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Connection
ALU M NI & FRIENDS MAGA ZI NE
FALL 20 15
READY
FOR
RESEARCH
UWF gives
undergraduates a
competitive edge
with immersive
summer program
THE
ROBOT
WHISPERER
5
NEW SUPPLY
CHAIN LOGISTICS
PROGRAM
15
ARGONAUTS IN
PROFESSIONAL
BASEBALL
19
Connection Inside
UWF President
DR. JUDITH BENSE
STAFF LIST
University Advancement Staff
DR. BRENDAN KELLY, Vice President,
University Advancement; President, UWF
Foundation, Inc.
MARTHA LEE BLODGETT, Associate Vice
President, University Advancement
MISSY GRACE ’10, Alumni Relations Director,
University Advancement
Editorial
Executive Editor
MEGAN GONZALEZ ’09 & ’15, Director
of University Communications, University
Marketing & Communications
Copy Editors
MATT ROWLEY, Assistant Director of
University Communications, University
Marketing & Communications
ALYSSA TOWNSEND, Communications
Specialist, University Marketing &
Communications
Graphics & Photography
POLA YOUNG ’02, Creative Director,
University Marketing & Communications
JENNIFER PECK ’08, Senior Graphic Designer,
University Marketing & Communications
LAUREN SMITH ’08, Assistant Director
of Digital Media, University Marketing &
Communications
JOHN BLACKIE, Photographer, University
Marketing & Communications
Contributing Writers
2PRESIDENT’S Q&A
LETTER FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT
3NEWS & NOTES
5THE ROBOT WHISPERER
7 GENEROSITY
9 SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE
RESEARCH PROGRAM
15 SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS
18 COMMUNITY
Web uwf.edu/alumni
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 University
Marketing & Communications. 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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President’s Q&A
GARDEN PROJECT
19ARGONAUTS IN
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
21 UWF FOOTBALL UPDATES
22 SNAPSHOTS
24 ALUMNI GOLF
19
TOURNAMENT
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT:
CHRIS RONEY
As an institute for higher education, it is important that the University
continues to seek out new opportunities for student growth, whether in the
form of buildings or brochure offerings. This summer, we announced an
important gift and new partnership with Quint and Rishy Studer to create
the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business. This Center
will serve as a comprehensive resource for students, as well as industry and
community partners. In anticipation of the Center’s opening, the College is
launching a fully online MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.
27ALUMNI EVENTS
29 ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT:
PATRICK JACOBS
30 CLASS NOTES
34 STUDENT AMBASSADOR
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In the summer of 2015, UWF
students had the opportunity to
participate in the inaugural College
of Science and Engineering Summer
Undergraduate Research Program.
This program was designed to
expose participants to advanced
research in their field of study.
With new developments on the horizon, we
caught up with President Judith Bense to discuss
plans for UWF — from physical enhancements to
program initiatives.
What developments are planned that will shape the
future of UWF?
ALUMNI BOARD
CHUCK CORDER, MEGAN GONZALEZ ’09
& ’15, MISSY GRACE ’10, AMY MINCHIN, MATT ROWLEY, ASHLEY KAHN SALLEY,
JULIA THORPE, ALYSSA TOWNSEND,
OLIVIA WISE
CONTACT US
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UWF continues to evolve academically, as well as
physically. How is the campus changing?
We are consistently working on a variety of projects that will enhance
academic opportunities or provide a service for the University community.
One such project is the Argonaut Village on the East Campus, a partnership
of UWF BEI and Chartwells that will house restaurant and retail facilities
in a vibrant atmosphere for current and prospective students, faculty and
staff, and the general public. We were pleased to welcome Starbucks Coffee®
as our first official UWF Argonaut Village tenant on June 16, 2015 and look
forward to continuing the development of this project.
What recent programs highlight UWF’s commitment
to providing new opportunities to students?
This summer, UWF launched the first Summer Undergraduate
Research Program (SURP) for students in the College of Science and
Engineering. The 10-week intensive program was funded almost entirely
by private donors and guided by faculty mentors – enabling participants
to complete research projects that will change the shape of their academic
and professional careers. Learn more about SURP in this issue’s feature
story on page 9.
Letter from the
Vice President
DEAR ALUMNI & FRIENDS,
As the University of West Florida looks forward to its
50th anniversary in 2017, I find myself more connected
to our story than ever. Our students and alumni are the
characters of our story, and their successes serve as the
central narrative of a University that continues to grow
in size and scope of opportunity.
Take, for example, the story of Chris Roney, featured
in this issue. Today, Chris owns Ace Unlocks in
Pensacola, a business he started as a UWF student.
His story began on our campus, when a golf teammate
was locked out of his car. From that fateful moment
grew a thriving business – and continued service to the
University that got him there.
This issue also features artist Patrick Jacobs, class of
1994, who is currently a successful artist living in New
York City. Patrick has excelled in his field, traveling
the world to display his art exhibitions and working on
private commissions, including one for Neil Patrick
Harris. For Patrick, and for many of our successful
alumni, it all began here at UWF.
We thank Chris, Patrick and all our alumni, for
continued support of the University and its programs
through your generous gifts. It is our responsibility and
privilege to provide unique opportunities to our students
and meaningful contributions to this region. Without
you, our big ideas might never leave the ground.
Thank you for giving back to the place that gave you
your start.
Sincerely,
Dr. Brendan Kelly
Vice President, University Advancement
President, UWF Foundation, Inc.
UNIVERSITY of W EST FLORIDA Fall 2015
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NEWS & NOTE S
NEWS & NOTES
News & Notes
BY OLIVIA WISE
Stay informed with the most recent news headlines from
the University of West Florida by visiting news.uwf.edu.
ment of 21st century skills related to career
development, such as global awareness,
initiative and self-direction, flexibility and
adaptability, social and cross-cultural skills,
critical thinking and problem solving.
UWF’s College of Education and Professional Studies’ Emerge Program sponsored
a group of nine students to participate in
a college-wide, interdisciplinary study
abroad opportunity in Japan in May 2015.
The Japan study abroad program was
hosted in collaboration with the Jikei Group
of Colleges and led by Paula Rappe, assistant
professor of social work, and Dr. Kimberly
McCorkle, associate dean of the college and
associate professor of legal studies. The
Emerge Program emphasizes the develop-
Development of Environmentally Benign
Electrophilic Chlorocyclization Reactions
Using Table Salt and CuSO4 for the Synthesis of Diverse Heterocycles.
RCSA seeks out groundbreaking scientific theories developed by scientists who
will be leaders in their fields for decades to
come. Over the past century, 40 of the scientists who have received support from the
RCSA have gone on to earn the Nobel Prize.
Massively Open Online Course on
the map at UWF
UWF students study abroad in
Japan for hands-on learning
Prestigious Cottrell College
Science Award presented to UWF
chemistry professor
Dr. Tanay Kesharwani, UWF assistant
professor in chemistry, was one of 33 scientists to be presented the Cottrell College
Science Award by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Dr. Kesharwani was recognized for his project,
UWF music student
James Matthews,
returned to Carnegie Hall
UWF launched its first massively open
online course — an innovative addition to traditional lectures — on May 18, 2015. The sixweek, low-impact, free online course entitled,
“Introduction to Geographic Information Systems,” is open to the public via the Internet.
Student from the UWF
Department of Music returned to Carnegie Hall
UWF music student James Matthews,
returned to Carnegie Hall for an encore
performance in New York City on May 23,
2015. The invitation came from the American Protégé International Competition,
where he received an honorable mention
in last year’s competition. Matthews performed “Funerailles” by Franz Liszt.
Matthews will be graduating in the fall of
2015 and is a member of the studio of distinguished university professor, Hedi Salanki.
National Writing Project summer institute for educators
hosted by UWF
UWF and Escambia County School
District hosted a Summer Invitational Institute for educators on June 8-25, 2015,
as part of ongoing efforts to become a National Writing Project site.
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The three-week workshop invited teachers to become students, immersing participants in engaging writing activities to create innovative and motivating curriculum
for their own classrooms.
NWP is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers
across disciplines and at all levels. Sites provide professional development, develop resources, generate research and act on knowledge to improve the teaching and writing
and learning in schools and communities.
shore to establish the Gulf Islands Research
and Education Center. The GIREC enhances and promotes conservation, research and
science education by directing research to
high-priority resource management issues;
promoting greater interaction between
students, scientists and resource managers;
and providing high-impact STEM educational opportunities for local students.
GIREC joined a network of 19 National
Park Service Research Learning Centers
that are working cooperatively to address
regional and national environmental issues.
Each year, the research learning centers,
working with partner institutions, involve
thousands of scientists and tens of thousands of students in park-based research
and educational programs.
Center for Research and Economic
Opportunity announced at UWF
UWF recently announced the creation of
the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. CREO is the result of a merger of
the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of Economic Development and Engagement.
Dr. Rick Harper, who, until CREO’s creation served as executive director of OEDE
and assistant vice president for economic
development for the University, will lead
the new center. Harper’s new position is associate vice president for research and economic opportunity.
UWF College of Education and
Professional Studies honors
second class of Emerge Scholars
Nicole Beck, Bachelor
of Science, Hospitality
Yolonda DuBose,
Master of Social Work
Chad Eckert, Bachelor
of Science, Physical
Education
This spring, UWF celebrated a new partnership with Gulf Islands National Sea-
UWF provost and executive
vice president selected for the
distinguished Fulbright International
Education Administrators Program
Dr. Martha Saunders, provost
and executive vice president at
UWF, has been selected for the
Fulbright International Education
Administrators Program in France,
a bilateral program of educational
exchange between the United States
and France. The program will take
place in October.
The Fulbright program is part of
an educational exchange between
the United States and France. The
Board of Foreign Scholarships and
the Franco-American Commission
have recognized this award under
the auspices of the Fulbright-Hays
Act. The program is financed by both
governments and administered by
the Franco-American Commission for
Educational Exchange.
The UWF College of Education and Professional Studies recently recognized seven
students who graduated as Emerge Scholars
this spring.
The Emerge Program is open to all UWF
undergraduate and graduate students in the
college, regardless of their major. Students
who earned the distinction of Emerge Scholar in the 2014-2015 academic year include:
Jacob Adams, Bachelor
of Science, Hospitality
UWF and Gulf Islands National
Seashore celebrate new
partnership
Fulbright Scholars
Paul Glass,
Bachelor of Arts,
History
Erin Haslag,
Master of Social Work
Kayla Williams,
Bachelor of Arts,
Elementary Education
As part of the Emerge Program, the students were required to participate in at least
two high-impact educational practices and
complete reflection pieces, which they presented at events such as regional and national conferences.
UWF political science professor
selected for a Fulbright U.S.
Scholar Grant
Dr. Alfred G. Cuzan, distinguished
university professor of political
science at UWF, is the recipient of
a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar
grant. Cuzan will be affiliated with
the University of Tartu, the national
university of Estonia, where he will
be teaching American politics and
Latin American politics during the
Spring 2016 semester. Founded
in the 17th century, UT is one of
the oldest universities in northern
Europe and the largest and most
highly ranked institution of higher
learning in Estonia.
UNIVERSITY of W EST FLORIDA Fall 2015
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ROBOTS
RO BOTS
[The]
Robot
[Whisperer]
BY AMY MINCHIN
espite far-reaching advances in technology, robots remain a futuristic or
fantastical concept for most of us.
Images of R2-D2, C-3PO or Wall-E may
come to mind, but robots are not purely the
work of science fiction.
John Carff (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’09) knows firsthand that robots are a real and viable solution to contemporary problems.
A research associate with the Pensacolabased Florida Institute for Human and
Machine Cognition (IHMC), Carff and a
team of IHMC colleagues placed second
in a worldwide robotics competition held
this summer in Pomona, California. Known
as the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals,
the contest awarded a total of $3.5 million
to teams representing the brightest minds
in the field. Carff was the main operator of
IHMC’s humanoid robot, which brought
home $1 million of the prize money.
“Much of current robotics research focuses on disaster and military applications,”
Carff explained.
DARPA, the Defense Advance Research
Projects Agency, encourages collaboration
and advancement of the science and engineering that power robotics, with the recent
competition focusing on a disaster simulation of an area in which humans could not
safely operate.
More than 20 teams from across the
globe — including U.S. teams from such
prestigious institutions as MIT, Carnegie
Mellon and Lockheed Martin — competed
at DARPA, programming robots to complete such tasks as driving a car, walking
over debris, cutting a hole in a wall, and
turning a valve for a fire hose.
The IHMC robot, known as Running
Man, is a six-foot-tall Atlas robot built by
Boston Dynamics. Part of the user interface
software that controls the robot was built
D
TRAVIS CRAIG,
John Carff,
Duncan Calvert
and Doug Stephen
with IHMC’s
humanoid robot.
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by Carff, who originally produced it as his
master’s thesis project in computer science
at UWF. Others at IMHC developed related
aspects of the software that the robot uses to
navigate through its surroundings.
“I’ve been developing the user interface for
the last six years,” he said. “Once IHMC got
accepted to the DARPA Challenge, we began
tweaking it for the competition. It was pretty
exciting to work on such a big project.”
Unlike other robotics interfaces that require a programmer to code each move a robot makes, Carff’s software affords the robot
more autonomy by integrating situational
awareness and problem-solving abilities. It
allows the robot to view its surroundings in
3D and determine a course of action.
“I’ve been developing
the user interface for
the last six years. Once
IHMC got accepted to
the DARPA Challenge, we
began tweaking it for
the competition.
It was pretty exciting
to work on such a
big project.”
—John Carff
Because of the collaborative nature of
DARPA, other research teams have gained
access to the software, too, making it a potential game-changer for global robotics work.
Carff credits Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, associate dean, College of Science and Engineering,
professor of computer science, and interim director, Center for Cybersecurity, with encouraging him during his time at UWF.
As Carff’s advisor for his master’s thesis
work, El-Sheikh says she is not surprised
by his success, recalling him as a bright,
hardworking student who was always eager
to learn.
“John’s master’s project focused on a collaborative human-robot team navigation
system. His project was very novel for its
time, and I recall telling him that,” she said.
“I encouraged him to publish his research
results, and indeed he published and presented his work at the IEEE International
Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems as a graduate student.”
“I’m delighted that he’s having such great
success and impact on robotics,” she added.
Other UWF alumni are members of the
IHMC team, as well. Doug Stephen (’13),
Duncan Calvert (’14) and Travis Craig (’14)
represent the rest of the Argo contingent
that took part in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. They contributed to the “whole body
algorithm” software that helps control the
robot, and developed some crucial attachments for the machine.
“We have a great relationship with
IHMC,” El-Sheikh said. “Our top students
often intern at IHMC or work there after graduation, and several UWF faculty,
including myself, have collaborated with
IHMC researchers on projects.”
Last year IHMC founder and CEO Ken
Ford was the guest speaker for the inaugural
UWF Artificial Intelligence Research Group
Seminar, and this year, organizers have invited members of the IHMC robotics team.
As for Carff, with the DARPA Challenge
behind him, he’s turning his focus at IHMC
to work on other droids.
“Once [robots] get a little better, they can
be used remotely, such as for nature surveillance or anywhere it is too dangerous for humans to go,” he said.
The future is in good hands – both human
and robot.
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Generosity
GENEROS ITY
GENE ROS ITY
Besser Family Continues
Support to UWF
T
BY ALYSSA TOWNSEND
DR. BRENDAN KELLY, Dr. Sheila Dunn, Bobbie Perry,
Peggy Butler and Dr. Steven Brown, celebrating the
new fund in honor of Larry Butler.
QUINT STUDER
at the Center for
Entrepreneurship
announcement.
Partnership with Quint and Rishy Studer to establish
the Center for Entrepreneurship
T
he University of West Florida recently announced a partnership with Quint and Rishy Studer to develop the Center
for Entrepreneurship for UWF’s College of Business. The Studers have committed $1 million to fund the center, which will be
located in downtown Pensacola.
“This is the most excited I have been about any project that Rishy
and I have been involved in,” said Quint Studer.
The Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to seeding economic growth. The Center encourages and supports educational
initiatives related to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking
and serves as a comprehensive resource for economic innovation for
students, industry and community partners. The Center for Entrepreneurship seeks to serve as a source of support for the complete
life cycle of an entrepreneur.
The Center will be housed in the College of Business and host
numerous activities and initiatives related to creating a culture of
entrepreneurial thinking. Additionally, affiliate units and organizations will create a synergistic support for entrepreneurial efforts and
innovation. Studer will serve as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence to
mobilize a professional network of entrepreneurs that will positively
impact the Center through contributions to advisement, seminars,
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classes, workshops and a host of other initiatives.
The UWF College of Business is actively developing degree and
certificate programs in entrepreneurship. Currently, UWF provides
an undergraduate certificate in small business management/entrepreneurship and graduate certificate in entrepreneurship.
“This is just another example of Quint’s spirit, innovative thinking and seemingly endless enthusiasm for building a community that
fosters opportunity,” said Dr. Bense.
Quint Studer has high expectations for the Center’s lasting impact
and legacy. “In the long-term history of Pensacola when they look back
at monumental days, I think that this will be one of them,” said Studer.
While numerous activities and initiatives related to the Center
will be held on the UWF main campus in order to impact a substantive cross section of students in multiple disciplines, the primary
physical location will be in downtown Pensacola. This location will
facilitate accessibility to resources for industry and community
partners. Additionally, the location will provide a more direct link to
the epicenter of commerce activity for students seeking to break into
the professional world. The majority of the work of the Center will
be conducted in downtown Pensacola.
New Fund in Honor of
Larry Butler
R
ecently, the University of West Florida announced a new
fund in memory of Pensacola native and celebrated musician and producer Larry Butler.
Gifts made by Butler’s family and friends led to the establishment
of the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award. This award will be used
to support UWF music students in academic competitions or performance-related travel.
Butler – an award-winning songwriter and producer who worked
with top-recording artists such as Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers –
ensured that he always showed Pensacola his love and support. He
even produced a benefit concert following Hurricane Ivan to raise
money for rebuilding efforts.
“Larry Butler was a great musician, producer and friend to the
University of West Florida,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, vice president for
university advancement. “We could not be more pleased to have the
support of Peggy Butler and the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival
in allowing his memory to live on in new generations of musicians.”
he legacy that Val Besser, and her late husband Ron, have
built at UWF spans a long history and will continue to influence generations of UWF students to come. Recently, Besser established two new endowed scholarships to the University, benefiting history and English majors. Additionally, Besser increased
support for an existing third scholarship, previously established
in the Department of Theatre.
“Without English or history, you’re lost in the world. Without English, you can’t communicate and without history, you will continue to
make the same mistakes,” said Besser.
Her commitment to supporting students resonates with various
departments she views as fundamentally important to the University.
Besser feels that English and history are the basic building blocks of
success; and that artistic creativity is an endeavor she refuses to ignore.
“I’ve always loved theatre and performing arts, especially the technical part of theatre. It makes the big egos look good.”
The English and history scholarships are open to upper division
and/or graduate student(s) in the department who meet enrollment
requirements of UWF. If funds allow, more than one scholarship
award may be given.
The theatre scholarship gives preference to a student at any level of
study who meets the enrollment requirements of UWF, specializes in
Design/Technical Theatre and maintains at least a 3.00 GPA.
Eligibility for all scholarships is based solely on merit to reward students who continually excel in their discipline.
The English, history and theatre department chairs will select the
scholarship recipients for their respective areas.
UWF THEATRE STUDENTS in
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”
“Larry Butler was a great musician, producer
and friend to the University of West Florida.
We could not be more pleased to have the
support of Peggy Butler and the Frank Brown
Songwriters Festival in allowing his memory to
live on in new generations of musicians.”
— Dr. Brendan Kelly, vice president for university advancement
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READY
FOR
RESEARCH
UWF gives undergraduates a competitive
edge with immersive summer program
BY ASHLEY KAHN SALLEY
R
esearch is at the heart of every great program in the Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Getting a head start on acquiring the skills necessary to create
new scientific knowledge can make a definitive difference in a student’s
career, both before and beyond graduation.
In the summer of 2015, students had the opportunity to participate in the
inaugural College of Science and Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research
Program at UWF. Funded almost entirely by grants, the program was designed to
expose participants to advanced research in their field of study.
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JEFF EBLE, NICHOLAS ZIELINSKI + RYAN LAVOIE
Pilot Study: DNA-Based Gut Content
Analysis of Invasive Lionfish
FROM LECTURE HALL TO LABORATORY
“Sitting in the classroom really doesn’t
give them everything they need to
be competitive in the workforce. In a
research environment, students can take
the theoretical knowledge they learn in
the classroom and apply it to solving
real-world problems, which will allow
them to be successful in the workplace.”
—Dr. Michael Huggins
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Participants completed a formal application, including identifying a faculty mentor.
Selected students spent 20 to 25 hours per
week for 10-12 weeks in collaboration with
their mentors, culminating either in publication or presentation. However, the program’s most valuable contribution lies in its
impact on student development outside the
traditional lecture hall.
Dr. Michael Huggins, dean of the College
of Science and Engineering, is a proponent
of students engaging in hands-on learning
experiences in order to be truly competitive
once they leave the University.
“Sitting in the classroom really doesn’t
give them everything they need to be competitive in the workforce,” Huggins said. “In
a research environment, students can take
the theoretical knowledge they learn in the
classroom and apply it to solving real-world
problems, which will allow them to be successful in the workplace.”
The original research projects were clustered into six broad subjects:
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oastal and Marine Studies - 6 projects
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Cybersecurity - 3 projects
Data Science and Informatics - 3 projects
Energy - 5 projects
Health and Wellness - 11 projects
Molecular and Material Science - 26 projects
DONATIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“A lot of universities allow their undergraduates to participate in research, but I’m not
aware of any that have a formalized program
like this, particularly where the students are
supported by donor money,” Huggins said.
“We have more than 40 students being supported from donations. I’m not aware of anybody doing anything on that scale.”
Donor support was critical to the success
of the first-time program, with $107,500
awarded to 43 undergraduate students
through private gifts. Internal and external
research grants in the amount of $42,400
contributed to projects for 11 students. Five
students were selected for experiences away
at prestigious research facilities. Twentyeight College faculty mentors — 21 percent
of total College faculty — worked closely with
the undergraduate student participants.
PROJECT PARTNERSHIPS
In order to participate in this first-time
research experience, undergraduates were
required to identify a faculty mentor, who
would supervise and direct the 10-week studies. The projects that follow are representative of the scope and breadth of research
completed by this year’s 54 SURP students,
culminating in a research celebration at summer’s end. Each pair had different reasons for
joining the program, but all will leave with
new skills and self-awareness.
Invasive lionfish were first observed
off Pensacola in 2010, but are now the
most abundant predator at many sites.
This Citizen Science project seeks to
develop protocols to allow local high
school students to conduct DNA-based
identification (barcoding) of lionfish
prey. Once established, it will provide
students with valuable hands-on training
in genetics, and the data students generate
will be used to better understand the
impacts of lionfish on native species,
including red snapper and other
commercially important fish.
“Students interested in careers in science
and engineering will be entering a very competitive market where success is measured
by your experience and what you have produced more than what degree you have,”
said Dr. Jeff Eble, research coordinator for
the newly established Gulf Islands Research
and Education Center, a partnership between UWF and Gulf Islands National Seashore. “That is why we encourage all undergraduates in the college to get involved with
research – early and often.”
Nicholas Zielinski and Ryan Lavoie have
taken note, each working with Eble on different projects.
Lavoie has learned a lot about science, but
also about himself.
“Through this program, I was able to gain
some experience in many different areas of
science at every step of the research process,
all the way from initial research design and
data collection to data analysis,” he said. “I
also had to learn to think and work independently, as well as learn to find the most efficient ways to motivate myself.”
Zielinski found new direction.
“I decided to apply because I knew it
would give me an opportunity to utilize
what I have learned and the ability to focus
on a project beyond the classroom,” he said.
“This experience has given me a better idea
of what I would like to pursue in my career,
which is a huge step when searching for the
right graduate school.”
KAREN MOLEK + AARON MENA
Study of Zinc Oxide Quantum
Dot Characteristics by Synthesis
Modification and X-Ray Diffraction
NAMED SCHOLAR
POSITIONS
• Alancy Chemistry
Research Scholars
• Ascend Performance
Materials Research
Scholars
• Burr Undergraduate
Research Scholars
• General Dynamics IT
Research Scholars
Quantum dots (QDs) are nanoparticles with
fluorescent properties, enabling their use
in applications such as LEDs and chemical
sensors. Most quantum dots are made
with biologically toxic materials such as
cadmium; however, our research team has
successfully synthesized non-toxic zinc oxide
QDs. The inert properties broaden zinc
oxide’s applications to include biomedical
applications, such as medical imaging.
The goal of this project is to increase the
length of time of our synthesized quantum
dots fluorescence, thereby improving the
potential applications for cancer imaging or
chemical sensors.
• Manziek Research
Scholars
Dr. Karen Molek is an assistant professor
of chemistry whose research group has been
working on this project for almost three
years. She took on the mentorship after
identifying Aaron Mena as an exceptional
research student.
“It’s simply impossible for students to
apply their knowledge in STEM disciplines
without having additional research experience,” Molek explained. “In today’s job
market, the research experience sets our
students apart from the rest by giving them
experience with teamwork, communication,
• American Chemical
Society’s Petroleum
Research Fund
• Seifert Research
Scholars
• Webb Electric
Research Scholars
• Health Alliance
Research Scholars
GRANT FUNDING
SOURCES
• National Institutes of
Health
• Research Corporation’s
Cottrell Scholars
Program
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“While obtaining practical experience
for my own future career, I am helping
to address a critical health issue in our
local and national community.”
—Te’Asia Mason
planning, problem solving, project management and many more skills not easily learned
in a traditional lecture.”
Mena is surprised by how much he has
learned, both professionally and personally.
“I’ve loved every second of being in the
lab, discovering, learning, and attempting
new ideas towards my research,” he said. “Although not every idea has a positive outcome,
making mistakes is an even greater learning
experience; it isn’t research if everything you
do results in a perfect outcome.”
TOBY DALY-ENGEL + EMILY MILLER
Multiple Paternity in the Gulf Spurdog
Shark, Squalus cf Mitsukurii
Despite growing concern over the health
of the world’s oceans, we know very
little about the reproductive strategies
of most large, slow-growing marine
predators, such as sharks. This study
examines the genetic mating system
of the Gulf spurdog shark, Squalus cf
mitsukurii, using mitochondrial and
nuclear DNA analysis. Results will
shed light on the natural history and
evolution of a poorly known, recently
described
species, with
implications for
the management
of deep-water fishes
throughout the Gulf
of Mexico.
Dr. Toby Daly-Engel, assistant professor
of biology, echoes the sentiment expressed
by her colleagues.
“STEM is competitive,” she said, “and
undergraduate research really gives our
students a leg up on the competition because it provides the kind of real-world
experience that most people don’t get until
after they graduate.”
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Daly-Engel points out that research experiences such as SURP also help students
understand the differences and similarities
between STEM in the classroom and STEM
as a vocation, giving them get a better idea of
what to expect and how to be successful in
the professional world.
Her student, Emily Miller, has learned a
lot about being a researcher, such as reading
and choosing an appropriate scientific journal, how to properly dictate in a scientific
notebook and how to write a CV.
“This experience has changed the way I
feel about my chosen field of study by opening up new doors to what is possible for me,”
Miller said. “I always thought I wanted to
work in conservation, but since working in
the lab, I am enjoying seeing how everything
comes together. I like being able to ask a
question and gather data to see what possible answers I can get.”
ERICA JORDAN + TE’ASIA MASON
Examining Beliefs About Recommended
Infant Care Practices to Provide Insight
About Racial Disparities in Infant
Mortality in Escambia County
The goal of this study is to examine local
community members’ beliefs about
infant care practices to determine
how those beliefs may be different
among various racial groups and
age groups. Results will be used to identify
potential barriers to recommended
infant care practices and to develop new
strategies for promoting health across
diverse groups.
Dr. Erica Jordan didn’t intend to take a new
student into her lab this summer – until she
met Te’Asia Mason. Describing her as “driven
and passionate,” Jordan hopes the experience
will guide Mason throughout her life.
“It is critical that students obtain a basic understanding of research so that they
can be conscious consumers of it, rather
than passively accepting media sound bites
about research findings as the complete
truth,” Jordan said. “Actively engaging in
the research process helps students to understand both the strengths and the limitations of specific research studies so that
they can make the best decisions to guide
their lives based on the scientific evidence
that we uncover.”
Mason says conducting research made
possible by the SURP has helped her to
obtain practical experience, learning important skills that will help her to be more
competitive in the highly competitive field
of psychology.
But more than that, Mason feels a transformative connection to the project’s subject matter.
“While obtaining practical experience
for my own future career, I am helping to
address a critical health issue in our local
and national community,” she said.
INTENT AND IMPACT
“The impact of the program is on the
student experiences and preparation for
the workforce,” Huggins said. “Hopefully,
it will expand to support more students
and disciplines that did not participate this
year; ideally, we hope to have the capacity
to support all UWF students interested in
research experiences.”
Undoubtedly, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program will give participants exposure to techniques, scientific
concepts and real-world issues not available in a traditional classroom setting – but
its ultimate significance is the experience
itself, one that has the potential to define
these young people’s lives and careers.
“I always thought I wanted to work in conservation, but since
working in the lab, I am enjoying seeing how everything
comes together. I like being able to ask a question and gather
data to see what possible answers I can get.”
—Emily Miller
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S UPPLY CHA IN
LO GISTICS
SUPPLY CH AIN
LOGISTICS
DR. SCOTT KELLER, David Bear and UWF logistics
students touring the Lewis Bear Company.
Y
ou may be familiar with the economic model of ‘supply and demand,’ but what about demand for a
degree to help students manage the
supply chain? In response to market demand locally, regionally and beyond, the
University of West Florida recently approved a degree program in supply chain
logistics management.
The Department of Marketing and Economics has offered coursework in logistics
within the College of Business for the past
10 years. As students filled the classes,
won national academic competitions and
were hired to fill logistics operations and
sales positions upon graduation, the University identified the field as an important
academic area.
Dean of the College of Business Dr. Timothy O’Keefe confirmed there has been a
steadily growing student interest in logistics
study over the past several years at UWF,
beginning with an introductory course
taught by Dr. Scott Keller. Complementary
marketing courses then produced a highly
successful certificate program, followed by
a logistics specialization, which led to the
standalone B.S./B.A. degree.
The new degree program will offer high
quality and practical courses that produce
relevant skills in UWF graduates sought out
by industry managers. In addition to analytics fundamentals that logistics professionals require to make decisions in the field,
primary coursework will include global
logistics, supply chain logistics strategy,
transportation management, purchasing
and supply management, warehousing and
terminal management.
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THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DEGREE
Dr. Scott Keller is largely responsible for
the establishment of the new degree offering, a process that can take up to two years.
“Businesses recognize the need to hire
college graduates with practical and analytical skills in supply chain logistics to reduce
cost and improve service and product quality through logistics management,” Keller
said. “Ultimately, our students help companies in our region, the State of Florida and
the U.S. become more competitive through
efficient and effective logistics decisions.”
Keller noted that UWF logistics professors are highly active and connected with
industry partners, like the Lewis Bear Company. Indeed, the Bear Family Foundation
allocated $300,000 of a $1 million gift to
fund an Endowed Professorship in Supply
Chain Logistics.
Students benefit from such connections
through touring working logistics and transportation facilities and interacting first hand
with professionals managing operations
and sales for various national and international companies – including C.G. Railway
in Mobile, Alabama; Crane Worldwide Logistics in Atlanta, Georgia and Houston,
“Businesses recognize the need
to hire college graduates with
practical and analytical skills
in supply chain logistics to
reduce cost and improve service
and product quality through
logistics management.”
—Dr. Scott Keller
Texas; CSX Corporation in Jacksonville,
Florida; UPS in Mira Loma, California; and
Pensacola’s QMotion, Gulf Power Company
and Avalex Technologies.
SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
Robyn Duncan, who first became interested in logistics after hearing of growing
career opportunities in the field, accepted
an offer of employment with Avalex Technologies after graduating from the UWF
logistics program.
“It’s amazing to me how much the world is
driven by logistics and how we have to have
people to manage it,” Duncan said. “Every
product that we deal with in everyday life,
down to the pens that we use or chairs that
we sit in, is a part of a complex system of
people and communication that got it to you
– the customer.”
Duncan now works in Strategic Procurement, dealing with everything from prototypes to inventory in the production of
electronics for the aerospace industry. She
says she used all the concepts from her core
coursework within her first three days of
real-world employment.
“Most people don’t realize UWF has built
a reputation among the major universities
as a competitive and quality logistics program … our certificate alone produced a 99
percent hire rate within the first six months
of graduation,” Duncan pointed out. “I can
only imagine the success a full B.S./B.A. will
give to students as more resources become
available to them.”
Mike Juchniewicz is president of the Supply Chain Logistics Association at UWF. He
said the industry is still fairly young, with
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A Green (and Blue) Thumb
The UWF Community Garden Project
BY AMY MINCHIN
D
“Every product that we deal
with in everyday life, down to
the pens that we use or chairs
that we sit in, is a part of a
complex system of people and
communication that got it to
you—the customer.”
—Robyn Duncan, ’15
UWF College of Business Graduate
many businesses becoming concerned
about supply chain strategies only in the last
20 years – after recognizing the effect suppliers and shipment schedules can have on
profit margins.
“This is the exact reason I am so passionate about the Supply Chain Logistics program, because we all have the opportunity to
leave a lasting mark on companies by looking at their business models from a logistics
point of view,” said Juchniewicz.
The UWF senior, who will graduate in
December with the first class to earn the
standalone B.S./B.A. in Supply Chain Logistics, said the timing of the degree could not
have been better as the University works to
build partnerships with local companies in
order to give students real-life case studies
and in-class internships.
REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS
For those who think logistics is limited to
trucking companies, think again.
Graduates with a logistics degree in sup-
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ply chain management may find employment in sectors such as corporate management of regional and international logistics
operations, company trade show management, inventory management and analysis,
logistics strategy and planning, materials
planning, international and domestic transportation management, transportation
sales and brokerage, transportation pricing
and negotiations, transportation fleet management, railroad or warehouse operations
management, ocean freight terminal management, supplier management or logistics
engineering.
“This new degree, along with the previous
specialization, gives a fantastic base for anyone to pursue any interest they have,” Juchniewicz said. “I love having options, and for
our students, the future is full of opportunities in any field of interest they may have.”
Both Duncan and Juchniewicz credit
marketing and logistics faculty Dr. Scott
Keller, Dr. Stephen LeMay and Dr. Peter
Ralston with creating unique opportunities
for learning about the flourishing field.
“All of us look to enhance basic supply
chain knowledge while also developing
communication skills, teamwork effectiveness, and situation analysis foresight to
create a well-rounded student,” Ralston
shared. “Student interest, along with the immense need for supply chain and logistics
professionals locally, regionally, nationally
and globally, led to new resources to make
UWF a desired destination to learn about
supply chain logistics management.”
Ralston feels fortunate for UWF to have
received approval for the new degree and,
along with the rest of the faculty, looks forward to representing the institution well
while providing the best experience possible
to current and future students.
igging around in a campus garden
may not be the first place you’d expect to find college students on a Saturday morning.
At UWF, students taking part in classes
like Dr. Gregory Tomso’s Honors seminar
course, Politics of Food, have come together
with other gardening enthusiasts to cultivate a place of community that promotes
the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Begun in 2010, the on-campus Community
Garden Project provides a mission worthy
of waking up early and sacrificing a little
weekend time.
“The Community Garden Project started
to raise awareness of healthy eating,” said
Tomso, associate director of UWF Kugelman Honors Program. “Students approached me about it. They were upset with
fast food culture and the industrialization
of food. Starting a garden on campus was an
opportunity for students to learn about the
time and labor required to produce food,
and the students responded astoundingly.”
Saturday workdays are when the bulk of
activity occurs, drawing students and other
volunteers to the garden located behind the
UWF water tower.
“With four raised beds, we grow a wide
range of crops, from vegetables to herbs to
flowers for pollinators,” said Chasidy Hobbs,
environmental science instructor and undergraduate advisor. “We envision having
fruit trees and grapes growing on site, too.”
“Starting a garden on campus
was an opportunity for students
to learn about the time and
labor required to produce food,
and the students responded
astoundingly.”
— Dr. Gregory Tomso, associate
director of UWF Kugelman
Honors Program
Hobbs says funding will determine the
garden’s future growth, and community
support is invaluable. “The garden is for
anyone who wants to donate time, sweat or
supplies to help in the mission,” she added.
Jordan Yee, a Pensacola architect with
STOA Architects, is a Board member and
community supporter of the UWF Community Garden Project.
“It has been a pleasure collaborating with
students and other Board members on the
many design issues that a garden poses —
big picture site planning issues, as well as
smaller human scale features like the entrance signage,” he said. “And who doesn’t
love delicious, organic vegetables?”
Produce harvested from the garden is
shared among campus and community
members who grow the food. Any surplus
is donated.
“In the past we’ve donated to either Manna Food Pantries or Loaves and Fishes Soup
Kitchen,” Hobbs said. “We are looking forward to expanding so that we will have more
to donate to those in need of healthy food.”
Tomso noted that students, like much of
the larger community, have access to food,
but they are starving for healthy food.
The Community Garden Project is doing
its part to fill that void, while also offering
hands-on gardening experience and an opportunity to impact the community.
For more information, please contact Dr. Tomso at [email protected]
MEETING MARKET DEMAND
Dean O’Keefe said the projected demand
in Florida for graduates trained in supply
chain logistics over the next decade exceeds
the existing educational capacity to meet
that demand.
“We have a successful program with world
renowned professors,” he explained. “We are
perfectly positioned to step in to meet that
demand and to provide our students with exceptional opportunities to enter and thrive in
a growing STEM career field.”
Learn more about the Logistics
B.S./B.A. degree program at
uwf.edu/logistics.
UWF STUDENT and
Community Garden
vice president Jonathan
Sherman and Greg Tomso,
associate director of the
UWF Kugelman Honors
Program and Community
Garden coordinator.
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ATHL ETICS
ATHLE TICS
Argos in
the Pros
LEDARIOUS CLARK,
Spokane Indians Baseball Player,
Former Argos Center Fielder
BY CHUCK CORDER
R
emember those first steps into the
real world following the best years
of your life at the University of
West Florida?
Equally scary and thrilling. A roller coaster of emotions as you adjust to life opening
its next chapters.
Athletes aren’t immune to experiencing
those feelings. In fact, their accomplishments and miscues play out before hundreds, sometimes thousands, of strangers
every night.
“You’re going to have ups and downs,” Argonauts baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat said.
“Everybody does in pro ball.”
One of Jeffcoat’s prized former pupils is a
great example.
Former Argos center fielder LeDarious
Clark was, arguably, the hottest hitter in all
of professional baseball earlier this summer.
Then, a few days later, the Spokane Indians
leadoff hitter was battling through a fourgame hitting slump.
“Things are certainly more intense up
here,” said Clark, speaking from one of his
team’s unbearable road trips in July. “I’m
just trying to go out and perform to the best
of my abilities.”
Clark became the highest player drafted
in UWF history on June 10 when the Texas
Rangers snatched him up in the 12th round,
making him the 348th overall selection.
He was designated to Spokane, the Rangers’ Class-A affiliate team. Clark busted the
gates wide open from the moment he arrived, enjoying an 18-game hitting streak
almost immediately.
The Meridian, Mississippi native enjoyed
“I was already prepared for
this moment when I got here.
I’m kind of on my own out here,
you know. It’s a job. If you don’t
do your job, you get fired.”
—LeDarious Clark, Spokane Indians
Baseball Player
one stretch where he collected multiple hits
in nine of 10 games, including two games
where he had four hits.
“I felt good at the plate,” Clark recalled
of those virtually unheard of four-hit
explosions. “It was like a beach ball the
whole time. Not too many of those nights
come around.”
But just as soon as that hot start helped
Clark get comfortable in his new surroundings, he endured four hitless games in consecutive nights.
Being able to handle the ups and downs is
how a player is defined.
“I was already prepared for this moment
when I got here,” Clark said in crediting his
parents and his time at UWF for molding
him. “I’m kind of on my own out here, you
know. It’s a job. If you don’t do your job, you
get fired.
“With me, I can get released if I’m not
performing. So there is a lot you have to do
for yourself while also doing the best I can
for the team.”
Brian Ellington understands that, as well.
The former Argos pitcher recently competed with Team USA at the Pan Am Games in
Canada, losing a heartbreaking gold medal
game to the home country in extra innings.
“Being chosen to represent the U.S. in the
2015 Pan Am Games is a great honor and
a result of a lot of passion and dedication,”
Ellington said. “There’s a lot of people who
played a huge role in my success while at
UWF and probably don’t even know how
much they helped me.”
Ellington made more program history
in June when he became the first formerUWF player to play a game in Pensacola
Bayfront Stadium, home of the Pensacola
Blue Wahoos in downtown Pensacola. As a
member of the Jacksonville Suns, the Double-A team for the Miami Marlins, Ellington
faced the Blue Wahoos in relief appearances
on June 7 and July 1 and did not allow a run
in either game.
On Aug. 3, he made his major league debut with the Marlins, striking out two in one
scoreless inning against the New York Mets.
At the time of publication he had made five
appearances for the Marlins, allowing two
runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
“The biggest thing I took away, and the
thing I thank coach Jeffcoat for teaching me,
is how to not take any days for granted and
make every opportunity count.”
It’s that type of mentality that has Clark,
Ellington and other former UWF studentathletes, who are pursuing sports professionally, unafraid of what the real world will
throw at them.
Photo by Christopher Nelson
“The biggest thing I took
away, and the thing I
thank coach Jeffcoat
for teaching me, is how
to not take any days for
granted and make every
opportunity count.”
To keep up with Clark, Ellington and
many other former UWF studentathletes competing at the next level,
visit GoArgos.com.
—Brian Ellington, Miami Marlins
Pitcher, Former Argos Pitcher
Photo Courtesy of Pensacola News Journal
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ATHLE TICS
S NA PS HOTS
Smile!
Whether we gather at a grand
opening, recognition dinner, chapter
event or Homecoming, our events
provide the perfect opportunity
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.
Don’t miss out! We continue to add
new events to the mix. For a look at
upcoming events, visit alumni.uwf.edu.
Bill Rone, Dr. Brendan Kelly, Martha Lee Blodgett and
Jerry Williams at the Eglin Federal gift announcement.
Bill and Caroline Jones at the Tallahassee
Alumni Chapter Event with Pete Shinnick.
One year from now the University of West Florida
football team will take the field for its first official
game. To make sure you’ll be there for the historic
inaugural season at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium,
follow the steps below.
Step 1: Complete the football season ticket interest
form at GoArgos.com/FootballTix.
Step 2: Join the Argonaut Athletic Club and build your
priority points. More information available at
GoArgos.com/PriorityPoints.
Step 3: Make a season ticket deposit if you choose not
to build priority points.
Game Schedule
9/3 at Ave Maria
Ave Maria, Fla.
9/10 vs. Missouri S&T
PENSACOLA
9/17 at Chowan
Murfreesboro, N.C.
9/24 at Valdosta State*
Valdosta, Ga.
10/1 vs. Florida Tech*
PENSACOLA
10/8 at Mississippi
College*
Clinton, Miss.
10/15 at Delta State*
Cleveland, Miss.
10/22 vs. Shorter*
PENSACOLA
Homecoming
10/29 vs. West Alabama*
PENSACOLA
11/5 at North Alabama*
Florence, Ala.
11/12 vs. West Georgia*
PENSACOLA
* Gulf South Conference Game
Game times TBD
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Step 4: Continue to track and build priority points
through April 1, 2016.
Tyler Milkeris-Zellar, Dustin Retherford, Zachariah Pritchard,
Rylee Hart, Gloria Malpica and Jillian Brown receive scholarship
awards at the UWF Military and Veterans Resource Center
Scholarship Luncheon on July 29.
Teresa and John Hoyt
at the Atlanta Alumni
Chapter Event.
Step 5: UWF Athletics will contact you to confirm your
requested number of seats and schedule your
seat selection time.
Step 6: Select your seats in Spring 2016 and purchase
your tickets.
Dugout Club - $250#
Blue Level - $115$
Green Level - $95$
Silver Level - $70$
# Includes dugout access, food and beverages
Faculty and staff discount prices available
$
For more information contact UWF athletic ticketing
at 850.474.ARGO or visit GoArgos.com/FootballTix.
Policies and procedures about UWF football season
tickets are subject to change.
Mike Little providing a tour during
the grand reopening of Arcadia Mill
Archaeology Site.
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UWF Historic Trust Open
Students pose with Argie at the
UWF Football Kick-off Event.
Alumni at the Emerald Coast
Chapter Event.
Student-athletes celebrating at the
Argonaut Athletic Club Donor and
Student-Athlete banquet.
UWF Night at the Wahoos Event.
UWF theatre and art students with the Ireland Ambassador
during the University’s program, “The Irish Experience.”
Alumni networking at the Atlanta
Chapter Event.
Micah and Katelyn Milligan of Textbook Brokers
with Dr. Tim O’Keefe and Dr. Kimberly McCorkle
at a reception celebrating the new Textbook
Brokers Scholarship.
Bernard and Nina Walsh with Martha Lee
Blodgett at the Loyalty Lunch.
Ninth Annual
ALUMNI GOLF CLASSIC
The UWF Alumni Association Golf Classic will be
held Sept. 25, 2015 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.
Date: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. Registration/Lunch
12 p.m. Shotgun Start
Location: Scenic Hills Country Club
8891 Burning Tree Road
Pensacola, FL
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact
Missy Grace at [email protected], 850.474.3423 or
800.226.1893 for additional information.
Congressman Jeff Miller presenting a
Nina Fritz portrait to the T. T. Wentworth,
Jr. Florida State Museum.
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Thanks to our
Signature Tournament
Sponsor:
Thanks to our Chambered
Nautilus Sponsor:
Fees: $325–Foursome
$85–Individual
Register online at
alumni.uwf.edu/programs.
Registration deadline is
Monday, Sept. 19, 2015.
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A LUMNI
Meet the Alumni Board
University of West Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors
Alumni
Spotlight:
Chris
Roney
BY AMY MINCHIN
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Congratulations to the
2015-16 University of West
Florida Alumni Association
Board o
f Directors.
Jeff Bedenbaugh ’92 & ’02
Residence: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: BA Accounting & MBA
Employment: Director-Analytics,
Healthcare Economics, Florida Blue
The Alumni Board of Directors
represents UWF’s alumni population
and helps us stay connected with
the interests of alumni. Board
members support the mission of
the association, create engagement
opportunities for alumni and
share their expertise to further the
association, university projects and
programs. Learn more about your
board at alumni.uwf.edu.
Sonya Daniel ’14
Officer: Secretary
Residence: Cantonment, Florida
Major: MA Strategic Communication & Leadership
Employment: Deputy Supervisor of
Elections, Administration, Escambia
County Supervisor of Elections
Jennifer Hammond ’93 & ’95
Residence: Washington, DC
Major: BA Legal Administration & MPA
Employment: Radio Talks Show Host
& Relator, Sirius/XM & TTR Sotheby’s
Joel Balistreri ’98
Residence: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Major: BS HLES-Leisure Studies
Employment: Vice President, One
Source Networks
Stephen Hester ’91
Residence: Lewisville, Texas
Major: BA International Studies
Employment: Senior Training
Specialist, Shermco Industries
Brett Barrow ’87
Officer: President
Residence: Pensacola, Florida
Major: BS Management
Employment: Senior Vice President,
Commercial Banking, Regions Bank
Kristie Kelley ’98 & ’99
Residence: Cantonment, Florida
Major: BS Biology & MEd, Educational Leadership
Employment: Workforce Development
Coordinator, Gulf Power Company
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Paul Pratofiorito ’81
Officer: Treasurer
Residence: Pensacola, Florida
Major: BA Accounting
Employment: Customer Ops Analyst, Gulf Power Company
Luke van Blaricom ’02 & ’03
Officer: Past President
Residence: Orlando, Florida
Major: BS, Biology & MS, Biology-Education
Employment: Senior Assistant
Director of Undergraduate
Admissions, University of Central Florida
Jay Windham ’01
Residence: Pensacola, Florida
Major: BS Business
Employment: Financial Advisor,
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Harriett Wyer ’92
Officer: Vice President
Residence: Pensacola, Florida
Major: BS Marketing
Employment: Oncology Sales
Specialist, AstraZeneca
CHRIS RONEY holding a 1997 issue
of the UWF student newspaper,
featuring his business.
Chris Roney (’97) is the
owner of Ace Unlocks
in Pensacola, a business
he started as a UWF
student. He is a donor
and supporter of UWF
Athletics, including the men’s and
women’s golf teams.
Q. Why did you choose UWF?
A. I was offered a full scholarship as a
member of the golf team.
Q. You started Ace Unlocks while
you were in college. Why a locksmith
business?
A. A buddy and I wanted to be
entrepreneurs. We had looked into
some business ideas that didn’t pan
out. One night, a golf teammate was
locked out of his car and called a
locksmith. It cost him $55. My friend,
who had experience working in a
towing business, said “I could have
done that if I’d had my tools.” So we
saw the opportunity. We started out
offering our services on campus for
$20. We ran the business out of a
1989 Forerunner and a 1988 Mustang.
To this day, we charge $20 to unlock a
car at UWF as long as the person has
a student or faculty ID.
Q. What is the business like today?
A. We serve Escambia and Santa Rosa
Counties with a fleet of eight vehicles
and 14 employees. We’re the sole
AAA affiliate in the area. We’re open
24/7, like Waffle House. During and
after Hurricane Ivan, we never closed.
It’s been quite a ride.
Q. What part of your UWF
experience has been the most
valuable for you as a business owner?
A. Learning things like how to create
a business plan and forecasting
was helpful when we started, but it
wasn’t one particular class. It’s really
the overall experience of having to
graduate, which took discipline. You
need discipline when you’re called to
unlock a vehicle at 3 a.m.
Q. What advice would you give to
current students with entrepreneurial
interests?
A. Make a plan. You can change it
as you go, but without a vision or
goal, you’ll fail. Also, when choosing
a business, look at its long-term
viability. We all want to do something
we love, but sometimes a career finds
us. Don’t limit your options. Lastly, I’d
tell them to get involved in a business
that asks for $1 from one million
people vs. one that asks for $1 million
from one person. There is stability in
having more customers.
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A LUMNI
Alumni Events
Alumni Events
From gatherings in their own hometown to
events on campus, UWF alumni have plenty
of opportunities to engage with UWF and
meet, work and play together. If you have
ideas and suggestions for a great alumni
event, email us at [email protected] For
event updates visit alumni.uwf.edu.
A LUMNI
OCT 23
Homecoming Tailgate
SEPT 25
Golf Tournament,
Scenic Hills Golf Club
September 8
Whiskey Tasting, Old Hickory Whiskey Bar
October 17/24
Football Scrimmages
10/17 Pensacola Bayfront Stadium
10/24 UWF Pensacola Campus
OCT 19-24
Homecoming
October 24
Wine and Spirits
Alumni Event
DEC 12
Fall Commencement
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CL ASS NOTES
Alumni
Spotlight:
Patrick
Jacobs
Class
Notes
1960s
’69 David Walby, BA History, has been
elected president of the Gulf Breeze
Historical Society for the 2015-2016
year. David has had eight historical
books published, most having to do
with Pensacola and Santa Rosa Island
history.
Pink Autumn brings
internationally-known
artist home
’69 Laurence Richards, MS
Aeronautical Systems, was appointed
interim vice chancellor and dean at
Indiana University–Purdue University
Columbus.
BY OLIVIA WISE
FLY AGRIC #9 by Patrick Jacobs
I
n the spring of 2015, Patrick Jacobs (BFA ’94) returned to the University of West Florida for his
solo-exhibition Pink Autumn. This was the first
time Jacobs had spent an extended period of time at
his alma mater since his time as a student. During
his visit to UWF, Jacobs did more than simply share
his dreamy and imaginative dioramas with the community; he engaged with students who are currently
at the same point in their academic careers that he
was in nearly 20 years ago.
“Returning to UWF was a both wonderful and strange
experience. In a way, it was very much like returning
home to visit your family after being away for a long
time,” Jacobs said. “You’re reminded of who you are and
where you come from. I was suddenly aware of the passage of time and the personal growth that has occurred
since being a student.”
During his visit, Jacobs led a gallery talk in which he
described the technical process of his work. He often
draws on whatever materials, processes or means necessary to achieve the right effect.
“People are always surprised to learn that many of
the flowers in the dioramas, for example, are actually cat
hairs meticulously assembled with tweezers,” he said.
“Art doesn’t have to be made with precious materials or
using a complicated process; if you can get the viewer to
make the leap from something mundane or unexpected
to another imaginative reality, it is very exciting.”
For Jacobs, art has always been an integral part of his
life since early childhood. His experience in the art department at UWF was unique because of the faculty’s of29
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ten very divergent views on art, which not only prepared
him for graduate school and beyond, but also shaped his
views on the world.
“More seasoned professors often championed a formal approach to artistic disciplines and their respective
processes, while a younger generation espoused an interdisciplinary crossing over between media,” Jacobs said.
“I emerged from UWF with both points of view: a respect for and delight in traditional
craftsmanship and simultane“Art doesn’t have to be made
ously a need to break the rules in
order to say something new. The with precious materials or
two approaches sound at odds, but using a complicated process;
they go hand-in-hand.”
Jacobs constructs three-dimen- if you can get the viewer to
make the leap from something
sional dioramas that are viewed
through lenses and embedded in
mundane or unexpected to
a gallery’s walls. The dioramas
another imaginative reality, it
depict both interior and exterior
is very exciting.”
landscapes that captivate viewers as they explore new realities.
— Patrick Jacobs, BFA ’94
Jacobs also creates copper plate
etchings, a printmaking process that dates back to the
early Renaissance. Both encapsulate his synthesis of
modern and traditional artistic styles.
Today, Jacobs lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has
been included in “Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and
Small Realities” at the Museum of Arts and Design in
New York City. Currently, he is working on a few private
commissions, including one for Neil Patrick Harris and a
high-rise hotel in Manhattan.
1970s
’75 State Alexander, BA
Communication Arts, has conferred
a doctorate in Higher Education
Leadership from Nova Southeastern
University, December 2014.
’75 John Ellisor, MA History, presented
at the Brown Bag Adult SouthFirst
Lecture Series about the story of Creek
Indian removal.
’77 & ’79 Clifford Walters, BA Political
Science & MPA, was appointed by
Governor Rick Scott to the Miami-Dade
County Expressway Authority.
’77 Larry Burggraf, MA Mathematics,
has been inducted into the
Cardington Lincoln High School
Alumni Hall of Fame.
’78 James Hardin, BA Philosophy &
BA Mathematics, was appointed as the
Samford University’s new provost.
’78 Paul Bowers, BA Political Science,
was named one of the 100 influential
Atlantans, for his influence in shaping
one of the largest projects in Georgia
history: the $14.5 billion nuclear
expansion at Plant Vogtle.
’72 Katherine Johnson, BA History
Education, retired from her 10-year
tenure as president of Pasco-Hernando
State College.
’78 Jackson Tuttle, MPA, retired
after 24 years of serving as the
Williamsburg, Virgina city manager.
‘79 Terrance Hall, BA Music, took
office in July 2014 as the president
of the Virginia Music Educators
Association. The association is made
up of nearly 5,000 music educators in
the Commonwealth of Virginia.
1980s
Hill
’74 Daniel Delis Hill, BA Art & Design,
has published his seventh fashion
history book: “Necessaries: Two
Hundred Years of Fashion Accessories.”
Hill has also contributed two essays on
men’s fashion of the 1960s and 1970s
to the “Berg Encyclopedia of World
Dress and Fashion.”
’84 Dennis Everett, BS Systems
Science/Business, was named the
“Administrative Professional of the
Year” at Chipola College, completing
30 years at Chipola. Everett is currently
the associate vice president of
information systems.
Wright
’84 Tommy Wright, BS Systems
Science, was recently promoted
to senior principal for the MITRE
Corporation – a federally funded
research and development center
supporting the Department of Defense.
Wright also serves as MITRE’s portfolio
manager for Naval Aviation Systems in
Patuxent River, Maryland.
’81 Phillip Wright, BSBA Management,
is the new chief executive officer for
the Haywood Regional Medical Center.
’82 Terry Halvorsen,
M.Ed. Educational
Leadership, has
been selected as the
acting Department
of Defense chief
information officer
which serves as the
principal advisor to the
Secretary of Defense
for information
management/
information technology
and information
assurances.
’82 Michael Nelson,
BSBA Management &
BSBA Marketing, has
been named the chief executive officer
and executive director of the National
Court Reports Association.
’84 Walter Gordon, MS Sports Science,
retired from principal at Catersville
Primary School after 46 years in
education.
Marshall
’85 Doug Marshall, BSBA Accounting,
was named chief financial officer and
chief taxation officer of the Alabama
Family Trust – a 501(c)3 organization
created by the Alabama legislature to
administer special needs trusts serving
children and adults with disabilities
who receive government entitlements
such as Medicaid and SSI. In 2012,
Marshall was honored by UWF as a
distinguished alumni.
’86 Steven Seege, BA Communication
Arts, is the new director of sales and
marketing for Lennar.
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CLASS NOTE S
Smiley
’87 Elijah Smiley, MBA, has been
unanimously selected to serve as chief
judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit. The
14th Judicial Circuit is comprised of
Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Gulf
and Washington County.
’87 Daniel Murphy, BSBA Marketing,
began as the general manager for the
Canby Utility on July 1, 2015.
’88 Joanne Persinger, BSBA Marketing,
have been named to the Channel
Company’s prestigious 2015 CRN
Women of the Channel list. The list
honors outstanding female executives
across vendor channel organizations.
1990s
’90 & ’98 Della Scott-Ireton,
BA Anthropology & MA History,
received the 2015 Senator Bob
Williams Award at the annual Florida
Heritage Awards ceremony for her
contribution to exceptional historic
preservation in Florida.
’92 Harriett Wyer, BSBA Marketing,
will join the Pensacola Chamber
Foundation Leadership class of 2016.
CL ASS NOTES
’79 Conrad Jaburg, M.Ed. Educational
Leadership; died March 4, 2015.
’05 Kyle Newsom, MS Administration/
Education Leadership, is the new
principal at Chipley High School.
In Memoriam
’79 & ’87 Doris Massey, BA Special
Education & MA Clinical Teaching; died Feb. 15, 2015.
’06 Broward Peoples, BA Social Work,
is the new assistant principal at Chipley
High School.
’69 & ’74 Hazel Hunsucker, BA
Psychology & M.Ed. Educational
Leadership; died March 15, 2015.
’77 Nelson Bowers, BS Technological
Vocational Studies; died March 15, 2015
’07 Hong Tran, MBA, is the new
operations services director at Baptist
Heart and Vascular Institute.
’69 Ann Bullock, BA History; died March 7, 2015
’05 Clenita Jones, BS Biology, has
been hired as the new head coach for
women’s basketball at Pensacola State
College.
’98 Wendy Peel, BA PR &
Advertising, is the new vice
president of sales and marketing
for ReverseVision, Inc — a leading
software and technology provider
for the reverse mortgage industry.
’99 Jean Gillson, BS Business
Administration, will join the Pensacola
Chamber Foundation Leadership class
of 2016.
2000s
’01 Sheldra Howard, BA Journalism,
is the newest weekend anchor and
reporter for Oklahoma City News
Channel 4.
’01 Adetoun Sanders, BA
Communication Arts, was promoted
to vice president of marketing and
business development for Members
First Credit Union of Florida.
’03 Pamela Homyak, BSBA Marketing,
was named the 2015 “Big Sister of the
Year” for the state of Florida.
’03 Anna Jamine Barry, BS Health
Education/Community Health, is the
2016 Escambia County “Teacher of
the Year.”
’03 Amanda Hindsman, BA PR &
Advertising, will join the Pensacola
Chamber Foundation Leadership class
of 2016.
’07 Nicholas Whiting, BA PR &
Advertising, joined the women’s soccer
coaching staff at the University of
Louisiana.
’07 Sophia Young, BA Social
Work, joined the Pensacola Young
Professionals as the operations
director.
’07 Marco Matteucci, BS HLES
Exercise Science, joined the women’s
tennis coaching staff at the University
of Arizona.
’08 Maegan Leonard, BA Journalism,
will join the Pensacola Chamber
Foundation Leadership class of 2016.
Blizzard
’11 Caitlyn Blizzard, BA PR &
Advertising, the Alpharetta Convention
and Visitors Bureau’s director of
communications, has been selected
as one of Destination Marketing
Association International’s “30 Under
30” professionals for 2015.
’12 Jean Ndione, BS Business
Administration, will join the Pensacola
Chamber Foundation Leadership class
of 2016.
’08 Matthew Williams, BA Psychology,
accepted a position as an assistant
coach with the men’s soccer program
at the University of Memphis.
’13, ’74, & ’75 Jerry Maygarden,
Honorary Doctorate, BA
Communication Arts, MA
Communication Arts, has been named
the new chairman of the UWF College
of Business Advisory Council.
’08 James Henderson, MS Business
Administration, was named the
president of Northwestern State
University.
’13 Joseph Montgomery, MS Business
Administration, is the new command
chief for the 58th Special Operations
Wing at Kirtland.
’09 James Roberts, BS Hospitality
Management, joins the Hotel Vandivort
in Missouri as the general manager.
’09 Jessica Barrale, BS Business
Administration, joined EW Bullock
Associates as the account services
coordinator in March 2015.
Gillander
’70 Lt. John D. Ward, BS Systems
Science/Business; died Feb. 27, 2015.
’70 Donald Schofield, BSBA
Management; died June 7, 2015.
’71 Kevin Kenney, BSBA Accounting;
died April 25, 2015.
’72 Frances Tolar, BA Communication
Arts; died June 1, 2015.
’73 Judith Bonifay, BA Elementary
Education; died March 7, 2015.
’73 Horace Harrison, BA Political
Science; died May 3, 2015.
’73 Arlie Hughes, M.Ed. Educational
Leadership; died May 10, 2015.
’73 Wayne Hall, BS Systems Science/
Business; died June 28, 2015
’74 Dorothy L. Ensor, BA Social Work;
died Feb. 10, 2015.
’79 Lewis Kieffer, MA Psychology; died March 30, 2015.
’77 George Vanta, MBA; died March 22, 2015.
’77 Deborah Bhandari, BA Music
Education; died April 5, 2015.
’75 Hammond McAdams, BS Systems
Science/Business; died March 15, 2015.
’76 Harry Mathers, BS Cell & Molecular
Biology; died June 3, 2015.
’80 Micheal Snoddy, BA
Communication Arts; died May 19, 2015.
’81 Lillie Fuller, MA Reading Masters;
died Feb. 27, 2015
’82 & ’90 William Kenyon, MS Systems
Analysis & MS Computer ScienceSoftware Engineering; died March 4, 2015.
’82 Sheila Barfield, BSBA
Management; died May 12, 2015.
’82 Robert Murphy, BSBA
Management; died March 26, 2015.
’83 & ‘93 Jerry E. Lewis, BA Social
Work & BA Studio Art; died Feb. 24, 2015.
’83 Robert Dickerson, BA
Interdisciplinary Social Science & BA
Psychology; died June 30, 2015.
’75 Larry Jividen, BSBA Management;
died March 15, 2015.
’84 Patricia Dodson, BSBA
Accounting; died March 7, 2015
’75 Andrea Gaume, BS HLES Teacher
Education; died April 4, 2015.
’84 Tina Gatlin, MA Elementary
Education; died March 14, 2015.
’75 Gary Houghton, M.Ed. Educational
Leadership; died April 1, 2015.
’84 James Husser, MPA; March 6, 2015.
’76 Jerry Brooks, BA Interdisciplinary
Social Science & BS Biology; died July 1, 2015.
Cruz
’78 Walter Howard, MA History; died May 7, 2015.
’74 Charles Aplin, M.Ed. Educational
Leadership; died March 4, 2015.
’75 & ’79 Hazel Simpson, BA
Interdisciplinary Social Science & MA
History; died June 5, 2015.
’10 & ’14 Joshua Newby, BA PR
& Advertising & MA Strategic
Communication and Leadership,
will join the Pensacola Chamber
Foundation Leadership class of 2016.
’10 & ’14 Daniel Akerman, BA
PR & Advertising & MA Strategic
Communication and Leadership,
will join the Pensacola Chamber
Foundation Leadership class of 2016.
’70 Margie F. Bailey, BA Elementary
Education; died Feb. 5, 2015.
’75 Richard Spitz, BSBA Accounting;
died Feb. 25, 2015.
2010s
’97 Christi Hankins, BA Political
Science Pre-Law, has been named
the next Pensacola Camellia Club
President.
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’14 Mark Nisbett, BS Business
Administration, will join the Pensacola
Chamber Foundation Leadership class
of 2016.
’98 Jason Hill, BS HLES Physical
Education, was named the new
women’s basketball coach of Notre
Dame High School in Chattanooga,
Tennessee.
’96 Stacey Ramos, BS Business
Administration, will join the Pensacola
Chamber Foundation Leadership class
of 2016.
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’78 Randy Blake, BA Communication
Arts; died March 10, 2015
’04 & ’13 Brandon Koger, BA
Education & M.Ed. Educational
Leadership, is the new assistant
principal for the Woodlawn Beach
Middle School in Santa Rosa, Florida.
’93 Edith Franklin, BSBA Accounting,
has joined the New Horizons Credit
Union as the new controller.
’97 Robert Gillander, BA Public
Relations, started working at the
Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles as a senior
customer service analyst in May 2015.
’14 Daniela Cruz, BS HLES Exercise
Science, competed for Costa Rica
during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
’97 & ’12 John Love, BS HLES Physical
Education & M.Ed. Educational
Leadership, is the new Walker
Elementary assistant principal of
Crestview, Florida.
’86 Richard Longen, BA Social Work;
died March 25, 2015.
’86 & ’89 Philomena Marshall, BA
Psychology & MA Psychology; died March 11, 2015.
’86 Leo Guenther, BA Accounting
Information Systems; died Jan. 7, 2015
’89 Buford N Baily, BA Legal
Administration; died Feb. 5, 2015.
’76 Thomas H. Knowles, MBA; died Feb. 19, 2015.
’89 Arthur McMillion, MS Physical
Education; died May 12, 2015
’76 Dolly Partidge, M.Ed. Educational
Leadership; died March 5, 2015.
’90 Brian Water, BSBA Management; died Feb. 20, 2015.
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MEET A
STUD ENT
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CLASS NOTE S
’96 Mary Roberts, BA Elementary
Education; died May 14, 2015.
’07 Melissa Orbik, BA Pre-K Education;
died April 29, 2015.
’94 Barbara Vanderlaan, BS Computer
Science; died March 8, 2015.
’96 & ’02 Hugh White, BA Math
Education & M.Ed. Educational
Leadership; died May 23, 2015.
’10 Rodayne Allan Hart, BA Television
& Film; died March 2, 2015.
’94 Charles Gee, Master of
Accountancy; died May 15, 2015.
’98 Daniel Labrador, BA Elementary
Education; died May 28, 2015.
’94 Mark Bryan, BA History; died June 30, 2015.
’06 Frank Hughes, BA Criminal Justice;
died May 2, 2015.
’92 Melissa Patterson, BA
Communication Arts; died June 19, 2015.
Jesse Earle Bowden, 1928–2015
Jesse Earle Bowden, former chairman of the University
of West Florida Historic Trust, passed away on Feb. 4, 2015.
As a guardian of Pensacola’s legacy, Bowden was
active in the formation and success of several
preservation efforts in Pensacola. His efforts directly
led to the establishment of the Pensacola Historical
Preservation and Restoration Commission signed
into law by Gov. Claude Kirk in 1967. He served as a
founding Board member, vice chairman and chairman
until September 1969.
In November 1981, Bowden received a gubernatorial
appointment to the Historic Pensacola Preservation
J
anine Velez Vazquez embodies
ambition. A senior at the University
of West Florida, the Puerto Rico
native has benefited from extensive
involvement during her time in college.
She is a full-time student, majoring in
international studies – with a focus in
international business – and biological
anthropology, with a minor in art history.
She is a member of three honor societies.
’12 Maryellen Gibson, BS Computer
Science; died May 31, 2015.
’14 Robert Alfich, MPH; died March 14, 2015.
Board of Trustees. He served as vice chairman until
February 1982, when he was elected chairman, an
office he faithfully served until the board was dissolved
in 2001 to form West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc.,
a direct support organization of UWF.
In addition to her academic commitment, Janine
devotes her time to UWF as a third-year resident
assistant and a student ambassador. For the last
two years, she has been a trip leader for Alternative
Spring and a volunteer with UWF Homecoming.
Serving as a student ambassador has allowed
Janine to have interactions that strengthened her
communication skills.
Now known as UWF Historic Trust, the Board
benefitted from Bowden’s dedication and passion for
more than 30 years. He resigned in 2012 to serve as
chairman of UWF Historic Trust’s Board of Governors,
a group created to serve as advocates and advisors to
the Historic Trust Board of Directors.
The University of West Florida recognizes Bowden
with great admiration and appreciation for his
contributions, devotion, knowledge and compassion.
“From working graduation to leading tours on
campus, I have had the chance to meet a diverse
community and refine my ability to express myself
and my ideas to others. Being a student ambassador
has helped me shape and achieve my goals,” she said.
Meet
Janine
Velez
Vazquez
JESSE EARLE BOWDEN,
Photo Courtesy of
Pensacola News Journal
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FUN FACTS
BY JULIA THORPE
UWF Ambassadors
Represent
6 Countries
7 Nationalities
9 Languages
Janine credits UWF for the opportunity to challenge
herself beyond her comfort zone. She hopes her time
at the University inspires others with a mindset of
progress and encourages students to eagerly serve
as student ambassadors.
“Being a student ambassador helps you learn
more about yourself by revealing your potential
and providing you with professional development
opportunities,” she said. “I have learned how to
apply classroom concepts in real life, network and
understand the bigger picture at hand.”
She links her desire to be a positive role model to her
strong family ties, citing her mother as the catalyst
for her drive to pursue higher education.
“Having someone to look up to who leads by
example is not only motivational, but it also makes
dreams seem more obtainable,” she said.
Due to the unwavering support from various
University departments, Janine feels fully capable to
embark on her career. After graduation, she hopes
to join the Peace Corps, then pursue her doctoral
degree. She has accomplished many goals in a short
time span, but her proudest thus far have been being
selected to participate in Vanderbilt University’s bioarchaeology project in Peru and receiving a National
Science Foundation grant to conduct research.
Summer Internships
Austin Burkhard, US National Park Service,
Biscayne National Park, Key Biscayne, FL
Janelle Ferguson, The Washington Center,
Kalik & Associates, Washington DC
Kate Singletary, The Washington Center,
Peace Corp, Washington, DC
Janine Velez Vazquez, Vanderbilt
University, Bio-Archaeology Project, Peru
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