Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, the Student
Alumni Association and the Student
Ambassador program.
“The hands-on experience helps a lot more
than anything I could do in the classroom,”
Alford said. “It puts me out there in real-life situations.”
As recruitment chair for the Student Alumni Association, Alford said he hopes
to “leave his legacy” by developing a
recruitment campaign.
UWF’s Business Enterprises, Inc. purchased
Scenic Hills last June to offer enhanced
services for current and future members, as
well as real-world experiences for students
in the hospitality, sports management,
exercise science, athletics, recreation,
business and finance programs at UWF.
“I want the UWF Student Alumni
Association to be an organization you join
because you want to get involved,” he
said. “We’re looking for people who are
passionate and committed.”
He says quality over quantity is what makes
the UWF Student Alumni Association
different from other institutions.
This spring, Alford was given the
opportunity to assume a leadership role on
the Graduation Planning Committee through
the Student Alumni Association, and he
says that experience was a highlight of his
college career.
Alford said that being involved at UWF has
had a significant influence on his overall
college experience.
“It changes everything,” he said. “When I go
to events, I’m not just a student. University
leaders get to know who I am and talk to me
on a more personal level.”
Renaldo Thompson
Kennedy Van Der Werff
Taylor Wilhoit
Sydney Yeager
Thanks to Quint and Rishy Studer, students who live within the city limits of Pensacola now have
more opportunity to pursue higher education and more incentive to achieve while in high school.
Awarded recipients may select to attend either UWF or Pensacola State College (PSC).
uwf.edu/pensacolapledge
Greg Alford
UWF STUDENT
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U W F ST U DE NT A M B A SS A DORS
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HAVE CONDUC T ED MORE T HAN
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70,000 285
SA students have earned more than
SERVICE HOURS
STUD EN TS I N THE PROG R A M
Since 1987
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DEVELO PMENT
FROM THE EDITOR
From the Editor’s Desk
AppRiver’s
Gift Provides
Global
Perspective
F
or years we’ve asked you to “Think UWF.” Plastered on everything
from car magnets to billboards to the pages of this very publication, the
“Think” phenomenon provided a clear, concise request guiding people to
remember the “little university in the woods.” As we stand at the threshold of
a new day, illuminated by potential, the University of West Florida is poised to
own its destiny. For years, we’ve said that we are a different kind of institution.
In fact, many of the stories we have told in the pages of Connection Magazine
have illustrated just that. We are different because of how we change lives, and
we do so intentionally. As we like to say, UWF is “different by design.”
At the core of why we are different are our alumni, donors, friends, students, faculty,
staff and partners. Together we have formed a community that embraces uniqueness
and values quality. We know we are different because of YOU! It’s one of the many
reasons that we want to hear from you. In issues of the magazine that follow, we plan
to devote this section to hearing your feedback on the publication, in your own words.
To submit a Note to the Editor, visit us at uwf.edu/connectionmagazine and complete the form. Thank you again for reading Connection Magazine. We hope you
have enjoyed the publication.
By Gretchen VanValkenburg
Best Regards,
Left to Right: Andrew
Schrader, Director of
National Sales, and Michael
Murdock, Chief Executive
Officer & President
I
magine being a UWF student and gaining
firsthand experience of how a global email
and Web security expert protects 45,000
business customers and 8 million mailboxes
worldwide.
What about being a UWF alumnus who’s
looking for a unique career opportunity in an
idyllic setting close to Pensacola Beach?
Thanks to the synergistic partnership and
shared vision between AppRiver and the UWF
School of Science and Engineering, those opportunities now exist for students and alumni alike.
AppRiver’s founders Michael Murdoch and
Joel Smith recognize the value of a higher education partnership, and they have made a generous
commitment of $50,000 to the UWF School
of Science and Engineering. Their donation will
support a wide range of activities, including undergraduate and graduate student research opportunities, improvements to the school’s learning
environment, sponsored speakers, and experiential learning opportunities for students, such as
Sabrina McLaughlin, Executive Director,
Marketing & Creative Services
Sabrina Scherer McLaughlin, MSA ’07
Managing Editor, Connection Magazine
Executive Director, UWF Marketing & Creative Services
Photo Credit: JP King - AppRiver
capstone projects and internship preparation.
“Our contribution is an investment in the future of information technology,” said Murdoch,
AppRiver CEO. “We’re
proud to help UWF prepare
tomorrow’s software devel- “We’re proud to help UWF
opers and engineers for the prepare tomorrow’s software
challenges of managing and
developers and engineers for
growing the world’s digital
the challenges of managing
infrastructure.”
In addition to its private and growing the world’s
support, AppRiver’s expedigital infrastructure.”
rience of building a successful, global company is — Michael Murdock, AppRiver CEO
invaluable and offers many
teaching moments to UWF students. Balancing
technical expertise and an entrepreneurial spirit is
the perfect business model to share, and doing so
motivates students to dream big.
For additional information about AppRiver, visit appriver.com.
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How did UWF make a difference in your life?
Visit uwf.edu/yourstory to tell us your story and share your life lessons with today’s students.
Meet Your Alumni Staff
Have a question, looking to get involved or need
assistance from our dedicated staff of alumni
professionals? The Alumni Relations Office is located
on the Pensacola campus, building 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
850.474.2758 | 800.226.1893
Missy Grace
Director
Alumni Relations
[email protected]
Alesia Ross
Coordinator
Alumni Services
and Programs
[email protected]
Cynthia Austad
Coordinator
Alumni Relations
[email protected]
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